November 25, 2020

Using Bimodal IT to tackle enterprise challenges

Understand the challenges that plague Enterprise IT and how to tackle them using Bimodal IT. Learn how WaveMaker can ignite digital innovation by powering Bimodal IT.

Enterprise IT challenges

Customer interaction with Business have changed. Customers today connect via mobile devices, plugged into the social network, and doing their own research. “bring your own device” (BYOD) concept is being adopted and employees prefer toutilize tablets and mobile phones to improve productivity.

CIOs are pondering thought to deal with the New Normal


  • Users are demanding fast and engaging enterprise applications that go beyond providing merely a utilitarian experience
  • Employees are now using more than one device for their work and expect enterprise applications to work well across different form factors.
  • Employees and partners expect a seamless integrations across applications due to API-driven experiences in the consumer world.
  • Business teams want to broaden innovation by making app creation possible for non-developers too.
  • Traditional application delivery can rarely get to all of the custom apps that the business needs causing business units to create their own apps, resulting in shadow IT.
  • Many organizations are dealing with shrinking IT budgets due to the current economic climate and constant focus on increasing revenues—without additional investment.

The time for Digital transformation has arrived.

Enterprise IT teams are looking at utilizing modern technology platforms to drive digital transformation and innovation that would allow them to solve business problems, transform business needs into realization via apps (web, mobile), digitize experiences and operations.

What is Bimodal IT?

There are different perspectives on how to approach enterprise IT spending and overall effort to achieve application delivery nirvana. One of the most popular methodology to understand where the app delivery cycle fits into the overall IT process is Bimodal IT.

According to Gartner, Bimodal IT is “the practice of managing two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery, one focused on stability and the other on agility” so that CIOs can help their departments meet the digital challenge, and ultimately bring the enterprise along.

Under Bimodal IT, organizations of the future will have two separate IT flavors:

Mode 1 (conventional), which is traditional IT, focused on stability and efficiency

Mode 2 (nonlinear), which is an experimental, agile organization focused on time-to-market, rapid application evolution, and, in particular, tight alignment with business units.

If you were to look at Bimodal IT from the perspective of Pace-Layered Architecture, Systems of Innovation and Systems of Differentiation, which tend to have less governance and a faster rate of change, will fall under Mode 2.

WaveMaker’s 2 pass Development -a perfect fir for Bimodal IT

WaveMaker, Inc. proposes 2-pass development as a new app development methodology that can be used with any low-code platform to do away with all the application development challenges.

2-pass development approach, as it says, has 2 passes in app development- a business pass and a technical pass. The Business pass is driven by a team comprising of non-technical business developers who build their apps using a low-code platform like WaveMaker. A Technical Pass, driven by a team comprising of technical experts and developers write the code and wrap them as visual components, that can be used by the Business Pass team to build apps.

WaveMaker ignites digital innovation by powering Bimodal IT

Gartner states, by 2017, 75% of IT organizations will have a Bimodal capability but only half of those organizations will succeed. WaveMaker enables enterprises with a two-pronged approach:

Innovate: Enable business units to build their own apps but on technologies sanctioned by IT

Renovate: Migrate existing long tail applications by liberating them from proprietary technologies using proven modernization techniques and platforms.

WaveMaker’s software platform revolutionizes how enterprises build, deliver and manage modern custom applications, improving business agility and fostering innovation.

WaveMaker leverages the latest trends and technologies in Rapid Application Development (RAD) such as multi-device auto-responsive interfaces and componentized app assembly, Docker for app-optimized container deployment on private infrastructures, and APIs and Microservices Architecture (MSA) for scalable integration.

  • Identify stakeholders, champions and potential opposition
  • Gain strategic organizational alignment and influential advocacy
  • Map existing applications to Pace Layers
  • Use Bimodal approach to educate and align IT to two modes
  • Define the benefits of the initiatives in quantifiable terms and success metrics for process and technology alike.
  • Democratize application development for citizen developers
  • Strive for business-IT alignment using 2-Pass Development approach
  • Choose the right platform for delivering custom applications
  • Renovate legacy applications
  • Speed innovation by delivering applications at the speed of business

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