As of November 8th, 2019, ISF is officially forty years old—so happy birthday to us! When we opened our doors in 1979, in a little office in Jacksonville, Florida, there was no way we could have known we’d end up here: a national player on the IT and management consulting stage. From the digital revolution to the information age, our clients have trusted our technology expertise and relied on us to guide their processes and strategies to the next level.
In honor of our birthday this fall, let’s take a look back at our history:
Once Upon a Time…
When ISF was founded by Tom Solano in 1979, we were an independent firm providing IT services and solutions for the warehousing industry, but we quickly grew into serving government clients as well. After signing our first government client, we opened our Tallahassee office and continued to expand our services in order to better serve state and local agencies. While we served manufacturing and education clients as well during this period, we soon found that our strengths truly shone in our work with government clients. Over the next two decades, we were able to grow exponentially and establish a reputation as a reliable and resourceful service provider for state government agencies.
Weathering the Storms
As ISF continued to grow and develop, the early 2000s presented a series of unique challenges that tested our team’s ingenuity and resilience. During the dot-com bubble, we continued to build trust with government clients while developing a new endeavor called CE Broker—which eventually grew to such success that it became a separate company. When hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne hit Florida in 2004, we partnered with the National Guard to implement changes that would speed up future rescue efforts and assist in streamlining the administrative work associated with natural disasters and other emergencies. Finally, when the 2008 financial crisis hit, we were prepared to weather the storm with a solid foundation built on trust and sound management practices.
Happily Ever After
In the last few years, ISF has expanded our services to include providing management consulting to government agencies. We’ve shifted strongly back to a growth-focused mindset and have a team of over 80 experts prepared to compete with national players in the industry. With our newest office in Austin, Texas, and a history of services in 18 different states, we’re primed to continue Solving the Future for many years to come.
That’s our story. For a visual, check out our official company timeline which shows the details of our history providing services to our clients for the past forty years. We’re proud of how far we’ve come and excited to see where the digital age takes us.
We’ve completed thousands of projects for state agencies just like yours over the last few decades, so if you’re looking for a partner to help you solve the future, you’re in the right place. Connect with us today to get started.