2010-2012 - Lexel
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25 September 2012 Microsoft Partner - Gold Communications. Lexel Systems has recently achieved the Microsoft® Gold competency in Communications. This achievement highlights Lexel's capability in the Unified Communications market and in particular their specialisation in Microsoft Lync®.


Lexel's CEO Noel Simpson said "Lexel has a focused capability on Microsoft Lync®, and this includes integration capability for add-ons, such as call centre partner Zeacom's, and SIP partner Kordia. There are many people that can implement Lync, but you need a truly focused capability to do it well."


Microsoft® Lync® is a single, unified communications platform that integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Office® and other existing tools and systems, and can enhance or replace your existing IP PBX system. This can lead to improved productivity, increased mobility, and faster responses for customers, partners, and employees. Other benefits may include smoother deployment, easier management, and lower cost of ownership.

24 September 2012 Lexel implements power generator upgrade Lexel recently implemented a brand new power generator for its datacentre and head office based in Albany, Auckland.


Lexel CEO Noel Simpson says, “The old generator was ageing and couldn’t meet the needs of the planned datacenter expansion, or the need to strengthen the availability of our service desk and managed services capabilities. The new generator protects not only the datacentre, but the entire building. This building wide robustness provides a differentiator for Lexel in the market and provides us with confidence that we can continue delivering service excellence during a power outage.”


The generator is fully automatic, and has been specified to cope with predicted growth and extended outages. The project total cost was quoted as six figures. This follows upgrades to Lexel’s datacentre last year where Lexel introduced redundancy for its datacentre cooling systems, and triple telco fibre was installed for network resilience.
18 September 2012 Lexel Systems becomes Finalist in North Auckland Business Awards 2012 New Zealand's largest privately owned ICT integrator, Lexel Systems, has been selected as a Finalist for the 2012 Westpac Auckland North Business Awards in the ‘Eclipse Recruitment Excellence in Workforce Development' category. The winner will be selected and presented their award at the Gala dinner on Friday 26th October 2012.



"The team at Lexel are very pleased to be a finalist in the awards. We submitted our entry under the ‘Eclipse Recruitment Excellence in Workforce Development' category, to highlight our commitment to developing our workforce through a systematic and well-planned training programme” says Lexel CEO, Noel Simpson.



Last year Lexel Systems featured as a winner at the 2011 Westpac Auckland North Business Awards in the category of 'Mitre 10 - Excellence in Service Delivery’.



Lexel Systems was established in 1987 and employs more than 145 people nationally. Lexel is New Zealand's largest privately owned ICT integrator and provides technology infrastructure solutions including: consulting, design, implementation, outsourcing, project management, business analysis, procurement and support services.
7 September 2012 Lexel wins the Axis Communications ‘NZ Partner of the Year Award’  Lexel Systems won the New Zealand ‘Axis Partner of the Year’ award at the Axis Australia and New Zealand partner awards hosted in Melbourne on the 21st August 2012.



Swedish based Axis Communications is the global market leader in network video, driving the on-going shift from analogue to digital video surveillance. Axis products and solutions focus on security surveillance and remote monitoring, and are based on innovative open technology platforms.


Lexel’s video surveillance solutions using Axis IP network cameras have been rolled out nationwide to large retail customers such as 2Degrees Mobile and Restaurant Brands (which encompasses KFC, Starbucks and Pizza Hut brands). Noel Simpson, Lexel’s CEO, comments: “Our larger retail customers are implementing our video surveillance solutions, with integration into their core applications to address loss prevention, support quality management, and provide broader business benefits via Video Analytics. Lexel’s ICT integration expertise provides additional value to both the customer and their traditional security providers.” 



Wai King Wong, Country Manager ANZ, Axis Communications, said: "Our partners have all played a great role in educating end-users on the benefits of IP technologies and we look forward to continuing on this journey. The Axis Partner Summit is a fantastic forum for us to thank our partner network for their contributions over the year and highlight outstanding performances within the Oceania region that have contributed to our on-going success."
27 July 2012 Lexel's staff revel in a night at the races with Polycom Lexel, Polycom and Westcon staff enjoyed a fun filled night of racing at Alexandra Park. The event was sponsored by Polycom and included a panoramic, birds eye view of the entire track while dining at the Top of the Park restaurant.


