Blue Turtle partners with Daon to deliver frictionless biometric authentication and protect customers’ digital identities

Daon and Blue Turtle partner to offer industry-leading omni-channel biometric authentication software in the African region.

Issued by: Blue Turtle Technologies

Blue Turtle Technologies, South Africa’s leading enterprise technology management company, is pleased to announce it has been appointed as an official reseller partner for Daon, a world leader in biometric identity technology.

As a reseller partner, Blue Turtle will integrate Daon’s biometric authentication technology into its digital go-to-market. This cutting-edge technology allows organisations to alleviate the need for compromise between the security and convenience of their customers’ digital interactions, offering mobile identity assurance through the use of fingerprint, face, voice, iris, liveness or multi-modal capture.

“For too long, organisations such as online retailers, banks, wealth managers, insurers and the like have had to make a decision between creating a fast, convenient and easy way for customers to interact and transact digitally, or opting for a more tedious process that was safe and secure,” said Byron Wolff, Product Manager at Blue Turtle Technologies.

“The modern customer is both more demanding as well as tech-savvy, which leaves organisations with little margin of error when operating in the digital world.” Wolff goes on to state that “the mobile phone has become so ubiquitous, so engrained in our lives that one could refer to them as extensions of ourselves and the connection we hold with the outside world.

“A greater reliance on mobile devices to communicate and transact 24/7 also implies that we are more vulnerable to digital threats, hazards and frustrations. Biometric authentication not only helps protect customers on their digital journeys, but it can also increase the convenience experienced through these journeys.”

Faster, more seamless authentication, coupled with less reliance on oft-forgotten and misplaced usernames and passwords allows organisations to simultaneously secure and streamline digital interactions – benefiting both parties immensely.

“Daon is laser-focused on providing a tailored, continuous digital experience for our customers and their users,” said Tom Grissen, CEO, Daon. We look forward to working with Blue Turtle Technologies who share in our approach to innovation and flexibility to enable South African organisations to build future-proof extensibility into their platforms and deliver the world’s most trusted identity journeys, creating lifelong partnerships.”

In addition to IdentityX for authentication, the integrated product includes Digital Onboarding: a simple, seamless, all-digital onboarding path for organisations in any regulated industry, including banking, payments, investments and gaming, which are required to meet KYC and AML regulations for identity verification during account opening. Daon also combines multi-modal biometrics, fraud prevention and adaptive enrolment and cross-channel voice authentication to integrate seamlessly with contact centres.

“This strategic partnership with Daon allows us the ability to provide organisations with a way to provide secure and convenient online authentication and transaction in a mobile-first, omni-channel way that will service the African market perfectly,” ends Wolff.

Digital innovation has become a critical element of a successful e-commerce business. Blue Turtle’s mission is to help clients integrate meaningful digital solutions to help them enhance efficiencies, reduce costs, enhance customer-centricity and further future-proof their organisation.

Blue Turtle’s cloud journey delivers rapid time to value and accurate ROI results for public cloud

Packaging its technical capabilities and industry knowledge, local solutions provider is helping customers scale into the public cloud with ease and cost effectively

Issued by: Blue Turtle Technologies

Blue Turtle Technologies’ “Journey to the Cloud” programme and offerings draws on the collective Cloud experience within the company and packages a route to market for customers, enabling them to move to the cloud with confidence and ease.

With it’s vast cloud competencies, Blue Turtle Technologies is ideally positioned to assist customers with an end-to-end cloud capability. Its Journey to the Cloud programme draws from five key pillars, namely assess, migrate, optimise, secure, and manage. The company is already simplifying the complexities of the public cloud along with being a subject matter and technical expert with a proven track record in each pillar

“With the South African Azure Data Centres now fully operational, our customers are focusing more and more on Azure and leveraging our expertise to simplify their use of these public cloud services,” says Avash Maharaj, head of Infrastructure, Cloud and Security at Blue Turtle. “But the move to cloud can be paved with complexity, which is why we have created this programme as a means to help our customers better understand their environment, and through personal engagement with clients, align their cloud aspirations with tangible business results.

