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Reflections on Gartner’s Symposium/ITxpo 2015 Dubai, UAE

Published By Steve Beaumont
Reflections on Gartner’s Symposium/ITxpo 2015 Dubai, UAE

Digital Transformation and the Need for Bimodal IT

I recently attended the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Dubai; it is good to reflect on the powerful messages that were delivered, focusing on how to realize, build and optimize digital opportunities, and moving digital business from theory to practice. CIOs were encouraged to evolve their own IT leadership to become indispensable in the new digital business world.

The powerful convergence of forces – mobile, social, cloud, and information – are rapidly reshaping how business gets done, both now and in the future. According to Gartner these forces are requiring CIOs to implement two modes of IT, each designed to develop and deliver information- and technology-intensive services in its own way. Bimodal IT…

Bimodal IT - Gartner, 2015
Bimodal IT – Gartner, 2015
Mode 1 is traditional, emphasizing safety, and accuracy.
Mode 2 is exploratory, emphasizing agility, and speed.

To implement this bimodal approach will require a portfolio and resource management system that supports both approaches, allowing each to flourish and operated effectively, whilst giving the CIO, and senior executive’s control over investment and allocation of resources, and insight into performance and both the projects and portfolio levels.

CIOs and senior IT executives are at the centre of this transformation, playing a leading role in the creation of the digital enterprise. They will need to embrace the new digital era, and create a new style IT organisation that works closely with Product/Service Development and Marketing departments to improve the customer experience and drive revenue, whilst increasing operational efficiency.

Planview team at Gartner Dubai
Planview team at Gartner Dubai

An excellent few days listening, and learning, and also networking with a lot of CIOs and IT executives, discussing their challenges in 2015, and how portfolio and resource management, and project collaboration solutions can help them achieve their goals. I also wanted to share is great picture of me and my team at the event. Did you attend any of the Gartner events in Dubai, Texas, or London? Share your takeaways by leaving a comment below.

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Written by Steve Beaumont

Steve Beaumont is the SRP Solutions Market Manager at Planview and has worked in the Professional Services area for almost 25 years. He spent 12 years working as a Management Consultant for Deloitte, Coopers & Lybrand, and Ernst & Young, where team managed a team of consultants and had responsibility for managing the work pipeline, making resourcing decisions and ensuring that projects were delivered to a high quality whilst also managing the P&L. He also has spent a number of years working in the software industry helping to sell, implement and drive the enhancement of software solutions designed to help both PSOs and IT organizations to manage their businesses and delivery successful projects. Steve’s career started as a Management Accountant, from which he progressed into designing accounting software for use within the telecom company that he worked for.