Solutions That Back-Up Your Skill Set
We always discuss the rapid trajectory that technology is moving toward with respects to functionality, reliability and usability. Rarely do we discuss the technologies that once grasped the majority of the marketplace but are now unsupported or antiquated methods. We live in an era where savvy social media users protest a new interface to their newsfeed, but are we moving towards a time where technical skills once touted on your resume are becoming comically obsolete abilities?
An article published in Global Knowledge Training outlines ten technology skills that are, ‘going in the way of the dinosaur:’
–Microsoft’s operating systems Windows XP/2003 and earlier once held large portions of the operating systems market. Windows XP still holds around 40 percent, but that share is quickly diminishing, and for those still operating the mid 2000’s OS; it’s time to prepare for an update.
–Adobe Flash, though still prominently used, ended support for all mobile platforms a few years back. In turn, many websites are turning to HTML5. Websites don’t find the need to use a platform that will not be supported across the many platforms that users are consuming this content from (iOS, Android, Mac, Windows etc.).
–Lotus Notes Administrator was one of the three largest email platforms a decade ago. As our business structures turn virtualized environments, it is predicted that by 2016 a majority of companies will have their email hosts in the cloud.
What we see is that many platforms, interfaces and programs that average users have become proficient at, are constantly changing. Specifically, the above three technologies are major components to business practice that have been required of new employees to be familiar with for many years. But as these examples prove, even the most prominent technologies are prone to bigger and better products as advancements surface. IT Professional columnist, Eric Bloom notes, that users must prepare themselves ahead of these advancements in order to maintain their place in modern business environments.
Bloom’s article focuses on finding ways to stay current with new technologies. Bloom explains that it’s the employee’s responsibility to stay up to date with potential technological advancements, regardless of an employer’s future IT intention. Getting involved with these IT advancements is essential in keeping up with the times and foreseeing sudden changes to the way we conduct business.
At Quadrant Software, we design our solutions to meet the current trends of business technology and the needs of our users. QuadraDocV5 helps IT managers and administrators optimize their business practices by providing a ‘plug and play’ document management solution that seamlessly integrates with any platform. Whether an employee follows Eric Bloom’s advice or not, QuadraDocV5’s easy integration will assist users with sending and receiving their business critical content from within any application, that may or may not be going in the way of the dinosaur.