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Posted by James McQuivey on September 26, 2012
You have heard the word disruption; you know what that is. And you have heard the word digital. You know what that is, too. But put them together – digital disruption – and they add up to much more than the mere sum of their parts. Digital disruption, when properly understood, should terrify you.
Three sources of digital power – the prevalence of free tools and services that enable disruptors to rapidly build products and services, the rise of digital platforms that are easily exploited by aspiring competitors from all directions, and the burgeoning class of digital consumers ready to accept new services – have combined to unleash a disruptive force that will completely alter every business on the planet. Digital disruption isn’t disruption squared. It’s the disruption of disruption itself.
Most people I meet think they get digital disruption. And a survey of global executives we conducted shows that 89% of executives believe that digital will disrupt their industry. But they don’t realize just how big a deal disruption will be when it finally hits them.
I have been writing and speaking about digital disruption for years – full time for more than a year now – and it still manages to surprise me. In the month of October, I’ll keynote several Forrester Forums and there confess that digital disruption is even more powerful than I thought it was when I wrote the original Disruptor’s Handbook in 2011. What have I learned?
So while most of us think we know what digital disruption means because we live digital lives and we’ve read all about disruption, most of us – especially those of us at the top of the organization – are at risk if we fail to realize just how powerful digital disruption is, how quickly it will undo us, and how diligently we have to work to join it. Join me at any of the following Forrester Events to take this conversation further and learn how to digitally disrupt yourself before someone else does it to or for you. See you there.
Co-located London Summits, October 4th:
Embracing Digital Disruption: A Summit for Business Architecture and Process Professionals
Developing Digital Disruption: A Summit for Application Development and Delivery Professionals
Forrester Forums in Orlando, October 18 - 19th:
Leading Digital Disruption: A Forum for CIOS (Co-located forum with Business Architecture and Process Pros & Application Development and Delivery Pros)
Forrester Forum in Chicago, October 25 - 26th:
Seizing Opportunity from Digital Disruption: A Forum for eBusiness Professionals (Note that this forum was previously the Consumer Forum, but this year is drilling down to focus on digital disruption opportunities in eBusiness
P.S. Boy, James, it seems that you're so focused on digital disruption, why don't you just write a book on it? Great idea! Stay tuned, more info coming soon.