Tim Malone, MCSE Camarillo, CA (818) 257-0513 email@example.com
Delphi Systems Inc, a Software Development company in North Hollywood, CA
recruited to be the Technical
Systems was an established mini-computer software development company when I
joined them to provide technical support in the microcomputer arena. They had several established products and
were the market leaders with most of them.
Their top products were “Criterion” and “Oracle”, both of which ran on
DEC PDP-11 time-sharing systems and Honeywell DTSS. Do not confuse
was recruited and hired by Frank Robinson who was the Vice President of the PC
Division. He left the company about a
year after I came on board. I then
reported to Mike Cann, who was both a CPA and a
commercial airline pilot. Mike left the
company shortly after I did and went back to flying for United Airlines. The microcomputer division was an experiment
that didn’t fly for
From an Ebix web page on the
history of the company: “Delphi Information Systems did just fine for 23 years
as a vendor of insurance agency management software -- 40% of all insurance
premiums in the U.S. flow through its systems, according to Robin Raina,
president and CEO of the Atlanta-based company.
I worked on CP/M and MP/M, which were the only real business operating systems available on a microcomputer at that time. Apple wasn’t considered a business system and the IBM with PC-DOS had just been announced in August of 1981. dBASE II came out in Nov of 1981 and we were one of the first shops to start writing in dBASE. It quickly became my development platform of choice for the next ten years or more. I went on lots of sales calls with the sales staff to provide the technical backup to what they claimed we could do for the prospective customers. Most systems we sold were in the $25,000 to $30,000 price range.
In addition to programming in dBASE and FMS-80, I wrote in BASIC and FORTRAN 78 and learned the OASIS operating system. Delphi sent me to San Francisco for a week’s worth of training on Oasis and I became certified in the OS, but the company didn’t last long (correction: I recently found out that Phase One Systems, the makers of Oasis are still around: http://www.phaseonesystems.com). CP/M, MP/M, Oasis and several other operating systems were run out of business by the standardization of the PC-DOS and MS-DOS world. I also became proficient in supporting MicroPlan, an early Microsoft spreadsheet, T/Maker II, ExecuPlan, Spellbinder and Memorite word processing systems. I also supported Accounting Plus from Systems Plus, which was a popular accounting package at that time.