How to Develop a Pace-Layered Application Strategy

Archived Published: 05 November 2013 ID: G00251506

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IT organizations' application strategies often aren't dynamic enough to handle changes in technology, the complexities of business demands and industry-specific requirements. Application leaders can use Gartner's Pace-Layered Application Strategy to differentiate the business and drive innovation.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • Introduction
    • The Uncomfortable Conversation Between IT and the Business
    • What Are Pace Layers?
    • Fundamentals
    • Nine Steps to Implementing a Pace-Layered Application Strategy
      • Step 1. Engage the Business
      • Step 2. Define/Review the Business Capability Model
      • Step 3. Segment Business Capabilities Among Layers
      • Step 4. Create an Applications Inventory
      • Step 5. Associate Each Application With the Business Capability It Supports
      • Step 6. Assess the Fitness and Value of Applications
      • Step 7. Define/Adapt the Application Strategy and Governance Models to Fit the Objectives
      • Step 8. Establish a Set of Connective Tissues to Deal With the Dynamics Across Layers
      • Step 9. Regularly Measure the Impact of the Pace-Layered Application Strategy
    • Bottom Line
  • Recommended Reading
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