Pi Information Technologies
Pi-Tech has been published as one of the ‘Top ICT
companies in South Africa ’ (2003/2004 edition) by CRF.
Pi-Tech specializes in the development, maintenance and continual enhancement of
its core ICT technology named pGo®,
which is used by its product-manufacturing partners (PMPs) to create custom
solutions for its clients. The pGo® technology spans the full spectrum of client server,
web and mobile solutions, and is assembled on a building block basis.
Pi-Tech is possibly the proto-type of the 21st
century company - a small nucleus of highly qualified individuals that remains
small by choice, and works hard at preventing itself from growing large. The
company evolved from two former mother companies through a series of management buy outs, sales and
merger with a sister company, which funded some of the strategic developments in
the early days.
The pGo® technology development started in 1993 with a
specific strategy of replacing military developed software in the commercial
The company's vision is to provide the market with
the best components whatever the market's needs are in terms of management
The company was formally established in 1997 under
its current name. Through the application of its 25-module toolbox technology
over the past ten years, Pi-Tech has formed partnerships with Product
Manufacturing Partners (PMP’s) that have functional expertise in various
fields, in order to provide a wide variety of solutions ranging from specialized
tracking, cataloguing and scanning systems to full ERP systems.
"Our intent is to enable clients to help
themselves. We concentrate on enabling, rather than simply charging clients for
The business model is strongly research and
development (R&D) driven - a considerable amount of time is spent on pure
R&D. When the company feels it has met its financial targets for the
financial year, the staff takes time off to devote to working on pure R&D.
"We look at IT strategy - where is the IT industry headed strategically. We are then able to pro actively take these ideas to clients who may be unaware that opportunities are available. We’re concentrated right now on the mobile environment, developing software for mobile phones and devices. The technology was developed to provide for a rapid application development with a cost effective maintenance strategy."
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