Disruption is Good, Complacency is Not

Clayton Christensen coined the term Disruptive Technologies in his 1997 book. His idea was that established industries and businesses are first blindsided and then ousted by competitors who use new technologies that are simpler, less costly, and in time, more productive.

Monopolies and privilege made some complacent while others didn’t take change very seriously. One need look no further than either the automotive industry or companies associated with the digital photography revolution to get a real feel for the kinds of losers and winners that disruptive technologies can bring along.

It’s exciting that software automation, CRM, ERP, and GIS are only a few innovations that are changing business radically.  We’ve got the top 5 innovations going on in our space and you should take time to understand them. They could save your job or your organization and they could make your work a lot more satisfying and productive. Have your board take a closer look at each of these business building innovations.

 

If He Can Fight the Bear, So Can You

When the techno-bear shows up, do you run inside your log cabin and bar the door?  Or do you face up to it and tame it? Of course you’ll face up to it. You’re not alone. The technology vendors are here to help you adapt successfully.

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Your productivity, profits and workplace don’t need to suffer. Understand the changes coming and begin to reorganize to leverage them. Be the master of your own destiny.

New technology breakthroughs enhance productivity, protect jobs, create jobs, make companies vibrant and confident, and open us to new opportunities. When you see how much people love their smartphones and tablets, and how they use them now, you know that we can all assimilate disruption very willingly.

Disruption isn’t So Bad

It moves us, inspires us, gets us out of our comfort zones and in a sense, protects us from coming threats. Disruption is where opportunity lives. Embrace it. That’s why marketers, entrepreneurs, inventors and investors are so keenly interested in it. So should you be.

Top 5 Disruptive Technologies

1. The Cloud / SaaS:  Two closely related technologies that can be viewed as interdependent and aligned. The Cloud represents a virtual environment for storage and applications which is always available and omnipresent in this day of ubiquitous network connectivity.

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Software as a Service (SaaS) works within the cloud. Rather than buying, installing and maintaining the software, you subscribe to a SaaS service provider who provides the infrastructure, services, support and upgrades required to keep the systems that you need operating. While disruptive it makes many more types of software financially available.

2. Mobile Applications/computing: Whether by tablet or on smartphone, workers/boards are increasingly using mobile devices to conduct work, a trend that will increase. Making your software work via mobile apps is smart. Increase your security, collaboration, ease of access, and customer engagement.

3. Big Data: You’ve heard about it, but wondered what it is. Think of it as a huge pool of information. It’s collected by everybody: government, NGOs, service providers, educational and research organizations  and private companies. The data can help companies understand trends in business and commerce, a task known as predictive analytics. For governments, local or federal, it means knowing more about what is happening in communities and faster speed in responding.

4. Geocoding Software/Services including GIS: Geospatial information systems help governments and companies better predict the future by analyzing trends and events in the GIS data. For instance, geospatial coding can be applied to everything from potholes in roadways, to tracking assets and changes in population or business residency.

5. Paperless Business Technology and Collaborative Platforms: With digital signage, and user access control, and confidential security, there’s no real barriers anymore for paperless offices. Platforms such as Microsoft SharePoint help board members and other staff get live feedback from others. Mobile devices somehow make users more likely to share their opinions, info and thoughts. Software that brings collaboration to the forefront is big right now. Organizations need to enable collaboration to deal with technological upheavals, competition, customer relations, and organizational progress.

eSCRIBE is very invested in the latest technology because our goal is to provide our clients with cost-effective, secure, efficient meeting management that empowers users.

The end goal of all technology innovation is to help workers increase productivity, enjoy their work more, and help their organizations thrive.

Plenty of government agencies and private organizations need help in adopting new technology. They’re dealing with company culture resistance, funding problems, and a lack of understanding of how their business will improve with new software and hardware technology. We need to spend more time on visualizing the future instead of reacting to it.

The future is here, let’s climb on board.

How is your company responding to change? Is your company culture conducive to change and progress? Adjusting to technology upgrades is key in helping your organization reach new levels of productivity.

Get more out of your board meetings and get more done. Going electronic can save your company hundreds of thousands of dollars and make your board more effective.

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