51 years ago today, IBM released its flashy System/360 (S/360) mainframe computer and boy-howdy, was it sleek!!! It could process up to 34,500 instructions per second. Wow, that WAS pretty cool.
Nowadays your fit and trim desktop can process billions of instructions per second. It is staggering to think of the technological advancements in the past 50 years!
I'm not a dinosaur (just yet) however when I first began working in Property Management, back in 1991, we handled all of our accounting, tenant tracking, applications, tenant screening, leases and maintenance requests with good old-fashioned pen and paper. We lugged boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes of paperwork to a storage facility. Offering one tenant reference took a 1/2 hour as you had to walk to the storage room, dig through files and hope all documents were intact. Geese-Louise! I'm exhausted just remembering all that! If you would have given me access to Property Management Software back in the 90's, such as I work with every day at Rentec Direct, I would have been absolutely blown away! A paperless office? 24/7 Online access to all my files and systems? Multi-user Portals? A gift from God!
Just for fun, today when you're navigating your busy day, take note of all of the abso-freakin-lutely amazing tools we have at our fingertips that some smarty invented. Let me know what your "couldn't live without" is.
Janell is a member of Rentec Direct, web-based property management software designed to streamline the day-to-day operations of landlords and property managers.