"And yet, despite the many disappointments to businesses and
investors alike, it's a mistake for either group to think the
high-tech meltdown whitewashed the economic impact of all
technological innovation. It's just that business models don't
change overnight. So although the volume on the hype machine is now
a faint crackle, there are some technologies once labeled
'disruptive' that are entrenching themselves, if only quietly, in
corporations and society at large. And the opportunities remain
"Broadband wireless data communications is making instant access
to information anytime, anywhere, a reality. The open source
movement, which encourages the free exchange of software for the
Linux operating system, is transforming corporate IT departments.
And the venerable phone is now tapping directly into the Internet,
nearly eliminating long-distance fees and threatening upheaval in
the telecom industry.
"You may not be aware of it, but these technologies are here,
they're being used by Canadian companies--and they may yet live up
to their billing..."