30 years of experience and progress: Explore our milestones and key events since our founding in 1987.
fecher was founded in 1987
Eberhard Fecher founded the company as an IT consulting firm in Germany while still working on his degree in business administration.
1st software development project
In 1991, the young firm began developing sales support software for France's Thomson Group.
Now offering tool-based services
In 1992, fecher began offering the development tool buildingBLOCKS, a software toolkit for Gupta developers.
fecher enters into a partnership with Gupta Technologies. A joint trade show booth at the CeBIT 1992 led to a number of additional joint public appearances.
1st large client: a "Landesbank"
In 1992, the Landesbank Rheinland-Pfalz (regional bank in Germany) became fecher's first large client. Their order for SQLWindows training sessions was followed by additional projects.
More banks become clients
In 1993, the Deutsche Verkehrs-Bank (DVB) became a fecher client. To this day, fecher still provides software development support for the Reisebank AG, a later spin off.
fecher gets an "office"
In 1995, the company expands and its employees move into the loft apartment on the top floor of the Fecher family home.
1st public contracts (public procurement)
In 1996, fecher adds the Forestry Operation of the Hessisches Landesamt für Naturschutz, Umwelt und Geologie (Hessian Agency for Nature Conservation, Environment and Geology) as a client.
More space, finally!
The loft apartment is no longer suitable for the growing number of employees. In 1996, the firm moved to an addition built onto the Fecher family home to provide 'real' office space.
A flourishing partnership
In 1997, Gupta Technologies changed its name to Centura. Nonetheless, the partnership with fecher continued to flourish and over the years both companies would often share a booth at trade shows.
buildingBLOCKS becomes fecher product
In 1997, fecher also obtained the rights to buildingBLOCKS and developed the product further.
The new millennium arrives!
As the world prepares for the new millennium, fecher continues its strong performance.
Entering the new millennium: 1999/2000
At the turn of the millennium, fecher had 21 employees and a nationwide presence in Germany. The company has added branches in Dresden, Duesseldorf, Hanover, Munich and Stuttgart to its Rodgau headquarters. fecher greatly expanded its service offerings to include training and support, database application development and class libraries for developers using Team Developer thanks to an important partnership with Centura.
Acquisition of HunterNT
fecher became a solution provider for industry-sector software when it purchased the personnel consultancy software HunterNT from CBC (based in Frankfurt, Germany) early in the year 2000.
fecher moves to its new headquarters
As the company with its 10 employees no longer fit in the annex, fecher moved to its new headquarters in 2000. The office building in Rodgau (near Frankfurt a.M.) provided the much needed additional space.
Gupta projects boom
Platinum Equity, the investor that acquired Centura's products in February 2001 and revitalized the Gupta brand, maintains the close working relationship with fecher.
Branch office opened in Switzerland
In 2002, just after Austria, fecher also opened its own branch office in Kloten, in the vicinity of the Zurich airport.
Ice Tea Group cooperation
In 2003, the Class Compiler product was developed jointly with the American software developer Ice Tea Group. The software compiles non-visual Gupta code to .NET.
Founding of fecher Romania
In 2003, fecher opened its nearshoring center in the Romanian city of Oradea (a university city). It's core competencies: web development and Microsoft technologies.
In 2003 and 2004, a new product called buildingBLOCKS JAVA was developed in a development collaboration with Wilken.
HunterNT adds PRS.net
Early in 2005, fecher purchased PRS.net, an insolvency asset that belonged to the software house RTS. PRS.net is an application for personnel consultants that fecher integrated with its HunterNT solution.
1st major .NET project
In 2005, fecher created for the Vienna Insurance Group an .NET online application system for life insurance.
Developers start turning away from Gupta
An increasing number of companies are looking to switch from Gupta and in the future develop in .NET only. As fecher wants to support them, it ends the partnership with Gupta.
1st porting project
In 2005, in collaboration with the Ice Tea Group, fecher ported the former Microsoft ERP suite Apertum for eEvolution, its new owners, from Gupta (SQLWindows) to .NET.
fecher assesses the sale of Gupta
In September 2006, Gupta is sold again; this time to the California-based Unify Corporation. In ComputerWoche, a German-language IT magazine, fecher provides guidance and initial recommendations for action.
Introduction of "The Porting Project"
At the end of 2006 at a roadshow with Microsoft, fecher introduces the tool-based, highly automated porting of entire Gupta applications to .NET.
Gupta porting becomes a successful model
Very early in 2007, the Landesbank Rheinland-Pfalz is the first fecher client to order an extensive porting project.
fecher presents new hunter software
At the BDU Personalberatertag (Meeting hosted by the German Personnel Consultants Association) in May 2007, fecher presents the new hunter; a merger of the capabilities of HunterNT and PRS.net.
New business areas
Mid-year 2008, fecher was given a new organizational structure by founding the Business Units Software Services, hunter and Business Solutions.
fecher opens new branch in the U.S.
In 2008, a branch office was opened in Washington, DC to serve the North and South American markets, whereby the main focus is on porting projects.
Market introduction of CV EXTRACTOR
Functioning both as an add-on to hunter as well as a stand-alone application, the new product CV EXTRACTOR was introduced in 2009 as an extractor of information from documents and business networks.
