Artifact Details

Title

Postley, John oral history

Catalog Number

102658229

Type

Text

Date

1986-03-26

Contributor

Johnson, Luanne, Interviewer
Johnson, Luanne, Editor
Postley, John, Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Los Angeles, California

Extent

24 p.

Description

In this interview, John Postley, the developer of MARK IV, one of the earliest successful software products, describes the evolution of MARK IV from earlier programs and how the Advanced Information Systems, the company that developed the predecessor programs was acquired by Informatics. He describes how he developed the concept of software as a product and the internal conflicts within Informatics resulting from concerns that the use of MARK IV to replace custom programs would cut into Informatics' professional services business. The impact of competition from IBM's GIS [Generalized Information System] program product is discussed as is Informatics' creation of the first software users' group and Postley's role in the creation of the first ACM Special Interest Group.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Postley, John; Informatics; Mark IV; Advanced Information Systems (AIS); ACM Special Interest Groups; Hughes Dynamics; Software as a product; GIRLS (Generalized Information Retrieval and Listing System; Douglas Aircraft; IBM’s GIS (Generalized Information System)

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Lot Number

X4565.2008