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Barnardos takes first steps to Microsoft cloud services with CCL-Revera

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Barnardos has taken its first steps to Microsoft’s cloud in a move to drive a Microsoft-centred as-a-service transformation.

Working with long-term partner CCL-Revera, New Zealand’s largest children’s charity has kicked off phase one of a staged migration that will see the organisation’s 650 users across 65 sites up and running on productivity and collaboration services from Microsoft Office 365 by the middle of the year.

Other work currently underway includes the deployment of Azure identity and access management services, and a reconfiguration of the organisation’s on-premise Microsoft CRM in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Online.

The organisation’s switch to Microsoft cloud services is the continuation of a strategy to drive down costs and leverage as-a-service technologies, Barnardos chief technology officer Jaco van der Lith said.

“Four years ago we outsourced and virtualised our infrastructure on Revera’s Homeland IaaS platform,” he said. “The move delivered a sensible format for a technology refresh and consolidation, and paved the way for public cloud services.”

While Microsoft’s non-profit pricing plans offered Barnardos a strong incentive to adopt cloud services, a number of the organisation’s business applications, including financial, payroll, and file sharing systems, will continue to run on CCL-Revera’s Homeland IaaS platform for the time being.

The role of both local IT partner and in-country platform services remains a core part of Barnardos’s operation, with the Spark-owned IT services provider continuing to deliver service desk, support, and a wide area network.

“CCL-Revera’s IaaS platform continues to do good work for applications unavailable in Microsoft’s cloud,” van der Lith said. “There’s no real financial benefit to change.”

Working with both CCL and Revera prior to their recent merger announcement, van der Lith described the development as a “good surprise offering complementary strengths”.

“Revera has a great engineering legacy – they build stuff really well and are supported by strong technical teams. Combined with CCL’s detailed customer focus, the merger is a good thing for both organisations – and from the customer perspective,” he said.

Commenting on the merger, CCL-Revera CEO Andrew Allan said client feedback confirmed the complementary nature of the newly-merged businesses.

“Clients place a high value on a broad mix of services and capabilities delivered from a single engagement and support engine,” he said. “We call it the safe hands of a custodian.”

CCL-Revera boosts public cloud creds with Microsoft and AWS

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Newly-merged company covers public cloud bases with Microsoft M365 Fast Track ready partner status and AWS advanced partner status

CCL-Revera is flexing its newly-formed muscle in the public cloud arena with new accreditations from Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

One of a handful of local providers to secure Microsoft M365 Fast Track ready partner status, the Spark-owned ICT services provider is moving quickly to increase its public cloud footprints, signing up 100-plus clients to Microsoft-funded training and support to take advantage of the full M365 portfolio.

The announcement follows the addition of two heads to CCL-Revera’s Microsoft practice, with David Osborne appointed M365 practice lead, and Kath Tate taking the role of programme administrator.

On the AWS front, CCL-Revera has been awarded advanced partner status following a recent run of customer migrations to AWS, certification across a range of AWS business and technology competencies, and the continued growth of the company’s public-cloud practice, Radar.

CCL-Revera CEO Andrew Allan said the company continued to add public cloud horsepower to support clients’ growing appetite for public cloud services. “You can’t argue with the price, performance and scale, but redefining legacy applications in the cloud is harder than it looks,” he said. “That’s why we say that it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to choose public cloud, but you’ll want a cloud rocket scientist to get you there and keep everything running smoothly.”

Commenting on the company’s new Microsoft credentials specifically, Allan said demand had spiked following the retirement of Windows 7, the shift to the Windows 10 subscription model, and recently released Microsoft security and collaboration services.

“The desktop is often forgotten in the hype surrounding new technologies and especially cloud – but it’s still a key driver in business performance and an important productivity enabler for all clients,” Allan said.

The company’s newly-combined public cloud practice, which comprises 40-plus heads split evenly across cloud architects and engineers, is fast forming as a major spearhead in the company’s strategy to function as the “custodian” of IT management and cloud technology for its clients.

Announcing the merger last month, Allan said the move was motivated by a market shift that saw more clients seeking out a single supplier to cover all their bases.

