Exploit Disruptive Infrastructure Technology

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Your Challenge

  • 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

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. Then review Info-Tech’s analysis of disruptive infrastructure tech in 2017.


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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.