Why Agile Companies Will Succeed with Bimodal IT

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Every IT organization has some mix of Type 1 and Type 2 approaches, mix being the keyword. Most large enterprises skew to Type 1 with a big investment to maintain legacy infrastructure, while most start-ups and smaller organizations skew to Type 2 and opt for cloud-based services and applications. As departments across the enterprise, such as marketing or HR, become more data-driven and seek to hire data specialists and invest in analytics platforms, IT must lead the way to adopt new technologies that best fit their organization's needs.

IT is a critical component of modern organizations, and similar to other areas of business, has adopted multiple cloud applications to automate and streamline business processes and deliver greater efficiency. It's always a challenge balancing resources and investment dollars to walk the line between keeping the core legacy systems up and running while still integrating new technologies to keep the business agile and competitive. Last year, Gartner coined a new term -- bimodal IT -- to describe an organizational model that enterprise IT organizations take with regard to their technology infrastructure and innovation. It describes two kinds of approaches:

  • Type 1 is focused on stability and efficiency. It's a deliberate, consensus-driven, and slow moving process and often involves technology core to the business.
  • Type 2 is experimental, agile, less risk averse, and fast-to-market. Type 2 technologies are often business applications, but they can be core technologies as well.

IT Business Edge recently spoke with Simon King, senior director of product marketing and strategy at Numerify, on how these agile companies will succeed using the Type 2 approach, where legacy-entrenched enterprises will not. In this slideshow, he discusses how enterprise IT leaders can approach infrastructure and innovation, as the role of IT continues to evolve, to maintain a competitive advantage.


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