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2014 Planning Guide for Application Platforms: The Nexus Era of Software Delivery

Published: 03 October 2013

ID: G00257929

Analyst(s): Sean Kenefick , Kirk Knoernschild, Danny Brian , Anne Thomas, Eric Knipp


The technologies underlying the Nexus of Forces are maturing, and proven practices are emerging. Delivering compelling, innovative solutions will require application development teams to embrace new paradigms, boost effectiveness, emphasize consumer expectations and broaden developer skill sets.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


Macro Trends Overview

Application Development and Delivery Trends

  • Satisfying More Demanding Consumer Expectations
    • The User Experience
    • Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device and Any App
    • The Citizen Developer
    • Planning Considerations for Satisfying More Demanding Consumer Expectations
  • Increasing Application Delivery Effectiveness
    • Software Quality
    • Architectural Agility
    • DevOps
    • Planning Considerations for Increasing Application Delivery Effectiveness
  • Embracing New Architectural Paradigms
    • The Web API
    • Cloud Application Architecture
    • Modern Web App Architecture
    • Planning Considerations for Embracing New Architectural Paradigms
  • Expanding Developer Skill Sets
    • Planning Considerations for the Expanding Developer Skill Sets

Setting Priorities

  • Go Agile or Go Home
  • SOA Is a Prerequisite
  • Execution Is the New Strategy
    • Start Small, but Start Now
    • Gain Back Your Credibility
    • Frequently Evaluate Your Progress and Adapt

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