Jumping Bean and EDC4IT collaborate to offer training and consulting services

28 November 2018 Consultancy.co.za

Gauteng-based technology consulting firm Jumping Bean has entered into a strategic partnership with European IT education and training firm EDC4IT, with the primary objective of providing training and consulting services across Europe, Africa and a number of other regions. 

With offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Polokwane, Jumping Bean is a South African consulting firm that specialises in helping clients integrate the latest technology solutions within their operations. Some of the firm’s core areas of expertise include Linux, Java and PHP technologies.

In addition to supporting firms with onboarding open source software to reduce costs of operations and increase efficiency, Jumping Bean also offers training services to help employees gain command over software. The firm also boasts software development capabilities, which provides it with a strong position in the South African market, where an increasing number of firms are looking to undergo digital transformation.

In collaboration with European training firm EDC4IT, Jumping Bean will now not only offer training programmes based on international standards, but will also work to customise these programmes based on the needs of individual clients. The new programmes are targeted at the Europe, Middle East and Africa markets, and will expand elsewhere if possible.

Jumping Bean and EDC4IT collaborate to offer training and consulting services

To match the new expectations, Jumping bean is looking to expand its entire range of service offerings. The firm will also look to develop programmes in a number of different languages, the resources for which will be provided by EDC4IT, which will leverage Jumping Bean’s local presence.

EDC4IT is a Dutch firm that specialises in IT training and offers additional professional IT services as well as support with IT application development. “We are eager to bring our experience to bear upon projects in territories old and new,” said Managing Director of EDC4IT Jorden de bouve.

“What EDC4IT and Jumping Bean both contribute is their roster of impeccable trainers and consultants who come with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. In harnessing the creativity of our consultants and trainers, we are perfectly positioned in Europe, and Africa, to cater to clients in older and burgeoning markets,” he added.

Senior Executive at Jumping Bean Mark Clarke added, “Jumping Bean and EDC4IT share a common business focus on solutions integration, development and education. Passion for technology and innovation is a key shared value for both companies. This has enabled each company, individually, to deliver quality services and educational courses, in the high velocity open source space. Now, with our combined resources, we will be able to tackle new and exciting opportunities and bring much-needed skills to the market.”

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Applications are open for IBM and YIEDI's Techscale programme in South Africa

27 March 2019 Consultancy.co.za

Global IT services giant IBM is increasing its involvement in South Africa’s rapidly expanding tech environment, through the launch of its Techscale programme in the country. The six-month training programme will be implemented by the Youth Innovation Entrepreneurship Design Institute (YIEDI).

YIEDI is based in Johannesburg, and has been offering a wide variety of consulting services across South Africa since its establishment in 2014. Its service offerings include e-learning and education development, as well as support with entrepreneurship and innovation development.

The firm is focused on helping new businesses, and offers incubation management, strategy consulting, design thinking and creativity training to this end. YIEDI is also a level 1 B-BBEE contributor, which makes it the ideal firm to administer the Techscale programme designed by IBM.

The programme is killing two birds with one stone by offering support to tech firms working in a number of specified domains, under the condition that the firms are black owned. The candidate firms must have significant operations in the tech space, defined by a turnover in excess of R500, 000.

Applications are open for IBM and YIEDI's Techscale programme in South Africa

If the above turnover is not matched, then candidates must have secured contracts worth the same amount. Firms must also have been in existence for more than a year. In addition, the firms must specifically operate in the financial services, healthcare and telecom sectors to get support.

IBM’s support will come in the form of access to its vast network of global leaders in the tech industry, who will be in the position to advise budding firms in South Africa with navigating the increasingly challenging digital and regulatory environments. Themes explored under the programme will include business development and investor readiness.

The programme is particularly relevant in the current economic environment across South Africa. The country has turned to innovation and growth in the tech space in order to rescue its economy from the turbulence that was brought about by the dip in oil and commodity prices in recent years.

Small and medium enterprises in particular are looking to integrate new technology within their operations in order to accelerate growth and scale in their businesses. Applications to IBM’s Techscale programme are now open, and will close on the 10th of April before the results are announced at the end of the same month.