The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-22T22:59:02Z 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). 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). International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 to Boost Collaboration in Intelligent Transport and Smart Cities 2017-03-07T01:29:34Z international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-to-boost-collaboration-in-intelligent-transport-and-smart-cities Sydney, Australia – 7 March 2017 – With driverless vehicles and drones poised for mass adoption, the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April provides a forum for government, industry and start-ups to collaborate and become players in the emerging global Smart Cities industry. “Mobility as a Service is transforming our cities and the spatial industry and technology start-ups are key parts of that,” says Susan Harris, CEO of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia. Harris – the keynote speaker for the Digital Earth & Locate17 conference’s Intelligent Transport stream – will outline the latest global developments and the pathways for Australia to leverage connected and automated vehicles, big data and positioning technologies. “We need to be ready in Australia. We are well placed to be part of the global Smart Cities technology industry, creating business opportunities and ensuring that our cities remain as liveable as they can be,” says Harris. “But technology is moving very quickly and early collaboration is vital.” The capture and exchange of rich 2D and 3D spatial information will increasingly underpin transport networks and cities. Driverless vehicles, for example, will constantly survey road conditions – sharing information about potholes, ice and other hazards – so other driverless vehicles, and human drivers, can avoid them. Even minor road damage like cracks will be captured and shared so authorities can schedule repairs and prevent further deterioration. Drones will also play an increasing role in the capture of 3D data, and later as a new layer of autonomous transport. “How does that spatial information get captured, managed and shared back out in ways that are reliable, safe, and commercially viable?” says Harris. “Australia is strong in both positioning technologies and big data, but we need to develop further skills and industry collaboration, including information sharing arrangements.” 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). International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 Showcases Geospatial’s Enabling Role in Digital Transformation 2017-02-01T04:50:00Z international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-showcases-geospatial-s-enabling-role-in-digital-transformation Sydney, Australia – 1 February 2017 – Geospatial data’s enabling role in digital transformation will be on show at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April, combining one of the world’s most prestigious symposiums with Australia’s premier geospatial conference.   Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, chair & convenor of the Locate17 and Digital Earth Symposium Organising Committee, says attendees will come away with the knowledge to transform business practices in industries as diverse as agriculture, transport, construction and medicine.   “Both government and the private sector will be able to identify opportunities based on what is happening around the world,” he says. “Geospatial data underpins many disruptive and innovative organisations. Without it, companies like Uber would not be in business.”   According to Dr Mohamed-Ghouse, who is also director for NSW & International Relations of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), the event comes as governments around Australia open up access to geospatial data to promote innovation.   Australia’s now freely available Geo-coded National Address File is used online to validate people’s addresses. The biggest Australian subscriber group for the Global Navigation Satellite System is not transport or surveyors, but the agricultural industry.   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.   Some of the symposium’s highlights include: Susan Moran from NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive Science Team presents a special session on remote sensing and applications of global soil moisture monitoring Trisha Moriarty, Geological Survey of NSW delivers a keynote on the application of open data policy in the Earth Sciences across government, scientific and industry Singapore Land Authority & AAM presents, ‘Singapore Smart Nation: Measuring from the ground up’ David Wortley, Gamification and Enabling Technologies Strategic Solutions, delivers, ‘The role of Digital Earth technologies in digital medicine’.  The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney.  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). UTRC can employ Stawell Gold Mine’s new unemployed workers 2016-12-13T11:56:40Z utrc-can-employ-stawell-mine-s-new-unemployed-workers Following his Open Letter* to Stawell residents advising them of a misinformation campaign regarding UTRC’s removal of the largest tyre stockpile in Australia, Dr Matthew Starr is again imploring the Victorian Government to take steps that will see the business start employing many of Stawell Gold Mines’ retrenched workers. With up to 150 people losing their jobs at the mine (announced Tuesday, 13 December), UTRC offers Stawell a chance to employ up to 50 people in early 2017.  “All we request from the government is to waive some of the small regulatory fees that UTRC has been hit with, and provide greater support for our efforts to eliminate Victoria’s number one environmental hazard,” said Dr Starr. “UTRC is the only new business of size attempting to become operational in Stawell that can employ up to 30 per cent of the newly unemployed.  “UTRC is the best option for the unemployed workers who now face a very unhappy Christmas and New Year, with a bleak outlook for 2017.” The Stawell tyre stockpile comprises almost 9 million tyres, which UTRC purchased in June 2015 to create a new, environmentally-friendly, clean-tech facility to recycle the tyres. Dr Starr added, “We intend to support the workers of Stawell for the long term and as UTRC in Stawell has been classified as a Transfer Station for Victoria's used tyres, we can assure the town that there will be jobs well into the future.” * You can view the Open Letter, which is being delivered this week, at http://utrc.com.au/open-letter-to-stawell-residents/ and a copy should be attached. Dr Matthew Starr can be contacted on 0402 457 315. Timber Suppliers in Brisbane Continue to Help the Environment 2016-10-06T07:11:55Z timber-suppliers-in-brisbane-continue-to-help-the-environment Brisbane, QLD, 06 October 2016 - Some timber suppliers in Brisbane feel a responsibility to always do business in an ethical and sustainable manner. Narangba Timbers is one of those timber suppliers. Located in Brisbane, they have built a reputation for low prices, stellar customer service and their commitment to ethical harvesting of timber.Why Ethical Harvesting of Timber Helps the EnvironmentWhen timber is harvested ethically, it has a positive effect on the environment because timber stores carbon. The carbon footprint of a process is currently deemed the most accurate way to assess positive or negative environmental impact. The more carbon a process produces, the more damaging it is to the environment.Carbon is the main component of greenhouse gases that cause global warming or climate change. Most processes produce carbon and therefore have a negative effect on the environment. Trees store carbon. They have a negative carbon footprint. They “breathe” in our air and take carbon out of it to produce timber fibres. All of the weight of a tree, all of the timber, is made of carbon. When trees are ethically harvested, each tree is cut down when its peak period of carbon storage is over. It is then replaced by a new tree and the cycle starts over again.Plantations are designed to keep the cycle going with little to no change. New trees keep storing more carbon, people get their timber to build with and everyone is happy. Ideally, timber plantation is large enough that there are always trees to be harvested and the plantation never runs out of land or trees. Plantations help the environment as a whole, but they also help it in smaller ways such as maintaining a home for animals and other species of plants. When timber is unethically harvested, it can destroy large segments of the environment. When trees aren’t replaced, the carbon storage cycle is broken, more oxygen is used and more carbon is put back into the environment. It also causes many species of animals and plants to be endangered because their living environment has been destroyed. A Timber Supplier’s Point of ViewJack Kyle is the owner of Narangba Timbers, timber suppliers in the Brisbane area. According to Mr Kyle: “We believe wholeheartedly in sustainable timber because we want to leave a decent world for our grandchildren. At the rate the world is going, our climate is going to be a lot different for our children than it was for us. Think about how bad it could be for their children. Something has to be done about it.”Mr Kyle concluded: “ We can’t change the entire world, but we can certainly do our part and tell as many people about it as possible. It is our duty to future generations to leave the best world we can leave for them.”Narangba Timbers are the premier timber suppliers in the Brisbane area. They pride themselves on low prices, great customer service and a commitment to ethical and sustainable forestry. They offer timber for construction, timber decking, timber fencing, timber flooring and a host of other projects and applications. To learn more, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. acQuire Finalist in 2016 WA Industry and Export Awards 2016-09-27T01:47:26Z acquire-finalist-in-2016-wa-industry-and-export-awards acQuire Technology Solutions is short-listed for the 2016 Western Australian Industry and Export Awards in two categories: Digital Technologies and the C.Y. O’Connor Award for Excellence in Engineering and Technology.  The awards are designed to recognise excellence in the export of goods and services by WA business. The Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner is being held on 28 October in Perth. PERTH, Australia (27 September 2016) – acQuire Technology Solutions has been nominated for two categories in the Western Australian Industry and Export Awards. The awards program recognises the contributions of businesses to the economy through job creation and increased prosperity for the community and for the State. The first category, Digital Technologies, is for outstanding international success in information and communication products.  Finalists must provide technology or services concerned with the storage, retrieval, manipulation, transmission or receipt of digital data.  Winners of this category will proceed to the national competition. The second category is an industry award. The C.Y. O’Connor Award for Excellence in Engineering and Technology recognizes excellence in engineering, technology, medical technology, information technology and/or technical research and development. ‘We’re honoured to be recognised for our work in both these categories, especially as 2016 marks our 20th year anniversary’, says acQuire managing director, Alison Atkins. ‘Our focus has always been on the global resources community and helping them create trust in their geoscientific data’. ‘It’s long been our belief that resources companies have a valuable business asset in their data, one that is critical to helping them make strategic business decisions’. Despite operating in a volatile market experiencing declining commodity prices and contraction in spending throughout the mining industry, acQuire's export sales revenue increased by 17% in 2015/16 with 68% of the company's total sales revenue coming from international markets including Canada, Chile, USA, Brazil and South Africa. In 2015/16 the acQuire GIM Suite was implemented into new sites in North America, South America, Europe and Africa. New technology and consultant partnership programs were also launched globally. acQuire continues to maintain and target its international markets through an innovative, values-based business model, brand and product strategy and continual research and development. The awards dinner is held at Crown Perth on Friday, 28 October 