The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-24T02:56:34Z Property transactions go digital in North-West Melbourne 2017-03-24T02:56:34Z property-transactions-go-digital-in-north-west-melbourne North-West Melbourne based Boss Conveyancing, has quickly transitioned its business to be digital-ready. The firm’s director, Sally Nguyen, shares why she’s making the move to settle property transfers online in an intensely competitive market. Q. Well done Sally for backing new technology by encouraging other conveyancers to also come on board and exchange property online. What prompted you to take the plunge with digital settlement? When I heard PEXA was helping industry transition to e-Conveyancing I was very curious as to what change this could bring to our line of work. I attended a PEXA seminar and the excitement in introducing a new way of conveyancing was very intriguing! It made settlements sound painless, straight forward and fast. Q. Can you briefly paint a picture of your local real estate market and how you differentiate your service? While located in a North Western suburb of Melbourne, our firm deals with a wide range of conveyancing transactions across Victoria including purchase and sale of residential dwellings, purchase and sale of off the plan properties, plan of subdivision and transfers of title. The knowledge and experience our team has is extensive. We have years of work experience and the knowledge gleaned from a real estate background helps inform our clients. All of our team is bilingual. This is a great asset to our clients.  And this is why we are heavily investing in PEXA. It’s fast and efficient which will only help us grow.  This is great for us and great for our clients. It serves our purpose and business model as a modern conveyancing firm. Q. You have a real estate background. Can you explain if this is an advantage working as a conveyancer? Most definitely. As a conveyancer you work closely with real estate agents, brokers and bankers. To be able to help each other to complete a smooth transaction – you have to understand the process. Having a real estate background helped me understand the dynamics in real estate and how to deal with certain situations. However, for my clients, sometimes when they are sceptical about whether to sign a contract or unsure before they go to auction – I can help guide them step by step right from the very beginning to end. We’re not just about conveyancing and how stress-free it can be to settle a home. We’re about how stress-free it can be to buy or sell a home throughout. That means knowing a little bit of everything to guide clients through and point them in the right direction. Q. Word is spreading that you’re sending lots of invitations to your peers in Melbourne’s north-west suburbs inviting them to transact. Are other conveyancers willing to innovate with you? Wherever I can, I love to. Recently we’ve started to be really active, inviting any parties that are registered on PEXA to complete a settlement online regardless of where they’re located. You have some firms actively accepting and communicating via PEXA. But unfortunately, some firms aren’t wanting to adapt to this positive change. Perhaps it’s too new or they don’t have the time to give it a chance. We were nervous at the start. Change can be scary. But when Linda Thai from PEXA came and met us, it was comforting and it was a breeze to get started. Many more firms should really consider putting aside 30 minutes with their PEXA trainer if they haven’t already. Q. Some conveyancers are finding efficiency and cost benefits by embracing digital technology. What has been your experience? I find it easy to adapt to. As a licenced conveyancer I know what’s best for my client. As a PEXA user I know the discharge and caveat fees lodgement fees are cheaper. I also save time on bookings, lodgements and stamping. It’s a no-brainer. You simply incorporate the PEXA fee into your current fees. Look at it this way – when a Vendor sells and is told they need to pay $112.60 to discharge their mortgage we explain that this is a mandatory fee. It’s the same as a settlement fee. If it costs ‘X’ amount to complete the file, it’s a fee that needs to be accounted for. Q. What are the benefits of going digital compared with sticking with the traditional paper-based way of settling property transactions? Many including minimising the risk of settlement falling over due to shortfall via bank cheques. I also save paper. There are no settlement agents being late from another settlement. No bank cheque fees. Funds instantly clear for my vendors (depending on their financial institution). Our fee is instantly paid. If settlement is not ready to take place in one allocated time slot, PEXA automatically moves settlement into the next time slot. Instantly assess stamp duty payable. No lost bank cheques in the mail to council and water authorities. Q. Are there any productivity and efficiency benefits that you’ve experienced by making the switch from settling property online rather than using paper processes? One hundred percent. Saving time on the phones with banks when making bookings including sending emails to book settlements with the other side. Communication with all relevant parties is easy on PEXA – you’re all basically in the same workspace to confirm available funds, see everything and complete tasks. Q. Have you had any feedback from clients after transacting online? Clients have previously asked me: “Do people still use bank cheques? It’s the 21st century. Don’t my funds clear straight away?” Now I can tell them no more bank cheques and YES funds will clear on the same day (depending on who they bank with). Q. How can e-conveyancing help grow your business to be more competitive? We can be faster and more efficient. We’re growing with the world by embracing online technology to make the most of what we have. Our business model is to grow and learn where we can – PEXA is it. There is always room for improvement and e-conveyancing is just the beginning. Q. What advice would you offer to firms that are already internet banking and using other e-commerce platforms but have been slow to make the switch online for property settlement? Jump on it now! If you’re already fortunate enough to be tech-savvy with internet banking and other e-commerce platforms – what is stopping you from learning just one more thing? It’s going to happen sooner or later so get on board now. Q. Crystal ball gazing time. Property transactions have been slow to move online. When do you expect that more firms will make the switch online? What will help them to turn to high-tech solutions like PEXA? While some business owners are comfortable with their daily routine and sending their settlement packets to a certain agent – it will eventually phase out. It just takes a mandatory regulation to rule out paper settlements and then they HAVE to make the transition. Or it might just take an open mind to allow and accept change. It’s really simple – you just have to get out of your comfort zone. Victoria recently undertook a bulk conversion of titles to electronic format on 22 October 2016. Everyone just had to adapt to the change. The question conveyancers need to ask themselves is – ‘what would you do if settlements were no longer able to take place manually tomorrow’? Ready to settle your clients' properties online in Victoria but need a bit of help to get started? PEXA has dedicated specialists trained to guide your practice to a digital future. Even better, it's a free service. Get started by emailing linda.thai@pexa.com.au Parshotam Lawyers celebrates 25 years of legal services 2017-03-23T01:09:55Z parshotam-lawyers-celebrates-25-years-of-legal-services Auckland based Parshotam Lawyers celebrated 25 years of providing professional legal services.  The firm was founded by Bharat Parshotam who is highly regarded in the Indian Community in Auckland for his philanthropic contributions to charities in Auckland and throughout the Pacific region. The vision has always been to provide cost-effective legal services to Auckland families and businesses. We are firm believers that legal services should be accessible and affordable. The firm has grown to 12 staff members with specialisations in commercial contracts, conveyancing, property law, estates and wills.  Parshotam Lawyers would like to thank all their past and existing clients for their support throughout the years and will continue their passionate delivery of cost-effective legal services in the future.  