A few days ago, IBM, one of the largest hardware and software vendors with a capitalization of about $113 billion, announced the cessation of technology sales to Russia, noting that the company “does not do business with military organizations” . Now it has been announced the suspension of all commercial activities in the country. This decision was made due to the aggravation of the situation in Ukraine.
“Let me be clear: we are suspending all commercial activity in Russia ,” said IBM CEO Arvind Krishna. According to him, this initiative was made by the employees of the company. Krishna also added that this decision was dictated by the situation that has developed in Ukraine, noting that the company will continue to help employees leave the country, and will also send contributions to refugee funds.
Recall that IBM was founded in 1911. At that time, the company was engaged in the production of scales, cheese cutters and perforating machines. The company’s first personal computer, called the IBM PC, was introduced to the general public in 1981. Currently, IBM is engaged in the creation of hardware and software, and also provides customers with the opportunity to use its IT services and consulting services. The Moscow office of IBM began its work in 1974.
Note that over the past few days, some other major software and hardware vendors have announced the suspension of their activities in Russia. These included Microsoft, Cisco, Adobe and others.