Nineteen years ago, Y2K was starting to occupy a few people’s minds, The Grateful Dead performed their last concert with Jerry Garcia, and the world’s population surpassed 5.5 billion...
- Microsoft releases, you guessed it, Windows 95
- The average home computer had a 420 MB hard drive and 8 MB of memory
- 16 Million users were on the Internet
- The Dot-Com boom started
- E-Bay, Amazon.com and Yahoo were all founded
- The USB standard was introduced (Intel)
- Quebec Referendum on independence is narrowly defeated
- The New Jersey Devils defeated the Detroit Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup
- The X Games were launched on ESPN
- ...the list goes on!
In 1995, the IT landscape was a focused on transition, as it always seems to be. For this period the transition was from older legacy systems like the DEC VAX, to the then popular Client/Server model supported by i86 based servers and new application frameworks that could support this push. For ESTI, it was Compaq Proliant servers and the Oracle Forms platform. It is worth noting that many of the Oracle Forms applications built during this time period are still running. Now that is solid Return On Investment!
Also within this period, ESTI was busy supporting a number or organizations by providing IT consulting for the office environment. Workstation and associated tools, printing solutions, network connectivity…all those things that we now take for granted, were cutting edge in 1995.
For another walk down memory lane, Ron Walter from what was then the Saskatoon West School Division, has provided a glimpse into the past:
“I was the Secretary Treasurer of the Saskatoon (West) School Division from 1987 to 2006 when the Province amalgamated rural school divisions. Around 1989 our Assistant Director of Instruction had some discussions with George to look at a strategy for implementing technology for instruction in our schools. On the administrative side, we were experiencing frustrations with support of our accounting and other administrative applications. We turned to George to provide that support for our growing number of administrative computers essentially in a stand alone environment. We made the switch and never looked back cutting our ties with our former IT supplier and putting all our faith and trust in this new company – Education Services.
So to all the ESTI staff, congratulations on twenty-five years of professional excellence – and best wishes for continued growth and success!”
We welcome you to please continue to share with us your memorable experiences with ESTI services and staff over the past 25 years!