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Essential Skills for Cloud-Native Application Architects

Published: 20 March 2023


Designing applications that fully embrace cloud-native platforms requires a mix of existing and emerging skills. Application technical professionals responsible for cloud-native application architecture must develop skills in distributed system design, agile architecture, API design, and containers.

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Key Findings
  • Cloud architects and cloud-native application architects have two distinct roles within the organization. Cloud architects are responsible for selecting, operating and governing cloud platforms. Cloud-native application architects, meanwhile, are responsible for designing, building and deploying highly available, scalable and secure applications using cloud-native technologies.

  • There is a core set of foundational architecture principles that enable application architects to adapt to cloud platform providers adding new capabilities and services.

  • Cloud environments have unpredictability, disruptions and failures that must be accounted for in the application architecture and design.

  • Traditional tools, reactive monitoring approaches and manual responses are insufficient to operate

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  • API Design
  • Application & API Security
  • Availability & Resiliency Patterns
  • Cloud-Native Architecture Principles
  • Cloud Platforms
  • Distributed System Design
  • Agile Architecture
  • Infrastructure as Code
  • Monitoring & Observability
  • Architecture Documentation & Diagrams
  • CI/CD & Deployment Automation
  • Containerization
  • Event-Driven & Streaming Architecture
  • Microservices Architecture
  • Secrets Management
  • Serverless
  • Container Orchestration
  • FinOps
  • GitOps


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