A Brief History of the Pick Environment in Australia

Lukaitis, S 2010, 'A Brief History of the Pick Environment in Australia', in Arthur Tatnall (ed.) History of computing: Learning from the past, Brisbane, Australia, 20 - 23 September 2010, pp. 146-158.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title A Brief History of the Pick Environment in Australia
Author(s) Lukaitis, S
Year 2010
Conference name IFIPWG 9.7 International Conference
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 20 - 23 September 2010
Proceedings title History of computing: Learning from the past
Editor(s) Arthur Tatnall
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, USA
Start page 146
End page 158
Total pages 13
Abstract Mainstream Information Technology professionals have misunderstood the Pick environment for many years. The Pick environment has been conceived, designed and built with business solutions as its key driver. At its heyday there were over 3,000 business applications available across a very wide range of hardware platforms supporting from 1 to thousands of real time users. The tentative economic recovery of the 90s and the Y2K fears created cautious and conservative corporate decision-making. During those tumultuous years there were startling leaps in information and communications technology rewarding those who invested in the future and in themselves. The Pick community at the time were fragmented and somewhat narrow-minded in their view of the future and were unable to collectively invest in developing new technologies. Corporate executive peer group pressure to adopt 'vanilla' relational technologies and the desire for homogeneity is creating even more pressure on the Pick community.
Subjects Information Systems not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Pick
Universe
Unidata
Prime
Revelation
jBase
Reality
Multivalue
Correlative
D3
DOI - identifier 10.1007/978-3-642-15199-6
Copyright notice © IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2010
ISBN 9783642151989
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