Trends Report

Application Delivery In The Modern Age

February 12th, 2014
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Kurt Bittner
With contributors:
Diego Lo Giudice , Christopher Mines , Phil Murphy , John Rymer , Jeffrey Hammond , Dominique Whittaker

Summary

Rapid evolution in cloud and mobile applications and the permeation of social media throughout the developer community have led to a new approach in the way that organizations deliver business value through software. Consumer demands for innovative solutions, new digital business models, and a changing developer demographic combine to change the way that firms build, deploy, and maintain applications. Mobile and cloud applications, with their loosely coupled modular architectures, lead the way toward a fluid approach to design and development that can evolve more rapidly to meet changing needs. This report highlights the practices of dev teams that build, deploy, and support such applications — teams that are fluid and cross-functional and include business, development, quality assurance, and operations expertise. Companies that have mastered this approach are able to deliver innovative software solutions to customers at a pace inconceivable even just a few years ago. Modern application delivery opens up a performance gap between dev shops that successfully embrace it and those that don't; which side will your organization be on?

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