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.
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SSEC Delivers Speed, Memory, and Programability IBM's Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator, introduced in 1948, boasted processing speed, memory, computational capacity, and programmability. The Control Desk seen here was the tip of the iceberg. The rest of the machine surrounded the operator, lining all four walls of a large room. The SSEC is said to be the first computer that could modify a stored program. IBM invited university professors and scientific researchers to use the device at no charge at an IBM facility--a good-will gesture that generally stoked demand for computer purchases.
The Agile ArchiveWhen it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
2014 Analytics, BI, and Information Management SurveyITís tried for years to simplify data analytics and business intelligence efforts. Have visual analysis tools and Hadoop and NoSQL databases helped? Respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Information Management Survey have a mixed outlook.