Will the IBM Brand Guarantee Lenovo Success in PC Markets?

Acquisition of Big Blue's personal computer division by Chinese company causes quite a stir

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15 December 2004--In 1994, Michael Pecht, an expert on the Chinese electronics industry at the University of Maryland in College Park, visited a factory owned by the Chinese technology company Lenovo Group Ltd., then known as Legend, near the humid, southern city of Shenzhen. Inside the plant, which was surrounded by farmland, Pecht saw a lean, efficient production line churning out personal computers. All the equipment, from places like Japan and Europe, was new. A half-dozen employees could be hired for the price of one laborer in the United States. "They were starting from a clean slate," says Pecht, an IEEE fellow.

Little did Pecht--or the rest of the world--know that Lenovo, 10 years later, would be in a position to buy out the PC division of IBM Corp. If the combined businesses produce as they did in 2003, they will sell 11.9 million PC units, generating approximately US $12 billion annual revenues--making Lenovo the third-largest PC business in the world, behind Dell Computer Corp., Round Rock, Texas, and Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, Calif.

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

11 min read
A plate of spaghetti made from code
Shira Inbar

You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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