Monday, November 16, 2015

The Future is Now

By Brian Kopack

What’s common now - was revolutionary at its inception.

I was thinking about that idea as I was listening to an interview with one of the founders of ESPN.  Apparently, there was a time in world history when sports was not televised 24 hours per day.  How did people survive?

The man, Bill Rasmussen, said that at the very beginning, the only goal of the network was to secure 8,760 hours of programming (365 days x 24 hours).  That seemed incredibly ambitious thirty-five years ago.  Even if they could find it, they weren’t totally convinced people would pay to watch it.  Cable television at that time didn’t have nearly the household penetration it enjoys today.

Here’s the ridiculous part.

In 2014, ESPN produced almost 50,000 hours of content.  That’s a lot.  And, because of the internet (which, oh yeah, didn’t exist in the early 80’s), ESPN content was viewed for 6.8 billion minutes last year.  That’s really a lot.  113 million hours of sports consumption.  I’d say getting people to watch isn’t a problem.

What’s common now - was revolutionary at its inception.

Remember when microfilm was all the rage and actually scanning and storing an image of a paper document was “cutting edge”?

IOS does.  That was a long time ago.  It goes back even before ESPN.  And, because the effect of technological innovation on content management is so staggering, what we are capable of today is exponentially more impactful – even on the ESPN scale.

Today’s technology and automated processes can do the work of entire departments. That’s right – humanless processes.

What’s common now - was revolutionary at its inception.

The key is recognizing true innovation and the people who can deliver it.

From intelligent records storage to expert document conversion to proven content management systems to transformative professional services, our focus is on providing ideas with an inspired user-experience built for tomorrow’s challenges -  because that what’s ultimately important.

The demands of our clients may change, the expectations don’t. Flexibility in dealing with change. Confidence in the face of confusion.  Innovation that makes work easier.

The on-going challenge for business will be efficiently managing the information explosion.  We like to think of ourselves as catalysts in that evolution.


Today at IOS, we are proud of where we’ve been, but we are more excited about what’s next.  We aren’t creating your father’s content management system.

Go ahead, give us your biggest problem.

With offices in five states, more than 500 installations and document scanning facilities that convert over five million pages a month IOS knows what it takes to solve your document challenges.

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