Originally Posted by LOVEDOCTOR
So I know IBM used to be a chip maker and I remember there laptops ( thinkpad lol) but can some one explain why they are so big and what so amazing about the company?
I'm trying to research about IBM so before I start maybe I can ask you guys
my pops actually just stopped working for them this past week after 20+ years!
They are an IT Service related company. Not on any minor scale though.
IBM consists of 200,000+ research engineers alone!
IBM, just like Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin, CACI, SAIC, and many other defense contractors also "bid/propose" for massive multi-million dollar contracts with the Federal Government.
Unlike contractors such as Northrup Grumman though, IBM's main trait is that all the services they provide are handled "in house."
For example, if they win a contract with the NGA or any of many other DOD agencies, they can have hundreds of their own IBM employees working on the task.
Northrup Grumman, while a great company still, may be able to win a contract, but they may not actually have the entire skill-set "in house" so they have to have a sub contractor, maybe a smaller company, come in and help in specific tasks.
IBM also prides themselves in not just completing their contracts the right way, the complete it the best way. Because of this, they are also VERY expensive, but that doesn't effect individuals like you and me, this is strictly for billion dollar agencies.
IBM affects everbody's lives somehow through their products, their services, or their VAST
patents (they average 9.3 patents a day....and not just stupid crap like "swipe to unlock".