SaaSy Startups: Insights on enterprise IT and the effects of consumerization
Information technology within the enterprise can be traced back to its earliest roots, when telegraphs and punch cards made their debut and began to streamline business processes. Technology continued to evolve over the years, from the introduction of the mainframe to portable programming languages to personal computers and the Internet. These innovations enabled knowledge workers to become more productive and companies to expand their product and service offerings across the globe.
With each passing year and each new technology, it was usually large public agencies and enterprises that were the first to adopt new systems and devices. The personal computer, wireless data cards and Blackberry smartphones all made their entrance into the enterprise space. As these technologies matured, they began trickling into small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), after which they finally landed in the consumer space.