This Dimensions is being written in Quadrant’s 25th anniversary year. In compiling this auspicious edition, we are making the most of our available memory these days, before the ‘cloud’ takes its toll on the accuracy of our reflections on how past insights might shape our future.
So, a good time for looking back and looking forward. Can a glance to the rear help us identify what the future might hold?
We didn’t know, of course, in 1988, that we were living through times of huge historical significance. We thought they were merely interesting. Before we had been going three years, the Berlin Wall was down, Eastern Europe was liberated, Margaret Thatcher was no longer required by her friends, and the Iraq War had been fought. Our computer system had 6 terminals (thank you Altos, whatever happened to you?), a 2mb memory, and our printer could manage up to 3 pages a minute – with a bit of encouragement. Back then, as an echo of the auditing origins of management consultancy, reports were being measured in thickness. How much has changed! (Read More)