early adopter


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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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Still, according to a new survey sponsored by Assurant Solutions, early adopters tend not to rely on Irish luck to protect their new purchases.
The Early Adopter program will give us invaluable feedback that will help us address our clients' needs.
In support of the Early Adopter Program, the company is developing a financing strategy that allows Early Adopters to jointly participate in acquisition strategies targeting stranded natural gas reserves.
Cloud Alliance says it shouldn't be too surprising that small businesses comprise the vast majority of early adopters since "smaller companies have less red tape, allowing them to test and adopt new technology more easily.
By definition, innovations are foreign and will be resisted by all but early adopters who are obsessively seeking new ideas.
The trend is also evident at food stores, with 25 percent of Innovators and 20 percent of Early Adopters shopping at natural and specialty food stores (e.
They will join other early adopters in the area to pay for lunch and coffee without having to bring their bulky wallets with them.
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.
While the interview based research is a snapshot in time, we also provide a forward-looking view as to how SOA is likely to evolve and play out over the next five years, as well as our assessment concerning key lessons learned and best practices that were shared by both early adopters and the vendors that they are doing business with.
Report Finds that iSCSI Early Adopters are Very Satisfied with Performance, Have Reduced Capital Expenditures and Decreased SAN Deployment Time
The 451 Group has now interviewed more than 200 commercial early adopters of grids, and this new report analyzes what these early adopters are doing and where they are going with the technology.
Oil and gas companies were early adopters of grids, but their deployments had progressed little beyond those applications for which they were originally procured," said William Fellows, Principal Analyst at The 451 Group.