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Retire the Three-Tier Application Architecture to Move Toward Digital Business

Published: 21 June 2016

ID: G00308298

Analyst(s): Aashish Gupta , Anne Thomas


The three-tier application architecture is obsolete and no longer meets the needs of modern applications. CTOs should direct their architecture teams to adopt the mesh app and service architecture (MASA) to support their digital transformation initiatives.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • Overview
  • Modern Application Requirements
    • The Changing Front End
    • Optimized User Experience
    • Diverse Data Sources and Persistence Models
    • Continuous Delivery of New Features
    • Injecting External Context for Better Decisions
  • Transitioning From Three-Tier to MASA

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