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Digital Disruption: Can the "Old Guard" Providers Be Disruptive (and Should They)?

Published: 25 April 2017

ID: G00325260

Analyst(s): David Yockelson


The market celebrates providers such as Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook as digital disruptors, but gives little credence to "old guard" providers such as IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. How can, and when should, technology business unit leaders at established providers be digitally disruptive?

Table Of Contents


  • Business Model Change
  • What Impediments to Disruption Exist for Traditional Providers?
  • (Why) Is Disruption Good?
  • The Customer's View of Digital Disruption
  • Should Traditional Providers Seek to Digitally Disrupt?
  • Recognize, Prioritize and Respond

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