2016. AUSTRALIAN BEEF PRODUCER, JACK'S CREEK RETAINS THE WORLD'S BEST STEAK TITLE 2016-09-22T22:56:49Z australian-beef-producer-jack-s-creek-retains-the-world-s-best-steak-title The competition was tougher than ever with 17 countries and 83 of the world’s top beef producers entering the competition Held in London last night in a bid to win the title. The Jack's Creek winning steak came from a Wagyu F2+ 75% aged for 30 months and grain fed with judges noting it won on it's all round top quality. Patrick Warmoll, managing director of Jack's creek said of the win, “We spent considerable time selecting the entry and this win confirms that we’re the best in the world again. Winning last year was one of the biggest things to happen to us and our brand awareness rocketed and it’s been great for business. This is as much a win for Australia as it is for us.” He also added. “We will be going for the hat trick next year!” Chair of judges and butcher Keith Boxley said, “Every gold medal winner was worthy of winning the top prize but the overall winner was outstanding. It scored highly on appearance, quality, taste and tenderness.” He also added, “People are getting more selective about the meat they eat and they want something more prepared. As a butcher judging this competition, I'm looking for something that looks and tastes nice that has no gristle.” Jack’s Creeks’ award winning beef can be found in many of Australia’s top restaurants including, ARIA, black by EZARD, Catalina, LuMi Bar and Dining and many more. ARIA restaurant Head Chef Ben Turner commented that, “Jack’s Creek beef is always a consistent and tasty product” and Catalina’s Executive Chef, Mark Axisa, commented: "Jack's Creek beef is of the highest quality and the fullest flavour. It is a pleasure having the Jack's Creek dry-aged ribeye on my menu; it just flies out the door!" Jack’s Creeks’ 150+ days Grain Fed 100% black angus also won the Silver award. For more information on Jack’s Creek, interviews with Patrick Warmoll and images, please contact Annabel Carroll at Polkadot PR 02 9281 4190 / annabel@polkadotpr.com.au About Jack’s Creek Jack’s Creek is still regarded as a relative newcomer in the world of specialist beef after launching in 2000. However, in 1947 the Warmoll Family began farming in Breeza and the company’s links to fine food dates back to 1852, when the Warmoll Family emigrated from Ireland before opening butcher’s shops in the Victorian and NSW gold fields. The company is family run by co-founders and brothers, Philip and David Warmoll and sons Patrick Warmoll, MD and Robert Warmoll. Jack’s Creek is at the forefront of Australian premium beef production – processing and marketing grain fed Wagyu and Black Angus, which it ships to more than 20 destinations around the world including Japan, Saudi Arabia, China and the Germany. AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T01:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au Mining’s Tough Message: Innovate or Risk Becoming Obsolete 2016-09-06T00:35:59Z mining-s-tough-message-innovate-or-risk-becoming-obsolete-1 6 September Sydney - The domestic mining downturn is now widely accepted as one unlikely to receive an imminent correction. This sentiment is reinforced by a recent NAB outlook report suggesting we may be as long as three years away from an upward swing. This creates a period of forced change where the industry will race to adapt in a variety of ways, including the streamlining of its business processes. Suppliers and service providers to the mining industry are in a new and unique position where the onus is now on them to provide more to their offering - beyond the suggestion of a positive impact to bottom-line, companies now need to prove this by showcasing recent examples. Mining Industry Partners Offer Options This is one of the reasons that Apex Supply Chain Technologies has demonstrated recently during Australian mining’s influential event Queensland Mining and Exhibition, and has maintained a steady client base and even expanding since opening its first Asian-Pacific office in Sydney last year. Through a variety of solutions, such as its automated locker solutions first introduced to the Australian market by Apex this year, the company has been in strong demand within the mining sector. The technology behind the Apex solutions enables subscribers to track, manage, control, and analyse supply, materials and equipment in real-time, is known as the Apex Trajectory Cloud™ Enterprise Software Service. This secure, cloud-based, technology allows businesses to affect a reduction of up to 34% in its operational costs, with many Australian companies already enjoying the level of savings. Apex Supply Chain Technologies CEO and Founder Kent Savage said, its cloud-based technology can be used from anywhere, day or night, with no software to install. The Trajectory Cloud platform powers all Apex automated dispensing solutions, including the AXCESS™ self-serve automated lockers, which provide secure accountability for high value, reusable assets and consumable products. “Each AXCESS locker also has flexible configurations to accommodate a wide variety of products, from calibrated tools or stock-kits, to handheld scanners and other electronic devices,” Mr Savage said. “And all of them are easy to access twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.” Ample Opportunity to Adapt with Asset Management In an article by Australian Mining (July, 2016), four qualities were identified as being vital to a business that will survive the current downturn, these being ‘pro-activeness, connectedness, adaptation, and access to “slack” (or readily available) resources. Mr Savage, commented that ‘slack’ or wasted resources are all too common within a company’s internal operations and can be easily audited and addressed. “When you’re dealing with high-value equipment, waste through loss, or even the time wasted locating misplaced equipment, this will put a dent in how ‘downturn-proof’ your business is,” Mr. Savage added. “Minimising waste is one of the quickest and easiest ways to bolster your bottom-line.” Automating Inventory Replenishment Eliminates More Inefficiencies Business process solutions by Apex also include the ACTYLUS™ system, which uses smart bin technology to boost productivity