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Mobile Needs A Four-Tier Engagement Platform

    Why Read This Report

    Mobile is pushing aging web architectures to the brink. The three-tier architecture built for a browser-led PC world can't flex, scale, or respond to the needs of a good mobile experience or the emerging requirements for connected products. Mobile's volatility and velocity of change requires a distributed four-tier architecture that we call an "engagement platform." The engagement platform separates technical capabilities into four parts: client, delivery, aggregation, and services. The new requirements of modern apps will force content distribution networks, application server vendors, mobile middleware vendors, platform-as-a-service suppliers, a myriad of startups, and their enterprise customers to coalesce around this four-tier architecture. App development teams need to start planning immediately for the migration from three tiers to four. This report was originally published on October 16, 2013; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.
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    • Mobile Requirements Leave Aging Web Architectures Out In The Cold
    • Mobile Needs A Four-Tier Engagement Platform And Approach
    • Early Examples Of The Four-Tier Engagement Platform
    • How The Engagement Platform Market Will Unfold

      Take Four Steps Toward The Four-Tier Engagement Architecture

      Vendors Will Coalesce Around The Tier They Can Own
    • Supplemental Material
    • Related Research Documents