It may be some time still before he takes on his dream job of running a beach bar on an exotic island, but for Bennie Strydom, Chief Sales Officer at the Integr8 IT, until that day arrives, his mind will be active 24/365 and he will have little sleep. Just over 12 years after joining the ICT managed Services Company, the thirty-something year-old believes he has achieved a lot and is destined for even greater things.
Computers have always been a passion and the convergence of technology with business, the cornerstone of the ICT industry, has always appealed to him. The first PC he got was from his parents in 1996.
“I love the fact that technology always changes and remains part of our daily lives, albeit in various ways and forms. I really enjoy the ability to extend one’s entrepreneurial spirit in an industry that has such a broad spectrum, and use technology to create and manage successful businesses,” says Strydom.
Armed with a passion for success and the role of technology in business, he secured a position as Technician at Integr8 IT in 2001.
The company was making its mark in the domestic and international ICT space – at a time when uncertainty hovered over ICT services in general and the industry was going through what became known as the “Dot.Bom”. Integr8 IT started moving forwards, at a time when most of the industry leaders where moving backwards.
He has always been an integral part of the success of Integr8 IT.
Since the day he first joined the company, Strydom has not looked back and his expectation of being satisfied in working in an industry that changes constantly and is fuelled by innovation has been met.
There have been several milestones in his career at Integr8 IT, including his appointment as Sales Director in 2006, and he does not struggle to come up with reasons why he enjoys what he does.
“I work with some of the smartest people in the industry and with great partners. I am inspired by success and it is really interesting to see the influence game-changing trends like cloud computing and the social media is having on operations,” says Strydom.
But he is not stopping to admire his handiwork. He wants to work harder towards attaining his five-year plan to be in CEO position and a member of the BCG board.
He is determined to continue to use his plethora of mobile devices to do his job and generate additional revenue for the company by driving sales and innovation to customers and their businesses.
“Global economic pressure is forcing companies to extend their assets and delay investment in fresh IT projects. However, we have a solid value proposition that works and a business model that clearly adds value. In this industry you need knowledge of trends, an understanding of the needs of clients, passion and of course…….a smartphone to succeed,” he quips.
Integr8 Group, Integr8 is an ICT management and managed services company, was founded in 2001 by high impact serial entrepreneurs, Rob Sussman and Lance Fanaroff, who are the current respective Co-CEO’s of the Group Companies.
Integr8 is the founder and operator of the only South African based Nerve Centre®, a hub of technology, skill and process, that is used to support and regulate the ICT environment of many of the country’s leading organisations
The ICT Infrastructure Management and managed services company in the Integr8 Group, Integr8 IT (Pty) Ltd., was organically grown over 12 years into the largest privately owned ICT company on the African continent with over 550 highly skilled professionals across its multiple offices.
In February 2013, Integr8 Group’s, Integr8 IT (Pty) Ltd. was acquired by the country’s largest publically traded technology company, The Business Connexion Group (BCG), in a R 126m cash transaction.
Through the BCG acquisition, Integr8’s clients enjoy access to 7,000 high skilled personnel across the group, with more offices on the continent than any other local technology company. Offices also span across United Arab Emirates and into Europe.
This passion for ICT is best demonstrated by the Integr8 Nerve Centre®, which hosts some of the finest technical operations to be found anywhere on the globe. It is from this technology hub that Integr8 remotely manages infrastructure for many leading organisations around the globe.
Integr8 is vendor agnostic, choosing the very best solution for each client and can deliver managed ICT services through the cloud to customers of any size in any location.
Founded on technical excellence, Integr8 operates the only South African-based Nerve Centre® (www.nervecentre.co.za), providing a digital hub to manage and regulate many of the country’s leading corporations. This single point of contact allows remote access to clients enabling tier – 3 support 24/7.
The South African offices can be found in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and has representation in Port Elizabeth, East London, and across the Southern African region. Integr8 can be reached on our call centre number or through any other contact means of your choice (click here).
Integr8 IT has achieved an official BEE rating as a level 4 contributor and is regarded as a “Value Adding Supplier’’. As Integr8 continues to invest in its partners and people, clients can expect exceptional BEE ratings with added benefits for all. (click here)
The Integr8 family remains committed to the world around it and has developed a keen nurturing culture over the years. The company supports multiple charitable organisations