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Use Gartner's Pace-Layered Application Strategy to Structure Your Procurement Application Portfolio

Published: 05 July 2011

ID: G00213761

Analyst(s): Deborah Wilson


Gartner's Pace-Layered Application Strategy can help organizations run an effective, flexible and innovative procurement operation. Use this model to deconstruct the body of applications in your portfolio, and to develop a long-term, dynamic technology plan that fully leverages your IT investments.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview


  • Introduction: The Exploding Scope of Procurement Applications
  • What Is Pace Layering?
  • Common Procurement Application Types
  • What Is Connective Tissue?
    • EIM and Analytics
    • Business Process Management (BPM)
    • Application Architecture and Process Integration
  • Classifying Procurement Applications to the Right Pace Layer
    • Questions to Identify Systems of Innovation
    • Questions to Identify Systems of Differentiation
    • Questions to Identify Systems of Record
    • Applications Migrate Over Time Across Layers
  • Examples of Pace Layering in Procurement
    • Sample Pace Layering for a Large, Progressive Multinational
    • Sample Pace Layering for a University or Healthcare Provider
    • Sample Pace Layering for a U.S. Federal Agency
    • Sample Pace Layering for Regional, Global 2000 Business
  • Recommendations for Procurement Pace Layers
    • Map Your Procurement Portfolio by Pace Layers
    • Develop an Application Governance Strategy for Each Layer
    • Create Your Connective Tissue Strategy
    • Classify New Applications at the Point of Conception
    • Guidance for Systems of Innovation
    • Guidance for Systems of Differentiation
    • Guidance for Systems of Record
    • Re-Evaluate Annually
  • Conclusion

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