Blast from the Past: 5 Movies That Wouldn’t Have a Plot without Technology

Posted by Stacey Papp

Do you ever watch a movie that takes place before the mid- to late-90s and think, “This could never happen today”? As in, basically the entire plot of the movie, or a main conflict, wouldn’t even be a thing if the characters had our current technology?

For example:

“Romeo and Juliet”: iMessage to Romeo from Juliet: “FYI, the friar gave me a potion that will make me seem dead. NOT REALLY DEAD! Don’t worry! C U in 2 days.” iMessage to Juliet from Romeo: “KK, thanks for letting me know! :* xoxox”

National Lampoon’s “Vacation”: Gosh, where to start? Well, Wally World would have a website and they would have posted that they were closed for repairs. Clark Griswold being Clark Griswold, he might not have bothered to look up the website, but he could have used GPS to figure out where he was going each of the multiple times he got lost, and used a cellphone to call AAA when the car crashed in the desert. (Again, even if the tech existed, these easy solutions may be expecting too much of the guy.)

“Jurassic Park”: Would you really trust your lives to an electrical grid manned by a single IT person on a tiny Caribbean island when your neighbors are carnivorous dinosaurs? You’d probably have high-tech magnetic locks accessible only by code, ways to secure the grid, better redundancy … C’mon, scientists.

Home Alone: With 100 percent certainty, any family member under age 20 would have used their smartphone as an alarm clock instead of an actual clock, so there would have been no issue involving reset clocks due to downed power lines, and the kid wouldn’t have gotten left behind (maybe, maybe not; he was sort of annoying and we always wondered if forgetting him in Chicago was subconsciously on purpose).

“The Terminator”: If Sarah decided to publicly “check in” to a nail salon or restaurant on Facebook so she could post flattering selfies, Ahh-nold the cyborg assassin would know exactly where she was and be able to strike. Game over.

BONUS: Every movie ever where Lover No. 1 runs to the airport to catch Lover No. 2 before he/she boards a flight and leaves forever. Two words: TSA security. 

You probably get the point: Technology makes a big difference, and fleets are no exception: Something called “digital transformation” is happening to companies across the board, and businesses that use fleets need to be aware of this.

Loosely defined, digital transformation is empowering all employees to improve business performance and efficiency through the use of technology. According to a QuickBase, Inc. study, the top three reasons businesses pursue digital transformation are to grow revenue, reduce costs and solve problems – no surprise why people would be into it.

So fleet businesses that are savvy enough to implement important technologies like a GPS fleet tracking solution and field service management software will be able to ride this wave of transformation, creating new capabilities for the business and helping all employees to be more effective – and someday, we may find that fleet businesses not using technology to enhance performance seems as quaint as the plots of these movies.

Dispatchers can use fleet tracking to always know which drivers are where, helping them to field emergency calls, and scheduling is a breeze with drag-and-drop functionality. They’ll be able to help customers faster, creating better experiences and making people happier.

Fleet managers can use the software’s maintenance alerts to know when a vehicle needs service, reducing breakdowns, and can track driver behaviors (including speeding and excessive idling), helping them to improve safety and minimize vehicle wear and tear. 

With a way to always see what field techs are where, service managers are better able to manage a workforce that is scattered across a wide area, as well as any resolve disputes that may arise between drivers and either office workers or customers – with hard data backing you up, arguments are easy to solve. 

Operations leaders will appreciate any cost savings that comes from being able to run reports on any facet of the business and instantly see if there is an area where costs could be trimmed, helping improve business performance.

Owners reap the benefits in terms of gained revenue (because techs are filling more job orders quickly) and lowered cost (because issues like fuel waste and time theft decrease when drivers are being tracked).

Putting the technology in the hands of the employees allows all employees to better manage their own tasks and bring value to the business, thus boosting morale – and that kind of transformation won’t just be digital; it will be right before your eyes.

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