The Information Technology (IT) industry undergoes rapid change every day. From advances in networking to steps forward in processing to widespread virtualization and everything in between, what’s true in IT today could easily be replaced tomorrow.
As a fun thought exercise, Gil Press, contributor to Forbes Tech, compiled a list of the top three events in the history of computer technology (or IT). Here’s what he came up with:
Unlike many analysts who talk about IT in terms of more modern hardware-defined eras, Press believes that looking at the past may be the best way to make educated guesses about the future of the IT industry. His perspective is an interesting one, if for no other reason than because it shows how long IT as we know it today has really been in development.
We couldn’t help but add our own suggestions to this list of important milestones in the history of IT. Adding onto Press’ suggestions, here are three events we think deserve a spot:
This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive—you’ll notice a period of 23 years between our most recent event and Press’. Obviously, there’s a lot that happened between the publishing of “Information management: A proposal” and the launch of IPv6. Yet for their own unique reasons, each were monumental steps forward for the IT industry.
The launch of IPv6 is the most recent event on this list, but it’s likely that ten years from now, we’ll look back on events happening today and be able to identify several evolutions as important to IT’s future as ARPANET or Metcalfe’s Ethernet memo were in their time. For now, it’s fun to at least think about the most important events in the history of our amazing industry.
We’ve suggested some alternatives for the most important events in the history of computer technology. Which events would you choose to add to this list? Reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. We’d love to hear your contributions!