Agile Startup Partners Aid Enterprise Digital Transformation

December 22, 2016


Enterprise organizations should look to small firms and statups to bolster digital transformation and bimodal IT strategy efforts.


Across business sectors, evolving customer expectations, industry convergence and rapid technology innovation are increasingly putting pressure on enterprise IT to rapidly innovate. The strategy of enterprise IT has become synonymous with the greater enterprise strategy in an effort to capitalize on growth opportunities spurred by technology advances.  Meanwhile, the importance of operating maintaining secure, stable systems has not taken a back seat. 


Bimodal IT is a strategy to address the competing demands of maintaining and operating secure, stable services and the need to rapidly deliver innovative solutions that address changing business needs.  Bimodal strategy is a method of addressing these demands by separating technology, process and people into two disciplines, Mode 1 and Mode 2.


Mode 1 allocates focus to the more traditional IT methods of executing detailed, predefined and predictable plans.  Whereas, Mode 2 is focused on cultivating a lean, agile startup-esque process that seeks to rapidly iterate as future advances occur. 


In today's environment, future direction is increasingly unclear and speculative pursuit of innovation can lead to increased risks to operational systems and processes.  Bimodal is a solution that allows large organizations to isolate risks while also enabling a culture of innovation that can experiment, fail fast, and adapt to moving targets. 


Launching a bimodal IT strategy can be a difficult endeavor for organizations.  A balance must be established to maintain a positive and productive culture in two vastly different organizational disciplines.  Organizations must also adapt interpretation of risk and understand the operational planning discrepancies found between Mode 1 and the more fluid nature of rapid iterative development associated with Mode 2. 


An organizations entry into a bimodal strategy can take place in a number of ways.  Some organizations seek to align DevOps with agile methodologies, others are launching innovation labs.  To help ease the transition to a bimodal approach, organizations may be best suited to work with trusted partners, most often a small firm or startup.  Organizations can leverage partners specialized in specific competencies to initiate a series of targeted projects.  Establishing an intimate, reciprocal relationship with a trusted vendor allows the organization to take a tactical approach to launching bimodal strategy.  This approach allows IT to establish quick wins, learn from the process, and obtain buy-in from the greater organization while allowing for a more organic transition to bimodal.


In this pursuit, the organization and partner must maintain a keen understanding and focus on delivering innovative services and solutions that establish or contribute to a greater digital ecosystem.  Interoperability between operational silos, key vendors/partners, and cross industry players is key to enabling the organization to lead digital transformation and to position as a top performer.



Galvinate is a boutique software development firm and consultancy based in Flagstaff, AZ.  We partner with organizations to breakdown data silos, streamline business processes, and to rapidly deploy web and mobile applications. Our focus is delivering bleeding edge advances in machine learning, predictive analytics and cognitive insight to enable our clients to lead successful digital transformation strategies.  For more information about Galvinate, please call 928.233.8474 or visit


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