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Keeping the U.S. Computer Industry Competitive: Defining the Agenda

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This book warns that retaining U.S. preeminence in computing at the beginning of the next century will require long-term planning, leadership, and collective will that cannot be attained with a business-as-usual approach by industry or government. This consensus emerged from a colloquium of top executives from the U.S. computer sector, university and industry researchers, and government policymakers.

Among the major issues discussed are long-term, or strategic, commitment on the part of large firms in the United States; cooperation within and among firms and between industry, universities, and government; weaknesses in manufacturing and in the integration of research, development, and manufacturing; technical standards for both hardware and software manufacture and operation; and education and infrastructure (in particular, computer networks).


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National Research Council. 1990. Keeping the U.S. Computer Industry Competitive: Defining the Agenda. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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Publication Info

85 pages |6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-309-04176-8

Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-viii
Executive Summary 1-4
1. Over view 5-17
2. Hardware 18-29
3. Software 30-39
4. Services and Systems Integration 40-49
5. Business and Marketing 50-63
6. Turning Point 64-70
Appendixes 71-72
A: Colloquium Program 73-74
B: Colloquium Participants 75-77

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