What Does Bimodal IT Mean?

Gartner’s bimodal IT framework recognizes that traditional development practices alone are no longer sufficient for organizations looking to digitally transform their business. Instead, the bimodal IT strategy calls for two separate but coherent styles of work: one focused on predictability, the other on exploration and uncertainty. By implementing bimodal IT, IT leaders can enable rapid delivery of digital innovation priorities without disrupting mission-critical systems of record.

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Bimodal IT creates a rapid path for business app delivery

Digital innovation projects look significantly different from traditional application development projects. For any organization faced with the need to innovate quickly in the digital world, it is important to stay clear of a one-size-fits-all strategy and instead implement a bimodal IT approach. A bimodal IT strategy calls for two parallel modes:

  • Characteristics for Mode 1: Development projects related to core systems maintenance, stability or efficiency. Mode 1 recognizes that there are areas of the enterprise that have more certainty, clear objectives and a predictable plan. These require highly specialized programmers and traditional development cycles. There is little need for business involvement.
  • Characteristics for Mode 2: Development projects that help innovate or differentiate the business. These projects are a result of changing business conditions that often cause uncertainty. Mode 2 recognizes that there are projects where requirements are unclear and changing, and things are less understood at the start. Mode 2 is best suited for delivering applications with an accelerated rate of change and often have changing requirements that aren’t well defined. These require a high degree of business involvement, fast turnaround, and frequent update.

By separating into two modes, IT teams can ensure that they have the right people, process, and technology to support digital transformation initiatives without impacting long-term maintenance projects. Mendix’s high productivity platform is the ideal technology for your Mode 2 initiatives, as part of a bimodal IT strategy. Find out how you can speed innovation, deal with uncertainty and drive toward better business outcomes.

A rapid path for your Bimodal IT strategy, from Mendix

Mendix’s rapid application development software creates a Mode 2 within your bimodal IT strategy so that you can achieve your digital goals. Our open platform augments existing IT efforts so that a separate cross-functional team of business and IT people can quickly test new digital ideas and iterate toward the best business solution, reducing risk while continuing to deliver significant business impact.

Our success stems from our signature visual modeling capabilities and business logic workflows that make it easy for business and IT groups to collaborate in a common language. There are three core components that contribute:

  1. Support across the entire application lifecycle enabling speed and agility throughout the design, build, deploy, iterate, and manage stages of the cycle.
  2. Abstraction from code enabling a wider variety of users with domain expertise to participate in the development process, increasing your developer population as well as their overall productivity.
  3. Collaboration tools enabling better project management to be able to capture requirements, deliver functionality and iterate based on user feedback so that your projects stay on track and you deliver the highest-quality apps.

A bimodal IT strategy helps categorize applications based on their value to the business, thus determining the right resources (or mode) for development and fast-tracking strategic business innovation projects. Learn more about Mendix and creating a fast lane using a high productivity platform and how it fits within your bimodal IT strategy.

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