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 🙂
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