BIModal IT: Unheeded Silver Bullet?

Gartner gives the next definition for it’s new Bimodal approach:


The essence of an enterprise bimodal capability is marrying more predictable evolution of products and technologies (Mode 1) with the new and innovative (Mode 2):

  • Mode 1 is optimized for areas that are more predictable and well-understood. It focuses on exploiting what is known, while renovating the legacy environment into a state that is fit for a digital world.
  • Mode 2 is exploratory, experimenting to solve new problems and  optimized for areas of uncertainty.

Gartner insists that it’s still possible to have both the Modes despite they are remarkably different:


BIModel approach can be crucially contributive for organisations in a case of cloud migration:

“I think the bimodal IT classification nicely captures the lift-and-shift that legacy applications [go through] that aren’t being modernized for the cloud and maybe never will be, as well as the cloud native applications going right for microservices and containers,” — Mark Russinovich, Microsoft.

The traditional data warehouse and business intelligence practice is in conflict with the experimentation and innovation of big data and analytics. Gartner compares this to suits versus t-shirts:


What bimodal IT is all about is maintaining the current functionality while moving into the future. And for some, the future can’t come fast enough.


About fdtki

Sr. BI Developer | An accomplished, quality-driven IT professional with over 16 years of experience in design, development and implementation of business requirements as a Microsoft SQL Server 6.5-2014 | Tabular/DAX | SSAS/MDX | Certified Tableau designer
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