We are a culture driven by data. From sales forecasts to artificial intelligence, we’re using data in new and inventive ways every day to make our jobs easier and make smarter decisions. It’s so important, in fact, that CIO.com has forecasted that it’s no longer about “big data” — it’s just about data, period, in any way that you can harness it. And with so many sources generating data, it’s never been more important to work proactively to store, analyze, and make decisions based off of it.
For bimodal IT, the goal is to make processes adaptable with plenty of room for trial and error, and learning through iteration. With that being said, there are some best practices when it comes to dealing with your information assets and determining the best approach.
Interacting with Your Data
With all this data at your fingertips, what do you do with it?. There are many ways to interact with your data, and to list them all out would be exhausting. For bimodal IT in the enterprise, or any organization, the goal is to have a set of guidelines rather than a rigid set of rules. Here are six best practices:
- Keep a detailed record of all your information sources. Treat your data like an asset, and use asset management best practices to ensure you’re tracking the right data and measuring the quality and potential value of each source.
- Obviously, if you have a bunch of data, it’s easy for it to become disorganized and, thus, get overwhelming. Be proactive in keeping everything in order so that anyone who might need access can see where it is.
- In addition to everyone being able to see where something is, it should be easily shareable and accessible.
- With bimodal IT, collaboration is a key part of your new structure. Make sure that the data you collect is useful to not only your projects, but can also potentially be used elsewhere.
- Ensure that your precious data is kept clean! Perform basic risk assessment, compliance checks, etc. so the integrity is pure.
- Your data system should be adaptable to new information that comes in, and flexible enough to be able to address new capabilities.
Putting It All Together
These are just a few more options on how to best manage your information as you move towards a bimodal process. If you’re proactive about it, you won’t have to worry about unforeseen pain points emerging. With data as your business’ foundation, rather than just a side effect of business processes, you will be more flexible and have more inter-departmental coordination on projects and other endeavors. Even if you’re not going bimodal, Gartner still suggests this framework to set your business apart from your competitors with an “innovation edge.” And, isn’t that what any new process should do?
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