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Saturday, September 15, 2012

IBM Optimized Power Systems: Time Travelers For The Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) Since 1911

IBM’s focus on fulfilling and satisfying customers’ needs, business technology solutions, and the demands of the times, has evolved during the 21st century into IBM Optimized Power Systems by the year 2015. The time travelling International Business Machines have become integrated systems partners to global customers seeking faster IBM Optimized Power Systems for data processing solutions from the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) since 1911 to date in the 21st century.

The IBM Power Advantage is based upon proven accuracy, reliability, performance, flexibility of integrated IT solutions, consolidation, scalable economy, virtualization, and utilization of 4th Generation IBM Power Systems.

Chronology of CTR/IBM IT Time Travelling Development

In 1911, the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) was originally founded to specialize in punch cards, commercial scales, and clocks.

At the turn-of-the-20th century, Thomas J. Watson joined CTR as general manager in 1914 and thus became IBM’s first CEO to form the company corporate culture and perpetual set of values which continue to define and indentify IBM in the 21st century. According to Kevin Many, Steve Hamm and Jeffrey O’Brien in the new book on IBM’s 100 years in business, Making The World Better, writer Hamm described stated that “Since its early days, IBM has been operated based on a set of core beliefs. IBM would distinguish itself with respect for the individual, its pursuit of excellence in all things and its commitment to providing the best customer service.” The first Chairman Thomas J. Watson Sr. built the near-failing organization in 1914 into an industrial technology mogul with time travelling perpetual power to evolve, adapt, and survive the changing times. CEO Watson Sr. also adopted a one-word motto: THINK, written in bold block letters. The word THINK motivates IBMers to think, and also to think big. The motto THINK led Watson Sr. to share his IBM legacy with his son Thomas Watson Jr. who established the IBM culture of thinking big and making big bets.

By 1923, CTR/IBM punched-card technology facilitated the U.S. Census demanding large-scale data processing demographics for the existing population at that time in the United States of America.

During 1924, CTR renamed itself International Business Machines, known today as IBM operating globally and locally in 170 countries for the 21st century.

In 1935, IBM introduced training courses for women to work as key-punch operators in technically demanding jobs traditionally performed by men.

When U.S. President Frank D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act and proclaimed the beginning of the U.S. Social Security Administration in 1936, IBM became the largest accounting project partner with the U.S. government in the century. IBM machines became a business tool requirement to manage large information processing data for Social Security employees and beneficiaries.

By the year 1944, IBM built a five-ton Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator which was the first machine to data process long mathematical and numerical calculations automatically.

The first IBM magnetic hard disk was used in 1956 for RAMAC (Random Access Method of Accounting and Control).

In 1961, the IBM Selectric typewriter began to facilitate wordprocessing for secretaries and office workers during the next 25 years or more. Even in 2012, some offices in DuPage County use the IBM Selectric typewriter. I have typed and wordprocessed with the IBM Selectric in Illinois, USA. I am glad that I learned to type and wordprocess with my business typing instructor Lidia in Santiago de Cuba, Oriente, Cuba.

By 1962, IBM and American Airlines partnered in setting off the world’s first computer-driven airline reservation system, SABRE, leading the way for online banking technology.

IBM introduced the System/360 as an early mainframe thus initiating the era of computer compatibility by 1964.

By 1969, IBM Space Technology traveled with the Apollo mission to the moon. IBM and NASA became partners in the U.S. Space Program since the beginning in the decade of the 1950’s.

Simultaneously, IT researchers working for the IBM laboratories developed the IBM magnetic strips on credit cards forecasting the Digital Age in the use of electronic and digital Identification Cards, Drivers’ Licenses, and Automated Transfer Machine bank cards known as ATMs.

By 1971, the IBM Floppy Disks introduced powerful and consumer affordable data storage for Personal Computers, thus starting the IBM PC Revolution.

Two years later in 1973, IBM invented the Universal Product Code bars, UPCs for supermarkets to scan and track product inventory faster and accurately.

In 1980, the first patent for LASIK surgery technology was granted to IBM in the United States of America—thus, IBM holds more U.S. patents than any other company.

By 1981, the IBM Personal Computer started the PC Revolution for consumers. Afterwards, I purchased the IBM PS/2 Desktop Personal Computer and Software which I used as a Lombard resident homeowner in Du Page County, Illinois USA.

During the decade of the mid-1980’s IBM introduced Voice Recognition for computers to understand 5,000 words with 95% accuracy. Twenty-two years later, in 2012, IBM speech-recognition is widely used for personal computer devices and mobile equipment on the road.

In 1986, IBM research lab scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize for the scanning tunnel microscope leading to the manipulation of atoms to spell I-B-M.

Eleven years later, “electronic business” was coined by IBM as “e-business” in 1997 to navigate the Internet with electronic transactions as business tools, thus introducing “e-commerce”.

That same year, IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer android challenged and defeated the top chess player champion in 1997.

For the 21st century, IBM invested $1 billion dollars in Linux software technology, starting open-source code programming innovation in 2001 which is still glocally in force today.

Environmental concerns for a Smarter Planet motivated IBM to improve how the Earth works as a planet. In 2008, IBM smart buoys set by Ireland’s Galway Bay detect pollution and protect fish stock with applied IBM technology.

One hundred years after IBM began its time traveling journey for the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company founded by Thomas J. Watson Sr., the Watson supercomputer has become artificially intelligent in order to detect nuances in words, irony and riddles. Today, IBM inspires future IT research and inquiries for man-made machines already programmed to process data with information technology in order to simulate how humans THINK using artificial intelligence by android mobile and virtual devices.

IBM Agility is demonstrated by current Optimized Power Systems. In the year 2012, IBM Optimized Power Systems with custom-designed integrated IT solutions lead and still inspire the 4th generation of the original Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) as a time traveler in the 21st century.