The Art Of Procurement with Andrew Wood

Andrew Wood 

Vice President - IT Sourcing at Proxima

Podcast – Episode 90:
The Art Of Procurement

How to find opportunities to grow through assessment and set your business up for long-term success

In the tech world, we all know that there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all solutions in terms of software, as every business and tech company has different needs, different MOs, and different goals. And technology procurement specialists – like Andrew Wood, Vice President – IT Sourcing at Proxima – come into the fore, with their expertise making lives of companies a million times easier. 

Taking the time to assess opportunities and situations is something that’s rarely done, but also something that can set you up for long term success and give you a better grasp on what needs to be done.

TC Gill sat down with Andrew, and they went deep into his journey so far, what he does right now, and how he goes about transforming complex projects that help drive businesses forward. 

Key Takeaways: 

  • How successful procurement delivers long-term success 
  • How agility applies to the procurement world 
  • How being approachable can help you lead with a light touch 

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Catalyzing Innovation Through Understanding with Andrew Vorster

Andrew Vorster

Founder at Innovation Catalyst

Podcast – Episode 89:
Catalyzing Innovation Through Understanding

Spurring processes with the help of personal relationships and troublemaking

Tech leaders are people who know how to inspire and drive others forward, shake things up, and change our perspective. In simpler terms? They are just troublemakers. Well, we got one such troublemaker – Andrew Vorster, Founder at Innovation Catalyst – who also happens to be an amazing storyteller. Mix that up with his vast experience in the tech world, and you know this is going to be an episode you will enjoy through and through.

Understanding people and their motivation is a special type of superpower that can help you not just build a better relationship with them, but also help you guide them more efficiently.

Key takeaways from the podcast: 

  • How to start fires through storytelling 
  • Why working hard at creating collaborative systems can help a lot 
  • How building trust and relationships creates the magic in a business 

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Podcast: Leading tech in one of Britain's busiest airports with Nick Batchelor

Nick Batchelor 

Director of IT at Gatwick Airport

Podcast – Episode 88:
Leading tech in one of Britain’s busiest airports

How to keep a busy place ticking with the usage of tech, and stable for the tough times

Leading tech in one of Britain’s busiest airports (London Gatwick) – Servicing a million- and one-use cases every day, all-day. There are some complicated businesses out there, all with their demanding tech demands. Our guest on this episode of the CTO Confessions has a pretty challenging job on his and his team’s hands. Nick Batchelor, Director of Information Technology at Gatwick Airport, imparts the wisdom of his years of experience leading in a high-octane operation. 

As tech leaders, our most prized asset is the ability to translate business needs into technology that changes lives, and vice-versa – bridge the gap between the technical and business sides that make the world of IT go round.

We sat down with Nick to learn more about how does one maintain one of the busiest airports in Europe ticking, while deploying an MO which ensures continuous development! 

Key takeaways from the podcast: 

  • The tech challenges that the 2nd busiest UK airport faces. 
  • Trying to create technology that supports ever-changing millions of dynamic use cases  
  • Creating stability at the core of an operation that can easily go wrong 

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Podcast: Stories from the Amazonian Tribe with Charles Griffith

Charles Griffith

CTO at MileZero

Podcast – Stories from the Amazonian Tribe:
with Charles Griffith

Welcome to the start of a special series – in this series, we’ll be talking to techies and tech leaders who have worked at Amazon – the Amazonians – and how it has shaped their futures in the world of IT. And the one hosting this series will be Charles Griffith, CTO at MileZero, a Capstone Company.

Each of the individuals that will come on this series will bring their own unique brand of leadership and experience! 

In this one, you’ll have the honor to meet Charles, as a nice intro in what we’re sure you’ll enjoy! 

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Podcast: Tech Taking the Pain Out of Moving Home with Turan Rustamli

Turan Rustamli

CTO at OneDome

Podcast – Episode 84:
Tech Taking the Pain Out of Moving Home

How technology helps in solving and answering crucial questions

As the world is leaning heavily on the digital sphere to deliver solutions and lighten to load on all aspects of life, there is an ever-increasing need for platforms that will help make important life decisions smoother and easier. Meet One Dome, a company developed to help make the process of choosing and buying your next home a lot, lot easier. We sat down for a talk with Turan Rustamli, One Dome’s CTO, who shared the how’s and why’s behind this project.

Sharing knowledge and experience only matters and has value when shared with context and at the right time – Succeed in doing this, and you have the marks of a leader.

Turan talked a lot about the rationale behind this project, its motivation, and how his leadership style helped style the company and its success. 

Key takeaways from the podcast: 

  • It’s immensely important to be an active member of every group you’re part of 
  • Seek out opportunities to learn, but also teach 
  • A holistic approach to an idea will always develop it into something valuable 

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Podcast: Empowering Greatness in the World of Tech with Saeed Amidi

Saeed Amidi

Podcast – Episode 86:
Empowering Greatness in the World of Tech

How hard work and the right approach leads to success

We all dream of finding the next big thing in tech, and some of us may remember coming into contact with some of the biggest tech companies in the world before they made it big – but how about being there and contributing to the formation of some of the biggest brands? That’s a blessing, a privilege only a few have enjoyed, but we got one of these few here on our podcast – meet Saeed Amidi, the CEO of Plug and Play, the world’s largest early-stage investor and business accelerator, a company which invested early in brands like Google, PayPal, N26, and many others.

