Sure, it's enticing. You’ll save money right now if you run out to your local big box store or hop online and purchase that computer or that combo firewall/wireless router that's on sale. But is that money saved really worthwhile for your business in the long run?
They say that a penny saved is a penny earned, but when it comes to your businesses technology, that penny saved may cost you a lot more later on down the road.
The main reason is that the majority of equipment sold at the big box stores are for home users and aren't made for the higher demands of work environments. Think about it—is that computer that's on sale really going to meet the demands of your business, be compatible with your accounting and other software, last a long time, and really connect to your network? Probably not. Let's begin by taking a look at the most widespread piece of technology throughout any business in the country—the computer.
Regardless of who claims to have invented the Internet, it is pretty well agreed that the technology became "real" in 1990 and the World Wide Web came into being in 1991. And as we all know, over the past 22 years, the Internet has become the dominant communications and content medium all over the world. From the use of smartphones to tablets, to laptop and desktop computers, web searches, emails, and tweets touch virtually all of our lives and for some dominate our daily activities.
The folks in the Google Chrome group along with some others have come up with a beautifully designed two page graphical website that depicts the growth of the World Wide Web and the use of the Internet. It's located at: www.evolutionoftheweb.com.