The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-26T13:06:52Z Is Deadpanning the Next Mannequin Challenge? 2017-04-26T13:06:52Z is-deadpanning-the-next-mannequin-challenge A viral Facebook video of a man bungee jumping, sky diving, and rally car driving has sparked a flurry of social media activity centered around “deadpanning” which involves nothing more than keeping a straight, expressionless face. The video at the centre of it all (http://bit.ly/2fng0rN), produced by REIZE co-founders Marty Spargo and Steve Macdonald has notched up over 1.5 million views already. Steve explains “The success of the Deadpan Guy videos has far exceeded what we could have expected. People are sending us pictures of themselves deadpanning in day to day life, creating Deadpan Guy memes. It’s gone crazy.” Marty adds “The most amazing thing for me is how overwhelmingly positive the response has been. People who have been hassled about not smiling in photos their whole life are coming out of the woodwork. I guess it’s their time to shine.” The video itself is pretty amazing. It seems impossible to imagine being able to keep a perfectly straight face while bungee jumping. The comments on the video are worth reading in their own right, and this is where the craze was spawned. Viewers were posting photos of themselves and their friends and challenging each other to post the best “Deadpan” shot and it went from there. “What’s so great about Deadpanning is that anyone can do it. It is probably the most accessible viral craze since planking,” Steve said. It appears that REIZE has tapped into a social phenomenon that has everyone talking… but not smiling. Media enquiries including interviews please contact Steve Macdonald (REIZE co-founder) directly on 0497 585 064 or email steve@reize.com.au. Notes to Editors About REIZE Energy Drink Co-Founders Marty Spargo and Steve Macdonald Lifelong friends and childhood surfing buddies, Marty is a former Qantas airline pilot and derivatives trader and Steve was an accountant before they left their jobs and redesigned their life, launching an innovative start-up to take on the global brands. Deadpan Guy was scripted and produced by Steve and Marty, with no input from a marketing agency. They have no marketing experience, which is perhaps why it resonates so well with the average person. www.reize.com.au Facebook: REIZE Energy Drink Instagram @reizeenergydrink Twitter @reizeenergy Snapchat @reizeenergy Youtube REIZE Energy Drink A Beautiful keepsake of a horse called Casper 2017-04-26T13:03:23Z a-beautiful-keepsake-of-a-horse-called-casper The passing of a life can be a difficult time for most We were recently contacted by a client who had brought many pieces off us in the past.  Her niece had recently lost her beloved horse Casper and wanted to give her a personalised gift that she could keep as a forever keepsake. She had owned the horse most of her life and living in the country spent many countless of hours with the horse.  The sudden loss of a beloved  pet is a very difficult time for most people.   She ordered a piece for her niece and also for her sister, as the horse had been part of the family for many years.  We received a lovely thank you on our facebook page from the niece advising she received it and she really loved it.  https://www.facebook.com/MemoryKeepSakes20/ We are so lucky to have such amazing clients who express their gratitude to us on a daily basis, both via social media and emails and text messages.  I do hope this gift provides her with a beautiful keepsake of a friend she had for many years. Espire Infolabs Announces Gold Sponsorship of MuleSoft Summit, London 2017 2017-04-26T09:56:26Z espire-infolabs-announces-gold-sponsorship-of-mulesoft-summit-london-2017 London, UK: In the digital era, delivering compelling customer, partner and employee experiences is emerging as the most powerful competitive edge for businesses. To drive this business outcome, strategic digital transformation is essential, where data, devices and enterprise applications are woven together into a powerful network. MuleSoft, the leading provider of integration platform (Mule ESB and CloudHub) for connecting SaaS & enterprise applications in the cloud and on-premise, understands this complex business problem. With its powerful integration platform, MuleSoft is seamlessly integrating the wide spectrum of disparate applications that drive various business functions of organisations - be it sales, marketing, customer experience or HR. The resulting superior, delightful and consistent customer and business user experiences are translating into enhanced revenue and profitability for companies. Espire Infolabs, a global technology services company and a MuleSoft partner is solving this problem for global businesses, with its transformative Customer Engagement Hub (CEH), which leverages MuleSoft’s market-leading Anypoint Platform™ and API-led approach as one of its core technologies.  To exchange thoughts on building an application network that can deliver impactful and profitable customer, partner and employee experiences, MuleSoft is hosting MuleSoft Summit on May 17th at The Brewery, London. The summit would be attended by leading CIOs, IT leaders, integration architects and development leads across the globe.  Espire has today announced that it is a gold sponsor of MuleSoft Summit. This is in line with Espire’s commitment to bring the competitive edge of application networks to businesses.  As a MuleSoft partner and a gold sponsor at the MuleSoft Summit, Espire will showcase how its customer engagement hub (CEH) enables enterprises to deliver compelling and profitable multi-channel customer experiences by harnessing the powerful fabric of connected data, devices and applications.  Attendees of MuleSoft summit will get to experience a full day of innovation, best practices and interactive discussions with peers around digital transformation, and learnings on why API-led connectivity is the secret weapon to building robust application network.  To attend the MuleSoft Summit, London 2017, write to us at enquiries@espire.com or register directly here .   About Espire Infolabs Espire Infolabs is a global technology services company empowering businesses to drive growth and customer engagement with exceptional digital experience solutions through digital content management, multi-channel customer communication management, enterprise applications, cloud computing, integration and analytics. It is a SEI CMMI Level 5 Ver 1.3 (Dev + SVC) Appraised, ISO 27001:2013, ISO 9001:2015, ISO 20000-1:2011 and ISO 22301 Certified Company. Espire Infolabs has offices in UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Development Centers in India (Gurgaon, Delhi and Pune). For more information, please visit www.espire.com.   