Design your future-proof Architecture for the Digital Age
Three-tier architecture has been the predominant application architecture for the past decade. These architecture frameworks emerged in the late 1990s as a means to deliver web applications. But digital business demands an application architecture strategy that supports more than just a web front end. Consumers now demand access through multiple channels: web apps, mobile apps, social media, notifications, email and more. Competitive pressures are driving organizations to provide user experiences that exceed expectations, and leading digital business players ensure that users have optimized, continuous and ambient experiences as they traverse these channels. Meanwhile, organizations will fall behind if they aren’t prepared to leverage third-party algorithms and data sources, or rapidly deliver new features.
Three-tier architecture isn’t designed to support these requirements but presumes a monolithic, linear model in which an application supports one primary client interface: a browser. It doesn’t support optimized experiences for different personas or different channels. The business logic tier is tightly bound to the user interface (UI) tier, and the data tier is tightly bound to the business logic tier. These tight bindings makes three-tier architected solutions static and hard to change.
Modern applications require an architectural model that mimics the dynamism of the digital mesh; a design that promotes autonomy and collaboration in problem solving and that natively supports an ever-expanding set of interface channels, services and data sources. A new architectural model has emerged that addresses these modern application requirements: The mesh app and service architecture (MASA – as coined by industry analyst Gartner) is a modular architecture born of the digital business age. MASA comprises multiple independent and purposeful modules that can be composed as needed to support multiple channels, users, roles and networks for delivering application functionality.
Vanenburg Software, a typical tech entrepreneur, assists industry incumbents in realizing their digital transformation. We have embraced Gartner’s MASA architectural model and use a modern development environment, based upon leading technologies. We develop modern applications based on an architectural model that mimics the dynamism of the digital mesh; a design that promotes autonomy and collaboration in problem solving and that natively supports an ever-expanding set of interface channels, services and data sources.
Risk-free 3+3+3 approach
We do not believe in lengthy consultancy projects, but we see the need for establishing a good common ground and creating a well-thought-out design.
Our risk-free 3+3+3 approach ensures that developers and business executives are focused on end results to prove feasibility and effectiveness. We thereby make innovation tangible and focus on continuous improvement initiatives.
- 3-hours: Workshop to create solution blueprint and high-level scope
- 3-days: Working and accepted Prototype
- 3-weeks: Pilot and working software solution