April 12, 2004
PTC Acquires OHIO Design Automation For Electronics PLM
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Deadline pressures precluded me from doing a couple of things - getting dollar figures on exactly what "revenue leader" means, and how other PLM vendors ranked comparatively in terms of revenue and "market presence" (whatever that means). I'll track this information down and report back on my findings based on the CIMdata report. Generally, CIMdata is good at gathering meaningful data, as well as accurately and objectively presenting it. Also, as time goes on, it will be interesting to track and note the potential future implications and consequences (in terms of revenue and market position) of the upcoming acquisition of UGS PLM Solutions by the three equal financial partners.
IBM Celebrates Mainframe's 40th Birthday
Last week IBM marked the 40th anniversary of the System/360, the mainframe that sparked a revolution in computing and business. The System/360 was considered by many to be the most sophisticated computer of its time and is responsible for introducing many important technologies that are still in use today, such as transaction processing, micro-circuitry, and databases.
In honor of this transforming moment in computing and business history, IBM brought together some of the key people who built the System/360 - Erich Bloch, Fred Brooks and Bob Evans - along with customers whose businesses were transformed by it at a ceremony at the Museum of Computer History in Mountain View, California. The event was part of the museum's Computer History Lecture Series and is titled "The 40th Anniversary of the Computer that Changed Everything: The IBM System/360."
The System/360 was believed at the time to be the largest privately financed commercial project ever undertaken. More than 100,000 businessmen in 165 American cities attended meetings at which System/360 was introduced. More than 300 patents were issued as part of its development.
inevitably had to be debugged). While PCs get a lot of press these days, mainframes still do a lot of "heavy lifting" for numerically/computationally intensive calculations. Long live "Big Iron"!
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