In 1989 Mr Edward Towner of Arthur C Towner Ltd Funeral Directors approached Roger Ash, then trading as Roger Ash & Associates Micro-computer Consultants, with a brief to develop a software package to make the running of his business less labour intensive and easier to manage.After many months of development the final product was presented to Mr Towner, and deployed across a local area network comprising of a Novell server with PC-DOS based workstations, the very cutting edge of technology at the time!Edward Towner was very pleased with the end product and it was agreed that he and Roger would found a new company with the sole purpose of further developing the product with a view to marketing it to independent funeral directors throughout the UK. The company Ash Towner Ltd. was established, and the Osiris brand was launched.Osiris 2 was launched a couple of years later, still running on PC-DOS or MS-DOS based platforms. Osiris FMS 3, developed and released throughout 1996 - 1997, was the first version of the product to run on Microsoft Windows based platforms, and is no longer supported through ongoing updates. Osiris FMS 4 has been superseded in 2015, and the latest version is Osiris FMS 5.The current version of Osiris FMS, version 5, is regularly updated and enhanced based on feedback and ‘wish-list’ requests from our current user base. Thanks to the advent of widely available and affordable broadband services over the last few years, these updates can now be delivered automatically to clients as they are released.Roger Ash is still responsible for the ongoing development of this package and is our senior support adviser for the Osiris FMS package. Edward Towner, who is no longer directly involved with the running of the company having sold his shares some years ago, continues to provide us with valuable advice, and access to a wealth of knowledge regarding the current needs of the funeral service industry, which is greatly appreciated.We would also like to express our thanks to some of our clients who work in the funeral services sector and who have, over the last few years, provided many good suggestions for new features and enhancements to the Osiris Funeral Management System which have been included in updates to the software wherever possible. Our thanks to:•Arthur C Towner Limited: St. Leonards-on-Sea, Bexhill-on-Sea, Battle•Arthur E Davey & Sons: Nailsea•Derwentside Funeral service: County Durham•E Gill & Sons: Newark-on-Trent•E White & Sons: Taunton•H L Hawes & Son Ltd: Barkingside•John Weir: Rainham, Chatham, Gillingham and Parkwood•Humphris Funerals: Banbury•Sillifant & Sons: Exeter•James Cockburn: Glasgow•Murrell Cork Funerals: North Walsham & Stalham•R A Brooks & Sons: Haywards Heath & Newick•S Clarke & Son: Belfast•The Elms Funeral Directors: Weston-super-MareT: 01273 812 813 - For all general sales or support queries for computers, notebooks, servers etc.
T: 01273 251 057 - Support specifically for Osiris FMS Funeral Management Software or bespoke software.