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.
Bill Kachafanas is the President and Founder of Breton Technologies. In 1993, while working for the Government of Canada, he started the company in Ottawa, Ontario before re-locating back to Cape Breton.
The company was established primarily as a value added reseller of computer hardware and software for small to medium size business. He started the business with the goal of building long standing business relationships while supplying quality products and professional service.
In 1994, Kachafanas recognized the growth trends of personal computing technology in the workplace and successfully capitalized on these trends. The growth continued throughout the 1990s until a combination of factors led to a change in the company’s direction. By the late ‘90s, the Internet was a newly commercialized technology and electronics were now inexpensive commodities. Kachafanas began to re-focus the company and specialize.
In 1997, he added software development to the company’s product offerings and expanded its networking services. He designed and developed a Point of Sale application for small business retailers and has undergone a number of iterations since its inception.
After the turn of the century, Breton Technologies had re-emerged as a leading technology company in the greater Sydney area and continues to grow and expand into new markets. In 2016, Kachafanas spun off a new company, RedTail POS by retiring the 15 year old Point of Sale application and replacing it with into an industrial grade multi module application called RedTail. The new company develops a full suite of business management modules under the RedTail brand and is continuing to grow in the SME marketplace.
Kachafanas holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Cape Breton University (formally University College of Cape Breton). He has also received a number of service authorizations from hardware vendors such as Dell Computer Corporation, Hewlett Packard, and Compaq Computer Corporation. He is proficient in many different software applications and develops industrial grade software using Oracle MySQL, Visual Studio, .Net technologies, SAP Crystal Reports and script writing languages.
In the Community:
Kachafanas is actively involved in his community. He is currently Chair of the Cape Breton Partnership (CBP) and an active investor and board member in the Partnership for the past 5 years. CBP is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering a positive business environment and prosperity for the Island.
He also volunteers his time for Basketball Cape Breton – a not-for-profit organization that offers programs for kids at both the recreational and competitive level. He coaches boys and girls teams in mini and bantam divisions and is passionate about helping kids achieve new heights in organized sport. In addition to coaching, he gives his time by providing assistance to the administrative side of the organization and provides IT service and support on an ongoing basis.