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From Facebook scandals to killer robots, there’s no shortage of bad news and pessimism around the technology industry these days. At ChannelCenter however, we prefer to look on the
bright side.

Reading the news has become a bit of a chore these days. Regardless of whether you’re unfolding a newspaper or opening up your favourite news website, a torrent of negative and depressing articles hits you in the face, leaving you flustered and in serious doubt about the state of the world’s affairs.

There is certainly a fair amount of similar pessimism currently surrounding technology. From the seemingly trivial like Apple’s current woes with its bug-ridden iOS 11 platform to Facebook Cambridge Analytica-style tech scandals and ever-present concerns over privacy and security, technology is not having an easy time of it at the moment. Tech concerns even cast a looming shadow over our collective future as we begin to worry about the negative potential of AI on the horizon.

In fact there’s seemingly no area safe from technology’s pervasive influence, as it changes our workplace as well. Not only are we worried that AI-powered machines will eventually take over our jobs, but more immediately, CIOs the world over are facing increasingly complex roles as they try to come to grips with, and adapt to the needs of a rapidly-changing industry.

We’re optimistic about the possibility of technology to contribute positively to society and make the world a better place.

But amidst all the angst, we at ChannelCenter believe it’s this very-fast changing nature of the IT industry which makes it such an exciting place in which to do business. We’re also relentlessly optimistic about the possibility of technology to contribute positively to society and make the world a better place.

That’s why we love initiatives like IBM’s Smarter Planet. Whether it’s trying to alleviate traffic congestion via seeing a city’s traffic in a consolidated, real-time view and helping to anticipate problems and decrease emergency-response times, or using tools like electronic medical records, wireless computing devices and health support networks to make healthcare systems smarter and more affordable, this is tech at its best.

We’re enthusiastic about the ability of technology to solve problems, and in our own small way, we feel like we’re part of this global move towards creating innovative digital technology which transforms traditional business operations, making them more efficient and giving users greater access to information in order to make better decisions in every area of business.

After all, whether it’s saving time and making people’s lives easier, or finding new ways to solve traditional problems in all walks of life, if technology’s advancement is not ultimately about making peoples’ lives better, then what’s the point?