@Ariella, that is an amazing "ad", thank you for sharing! I loved how they even poked fun of some of their missteps, such as OS/2 and PCjr.
And really, it's rather astonishing that IBM has even managed to survive all these year, given how much the market, the industry, and the technology has changed.
Yes, Bolaji, you are correct that IBM shouldn't celebrate too much because there is much work to be done and many challenges yet to overcome... but I still think IBM does deserve to be recognized for all their accomplishments and longevity. I do think it's very impressive that my father used IBM mainframes in the 60's and 50 years later if I walked into his place of employment, I would very likely still see some AS/400's or a bunch of Blades.
And I do think IBM is on the right track. I think selling off the PC stuff to Lenovo, in hindsight, was a very smart move.
What's next? How about a "second life?" IBM corporate was piloting a project in which it was using this virtual world piece of technology to link employees together anywhere around the world. Frontline had a great segment on it (you may need to scroll into Chapter 7).
IBM no doubt has been a major technology innovator and they continued to wow everyone with Watson’s performance on the game show Jeopardy.IBM several years ago and made some gutsy business moves to lower their footprint in the hardware space and focus on the higher margin software and services space, which I believe has been pretty successful.
Congratulations to IBM for successful 100 years, IBM has accomplished so much in the last century. It is not easy to keep brand alive for a century of period. I wish very all the best for IBM, here is a very good video about IBM have a look
Happy belated birthday IBM, as it was on 16th June. With such rich history and technological record, i am sure that IBM will keep on contributing in the coming years and decades and centuries. Rightly said by Samuel Palmisano, if a company wants to move forward then it should not be emotionally tied to the past. Hopefully the smarter planet vision of IBM become the first such incentive.
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Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
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You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
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