Why did I choose the name “Friendly Systems” for our company?
As a high school and junior high and pre-school teacher, I discovered that people learn better from you if they like you. I learned that my job was to know my stuff and also to present it in a way that made my students like me, too.
When I worked as an accountant, financial analyst, systems manager and controller, what I wanted from my software provider was someone who was knowledgeable about their product. I also wanted someone who be kind to me, as I learned about and used the software. Someone who was going to be supporting and helpful. Someone who would be on my side when the going got tough. Someone with integrity. I wanted a â€œfriend in the businessâ€.
When I started the company in 1982 I knew I wanted to be a business that was friendly. When we added software vendors, that was a key characteristic we looked for. People like to to work with people that are friendly. While all software may, at times, be not so co-operative, the people who help you with the software can be. We listen to what you want and determine what it we can do to provide for you. After a few years, it was proven by our work that we could do the work and still be seen as friends by our allies.
So I decided to name the business â€œFriendly Systemsâ€ so that we would always remember that one of our main jobs was to be â€œfriendlyâ€ even while working with â€œsystemsâ€.
Now that’s Friendly!