Our speaker last week was Dan Sandeen.  Dan is the former chief IT officer of the state of AZ who has now started his own company.  Dan's father was a Rotarian who took him to Rotary meetings and Dan had his own son along today.  Dan was a Rotary Youth Exchange student when he was 14 years old.  He went to Cuernavaca, MX from Billings, MT.
Dan mentioned the fact that the average lifetime for a business has been getting shorter and shorter and may be as short as six years by 2020.  It is a a reflection of the accelerating pace of change brought about by technology.  He stressed the SMAC model for businesses that want to keep up - Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud.  The new standard is making your product or service available anytime and anywhere. That's a tall order for most businesses and the reason some will fade from the scene.