Are You Ready for the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things refers to a way of identifying things through computer networks. It also refers to a future where objects can be tracked and managed using the internet. This new technology has the potential to significantly change our future.

As I like to say, the purpose of computers is to help people. The internet allows computers and people to work together. The Internet of Things will gather knowledge about the world around us. Perhaps it will help us to locate our car keys, or allow stores to instantly know the amount and location of their entire inventory at all times.

Technology continues to transform our world.

It wasn’t that long ago that a typical office was a much noisier place. That noise was sound of telephones. The telephone was the only way to talk to people who were not near us. Now offices are quieter since we are communicating in many other ways. And yet we still need our telephones and in fact carry them with us everywhere we go.

This is one example of the evolution of what we call The Modern Office. The Modern Office is composed of digital technologies that are networked so they can work together. For example, it’s common to scan a document and have it emailed or saved in network storage. Or to make phone calls directly from your PC that is linked to a digital telephone system. Or a surveillance system that can be accessed over the internet.

All of these technologies used to be stand-alone analog systems. They have now become digital and can be combined such that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

When you add in cloud technologies, you have a productivity cocktail that can greatly enhance an organization’s effectiveness. Companies that fall behind will clearly be at a disadvantage.

We still need the telephone to talk to people; still need printers to print things, and yes we still need PCs to do real work. But these devices are far more powerful now. Companies that fall behind this “technology curve” will be at a distinct disadvantage. I think it’s safe to say that no company can be competitive today without using the automation that technology now provides us.

No one does bookkeeping by hand anymore.

One final word. If you are considering upgrading your old phone system, keep in mind that BCS has recently become an authorized dealer for two leading telephone companies, and we’re very proud of that!