Technology Growth fueled by "iPad"?

According to research group IDC, technology spending will increase in 2010 as part of a global economic recovery. A major factor in this increased spending will be the growth of mobile Internet devices such as the Apple iPhone … and the Apple “iPad”?

Basically IDC is predicting that Apple will release a tablet computer, as so many rumors are predicting as well. If true, this could be another huge hit for Apple and could disrupt the technology market. So stay tuned.

But equally important for all businesses to take note is that if technology spending is up, that means that your competitors are likely improving their infrastructure. If you don’t keep up your technology, you will fall behind in the marketplace.

“Technically” Speaking, Who’s in Charge Around Here?

During the 80’s and 90’s the average user made technology decisions based on information they usually received from “the computer guy” at work. This was definitely a hold-over from the 60’s and 70’s where most technology was deployed and controlled by the “data processing” department at big businesses (“data processing” was the name that technology departments were widely called before they were called “Information Services” then “Information Technology”)

Today, most people are on their 3rd or 4th personal computer (if not 5th or 6th). Many have owned PDA devices or smartphones. They’ve played a lot of video games and have bought DVD players. The average consumer today is much more tech savvy. And instead of taking the advice from their IT department as gospel, users are now starting to dictate to the IT departments what technology they want to use. While this trend has been in motion for a long time now, IT departments are being forced at an accelerating rate to shift their roles – from being solely in control of the technology decisions – to partnering with those they serve to define the technology platforms in use at a company. The era of top-down technology management is giving way to bottom-up technology decisions. It’s a “grassroots” movement, to steal the political term du jour.

I write this now because I will be referring to this trend in future articles. Stay tuned …

Welcome to State of the Tech!

marcel-color-med-low-resWelcome to my new blog, State of the Tech! Many of you may be familiar with my other blog, Technology Bytes, as well as my business, Marcel Brown Technology Services. Where the goal of Technology Bytes is to deliver helpful tips and information to computer users, State of the Tech will focus on “the big picture” view of the technology industry and its implications on our world. In this blog, you will see a lot more analysis and commentary of current and future trends in various technology industries. But unlike many other sites, I will focus on making the conclusions understandable for small business owners and the average person. Plus I will try to keep the blog light-hearted and fun, so as to make it an interesting read for those people who don’t “geek out” on a regular basis.

So please visit regularly and let me know what you think. I definitely want to know what technology topics are of interest to you and your concerns in order to make State of the Tech a valuable resource to all technology-concerned people out there. Feel free to contact me anytime at

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