Lexel partners with Westcon to provide a large range of solutions around storage, virtulisation, networking and security. Polycom product, distributed by Westcon is a key part of Lexel's unified communications offerings.
1 November 2011 Lexel Systems selected as Finalist in two categories for Microsoft Awards 2011 Lexel Systems has been selected as a finalist in the 'Microsoft Reseller of the Year' and 'Virtualisation and Management Solution of the Year ' categories at the Microsoft Partner Awards 2011.



Lexel Systems CEO Noel Simpson says "We are very pleased to be shortlisted for the awards, especially across two categories, following our recent win at the Westpac Auckland North awards for service excellence. Lexel is dedicated to delivering excellence to our clients, and the selection as a finalist provides independent validation of our dedication to delivery."



“In the 'Virtualisation and Management Solution of the Year' category, Lexel's industry leading implementation at legal firm Hesketh Henry provided the opportunity for Lexel Systems 'best of the best' Professional Services team to shine out from the crowd.”



"Lexel's selection in the 'Reseller of the Year' category highlighted Lexel's extensive skills in licensing, run rate engineering and support, and overall commitment to customer service."



The 2011 Microsoft Partner Awards will be held in the new Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland on Thursday 17th of November.
12 September 2011 Lexel hosts key client CxO's for a networking event at the exclusive French Café Restaurant   Lexel hosted key clients at the exclusive French Café in Auckland introducing a 'C Level Networking' theme. Clients were asked to move three times during the evening to encourage networking.


This was Lexel's largest CxO networking dinner attended by 39 guests, with previous events held at Vinnie's, Meredith's and The Grove. The theme was supplemented by a 10-course degustation menu and complementary wines. The event was unanimously enjoyed by all.
21 July 2011 Lexel Systems becomes Finalist in North Auckland Business Awards  New Zealand's largest privately owned ICT integrator, Lexel Systems, has been selected as a Finalist for the 2011 Westpac Auckland North Business Awards in the 'Mitre 10 - Excellence in Service Delivery' category.


Lexel was one of 156 applicants across all categories, with the 'Mitre 10 - Excellence in Service Delivery' category receiving the most entries. The winner will be selected and presented their award at the Gala dinner on Friday 2nd September 2011.


"The team at Lexel are very pleased to be a finalist in the awards. We decided to submit our entry under the 'Mitre 10 - Excellence in Service Delivery' category, as our entire business is focused around this key area. In fact, the word Lexel is based upon the word Excellence, an attribute which is totally engrained within the business," says Lexel CEO, Noel Simpson.


Simpson continues to say: "Although our response was written from the greater business, which includes technology infrastructure solutions, consulting, design, procurement, implementation and support services, we focused on our Project Services division, a team of about 60x people and growing, which provides Business Analysts and Project Managers to corporates. The review panel took particular interest in our unique and trademarked VBRS system. VBRS allows customers to pay Lexel, based upon a score that they give us each month, and something that is also directly linked to our staff's remuneration so there is complete alignment. It's also supported by a comprehensive web portal for customers scoring and reporting purposes."


Lexel, formerly known as Computer Brokers, was established in 1987 and employs more than 140 people nationally. Lexel is New Zealand's largest privately owned ICT integrator and provides technology infrastructure solutions including: consulting, design, implementation, outsourcing, project management, business analysis, procurement and support services.
15 July 2011 Lexel Systems achieves full Cisco Unified Communications Certification New Zealand's largest privately owned ICT integrator, Lexel Systems, has added the full Advanced Unified Communications certification to their premier partner status with Cisco.


Lexel has achieved accreditation in Cisco's networking, security and unified communications solutions enabling it to offer advanced networking and voice solutions alongside its existing infrastructure services.
"We are delighted to be able to give our customers a full unified communications and networking offering," says Lexel CEO, Noel Simpson.


"Our accreditation validates the skills and qualifications of our people who have always been strong in traditional networking, but now have the unified communications and wireless expertise to be able offer our customers a seamless UC and networking solution."


