Information technology is critical for the successful operations of nearly every contemporary business. Getting to where we are today has been a process that started decades ago. IT has evolved over the years starting with the advent of computers, to the development of the Internet.
While IT professionals keep you up-to-date with the latest technology trends, it’s helpful to step back in time and learn how IT has developed over the years.
1940s: Invention of the Electronic Discrete Variable Automatic Computer
The computers that we use today can trace their origins back to the 1940s, when scientists created the first EDVAC, or Electronic Discreet Variable Automatic Computer. The EDVAC was invented by scientists Mauchly and Eckert, who developed a “stored program” model where instructions to the computer would be stored basically the same as the data. This computer storage technology paved the way for many technology systems we know today.
1970s: Creation of the Personal Computer
When computers were first invented, they were incredibly large and cumbersome devices that could take up an entire room’s worth of space. By the 1970s, the need for compact computers to be operated by single users was addressed. In 1976, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs released their desktop computer to the general market, setting the stage for the Apple revolution.
1980s: Development of the World Wide Web
The IT systems that we use today are heavily dependent on the World Wide Web. The origins of the Internet date back to the 1980s, when Tim Berners-Lee worked with CERN he released the ENQUIRE project. Throughout the 1990s, ENQUIRE was refined and used as a foundation to develop the Internet that we use today.
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