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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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the poll

by apotheon In reply to What landslide?

There is indeed a voting page: the main page of the site. Click the TechRepublic banner/log at the top of the page, then scroll down until you find the "Question of the week". If you vote there, it takes you to the poll results so far.

Of course, I didn't bookmark the page with the results, so I'd have to vote again to find it at this point and see if the results have changed any.

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gee..what

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

about accpac? for thier infamous accounting package.
autodesk, for thier industry standard Drafting app?

break it into industry, and you can pick a software company that has had a major effect on how the industry does business.

get google out of the list, it's only been around for 7 years so doesn't meet the 20 year requirement.
( 7th birthday today. )

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two decades . . .

by apotheon In reply to gee..what

I don't think the question was meant to specify that the impact in question had to last more than 20 years, but rather that it had to occur within the last 20 years.

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IBM by a landslide in my opinion

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

Thinking about this more I must vote for IBM

1. It is the granddaddy of all IT companies.
2. It was instrumental in supporting Linux
3. It introduced the corporate PC and legitimized its use in business settings
4. It supports multiple OSes - OS390, Unix (AIX), Windows, linux, AS400, etc.
5. It plays in hardware, software, and services spaces.
6. It has an amazingly good R&amp group
7. For most, but not all, of its life as a company it has been a leader in the industry.

You may not like them, you may not use them, but I have a hard time denying them their place at the top.

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I use 'em . . .

by apotheon In reply to IBM by a landslide in my ...

. . . or at least what used to be theirs. I love Thinkpads.

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IBM WAS PRESENT AT THE CREATION

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

All of the other players have certainly added on, but maybe most IT people are too young to know the history. We are also a society that likes the latest hot new thing.

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Not at the creation

by Surflover In reply to IBM WAS PRESENT AT THE CR ...

Eniac was the first electronic computer (1945)...

the US ARMY and the University of Pennsylvania began it's creation on June 5, 1943, and it was placed in operation at the Moore School, beginning with the cycling unit and an accumulator in June 1944... followed by the initiating unit and function tables in September 1945 and the divider and square-root unit in October 1945. Final assembly took place during the fall of 1945... IBM, while founded in 1**1, didn't get into the computer business until 1950 (although some claim they began R&amp in 1946), and Univac built the first mass produced computer (the Univac I) in 1951... IBM Joined them a few years later.

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The first computers

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to IBM WAS PRESENT AT THE CR ...

were well before IBM. The first practical application of IT was probably the Jacquard loom. Pop over to the Smithsonian they used to have one.

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even older.

by Jaqui In reply to The first computers

the abacus.
the first adding machine.
since a computer is nothing but a fancy adding machine. ( works really really fast, but it only adds and subtracts numbers. )

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no subtraction

by Surflover In reply to even older.

CPUs can only add... to subtract, they add -1... (I used to write the operating systems assembler code for honeywell mainframes in my (much) younger days)

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