How is he an Info System Pioneer?
Serge Belamant is an info systems pioneer because he got in at the very beginning and did quite well for both himself and the business field. It’s as simple as that. The early great performers are the pioneers of any field. It should also be noted that this former high school National Chess Champion moved his piece, so to speak, a number of times during his college career…
Did he Switch Majors A Lot?
Like most pioneers, Serge Belamant didn’t settle into something until he knew that he had found the right thing for him to be best at. His first year of undergraduate studies had him listed as an engineer, and this was changed to applied mathematics and computer science for his second year of studies. The third year was a series of info systems studies funded by UNISA.
He had a Unique Approach to Market Offerings…
When you are at a level of computer programming and applied math analysis that Serge Belamant is at, you can really pigeon hole yourself into some interesting applications. For years, the systems that Serge Belamant developed were for the statistical analysis of scientific data. Scientific data has interesting applications. One application Serge was successful in was preventing future droughts by studying data systems for current ones. A number of civics projects (roadways and such) were also benefited from the early systems that Serge worked on. Who else could benefit from new approaches to info systems? The banking, finance and retail industries!
From ATM to Blockchain and then back again?
You’ve read it correctly, it’s ironic really. Serge Belamant developed early systems for these fields that involved ATM changeovers. After selling his services as an employee for several large projects and companies, Serge went on his own to start net1. Net1 not only patented the original version of the blockchain technology, they’ve also developed a debit card that people can use around Europe and without the need of a separate bank to verify the POS eligibility. The card is the actual banking infrastructure! It uses blockchain technology to reference a series of (sometimes offline) ledgers that verify transactions and create an environment in which the card is the bank. It is interesting indeed.