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1970

The Information Records Marketing organization is transferred from the Data Processing Division back to the Information Records Division in January.

DPD announces on January 7 the IBM Tariff Publishing System and IBM Traffic Profile Analysis System, two program products to help shippers plan their rail shipments more efficiently.

Two days later, the division rolls out the Active Certificate Information Program, a computer program designed to help brokerage houses break paperwork logjams.

On January 14, DPD rolls out IBM DATA/360, a new program product that simulates the functions of the IBM 29 keypunch and IBM 59 verifier to enter data from an IBM 2260 display station to an IBM 2311 or 2314 direct access storage device, bypassing punched cards; an intermediate printing speed of 210 lines per minute for the IBM 1130 computing system; and three new courses as major additions to IBM's Advanced Systems Science Education curriculum for DP professionals.

The division says on January 22 that the Application Customizer Service has been expanded to assist users in preparing programs for the new IBM System/3.

DPD reports on January 23 that the first IBM System/3 has been delivered (to Lasko Metal Products, Inc., in West Chester, Pa.).

On January 26, the division announces the IBM 2721 portable audio terminal that allows users to key alphabetic and numeric information into an IBM System/360 with voice answer-back via standard telephone lines. The 2721 is manufactured in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

A new version of RPG, a business-oriented computer language, is rolled out on February 4.

On February 10, DPD introduces two products: the IBM 2880 block multiplexer channel and IBM 2305 fixed head storage facility, designed for IBM System/360 Models 85 and 195.

Communications capabilities for the IBM System/3 are presented on February 25.

An American National Standards COBOL compiler, primarily designed for users of the IBM System/360 Models 25 and 30, debuts on March 18.

On March 30, the division introduces the Construction Estimating Program to allow the IBM 1130 computing system to produce summary cost estimates for hundreds of factors in preparing construction bids by contractors.

DPD announces on April 14 the Multiple Terminal Communications Adapter, which permits IBM 2741 communication terminals to be linked to a single IBM 1130 computing system.

A sort/merge program to offer Disk Operating System/360 users improved performance for disk sort applications is presented on April 22.

The division introduces on April 29 Brokerage Accounting System Elements to enable an IBM System/360 to calculate the effect of security trading on most key areas of brokerage house activities.

Eight courses on tele-processing and time-sharing are rolled out on June 25.

On June 30, the Data Processing Division announces the IBM System/370 Model 155 and Model 165 that offer medium and large system computer users much greater performance and information storage. (In September, the System/370 Model 145 is announced.)

The OS PL/I checkout compiler debuts on August 18.

The division rolls out on September 11 Hospital Patient Billing, a program product for the IBM System/3.

IBM System/370 Model 145

The Data Processing Division introduces the IBM System/370 Model 145 on September 23.

On October 28, DPD announces two products: the IBM System/3 Model 6 and IBM System/7, two advances in low-cost computing power for the office, factory and laboratory.

Ralph A. Pfeiffer, Jr.

Ralph A. Pfeiffer, Jr., is named division president on October 29, succeeding Rodgers.

Three more new products are launched on November 5: the IBM 303 control unit and IBM 3420 tape drive, and the IBM 129 card data recorder with monolithic-circuit memory.

DPD says on December 14 that the IBM 2319 disk storage unit is offered for all IBM System/370 and most IBM System/360 models.

1971

White Plains, N.Y.

DPD completes its move into new headquarters at 1133 Westchester Avenue in White Plains, N.Y.

The Data Processing Division announces on January 11 Unit Inventory Techniques for System/3, a computer program to help buyers for retail establishments to obtain more timely information about what was or was not selling.

Three days later, the division promotes three program products (MINIPERT, PMS IV and VSPX) for computer-assisted planning and scheduling.

On February 17, DPD reports that advanced computer systems science courses are offered in three additional cities as part of IBM's Advanced Systems Science Education Program for customers.

On February 24, the IBM Information Records Division establishes a Magnetic Credit Card Service Center to support the Data Processing Division's new IBM 2730-1 transaction validation terminal.

IBM System/370 Model 135 computer

DPD announces on February 26 a major expansion in computing capability for the IBM System/3 Model 10, including the addition of the COBOL and FORTRAN programming languages.

The IBM System/370 Model 135 computer is introduced by DPD on March 8. It was developed at the IBM facility in Hursley Park, England, and is manufactured at IBM plants in Kingston, N.Y.; Havant, England; and Fujisawa, Japan.

The division rolls out three new products on March 8: the IBM 3735 programmable buffered terminal; IBM 3505 card reader; and IBM 3525 card punch.

