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 man on the industries in and around Hudiksvall.
In 1974 Åke founded a company called Verkstadsteknik Persson & Co and worked as a consultant with rationalizations in industries. When Luxor launched the microcomputer ABC-80 in the late 1970’s, Åke got an idea. Why not create a computer program for such computers and enter all processing data he had collected in his spreadsheets?
Åke contacted a software programmer he knew. Åke described his idea to create a computer software for calculating processing time. The programmer then used Åke’s instructions to code the software. This was the start of the first generation of MONITOR ERP system that was released in 1982. The company then had six employees.
In 1993, the company changed its name to Monitor Industriutveckling AB. And in 1996, the company moved to new, larger offices in Hudiksvall, Sweden. Over the years the MRP system has been further developed 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. The new name mirrors Monitor’s increased expansion on the international market.
After a short period of health problems, 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 see when the fifth generation of MONITOR called MONITOR G5 was launched in the fall of 2018. Had it not been for his entrepreneurship, visions, and courage to go against the flow, G5 would never have been launched.
Jörgen Persson, Åke’s son, took over the ownership of Monitor ERP System AB. Jörgen’s will is that all employees will continue to develop the successful company that Åke has created. The company is not the same without Åke, but Monitor’s foundation, the Monitor spirit – the spirit of Åke, the one that has taken the company to where it is today, still remains. Today, 200 people around the world go to work to continue what Åke once started.
AN INTERNATIONAL COMPANY WITH REPRESENTATION IN TEN COUNTRIES
MONITOR is a leading ERP system for manufacturing companies.
It is a complete ERP system, optimized for manufacturing companies. With more than 40 years of 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 related to MONITOR. Today, the company has approximately 200 employees, most of whom are based in the head office in Hudiksvall, Sweden. This is also where most of our software development takes place.
In Sweden, all training and marketing/sales are managed by Monitor. Outside Sweden, these operations are managed by our own companies or partners. Currently, we are represented in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Malaysia, and China. MONITOR is used by more than 3,800 companies. The ERP system MONITOR is today translated into 14 languages.