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Fun on a Friday: IBM goes back to the future, again
Delaney Turner 270002T14M firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  spss 305_ramac baforum cognos
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From the "Old Technology is Fun" file, I came across this on YouTube the other day - an IBM promo circa 1956 touting its new 305 RAMAC system. "RAMAC" stood for "Random Access Method of Accounting and Control" and was created to enable real-time business accounting. A behemoth of steel, glass and literally miles of wiring, it weighed more than a ton, had to be moved with forklifsts and was delivered via cargo plane.
Talk about hardware.
But beyond the amusement factor (I love the fanfare and title cards), what's remarkable is that even in 1956 IBM was building products to manage massive amounts of fast-moving and disparate data. And that even in 1956, new technology promised increased "speed, power and flexiblity."
I can't promise you'll see anything like the 305 RAMAC at Business Analytics Forum in October, but I can promise that regardless of which of our products you're using, you will indeed find new ways to increase their speed, power and flexiblity. No forklift required.