About MuleSoft MuleSoft makes it easy to connect the world's applications, data and devices. With their market-leading Anypoint Platform™, companies are building application networks to fundamentally change the pace of innovation. MuleSoft’s API-led approach to connectivity gives companies novel ways to reach their customers, employees and partners. Organisations in more than 60 countries, from emerging companies to Global 500 corporations, use MuleSoft to transform their businesses. To find out how, visit MuleSoft Website. Gene Synthesis Market: Global Consumption Value, Sales and Key Companies Profile 2017 2017-04-26T09:01:19Z gene-synthesis-market-global-consumption-value-sales-and-key-companies-profile-2017 This market research report offers a complete breakdown of the global Gene Synthesis market through exhaustive information on industry-authenticated market data, facts, statistics, and insights. An apt set of approaches and suppositions in the report back the market forecasts. The report scrutinizes the market by an exhaustive analysis on market dynamics, market size, current trends, issues, challenges, competition analysis, and companies involved. Gene Synthesis Industry Key Manufacturers are Genescript, GeneArt (Thermofischer), IDT, DNA 2.0 (ATUM), OriGene, BBI, Genewiz, Eurofins Genomics, Gene Oracle, SBS Genetech and Bio Basic. Complete report on Gene Synthesis Industry providing 11 company profiles, their product information and 143 tables and figures is available at http://www.deepresearchreports.com/contacts/purchase.php?name=438440 The report focuses on global major leading industry players providing information such as company profiles, product picture and specification, capacity, production, price, cost, revenue and contact information. Upstream raw materials and equipment and downstream demand analysis is also carried out. The Gene Synthesis industry development trends and marketing channels are analyzed. Finally the feasibility of new investment projects are assessed and overall research conclusions offered. This report is a collation of actual data, and qualitative and quantitative valuation by industry experts, contributions from industry specialists, and other industry partakers. The report maps the qualitative influence of several market dynamics on market segments and geographies. In a word, the report provides major statistics on the state of the Gene Synthesis industry and is a valuable source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested in the market. Inquire about the report @ http://www.deepresearchreports.com/contacts/inquire-before-buy.php?name=438440 About Us Deep Research Reports is digital database of syndicated market reports for global and China industries. These reports offer competitive intelligence data for companies in varied market segments and for decision makers at multiple levels in these organizations. We provide 24/7 online and offline support to our customers. Connect us at sales@deepresearchreports.com with subject line “2017 Market Research Report on Global Power Cables Industry “ and your contact details to purchase this report or get your questions answered. OR Call Us @ +1 888 391 5441. Progress Appoints Dmitri Tcherevik to Chief Technology Officer 2017-04-26T07:51:55Z progress-appoints-dmitri-tcherevik-to-chief-technology-officer SYDNEY, Australia —April 26, 2017— Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS) today announced the appointment of Dmitri Tcherevik to the role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In his new role, Dmitri will lead Progress’ technology vision, strategy and evolution across the entire portfolio of Progress products. This includes driving incubation projects, contributing to product roadmaps, working on technology M&A and partnership opportunities. Dmitri will also evangelize our core product strategy and cognitive-first perspectives to the market. “As the world moves to cognitive-first applications, we need a CTO who can lead our strategy and deliver the platform to help our customers build and deploy those applications,” said Yogesh Gupta, CEO, Progress. “Dmitri has a proven track record of creating and delivering game-changing technology strategy and execution in emerging technology areas. He is going to be an incredible asset to Progress as we enable our customers to build the future of their business applications.” Dmitri is a serial entrepreneur, having founded and run two successful technology start-ups – most recently MightyMeeting, a cloud-based mobile collaboration platform. Before that he founded Infostoria, a collaboration and content integration platform, which was acquired by FatWire in 2007. Post-acquisition Dmitri served as CTO at FatWire, where he helped to define the market around Web Experience Management, until FatWire’s strategic sale to Oracle in 2011. Dmitri also spent nearly 10 years leading emerging technology development at CA, as a Vice President in the office of the CTO. “When the opportunity to join Progress was presented to me, I knew this was something I couldn’t pass up,” said Dmitri Tcherevik. “Cognitive applications are the next frontier for businesses in driving competitive advantage, and the winners will take all. Progress has an incredible opportunity to democratize machine learning, giving any organization the tools it needs to build and deploy cognitive applications. I can’t wait to help make that vision a reality.” Dmitri brings deep technology expertise specializing in the areas of mobile apps and platforms, cloud services, collaboration, web experience management and enterprise application integration. He also has a background in machine learning, having contributed to development of a groundbreaking AI engine used in chess programs and economic forecasting software. Dmitri majored in applied math and intelligent systems design at the National Nuclear Research University, Moscow, where he graduated with honors. Additional Resources -  Follow Progress on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ -  Read the Progress blog About Progress Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS) is a global leader in application development, empowering enterprises to build mission-critical business applications to succeed in an evolving business environment. With offerings spanning web, mobile and data for on-premise and cloud, Progress powers businesses worldwide, promoting success one application at a time. Learn about Progress at www.progress.com or 1-781-280-4000. Master Building Inspectors upgrades Website 2017-04-26T07:45:13Z master-building-inspectors-upgrades-website The team at Master Building Inspectors are very excited to announce the launch of their new website. The new site is more responsive with a faster load time and better mobile capabilities.  