The impact of the IBM ® System/360 was felt the world over. The machine not only handled the workloads of hundreds of disparate industries, but also sparked innovation everywhere it was used. It enabled banks to complete online transactions in real time; it guided mankind to the moon; and its innovative emulator capability allowed the new mainframe to run programs from earlier systems. Upon its release, the IBM System/360 was one of the most advanced, powerful and widely sought-after computing systems in the world.
IBM System/360 and Ford Motor Company
“‘We were already doing a lot on older systems,’ said [Manager of Computer Planning and Control Arthur] Nesse. ‘But the 360 was a radical improvement in the scope and capabilities of what we could do. It was the first time we had an operating system to manage everything.’ With the new 360s, Ford introduced a central warranty system and a retail loan system for Ford Motor Credit — to name a few.”
Former editor, THINK magazine
From “The 360 Revolution,”2004