A Future Outlook on Software Engineering and Mobility

The Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering’s (JCSE) director, Professor Barry Dwolatzky, had some positive words regarding the current status and future outlook on software engineering and mobility.

Dwolatzky said, “Software engineering is now more challenging, with far greater complexity and a constant need for more interactive design,” and that Africans will have to become major innovators and developers of digital technology.

“We have to create it and not simply be users,” he added.

The JCSE is a strong supporter of the Joburg GDP 2040 Vision, which will endeavour to make the city world class by meeting global standards. Looking at other world class cities as benchmark, it becomes quite evident that software and its production are key to propel Johannesburg to this level. Advances in service delivery, security and connectivity is what will drive the progress. The Professor said of mobility, “10 years ago, there were fewer tools and the world was much smaller. Mobility has changed everything.”

The director spoke of a triple convergence that includes hardware, software and content. It is this convergence that inspires their approach to software design at the Wits University’s technology hub called the Tshimologong Precinct, where they are based.


The JCSE is at Wits University, and will celebrate its 10 year milestone on the 22 May 2015 – an initiative that brought together government, academia and business with the purpose of moving South Africa as well as the African continent forward in the realm of software engineering.

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Anesh Sukhnandan
Anesh Sukhnandan
I have travelled the full spectrum of what technology has to offer. The creature that is my career continued its evolution into the Project Management environment, managing major software development for some major players, right up to implementation, roll out and even training. Changing little, but changing often is my strategy for progress.