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Securely. Efficiently.

Our mission is to simplify the lives of our customers.

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Why?

KZN believe that the way businesses think about, procure, design, build and operate technology has been broken for a very long time. And that traditional consultancies have done very little to significantly change this. We, along with a few selected others, are doing everything in our powers to fix this.

How?

KZN adopt innovative thinking, experimentation and an iterative approach, underpinned by a faithful and disciplined implementation of a blend of tried and trusted methodologies.

What?

KZN help you define and achieve your goals. We put skin in the game and we get shit done, as efficiently as possible. We use as much automation as makes sense, and make sure you never need to learn a lesson we already have.

The KZN Way

Click here to learn more about the founders' backgrounds; the motivations for establishing KZN; the history and journey; and The KZN Way - our faithful blend and implementation of a number of world renowned methodologies and frameworks.

What's in a name?

KZN: from kaizen, the Sino-Japanese word which means change for better.

In modern business parlance and Lean Six Sigma circles, kaizen has come to mean the practice of continuous improvement and is recognised worldwide as an important pillar of a forward thinking organisation’s long-term competitive strategy.

The underlying principles of kaizen are: to nurture the company’s people; to humanise the workplace; to eliminate waste; to take a scientific approach; to standardise and automate; and ultimately work smarter not harder. These same principles are harmoniously aligned with KZN's values and operating principles.

Our Mission

KZN's mission is to simplify the lives of our customers through our wholehearted commitment to the delivery of outstanding service and trustworthy insights.

We will do this by nurturing our talent in an environment which is fulfilling, fostering a culture that passionately lives and breathes our company values and operating principles.

Our Values

Our values and operating principles are everything to us. They define who we are and how we behave. They set us apart from the rest. Although inspired in part by others, they’re ours; they’re personal; they’re meaningful; and they’re not just marketing spin or words on the wall. We live and breathe them. They’re not up for debate and not for sale at any price.

See yourself here?

Do you see yourself reflected in the Values? KZN are always on the look out for expressions of interest from someone who is passionate about their craft, and wants to learn and grow as we do.

Customer Obsession

We start with the aim of simplifying the lives of our customer, and work backwards. Without our customers, we are nothing. We wholeheartedly promise to work hard to earn and keep customer trust.

Value in everything we do

If we can’t articulate the value, it doesn’t get done. Period. No bureaucracy. No “ticking the box”.

Stop, collaborate and listen

Two ears, one mouth - use them in that ratio. Forget “no, but”, think “yes, and”. By working closely with colleagues, partners, and especially our customers we are guaranteed to improve the outcome.

Keep it simple

We live in a complex world, surrounded by complex problems. But often the most efficient, effective and sustainable solutions are the simplest ones. And if you can’t explain something simply, you probably don’t understand it well enough in the first place.

Lead without title

Show courage in your conviction; more individual leadership and accountability; forget titles. No job is above or below us. Forget “that’s not my job” even when it isn’t; own it until you find someone whose job it is!

Be authentic

Be real; be true to yourself; do not seek conformity. Respectfully challenge when you disagree and never sacrifice a good outcome for social cohesion. Once a decision is made, commit wholly. It leads to better outcomes, deeper connections and more productive lasting relationships.

Stand on the shoulders of giants

Innovate but avoid reinventing the wheel. Find someone else’s design and improve it.

Seek balance

Work hard and play hard; take action and find time for reflection; shoot for the moon but when it comes to quality, cost and speed of delivery, pick two at the cost of the third.

Embrace failure

Failure is not the opposite of success; it’s a vital part of it. Speed matters in business. Many decisions and actions are reversible and do not need extensive study. We value calculated risk-taking. Experiment, fail quick, fail cheap – but make sure you learn the lessons. Don’t let ego or pride get in the way of changing your mind if things aren’t working.

Efficiently and effectively deliver

With a bias for action, identify minimum quality requirements; accept that good enough is good enough; effectively deliver. Anything above that is inefficient. Anything below that is unacceptable.

Continuous improvement

It’s in our name! Never be satisfied with the status quo. Life is a journey of personal mastery. If you’re not at least occasionally operating outside your comfort zone, you’re not growing and learning. We promise to invest in the growth of our staff and ask that they do too.

