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Computers were being used for word processing, databases, and spreadsheets. Laptop computers were introduced. Most historians consider the first true laptop computer to be the Osborne 1. Produced in 1981, it weighed 24 pounds and cost $1,795. The Osborne 1 came with a five-inch screen, modem port, two 5 1/4-inch floppy drives, a large collection of bundled software programs, and a battery pack. 18 Computers and Programming The computer industry was growing and people were seeing the potential—the huge potential.

Computers went from being a closed system to being an open system. Now consumers drive this industry. What they can do with technology in their personal lives (IM, for example, social networking, and accessing search), they expect to be able to do in their corporate lives. That is what is driving the industry. Oracle Corporation Oracle Corporation is perhaps best known for its eponymous database management system, but the company also builds tools for database development, middle-tier software, enterprise resource planning software (ERP), customer relationship management software (CRM), and supply chain management (SCM) software.

IBM With a history dating back to the 19th century, International Business Machines (IBM) has earned its reputation as the world’s largest computer company and the second largest software company. -based technology company. IBM employees have earned three Nobel Prizes, four Turing Awards, five National Medals of Technology, and five National Medals of Science. State of the Industry 47 the future? Sometimes, that requires thinking outside the box—way outside the box. What changes have you seen in this field since your fi rst job?

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