IBM is celebrating its centennial this year. That's right: Big Blue was founded 100 years ago , and its history tells the story of a company that has remained on the leading edge when it comes to computer systems, hardware, software, IT consulting and other tech niches. IBM has won multiple Nobel Prizes, and holds more patents than any other U.S.-based technology company. (IBM actually invented the ATM.) And, if you believe one popular urban legend, IBM's supercomputers served as inspiration for Hal, the computer in "2001: A Space Odyssey." In the book "Making the World Work Better: The Ideas That Shaped a Century and a Company"(IBM Press/Pearson/available now) authors Kevin Maney, Steve Hamm and Jeffrey M. O'Brien chronicle IBM's impact on the state of global technology, focusing on the company's ability to anticipate change and constantly transform. So, how up-to-speed are you on IBM-related trivia? Test your smarts with this quiz, based on information contained in the book. As always, no help from Google allowed:
IBM icon Thomas Watson Jr. actually came up with the idea of using "Think" as a slogan when he was the head of sales at National Cash Register Co. in Dayton, Ohio.
This article was originally published on 07-05-2011
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