Artifact Details

Title

Nie, Norman oral history

Catalog Number

102702140

Type

Text

Date

1986-06-24

Contributor

Johnson, Luanne, Interviewer; Editor
Nie, Norman, Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Via telephone

Extent

16 p.

Description

Norman Nie discusses the development of the SPSS statistical analysis software product that was developed when he was a graduate student at Stanford University and how it was distributed by Stanford and then the University of Chicago until the IRS determined that the income received from had to be declared as unrelated business income. This forced Nie and his associates to form the company SPSS to distribute it as a commercial product. He describes how this resulted in a model for commercializing products developed in university research laboratories which has become widely used in many industries and how the funding of the development of SPSS differed from similar products developed by early competitors. He presents his view of IBM's role in forming the early software industry and his view on how the difficulty of developing a second successful software product is a significant inhibitor to the growth of the software industry.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Nie, Norman; SPSS software; Bent, Dale; Hull, Tex; BMD statistical software; SAS; ISSCO

Collection Title

Oral Histories Online

Lot Number

X5545.2010