About Praekelt Consulting

Address

44 Stanley, Milpark, JHB / The Woodmill, Stellenbosch

Company Size

51-200
Summary

About Us

Praekelt is the leading pan-African mobile-first agency in Africa. Our closely knit, multidisciplinary teams in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, India and the United Kingdom have provided creative and technical solutions that have touched more than 80 million people in 17 countries.

Our deep understanding of the African landscape, coupled with our experience in mobile technologies has allowed us to deliver highly scaled, reliable, content management system and low-bandwidth video streaming services for some of the continent’s biggest brands, including Telkom SA, ABSA/Barclays, Nedbank, DSTV and Vodacom.

Over the past decade Praekelt has built the expertise to help a new generation of nimble organisations address each of these key areas with an integrated approach of designing, building, and supporting pan-African platforms.

Our technology has been designed from the ground up to support population-scale audiences in the African environment, and we have a track-record of creating, and importantly, maintaining, some of the most robust systems across the continent. Our physical presence across the continent, coupled with our 24/7 response times, dedicated teams, and responsive and iterative development process make us uniquely suited to tackling African technology challenges.

We believe that digital interfaces will be the primary means through which people will discover, share, experience and transact with the leading companies in Africa in the future.

How We Work

Praekelt designs & builds human-centered systems using technology that transform business at scale. Our products aim to reach everyone in Africa and push the boundaries of digital user-experience and technology. We rely on deep synthesis and collaboration between strategy, design and engineering teams to produce delightful and unexpected results.
We believe in the power of co-creation. Our clients are active participants in the product development process. We partner with you to make purpose-driven, relevant and functional experiences that achieve measurable business objectives.

Strategy

Our creative technologists and strategists specialise in all things digital. They provide strategic insights based on our clients’ objectives, the needs of the user, and how we can use all of that to build something that makes the world a better place.

Service Design and UX

Focusing on user experience, interaction and service design our Studio design scalable, flexible design systems and products providing a coherent framework for creating brand expressions and product experiences.

Software Design & Platform Development

Building on open-source platforms we’ve adopted, our engineers create large-scale systems where every component does one thing, and does it well. We build on specific platforms we have adopted, including Python as the primary language, Django for web development, Twisted for asynchronous services, and PostgreSQL as relational database.

Operations

Our Control Centre in Johannesburg is our first line operations team, monitoring servers, services, sites and providing SLA support. 24x7 operations are available if required.
The Site Reliability Team uses tools including Pingdom, Riemann, Sentry, Logstash and Tensor to monitor production servers, and do video streaming monitoring.

What's Important to Us

People

We have an amazing team of people working at Praekelt. We work hard to keep hiring people who are smarter than us or who bring new skills to the team, so we can continue to learn from each other. Whilst recruitment is obviously important for our growth, keeping our team happy and motivated is something that drives us all. We have a fairly flat hierarchy and as we're a growing business, there is plenty of room for you to grow within the company or find a new niche for yourself which enables you to further develop your interests and skills.

Flexible work environment

We have offices in Johannesburg, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Lagos and London. Our team have the choice of working from home or from the office - we work hard to create an inspiring work space in our offices because we want you to have the opportunity to interact with colleagues, but ultimately the choice is yours how you'd like to work.

Technology

We're passionate about technology and see it as a way to amplify all that we do. Our tech team is constantly researching and testing new tools and processes, and using open source with the ability to rapidly iterate and test, we compete head to head with traditional IT vendors and platforms.

Our Hiring Process

We are still a relatively small team, so we believe it's particularly important to take the time needed to make sure we find new team members that will fit in well with the team and our ways of working. We don't use external recruiters, preferring to rely on personal referrals, head-hunting and direct advertising. We prefer not to rush our hiring process to ensure that we have time to really get to you well and to give you time to get to know us and be comfortable that Praekelt really is the right company for you. Once you've joined us, we hope you'll build a long career with us, so we believe that time spent upfront is a good investment.

Perks
Coffee is important to us - always available
Creativity and fun
Smart and interesting people
Global connections
Learning organisation
Remote working
Team lunch every Monday
BYOD: Use your own laptop on Ubuntu or Mac set up the way you like it
Slack!
Tech Stack

Application and Data

Amazon ec2
Amazon EC2
Amazon s3
Amazon S3
Django
Django
Html5
HTML5
Java script
Javascript
Node js
Node.js
Postgresql
PostgreSQL
Python
Python
Rabbitmq
RabbitMQ
React
React
Redis
Redis
Sass
Sass
Jquery
jQuery
Memcached
memcached
Nginx
nginx

DevOps

Ansible
Ansible
Git
Git
Github
GitHub
Jenkins
Jenkins
Pager duty
PagerDuty
Pingdom
Pingdom
Travisci
Travis CI

Utilities

Amazon route 53
Amazon Route 53
Elasticsearch
Elasticsearch
Google analytics
Google Analytics

Business Tools

Google apps
Google Apps
Jira
JIRA
Slack
Slack

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