Orlando -- "Disruptive" can be defined as a threat to order, or as an interruption to whatever it is we're doing now. When it comes to technology, the word has been misued, sometimes just to attract attention. In the same way coincidence has been confused with irony, disruptive has become a different way of saying "new and popular."

The distinction between the good and the bad of things that are new or unforeseen was on display in a panel at this week’s Society for Information Management SIMposium 2011 in Orlando.

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