IT market trends and the consequences

The most noticeable and important trend in the technology market is declining prices. This has been true for years, but recently the trend seems to be accelerating. We see the major brand-name manufacturers putting systems together with amazing specifications: more power, more speed, more memory, more disk storage space, all at amazing prices. The faster technology evolves, the lower the prices. This may be related to a second trend, which is the computer as a throwaway appliance.

By bringing these two trends to the business and corporative world we are able to analyze the consequences of this wild technological consumption. When we take into consideration a product cost, we are talking about the acquisition cost only. However, companies, for a long time now, have come to the understanding that the acquisition cost is a small portion of the costs involved with owing a product. A good example for this is the small photo printer. Its acquisition cost is a trifling sum, however the cost to maintain it and keep it working includes buying photo paper, ink cartridges, etc., at an extremely overpriced cost.

Companies and individuals have been spending an enormous amount of money on maintenance in order to keep using devices that in the most cases have more power and capacity than they really need.

An intrinsic concern about technology also remains on the environmental issue. The word of order to help preserve the environment is to increase the MTBF (mean time between failure). Increasing the “lifetime” of IT equipment goes in the opposite direction of the consuming trend that suggests “don’t bother fixing, throw it away and buy a new device!.

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Mother Nature is bearing the consequences of the throwaway tendency. Lots of natural resources are burned to manufacture electronic products: charcoal burning to produce power to the industries and fuel during transportation are increasing CO emission, and water used to wash components during the production line is polluting drinkable water resources.

The truth is that the problem with disposal is even worse. Electronic equipment contains materials that can be hazardous to human health and the environment if they are not properly managed. Computer monitors contain an average of four pounds of lead and require special handling at the end of their lives. Electronics can also contain chromium, cadmium, mercury, beryllium, nickel, zinc, and brominated flame-retardants.

Electronics comprise approximately 1-4 percent of the municipal solid waste stream around US. The National Safety Council projects that nearly 250 million computers will become obsolete in the next five years, so the number of computers that need to be disposed of will continue to grow.

The ideal solution would be to recycle all the materials, but recycling this type of material requires specialized services, and the recycling capacity is low compared to the rate they are being consumed at.

ThinGlobal is company that cares about the environment, developing and manufacturing sustainable computing solutions that consume less electrical energy and reduce technological waste. ThinGlobal’s products reduce the threat to the environment, increasing the usable life of products (it can be increased 3 times), reducing the number of components inside its devices (the WeeClient has 85% less components than a regular PC), and decreasing the electrical consumption (MiniPoint uses only a few Watts).

A third trend is connectivity. Everybody nowadays needs to be connected to the Internet. From home users to huge companies, it is impossible to produce in this era without Internet access.

Gathering the need to reduce electronic equipment disposal and the fact that users’ content can be stored in the “cloud”, using thin clients and MultitSeat technology is the more logical and “green” option.

ThinGlobal’s products can be delivered to any customer that is interested in keeping updated with technology, using high-quality solutions to meet its needs and helping the environment at the same time.