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Ready Technology

Ready Technology, illustration

Credit: Iwona Usakiewicz / Andrij Borys Associates

In the 20th century, companies waited until their industries and competitors fully vetted technologies before investing in even the most tried-and-true ones. Technophobes believed that investing too early was indulgent and reckless. Executives wore their late technology adoption strategies as badges of corporate honor.

Today, many emerging technologies are ready for immediate deployment.a iPads are ready. Dropbox is ready. Skype is ready. ListenLogic is ready. Foursquare is ready. Ready technology is accessible and cost-effective. It also often arrives at companies without the participation of the corporate IT team, especially in federated or decentralized companies where business units and employees are encouraged to solve their own problems. The accompanying figure summarizes defined and ready technology adoption—and the implications of ready technology adoption. It also provides some examples of ready technology.


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