IBM at 100: A century of innovation and progress
Delaney Turner 270003RQ8K Delaney.Turner@ca.ibm.com | | Tags:  ibmsoftware ibmat100 cognos10
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It's funny, the way we perceive time in the technology industry. In this, the most forward-thinking, fastest-moving industry our perception of what constitutes a "long time" is being continually cut short. Before being aquired by IBM, Cognos took pride in its 30-plus years of existence - long enough to found, shape and re-make an entire section of enterprise software. Our own group saw IBM Cognos 10 as part of that 30-year journey toward better business outcomes through better and more innovative uses of corporate data.
In our new, social age, we see ideas become concepts become prototypes become products in the space of a few months. On Twitter, a rumor can start, spread, correct itself and delve into self-parody all in a few hours. We think back to the 486 computers and applications we used to write our undergrad assignments through a haze of nostalgia at "how things used to be."
All of this makes today so remarkable.
Today, IBM kicked off the celebration of its centennial year with a rich new Web focus on 100 Icons of Progress - a retrospective of the tremendous innovations and business visionaries who in shaping the course of IBM technology have driven many of our society's greatest achievements. In the new video below, 100 people take us through those innovations and in doing so, create a remarkable through line connecting the promise and and potential of our emerging Smarter Planet with the motto created by the company's founder, Thomas J. Watson: THINK.
This is but the first of many posts that my colleagues and I will be devoting to IBM at 100. I hope you enjoy them. For as much as this year is about looking back at what's changed and what IBM has changed, our Age of Analytics is just getting started.