HPE South Africa hosts Partner Awards in Johannesburg
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) South Africa hosted its annual Partner Awards in Johannesburg to celebrate the firm’s partners across the nation.
“At HPE we are serious about business, and our partners - the lifeblood of our organisation - are all dedicated to our mutual success,” stated Sherifa Hady, Interim Managing Director of South Africa at HPE.
“This is evident from the strong growth we have experienced year on year. However, after a year of hard work in 2018, we are privileged to be able to take time out to celebrate.”
“This event allowed us not only to show our appreciation for our partners, but also the individuals who are our fiercely loyal ambassadors as well as the achievers that have obtained certifications and new skills, ensuring exceptional service and support. It was an opportunity for all of us to let our hair down and have some fun.”
Companies such as Datacentrix, Intelsys EOH, and Microsoft won awards for HPE Compute Partner of the Year, Aruba Deal of Year Award, HPE Service Delivery Partner of the Year, and Alliances Partner of the Year Award.
“Our awards extravaganza was the perfect opportunity to recognise our top performing partners, and also to thank each channel partner for their invaluable contribution,” commented Leon Erasmus, HPE Country Manager: Channel and Alliances Sales.
“Not only were we able to formally recognise those partners that have gone above and beyond over the past year, we also used the opportunity to highlight the enhancements we have made to our partner rewards program.”
“We look forward to continuing to build our relationships with our partners in 2019.”
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.