Blue Turtle announces DataKinetics partnership

Blue Turtle Technologies, a leading systems management solutions provider, has partnered with DataKinetics, specialist in mainframe performance optimisation.

“Blue Turtle Technologies is a significant player in the South African mainframe sector, with a strong presence in banking, insurance and financial services. It is against this backdrop that we believe that through their knowledge and expertise, combined with our mainframe optimisation technologies, we will be able to grow and develop the DataKinetics footprint in the region,” says DataKinetics CEO Allan Zander.

The partnership will bring unique software to its IBM Z-Series mainframe customers, one that significantly reduces batch processing, mainframe CPU utilisation, and data-intensive processing, resulting in savings of millions of rands.

Alan Kuun, Product Manager at Blue Turtle, comments: “By delivering real operational improvement, DataKinetics’ optimisation software improves the performance of large mainframe operators, enabling them to achieve substantial savings in operating costs and improvement in service levels.

“The potential increases in operational efficiencies help companies dramatically advance their IT productivity. The solution has a proven and powerful in-memory data management application for enhancing online transaction processing environments, batch applications, and DB2 stored procedures running on IBM mainframes. With DataKinetics, you can improve mainframe performance in almost any application.”

Blue Turtle expands presence in SA

As a result of significant growth in the Western Cape, Blue Turtle Technologies has announced the opening of a Cape Town Office. Blue Turtle Western Cape is conveniently located at Century Square, Century City.

“The Western Cape operation will be managed by our regional executive, Trevor Belter, bringing together the experienced technical team we have established in Cape Town and Durban. This is an indication of the rapid growth of our footprint across the country. We have a very strong presence with many of the leading IT organisations in the region, and we are looking to grow the service and solutions we currently deliver,” says Geoff van den Bosch, Managing Director at Blue Turtle Technologies.

“The expansion further strengthens our position as it puts us in close proximity to our existing customers, and enhances our ability to better engage and service our clients in Cape Town,” concludes van den Bosch.

For further information, please contact:
Blue Turtle Technologies – Western Cape:
Tel: +27 (0)87 721 1874 | Fax: +27 (0)21 552 7764
Regional executive: Trevor Belter: Cell: 079 511 4344 / trevorb@blueturtle.co.za
Physical address: Unit E6, Century Square, Heron Crescent, Century City, Cape Town, 7446

Blue Turtle awarded NetApp Partner of the Year

Blue Turtle Technologies (Blue Turtle) recently received two major awards from NetApp South Africa.

The awards included Growth Partner of the Year and top honour for Partner of the Year. Blue Turtle, a NetApp software partner, which specialises in NetApp ONcommand suite of products, beat the more established heavyweight hardware partners to achieve these accolades.

“NetApp is a 100% indirect organisation in South Africa, parenting is in our DNA. Partners such as Blue Turtle are like a diamond in a coal dump; very rare and hard to find. Although it was close, Blue Turtle stood out among our more traditional partners as unrivalled in their growth and ability to attract new customers that were previously out of our reach, and with little interaction with NetApp. Blue Turtle was outstanding! I am proud to be associated with them and extend our congratulations to Martyn, Gray and the Blue Turtle team,” says Matthew Barker, Channel Manager, NetApp.

Gray Farrell, Business Development Manager at Blue Turtle, concludes: “NetApp is a global leader in the storage arena and was recently listed as one of Forbes top 100 global innovators. Blue Turtle is pleased to be a partner and continually assess our offerings to the market to help businesses drive cost containment and improve efficiencies.”

Blue Turtle confirmed as leading BMC Software Elite Partner in southern Africa

BMC Software recognised Blue Turtle Technologies (Blue Turtle) as its seventh most valuable partner worldwide at its global partner conference, held during May 2011 in the USA.

Blue Turtle is a BMC Elite Partner, providing both ESM (Enterprise Solutions Management) and MSM (Mainframe Solutions Management) solutions to its enterprise customers. Blue Turtle’s recent acquisition of Column Technologies SA in January 2011 further increased its footprint in South Africa and across the rest of Africa.

