IBM’s character has been formed over nearly 100 years of doing business in the field of information-handling. Nearly all of the company’s products were designed and developed to record, process, communicate, store and retrieve information—from its first scales, tabulators and clocks to today’s powerful computers and vast global networks.
IBM helped pioneer information technology over the years and it stands today at the forefront of a worldwide industry that is revolutionizing the way in which enterprises, organizations and people operate and thrive.
Computing Gets Personal…Building on its success in the 1960s, IBM solidifies its position as the IT industries—and the business world’s—most profitable, admired and iconic corporation, and continues to develop innovative new products throughout the 1970s. From the magnetic-stripe technology used on credit cards, to floppy disks, to the Consumer Transaction Facility (An early form of today’s ATM), IBM’s ingenuity is felt everywhere. As a new era of computing begins to take hold in the 1980s, the company creates standards that legitimize the PC, turning it from a hobbyist device into an indispensable tool of modern life—in homes, businesses and schools around the world.
The Birth of e-business…Entering the 1990s, IBM confronts its most significant strategic challenges and successfully undertakes one of the great turnarounds in business history. It moves into major new growth businesses, principally services and software, and embraces open standards for computing. The company also fundamentally reshapes its culture to refocus on clients and to be more agile, responsive and collaborative.
Success on a smarter planet demands smarter systems…The world we live and work in is more complex and more demanding than ever. The performance of your business today hinges on your ability to meet the demands of your customers, partners and employees. But these demands are changing as the world and your market change.
To meet these demands, IBM offers systems optimized for your workloads—fully-integrated, scalable and secure—by design. With optimized hardware, software and services, these systems are designed to offer improved performance and lower costs.
IBM & The Environment:
IBM is committed to environmental leadership in all of its business activities, from its operations to the design of its products and use of its technology. IBM’s corporate policy on environmental affairs, first issued in 1971, is supported by the company’s global environmental management system, which is the key element of the company’s efforts to achieve results consistent with environmental leadership and ensures the company is vigilant in protecting the environment across all of its operations worldwide.
IBM & Corporate Social Responsibility:
Helping to build smarter planet… The primary focus of our corporate citizenship activities is on developing initiatives to address specific societal issues, such as the environment, community economic development, education, health, literacy, language and culture. We employ IBM’s most valuable resources, our technology and talent, in order to create innovative programs in these areas to assist communities around the world.