Founder, President & CEO
R:BASE Technologies, Inc.
July 1998 – Present
Founder, President & CEO
RAM Data Systems, Inc.
September 1989 – Present
R:BASE Developer, Consultant, and Trainer
January 1984 – Present
R:BASE Solution Provider
January 1984 – Present
A. Razzak Memon, the founder and owner of R:BASE Technologies, Inc., is a professional developer, consultant, trainer, and chief architect of R:BASE since version 7.0, 7.1, 7.5, 7.6, Turbo V-8, 9.1, R:BASE eXtreme (version 9.5), R:BASE X and R:BASE X Enterprise (version 10) for Windows, R:BASE X.5 and R:BASE X.5 Enterprise (Version 10.5) for Windows, and now R:BASE 11 and all R:BASE add-on products. With 39 years of experience as a consultant, he is recognized by the industry for his dedication, exclusive, cutting-edge method of custom application design, personalized training, and professional customer support.
In 1996, he received Microrim's Award of Professional Excellence. In 1997, he was recognized as a Certified Ambassador Developer. He wrote many articles for Microrim's technical journal, The R:BASE Exchange.
Initially a medical doctor and resident surgeon from Pakistan, Razzak set his sights on practicing surgery. Still, he returned to school and received his M.P.H., Masters in Public Health in Health Services Administration, from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984.
He began preparing his thesis while attending the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Research for his thesis involved the collection of biotechnical data about AIDS patients. He needed a database to collect and store his data, so he called the Graduate School of Public Health Dean's Office, and they told him to look at R:BASE or dBase in their data center. He chose R:BASE 4000 because he liked how the box looked compared to dBase. He began his project, and within four months, he created an application, collected his data, and finished the thesis. In the process, he discovered that he enjoyed the database work more than the research. He was so proud of his final application that he wanted to show it to somebody at Microrim. That somebody turned out to be Wayne Erickson, the creator of R:BASE. As a consultant, Razzak began creating applications for clients using R:BASE, and lost interest in the practice of medicine. Eventually, he gave up his goal of practicing medicine in favor of full- time R:BASE development work.
Keeping up with today's ever-changing technology and incorporating R:BASE to provide a solution for current needs has always been a challenge on which he thrives. Implementing R:BASE and Oterro with PHP (R:WEB Suite), R:WEB Reports, R:WEB Gateway, and custom-designed R:BASE Client/Server applications have been one of Razzak's many solutions for the R:BASE community. In April 1996, his first solution using R:BASE and Oterro was the online Ticketing System for the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department.
On March 13, 1998, Abacus Software Group closed the doors on R:BASE. Razzak acquired the R:BASE products and intellectual property in June of the same year, and a new corporation was formed in Murrysville, PA. R:BASE Technologies, Inc. is currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary.
In addition to managing R:BASE Technologies, Razzak's client base consists of local clients, educational institutions, and local, state, and federal government agencies. His R:BASE professional consulting services extend worldwide, and his R:BASE hands-on training seminars have traveled all over the nation and the world.
Razzak has received many national awards, including Who's Who Among American Business Leaders, and as an Honorary Deputy of a Government Law Enforcement Agency. He is proud to have served as Chairman of the Project Bundle-Up Committee. He is a past member of the Advisory Board and Executive Committee of The Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania. In 2010 he received the Outstanding Commitment Award of the Year from The Salvation Army and Project Bundle-Up, in association with ABC affiliate WTAE-TV Pittsburgh, PA, for his many years of service. He also served as a member of the Y2K Committee for the Municipality of Murrysville, PA.
Currently, Razzak has managed R:BASE Technologies, Inc. as President & CEO for 25 years, and RAM Data Systems, Inc. as President & CEO for 34 years.
Razzak is an avid traveler who loves to visit far-flung places worldwide and experience unique cultures and activities accompanied by his family.
His wife Donna and son Rafee (graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with double degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science, former software engineer in Silicon Valley, and now involved with R:BASE Technologies) have been the biggest supporters of his everyday adventures.