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  Technology lifecycle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Technology adoption is the most common phenomenon driving the evolution of industries along the industry lifecycle.
Because of the logistic curve nature of technology adoption, it is difficult to see in the early stages whether the hype is excessive.
Technology adoption typically occurs in an S curve, as modelled in diffusion of innovations theory.
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 Disruptive technology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Disruptive technology is radically different from the existing technology and is often not as good as the established technology, in terms of expectations of most profitable customers.
The term disruptive technology was coined by Clayton M. Christensen and described in his 1997 book The Innovator's Dilemma.
Disruptive technologies are not disruptive to customers, and often take a long time before they are significantly disruptive to established companies.
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 Read about Disruptive technology at WorldVillage Encyclopedia. Research Disruptive technology and learn about ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A disruptive technology is a new technological innovation, product, or service that eventually overturns the existing dominant technology in the market, despite the fact that the disruptive technology is both radically different than the leading technology and that it often initially performs worse than the leading technology according to existing measures of performance.
Disruptive technologies are not disruptive to customers, and often take a long time before they are significantly disruptive to other manufacturers, so they are often difficult to recognize.
Even if a disruptive technology is recognized, existing businesses are often reluctant to take advantage of it, since it would involve competing with their existing (and more profitable) technological approach.
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 Disruptive Technology - Access to Energy - Pro-Science, Pro-Technology, Pro-Freedom
Disruptive technologies, on the other hand, are usually simpler and cheaper than the sustaining technology, but also offer less capability.
For example, in disk drives this could be drive capacity, where the sustaining technology was, at the time, the 5.25 inch disk, while the new disruptive technology was the 3.5 inch disk.
When the disruptive technology (a smaller disk drive) improves to the point that its capacity is adequate, competition then shifts to size and then to reliability.
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A "disruptive technology" is always a new, young technology that is initially of little commercial value, and so does not attract the attention of the marketplace and those companies which dominate it.
Disruptive technology has a connection to the avant-garde; in fact, the appearance of disruptive technologies in the nineteenth century primarily affected the arts.
Disruptive technologies always work democratically: they allow increasing numbers of people to have access to those things which were previously very rare, expensive, or difficult to produce.
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 The Innovator's Dilemma
Technologies of the first sort sustained the industry's rate of improvement in product performance (total capacity and recording density were the two most common measures) and ranged in difficulty from incremental to radical.
The first curve plots the density of drives that used conventional particulate oxide disk technology and ferrite head technology; the second charts the average density of drives that used new-technology thin-film heads and disks; the third marks the improvements in density achievable with the latest head technology, magneto-resistive heads.
The most important disruptive technologies were the architectural innovations that shrunk the size of the drives--from 14-inch diameter disks to diameters of 8, 5.25, and 3.5-inches and then from 2.5 to 1.8 inches.
www.businessweek.com /chapter/christensen.htm   (5888 words)

 Define disruptive technology - a definition from Whatis.com - see also: sustaining technology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Disruptive technology is a term coined by Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen to describe a new technology that unexpectedly displaces an established technology.
Disruptive technology lacks refinement, often has performance problems because it is new, appeals to a limited audience, and may not yet have a proven practical application.
Using real-world examples to illustrate his point, Christensen demonstrates how it is not unusual for a big corporation to dismiss the value of a disruptive technology because it does not reinforce current company goals, only to be blindsided as the technology matures, gains a larger audience and marketshare, and threatens the status quo.
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 Articles - Disruptive technology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A disruptive technology is a new technological innovation, product, or service that eventually overturns the existing dominant technology in the market, despite the fact that the disruptive technology is both radically different from the leading technology and that it often initially performs worse than the leading technology according to existing measures of performance.
The term ´´disruptive technology´´ was coined by Clayton M. Christensen and described in his 1997 book ´´The Innovator´s Dilemma´´.
Christensen distinguishes between low-end disruption which targets customers who do not need the full performance of the high end of the market and new-market disruption which targets customers who could previously not be served profitably by the incumbent.
www.centralairconditioners.net /articles/Disruptive_technology   (1190 words)

 RSS: Disruptive Technology Hiding in Plain Sight | MySmartChannels
Disruptive technologies have a way of sneaking up on established markets, even when they see it coming.
George Santayana said, "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it," he could have been talking about the adoption of a disruptive technology like RSS.
History has shown that disruptive innovations have toppled established solution providers—not because the providers were unaware of the innovation, but because they believed it incapable of satisfying the demands of their established market.
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 What do you mean by the term disruptive technology?
Disruptive technology products, therefore, are usually first sold in what the established manufacturer's consider emerging or insignificant markets.
A disruptive technology is initially embraced by the least profitable (and usually the least wealthy) customers in a market.
Christensen goes on to suggest that the refusal by successful and established companies or distributors to fully embrace disruptive technologies can lead to a sudden loss of dominance in their respective fields, if not their total disappearance.
www.zena.net /htdocs/FAQ/DisTech.shtml   (545 words)

