Is the Bimodal IT Approach the best Solution to Enterprise CIOs?

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Bimodal IT Approach: Co -existence of Traditional IT and Digital IT.

With the current rapid digital transformations, enterprises need to pursue digital innovation to improve or change their business models. If they fail to do so faster than their competitors, they risk losing their competitive advantage.

With disruptive start-ups popping up all over, competition has mounted adding pressure to organizations using the traditional IT approach. As a reaction to this challenge, many organizations result to establishing a new “Digital IT” LOB to run in parallel with the traditional IT. The unit is responsible for the more flexible and faster innovations to drive on the business adapting to the market demands. This creates the “Bimodal IT” approach.

Among the CIOs’ top priorities includes business automation, consolidation, IT security, and taking the business beyond their traditional borders. No CIO can ignore the advantages of modernizing their IT infrastructure; lowering the costs, more efficiency, secured networks and data stores, personalized customer service, dynamic and reliable product and services among others.

Emerging technologies such as Machine Learning, IOT, Blockchain, Industry 4.0, Autonomous platform Technologies based on a cloud subscription model will keep the CIOs awake while making considerable choices which will sustain their business models.

Bimodal IT approach would take advantage of this emerging technologies and platforms for agile customer-facing frontend systems while also running the traditional stable, mission critical backend systems.

While most publications consider the concept of bimodal IT as useful for addressing the rapidly transforming digitization and change of customer preferences, some research also note that the approach is rather harmful. Bimodal IT is criticized for maintaining “Organization silos” instead of facilitating business transformation by combining business and IT.

It’s also good to note that the approach sets up a challenge while investing resources on keeping the core legacy systems up and running while still integrating new technologies to keep the business agile and maintain the business advantage.

I now pass this question to you;

Do you think the Bimodal IT Approach is the best solution to Enterprise CIOs?

Let’s keep the conversation going.

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Laban is a Cloud Solutions Engineer at Oracle. He has a Master of Science Degree in Mobile Telecommunications & Innovation and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science. He has previously worked as a software developer. He takes photography as a hobby but also earns from it...and he considers himself a nomad. His favorite Bible verse is "Romans 12:12"