“The merger is based on the thing clients tell us they value most: the safe hands of a custodian. Combining Revera’s deep platform experience with CCL’s professional services delivers expert focus at every step in the management and modernisation of our clients’ business technology,” he said.

Procurement Specialist – Auckland

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Computer Concepts Limited (CCL) is a well-established, innovative IT company. We deliver a large variety of services from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), to fully managed end to end IT solutions, including high performing End User Computing (EUC) designs to consultancy, project and transition management.  We also provide delivery and support services to a diverse and ever-expanding client base throughout New Zealand.

Procurement is experiencing explosive growth.  Consequently, we are seeking a Procurement Specialist team member to join our Auckland office and become an integral part of our Strategy and Procurement Team for the Northern Region.

CCL prides itself in having an experienced and professionally trained team with diverse skills in many different areas of the IT industry.  Our staff are ready and able to help and advise in all aspects of the ever growing and changing IT industry and as part of the procurement team, the successful candidate will be instrumental in providing specialist procurement knowledge across our client base.

This full-time role is an excellent position for an experienced service focused and client outcome driven individual who brings a strong operational and administration background.   An excellent team player with a great attitude to challenges is who we are seeking.

As the successful candidate you will have at least 10 years’ Procurement Hardware experience with specific skills in the following:

  • An extensive understanding of the end to end process for procuring Hardware
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Be able to multi-task across many streams of work
  • The ability to review and negotiate contractual terms of agreement
  • Outstanding delivery and commitment to customer service
  • Be calm and courteous when under pressure and time constraints
  • The ability to forge strong working relationships across our vendor community

This role offers a competitive remuneration package to the candidate who is looking to constantly develop and broaden their talents to produce quality solutions for our clients.

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Procurement Support – Auckland

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Computer Concepts Limited (CCL) is a well-established, innovative IT company. We deliver a large variety of services from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), to fully managed end to end IT solutions, including high performing End User Computing (EUC) designs to consultancy, project and transition management.  We also provide delivery and support services to a diverse client base throughout New Zealand.

Procurement is experiencing explosive growth.  Consequently, we are seeking a Procurement Support team member to join our Auckland office and become an integral part of our Strategy and Procurement Team for the Northern Region.

CCL prides itself in having an experienced and professionally trained team with diverse skills in many different areas of the IT industry. Our staff are ready and able to help and advise in all aspects of the ever growing and changing IT industry and as part of the procurement team, the successful candidate will be instrumental in supporting our front-line procurement specialist team.

This full-time role is an excellent position for an experienced service focused and client outcome driven individual who brings a strong administration and operational background.  A good team player with a great attitude to challenges is who we are seeking.

As the successful candidate you will have at least 3 years’ experience in the industry with specific skills in the following:

  • An extensive understanding of the IT Procurement end to end process
  • An advanced knowledge using the MS Office suite
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to forge strong working relationships across our vendor community
  • Outstanding delivery and commitment to customer service
  • An obsessive attention to detail with a high level of accuracy

This role offers a competitive remuneration package to the candidate who is looking to constantly develop and broaden their talents to produce quality solutions for our clients.

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Security Architect – Auckland

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Computer Concepts Limited (CCL) is a mature and proven provider of world class IT services. We deliver a large variety of managed services including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), IT outsourcing, telco, security, end user computing and data centre hosting.  We have a reputation for providing our diverse client base with innovative engineering-led solutions delivered by some of New Zealand’s leading engineering, consultants, project and transition managers.

The strong growth of our Security business means we are looking for a Security Architect to supplement existing capabilities, meet client demands and help grow the security practice.  The role is a senior customer-facing position and we’re looking for a candidate that has proven experience as an IT Security leader performing pre and post sales activities and who is comfortable interacting at all levels within a client organisation.

CCL is a team of high performing, well supported industry professionals who are committed to delivering best-option solutions to our clients.  We welcome staff members who enjoy keeping up to date with new technologies and who look for smarter ways to deliver outcomes to our clients.

Complementing your strong technical capability, you must have a strong customer focus, outstanding interpersonal skills, with the ability to articulate well thought out solutions to clients and internal teams.

