Application Architecture Conferences

Build a Resilient Enterprise With Composable, Adaptable Applications

The must-attend application conferences for industry leaders

Applications have never been more important to the success of an organization. They are the active expression of business capabilities, and an organization’s ability to adapt and change applications is a huge element of organizational agility that leads to competitive advantage. This is what Gartner calls the “composable enterprise.”

Gartner Application Innovation & Business Solutions Summit delivers insights for application and software engineering leaders looking to craft leading-edge applications, architectures and strategies that enable composable enterprises.

For 2021, the program has been expanded to provide guidance for other roles that have a strong focus on applications and work closely with applications and software engineering leaders — program and portfolio management (PPM), enterprise architecture (EA), customer experience (CX), sourcing and technical managers.

Join us at one of the virtual conferences:

Gartner Application Innovation & Business Solutions Summit:
26 – 27 May 2021  |  Americas  |  Virtual
16 – 17 June 2021  |  EMEA  |  Virtual

4 Imperatives for Application Leaders

We identified four imperatives based on hundreds of conversations with application leaders responsible for product portfolio governance. These activities will help you stay ahead of business and technology trends, and set the foundation for a successful new year.

Gartner Application Innovation & Business Solutions Summit

Craft leading edge applications, architectures and strategies that create value and enable digital business transformation.
What’s covered

Discover what matters most now and how to prepare for what’s ahead:

  • The future of applications 
  • Composable architecture 
  • Agile development and DevOps 
  • Modernization, rationalization and integration strategies 
  • Hybrid IT-business “fusion” teams 
  • API ecosystems and management 
  • Cloud platforms and cloud-native architectures 
  • Application security and DevSecOps 
  • Intelligent business applications
Who should attend

Explore how we help you address your top challenges:

Senior application leaders 
Modernize your application portfolio while delivering innovation to the business. Advance your organization's cloud strategy.

Software engineer and application development leaders 
Understand the best practices for scaling agile. Learn how to use automation and other approaches to enable developers.

Architects (application, enterprise, business, solution) 
Architect your organization for adaptability and change. Create an architecture that is flexible enough to both satisfy current demands and adapt to emerging demand.

Application/system integration managers 
Implement a technical API strategy that allows the delivery of more integrations, faster. Integrate cloud-based and on-premises applications.

The best thing about coming together as a team is covering different areas by distributing ourselves across the sessions, rather than one person trying to cover everything. Plus, we bought three tickets and got one for free, which was brilliant!

Application Portfolio Manager, East Sussex County Council

Gartner application conferences give you unbiased advice on how to craft an agile application strategy to meet your business needs

Our team of Gartner experts conducts thousands of interactions every year with application professionals like you. They use this knowledge to help you address your biggest challenges in areas such as the future of applications, composable application architecture, software architecture, agile development, application security, cloud computing and more. Take a deep dive into the technologies and best practices backed with research that will help you craft an agile application strategy to meet your business needs.

Join us for thought-leading guidance and practical tools on how to:

  • Increase business resilience by devising a composable application strategy 
  • Lead strategic IT-business collaboration through technological, organizational and cultural change when delivering future applications 
  • Deliver a “composable enterprise” that can innovate and adapt to changing business conditions 
  • Design a future-proof business application integration strategy 
  • Drive cross-functional collaboration for successful digital business initiatives  
  • Implement and evaluate application security at the speed of digital business 
  • Execute continuous business-driven application modernization to provide optimum value 

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Build the right strategy and architecture

Architects must modernize their application architecture, software architecture and infrastructure strategies to respond to digital business imperatives of agility and scalability. This must all be done while also staying current on emerging technologies and their impact on those strategies.

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Gartner top trends in application platforms, architecture and integration

Modernizing application delivery has always been about continual evolution, but in 2021, the focus should be on optimizing and refining application delivery to make it repeatable, effective and efficient. The world has seen new technologies and practices become mainstream more quickly than ever before, and now it’s time to put them to work with a focus on optimization, pragmatism and control. The goal: Help your organization leverage modern tools, technologies and practices to deliver business value.

The need to adapt and modernize application architecture will create new skills challenges.

To keep pace, it’s critical to develop agile architecture, DevOps and cloud-native skills. Ensure the organization prioritizes skills based on real business and application needs, not hype. By applying learning to real problems, it’s possible to gain experience and achieve greater knowledge.

Fascination with Kubernetes will distract solution architects from optimizing platform selection.

Defining DevOps capabilities will help drive which application platform technology to choose. Leveraging existing PaaS technologies rather than building your own, as well as decoupling application architecture and design from the underlying platform technology, will help simplify the process. Kubernetes is a platform framework that is at its best and most powerful when used as the “platform for building platforms.”

Application composition and integration complexity will make productive automated governance essential.

Traditional application governance practices were established when systems were slower-moving and change was viewed as a risk, not an opportunity. Now, with increasingly composite systems and processes, it’s necessary to focus governance efforts on enabling controlled efficiencies and guardrails. Integrating and automating governance controls will help enable self-service and autonomy. Prioritizing the governance of your interfaces will be essential.

Composable business will demand connectivity beyond REST APIs.

Composable architecture comprises components that can be assembled, reassembled and extended to respond to evolving needs. Key to enabling this composability are the interfaces and communication models that connect the components. A mesh architecture of apps, APIs and services can help establish a more agile, consumer-centric, interface-driven approach to integration.

Edge computing will create distributed application architecture and integration challenges.

Edge computing enables application architects to use logic and data processing closer to users and devices on the edge, changing what’s possible in next-generation multiexperience applications. By starting with centralized computing, then adding edge computing, it’s possible to create greater architectural agility. At the same time, you can identify opportunities to optimize data, processing logic and communications, and apply PlatformOps to simplify deployment and management.

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