Alison Gibbs

Alison Gibbs, Mxit

Alison Gibbs, Mxit

Name: Alison Gibbs

Designation: Product Manager

Company: Mxit

What do you do every day? Every day is different! I generally tend to end up playing a BA role by bridging the gap between the business requirements and the technical systems so I spend lots of time talking to people, investigating solutions, documenting etc. It’s great! No project is the same, nor are any two days alike!

How did you get into the tech space? I enjoyed the analytical, problem-solving side of Computer Science at school so ended up doing a BCom in Information Systems.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? Get the studying stuff out the way before the travel and fun stuff.

What advice would you give someone wanting to get into the tech sector? Get into a company that is open to moving you around and helping you find your niche by exposing you to many different functions and allowing you to study if need be (paying for the studies is an extra bonus).

I don’t see a degree as being essential in the tech world. A willingness and ability to learn and grow is by far the most important thing. Companies that support this philosophy are the ones you want to be in!

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? The dogs! I don’t have a choice – they are creatures of habit and their habits include a daily morning walk!

Who do you want to be when you grow up? A more inspirational version of myself (and a mom).

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About Samantha

Samantha Perry is the JHB Agency Lead for Irvine Partners, an integrated public relations and marketing agency. She previously worked as a freelance journalist, and has over 20 years' of experience writing for a range of media - print and online - mainly in the ICT sector. She has written for Brainstorm magazine, Mail & Guardian, several niche B2B titles and several corporate clients. She also has a Masters degree in ICT Policy & Regulation, and serves on the IAB SA Marketing Council as the PR rep. She has worked as an independent telecoms researcher for some of the analyst houses in that field and was regularly called upon to comment on telecoms issues in the press. Nowadays she can be found commenting on women in tech issues in the press and speaking at conferences on the subject and the issues women in the sector face.