The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-12-29T12:01:16Z Aussizz Group opened up Two New Offices in Adelaide & Brisbane this December! 2016-12-29T12:01:16Z aussizz-group-opened-up-two-new-offices-in-adelaide-amp-brisbane-this-december-1 Aussizz Group, a renowned name in immigration and education consulting services, added another feather to its cap by inaugurating two offices in Adelaide and Brisbane this December.  Adelaide branch is located on the King William Street, which is the main street of Australian state capital cities, while the Brisbane office is located on the Adelaide street, which runs between and parallel to Queen Street and Ann Street. Both the offices are designed modishly to promote productivity in a collaborative environment. The space inside is fully-equipped with conference rooms along with modern communication facilities, seminar rooms and reception services. Adelaide & Brisbane have always been the most preferred cities for a large number of international students, who are looking for affordable educational opportunities. Both the cities are highly renowned for quality lifestyle, best universities and education providers. This is when Aussizz Group took an oath to serve those aspiring students with their exceptional services and support. Both the branches have registered MARA agents on board to help clients with career counselling, visa assistance and migration. The company has headquarters operating in Melbourne (Australia) with the branches located in Sydney, Perth and Clayton. It has served thousands of aspiring students and immigrants successfully, who want to live, study and work in Australia, New Zealand as well as Canada. “We have always strived to go beyond the expectations of our clients. This is why, we have been investing profoundly in business expansion, infrastructure development and acquiring new resources”, said Dharmendra Patel, the Managing Director at Aussizz Group. He also said, “We have also aimed to expand our presence by opening two new branches shortly in Hyderabad and Dubai.” He further added, “Our new locations with enhanced operational efficacies will help us to grow and provide excellent value and superior services to our clients”. For more information on Aussizz Group or to get consultation from their immigration experts, visit their website www.aussizzgroup.com or Email:  info@aussizz.com. About Aussizz Group Aussizz Group is one of the most trusted immigration and education consultancies operating in Australia and India. The company has the expertise in offering career counselling, course and university selection guidance, admission and student visa, partner visa, business visa, employer sponsored visa, professional year enrolment, pre-departure and post-arrival support services.  Address ADELAIDE Level 4, 90 King William Street, Adelaide, SA - 5000, Australia Mobile: +61-4-3286-9959 E-mail: adelaide@aussizz.com BRISBANE Suite 3, Level 4, 144 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, QLD - 4000, Australia Mobile: +61-4-3147-6111 E-mail: brisbane@aussizz.com Wrays acquires EKM ip as part of its national expansion plans 2016-12-20T20:00:00Z wrays-acquires-ekm-ip-as-part-of-its-national-expansion-plans-1 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 21 December 2016 -- Wrays, one of Australia’s largest independent intellectual property firms, today announced that it has acquired Melbourne-based EKM ip. The acquisition is part of Wrays’ long-term vision to remain independent, while further expanding its operations Australia-wide. The combination of Wrays and EKM will be the largest independent intellectual property firm in the Melbourne market, including a significant trademarks portfolio. “The legal and patent attorney services marketplace is rapidly evolving and consolidating, and to remain competitive we focus on offering our clients access to a broad range of IP, legal and strategic consulting services on a national level,” says Frank Hurley, Chief Executive Officer, Wrays. “The combined entity will solidify our presence in Melbourne giving our clients on-the-ground access to highly qualified and experienced attorneys. “By maintaining our independence, we continue to focus on what’s best for our clients, which is high quality IP and legal advice, rather than be distracted by the demands of a listed parent company and shareholder return. “EKM is a great cultural fit and I have been truly impressed with the calibre of their management team, staff and client service,” he added. EKM Principals Jennifer McEwan and David King will continue in the new joint entity. “We determined that becoming part of the Wrays network would ensure that our clients continue to receive the best possible long-term service, with access to intellectual property experts nationwide,” says Jennifer McEwan. “We will work closely with Wrays to ensure a seamless transition for our clients and employees, and we look forward to providing our clients with additional expertise and specialised IP services locally and globally.” The integration of the two firms will be effective as of 31 March 2017. The new, combined entity will operate out of Wrays’ offices on Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD. About Wrays Wrays was established in Perth in 1920 and is now one of Australia’s largest independent intellectual property (IP) firms. Wrays’ exceptional technical and legal experts provide services in the recognition, protection and prosecution of IP rights across a broad range of industries and technologies. Wrays is frequently shortlisted as one of the leading IP and boutique law firms in Australia. For more information, visit www.wrays.com.au. About EKM EKM ip was established over 10 years ago to provide small to medium businesses and emerging enterprises with specialist intellectual property advice and services needed to protect and commercialise innovative ideas, concepts and technology. For more information, visit www.ekmlegal.com. For more information: Joanna Stevens Kramer BLiNK Communications for Wrays 0408 466 410 joanna@blinkcomms.com.au 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. Dell Boomi’s Asia-Pacific and Japan Expansion Continues with Key Senior Hires 2016-12-06T02:09:18Z dell-boomi-s-asia-pacific-and-japan-expansion-continues-with-key-senior-hires Sydney, Australia – December 6, 2016 – Dell Boomi has further expanded its footprint in Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) with three new senior hires to cater for strong local demand for cloud-based integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS).   The appointments comprise Michelle Grange and David Flaks, who join the company as Enterprise Account Executives, and Richard Snowden, who fills the role of Inside Sales Executive.   With more than 35 years’ experience in software and services sales between them, Grange and Flaks have been appointed to manage business development and customer relations for Boomi’s southern and northern operations in Australia, respectively.   Grange previously held senior roles at SugarCRM and Microsoft, among other software companies, where she worked with multiple top 100 Australian organisations across most industry sectors.   Having formerly had high-profile stints at InfoReady, IBM and Dell, Flaks brings to Boomi extensive experience in client management and team leadership, in both direct and partner sales roles.   Meanwhile, Snowden will work directly with regional organisations on their digital transformation strategies, and act as the first point of contact for them. Snowden joins Boomi from Mulesoft where he was responsible for account development across Australia and New Zealand as the company’s lead Inside Sales Representative.   