The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-05-31T05:16:16Z SKIP GIVES SYDNEY HALF PRICE COFFEE 2017-05-31T05:16:16Z skip-gives-sydney-half-price-coffee From now until Sunday 11th June, Skip is offering Sydneysiders 50% off all coffee orders – with zero waiting time – at participating cafés.      According to the latest data from online coffee and food ordering app Skip, Sydneysiders are paying on average $3.91 for a medium coffee, which is over $1,000 a year per coffee drinking Australian for a 5-day working week.   Skip General Manager, Bill Bizos, says: “We are looking to revolutionise the way Sydneysiders order their morning coffee by offering you half price coffees for the next two weeks, plus no more waiting in queues! All you need to do is download the Skip app via the App store of Google store, pre-order and pay, enter promo code SYDNEY at the check-out, then once it’s ready you can skip the queue to pick it up – it’s that easy!”   Skip is a smartphone app that helps customers ‘skip the queue’ by ordering and pre-paying for coffee and food. People can order in advance and pick up at a pre-arranged time at a Skip café in Sydney. Skip was developed in response to the trend for on-demand services for time-poor consumers and the growing cashless society Sydney is becoming.  Bill Bizos is available for interview and can discuss the following: How Australia is becoming a cashless society, and apps like Skip support this this shift in the way we transact in 2017 A step by step guide on how Australians can use Skip to increase productivity (from a consumer and small business perspective) How Sydneysiders can get in on the action How else Skip is making Australians’ lives easier  ENDS                For more information on Skip, interviews with Bill Bizos or images, please contact:  Olivia Meena (02) 8353 5746 or 0403 646 259 olivia.meena@hausmann.com.au     About Skip Skip is an online ordering and payment app for smartphones that helps customers ‘skip the queue’ by ordering and prepaying for coffee and food at hundreds of venues nationally. Visit www.skip.com.au.   Geoscape Offers World-First Decision Making Capabilities to Australian Organisations 2017-04-04T22:57:33Z geoscape-offers-world-first-decision-making-capabilities-to-australian-organisations Locate17 – Sydney, Australia – 5th April, 2017: PSMA Australia, a provider of the nation’s location datasets, today officially launched its award-winning innovation in location intelligence, Geoscape. In a world-first, Geoscape enables Australian organisations to make better decisions using location-based insights that were previously too costly or time consuming for most businesses to access. This is the first time location information and data analytics have been combined and made available in this way, on a national level. PSMA also confirmed the much-anticipated Sydney dataset will be released on 5th April, 2017, with the national rollout due for completion by early 2018. To download a sample of Geoscape, visit: www.geoscape.com.au/get-geoscape/ “Geoscape is a breakthrough in location-based intelligence that provides essential infrastructure for Australia’s digital economy, and puts Australia on the world map as a leader in this technology,” said Dan Paull, PSMA’s Chief Executive Officer. “As a business intelligence tool, Geoscape gives organisations the opportunity to improve services and increase revenue through evidence-based decision making. It will be used by governments to improve Australia’s future planning, development and management, including everything from building smarter cities to keeping people safe during fires, floods and other natural disasters. There’s also a vast range of applications in the private sector, with particular interest coming from the telecommunications, insurance and utilities sectors.” DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, uses a range of geospatial technologies to deliver core components of the Geoscape dataset. By connecting the world's highest quality commercial satellite imagery and an ecosystem of analytics partners on the Geospatial Big Data platform (GBDX), DigitalGlobe is able to automatically and accurately extract many types of features about the built environment at continental scale. "The convergence of high-resolution satellite imagery, cloud computing, and machine learning technologies has created some incredibly exciting opportunities for organisations to analyse man-made and natural environments at country and continent scales more quickly and efficiently than ever before,” said Dr. Walter Scott, DigitalGlobe Founder, CTO, and EVP. “We are proud to partner with PSMA Australia to harness these innovations and create a digital index of Australia’s built environment that will benefit a wide range of industries, including business intelligence, insurance, and telecommunications.” How Geoscape works PSMA has collaborated with DigitalGlobe to create the Geoscape dataset, which uses a combination of satellite imagery, crowdsourcing and machine learning to capture attributes of the built environment and link each building to a geocoded address. Organisations can see and analyse this data to gain new insights and improve the way they plan and operate. The data includes building footprints and heights, roof construction, land cover, tree heights, the presence of solar panel installations and swimming pools, and more. The data can be visualised using mapping platforms and 3D modelling tools. New opportunities for enhanced service delivery As Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems evolve and smart cities become a reality, Geoscape can underpin them by linking a wide range of information generated about the lifecycle of the built environment. Data from a rich mesh of sensors can be tied to a location, an address, a legal land parcel and an area, ranging from a single building, to a few streets, to a planning zone or a region. Geoscape creates a wide