Gartner Research

Designing the Application Organization: The Silo

Published: 21 May 2018

ID: G00350788

Analyst(s): Matthew Hotle , Bill Swanton

Summary

Application leaders seeking to engage each application team closely with the business leader it supports should consider designing their organization according to the silo model. But they must be careful to establish cross-silo standardization so as to avoid inconsistency and redundancy.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenge

Introduction

Analysis

  • Decide Whether the Silo Model Is Right for Your Organization
    • The Operating Model and the Silo
    • Advantages and Disadvantages
    • A Word About "Agile," Products and Product-based Organizations
  • Choose the Silo Model to Maximize the Link Between Stable Demand and Supply
    • Optimize the Entire Application Organization
    • For Organizational Unit COEs, Create Clear Resource Governance Practices

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