“With our experience and technical capabilities, we help customers discover the inventory of their IT workloads and analyse that data to produce a rich, detailed report to begin their Journey to the Cloud, based on fact. After this we draw from the five pillars to ensure that their cloud journey isn’t just a road trip, but a journey with a destination,” he adds.

Within the remit of this offering, Blue Turtle can seamlessly and completely manage the migration of workloads to the public cloud (from any source), conduct workload migration readiness assessments, ascertain application compatibility, and conduct business service mapping. Cloud security and cost remain two of the biggest challenges facing businesses when considering the cloud. The company can notably assist customers by underpinning their migration strategy with information security industry best practices; securing identities, workloads and data; as well as manage and formulate working models for complete cloud cost control.

Through its in-depth knowledge of cloud infrastructure and architecture, its teams are already assisting customers with accurate analysis of their on-premise and cloud environments, and fully managing seamless migrations to the cloud. Its end-to-end cloud capabilities are tried and tested and done with minimal disruption to a customer’s business.

“Our job doesn’t end when a client is ‘living in the cloud’, we draw from the benefits of our best-of-breed technologies, as well as our subject matter experts, to drive optimal results for our clients. We consistently strive to reduce unnecessary spend for customers without impacting the performance of their business services.

“What we have learnt over our time as cloud experts is that customers often get led down a path of costly and unnecessary technology undertakings to map their move to cloud. With our approach, we are striving to ensure that the roadmap we provide is not just successful, but also technically superior in every way, as it is built on qualified and quantified best practices,” ends Maharaj.

Blue Turtle will be providing full insights into its offerings at the Microsoft Ignite 2020 where it is a Gold Sponsor of the event. Join the team at the Sandton Convention Centre on 30-31 January 2020 and speak to one of its many experts around your cloud requirements.

Blue Turtle partners with Redis Labs, bringing the fastest NoSQL database to South African businesses

The agreement brings Redis Labs’ commercial offering, Redis Enterprise, to customers looking to perform at scale and speed in a cost-effective way.

Issued by: Blue Turtle Technologies

Blue Turtle Technologies has announced a partnership with Redis Labs, home of the in-memory NoSQL database most loved by developers: Redis. The agreement will bring the power of Redis Labs’ commercial offering, Redis Enterprise, to customers looking to deliver performance at scale in a cost-effective way for their mission-critical workloads.

The addition of Redis Enterprise to its portfolio enables Blue Turtle to provide its database customers with a complementary product that can provide database caching and message brokering at sub-millisecond latency. Boasting a throughput of over 200 million operations per second, Redis Enterprise is the ideal modern database for large financial services companies, telecommunications service providers and clients with large customer bases where transactions, applications and services need to query and deliver data at speed.

“When it comes to speed and performance, there is no database as fast as Redis; and its commercial offering, Redis Enterprise, is perfect for high throughput and transactional use cases, as well as mobile apps where speed of access is critical,” says Justin Arnoldi, head of digital transformation at Blue Turtle.

“Redis is an emerging technology that is growing in popularity. Many of our customers already use the open source product, and because of its effectiveness, they are eager to take advantage of Redis Enterprise as they scale their applications and business.

“This is where Blue Turtle comes in. Our technical teams are able to support and maintain Redis Enterprise on behalf of our customers and ensure that they can unlock the true potential of the solution.”

Redis Enterprise supports data structures such as strings, hashes, lists, sets, sorted sets with range queries, bitmaps, hyperLogLogs, geospatial indexes with radius queries and streams. Its caching ability is perfect for customers looking to reduce app load time and who need real-time access to data. It is also being used for fraud detection by large global clients as it is able to ingest and alert parties to potentially fraudulent activities in milliseconds.

The product has built-in replication, Lua scripting, LRU and LFU eviction policies, transactions and tunable durability. It also provides high availability and advanced clustering. All of these are critical for customers where real-time communication is required, and who have high-volume and sensitive data environments.

