Gartner Market Guide for Application Platforms

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Gartner Market Guide for Application Platforms

By Anne Thomas, VP, Distinguished Analyst, Enterprise Software, Gartner

By Anne Thomas, VP, Distinguished Analyst, Enterprise Software, Gartner and Viktor Klang, Deputy CTO Lightbend, Inc.

About This Report

According to Gartner Research, the application platform market is morphing in response to digital business requirements. As Java EE and other three-tier frameworks, such as ASP.NET, fade in relevance, application leaders must build a strategy to shift alternative platforms that support cloud-native applications.

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Report Highlights

  • Develop a strategy to deal with the obsolescence of Java EE.
  • Design all new applications to be cloud-native, irrespective of whether or not you plan to deploy them in the cloud.
  • Give preference to vendors that articulate a platform strategy that supports modern application requirements, such as public, private and hybrid cloud deployment, in-memory computing, multichannel clients, microservices, event processing, continuous delivery, Internet of Things (IoT) support and API management.

Application leaders responsible for modernizing application infrastructure should read this research to get a better understanding of the application platform market and a review of representative vendors and their offerings.



Gartner Market Guide for Application Platforms, Anne Thomas, Aashish Gupta, November 23, 2016. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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About Author

Anne Thomas, VP, Distinguished Analyst, Enterprise Software, Gartner

Anne Thomas is a VP and Distinguished Analyst in the Enterprise Software team in the Gartner for IT Leaders research group. She manages the Application Architecture and Infrastructure agenda. Her current hot topics include microservices, APIs, Docker and PaaS.

About Authors

Anne Thomas, VP, Distinguished Analyst, Enterprise Software, Gartner

Anne Thomas is a VP and Distinguished Analyst in the Enterprise Software team in the Gartner for IT Leaders research group. She manages the Application Architecture and Infrastructure agenda. Her current hot topics include microservices, APIs, Docker and PaaS.

Viktor Klang, Deputy CTO Lightbend, Inc.

Viktor Klang is Deputy CTO at LIghtbend, former Tech Lead for the Akka project and co-author of scala.concurrent in the Scala Standard Library. Viktor has a long background on the JVM and a passion for concurrent, asynchronous, distributed and resilient systems and the making thereof.

About Lightbend

Lightbend (Twitter: @Lightbend) provides the leading Reactive application development platform for building distributed applications. Using microservices and fast data on a message-driven runtime, enterprise applications scale effortlessly on cloud computing architectures. Many of the most admired brands around the globe are transforming their businesses with our platform, engaging billions of users every day through software that is changing the world.