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CCL recognised as region’s standout HPE service provider

By General News

Focus on customer excellence and growth propels cloud and ICT services provider to top spot in Asia Pacific

Auckland, 30 June 2020 – CCL has been awarded the standout performer within the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) channel in Asia Pacific.

The Spark-owned provider was honoured as the vendor’s leading service provider across the region earlier this week during the HPE Global Partner Summit Virtual Experience 2020.

HPE said channel partners from across the partner ecosystem were awarded for their for outstanding performance, commitment to customer excellence, focus on growth and innovation, and professional achievements.

“I’m proud to recognise our channel partners who raise the standard of business excellence and demonstrate continued commitment to our joint customers,” said Paul Hunter, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Partner Sales, HPE. “HPE is dedicated to enabling our partners with tools and solutions that will spark innovation in their own business. By collaborating and growing together, we are able to deliver the outcomes our customers need to prosper.”

Richard Hansen, CCL’s director of strategy and partnerships, said he was gratified to see HPE had recognised its partnership with CCL and joint vision for hybrid cloud.

“HPE has been a key contributor to the success of CCL’s public cloud program, working in partnership to build out deep capability and enterprise scale, as well as enhancing our own cloud platforms through Greenlake as a service offering,” Hansen said.

Auckland Council gears up for hybrid cloud future

By Case Studies

In a world where everyone is trying to grab your attention and claim the way they do things is the best and only option, we’d rather just show you how the people and organisations that we work with have achieved business successes via technology. 

We’re proud to build upon our trusted partnership with Auckland Council and continue to collaborate with them throughout their IT transformation.

Wherever your innovation journey might take you; on-shore, off-shore or a mixture of both, CCL can call upon a holistic range of products and services to help you understand how to best realise your digital potential.

Read the full case study here

Cyber Security User Awareness Webinar

By Security News

In the ever-shifting and evolving world of technology, a lot of focus is spent on ensuring that you have the latest and greatest features and functionality in order to increase productivity, reach new markets, engage with customers in innovative ways and ultimately, become more profitable.

Whilst lots of effort is spent in these areas, it could all be in vain if you are exposed or suffer a form of security breach.  54% of the time, these lapses are caused by staff inadvertently clicking on the wrong thing or not fully understanding how things are configured.

In the current situation we find ourselves in, there has been a dramatic increase in organisations whose workforces are operating from home or remotely.  The ability to do this is unquestionably a positive, however, with the change in status quo, this can potentially lead to scenarios where your organisations data can be exposed.

Based on this, CCL held a user awareness security briefing for end users in early May and decided to make the recording available for everyone to send to their staff to help educate them understand the security landscape and be more informed both at work and home to better protect valuable data:

This session is suitable for all levels of users and offers an overview of the cyber security landscape, what an attack looks like and some easy practical tips to adopt to protect your environment. This is also a great chance to increase awareness of cyber security at senior levels within your organisation.

If you would like to run a live session with Q&A or need something more tailored to your organisation, please contact your local CCL office (office locations and details can be found in the “Contact” page of this website).

CCL and Microsoft sign three-year cloud partnership to enable customer growth.

By General News

Auckland, New Zealand, 5 March 2020 – CCL and Microsoft today announce a three-year strategic partnership to drive New Zealand business and public sector migration to Microsoft Azure cloud technologies.

The partnership marks the continued transformation of CCL from an in-country platform and IT specialist to a multi cloud evangelist. Local technology providers Revera and Computer Concepts merged in 2019 to create an organisation that can deliver multi cloud solutions and services that provide the best flexibility and growth potential for customers.

Under the agreement, Microsoft will support CCL in continuing the development of its Azure expertise to enable the reseller to meet the demand for tailored Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack solutions. According to the recent IDC New Zealand Cloud Heatmap Report, revenue from managed cloud services is expected to almost double from $582 million in 2019 to more than $1 billion in New Zealand by 2023.[1]

Andrew Allan, CCL CEO, says: “Our focus has always been on enabling Kiwi businesses to successfully adopt cloud technologies, but this is the next step in our evolution to become the most trusted New Zealand IT and cloud services provider.

“In order to lead technology discussions with our clients, we knew we needed to evolve the conversation from a purely in-country “as a Service” solution, to exploring what is best suited for our customers and how we can enable that. This partnership with Microsoft truly allows us to continue to build our Azure expertise and develop complementary products and services that will ultimately translate into tangible wins for New Zealand businesses,” Allan said.

