DB Administration, Security and Compliance for First Distribution

DB Administration, Security and Compliance for First Distribution

First Distribution’s Database Administration, Security and Compliance needs lead it to trusted advisor, Ascent Technology. For any large organisation, Database Administration (DBA) is a vital part of maintaining their Data Platform Operations effectively. As it has...

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...


Database System Health Check Service from Ascent Technology

Database System Health Check Service from Ascent Technology

A Database System Health Check assesses if your Database is running optimally, and can help diagnose challenges before performance issues, and/or down time affect your users. That’s where Ascent's Database Health Check Service comes in. Our Database Health Check...

Database Security and Compliance with DB Shield

The growing number of threats to databases and unauthorised access to the data within, is clearly creating on-going headaches for CIOs. Solving these headaches may not be easy, but by asking the right questions, CIOs can begin to overcome their Database Security and...

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...


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...



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...

From the Desk of the MD

From the Desk of the MD – December 2010

17 Dec 2010

Welcome to the final Ascent newsletter for 2010. As everyone gets fully into the holiday mood of the Festive Season, we feel that the end of year presents the perfect time to reflect on the recent past and consider the future year.

As far as 2010 was concerned, it was certainly an eventful year, and one which proved to be something of a mixed bag of both highs and challenges for everyone. As South Africans, we were all able to bask in the enormous success of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which enhanced South Africa’s reputation enormously.

Of course, while we had highs such as this, they were accompanied by challenges as well. The most notable of these was the protracted economic “slow go” facing not only South Africa, but the rest of the world as well.

Looking ahead

Looking forward towards 2011, it is our view that these challenges are not yet over, and we can fundamentally expect more of the same. However, while we cannot expect a major boom in the market, we do believe there will be moderate growth next year.

From Ascent’s perspective, we remain positive about our company’s future. We are also anticipating more of the same in 2011, meaning that we will in all likelihood continue to experience the kind of growth and success we had during this past year.

We anticipate the year ahead to be a busy and exciting one, where we will continue our growth, acquire new clients and witness improved service delivery levels to our existing and new clients.

Thank you to all

Ascent has managed to go from strength to strength, despite the difficulties presented by the ongoing economic challenges. As you will have noticed from previous newsletters and news flashes, we experienced some impressive results over the course of 2010.

We have seen our business continue to improve and have been able to repeatedly build on our successes throughout this period. This stability has enabled us to continue to provide our customers with the service and value to which they have become accustomed.

However, we are well aware that our continued success is only due to the strength of the partnerships we have with our clients and our principles whom, along with our people, are the most valuable aspects of our business.

Bearing this in mind, I would like to extend my most heartfelt thanks, gratitude and best wishes for the New Year to every one of Ascent’s clients, people and partners – we value every one of you and appreciate the role each of you have played in helping us to achieve the success we have during 2010.

The last word

I anticipate a similarly successful 2011 and would like to wish all of our customers, people and partners a joyous and fulfilling Festive Season.

Finally, I trust you all will have a happy and peaceful holiday, and if you are travelling over this period, have a safe and uneventful journey. We will all start afresh in 2011!

By: Johan Lamberts