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

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 🙂

Find me on:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/adele-oosthuizen/8/73/b15

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/