100 Years Of IBM: 25 Historic Milestones
June 15, 2011 08:00 AM IBM this week celebrates 100 years of innovation and business optimization. From punch cards to the S/360, from tabulators to teraflops, from CEO Watson to supercomputer Watson, IBM has a unique history. Take a visual tour back through the decades.
The End Of IBM's PC Era
IBM's Thinkpad line of laptop computers introduced in the early 1990s included this innovative 701C "butterfly" model with a full-sized keypad that folded diagonally for compact storage when closed. The strategy of selling low-margin businesses and investing in high-margin businesses continued under Samuel J. Palmisano, who succeeded Gerstner in 2002. IBM's PC business was sold to Lenovo in 2005, and Palmisano has presided over investments of more than $10 billion in software, notably in the areas of information management, business intelligence, and analytics, with acquisitions including FileNet, Cognos, SPSS, iLog, and Netezza. All these assets figure in IBM's current "Smarter Planet" push.