Before the Internet wasn’t actually called the Internet it was referred to as ARPAnet. ARPA-Who? Yes, it’s a funny and sounded name. Especially considering what the Internet is now, and encompasses every aspect of our lives. ARPAnet can be described as an abbreviation for Advanced Research Projects Agency Network. In the late 1960s, The Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Department of Defense set out on a mission. They sought to discover a way to simplify communication and share information, but not by using the traditional phone method of ‘circuit switching for data and voice communications. This method could only be used to send from one to the other in a linear way that is, from end to end.
The ARPAnet at one point, as rudimentary as it was in the beginning (late 70’s or early 1980’s) used packet switching that allowed for the transmission and reception of data and messages to various locations. Thus, TCP/IP communication protocols were created. It’s possible to thank Robert Kahn and Vint Cerf frequently referred to as the father of the Internet, for that. What started out as a defense initiative quickly grew to an organization – the National Science Foundation (NSF) and academia – which allowed the sharing of data in real time. In 1989, ARPAnet closed and being replaced by NSFnet.
First Commercial Use of the Internet
The first public and commercial use of the Internet began in 1989 the companies Compuserve and MCImail provided email services to anyone who wanted to use it. Next, PSInet setup a commercial section to that Internet backbone. Then by the end of 1990, Tim Berners-Lee came out with HyperText Transfer Protocols, which is familiar to everyone; HTTP. The next step was HTML, UseNet, and FTP (File Transfer Protocol). The Internet was up and running and not in their wildest hopes would anyone have dreamed of today nearly 4 billion people are online across the globe – soon all of them will be connected, and their lives altered in some way.
The Internet Has Changed the Way We Do Business Forever
Prior to the advent of the Internet business was using fax machines Federal Express package delivery and Zap Mail, Snail Mail (USPS) as well as limited data transmission with Alpha Pagers (very brief text messages that let you respond with Y or N, yes or otherwise). At that time people were upset with Junk Fax advertisements, but little did they realize that the advent of SPAM would make a huge dent of this nonsense, albeit in the form of 1000 times more threatening. Before SPAM blockers, users wore the letters from the “delete” key within a month after purchasing a brand new computer.
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The Internet speeded up speed of communication as well as the speed of business to the point that in 1999 Bill Gates wrote a book; Business @ The Speed of Thought. Of course, by mid-1990s, nearly every legitimate company both small and large either had or was developing websites. Why not make an online brochure that was accessible 24/7 without the need to print or mail out information to potential customers? Yes printing companies suffered, print shops across the nation were closing down businessalmost as quickly when the film-developing business disappeared after the advent to digital cameras.
The Major Evolutionary Shifts of Commercial Internet Use
Yes, the Internet has transformed all aspects of our life however nowhere is the impact as dramatic as it is in the business sector. Between 1990 and 2000, within a decade, everything had changed. It was a chaotic period however, it was also a time of great opportunity. There’s always a chance in changes. The faster the pace of change is the greater chaos crisis as well as, of course, opportunities. Here is a brief listing of some of the paradigm shifts that the Internet has brought to the business world;
- Commercial E-mail became the preferred method of communication via written text.
- No matter the size of the company have built websites that compete on the same level
- Interactive websites let customers as well as businesses to conduct transactions online
- Industry Portal websites have sprung up filled with data in every field of the economy
- The competition in Search Engines rapidly grew to serve the instant information needs of the consumer
- Bulletin Boards then Blogs, brought 2-way open transparent information for business communication
- Social Networks and Social Business Networks started to expand
- The entire globe went mobile when smartphones were introduced – the Internet came next and the rest is history.
The world’s information is available to you wherever you are and whenever you’d like to access it. Soon there will be a SpaceX LEO (Low Earth Orbit) Satellite Network System, Starlink will be able to provide Internet Service to anywhere on the globe. Anyone with a mobile device will be able to connect to the Internet. This is a complete change to everything, and now we go again. Are you ready for the next era of opportunities or chaos, aboard an upcoming satellite rocket launch? It’s already here, and ready to be deployed. It will come online in 2020. This time, the Internet is not a disappointment The Internet is constantly evolving and is its only permanent. Your business must be taking advantage of the latest technology
What’s Comes Next? What’s the Next Big Evolution for Business Computing?
This turns out to be an easy thing to forecast in the sense that industry and biggest corporations in the world are making preparations for. Think about if you’ll The Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, and AI (Artificial Intelligence) all connected in real-time to the cloud, with all which is secure data and information available to anyone on every mobile phone?
Imagine operating a factory, construction project, supply chain, hospital or bank, university, or multiple retail locations and having the precise information that you require instantly? Imagine all of those systems integrated, systematized, and optimally configured for maximum effectiveness – at any job place, location, and the necessary details for each team member in real-time.