IBM can trace its roots back to 1911 when Charles Ranlett Flint merged 3 separate technology companies to form the Computing Tabulating Recording Company (CTR).
In 1924, the company was renamed to International Business Machines Corporation or IBM for short.
In 1952, Thomas J. Watson, Jr. succeeded his father as CEO of IBM.
In 1956, a computer was programmed to play checkers and learn from previous games. This is the first example of artificial intelligence.
In 1963, IBM headquarters was moved from NYC to Armonk, NY where it remains today.
In 1974, IBM engineer George Laurer developed the Universal Product Code or UPC system.
In 2005, IBM sold its personal computer business to Lenovo.
Today, IBM is one of the largest technology and consulting companies worldwide. The company has received the most accepted patents annually for the past 20 years.