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Cincom Systems' Total
October-December 2009 (vol. 31 no. 4)
pp. 55-61

Thomas Nies' experiences at IBM installing applications convinced him that the industry's future was in software. With this article, he describes how Cincom, the company he cofounded in 1968 with only $600 in capital, grew into one of the largest software products firms in the world. Beginning with its early database management product, Total, Nies details the company's history and strategic business decisions.

1. We were able to accomplish all this with only $600 of invested capital, which is a tribute to the quality and effectiveness of Cincom's people. Their efforts, energy, and capabilities (not massive capital infusions) built and sustained Cincom.
2. In recognition of Cincom's founding role within the software industry, the company and its founder were permanently enshrined in the Division of Computers, Information &Society, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution in 1992. That same year, Britain's former Prime Minister Edward Heath also publicly congratulated Cincom for being the first American software firm to come to the UK 20 years earlier and for Cincom's leadership role in helping the UK to become a leading high-tech and software-oriented nation.

Index Terms:
Cincom, Thomas Nies, DBMS, software, database management system, Total, IBM, SUPRA, ULTRA, Environ
Citation:
Thomas M. (Tom) Nies, "Cincom Systems' Total," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 55-61, Oct.-Dec. 2009, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2009.93
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