Microcomputers: Investing in the Future

by George Runkle, Project Engr.; Engineering Consulting Services, Ltd., 14000 Thunderbolt Place, Suite R, Chantilly, VA 22021,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 6, Pg. 66-68

Document Type: Feature article


There is more to a successful computer system than simply going to the nearest supplier and buying the most up-to-date equipment. Engineering firms, while not being reluctant about installing a computer system, should know, in advance, what their computers will be used for before plunging into the market. Some decisions to be carefully pondered include what processor and operating system to buy, what software package to get, where in the office to station the computers, and how best to ease the fears of employees who may not want to enter the computer age. Haphazardly investing in computers may mean they sit in the office unused. Careful investing will translate into an effective computer system.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Computers | Investments | Supply chain management | Equipment and machinery | Systems engineering | Employees | Age factors

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