|Sept - Dec 2016|
|Global Digital Innovation|
Kgomotso Sediane, the first general manager of ThoughtWorks South Africa, is leading a team of skilled professionals who are enthusiastic and opinionated. They are determined to make changes that will have a lasting effect.
Armed with a BSc computer science (software engineering)Ms Sediane started her career in 1998, working in the software development field as a programmer, expanding her skills to include business analysis and project management. Her focus, among others, is to introduce and encourage black Africans and black women in particular into the software development field.
ThoughtWorks, one of the RailsGirls Johannesburg sponsors is a global company of passionate technologists specialising in disruptive thinking, cutting-edge technology, and a hard-line focus on delivery. Clients have ambitious missions to change their industry, their government, and their society. They provide software design and delivery, pioneering tools and consulting to help clients succeed.
The ethos of the company is quite simply one that focuses on ideas and it sees people as people. Pretty simple, but Digitalnfo sees this as smart too.
Ms Sediane says: “Wherever we are in the world, ThoughtWorkers share the same cultural characteristics and imperatives. We come to work as ourselves. We enjoy each other’s company. We value honesty and transparency. Appearances and backgrounds aren’t important to us; ideas and doing the right thing are.
“We abhor and reject discrimination and inequality and promote diversity in all its forms. We proudly, passionately and actively strive to make both ThoughtWorks and our industry more reflective and inclusive of the society that we serve.”
ThoughtWorks is pretty large on the globe with 3,000 employees in 32 offices across six continents.
ThoughtWorks tells us that apart from helping clients solve their problems through software, it strives to view the world from the perspective of the oppressed, the powerless and the invisible.
They see themselves as more than technologists, as people who understand that we live in a world of inequalities. For centuries women have been oppressed and thought of as incapable of being contributing mentors in the professional services.
Programming and writing code has long been perceived as a male profession and activity. ThoughtWorks would like to help to address this deficiency.
The sponsorship of Rails Girls is focused on breaking down this perception and exposing young girls to programming. At ThoughtWorks we feel we have found a partner that shares the similar goals and is actively addressing this issue in a local context.
ThoughtWorks tells us they are keen on working with Digitalnfo, depending on requirements as we roll out Rails Girls in South Africa.
So, big up to these disruptors!