"’We see the Cisco accreditation as the industry benchmark in unified communications and wireless networking. We are excited by the opportunities that being a full service end-to-end integrator, backed by Cisco, offers our customer and the market."
Cisco NZ Regional Manager, Jennifer Rutherford, congratulated Lexel on achieving this global recognition of their capabilities.


"Lexel is a great New Zealand success story. Their accreditation means they have met the stringent requirements that Cisco globally would expect of any partner integrator," says Rutherford.


"What's particularly exciting about Lexel's achievement is that typically the Cisco Advanced UC solution offering is made by multinational Integrator partners much larger than Lexel. Their accreditation means their customers, who already appreciate working with a local, flexible but equally capable integrator, can now draw on the full skill set of the end-to-end integrator that already supports them."


Lexel, formerly known as Computer Brokers, was established in 1987 and employs more than 140 people nationally. As New Zealand’s largest privately owned integrator, it is a technology infrastructure solutions provider, encompassing consulting, design, procurement, implementation and support services.
5 July 2011 Lexel puts a smile on your face Lexel Project Services have launched an engaging and fun initiative at the PMI Conference being held in Auckland this week.


To go into the draw to win an iPad2 delegates are invited to take a photo of themselves holding up a Lexel smile and forward it to us at [email protected]

The team at Lexel Project Services wanted the PM World to understand that working with (or at) Lexel Project Services is not only about getting the job done, it is about thinking outside the square, finding solutions and delivering fresh innovative and successful outcomes - The story behind the smile also delivers a core message "At Lexel Project Services, we're not happy unless our clients are happy, that's why we offer project fees that are directly linked to performance with our unique performance-based remunerations system"
19 May 2011 Lexel hosts HP Software Seminar - BSM Lexel held a customer seminar, specifically focused on HP's Business Service Management ('BSM') software, hosted at the Maritime Museum on Auckland's Viaduct waterfront.


Key clients were invited to listen to Lexel and Hewlett Packard discuss what BSM is and how it can be used to allow clients to monitor, alert, trend and report on the 'end user experience' for key applications.


Lexel brought a guest speaker across from Australia, who talked about the real life experiences with BSM and the value that it can provide to customers. Following the formal presentation, there was time for networking over food and drinks.
25 February 2011 Lexel hosts key clients for a BMW Driver Training day   Lexel hosted key clients for a BMW driver training day at the premier Hampton Downs race track. The BMW Driver Training is modelled on BMW's official driver training programme in Europe.
22 February 2011 
Lexel hosts key client CxO's for a networking event at the exclusive The Grove Restaurant   Lexel hosted key clients at the exclusive The Grove Restaurant in Auckland, and did so with a 'C Level Networking' theme. This theme was supplemented by a 9-course degustation menu with matching wine.
20 February 2011 Lexel hosts clients at Taupo for Formula Challenge single seater race cars and golf Lexel flew some lucky clients down to Taupo for a half day session racing the Formula Challenge single seat race cars around the famous and challenging Taupo Grand Prix circuit. Cars exceeds 160kph, and were racing against the clock to be the fastest driver on the day ...
28 January 2011 Lexel wins Hewlett Packard APJ Award for 2010 HP has recognised Lexel as its "Top Performing Partner ISS" in the HP Server and Storage category of its APJ Partner Programme for 2010.


CEO Noel Simpson says "the award is very welcomed and recognises not only the volume of sales, but the quality of the solutioning as well.


As much as Lexel has developed a strong services business over the last five years; with the company now totalling over 125 staff; the partnership with HP and selling HP solutions is an important and growing part of the business."


"Lexel is NZ's largest 100% privately owned ICT Integrator. For corporate and enterprise customers looking for responsiveness, local control, in-country resourcing, Lexel provides the strongest partner choice."


Lexel sent one of its staff to Taipei to collect the award in January. Lexel is one of only 5x a Platinum partners (Direct / Tier 1) of HP in NZ.
19 November 2010 Lexel Customer and Supplier XMAS Party  Lexel Systems held its now famous Customer and Supplier Xmas party. The informal networking event is now into its 18th year, and although it's more organised it continues to follow the simple theme of a casual environment to catch up for a drink and a BBQ meal. Despite the weather, over 300x people attended and was hosted at Lexel's head office logistics centre in Albany, Auckland.
14 September 2010 Lexel launches new 'Networking and Security Practice' Lexel Systems has launched a new 'Networking and Security - Professional Services' Practice.