If you are currently building a new home or buying an existing property, it is always advised to enlist the services of an independent building inspector. They can detect defects that the average homeowner could easily miss, possibly resulting in expensive rectification works.  In Western Australia, the contract of sale is typically signed subject to a structural building inspection. This inspection details the structural elements of a property: internal/external walls, floors, roof frame and rising or lateral damp that may be evident. The structural inspection is a basic assessment of the property to determine any structural faults that may be evident.  It is highly advised that the buyer only use the services of a building inspector who is a registered builder, architect, surveyor or structural engineer to undertake these inspections. Crazily, the market is unregulated in W.A, and many of the building inspectors are unqualified and inexperienced and should not be determining the structural soundness of a building. There is no current qualification defined as a " qualified building inspector" as many companies state.  Would you take your car for a service to an unqualified mechanic? Probably not, so why would you have your house inspected by an unqualified inspector.Their new site is full of useful information, which you can view at https://www.masterbuildinginspectors.com.au Our Step by Step Guide to Choosing the Right Shed 2017-04-26T07:35:48Z our-step-by-step-guide-to-choosing-the-right-shed Our Step by Step Guide to Choosing the Right Shed Does your property need a shed? If so, the following is the step by step process we use to make sure our clients always pick the right one. What Do You Need Your Shed For? This is the most basic question you can ask when picking a shed for your property. However, there are all kinds of reasons you could be in the market for one. There may even be more than one reason. Maybe you just want an area to store an extra vehicle or two. Maybe you want space for a workshop. Again, maybe you want both. Generally speaking, the types of sheds we offer at NWSM are: Residential Multipurpose/Workshop Sheds Structural/Steel Sheds Keep in mind that each of these shed types represents countless options, so even if you don’t know which would make the most sense, we can help you decide based on your needs. Understand the Relevant Laws Unfortunately, you can’t just pick the type of shed you want and then get busy constructing it. There are a number of different laws that determine which types of structures are allowed in which areas. The good news is that, at NWSM, we’ve been doing this since 1998. Amongst other things, this means we understand all about these regulations and know the type of paperwork required in order to build all the different types of sheds we specialize in. Now, that being said, sometimes, you may find that the shed you want just isn’t an option because of local rules. You may have to build your shed elsewhere, or we can help you pick a different kind that will be acceptable to the local authorities. Think About Materials and Other Needs You May Have As we mentioned above, we offer a wide range of sheds, so once you have a basic model chosen, you can also think about what kinds of extra features you may wish to add on. For example, if you’ll be keeping a large vehicle indoors, one popular add-on is a roller door. A personal access door would probably still be a good idea, though. Other popular options include: Downpipes Gutters Thermal Insulation Windows Wall Vents Roofs There are also the materials to think about. Depending on what you have in mind, zincalume or colorbond may be perfect. Thanks to our 17+ years of experience in this field, we’d be happy to make recommendations. We understand that most people don’t have time to do all the research required to make the best possible choice when it comes to designing a shed. Preliminary Blueprints Once we understand what it is you need from a shed, in terms of both functionality and materials, we’ll get busy on creating a custom blueprint for you. This way, you can see exactly what you’ll be getting before you give your approval and we get started on the actual construction. At NWSM, building sheds is something we’ve done now for nearly two decades. The process we just outlined will make sure you pick the right version for your unique requirements. Whether you choose NWSM or not, feel free to follow our process for your project. OVER 44,000 ENTIRE HOMES TO BE LISTED ON AIRBNB IN SYDNEY FOLLOWING THE NSW GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE 2017-04-26T06:42:12Z over-44-000-entire-homes-to-be-listed-on-airbnb-in-sydney-following-the-nsw-government-s-response MadeComfy welcomes the announcement by the NSW Government that it supports short-term letting in NSW. It provides a needed clear direction from which home owners and property investors can continue to let their property on platforms such as Airbnb. With 24,000[1] entire home listings on Airbnb at the end of 2016 and a year-on-year growth of 85%[2], MadeComfy expects the growth of Airbnb listings to remain at the current pace for the coming year, which indicates 44,000 entire home Airbnb listings in Sydney by the end of 2017. From the recent NSW Government announcement around short-term rentals, MadeComfy believes that the Airbnb market will not likely to see an influx of owners listing on the booking platform, but rather take confidence they can continue to do so with more clarity around their rights and responsibilities. The assessment also takes into account that of Sydney’s almost 2 million properties, only 1.2% have been listed on Airbnb at some stage, suggesting there is still room for growth, however, represents only a small proportion of Sydney’s rental market[3]. MadeComfy was founded to provide a professional short-term rental management service in Sydney. Demand for MadeComfy’s service arising from