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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.

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.

CCL wins at the 2017 Resellers News Awards

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CCL’s passion for client outcomes was rewarded this week with multiple honours in the 2017 Reseller News ICT Industry awards.  Now in their 3rd year, the awards recognise local talent across New Zealand in the IT sector.

CCL was named as the winner of two key awards.  The Mid-market Partner of the Year award which recognises a company doing a superb job of servicing customers in the 100-1000 seat market.

And the Sales Excellence award was won by Sanjeet Bal, Customer Relationship Manager based in CCL’s Wellington office.  This award is validation of Sanjeet’s passion and drive for client outcomes.

The Network Services team was highly commended for the Service Provider award and CEO, Andrew Allan was inducted into the Reseller News Hall of Fame for his contribution and support of the IT industry.

“These awards are very humbling for CCL and I am so very proud of the whole CCL team, who have provided the foundation over many years for our ongoing success.” says Darryl Swann, Founding Director of CCL. “None of this would be possible without the deep knowledge, expertise and will power our team brings to the table, every day.”

“We are delighted to have been recognised as winners at this year’s Reseller News Awards and believe this is due to the quality and breadth of the work we do, said Andrew Allan.  “These awards acknowledge the effective collaboration between our team, our clients and the right solutions.”

CCL celebrated their wins in front of almost 300 ICT industry leaders who gathered in Auckland to celebrate the 2017 Reseller News ICT Industry Awards.

Happy Holidays from CCL!

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To all of our clients, suppliers, staff and families – with a fabulous 2016 almost behind us we would like to thank you for your support this year.  We couldn’t do what we do without you.  This is the time of year where we reflect not just on what we have achieved, but also on those surrounding us that enabled us to achieve.  Thanks for joining us on the journey.

Our “CCL Santa Squads” around the country have been in full force this month.  Each branch has selected a charity they wanted to support and staff brought in gifts to help those in need this Christmas.  We have been very humbled by the overwhelming generosity shown by our staff.

We can’t wait to kick off the New Year, but until then, have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe holiday.

From all the CCL team

Experience Virtual Reality with CCL at HiNZ

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Come and Visit Computer Concepts Limited (CCL) at New Zealand’s premier health conference, HiNZ. CCL will be at booth 19 (beside the Businesses Service Desk) at HiNZ Skycity Auckland on the 1st – 3rd of November.

Hang out and catch up with industry colleagues in the CCL Networking Zone, or come by the booth to experience our cutting edge demonstrations and displays.

On the stand we are featuring the HTC Vive, the leading Virtual Reality equipment, with exciting Health specific demonstrations for you to experience and enjoy.

We also have on show a range of real world demonstrations of some of the leading Health Industry solutions CCL has to offer.

One touch login
Hospitals and clinics are busy places which often require doctors and nurses to be in many places throughout the day. Remove the hassle of shared log ins or constant logging in across multiple computers with CCL’s One Touch login, allowing your desktop to follow you instantly to any place around the hospital/clinic with a seamless one touch log in using nothing more than your existing identity card.

Easy and Reliable data capture
Data entry while on the go is a huge role of modern health care. CCL show how this workload, and error rates can, be simplified dramatically using the latest advancements in low power bluetooth sensors and technologies. Individual patient data can be instantly captured, recorded and securely stored in the patients records instantly easily and, most importantly, error free.

Come and visit us to experience the future of Healthcare.

CCL win Champion Canterbury Awards for 2nd year in a row.

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Computer Concepts Limited (CCL) are proud winners of the Professional Service Medium/Large Enterprise award at the Champion Canterbury Awards for the second year in a row.

Champion Canterbury Business Awards recognise and celebrate the excellence, innovation, and success of businesses and charities in the Canterbury region and are seen as some of the New Zealand’s most prestigious business awards.

“It was such a proud and humbling moment to accept the award on behalf of all the CCL team” said Darryl Swann, CCL Founder Director. “This award is really a reflection of our culture. Our whole business is built around our quality of our people and the passion they all bring to work every day. It is the AWESOME work they all do every day that won this award and has made this company great.”

“It’s our culture and the trust of our Clients that has made this award possible. We now have over 250 staff nationwide, but the passion and values we built CCL on are as strong as ever. This award is really recognition of both our team and our incredibly loyal clients.”

“It was quite an emotional win. We’ve had some amazing successes which show we are on the top of our game in the industry, including last year’s Reseller News [awards]. What makes this award so unique, apart from winning it twice, is that it is not an Industry focused award. In the Champion Canterbury Awards we are up against Accounting firms, Legal firms, IT firms, Tourism and many other different industries. The other two finalist companies we were up against was Orbit Travel and Aecom; both awesome businesses in their own right.”

“We were genuinely surprised and very humbled by the win; I didn’t even prepare a speech as we didn’t think we’d win, [winning] two years in a row has never been done before, it’s incredible to be one of the first to achieve this”.

“CCL has had a very successful year.” added Shane Heenan CCL’s Marketing Manager. “We were extremely humbled and honored to win at both the Reseller News and Champion Canterbury awards last year. “In hindsight, it would have been easy for to accept these awards as a sign of success and aim to keep on doing what we do well. However, that isn’t the passion and ambition that we bread at CCL – instead last year’s awards were seen by the team as a benchmark to beat.”

