Computer Assisted Telephony Systems (CaTS), one of the leading telephony specialist companies in SA – and an IBM business partner – has announced that it has secured a R200,000 contract with Tanzanian automotive company, CFAO Motors, for the installation of IBM Lotus Notes.

CFAO Motors, part of a French-based company, sells a range of vehicles, including Jeep and Nissan.
The 80-user system is expected to boost the French-owned company’s overall communication efficiencies, with a particular focus on its messaging platform.
CFAO Motors recently rebranded from DT Dobie to that of its parent company – CFAO.
CaTS is one of a number of active business partners for IBM’s lotus Foundations Start solution – a version of Lotus specifically aimed at the small and medium enterprise business market. Coming with most of the features of its “bigger brother”, Lotus Notes is a boon to small to medium businesses due to its 50% price reduction.
CaTS, which derives around 80% of its revenue from African countries outside South Africa, opened offices in Dar es Salam, Tanzania, during the middle of last year.
Johan Grobler, MD of CaTS, says the sales pipeline in Tanzania “looks promising".
“Business is very upbeat in Tanzania ,and we will be using our Dar es Salam offices as a springboard into other African countries, especially in eastern Africa.”
Grobler says he expects to secure around 20 new Lotus Foundation clients during the next 12 months, which would add around 10% to the company’s revenue stream.
The company also opened offices in Nigeria late last year.