In 1965, Gordon E. Moore observed that the amount of computing power that could be fit into a processor of a particular size doubled roughly every two years.

After 50 years, that trend has remained remarkably stable and, with increased miniaturization and power has also come dramatically decreased costs. The phones we carry in our pockets are cheap enough that telecom providers roll their price into the service plan and yet they dwarf the computational capabilities of supercomputers like the Cray and Deep Blue that were redefining the limits of technology as recently as the 90s.

“For many, the IT they have at home may be better than what is in their office.”

Consumerization of IT

This fact holds several important implications for Canadian businesses.

Firstly, the reality that it is now possible to conduct most every type of work through a phone rather than tethered to a desk is rapidly changing the way we do business. People are working from home, from the road, from the airport and it’s vital that a growing business have the infrastructure to support that, especially in a Bring Your Own Device world.

“We’re seeing the consumerization of IT,” says Flynn Maloy, Senior Director of Enterprise Marketing, SMB Segment at Hewlett-Packard. “For many, the IT they have at home may be better than what is in their office.” To maximize the productivity of a mobile workforce, businesses need to reverse that trend with a modern IT infrastructure.

Big data for the little guy

Fortunately, a second consequence of Moore’s Law is that advanced, enterprise-level technology is now becoming affordable and accessible to small and medium businesses.

“In the old days, as in 12 to 24 months ago,” says Maloy, “a 5-person or even a 500-person company wasn’t looking at a CRM solution or a business intelligence solution or to virtualize and private cloud a bunch of rack and stack blades. That sort of high-end technology solution was just out of reach for small and medium companies. That is a big part of what’s changing.”

And those gains in computational power in the server room bring more than just increased mobility. Faster computing means faster applications, means less downtime between tasks for employees.

A powerful centralized server also opens dramatic new opportunities for efficient collaboration, in-depth data analysis, and process optimization. For decades, one of the major challenges keeping small and medium businesses from competing with large multinationals has been this technology gap.

Now, Moore’s Law has built the bridge, and small Canadian businesses are eager to cross it.