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Best Practices to Ensure the Success of Your Pace-Layered Application Strategy

Published: 23 August 2017

ID: G00332898

Analyst(s): Luis Mangi , Dennis Gaughan


Application leaders are increasingly adopting a Pace-Layered Application Strategy to help them better manage and govern the evolution of their application portfolios. This research identifies some key best practices to help ensure success.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Identify a Strategic Initiative, Like Digital Transformation, as the Lever to Drive Change With Pace Layers
  • Invest Time Early On to Map Business Capabilities to the Pace Layers and Establish How the Application Architecture Must Evolve
  • Set Investment Targets by Pace Layer to Create a Destination and as a Way of Measuring Progress With Key Stakeholders
    • Case Study: Manufacturer Undergoes Digital Transformation
    • Spending Targets Should Not Mean Neglecting SORs
  • Target Duplicate Applications for Consolidation or Process Standardization to Create Quick Wins
  • Identify Applications That Can Help Create a Bridge to Digital Technology Platforms and More Product-Centric Delivery Models

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