Boomi launched its APJ operations with the opening of its Sydney office in April 2016. Michael Evans was appointed to lead the business as Managing Director for Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ), based in Sydney. Evans’ appointment coincided with that of Linda Urlich, Partner and Alliances Manager APJ, and Tania Mushtaq, Senior Marketing Manager APJ, who were joined soon after by a number of additional new executives.  Boomi currently employs 13 staff in the region.   Since launch, Boomi has experienced significant demand from local organisations requiring powerful and simple cloud integration capabilities to connect best-of-breed, business-critical applications.   “Traditional methods for integration typically can no longer cost-effectively meet the integration needs of rapidly evolving businesses,” said Evans. “This is why local organisations are increasingly implementing iPaaS; it provides cloud-based integration capabilities that can be tailored to the specific needs of the company and its various departments.   “The appointments of Michelle, David and Richard provide Boomi with further presence to cater for this demand in Australia and New Zealand. Their experience in the local software industry builds on our existing expertise, allowing us to align even more closely with local companies’ business needs.”  About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi delivers the first and only multi-purpose PaaS for AtomSphere integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), Master Data Management (MDM) and API Management, and enables customers to integrate any combination of cloud and on-premises applications without software, appliances or coding. Organisations of all sizes, from growing mid-market companies to very large enterprises, enjoy rapid time to value as a result of drastically reduced implementation times and substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM and API management solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © Dell, Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Technologies. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. The New Legislation Has Come Into Force Making It Illegal For P2 Licence Holders 2016-12-02T04:52:14Z the-new-legislation-has-come-into-force-making-it-illegal-for-p2-licence-holders It’s the 1st of December; the first day of summer and the start of the countdown to Christmas. It is also the date that new legislation has come into force making it illegal for P2 licence holders (green P-platers) to use their mobile phones in any capacity while driving. The purpose of the new legislation is to increase driver awareness and to eliminate crashes caused by a distraction from inside the car.   This is a change from the previous law which allowed P2 licence holders to use their mobile phone but banned  mobile phone use for Learner, P1 drivers and provisional motorcycle riders. Now, the ban against using mobile phones while driving is across the board for Learner, P1 drivers, provisional motorcycle riders and P2 drivers.   This across the board ban includes hands-free mode and phones set to speaker. The ban also applies to using a mobile phone for GPS, to listen to music (through Bluetooth, AUX, USB), to check the time, to use the camera and to view social media notifications. Being charged with this offence could lead to a loss of four demerit points (8 if it is a public holiday) and a fine of $325, which can rise to $433 in a school zone. Learner and Provisional 1 and 2 drivers are however permitted to use a GPS unit and non-cellular music devices such as an iPod.    Despite an overall downward trend in the number of fatalities on NSW roads, there have still been 356 deaths on NSW so far this year. With mobile phone users between 2-6 times more likely to be involved in an accident and the silly season just around the corner, it is easy to see why this legislation is coming into force.     If you get caught doing the wrong thing on the roads, please contact one of our leading criminal lawyers at Platinum Lawyers Pty Ltd on (02) 8084 2764. Aussizz Group held its first education expo in October, 2016 2016-11-12T11:38:54Z aussizz-education-expo-2016 Melbourne, Saturday, 12 November 2016 - International students swarmed at CAE Flinders Lane last October for Aussizz Group’s biggest Education Expo. More than 300 participants registered and 26 education providers attended the event. The expo brought together some of the prominent universities and educational institutes of Australia along with qualified education counsellors and registered immigration experts of Aussizz Group under the same roof, where they interacted with students from different nationalities and backgrounds. The expo began with the purpose to provide students a crystal-clear vision of Australia’s Education system, different academic programs for undergraduate and post-graduate studies, professional year program, Internship program, NAATI course, PTE Exam, current market dynamics, arising opportunities and career pathways. Students were also given assistance on how to proceed with the visa application and deal with the Department of Immigration and Border protection (DIBP) by the qualified immigration consultants of Aussizz Group. “Since Australia has always attracted overseas students due to its quality education and availability of career opportunities, we at Aussizz Group strive for providing platform to those aspiring students where they can have interaction with the university representatives to get all their queries solved related to studying in Australia” said Mr Dharmendra Patel, the managing director at Aussizz Group. He also stressed the need for organising such events more frequently. Aussizz Education Expo provided students an opportunity to have one-on-one interaction with different institutions and universities mentioned below:•    Melbourne Polytechnic•    MIT (Melbourne Institute of Technology)•    ATMC (Australian Technical and Management College)•    Torrens University •    La Trobe Melbourne•    SCU (Southern Cross University)•    Stott’s College.•    St. Peters•    ACFE (Australian Centre for Further Education)•    UIT (Universal Institute of Technology)•    SCEI (Southern Cross Education Institute)•    AGB Training•    Ability English•    English Key•    INHA (Institute of Health and Nursing Australia)•    MacleayTop professional year program and NAATI providers were also present at the event including:•    Navitas Professional•    Performance Education•    Monash•    AAPoly•    AITI (Australian Institute of Translation and Interpretation) •    SIIT (Sydney Institute of Interpreting and Translating)In addition to getting the direct consultation from the representatives, students also got the opportunity to attend various seminars on SSVF changes, 485 Visa, General Skilled Migration, Tasmania sponsorship, IRON program and Pearson Test of English. Attendees also had a great time participating in fun activities like cupcake decorating workshops, professional photo shoot for LinkedIn profile and entering the lucky spin wheel to win valuable prizes like Woolworth gift card, Movie tickets, Instax camera, Myki cards and Apple watch).For more information or to participate in the upcoming events subscribe the Facebook page of Aussizz Group or visit their website: http://www.aussizzgroup.com/About Aussizz Group:Aussizz is a registered group of MARA (Migration Agents Registration Authority) agents offering education and migration services to international students ranging from student visa to permanent residency in Australia. Since its inception in 2009, the company has successfully assisted thousands of overseas students achieve their dreams and aspirations of studying and staying in Australia as well as New Zealand. Location:Aussizz Migration & Education ConsultantsLevel 1, Block Court, 288-290 Collins Street,Melbourne, Victoria - 3000, AustraliaPhone:    +61-3-9602 3435Fax     : +61-3-8692-2894Toll Free:    1300 FLY 365E-mail: mel@aussizz.