through self-automated inventory checks and re-orders. Mr. Savage said that Actylus can boost supply chain productivity by 30% and grow bottom-line revenues across a variety of industries and applications. “ACTYLUS eliminates the need for safety stock, emergency orders and inefficient, labour-intensive manual processes. This minimises overall inventory and provides a more cost-efficient solution for inventory management,” he said. “This means easy replenishment to ensure no stock outs which can result in production lines shutting down. With ACTYLUS you’ll always have the optimal amount of inventory.” The Apex cloud technology will have a number of potential applications across a range of industries such as manufacturing, transportation and fleet, automotive aftermarket, distribution and logistics, mining and quarrying, and healthcare. “Australia’s mining industry is challenged every day by tough, global competition. The timing is ideal for companies looking to become more competitive to adopt Apex automated dispensing technologies,” he said. Apex automated dispensing solutions increase productivity; lower costs and help businesses make better decisions by utilising the real-time asset and inventory insights at their fingertips. “Our customers report greater accountability, reduced consumption and better team morale after installing our solutions, says, Mr, Savage. This translates into an average savings of 30% or more. That’s real value.” -ENDS- About Apex Supply Chain Technologies: North American-based Apex Supply Chain Technologies is a global leader in automated dispensing systems for managing high-use, high-cost, mission-critical supplies, parts, tools, hand-held electronics and components in applications such as OEM manufacturing, fleet maintenance, automotive aftermarket, mining and quarrying, retail, foodservice, healthcare, veterinary medicine and more. Apex has managed more than three billion automated vending transactions and serves thousands of global clients. For more information visit www.ApexSupplyChain.com/au or call +61 2 9450 0866. Media Enquiries Kevin Dugan Senior Global Communications Executive, Apex Supply Chain Technologies +1 513-486-3243 kevin.dugan@apexsupplychain.com Lisa Rollings Heard Agency 02 8279 7876 lrollings@heardagency.com Cathy Yao Heard Agency 02 8279 7876 cyao@heardagency.com Mining’s Tough Message: Innovate or Risk Becoming Obsolete 2016-09-02T02:22:23Z mining-s-tough-message-innovate-or-risk-becoming-obsolete 2 September 2016, Sydney - The domestic mining downturn is now widely accepted as one unlikely to receive an imminent correction. This sentiment is reinforced by a recent NAB outlook report suggesting we may be as long as three years away from an upward swing. This creates a period of forced change where the industry will race to adapt in a variety of ways, including the streamlining of its business processes. Suppliers and service providers to the mining industry are in a new and unique position where the onus is now on them to provide more to their offering - beyond the suggestion of a positive impact to bottom-line, companies now need to prove this by showcasing recent examples. Mining Industry Partners Offer Options This is one of the reasons that Apex Supply Chain Technologies has demonstrated recently during Australian mining’s influential event Queensland Mining and Exhibition, and has maintained a steady client base and even expanding since opening its first Asian-Pacific office in Sydney last year. Through a variety of solutions, such as its automated locker solutions first introduced to the Australian market by Apex this year, the company has been in strong demand within the mining sector. The technology behind the Apex solutions enables subscribers to track, manage, control, and analyse supply, materials and equipment in real-time, is known as the Apex Trajectory Cloud™ Enterprise Software Service. This secure, cloud-based, technology allows businesses to affect a reduction of up to 34% in its operational costs, with many Australian companies already enjoying the level of savings. Apex Supply Chain Technologies CEO and Founder Kent Savage said, its cloud-based technology can be used from anywhere, day or night, with no software to install. The Trajectory Cloud platform powers all Apex automated dispensing solutions, including the AXCESS™ self-serve automated lockers, which provide secure accountability for high value, reusable assets and consumable products. “Each AXCESS locker also has flexible configurations to accommodate a wide variety of products, from calibrated tools or stock-kits, to handheld scanners and other electronic devices,” Mr Savage said. “And all of them are easy to access twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.” Ample Opportunity to Adapt with Asset Management In an article by Australian Mining (July, 2016), four qualities were identified as being vital to a business that will survive the current downturn, these being ‘pro-activeness, connectedness, adaptation, and access to “slack” (or readily available) resources. Mr Savage, commented that ‘slack’ or wasted resources are all too common within a company’s internal operations and can be easily audited and addressed. “When you’re dealing with high-value equipment, waste through loss, or even the time wasted locating misplaced equipment, this will put a dent in how ‘downturn-proof’ your business is,” Mr. Savage added. “Minimising waste is one of the quickest and easiest ways to bolster your bottom-line.” Automating Inventory Replenishment Eliminates More Inefficiencies Business process solutions by Apex also include the ACTYLUS™ system, which uses smart bin technology to boost productivity through self-automated inventory checks and re-orders. Mr. Savage said that Actylus can boost supply chain productivity by 30% and grow bottom-line revenues across a variety of industries and applications. “ACTYLUS eliminates the need for safety stock, emergency orders and inefficient, labour-intensive manual processes. This minimises overall inventory and provides a more cost-efficient solution for inventory management,” he said. “This means easy replenishment to ensure no stock outs which can result in production lines shutting down. With ACTYLUS you’ll always have the optimal amount of