The story of IBM in the Kingdom all started in 1947, when a small group of technicians stepped off a plane in Dhahran and made history. The fledgling IBM was called in to help store, manage and process the data for the young Arabian and American Oil company (ARAMCO). Even back in the pre-Silicon era, IBM was the go-to experts for information handling. IBM introduced the First Card Sorter Machine (IBM 84 Sorter) in the Kingdom and the Middle East for (ARAMCO). It is a machine for sorting decks of punched cards in the format popularized by (IBM), which dominated the punched card data processing industry for much of the twentieth century.

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