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Pillars of Computing

A Compendium of Select, Pivotal Technology Firms


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  20. IBM
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About this book


This accessible compendium serves as a companion to the title Giants of Computing, examining a collection of significant technology firms that have helped to shape the field of computing and its impact on society. Each company is introduced with a brief account of its history, followed by a concise account of its key contributions. The selection covers a diverse range of historical and contemporary organizations from pioneers of e-commerce to influential social media companies. 

Topics and features:

  • Presents information on early computer manufacturers, such as EMCC / Sperry / Unisys, Leo Computers, and Zuse KG
  • Reviews important mainframe and minicomputer companies, including IBM, Amdahl, and DEC
  • Examines the contributions to the field of semiconductors made by Intel, Texas Instruments, and Motorola
  • Describes companies that have been active in developing home and personal computers, such as Sinclair Research, Commodore, Apple, Atari, and Dell
  • Surveys the notable research centers Bell Labs, Xerox PARC, and the Software Engineering Institute
  • Discusses the impact of Ericsson and Motorola in the field of telecommunications, and of SAP and Oracle in the area of enterprise software and business computing
  • Considers the achievements of the e-commerce companies Amazon and eBay, as well as the browser wars between Microsoft and Netscape
  • Provides a review of the social media companies Facebook and Twitter
  • Includes coverage of such prominent companies as Adobe, Cisco, Google, HP, and Unimation

Suitable for the general reader, this concise and easy-to-read reference will be of interest to anyone curious about the important role played by different technology firms in forming today’s digital world. 


Early Computer Companies Enterprise Computing Companies Home and Personal Computer Producers Mainframe and Mini-Computers Producers Research Centers Semiconductor Producers Social Media Companies Technology Firms Telecommunications Companies e-Commerce Companies

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Technical Trainers CollegeRiyadhSaudi Arabia

About the authors

Dr. Gerard O'Regan is a CMMI software process improvement consultant with research interests including software quality and software process improvement, mathematical approaches to software quality, and the history of computing. He is the author of such Springer titles as Giants of Computing, Mathematics in Computing, A Brief History of Computing, Introduction to Software Quality, Introduction to Software Process Improvement, and Mathematical Approaches to Software Quality.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Pillars of Computing
  • Book Subtitle A Compendium of Select, Pivotal Technology Firms
  • Authors Gerard O'Regan
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-21463-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-37006-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-21464-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 260
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Computing
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