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IBM - statistics & facts

IBM, the common name of International Business Machines Corporation, is one of the largest technology and consulting companies in the world. Founded in 1911, the company is headquartered in Armonk, New York, and employs close to 350,000 people worldwide. Originally operating under the name of the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR), the company took on the IBM moniker in 1924. In 2020, IBM generated global revenues of nearly 73 billion U.S. dollars, with around 50 percent of this generated in the Americas region. IBM’s research and expenditure amounted to 6.33 billion U.S. dollars in 2020 as it continues to innovate, with a keen focus on AI and hybrid cloud technologies.

IBM’s business segments

The Global Technology Services (GTS) segment, where IBM provides comprehensive IT infrastructure and platform services, generated over 25 billion U.S. dollars in 2020. In the October of that year, IBM announced its plans to separate the managed infrastructure services unit of their GTS segment into a new public company. A further 16 billion U.S. dollars was generated by the company’s Global Business Services segment in 2020, providing clients with consulting, business process, and application management services, specializing in AI workflows and applications for hybrid cloud environments.

In support of this, IBM's Cloud and Cognitive Software segment brings together the company’s software platforms and solutions, enabling them to help clients predict, automate, secure, and modernize on a secure hybrid cloud. Comprising of three business areas - Cognitive Applications, Cloud and Data Platforms, and Transaction Processing Platforms - the segment includes Red Hat, the AI open-source software company that IBM acquired for 34 billion U.S. dollars. Red Hat OpenShift is the leading hybrid cloud software platform and, thus, positions IBM as the leading hybrid cloud provider.

IBM’s innovations

IBM is responsible for some of the most groundbreaking inventions in the technology industry: the automated teller machine (ATM), the hard disk drive (HDD), the Universal Product Code (UPC), and dynamic random-access memory (DRAM). The company continues to innovate, ranking first among companies with the most U.S. patents granted and a leading owner of machine learning and AI patents. Alongside this, IBM has committed itself to environmental leadership, addressing climate change, energy efficiency, product design, and the use of materials. A key part of this involves IBM’s energy conservation projects, of which the majority involve virtualization and cooling efficiency projects in data center environments.

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IBM - statistics & facts

IBM, the common name of International Business Machines Corporation, is one of the largest technology and consulting companies in the world. Founded in 1911, the company is headquartered in Armonk, New York, and employs close to 350,000 people worldwide. Originally operating under the name of the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR), the company took on the IBM moniker in 1924. In 2020, IBM generated global revenues of nearly 73 billion U.S. dollars, with around 50 percent of this generated in the Americas region. IBM’s research and expenditure amounted to 6.33 billion U.S. dollars in 2020 as it continues to innovate, with a keen focus on AI and hybrid cloud technologies.

IBM’s business segments

The Global Technology Services (GTS) segment, where IBM provides comprehensive IT infrastructure and platform services, generated over 25 billion U.S. dollars in 2020. In the October of that year, IBM announced its plans to separate the managed infrastructure services unit of their GTS segment into a new public company. A further 16 billion U.S. dollars was generated by the company’s Global Business Services segment in 2020, providing clients with consulting, business process, and application management services, specializing in AI workflows and applications for hybrid cloud environments.

In support of this, IBM's Cloud and Cognitive Software segment brings together the company’s software platforms and solutions, enabling them to help clients predict, automate, secure, and modernize on a secure hybrid cloud. Comprising of three business areas - Cognitive Applications, Cloud and Data Platforms, and Transaction Processing Platforms - the segment includes Red Hat, the AI open-source software company that IBM acquired for 34 billion U.S. dollars. Red Hat OpenShift is the leading hybrid cloud software platform and, thus, positions IBM as the leading hybrid cloud provider.

IBM’s innovations

IBM is responsible for some of the most groundbreaking inventions in the technology industry: the automated teller machine (ATM), the hard disk drive (HDD), the Universal Product Code (UPC), and dynamic random-access memory (DRAM). The company continues to innovate, ranking first among companies with the most U.S. patents granted and a leading owner of machine learning and AI patents. Alongside this, IBM has committed itself to environmental leadership, addressing climate change, energy efficiency, product design, and the use of materials. A key part of this involves IBM’s energy conservation projects, of which the majority involve virtualization and cooling efficiency projects in data center environments.

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