Tag Archives: disruption
Price crash

Lowing cost is the new disruption

Every day we hear about investors chasing the new, shiny innovations that can add to the top line, but what about that other line — the bottom line? With little fanfare, a new kind of disruption has been picking up steam — disruption in the cost of production. Uber and AirBnB are powerful examples of […]

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Data Factory

Yet another compelling reason to work in tech

Is your job safe? Are there things you can do to ensure the future? Maybe there’s a completely different way to view the new economy and your role in it. The workplace is fundamentally changing from the Industrial Age system of large factories offering many jobs to one where smaller companies, sometimes drastically smaller, sell […]

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who moved my cheese?

Who moved my cheese — yet again?

The following is a guest post by Tim DeWitt. In the late 1990’s, early 2000’s, the book Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life was a popular motivational book by Spencer Johnson. It addressed the issue of experiencing change in one’s work and life […]

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Hey, Microsoft, sometimes patience is not a virtue

Yesterday, Microsoft shook up its leadership team with changes that kept the same people but in new roles. Some of the most significant changes were around the flagship Windows development team and Cloud, in both cases putting people in place that argued for better integration of products and the need to prepare for a post-PC/Cloud […]

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Expecting big change with new technologies? Good luck waiting.

Change has always been one of the most important wheels driving the IT industry. IT product vendors, systems integrators, technology vendors, a plethora of consulting service providers –- all partner with customers to engineer, deliver and enable change in some form or the other. At the same time, even as they facilitate change directly or […]

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Success and Failure

No business is too big to fail or too small to succeed – sobering stats on business failures

In a recent blog called Digital Disruption I talked about the issues that established companies have from start-ups unencumbered by assets, infrastructure and thinking that locks them in and prevents them from innovating. The ability to look at the current world through fresh eyes and identify the opportunities would seem to be perfect. Now is […]

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Software is eating the world

Software is eating your job

While we marvel about technology we can easily forget how disruptive it is for many people. Baby boomers are supposedly between 49 and 67 years old and spent some to most of their careers pre-Internet, pre-cell phone, pre-social, -cloud and -mobile…certainly pre-user-friendly analytics and big data. In many cases, we have a population still able […]

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Get your organization to think and act like a fighter pilot

We live in a time of disruption. The average lifespan of a corporation is dropping fast, and technology and culture are changing at a remarkable rate. We can see disruption as a negative force, or we can see it the way a classically trained fighter pilot sees it — as an advantage. Fighter pilots have […]

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Civil War

Old rules on new battlefields

It is easy to think we’re the first to live in such disruptive times. Not even close to true. I recently visited a Civil War battlefield and had a great conversation with one of the reenactment actors who happened to be a history buff.  In our twenty minute conversation, he told me two remarkable, very […]

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Water Splash

Disruption is both the cloud and silver lining

Sometimes you read something that is so provocative that you go sleep thinking about and even wake with it in your head. For me, it was Jon Evans, writing in Tech Crunch, making the statement America Has Hit “Peak Jobs”.  Evans believes the gulf between the haves and have nots will increase and that the […]

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campfire story

Are marketers just kidding themselves?

It’s funny how no matter how much times change, many things stay the same…or quickly return to established norms. Marketing has gone through a significant revolution over the past ten years as the Web matured and then social media arrived. But just as before our interconnected days, has settled into a groove of ‘safe’ targets […]

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Microchip Implant

Let’s implant microchips in our kids!

Just kidding, but I got your attention. Also, full disclosure, I’m from Texas. You may have seen the recent news story on the use of RFID student badges (not implanted microchips) in a school district in San Antonio, Texas. You can read a summary here. Enter Financial Pressures The main driver behind the school district […]

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Roger Bannister

The amazing revelation of mere feasibility

I remember the amazement I experienced the first time I saw Google’s autocomplete in action. With this small feature, Google revolutionized knowledge management. No longer did users have the hit-or-miss experience of having to enter multiple searches to figure out the best term. Google provided real time feedback on the the most commonly grouped terms. […]

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Mary Meeker and Internet Disruption

Mary Meeker shows why mobile is a revolution

Kleiner Perkins’ Mary Meeker published her 2012 Internet Trends Year End Report yesterday and it doesn’t disappoint for detail and insight. Here are just a few highlights: The US has 79% penetration by the Internet, highest in the world for percentage but with only the half the users (245 million compared to China’s 513 million) […]

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Telephone Switchboard Operators - a vintage circa 1914 photo

The end of the nuisance call (or wrong number)?

There was a provocative story in GigaOM today: In a world of facetime and kik, what happens to the personal phone number? Driving the piece was an announcement by AT&T that it plans to completely depart from the old-school telephone business that created the company and instead become an all-IP provider. If you don’t know what […]

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Erie Canal

The times they are a’changin…or not

Little changes are boring and big changes always get the spotlight. The Internet of Things promises to increase internet connections from approximately 2 billion people centered devices today to 52 billion people and “things” within 10 years. Wow, what would our grandparents think of our new world? Has anyone ever lived in such a time? […]

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