range of opportunities for improved service delivery including in: Risk management (flood modelling, fire risk modelling, wind impact assessment) Geoscape provides information about the size and roof construction of buildings, their proximity to vegetation and other buildings and a model of terrain to support the assessment of risk. Market assessment For businesses providing property related services Geoscape provides information about buildings, solar panel installations, swimming pools, roofing material, surfaces and vegetation. Telecommunications Geoscape supports the rollout of wi-fi and 5G networks by providing a model of the terrain and information on the shape and heights of buildings and tree cover to support blackspot analysis. Natural disaster impact assessment Preliminary post-event assessment of the likely impact of natural disasters on building infrastructure and vegetation. Valuations Provides building sizes, number, roofing information, vegetation location, heights and basic land use for the valuation process. How Pitney Bowes uses Geoscape Pitney Bowes has been a partner of PSMA Australia for over 15 years. Geoscape is the main dataset used by Pitney Bowes to create its GeoVision product. The data captured in Geoscape is taken and combined with Pitney Bowes location intelligence platforms to create unique and leading edge solutions, which are capturing world-wide recognition. For more information, please see a case study www.geoscape.com.au/showcase/. Australia's ground-breaking Geoscape is rolling out, region by region, across Australia. For progress on the national rollout of Geoscape, view the release schedule at www.geoscape.com.au/rollout/. Download your free trial To download a sample of Geoscape to see how it could be used in your organisation, visit www.geoscape.com.au/get-geoscape/ Want to know more? If you’re interested in speaking with PSMA to learn more about Geoscape, you may visit them at Booth 110 and 112 at Locate17 or contact marketing@psma.com.au. For more information: www.geoscape.com.au/ About PSMA Australia PSMA Australia’s goal is to facilitate broad and sustainable access to high-quality location data by offering foundational national spatial information derived from the authoritative data sources of Australia’s federal, state and territory governments and private sector partners. PSMA was formed by the governments of Australia in 1993 to collate, transform and deliver their location data as national datasets. An unlisted company limited by shares, PSMA is owned by all the governments of Australia. As an independent and self-funded business, PSMA is able to collaborate beyond government to drive innovation and provide fundamental infrastructure for a digital world. For more information visit: www.psma.com.au/ About DigitalGlobe DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world's leading constellation, DigitalGlobe’s imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet its customers' most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defence and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management and navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight. For more information visit: www.digitalglobe.com/ Media Contact: Kate Donnelly Spectrum Group psma@spectrumgroup.is +61 2 9469 5700 UTRC can employ Stawell Gold Mine’s new unemployed workers 2016-12-13T12:56:40Z 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. AUSTRALIAN BEEF PRODUCER, JACK'S CREEK RETAINS THE WORLD'S BEST STEAK TITLE 2016-09-22T23:56:49Z 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 2016-09-12T02:46:08Z 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 2016 Infinite Value Award Nominations Now Open to the Construction Global Community 2016-05-31T23:32:40Z 2016-infinite-value-award-nominations-now-open-to-the-construction-global-community 01/06/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Australia Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) has announced that nominations are now being accepted until 30th July 2016 for the fifth annual Infinite Value Awards. With the support of its partners, the annual awards program discovers, rewards and promotes a variety of National and International professionals and projects. Award winners will receive public recognition at the annual Infinite Value Awards Gala Dinner. The awards highlight how a collaborative approach can drive a successful project, build industry confidence and develop industry professionals. This is demonstrated by this years’ theme Partnerships in Construction. AIQS chief executive officer Grant Warner said “Success in the built environment is achieved through collaboration between a number of construction partners, and this years’ Infinite Value Awards provides an ideal opportunity, not only for member firms, but other nominating companies and organisations to celebrate outstanding achievements across the broader construction industry.” “This years’ awards recognises the contribution the broader construction industry and funding partners have made to the built environment. Nominating firms are encouraged to bring their clients/nominees to the awards evening to celebrate all those successes. These awards recognise the people, the skills in design, engineering, sustainability, innovation, and community development, which have resulted in a built environment we can all be proud of.” Said Mr. Warner Additionally, project-based winners will be awarded two trophies: the principal award to the project client and the secondary award to the nominating firm. The Infinite Value Awards winners are announced and celebrated at the Infinite Value Awards Gala Dinner which will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour on Thursday 27 October 2016. Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, has recently undergone a $200 million re-development and provides an ideal location to showcase these awards with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the Darling Harbour precinct. Some of last year’s winners include Lucy Eng, nominated by Beca Limited, winner of the Women in Construction & Professional of the Year awards; and the Port Arthur Penitentiary, nominated by Exsto Management (TAS), winner of the Project of the Year & Engineering Excellence Awards. To be eligible for the Infinite Value Awards, projects need to have been completed within the last two years. For a list of award categories, entry criteria and to download a nomination form, visit the Infinite Value Awards website www.infinitevalueawards.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Relevant Links Infinite Value Awards categories Infinite Value Awards Frequently Asked Questions and nomination process Infinite Value Awards past winners For further information or images please contact Stephanie Ifill (AIQS Marketing & Communications Officer) on (02) 8234 4009 or sifill@aiqs.com.au The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the peak professional body for Quantity Surveying in Australia and Internationally, with over 4,000 Members. Through its leadership, Standards, and Code of Professional Conduct, AIQS ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence. The Institute promotes AIQS Quantity Surveyor members in providing impartial, independent, expert advice which benefit construction and infrastructure projects, by ensuring that design and construction costs are managed as efficiently and effectively as possible. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Level 3, 70 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (02) 8234 4000 www.aiqs.com.au United Technologies Acquires Commercial HVAC Business in Australia 2016-05-30T23:38:46Z united-technologies-acquires-commercial-hvac-business-in-australia SYDNEY, May 31, 2016 – United Technologies has acquired the commercial HVAC product sales and commercial service divisions of AHI-Carrier (Australia) Pty Ltd, a UTC joint venture in Australia. The newly acquired organization will conduct business as Carrier Australia Pty Ltd (Carrier Australia), a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).     Carrier Australia operates in nine locations nationally and delivers a wide range of commercial heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) solutions and services. As part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, Carrier Australia will have direct access to established global Carrier operations, factories and engineering centers, leading to closer collaboration and even stronger product offerings for customers.   “We’re excited about the opportunities this will bring. For Carrier Australia, the acquisition will facilitate closer collaboration as well as more direct access to UTC Climate, Controls & Security’s global resources in terms of products, engineering, sales and marketing initiatives,” said John Sherry, Managing Director, Carrier Australia.   “Our ability to offer more complete building solutions is a crucial differentiator for us, and this acquisition continues to build that capability, positioning us to even better serve our customers,” added Oon Wee Chin, President, Southeast Asia, UTC Climate, Controls & Security.   Carrier Australia will also be closely connected to UTC Climate, Controls & Security’s existing local operations through Chubb Australasia, and will benefit from Chubb’s established infrastructure and presence. “The synergy with Carrier Australia strengthens the full range of integrated, innovative and sustainable building solutions for customers,” said Mark Brisson, President, Chubb Australasia.   In addition, Carrier Australia employees will have access to world-class UTC programs, such as the UTC Employee Scholar Program. “Our staff will benefit from one of the world’s most comprehensive, company-sponsored employee education programs, which offers company-paid tuition, books and fees for employees to pursue a degree of their choice, whether or not it is related to their job,” said Sherry.   The remaining residential, light commercial and Totaline parts business segments have transferred to a new entity, AHIC (Australia) Pty Ltd, which will continue to be owned by AHI-Carrier FZC.                    Carrier Australia will continue to serve customers with product and service offerings that ensure a comprehensive suite of next generation products and segment-leading solutions.   To learn more about Carrier Australia, visit http://www.carrier.com/carrier/en/au/.   -Ends-  About UTC Climate, Controls & Security UTC Climate, Controls & Security is a leading provider of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, building controls and automation, and fire and security systems leading to safer, smarter, sustainable and high-performance buildings. UTC Climate, Controls & Security is a unit of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.CCS.UTC.com and follow @UTC_CCS on Twitter. The most ambitious school building project in Victorian history 2016-05-06T03:47:40Z the-most-ambitious-school-building-project-in-victorian-history 06/05/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) congratulates the Victorian Government for its investment in the future growth and development of education infrastructure in Victoria which will underpin future innovation across the State. To safe guard the $1.1b investment and ensure both the Victorian Government and the people of Victoria are getting value for money in this initiative, the AIQS recommends the government engage AIQS professionally qualified quantity surveyors from the outset of these projects to ensure costs are controlled and managed. AIQS quantity surveyors, by working side by side with the Victorian Government, will control costs, minimise risks, and provide certainty to ensure potential cost overruns experienced on some school projects undertaken during the BER are not repeated. Part of this cost control process is ensuring the procurement of contractors to deliver these projects is done in a manner to provide ‘value for money’ and not simply flood the market with projects. With rates for education projects ranging from $1,500/m2 to $4,500/m2 dependent on the scale of the work required, it is important that the 23 new schools and upgrades to 147 schools have this professional quantity surveyor advice from the initiation of each project. This will ensure that each project has a skilled professional as part of the team to assist in identifying and minimising risks associated with time, cost, quality, environment and safety. For more information, contact Peter Clack (AIQS President) on 02 8234 4000 or president@aiqs.com.au. