One Hundred Years
Andrew McCarl 100000AY2G Visits (8508)
100 Years... wow. I was fortunate enough to have a grandmother who lived ~almost~ to 100. There was no sadness at her passing - she had lived a very full life and had remained active until close to the end. There was mostly awe and celebration - she had lasted 100 years. We don't celebrate when a rock or even a tree turns 100, because it is not very unique or surprising. But for a person - or for a company like IBM - it's quite an achievement.
One of the things that my Grandmother used to say, quite literally, was that ~everything~ had changed during her lifetime. Home construction, indoor heating and cooling, indoor plumbing, the telephone, the radio, even electricity was not available in her early childhood years on the farm. The automobile, the airplane, television, atomic weapons, transistors, microchips, pagers, computers, personal computers, mobile phones, cable television, digital television, 3D television. Pretty much everything that surrounds us has changed in some way in the last 100 years.
So - it's completely understandable that IBM is proud to be reaching that 100 year milestone. I'm sure that everything has changed for IBM over the years, except our commitment to the customer.
Take the time to enjoy this IBM video which features one hundred people. Each presents the IBM achievement recorded in the year they were born. The film chronology flows from the oldest person to the youngest, offering a whirlwind history of the company and culminating with its prospects for the future.