To automate or not to automate

Edward G. Cluff (Secretary‐General, Institute of Data Processing Management, London)

Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X

Publication date: 1 August 1985


I have been speaking on this subject since 1970 and so I am beginning to feel like one of the cast in The Mousetrap which has been playing for even more years than that. But soon after I spoke in November 1984 at an MKA Conference (Tower Hotel, London), a piece appeared in the computer press giving a 100‐word summary with typical inflammatory headlines of what I took an hour to say. The headlines related in no way to what I said in my one‐hour presentation but to a background chat during the lunch break. As a result, someone wrote a letter to the publication attacking me for identifying the possible high cost of implementing the Act because in his words, ‘the Act does not make any demands over what a normal business should do’.


Cluff, E. (1985), "To automate or not to automate", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 37 No. 8, pp. 301-310.

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