Looking back into the
For those of us old
enough to remember the 1980s, we know it was a time of big hair, ridiculous
fashion and a huge shift in technology. While the fashion of the past can be
safely left behind, technology from that period can offer an important
perspective on how our industry is evolving today.
Let me set the stage:
At the dawn of the 80s, companies mostly relied on a single big
hardware—mainframes. They would buy one giant machine and it would serve their
needs. They had an IT staff but it was small and manageable. They had some very
vanilla applications that did a defined job—no more, no less. In short, life
was largely predictable for companies and their IT organizations.