Full Circle – From Timeshare to Cloud on Rocket Software’s MultiValue Application Platform

As many of you know, my dad, Dick Pick, along with Don Nelson, were the creators of G.I.R.L.S. more than fifty years ago. G.I.R.L.S. was initially built for tracking spare parts for Cheyenne helicopters at the huge military contractor TRW Systems in the United States.

This was the beginning of PICK/MultiValue as we know it today.

The number of MultiValue licensees has decreased due to consolidation since my dad first started this business. But, it hasn’t deterred Rocket or any other provider from innovating and keeping the PICK data model modern and able to work with the latest and greatest technologies.

Rocket Software continues to innovate and carry on my father’s legacy today. They have 120 dedicated MultiValue employees worldwide and a 96% approval rating with their support engineering team. Their customer service from the top down is top notch and very easy to work with.

My company, Pick Cloud, works closely with Rocket, not only to move MultiValue companies to the cloud, but to modernize and rejuvenate existing PICK/MultiValue applications to keep them from throwing their investment “baby” out with the bath water.

We host exclusively with Google. This is one way, with Rocket and their cloud licensing that a cost-effective cloud solution with the most secure, best-in-class infrastructure on the planet is available to everyone.

Like the best myths, everyone has their own version of when and where the cloud originated.  For me; it was 1977 when I was spinning ½ inch magnetic tapes after school and in charge of backing up several computer systems (aka file-save boy). None more important than the “timeshare computer” located in the original offices of Pick & Associates, Inc. in Irvine, CA.  Back then, my dad, Dick Pick was in the cloud business and didn’t even know it.  In the 1970s a lot of small companies couldn’t afford an on-premise computer and gladly paid a monthly fee to dial-up and access their application over a dial-up modem.  If you don’t believe me where do you think the “charges” or “charge-to” TCL commands came from?  These were built in so usage statistics were accumulated for each particular user accessing the system at any given time.  We have come full circle – moving from timeshare to cloud.

While other MultiValue software providers may criticize their competition, Rocket focuses on working with their partners and customers to keep them on MultiValue.

My father would be proud of Rocket and what they have accomplished with what he started over fifty years ago.

Mark Pick 3 Posts

Mark Pick - CEO (Cloud Evangelist Officer) Pick Cloud, Inc. Mark Pick comes to Pick Cloud, Inc. (PCI) with almost a lifetime of experience in the MultiValue arena. Pick whose name is synonymous with MultiValue thanks to his father Dick Pick, who is widely credited as a founding father of MultiValue software, is commonly recognized as an expert in the Pick arena. As CEO of Pick Cloud, Inc., he oversees the successful migrations of companies of all sizes from on-premise to a fully managed worry-free cloud environment. These companies also enjoy 99.999% uptime and full redundancy. Mark’s unique and wide-ranging skill set has enabled him to contribute to the success of several companies in a variety of roles throughout his career. He has participated as a speaker at various MultiValue User Groups, led lunch and learn seminars as well as had numerous articles and interviews published.


  • Bruce Holt Reply

    June 13, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Mark gave an excellent presentation on this very subject a few months ago at the Colorado MultiValue User Group at the Rocket Office in Denver, Colorado, USA. I heartily endorse what Mark writes above and what he presented to the CMUG.

    Last evening was another CMUG meeting wherein the topic of discussion went directly to Mark’s point of not “throwing their (MultiValue system users) investment ‘baby’ out with the bath water.” MultiValue today can and does work with modern tools, languages, and API’s.

    There is no reason to ever refer to MultiValue as “legacy”. It.Just.works!

  • Nick Tilstra Reply

    February 20, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Full circle indeed. Have happily lived in a MV world (R83, Adds Mentor, AP Pro, Unidata) since 1983. Love it!

  • Jim Moore Reply

    August 7, 2019 at 9:15 am

    We were fortunate to discover PICK in 1974 and first ran it on a Microdata computer with 4 users and $4,000 terminals. We migrated to Adds Mentor, the 10 user AT systems, and finally to servers running Linux.

    We now have a number of servers with a total of more that 500 ports. Since 2004, all our users connect to our servers using the Internet and any browser.

    Pick/D3 is so easy to modify and customize which allows us to meet our customer’s needs. The decision to use PICK is the main reason our company (Quinte Computer Services) has been so successful for 45 years.

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