slashtech, based in Midstream, Gauteng, continuously strives to be the best in the industry by providing expert PostgreSQL database administration and support, professional Linux server administration, high-quality software architecture and development, and best-in-class VoIP solutions. The company was founded in 2012 by Malcolm McLean and Nico Schlebusch and continues to provide quality service to a growing set of companies across the country.
Chief Technology Officer
Malcolm obtained his BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Pretoria in 2004 and had been part of the Computer Science Department's technical team in 2003 and 2004. After graduating he started work as a Linux Administrator in the healthcare industry where he met and worked with Nico. With an existing passion for Linux and Open Source Software, he quickly fell in love with PostgreSQL and has been working with it at numerous companies ever since. During the course of his career, he also got involved with the design and architecture of systems and infrastructure to leverage the best design possible out of the available technology.
In 2017 Malcolm spoke at the first PostgresConf conference in South Africa and subsequently at the PostgresConf in New York in 2018 and 2019 and Silicon Valley in 2019. He also co-founded TechConf, the non-profit company that now runs and organises both PostgresConf South Africa as well as LinuxConf [ZA], the Linux and Open Source conference in South Africa.
Chief Development Officer
Nico studied at Military Academy's Faculty of Military Science at Stellenbosch University where he got his Bachelor of Military Science with Honours (BMilHons) (Computer Information Systems (Mil)) degree cum laude in 2001. He also completed the Java developer certification. Early in his career, Nico was responsible for designing and developing an updated version of a legacy system used in the healthcare industry. He later became the Java development team lead and in 2010 he joined the Software Architecture team at a prominent healthcare insurance provider with operations across the Southern Africa region.
He has spoken at numerous conferences in South Africa, including LinuxConf [ZA] and PostgresConf South Africa covering topics on user tooling and Open Source Software and regularly tests new ideas in order to submit new talks to conferences.