Tracey Newman

August 29, 2014 in Enterprise, Profiles
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!).

Find me on:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/tracey-newman/2/1b3/79a

Kathryn Blom

July 18, 2014 in Director, Profiles
Kathryn Blom, Cloud On Demand

Kathryn Blom, Cloud On Demand

Name: Kathryn Blom

Designation: Sales Director

Company: Cloud On Demand

What do you do every day? A little bit of everything; mainly sales-orientated things like presentations, customer visits, training, internal staff meetings and admin – whatever it takes to increase our revenue.

How did you get into the tech space? By complete and utter accident. A friend was looking for an internal sales assistant and thought I’d be a good fit. He took a chance as I’d just gotten out of school and had absolutely zero experience in anything, let alone IT. I got into it pretty quickly and the rest, I could say, is history.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? That no matter what mistakes you make, it will be okay as long as you always act in the best interests of the company. I’ve lived by that rule and it’s something I tell my staff all the time. Go out, spread your wings and make it happen. We all make mistakes; it’s the intention behind them that makes the difference.

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector? Run! Only kidding. Be prepared to devote a good portion of your life to it. It’s consuming at times, but the rewards are awesome. Also IT people are generally highly-motivated and dedicated. We work hard, but also know how to play hard too. Be prepared to get wrapped up in a whirlwind!

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? My absolutely awesome job and the great people I work with. I also enjoy meeting new people and luckily for me that’s what sales is all about!

Who do you want to be when you grow up? Huh? Who said anything about growing up? I am perfectly happy right where I am right now.

Find me on:
LinkedIn: Kathryn Blom
Twitter: @kathondemand
Blog: http://www.cloudondemand.co.za/blog/author/kathryn-blom/