How Quickly Things Change: The Evolution of Information Technology

Guest Post by Yehuda Cagen |

Part 2 of a 2-part interview with Kirill Davydychev, Senior Technical Specialist, Xvand Technology.

IsUtility® Technical Specialist Kirill Davydychev takes a look back at the evolving nature of IT consulting and IT support in Houston during the past decade.

Q. Is there a downside to the rapid-pace evolution of today’s technology?

Moore’s Law (named after Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore) suggests that the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit doubles every two years. Unfortunately, computers are evolving so quickly, ‘hard drives’ (storage devices for digital data) simply can’t keep up with the pace. This may, perhaps, account for why many organizations have transitioned from traditional computer services to cloud and utility computing in the past decade.

Conversely, one of the key ‘upsides’ of the IT evolution is the trends towards simpler “usability”, a phenomena Gartner Research calls the “democratization of technology”. In the past few decades alone, technology has transformed from 100+ lb. machines managed and used only by highly-trained professionals to something that is built into everything we use, including business processes.

Q. Moore’s Law has been around for decades. Why haven’t Houston IT consulting firms offered cloud computing in the past?

The advancement of the Internet has been the key factor in the advancement of services such as remote PC access, remote pc support and, eventually, cloud computing. Ten years ago, remote access was still in its infancy. Most consumers and businesses relied on 56k modems, and faster lines were cost-prohibitive. Now that cheaper alternatives, such as DSL and cable, are readily available to all budgets, remote desktops run at the same speeds or even faster than locally-run systems.

Q. So all we’ve been waiting for was…the Internet?

Historically, remote access has always been a step behind ‘local access’. In the 1980’s, there was only text. In the late 1980’s, Microsoft and Apple made local computing two dimensional with graphics and images. At this time, text was now accessible remotely. In the 1990’s, Windows NT4 and Citrix enabled graphical elements available remotely. However, at this time, local access had evolved to enable three-dimensional capabilities (aka “multi-media”, the blend of sound and video). This was predominantly the ‘status quo’ for over ten years since business demand wasn’t present at the time. Recently (2008), industries IT advancements in the oil and gas and healthcare sectors have paved the way for four-dimensional imaging available in real time. Experts predict that eventually there will no longer be a need for locally-owned systems.

Houston IT consulting firm, Xvand Technology Corporation, is heavily involved in helping clients creative a more flexible and efficient workplace through the use of computer services and remote pc access, and was recently recognized for exemplarily workplace practices as an Honorable Mention recipient of the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award.