From the BUNCH to the SHOWMEs - You've heard of them!
By Stephen Slade on Mar 13, 2012
For those students of the computer industry, you may recall the original group of companies dedicated to developing computer horsepower and the migration from hand calculations and green eye-shades to ERP. The BUNCH firms, Burroughs, UNIVAC, NCR, Control Data Corporation, and Honeywell are not exactly household names in Silicon Valley. IBM was the giant at the time in the maniframe market. During the '60s, IBM and these five computer manufacturers, along with RCA and General Electric, had been known as "IBM and the Seven Dwarfs." The description of IBM's competitors changed after GE's 1970 sale of its computer business to Honeywell and RCA's sale of its computer business to Sperry, leaving only five "dwarfs". Fortunately, their initials lent themselves to this cute acronym, BUNCH (per wiki). Many were in the Rt 168 corridor around Boston with DEC, Wang and others.
Times have changed. The new 'SHOMIs' are SAP, HP, Oracle, Microsoft and IBM now competing for broader marketshare *. It's amazing how the markets do shift and to speculate how in 20~30 years the IT landscape will appear. Key point is to do business with a firm that will be in businesss for a while.
* IDC Perspective: Considering the SHOMI Vendors in Manufacturers' Mobility Strategies July,2011 -Doc # MI229342