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October-December 2009 (vol. 31 no. 4)
pp. 3-5
Thomas J. Bergin, American University

Database management systems (DBMSs) have played an outsized role in the history of software development and the creation and growth of the software products industry. Recognizing the major role played by these products, the Annals is publishing two special issues on the subject. This special issue (the first) is focused on the products, companies, and people who designed, programmed, and sold mainframe DBMS software products beginning in the 1960s and 1970s.

1. Although many of the packaged software products identified in this issue also operated on non-IBM mainframe hardware, the focus of this article is on IBM mainframe and compatible installations. While many of these packages were also available on minicomputers, that discussion is outside this special issue's scope.

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Database management systems, DBMS, Charles Bachman, IDS, Robert Patrick, William McGee, IMS, Thomas Nies, TOTAL, Orrin Stevens Jr., Datacom/DB, Robert Brueck, System 2000, John Maguire, Adabas, Judith Kruntorad, IDMS
Burton Grad, Thomas J. Bergin, "Guest Editors' Introduction: History of Database Management Systems," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 3-5, Oct.-Dec. 2009, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2009.99
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