From Abbey Works to Amazon

The first real-time shop-floor transaction processing system in the world.

The first real-time shop-floor transaction processing system in the world.

The Steel Company of Wales Abbey Works at Port Talbot was a hot-bed of innovation from its founding in 1948; in plant design, steel manufacture and computing.

In 1964 the decision was taken to implement an off-line shop-floor reporting system to address a serious problem of maintaining stock records in the Hot Mill. Experience with this, coupled with developments in hardware and software, led to the decision to design, develop and implement a real-time transaction reporting system for the Cold Mill.

This presentation describes the development and implementation of these and other systems from 1965 to mid-1973.

Geoff Henderson joined the Data Processing (as it was then) department at Abbey Works in 1965 and by 1967 was leading the real-time systems team. He joined IBM in mid-1973 as a systems engineer, transferred to sales and retired as Director of Finance Sector, Region North, Europe Middle-East and Africa, a $2bn business, in 2000.

  • 18:00 tour
  • 18:30 buffet for 19:00 talk
  • 20:30 Finish
From Abbey Works to Amazon - South Wales Branch
Date and time
4 April, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location
Swansea University
Computational Foundry (Bay Campus)
Fabian Way
Crymlyn Burrows, Swansea
Wales
SA1 8EN
Price
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