“Redis Labs is one of the fastest growing database companies in the world, and we are constantly looking for partners who can help bring our product to new markets and help our customers be successful with Redis Enterprise,” says Richard Paton, Country Manager South Africa at Redis Labs.

“Blue Turtle is an ideal partner in SA as it has an excellent technical team and a reputation for successful project delivery, and it is a cultural fit with our business. With our roots in open source, we believe that the developer is king, and we have a very strong community backing us.

“Redis Enterprise is replacing many database systems where customers require speed and agility. Our philosophy is to build on the speed, simplicity and cloud-native foundation Redis is known and loved for by providing an enterprise-grade database platform that offers scalability and reliability, and in an economic way,” adds Paton.

In partnership with Redis Labs, the Blue Turtle database team will provide consulting services, technical support, and pre- and post-sales engagement.

Blue Turtle adds Microsoft Gold Data Platform partner to its war chest

Blue Turtle Technologies has further strengthened its Microsoft competencies with the announcement that it has officially been appointed as a Gold partner for Microsoft Data Platform.

Issued by: Blue Turtle Technologies

“As a solutions integrator, Blue Turtle Technologies understands the value of big data in today’s always on always connected society,” says Avash Maharaj, Head of Infrastructure, Cloud and Security at Blue Turtle. “Attaining the Microsoft Gold Data Platform competency displays our understanding of data, and ensures we are able to align and prepare clients for the big data-driven fourth industrial revolution.”

The Microsoft data platform brings AI to data, providing customers with the tools needed to gain a deeper understanding of their business, and insights into the behaviour of customers. It is able to achieve this by bringing machine learning to its database engines as well as to edge devices. This allows for faster predictions and better security in a big data environment.

Aligning with Microsoft, and Microsoft best practices, allows Blue Turtle to offer its clients innovative, practical and secure data solutions, ranging from managed services to professional services. Blue Turtle customers are already taking advantage of benefits that include faster on-premises innovation, acceleration of cloud deployments using predictions from Azure, building intelligent apps using cognitive services to build human-like intelligence across their data, and leveraging the native AI in the Microsoft data platform to unlock insights from multi-cloud deployments.

“The Microsoft Gold Data Platform competency is supported by innovative solution offerings within the Blue Turtle portfolio and a brilliant technical team to ensure our clients gain the required insights required from their data. This ensures they are able to take the correct actions to derive the maximum value from their current and/or new public and private cloud data investments,” ends Maharaj.

Blue Turtle Technologies appointed local partner for Octopus Deploy

Local customers can now leverage a deployment automation tool that makes it easy to orchestrate on-premises and cloud releases and to deploy applications.

Issued by: Blue Turtle Technologies

Blue Turtle Technologies has today announced that it has been appointed as a preferred partner of Octopus Deploy, further extending its capabilities to provide a deployment automation solution to customers looking to deploy and scale Web applications locally and to the cloud.

“Octopus Deploy is not new to the South African market. The name kept popping up in conversations with our customers, especially our Redgate customers currently automating their database deployments. It’s an enterprise solution with a very competitive price point that provides customers with an intuitive, reliable and easy method to automate deployments,” says Marius Nauhaus, Product Manager for DevOps and Messaging at Blue Turtle Technologies.

According to Nauhaus, Octopus Deploy complements existing Continuous Integration (CI) solutions and has plug-ins to most of the CI servers out there, including Azure DevOps, Bamboo, TFS and Jenkins, to name but a few.

The solution also comes bundled with conventions for deploying different types of applications like .NET and Java, etc, as well as configuration files and various scripting languages. You can deploy to physical as well as virtual machines on premises and, with cloud adoption becoming increasingly prevalent in the local market, it also provides support for deployments to Azure, AWS and Docker.

The solution goes beyond just automating Web application deployment. It also assists customers with creating a Continuous Integration Continuous Deployment (CICD) pipeline for their database deployments, a gap that many customers currently have in their DevOps strategy.

“If you look at DevOps and automation, there is a huge drive towards getting applications to the market more quickly, and all the focus is on the ‘code portion’ of the application,” says Nauhaus.

