I heard a story today on NPR about young blood reversing heart decline in old mice (the Radiolab podcast is here). Naturally I made the connection to the need for established high-tech companies to inject new thinking, approaches (and blood) in order to remain relevant in the era of SMACT (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and the Internet of Things). For technology companies trying to Escape Velocity, it’s not just about the old business models and ways of operating vs. the new; it’s about fast vs. slow. It’s about having the vision to skate to where the puck is going early and being nimble and agile enough to make the necessary course corrections.
IDC sees 2014 as a pivotal year for cannibalization as the 2nd platform vendors attempt to adapt and remain relevant. I always enjoy the annual summary of IDC’s technology predictions by Frank Gens. Here it is: