Lincoln Laboratory builds the LINC PC, to the great interest of the scientific community. It is widely accepted as the first minicomputer.
Digital, or DEC, uses a stripped-down version of the basic LINC design concept to produce the PDP-5, which was low-cost for the time at US$27,000. Only 116 PDP-5s were produced, but the PDP-5 went on to inspire a number of better-known computers.
ICL 1900 series computers are released – The 1902 mainframe computer ordered by Datacom is from International Computers and Tabulators, one of the few non-American competitors to IBM.
Young accountant Paul Hargreaves founds Datacom in Christchurch, along with the late Dr. Bernard Battersby. The company is then called Computer Bureau Limited. A group of clients put up the original capital for the company - £30,000 - and an order is placed for an ICL 1902 computer, which doesn’t arrive in New Zealand for a year.
The company becomes CBL, and expands into Wellington. It forms around a group of local companies, which become shareholders.
The company expands into Hamilton.
Hargreaves leaves his family’s accounting firm to become a full-time executive for CBL. The company also expands into Auckland through the acquisition of the Fletcher Computer Bureau.
A holding company is established – today known as Datacom Group. The holding company takes up shares in the four separate companies in Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland. Hargreaves becomes the executive director for the holding company.
Intel revolutionises computing by releasing the first commercial microprocessors. Made computers smaller and faster.
Pre-assembled computers such as the Apple II began hitting the market, making home computing accessible.
Oracle offers the first commercial SQL relational database management system.
Datacom introduces User-11, the 1st 4GL seen in the NZ market. The software development business flourishes.
DEC responds to the IBM PC by releasing three of its own home computers.
Mirosoft launches the first Windows operating system, Windows 1.0.
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Datacom brings Oracle database technology to NZ for the NZ Dairy Company (now Fonterra).
In 1984, the name of the company is changed from CBL to Datacom.
Datacom merges with another computing services company, called CCL, and adds payroll and facilities management divisions.
Datacom signs its first large outsourcing contract in Auckland with Telecom Directories.
Datacom Wellington merges with the IT department of NZ Post boosting staff numbers by 90 – its first large outsourcing deal in Wellington.
The company opens an office in Sydney – its first in Australia – to expand its NZ-based services to Microsoft Australia.
Datacom expands into Asia by building contact centres in Malaysia.
The first managed services contract in Australia is signed with P&O Services and Datacom gets its first Sydney datacentre.
The widespread availability of personal computers and broadband internet means cloud computing begins to gain in popularity.
Datacom purchases a second Australian datacentre, GlobalCenter, in South Melbourne.
Operations are established in QLD through the acquisition of Brisbane service provider NetOptions.
Datacom moves into South Australia.
Datacom acquires a third datacentre in Sydney, through Hansen Professional Services, and acquires a company called Relate to extend application and web capability. It also expands into Western Australia.
Apple launches the first iPhone, and begins the era of the smartphone. Smartphones quickly become one of the biggest product categories in consumer technology. Later, Apple also launches the first iPad and popularises tablet computing.
Datacom expands into Townsville in Northern Queensland after the acquisition of Agire Pty.
Datacom expands into the Philippines. It also opens its Orbit datacentre on Auckland’s North Shore.
Datacom’s Christchurch data centre opens a week before the big September quake and stays open throughout the thousands that follow. A data centre is also established in Perth.
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Datacom launches VMware Cloud. Late in the year the company opens a technology centre in Queensland.
New Zealand Post sells its 35 percent stake in Datacom to the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.
The New Zealand Superannuation Fund invests globally in order to help pre-fund New Zealanders’ universal superannuation entitlements. The Fund is managed by a Crown entity, the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation.
Datacom acquired a specialist human capital management and SAP consulting business in Victoria which enhances Datacom’s enterprise people, payroll and talent management portfolio in the region.
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Hamilton datacentre Kapua opens. Datacom sells its Asia contact centres, but continues to service the region with higher-level IT services. The company also acquires IP and assets from XciteLogic.
Datacom acquiries Tauranga-based company Origen, which specialises in creating software for local government.
Datacom acquires a 20 percent stake of health informatics company SmartWard. SmartWard is a software solution for hospitals, designed to save medical professionals time and allow them to spend more time with patients.