home owners and property investors who were both time poor and didn’t have the ability to be available to provide the hospitality guests now expect when booking a property through Airbnb. MadeComfy therefore manages the process of hosting to look after the home and guests, so they can enjoy a hassle-free income. Sabrina Bethunin, co-founder, said “This support by the NSW Government will hopefully result in  short-term rentals being a viable option for every homeowner without fear of legal or financial penalties”. “In addition to that, with the median property price in Sydney having reached over 1 million dollars, households are dedicating an average of 44 per cent of their income to service their mortgages[4]. It means Sydneysiders are considered under ‘mortgage stress’ as they are devoting more than 30 per cent of their income to mortgage repayments. Either by renting a spare room or the whole property when it’s not utilised, for many homeowners, Airbnb and similar platforms provide a means to obtain an income to help cover their mortgage repayments or afford their holidays” she added. Following last week’s announcement MadeComfy also looks forward to partnering with building strata managers to provide the professional support needed to mitigate the concerns voiced by the Owners Corporation Network (OCN). A key concern of the OCN was the harmony of guests and residents within shared building environments. MadeComfy seeks to address these issues through its guest screening process prior to accepting a booking, as well as enforcing strict house rules such as a no party policy and maximum occupant numbers. With these checks in place, MadeComfy’s service is designed to mitigate against any unruly guest behaviour, providing strata managers and residents with confidence short-term rentals will be managed without negative effects in their building. For all parties concerned, MadeComfy views this announcement to be an encouraging step for the regulation of short-term rentals in NSW. It provides a response that supports our own figures, with 70 per cent of MadeComfy’s customers being home owners who use the service to manage their property whilst on holidays. Able to deliver 40 percent more than self-managed Airbnb listings, MadeComfy looks forward to helping home owners, property investors and strata managers alike tap into the short-term rental market to optimise their rental returns and maintain the security of their properties.               For further media information or comment please contact: Tim Medway – PR and Marketing Executive Phone: 0415 202 969    Email: tim@madecomfy.com.au [1] AirDNA data: The number of active entire home listing on Airbnb for the month of Dec 2016. [2] AirDNA data: The growth of active entire home listings on Airbnb between Dec 2015 and Dec 2016. [3] Airbnb and renting in Sydney Report, Tenants Union of NSW, March 2017 [4] CoreLogic Report, 2017 ABOUT MADECOMFY MadeComfy is a short-term property management specialist committed to providing property owners with the highest quality, hassle-free, hosting service in the market.  Based in Birchgrove in Sydney’s Inner West, MadeComfy manages a large, growing number of homes across Sydney, from executive apartments, family homes to luxury properties. MadeComfy provides an end-to-end management service, which means property owners don’t need to do a thing when they hand over their keys. With significant investment into operation systems, owners can rest assured that MadeComfy’s dynamic pricing and centralised booking platforms will provide them with the highest returns and maximised booking occupancy. MadeComfy also ensures that the experience is first-class for guests, providing a welcome pack and house manual at check-in, 5-star linen, 24/7 support to guests and cleaners after every stay. MadeComfy provides the professional help to make the process of hosting effortless whilst property owners earn the rental income. https://madecomfy.com.au/ PakTV Introduces a Unique Platform to Watch Pakistani Live Channels 2017-04-26T06:39:04Z paktv-introduces-a-unique-platform-to-watch-pakistani-live-channels The fact cannot be held for denial that technology has introduced people to a new mode of entertainment with all new online television. Technology has revolutionized the way people think and use all sources of communication, and the Internet is one such medium that has bridged the gap between people and their immense need to keep themselves updated. While there are several online pakistani news channels that provided much needed information in form of news or live talk shows on the latest happenings in Pakistan, PakTV is one such unique platform that has changed the overall meaning when it comes to watching Pakistani live channels. This online platform allows one to keep abreast of the recent updates and show them the right way leading to a wealth of information which could be a person’s most admired TV shows and programs, entertainment, current affairs, news, talk shows and so on which one misses being away from home. PakTV has come a long way from where it all began. They have brought live Pakistani TV news channels to people’s reach who remain engaged with their lives. The lack of time does not allow such curious people to be all ears to their favourite talk shows or live channels. They are fully dedicated to serve every individual in the country with the best and latest happenings. Anyone who has a keen interest in keeping an eye on the latest talk shows on social, financial and political affairs in Pakistan would tremendously benefit from PakTV. This is because more and more people (of all age groups) are getting inclined towards in making the most of political discussion. No matter if any individual misses out on the live telecast of any program or any of the informative and interesting talk shows being aired on Pakistani channels, PakTV makes sure that it releases the repeat telecast. This is the one and only genuine platform that respects about its users’ valuable time and allows them to watch the current affairs and political insights. Moreover, an individual can choose from his interested area of topics in the list on PakTV website. PakTV is functional 24*7 so one can make the most of online viewing at any given time. In fact, they welcome their customers to subscribe one time so they can continue showing their keen interest in watching live talk shows. THE MIGRAINE WORLD SUMMIT is Now Live! 2017-04-26T06:04:55Z the-migraine-world-summit-is-now-live Migraine