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A Bimodal Approach to Agile Web Application Architecture

Published: 10 March 2017

ID: G00320715

Analyst(s): Brad Dayley


User and business demands require technical professionals who architect and develop web apps to deliver innovative solutions while maintaining predictability and consistency. A bimodal strategy with decoupled web clients, APIs and services will balance both by using different rates of delivery.

Table Of Contents


  • Understanding Mode 1 and Mode 2 Web Applications
    • Identify Modes Based on Cadence or Pace of Change
    • Define Bimodal Opportunities and Priorities
  • Facilitate Bimodal Using a Flexible Web Application Architecture
    • Identify and Prepare for Bimodal Options Using the Web Application Architecture
    • Minimize Cross-Mode Dependencies
  • Use APIs to Promote Flexible Integration Between Mode 1 and Mode 2 Applications and Services
    • Use Mediated APIs to Decouple Back-End Services and Legacy Systems
    • Build Specialized APIs and Services to Enable Mode 2
  • Identify and Minimize Data Dependencies
  • Optimize the Ability to Switch Web Application Development Modes
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


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