technology-to-be-thankful-forEvery year around this time, the Thanksgiving Holiday gives us time to be with our families and take a few days to refresh our minds and reflect on the things we’re truly thankful for.

Aside from the obvious reasons to be thankful this time of year, there are plenty of things technology has given us over the past few years that are easy to take for granted.

This Thanksgiving, ThrottleNet has put together a list of 8 technologies we’re thankful for, as these things have all in their own special little ways contributed to the betterment of society.

1. The Cloud!

Where would we be without the cloud? Traditional on premise ERP systems have historically driven IT people batty. Between companywide outages and slowdowns, constant updating and the physical space those bohemians took up the cloud puts us all in a better place.

When you can trust your business critical data to a more secure and larger space offsite without having to worry about it yourself you may as well take Black Friday off and enjoy an extra slice of pumpkin pie!

2. Bluetooth

Bluetooth has made great strides over the past few years, and is a commodity that can enhance a variety of iOT applications and eliminate cords. Who likes cords these days?

From pumping up the bass at home to rocking out with your headphones on at work to talking on your phone while driving without breaking the law or endangering yourself or others around you, Bluetooth has done a lot to make our lives a lot easier, and that’s something we’re definitely thankful for.

3. Virtual/Augmented Reality

Have you played PlayStation VR yet? If not, we can guarantee you’ve caught a couple of Pokémon with your phone in the past year. Admit it! We’re guilty too. Virtual and Augmented Reality are no longer space age science fiction – they are real life things that we can enjoy and truly escape the rigors of the real world with.

As technology continues to grow more and more apps are going to make use of augmented reality, and VR will undoubtedly begin to make its way into the mainstream as a tool for both marketing and entertainment. The future of VR appears bright and is something we’re excited to see.

4. Wearables

The Apple Watch is amazing, and some of the more basic wearables that came before it like the Fitbit still hold their place in the market and will continue to improve, adding new features and functionality as we enter the next year.

5. Two Factor Authentication

We’re certainly thankful for additional security measures that are taking place such as Apple’s touch ID fingerprint recognition capabilities as well as additional improvements to biometric scanning and the general awareness of good vs. not-so-good passwords that seems to be catching on. This is also an area of IT we envision improving in the future, as companies look to find better ways to continue protecting themselves from possible data breaches.

6. Voice Assistants

Siri is getting smarter but she has new competition from Amazon’s Echo and Google’s forthcoming smart hub system. Voice assistants make getting answers to questions much easier when we’re too lazy to type or are nowhere near a computer – or in Echo’s case – even our phones. There are so many added traits you can teach smart assistants too to tailor them to your own unique needs.

7. 3D Printing

3D printers are more than just a gimmicky techthing, they are making a difference in the world – being used to create prosthetics, wheelchair ramps, airplane parts and much, much more. 3D printing is a much more cost-effective way for companies to build prototypes and spark imagination – all things to be very thankful for.

8. Drones

Drones are one of the technologies we’re most thankful for. How else would we have gotten these cool images from the final days of the old Crestwood Mall? 

Most of All, We’re Thankful for our Clients

Above all else this holiday season, we are truly thankful for our partners and remain committed to providing exceptional Managed IT services at an affordable price. We’re not satisfied unless our customers are satisfied. Without you, we aren’t profitable. We would probably still be flying drones through abandoned shopping malls but wouldn’t be nearly as giddy about doing it.

We’re glad we can increase productivity and develop success stories for a wide array of businesses in various industries throughout the St. Louis area and look forward to another year of moving the throttle forward. If you haven’t already experienced what ThrottleNet can do for your business, contact us today to learn more and ask about a free trial.

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at ThrottleNet!