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Build A Four-Tier Digital Engagement Platform

March 22, 2018


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 require 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. App developers need to start planning immediately for the migration from three tiers to four. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

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Table of Contents

  • Mobile Requirements Leave Aging Web Architectures Out In The Cold
  • Mobile Needs A Four-Tier Engagement Platform And Approach
  • Leading Firms Are Embracing The Four-Tier Engagement Platform
  • Three Vendor Camps Vie For The Aggregation Tier Sweet Spot
  • Recommendations

  • Take Four Steps Toward The Four-Tier Engagement Architecture
  • What It Means

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

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