When we started
Unicon was founded in May of 1993 as a UNIX system and software consulting company. Unicon's founders met while working at Arizona State University (ASU) in the Engineering Computer Services department. Corporations began calling ASU and requesting assistance for their UNIX systems. The founding members recognized this business opportunity and UNICON was formed as a UNIx CONsulting company. Over the years, we've developed a strong customer following, including local companies, government entities, and clients in the education industry. In the late ‘90s, we were retained by Cisco® Systems, Inc. to develop learning management technologies to support its new Networking AcademyTM program. The program was the largest e-learning roll-out in the world at the time.
In 2002, we diversified by developing and marketing to the higher education market. In 2003, we acquired Interactive Business Solutions (IBS), a company that had an outstanding market presence and was well recognized in the uPortal® higher education community.
We entered the learning management system (LMS) market in 2004, and became one of the first Sakai® Commerical Affiliates.
In 2005, we completed a number of projects for higher education and related businesses. Some of these projects were for publishers, including three homework management systems. By working closely with clients, we developed insight into the special challenges facing institutions and corporations, especially in the areas of digital content delivery and learning technologies.
In 2007, we introduced our innovative Cooperative Support (now Open Soure Support) program. The program services the market needs of commercial support for open source software.
By 2009, Unicon expanded its services to support other enterprise open source technologies that were in high demand among its customer base. These included email, online video delivery, other Java-based portals, Web single sign-on, federated identity, and mobile computing. Unicon then expanded its services to include proprietary open source projects. This was evidenced by the introduction of Kaltura Video Platform, Liferay® Portal, and Zimbra® Collaboration Server.
In 2011, we expanded into federated identity, and became an Internet2® Member and InCommon® Affiliate and Participant. We also launched services to deliver mobile computing on premise or via an application hosting model. Unicon is now a recoginized leader in open source communities, mastering technologies including identity and access management, student success and retention, mobile computing, learning management systems, portals, online video, calendaring, email, and collaboration. We support open standards and continue to make major contributions to them.
In 2013, we will celebrate our 20th anniversary. Over the last 19 years, we have become widely recognized as a pioneer of open source software and a leading provider of IT professional services for higher education. We respond to market needs, and continue to provide relevant solutions to our clients. Our expertise is in custom application development, system integration, technology solutions, and open source support. Unicon provides large-scale consulting firm professionalism and capabilities, with the agility, personalized service, and relationships of a small company.
We manage enterprise deployments of open source software for:
- Email and Collaboration
- Identity and Access Management
- Learning Technology
- Mobile Computing
- Online Video
- Student Success