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Flexible Systems’ story begins back in 1983 when the company’s founders, Seth Belous and Joe Saggio, were at their commencement ceremony at Stony Brook University. The two economics majors were discussing their plans to purchase personal computers so they could acquire skills that would make them more marketable. Joe decided on a Atari 800, Seth a Kaypro II.
As with all recent graduates, the priority for Joe & Seth was finding a job. As they prodded through the tedious and time consuming task, they realized that there had to be a better way. That’s when they had the light-bulb moment – start a business that used technology to simplify the job application process. They invested in additional hardware & software, built a database of companies, and wrote an application that automated the job application process.
The service was popular, but unfortunately their daisy wheel printer couldn’t keep up with demand and they lacked the capital required to purchase the equipment needed to rapidly scale the business. Since they had bills to pay, they put this project on the back burner and looked for jobs where they could work with personal computers. Seth became the PC Coordinator for a large International company, and Joe became the operations manager at a small business. While they worked at vastly different companies, both were tasked with finding ways to automate business processes using PCs.
The two friends often worked together to figure out solutions to problems they encountered at work. Soon they realized that between the two of them they had enough knowledge and experience to offer computer consulting services to small businesses. Before long they had more work than they could handle so they left their full time jobs, added Marty Schmitt to the team, and decided to form a company.
The initial focus of the company was developing custom software applications that ran on IBM PCs. Before long many of their clients were asking if there was a way for multiple people to use the software at the same time. After some research, the company started developing applications using a product called DataFlex (this is where the company name came from). This software worked in conjunction with a new type of multi-user system developed by a company called Alloy Computer Products.
The combination of the Alloy product with the DataFlex software was magical. Within one year Flexible Systems had become Alloy Computer Products’ largest value added reseller in the northeast. Joe, Marty, & Seth, rented their first office space in Melville, NY and moved the business out of Joe’s kitchen. Fast forward to today: Flexible is located in a company-owned 20,000 square foot building in Hauppauge, NY, and the company employs over one hundred people.
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Before hiring Flexible Systems, I had constant email issues… now I have confidence that my emails are being sent and received. I’m VERY glad we hired Flexible.
WOW! That is all I can say about Jeff and the team at Flexible Systems. It’s so nice to know that my entire network is handled so I can focus on running my practice.
Prior to working with Flexible Systems we had different problems with the computers, printers, and our network every day. Now we run seamlessly.
Flexible has a knowledgeable staff that is always willing to assist in any way. I always get one-on-one attention.
Flexible Systems has been providing us with outstanding IT related services since 2004… We highly recommend Flexible to anyone looking for the best in IT services.
The one thing I can say about Flexible Systems is that they are proactive. We are very happy with the attentiveness of their team.
Flexible Systems personnel strive for excellence. The staff is extremely professional, knowledgeable and instills confidence. It is a pleasure to work with them.
Having a system that is stable [and] working well… is the single biggest benefit of working with Flexible Systems.
Flexible offers us great customer service… They help us set standards and have a strong knowledge of what we need… We can always count on Flexible.
Flexible gives us great service and support. They maintain a proactive approach and are always willing to help us find better ways to do things.