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Nico Steyn: An IOT pioneer

Staff Writer ITWeb
Johannesburg, 8 November 2017

Nico Steyn, co-founder and CEO of IoT.nxt, attributes much of his company’s success to good fortune, timing and an amzing team that has played in its favour.  “What started off as an integration exercise, led us to where we are today.”

He has always seen great potential in IT, and has had a varied career, building up and selling CCS Software a successful retail software business, and then joining the corporate world as MD of Datanet and Pinnacle Africa Gauteng, till in conjunction with IoT.nxt co-founders he saw an opportunity to become a pioneer in the industrial IoT sector.

Up until recently most of the rhetoric has been around big data, the cloud and smart sensors. “Our first IoT exercise we were required to not only integrate and retrofit but also to be able to have these devices intelligently interact. What we have developed is unique from that perspective.” As it stands we see more and more migrating into the edge and gence we maintain that the Edge is eating the Cloud.

In reality, he says there are very few IoT platforms that allow businesses to be truly technology agnostic, and to retrofit and allow them to leverage not just intelligence in the cloud, but to bring in a layer of intelligence close to the edge.

Currently, Steyn says more than 90% of what is currently deployed in the world is unconnected, and this is where IoT.nxt comes in as the underpin to digitization is getting everything in the ecosystem connected, existing as well as new.

“There are a lot of our industries under pressure, mining, manufacturing and using yesterday’s solutions for today’s challenges is destined for extinction. You must be innovative, you have to do things differently, and embrace technology that can take businesses back from marginal into profit, that is game changing, not just for the business, but for the people. We don’t just make money for the shareholders, we save jobs.”

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IoT.nxt in select company at IITPSA awards

8 November 2017

Visionary leadership that drives business transformation and innovation in the South African IT industry will be celebrated tonight at the annual award event of the Institute of Information Technology Professionals of SA (IITPSA).

IoT.nxt CEO, Nico Steyn, is in the select company of executives from leading companies in the industry as a nominee for the prestigious IT Personality of the Year award. The award recognises a person who has made an outstanding impact on the SA ICT industry over the past year and a significant contribution to the IT profession.

“The variety of companies and industries represented through the nominees is testament to the vibrancy of the IT and broader technology industry in South Africa and shows that the country is at the level, and in some instances ahead, of international counterparts. IoT.nxt has achieved incredible growth since its establishment at the end of 2015 and the nomination for Nico Steyn is validation of the impact the company has had in Internet of Things technology and strategy,” says IoT.nxt Chairman, Wayne Fitzjohn.

Apart from Steyn the nominees list includes respected professionals including Annette Muller, founder of on-demand workforce platform Flexy and DotNXT; Baratang Miya, founder of GirlHype Coders Academy; Karen Nadasen, CEO of PayU South Africa; Sashi Hansjee, CEO of Entelect; Mixo Ngoveni, founder of Geekculcha; Reshaad Sha, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Director of Dark Fibre Africa and CEO of IoT network Sqwidnet; Yvonne Thobile Mabuza, founder of Elangeni Consulting Services and Jaco Maass, Senior Manager ICT at BKB.

The finalists were evaluated by a nine-member industry panel to select the winner. Well-known industry leaders like Prof Helena Barnard of the Gordon Institute of Business Science, Neville Willemse, Senior Managing Partner Gartner South Africa, Ulandi Exner, President of IITPSA and Tony Parry, CEO of IITPSA served on the judging panel.

Sbu Shabalala, CEO of AdaptIT, was the IT Personality of the Year in 2016.

IoT.nxt is the winner of the 2017 MTN Business IoT Award, a Microsoft Gold Partner for Data Platform and was selected as one of six aspiring innovators in SA ahead of the 2016 Gartner ITXpo and Symposium hosted in Cape Town.

ISSUED BY: IoT.nxt

For further information please contact:

Daleen van Wyk

Media Liaison

Tel: 083 302 0827

Email: daleen.vanwyk@iotnxt.com

 

 

IoT.nxt CEO nominated for IT Personality of the Year

October 13, 2017

Nico Steyn, CEO of Internet of Things innovator IoT.nxt, was named as one of the nominees for the IT Personality of the Year award, managed and presented by the Institute of Information Technology Professionals of SA (IITPSA), on Wednesday 11 October 2017.

The list for the 2017 award is dominated by entrepreneurs and innovators and Steyn is in the company of several of the brightest minds in tech in SA.

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IoT.nxt CEO in select company of nominees for IT Personality of the Year

MEDIA STATEMENT 11 October 2017

Nico Steyn, CEO of leading Internet of Things innovator IoT.nxt, is listed as one of the nominees for the prestigious IT Personality of the Year award, managed and presented by the Institute of Information Technology Professionals of SA (IITPSA).

The list for the 2017 award is dominated by entrepreneurs and innovators and Steyn is in the select company of several of the brightest minds in tech in SA. “The variety of industry leaders on the nominees list is testament to the vibrancy of the IT and broader tech industry in South Africa and shows that the country is at the level, and in some instances ahead, of international counterparts. We believe that IoT.nxt is to become a leader in IoT in SA and internationally and seeing the CEO included in this impressive list is testament to the success the company achieved thus far,” says IoT.nxt Chairman, Wayne Fitzjohn.

Apart from Steyn the nominees list includes respected professionals including Annette Muller, founder of on-demand workforce platform Flexy and DotNXT; Baratang Miya, founder of GirlHype Coders Academy; Karen Nadasen, CEO of PayU South Africa; Sashi Hansjee, CEO of Entelect; Mixo Ngoveni, founder of Geekculcha; Reshaad Sha, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Director of Dark Fibre Africa and CEO of IoT network Sqwidnet; Yvonne Thobile Mabuza, founder of Elangeni Consulting Services and Jaco Maass, Senior Manager ICT at BKB.

The finalists, evaluated by a nine-member industry panel, will undergo face-to-face interviews with the judging panel before the winner is selected. Well-known industry leaders like Prof Helena Barnard of the Gordon Institute of Business Science, Neville Willemse, Senior Managing Partner Gartner South Africa, Ulandi Exner, President of IITPSA and Tony Parry, CEO of IITPSA serve on the judging panel.

The winner will be announced at a gala event to be hosted in Johannesburg in early November. Sbu Shabalala, CEO of AdaptIT, was the IT Personality of the Year in 2016.

IoT.nxt is the winner of the 2017 MTN Business IoT Award, a Microsoft Gold Partner for Data Platform and was selected as one of six aspiring innovators in SA ahead of the 2016 Gartner ITXpo and Symposium hosted in Cape Town.

ISSUED BY: IoT.nxt

For further information please contact:

Daleen van Wyk, Media Liaison, Tel: 083 302 0827, Email: daleen.vanwyk@iotnxt.com

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