Sagacent’s 10th Anniversary!

By Ed Correia, CEO, Sagacent Technologies

It’s hard to believe that 10 years have already passed since I founded Sagacent and Friday, January 1st marked our 10th anniversary. In the last 10 years, we’ve moved from a single technician (myself), working out of my home and driving around to fix computers, to a thriving IT company with seven full-time employees, doing much of the maintenance remotely and a beautiful 2,000 square foot office.

We’ve learned a lot and experienced even more over the years. Sagacent began just as the dot com bubble burst and experienced another recession just last year. Through it all, we have been extremely grateful to our clients – over one third of which have been with us over five years and some very near our founding.

Here are just some of our milestones from the last 10 years:

  • January 1, 2000 – Sagacent is founded and I begin learning all I didn’t know about sales.
  • May 2002 – Our very first employee is hired. Over the years, many people have worked for the firm in various capacities.
  • January 2004 – We decided to focus the company on monthly support agreements rather than simply waiting for the phone to ring. We moved from a questionable business model of largely time and materials or project-based work to a monthly contract-based business.
  • March 2007 – I signed our very first office lease and began moving out of my home office and into our new offices on Stevens Creek. We immediately doubled our staff and a ‘Sagacent culture’ began to arise.
  • May 2007 – Sagacent is awarded an EBBY from the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce recognizing community involvement and small business growth.
  • October 2007 – We purchased our new ERP software which will facilitate everything we do and began mapping all our current processes and procedures to it. Then the challenge became one of trying to make sure everything we did was in that software and only there.
  • May 2009 – as if the 2008 recession was not enough, my stroke and two-month absence puts the company to the test, but we were able to weather both the recession and my health problems without too much of a problem.
  • January 2010 – we start our 11th year and our second decade!

Netbooks Are Everywhere!

By Ed Correia, CEO, Sagacent Technologies

Traditional notebooks have a challenge: they’re often big, bulky, heavy, have relatively short battery lives [I thought these things were supposed to be portable!] – and can often cost a pretty penny – frequently even more than a powerful desktop computer. Enter the netbook . . .

In 2007 a new breed of notebook sprang upon the market. The netbook was born and it was designed to appeal to those consumers who wanted a smaller laptop that was easily portable, featured a longer battery life and cost less than $500. This required manufacturers to make these units very inexpensively, which meant smaller screens, less memory, slower processors and no CD/DVD drives, and frequently lower-cost software. The trade-off was the first netbooks were often quite slow and only featured 8-inch screens and proved almost unusable for most people. These first notebooks were followed quickly by slightly larger notebooks with 10-inch screens. Now they were a bit more useful, but screen resolutions were still quite limited. The 800×600 screen resolutions were at least tolerable. While they were ‘okay’ for taking notes in meetings, e-mail or browsing the web, they were horrible at running demanding applications or playing games. They were definitely not powerhouses. But highly mobile business professionals and college students loved them and we at Sagacent looked on with anticipation.

In 2008, we became so enamored with the netbook concept that every tech began carrying one – including myself. We decided that instead of all of us getting the same model we should try and get different brands and models wherever possible.

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