Waterloo Maple Inc. is a Canadian software company, headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario. It operates under the trade name Maplesoft. It is best known as the manufacturer of the Maple computer algebra system, and MapleSim physical modeling and simulation software.

Waterloo Maple Inc.
Company typePrivate
IndustrySymbolic Computation, Software, Technical Computing
Founded20 April 1988 (1988-04-20) (Waterloo Maple Software)
3 March 2003 (2003-03-03) (Maplesoft)
FounderKeith Geddes and Gaston Gonnet
ParentCybernet Systems Group
Maplesoft Corporate Headquarters

Corporate history edit

Waterloo Maple Inc. was first incorporated under the name Waterloo Maple Software in April 1988 by Keith Geddes and Gaston Gonnet, who were both then professors in the Symbolic Computation Group, a part of the computer science department (now the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science) at the University of Waterloo.

Tim Bray served as the part-time CEO of Waterloo Maple Inc. from 1989-1990. During this period he claims in his resume that he helped save the company from one close encounter with bankruptcy by "instituting financial discipline".[1]

Gonnet left the company in 1994 after a failed attempt to purchase a controlling stake despite already owning 30% of the shares, and following protracted disagreements over the management of the company sold his remaining share in 2001.[2]

In 1998-04-20, Waterloo Maple Inc. announced its relocation to Seagram Museum[3] in Waterloo, which was itself the former location of the original Seagram distillery.

In 2003-03-03, Waterloo Maple Inc. announced the immediate introduction of the name Maplesoft as its primary business name.[4]

In 2003-05-27, Maplesoft announced relocating its headquarters to Waterloo Tech Campus at 615 Kumpf Drive, North Waterloo,[5] and expected to begin operation at the relocated site on 2003-09-02.[6]

In 2008-07-16, Maplesoft announced Cybernet Systems Taiwan was appointed as a Maplesoft Reseller for the Commercial and Government markets.[7]

In 2009-07-30, Maplesoft announced it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd.[8] In 2009-07-31, Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd. announced its acquisitions of all outstanding shares of Waterloo Maple Inc., with transaction to be executed via Cybernet Holdings CANADA, Inc, with consolidation to be completed by 2009-09-01. As a result of this acquisition, 10% of the workforce at the time (Around a dozen workers) lost their jobs.[9][10][11][12]

In 2012-06-26, Maplesoft announced its entry to Modelica-based professional consulting services, which included model development and simulation services, analysis and tool development, real-time plant-model code generation, and training.[13]

In 2018-06, Maplesoft announced that it was spinning off its Möbius and Maple T.A. products to a new, independent company called DigitalEd.

In 2018-12-19, Maplesoft announced that Dr. Laurent Bernardin, COO and Chief Scientist has been appointed as new CEO and President of Maplesoft effective January 1, 2019. Dr. Bernardin succeeds former CEO, Jim Cooper who has moved to become the full-time CEO of DigitalEd, a company Maplesoft spun-off in early 2018.[14] Dr. Bernardin was a student at ETH and was supervised by Prof. Gaston Gonnet, co-founder of Maplesoft.

Subsidiaries edit

  • Maplesoft France: Division based in Versailles, France. In 2015-01-20, Maplesoft announced the opening of its office in Paris, France.[15][16]
  • Maplesoft GmbH/Maplesoft Europe GmbH: Division based in Aachen, Germany. In 2010-03-31, Maplesoft announced the opening of its first office in Germany, replacing Scientific Computers as reseller in Germany and Austria.[17][18] In 2011-02-15, the office was registered as Maplesoft Europe GmbH.[19]
  • Cybernet Systems Korea (가이아넷코리아주식회사)/Maplesoft Korea: A Maplesoft distributor in Korea. In 2012-07-15, Maplesoft announced the opening of Cybernet Systems Korea and Cybernet Systems Korea as the exclusive distributor Maplesoft products in Korea.[20]
  • Maplesoft Europe Limited: Division based in Cambridge, UK. In 2013-11-18, Maplesoft announced the opening of a new office in Cambridge, UK, which would act as the headquarters for Maplesoft's European operations, including offices in France and Germany.[21] In 2016-01-14, Maplesoft announced a reseller agreement with EnginSoft, where EnginSoft would represent Maplesoft in the commercial markets in Germany, France, Italy, UK, Nordic, Spain, and Turkey.[22][23]
  • Maplesoft China: Division based in Shanghai, China. In 2019-02-20, Maplesoft announced the opening of a new and direct operation in China, jointly operated with its sister company Sigmetrix to replace their reseller Cybernet China.[24]
  • Maplesoft Japan: Division based in Tokyo, Japan. In 2020-02-12, Maplesoft announced the opening of a new and direct operation in Japan, replacing their parent company Cybernet System as reseller in Japanese market.[25]

Products edit

Product Related Products Version
  • Maple Add-Ons
Global Optimization
Grid Computing
Quantum Chemistry
Advanced Engineering Mathematics with Maple
Calculus Study Guide
Precalculus Study Guide
The Mathematics Survival Kit - Maple Edition
  • MapleSim Add-Ons
MapleSim Connector
MapleSim Connector for LabVIEW and NI VeriStand Software
MapleSim Connector for dSPACE Software
MapleSim Control Design Toolbox
MapleSim Tire Component Library
MapleSim Driveline Component Library
MapleNet n/a n/a

Information above taken from the official Maplesoft website.[26]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Resume of Tim Bray
  2. ^ Interview with Gaston Gonnet, co-creator of Maple, SIAM History of Numerical Analysis and Computing, March 16, 2005
  3. ^ Waterloo Maple Inc. Celebrates 10th Anniversary
  4. ^ Waterloo Maple Inc. introduces Maplesoft as primary business name
  5. ^ Maplesoft announces relocation to Waterloo Tech Campus
  6. ^ Maplesoft moves to Waterloo Tech Campus
  7. ^ NOTE TO EDITORS: Maplesoft Expands Distribution in Taiwan
  8. ^ Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd. to acquire Maplesoft in early September 2009
  9. ^ Cybernet Systems made Waterloo Maples Inc. its subsidiary and acquires shares
  10. ^ カナダWaterloo Maple Inc.の株式取得と子会社化に関するお知らせ
  11. ^ Edwards, Mike (August 7, 2009). "Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd. to acquire Maplesoft in early September 2009". Design Product News. Archived from the original on March 7, 2012. Retrieved 2011-02-07.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  12. ^ Cybernet Group
  13. ^ Maplesoft Adds Consulting Services to its Portfolio
  14. ^ "Maplesoft Announces Appointment of New CEO". www.maplesoft.com. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  15. ^ Maplesoft Brings Direct Presence to France
  17. ^ Maplesoft Opens Office in Germany
  18. ^ Maplesoft eröffnet Niederlassung in Deutschland
  19. ^ MAPLESOFT EUROPE GMBH (ALLEMAGNE) Chiffre d'affaires, résultat, bilans sur SOCIETE.COM - 529810657
  20. ^ Cybernet Systems Opens in Korea to Exclusively Market Maplesoft Products
  21. ^ Maplesoft Expands European Operations with New Regional Headquarters
  22. ^ Maplesoft Strengthens Operations in Europe with New Partner for Engineering Business
  23. ^ "Maplesoft strengthens operations in Europe with new partner for engineering business". Cambridge Network. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  24. ^ "Maplesoft and Sigmetrix Announce Direct Operations in China". www.maplesoft.com. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  25. ^ "Maplesoft Announces Direct Operations in Japan". www.maplesoft.com. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  26. ^ "Mathematical and Engineering Software Products for Commercial and Academic Applications - Maplesoft".

External links edit

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