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Exploit Disruptive Infrastructure Technology

Disrupt or be disrupted. Start here.

  • Predicting the future isn’t easy. Most IT leaders fail to realize how quickly technology increases in capability. Even for the tech savvy, predicting which specific technologies will become disruptive is difficult.
  • Communication is difficult when the sky is falling. Even forward-looking IT leaders struggle with convincing others to devote time and resources to monitoring technologies with a formal process.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Proactively monitoring, evaluating, and exploiting disruptive tech isn’t optional. It protects your role, IT’s role, and the future of the organization.
  • A diverse working group maximizes the insight brought to bear. An IT background is not a prerequisite.
  • The best technology is only the best because it brings value immediately. Good technology might not be ready; ready technology might not be good.

Impact and Result

  • Create a disruptive technology working group.
  • Produce a longlist of disruptive technologies.
  • Evaluate the longlist to produce a shortlist of disruptive technologies.
  • Develop a plan for a proof-of-concept project for each shortlisted technology.

Exploit Disruptive Infrastructure Technology Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should exploit disruptive infrastructure technology, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the ways we can support you in completing this project.

3. Create an action plan to exploit disruptive technologies

Develop a proof-of-concept plan for each shortlisted technology.


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Module 1: Pre-work: Establish the Disruptive Tech Process

The Purpose

  • Discuss the general overview of the disruptive technology exploitation process.
  • Develop an initial disruptive technology exploitation plan.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Stakeholders are on board, the project’s goals are outlined, and the working group is selected.

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Get execs and stakeholders on board.

1.2

Review the process of analyzing disruptive tech.

  • Initialized disruptive tech exploitation plan
1.3

Select members for the working group.

1.4

Choose a schedule and time commitment.

1.5

Select a group of visionaries.

  • Meeting agenda, schedule, and participants

Module 2: Hold the Initial Meeting

The Purpose

  • Understand how disruption will affect the organization, and develop an initial list of technologies to explore.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Knowledge of how to think like a futurist.
  • Understanding of organizational processes vulnerable to disruption.
  • Outline of potentially disruptive technologies.

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Start the meeting with introductions.

2.2

Train the group to think like futurists.

2.3

Brainstorm about disruptive processes.

  • List of disruptive organizational processes
2.4

Brainstorm a longlist.

2.5

Research and brainstorm separate longlists.

  • Initial longlist of disruptive tech

Module 3: Create a Longlist and Assess Shortlist

The Purpose

  • Evaluate the specific value of longlisted technologies to the organization.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Defined list of the disruptive technologies worth escalating to the proof of concept stage.

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Converge the longlists developed by the team.

  • Finalized longlist of disruptive tech
3.2

Narrow the longlist to a shortlist.

  • Shortlist of disruptive tech
3.3

Assess readiness and value.

  • Value-readiness analysis
3.4

Perform a SWOT analysis.

  • SWOT analysis
  • Candidate(s) for proof of concept charter

Module 4: Create an Action Plan

The Purpose

  • Understand how the technologies in question will impact the organization.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understanding of the specific effects of the new technology on the business processes it is intended to disrupt.
  • Business case for the proof-of-concept project.

Activities

Outputs

4.1

Build a problem canvas.

  • Problem canvas
4.2

Identify affected business units.

4.3

Outline and map the business processes likely to be disrupted.

  • Map of business processes: current state
4.4

Map disrupted business processes.

  • Map of disrupted business processes
4.5

Recognize how the new technology will impact business processes.

  • Business case for each technology
4.6

Make the case.

About Info-Tech

Info-Tech Research Group is the world’s fastest-growing information technology research and advisory company, proudly serving over 30,000 IT professionals.

We produce unbiased and highly relevant research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely, and well-informed decisions. We partner closely with IT teams to provide everything they need, from actionable tools to analyst guidance, ensuring they deliver measurable results for their organizations.

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Guided Implementation #1 - Create a working group
  • Call #1 - Explore the need for a disruptive technology working group
  • Call #2 - Review the team name, participants, and timeline
  • Call #3 - Review the agenda for the initial meeting
  • Call #4 - Assess the results of the initial meeting

Guided Implementation #2 - Evaluate disruptive technologies
  • Call #1 - Review how you’re brainstorming and sources of information
  • Call #2 - Review the final longlist and begin narrowing it down
  • Call #3 - Review the final shortlist and assessment

Guided Implementation #3 - Exploit disruptive technologies
  • Call #1 - Review the next steps
  • Call #2 - Review the progress of your team
  • Call #3 - Review the communication plan

Author(s)

John Annand

Contributors

  • Nitin Babel, Co-Founder, Niki.ai
  • Erik Bjerklund, Manager of Technical Services, Corix
  • Lindsay Boyajian, Chief Marketing Officer, Augment
  • Vern Brownell, CEO, D-Wave
  • Brenda Cooper, CIO of City of Kirkland, Futurist, and Science Fiction Novelist
  • Dave Evans, Co-founder/CTO, Stringify and Former Chief Futurist for Cisco
  • David Ferrucci, Former Principal Investigator for IBM’s Watson Project
  • Chris Green, Enterprise Architect, Boston Private
  • Andrew Kope, Head of Data Analytics, Big Blue Bubble
  • Jason Hong, Associate Professor, School of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Hanan Luftiyya, Professor, Chair of Computer Science, Western University, Canada
  • Michael Maguire, Management Consultant
  • Jon Mavor, Co-Founder and CTO, Envelop VR
  • Dan Pitt, President, Palo Alto Innovation Advisors
  • Courtney Smith, Co-Founder, Executive Creative Director, PureMatter
  • Emmanuel Tsekleves, Senior Lecturer in Design Interactions, University of Lancaster
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