fifteenThe Lasting Legacy of Digital Equipment Corporation

How does one capture the legacy of an organization that existed for forty years? In part of this chapter and in appendix A we will review the obvious legacy, the technical contribution that DEC made to the world of computing. Perhaps more significant, however, is DEC’s contribution to the careers and lives of its alumni. As I indicated in the first chapter, one of the reasons for writing this story is that so many ex-DEC people say that working in DEC was the high spot of their careers and that “Doing the right thing” was a key value that informed their entire approach to their jobs.


Michael Horner, who was employed primarily in Europe, included ...

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