In the buzz around Big Data, it’s worth remembering that analytics is as old as business computing itself. In 1953, LEO (short for Lyons Electronic Office) was the first computer in the world used to manage a business – and for the first ever analytics applications.
As any reader of Edward Tufte knows, data visualization has been around a long time. Here’s some nice examples from the 1870 US census.
Now that prediction season is coming to an end, it’s time to reflect on how technology always changes, but the underlying business needs remain the same from year to year, or even decade to decade. Edmund Berkely was a real pioneer with his book: “Giant Brains, or Machines that Think” in 1949.