Orchid Software is a trading name of Orchidsoft Ltd., a developer of intranet portal and cloud collaboration software, founded in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and relocated to Gateshead, UK in 2008. In 2016 the company also began trading as Oak Intranet.
Orchid Software was founded by Ajay Sood who received a £3500 loan and support from The Prince's Trust in 1994. Orchid Software was formed to develop traditional desktop PC software relating to the management of ISO 9000 standards. However, in 1997 a migration to bespoke, server-based software developmentsoftware development was made, utilising the web server capabilities of Microsoft Internet Information Services. Initial web-based software applications included a Waste Disposal Management application, an Internal Audit Management application, a Shipping Container tracking application, and several database-driven websites with accompanying back-end content management applications. The features shared between these applications led to the development of Orchidnet, an intranet framework and portal solution which included 70 business applications and which was compatible with most popular web browsers.