Launch of Mci IT (PTY) LTD on the 2 March 2017

Launch of Mci IT (PTY) LTD on the 2 March 2017

Launch of Mci IT (PTY) LTD on the 2 March 2017

Mci IT (PTY) LTD will be launching on the 2 March 2017 at the Protea Hotel in Midrand from 07h30am. The company is a software development company based in Centurion Tshwane.

Background
Mci IT is a 100% black owned company which was started in 2012 as QbTech (Pty) Ltd. In 2016 it became necessary to change the name of the company, after Mcimbi Business Solutions acquired the shares in QbTech, the name of QbTech was changed to MCI (taking the first three letters of Mcimbi) – the name change became effective on the 1 November 2016.
The software is locally developed.

Products and Services 
The company develops systems on the Progress platform. The applications that are offered are: LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) – Lab-i, a specialized civil LIMS – cLab-i, a plant maintenance application system (i-Plant) and an asset management system. We also market Qlik and Yellowfin BI tools that enable users to report effectively on their data.

The LIMS application has been in the market since 1992 and large numbers of laboratories in the country are using our system. Mci IT CEO Vusi Twala says that the level of user satisfaction for the use of this applications is very high, “We did a survey on behalf of one of our clients in October 2016 to determine if our Lab-I application still meets their requirements, most of the users who have been using the LIMS have expressed deep satisfaction that the system still meets their requirements, the system was designed with a clear understanding of their environment”.

Mci IT is working on modernizing certain aspects of the system, like the look and feel, availability on mobile devices and cloud computing. This development will be undertaken using the latest Progress offerings such as Telerik, Rollbase and KendoUI. These tools will enable the users to maintain the core of their application while extending the access to more users including mobile and remote users:
“Some of our cLab-I users have remote laboratories or even mobile laboratories, they want to extend the use of the system to this requirement and our LIMS system is capable of doing that via the internet right now, but internet coverage in South Africa is not universal, we are therefor developing an application that can used remotely and the data could be synched when the user reaches a ‘base station’” Twala said.

The implementation process is very short and requires no more than 2 weeks, the ability of the LIMS application to match users requirements is quite remarkable, that is why most users who buy our application are often fully operational within a month.

The Future
Mci IT is also introducing a version controlled approach to software support to enable our customers to benefit fully from continuous development and improvement of the system. A smaller version for SMMEs of the system is being developed that will enable the users to buy from a single user licence or if the requirement arises, the user can subscribe to the application online thus reducing setup costs and the related maintenance.

In addition to the current outright sales models and the SaaS (Software as a Service) model we are providing, the company is finalizing a model where users do not need to buy user licenses, but would pay a subscription fee based on the number of tests they are performing. This model is still being finalized and would be announced when it is ready to be rolled out.

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