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IBM lost its sway with IT pros in the 1980s

TechRepublic members were quick to break tradition and purchase IBM-clone PCs starting in the 1980s.

On August 12, 2011, I asked a poll question in honor of the 30-year anniversary of the introduction of the IBM personal computer.

In what decade did you buy your first non-IBM PC?

The results prove once again that members of TechRepublic tend to be adoption leaders rather than laggards when it comes to new technology. A large majority of respondents from the TechRepublic community purchased a non-IBM PC in the 1980s despite a strong sentiment persistent in that decade that IBM made the only truly reliable personal computers.

As I explained in the narrative to the poll, I experienced the IBM-bias firsthand in the 1980s despite having considerable experience that IBM-clone PCs were just as reliable as those sold by Big Blue. Preconceived biases are difficult to overcome, especially when they are held by the people in charge of the purse strings.

What current new technology are you seeing managerial resistance too? On the flip side, is there a technology being championed by management that you feel is not ready for prime time?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

6 comments
Craig_B
Craig_B

Some people work together to provide what's best for the organization, while some people make decisions based on what makes them feel safe. These people can be in a position of power or not. People may have different ideas and methods however it may be best if we work together to come to what???s best for all. This applies to business, government and interpersonal decisions. When people just make safe decisions, you can have people buying things just because it???s stamped with I.B.M. for example and not even doing due diligence.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

What current new technology are you seeing managerial resistance too? On the flip side, is there a technology being championed by management that you feel is not ready for primetime?

Mr. Fix
Mr. Fix

How many tech pros that responded were even AROUND in the 80's?

PSepulveda
PSepulveda

Never owned an IBM PC. However, at work we had nothing but IBM PCs.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

I had a PC Jr for a couple of years - played a lot of Flight Simulator.

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