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Use a Pace Layer Lens to Evaluate Build-Buy-Subscribe Application Delivery Options

Published: 18 September 2017

ID: G00326614

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


Choosing how to deliver an application isn't as simple as making a build-versus-buy decision. Pace layering provides a lens for understanding delivery options, and Gartner's FACT framework supplies a mechanism for further evaluation. Application leaders facing implementations should use both.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Analyze Application Delivery Options by Using the FACT Framework
    • Finance — Assess the Cost of Ownership Over Time
    • Agility — Assess the Required Level of Change Over Time
    • Control — Assess the Required Governance Over Time
    • Technology — Assess the Technology Fitness
  • Use Pace Layers to Guide Application Delivery Options
  • Systems of Record: Focus on Low Total Cost of Ownership
  • Systems of Differentiation: Provide Variation Through Configuration, Composition or Building
  • Systems of Innovation: Strictly Limit the Duration of a Delivery Effort to Determine Success or Failure Quickly

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