The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-28T02:26:11Z Incredo Solutions Offers IT Services to Boost Business 2017-04-28T02:26:11Z incredo-solutions-offers-it-services-to-boost-business Incredo Solutions, the experts providing marketing, development and software solutions, is offering a host of IT services to help boost business. Certified IT technicians from Incredo Solutions are available to provide services such as web hosting, performance audits, network architecture, cloud hosting and on-call support for businesses across Australia.  Businesses can gain a lot through web hosting and support from Incredo Solutions. They have a range of flexible support packages which allows businesses to select a solution based on their needs, budget and hardware. Incredo’s packages are rich in features and add-ons, can be scaled to the growing needs of the business and is priced competitively too. Their dependable services and friendly tech-support team ensures that the client’s site is always up and running.  Incredo offers help with network architecture for businesses that have multiple computers. By connecting office computers through a local area network, the client can be assured of benefits such as storage of information, easier coordination and sharing of resources, a shared printer and centralised internet security among others. Incredo’s team members are available to give advice on the best practices for the clients’ business.  Those businesses that are struggling to find out what is wrong with their website or wondering how to make their site work better can benefit from a site performance audit. Incredo’s trained personnel are equipped to perform an audit for the client through industry benchmarking, conducting a thorough investigation, interpreting the data and presenting usable suggestions to isolate the problem and achieve goals of the business.  Companies with teams across various geographic locations can take advantage of the cloud hosting services of Incredo Solutions. This service gives them the advantages of hosting their website on a virtual server that is accessible online. This also gives the company the bonus of seamlessly storing and editing information while coordinating on tasks and communicating with team members around the world.  Incredo Solutions’ IT services team is available for on-call support at any hour day or night. The team is well equipped to serve their clients through technological solutions that match their needs. No matter what the size and nature of the client’s business operation, Incredo’s specialised suite of services is designed to meet their specific needs to give them the competitive edge over others.  Incredo Solutions’ can be approached for their expertise in strategy and planning, creative services, development, content and video, digital marketing and performance besides IT services. The Incredo team can be contacted by calling 1300 356 750 or sending an email to hello@incredo.com.   To know more about the IT services offered by Incredo Solutions: https://incredo.solutions/it-services/ Brocade Global Study Reveals More Than Half of IT Teams Will Struggle Due to a Lack of the “Right” Skills That Business Demands in Next 12 Months 2017-04-26T23:51:04Z brocade-global-study-reveals-more-than-half-of-it-teams-will-struggle-due-to-a-lack-of-the-right-skills-that-business-demands-in-next-12-months-2 Sydney, Australia — 27 April 2017 — Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced a new Global Digital Transformation Skills Study, which aims to uncover how prepared global IT leaders are to meet current and future business demands. Of the six markets surveyed, Germany was found to be the best prepared to meet its digital transformation goals, closely followed by the U.S.; while Australia and Singapore lagged well behind their counterparts.   The research, which surveyed 630 IT leaders in the U.S., UK, France, Germany, Australia and Singapore, indicates that many organisations are at a tipping point, as new technology demands are set to outstrip the skills supply. Organisations that address this now through additional skills training will be in the strongest position to ensure business growth and competitive advantage.   Overall, an encouraging 91 percent of global IT leaders acknowledge that IT departments are currently recognised as very important or critical to innovation and business growth. However, over half (54 percent) predict they will struggle with a lack of IT talent in 12 months. Contributing factors identified from the research include skills shortages, prevalence of outdated skills, lack of commitment to training at the corporate board level and the rapidly changing technology environment.   “Businesses are approaching the peak of IT strategic influence,” said Phillip Coates, systems engineering manager, Australia and New Zealand for Brocade. “Now is the moment that IT teams feel they have the strongest opportunity to influence the transformation of their organisations. However, with a rapidly changing technology landscape and potential impact on international labour markets, it’s critical that IT receives the right training to further develop their skills and business relevance.”   The research also found that skills planning had to be aligned with other areas of business planning to avoid the risk of a technology skills deficit, where IT teams are expected to deliver the benefits of technologies that they are ill-equipped to implement.  Staff shortages and outdated skills preventing IT decision makers from delivering on current business demands Organisations are attempting to move their IT departments away from their traditional roles, but lack of skills and time required to learn those skills have held them back. IT decision makers believe this could be a major contributor to their inability to meet business demands, putting organisations at risk of falling behind their competitors and losing customers. Approximately one in four respondents in Australia, France, Germany, Singapore and the U.S. claim that they cannot deliver on current business demand due to staff shortages. This number rises to 42 percent in the UK. Respondents claim that the lack of access to talent will prevent them from implementing new technologies efficiently, lead to a decrease in employee satisfaction and result in the loss of market share. IT skills gap is likely to get worse and organisations need to act now The political landscape is also a contributing factor in the widening skills gap. As market uncertainty intensifies in the next few years, it is more important than ever for IT departments to remain agile and take advantage of new technologies. Ninety-two percent of those questioned had some level of concern about future hiring of IT staff, while 54 percent were concerned about a lack of skilled talent to choose from. Forty-three percent