Pencil and Paper – the most basic information technology

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19May2010

Pencil and Paper – the most basic information technology

  • By Andrew Garrett
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Sometimes, technology isn’t the best solution. For group discussions, you can spend thousands on interactive virtual whiteboards that hook up to laptops and produce high resolution graphics of your technical scribbles.  Or, you can get a huge sheet of paper and some coloured markers. If you’re brainstorming  by yourself, you can create a mind-map with pencil and paper, or you can wrestle with a dedicated mind-map application on your computer, spending more time learning the tool than you do storming your brain. There’s something almost viscerally satisfying about putting a big black line through items on a paper todo list. One of our key drivers here at Pragmetric is that we get to improve peoples lives through the intelligent application of appropriate technology.  This is the aspect of what we do, that gets us up, and into the office every morning, that makes doing this so very satisfying. The emphasis is on two words there – Improving people’s lives through the intelligent application of appropriate technology – “Improving” and “appropriate”. We want to make your life better.  Improve it.  We want you to go home at the end of the day in a better mood than you do now.  We want you to get more done, feel satisfied with your work.  The best way for this to happen, is for the technology to get out of the way, and let you do your job to the best of your ability.  The technology shouldn’t become your job – it should enhance your ability to perform your job.  Inappropriate technology is like the metaphorical square peg in a round hole – sure, with enough brute force and after much frustration, you might be able to jam it on in there, but it’s never going to fill that hole perfectly. One of the challenges we face is helping you select the most appropriate software to fill your business requirements (and price point is one of the many factors we consider there).  To do that, we need your help to understand your business.  So we can improve the way you do business.  So we can make your life just that little bit better.
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