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9/21/2016
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6 Reasons Bimodal IT Is Wrong For You

Bimodal IT is supposed to stabilize critical systems and bring innovation to others. But there are consequences to dividing the IT house -- ones most companies don't need.
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Bimodal IT Prizes Stasis

One of the reasons that so many companies initially embraced bimodal IT is that it gave them the idea that it was OK to keep doing things the way they've always been done. That is, let the folks in short-sleeved white shirts (pocket protectors optional) keep running the big iron in the data center while the flannel-clad hipsters take care of the apps and cloud services. You could almost hear the sighs of relief rising from data centers around the world.

The problem with that reassurance is that it assumes that, in the words of The Lego Movie, everything is awesome. For most of us, while everything might be awesome right now, today's awesome is tomorrow's hopelessly out of date. The urgency of transformation in backend systems is no less than that for apps. The false sense of security that stasis brings can be dangerous when it becomes obvious that you should have updated your systems yesterday.

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Bimodal IT Prizes Stasis

One of the reasons that so many companies initially embraced bimodal IT is that it gave them the idea that it was OK to keep doing things the way they've always been done. That is, let the folks in short-sleeved white shirts (pocket protectors optional) keep running the big iron in the data center while the flannel-clad hipsters take care of the apps and cloud services. You could almost hear the sighs of relief rising from data centers around the world.

The problem with that reassurance is that it assumes that, in the words of The Lego Movie, everything is awesome. For most of us, while everything might be awesome right now, today's awesome is tomorrow's hopelessly out of date. The urgency of transformation in backend systems is no less than that for apps. The false sense of security that stasis brings can be dangerous when it becomes obvious that you should have updated your systems yesterday.

(Image: backtasan1/iStockphoto)

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