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early adopter

A person who purchases a new technology shortly after its introduction to the market. Examples are the myriad new products starting in the 1980s, including personal computers, music CDs, digital cameras, smartphones and hybrid automobiles. Many people love to be the first on the block to show off something unusual, but they take a risk embracing a new gadget. However, without the early adopters, vendors would never be able to perfect their products, which eventually results in lower prices and makes them more palatable for the masses.
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A survey of more than 50,000 Google Apps administrators conducted by the Cloud Alliance for Google Apps finds that 69% of early adopters are businesses with between one and 10 employees and another 21% have between 11 and 50 employees.
Still, according to a new survey sponsored by Assurant Solutions, early adopters tend not to rely on Irish luck to protect their new purchases.
These are the workers who get the job done day-In and day-out, but are not quick to embrace innovations like the innovators and early adopters.
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Josephine Race, COO, stated, "Gas Technologies will be a global company within the next few years and we will do it with the support of our Early Adopters.
Even more striking, 53 percent and 35 percent of Innovators and Early Adopters, respectively, order from fast casual restaurants (e.
Bling Nation launched an introductory program in Palo Alto to allow early adopters and PayPal employees to fund purchases by linking the BlingTag that is affixed to the back of their mobile phone to a PayPal account.
With a reach of more than 23 million unique monthly visitors (comScore Media Metrix, January 2008) on more than 200 websites, the Burst Early Adopters Network provides broad access to an influential audience.
Those who are implementing are primarily taking a technology-led approach to SOA deployment -- whereas earlier research that we conducted in early 2005 suggested that many early adopters were viewing SOA as needing to be a business-led initiative.
In addition to assessing the uptake of iSCSI technology, ESG undertook this research project to uncover why organizations are implementing iSCSI SANs, to identify the benefits and challenges experienced by those iSCSI early adopters, and to understand why some organizations are resistant to deploying iSCSI-based storage networking solutions.
This service analyzes the track record as commercial enterprise users introduce grid technologies to their core IT operations, and it examines the effectiveness of the strategies of vendor companies whose technologies early adopters are deploying.
In early 2006, Nero was selected as one of three early adopters for the Certified for Windows Vista logo program and submitted its industry-leading burning applications, Nero Burning ROM and Nero Express, for consideration.