IBM & Microsoft launched the first Personal Computer in 1981, the world
did not realise the revolution that was about to take place. Previously computers
were the domain of big businesses with large dedicated technical staff, but
now everyone could benefit from the new computer age.
Meanwhile in a small town
in Fermanagh a businessman, Mr Robert Darragh, was putting the first computers
to work in his hardware supplies business. My Father noted the interest I
was showing in computers and when his computer supplier suddenly closed, he
took the decision to start a new computer business; SWIFTsoft Computer Systems
was born in 1984.
In the early years SWIFTsoft
helped the local business community adopt the new technology. We developed
an accounts software package which reduced the time spent on paperwork and
produced fast and accurate accounts information.
As our customer base expanded
so did our requirements for office space, so in 1990 we moved to new 5000
sq. ft. custom built office. We embarked on a further development program
and produced our first point of sale equipment and software. This greatly
reduced the time spent on administration and provided the customer with a
fast and efficient shopping experience.
Internet access became
an increasing requirement for our customers, but we found the established
providers were inflexible and slow to implement changes. So in 1998 we launched
our own Internet company called SWIFTsoft.net. This gave us the ability to
support our customer's Internet problems and provide Internet solutions on
a custom basis.
In the years that followed
SWIFTsoft has grown to become a leading supplier of computer hardware, software,
support, maintenance, training and Internet services. By employing our own
sales staff, programmers, support engineers and service engineers we aspire
to be the one-stop-shop for all your computer requirements.
In recent years we have
risen to many challenges, here are a few.
- Year 2000 upgrades
all in place for a smooth transition.
- The introduction of
the European single currency.
- Microsoft certified
two of our staff as Microsoft Certified Professionals.
- Microsoft awarded SWIFTsoft
the coveted Microsoft Certified Partner status.
- Sophos, a leading provider
of anti-virus products, appoints SWIFTsoft as a partner.
- Bizerba, a worldwide
supplier of weighing scale equipment, appointed us as their Northern Ireland
Soon we shall be ISO 9000
certified, the International quality assurance standard, with the Euro transition
successfully completed our Accounts software development program is moving
into high gear again (watch out for news over the months to come).
I would like to thank
our staff for their dedication and our customers for their loyalty over the
years that have past and look forward to many more.
SWIFTsoft Computer Systems