Stacey Hudson

October 30, 2014 in Developer, Enterprise, Profiles
Stacey Hudson, Discovery Vitality

Stacey Hudson, Discovery Vitality

Name: Stacey Anne Hudson 

Designation: Senior Development Manager

Company: Discovery Vitality

What do you do every day? I “herd” technical IT teams across the globe, to ensure we deliver value and quality IT solutions for global partners.

How did you get into the tech space? I received a bursary from a big mining company to study IT and work for them in that space when I graduated, the rest is history…..

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? It’s a question but guides my thinking in a lot of difficult situations…. “do you want to be successful or significant?”.

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector? It’s exciting and dynamic, but it’s complex and it isn’t a 9-5 job, and you work with highly intelligent, often crazy people. The frameworks are always changing. Be prepared to try things and be prepared for change.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? I never quite know what the day will bring, so it’s a new challenge everyday!

Who do you want to be when you grow up? An executive coach.

Find me on:
Twitter – @Staceysuperr

Angela Schaerer

October 22, 2014 in Enterprise, Profiles
Angela Schaerer, Microsoft SA

Angela Schaerer, Microsoft SA

Name: Angela Schaerer

Designation: Academic Programme Manager

Company: Microsoft South Africa

What do you do every day? My role at Microsoft entails building collaborative partnerships with the Department of Basic Education, both nationally and provincially, as well as working with schools, teachers and other education stakeholders to provide support in meeting South Africa’s education priorities. Our focus is not on the technology per se, but rather providing thought leadership and professional development for teachers and school leaders on rethinking approaches to teaching and learning so that our youth are given opportunities to develop the types of skills that will make them successful citizens, employees and entrepreneurs. On a daily basis, I may be meeting with partners or education officials, facilitating presentations or workshops, co-ordinating pilots and programmes being implemented in various schools and provinces, and creating platforms for principals and teachers to share best practice.

How did you get into the tech space? I fell into the tech space! I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Pietermaritzburg followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) having only really used technology to type assignments (slowly) and send smses as the proud owner of one of the first Nokia phones. After teaching for a few years in South Africa and the UK, I decided to do my Honours in Publishing at WITS and while studying, took on an editing role at Learnthings Africa (a digital curriculum content provider) to practice my skills. I ended up creating a training department for the company to support teachers in effectively using the digital content and technology to enhance teaching and learning. Through this I had the opportunity to work with ministries of Education and teachers in both rural and urban schools in numerous countries across Africa. This offered a unique opportunity to understand the challenges and benefits in the implementation of technology in schools.
In 2006 I joined Microsoft as part of the Education team. (I have not worked in the publishing industry although see exciting opportunities in this space as technology in schools becomes more ubiquitous and access to digital material and learning becomes more accessible.)

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? Follow your passion and trust your intuition. My work is not a job – it is part of who I am and brings meaning to my life by providing a platform to contribute positively towards society.

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector? Advances in technology are exponential! And the possibilities of how technology can help to improve the lives of South Africans are endless. I think the key to being successful in the tech sector is a commitment to continuous learning. It is important to keep abreast of emerging trends and technologies – I do this using platforms like twitter and blogs as well as attending conferences and networking with people in the industry.

What motivates you to get out of bed every day? A good cup of coffee and a morning run.  Microsoft is a busy, vibrant environment with passionate people and a commitment to delivering valuable solutions for customers – working in this space is nergizing and inspiring.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? A mother, a life-long learner, a traveller, and maybe one day a business owner.

Find me on:
Twitter: @angschaerer



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: and

Adele Oosthuizen

August 26, 2014 in Enterprise, Profiles
Adele Oosthuizen, HP SA

Adele Oosthuizen, HP SA

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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