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Technology First to Remembers a Decade of Technology Expansion
Over the last ten years technology has transformed our work life and play in ways that we take for granted today. Prior to 2000, music was purchased on CDs, everyone had a home phone with a spot in the annually published phonebook, and a CD with a free month of AOL came in the mail or was included with everything you bought. You found a job in the Sunday newspaper, there were pay phones in public places, and most homes and many businesses struggled with the speed of dial up Internet access.
Leigh Sandy, vice president for DONet, remembers, “The buzz was all Y2K and broadband. It seems 2000 was the build year and fiber was being installed by all the big boys. Wireless was also just hitting the scene. Time Warner Cable purchased Media One and AOL was king of the hill. AT&T was starting to offer DSL (1.5mbps was the top speed) and any business with a name ending in .com was going public.”
“The Dayton Development Coalition funded a study in the late 1990’s that discovered a critical mass of IT workers in the Dayton region. With their assistance, Technology First (formerly the Greater Dayton IT Alliance) was funded by the Ohio Department of Development to meet the needs of the previously unidentified, emerging skill set. LexisNexis, NCR, Reynolds & Reynolds, and Wright Patt Air Force Base – along with hundreds of other companies – were employing and expanding their IT workforce to develop and utilize the power of the expanding technology tools,” recalls Ann Gallaher, chief operating officer of Technology First. “Computers with email were moving to every desktop as an accepted form of business communication, Y2K loomed, and businesses were discovering the Web for marketing and sales.”
Paul Moorman, IT strategist for NewPage Corporation says that, “One of the interesting views of 2000 until now occurs when we look at how web sites have changed during this decade. The Wayback Machine shows a variety of snapshots of the City of Dayton’s web site. The earliest, from 2001, shows a pretty basic, mostly text-based brochureware site, a far cry from the current, graphics-laden site that includes Twitter, YouTube and Facebook links.” http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.cityofdayton.org
“The IT industry has become much more mature in the last decade. However, the need for IT and innovation still remain strong,” states Dave Gasper, President of Initial Point.
World Internet Users are counted at 360 million.
IBM introduced the first flash drive at a stunning 8 MB.
Dot.com bust as the venture capital expansion into on-line business collapses.
The Y2K scare is inconsequential.
TiVo DVR began storing television programs onto hard disk storage based on an original design which was used by both Philips and Sony.
Instant messaging entered the mainstream market when an open source application and open standards-based protocol was launched enabling gateways to other IM protocols.
Napster, iTunes, and I-Pod permanently changed the music industry
Vonage’s entry into VoIP reduces telephone long distance fees.
Wikipedia, a free, open-content encyclopedia is founded.
Microsoft released Windows XP, the first version that encompassed both its business and home product lines.
eBay acquires PayPal for $1.5 billion.
Netflix, a mail order and on-line entertainment distribution company, initiated an initial public offering (IPO).
Sirius Satellite Radio was officially launched.
The first commercial camera phones are available in North America.
Amazon posts first yearly profit after being founded in 1995
Blaster virus forced businesses to examine their security standards and increases interest in network access control (NAC) technology.
Google becomes a public stock offering after being founded in 1998.
Executives from IBM and Hewlett-Packard declare that the Linux (open source) industry has finally grown up and is ready to take on Windows and Unix for all corporate needs.
Google purchases YouTube for $1.65 billion despite the lack of a business model.
Sexting was reported in the Sunday Telegraph Magazine.
Total on-line sales were estimated at $136.4 billion which is an increase of 19.0 percent from 2006.
Twitter is founded providing real time news and information.
Amazon releases an e-book, the Kindle, allowing readers to purchase and download books.
Social networking tools create virtual communities. Obama wins presidential campaign leveraging a connected constituency.
Bill Gates retires from running day to day operations at Microsoft to spend time focusing on his over $34 billion foundation.
World Internet Users are now a 1.7 billion community.
Google users’ market share is challenged by “decision” search engines.
Flash drives sell for under $30 storing 16GB of graphics, photos and information.
Facebook grew from 150 million users to more than 350 million users in one year with nearly 70% of users living outside the US.
Smart phones allow consumers to compute on the move. Mobile applications and constant connectivity enable banking, shopping, games, and communications.
Blogs allow the general public’s opinion to weigh in on everything from national news to inferior products.
Amazon’s Kindle posts third quarter sales of e-books at $46.5 million.
The once dominant ISP AOL’s 2000 merger with cable king Time Warner unravels.
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Smart grid technology monitors home and business energy use creating better efficiencies.
Electronic medical records save healthcare expenses and lives.
Cloud computing becomes a less expensive and more efficient option for storing and manipulating data.
Web 3.0 allows better access to information and speeds up the decision making process.
Business intelligence and data analytics help define competitive advantage and a business’s speed to market.
Visualization tools improve human performance and decision making.
“Over the last ten years, we have experienced tremendous advances in software technology. Applications are now standardized on .net or Java written to a backend database while leveraging the power, flexibility and efficiency of the Internet. Companies can capture requirements, design, develop, deploy and support custom web based applications for customers in months rather than years” according to Gary Codeluppi, vice president of sales and marketing, for the Ross Group.
“The IT industry has transformed business decision making from lack of information to a place in which too much information can be gathered. Synthesizing data will become much more critical in the next decade than the last decade,” states Dave Gasper, president of Initial Point.
Will 2020 make as many dramatic changes to our lives and the future of industries? Will on-line retailers overtake shopping malls in annual sales? Will the news media and advertising have an entirely different face? What will be the fate of radio, movie theaters, book stores, and libraries?
“Though technology has become more pervasive, more plug and play, and consumers and businesses have begun adopting at a faster rate, the development and integration of business systems requires a sophisticated IT professional with a depth and breadth of experience. Growing and retaining a seasoned workforce is a primary focus for Technology First and its education partners,” states Ann Gallaher.