Then after a few years in market research executive side I moved to the new technology - computer assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) - I wanted to start a family and my directors said that I couldn’t handle clients from home but I could run a DP department. So, 32 years ago I started running a DP department from home writing CATI scripts and producing reports (in Quantum) - no internet and support done via Telex. After a few moves I started working for a software company called Surveycraft - best CATI software ever (I still think this) - on Friday 13th November 1998 we were bought by SPSS.
Over the next few years SPSS the company and product looked after me very well and I learnt to love the product now known as SPSS Statistics. No-one told me I could buy employee shares until about 2008 and I started to buy some then and owned just a few when in 2009 the company was bought by IBM (not enough shares to make a difference financially unfortunately).
I am still with IBM - I now do presales for a few products -including SPSS Statistics.
I am very proud and pleased that IBM is heavily investing in SPSS Statistics and look forward to using the new interface.
What’s SPSS done for me - well apart from being amazing software and always ahead of its time it’s allowed me to work with an amazing bunch of people and experience an amazing work life - we had really good fun at SPSS - one dinner that Richard Scionti paid for in Grasse above Cannes at an ESOMAR conference which I think probably broke a record for an expensed dinner was so memorable that 13 years later I still have the menu on my desk. I met the smartest people that I’ve ever known - some of whom are still with IBM and some who’ve left - I won’t mention names as I might leave someone out - but I will say that Jack Noonan led from the top - no airs, no graces - just a very very smart guy who always treated you as if you were the most important person in the room if he was talking to you. At SPSS Sydney we had a great photo of Jack and our office junior arm in arm at a pub playing pool - he was the best senior executive I have experienced.
My memories of SPSS are very very happy