Fact-Powered Machines

Posted on January 17, 2007

Remington Rand UnivacModern Mechanix has posted an old advertisement for the fact-powered Remington Rand Univac from 1952. Here is an excerpt from the text of the advertisement.
Now, for the first time, a commercial or industrial firm can have - first thing any morning - complete facts and figures, analyzed and summarized, on its previous day’s performance ... in production, in sales, in procurement or any other major or minor activity.

The almost unbelievable feats of Remington Rand Univac in computing, sorting, classifying and reporting business data enable management executives to formulate "fact-powered" decisions in the merest fraction of the time previously required. Also, highly pertinent analyses and forecasts that were never even attempted before, are now easy and almost completely automatic. Univac has cleared the way for phenomenal improvements in the coordination of business facilities.

And the same versatile Univac equipment helps management multiply clerical productivity many times over in every phase of record keeping and accounting. Univac is just as effective in a job like payroll preparation or cost distribution as it is in complex statistical and mathematical projects.
It's amazing what these new fandangled machines can do.