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The Practices That Deliver the Biggest Bang for Your Bimodal Buck

Published: 01 February 2016

ID: G00296976

Analyst(s): Lee Weldon , Mary Mesaglio , Ed Gabrys , Simon Mingay


The 2016 CIO survey revealed five key bimodal practices that deliver the highest improvement in digital performance. Interestingly, these five practices are also the least used. This research delves into each practice, providing an easy, moderate and challenging approach to help CIOs get started.

Table Of Contents


  • Crowdsourcing
    • Challenge: Matching the Problem to the Solution, Approach and Audience
    • Solution: Connect Selected Ideas With Entrepreneurs to Incubate
  • Differentiated Funding
    • Challenge: Two Major Hurdles to Differentiated Funding Approaches
    • Solution: Start Small
  • Differentiated Metrics
    • Challenge: Forces Executives to Confront the Uncertainties of Mode 2
    • Solution: Try Out a Portfolio Investment Approach
  • Working With Startups
    • Challenge: Legacy Mindset and Process a Major Hurdle for Many Organizations
    • Solution: Experiment and Evolve
  • Formal Innovation Management
    • Challenge: Absent an Innovation Culture, Big Bang Approaches Struggle to Foster Innovation
    • Solution: Start Small, and Focus on Specific Areas
  • Conclusion

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