History

The HELIOS Foundation was established to safeguard the future of HELIOS. It was formed to provide long-term stability for HELIOS and the user group and to enable consortium fund-raising for further collaborative development

Background

The HELIOS project was started in 2003 by the Fritz Institute as the result of urgent requests from leading international non-governmental organizations for a ‘next generation’ supply chain management software.

The need for  software to enable the effective  tracking of  goods and donations and provide visibility of the supply chain was amplified by the chaotic response to the Asian Tsunami of 2004. Following extensive consultations with NGO logisticians and supply professionals, the HELIOS software was developed with the particular needs of the humanitarian and development sector in mind.

Version 1  of the software was released under open license in 2007. In 2010 the  HELIOS foundation was established to safeguard the future of HELIOS.

Role of the Foundation

The Foundation was established to provide long-term stability for HELIOS and to enable consortium fund-raising for further collaborative development.

Its primary aim is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of organisations delivering humanitarian relief and development programmes by improving their supply chain management.

The foundation does this through the  through the provision of software, training material and support to agencies wishing to utilise HELIOS. It also co-ordinates the maintenance and development process for HELIOS software .

In 2010 the ownership of all the HELIOS code and the HELIOS trademark was transferred from the Fritz Institute to the HELIOS Foundation, which released HELIOS under the Open Source AGPLv3 license.