March 2021 marks 15 years since the first public release of MIDAS.

Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of MIDAS Room Booking Software

MIDAS v1.00 was first unveiled to the world on 11th March 2006.

Where it all began…

Work began on MIDAS in December 2005. At that time, Mark Harrington, the creator of MIDAS, was working in a brand new Performing Arts College – the first one of its kind in Greater Manchester, UK.

This new school for students aged 11-16 boasted impressive state-of-the-art facilities. These included a sports hall, gymnasium, all weather pitch, atrium, conservatory, a 300-seat community theatre, outdoor stage, recording studios and rehearsal space.

All these spaces were to be available for internal use by the school. Then in the evenings and at weekends, they would be hired out to external and community groups.

Soon after the new school opened, the school appointed a Community Facilities Manager, Miriam, in November 2005. Her role was to oversee the booking and smooth operation of the new facilities, which were in very high demand by the local community.

It soon became apparent that the software the school had been using for handling their room bookings was not up to scratch. It was simply not meeting the increasing demands on the new facilities.

The (now defunct) software named “VenueBooker”, was slow, cumbersome, buggy, and not very user-friendly! Consequently, Miriam and Mark both spent time researching what other alternatives were available.

After much discussion, frustration, and plenty of sentences stating “wouldn’t it be great if we had a system that could…?“, they soon realized that there were no alternatives available that would do exactly what was required out of a room scheduling system.

Mark, coming from a strong programming background, was sure he could create something that would do everything a Community Facilities Manager would need to manage facilities, clients and bookings.

So Mark sat down with Miriam and the two of them “brainstormed” how she wanted the software to ideally function.

Dozens of sheets of paper later, covered with all kinds of scribbled notes, arrows, and flow charts, Mark had something to go away and work on!

A few days later, an initial prototype v0.01 was born.

Mark named the software “MIDAS”, an acronym, although to this day he remains elusive as to whether it actually stands for “Mark’s Infrastructure Daily Allocation System“, or “Miriam’s Infrastructure Daily Allocation System“(!)

Over the Christmas holidays of 2005, Mark worked diligently to develop MIDAS so that it could be “rolled out” in the new year.

He even spent New Year’s Eve sat in front of his computer at the stroke of midnight, coding away!

Within the first few weeks of 2006 (and numerous revisions of the software later!), MIDAS went “live” at the school for the first time. It transformed the way staff and external clients booked rooms.

Now, for the first time all staff could check room availability using their web browser. The booking process was simpler, efficient, and stream-lined! The number of bookings and revenue substantially increased during the year, and double-bookings were finally thing of the past!

An early version of MIDAS in 2005
An early version of MIDAS in 2005

Going Public…

Realizing the potential of MIDAS to help other schools and organizations in similar situations, just a few months after the first prototypes, MIDAS v1.00 saw its first public release on 11th March 2006.

Fast forward to 2021…

15 years on, and MIDAS is still going strong!

Our software remains in active development, and we remain true to our original ethos of helping people better manage their facilities and resources.

New feature-rich updates are regularly released – at least 3 times every year.

Our global customer base continues to grow as word spreads about MIDAS.

Celebrating our 15th Anniversary

To coincide with our 15th anniversary, we’ll be releasing the latest update to our MIDAS software, v4.27. Learn more about what’s new in this latest version here.

Also to mark the 15th anniversary of our MIDAS room booking & resource scheduling, we’re offering new customers 15% off their purchase of MIDAS!

Simply enter Promo Code: MIDAS15, when purchasing through our secure site.*

You’ll need to hurry though, this offer is only valid until 14th March 2021.

The future…

We’re tremendously proud to have been here for the past 15 years.

In that time, dozens – if not hundreds – of competitors have appeared (and many have since disappeared!).

To all our customers; whether you’ve been with us for the past 15 years, or just the past month – we appreciate you choosing MIDAS and sincerely thank you for your support! – You’ve committed to us, and we in turn continue to be fully committed to you.

If you’re not yet a customer, we appreciate that there’s a wealth of choice out there today when it comes to choosing a room booking system.

Maybe you’re currently considering a change and are evaluating a number of different scheduling software solutions. Don’t forget that we offer a no-risk FREE 30-day trial of MIDAS. Activate your FREE Trial today, and explore what MIDAS has to offer!

Also, when evaluating potential solutions, make sure you take into account 3 key factors:

  • How long a product has been around?
  • How frequently are software updates released?
  • How prompt and forthcoming is product support?

With MIDAS, you get a solid product, with a proven track record. You get a stable system that’s in active development, and with unrivalled support to back it up!

Finally, don’t forget, we’re currently offering new customers 15% off with Promo Code MIDAS15.*

* Promo Code valid until 14th March 2021 for new purchases of MIDAS only.