How have we lasted 50+ years in the ever-changing petroleum distribution software industry?

Because our software solutions work.

Because we’re responsive and forward-thinking.

Because we’re innovative, efficient, and multi-dimensional.

Because we understand the complexity of your needs.

Because we know that peak operational performance is key to your profits.

Because we care about your long-term success regardless of your current company’s size.

Because we believe in building relationships to support your company’s growth over and over and over again.

 

Because we treat you like family.

Here are some facts, because sometimes numbers speak louder than words.

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percentage of our clients that have been with us for 5+ years

years is the median tenure of our client base

years is the average time that employees work for us

1st

to develop accounting software specifically for wholesale petroleum distributors

1st

to upgrade our new systems to microsoft technologies

Here’s what you need to know about who we are and how we do business.

We’re not your run-of-the-mill software company. Our solutions aren’t based on cookie-cutter templates. Rather, they’re robust yet flexible solutions that can adapt to your unique needs and grow with you.

At the end of the day, our mission is to make technology one of your company’s greatest growth and profit-driving assets.

We’ve been creating software solutions for petroleum distributors since 1975, which means we’ve got a lot of experience under our belts to support your company’s needs. 

Since we’re privately held (e.g. no outside investors or debt), we’re able to quickly pivot our solutions to fit your changing needs. 

Furthermore, we embrace open integration with other solutions providers. We believe in playing well with others to streamline and keep your success front and center where it belongs.

Here’s what you need to know about how we became who we are.

Creating innovative software solutions, where there are none, has been part of our story since the beginning…welcome to our story.

It’s 1968. Dr. Bob Canterbury works for Northeast Louisiana University (NLU) as a professor of computer programming.

Computer programming, at that time, was the new, glorious, gateway to the future (we argue it still is). So, the infinitely energetic Dr. Bob launches a consulting business and names it Applied Information Management Sciences (AIMS).

Fast forward to 1975. Dr. Bob’s nephew, Mike Waller, needs accounting software for his Shell Oil jobbership, Waller Petroleum.

None exist. So, he calls the only computer programmer he knows, Dr. Bob, for help. Without skipping a beat, Dr. Bob writes the accounting software, himself. It takes him a year and it’s worth the wait. (And well, it takes time to write complex multi-featured programs. We should know.)

By 1976, Dr. Bob successfully creates the first jobber accounting software, which not only revolutionizes the wholesale petroleum industry, it also makes him extremely popular.

He names it the Complete Oil Marketers Perpetual Accounting System (COMPAS). Then, he dedicates his life to evolving and refining it to serve wholesale petroleum distributors’ complex accounting needs. News of its success spreads, helping transform the petroleum distribution software industry.

It’s 2005, COMPAS undergoes a complete transformation

to incorporate a true windows environment, using the latest Microsoft technology, leading to a stronger, more efficient, and flexible software aptly named, COMPAS Commander

Where is AIMS today? Well, we’re still evolving and customizing our software products to meet wholesale petroleum distributors’ multi-dimensional needs. And frankly, we love it. Our clients prove to us again and again that our software helps their businesses thrive and increase their profits. It enables them to adapt quickly because of the data confidence that Commander affords them. We’re proud to continue the legacy of Dr. Bob’s innovative, results-focused, and client-serving software, under the helm of his son, president and CEO, Robert Canterbury.

Now that you know our story, we welcome you to join it. We’re a family here and soon, we hope, you will be too.

P.S. We understand that in today’s world, it can be hard to trust strangers. That’s why we’re happy to share what our clients have to say about working with us and using our software. If you’re testimonial-ed out, we get that too. We invite you to just pick up the phone and call us so you can determine, for yourself, whether we really do “walk our talk.”

Let us help you start saving time and money today

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