Technologists with a Passion for Business
In our world, data powers business. We are passionate about using data to drive business success.
Down to Earth
We value pragmatic solutions because, in business, results are what matters.
We’re here when you need us because downtime is wasted time.
RIS was founded in 1994 by database developer Carl Lorentson. Carl had been a software developer in the financial and healthcare industries since 1979 and had been the chief architect and developer for National Cancer Institute’s Physicians’ Data Query system. He knew the power of rigorous relational database design and saw that businesses could be more successful if they could automate their existing paper systems and spreadsheets using well-designed database systems. Newly available desktop database tools made this power accessible to nearly all organizations.
"Would you chop down a tree with a hammer? Then why are you using a spreadsheet to run your corporate database?" — Carl Lorentson, in an early advertisement
In our early years, most of RIS’s work was creating new database systems for businesses that had never had one before. Carl and his developers used RIS’s unique data first approach, capturing business requirements and creating systems that modeled a business’s operations, instead of just performing a single task. By doing so, RIS was able to create systems that continued to meet clients’ needs as their business evolved.
A local optician was using index cards to track orders and customer prescriptions. Their customer and order tracking system allows them to fill orders for prescription glasses more quickly and more accurately.
Present Day and Beyond
The technology landscape has evolved and information system needs are more complex than ever. However, businesses’ needs are still the same—software that enables their success. Today, we continue to work with our clients, designing new systems, supporting existing systems, and integrating across systems. RIS keeps pace with the ever changing business and technology landscape, meeting our clients’ needs today to support their success tomorrow.
One client's system, built over 20 years ago, is still used. The technology has changed, but the core business-specific structure remains.