URS launched in 1969 as an IBM accounting machine services company
with General Electric as its inaugural client.
In those days IBM systems utilized cardpunch
technology that was referred to as Unit Record
Equipment. Hence, URS stood for Unit Record
Services. A unit record was defined as one
80-column card being one record that could
contain up to 80 bits of information.
In the mid-1970s URS expanded its capabilities by offering leasing
and maintenance services for peripheral products
such as terminals, printers, and controllers
that were connected to mainframes.
During the personal computer revolution, URS shifted its focus
from mainframe computers to the desktop and
broadened its product and service lines, as
well as its customer base. In 1985 the company
changed its name to URS Information Systems
to reflect the evolution from centralized to
decentralized technology solutions. During
this period, URS recognized that manufacturers
were flooding the market with thousands of
products but were providing little or no support
for the end user. URS made the commitment to
provide customers with full lifecycle services
to help them use the new technologies effectively.
URS' attentiveness to market conditions and customers
is demonstrated in its longevity and success.
Over the past 30 years URS has grown from a
start-up service firm to a $15 million IT solutions
and services provider with more than 400 customers.