On June 16, 1911, four technology companies merged together to form the Computing Tabulating Recording Corporation. That company, which buttered its bread making punchcard equipment, automatic meat slicers, employee-time-keeping machines, and even scales, would later change its name to International Business Machines. Fast-forward 100 years, IBM has become one of the most well-known corporations in the world, as well as one of the largest and most profitable. Formerly the most admired tech company in the word, IBM has been home to five Nobel Prize winners and holds more patents than any other U.S. technology company. Suffice to say, Big Blue has a lot to celebrate today.
For its centennial, IBM rolled out a microsite touting all of its achievements throughout the years, plans for the future, as well as series of “IBM Centennial Films” including the 13-minute one above titled 100x100 which features 100 people, each representing a historic moment in the company’s history. There’s also a 30-minute feature directed by Errol Morris called They Were There about IBMers (the term for IBM employees), and another called Wild Ducks about four rogue IBMers who forced the company to think different (both are below).
Happy birthday 100th, Big Blue. To celebrate IBM’s centennial even more, head over to the IBM 100 website.
They Were There Directed by Errol Morris