Bringing you the latest news, events, digital thinking and inspiration from the Solnet team

The Top Five Takeouts from Devops Days Auckland, October 2017

Nick Evans | 11 Oct 2017

The Top Five Takeouts from Devops Days Auckland, October 2017

Recently Solnet sponsored the DevOps Days event in Auckland - the leading DevOps event in New Zealand. Our resident experts Nick, Mat, and Andy share their Top Five takeouts from the two days. 

 

How DevOps consultants can help manage the transition to DevOps

Nick Evans | 08 Sep 2017

How DevOps consultants can help manage the transition to DevOps

Solnet is proud sponsor of DevOps Days Auckland 2017. This year's event will be on 3rd and 4th of October 2017 at the Ellerslie Convention Centre.

To understand more about DevOps we're talking with Mat Degerholm, our Enterprise Platforms Manager. 

SilverStripe 4 – what marketers and digital managers need to know

James Pluck | 27 Jul 2017

SilverStripe 4 – what marketers and digital managers need to know

SilverStripe is a robust and simple to use content management system (CMS), relied upon by government, corporates and SME’s across New Zealand to establish and maintain websites and web applications. The CMS enables the creation of a web application without having to conform to rules and constraints of other systems. This level of flexibility is about to be stepped up with the soon to be launched SilverStripe 4, now in Beta.

We deserve great managers – How managers influence and make your career

Jane Hwang | 20 Jul 2017

We deserve great managers – How managers influence and make your career

A significant focus in people management across all industries, but particularly ICT, is how we help our people have great and rewarding careers.

Jane Hwang, our Operations Manager – Northern, and part of Solnet’s senior executive team, recently was invited to a meetup session in Solnet’s Wellington office of Female Fuel’d: Tech Talks. Following is an interview  covering her  thoughts as shared in that session. 

How to choose the right partner to design and build your Common Web Platform project

Kris Kincaid | 11 Jul 2017

How to choose the right partner to design and build your Common Web Platform project

With the introduction of the Web Services Panel which is supported by the Common Web Platform (CWP), it is now far easier for every agency to establish its own digital channel, while sharing common underpinnings and services. That’s important because, on the one hand it accelerates the ability to create highly effective web applications with rich functionality, while on the other it allows for easy interagency information exchange. 

Using DevOps to build an antifragile organisation

Nick Evans | 29 Jun 2017

Using DevOps to build an antifragile organisation

Starting and scaling DevOps within an organisation may be viewed largely as an IT issue rather than a company-wide initiative but this is changing.

There is significant business value in the establishment of a culture and environment where software can be developed and delivered faster, more frequently, and more reliably.

Top trends from New Zealand’s 2017 CIO Summit

Phil Coop | 28 Jun 2017

Top trends from New Zealand’s 2017 CIO Summit

Recently, Solnet attended the 2017 New Zealand CIO Summit. The Summit is New Zealand’s largest gathering of CIOs and senior IT leaders. This year we noticed a number of trends from both the conference sessions and conversations with IT leaders on our tradeshow stand. We’ve summarised these in an interview with our head of Enterprise IT Transformation, Nick Evans, and Phil Coop, our Director of Digital Transformation.

Headless CMS explained

Darren Inwood | 19 Jun 2017

Headless CMS explained

A headless Content Management System (CMS) is a relatively new concept which decouples content from your display technology. This means that the same underlying content can be accessed and displayed across multiple platforms, while sitting in a single source. The CMS doesn’t care how the content is displayed, it leaves that up to your various delivery channels to determine.

How to build a convincing case for digital investment

Phil Coop | 25 May 2017

How to build a convincing case for digital investment

Business cases can often take weeks or even months to research and create. Any delays to approval could provide your competitors with an advantage. While many organisations appreciate the opportunities and risks that digital presents, one of the major stumbling blocks is the often long-winded and arduous process of getting investment approval at a level that will really shape the future business.

Helping MTA upgrade their digital channels

Reinaldo Silva | 23 May 2017

Helping MTA upgrade their digital channels

Approaching their centenary, the Motor Trade Association (MTA) were looking to refresh their web presence, they wanted to create digital channels and user-journeys that both their members and the general public would find valuable and engaging when accessing MTA.org.nz.

New Salesforce partnership for Solnet

Phil Coop | 16 May 2017

New Salesforce partnership for Solnet

Solnet, a leading New Zealand provider of digital and technology innovation to government and private enterprise, is now a Salesforce Consulting Partner.

