Why Agile Companies Will Succeed with Bimodal IT

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Experiment with Several Solutions

Experiment with Several Solutions at the Same Time to See Which Takes Hold

This approach is not only less expensive and time consuming compared to a big evaluation process, but it also delivers the best results. Because IT has become more crucial to the operations of all businesses, more companies should experiment with different modes of operations in an effort to respond better and faster to demands.

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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