IBM Looks to Its Next Century

DealBook 2015 Conference Virginia M. Rometty, the chief executive of IBM. By LESLIE PICKER November 3, 2015 Few companies – especially tech companies – can trace their history back more than a century. IBM can. Before computers were even invented, the company was making meat and cheese slicers; these days, it’s a $140 billion technology solutions behemoth. But IBM is enduring a pivotal time, with 14 consecutive quarters of declining sales and a strategy geared toward new fields, like data analytics and artificial intelligence, to compensate for the erosion of some of its traditional software and services businesses. At the DealBook conference on Tuesday in New York, where the focus was long term versus the short term, Virginia M. Rometty, the chief executive of IBM, said that to survive, companies must be…


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