When is the last time someone tried to reach you via pager rather than a text message? Or the last time you reached for a floppy disk to save an important document? Doesn’t even the thought of these seemingly prehistoric technologies kind of make you cringe?
While advances in technology have certainly streamlined many business processes allowing the companies to save both time and money, many organizations still utilize antiquated technologies each and everyday for the few business objectives that haven’t evolved past these old school devices—and experts say that some of these antiquated technologies likely won’t be going away anytime soon.
So, which technologies are we talking about exactly? Let’s take a closer look at the archaic technologies that are still being used in today’s business settings and why:
Some businesses keep a typewriter on hand in order to create original documents. In some legal businesses, typewriters are essential to produce documents that are acceptable for specific municipalities. Typewriters are an anomaly, considering the fact that it is possible to edit PDF or Word documents on the fly.
Remember those 3.5″ floppy disks that were so popular in the 1990s? Well, flash forward nearly 20 years later to 2009 and SONY was still selling around 12 million floppy disks per year! The surprisingly strong sales are likely fueled by industrial organizations that are still running older equipment that requires floppy disks. The US Government also has archived data on floppy disks which has not yet been transferred to more modern media.
We’re not suggesting that businesses are using dial up internet as their main internet connection, although that may happen in certain situations. Dial up VPNs may be still be used for remote employees who travel to extremely remote locations. If only dial up internet is available, having access to a corporate dial up VPN may be practical.
Believe it or not, there is a business case for retaining video files on VHS tapes. Some organizations retain video records on VHS tapes, and therefore also need a VCR to play these tapes. Other businesses may have antiquated security systems that also rely on VHS tapes.
While the number of business landline subscriptions have dropped dramatically in the past decade, landlines are still in use throughout various types of businesses around the USA. Many businesses have embraced VoIP, but landlines still have a practical use, especially if a business hosts a dial up VPN connection.
Telecommunications have been transformed over the past few decades, and most of the costs have been reduced as well. Even so, some businesses still have 1-900 numbers, which require the caller to pay for the call on their phone bill. The businesses that still have 1-900 numbers often have these lines open for paid customer support.
Many fax machines still use a POTS landline. With eFax services becoming such a popular and affordable alternative, it’s surprising that bulky fax machines still have a home in offices around the world. That being said, many multifunctional devices include a faxing capability that is built-in; these devices can also copy, collate, and scan your documents.
Many businesses still use CRT monitors. Although these devices are not energy efficient, some businesses refuse to toss their CRTs and upgrade to LCD or LED monitors. CRT monitors are still commonly used with older proprietary equipment, therefore CRTs may still be used in offices and industrial settings around the globe.
There are antiquated applications that still run on the BASIC programming language. There are several different flavors of BASIC that are still in use today—in fact, some schools still teach BASIC as an introduction to programming. Although BASIC was first introduced over 50 years ago in 1964, and many languages have been developed since, the programming language is still being used today.
Continuing with our theme of archaic telephony, we arrive at the pager. Back in 1994, around 61 million people used a pager. Since then, SMS and other technologies have replaced the pager. You might be surprised to know that hospitals and healthcare organizations still use this antiquated technology. In fact, Slate says that 85% of hospitals still use pagers today.
You might find it surprising that these 10 antiquated technologies are still being used in business settings today, but the overall theme is that some businesses must rely on these antiquated technologies in order to service their customers.
IT staff must be cognizant that these technologies are still being used so that they can be prepared to properly handle or troubleshoot these devices. In addition, if these devices are still being used, an IT consulting company could come in and help you streamline some of your internal business processes. This will help you save both time and money!
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