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Our 15 Year Anniversary

March 2021 marks 15 years since the first public release of MIDAS.

Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of MIDAS Room Booking Software

MIDAS v1.00 was first unveiled to the world on 11th March 2006.

Where it all began…

Work began on MIDAS in December 2005. At that time, Mark Harrington, the creator of MIDAS, was working in a brand new Performing Arts College – the first one of its kind in Greater Manchester, UK.

This new school for students aged 11-16 boasted impressive state-of-the-art facilities. These included a sports hall, gymnasium, all weather pitch, atrium, conservatory, a 300-seat community theatre, outdoor stage, recording studios and rehearsal space.

All these spaces were to be available for internal use by the school. Then in the evenings and at weekends, they would be hired out to external and community groups.

Soon after the new school opened, the school appointed a Community Facilities Manager, Miriam, in November 2005. Her role was to oversee the booking and smooth operation of the new facilities, which were in very high demand by the local community.

It soon became apparent that the software the school had been using for handling their room bookings was not up to scratch. It was simply not meeting the increasing demands on the new facilities.

The (now defunct) software named “VenueBooker”, was slow, cumbersome, buggy, and not very user-friendly! Consequently, Miriam and Mark both spent time researching what other alternatives were available.

After much discussion, frustration, and plenty of sentences stating “wouldn’t it be great if we had a system that could…?“, they soon realized that there were no alternatives available that would do exactly what was required out of a room scheduling system.

Mark, coming from a strong programming background, was sure he could create something that would do everything a Community Facilities Manager would need to manage facilities, clients and bookings.

So Mark sat down with Miriam and the two of them “brainstormed” how she wanted the software to ideally function.

Dozens of sheets of paper later, covered with all kinds of scribbled notes, arrows, and flow charts, Mark had something to go away and work on!

A few days later, an initial prototype v0.01 was born.

Mark named the software “MIDAS”, an acronym, although to this day he remains elusive as to whether it actually stands for “Mark’s Infrastructure Daily Allocation System“, or “Miriam’s Infrastructure Daily Allocation System“(!)

Over the Christmas holidays of 2005, Mark worked diligently to develop MIDAS so that it could be “rolled out” in the new year.

He even spent New Year’s Eve sat in front of his computer at the stroke of midnight, coding away!

Within the first few weeks of 2006 (and numerous revisions of the software later!), MIDAS went “live” at the school for the first time. It transformed the way staff and external clients booked rooms.

Now, for the first time all staff could check room availability using their web browser. The booking process was simpler, efficient, and stream-lined! The number of bookings and revenue substantially increased during the year, and double-bookings were finally thing of the past!

An early version of MIDAS in 2005
An early version of MIDAS in 2005

Going Public…

Realizing the potential of MIDAS to help other schools and organizations in similar situations, just a few months after the first prototypes, MIDAS v1.00 saw its first public release on 11th March 2006.

Fast forward to 2021…

15 years on, and MIDAS is still going strong!

Our software remains in active development, and we remain true to our original ethos of helping people better manage their facilities and resources.

New feature-rich updates are regularly released – at least 3 times every year.

Our global customer base continues to grow as word spreads about MIDAS.

Celebrating our 15th Anniversary

To coincide with our 15th anniversary, we’ll be releasing the latest update to our MIDAS software, v4.27. Learn more about what’s new in this latest version here.

Also to mark the 15th anniversary of our MIDAS room booking & resource scheduling, we’re offering new customers 15% off their purchase of MIDAS!

Simply enter Promo Code: MIDAS15, when purchasing through our secure site.*

You’ll need to hurry though, this offer is only valid until 14th March 2021.

The future…

We’re tremendously proud to have been here for the past 15 years.

In that time, dozens – if not hundreds – of competitors have appeared (and many have since disappeared!).

To all our customers; whether you’ve been with us for the past 15 years, or just the past month – we appreciate you choosing MIDAS and sincerely thank you for your support! – You’ve committed to us, and we in turn continue to be fully committed to you.

If you’re not yet a customer, we appreciate that there’s a wealth of choice out there today when it comes to choosing a room booking system.

