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Time to Recycle Outdated Tech

Denis Storey
May 2, 2018

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Technology continues to be a polarizing force in today’s society, almost as much as our politics. Some fear it, such as the Luddites who insist it will bring about the downfall of humanity – if it hasn’t already. And some embrace it, like most Millennials whose faces remain perpetually bathed in LED light.

But the irony (tragedy?) of technology is that our relationship with it is as fleeting as young love. What seduces us today is cast aside tomorrow.

Writer Douglas Adams wrote extensively – and hilariously – about technology, once lamenting, “First we thought the PC was a calculator. Then we found out how to turn numbers into letters with ASCII — and we thought it was a typewriter. Then we discovered graphics, and we thought it was a television. With the World Wide Web, we’ve realized it’s a brochure.”

The road to America’s economic success is littered with the roadkill of outdated technologies. Sometimes we’re eager to leave the old for the new, just like we did when we dropped our Blackberrys for the shiny new smartphones that appeared a decade ago. Yet far too many businesses still depend on fax machines and (gasp) Excel spreadsheets.

If this week’s conference has shown us anything, it’s that, yes, technology can make our lives easier. But it can’t do it alone. Those of you who realize that and have been fighting to move on from filing cabinets and three-ring binders know that there are several solutions to make your life easier but your business better.

For those of you still clinging to your spreadsheets and dated software, do yourself (and your suppliers) a favor and join us in the 21st century.

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