“We have a very successful relationship with BMC, as their solutions are a trusted and recognised leader in service automation, operations and management, complementing Blue Turtle’s position in the African market addressing our customers’ service needs and requirements,” comments Martyn Healy, Blue Turtle marketing director.

“We are committed to this market, are appropriately skilled; however, continually growing our competencies through training, mentorship programmes and recruitment. Our staff is a differentiator.”

The longstanding partnership and relationship between Blue Turtle and BMC Software ensures that organisations’ risks are drastically reduced and easily managed, and that they always benefit from the mutual investment made by both Blue Turtle and BMC in the development of best practice services and solutions, underpinned by sound technology and credible, solid organisations with exceptional IP, ensuring maximum return on investment.

Blue Turtle offers updated Serena solutions to South African organisations

Blue Turtle Technologies today announced the availability of two new software releases for the South African IT market. Developed by Serena Software, Dimensions CM 12.1 and PVCS Version Manager 8.4.2 are designed to help South African IT organisations develop and deliver releases more efficiently.

Tommy Erlank, General Manager – Enterprise Application Management (EAM) at Blue Turtle, comments: “Our clients have experienced years of tremendous value from their Dimensions CM and PVCS Version Manager deployments. With the new updates in Dimensions CM 12.1 and PVCS Version Manager 8.4.2, IT organisations can expect to further streamline their application development and delivery processes.”

Dimensions CM is an industry-leading software change and configuration management (SCCM) solution, which forms part of the Serena Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Solution, that helps enterprise IT organisations seamlessly orchestrate application change and configuration practices across disparate platforms, environments, and teams.

Dimensions CM 12.1 significantly extends its “Release Vault” capabilities, further streamlining deployment and enhancing stakeholder visibility across the path to production. Dimensions CM 12.1 provides significant new enhancements, including a centralised Release Manager Console, greater granularity and flexibility for deployments, and multi-view reports.

PVCS Version Manager (VM) helps smaller development organisations with tailored version control capabilities. PVCS VM 8.4.2 provides significant performance improvements for users of IDE integrations with Eclipse and Visual Studio.

According to Marek Szeliga, Director of Channels for Serena: “Blue Turtle has consistently provided exceptional expertise to organisations that need to optimise their ALM competencies. With the new Dimensions CM 12.1 and PVCS VM 8.4.2 releases, Blue Turtle will continue assisting South African development organisations deliver applications faster, at lower costs, and therefore increase customer satisfaction.”

Blue Turtle is the Serena Software partner in southern Africa and has helped organisations in the financial, retail, utility, government and medical sector that have implemented and use Serena solutions to streamline their entire application life cycle from visualisation to production deployments.

Blue Turtle appointed BMC MSM Elite Partner

Blue Turtle Technologies (Blue Turtle) has been awarded BMC MSM (Mainframe Solutions Management) Elite Partner status. At a recent BMC global partner conference, held in Orlando, USA, Blue Turtle received recognition as the seventh largest BMC solutions partner in the world.

Blue Turtle, a long-time BMC ESM partner, has for the past 24 months provided MSM products, expanding the partnership with BMC Software to incorporate the full set of BMC offerings from service management, service automation and service assurance; across mainframe and distributed systems.

The BMC MSM product range includes system management and automation products such as the CONTROL suite, Data Management tools for IMS and DB2, and systems monitoring tools such as MAINVIEW.

Blue Turtle’s sound project management, highly experienced engineers, product managers and consulting services team have combined experience in excess of 25 years in BMC Control-M architectural design, professional services and support. Furthermore, Blue Turtle has certified trainers that regularly provide customised services training.

Its leadership in the mainframe arena is further supported by its global implementations in countries such as Middle East, Africa and the United Kingdom.

Gray Farrell comments: “We are the trusted adviser to the largest BMC Control-M customer in the country, where we provide design, implementation, training, consulting and support services. Control-M is the only leader recognised in the top right Gartner magic quadrant in workflow automation. BMC Control-M customers address the full gambit of industries from manufacturing, telecoms, government, financial through to retail.

