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 – May 2013

14 May 2013

Welcome to this winter edition of our newsletter. As we start to break out the warm blankets and clothing and face up to the changing seasons, it is nice to know that some things remain constant. We are, of course, talking about Ascent’s continued focus on keeping you informed of the latest developments in the Enterprise Database Management space.

Database Security and Compliance

It is quite alarming to note that the Norton Cybercrime Report suggests that South Africa is home to the third-highest number of cybercrime victims in the world, behind only Russia and China.

More pertinently, the primary threat to businesses comes not from hackers, but from insiders – usually middle and senior managers – with access to sensitive or strategic company data. Clearly, Database Security and Compliance is an issue that is weighing heavily on the minds of most CIOs.

Ascent can help allay these security fears, as we support the three leading industry standard security solutions, namely McAfee, Imperva and IBM InfoSphere. This means we can supply you with the solution that is most applicable to your specific environment. Don’t be just another cybercrime statistic – Contact Us to help you solve your Database Security and Compliance challenges.

Microsoft Tech-Ed Africa success

Ascent Technology was invited by Microsoft to deliver two presentations at the recent Tech-Ed Africa event held in Durban. The two sessions delivered by Danie Loots, one of our Principal Database Consultants were particularly well attended by delegates, indicating the importance placed on Enterprise Database Management by IT professionals.

We were also happy to see many of our existing clients at the event, and spent a number of fruitful hours after the presentations, discussing Enterprise Database Management issues and answering questions from current and prospective clients alike.

In particular, we noted the amount of interest displayed by delegates in obtaining additional information around the subject matter presented by us. This has led to a number of meetings with prospective clients, and we are looking forward to following up with them and answering any additional questions they may have. There is no doubt that Tech-Ed Africa was an enormous success and Ascent certainly looks forward to participating again in 2014.

Did you know?

As an Ascent contract client, a key benefit available to your business is the fact that you can further engage us to deliver customised workshops and training around subjects like coding for optimal performance, optimising reporting services reports or even for a more general overview of your database environment.

These workshops are tailored to your company’s specific requirements and are designed to help you enhance your database environment, assisting you to bridge any gaps you feel might exist in your Enterprise Database Management knowledge. To find out more about these workshops, please Contact Us.

The Last Word

With winter and cold weather bearing down on us, all that remains is to wish you well – Keep warm and above all, remember to ensure that your company’s generator is properly serviced and well fueled.

By: Johan Lamberts