of global respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the current political climate makes it difficult to hire employees with the right skills. In the U.S. and Australia, the numbers were 52 percent and 54 percent respectively. Training time and investment will prove to be business-critical Training continues to be an issue as day-to-day IT maintenance tasks take priority. For organisations to address the technical skills deficit, they first need to invest time and money — or face the consequences. There is consistent demand globally to spend more time on increasing skills — from 15 percent of time that is currently spent on this to 22 percent. Respondents reported that insufficient budget (45 percent) and training time (45 percent) are constraining IT departments’ attempts to develop skills more than any other factors. These factors rise to 60 percent and 50 percent respectively in Australia, but drop to 37 percent and 30 percent in Germany. Currently, only three hours are allocated per week for learning and skills development. Respondents in Singapore average four hours of skills development per week. Sixty-seven percent of respondents agree that the key to closing the skills gap would be to spend more money on training. IT professionals need to take control of their professional future The research also showed that IT professionals at all levels must take increased responsibility for their own professional destiny, embracing the opportunities delivered by new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and all areas of IoT from device management to security. Thirty-five percent of global respondents agreed or strongly agreed that their organisation’s IT team does not have the right skills to protect their jobs in the future. When asked to identify the one skill that they see as critical to their future career progression, cybersecurity was the most frequently cited, by 22 percent of respondents globally. AI and IoT security tied for second as the most critical skill at 18 percent. While AI was the most critical skill in France and Australia, IoT security was the most valued skill in Germany. AI could be a friend or foe AI could revolutionise the IT skills that are required and the way that we work. AI is likely to replace a number of IT roles and tasks, but this doesn’t mean the end for the IT department. Employees need to have the right skills to be in a position to work alongside AI and embrace its future impact, so that organisations can unleash its full potential. When asked which current roles were already being replaced by AI, desktop support (23 percent), data analyst (20 percent), software testers (17 percent), system architects (14 percent) and network engineers (11 percent) topped the list. Within the next 10 years, these numbers are expected to increase: desktop support (37 percent), data analyst (34 percent), software testers (33 percent), system architects (31 percent) and network engineers (31 percent). AI will also impact the role of the CIO, with almost half of the global respondents claiming increased focus from the business. Fifty-six percent of respondents believe that developing AI-related skills is key to securing a role in the future. Vital role of the board in ensuring long-term IT skills development Organisations’ boards will often dictate whether employees have the time and empowerment to develop their skills, but this is common at organisations that do not have the right support. The boards also have to ensure that skills and training improvements are aligned with other areas of business planning. Forty-four percent of respondents think that new skills acquisition is not seen as being as valuable as it should be by the board. This rises to 59 percent in Australia and 50 percent in the UK. The U.S. (42 percent), Germany (41 percent), Singapore (40 percent) and France (34 percent) had slightly more positive results. Almost a fifth of global respondents think their boards view gaining knowledge and skills as a cost to the business, rather than an asset. This rises to 35 percent in Australia. However, the majority of respondents in France (63 percent) and Germany (62 percent) see knowledge and skills growth as an asset. Despite respondents claiming that they plan approximately two years in advance for most areas of the business, staffing and recruitment is still on average only planned for a maximum of a year. This is creating a disconnect where organisations are attempting to address key IT challenges with teams not as well equipped in terms of skills and experience as they could be. Additional Resources Data in the study also revealed four main personas of global IT leaders, all with different levels of effectiveness when it comes to pioneering digital transformation projects and managing the skills of their teams. Supplementary Paper: “From Laggard to Leader – The Changing Personas of IT Leaders’ (Laggards, Evaluators, Adopters and Leaders)” Global and regional analysis of each persona in each of the countries surveyed (country breakdowns) Executive summary The study was conducted by independent research house Vanson Bourne in March 2017. 630 IT decision-makers in organisations with more than 500 employees in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Singapore and Australia were surveyed.  About Brocade Brocade® (NASDAQ:BRCD) networking solutions help the world's leading organisations turn their networks into platforms for business innovation. With solutions spanning public and private data centres to the network edge, Brocade is leading the industry in its transition to the New IP network infrastructures required for today's era of digital business. (www.brocade.com) # # #  © 2017 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  Brocade, the B-wing symbol, and MyBrocade are registered trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and in other countries. Other brands, product names, or service names mentioned of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. are listed at www.brocade.com/en/legal/brocade-Legal-intellectual-property/brocade-legal-trademarks.html. Other marks may belong to third parties.  