Shocking number of architects struggling with digital transformation, survey finds

Further research from the cloud sector has revealed that digital architects are still struggling to meet digital transformation plans and it’s having major knock-on effects to both workers and firms.

Couchbase, the multi-cloud to edge NoSQL database enterprise who carried out the report, discovered that an immense 85% of architects feel pressure to deliver digital projects. With a further 68% admitting they find getting the right tech to use for digital transformation developments an “insurmountable” task.

One big area where architects are feeling the pressure is in scaling, with a number of workers suggesting they find implementing the right technologies overwhelming.

The critical role of architects

From the start of any digital project, architects play a key role in ensuring the endeavour runs smoothly, suggests Ravi Mayuram, SVP of Engineering and CTO, Couchbase.  “As digital transformation moves from plans to reality, architects have the critical role of ensuring that business ambitions can be realised,”

The SVP of Engineering adds: “In this new era of utility computing powered by the cloud, the architect’s role is even more critical. They have to understand, evaluate and recommend the right technologies and become the essential bridge between the business and developers. They are the ones to future-proof the technology choices that form the foundations of the architecture for digital transformation projects. They are the ones to marry disruptive technologies that are being developed and brought to market with business initiatives that are underway to stay relevant in this modern economy – enabling businesses to transform, compete and win in their markets.”

Scaling back

Of the 450 heads responsible for digital transformation asked, over three quarters (80%) admit they have had to scale back IoT or mobile application plans due to the challenges that come with using data for these specific tasks.

Furthermore, 78% of respondents say their companies have made decisions to move past digital transformation plans and have instead gone straight to working on delivering projects.

Mayuram also suggests that to overcome these problems,  these issues need to be acknowledged and thought about about on a higher level than is currently happening.

“Taking advantage of new technologies requires new ways of approaching architecture,” continued Mayuram. “Realising the full potential of modern databases; microservices; AI technologies; and edge computing – such as in mobile apps and IOT –  to name a few, requires serious thinking. Architects are tasked with making the right technology choices and picking the right vendors that will guarantee their initiatives’ success. In this developer-driven economy, architects will lead this digital transformation by evolving the application and system architectures in a responsible manner, whereby businesses can make a quantum leap with minimum disruption.”

The survey was taken out across U.S, U.K, France and Germany and is based on an online survey conducted in summer 2019 by Vanson Bourne.