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Essential Guide to Computing: The Story of Information Technology, The by E. Garrison Walters

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Conclusion

The database, very much at the center of computing, illustrates the stresses that obtain in the software industry as computing takes its place at the hub of society. New technologies, relational and object databases, have shown themselves to be effective and efficient. But, also because computing has now become so important, the old-style hierarchical and network databases are holding firm in the market. The move to e-commerce will accelerate the use of new technologies, but will also reinforce the importance of the old—in the online world, it will be even more of a disaster for businesses if their core software systems fail.

The software industry has given users an array of applications beyond databases. Two of the most critical, ...

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