Using Bimodal IT to tackle enterprise challenges

Understand the challenges that plague Enterprise IT and how to tackle them using Bimodal IT.
Learn how WaveMaker can ignite digital innovation by powering Bimodal IT.

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Enterprise IT challenges

The way customers are interacting with businesses has fundamentally changed. Today’s customers are connected via mobile devices, plugged into the social network, and doing their own research. Employees are embracing the “bring your own device” (BYOD) concept and are utilizing their tablets and mobile phones to improve productivity.

Enterprises are cognizant of the power of these trends that are radically transforming the business landscape. But the adoption of agile, innovative and disruptive technologies is causing enterprises to break sweat in the way they operate forcing them to adapt or perish. CIOs are having sleepless nights thinking about how to deal with the new normal:

  • Users are demanding fast and engaging enterprise applications that go beyond providing merely a utilitarian experience
  • Employees are now using more than one device for their work and expect enterprise applications to work well across different form factors.
  • Employees and partners expect a seamless integrations across applications due to API-driven experiences in the consumer world.
  • Business teams want to broaden innovation by making app creation possible for non-developers too.
  • Traditional application delivery can rarely get to all of the custom apps that the business needs causing business units to create their own apps, resulting in shadow IT.
  • Many organizations are dealing with shrinking IT budgets due to the current economic climate and constant focus on increasing revenues—without additional investment.

Businesses can no longer afford the status quo. The competition is constantly innovating, so standing still is equivalent to moving backwards. It is time to face this new dynamic and begin to plan for your organization’s digital transformation.

As a result, Enterprise IT teams are looking at utilizing modern technology platforms to drive digital transformation and innovation that would allow them to solve business problems, transform business needs into realization via apps (web, mobile), digitize experiences and operations.

What is Bimodal IT?

There are different perspectives on how to approach enterprise IT spending and overall effort to achieve application delivery nirvana. One of the most popular methodology to understand where the app delivery cycle fits into the overall IT process is Bimodal IT.

According to Gartner, Bimodal IT is “the practice of managing two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery, one focused on stability and the other on agility” so that CIOs can help their departments meet the digital challenge, and ultimately bring the enterprise along.

Under Bimodal IT, organizations of the future will have two separate IT flavors: Mode 1 (conventional), which is traditional IT, focused on stability and efficiency, and Mode 2 (nonlinear), which is an experimental, agile organization focused on time-to-market, rapid application evolution, and, in particular, tight alignment with business units. Ideally, by separating into two modes, IT teams can ensure that they have the right people, process, and technology to support business initiatives without impacting long-term maintenance projects.

If you were to look at Bimodal IT from the perspective of Pace-Layered Architecture, Systems of Innovation and Systems of Differentiation, which tend to have less governance and a faster rate of change, will fall under Mode 2 as depicted in the accompanying graphic.

Bimodal IT and Pace Layering (Courtesy: Gartner)

Bimodal IT and Pace Layering (Courtesy: Gartner)

CIO’s guide to creating a Bimodal IT organization

  1. Be clear and create principles of what goes into Mode 1, and what goes into Mode 2. Use criteria such as the need for speed, innovation, levels of uncertainty to categorize.
  2. Design all components such as structure, staffing, sourcing, governance, metrics, tools, to form a consistent Mode 2 environment.
  3. Apply lightweight architectural governance that isn’t too heavy/slow to ensure that Mode 2 initiatives are manageable.
  4. Provide sufficient focus on the ability to refactor/industrialize Mode 2 into Mode 1 and vice versa, when the need arises.
  5. Be prepared to hire new people with suitable skills/culture for Mode 2 IT.
  6. Manage communications so that both Mode 1 and Mode 2 IT are seen as important and exciting places to work.

WaveMaker ignites digital innovation by powering Bimodal IT

According to Gartner, by 2017, 75% of IT organizations will have a Bimodal capability but only half of those organizations will succeed. In order to ensure that enterprises create a successful Mode 2 environment, WaveMaker enables enterprises with a two-pronged approach:

  • Innovate: Enable business units to build their own apps but on technologies sanctioned by IT by making sure that the tools to create new applications are widely available and easy to consume.
  • Renovate: Migrate existing long tail applications by liberating them from proprietary technologies using proven modernization techniques and platforms.

WaveMaker’s software platform revolutionizes how enterprises build, deliver and manage modern custom applications, improving business agility and fostering innovation. WaveMaker leverages the latest trends and technologies in Rapid Application Development (RAD) such as multi-device auto-responsive interfaces and componentized app assembly, Docker for app-optimized container deployment on private infrastructures, and APIs and Microservices Architecture (MSA) for scalable integration.

67% faster application development than traditional software delivery

80% lesser coding required compared to traditional software development

75% lower maintenance costs than traditional software life cycle