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Open: How Compaq Ended IBM's PC Domination and Helped Invent Modern Computing par [Canion, Rod]
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The story of Compaq is well-known: Three ex-Texas Instruments managers founded Compaq with modest venture funding. Just four years later, Compaq was on the Fortune 500 list, and, two years after that, they had exceeded $1 billion in annual revenue. No company had ever achieved these milestones so rapidly.

But few know the story behind the story. In 1982, when Compaq was founded, there was no software standardization, so every brand of personal computer required its own unique application software. Just eight years later, compatibility with the open PC standard had become ubiquitous, and it has continued to be for over two decades.

This didn’t happen by accident. Cofounder and then CEO Rod Canion and his team made a series of risky and daring decisions—often facing criticism and incredulity—that allowed the open PC standard marketplace to thrive and the incredible benefits of open computing to be realized.

A never-before-published insider account of Compaq’s extraordinary strategies and decisions, Open provides valuable lessons in leadership in times of crisis, management decision-making under the pressure of extraordinary growth, and the power of a unique, pervasive culture.

Open tells the incredible story of Compaq’s meteoric rise from humble beginnings to become the PC industry leader in just over a decade. Along the way, Compaq helped change the face of computing while establishing the foundation for today’s world of tablets and smart phones.

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  • Editeur : BenBella Books (15 octobre 2013)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ah, the Memories! 10 avril 2017
Par Siffert - Publié sur
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After watching Silicone Cowboys on Netflix a few weeks ago, I had not realized the recent "comeback" of Compaq" history. So I also bought this book as Compaq was part of my life and success back in the 80's and 90's. Very good read though obviously not complete.

I was one of the original investors in Compaq through Ben Rosen's firm. My first Compaq was the Deskpro 286e and my "Compaq Museum" computer room also holds the Deskpro 66M, Deskpro XL 6200, MiniTower Deskpro 6333 and Deskpro EN 6800, all still running like clockwork and all in like new condition. I have all the original boxes, service manuals, advertising, spare parts galore etc. There was nothing like seeing a Compaq Ad sign back then in the odd and remote of airports like Botswana, Tahiti etc. on my travels. I bailed out of Compaq in early 1997 when I got wind of the DEC acquisition which started their final downfall. Been a Dell boy (Dimension 4600 & 4700, Latitude D610 and XPS 630i's since then.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A heady time... 5 novembre 2013
Par Mike W - Publié sur
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Having been one of the cogs in the wheel of Compaq's success in the late 80's and in to the late 90's, this book is a fascinating look into how Compaq became the hot ticket in those heady times. None of us nearer to the ground had any idea of the back room negotiations, gutsy calls and professional arm twisting that took place to create and maintain the industry standard that led to our success. The leadership and entrepreneurial spirit bled down into the workforce and we were proud to be creating the best computers on the market at the time that were, in fact, American Made. I am grateful that Mr. Canion took the time to write this book and provide the insight to what drove the creation and evolution of this exceptional business success. I highly recommend this book to business professionals to understand the challenges Compaq's leadership faced and how they addressed them and to former Compaq employees so they can reminisce about that crazy ride.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Loved it. Of course I lived it too 19 mai 2017
Par DLH - Publié sur
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Loved it. Of course I lived it too. I was employee # 1183 a raw sales rep hired in October 1984 to help develop sales in the SW. I spent 10 years at Compaq and it was the most rewarding time of my career To anyone who was part of it, it's a good read. Especially for those who were par of this history, be sure and check out the movie, "Silicon Cowboys".
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Basic history good. Writing not so much. 20 juin 2014
Par Stephen T. Porter - Publié sur
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I lived through and participated in the "history" of the PC and heard about this book via the TWIT TV network, when a guest mentioned it.

It tells the story of Compaq Computer's rocket-ride to the top of the PC industry and it's role in establishing and then maintaining the "industry-standard" (aka IBM-compatibility) as the PC industry grew. IBM (of course) at first established the "standard," then through a series of foolish and greedy attempts to "advance" the standard--meaning they wanted to re-monopolize the entire industry.

I'm not sure whether the industry as a whole wouldn't have thwarted IBM anyway, but Compaq, led my Mr. Canion, were the ones who really contributed to making sure they didn't.

The writing could be a lot better, but the author is a business executive, not a professional storyteller, so I can't fault him too much.

Of course the irony is that these days nearly all these early players, including Compaq, are no longer here.

(Walter Isaacson's new book is being touted as a pretty complete history of the entire computer and PC industry so I'm looking forward to seeing how he fits Compaq and this period of time into his work.)

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Walk Down Memory Lane! 13 novembre 2013
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If you lived during the '80s and liked computers, this book will make you relive all those great moments that defined the budding PC industry. Rod Canion takes you on his journey of setting the direction for the industry and its standards for decades to follow.

I recall purchasing only IBM PCs for our company and viewing all clone makers as poor imitations when Compaq emerged as a leading force. Now, seeing things from the non-IBM perspective, it becomes clear the Compaq well deserved its unprecedented success.

A David and Goliath story? Perhaps, but Compaq trounced IBM in its own game and positioned itself as a leader when no one else, including the dozens of IBM-compatible makers, got it. No one but Canion and his colleagues understood the importance of compatibility. Early on, they realized that software sells hardware. And they made sure their products were more compatible with IBM's software than were IBM's computers!

"Open" is a great computer history book as well as an instructive guide on how to make tough business decisions in a competitive market.

If you like computers and business, this book is tailor-made for you. Great read!
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