On April 7, DPD introduces the IBM System/360 Model 22 computer.

The IBM 2798 guidance display unit debuts on May 4.

Two days later, DPD unveils the IBM 3270 information display system.

A new version of the IBM System/360 Model 20 computer is presented on May 21.

DPD holds the first public demonstration of the IBM 3270 information display system on May 23.

On June 7, the division announces Securities Ordering Matching and Telecommunications Control System, two computer programs to speed the flow of stock transactions.

DPD reports expanded maintenance support of IBM teleprocessing systems on June 21.

IBM System/370 Model 195

A week later, the division rolls out a new version of the IBM System/370 Model 195 computer.

DPD reports on July 14 a major expansion of the data storage capacity of the IBM System/7 computer, as well as a custom-designed console.

The Disk Brokerage Accounting System, a computer program to help small brokerage firms solve back-office paperwork problems, is announced on July 20.

The IBM 1130 Model 4 computing system debuts on July 22.

On July 26, DPD releases the Computer-assisted Medical Examination System to permit patients to enter their medical histories directly into a computer terminal.

The next day, the division reports improved transmission capabilities for the IBM 2770 data communication system.

The Application Programming Service, an IBM service that provides ready-to-run programs for IBM System 3/Model 6 users, joins the product line up on September 7.

On September 21, DPD rolls out the IBM 3670 brokerage communications system. It was developed and is manufactured at IBM's facility in Raleigh, N.C.

The division reports faster printing capability for the IBM 3735 programmable buffered terminal on September 23.

DPD abolishes its GEM region in October.

Three product announcements are made on October 7: the IBM 3410 magnetic tape subsystem; the IBM 2596 card read-punch; and extension of the 96-column punched card to the IBM System/360 and IBM System/370.

The division makes two more product introductions on November 22 with the IBM 3872 and IBM 3875 modems.

1972

The Data Processing Division announces on January 18 the Gas Chromatograph Monitoring Program for System/7, which allows an IBM System/7 computer to collect and process up to 16 gas chromatographs operating simultaneously.

DPD debuts VIDEO/370, a program product to use IBM 3270 information display systems to speed data directly into IBM System/370 or System/360 disk storage, on January 24.

On January 31, the division unveils EPIC, a comprehensive package of computer programs to significantly reduce the workload of teachers and school administrators.

Two days later, DPD rolls out FIRST, a computer program for motor freight carriers.

On February 15, DPD reports that FORTRAN will be made available for the IBM System/7.

The new IBM 3705 communications controller is introduced on March 1.

On March 16, DPD presents the Controlled Access System based on the System/7 to provide greater protection for people, property and documents in a building.

On March 23, the division announces Application Program Generator (APG/7), a program product to enable engineers with little data processing experience to program an IBM System/7 computer to monitor and control production equipment.

The new IBM 2922 programmable terminal debuts on April 18.

Kansas City, Mo., Police Department

DPD publicly describes on April 26 the use of the new IBM 2976 mobile terminal as a law enforcement tool with the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

The new IBM 3881 optical mark reader is rolled out on April 27.

DPD announces on May 1 an integrated modem feature for the IBM 3705 communications controller, IBM 3735 programmable buffered terminal and IBM 2701 data adapter unit.

The IBM 3780 data communications terminal joins the product line up on May 9.

The division presents on May 11 three new computer programs to help local governments manage budgeting and accounting.

On May 19, DPD publicizes three education offerings for computer users and a fourth offering -- a computer-based management game -- for people in business.

The division unveils on May 30 Clinical Laboratory Programs for the IBM System/7 to streamline the flow of critical information from pathologist to physician, researcher and administrator.

The IBM 2984 cash issue terminal is announced on June 12.

The Data Processing Division introduces on August 2 the IBM System/370 Model 158 and Model 168; and System/370 virtual storage, an advanced technique that could significantly speed and simplify the development of many computer applications.

The Library Circulation Control System, a program to enable librarians using IBM 2791 terminals to determine the status of books, is announced on August 28.

The division rolls out on September 29 three System/370 program products for manufacturers with automated tooling machines to speed parts into production.

The IBM System for Television and Radio, a computer program to give radio and television stations easily access to vital operating information stored in low-cost IBM System/3 computers, debuts on October 2.

IBM System/370 Model 125

On October 4, the Data Processing Division introduces the IBM System/370 Model 125.

