British Columbia Ferries Corp. first moved into microcomputers in 1982 when its first unit and a spreadsheet software package were acquired. In 1983 a more elaborate spreadsheet program was purchased to determine costs in the course of labor negotiations. Next a program was written to determine costs for ship scheduling. In 1984 BCF's chief executive officer concluded that senior executives should have direct access to data so as to enhance their accountability and increases efficiency. Instead of providing terminal access to the mainframe computer which was already heavily loaded, it was decided to provide "local areas network" connecting executives' personal computers, enabling officers to communicate with one another, and to share data, software and printers. Ten executives were given PCs, while the associated hardware and software were acquired. The project first gave executives quick access to important data to assist them with planning responsibilities. Next phase will give officers not located in the general office access to the so-called Executive Network. This access will also be available for executives while they are traveling or negotiating at remote points.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of British Columbia, Vancouver

    Faculty of Commerce
    Vancouver, British Columbia  Canada 
  • Authors:
    • ROUECHE, L R
  • Publication Date: 1984-12

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  • Accession Number: 00451069
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Special
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1985 12:00AM