Orchid Software

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Orchid Software
Orchid Software
Native name
Orchidsoft Ltd.
IndustryCloud collaboration, Intranet portal, Enterprise social networking, Content management
Founded 📆1994
Founder 👔Ajay Sood
Headquarters 🏙️Gateshead, United Kingdom
Area served 🗺️
Products 📟 Orchidnet
Number of employees
🌐 Websitewww.orchidsoft.com
📇 Address
📞 telephone

Orchid Software is a trading name of Orchidsoft Ltd.[NB 1], a developer of intranet portal and cloud collaboration software, founded in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and relocated to Gateshead, UK in 2008.

The company is noted as one of the earliest developers of commercial intranet software in the UK[1] and has been showcased under The Prince's Trust's Success Stories.[2]

In recent years the company has received investment to support the sales and marketing of a new strategic SaaS platform, Oak Intranet.[3]

Company History[edit]

Orchid Software was founded in 1994 to develop software which supported the management of ISO 9000 standards within large organisations.

In 1997 the company moved into bespoke, server-based software development utilising the web server capabilities of Microsoft Internet Information Services. Initial web-based software applications included a Waste Disposal Management application, an Internal Audit Management application, a Shipping Container tracking application, and several database-driven websites with accompanying back-end content management applications. The features shared between these applications led to the development of Orchidnet, an intranet framework and portal solution which included 70 business applications and which was compatible with most popular web browsers.

Today Orchid Software is primarily focused on the development, sales, and support of oak.com, a SaaS-based intranet portal and cloud collaboration service also known as Oak Intranet.

Software Development History[edit]

Desktop software products (1994-1997)[edit]

  • CQM: CQM was a DOS-based application for the IBM-compatible PC which facilitated the management of ISO9000 standards within an organisation’s quality management system.
  • Phoenix: Phoenix was a Microsoft Windows application which facilitated the management of ISO9000 standards within an organisation’s quality management system.

Web-based software development (1997-2000)[edit]

  • Waste Disposal Manager
  • Internal Audit Manager
  • Y2K Discussion Forum
  • Shipping Container Tracking
  • Content Management Systems

Orchidnet (2000-2018)[edit]

Orchidnet was a heavily customisable intranet portal which brought together over 60 standard applications and 8 optional applications based on a common authentication and authorisation model. A common search facility was also provided. An Orchidnet site could be divided into departments, projects, and other business functions where applications would be installed in isolation of one another. Applications included content management tools, communication tools, form and workflow tools, personnel and absence management tools, an e-learning platform, a customer service desk, risk management and an expense manager. The software was actively developed for 17 years, and as an on-premise solution it was mainly sold to medium and large-sized organisations in the UK.

Oak Intranet (2016-)[edit]

Oak Intranet is an intranet portal and cloud collaboration service hosted on the internet and sold around the world. The software is a successor to Orchidnet in that it serves many of the same functions but has been entirely re-developed to be software as a service and take advantage of new and emerging technologies.

The domain name oak.com was purchased by Orchid Software from a private seller in 2012.[4]

A companion mobile app for Oak Intranet is also available on the iOS App Store[5] and Google Play.[6]

Support for Women in Business and Technology[edit]

Orchid Software has championed women's roles in business and technology, aiming to increase gender diversity and support women in STEM. Leading female employees have been recognised publicly[7] and staff have been quoted vocalising their support for better employment practices in the technology industry.[8]


  1. Established 1994 and incorporated 1999


  1. "A History of Intranets" (PDF). Intranet Focus. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  2. "Success stories: Ajay Sood". The Prince's Trust.
  3. Hill, Nick (5 July 2018). "Gateshead intranet software firm to expand operations with £2.7m investment". Bdaily. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  4. "Oak.com - Aged 22 year old LLL .com sold". DomainGang LLC. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  5. "Oak.com companion app". Apple iOS App Store.
  6. "Oak.com companion app". Google Play store.
  7. Upex, Angela (23 February 2018). "The rising stars of STEM: We shine a light on 20 women aged under 35 who are leading the way". Trinity Mirror North East. Retrieved 19 January 2019.  ...Kate Dalton of Oak... 
  8. Clawson, Trevor (14 March 2018). "Escaping The Stereotypes - Women Are Underrepresented In Tech But There Are Solutions". Forbes Media. Retrieved 19 January 2019.  ...Oak points out... 

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