"People without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots" – Marcus Garvey
DISCON Specialists is an organisation that was formed in 1994 by the two founding members, Bert Engelbrecht and Patric Edwards. The organisation’s primary reason for existence has always been to aid and enable businesses to address business problems pro-actively, effectively and to effect change to these organisations in a controlled manner.
To enable their customers to achieve this, DISCON Specialists have developed a propriety Business Engineering methodology which they have patented internationally.
DISCON Specialists is still the only organisation in South Africa that provides training in Business Engineering. It is also the only organisation in South Africa that has a single integrated methodology that covers the diverse disciplines of, among others, Business Engineering, Human Engineering (Change Management) and Programme and Project Management.
The DISCON Specialists methodology has been applied with tremendous success over diverse industries in countries like the United States of America, Australia, China, Botswana, Lesotho, the United Kingdom and South Africa over the past thirteen years.
In South Africa, China, Botswana and Lesotho the methodology has been successfully utilised in both the private and public sectors. In the United States of America, Australia and the United Kingdom the methodology is currently being utilised with great success in the private sector.
DISCON Specialists have a suite of thirteen different training courses, which are unique in South Africa, that the organization has been successfully applying locally and internationally over the past ten years.
DISCON Specialists have also embedded their entire methodology into a graphical modelling tool, called Metabuilder, backed by a complete and integrated repository. This tool is currently being used extremely successfully on all DISCON Specialists project assignments, as well as by national and international customers that have standardized on the DISCON Specialists method set.
The DISCON Specialists methodology is an adaptable method framework that can incorporate any methodology technique from other methods, should it be required and make business sense. This is made possible by the DISCON Specialists method set that is totally object-oriented, delivering an object-oriented result, as well as consisting of methodology objects. Newly required methodology techniques and objects that are to be incorporated into the DISCON Specialists framework have to be objectised, wrapped to represent objects, to be integrated into the holistic framework.
DISCON Specialists primarily earn their revenue from providing a Business Engineering consulting service. This includes providing training on Business Engineering and related topics, as well as building and selling customisable information systems and selling Methodology related automated toolsets.
Over the past 19 years, the team has accumulated an immense amount of knowledge on methodologies. We truly regard ourselves as of the world’s best in terms of methodology aspects like their integration, their shortcomings, the abstract meta-base required from which all methodologies should have been extrapolated, their positioning relative to one another as well as a complete framework within which all business problems should be addressed through methodologies and their components.
Our consulting exposure over the past years in a diverse customer environment has also equipped us with a great deal of intellectual property on businesses and all of its intricacies.
We capitalise our business and customer-related intellectual property by using and applying it on customer projects, through an integrated suite of methodology related mechanisms.