Initiatives & Innovation: Managing Disruptive Technologies
Joint UCISA/UKOLN/CETIS Workshop 2006


This page contains details of a joint UCISA/UKOLN/CETIS workshop on Initiatives & Innovation: Managing Disruptive Technologies which was held at the University of Warwick on Friday 24th February 2006.

Please note that a page containing links to the workshop handouts, speakers slides, recording of talks, etc. is now available: Handouts.


Initiatives & Innovation: Managing Disruptive Technologies.


Computing, IT and Learning Technology Services within HE institutions must maintain reliable, stable, high availability services whilst undertaking development work on new systems, applications and technologies. All this is done within a framework of new opportunities, and occasionally new constraints, provided by national and regional managed initiatives and development projects.

Additionally, as technology is increasingly used in the direct support of teaching and learning, new ideas and technologies arise not from the Computing Service itself, but from academic staff who, understandably, want maximum flexibility in their ability to introduce and exploit new technologies.

This workshop will explore the issues involved in managing these potentially disruptive technologies and will work towards a framework that can be used to balance the demands for innovation and constant development with the need for stability and security.

What Are Disruptive Technologies?

The Free Online Dictionary defines disruptive technology as: "A new technology that has a serious impact on the status quo and changes the way people have been dealing with something, perhaps for decades. Music CDs all but wiped out the phonograph industry within a few years, and digital cameras are destined to eliminate the film industry. The most disruptive technologies in history have been the telephone, the computer (and all of its offshoots) and the Internet.

Another definition from Christian Brothers University defines disruptive technology as: "Technologies that enable the breaking of long-held business rules that inhibit organizations from making radical business changes.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the workshop delegates should:

Date and Location

This workshop will be held at Scarman House, University of Warwick on Friday 24th February 2006.


The online booking form is now available. The workshop fee, which includes workshop materials, lunch and coffee and access to the WiFi network, is £105. Please note that the closing date for bookings is Friday 17th February 2006.