Collaboration – Changing Needs

SoCon 13 Conference.  April 2018.  Powerpoint.
Computer Generations & Complexity“  (58 slides).

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This Conference presentation provides a narrative web of the history of computer communications.  The history of computing is broken into four generations; each generation representing two decades of computing progress.  The evolution of communications between hardware products, between software systems, and between human computing professionals is reviewed.  The inter-relationship between these three forms of communications is discussed:  Hardware communications first, software communications dependent upon hardware, increasing complexity of software communications requiring increased human collaboration.

The evolution of the three forms of communication are illustrated across the computer generations (see below).  The dependencies and parallel trends are illustrated.  Finally, some predictions are made based upon these trends.  The computer generations covered are:   

  • 1st Generation (1950s-1960s)  –  Individual Computer Systems
  • 2nd Generation (1970s-1980s)  –  Birth of Distributing Computing
  • 3rd Generation (1990s-2000s)  –  Enterprise Software Integration (SOA)
  • 4th Generation (2010s-current)  –  Total Integration (IoT, Cross Silo, etc.)

By the end of the presentation, the viewer should have a basic understanding of how computer communications have changed over time, the relationship between hardware, software, and human communication evolution, and some guesses about the implications of the identified trends.

Author: Glen Brumbaugh

Services (Cloud & SOA) Architect. MQ & Integration Bus Subject Matter Expert. Over 40 years of software development (over 5 million lines of code), design, architecture, and project leadership experience in the financial, insurance, retail, government and other industry sectors. Over two decades of Cloud, Middleware, ESB, and SOA consulting experience and was part of the team that supported the initial release of MQSeries in the U.S. Initially trained by the Hursley Laboratory developers and went on to teach MQSeries classes (beginning with v 1.0) and lead numerous MQ, Message Broker, and related software deployments. Worked with IIB since version 1.0 (NEON) and supported the entire range of IBM middleware products (DataPower, MQSeries Workflow, WebSphere Process Server, Business Process Manager, WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Service Registry & Repository, API Connect). Developed extensive MQ software in C, COBOL, and Java and has programming experience in every MQ API. Developed hundreds of Message Broker (now Integration Bus) Message Flows using SOA design principles. Both MQ and IIB installation, configuration, administration, monitoring, security, and performance experience on virtually all platforms (Windows, UNIX, IBM i, and z/OS). Presented both nationally and internationally at IBM Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, and User Groups on a variety of MQ, Message Broker, & SOA topics. Extensively documented WMQ Standard Operating Procedures & Best Practices and a principal author/editor of the well known "TechDoc" series of IBM middleware reference documents. Graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. College Professor (Computer Science). Army veteran. Jump qualified. Off-shore sailor. Master SCUBA Diver rating. Eagle Scout and Sierra Club member. Proud father of two daughters (St. John's College and UCLA).

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