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/aussizz Expert Witness.com.au Launches as Australia's Largest and Most Trusted Expert Database 2016-11-12T05:17:21Z expert-witness-com-au-launches-as-australia-s-largest-and-most-trusted-expert-database FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Introducing the new national standard in finding Expert Witnesses! The Expert Witness Database (EWD) revolutionises Australia's Expert industry. http://www.expertwitness.com.au, is a collaborative database of experts with at least eight years of extraordinary tested industry experience satisfying the rules of an 'Expert Witness', combined with approved training and proven experience and training as an Expert Witness. Simon Smith, CEO and Computer Digital Forensics Investigator, himself an Expert Witness knows all too well how frustrating it can be and his clients often tell him how hard it was to seek out his specialisation. "I see EWD as a simple connection point between industry and experts. We have used a 'Keep it Simple' policy. It is for clients seeking an expert, and for the experts seeking to advertise their extraordinary skills to clients", Mr. Smith said in a press conference for the opening of the site today. EWD is a new innovation developed for experts and contains complex internal algorithms that compare keywords and case law to words from CV's and the requirements of the client to get the best match for a client. Such technology is proprietary and has been developed by Mr. Smith who has been a Master in Software Engineering professionally for over 20 years. "The system has so much more under the bonnet", Mr. Smith said. After an expert expresses their intent to apply for an expert listing a whole process goes on behind the scenes that indexes and dissects the human capital into thousands of subcategories later to be matched into industry competencies. Mr. Smith, an expert in competency mapping and an inventor of educational patents in this very subject matter, stated that "this technology is new to the industry and is not only unmatched but has the ability to revolutionise the industry." Mr. Smith did say that all engagements will naturally pass strict human scrutiny at all times, but a helping hand is favourable. "Every application is personally reviewed by a careers expert and each applicant is interviewed", Mr. Smith said. However, it seems that this is not the only benefit to EWD. The site directly connects experts in their specialist fields with their client to directly engage in contractual negotiations once matched. The matching service is FREE for lawyers, counsel, clients and all who seeks to genuinely engage Expert Witnesses. All the expert has to do is pay a yearly fee once approved - which is currently half price for the first year at $199 + GST. EWD does not interfere, try to take any commission or involve itself in the invoicing between the expert and the client. It simply hands the Expert Witness the customer for life. "How many sites offer that for $199 + GST?" asks Mr. Smith. "It is a valuable resource for all, even journalists with our new special call-out facility. The website introduces a new innovation to the industry. It offers a completely free Dispute Resolution and Conciliation Service which benefits both the expert and the client in the event of some contractual disputes. A successful relationship starts with communication. Helping experts meet their legal requirements and promoting good customer relations is what we endorse. The difference between our service and others is introduction between the client and expert is made without interference or prejudice. There are no fees charged by EWD. The expert and client build their long term relationship, and the expert simply pays a low-cost yearly fee to be listed. It's all about building goodwill in this industry, in my personal experience, that breeds success. Unlike other websites, EWD is not interested in taking a share of experts' money - that only drives the price up for clients", Mr. Smith said.  The site is both user and mobile-friendly and features industry RSS feeds and will soon feature spotlighted experts and recent decisions of interest. For all medico-legal and forensic experts in any area that are asked to give an expert opinion, report, testimony or evidence to counsel, a lawyer, private client, or in a court of law, the benefit that the new unbiased EWD site brings is phenomenal, given that a yearly fee for an expert is reduced for a limited time to 50% of its original price down to $199 + GST. Finally, Mr. Smith states, "There is of course a major over-arching benefit to this website which is beyond compare. It is NOT misrepresenting itself as a University, it is NOT a group of lawyers, it IS a completely independent Expert Witness Database built for the purpose of promoting excellence and independent connections of choice in the profession. The site also offers Expert Witness Training and other benefits to members. This is an innovation in the industry and promotes professional relationships between Expert Witnesses and their clients, without third-party interference." http://www.expertwitness.com.au. Experts can apply for an expert listing at 50% off for a limited time. News: Simpsons Solicitors Appoints Kris Darmody To Bolster Its Production Services Work 2016-11-08T20:41:14Z news-simpsons-solicitors-appoints-kris-darmody-to-bolster-its-production-services-work Sydney November 9 2016 - On the back of the high profile appointment of Mark Bamford in the role of Director of its Film & Television division, boutique media, arts and entertainment firm, Simpsons Solicitors, has further bolstered its production services arm with the recent appointment of Senior Lawyer, Kris Darmody. Darmody will be responsible for driving Simpson’s film, television and content production services with a strong emphasis on providing legal services to content producers, creatives and other stakeholders at all stages of the development, production and financing cycle. In addition, Darmody will also develop content agency and production business relationships and drive new business both locally and abroad. Darmody brings extensive experience to the role, having provided advice to producers and production companies as a lawyer and business affairs professional in the Australian film and television industry for over 13 years. Darmody has worked on a wide range of feature film, television and documentary projects from early development through to close of finance. In addition to working closely with several successful Australian producers and creatives, Darmody also brings a strong understanding of the content marketing industry to the role, having worked closely with Australian content agency, Curated Content. She continues to act as Head of Legal & Business Affairs for Flying Bark Productions. “Kris brings a unique production-focussed experience to the firm’s established media, arts and entertainment practice” Bamford said. “I have worked on a number of transactions with Kris over the years. She is able to cut through and identify potential issues early and actively engages in bringing parties together to find quick and effective solutions to close finance. I am excited to have her play a critical role in the growth of the production specialisation of the practice area.” “I am thrilled to be joining Mark, lawyer Kieren Martin and the rest of the team at Simpsons” Darmody said. “Mark’s perspective and experience, particularly in the finance space, are invaluable resources and his expertise across the