In a recent study conducted by Careers24.com on the top 25 jobs with the rarest skills in South Africa, Java developers took the number one spot. Good news for the market is that EOH MC Solutions has started a Java consultancy in Cape Town.
EOH MC Solutions identified a need in the market for Java development, to supplement its very strong .Net competency. Clydie Cronje, who heads up the Business Unit at EOH MC Solutions, says: “We know that Java and .NET are the primary development languages, and as we’re already a leader in the .NET industry, we saw Java as being the next logical step as a business. We’d like to bring the same level of performance, with respect to our strong delivery track record, to the Java skill-set.”
Head of Operations at EOH MC Solutions Beavin De Kock states: “We also identified that none of our competitors in South Africa were providing Java services, in terms of real project delivery. If they are doing something in the Java space, it is pure resourcing.”
EOH MC had a long-standing relationship with Paul Knauer, a leading and well-known expert in this field, and appointed him to establish the consultancy, which started in February 2016. Previously a programme management consultant for Visa, Knauer has a technical background in Java and has been working in this space for over 10 years. Being an early adopter of the scrum methodology, he became a certified scrum master in December 2006 and has also completed a Scaled Agile Framework Practitioner certification in 2015. Knauer has had considerable experience building software development teams both within South Africa, and in countries like the USA, Ireland and India.
“EOH is a strong brand in South Africa with a growing international presence, as well as having roots in the consulting space, making this an ideal challenge for me,” says Knauer.
“The challenge we face generally in the industry, with a lack of skills, is significant, and EOH is well positioned to find creative ways to address this. I enjoy being part of an aggressive company that is constantly looking at innovative ways to address market needs. Starting from scratch means we can build the team we want, in the way that we want, and that appeals to me.”
Looking to 2017, EOH MC Solutions and Knauer have already secured big name clients in the industry, with an upcoming Java Development Shop leveraging the EOH Job Creation Initiative.