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the peak professional body for Quantity Surveying in Australia and Internationally, with over 4,000 Members. Through its leadership, Standards, and Code of Professional Conduct, AIQS ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence. The Institute promotes AIQS Quantity Surveyor members in providing impartial, independent, expert advice which benefit construction and infrastructure projects, by ensuring that design and construction costs are managed as efficiently and effectively as possible. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Level 3, 70 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (02) 8234 4000 www.aiqs.com.au Introducing Pronto Cloud 2016-05-02T06:34:30Z introducing-pronto-cloud-1   Introducing Pronto Cloud  2 May 2016 – Melbourne: Australian technology company, Pronto Software, has today unveiled a new-look Cloud division, Pronto Cloud Managed Solutions.   Driven by increased demand for its services, Pronto Cloud has been rebranded from its former name, Pronto Hosted Services. With 70 per cent of new Pronto customers choosing to implement a cloud solution or benefit from managed services, the unveiling of Pronto Cloud signifies strong investment into cloud as a major growth area for the business.   “We introduced Pronto Hosted Services in 2002 to deliver a wider ERP deployment choice for our customers and have seen tremendous growth over the past few years.   We are pleased to announce that Pronto Hosted Services will now operate as Pronto Cloud. This is an exciting phase for our business as we continue to invest heavily and expand our cloud offering, supporting a large percentage of the Pronto community not only for hosting and managing Pronto Xi but a vast array of customer business critical platforms.  Customers have placed their trust in us for years with business critical applications, now they are trusting us for their infrastructure and the combined management of both. Customers know what they’re getting with Pronto Cloud, including where their data resides,” said Chad Gates, Chief Operating Officer, Pronto Software.   With the ability to master digital disruption as a top concern for Australian CEOs and IDC’s prediction that 50% of IT budgets will be tied to digital transformation initiatives by 2020, Pronto Cloud is well positioned to offer a local, tailored and comprehensive technical solutions to the enterprise market   “We are certainly seeing more Australian businesses pursuing a cloud first strategy as it provides an agile and adaptable IT environment that’s ready to take advantage of new opportunities to fuel growth and deliver better customer experiences. With local expertise and level 3 datacentres, Pronto Cloud offers unparalleled service and support to maximise the effectiveness of our customers’ technology investment,” commented Gates.   “One of the keys to the success of Pronto Cloud is that not only do we provide and manage the infrastructure platform for our customers, we also wrap a managed service around all the technical aspects of the Pronto Xi ERP including future upgrades. We provide a scalable solution so you can choose exactly what you need and rapidly change it to suit circumstances or emerging opportunities. By managing your business applications and IT infrastructure for you, Pronto Cloud allows you to focus 100% on what’s most important – running and growing your business,” said Chris Dickinson, Manager, Pronto Cloud.   For more information on Pronto Cloud, please visit www.prontocloud.com.au     ENDS About Pronto Software: Pronto Software has been developing award-winning business management software for 40 years. With an easy- to-use interface and in-built flexibility and intelligence, its flagship Pronto Xi platform drives efficiency and performance improvements to businesses. Pronto Software prides itself on actively listening to customers and adapting its services to meet their needs to reveal the best solution.   Find your moment: pronto.net   For more information, please contact: Sarah Bullen or Ashleigh Favaloro at DEC PR+61 2 8014 5033 / pronto@decpr.com.au Don’t bank on a pay rise in 2016 new report warns 2016-03-16T23:13:38Z don-t-bank-on-a-pay-rise-in-2016-new-report-warns Sydney, 17 March 2016: Despite consumer and business confidence trending up, most employers (79 per cent) do not plan to offer wage increases in 2016 and of the 21 per cent who will, the majority (57 per cent) will offer modest increases between 2 and 5 per cent, the 2016 Adecco Employment and Talent Report has found. Performance, local economic conditions and competition for talent (86 per cent) are the major influencers for employers considering wage rises while aligning wage rises with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has lost favour with just (14 per cent) using it as a reason for increases. Nor is it surprising that employee disengagement is costing the national economy $54.8 billion annually with the report showing 76 per cent of Australian workers are in two minds about their jobs or worse still, are completely disengaged. “It is well documented that disengaged workers are less profitable, less loyal, less safe, less innovative and less likely to stay,” Lindsey Monroe Ruth, Head of Marketing