Kenneth Kolence, one of the founders of Boole & Babbage, the first software products company in Silicon Valley, talks about his life-long interest in software engineering and management of the software design process. He describes his introduction to computers at the University of Illinois, his work as a computer programmer and operations manager while in the U.S. Navy and his subsequent career as a manager of the software development process at North American Aviation and Control Data Corporation. He talks about his early and on-going interest in measuring computer performance, which led to Boole & Babbage's successful products, Problem Program Evaluator and Configuration Utilization Evaluator. He describes the challenges in marketing software in the early days of the industry and the impact of IBM on competitive markets for independent software vendors.
Johnson, Luanne, Interviewer; Editor
Kolence, Kenneth, Interviewee
Computer History Museum
Place of Publication
Kolence, Kenneth; Kolence, Ken; Boole & Babbage; Problem Program Evaluator; PPE; Configuration Utilization Evaluator; CUE; Ballistic Missile Early Warning System; BMEW; Strong, Jack; SHARE; GUIDE; Katch, Dave; Johnson, Franklin Pitcher; Johnson, Pitch; Institute for Software Engineering