Back in the 1970s computers started making their mark on large organizations, and although very few had access to these computers, MIS started generating meaningful reports, supply chains started getting the very glimpse of optimization and managers started to gain some insight into their businesses.
During the 1980s information technology made another major impact on the workplace. Office buildings started filling up with personal computers, and lucky employees started using the first relatively easy to use computers in history. Usually high volumes of people congregating in single locations and work was contained in the office so managing people and the technology they used was relatively predictable.
In the 1990s the internet came along and the first practical forms of wide area networks enabled people to communicate and share information across vast geographies, application were re architected to work in a more global fashion.
Then the late 1990s saw the arrival of improved connectivity and mobile computing, which has revolutionized how and where work is done. Instead of going to work, or work being a place you go to, work can now go to people, wherever and whenever they choose. The implications ever since have been enormous for organizations, offices, cities and individuals. A new term was coined – Telecommunting.