A look at emerging technology that's disruptive--and that isn't.

Hoteling, not to be confused with its unpopular cousin, hotdesking, lets offices have fewer desks than people. The DECT cordless phone standard, headsets, VoIP, and Wi-Fi access to a LAN let employees connect to their own phone line and Web connection anywhere in the office. The concept of hotdesking, in contrast, left workers adrift from one day to the next among phone and Web connections linked to specific desks.
disruptive dial: high

Movable, programmable keys used in place of conventional keyboards may ease the use of software apps. Hardware from Ergodex that recently became compatible with Dell PCs features free-floating keys that rest on a pad and can be programmed to represent single letters or complicated macros. The tool lets enterprise software users cut complex keystroke combinations down to a single key.
disruptive dial: medium

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