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Business Computing:
the Second 50 Years

The Guildhall conference for business leaders

The Guildhall, London

5 and 6 November 2001

Over 200 people from business and universities attended the conference

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In 1951 J Lyons switched on LEO, the world's first business computer, and began running their bakery valuations. They could not know what they were were starting

Over the last 50 years businesses invested trillions of pounds in IT. What will happen in the second 50 years?

BBC To repeat programme on LEO Tuesday 1 October 1545 Radio 4.

This anniversary is an appropriate occasion to explore what may happen. The 50 Years of Business Computing conference, sponsored by the Corporation of London and by leading UK businesses and universities, will celebrate this British first in the magnificent setting of London's Guildhall. These pioneers will be honoured by looking forward as they did.

Through talks, discussion panels and workshops we will tease out the future of computing and telecommunications in business, addressing both the old and new economies and the wrenching changes that are being driven by the Internet. This is no ordinary computing conference. Throughout, the point of view will be strategic and managerial, not technical. International leaders in business and computing will address the conference.

Latest news - BBC broadcast celebrates LEO - hear the broadcast online (requires real audio player)

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Conference Sponsors


BBC World Service

Brodeur Worldwide

ICL KPMG Department of Trade and Industry

BT Ignite

Corporation of the City of London


National Computing Centre


Wall Stree Journal Europe

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