BROCADE MEDIA CONTACT Brocade APAC Corp Communications Wendy Lang Tel: +65 6317 2464wlang@brocade.comPR AGENCY CONTACT Einsteinz Communications Carlotta Vittori or Emma Keen Tel: +61 2 8905 0995brocade@einsteinz.com.au   Dell Boomi Partners with CRM Online to Automate Data Integration for Field Services Firms 2017-04-18T00:37:33Z dell-boomi-partners-with-crm-online-to-automate-data-integration-for-field-services-firms Sydney, Australia – Apr. 18, 2017 – Leading cloud-based integration platform provider, Dell Boomi, has partnered with Australian field service software provider, CRM Online, to provide local enterprises and mid-market organisations with a simple integration solution for critical business systems and applications. As part of the agreement, CRM Online will combine Boomi’s integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) with its Fieldmagic field service solution. This will provide to joint customers a simple means of integrating field services data – such as customer information, invoicing, purchase orders and payment data – with their on-premises and cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. “A major challenge with implementing field services software is integration into accounting or ERP platforms – particularly for larger on-premises deployments,” said Glenn Richmond, Founder and CEO, CRM Online. “Without a dedicated integration solution, field services organisations rely on manual processes which give way to human error, duplication, and risk to data integrity. Boomi enhances our Fieldmagic solution by providing a drag-and-drop, cloud-based mechanism that enables automated enterprise integration with a wide range of best-of-breed systems.” Unlike competing platforms that often require complex on-premises software installations even prior to designing integrations, Boomi’s architecture provides out-of-the-box connectors for major ERP solutions, and allows organisations to scale based on their unique business requirements. Dell Boomi significantly accelerates delivery, increases the robustness and lowers cost of implementation of any ERP integration with Fieldmagic. “The combination of CRM Online’s Fieldmagic and our iPaaS solution provides joint customers with a ‘quick and easy’ yet comprehensive way to centralise critical systems and applications,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan, Dell Boomi. “This means organisations can use the best-of-breed technologies they want while also ensuring the wider business is properly aligned. This is particularly important for large and diverse organisations which don’t want to be held hostage by inflexible and rigid environments.” About Fieldmagic Fieldmagic is a leading field services platform that combines the flexibility of CRM with quoting, job management, scheduling, maintenance and asset management to provide a leading end to end solution for field service organisations. Visit http://www.fieldmagic.co for more information. About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, accelerates business agility by integrating the information organizations need whenever and however they need it. The Boomi integration platform dramatically transforms the way organizations connect, create, manage and govern all their applications and data. As a result, more than 5,300 organizations of all sizes use the Boomi platform to run smarter, faster, and better. Boomi also helps customers drastically reduce implementation times and offers substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM, API management and workflow automation solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © 2017 Boomi Inc. Dell and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Polycom Appoints Marco Landi as President of Asia Pacific 2017-04-12T23:56:37Z polycom-appoints-marco-landi-as-president-of-asia-pacific ASIA PACIFIC – April 13, 2017: Polycom, Inc., has announced that Marco Landi, Polycom President, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has been promoted to an expanded role of leading the company’s operations in Asia Pacific (APAC). Counting more than 20 years’ business development and management experience, Landi will be responsible for driving revenue and market share growth within both regions. A dynamic sales and business leader, Marco has successfully led large and small teams through tough economic climates. His expertise lies in driving growth through challenging market conditions, enterprise sales, channels, marketing and go-to-market strategy across multiple markets. With highly specialised skills in business management and enterprise sales experience, a deep appreciation of how to succeed in a geographically complex and culturally diverse theatre, and the ability to lead cross-functional teams, Landi was appointed President, Polycom EMEA in early 2015. Since then, he has delivered steady growth quarter over quarter despite tough market conditions. Polycom CEO Mary McDowell says “Landi’s leadership capabilities, proven track record as a sales leader and deep understanding of global organisations make him the right leader for this expanded role. His extensive knowledge of the Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa regions will enable us to continue to deliver the best experience customers and partners while delivering growth. “With Landi and our strong sales leadership team in place, our customers and partners will benefit from even greater visibility with Polycom’s executive team. Ultimately, this will give our customers and partners in these regions more influence on our future product features and innovations.” Prior to Polycom, Landi led teams as Vice President (VP) of Sales at Zebra Technologies and VP and General Manager, EMEA for the Enterprise Mobility Business at Motorola. He has lived, worked and travelled extensively in APAC for various roles throughout his career with assignments in Indonesia, Singapore, Korea, Japan, China, and Hong Kong. “I am delighted to take on an exciting new responsibility and lead the APAC region for Polycom. Having worked in several mature and emerging markets, the diversity and vibrancy of this geography brings us many opportunities in driving growth,” said Landi. “As the nature of work and workplaces change, our focus remains on providing our customers with the right collaboration solutions for their evolving needs. I look forward to working closely with the APAC leadership team and building on our success.” ### About Polycom, Inc. Polycom helps organisations unleash the power of human collaboration. More than 400,000 companies and institutions worldwide defy distance with secure video, voice and content solutions from Polycom to increase productivity, speed time to market, provide better customer service, expand education and save lives. Polycom and its global partner ecosystem provide flexible collaboration solutions for any environment that deliver the best user experience, the broadest multi-vendor interoperability and unmatched investment protection. Visit www.polycom.com.sg or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to learn more. In September 2016 Polycom announced the completion of its acquisition by affiliates of Siris Capital Group, LLC (“Siris” or “Siris Capital”) in a transaction reflecting an equity value of approximately $2.0 billion in cash. In connection with the closing of the transaction, the company, which continues to operate as Polycom, Inc., is wholly owned by affiliates of Siris Capital. © 2017 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom logo, and the names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Teachers