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Optimizing the Food Supply

No product, idea, or achievement is possible without our most critical asset—the collective thought capital of hundreds of thousands of IBMers. The expertise, technical skill, willingness to take risk, and overall dedication of IBM employees have led to countless transformative innovations through the years. Meet team members who contributed to this Icon of Progress.

  • Soren Peder Iversen 

    Soren Peder Iversen grew up on a dairy farm in Denmark and attended Odense, the University of Southern Denmark, where he received a degree in computer science and agriculture. He worked as an analyst for LEC (Landbrugets EDB-Center), the Danish agricultural information technology organization, writing IT programs using IBM equipment to help quantify ways in which dairy farmers could improve their milk production yields. LEC was bought by Maersk Data in 1999, which was then acquired by IBM in 2004. Iversen helped found, establish and maintain the cattle registration database. He has 34 years of experience as both an IBM client and employee.

  • The Database Team 

    Ove Kjaerup conceived of the idea for a nationwide cattle database, and started the LEC (agricultural IT center) in 1960. He worked closely with the Danish Agriculture and Food Organization to initiate the project. Peter Axelsen developed the first functional database system in the 1960s, and was succeeded by Arne Thorsen, who ran the database system in the 1970s and ’80s. Arne Gam Petersen took over at LEC in the 1980s, and remained there when it became part of Maersk Data EDP in the 1990s.