AWS leads Public Cloud Storage Services

AWS has been named ‘Leader’ in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Storage Services.

AWS leads Microsoft and Google as the only three vendors in the Leader quadrant.

The Public Cloud Storage Services market is growing rapidly, with 60% of global companies expected to store customer-sensitive data in the public cloud by the end of 2016, up from less than 20% in 2014.

Talk to SRA today about planning your move to the AWS Cloud

Public cloud storage is infrastructure as a service (IaaS), providing object storage services through a REST API using Internet protocols. It is stand-alone, with no additional managed services required; vendors supply their core storage services off-premises and include on-demand, elastic storage capabilities in a self-service model. Stored data exists in a multitenant environment, accessible through the Internet or dedicated network connectivity.

Gartner’s 2015 Public Cloud Storage Services Report evaluates the capabilities of service providers across their broad suite of storage services — object, block, file and archiving tiers.

AWS Gartner Magic Quadrant

Gartner recognised AWS as an innovative and agile cloud storage provider with a steady cadence of new products and functionalities, which helps it sustain market leadership.

AWS’s storage portfolio continues to evolve to meet growing customer needs across a wide set of use cases. Hundreds of customers operate at petabyte (PB) scale with a few customers even exceeding 100 PBs: testament to its scale and customers’ trust in its operational prowess.

AWS has built an impressive marketplace ecosystem of SaaS partners that allows customers to more easily manage, analyze and protect the data that sits in the underlying storage tiers.

Ask SRA today about leveraging software in the AWS Cloud

SRA partners with AWS to help customers of all sizes design, architect, build, migrate and manage their workloads and applications in the AWS Cloud. As a Consulting Partner SRA has access to a range of resources and training to support our customers to deploy, run and manage applications in the AWS Cloud.

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Read the full Gartner Magic Quadrant Report.

SRA to revolutionise search & rescue efforts!

Minister for Business Peter Styles announced SRA would receive a Northern Territory Government Business Innovation Support Initiatives (BISI) grant from the latest funding round to help them develop a search and rescue drone.

“SRA will use its grant to develop a prototype for an unmanned, aerial Search and Rescue System, or drone, which has the potential to save lives,” Mr Styles said.

“Innovative businesses are proven to be more sustainable, productive and efficient and, in turn, employ more people.

“The Country Liberals Government recognises innovation is an important economic driver and the BISI program is helping to foster a culture of innovation within the NT business community.”

The project will see the creation of a remotely controlled or automated aircraft that can be deployed during rescue situations.

The prototype will be tested for range, flight time, stability, environmental implications and ability to deploy thermal and HD imaging.

“SRA is extremely excited about the prospect of progressing this project which otherwise might have faced delays,” said SRA CEO Steve Rowe.

“It could potentially increase safety of both emergency personnel and casualties by acting as a forward scout to identify safe approach routes during rescues and even delivering items such as blankets or radios to the casualty.

“This technology could also significantly reduce the cost of rescue operations through the reduction of expensive helicopter hours.”

Drone cartoon Colin Wicking

The BISI program launched on 1 July 2014 and is designed to encourage and enable innovation within the Northern Territory business community.

Link to NT News article

Link to Government announcement

Future Cities = Opportunity

For a number of years there has been a well-known shift in the population base from rural sectors to urban, more specifically cities. Many analysts also predict this trend to continue, with some statistics suggesting most of the population will live in cities in the future.

This brings with it interesting challenges, as well as exciting opportunities. Many of the fundamental reasons why citizens are moving to the cities are associated with increased services and opportunities.

Whether its access to better healthcare, education, job opportunities or simply visit as a tourist to spend a short time enjoying a well-earned break, cities need to cater accordingly.

Many cities already actively compete for the approval of their constituents, to ensure economic and social prosperity, but many also compete with other cities for status. Mayors work hard to build vibrancy and ensure opportunities exist in their community and are increasingly held accountable; even more so than their National Government elected officials. Mayors are often much closer to their constituents, giving them a unique opportunity to hear their demands and, due to the size of their community, make significant changes and realise benefits more rapidly.

