First Step Research Inc. (First Step) has a deep pool of Internet experts designing distributed computing environments, groupware, graphical user interfaces, application level productivity tools, and multimedia tools. Formed in 1989, First Step's Internet and World Wide Web technologies and Internet services have become a dominant feature in the past few years, assuring First Step's position in mainstream technologies.
First Step company goals are:
- To provide community Internet access in the Inland Pacific Northwest.
- To provide Electronic Commerce and World Wide Web (WWW) presence for businesses.
- Product Development targeted on the Internet, with special focus on infrastructure, technologies, enterprise management, and electronic commerce.
- To provide advanced systems design, implementation, and consulting services.
First Step Internet began offering dial-up Internet access in 1994 with the idea of making Internet access available to virtually everyone. First Step Internet enabled the communities of the Inland Pacific Northwest to take advantage of the new opportunities arising in e-commerce. First Step Internet has matured to being an ISP that services areas in Central Washington and Idaho. With the rise in broadband, the products of First Step Internet have grown to include Accelerated Dial-up, V.92 Technology, Frame Relay, ADSL and Fixed Wireless Internet service. Through continuous expansion, First Step Internet has grown to be the region's largest local user based Internet service provider by supplying the lowest cost and highest quality connectivity available.
Electronic Commerce and WWW Development
First Step recognizes the opportunities that are emerging in the Internet and Distributed Information realms, and we are applying our expertise to take advantage of them. We are actively developing Web sites and building Web tool kits, using an integrated set of internally developed and externally acquired products. Our primary goals in this market are:
- To provide world class web sites to nationally recognized clients.
- To provide bundled software tool sets, to be direct marketed and franchised within specific industries.
Our current client list includes major companies in the Legal, University & College Departments, Publishing, and Medical Products industries. We are developing a variety of large and small Websites, incorporating flexible design characteristics which we plan to leverage into broad market penetration.
The widespread development of the World Wide Web and the Internet’s popularity has created an increase in growth within the Internet service provider industry. From the beginning, its founders recognized the importance of such a prolific resource and generated the idea for the creation of First Step.
First Step has a commitment to product development targeted on the Internet. With special focus on infrastructure technologies, enterprise management and electronic commerce, First Step has evolved into an expert website design and host organization. First Step is committed to providing electronic commerce solutions and web presence for small and large businesses and organizations located throughout the US.
First Step has extensive experience in the following web development areas:
Brand Identity & Development
Networking, security and data encryption
Multi platform database design and integration
E-commerce and shopping cart solutions
We have leveraged our broad object oriented development skills and platform specific development experience into the following general areas:
Object Repository Technologies
C++ Class Libraries
TCP/IP based Communications Technologies
Distributed Object Technologies
Platform Independent Interface Design
SNMP Based Network Management and Administration
We are using these technologies to create system architectures that will provide customers with enhanced product revenue and robust applications for website development and electronic commerce. Throughout our history, we have had many opportunities to serve the legal industry. This experience provides a firm foundation for confidence in our understanding of the unique requirements involved in building an effective and professional website with all of our clients.
First Step Internet is located in facilities that are custom designed for collaborative website development and state of the art website hosting. Designers, developers, engineers and system administrators work in a team setting to ensure the seamless development and deployment of client websites. Servers are housed in a secure, climate controlled area with a dedicated OC12 fiber optic connection.