at the Adecco Group Australia & New Zealand said. “This report clearly shows that employers need to address common pitfalls like lack of direction, relying too heavily on pay as a motivator, not recognising achievements or ignoring career progression and consider ways to enhance employee engagement. These could include articulating the organisation’s values, fostering behaviours that align with these values, showing gratitude, emphasising the positives and understanding what inspires their employees,” she added. The report also found that better opportunity (46 per cent) is the major reason employees leave an organisation, followed by salary (20 per cent) and lack of career (progression) 14 per cent. Flexible hours (43 per cent), and education and training (34 per cent) continue to be the key benefits while bonuses remain popular (20 per cent). And if you are young and unemployed you probably need to lower your salary expectations as 21 per cent of employers attribute youth unemployment to high salary expectations and 15 per cent to lack of experience. Moreover, with new generation, come new expectations. Work life balance (65 per cent), salary (54 per cent) and the opportunity to grow (51 per cent) seem to be the key motivators for candidates seeking a new role. “Tomorrow’s workplace will be very different to the workplace today. It will evolve into a mixed environment where workers can relax and play. We are already seeing the seeds of this change. Organisations such as KPMG and IBM have adopted activity-based workplaces that are designed to heightened transparency and creativity. Employers are turning their minds as to how best manage a multigenerational workforce and employees will continue to strive for better work/live balance,” Lindsey Monroe Ruth concluded. Ends/ More information on Adecco Group: www.adecco.com For further information, please contact: Lindsey Monroe Ruth, Head of Marketing Adecco Group Australia & New Zealand LindseyMonroe.Ruth@adecco.com.au or +61 425 203 033 OR Louise Nealon, Callidus PR louise@calliduspr.com or + 61 2 9283 4114 About the Adecco Group The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With more than 32,000 FTE employees and around 5,100 branches in over 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting around 700,000 associates with our clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and talent development, as well as outsourcing and consulting. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company. Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN). Adecco Offers Ambitious Young Professionals the CEO Role 2016-03-16T01:57:53Z adecco-offers-ambitious-young-professionals-the-ceo-role A springboard to brighter career prospects, with one candidate proceeding to become Australia Adecco ‘CEO for One Month’ alongside Ger Doyle and in the running for the global top job Sydney, 16 March 2016: Adecco Group, the world’s leading provider of HR solutions, is giving 50 entrepreneurial and ambitious young professionals the chance to become ‘CEO for One Month’ alongside the Adecco top management in their home countries. In Australia one lucky person will hold the role of Australia Adecco ‘CEO for One Month’ alongside Ger Doyle for the month of June, significantly boosting their CVs and career opportunities. For one only, there is the once-in-a-lifetime chance to become Group ‘CEO for One Month’ working with Alain Dehaze. Online applications are open until April 15 at www.adeccowaytowork.com. Youth unemployment is still a big concern for Adecco around the world and at home with data showing around 73 million youngsters are unemployed in the world today, and a rate of 12.10 per cent in Australia, more than twice that of the average unemployment rate. Yet at the same time, a striking shortage of talent across the globe hinders economic development and prosperity. Some 40 per cent of employers say lack of experience is the main barrier for entry level vacancies. To play its part against this trend, the Adecco Group has devised its ‘CEO for One Month’ and Adecco Way to Work™ programs. The goal is to support talented young professionals in their career prospects by providing valuable work-based training to boost their employability. That includes one month internships alongside Adecco Country Managers in 50 countries, letting youngsters learn on the job, gain insights and inspiration for their eventual professional choices, as well as adding a unique experience to make their CVs really stand out. One of the 50 will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to become Adecco Group ‘CEO for One Month’ alongside Group CEO Alain Dehaze, further enhancing their training with international exposure and a global outlook. The position includes a rewarding salary to sustain the successful youngster’s further education and development. In 2015, there were more than 18,000 applicants from around the world and over 583 Australian applicants. ‘CEO for One Month’ has proved its ability to boost young people’s employability and opportunities. James Kaluschke the Australian ‘CEO for One Month’ in 2015 is now working as a client service associate at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Brisbane. "The CEO For one Month program provided me with an invaluable insight to upper management”, said James Kaluschke. “During the experience I made important business contacts which have ultimately lead me to my current position at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management." Alain Dehaze, Adecco Group CEO, commented: “Our future depends on the skills, confidence and experience of today’s youngsters. It’s a shared responsibility to help them build their careers through training, guidance and opportunities. This is what ‘CEO for One Month’ is about. Youngsters will challenge themselves, gain hands on experience alongside Adecco’s top management, and get a taste of how to run a global company. I look forward to welcoming the 