Bi-modal IT – Facilitating Your Journey
Modern application development projects look significantly different from traditional application development. Therefore, a bimodal IT strategy helps categorise applications based on their value to the business, thus determining the right resources (or mode) for development and fast-tracking strategic business innovation projects.
- Mode 1 (The Slow Lane): Development projects related to core system maintenance, stability or efficiency. These require highly specialised programmers and traditional, slow moving development cycles. There is little need for business involvement.
- Mode 2 (The Fast lane): Development projects that help innovate or differentiate the business. These require a high degree of business involvement, fast turnaround, and frequent update. Mode 2 requires a rapid path (or IT ‘fast lane’) to transform business ideas into applications.
By separating these 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.
Events Driving Bimodal IT
So what are the advantages to running two very different tracks of IT, moreover, what are the advantages of adding Mode 2 to your IT development life cycles: