With a combined experience of over 45 years of troubleshooting networks and building solutions that have been built into the products. Both Brett Airey and Stephan Buys saw a clear need in the data and informatics segment of not just the corporate world but also elsewhere. Together they developed the Panoptix suite of products which their team of capable employees expand upon and improve constantly and have their eyes set on rolling out future value adding products.
Brett is an IT entrepreneur who has been involved in the IT industry for over 30 years. His areas of involvement have included an Internet Startup, WISP (Wireless Internet Services Provider) and Network Analysis Company (Including a 24x7 Network and Application Performance Monitoring service). Brett has experience in all aspects of networking including many legacy technologies. He has helped many businesses (mostly corporate) in South Africa troubleshoot complex network issues. He is a passionate supporter of Open Source Software.
Stephan has a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Rhodes University and has been involved in the IT industry for over 20 years. He has an expansive background in the field and has the distinction of being the first South African Certified Splunk Deployment Architect as well as Certified Splunk Support Engineer. Prior to him transitioning to the Big Data world Stephan focused heavily on Open Source Software. This experience has stood him in good stead when designing and building hybrid Big Data solutions.
The Development Team
After graduating with a degree in physics, Steve was very active in graduate work and later went on to become a college level lecturer on the subject for several years. After which he joined the CSIR as a scientific programmer involved primarily with R&D projects, private science ventures & projects and related science departments. Later specializing in the mining department of the CSIR he started with more specialized coding more frequently used for corporate, ITC and informatics. Being an avid coder Steve enthusiastically tried new programming languages. Remember that Steve hails from an age where he and few others had their first introduction to computing and general coding as a result using mainframes before PCs (Personal Computers) appeared on the scene. Using his extensive knowledge he even authored a instructional book titled C++ by Example (Queue 2001). He was also in his spare time and where such activities coincided with his own duties, very active in the Open Source Community Development. His work in Open Source was mostly in the Lua language. Afterwards Steve worked as a contractor until joining the Panoptix team as one of the senior developers.
An electronic technician by training, Tshepang subsequently switched careers to software development, which was more interesting and accessible. He was involved in the Python ecosystem for a number of years. Currently he is involved in the Rust ecosystem in an official capacity. He has done quiet a bit of documentation work for both ecosystems, and some code contributions.
Justin has a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, and has been working as a software engineer ever since. Through his travels, he's developed a taste for functional programming, open source software, and writing. He hasn't quite written any books on the topic yet (like Steve has), but maybe one day.