Literature\u2014never mind popular culture\u2014loves dualism, the tendency to explain the world using two competing forces. Good and evil. Dark and light. The sacred and the profane. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Chocolate and peanut butter. The list goes on.\nLately people have been using dualism to explain IT as two-speed or bi-modal. In this divide IT can fall into either the traditional model of \u201ckeeping the lights on,\u201d or it can be more agile and innovative. Industry analytsts who espouse this notion insist that in the new world of digital, it must be both.\nThis dual construct is a convenient structure that underscores the point that operationally-focused IT teams risk being marginalized or replaced. But it also risks simplifying a complex issue involving corporate culture, leadership styles, reward systems, and corporate politics to name just a few of the forces that inform IT behaviors.\nIn The New IT: How IT Leaders Are Enabling Business Strategy in the Digital Age, I lay out six different profiles\u2014I call them archetypes\u2014that describe different organizational preferences of IT teams. They\u2019re summarized here:\nThe New IT \n \nThe Six IT Archetypes\n\nI know what you\u2019re thinking. \u201cMy IT department is a little of all of those archetypes.\u201d\nNevertheless there are always dominant behavior traits that typify an IT organization. When in doubt, ask people in the company to describe IT. Your IT archetype will emerge in no time. In the book I\u2019ve laid out a series of self-assessments that can help pinpoint your current IT archetype.\nYour \u201cas-is\u201d IT archetype needn\u2019t be your \u201cto be\u201d archetype. Reviewing the archetype descriptions in the book can help you determine not only what IT archetype is desirable, but which one is practical. It\u2019s one thing to want to be a Brokering IT team, it\u2019s another thing to understand whether the culture will allow it.\nNo one will argue that IT needs to move faster while satisfying core operational commitments. And that means having more than two speeds.