HMS Celebrates 15 Years as Welcom's Canadian Partner

Montreal, Quebec - May 23, 2000 - "We made our first Open Plan sale of version 1.13 in 1985 when no one had ever heard of Windows," reflected Chris Vandersluis, president of Heuristic Management Systems, Inc. (HMS), on 15 years as Welcom's Canadian reseller partner.

"The world of project management software was a different place then," explains Vandersluis. "Many medium- to large-sized firms were struggling to move their project management systems from mainframes to PCs. HMS was a two-person project management consulting firm in late 1984 when we first came across Welcom. We were looking for a scheduling system for Philips, the international electronics manufacturer. The requirements were so stringent that we wondered if we would have to write it ourselves. When we found Open Plan, we realized we'd found our solution. The flexibility of the system was perfect for our client."

Welcom was only a few months old at the time and had only four employees itself according to Tony Welsh, Welcom president and co-founder. "HMS was only our second reseller at the time," he said. "What attracted us to HMS was their aggressive goal to represent Open Plan across all of Canada, providing not only the software but also training, consulting, and technical support. Our experience with HMS has proved to be a kind of template for how we seek out new reseller partners."

Working with Open Plan paid off for HMS. "The first year we sold 11 systems while working out of my living room," said Vandersluis. "The second year, we more than doubled sales and moved into a proper office.

"HMS and Welcom have had the opportunity to grow up together," said Vandersluis. "Over the years we've sold over $7 million dollars (CAD) worth of Welcom products and services across Canada. We've seen every product that Welcom has launched or contemplated since the beginning. I remember the first multi-user version, the first Windows release. It went through several code names including Tardis (for the time machine from Dr. Who), Orca, and Q1. We were there for the design of the original Cobra for DOS and much, much more."

The ties between Welcom and HMS run deep. HMS' first staff member, Brian Mair, joined HMS 13 years ago. He is still working within the Welcom family today as a senior consultant for one of Welcom's international offices. Other HMS staff members have worked for Welcom as well. In 1996, Vandersluis himself spent nine months working as Welcom's vice president of sales at its Houston headquarters during a reorganization of Welcom's management team.

Vandersluis still presents Welcom's products to prospective clients on a regular basis. "I estimate that I've presented Open Plan to more people than anyone in the world," he jokes. "It's not that I'm more efficient than anyone else. I've just stayed with it longer."

Over the years, HMS has been involved in some of the most prestigious projects in Canada. Hydro Quebec used software HMS supplied for much of the groundbreaking work in James Bay. IPL used Open Plan for the implementation of the Transcanada Pipeline.

"We were there for projects that put people into space, for drugs that cured diseases, and for new ship designs that are now sailing around the world," said Vandersluis.

The HMS staff now numbers 25 and continues to distribute and support Welcom products across Canada. HMS' own development efforts started in 1984 when it delivered a customized timesheet system to link to Open Plan for Philips. From that small project, HMS has been able to expand beyond Canada and is now recognized as one of the premier project-oriented timesheet providers around the world.

"Like Welcom we've changed and adapted along with the market," said Vandersluis. "But our basic values have stayed the same. Just like that early Open Plan version 1.13, we still believe in flexibility in a project management product and in delivering products that make every client a reference. An alliance like the one we've forged is based on more than features. It's based on a common understanding of goals and ultimately on the relationships we've built over the years."

Vandersluis credits this philosophy as the reason why Welcom's relationship with HMS has lasted much longer than most in this industry. As Welcom releases new cutting-edge products, HMS continues to find opportunities across Canada to represent them.

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