By: David Alfredo writing for Bizflunt.com
In many ways, the history of computers in business goes hand-in-hand with the advent of the industrial revolution and the subsequent advances in science and technology. With almost every advance in our knowledge of computer technology, the business world changed fundamentally, transforming the dusty old ledgers of New York trading companies, into modern networks connecting millions of businesses worldwide and moving billions of dollars across fiber optic cables.
The history of computers in business begins with the early tabulation machines of the 19th century. It was pioneers such as Charles Babbage, often cited as the “father of computing” who created the first known mechanical device used to compute numbers. While designing two machines and building one capable of only the most basic of calculations and only crude memory storage, Babbage’s invention set the precedent for thinking of mechanical devices as aids to the information processing capacity of human beings. In that sense, he is the originator of the essence behind “information technology”.
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