With his father’s natural flair for all things IT, Ivan Janssen was destined to join the family business. When he was 13, Ivan began helping his father enter data into mini computer programs that hinted at the future of personal computers as we know them today.
After completing year 11 at Mildura Senior College, Ivan began working as a full-time Salesman with Office Everything, a role that had always been earmarked for him. His teachers tried to discourage him but Ivan knew a career within the IT industry was what he wanted.
Unlike many industries at that time, IT was developing rapidly. Ivan was keen to embrace the challenge of working in the ever-changing sector, in a small business that would encourage him to expand his own skills and knowledge.
Ivan began with Office Everything in 1984, the same year that the Apple Macintosh was introduced to the worldwide market. With the popularity of the personal computer increasing, it was an exciting time to be in IT, especially in sales. Ivan’s genuine passion for IT, solid industry knowledge and friendly manner meant that he was always popular amongst a growing list of customers.
In 1994, Office Everything started up Ruralnet, the first internet provider in the region, whilst Ivan was still completing his Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Ivan and his old school friend, Nick Lambropoulos, set up the new internet service unaware of just how significant and world-changing the technology would become.
After Office Everything sold Ruralnet in 1999, Ivan saw an opportunity to spread his wings outside of the family business. With 15 years of experience with Office Everything under his belt and with his parents support, Ivan joined the new Ruralnet. He stayed with them for three years until they sold to iiNet.
From Ruralnet, Ivan briefly returned to the family business, but when his sister and brother-in-law asked him to join their transport company, he decided to take on the challenge. Ivan and his wife and four children moved to Adelaide. After gaining invaluable experience in his managerial role, Ivan again moved on, working for some years in the security systems industry.
In mid-2014, Ivan felt it was time to go back to where it all began, and he returned to the family business to take up the role of Chief Executive Officer. With a wealth of experience behind him, Ivan guides his Office Everything colleagues and ensures all their clients get the best advice for their needs.
Moving forward, Ivan is focused on combining the fabulous history of Office Everything with the exciting developments in both products and services. There is no doubt that Ivan and the team are driven to see Office Everything successfully service the community’s technology needs for many years to come.
‘The beauty of the IT industry is that people expect it to change and evolve. It’s easier to implement change because it’s
the nature of technology.’