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Dedication to every client’s success

“Put the client first.”

“Listen for need, envision the future.”

“Share expertise.”

Innovation that matters — for our company and for the world

“Restlessly reinvent — our company and ourselves.”

“Dare to create original ideas.”

“Treasure wild ducks.”

Trust and personal responsibility in all relationships

“Think. Prepare. Rehearse.”

“Unite to get it done now.”

“Show personal interest.”

Living our values

  • “Put the client first.”

    “Listen for need, envision the future.”

    “Share expertise.”

  • “Restlessly reinvent — our company and ourselves.”

    “Dare to create original ideas.”

    “Treasure wild ducks..”

  • “Think. Prepare. Rehearse.”

    “Unite to get it done now.”

    “Show personal interest.”

Forward thinkers

At IBM, work is more than a job — it’s a calling

IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that progress is made through progressive thinking, progressive leadership, progressive policy and progressive action. For that reason, we manage the brand to be highly esteemed and valued by forward-thinking clients, employees, communities, investors and the general public worldwide.

Meet some IBMers

Every year, an elite contingent of IBMers earns the title of IBM Fellow.

This year’s class continues the tradition, pursuing excellence across several continents and contributing 257 patents.

IBM Fellows include a Kyoto Prize winner, a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, five Turing Award winners and five Nobel Prize winners. Collectively, they have fostered some of the company’s most stunning technical breakthroughs.

Meet some IBMers

Transforming industries and society

At IBM Research, we invent things that matter. We are a community of thinkers. We make a lasting impact on our industry and the world.

Our scientists are pioneering the future of artificial intelligence, creating breakthroughs like quantum computing that will allow us to process information in entirely new ways, defining how blockchain will reshape the enterprise, and so much more. We are driven to discover.

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Our leadership

“We remain dedicated to leading the world into a more prosperous and progressive future; to creating a world that is fairer, more diverse, more tolerant, more just.”

—Virginia M. (Ginni) Rometty, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, IBM

Meet some IBMers

Forward thinkers

  • Meet some IBMers

    IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that progress is made through progressive thinking, progressive leadership, progressive policy and progressive action. For that reason, we manage the brand to be highly esteemed and valued by forward-thinking clients, employees, communities, investors and the general public worldwide.

    Imagine what you could do and experience.

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  • Meet some IBMers

    Every year, an elite contingent of IBMers earns the title of IBM Fellow. The 2018 class continued the tradition, pursuing excellence in locations as diverse as clean rooms, lakes and IBM Garages.

    IBM Fellows include a Kyoto Prize winner, a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, five Turing Award winners and five Nobel Prize winners. Collectively, they have fostered some of the company’s most stunning technical breakthroughs ― from the Fortran computing language to the systems that helped put the first man on the moon to the Scanning Tunneling Microscope, the first instrument to image atoms.

    Meet the 2018 IBM Fellows →

    IBM Fellows Directory, 1963 — present →

  • Meet some IBMers

    At IBM Research, we invent things that matter. We are a community of thinkers. We make a lasting impact on our industry and the world.

    Our scientists are pioneering the future of artificial intelligence, creating breakthroughs like quantum computing that will allow us to process information in entirely new ways, defining how blockchain will reshape the enterprise, and so much more. We are driven to discover.

    IBM Research: the world is our lab →

    IBM Q: the future is quantum →

  • Meet some IBMers

    “We remain dedicated to leading the world into a more prosperous and progressive future; to creating a world that is fairer, more diverse, more tolerant, more just.”

    —Virginia M. (Ginni) Rometty, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, IBM

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Powered by machine learning, Watson helps you uncover deep insights, learn more from less data, and reimagine how you work

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The cloud for smarter business

Build with advanced data and AI tools on IBM Cloud – the full-stack cloud platform that spans public, private and hybrid environments

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Expertise to transform your enterprise

With the proven ability to change entire industries, IBM Services helps lead a pragmatic journey to cloud and AI, so you can grow through digital reinvention

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Prepare for tomorrow’s cyber threats

In an uncertain world, IBM Security confronts the most challenging cybersecurity problems to protect the faces behind the data — your customers

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The world is our lab

With 3,000+ researchers in 12 labs on six continents, IBM Research pioneers the most promising and disruptive technologies in AI, blockchain and quantum computing

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Building blocks of next-gen IT architecture

As the cornerstone of your enterprise architecture, IBM Infrastructure combines the hardware and software that drives digital transformation

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Client stories

Hyperlocal weather insights keep NASCAR on track

Weather intelligence can mean the difference between a checkered flag and a dangerous crash. NASCAR WeatherTrack helps officials with logistics, so teams can tune cars faster and drivers will be ready for light rain in turn three.

