A true veteran of the IT industry (as far back as 1977), Rick is by no means a conventional ‘techie’. Although possessing a deep understanding of technology (enabling him to visualise exactly how business is able to benefit from its value) Rick is, at heart, a people’s person with a deep passion for anything people-related and an eternal optimist who regards everything as an opportunity.
After 10 years as the Managing Director of the South African Progress Subsidiary, Rick founded AIGS in 2010 becoming the Progress Distributor for Sub Saharan Africa. Three years later, AIGS secured the distributorship for Yellowfin that ultimately split from the original AIGS to form AIGS Insights in 2019.
As CEO of both companies, the majority of Rick’s time is spent mentoring all members of both teams, working closely with them as they continuously explore new ways to constantly go the extra mile, thereby living the company’s core ethos of ‘Making A Difference’.
Affectionately known as the ‘wise old boss’, Rick leadership style is as strict and demanding as it is fair and compassionate, with a huge emphasis placed on individual and team wellbeing.
Within the AIGS and AIGS Insights business, Rick is committed to his role of living the company ethos, encapsulated by ‘Delight at Work’ and ‘Making a Difference’. Across all interactions, both internal and external, he attempts to ‘make a difference’ in everything he does.
As Sales & Marketing Director for AIGS Insights, Gustav’s primary responsibility lies in building the business and promoting the growing product range (Yellowfin Business Intelligence, Exasol, CMSPDF).
Since establishing AIGS Insights a few years ago, now operating as a totally independent business from the initial AIGS stable, his primary responsibility and focus is to grow the Yellowfin brand locally, explore BIG Data and high-speed analytics with Exasol and introduce pixel perfect PDF reporting with CMSPDF.
Passionate about all things IT, data and people, Gustav channels these passions into personal drivers and motivation as he focuses on building the business and working with our partners in becoming proficient and successful.
Affectionately called ‘THOR’ by his team members, Gustav’s hope is that this is a reflection of his leadership and ability to continue pushing through.
Having started with AIGS in 2013, Stephen initially split his time between the Progress and Yellowfin product range. From support analyst to solutions consultant, pre-sales consultation to research, product testing and innovation, there is literally no area Stephen has not added value to.
With a strong background in software development, coupled with his deep product knowledge and understanding, Stephen is an integral part of everyday operations. But underneath it all, Stephen simply describes himself as a problem solver … in search of his next challenge!
Promoted to Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and part of the AIGS executive in April 2020, Stephen’s current role sees him involved in pre-sales and product support, proof of concept, report development, professional services and even instructor-led training.
Known as the ‘resident silent giant’, mostly to be found working quietly behind his desk, Stephen is an absolute rock, delivering enormous value to both our team and partner and customer base.
Having joined the team in 2020, Tshepiso recently celebrated his 2nd anniversary with AIGS Insights. Tshepiso’s role as Yellowfin BI Solutions Consultant sees him tasked with numerous responsibilities – with a strong focus on researching, testing and implementing effective solutions.
Passionate, a bit of an overthinker (in all the good ways) and driven to learn all that he can, Tshepiso believes ‘there is no such thing as a stupid question’ and that problems exist to improve one’s knowledge and expand the limits of the mind.
Committed to ‘making a difference’ – Tshepiso believes that effort, consistency and replicating customer problems are the key to solving any issue.
One of AIGS Insights Yellowfin BI Developers, Nothando joined the team in January 2020.
Nothando is creative with a passion for graphics – look and feel, and the overall user experience. As analytical as she is creative, Nothando loves technical challenges and is an enthusiastic problem solver.
She is committed to living the company ethos of ‘making a difference’ by offering as much assistance and support to members of her team as possible whilst embracing every opportunity to learn, grow and be mentored.
As one of AIGS Insights’ newly appointed Junior Business Intelligence developers, Mikayla’s determination and diligent work ethic quickly saw her delivering enormous value to both her teammates and our Yellowfin partner and customer base.
Naturally willing and curious, with a keen interest and open-mindedness to all things new, these traits have seen Mikayla settle in very quickly over the last few months – contributing in no small way to the company ethos of ‘making a difference’.
Mikayla has quickly established a reputation for herself amongst fellow team members as someone who is always willing to lend a helping hand, executing her tasks and responsibilities efficiently and committed to timeous delivery.
Having joined AIGS in 2015, Mel is delighted to celebrate her half-decade anniversary with the company. As a ‘numbers’ person, Mel is perfectly suited to her role of Customer Services Manager and Financial Controller (across both the AIGS and AIGS Insights business).
Eager to learn, and often found online upping her skills through various courses, Mel strives to deliver real value and is committed to finding new and innovative ways to constantly streamline processes, making them easier and simpler for customers and colleagues alike.
Dedicated and driven, complimented by her deep compassion for others, Mel can often be found engaging in humorous banter with her co-workers when not behind her desk living her personal mantra of ‘the devil is in the detail’.
Paulina has been a member of the AIGS for five years, having originally joined in the capacity of Admin and Receptionist Intern. Seizing every available opportunity for growth, January 2017 saw Paulina promoted to Financial and Customer Services assistant.
A friendly breath of fresh air, with a constant yearning to grow (as evidenced by her passion for collecting books), Paulina is tasked with not only taking care of the AIGS customer base but also ensuring that the AIGS culture is lived and breathed across both internal and external customers.
A committed team player, easy to work with, dedicated and hardworking, with a reputation for ‘getting things done’ are just some of the ways in which Paulina’s colleagues describe her.
Having joined the team in January 2020, Kevin quickly established himself as an absolute team player. Driven and committed to learning as much as possible, Kevin faces each day determined to rise above, and conquer, any challenges that may come his way.
In his role as Yellowfin BI & Exasol Support Consultant, Kevin’s goal is to provide as much support to his managers as possible, thereby helping to lighten their workload and free up their time to concentrate on other responsibilities.
Kevin is committed to making a difference by thinking ahead and trying to ensure a solution is in place to take care of any potential ‘what if’ moments that may arise in the future.
Known as the ‘techie’ with the loud headsets, Kevin’s team members have no doubt he is busy coding his way to success.