On paper, bi-modal IT may make sense. But this practice is not my reality. Transforming IT is a team sport and dividing teams into \u201cold & slow vs. new & fast\u201d does more harm than good. The fact is IT has to chew gum and walk at the same time.\u00a0\nAccording to analysts, \u201cBimodal IT is the practice of managing two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery, one focused on stability and the other on agility. Mode 1 is traditional and sequential, emphasizing safety and accuracy. Mode 2 is exploratory and nonlinear, emphasizing agility and speed.\u201d\nTell me. Who wants to be on the Mode 1 team? \u00a0\nThe real challenge is enabling innovation across IT, at the application level, and within the infrastructure, for a solution that is agile and can respond with security that is built-in to accelerate the pace of innovation.\u00a0Bi-modal IT assumes that IT\u2019s abilities \u2013 reliability, scalability and availability \u2013 cannot function alongside newer dynamic developments and practices.\nThe whole of information technology is key in helping companies successfully transform digitally. More and more companies see the value of digital transformation, and organizations in a variety of industries are positioning themselves as \u201ctechnology\u201d companies, thus lending credence to the influence of the IT department who can drive such missions.\nPart of the draw of technological innovations are their ability to deconstruct silos; bi-modal IT furthers the divide, the stereotypical cool kids against the nerds. It also doesn\u2019t make sense from a competitive perspective as industries increasingly embrace digital transformation. For starters, the need to staff two groups for disparate charges is simply not cost-effective. And I\u2019m certain we\u2019ve all felt the frustration of trying to accomplish any project when it appears the right hand is not communicating clearly with the left.\nCertainly organizations depend on the IT group to make sure the network is up, email is flowing, systems are running, financial books are closed, and so on. But to truly succeed, we must work together to serve as advocates for a culture of IT evolution \u2013 one where we are willing to take on big risks when there\u2019s not an overwhelming and shared understanding of the business value of doing so.\nWhy is this shift in focus important? Because you\u2019ve got to deal with a new class of opportunities and competitors as well as a new scale of security threats. Given where business is headed, you need agile, cost-efficient structures, and you have to operate at the speed of business. Basically, when we\u2019re touting \u201cIT as a function\u201d or \u201cIT as-a-service,\u201d we\u2019re really trying to say that IT is the business.\nAnd we\u2019re all working toward the same end goal. Together.