6. History of Offices and Facilities
Infomet Training Rooms
The Infomet Training Centre had state of the art facilities and specially designed desks in order to make your working experience pleasant and comfortable. Sound proofed walling will ensured that there are no disturbances during training and work sessions.
The rooms available varied in capacity to accommodate groups of 15, 20 and up to 40 people.
The Infomet Training Centre was located in the heart of Sandton with convenient access to shops, restaurants and hotels. Participants needing accommodation had a wide choice of hotels and other facilities, all within a few minutes walk of the Training Centre:
    • The Sandton Sun Hotel
    • The Sandton Towers Hotel
    • The Michelangelo Hotel
    • Two Holiday Inn Hotels
    • The Hilton Hotel
    • The Balalaika Hotel
    • The HolidayInnGardenCourtHotel
    • The Don Suites Hotel.
    • Numerous Guest Houses.
Visiting students could stay in touch with their office through Internet kiosks which were available in the Training Centre. The entire area also had wireless Internet Access for those that had notebooks. For your convenience Infomet had also ensured that telephone, fax, copying and printing facilities were available in aiding with any administration that needed to be done on site.
To support our clients, by simplifying and enhancing the presentations and planning sessions that may be conducted in these venues Infomet will equip the venue with an electronic whiteboard, a flip chart or a projector if needed be.
Should notebook computers be required for students, they may be rented at an additional cost.
Catering Facilities
Being in an Industry that demands ones time for planning sessions, presentations and most certainly training, Infomet understands the need for well kept and professional break away facilities where participants were able to relax with some refreshments.
The ‘Pause Area’, specially designed to accommodate the needs of the participants boasted a variety of refreshments such as purified water, coffee, tea, milo as well as a vending machine holding various cold drinks, crisps and sweets. The ‘Pause Area’ was there to assist the participants in feeling rejuvenated and to return back to their session focused.
Infomet had also offered its services in assisting with any catering arrangements for breakfast, lunch and in between breaks that may be taken.

Consulting Centre
The Consulting Centre consisted of an area specially designated and equipped for consulting work sessions with our clients.
We welcome our clients to a lounge where we had informal and friendly discussions about business.
Once more serious sessions start consultants would make use of adjacent consulting rooms. Here we had work tables designed especially for small JAD work sessions. The facilitator were able to use the desktops to model the specifications, after which the designs were copied, stored and relayed to the Development Centre where they were turned into formal documented models. Each room was equipped with a telephone for teleconferencing, and Infomet manuals were available at all times. Consultants or clients having mobile computers could log on to the wireless network in order to access the intranet, the internet, e-mail, printers or whatever facilities they require.
There was a break away area where customers could have coffee or tea with some snacks while watching a news channel or a broadcast from our own Infomet TV channel off our Intraweb site.
Training Centre
A separate entrance was used to the Training Centre so that the normal office work flow was not interrupted. Students were welcomed by the Training Administrator, and they could register on cube computers at the touchdown area. Students on the way to the Training Room, would have passes the Server Room which was a show case with impressive technology viewable through glass panes.
A very good ambience exists in our Training Rooms. They were modern and comfortable and the desks were custom made. There were no untidy wires. High Tech notebooks were connected via a wireless network. Overhead projectors with collaboration facilities were provided to maximize the experience of real interactive onsite training. It not only put our lecturers in touch with each student but also allows them to monitor and facilitate maximum learning.
The Training Centre also featured a large pleasant pause where our students and clients could have refreshments and interact with one another during their breaks. Apart from light lunches being served, there was hygienic water, coffee and tea machines, as well as vending machines available for sweets and cool drinks.
Our Training Centre also had a well-equipped printer room, with several high speed printers, as well as pigeon holes for preparing and keeping training material in stock.
Logically we were well equipped to run courses.


The three training rooms were named after previous Infomet directors:
Cedric Tyler, who was Infomet’s first Business Development and Marketing Director.
Hannes Van Rensburg, Consulting Director and later founder of Fundamo.
John De Carvalho, IBM designated director on the Infomet Board
The Development Centre
The Development Centre was purposefully located on the second floor, away from the other Centre’s, where developers had their own self- contained environment with well-equipped offices and a workshop where technical issues could be addressed.
Whether it was performance benchmarking or the assembly of computer configurations for customers, the workshop enables Infomet to maintain and develop highly competent technical skills together with its developers. This also ensures that our applications run at great speeds on the platform, and this ensured that we were able to deploy projects much faster than any of our competitors.
The Development Centre was equipped with its own boardroom for having interactive work sessions. It was equipped with overhead projectors and screens, as well as copy boards to make these sessions productive.
The room was named after
Marius Rochon, who was Infomet’s first Development Centre Director, and designed our first set of case tools (Infomet/DC).
In the Ante area, developers could relax after a hard day’s work while mingling with colleagues and thereafter brave the traffic back home.
With a well equipped kitchen and vending machines on hand, the Development Centre provides for the developers’ needs when they often had to work after hours to meet deadlines.
The Office Centre
The Office Centre was where executive management and administration staff works.
The offices were pleasant and well equipped, relying on the technological infrastructure to make everything work. The boardroom was our pride, a real show case.
This room was named after
Rob Katz, who was Executive Director of the first Infomet. Subsequently, he became the Managing Director of the first Microsoft office in South Africa.

Technology Platform
Our Business Centre consists of a suite of e-services and e-applications which ran on a powerful sophisticated parallel Itanium EPIC Computer , 24 gigabytes of RAM and 500 gigabytes of disk space.
With Diginet and satellite we had a telecommunications bandwidth enabling us to connect our e-  business portal to the world.
Our Offering Centre’s each had a separate network with file servers. These servers were behind separate firewalls to ensure that our systems were intruder and tamper proof.
The network and the PABX System were fully integrated, and voice management software allowed us to have sophisticated collaboration mechanisms.
Our office software for mail and messaging, document and work flow management, VOIP and collaboration, gives us the capability to operate in a well-structured and organized manner whilst being able to interact in manners never done before with our clients.
The network was secure. The routers ran sophisticated firewalls; kept the system spam free; protects our data from unwanted intrusions; and was linked to our physical access control system to monitor and prevent intrusion. All our desktops were physically secured inside the desks in our own a patented casing to prevent loss through theft.
Our physical network were CAT-6 compliant which ensured we could handle high speed data transfers internally and encrypted fibre optical cabling between floors ensures that our network were inaccessible to outsiders.