Poole, Dorset, Dec 10, 2019 – Ibcos Computers Ltd., a leading business management software supplier for agricultural, groundcare and construction dealers is pleased to announce that August 2019 marked its 40th anniversary.
In celebration, here’s a detailed look at Ibcos’ long and proud history.
Early beginnings: Minicom Systems Ltd.
Ibcos started out in 1979 as Minicom Systems Ltd. – or MSL – providing bespoke software solutions to customers from a wide variety of seemingly unrelated industries, including an agricultural dealership called Stanley Pond (known as C&O Tractors today).
Thanks to the success of Stanley Pond, it became clear that there was a need for MSL’s software solutions in the agricultural dealership market. So, by 1983, MSL was able to sign on 30 dealers. It was a nine-person team by that point.
Rivalries & the true birth of Ibcos
By mid-80s, MSL became engaged in a sales war with PK Computers, its biggest competitor. Eventually, the two companies stopped competing and joined forces to create Ibcos. After that, they continued to sell their individual software products, ADS and AGM, separately – for a time.
In 1990, Ibcos started developing Gold – an all-in-one business management software for dealers – using MSL’s ADS software as the foundation.
It didn’t take long for a new competitor in the agricultural dealership software market to emerge – Unicorn. Unlike PK Computers, Unicorn built its competing system by stealing MSL’s code for ADS. This led to a court case, which Ibcos won in 1994.
Following the lawsuit, Ibcos absorbed Unicorn, and by 1997, integrated its highly robust Wholegoods module with Gold, which is still in use today.
Ibcos expanded to other dealership industries as well, including groundcare, with the addition of Godfrey’s in 1986, and construction, with the addition of Kellands (Plant Sales) Ltd. in 1998. In 1996, Ibcos expanded beyond the boundaries of the UK by signing on Clarke Machinery in Ireland.
In the meantime, Gold continued to evolve, becoming Ibcos’ core offering. Over the years, Ibcos added modules to support virtually every aspect of a dealership, including workshop, plant hire, parts, wholegoods and accounting. In 2005, Ibcos launched the Windows version of the software, taking the entire industry to new heights.
Finally, in 2012, Constellation Software, an international provider of market leading software and services, acquired Ibcos to help it grow even further.
40 years of success
Since those humble beginnings, Ibcos was able to accumulate over 6,700 individual users across the UK and Ireland, encompassing more than 900 dealership depots. It has over 60 employees – a far cry from its early days.
Ibcos continues to expand its core offering, having added several exciting modules in the last few years, such as the Gold Service mobile app, Postcode Anywhere, Fixed Asset Management and Making Tax Digital for VAT. For more details on all these, be sure to check this online tour.
"We are extremely proud of how far Ibcos has come," said Collette Convery, the managing director at Ibcos. "We certainly hope Ibcos goes on for another 40 years and beyond. To get there, we’ll need to keep the momentum going by continuing to grow and improve our product. So, a big thank you to all of our customers for their continued support!"
Those who wish to learn more about Ibcos can do so by visiting its official website at www.ibcos.co.uk.
About Ibcos Computers
For the past 40 years, Ibcos has helped agricultural, groundcare, and construction dealers manage their businesses successfully with Gold, a powerful platform based on industry best practices and standards. Gold has earned its reputation as the number one recommended dealership management software, providing single and multi-depot dealers with a consolidated business overview. With Gold, dealers can make better decisions and predict future outcomes based on real-time data.
In 2012, Ibcos was acquired by Constellation Software Inc. (TSX: CSU) – an international provider of market leading software and services to a select number of industries, both in the public and private sectors. Constellation’s mission is to acquire, manage, and build market-leading software businesses that develop specialised, mission-critical software solutions to address the specific needs of particular industries.
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