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Bimodal IT a Cultural Shift that Isn't Just About IT

Joshua Hoffman
March 9, 2016

Bimodal IT is among the emerging buzzwords taking shape in the technology world, and the reason is simple - the idea of segregating stability focused IT processes and operations focused on innovation can drive efficiency in both areas. However, bimodal IT isn't always that clear cut in practice, as few organizations operate in a truly black-and-white environment. As companies work to integrate bimodal capabilities into their IT departments, they need to consider how business users play into this relationship. The rise of low-code application development platforms plays a major role in this process.

Adjusting your culture for bimodal IT

A recent IT World Canadareportdescribed bimodal IT as one of the top trends that CIOs need to be responsible for. The news source explained that establishing and supporting a bimodal operating climate is among the most important responsibilities CIOs currently face.Similarly, CIOs should also work to fine-tune their staff to identify employees who are operators, innovators and guardians. This type of skill segregation lets workers focus on the processes they are best at, maximizing value potential.

"Bimodal IT centers on eliminating barriers to innovation without creating risk."

A cultural shift is IT teams become bimodal and focused on distinct types of work roles. Segregating distinct parts of the IT department frees leaders to focus resources in more specific ways, fueling agile, accelerated app development processes as proprietary solutions are created through app platforms.

App platforms and bimodal IT - Innovation at a breathtaking pace

The core idea of bimodal IT centers on eliminating barriers to innovation without creating risk. In the same way, low-code mobile application development platforms let business users take pre-existing templates and workflows and mix-and-match them to create custom apps that align with their specific operational needs. As CIOs consider breaking down traditional cultural barriers to innovation within the IT department, they may want to consider also looking at the walls that have separating IT and business teams.

App platforms can extend the innovation-focused element of a bimodal IT department out to the enterprise at large, shattering existing app development barriers. Furthermore, housing these capabilities within a business process management software framework provides a layer of data and process governance to protect the organization. Low-code development capabilities are a clear representation of the bimodal IT philosophy, and BPM tools provide organizations with an opportunity to make a cultural shift that brings the benefits of bimodal IT to the entire enterprise.