Oracle talks up new SA data centres

ITWeb | January 15, 2020

Oracle’s new data centres, due to launch in SA later this year, promise to bring unmatched performance, high security and new experiences to local organisations. This was the word from Andrew Sutherland, SVP business development, technology licence and systems at Oracle EMEA and APAC. Speaking this week during a media roundtable discussion at Oracle OpenWorld 2020, at the Dubai Trade Centre Arena, where hundreds of delegates gathered, Sutherland discussed Oracle’s plans to establish two data centres in SA before the end of the year. In September, the US-based enterprise software giant announced plans to build 20 new cloud  regions by the end of 2020, for a total of 36 Oracle Cloud Infrastructure regions. These are set to be established in SA, US, Canada, Brazil, UK, European Union (Amsterdam), Japan, Australia, India, South Korea, Singapore, Israel, Chile, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

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Adeo Modernizes its Data Infrastructure with Datometry on Google BigQuery

Datometry | October 12, 2022

Datometry, the database virtualization company, announced today that leading French home goods retailer Adeo has completed a key milestone of the modernization of its data infrastructure by migrating from their legacy data warehouse, Teradata, to Google Cloud's BigQuery. The largest DIY retailer in Europe and third largest in the world, has 150,000 employees and 1,000 retail shops in 20 countries that meet a range of home goods needs, including renovations, DIY, and décor. The company needed to move from its highly entrenched data system to BigQuery, wanting to do so without disrupting business users worldwide. Using the Datometry Hyper-Q virtualization platform - the industry's first to make existing applications seamlessly interoperable with cloud databases - Adeo was able to deliver on a multi-project architecture leveraging BigQuery that serves users in multiple geographies simultaneously. In a joint effort between Datometry, Google Cloud, Adeo, and Adeo's service partners Sopra Steria and CGI, Adeo redesigned and implemented its ETL. Then, Datometry generated the mapping of over 200,000 database objects from Teradata to BigQuery, fully automatically. That set the stage for Adeo to virtualize the entire reporting and consumption layer using Datometry Hyper-Q. This approach made for a completely seamless transition so that Adeo's business users around the world would not even know that their core data platform has been replaced with BigQuery. "Adeo, a global leader in its industry, was acutely aware that a conventional database migration would come with significant disruptions to its business," said Mike Waas, CEO, Datometry. "Therefore, together with Google Cloud, we delivered on a vision that empowered Adeo to adopt BigQuery as their new data warehouse platform faster than with any other methodology—and, notably, without disrupting the business." Datometry Hyper-Q uniquely addressed Adeo's business objectives, enabling the company to transfer its existing applications natively to BigQuery without costly rewrites of SQL code, at a fraction of the time and risk associated with typical database migrations. Had Adeo chosen to rewrite and redesign their reporting layer instead of virtualizing it, Adeo would have faced additional expenses of millions of dollars over the course of several years, with no guarantee of success. "When Google Cloud first introduced us to Datometry we were thrilled. "Datometry enabled us to migrate at a highly accelerated pace and quickly unlock the benefits of Google Cloud. With Datometry Hyper-Q, we were able to implement a multi-project architecture that would have been close to impossible to build otherwise." Eric Foratier, Digital Domain Leader, Adeo "We're proud to partner with Datometry and help Adeo along its digital transformation journey," said Sudhir Hasbe, Sr. Director of Data Analytics, Google Cloud. "By migrating its data warehouse with Datometry to BigQuery, Adeo teams can access and leverage data insights at global scale, enabling elevated customer experiences for its end customers." Datometry Hyper-Q is used by leading Fortune 500 and Global 2000 enterprises to accelerate cloud modernization and move workloads between data warehouses. The Datometry Hyper-Q virtualization platform eliminates risk-laden, expensive, and time-consuming application rewrites. For more information, visit www.datometry.com. About Datometry Datometry is the global leader in database system virtualization. Datometry empowers enterprises to run their existing applications directly on the cloud database of their choice without the business disruption of costly and risk-laden database migrations and application rewrites. Leading Fortune 500 and Global 2000 enterprises worldwide realize significant cost savings and consistently outpace their competition by using Datometry during this critical period of transformation to cloud-native data management.

