Pace-Layered Application Strategy: A Look at Systems of Innovation

How can you support the new ideas that will take your business to a new level?

In the third and final part in our series taking a closer look at the Pace-Layered Application Strategy, let’s move to the top layer—home to systems of innovation. This layer is home to the applications, business processes and information that support new ideas and the innovation that will leave your competition behind.

Systems of Innovation Defined
This layer requires more business involvement than the other layers do. Applications here support new ideas and business transformation through emerging processes, experiments and proofs of concepts. They rely heavily on external data and advanced analytics. Processes are experimental, ad hoc and dynamic. Systems in this layer can become a kind of playground for working with new and emerging technologies like social, mobile and the cloud. This is where the business gets to experiment with new processes and activities to grab onto new opportunities.

Managing Systems of Innovation
Innovation demands the need for rapid change and you can’t plan for that the way you can for bread and butter business processes. Aim to plan and invest in this layer on no less than a 6 month cycle. Make it a priority to put in place an environment that support faster, easier development of innovative applications. Carefully evaluate vendors—focus on finding the one with the most innovative solutions. Implementation is critical, so cultivate a relationship with an external partner to train and guide business users on how to gain maximum benefit from new applications.

The Role of Connective Technologies
As the pace of change is so rapid in this layer and the processes so dynamic, having a flexible Business Process Management (BPM) solution will help maintain some structure. Just like in the System of Differentiation layer, you are likely to have applications from many vendors, so a third-party BPM solution can prove useful. Take advantage of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) technology. It’s the best way to maintain and manage the “connective tissues” between the layers—even more critical for this layer to enable flexibility without jeopardizing security.

Getting Started
Read Effective Management of Systems of Innovation on our blog for seven tips to get you started. 

Having a partner with expertise in implementing connective technologies like BPM and SOA is a sure way to ensure your pace-layered application strategy works out in the best possible way for you. AVIO Consulting is the first Specialized Partner in North America for Oracle’s unified BPM and SOA solutions. With our experienced consultants on hand, you’ll have the helping hand you need to guide you along the way.Contact us at (972) 608-4777 or for more information.

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