A Few Words About Us
Apprentice Systems was founded with the mission to create Intelligent Systems that solve complex configuration problems. Our first applications were product design and quotation systems, created using our own proprietary authoring tool that captured expert knowledge graphically and generated code automatically. As we created the authoring tool we thought about the general patterns that lay beneath the different product configuration solutions we were building.
One day we realized that the patterns we had seen for product configuration worked just as well for process configuration, only the building blocks were tasks instead of system components or machine parts. To be successful, we built some new relationships, like time dependencies between tasks, but the essentials were the same.
About the same time we started working on process configuration, a law professor asked us is we could help him build models of how the Law worked. We said 'yes' because we could see that building legal arguments had a lot in common with configuring products and processes. In fact, legal reasoning is just one type of decision model that can be constructed using our general principles and easy to use knowledge capture tools.
Over the past ten years we've built custom solutions for clients big and small, for manufacturers, consultants, retailers and academics, and in industries as diverse as automotive, electronics, telecommunications and financial services. Increasingly, we are building general purpose apps available for download and use on computers, tablets and mobile devices. Technology has changed dramatically since our inception, but our mission remains the same: to build intelligent tools that help people solve problems.