Maybe you’re currently considering a change and are evaluating a number of different scheduling software solutions. Don’t forget that we offer a no-risk FREE 30-day trial of MIDAS. Activate your FREE Trial today, and explore what MIDAS has to offer!

Also, when evaluating potential solutions, make sure you take into account 3 key factors:

  • How long a product has been around?
  • How frequently are software updates released?
  • How prompt and forthcoming is product support?

With MIDAS, you get a solid product, with a proven track record. You get a stable system that’s in active development, and with unrivalled support to back it up!

Finally, don’t forget, we’re currently offering new customers 15% off with Promo Code MIDAS15.*

* Promo Code valid until 14th March 2021 for new purchases of MIDAS only.

Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary!

Celebrating our 10th AnniversaryToday, marks the 10th Anniversary of MIDAS!

Back on 10th December 2005, the original concept for MIDAS was born. At that time, Mark Harrington, the creator of MIDAS, was working in a brand new purpose-built £17m ($26m) Performing Arts College – one of the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. This new school for students aged 11-16 boasted impressive state-of-the-art facilities, including a sports hall, gymnasium, all weather pitch, atrium, conservatory, a 300-seat community theatre, outdoor stage, recording studios and rehearsal space.

All these spaces were for internal use by the school during the daytime, and were them to be made available and hired out to external and community groups during evenings and weekends. Soon after the new school opened, the school appointed a Community Facilities Manager, Miriam, in November 2005. Her role was to oversee the booking and smooth running of the new facilities which were in very high demand by community groups and external hirers. It soon became apparent that the software the school had been previously using for handling their room bookings was not up to scratch and wasn’t meeting the increasing demands on the new facilities. The software (which shall not be named here!), was slow, cumbersome, buggy, and not very user-friendly! Consequently, Miriam and Mark both spent considerable time researching what other alternatives were available. After much discussion, frustration, and plenty of “wouldn’t it be great if we had software that could do X…?” type ideas, they soon realized that there was no off-the-shelf alternatives available that would do exactly what was required out of a room scheduling program. Mark, coming from a strong programming background, was convinced he could write something that would accommodate everything a Community Facilities Manager would need in a software package to manage facilities, clients and bookings. So Mark sat down with Miriam to “brainstormed” how they wanted their ideal scheduling software to work. Dozens of sheets of paper later, covered with all kinds of scribbled notes, arrows, and flow charts, Mark had something to go away and work on! A few days later, a very basic “proof-of-concept” prototype – version 0.01 – was born.

Mark named the software “MIDAS”, an acronym, although to this day he remains somewhat elusive as to whether that actually stood for “Mark’s Infrastructure Daily Allocation System“, or “Miriam’s Infrastructure Daily Allocation System“(!)

Over the Christmas holidays of 2005, Mark worked diligently to develop MIDAS so that it could be “rolled out” in the new year, even spending New Year’s Eve in front of his computer at the stroke of midnight in full flow programming away! Within the first few weeks of 2006 (and numerous revisions of the software later!), MIDAS went “live” for the first time, and transformed the way staff and external clients booked rooms! For the first time all staff could actually check room availability themselves from their web browser, and the booking process was simpler, efficient, and streamlined! The number of bookings and revenue substantially increased during the year, and double-bookings (which has previously been a real problem) were finally thing of the past!

Realizing the potential of MIDAS to help other schools and organizations with similar booking and scheduling needs, just three months after the first prototypes, MIDAS v1.00 was released commercially!


How MIDAS looked in 2005 (above left), 2010 (above center) and 2015 (above right)

Ten years later, MIDAS remains in active development (with v4.11 just around the corner!) and continues to go from strength to strength! Our software is trusted worldwide by schools, universities, churches, hotels, conference centers, entertainment venues, sports complexes, libraries, recording studios, regional and national governments – the list is near endless and continues to grow!

If you’re already a MIDAS customer, we’re truly grateful for choosing us! To celebrate and to say a big “thank you!”, there’s 10% off all Addons & Upgrades for the next 10 days*! You can upgrade your MIDAS system here.