inventory.” The Apex cloud technology will have a number of potential applications across a range of industries such as manufacturing, transportation and fleet, automotive aftermarket, distribution and logistics, mining and quarrying, and healthcare. “Australia’s mining industry is challenged every day by tough, global competition. The timing is ideal for companies looking to become more competitive to adopt Apex automated dispensing technologies,” he said. Apex automated dispensing solutions increase productivity; lower costs and help businesses make better decisions by utilising the real-time asset and inventory insights at their fingertips. “Our customers report greater accountability, reduced consumption and better team morale after installing our solutions, says, Mr, Savage. This translates into an average savings of 30% or more. That’s real value.” -ENDS- About Apex Supply Chain Technologies: North American-based Apex Supply Chain Technologies is a global leader in automated dispensing systems for managing high-use, high-cost, mission-critical supplies, parts, tools, hand-held electronics and components in applications such as OEM manufacturing, fleet maintenance, automotive aftermarket, mining and quarrying, retail, foodservice, healthcare, veterinary medicine and more. Apex has managed more than three billion automated vending transactions and serves thousands of global clients. For more information visit www.ApexSupplyChain.com/au or call +61 2 9450 0866. Media Enquiries Kevin Dugan Senior Global Communications Executive, Apex Supply Chain Technologies +1 513-486-3243 kevin.dugan@apexsupplychain.com Lisa Rollings Heard Agency 02 8279 7876 lrollings@heardagency.com Cathy Yao Heard Agency 02 8279 7876 cyao@heardagency.com Australia’s top innovations celebrated at national AIIA iAwards 2016 2016-09-01T23:55:32Z australia-s-top-innovations-celebrated-at-national-aiia-iawards-2016 Melbourne, Victoria – 2 September 2016 – The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has today announced the national winners of the 2016 iAwards, Australia’s leading awards program for recognising and rewarding Australian innovation.   Yesterday, Australia’s preeminent innovators and best home-grown ideas were on show at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Finalists from each state and territory iAwards competed for national category and cross-category awards, with winners announced and celebrated at the AIIA iAwards Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony.   This year, more than 600 entries were received from government, startups, corporates and students. Entrants competed in five base award categories across Business Services, Community Services, Consumer, Industrial & Primary Services, and Public Sector & Government as well as Student Categories and Cross Categories.   Additional awards were presented to the winners of Innovation of the Year, AIIA Accelerator and Pitchfest!.   “The AIIA’s iAwards has a proud history as Australia’s leading national innovation awards program, attracting entries from all sectors of the economy including public, private, not-for-profit and students,” said Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO, AIIA. “Last year’s entry numbers set a record high and this year, and we have seen the entry numbers double again. This is true testament to the broadening scope of Australian innovation, which provides solutions to social problems; problems that matter. The AIIA would like to congratulate the winners and merit recipients of this year’s national iAwards, and thank all those who dedicated a day to innovation by participating in the 2016 iAwards national program.”   The AIIA believes the iAwards program is a critical platform to demonstrate the impact that its members and the broader technology sector are driving to improve Australia’s social and economic prosperity. The impact of the technology sector that AIIA represents is more crucial to Australia’s future than ever before.   The Hon. Phillip Dalidakis MLC, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, said, “It’s a great honour for Victoria, Australia's undisputed IT and tech capital, to host the 22nd iAwards. Congratulations to all entrants and especially iAwards winners as we are proud many of you will be representing us on the world stage at the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance awards in December." The 2016 iAwards winners and merit recipients are:  Special Recognition: Pitchfest! Award: DoseMe PTY. LTD. – DoseMe AIIA Accelerator of the Year Award: Switch Automation – Switch Smart Hub Innovation of the Year Award: Optika Solutions Pty Ltd – Akumen Victorian Government Inspiration of the Year Award: automed – automed Cross Categories: Big Data Innovation of the Year Winner: Optika Solutions Pty Ltd – Akumen Merit: Santos – Predictive Analytics in Oil and Gas Export of the Year Winner: StarRez – StarRez Housing, Conduct and Conference Software Infrastructure & Platforms Innovation of the Year Winner: NEC Australia and NT Police – NeoFace Reveal Merit: Symbio Networks – TollShield Mobility Innovation of the Year Winner: automed – automed Merit: Catholic Education Office – Darwin and SRA Information Technology – The Attendance Management Map Application (AMMA) Research & Development Project of the Year Winner: La Trobe University - OTARC and Salesforce – ASDetect Merit: Metro South Health and AEHRC - CSIRO – SNOMAN – Clinical Terminology Mapping Solution Merit: OneGov, Department of Finance Services and Innovation – OneGov Digital Gateway Startup of the Year Winner: AgriWebb – The AgriWebb NoteBook and SaleYard Merit: Biteable – Biteable Categories: Business Services Winner: Symbio Networks – TollShield Community Services Winner: Infoxchange, Google, REA Group and News Corp Australia – Ask Izzy: The A to Z of homeless help Merit: DoseMe PTY. LTD. – DoseMe Merit: Sense-T – The AirRater App Consumer Winner: University of South Australia – LiPo – Indoor Positioning System using Visible Light Merit: CHOICE – CluckAR App Merit: Nuheara – IQbuds Industrial & Primary Industries Winner: automed – automed Merit: AgriWebb – The AgriWebb NoteBook and SaleYard Merit: Santos – Predictive Analytics in Oil and Gas Public Sector & Government Winner: OneGov, Department of Finance Services