What is Modern App?

Modern technology? How about a contemporary stack? What does the term “modern” signify in the context of contemporary culture? It’s important defining a modern application for the purpose of conversation, even if most of us already know what it is.

As a contemporary application that supports numerous clients, whether the client is an Android or iOS mobile app, or an API-connected downstream application, it is modern. Modern applications assume that their data and services will be used by an unspecified number of users.

Data and services are accessible via an API in modern applications. Instead of tailoring the API to each individual client, the application’s API is standard. All GUI and CLI features, and capabilities are available via the API, which may be accessed via HTTP(S).

JSON is a common format for storing and retrieving data. When it comes to APIs, RESTful APIs, and Graph both do a decent job of delivering the right user interface.

To build a modern app, you need a modern stack, and a modern stack is one that allows you to build an app with an HTTP interface and clear API endpoints simply. Allowing for easy consumption and output of JSON data. So, it’s compliant with the Twelve-Factor App for Microservices in that regard.

Java, Python, Node.js, Ruby, PHP, and Go are some of the most popular implementations of this stack. There are examples of the contemporary stack implemented in each of these languages in the Microservices Reference Architecture (MRA).

It’s important to remember that we’re not proposing a microservices-only approach to application development. Many of you are working with monoliths that need to be evolved, while others are working with SOA apps that are being extended and evolved into microservices-based solutions. Both approaches have their merits. Other people are heading toward serverless applications, while others are combining all these options. Each of these systems can benefit from the principles discussed in this talk by making a few modest adjustments.

The confluence of mobile, social, cloud, and Big Data technologies (designated the “nexus of forces” by research firm Gartner, Inc.) is transforming how work is done and how IT serves the business. Work may now be done from anywhere, at any time, on a variety of devices.

Understanding what distinguishes really “modern” business software is necessary for turning these new technologies into a real company value. Enterprise software applications must have five attributes, according to Michael Beckley, CTO of Appian, to speed better decisions and actions in modern work contexts.

1. Mobile and Desktop compatibility

In today’s fast-paced corporate world, both mobile and desktop devices must provide the same capabilities and user experience to be competitive. Mobile is no longer considered an “additional” feature. Any application that does not provide native mobility that is comparable to the desktop experience is considered a legacy application from the moment it is released.

2. Participation and Values

Improved internal communication, enabled by contemporary apps, generates additional corporate value. Employees can readily participate in business-critical discourse, both structured and unstructured, by utilizing the social collaboration tools provided by a modern work platform. This becomes even more advantageous when employees can collaborate seamlessly on the go using their mobile devices.

3. Cloud and On-premises

Increasing the time-to-business-value for new apps and services is a priority for IT teams, but they should not give up ownership and control over their applications and data.

Modern apps must be fully compatible across all deployment environments, including public cloud, private cloud, on-premises, and hybrid. The ability to easily transfer whole applications and data sets between environments is also required by these standards.

4. Action and Awareness

Organizational awareness rises because of more active participation and collaboration among employees. For this awareness to be meaningful, a modern application must also provide insight into all relevant data, regardless of where it lives. This is something that many social networks are attempting today. When it comes to acting on that new knowledge, they fall short since they don’t let users do so straight from the app’s user interface.

5. The ability to withstand the change in the future

It’s impossible to keep up with the rate of progress. Organizations want technology partners that can take on the responsibility of embracing disruptive technologies more than ever before.

Innovations may be leveraged for growth, customer engagement, operational efficiency, and risk reduction by delegating the innovation load to vendors.


Even while modern application development can appear to be a challenging task, it is a process that can be completed iteratively, with each phase bringing significant benefits to your team.

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