Metri was born in 2003 from an idealistic belief. Metri’s founder Bart de Ruijter had a clear idea of the value he wanted to provide to the IT world. His vision can be captured in three words: honesty, transparency and absolute independence.
Metri stands for measuring. It is a derivative of the Latin word meteri. Bart de Ruijter (1970), founder and director, was inspired by John de Mol’s Talpa, which means ten in Latin. The reason for the emergence of Metri, therefore, has everything to do with measuring. With data. With benchmarking.
De Ruijter studied corporate law and worked for the large American company Gartner as an account director. During his studies, he experienced, as he says, that everything that seems straight at first sight, turns out to be crooked. He encountered a lot of injustice in the IT world. Parties who sugar-coated things, failed to keep to agreements, and customers who became suspicious of suppliers with only one goal: money. De Ruijter decided to take a sabbatical and travelled the world to think about his dream. And that became Metri. He launched an honest business, started from the idea of measuring IT performance in a fact-based way, and to bring parties together.
Just like many other great organisations, the adventure started as a boys’ book. He started the company in 2004 with only a laptop in his attic room. Not much later, De Ruijter rented a small space at the harbour in Aalsmeer. Without borrowing a dime, he pursued his ideal: playing a transparent, honest role in the IT landscape. With a focus on a business area that, according to De Ruijter’s conviction, was unexplored: being able to analyse business cases clearly, thus helping organisations with their own IT and with purchased IT. At first, he did provided only services to customers who were looking for IT solutions, but soon also IT suppliers came to Metri for independent advice.
Metri grew from a one-man business to a company with 35 employees. Yet it has never been the entrepreneur’s ambition to grow significantly. His only motive: help companies with fact-based information to get the best return from every euro invested in IT.
Metri is a small player, but nowadays the 200 largest information provisioning organisations are among the company’s customers. The company, which is now spaciously housed in a beautiful office building in Schiphol-Rijk, grows a database with an enormous amount of data, enabling the consultants to conclude the best and fairest deals for their customers. De Ruijter himself compares the role of Metri with the one of an independent broker. Customers and suppliers are always willing to share all their data with Metri because they know that it is used completely anonymously. This way, there is no room for dishonesty and apples are compared with apples.
Metri has described her philosophy and ambition in the book Oog om oog, hand in hand (Eye for an eye, hand in hand). A telling title. Customers and suppliers are not against each other, but stand side by side. No mistrust, but trust. And everything based on the facts. That is Metri’s mission.
METRI. AN EFFECTIVE COMBINATION OF FACTS & PEOPLE.