Remember 2002? That year saw the investigation of Enron, the debut of the euro and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.
A lot has changed since then, particularly the Internet. From the infographic snippet on the right, you can see that traffic has almost quadrupled, from 569 million users in 2002 to 2.27 billion users in 2012. But that is just the tip of the digital iceberg.
- Welcome to the sprawl. In 2002, there were 3 million web pages. In 2012, there's over 550 million.
- Faster than a speeding mp3. Ten years ago, it took a little over 12 minutes to download a song over a 56K modem. Today, it takes just 18 seconds.
- Evolve or perish. Some industry leaders, like Blockbuster, underestimated the impact of the Internet, and paid the price.
The infographic on the right has several other interesting facts about the difference between 2002 and 2012, including browser usage, search popularity and page loading times. If you're feeling especially nostalgic, check out the "Then and Now" screenshots of Yahoo.com and CNN.com.
The More Things Change...
TrackerOffice in 2002 (View full size version)
TrackerSuite.Net surfaced in Outlook, in 2012 (Open a Flash demonstration)
A lot has changed for Automation Centre over the last 10 years as well. In 2002, our product line was limited to groupware solutions, Tracker Suite for Lotus Notes and TrackerOffice for Microsoft Outlook, that allowed organizations to leverage their email platforms to streamline and automate their business.
In that regard, some things haven't changed. Organizations still enjoy the opportunity to leverage their email platform for business, like managing projects with Outlook. Our 100% Web based product, TrackerSuite.Net, took its cues from its groupware predecessors and integrates tightly with email for notifications and approval routing. Users can even surface it within their email client. If the user is working with Microsoft Outlook, they can drag-and-drop emails into a TrackerSuite.Net folder to create new project tasks, documents and support tickets.