Calybre: Bridging the Global Data Skills Gap with Passion and Expertise

Alexa Bisschops
November 8, 2022

Calybre: Bridging the Global Data Skills Gap with Passion and Expertise

In the fast-paced world of technology and data, Calybre stands as a beacon of innovation and expertise, a company born out of a desire to bridge the global data skills gap and create opportunities for both consultants and clients. Established in 2022 by three visionaries -Grant van der Wal, Alexa Bisschops, and Ryan Jamieson - Calybre is not just a consulting company; it's a commitment to excellence, growth, and addressing the challenges faced by the data technology industry.

The Birth of Calybre: A Response to Industry Challenges

The inception of Calybre was fueled by the recognition of several pressing challenges in the data technology sector. The founders identified the global scarcity of data skills, the evolving perception of data as a future skill, the technological shift towards Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Generative AI, and the unemployment challenges faced by the youth in South Africa. These challenges, coupled with the commitment to leadership development and the need for continual learning, spurred the creation of a company that would not just navigate these issues but actively contribute to solving them.

Three Pillars of Success: Recruitment, Learning and Development, Consulting and Leadership

Calybre's business concept revolves around three fundamental pillars:

  1. Recruitment: The company places a high priority on assembling a team with the right blend of aptitude, attitude, cultural fit, and experience. This ensures that their consultants are well-equipped to tackle the diverse challenges presented     by the data domain.
  2. Learning and Development: Calybre  is dedicated to enhancing the skills and development of its employees. Proprietary programs cover technical skills, personal development, consulting, industry knowledge, and business functional specialisations, ensuring that their team remains at the forefront of industry advancements.
  3. Consulting and Leadership: While not project-based, Calybre's consultants seamlessly integrate into clients' project teams, providing invaluable support to ensure projects are completed on time, within budget, and with the required quality.     Continuous support from the Engagement Lead and People Manager guarantees efficiency and excellence in every engagement.

Our Story: Backed by TrueSouth Capital and Fueled by Experience

Owned by TrueSouth Capital, Calybre's DNA is rooted in discovering and backing people to create opportunities. TrueSouth Capital founders, Grant van der Wal, Alexa Bisschops, and Ryan Jamieson, bring a wealth of world-leading data consulting experience, providing mentorship and support to the Calybre leadership team, facilitating rapid scalability.

About Our Team: A Fusion of Passion and Expertise

Despite Calybre's one-year existence, its leadership team boasts an impressive 20 to 30 years of experience in various data roles. Having built South Africa's premier Microsoft data practice, the team has garnered 15 awards and positioned themselves as industry leaders since 1998. The enduring engagement of the team reflects Calybre's unique approach to people management, bolstered by Industrial Psychologists.

In a world where data is king, Calybre not only navigates the challenges but thrives on them. The company's commitment to excellence, coupled with a passion for empowering its consultants and clients, positions Calybre as a leader in the data technology consulting landscape. As they continue to grow and innovate, the future looks bright for Calybre, company that transforms challenges into opportunities and data into success.

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