The origins of Ockham go back to 1982, when
it was part of the Vlaamse Uitgevers Maatschappij. Later it
became a member of the Bekaert Group. It is now a privately-owned
software and IT services company. Ockham specialises in mission-critical
application development using honed technical skills combined
with the latest technology. By working in close partnership
with it customers, Ockham has gained an in-depth understanding
of their industries and business requirements.
In order to maximise its added value, Ockham focuses on three
Ockham - the origins of the name
The choice of the name ‘Ockham’ was inspired by
William of Ockham. He was one of the earliest and greatest
scholars of the Middle Ages. His work in logic was paramount,
influencing modern logic and computer science. William of
Ockham was born around 1285 in Ockham, a village south-west
of London, England.
After joining the Franciscans, he studied at Oxford University
and in Paris. He became one of the leading philosophers of
his time. This set him on a collision course with Pope John
XXII. He was summoned to Avignon where he was tried for heresy.
The trial proved lengthy and inconclusive and he eventually
fled to Munich. There he died circa 1349 before he was able
to accept a reconciliation with the pope.
He is best known for his ‘principle of parsimony’,
often called ‘Ockham’s Razor’. This states
in Latin: ‘frustra fit per plura, quod fieri potest
per pauciora’. In English, this reads: ‘it is
vain to do with more what can be done with less’.
This principle is the basis of Ockham’s business philosophy,
which is simple. Ockham provides clarity and vision in a world
of increasing technological complexity. It supplies practical,
well-designed solutions to its customers, giving them competitive
advantage in their businesses.