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CCL appoints Mike Manson – Head of Public Cloud Practice

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Mike Manson has been appointed Head of Public Cloud Practice, adding muscle to CCL’s public cloud business unit following accreditations from Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google earlier this year.

Christchurch-based Manson, formerly the company’s Transitions Manager, previously worked at cloud provider Umbrellar. His 20-plus year career in IT covers both technical and business facing roles, from systems engineering and operations to service delivery and transformation.

Manson spearheads CCL’s freshly aligned public cloud practice, following the company’s merger with Revera announced in February this year.

The company’s new-look practice now comprises 80-plus architects and engineers, forming the engine-room driving the company’s growing public cloud footprint.

CEO Andrew Allan said Manson’s appointment added vital horsepower to the CCL client experience in the pubic cloud.

“Universally, enterprises are re-thinking how they put their data to work – and invariably all signs point to the cloud,” he said. “However, everyone has their own starting point. At one extreme you have organisations looking to unbundle legacy infrastructure and add agility layers before sizing up migration. And at the other end you have enterprises who have already lifted big chunks of their digital estates into the cloud.”

“Regardless, operating in the cloud requires a broad set of skills and experience. There are many moving parts and levers to pull to maximise the potential of cloud,” said Allan. “It keeps changing and regenerating, and new services abound. So, it’s one thing to buy cloud services from the likes of AWS and Azure, but quite another to keep everything running and optimised.”

In April this year Spark-owned CCL launched a Microsoft M365 Fast Track service, signing up over 100 clients to Microsoft-funded training and support to take advantage of the full M365 public cloud portfolio.

Good questions, better answers

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News and developments from Spark-sponsored Lightning Lab GovTech

Lightening Lab GovTech is a Spark-sponsored accelerator programme for public sector agencies to build, test, and validate new approaches and technologies for government. Ten teams are working side-by-side in the Lightning Lab facility over three months, before lifting the lid on their handiwork at a demo day showcase event on 5 November.

Stuart Van Rij coached teams participating in this year’s edition of Lightning Lab GovTech – Van Rij, a coach with the Camp Negotiation Institute, says the science of a good question involves knowing your mission and purpose – you’ve got to know why you’re asking the question and what you aim to find.

Ten teams have been working side-by-side in the Lightning Lab facility and will lift the lid on their handiwork at a demo day showcase event on 5 November.

Maggie Ford, a member of the Department of Conservation’s team exploring improvements to waste management practices at DOC sites, put the theory to test in a problem discovery sprint – a process designed to pinpoint the nature of problems and how they map to opportunities.

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Mental Health Awareness Week

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This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and CCL Together with Revera is focusing on the Five Ways to Wellbeing – Connect, Keep Learning, Take Notice, Be Active and Give. There is a lot happening this week, starting off with a wee treat on everyone’s desk encouraging team members to take a break and focus on the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

Explore your way to wellbeing – Whāia te ara hauora, Whitiora.

Meet the CCL, Reseller News Innovation Awards 2019 Finalists

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CCL has been shortlisted for three awards at this year’s Reseller News Innovation Awards:

Josh Penfold – finalist for Management Excellence

Karl Moore – finalist for Sales Excellence

And, CCL is a finalist for the Mid-market Partner of the Year award (CCL has won this award in 2018 and 2017).

The awards ceremony will be held on 23rd October. Good luck team.

CCL appoints Suzanne Miller – Director, Central Region

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Suzanne Miller has been appointed Director, Central Region, spearheading the newly-merged CCL’s business across the greater  Wellington and lower-North Island regions.

Completing CCL’s top-table line-up, announced in May this year, Miller joins CCL from Spark, where she held the position of Customer Unit Lead.

A former general manager of Datacom’s government cloud services, Miller’s track-record in the IT industry includes roles for a slew of top-tier organisations, including HPE and, client-side, IRD, Capital Coast District Heath Board, and Westpac Bank.

CCL CEO Andrew Allan said he was delighted with Miller’s appointment. “Suzanne has a formidable CV, with technical and leadership skills tested and proven in some of the country’s most dynamic organisations,” he said. “Her experience in cloud services, transformational change, and central government make her ideally placed to lead CCL in the central region.”

With 700-plus employees and 11 offices nationwide, CCL is the country’s largest New Zealand-focused IT services company, providing end-to-end IT management and multi-platform expertise to some of New Zealand’s most important organisations.

Since announcing the merger late February, the company has maintained a head of steam, winning significant transformation project work for New Zealand’s primary workplace health and safety regulator WorkSafe, and Children’s charity Barnados, as well was adding muscle in the public cloud arena with new accreditations from Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS).