Are We There Yet? Measuring Application Transformation Maturity

One of the most difficult aspects of transformation is being able to effectively define the target end state and how to measure your progress towards getting there.


Nowhere is this truer than in the application space. Saying you’re adopting DevOps or going cloud-native is the easy part. Identifying how you’re going to change your development processes, tools and organizational models across your entire apps organization, portfolio and ADM partner ecosystem is much harder.

While incubating new DevOps and continuous delivery factories using a bimodal IT approach may seem like an easy, reasonable starting point for transformation, the end goal should be to adopt a Fast/ Agile IT model (aka Mode 2) as broadly as possible. Getting to Mode 2, at scale, requires a programmatic approach that prioritizes, sequences, and coordinates multiple initiatives across the IT organization.

The EMC Global Services team has developed a comprehensive maturity model for Application Transformation that helps application stakeholders define their ‘north star’ vision and an approach for measuring progress. The model focus on quantitatively assessing maturity across five key domains, and identifying specific quarter-by-quarter steps they need to achieve their vision. These domains and key questions include:

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