“There is a big gap in automating the database portion of application releases, particularly with regard to database CICD. Octopus Deploy fixes this. Combine Octopus Deploy with Redgate’s Change Automation Solution, and you have a robust, reliable and automated deployment pipeline for your database deployments.

“From an IT perspective, it alleviates the workload of the database administrator during deployments, while for the business it means more reliable database deployments and a faster time to market for applications. Looking at what Octopus Deploy offers and the fact that so many of our customers are already using it, formalising our partnership just made sense.”

As per the agreement, Blue Turtle will provide local customers with support for Octopus Deploy, a conduit to the vendor, as well as access to new releases and product announcements.

Plan now to optimise cloud spend

Moving from a Capex and Capacity model to a Cost Control and Resource Optimisation approach is key to managing cloud spend effectively.

Issued by: Blue Turtle Technologies

The growth in cloud service use requires organisations to rethink their approach to IT spend. Moving from a Capex and Capacity model to a Cost Control and Resource Optimisation approach is fundamental if technology departments want to manage cloud spend effectively.

The cloud challenge

Many customers are excited by the opportunity that cloud presents, and while a small number have moved operational workloads, most are still testing the waters, with developers having access to Azure or AWS to spin up instances for application development and testing. Often, these instances are over-provisioned, or left running over weekends, resulting in significant and unexpected expense.

Customers with a cloud footprint of any significance are generally unaware of how much they are spending day to day, who is using cloud and what they are using it for. Limited visibility and complex cloud billing present real challenges. Unlike on-premises systems, the constraints of Capacity and Capex don’t apply in the world of cloud.

The bottom line is that businesses need to be proactive in managing costs, budget and spend when adopting cloud. Cost optimisation and good governance needs to be built into every cloud plan.

Create visibility

To begin with, businesses need visibility of the infrastructure resources and software licence usage, across on-premises and cloud environments. With this visibility, IT will not only gain insight into how to spend optimally, but how to lower risk at the same time, enabling the IT department to make real contributions to strategic, business-wide cost reduction and risk management initiatives.

Blue Turtle’s solutions deliver visibility, insight and automation for IT spend management, from software licence optimisation, workload assessment and cloud sizing, to real-time cloud resource right-sizing.

Optimise spend

Managing cloud spend has to be a primary goal, and Blue Turtle’s solutions deliver real-time spend optimisation, dynamically adjusting cloud resource allocation, as well as the ability to contextualise spend between business units and services in a multi-cloud environment, with the added benefit of trending and forecasting spend.

Enable operations efficiency

It’s great to clean up waste but better still to prevent it. This means automating cloud-use policies to root out anomalies such as unattached volumes and remove them; and making sure that cloud instances are created via approved templates to ensure the right placement, sizing, operating hours and security and operational policies are applied by design at deployment time, not reactively.

Blue Turtle’s service

Working with market-leading software vendors such as Flexera RightScale, Turbonomic, BMC and Morpheus, the Blue Turtle team are able to lower operating costs and improve operations and compliance, while reducing business risk at the same time.

Blue Turtle’s  approach enables business to understand their complex on-premises licence and infrastructure utilisation; optimise spend in a multi-cloud world; run workloads at optimum cost and performance; and ensure operational efficiency through automated provisioning, monitoring and governance.

Blue Turtle is now a Microsoft Cloud Platform Gold Partner

Through its alignment with Microsoft best practice, Blue Turtle Technologies helps businesses to assess, migrate to, optimise, secure and manage Microsoft Azure Cloud initiatives.

Issued by: Blue Turtle Technologies

Blue Turtle Technologies is pleased to announce that it has been appointed as Microsoft Gold Partner for the Cloud competency.

“Our appointment as a Microsoft Gold Partner for the Cloud competency is as a result of our investment in Azure competencies and the great support we have received from the Microsoft team in SA,” says Avash Maharaj, cloud business manager at Blue Turtle. “Today we are delivering a range of innovative solutions for cloud that deliver real value to customers.”