Advances in Digital Agriculture to Take Centre Stage at International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney 2017-03-22T22:59:02Z advances-in-digital-agriculture-to-take-centre-stage-at-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-in-sydney Sydney, Australia – 23 March 2017 – Advances in spatial technology that enable digital agriculture, including a next-generation national positioning system and real-time monitoring of soil moisture levels from space, will take centre stage at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April. A new national positioning system accurate to between 2cm and 10cm – as opposed to 5 metres with today’s satellite-based GPS – will boost Australia’s economy by $73 billion or more over the next 20 years, much of it in agriculture, says Dr Peter Woodgate, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI). “To adopt techniques like precision agriculture and controlled traffic farming, farmers need to be able to position equipment and sensors with about 5cm accuracy. The conference will showcase space-based augmentation systems – including Australia and New Zealand’s joint initiative – which, subject to testing, are well on the way to achieving that,” said Woodgate. “Leveraging other regional efforts, such as a Japanese satellite-based system recently trialled in Queensland, it will even be possible to remotely control unmanned autonomous vehicles like driverless tractors from space.” Australia’s investments in positioning systems will not only pay off in higher agricultural exports but will create export business opportunities and new jobs in digital agriculture to aid the transition from sectors of the economy impacted by digital disruption. Woodgate and fellow Working Group Co-Chair, Glenn Cockerton, Managing Director of Spatial Vision, will make the first public presentation of the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda at Digital Earth & Locate17, outlining 30 transformative initiatives for Australia. In another highlight of the event, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will hold a special session to promote capacity building and use of data from its Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Observatory. SMAP products, which provide frequent global measurements of soil moisture from space at high spatial resolution, are freely available (http://nsidc.org/data/smap), with one of the first validation experiments carried out in Yanco, NSW. According to Phil Tickle, Program and Business Development Manager (Ag, NRM & Climate Change) at CRCSI, NASA’s SMAP data will complement data from a range of sensors used in digital agriculture, including soil moisture probes, weather stations, and animal tracking devices. Tickle is presenting the benefits of an online farm monitoring solution for the grazing industry at Digital Earth & Locate17. Called the NRM Spatial Hub, this provides access to 30 years of 30 metre resolution satellite data and tools for mapping, assessing and monitoring property infrastructure, land resources and ground cover. It is currently being commercialised by the CRCSI in conjunction with Meat & Livestock Australia. Tickle said the conference was an opportunity for farmers and land managers to learn about the spatial technologies transforming their industry, as well as to discuss potential issues, such as the ownership of agricultural big data. “We are seeing enormous development in digital agriculture capabilities and often farmers don’t have control of their own data,” said Tickle. “When you have sensors on farms feeding into data warehouses and generating broader benefits, why shouldn’t the farmer get a cut? And what does a farmer do if they want to change providers and their data is locked up in a proprietary system?” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). Fuji Xerox New Zealand drives digital further with Secured Signing partnership 2017-03-22T22:40:40Z fuji-xerox-new-zealand-drives-digital-further-with-secured-signing-partnership The partnership is part of the strategy Fuji Xerox put in place recently to bring enhanced cloud offerings to the New Zealand market. Cameron Mount, Fuji Xerox New Zealand GM Enterprise Consulting, says the partnership addresses a common stalling point for companies which are digitally transforming their business processes.   “Where digital processes tend to break down is when people must print documents to sign or annotate, then scan and send to a second or third party. Introducing a digitally signed option closes the loop and allows documents to move electronically all the way from document creation to archive.”   Secured Signing is a New Zealand company founded in 2010. It provides a comprehensive and compliant Software as a Service platform that uses secure, personalised, X509 PKI Digital Signature technology and enables the customisation of a full range of eForm and eSignature capabilities.   Mount adds that the locally-hosted Secured Signing solution offers advantages over other systems as it charges per document, rather than per signature, making it an attractive value proposition for clients particularly in the healthcare, HR onboarding, financial services, Insurance, and other ‘document-heavy’ industries.   “Broadly speaking, any business which is signing a few hundred documents or more per month should be looking at digital options to accelerate workflow, eliminate errors and free data from paper so it can easily enter a digital workflow,” he says. With tamper-proof digital documents, there is no need for people to print and carry papers. It is possible to transact quickly, particularly with Secured Signing’s ability to facilitate the addition of multiple digital signatures in sequence, allowing collaborative efforts over multiple locations.   Adding electronic signatures, Mount says, is a game-changer for digital process acceleration.   “While digital signing improves the convenience and speed of the act of signing documents, including the ability to do so with mobile devices, the real benefit is the follow-on effect with what happens with documents when they move downstream. With an ‘all electronic’ workflow, information can directly enter backend systems like CRM or DocuShare. That provides the ability for accelerated analysis and use of collated data,” says Mike Eyal, Managing Director, Secured Signing.   The multiple-branched global leader in the recruitment workforce market Manpower Group uses Secured Signing to create a faster and more efficient candidate registration experience. During interviews, Secured Signing has assisted Manpower to shorten by 60 percent the time spent on the filling-in and signing of compulsory paperwork, thus guaranteeing a prompt and compliant hiring process.   "Secured Signing gives candidates the flexibility to complete the online registration pack and sign from anywhere, at any time,” says Michael Cuzic, Director and CFO at Manpower Group. “This, in turn, provides our consultants with advanced accurate information that leaves more time for in-depth interviews and assessments, and for Manpower, creates a competitive advantage within the industry."   The addition of digital signatures to its portfolio of document management and workflow platform is a key component in Fuji Xerox New Zealand’s ability to provide end to end solutions for digitally transformed organisations, continues Mount.   “Our aim is to drive efficiency and better business with a digital platform which makes document processes easy, compliant and secure,” he concludes.   About Fuji Xerox: Founded in 1962, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. is a leading company in the Document Services & Communications field, offering solutions and services to help customers resolve their business challenges. Underlying our solutions and services are our world-class office multifunction devices, printers and production printers that we develop and manufacture for worldwide distribution. Together with cloud and mobile solutions, Fuji Xerox builds a communications environment that enable our customers to access the right information, at the right time, and in the right form—thereby contributing to their valuable communications. Fuji Xerox is a 75-25 joint venture between FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation and Xerox Corporation, and its direct sales force covers Japan and the Asia-Pacific region including China. We employ approximately 45,000 people globally, with more than 80 domestic and overseas affiliates / sales subsidiaries. More information of Fuji Xerox is available at www.fujixerox.com.   