The advent of 5 G so soon after 4 G—Humm.  What’s next?  How many G’s are there?[i]

In 1965, Gordon Moore put forth the construct that the density of transistors in integrated circuits doubled each year.[ii]  The so-called Moore’s Law has governed technology growth ever since.  However; over 50 years later, some argue that we may be far up that power curve.  One conjectures if the latter statement is correct.

In 1899, Charles H. Duell then the Commissioner of US patent is purported to have said, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”  Mr. Duell died in 1920 so he missed many of the ‘new’ things we now take for granted.

Marketers tend to categorize in buckets; Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials and so forth.  Do any of these labels matter?  Probably not.  The same is true for technology tags as well.

Life, technology, knowledge et al marches on, just like it has throughout human history.  Will we see the advent of 50 G networks?  Most likely; with 100 G hot on its heels!

Less we forget, the current version of the cell phone (iPhone and its equivalents) was first released in 2007.  Much has changed in the last 13 years and we can expect that arc to continue with disruptive new mobile technology crashing in at some point.

Agility

Most think of an ‘agile enterprise’ as information technology driven.  In this writer’s opinion, this is a narrow perspective.  The word ‘agility’ is defined in terms of power and thinking.[iii]  In other words, the ability to make good decisions with the capacity to implement them.

In this hyper-technology environment, it is not the adoption of a particular rendition, but the capability to incorporate the appropriate new in an economic manner.  This is true whether the organization is an ‘early adopter’ or even a ‘laggard.’[iv]

For decades, organizational strategy has been enabled by technology.  There is no reason to change that model with many G’s to follow!

How Does Your Organization Ingest New Technologies?

 

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End Notes

[i]  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G

[ii]  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore%27s_law

[iii]  https://www.dictionary.com/browse/agility

[iv]  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technology_adoption_life_cycle