SovTech, a software development company and startup incubator based in Johannesburg, has launched a new branch to their business, SovTech Services, aimed at simplifying the procurement of digital services by companies in Africa. The SovTech Services platform offers a diverse range of premium tech services that can be conveniently purchased online. “The Services platform has everything you need to propel your business into the stratosphere, and at a price that’s probably better than what’s out there in the market.” Says Jamie Chennells, SovTech’s CTO and head of SovTech Services. The main areas of focus of the services offered include Web & Mobile, IT & Business, Digital Marketing and UX/UI Design.
The SovTech Services platform is a first in South Africa, as there are no other platforms locally that offer such a diverse range of digital services that can be immediately purchased online, with a predetermined pipeline to success that can be deployed in a matter of hours. “In the past 4 years through dealing with a wide variety of clients we’ve been able to streamline a set of digital products that every company needs.” says Chennells. The platform also allows the entire process, from consultation and purchase to final delivery of the digital service to take place within its walls. This has obvious advantages over email in that there is a centralised communication stream for document transfer and objective management to take place, in which multiple parties from each side can engage.
SovTech has partnered with different businesses with whom they’ve worked with extensively in the past to fulfill key and specialist roles. They don’t mark prices up in any way, and work with their clients as if they were on their clients’ teams. “We’re doing our best to remove the fear of purchasing these sorts of products via free online consultations across the spectrum of products, and we’re cherry picking the best providers to partner with along the way. For us, the joy is in being able to work with our clients’ other service providers and know that things are being done properly.” says Chennells. SovTech’s goals are to have the top 10 providers of each Digital Service on their platform, and let the client-focused review system help new users decide on who they would like their next digital project to be completed by.
The team behind the platform has a number of helpful features on the horizon, the most notable of which is a chatbot aimed at empowering business owners and people in key positions with the right knowledge on which they can act and perform their jobs more successfully. Through communication with the chatbot, users should be able to understand where they can best direct their focus in order to improve their competitiveness in the market. SovTech’s CEO, Gerald Neves, reveals the reason SovTech decided to launch the new platform, “More often than not we deal with clients that have burnt their fingers through engagements with sub-par digital service providers. Our Services Platform aims to reduce the number of such instances, in a simple but effective manner, and raise the standard of digital service consumption in South Africa on a broad scale.”
SovTech believes that technology will revolutionise businesses in Africa across every industry. The introduction of the Services Platform complements SovTech’s vision to uplift social and economic value on a pan-African scale, through helping businesses achieve their goals using software.