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What is the Biggest IT Change in the Last 30 Years?

Collaboration has come a long and I do mean a LONG way in the last 30 years. So with all the advances out there what is the single most important one?

You can vote here: http://ideas.govloop.com/forums/56138-moc-30-years-of-collaboration

I mean there are several to chose from: E-mail, Internet, Cell Phone and Shared Drives, and if we haven’t thought of the advancement you’re thinking about feel free to add it.

We are teaming with ACT/IAC to get your feedback before the 30 Years of Collaboration with the Management of Change Conference. Your insights will be shared during MOC keynote, so it’s kind of important to vote!

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AJ Malik

Over the past three decades, the costs of communications have fallen, while the the value of information/idea exchange has risen. The end of the traditional media model compounded by the exponential increase Web 2.0 self-publishing information flows has drastically increased how much information we are consuming on a daily basis. As a result, organizations are becoming more decentralized, and, in turn, establishing knowledge/experience infrastructures to promote the effective exchange of information/ ideas. Knowledge management, both personal and enterprise, enables workers to find the key information they require to fulfill work products tasks, as well as to provide information/idea exchange with subject matter experts, within their decentralized organizations.

Peter Sperry

I would have to say the deployment of desktop PCs, which was only about 25 years ago. Everything else has been dependent on them. It was also the first major advance beyond “big iron” mainframe computing. Second would be the rise of the IT culture with its unique way of thinking. Unclear yet if it is a feature or a bug but …………………………..

Henry Brown

Would have to agree with Peter that the PC has probably had the most impact on IT: Although the availability of the “internet” to all certainly has caused MAJOR shifts in the world of IT. but even that shift probably would NOT occurred if IBM and others hadn’t invented the PC.

Avatar photo Bill Brantley

You don’t have the original killer app in your list. Peter is partially right in that the desktop PC was the major advance but what caused the mass adoption of the PC was the spreadsheet. Business workers started smuggling in PCs because they could run their own analysis and not have to rely on the mainframe druids for basic analysis. Second to the spreadsheet was word processing. Not having to depend on the typing pool and the mainframe department greatly increased office productivity.