In 2014, Gartner published a new practice model for organizations that deliver software: bimodal IT. In short, an organization that follows the bimodal IT practice adopts two separate styles (modes) of software development and delivery:
Figure 3-1 shows an overview of what bimodal IT entails.
Mode 1 is mostly targeting systems of record—systems that store information, often both current and historical, and that are used to keep the daily business running. Mode 2, on the other hand, is mainly focusing on systems of innovation—systems that are meant to provide an organization with an edge over their competition.
In this chapter, we take a look at the role service virtualization can play in software ...