Integrating IT with Business Using Bimodal

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Integrating IT with Business Using Bimodal

Historically, IT and upper management have not seen eye to eye. IT complains that in a technologically driven society, they aren’t given the credit they deserve. While business leaders complain IT under delivers and never stays on budget. These issues arise because IT is a fundamentally different department from other business offices like marketing. IT doesn’t understand the pains of telling customers a product is being delayed, and marketing managers don’t understand the challenges of development and troubleshooting. To solve these issues, businesses can introduce a bimodal practice.

What is bimodal?

Bimodal is the practice of managing two separate but coherent modes of work. Mode 1 is focused on improving and renovating in areas well understood, and Mode 2 focuses on exploring and experimenting in new challenging areas. In order to effectively apply the bimodal model, we must first separate implementation into three parts: start, scale, and synthesize. The “start” and “scaling” phases of the bimodal require teamwork from peers in the organization with the goal of combining resources into multidisciplinary product teams. The “scaling” phase especially focuses on continuous learning and innovation with the end goal of using IT to help grow and transform the business. Once the product teams have proved themselves, the synthesize phase moves the new and improved developed process to the whole organization.


What bimodal means for business?

Bimodal is a way for managers to implement an execution methodology that is easily scalable and relatively simple to implement. The end goal of bimodal is to create a more agile and innovative company by bridging the gap between the IT department and other business offices. Once this is accomplished, the supply and demand relationship between IT and other business units disappears. Resulting in a more flexible and responsive organization. As employees work together the multidisciplinary product teams become more versatile, and begin taking on broader responsibilities. Allowing employees to respond to a wider array of problems in a quicker more agile way.

CEM Business Solutions was established in 2003 with a focus on Microsoft Dynamics practices. With over 15 years of experience and 278 customers across 19 industries, CEM has discovered an array of ways to help companies achieve a competitive edge in their respective industries!

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