Tracey Newman

Tracey Newman, Microsoft SA

Tracey Newman, Microsoft SA

Name: Tracey Newman

Designation: Small and Medium Business Lead

Company:  Microsoft South Africa

What do you do every day?  I work with my team to enable and empower SMB partners to help them to sell and service our customers better and drive channel transformation to the Cloud. 

How did you get into the tech space?  I had always been fascinated by the impact that technology could have on peoples’ lives and when the opportunity came to join Ixchange in 2002, I jumped at it.  What a great experience.  Working with Dana Buys, Johan Buys and Derek Kreunen was a privilege and I learnt a great deal.  When Ixchange changed its name to FrontRange, Dana Buys offered me the opportunity to run FrontRange Solutions.   What a fantastic experience!  And the rest is history … I guess 🙂

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? Stay on your surfboard and enjoy the ride.

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector?  Do it!  Take the leap!  The tech sector needs a diverse range of skills and chances are you’ll find your niche.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday?  I am motivated by the fact that each day allows me to change the world around me for the better. I like to make a difference and my team of SMB Warriors and myself believe that technology enablement helps to make the partner and customer’s world a better place.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? An aged, jaded rockstar with a smokey vibe and voice (and, I’m ahead – I already have the hair!).

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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.