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Address Application and Integration Needs for Collaboration Services With Lightweight Composite Applications

Published: 26 October 2016

ID: G00303904

Analyst(s): Kyle Davis


Demand is high for application development and integration for processes that span collaboration services. This is overwhelming both IT and end users. To address these issues, technical professionals should begin developing lightweight composite collaboration applications.

Table Of Contents


  • What Is a Lightweight Composite Collaboration Application?
    • Provides a Single UX for a Business Process
    • Can Be Developed Relatively Quickly
    • Does Not Have Its Own Data Repository
  • Six Key Considerations for Tools Used to Develop Lightweight Composite Apps
    • Client Types
    • No-Code to Low-Code
    • Workflow
    • Connectors/Integration
    • Development and Hosting Environment
    • Reusable Assets
  • What Types of Developer Skills Are Required?
    • Pro Developers
    • Citizen Developers
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Discover and Build a Relationship With Potential Citizen Developers
  • Document the Most-Used Collaboration Services and Their Application Demands
  • Start Experimenting With Lightweight Composite Apps Today

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