The Age of Digital Disruption

In my last article, I introduced the concept of digital disruption. What is this, you may ask?

Digital disruption occurs when new digital technologies and business models have a disruptive influence to the value provided by goods and services, changing consumer behaviour in a seismic fashion.

When I first started studying Information Technology at school in 1989, little did I know that I would be embarking on the start of what would be a rewarding and exciting career. To be totally honest, I only got into it due to the influence of my Dad, a hardworking computer scientist who worked at Northumbria University for many years.

1989 Was when it all started

Prior to my research for this post. I had no idea that 1989 was such a pivotal year. March 1989 was actually when it all started. It was the only time that I had long hair, as I was into heavy metal music, following legends such as Guns and Roses, Bon Jovi and Metallica. Jason Donovan was top of the UK Charts with Too Many Broken Hearts and Liverpool were continuing their dominance of the English Premier League, running away with the title again under Kenny Dalglish.

No one could have predicted what was to come for Information Technology and the explosion of creativity, collaboration and innovation which has followed since.

Given the great minds in our industry, I was very surprised to find that no one has actually tried to cover this journey in any detail, so like any astute student of business, I spotted an opportunity.

The Story of Digital Disruption since 1989

A timeline charting the key advances in Information Technology since 1989. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did putting it together. Do you agree with it?