Artifact Details

Title

Personal computer (PC) software workshop : accounting

Catalog Number

102658155

Type

Text

Date

2004-05-06

Contributor

Ances, Carol Anne, Editor
Dyer, Ben, Participant
Ensmenger, Nathan, Historian
Goodhew, Bill, Participant
Harpst, Gary, Participant
Jerger, Douglas, Participant
Johnson, Luanne, Moderator
O'Donald, Louise, Editor
Russo, Mitch, Participant
Yost, Jeffrey, Historian

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Needham, Massachusetts

Extent

30 p.

Description

The principals who led three significant PC-based accounting and timekeeping software packages (Peachtree, TLB/Solomon and Timeslips) discuss the histories of their products and what competitors they were selling against. They discuss the difficulties of determining the most appropriate sales channel and the significance of product reviews in determining the success (or failure) of PC products. They talk about how the entry of IBM into the microcomputer market legitimized the entire industry and the difficulties in supporting the multitude of computer platforms prior to the dominance of the MS/DOS operating system. Finally, they discuss customer support issues and how marketing problems changed with the maturing of the industry.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Software business history; Dyer, Ben; Goodhew, Bill; Harpst, Gary; Jerger, Doug; Russo, Mitch; Peachtree Software; Timeslips; Solomon; TLB; Fortex; DacEasy; BPI; Roberts, Ron; Mann, Steve; IBM PC; MSA; PC Magazine; InfoWorld

Collection Title

Oral Histories Online

Credit

Software Industry Special Interest Group

Lot Number

X4311.2008