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Applying Gartner's Pace-Layered Application Strategy to Human Capital Management

Published: 21 July 2011

ID: G00214212

Analyst(s): James Holincheck, Thomas Otter


Newer delivery models are making application strategy increasingly complicated for HR and human capital management organizations. Gartner's Pace-Layered Application Strategy provides a framework to organize implementation plans as these strategies evolve, while ensuring the agility of the HR/HCM organization.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview


  • The Scope of HR and HCM
  • What Is Pace Layering?
  • What Is Connective Tissue?
    • Enterprise Information Management and Analytics
    • Business Process Management
    • Application Architecture and Process Integration
  • HCM Applications
  • Classifying HCM Applications in the Right Pace Layer
    • Questions to Identify Systems of Record
    • Questions to Identify Systems of Differentiation
    • Questions to Identify of Systems of Innovation
  • Applying Pace Layering to HCM
    • Example 1: Manufacturing Organization
    • Example 2: Professional Services Firm
  • Recommendations for HCM 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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