Our Business Partners
International Business Machines Corporation
IBM is an American multinational technology company
head-quartered in Armonk, New York, United States, with operations in over
170 countries. The company originated in 1911 as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording
Company (CTR) and was renamed "International Business Machines" in 1924.
IBM manufactures and markets computer hardware, middleware and software, and offers hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology. IBM is also a major research organization, holding the record for most patents generated by a business (as of 2016) for 23 consecutive years. Inventions by IBM include the automated teller machine (ATM), the floppy disk, the hard disk drive, the magnetic stripe card, the relational database, the SQL programming language, the UPC barcode, and dynamic random-access memory (DRAM). IBM has continually shifted its business mix by exiting commoditizing markets and focusing on higher-value, more profitable markets.
Microsoft is an American multinational
technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops,
manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer
electronics and personal computers and services. Its best known software
products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, Microsoft
Office office suite, and Internet Explorer and Edge web browsers. Its
flagship hardware products are the Xbox video game consoles and the
Microsoft Surface tablet lineup. As of 2011, it was the world's largest
software maker by revenue, and one of the world's most valuable companies.
Microsoft was founded by Paul Allen and Bill Gates on April 4, 1975, to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800. It rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by Microsoft Windows. The company's 1986 initial public offering (IPO), and subsequent rise in its share price, created three billionaires and an estimated 12,000 millionaires among Microsoft employees. Since the 1990s, it has increasingly diversified from the operating system market and has made a number of corporate acquisitions. In May 2011, Microsoft acquired Skype Technologies for $8.5 billion, and in December 2016 bought LinkedIn for $26.2 billion.