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Ascent Technology helps Bidfood SA migrate to Microsoft Azure

Ascent Technology helps Bidfood SA migrate to Microsoft Azure

When Bidfood SA chose to modernise and migrate its data platform to Microsoft Azure, it turned to Ascent Technology for help. In a world that is digitally transforming, it is more vital than ever to an organisation’s success to utilise the latest platforms to drive...

Ascent Technology helps migrate Phumelela Gaming to Azure

A Windows Server and SQL Server consolidation, optimisation and migration to Microsoft Azure enables the company to reduce costs, modernise its data platform and boost its innovation capabilities. As an operator running two distinct betting businesses, Phumelela...

Ascent helps migrate Compatible Automotive to Azure

Microsoft Azure Data Platform Services not only boosts the company’s DR facilities, it also helps them deliver value-added services and innovative strategic solutions to its customers. In a digitising world, it comes as no surprise to learn that Compatible Automotive...

CAMPAIGNS

Prepare for SQL Server 2012 End of Support

Prepare for SQL Server 2012 End of Support

On July 12, 2022, support for SQL Server 2012 ended. That means the end of regular security updates. Don't let your infrastructure and applications go unprotected. We're here to help you migrate to current versions for greater security, performance and innovation....

Prepare for Windows Server 2012 End of Support

On October 10, 2023, support for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 ended. That means the end of regular security updates. Don't let your infrastructure and applications go unprotected. We're here to help you migrate to current versions for greater security, performance...

Database Administration and Support Service from Ascent Technology

Economic volatility is driving a greater number of organisations to consider cost cutting measures and to implement consolidation procedures. This situation is further compounded by the growing skills shortage that makes it more difficult for businesses to acquire and...

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

Microsoft Data and Analytics Partner of the Year Finalist

Microsoft Data and Analytics Partner of the Year Finalist

Ascent Technology continues its strong showing in the Microsoft Partner of the Year awards, as a finalist in the Data and Analytics Partner of the Year award. Finalist Data and Analytics Partner of the Year "It is always gratifying to be recognised by Microsoft as one...

NEWSFLASHES

Advanced Azure Data Platform Workload online Workshops

Microsoft and Ascent Technology invite you to a deep-dive, interactive exploration of how to migrate apps & databases to Azure. We are hosting one-day online workshops covering everything from whiteboarding migration strategies to hands-on experiences with data...

FROM THE DESK OF THE MD

From the Desk of the MD – January 2019

From the Desk of the MD – January 2019

The start of another year inevitably brings with it the promise of change, and in wishing all our clients a happy New Year, we would like to suggest that 2019 is going to be a year of considerable and exciting change. After all, not only do we have what are sure to be...

Database, BI and Azure, Consulting Services

Ascent Technology offers end-to-end, cost effective, Managed Database, BI and Azure, Consulting and Support Services. These services are structured to allow clients the flexibility to choose the engagement model which suits their needs.

Ascent Technology fosters a heterogeneous database technology strategy. Our specialised database skills enable us to service and support complex mixed technology environments – including Microsoft Azure SQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Database, MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, Azure Cosmos DB, PostgreSQL, EnterpriseDB and Amazon RDS.

Database Administration and Support Service

Proposed on a fixed monthly cost basis, Ascent’s Database Administration and Support Service offers clients a way to outsource or co-source the day-to-day management, maintenance and support of their databases on a 24/7 basis. 

This service is implemented on a remote and on-site basis, with active management and preventative maintenance, ensuring a reliable, robust and optimally performing database environment.

This service, which protects clients from potential disasters and unnecessary downtime, can be extended to monitor application specific tasks or database batch jobs.

Ascent’s Database Administration and Support Service consists of three components, namely:

  • Proactive Management
  • Reactive Management
  • Management Reporting

Ascent Technology’s business model makes use of economies of scale to deliver excellent service while ensuring affordability.

 

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Azure Administration and Support Service

Proposed on a fixed monthly cost basis, Ascent’s Azure Administration and Support Service offers clients a way to outsource or co-source the day-to-day management, maintenance and support of their Azure environment on a 24/7 basis.

