As a CIO or business leader, when you’re confronted with a disruptive trend in your industry, you are likely exploring its implications for your business in terms of challenges and opportunities. That’s to say considerations such as “what’s it mean to me?”, “how and when should I react to this trend?”, and “how can I address this trend strategically?” and so on. If you’re a pioneer or early adopter, you may even be looking at disruptive trends in other industries and exploring how they might be leveraged within your own.
At Unisys, we’ve identified six disruptive technology trends we consider most promising for our clients in terms of their business implications in the years ahead. Our focus is on helping clients turn these trends from disruptive to productive as the trends evolve and mature over time. To learn about our point of view, and the top level challenges and opportunities each one presents, I invite you to check out the Unisys View of Disruptive IT Trends for 2011 overview from Unisys Chief Technology Officer, Fred Dillman.
In their early years, disruptive trends are fascinating since there are both drivers and barriers to adoption. Organizations are often racing to determine how to overcome the barriers quickly so they can move ahead in discovering and implementing innovative new approaches for their business ahead of their competition. The good news is that you’re not alone in your quest to overcome these barriers and to seek value. Businesses see real market opportunity and business benefit around disruptive technologies such as cloud, mobile and social computing. As this occurs, the overall marketplace in terms of hardware, software and service providers often innovate to remove specific pain points such as security and governance as well as around the core platforms, infrastructure and applications. This frees you up as a business leader to then focus on the key task of applying the trends in unique ways for business benefit or even competitive advantage.