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Software-Defined Architecture for Applications in Digital Business

Published: 12 August 2014

ID: G00264171

Analyst(s): Yefim Natis , Ross Altman


Software-defined architecture (SDA) is the breakthrough strategic architects in IT organizations need in order to deliver Web-scale application services for digital business.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


  • Old Architecture Models Are Insufficient or Obsolete
    • Software-Defined Architecture
    • SDA for Application Services
  • What's Familiar and What's Different in SDAS

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Business software architects: To support Web-scale digital business solutions the use of adaptive, open and manageable application architecture will rise from the "good to have" to essential
  • CIOs: Rigid hierarchical IT organizations must evolve to agile social organizations to reflect the fluid nature of software solutions in digital business
  • IT technology planners: Service virtualization gateway technology will alter the strategies of users and vendors of IT infrastructure, emerging as a key application infrastructure component for application software in digital business

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