Technology Advances in the Last Five Years That We All Use

The old expression that “Technology Marches On” is still not only true today, but instead of marching we are actually running! Doesn’t it seem that everything we use is changing year to year or becoming more involved with the Internet? If you consider some of the most commonly used commodities in your personal and business life, you will see that the last five years have brought amazing advances for our benefit.


Here are some of the items that we use practically every day:

  • Computers – we all know how rapidly the industry changes and newer chips and memory and storage space gets bigger, faster , and better. The lifetime of a computer for most people is three to five years.
  • Television – Competition and technology advances have brought prices down to where HDTV is available to everyone. The quality over older TV’s is substantial. The government has even terminated analog broadcasting next year in favor of digital reception. Home theaters are found in many homes.
  • Fax – Many people now have changed to a Fax-To-Email service and receive their fax images as pdf attachments to email.
  • Cars – Today’s cars come with satellite navigation aids (GPS) and have CD and DVD players as well as music storage on flash drives or internal hard drives.
  • Cell Phones – They are more compact than ever and do email and browser functions just like a computer. Texting has become an industry of its own.
  • Cameras – Whatever happened to 35mm film and processing? Those days are gone as digital cameras have totally taken over this industry even on the low end.

But what remains the most used business technology today? The telephone system is your vital link to all your customers, prospects and vendors. Nobody can conduct a business without a telephone connection, even if you only have a self-contained website marketplace. For most people, talking on the phone is an art that they have mastered and learned to use for gauging the emotions and intent of the parties with whom they are speaking. If you consider email to be one-dimensional, a phone conversation is two-dimensional. The only technology that would be better would be a video connection so that we could not only hear each other but see as well.


All six of the technologies mentioned above have seen radical changes in the last five years. Have you reviewed your phone system in that time? In the last ten or more years? Are you still making calls and using the phone system the same way your parents did last century? Is it time for bringing that vital connection not only up to speed but into the future?


Think of a modern digital phone system as a PBX (the brain) sitting in your office connected by cables (your existing computer network) to the desktop phones at everyone’s desk. The phone signals use the same channels to talk with each other as your Internet signal but the voice traffic is given priority so the result will be crystal clear reception. This is known as Voice Over IP or VOIP. When we connect our local phone system to the public system via a T-1 line, DSL, cable or even converted to analog signals, we can connect with anyone in the world just like we used to. The major differences are now the extra features of the new phone system and the benefits they provide to us.

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Ask for your free phone system audit from Select Phone Solutions by calling 281-501-6464.


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