Gartner Research

Characteristics and Best Practices of Business Unit Application Development

Published: 28 January 2011

ID: G00206434

Analyst(s): Mark Driver


The risks and rewards to enterprises of business unit application development efforts will increase significantly through 2015. Effective management will be the key to achieving positive business impact versus experiencing potentially catastrophic negative impact.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • How Do We Define and Characterize BUAD Efforts?
    • BUAD Criteria
    • End-User AD Versus Citizen Development Versus BUAD
    • Typical BUAD Characteristics
  • What Are the Drivers and Inhibitors for BUAD?
    • Drivers for AD Within the Business Unit
    • Technology Has Empowered BUAD Efforts
    • BUAD Versus ITAD: The Zone of Conflict
    • Hidden Dangers of BUAD Adoption
    • The Value of BUAD to Corporate IT
  • How Can AD Organizations Effectively Manage BUAD?
    • Establish a Policy to Manage BUAD Efforts
    • BUAD Sweet Spots
    • BUAD Governance at Two Levels
  • How Will BUAD Best Practices and Trends Evolve During the Next Five Years?
    • BUAD in 2010 Versus BUAD in 2015
    • BUAD and Cloud Computing

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