7 Futuristic Skills Every Cloud-Native Developer Should Master

August 15, 2022
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Mohammad Ali
Mohammad Ali

According to cloud-native development statistics, the number of cloud native developers has grown by 300,000 developers from the first quarter of 2020 to the first quarter of 2021. This has pushed the total population of cloud native developers to 6.8 million

Imagine being a cloud native developer and competing against 6.8 million other developers. There is no denying that the demand for cloud native developers will continue to rise as more and more businesses migrate their workloads to the cloud but that does not mean that it will offset the balance of number of unfilled positions and number of candidates vying for those spots. 

The competition will continue to stay fierce and if you want to survive and thrive in a highly competitive environment, you need skills of the future. New to cloud native development and wondering which skills to learn? You are at the right place. In this article, you will learn about seven valuable skills every cloud-native developer must learn in order to take their career to the next level.

7 skills every cloud native developer should learn

Here are seven skills every cloud native developer must have to thrive in today’s competitive environment.

1. DevOps

If you want to succeed as a cloud native developer, it won’t be possible without mastering DevOps. You might be familiar with the development part but you will have to polish your management skills and learn the way operations work in order to truly ace DevOps. Your core focus should be on removing friction and working collaboratively to come up with software solutions that best cater to your customer needs. Not only that, DevOps can also help you reduce your development and maintenance costs while increasing your business efficiency.

2. Kubernetes

As more and more businesses embrace containers, the demand for Kubernetes has grown tremendously in the past few years. Kubernates is an open source platform to deploy, run and scale containerized applications. It can not only shorten the software development cycles but can also give you the scalability and flexibility businesses need in a multi-cloud environment. 

With the demand for cloud hosting, running and deploying containerized applications in the cloud not showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon, cloud native developers should have Kubernates on the top of their to-learn list. Cloud native developers should also familiarize themselves with different application architecture and understand every component in detail so they can play around with them more efficiently. 

You also need to understand how these components, applications, technologies, processes, frameworks and architecture merge to deliver business value. This will enable cloud native developers to create tailor made software solutions that can fulfill business needs in the best way. By understanding what brings value to your business, it will be much easier for you to develop unique business features that can give you a competitive edge over the competitors. 

3. Site Reliability Engineering

Site reliability engineering is not just a skill, it is a complete mindset. Adopting this mindset will enable cloud native developers to create applications which deliver on performance, accessibility, availability while delivering an immersive user experience. 

You can develop and deliver more reliable software products and also increase the reliability of applications by prolonging its lifespan and reducing the risk of errors. Most importantly, it will help you strike the perfect balance between user experience and reliability of application.  Cloud native developers can also have a better understanding on how production services work by leveraging site reliability engineering.

4. API Development

As technology and hardware such as dedicated servers continue to evolve so does the way to develop applications. We have slowly but surely shifted from monolithic systems to modular or component based models for software and application development. This means that cloud native developers must know how to write code to fulfill a highly specific use case.

Today, the entire software is not developed by a single software development team. Instead, the software team is broken down into several functions. Each function team develops a single function. If you are a developer who specializes in writing apps for monolithic systems but want to step into a cloud native environment, all you need is API development skills and you will be good to go.

5. Containerization

One of the biggest problems with traditional approaches to application and software development is that they are only compatible with platforms they are written for. When you transfer it to a new platform, you will start to encounter compatibility issues, bugs and errors. 

This is where containers come into play. It allows developers to develop and deploy apps quickly and securely. With security concerns growing across apps, the demand for cloud native developers who have hands-on experience in developing, running and deploying containerized applications in the cloud will continue to go up.

6. Microservices

Microservice orchestration is an integral part of cloud native architecture. As a cloud native developer, you are expected to understand Kubernates, containerization as well as microservices orchestration. The biggest challenge microservices pose for developers is that it forces developers to minify the code to fit inside as small a function as possible. 

The key here is that elements of microservices should be replaced without losing functionality. You can only learn it with practice. The more you practice writing open source code, the better you get at it.

7. Automation

Last but certainly not the least is automation. All these skills will be worthless if you don’t know how to take full advantage of automation tools at your disposal. By harnessing the power of automation, you can automate mundane tasks and free up resources which can be put to other uses. You can save a lot of time and money and deliver software solutions before the deadline. These automation tools help you take full advantage of the cloud and deliver the benefits such as scalability, accessibility and flexibility to businesses.


Mohammad Ali is an experienced digital marketer and a search engine marketing specialist who is currently associated with Hostnoc & Branex, as senior digital marketer and brand strategist.

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