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Support Digital Business and the Nexus of Forces With Application Architecture Innovations

Published: 19 August 2014

ID: G00266394

Analyst(s): Anne Thomas


The Nexus of Forces has made traditional application architectures obsolete, and digital business demands more agility than ever. This assessment explores the trends in application architecture that solution architects and application development teams must adopt to support modern requirements.

Table Of Contents


  • Exploiting Digital Business Opportunities
    • Application Requirements for Digital Business
    • The Role of Application Architecture in Digital Business
  • Application Architecture Trends
    • Apps and Services
    • Fit Clients
    • Web-Scale Back End
    • Software-Defined Architecture
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Manage Up
  • Experiment
  • Define an Adoption Road Map
  • Establish New Architecture and Technology Guidelines
  • Prepare for Disruption
  • Train and Mentor Your Colleagues


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