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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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.
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.