MONITOR ERP SYSTEM
Åke Persson – The founder of Monitor
Åke Persson, the founder of Monitor ERP System AB, was born in a small village called Ytterhavra in the middle of Sweden. He was a person who dared to do things differently. Åke's inner drive took him from the farm in Ytterhavra out into "the world" at an early age.
Later on, Åke studied to become an engineer, and started working as a production engineer and time and motion study advisor at industrial facilities in and around Hudiksvall.
In 1974, Åke founded a company called Verkstadsteknik Persson & Co and worked as a consultant focusing on the rationalization of industrial firms. When Luxor launched the ABC-80 microcomputer in the late 1970s, Åke had an idea: why not create a computer program for such computers and enter all the processing data he had collected in his spreadsheets?
He contacted a software programmer he knew and outlined his idea to create computer software for calculating processing time. The programmer then used Åke's instructions to code the software. This was the genesis of the first generation of MONITOR ERP system that was released in 1982. At this time, the company had six employees.
In 1993, the firm changed its name to Monitor Industriutveckling AB, and in 1996, it moved to new, larger offices in Hudiksvall, Sweden. Over the years, the MRP system has evolved into a complete ERP system (Enterprise Resource Planning) for manufacturing companies.
In the fall of 2012, the company changed its name to Monitor ERP System AB. This new name mirrors Monitor's increased expansion on the international market.
Following a short period of ill health, Åke passed away in the spring of 2016.
Åke and his brother Morgan (to the left) at Tekniska Mässan (Scandinavian Technical Fair) in 1983
He was surrounded by his closest family. Åke was 73 years old. He never lived to witness the launch of the fifth generation of MONITOR, entitled MONITOR G5, in the fall of 2018. However, had it not been for his entrepreneurship, vision, and courage to go against the flow, G5 would never have been realized.
Jörgen Persson, Åke's son, took over the ownership of Monitor ERP System AB. Jörgen’s wish is that every employee will continue to develop the successful company that Åke has created. The company may not be the same without Åke, but its foundation - the Monitor spirit, the spirit of Åke, the person who has taken the company to where it is today - remains. Today, 300 people around the world go to work to continue what Åke once set in motion.
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An international company
MONITOR is a leading ERP system for manufacturing companies.
It is a complete ERP system, optimized for manufacturing companies. With more than 40 years' experience, we are the leading supplier of ERP systems in Sweden. The system is developed in close cooperation with our customers. As a result, MONITOR is both user-friendly and cost-effective.
Our business also includes training, consulting, and support services relating to MONITOR. We currently have 4,500 customers in 30 countries, and the system has been translated into 14 languages.