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InfoWorld: The Disaster of Success

Nov 23, 2002, 02:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell Pavlicek)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"It's amazing. Businesses work so hard to become the top dog. They become the leaders in their fields. And then the unthinkable happens: In a jealous effort to guard their position, they lock themselves out of new business and technological paradigms, sealing their fate. In their fervor to protect their position, they destroy it. And new, unfettered business models rise into prominence...

"This became clear to me a few years ago at a conference. A European attendee showed me an all-in-one cell phone, PDA, and wireless Internet device. He had been using it for about two years. Only now, about four years after he began using his useful gizmo, am I starting to see comparable devices in this country.

"Why? Well, in the United States, cellular technology is being championed by many of the large companies responsible for the overwhelming success of the old wired technology. These companies are too busy milking profits from the old wired infrastructure to invalidate it through massive deployment of a wireless infrastructure. The net result is that these companies are reaping profits while the rest of the world passes them--and us, their customers--by..."

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