Recent research: Benefits of Migration to Modern Middleware Services

Benefits of Migration to Modern Middleware Services

Author: Marcia Kaufman, COO and Principal Analyst; Daniel Kirsch, Senior Analyst Daniel Kirsch, Senior Analyst

Business applications are no longer isolated to the back office. Today, these applications are at the forefront of the way businesses interact with customers, suppliers, and partners. As customer expectations change, these applications must change at a rapid pace. This puts enormous pressure on the software development team to keep up with demand.

The development organization is often hampered in their efforts when they have to rely on an aging and inflexible middleware infrastructure that makes change difficult. In fixing the problems associated with the need for rapid change, many organizations assume that if they adopt agile development processes or advanced software development frameworks and tools, productivity challenges can be solved. However, this is not true. While these techniques can help the team be more effective, they cannot solve the underlying problem caused by middleware that lacks modularity and flexibility. For example, older middleware has typically been designed as an integrated environment, built during an era before cloud or mobile computing existed and before business was conducted online.

Outdated middleware hinders the software developer in three critical ways:

• It reduces developer productivity—it takes too many developers too long and too many resources to respond to rapidly changing market demands.

• The monolithic design of legacy middleware requires the developer to load the entire stack adding unnecessary bulk to the application. As a result, it is complex and time consuming for developers to make business critical changes.

• New application delivery models including cloud, mobile platforms, and social media place new demands on the development team. Traditional middleware is not designed to handle the scalability, speed, and dynamic interactions associated with these use cases.

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