“BMC MSM has combined ‘best-in-class’ technologies to deliver the most comprehensive solutions, including next-generation data centre, IT cost optimisation, automation, monitoring, capacity planning and cloud computing,” says Geoff van den Bosch, Managing Director at Blue Turtle.

“The closer collaboration between Blue Turtle and BMC Software has allowed Blue Turtle to achieve Elite status in a very short space of time, and provides global IP and best-practice methodologies for mainframe customers, resulting in tailored solutions to meet customers’ requirements,” concludes Van den Bosch.

Nolio appoints Blue Turtle as sole distributor to extend its Release Automation Platform in southern Africa

Blue Turtle Technologies (Blue Turtle) today announced that an agreement was reached with Nolio, giving Blue Turtle sole distribution rights to the company’s products and services in southern Africa.

Nolio Application Service Automation Platform (Nolio ASAP) automates release deployment processes of multi-tier, distributed applications and their configuration settings across the application life cycle in different environments.

It allows data centre teams to centrally execute and control the tasks needed to deploy and service applications, eliminating complexity and errors while streamlining operations for heightened application uptime, accelerated time-to-release and immediate productivity gains.

“We are excited with the new partnership with Nolio as their products and solutions fit perfectly with our Application Lifecycle Management competency. Furthermore, Serena Software, with whom we have had a longstanding relationship, recently announced product integration with Nolio ASAP to extend their release automation offering, further adding value to our local clients,” comments Marius Nauhaus, Product Manager at Blue Turtle.

Manual processes and lack of release automation technologies lead to unnecessary deployment errors and increased application service costs. According to market analysts, up to 60% of application downtime is caused by misconfigurations and application service errors. Coupled with the ever increasing complexity of today’s software application releases, IT operations teams can spend as much as 75% of their time managing continuous application integration, data centre application releases and maintenance tasks.

Nolio heightens application uptime by automating application deployment and service operations, eliminating errors and replacing manual tasks with reliable, repeatable processes to mitigate the risk of application change. In addition, by bridging between application silos and streamlining ongoing application service tasks, Nolio cuts forced maintenance windows by as much as 50%, eliminating the cost of ‘end-user minutes lost’. The automation of troubleshooting and recovery processes further contains downtime costs, reducing both remediation time and failure duration by up to 70%.

“With Nolio we are able to assist our clients to dramatically reduce the cost of servicing applications, scaling workload capacity of application operation teams by three-six times, accelerating application release time from days to minutes and enabling knowledge retention and transfer across operational teams,” concludes Nauhaus.

Blue Turtle offers sales, support, training and implementation of Nolio ASAP in southern Africa

Blue Turtle simplifies database complexities for Business Connexion

Blue Turtle Technologies (Blue Turtle) has been awarded the TOAD DBA (Database Administration) suite business by Business Connexion.

Hendrik Rheeder, Senior Manager: Database Management Services, Business Connexion, says: “Business Connexion’s requirement for a DBA toolset that could be used over multiple databases and customers, while simultaneously ensuring accurate reporting and information, was part of the criteria and a key deliverable. Blue Turtle’s Quest TOAD DBA toolset offering coupled with their ability to provide flexible pricing options suited our requirements perfectly.”

Martyn Healy, Marketing Director, Blue Turtle, adds: “Business Connexion identified the need for a database tool that could consolidate all the functionalities across disparate databases. The DBA tool had to have the ability to integrate, increase productivity and enable one to work proactively. The Quest TOAD DBA toolset met all their criteria as it automates maintenance, ensures optimal performance, and mitigates the risk of change.”

“Furthermore, we were able to utilise our resources more effectively by using junior DBA resources instead of senior DBA resources for the daily reporting side, thus maximising senior DBA resources time for strategic critical business. We have until recently predominantly used Quest Spotlight for diagnostics and pinpointing issues on the different DBMSes (database management systems). We have seen that a primary benefit and feature of the Quest TOAD DBA toolset is the quicker problem resolution,” comments Rheeder.

