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BMI-T Names Business Connexion No.1 in Custom Application Development
[Jan 30th, 2012]

With a 20% share, leading ICT services company Business Connexion has the largest slice of the South African custom application development market – almost twice that of its nearest competitor.
That’s according to BMI-TechKnowledge’s South African IT Services Marketing Sizing and Forecast 2010 – 2015 report, which states that custom application development revenue reached R1.2 billion in 2010.
Business Connexion’s closest competitors in the application development arena are Gijima (11%), Accenture (9%), SITA (8%), Oracle (8%), HP (5%) and CSC (3%).
Vanessa Olver, Business Connexion Deputy CEO and Group Executive: Services, attributes the achievements of the Application Development team to having the best capability in the country as well as the ability to create trust and build long-term relationships with Business Connexion’s customer base.
“Over the years, we have built up an extremely strong skills base across the board, from legacy systems to the latest mobile applications on the Apple iPad and in the cloud,” Olver says. “In addition to understanding architecture and the latest technologies, our application developers understand our customers’ business challenges. This enables them to come up with the most effective solution for each particular need, rather than just selling a product.”
Marthinus Wissing, the Executive for Professional Services at Business Connexion adds that the company has identified a growing need for application overhauling/modernisation due to the high volumes of legacy systems which remain in existence. Business Connexion’s Services Division and Application Development team will conduct a full Portfolio Application audit to determine what applications should be redeveloped, what needs to be migrated, and what applications could stay on the mainframe.
“Organisations don’t replace their IT landscapes overnight, it’s a process. Many outsource their legacy applications to us even while we are assisting them embark on a journey to the cloud. We have assisted many organisations with both needs, even though they may seem to be at opposite ends of the spectrum,” Wissing says.
Business Connexion’s Services Division contributed 41.9% to group revenues in 2011. It is well positioned to remain the major player in cloud services, managed services, outsourcing and many vertical industries. As mentioned above, it is also now viewed as a leader in application development and management for large companies.
“In the current business environment, many organisations are considering ways in which they can reduce their operating costs and the ICT services offered by the Services Division are well placed to meet this requirement,” Olver points out.
“The division is able to leverage Business Connexion’s diverse skills base to understand the customer’s strategy and business model to assist customers with any ICT service or technical requirement.
“Further to this, the specialists within the division have the flexibility to design services specific to customer requirements or to provide commoditised services. The resulting benefit to the customer is an enhanced level of business performance, enriched information application and flexible information technology,” concludes Olver.


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