2012 Planning Guide: Application Delivery Strategies



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Application teams continue to face challenges posed by the economic unrecovery. Key IT themes for 2012 are volatility, multiplicity, versatility, and mobility. In this Planning Guide, VP Distinguished Analyst Anne Thomas Manes discusses application strategy trends and planning considerations for 2012.

Table of Contents

  • Summary of Findings
  • Introduction
    • Trends, Considerations, and Priorities
  • Industry Overview
    • Macro Trends
    • Application Delivery Trends
      • Usability Expectations
      • Complex Mobile Ecosystem
      • Cloud Computing
      • The Perpetual Backlog
      • Process Inefficiencies
      • The Legacy Quagmire
  • Application Development Trends
    • Challenges, Innovations, and Opportunities
      • Methodology Missteps
      • Organizational Obstacles
      • Cloud Connections
      • DevOps Détente
    • Planning Considerations
      • Adopt a Product Perspective
      • Say Goodbye to Waterfall
      • Improve Cross-Competency Collaboration
      • Launch a Deep Usability Discipline
  • Application Architecture Trends
    • Challenges, Innovations, and Opportunities
      • Architecture Impacts Business Value
      • SOA Has Become Pervasive
      • Native Web Protocols and REST Are Gaining Traction
      • Legacy Layers Hide but Don’t Address Technical Debt
      • Traditional N-Tier Architecture Doesn't Support Postmodern Requirements
    • Planning Considerations
      • Start a Technical Debt Management Program
      • Shift to the New Web Architecture
      • Provide Easy-to-Consume Services for the Citizen Developer
  • Application Infrastructure Trends
    • Challenges, Innovations, and Opportunities
      • Redundant Technologies
      • Fossilized Superplatforms
      • Innovative Upstarts
      • Integrated Stack vs. Polygeneous Ecosystem
      • Internal PaaS
    • Planning Considerations
      • Modernize Your Infrastructure to Enable New Web Architecture
      • Reassess Language and Framework Standards
      • Revise Guidance and Provide Education to Developers
  • Setting Priorities
    • Small Moves
  • Recommended Reading
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