How the 1980s changed IT management

A period of disruption like none before

clock • 6 min read
Workers and managers faced great changes in the 1980s, as personal computers finally reached office desks
Image:

Workers and managers faced great changes in the 1980s, as personal computers finally reached office desks

In the 1980s, 30 years after the first commercial use of programmable digital computers, many businesses were grappling with the strategic application of IT for competitive advantage.

1982 was officially Information Technology Year (IT82), with Kenneth (now Lord) Baker as Minister for Information Technology. The decade saw the arrival of the IBM PC, mobile phones, Microsoft Wind...

To continue reading this article...

Join Computing

  • Unlimited access to real-time news, analysis and opinion from the technology industry
  • Receive important and breaking news in our daily newsletter
  • Be the first to hear about our events and awards programmes
  • Join live member only interviews with IT leaders at the ‘IT Lounge’; your chance to ask your burning tech questions and have them answered
  • Access to the Computing Delta hub providing market intelligence and research
  • Receive our members-only newsletter with exclusive opinion pieces from senior IT Leaders

Join now

 

Already a Computing member?

Login

Sign up to our newsletter

The best news, stories, features and photos from the day in one perfectly formed email.

More on Skills

Tech She Can launches Manifesto for Generational Change

Tech She Can launches Manifesto for Generational Change

Launch showcased an impressive community of sponsors, educators and policy makers

Penny Horwood
clock 14 June 2024 • 4 min read
UK lags behind Europe in tech skills despite government investment

UK lags behind Europe in tech skills despite government investment

In 2022, the UK was at 38th position globally

clock 13 June 2024 • 2 min read
Computing Rising Stars 30: Nominate yourself or a colleague

Computing Rising Stars 30: Nominate yourself or a colleague

John Leonard
clock 29 May 2024 • 2 min read