Northgate Information Solutions Limited (Northgate) is the holding company of NGA Human Resources, a provider of specialist software and outsourcing services for Human resources (HR) and payroll, based in the United Kingdom. It has more than 8,500 staff in 35 countries. Following the sale of 2 business divisions, Northgate currently has only one division: NGA Human Resources, specialising in HR services. Specialising in services to the Public Sector, Northgate Public Services was acquired by Cinven in December 2014. Northgate Managed Services, specialising in Managed IT Services to the UK mid-market, was acquired by Capita in February 2013. The company was founded as CMC, or Computer Machinery Company Limited, on 18 September 1969 by Ray Parry. They were originally distributors and subsequently manufacturers of Key to Disk computer systems made by the US-based Computer Machinery Corporation. The CMC Key to Disk systems were used by major companies and government departments for data capture (hence the name). In 1976, CMC developed a bit-slice based intelligent terminal—the P99—which it used both as a front end processor to the Key to Disk systems and as a terminal in its own right. It then evolved the CMC P99 into the P141—a true front-end processor, which it used to implement a new Data Capture system launched as SOVEREIGN. This was successfully used in manufacturing companies such as Rolls Royce, British Steel Corporation and various government departments including providing data capture for the DHSS at Newcastle upon Tyne. It later evolved into the M8000 system, based on Intel-processor-based systems.