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Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016: Mesh App and Service Architecture

Published: 29 February 2016

ID: G00296582

Analyst(s): David Cearley , Brian Burke, Mike Walker , Anne Thomas


The expanding device mesh and the need to deliver continuous and ambient experiences to support digital business are driving changes to application architectures. As part of a series on the most significant technologies for 2016, we describe how enterprise architecture leaders must prepare.

Table Of Contents


  • Why Mesh App and Service Architecture Is a Top 10 Trend
    • Where Mesh App and Service Architecture Fits in the Top 10
  • The Shift to Apps, Services, APIs and Software-Defined Models
    • Miniservices and Microservices for Modular Design
    • OS Container Virtualization and Docker Promote Enhanced Portability
  • Mesh Architectures Bring Together Cloud, Mobile, IoT and More
  • Actions
  • Appendix: The Other Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2016

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