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Inventing Information Systems: The Systems Men and the Computer, 1950–1968
  • T. Haigh
  • Computer Science
    Business History Review
  • 1 March 2001
TLDR
While MIS proved impossible to construct during the 1960s, both its dream of all-encompassing automated information systems and the resulting association of information with the computer endured into the twenty-first century.
ENIAC in Action: Making and Remaking the Modern Computer
Conceived in 1943, completed in 1945, and decommissioned in 1955, ENIAC (the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was the first general-purpose programmable electronic computer. But ENIAC
"A veritable bucket of facts" origins of the data base management system
TLDR
The data base concept derives from early military on-line systems, and was not originally associated with the specific technologies of modern data base management systems, but was effectively redefined as the informational content of a packaged DBMS.
Remembering the Office of the Future: The Origins of Word Processing and Office Automation
  • T. Haigh
  • Computer Science
    IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
  • 1 October 2006
TLDR
The conceptual development of word processing and office automation; the development ofword processing's constituent hardware and software technologies; the relationship of wordprocessing to changes in the organization of office work; and the business history of the word processing industry are reviewed.
How the Future Shaped the Past: The Case of the Cashless Society
The future matters to business history, because the adoption of new technology and new organizational forms has often been driven by acceptance of a collective sense of what the future will be.
How Data Got its Base: Information Storage Software in the 1950s and 1960s
  • T. Haigh
  • Computer Science
    IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
  • 1 October 2009
TLDR
Generalized report generation and file maintenance programs were widely used in the 1950s, standardized by the Share user group with 9PAC and Surge, and in the late 1960s Codasyl's Data Base Task Group formulated the DBMS concept itself.
Software in the 1960s as Concept, Service, and Product
  • T. Haigh
  • Business, Computer Science
    IEEE Ann. Hist. Comput.
  • 2002
TLDR
The author charts the shifting meaning of the word software, situates the first software companies within the overall computer services market, and probes the attractions and limitations of the first packages from the viewpoint of their potential purchasers: managers of data processing.
Histories of the Internet: Introducing a Special Issue of Information & Culture
We explore the gap between broad conceptions of the Internet common in daily life and the rather narrow framing of most existing work on Internet history. Looking at both scholarly histories and
Histories of Computing
TLDR
This collection of essays and papers organized across three categories: historiography, software engineering, and theoretical computer science is of interest to computer professionals as well as historians of technology and science.
IBM Rebuilds Europe: The Curious Case of the Transnational Typewriter
In the decade after the Second World War IBM rebuilt its European operations as integrated, wholly owned subsidiaries of its World Trade Corporation, chartered in 1949. Long before the European
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