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Our History

ABC Software was founded by Sharon Chapman in 1996.  Sharon was joined by co-owner Julie Gillies in 2002.  Originally a provider of custom software solutions ABC now focuses on its comprehensive and specialised software packages for horticulture.

Our Goal

We let you focus on your produce while our software takes care of the detail.  We provide user-friendly solutions with comprehensive real-time reporting so you can make informed decisions.  Our goal is for you to increase the efficiency by using our tools. 

Our Partner

ABC partnered with the Jenkins Group in 2022. A New Zealand family-owned business since 1883, the Jenkins Group provide solutions and servicing to the horticulture industry, with a business network throughout New Zealand and Australia. The group comprises:

Meet the Team


Sharon Chapman

Founder and Managing Director

Hawke's Bay born and bred, Sharon has been in IT since 1983. A keen traveller, she lived and worked overseas before returning home to start ABC Software. As equally comfortable on an orchard as she is behind a computer, understanding a client’s business and designing solutions that deliver on their needs is what Sharon does best.

Julie Gillies

Co-owner and COO

Julie’s IT career began in 1982 and she has significant experience across a range of industries in Zimbabwe, the UK and New Zealand. Julie lives and breathes the discipline of good software design and development, and is passionate about ensuring ABC consistently delivers quality solutions that exceed their clients’ expectations.

Bevan Johnson

Senior R&D Architect

Armed with a degree in Information Engineering and an engineer's brain, Bevan has been in IT since 1996. Simply put, he is the person that creates the software that talks to your hardware.

Brendan Biggs

Senior Web Architect

Brendan is degree qualified in Computing Systems and has broad knowledge and skills across IT. With a decade under his belt at ABC Software, Brendan's main focus is web and iOS development.

Aidan Smith

Senior SaaS Architect

Local lad Aidan is the lead developer for ABCgrower and ABCspray. AKA ABCgrower guru, Aidan also has a degree in Computing Systems and a ten year tenure at ABC Software.

Mike Bennett

Senior Developer

Hawkes Bay born and bred, Mike has been in IT since the eighties, and with ABC since 2005. He brings to the table a wealth of software development experience across several industries.

Alison Palairet

Marketing Manager

As a staunch supporter of ABC's products Alison enjoys spreading the word and working with the sales team. She also creates the user help suite for ABC's SaaS products.

Chase Reddy

Business Development Manager

Brisbane-based Chase brings extensive fresh produce experience from South Africa, NZ, and Australia. He is your go-to for software solutions for your business.

Paul Merson

Customer Support and Success Specialist

With a background in AgTech, Paul divides his time at ABC between supporting new and existing clients, and analysing and testing software.

Brenna Vivian

Customer Success Specialist and Office Manager

Expert in getting things done, Brenna supports the ABC team as well as supporting our clients in their journey with ABC.

Cory Evans


Cory joined ABC on an internship and because a fully-fledged software developer almost overnight. Cory works across a range of projects at ABC.

Travis Falkenberg


Another star EIT intern turned developer, Travis has worked for ABC both inhouse and from his native South Africa. His focus is ABCpacker.

Marc Jenyns


Coming from in-house developer for one of Hawke's Bay's premium apple growers, Marc brings great skills and experience to the ABCpacker team.

Heather Coombe

Finance administrator

Heather plays a vital role in keeping the company ticking by managing ABC Software's financial operations.

Our Values

Career Opportunities

ABC Software founder Sharon Chapman has always had clear vision about the people she would like on her bus.

She has gathered a diverse bunch of skilled individuals, all passionate about delivering superior solutions.

If you think you have what it takes to work at ABC, we want to hear from you.

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