Open: How Compaq Ended IBM's PC Domination and Helped Invent Modern Computing

Open: How Compaq Ended IBM's PC Domination and Helped Invent Modern Computing

Rod Canion

The tale of Compaq is recognized: 3 ex-Texas tools managers based Compaq with modest enterprise investment. simply 4 years later, Compaq used to be at the Fortune 500 record, and, years after that, they'd surpassed $1 billion in annual profit. No corporation had ever completed those milestones so rapidly.

But few comprehend the tale at the back of the tale. In 1982, whilst Compaq used to be based, there has been no software program standardization, so each model of non-public laptop required its personal exact program software program. simply 8 years later, compatibility with the open workstation common had develop into ubiquitous, and it has persisted to be for over decades.

This didn’t take place by chance. Cofounder after which CEO Rod Canion and his staff made a chain of dicy and bold decisions—often dealing with feedback and incredulity—that allowed the open computer usual market to thrive and the excellent advantages of open computing to be realized.

A never-before-published insider account of Compaq’s remarkable concepts and judgements, Open offers helpful classes in management in occasions of quandary, administration decision-making less than the strain of amazing development, and the ability of a distinct, pervasive culture.

Open tells the amazing tale of Compaq’s meteoric upward thrust from humble beginnings to turn into the computer chief in precisely over a decade. alongside the best way, Compaq helped switch the face of computing whereas setting up the basis for today’s international of pills and clever phones.

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