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Apps 2025: A Guidance Framework for Architecting Your Application Career

Published: 20 March 2019

ID: G00364744

Analyst(s): Eric Knipp


Accelerating change is disrupting industries and upending careers. This volatile environment challenges technical professionals in application roles. This report tells you how to plan a rewarding path in applications and provides a framework for executing your plan.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Step 1. Understand the Apps 2025 Scenario
    • The Trends: More Precision, Autonomy and Disposability
    • The People: The Rise of Millennials, Citizen Developers and the Gig Economy
    • The Environment: Bigger Roles for Digital Business in the Software-Defined Enterprise
  • Step 2: Find Your Key Skills for the Future
    • Build Technical Skills
    • Build Business Acumen
    • Develop Your Professional Effectiveness
  • Step 3: Conduct an Honest Self-Assessment
    • Develop Your Career Profile
    • Solicit Feedback
    • Conduct a Personal SWOT Assessment
  • Step 4. Build Your Own Professional Development Roadmap
    • Master Key Professional Effectiveness Competencies
    • Join and Develop Communities of Practice
    • Invest in the Right Technical Skills
    • Seek Stretch Assignments
  • Step 5. Stay on Track
    • Find and Exploit Learning Opportunities
    • Build Interpersonal Skills and Relationships
    • Participate in Outside Activities
    • Find, and Be, a Mentor
    • Find a Sponsor

Risks and Pitfalls

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