Most businesses are not cloud-native. Instead they operate on a mix of in house, hosted and cloud-based infrastructure. For some this situation suits them perfectly well, with cloud adding additional agile options that they can tap into as required while the core systems are maintained on premises providing a degree of stability and continuity - what Gartner calls bimodal IT.

Most, though, find this state to be an uncomfortable halfway house, operating with one foot on the ground and the other in the cloud, one part moving fast the other slow. They are unable to move forwards as quickly as they would like because core applications remain wedded to legacy infrastructure; at the same time they cannot afford to focus all efforts on their data centre as cloud is increasingly crucial in creating the sort of digital, customer-facing infrastructure that they need to thrive.

So, bimodal IT is not something most companies would actively choose. Rather it is a no-man’s land on the road to the ideal of a seamlessly integrated whole that can flex and move with the times. Nevertheless, it is somewhere that most organisations can find themselves stuck for quite some time.

With one stream based on fast iterations and the other on slow and steady the bimodal IT model is harder to manage. It may also be divisive, leading to an us-and-them attitude between staff on either side of the fast-slow / on-premises – cloud divides.

Above all, bimodal IT can make ensuring data security more difficult. With data moving from the data centre to the cloud, from core legacy applications to new cloud-based ones it is not enough to protect the infrastructure: governance and security must travel with the data itself.

During this web seminar we will be looking at ways that organisations can smooth the journey to seamless cloud integration.

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Marc Beder

Director of Technology, Advanced

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Marc Beder is currently Director of Technology at Advanced, having been with the company for just over 9 years and with 13 years experience in multiple IT facets. Marc currently leads a team in handling RFP/ITT tender responses, virtual CIO advisory, technology strategy and product roadmaps across Advanced’s prospective and existing client base, providing them with enhanced security, cost savings, and flexibility. Responsible for Technical and Product Strategy, Marc owns and manages the scoping of IT strategies by understanding and translating business goals into technical realities, providing an end-to-end ownership and advisory for Advanced’s clients.


Rob Bruce

Head of Technology and IT Support, PRS for Music

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Rob Bruce has been Head of Technology and IT Support at PRS for Music for over 3 years, preceded by a Head of Service Delivery role within the same company. PRS for Music leads the way in UK and worldwide licensing, with 100 agreements with affiliated collecting societies in 150 countries. Rob Bruce directs the management of 110,000+ members, 15 million songs in their repertoire, and 350,000 licensed premises. With over 975 billion streamed plays a year, adoption of a scalable and successful Cloud technology is vital.


Graeme Burton

Group News Editor, Computing

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He has 15 years of experience in news and magazine journalism, and has edited such titles as Trade & Forfaiting Review, Inside Knowledge and Managing Information & Documents.


John Leonard

Research Director, Computing

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John Leonard is responsible for the setting up and running qualitative and quantitative surveys for Computing Research's clients in order to assess the opinions and experiences of IT professionals on issues important to the industry, such as cloud computing, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and the IT decision making process as a whole.

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