ApexManage partner with AssurIT to deliver ‘best in class’ iSeries Operational & Performance Managed Services

ApexManage is a Prime Managed Service Provider (PMSP) for IT infrastructure services and has partnered with AssurIT to deliver best in class iSeries Operational & Performance Management, supported by ApexManages Operation Level Agreements and Underpinning Contracts.

Call the platform what you will; AS/400, iSeries, System i5 or Power6, AssurIT has been managing IBM's favourite mid-range server for a wide range of customers since 1994. All contractual services designed, implemented and delivered by ApexManage will be managed through our Multi-sourcing Governance Framework. The mission of this service is to deliver a comprehensive, holistic service delivery model, where all parties deliver to a common goal of first class customer service.

Tony Over, Head of ApexManage writes "We have carefully chosen service providers to work within this framework to achieve our stated aim. This agile approach to delivering service means ApexManage and the client will select the best service providers to deliver a high-quality managed service to their core skills profile within the overall PMSP. Critical to the success of this model is collaboration, we will select vendors who not only demonstrate skills and experience in their service portfolio, but who also demonstrate an agility and willingness to work alongside other vendors to achieve common goals. AssurIT was chosen as a partner because they meet this requirement and have proven partnering agreements with IBM, delivering similar services".

AssurIT are delighted to announce a recently formed alliance with SmallNet Consulting Ltd.

The alliance will enable AssurIT to consult upon and deliver IBM Datastage projects to companies across the UK and Ireland.

The DataStage suite of products were acquired in 2005 by IBM through the purchase of Ascential Software and delivers these unique capabilities: The powerful ETL solution supports the collection, integration and transformation of large volumes of data, with data structures ranging from simple to highly complex. IBM InfoSphere DataStage manages data arriving in real-time as well as data received on a periodic or scheduled basis.

The scalable platform enables companies to solve large-scale business problems through high-performance processing of massive data volumes. By leveraging the parallel processing capabilities of multiprocessor hardware platforms, IBM InfoSphere DataStage Enterprise Edition can scale to satisfy the demands of ever-growing data volumes, stringent real-time requirements, and ever shrinking batch windows.

Comprehensive source and target support for a virtually unlimited number of heterogeneous data sources and targets in a single job includes text files; complex data structures in XML; ERP systems such as SAP and PeopleSoft; almost any database (including partitioned databases); web services; and business intelligence tools like SAS.

Spencer Lea, Sales Director at AssurIT comments 'This alliance enables us to deliver real value to existing and new AssurIT customers who are looking to integrate and transform large volumes of data within their business. We have experience of delivering data migration projects on ERP platforms such as SAP, Peoplesoft and Lawson and can prove tangible cost savings and faster time to market. I'm very excited about this new alliance and look forward to working alongside IBM and its customers'.

Major Financial and Business Services Group signs 3 Year SHARP contract

This organisation is an award winning Global Services organisation, specialising in Business Factoring across a wide range of industries.

The company has a core business applications running on the IBM System platform, which is vital to the continued operation of the business. The data stored in the application is so critical that the organisation cannot risk even the smallest transaction being lost in the event of a system or software failure, they also need continual access to the application if the production environment is not available.

Having considered a wide range of solutions, including providing the service in-house themselves, they concluded that the most effective solution would be the SHARP service from IBM and AssurIT.

In the final recommendation report, the organisation concluded that over a 3 year period, it would cost 40% less to take the SHARP service rather than implementing a solution themselves and that the service level provided would be higher that than they could reach with their own people.

Gerard Burke, AssurIT Operations Director, explains why this organisation chose to take the provision of High Availability as an external service.

"As with many other customers, once they considered the total cost of an in-house High Availability project, including hardware, software, maintenance, training, hosting, power and people, and compared that to the price of an equivalent service using SHARP it just didn't make financial sense to undertake the project themselves. We can provision the service within a short space of time, with the customers input only required for key decisions about the rules around how they want their data protected, and once it's up and running we do everything for them. This company has so many other business focused projects they need to deliver this year they were very keen for us to just take the problem of protecting their systems away"