About Secured Signing Secured Signing provides a comprehensive and secure SaaS digital signature service that delivers a full range of form completion and eSigning capabilities combining advanced personalised X509 PKI Digital Signature technology with easy-to-use, simple-to-deploy, compliant solutions. Secured Signing enables its users to utilise smartphones, PCs, any tablet device and any browser, to capture their graphical signature, fill-in, sign, seal and verify documents anywhere, anytime. The solution streamlines business processes, cuts back on expenses, expedites delivery cycles, improves staff efficiency and enhances customer service in a green environment. To learn more about Secured Signing, visit www.securedsigning.com Transport Canberra and City Services maps tree canopy from aerial laser scan with FME and 1Spatial 2017-03-20T00:13:14Z transport-canberra-and-city-services-maps-tree-canopy-from-aerial-laser-scan-with-fme-and-1spatial Sydney, Australia, 20 March 2017 (www.1spatial.com) 1Spatial, global leaders in managing geospatial data, today announced that Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) recently engaged 1Spatial to analyse and extract aerial laser scanning data to accelerate the process of establishing baseline data for Canberra’s urban tree canopy coverage. A new case study featuring TCCS and Safe Software’s FME application has been posted ahead of free FME World Tour events this week in Sydney and Melbourne – www.1spatial.com/fmewt The relationships between climate change challenges, sustainability goals and community expectations are key drivers in TCCS’s development of an urban tree planting program. Informative and current data sets are being used to inform management strategies by overlaying age, density and condition data and proposing future canopy density targets. The establishment of current baseline data for Canberra’s urban tree canopy coverage was essential to the program. In this respect, two data sets were available: a 2010 ground-based audit of trees in streets, verge areas, open spaces and parks; and new aerial laser scanning LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) data for the majority of urban areas across Canberra. With a tight timeframe of four weeks to complete the project, TCCS needed to quickly analyse and extract the LiDAR data relating to trees and combine it with the ground-based audit data. After evaluating different tools and methods, TCCS chose Safe Software’s FME application and engaged 1Spatial, a Safe Software Value Added Reseller and Platinum Partner, for their expertise in analysing and extracting LiDAR data to accelerate the process. “We were keen to use FME because we have an existing skills base,” said Daniel Goodwin, Acting Manager, Asset & Data Integration for TCCS. “FME is more user friendly than other approaches which require more specialised expertise. It also provides full transparency into the process which makes it very good for iterative development. With other tools, we weren’t sure we could get the outcome we wanted in the available timeframe.” A 1Spatial consultant was contracted for two weeks to identify tree-related data points in the LiDAR dataset and generalise them to create smooth representations of the tree canopy. “Within a week, 1Spatial had a good product output, and then we ran some refinements over the next week,” said Goodwin. “We used out-of-the-box smoothing algorithms in FME to generate very compelling data for our analysis.” As 1Spatial was able to deliver ahead of schedule, the Directorate could save time and use its own FME skills more productively. This included verifying the tree canopy data, integrating it with other datasets and creating mapping tools for strategic tree planting and management. When the final tree canopy data was displayed in TCCS’s Geographical Information System (GIS), with canopy coverage calculated as a percentage, the value of the LiDAR data was immediately obvious. “The LiDAR data was crucial in determining the canopy cover,” said Goodwin. “Publicly available Web mapping tools tend to merge urban and non-urban areas and overestimate urban tree cover. When we focussed on the urban areas we have control over, we could see which suburbs and streets have less canopy cover than others and better target our tree management strategy.” TCCS can also use the new data to facilitate implementation of the urban tree planting program and communicate with key stakeholders. An interactive Web mapping tool is currently being developed to be used by urban tree planners, designers and contractors. “FME is a great tool for handling large volumes of aerial LiDAR data and integrating it with other geospatial datasets,” said . “Although aerial laser scanning is now becoming common, relatively few people have the skills to manipulate LiDAR data, and we were delighted to be able to assist TCCS.” To read the full case study please visit: www.1spatial.com/transport-canberra-city-services Notes to Editors About 1Spatial 1Spatial is the global leader in managing geospatial data. We make data smarter by making it more current, more complete and more consistent – ensuring decisions are always grounded in the best available information. Our unique, rules-based approach delivers enterprise-scale, cross-platform, automation to all stages of the data lifecycle. It builds confidence in the data while reducing the time and cost of stewardship. Our clients include utility and telecoms businesses, transport organisations, national mapping agencies and government departments. A leader in our field, we have over forty five years' experience and a record of continual innovation and development. www.1spatial.com NSFOCUS launches in Australia, ideally placed to halt cyber attack tsunami from China 2017-03-17T22:18:14Z nsfocus-launches-in-australia-ideally-placed-to-halt-cyber-attack-tsunami-from-china SYDNEY, March 17, 2017 – NSFOCUS, a global provider of intelligent hybrid DDoS defences, today announced its launch into Australia. The company believes it is uniquely placed to defend against cyber-attacks from China.   Recent reports have indicated that up to 40 percent of global cyber-attacks are associated with China and the exploits discovered in this region can take days, weeks, or even months before they are replicated elsewhere.   “NSFOCUS Global Threat Intelligence is ideally placed to help Australian organisations improve their awareness and enterprise security posture – delivering both strategic and tactical intelligence, and providing organisations with a complete view of the global threat landscape, including China,” said Attley Ng, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, NSFOCUS.   NSFOCUS is the only company that can provide insight from inside China as well elsewhere around the world, making it uniquely qualified to help mitigate these risks before they escalate. With more than 4,000 active customers, 12,000 network sensors, extensive honeypot networks, over 700G of data collected daily, and visibility into 400 million endpoints, NSFOCUS’ suite of Threat Intelligence solutions help organisations to get ahead of future attacks by implementing countermeasures quickly to protect critical assets.   “The launch of NSFOCUS into Australia is a natural extension of our progress across Asia Pacific,” said Mr. Ng. “Australia has a mature information technology market, with a rich depth of IT expertise that includes cyber security professionals, yet corporates and governments are still falling prey to cyber-attacks.”   He added: “In the aftermath of the massive cyber-attacks the world witnessed last year, organisations in Australia and worldwide can no longer rely solely on threat intelligence feeds to alert them to risks.   “Despite rapid innovation to combat growing threats, security professionals with limited intelligence resources still struggle to keep up with the overwhelming amount of data points these systems aggregate. Implementing a holistic, intelligence-driven solution with true global insight can help security teams to understand strategic and tactical intelligence – not just feed data - to take immediate action on the threats to their business. Our worldwide team of researchers and engineers work around the clock to help customers gain visibility and threat context to effectively respond to threats, both known and unknown.”   The NSFOCUS Threat Intel feed integrates seamlessly with the company’s Cloud and On-Premises DDoS defences, giving organisations such as government, big enterprises and service providers in Australia an additional layer of secured protections.   NSFOCUS has appointed Aquion as its Authorised Value Distributor, to provide localised support to the Australian market and help in recruitment and enabling security channel partners. Already NSFOCUS has committed to sponsoring two major security events this year: the AISA security conference and AusCert 2017.   