The world as the popular saying goes its now a global village as we all live like we are on the same street.
Communication, movement, shopping and more has been made super easy since the advent of
technology and one begins the wonder how stressful it was to move around the world, order your
favorite food or send a message to a loved one as this could take time to achieve even in times of an
emergency. Technology which has helped bridge the gap in the world, making our everyday life easier is
best defined as applied science. In the age of programming and software development, one could easily
do a large task with a simple click as the world has become lazy and this leads us to the dreaded
question if there are enough developers to meet the growing need of the world.
Having identified the shortage of software developers in the African continent and the need to connect
the few available ones with software developing companies across the globe, Andela built a team of
over 1,800 workers in four locations in the continent with its headquarter in the United States according
to data from its LinkedIn profile, making a firm statement of being the number one technology company
when it comes to building software developers in Africa. Founded by Ian Carnevale, Iyinoluwa
Aboyeji, Jeremy Johnson and Christina Sass in 2014, the company has since received a series of funding from
different tech support organizations, raking in over $100million since its inception. Andela’s core value of
identifying and developing software developers in a bid to bridge the technology gap in the world has with no
doubt yielded positive results as its pool of engineers are found across the world, solving problems for
partner tech companies.
Andela solved a major hitch facing tech-driven companies with its methodology as it helps to identify,
train and match the developer with the firm, saving it the stress of having to maintain an in-house
recruit team which may not be thorough enough to get the best. Four factors leveraged by the
company are placing itself atop the pool include Sourcing, Assessment, Matching, and Delivery. Having a
spread across Africa and deep ties with local communities have enabled it a source for untapped talents in
unfamiliar territories that have yielded 200,000 engineers from across the African continent alone.
The stress of hiring a developer aside your ecosystem that fits into your need has been taken away with
Andela, as the company goes through that hurdle for you with its assessing process. Its matching
strategy ensures a good fit for both the developer and the developing firm across countries and cultures
as they go the extra mile in making every party happy. With the proper workplace structure operated, from
its salary, benefits and more, delivery is swift as a happy worker produces happy results. The strategies
operated since its inception five years ago, has earned the company endorsement from reputable
worldwide brands such as BBC, Viacom, Facebook and more.
The technology needs of the world keep growing daily as people desire faster internets, automobiles,
entertainment and more as the world is being driven by technology and hence there is a need to get
adequate developers ready, in a bid to not create a deficiency. Andela could set up a school strictly for
teaching technology with the sole aim of building developers and not recruitment. The students would
be enrolled from an early age, were they would be groomed as the company has a wide pool of
engineers who would mentor the students. Andela can choose to charge a fee or seek partnership from donor agencies as this would greatly increase its presence in the continent and make it more community
oriented as the students would be local.
Andela in its little years of operation has helped greatly in solving the software deficiency problem in
Africa as the right talents are now being matched to the right companies in different ecosystem, cultures
and countries hence we can say the technology barriers and distance is broken. Aside the developers
who gain from the idea setting up Andela, the companies are also smiling as they have scaled the
company’s teams with the right developers, bringing intended results in the process.