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History

 1989

Scientia Limited was founded in 1989 to develop artificial intelligence resource scheduling solutions for education, defence and industry. 

Scientia’s Syllabus timetabling system for schools was launched in December 1989, in the presence of HRH Prince Michael of Kent and Scientia's Chairman, Baron Bentinck. Syllabus contained the first version of Scientia’s GENIE scheduling engine.  

1990

Syllabus Plus for Universities and Colleges was pioneered for Macintosh computers.  This product contained a more advanced version of GENIE which was needed to support the complexity of timetabling in higher education.  
 

1991

Acquired Procyon Research Ltd based in Cambridge.  The company had developed the Procyon Common Lisp development environment which was used by Scientia for its product development. We felt that it was essential to own the compiler technology in order for Scientia to improve the performance of all its products. 
The Procyon Common Lisp system for Windows was successfully sold to Franz Inc for $275,000, and Scientia retained the right to use and develop Procyon for our own use.
 

1992

Further development and enhancements to all our education product lines.
 

1993

Scientia pioneered the development of a new GENIE engine with improved performance.  Extending the functionality to multiple users, Scientia also developed a scheduling database to allow many schedulers to simultaneously work on the same schedule.
 

1994

Syllabus Plus V2 released. This release spearheaded the first multi-user cooperative scheduling system for academic timetabling in the world. It used a client-server architecture and provided both advisory and automatic scheduling. Procaps
Procaps V1 released.  This was a real-time planning and scheduling system for make-to-order manufacturing and was developed in collaboration with Rexam Plc.  The system used a variant of the GENIE engine to create an optimised machine and tool loading programme for the next manufacturing week, modelling all the processes in the factory including queues.   
GENIE engine selected by the UK Royal Navy.  Coopers & Lybrand assessed 12 scheduling systems before selecting Scientia and GENIE. 
 

1995

Procaps V2 released. Scientia made multi-user scheduling possible for the manufacturing sector.  Multiple planners could interact with the live schedule at the same time, and real-time data feeds from the shop floor allowed the system to be a decision support application for factory managers.   No other scheduling system at the time was able to provide this level of interaction and sophistication.

S+Course Scheduler V1 released.  Scientia extends again its scheduling technology to a new area - training courses. The product was developed to optimise the scheduling of military and commercial training courses and uses many components from Syllabus Plus. 
 

1996

Exam Scheduler released. The product spearheaded the development of an optimal examination schedule to ensure that individual students do not have a clash of examinations or too many scheduled on the same day.  The product was the first commercial solution in the world to enhance the student experience with regard to exams.              S+2.6

 

Scientia releases a new version of Syllabus Plus - Version 2.6 

 

Scientia received the endorsement of the Australian government for the Syllabus Plus product family and some 80% of Australian Universities ordered the product in the following months.
 

2002

Syllabus Plus Data Adapter released.  This simplified the exchange of data between Syllabus Plus and other systems.
 

2003

The decision was taken to use Microsoft .Net for all future software developments. 
 

2004

Web Room Booking released. 
 

2005

Student Allocator released to save time and improve the selection process for activities and modules for students and staff.  The web portal is able to model programme and module rules to the most complex curriculum, and in a graphical way. 
   
  

2006

The decision was taken to develop a new platform for Syllabus Plus called Enterprise Syllabus Plus.  The first tranche of work would retain the GENIE scheduling engine written in Lisp; the second tranche of work would develop a new GENIE engine in .Net.
 

2007

Enterprise Timetabler released.  This was the first major component of Enterprise. Staff Workload Planner released. This product tracks the workload of individual staff to ensure that they are not overloaded. It is the first system that fully integrated with planning and timetabling to save time for institutions.
 

2008

Enterprise Course Planner released.  Scientia acquires business information modelling company (BIM) Pythagoras in Sweden to help institutions further optimise their space with the product Space Manager.
  

2009

State-of-the-art timetabling software Enterprise Foundation released.
 

2010

Enterprise Messaging released. 
 

2011

New generation Exam Scheduler released.  Scientia acquires DataVisibility Ltd in order to help save estates managers and finance directors time and money on their capital management programmes.  Its Imprest solution offers a highly configurable system to mirror an organisation's processes whilst helping identify overspend and underspend at the same time.

 

2012

Scientia takes a strategic stake in Clipboard Inc.  New versions of Enterprise Foundation, Student Allocator and Exam Scheduler are released.  

2013

Scientia announces the release of CliqueIn – an information mobile app for institutions and Report Packs to help clients unlock the intelligence from Enterprise Foundation. New versions of Student Allocator and Enterprise Foundation are released.  The company is also shortlisted for the Education Investors Award in the category of Use of Educational Technology.