How IT has changed in the last ten years…
At Dynamic Edge, we have been providing clients with expert IT support for over ten years, and in that time it is amazing how much technology has changed and advanced. Here are some of the biggest changes that have happened, and how we use them to benefit our clients:
Cloud computing – Now we’re all connected, synchronised, and mobile.
From a business context in particular, the general introduction of cloud technology into the workplace has been a massive game-changer. Dynamic Edge have always been at the forefront of the cloud movement, with Microsoft naming us as their first partner to strategically lead with their cloud technologies way back in 2010.
Cloud has changed everything in IT. Microsoft Office 365 for example means employees are no longer “bound” to their desks, with file and device synchronising, automatic software updates and team collaboration now a very normal way of working. Cloud has enabled people to be more free when it comes to technology – storing precious memories such as photos, creating and streaming music playlists, watching online videos and collaborating on team presentations in real-time – cloud is a true game-changer!
The smartphone – From humble beginnings we’re now constantly attached to our personal in-pocket smart devices.
Mobile phones and those connected to the internet go back a long way further than ten years – for example some of the first mainstream Nokia phones were rolled out in the UK in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and in the immediate years that followed we started to see these phones become connected (using WAP) to the internet. The big change came in 2007 when Apple launched the first iPhone, and suddenly there was a ‘boom’ in the new and exciting world of “smartphones”.
Now 12 years on from the iPhone launch, there is an app for pretty much everything, people are connected in more ways than ever, and the lines between home and workplace have never been blurrier – you can now email your boss, organise your team’s projects and watch a YouTube video all on separate apps on the same handy device (oh… and you can still make a phone call, too!).
The internet of things (IoT) – Our everyday lives have never been ‘smarter’.
Ten years ago if someone told you that you could answer your doorbell ringing from the Costa Del Sol, order a pizza to your house through a simple voice command, or control almost every aspect of your home or office using an integrated app through any number of mobile devices you would probably think “impossible!” – the reality is that this is happening, and has been for years due to advancement in apps, smartphones and cloud technologies and is collectively known as “the internet of things” (IoT).
Through the advent of devices such as Amazon’s “Alexa” and Google’s “Home” we have slowly been welcoming the concept of IoT into our everyday lives – and this applies both personally and professionally. Companies can now control all manner of processes, machinery and technologies through smart-enabled devices and applications and this trend has been growing and will continue to grow in the years to come as we adopt more machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions.
Speed – Superfast connections are now commonplace.
The foundation of change for all the aforementioned technologies in the last ten years surely has to be the rate in which connection to the internet has sped up. In this time we have seen smartphones now receiving mega-fast 5G connectivity, ultra-high-definition content streaming through business-grade fibre connections and files which would have a decade ago taken many hours to download, now arriving on your device in seconds.
Dynamic Edge has always been at the forefront of these changes and has successfully lobbied for fibre connectivity in some historically low-speed geographical areas – meaning businesses in these areas are not at a competitive disadvantage with others across the country.
The rise of the data companies – Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple hugely influence our personal and professional lives.
In 2017, The Economist published an article stating that “data is now more valuable than oil”. This view underlines the rapid change in a short space of time when it comes to technology. Amazon is now the world’s most valuable company (closely followed by Microsoft and Apple), and almost all of the digital advertising spend worldwide is spent on one of Google or Facebook’s platforms.
The way companies process data has fundamentally changed also, with the introduction of GDPR in 2018 placing far more attention on the privacy rights of the consumer, and the protection of company data has never been so important as it is today.
Dynamic Edge have helped clients become compliant against crucial data protection legislation and offer comprehensive, secure data back-up and recovery solutions for businesses of all sizes.
At Dynamic Edge we continue to enjoy introducing clients to the latest in technology solutions to increase business efficiencies. Contact us today to see how we can help your business up its technology game: www.dynamicedge.com/contact-us