During my travels throughout Asia, I have not met a mayor that wasn’t interested in having a “dashboard” that could provide a whole city view, measure its pulse and understand where things are and/or aren’t working at any given time. Yet, this desire is seldom met.

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The advent and emphasis on the “Internet of Things (IoT)” provides a huge opportunity to measure and evaluate, be pro-active in decision making and finally realise the vision of a dashboard view of the business.

Many cities are already monitoring and collecting data on weather, water levels, transport networks, population movement, environmental impact and energy usage, with some measuring less tangible aspects such as city health, the benefits of innovation programs and economic standing.

Data management and analysis however, is where many cities struggle. SRA Information Technology has coordinated the collection, analysis and reporting of data from an environmental perspective for more than 20 years.

That, and the dream of an “interconnected city” inspired SRA to participate in the Future Cities Asia Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and to sponsor the “Environment & Energy Track”. SRA saw this as a great opportunity to stimulate debate and bring together industry thought leaders with senior city and provincial government officials.

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There were 150 attendees representing Asian City, Provincial and some National Government Agencies, along with academia from key Universities and “think-tanks” and donor organisations. The Future Cities Asia Summit covered topics ranging from Environment and Energy, and Communications through to Water Usage, Transportation and other associated themes.

The summit vindicated SRA’s strategy on internet connected, IoT based solutions.  Our ability to build and deliver on this strategy will facilitate the realisation of the “Mayor’s Dashboard” very soon.

SRA has extensive experience managing the business benefits of monitoring environmental sensors. Whether it be reducing carbon emissions, managing waste, effective land planning, flora and fauna impact, or compliance and remediation, SRA has developed solutions to support these strategies.

There is now an opportunity to take this further. Typically, we have monitored point solutions, but the real strength and opportunity of the IoT is the bringing together and aggregation of data from multiple disparate sources; and being able to analyse trends, predict outcomes and take action.

For instance, imagine the benefits of replacing cameras monitoring waterways (visual monitoring of flood levels) with sensors that provide water level, water quality and pollutant level, cross referenced with transport, demographic and weather data. It would deliver insight into: the susceptibility of the population of an area to disease as water levels rise; accessibility for emergency services; and relief options. Overlaid in a spatial dashboard, it could provide city officials and planners with a single view. It could also be used to provide citizens themselves with vital information.

These and other aspects were all common debates during the Future Cities Asia Summit, and whilst there are some that are well on their way to driving this, the opportunity exists for many cities to benefit significantly from the work to date, and potentially “leap-frog” several steps in the roadmap.

What is the opportunity for your city?

Learn more about SRA’s environmental data management system – EnviroSys.

SRA cheering on the SRA Territory Stingers in their 2015 championship campaign

The Australian Hockey League (AHL) National Championship starts tomorrow in Darwin (Men’s) and Sydney (Women’s).

SRA is proud to sponsor and cheer on the SRA Territory Stingers in their 2015 championship campaign.

The National Championships (25th September-2nd October) are contested by 8 teams, representing the eight states and territories of Australia. The championships give non-national team players the opportunity to play alongside athletes from the Kookaburras, Hockeyroos and national development squads.

The SRA Territory Stingers includes a number of current Kookaburras squad members.

SRA have been the sponsors of the SRA Territory Stingers for the past three years and continue that sponsorship into 2015. SRA also individually sponsor Jeremy Hayward, Leon Hayward & Robert Duguid in the SRA Territory Stingers and Lizzy Duguid in the NT Women’s Hockey team, the NT Pearls

Steve Rowe, SRA’s CEO, is a keen hockey player and will be at the championships supporting the SRA Territory Stingers and cheering the NT Pearls on from afar.

‘Having the championships in Darwin this year is great for locals as they get the chance to watch some elite hockey, but even more, it is great for the team and their supporters. I hope locals get behind their team and head to the championships to cheer the Stingers on,’ Mr Rowe said.

