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How Tech Shapes Business

How Tech Breakthroughs Shape Business Practices

Business is about growth—and growth necessitates change. It’s fascinating to consider the evolution of business throughout history. History reveals a lesson for every business—growth, and competitiveness align with organizations that adapt to new tools and processes. 

The History of Technology and Business

From the Industrial Revolution to the digital age, every breakthrough has offered new ways of doing business and interacting with customers.

The Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution marked a renaissance in business—beginning in the late 18th century and lasting until the mid-19th. The world experienced a shift from hand production to machine production. This resulted in massive bumps in efficiency and output. Businesses that adapted realized increased profits, expanded operations, and survival to see another day. Businesses that did not adapt have been forgotten.

The Rise of Technology

Another shift came in the rise of the telephone and telegraph. Abruptly, businesses were communicating with customers and suppliers over long distances, in real-time—with expanded reach beyond local markets businesses engaged with customers and partners all over the world.

The 20th Century

Changes didn’t slow down into the 20th century. The introduction of the personal computer and the internet led to automated processes and streamlined operations. From here, businesses experienced expanded productivity, efficiency, and opportunities to reach customers in new ways to sell products and services.


These changes evolved into e-commerce. With the ability to buy and sell products and services online, businesses were no longer limited by store hours or location. This unlocked new markets and permitted businesses to reach customers everywhere. Online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay exploded and made it easy even for small businesses to compete and sell their products alongside larger companies.

Social Media

Social media has had a significant impact on business practices. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram make it easier for businesses to connect and engage with customers. Businesses use social media to build brands, promote products and services, and interact with customers in real-time.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Today, we are witnessing the advent of artificial intelligence (AI) and large language models (LLM). Machine learning brings new opportunities for customer service and content creation. AI can also calculate and process vast amounts of customer and product information and lead decision-makers to solutions faster than ever. 

Contact FullScope IT

The history of business is a story of continuous change and adaptation. From the Industrial Revolution to the digital age, each technological breakthrough has brought with it new ways of doing business and interacting with customers.

As tech continues to expand and extend, businesses need to be nimble and embrace the latest tools and processes to stay competitive and thrive. Do you need a managed IT services partner to help your business adapt? Contact FullScope IT today to see how we can help your business thrive. 


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