The Computer Collection of the Data Center (ZDV) comprises about 60 computers of different stages of development from the early 1970s to the present.
In 1973, the collection was opened by the then holder of the Chair of Business Administration and Business Information Technology, Prof. Dr. Herbert Kargl, and originally contained computers from the holdings of the Business Information Technology Department – including the chair's first PC and computers from the first computer pool of today's Faculty 03. Today, it includes computers from a wide variety of areas, including screen terminals that were only used as an access instrument to a central computer, early personal computers (PCs) and notebooks from the various stages of development. Among the exhibits are computers that document IBM's triumphant advance on the computer market of the 80s as well as an example of the first iMac. A particularly rare item is a text editing machine from the 70s.
The collection shows the hardware and software development of the tools that the subject of business information technology was able to use in the early years. In addition to the use of the devices for teaching and training purposes for students, they were used for research in the field of business information technology. In addition, the collection documents the development of information technology in general. A special feature is that almost all exhibits are functional or are brought back into a functional condition in the small repair shop – workshops are also held regularly for this purpose.