The successful candidate will have at least five years’ experience in the Information Security field and will have proven experience developing requirements and architecting security solutions.  The following experience and qualifications are desired:

  • Proven pre-sales experience – defining requirements, scoping and pricing solutions and working with Account Management to close opportunities
  • Technical delivery experience with Network security products (NGFW/UTM, IPS, Web, Mail security)
  • Technical delivery experience with Endpoint security products (AV, Endpoint Encryption, Application Control, HIPS)
  • Technical leadership of complex information security projects
  • Security strategy and roadmap development
  • Experience in a Managed Service environment
  • Proven track record in defining security requirements and developing business cases
  • Must be flexible to some out of hours work and national travel
  • Independent and self-managing
  • CISM / CISSP qualification or equivalent

CCL will provide an environment that nurtures the right candidate and promotes innovation and growth.  A competitive package is on offer.

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Service Provider Licensing Administrator – Wellington

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Computer Concepts Limited (CCL) is a well-established, innovative IT company. We deliver a large variety of services from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), to fully managed end to end IT solutions, including high performing End User Computing (EUC) designs to consultancy, project and transition management.  We also provide delivery and support services to a diverse client base throughout New Zealand.

CCL Procurement is experiencing continuous growth and has an ever-expanding customer base sourced from both large organisations and smaller businesses across the country.  Consequently, we are seeking a Service Provider Licensing Administrator to join our operation and become an integral part of our Strategy and Procurement Team.

This full-time role is an excellent position for an experienced service focused and client outcome driven individual who brings a strong administration background.   A good team player with a great attitude to challenges is who we are seeking.

As the successful candidate you will have an understanding of software licensing preferably with specific skills in the following:

  • Microsoft Online Services and the related moves, adds and changes
  • Monthly reporting of consumption of Service Provider Licensing
  • An extensive understanding of the end to end process for procuring Software Licensing
  • Advanced Excel skillset utilising pivot tables and complex queries
  • Attention to detail with a high level of accuracy
  • Process documentation expertise
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to forge strong working relationships across our vendor community
  • Outstanding delivery and commitment to customer service

This role offers a competitive remuneration package to the candidate who is looking to constantly develop and broaden their talents to produce quality solutions for our clients.

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Senior Test Manager – Christchurch

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The continued growth in our Professional Services area, sees us looking for an experienced Senior Test Analyst to work in our national Transitions team. This is a great opportunity to work with a fast paced company, in a newly created role. Computer Concepts Limited (CCL) is a well-established, independent and innovative company successfully providing IT consultancy, Project and Transition management and support services to a diverse client base throughout New Zealand.

Job Summary:

The Senior Test Analyst is responsible for undertaking test planning, test scoping, estimation of effort for testing and the management of the execution of the delivery of testing. The main focus is to ensure that prior to deployment to production, CCL services and technologies have gone through sufficient and appropriate testing to ensure risk reduction for our customers and CCL’s business. It’s your chance to own this role and make it successful!

What this role entails:

  • Complete Test Strategy and have a high level understanding of all projects.
  • Manage testing, including achievement of milestones and deliverables
  • Provide quality control and improvement of processes and outputs.
  • Construct process and/or equipment recommendations to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of test programs.
  • Undertake operational and technical aspects of processing information, data evaluation and analysis.
  • Management of resources to execute testing
  • Identify impending risks that may compromise achievement of deliverables and initiate steps to mitigate risk.
  • Monitor progress and provide regular project reporting to key stakeholders
  • Contribute knowledge and expertise where required to projects being undertaken by other business units.
  • Clear understanding of test practices and implementation of those in a business

What do you bring:

  • Demonstrated proactive ability to impart knowledge and mentor others in acquiring skills.
  • A minimum of 3 years of practical testing experience.
  • Qualification in relevant discipline
  • Demonstrated ability to manage testing environments and an in-depth understanding of testing methodologies and practices.
  • The ability to communicate, both orally and in writing with high accuracy
  • Demonstrates good listening and comprehension skills.
  • Demonstrate well developed relationship building and relationship management skills with clients and potential clients, including all levels of management.
  • The ability to solve problems and apply logical thinking.
  • Demonstrated proactive ability to impart knowledge and mentor others in acquiring skills.
  • Ability to understand clients’ needs and priorities in a wider business context.
  • Self-management, initiative and leadership.
  • Ability to multitask and receptivity to change
  • An ability to anticipate and act to minimise the probability and impact of risks and issues

In return, CCL will provide an empowering environment that nurtures the right candidate and promotes innovation and growth. A competitive package is on offer.

