Mistral Associates was founded in 1984 by
Chris Latham-Smith MCIM MInstR
and Frank Dennis OBE.
Later mentored and additionally funded by Jim Swithenbank, nurturing Mistral through its early precarious years. Three long serving and well known 'characters'
in the RAC Manufacturing and Food Service industries. Each with up to half a lifetime's dedicated professional service in their respective business leadership roles.
Each motivated by a strong desire to redress the appalling service software developers offered the world's RAC industry at the time.
The first working program, a DOS based routine for accurate calculation of coldroom refrigeration loads, took only a little over 18 months to research, write and prove. With
consultation and advice from three leading universities and three major RAC manufacturers. However it took a further 3 years and by this time a gamble by the shareholders to
invest a total of more than 250,000 Pounds into R&D before late in 1989 the founders considered it safe to launch. To be completely proven, error trapped and with a sufficiently intuitive
user interface so as to be generally marketable. It was an instant success and quickly established itself as the standard program for the industry, right across the globe. The position which, after
further investments totalling over 17.5m€ to date, six major re-writes, countless upgrades, new fortnightly 'builds' and as a 32 bit Windows program it still
retains today. The undisputed world leader in the Expert System Software genre Mistral alone was responsible for creating. Now with a customer base of tens of thousands of RAC
Professionals, essentially important small businesses to major corporations, leading educators and government bodies, across 140 nations world-wide.
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