See how The Weather Co. and IBM Cloud fuel WeatherTrack →

Weather Nascar

IBM Cloud helps retailers make the right offers

Working with IBM, Bison Schweiz AG integrated localized weather data into its ESL Manager solution, creating labels that respond to changing weather conditions to help shoppers make smarter purchases.

See how this partnership makes shelf labels weather-aware →

Weather Nascar

Designers should focus on creativity, not repetitive tasks

Automation seems the antithesis of creativity – yet it certainly can boost it. When Fuga Technologies used IBM Cloud to create an automated SaaS delivery model, it saved its clients millions ... and probably saved some designer's sanity too.

Learn how this cut production time by 90% →

Weather Nascar

DB Systel thinks simplicity is the best way to travel

What if all the transfers in your travels or commute could be combined into one digital ticket paid as a single fare? Your new favorite travel companion just might be distributed ledger technology.

Learn how blockchain can create a revolutionary journey →

Weather Nascar

Analytics uncovers a $30,000 billing error

Resource efficiency and smart decision-making help keep tuition costs down. So does detection of data errors that went unnoticed until a new analytics program uncovered it — and won over even non-technical users.

Read how TRIRIGA Facility Operations made a difference →

Weather Nascar

Client stories

Weather Nascar

Hyperlocal weather insights keep NASCAR on track

Weather intelligence can mean the difference between a checkered flag and a dangerous crash. NASCAR WeatherTrack helps officials with logistics, so teams can tune cars faster and drivers will be ready for light rain in turn three.

See how The Weather Co. and IBM Cloud fuel WeatherTrack →

Client stories

VR Soccer

IBM Cloud helps retailers make the right offers

Working with IBM, Bison Schweiz AG integrated localized weather data into its ESL Manager solution, creating labels that respond to changing weather conditions to help shoppers make smarter purchases.

See how this partnership makes shelf labels weather-aware →

Client stories

Designers

Designers should focus on creativity, not repetitive tasks

Automation seems the antithesis of creativity – yet it certainly can boost it. When Fuga Technologies used IBM Cloud to create an automated SaaS delivery model, it saved its clients millions ... and probably saved some designer's sanity too.

Learn how this cut production time by 90% →

Client stories

Blockchain

DB Systel thinks simplicity is the best way to travel

What if all the transfers in your travels or commute could be combined into one digital ticket paid as a single fare? Your new favorite travel companion just might be distributed ledger technology.

Learn how blockchain can create a revolutionary journey →

Client stories

Analytics/Tuition

Analytics uncovers a $30,000 billing error

Resource efficiency and smart decision-making help keep tuition costs down. So does detection of data errors that went unnoticed until a new analytics program uncovered it — and won over even non-technical users.

Read how TRIRIGA Facility Operations made a difference →

Iconic moments in IBM history

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  1. 1928: The punch card and the US Census

    IBM punch cards become the industry standard for the next 50 years, holding nearly all of the world’s known information and enabling unprecedented large-scale projects such as the US Census. IBM continues to hold more US patents than any other company.

    The punch card and the US Census
  2. 1932: Cloud computing before the cloud … and computers

    The IBM Service Bureau is created to help companies who can not afford to buy IBM machines. In a precursor to the modern cloud computing model, tabulating and calculating power can now be rented and partitioned.

    Cloud computing before the cloud … and computers
  3. 1936: Social Security, made possible by IBM

    IBM works with the government on the US Social Security Act of 1935, tabulating employment records for 26 million Americans — the largest accounting project of its time.

    Social Security, made possible by IBM
  4. 1937: Fill in the bubble

    The IBM Type 805 International Test Scoring Machine gives rise to the familiar fill-in-the-bubble test sheets. It uses the conductivity of pencil marks to sense correct and incorrect answers, saving millions of academic and professional test-scoring hours.