Stephen Balicki, Managing Director, Aquion said: “Our partnership with NSFOCUS presents us with exceptional opportunities, as their comprehensive solutions deliver a real edge in the data security arena. These will appeal to channel partners and reinforce our AqSEC business unit which helps customers to monitor, manage and secure all elements of enterprise infrastructure using the best technologies.”   “As an endorsement of our capabilities, NSFOCUS is the leading choice when it comes to data security options,” said James Braunegg, Managing Director of Melbourne-based Micron21. “Our Tier IV data centre is the first in Australia to achieve Uptime Institute Tier IV Fault Tolerant Design Certification. This establishes Micron 21 as the most secure, reliable and high calibre commercial information technology facility in Australia.   “In addition to our Tier IV compliance, Micron 21 is ISO 27001 certified. To achieve these stellar standards, we researched the best data security options, and selected NSFOCUS. Now we are confident that reliability, security and premium technology set the standard for our services.”   The NSFOCUS suite of Threat Intelligence solutions includes:   NSFOCUS Threat Intelligence (NTI) Portal: Allows users to gain additional insight into various threats and threat actors via research, data collection, and analysis of crowdsourced information. NSFOCUS customers can drill deeper into detail on threats, upload malware samples for analysis, and monitor/track IP addresses with automatic notifications – providing a tailored experience for the most relevant threats. Threat Analysis Alerts and Reports: NSFOCUS provides timely analysis on threat trends, campaigns and actors, in addition to critical vulnerabilities identified. Via weekly blogs, emergency alerts and regularly released reports, customers are updated on the latest threat information available. Actionable Data Feeds: Delivered by strategically located NSFOCUS Cloud Centers, these feeds provide information across four crucial risk areas: IP Reputation: A list of IP addresses that have earned a negative reputation through involvement in suspicious activity, including phishing, botnets, APTs, DDoS attacks and more. Malicious Web/URL: A domain reputation list that includes malicious websites that are the source of exploit kits, malware and phishing attacks. Command & Control:  A set of IP addresses that are known to control botnet armies used to take services offline. This feed is used to prevent organizations’ own resources from unknowingly participating in cyber-attacks, mitigate ransomware, as well as conserving network resources. Malware Hashes: A set of MD5 file hashes that can be used to identify malware in email or file transfers, as well as stored data – protecting against malware, ransomware, Trojans, scanning, probing, and data leakage. NSFOCUS can easily augment existing threat intelligence through integration with other threat intelligence offerings or SIEM deployments, and across NSFOCUS’ network and application security products.   To learn more about NSFOCUS’ approach to threat intelligence, visit http://nsfocusglobal.com/threat-intelligence/  Contact Christine Tee Sr. Director, Channels and Marketing, NSFOCUS (65) 9679 1481 ctee@nsfocusglobal.com  About NSFOCUS IB   NSFOCUS IB is a wholly owned subsidiary of NSFOCUS, an award-winning enterprise application and network security provider, with operations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. NSFOCUS IB has a proven track record of combatting the increasingly complex cyber threat landscape through the construction and implementation of multi-layered defense systems. The company's Intelligent Hybrid Security strategy utilizes both cloud and on-premises security platforms, built on a foundation of real-time global threat intelligence, to provide unified, dynamic protection from advanced cyber threats.   NSFOCUS has fifteen years of success and experience working with Fortune 500 companies, including four of the world’s five largest financial institutions, as well as organizations in insurance, retail, healthcare, critical infrastructure industries as well as government agencies. NSFOCUS IB has technology and channel partners in more than 60 countries, and is a winner of the Microsoft Bug Bounty Program for 4 consecutive years, a member of the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP), StopBadware.org, and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).   Enterprise- and carrier-grade products undergo rigorous evaluation and testing to Veracode VL4 and ISO 27001 certification, delivering powerful and effective threat management combined with advanced data analytics and intrusion prevention and detection capabilities.   A research arm, the NSFOCUS Security Labs, is a renowned technical research center that tracks and analyzes global intelligence while identifying new network vulnerabilities and security trends.   Visit NSFOCUS: www.nsfocusglobal.com Read the blog: http://nsfocusglobal.com/category/blog/ Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NSFOCUS_Intl Follow on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/nsfocus Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nsfocus/   NSFOCUS; NSFOCUS, INC. and NSFOCUS Anti-DDoS System (ADS) are trademarks or registered trademarks of NSFOCUS, Inc. All other names and trademarks are property of their respective firms.         80 heads shaved in 80 minutes! 2017-03-16T23:05:28Z 80-heads-shaved-in-80-minutes Media Alert: Sydney Australia - Friday 17 March WHAT: Today, a record number of St. Augustine’s College Brookvale schoolboys will shave their heads and raise money to help fellow 13 year old student, Liam Donohoe, beat leukaemia. Sadly, Liam was diagnosed with Pre-B ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia) in December 2016 and since has been receiving intense treatment at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick with his parents Brendan and Nicole at his side. This extraordinary effort by the St Augustine boys was inspired by 5 core friends of Liam’s who “just wanted to do something for their mate”. The school boys will be joined today by teachers, staff members and local barbers and hairdressers to all come together for Liam.  So far, close to $35,000 has already been raised, which is well on the way to reaching the goal of $50,000.  WHERE: Augustine's College Brookvale - Federal Parade, Brookvale NSW 2100 WHEN: TODAY, March 17 at 1pm WHY: “Every day, 35 Australians will be given the devastating news that they have leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma, and they’ll turn to the Leukaemia Foundation for help,” said Monique Cerreto at the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia. The Leukaemia Foundation receives no ongoing government funding and the World’s Greatest Shave helps fund urgent life-saving research and gives families the emotional and practical support they need, free of charge. “When you’re healthy, it’s hard to understand the value of counselling, transport to and from chemotherapy, or being given a place to stay free of charge during treatment if you come from outside city suburbs. But this support matters when you’re too sick to work, and financial and emotional stress levels are high,” Monique said.  For more information www.worldsgreatestshave.com  or by calling 1800 500 088. ABOUT: About the Leukaemia Foundation. The Leukaemia Foundation the only national charity dedicated to improving the lives of patients with all types of blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. We want more people to survive a blood cancer diagnosis and go on to live a full life. We are committed to investing in research projects which focus on improving patient outcomes and providing free support programs which aim to reduce the emotional impact of a blood cancer diagnosis.  