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Who we are . . .
The principal of the firm is Andy
Beck, an engineer with over 35 years experience in both
hardware and software design and development. His background
extends across a range of projects from instrument development and
factory automation to enterprise-wide financial applications.
He has been involved in defining development
methodologies and developing ISO-9001 specifications and practices. He
has also taught, lectured and written articles on many topics
including the development process, program optimization, hardware
design issues, programming languages and instrument design. All
projects get the personal attention of Andy - from inception to
History . . .
Software concepts was first founded in 1978 by
Andy Beck as
AB Computer Products - a part-time venture. This was just a couple of years
after the birth of the personal computer. In
those days - before the IBM PC - companies like IMSAI,
ALTAIR, and even a fledging Apple Computer dominated the market,
while the most popular operating system was
AB Computer Products concentrated on producing data
communications peripherals for main-frame and mini computers.
One of the first product offerings was a serial-to-parallel data
converter used to connect IBM System 7 computers to Modems.
Soon after, AB Computer Products became a full-time venture and the first computer-based product, the VideoComp
100, was introduced. This computer was unique in that it
housed all of the components - CPU, disk drive, CRT and keyboard -
in one integrated unit. For the next several years, Andy continued to develop personal
computer products and related peripherals, as well as standard and
custom software development.
couple of years later the company was concentrating almost exclusively on custom software
design and the name was changed to Applied Computer Systems.
Initially the emphasis was on producing software for embedded
systems, but as the PC gained ground in industrial and scientific
markets, MS/DOS and then Windows programming services were
Throughout the eighties and nineties Andy
ran the business as a part time venture while managing the
engineering departments of several instrument manufacturers including Physical
Acoustics, Tobias Associates and
During this time he gained significant knowledge in instrumentation, optics, color
science, and most importanly project management.
In 1997 Andy again turned the
business into a full time venture, incorporated it and changed the
name to Software Concepts, Inc. Today, Software Concepts
is leader in the development of Machine-to_Machine products and tehcnologies.