When you envision an office setting, you likely envision glowing computer screens, frantic phones ringing, and brainstorm sessions with tablets in hand. Most office settings revolve around the constant buzz of technology, which is a part of the workplace that is here to stay. Technology has changed drastically over time, changing how we do business on a daily basis.
From the 1960’s to the 1970’s, technology was limited. If you met with coworkers or customers, it was likely an in-person meeting that took time to plan. Meeting people face to face was a priority in business because it was one of the only communication outlets people had. In the event that people could not meet face to face, they typically relied on letters or telegrams instead.
In the 1980’s, fax machines started to flood office environments. The technology, compared to what had been, was fast, efficient, and impressive. Fax machines allowed people to send documents to one another at a very low cost. Sending a fax was also much faster than waiting for a letter to come in the mail, speeding up the way that people communicated. Computers also started to pop up in offices in the 1980’s but they weren’t yet being used for communication purposes.
E-mail, which is still a vital part of office communication, surfaced in the 1990’s. This allowed us to communicate with virtually anyone, regardless of location or time zone. It also cost nothing, once you had the computer itself. The computer started to become a staple of the workplace in the 1990’s in order to conduct business and communicate with each other. Computers also started to shrink, and started to be identified as a laptop.
As the 2000’s settled in, so did mobile phones and intranets. Intranets allowed coworkers to quickly and seamlessly share information, documents, and files with one another. Companies also started to use video technology at this point, to communicate with customers. In the early 2000’s, Google started to establish themselves as the face of technology.
As of 2010, new technology was constantly being produced. Mobile phones, specifically smart phones, started to become a main source of communication. More people began to communicate through technology and face to face communication began to fade.
It’s hard to tell what technology will evolve into over the course of the next decade. We can’t wait to see the way that technology will change and improve. Regardless of what happens, Vaspian will keep innovating itself to keep up with current changes and to keep pushing to make new and ground-breaking technologies that go with our VOIP system.