Women in Tech of the Week: Vhonani Queen

January 24, 2022 in Operations, Profiles, Woman of the Week, Women in Tech

Name: Vhonani Queen
Designation: ICT Specialist: Unified Communications
Company: Government Printing Works

What do you do every day?
Managing SCCM (i.e. Patch Management, Antivirus Management, Manage 3rd Party Applications etc.) – Managing Microsoft Active Directory – Managing Microsoft Exchange Server – Managing Microsoft Lync / Skype for business Server and Teams – Managing DHCP & DNS Servers – Managing ICT Service Desk (Microsoft System Centre Service Manager) – Managing SCOM – Managing Windows Server 2008 R2 / 2012 R2/ 2016/ 2019 – Supporting VMware Infrastructure (Servers, VDI’s and view-persona) – Managing GPO’s – Supporting Microsoft SharePoint sites – Managing Fileserver and Printers.

How did you get into the tech space?
I studied Bcom Business Information Systems motivated with the interest of working with computers and how they function.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
You can be anything you want to be and there’s nothing anyone hasn’t experienced out there in the world when you come across challenges in this field make google your best friend and you will be exposed to so much information to help resolve your issues.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into tech?
My advice would be do not be friend of challenges and embrace failure for that is where real learning happens, be self motivated and don’t be afraid as well to push yourself to the limit.

What motivates you to get out of bed every day?
Knowing that my environment is operating as expected and thinking of how to make it better from what it is by looking at what’s new out there and what benefits it bring to make work more interesting and fun.

Who do you want to be when you grow up?
There’s not a lot of female CIO’s so one day I would love to see myself adding to the small ratio.

Woman in Tech of the Week: Rosina Mothibi

July 2, 2018 in Operations, Profiles, Woman of the Week

Woman in Tech of the Week: Rosina Mothibi

Name: Rosina Mothibi

Designation: Institutional Administrator

Company: Institute for Performance Management

What do you do every day?
System administrator support, administration for tenders and other departments.

How did you get into the tech space?
Whilst working as a cashier, I wanted to get a better understanding of how the tills and printers worked, so my cousin and I came across some courses in IT at UNISA. It was a long, in-depth course but I had clear goals in mind  “to complete the course and work at an IT department”.  The first 3 years of course got me really excited about web design and websites, but during my last 2 years, one of my courses was Java-Android, where we used eclipse to create Android applications and for my implementation I used PHP & MySQL for the system. This changed my world.

Additionally, I would say what inspired me to be in the tech space is the passion and the love of technology. Furthermore, attending workshops and hackathons, where you meet other women in technology, these females that motivate and inspire me, and who makes my world complete.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
“If they say you cannot do it, then by all means do it and show them that it can be done by women as well”.

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector?
Set your goal, understand the obstacles and create positive mental picture to clear your mind of self-doubt and then embrace the challenge to stay on track by showing the world that you can do it, IT is not only for men, remember the first person to write the algorithm for computer was a woman so we need more women in tech sectors to be recognized as professionals as well.

What motivates you to get out of bed every day?
My son is the best motivator in my life, he is the main reason why I wake-up every day. Last year, I took a break after receiving my AdvDipl so that I can look for a job and work in an IT Department only, unfortunately that did not go as I planned, then I decided to continue studying as part of my future goal. I get up every morning to tackle my daily activities at work which I enjoy assisting clients and colleagues remotely, and after work I focus on my school activities such as discussions, tasks, assignments and research to be done for other tasks. At the end of the day my son will ask me “Mom how was your day; did you manage to do what you wanted to accomplish for the day”? He is also inspired by what I do. I have volunteered in a GirlCodeza programes, different department such as planning for the upcoming hackathons that will take place in august (JHB, CT,Durban), planning for monthly workshops – so that those who attended the workshops can apply all that information that they have learned into the hackathon challenge. When there are workshops to attend, my son is always
accommodating me. I am really motivated by helping at GirlCodeza workshops doing something that I really enjoy and very passionate about. What motivates me to wake-up so early every day is that I also have a google challenge for
android apps to complete which I enjoy every lesson of it and it is so

Who do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a Director or Lecturer of an IT department, inspire and motivate other female techies, give back to the community and a mentor for programmes like GirlCodeza

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Deirdré Fryer

April 9, 2018 in Business development, Digital, Operations, People management, Profiles, Women in Tech

Name: Deirdré Fryer

Designation: Product Management Africa

Company: SYSPRO

What do you do every day?
Lots of meetings…
Industry and product Research to understand our positioning in the market as well as our strengths with a focus on looking for improvements.
Customer and sales engagements to understand and solve business needs with software and technology.
Product messaging and positioning to drive enablement of the product across our employees, partners and customers.
Collaboration with marketing and sales teams to drive collaboration around our product and the value features add

How did you get into the tech space?
By chance, while writing my final exams I took a temp job in reception at a software company, SYSPRO, and never looked back.
What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
If people are not adopting or buying into what you are proposing, change your approach. You need to show people the value in what is being offered specific to them, not how you see it, solve their pain and they will embrace what you are offering without question.
What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector?
Learn, read, learn, read and never say no to an opportunity, even the smallest and most insignificant task will teach you something.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday?
The thought that today I could be part of something that will make someone’s life easier. Making a difference little bit by little bit
Who do you want to be when you grow up?
A wine taster 😉
The best role model to my two daughters, showing them that having a career and good life balance is possible, you can have the best of both worlds.

Twitter: @FryerDee
Linked In: Deirdre Fryer

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Tracy Surkont

March 26, 2018 in Managing director, Operations, Opportunity, Profiles

Name: Tracy Surkont

Designation: MD

Company: TotalSend

What do you do every day? As TotalSend’s newly-appointed MD, I’m very interested in the bottom line and when it comes to profitability, few things are more important than Sales and New Product Development. As such, my day is focused mainly on coaching and motivating sales staff while also researching potential new products.