media, entertainment, communication and technology sectors is world-class.” Simpsons occupies a unique position in the market with a niche offering in media, arts and entertainment services and is one of Australia’s most highly regarded intellectual property and entertainment practices. Kris Darmody’s appointment is effective immediately. CourseGenius launches online training to protect Australian businesses from costly compliance breaches 2016-11-07T19:49:56Z coursegenius-launches-online-training-to-protect-australian-businesses-from-costly-compliance-breaches PERTH, AUSTRALIA - 8 November 2016. Lack of formal safety training can have a significant financial and human cost for businesses. In fact, businesses in most states can face fines of up to A$3 million for breaches of the Work Health and Safety Act. Despite this, many businesses struggle to find the time and budget to implement formal safety and compliance training which can help protect them and their staff from these risks. To combat this issue, leading Australian online learning platform CourseGenius (www.coursegenius.com) today releases its suite of online compliance training courses. CourseGenius is a WA-based company that enables small to medium businesses to create and deliver their own custom online training programs. The CourseGenius suite of compliance courses provides training in three core areas: Workplace Health and Safety Fundamentals, Workplace Bullying and Harassment, and Social Media and Electronic Communication, with additional topics to follow. The courses, developed by leading Australian law firm People + Culture Strategies, are legally compliant and tailored for Australian workplaces. Once only available to large businesses with a big training budget, CourseGenius makes online compliance training accessible to businesses of all sizes. Co-founder of CourseGenius Sarah Mateljan’s legal background has given her insight into the potential cost of failing to run formal compliance training. She also understands why small to medium-sized businesses find it difficult to roll out this type of training. “We’ve listened to our customers and we know it’s hard for them to find engaging and legally compliant training content on a budget,” Sarah said. “Our new suite of compliance courses solves this problem by providing interactive, legally authored online training on-demand. Our customers, such as ECOYA are well placed to make this move as they are more agile than larger enterprises, and can more easily adopt new technologies to solve problems.” Leading home fragrance and bodycare company ECOYA were one of the first to sample CourseGenius’ new suite of courses. Human Resources and Workplace Health and Safety Manager at ECOYA, Liza Jones, said, "The CourseGenius compliance courses were exactly what I was after. I oversee manufacturing where compliance and training is of critical importance. Being a medium sized business, we are good at implementing practical training elements however this not always reflected on paper. If I had to create the program myself, not only would it take me two or three days to prepare the material but I couldn’t be entirely sure that the content is correct and current.” Businesses can sign up for a demonstration and a discussion with the CourseGenius team to see how you can get started in minutes. - ends - For more information: Kate Dinon, KDPR, kate@katedinon.com +61 487 328 738 Images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/v6vgabi6j5f4r1v/AACLNW6xTN5K6Zayj3jsNRnSa?dl=0 About CourseGenius CourseGenius is the world’s simplest online training platform. CourseGenius allows small to medium enterprises to author and deliver their own custom training programs. Using the CourseGenius course builder, businesses can quickly and easily create interactive and engaging content using video, audio, and quiz functionality which is delivered beautifully on desktop, tablet and mobile. CourseGenius also offers a set of standard online compliance training courses, meaning all small to medium businesses can access the most up to date compliance training, saving time and money. www.coursegenius.com Aussie inventor leading his company to global growth 2016-10-12T22:00:00Z aussie-inventor-leading-his-company-to-global-growth Media Release October 2016 CEO, founder and inventor Rory Kennard, is leading his design-led company, Makinex, on a mission to roll out 20 world-first innovative products in 20 countries in the next 10 years, as they source new global distributors in Japan , USA, Europe and the Middle East. The innovative company, who already have offices in Sydney and Los Angeles has a big picture vision for its future and is focused on innovation, invention and disruption of the construction industry. Inspired by safety issues and doing things better, Rory Kennard, set out to create solutions for problems and challenges that tradies and contractors were having in their everyday roles in the sector. The team have invented over 13 products since its inception in 2004. Biggest sellers include the Powered Hand Truck, Makinex Dual Pressure Washer and Jack Hammer Trolley, but they also have designed and created generators, tile smasher heads, floor saws and floor strippers as part of their product portfolio. With the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy identifying the construction industry as a priority for work health and safety* and 35 construction employees seriously injured each day*, Makinex has made it their mission to make inefficiencies extinct. A recent launch of product, the Powered Hand Truck, has already seen the company win Safe Work Australia’s ‘Good Design’ Award earlier this year. The revolutionary machine, allows just one person to pick up small and bulky loads weighing up to 140kg (309lbs). As there is no need for a license, this makes the Powered Hand Truck ideal for lifting small bulky goods that would usually need more than one person or take up valuable forklift time. It has the potential to cut shoulder and back injuries from heavy lifting, creating a safer and efficient environment in the workplace. In Feb 2016 Makinex PHT won The Rental Award in the UK and immediately after this win had a PHT product video go viral prompting international interest in the product and business. On his businesses growth, Kennard says, “Makinex strives towards continuous improvement and making inefficiencies extinct in the workplace. We are constantly looking closely at the marketplace to find unique, innovative and practical product solutions that provide the construction and rental industries with a better way to do their jobs to save time, physical effort and money”. “It’s exciting times here as we begin to drive the business forward. Robotics are next on the list, with my team continuing to innovate and solve problems every day” “We believe that ‘good enough’ is never enough for our customers”, says Kennard. View the multi-award winning Powered Hand Truck here CEO, Rory Kennard and GGM, Paul Weaver with the existing Makinex range ENDS * http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/statistics/industry/pages/industry *http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/926/fatalities-in-construction.pdf For further information, hi-res photos & interviews please see below Dropbox link and contact: Sophie Chant | Rhetoric PR | 0434 104 502 | sophie@rhetoricpr.com.au Makinex Makinex is an award winning company which is set to disrupt the construction industry with their unique and innovatively designed products which provide a better way of getting the job done. The company has offices in Sydney and LA and their products are distributed and sold around the world and stocked in Home Depot in the US. Only JHT in Home depot With plans to expand the existing designed product