„Germany’s Best Database Project 2010“
In 2010, fecher's Gupta database porting project for the Landesbetrieb Hessen Forst won the Database Award from the highly regarded German-language IT magazines Computerwoche and CIO.
New .NET version of hunter is introduced
A new version of hunter was introduced in 2010. It now utilizes modern .NET technology and offers an intuitive user interface with a timeless, fresh design.
Visual WebGui for web porting
In 2011, a partnership began with the software developer Gizmox that made "Web Enabling" possible; namely the porting of .NET applications to web, cloud and mobile environments.
fecher becomes a Microsoft Cloud Partner
In 2011, fecher's cloud enabling services were enhanced by new Microsoft offerings, like Microsoft Office 365 and Windows Azure.
fecher offers Microsoft CRM service
Also in 2011, fecher began offering cloud-based customized client solutions for growth-oriented SMEs. This service is currently still limited to the German-speaking region.
hunterMOBILE is now available
At the end of 2011, fecher introduced to the market its mobile information platform for recruiters.
1st CRM project is a success
In 2012, at the BDU (German Personnel Consultants Association), fecher's in-house developed software for associations goes live as a Microsoft Dynamics CRM-based application.
Windows Azure Info Day
In 2013, fecher presented the success factors for cloud projects to software developers at a joint roadshow with Microsoft.
In the Spring of 2014, the new industry-specific solution for Microsoft Dynamics CRM officially became available to clients within the German-speaking region.
fecher now also migrates Visual Basic 6
fecher has become a comprehensive specialist for application modernization. In 2014, due to the high demand level, fecher also started migrating VB6 software to .NET.
hunterONLINE becomes available
Early in 2015, hunter became available as a SaaS distribution model that can be easily and safely used from the cloud; no server installation required.
fecher moves to Roedermark, Germany
In April 2015, fecher moved its German head office to its newly built headquarters in Roedermark (near Frankfurt am Main).
hunter wins an innovation prize
At the German INNOVATIONSPREIS-IT contest, two hunter software modules won the award "BEST OF 2015".
Porting and Web Enabling to the max
In 2015, fecher successfully concluded for Amtech Software in the United States its largest porting and web-enabling project to date.
The company's staff mourn the loss of Eberhard Fecher
On February 26, 2016, fecher's founder Eberhard Fecher passed away unexpectedly.
Continuing on the successfully forged path...
Eberhard Fecher, who founded the company in 1987, always knew the path he wanted his company to take. His focus wasn't so much on the next disruptive development or the next huge project; he was more interested in collaborating with people, in particular with the end users of software. He began by offering training sessions. Even thirty years later, many participants still remember and speak highly of him. As a trainer, he was able to make highly complex material easily understandable. In these sessions, he made many good contacts and established a basis of trust. When former students then became clients in later projects, he never disappointed them. Though fairly uncommon in the business world, his word was his bond and he kept the promises he made - to his clients and his employees. The training sessions led to projects and the hiring of additional staff. Regional branch offices were strategically established, followed by the opening of national and international offices. Unlike others, he did not chase rapid growth in the 2000s. Instead, he sought organic relationships with people and companies that were built on trust. He had an unusually high level of trust in those around him and did not micromanage, yet was detail-oriented and gave advice in a low-key manner. He encouraged others and would identify and suggest solutions in a peer-to-peer collaborative manner. He not only was a mentor to all of his employees, he was also frequently consulted for his expertise by the firm's partners and clients. His enthusiasm for so many things, whether willingly or unwillingly, was transferred to all he came in contact with.
Eberhard Fecher died from cancer at the age of 54. His sudden and unexpected death was a shock to all who knew him. The company he leaves behind is well-structured and healthy with a loyal and dedicated workforce that continues to run fecher along the path forged by Eberhard Fecher.
DMV implements fecher Verbandsmanager
In 2016, the largest implementation to date of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM-based cloud solution took place as a Club Management System for the German Marketing Association's (DMV) 65 clubs.
Premium service partnership for Wisej
With Wisej, in November 2016 a new technology for web enabling projects became available that is also suitable for developing real-time web apps. Hereafter, at fecher this framework will replace Visual WebGui.
fecher expands its presence in the U.S.
fecher sponsors Leigh Steinberg's Super Bowl Party 2017, which combines sports, business and glamor, though above all it supports humanitarian works.
fecher's 30th anniversary
In 2017, the company is proudly celebrating its 30th anniversary. fecher's development has truly been impressive.
Results at the 30-year mark
fecher's development after 30 years is truly impressive. Not only is the company financially healthy and flourishing, fecher is continuously improving its portfolio offerings and adapting them to market requirements. Core competency: Absolutely top-notch in application modernization, like no other. The proof? More than 150 successfully completed modernization projects on four continents. Our comprehensive offerings range from Gupta and database porting via VB6 migration to web and cloud enabling as well as customized Microsoft-based business solutions. With hunter, you benefit from one of Europe's leading recruiting solutions. In addition, a number of large, well-known associations in Germany rely on fecher's 'Verbandsmanager' software for associations. In short: A real success story!