The Digital Hand: Volume II: How Computers Changed the Work of American Financial…

Hardcover | October 15, 2005

byJames W. Cortada

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The Digital Hand, Volume 2, is a historical survey of how computers and telecommunications have been deployed in over a dozen industries in the financial, telecommunications, media and entertainment sectors over the past half century. It is past of a sweeping three-volume description of howmanagement in some forty industries embraced the computer and changed the American economy. Computers have fundamentally changed the nature of work in America. However it is difficult to grasp the full extent of these changes and their implications for the future of business. To begin the longprocess of understanding the effects of computing in American business, we need to know the history of how computers were first used, by whom and why. In this, the second volume of The Digital Hand, James W. Cortada combines detailed analysis with narrative history to provide a broad overview ofcomputing's and telecomunications' role in over a dozen industries, ranging from Old Economy sectors like finance and publishing to New Economy sectors like digital photography and video games. He also devotes considerable attention to the rapidly changing media and entertainment industries whichare now some of the most technologically advanced in the American economy. Beginning in 1950, when commercial applications of digital technology began to appear, Cortada examines the ways different industries adopted new technologies, as well as the ways their innovative applications influencedother industries and the US economy as a whole. He builds on the surveys presented in the first volume of the series, which examined sixteen manufacturing, process, transportation, wholesale and retail industries. In addition to this account, of computers' impact on industries, Cortada alsodemonstrates how industries themselves influenced the nature of digital technology. Managers, historians and others interested in the history of modern business will appreciate this historical analysis of digital technology's many roles and future possibilities in an wide array of industries. TheDigital Hand provides a detailed picture of what the infrastructure of the Information Age really looks like and how we got there.

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The Digital Hand, Volume 2, is a historical survey of how computers and telecommunications have been deployed in over a dozen industries in the financial, telecommunications, media and entertainment sectors over the past half century. It is past of a sweeping three-volume description of howmanagement in some forty industries embraced ...

James W. Cortada is a Senior Consultant at IBM Consulting Group and the author of nearly two dozen books on information technology, business transformation, and knowledge management.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:656 pages, 6.42 × 9.21 × 1.61 inPublished:October 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019516587X

ISBN - 13:9780195165876

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Role of Financial Industries in the U.S. Economy2. Uses of Computing in the Banking Industry3. Deployment of Digital and Telecommunications Applications in the Banking Industry4. Business Patterns and Digital Applications in the Insurance Industry5. Business Patterns and Digital Applications in the Brokerage Industry6. Role of Telecommunications Industries in the U.S. Economy7. Business Patterns and Digital Applications in the Telecommunication Industr8. Role of Media and Entertainment Industrries in the U.S. Economy9. Uses of Computing in Print Media Industries: Book Publishing, Newspapers, Magazines10. Digital Applications in Electronic Media Industries: Movies and Recorded Music11. Digital Applications in Entertainment Industries: Video Games and Photography12. Conclusions: Lessons Learned, Implications for ManagementAppendix A: Role and Use of Industries, Sectors, and Economic Models as Concepts for Understanding Business and Economic ActivitiesAppendix B: How a Telephone Works and the Basics of Telecommunications and NetworkingNotesBibliographic EssayIndex

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"I fully recommend this book. It is a must-read for anyone wanting to get a feel for how technology adoption interacts with development and for how decision-making and company-interaction patterns have fostered or hindered the introduction of computers in a particular application and at aparticulsar time." --Gerald Friedland,IEEE Annals of the History of Computing