Bimodal IT is a powerful concept. In a bimodal IT model, large enterprises don’t have to abandon their existing IT infrastructure in order to take advantage of more agile options.
Instead, they can use a two-pronged approach — Gartner compares them to a marathon runner and a sprinter — and enjoy the benefits of both. (Check out our Chief Evangelist’s description of bimodal IT — along with a relevant customer story.)
In CMSWire today, Redbooth CEO Dan Schoenbaum tackles three key questions about bimodal IT:
- What’s the difference between shadow IT and bimodal IT?
- Doesn’t formalizing the process of trying out new IT solutions defeat the purpose, making it sluggish and wrapped in red tape?
- If the purpose of traditional approaches is organizational security, does that mean that more agile approaches can compromise on security?
For companies that are getting ready to begin the process of re-assessing their current collaboration-related IT infrastructure, it can be challenging to know where to begin.
Dan suggests starting with looking within your company to better understand its needs and capacities:
The next step to painting an even clearer picture of what a bimodal IT approach to collaboration could look like is to open up the conversation at your organization. See what your workers feel they are lacking in their collaboration, or what they believe could boost productivity, and what your IT team is capable of undertaking.
Starting the discussion around these topics can bring valuable insights to light. There may be exciting potential around what could be possible — without having to abandon current systems and start from scratch.
To see what Dan had to say about each of these questions, check out the article: “Demystifying Bimodal IT: 3 Questions Answered.”