Since the advent of IT instruments in business in the 90s, we, office workers, have been through many workplace transformations — from early Windows adopters with Windows 1.0 by the end of the 80s, to the latest Windows 10 Users.
1994, Nice French Riviera: I opened up Windows 3.0 with fresh business eyes, and five years after that I had to experience my first Desktop revolution with Windows 95. Under the guidance of the CIO, we all were summoned to migrate to the new OS. He decided the date and the time, regardless of business concerns, so I thought (as young as I was) that the CIO was the ‘big boss’ of the company. At that time, desktop strategy was a matter for IT Managers. Remember the much-loved Windows 98? Or ME and XP? It was the golden age for CIOs, who ruled the roost of our professional environment. “What PC brand are you going to work with?” “Which software are you using?” “How strong is your CPU?” “How much storage do you get?” “When are you allowed to print?”, came the volley of questions. We are clearly out of that era now.
Despite all the efforts undertaken by Microsoft to once again bring “the best OS ever, you must adopt ASAP,” CIOs struggled more and more each time to convince their board to go their way. [...]
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