Magicomm has spread its wings by opening up operations in South Africa. Magicomm SA will be offering the same products and services as its UK parent but with a focus on supporting local customers. The new operation is headed up by Tim Beck and Johann van der Walt, two seasoned IT professionals who have had a special interest in digital pen and paper (DP&P) technology for the last few years.
Garry Hollinshead, magicomm MD, commented, “We are taking the first steps in making magicomm a truly International Company. We believe that the innovative products we have developed and are developing for DP&P solutions, utilising Anoto functionality, have a broader appeal than just the UK market. Most of the products and services have international application and by ‘localising’ them we will speed up development and deployment, and broaden the tremendous opportunities open to us.” Welcoming the new South African operation he said, “Tim and Johann, with their combined experience will ensure that magicomm SA is a success. The ground work has now been completed and already the market in South Africa is aware of who we are and what we can deliver.”
“We are tremendously proud to be part of magicomm”, says Tim Beck. “We will be leveraging magicomm’s considerable technical expertise and impressive products to develop this brand new market. At the same time we will be adding considerable value, in both the consulting and technical fields, for our South African customers. In addition”, he continued, “we look forward to applications developed in South Africa being made available through Magicomm in the UK and elsewhere.”
“Africa, and South Africa in particular is the ideal environment to roll out DP&P applications”, says Johann van der Walt. “There is a clear advantage in using a pen and paper solution for data capture over more expensive first world technologies such as tablet PCs. Total cost of ownership is far lower and training requirements are minimal. We are very excited to be introducing DP&P technology to South Africa”.
Magicomm SA’s offices are located in Rivonia, Johannesburg.