Richards Bay engineers and former farm girls making waves in tech

03 July 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201915282

Business Tech
ICT In Industry

INGRID Osborne and Julie Mathieson, co-founders of Richards Bay-based Saryx were born and raised on South African farms but found their calling in the engineering worlds.

They worked for two years at different corporate engineering firms in Zululand, and immediately hit it off after realising they shared similar experiences, expertise, and frustrations with the corporate environment.

After realising they possessed complementary technical skillsets, they decided to take the entrepreneurial plunge and launch a business together to solve the country’s engineering challenges.

While the company executed several projects over the next few years, Saryx faced a challenge. Most of their employees were working on various client sites away from the office and many of these sites required legal compliance and safety documents and to gain site access.

More than once during this time, Saryx was caught off guard with costly expired documentation. This led to the decision that would change Saryx forever. The co-founders decided to generate their own web-based system, which automatically reminded the user of the expiry dates of the documents, from which they could directly access if a client required something.

This in-house product worked so well for the entrepreneurs that Saryx believed other companies would pay for this functionality. At this point, Saryx decided to invest its profits to develop the product to its full potential and market it commercially. HSEC Online was born.

“HSEC Online was designed for us, and if it can work for us, it will work for you,” said Osborne.

This system automates the entire risk compliance documentation workflow. The platform allows companies to seamlessly manage every step of the risk compliance documentation process, saving clients up to hundreds of hours on documentation for each project. The system allows for key site managers to be on track and in control.

What differentiates the solution further is its integration with companies’ security technologies, such as wireless gate access and door locks. The system automatically removes access privileges for those without proper accreditation.

Deliberately coded for customer service, companies across the African continent are switching to the obvious choice of safety and compliance management solution.

After the launch of the HSEC Online Product in 2016, Saryx had a 277% growth rate by the end of 2017 with over 13 000 clients signing up and using HSEC Online to store their safety and compliance information and has a presence in seven other Africa countries, saving clients an estimated $324 million (R4.6 billion) in violation costs each year.

Saryx has won various awards including: the FNB Business Innovations Award 2018. The company and both co-founders have been selected as Endeavor Entrepreneurs and were finalists in the Standard Bank Top Business Awards 2018 – Innovation Through Technology. The company has also won the 2018 MEA Business Awards - Most Complete Engineering Solutions 2018 KwaZulu-Natal.

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