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Bi Modal IT: The Business Case for ‘Mode 2’ IT

In my last blog, I talked about some of the challenges and failings of ‘Mode 1’, Industrial IT in a market context that calls for greater agility and sophistication from our applications. So how does your business succeed or even compete with these challengers given your reliance on ‘Industrialized IT’? And how do you maintain and protect your as-is business models whilst winning in new markets and competing with digital competitors?’ The answer is what Gartner calls ‘Mode 2’ or exploratory IT.

I am seeing a plethora of transformation programmes, virtualization initiatives, consolidation efforts and next generation digital strategies either being put in place, or that are happening in flight, in an effort to address these burning questions. Unfortunately I also see deadlines being missed, promises being broken and budgets being increased.

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