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Reader's Digest consolidates its 17 data centers (1994) [Oct. 30th, 2007|05:42 pm]
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I found this article during the DEN session today. It dates back to 1994 and foretold the eventual closure of nearly all computer centres outside of the United States and the United Kingdom.

Article Reader's Digest Consolidates 17 data centres (1994)....

In Australia the mainframe was dismantled and all operational staff retrenched. I was still there during the transfer ( I had gleaned news of news of this when I visited the mainframe centre in Pleasantville NY in 1992. ) Eventually with the mainframe computer in Australia dismantled and the staff retrenched the accounting systems were also installed on the mainframe in the United States leaving very slow peripherals (printers) in Sydney which required users (such as me) to load paper and wait ages for printouts to emerge (prior to this it was very high speed local printing).

Although the printing was a pain in the ..... the machine in the United States performed tasks (which I had initiated) in 9 seconds and delivered results to my (then) computer terminal almost immediately. Running them locally in Australia took at least 45 minutes. It was (and possibly still is) a powerful machine.

It worked but eventually there was no place for a Systems Accountant locally and the administration was moved almost entirely to the United States hence NO JOB !

... but I did have enough to purchase a cheap townhouse in Werrington.