360 JCL: More Profound Than You Ever Imagined!

This will be best appreciated if you remember your JCL commands. Among my experiences [from Ross Daily] is an IBM computer story which I know will amuse you and maybe will move you. When I ran into one the early 360/50s in 1964 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, I was hooked. At graduation, I interviewed with IBM, but […]

IBM and Apple: From Rivals to Partners in 30 Years?

The lynchpin of the new IBM-Apple alliance will be this simple phrase in the first sentence of their joint press release: “an exclusive partnership.” It sounds so innocent—a sentiment reflected at every human marriage. The two will become one. But business combinations are not human marriages. About ten years ago, when New Jersey Superior Court […]

IBM in Tug of War Between Legacy and Leading Edge

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For IBM, the challenge is to convert the future of technology into an opportunity rather than a threat. The technology giant has taken big steps. It is investing in cloud computing and in software to help customers make sense of the flood of digital data. And this week, IBM announced a major move in mobile […]

In Memoriam-Michael Baker

Michael Benjamin Baker passed away in his home of 17 years in Bahama, NC on Monday, June 30, 2014. Mike was born in the borough of Queens, NY in March 1940. He is survived by his wife, Cruz (Cookie) Baker; two daughters, Christina Norris and Jacqueline Danes; two step-sons, John Standifird and William Standifird; and […]

Toni Portmann New CEO at INTERPRISE

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Ex-IBMer Toni Portmann joined Interprise on 6/27/14 to serve as CEO and president. Interprise built an iconic foundation in the Dallas market under the leadership of Katie Berg, who will be Chairman of the Board. With Portmann’s new vision, Interprise will be focused on helping clients create happy, healthy, productive work environments through designs that “inspire and define the unexpected.” […]

IBM Betting $3 Billion on Chip Breakthrough

Thursday, 7/10/14, Reuters IBM announced on Wednesday it will invest $3 billion over the next five years in chip research and development in hopes of finding a game-changing breakthrough that can help revive its slumping hardware unit. IBM announced the plan a week before its widely anticipated second quarter earnings. Last quarter, sales in its […]

In Memoriam-Buck Rodgers

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Francis G. “Buck” Rodgers died July 1, 2014. The son of Harry and Hazel Rodgers, Buck was born August 18, 1926 in Alliance, Ohio. Buck was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Helen Rodgers and daughter-in-law, Linda Rodgers. He is survived by children Christy Ann Rodgers, Scott Rodgers, and Kathy Heckert and her husband […]

In Memoriam-Sue McQuirter (Wife of Jim McQuirter)

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Sue Ardath “Sue” Hutchins McQuirter was born to the late Hattie J. and Frank Hutchins, Jr. on November 23, 1944 in Jackson, Mississippi. She was the younger of two daughters born to this union. Sue went Home to be with the Lord on June 9, 2014. Sue attended Saint Monica Catholic School in Gary, Indiana, […]

Ken Anderson Receives Outstanding Older American Award

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GRAPVEVINE — For more than a decade, 74-year-old Ken Anderson has volunteered at the Grapevine Senior Activities Center, offering his skills and expertise gained over 33 years at IBM. His service was recognized recently by the Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County, which honored him with the Outstanding Older American Award 2014. Each year, the […]

Happy 103rd Birthday Big Blue

On June 15, 1911, IBM was born as three businesses concerned with providing machines to business merged to form the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (C-T-R).  Thomas J. Watson, Sr. joined C-T-R as general manager in 1914. Focused on customer service, Watson began to construct the business and narrowed the field of production down to large-scale and custom-built tabulating solutions. On […]