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IT Portfolio Manager at Pioneer Foods
Autram Jacobs is the Technology Portfolio Manager for the Pioneer Foods Group, responsible for delivery of technology-related projects in the company. Autram’s IT career started 20 years ago, in the infrastructure-driven era where hardware, client-server computing and Y2K compliance ruled! An Electrical Engineering graduate from CPUT, as an engineer, Autram focused his early career aspirations on the IT technologies of the time and achieved Novell certification at Masters-level, and has worked at several top-tier IT organisations in the country.
Eventually branching out towards implementing other technologies and gaining certifications with vendors like Microsoft, Cisco, Citrix and Linux, he gained a broad understanding of technology at all levels. Project, Programme and Portfolio Management in the Technology arena became a passion later. He is a current Project Management Professional (PMP) and PRINCE2 Practitioner. Completing an MBA in 2014 with IT, Leadership and Project Management focus lead to his published academic work in the field, resulting in invitations to speak at conferences like Project Management SA (PMSA) and International Research Network on Organizing by Projects (IRNOP) in Boston, USA.
Autram is not only passionate about the delivery of technology, but also its adoption by people and the impact of the same in terms of business value and society at large.