The CAD industry is young enough that 25th anniversaries are still rare. (I'll be 21 years for me this September.)
Debbie Simpson of ACS Software wrote to let me (and others) know that ACS has been around since 1981 -- one year before Autodesk opened their doors. A bit of history from her: "In 1986, ACS delivered the first engineering PC-based EDMS system. We were there when sneakernet was all the rage, and when the game of 'Whoever Saves Last, Wins!' became popularized."
Todd Hays was the founder of ACS Software, and is still president today -- another rarity. "When we opened our doors in 1981, personal computers were regarded as lightweight toys not suitable for serious business. We pioneered the use of networked PCs to manage large volumes of business data." More company history is here.
(EDMS is short for "engineering data management system". ACS is short for ???).
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in the beginning ACS was known as Advanced Computer Systems, but really it was just a name to get us listed first in the phone book. Remember when we used to have to look up businesses in a phone book?! :) Later we became known in the industry as ACS!