It is no small
feat, (especially in the Information systems arena) to reach the
20 year milestone. We are proud of our 'score'.
Over the past
twenty years, we have seen change come rapidly, more rapidly perhaps
in our field than in any other.
We have witnessed and forged forward through time-sharing
systems, through minicomputers with 24K main memory and 5 MB disk
serving a dozen or two users, through the birth and phenomenal growth
of the personal computer, through miniaturization that allows us
to carry in a purse more computing power than could be drawn from
a roomful of computer (and air conditioning) equipment when we started.
We have supported clients with modems of 300 baud and across networks
with speeds of over 10,000 times as much. We have watched operating
systems and system development tools evolve from the primitive to
the powerful and sophisticated, driven by the constantly increasing
demands of users and the remarkable ingenuity of committed systems
professionals. We have taken a leading role in the evolution
of the user interface from something that was frustrating at best
to something that has led our clients to exclaim "I can get done
in a day what I used to get done in 10 days". We have watched
and been part of the internet growing from the preserve of a few
to the broad base of hundreds of millions of users world-wide, and
we have deployed on it applications that can be used literally by
people around the globe.
is that we have continued to address very directly the business
philosophies and strategies of our clients. Our systems continue
to serve as the nerve centers of our clients' businesses, helping
them more and more to streamline their operations, to improve their
quality, to improve their customer service, to control their costs,
to see trends and to base their future planning on them. Our systems
allow people to work efficiently and effectively and to set their
goals higher and higher and still reach them.
We look to
the future with great hopes and dreams as we launch a new suite
of applications that feature a user-interface that once again puts
us at the leading edge. The firm has always put special emphasis
on the human side of the human-machine interface, making systems
easy to use by applying the principles of Human Factors Engineering.
Initial feedback is that our new interface truly is a step ahead.
The system development toolset with which the new applications have
been built we have highly streamlined and that has allowed us to
generate applications and incorporate special requirements faster
Over the past
twenty years, we have had a lot to be grateful for. Most satisfying
of all has been the strength of conviction in our clients as
have related what they have called the tremendous benefits our
systems have provided, in some cases with quiet assuredness and
cases with unbounded enthusiasm. We look forward to many more years
of being able to make a substantial difference
for each of our clients.