IBM turns 100: History and Slideshow

June 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today IBM, once the most innovative tech company in the world, turned 100. Here is an article that has all the history and the facts to show us how IBM became what it is known as today.

Via PC Mag:

Apple and Microsoft have been in business for more than three decades, Google has been around for 12 years, and Twitter’s just getting started with five years under its belt. But all of these tech giants have a long way to go to reach the 100-year milestone that Big Blue is celebrating today.

On this day in 1911, IBM started as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (C-T-R), a name it changed in 1924. While some of you might known IBM for its recent “Jeopardy”-playing Watson computer, IBM has a long history of innovation, from cheese slicers (yes, really) and the tech behind Social Security to the UPC bar code and the floppy disk.

It essentially changed the world and allowed IBM to dominate computing for decades,” Meyerson said.

“Both revolutions transformed the way customers viewed, used and bought technology,” according to IBM. “And both fundamentally rocked IBM. Businesses’ purchasing decisions were put in the hands of individuals and departments – not the places where IBM had long-standing customer relationships.”

What do you have to say about IBM as a company? Have you ever been a customer of this computing giant? If so, how have you perceived IBM’s changes over the decades?


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