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What are “disruptors”; and why are they relevant?

Inspiring DisruptionDeloitte Technology Trends is an annual report that breaks down the 10 most influential trends into two broad categories, namely: Enablers and Disruptors. In this post (the second in the series) we will look at what makes a trend a disruptor and why it is important for CIOs. The first post in this series looked at Technology Enablers and answered the same questions.

As we unpacked in our 2013 report entitled Elements of Postdigital; there are common themes in the enablers and disruptors year-on-year and these can be broken down into the 5 Technology Forces. It is the collision of these 5 Forces that push and pull technology into the shape it is today. Essentially the forces of Analytics; Mobile; Social: running on the Cloud and wrapped in a layer of Cyber Security manifest themselves in various ways to create the trends we see developing each year.

Defining Disruptors

Disruptors are technologies that can create sustainable positive disruption in IT capabilities, business operations and sometimes even business models.

In the 2013 edition of the Technology Trends Report : Elements of Postdigital the following were identified as disrupting trends:

  1. CIO as the Postdigital Catalyst
  2. Mobile Only (and beyond)
  3. Social Reengineering by Design
  4. Design as a Discipline
  5. IPv6 (and this time we mean it)

To find out what the disruptors are for the 2014 Technology Trends entitled Inspiring Disruption; register on the link below.

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Why Are Disruptors Important?

Disruptive innovation in essence helps create a new market and value network, and can eventually go on to disrupt an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology. In short it highlights new ways of looking at old problems.

Take mobile internet as an example. CIO’s are being forced to at the very least understand its implications on their legacy technology infrastructue (many of which cannot support enterprise mobility). This requires new investment in technology and processes. Mobility however has opened up many new ways of solving business problems whilst increasing productivity and streamlining processes.

Two of the disruptors that will be covered in the Technology Trends 2014 report include :

cognitive analytics – Data and data analytics are top of mind for every business at the moment; which makes anything in that sphere incredibly relevant. The level of investment in computing power and in human resources make cognitive analytics an interesting trend which should be an immediate concern for all CIOs looking at cementing their firms ability to make quick data driven decisions.

industrialised crowdsourcing – Access to information and the security protocols that govern mission critical information are at an all-time high which makes this trend one that the Southern African CIO will not automatically gravitate to. While it is incredibly relevant at the moment as the pervasive nature of the internet allows more and more people to be connected; it is a trend that will not be on the immediate radards of many CIOs

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