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Between the table, that sorts and sums up information, and the relational database we observe a paradigm change.
The early development of the electronic calculator 1930–1960 parallels to the Fordist regime of accumulation, while inside this calculation machine data is organized along the Fordist metaphors of the assembly line.
The Post-Fordist turn of the 1960s emerges along the introduction of networked multi-media computers and relational database systems.
Technology and economy of this »third industrial revolution« overlap, where the introduction of database systems of companies such as Oracle or SAP became the foundation for reorganizing business processes along criteria such as efficiency, lean production and distribution, and parallel disposal of man power

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→ author: Francis Hunger, published on: 2013-Jun-18