 Amazon.com: The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary National Bestseller That Changed The Way We Do Business: Books: ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
They are all examples of disruptive technologies that helped to redefine the competitive landscape of their respective markets.
The disruptive technologies which may have strengths in functionalities not valued higher by the existing customers, or may have initially smaller profit margins and market size tend to get ignored or dismissed by the Managers of successful firms in a very rational financial decision making process.
"When a threatening disruptive technology requires a different cost structure in order to be profitable and competitive, or when the current size of the opportunity is insignificant relative to the growth needs of the mainstream organization, then and only then is a spin out organization a required part of the solution".
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 Disruptive Technologies
Christiansen argues that major companies are often in effect blindsided by new technologies that initially appeal to lower-end customers who seek less costly versions of a product, and the ability to embrace these technologies leads to company failures.
  Disruptive technologies are often the cause of changes in industry leadership, as new and more flexible companies emerge to take advantage of these technologies because they are not tied to sustained past offerings, or major companies re-invent themselves to develop whole new business models.
If you extend this concept to what it might mean in the public safety and justice information technology world, it is very important to identify and evaluate those newly invented technologies that may lead to a new way of doing business, perhaps at much less cost, and often with cultural perturbations.
radio.weblogs.com /0126029/Disruptive.htm   (665 words)

 I, Cringely . May 27, 2004 - The Little Engine That Could | PBS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A disruptive technology is any new gizmo that puts an end to the good life for technologies that preceded it.
Cellular telephones are a disruptive technology, putting a serious hurt on the 125 year-old hard-wired phone system.
Ah yes, the Internet is itself a disruptive technology, and where we'll see the WRT54G and its brethren shortly begin to have startling impact.
www.pbs.org /cringely/pulpit/pulpit20040527.html   (1661 words)

 Q & A: Confronting New Technologies: When Doing Right Is Wrong
When Clay Christensen speaks of disruptive and sustaining technologies, he uses the word technologies to mean the processes by which organizations transform resources into products or services of greater value.
Sustaining technologies are those processes that foster improved product performance, while disruptive technologies are those that initially tend to degrade product performance but promise greater long-term potential.
Emerging technologies are often disruptive to established organizations because they have a different set of attributes that aren't valued in existing markets.
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 Weblogs as a Disruptive Technology for Extension
In the fashion of disruptive technologies, weblogs underperform by traditional measures, but they also create brand-new possibilities and eventually change the measures entirely.
Disruptive technologies are innovations that often don't improve existing product performance.
Disruptive technologies often turn out to be things an organization dismisses initially as not worth the time, not "good enough," or not what the customer wants.
www.joe.org /joe/2004june/comm1.shtml   (1794 words)

 Thoughts about the Segway HT: Why it's not just a scooter
With disruptive technologies, there is an element of time frame.
The success of the telephone was heavily influenced by the fact it could be used socially, despite the attempts of the telephone company to stop such uses (and reserve it for business and other "serious" uses).
Segway is an inclusive new technology, not an excluding one.
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 Disruption Is Good - INTERVIEW: CLAYTON CHRISTENSEN - CIO Magazine Apr 1,2001   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
So the first thing is to look at disruptive technology as a growth opportunity and not as a threat.
One of the litmus tests is that, in almost every case, a disruptive technology enables a larger population of less skilled people to do things that historically only an expert could do.
The disruptive technology almost always takes root in a very undemanding application, and the established market leaders almost always try to cram the disruption into the established application.
www.cio.com /archive/040101/disruption.html   (2516 words)

 Clayton Christensen
These are technologies that most large companies are familiar with; technologies that involve improving a product that has an established role in the market.
Disruptive technologies are "innovations that result in worse product performance, at least in the near term." They are generally "cheaper, simpler, smaller, and, frequently, more convenient to use." Disruptive technologies occur less frequently, but when they do, they can cause the failure of highly successful companies who are only prepared for sustaining technologies.
Identification of these disruptive technologies can be a daunting mission because, as Christensen states, “markets that do not exist cannot be analyzed." One cannot predict what the market or probability of success will be for these emerging technologies.
web.mit.edu /6.933/www/Fall2000/teradyne/clay.html   (717 words)