Mutual Bank Integrates Major Digital Transformation Strategy with Dell Boomi 2017-04-11T01:00:00Z teachers-mutual-bank-integrates-major-digital-transformation-strategy-with-dell-boomi Sydney, Australia – Apr 11, 2017 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi), the number one integration cloud provider, announced that Teachers Mutual Bank (TMB) is using the Boomi integration platform as part of its multi-year, multi-million-dollar digital transformation strategy. With Boomi’s integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS), TMB has created a flexible, enterprise-wide data environment that links its core customer management system and extensible services layer with its internal processes. This has boosted TMB’s competitiveness against Tier 1 banks by connecting multiple capabilities, and enabled it to quickly and easily capitalise on new technologies, including innovations in fintech. Boomi has also provided TMB the critical capability to connect to the latest third party fintech developments. The Bank has already engaged with Spriggy (a prepaid Visa card for children controlled through a mobile app) and is considering personal financial management applications that will deliver additional secure, customer service capabilities to its members. These powerful automation capabilities within the Boomi platform have resulted in reduced operating costs for the Bank, and cost savings are expected to increase significantly as Boomi is integrates further to the core banking systems and processes, including planned integration of Business Process Management toolsets to streamline all banking operations. The Boomi project is the final piece of TMB’s wider digital strategy through which it overhauled its customer service capabilities. Recognising the need to provide an omni-channel, mobile-first experience, the Bank developed a digital roadmap in 2013; since commencement, the initiative has encompassed multiple deployments supported by significant investment budgets. This included connectivity to manage third party management campaigns, EDW inbound data feeds from cloud based data sources and SMS integration with webforms for new brand opportunities, among other initiatives. As well as allowing TMB to maximise value from existing investment, the Boomi platform supports merger activity and expansion objectives by providing a means to quickly plug new businesses into existing operations. “When we kicked off our long-term digital project, it was clear that mobile platforms were going to be the prominent platform-of-choice for our members’ interactions with the Bank,” said David Chapman, Chief Information Officer at TMB. “In particular, we correctly anticipated that integration best-of-breed apps from third party developers would provide the best platform to deliver omni-channel experiences on customers’ terms.” “Once we modernised our environment through the introduction of these best-of-breed apps, we needed the critical component to tie all that data together on an ongoing basis. We selected Boomi for its powerful cloud-based and user-friendly integration software so that we can ensure that all data is accurate and up-to-date no matter where it is accessed.” “The financial services sector is hotly contested, with banks under pressure to meet increasingly-demanding customer expectations,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan at Dell Boomi. “By leveraging the cloud to connect its customer services platform with leading apps which customers rely on a day-to-day basis, Teachers Mutual Bank can continue to create uniquely tailored and flexible customer experiences.” About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, accelerates business agility by integrating the information organizations need whenever and however they need it. The Boomi integration platform dramatically transforms the way organizations connect, create, manage and govern all their applications and data. As a result, more than 5,300 organizations of all sizes use the Boomi platform to run smarter, faster, better. Boomi also helps customers drastically reduce implementation times and offers substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM, API management and workflow automation solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © Dell and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Eposode Endorses InfineaIQ, the First Enterprise MPM Software Solution 2017-04-10T07:33:21Z eposode-endorses-infineaiq-the-first-enterprise-mpm-software-solution Eposode Data Solutions, known for their exclusive partnership with Infinite Peripherals, is happy to endorse their latest product InfineaIQ. InfineaIQ is the first enterprise mobile peripheral management software solution which is produced especially for retail and logistics businesses. This new cloud-based software application provides visibility into scan mode settings, payment settings and application settings of Infinite Peripherals devices while making it possible to remotely update and change configurations over-the-air.   InfineaIQ is an ideal tool to provide real-time insights and data analytics from disparate connected devices to inform businesses and help them make better decisions concerning their resourcing, inventory, sales and workflow decisions. The information received through InfineaIQ saves businesses time and money. As a result of better functioning, it also has an impact on the level of customer service.   Jeff Scott, CEO of Infinite Peripherals said, “Regardless of whether deploying devices for supply chain management, inventory management or mobile point of sales, having full visibility into mobile peripheral devices is something that our customers require to be successful when running mission-critical business workflows. The InfineaIQ solution will provide our customers with the ability to centrally track assets, collect statistical information as well as remotely update firmware and configuration settings on connected peripherals. This all results in improved uptimes and lower total cost of ownership for our customers.”   The main features of InfineaIQ include peripheral change management, asset management and metric collection (data analytics). InfineaIQ provides detailed information on hardware/software versions, device information, diagnostics, and analytics. It helps businesses understand where their assets are deployed at any given time using the geolocation service. It can be tailored to manage any workflow by customising the data, device views, reports and brand elements.   Infinite Peripherals, the leader and innovator of iOS business solutions, is working tirelessly to empower businesses by enhancing their efficiency. The company is credited with deploying over one million solutions and is involved in various industries such as retail, inventory management, warehousing, healthcare, and airline.   