SASIT Newsletter Mar 18

Posted by Ian Hight on Mar 11, 2018 1:05:42 PM

Topics: Cloud services, Development integration & analytics, Hardware & software, Business drivers, Newsletter

Welcome to the SASIT March newsletter

In this issue

IBM Power9 - so what?
Some common sense about digital engagement
SASIT adds skills and experience with senior appointments

Want to combine legacy and leading edge – no problem!
API’s: The fast-track to transformation


IBM Power9 – so what?

At a time where it seems everything is “cloud first” and nobody is buying hardware anymore – take a cold shower, it’s not actually the case and nobody knows that better than IBM who recently released the Power9, the latest in a long line of Power systems. Is it a big deal? For most organisations probably not, however, IBM are still making some of the best server technology on the planet and for those of you who are looking to own your own tin it probably doesn’t get much better than this. In this video Chris Ticknor from KeyInfo does a great job of presenting the top five things that customers are likely to get excited about.


Some common sense about digital engagement

story 2 image.pngTechnology has an uncanny ability to generate hype and excitement as well as a degree of uncertainty. These days, there is an endless supply of headlines about digital disruption and the ability for software to reshape business, industries, and even life as we know it. Start-ups appear out of nowhere and use technology to rapidly build share in markets that have been relatively stable for many years.

Internet billionaires become celebrities seemingly overnight. Suddenly, companies are advised to transform themselves digitally or suffer dire consequences. As these dramas play out, consultants, advisors, and providers rush in to join the fray. CIOs and, increasingly, other C level executives are given charters to ‘go mobile,’ ‘build apps,’ ‘get in the cloud,’ and ‘use big data.’ It’s easy to see why common sense thinking about what to do can get lost in all the noise.

This eBook by CA Technologies CTO Otto Berkes provides some simple guidelines to help your organisation succeed in a world increasingly dominated by digital engagement. 

Warning: This eBook is 101 pages long.  Lengthy but worth the time to read.

Download


SASIT adds skills and experience with senior appointments

SASIT has strengthened its capabilities with two recent appointments: Tim Partington takes on the role of Head of Professional Services and Donna Robinson has been appointed Head of Managed Services. Both appointments highlight the company’s increasing focus on value added services.

Tim Partington.pngTim Partington 
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Tim has been in the IT industry for decades and brings significant business, solution and delivery expertise having worked across a wide breadth of NZ business.   Tim has a reputation for applying an unwavering focus on customer value and outcomes. Away from the office Tim can be found on one of his motorcycles enjoying riding around the countryside.

 

Donna dicker.pngDonna Robinson
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Donna also has over 30 years IT experience in both customer and vendor roles including time at Dimension Data and Revera. Donna is passionate about building high performance teams and delivering exceptional support services. When not working, she enjoys being outdoors: On the water fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, watching rugby, motorsport and supporting kids sports.


Want to combine legacy and leading edge – no problem!

For those of you still running 5250 green screens (yes we know you are out there) it might be inconceivable that you could combine that technology with an intelligent chatbot.  Take a look at this video where an IBM Watson chatbot works in association with an IBM i and the Slack collaboration tool to provide an automated solution to the problem of users requesting password resets.

A very cool demonstration of what is possible when you combine the old and the new.


API’s: The fast-track to transformation

APIs are the building blocks of digital transformation. They enable organisations to rapidly and easily implement digital initiatives in association with legacy systems whilst ensuring compliance with corporate processes and procedures relating to security, maintainability and scalability. By doing this organisations can move at speed to seize business opportunities and at the same time have confidence that existing systems are not placed at risk.

The growing use of APIs means that API management is becoming critical. API management ensures that extended systems and environments can be controlled and administered simply and cost effectively.

SASIT has partnered with CA Technologies for the primary reason that CA’s API Management product is simply the global leader in this area, as validated by Gartner.   This introductory video highlights the reasons why it might be time to get serious about API management. 

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