The new practice will sit alongside, but be distinct from its existing 'Infrastructure - Professionals Services' practice.
Noel Simpson CEO says: "We've always outsourced enterprise Networking and Security, and the time was right to bring this inside our own organisation as a core competency. With the move towards more Cloud services and more regulated competition in the telco world, enterprise Networking and Security services are a key growth opportunity for our business."


Lexel has immediately added two Cisco CCIE level engineers into the new Network and Security project team, and structured its managed services with more resources and tools for monitoring and alerting on networks. Lexel is recruiting further staff to join the team. Key technologies includes: Enterprise WAN, LAN, Wireless, VoIP, Encryption, Reporting systems, and Acceleration systems. Key services include: Designs, Pilots, Deployments, Tuning and Troubleshooting, Security Audits, Security Forensics, General Consulting, plus Network Monitoring and Management.


Simpson says: "We've already kicked off the capability with a few major project wins, including a 168x node WAN upgrade, and several enterprise core network upgrades. We've also recruited Glenn Lovegrove who spent 10 years running Datacraft's Professional Service practice to help drive our growth."

19 August 2010 Lexel hosts key client CxO's for a networking event at the exclusive Meredith's Restaurant Auckland, 19 August 2010 - Lexel hosted key clients at the exclusive Meredith's Restaurant in Auckland, and did so with a 'C Level Networking' theme. Clients were asked to move three times during the night to encourage networking.

This theme was supplemented by a 7-course degustation menu where guests sampled an array of food and wine. The event was unanimously enjoyed by all.
6 July 2010 Lexel Systems recognised as finalist for Microsoft 'Reseller of the Year 2010' AND 'Core Infrastructure Solution 2010' Auckland IT infrastructure solutions provider and Microsoft Gold Partner Lexel Systems has been selected as one of three finalists vying for 'Microsoft Reseller of the Year' and separately 'Core Infrastructure Solution' category's at the Microsoft Partner Awards.

Lexel Systems CEO Noel Simpson says "Being selected in two finalist categories and from only two that we applied for, represents the dedication to 'excellence' that Lexel brings to the market."

"In the 'Core Infrastructure Solution' category, Lexel's industry leading implementation at Southern Spars, which also resulted in a Microsoft's global case study, allowed Lexel's 'best of the best' Professional Services team to shine out from the crowd."

"Lexel's selection in the 'Reseller of the Year' category showed Lexel's extensive skills in licensing, run rate engineering and support, and overall commitment to customer service."

Brent Colbert, Director, Partner Strategy at Microsoft says "We have been impressed with the high-calibre of work that our partners have delivered over the past year and these awards give us an opportunity to recognise and reward our partners for the great work they do."

The 2010 Microsoft Partner Awards will be held in the Great Room at the Langham Hotel, Auckland on Wednesday the 18th of August.
30 June 2010 Lexel boosts technical capability with Shadbolt By Amanda Sachtleben.


Former Axon application platforms solutions manager appointed. Lexel Systems has recruited Jennifer Shadbolt, a former senior technical staff member at Axon and Gen-i, as solutions manager of the presales and technical team.



Shadbolt has worked in the channel since joining Computerland in 1993 (subsequently bought by Telecom) and was most recently application platforms solutions manager for Axon.


Shadbolt says she approached a number of companies when Integral disestablished management positions at Axon upon buying the company earlier this year. She also knew about Lexel as a competitor in the industry, she says.



"Lexel is a New Zealand, family run business and that is the type of culture I wanted to move into. I think they’re poised to take advantage of the opportunities from the likes of these take-overs that are happening."



CEO Noel Simpson says the company wants to provide more depth to the solutions it offers to its client base, and aims to invest further in its technical capability and resources.



"Our clients are looking to their key suppliers to provide that trusted advisor role and Jennifer is a key part of that to our clients."



Article courtesy of Reseller News
16 June 2010 Lexel project management grows four-fold By Amanda Sachtleben.



Staff numbers quadruple since split from Enterprise IT.
Lexel Systems' project management division has quadrupled its staff numbers, in the two years since its split from Enterprise IT.


