Why Read This
With the worldwide population of smartphone users approaching 2 billion, and tablets numbering in the hundreds of millions, the scope of the mobile computing revolution rivals that of the move from monolithic systems to client/server in the 1990s. As in that period, we're now seeing massive changes to application architecture as companies modernize the way they build applications. Modern applications require omnichannel clients, elastic infrastructure, and elastic licensing; they're composed of multiple service endpoints that are provisioned by developers who get direct customer feedback on app functionality. This report, which is the vision report of the mobile app development playbook for application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals, focuses on the changes application developers need to understand if they want to build modern applications that deliver effective, contextual mobile moments. It also looks at how modern applications will evolve over the next few years and what development teams should prepare for now. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy; we revised this edition to factor in the evolution of mobile app development tools, processes, and development trends.