When Nigel asked the question about IBM's age in Infosmack 101 I was initially amazed hat everyone didn't instantly know that IBM is 100 this years young this year, next week infact.
I guess internally we've had a lot more press about this than there has been externally. Anyway, on 16th June 2011 IBM as we 'kind of' know it, will be 100 years old. I say 'kind of' because there is a lot of pre-history before
1911, when Charles R. Flint merged the International Time Recording Company, the Computing Scale Company and the Tabulating Machine Company to form the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR).
In 1924, the CTR changed its name to International Business Machines Corporation. The new logo intended to suggest a globe and adopting the word "International" The logo changed again another two times before we reach the all familiar TLA with 8 bands or stripes... In 1947, the globe logo was replaced by a simple outline "IBM". In 1956 the outline was filled in, and the proportions of the letters become more familiar, before we reach the (to this day) familiar logo which was first used in 1972.
Thinking about the interconnected world we populate today, its hard to think about what the people of 100 years ago would think of our Web, WI-FI and Wii's ...
I know I work for them, and have been blue-washed for the last decade or so... but just what IBMers have achieved in the last 100 years is quite astonishing
Its well worth bookmarking this webpage, I've been watching it since the start
of the year, updated at least once a week it covers the key IBM'ers The Icons of Progress
To name just a few... punch cards, the mainframe (including system 360), magnetic tape, the magnetic strip on bank cards, the banking ATM infrastructure, the hard disk drive, the GMR head, the floppy disk, and of course, other than you strange Mac users...the PC... which most of you are probably using right now to read this.!!!
In this video, 100 people aged from 100 to 1 cover just some of those key innovations ...