A recent study from Couchbase revealed that the pressure on digital architects has increased incredibly since the beginning of the pandemic.
Indeed, it was stated that 48% of digital architects across the USA, UK, France, and Germany are currently struggling to deliver digital projects, compared to only 19% pre-pandemic. Yet, despite this, architects are still meeting their goals with almost 48% delivering digital projects uninterrupted by the sanitary crisis.
Moreover, the study showed that 86% of architects are confident that the pandemic has made it harder to get the right technology in place for digital transformation, while another 38% believe that it has disrupted their plans to deliver digital projects. Besides, 61% of architects declared that past technology decisions had made completing digital transformation projects more difficult, especially decisions concerning cloud infrastructure and database.
On the other hand, only 13% of organizations are still in the planning phase of digital projects, compared to 22% in 2019. Thus, this shows that almost all organisations are committed to digital projects that are underway.
The study then highlights the remarkable work and dedication of digital architects despite the numerous challenges of 2020. in order to continue in that way, they need all the support and resources at their disposition as well as new technology that can help them meet the current goals.
Indeed, the research also emphasizes the problem of over-relying on legacy databases, with 91% of businesses stating they still rely on them, which makes it harder to implement new digital projects. Yet, it was revealed that at least 60% of organizations have either reduced their use of legacy databases over the past 12 months or plan to do so over the next 12.
Architects also believe that the cloud and Big Data have the most potential to revolutionize digital transformation, as well as moving from on-premises databases to the cloud; having the flexibility to quickly change goals when needed, and adopting technology that didn’t require investing in new skills.
The pandemic allowed organisations to realise the need to update their outdated and inadequate data foundation and to move towards more modern NoSQL offerings. As a result, they are witnessing increased innovation.