Eposode Data Solutions is the exclusive distributor for Infinite Peripherals iOS barcode scanners and business solutions in Australia and New Zealand. The aim of Eposode is to bring innovative, low-cost measurement; sensing and mobile scanning solutions that help facilitate enterprise with products specifically designed for Apple handheld mobile computers and smartphones.   For making enquiries concerning InfineaIQ Eposode can be contacted by calling 1300764648 or sending an email to sales@eposode.com.au.    To know about Eposode Data Solutions and the products they promote: http://www.eposode.com.au/ OrbitRemit reaches out to Africa 2017-03-28T04:55:17Z orbitremit-reaches-out-to-africa Sydney, Australia - March 28, 2017: OrbitRemit, one of Australia and New Zealand’s fastest growing money transfer businesses[1], has announced that it will commence remittance to South Africa for payout in rand (ZAR) starting from this month with market-beating rates. Fund transfer volumes are rising quickly as South African migrants remit a portion of their income back to their home country. In 2015, $175 million USD from Australia and $55 million USD from New Zealand was remitted to South Africa per the World Bank. This development signifies OrbitRemit’s African expansion and the establishment of the first-of-many Oceania/Africa channels expected to come online in the near future. OrbitRemit has become a heavyweight in the funds remittance business in Australia and New Zealand and has taken a solid bite out the funds remittance market share with its recent Android and IOS application releases (available on Google Play and the App Store), competitive rates and almost-perfect online reviews. Robbie Sampson, founder and CEO of OrbitRemit, comments: ‘With the recently introduced channels, it is expected lower company costs will be passed on to our customers, cementing our place as Australia and New Zealand’s go-to online funds remittance company. As our profile continues to rise along with demand, we continue to investigate further direct remittance channels. Immigrants and investors, watch this space.’ OrbitRemit has once again been recognised in Deloitte’s Technology Fast500 listing for 2016 as a leading technology company in the Oceania region; the only money transfer company on the respected roll. For a detailed list of OrbitRemit’s remittance destinations, please follow this link:  https://www.orbitremit.com/ About Orbit Remit Established in 2008, OrbitRemit is a fully regulated online international money transfer solution, offering a fast, safe and secure way to send money overseas. OrbitRemit beats banks on fees, exchange rates and convenience and the company’s highly competitive exchange rates and low fees means that more money will arrive at a customer’s destination. [1] Deloitte Fast 500 2016   Host Geek rescues Webcity outage victims 2017-03-27T03:13:02Z host-geek-rescues-webcity-outage-victims Host Geek is reaching out to all Webcity customers offering them 25% off all their services to save them from the outage from the company in trouble. It is devastating for customers to experience outage for an extended period of time and it is necessary to get the trust back up again. This Webcity outage even saw long periods of non-existent communication from the company left customers feeling completely helpless, angry and were screaming out for help in all directions and have laid their dissatisfaction on all social media platforms available. Host Geek calls out to all Webcity customers to turn their attention to a more reliable service like Host Geek and is willing to extend their hand to pull these customers out from this web hosting disaster. “We are certain that Webcity’s customers will not be able to put their trust in the company even after this crisis has averted.” Says Cameron Sutherland, Director of Host Geek, “We will be happy to take on any Webcity customers who would want peace of mind. Migration from Webcity to Host Geek is free and we take the stress out of it by handling the process from beginning to end.” This offer is valid until 30 June 2017 for Webcity customers only. The offer must be claimed via our customer support team on 1300 722 504 or via sales@hostgeek.com.au.     Do We Still Need to Go to Work to Get the Job Done? 2017-03-22T03:36:41Z do-we-still-need-to-go-to-work-to-get-the-job-done Polycom commissioned survey finds: Of the countries surveyed, Australia is one of the world’s most flexible countries to work in – 90% of companies offer flexible working benefits More than two-thirds (67%) of Australians have a work-BFF who’s based in a different office Approximately 79% of Australians use video collaboration multiple times a day to stay in touch Globally, 98% of those surveyed believed that anywhere working has a positive impact on productivity Almost two-thirds, (62%) of the global working population take advantage of flexible working practices, rising to 75% for Australians AUSTRALIA, 22 March, 2017 – Polycom, Inc, a global leader in unified communication and collaboration, today announced findings from a new world-wide consumer survey** that explores the future of work and the impact technology is having on both employee behaviour and workplace culture. The Polycom Anywhere Working study challenges the notion of going to work as we know it, with two thirds (62%) of the global population quite literally working from anywhere, increasing to 75% for Australia. Of the countries surveyed, Australia is one of the most flexible countries to work in – 90% of companies offer flexible working benefits. Not only that, thanks to technology, more than two-thirds (67%) of Australians have a work-BFF located in a different office! Capturing insights from more than 25,000 of today’s working population, millennials to baby boomers and more, the findings show that despite generational differences, in some cases, age really is just a number. The survey found three major flexible working trends that were commonly shared across the 12 countries** surveyed: Being able to work from anywhere is believed to boost performance with 98% of all respondents, believing that anywhere working has a positive impact on productivity Almost two thirds (62%) of the global working population are currently taking advantage of flexible working practices Findings also showed that 91% of respondents believe video collaboration helps improve workplace relationships and teamwork These results suggest that flexible workplace success is about providing the right environment that allows individuals and teams to work together productively to deliver great results. Tony Simonsen, Managing Director, Polycom Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) explains, “With the build of high speed broadband networks, technology can now give people the freedom to work the way they want, regardless