A not-so-complimentary NY Times hands-on review of the AARP RealPad.
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Why not an AgingTech Systems Integrator?
Another aging tech gap that must be filled. I received an e-mail the other day that pointed out: "I’m very interested in the role of technology and read about a lot of products – the thing that I don’t see much about is what types of solution providers are doing the installation, servicing, etc. It’s actually a business I’ve considered entering – but have yet to find any reference points on this side of the industry."
I was traveling and only had my BlackBerry, so I referred the individual to the Forum part of this website -- but now I am concerned. As I look through the listings, I see little about installation and servicing of tech products, even though I know several who are entering this business in various states. Bummer. As you may know, I previously ranted about the need for technology certification in this field, but I was referring to certification of those who work in senior housing, interior design, home care, geriatric care -- I was not thinking about independent service providers who could integrate multiple technologies.
So where are they (you)? And what industry skill and certification should they (you) have? Ex-telecom and networking people? Home automation providers? Former IT folk? Service people from tech product companies? I realize that the big companies, like Philips, already have installers. And the smaller companies are signing up dealers/installers. But what about the vendor-agnostic? Those who want to assess and find the right tech for the circumstance?
And what is the category of work they do? How about calling them 'AgingTech Systems Integrators" and have them self-identify in a professional designation of ATSI, as in John Smith, Certified ATSI. Is the best candidate to become an ATSI someone who is already certified in another tech area?
Why, who, why not? Thoughts are welcome.