Software professionals say the use of cloud platforms reduces their overall development time by nearly 15%, on average, representing a time savings approaching one entire day in a typical five-day work week.

The findings come from Evans Data Corp.’s Cloud Development Survey, which was conducted in December and just released. They survey also shows that improvements in development speed and efficiency appear to be among the key drivers motivating developers to embrace cloud platforms as their development environment of choice. Evan Data does market research, market intelligence, and strategic planning for the software development community.

Developers report that they have been able to trim down the time it takes to procure tools, to standardizing their development environment across multiple teams, and to pass their code off to the next member of their team.

Data from the Cloud Development Survey also shows that developers are migrating to cloud platforms at an increasingly rapid pace.

"One of the chief benefits driving the adoption of cloud is savings in both time and money," Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data, said in a statement. "This is just as true for developers as for other IT users. Configuring complex systems, developing, testing and deployment can all be done in the cloud with the cloud vendor scaling the servers, providing load balancing, providing a database, and supplying a host of other services that developers used to have to do themselves."

The Evans Data Cloud Development Survey is conducted twice yearly and examines usage patterns, adoption intentions, and other issues relating to cloud development such as cloud as a development platform, cloud development tools, big data in the cloud, security and governance, cloud configurations and mobile cloud clients.