of where they are. In today’s technology-enabled workplace, flexible working is becoming business-normal; employees expect it and employers need to provide flexible working policies to attract and retain their best talent. “Regardless of whether you are working in Australia or China, a millennial or baby boomer, the findings show that people have the same expectations when it comes to flexible working– they want location liberation, the ability to work and collaborate in a very human way that gets the job done.” Millennials Concerned About Being Recognised as Hard-Working, while Remote Based Workers Use Video Technology to Stay Socially Connected Surprisingly, it was technology-savvy millennials who were most concerned about the correlation between being physically present at work and being recognised as getting the job done. Globally, approximately 62% of millennials (18-30 year olds) were concerned that they would not be perceived as hard-working if they were not in the office. Findings also showed that having face time with colleagues over video helped maintain important social interaction that can sometimes be lacking for remote-based workers. An overwhelming 91% of global respondents said video collaboration helped them get to know their co-workers better. A Deeper Dive into Anywhere Working Habits within Australia More than 2000 respondents from Australia participated in the global study with findings revealing the significant impact that technology is having on anywhere working habits within Australia: Of the countries surveyed, Australia is one of the most flexible countries to work in – 90% of companies offer flexible working benefits and 79% of Australians who use video collaboration multiple times a day to stay in touch More than half of Australians (59%) worry that working anywhere might lead to them working longer hours than if they went in to the office every day Just over one-third (34%) believe they might be overlooked for a promotion if they work remotely More than two-thirds (67%) of Australians have a work-BFF who’s based in a different office To overcome the tyranny of distance, 79% of Australians use video collaboration technology multiple times a week in the workplace to stay in touch. Just over half (51%) of Australians said that using video regularly also influences them to pick up the phone instead of emailing more often. The Future of Work in Australia According to the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia’s (CEDA) recent ‘Future of Work’[1] report, more than 40% today’s jobs will disappear within the next 20 years due to technology advances. The report found that there will be new jobs and industries that emerge but cautioned that if Australia is not investing in the right areas it will get left behind. The report stated that the Australian labour market will be fundamentally reshaped by the scope and breadth of technological change, and if Australia does not embrace massive economic reform and focus on incentivising innovation, it will be left behind in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. Commenting on the growth in flexible working within Australia, industry analyst, Frost & Sullivan’s Head of Research, Audrey William said, “Across the region, governments and businesses are creating disruptive change to remain competitive in the digital era. Transformational technologies like mobility, cloud and video collaboration are changing the way we work and live, impacting everything from workspace design, to workflow and office culture. The growth in flexible working and geographically distributed workforces mean that businesses will need to find ways to empower employees with vastly different experiences and relationships with technology, ensuring they can collaborate effectively to get the job done.” ### For more information about the survey results, download our Anywhere Working E-guide or read Polycom’s white paper: “Changing Needs of the Workplace”. About Polycom Inc. Polycom helps organisations unleash the power of human collaboration. More than 400,000 companies and institutions worldwide defy distance with secure video, voice and content solutions from Polycom to increase productivity, speed time to market, provide better customer service, expand education and save lives. Polycom and its global partner ecosystem provide flexible collaboration solutions for any environment that deliver the best user experience, the broadest multi-vendor interoperability and unmatched investment protection. Visit www.polycom.com.au or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to learn more. **About the survey The ‘Guide to Anywhere Working’ survey commissioned by Polycom Inc. was conducted by Morar Consulting. Sample Data collected from 25,234 consumers of 12 countries, which included: United States, Canada, Brazil, Japan, United Kingdom, India, Singapore, Germany, Russia, France, Australia and China. 55% of those surveyed had job titles managers or above. 58% of surveyed are responsible for care in some capacity, and 68% surveyed are parents. In September 2016 Polycom announced the completion of its acquisition by affiliates of Siris Capital Group, LLC (“Siris” or “Siris Capital”) in a transaction reflecting an equity value of approximately $2.0 billion in cash. In connection with the closing of the transaction, the company, which continues to operate as Polycom, Inc., is wholly owned by affiliates of Siris Capital. © 2017 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom logo, and the names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. [1] CEDA Future of Work: http://www.ceda.com.au/2015/06/16/five-million-Aussie-jobs-gone-in-10-to-15-years Dell Boomi Acquires ManyWho 2017-03-17T01:29:32Z dell-boomi-acquires-manywho ROUND ROCK, Texas, Mar. 16, 2017 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) announced it has completed a transaction to acquire ManyWho™, a unified cloud and low-code development platform. ManyWho simplifies workflow automation and allows businesses and developers to turn business processes into rich software applications to connect employees, customers and core systems. Workflow automation is a critical need for modern businesses and organizations pursuing digital transformation and IT modernization. Adding the ManyWho low-code capabilities to Boomi’s market-leading integration platform accelerates the company’s ability to deliver workflow automation to customers on a unified platform, something no other company can match. The acquisition unlocks the ability for businesses to maximize best-of-breed cloud applications, driving efficiency, increasing time to value and building a competitive advantage. With the addition of ManyWho, the Boomi platform provides customers with the enabling technology to address the challenges of Hybrid IT. Now, the platform allows businesses to connect, manage data