Who we are
redPanda is an expert in the end-to-end development and support of customised applications aimed at streamlining business processes and operations.
With nearly a decade of experience in the retail industry, redPanda’s software is trusted across all business processes from Point of Sale, Warehousing and Logistics to Debtor Control, Credit Granting and HR Management.
Our passion for providing bespoke solutions with value measurement, paired with gaining a deep understanding of each client’s business enables redPanda’s specialised and agile team to deliver only the highest quality product and ongoing support.
Our clients are at the heart of our business and through tailoring both our solutions and our engagement, we consistently ensure the unique needs of each client are met.
redPanda Software was formed in 2009 to meet a greater need for the development and support of a wide array of enterprise level software solutions that are customised to meet the client’s needs.
With the vast experience and intellectual property of the founders of redPanda Software, and under their keen leadership, redPanda has grown from strength to strength over the past seven years. The team, made up of committed and specialised individuals many of whom have been with the organisation since its inception, has grown along with the success of the business and now exceeds a 100 people.
redPanda’s expertise, although originating in the retail industry, has broadened to include all aspects of effective business management. With customised solutions, developed and tailored for each client, redPanda’s products are trusted and relied on by many of South Africa’s largest retail organisations.
Mission & Vision
redPanda aims to be the software development partner of choice to the South African business market.
We strive to achieve this through our tailored engagement, and the delivery of end-to-end customised software applications that are streamlined to meet the unique and individual needs of each client.
Gareth has twenty-two years of experience within the IT industry and holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town which he completed in 2008. He has a passion for business, and began his first business at the age of sixteen.
Having gained experience as an IT Technician, Service Delivery Manager and Team Lead, Gareth joined the Lewis Group as a Project Manager in 2001. He soon progressed within the organisation, eventually filling the position of General Manager before leaving to co-found redPanda Software in 2009.
Gareth brings strategic business acumen to the redPanda team. His detailed understanding of and ability to identify process efficiencies allows him to guide business and software development to achieve the best results.
With a love for the magic that happens when technology and business meet, Gareth’s drive as redPanda’s CEO is to bridge the disconnect between business and IT, and change the landscape of custom software development in South Africa.
With a passion for software development that started in 1975, Bob has been actively involved in the IT industry for more than forty years. Bob’s professional career has spanned both development and management roles within organisations across the UK and South Africa, before he co-founded redPanda Software in 2009.
Bob has a deep understanding of the technical elements that underpin successful software development, but in addition, has a drive to develop and provide unique solutions for people and organisations.
In his role as Executive Director, Bob is able to draw on his extensive experience, providing strategic direction and a creative environment for development teams who design and develop redPanda Software’s customised solutions.
Leon holds both a Computer Systems diploma and an Enterprise Architect qualification. He has eighteen years of software industry experience under his belt, with extensive experience in enterprise software development.
Prior to joining redPanda, Leon was a Senior Development Manager, working closely at an executive level with various corporate companies. Through this involvement, he gained an intimate appreciation of the workings of large corporates.
Leon has a strong background in implementing and improving the full SDLC, with a preference for agile methodologies and tools, and technical abilities in architecting and overseeing projects using a wide range of technologies and frameworks.
With a strategic and operational focus on new business, Leon brings a unique blend of technical and business knowledge to the redPanda Software team.
Allan has more than forty years of experience in the IT industry and holds qualifications in Economics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Information Resource Management from the Harvard Business School.
He has a proven track record of delivering major IT-driven transformation in the South African retail and banking sectors, and has been particularly effective in building ‘bridges’ between IT and the user communities it serves.
Having held executive roles at Edgars, SPL, Standard Bank, Woolworths, and Ellerines, Allan’s experience and wealth of knowledge led him to take a new path as an independent consultant in 2009.
Allan offers consultative services to redPanda Software, sharing his expertise in strategic, project and operational management. As a recognised expert in building capability and releasing capacity in organisations and people, Allan is an invaluable asset to the redPanda Software team.
Julian joined redPanda Software at its inception in 2009, having previously held the position of Service Delivery Manager for another software development house and gaining experience in both IT and retail across a number of roles during his eleven years at an organisation operating the largest bank-independent financial switch in Southern Africa.
With a qualification in Project Management and vast experience in the IT and retail industries, Julian’s strengths lie in his deep understanding of the client’s business needs, and the ability to interpret these and provide solutions to enable a business to perform optimally.
Since joining redPanda Software, Julian has been an integral part of the team in both software and business development. As the Sales Manager, he is responsible for growing brand awareness and overall business through his passion for service delivery, customer satisfaction and understanding the client’s needs.
Zaf first started working on enterprise systems in 1999 after graduating with a Bacherlor’s Degree in Computer Science. Thereafter, he completed an Honours Degree in Management Information Systems in 2001.
He has developed software in different programming languages, platforms and technologies for over a decade, and after moving into a development manager position, Zaf boosted his skillset through the completion of an MBA through the Graduate School of Business in 2014.
Although Zaf spends most of his time managing development teams, he can still be found close to the technical elements of the job and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the redPanda team.
Paying it forward
Established in 1968, SANCCOB is a non-profit organisation whose primary objective is to reverse the decline of seabird populations. This is done through the rescue, rehabilitation and release of ill, injured, abandoned and oiled seabirds, particularly those that are endangered such as the African penguin.
As part of their work, SANCCOB has partnered with SANParks and the City of Cape Town to establish the Burgher’s Walk Restoration Project. This initiative is aimed at creating a safe environment for the African penguins in the Boulders Beach area and one in which penguins and humans can successfully co-exist. Not only does the project ensure the safety of the penguin colony, but it provides valuable employment as the project requires monitors.
Having a long-standing relationship with SANCCOB, the redPanda Software team saw the value in the work being done through the Burgher’s Walk Restoration Project. As a result, the team assists the project by providing funding which is put towards the salaries of essential monitor staff, management of the terrain, rehabilitation of penguins, and the upkeep of fencing and path.
With a drive to support an initiative that is having such a positive impact on the environment, and particularly the city in which we are based, the redPanda team actively participates in SANCCOB’s fundraising auctions. We are pleased to be a part of this incredible initiative.
For more information on the work being done by SANCCOB, visit www.sanccob.co.za.
Having grown into a successful development house, redPanda Software saw an opportunity to invest in South Africa’s IT industry and in the developers of the future who will shape it. As such, we launched our Internship Programme in 2012.
Through this Internship Programme, we offer graduates from around the country a unique opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience. With first-hand experience of what it takes to start out and achieve success in the IT industry, we make sure that our interns learn from the best and get hands-on experience.
We believe in ensuring our interns complete the programme with the highest level of training and the best possibility of finding successful employment. To do this, we provide practical training and experience in all relevant tool sets and programming languages, as well as insight into our development methodology.
The success of our Internship Programme is evident not only in the quality of work generated by the individual who are part of the programme, but in the vast majority being offered full-time employment at redPanda on completion of the internship.