When I worked as a print journalist, in a professional past life, I’d hear co-workers periodically musing, “What did we do before the Internet?”

Of course, we recall the days before innovation in technology brought us more efficient Web-based research tools, pagination to streamline production and mobile devices that let us file and edit from just about anywhere.

The Internet upended the decades-old publishing business model and made the end-user part of the production process. And collaborative software now links far-flung bureaus with home base and connects senior leadership across the chain, keeping travel costs in check.

I don’t know anyone in journalism who thinks it’s feasible, or really desirable, to turn back. But, across industries, it’s interesting to look back on some of the advances in software, mobility and virtualization.

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