University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston

Our KPMG project at UTHSC-Houston was a payroll system development using the code generator Transform Logic. Transform Logic was an alternative to the popular code generator TELON but was far more powerful (in my opinion) though it was extremely resource intensive.

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Transamerica Real Estate Tax

Transamerica Real Estate Tax, a division of Transamerica Corporation, moved to Dallas from California in the mid 1990s and occupied several floors in the old Renaissance Tower (with the X on it) which also held the headquarter office of Blockbuster video. Firstamerica Bank was a spin-off of Transamerica due to the Bank Holding Company Act of the 1950s.

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Fidelity Investments

By winter of 1994, Fidelity Investments offered 2 of the most consistently high yielding investment options available, the “Spartan” mutual fund and the “Magellan” mutual fund. After years of repeated high performance, Fidelity finally reported not only a loss, but a dip into the negative, much to the chagrin of investors. As it turned out, the loss was actually a misinterpretation of the data and though the yield was not as high as investors had been accustomed to in years past, it did not show such a negative yield.

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City of Dallas Water Utilities

By late summer of 1986, the Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. engagement with the City of Dallas Water Utilities was in full swing. I was brought in due to my ADR Datacom, system development and financial background, though I was a little reluctant to leave the Annuity Board, compensation being the motivating factor. The project titled Customer Information, Accounting, Billing System (CIABS) was not a ground-up development but an enhancement to natural gas system which was purchased from the state of Minnesota.

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Ryder Systems

Based in Miami, Florida, Ryder Systems was divided into 5 distinct, nearly independent service divisions which included Local/One-Way, Long-Distance, Leasing and Fleet Management. Our project through Andersen Consulting was to track not only vehicles, but every component of those vehicles, into a state of the art system using PowerBuilder rapid application development (RAD) tool for the front-end interfacing Sybase databases.

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