is the third most prevalent illness in the world. US studies have revealed that nearly one-in-four households include someone with migraine. In Australia, there are more than three million people with migraine. Yet there is less than one headache specialist for every 85,000 migraine patients, and four out of five people with Chronic Migraine are misdiagnosed. The Migraine World Summit, scheduled for April 23-29, brings together over 30 top experts and advocates to provide answers and treatment advice on migraine to anyone around the world with an Internet connection. Presently, there is no cure. Organisers of the Summit are two former chronic migraine sufferers – Carl Cincinnato from Sydney, Australia, and Paula K. Dumas from Atlanta, Georgia. They are working to reduce the global burden of migraine by bringing the top specialists in the world together for people around the world. “Despite the prevalence of migraine, it remains under-diagnosed and under-treated, with less than 50% of patients consulting a physician. For those who do seek help, finding the right doctor can be difficult. Moreover, specialists require referrals, patients may incur significant costs and there can be waiting lists,” said Cincinnato. “The Migraine World Summit provides unprecedented access to dozens of experts for those suffering from this debilitating disorder to be informed about the latest best practices and approaches. Altogether, it’s like having the opportunity to sit down with the best doctor in the world.” “Migraines can be devastating to someone’s quality of life. Migraine attacks can affect not only their physical wellbeing, but their relationships, family life and, in severe cases, their ability to keep a job and have a thriving career,” said Dumas. “There is still a stigma associated with migraine. Many people feel guilty or ashamed to admit they have a migraine, but it’s not their fault. Migraine is a genetic neurological disease which can also lead to depression and anxiety, as many struggle with the isolation or lack of progress and lose hope. The Summit will hopefully allow sufferers to find relief as well as demonstrate they aren’t alone.” Among the questions the Summit will answer are: What are the best treatments for migraine? What can I do when I’ve already tried everything? What are the secrets to finding effective natural alternatives? How can I cope with the anxiety and discrimination from chronic migraine? What new treatments are coming that I should be aware of? What are the most common challenges and myths that people face? Keynote topics and presenters include: Migraine Genetics: Unlocking a Cure for Migraine – Professor Lyn Griffiths, Queensland UT, Australia Shifting Cultural Perceptions About Migraine – Joanna Kempner, PhD Top Ten Migraine Myths to Bust - Peter Goadsy, MD, Kings College, London Best and Worst Places to Live with Migraine, Bert Sperling, author Neuromodulation: New Devices That Can Ease Pain, Brian Grosberg, MD, University of Conneticut Managing Hormonal Migraines Through Menopause – Susan Hutchinson, MD When Medications Actually Trigger Pain – Larry Charleston IV, MD, University of Michigan, USA Weather Related Migraine – Michael Steinberg Solving the puzzle of what’s causing migraines – Patricia Pozo Rosich, MD, Vall D’Hebron, Spain Migraine Statistics and Costs – Lars Jacob Stovner, MD, Norwegian National Headache Centre Research Pipeline: New Migraine Therapies in Development, Deborah Friedman, MD, UT Southwestern Expert Q&A : LIVE! Andrew Charles, MD UCLA, Goldberg Migraine Programe, Dawn Buse, PhD Montefiore Headache Centre, Francois Cadiou, Healint/Migraine Buddy Participation in the online Migraine World Summit is free online from April 23 - 29, and available by subscription thereafter. To attend, register at: https://migraineworldsummit.com   Media Enquiries: Blanche De Winter, PURE Communications, tel: 0425 279 091 blanche@purecommunications.com.au Esker Expands Globally While Achieving Record Sales Growth 2017-04-26T05:58:56Z esker-expands-globally-while-achieving-record-sales-growth Sydney, Australia — April 20, 2017 — Esker, a worldwide leader in document process automation solutions and pioneer in cloud computing, recently announced that the company achieved record growth in 2016, fueled by an increased demand for cloud-based solutions, the changing regulatory environment in some countries and the company’s commitment to consistently delivering innovative, comprehensive solutions ahead of the curve. Esker’s strategic acquisitions and partnerships have augmented its customer base and facilitated expansion into new regions. “We are experiencing dynamic, sustainable growth across the board, but especially in cloud-based solutions, where we saw a 20 percent increase last year,” said Steve Smith, U.S. chief operations officer at Esker. “This represents 77 percent of total company sales revenue and validates the need for automation. Even better, we anticipate double-digit growth again in 2017 in every market where Esker is active,” said Christophe DuMonet, Managing Director of Esker Australia and New Zealand. 2016 highlights In order to accommodate such rapid growth while maintaining excellent customer service, Esker invested in additional staff. By late 2016, Esker outgrew its North American headquarters in Madison, relocating to new office space to accommodate new and anticipated future hires. Esker also opened its first U.S. satellite office in Denver to accommodate a growing number of customers in the Rocky Mountains and Pacific states, along with the western region of Canada, especially within the medical device, food production and semi-conductor industries. Also, Esker expanded its international footprint, beginning with a partnership with Santiago, Chile-based Gosocket Corporation, a leading provider of solutions related to electronic document exchanges with digital signatures, to bring more value to Latin American customers of both companies. Customers in this region can now meet evolving electronic invoicing (e-invoicing) mandates that vary by country. Esker and Gosocket Corporation are working together to bring a more comprehensive set of offerings to the Latin American region beginning this year. “Esker’s expansion into the Latin American region created an opportunity for both companies,” said Sergio Chaverri, chief marketing officer at Gosocket Corporation. “By partnering with Esker our customers will have access to leading business solutions and Esker’s international customers will have the