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Tracy Bolton

Tracy Bolton, SAP Africa

Tracy Bolton, SAP Africa

Name:  Tracy Bolton

Designation: Marketing Director for Africa

Company: SAP

What do you do every day? Coach people, coordinate meetings, analyse data – marketing is more a science than an art now in the days of technology and have fun – I love what I do.

How did you get into the tech space?  I started in the tech space 18 years ago at a reseller after trying a few different industries.  I loved the fact that change is constant and that technology is literally changing the world we live in and the endless possibilities

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? Don’t be afraid to fail. 

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector?  Be prepared to learn something new every day, the industry is changing rapidly with new business models, solutions and a new generation who wants things done quicker and easier.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? Wanting to showing my sons that a person can succeed at anything they choose to do by pushing through barriers, giving your best, being able to adapt and change with the times. Knowing that I can help my team be successful and motivating others to be the best they can be.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? An inspiration to young women – “you are empowered, we live in a world where everything is possible”.

Find me on:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=93174635

Melanie Botha

Melanie Botha, Microsoft SA

Melanie Botha, Microsoft SA

Name: Melanie Botha

Designation: Consumer channels group director

Company: Microsoft SA

What do you do every day? I live my passion. I manage an incredibly talented team who are responsible for very disparate and unique business units. From retail, distributors, channel partners, consumer audiences, sales to a very complex product mix. It is my job, along with my team, to introduce and bring to market very exciting products like Xbox and tablets, to strike interesting partnerships to drive alternative channel deals, to category management and setting local relevance strategy. Every hour in my day is different, and every day has a new challenge to resolve.  In between work every day I interject my personal life, learning to see the joy of life through my 7-month old miracle baby’s eyes and living life with my soul mate.

How did you get into the tech space? I lectured Zulu and worked at publishers in the UK, oblivious to IT, not even knowing what IBM stood for when they approached me to work for them…. Since then I never looked back, having had the most incredible opportunities in various countries in a very vast industry.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? THINK. THINK AGAIN. ASK five times WHY to get to the root of an issue and NEVER assume.

What advice would you give someone wanting to get into the tech sector? Don’t ever think you’re not good enough or do not have enough experience. GO for opportunities and stand on the shoulders of giants to learn from them, mentors can help you see through different lenses.

What motivates you to get out of bed every day? The opportunity to change lives through what we do at Microsoft.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? My ultimate self, living and fulfilling my purpose to impact more lives.

Find me on:
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/melanie-botha/0/323/12a

Adele Oosthuizen

Adele Oosthuizen, HP SA

Adele Oosthuizen, HP SA

Name: Adele Oosthuizen

Designation: Enterprise, SMB & Commercial Channel Sales manager

Company: Hewlett Packard South Africa

What do you do every day? I work very closely with our partners to understand their business goals, risks and challenges. Knowing this means that I can better articulate, align and propose solutions to benefit their businesses in the long run. If their business is healthy, my business is healthy.

Other than working close with partners, I aim to master the fine balance between career, family & friends.

How did you get into the tech space? By chance, really, as I studied in a totally different direction. Today I have no regrets taking that leap almost 15 years ago. I started right at the bottom and gradually worked my way up to finally end up at HP. It has been a great rollercoaster ride and a lot of commitment to adapt in an industry that continues to evolve daily.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? “If you are too big to do small things, you’re too small to do big things” and “If you are the smartest, brightest, most talented in your network, your network is too small”.

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector? Jump onboard now. Our industry continues to evolve and the only thing that is constant is change. We are once again in the middle of a huge transformation with topics like cloud, virtualisation & BYOD almost taking the back seat to make space for IoT (Internet of things), wearables and big data analytics being top of mind.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? My husband :)…. Jokes aside – I absolutely love the company and customers I work with and I learn something new every day! This is one of the reasons why I think I have been able to stick around for so long. It is a challenge to keep up with trends, but working for a company like HP that continues to release products and services that improves user experiences with tech, is motivation enough.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? A helicopter pilot and philanthropist at the same time 🙂

Find me on:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/adele-oosthuizen/8/73/b15