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The Myths and Realities of Digital Disruption - An Executive's Guide Infographic

Contrary to what we often hear, the disruptive impact of information technology is not accelerating.  It actually comes in waves.  This figure depicts our sense of the overall economic disruption caused by the major eras of IT innovation. 

Thus far, the biggest digital disruptions have come from the mainstream web/internet, and this remains true today.  In contrast, although mobility is now vital to just about every business sector, only Apple and Uber have become giant mobility-based disruptors. 

The so-called internet of things (IoT) is proving even less disruptive, at least thus far.  While many of today’s IoT technologies have great potential, they seem unlikely to match the economic impact of the initial internet boom.  This reality is not well understood in the marketplace today. 

But the big waves will come in again soon.  Expect advances in science will make today’s technologies seem primitive, enabling societal shifts much greater than those we have lived through thus far. 

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