For more information please visit http://www.leukaemia.org.au/or visit Facebook, Twitter or Youtube. Micron21 data centre becomes Australia’s first to achieve Uptime Institute Tier IV Fault Tolerant Design Certification 2017-03-14T23:40:07Z micron21-data-centre-becomes-australia-s-first-to-achieve-uptime-institute-tier-iv-fault-tolerant-design-certification MELBOURNE – March 15, 2017 – Micron21 announced today that its data centre has achieved Uptime Institute Tier IV Design Certification. This certification is based on a rigorous set of criteria covering mechanical, electrical, structural and site elements. Micron21 is the first data centre in Australia to be awarded Tier IV Fault Tolerant Design Certification. “We are thrilled to be included among the few data centres in the world to receive the Uptime Institute Tier IV Design Certification,” said Micron21 founder, James Braunegg. “This is a positive first step forward in data centre design for Australia, with rigorous data security standards to help us define a benchmark for excellence.” The Micron21 state-of-the-art data centre is located in an outer eastern suburb of Melbourne. Its design caters for fully managed high density cloud services and support. It is a hub that provides solutions for clients requiring mission critical and fault tolerant data centre services. The data centre also includes an onsite Systems and Security Centre and Network Operation Centre (SOC and NOC). These are key to providing fully integrated monitoring and support services for customers. Many customers require direct access to highly talented systems, security and network engineers 24 hours a day. All of the above create a complete end-to-end solution for customers. James Braunegg said: “Key supporters who helped us on our journey include Blue IoT, Brocade, Cummins Power Generation, Dell, NSFOCUS, Uptime Institute and Vertiv Corporation. We thank them for their valuable support.” Micron21’s certification reflects on the company’s dedication to securing excellence in the realm of data and hosting solutions. These physical structures maintain Micron21’s global DDoS-protected network for ASX listed, Government and private Australian companies. Clients of Micron21 range from major ISPs to Australian hosting providers, and Government departments, through to local small and medium businesses. “We are pleased to award Micron21 the Uptime Institute Tier IV Design Certification,” said John Duffin, Managing Director, South Asia, Uptime Institute. “Achieving a Tier IV Fault Tolerant Design Certification illustrates that the facility meets the highest standards for infrastructure functionality and capacity as demonstrated on the design documents. This ensures that plans are configured to meet uptime goals and provide the critical business infrastructure needed, and is an important first step toward Tier Certification of a Constructed Facility.”  About Micron21 Established in August 2009, Micron21 provides and operates state-of-the-art cloud and data centre services certified to an ISO 27001 standard, within an Uptime Institute Certified Tier IV environment. Micron21 delivers mission critical services by owning and operating its own world class, fully redundant data centre. The data centre provides continuous power, cooling, physical and electronic security and highly redundant data transmission services. The core business products include: Server Co-location, DDoS Protection as-a-Service, virtual and physical dedicated servers, cloud services, domain names, high performance web hosting, disaster recovery (DR) solutions, load balancing, IP transit, fixed wireless network services, point to point fibre services, security services, Backup and Infrastructure as-a-Service, managed services and solution architecture. Its customers include global medium and enterprise-level corporations, government departments, Internet Service Providers, and wholesale resellers.About Uptime Institute Uptime Institute has awarded over 1000 Tier Certifications in over 80 countries and provided Accredited Tier Training for over 3000 professionals worldwide. Uptime Institute is an unbiased advisory organisation focused on improving the performance, efficiency, and reliability of business critical infrastructure through innova- tion, collaboration, and independent certifications. Uptime Institute is recognised globally for the creation and administration of the Tier Standards & Certifications for Data Center Design, Construction, and Operational Sustainability along with its Management & Operations reviews, FORCSS® methodology, and Efficient IT Stamp of Approval.For more information James Brauneggjames.braunegg@micron21.com 03. 9751 7690   Aussies get set for a hairy challenge 2017-03-14T22:38:16Z aussies-get-set-for-a-hairy-challenge-1 SYDNEY, Australia: March 15 2017: Today, The Leukaemia Foundation will be at the Martin Place Amphitheatre to kick off the World’s Greatest Shave with special guests including Waratah’s captain Michael Hooper and other players including Matt Lucas.  Sydneysiders are being asked to accept the hairy challenge of getting sponsored to shave, cut, wax or colour their hair to help raise needed funds for residents in NSW fighting blood cancer. “Every day, 35 Australians will be given the devastating news that they have leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma, and they’ll turn to the Leukaemia Foundation for help,” said Monique Cerreto at the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia. “Getting sponsored to shave your hair is an extraordinary way to support them. The Foundation receives no ongoing government funding and the World’s Greatest Shave helps us fund urgent life-saving research and gives families the emotional and practical support they need, free of charge. “When you’re healthy, it’s hard to understand the value of counselling, transport to and from chemotherapy, or being given a free place to stay during treatment if you come from outside city suburbs. But this support matters when you’re too sick to work, and financial and emotional stress levels are high,” she said. World’s Greatest Shave is accessible to people of all ages and you don’t have to shave your head to join this iconic Australian event.  “More than 150,000 people are expected to take part in World’s Greatest Shave from March 16-19 and they’ll do so at home, work, school and our public events,” Monique said. “Shaving is what we’d love everyone to do, but people can colour their hair instead and guys can wax their legs or chest. We’re also asking men who are thinking about ditching their hipster beard or mo, to make the change while supporting a worthy cause.” Whether motivated by a personal connection or the desire to help others, people who shave also help to normalise baldness, one of the most distressing side-effects of cancer treatment. “Shavers get to feel empathy with people who don’t get a choice to lose their hair. This is often described as an unexpected but powerfully life-changing experience by women. Sign up now at worldsgreatestshave.com or by calling 1800 500 088. --ENDS-- About the Leukaemia Foundation  The Leukaemia Foundation the only national charity dedicated to improving the lives of patients with all types of blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. We want more people to survive a blood cancer diagnosis and go on to live a full life. We are committed to investing in research projects which focus on improving patient outcomes and providing free support programs which aim to reduce the emotional impact of a blood cancer diagnosis. For more information please visit http://www.leukaemia.org.au/or visit Facebook, Twitter or Youtube. Spatial Startup Companies to Share the Latest Innovations at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 2017-03-14T00:00:19Z spatial-startup-companies-to-share-the-latest-innovations-at-the-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17 Sydney, Australia – 14 March 2017 – Virtual reality, drones and multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems are among the innovations to be showcased in the Startup Hub at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17, taking place from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Startup Hub is designed to bring innovators and providers of the latest spatial technologies to the attention of scientists, surveyors, businesses and government. It will be located in the exhibition hall throughout the conference, including the free Market Day on Tuesday 4th April. All exhibition visitors are invited to try out the new technologies and the new opportunities they provide. Virtual reality to reimagine the world Forum8 is demonstrating its custom 3D visualisation and virtual reality (VR) software. Complete with an Oculus VR headset, the demonstration will showcase the future of 3D experiences. Forum8’s VR-Design Studio is specifically focused on 3D VR/visualisation of urban spaces, roads and traffic, and rail. It provides a full environment for visualising a concept, including Australian terrain (DEM) and road design-type tools, vehicles and traffic settings. It is also possible to import data from a range of sources, including point cloud, road design tools and traffic simulations. The software is also used with driving simulators in engineering studies and