Tuesday, 22 January 2019 10:15

ThoughtWorks appoints Vingrys to head Australian business

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Kristan Vingrys, ThoughtWorks Kristan Vingrys, ThoughtWorks

Global software and digital transformation consultancy ThoughtWorks has appointed 12-year company executive Kristan Vingrys as managing director for Australia.

For the last 12 years, Vingrys has held a variety of roles at ThoughtWorks, most recently heading Global Strategic Investments and Offerings.

Vingrys has returned from the UK to his native Melbourne to take up the new role and with what the company says are plans to “leverage previous local business experience and introduce broad perspectives from his global operations proficiencies”.

“I want to challenge executives to be more courageous. Digital transformation should not just be about legacy modernisation or saving costs, digital platforms need to be viewed as the ultimate enabler for continuous innovation and evolving new business models,” he said.

“In the UK, organisations like VAKT and Babylon Health are re-imagining their industries and charting new territory through unique and disruptive ideas, and there is definitely untapped potential for this level of innovation (and more) here in Australia - if business leaders are brave enough.

“Broad misconceptions about unlimited pools of international talent are going to impact the Australian industry. Technologists in what have been seen as traditional offshore countries now have lucrative and exciting opportunities to work for fast-moving local start-ups, which are far more compelling opportunities compared with what can be offered in markets like Australia. We’re not prepared for that reality.

“Organisations want to insource more and outsource less, but they are already struggling to find the resources. Rather than seeking tech skills, which can be learned, we need to be accessing talent from diverse, non-traditional backgrounds to build broad skills and autonomous teams around cohesive, continuous learning and growth. And, diversity remains key - we need diverse workforces ideating and developing solutions because they represent societies who will use them.”

According to Vingrys, ThoughtWorks has realised higher than industry average global growth in the last 12 months, which it attributes to organisations understanding the need to leverage technology in order to build and maintain a competitive advantage.

“For the last 25 years we’ve worked globally with hundreds of businesses to turn technology into a powerful competitive advantage, and from that we’ve developed many strong, long-standing customer partnerships including clients such as Real Estate Australia Group, NAB and Kmart in Australia.

“In the next 12 to 18 months we see several things happening. Firstly, the 2019 election year means we could see changes in government and regulations. Businesses need to prepare for that uncertainty and have the capability to respond to change at speed – customers expect it and the economy relies on it.

“Secondly, leadership constructs will adapt to a new reality based on digital and organisational transformation. Mindsets around how to lead, make decisions and engage talent will need to change otherwise businesses will struggle to compete. That business transformation will need to come from leaders – with technology the core enabler for that change.”

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