Gartner Research

Don't Ignore the Effects of Pace Layering on Your Application Integration Strategy

Published: 11 November 2013

ID: G00257982

Analyst(s): Bill Swanton , Benoit Lheureux , Paolo Malinverno


Gartner's Pace-Layered Application Strategy helps companies manage their evolving application portfolios. Application managers must address the premise that applications will involve new devices and data types, flexible deployment models and different velocities of change.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • In a pace-layered portfolio, applications are loosely coupled and change at different rates; application managers face integration complexity in distributed environments
  • Innovative, differentiating applications demand new deployment options and functionality regrouping, creating challenges for directors of integration
  • Integrating rapidly changing, multienterprise and Nexus of Forces applications with slowly changing systems of records will proliferate sets of APIs that must be carefully managed
  • The impact of the Nexus of Forces and pace-layering strategies will challenge the integration project fulfillment capacity of many IT organizations and LOBs

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