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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.

CCL Announcement

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Today CCL signed a conditional sales agreement for Spark to buy CCL.

“This is a big move for us,” stated Andrew Allan, CEO, CCL. “With Spark New Zealand’s backing, CCL will gain the benefits of Spark Digital’s resources to help us accelerate our growth. And importantly for our customers, CCL will retain its own unique way of working. Our customers should expect the same total commitment to their future success, with the added power of Spark New Zealand behind us.”

“We’re pleased to have a cloud services company with the track-record and reputation of CCL joining our team and strengthening our market-leading capabilities,” added Tim Miles, CEO Spark Digital. “Our strategy is to better enable our customers to succeed in a digital world, and cloud is an integral part of that. “CCL is a respected and admired business that we want to strengthen and grow, not change. The CCL brand will be retained and CCL will continue to run as a standalone business

“Darryl Swann and I remain totally committed to the business and will continue to run it on a day-to-day basis.” confirmed Allan. “Sparks’ investment allows CCL to continue to invest in new areas, while ensuring CCL’s long-term sustainable growth.

“From our client’s and staff perspective there will be little change,” stated Allan, “over time this new agreement will enable Computer Concepts to reach its full potential with a greater range and depth of services. All current roles will remain and we are already looking for more staff and at new opportunities to better support all our clients. This is an exciting time for everyone at CCL.

CCL wins big at prestigious New Zealand IT awards

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CCL are proud winners of two key awards at the Reseller News ICT Industry Awards, one of New Zealand’s most prestigious technology industry awards.

CCL was awarded ‘Cloud Partner of the Year’, an award designed to recognise New Zealand’s leading homegrown solution provider, helping NZ businesses transition traditional IT infrastructure into the ‘Cloud’. CCL was also achieved highly commended runner up awards at the event in a further 3 categories: Enterprise Partner, Best partner performance initiative and Homegrown Innovator – Service Provider.

Greg Urquhart, CCL Business Development Manager, also celebrated individual success, being awarded the coveted Channel Champion Award, designed to identify and applaud those who are deemed to be giving the most back to the community and the world at large, awarding an individual who has, outside of their daily working life, been heavily involved in working with charities, not for profits or in personal philanthropy.

“Wining these two awards is a point for real pride for us” said Darryl Swann, CCL’s Founder and Managing Director. “They reflect both the pride and passion we have in what we do and the incredible people that work at CCL. It’s incredibly exciting and humbling to be recognised as a leader of the New Zealand technology sector in such a public way.

“To be awarded the homegrown innovator award for Cloud Partner of the Year is something we are incredibly proud of. We have invested ahead of the curve over the past few years to bring the best of global Cloud Computing to New Zealand businesses. To be recognised as ‘Cloud Partner of the Year’ is testament to the whole CCL family, our staff and our amazing clients.

“We are exceptionally proud of our South Island heritage and strong southern presence, so to have this recognised with such a prestigious Nationwide award is really quite humbling.

“This award is one the whole CCL team will be celebrating. We have a talented team and passionate team at CCL, they work exceptionally hard to deliver above and beyond for our customers, and this award is really a reflection of their pride, skill and professionalism.

“That brings me to Greg. I think I speak on behalf of everyone at CCL when I say that Greg’s enthusiasm and passion is infectious and inspiring. He puts so much time and energy into improving the local community so it’s fantastic to see him recognised in this way. His presence in the local community and involvement in many major community events and projects makes him a real asset to the local community here in Canterbury [and to] CCL.

“CCL is incredibly supportive of my work, allowing flexible working hours, and letting me officially work 4 days a week.” said Greg Urquhart. “Working for a company that has an extremely high social conscious makes it is so much easier to balance the job I love with my passion for the local community. All of CCL, and in particular Darryl Swann and Andrew Allan who both share the same passion for others; whether it be work colleagues in need, or members of the local community”.

Urquhart is well known around Canterbury for his involvement in a range of charity and sporting organisations and events. Most notably Urquhart has been on the TEDx Christchurch event organising committee for the past 5 years (NZ’s longest running TEDx) and he co-founded the East Lake development trust which is working to deliver a world class sport and recreational lake in Christchurch’s eastern Red Zone.

CCL’s latest awards continue their winning streak, following last months win at the Champion Canterbury awards sponsored by the Press.

“We were genuinely surprised and very humbled by the Champion Canterbury win” said Andrew Allan, CEO, “it is such a prestigious event and it is an award we take incredible pride in. To follow that Canterbury success up with a pair of nationwide industry awards is simply unbelievable and tops off what has been an amazing year for CCL.”

CCL celebrated their wins in front of almost 300 ICT industry leaders who gathered in Auckland to celebrate the 2015 Reseller News ICT Industry Awards.