Why did Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) fail?

Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-8/E; the first computer I programmed at age 14 before joining the company 5 years later

I’ve been asked many times for my view why I felt the then (1980’s) second largest computer company in the world ultimately got subsumed into PC supplier Compaq and both assimilated into arch enemy competitor Hewlett Packard by the late 1990s. This is my perspective; other fellow employees who shared the journey may have their own (and maybe different) perspectives.



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Ian Waring

Head of Finance Systems and Projects at Jisc. Tech Savvy Software & Internet Business Manager. Ex-DEC, random fascination with gut bacteria. Simplicity Sells!