human factors research. Rapid-fire spatial data capture Spatial Technologies Pty Ltd will showcase ground breaking technologies that are the results of research and development completed in 2016. This includes new and existing technologies like 3D laser scanning, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) point clouds and light sensors. A number of projects utilising a combination of these will be showcased, including rapid tree inspections, street light management and asset management. Multi-satellite solutions SURVEY SOLUTIONS will use the Startup Hub for its Australian launch following successful sales of its SOUTH GNSS multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems receiver in New Zealand. The receiver uses the latest GNSS boards to receive the full constellation of satellites available, weighs less than 1kg and is affordably priced compared with competing products. Giving meaning to spatial data Professional spatial problem solvers, Anditi, will also be on hand to show how spatial analytics can solve everything from energy sources to safety. The company is showcasing its next generation platform for high-precision spatial analytics and its application in a range of industries such as solar, property, roads and infrastructure, mining, and environment. It has been designed and built in Australia to revolutionise the management, processing and visualisation of spatial big data such as high-resolution LiDAR. Anditi will also be highlighting use cases across natural and built environments where its application is benefiting clients with lower costs and higher quality outcomes. The Startup Hub will be held in the exhibition halls of the Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, the event provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). Experts warn homeowners to face huge bill under planned land titles privatisation 2017-03-12T23:23:41Z experts-warn-homeowners-to-face-huge-bill-under-planned-land-titles-privatisation-1 PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEExperts warn homeowners to face huge bill under planned land titles privatisationConcerned experts have joined forces to warn struggling homeowners and first time buyers of the risks posed by the NSW Government’s planned land titles privatisationSydney, Australia – 13 March 2017, Members of the Concerned Titles Group, which includes senior property lawyers, surveyors and land titles experts said that under the Government’s plan homeowners will need to take out title insurance costing as much as $4000 per transaction. “As Australia’s housing prices continue to soar and with no signs of slowing, the sting from the NSW government’s plans to privatise the land titles registry will hit the people of NSW and homeowners hard,” said Michael Green of the Institution of Surveyors NSW Inc. “We calculate that NSW residents will foot the bill as extra state taxes are required to replace the lost income from LPI. “With the increasing cost of living, homeowners shouldn’t have to pay $4000 to insure their title deed that currently only costs around $4 per transaction. For the vast majority of homeowners, this is more expensive than car, life and home contents insurance combined.” John Cunningham, President of the Real Estate Institute of NSW and a member of the Concerned Titles Group said that privatising the world class LPI risks the integrity of the state’s land titles system which underpins billions of dollars’ worth of economic activity and $1.2 trillion dollars’ worth of real estate. “If we sell it, everyone loses – the government loses the expected yearly profit of $130 million in addition to the huge upside of growth in Strata registrations in the coming years,” said Mr Cunningham. “And the public loses with the significant profit growth and increased efficiency of this world class facility that is in the peoples’ hands and provides property owners in NSW with the security of title they expect to protect their greatest asset.” Under the NSW Government’s proposal, the NSW land titles registry will be offered to private operators under a 35-year lease worth an estimated $2 billion, the funds from which will be used to build and renovate two sports stadiums. Green said that recent survey conducted by the Institution revealed that 84 per cent of respondents believe the sell-off is a poor decision. “Putting a fundamental public service up for sale to simply develop sporting venues that most of the state won’t use, demonstrates how little respect the Government has to the rule of law,” Mr Green said.  “A vast majority of citizens in NSW won’t have easy access to these facilities and would additionally have to pay a premium fee to use the stadium. “Would it not be better for the NSW government to privatise stadiums instead of a profitable entity that belongs to the people?” he said. Pauline Wright, President of the Law Society of NSW, said “the Law Society’s position remains that the land titling function is a vital and core function of government.  The national economy, and public confidence in the protection of every individual’s property rights, depend on the absolute security in the administration of the land titling function.  This remains the fundamental concern of lawyers, real estate agents and surveyors.” The move to sell the LPI will see hundreds of experienced staff lose their jobs once their initial employment guarantee period of four years expires. “The sacrifice of long-term stable revenue, the loss of hundreds of skilled and dedicated staff, the risk of title fraud and the prospect of price increases make the case for privatisation hard to argue. Chasing a short term gain at the cost of long stable revenue seems synonymous with the government,” said Green. Media contact: Pamela Philip +61 2 9818 0929pamela.philip@ppr.com.auNote to Editors: Based on the 2015 lodgement figures for transfers and mortgages in NSW, the costs to the people of NSW and the windfall awaiting insurance companies is reflected below: For 213,000 transfers attracting $4,000 each the additional annual cost would be $852M For 281,000 mortgages attracting $1,200 each the additional annual cost would be $337.2M Members from the Concerned Titles Group (CTG): Margaret Hole AM; Solicitor, previously Examiner of Title at LPI, Past President of the Law Society of NSW; Ian McCormack, Former Senior Title Specialist (Projects); Training Officer & Plan & Title Advisor LPI; Barry O’Malley Fellow ISNSW, Former Principal Surveyor of NSW; Tony Proust President -elect, Institution of Surveyors NSW, Registered Surveyor & Certified Practicing Planner; John Cunningham, President of the Real Estate Institute of NSW; Noel Benham, Former Manager & Assistant Director Title Creation Division, NSW Land Titles Office; Bruce Langley, Former Senior Titling specialist (Projects) & Advisor Old System & Crown Land, LPI -Ends- Transport and Funding Priorities in WA 2017-03-09T05:35:18Z transport-and-funding-priorities-in-wa In the lead up to the WA State Election on March 11th 2017, transport infrastructure continues to loom large as a debated topic for the state. In this exciting and transitionary period, the 8th Annual WA Major Projects Conference 2017 will illuminate transport priorities for the State. Transport infrastructure is a fundamental topic for discussion as the government debates which projects should be a priority for the State, shaping the economic prosperity and infrastructure future for the region. The Perth Freight Link, Western Australia’s largest infrastructure project to date, jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State governments, received an additional investment of $326 million by the State government in the last budget. The project envisions three road upgrades and developments as well as a Heavy Vehicle Charge. Expected to rehaul the entire transport network in Perth, the Link forms a key part of the Conference agenda. Main Roads Western Australia Project Director, Mark Hazebroek, will outline the key benefits of the Link for commuters across the State and provide project timelines. As the transport sector continues to be huge priority for the state, the Western Australian Government is investing $1.8 billion in key roads and public transport infrastructure. WA Department of Transport, Acting Managing Director, Steve Beyer will discuss the State Government’s Transport @3.5 Million People and Beyond plan at the Conference. The plan sets forth a revolutionary long term vision of a new transport network for Perth’s growing population. The plan will keep people and freight traveling as the city expands.    