Due to his impressive feat of driving digital transformation among local businesses, Wynand Geldenhuys, the founder and owner of Vectra, has been awarded the Innovator of the Year® awardat the 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and Business/Partners awards ceremony, which was held on 4 September 2019 in Johannesburg.
A modern-day information technology consultancy that specialises in creating integrated e-commerce solutions through a unique data-driven design approach, Vectra is the largest South African based e-commerce specialist. Since launching in 2017, the business has achieved over 100% year-on-year growth in turnover, profit and employees.
“I started Vectra in 2017 to help South African companies keep apace with global e-commerce trends through digital transformation. My goal has always been to create sustainable software solutions that will make our customers more competitive and enable them to compete on an international level,” says Geldenhuys.
By collaborating with customers, Vectra has already enabled vast digital transformation in industries ranging from Retail and Manufacturing, to Financial Services and Healthcare. “Our process entails working closely with our customers to understand their business challenges and opportunities. Once we understand their business needs, our team develops a prototype and business case.”
“While we offer a range of services, our main area of focus remains e-commerce solutions. We enable companies to leverage the internet to drive sales by taking care of the technical complexities such as software development, integration and security required to trade online,” explains Geldenhuys.
When asked what sets Vectra apart from other software development companies, Geldenhuys says that it comes down to constantly pushing boundaries. “The very nature of our business requires us to push the boundaries of what is possible with technology, but we’ve always taken this very seriously. This is why much of our efforts support research and development in pursuit of differentiating our customers’ businesses through innovative software solutions.
“Our secret weapon, however, is that we attract and hire the best people in our industry allowing us to execute more effectively than anyone else,” he adds.
Unsurprisingly, this is not the first time that Vectra has been acknowledged for their innovative business solutions. The company was recently nominated for the prestigious SAP Quality Awards in the category of Innovation, competing against global companies such as Accenture and Deloitte.
On being named this year’s Innovator of the Year®, Geldenhuys says he is honoured, and hopes that his success inspires other hopeful entrepreneurs to follow his footsteps. “To all those aspiring innovators out there, I am living proof that it is possible to start a company on your own, regardless of your qualifications and experience. You just need to be willing to fully commit yourself to learn how to run a business while also doing the actual work involved in delivering a service or product.”
Visit www.vectra.co.za for more information.