We have learned a lot throughout our history …

 
Starting with our first client in 1986, we have helped hundreds of companies develop and and optimize their business processes through the implementation of ERP software solutions and services. But our 30 years of history wouldn’t be worth anything if we didn’t use this experience for the good of our customers and partners today. Welcome to three decades of Beck Consulting in one page.

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In the Beginning …

In 1986, Allen and Mary Beck formed Beck Consulting in Fresno, California. They were newlyweds, had just purchased their first home, and had decided to stay in the area after their employer, Price Waterhouse, closed its local office. Their focus was on business planning, troubled company workouts, and technology/software issues. A few of our early customers engaged us to find a new ERP software solution. We recommended an application called Macola, but there was no local support for the product and our client prevailed upon us to get into the software business. The rest is history…

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The Fresno Years …

Macola was well received in the central California market, and our business quickly grew to over 100 clients. A large portion of these customers represented food processing and agricultural-dependent businesses. Within this especially vast service area, Beck acquired a reputation for being willing to travel, as well as take on complex businesses within the food industry. This in turn led to new opportunities outside the region and further geographic diversification of our client base.

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San Francisco Bay Area Move …

Central California’s economy was hard-hit by the recession in the late 80’s and early 90’s, especially in the agricultural sector, and we found that all of our new client opportunities were being generated in the Bay Area. After taking on a major implementation at San Francisco-based Ghirardelli Chocolate, which required an onsite presence on a weekly basis, we determined that it made sense to relocate the business. The implementation and training methodologies we had developed allowed us to make this move without abandoning our Central California customers, and a large number of those clients are still with us to this day. As the business continued to grow within the Bay Area, our ability to take on remote sites also made it possible for us to develop a presence outside of the state. While we continued to represent Macola software, the product experienced difficulties during the transition years to Windows, and there were serious concerns about how it would handle the impending Y2K problem. We could not see ourselves upgrading clients to a solution with these outstanding issues, so we began the search for a more modern enterprise software…

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An ERP System for the 21st Century …

As a result of our two-year search, we became a Navision partner in 1997. While Navision was little-known in the United States at the time, it was the largest software publisher for the small/medium business market in Europe, and we determined that it would provide a tremendous opportunity for growth. Navision was later acquired by Microsoft, where it was re-branded to “Dynamics NAV” and eventually becoming Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, which is used every day by more than two and a half million people around the world. Today, are a Microsoft Gold Certified ERP Value Added Reseller (VAR) and a Certified Independent Software Vendor (ISV) for Business Central.

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The Passing of the Baton

In 2009, Allen and Mary began the next phase of their journey together: a well-earned retirement. However, they ensured that the founding values and principles of Beck Consulting would live on by passing the organization on to two long-time employees, Bruno Johansson and Dirk Manders. Under Dirk and Bruno’s leadership, we continue to grow and prosper. Today, we boast employees and customers from every corner of the country. We continue to stay up-to-date with the ever-changing tides of the software industry so that we are able to provide our customers with the most modern ERP solutions and services. Our prospects have never been better, and we’re excited to see where the future takes us.

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The Steps That Shaped Us …

To celebrate our 30th birthday, in 2016 we sat down with Allen and Mary for a day-long interview. They shared their thoughts and stories of the company’s history, the evolution of software, and the philosophies that went into shaping Beck Consulting.

» A Conversation with Allen and Mary

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