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.