ability to meet any changing regulations seamlessly.” Esker also further developed its activities in the Oceania region with the signature of a partnership agreement with Fuji Xerox in New Zealand. “Automation of previously manual tasks and introducing mobile and analytics functionality for insights into the AP process delivers rapid and quantifiable benefits. With the combination of Fuji Xerox’s consulting team and Esker’s cloud Accounts Payable, we’re delivering tools that AP users need, but just haven’t been able to access,” says Cameron Mount, Fuji Xerox New Zealand GM Enterprise Consulting. Lastly, Esker also put in place its third data center in Singapore, offering its Asia-based customers the best possible response times. This new infrastructure was built on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Solution advancements Esker is committed to regularly providing customers with new and improved offerings. One of the company’s most notable launches last year was Esker Anywhere, a mobile application that gives managers the ability to review, approve, and reject purchase requisitions and supplier invoices while out of the office. Esker also introduced solution integrations with Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and Oracle E-Business Suite, providing customers with greater operational process efficiency and productivity. Following the 2015 acquisition of TermSync, Esker has now fully incorporated the solution into its accounts receivable (AR) automation platform, benefiting customers with strengthened reporting and analytics, faster collections and billing processes and decreasing costs. Esker’s new, comprehensive AR solution is designed to alleviate cash flow concerns for companies, especially as interest rates rise and customers demand extended terms. It also completes the order-to-cash (O2C) cycle, allowing Esker to offer customers an enhanced end-to-end solution for document process automation. Ongoing and future initiatives Earlier this month Esker finalised its acquisition of e-integration GmbH, the Düsseldorf, Germany-based electronic data interchange (EDI) service provider, which will allow Esker to further grow and develop in Europe’s leading market. “We recognise that our customers have a global presence with varying needs in every market,” said Eric Bussy, worldwide corporate marketing and product management director at Esker. “We want to increase our international presence to fulfill those needs and offer the most value to our customers.” Esker anticipates that 2017 will be highlighted by: *Double-digit growth and continued exploration of new external growth opportunities. *Innovative strategies surrounding Esker’s O2C and purchase-to-pay (P2P) solution offerings, including the launch of the TermSync product in France and a new online payment solution offered through Esker partner, SlimPay. *An agile and responsible business approach: Ranked among the top 30 Best Workplaces France 2017 by Great Place to Work®, Esker will continue to develop its Agile methodology and friendly work environment in order to offer its employees a quality, stimulating environment. How much do you know about video? 2017-04-26T05:47:36Z how-much-do-you-know-about-video Over 35 people attended on a beautiful evening on the 12th of April. Our Speaker Angela Mellak started off the event by taking the audience on the evolutionary journey video has taken since 1895, through to today. Angela went on to outline the various categories of video from Educational, through to Entertainment and highlighted the most powerful structures and Digital tools and platforms that are changing the way people use video and technology. Angela shared her tips for crafting the most powerful videos for brand and businesses. "Telling a compelling story to share the benefits and most of all focus on the customer journey" Angela was joined by the Marketing Director James Towers from Kwickie, who spoke about the way mobile has further changed the way video is consumed. He went on to outline how Kwickie platform is creating new categories in the Video space whilst it is changing the way we communicate. James presentation offered suggestions on production values, using video platforms for business and brands. He said the Kwickie video platform has become a powerful tool for business and social interaction and in particular between celebrities and fans. James shared exclusively with the Digital Women's Network some behind the scenes footage they had created with the recent partnership with Australia's Formula One Grand Prix 2017. Kwickie has designed a new engagement campaign with Forumla 1 fans, the pilot campaign featured high profile celebrities from Shane Warne through to Daniel Ricciardo all having a "Kwickie" (sending video messages as Q&A style using just their phones and the app Kwickie). It was fascinating to watch how Daniel Ricciardo was actually interacting with his fans by using the video application. It was not just boring text and words messages we are all sending every day. Filled with on the go, moving images, sounds, colours, lights and a real person behind the camera! “Video is a real human interaction and gives stronger connection. It is the most powerful storytelling we have.” James said. As the night drew darker and the presentation started to come to an end people continuously raised their hands for questions. “How can we manage a budget?” “What are the resources available?” “Does Kwickie replace Snapchat?” a Can video get really remove trust issue?” So many of our members were curious, thinking about how they can apply the video platform to their work, business or personal brand. After the presentation, there was a chance for more networking and we heard from some of the attendees. Katie, is a recruiter she said her company is about to launch a website and can see how having video contents for their website, can be used for case study, or candidates’ interview. Bernadette, a digital performance director, said it was her third time attending Digital Women’s Network event. She found it’s a great place to network and learn new things every month. ***We want to thank sponsors, introduce next events and DWN website.  