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Amen to that.   We do a very elaborate RFP/Proposal/Contract 
cycle in out business.  My very job is to sort RFPs looking 
for such things.  We have to bid competitively, so price 
and features make all the difference.   I love innovation 
and the edge as much as the next guy, but I don't think 
it wise to be the first penguin into walrus infested waters.

OTOH, one can get into situations of historical context where 
one is obligated to waste anything but time.  Different market 
conditions prevail.  The dot.bomb boom was a faux market perception. 
People thought they had to buy in to be in.  It was a costly 
mistake, but it generated technology and competence, and 
suddenly, historical conditions impact market conditions 
and a value emerges for that technology and that 
competence.   This is why predicting the use of a technology 
is dicey if one is targeting narrow spans of time.  It is 
possible to predict that certain technologies will emerge 
based on the technical trends and probable payoffs, but 
timing emergence is loose.  The impact of the unknown unknown 
is the wildcard of information ecosystems evolution.


From: John Evdemon [mailto:jevdemon@acm.org]

On 21 May 2002 at 9:11, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:

> Because anything truly new is also unrecognizable.  It 
> will sit on the shelf while the insanely restless play 
> with it and adapt it.  Over some period of time they 
> will get results that others will covet and emulate. 

Or blow the budget on something that may never gain acceptance.  This 
popped up this morning as a rather painful reminder of the trends and 
bandwagons the industry keeps jumping onto:



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