Definition

cutting edge

Cutting edge is an adjective used to describe the newest, most advanced version of a product or service. The phrase cutting edge has a positive connotation and can be contrasted with the phrase bleeding edge, which has a negative connotation. Bleeding edge implies that a product or service is so new that its adoption could be harmful. 

In information technology (IT), cutting-edge is often used to describe disruptive technologies as well as the latest technological advancements. As end users seek out the next big thing, CIOs and other IT leaders are pressured to accommodate -- or even incorporate -- cutting edge technologies and services. The alternative is to allow shadow IT to increase the organization's risk appetite and perhaps pose operational risks and security risks in addition to increasing the organization's compliance burden.

See also: disruptive innovation

Contributor(s): Emily McLaughlin
This was last updated in October 2013
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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