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There Is No Room for Bimodal IT in Digital Disruption

Bimodal IT used to be the hot new trend to capitalize on waterfall and agile at the same time. It was deceptively simple: Split your IT in half and have one work in waterfall on the drudge work, the other the fast track with agile. Gartner continues to tout this concept as being one of the most used among CIOs, but in reality the process is feeling a lot older than it is. In an article for, Clint Boulton explains why bimodal IT is an antique nowadays thanks to digital disruption.

Bye Bimodal

Bimodal IT can’t exist in a world where “speed” is the name of the game, according to Boulton. Splitting IT work into two groups only works abstractly. In reality, this pits your employees against one another as each camp is involved in very different projects. Eventually, the gap between the faster and slower teams is too wide to manage and needs to be boosted to keep up with the times.

Adaptation to the future is essential for IT to keep up with the competition. Boulton touts agile and DevOps as the business models of the future, with an emphasis on how their speed and feedback-oriented setup as their strengths. He goes on to say that the CEO is one of the most important parts of this process:

“The company will look to the CEO for the overall challenge, and your team will look to you for leadership,” [Matthew]Guarini and fellow Forrester Research analyst Tim Sheedy wrote in a research report last month. “Your actions must demonstrate the core set of values that will be important to your business going forward. Agility, innovation, and speed should be central to this new culture.” Those who don’t run the risk of watching their companies perish.

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