To apply, please email your covering letter and CV, or use the form below:

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Client Relationship Manager / Business Delivery Manager – Nelson

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Computer Concepts Limited (CCL) is a well-established, innovative IT company. We deliver a large variety of services from Cloud Services to fully managed end to end IT solutions including consultancy, project and transition management.  We also provide delivery and support services to a diverse client base throughout New Zealand.

We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced Client Relationship Manager to join our team in supporting clients across the Top of the South.

The preferred candidate will engage with clients and drive successful opportunities that deliver positive business outcomes within an environment that is agile, dynamic and keeps client outcomes as a central focus.  You will need to be proficient and confident in working with clients, external partners, vendors, and CCL staff to deliver great outcomes.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Ability to build strong relationships with internal and external clients
  • Ability to relate to people of different levels, backgrounds etc
  • Able to manage and have hard conversations through strong negotiating skills
  • Good business knowledge
  • Able to effectively communicate with Internal Stakeholders and Clients through excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Worked successfully towards team goals and have good time management
  • General knowledge of IT systems – such as Cloud     Services. Networks, Security, Servers and Virtualization     platforms– is an advantage
  • Current full New Zealand drivers’ licence

You must be able to think outside the box, manage your own work-load and outcomes. Outstanding interpersonal skills and an aptitude for written and oral communication are crucial, as well as being a proactive team player focused on delivering great results.

CCL is a people orientated business that will provide the right candidate with challenging career opportunities, a supportive national team, and a competitive remuneration.

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Computer Concepts Limited announces sponsorship for the 2018 Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup

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We are proud to announce a sponsorship agreement with Hockey New Zealand which sees us confirmed as a sponsor for the 2018 Hockey Men’s World Cup being held in Odisha.  We have a history of sponsorship in sports – we are also a major sponsor of the Otago Rugby Union and Southland Rugby –  and are thrilled to be able to support men’s hockey in this way.

Ian Francis CEO of Hockey New Zealand says “Having a sponsor onboard with the passion of CCL is a fantastic opportunity for Hockey New Zealand.  CCL’s support will assist our players for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup and help the team perform to a high standard during the competition”.

Andrew Allan, CEO of CCL says “We are very proud to be able to sponsor Hockey New Zealand.  As a nationwide company with eight offices around the country, it is great to have a national sporting sponsorship in our portfolio.  It’s an awesome team and a sport which is close to the heart of many of our staff and their families. We are very excited to partner with New Zealand Hockey and the men’s Black Sticks and wish them all the best for the World Cup.”

The Vantage Black Sticks Men started their campaign on November 30th at 2:30am when they took on France and came away with a 2-1 win taking them to equal top of their pool.  A great start from New Zealand.

Senior Systems Engineer – Nelson

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The continued growth of our professional services offerings sees us looking for an experienced and professionally trained Senior Systems Engineer to work in our Nelson Engineering team.

We are a team of high performers who are supported in delivering the best solutions to our clients; we welcome engineers who enjoy keeping up to date with new technologies, while at the same time building on their years of experience in the IT industry.

Complimenting your strong technical capability, you must have a strong customer focus, outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to articulate well thought out solutions.

The successful candidate will have at least five years’ experience in the industry with specific experience in designing, implementing and supporting the following disciplines preferred:

  • Windows Server environments
  • VMware vSphere environments
  • AWS/Azure/Cloud environments
  • Datacentre Hosting environments
  • EUC environments
  • Managed Mobility solutions
  • Server and Storage hardware infrastructure
  • Network and Security deployments

Current certifications in some of above is expected and a willingness to specialise in a particular discipline would be advantageous. A current full New Zealand drivers licence is required.

In return, CCL will provide an environment that nurtures the right candidate and promotes innovation and growth.  A competitive package is on offer.

To apply, please email your covering letter and CV, or use the form below:

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