changes, ensure data quality and re-establish efficient business processes across your IT landscape. Boomi is the world’s leading cloud integration platform. ManyWho is rethinking the way businesses manage workflow automation. Together, the Boomi platform offers the only solution where customers can move, manage, govern and automate data and processes in a unified way. “Both Boomi and ManyWho were born in the cloud and are cloud native. Without an on-premises legacy to manage, Boomi provides instant access to services with no installation, effortless and automatic software upgrades and crowd-sourced ease-of-use to achieve short time-to-value,” said Chris McNabb, CEO of Boomi. “Boomi plus ManyWho brings world class integration together with leading cloud workflow automation. This combination provides our customers with a connected workflow which is key to an efficient and differentiated business.” “Boomi is a perfect fit for ManyWho. Both companies are committed to delivering innovative ways to help companies move fast, be nimble and collaborate at scale,” said Steve Wood, co-founder of ManyWho. “Joining Boomi allows ManyWho to scale quickly, offering businesses the end-to-end integration solution they need to drive Digital Transformation.’’ ManyWho was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Boomi plans to keep ManyWho’s employees and existing operations, and will continue to invest in additional engineering, channel, marketing, professional services, support and sales capability to grow this business. To learn more about how these new Boomi workflow features can help your business or see a demonstration, please visit: www.boomi.com/workflow. About ManyWho ManyWho is an agile, enterprise-level, cloud-based, application development platform. Agility doesn’t have to mean compromise however – ManyWho builds social, mobile (including offline) and real-time applications that can run on any desktop or mobile device, operating system or platform. Headquartered in San Francisco and with a presence in Exeter, UK, ManyWho is revolutionizing the world of business process effectiveness by helping corporations get the best out of their existing applications and investments. About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, accelerates business agility by integrating the information organizations need whenever and however they need it. The Boomi integration platform dramatically transforms the way organizations connect, create, manage and govern all their applications and data. As a result, more than 5,300 organizations of all sizes use the Boomi platform to run smarter, faster, better. Boomi also helps customers drastically reduce implementation times and offers substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM and API management solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © Dell and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. ManyWho is a trademark of Boomi Inc., a Dell subsidiary. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. # # # Soberlive Breathalyser With Streamlined Wireless Data Solution Launches 2017-03-16T00:45:34Z soberlive-breathalyser-with-streamlined-wireless-data-solution-launches Melbourne, Australia – March 15, 2017 – Andatech announces the launch of the Soberlive, a new, WIFI-enabled wall-mounted breathalyser to increase efficiency of effective alcohol testing in the workplace. Irwandy Tan, the Director of Andatech, said that the Soberlive, which is certified to Australian Standards AS3547 for accuracy, is designed specifically to fully utilise the Andatech Hub online to consolidate testing data. “Breathalysers today require OHS staff to manually input details, connect and export data to a PC,” Mr Tan said. “The Soberlive takes all that hassle away and reduces risk.” With the Soberlive breathalyser, users log in using an existing access card or a user ID and pin number to take a test. Test results are synced directly with the Andatech Hub server via WIFI. Managers can access test records online by logging in or live as they come through. Managers can also set BAC limits, email notification preferences, and create user ID’s and pins for employees through the Soberlive administrator panel.  “The Soberlive will really assist the enforcement of workplace alcohol policies seamlessly, especially in companies with multiple locations requiring on-site testing,” Mr Tan said.  The Andatech Soberlive breathalyser comes with a built-in straw dispenser and houses a 9-inch tablet for administrator access and to display videos and test results. Videos can be uploaded directly or wirelessly online, and live syncing make company-wide announcements or video advertising easy. The Soberlive can also be customised for licensed venues such as pubs, bars, hotels, stadiums, clinics, hospitals, public places, and more. Mr Tan said that RFID access and Paypass payment will be added in the near future to the Soberlive to fully utilise this. Equipped with a large electrochemical fuel cell sensor, the Soberlive breathalyser is designed for exceptional accuracy and long lifespan for high volume testing. Similar to law enforcement breathalysers, the Soberlive provides readings specific 3 decimal place BAC readings at an accuracy of +/- 0.005%BAC at 0.050%BAC. "Another great feature of the Soberlive is that it can take an unlimited number of tests before it requires calibration," Mr Tan added. In addition, its sensor is removable for convenient replacement. Andatech recommends that the Soberlive sensor is calibrated every 6 months to maintain its accuracy.    Visit Andatech for more technical information on the Soberlive breathalyser. The Soberlive breathalyser joins the family of Andatech products which is available from Andatech and authorised resellers. Call the Australian toll-free number at 1300 800 200 or (+613) 8899 6900 to speak to our customer service representatives for further clarification on the Soberlive breathalyser.   About AndatechAndatech was founded in 2003 as a distributor of Australian Standards certified breathalysers for Australians, and over the past decade has established a reputation as a leader in reliable wellness and occupational health & safety technologies throughout the Asia Pacific. Its range of quality products and services focus on its vision of a safe and healthy environment, at home and at work. For further information visit: www.andatech.com.au View more images of the Soberlive Madison Technologies and 3M: Changing the way Australia Connects. 2017-03-15T02:45:02Z madison-technologies-and-3m-changing-the-way-australia-connects-4 Madison Technologies has been a key distributor of 3M Communications products since 2014 and now strengthens its connection with the 3M range of telecommunication solutions.  