Building quality through collaboration

Gartner rates South Africa as one of its top three offshore locations for IT services in the EMEA region. First world know-how, a diverse local market and the favourable exchange rate with major currencies make South Africa the ideal source for outsourcing and new innovations.

OPENCOLLAB’s highly experienced software development team will analyse your requirements and develop a software solution that addresses your specific needs through the use of open source technologies and configurable application platforms.

OPENCOLLAB achieves this with a keen focus on collaboration – you provide us with first hand knowledge of your specific industry or product, and we provide the technical know-how to develop and maintain a solution for you.

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We approach every job believing that your success is our success.

We use Scrum/Agile/Lean development methodologies to ensure business satisfaction for all.

You can own the solution developed for you depending on your strategic intent.

We have a proven track record of working remotely across various time zones.

Tools of the trade:  is a scalable aggregation platform, built with best of breed open source technologies and designed to enhance and fast track custom development processes through pre-packaged configurable micro services and application building blocks.

This platform is lightweight and easy to install and simplifies the orchestration of generic software development requirements. uses responsive web design (RWD) and has no user seat licensing. Brochure

Tools of the trade

Let’s get technical

The list of technologies in use at OPENCOLLAB is always growing. At the moment, our team of software developers has experience in the following technologies:



Build/Package Management

Maven • Ant • Gradle • Gulp • Bower


Strong DBA skills in Oracle and MySQL variants, development experience in various other

Dev Ops

Jenkins • Ansible • Vagrant • Docker • Travis-ci


Spring (various modules) • JavaEE • JavaFX


Node.js • Angular.js • JQuery • ECMAScript5 • ECMAScript2015(6)


Most of our experience is in Java and JavaScript technologies, but our team of developers have shown great competency on many other language platforms.


Cordova cross platform development • Native Android and IOS development


Hibernate • JDBC • JPA


JasperReports • iText • JasperETL • JasperBI • JasperServer

Source Management

Git • Subversion

Testing Architecture

JUnit • DBUnit • JMeter • Selenium

Tracking & Continuous Integration

Jira • Jenkins • Maven • Nexus • Coverity • Travis-ci


HTML5 • CSS3 • Various CSS pre-processors (Sass, Less.js)

Web Services



In 2016 and 2017, OPENCOLLAB supported the Wits ‘game plan’ to stabilise and improve the Wits-e platform. The OPENCOLLAB team assisted in identifying issues which were destabilising Wits-e, developed strategies for addressing these issues, and implemented practical solutions. Francois and his team worked with us as partners, providing insight, expert knowledge, and advice on how to manage processes. With their help, we successfully implemented the ‘game plan’, and dramatically improved the stability and functionality of Wits-e.  We will continue to draw on their expertise as we develop and enhance the platform.

Wits eLSI

Ackermans has been working with OPENCOLLAB over the last year: OPENCOLLAB has been instrumental in assisting us with the development of our e-training platform, which is still in a pilot phase. The manner in which OPENCOLLAB engages, communicates and share information, really makes them a great partner to work with. I also believe that the engagement with an apparel retailer like Ackermans gave OPENCOLLAB exposure to the retail sector. I do recommend OPENCOLLAB as a service provider on Moodle and applicable software.

Marius Jordaan, Operations Project / Systems Manager, Ackermans

After sending out a RFP for a Student Information System, we received a proposal from OPENCOLLAB that covered all our requirements and more ,and was within our budget. We have been working with the OPENCOLLAB team for a number of months now and the service and product delivered has been exceptional. They have gone out of their way to find solutions for our unique setup and they have implemented it with ease. We are proud to be associated with OPENCOLLAB and look forward to a long standing relationship.

Agricolleges International

Since 2017, the professional advice from an enthusiastic OPENCOLLAB team has been assisting us in improving our teaching environment on a technical as well as management level. OPENCOLLAB provides assistance as and when requested, but also leads with old and new initiatives on a continuous basis.


APT chose Sakai as the basis for the upgrade of their on-line ICTS functionality. Based on the company’s established position and good reputation as Sakai service provider in Africa, OPENCOLLAB was contracted to develop the modifications. APT enjoys working with OPENCOLLAB on a continued basis and all projects to date have been successfully implemented at affordable cost.



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Rosenpark, Bellville, South Africa
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