Matic Media was set up in 1996 and now has a trading history of 26 years, including with many international, national and university clients in UK and other countries.
Paul Bacsich has been operating as an educational and e-learning consultant since 1984, when he took on his first contract to advice an IT-based start-up sales company wanting to use viewdata to support a distributed sales force. His second contract was in connection with the then rapidly-emerging technology of satellite television.
Shortly after this phase, he set up a VAT-registered partnership with three other Open University staff, trading as Educational Information Technology Associates (EITA). The other members were Tony Bates, Professor John Sparkes, and Peter Zorkoczy.
In the later 1980s EITA carried out a lot of consultancy work for the European Commission, either directly or as subcontractors, on a series of studies that led up to the DELTA series of ICT-based learning projects within the 3rd Framework programme.
As his colleagues left or retired from the OU, Paul took on and developed the remaining EITA business, first on his own, later with the help of Lynda Bacsich. For several years in the early 1990s, there was little activity as this was the era of the massive EU JANUS satellite programme which absorbed all Paul's energies, but which provided much consultancy for a number of well-known and still active consultants.
During 1996, when Paul was organising a long drawn out transition to Sheffield Hallam University, he took the opportunity to set up the company in its current form. Matic Media has been active from then on, with over 40 clients including many UK universities and UK government departments agencies (DfE, Jisc, etc) over the years as well as agencies of other national governments (Ireland and Canada especially), the European Commission (many projects), European Parliament, UNESCO, OECD, publishers, training providers and venture capital funds.