Friday, 03 September 2021 19:07

iTWireTV Interview: Thoughtworks' Head of Engineering in Australia, Heiko Gerin, talks XConf, hostile tech, digital privacy and more


GUEST INTERVIEW: In business since 1993, the company says it invented the concept of distributed agile, and knows how to "harness the power of global teams to deliver software excellence at scale," helping clients to "create their own path to digital fluency and to build organisational resilience to navigate the future", and we spoke to Heiko Gerin to learn more.

Thoughtworks will soon celebrate three decades in business, and bills itself as a "leading global technology consultancy that integrates strategy, design and software engineering to enable enterprises and technology disruptors across the globe to thrive as modern digital businesses."

With ongoing digital disruption, Thoughtworks has been leveraging its vast experience to improve its clients’ ability to respond to change; utilise data assets to unlock new sources of value; create adaptable technology platforms that move with business strategies; and rapidly design, deliver and evolve exceptional digital products and experiences at scale.

It is sophisticated and mature digital transformation by a company that has lived and breathed this ethos for decades, by a company that takes pride in privacy, freedom and security to heart, and the company's portfolio of skills and capabilities is testament to this, whether it is customer experience, product and design, data and AI, enterprise modernisation, platforms and cloud, and more.

With over 10,000 Thoughtworkers in 17 countries, the company offers "cross-functional teams of strategists, developers, data engineers and designers to bring over two decades of global experience to every partnership."

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The company even lists 49 clients on its roster, from Atlassian and REA group, through to PayPal and Walmart, from Daimler to Bosch, Hipages to Myob, Simon and Shuster to Whirlpool, from BP to Credit Suisse to Sephora to Xero and dozens more.  

Thoughtworks also produces its bi-annual publication Technology Radar, now in its 24th edition, which is billed as "An opinionated guide to technology frontiers". The notable guide explores the emerging trends shaping the future of software development and business strategy..

So, with the company's XConf annual technology conference on Monday, September 13 and Tuesday, September 14, with this year's theme being "the expanding impact of hostile tech", it was a great opportunity to speak with Heiko Gerin, the Head of Engineering, Australia at Thoughtworks to learn more about the company, its ethos, its customers, the conference and more.

The video interview is embedded directly below, after which is a summary of the topics we spoke about to whet your appetite to watch, so please take a look, and read on!

  • I started by introducing Heiko, welcoming him to the program, and asking him to explain Thoughtworks to us in 2021. 
  • Heiko explained the types of companies Thoughtworks are fortunate to call customers around the globe, and the types of solutions it has helped those companies implement. 
  • We then spoke about XConf, Thoughtworks’ annual technology event, and this year's theme of "the expanding impact of hostile tech", followed by Thoughtworks' approach to security and privacy. 
  • Heiko explained that the extremely popular booked out day 1 workshop is also being held on day 2, due to popular demand, as well as highlighting some of the other speakers. 
  • I then pivoted to my questions about Heiko's memory of his first computer, a bit about his own history in the world of tech, what a day in the life of the Head of Engineering in Australia is like, how he sees Thoughtworks and the industry evolving over the next couple of years through to 2030, great advice Heiko has received in life, and his final message to iTWire viewers and readers, and to Thoughtworks current and future customers and partners. 

So, please watch the video interview above!

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About Thoughtworks

Thoughtworks is a global technology consultancy that integrates strategy, design and engineering to drive digital innovation. We are 10,000+ people strong across 48 offices in 17 countries. Over the last 25+ years, we’ve delivered extraordinary impact together with our clients by helping them solve complex business problems with technology as the differentiator.

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