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About Logix

Welcome to Logix!

There is a lot of information about our company here. In the past Logix has delivered software systems to over 70 countries, and development platforms to many thousands of  programming houses, hundreds of major corporations, and dozens of government agencies.   Our services have expanded over the years to include a call center, data processing, credit card processing, casino management systems, and custom technology development for special needs. Our past endeavors have always pushed us to capitalize on the latest technologies to ensure success for our clients. We continue this approach and are always preparing for the next technological wave. This site contains a handful of the many highlights and challenges Logix has faced and overcome through out the years. Enjoy!

Technology is still our core, excellence our aim, and integrity our guideline.

On this page...
    Basic Info
    A brief history of Logix
    Mission Statement
    The Spirit of Logix

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Basic info

Many business sites don't have their physical address in any reasonable place, so let's get that out of the way first.

Logix Development Corporation
473 Post Street
Camarillo, CA 93010
Main phone: (805) 384-1460
Fax: (805) 384-1466

We are a company built on technology, and focused on service. Our products and services are wide-ranging. We stimulate your sales with electronic in-store advertising, then process the credit cards for the purchase. We handle sales for everything from home security products to satellite-delivered movies, and technology from banking to financial modeling to building a television channel from the ground up.

Logix is located in Camarillo, California, (at the Camarillo Airport Business Park) about 50 miles northwest from Los Angeles on the way to Santa Barbara. As a result, we are an easy drive to Los Angeles (if there is such a thing), but we're still in an area that's out of the smog, about 20 degrees cooler in summer, and in a county consistently listed as one of the two with the lowest crime rate in the county. We like it.

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A brief history of the company

Logix was originally called Aries Software Services when it was formed in Florida as a sole proprietorship, then Aries Computer Systems. The company was founded by D. Keith Howington, who is still the company's CEO. Microcomputers were still the domain of hobbyists, but a few intrepid businesses were experimenting with ways in which these devices might help in an office environment.   We were at the cutting edge of this effort.

It's hard to imagine today how these early microcomputers were perceived, and how they were equipped. Our first official custom software package was for a Toyota dealership in Ft. Lauderdale, and the equipment did not even include a floppy, let alone a hard drive! Every morning, they loaded their inventory from cassette tape, and saved it in the evening.  When hard drives for microcomputers came out, a 5-megabyte hard drive (1/1000th of what is now common) took two hefty guys to carry.

Along the way, Aries developed an early but very functional word processor, a special date compression mechanism that avoided the Year 2000 problem, and a concept of system design that serves us well to this day. In fact, we still use the original date compression internally; if it had become widespread, perhaps there would have been no Year 2000 problem.

In Florida in those days, microcomputers were diverse. We started years before IBM introduced the PC (which was August 1, 1981) and even a few years after that date it was not at all clear which of the myriad of incompatible systems would survive. Few of us now remember the Exidy Sorcerer, the Ohio Scientific machines, Vector Graphics, S-100 based systems. Since Aries sold computers as well as built the software to run on them, our lives were forever complicated by the variety.

In the beginning of 1984, Keith Howington moved the business to California for a large custom project. All of a sudden, there were customers that understood the idea of computers in a business, you could walk into any of dozens of computer stores to buy the hardware, and Aries could focus on the software side.

At least in theory. We became specialists in Molecular multi-user systems (serious business computers in those days), and because we could not find vendors that would take appropriate care of our clients, we continued to sell hardware. Keith met Gary Kuipers at this point, and wound up subcontracting some of the software development side to Gary so that Keith and his team could handle the hardware. The problem with this approach was that Keith enjoyed most the design and development of business systems, but wound up turning screwdrivers instead.

So, it was time to re-invent the business. Gary became a partner, and the business was incorporated in January, 1985 as Logix Development Corporation. The next two years found us working on large projects, in the entertainment and international finance world.

Business went well, but two years later Keith bought Gary out so that Gary could pursue business interests in South America. Logix continued to focus on software development, but now the tools and methodologies that Keith had been creating for production programming began to be an income stream in their own right. We were using the ODBS language at the time, and Logix utilities became part of the language, as well as being available in several add-on kits.

Later, Logix utilities for the Clarion language (actually, an entire development platform based on the language) became the most popular Clarion add-on the month it was introduced. As a result, Keith and Anne and the rest of the programming team, including Eric Kuyper, became popular speakers, and programmer/user groups formed for Logix's products as far away as Australia. We made many friends on our trips, and were treated like royalty.

All of this took time away from our core business, which was developing top-notch, large scale business and scientific applications. We reluctantly bowed out of the programming utilities business, and then were clobbered by the Northridge Earthquake a couple of months later, in January 1994.

We were about 1 mile from the epicenter, had no power for days, and no water until we moved out of the building. A lease was signed for temporary space in Westlake Village about ten days after the quake, but it was a while before the move could take place - movers were very busy at that point.

This was a discouraging moment for us. We had been very successful from a technical standpoint, but had not amassed resources capable of getting us through this difficult situation. So, after a couple of weeks of soul-searching, Keith re-invented the business again. This time, instead of writing systems and giving them to clients, we would run the systems for our clients, on a 24 hour basis.

Shortly thereafter, we began a call center, and we did well in this area also. Over the next 50 months, Logix's sales volume increased by a factor of 50, and we went from about a dozen employees to about a hundred. Along the way, we refined technologies to enable us to service customers in these new areas, and the management team and methods that would allow us to control it to get the results we wanted.

Ultimately, it was the people of Logix that made the process work, and that keeps it working well today.  If we lost everything else, but kept our people, we could build it all again. 

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Mission Statement

We strive for and achieve excellence in state-of-the-art global technology services supporting the growth and success of our clients, employees and community, while maintaining the highest of ethical and professional standards in all of our dealings.

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The Spirit of Logix

Logix is, well, different. Our technical and administrative staff are dressed in conservative business style, at a time when it's all the rage to "go casual". You'll hear a certain genteel formality in the way people on the team refer to each other, regardless of position in the company.

If a single key word could be distilled out of the "corporate culture" of Logix, it would be respect. We firmly believe that everyone, whether new hire or long-time major client, is worthy of it. We work hard to make Logix not only a great place to work for our employees, but a great place to do business with. We deliver our services, and we pay our bills, promptly and professionally, and we take pride in the environment we've created. We also support a number of charitable interests, some local like the Boys Club and Concern for Youth, and some that are "bigger than global" in scope like the Space Frontier Foundation.

Commitment is extremely important to us as well. As a policy, we are careful about making a commitment, and once we make it are nearly fanatical about making it happen.

Technology underlies most of what we do, and makes what we do better for our customers. If you have a custom requirement for how calls are to be handled in the CallCenter, no problem. We wrote the software, the automated call handling systems, and the interface to the phone switch, so we're not hostage to someone else's source code. The financial processing systems and advertising schedulers are also created in-house, and our core capabilities are important to us.

Logix has long since learned to bridge the gap between business acumen and technical prowess. Over the years, we've built perhaps a hundred large systems for a great many different businesses. While most of our systems sold precisely one copy, some have been in the tens of thousands. In the custom software business, we learned to estimate a job so well that in 30 years of software projects, we never exceeded a cost budget. Not once. Many times we came in under budget, while accommodating a variety of situation changes "on the fly".

Our philosophy may seem a bit old-fashioned to some, but we are going to continue to strive mightily towards our goals while maintaining the highest of ethics. We're sure this will become trendy again.

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