Western Australia’s economy continues to readjust since the end of the mining construction boom, transitioning from predominantly resource investment and construction driven growth to a more diversified economic environment. As focus shifts to new sectors such as tourism, agriculture, education and technology, Chief Economist Rick Newnham, from the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will discuss new challenges and opportunities for the state at the WA Major Projects Conference. Project funding will also inform the Conference agenda as the Western Australian government is tasked with improving infrastructure whilst facing budget pressures, with a weakening ability to finance major projects. Executive Director in WA and NT at ACIL, Allen Consulting, John Nicolaou will explore planning and funding alternatives such as user-pays, public-private partnership and privatisation. The 8th Annual WA Major Projects Conference is taking place on the 20th- 21st of June at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com ThinkOn, Spinmaster and Accident Exchange Trust Hitachi Content Platform for Their Most Critical Data 2017-03-08T04:51:09Z thinkon-spinmaster-and-accident-exchange-trust-hitachi-content-platform-for-their-most-critical-data Sydney, March 8, 2017 — Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), today announced that the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) portfolio has generated US$1 billion in revenue for HDS. The portfolio is seeing a significant increase in new customers, evolving use cases and industry recognition. In fact, customers such as ThinkOn, Spinmaster and Accident Exchange entrust the Hitachi Content Platform portfolio with their most critical data because of HCP’s robust data governance, compliance and intelligent management capabilities. “Customers are using Hitachi Content Platform to enable their digital transformation journey. Our objective has always been to help customers modernise traditional IT environments as a first step, with the ultimate goal of providing a foundational solution to allow them to extract value by using their data in new and interesting ways,” said Peter Sjoberg, chief technology officer, cloud and mobility for Hitachi Data Systems. While HDS’ solutions are not limited to organisations in highly regulated industries such as finance, banking and healthcare, the company is at the forefront of tackling many modern and emerging data challenges, including stringent policies around data management, compliance and a growing swell of government regulations. At the same time, customer data must be more mobile than ever and ready for analysis to drive business forward. Hitachi Content Platform tackles these challenges, arming companies with the tools they need for their digital transformation journey. Hitachi Content Platform delivers unique value to customers in that it offers a tightly integrated ecosystem of solutions surrounding the object storage platform to enable customers greater business value and benefits. Data has become the lifeblood of every organization in every industry, whether it is employee data, customer information, internal communications, intellectual property, machine data or research. The ability to ensure control, visibility, governance, collaboration, accessibility and analysis of this vital data is paramount. The following four customer success stories highlight the flexibility and value the HCP portfolio delivers to customers by solving larger organisational challenges with a holistic solution oriented approach. ·        ThinkOn ThinkOn, a wholesale provider of infrastructure as a service (IaaS), needed to build a set of service offerings to improve productivity, deliver insights and maintain governance. After implementing HCP object storage, ThinkOn launched several pay-as-you-go services that help companies protect their critical data assets and optimise their application infrastructure costs. HCP and its integrated cloud gateway, Hitachi Data Ingestor, helped them achieve greater than expected performance, simplify storage provisioning and improve storage utilization efficiencies. “When you start up with any new service, you try your best to plan for all of the expected benefits as well as for risks. With HCP, what we found is that we're getting much better performance out of the infrastructure than what we expected or planned for. This has given us a lot more flexibility than we originally anticipated with respect to supporting customer owned assets as well as our own infrastructure,” said Craig McLellan, CEO, ThinkOn. ·        Spinmaster Spinmaster, the fourth largest toy company in the world, chose the HCP portfolio, displacing IBM® and NetApp as their default storage providers for file and content. The HCP portfolio replaced a host of various file sync and share tools on user devices with a common, corporate approved solution. “Spinmaster deployed Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) to unify and manage unstructured data and simplify backup tasks. Using Hitachi Data Ingestor (HDI) and Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere to accelerate productivity, HCP delivers business insights and governance from any cloud, device or location, which was critical in our decision to go with Hitachi Data Systems,” said Pravine Balkaran, Head of Global IT. ·        Accident Exchange “With HCP as its primary object storage, credit hire and insurance services company, Accident Exchange (part of the AIS Group), has simplified data management and reduced the pain of audits and the risks of ever-changing regulatory requirements. By using the HCP portfolio they have also been able to cut storage growth, reduce backup substantially and reduce their total cost of ownership for data storage. Our industry is constantly under the threat of audit and is subject to ever changing and evolving regulatory demands. With Hitachi Content Platform, we have eliminated inefficient silos and can easily view and govern hundreds of millions of pieces of data, staying ahead of those requirements. HCP allows us to sleep better at night. With HCP as our object store, we empower our business to dictate our continuous application development, leading the way to digital transformation without being constrained by data formats and compliance worries, something no other storage technology could have delivered,” said Ray Ford, CTO, AIS Group. Recently, Hitachi Data Systems won Best Information Governance Company 2016 at The Information Governance Conference 2016, reaffirming Hitachi Content Platform’s ability to solve modern data challenges. HCP has deployed 500 petabytes of capacity, generated US$1 billion in revenue and is used by four out of five of the largest banks in the world. Additionally, there has been an average of 1000% year-on-year growth of HCP software since 2010. About the Hitachi Content Platform Portfolio The Hitachi Content Platform portfolio is the only offering that allows organizations to bring together object storage, file sync and share, cloud storage gateways, and sophisticated search and analytics to create a tightly integrated, simple and smart cloud storage solution. HCP provides massive scale, multiple storage tiers, powerful security, cloud capabilities, multitenancy and configurable attributes for each tenant, all backed by legendary Hitachi reliability. Designed to preserve data for long durations, HCP carries built-in data protection mechanisms and is designed to fluently evolve as storage technologies change. Furthermore, HCP is able to address a wide range of challenges through a thriving community of third-party software partners as well as traditional and cloud storage protocols. HCP eliminates the need to maintain separate systems for each workload and bridges the gap between traditional, mode-1 applications and modern, mode-2 operations. Customers enjoy faster time to value and service providers accelerate time to market by eliminating the hassles of do-it-yourself integration.   Learn More. Join the Conversation. Twitter  LinkedIn Facebook About Hitachi Data Systems Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., offers an integrated portfolio of services and solutions that enable digital transformation through enhanced data management, governance, mobility and analytics. We help global organizations open new revenue streams, increase efficiencies, improve customer experience and ensure rapid time to market in the digital age. Only Hitachi Data Systems powers the digital enterprise by integrating the best information technology and operational technology from across the Hitachi family of companies. We combine this experience with Hitachi expertise in the internet of things to deliver the exceptional insights business and society need to transform and thrive. Visit us at HDS.com.   