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Anyone who owns or uses a personal computer probably notices that computers and software today have a tendency to become somewhat outdated after a year or two. Technology advances and changes so quickly that it's practically impossible to keep up.

This maddening pace of technological progress has a significant impact on the business environment. It supports and encourages innovation, but it can also create uncertainty about the future and need to constantly update equipment and processes. This is why information technology is so essential.

David Toronto has always been a self-proclaimed information technology nerd. He spent several years after graduating from college doing IT work for some Wasatch Front companies. A few months ago, he decided to use his skills to start his own company. In partnership with friends and family, he started Technology Initiatives.

Technology Initiatives provides outsourced IT and consulting work for Open Source applications and software. Open Source software is an inexpensive way for small- and medium-sized businesses to take advantage of important computer applications traditionally available only to large enterprises. Technology Initiatives uses Open Source to provide businesses with essential computer products such as voice over IP, customer relations management software and enterprise resource planning. The company also offers support to set up and manage these highly customizable applications to meet the specific needs of local businesses. David believes businesses shouldn't have to pay exorbitant prices for out-of-the-box software.

David's original aim was for Technology Initiatives to strictly sell information technology hardware. But product support has become the company's mainstay. And in such a tough economy, support for the inexpensive products the company services is difficult to find. David continues to grow his business while servicing his Open Source clients.

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