The Raspberry Pi is now well-known tech enthusiasts where the low cost flexible computer has found endless uses with millions of users. One of the more interesting business uses of the Raspberry Pi has been as a low-cost thin client for PC’s. Thin client management vendor ThinLinx used the technology with Linux and created custom hardware which can be administered and governed within an organization. Thought it lacks fancy features and hardware support, the small and efficient PC has found a low-end market niche. As displayed in the graph, thin models of enterprise machines took time to meet customer requirements and are now commonplace in most offices. A unique aspect of Disruptive Innovation theory is that technological capabilities improve faster than customer requirements. Over time, this low-cost product in a low-end niche market may advance from a hobby to a corporate asset.
- Do you see Raspberry Pi climbing “up-market”, or will the incumbents be able to quell their uprising?
- Can you think of an example where this customizable and low-cost hardware would be a viable option? Or, do you think more time needs to pass before we can judge their growth and future?