Skip to main content

Save or Share this Report

For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

The Seismic Shift In Application Portfolios

March 12, 2014

Primary author headshot


  • By James Staten
  • with Christopher Mines,
  • John Rymer,
  • Kurt Bittner,
  • Heather Belanger

Why Read This Report

Driven by rapidly changing customer engagement models, enterprise application portfolios are evolving at dramatically different rates on either side of a fault line. Systems of engagement applications for digital customer experiences, such as mobile and web applications, are iterating at an accelerating pace, completely turning over their code in as little as 12 months. On the other side, back-office systems of record, such as financial, customer relationship, and enterprise resource systems, evolve at a much slower pace. So tension builds up at the integration layer. Back-office apps cannot ignore the fast-moving evolution of customer- and employee-facing applications; if systems of record don't flex to integrate with the front end — on the front end's terms — enterprises risk redundancy and inconsistency in activities like compliance, business intelligence, and data reconciliation. This report details the shifting demands placed upon enterprise portfolios, driven over the next decade by the cumulative impact of digital disruption, mobile mind shift, customer experience, and big data analytics. App dev leaders will respond with radically different application development strategies and organizational structures.

Get Access

Already a Client?

Log in to read this document.

Become a Forrester Client

Customers are the new market-makers, reshaping industries and changing how businesses compete and win. Success depends on how well and how fast you respond. Forrester Research gives you insights and frameworks aligned to your role to shorten the time between a great idea and a great outcome, helping your teams win in the age of the customer. Contact us to learn more.

Purchase Report

This report is available for individual purchase ($745 USD).


Table of Contents

  • A Seismic Shift In Enterprise App Portfolios
  • Tension In The Portfolio Will Cause Tension In Your Organization

  • Execute The Seismic Shift Portfolio Strategy

  • Every Business Is A Software Business
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents