In 1989, the second installment of the popular “Back to the Future” movie franchise sent Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) into the future – where he arrived on October 21, 2015. In honor of the film series, we’d like to celebrate five IT systems that have traversed time and remain essential to the industry.
In the first film of the franchise (from 1985), Marty McFly travels back to 1955 to change his parents’ future. That same year, engineers were busy developing a computer model that would change the future of IT. By the late 1950s, developments in hardware and software led manufacturing companies toward building bigger models. Though IT thinkers predicted that such “big iron” mainframe technologies would be retired by 1996, the unforeseen February 2008 release of the z10 by IBM gave this technology an avenue that has kept mainframe use relevant to a wide range of users and networks.