Ceridian Oldest Firm in U.S. in Data Processing Services

By Titus, Nancy Raiden | THE JOURNAL RECORD, October 7, 1992 | Go to article overview

Ceridian Oldest Firm in U.S. in Data Processing Services


Titus, Nancy Raiden, THE JOURNAL RECORD


By Nancy Raiden Titus

Journal Record Staff Reporter

Ceridian Employer Services, despite the newness of its name, is the oldest business data processing services firm in the country. It began in 1932 as the service bureau of International Business Machines Corp. and in 1973 was acquired by Control Data Corp.

A company restructuring in May split the parent Control Data into two segments: Control Data Systems Inc. and Ceridian Corp., which includes Ceridian Employer Services, The Arbitron Co., Ceridian Network Services, Computing Devices International and Empros Systems International.

In the beginning, the company did mostly custom data processing jobs, such as verifying billings, said J.D. Metcalf, Oklahoma City marketing representative. It has come to be known as a payroll and human resources specialty company.

In its 60 years, the firm has been involved in a variety of data processing functions. Its first customer was a newspaper which was conducting a survey on Cleveland's eating habits. In 1957, it processed research data on the effectiveness of the Salk polio vaccine for the U.S. Public Health Department. Since then, the company has processed rocket fuel information, the results of a presidential election, helped American Express launch its credit card, paid professional athletes and introduced personal computersed payroll and human resources products. …

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