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Who We Are
Megabus began business in 1979 with the evolving aim to provide an end to end solution and service suite to customers who could not afford their own expensive IT infrastructure. As the business grew through the 80’s and 90’s in both reputation and functional capability via the development of the Marlin suite of products, Megabus introduced many industry-leading technology features like the e-business Megalink middleware solution; and expanded its customer base to be the preferred software platform of choice in the Tyre and Automotive industry in Australia.
With the onset of globalisation of technology companies and many of Megabus’ long term customers seeking out solutions providers that had a global footprint, the decision was made to seek a partner who could realise the vision of Megabus to take its best of breed products to the rest of the world.
During 2013, Megabus sought out potential partners and was excited to find a like-minded company that shared its values and commitment to the customer that would deliver on the vision. In June 2015 Megabus was then acquired by Constellation Software through its operating group company, Friedman Corporation and as a result of the purchase, Megabus became part of Constellation’s Friedman Operating group and continues to operate as an independent division of Friedman.
The acquisition has provided Megabus with a stronger corporate platform as well as greater access to resources and expertise to improve its product portfolio, market reach and level of service to customers.
1981 saw our first Point of Sale DOS based computer program on a retail sales counter in a Bob Jane T-Mart – a first for the Tyre industry in Australia. Following this in 1984 we released ‘Megasys’ and commenced our long term relationship with the Jax Tyres network and not much after we released our first Wholesale system.
1988 Saw big changes to technologies and as such Megabus was on the forefront as we introduced dial-up modem communications to allow emerging franchise groups to get a more accurate and up-to-date view of their network’s trading position. Then in 1989 we released the first Windows 3.1 version and re-branded name to ‘Megapro’.
1991 saw the release of the ‘Autotracker’ functionality to the program for customer/vehicle information as the precursor to CRM
1994 we released the first ‘Marlin’ and integrated to a back office and general ledger with centralised accounting as well as commencing our journey outside of Australia with our first customer in Singapore. Still growing we introduced integrated faxing ‘Megafax’ to our solution suite and started our relationship with Bridgestone Australia.
In 1998 we continued our expansion with our first customer in New Zealand and commenced our Automotive journey with ABS
1999 Megabus developed industry changing ‘Megalink’ to replace dial-up comms and allow secure encrypted transactional exchange between trusted partners / suppliers
2000 began with the release of Marlin 4.0 that delivered GST and Y2k. The momentum continued in 2002 with Marlin TX – (Transactional eXchange) which continued evolving our automotive functionality with the Midas franchise network.
2003 we Re-wrote Marlin Megapay payroll system as a fully GUI HR/Payroll system ‘Marlin HR’. A year later we found our first e-Business partner Repco utilising Megalink, this saw rapid expansion of partners in ensuing years including Bridgestone, Michelin, Yokohama, Toyo, Kumho, Pirelli, Exide, Century, and Shell.
Early 2010 we developed and introduced ‘Marlin GTX’ – full GUI version of the product with total re-write of Marlin TX into C++ we then commenced development of Java based ‘Marlin Blue’ in 2012, a POS with Multi-lingual capability for Asiapac expansion.
2013 saw the introduction Marlin Hosted Solutions as a GTX cloud-based offering as well as developing a wholesale shopping cart functionality for account customers.
In 2015 Megabus was acquired by Constellation Software (trading as CSI on Canadian stock exchange). And we saw expansion overseas with our first Marlin Blue customer in Indonesia in 2016 and a year later MarlinGTX saw success in the U.S.A, a 60 store chain with enhanced mobile capability.
2018 saw Marlin HR functionality extended to cater for single touch payroll.
Megabus is continuing to develop time-saving customer functionality and expand mobile capabilities to forecourt, stocktake and mobile van management as well as providing outstanding support for our vast array of products.