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2016 Planning Guide for Application Platform Strategies

Published: 02 October 2015

ID: G00281343

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


Development teams must deliver software more efficiently than ever before. They also face the most diverse technology ecosystem in history. To lay a foundation for success, teams must improve software architecture, infrastructure and processes simultaneously to realize greater velocity and agility.

Table Of Contents

Application Platform Strategy Trends

  • Modern Software Architecture Patterns Will Mature and Gain Momentum
    • Planning Considerations
  • Lightweight Infrastructure Will Continue to Replace Heavyweight Superplatforms
    • Planning Considerations
  • Development Teams Will Invest in Automating the Testing and Delivery Pipeline
    • Planning Considerations
  • Continuous Learning Will Become an Essential Developer Skill
    • Planning Considerations

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