How do you rapidly deliver new, innovative, app-style solutions that will transform your business and offer new services, recognising that your core enterprise applications and systems of record just can’t move at the same pace?

Gartner and other organisations recognise that the answer lies in Bimodal IT. You’ve got to support your IT operations moving at 2 speeds.

Bimodal IT describes how to “renovate” your core enterprise systems (your “Mode 1 environment”) so that they can be used by new solutions and in new ways without breaking…. WHILST AT THE SAME TIME enabling the building of agile, light, easy-to-build, task-oriented, app-style solutions that harness mobile, context-awareness, location, IoT and all the other technologies (your “Mode 2 environment”) that can truly transform daily activities.

 

Myth - creating a mobile app means you’re operating in Mode 2
Right now most organisations are building mobile solutions that, when they do talk to enterprise systems, use ‘system side’ Adapters. These Adapters provide a gateway into the system - they don’t anticipate what the actual user needs. They’re designed from the inside-out. As a result, each mobile application is ‘hard wired’ to an Adapter and you end up with a mess of point-to-point integrations after a few projects. This is still Mode 1 operation - the app solutions can’t move quickly.

While this is where most enterprises (and most service providers) began, we now know this is no way to create an environment in which digital transformation can thrive. Projects done this way do deliver integrated mobile apps but the evidence is that it just takes too long – app backlog.

Bimodal is the practice of managing two separate but coherent styles of work – one focused on predictability and the other on exploration.

Gartner

Micro-services and mediation APIs - the hinge between Mode 1 and Mode 2
To be able to move at pace (Mode 2) you need to be able to build apps quickly, that can interact with your corporate systems easily. These need to be able to call on API services that are directly useful to them, regardless of the complexity needed at the ‘system side’ to push/pull data. These ‘client’ focused APIs are designed from the ‘outside-in’. You start with thinking about what services will be needed time and time again, and build then manage ‘mediation or experience’ APIs that many different apps and solutions can consume.

For example, all sorts of hospital apps would need to call upon a ‘Get Patient Record’ service. This may require linkage to a series of different back-end systems and may demand differing levels of information depending upon the requesting app/role/person. In a Mode 1 world every application would require bespoke integration work. In a Mode 2 world you’d be managing a set of APIs that made it blindingly simple for each app to access the information it needed without even thinking about the ‘system-side’ Adapters that talk to the back-end systems.

These ‘experience APIs’ along with self-contained ‘micro-services’ (which provide other generally useful services to client solutions), are the engine room for organisations seeking velocity and agility. In combination you are in effect creating a user-centric interface to your organisational assets, able to be harnessed by solutions both internal and external.

How BlinkMobile supports a Mode 2 solution environment
Busting app backlog requires technologies that speed up omni-channel client development - provide API hosting and management - simplify DevOps - enable Continuous Deployment - create the workflows/transformations/orchestrations and Integrations your Experience APIs will need - and most of all provide you analytics and dashboards to quantify the business success of your apps and APIs.

 

CI/CD Development Environment

App Building Smarts

High Level DevOps Tools

Analytics Dashboards, API Management BaaS Services

Integration

Build Tools that focus on Continuous Deployment.

App building smarts that speed production and don’t lock you in.

High-level deployment tools that mean you don’t need to manage DevOps.

API Management and hosting in which to build your Experience APIs and Micro services.

Where you need to integrate to Enterprise Systems we’ve got you covered.

 

That’s what we provide with the BlinkMobile Platform. A cloud hosted development, depl¬oyment and integration platform to enable Mode 2 solutions. Plus, a single point of billing, support, hosting and a deep well of mobile and integration experience that allows your developers freedom, and doesn’t lock you in, which leverages and is underpinned by the scale and reliability of Amazon Web Services.

Using BlinkMobile on AWS means you can be responsive to your business needs and we’ll provide the tools, analytics and DevOps support that enables you to move at pace (without having to become expert in the underlying technologies).

What can you expect for your business if you adopt a Bimodal approach and BlinkMobile?
You’ll position yourself as an agile organisation deploying applications cost effectively and quickly – using a framework that you won’t need expensive cloud and native app specialists to build and support. You’ll be able to concentrate on solving your business problems, not on setting up and servicing your infrastructure and operations. And you’ll have access to locally based mobile, middleware and integration specialists whose expertise can make the difference between success and failure.

Alan Williams is CEO of BlinkMobile. He has a pedigree in information architecture and mission critical systems. A founding member and VP of TIBCO, he was also GM of Teknekron providing real-time market data systems in trading rooms.

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