So we’ve survived the Mayan Apocalypse, weathered the holidays and right about now that New Years hangover should be subsiding. No? Well, if your brain can stand the bright glare of the monitor for a few more minutes, check out some of these modern insights into 2013 that may help take your mind off…well…your mind. Onto the newest innovations that are set to explode in 2013 (sorry for the loud imagery).
1. 3D Printing. Bond. James Bond. 3D Printing has already made its way onto the big screen and it has no intentions of stopping there. In the new Bond movie Skyfall for instance, a 3D printer was used to replicate Bond’s infamous Aston Martin during explosive special effects scenes. Makers agreed it was a lot more innovative and a tad less expensive than blowing up a few $275,000 Aston Martin DBS’s for cinematic purposes. With 3D printers becoming more reasonably priced, expect this trend to start taking off in the professional environment in 2013.
2. OLED: A New Resolution. The newest innovation in high def TV has not only arrived; it got excited, pounded on the door and then busted through like Cosmo Kramer in a Seinfeld episode. Expect thinner, lighter and higher resolution TV’s to emerge in 2013. OLED has already been experimented on a handful of tablets and smart phones but is making its TV debut (see what I did there) this year. LG’s new 55” WRGB OLED TV weighs 16.5 pounds and is no thicker than a pencil. They have already started taking pre-orders for the $10,000 product in South Korea and will begin shipping next month.
3. Reign of the Tablet. Sounds like the name of a movie that would crash horribly at the box office. However, the only thing we see crashing anytime soon are laptop sales. Bold prediction alert: tablets will replace laptops over the next 10 years. With increased education and implementation of cloud technology among consumers, look for slim and sleek tablets to start taking the place of traditional bulky laptops. The size, computing capability, effectiveness and overall convenience of newer generation tablets has swept through the technology industry and looks to be the way of the future for business and leisure.
4. Mobile Payments: Put in my tab-let. Watch as mobile devices gradually begin to crop up in place of wallets and money clips in 2013. As new mobile payment apps become more readily available, this trend is poised to take off in the New Year. Imagine the convenience of online shopping coupled with no shipping periods and immediate enjoyment of purchases. Now you can use mobile payment apps to complete monetary exchanges at physical store locations like coffee shops and movie theatres without even pulling out your wallet. Square, the San Francisco creator of one of these apps, has come close to replicating the effortless online buying experience in the brick-and-mortar world.
I can only hope that this arsenal of knowledge is at least a little helpful to you moving forward in 2013. Now, pop some Advil, grab some coffee (by the way, you can purchase both with your new mobile payment app now) and get rid of that 2012 headache- it’s a new year!
If you keep up with technology trends, spend time on the internet or simply watch TV that’s littered with ads about it, you’ve heard of the Cloud. And if you’re like the majority of the population, most likely you’ve found yourself thinking, “Okay…it seems cool, but what are the real benefits?” A lot of professionals have found the following reasons to be the best answers to that question after implementing at least some variation of the Cloud (private infrastructure, email hosting, offsite backups, etc.) into their network infrastructure.
1. Security. Business owners and professionals alike enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having their critical data offsite in multiple secure data centers for two reasons; a) Business continuity is simple, efficient and solidified, and b) Data is physically backed up at another location in case of fire, theft or other natural disaster at the office; protecting them from crippling data loss.
2. Accessibility. Forget to make a copy of that spreadsheet before leaving the office on a business trip? No problem, in the Cloud just power up your tablet, laptop or smart phone, securely log into your hosted desktop from anywhere with a wireless connection and work from your office computer as if you’re sitting at your desk, you’re golden.
3. Scalability. Never again deal with the headache and time expense of purchasing new computers, installing software and creating new accounts. In the cloud, new users are setup in a fraction of the time as the hardware and software is already configured and waiting. All that needs to be done is creating the user account.
So there they are, the top 3 reasons why companies have found that the Cloud is the innovative new way to do business in 2013 and beyond. Now you can go ahead and school people on how the Cloud is changing the landscape of the professional enivornment and why companies have made the move to a more “elevated” solution.
Elevated Technologies Earns Industry Credential for Managed IT Services Providers
CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark signifies commitment to high industry code of conduct, high level of customer support
Houston, Texas - 12/16/2011 – Elevated Technologies, a Technology Design and Management Firm, announced today it has received the CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark for its use of industry-accepted best practices for service delivery and customer interaction.
The CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark developed by the leading non-profit association for the information technology industry, signifies that Elevated Technologies is committed to serving its customers in a manner that’s based on the industry’s best practices.
“This credential identifies Elevated Technologies as an IT service provider that’s demonstrated a high level of competency through their use of prescribed industry best practices and processes.” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA.
To attain the CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark, Elevated Technologies was evaluated on their a number of aspects of their business operations, including organizational structure, technology tools and systems they utilize; standard operating procedures; and IT service specific activities they’re engaged in, for network, server or end-user devices.
Elevated Technologies also agreed to abide by an industry code of conduct that requires a commitment to conducting advertising, service delivery and overall business practices in an ethical manner.
The CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark is one of several business credentials offered by CompTIA to IT industry companies as a way to demonstrate that their business adheres to the industry’s best practices and demonstrates to current and potential customers they have the dedication, knowledge and resources to perform quality service. Visit CompTIA Business Credentials to learn more.
About Elevated Technologies
Elevated Technologies delivers premier IT managed services and IT support for organizations in the Houston area that absolutely depend on their technology. We specialize in Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, and Network Security. The hallmarks of our service – flexibility, reliability, protection – are the guiding principles behind our world-class IT management and professional services. For more information, visit www.elevated-technology.com or follow ET on Twitter and Facebook at http://www.twitter.com/elevatedtech and http://www.facebook.com/elevatedtech
CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. As a non-profit trade association advancing the global interests of IT professionals and companies, CompTIA is the recognized authority for IT education and credentials and the primary advocate for IT businesses and workers. Through its foundation, CompTIA also enables disadvantaged populations to gain the skills they need for employment in the IT industry. CompTIA’s vision of the IT landscape is shaped by more than 25 years of global perspective and more than 2,000 members and 1,000 business partners. For more information, visit www.comptia.org or follow CompTIA on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/comptia.
Director, Corporate Communications