How are modern CIOs making an impact with multi-cloud? A recently released VMware report, \u201cCIO Essential Guidance: Modernizing Applications in a Multi-Cloud World,\u201d outlines these four key factors that influence success:\n\nDrive Developer Velocity\n\nThe best applications are created by the most talented developers, so it\u2019s crucial to attract and retain the best talent. Taking it a step further, according to a recent Forrester poll, 69% of business leaders agreed that a good Developer Experience (DevEx) results in a better customer experience (CX).1 In fact, it\u2019s clear that DevEx directly impacts CX: 45% of enterprise IT executives report that their dev teams push software releases on a monthly or faster pace (on average).2 \n\nWith so much at stake, it\u2019s critical to enable your developers to do what they do best: code. But all too often, barriers prevent this from happening. Cumbersome legacy platforms and tools slow down developers, which is why CIOs need to remove friction from the underlying development infrastructure and create an environment where teams can focus on achieving outcomes.\n\nThis may include creating agile workflows and automating manual processes as well as handoffs, provisioning and even meetings and paperwork. Adopting a cross-cloud development platform that offers the programs and codes your developers prefer, including pre-selected open-source products, will also elevate velocity, improve DevEx and unleash innovation.\n\nEmbrace Unified Cloud Management\n\nDespite all the advantages of multi-cloud development environments, if you can\u2019t easily manage your cloud estate, you\u2019re not reaping the full benefits. You could be underutilizing resources from one cloud provider, while maxing out on another. Moreover, lack of visibility means greater risk.\n\nA successful strategy for overcoming these types of challenges is to choose the best cloud provider for each app \u2013 whether it\u2019s an application platform for developers, an observability app for risk management, automation for operations, or something else \u2014 yet manage all clouds as if they were one, using a single platform. This approach reduces operational complexity and presents opportunities for greater governance, cost savings and risk management. \n\nShift Security Left\n\nShifting security left \u2013 meaning building in features that bolster security across the entire app pipeline, from the build phase all the way through deployment and optimization \u2013 is essential in today\u2019s complex threat landscape. This approach, combined with a unifying security platform and modern development principles, reduces risks and allows you to identify vulnerabilities and issues faster.\n\nWhen security management controls reside on a central platform, CIOs can better manage risk,compliance, and more across their overall cloud strategy \u2013 spanning entire application development and operations processes.\n\nTake a Platform-as-a-Product Approach\n\nUnifying platforms are vitally important to the success of your modern apps in a multi-cloud world. The operation of these platforms should be of the utmost importance, seeing as they are the product that keeps the company running.\n\nIf you view your unifying multi-cloud platforms as drivers of innovation, growth and data protection, and run them as a product, you can reimagine the way you prioritize and manage your apps and cloud estate. With a Platform-as-a-Product approach, it\u2019s easier to keep your focus on the big picture. \n\nBringing It All Together\n\nWith almost 75% of businesses operating across multiple public clouds 5, it\u2019s become clear that efforts to modernize need to be executed strategically. CIOs who\u2019ve enjoyed success in this area are realizing cost savings, revenue growth, and improved innovation. They have taken the time to standardize functions across clouds, chosen the clouds that best meet the needs of their apps, and operated unifying platforms that maintain seamless business control over multiple cloud providers. They have also improved DevEx to make the best use of one of their greatest assets: their Dev team.\n\nFor more ways to influence multi-cloud success, download the complete report: CIO Essential Guidance: Modernizing Applications in a Multi-Cloud World\n\nLearn more by clicking here.\n\n Taking it a step further, according to a recent Forrester poll, 69% of business leaders agreed that a good Developer Experience (DevEx) results in a better customer experience (CX).\n\n In fact, it\u2019s clear that DevEx directly impacts CX: 45% of enterprise IT executives report that their dev teams push software releases on a monthly or faster pace (on average).