ARCO (Atlantic Richfield) Oil & Gas was headquartered in the ARCO Tower in downtown Dallas since August of 1983. Designed by architect I.M. Pei, ARCO sold the building in the mid 1990 as recommended by auditors.
Fina Oil & Chemicals US, a division of American Petrofina, was located in the Campbell Center North Tower on the southeast corner of Central Expressway and Northwest Highway in Dallas, TX. Many know of the twin gold towers from the opening credits of the TV series Dallas.
Our KPMG project at UTHSC-Houston was a payroll system development using the code generator Transform Logic. Transform Logic was an alternative to the popular code generator TELON but was far more powerful (in my opinion) though it was extremely resource intensive.
Transamerica Real Estate Tax, a division of Transamerica Corporation, moved to Dallas from California in the mid 1990s and occupied several floors in the old Renaissance Tower (with the X on it) which also held the headquarter office of Blockbuster video. Firstamerica Bank was a spin-off of Transamerica due to the Bank Holding Company Act of the 1950s.
Before the FCC opened up band width to the public resulting in the cellular boom, the top long distance providers were AT&T, MCI and Sprint, with AT&T owning over 90% of the market share. MCI was ranked second with about 5%, then Sprint with 2% followed by all the others sharing the remaining 3%.
By winter of 1994, Fidelity Investments offered 2 of the most consistently high yielding investment options available, the “Spartan” mutual fund and the “Magellan” mutual fund. After years of repeated high performance, Fidelity finally reported not only a loss, but a dip into the negative, much to the chagrin of investors. As it turned out, the loss was actually a misinterpretation of the data and though the yield was not as high as investors had been accustomed to in years past, it did not show such a negative yield.
By late summer of 1986, the Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. engagement with the City of Dallas Water Utilities was in full swing. I was brought in due to my ADR Datacom, system development and financial background, though I was a little reluctant to leave the Annuity Board, compensation being the motivating factor. The project titled Customer Information, Accounting, Billing System (CIABS) was not a ground-up development but an enhancement to natural gas system which was purchased from the state of Minnesota.
Based in Miami, Florida, Ryder Systems was divided into 5 distinct, nearly independent service divisions which included Local/One-Way, Long-Distance, Leasing and Fleet Management. Our project through Andersen Consulting was to track not only vehicles, but every component of those vehicles, into a state of the art system using PowerBuilder rapid application development (RAD) tool for the front-end interfacing Sybase databases.
I was involved with 2 projects at SMU, ten years apart. The first, beginning in 1989, was the integration of existing student records systems with newly acquired Dunn & Bradstreet financial software. Since the new software was developed accessing a database differing from the ADR Datacom DB that was already in place in the legacy systems, my job was to “fool” the i/o modules into believing they were accessing their own native databases. This involved accessing multiple files and setting the completion codes to satisfy the calling software.
International Business Machines (IBM), one of the largest companies in the computer industry, provided the foundation for my software career up to the turn of the millenium and beyond.