Rizonesoft is a software company based in George, South Africa. The founder, Derick Payne handle all the programming, website maintenance and support. I created the company with the idea to create useful open source software and give something back to the open source community where I get my inspiration from.
Roads leading to Rizonesoft
Back in 1998 I completed the MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer), Microsoft Sales Specialist and A+ Computer Technician courses. From there I started my first job as a computer technician and at night taught the Office Computing course at Damelin. During this period I picked up a Visual Basic 6.0 book and immediately fell in love with programming.
In 2003 my mother started a music label and I helped out with graphical designing, recording, mixing, mastering and marketing.
Early in 2009 I decided to try out a new scripting language called AutoIt. Because of my Visual Basic background something just clicked and it became my preferred programming language. After creating a few small programs, I decided to publish them. I started a freeware company called Rizonetech.
Rizonetech became Rizonesoft and from 2010 onwards I did not give Rizonesoft mush attention, mostly because I saw it as nothing more than a hobby. I started many project and most failed; I made countless domain and hosting changes. Mistakes that left many Rizonesoft users frustrated, but somehow through it all, Rizonesoft always seemed to have a loyal following.
In 2012 I went into a partnership and established Datum. Rizonesoft merged with Datum and I changed the domain names once again. The partnership lasted a few months and eventually I had to call it quits. I resurrected Rizonesoft, but the damage was done. With a significant drop in ranking and traffic, I lost interest in Rizonesoft and developing software.
Late 2014 my mother passed away and my foundation was ripped away. I had to abandon the Rizonesoft server and move back to a shared hosting account. Luckily I did not lose Rizonesoft.com. I was faced with the most difficult decision of my life; Put everything I had back into Rizonesoft or quit the online scene for good?
I decided to put everything I had (time and resource) into Rizonesoft. Giving up is not an option and I actively started working on taking Rizonesoft to new heights. I aim to make Rizonesoft a known name in the software community and never give up on my dream.
I am planning many new things for Rizonesoft and would like to share some of my ideas with you. It is good to know what to expect from a software company. This way there will be no surprises and you get something to look forward to. I call this our roadmap; its like a business plan or to-do list and acts as a guide for the future. You can view the official Rizonesoft Roadmap here.
The planned software updates and features will be discussed on each appropriate software page. Meaning that each software release will have its own roadmap or to-do list.
Our lifetime mission: to explore strange new technologies, to seek perfection and create unique useful software tools, to boldly go where no software company has gone before.
I will never give up on Rizonesoft or attempt to sell my software again. I will provide support for my software to the best of my ability and treat all Rizonesoft users with the respect they deserve. I will use all the skills I possess to create the best software I can.