The first part of the article describes the Morgan Crucible Company's pioneering use of the first commercial Hollerith HEC4 (later ICT 1201) and ICT's 1900 series (1901 & 1902) computers in the 1955-70 period. The next part, my experiences in Australia with a Morgan subsidiary and a promising computer bureau, IDAPS, and how it collapsed. Another section covers the introduction of common VAX based computer hardware and systems in the NSW hospital system in the 1980-1995 period showing the successes and failures. Finally some interesting applications within the NSW government health and safety organisation, WorkCover.
It should be of interest to all involved with IT applications development as well as those researching computer history, and includes my experience of consultants, tendering, outsourced or in house development and choice of hardware and software. I would be interested in receiving feedback on errors, omissions plus comments on the content.
Those interested are welcome to download the pdf file of the full article.