and Innovation – OneGov Digital Gateway Merit: CSIRO – Global Initiative for Honey Bee Health Merit: Sense-T – Sensing Tourist Travel Junior Students Winner: Linden Park Primary School – Leafy Sea Dragon National Park (Virtual World) Merit: Hamish Finlayson - Cathedral School of St Anne and St James – Triple T – ASD and Me Senior Students Winner: Imogen Low - Brisbane Girls Grammar School – Elevator Merit: Jalia, Angas, Tiff, Natalie, Lohana, Daeeun and Isabella - Australian Science and Mathematics School – Experience! Undergraduate Tertiary Students Winner: Luiz Cavalieri, Daniel Schofield, Chiaki Iwamoto and Amandeep Singh  - Academy of Information Technology – AITendance Merit: K Osborn, M Jones, C Snook, J Sardi et al - Murdoch University ­– Radiology Assistant Simulator Merit: M Carriedo, A Harrison, K Saleh, S Alanazi et al - Murdoch University students – FlexiBrains As winner of the Innovation of the Year Award, Akumen developers Optika Solutions Pty Ltd will later this year travel to Chinese Taipei on an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the esteemed international APICTA Awards.   2016 iAwards’ prizes also include $25,000 to Pitchfest! winner DoseMe towards travel to an international pitch competition or business development program of their choice. Switch Automation, winner of the AIIA Accelerator Award for Switch Smart Hub, will receive $50,000 to go towards business development. Victorian Government is the host partner for the national iAwards. This year’s national program sponsors are CSIRO’s Data61, Informed Solutions, Pym’s Technology Lawyers and SAP.  What industry leaders are saying about innovation in Australia:   “Public institutions everywhere are looking for innovative ways to provide a new level of services, become data driven and enable the government workforce by converting to digital tools. These tools are connecting government departments to each other, to businesses, and to citizens. Australia continues to punch far above its weight in public sector innovation. Our partnership with governments at all levels in this country influences our work globally.” – Isabella Groegor-Cechowicz, Senior Vice President and Global General Manager, SAP Global Public Services “The calibre of this year’s iAwards finalists are testament to an accelerating innovation ecosystem where research, government, industry and startups come together to build a supportive environment, allowing us to be creative, bold and to move faster. Innovation happens when people share ideas, data and expertise and then focus relentlessly on having economic, societal or environmental impact with these insights. To compete on a global scale, we need to invest in growing our innovation capability by nurturing stronger collaboration networks and encouraging local talent to be ambitious in creating impactful work that has the potential to change the world we live in.” – Adrian Turner, CEO, CSIRO’s Data61 “Innovation is about adapting, improving and remaining relevant to the changing social, economic and business landscape.  It is about benefitting from the opportunity to change rather than being overtaken or overwhelmed by change.  Moreover, innovation can create social value and improve the lives of people, at the same time as support business growth, create employment opportunities and improve the nation’s economic prosperity.  Innovation is what drives and helps ICT and Digital be more useful, better serve its customers and help Australia compete for exports in a global marketplace.  The iAwards recognise the creativity, initiative, ambitions, hard work and amazing successes of the best Australian ICT and Digital innovators in government and industry.” – Elizabeth Vega, Global Chief Executive Officer, Informed Solutions   “Innovation to me means significant positive change. It advocates the advancement of new ideas and processes that disrupt convention, improve efficiency and benefit clients and industry.” – Michael Pym, CEO, Pym’s Technology Lawyers   -ENDS- About AIIA’s iAwards AIIA’s iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the Digital Economy. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. http://www.iawards.com.au/ The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem.Join the conversation One of the great things about the iAwards is that they get people talking about Digital Innovation. Take advantage of the hype by joining the conversation on Twitter, liking iAwards on Facebook, staying in touch with LinkedIn or following iAwards on Pinterest. @theiAwards / #iAwards/ #DedicateADayMedia contacts Biana Chamlet/Gloria Lee Espresso Communications on behalf of iAwards Phone: +61 2 8016 2200 Email: iawards@espressocomms.com.au SimpliVity expands hyperconverged portfolio with new flash, disaster recovery, and VDI capabilities 2016-08-23T23:30:00Z simplivity-expands-hyperconverged-portfolio-with-new-flash-disaster-recovery-and-vdi-capabilities Sydney, Australia—August 24, 2016—SimpliVity, a leader in hyperconverged infrastructure revolutionising enterprise IT, today announced new solutions and enhancements to its transformational data centre technologies. The company unveiled a high-powered, all-flash hyperconverged offering, a one-click disaster recovery solution, an application-aware backup capability, and increased scalability for VDI that broadens the company’s portfolio for providing top-tier performance and agility for the enterprise, while still being accessible for the midmarket.   “Extending our leadership in the hyperconverged space is dependent on our ability to innovate and broaden our offerings to further simplify today’s complex data centre environments,” said Jesse St. Laurent, VP product strategy, SimpliVity. “SimpliVity’s consistently high Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 90 demonstrates not only our outstanding customer satisfaction, but reflects our superior offerings as well. These new solutions get at the heart of some of the most common issues plaguing our customers—workload, data protection and scalability—and will greatly benefit both enterprise and midmarket customers.”  