Driverless cars. Factory robots that can be programmed to work in half an hour. The future is a bright and exciting place for technology.
For the rest of us, it’s a bit of a mix. Advances in technology certainly make life easier, sometimes even more than predicted. But it has its price. For example, as driverless vehicles hit the roads, some jobs like truck and cab drivers are going to find themselves on the exit ramp. Technology, by its nature, renders jobs extinct.
It’s not all so grim, however. New technology also creates jobs. According to Apple, "The app revolution has added more than 291,250 iOS jobs to the U.S. economy since the introduction of iPhone in 2007." Add to that the 307,250 U.S. jobs Apple already lists (including engineering, manufacturing and transportation), and the company can be credited for creating almost 600,000 jobs through its technology products.
Automation Centre isn’t Apple, but we do have a history of technological innovation. When groupware like Lotus Notes (au revoir, old friend) rose to the fore in the late 90s, Automation Centre was there with our award winning Tracker Suite and TrackerOffice solutions, which provided Lotus Notes and Outlook based project management tools, respectively. When the Cloud began to coalesce, we took the lessons learned from our previous successes and incorporated them in TrackerSuite.Net, integrating Web based applications with the collaborative power of email.