Profile: International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N)
22 Nov 2017
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), incorporated on June 16, 1911, is a technology company. The Company operates through five segments: Cognitive Solutions, Global Business Services (GBS), Technology Services & Cloud Platforms, Systems and Global Financing.
The Cognitive Solutions segment delivers a spectrum of capabilities, from descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics to cognitive systems. Cognitive Solutions includes Watson, a cognitive computing platform that has the ability to interact in natural language, process big data, and learn from interactions with people and computers. These solutions are provided through delivery methods, including through cloud environments and as-a-Service models. Cognitive Solutions consists of Solutions Software and Transaction Processing Software.
Global Business Services
The GBS segment provides clients with consulting, application management services and global process services. The portfolio of GBS services is backed by its globally integrated delivery network and integration with IBM solutions and services, including Watson, cloud, blockchain and Technology Services. It offers Watson Inter of Things (IoT) Consulting Solutions. Under application management, it delivers system integration, application management, maintenance and support services for packaged software, as well as custom and legacy applications. Its business process outsourcing service line delivers finance, procurement, human resources and industry-specific business processes.
Technology Services & Cloud Platforms
The Technology Services & Cloud Platforms segment provides information technology (IT) infrastructure services. It delivers a portfolio of cloud, project-based, outsourcing and other managed services focused on clients' enterprise IT infrastructure environments. The portfolio includes a set of hybrid cloud services and solutions to assist clients in building and running enterprise IT environments that utilize public and private clouds and traditional IT. Its Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service covers a range of workloads. Its capabilities include IBM Cloud, cognitive computing and hybrid cloud implementation. It delivers a line of support services to maintain the availability of clients' IT infrastructures. These offerings include maintenance for IBM products and other technology platforms, as well as software and solution support. It delivers hybrid cloud solutions through its Bluemix Platform-as-a-Service solution.
The Systems segment provides clients with infrastructure technologies. It offers a range of systems designed to address computing capacity, security and performance needs of businesses, hyperscale cloud service providers and scientific computing organizations. The portfolio includes z Systems, an enterprise platform for integrating data, transactions and insight, and Power Systems, a system designed from the ground up for big data and analytics, optimized for scale-out cloud and Linux. The storage products portfolio consists of a range of software-defined storage solutions, flash storage, disk and tape storage solutions. The segment also consists of operating systems software.
The Global Financing segment includes client financing, commercial financing, and remanufacturing and remarketing. Its client financing offers lease, installment payment plan and loan financing to end users and internal clients. Commercial financing offers short-term inventory and accounts receivable financing to suppliers, distributors and remarketers of IBM and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products. Remanufacturing and remarketing assets include used equipment returned from lease transactions or used surplus equipment acquired internally or externally. The Company also sells the equipment that it purchases from Global Financing to external clients.
The Company competes with Alphabet Inc., Amazon.com, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Oracle Corporation, Salesforce.com, SAP, Accenture, Capgemini, Computer Sciences Corporation, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, BMC, VMWare, Dell Technologies, Pure Storage, HP and General Electric Company.
International Business Machines Corp
1 New Orchard Rd
ARMONK NY 10504-1722
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