Arkansas-born Joseph McDoniel’s 47 year career in Information Technology covers the territory – from the space program through railroad management and large-scale bank automation. Into the application of mobile devices to the consumer / business interface.
Born in Cord, near Batesville, Joe and his family moved to the Detroit area after World War II, and he was educated in Michigan. A US Navy veteran of the Pacific theater and Vietnam, he began his computing career in California in 1964 with North American Aviation, working in the Apollo program.
He branched into bank automation in 1967 with project responsibility for lending systems at National Bank of Detroit, then the nation’s 16th-largest financial institution. In 1970 he joined the LS&I Railroad Company in Marquette, Michigan, to run the company’s computer operations, which included two service bureaus serving both commercial banks and other businesses, later running key projects for the entire railroad. He also founded a Marquette company to provide business software for the Altair computer line.
His renewed connections to Arkansas began when he joined Systematics in 1977, initially responsible for several of the company’s client-specific bank data centers, and eventually taking development responsibility for Systematics’ core bank processing systems, which have since become the dominant such large-scale systems in the world.
A 13-year stint as the principal of two very successful IT management consulting companies led to a seven-year career as Executive VP of Digital Insight (now part of Intuit), and finally to Board positions with three 21st-century technology companies, including one in Arkansas.