 

Before you embark on a journey through the tech world, make sure you’re the most knowledgeable on the subject you’re going in, or find and get the person who is. This will set you up for success early on.

We sat down with Saeed to talk to him about how he approaches innovative ideas and start-ups, and what are the makings of a start-up that you can tell is destined for the stars. 

Key Takeaways from the episode: 

  • Why hard work will always beat ideas  
  • How missed opportunities can sometimes be a blessing in disguise  
  • Why leadership is all about empowering people, and why sometimes leaders are viewed as an orchestra conductor  

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Podcast: Turning Teams into Efficient Platoons with Mike Couvillion

Mike Couvillion

CTO at Kazoo HR

Podcast – Episode 85:
Turning Teams into Efficient Platoons

How to align teams through proper leadership

CTOs are naturally curious creatures, and some of them have unconventional journeys to becoming tech leaders. In this episode, we have Mike Couvillion, CTO at Kazoo HR, who is, and get this – a fighter pilot turned CTO. We can dive deep into the ‘how’ and ‘why’ and tell it all, but truth be told, you can hear it from the man himself by just clicking ‘Play’.

Responsibility and ownership of decisions in teams is all down to one aspect – clarity. If you’re clear with what you want and what you need, you’ll have a team that will follow you anywhere.

Key takeaways from the podcast: 

  • Tech leaders should be skilled in the financial and business aspects of a business, not just the tech 
  • How the military actually has aspects of Agile methodology, which can help grow businesses and teams 
  • How hiring A-players will get you A-paying clients 

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Podcast: Simplified Logistics through Innovation with Erik Wirsing

Erik Wirsing

VP Global Innovation at DB Schenker

Podcast – Episode 87:
Simplified Logistics through Innovation

How innovation drives one of the key pillars to 21st century societies – delivery services

Some would say that technology drives the world, and innovation is in the driving seat. Well, let’s meet one of these – we got Erik Wirsing, VP of Innovation at DB Schenker. He sat down with TC to share his journey from techie to tech leader, as well as how he roles as a leader, and how he approaches innovation as a process. If you’re into innovation, you’re going to love this one. If you’re not into innovation…seriously?

Successful leading is more about curiosity and freedom, than about anything else. The regulations and rules you put in place have to reflect that.

With Erik, we dived deep into what it means to be up-to-date with innovation, and how to navigate through that storm of innovation that we’re living through in this age of tech. 

Key Takeaways from the podcast: 

  • How being aware of the solutions available here and now can help you build for the future 
  • Why delivering things virtually can be the way of the future 
  • How to approach solving logistical problems on a larger and smaller magnitude 

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Podcast: Lessons from a Successful Scale-up with Chris Clarke

Chris Clarke

CTO for Hire at Scale Up CTO

Podcast – Episode 82:
Lessons from a Successful Scale-up

What are the makings of a successful business, through the lens of culture, talent, tech, and product

In this episode, we talk to Chris Clarke about his journey as the CTO and founder of EdTech company Talis. Having successfully scaled and sold the business, Chris now operates under the umbrella The Scale Up CTO – using his experience, success and mistakes to advise other businesses and startups on their scale up journey. Chris’s journey is one that’s rooted in the essence of technical leadership, and the turn from an individual contributor to becoming a catalyst for others.

One of the pillars of success is trust, and building it is not easy, but the crucial thing to remember is that as a leader, you have to show the value you like your teams to have. Instill trust by demonstrating it.

Key takeaways from the podcast are:  

  • How to build trust and respect by demonstrating it 
  • Why it’s important to own the process of hiring, and the role of genuine employee experience in doing so 
  • Delivery success based on the perfect tension between Engineering, Product and User Experience – and how to integrate this successfully with Agile 

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Podcast: Smooth Sailing with Efficient Leadership with Ryan Purvis

Ryan Purvis

Podcast – Episode 81:
Smooth Sailing with Efficient Leadership

Streamlined team management based in understanding and support

A fellow podcaster, Ryan Purvis, Chief Information Technology Officer at HiLo Maritime Risk Management, is one of those techies that simply had it in him to lead. In his own words, he “wasn’t the best developer skill-wise, but was a natural at breaking down complex processes and simplifying them for others to understand”, which we all know are crucial for tech leaders.

When in a leadership position, the best way to go about your business is to find that sweet spot between providing support for your teams, and not being the bottleneck.

From starting out in Johannesburg as a developer, he quickly climbed through the ranks, doing gigs in various industries, before ending up in HiLo. Here, you can hear all about his journey to becoming a tech leader, how he leads, and what it means to hold yourself responsible for your actions. 

Key Takeaways from this podcast: 

  • How to never be the bottleneck to anything you’re doing  
  • How listening and trying to understand will lead your whole team to the solution 
  • Why accountability is paramount in not just company, but also personal growth 

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