A parallel can be drawn between promotion and prevention orientations and organizations’ increasing interest in becoming bimodal. Bimodal, a concept introduced by Gartner, Inc., is the practice of separating IT functions into two modes. Mode 1 is prevention-focused, concerned with safety and stability. Mode 2 is promotion-focused, characterized by its interest in exploration, speed, and agility.
A challenge of bimodal adoption is the perception that Mode 1 is less glamorous and concerns itself more with legacy application stability, whereas Mode 2, characterized by rapid development of emerging technologies is perceived as the more “senior” of the two groups. Gartner underscores extolling the importance of both groups in positive terms. Both are critical for the organization’s long-term success. Mode 1 folks are samurais; Mode 2 are ninjas