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Options for Transforming the IT Function Using Bimodal IT

Ingmar Haffke, Bradley Kalgovas, Alexander Benlian


Bimodal IT decomposes the IT function into two modes—Traditional and Agile—the former focused on stability, the latter on the speed and experimentation necessary to support innovative uses of IT in a digital business context. Our study identified four bimodal IT archetypes and the factors that drive an organization to adopt bimodal IT. We found that companies switch between different archetypes as they transform the IT function, and we describe possible IT transformation journeys they can take. The article concludes with guidelines for transforming the IT function in the context of bimodal IT.

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ISSN 1540-1960