Computing celebrates the passing of a legend as we wave goodbye to a once proud flagship of the UK IT industry - ICL.
Parent company Fujitsu has named 2 April as the day when one of the standard-bearers of British technology will assume the moniker Fujitsu Services and become the services arm of the Japanese company.
ICL was forged in 1968 during the 'White Heat of Technology' of Harold Wilson's Labour government. Then technology minister Tony Benn believed economies of scale would allow one large UK IT company to succeed where others had failed.
But by the eighties ICL had come unstuck, like many other state-backed enterprises, and began a slow slide in fortune.
In 1990, 80% of the company was sold off to Fujistsu with the rest to follow eight years later. Then chief executive Peter Bonfield assured customers that this did not signify the end of the UK computer industry.
Twelve years, and one aborted flotation later, the ICL brand is set to disappear off the IT map forever.
But we are not going to let it go without a proper send off.
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