4 Ways to Prepare For a Bimodal Future

The enterprise IT environment is continuously changing, creating new needs and challenges for today’s businesses. This makes it considerably difficult to keep up with emerging advancements and new solutions. Gartner recently introduced the idea of bimodal IT to address these issues and help businesses best utilize their available resources while still staying on the cutting edge of technology.

What is bimodal IT?
Simply put, bimodal IT is an approach to IT infrastructure that leverages both traditional and agile IT modes to create an all-encompassing technological strategy. Gartner research vice president Mary Mesaglio pointed out that one IT mode simply won’t address the complex needs of today’s organizations, so businesses should utilize a bimodal initiative.

“CIOs can’t transform their old IT organization into a digital startup, but they can turn it into a bimodal IT organization,” noted Peter Sondergaard, Gartner senior vice president and global head of research.

“By 2017, 75 percent of enterprises will leverage a bimodal IT approach for their infrastructures.”

Gartner has predicted that by 2017, 75 percent of enterprises will leverage a bimodal IT approach for their infrastructures.

So how can your business prepare for a bimodal future? Let’s take a look at some of the top strategies and best practices that coincide with a bimodal IT strategy:

1) Know what to keep and what to replace
The heart of a bimodal organization depends upon the use of both traditional and cutting-edge technological systems. However, the IT team must be able to pinpoint the older systems that are still useful to the business and those that are ready to be replaced. These decisions will hinge upon how each application and solution is utilized by the company and its users, as well as the available options for upgrading.

“Bimodal IT means maintaining traditional IT practices while simultaneously introducing innovative new processes – safely,” TechTarget site editor Meredith Courtemanche wrote. “Take the pace layering concept from application development and apply it to IT’s roadmap, and find ways to get close to customers. Bimodal IT will make your team more diverse.”

2) Ensure successful integration
Bimodal IT requires older and newer technologies to work in harmony with one another in order to create a unified infrastructure. When examining the current network architecture, IT decision-makers must ensure that solutions will be able to integrate with one another to allow for usability and value for the organization. This is especially important to consider when bringing new solutions into the fold – these must be able to connect with and build upon the capabilities offered by older solutions included in the business’s IT infrastructure.

A bimodal approach includes both new and older technologies working in harmony with one another. A bimodal approach includes both new and older technologies working in harmony with one another.

3) Work with internal departments to create new opportunities
By leveraging both new and established systems, the business can create more technologically diverse and advanced internal departments, even outside the IT team.

“Digital startups sit inside your organization, in your marketing department, in HR, in logistics and in sales,” Sondergaard said. “As IT leaders, you must design, resource and deploy for a world that’s digital first. In this new model, every business unit is a technology startup. Now is your opportunity to create that team. Partner with the digital startups inside your organization and prove that you can move fast too.”

4) Leverage new technology to make older systems more valuable
One of the biggest benefits of a bimodal approach is the ability to leverage newer technologies to make existing systems that much more valuable for the business.

Take, for example, the traditional enterprise Wide Area Network based on MPLS. Until recently, the WAN has not generally been thought of as an area for innovative, new approaches. But the WAN has become such a critical part of a company’s IT infrastructure that leading IT organizations are now increasingly deploying next generation Software Defined WANs to improve capacity, reliability and performance and also reduce cost. Leveraging leading solutions like Talari’s Software Defined THINKING WAN can help boost the capabilities of the network, ensuring that issues like latency, packet loss and jitter are kept under control. Talari’s solution significantly improves performance for critical applications providing the best experience for users while simultaneously delivering significant network cost savings.

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