range, growth in local and global markets and a commitment to ongoing research and development, Makinex is experiencing unprecedented growth, particularly in our own line of designed and manufactured products. List of products: Hose 2 Go Generator 16 kVA Powered Hand Truck -140 Makinex Jackhammer Trolley Tile Smasher Jackhammer Attachment Flippable Wide Chisel Jackhammer Attachment Makinex Dual Pressure Washer 4000psi Makinex Dual Pressure Washer 2500psi Makinex Floor Saw Makinex Floor Stripper Generator 10kVA Petrol Generator 9kVA Diesel Generator 6kVA Petrol http://www.makinex.com.au/ Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design goes to a Materials Handling device with a difference 2016-10-12T06:46:38Z safe-work-australia-s-award-for-good-design-goes-to-a-materials-handling-device-with-a-difference Creativity, innovation and design has come together, winning Makinex Construction Products’ Powered Hand Truck Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design last weekend. The revolutionary machine, the Powered Hand Truck, replaces the need for a forklift and has the potential to cut shoulder and back injuries in the workplace. The Makinex Powered Hand Truck is a universal materials handling solution that enables one person to safely lift and load small equipment or bulky goods weighing up to 140kg (309lbs). It provides a quick and easy alternative to using a forklift or tailgate loader for small loads. The inaugural Safe Work Australia Award for Good Design was selected from finalists across all categories in the 2016 Good Design Awards. Makinex were presented with their award as part of the 2016 Good Design Awards ceremony on 27 May 2016. Since using the Powered Hand Truck, Australian company Kennard’s Hire has seen a significant decrease in shoulder and back injuries. It has become an indispensible piece of equipment in Kennards Hire across Australia and New Zealand. “A focus on health and safety in design helps eliminate hazards and risks before they enter the workplace. Good work design can radically transform the workplace in ways that benefit the business, workers, clients and others in the supply chain.” said Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ms Michelle Baxter. “Makinex is about making inefficiencies extinct, where the name itself comes from this driving force. Makinex strives towards continuous improvement by looking close at it’s business to find unique, innovative and practical product solutions that provide the construction and rental industries with a better way to do their jobs to save time, physical effort and money”, says CEO Rory Kennard, who plays an instrumental part in the design and development of many of Makinex’s products. Makinex is an Australian owned private company that have been experts in the design, development and distribution of innovative products since 2004, providing solutions to the construction, landscaping, equipment hire, infrastructure and related industries. With plans to expand the existing designed product range, growth in local and global markets with offices in Los Angeles, and a global dealer network they have a commitment to ongoing research and development, Makinex is experiencing exponential growth, particularly in its own line of designed and manufactured products. “We believe that ‘good enough’ is never enough for our customers”, says Kennard. Watch the multi-award winning Powered Hand Truck here ENDS For further information, hi-res photos & interviews please see below Dropbox link and contact: Sophie Chant | Rhetoric PR | 0434 104 502 | sophie@rhetoricpr.com.au Makinex Makinex is an award winning company which is set to disrupt the construction industry with their unique and innovatively designed products which provide a better way of getting the job done. The company has offices in Sydney and LA and their products are distributed and sold around the world and stocked in Home Depot in the US. Only JHT in Home depot With plans to expand the existing designed product range, growth in local and global markets and a commitment to ongoing research and development, Makinex is experiencing unprecedented growth, particularly in our own line of designed and manufactured products. List of products: Hose 2 Go Generator 16 kVA Powered Hand Truck -140 Makinex Jackhammer Trolley Tile Smasher Jackhammer Attachment Flippable Wide Chisel Jackhammer Attachment Makinex Dual Pressure Washer 4000psi Makinex Dual Pressure Washer 2500psi Makinex Floor Saw Makinex Floor Stripper Generator 10kVA Petrol Generator 9kVA Diesel Generator 6kVA Petrol http://www.makinex.com.au/ HPE Aruba Unveils Flexible Network Procurement Models Enabling ANZ Enterprises to Innovate at the Rapid Pace of Mobile and IoT 2016-09-13T01:27:16Z hpe-aruba-unveils-flexible-network-procurement-models-enabling-anz-enterprises-to-innovate-at-the-rapid-pace-of-mobile-and-iot Sydney, Australia – September 13, 2016 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today announced new network procurement and consumption models to give enterprise customers more flexibility and choice in how they obtain and support their network infrastructure. The rapid introduction of mobile technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) have accelerated the requirements for IT network infrastructures. With refresh cycles measured in months instead of years, networks need to enable a new set of end user and line-of-business facing digital services requiring IT organizations to efficiently adapt and deliver enterprise grade security at the highest levels of reliability. To remove unpredictability in IT operations and spending, Aruba is taking a software-based approach with its Mobile First Platform, enabling IT organizations to quickly respond to new requirements as they emerge, minimize capital expenditures, and maintain a competitive edge. Customers benefit from customized options for obtaining and managing their networks with Aruba’s portfolio of programmable IT networking products for Wi- Fi, BLE, wired and wide area network (WAN) connectivity, and consulting, support and technology services from its key alliances.New Network Infrastructure Procurement and Consumption Models The Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) market, comprised of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and cloud-managed WLAN, is expected to grow significantly. IDC estimates that the global enterprise SDN market will grow to $8.7 billion1 and the global cloud-managed WLAN market is forecasted to reach $2.5B by 20182. With major trends like increased automation, data analytics, IoT and a renewed emphasis on security affecting IT infrastructure plans, many organizations are trying to minimize workload on IT staff and shift spend from large capital to predictable operational expenses. “For some time our customers and channel partners in Australia and New Zealand have desired a different approach to procuring networking solutions,” said Steve Coad, Managing Director for Aruba in Australia and New Zealand. “That is, being able to buy technology as a service on an as-needed basis and then charging this to OPEX rather than taking a big up front hit on their CAPEX expenditures. Fuelling this demand is the constantly shifting cloud paradigm and an almost insatiable demand for mobility solutions which enterprises want to keep pace with as new technologies emerge.” “Network-as-a-Service addresses this market shift with a fundamentally new and unique way to acquire and consume communications services. In Australia and New Zealand we are seeking to expand our existing channel alliances, our breadth of subscription offerings and then make these available to our increasingly broad base of customers.” In collaboration with HPE Financial Services, HPE Technology Services and leading alliances, including Accenture and Deloitte, organizations can dynamically react to changing needs by leveraging an OpEx-based NaaS model. This model allows organizations to immediately adopt the most modern network infrastructure, designed for new business applications with secure connectivity for IoT and improved user experiences via actionable, real- time insights.   