How did you get into the tech space? My career was entirely sales-focused for about a decade before I was offered a Product Manager role at Vodacom in 2008. I was excited by the challenge of being completely out of my comfort zone and I absolutely fell in love with mobile new product development. After then spending some time in Africa, another opportunity presented itself when I was asked to consider building a bot platform for one of the social networks entering South Africa. I then collaborated with a former MXIT colleague and with my product knowledge and his ninja skills, we delivered our first version in 2013.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? Work smart not hard, believe in yourself and speak up.

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector?
Don’t be afraid to do a little bit of grunt work – most times the work is fun, you get to develop products and services, but that also means you sometimes need to answer the phones, help out with support and get the coffee.
Shed your ego and open yourself to learning – big egos get nothing done. There is always someone who knows more than you and if you are willing to learn – you’ll be better off for it.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? My family. I have a toddler at home who is constantly curious – I get to experience the world through his eyes and he has made me realise that life is not all about work. Taking the time out to enjoy the simple things has helped me to look at things in a different light. I really do want the world to be a better place for him.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? Don’t all moms want to be superwoman ☺

LinkedIn profile www.linkedin.com/in/tracy-langdon-surkont-13046327/

Irene Nkgadima

October 6, 2015 in Operations, Profiles

Name: Irene Nkgadima

Irene Nkgadima

Irene Nkgadima

Designation: Production Manager

Company: Mustek Limited

What do you do every day? My daily tasks vary from day-to-day. Tasks range from overseeing the production process, drawing up a production schedule, managing the production team to produce and prioritise jobs. Each day presents an opportunity to challenge myself which is one of the reasons I look forward to work.

How did you get into the tech space? I got into the tech space by accident, I studied electrical engineering at Germiston College, as you see it’s far from technology. However, the moment I got into the tech industry I found it fascinating and interesting, I fell in love with the tech world and haven’t looked back since.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? Never give up, always put your head above the water.

What advice would you give someone wanting to get into the tech sector? Always be willing to give a little extra in whatever task you’re given, and aspire to reach better heights and give the most your skills. Passion in everything you do is also very important.

What motivates you to get out of bed every day? The fact that technology has taken over globally and I’m a part of it, makes me love my job. Technology is changing the world for the better – for the poor and the rich.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? I’ve always aspired to be involved in the plight of improving the lives of the unprivileged people and so far I’m involved in a few projects towards that calling. Hopefully one day I’ll realise my dream of becoming a fully fleshed philanthropist.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/irene-nkgadima/7a/892/6a3
Twitter: https://twitter.com/inkgadima

Marthélize Tredoux

September 30, 2014 in Operations, Profiles
Marthelize Tredoux, SnapScan

Marthelize Tredoux, SnapScan

Name: Marthélize Tredoux

Designation: We don’t really adhere to strict designations, but I suppose mine would be ‘Support & Operations Manager’. On my LinkedIn profile it says ‘Gremlin-wrangler’: wrangling gremlins as they appear.

Company: SnapScan

What do you do every day? A little bit of everything. The day to day includes a lot of CRM work and interaction with both SnapScan users and merchants, including managing the SnapScan helpdesk. I also do back office admin, liaising with certain divisions at Standard Bank to make sure our merchants keep happily transacting without any hiccups. Then there’s more general, varying and exciting things, including thinking about brand building within SnapScan, developing and improving our product and the user experience that goes with it. And troubleshooting. Lots of troubleshooting.

How did you get into the tech space? I’ve bounced around a lot since I finished a long stint at varsity. I went from molecular research to educational publishing while doing a law degree part-time. I came to SnapScan by serendipitous timing; they needed an extra pair of hands and some expertise I could offer at the same time I was looking for a new challenge. I’ve always loved tech – being an unashamed nerd/geek/whatever the latest affectionate techie term is – so I was ecstatic to get involved in something on the forefront of what’s new and exciting in the SA tech space, especially on the mobile front.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? Barring inspirational quotes I’ve had scribbled in books gifted to me, the best advice I’ve ever received was more a comment on my personality that I’ve clung to in tough times: a teacher and mentor once told me I had BMT. Big Match Temperament – that when it counts, when the stakes are high, I make the right calls and execute the winning play. Whenever I feel like I’m about to falter or hesitate, I grab onto my BMT and power through.

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector? Do. It. Just, do it. All you need is a love for tech, a real interest in the space and nearly any set of skills that can be used and applied creatively and in an innovative way. You don’t need to be a programmer or developer, or supremely business-minded even (though those are obviously fantastic skills to have). Care about what you work on, put in the effort to learn as much as you can about it and have fun, it’s a super exciting place to be and the possibilities are legion

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? I’m a night owl by nature, so getting me out of bed takes some doing most days (shhhh! Don’t tell…) but, as clichéd as it may sound, having a challenging and exciting job in the tech sector that is never the same from one day to the next manages to get even me up and at ’em in the AM.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? Considering my colourful and varied education and work experience so far, I honestly think I’m still figuring that part out. But maybe “scientifically-minded-patent-lawyer-philanthropist-tech-mogul-animal-welfare-champion-wine-writer and part time lady of leisure”? Not very catchy, is it? Yeah, I’ll work on that..

Find me on:
Twitter: @Konfytbekkie / @WeAreIncogvino (wine blog) / @SnapScanApp
Website: http://konfytbekkie.wordpress.com/ http://www.incogvino.co.za and http://www.snapscan.co.za/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/marthelize-tredoux/3/861/a94