Breton Technologies is a privately held corporation with its office located on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Founded in 1993 by Bill Kachafanas, the company began selling personal computers to home and business customers. Microsoft Windows 3.1 was just two years old, a significant upgrade from its Windows predecessors of the mid and late 1980s. DOS based systems and monochrome monitors were still in operation and Novell Netware was the gold standard in networking environments.
By mid 1994, Breton Technologies became a full service software and hardware provider becoming an authorized sales and service dealer for a number of tier 1 companies, including Compaq, HP and Microsoft. The PC market was in infancy and brand name computers like IBM were still very expensive and somewhat proprietary. The high cost of IBM machines gave rise to a more compatible and less expensive computer known as a clone. The clone machines became widely known as IBM compatible PCs and enjoyed a successful run for much of the 1990s. Many businesses throughout the country, particularly small businesses were not fully computerized and certainly not brand conscious or technology reliant. As computers grew in popularity back office functions such as bookkeeping services became more automated and eventually PCs found their way to front counter sales.
With the August ’95 release of Microsoft’s Windows 95, the PC marketplace changed completely. The release was highly successful and for the next five years Breton Technologies capitalized on market trends and high consumer demand. In 1996 and again in 1997, the company earned national recognition for high volume sales of Compaq PCs and Servers by Compaq Computer Corporation.
As significant as the PC market was in the 1990s, there was also an exciting technology that was making its way into mainstream computing. The Internet was surfacing as a commercialized product with dial up service being installed in homes throughout the entire continent and abroad. Aroon Rajani who has been with Breton Technologies since its inception was a recent graduate of Dalhousie University at the time with a Masters in Business Administration. He was already well versed on the Internet and could see a different path for the company.
Breton Technologies has moved out of retail services and is a IT provider for small to medium size enterprises. It offers a number of specialty services to its clients and is continuing to grow and expand into new markets. Kachafanas focuses on business management and software development while Rajani is a networking specialist with extensive knowledge of hardware and security. Today, Breton Tech focuses on 4 core services: Networking Services, Business Management Software Development, Corporate Training and Web & Email Hosting.