https://digitalwomensnetwork.com/ 2, 287 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000 hello@digitalwomensnetwork.com https://www.digitalwomensnetwork.com Important factors to be taken into consideration when buying an LED ceiling fan! 2017-04-26T05:25:13Z important-factors-to-be-taken-into-consideration-when-buying-an-led-ceiling-fan There is no doubt about it that the ceiling fans are extremely practical and beautiful and this is the main reason that why they add value to your room. The fact that the ceiling fans are used to lower down the temperature of a warm room makes them efficient in reducing the energy bills. These days ceiling fans are coming with an option of lighting which is making them famous as well as a prime choice among the customers so as to be used as an appropriate lighting fixture. The market of ceiling fan is huge, with the LED ceiling fans being manufactured and supplied in innumerable colors, styles, finishes, motors, configurations and much more. With so many options, how can a customer make an ideal choice? There are many essential qualities that should be possessed by each and every ceiling fan. One of the most important of these qualities is the steady operation and quiet performance of the fan. There are several other major factors that should be considered before purchasing an LED ceiling fan. There are several other important factors that you should consider before purchasing a ceiling fan. Some of the important factors are listed below- 1.    Brand reputation- With ceiling fans, brand reputation holds a lot of importance. It is worth going in for a company of fans which is offering warranty on the fan’s motor and stands behind the fans. A cheap quality fan has noisier and weaker motor, and no prudent customer wants that. You definitely want to purchase a fan whose motor works for many years and gives no problem at all. 2.    Controls- Most of the fans come with many control options, for instance remote control or pull chain. What sort of control features you are looking forward at? Are you looking for multiple speeds and settings? Do you want the light to be dimmer or shine brightly? All these factors will not only determine the price of the fan but also help in determining that how well it is installed. 3.    Blades- Blades are a very important factor in determining that how well a fan will perform. The important blade factors include the number of blades, their respective length as well as size. Usually, more the number of blades, more is the price of the fan. The number of blades chosen does not depend on the performance and strength of the fan, it is the personal choice of the customer. Further, blade material and color should also be taken in to consideration. Australian Government Grant To Expand behind closed doors’ Membership of Businesswomen and Board Ready Women 2017-04-26T04:44:44Z australian-government-grant-to-expand-behind-closed-doors-membership-of-businesswomen-and-board-ready-women Behind closed doors (BCD), a leading national membership for businesswomen and board-ready women, will this year expand its membership after receiving a $102,300 grant from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Office for Women under the Women’s Leadership and Development Strategy(WLDS). The Supporting Businesswomen to Success Scholarship provides opportunities for female managers aspiring to leadership roles to further expand their leadership, business and networking skills. BCD will utilise the Australian Government funding to provide 14 full scholarships to female leaders in SA, WA, NSW and VIC to join a BCD membership for 12-months of professional development, networking and peer to peer mentoring to prepare them to accept greater professional challenges. Scholarships will be offered to female executive not-for-profit and Indigenous leaders into BCD Executive memberships, female leaders into BCD Luminaries (managers), female business owners/entrepreneurs into BCD Entrepreneurs. BCD Founder and Managing Director, Donny Walford, said the initiative will allow successful women seeking access to insights, knowledge, support and high level networks in their journey to Executive and Board positions to join the national community of businesswomen that the BCD membership provides. “The WLDS priority of promoting and supporting greater representation of Australian women in leadership and decision making roles is the exact reason BCD was formed almost a decade ago.” Ms Walford said. “We have an enviable record of success with 57% of our Executive members having attained one or more Board Directorship positions, 56% of these women have also received promotions.” The first of the scholarship recipients’ will be announced on April 27 in Perth when a scholarship is awarded to two businesswomen at Manager level aspiring to executive roles.  The recipients will be provided the opportunity to further their leadership and management skills through a yearlong membership to BCD Luminaries, valued at more than $5,500 each. BCD Luminaries was created in response to an identified need for motivated businesswomen to have a professional sounding board and support network where they can discuss professional and personal issues, challenges and strategies in a totally confidential environment while, at the same time, encouraging each other to extend themselves to achieve and succeed in new environments. Members meet for three hours, ten times a year, for peer to peer mentoring, professional development and networking with like-minded businesswomen. Outside of this further professional development, networking and mentorship opportunities are provided to members amongst the wider BCD community at a national level. Scholarship applications and nominations will roll out across the country in the coming months with all 14 recipients placed into a memberships by August. BCD has been providing scholarship opportunities for women to enter their memberships since 2012. To date BCD has offered 21 scholarships and will continue in 2017 to match the Australian Government funding. For further details about BCD scholarship opportunities visit www.behindcloseddoors.com/scholarships To apply for the Adelaide Luminaries Scholarship Now Open visit behindcloseddoors.com/bcd-luminaries-scholarships-adelaide/ To apply for the Adelaide Not For Profit Executive Scholarship Now Open visit behindcloseddoors.com/bcd-not-for-profit-scholarship-adelaide/ To find out how your business can offer your own successful Internal scholarships to your female leaders visit behindcloseddoors.com/internal-company-scholarships/ For further details of the Australian Government WLDS visit https://www.dpmc.gov.au/office-women/grants-and-funding Issued by: Penny Reidy, Marketing Manager, Behind Closed Doors on 8333 4303 or 0401 349 791 www.behindcloseddoors.com Gartner