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CIOs: Be the Experts to Preempt Digital Disruption

When the world is facing massive digital disruption, agonies of CIOs are expected to surge if they do not prepare to deal with the technology shift.

In this article at Gartner, Jennifer Garfinkel explores the major digital disruptions coming your way in the near future. CIOs are advised to work on priority with their business peers to preempt these disruptions by recognizing, prioritizing, and responding to their early indicators.

Categories of Disruption

Each category of digital disruption represents a significant opportunity and potential for disruptive businesses to emerge. The virtual digital disruptions are way more difficult to handle than the past technical disruptions. Here are seven key disruptions CIOs must gear up for:

  1. Quantum Computing: Based on the quantum state of subatomic particles, quantum computers are potent enough to run massive calculations in a fraction of seconds. This potential for computing acceleration may seem interesting to the CIOs and CEOs, but beware, quantum computing is good for a specific set of problems, not all.
  2. Real-Time Language Translation: This may change the real equation of communication globally. Devices like ‘translation earbuds’ may perform real-time translation, breaking down language barriers among people. The technology is disruptive enough to not just intercultural language barriers, but may also wipe out the role of language translators completely.
  3. Nanotechnology: It is the combo of science, engineering, and technology lead at the nanoscale. Nanotechnology is useful in creating new effects like self-healing in material science.
  4. Swarm Intelligence: It is the collective behavior of decentralized and self-organized systems, organic or reproductive. CIOs must explore this concept to scale management in the digital business arena.
  5. Human-Machine Interfaces: HMI offers the opportunity to discern with innovative, multimodal experiences. People dealing with disabilities may benefit from HMIs that may give them ‘super-abilities’ to employ technology.
  6. Software Distribution Revolution: Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) or cloud Technology Service Providers (TSPs) identify the need for large and diverse buying audiences. Establishing a marketplace or participating in it is the best route to drive technical efficiencies.
  7. Smartphone Disintermediation: Virtual personal assistants (VPAs), smartwatches and other wearable gadgets may ease the life of smartphone users, but CIOs must use them as a guiding principle. These wearable devices guide how to improve workers efficiency, safety measures, customer experiences, and employee satisfaction.

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