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MBA Wandering Warriors scholarships for veterans

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MBA Wandering Warriors scholarships for veterans

Unico supports the Wandering Warriors program providing scholarships for veterans with the opportunity to complete an MBA at prestigious Melbourne Business School and seamlessly transition to civilian life.

Unico is a proud sponsor of the Wandering Warriors through the Melbourne Business School’s ‘Wandering Warriors Scholarship’ for veterans. The scholarship provides veterans with the opportunity to further their studies through Australia’s leading MBA program and assist in the successful transition out of defence and into civilian life.

Who is Wandering Warriors

Wandering Warriors is a veteran charity organisation supporting veterans and their families through education, employment, respite and mentoring programs. The Wandering Warriors scholarship for veterans helps the transition of veterans in Victoria looking to fast track their career as an executive in the corporate or government sector.

Harry Moffitt is the Defence Strategic Advisor at Unico and the Victorian State Manager at Wandering Warriors and served 30 years in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). He recognises the importance of support post service and is a strong advocate of education providing a springboard into a career outside defence. Harry is now a practising psychologist and founder and CEO of the corporate performance consultancy Stotan Group.

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Harry Moffit, Strategic Defence Advisor Unico

“The previous narrative for post-service aspirations is that individuals pursue study or careers centred around security, oil and gas, and the defence industry. The scholarship opens up further doors and allows individuals to choose their own paths, unrelated to their service.”

“I wanted to pursue a career in psychology however found it difficult to navigate the correct path due to the lack of resources available, so I took initiative and put myself through university”.

Not only does this misconception narrow prospects for ADF members exiting the force, but it also makes the transition back into civilian life limited and more difficult.

“It is very difficult for defence families as they are required to pack up and move their life every two years. This unique situation is hard on individuals and families, therefore we want to provide as much support as possible to veterans to ease their transition post-service.”

“Completing service and entering the real world can be quite overwhelming, so through the Wandering Warriors program, veterans can feel supported at every level. We are adding value to individuals by assisting their self-journey, and therefore the community as a whole.”

Introducing Ed Harris

Ed Harris, recipient of the Wandering Warriors Scholarship for the MBA at Melbourne Business School, applied for the program after seeing Wandering Warriors had established a connection with Melbourne Business School and Unico through a LinkedIn post. He has now finished his service and is on standby reserves after completing 12 years in the ADF.

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Ed Harris, Wandering Warriors MBA 2021

“I was ecstatic to be selected for the scholarship considering the competitive nature of the program.”

Ed is intending to use his MBA to bolster his career by working at an executive level for business management with an interest in starting his own company in the future.

“It is a bit of a veil coming from a service role and trying to apply learned leadership and skills acquired in your time at the defence force to your life outside the ADF.”

Ed will use the scholarship and opportunity to transition to his new life and career outside of the ADF in business and continue to be an advocate for supporting defence personnel in their endeavours outside of the force. 

Unico looks forward to working with and supporting Wandering Warriors and the Melbourne Business School to support our veterans, post-service.

Brent Wijnberg

Business Development Manager

+61 3 9865 9179

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Defence Telco migration to a microservice database

Defence Telco migration to a microservice database

Our team helped a key Defence Telco enhance a Network Design Tool and migrate to a microservice database. The project included uplifting the design tool to achieve greater automation, reduced errors and better visibility.


Summary:

  • Reduction in errors and enhanced visibly
  • Transition to Microservices based architecture
  • Migration to a microservice database.
  • Automatic generation of design artefacts.

As the services the Defence Telco provided to Defence evolved, the design tool had not been updated in-line with the changes and significant manual tasks were required. The Defence Telco contracted us to work on uplifting the design tool to achieve greater automation, reduce errors and better visibility for Defence.

A sprint plan was provided that outlined the content of each sprint, including the business value that would be delivered in each iteration. While this formed the foundation for the commitments to the Defence Telco, requirements and design were continuously evolved and improved upon in each iteration and for each Sprint, and the Defence Telco had the opportunity to refine or re-prioritise tasks.

The existing solution was a Ruby on Rails monolith application. The uplift work that we performed transitioned the solution to a Microservices based architecture. This provided the Defence Telco flexibility and the additional benefit of allowing development across differing classifications. As Microservices are independent of each other, new services may be developed in an unclassified environment while others are developed in a classified environment.

The applications included:

•  Site application providing summary information regarding a Defence site

• ‘Baseline’ application allowing the automatic generation of design artifacts at a given point in time

• Document application managing linkages to reference and design documents

• Concession application managing design concessions and variances

• Approval application tracking and linking design approach.

The solution resulted in several enhancements and automatic generation of two key design artefacts that previously required creating a document and significant manual work.

Jason Bodsworth

Business Development Manager

+61 3 9865 9179

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Agile data migration of ICT personnel resources

Agile data migration of ICT personnel resources

A leading Global Telco’s ICT platform had reached the end of life and would no longer be supported. After a thorough market evaluation and procurement process, the Telco selected the Matrixx Digital Commerce Platform (DCP) to deliver the RTC program and agile data migration for all their mobile subscribers.


