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Quartely Newsletter – Issue #1, 2015

Over the last five years the AIGS team have worked hard to create and maintain a group of individuals who, collectively, aim to make a difference in the lives of our customers. Our quarterly newsletters will share with you some of our comings and goings. As always we relish your input so feel free to share with us


Teamwork

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Many of you will have already met our two newest team members - Qiniselani Moremoholo and Melanie Mclean. In his capacity as Sales and Account Manager, Qiniselani – also known as Q – will be managing client accounts, while Melanie (Mel) has joined us Customer Services Manager, and will be responsible for ensuring you get excellent levels of service from AIGS. The addition of Mel to the team has added to our initiative to improve our internal processes to ensure that we provide efficiency and great service. It is, however, with great sadness that we said goodbye to Sep, who returned to the UK.

4GL Training sponsorship

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Because AIGS is a central part of the Progress community in South Africa, we are always happy to assist those that are wanting to become part of the community. We recently sponsored Bothwell Watadza to go on the Progress 4GL training, as he was wanting to enhance his skill set. We are very pleased that we could assist Bothwell, and wish him great success as a 4GL developer!

Profiles of the month

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Name: Melanie Mc Lean

Position: Customer Services Manager

Did you know? Melanie has worked in various financial positions, including Financial Assistant, Bookkeeper and Credit Controller.

While she has worked in various industries, she keeps coming back to Business Intelligence.

Melanie says her true passion is ensuring customer satisfaction, so her key focus at AIGS well be to improve the customer experience.
 


qiniselani

Name: Qiniselani Moremoholo

Position: Sales and Account Manager

Did you know? Qiniselani was born and raised in Soweto. He loves sports both as player and spectator, with his two favourites being soccer and cricket.

He is an avid reader who reads mostly about politics, history, current affairs and biographies of historical figures.

He is a father to a 5 year old boy and being a father is the most important and meaningful role he has in his life, he says.

Prior to joining AIGS, Qiniselani worked in the telecoms industry, and his role will be to ensure that partners have the right support from AIGS to enable them to on-sell quality products and services to their customers.

Yellowfin

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Because AIGS is a central part of the Progress community in South Africa, we are always happy to assist those that are wanting to become part of the community. We recently sponsored Bothwell Watadza to go on the Progress 4GL training, as he was wanting to enhance his skill set. We are very pleased that we could assist Bothwell, and wish him great success as a 4GL developer!

Yellowfin’s award-winning platform was once again showcased at this year’s ITWeb BI Summit. The theme of the summit was that having access to data and information is not enough, but rather improved interactions with data that translate into better decisions, and Yellowfin’s offering highlighted how simple better, faster decision making can be.

The event was a success, with a large number of delegates entering the competition to win a Yellowfin trial. The winners were:

  • Mr Peter Jefferson, Investec

  • Mr James Smith, Vantage Data
  • 
Mr Jan Moolman, Rand Merchant Bank
  • 
Mr Nishan Maharaj, Rand Merchant Bank

  • Mrs Rita Sewdayal, Derivco

GeoPacks

Yellowfin's GeoPacks, which provide geographical and location-relevant demographic data, enable users to combine that information with existing business data to create insightful location-based reports. Yellowfin has just released a local Geopack on postal codes available for download for FREE.

Yellowfin's GeoPacks provide the context needed to develop a unified view of the business. Not only do they help with understanding the interrelationships between customers, products, infrastructure and suppliers, it allows for more complex questions, such as ‘How do my sales per region compare when factoring in population density?

Yellowfin 7.2

Yellowfin releases a new version bi-annually, with the latest being Yellowfin 7.2. Upgrading ensures simplicity, efficiency, and allows customers to harness the latest functions, bug fixes and code improvements. We will make sure you are kept up to date with all of the latest features, so look out for our updates about this!

PUG

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Simon Prinsloo of Vidisolve, a South African member of the Progress community, recently presented at the USA PUG, held in Westford Massachusetts. The event saw over 75 breakout sessions, and Simon presented on topics such as selection of the right index for ABL programmers, identity tracking made easy with Client principal, and application auditing made easy.

The next EMEA PUG Challenge will be held in November in Cpoenhagen. Delegates will get the latest news about Progress Software products such as OpenEdge, OpenEdge Mobile, Progress Pacific, Rollbase, Corticon, DataDirect and Modulus, as well as insight about industry trends such as SaaS, PaaS, Mobile, Web and BRM and how to leverage this with OpenEdge applications.

