Re: 'tell us the 'data-monster' dies'
It rather reminds me of the National Cash Register (NCR) company, who sat complacently on their mechanical design and manufacture, as the digital age steamrollered them flat.
I believe NCR were doing a more than adequate job on the move to digital, up until AT&T bought them and crushed them to death? They were one of the five last mainframe makers, they had a successful line in EPOS, they were the leader in ATMs. I suppose it may have been the same outcome if AT&T hadn't bought them, but we'll never know that.