Our web sites are about to change

HMS Software has one of the oldest web environments in the world.  We first started the site in the late 1980s when websites were just new to allowing graphics images.  Our first version had about 7 images including the logo and a half dozen menu buttons.  We were about the 7000th entry in the then-pre-eminent Yahoo index.   That may not seem like much but at one time Yahoo was adding about 16,000 business entries a day.  We talk about our web environment because it’s more than a website.  It’s a collection of websites, domains and web services including this one; our blog at blog.timecontrol.org (or blog.timecontrol.com).
In today’s modern age, an organization’s web presence is critical to its public image and HMS Software’s web environment has changed many times over the years.
It’s about to change again.  Since mid-2014, we have been working on a complete re-architecture of how our websites look and how we provide information to our HMS andtimecontrol.com-old TimeControl communities.
Changing the look and feel of a website for an organization isn’t a casual decision.  Aside from the costs and effort involved, we’re sensitive that returning visitors may find the change unsettling.  However, the design we’ve used for almost 10 years now was made in a PC-only world and we have to do a better job of accommodating many devices.  So, sometime later this quarter, our current sites at hmssoftware.ca, hms.ca, timecontrol.com, industrial.timecontrol.com and timecontrol.net are going to change their look from what you see on the right here…
timecontrol.com-newTo what you see on the right here…
We’ll be consolidating the 5 domains above into timecontrol.com for all things TimeControl, industrial.timecontrol.com for all thing TimeControl Industrial and hms.ca for anything more general about HMS Software.
We’re doing a lot of work in the marketing department to make sure we don’t lose any content during the change and we’ll be doing a large number of “re-directs” for pages that have names that have moved.
Stay tuned… We’ll be making another announcement on this shortly before the sites change.

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