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Why is future-proofing your business important?

New technologies and freeware via AppStores are getting more and more meaningful every day. This drive for technology is fueled by people’s needs and the ingenuity to deliver applications based on that needs.

Typical industries that should evolve fast is typically the accounting fraternity, banking and telco service providers. The clients or users are getting more and more tech savvy and somewhere along the line technologies might (sooner than later) render certain industries completely irrelevant. It just take someone with a specific problem thinking a bit further than the current available technologies to impact international economies.

So, what does future-proofing really mean? Often, a focus on ensuring IT systems are up-to-date is the answer to that question, but in reality, future-proofing means a little more than that. It is also to keep and stay ahead of the curve. Not to stagnate in legacy but embrace the future and remain one step ahead of the forward-thinking individual developers out there. We all know the examples of i.e. Facebook, which started a university dating site and evolved into a social media sensation basically overnight. Nothing out there guarantees that a simple logging system might not evolve into a fully fledged, easy to use, ERP system with the ability to auto reconcile or even auto file to the revenue authorities across the world. The impact on professional accountants might be devastating. Therefor, there has been no better time to future-proof – your industry is irrelevant. Large software does not need to take years or decades to be designed, developed and taken live.

In a Work Institute report, it was stated that future-proofing a business requires a number of approaches: “It’s not the technology per se that’s the problem, but whether it’s fit for purpose. Six in ten respondents actively want more up-to-date technology to help them feel more engaged.”

“The onus on business leaders is to make the right technology choices that make employee and managers’ working lives easier – saving money and time that can be reinvested in better systems and continual innovation.”

“Executives need to keep on the lookout for several early warning signs that indicate their business is in danger of disruption. The following questions should be asked to gauge your level of risk:

  • Is the core product my customer buys changing (e.g. movies in video format to online streaming)?
  • Are the core technologies of production changing (e.g. 3-D printing)?
  • Is the nature of my competition changing (e.g. new entrants stealing market share)?
  • Is my relationship with the customer being disintermediated (e.g. search engines)?
  • Is my industry undergoing regulation, deregulation, or reregulation?
  • If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, your industry could be going from ‘mature’ to ‘demature’ and is at risk of disruption.”

“As the world changes, so too do customer needs,” PwC concluded. “The only way to remain relevant as industries become disrupted is to innovate and become part of the new economy. Firms need to engage all of their stakeholders – customers, partners and employees to stay at the forefront.”

In the event where the company is stuck within a traditional mindset and your market is being disrupted, it is already too late.

But rest assured, there is a way to get even, ahead or become the disruption that is required in your industry.

New systems are the answer, linked to that a completely new way of thinking, that is if you need to minimise this impact of the future possibilities and risks. If you are currently not affected, don’t rest too easy as it will happen faster than you think. These hazards creep silently up until it is too late.

Simplification and blue-sky thinking is the key to success in 2020. Surely you understand that only thought leaders will shape tomorrow. Once ahead, you must be able to stay ahead.

SCAD Software is a South African developed technology that will help you to make your blue-sky disruption a reality today.

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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

Chairman

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.