SoftOne was started by Håkan Lord within the framework of Modern Systemering.
Modern Systemering was a larger and fast-growing IT group with a range of business areas. Håkan Lord recruited from IBM to the group management, to establish the software business area. Håkan created SoftOne as a brand and filled the company by acquiring Konsultgruppen with a DOS-based financial system, which was further developed to become SoftOne Admin. Agency established from agDA salary SAF's Allmänna Grupp and agency for complementary PC programs for word processing, calculations and graphics from Chang Labs.
Håkan Lord then bought out SoftOne, with the support of financiers, mainly the book publisher Natur och Kultur.