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.