Progressive Computing Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Congratulations to Robert Cioffi and Ugo Chiulli, co-founders of BCW Member Progressive Computing which recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary.
Cioffi and Chiulli, who were both raised in Yonkers, attended and graduated from both Gorton High School and Iona College. They became friends, and eventually informal business associates at Iona College during the technology revolution in the 1980s.
Yonkers-based Progressive Computing started in 1993 as Robert and Ugo developed software programs for local businesses with open-source DOS. At that time, much of the servicing was “break-fix”-. Progressive would receive a phone call when a partner needed something repaired. Eventually, Progressive Computing grew to provide a host of services as the technology of doing business became more complex and nuanced. Progressive was among the first to adopt a subscription-based service, offering numerous benefits like guaranteed response time, continued IT support and backup, strategic planning, consulting services, and cyber security protection. Progressive Computing has expanded to over 70 clients with revenues exceeding $5 million annually.
During the Covid outbreak, as many businesses were losing revenue and reducing their workforce, Progressive committed itself to keeping the company whole and riding out the pandemic. The company not only emerged stronger from the pandemic, but the Covid experience helped to make businesses more aware of the natural evolution to cloud-based serving, a strategy Progressive had advocated for years.
Progressive is keen on supporting community-based efforts. From working with The United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Arts Westchester and other nonprofits, having active membership in the BCW. Cioffi serves on the BCW’s Board of Directors. Robert Patterson, who is Director of Sales and Marketing, serves on the board of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, and Chiulli is a board member of Community Resource Center.
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