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Vol. 5, No. 9

Bimodal IT innovates without risk

One of the simplest ways to describe the responsibilities of an IT professional is to say they ensure the disparate parts and pieces of the infrastructure work well together. On any given day, you'll find administrators and engineers matching application needs to physical resources, sorting out compatibility requirements or simply making sure users have access to the right systems and not to the wrong ones.

When new technologies or strategies emerge, IT professionals naturally want to know how the new thing can best integrate with what they already have rather than throwing the baby out with the bathwater. A rip-and-replace approach is not only disruptive, but it can also be wasteful and time-consuming. One such example is the adoption of bimodal IT, where companies maintain two independent modes of delivering IT services. In "Not so fast," contributor Alan Earls explores how companies are using a bimodal approach to balance the need to maintain stable systems with ever-growing demands to innovate. However, accommodating new technologies or processes by creating a separate delivery pipeline can also be problematic.

When two seemingly competing technologies actually work better together, it's a welcome relief to IT professionals engaged in the daily struggle to make the pieces fit together.

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