Computek Partner understands emerging technologies
Computek has achieved sole partner status in Southern Africa with Collis, a company that provides innovative information and communication technology (ICT) solutions. “These solutions are aimed at improving business and providing customised solutions in: e-business, EMV, e-identification, testing tools and testing services”, says Gareth Warner, Executive: Business Solutions at Computek.
Collis bridges the gap between the client’s business and the opportunities provided by emerging technologies. Using the expertise of its highly experienced staff, Collis continuously evolves with the latest technology. Established in 1997, Collis employs highly skilled and experienced professionals.
Warner says that an Europay MasterCard Visa (EMV)
Competence Centre, managed and run by Collis, sets the global standard in EMV consulting services, training courses and testing tools. By offering solutions for all parties involved in an EMV based payment scheme, Collis guarantees success in EMV, from certification projects and chip migration, to
project management and more.
Collis has also developed basic tools and hardware devices for testing various applications for smart cards, electronic identification systems, terminals and more.
Computek supplies and services Collis products along with full knowledge backup. For more information on Collis and related products and services, please contact Gareth Warner on telephone 011 805 0229 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Comprehensive Active Directory Solutions|
As part of the comprehensive service offered for Active Directory (AD), Computek has a number of products and solutions for companies with complex AD environments. Computek also hosts the Active Directory Strategy Groups in South Africa, in conjunction with Microsoft in order to open communication channels amongst AD experts and
to keep abreast of AD developments.
Centrify, a new product initiative, which provides all encompassing Active Directory-based solutions for cross platform auditing, access control and authentication, can now be implemented to enhance network services, management and security. Computek is the sole supplier of Centrify in Africa and offers customer support on a national basis. Centrify’s auditing, access control and identity management solutions enable a secure, connected computing environment by centrally securing heterogeneous systems, web applications, databases and storage systems using Microsoft Active Directory.
A number of Fortune 500 companies has already implemented Centrify as an Active Directory solution. Amongst these customers are: Akamai, Coach, Ford, Gannett, H & R Block, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, National Institutes of Health, NOAA, Pfizer, RIM, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, U.S. Army, University of Chicago and XO.
Broad Partnership with Microsoft
Centrify, a versatile solutions product, holds a broad partnership with Microsoft, and this includes aspects such as:
• Active Directory interoperability partner; Microsoft as Centrify customer – DirectControl is used internally in Microsoft’s Linux interoperability lab;
• First and only solution of its type to be Windows 2003 certified;
• First solution to extend ADFS to non-Microsoft
web servers; and
• Windows 2003 R2 Launch Partner.
“We need to touch base with ICT technologists working with Active Directory to share expertise and re-
apply this knowledge and skills into the ICT industry”, says Gareth Warner of Computek.
For further information on Centrify or to become part of the Active Directory Strategy Group, contact Gareth Warner on telephone 011 805 0229 or
|Executive Management team announced|
|Computek’s Executive Management team has recently been restructured. The team consists of:
• Harry Chakhala – Chief Executive Officer
• Ken Msuku – Executive: Business Operations
• Johannes Makgobane – Senior Executive: Public Sector Strategy
• Gareth Warner – Executive: Business Solutions
| Harry Chakhala is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of HR Computek (Pty) Ltd, a 100%
empowered ICT company, found in 1999. The company currently employs 120 people. He is
responsible for overall company strategy, performance and growth in South Africa and into Africa with involvement in ICT strategic consultancy. He has more than 20 years experience covering airline, engineering and IT industries with focus on leadership, strategy, contract management, performance management, CRM, project finance, sales and marketing, software development, ICT architecture, applications, infrastructure and service delivery. He is an electrical engineering graduate with Wits MBA, ACCA-CDipAF, Postgraduate Diplomas
in Accounting, Finance and General Management. He is a Chartered Marketer (CM-SA), Professional Member of the MFSA, Certified SAP/ASAP Consultant and an ICT Strategic Advisor to Government and public sector. Harry enjoys soccer and spending time with his family when he has a chance.
