In 2013, IBM reported $99.8 billion in revenue. For the first half of 2014, IBM reported revenue of $46.8 billion.
IBM employs 431,212 people worldwide.
IBM has 475,932 shareholders as of December 2013.
IBM operates in more than 175 countries.
In business for 103 years, IBM celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011.
The company was initially called the Computing Tabulating Recording Corporation. It didn’t officially change its name to IBM until 1924, but had certain business units operating as IBM before them.
One of the first big data processing product milestones came in 1921 with the advent of the IBM 1 Printing tabulator, the first fully automatic card-controlled machine produced by the company.
In 1956, the company released the landmark IBM 205 Random Access Memory Account Machine (RAMAC), which made in-line data processing possible and was built around a magnetic disk memory unit.
In 1981, IBM started the PC revolution with the introduction of the IBM 5150, a compact personal computer that came at a price tag of under $1,600.
In 2013, IBM was awarded more U.S. patents, 6,809, than any other company for the 21st consecutive year.
IBM invests approximately $6 billion in research & development, and works with clients and business units through 12 global labs.
257 IBMers have been named IBM Fellows in the history of the program and have collectively generated 7,700 patents. Five also have won the Nobel Prize.
There are 24 BlueGene/Q systems listed on the June 2014 TOP500 List of supercomputers. Among the top 10 are four BlueGene/Q systems: Sequoia, at No. 3, and Vulcan, at No. 9, both installed at the DOE’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Mira, at No. 5, installed at the DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory, and JUQEEN, at No. 8, installed at the Forschungszentrum Juelich in Germany.
Think Microsoft’s antitrust suits were bad? IBM went through a brutal battle with the U.S. Department of Justice back in the 1960s and 1970s that lasted nearly 13 years and accumulated 2,500 depositions and 55 million pages of documents—the longest antitrust trial in history.
IBM’s legal team exhausted the DOJ—the trial ended in a stalemate with no pay-outs from either side and the feds absolving the company of any wrongdoing.
Before the IT environmental movement was green, it started Blue. IBM first issued its corporate policy on environmental affairs way back in 1971.
IBM’s SmartCamp has helped launch more than 500 new businesses in areas of green energy, health care and transportation.
IBM has acquired more than 150 companies since 2000 in areas such as big data and analytics, cloud and systems of engagement.
IBM has invested $7 billion to date to build cloud capabilities, and holds 1,500-plus cloud patents. The company has acquired 15 companies to build its cloud infrastructure, most notably SoftLayer in 2013.
IBM signed an agreement to sell its x86 server business to Lenovo for $2.3 billion in 2014 to allow the company to focus on new strategic areas such as cognitive computing, big data and cloud computing. IBM will continue to develop its Windows and Linux software portfolio for the x86 platform.
In 2014, IBM announced several new development capabilities, programs, education and offerings to help partners capture more opportunities in strategic areas of cloud computing, big data and analytics, mobile computing, social business, Watson and security.
IBM enhances the PartnerWorld program in 2014 to help business partners drive growth through cloud delivery of services and solutions. This includes changing its cloud-based program criteria to make it easier for native cloud-based business partners to achieve advanced participation levels in the program.
IBM improved the design and functionality of the PartnerWorld portal to reduce the time and complexity in accessing benefits. Improvements include simplified navigation, enhanced search, improved content quality as well as enabling social engagement, providing about an additional 25,000 hours of business partner productivity.
IBM’s agreement with Ingram Micro and TechData in 2013 to resell IBM’s entire portfolio of Power Systems, PureSystems and Storage Systems radically changed the market for IBM’s POWER7+ technology by making it available to SMBs and large enterprises. IBM also has longstanding agreements with Avnet and Arrow.
Making big data and cloud systems affordable for SMBs, IBM developed entry-level and midrange Power Systems based on the POWER7+ processors, which are optimized for IBM’s analytics software, driving its Power and Storage Systems business into the SMB and growth markets.