We’re in a thrilling time. The innovation Revolution is upon us, bringing what appears to be the greatest change our nation has seen since the Industrial Revolution (yes, the new, data driven, disruption focused innovation is different than the Internet Age, and yes, it’s a bigger deal). But as with any sweeping change, certain caveats must come with it.
The thrill of innovation brings the fear of being left behind (Kodak), or backing the wrong horse (what was that Myspace thing again?), or mistaking a small bump for a dramatic shift (Blu-Ray, we hardly knew ye), but each of these things is to be expected - it’s happened before and it will happen again. But the innovation revolution is happening at such a fast clip that one important thing absolutely can not keep up: the infrastructure that supports our world. For example, even as we move closer and closer to being purely cloud based, what can a poor school in a tiny midwestern town do to make that move? And since they don’t have the upfront funds to push into a system that will undoubtedly save them money in the future, can they ever catch up? What happens if they make one of the above mistakes? An investment in infrastructure that when outdated-ness is nigh is not something most small, cash strapped organizations can endure.
Now, I’m not saying embrace the innovation - that’s exactly what this blog WANTS you to do. But it is something to keep in mind as this time of change continues to swell around us.