Bringing you the latest news, events, digital thinking and inspiration from the Solnet team
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Igor Costa | 20 Mar 2017
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.
Kevin McMenamin | 22 Feb 2017
Manufacturing gets a helping hand with Odoos 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 manufacturers bottom line.
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.
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 its 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 dont have time to develop large scale apps or purchase expensive software which may or may not work out.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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 | 05 Dec 2016
Solnet boosts digital transformation capabilities
Solnet, one of New Zealands leading digital and enterprise technology organisations, has appointed Nick Evans to the newly created position of IT Transformation Director, effective immediately.
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?
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.