Nostalgia: Great for Pop Culture, Bad for Business Technology

by | Nov 8, 2019

“Does Barry Manilow know you raid his wardrobe closet?”

Such a classic, The Breakfast Club.

“Screws fall out all the time. The world’s an imperfect place.”

It’s been about 35 years since it came out. I’ve seen it dozens of times—so much that I now have pretty much all the dialog memorized. In my opinion, the film is a touchstone of 80’s nostalgia.

We Love Building Better Screwdrivers 

Back in 2015, it was re-released in theaters, so a whole new generation could transport themselves back to 1985, but with far superior sound and more comfortable seats! The movie featured a K-Car and a Dewey Decimal System library card catalog.

Wow. How far we’ve come!

Not that today’s tech would totally render all things old timey as useless relics (after all, I’m a pre-1980 model myself), but really, would anyone ever agree to trade their 2019 Macbook for an Apple IIe (value as a nostalgic 80’s collectible notwithstanding)?

Humans have been building progressively better technological solutions to solve their progressively more complex challenges since the beginning of our history. That is to say, modern tech exists for a reason. We’re always looking for a new way. There’s always a better “screwdriver” to be built, and we’re never going to stop reinventing and innovating…it’s just who we are. Nostalgia (and the possibility of an EMP attack) aside, is there any legitimate reason to hold onto old tech?

Translated into a business context—where stock prices and livelihoods are at stake—it is indeed foolish to hang onto the past too tightly. You should assume your competitors aren’t. It’s important to take an objective view of your business’ IT infrastructure. Is there anything you’re holding onto that’s no longer serving you well…and may in fact be hindering you from being the best version of yourself that you can be in 2019?

The Longer You Stand Still, the Further Behind You Fall

“Yesterware” is at best a crutch, at worst an illusion. “Yesterware” drains you of time, efficiency, profitability, and even happiness. Yesterware denies you of what could be possible.

Today’s business technology allows you to transform business processes that used to take days into automated tasks that can be completed in the background, in a matter of seconds. It frees up valuable human resources to focus on more strategic work. On the other side of this coin, it’s wrong to create positions for people as work-arounds for your technology limitations. Wrong for you. Wrong for your employees. Wrong for your customers. Wrong for your bottom line. Wrong for your stockholders and stakeholders. And wrong for your future.

We have a deep understanding of all the available cloud-based tools that can enable any type of company—no matter how large or small—to become the best version of itself. We’ve actually been doing it for nearly 50 years—since the days of analog enterprise document management (think hard drive, but room size and paper instead of a magnetic disk). We know how to listen, and we’re not beholden to any single technology provider—we’ll recommend the best solution for your unique situation and budget.

Listening is one business process that will never be obsolete—and we’re great at it. At Imaging Office Systems, we take the time to understand your past, so we can guide you in shaping your best possible future.