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 2013

03 Dec 2013

Welcome to the latest Ascent Technology newsletter. As 2013 draws to a close it is a good time to reflect on the year just past, and there is no doubt that it has been an exciting one. Over the course of the last 12 months, we have witnessed some interesting trends and experienced a number of milestones and memorable moments, a few of which we would like to share with you.

Database Server Virtualisation and Consolidation

A noticeable trend we have seen amongst our clients is their growing interest in, and around the implementation of Database Server Virtualisation and Consolidation.

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.

Over the course of this year, we have brought our specialist knowledge and database skills to bear on a wide range of successful Database Server Consolidation projects. These projects have all delivered substantial strategic benefits to our clients.

Examples of such projects can be seen here.

10 Years of Absolute Data Excellence

This year also brought the milestone that we have been in the business of Enterprise Database Management Services for 10 years. In celebrating this decade of existence, we would like to send a big thank you to our clients, business partners, the Ascent team, as well as everyone who has crossed our path and played a role in our success over this period.

We have always approached the concept of Enterprise Database Management from a somewhat different tack, and would therefore like to thank our clients for allowing us to apply what was, at the time, an unproven business model to help them overcome their data management challenges. Over the past 10 years this model of Co/Outsourcing Database Administration and Consulting Services has certainly matured and those clients who have trusted us and walked this road with us have clearly seen the value-add this model can offer.

We are grateful to our clients for entrusting us with one of their most important company assets – their data – and we look forward to providing Absolute Data Excellence to our clients for many years to come.

Microsoft Partner of the year

A particularly memorable moment for us this year was our strong showing in the Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards.

This year, Ascent not only won the Data Platform Partner of the Year for the third time in succession, but we also won the much-coveted Managing Director’s Partner of the Year award.

Being recognised by Microsoft as one of the leaders in the country in the Data Platform Space, is testament to our hard work in 2013. To furthermore receive the Microsoft Managing Director’s Partner of the Year award, the most-coveted, reserved and prestigious accolade, is both a most humbling and rewarding experience.

We are honoured that Microsoft has bestowed this prestigious award on us, and we are looking forward to continue building upon this success.

Our 10 Year Celebration

Another memorable moment was the celebratory event held to mark our 10 years of existence, which encompassed a company weekend away in Hazyview. This particular highlight was a most enjoyable experience for our entire team and was an especially entertaining manner for us to round off 10 years of Absolute Data Excellence.

We would also like to add that we really appreciate the efforts of the entire Ascent team, for all their work in ensuring that this journey has been such a successful one for us all.

Did you know?

Ascent is the sponsor of both the ITWeb Data Management Portal and its monthly Data Management Newsletter.

This Newsletter has around eight thousand subscribers, demonstrating just how important Database Management is considered by businesses. Moreover, between the portal and the newsletter, you should have no trouble keeping on top of the latest news around all things Data Management.

If you would like to sign up to the ITWeb Data Management newsletter, click here.

The Last Word

As we head into the holiday season, we would like to once again thank all our clients for their continued support and wish you all a very happy and peaceful Festive Season.

Whatever you are doing over December, please take care and we trust you will return from your vacations refreshed and ready to go, come January.

By: Johan Lamberts