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Increase Agility With Bimodal IT and a Pace-Layered Application Strategy

Published: 20 July 2017

ID: G00327434

Analyst(s): Bill Holz


Bimodal IT and Gartner's Pace-Layered Application Strategy inform design, architecture and methodology decisions. Technical professionals developing software solutions should use pace layering and bimodal IT to effectively align application development processes with business priorities.

Table Of Contents


  • What Is a Pace-Layered Application Strategy?
    • Understanding the Layers
  • What Is Bimodal IT?
    • Choosing the Right Mode
    • Debunking the Bimodal Myth
  • How Do You Use Pace Layering and Bimodal to Drive Technical Strategy?
    • Reduce Technical Debt and Improve Application Architecture and Design
    • Map Pace Layers and Modes to Development Methodologies
  • Scope the Effort to Deliver Optimal Value
  • Synchronize Cadences
  • Refactor Legacy Applications
  • Review the Product Roadmap Regularly
  • Choose the Appropriate Methods


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