Dozens, if not more, of technology products are launched every day. From
the brand new products to product upgrades we are in a constant spin of
new products. However, as you consider technology purchases, especially
in a tight economy don’t purchase technologies that are new to the
market and haven not been proven. Unless you really know what you are
If you’re a business whose culture has little patience for the
quirks of technology or slowness of technical support – purchasing the
first new gadget on the market is not advisable.
Having said that that are new products in mature product categories
that are safe to use. For example, West Digital’s My Book World Edition
is new. It’s an external hard disk that can attach directly to the
network. Walt Mossberg writes about it here. Although it’s new, it is a mature technology.
On the other hand WiMax a wireless technology with faster speeds and
a longer range than WiFi is based on proven technology but many of the
parts needed to make it work are so new. For example, bMighty writes The
bottom line is WiMax has reached an important crossroad. Clearwire has
(at least theoretically) the money and the management team needed to
deliver broadband wireless services to small and midsize businesses
across the United States. The coming months will serve as a critical
test for whether or not the carrier can complete the necessary work. At
this stage, its success or failure is unclear.
Consequently, small and midsize businesses will be taking a risk by signing up for WiMax services
Keep these things in mind when purchasing technology: Does it save
me time or money, make me more productive or add to better customer
service. If it does, is the technology a “new” technology that I should
wait a few weeks, months or years before investing in it.
If you decide the technology is for you a) consult with your local
technology consultant b) roll it out to a few employees before
implementing it to the entire company.