Cloud is disrupting traditional IT faster than we think. As a Microsoft Cloud Platform Gold Partner, GFT is helping its customers to digitally transform their business by designing solutions using the best features of Azure Platform. We are helping our customers navigate and adopt the superior functionality of cloud services, and manage their production workloads running in the public cloud. Our Azure Competency Centre focus areas include:

  • Legacy Migration & Modernisation
  • Infrastructure Operations Management & Optimisation
  • Azure IoT Solutions
  • Azure Blockchain

GFT Azure Competency Centre managed services offerings are developed by combining these focus areas in the form of service packages. This includes building a practice around DevOps, infrastructure automation (IaC), and cloud-native application design. The Azure CoE uses the best Azure Platform features while designing solutions be it IaaS, PaaS, or FaaS (Serverless) offerings in order to meet our customers’ demanding, unique business requirements.

Infrastructure as Code -Landing Zones

Infrastructure as code is a key requirement for most cloud adoption efforts. The shift to code-first, automated environment creation can add a learning curve for team members. GFT always adopts an infrastructure as code approach to any landing zone we deploy and any application we migrate.

Before deploying landing zones, it is assumed that centralised controls for identity, security, operations, compliance, and governance are identified and available to use as a set of shared services that all applications in the cloud can access. GFT can help define, implement and integrate this foundation.

All workloads (a collection of technical assets) within each landing zone will be governed by these central controls to establish a consistent baseline across the shared-architectural pillars of security, reliability, performance, cost, and cloud operations.

GFT has delivered a number of different deployments onto Azure for clients using a variety of tools; Terraform, ARM templates and PowerShell can all be used with great success to define the infrastructure as code and will suit any current or future state infrastructure deployment process. Azure DevOps, Jenkins, TeamCity and Octopus Deploy are some of the various CI/CD tools that can be used as the basis of the deployment pipeline.

When deploying infrastructure into a cloud environment, it is crucial that the correct governance is in place to restrict undesirable behaviour. As part of the cloud platform foundation, GFT can implement a number of solutions using policy as code or security posture management tooling.

In Azure, Azure Policies can be used to allow, deny or audit specific actions and attributes of services.
Policy as code is the idea of writing statements in a high-level language to manage and automate these policies. By representing policies as code in text files, proven software development best practices can be adopted such as version control, automated testing, and automated deployment. For multi-cloud and hybrid approaches, Azure Policies can be sent to centralised SIEM systems, or Azure services can be directly integrated with 3rd party security software.

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Azure IoT Solutions

Secure your IoT Deployment

Businesses across industries are starting to place big bets on the Internet of things (IoT) and the value it will deliver in the coming years. Even now, real-time data and insights can improve performance and bottom lines. Innovative new experiences for customers can propel revenue and earn coveted market share.

However, to take advantage of the lasting value that IoT can unlock, organisations must prioritise security. The simple act of connecting devices or equipment introduces new threats to privacy, intellectual property, revenue, and physical safety. Building a foundation of security will ensure durability of innovation and business growth. Simply put, to be competitive in the long run, there is no choice: securing your IoT investments is a necessity.

Companies should carefully consider how the decisions they make now about IoT security could affect business projections, even in the short term. The complexity of IoT and its associated risks - to the company, its brands, and its customers - can be overwhelming; the security vulnerabilities and requirements of IoT environments are still evolving and can be difficult to frame and address.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) helps companies in all industries to increase profits and customer satisfaction. But as helpful as it is, it is also complex – Microsoft has identified eight features that can
be the key to success.

Explore more within our Whitepaper "Azure IoT Central".

Azure Blockchain

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What are Blockchain-Enabled Digital Ecosystems?

From the first days of commerce, businesses have created, operated, and participated within ecosystems to exchange value. However, this value was often linear and analog. In today’s digital world, new requirements to operate within those business
ecosystems is needed. Digital ecosystems are different because they embrace the complexity of endless connections to be self organising, dynamic, and adaptive to exceed the sum of their connections.

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Dean Clark

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Dean leads the GFT Azure practice, helping to enhance technical and commercial capabilities as well as strategic partnerships.
He has held senior technical, management and Cx level roles for MSPs and financial institutions, leading large programs of development and transformation in both traditional on-prem IT and cloud.
His 25+ years’ experience is predominantly in the engineering & architectural areas; specialising in infrastructure, hybrid cloud & security fields.

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Karel is a seasoned professional with 25+ years of experience delivering Agile and DevOps transformations. He has hands-on technical knowledge and experience of the Microsoft development platform including Azure DevOps, Visual Studio & Power BI. He has a strong focus on scaled Scrum/Kanban, Backlog Management and Continuous Delivery backed by Agile engineering and test automation techniques. He is also a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org and a regular conference speaker.

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Diego is a proud father and husband, speaker and technology passionate.
Working for more than 15 years in the Technology Market and focused on DevSecOps Automations, Cloud Migrations, Distributed Architectures, leading projects in Brazil, the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Our specialists

Technical Lead and Cloud Solution Architect , with 12 years of experience. Certified on professional levels with Google Cloud and MS Azure. Piotr is leading GFT PL Cloud Practice. Highly experienced with design of multitier solutions for the financial sector
including global investment banks. Often acts as an Agile mentor, helping organizations to build their Agile mindset.

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Our specialists

Working on complex cloud native solutions on Azure Platform, DevOps and Mobile. Juliano is Microsoft Certified Professional and awarded as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 2018.

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With long history developing solutions with Microsoft platform. Julio Arruda is specialist in Azure DevOps. Speaker and Youtuber about DevOps Contents. Awarded as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 2017.

Fabio_Dario

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With more than 13 years of experience delivering projects focused on High Performance/Scalability for clients all over the world. Microsoft Certified Professional, Tech Lead and Cloud Specialist, has been working with Azure since its start

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Our specialists

With 11 years of experience and solid experience on creating complex backends and hosting them on cloud. Member of GFT PL Cloud Practice. Highly experienced with design and development of backend solutions for the financial sector including global investment banks.

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Pedro is a seasoned Solutions Architect with international experience obtained from different industries, including Financial, Forestry and most recently Industry 4.0. With more than 17 years of engineering experience on several sorts of solutions, Pedro got heavily involved with Cloud Based Solutions since 2013, where in one hand, he supports customers to take full advantage of the cloud via a DevOps mindset, and on the other hand over the adoption of modern software architectures. Between 200

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Team-oriented leader with a successful track record and over 20 years’ experience spanning global corporate software development, strategy, sales, business development and operations for software market. Nominated by Microsoft as Regional Director (RD) from 2017 to 2020. Also awarded as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 12 years (2003-2016).

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