“I’m sure I speak for everyone at CCL when I say we are exceptionally proud of this achievement. “To be recognised at such prestigious awards really brings home the difference the whole team make to our customers on a daily basis”.

CCL achieves another Citrix first

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Computer Concepts Limited (CCL) achieves Citrix Networking for Application & Mobile security specialisation, becoming the first New Zealand Citrix partner to hold two Citrix Specialisations.

Citrix Specialisations form a cornerstone of the Citrix Solution Advisor (CSA) programme, designed to enable customers to quickly identify best-in-class partners who can ensure real world results and optimise investment in Citrix technologies.

“In such a fast paced industry it’s really important to be ahead of the game. Our culture has been built delivering excellence, pushing ourselves to be the absolute best that we can.” said Ralf Donkers, Chief Architect End User Compute at CCL. “As a team, we employ some incredibly talented engineers, and we have a culture that encourages everyone to upskill and stretch themselves to achieve their full potential”, “this really shows through in achievements like this, it’s a proud moment for us to be the only New Zealand partner to hold two Citrix specialisations.”

To achieve Citrix Specialists status partners must complete traditional training and exams, while also proving real world capability through client validation and a challenging design and implementation exam which is designed to mirror a high pressure client environment.

“The Citrix specialisations with their real-world result requirements are an important demonstration of how we can deliver results for our clients by using the latest technologies and advancements.” added Donkers.

“I would be lying if I said we weren’t nervous going into the practical parts of the Citrix assessment, it’s a high pressure scenario designed to weed out all but the top Citrix partners. At CCL we value the importance of delivering real world results for clients, ‘Street-Smarts’ over “Book-Smarts” and it’s really served us well on this one”.

“It’s great that New Zealand partners are leading the way on specialisation,” added Belinda Jurisic, Channel Sales Manager, Citrix A/NZ. “CCL was the first Citrix partner in APAC to gain a specialisation and now the first New Zealand partner to complete two. For customers, working with a Citrix Specialists gives them the assurance that they are working with a partner that has demonstrated outstanding capabilities and results”.

CCL currently hold Citrix Specialisations in Virtualisation and Networking for Application & Mobile security.

CCL engineers recognised on world stage

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Clinton Prentice, one of CCL’s top technical consultants, has been accredited with VMware’s coveted vExpert status. Prentice’s current role in CCL is Technical Specialist with a focus on cloud technologies and specialising in VMware.

The vExpert title is reserved for individuals who have demonstrated significant contributions to the VMware community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. The judges select people who are particularly engaged with their community and who have developed a substantial personal platform of influence in those communities.

This award builds on Prentice’s vChampion award earlier in 2015, and he also holds multiple VMware VCAP advanced certifications. “It’s humbling and rewarding to be recognised for your work over time” Prentice said, saying “I’m very fortunate to work for a company like CCL, they invest in their staff and focus on the people and culture within the company. Without the support of CCL Management this never would have occurred, putting me on major infrastructure projects that I could own, and them trusting me to deliver.”

“CCL has achieved an impressive array of awards over the past few years, and Vmware’s recognition of so many of our talented Engineers is something we are really proud of as a business” Says Andrew Allan, CCL CEO. “Jon [Waite], our CTO, was also honoured with the prestigious vExpert status in 2015. “Having this depth and strength of technical expertise, experience and passion throughout the organisation, from our CTO right through our engineers, is part of what really sets CCL apart. It’s part of our DNA as a company. “This philosophy flows right through to our service desk which we staff with trained engineers who can deliver true first call resolution.”

“For years I have always looked up to and read blog posts of VMware vExperts and held them in legend status so to be recognised at this level is a major achievement for me. I’ve put a huge amount of my personal life into VMware products, learning, studying and always putting myself in the deep end to challenge myself” said Prentice.

Prentice has studied and worked in the technology industry for the best part of 2 decades. Consistently upskilling himself to gain various certifications and qualifications. He is seen as a cloud expert and has built a reputation as one of the leading minds in his field. This recent accreditation from VMware is testament to this.

“Clint is a truly talented guy, He’s a hard worker and delivers some of the best technical solutions available. Having people like him as part of the large CCL family makes this place hum” said Allan. “We are all very proud of Clint and what he’s achieved.  He is a genuine asset to CCL as we continue to innovate and drive new solutions.”

For the last 25 years, CCL has prided itself on the people who work for them and the culture within the company. Their belief is simple. It’s all about the people. Andrew Allan (CEO) constantly states “People are CCL’s greatest asset. Hire for passion, train for skill.” CCL has grown from a one-man band 25 years ago to being one of New Zealand’s leading business IT providers with over 200 staff nationwide. They operate out of 6 different cities across New Zealand with significant investment in Data Centre Infrastructure and supporting services.

Happy Holidays from CCL

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Wishing you all a fantastic holiday season from CCL.

This year has been a big year for CCL with some amazing highlights. From winning at the Champion Canterbury awards, to being recognised as ‘Cloud Partner of the Year’ by Reseller News and seeing some of our very own staff being celebrated on the world stage. It’s certainly been another successful year.

To all of our clients, suppliers, staff and family, thank you for the support across the year.

Have a great holiday season and we look forward to catching up with you all in the new year.

From all the CCL team.