yarris – a history of innovation
The history of yarris has been one of ongoing innovation, invention and entrepreneurial endeavour.
There were 16 million Internet users worldwide and Netscape had just gone public when corporate lawyer Ian Goddard saw the potential of online business. He resigned from his law firm and founded the business above the shoe shop in Richmond. The company started by educating corporates about the Internet and developing web sites for organisations taking their first steps online.
248 million people were using the Internet and the dot com boom was accelerating. Ian and brothers Jonathan and Brad Hayden combined their businesses to form the Hubbub Group. They launched one of the world’s first online businesses in 1997, Models on the Net, established an operation in the US, were appointed appointed a Telstra Multimedia Broadband Business Partner to research new applications for broadband and laid the foundations for the products to come.
The boom was over but Internet usage hit 500 million. Hubbub had developed ten Software as a Service (SaaS) businesses including TestGrid, now one of Australia’s leading providers of online psychometric assessment services and arnie, linking auto repair shops nationwide with insurers, assessors and estimators. A joint venture with Telstra established ConSol, a leader in automated field services for telecommunications. Models on the Net was sold and is now a world leader trading as AT2.
Internet users exceeded 1.3 billion and in 2006 cloud computing is born. Hubbub’s business was re-launched under the banner Yarris (the name combines Yarra Street and Information Systems). Many new customers signed up to use ConSol. TestGrid was sold. Insurance customers began to use ConSol to manage property reinstatements.
2011 and beyond
Internet usage has topped 2 billion and online business has become mainstream. Yarris expanded its reach by enhancing the software platform to manage legal services for the Government of Victorian and Suncorp-Metway. A joint venture with IBM opens new possibilities for field services integrated with asset management. Auto clubs adopt arnie for managing their auto repairs. Yarris plans to expand into foreign markets.