International Door & Operator Industry

JUL-AUG 2018

Garage door industry magazine for garage door dealers, garage door manufacturers, garage door distributors, garage door installers, loading docks, garage door operators and openers, gates, and tools for the door industry.

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During the 2018 IDAExpo, Chris Long asked me to write an article about the use of electronic forms and other technology to simplify the recordkeeping work for door dealers. I reminded him that I had done an article like that in the past, and that I would be happy to freshen it up. When I went back through my records – electronic, of course – I realized that I had written that article six years ago. So before revisiting the recommendations that I made back then, I figured that I should also look back at the nature of technology all those many moons ago… How Far We Have Come In 2012, it was not unusual for workers to have laptop computers. After all, laptops were first introduced in the late 1980's, and were relatively common by the 1990's. (I had a MacBook for taking notes in law school in 1993.) I was able V O L U M E 5 1 I S S U E 4 A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 11 Continued on page 12 By Brian J. Schoolman, Safran Law Offices to transition from my clunky but powerful Dell laptop to my much better MacBook Pro just before the 2012 IDAExpo in fact. Portable electronic devices were also coming into their own. The Apple iPhone 5 rolled out in 2012, as did the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2. The iPad 3 and the first iPad Mini were released that year. Also new in 2012 was the first Microsoft Surface with its snap-on keyboard. The technology for construction-related businesses to take information from the field and get it into their home-office systems existed, even if it wasn't necessarily as user-friendly or widely utilized as it is today. In the early 2010's, there was a dramatic expansion of the use and benefit of in-the- field automation products for construction, because of the combined development of high speed cellular and wireless "Paperless" LEGAL&LEGISLATION "Paperless" R evisited

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