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Application Deployment Options Through the Pace Layer Lens

Published: 18 August 2015

ID: G00280412

Analyst(s): Matthew Hotle , Stefan Van Der Zijden


Choosing how to deploy an application isn't as simple as making a build-versus-buy decision. Pace layering provides a lens for understanding deployment options, and Gartner's FACT framework supplies an analysis mechanism for deployments. IT leaders facing implementations should use both.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges
  • Pace Layers Explained
  • The Expanding Landscape of Deployment Options


  • Use FACT to Determine Optimal Deployment Options
    • Finance
    • Agility
    • Control
    • Technology
  • Use Pace Layers to Guide Deployment Options
  • Systems of Record: Focus on Low Total Cost of Ownership
  • Systems of Differentiation: Provide Variation Through Configuration and Customization
  • Systems of Innovation: Allow High Delivery Speed to Fail or Succeed Quickly

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