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2013 Planning Guide for Application Delivery Strategies: Mobile, Cloud, Social, and Information

Published: 01 November 2012

ID: G00237694

Analyst(s): Anne Thomas , Kirk Knoernschild , Richard Watson , Eric Knipp , Danny Brian


In 2013, application delivery teams need to re-establish themselves as trusted solution providers for mobile, cloud, social and information initiatives. This Planning Guide provides guidance on how to design, develop and deliver applications that respond to these trends.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Planning for the Nexus

Industry Overview

  • Macro Trends
  • Application Delivery Trends
    • Users Are Driving the Nexus Forces, and Their Experiences Matter
    • Application Delivery Teams Are Hamstrung by Legacy Debt
    • SOA Is a Prerequisite for the Nexus Architecture Paradigm


  • Mobile Challenges, Innovations and Opportunities
    • There Are Mobility Strategy Haves and Have-Nots
    • Conflicts Between Mobile App Requirements Are Inevitable
    • The Mobile Web Requires a Paradigm Shift
    • Implementing Mobile Integration With Back-End Services and Data Is Challenging
    • Choosing a Mobile Application Architecture Is a Multifactor Decision
    • The Web Is Not a Panacea, but You Should Invest in It
    • Development Processes Get Lost in Haste
  • Planning Considerations for Mobile
    • Architecture: Mobilize Use Cases, Not Applications
    • Architecture: SOA Is a Critical Enabler of Your Mobile Application Strategy
    • Processes: Deliver Solutions as Your Strategy Develops and Matures, Then Pay Your Debt
    • Organization: Add Value as a Broker When Mobile Application Development Is Outsourced


  • Cloud Challenges, Innovations and Opportunities
    • Cloud Provider Outages Happen
    • The Meter's Running: You Pay for What You Use
    • The PaaS Market Is Becoming Less Proscriptive
    • Attention Is Turning to Private PaaS
    • The Market for Cloud-Enabled Application Platforms Is Still Immature
    • Organizations Need Formal Cloud Adoption Models
    • Building a Hybrid IT Strategy and Organization Is Required
  • Planning Considerations for Cloud
    • Architecture: Adopt the Cloud-Aware Architecture Paradigm
    • Organization: Shift From Software Delivery to Private PaaS Provider
    • Organization: Develop Hybrid IT Disciplines and Behaviors
    • Governance: Build Cloud Adoption Models


  • Social Challenges, Innovations and Opportunities
    • Social Is Not a Place or a Feature
    • Social Capabilities Cannot Remain Isolated From Business Applications
    • Application Vendors Are Becoming Social
    • Getting Started With Social Business Is an Imperative
  • Planning Considerations for Social
    • Architecture: Integrate Activity Streams Into Your Business Applications
    • Infrastructure: Investigate Social Capabilities Within Your Application Development Platforms
    • Infrastructure: Reach Out to Common Social Networks Using Their APIs


  • Information Challenges, Innovations and Opportunities
    • Architects Need to Deal With Many Data Sources and Many Attributes
    • New Design Patterns for Data Are Required
    • Developers Are Compelled to Find Alternatives to Relational Data Models and SQL
  • Planning Considerations for Information
    • Architecture: Use Data Services to Encapsulate and Standardize Data Access
    • Architecture: Learn New Design Patterns Required for Exploiting Data Within the Nexus of Forces
    • Infrastructure: Choose Databases According to Your Use Cases

Setting Priorities

  • Gain Credibility as a Mobile and Cloud Solution Provider
  • Take the Initiative With Social and Information Innovation
  • Adopt a Product Perspective
  • Develop a UX Discipline Now
  • Pay Your "Last Chance Saloon" Bar Tab: Modernize Legacy Systems and Reduce Technical Debt

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