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6 Reasons Bimodal IT Is Wrong For You
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Christopher O'Malley
Christopher O'Malley,
User Rank: Strategist
9/23/2016 | 9:11:26 AM
Excellent article that gets to the essence of the outrageously bad idea that is Bimodal IT.
Great artcile Curtis!

In digital age, competitive advantage is gained by relentlessly pursuing worthy ideas that matter to customers and rapidly turning into deliverables that make a difference, continuously.  The journey of continuous improvement does not pass through silo'd organizations, conflicted priorities/processes/tools/cultures and added complexity.

Mainframe silos, which hold invaluable and irreplaceable intellectual property, must be broken down & assimilated into an inspired, innovative culture, adopt low-friction agile processes & leverage a state-of-the-art DevOps toolchain on "mainstreamed" mainframe code and data. 

For 40+ years, Compuware has held a strong reputation for quality leadership in mainframe software tools. Two years ago, the decision was made to fully embrace Agile and DevOps methods on the mainframe to reinvent the future of mainframe development.  Since then, we've delivered an unprecedented eight consecutive quarters of new capabilities, updates to classic offerings and integrations with state-of-the-art DevOps tools. Compuware has delivered more worthy innovation in the last two years than our competitors have delivered in the last five years combined. As some examples of our relentless efforts in removing bottlenecks and improving DevOps throughput: Compuware, over the last two years,
  • has doubled the amount of code delivered per developer;
  • reduced deployment time by 2/3;
  • improved on quality of deliverables; and
  • achieved these results while onboarding 27 new developers with little-to-no mainframe experience.

This isn't some parlor trick. Just a gritty bunch in Detroit willing to take on the challenge of learning to learn and willing to embrace disciplined transformational change.

Bimodal IT or Multi-Speed IT as IBM uses to peddle this outrageously bad idea is a cop-out for poor leadership with Gartner paid to play the role of the enabler. Competing in the digital age has no place for confusion and conflicted behaviors when advantage is gained in velocity of worthy innovation delivered to customers with ever increasing expectations.

I love Damon Edwards, Co-Founder DTO Solutions, perspective on Bimodal IT.

"Bimodal IT describes the broken current state in which we are already living. Bimodal IT describes the problem & not the solution."

"Anyone with actual hands-on experience in the enterprise knows that systems-of-engagement & systems-of-record divide is both arbitrary & falls apart in any view under the 10,000-foot level. Systems-of-engagement are useless without the systems-of-record. The value in systems-of-record can't be realized without systems-of-engagement. In reality, it is all one system."

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