Carl has always had a keen interest in computers. In High school he wrote a simple accounting program for a ZX Spectrum. While doing articles and studying part time at BDO Spencer Steward in Pietermaritzburg, he commandeered the first PC’s in the office for use on audits and preparing financial statements. There he qualified as a CA(SA) at the age of 23 in 1991. He joined SARS shortly thereafter in lieu of military service. It was during that time that the initial prototypes of AuditMate were created. He also met and married Carol.
In 1994 Carl became partner at Porter Purbrick (now Harvard House Group), a 3 partner practice in Howick. He revolutionized the practice through the creation of computerized accounts preparation and auditing systems. Carl and Carol had their first baby in 1995 and continued to grow their family steadily while Carl developed more comprehensive software solutions for his practice. Carol was, like all new parents, reading child rearing books and happened upon a book written by a mother of 9 children who encouraged everyone to run their own business from home with their family. This idea gelled with Carl and Carol and the seed for running a business from home, and having 9, yes NINE, children was planted.
The first windows based AuditMate was sold in 2002. In 2003 Carl risked it all to leave the accounting practice and start a software development business. The business was first called Professional Software Solutions. In April 2004 Carl and Carol co-founded IT Mates cc, the name reflecting their vision to be the information technology “friends” of accountants. In 2006 Rolf created the first AutoMate add-0n for AuditMate to produce automated AFS and joined IT Mates. In 2010 Michael, Carl and Carol’s firstborn, started helping with admin and licencing and still works part time for IT Mates while doing his own freelance developments.
Over the years we have helped Accountants produce final accounts and audit working papers for tens of thousands of companies through the use of AuditMate and AccountsMate. Carol has always been involved in the business, particularly in the areas of strategy and direction. Development has been continuous with new products created based on requests from clients.
The dream of a home based business is a reality… and YES they had 9 children! 5 boys and 4 girls. The oldest 3 have left home, so only 6 left!