To seize digital business opportunities, companies must transform infrastructure and processes to deliver higher-quality applications with greater agility. The IBM Digital Transformation Model enables you to assess the current and future state of your enterprise applications.

Using this model, you can:

  • Rapidly classify business applications into levels based on their business needs
  • Understand which DevOps and API Management practices and tools are the most relevant for each level
  • Assess the current state of development practices and establish areas that require greatest need for improvement
  • Get personalized recommendations and insights to transform your enterprise applications
  • Leverage a common framework for discussions and alignment around investments priorities that can be leveraged by IBM, LOBs and IT

Get started by filling in the the Digital Transformation Model Survey or request a DevOps workshop.

Read more about Accelerating Your Digital Transformation: Aligning LOB and IT Leaders around investments in software delivery capabilities

Select a level to see which capabilities and business benefits are associated with that level.

How it works
  1. Select an enterprise application or group of applications to transform
  2. Fill out a short survey to determine the capabilities you need for those applications
  3. Get a report with personalized insights and recommendations to progress your digital transformation journey

Appropriate for applications requiring frequent changes


Appropriate for applications with moderate changes that require mobile/web access


Appropriate for applications that have moderate amounts of changes


Appropriate for applications that in practice have no changes. Just keep them running, efficiently

LEVEL 4 - EVOLVE Sample Challenges:
  • Lack of agility / develop at speed of business
  • Long and costly release cycles as a result of large test efforts
  • Siloed development (platform, language, role) impedes productivity
  • Automate delivery pipeline
  • Shift left testing
Business Benefits:
  • Increased speed of development and deployment for hybrid cloud architectures
  • Improved quality and reduced risk
  • Lower cost as a result of fewer quality problems and fewer rollbacks
LEVEL 3 - EXPOSE Sample Challenges:
  • Inability to incorporate existing business services in new solutions
  • Difficulty for developers to find the right APIs
  • Lack of governance of API's and APIs not optimized for mobile workloads
  • Create and optimize API’s for new workloads and refactor monolithic applications
Business Benefits:
  • Easy access to business critical data and services for Mobile, Web and Social workloads
  • Effective governance of APIs
  • Improved performance and reduced MIPS consumption
LEVEL 2 - MAINTAIN Sample Challenges:
  • Inaccurate estimates
  • Low productivity, out of date documentation
  • Tightly controlled mainframe environments
  • Non-attractive for younger developers
  • Make changes faster with lower risk in an open and modern environment
Business Benefits:
  • Increased predictability and reduced risk of change efforts
  • Higher productivity and quality
  • Additional flexibility for development, test, and education
LEVEL 1 - RUN Sample Challenges:
  • Long batch windows
  • Code not optimized for the latest hardware
  • Take advantage of latest hardware improvements
Business Benefits:
  • Reduced MIPS cost
  • Shortened batch windows