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Systems Engineering Blog

The Evolution of Technology, Part 1

September 01, 2017 | Posted in:

Business Continuity

Posted by Mark Benton

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 65% of future jobs have not been invented yet. What does that say about the work we are doing today and how we are doing it? What does that mean for the future? 

Paper Mill Worker.pngI remember touring a paper mill while I was in college and seeing a very large room filled with tables and workers manually inspecting cut sheets of high quality print paper. Each worker would physically lift the paper and inspect it to ensure there were no blemishes or discolorations.

A few years later, I returned to the same paper manufacturer only to find the tables and people had been replaced by machines using lasers to scan for imperfections. This changed the workflow, eliminating some jobs while creating new ones. I suspect a few of those workers went from looking at paper all day to running the new machines.

The Internet, along with Cloud Computing, is bringing similar disruption to how many of us work and interact with technology. This change is not simply about owning less hardware and software; it's about working securely in an office with no physical walls, leveraging the depth of applications the cloud has to offer, mining the data we have accumulated, and delivering an experience the coming generations of employees and customers will come to expect.

In a series of blog, I take a deeper dive into each of these new areas of technology outlining the potential to radically change how we work most efficiently while interacting with fellow colleagues, partners, and customers alike.

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Mark_Benton.pngMark Benton is the Director of Product Management for Systems Engineering and has been with the company for over seven years. Mark brings over 30 years of experience working with and managing technology.