Enterprise software needs to be built in context. Major development projects aren’t started for fun; they’re meant to create a product that supports a specific business goal. Every piece of the architecture puzzle contributes to the success or failure of the final product, and developers need to keep their client’s goals in mind when designing their architecture.

With the wide variety of tools available to developers, though, this sometimes gets lost in the drive to try something new. Architecture choices for enterprise software have to balance function with innovation. Here’s a look at the best technologies for meeting that need today.

What “enterprise-friendly” means

Before suggesting specific technology, it’s important to take a step back and look at what makes technology “enterprise-friendly.” There are five key characteristics shared by the most business-forward tools.

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