Summary:

  • Migration of 8 million subscribers
  • Matrixx DCP
  • Agile SAFe™ management and principles
  • Delivered in 7 weeks, 6 weeks ahead of schedule.

Unico was engaged to deliver agile data migration and to ensure multiple stakeholders and relevant system owners were openly collaborating and meeting complex cross-system interfacing requirements.

It was unknown at the start of the engagement what the performance of the legacy platform and interfacing systems was. Therefore, we needed to plan based on our experience with similar technologies and approaches.

This allowed our team to work back from the required completion date and schedule the project accordingly to ensure there were no slippages. The solution we developed was executed through the implementation of our customised Unico migration solution which interacted with the Telco’s middleware.

UMT was designed specifically to follow the Matrixx DCP processes allowing the seamless transition of working documents and the Telco’s ability to continue working throughout the migration on other related critical activities and BAU tasks.

During the migration, the UMT tool was required to hold and retry transaction types for subscribers who were still part of the migration, without causing service failure and with minimal impact. The migration tool also ensured that services did not get migrated in the event of failure during migration.

Unico used a hyper ‘Agile’ approach adhering to SAFe™ management practices and principles. In doing so, we adopted all relevant practices, values and methodologies as defined by the SAFe™ methodology.

Unico successfully migrated all 8 million of the Telco’s prepaid subscribers to Matrixx DCP, the new system and real-time charging. The project was delivered ahead of time in 7 weeks (estimated 13 weeks), there was zero downtime of the migration tool.

Jason Bodsworth

Business Development Manager

+61 3 9865 9179

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Oracle MySQL database replication for senior government office

Oracle MySQL database replication for senior government office

How Unico is supporting a senior government office review architecture and configuration in light of some recent operational issues (Oracle MySQL database replication) and their roadmap.


Summary:

  • Updated configuration
  • Provided MOP (method of procedure) to implement and enable the new configuration
  • Supported the senior office with implementation and support.

Oracle MySQL referred us to this piece of work as we are a trusted and long-standing partner. A senior government office engaged Unico to review their architecture and configuration in light of some recent operational issues (Oracle MySQL database replication) and their roadmap.

We conducted interview workshops to clarify initial requirements, reviewed architecture and configuration, revised configuration and articulated implementation steps including a future roadmap.  

Our team delivered an updated configuration, a MOP to implement and enabled the new configuration and supported the office with the implementation and support including technical queries and troubleshooting.

Replication was successfully re-instated and operational across the Oracle MySQL cluster. A high-level technical assessment of future work items including an Oracle MySQL version upgrade, cluster upgrade, and traffic balancing was also considered.

Brent Wijnberg

Business Development Manager

+61 3 9865 9179

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Defence Strategic Advisor – Harry Moffitt

Retired SAS Team Commander, Harry Moffitt, leading defence charge

31 May 2021

Harry Moffitt is a strategic defence advisor to Unico in the Defence and Government sector. He brings to the table over 30 years of experience in defence and holds top security clearance.

Harry is supporting Unico with our diversification strategy and continues to build out our experience in the Defence and Government sectors. Unico offers an extensive range of services for Defence, government and public sector including satellite provisioning, digital transformation, information and communications technology, system integration and bespoke technology solutions.

Recently retired, Harry is a former SAS Team Commander turned organisational psychologist. He has extensive military and government experience at operational and administrative levels and an exceptional track record in strategic and tactical decision making and leadership.

Harry is engaging, transformative, and highly principled with an excellent ability to build strong strategic relationships. He has extensive experience working at the board and senior executive level across industry and habitually engages at Ministerial levels of the federal government. He has a unique and deep understanding of cultural and organisational transformation and is passionate about sovereign capability development.

Harry’s outstanding strategic and political acumen, combined with his background as a strategic advisor for various defence transformation projects, perfectly matches Unico’s ambition to expand capability offering in defence and government.


Harry Moffitt

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Land Forces 2021

Unico is excited to be attending Land Forces 2021

1-3 June 2021

Unico is excited to be heading to Brisbane next week to attend Land Forces 2021. Our Public Sector specialist Brent Wijnberd will be flying solo, if you see him make sure to say hi. Fun facts: Brent is a massive fan of country music, plays guitar, and loves Bruce Springsteen.

As an Australian founded and 100% resourced technology company, we pride ourselves on serving the Australian community and its people. Our people are NV1 and NV2 cleared, and are based in Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney, and are experienced with Microsoft Azure.

Unico offers an extensive range of services for Defence, government and public sector including satellite provisioning, digital transformation, information and communications technology, system integration and bespoke technology solutions.

We look forward to connecting.


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Designing operational and business support systems that scale for growth: OptiComm

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Designing operational and business support systems that scale for growth: OptiComm

How Unico are helping Australia’s largest privately-owned provider of Fibre-to-the Premises (FTTP) network solutions design and implement a new operational and business support system.