Making A Difference

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At AIGS, we focus on making a difference, and offering personalised one-on-one interaction with our customers is one of the reasons we recently hosted roadshows in Zambia and Namibia following last year’s successful Zimbabwe roadshow. The events in Lusaka and Windhoek proved equally popular, and helped us get a broader view of the needs of our customers in these regions.

Both road shows include detailed workshops on the Yellowfin offering, as well as an update on the latest developments from Progress. The Zambian event was co-hosted by Digital Fingers and followed a slightly different format to make it easier for attendees to get the most out of their time with our technology experts.

We are gratified at the interest we have had from our sub-Saharan communities in growing their portfolios, and believe that we have established a solid footprint in these regions from which to grow. The roadshows saw existing resellers and customers attending, as well as companies interested in the benefits offered by investing in Yellowfin and Progress.

Progress News

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Telerik Platform

At AIGS, we focus on making a difference, and offering personalised one-on-one interaction with our customers is one of the reasons we recently hosted roadshows in Zambia and Namibia following last year’s successful Zimbabwe roadshow. The events in Lusaka and Windhoek proved equally popular, and helped us get a broader view of the needs of our customers in these regions.

Both road shows include detailed workshops on the Yellowfin offering, as well as an update on the latest developments from Progress. The Zambian event was co-hosted by Digital Fingers and followed a slightly different format to make it easier for attendees to get the most out of their time with our technology experts.

We are gratified at the interest we have had from our sub-Saharan communities in growing their portfolios, and believe that we have established a solid footprint in these regions from which to grow. The roadshows saw existing resellers and customers attending, as well as companies interested in the benefits offered by investing in Yellowfin and Progress.

Corticon 5.4

Progress has also released Corticon 5.4. With this release, Progress continues to improve the performance and integration capabilities for the industry's leading cross-platform BRMS. Corticon 5.4 features a simplified installation and user interface, tighter integration between Corticon Studio in Eclipse with Progress OpenEdge, and enables Java and .NET server and deployment.

This Corticon release co-ordinates with other Progress Software releases, and now allows Progress OpenEdge to be available as a database connection. OpenEdge applications can also call Corticon Decision Services, allowing business rules to be defined in Corticon. In addition, Progress RollBase enables Corticon rules to be called from Progress Rollbase.

Gartner names Progress “visionar"

The newly published Gartner "Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Platform as a Service, Worldwide" report has placed Progress as a “Visionary”. This is the second year Gartner has evaluated the Enterprise Application Platform as a Service technology (aPaaS) landscape. Progress was positioned as a "Visionary" for the second consecutive year, due to its completeness of vision and ability to execute.

The Progress aPaaS platform, Progress Pacific, offers a comprehensive way to build engaging application UIs that yield extended value via a wide spectrum of devices and technologies. According to Gartner, "More visionary users recognize that aPaaS offers an opportunity to create unique cloud solutions (unlike the generally available SaaS), while avoiding the burden of developing custom cloud capabilities (unlike the use of plain IaaS). The rate of adoption of aPaaS is growing and so is the maturity of the offerings."

Other News

Progress Introduces New Telerik DevCraft Capabilities for Building Web, Mobile and Desktop Applications with Ease
Progress Makes Native Mobile App Dev with JavaScript Possible with NativeScript Beta Release
Progress Announces New Digital Marketing Command Center
Progress Extends Modulus Platform to Support Multiple Languages

Partner of the month

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As one of the company’s 13 strategic partners Kaap Agri evaluates AIGS (and their other strategic suppliers) on a monthly basis and, once a year, the Top IT supplier is rewarded during a formal function held in November.

 

A number of factors are taken into consideration in its rating these include competitiveness, how the price and quality offered compare to the rest of the market, whether the supplier creates opportunities to improve relationships, whether they provide ideas on improvements, how easy it is to do business with them and how smooth the financial system is, as well as SLA measurements of delivery, quality, repeatability and predictability of services and products.

In addition, Kaap Agri evaluates how well a supplier integrates into the company’s business model, how easy it is to create new projects and how often the supplier visits Kaap Agri. In both May and June this year we’re proud to say that AIGS was rated in the top three. We are extremely pleased to have achieved this recognition from Kaap Agri, who is a valued customer, and pledge to continue to provide the best possible service.

We wish you a warm winter!

Warm regards
Premie

 

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