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Fivetran and Oldcastle Infrastructure Win Ventana Research’s 2022 Digital Leadership Award

Fivetran | November 02, 2022

Fivetran, the global leader in modern data integration, has won Ventana Research’s 2022 Digital Leadership Award in the category of data for driving business transformation with Oldcastle Infrastructure, the leading building materials business in the world. This award recognizes the organization and technology that best exemplifies leadership in big data and related technologies for supporting data and information management-related needs. Oldcastle Infrastructure, a CRH company, is an industry leader in engineered building solutions offering more than 16,000 pipe, precast, stormwater, enclosure and building accessory products. To utilize data more effectively and generate comprehensive business insights, Oldcastle selected Fivetran as its data integration partner. ROI for the system in the last 12 months is estimated to be multiple millions of dollars in terms of cost savings, increased margins, and improved sales. “Oldcastle is thrilled to be recognized by Ventana for our work with Fivetran,” said Nick Heigerick, Head of Advanced Analytics at Oldcastle Infrastructure. “The use of Fivetran changed the way Oldcastle Infrastructure thinks about data – it’s an asset, not just a by-product of a process. By delivering cross-company metrics across the entire organization, we have been able to realize multimillion-dollar ROI year over year. We could not be happier with our partnership with Fivetran and the results, and are honored to be recognized for our efforts.” The Ventana Research Digital Leadership awards spotlight the individuals and organizations that have utilized and championed modernization and transformation across their people, processes, information, and technology to grow their business and industry market potential. As part of the grading process and methodology, the Ventana awards team examined case studies and submissions to evaluate the organization's use of people, processes, information, and technology to the impact and performance that resulted from the use of technology. The examination of best practices and methods used, the degree of team involvement, and the project's business impact and value. This year’s nominations crossed many industries and different-sized organizations. “Congratulations to Nick Heigerick and Oldcastle Infrastructure using Fivetran for receiving the 15th annual Ventana Research Digital Leadership Award in data,” said Matt Aslett, VP & Research Director at Ventana Research. “Turning data into business insight is a key element of any digital transformation initiative, helping to deliver efficiency improvements and competitive differentiation. Oldcastle’s use of Fivetran illustrates that investment in new data and analytics technology can have a profound impact on overall business strategy, overcoming entrenched organizational and cultural inefficiencies to deliver time and cost savings, as well as improved margins and sales.” About Fivetran Fivetran is the global leader in modern data integration. Our mission is to make access to data as simple and reliable as electricity. Built for the cloud, Fivetran enables data teams to effortlessly centralize and transform data from hundreds of SaaS and on-prem data sources into high-performance cloud destinations. Fast-moving startups to the world’s largest companies use Fivetran to accelerate modern analytics and operational efficiency, fueling data-driven business growth. Fivetran is headquartered in Oakland, California, with offices around the world. About Ventana Research Ventana Research provides insight and expert guidance on mainstream and disruptive technologies through a unique set of research-based offerings including benchmark research and technology evaluation assessments, education workshops, and our research and advisory services, Ventana On-Demand. Our unparalleled understanding of the role of technology in optimizing business processes and performance and our best practices guidance are rooted in our rigorous research-based benchmarking of people, processes, information, and technology across business and IT functions in every industry. This benchmark research, plus our market coverage and in-depth knowledge of hundreds of technology providers, means we can deliver education and expertise to our clients and increase the value they derive from technology investments while reducing time, cost, and risk.