Customer

  • OptiComm

Project

  • Business operation support system stack transformation and service provider solution

Objectives

  • Design and implement a replacement solution for OptiComm’s business and operational support systems (B/OSS) that can scale for planned future growth

Approach

  • Outline ideal future system and information architecture
  • A multi-phase integration of a custom Microsoft Dynamics 365 solution, Power Automate and Azure logic apps
  • Automate key business processes

Outcome

  • 85% automated provisioning
  • Greater customer satisfaction with connection tasks being completed more rapidly and with less errors
  • The first phase provides OptiComm a saving of one full time equivalent (FTE) in staffing costs for the National Operations Centre (NOC)

OptiComm is one of Australia’s leading independent telecommunications carriers, specialising in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of FTTP networks for residential and business developments. Formed in 2005, they have established a large customer base which they expect to grow four-fold by 2023. OptiComm approached Unico with a brief to transform their OSS stack and build a replacement solution for their service providers, end-users and service desks that would support their planned customer growth.

Unico conducted a strategic assessment identifying their existing OSS business processes and technologies against future requirements and wanted position in order to define the transformation strategy. A platform-based approach was chosen to implement the transformation and enable process automation in three phases.


“Having a technology agnostic provider look at what the solution really needed was key in driving the right outcomes. Unico assessed not only what technology was best suited to our business processes but also the culture of OptiComm which was equally important in adoption and scaling at pace”

– Ben Liew, Chief Network Officer, OptiComm.


The initial phase was to enable OptiComm’s RSP customers to interface via a new direct portal for broadband service orders, for the following:

  • New Connection requests for properties within the OptiComm network
  • Disconnection requests for properties within the OptiComm network
  • Service modification requests for properties within the OptiComm network.

The second phase was to create a customer portal to allow property owners to initiate and pay for connection requests. All future phases will automate remaining processes and decommission legacy technology.

After evaluating the organisation’s technology platforms our team decided to leverage the core capabilities of Microsoft standard platforms to build the required solution.

Although unusual for a company that often builds bespoke solutions our team recognised that building a built for purpose system would have been prohibitively complex and costly to implement.

We also noted that the OptiComm workforce were already highly adept with Microsoft’s suite of business platforms and so extending this capability through Microsoft Dynamics 365 would not require a high degree of change management.

Through adding on Flow and Power apps, OptiComm could achieve a fully unified B2B and C2B capability that not only integrated with their business systems but extended to activation of the network elements via APIs and customer portals.


Bruce McCole

Principal Business Consultant

Defence, Government & Public Sector

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Unico are a security cleared, sovereign technology services company that partner with the public sector to deliver unbreakable, mission-critical systems.

We have a 37-year history delivering some of Australia’s largest technology integrations into highly regulated environments to solve the most complex of problems.

What sets Unico apart from our competitors is our reputation for delivering projects on time, to client satisfaction, no matter the challenge.

Our expertise includes network provisioning, digital transformation, information and communications technology, systems integration and bespoke platform development.

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The Australian public sector seeks to become a world-leading digital government that delivers superior services, greater flexibility and more responsive policy with less red tape.

In order to achieve this, departments need to digitise processes and integrate new technologies without compromising the integrity of your existing essential systems.

Unico are an ideal partner for government organisations due to our ability to gather, refine and reorganise data and connect it with new cutting-edge technologies – providing true public sector innovation.

We build you data-centric solutions that make processes simpler, clearer and faster for your staff and duty holders.

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Land Forces 2021

Satellite & network provisioning

We are market leaders in building complex provisioning systems for satellite networks, and the application of communication layers. We work with leading Telco providers and the NBN.

We’ve been harnessing technology to deliver smart, practical and reliable business outcomes for nearly 37 years. Our in-depth high-end software engineering and integration expertise allow us to analyse, design, build, test and deliver systems your entire organisation can consistently depend upon.

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As an Australian founded and 100% onshore resourced technology company, we service our community and its people from a uniquely Australian position. Our people possess NV1 security clearance, NV2 security clearance and are based in Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney, with experience in computing services such as Microsoft Azure.

Real-time, high availability technology solutions

Unico understands the system engineering concepts and architectures needed to build public sector IT solutions that can be consistently relied upon. Our highly structured approach to technology implementation involves end to end trace-ability from design, implementation, validification and then to verification.

Our team of solution designers, architects and developers build practical systems leveraging expertise in digital, data, machine learning and trusted transactions in order to craft tailored user experiences that help solve your most complex business problems.

Supporting the veteran community

Unico are proud supporters of Wandering Warriors and are honoured to sponsor the Melbourne Business School ‘Wandering Warriors Scholarship’. The Wandering Warriors Scholarship program provides veterans with the opportunity to study, grow, and develop through Australia’s leading MBA program, equipping them will the skills, experience, and network to successfully transition out of defence and further their future career.

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