100 anni di IBM – Corporate Service Corps

Corporate Service Corps   The IBM Corporate Service Corps (CSC) program was launched in 2008 to create leadership development opportunities for IBMers while delivering expertise-based service for the communities and organizations in emerging markets.   To date 1000 IBMers have participated in CSC projects that tackle issues from local economic development, entrepreneurship, transportation and education, to government services, healthcare and … Continua a leggere

100 anni di IBM – The IBM Punched Card

  The IBM Punched Card   From the beginning of tabulation, stiff rectangular cards punched with holes became the way data was recorded and stored.   As IBM grew to dominate data processing by the 1920s, its cards—which only worked on IBM machines and vice-versa—became the global industry standard. In 1928, IBM improved on the cards’ design so more data … Continua a leggere

100 anni di IBM – The First Corporate Pure Science Research Laboratory

  The First Corporate Pure Science Research Laboratory     “Think” was at the core of Watson’s being.   In 1944, he established the Watson Scientific Computing Laboratory at Columbia University, the first corporate laboratory dedicated to pure scientific research. There, a handful of scientists used machines previously dedicated to accounting to investigate everything from atomic fission to the orbit … Continua a leggere

100 anni di IBM – Dram

DRAM The Invention of On-Demand Data   In the mid-1960s, IBM researcher Bob Dennard developed the world’s first one-transistor memory, calling it “dynamic random access memory,” or DRAM. Finally, mainframes could be outfitted with short-term memory to act as a buffer to the data stored on disk drives.   The memory chips would hold information the computer was working on … Continua a leggere

100 anni di IBM – Automated Test Scoring

Automated Test Scoring     IBM pioneered the measurement of academic performance with 1937’s IBM 805 Test Scoring Machine.   This machine was able to score tests in less time than it took to manually mark the answer sheet, and was many times more accurate.   Its innovative pencil-mark sensing technology gave rise to the ubiquitous phrase, “Please completely fill … Continua a leggere

100 anni di IBM – Scanning Tunneling Microscope

Scanning Tunneling Microscope   The scanning tunneling microscope (STM) revolutionized our ability to manipulate solid surfaces the size of atoms.   Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer of IBM’s Zurich Research Center were awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering the STM.   And the STM, in turn, has led to other discoveries on a “nano” scale, playing an … Continua a leggere

100 anni di IBM – System 360

System 360   From Computers to Computer Systems   Few products in history have had the massive impact that the IBM System/360 has had—on technology, on the way the world works, or on the organization that created them.   The System/360 ushered in the era of computer compatibility—for the first time allowing models across a product line, and even from … Continua a leggere

Il magico mondo dei bambini – 2

… Alice in una pizzeria take away mentre addenta una pizza margherita mentre dei ragazzi di fianco fanno un po’ di casino e dicono parole non proprio ripetibili… Papi, hanno detto mutanda. Vero che non si dice mutanda? Neanche patatina e neanche pisellino. Vuol dire che sono dei monelli…. …. Non mi stupire che sono loro i monelli che scrivono … Continua a leggere

100 anni di IBM – The Optimization of Global Railways

  The Optimization of Global Railways   IBM’s first customer in Italy, the Italian state-owned Ferrovie dello Stato (Italian Railways) turned to IBM in 1928 to automate its administrative processes.   The result was an inventory of spare parts that drastically reduced waste and statistical traffic analysis that helped to schedule and allocate trains. Italian Railways was one of the … Continua a leggere