Since the beginning of 70’s, with the introduction of the first important ‘electronic computers’ on the market, the concept of applications/programs centralization made its way. These very expensive systems, bulky as much as futuristic and, for that time, well-performing, saw their history full of great successes and longevity that pushes itself until our days. At that time, an IBM MainFrame system could cost even more that 4 million dollars. An amount of money that would scare also today. In order to use that systems it was sufficient to use a simple and not so intelligent video terminal (I remember they were called “Dumb Terminals”). At that time only the keyboard was used. The mouse would be invent after many years…
The arrival of Personal Computers, in the following years, radically changed the paradigm that was on the top. Applications, documents and management programs could reside on every single device, which became more and more ‘intelligent’ and fast. This new concept of ‘distribution of applications’ on single devices gave new pushes to the world of informatics, by creating knowledge, expertise, ability and informatics awareness in the world.
Nevertheless, 10-15 years ago, companies that saw the proliferation of PCs on every single desk, realized that something was wrong, or better, that some problems and difficulties in controlling and managing all this distributed intelligence were rising. Almost as in a prophecy, the IBM school of thought, fashionable in the 70’s, was re-emerging: centralized applications, better control of the working station, simplicity and the maximum of data security.
In more recent times, thanks to a better and widespread presence of the internet connection and more reasonable costs of use, new opportunities and necessities opened: like working with owned systems in mobility and with an unlimited freedom, with every device and wherever in the world.
This is why in our times, increasingly, companies invest in technologies and solutions that grant them fast access, always simple and secure, to offer their users the better facility and flexibility to accede their company applications.
The era of ‘fat’ PC with intelligence in excess and almost limitless computational ability is over. Nowadays, a lot of people look at smarter, simpler and more functional ‘clients’ with renewed interest; ‘clients’ which have an intelligence, but just enough to connect to company servers and easily use centrally-provided applications.
That’s the way the world works. Fast execution, simple access, data security; on the workplace as at home, in the metro, at the airport, on the train or in a Starbucks. Let the PC take the special and worthy place in the history of informatics world. The new conception of working place is already in our present.