By developing a new technology, humanity takes a step forward and human knowledge grows exponentially. Dealing with this real-time information becomes ever more crucial for the survival of corporations while facing constantly changing scenarios.
Learning to navigate a sea of uncertainties and pointing out possible directions has become the role of the new IT, which takes on the characteristic of an innovation arm that pushesthe company forward. Bimodal IT was developed to achieve this goal. The conceptwas created by the Gartner Group in 2013 and it suggests that IT companies should operate in two different ways.
Look at the characteristics featured on the image above for modes 1 and 2. Both are necessary for the smooth running of a company’s activities. By applying the Bimodal IT concept, the company is able to have a good response in several work situations.
Hence, the Bimodal IT concept can positively affect the operation of any business, generating increased productive capacity for IT, due to the way it is structured. In our Webinar on the subject, we conducted a survey (42 participants from different companies) which shows that:
- 54% consider their company’s IT as being more conservative,
- 27% of companies don’t consider IT a part of the business area,
- 40% don’t have any actions focused on Bimodal IT.
For this reason, we will share 4 business changes that can shiftyour IT sectors to Bimodal, increasing the potential for innovation and competitiveness.
CHANGE #1: CULTURAL
Through the Bimodal concept, IT becomes an integral part of the business, constantly generating innovation, demanding corporate cultural change and redefining roles and profiles. Some examples of practices to effect cultural changes within companies involve promoting a programming marathon and the use of DevOps.
Breaking barriers: hackathons
This event usually focuses on software developers and the like (UX designers, etc.) in which professionals collaborate intensively to develop new software.
In addition to software, Hackathons often produce hardware specifically developed to complement the solution. To simplify and maximize productivity, rapid prototyping platforms like Arduinos and its sensors are used.
CHANGE #2: STRUCTURAL
New cultures and habits demand favorable working environments for it to be sustainable on the medium term. Here are a few examples on how to structure your spacesadequately:
Corporate Maker Spaces
Collaborative spaces are open to people withdifferent profiles, with access to the resources needed to develop concepts and new products, leveraging the generation of disruptive innovation based on the use of accessible technology.
The abductive thinking used in the Design Thinking methodology, coupled with the ability to generate different views from multidisciplinary teams lead to the discovery of hidden opportunities. Technology teams must present their views whilstin the creation stage fornew products, participating in the concrete and real objective of generating innovation.
Innovation Laboratories assist in the breakdown of paradigms forsoftware specification, representing a rich alternative to the use of traditional methods.
Participation of technology teams sincethe conception of the first projects,using the Design Thinking approach, produces more realistic and innovative conclusions in terms of technology use.
CHANGE # 3: METHODOLOGY
IT governancemethods should be limited to managing a part of the efforts, and not all of it, legitimizing innovation and making room for more flexible methods and attitudes.
Lean Startup for disruptive businesses
It’s the set of methodologies used to develop products and consumers, combining Agile Software Development, Customer Development and Waste Disposal (Lean – Toyota).
Lean Startup increases the probability of success in implementing a disruptive business, since the approach seeks to generate knowledge in an extremely uncertain environment.
Scrum for management agility
Using the agile approach, the project has a wide initial scope and the iteration takes place during the project life cycle.
Each iteration adds new features and value to the user. Simultaneously, each iteration provides additional knowledge for the team that will workon the next steps.
By delivering faster results to the company, this approach brings immediate benefits from what is being produced.
The close collaboration between the different stakeholders is crucial to optimize the process.
CHANGE #4: TOOLS
Critical systemoperations should be less bureaucratic and cheaper, enhancing agility without neglecting quality levels.
DevOps: Agile Operation
Amazon’s Elastic MapReduce and Elastic Load Balancingare examples of services that facilitate DevOps.
The main goal behind this practice is greatly enhancing the company’s ability to deliver new software products, including the increased deployment frequency, a reduction in failure rates for new releases and in the recovery time for disasters caused by problems in these releases.
Cloud computing and cloud storage solutions bring agility, enable simplification of theoperation and reduce ownership costs. These resources can then be reinvested in technological innovation efforts.
The huge opportunity to reduce infrastructure management complexities needs to be evaluated when creating a new IT.