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For a future-ready IT organisation, think multithreaded, not bimodal

Richard Pastore | Nov. 25, 2015
Buying into bimodal IT is like a CIO owning acres of swampland, writes Richard Pastore of the CIO Executive Council. Even if the CIO builds one or two digital smart homes on the swamp, it’s still a bad, bad neighborhood.

Future-ready IT must be a multi-threaded organization. The new-style skills and capabilities of agility, responsiveness, collaboration, innovation, customer engagement and digital fluency must weave through all of IT. That way, those threads can be pulled into in any of IT’s endeavors, with minimum ramp-up. If these capabilities are isolated to some compartmentalized digital innovation team, they will not be readily available when needed.

And, they will be needed. Digital initiatives may once have been discrete and isolated to one user community or business unit. Digital business transformation does not respect internal borders. Neither should IT.

 

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