Key benefits for enterprise customers include: -  Better utilization of technology and resources - With a NaaS model, enterprises can deploy and capitalize on the latest technology without burdening internal IT resources with additional training or tasks, allowing them to focus on business priorities. -  Ability to slash costs by moving to an operational expense model - Enterprises can reduce capital expenditures to simplify their budget process and better predict and manage network acquisition, administration and operational costs. -  Improved management of network scalability, flexibility and technology cycles - With the network functioning like a utility, organizations can scale their network as it grows and easily add new services like BYOD, IoT, security, location-based services and proactive management. Enabling Channel Partners with the Power of Cloud-based Managed Services Wireless LAN, wired switching and WAN routing infrastructures can now be managed for customers by resellers and service providers using Aruba Central, a subscription-based network services solution hosted in the public cloud, expanding the reach of cloud networking to many different customer scenarios. Aruba Central enables Aruba resellers to take advantage of Central’s support for multi-tenancy and its built-in managed services portal, and start offering managed services to their customer base. With a turnkey solution and no additional platform engineering cost or complexity, Aruba Central delivers a recurring revenue stream with higher margin opportunities for Aruba resellers. Aruba channel partners and Aruba customers with varying levels of IT infrastructure administration across many distributed sites can take advantage of the platform – with different IT groups having unique privileges or access to the platform, defined per location. David Elliott, Aruba’s ANZ Channel Sales Director said: “Aruba’s Network-as-a-Service is market changing for our channel partners in the region and will deliver them a real competitive edge against some of the legacy networking vendors. Many of our partners are highly experienced in delivering the ‘as-a-service’ model for other technologies, and now with Aruba Network-as-a-Service managed through Aruba Central, they can keep their customers up-to-date on the latest innovations in both networking as well as the wider technology ecosystem, creating real value for them by enabling better utilization of technology and resources.” Additional Resources• Deloitte Blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Technology-Blog/Consider-Modernizing-Your- Network-Consumption-Model/ba-p/275495 About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organizations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives. 1 IDC – SDN Market to Gain Enterprise Headway, Driven by 3rd Platform and Cloud #US40628315 2 IDC – Worldwide Cloud Managed Enterprise WLAN Infrastructure and Cloud-Managed Services Forecast, 2016-2020 #US41650215 To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com. ©2016 Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, Aruba’s trademarks include Aruba Networks®, Aruba The Mobile Edge Company® (stylized), Aruba Mobility-Defined NetworksTM, Aruba Mobility Management System®, People Move Networks Must Follow®, Mobile Edge Architecture®, RFProtect®, Green Island®, ETips®, ClientMatch®, Virtual Intranet AccessTM, ClearPass Access Management SystemsTM, Aruba InstantTM, ArubaOSTM, xSecTM, ServiceEdgeTM, Aruba ClearPass Access Management SystemTM, AirmeshTM, AirWaveTM, Aruba CentralTM, and ARUBA@WORKTM. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information, please contact: Luisa OR Sarah at DEC PR +61 2 8014 5033 and aruba@decpr.com.au  HPE Aruba Introduces Developer-Ready Mobile First Platform to Unlock the Potential of Modern IT Infrastructures 2016-09-13T01:22:03Z hpe-aruba-introduces-developer-ready-mobile-first-platform-to-unlock-the-potential-of-modern-it-infrastructures   Aruba Mobile First Platform Provides Real-Time Insights to Improve User Experiences and IoT Security Australian developers first to market with new mobility innovations New Partner Ready for Networking Program Expands Revenue Opportunities for the ANZ Sales Channel Sydney, Australia – Sept 13, 2016 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today announced the Aruba Mobile First Platform, a software layer that uses application programming interfaces (APIs) to provide third-party developers and business leaders with network insights to improve applications and services. The platform accelerates integration and innovation of mobile and IoT at the speed of the developer ecosystem, rather than the pace of a single vendor. To support today’s mobile first and rapidly developing IoT environment, networks must deliver more than connectivity. The days of one-dimensional networks designed for static functions are over. Modern networks must be able to easily adapt to new application requirements on-demand. With actionable insights about the use of specific mobile apps and the operational technologies powered by IoT, networks can help organizations justify future digital technology investments. The Aruba Mobile First Platform unlocks the ability for an ecosystem of developers and technology vendors to freely innovate, utilizing the rich contextual information the Aruba infrastructure collects from mobile and IoT devices, and customize networking functions dynamically in real-time. As a result, customers can improve existing applications and create new ones to enhance the customer experience, improve business operations, and drive new revenue opportunities.Australian developers first to market “Whether it’s robotics in the classroom or nanochip-based tablets used for collaboration across campus networks, our customers in Australia and New Zealand are seeking to innovate at the same pace as new devices, hardware, software and internet of things technologies emerge,” said Steve Coad, Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand – Aruba. “Now, with the Aruba Mobile First platform, we can offer that ability, and moreover, offer the ecosystem of developers around us a software layer and programming interface which allows them to rapidly connect and integrate their solutions, ensuring speed to market is faster for us all.” Three Australian developers, including Kasada, Sine Co and Skyfii, are the first ecosystem technology partners globally to innovate on the new Mobile First Platform, bringing new solutions to market immediately. They are joined by Intel Security. (Please refer to notes to editors below.) Aruba’s existing customers in Australia and New Zealand include Scentre Group (Westfield), General Pants, Epworth Healthcare, University of New England, Trust Power, University of Technology: Sydney, The Catholic Education Office, JB Hi Fi, The Australian Open, Maritime New Zealand, Medibank, TAFE NSW, Feros Care, and KFC.Advanced Network Controls and Policy Enforcement for Pervasive Mobility The foundation of the Aruba Mobile First Platform is built on ArubaOS 8, a new operating system that allows developers to leverage contextual information from the infrastructure via its northbound API. Deployed as a virtual machine (VM) on a server appliance, ArubaOS 8 significantly simplifies changes within the infrastructure and enables customers to instantly scale their networks. ArubaOS 8 also enables greater programmability in the Aruba infrastructure with the ability to upload custom app signatures in real-time. Developers and ecosystem partners can easily enable policy management and quality control for new, business critical applications without network upgrades or downtime.   