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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 W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.

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