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 checklist, and, years after that, they'd surpassed $1 billion in annual profit. No corporation had ever completed those milestones so rapidly.

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

This didn’t ensue accidentally. Cofounder after which CEO Rod Canion and his crew made a sequence of dicy and bold decisions—often dealing with feedback and incredulity—that allowed the open computer usual market to thrive and the really good merits of open computing to be realized.

A never-before-published insider account of Compaq’s awesome techniques and judgements, Open presents beneficial classes in management in occasions of difficulty, administration decision-making lower than the strain of awesome development, and the facility of a special, pervasive culture.

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

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