About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2014 (ended March 31, 2015) totaled 9,761 billion yen ($81.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.   HITACHI is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. IBM is a trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. All other trademarks, service marks, and company names are properties of their respective owners. Hitachi Data Systems Supports Marriage Equality in Australia 2017-03-08T04:40:00Z hitachi-data-systems-supports-marriage-equality-in-australia Sydney — March 2017 — Hitachi Data Systems Australia Pty Ltd has pledged its support for marriage equality in Australia, joining the growing ranks of enterprises and corporations rallying behind the Australian Marriage Equality campaign. Giving everyone a fair go regardless of their background, age, gender, religion and sexual orientation is an essential Australian value. Diversity also makes sound business sense, as policies of inclusiveness foster employee support and enablement during times of transformation and business growth. Nathan McGregor, vice president and general manager, Hitachi Data Systems Australia and New Zealand said: “We believe that every company has a duty to contribute to the greater good. As a part of our corporate strategy, we promote diversity and inclusion in our workforce, viewing differences in sexual orientation as a reflection of our individuality. Support for marriage equality is therefore not only a worthy cause for Australian society but also directly benefits businesses and their employees.” Read our Open Letter in support of the Australian Marriage Equality campaign. Find Out More Twitter HDS News Hub Facebook   About Hitachi Data Systems Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., offers an integrated portfolio of services and solutions that enable digital transformation through enhanced data management, governance, mobility and analytics. We help global organizations open new revenue streams, increase efficiencies, improve customer experience and ensure rapid time to market in the digital age. Only Hitachi Data Systems powers the digital enterprise by integrating the best information technology and operational technology from across the Hitachi family of companies. We combine this experience with Hitachi expertise in the internet of things to deliver the exceptional insights business and society need to transform and thrive. Visit us at HDS.com.   About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2015 (ended March 31, 2016) totaled 10,034.3 billion yen ($88.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 335,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.   HITACHI is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. All other trademarks, service marks, and company names are properties of their respective owners.  Australian Founded EduTech Startup UDAY secures Ten Year Skills Training Deals with Indian Government. 2017-03-07T07:31:02Z australian-founded-edutech-startup-uday-secures-ten-year-skills-training-deals-with-indian-government Media Release Australian Founded EduTech Startup UDAY secures Ten Year Skills Training Deals with Indian Government. EMBARGO – Wednesday 8th March 2017:  Imagine the world where the youth of the developing countries are not wasting away their lives but instead using their skills for self sustenance, where women are independent and have the capability to earn their livelihood, where the rural population does not have to leave their homes in search of employment but instead engage in solving the problem of global food security. Param Singh, Founder of UDAY - A Vocational Education and Training Organisation, has imagined this, and by 2020 will have expanded in to other countries and have more than 95,000 annual enrolments across six centres of excellence and seven Indian states. "The world we imagine would only be possible if there is shared prosperity for all. We must act now for inclusive growth for poor segments of our society. With this as the core philosophy of UDAY, we attempt to enhance the lives of 100 million people by 2030”. Said Param Singh, Founder of UDAY. In 2015 UDAY obtained approval to train 61,046 candidates as part of the National Skill Development Corporation and by 2016 already had 8,000+ learners, established 20 partner centres, empanelled 50+ trainers and commenced working with Indian State Governments. Six Indian States have training agreements including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Telangana and Karnataka. Additionally UDAY became affiliated with 10 sector skills councils and opened their first Centre of Excellence in Punjab and they are just getting started. The Indian government has made a provision of INR $320 billion for skill development (till FY20) and expects 400 million people to be provided skill enhancement by 2022. Its not just India committing to support skill training, with USD $31 billion being allocated by Indonesian Government for updating skill set of its labor population and the Government of Nigeria has designed the N-Power Program, to drastically reduce youth unemployment. UDAY has trained 8000+ students across 38 job roles and 9 industry sectors including Building and Construction, Capital Goods (Manufacturing), Healthcare, Telecommunications, Tourism & Hospitality , Retail, IT-ITeS, Beauty & Wellness and Apparel. In mid 2016 Param Singh could see the growth potential of UDAY and that he would need additional support and investment capital to scale his Social Enterprise, that’s when he found Geoff Gourley, Social Entrepreneur and Impact Investor. “We engaged One10 after hearing about their commitment to support and accelerate Social Enterprise; and after meeting Geoff and hearing his passion to make a real impact I immediately felt supported on this journey.” Said Param. “We started working with UDAY because we were impressed by Param’s huge goal, we too see education and skills training as a way to improve the lives of disadvantaged people including women, youth and those from rural communities.” Said Geoff Gourley, Founder at One10. Mr Gourley added, “I was impressed by Param and the early traction he was able to secure. I liked the Impact aspect with Entrepreneurship for rural communities a focus with 17% of trainees coming from rural centres, 60% per annum growth the rate of enrolments from youth and Womens empowerment is growing with 37% of trainees being women.” UDAY is currently undertaking a Series A Investment Round seeking AUD $4Mil to support their continued rapid expansion and is on track to be an Australian success story in the emerging EduTech space, providing strong cross-nation trade. UDAY is an innovative education and skills training model that’s born in Australia but wowing overseas. About UDAY UDAY’s mission is to Empower the weaker sections of the society to rise above their current state and their vision is to Enhance 100 million lives by 2030 whilst co-creating value and superior possibilities. UDAY is the skills and livelihood brand of AVTEG Private Limited. UDAY cares about this world and works relentlessly to create a lasting impact through its three business verticals: Youth, Women and Farmers. Their goal is to see self-sustained youth, independent women and progressive farmers. Thier purpose is to empower the weaker sections of the society to rise above their current state. With its presence in 5 countries and training agreements with more than 6 Indian states, UDAY has trained 8000+ students across 10 industry sectors and 21 job roles. You can find out more about UDAY here: http://www.udayskills.org About One10 One10 is a national social enterprise accelerator and social impact consultancy with a mission to harness the power of business for good. We enable change makers and innovators to create meaningful social and environmental impact. One10 provides the expertise, connections and capital necessary to create sustainable and scalable social enterprises. Investors interested in receiving a copy of the UDAY investment memorandum can contact Geoff Gourley via email at investor@oneten.com.au @OneTenTeam You can find out more about One10 here: www.oneten.com.au   INTERVIEWS: Param Singh – Founder, UDAY – psingh@udayskills.org +91 9910 320 246 (India) or +61 423 240 278 (Aust) Geoff Gourley – Founder, One10 – geoff.gourley@oneten.com.au +61 428 317 387 @geoffgourley  MEDIA: Thygan Tobich – Associate, One10 +61 408 779 538 info@oneten.com.au www.oneten.com.au Images available upon request.