Global Testing Centre (GTC); the largest specialist software testing centre in Southern Hemisphere has ambitious growth plans for UK benefitting British businesses.
The largest privately owned software and solutions company in Africa is actively expanding its services into the UK and already boasts major clients from these shores with the National Oceanography Centre and Doddle - with hopes for more than 20 British companies to be on board by the end of 2018.
It means UK organisations will be able to take advantage of the affordable South African service, which favours comparably against companies in European markets where the Euro continues to rise.
DVT has now officially opened the doors to its new 2,000 square metre premises in Cape Town’s fast-growing Northgate Island precinct, heralding the start of its expansion drive that will see the company more than double its headcount in the next two years; including the development of its London office.
The move was prompted by the rapid growth and success of the DVT’s Global Testing Centre (GTC) in Cape Town, now the largest specialist software testing centre in the Southern Hemisphere, which has been supported by a social and economic government led initiative known as CapaCiTi. DVT is the engine room of Dynamic Technology Holdings (www.dth.co.za), and as well as expanding into the UK, is also set to target Australia and the US.
DVT Managing Director for the Western Cape region Jacques Fouché said the new space gives DVT the room it needs to follow its ambitious growth trajectory.
“We’re looking to double the capacity of the Global Testing Centre, which translates directly into a significant increase in the intake of trainee testers and developers from schools, universities and CapaCiTi over the next 18 months to two years,” he said.
“In doing so we’re not only opening the doors for more opportunities for bright young minds in the region, but also for more opportunities for the company in places like the UK where we’re already working with customers to create a follow-the-sun software testing service far more attractive than they’d find in almost any other region.
“We aim to have consistent billing from the UK to grow and sustain a boutique automation regression and performance testing business of 300 to 450 staff.”
Using agile delivery methodologies (SCRUM/KANBAN) that most UK companies are already familiar with make the GTC delivery model something organisations can easily relate to. And with measures in place to assist UK clients with the current IT skills shortage and risk of key-man-dependencies - specifically focusing on mobile app testing, test automation and performance testing - DVT looks set to make rapid progress in Britain.
DVT founder and Group CEO, Chris Wilkins, praised the attributes and vision of the DVT team with him excited about expansion plans into the UK and beyond.
“Without (Global Testing Centre COO) Mario Matthee there would be no Testing Centre, and without Jacques Fouché there would be no launchpad for DVT from Cape Town to the rest of the world,” he said.
“Testing is an accepted offshore competency, it’s a huge market, and we now have a great springboard to push into territories like the UK, Australia and the US,” he said. “We have a definitive 5 to 10-year plan at the highest level, and this investment is very much a signal that the plan is in action.
“With the South African Rand performing as badly as the Pound following Brexit, as well as the increasing Euro costs for businesses, mean that DVT also represents an affordable option for UK organisations.
“The fact we are part of the Commonwealth, have a similar commercial culture and the same time zones are all advantages, along with us being able to deliver a more boutique, entrepreneurial, and quick on its feet service to those often used in Europe and India.”
Keynote speaker and official ribbon cutter at the launch event in Cape Town, Alan Winde, the Provincial Minister of Economic Opportunities for the Western Cape Government, said that DVT is a shining example of the initiative and leadership required for the advancement of job creation in South Africa and beyond.
“How do we remove the red tape and clear a path for young people that want opportunities to follow their passions and develop their skills in this space? We do it by investing in them and building bigger and better places for them to work, which is why this DVT expansion is so exciting for me personally.
“We also do it by creating and testing new technologies that shape and shift our economy forward every day, and what better place to do that than in the biggest software development and testing centre on the continent.”