Heraclitus already recognized that everything is changing incessantly – everything flows. Thus you cannot step twice into the same river. That is valid today. The microphone and the phonograph were put together lately in the 19th Century. At the end of the development of many enhancements stood the tape recorder with an integrated microphone that allowed the recording of many parallel channels. A large change came with the analog digital converter. It made it possible to store sounds digitally. A fundamental transformation was created by the miniaturization of the components. Nowadays microphones are available with integrated recording devices. Transition is in the end the overlay of all enhancements, changes and transformations.
The various degrees of changes can be represented by overlaying waves. The frequencies may vary thereby. Others appear out of nowhere, as for example the World Wide Web. At the end it is impossible to predict future circumstances due to the complexity of the overlays. On closer look you find the following differences.
The rework of an existing part makes the greater good better. For this purpose the component is not replaced, but simply refined through post-processing, adjustment or the strengthening of its components. If you use for example more effective oil, the machine runs smoother. As long as nothing changes in the basic build and/or the interferences are very small, it is called enhancement. We learned from Japan the word Kaizen for the enhancements in small steps, the western CIP. A large quantity of these small adjustments results on a long-term basis in changes.
If you replace individual parts with new ones, we speak of change. In this case a component is completely replaced by inserting a revised, reshaped or completely reconceived component. A good example is the invention of the transistor that replaces the error-prone tubes in radios. The larger good is improved, but remains in its essential structure. If all components are replaced over time with new ones, you get in the mid-term an imperceptible transformation.
When a fundamental conversion of a complex system takes place, it changes all parameters – parts, components, bearing elements and above all the handling, the purpose and the impact. Good examples are the Kondratjev waves, which show the cyclic developments of the economy based on new technology. The structure changes so drastically that the future users have to be prepared, introduced and trained for the radical change. Usually in the beginning the understanding for the meaningfulness, the necessity and the usages is missing. Transformations have an extensive influence on the transition.
Out of all enhancements, changes and transformations arise the transition. In the course of time new ideas are put one on the other and lead at some point to a paradigm shift. These are very large changes, which take a long time. Eventually a very large area is affected. The digitization is such a change. It results from the interaction of the information technology and the communication infrastructure, the Internet.
More or less rethinking is required from the involved people depending on the degree of the change. The enhancement and change, which refer to clear structures and mechanical systems, are often overseen. They are hidden in internal technical matters and even unnoticeable, or just a little, in the operation.
The transformation and the change go beyond. They change many aspects at the same time and require a reorientation of the users, which leads naturally to resistances. At first the involved people have to become acquainted to the new. Then introductions are necessary, which convey the appropriate usage. When all is said and done such innovations need also new regulations, which ensure the safe application.
Bottom line: Changes happens in different degrees. The transition results eventually from the overlay of the different modifications. The stronger the modification, the more you have to strive for the understanding of the users with the help of change management.