What do you think is the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the word technological trend? Do you think of how computers has advance over a recent decade, telephone complications of trying to get through or even speak to a customer service representative or just disbelief and amazement? Regardless, of what you think, technological trends are here to stay especially in telecommunications and networking aspect. However, in today society, we have a lot of obstacles that we must face in the overall technology world. The changing of technology it important but sometime it has it downfalls for example slowing our fast pace world.
The downfalls can happen at any time and at any place which would suddenly hinder our fast pace world. The downfalls come in all shapes, forms and aspect of our lives for example the recent virus attack that hit Microsoft Windows users, and the recent blackouts in Northeast of the United States and part of Canada. Even though technology may have it downfalls regardless it will always be an important aspect of our society. The technology world can be so overwhelming to a lot of people especially those who still live in the Stone Age.
To help ease a few of the tension and anxiety that some of our technological challenge society have. I will like to focus on how certain technologies trends in telecommunication and networking for example, Virtual Private Network (VPN), Broadband, Voice Over Internet Protocol, and Mobile Computing that impacts today’s business society. Also how those particular technologies will impact the future of business society. In addition, my personally opinions about the impact of these technologies and the personal involvement I have with these some of these technologies.
The first technological trend I would like to introduce you to is, Virtual Private Network (VPN). What is Virtual Private Network (VPN)? In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines virtual as "being such practically or in effect, although not in actual fact or name. So for something to be a virtual network, it should act like a network, yet not be one. It's a wonder then that anyone could classify only some networks as virtual since all networks are virtual to some extent. “ VPN is defined in the business world as a private Network that uses public networks usually the Internet to connect to remote locations.
In other words, a private network is where someone for someone defines the data paths and these can consist of physical wiring or specific data links over shared wiring.  As the popularity of the Internet grows businesses want to extend their own networks. Companies for examples, Alterra Healthcare founded in 1981 is one of the nation's leading providers of assisted living residences for the physically frail elderly and the nation's largest operator of freestanding residences for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of memory loss has an Intranet for their employees.
Intranet is a password-protected sites designed for use only by company employees. Alterra Healthcare Intranet site is called Alterranet, which keep their employees connected and informed about what’s going on around the company. The Intranet works well for Alterra because their headquarters is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and they operates nationwide with over 350 residences in 24 states.  A typical VPN for a company like Alterra Healthcare might have a main Locate Area Network (LAN) at the corporate headquarters, and at remote offices, facilities and individual users connecting from out in the field.
Now, many companies are creating their own VPN to accommodate the needs of remote employees and distant offices. Instead of using leased lines, VPN uses a virtual connection that goes through the Internet from a company’s private network to a remote office or an employee.  There are two common types of VPNs. First you have the remote-access also known as a Virtual Private Dial-Up (VPPN). This VPN allow remote users to connect from various remote locations. Another VPN type is called a site-to-site.
This type of VPN uses dedicated equipment and large scale encryption, that allow a company to connect multiple sites over a public network and remote user through a third party service provider.  VPN has really made a huge impacted in the business arena not only for the present but in the future as well. As the Internet grows, more businesses will take advantage of this technology. VPN has provided many businesses a lot of freedom with what they can do. For example, cheaper phone cost for companies with multiple offices in remote locations, telecommuters and those who travel often.
This is a good way for employees to stay plugged in the corporate world. I think the success of VPN in the future depends mainly on the industry dynamics In, the next few years the most value in VPNs lies in the potential for businesses to save money on telephone costs. Another way for companies to save money is by using broadband service instead of using a dial-up modem. What is Broadband? Broadband is defined as high-speed transmission. The term is commonly used to refer to communication lines or services at T-1 rates (1. 544 Mbps) and above.
Also, Broadband can be a method of transmitting data, voice and video using Frequency Division Multiplexing (FDM), such as, used with cable TV.  There are a couple different types of broadband technology for example T-1 carrier, cable modem, and Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL). Many companies use one or more types of broadbands. Broadband has really had an impact on the business world. This technology keeps businesses communicating from the east of the world to the west of the world. The impact on this technology is going to be phenomenon for many businesses and consumers.
Broadband will pave the way for many struggling businesses. It will also help smaller companies to be more competitive in the world because they will have an opportunity to have their companies on the Internet. This technology will allow many dot com’s business to show the consumers what their business has to offer. A dot com business is a company that sells all of their products via the Internet. For example Amazon, E-Bay, and Buy. These businesses will be able to take advantage of the consumers always being online.
The dot com’s will be able to bring their products right into your living room from just a click of the mouse. Can you imagine having application named “Amazon” that lives on your hard drive just like a virus that tries too get your attention by crashing your pc? “When you start it, not only are you connected to Amazon. com, but you could be presented with a highly interactive experience that isn't held back by the limitation of web browsers. Another example is online banking. Right now, the number one reason people don't bank online is because they are worried about security.
