When I was a lad I worked in computing, it was called DP, short for data processing. As I grew older I worked in IS, IMS, Factory Systems, Business Systems, Office Systems & IT.
As telephones switched from Analogue to Digital, data & comms’ converged & became ICT. Ethernet evolved and IP, born out of the “Specification of Internet Transmission Control Program, December 1974“, began to emerge as the ubiquitous data protocol, the Digital protocol.
In the eighties and still a lad, I ran vast rooms full of machines, designed & built LANS & WANS, the largest broadband networks outside the USA, Distributed Systems, & Europe’s first point to point Ethernet over Broadband. I audited $500M satellite deployments, planned designed & managed the implementation of the first commercial, transatlantic voice, data & multi-point switched video conferencing network over a submarine T1 ‘pipe’. I trained graduates & technicians in the finer points of PC Networking & connecting to & using the Internet. I deployed global networks to support real time Futures & Options Trading, managed changes to an International Bank’s systems to support the Euro & remediate Y2k issues, & all whilst mad marketeers wasted $billions blowing up a DOT COM bubble and telcos poured even more into fibre backbones convinced that if they built it, customers would come.
I started a group of companies providing desktop application services over the Internet – your stuff accessible everywhere – these days people refer to SaaS & Cloud – then the technical term was ASP, but the time wasn’t right, the web was too slow, and the storage costs too high. Today, Google gives you 15Gb free, and AOL promises to store your emails forever.
Now, would someone please explain to me why I “… have insufficient Digital experience”?
John L. Evans FCMI, FIC, FBCS CITP, MCIPS
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