How to improve your digital production line

Nick Evans | 15 May 2017

How to improve your digital production line

Success in almost all organisations results from delivering features that are highly valued by your customers, at a rate that is faster than your competitors. As interactions migrate to digital channels, more of the value that your organisation provides is in its digital products - websites, apps, APIs etc.

Solnet appointed to All-of-Government Web Services Panel

Kris Kincaid | 11 May 2017

Solnet appointed to All-of-Government Web Services Panel

Solnet, a leading New Zealand provider of digital and technology innovation to government and private enterprise, today announced that it is now an approved supplier for a wider range of  services following its appointment to the All-of-Government Web Services Panel.

Introducing Rob Brough, Digital Experience Consultant

Phil Coop | 02 May 2017

Introducing Rob Brough, Digital Experience Consultant

Rob Brough has recently joined Solnet as Digital Experience Consultant so we thought we’d ask him a few questions to get to know what makes him tick.

Top-5 Takeaways from the 2017 IDC Government Insights Conference

Phil Coop | 05 Apr 2017

Top-5 Takeaways from the 2017 IDC Government Insights Conference

Recently, Solnet (in partnership with IDC and others) gathered together 30 CIOs from across government for a one day conference in Wellington - 2017 Government Insights. Here are our five key takeaways and lessons.

Always on digital: Why the bar for government services continues to rise

Kris Kincaid | 29 Mar 2017

Always on digital: Why the bar for government services continues to rise

We consider how consumer expectation in terms of digital interaction with organisations has been significantly raised in the last few years and how to adopt an ‘always on’ approach.

A.I, Machine Learning and Deep Learning - The New Zealand Javascript Conference 2017

Igor Costa | 20 Mar 2017

A.I, Machine Learning and Deep Learning - The New Zealand Javascript Conference 2017

One of Solnet's Digital Solutions Architects, Igor Costa recently presented at the New Zealand Javascript Conference. In his presentation he had a chance to speak about his passion, A.I.

Enterprise IT Transformation - What it is and where it's heading

Nick Evans | 08 Mar 2017

Enterprise IT Transformation - What it is and where it's heading

In this article we're profiling Nick Evans, our Enterprise IT Transformation Director. We asked Nick six questions across our short interview to find out how Enterprise IT is changing the face of organisations we work with and what he sees as the changes and challenges IT leadership will face as a critical part of their organisation's success. 

Manufacturing gets a helping hand with Odoo’s MRP app

Kevin McMenamin | 22 Feb 2017

Manufacturing gets a helping hand with Odoo’s MRP app

As part of Odoo 10 there is now a dedicated application specific to manufacturing operations. With the average manufacturing operation using more than 10 different applications to run their business, data duplication, time loss, poor workflows and a lack of visibility are just some of the things which can impact a manufacturer’s bottom line. 

Odoo 10 has all the features your business needs

Kevin McMenamin | 22 Feb 2017

Odoo 10 has all the features your business needs

Odoo has recently released Version 10, which contains a number of new and improved features to help businesses better manage their online presence, improve customer support and service, as well as managing their employees' expense claims.

Odoo becomes the biggest enterprise App Store with 10,000 apps

Kevin McMenamin | 22 Feb 2017

Odoo becomes the biggest enterprise App Store with 10,000 apps

One of the reasons we love the Odoo product and think it’s perfect for New Zealand businesses is the range of Apps that you can access. Most businesses in New Zealand move quickly, with low overheads. They don’t have time to develop large scale apps or purchase expensive software which may or may not work out. 

The Role of Digital Product Development in Digital Transformation

Phil Coop | 08 Feb 2017

The Role of Digital Product Development in Digital Transformation

In the last of our Four Ps of Digital Transformation series, we take a look at the most critical aspect for customer experience - product.

Helping Lotto NZ develop and deploy SMS based messaging services

Reinaldo Silva | 02 Feb 2017

Helping Lotto NZ develop and deploy SMS based messaging services

Lotto NZ’'s text service is a SMS based messaging service which integrates within Lotto NZ’'s existing systems, augmenting other communications channels used by the business to drive engagement with customers.

GovTech and the Employment Agreement Builder - an interview with Business.govt.nz

Kris Kincaid | 27 Jan 2017

GovTech and the Employment Agreement Builder - an interview with Business.govt.nz

Recently we spoke with business.govt.nz about their Employment Agreement Builder (EAB) tool. Improving access to government services for New Zealanders is a key digital initiative across the public service,

Omni-channel experiences: Why they matter to your customers and bottom line

Solnet | 19 Dec 2016

Omni-channel experiences: Why they matter to your customers and bottom line

As the physical and digital channels overlap, those who can master omni-channel will be rewarded with increased loyalty, sales and engagement from consumers.

