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Which company has had the best impact on IT?

By jasonhiner Moderator ·
The TechRepublic poll question for the week of 9/26/2005 is "Which company do think has had the best impact on the use of information technology over the past two decades?
Apple
Microsoft
Google
Cisco Systems
IBM"

Let us know which company you chose and why. Or, if there's a different company that you would choose, name that company and explain why you think they had the best impact.

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And exactly why they shouldn't count

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Xerox had a "global" infl ...

They let the others in to see what they had invented on a Unix system with 1,000 workstations sharing everything including CPU usage which is still something that we have yet to reach.

Xerox single handedly managed to snatch defeat out of imeniate world domination by not proceeding with the Lida project.

Col ]:)

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Sinclair, Commodore, & Atari

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Which company has had the ...

Without them opening up the home market the affordable PC would have been a long long long time coming.

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Sinclair?

by Montgomery Gator In reply to Sinclair, Commodore, & At ...

I thought Sinclair was the Oil company responsible for the death of the dinosaurs. :-)

http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=8&threadID=181707&start=0

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Sinclair, Commodore, Atari, Tandy et al

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Which company has had the ...

Without them opening up the home market the affordable PC would have been a long long long time coming.

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"Without them opening up the home market..."

by Absolutely In reply to Sinclair, Commodore, Atar ...

And if everybody didn't already have their own PC at home, a lot of sysadmins would have very different typical days. I'm not sure that making these things affordable for everybody has been responsible for a single improvement in quality of life for anybody.

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If you didn't have pervasive/cheap computers

by RobRoyNJ In reply to "Without them opening up ...

Absolutely, I couldn't agree more.

When I started, IT was MIS but that's beside the point. My work was very contained, challenging, but I could go home at a decent hour, and I worked with a limited group of well trained end users.

The difference was that most of the company had no use for the systems and those that did have a use, knew how to use them!

While I can't point to a single company, the internet has changed work more significantly than any single company. When I think about what we used to do to get any data from our business partners it floors me to look at the systems we now have in place.

The good news, I can monitor my systems from almost anywhere. The bad news, I monitor my systems from almost anywhere.

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Ah who said anything about OUR

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to If you didn't have pervas ...

quality of life.
Now don't be so damn selfish
We are a service industry after all.
LOL

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Improved mine

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to "Without them opening up ...

Gave me something to do when I wasn't doing anything else. Course I don't earn my corn a an admin

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Interesting...

by Surflover In reply to Which company has had the ...

So far no one has opted for the short list you provided... And there is a long list of innovative companies (many gone by the wayside) that could be mentioned as well...
Univac, Burroughs, GE -> Honeywell, DEC, EMC, etc.

I'm not sure any company had the "best" impact on IT... But as one of the posts eludes to, having PCs as ubiquitous as they are, has certainly had a profound (and not always positive) impact on society.

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unbelievable

by apotheon In reply to Which company has had the ...

Out of the options provided, Microsoft is so far winning by a landslide in poll percentages. I'm thinking that most of the people answering either don't know anything about the IT industry or don't know what the word "best" means.

I agree with many of the posters to this thread, that it was places like PARC, Bell Labs, and others that have had the "best" impact on the IT industry, but the phrasing of the question is only has. This implies that the influence in question still exists and is still ongoing. I guess you need to pick something a little more current to satisfy the phrasing of the question. On the other hand, Microsoft surely shouldn't be it, for any definition of "best" that I've ever seen.

How about the Wikimedia Foundation, the Open Source Initiative, or even Novell? Nobody crucify me for this one before you stop to think about all the ramifications: What about SCO?

Yes, SCO. Nothing in the last few years has done as much to legitimize open source software than for SCO to take an ill-advised run at stealing from users of open source software, prompting several IT industry giants to slap SCO back down and demonstrate once and for all that OSS is relevant and important to the IT industry. I guess SCO's bloody sacrifice was a good thing, all things considered.

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