From the desk of: Cathy Coloff
Subject: Leveraging Technology in the Great Outdoors

As summer starts to wind down and we head into fall, I’m reflecting on my activities outside of work. In past newsletters, we’ve used more mainstream sports such as football or basketball to be our theme; but this summer, we chose “Get Outdoors” and activities that I, for one, really enjoy. As I was reviewing our newsletter article topics, I was pleased to discover that I have had an opportunity to partake in almost all the activities we “covered” this summer—only surfing stands out as something I haven’t yet tried. But sailing, hiking, biking, kayaking, golfing and more…these are right up my alley. I’ve come to learn that these are “ageless” activities that can be enjoyed solo, as a group, and thankfully, at any age. My only desire is to create more free time to enjoy them more often.

Fortunately, technology is helping me do just that. We recently upgraded to fiber Internet service at our Vermont house. This combined with our cloud-based business applications and services has made it even easier for us to be physically closer to some of my preferred locations in the great outdoors. Now, thanks to technology, I can enjoy work and fun activities more easily. I do often wonder where our world is headed and how will my grandchildren’s children be living—will it be like the futuristic worlds you see in the movies or something we cannot even yet imagine. Obviously, time will tell. In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy getting outdoors in my kayak that was purchased after some online research, wearing my Apple watch that tracks my paddling strokes and heart rate, and then head home to catch up on email.

I hope you too can leverage technology to make your work and home life more enjoyable.

First published in our September 2019 IT Radix Resource newsletter