Falling Off Of The Cutting Edge
from the heard-this-before... dept
It appears the big east coast newspapers are having a field day with the idea that “technology doesn’t matter” any more. Two weeks ago we had a post about how the NY Times was wondering if technology had lost its “special” status. Now, the Washington Post has followed up with an almost identical article. Both are based on an article in the Harvard Business Review by Nicholas Carr. The basic premise of these articles seems to be based around the idea that innovation has ended, and we should get used to technology as a “boring” input – like electricity. The technology industry, not surprisingly, has reacted violently against this idea. There are some good points brought up in the articles – about how companies probably should spend some time focusing on making their systems work properly before just jumping onto the latest and greatest – but it absolutely misses on the idea that new applications won’t come along (and won’t drive the industry forward). It doesn’t take much imagination to look at where we are now, and where we could be and realize that there’s plenty of room for technology to grow. There are any number of problems that companies have that could be solved by technology – and which will provide companies strategic advantages in the future. Assuming that technology innovation (and any related strategic advantage) is dead is just being short-sighted. Update: ZDNet has now put up a piece on this subject as well, suggesting that Carr is partly correct – but that he’s too early. The article basically says that technology is way too immature at this stage to be a commodity input – but that it will get there.