All-flash solution performs for even the most demanding workloads Powered by SimpliVity’s technologically-superior Data Virtualisation Platform, the new all-flash solution provides peak and predictable performance for the most data-intensive applications, such as online transaction processing and big data analytics. The solution: Accelerates application speeds and permits higher amounts of concurrent workloads—increasing application performance by up to 5X and reducing latency by up to 80%. Provides the highest level of resiliency to media failure with fewer nodes than any other hyperconverged vendor. Delivers the best value of any all-flash hyperconverged solution with the lowest price per fully protected VM. Enables customers to choose their preferred x86 platform. “Peak and predictable performance for mission-critical workloads is absolutely crucial to the success of our IT team and to our business,” said Steven Senecal, Applied Infrastructure Technologist, Travelport. “We’ve already seen an incredible improvement in application performance since deploying SimpliVity, and that’s with the standard solution, so we are excited to see SimpliVity kick up performance yet another notch with the all-flash option.”  New data protection features are unprecedented in hyperconverged market As the only hyperconverged infrastructure provider to deliver full-featured, built-in data protection, SimpliVity holds a wide lead in features and capabilities surrounding backup and recovery. According to an IDC white paper*, sponsored by SimpliVity, 51 percent of customers eliminate third-party backup and replication solutions in favor of SimpliVity’s built-in data protection.  RapidDR fast-tracks disaster recovery for the enterprise According to the Ponemon Institute, downtime can cost businesses an average of $9,000 per minute, making disaster recovery essential for all organisations. SimpliVity RapidDR speeds up and simplifies the recovery of workloads in the event of a disaster by automating the process for all VMs. The solution: Automates disaster recovery with a single click, minimising service disruptions and reducing recovery times by 70 percent or more when compared to manual procedures. Eliminates the expense and complexity of special-purpose disaster recovery tools and stand-alone replication products. Streamlines the disaster recovery planning and configuration process with an intuitive, VM-centric, 5-step GUI. Application-aware backups provide more automation, tighter integration for tier-1 apps With 83 percent of customers running Microsoft SQL Server on SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure, SimpliVity has expanded its capabilities for application-aware backups for Microsoft SQL Server, allowing customers to: Tightly integrate at the application level for Microsoft SQL Server databases and automate backup and recovery activities to improve the operational efficiency of IT. Improve recovery point objectives and automate the recovery process, thereby shortening the recovery time for top tier applications. Eliminate third-party backup applications, dramatically reducing the total cost of ownership for the application. SimpliVity delivers industry-leading enterprise scale for VDI As the only LoginVSI-validated hyperconverged vendor, SimpliVity has extended its lead in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with the ability to support up to 4,000 office worker desktops in a single VDI building block. SimpliVity’s VDI solution: Delivers the best performing end-user experience at a lower cost per desktop by providing the highest density of desktops per node. Demonstrates unmatched VDI performance – 1,000 logins in 1,000 seconds and 1,000 desktops provisioned in 70 minutes. Provides superior resiliency to keep desktops up and running with built-in data protection, high availability, and site-to-site disaster recovery. “The performance of SimpliVity’s VDI implementation was one of the key factors we considered when choosing vendors,” said Jay Wehring, platforms director, The Container Store. “SimpliVity was the clear winner when we evaluated all the vendors for VDI, and greater scale at a lower cost per desktop puts them even further ahead of the pack.”  Availability All of SimpliVity’s new solutions and enhancements will be available in Q4.Resources Discover more SimpliVity customer case studies Read the blog on the new solutions Find out about SimpliVity’s new all-flash solution in this blog Read more about SimpliVity’s RapidDR solution. Get all the details on SimpliVity’s data protection features Learn more about SimpliVity’s VDI solution Follow SimpliVity on our corporate blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Google+   *Source: IDC White Paper, sponsored by SimpliVity, SimpliVity Hyperconvergence Drives Operational Efficiency and Customers are Benefitting, April 2016.  About SimpliVity Founded with a mission to simplify IT, SimpliVity is a pioneer in the hyperconverged infrastructure market, disrupting the status quo of complex and cumbersome legacy IT systems. SimpliVity’s hyperconverged IT platform delivers enterprise-class performance and availability that today’s IT leaders require, with the cloud economics their business demands. No other company has taken on the mega task of assimilating all IT elements below the hypervisor (8 to 12 disparate functions) into a simple 2U building block of x86 sharable resources to deliver unmatched IT simplicity, operational efficiency, and 3x TCO savings. The company’s unique data virtualisation architecture improves performance, protection and data efficiency, while also enabling global unified management from a single console. SimpliVity has revolutionised IT systems for hundreds of enterprises around the world. Headquartered in Westborough, Mass., the company has raised $276 million in venture capital and employs about 750 worldwide. SimpliVity’s business model is 100 percent indirect, and its solutions and professional services are available worldwide through its network of resellers and distributors. For more information, visit http://www.simplivity.com.  