Madison worked with 3M products on its Retrofit Pillar Project and as a result won NBN Co’s “Fearless” supplier award in 2016 for its innovation, product design, agile process and fearless contribution to developing the Madison Retrofit Pillar, which adds cabling capacity at the pillar without disturbing or disrupting the existing Telstra customers. This innovative solution has decreased field installation time down from days to hours.  Now Madison and 3M bring a range of innovative products designed to create clever telecommunications solutions, including 3M’s famous ScotchLok™ Connectors, 3M One Pass Fiber Cabling System and 3M™ Clear Track Fiber Pathway, available for viewing at the 3M and Madison Clever Technology Roadshow scheduled across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in May.  The 3M Communications range of products continues to complement the current technology solutions offered by Madison and will be of enormous benefit to existing and potential clients. For more information, or to register to attend the 3M and Madison Clever Technology Roadshow in May, please contact Larry O’Toole, General Manager - Telco on 0417 069 433 or email: Larry.otoole@madisontech.com.au No more breakdowns – Radio Maintenance and Repair Made Simple by Telechnics 2017-02-22T01:57:23Z no-more-breakdowns-radio-maintenance-and-repair-made-simple-by-telechnics Telechnics is Australia’s primary two-way radio specialist. With a service record of over 25 years, the company has handled and delivered a complete range of radios, accessories and services for everything from handheld portable radios to dedicated on-site telecommunications systems. Anyone who uses two-way radios, repeaters and peripheral systems would know that keeping the instruments in good working condition is very critical. While maintaining these systems, a lot of attention is given to avoiding unexpected breakage or loss of functionality as it can mean loss in several ways. It can cause loss to the health, safety and security of the workers and losses to the business.      Telechnics offers two-way radio maintenance and repairs that allows their clients to be completely worry free. In cases where there has already been equipment breakage or loss of functionality, the Telechnics team ensures that business goes on as usual while the real problem is addressed. Competitively-priced rental solutions enable the client to keep their work cycle going while repairs are carried out.   With Telechnics clients receive the benefit of scheduled servicing, maintenance agreements and fixed price repairs, coupled with after-hours and weekend callouts. They are always open to accommodate any requirement of their clients. Telechnics two-way radio maintenance and service centre is based in Auburn, Sydney. Their modern service centre is fully equipped and up to date, delivering the highest levels of functionality across a full range of radio maintenance, repair, and construction and assembly services. This includes a workshop with four independent stations and an array of the latest testing equipment, incorporating models from General Dynamics, Rhode and Schwarz, I.F.R. and Marconi. Their service centre’s exceptionally compact and versatile storage system allows for speedy repairs of almost any system and the quickest two-way radio maintenance possible. This means that clients do not have to wait to order spare parts. Telechnics has a proven record system that offers complete job tracking capabilities, enhanced organisation functionality and a wealth of information for future reference in the event of other repair or maintenance works. Telechnics has its head office in Sydney and branch office on the Gold Coast. Interested customers can call (02) 96443422 or email sales@telechnics.com.au to reach them. To know more about Telechnics maintenance and repairs: https://www.telechnics.com.au/two-way-radio-maintenance      Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T02:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. Andatech Launches 100% Self-Sustaining Smart Outdoor Wireless Security Camera 2017-02-20T08:05:23Z andatech-enters-green-market-with-solarcam-100-self-sustaining-smart-outdoor-wireless-security-camera Andatech Launches New 100% Self-Sustaining Smart Outdoor Wireless Security Camera An easy-to-install solar-powered security camera that streams live to your Android or iOS device. Melbourne, Australia – February 20, 2017 – Andatech is taking new strides to penetrate the wireless technology market by introducing the SolarCam - a solar-powered outdoor wireless security camera - to bridge the gap between consumers who want complete control over their security needs without the hassle and hefty price tag of CCTV systems. Mr. Irwandy Tan, Director of Andatech, the double Australian Business Awards (ABA100) winner for Business Excellence and Business Technology 2016, said that the Solarcam is entering the market at an opportune time where increasing security concerns are pushing discerning consumers to seek out convenient and affordable solutions. “The SolarCam works as a seamless, self-sustaining security system without the need for wiring,” he said. “As such, it is excellent for places where normal wiring installation is difficult or challenging, such as car yards, outdoor parking lots, marina bays, and even farmyards for livestock monitoring.” Even with HD 720P video recording, wireless capabilities, motion recording, and instant alert capabilities, the Solarcam consumes less power with a charge that lasts up to a month and a standby time of up to 6 months. With the modern consumer in mind, Solarcam smart wireless security camera provides live feed to a connected Android or iOS device and consumers can monitor multiple cameras from different locations all in the palm of their hand. For night or low-light incidents, the Solarcam comes with IR Night Vision capabilities of up to 5 metres and can withstand different weather conditions with its IP65 dustproof and waterproof rating. Solarcam aims to be the security solution for both owned and rented properties as it comes consumer-ready and can be installed hassle-free and wire-free by consumers without needing to hire an electrician or handyman; increasing convenience and cost-savings for the household. The Solarcam outdoor wireless security camera is now available from Andatech and authorised resellers. Visit Andatech to find out more or call the Australian toll-free number at 1300 800 200 or (+613) 8899 6900 for more details. About Andatech Andatech was founded in 2003 as a distributor of Australian Standards certified breathalysers for Australians, and over the past decade has established a reputation as a leader in reliable wellness and occupational health & safety technologies throughout the Asia Pacific. Its range of quality products and services focus on its vision of a safe and healthy environment, at home and at work. For further information visit: www.andatech.com.au Download high res images here.