The bimodal approach
Gartner proposes the bimodal IT approach as the solution to balancing the need to maintain existing transactional systems of record with the dynamic, ongoing process of adopting emerging technologies, which they call systems of differentiation and innovation.
“Bimodal IT is the practice of managing two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery, one focused on stability, the other on agility.” Andy Kyte, Gartner.
Mode 1, the traditional IT systems, should be managed and operated in the same way they have been done in the past – focusing on security, efficiency and certainty, using waterfall project methodology. Mode 2 provides the new systems, with emphasis on speed, agility and uncertainty, and using an agile development process.
But both modes need a new competence – integration. For Mode 1, an integration competency provides the means to be agile when it’s needed without going to Mode 2 for support. For Mode 2, integration is required to access and use data from the Mode 1 systems.
Gartner have been promoting bimodal for at least a year, but this is first time the crucial role of integration competence for bimodal was highlighted so strongly, although Massimo Pezzini issued a CIO call to action earlier.
The integration options
These are your integrations options.
- Build your own integrations, but this gets expensive and difficult to manage are integrations increase.
- Use an ESB: the problem with ESBs is that they are legacy systems, using tight integrations of applications, and are not always scalable.
- Use the integration functionality of your ERP provider: that will constrain you to that vendor’s integration technology, will limit your integrations to what the vendor supports, and re-entrenches your business with that vendor.
- Review and update your integration strategy and implement a modern cloud-based integration platform that can efficiently and quickly handle the needs of combinations of on-premise, cloud, and mobile integrations.
By using an integration platform as a service (iPaaS) you can start an integration competency from a small base, managing the costs and growing expertise as the needs increase. Gartner recommend selecting integration providers with an open mind. We have organizations around the world contacting us for an integration evaluation, and you can sign up for a 14-day trial to start a proof-of-concept.