After spending 35 years in Information Technology, I am pleased to call for a moment of Personal Privilege and endorse this video commemorating 100 years of IBM.
Although I never worked for them, I was a loyal customer for all 35 years. As a loyal customer, I attended IBM education, conferences and worked with Level 2 researching problems. IBM always took those efforts of it customers to encourage the best hardware and software possible. There were times when my organizations would go with the vendor with the lowest price and we would move from the ‘Big Blue’ platform for that product. The truth is you get what you pay for.
This video is a tribute to what people can do when they work together. This also shows that while the technology that has been delivered is incredible, the organization’s greatest accomplishments come in recognizing the value of its people.
I can remember back in high school when Hawaii 5-0, the original show, would show computer cards running through the machines and tapes spinning. Any reference to the company responsible for the computers was WBM, which we all knew was really IBM.
To have a played a small part in the development of technology has been thrilling and an honor.
The video is long, 13 minutes, but worth every moment. It is a brief history of technology in our time.