Who we are
redPanda is an expert in end-to-end custom software development and software support aimed at streamlining business processes and operations.
With nearly a decade of experience in developing retail and financial software, redPanda’s custom software solutions are trusted across all business processes from Point of Sale, and Warehousing to Logistics and Debtor Control. We also have vast experience in backend systems, including Enterprise Communications Systems and HR, Property and Vehicle Fleet 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 solutions and ongoing software support.
redPanda Software’s Beginnings
redPanda Software was formed in 2009 to meet a greater need for the development and support of a wide array of enterprise level custom software solutions that are tailored to meet the client’s needs. These solutions ensure that our customers are in full control of their software while providing the predictability and flexibility of cost without license fees.
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 eight years. The team, made up of committed and specialised developers and support staff, many of whom have been with the organisation since its inception, has grown along with the success of the business and now exceeds 110 people. The redPanda Software management approach creates a platform for all to grow both professionally and personally, resulting in a stable employee base and a staff turnover of less than 7% in the history of the company.
redPanda’s expertise, although originating in the development of retail and financial software, has broadened to include all aspects of effective business management. With customised software solutions, developed and tailored for each unique client, redPanda’s products are trusted and relied upon by many of South Africa’s largest retail organisations.
Mission & Vision
redPanda Software aims to make enterprise software a business commodity, globally. We strive to do this through consistently delivering on expectations.
Gareth has twenty-five years of experience within the IT industry and holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town. He has a passion for business, and began his first business while still at school..
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 taking on the role of General Manager and becoming a member of the Executive Committee 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 Software’s CEO is to make software development and support easy and predictable for enterprise businesses, and change the landscape of custom software development in South Africa.
Leon holds both a Computer Systems diploma and an Enterprise Architect qualification. He has more than twenty years of experience in the software industry, with extensive experience in enterprise software development.
Prior to joining redPanda Software, 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 existing and 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.
Allan is one of the most experienced Retail Systems people in South Africa. 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 adds gravitas to the entrepreneurial fleet-footed executive team at redPanda Software and regularly shares his experience and expertise in strategic, project and operational management with them. As a recognised expert in building capability and releasing capacity in organisations and people, Allan is an invaluable asset to the redPanda Software group.
Having gained experiences in both IT and retail across a number of roles over 20 years, Julian joined redPanda Software at its inception in 2009.
With a passion for service delivery and people, each day is about building new relationships and reinforcing existing ones.
Julian’s strengths lie in building connections with people, his deep understanding of the client’s business needs, and the ability to interpret these and provide solutions to enable a business to perform successfully.
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 customer satisfaction and understanding the client’s needs.
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 custom software development company in Cape Town, 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 for software developers in 2012.
Through this Internship Programme, we offer IT graduates from around the country a unique opportunity to gain invaluable 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 software development methodology.
The success of our Internship Programme is evident not only in the quality of work generated by the individuals who are part of the programme, but in the vast majority being offered full-time employment at redPanda Software on completion of the internship.