What is an IT solution? Since a solution is single product, or suite of products and services, that can address the needs of a company's specific clientele - an IT solution is the same, just within the information technology bubble. We love it when an IT solution goes right - when we hear a story about a cool new idea in the world of data sharing, or read a story about someone changing the world just a little bit with the new thing they're doing for computers. Here are a few of our favorite examples of IT solutions going very, very right.
The very first e-mail sent.
Information technology as a concept goes back as far as the premechanical age with cavemen inventing new tools to scratch messages into walls for fellow travelers, but our favorite story about an IT first happens a little further along in the history of mankind. The very first e-mail message was sent by a man named Ray Tomlinson, a computer engineer that was part of the team hired by the United States government to build ARPANET, an intranet before the internet. He was the first to get a successful textual message sent from one computer to another and, as he himself has been quoted saying, "The test messages were entirely forgettable... Most likely the first message was QWERTYIOP or something similar." Think about that! Something so integral to our current society started out as nothing more than a jumble of letters on a screen.
The first image scanned.
In the 1950's, there was a team of colleagues at the Standards eastern automatic Computer (SEAC) that were working together to develop the very first scanner. It was a drum scanner, unlike the flatbed ones we're now familiar with, and used acrylic cylinders that would rotate at high speeds while passing a physical image. The very first physical image scanned? A tiny image of the team's lead scientist, Russell A. Kirsch's three-month-old son, Walden. Even in the beginning of information technology solutions, pictures of cute babies were a priority.
The future of virtual reality.
In the last two IT solutions we highlighted, we talked about the past. Things that were the start of amazing and integral technology that we now use regularly for both our personal and our business needs. This one is a little different: a look to the future instead of the past. Virtual reality is still not far from the annals of science fiction writers, but the potential as a service in the future is something we're very excited about. Imagine a virtual filing room where you can have the security of a cloud-based document management system with the nostalgic comfort of labeled cabinets as far as the eye can see. Imagine being able to put on a headset and meet with your business partners in a comfortable beachside cabana, the sound of the ocean in your ears as you discuss projects in a comfortable landscape. The possibilities are endless and our imaginations are excited.
The whole point of an IT solution is to make the end user feel comfortable and happy. To give them the means to reach their end goals, whether those goals involve data retention, communication, or a complicated mix of the two. Coordinated Business Systems prides itself on the ability to provide these types of goal-defining solutions and many more - feel free to contact us today.