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TCF Celebrates its 25th Birthday

1st April 2013

TCF Communications Ltd has just turned 25 years old.

The company started in 1988 as a maintenance and support company focusing on Unix multi-user systems manufactured by a company called Altos, who were purchased some years later by PC vendor Acer. We also maintained systems from Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) who were themselves bought over, this time by Compaq who later merged with Hewlett Packard. There has been numerous mergers & takeovers in the past 25 years, whilst many familiar companies have started up and disappeared in that time. It's also amazing how technologies have come and gone, been rehashed and sold again as something completely new.

The company and its staff have experienced all the changes our great industry has gone through, which often helps when making strategic technology decisions and recommendations. There isn't really any substitute for experience.

The company started out as TCF (Glasgow) Ltd, but the name was changed to TCF Computer Services soon after. Many years later it was changed to TCF Communications as we embraced the idea of converging computing and telephones. Many people have asked why TCF? What do the initials actually mean? Well the truth of the matter is simple. Nothing! Sitting around a table in February 1988, the founders considered lot's of names, but couldn't decide or agree on a suitable name. One said "the computer factory" and the others said "no that's terrible". One then said "what about shortening it to TCF" and everyone said "ok that'll do", on the basis that we were all getting fed up trying to think of something!! Not in our wildest dreams did we even consider that the company and the name would still be around in 2013!

I would like to personally thank everyone that has been involved with TCF, past and present, for all their help in making the company a success over the past 25 years. In particular I would like to express a sincere appreciation to the customers who have remained with us from the very first day back in April 1988. Thank you.

Clearly much has changed over the past 25 years and I expect the next 25 years will be much the same. Nothing stands still in the world of technology.

Here's to the next 25 years!

Andy Steven, Director


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