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What is Bimodal IT?

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The IT community is constantly searching for ways to deliver on the increasing demand for faster business innovation at lower costs. Agile development processes seem to have taken over as the dominant means of IT delivery, but the reality is far more complex.

The enterprise IT landscape is stuck between two pools of IT projects – slower business-critical releases and modern, rapid-fire releases. To support the diverse teams, processes, and systems throughout an organization, CIOs can’t dismantle the silos that have kept business technology up and running for years. However, as release schedules become more demanding, it’s clear that there must be fundamental changes to the way CIOs and their employees approach software releases.

As a means of highlighting the widening gap in the IT community, Gartner introduced a new term for CIOs to consider when thinking about their IT departments. Named Bimodal IT, Gartner offers the following definition:

Bimodal IT

Bimodal IT is the practice of managing two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery, one focused on stability and the other on agility. Mode 1 is traditional and sequential, emphasizing safety and accuracy. Mode 2 is exploratory and nonlinear, emphasizing agility and speed.

Bimodal IT

Whether CIOs realize it or not, their IT landscape is almost assuredly bimodal. What this means is that there are generally two silos in the organization – Mode 1 which is focused on the legacy applications that support the backbone of an organization and Mode 2 which is focused on more experimental agile releases.

As bimodal IT becomes increasingly difficult to maintain as software releases increase in pace, volume, and complexity, release managers are left with a litany of challenges as they try to execute traditional enterprise release management processes with manual spreadsheets. To keep up with the constantly evolving IT landscape, release managers will start turning to comprehensive, automated enterprise release management platforms.

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