John Jenkins, Chief Executive: Services Division at Business Connexion, adds: “The commercial model allows us to offer SaaS (software as a service) to our customer base. We found the team extremely enthusiastic about the products, and the willingness from a supplier’s perspective to change existing costing models to accommodate Business Connexion was very encouraging. Blue Turtle is a key strategic software partner of our organisation, with several software implementations that are critical to our business.”

The solution is deployed and installed on individual workstations. Business Connexion will in turn use this solution for a number of their customers to assist with output initiatives.

Healy concludes: “The toolset is an empowering tool that reduces the time to resolution, thus adding to the bottom line. It is a diagnostic and problem resolution tool.”

Blue Turtle has been a Quest Software partner since 2003, with sound IP and strong customer base. Their Quest solutions include Windows migration, data application, monitoring and virtualisation.

Blue Turtle acquires AfricanPulse Mobile Solutions

Blue Turtle Technologies (Blue Turtle) has announced the acquisition of AfricanPulse Mobile Solutions (AMS) effective 1 March 2011.

“The decision for the acquisition forms part of Blue Turtle’s strategy to develop and enhance our current solutions and services for the telecommunications industry. AMS is a company specialising in development, integration and the provision of professional services within the ICT sector. They bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and a sound understanding of the telecoms sector,” says Geoff van den Bosch, Managing Director at Blue Turtle.

“Telecoms is one of the fastest growing industries, with continuous infrastructure improvements. There is ongoing demand to provide robust, cost-effective, innovative solutions and services as the need for quality data and voice increases.”

Riaan de Jonge, Director, AfricanPulse Mobile Solutions, comments: “Blue Turtle is a market leader in the software solutions and integration space, which is continuously evolving its solutions. We believe Blue Turtle a perfect fit to our company’s vision and growth and an ideal opportunity to exploit the synergies between our companies in unlocking value to our clients and business partners. AMS designed a comprehensive, flexible and modular service development framework architecture within which several products have been developed – the most recent and notable being ‘ERA’, a modern, state-of-the-art prepaid management platform aimed initially at the telecommunications industry, but intended to evolve into servicing any environment in which prepaid payment mechanisms are required.”

AMS also has a strong and well established relationship with various broad IT telecoms solutions providers focusing on charging, billing, customer care, messaging, content and policy security for mobile operators.

Van den Bosch concludes: “The trend to a more mobile and flexible workforce by several organisations through the use of available technology and the demand to become more competitive and innovative, forms part of Blue Turtle’s strategy to develop solutions that meet these requirements and ensure return on investment for our customers.”

Blue Turtle Technologies capitalises on unrivalled software products from leading international and South African software providers to deliver compelling and cost-effective technology management solutions to customers.

Blue Turtle appointed BMC Software Elite Partner

Blue Turtle Technologies (Blue Turtle) has received the accolade of BMC Elite Partner, thereby joining a select group of worldwide BMC solution partners.

Blue Turtle, the largest provider of BMC Software solutions in southern Africa, and a long-time BMC Remedy service provider, has over the past three years expanded the partnership with BMC Software to incorporate the full set of BMC offerings, from service management, service automation and service assurance across mainframe and distributed systems.

Blue Turtle has delivered high growth for BMC Software, with major initiatives in data centre optimisation, enterprise workload management and ITIL IT Service Management. Building on this, the recent acquisition of the Column Technologies SA VAR business also increases Blue Turtle’s footprint significantly.

“BMC has combined ‘best-in-class’ technologies to deliver the most comprehensive and effective BSM (business service management) solution for managing the challenges facing today’s IT executives. This includes next-generation data centre, IT cost optimisation, virtualisation and cloud computing,” says Geoff van den Bosch, Managing Director at Blue Turtle.

“The closer collaboration between Blue Turtle and BMC Software provides access to the BMC laboratories, global IP and best-practice methodologies, resulting in tailored solutions for our customers,” concludes Van den Bosch.