Ilza Lindeque

October 13, 2014 in Profiles, Technical
Ilza Lindeque, Capfin

Ilza Lindeque, Capfin

Name: Ilza Lindeque

Designation: Business Intelligence specialist

Company: Capfin

What do you do every day? Most days are filled with exciting data analysis, spotting trends and areas to potentially improve business process, reporting and decision-making. With this comes technology innovation – designing and building sustainable business intelligence solutions whether they be data warehouses, cubes or reports.

How did you get into the tech space? Completely by chance. I studied Accounting and completed my Honours degree in Financial Management. When I started job hunting, an opportunity came along to join a consulting division in a large IT company that specialised in corporate performance management software. Later on I made the transition into a formalised BI environment. I did attempt a career in finance, but soon found myself craving the dynamic and fast-paced world of solution design and technology implementations.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? Always exceed expectations in life.

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector?
Be inquisitive and ask lots of questions. People can teach you a lot, but never underestimate your own capacity to learn and discover.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? Our great continent with all its treasures and opportunities. The diversity makes it such an exciting and beautiful place to live in.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? A traveler/explorer – like Kingsley Holgate.

Find me on:
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ilza-lindeque/2/68b/a22

Sophia Raw

July 23, 2014 in Profiles, Technical
Sophia Raw, 42Engines

Sophia Raw, 42Engines

Name: Sophia Raw

Designation: Lead Engineer

Company: 42Engines

What do you do every day? Like everyone else, I save the world 🙂 … no seriously, the best part of my day is spent on software architecture and development, the challenging part goes to scaling and optimising existing code, the interesting part is spent analysing data, and – luckily – the smallest part on client support. I also happen to lead a small team of engineers.

How did you get into the tech space? In 1993 after finishing a BA Psychology and a Higher Diploma in Personnel Management, I approached a bank for a position in their HR department. They took a look at my CV, saw my maths marks and suggested I take an aptitude test for programming. I had the afternoon free, so I agreed to this. Before I knew it, there I was on a 3-month COBOL course – one girl and nine guys! For the first time in my life I discovered something that just felt right, and 20 years later it still feels right.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? When it comes to coding keep the final decision to the last responsible moment. This was a ‘eureka!’ moment for me that came while doing a course with Heinz Kabutz – definitely a strategy that I apply to my life as well as my work.

What advice would you give someone wanting to get into the tech sector? Accept that you will be a student for life, and learn, learn, learn. Which, if you think about it, could also translate to play, play, play!

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? Being able to design and build software that enables people to do their work more efficiently, being able to add structure and insight to data enables decision makers – and that’s a big thing.

Every day, I get to be creative, and I get to discover new ideas, processes and technologies. It feels like art to me.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A geek.

Find me on:

LinkedIn: za.linkedin.com/in/sophiaraw/

Twitter: @sophiaraw