The company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol IBM, manufactures and sells computer hardware and software, and offers infrastructure services, hosting services, and consulting services. It was founded in 1888 as Herman Hollerith and the Tabulating Machine Company. The company is headquartered in Armonk, New York, United States of America.The company is an information technology company which provides business, technology and consulting services. It is the largest information technology employer in the world with more than 350,000 employees worldwide. It is also one of the largest providers of both software and semiconductors, which the company ranked no. 2, behind Microsoft.The company's major operations comprise a global services segment, a system and technology group, a software segment, and a global financing segment. Its business comprises three principal business segments: systems and financing, software, and services. The majority of the company's enterprise business which includes the company's original equipment manufacturer technology business, occurs in industries that are grouped into six sectors: financial services (banking, financial markets and insurance), public (education, government healthcare and life sciences), industrial (aerospace, automotive, defence, chemical and petroleum and electronics), distribution (consumer products, retail, travel and transportation), communications (telecommunications, media and entertainment, and energy and utilities), and small and medium business.It offers a wide range of products, including computer systems, software, systems & servers, storage devices and microelectronics. Its software products include Lotus, Rational, Tivoli, WebSphere, and System z software. Storage devices include network attached storage, hard drives or microdrives, storage area networks, and storage software. The company's systems & servers include BladeCenter, Cluster servers, UNIX servers, Linux servers, POWER processor-based servers, Intel processor-based servers, and AMD processor-based servers.It is active worldwide, particularly in Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, India, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Netherlands, France, Spain, Chile, Canada, Hong Kong, and Venezuela. The company has strategic alliances with Cisco, Oracle, and SAP. The company aims to lead in the creation, development and manufacture of the industry's most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices and microelectronics.
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