Utilising the right platforms to support your digital transformation

Phil Coop | 12 Dec 2016

Utilising the right platforms to support your digital transformation

Cloud services and cloud infrastructure are closely aligned with Digital Transformation. Continuing our series on the four Ps of Digital Transformation, we now discuss the importance of Platform.

Solnet boosts digital transformation capabilities

Solnet | 05 Dec 2016

Solnet boosts digital transformation capabilities

Solnet, one of New Zealand’s leading digital and enterprise technology organisations, has appointed Nick Evans to the newly created position of IT Transformation Director, effective immediately.

Waterfall vs Agile: Which methodology is right for your team?

Reinaldo Silva | 16 Nov 2016

Waterfall vs Agile: Which methodology is right for your team?

Agile methodologies are all the rage in software development, however a one-size-fits-all approach does not always work. What's the best approach for your team?

Reviewing and optimising processes to support your digital transformation

Phil Coop | 13 Oct 2016

Reviewing and optimising processes to support your digital transformation

In our first article we introduced The Four Ps of Digital Transformation, - people, process, platform and product.

Developing people and culture to support your digital transformation

Phil Coop | 21 Sep 2016

Developing people and culture to support your digital transformation

In a previous article, we introduced the concept of The Four Ps of Digital Transformation - people, process, platform and product - In this article we take a deep dive...

The Four Ps of Digital Transformation

Phil Coop | 01 Sep 2016

The Four Ps of Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is the key to achieving business agility. The Four Ps of Digital Transformation present a simple and effective approach to delivering digital change.

The benefits of using open source ERP platforms in your business

Kevin McMenamin | 22 Aug 2016

The benefits of using open source ERP platforms in your business

There are many ERP solutions available to businesses, but few offer the same flexibility and benefits of Odoo.

Three factors which make Continuous Delivery a better system for development

Alfred Enslin - Digital Agile Coach | 04 Aug 2016

Three factors which make Continuous Delivery a better system for development

To keep up with the pace of modern software development, leading organisations are moving to a Continuous Delivery model. We?ve identified three key benefits.

What to look for in an ERP solution

Kevin McMenamin | 21 Jul 2016

What to look for in an ERP solution

For businesses wondering about how effective any ERP solution is, here are four questions they can ask themselves.

The missed opportunities of great customer experience

Phil Coop and Solnet | 11 Jul 2016

The missed opportunities of great customer experience

The age of the customer will create both challenges and opportunities alike for businesses. Find out why user experience is more important than ever.

Getting the real value from UX

Mat Gritt | 16 May 2016

Getting the real value from UX

In a world where technology is enabling new products and services daily, it?s difficult to stand out on features alone.

How to design services for government; a way to do things better

Mat Gritt | 29 Apr 2016

How to design services for government; a way to do things better

As the largest public service provider in New Zealand, the Government is in the privileged position that every kiwi needs to access their services at some point.

Solnet and The Semantic Web Company announce strategic partnership

Kris Kincaid | 22 Apr 2016

Solnet and The Semantic Web Company announce strategic partnership

Solnet is delighted to announce a strategic partnership with The Semantic Web Company to bring the PoolParty semantic technology suite to New Zealand.

Digital Transformation events for CXOs in Auckland and Wellington

Phil Coop | 31 Mar 2016

Digital Transformation events for CXOs in Auckland and Wellington

How can Digital Transformation help your organisation move at the pace required to stay competitive?

Digital Transformation Summit, 7 March 2016, SKYCITY, Auckland

Phil Coop | 17 Feb 2016

Digital Transformation Summit, 7 March 2016, SKYCITY, Auckland

Phil Coop, Solnet's Digital Transformation Director is presenting and recommends the event for business leaders looking to accelerate their digital transformation programmes.

Is design just a commodity in today's digital world?

Phil Coop | 06 Feb 2016

Is design just a commodity in today's digital world?

In days gone by, in the print world, design needed to capture the attention quickly, draw the readers interest, and communicate a proposition virtually instantly.

How culture drives digital transformation

Phil Coop | 06 Jan 2016

How culture drives digital transformation

The combination of market fragmentation, the rapid rise of consumer choice and expectations, digital start-ups delivering niche propositions, changing media patterns, and global players entering local markets has created the perfect storm. 

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