The next time you visit an automated teller machine (ATM) to withdraw some cash, you might be able to spot a three-letter acronym NCR, engraved somewhere on the system.
When John H. Patterson founded the National Cash Register Company (NCR) in 1884, he probably didn't dream the maker of mechanical cash registers would grow to become a US$6 billion entity, famed for a technology that is now used in many ATMs across the globe.
Through its various business divisions and acquisitions such as Teradata, Kinetics and Innovasys, NCR offers an extensive array of hardware and software products and services that currently include data warehousing, customer relationship management (CRM), RFID (radio frequency identification), self-service kiosks, and IT infrastructure management.
Based in Ohio, United States, the company has over 28,000 employees worldwide servicing customers such as Japan's Fukui Bank which deployed NCR's Teradata CRM application, and South Korea's Hyundai Department Stores which implemented NCR's data warehousing solution across its 11 stores.
In 2002, NCR went on a hiring spree in the Asia-Pacific region to expand its workforce across offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, China, New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan and Korea.