Our customers with innovative and professional services.
Our staff with rewarding and exciting challenges.
All our stakeholders through sustainable profitability.
To understand and satisfy our customers’ needs and expectations.
To make commitments we fully understand and believe we can meet.
To deliver commitments on time, within budget and to high quality standards.
Monitor, benchmark and continuously improve our business products and services as well as our organisation and employees’ performance.
Continuously development our consultants’ technical skills, interpersonal skills and work methods.
Sustain and develop business growth and intellectual property.
STRATO’s offering includes business consultation, solution design, implementation and the maintenance of operations. STRATO is a certified SAP Services Partner and certified solution provider for Maximizer CRM software. We also design, implement and manage customised IT solutions. Products developed by STRATO include STRATOPOD , a mobile business application facilitating paperless delivery and Proof of Delivery operations and STRATO SETA-Link , a tool that facilitates reporting of Skills Development returns to SETA’s.
The STRATO team members are carefully selected highly qualified consultants who have obtained subject matter certification in their areas of expertise. Team members are passionate about their customers and they will undoubtedly go the extra mile to deliver an effective service of high quality at a competitive price. The team’s consulting skills cover a broad base of business applications and technologies including ERP, Business Intelligence, Corporate Performance Management, Process and Systems Integration, Business Workflow, Human Capital Management, Warehouse Management, Database and Systems Management. The team also have various technical skills in programming (ABAP, WEBDYNPRO, JAVA, C#,SQL, SHARE-POINT among others), Mobility, Cloud and Hosting services. The application and technical skills are complemented by a strong team of Project Management and Change Management resources.
STRATO has a track record of successful system implementation and service delivery and this has been achieved through the establishment of close partnerships with our clients. A philosophy of ‘People engaging with People’, rather than faceless service delivery. Therefore we seek to have a selected customer base ensuring high quality, mutually beneficial partnerships.
STRATO does not attempt to overwhelm customers with a sophisticated array of expensive ‘World Class’ technical and process service delivery offerings. STRATO engages with customers and together we find a Sensible, Seamless and Sustainable solution for the customer.
Our Board of Directors
Cassie Lessing : CEO
Benjy Naggan : Marketing and Sales
Mervyn Coopen : Financial and Operations
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STRATO has developed strategic partnerships with various entities to provide complementary and or tailored solutions to our customers. Some of these partnerships include:
Our clients include:
January 1999 – 26 members of the PFG internal IT department under leadership of Cassie Lessing establish Gateway Technologies (Pty) Ltd. The team consists of 19 Business Systems and 7 Network/Desktop resources. Between 1996 and 1998 these resources are instrumental in the implementation of SAP at PFG Building Glass. Gateway secures a 5 year outsource contract with PFG to support the SAP and Network environments
April 1999 – Gateway teams up with other ERP entities to establish ERP.com Holdings Ltd. ERP.com focuses on the provision of Consulting Services to customers considering ERP solutions or who have already implemented an ERP solution. Gateway specialises in SAP.
September 1999 – ERP.com lists on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange under the venture capital section.
February 2000 – Gateway is rebranded as iServe. iServe gets accredited as SAP National Services Partner.
September 2000 – iServe is accredited as SAP Application Hosting Partner (ASP).
May 2004 – iServe is accredited as SAP Value Added Reseller for SAP All-in-One.
March 2005 – iServe is accredited as SAP Value Added Reseller for SAP Business One.
December 2006 – iServe performs a Management Buy-Out (MBO) from ERP.com. Gateway Technologies (Pty) Ltd is acquired from ERP.com and trades as iServe.
January 2013 – Gateway Technologies (Pty) Ltd trading as iServe is rebranded to STRATO IT Group (Pty) Ltd.
August 2013 – Strato becomes a Certified Solution Provider for Maximizer CRM Software.
Strato Brand Name Rationale
The STRATO name is a creative adaption of the word "stratum" or "strata" (plural). Stratum means a layer, or more especially one of several parallel layers arranged one on top of another. This name serves as a metaphor for the company’s core competency: putting the systems in place, from basic to complex, to ensure seamless business operations. It creates the foundation from which to build and grow.
Circular Element Logo
The circle symbolises a seamless business process from start to finish. It is also a metaphor for partnerships and global trade, with the arrow pointing up to show progress and growth. Red conveys strength and order, while corporate grey conveys resilience and reliability.
Our Major Achievements
STRATO has a track record of successful SAP implementations and in most instances has forged long term support relationships with the clients where STRATO has implemented SAP. STRATO consultants have also participated with other SAP partners in many successful SAP implementations and our consultants are often called upon to bring specialist skills to SAP implementation projects.
