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Document Details


Title: Joseph A. Piscopo
Local code: OH 342
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Charles Babbage Institute
Collection: Charles Babbage Institute Oral History Program
Description: After attending the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Joseph A. Piscopo founded Pansophic Systems in 1969 and led it until his retirement in 1987. Pansophic grew rapidly during the 1970s, as its Panvalet source code management system and Easytrieve report generation software ranked among the industry's most successful products. Piscopo discusses his background as a data processing manager, the founding of Pansophic, the development of Panvalet and the acquisition of Easytrieve. Considerable attention is paid to the strategic elements of Pansophic's growth: customer relations, international expansion, product development, staffing, market position, and stock market offerings. At the conclusion of the interview, Piscopo explains the circumstances behind the firm's stumble in the late 1980s and acquisition by Computer Associates in 1991. He also deals briefly with his subsequent career as an "angel" investor in technology firms. This oral history was sponsored by the Software History Center in conjunction with the Center's ADAPSO reunion (3 May 2002).
Extent: 27 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=308
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 2002 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Piscopo, Joseph A.
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker occupation: Entrepreneur
Document location: Washington, D.C.
Document date: 03-May-2002
Interviewer: Haigh, Thomas
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Computer software; Electric engineering; Engineering; Information technology; North America; Oral history; Software engineering; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0024029-25576