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Gallium (an EOH company) recently announced a strategic partnership with UK-based ChangeBASE AOK, a relationship that will deliver AOK’s solutions for automated application compatibility to the local market.
Gallium supplies specialised application services, technology and test factory solutions and services to customers throughout South Africa. ChangeBASE AOK solutions enable businesses to quickly, automatically and cost effectively assess the impact of changes to their software applications, and thereby make informed decisions with confidence as they evolve their infrastructure and operating environments.

This is of particular significance as companies look to roll out Microsoft Vista, virtualisation projects and ongoing application estate upgrades and changes, says Haydn Pinnell, MD, Gallium. “As application specialists in the field of performance management, quality and security testing, we are excited to have partnered with ChangeBASE AOK and see it as the ideal opportunity to diversify our product offering and break into a new market.”

Colin Gray, Sales Director, ChangeBASE AOK, says that partnering with Gallium makes perfect sense in South Africa as it strengthens its ability to address the needs of global customers. He explains that as businesses migrate to new operating systems or explore the benefits of virtualisation, they must first assess their application estate and address any potential issues of incompatibility that may impact on productivity. The challenge they face is a lack of consistent metrics and semi-automated processes that provide the right degree of information to make informed decisions, and prioritise effectively.

“ChangeBASE AOK gives partners like Gallium the means to automate many of the elements of the application readiness process, delivering fast assessment, accurate project priorities and, hence, significant migration and on-going service performance improvements. Typical time savings over manual compatibility assessment and remediation processes are in the region of 70 percent, with vastly improved accuracy and consistency. It’s now possible to assess a large application portfolio in hours and to make the vast majority ready for deployment in days rather than months, which is typical in traditional, manual project processes.”

The move to deliver these types of services is being very well received by big vendors, such as Microsoft. As they deliver increased functionality and performance from their newest platforms, companies with skilled resources, best practice processes and efficient automation technology will reap the rewards, being able to adopt new technologies faster and at a much lower impact to the business, Gray concludes.

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About Gallium

Gallium, a member of the EOH group of companies, supplies Business Technology Optimisation Solutions from HP Software, Specialised Technology based Professional Services, Training, Managed Services, Test Factory Solutions and Ad hoc Quality and Performance Testing Services.

About EOH

EOH is a business and technology solutions provider creating lifelong partnerships by developing business and IT strategies, supplying and implementing solutions and managing enterprise-wide business systems and processes for medium to large clients.

EOH operates in the following three clusters of business units as a fully integrated business:

Technology – Through a number of subsidiary companies, EOH is able to sell, implement and support a range of world-class business applications including ERP, CRM, Business Intelligence, Advanced Planning and Scheduling, e-Commerce and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES).

Consulting – Concentrated under the EOH Consulting brand are business units offering services ranging from strategic and business process consulting, project services, change management, supply chain optimisation and education.

Outsourcing – EOH offers comprehensive maintenance and support of client’s IT infrastructure and applications through the rendering of full IT Outsourcing, Application Hosting and Managed Services. In addition EOH offers full Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services.
EOH has a presence in all major centres in South Africa and operates in the rest of Africa.

About ChangeBASE AOK

Founded in 2006 and headquartered in London, England, ChangeBASE AOK is the provider and developer of AOK, software that automates the compatibility assessment, remediation, management and upgrade of applications in a Microsoft operating system or virtual environment. ChangeBASE AOK counts Dimension Data, SCC, Satyam, Getronics, Symantec, and Microsoft as its partners and Irish Life, Astra Zeneca and Old Mutual amongst its enterprise customers.

For more information contact John Tate, Managing Director on john.tate@changebase.com

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