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disintermediation

The elimination of the distributor and/or retailer (the middleman) when making a purchase. The term is used to refer to purchasing directly from a manufacturer's website, the benefits of which are convenience, fast turnaround time and sometimes lower prices. Obviously, retail stores are very much against disintermediation. See re-intermediation.
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The typical enterprise web team is probably less interested in empowering the Adobe-fueled Flash designers and more interested in disintermediating them, similar to how website managers (mostly) disintermediated IT when they implemented a web CMS to update text content.
Most of that health-information-seeking traffic is going to dedicated eHealth sites such as WebMD, effectively disintermediating retailers from their health-conscious consumers.
Manufactures and dealers are plowing more money into their own Web sites, disintermediating traditional media by letting consumers get price-and-item information directly.
Asgeirsson also confirmed that CPA2Biz now has one third of CPA firms enrolled in the business solutions program, in which CPA2Biz ensures they are not disintermediating the CPA from their client.
InsuranceNoodle's advantage over many of its long-gone competitors came from its decision to reintermediate the business rather than disintermediating it, said Urbanciz.
Aimed a little higher than the XML systems being offered by companies like NetFish and WebMethods, executives say Comergent's software addresses the problems faced by companies which are not disintermediating their business to sell directly to end-users.
In the future, catalogs will carry increasing amounts of advertising, thus disintermediating other forms of media.
Computers make it possible for an engineer to design a plastic housing and have it go directly to mold, disintermediating the old categories of draftsman, clerk, toolmaker and model builder.
I don't think the publishing business is about disintermediating people by stealing their clients.
The rising importance of data services for growth and build out of fast data networks, discussion of new models for business and value capture, and the entry of new players with potentially disruptive and disintermediating services into the industry value chain represent another disruption.
If the fear of disintermediating brokers is keeping insurers from seeing how they should be using Internet technology to support their brokers, they may be missing the bigger picture.
A plethora of Internet pure plays have created an online presence with the hope of disintermediating the traditional retailers.