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ECM in the Cloud – The Perfect Fit for Bimodal Development

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In the past 12 months, I have meandered across North America talking to people about putting content in the cloud. There is a general consensus among the ECM Program managers and architects that I spoke with that content in the cloud offers a highly attractive ROI, helps with shrinking IT resources, and gives lots of flexibility to the organization to develop pilot projects and test them in a low impact environment.

While there are plenty of examples of full-fledged production solutions for capture, case management or content repositories, for many of the folks I met, using the cloud for a development or test environment fits exactly the trend of “Bimodal Development” that Gartner and other analysts have made popular.

InterConnect David J BlogAccording to Gartner, bimodal development is the practice of managing two separate but coherent styles of work: one focused on predictability; the other on exploration. Mode 1 is optimized for areas that are more predictable and well-understood. It focuses on exploiting what is known, while renovating the legacy environment for the digital world. Mode 2 is exploratory, experimenting to solve new problems and optimized for areas of uncertainty.

Marrying a more predictable evolution of products and technologies (Mode 1) with the new and innovative (Mode 2) is the essence of an enterprise bimodal capability. Both play an essential role in digital transformation and digital business applications.

With ECM in the Cloud, an organization’s IT leaders can easily set up a development environment for content applications, without worrying about procuring hardware, installing software, or maintaining updates. It truly meets the requirements for Mode 2 – a place to experiment and try out new ideas for creating new business models that disrupt the competition.

At IBM InterConnect 2017, March 19 – 23, at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, I am hosting a session all about ECM in the Cloud. I am bringing along some great stories of organizations that embraced bi-modal development to try out new ideas. For example, a bank trying out a new capture application to streamline onboarding, a car manufacturer building a product quality application with case management, and a government agency setting up a disaster recovery strategy using multiple data centers on Softlayer.

You can always tell when a session is good, because they schedule it on the final day of the conference, when only the real architects remain.  You are invited to join me for “Building a Hybrid Cloud Content Management Ecosystem” Thursday, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM PST | South Pacific B | Session ID: 5476A.

Also, don’t forget to stop by booth #842 where you can put your business content to work and talk to the SMEs (like myself) in the ECM, Governance, and Watson Explorer areas. See you at the conference!

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