IBM!!! Few years ago, a friend came meeting me to assist him in making some researches on IBM, he was to do an assignment which entails him gathering as much as possible information on the topic. The task was demanding but the knowledge I garnered from it later helped me at some point, especially when IBM started making bolder impressions.
So, what is IBM? International Business Machines Corporation which is commonly referred to as IBM is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Armonk, New York, United States, with operations in over 170 countries. The company originated in 1911 as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording-Company (CTR) and was renamed “International Business Machines” in 1924.
IBM manufactures and markets computer hardware, middleware and software and offers hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.
Nicknamed Big Blue, IBM is one of 30 companies included in the one of the world’s largest employers, with (as of 2016) nearly 380,000 employees.
IBM has a large and diverse portfolio of products and services. As of 2016, these offerings fall into the categories of cloud computing, cognitive computing, commerce, data and analytics, Internet of Things, IT infrastructure, mobile and security.IBM Cloud includes infrastructure as a service(IaaS), software as a service(SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) offered through public, private and hybrid cloud delivery models. For instance, the IBM BlueMix PaaS enables developers to quickly create complex websites on a pay-as-you-go model. IBM Softlayer is a dedicated server, managed hosting and cloud computing provider, which in 2011 reported hosting more than 81,000 servers for more than 26,000 customers. IBM also offers Cloud Data Encryption Services (ICDES), using cryptographic splitting to secure customer data.
IBM also hosts the industry-wide cloud computing and mobile technologies conference InterConnect each year.
What are the services IBM offer? Services offerings include Redbooks, which are publicly available online books about best practices with IBM products, and developerWorks, a website for software developers and IT professionals with how-to articles and tutorials, as well as software downloads, code samples, discussion forums, podcasts, blogs, wikis, and other resources for developers and technical professionals.
IBM Watson is a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data. Watson was debuted in 2011 on the American game-show Jeopardy! Where it competed against champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a three-game tournament and won. Watson has since been applied to business, healthcare, developers, and universities. For example, IBM has partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Center to assist with considering treatment options for oncology patients and for doing melanoma screenings. Also, several companies have begun using Watson for call centres, either replacing or assisting customer service agents.