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Computer Analysts and Programmers

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Computer software consultants, of CAP House, London WC1

1962 Company formed

1965 The company was considered for a Ministry of Technology contract to allow development of a computer operating system that would allow multiple users[1]

1966 carrying out study for the advertising industry on forming a computer cooperative for the smaller agencies[2]. Wrote ALGOL compiler for GEC[3]

1967 Established a joint venture with a French company to supply software to European clients - called C.A.P. Europe[4]

1968 CAP Europe involved groups in Belgium, England, France, Holland and Switzerland[5]

1970 The European CAP group claimed to be the largest software house outside USA; was owned by its staff[6]

1975 CAP Europe acquired a substantial holding in Gemini Computer Systems of USA[7]; the group was called Cap Gemini Sogeti, based in Paris[8]

1976 CAP Group set up subsidiary in Reading called MicroSoft to serve developers of micro-electronics[9] but the venture was sold in 1981

1977 National Enterprise Board invested in CAP Group and acquired c.30 percent of the equity; Charterhouse Development Capital invested too; the company joined Insac[10]

1985 Public offer of shares in CAP Group[11]

1988 Cap Gemini Sogeti acquired 14.9 percent of the company

1988 CAP Group merged with Sema Metra of France[12] forming Sema Group.

1995 Cap Gemini Sogeti sold its 27.6 percent holding in Sema Group.


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Oct 20, 1965
  2. The Times, Apr 26, 1966
  3. The Times, Jul 19, 1966
  4. The Times, Apr 07, 1967
  5. The Times, Aug 02, 1968
  6. The Times, Oct 20, 1970
  7. The Times Jun 10, 1975
  8. The Times April 16, 1988
  9. The Times, Apr 27, 1976
  10. The Times Apr 06, 1977
  11. The Times, Jul 22, 1985
  12. The Times, November 08, 1995