On the 23rd of September 2016 BBD Celebrates a Colouful Heritage Day.
BBD and Sphere Holdings (Sphere) are today delighted to announce Sphere’s acquisition of an additional 14.2% of BBD, a 32yr old R500 million a year custom software developer. The cash deal sees Sphere’s ownership stake rise to 49.9% which, together with 1.1% held by Student Sponsorship Programme (SSP), a respected education charity, makes BBD 51% black-owned.
Employing over 550 software developers, BBD is South Africa’s oldest and largest independent custom software development company, servicing the financial services, telecommunications and allied industries, and the public sector. BBD’s founders and management retain 49% ownership and will continue in their current management roles providing continuity of leadership, technical skills, client relationships and strategic execution.
Over the past year and a half we have held a Recipe Race Competition, and from that with a whole lot of creative thinking, hard work and fun, I am pleased to announce BBD’s most recent book, our very own Chef de Cuisine.
The book is not only full of your favourite home-spun starter, main & dessert family recipes but also tells a story. 30 years ago BBD was founded by Ralf, Tom and Sandra and our new book starts with a recipe from the last serving BBD founder, our Chairman Ralf Dominick and finishes with recipes from the current Executive Directors. As in BBD’s 30 year history, our book is filled with BBD people and their recipes and photo’s. It was fun to see cooking from an intricate recipe as an analogy for software development. I’m pretty sure our developers will say they never receive such clear specifications when they are asked to cook up some code, and our BA’s will disagree with the PM’s, understanding that both have a role to play in that best recipe of all…all of the people in BBD.
Thank you to all of you who work so hard every day to keep BBD cooking and to all of you who contributed to the book and of course the team who put it together.
Please enjoy your recipe book with the same passion you show for BBD every day!
In 2012 we started a Recipe Race competition, which encouraged all our staff to submit their favourite home-spun starter, main & dessert family recipes. The competition was a lot of fun and many great prizes were given away to the winners of each course category.
The idea to produce the Chef de Cuisine recipe book came about through the similarities found in the principles applied to software development & cooking intricate recipes. Together we will discover the art of good cooking…good coding!
Thank you to everyone for all your hard work, we really hope you love your recipe book & use it with the passion you show BBD every day!!
A generation, that varies by region and social and economic conditions, is generally marked by an increased use and familiarity with communications, media, and digital technologies. Millennial’s are all about taking themselves to the next level, with new learning opportunities and the ability to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Finally we have produced the ideal generation – they are open to change and connected with the planet, their parents, their peers and their feelings.
There are about 80 million of them, born between 1980 and 1995, and they're rapidly taking over from the baby boomers that are now pushing 60. BBD continuously attempts to capture the imagination of these Millennials as they bring a world of new possibilities and could change the world or at least the way things are done in their workplace - using technology. This generation are online natives, their world has always had the internet, cell phones, and now social media allows them to communicate instantaneously. The impact these young people have on technology is constantly improving and changing the ways businesses function today.
The significance of the Millennial generation was underlined by the results of the fifth annual ICT Skills Survey compiled by the Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) in partnership with ITWeb, and they recognised that when a company is lucky enough to attract any of the qualified bright young minds, it makes sense to hang on to them, by understanding how to manage them.
To stay in the game, businesses can embrace the change and manage Millennials in the following ways:
Listen to Millennials and respect their ideas. They are dependent on their parents for personal and career advice and used to having loving parents who schedule their lives around the activities of their children. These young adults have ideas and opinions, and don't take kindly to having their thoughts ignored.
Millennial employees are up for a challenge and change. Boring is bad. They seek ever-changing tasks within their work. Don’t bore them, ignore them, or trivialize their contribution.
Millennial employees are multi-taskers on a scale you’ve never seen before. Multiple tasks don’t phase them. Talking on the phone, while email and answering multiple instant messages – yes! So take advantage of their computer, cell phone, and electronic literacy. The electronic capabilities of these employees are amazing.
Millennials want to endorse and be endorsed, they need constant feedback and in particular, praise. They actively seek guidance and structure from their mentors, therefore be a firm and fair leader, creating boundaries that help them map out their career paths.
The IT Industry is traditionally poor at providing a life-work balanced workplace. Millennials work hard, but they are not always happy with sixty hour work weeks. Home, family, spending time with the children, are priorities, don’t lose sight of this.
Internet research counts 75,000,000 Millennials are preparing to join or joining the workforce. Millennials are ready to take on the world and companies must direct their enthusiasm and energy into projects that allow them to make a valuable contribution.
Although managing Millennials may be a challenge and risk adverse, they are still extremely desirable employees. Make your Millennial employees happy in a fun, yet structured setting, and you are building the foundation for the superior workforce you desire. You are developing the future of your workforce.
By Tarin Searle
Vodacom changed its colour to red recently. It was literally painted across South Africa and is regarded as South Africa’s biggest ever brand make-over.
The new branding saw Vodacom replacing its familiar blue and green colours with Vodafone’s red colouring, to essentially clone Vodafone’s global branding but keeping the Vodacom name.
The rebrand was more than marketing hype. The ability to implement the rebrand became mission critical to the company when Vodacom became the only Vodafone owned operator to be allowed to keep its name when rebranding to Vodafone. The problem in doing that was how to pull it off in two months!
Enter BBD and the competent and capable members of the VSP team. Under NDA and “top secret” authority the team set about a complete content change for Vodacom Business Self Help Portal, website, VodaManage and DealerWeb systems.
Successful delivery meant personal sacrifices in terms of huge overtime spent, to the point where team members had to forfeit attending the BBD VSP Team building as well as weekend time with both family and friends.
But doing what it takes is what is done at BBD. The team not only turned the rebrand around in just two months but did so in budget. The switch from blue to red was seamless with systems up and running within 15 minutes of go live, switched over and bug free! The team very much deserved the personal thank you they received from the client for BBD’s contribution to a successful project.