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Bimodal IT and IBM Watson? ‘It’s A Trap’

People love talking about their successes, but getting them to own up to the challenges they’re facing is far more difficult. When those challenges are with large, influential companies, people tend to clam up.

Gartner’s Bimodal IT and IBM Watson: traps for the digital enterprise

Gartner’s Bimodal IT and IBM Watson: traps for the digital enterprise

That’s the situation with a recent interview I conducted for Forbes. The interviewees were perhaps too candid for their own good, and their manager pulled the plug on identifying them and their company in the article.

Here, then, is the anonymized version – mixed together with stories from a few other companies to make it even harder to discern the source. While the story is thus somewhat fictionalized, the quotes are all authentic.

Challenge #1: Gartner’s Bimodal Advice

The executives at this company – let’s call them Horizon – are fans of Gartner, and as a result, they decided to follow Gartner’s advice and separate their fast, innovative digital group from their ‘traditional’ IT organization. As a result, they risked falling into the Bimodal IT trap.

Read the entire article at https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2017/10/24/bimodal-it-and-ibm-watson-its-a-trap/.

Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. Image credit: Nicu Buculei.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).