MRE was an early adopter of Personal Computers as a business platform. When it became clear that there was literally no one to properly service and support this new category of computing, we developed our own in-house techniques. Soon we were offering these services to area business, and as the PC business grew, it actually took over from the original business. The business name was modified to MRE Systems. Warren Miller, our programmer all along, began his own consulting and software business, S.T.R. Vertical Software, and we operate to this day as allied firms.
We've always been early adopters at MRE, and we found ourselves at the front of the computer networking revolution that followed the growth of personal computers in business. Networking was a high support mission critical service, and soon occupied the bulk of our efforts. Sil Ferreira, a local Master Novell CNE/CNI with his own consulting company, assumed the lead role in our LAN/WAN activities, and again continues with us today with his allied firm Devine Ferreira Associates.
Around the same time, we started to offer our services for custom programming, since packaged software was either too general, or too bloated for many of our customers' needs. During the next ten years we wrote and supported software that today is still in use, handling millions of dollars of transactions for our business customers. In 1996 Daniel DeTerra of New England MIS was brought in to work on a big RPG programming project for one of our customers, and has remained a closely allied associate ever since.
The MRE customer profile continued to evolve, and for many years we became a one- stop shop. Most of our customers came to us because they wanted to make one phone call and get a problem solved, not get tied up in finger pointing which was so common with multiple vendors at a site. It was not uncommon for us to provide their main business software applications, all of the hardware that it ran on, break-fix support service for the hardware, and ongoing support of the entire system.
During this 12 year period, we learned a tremendous amount not only about how technology can be applied to business problems, but also the ins, outs, and subtleties of how business works in general. Virtually all of our later jobs revolved around solving business problems by first identifying the business problem, defining a solution, then implementing and supporting that solution. We also added many more skill associations with other quality consultants, so that the correct number of people and degree of resources can be adjusted to fit every assignment.
and events move quickly in the computer business, and as hardware
became a less important part of our business and much more of
a commodity, the overall knowledge and expertise gained over the
years became our most valuable characteristic. The need
to focus on the timely and concentrated delivery of this expertise
has blossomed into the logical morphing of our business into the
MRE Consulting Group, Inc.
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