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October 2013, Volume 1, Number 5

Mobile computing backlash: App modernization needs on the rise

Manufacturers that use Lynden Inc.'s Web application for tracking shipments can now see the interface on any screen their end users are on—including mobile devices. That's because modernizing apps to support mobile devices is now a priority at the Pacific Northwest transportation and logistics firm, according to applications architect Rob Terpilowski. But doing so without redoing the server infrastructure calls for a more flexible application architecture. Application modernization has long been associated with updating early mainframe-era applications, but that is changing as new social, mobile and cloud technologies arrive on the scene. Developers and other IT professionals are finding that even the newest applications need to be regularly updated with new functionality to keep up with the pace of innovation. By the end of 2014, 78% of midsize and large businesses will complete or start legacy enterprise application modernization projects, according to Stamford, Conn., IT research group Gartner. Those figures do not include ...

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