At Soma Solutions we believe in great digital transformation stories to evolve your enterprise from a traditional business to a digitally transformed business.
We are committed to ensuring your adaptation, agility and evolution.
With our Innovative and Creative Teams, we will enable you to stand out and be an industry leader.
The needs of everybusiness is different hence the path to digital transformation for every business will be different. We can help you figure out and navigate the best path to your digitally transformed future by connecting business strategy with your digital transformation strategy.
From prototyping to design, and implementation. We have a highly proficient in-house team of full-stack web and mobile developers that will provide high quality service without you having to co-ordinate between multiple companies.
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Our highly proficient in-house team of user experience and interaction designers will ensure that your interface, application, product or site has a lasting impression on your customer base.
We do not only take care of your front-end applications, we can also take care of your integration with ERP applications. We have a long-standing track record of SAP, ERP implementation and support. We implement and support the following ERP applications:
In the modern digital era of cyber-attacks, data leaks and breaches, cyber security is more important than ever. A data breach, no matter how small, will mean disaster for any company. Soma Solutions will ensure your cyber security risk is mitigated as much as possible by performing a full, intensive cyber and systems security check. From penetration testing to process vulnerability testing and much more, we will ensure your business is a digital Fort Knox.
We understand the pressures of resourcing and not having the in-house capacity to do everything you want to do. We can assist by either providing the resources you need or taking on the responsibility of your IT operations so that your key resources can focus on what they do best.
Soma Solutions focuses its efforts in developing and driving digitally driven solutions for SMMEs and large enterprises.
Through our humble beginnings and our itch to help you stand out, we have invested time and resources in understanding the tech industry to identify gaps in your current business and IT environment.
All this has been done to bring us to a point where we can help you address your digital needs through our offerings. Do not hesistate, let us be your digital transformation partner.
Marilyn Radebe earns herself the Standard Bank, Top Women in ICT Award.
SA Women's month - is it a celebration for the ICT industry?
Marilyn Radebe joins the ICT Sector Council, Women's day webinar.
CAPE TOWN, September 9, 2020
Soma Solutions is thrilled to announce that they have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Standard Bank Top Women Award.
"We believe that now more than ever, it is crucial to recognise the companies and individuals such as Marilyn Radebe who are making impactful change for gender empowerment in South Africa," explains Topco Media, Head of Marketing, Karia Fletcher.
The Standard Bank Top Women Awards honours those whose unfailing vision and innovative leadership have positively impacted women in South Africa. In response to the unprecented global pandemic, the awards have moved to become completely virtual. "The pivot to a virtual format means that we have the opportunity to increase our footprint across the country like never before. We aim to reach 10,000 businesswomen and entrepreneurs during the virtual conference and awards," Fletcher adds. The virtual event will salute those accelerating transformation and creating awareness around women empowerment while also facilitating discussions and workshops around furthering gender empowerment in the country.
The virtual event will salute those accelerating transformation and creating awareness around women empowerment whilst also facilitating discussions and workshops around furthering gender empowerment in the country.
"The ideas you have for your enterprises are more than just ideas; they are dreams waiting to be realized, they have the power to revolutionize industries and they are what it takes for you to lead in your industry. I have seen it happen for Soma Solutions and for our clients, therefore I urge you to take that first bold step and entrust us with your digital transformation today." - Marilyn
The Standard Bank Top Women Award winners will be announced on the evening of 2 October 2020 at the virtual award ceremony.
Finalists and winners will have the opportunity to virtually network and engage during the conference taking place over 1-2 October 2020.
We encourage every female and organisation to put forward their success stories with regards to gender empowerment.
For more information please contact Nthabiseng Mosieane - firstname.lastname@example.org
AUGUST 17, 2020
South Africa celebrates the month of August as a tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Presidential Headquarters of South Africa, the Union Buildings, on the 9th of August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws, which curtailed the movement of black South Africans. The significance of this march has been the pillar of the voice of women’s empowerment in South Africa.