Microsoft New Zealand General Manager Barrie Sheers said the partnership reflects the hunger for scalable, secure cloud platforms that will enable New Zealand organisations to realise the benefits of AI, big data and other modern technologies.

“Microsoft’s research shows innovation and productivity in New Zealand organisations are set to rise at least 50 per cent by 2021 thanks to AI adoption, while the government is focused on providing secure, accessible, digital services to all New Zealanders. However, none of this would be possible without the massive scalability and flexibility of the public and hybrid cloud,” Sheers said.

“That’s why partnerships to accelerate cloud migration are so important. Our agreement with CCL is an exciting opportunity for us to support even more organisations to digitally transform, realise significant gains and deliver better service to their customers.”

[1] New Zealand 3rd Platform Heatmap, Cloud, CY4Q19 – IDC, December 2019.


For more information, please contact:

On behalf of Microsoft New Zealand:

Andrea Jutson

DDI: 09 354 0562

Mobile: 021 0843 0782

[1] New Zealand 3rd Platform Heatmap, Cloud, CY4Q19 – IDC, December 2019.

CCL Together with Revera takes home silverware at HPE Partner Awards

By General News

CCL’s light shone brightly at HPE’s annual partner awards, held in Auckland harbourside venue Shed 10 last Thursday.

CCL scooped Strategic Partner of the Year, recognising joint initiatives with CTP and Leaven; and Revera, now CCL, was awarded Service Provider of the Year.

Company parent Spark was also in the spotlight, with Brodie Davis taking home Aruba Technical MVP.

Spark also made the finals in three additional categories, including HPE Regional Partner of the Year; Aruba Growth Partner of the Year; and Platinum Partner of the Year. 

Awards consider revenue, growth, and overall engagement.

CCL divests network services business assets, continues focusing on cloud and ICT

By General News

Spark has today announced that Computer Concepts Limited (CCL), Spark New Zealand’s wholly owned provider of cloud and ICT services, has signed a conditional agreement to divest the operational parts of its network services division in a buy-out by a member of the CCL management team. Mark Jurgeleit, CCL’s current general manager of network services will set up the network services division as a new business called Octave.

CCL and Spark will retain all existing contracted client relationships and CCL will engage Octave as a sub-contractor to deliver network services. As such, existing CCL network services customers won’t experience any disruption or change.

The decision to sell the network services division is consistent with CCL’s shift to a simpler operating model following its brand merger with Spark’s wholly owned cloud business, Revera, in February 2019, explains Andrew Allan, CEO of CCL. “As part of the Spark business, CCL currently has areas of overlapping investment within network services and capabilities that already exist in the Spark Group. Consequently, despite divesting this division, the breadth of CCL’s end-to-end services remains unchanged – and we will continue to offer our clients the full suite of network services.”

Allan explains that this divestment will allow the CCL business to deepen its focus on growing its multi-cloud and ICT services. “By selling CCL’s network services business assets to Octave, a standalone business that will still work closely with us, we will continue to benefit from a tightly integrated network business while freeing up our resources to focus on delivering Spark’s wider cloud services strategy.”

All existing permanent CCL network services employees will be offered the opportunity to move to Octave, which will initially continue to operate out of CCL premises. CCL will retain the majority of its business, which provides full spectrum cloud and ICT services with the support of over 700 employees.

Mark Jurgeleit, the new owner of Octave says, “It’s been an incredible journey for CCL, from an idea born in 2015 through to an extremely fast-growing network today. Becoming an independent business from Spark will now allow Octave to focus wholly and solely on building excellent network service solutions.”

For media queries, please contact: 

Elle Dorset 

Corporate Relations Partner 

+64 (0) 21 238 9844 

For investor relations queries, please contact: 

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Finance Lead Partner, Product and Performance  

+64 (0) 27 259 7176 

Social Enterprise Kilmarnock offers sponsors life changing partnership

By General News

CCL sponsors Kilmarnock Enterprises, encourages other corporates to get onboard 

Leaving high school is a stressful time for many young Kiwis. For those with a disability it can be harrowing. As they navigate limited pathways to live a purposeful life, their peers chase further education, new jobs, and freedom.

Kilmarnock Enterprises is changing the lives of Kiwis with a disability for the better. But they need corporate sponsors to keep doing the job.

Founded in 1958, Kilmarnock – then known as the Canterbury Sheltered Workshop Association – soon acquired its first commercial contract, assembling leather sandals for the Suckling Brothers.