Global Trading Solution for Macsteel International
STRATO implemented a sophisticated Global Trading Solution, using SAP ERP as the core, for Macsteel International. The solution was developed in South Africa and then rolled-out to Macsteel International Trading Centres in the New York, London, Hong Kong and Dubai. The system is supported by STRATO from South Africa. In addition to the core ERP modules and the custom developed Global Trading functionality STRATO also implemented SAP Business Warehouse, SAP Business Consolidation (BCS) and SAP Business Planning and Simulation (BPS) for Macsteel International.
SAP Warehouse Management solution for Toyota
STRATO resources were instrumental in the implementation of a SAP Warehouse Management solution for the Toyota Parts division. The Toyota Warehouse is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Southern hemisphere. STRATO consultants continue to play a key support role in the Toyota Warehouse and Materials Management environments.
Enterprise Performance Management
STRATO developed and implemented a comprehensive financial planning solution for a major Metro using the Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) toolset from SAP. The experience gained on this project positions STRATO very well to deliver similar solutions to other Metro’s and Municipalities
STRATO‘s principal EPM (Enterprise Performance Management) consultant was instrumental in the design and delivery of a BPC solution for a major Financial Institution. Due to the success of this solution, it will be rolled out to 14 other countries.
STRATO BPC resources participated in the development of the solution.
STRATO has a track record of successful cost effective SAP upgrades. STRATO recently conducted a successful upgrade for Ster-Kinekor, who operates a relatively standard SAP environment. STRATO also conducted a successful upgrade for Macsteel International which is a highly customised environment.
STRATO‘s upgrade services includes SAP ERP, SAP HCM, BI,PI and Warehouse Management
Manufacturing and Distribution solution for the PG Group
The PG Group is a vertically integrated organisation encompassing the manufacture, distribution, warehousing and retailing of glass and aluminium products. The PG Group comprises of 11 diversified divisions and over 90 plants and distribution centres nationally. The SAP implementation replaced their existing SAP, BAAN and legacy systems. The implementations included all the core ERP modules (FI/CO/PP/PM/SD/MM) as well as SAP HR/Payroll, SAP Business Warehouse, SAP Advanced Planning and Optimisation, SAP Warehouse Management (including RF Scanning) and Variant Configuration.
System Integration Consulting
STRATO‘s first major deployment of SAP XI occurred in 2006 when they developed a SAP XI integration layer between SAP ERP and SAP Business One for the PG Group. This deployment enabled two way data flows between 52 PG retail branches using SAP Business One and a central instance of SAP ERP. The initial XI deployment has been enhanced over time to provide for high availability of information flows between the branches and the central system.
The STRATO integration team was also instrumental in deploying an integration solution for the Road Accident Fund (RAF). This deployment used SAP PI to facilitate integration between SAP ERP and a third party Claims system. STRATO resources also developed an integration solution to facilitate integration between the RAF and Financial Institutions.
STRATO‘s Principal Integration consultant performed a key role on the SAB Miller Imara Project. This project included the development of multiple interfaces between INFOR (Advanced Planning and Scheduling System), PLATO (Delivery Scheduling System) and SAP ERP. The project includes interfacing master data and transactional data between all 3 systems.
STRATO‘s Principal Integration consultant performs a lead role at a prominent Financial institution where he is responsible for the establishment of a SAP Integration Competency Centre (ICC). He is also responsible for the Architecture and deployment of a Process integration solution including all Adaptors and Data Services. Other STRATO Integration Consultants participate in this project.
STRATO has a team of experienced Business Intelligence consultants with extensive knowledge in the SAP BW and Business Objects environments. STRATO currently provides key BI resources to a major financial institution where they have also gained valuable experience in the Bank Analyser solution set.
STRATO skills in the SAP Infrastructure environment
STRATO technical resources has been instrumental in multiple SAP infrastructure implementations. Our resources have been at the forefront of deploying Intel technology in large complex SAP customer environments and have performed multiple technology migrations including 32bit to 64bit migrations.
Our team has also implemented sophisticated storage and back-up solutions in the SAP environment.
STRATO and Cassie Lessing (CEO), take a direct interest in the Joshua Project, donating much time and funding to this worthwhile cause.
The Joshua Project is a safe haven for vulnerable children and children living on the street mainly in Jeffreys Bay. The project functions as a drop-in centre for the children where they receive love, support, education, and training.
Every day, the Joshua project:
Provides physical and emotional care to traumatized children.
Develops education and life skills.
Develops discipleship through various activities.
Provides financial support to children who need rehabilitation due to substance abuse.
Through consistent relationships and education-based programs, the Joshua Project seeks to help these children to realize and develop their unique talents; to become healthy, responsible adults and a productive part of the work force and community and, most importantly, to discover their value as a child of God created for a specific purpose.
The Joshua Project (NPO 1998/007990/08) is a non-profit organization that depends on volunteers and funding from local caring organizations and individuals.
For more information on the Joshua Project go to: www.joshuaproject.co.za