is both an Organization as well as a Business Information Systems
Infomet Organization provides world-class business information solutions
to large and medium scale organizations.
is headed by directors Pieter Viljoen Jr, Pieter Viljoen Sr, Carl Koen and
Jacques Steyn. The organization is driven by extremely capable and well
qualified staff. These individuals are well known and successful in the Business
Infomet Business and Information Systems Methodology is highly
regarded in the industry for solving many of the business and information
technology problems encountered by most organizations due to the lack of
proper architectures based on formal theory, methods, tools and the lack of
socio-economic environment rapidly changes and continues to become
infinitely more complex, organizations are finding it increasingly more difficult
to stay abreast of these factors to ensure a well-organized and operationally
healthy organization and systems. The lack of skilled resources and the costs
of acquiring quality solutions have become a daunting challenge.
responds to this need by extending its offerings to provide extendable
pre-built solutions for selected industries. More particularly to the Financial,
Insurance, Health and Banking Industries. It will continue to extend to
additional vertical segments as the need in the market for this arises.
Infomet Organization was founded during 1985/6 by Pieter N. Viljoen and
Cedric G. Tyler, whilst working together on an IT Development Project for the
South African Wheat Board.
Infomet Training courses were presented through Don Gray, a
prominent Training Organization at the time.
was launched aggressively. A small company with a very big vision, it
set out to conquer the world. In its very first year of operation Infomet grew to
a consulting, development and training organization of 40. It managed to
acquire an R1m training contract with Standard Bank. Its client list soon
included the most prestigious and successful companies in South Africa. It
included organizations such as the Departments of Water Affairs, Internal
Affairs, Finance, Justice, Police; Standard Bank, Absa Bank, FNB, Rand
Merchant Bank; Sanlam, Old Mutual, Rennies; Umgeni Water; Middelburg
Steel Alloy; BMW, Volkswagen, Delta Motor Corp.; Infoplan, Kentron and
Koeberg. More than 800 big name companies were all part of the Infomet
was even more important was the recognition from the Academic
Institutions. The Technikons included Infomet as part of their formal
curriculum. Collaboration with the University of Pretoria as well as Unisa took
place. Infomet presented at conferences and demonstrated at technology
soon Infomet not only set the standard, but became the benchmark by
which other methodology organizations would be judged. Infomet consultants
were prestigious. They were known to be knowledgeable and capable.
of these pioneers went on to become highly successful in their own
right. Cedric Tyler became professor at the Denver University and an
entrepreneur of futuristic IT thinking. Hannes Van Rensburg became Chief
Architect at Sanlam and subsequently pioneered Fundamo, a mobile money
infrastructure and offering set throughout Africa, still unrivalled in features in
the world. Bruce Moore heads a division of more than 2800 consultants for a
USA based IT Company. Rob Katz who was Executive Director at Infomet
became the first managing director of Microsoft South Africa. The late Coert
Vorster, who started Infomet System Builders, was probably the most well-
known personality in the IT Industry in South Africa. Desmond Seeley and
Helen Cooke started e-Volution, first of the South African dotcom Companies.
There are many others, too many to mention here.
after Infomet was established in 1986, it became a subsidiary of the
Information Services Group (ISG), South Africa's largest Information
Technology Company, which in turn was a member of the Barlow Rand group
of companies. At this time ISG was the official representative of IBM in South
Africa, and was in fact derived from IBM South Africa, which withdrew earlier
from South Africa when sanctions were imposed by the world against South
Africa, pre-1994. Brian Mehl, Managing Director of ISG, was also appointed as
the Chairman of Infomet.
IBM returned to South Africa after the establishment of a new free
democratically elected government in 1994, ISG was re-acquired by IBM,
Infomet shareholders were bought out and the Infomet organization became
IBM South Africas IT Consulting Group.
also during 1994, that Infomet received a Top 100 Company Technology
Excellence Award for the patented Infomet Methodology.
Pieter Viljoen returned to South Africa and re-acquired the name as
well as the rights to the South African operations.
2005 Infomet opened its new offices in Sandton. The directors and
staff have been carefully selected to uphold a long tradition of excellence. The
new Infomet is fully geared to meet its new challenges.