For five years we have conducted research into the State of Application Delivery. This year, we've changed the name of our annual report to reflect a subtle but important change in focus across the world of IT. Namely, that the business of application delivery is really about the business of application services. The focus is no longer on the platform that delivers those services, it is on the services themselves. These are functions and tools that provide capabilities critical to successfully securing and scaling the most important asset a business has today: applications.

Diving into those application services alone is always interesting. But delving into the applications, environments, trends, and technology that drive organizations to use, on average, 16 different applications services is more enlightening. It gives us a glimpse of what IT and business will look like in the next year.

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