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Time Capsule

  

1957

Fortran on Punched Cards

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To run scientific and engineering applications written in IBM’s Fortran, programmers used punched cards to describe instructions in the program, represented by the presence or absence of holes in predefined positions. Do not fold, spindle, or mutilate—you’ll crash your app.

 

1979

VisiCalc

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As a Harvard Business School student, Dan Bricklin codeveloped VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet for home and office use. Wait, you mean my Apple II isn’t just for playing Castle Wolfenstein and Lode Runner?

  

1983

Cold War Killer App

“A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?”
—US military supercomputer WOPR (War Operation Plan Response) to young hacker David Lightman (Matthew Broderick), who unwittingly launched a nuclear war simulation application in War Games (MGM)

 

1987

Oracle’s Applications Division

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Oracle creates the Oracle Applications division, initially with seven employees. The first two applications to roll out are Oracle General Ledger and Oracle Purchasing.

 

1995

The Internet Changes Everything

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Oracle announces Oracle Internet Commerce Server and Oracle EDI Gateway, delivering integrated internet access as part of its applications suite. iApps, anyone?

  

2012

Apps on Oracle Exadata

By consolidating business applications with Oracle Exadata, organizations are simplifying their information technology; lowering costs; and improving system performance, scalability, and reliability.

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2013

Cloud Apps

Announced during Oracle OpenWorld 2013, 10 new subscription-based, enterprise-grade application services further expand the Oracle Cloud.

 

 

 

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 From spreadsheets and word processors to databases, analytics, and beyond, there’s a galaxy of applications out there to choose from. What is your killer enterprise app? And why? Visit Facebook/OracleMagazine and let us know.

 


 

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