Your business and Bimodal IT
By Guy Whitcroft, Interim CEO at WestconGroup Southern Africa
Modern companies are still facing the challenge of managing two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery, one related to stability or keeping the lights on and the other to innovation, this is more commonly known as Gartner’s Bimodal IT.
According to Gartner, Mode 1 (stability) is traditional and sequential, and emphasises safety and accuracy while Mode 2 is exploratory and nonlinear, emphasising agility and speed. In order for business’ IT departments to succeed in keeping the lights on and innovating they need to look for new kinds of technology that enable it, by thinking out of the box and being creative.
The cloud is saying that it can take the responsibility of keeping the lights on off business’s hands, the data centres of today are much more secure, analytics are enabling business to better innovate as IT can leverage this information to better package products and services for their customers, but if you don’t have the right data centre and technology in place, all of this is worthless.
So rather than looking at Bimodal IT as a challenge, think of is as a chance to improve your business. In this edition of The Times we have explored how you can do just that so I hope you can draw value from it.