Oral history interview with John Cullinane

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Oral history interview with John Cullinane

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Software products industry pioneer John Cullinane begins by discussing his education and his first jobs in computer operations and programming at Arthur D. Little, C-E-I-R, and Philip Hankins & Company. He relates how these experiences led him to form a software products firm, Cullinane Corporation, and raise venture capital. He discusses the firm's development and marketing of a number of new software products, including Culprit, Library Update System, EDP Auditor, and IDMS, and IDMSDC, and relates how the Cullinane Corporation transitioned from selling individual report generator programs to suites of data processing systems that included database software and other applications. Much of the interview focuses on the firm's evolving management strategy that led to its long-term financial success. Cullinane also discusses some problems occurred after he left the active management of the company, the sale of Cullinet (the firm's new name) to Computer Associates, and his subsequent business and philanthropic activities.


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John Cullinane, OH 349. Oral history interview by Jeffrey R. Yost, 29 July 2003, Boston, Massachusetts. Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. http://purl.umn.edu/107237

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Cullinane, John J.. (2003). Oral history interview with John Cullinane. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/107237.

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