Before PCs
ICL 1900
IBM 360
Facom M160-F
Canton System






IBM 360

Some content about the Co-Operative Building Society / Online Computer Services computer centre in South Australia circa 1978

IBM360Originally called CBS Services the company simply contracted out its processing to a service bureau in rented accommodation.

But a change of name and the construction of a new data centre also included the move to direct control of the mainframe-based services.

Ever growing volumes meant upgrading the IBM 360 and transferring some tasks to a PDP 11. Before eventually needing the replacement of both the hardware and software with more modern solutions.

The hardware came from Facom of Japan and the banking application software from Canton Systems of the US.

IBM360-2CoopBranch1978The computer centre was built to include a drive-in branch for the parent building society.







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