The Innovator’s Imperative: Rapid Technology Adoption for Digital Transformation

Stephen J Andriole, Thomas Cox, Kaung M. Khin

October 13, 2017 by Auerbach Publications
Reference - 153 Pages - 25 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138713550 - CAT# K32234

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  • Develop rapid technology adoption core competencies to enable the tracking, deployment, and measurement of emerging and disruptive technologies' impact
  • Follow the new technology adoption roadmap by rapidly adopting emerging technology even requirements are not exactly clear
  • Harness the accelerating pace of new technology to become more cost-effective and competitive
  • Develop "hit lists" of technologies most likely to impact their companies, their industries and their competitors


The pace of technological change is accelerating, hyper competition is growing, opportunities for business model disruption are exploding, and comprehensive cloud delivery is readily available. These factors challenge every aspect of business technology strategy. The Innovator’s Imperative: Rapid Technology Adoption for Digital Transformation prepares twenty-first century businesses leaders for competing and leading in this disruptive digital environment.

Five years of research conducted by the authors suggests that leading companies have all but abandoned the requirements analysis and modeling best practices of the twentieth century. Accordingly, the authors put forth the innovator’s imperative that contends:

All companies wanting to be competitive should adopt emerging and disruptive technologies as quickly as possible, and in many cases, immediately.

Technology is driving business strategy, and companies are rethinking their technology strategy, especially the governance that determines how and why technology investments are made. Based on their research the authors have developed a five-step framework for digital transformation:

    1. Model and simulate
    2. Identify high-leverage opportunities
    3. Prioritize transformational targets
    4. Identify digital opportunities
    5. Find courageous leaders

The book explains each of these steps to guide business leaders in architecting digital transformation projects according to their organization’s market positions, budgets, objectives, and corporate culture.

Hyper-competitive, disruptive companies are jumping across technology adoption phases without regard to any phasing whatsoever. Companies focused on digital transformation often adopt emerging technologies immediately. They have become early adopters of technologies that can impact existing—and create whole new—business models and processes. This book examines this jump into new technologies, processes, and business models to prepare twenty-first century business leaders to make that leap.


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