Ronald Press Co. NY, 1962 first edition; 168 pages, photographs of equipment; Index.
Condition: Very Good tan cloth hardcover titles in red, in Good+ dustjacket & clear acetate glassine jacket protector. Rubberstamp of Diebold Group on endpage, hinge weak; jacket chipping & edgewear. Pocket at rear. Binding sound, pages clean and unmarked. Black & white photos; schematics of hardware systems and flow charts aid in visualizing the text discussions.
Categories: 1960's computers and computing, Computers and Society, Databooks, Handbooks, Manuals, General microcomputer and Misc. manufacturers, General Histories and References, Hardware, Human-Computer Interaction, Minicomputers, Word Processing, Data Processing
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Item Description'This book provides information on the role of on-line -- real-time electronic computer systems in the continuous accumulation, processing and dissemination of the operating data of a business or industrial enterprise. Describes the technical developments and devices which permit input of data and all important operating sources, immediate integration of such data into the system at computer centers and prompt release of information as needed at all key points throughout the system. Assuming no special background in electronic data processing, the book summarizes important applications of on-line real-time systems and acknowledges the problems, both technical and managerial, posed by total electronic systems and offers guidelines for solving them' (from jacket flap).
Circa 1962 photos include Sabre airline set made by IBM; Ramo-Wooldridge console; Teleregister's United Airlines reservations agent set; Remington Rand UNIVAC airline agent set; etc. Of interest for OLRT, airline reservations systems, magnetic core, magentic tape, etc.
Definition & Status of On-Line-Real-Time Systems; Fundamental Pressures; Relationships Between Pressures & System Requirements; Data Processing Hardware Developments; Communications Hardware Developments; Point-Of-Origin Input-Output Devices; 1962 Current On-Line-Real-Time Systems; Potential On-Line-Real-Time Systems; Impact on Industrial Manufacturing; Systems Design Considerations; Impact on Organization Structure & Importance to Top Management.