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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Plug Boards: Precursors To Software IBM corporate archivist Paul C. Lasewicz holds a plug board, which is the equivalent of software for the Type 405. Companies would have racks full of plug boards, with each board wired to support a particular type of report--payroll, revenue, stock control, and so forth. Punch cards, seen in the input and output trays of the accounting machine, stored the transactional data, such as employee hours, sales, and orders. Accounting machines had no stored memory, so they were still tabulating devices rather than computers.
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.