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Waves of Power: The Dynamics of Global Technology Leadership, 1964-2010 Hardcover – February 26, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (February 26, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814403794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814403792
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Computerworld columnist David C. Moschella views the progressive changes in information technology--from mainframes to personal computers to today's evolving global network--as dynamic "waves" that sweep through the business world and force a restructuring of virtually everything they touch. Waves of Power: The Dynamics of Global Technology Leadership, 1964-2010 combines his examination of the past with his predictions for the future of this crucial industry, which promises to reshape our commercial and personal lives.

About the Author

David C. Moschella (Framingham, MA) is senior vice president of research and a weekly columnist for Computerworld, the leading publication in the information systems industry. He was previously head of research for International Data Corporation, the leading research and consulting company in the IT industry.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1997
Format: Hardcover
David Moschella has brilliantly interweaved a historical perspective of the global info/tech industry into a very insightful forecast that can be used by both info/tech and non-info/tech professionals.

David's historical perspective includes: well-defined market-based outcomes, insightful global trends, concise strategic consequences, and clear summaries of most important points in time. His global framework helps us to understand countries' competitive strengths and their abilities to adapt to the coming changes in the info/tech industry. Finally, his forecast of the info/tech industry, which has to take into account the ever-changing landscape and the unforeseen innovations, appears to have strong grounding in the history of the info/tech business and other industries that have gone through innovative and strong growth periods.

To conclude, Waves of Power is an excellent education in the information technology industry, and will provide insight and ideas to managers and investors alike.

John Bagazinski
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The past 100 years have been truly remarkable from the standpoint of human advancement through unprecedented technological breakthroughs. The emergence of the computer industry represents perhaps the most significant aftereffect of these recent discoveries, with nearly every innovation since the industry's inception proving to be more awe-inspiring that the last. As sudden as the waves of technological change have transpired upon us, however, the history explaining their materialization has spread its roots into countless factors and interrelated topics that make acquiring a cognizance of the IT revolution and the reasons for today's computer industry structure an irrefutably perplexing task. To David Moschella's credit, such an undertaking is more easily attainable with the help of his text "Waves of Power."
Regardless of the era, the technology, or the company being studied, the structure of the IT industry in the U.S. has been subject to the invisible hand of a capitalistic society. Surprisingly, this has not made predicting future business models or sources of power any less challenging. A free, democratic marketplace did not prevent the formation of "monopolies" IBM and Microsoft. The unique aspects of the IT industry, with the enormous economies attributable to some of its sectors and with computer technology still in its infancy compared to most other long-standing products, combine to make it almost immune to natural market forces that typically disrupt monopolistic powers. Success in breaking up those corporate giants that have accumulated an alarming share of an industrial market is often attributable to government intervention or to the corporate giants themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book to keep around as a reference. It discusses the early history of the IT industry as well as its future. The author does a great job of rooting out all of the Internet hype and hysteria also.
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