Overheard: Word of the Day

Nov 5 2012   3:09PM GMT

Word of the Day – sea change definition

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

“How important is cloud computing? I would argue that it’s a sea change—a deep and permanent shift in how computing power is generated and consumed. It’s as inevitable and irreversible as the shift from steam to electric power in manufacturing, which was gaining momentum in America about a century ago.” — Andrew McAfee

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is sea change, a significant and/or systemic transformation.  It’s a more mysterious way of describing IT transformation and has pretty much replaced paradigm shift or disruptive technology in the 2012 version of buzzword bingo.

Think about it. When have  you last heard a conference speaker talk about cloud computing being a paradigm shift?  Or BYOD being disruptive?  That’s so 2,000.

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