Intrinsic was founded in 1984 by four Tampere University of Technology students. Unix was just breaking out from the world of software gurus to become a real commercial operating system especially for the technical applications market. The platform independence, which Unix in principle offered, was something totally new in the IT industry. However, applications and services were needed to open the markets for Unix-based hardware. The basic business idea of Intrinsic was to take this application and service market by storm.
During the first few years, the operation was very technology-oriented. Close cooperation was done with Hewlett-Packard and other Unix hardware vendors. First products were editor application Eddie and text processing application Wordie. At this time, the revenue came mainly from consultancy work and software development services for other companies using Unix platform, for example Valmet Automation.
C was the language to write applications for Unix. Before Unix and C, almost all technical applications were written in Fortran. This gave us the idea to develop a Fortran 77 to C cross compiler. The resulting product was called C-77, and the challenge was to build an international distribution network for it. It succeeded well; among the customers of C-77 were NASA, CERN, Intel, Aermacchi and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Training services were also a part of the product mix. There was a great demand for Unix and C related training at that time. Intrinsic was the first company in Finland to offer commercial training in the field of relational databases.
At the end of the eighties,Unix and related technologies had become part of everyday life in the IT industry. It was time to switch focus from technology to customers and providing solutions.
Intrinsic had a lot of experience in developing technical applications for the process industry. Based on this experience, the decision was made to focus on industrial information collection applications. This led to two main solution streams: industrial quality control systems and road weather and traffic management systems. These still are the foundation of our operation.
From the start to the present, technologies, operation environments and ITindustry and management trends have changed several times and required adaptation to new conditions. Learning, applying knowledge in finding the best solutions to the customer, proficiency and high quality of work have been the leading thoughts at Intrinsic since the beginning. Intrinsic is one of the oldest independent and running IT-companies in Finland. The managing director is one of the founders.