Added to the Mix: Why Smalltalk Fits in with Cincom’s Other Successful Products
Founded in 1968, Cincom is one of the first, if not the first, global software companies in the world. Cincom’s President, Thomas M. Nies, is the longest actively serving CEO in the computer industry. This consistent leadership throughout the years means a stable management structure and direction for our company and security for our customers and partners.
From its roots in database management systems and consulting, the Cincinnati-based company has expanded to offer a full line of multi-platform business applications. Tom Nies and the other founders were hardware salesmen at IBM but saw an emerging market rising for software to run on that equipment. Seizing this opportunity, the men left IBM and formed a company that would go on to have a global impact.
A look at Cincom’s history shows a long and distinguished list of notable events, including:
- Becoming the first US software firm to promote the concept of a database management system.
- Becoming the first full-service firm to offer both manufacturing and financial applications, as well as database and online system software products.
- Being the first to introduce an interpretive application development system for the IBM mainframe environment.
- Being the first single vendor to be selected by the US government as a standard for government agencies.
- Becoming the largest commercial provider of Smalltalk with the strategic acquisitions of ObjectStudio and VisualWorks.
- Current State (2000s)
- Continuing to develop commercial Smalltalk products that connect with all major relational databases including Oracle, Sybase, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, MySQL, DB/2 and SQLite, as well as OODBMS systems.