The position of the chief technology officer (CIO) in the enterprise world is changing as technology increasingly penetrates, rather than just supports, business operations and processes.
This change presents opportunities and challenges for CIOs looking to make use of the best the technology the world can offer without hampering day-to-day operations. But those with a savvy approach could use IT to transform their businesses from an analogue to a digital age.
V3 has a rundown of the approaches, attitudes and doctrines the modern CIO should consider if they wish to become leaders in the IT world.
10. Embrace bimodal IT
Gartner has championed the concept of bimodal IT for some time. The idea is to keep business-critical infrastructure that a company cannot afford to disrupt away from digital services used for experimental purposes.
Bimodal IT is in some ways an evolution of hybrid cloud infrastructure, and would typically see enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems laden with corporate data kept with established on-premise infrastructure, while less important systems, such as development platforms and non-critical software, can be run in the cloud.
Putting such systems in the cloud allows more experimentation on the development side, along with flexibility of service procurement and use, and a reduction in infrastructure costs.
The dual approach may not sit well with some CIOs, who are reticent to move to the cloud or wish to migrate everything off-premise. But for those in the middle ground, the bimodal approach offers a steady mix of digital transformation without risking torpedoing the tried and tested core IT infrastructure.
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