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2015 Planning Guide for Application Platform Strategies: Gaining Speed and Scale in Software Development

Published: 02 October 2014

ID: G00266387

Analyst(s): Gary Olliffe , Danny Brian , Sean Kenefick , Richard Watson, Eric Knipp , Kirk Knoernschild


The digital industrial economy, where everyone and everything is connected to the Internet, will be the primary driver of enterprise IT for the foreseeable future. Success demands software development teams start making the shift toward a world of hyperconnected and scalable systems today.

Table Of Contents

Introduction and Industry Overview

  • Application Platform Strategies Trends

Satisfying More Demanding User Expectations

  • Market and Technology Trends
  • Planning Considerations
    • Launch a Usability Initiative

Increasing Application Development Delivery and Effectiveness

  • Market and Technology Trends
    • Enterprise Agility at Scale
    • Containerization Streamlines Application Delivery
  • Planning Considerations
    • Emphasize Automation
    • Measure What You Plan to Improve

Embracing New Architectural Paradigms

  • Market and Technology Trends
    • The Rise of the App
    • Everything as a Service
  • Planning Considerations
    • Embrace HTML5, the Modern Browser, and Hybrid Mobile Apps
    • Expose an API for Everything

Modernizing Application Infrastructure

  • Market and Technology Trends
    • Lightweight Servers and Middleware
    • Software-Defined Application Services
  • Planning Considerations
    • Experiment With Lightweight Infrastructure Components
    • Adopt SDAS as a Way to Manage APIs and Services

Setting Priorities

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