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SAP hosting and services partner Computer Networks, the technology infrastructure arm of the CN Group of Companies, has embarked on a regional expansion program with the opening of new, larger premises in Gosford and a new office planned for Newcastle. “We are the only Australian company with local SAP hosting certification which lets us present our Central Coast customers with the option of fully hosted enterprise-grade SAP benefits at SME prices,” said Richard Gibbs, group managing director, Central Coast and Newcastle. Also continuing its expansion into Australia, UKbased Turnkey Consulting has established a new operation in Melbourne to complement its Sydney offices established in 2007. Turnkey delivers specialised services for SAP security, SAP GRC and SAP Enterprise Portal. The Victorian operation will be headed up by former PwC consultant and IT security specialist Ed Davis, who brings over 15 years of SAP consulting experience to the role.

HP Enterprise Services is among the first partners to become an SAP-certified global provider of cloud services for SAP solutions, following an extensive audit process that validates the operational integration of the provider’s cloud capabilities with SAP applications. A range of HP solutions, including application hosting, cloud management, disaster recovery and networking, are covered by the certification, which must be renewed every two years. “The race to the cloud is causing many cloud service providers to offer Infrastructure-as-a-Service, but leave service levels and risk management to their resourcestrapped clients,” said Kathy Garcia, senior vice president, applications, HP Enterprise Services. CSC has also signed a global agreement with Panaya Inc to adopt its cloud-based simulation service as a standard technology for analysing, planning and executing upgrades of SAP solutions and support package projects, saying the collaboration will further enhance its ability to deliver SAP upgrades faster, while reducing client cost and risk.

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