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Our History: Company Timeline

Since 1998 HiSoftware has delivered innovative software solutions for content-aware compliance monitoring and the enforcement of risk management and privacy guidelines across digital environments.


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HiSoftware was founded in 1998 as “Hiawatha Island Software Company,” to provide custom software and consulting services for State and Federal government agencies as well as corporate customers.

HiSoftware releases their first commercial software product, TagGen.

1999 HiSoftware releases integrated components for Allaire HomeSite, Microsoft FrontPage and Microsoft Office.

HiSoftware expands its role as a leader in content testing and remediation for search optimization and content quality with the release of its content quality solutions AccVerify, AccRepair and AccMonitor Server.

HiSoftware was incorporated in Delaware.


HiSoftware and Microsoft Corporation partner to provide a Web content quality and accessibility solution for users of Microsoft FrontPage.

2002 HiSoftware wins the prestigious 2002 da Vinci Award in recognition for its software's delivery on promise of making the world a better place for everyone.

HiSoftware releases its first technology in the Spanish language.

HiSoftware releases Hi-Caption Digital media captioning solution.
2003 HiSoftware creates “Cynthia Says”, a world-class free online accessibility-testing portal. Cynthia Says and HiSoftware’s entire accessibility product line is officially endorsed by the American Council of the Blind, as “best of breed” technology for ensuring the accessibility of Web content

HiSoftware teams with Microsoft to Jointly develop the first complete platform business solution for content quality and accessibility, SOA (The Solution for Online Accessibility).


HiSoftware releases the next generation of its highly acclaimed AccVerify DS2 solution.

HiSoftware releases the 2004 edition of AccMonitor providing unparalleled processing power and stability.


HiSoftware's becomes one of the leading online accessibility testers with over 10 million unique tests.

2006 HiSoftware’s Board of Directors names Kurt A. Mueffelmann as President and CEO and closes a new round of funding.

“Hiawatha Island Software Company” changes it's name and becomes HiSoftware Inc. to create stronger company and brand recognition.

HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff for managing web content and regulatory governance is launched.

Microsoft selects HiSoftware to develop the Accessibility Kit for SharePoint (AKS).

HiSoftware receives the Software Association of New Hampshire’s Most Valuable Player of the Year Award.


HiSoftware opens office in London, United Kingdom to broaden footprint in EU to leverage growing accessibility and regulatory compliance markets.

HiSoftware launches Accessibility Consulting Practices (ACP) to broaden HiSoftware’s consulting offerings in the area of IT accessibility.


HiSoftware launches the Accessibility Community Portal for SharePoint.

HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff v3 is released.

HiSoftware introduces HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010.

HiSoftware launches a Blog dedicated to providing the Web community with latest information on accessibility technology, news, solutions, tips and more.


HiSoftware records 2009 financial milestones with record growth fueled by key customer wins including Global 2000 companies and world-wide public sector agencies.

HiSoftware releases Accessibility Foundation Module (AFM) for HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff for SharePoint.

HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff v4.0 is released.

HiSoftware earns Microsoft Gold Certified ISV Partner status.


HiSoftware relocates corporate headquarters to keep pace with rapid expansion.

KMWorld recognizes HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff® as a KMWorld Trend Setting Product of 2011.

A new release of HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff® for SharePoint and the debut of HiSoftware Security Sheriff™ SP, a content-aware security solution for SharePoint, are announced.


HiSoftware Security Sheriff SP Receives Corporate Integrity’s GRC Technology Innovation Award

HiSoftware Named One of KMWorld’s 100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management

KMWorld recognizes HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff® as a KMWorld Trend Setting Product of 2012.

HiSoftware Named a Top Company to Watch in New Hampshire by Business New Hampshire Magazine 

HiSoftware Named 222nd Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2012 Technology Fast 500™

HiSoftware Security Sheriff SP2010 Named 2012 Editors’ Best Award Gold Medal Winner By Windows IT Pro Magazine

HiSoftware Makes the The Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry on the 2012-2013 EContent 100 List


HiSoftware is Recertified as a Microsoft Gold Application Development Partner.

KMWorld Magazine selected the company as a finalist for the 2013 KM Promise Award.

KMWorld recognized HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff® as a KMWorld Trend Setting Product of 2013.


HiSoftware Inc. was selected as one of KMWorld’s 100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management in 2014. 

HiSoftware Releases Compliance Deputy and add-on to Compliance Sheriff to allow developers and content creators to test individual pages as they are created against pre-defined checkpoints from within the browser.

HiSoftware releases HiSoftware Site Sheriff™, a new solution that leverages dynamic access, deny rules and a zero-footprint secure viewer to allow a wide variety of secure sharing scenarios and keep confidential information in SharePoint.

HiSoftware selects HiSoftware Site Sheriff as a KMWorld Trend Setting Product of 2014.

HiSoftware is acquired by Cryptzone.

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