In the 1950s almost no organization owned a computer. Computing was consumed as a service rather than owned as a capital asset. Computer companies provided services in those days because the computers themselves were too expensive for most organisations to own. But we also have to think of the risk associated with the acquisition of such an expensive resource. In the ‘50s, computers were new-fangled gadgets and nobody really knew if there’d be any advantage to using them: they were “scientific” devices. How could science apply to a haulage business or an insurance company?