DPD makes three product announcements on October 16: the IBM 3886 optical character reader; the IBM Textile Industry Monitoring System for monitoring the weaving and knitting process in mills; and the IBM Industrial Translator System, the component backbone of the Textile Industry Monitoring System.

The division releases on November 13 two programs -- the first ever -- to provide database management capabilities to Disk Operating System users.

On November 15, DPD rolls out the IBM Health Care Support Electrocardiogram Analysis program, a computer program for cardiologists.

Ralph Pfeiffer announces on December 4 a reorganization of his division into three regions: Eastern, Midwestern and Western, effective the beginning of 1973. He also announces that a second Advanced Administrative System Processing Center -- complementary to the AAS Center at DPD headquarters -- will open in Bethesda, Md.

1973

IBM Diskette

The Data Processing Division announces on January 22 the IBM 3740 data entry system and the IBM Diskette.

On February 1, the division rolls out a number of offerings, including: OS/VS2 Release 2, an enhanced control program permitting two or more virtual storage systems to be interconnected; IBM System/370 Model 158 and Model 168 MP multiprocessors; new memory capacities for the IBM System/370 Model 158 and Model 168; five new versions of the System/370 Model 145; the IBM 3704 communications controller; and virtual storage programs and disk storage enhancements.

On March 7, DPD introduces new models of the IBM 3803 tape control and IBM 3420 magnetic tape unit.

IBM System/370 Model 115

On March 13, the Data Processing Division launches the IBM System/370 Model 115; the IBM Data Module; and the IBM 3340 direct access storage facility.

The IBM 3890 document processor debuts on May 22.

The IBM 5275 direct numerical control station is presented on June 27.

Responsibility for market requirements, application programs and industry marketing support for future basic systems is transferred in June from the Data Processing Division to the IBM General Systems Division.

DPD rolls out on July 10 the IBM System/3 Model 15 low-cost computer; and main memory capacity increases for the IBM System/370 Models 115, 125 and 135.

On July 17, the division announces the IBM 3333 Model 11 disk storage and control, IBM 3330 Model 11 disk storage and the IBM 3336 disk pack.

A new model of the IBM System/7 debuts on July 31.

On August 10, DPD introduces the IBM 3650 retail store system, featuring specialized terminals that can capture and process information anywhere in a retail store, from the receiving dock to the final point of sale; the IBM 3600 finance communication system; and a versatile microfilming feature for the IBM 3890 document processor.

The IBM 3660 supermarket system which uses a high-speed scanner to read the Universal Product Code is added to the product line up on October 11.

The Energy Management System to help electric utilities produce power more efficiently is rolled out on December 19.

DPD makes its last product announcement of the year on December 20 with new versions of the IBM 3741 data station, a key component in the IBM 3740 family of data entry products, to enable users at remote or decentralized sites to process and edit information quickly before it is entered into a computer and to write and execute their own 3741 programs.

1974

On January 11, 14 regional offices are established in the Data Processing Division, replacing DPD's former district, area and regional offices.

The division announces on February 26 new optional features for the IBM 3614 consumer transaction facility, a cash-issuing terminal.

A data module with fixed head storage that enabled IBM 3340 disk drives to store and retrieve information with increased efficiency and flexibility is rolled out on March 26.

John F. Akers

John F. Akers is named division president on April 3, succeeding Ralph Pfeiffer.


The Grocery Information Planning System, a planning tool to aid retail grocers in more effective use of data connected with the IBM 3660 supermarket system, is introduced on May 5.

The division announces on June 12 additional main memory to double the storage capacity of the IBM System/370 Model 145 computer.

The IBM 3874 modem debuts on June 19.

DPD publicizes on July 9: the Application Program Generator for System/7 (APG/7), to simplify the procedure for installing, updating and modifying applications on standalone System/7s; and the System/7 Transaction Generator System (TGS/7), a program to work with APG/7 to help get a System/7-2790 data communication system into operation rapidly.

New features for the IBM 3886 optical character reader are added to the line up on July 17.

Three offerings are announced on September 11: the IBM 3767 communication terminal; IBM 3770 data communication system (which included the IBM 3501 card reader, IBM 3521 card punch and diskette storage); and Advanced Function for Communications, a unified IBM teleprocessing structure based on a common line control method, a common network control program and a common access method to the computer.

The Distributed Intelligence System, a computer program that enabled a host computer and sensor-based satellite processors to operate in a highly responsive hierarchical network, is rolled out on October 4.

IBM 3850 mass storage system

The Data Processing Division introduces the IBM 3850 mass storage system on October 9.

The IBM Data Processing Division details