Big Blue

A slang term sometimes used to refer to International Business Machines Corporation (IBM). According to the IBM website, the term did not originate from within the company. Rather, the term first appeared in the media in the 1980s. The company site speculates that the term may have been derived from the blue user manuals that came with certain IBM products. Another theory is that the term simply refers to the company's blue logo.

According to Fortune, IBM was the 20th largest firm in the United States in 2010, during which the company had approximately 400,000 employees. The company is also noted for its distinctive culture, including a formal dress code that was only relaxed in the early 1990s. Despite increasing competition, the company remains a major player in many areas of computing and technology consulting.


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  • Big Blue — Blue Blue (bl[=u]), a. [Compar. {Bluer} (bl[=u] [ e]r); superl. {Bluest}.] [OE. bla, blo, blew, blue, livid, black, fr. Icel.bl[=a]r livid; akin to Dan. blaa blue, Sw. bl[*a], D. blauw, OHG. bl[=a]o, G. blau; but influenced in form by F. bleu,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Big Blue — ˌBig ˈBlue noun COMPUTING ORGANIZATIONS a popular name for the computer company, IBM: • Big Blue grew into the world s biggest computer company. * * * Big Blue UK US noun IT ► an informal name for the computer company IBM™: »Big Blue is valued at …   Financial and business terms

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  • Big Blue — an informal name for the computer company ↑IBM …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Big Blue — Mother Blue (umgangssprachlich); IBM; International Business Machines Corporation * * * Big Blue   [dt. »(die) große Blaue (Firma)«], scherzhafte Bezeichnung für den Computerriesen IBM. Der Name rührt daher, dass die Farbe Blau das… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Big Blue — International Business Machines Corporation « IBM » redirige ici. Pour les autres significations, voir IBM (homonymie). Logo de Inte …   Wikipédia en Français

  • big blue — n. the stock of International Business Machines or the company itself. (Securities markets. See also (I )beam.) □ I have 400 shares of big blue that I would ike to sell. □ Big blue led the market lower again today …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • Big Blue — ● ►en /big blou/ loc. m. ►ARGOT►SOC Big Blue est le surnom d IBM, par référence d une part à Big Brother, qui est le personnage inquiétant d Orwell dans 1984 , et d autre part à la taille de l entreprise et la couleur de son logo. Voir aussi Bill …   Dictionnaire d'informatique francophone

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