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Chapter 4. Does Anyone Care That I 'm He... > Technology Moved from Improving Prod...

Technology Moved from Improving Productivity to Creating Infinite Combinations

The Web really is different. User-friendly, it makes new kinds of relationships possible in real time between different people in different jobs in different organizations in different parts of the world. The winners in the borderless economy are those who grasp the advantages and the hazards of the Web-based plasticity of organizational structures and boundaries.

Computerization of the workplace started in the 1950s with mainframes, very large machines that were housed in special rooms and were maintained and used by people with special skills. Next, there were minicomputers, smaller and less expensive than mainframes, but big and costly compared with personal computers. PCs made it possible for millions of people to have computers at home as well as at work, and ultimately in their laps. The industry then linked PCs together using local area networks (LANs). That created a larger system of PCs, which became client–server computing, a cost-effective way to significantly increase an organization's automation capabilities.


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