50 ‘CEOs for One Month’, receiving these Millennials’ insights and helping them to build their way to work”. Beyond the ‘CEO for One Month’, Adecco Way to Work aims to fight youth unemployment by providing ‘readiness to work’ initiatives and work-based training opportunities all over the world. Over 3,000 internships and apprenticeships were provided in 2015. In 2016, Adecco Street Day will be celebrated on March 17 to share Adecco’s expertise and guidance to job seekers in almost 60 countries with local staff hitting the streets in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and visiting Universities and TAFEs to help graduates and young people get their feet on the career ladder. Learn more on how to apply for ‘CEO for One Month’ and lots of job application tip and tricks from preparing your CV without work experience to acing job interviews at the Adecco Way to Work portal at: http://www.adeccowaytowork.com. Watch: The experience of Alexa Tirziu, CEO for One Month Romania The CEO for One Month experience in the words of the ‘CEOs’ Adecco Way to Work™ resources Facebook: www.facebook.com/AdeccoWaytoWork Twitter: www.twitter.com/AdeccoWayToWork For further information, please contact: Lindsey Monroe Ruth, Head of Marketing Adecco Group Australia & New Zealand LindseyMonroe.Ruth@adecco.com.au or +61 425 203 033 OR Louise Nealon, Callidus PR louise@calliduspr.com or + 61 2 9283 4114 About the Adecco Group The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With more than 32,000 FTE employees and around 5,100 branches in over 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting around 700,000 associates with our clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and talent development, as well as outsourcing and consulting. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company. Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN). MEDIA RELEASE: Aussie small business owners keen to buy stock, create jobs: survey 2016-03-01T00:09:56Z media-release-aussie-small-business-owners-keen-to-buy-stock-create-jobs-survey Aussie small business owners keen to buy stock, create jobs: surveySurvey reveals how small business would spend $50,000 windfall    SYDNEY, March 01, 2016 - Buying stock or equipment is the number one thing small business owners would do with a $50,000 cash injection, new research from MYOB and OnDeck has revealed. OnDeck is a leading small business lender that has partnered with leading accounting software provider MYOB to shake up the business lending market. It says it’s already generating strong interest from owners who may not tick all the boxes for a conventional bank loan. “Many owners don’t believe they would qualify for a business loan, especially if they don’t own a house to put up as collateral. But at OnDeck, we actually want to lend to small business, so we came up with a different way to decide if a business can repay their loan,” Cameron Poolman, chief executive officer of OnDeck Australia said. OnDeck offers term loans of up to $150,000 over 6 to 24 months, in as little as one day. It uses cutting-edge technology to assess creditworthiness, based on actual operating performance of the business and not solely on the owner’s personal credit. “OnDeck is evolving the business lending market, because the way we assess a business for credit is quite different to the traditional bank model. We can say yes more often when it comes to lending to small business,” Mr Poolman said.   The MYOB SME Snapshot polled 530 small-to-medium business owners and asked what they would do if given $50,000 to invest in their business. Thirty-four percent said they would purchase inventory or equipment, 30 percent would invest in marketing, advertising or PR, and 25 percent would hire more staff (see graphic below). “The MYOB SME Snapshot shows a hunger among small businesses to boost the Aussie economy and employ more people, and we are keen to help them do that through fast, accessible business loans. “It’s interesting to see that the top areas small business wants to invest in are economic multipliers, meaning that the loans we provide have a flow-on effect to sales and jobs in the broader market,” Mr Poolman said. OnDeck has already lent more than US$4 billion to small business owners in the United States, with independent analysis showing the first $3 billion of loans created $11 billion in economic value. The local version of the service has been tailored for Australian business conditions.             “We know that small businesses are looking for quick and convenient ways to access capital for their short term needs.  They value the availability, convenience and total cost of the loans that OnDeck can provide, and we are already seeing a strong response from customers,” Mr Poolman said.Image: Results of MYOB SME Snapshot                About OnDeck Australia OnDeck Australia is a technology-enabled small business lender 100% focused on giving small businesses on-demand access to working capital. Our vision is to power the growth of small business through credit and technology innovation. In Australia, OnDeck’s proprietary small business credit scoring system, the OnDeck Score®, incorporates hundreds of data points from dozens of sources. Using advanced technology and analytics, OnDeck Australia assesses creditworthiness on a business’ actual operating performance and not solely on the owner’s credit. OnDeck Australia is backed by NYSE-listed OnDeck Capital Inc., which has delivered more than USD $4 billion in loans across the US and Canada since 2007. OnDeck entered the Australian market in 2015 with two market leaders as distribution partners: MYOB, a leading accounting software provider, and Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Australia’s largest bank.  