 The Digital Edge: The Origins of Disruptive Technology
Note that what makes these technologies “disruptive,” is not their technical sophistication, but in how they interact with the external pressures facing the firm.
The disruptive technology, however, improves the performance trajectory along a new set of metrics, not typically valued by the mainstream market.
And, while suffering an initial performance decrement relative to the mainstream market, the technology eventually catches-up to a level that is “good enough” for many of the customers in the mainstream market.
www.digitaledge.org /monthly/2001_02/HBSsidebar.html   (556 words)

 Disruptive Technology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A disruptive technology is one that is proportionally more expensive, doesn't work much better, and basically is not desired by the existing market.
Disruptive technologies become disruptive when they have been improved to the point where they now compete adequately, not with the existing technologies, but with what the market desires which is often considerably less than what the existing technology is capable of providing.
I see XP as a potential disruptive technology, which is one of the reasons why I think the best way of AdoptingXp is to start your own company.
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 Product Development Best Practices Report - Clayton Christensen Interview
But when good firms fail, it is not the technology itself, rather the firm’s reaction to these new ideas, that lays the groundwork for eventual failure.
With few exceptions, the only instances in which mainstream firms have successfully addressed a disruptive technology were those in which the firm’s managers set up an autonomous organization charged with building a new and independent business around the disruptive technology.
They reach these conclusions because they’re comparing the disruptive technology with the established technology, and are giving the right answer to the wrong question.
www.managementroundtable.com /PDBPR/christensen.html   (1154 words)

 Defining disruption
From 10Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and digital identity technologies that help create what Gartner likes to call a "real-time enterprise" to Web services and virtualization that tightly link partners to create an extended enterprise, these are just some of the technologies that will disrupt the status quo.
In one form or another, each of these technologies is targeted at increasing the data flow and making information more accessible to more of the people who need it by reducing its complexity and cost.
Disruptive technologies seed the growth of change in the same way that the automobile changed the very nature of what a business is.
www.infoworld.com /articles/hn/xml/03/01/06/030106hndtintro.html   (1240 words)

 Mesh Networks: Disruptive Technology?
One is QDMA (quad-division multiple access), a proprietary radio technology developed for and currently used by the military.
The second part of MeshNetworks' disruptive technology, and the core intellectual property the company brings to the party, is the set of tricks and techniques for mesh networking.
Whether its technology is "disruptive" according to a definition laid out in some book most of us haven't even read is ultimately beside the point, of course.
www.wi-fiplanet.com /columns/article.php/961951   (1669 words)

 Is Online Advertising a Disruptive Technology?
About a month ago, I attended an Internet advertising conference where I heard the phrase, "disruptive technology." It was mentioned during a panel discussing behavioral targeting, ad networks, and desktop/adware programs.
'Disruptive technology' is the new euphuism for adware to help disassociate it from spyware." So there I was, thinking I'd write a column on the latest in adware.
A new technological innovation, product, or service that eventually overturns the existing dominant technology in the market, despite the fact that the disruptive technology is both radically different from the leading technology and that it often initially performs worse than the leading technology according to existing measures of performance.
www.clickz.com /experts/media/agency_strat/article.php/3561871   (837 words)

 The Myth of Disruptive Technology
A disruptive technology is defined as a low-performance, less expensive technology that enters a heated-up scene where the established technology is outpacing people's ability to adapt to it.
Restaurants are being affected by the disruptive technology of grocers' takeout.
The concept of disruptive technology is not the only daft idea floating around to be lapped up obediently by the business community.
www.pcmag.com /article2/0,1759,1628049,00.asp   (1238 words)

 Grid Computing May Be Disruptive Technology, Report Says
Because continuous data protection operates fundamentally different from traditional backup and recovery technologies, the stress points that it places on system architecture are somewhat different.
Grid computing has the potential to be a disruptive technology and dramatically alter the competitive landscape, according to a report that will be released next month.
The technology "can change the competitive landscape," he said, and is thus a potential disruptive technology according to the theories of Harvard Business School professor and disruption guru Clayton Christensen.
itmanagement.earthweb.com /it_res/article.php/1033451   (985 words)

 Innosight: Disruptive Innovation Strategy - Consulting and Education   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Clayton Christensen introduced the principles of disruptive innovation in his book, The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail.
Disruption inevitably leads to growth – you just need to be on the right side of the disruptive path in order to capture it.
Small, nimble, disruptive firms can succeed with business models that are unattractive to incumbents.
www.innosight.com /basics.php   (419 words)

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