About Me

“Success, if allowed to be undisciplined, would become catalyst forfailure and Transformation is about Creating Value .This is why my directed focus is on Customers Hybrid Cloud Journey and Automation/Orchestration  bringing g forward power of AI and Analytics ”


Vice President and Chief Architect for Southtel South Africa


DevOps and Automation consulting Partner with Willow COnsulting U.K

Overall 18 years in Telco during which last 8 years evolved in 5G , Cloud Infra /IT/OSS/automation domains. Accomplished expert in solution presales, design, delivery, integration and testing with deep understanding of private/public/ hybrid cloud architectures, Networking/SDN,MANO/Orchestration and automation, DevOps and CI/CD pipelines, applications ,5G and sophisticated telecommunication network design including Edge and Open RAN. History of driving cloud, 5G and software integrations that facilitate strong business growth. Dedicated technologist and prolific evangelist with demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and skill advancement. Author and creator of numerous articles, whitepapers, blogs, and informative videos. Solid record building highly productive teams, delivering world class telecom networks and applications, and facilitating dynamic business transformations using latest technologies and methodologies. Certified in Project Management, Agile and DevOps methods, AWS, Azure, Google, Cisco, Juniper, IBM, and open source (Red Hat) technologies.

I am here primarily to grow by contributing and sharing about what interest me which are

  • Cloud ( OpenStack , RedHat , VMware , Mirantis , Canonical , Suse ,AWS , Google , Azure)
  • Containers ( RedHat and VMware)
  • Orchestration primarily open source solutions
  • Server and Storage
  • Automation
  • Carrier Grade NFV and SDN/Networking
  • Edge
  • 5G networks
  • ML and AI in networks
  • Scripting and tooling (Network Automation, Config Management, Test Automation, CI/CD)


Welcome to my world and I hope we can share and learn together . Please write to me on saad@southtel.co.za / +61-421109350 https://www.facebook.com/Saads5GCloud