“Building our team and developing our Microsoft Cloud skills has enabled us to offer clients access to a range of services and all the advantages that go along with working with a Microsoft Gold Partner,” states Mervyn Yan, product manager at Blue Turtle. “It is a recognition of our capability to deliver, develop and deploy on Microsoft’s proven cloud platform, delivering both innovative software and ‘as-a-service’ offerings.”

Through its alignment with Microsoft best practice, Blue Turtle is helping businesses with their migration to Microsoft Azure, ensuring that the right workloads are moved to the cloud, where it makes financial and business sense. As part of its Azure services, the company already assists clients with discovery, assessment, migration, optimisation, operation and security for Azure.

“The cloud decision is not simple, and the actual move to it and adoption of it by business comes with potential challenges. A partner needs to understand how to identify the right workloads, get customers into the cloud efficiently and get them to operate in the cloud without cost consumption running out of control. The public cloud needs to be a feasible cost decision. Incorrect migration and sizing can damage the bottom line. What we do as Blue Turtle is get you into the cloud and keep you in the cloud,” concludes Yan.

Blue Turtle chooses RiverMeadow as its preferred Cloud Migration Platform

By delivering a seamless migration solution, RiverMeadow will foster greater agility, speed and flexibility for Blue Turtle customers in their adoption of cloud.

Issued by: Blue Turtle Technologies

RiverMeadow Software, the leading provider of multi-cloud automated cloud migration software, announced today that it has partnered with Blue Turtle, a leading South African provider of enterprise technology solutions. Blue Turtle delivers solutions that drive IT efficiency, support cloud adoption, and enable digital transformation and big-data initiatives.

Blue Turtle selected RiverMeadow’s Cloud Migration Platform to deliver a seamless cloud migration solution to its customers, complementing its cloud assessment and operations services. Supported by some of the world’s finest technology and best practice services, the collaboration with RiverMeadow will foster greater agility, speed and flexibility for Blue Turtle’s customers in their cloud adoption.

Speaking of the partnership, Martyn Healy, technology director at Blue Turtle, said: “In today’s results-driven market, it is critical that our customers can quickly and cost-effectively take advantage of cloud offerings. RiverMeadow’s integrated, end-to-end Cloud Migration Platform provides for a secure, fast, low-cost and low-risk migration of applications and workloads to the cloud, regardless of the scale or complexity. Delivered ‘as a service’ with fixed cost options, the combination of RiverMeadow and Blue Turtle makes this a great solution for our customers in their adoption of cloud.”

Graham Smith, executive vice-president of the EMEIA and Asia-Pacific region at RiverMeadow, said: “I am extremely proud of the recent collaboration with Blue Turtle. The partnership sees RiverMeadow join an elite group of global software leaders and emerging technology vendors to empower digital enablement. We are excited about the opportunities and look forward to accelerating Blue Turtle’s customers on their journey to the cloud.”

Blue Turtle automates and optimises move to Microsoft SA Data Centres

Blue Turtle automates and optimises move to Microsoft SA Data Centres

Issued by: Blue Turtle Technologies

[Johannesburg, 19 June 2019]

 

As a Microsoft Data Centre Migration Partner, Blue Turtle offers customers the most effective route to Microsoft Azure Cloud

 

With the official launch of the Microsoft Data Centres in South Africa, Blue Turtle announces a suite of services that enables a customer’s journey to the Cloud.

 

Blue Turtle will deliver Azure Migration Services that encompass discovery, assessment, migration, optimisation, operation and security. The services leverage technologies, which analyse a customer’s existing environment, optimise system utilisation prior to migration, create the target Azure specification, assess Azure costs and provide for automated migration.

 

“This really is the moment that South African business has been waiting for. Those Cloud migration plans that have been on the backburner due to data sovereignty, network costs and security concerns are now a thing of the past,” says Avash Maharaj, head of Infrastructure and Operations at Blue Turtle.