But when it comes to women’s empowerment in the ICT sector and male dominated industries, do we have reason to celebrate? Women are still the minority in fields like engineering, energy, transportation and ICT which are vital sectors to enable transformation for sustainable development.
In this week’s article I will be unpacking Managing Director of Ping Academy’s Syson Kunda’s Leaky Pipeline report, which unpacks the challenges women face in the ICT industry resulting in them leaving the sector mid-way in their careers. The author of the report interviewed professionals and entrepreneurs in the IT industry in South Africa to find out why the leaky pipeline persists.
For those of you who think in numbers, according to Lorraine Steyn’s Khanyisa Real Systems, in the 1980s there were more than 40% women professionals in ICT and currently, varying studies show that there were only 21% by 2018 and just under 23% currently. According to the report, 33.33% of the women interviewed considered leaving the IT industry between 30 and 39 years. 24.24% of the women interviewed considered leaving the IT industry between 22 and 29 years of age.
COVID19 has shown us the possibility of integrating your work with your life because a work-life balance assumes that there must be a trade off between the two. According to the report, however, work-life balance strained by family responsibilities is still one of the biggest challenges for women. Another challenge, according to the report, is a lack of representation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Frontier Education attributes this to three school subjects that are significantly represented as masculine in the manner they are taught at school; namely; maths, chemistry and physics.
It also reports that toxic company culture is another reason why women do not stay in the ICT Industry, it reports. Women in ICT in South Africa feel undermined in the workplace to the extent that the men in the industry repeatedly assumed they were there to serve and not to make meaningful contributions. Some contributors indicated that their proposals and suggestions are not implemented or followed through until a man backs them up. This is something that has also been raised repeatedly by the McKinsey Women Matters report. In addition, only 33% of Forbes Women felt that their employer was making an effort to improve workplace conditions for women.
Other findings from the report that drive leakage of the female pipeline in the ICT industry are the gender pay gap, lack of exposure at an early age, a lack of recognition and a lack of female role models and mentors at senior level.
For Marilyn Radebe, Vice President of the Black IT Forum of South Africa and CEO of Precision Growth, the report is important because it begins to drive the conversation towards tangible proof points for South Africa specifically. “Many reports have previously been released, but they were not in a South African context and the research is important because it highlights problems that women are faced with, so that we can develop solutions to solve those problems, based on the quantitative and qualitative data presented.”
According to Elsevier, Africa generates less than 1% of the world’s research; data analytics can change that. “Knowledge is essential for governments to make better policies and for institutions to make aid more effective.”
“I further seek to put out a call to all female post graduate research fellows to focus on research topics that will seek to solve the economic, technological and social ills within our society. With the right data, policymakers across the continent will be able to make data driven investments that build a bright future for people across the African region. It is for this reason that the BITF, SAWIICT Forum and Precisional Growth were certain of their partnership with Syson Kunda to ensure that her research reaches all key stakeholders in the industry,” said Marilyn.
Charmaine Houvet, Chair of the South African Communications Forum states why the leaky pipeline is problematic. Agreeing with The Harvard Business Review, Charmaine says that gender parity is a business challenge for more than 75% of corporate CEOs, globally who place it in their top 10 agenda issues. Charmaine is of the view that gender balance happens in companies only if it is personally and assertively led by the CEO. “There must be visible commitment from the top to full spectrum diversity and pay parity with sustained action throughout the organisation. A fact based transformation strategy is required with strong CEO, EXCO and Board support that steers clear of emotive and anecdotal reasoning.”
According to Charmaine, “we spend a significant amount of time, effort and costs to attract talent to the workplace but once there, we do little..sometimes nothing at all to motivate, grow, nurture or retain this talent. Bold collaborative efforts will reduce the shocking timeline predicted by the ITU to achieve gender parity to ensure that girls and women are not left behind at a time where ICT is forecast to re-imagine the future.”
Link to the report: The Leaky Pipeline Report
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