By the mid-1960s, computers and automatic data processing were well established in Finland. Companies that performed advanced engineering computing had also adopted Automatic Data Processing (ADP).
Due to the ever-increasing amount of computing work and lack of resources, a group of engineering offices established a joint software company. The company, named Teknillinen laskenta Oy ("technical computing") was registered in February 1966. The same spring, the company trading name was abbreviated to Tekla. Tekla's first office was located in Helsinki, Finland.
The foundation for Tekla's operations was defined as ADP consultation, computing services, training courses and software development. Six planning committees were formed in 1967 for the latter purpose, representing the different industries of the shareholding companies. The goal of the planning committees was to define the features of common software in cooperation with Tekla employees.
In fact, these committees created the model for Tekla's future way of working: starting projects to develop new programs in conjunction with customers.
History of Tekla
Tekla history "From punch cards to product modeling – 40 years of Tekla software" was published in 2006 when Tekla celebrated its 40th anniversary.
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