Artifact Details

Title

Bauer, Walter F. oral history, 1986

Catalog Number

102658224

Type

Text

Date

1986-03-26

Contributor

Bauer, Walter, Interviewee
Johnson, Luanne, Interviewer
Johnson, Luanne, Editor

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Los Angeles, California

Extent

13 p.

Description

In this interview, Walter Bauer, one of the founders of Informatics, talks about the challenges faced by Informatics made as they began to market Mark IV, one of the earliest successful software products. He talks about the competitive environment for software products in the late 1960s and early 1970s including lack of customer acceptance of off-the-shelf software, the impact of IBM’s unbundling decision, and the impact of the financial community’s negative view of the software industry in the late 1960s.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Software business history; Bauer, Walter; Informatics; IBM unbundling; Competition from IBM; Competition from in-house development; Advanced Information Systems (AIS); Mark III Analog Computer (Computer); Mark IV; Computer Usage Company; Proprietary software; Hughes, Howard; Generalized Information Retrieval and Listing System; Palevsky, Max; McGurk, Dan; ADR; Autoflow

Collection Title

Oral History Collection

Lot Number

X4558.2008