Disruptive Innovation

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 11:28 Written by Albert Greenhut Thursday, 13 February 2014 04:25

This term refers to a development that displaces an earlier innovation and can create a new market or value network (formerly known as disruptive technology, but the term innovation gives the idea that it does not have to be a brand new technology, only an improvement on an earlier one.) Clayton Christensen (Harvard Business School) made a distinction between two different types of technology that affect business, a distinction that has since become accepted wisdom. On the one hand he described what he called “sustaining technologies”, technological developments that help organizations to make marginal improvements in what they are doing. These require only gradual change and pretty much retain the status quo. On the other hand, there are what Christensen termed disruptive technologies. These are wild and unexpected technological breakthroughs that require corporations to radically rethink their very existence.

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The End of an Era?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 11:22 Written by Albert Greenhut Thursday, 6 February 2014 05:23

The first iPod came out in 2001, with 5 GBs of storage and the slogan “1,000 songs in your pocket.” Now different versions can hold up to 160 GBs and 40,000 songs. The original black and white screen has been replaced by not only a color screen but an HD one. Apple has done a lot of things right with the iPod, but when Steve Jobs said that the best iPod that Apple made was the iPhone, I believe he was wrong. Having these devices separated is a nice feature, why? Because if I am at the gym, library, on a walk, or if I just want some quiet music, I do not want to be interrupted, or even have to consider the possibility of being interrupted. I understand, use, and celebrate airplane mode, but that feature does not thoroughly solve my dilemma. Also, combining these two devices leads to a greater expense if it gets damaged at the aforementioned gym or while on a run. With these devices converging there are rumors that Apple might obsolete the iPod. (According to ECNmag.com)

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