PUBLICATION:  ARTICLE CIRCULATION
DATE:  11 SEPTEMBER 2009

Ernst and Young salutes Integr8 IT entrepreneurs

By MicroZone PR
9/11/2009 4:58:11 AM

Robert Sussman and Lance Fanaroff, joint CEOs of the Integr8 Group, the largest privately owned BEE ICT company on the African continent, have been honoured as finalists in the Ernst and Young World Entrepreneur Awards for 2009.
Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, in association with First National Bank, is an established global initiative that has achieved substantial recognition as a proven mechanism for the encouragement and recognition of entrepreneurial spirit and application.

Previous finalists have included Executive Chair of the Bidvest Group Brain Joffe, mining magnate Patrice Motsep , Zithulele KK Combi, Director of Ukhozi Investments, CEO of Imperial Holdings Bill Lynch and Guy Laliberté, Cirque du Soleil.

Integr8 Group has earned international acclaim for its technological innovation and leadership that continues to make an impact on the local and global markets, with a focus on bridging the digital divide in South Africa and Africa.

The provision of business-centric managed ICT services, covering advancement in business via key technology trends like software as a service, virtualization and cloud computing is part of the bleeding edge core solutions offered by the innovative company.

Both Sussman and Fanaroff have received industry wide recognition for their leadership, business acumen and success in ICT application, integration and management.

Fanaroff was recently awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Topco National Business Awards and Sussman has been the recipient of numerous accolades including the ForgeAhead African ICT Achiever Award for Top Businessman and Absa Jewish Entrepreneur of the Year.

Management at Integr8 Group believes that having two members of its executive management as finalists has differentiated the company amongst a high caliber of entrants.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by Ernst and Young,” comments Sussman. “The company’s success since its inception is not down to any one individual, it is the synergistic and strategic combination of skills sets, expertise, knowledge, passion and commitment.”

Fanaroff agrees and believes the company’s unrelenting, tenacious determination to acquire and retain the most sought after technical skill sets and intellectual property in the industry and its unwavering passion to enhance the value of technology in business has helped it secure international attention and recognition.

“The global credit crunch and impact on socio-economic development has forced businesses to extract maximum value from technology investment. We have conceptualised, developed and successfully delivered our business model into the market, taking this trend into serious consideration.It is an honor to be recognised by Ernst and Young and First National Bank,” says Fanaroff.