Ascent Technology’s business model makes use of economies of scale to deliver excellent service while ensuring affordability.

Database and BI Consulting Services

Ascent Technology’s strong pool of highly skilled Database and BI Consultants allows the company to engage in Expert Database and BI Consulting while ensuring that its Database Co/Outsourcing clients have excellent service. The company is often brought in under emergency conditions to solve time critical issues or to resolve challenges that have proved beyond a clients’ in-house capabilities or resources.

Ascent Technology is able to bring to bear a cross-section of expert skills and experience to ensure a speedy resolution.

Database Consulting Services are supplied to carry out:

  • Database High Availability
    • Database Clustering
    • Database Replication
    • Database Mirroring
    • Disaster Recovery
  • Database Performance Tuning
    • Database I/O Tuning
    • Database Management System Tuning
    • Database Backend SQL Tuning
  • Database Security
    • Database Vulnerability Assessments
    • Database Compliance
    • Database Abstraction
    • Database activity monitoring
  • Database Consulting
    • Database and Database Server Consolidation
    • Database Virtualization
    • Data and Database Migration
    • Data Architecting and Modeling
    • Data-Model Reverse-Engineering
    • Backend SQL Development

BI Consulting Services are supplied to carry out:

  • Integration Services
    • Construct and Manage Integration Packages
    • Data Integration and Transformation between heterogeneous environments
  • Reporting Services
    • Create, Deploy and Manage Reports
    • Publish and Export Reports
    • Schedule Report Processing and Access Reports on-demand
  • BI Consulting
    • Dashboards and Balanced Scorecards
    • Data Warehousing
    • Data Mining
    • Data Quality and Profiling
    • Master Data Management

These Consulting Services are delivered on a time and materials, or on a fixed fee basis.

Azure Consulting Services

Ascent Technology’s strong pool of highly skilled Azure Consultants allows the company to engage in Expert Azure Consulting while ensuring that its Co/Outsourcing clients have excellent service. The company is often brought in under emergency conditions to solve time critical issues or to resolve challenges that have proved beyond a clients’ in-house capabilities or resources.

Ascent Technology is able to bring to bear a cross-section of expert skills and experience to ensure a speedy resolution.

These Consulting Services are delivered on a time and materials, or on a fixed fee basis.

Data Platform Modernisation

Facing platform ‘end of life’ issues together with increasing pressures to digitise processes, increase profitability and innovate on product and service, organisations are finding Data Platform Modernisation projects can deliver significant value by enabling IT cost reductions together with improved service levels and increased agility.

An effective platform modernisation project factors in a combination of architecture refresh, together with software upgrades and targeted application remediation to deliver a platform that offers the optimum combination of TCO, performance and business innovation.

  • Database Upgrade and Database Server Consolidation
    • Provides clients with the ability to leverage newer technologies to reduce license footprints whilst improving robustness and efficiency of the database environment. The consolidated environment results in reduced hardware, operational and licensing costs.
  • Database High Availability
    • Provides clients with the ability to have a robust, maximum uptime database environment. This is achieved by the implementation of a number of methodologies and technologies. These include clustering, mirroring, replication and disaster recovery.
  • Hybrid Database Solutions
    • Provides clients with the flexibility to run database workloads, business critical applications and services in their own Private Cloud, the Public Cloud or a combination of Private and Public Cloud. Delivering high availability, allocate resources dynamically, and automate management of applications and infrastructure.
  • Database License Optimisation
    • One of the major costs associated with IT Solutions is software licensing and the managing thereof. Furthermore, while software licensing is a significant asset, it can be problematic for many clients.
    • Ascent Technology is focused on ensuring that its clients obtain the most cost effective database software licensing metric possible in relation to the client’s needs. Due to Ascent’s close relationship with database vendors, Ascent has a comprehensive knowledge of database software licensing.
    • As Ascent Technology has a services annuity revenue based business model, it does not depend on software licensing sales or fees to make its income. This means that Ascent has no conflict of interests in respect of software licensing procurement at its clients. This fact ensures that the Ascent’s clients get 100% objective and conflict free advice when it comes to database software licensing metric assessments and recommendations.