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

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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.

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

CCL Together with Revera takes home silverware at HPE Partner Awards

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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

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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.”

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Social Enterprise Kilmarnock offers sponsors life changing partnership

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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. Michael.toothill@kilmarnock.co.nz or 03 348 5162