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Building the Right Team for Modernization Success

In the intricate dance of application modernization success, technology does not perform solo — it is the ensemble of skilled individuals that leads to a standing ovation. A modernization project’s success is heavily reliant on the team behind it, a team that must not only possess a diverse range of technical skills but also a deep understanding of the business they are propelling into the future.

The Composition of a Modernization Success Team

A robust modernization team is like a well-conducted orchestra, each member playing a crucial role. A project manager orchestrates the project, keeping it on time and within budget. Architects design the blueprint, ensuring the new system’s structure meets modern requirements while honoring the legacy system’s intent. Developers translate this design into reality, while QA engineers assure quality and operations staff maintain the system’s health post-launch. This mix of roles requires individuals who are not only experts in contemporary technologies but also those with a firm grasp on legacy systems to bridge the gap between the old and the new.

Balancing Domain Knowledge and Technical Expertise

The secret sauce to modernization success is a balance between domain knowledge and technical prowess. Team members must understand the underlying business processes that the legacy applications support, ensuring that the modernized system aligns with business objectives. Technical expertise, on the other hand, is what allows the team to implement modern frameworks and technologies effectively, thereby future-proofing the business operations.

Fostering a Culture of Collaboration

Modernization is a collaborative effort that thrives in a culture of open communication and knowledge sharing. It requires team members with varying expertise to work together seamlessly. Creating such a culture involves breaking down silos, encouraging cross-functional teams, and fostering an environment where knowledge flows freely. This collaborative culture not only facilitates problem-solving but also sparks innovation.

Training and Upskilling for Modernization Projects

The landscape of technology is ever-changing, and so the skills required for modernization are continually evolving. Investing in the training and upskilling of the team is not optional but essential. Whether through formal training programs or a culture of continuous learning, enabling team members to stay abreast of the latest technologies and methodologies is paramount to the success of modernization efforts.


Assembling the right team is the cornerstone of any successful application modernization endeavor. It’s a delicate blend of old and new, of respect for the legacy system’s capabilities, and enthusiasm for the potential of modern solutions. With the right team in place, businesses can confidently embark on the journey of modernization, assured that their investment will pay dividends in operational excellence and competitive advantage.

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Take a moment to consider if your team has the right composition for a modernization masterpiece. If you’re unsure or know you need additional expertise, reach out to us. Our specialists are skilled in orchestrating modernization projects to completion, ensuring your applications perform harmoniously in today’s digital symphony. Join us as we discuss this topic in depth with industry experts on our webinar on the 29th of November 2023.

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Dawie Martins

Head of Client Success and Product Management

With an illustrious career spanning three decades, Dawie Martins has cultivated expertise in diverse technology-related businesses across various sectors, including Retail, Hospitality, and Consultancy. His journey, which has taken him from a developer's role to Product Management, uniquely positions Dawie to lead the charge in Customer Success and Product Management services for our clients. 

In his role as Head of Customer Success, Dawie operates at the intersection of commerce and technology. His mission is to ensure the seamless translation of commercial imperatives into highly effective software applications that not only meet but exceed the outcomes specified by our clients. 

For clients engaging SCAD Software to build applications destined for the market, Dawie and his team offer Fractional Product Management Services. They become invaluable partners in crafting and maintaining a product roadmap, assuming the mantle of the product champion within the client organization. This collaborative approach ensures that our clients' visions are realized efficiently and effectively. 

Dawie's wealth of experience and his dedication to driving success for our clients make him an indispensable part of SCAD Software's commitment to delivering excellence in every project we undertake. 

Shawn De Wet

Chief Technology Officer

Shawn De Wet brings to SCAD Software over two decades of unparalleled expertise in software systems delivery. His career exemplifies a relentless pursuit of problem-solving excellence and a commitment to end-user satisfaction, achieved through meticulous system architecture and design. Proficient in core enterprise ERP systems, Shaun's recent achievements stand as a testament to his prowess, including the conception and successful launch of two cutting-edge SaaS products on the robust Azure platform. 

While Shawn's professional accolades are impressive, his vitality extends beyond the confines of the office. An ardent lover of the outdoors, as evidenced by his passion for mountain biking, Shawn's dynamic and adventurous spirit infuses our technological endeavors with a fresh perspective and boundless energy. 

At SCAD Software, Shawn leads the charge in Operational Delivery of Client solutions. He heads the development team and works closely with our valued clients to ensure they realize their desired outcomes from our technology solutions. His commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction is a driving force behind our success. 

Andy Fensham

Founder, Chief Architect

Andy Fensham's journey is a testament to his unwavering commitment to reshape the software development landscape. With a background in global banking software consultancy, he founded SCAD Software in 1998 with a visionary goal – to address the mounting technical debt that was becoming a liability for businesses worldwide. 

Andy's unique blend of technical expertise and business acumen empowers our clients with pragmatic, robust software solutions that yield tangible results. Recognizing the risks posed by outdated software, he pioneered an innovative approach to custom software development, consistently delivering large-scale projects at an astonishing pace – 75% faster than traditional methods. 

Andy's dedication not only safeguards our clients' future but also cements SCAD Software's position as an industry trailblazer. He continues to lead our innovation roadmap, constantly seeking new ways to enhance our offerings with more examples of how we can turn “minutes to seconds”. 

Shaun Orpen

Group CEO

With an impressive career spanning over three decades in the Technology and Telecoms sectors, Shaun Orpen brings a wealth of experience to his role as Group CEO. His journey began with the groundbreaking entry of Microsoft Excel into the UK market, a stepping stone that eventually led him to play pivotal roles on the UK Executive Board during Microsoft's meteoric rise from £10 million to £1 billion in revenue. 

During his tenure at Orange, Shaun spearheaded the division responsible for catering to Small and Medium Businesses in the UK. Since then, he has continued to shape the success of a number of small and global technology enterprises, leveraging his strategic acumen and commercial leadership. 

Shaun's unwavering commitment to the convergence of technology and business is evident in his track record of elevating every organization he's been a part of. As the driving force behind SCAD Software's commercial endeavors, Shaun is leading our expansion across the UK, Europe, and the USA. 

His steadfast ethical stance, mirrored by his partner Andy Fensham, forms the bedrock of SCAD Software's principles, defining our approach to client interactions and business dealings. 

Stephen Moore


Stephen Moore's illustrious career speaks volumes about his leadership capabilities. With a rich background spanning diverse industries such as Retail, Events, Technology, Telecoms, and Media, he has consistently demonstrated his ability to craft and execute growth, differentiation, and exit strategies in highly competitive markets. 

As the visionary Founder/CEO of multiple successful ventures, Stephen has guided five companies from their inception to remarkable exits and IPOs, including the noteworthy £117 million listing of Expocentric Plc on Techmark 2000. His track record extends beyond entrepreneurship; he has played a pivotal role in over 40 companies as a Non-Executive Director, Chairman, Consultant, and Advisor, raising more than £85 million in private and public markets. 

What sets Stephen apart is his global perspective, cultivated through extensive work in the UAE, US, Singapore, Hong Kong, and EMEA. This international experience enriches SCAD Software's strategic direction, making him an invaluable asset in our mission to navigate the complex landscape of digital transformation and empower our clients to achieve enduring success.