IBM at 100: TAKMI, Bringing Order to Unstructured Data

As most of you know … I have been periodically posting some of the really fascinating top 100 innovations of the past 100 years as part of IBM’s Centennial celebration. This one is special to me as it represents what is possible for the future of ECM.  I wasn’t around for tabulating machines and punchContinue reading “IBM at 100: TAKMI, Bringing Order to Unstructured Data”

Content in Motion: The Voice of Your Customer

Do you listen to your customers? No, really!  Of course, everyone answers “yes” when asked this question.  So much so … that the question really isn’t worth asking anymore.  The real question to ask is “What are you doing about it?” Your customers write about your services, prices, product quality and their experiences with youContinue reading “Content in Motion: The Voice of Your Customer”

IBM … 100 Years Later

Nearly all the companies our grandparents admired have disappeared.  Of the top 25 industrial corporations in the United States in 1900, only two remained on that list at the start of the 1960s.  And of the top 25 companies on the Fortune 500 in 1961, only six remain there today.  Some of the leaders ofContinue reading “IBM … 100 Years Later”

IBM at 100: SAGE, The First National Air Defense Network

This week was a reminder of how technology can aid in our nation’s defense as we struck a major blow against terrorism.  Most people don’t realize IBM contributed to our nation’s defense in the many ways it has.  Here is just one example from 1949. When the Soviet Union detonated their first atomic bomb onContinue reading “IBM at 100: SAGE, The First National Air Defense Network”

IBM at 100: The 1401 Mainframe

In my continuing series of IBM at 100, I turn to our data processing heritage with the IBM 1401 Data Processing System (which was long before my time). While the IBM 1401 Data Processing System wasn’t a great leap in power or speed, that was never the point. “It was a utilitarian device, but oneContinue reading “IBM at 100: The 1401 Mainframe”

IBM at 100: UPC … The Transformation of Retail

In my continuing series of IBM at 100 achievements … this is one of my favorites of all the ones I plan to republish here. The humble Universal Product Code (UPC), also known as the bar code, along with the related deployment of scanners, fundamentally changed many of the practices of retailers and all organizationsContinue reading “IBM at 100: UPC … The Transformation of Retail”