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Rob van Beek Rob van Beek wrote on 25. April 2018 at 20:53:
Joined SPSS in 1987 as trainee and after I finished my study in computer science I decided to stay. My task was to maintain the IT infrastructure for SPSS International and support our clients all over the world with the installation of the software on Unix systems and various mainframes. At the time we were a small team where we all participated in preparing marketing mailings (using regular mail) on the kitchen table. More offices started in various locations in Europe. We therefore grew to a team of 50 supporting the various offices. Email was introduced and I supported the installation of Unix servers to enable all offices with the means to communicate. I developed the first CRM system and worked on further automation of our internal systems. After a few years I moved away from internal IT and started to support our clients via helpdesk tasks, training and consultancy. When version 7.5 was launched an object oriented scripting language was added that would allow you to customize the output and even more to integrate the software in various applications. I developed an application that allowed a user to easily run earlier created tables and graphs. Based on this application we decided to develop an application to make SPSS available for people where the full software would be too complicated. This was aimed at municipalities in the netherlands that need to run standard tables and graphs on a monthly basis. This was a great succes and has been used for years.
After being away for some years now I still use the software on regular basis.
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