Frugality and fairness

Frugality breeds resourcefulness, self- sufficiency, and invention. We expect a fair reward for our performance. We set our pricing at a level that allows us to invest in ensuring a great experience for our customers. We avoid spending money on things that don’t return positive results for our customers.

Social responsibility

We want to help make the world a better place. We will do this through our KZN 4 GD program where staff can dedicate 1 day per month of company time to a good cause of their choosing. That’s 12 days per year, per staff member – just think what we could achieve if all organisations did that!

Personal mastery

Life is a journey and if you’re not at least occasionally operating outside your comfort zone, you’re not growing and learning. We promise to invest in the growth of our staff and ask that they do too.

Products

KZN Well-Architected Assessment

The Well-Architected Assessment provides an external set of eyes to carefully and critically examine your existing information technology infrastructure, free from bias or emotional attachment.

KZN will measure your implementation against architectural best practices for designing and operating reliable, secure, efficient, and cost-effective systems in the cloud. We’ll measure your environment against five pillars:

  • Security
  • Reliability
  • Performance efficiency
  • Cost optimisation
  • Operational excellence

Our Assessment Report will itemise all that we find: the good, the bad and the ugly, along with recommendations for remediation.

You’ll know where you stand on your cloud adoption journey.

KZN Information Security Assessment

Do you sleep poorly at night, worried that your information technology environments are like Swiss cheese, full of vulnerabilities ready to exploit?

Few businesses truly understand where they stand when it comes to information security. Even organisations who have started on their journey to address information security risks may not have the capacity to document all that you already know.

No doubt you would rest easier knowing there were changes that, when applied to an existing process, procedure or control would make them more effective in reducing the likelihood of a breach?

You can’t improve what you can’t measure. KZN’s Information Security Assessment (ISA) provides you with a baseline from which the evolution of your information security posture can be measured.

KZN Jumpstart for AWS

Establishing a solid and comprehensive foundation within AWS, one that aligns strongly with AWS’ Well-Architected Framework, can be an arduous task. Whether you’re just starting on your AWS adoption journey, or you’ve dabbled with a few AWS services for some non-critical workloads, it’s important to invest in establishing a rock-solid baseline.

KZN’s Jumpstart offers out-of-the-box an AWS environment that follows best practices across all the foundational pillars:

  • Security
  • Reliability
  • Performance Efficiency
  • Cost Optimisation, and
  • Operational Excellence

A KZN Jumpstart for AWS gives you a head start on your AWS adoption roadmap, allowing you to focus on rapidly delivering awesome value to your customers.

KZN Penetration Test

Forewarned is forearmed.

In IT security you want to be one step ahead of the hackers. A KZN Penetration Test provides IT management with a view of their network from a malicious attacker’s perspective. KZN stay ahead of security trends and make sure we’re using up-to-date techniques.

With great care and sensitivity, KZN will simulate an attack on your organisation’s IT infrastructure. We’ll find ways into your network, then provide you with a detailed report summarising the vulnerability, along with advice on how to remediate.

KZN Insight

A perimeter firewall is no longer an adequate defence from security threats.

A security information and event management (SIEM) solution will monitor your environment from the inside, alerting you when risky or improper actions occur within your network. Sounds great, huh? Unfortunately most SIEM solutions are expensive to deploy and costly to run.

KZN Insight is different. A Software-as-a-Service offering run in the AWS cloud, it’s simple to get started monitoring even the smallest of environments. KZN will manage and monitor the SIEM software: no need for you to feed and water the infrastructure!

Since you pay only for what you use, your operating costs will grow as your network does.

Speak to KZN if you’re keen to start improving the security, compliance and performance of your IT systems today.

Seek Insight!

Craig Nicol

Chief Executive Officer
1800 861 062
+61 (0) 406 720 844
craig@kzn.io

Nick Philpott

Chief Technical Officer
1800 861 062
+61 (0) 421 615 499
nick@kzn.io

Andy Meakin

Director, Customer Success
1800 861 062
+61 (0) 422 003 924
andy@kzn.io

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