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Decision Point for Selecting Your Mobile App Architecture

Published: 24 March 2016

ID: G00300055

Analyst(s): Kirk Knoernschild


Software developers must make a number of app architecture decisions when designing a mobile app. This Decision Point explores five different mobile app architecture profiles and provides a structured decision-making framework to help you make your app architecture decisions.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point Question

Decision Overview

Decision Tool

  • Using the Interactive Assessment Spreadsheet Tool
  • Using the Assessment Worksheet Tool

Principles, Requirements and Constraints

  • Requirements and Constraints
    • Portability
    • Maintenance
    • Manageability
    • Discoverability
    • Common Native Capabilities
    • Proprietary Native Capabilities
    • Interapp Communication
    • Native Characteristics
    • Security
    • Performance
    • Architectural Agility
    • Simplicity


  • Native Architecture
  • Native Hybrid Architecture
  • Web Hybrid Architecture
  • Hosted Hybrid Architecture
  • Web Architecture

Future Developments

  • App Store Distribution of Mobile Web Apps
  • Continuing Evolution and Maturation of HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript

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