Computerworld asked a group of professionals to pinpoint the ups and downs in IT over the past 15 years.
|Internet technology opens up opportunities
Proudest IT achievement:
Still being in business.
|Net and mobile transform business
One technology you thought would make it but didn't:
Virtual reality -- yet.
|IT hindsight 20/20
The most significant industry event of the past 15 years:
Microsoft's Windows and Office applications uptake
|Windows a marvel for banking stalwart
One technology you thought wouldn't make it but did:
|No disasters, but accountant rues hesitation
The most significant technology development of the past 15 years:
Affordable high-performance PCs
|Forget Y2K fizz, net and GUI grand
Worst IT disaster:
When our five-year-old discovered that he could get even with his big brother by dragging his downloaded games folder to the recycle bin and emptying.
|The circular route of intellectual property
In 1986 the big issue for my law firm AJ Park and for me in particular was whether software developers could be protected against piracy. The Copyright Act then in force said nothing about computer programs.