Media Contacts Amanda Conroy Espresso Communicationsamanda@espressocomms.com.au +61 2 8016 2200 +61 422 472 883   Amy Rathbone Espresso Communicationsamy@espressocomms.com.au +61 2 8016 2200 +61 423 230 244  ® 2016, SimpliVity. All rights reserved. Information described herein is furnished for informational use only, is subject to change without notice. SimpliVity, the SimpliVity logo, OmniCube, OmniStack, and Data Virtualisation Platform are trademarks or registered trademarks of SimpliVity Corporation in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. SimpliVity named a leader in hyperconverged infrastructure 2016-08-17T00:28:00Z simplivity-named-a-leader-in-hyperconverged-infrastructure Sydney, Australia — August 17, 2016 — SimpliVity, a leader in hyperconverged infrastructure that’s revolutionising enterprise IT, today announced that the company was recognised as a Leader in The Forrester Wave: Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), Q3 2016 report.   SimpliVity’s position as a Leader in Forrester’s assessment of the 12 most significant hyperconverged infrastructure vendors was based on the company’s performance across Forrester’s 28-criteria evaluation, which included such criteria as hyperconverged functions, high availability and data protection, manageability and ease of operations, and customer feedback.   According to Forrester, SimpliVity “offers a very rich set of global multisite data management functions anchored by an always-on global deduplication architecture. It includes a comprehensive set of backup, deduplication, snapshot, and clones with multisite data replication and [disaster recovery] capabilities along with wide-area network (WAN) optimisation.” “Forrester put it best in its report, ‘Hyperconvergence is a concept whose time has come,’ and we couldn’t agree more. We believe that SimpliVity is driving this transition – illustrated by even the largest global enterprises transforming their IT with SimpliVity,” said Marianne Budnik, CMO, SimpliVity. “It’s been exciting to watch the growth in the market, especially as we continue to gain momentum by expanding our enterprise customer base while demonstrating an exemplary customer experience. Our customer loyalty and satisfaction metrics are striking – standing at a Net Promoter Score of 90 – 47% higher than the industry average. The hyperconverged market will only continue to expand over the next year, and judging by Forrester’s report, I believe SimpliVity will lead the charge.” “It’s not surprising to see SimpliVity listed as a leader in hyperconverged infrastructure; it’s something we’ve known for a long time. As soon as I saw the first SimpliVity demo, I knew they were doing something revolutionary,” said Ray DeCrescente, CTO, Capital Region Orthopedics Group. “We were really looking for a solution that would improve our disaster recovery, data protection, and business continuity capabilities. We evaluated multiple vendors and solutions before finding that SimpliVity could reliably run all our mission-critical healthcare applications, give us an improved disaster recovery posture, and would help to modernise and advance the performance of our PACS application. I believe SimpliVity is unlike anything else on the hyperconverged market, and feel this report signals that firms like Forrester agree.” Download a complimentary copy of The Forrester Wave: Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), Q3 2016 report [link].Resources Read the blog about SimpliVity’s evaluation by Forrester Follow SimpliVity on our corporate blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Google+ About SimpliVity Founded with a mission to simplify IT, SimpliVity is a pioneer in the hyperconverged infrastructure market, disrupting the status quo of complex and cumbersome legacy IT systems. SimpliVity’s hyperconverged IT platform delivers enterprise-class performance and availability that today’s IT leaders require, with the cloud economics their business demands. No other company has taken on the mega task of assimilating all IT elements below the hypervisor (8 to 12 disparate functions) into a simple 2U building block of x86 shareable resources to deliver unmatched IT simplicity, operational efficiency, and 3x TCO savings. The company’s unique data virtualisation architecture improves performance, protection and data efficiency, while also enabling global unified management from a single console. SimpliVity has revolutionised IT systems for hundreds of enterprises around the world. Headquartered in Westborough, Mass., the company has raised $276 million in venture capital and employs about 750 worldwide. SimpliVity’s business model is 100 percent indirect, and its solutions and professional services are available worldwide through its network of resellers and distributors. For more information, visit http://www.simplivity.com.  Media Contacts Amanda Conroy Espresso Communicationsamanda@espressocomms.com.au +61 2 8016 2200 +61 422 472 883   Amy Rathbone Espresso Communicationsamy@espressocomms.com.au +61 2 8016 2200 +61 423 230 244  ® 2016, SimpliVity. All rights reserved. Information described herein is furnished for informational use only, is subject to change without notice. SimpliVity, the SimpliVity logo, OmniCube, OmniStack, and Data Virtualization Platform are trademarks or registered trademarks of SimpliVity Corporation in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ISL VIDA Density Meter enhances efficiency with Plug & Play 2016-06-28T09:46:56Z isl-vida-density-meter-enhances-efficiency-with-plug-amp-play The VIDA density meter from ISL | PAC represents unparalleled dependability in density measurement through an easy-to-use fully automatic, push-button operation. VIDA by PAC is based upon the established oscillating U-tube method and incorporates innovative features ensuring for accurate and reliable analysis. The VIDA analysers are employed for analysis of light and mid distillates, heavy oils, food and beverage applications or mobile labs. VIDA is designed to be a true "push-button" solution with smart software automating each stage of a test sequence from sample injection, bubbles detection to system cleaning and data reporting allowing minimal operator attendance but also enhanced flexibility. The automatic cleaning function reduces maintenance time and consumption of solvents, even when testing difficult samples. Integrated tables are offered for automatic conversions of density output for: API crude oil, refined products & lubricants, as well as alcohols, acids, alkalis, sugars and customisable tables (VIDA80H). 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