Survey Finds Government CIOs Spend 21 Percent of Their IT Budget on Digital Initiatives 2017-04-26T04:41:03Z gartner-survey-finds-government-cios-spend-21-percent-of-their-it-budget-on-digital-initiatives-1 26 April 2017 — Top performing organisations in the private and public sectors, on average, spend a greater proportion of their IT budgets on digital initiatives (33 percent) than government organisations (21 percent), according to a global survey of CIOs by Gartner, Inc. Looking forward to 2018, top-performing organisations anticipate spending 43 percent of their IT budgets on digitalisation, compared with 28 percent for government CIOs. Gartner's 2017 CIO Agenda survey includes the views of 2,598 CIOs from 93 countries, representing US$9.4 trillion in revenue or public sector budgets and $292 billion in IT spending, including 377 government CIOs in 38 countries. Government respondents are segmented into national or federal, state or province (regional) and local jurisdictions, to identify trends specific to each tier. For the purposes of the survey, respondents were also categorised as top, typical and trailing performers in digitalisation, based on the response to certain survey questions. Government respondents find themselves in the lower ranks of performance when compared with other industries, with only 5 percent categorised as top performers, compared to 22 percent in the media sector, 15 percent in service industries and 10 percent in the banking, retail and communications sectors. Rick Howard, research vice president at Gartner, said that 2016 proved to be a watershed year in which frustration with the status quo of government was widely expressed by citizens at the voting booth and in the streets, accompanied by low levels of confidence and trust about the performance of public institutions. "This has to be addressed head on," said Mr. Howard. "Government CIOs in 2017 have an urgent obligation to look beyond their own organisations and benchmark themselves against top-performing peers within the public sector and from other service industries. They must commit to pursuing actions that result in immediate and measurable improvements that citizens recognise and appreciate." Top Performers Secure Greater Budget Increases Government CIOs as a group anticipate a 1.4 percent average increase in their IT budgets, compared with an average 2.2 percent increase across all industries. Local government CIOs fare better, averaging 3.5 percent growth, which is still more than 1 percent less on average than IT budget growth among top-performing organisations overall (4.6 percent). The data is directionally consistent with Gartner's benchmark analytics, which indicate that average IT spending for state and local governments in 2016 represented 4 percent of operating expenses, up from 3.6 percent in 2015. For national and international government organisations, average IT spending as a percentage of operating expenses in 2016 was 9.4 percent, up from 8.6 percent in 2015. "Whatever the financial outlook may be, government CIOs who aspire to join the group of top performers must justify growth in the IT budget by clearly connecting all investments to lowering the business costs of government and improving the performance of government programs," Mr. Howard said. Top Technology Investment Priorities in Government Looking beyond 2017, Gartner asked respondents to identify technologies with the most potential to change their organisations over the next five years. Advanced analytics takes the top spot across all levels of government (79 percent). Digital security remains a critical investment for all levels of government (57 percent), particularly in defence and intelligence (74 percent). The Internet of Things will clearly drive transformative change for local governments (68 percent), whereas interest in business algorithms is highest among national governments (41 percent). All levels of government presently see less opportunity in machine learning or blockchain than top performers do. Local governments are slightly more bullish than the rest of government and top performers when it comes to autonomous vehicles (9 percent) and smart robots (6 percent). Biggest Barriers for Government CIOs The top three barriers that government CIOs report they must overcome to achieve their objectives are skills or resources (26 percent), funding or budgets (19 percent), and culture or structure of the organisation (12 percent). Drilling down into the areas in which workforce skills are lacking, the government sector is vulnerable in the domain of data analytics (30 percent), which includes information, analytics, data science and business intelligence. Security and risk is ranked second for government overall (23 percent). "Bridge the skills gap by extending your networks of experts outside the agency," Mr. Howard said. "Compared with CIOs in other industries, government CIOs tend not to partner with startups and midsize companies, missing out on new ideas, skills and technologies."  Seize the Digital Ecosystem Opportunity The concept of a digital ecosystem is not new to government CIOs. Government organisations participate in digital ecosystems at rates higher than other industries, but they do so as a matter of necessity and without planned design, according to Gartner. Overall, 58 percent of government CIOs report that they participate in digital ecosystems, compared with 49 percent across all industries.  As digitalisation gains momentum across all industries, the need for government to join digital ecosystems — interdependent, scalable networks of enterprises, people and things — also increases. "The digital ecosystem becomes the means by which government can truly become more effective and efficient in the delivery of public services," Mr. Howard said. Gartner clients can read more in the report "2017 CIO Agenda: A Government Perspective." About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior information technology (IT) leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to supply chain professionals, digital marketing professionals and technology investors, Gartner is the valuable partner to clients in more than 11,000 distinct enterprises. Gartner works with clients to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual roles. Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, and has almost 9,000 associates, including 1,800 research analysts and consultants, operating in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com.