 

“The challenge for customers is to determine what can be moved, migrate systems quickly and efficiently, manage the quality of service while avoiding cost overrun, both in the migration and then for on-going cloud use. Through our solutions, services and Microsoft partnership, we are uniquely positioned to be able to provide customers with a fool proof mechanism by which to evaluate cloud opportunities and exploit Azure in a controlled, speedy and cost-effective way.”

 

Blue Turtle is currently assisting a number of enterprise customers with assessments that will help them understand their environment, and plan and migrate in a controlled manner, allowing them to embrace the Microsoft Cloud offerings. According to Maharaj, whilst the roll out to the cloud can be done timeously, preparing for the process, understanding the costs and securing the budget are the key building blocks to a successful project. He urges customers not to take short cuts that in the long run will result in a poor return on investment.

 

While the company uses industry recognised frameworks, it is one of few partners in the region that is able to also provide migration, cost control, service monitoring and security capabilities. Furthermore, Blue Turtle is the African partner for Turbonomic, software that has been earmarked by Microsoft itself as a preferred solution to assist with workload automation for a hybrid cloud environment, and helps customers to optimise performance, compliance, and cost in real-time.

 

As an example, using Turbonomic, Cloud Services International a global consulting and technology services company, was able to expand its Azure footprint and automatically deliver the application performance and policy compliance the business needed – while at the same time reducing cloud spend by 20 percent.

 

“Our approach to customers who are looking to migrate workloads into the Microsoft Data Centres is to ensure they get the planning and assessments right, once this is in place we will architect the most appropriate plan for their migration – ensuring that the move is seamless.

 

“In 2018 research giant IDC estimated that cloud services in South Africa would generate nearly 112 000 new jobs in the country by 2022 and that spending on public cloud services will nearly triple over the next five years, up from R4.29 billion in 2017 to R11.53 billion in 2022. These figures are huge – but again we caution customers to ensure they map their cloud strategies properly before they take the leap,” ends Maharaj.

Blue Turtle partners with UiPath to deliver robotic process automation (RPA) services

Blue Turtle and UiPath partner to offer industry-leading automatisation solutions in the African region.

Issued by: Blue Turtle Technologies

[Johannesburg, 22 March 2019]

Blue Turtle Technologies, South Africa’s leading enterprise technology management company, is pleased to announce it has been appointed as an official reseller partner for UiPath, the leading enterprise robotic process automation (RPA) software company.

As a reseller partner, Blue Turtle will integrate UiPath’s RPA technology into its digital go-to-market. UiPath’s RPA solutions allow organisations to create a digital workforce to work side-by-side with employees, thereby freeing up human capital for more important customer-centric tasks. RPA also enables customers to have a more consistent, near real-time experience across an organisation’s digital channels.

“Robotic process automation has made it a lot easier for organisations to automate repetitive tasks performed by staff, thereby increasing efficiencies, improving customer service, reducing costs, increasing competitive edge and enabling market share growth,” said Justin Arnoldi, Head of Digital Transformation at Blue Turtle Technologies.

“UiPath provides an efficient, cost-effective RPA solution for a quicker return on investment, along with extensive support, a user community and a free online academy. Their solution integrates with existing systems and applications to streamline organisational workflows while allowing for scale and flexibility. UiPath integrates artificial intelligence from leading technology solutions providers and is continuously developing additional product features to train and manage business-ready models of machine learning. Working with UiPath, we will provide customers with support throughout the entire RPA implementation and expansion journey,” Arnoldi added.

Anand Nagwani, VP of Partnerships EMEA at UiPath, said: “We are thrilled to add Blue Turtle to our list of reselling partners, and drive further the adoption of RPA in a growing market. We are proud to empower their customer base and ultimately give people access to the best automation solution on the market and help them enjoy their jobs more.”

Digital innovation has become a critical element of a successful e-commerce business. Blue Turtle’s mission is to help clients integrate meaningful digital solutions to help them enhance efficiencies, reduce costs, enhance customer-centricity and further future-proof their organisation.

Blue Turtle can facilitate the implementation of UiPath’s RPA solutions.