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Adapt Your Service Desk for Bimodal IT

The enterprise IT environment is very dynamic. The modern service desk must be flexible.

The enterprise IT environment is very dynamic. Business needs evolve and solutions are sought to address new challenges quickly to remain competitive in the market. The modern service desk must be flexible in design and incorporate what Gartner refers to as Bimodal IT (Wigmore, 2013). In other words, it must be configurable to manage the stable business applications of Mode 1 while also managing the fast-paced Agile Mode 2 development environment. A solution like BMC’s FootPrints.( van der Merwe, 2016) can help you with your Bimodal IT strategy.

Bimodal IT is an approach to IT infrastructure that leverage’s both traditional and Agile IT Modes. Gartner research vice president Mary  Mesaglio (McCall, 2015) explained that one IT Mode will not address the complex needs of Today’s enterprise, so business should utilise the Bimodal IT initiative.


Introducing Bimodal IT into the enterprise is not an easy task. There are pro’s, Advantages of Bimodal IT (Danvers, 2016) and cons, Disadvantages of Bimodal IT (Danvers, 2016) to the process that the CIO needs to be aware of. However, when done successfully, Mode 2 creates the desired flexibility needed for fast-paced, Agile development, without impacting on stable, Mode 1 business applications.

Bimodal IT and the Service Desk

One of the first steps in the Bimodal Service Desk journey is to ensure that your Service Desk team starts at what Gartner refers to as Mode 0, the current situation. This is the foundation from where Bimodal will begin. The next step is to group your Service Desk tasks into Mode 1 and Mode 2 operations. The workspace design of a product like BMC FootPrints allows the CIO to separate the Mode 1 service desk operations into one workspace, and the Agile Mode 2 service desk operations into a separate workspace. This technique allows a more controlled approach to service desk management in Mode 1 and a dynamic, Agile, change management and problem resolution process in Mode 2.

Bimodal Service Desk Mode 1

Traditionally, all business critical applications are managed by the stable, Mode 1 Service Desk team.

Bimodal Service Desk Mode 2

Typically, Agile development using SCRUM methodology to fast track short projects with a fixed start and end date are managed by the Agile, Mode 2 Service Desk team.


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By Ryan

Owner of ABACON-IT a software company in South Africa.

We provide consulting services to small and medium-sized companies. Our field of specialisation to support companies manage their computer investment.

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