Rob Godlonton, a former senior manager of EOH Holdings, leads the development of a new IT services business in the Reunert stable, listed on the JSE.
Called + OneX, the systems integrator will compete with other IT service companies in South Africa and fill a gap in Reunert’s ICT portfolio.
Godlonton left EOH in 2019, shortly after revelations of widespread corruption within the group began to grab headlines. He had been tasked with building EOH’s IT capacity, then creating and running iOCO, its IT services business. He was not involved in the corruption that took place at EOH.
EOH CEO Stephen van Coller even released a statement to TechCentral upon release, claiming that Godlonton had resigned on his own and was in no way involved in the fault.
After spending 10 years at EOH, Godlonton plans to start a new IT systems integration company, with the help of the electrical, electronics and ICT group Reunert.
‘New-age systems integrator’
Godlonton, who previously worked for Dimension Data and U.S. enterprise software publisher PeopleSoft (now part of Oracle), said in an exclusive interview with TechCentral this week that he wanted to integrate + OneX into what ‘he calls a’ new-age systems integrator ‘.
He was preparing the company for launch when he ran into Reunert CEO Alan Dickson at the airport. He told Dickson about his capital raising plans and Dickson asked, “Why don’t you come and do it with us?”
After discussions, Reunert agreed to invest in the company and take a majority stake. Reunert Connect, a small IT company, was then integrated with + OneX. Reunert’s larger Nashua Communications business, which focuses on unified communications solutions, was also subsequently integrated, giving + OneX access to a range of corporate clients and enabling it to scale. quickly. Reunert’s ICT segment now includes automation, connectivity and IT services (the latter being via + OneX).
+ OneX has been capitalized by its shareholders, which allows it to grow both organically and through acquisition. And Godlonton is already pursuing several agreements.
TechCentral may report that the company has entered into an agreement to purchase DataCore Media, a Johannesburg-based digital media and data consultancy. An acquisition in the DevOps space is next, Godlonton said. He also wants to expand the reach of + OneX in the area of IT security.
A deal with a black investor in the field of economic empowerment is also expected to be concluded soon. “Our goal is to be over 50% black owned, 30% black women and a BEE Level 2 contributor,” Godlonton said. The company is already empowered to some extent thanks to Reunert’s shareholding, he added. “We have identified a BEE partner and we are following the process.”
Asked which companies + OneX will compete with, Godlonton said he will focus on customers, not the competition. However, he said the company aspires to be like Accenture, a multinational consulting and service company. – © 2021 NewsCentral Media