Leapfrogging landlines and the evolution of collaboration

By Leigh Jasper, Computerworld |  Unified Communications, insider, mobile payments

China, India and Kenya are among the many nations in that have bypassed the installation of a comprehensive landline infrastructure and instead moved directly to a mobile infrastructure. And some of these countries are actually ahead of the West in taking advantage of this technology. In Kenya, for example, the country’s mobile phone payment transfer system, M-PESA, had penetrated some 79 percent of Kenyan subscribers during the provider’s 2011/2012 fiscal year, and M-PESA is expanding internationally.

There’s an important lesson here that applies universally and especially to collaboration: Technological innovation allows countries, companies and individuals to leapfrog intermediate technologies and adopt it in larger leaps instead of small steps.

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