I find this interesting because this paper is from 1992, but it basically describes what today we call “offline first”. While it might be obvious that offline first is not a recent invention, it’s quite cool to see the use cases described on the paper and how they resonate with today actual offline first marketing.
I think an “offline-first” mentally actually made more sense in 1992 than it does today. With ubiquitous LTE and wifi on airplanes and trains, I’m not sure “offline-first” design is justified most of the time. “We might occasionally see WAN partitions between DCs” is not at all the same as “offline-first”, as the paper points out.