Gartner Research

The App and Its Impact on Software Design

Published: 28 February 2014

ID: G00261250

Analyst(s): Brian Prentice


An app is a distinct form of software that is fundamentally different from an application. Its key characteristic is purposefulness. Application architects need to understand the changes necessary for software design and development practices to produce this next generation of software.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • The acceleration of mobility and consumerization trends will force enterprise architects and application development leaders to make apps a central part of their strategy to create modern software solutions
  • As apps proliferate, enterprise architects will need to tackle long-standing usability, portfolio management and solution architecture design challenges in a cohesive fashion

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