Gartner Research

How to Develop a Pace-Layered Application Strategy

Published: 05 November 2013

ID: G00251506

Analyst(s): Susan Galberaith, Luis Mangi


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


  • 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

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