Software Gallery opens at the National Museum of Computing

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The history of enterprise software

Source:  TNMOC

The Software Gallery at the National Museum of Computing also charts the progress of business applications such as spreadsheets and more advanced software like enterprise resource planning (ERP).

The first business computer was Leo (Lyons Electronic Office), developed by the Lyons Tea Company in 1951. It ran the world's first business applications, for valuations, payroll and inventory management. 

Also on display is the Apple Lisa, an early attempt by Apple to develop a personal computer for business. The Lisa was originally more powerful than the Macintosh, but the Mac proved to be the more popular device. 

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