Build with the right foundations when transitioning to the cloud

Worldwide, governments are accelerating their transition to cloud computing by taking advantage of lower capital costs, greater flexibility, and the ability to scale as demand grows.

The same is true in New Zealand, where cloud computing systems today support almost all essential government services. It covers everything from national ministries like education, police and corrections to what local councils do to keep cities running. But like many activities, the secret lies in the ‘how’ of cloud computing, not the ‘what’. This is where specialist providers like Leaven step in.

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Leaven is a division of Spark that specializes in tailoring ‘public cloud services’ created and delivered by international vendors such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) to the needs of local governments.

“Public Cloud” means on-demand computing services and infrastructure managed by third-party providers such as AWS. Leaven manages a set of public cloud services for many organizations, including the public sector. In April, research firm Gartner said New Zealand cloud spending is expected to grow by 26 per cent by 2022, totaling NZ$4.15 billion. At the same time, the Government Cloud Program will help advance New Zealand’s digital agenda and digital economy by advancing a ‘cloud first’ policy that promotes the use of cloud services by public services.

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This is because more New Zealand organizations, including government, education and healthcare, are realizing the potential of cloud technologies to drive growth and strengthen resiliency through cost and operational efficiencies, workplace flexibility, sustainability and drive innovation.

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Where rubber hits the road, so to speak, is through organizations like Leaven. With vendors like AWS on the one hand and government approval on the other, Leaven has proven it understands all organizational, compliance and security requirements. This enables fit-for-purpose solutions that deliver the promised cloud benefits of reduced costs through economies of scale, workforce mobility, improved collaboration, and greater flexibility.

More and more New Zealand organizations are realizing the potential of cloud technology.


More and more New Zealand organizations are realizing the potential of cloud technology.

Government organizations in particular are looking for expertise that can help reduce risk by minimizing the cost of change and the impact on the organization. You need a technology partner that can provide secure, flexible and robust solutions that can be optimized to meet your ongoing needs.

A great example of what Leaven is doing in the public sector can be found in the AWS deployment he handled for AsureQuality, a food standards organization. The government-owned business tested the waters with AWS before IT chief Lynn Cooper hit the brakes.

Recognizing the team’s skill gap in the cloud and the importance of working on a strong foundation for the next chapter of AsureQuality innovation, she hired Leaven to coordinate planning and migration.

“It’s easy to get into trouble in the cloud, so we partnered with Leaven,” says Cooper.

“They had the right kind of skills and experience to take our team on the trip. And if we didn’t, then [look for expert assistance] We would have ended up in a world of hurt.”

Leaven applied its expertise to safely navigate AsureQuality’s AWS migration, providing a secure and compliant underlying infrastructure and application deployment method. This process protected sensitive data while improving its accessibility to growers, farmers, producers and other stakeholders across the supply chain.

As the migration continues, AsureQuality is further evolving its established view of the benefits of running most of its business systems on the AWS Cloud, realizing the benefits of scale, manageability, and responsiveness to growth.

“We are an ambitious organization with a high rate of technology change,” says Cooper. “We have to stand up and build big pieces of our infrastructure on a regular basis. A public cloud platform is the perfect environment to provide a modern platform for growth.”

conclusion? AsureQuality’s cloud journey makes it clear that the road to cloud success is best with an experienced guide like Leaven.

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