Bimodal IT can be defined as the practice of managing two separate, yet coherent modes of IT delivery within the same organisation. The term was first coined by IT consultancy Gartner Inc (Wigmore, 2013), which defines the two tiers as follows: “Mode 1 is traditional and sequential, emphasising safety and accuracy. Mode 2 is exploratory and non-linear, emphasising agility and speed.”
BIMODAL IT IN BUSINESS
The two phase Bimodal IT approach recognises that an IT organisations ability to quickly respond to business goals require different groups of people, processes, technologies and budgets than the provision of traditional and reliable IT systems.
Bimodal IT strategy enables an organisation to create space within traditionally conservative and risk-adverse IT organisations for some disruptive experimental start-up activities. However, managing the two modes within one organisation is easier said than done and can lead to increased conflict between business and IT. read more…