With the second decade of the 21st Century well underway, we thought it was a perfect time to pause and consider the remarkable products and technological innovations we've seen so far. The past 11 years have ushered in a parade of disruptive, life-altering (and business-altering) products and services that have settled so firmly into our everyday lives that it's hard to remember how we functioned without them. In the process, these innovations have rewritten the rules of enterprise IT, reshaped the ways in which we communicate, and revamped our workplaces. The eight technology innovations on this list were chosen based on the impact they've had in our work environments, our personal lives, or both.
Just as the iPhone wasn't the first-ever smartphone, iPad wasn't the first tablet computer. But when iPad hit the market in April 2010 it was in a class by itself. At least one industry analyst predicts that 55 million iPads will be sold by year-end 2012. iPad has, undeniably, gotten a solid jump-start on a host of competitors. It's even being talked about in some enterprise circles as a potential laptop replacement option for certain types of workers who don't require full computer functionality to do their jobs.
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