At the beginning of the 2010s, we marveled at how fast technology seemed to be advancing and how it was changing the way we do business. Over the past ten years, it seems things have moved even faster. As we come to the close of this decade, let’s do a quick roundup of some of the most notable tech advances that have transformed our offices, businesses and workflows over the past ten years.
When Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s first iPad in 2010, skeptics across the board predicted its failure, thinking a handheld computer was unnecessary in the age of the laptop. Instead, the public found innumerable ways to integrate iPads and other tablets into their lives. Businesses now use tablets for everything from mobile presentations to videoconferencing to accepting payments—even turning them into checkout registers. Some offices have even gone practically paperless.
While we’ve been able to access the Internet via smartphones for some time, many of us have already forgotten how erratic and slow wireless Internet was with 3G just a few years ago. With the advent of 4G LTE technology, smartphones and tablets could send and receive data at five times the rate of 3G, making it possible to stream live video with crystal clear definition. This, combined with unlimited data, meant we were no longer dependent on wifi or hopping from hotspot to hotspot. We could now conduct business almost anywhere our phone had reception.
The Maturity of VoIP
While Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has been around for years now, its usefulness was severely limited by slow Internet speeds. Reception was garbled at best, and dropped calls were common. As broadband Internet has evolved over the past decade, VoIP has come into its own with far more clarity than before. Today, not only can VoIP support both phone and video conferencing, but its list of features and abilities far surpasses that of traditional landlines, enabling small businesses to compete with much bigger companies and allowing even more mobility outside the office.
If you’re looking for an IT company to ensure your Orange County business is making the most of available technology, NetServ can help. Give us a call today at 1-877-NetServ.