SRA wishes all players well and looks forward to watching some elite hockey in the NT.

Men’s Australian Hockey League 2015

Marrara Hockey Centre

Darwin Northern Territory

25th September – 2nd October

For more information or to buy tickets, head over to the AHL website.


SAP BusinessObjects 3.1 is out of support in December.

Farewell BOBJ 3.1! Thanks for the memories.

I got used to your quirky ways and your memory restrictions. I was content with your CPU-based licensing and could put up with not being able to upgrade to Windows Server 2012. Heck you might even have done me a favour by not supporting Windows 8!

Alas, the time has come… We are all going to have to move on, and soon.

BOBJ 3.1 End of LifeIf you didn’t upgrade to BOBJ 4.0, you probably saved yourself some headaches, but 4.1 is a pretty solid platform and offers some rather nice new toys that should make the upgrade worth it – once you bight the bullet. Migration can be a bit involved, but the time and effort are relatively predictable once you understand where the “gotchas” are.

Once you get into 4.1 you can play with Lumira and BusinessObjects Mobile – scorecards, interactive dashboards and geo-analysis, all within a Webi report. Nice!

With new tools like BI Launchpad, Information Design Tool, Design Studio, Information Steward and plenty more, you will catch up with SAP’s new directions without being totally unfamiliar.

All-in-all, 4.1 offers great new capability that you won’t know you need until you get it, and then you won’t know how you lived without it.

There are new licensing options and technically, you get a 64-bit application that you can actually tune for performance. You get to upgrade your operating systems (what no more XP?) and you will end up with a stable new environment with far greater capabilities across the board.

We know migrating to new versions (of anything) probably isn’t anyone’s favourite project, but don’t leave this one to the last minute.

BOBJ 3.1 to 4.1 migration isn’t horrendous or especially risky, but there are the usual surprises you need to be prepared for and you can expect a bit of a rush late in the year, which will make it hard to access the people who have done this before and know what to expect.

Good luck with your upgrade to BusinessObjects 4.1. Enjoy!

At the end of the day, it’s a step you will be obliged to undertake soon, so get your planning underway.

SRA has put together a BusinessObjects Upgrade and Migration Success Plan, based on our many and varied upgrade projects, to help make your upgrade relatively painless.

Contact us now on 1300 855 396 or to discuss how we can help or download our BusinessObjects Upgrade and Migration Success Plan.

Sitecore leading the pack in Web Content Management

Congratulations to our partner Sitecore on securing top spot on the Ability to Execute axis of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management.

A leader for six years running, Sitecore has advanced vertically to lead 18 other vendors on their ability to execute.

Gartner’s 2015 Web Content Management Report evaluates vendors for their Ability to Execute and their Completeness of Vision.

The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management assesses leading solutions and delivers valuable insights for those looking to optimise digital marketing platforms for a better customer experience.

Web content management remains a vibrant and growing market, fuelled by the aspirations of digital strategists on the demand side and continuous innovation on the supply side. IT application leaders, marketers, digital experience specialists and merchandizers all now view WCM as mission-critical.

The Sitecore Experience Platform is built from the ground-up, as a single connected solution and delivers automated, flexible and predictive customer experience management. It seamlessly combines web content management with customer intelligence; empowering marketers to understand the context of how customers are interacting with their brand.

Sitecore facilitates real engagement that nurtures customers for life.

A standout feature highlighted by Gartner in their assessment of Sitecore was the incorporation of highly valuable functionality such as engagement analytics, a/b testing (or split testing) and data management platform capability.

SRA uses Sitecore’s groundbreaking .NET technology to deliver solutions that incorporate CMS, customer engagement platforms, real time analytics, e-commerce, multi-platform management, social media integration, app centers and spatial interfaces.

SRA can take your Enterprise Content Management Solution to the next level – contact us now  on 1300 855 396 to discuss how we can help or follow the link to download the full report.