NEWS ROUND-UP: Ninefold, TechnologyOne, Aegis, Acer and stratsec

NEWS ROUND-UP: Ninefold, TechnologyOne, Aegis, Acer and stratsec

Latest news on expansion, partnerships, technology upgrades, mobile starter packs and awards

Ninefold accelerates its national expansion

Cloud computing company, Ninefold, is expanding its team to support the demands of specific vertical and geographical markets.

The company has expanded its National Advocate Program and announced the appointment of new advocates in Brisbane and Adelaide.

The National Advocate Program is an established community of independent technology, entrepreneurial and Web professionals around Australia, which aims to educate businesses on Cloud computing and storage, its benefits and the Ninefold proposition.

It encourages advocates with information brokering, digital, media and telecommunications, scientific and technical services, design, manufacturing or financial expertise to join the program.

Ninefold is also recruiting for Cloud-forward technical professionals to join the team at its Sydney headquarters.

In the last twelve months, the Ninefold team has more than tripled in size and aims for further growth in 2012.

“Our pace hasn’t slowed as we near Christmas, with continued growth high on the agenda for 2012,” Ninefold managing director, Peter James, said.

TechnologyOne partners with DMS

TechnologyOne (ASX:TNE) recently announced a strategic partnership with Digital Mapping Solutions (DMS) to jointly develop and sell integrated asset management and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) solutions.

The collaboration will enable TechnologyOne Asset Management to deliver a map-based interface with DMS’s IntraMaps GIS application seamlessly integrated with the product.

It aims to provide customers with an integrated, visual representation of spatial data for assets, properties, work orders and defects.

TechnologyOne executive chairman, Adrian Di Marco, said the partnership was an important step forward for the company’s asset management product offering – particularly for local government and utilities customers.

“There has been a rapid increase in GIS and mapping technology over the past five years, as it becomes an important business tool enabling employees to make quick and informed decisions, on and off-site, based on real-time spatial information,” Di Marco said.

TechnologyOne recently introduced embedded GIS and mapping components in the latest release of its asset management solution, including geospatial capabilities for assets and work orders, and will expand on these functions with DMS’s applications.

DMS CEO, David Baxter, said the result of the partnership would be an asset management solution complete with the latest GIS and mapping capabilities.

“The integration of applications mean customers will be able to view maps of all their assets such as roads, property and water networks in a central system, and use the information to complete and update work orders in an accurate and timely manner,” Baxter added.

Aegis selects Citrix for a multi-million-dollar IT upgrade

Global outsourcing service provider, Aegis, will soon undertake a revolutionary technology upgrade with its Citrix Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Project.

Australia will be among the first countries to make the transition to the Citrix Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) along with Aegis offices in India, the Philippines and South Africa. The significant investment will enable Aegis employees to sit at any desk in any location and still have instant access to all the information they require.

According to the company, it aims to further assist Aegis in managing and enhancing the experience of its partners’ customers with this technological upgrade.

Aegis A/NZ president, Chris Luxford, said, “This new technology allows instant access to all applications from any location via the Cloud. From our initial cost estimates, we believe we will save 50 per cent on our hardware costs and provide an even better experience to our partners’ customers.”

Acer reveals Iconia Tab Starter Pack for Android

Acer has introduced its Iconia Tab Starter Pack for Android that aims to remove the barrier of users adopting the Android platform.

According to the company, this is a first for Android Tablets and is available as a bonus with every purchase to both new and existing customers.

Acer product director, Nigel Gore, said, customers that are not familiar with the Android operating system can take advantage of its power and personalisation features as it allows users to experience the full richness of their device.

The Iconia Tab Starter Pack includes Iconia Help Line, Iconia Online Tutorial and Iconia Coach.

The Iconia Help Line provides extended support hours, seven days a week; using a standard Web browser, the Iconia Online Tutorials has up to 10 tutorials available with topics covering a range of key features, including email set-up, Google Marketplace, file management and GPS navigation; and the Iconia Coach [LIVE] is a live training session catered for advanced users, where they can learn more about their Iconia Tab.

The Iconia Coach [LIVE] sessions will be scheduled for 30 minutes each, available from late January 2012.

stratsec wins gold

Australian cyber security consulting company, stratsec, has won the BAE Systems Chairman's Gold Award for transferring best practice to Malaysia.

stratsec established its Kuala Lumpur office and testing laboratory to assist Malaysia to become a full member of the international Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement.

Head of the winning team, Doug Stuart, said, “It is great recognition that stratsec is truly a BAE Systems company since joining the global Defence and Security company in January this year and the award gives our Malaysian team a great boost as it expands to become a stratsec business delivery hub in Southeast Asia."

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