O’Neil Data Systems: Living Up to Its Name
A fast paced, high-energy environment is not new for O'Neil, according to Lucanish, who has been with the company since 1980. Company founder William J. O'Neil launched the in-plant printing operation for his William O'Neil + Co. business. That firm, founded in 1973, is a Registered Investment Advisor providing independent research and consulting services to institutional clients, including banks, investment advisers and mutual funds. In addition to his writing and public speaking, William O'Neil is still active on a day-to-day basis.
O'Neil Data Systems' mission was to produce highly time-sensitive, investment research publications from William O'Neil + Co.'s extensive database on publicly traded companies—so extensive that the firm can even retrieve records of enduring brands like Coca-Cola back to its inception in the late 19th century. Some of the stock market research publications, such as "The O'Neil Database," are produced weekly. The sister companies also share their building with Investor's Business Daily (IBD), which O'Neil founded in 1984.
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IBD is a leading financial news and research organization recognized for proprietary stock screens, comparative performance ratings and identifying stock leaders as they emerge. It is also known for its unique commentary on the key economic, social and political issues of our time. The company offers individual and professional investors a comprehensive lineup of print and online products, including the daily newspaper Investor's Business Daily, printed web offset in-house at O'Neil Data. O'Neil Data Systems, IBD and William O'Neil + Co. have branch offices in other key U.S. locations.
In the mid-'70s, O'Neil Data Systems pioneered the field of automated composition and database publishing using state-of-the-art computer technology for that era. "We created 2,000 custom-built reference books featuring individually selected stocks for portfolio managers every weekend," Lucanish recalls. "We wrote code for our mainframe to bring the data to our output equipment. Every Friday, a team of college students from UCLA and other local campuses were hired to hand marry the correct pages."