Dimension Data strikes Kiwi alliance with Seattle-based automation software vendor
- 07 June, 2018 07:00
Steve Wotten (Dimension Data)
Dimension Data has partnered with Seattle-based Chef Software to provide automation solutions to customers in New Zealand, delivered through hybrid cloud environments.
Terms of the agreement will see the technology provider tap into a suite of solutions designed to improve speed, scale, consistency and compliance through hybrid cloud.
“Very few clients are solely cloud native and require a hybrid approach to seamlessly bring together on-premise private and public cloud,” Dimension Data New Zealand head of digital practice, Steve Wotten, said. “Our partnership with Chef provides us with the expertise and tools to deliver a true hybrid cloud outcome at speed in a consistent, repeatable and secure way.”
Through partnering with Chef, Wotten said Dimension Data can enable customers to “rapidly increase” speed of delivery, without sacrificing security.
“Dimension Data New Zealand has recently formed a cloud community of practice by utilising partnerships like this,” Wotten added.
“Our consultancy, delivery and managed services expertise can be applied to new, agile solutions for clients who are increasingly looking for their vendors and partners to move as fast as they are.”
Founded in 2008, Chef specialises in automation, cloud and DevOps, serving a customer base which includes Facebook, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and IBM, alongside SAP, Target and Standard Bank.
“As customers drive towards digital transformation, the combination of Chef's platform for infrastructure and application automation, combined with Dimension Data's expert team, will help increase their transformational velocity,” Chef senior vice president of business development and channels, Kimberly Martin, added.
From a technology perspective, Chef solutions span cloud migration, modernising legacy applications and compliance, leveraging products such as Chef Automate, InSpec and Habitat.
“Clients in New Zealand are looking for a clear path to extract maximum value out of technology to unlock new ways of doing business,” Chef director of sales Asia Pacific, Paul Took, said.
“An automation platform like Chef Automate, in the hands of the team at Dimension Data, will prove to be a powerful asset to our shared clients across all industry verticals in New Zealand.”
According to Took, automation should allow the IT team to "focus less" on building things and more on collaborating with the business.
“When IT starts to automate some of these tasks, they become the enabler, allowing the business to respond faster to market needs and customer feedback,” Took added. “Add Chef Compliance to the mix, and not only can the IT team move faster, but they can also manage risk along the way.”