Seven Myths of Managing Microcomputers

by Dennis W. Strong, Barton-Aschman Associates Inc, Evanston, IL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation II


Microcomputer usage in the transportation community has grown so rapidly in recent years that it seems sometimes that we are being overwhelmed, and maybe oversold, by the technology. As in any field, the use of microcomputer technology is only one of several means which may be used to find solutions to problems. The extensive proliferation of micros has led to many false expectations and over-simplifications of what it really means and requires to use micros successfully. Those are the key words addressed in this paper -- expectations and over-simplification. This paper attempts to clarify some of these myths, and seeks to broaden our understanding of the real issues with which we are faced in making intelligent and informed decisions about managing the use of micros.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Computing in civil engineering | Computers | Transportation engineering | Intelligent transportation systems

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