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MFP Technology Services Expands its Partnership with Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group into Europe

MFP Technology Services | November 03, 2022

Today, MFP Technology Services announces its collaboration with Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group (ISG) to support the expansion of the Lenovo Value Recovery program (LVR) into Europe. Lenovo Value Recovery reduces environmental impact and is designed to extend the life of our enterprise products through the reuse and recycling of materials by performing refurbishment and re-utilization. The collaboration is an extension of the North America program implemented two years ago and will make a select set of excess, surplus and end-of-life equipment available to customers. "We are excited to expand our strategic partnership with Lenovo ISG" added Steve Nickel, President, MFP Technology Services. "MFP has long-term loyalty for the brand and has developed a deep specialization managing excess, surplus and end of life data center products." About MFP Technology Services MFP Technology Services offers information technology hardware solutions. The company specializes in Lenovo, Intel, and AMD based servers, from parts and options to high-end configured to order Servers, Blades, Flex, Tape and Storage. MFP commercializes high quality products including closed box, open box, refurbished and fully reconditioned systems, on a global basis. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut.

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IHCS Selects ClearScale Managed Services to Optimize AWS Infrastructure

ClearScale | September 28, 2022

ClearScale, a leading AWS consulting services company, announced that it is now providing ClearScale Managed Services for Integrated Home Care Services (IHCS), the nation's leading independent home care benefits administrator. ClearScale Managed Services, an Amazon Web Services (AWS)-focused cloud MSP program, will enhance IHCS' ability to exceed its plan commitments, patient satisfaction goals, and regulatory compliance requirements. IHCS provides a fully integrated home care model for managed care organizations. The company reduces administrative costs by managing essential functions such as network development, management, and claims for more than two million members. To respond to the needs of its growing number of national health plan and patient commitments, IHCS sought a partner to enhance the scalability and availability of its IT infrastructure and systems by furthering their move to the cloud. With the support of ClearScale, IHCS migrated all remaining on-premises data center and business applications to AWS. Once the migration was successfully completed and all critical applications were transitioned to the cloud, IHCS contracted with ClearScale's MSP services to manage system compliance, infrastructure monitoring, security auditing and reporting, as well as software patch management. ClearScale Managed Services provides monitoring, remediation, and infrastructure management services for organizations on AWS. Customers select from multiple tiers offering 24x7x365 alerting, monitoring, and support services for their AWS environments, with rapid response times for critical issues. "IHCS is an example of a forward-looking company that proactively embraced the benefits of the cloud becoming a digital-first business and took dedicated steps to ensure its new cloud environment remains secure and performant according to the high standards of AWS. "By managing around-the-clock cloud operations for IHCS, ClearScale Managed Services helps IHCS focus on what it does best: providing exceptional, cutting-edge services and solutions to patients and health plans." Pavel Vasilyev, CTO for ClearScale "As the leading provider of value-based, integrated home care services for managed care organizations, it is vital that we have secure, scalable and resilient IT systems in place to support our operations," said Phil Goldenberg, Chief Information Officer for IHCS. "Our new partnership with ClearScale allows us to effectively modernize and manage our cloud infrastructure and continue to provide the high level of patient care and service that IHCS is widely-recognized for." About ClearScale ClearScale is a cloud-native systems integration, strategic consulting, and application development company founded in 2011. The company has successfully delivered more than 1,000 innovative cloud projects for clients ranging from startups to large enterprises and public sector organizations. ClearScale's cloud experts design, implement, optimize, and manage customized cloud solutions that help customers achieve their business transformation initiatives. For more information, visit www.clearscale.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube. About Integrated Home Care Services Integrated Home Care Services (IHCS), the nation's leading independent home care benefits administrator, offers a value-based, fully integrated home care model for managed care organizations. Our unique model improves care quality and coordination for over two million members, while reducing administrative costs by managing key functions such as network development, management, and credentialing, utilization management, and claims. For more information about an integrated home care model, download our position paper, or to learn more about IHCS, please visit ihcscorp.com.

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