In 1970, a brilliant engineer left the world's largest computer maker to start a competitor. The engineer's name was Gene Amdahl, and he had been instrumental in developing the IBM 360 - the mainframe that introduced the world to large-scale computing. Amdahl was determined that he would beat Big Blue. In 1970, he recruited a group of engineers and founded Amdahl Corporation. Development began on the first true competition to IBM. The story of Amdahl Corporation is a testament to flexibility. Early on, Amdahl began to guard itself aginst the volatility of its industry and initiated a diversification into communicaitons systems and storage devices. No longer would it manufacture mainframes - instead, Amdahl changed itself into a total solutions provider.