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7 business and technology trends to look out for in 2020
Thursday, January 16, 2020
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Over the past decade, buzzwords like “disruption” and “blockchain” were all the hype, along with some curiosity and confusion around the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning. The big question for businesses moving into 2020 is how to start leveraging these disruptive technology and business trends...

64 top graduates join Entelect in 2020
Thursday, January 9, 2020
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Each year, Entelect takes on some of South Africa’s brightest young university graduates, who join us with a mix of engineering, science and commerce degrees. These graduates participate in the intensive Entelect Graduate Programme for six weeks, aimed at accelerating their careers. This training programme is structured to prepare them for the diverse real-world technology delivery environments, and the critical thinking, teamwork and technical skills required to succeed...

Quality and certainty rely on a process
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
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Any engineering discipline requires a reliable process to produce solutions or products that bring value to an organisation. The chosen process should help teams to deliver a quality solution or product within a predictable timeline and at a sustainable pace. In software, this process is called the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) which has process elements including requirements gathering, design, implementation, testing, deployment and maintenance. Various nuances of these process elements exist and are applied differently depending on the environment the team find themselves in...

But is it art ?
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
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Traditionally one of the most common understandings of what the software engineers do on a development team is that they are individuals that turn caffeine and pizza into code. While this usually gets a giggle or two, it is obviously not the whole picture. The fact of the matter is that when it comes to understanding what developers do, very few people can empathise with the “coders” on a team and the role they play in the development process...

The business perspective: Ambition and differentiation
Thursday, December 12, 2019
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As outlined in the previous chapter, the life of a disruptive solution in an established enterprise should always start with a vision. The vision for where an organisation wants to be, what it looks like, and what it offers in future is where innovation happens, as opposed to putting out fires and only addressing the problems that exist now. The business aspect in the lifecycle is critical to the success of the solution. Ultimately, the solution is simply a tool to facilitate the ambitions of the business and possibly differentiate from competitors. This chapter looks at the important facets in a successful solution regarding alignment, evaluating value, mitigating risk, assigning accountability, and understanding the operations of the business...

Best practices for building developer-friendly APIs
Thursday, December 12, 2019
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Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) can be among a company's greatest assets but can also be among their greatest liabilities. Poorly designed APIs lead to an endless queue of consequences followed by a bad reputation...

Entelect Appoints Chief Technology Officer
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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JOHANNESBURG, Dec.05, 2019 – Entelect’s CEO, Shashi Hansjee, announced their new CTO, Matthew Butler at the company’s year-end function late last week. Hansjee praised Butler saying, “Butler has been with us for over a decade after joining the company as a graduate in 2009 in the capacity of a Software Engineer. Since then he has had an illustrious career at Entelect, having played an integral part in almost every role in the organisation, from building bespoke software, leading successful teams and eventually becoming part of the broader General Management team.” Hansjee also noted...

Retrospectives 2019
Friday, December 6, 2019
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With technology ever-changing, it’s always good to take a step back and look at a snapshot of where we are right now. We look back at the approaches, languages, frameworks, tools and everything else we need to create quality software that has delivered real business value. Doing this each year allows us to identify trends in technologies and their adoptions - retrospection! Towards the end of each year, we ask our 600 professionals to complete a “State of Technology” survey, asking a variety of questions from the tools and processes we put to use, to some fun and interesting practices. We have spent the year working across multiple industries and tech stacks, in both local and global organisations. This has equipped us with a plethora of knowledge and experience to derive and share meaningful insights via the survey. ...

Creating a vision
Thursday, December 5, 2019
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It all starts with a vision. Often business-as-usual includes putting out fires, making sure the small things are happening, and meeting short-term targets. For an organisation to truly be disruptive, it needs an overarching vision of where it wants to be – no matter how ambitious it might be. Without an ambitious vision, organisations tend to wither away over time. Let’s explore the facets that can guide defining a vision...

The future of the STEM workforce
Thursday, December 5, 2019
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Many companies in the STEM environment, both across Africa and globally, have come to the realisation that striving towards a gender-balanced workforce is an inevitable goal for the future. And although this is what we are aiming towards, there is no simple solution or silver bullet to achieve this...

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Entelect Challenge

One of the many amazing initiatives run by Entelect is the Entelect Challenge. For a number of years now, the Entelect Challenge has been South Africa’s premier coding competition. The idea was started by our staff who wanted to drive community engagement through a little competition. Little did we know that this challenge would become so huge. Years later, it is a national event with a total prize value over R200k, and still going strong.

 

The objective of the Entelect Challenge is for entrants to compete against each other by writing an AI program that can creatively and strategically outsmart and out-survive their opponents.

 

Back at the ranch, a team of Entelect employees run the whole show; developing the creative idea, launching it to the public, developing the player portal and forums, running the play-offs and hosting the final event at rAge. We’re always looking for new contributions and new ideas, so get involved!

 

DevDay

We host our own conference called DevDay which is organised, presented and attended by our people. DevDay is a fun day out of the office where the technologist, inventor, hobbyist, engineer or artist in you can come to the fore. The event is part showcase, part science show, part geek club, part makers club; offering a range of lightning talks on cutting-edge technologies as well as a variety of interactive exhibition stands where people can discover the latest creative innovations in technology.

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