Disruptive Technology....Winning against the odds!!

Thursday 26 March 2015

1.45pm - 5.00pm

Park Plaza Hotel, Boar Lane, City Square, Leeds, LS1 5NS


Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen coined the term disruptive technology. In his 1997 best-selling book, "The Innovator's Dilemma," Christensen separates new technology into two categories: sustaining and disruptive. Sustaining technology relies on incremental improvements to an already established technology. Disruptive technology lacks refinement, often has performance problems because it is new, appeals to a limited audience, and may not yet have a proven practical application. (Such was the case with Alexander Graham Bell's "electrical speech machine," which we now call the telephone.)

Christensen points out that large corporations are designed to work with sustaining technologies. They excel at knowing their market, staying close to their customers, and having a mechanism in place to develop existing technology. Conversely, they have trouble capitalising on the potential efficiencies, cost-savings, or new marketing opportunities created by low-margin disruptive technologies.

ThoughtWorks will open the event by taking an objective look at some of the innovative software and hardware solutions of the past few years which have revolutionised business processes and increased customer engagement with brands, exploring what makes them different, why they have had success to date and touching on some of the victims of their success. Also, what’s next? Some simple ideas and innovations that are going to be part of our everyday life in the near future.

Dan Phelps will share his first-hand experiences with Disruptive Technology to talk about the impact and possibilities that innovative technologies can create on VocaLink’s staff, VocaLink’s innovative products & services, and on a larger scale, the future of payments and banking.

David Turner will talk about how modern Enterprise Architecture is moving more and more towards vanguard architecture, looking at potential disruptions such as 3D printing, robotics, smart machines, internet of things, crowd-sourcing, gamification and wearables. David will expand on this and will discuss how he feels disruptive technology is changing Enterprise Architecture as we know it...

  • 1.45 Doors open - Refreshments & Networking
  • 2:15 ThoughtWorks - "It will never take off!" Disruptive solutions that are winning against the odds.
  • 3.00 Refreshments & Networking
  • 3.30 Dan Phelps: VocaLink Case Study: Innovation....VocaLink People, VocaLink Business and the Future of Banking.
  • 4.15 David Turner: Disruptive technology....Changing Enterprise Architecture as we know it.
  • 5:00 Close

Matt is a Digital Strategy Consultant at Thoughtworks, Matt has been a digital obsessive for over 10 years and has worked at major retail and financial companies in Senior IT positions, always seeking to challenge slow, over governed and regularly unsuccessful methodologies for Product innovation/Project Delivery. The desired goal to improve speed to market, get a leap on the competitors and to establish platforms for the future.

Dan Phelps is the Head of Enterprise Architecture at VocaLink. Previously, his role was located in the Strategy and Business Development area as Innovation Lead. He has over fifteen years’ experience in architecture, innovation, staff experience, development, service operations and designing payment systems. He is a father of one, a lover of architecture and technology of all kinds, gamer, futurist and certified neophile.

David Turner is the Head of Strategy and Architecture at Hermes. David has over 17 years of commercial experience designing, building and delivering enterprise-scale systems in a range of different sectors. Davids continued passion has seen him rise up the ranks from IT Graduate to Head of Solution Architecture at a FTSE 100 company. David is a professional member of the BCS and has attained both intermediate and practitioner certification in Enterprise and Solution Architecture.