Building a banking application that runs just like any other application will make customers feel more secure; they won't feel like they are submitting sensitive information into the World Wide Web, but rather into an application with menus and windows - similar to Excel. Not only would this help instill confidence, but it would also allow more flexibility, with the possibility of offering the consumers features outside the scope of a browser's abilities. “ Nonetheless, dot com is nothing more then shopping at home. What is Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP)?
VOIP is nothing more then sending voice information in digital form in discrete packets rather than in traditional circuit committed protocols of the public switched telephone network (PSTN).  In other words, VOIP is a technology for transmitting ordinary telephone calls over the Internet using packet-linked routes. Voice Over Internet Protocol is also called IP telephony. If you regularly make long-distance phone calls, chances are you've already used IP telephony without even knowing it.  When you are not using VOIP you are definitely using mobile computing. VOIP services for now typically promise a smaller phone bill, virtually wiping out charges for long distance and international calls. In addition, connecting phone calls over the Internet could eventually open the door to advanced communications services that tie voice together with e-mail, instant messaging and video conferencing--something that Microsoft and others are already working to achieve. ”  In the near future, growth in the use of VOIP will have a have a major impact on business saving telephone cost.
At present, VOIP manifests itself mostly in low-cost/low-quality toll bypass services that have had a negligible impact on the market. But this situation may change dramatically when new high-quality VoIP services are introduced What is Mobile Computing? Mobile Computing is nothing more then a wireless device that you can transmit information from the palm of your hand. There are different types of mobile devices. And what’s so unique about mobile computing is that business people walk around with them each and every day for example Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), mobile telephone and pagers.
The PDA is so important to a certain extent in the business world that some businesses cannot function without them. PDA, which is also, know, as a palm pilot is a held hand computer. PDA is a personal organizer and transmits information back and forth from your Personal Computer (PC) to your palm pilot. PDA can create documents, access e-mail account and carry corporate databases. PDA has access to more than 13,000 commercial software application, including Excel and PowerPoint. In the near future this device will be able to combine voice and PDA functionality, including email, text, screen and doubles as a camera.
Mobile telephone is also known, as cellular telephones are very much similar to a PDA. You can receive email and send emails. You can do numeric and text page as though you had a pager. Some mobile telephone also takes digital pictures and you can download them to your computer and email them to your family. Also, you can also search the Internet in the palm of your hand with a mobile telephone and some are equipped with PDA capabilities. The smallest mobile computing, once upon of a time was the pager, which is also, known as a beeper.
Pagers are still in use but they are slowing becoming extinct because the pagers have a lot of disadvantages in comparison to mobile telephone. One of the advantages of the pager is that the common use of 2Way Messaging with is the traditional paging features, which provide a broad range of wireless services. 2Way Messaging, you can write, send and receive text & email messages, and receive voice & numeric notifications from your contacts. Regardless of what type of mobile computing devices a business uses it’s the wave of the future and you can run an entire company in the palm of your hands.
Technological trends has empowered business-to-business and business-to-consume for decades. The overall feeling I have toward technology is that technology has paved the way for the future. In the next few years many companies will be impacted by these trends if they are not already. This will give companies an opportunity to shine in how they use technology to perfect their business better. I have had some experience with some of these trends. For example by being in the technology profession I have seen how VPN has saved cost for my company and it has allowed our remote user to be able to plug into the network easier.
This trend has save my company lots of money. Another example is Broadband; this has allowed my company to implement T-1 lines and DSL and remote locations so that our users can get work done much faster and efficiently over different types of broadband. As, as Technical Support Analyst this I work with remote user all day and trying to trouble shoot computers via dialup can take a long time in some cases. When my company stared to implement DSL and cable modem in are smaller location this was like computer heaven. Broadband is so wonderful with how fast you can do things online.
For example you’re able to download and upload twice has fast then dialup. Being a consumer this has allowed me to be on the Internet more now then I did when I used dialup. I say this to say that broadband has a huge effect on the businesses and our society. This is defiantly one trend that’s going to be around and get better allowing you to bring your business to the consumer via the Internet. Mobile computing is another trend that like a life saves for business and the consumer. Many companies had been able to save money by using any held hand device.
Worker has been able to send information back in forth to other using this tiny device like cell phones and PDA. These held hand devices would probably eliminate the use of carrying a big laptop around everywhere you go when you can do a lot the work from the palm of your hand. What pops into your head now when you think of technology? Do you still think of telephone complications or disbelief? Not anymore! You probably thinking WOW and I did not know! It’s my opinion that I think that all of these technologies blend together and the computers of today will become the future of communications /learning devices of tomorrow.
As technology advances so do our society. Technological trends have made it much easier for many companies to enhance their infrastructure to meet their customer demands. There’s always going to be downfalls in anything type or technology or anything for that matter. But, the more enhanced technology gets the higher the demand gets and the more likely these technologies trends will make companies business more attractive to the consumer, Finally the future is here and you better get ready for the ripple to hit the technology era or you might get left behind in the Stone Age.