…and if you’re not currently a MIDAS customer, but are unhappy with your current room/facility scheduling software and looking for something that actually works for you, then why not check us out!? Our longevity, continuous active development, and unrivaled customer support make us a logical choice and we’d love to make a difference to your organization!

To celebrate our 10th Anniversary, we’re offering 10% off all new purchases for the next 10 days*! Simply enter promo code “MIDAS10” when purchasing online through our secure site.

We have lots of exciting developments in the pipeline for 2016 and beyond, so here’s to the next 10 years!

* Offers valid until 20th December 2015

History tab of Booking Information PanelWe’re making improvements to the “Booking Information” panel for MIDAS v4 with the addition of a new “History” tab.

Prior to v4, the only two pieces of history information saved for each booking was the original creation date/time and the user who created the booking, and the date, time and user who last modified the booking.

The new history tab improves on this, as it will display a complete history for each new booking.

Every update that is made to a booking will be logged, together with the user, date and time the update was made.

The history panel will also log details if a booking is deleted, an invoice is generated for a booking, or whether the booking resulted from a booking request!

Happy 5th Birthday, MIDAS

This week, MIDAS will celebrate its 5th Birthday!

On 10th December 2005, the original concept for MIDAS came into being. At that time, Mark Harrington, the creator of MIDAS, was working in a brand new Performing Arts College – the first one of its kind in Greater Manchester, UK. This new school for students aged 11-16 boasted impressive state-of-the-art facilities. These included a sports hall, gymnasium, all weather pitch, atrium, conservatory, a 300-seat community theatre, outdoor stage, recording studios and rehearsal space.

All these spaces were to be available for internal use by the school, and also to be hired out to external and community groups. Soon after the new school opened, the school appointed a Community Facilities Manager, Miriam, in November 2005. Her role was to oversee the booking and smooth running of the new facilities which were in very high demand.

It soon became apparent that the software the school had been using for handling their room bookings was not up to scratch. It was simply not meeting the increasing demands on the new facilities. The software (which shall not be named here!), was slow, cumbersome, buggy, and not very user-friendly! Consequently, Miriam and Mark both spent time researching what other alternatives were available.

After much discussion, frustration, and plenty of “wouldn’t it be great if we had software that could do this…?” comments, they soon realized that there were no alternatives available that would do exactly what was required out of a room scheduling program.

Mark, coming from a strong programming background (which is perhaps a blog post for another day!), was sure he could write something that would do everything a Community Facilities Manager would need to manage facilities, clients and bookings. So Mark sat down with Miriam and the two of them “brainstormed” how she wanted the software to ideally function. Dozens of sheets of paper later, covered with all kinds of scribbled notes, arrows, and flow charts, Mark had something to go away and work on! A few days later, an initial prototype v0.01 was born.

Mark named the software “MIDAS”, an acronym, although to this day he remains elusive as to whether it actually stands for “Mark’s Infrastructure Daily Allocation System“, or “Miriam’s Infrastructure Daily Allocation System“(!)

Over the Christmas holidays of 2005, Mark worked diligently to develop MIDAS so that it could be “rolled out” in the new year. He even spent New Year’s Eve in front of his computer at the stroke of midnight coding away!

Within the first few weeks of 2006 (and numerous revisions of the software later!), MIDAS went “live” for the first time. It transformed the way staff and external clients booked rooms. Now, for the first time all staff could check room availability using their web browser, the booking process was simpler, efficient, and stream-lined! The number of bookings and revenue substantially increased during the year, and double-bookings were finally thing of the past!

Realizing the potential of MIDAS to help other schools and organizations in similar situations, just three months after the first prototypes, MIDAS v1.00 saw its first public release!


MIDAS in 2005 (above left) and 2010 (above right)

Five years on, and MIDAS is going from strength to strength! It is now being used around the world by schools, universities, churches, hotels, as well as recording studios, garages, and even bowling alleys!

If you’re a MIDAS user, we’d like to thank you so much that you chose us! We have lots of exciting developments in the pipeline, so here’s to the next 5 years!