In this interview, Gerry Cohen, the founder of Information Builders, talks about his early career when he was responsible for developing RAMIS at Mathematica and how the growth of a software product business within that consulting firm led to his decision to leave Mathematica and form Information Builders to develop a competing product, FOCUS. He describes the importance of offering both of these products through time-sharing services such as NCSS and Tymshare and the significance of time-sharing services in creating the software products industry. He covers the impact of IBM competition on early software products industry and the extensive user group infrastructure which developed at Information Builders.
Software business history; FOCUS; National CSS; Tymshare, Inc.; Time-sharing computer systems.; Braniff, Ron; User groups; Applied Logic; Cohen, Gerald; Information Builders, Inc.; Mathematica; RAMIS