With numbers rising from 8 to 32 and the division comprising about 30 percent of Lexel's business, CEO Noel Simpson says there is strong opportunity to grow it even further.


"We see that there is definite material amounts of growth available to that division," he says. "We're still ramping it up."


Oracle and Unix specialist Enterprise IT was formed in 2005 in partnership with Lexel Systems, then called Computer Brokers. But in 2008 the companies said they had grown sufficiently to be independently owned, and Lexel's stake was taken over by Enterprise IT's management.


Simpson says project management was more aligned to Lexel's core business and it has grown significantly in the past two years, including steady growth during the recession.


Paul Alexander, who leads the division, says prior to the recession it revisited the way it operated, and sought to establish points of difference. These included establishing and trademarking a billing system that aims to ensure the division's customers, within reason, pay for only the value they feel they receive.


"We are rated on our performance throughout the process," says Alexander. "We have removed the subjectivity of the value, because customers like to see how they can pay for value and not be overcharged."
Alexander says the division continued to grow during the recession because there was continued demand for project work.


"In a recession people's jobs may be at risk, but IT still needs to keep the lights on and a lot of project work needed to be done. We didn't see a huge downturn in our project pipeline. It is a definite piece of work with a duration and an outcome."


Simpson adds the division has formalised and bundled a lot of IP. so that project management staff have all the required tools to start working from the first day of a project. He says Lexel can also provide independent project managers for large clients, who have multiple IT providers working on a project.


Article courtesy of Reseller News
9 June 2010 Lexel appointed to NZ Defence Force ICT Services Panel Lexel Systems has been successfully selected as part of the NZ Defence Forces ICT Services Panel RFP process. Lexel has been awarded a 3+1+1 year contract for the supply of ICT Implementation and Engineering Support to NZ Defence Force. The contract is also a syndicated contract, and as such also available to all other government departments.


NZDF's stated primary purpose of the ICT Services Panel is to 'engage a panel of suppliers to deliver Information Communication Technology (ICT) contracting Services to NZ Defence Force'. This is in conjunction with initiatives within NZDF to 'create a leaner organisation and which is more efficient and effective'. The contract is part of a key NZ Defence Force end goal to ensure that NZ Defence Force can deliver more military capability from every dollar spent.


Lexel Systems CEO Noel Simpson says "We're very pleased at being selected as part of the NZDF ICT Services Panel. With over 100 staff, Lexel look forward to leveraging our 15 years' experience in working with NZDF and delivering to the new unified organisation that it has become. Lexel's Professional Services and Project Services are capable, willing, and ideally suited to the NZDF's enterprise skillset and outcome based needs.
6 May 2010 Lexel Systems appoints Doug Clarke  New Zealand owned ICT infrastructure provider Lexel Systems has appointed Doug Clarke project director. Within Lexel's project services business - a group of 30-plus project management specialists - Clarke will oversee business unit growth and services IP development.


He most recently held the role of project executive at IBM Global Technology Services - IBM's infrastructure services business. Fourteen years with IBM, Clarke held a variety of roles spanning operations support, data centre management, and senior technical services management.
23 April 2010 Lexel hosts key client CxO's for a networking event at the exclusive Vinnie's Restaurant Lexel hosted key clients at the exclusive Vinnie's Restaurant in Herne Bay, and did so with a 'Speed Dating' theme.


No, the clients were not all single, but instead the essence of speed dating was borrowed, and clients asked to move three times during the night to encourage networking. This theme was supplemented by a 6-course degustation menu where guests sampled an array of food and wine. The event was unanimously enjoyed by all.
15 February 2010 Lexel hosts key clients for a BMW Driver Training day Lexel hosted key clients for a BMW driver training day at the premier Pukekohe race track.


The BMW Driver Training is modelled on BMW's official driver training programme in Europe. This programme offered clients an active and dynamic drive experience that provided driving pleasure, education and fun in a controlled and safe environment.


The course utilized a fleet of new BMW 135i, 120 and 335 cars and at the end of the day an experienced racing driver took each client for hot laps of the circuit in a BMW M3 driven by one of New Zealand's most experienced race car drivers Mike Eady.