Every day we read that markets are being disrupted - and they are. But it's nothing new. It's the incessant curiosity of humans that leads to evolutionary steps. Steps that are usually adaptations or extensions of the existing state of the art.
Just look at the top 10 identified by Bill Gates and MIT in the attached article. As varied as meat free burgers and sewer free sanitation. But I notice none of the innovations listed relate to any professional service.
So if there is such impressive innovation in so many sectors, why so long for adoption of adaptation in professional services. There is, in professional services, an apparently equal and opposite inertia to match the force of innovation. That said as talk continues around the rise of the platform and the possible emergence of hybrid law firms maybe next year Bill Gates and MIT will include that sector in their top 10.
Have you heard of the Rogers adoption curve? It demonstrates that adoption comes in waves starting with innovators and early adopters.