4% of all capital services, this exceptional growth rate allowed OCAM capital to contribute 16% of capital's entire contribution to aggregate growth.
To examine the impact of OCAM as a capital input, sectors are labeled "computer-using" if the nominal value of OCAM capital services exceeds 4.
These computer-using sectors account for 88% of all OCAM capital services and just three sectors - Trade, FIRE and Other Services - account for nearly 77% of all OCAM services.
The first step is to compare the growth contribution of OCAM for 1947-1973 to 19731991.
As the contribution of OCAM increased in the 1970s and 1980s, the growth rate of output fell for all eight sectors and the contribution of other inputs generally declined.
When quality-adjusted deflators for computers and OCAM
were introduced in 1985, BEA identified three major problems with the information used to construct the price indexes: (1) Coverage of the sample was limited to certain types of equipment and selected manufacturers; (2) list, rather than transaction, prices were included in the sample; and (3) the information on shipments was incomplete.
Our most satisfying situation," says one OCAM official, "is if an Ontario manufacturer that is being hurt by foreign product imports comes to us for help, we can show him how to adapt state-of-the-art techniques into his production so he can effectively compete in this or any other market.
According to OCAM President Kenneth Jones, the concept is unique, and it has been so well received by Ontario industry that it is exceeding its original projection for service and revenues.
We had limited money to spend and needed to spent it for maximum benefits," recalls Wayne Bradley, who was a member of the systems procurement team and now is in charge of the data network for OCAM.
The confidence of OCAM in the capability of the 3100 switch and the support that was forthcoming from ITT engineers at Guelph is illustrated by the fact that the Cambridge installation doubles as a Beta test site for the 3100 data switch.
Direct Inward Dialing (DID) and Direct Inward Systems Access (DISA) are among the more than 100 features available on the 3100 and eventually may be added to the OCAM system, Bradley says.