Ecosystem partner, Skyfii, harnesses the power of the Aruba Mobile First Platform to help businesses analyze and visualize customer behavior data. Leveraging contextual data about users, devices, applications and location from the Aruba Analytics and Location Engine (ALE), Skyfii gives retailers a better understanding of behavior and lets them engage shoppers with targeted advertising and marketing calls to actions.Increased Network and Application Access Control for Mobile and IoT The latest enhancements to Aruba ClearPass software as part of the Mobile First Platform deliver deeper insights into all connected devices and improve capabilities for third party integration. The new ClearPass Extensions make it easier for IT security professionals and developers to integrate cloud-hosted technology services with Aruba ClearPass. Without major code changes to the base ClearPass software, ecosystem partners simply place their software into a repository that can be leveraged via an API. This allows customers to easily and quickly create automated workflows. In the case of McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO), Intel Security’s unified management platform, users can check the status of a device. McAfee ePO also provides unified management of endpoint, network and data security. With end-to-end visibility and powerful automation tools, McAfee ePO dramatically strengthens protection and drives down the cost and complexity of managing risk and security. “ClearPass Extensions and the Aruba Mobile First Platform provide a simplified, open model for us to rapidly integrate and extend our offering,” said D.J. Long, Head of Intel Security Innovation Alliance. “The McAfee ePO integration with ClearPass provides customers unified visibility of security posture regardless of network, device type or user location, and automates access policy to safeguard enterprise networks.” To automate access to Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) attributes from the cloud, the Microsoft Intune integration via ClearPass Extensions enables greater control for organizations that want to provide employees with secure access to corporate applications, data, and resources on almost any device. The Intune integration with Aruba will be available in Q4 CY2016. “Delivered from the cloud and designed to address the needs of today’s mobile-first cloud-first world, Microsoft Intune delivers a comprehensive set of mobile device management and mobile application management capabilities that help you manage your diverse mobile environment in a secure and unified way” said Andrew Conway, General Manager of Product Marketing for Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security. “Our integration with Aruba ClearPass will allow you to make sure only managed and compliant devices are able to connect to your corporate network.” Opening the doors to a wide variety of use cases, technology partners like Kasada can be integrated easily for multi-factor authentication (MFA) workflows. Envoy and Sine are examples of partners that automate a guest Wi-Fi access request through ClearPass, via their visitor registration services. Customers can leverage existing solutions, improve user experience and quickly utilize automation to offload IT resources. The new ClearPass OnConnect is ideal for customers who are not ready to deploy 802.1X and RADIUS across their multivendor wired networks for IoT connectivity. Policy management for such environments can still be enabled, where all devices are profiled and placed into proper network segments, without extensive IT operational investment.Improved User Experience and Business Insights for Indoor Location Services The Aruba Mobile First Platform introduces advanced Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) analytics capabilities to the Meridian Mobile App Platform that go beyond simple monitoring of dwell times at a specific location. The new Meridian Goals leverages insights gathered via BLE to inform marketing and business development teams about the success or failure of their latest engagement campaigns, eliminating the need to sort through varied, detailed reports to determine the results of an engagement program.   With the latest release of Meridian, businesses can now enable location sharing among visitors at venues or employees at work. Individuals running the same mobile app on their phones can share their physical location with colleagues and friends while retaining complete control of their privacy. These new features heighten the user experience and fuel business intelligence regarding collaboration in the workplace and customer behavior within public venues.Delivering Cloud Networking to Distributed Enterprises Addressing the demands for highly customizable cloud networking solutions, Aruba has made significant advancements to its subscription-based, cloud-hosted network services solution, Aruba Central. With its multi- tenant architecture and the new managed services portal, Aruba Central allows resellers to rapidly create custom- branded managed services, deliver value-added services to existing customers and tap into new opportunities. Existing customers and partners can now easily add Aruba Central to their portfolio by integrating it with their existing systems through APIs. Additionally, Aruba Central now includes enterprise-grade capabilities such as Aruba Clarity for predictive visibility into Wi-Fi health and Wi-Fi analytics for visibility into mobile user presence across different physical spaces. The new Aruba Central mobile app allows IT staff to deploy Wi-Fi, wired and WAN routing infrastructure components with zero touch.Maximize Revenue with the Partner Ready for Networking Program Taking advantage of the Aruba Mobile First Platform and positioning partners to be highly competitive in the rapidly changing mobility networking market, Aruba is introducing the Partner Ready for Networking program. This new channel program takes the best elements of the Aruba PartnerEdge and HPE Partner Ready programs to create a new program that enables partners to capitalize on the burgeoning enterprise mobility market opportunity. According to David Elliott, Aruba’s ANZ Channel Sales Director: “The enhanced program delivers predictable profitability via deal protection and a simple structure that makes it easy to calculate deal profitability. Our channel partners will be rewarded with expanded revenue opportunities for specializing in our full networking solution portfolio spanning wireless and switching as well as for developing further expertise in recognized mobility competencies.” The ability to sell extensive services, including managed services such as Aruba Central, will further enhance partner margins and enable them to attain trusted advisor status with their customers. Elliott said, the ability for partners to move quickly and be responsive to their customers drove one of the core principles of the new program – to simplify and make it easier to do business.” “The Partner Ready for Networking Program offers a dedicated partner portal, streamlined one-page deal registration with simplified approval process, easy to understand program requirements with a single point of contact, and planned MDF and lead generation tools and services.” With the new Partner Ready for Networking program, partners will significantly improve their competitive position while maximizing their revenue opportunities with a more predictable revenue stream. Technology