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Digital Transformation: A Bimodal Approach

Blog Post created by Hu Yoshida Employee on Jul 28, 2016

Digital Transformation is the use of technology to radically improve performance and reach of enterprises. The three key elements are transforming the customer experience, transforming the operational processes, and transforming business models. The majority of Line of Business executives surveyed by IDC in 2015 expected to see the digital transformation (DX) effect on their organization in 2016.

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Traditional enterprises must adopt digital transformation in order to compete with digital disruptors like UBER and AirBnB who were born in the cloud and have no traditional legacy that requires transformation. However, traditional enterprises have core IT system and processes that cannot be disrupted during this transformation.


According to Gartner: “… the best (the only?) way forward is to adopt bimodal IT. Bimodal will enable businesses to transition from bloated application portfolios toward a lower-cost and more agile state without the high risks associated with "big bang" replacement of major parts of their portfolios.” Gartner goes on to say: “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 the digital transformation.”


Digital transformation should not be disruptive to core business requirements. The key to digital transformation lies in the successful marrying of mode 1 and mode 2. This marriage requires technologies and processes that can bridge the infrastructure, the data, and the information between mode 1 and mode 2. Hitachi Provides the tools and methodologies to do this.



Converged solutions enable the automation of mode 1 infrastructure, reducing cost and complexity while providing a private cloud with VMware or Open Stack that can bridge into a mode 2 hybrid or public cloud. An all flash data center can also help to bridge the infrastructure from mode 1 to mode 2, by accelerating performance, reducing environmental costs, eliminating bottlenecks and optimizing the workflow to reduce licensing costs.

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Data Mobility

Hitachi’s HCP can bridge the data from mode 1 to mode 2 through a secure object storage platform that can provide the storage and access of data anywhere, from mobile devices, to ROBO filers, to globally distributed repositories, to public cloud. HCP provides extensive flexibility and interoperability through native API support for HTTP/REST, HCP RESTful, CIFS, NFS, SMTP, WebDAV, S3, OpenStack Swift and a REST based custom metadata query API. Data ingested via any one protocol gateway is fully accessible by every other protocol gateway. HCP can reduce or eliminate the need for traditional backup. The real strength of HCP is the ability to handle all kinds of data and almost any application and is a real asset to empower DevOps by automating routine IT tasks. It's highly reliable, scales massively, provides seamless data mobility and storage across private clouds and public cloud services, encryption, access control, easy provisioning, chargeback measurement, compliance, and more.

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Information Integration

Mode 1 information is generated in data warehouses or data marts using structured data. mode 2 information comes from unstructured data that is generated by click streams, video/audio, or sensors. Digital transformation can leverage both Mode 1 and Mode 2 information through Pentaho Data Integration. Pentaho can integrate your existing data warehouse information (IT) with new information operations systems (OT) and provide new insight based on a 360 view of your business.

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The Digital Transformation of most businesses today will require a bimodal approach where we optimize the mode 1 systems of record while building new mode 2 systems. Digital transformation should not disrupt our core business requirements. It will require an organizational commitment to change and a strategy for marrying mode 1 and mode 2 to meet new business requirements. We need to be focused and not distracted by technology candy, hyped up solutions that appear to offer low cost solutions in the short term. Digital transformation must be viewed as a strategic business investment and not a short term fix.

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