To celebrate our 40th anniversary, Computer Weekly today presents a special section revealing the results of our IT Greats reader poll and looking at how IT has changed and how it is evolving.
Recalling the early days, Chris Hipwell, founding editor of Computer Weekly in 1966, said, "IT was relatively simple back then. There were only 1,200 computers in the UK."
There were also only about 15 job titles in IT, ranging from data processing managers and chief programmers to operators. Adding company secretaries and chief accountants brought the readership to a modest 20,000 compared to Computer Weekly's current circulation of over 140,000, Hipwell said.
It was a time of massive change, with IBM's "Snow White" vying with seven dwarfs, as the other contenders were known, for dominance of the IT market. The 1970s saw the minicomputer take off and the birth of the microprocessor. The 1980s was the PC era. The 1990s saw the rise of the internet. IT has clearly advanced, but many concepts date back to those early days.
Click find who came out on top in our IT Greats poll.