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Pace-Layered Application Strategy and IT Organizational Design: How to Structure the Application Team for Success

Published: 27 April 2016

ID: G00307928

Analyst(s): Mary Mesaglio , Matthew Hotle


Gartner's Pace-Layered Application Strategy enables IT organizations to build some systems for rapid change and others for stability, depending on the business need. We explore how CIOs can organize their application teams to take advantage of the pace-layered concept.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Organizing for Pace Layers Means Delivering at Different Speeds


  • A Hub-and-Spoke Model Is Best for an Application Team Organized Around a Pace-Layered Application Strategy
  • Systems of Record Is the Hub From Which the Systems of Innovation and Systems of Differentiation Spokes Draw
  • Systems of Innovation and Systems of Differentiation Require More Closeness With the Business Groups They Serve
  • Establish Clear Thresholds Between the Hub and the Spokes
  • Organize Systems of Differentiation to Deliver Products, Not Projects
  • Build Good Demand Governance Into Your Pace Layers for Organizational Coherence
  • Share Organizational Aspects to Create Connections Among Layers
  • Conclusion

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