When is it beneficial to be a late adopter of a new technology?

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VP, Information Technology in Consumer Goods, 10,001+ employees
One thing that I've praised my team for is not going to cloud in the first trudge. Every airport you walked through had billboards saying, "Cloud will save you, it's what you need to do." Many years ago, we had a meeting to figure out how these companies could be making more money out of this, because something didn’t smell right and money talks.

We quickly worked out that, to some extent, there are benefits to moving to cloud, but software as a service (SaaS) and the subscription-based business model is also a money grab. So we actively pushed back, consolidated our own data centers, waited for five years and didn't go cloud. That was a huge help to us because we were not locked into subscription-based contracts that were growing 15% to 20% annually.
Chief Information Officer in Manufacturing, 10,001+ employees
It comes down to the needs of the business whether early adoption of an innovative technology makes sense. I've usually waited for the first SP to be released before early adoption to catch the major bugs before adoption. 
Director of IT in Software, 201 - 500 employees
You can learn from the mistakes of others, especially with implementation and configuration. There will likely be more use cases and best practices available. The technology will be more mature, and you will be in a more stable version, there will be more MSPs and partners that can help you in the implementation or day-to-day administration.

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