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Use Gartner's Pace-Layered Application Strategy to Better Manage Your Financial Management Application Portfolio

Published: 24 June 2011

ID: G00213657

Analyst(s): John Van Decker , Nigel Rayner


Gartner's Pace-Layered Application Strategy can help finance organizations develop an effective, flexible and innovative business strategy. Use this model to deconstruct your portfolio of financial management applications and develop a long-term, dynamic technology plan that fully leverages your IT investments.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview


  • Introduction: The Scope of FM Applications
  • What Is Pace Layering?
  • What Is Connective Tissue?
    • EIM and Analytics
    • Application Architecture and Process Integration
  • FM Applications
  • Classifying FM Applications to the Right Pace Layer
    • Questions to Identify of Systems of Innovation
    • Questions to Identify Systems of Differentiation
    • Questions to Identify Systems of Record
  • Applying Pace Layering to FM Applications
    • Midsize, Product-Centric Company With a B2B Focus
    • Midsize Service-Centric Company
    • Large Multinational With Single-Instance ERP and Shared Services
  • Recommendations for FM Pace Layers
    • Guidance for Systems of Record
    • Guidance for Systems of Differentiation
    • Guidance for Systems of Innovation
  • Applications Frequently Migrate Among Layers
  • New Applications Should Be Classified at Point of Conception
  • Conclusion

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