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3/18/2014

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In business for more than a century, IBM has transformed itself again and again. Here are some highlights about a company that has grown from a newly hatched company selling equipment that ranged from cheese slicers to adding machines to an empire built on computing hardware, software, and services. (Source: IBM)

In business for more than a century, IBM has transformed itself again and again. Here are some highlights about a company that has grown from a newly hatched company selling equipment that ranged from cheese slicers to adding machines to an empire built on computing hardware, software, and services.

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goafrit
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Re: such an odd choice of 11
goafrit   3/19/2014 8:21:19 PM
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>>No matter what happens, IBM will continue to remain in the electronics business with a trademark of their own. 

Why the qualification with no matter what? IBM has better chance in the software industry than electronics. I am not sure there is any product in my house that has IBM logo. The same applies in the office. Sure, it is a great firm but it has a challenging future.

goafrit
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goafrit   3/19/2014 8:18:58 PM
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IBM has the test of ages in the next 10 years. It has done well in the past and that is history. It is a great firm but Apple, Amazon, Google and MST are eating into the cakes of IBM. It is making money in software but what is software is commoditized?

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Re: such an odd choice of 11
Susan Rambo   3/19/2014 3:31:39 PM
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I think you just made yourself indispensible. Job security even if working for IBM won't promise it, writing about it might.

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HaileyMcK   3/19/2014 3:28:49 PM
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@Susan, we may have to go industry by industry (IBM and Big Busienss, IBM and SMBs, IBM and defense, etc.) or maybe by by categories (components, subsystems, systems, software, etc). At this rate... it could be a full time job. :)

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Re: such an odd choice of 11
HaileyMcK   3/19/2014 3:26:29 PM
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@TanjB, this certainly could have been 100 slide slideshow! All of the things you mention are important. Maybe we'll have to do another slide show.

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HaileyMcK   3/19/2014 3:23:41 PM
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@Susan, as i was researching this piece, i was reminded at how broadly IBM took its product portfolio. Top of mind for me was, of course, mainframes, then a big push into software and of course the ThinkPad.  When you see it all together, though,  you realize it's immense.

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Sheetal.Pandey   3/19/2014 1:44:04 PM
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No matter what happens, IBM will continue to remain in the electronics business with a trademark of their own. They know to survive tough times and be there.

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Susan Rambo   3/18/2014 11:43:29 PM
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True. These images don't represent deep tech so much, but are more broadly accessible. Just goes to show you, we have to do a part 2.  It is amazing how IBM accomplished. What strikes me is the amount of people they employed and still employ. It makes the layoffs seem small.

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betajet   3/18/2014 5:54:45 PM
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No IBM helicopters either :-)

Maybe the author was being nice to IBM by not showing how far IBM has fallen from its best years.

[I'm not kidding about the helicopter.  IBM Federal System Division sold an anti-submarine warfare helicopter.]

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such an odd choice of 11
TanjB   3/18/2014 5:37:36 PM
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Nothing about early magnetic disks or sealed "Winchester" drives, nothing about floppy disks, nothing about high speed printers, nothing about their tape drives and robot archives, the switch to semiconductor memory, pioneering transactions and database with CICS/IMS/DB/2 and System/R, SQL,  development of languages like PL/1, nothing about the PC or OS/2, advanced research on superconducting, on atomic force microscopes, research labs on the semantics of programming languages, introduction of virtual machines .. huge changes in the business.  Even things IBM did not necessarily wish to do like opening up and documenting all interfaces after the consent decree, caused tectonic shifts in the industry.

Some of the items in the list seem relatively minor.

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