People who have influenced us ...
A. Razzak Memon
A. Razzak Memon, the founder and owner of R:BASE Technologies, Inc., is a
professional developer, consultant, trainer, and chief architect of R:BASE since version 7.0, 7.1, 7.5, 7.6,
Turbo V-8 and now R:BASE eXtreme (version 9.0) for Windows, and all R:BASE add-on products. With 23 years of
experience as a consultant, he is recognized by the industry for his dedication, exclusive, cutting-edge
method of custom application design, personalized training and professional customer support.
In 1996, he received Microrim’s Award of Professional Excellence. In 1997, he was recognized as a
Certified Ambassador Developer. He wrote many articles for Microrim’s technical journal, The R:BASE
Originally a medical doctor and resident surgeon from Pakistan, Razzak had his sights set on practicing
surgery, but he returned to school and received his M.P.H., Masters in Public Health in Health Services
Administration, from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984.
While attending the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, he began preparing
his thesis. Research for his thesis involved the collection of biotechnical data about AIDS patients. He needed a
database to collect and store his data so he called the Graduate School of Public Health Dean's Office and they
told him to look at R:BASE or dBase in their data center. He chose R:BASE 4000, because he liked the way the box
looked compared to dBase. He began his project and within 4 months, he had created an application, collected his
data and finished the thesis. In the process, he discovered that he enjoyed the database work more than the
research. He was so proud of his final application that he wanted to show it to somebody at Microrim. That somebody
turned out to be Wayne Erickson, the creator of R:BASE. As a consultant, Razzak began creating applications for
clients using R:BASE and lost interest in the practice of medicine. Eventually, he gave up his goal of practicing
medicine in favor of full time R:BASE development work.
Keeping up with today’s ever-changing technology and incorporating R:BASE to provide a total solution for
current needs has always been a challenge on which he thrives. Implementing R:BASE and Oterro with PHP (R:WEB
Suite), R:WEB Reports, R:WEB Gateway, and custom designed R:BASE Client/Server applications has been Razzak's
latest solution to the R:BASE community. In April 1996, his first solution using R:BASE and Oterro was the on-line
Ticketing System for the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department.
On March 13, 1998, Abacus Software Group closed the doors on R:BASE. Razzak acquired the R:BASE products
and intellectual property in June of the same year, and a new corporation was formed in Murrysville, PA. R:BASE
Technologies, Inc. recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary in Pittsburgh, PA, with a historical gathering of
R:BASE developers and users from around the world.
In addition to managing R:BASE Technologies, Razzak's client base consists of local clients, educational
institutions, local, state and federal government agencies. His R:BASE professional consulting services extend
worldwide, and his R:BASE hands-on training seminars have traveled all over the nation and Europe.
Razzak has received many national awards including Who’s Who Among American Business Leaders, Honorary
Deputy of a Government Law Enforcement Agency and the Outstanding Commitment Award of the Year by the Salvation
Army and Project Bundle-Up, in association with ABC affiliate WTAE-TV Pittsburgh, PA for his 21 years of service.
He also served as a member of the Y2K Committee for the Municipality of Murrysville, PA. Currently, he serves as a
member of the Advisory Board and Co-Chairman of Project Bundle-Up Committee of the Salvation Army of Greater
His wife Donna and son Rafee have been the biggest supporters of his everyday adventures.