The year was 1997. Titanic became the first film to gross over one billion dollars. The Chicago Bulls won their second repeat championship of the decade with Michael Jordan. TIBCO Software Inc. was founded with help and funding from Reuters and Cisco. The ’90s were a big decade and not just because boy bands were singing everywhere you turned. 1997 marked the year when there was demand for innovation in technology and enterprise software worldwide.
In 1996, the Internet boomed and the world came to your fingertips. It was no longer an option for companies to have an online presence – it was a necessity that has persisted to today. It quickly became clear that conducting business would never be the same, as customers would forever want to stay connected to everyone and everything from that moment on. We were there from the beginning.
Keeping Your Customers Connected to Your Business
Across the Atlantic, Sweden was going through a few changes that would truly demand innovation in 1997. In Sweden alone, there were 8 million mobile cell phones in use and 6.7 million Swedes using the Internet regularly at the time. All of this telecommunication technology was possible because the government promoted a competitive industry through regulation. This was the first time any task like this was undertaken in this industry. Telia, one of the leading mobile operators,sought a solution to create a real-time e-business infrastructure. The company could then respond to customer requirements and understand the ever-changing marketplace. We were there first for Sweden Telia.
Keeping Them Customers Connected at Home
In 1997, Telecom Italia, the country’s largest telecommunications company had 46 acquisitions and equity stakes. With such rapid growth, the company needed to add Internet and mobile services to their landline service offerings. By doing this, they had a need to integrate disparate systems and put the focus back onto their customers. Because of their new integration platform, millions were able to stay connected with broadband success. We were there first to help satisfy Telecom Italia’s integration needs.
Keeping Them Connected to the Field
Here in the US, sports had an innovative year in 1997 with the Internet transforming sports entertainment. CBS Sportsline.com wanted to initiate real-time news for all major sporting events, covering the NFL, NBA, and PGA in one place on your computer. Even MLB.com chose an integration platform so the website could link 30 ballparks all over the country.
It is because of the innovation in the ’90s that those companies and others better serve their customers now.
The ’90s were a decade for great change and great innovation. 1997 alone was a key year for many companies to enter the market for integration and e-business infrastructures. It may have been 16 years ago, but the problems companies faced then have become more intricate and prominent today. Now, more than ever, our technology-based world sees increasing demand to integrate your systems. You need to stay connected to your customers and clients, and find solutions that were there from the start of it all. You need to grow and adapt along with your company’s business challenges. We were there from the beginning.
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