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WorldWide Objects technology, the for-runner of DataCyte was conceptualised in the 1990’s, but it was only in 2000 that the first patents were registered covering the basis of the technology. From 2000 to 2007 WorldWide Objects wrote a number of applications using the technology for selected clients. These applications were used as both a test-bed for the technology as well as showcase examples of the power of the technology.

Through this process of targeted application development WorldWide Objects matured the underlying technology to a level where the original aspirations of the creators of the technology were achieved. By 2008 the technology achieved a level of performance, robustness and stability that allowed the development of robust, mission-critical applications.

The notification of final US patent approval was received in April 2009.

Over the years, whenever the technology was presented, it had to be emphasised that the technology was neither object-oriented nor object-based. In April 2009 it was decided to rebrand WorldWide Objects to DataCyte. The name originates from Cyte: A suffix denoting a cell. Derived from the Greek "kytos" meaning "hollow, as a cell or container." that indicates the dynamic and organic nature of DataCyte technology.