Artifact Details

Title

Association of Data Processing Service Organizations (ADAPSO) reunion workshop : big eight accounting firms

Catalog Number

102658235

Type

Text

Date

2002-05-04

Contributor

Campbell, David, Moderator
Frana, Phil, Historian
Goldberg, Jay, Participant
Haigh, Thomas, Historian
Haigh, Thomas, Moderator
Jerger, Douglas, Participant
Johnson, Luanne, Editor
Palenski, Ron, Participant
Saunders, Mary Jane, Participant
Virgo, Elizabeth, Participant

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Washington, DC

Extent

27 p.

Description

The workshop members started by discussing the early issues involved in deciding whether or not the Big Eight accounting firms should be admitted to ADAPSO. Although the panel felt that the accounting firms were unfair competitors at the time and had a large percentage of the professional software services, they concluded that on the whole, the Big Eight were a benefit to the industry because they legitimized the outsourcing of these services. Andersen Consulting (a part of the Arthur Andersen auditing firm) was singled out as the most aggressive of these firms and the panel discussed Anderson’s business practices. After talking about the characteristics of the accounting department customers at the time, the group covered software capitalization rules and practices. They finished by talking about how the accounting firms helped validate the industry but how their taking unfair advantage of their special relationship with their customers eventually led to problems.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Software business history; Arthur Andersen Consulting; Campbell, Dave; Chesson, Jack; Coopers & Lybrand; CPA Relations Committee; Goldberg, Jay; Jerger, Doug; Palenski, Ron; Peat Marwick & Mitchell; Saunders, Mary Jane; Virgo, Elizabeth

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Credit

Software Industry Special Interest Group

Lot Number

X4555.2008