Mobile development, meanwhile, is straining traditional three-tier Web architectures that have included layers for data source, SOA/middleware, and client. The report said 34.7 percent of respondents found existing three-tier infrastructures inadequate for mobile demands. While these architectures have leveraged data payloads based on SOAP and XML, mobile really needs REST or JSON, King said. Appcelerator recommends a mobile-optimized infrastructure leveraging data optimization, payload transformation, synchronization/offline access, and orchestration of multiple data sources.
In other findings, the report said the watchword for mobile development now is "scale." A number of response statistics point out expectations and complexities with scaling the delivery of mobile applications. Rising ubiquity of applications is driving demands for scale. Nearly half of all respondents report application release frequency as monthly or faster, while 81 percent build applications to run on at least two mobile OSes.
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