For more information, go to www.ondeck.com.auAbout MYOB MYOB Group Limited (ASX: MYO) is a leading provider of online business management solutions. It makes business life easier for approximately 1.2 million businesses across Australia and New Zealand by simplifying accounting, payroll, tax, practice management, CRM, job costing, inventory and more. MYOB provides ongoing support via many client service channels including a network of over 40,000 accountants, bookkeepers and other consultants. It is committed to ongoing innovation, particularly in cloud computing solutions, and in 2015 was awarded the BRW award for the most innovative large company for 500+ employees and placed 2nd in BRW’s Most Innovative Companies Award list across all categories nationally. For more information, visit http.investors.myob.com.au or follow @MYOB on Twitter.   Professionals in the construction sector and every-day Australians have a lot to lose from the proposed changes to negative gearing 2016-02-24T07:05:17Z professionals-in-the-construction-sector-and-every-day-australians-have-a-lot-to-lose-from-the-proposed-changes-to-negative-gearing 24/2/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Professionals in the construction sector and every-day Australians have a lot to lose from the proposed changes to negative gearing With the federal budget set for release in May and the federal election set for the latter part of 2016, reducing the deficit is high on the agenda. With a raise in GST now off the agenda, proposed changes to tax depreciation schedules is currently being discussed in order to return to surplus. With tax depreciation often forming a large part of those working in the built environment and associated industries such as Quantity Surveying, proposed changes in legislation could have a high impact on industry and every-day Australians including: Construction Cost Managers; Building and Engineering Economists; Financial, Resource and Contractual Managers; Dispute Resolution Professionals; Quantification of Material and Labour Professionals; and Every-day Australian looking to invest or rent property. "The building and construction sector is currently playing a big role in re-balancing the Australian economy due to the retraction currently being experienced in the mining sector. With demand in Asia slowing and the cost of oil, mining and gas at significant lows, the building and construction sector is currently helping to stabilise Australia’s economy." The proposed changes could have a big impact on the demand for tax depreciation schedules that poses a risk of lower investment in infrastructure and construction by industry and could therefore limit the jobs available for every-day Australians. Every-day Australian’s will also be impacted by this change if implemented. Without investors being able to fund losses through negatively gearing their property, the average person may see a rise in rent; due to this increased cost no longer available to be offset through tax depreciation schedules. The current Government is considering a cap on deductions, which will include deductions on rental properties. If the Coalition wins and deductions are capped (the plan is to cap work related deductions and rental property deductions to a percentage of the taxpayer’s income), then there will also be a reduction in the need for tax depreciation schedules. If elected, Labor is promising to remove negative gearing from all purchased buildings (excluding new buildings) from 1 July 2017. Under the Labor model, if the interest costs, rates, management fees on the rental property washes out most or all the rent, a tax depreciation schedule is no longer required as deductions cannot go above rent - therefore it cannot be negatively geared. AIQS will be actively lobbying and liaising with both parties, in order to highlight the impact these policy positions will have on the Quantity Surveying profession. For more information, contact Lee Edmondson (AIQS Marketing & Communications Manager) on (02) 8234 4004 or ledmondson@aiqs.com.au. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the peak professional body for Quantity Surveying in Australia and Internationally, with over 4,000 Members. Through its leadership, Standards and Code of Professional Conduct, AIQS ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence. The Institute is a national organisation with Chapters and Divisions in all States and Territories. It also has a strong overseas membership and is the Australian peak body to the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) and the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS). A diverse range of professionals in the Building and Construction industry are part of the AIQS Institute, including high-level ‘decision makers’ at Director and Executive level, Business Owners and Managers, through to young cadets, students and graduates. Associated industries to Quantity Surveyors include; Cost Planners, Cost Estimators, Project Managers, Developers, Building and Professional Services. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Level 3, 70 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (02) 8234 4000 www.aiqs.com.au WMC PR promotes two new ‘carbs by numbers’ recipe books 2016-02-01T05:53:29Z wmc-pr-promotes-two-new-carbs-by-numbers-recipe-books Boutique Melbourne PR agency, WMC Public Relations < www.wmcpr.com.au > has just completed the successful launch of two new recipe books written by Sandra Dunbar and Meg Pell who live on the Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne. Both women are successful business owners and have partnered together to publish a series of cook books where high carb foods are substituted with natural ingredient combinations. Their first book, carbs by numbers recipe options - 15g carbs or less per serve was published in mid 2015. A second book, carbs by numbers - low carb recipe options - Christmas was published in December and a third book is already in the pipeline and due for release in a few months. A feature of the beautifully presented and easy to use cook books is an extended nutritional panel for every