About Us

S23M is built around a powerful methodology for gaining a deep understanding of your business and its future potential

Our logo symbolises the complementary roles of commonalities and variabilities in the search for patterns and hidden opportunities.

The philosophy of our global team of trusted advisors is Collaboration for Life:

  • We help your team to understand your customers' needs and perspectives
  • We translate your knowledge into exceptional products and services
  • We assist you with strategic and tactical operational decisions
  • We have an intimate understanding of your industry and speak your language
  • We have a global footprint

Clients rely on our assistance and methodology when:

  • developing new products and markets,
  • transforming information into valuable domain knowledge,
  • making product lines configurable and customisable,
  • optimising supply chains,
  • managing the risks of business transformation,
  • and when addressing compliance and sustainability requirements.

Directors

Jorn Bettin

Jorn Bettin has over 25 years of business experience in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and Asia, with a focus on product management, operational excellence, and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Jorn loves building and working with high performance teams. He has pioneered the MODA + MODE methodology, and is the author of several books on Model Driven Engineering.

Jorn is passionate about capturing the knowledge flow of leading domain experts to co-create organisations and systems which are understandable by future generations of humans and software tools.

Andrew Shewring

Andrew Shewring has developed software-intensive products and services in Switzerland and New Zealand since 2004. His experience covers a range of sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, construction, industrial automation, logistics, finance, education, and startups, and he has been a key member of the S23M open source team from the very beginning.

Andrew is passionate about enabling people and organisations to reach their full potential, by designing and developing world class software solutions which empower people to collaborate and innovate in new ways.

Ruben van der Lee

Ruben van der Lee has spent equal time in Europe and New Zealand over the last 25 years of his career. During that period he has been instrumental in introducing new technologies and methodologies to the organisations he has worked with. He has established and managed multi-disciplined teams over multiple geographies in order to deliver scalable platforms critical to business success.

Ruben is passionate about creating brilliant solutions that deliver efficiencies, help people and are economic for the client to operate.

Xaver Wiesmann

Xaver Wiesmann enjoys collaborating with domain experts across organisational silos on strategic technology issues, to deliver breakthrough system integration solutions. Xaver has over 30 years of experience in the financial and industrial automation sectors in Europe, and has architected critical components of several core banking systems and document management systems. He is an authority on the design of distributed systems and message oriented software architectures.

Xaver is passionate about developing a deep understanding of the nature of complex problems, and breaking problems down into simpler parts, enabling innovative, transparent and economical solutions.

Values

The purpose of S23M is shaped by our core values. Our motivations relate to five dimensions:
  1. Symbols: co-creating organisations and systems which are understandable by future generations of humans and software tools
  2. Nature: maximising biodiversity
  3. Artefacts: minimising waste
  4. Society: creating a more human and neurodiversity friendly environment
    • Generating more trust – less surprising misunderstandings, more collaborative risk taking, less exploitation, more mutual aid
    • Generating more learning – more open knowledge sharing, less indirect language, less hierarchical control, deeper understanding
    • Generating more diversity – more appreciation of difference, less coercion, more curiosity
  5. Critical self-reflection: balancing the other four dimensions in terms of sustainability, resilience, and happiness

Some of our clients


The Supply Chain Efficiency and Cloud projects were massive projects for Zespri. We are expecting huge and phenomenal growth, and as part of that we needed to have appropriate systems and scalability to be able to cope and manage the growth.

The [S23M quality assurance and test management] framework was absolutely fundamental for the success of these two projects. It’s a huge asset that has been created for Zespri. We were able to manage the risk profile very very effectively with the methodology from S23M. I think that the way that S23M went about managing the risks is exceptional. There was a huge amount of rigour that was put into making sure that both projects were successful. The value that has been created is an enduring value. The biggest asset is the framework and the mindset that has been created.

Andrew Goodin, CIO of Zespri International

History

Jorn Bettin and Jeff Hoare launched SoftMetaWare in 2002 in New Zealand, with a focus on business performance consulting for clients in data and software intensive industries.

Between 2002 and 2005 the company provided services in New Zealand and Australia, and built up an international network of business partners, which led to client engagements in Switzerland in 2006, and subsequently to engagements in Germany and the UK. In 2012 the company adopted S23M as a new trading name.

Today S23M operates globally, with consulting practices in New Zealand, Australia, and Europe.

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