Adobe Flash is dead. The world recently said a final goodbye to the plugin the internet loved to hate. At one point, seemingly everything ran on Flash: YouTube, Facebook, Netflix, and a worldwide web of animated viral memes back in the day.

But Adobe Flash suffered from poor performance and even worse security. The tech world had predicted its death for more than a decade and its fate was finally sealed when Adobe itself announced that it was pulling the plug.

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Adobe Finally Killed Flash Dead

Adobe gave the world 3 ½ years’ notice in which to prepare. You’d think that would have been enough.

For most people it was, yet organizations big and small were somehow caught unawares. It’s vaguely amusing when a game that relied on Adobe Flash suddenly stops working. It’s more worrisome when students can no longer access Flash-based school assignments, and it’s downright alarming when an entire state can no longer issue death certificates because their outdated system somehow still relied on it.

China Railway Shenyang, the South African Revenue Service, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission—all still used Adobe Flash for some portion of their operations. All were caught flatfooted when it stopped working.

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Keeping up With Technology in Restoration

So what does all this have to do with Next Gear? It’s not as if the industry’s leading restoration software relied on Abode Flash, right? (Rest easy—that’s definitely right.) But like all other modern tech companies, we do rely on other technologies to make ours work.

Whether it’s a standard foundational building block like a database server or an integration with a partner, every single one of our industry solutions is part of an intricate web of technologies. This interdependence, or tech stack, is an inescapable truth for pretty much any technology company—and by extension, its customers.

When a company’s technology team doesn’t pay close attention to their tech stack, disaster too often strikes. As the Chief Technology Officer at Next Gear Solutions, part of my job is ensuring that we keep up to date on every component of the technologies we deliver to our customers—in short, making sure that our tech stack doesn’t topple.

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Building Your Restoration Tech Stack

This behind-the-scenes work isn’t sexy, it’s not… flashy, but it’s a core component of our commitment to our contractor customers. Stagnation is often the death of any tech operation. At Next Gear, we’re continually innovating, iterating, and improving our offerings to bring our clients the best restoration solutions in the business. Along the way, we ensure that we’re paying keen attention to the interdependencies on which we build our solutions.

Thousands of contractors across North America rely on our apps for their livelihood, and part of our commitment to them is our commitment to a strong and stable tech stack. You can count on it.

About the Author

Ryan North joined Next Gear Solutions as the chief technology officer in 2018, bringing more than 20 years of experience in software engineering and technical operations from companies such as Honeywell and Mitchell International. As CTO, Ryan is responsible for taking the company’s strong technology and innovation position to the… Next Gear.

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