Today, Kilmarnock is regarded as one of the country’s most progressive social enterprises, providing commercial services to business juggernauts including Fonterra, The Gough Group, Murdoch Manufacturing (Pams range of herbs and spices), and Air New Zealand.

The organisation’s sweet spot, contract manufacturing, has developed significantly since its days of producing ANZAC poppies – a contract that ended in 2010.

And though contract manufacturing perhaps doesn’t have quite the same sizzle as new forms of work driving the digital economy, it is nevertheless work highly prized by both clients and the 70-plus people busy at workstations in Kilmarnock’s Wigram facility.

Like employees everywhere, Kilmarnock’s people relish the opportunity to earn a wage and bring purpose and meaning to their lives, turning their hand to recycling, assembly, and packaging.

More recently, the social enterprise launched a learning academy to help its people achieve NZQA qualifications in numeracy and literacy, a development that sees around 20 graduates each year extend their talents and work further afield.

But without government funding to run and develop its academy, Kilmarnock requires corporate sponsors to deliver the classroom training for its NZQA programme.

CCL has signed on as a corporate sponsor, but more are needed if Kilmarnock is to continue its good work and, longer term, achieve an audacious goal to replicate its services in Wellington.

“Sponsors are extremely important,” says Michael Toothill, CEO of Kilmarnock. “We’re extremely grateful that CCL has got onboard. While our factory operation benefits from some government funding, we’re on our own when it comes to the academy. The great thing for our sponsor partners is that we can show them outcomes.”

Cherie Roache, director of CCL’s southern region, says CCL is excited to support the academy. “Kilmarnock’s work is inspiring. We feel privileged to support them and the work they do to enrich the lives of Kiwis who face challenges most of us can’t even imagine.”

Contact Michael Toothill, CEO of Kilmarnock, to learn how your sponsorship could change the lives of Kiwis who deserve your help. or 03 348 5162

CCL launches new service powered by Microsoft Azure

By General News

CCL is pleased to announce a new enhancement to our Internet platform that ensures optimal transport for users connecting to Microsoft public services, including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Teams and other SaaS-based services running on Microsoft Azure.

Many businesses around the world consider Microsoft’s SaaS product suite critical for productivity, collaboration, and administration. Given the importance of these tools, it is crucial to ensure that connectivity to the cloud is delivered to businesses in the most optimal way.

Using the Microsoft Azure Peering Service, CCL has set up diverse, dedicated connections to Microsoft that feed directly into our Internet platform.  Azure Peering Service is a collaboration with service providers to provide highly reliable and optimised internet connectivity to Microsoft services.  It also provides Internet latency telemetry and route monitoring, and alerting against hijacks, leaks and any other Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) misconfigurations.

This will benefit all clients consuming business Internet services from CCL, with customer traffic to/from SaaS services such as Office 365 connecting to Microsoft’s global network at the nearest location. Furthermore, prefixes advertised from CCL over the peering service will be assigned a higher local preference over the Microsoft network, ensuring the best possible network performance for SaaS applications.

As an optional add-on, business Internet customers can subscribe to Telemetry services via the Azure Portal.  This service will provide insight into performance, route monitoring, hijacks and leaks, and other statistics around first-mile, last-mile Internet services.

Note: Peering service is NOT a private connectivity product to Microsoft’s cloud services, neither is it an Express Route or VPN product – it is an IP service that uses the Public Internet, and offers optimised and reliable routing to public IPs or SaaS services such as Office 365.

To enquire about CCL’s Internet services, please contact your local CCL office.

CCL entrepreneurship and mid-market prowess recognised at Reseller News Innovation Awards

By General News, Uncategorized

CCL took home two gongs at the 2019 Reseller News Innovation Awards, held last week at Auckland’s Cordis Hotel.

In front of 480 attendees representing New Zealand’s channel community, CCL client relationship manager Karl Moore was recognised for his continued success delivering customer focused outcomes using Dell technology, taking home the sales excellence award.

Moore was instrumental to Dell’s growing local revenue, which has increased by more than 20 per cent year-on-year over the past four years. He has also played a central role in CCL’s technical enablement.

For the third year running, CCL scooped the mid-market award, which recognises enterprise providers for their customer value and successes.

Richard Hansen, CCL’s Director Enterprise Sourcing, said he was stoked to beat out impressive competitors. “With so many deserving nominees I’m incredibly proud of the team for taking home the mid-market award. And special kudos to now official sales champion, Karl Moore. He just keeps on delivering.”

Josh Penfold, CCL’s head of infrastructure, was a finalist for the management excellence award.