|Ken Msuku, Executive: Business Operations was the first employee and joined Computek in its early days as a systems engineer. He holds a number of qualifications including a Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in Informatics. He oversees service delivery, contract management, tendering, staff deployment, consultants’ management and overall business operations including corporate services. He is passionate about sport, particularly soccer and is currently the co-captain of the Computek Action Soccer team.|
Johannes Makgobane, Senior Executive: Public Sector Strategy, has recently joined Computek,
and is responsible for public sector marketing and business development. He has gained extensive experience in the IT industry over the past fifteen years, and has specialised in public sector IT for most of this period. Before, joining Computek, Johannes was Account Manager and later Portfolio Manager for SITA, the Government’s IT component. He has obtained an MBA from the University of Natal and holds other qualifications in Commerce and IT from the University of Witwatersrand. Johannes enjoys a good round of golf and plays soccer for relaxation.
Gareth Warner was recently appointed as Executive: Business Solutions. He has sound knowledge and experience in various strategic and technical areas including: strategic formulation, business process development, solution package selection and implementation, business system design, interface and implementation, technology strategy formulation and operations management. Gareth is one of the leading experts in the country regarding smart cards and biometrics; and sits on several ISO committees. During the past few years, he has been extensively involved in planning, scoping and enabling the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, eGovernment solutions, national electronic payment solution and the establishment of local biometric standards within Government, together with the move to an electronic passport system and movement control system within the country. Gareth holds an MBA together with several qualifications in Engineering, IT and Management. Gareth is an avid cyclist, and has done thousands of kilometres on the road. He also enjoys a bit of gym and running and is currently a member of Computek’s Action Soccer team.
Support for young talent
|Computek has, over the past eight years, sponsored and supported a number of IT students. They aim to attract and retain talented young people in the IT industry, by offering financial support for academic qualifications. Basani Mabunda is currently studying towards and IT degree at Nelson Mandela University and Ntsoko Phihela has recently completed her studies and is deployed on a project at Computek.|
|ICT solutions available nationally|
Computek has shown rapid growth on a national level over the past eight years. Apart from its Head Office in Midrand, Gauteng, it has opened Regional Offices in KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo and the Western Cape. Each Regional Office is administered and managed by a competent ICT manager or administrator, providing a comprehensive support function to clients. For more information, visit the nearest Regional Office or contact
the Head Office on 011 805 0229 or visit our website on www.computek.co.za
| 7 Derby Place
Derby Downs Office Park
Tel: 031 266 6600
Fax: 031 266 6665
Cell: 083 303 4566
ICT solutions available nationally
Bookie Moodley –
Regional Business Manager (KwaZulu Natal)
|News and events
• GovTech 2007 : 21-23 August 07, Cape Town
International Convention Centre.
• Microsoft Partner Summit :
23-25 August 07, Sun City.
• Microsoft Tech Ed : 21-23 Oct 07, Sun City.
| Unit 10
130 Marshall Stret
Tel: 015 295 5529
Fax: 015 295 5503
Cell: 072 171 9853
Metlholo Kanyane –
Regional Business Manager (Limpopo)
| Toffee Lane Bldg
18 Dreye Street
Tel: 021 670 2029
Fax: 021 674 3886
Cell: 073 029 7404
Enrico Hancombe –
Regional Business Administrator (Western Cape)
| New employees
Philile Mkhwanazi has recently been appointed as Computek’s Recruitment Consultant. Philile is based at the Head Office in Midrand.
Philile Mkhwanazi - Recruitment Consultant
|Action Soccer team
runs rings around
A bunch of Computek employees, based at its Head Office, recently formed its own Action Soccer team. The team, sponsored and supported by Harry Chakhala (CEO) consists of a number of enthusiastic and strong individuals, who joined the Action Soccer League as a team to strengthen relationships, keep fit and to show their mettle. Ken Msuku and Nicholus Setshedi captain the team. The Action Soccer team is currently on position five on the log and has played seven games of which they won three, lost three and drew one. “Our ultimate dream is to win the league or to finish at least within the top four on the log”, says Ken Msuku, co-captain.
|FAST FACTS: ACTION SOCCER
• A team consists of four players, including the
goalkeeper with no more than two substitutes.
• The game is played in two halves of 15 minutes each with a break at half time.
• Kick-off is decided by a toss.
• With kick-offs, the ball will be played backwards.
• A goal is scored when the ball has passed over
the goal line.
• The team reaching the highest number of goals
is the winner.
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