On July 29, 1914, a phone rang.

That a phone rang 100 years ago was not in itself novel. By the summer of 1914, with the coming world war still static in the distance, phones were already an everyday part of what we would now call IT infrastructure. Thirty-eight years had passed since Alexander Graham Bell became the first person to send a message via phone instead of just walking into the next room; 36 years had passed since the first commercial exchange, and, just two years earlier, there were already 8.8 million phones in use in the United States making something on the order of 42 million phone calls a year (according to Census Bureau data).

This phone call, however, was unique; not because of the who and the what -- we would guess saving on your long distance plan came up -- but because of the where and the how.

On July 29, the most important phone call of the day connected San Francisco to New York for the first time, signaling the successful completion of the first transcontinental telephone line.

Think about that phone call in the context of its time. One hundred years prior to 1914, there was yet no direct land route to travel coast-to-coast in the United States. Today, one hundred years later, placing a call around the world is so common that children can do it.

The lesson is that IT moves fast and its evolution is only picking up speed.

How fast is your enterprise technology moving?

The achievement of the first transcontinental phone call belongs to ATT, which the company details nicely on its corporate blog, a parable of corporate initiative coupled with agile and strategic technology acquisition. In the early 20th century, the telephone giant had a weakness in its technical capabilities, keeping it from being able to sufficiently amplify sound over the great distances involved in a cross-country connection. So instead of merely looking inside their own offices, they assigned their best engineer, hired an expert and then canvassed the scientific community for the best idea, eventually identifying Lee de Forest's vacuum tube amplifier, a breakthrough innovation that not only made the transcontinental telephone possible, but also early radio and television transmission.

Those lessons speak to technology today and the importance of agile independent enterprise solutions providers.

Often, large enterprise solutions providers are stuck in the as-is, tied to their own product releases and legacy systems, trying to keep the boat afloat instead of moving toward its destination. The lumbering enterprises may have some level of reliability, but they often miss the point that IT is not merely to be reliable, to exist for IT's sake, but to be a tool to fulfill your mission.

IT is not supposed to be a chore. IT is a tool.

Yet along the way, many enterprises devote as many resources to sharpening, purchasing and retiring that tool as they do to mission. So, as IT speeds along, your enterprise provider and your enterprise are left behind in the paperwork and bug fixes of outdated technology.

At NJVC, we focus on problem identification, solution creation, maximizing existing resources and, just as the phone company in 1914, finding the best answer for the problems preventing your enterprise from moving forward, be it in-house or elsewhere. This approach puts agility back into the enterprise.

One hundred years after the first transcontinental call, phones everywhere are still ringing. Now, of course, they're mobile, digital and ubiquitous. They're computing devices.

Do you have an enterprise solutions provider that moves as quickly as your mission? Is your IT helping your organization or is it draining valuable resources? Is your enterprise automated where possible to reduce drag associated with inefficient IT? Is your enterprise moving as fast as IT itself?

Think about it, and we'll hang up and listen.