Gartner promotes the Composable Business
IT rationalization is not all it’s cracked up to be

Those of you who follow technology web site pundits or influencers on social media know the impact that a decree from the almighty Gartner can have on swaying popular opinion. How many of us had even heard of “hyperautomation” before the Fall of 2019? For good or for bad, Gartner continues to set the focus and lead the market.

So, we find it particularly interesting that a cohort of research analysts covering low-code development platforms, iBPMS (intelligent business process management suites), and various flavors of platforms-as-a-service are talking about the “composable enterprise” being the “innovation strategy of leading digital business organizations.”

The future, Gartner says, is in “application experiences (that) are uniquely composed from packaged business capabilities to represent current and changing business practices.” And not surprisingly, low-code platforms will be the glue that brings these applications (a/k/a business processes, solutions, application experiences) together.

These Gartner analysts go so far as to recommend: “reject any new monolithic solutions proposed by vendors or in-house developers, and plan to renovate or replace the old ones to begin to move to composable application experiences.”

What we at PMG like in particular about this research POV is its support for leveraging the best tools for each business need instead of pushing to have everything on one platform or system!

Gartner sums up this modular strategy well by saying, “As organizations embrace the concept of ‘composable enterprise,’ they will invest in low-code technologies that focus on supporting innovation and integration in their applications by reassembling capabilities as needs change across the enterprise.”

We know we’re preaching to the choir when we talk about the benefits of low-code solution and application development, but it’s nice to know that analyst sentiment and predictions for continued growth back us up!

If you want to read more about “composable business,” let us know. PMG doesn’t have reprint rights to these Gartner research reports, but we would be happy to help you find downloadable copies using the Google.

We’ll leave you with some additional key quotes from recent Gartner publications, including:

  • “The formation of composable application experiences engages all stakeholders in the organization, including professional IT, business unit IT and business users.”
  • “Low-code technologies are already solving the composable enterprise requirements through built-in integration features, RAD, and enablement of citizen and business unit developers.”
  • “By 2025, 70% of new applications developed by enterprises will use low-code or no-code technologies (up from less than 25% in 2020).”
  • “By 2025, 75% of large enterprises will use at least four low-code development tools for both IT application development and citizen development initiatives.”

Long live the “composable business”!


  • “Innovation Insight for Composable Modularity of Packaged Business Capabilities,” by analysts Yefim Natis, Dennis Gaughan, Mark O’Neill, Benoit Lheureux, Massimo Pezzini. Published by Gartner, Inc., March 16, 2021 (refresh date).
  • “Forecast Analysis: Low-Code Development Technologies,” by analysts Fabrizio Biscotti, Paul Vincent, Jason Wong, Laurie Wurster. Published by Gartner, Inc., January 22, 2021.
  • “Move Beyond RPA to Deliver Hyperautomation,” by analysts Saikat Ray, Cathy Tornbohm, Marc Kerremans, Derek Miers. Published by Gartner, Inc., December 16, 2019.