    Fill in the bubble
  5. 1952: The inception of digital storage

    IBM makes it possible for magnetic tape to become a viable data storage medium, introducing the world to the idea of digital storage and marking the transition from punched-card calculators to electronic computers.

    The inception of digital storage
  6. 1953: The first heart and lung machine

    Using a heart-lung machine built by IBM, Dr. John H. Gibbon Jr. of Philadelphia’s Jefferson Medical College performs the world’s first successful open-heart surgery on a human. Millions of lives will be saved each year by this technology and its successors.

    The first heart and lung machine
  7. 1956: AI before AI

    The first self-learning program is written by Arthur L. Samuel, who programs an IBM 704 to play checkers and learn from its own experience. It is considered the first demonstration of the concept of artificial intelligence.

    AI before AI
  8. 1957: 60+ years of FORTRAN

    Still in use today, FORTRAN opens the door to modern computing. Possibly the most influential software product in history, FORTRAN liberates computers from the exclusive realm of programmers and opens them to nearly everybody else.

    60+ years of FORTRAN
  9. 1961: The birth of speech recognition

    William C. Dersch demonstrates Shoebox at the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle. The machine recognizes 16 spoken words and converts them to electronic impulses to perform arithmetic computations, creating the speech-to-text path for Siri, Alexa and Watson AI.

    The birth of speech recognition
  10. 1962: SABRE: the genesis of eCommerce

    IBM and American Airlines launch the first computer-driven airline reservation system. This is the precursor for the entire universe of electronic commerce in use today, from eBay to Amazon.

    SABRE: the genesis of eCommerce
  11. 1969: The first men on the moon

    In one of the great engineering feats in human history, IBM builds the computers and writes many of the complex software programs for the Apollo missions, landing Lt. Neil Armstrong and Col. Buzz Aldrin on the moon and guiding them back safely to Earth.

    The first men on the moon
  12. 1970: Charge it — the magnetic swipe strip

    IBM’s inception of the magnetic swipe strip on credit cards changes the way commercial transactions are enacted. An entirely new industry of processing machines and programs is born, revolutionizing travel and security access.

    Charge it: the magnetic swipe strip
  13. 1971: The world’s first floppy disc

    With the invention of the IBM floppy disc, storage becomes powerful, affordable and — most important — portable. More than 5 billion floppies will be sold through the 1990s, making this one of the industry’s most influential product introductions ever.

    The world’s first floppy disc
  14. 1973: The UPC bar code

    Supermarkets start scanning UPC bar codes invented by IBMer Norman Woodland. The technology transforms the retail industry, with UPC codes now tracking everything from clothing to dairy cows.

    The UPC bar code
  15. 1980: IBM patents LASIK surgery

    Using lasers so precise they can write on a human hair, IBM is granted the first patent for LASIK surgery technology. More than 30 million people worldwide will enjoy improved vision and quality of life.

    IBM patents LASIK surgery
  16. 1981: Introducing the IBM PC

    The PC revolution begins with the debut of the IBM Personal Computer, the smallest and most affordable computer to date. Computing goes mainstream, beyond hobbyists and into the realm of common household commodity.

    Introducing the IBM PC
  17. 1986: Scanning tunnel microscope wins the Nobel Prize

    IBM scientists win the Nobel Prize for the scanning tunnel microscope, which will eventually be used famously in the manipulation of atoms — atoms! — to spell I-B-M. The impact on microelectronics and nanotechnology is global.

    Scanning tunnel microscope wins the Nobel Prize
  18. 1997: AI defeats a reigning chess champion

    IBM Deep Blue supercomputer defeats the best chess player in the world. Thinking computers take a giant leap forward toward the kind of artificial intelligence that we know and use today.

    AI defeats a reigning chess champion
  19. 2011: First AI to understand fluid language

    IBM Watson defeats the champions of the TV quiz show Jeopardy!. In this unprecedented demonstration of natural speech recognition and cognitive computing, Watson understands and responds accurately to colloquialisms, puns and sarcasm.

    First AI to understand fluid language
  20. 2018: The Summit of supercomputing

    In 1961, the IBM 7030 was the world’s first transistorized supercomputer. In 2018, the Summit supercomputer boasts the most powerful processor on the planet. Summit reaches speeds of 200 petaflops in a new computing architecture, purpose-built for AI, on technologies available to all businesses.

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    The Summit of supercomputing

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