recipe that covers energy ─ kilojoules and calories, protein, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, carbohydrate, sugars, dietary fibre, vitamin C, total vitamin A, sodium, potassium, calcium and iron. The book makes carb-conscious meal planning easy. For example, four seed crackers (1g) with guacamole (1g) followed by pork and sage rounds with cauliflower mash (4g) and finishing with tiramisu (7g), adds up to a meal of just 13g of carbohydrates. The books comes with a full colour photograph per recipe and includes options that many low-carb followers may not expect to find such as crunchy granola, Japanese pancakes, tiramisu, pizza and chocolate cake. The recipes are also gluten free. There’s a good cross section of hot and cold recipes, vegetarian and non vegetarian, and all are family-friendly. All the ingredients are readily available at supermarkets. The wonderful food styling and photography was by Georgia McDermott. The books are available from all good bookstores and from the online store at www.carbsbynumbers.com SAI Global recognised as a Leader in Independent Analyst Report on GRC Platforms 2016-01-29T05:10:54Z sai-global-recognised-as-a-leader-in-independent-analyst-report-on-grc-platforms MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT 29 JANUARY 2016 SAI Global recognized as a Leader in Independent Analyst Report on GRC Platforms Noted for having an extremely diverse and happy customer base SAI Global, a leading provider of solutions that help organizations manage risk, protect reputation and optimize performance in an increasingly complex ethical and regulatory environment, has been recognized by independent analyst firm, Forrester Research Inc., as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™ : Governance, Risk and Compliance Platforms, Q1 2016 report. The Forrester Wave™: Governance, Risk and Compliance Platforms, Q1 2016 is one of the industry’s most thorough and detailed analyses, based on briefings, demonstrations, customer surveys, interviews and analyst access to demo environments of each vendor’s product. Vendors are rated on 30 criteria that cover current offering, strategy and market presence. SAI Global was evaluated for its Compliance 360 Platform, a comprehensive software solution that streamlines governance, risk, compliance and internal audit processes for clients across the Heathcare, Life Science, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Automotive and Retail, Agri-Food industries. The report says that: “SAI Global has an extremely diverse, extremely happy customer base”. The report noted, SAI Global is among vendors that have a “solid value proposition and philosophy of GRC success that make them an overall strong pick.” Peter Mullins, SAI Global Chief Executive Officer said: “I believe that our recognition as a ‘Leader’ in this analysis validates our strategy and investment. The result we are most proud of is our customer references score, which is among the highest in the report, together with the commentary which cites our extremely happy customer base.” Mullins noted that strong, responsive and honest relationships between clients and providers are the cornerstone of successful GRC platform implementations and evolution. “I believe this result is a testament to the relationships we build as well as our technology, and we would like to thank our customers for enabling us to get continually better in what we do”, he said. Elisabeth Gehringer, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Realogy Holdings Corp. said: ”Our implementation of Compliance 360 has supported our keen focus on ethics and risk management. It’s been integral to managing supply chain risk at our subsidiary Cartus, and ensuring that our clients are working with compliant vendors. The capabilities provide us with a number of business benefits which we continue to expand upon, and the SAI Global team is responsive and knowledgeable.” According to Forrester’s TechRadar™: Risk Management, Q4 2015 , a separate report analyzing GRC technology trends, GRC platforms are poised to act as the central hub to all risk data and that they are well positioned to add more value if they can become platform of choice to aggregate risk data.” Jan Kruger, Head of Risk, SAI Global, noted: “Constant regulatory change, new and emerging risks, and ongoing business transformation means companies need scalable, flexible platforms that deliver immediate business value and protection,and also adapt and grow with them. This corresponds well with our own offering of service-based software solutions that enhance compliance, integrate the various components of compliance and risk programs, and allow organizations to scale at their own pace with minimal overhead. It is my view that we received the highest of all strategy scores in the report in reflection of this.” To access a complete copy of The Forrester Wave™: Governance, Risk, And Compliance Platforms, Q1 2016, go to www.saiglobal.com/forrestergrc2016 “The Forrester Wave™: Governance, Risk, And Compliance Platforms, Q1 2016, 22 January 2016. Copyright (c) 2016, Forrester Research, Inc. - ENDS – About SAI Global SAI Global helps organizations manage risk, protect reputation and perform better in an increasingly complex and interconnected ethical and regulatory environment. The company’s solutions include risk management software, standards and regulatory content, ethics and compliance learning, risk assessments, certification, testing and audits. In Australia, SAI Global are also a leading provider of settlement related services; company, personal and property information. SAI Global Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange with its head office located in Sydney, Australia. The company employs more than 2,000 people across 29 countries and 51 locations across Europe, North America and Asia. saiglobal.com Media enquiries: Tamsyn Alley, Porter Novelli Sydney on behalf of SAI Global T: +61 478 474 634