It’s one of the oldest IT companies and can fairly be said to have set in motion the IT industry we have today.
It’s got a long and interesting history, and we are going to sample a few of the high points here,
See what you know about IBM through the ages!
IBM was founded in 1911, but under a different name. What was the company called, until 1924?
- The National Cash Register Company
- The Computing Tabulating Recording Company
- The International Time Recording Company
From 1914 to 1852, IBM was led by Thomas J Watson Sr, described as "The world's greatest salesman". What was his motto?
- You're fired!
- There's no I in Team
IBM is commonly known as Big Blue but what do the letters of its name stand for?
- Intelligent Business Machines
- International Business Machines
- Infrastructure International Business Machines
- Internet Business Machines
TRUE or FALSE: During World War II, IBM supported the Allied war effort by making guns (including the M1 Carbine, pictured)
During World War II, IBM built an electromechanical computer for the US Navy designed by mathemtician Howard Aiken. What was it called?
- The Harvard Mark 1
IBM's cognitive computing tech is called what?
Which hugely successful scientific programming language did IBM develop in the 1950s?
Virtualisation is supposed to be new and exciting. But IBM has been doing it in its VM series of operating systems, since what year?
IBM is a big fan of blockchain, but what area of the tech is it currently pushing?
- Distributed ledger
- Cognitive finance
The "IBM PC" standard has been long-lived. Who now owns IBM's former PC business?
Does anyone remember IBM's range of printers? For some time, IBM kept making impact printers like the one shown, but in 1991 it spun off its PC printers in a new company. What is that company's name?
What was the name of IBM's chess champion beating supercomputer
- Deep Blue
IBM is one of the most inventive companies ever, gaining more patents than any other company on the planet. Which of the following was NOT invented by IBM?
- Relational Database
- Trouser Press
- Standard barcodes
- Floppy disk
IBM was in trouble in the 1990s, and drafted in CEO Lou Gerstner to turn the company round. Where was Gerstner previously CEO?
- Biscuit giant Nabisco
- Food colossus Kraft
- Fizzy pop monster Coca Cola
IBM is a fan of developers but what is its development-friendly cloud platform called?
- Watson for Devs