Artifact Details

Title

Grad, Burt (Burton) oral history : Burton grad Associates, Inc.

Catalog Number

102746731

Type

Text

Date

2008-12-17

Contributor

Ances, Carol Anne, editor
Grad, Burt, Interviewee
Jerger, Douglas, Interviewer

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Westport, Connecticut

Extent

46 p.

Format

PDF

Description

Burt Grad describes starting Burton Grad Associates, Inc. in 1978 which was his consulting practice for software and services companies after leaving IBM. Based on his work as an IBM representative to ADAPSO he had met many of the leading entrepreneurs in the industry and was able to build a practice providing strategic planning and organizational consulting to those companies. This was then changed into a business which focused more on company valuations for tax purposes and then was most heavily involved in due diligence studies for companies buying other companies in the industry. Informatics, Sterling Software (and later Sterling Commerce) along with AGS Computers were among the most significant of the more than 200 clients for the company over a 30-year period. With the gradual drop in mainframe computers and the growth of minicomputers and then microcomputers, the contacts that had been built up through ADAPSO were of less significance and the size of the consulting practice diminished. And eventually the consulting business basically faded away.

Category

Transcription

Subject

ADAPSO; AGS Computers; Ances, Carol Anne; BGAI; Boole & Babbage; Broadview Associates; Burton Grad Associates, Inc.; Coleman, Bruce; Computer Associates; Computer Based Training; Consultant’s Roundtable; Due Diligence; Dunayer, Sid; Expert Witness; Goldstein, Bernie; Informatics; Mergers and Acquisitions; MITI (Japan); Processing Services; Professional Services; Schoenberg, Larry

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Credit

Software Industry Special Interest Group

Lot Number

X4362.2008