Peace Software's Brian Peace says his company has Trevor Eagle, the founder of Eagle Technology, to thank for helping secure the first customer for its energy billing package in the 1980s.
Peace says he was saddened by Eagle's sudden death in Auckland a week ago, as he had the highest respect for him.
They worked together on Auckland Gas' implementation of Peace's software, Eagle supplying the hardware and services and all-important backing for the unknown and unproven package.
"That's why Auckland Gas had the confidence to go with this tiny software company for their site. Eagle said his company would stand behind us and believed in us being able to write the code."
The managing director of Gen-I and former head of IT at Air New Zealand, Garth Biggs, knew Eagle as a customer and as a fellow judge of the Computerworld Excellence Awards.
“Trevor was larger than life in all respects," Biggs says. "He had very clear views and wasn’t afraid to state them. He had a huge amount of energy and was one of the characters in an industry which I really believe is losing its character.
"It's becoming a lot more plastic and pretty but Trevor was one of the people who made it gritty and who shaped it.”
A key Eagle supplier, Hewlett-Packard, says Eagle helped it do business with many large customers. "Trevor was sort of like the captain, he led the charge," says HP New Zealand head Barry Hastings.
"He was a dynamic IT leader in this country. He had a real passion for it and did a lot outside his business, leading the country in the IT drive.”
See also Obituary: Trevor Eagle