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Palo Alto Software Inc

Palo Alto Software, Inc. develops, publishes, and markets software products for use with personal computers. Its products offer task-oriented, "know how" solutions for small-business and home-office entrepreneurs, professionals, and middle managers. The company is a privately-owned corporation with headquarters in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

Palo Alto Software Ltd.

Palo Alto Software Ltd. is a privately held limited company trading in the UK (UK registered: 4260116) with offices in London. Palo Alto Software Ltd. sells, markets, and distributes localised, country specific, international versions of the award-winning software developed by Palo Alto Software, Inc.

Palo Alto Software's flagship products are Business Plan Pro and Marketing Plan Pro, both Windows software applications. Business Plan Pro has led its category for years now (according to NPD Intelect, formerly PC Data), outselling all of its competitors combined.

Palo Alto Software Ltd. maintains a profitable Internet presence. The company website, www.paloalto.co.uk, provides product information and sales, product support, and online registration and updates.

Information on business planning and marketing planning can be found at www.bplans.co.uk and www.mplans.com. These sites include sample business and marketing plans and scenarios, practical advise on planning, and a panel of experts who have answered more than 1,400 questions. Bplans.co.uk has won awards as a valuable "plain talk" resource. Other sites owned by Palo Alto Software include BusinessPlanPro.co.uk, PaloAlto.ie, and BusinessPlanUK.co.uk

Palo Alto Software's founder and CEO is Tim Berry, a renowned planning expert. He is listed in the index of Fire in the Valley by Swaine and Freiburger, the history of the personal computer industry. Tim's biography is at www.timberry.com. Palo Alto Software's Uk operation is managed by Alan Gleeson.

Mission statement

Palo Alto Software develops, publishes, markets, and supports personal computer software that incorporates task-oriented tools, techniques, and know-how in practical, easy-to-use products. We make a fair profit that respects our customers; fairly compensates our owners, employees and authors; and supports on-going development of more great products. We maintain a stimulating, creative, respectful, friendly, and fun work environment that encourages ideas, diversity of thought, hard work, uncompromising product quality, and dedication to providing good value and good service to every customer.

Company history

Palo Alto Software, Inc. was founded in Palo Alto, California in 1983 as Infoplan, a sole proprietorship. In 1988 it was incorporated in California as Palo Alto Software. Palo Alto Software moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1992 and was subsequently merged into Palo Alto Software, an Oregon corporation.

During the 1980s, the company focused mainly on consulting and market research, with clients including Apple Computer, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Lotus Development Corporation, Ashton-Tate and others. Its forecasts of the personal computer market in Mexico became the standard source in that market until Select S.A. was established in 1988. Founder Tim Berry developed annual business plans for Apple Latin America from 1982 through 1987, during which time sales increased 15-fold, and for Apple Japan from 1991 to 1993 as sales grew over 600%.

The business plan product evolved from extensive consulting in business planning for large and small companies. In 1984, Infoplan published a business plan template, which accompanied a book published by Oasis Press; and in 1988, the original version of Business Plan Toolkit was published.

Since its release in 1995, Business Plan Pro has received favorable reviews by numerous business and high-tech magazines, and Internet sites; it is regularly on Amazon.com's top 10 list of best-selling business software. The most recent versions, Business Plan Pro 11.0 and Business Plan Pro 11.0 Premier Edition, were released in January 2008.

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