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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Gerstner Rides To The Rescue By 1993, a sprawling IBM was losing money, and for the first time the company reached outside its ranks to hire a new CEO. McKinsey, American Express, and RJR Nabisco veteran Lou Gerstner slashed costs--and in a first at IBM cut tens of thousands of employees--but he also resisted calls to break IBM into separate companies. Over the next decade, IBM divested low-margin businesses, including DRAM, networking, personal printers, and hard drives, but channeled new investment into software and services, buying, most notably, Lotus Software and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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.
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?