IBM machines spanning 100 years on show at Hursley offices near Winchester
As a part of its100th anniversary celebrations, IBM has embarked on several measures to mark the milestone.
The company is planing a book release, a film and speeches on its websites to commemorate the event. Offices around the world, and about 10,000 IBM employees, have pledged global initiatives in environment, rural education and health.
IBM has also put on show some of its old machines that led to the evolution of modern computers at its Hursley offices near Winchester. On display are: a card punch from 1949; Selectric typewriter from 1967; and a Transformer Read-Only Store (TROS) module. One can also see the IBM PC which was introduced in 1981 on display.
On its website, the company said, "IBM is marking the 100-year anniversary of its founding on 16 June 1911, with a year-long global initiative.
The company will reexamine the history of technology innovation and predict where the world will be in the next 100 years. IBM will use this milestone to engage with business leaders, academia, clients, and local communities in the 170 countries the company does business."
The book, ‘Making the World Work Better: The Ideas That Shaped a Century and a Company’, is slated for release in June 2011. Authored by journalists Kevin Maney, Steve Hamm and Jeffrey M O’Brien, the book examines how IBM has contributed to the evolution of technology and the modern corporation over the past 100 years.
The company says on its website, the book reflects on how, "Over a century of change, IBM, came into being, grew, went global, nearly died, transformed itself… and is now charting a new path forward, embracing a second century that bids to be even more surprising than its first."