Gartner Research

Designing the Right Mobile Data Architecture

Published: 12 September 2013

ID: G00249965

Analyst(s): Lyn Robison


A successful mobile data architecture is one that fulfills the unique requirements and constraints of mobile computing. Data architects can use this guidance framework to accommodate the requirements and constraints of mobile data architecture in an organized fashion.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Guidance Context

  • Problem Statement
  • Guidance Applicability
  • Related Guidance
  • Gartner Definitions

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
  • Consider the Constraints and Requirements for Mobile Data Architecture
    • Example 1: Mobile App for College Freshmen
    • Example 2: Distribution Supply Chain
    • Example 3: Mobile Business Intelligence
    • Example 4: Field Staff Work Management
    • Example 5: Digital Wallet App
  • Perform Preliminary Design, and Make Further Refinements
    • Shifts From Premobile to Mobile Architecture
    • More on Scale-Out Architectures
    • Transactions: Consistency vs. Availability
    • Schema on Read, Schema on Write and Eventual Schema
    • Data Center vs. Cloud
    • Mobile Network Infrastructure
    • Mobile Device Data Residency
  • Finalize the Requirements and Design
  • Follow-Up: Evolve Your Data Architecture to Include Mobile

Risks and Pitfalls

Recommended Reading

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