Gartner Research

It's Time to Gradually Give Up Developing, Buying and Maintaining Applications

Published: 31 July 2014

ID: G00259283

Analyst(s): Paolo Malinverno , Tim Weaver , Brian Prentice

Summary

Digital business demands and the Nexus of Forces are making it harder than ever for application managers to provide enough applications for so many different users. Application managers must gradually let go of application ownership and focus on APIs to enable competitive advantage.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Digital business, the Nexus of Forces, multiplying delivery channels and increasing demand for personalized services will force application managers to adopt new delivery approaches for their application portfolios
  • Users will still need much of the functionality and data sitting in today's applications, forcing application managers to find new ways to access functionality and data
  • New sources of apps will enable application managers to focus on APIs and services, and stop worrying about keeping applications current or developing/buying new ones
  • The shift toward APIs will mean that application managers will have to embrace new vendor landscapes and delivery methods

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