Ecosystem Partners Quotes Businesses globally are using Envoy’s visitor registration system to provide a seamless, digital visitor sign-in experience in the workplace. “To make Envoy even better, our customers have been asking for an easy way to provide Wi-Fi access to visitors at the time of registration,” said Larry Gadea, CEO of Envoy. “By integrating our solution with Aruba’s ClearPass Extensions framework, we have created a unique, one-step process that makes visitor registration and Wi-Fi access hassle-free." Software security company, Kasada leads a new paradigm in enterprise digital security by augmenting multifactor authentication (MFA) using and eliminating the need for tokens and passwords. “Combining the Kasada photograph-centric, cloud-based MFA platform with simplified integration via Aruba’s ClearPass Extensions enables enterprise MFA to provide additional automated digital security solutions based on custom factors such as time or suspicious behaviors,” said Sam Crowther, CTO and co-founder of Kasada. “Together we are essentially replacing weak passwords with an easier, more secure solution.” Intelligent visitor and contractor registration software company, Sine, has thousands of customers worldwide. "Using Aruba’s ClearPass Extensions to integrate, we are now able to streamline check-in and Wi-Fi registration functions into a single, seamless process which saves enterprises time and results in faster productivity for end users,” said Antony Ceravolo, CEO and Founder of Sine. “We’ve also added a mobile app option which simplifies and expedites the process even more for frequent visitors.” Skyfii is a data services company that provides cloud-based analytics and location data-driven marketing solutions to help businesses and organizations capture, analyze, and visualize customer behaviors. “Integrating Skyfii’s IO platform with ClearPass Extensions enables businesses to combine network access authentication and customer analytics into a single, uniform and adaptable process,” said Charlie Clemmer, Senior Director for Skyfii. “By combining the custom branding developed within the ClearPass portal and capitalizing on the valuable information ClearPass already collects, customers can turn big data into smart data without the impractical chore of building custom Skyfii integrations for ClearPass.”Availability The Aruba Mobile First Platform and the associated enhancements to ArubaOS, Aruba Central, Aruba ClearPass and Aruba Meridian are available in the fourth quarter calendar year 2016.Additional Resources Kasada blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Technology-Blog/ClearPass-Extensions-Kasada-tackle- weak-passwords/ba-p/275264 SkyFii blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Technology-Blog/ClearPass-Extensions-help-Skyfii- customers-take-flight/ba-p/275265 Sine blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Technology-Blog/ClearPass-Extensions-are-a-Sine-of-the- Times/ba-p/275349 Parnter Ready for Networking Blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Aruba-Unplugged/Introducing- Partner-Ready-for-Networking/ba-p/275485 Executive Blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Aruba-Unplugged/The-Mobile-First-Enterprise- Makes-GenMobile-Feel-Right-at-Home/ba-p/275237 Aruba Mobile First Platform Product Page: http://www.arubanetworks.com/products/mobile-first-platform/ Aruba Demo 360 Video: https://youtu.be/JwkcbUbwTi4 About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organizations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com. ©2016 Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, Aruba’s trademarks include Aruba Networks®, Aruba The Mobile Edge Company® (stylized), Aruba Mobility-Defined NetworksTM, Aruba Mobility Management System®, People Move Networks Must Follow®, Mobile Edge Architecture®, RFProtect®, Green Island®, ETips®, ClientMatch®, Virtual Intranet AccessTM, ClearPass Access Management SystemsTM, Aruba InstantTM, ArubaOSTM, xSecTM, ServiceEdgeTM, Aruba ClearPass Access Management SystemTM, AirmeshTM, AirWaveTM, Aruba CentralTM, and ARUBA@WORKTM. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information, please contact: Luisa OR Sarah at DEC PR +61 2 8014 5033 and aruba@decpr.com.au  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 Aruba ramps up channel presence in ANZ 2016-09-01T00:40:18Z aruba-ramps-up-channel-presence-in-anz New channel resources reaffirm Aruba’s commitment as channel-first organisation Aruba more than doubles channel local headcount Hires new sales and engineering resources to ensure growth is backed by Aruba’s renowned product and service offering SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. 1 September, 2016 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), has today announced strong business momentum and channel growth with a series of new hires across the business in Australia and New Zealand. In a bid to aggressively grow its foothold in the ANZ market, Aruba increased its headcount by 83 per cent. A key appointment for the business is Andrew Fox, Country Manager, Aruba New Zealand, who oversees all technical sales, pre-sales and customer delivery in New Zealand. Via this rapidly expanding team, Aruba is building the sales and channel engine to gear up for expected business growth in the second half of 2016.   “We’re excited to welcome so many new faces to our team. I’m proud of the team we have developed, which will help build the sales and channel engine for Aruba and ensure we remain a strong, channel-centric organisation. With an additional pool of resources, we are gearing up for the next phase of growth and the next six months will be an exciting time for the business,” said David Elliott, Channel Director, Aruba South Pacific.   Following its inaugural Atmosphere ANZ event in November last year, dedicated to training and celebrating channel partners and distributors, Steve Coad, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand for Aruba, said the resourcing was a direct reflection of what Aruba’s customers and partners were demanding.    “We’re resourcing up to meet the needs of our customers and partners, and building a team to support the increasing demand for a strong and dependable end-to-end network solution. Both locally and around the world Aruba is leading the charge on innovative networking technologies, and the addition of HPE’s switching last year has strengthened our ability to roll-out a wired and wireless solution that supports the digital and Internet of Things (IoT) workplace.   “As businesses adapt to embrace new ways of working such as a mobile-first approach and IoT enablement, Aruba consistently delivers trusted, secure and high-performance networks to meet these evolving needs. We’ve received very positive feedback from our partners and distributors and we look forward to continuing to develop our services to support the channel community, ” said Coad.   - Ends -       About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organisations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com.©2016 Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, Aruba’s trademarks include Aruba Networks®, Aruba The Mobile Edge Company® (stylized), Aruba Mobility-Defined Networks™, Aruba Mobility Management System®, People Move Networks Must Follow®, Mobile Edge Architecture®, RFProtect®, Green Island®, ETips®, ClientMatch®, Virtual Intranet AccessTM, ClearPass Access Management SystemsTM, Aruba InstantTM, ArubaOSTM, xSecTM, ServiceEdgeTM, Aruba ClearPass Access Management SystemTM, AirmeshTM, AirWaveTM, Aruba CentralTM, and ARUBA@WORKTM. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  For more information, please contact:  Luisa OR Sarah at DEC PR +61 2 8014 5033 and Aruba@decpr.com.au