EOH awarded Advanced Consulting Partner status by Amazon Web Services

01 February 2019 Consultancy.co.za

Following strong performances in its role as a part of the Amazon Partner Network (APN), Johannesburg-based IT consultancy EOH has been elevated to the much-coveted status of Advanced Consulting Partner (ACP) by global IT giant Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Digital services – particularly in the cloud-computing domain – are growing in prominence in the South African market. Where larger businesses in South Africa have been riding the wave of digitalisation since shortly after its inception, small and medium enterprises have only recently come to embrace new technology.

AWS is Amazon’s stronghold in the cloud computing market worldwide, dividing its broad suite of services into two primary verticals, training and education in the cloud-computing domain alongside a number of products and services to improve the overall cloud experience for its users.

Services offered by AWS span nearly every industry 4.0 domain, including analytics, blockchain, Internet of Things, machine learning and a number of others. Amazon implements these solutions worldwide through its APN, a global network of partner firms that offer growth support on the cloud domain.

EOH awarded Advanced Consulting Partner status by Amazon Web Services

EOH is among cloud services firms worldwide that are part of the APN. The firm was founded in 1998 in Johannesburg and offers IT consulting services to firms across all sectors. EOH offers end-to-end support, and possesses special expertise in the cloud-computing domain, which is endorsed by some of its previous clients.

“EOH designed and architected exactly what the AWS environment needed to be to meet our needs. They understood our requirements, and provided added value throughout the project. The AWS system does exactly what it was supposed to do, and has allowed up to operate on a true cloud platform with all the necessary scalability and elasticity we need,” said an executive at one of EOH’s client firms.

It is this positive feedback that has now earned EOH the ACP status, positioning it among the first few firms in South Africa to have been awarded the status. The partnership will enhance EOH’s capabilities to offer solutions, given their increase in prominence and the consequent increase in resources deployed.

Richard Vester, Group Executive for EOH’s Cloud Division said, “Advanced Consulting status is awarded to partners who have the experience of helping numerous customers successfully achieve their goals in their AWS deployments. From standard deployments, to extensive migrations of specific workloads and environments, we have helped customers get the most out of their move to AWS,”


IQBusiness and ActiveOps sign strategic partnership for digital transformation services

07 March 2019 Consultancy.co.za

Johannesburg-based management consultancy IQbusiness has announced a strategic partnership with UK-based digital operations management firm ActiveOps to offer hybrid services consisting of the former’s expertise in organisational transformation and the latter’s software expertise. 

Founded in 1998, IQBusiness is a management consulting firm operating out of Johannesburg. The firm offers a wide range of consulting services, including strategic advisory, human performance consulting, risk finance and analytics, process innovation and – most pertinently – technology enablement.

This last category of capabilities will now be called to action for the firm, in light of its new partnership with ActiveOps for the South African market. ActiveOps is based in Reading, England, and lays emphasis on leveraging digital applications to implement a number of transformations for its clents.

These include productivity improvement, forecasting, capacity planning, operational control, workforce optimisation and operational management consulting, all of which can be enhanced with the use of the latest digital applications. The firm has experience in digital transformations, having been active since 2005.

IQBusiness and ActiveOps sign strategic partnership for digital transformation services

The new partnership will offer clients a combination of the technology enablement expertise offered by IQbusiness with the technological enhancements offered by ActiveOps. Specifically, ActiveOps will offer its Workware software platform and its Active Operational Management method.

While the duo will focus on backend operations, perhaps their most relevant function is supporting firms with enabling hybrid work between human labour and automated technology. If such skills are not developed, South Africa is at risk of losing as many as 6 million jobs in the near future to automation, which would only add to the rampant unemployment in the country.

Commenting on the partnership, Process Innovation Lead Partner at IQbusiness David Nel  said, “In this fast-changing digital world, operations management is becoming an important area for any organisation hoping to improve efficiencies and stimulate growth, so we are excited to enter into this partnership with ActiveOps.”

Global Head of Alliance and Partnerships at ActiveOps Alex Ginger added, “The IQbusiness team has already successfully deployed ActiveOps solutions across insurance and financial sectors throughout South Africa. The combination of the excellent reputation and depth of domain knowledge that IQbusiness offers with our own digital operations management solutions creates a compelling market offering.”