The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-26T04:44:44Z Australian Government Grant To Expand behind closed doors’ Membership of Businesswomen and Board Ready Women 2017-04-26T04:44:44Z australian-government-grant-to-expand-behind-closed-doors-membership-of-businesswomen-and-board-ready-women Behind closed doors (BCD), a leading national membership for businesswomen and board-ready women, will this year expand its membership after receiving a $102,300 grant from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Office for Women under the Women’s Leadership and Development Strategy(WLDS). The Supporting Businesswomen to Success Scholarship provides opportunities for female managers aspiring to leadership roles to further expand their leadership, business and networking skills. BCD will utilise the Australian Government funding to provide 14 full scholarships to female leaders in SA, WA, NSW and VIC to join a BCD membership for 12-months of professional development, networking and peer to peer mentoring to prepare them to accept greater professional challenges. Scholarships will be offered to female executive not-for-profit and Indigenous leaders into BCD Executive memberships, female leaders into BCD Luminaries (managers), female business owners/entrepreneurs into BCD Entrepreneurs. BCD Founder and Managing Director, Donny Walford, said the initiative will allow successful women seeking access to insights, knowledge, support and high level networks in their journey to Executive and Board positions to join the national community of businesswomen that the BCD membership provides. “The WLDS priority of promoting and supporting greater representation of Australian women in leadership and decision making roles is the exact reason BCD was formed almost a decade ago.” Ms Walford said. “We have an enviable record of success with 57% of our Executive members having attained one or more Board Directorship positions, 56% of these women have also received promotions.” The first of the scholarship recipients’ will be announced on April 27 in Perth when a scholarship is awarded to two businesswomen at Manager level aspiring to executive roles.  The recipients will be provided the opportunity to further their leadership and management skills through a yearlong membership to BCD Luminaries, valued at more than $5,500 each. BCD Luminaries was created in response to an identified need for motivated businesswomen to have a professional sounding board and support network where they can discuss professional and personal issues, challenges and strategies in a totally confidential environment while, at the same time, encouraging each other to extend themselves to achieve and succeed in new environments. Members meet for three hours, ten times a year, for peer to peer mentoring, professional development and networking with like-minded businesswomen. Outside of this further professional development, networking and mentorship opportunities are provided to members amongst the wider BCD community at a national level. Scholarship applications and nominations will roll out across the country in the coming months with all 14 recipients placed into a memberships by August. BCD has been providing scholarship opportunities for women to enter their memberships since 2012. To date BCD has offered 21 scholarships and will continue in 2017 to match the Australian Government funding. For further details about BCD scholarship opportunities visit www.behindcloseddoors.com/scholarships To apply for the Adelaide Luminaries Scholarship Now Open visit behindcloseddoors.com/bcd-luminaries-scholarships-adelaide/ To apply for the Adelaide Not For Profit Executive Scholarship Now Open visit behindcloseddoors.com/bcd-not-for-profit-scholarship-adelaide/ To find out how your business can offer your own successful Internal scholarships to your female leaders visit behindcloseddoors.com/internal-company-scholarships/ For further details of the Australian Government WLDS visit https://www.dpmc.gov.au/office-women/grants-and-funding Issued by: Penny Reidy, Marketing Manager, Behind Closed Doors on 8333 4303 or 0401 349 791 www.behindcloseddoors.com Save the Date: Security Exhibition & Conference 2017 2017-04-26T00:45:39Z save-the-date-security-exhibition-amp-conference-2017 Thousands of security professionals will converge at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney, in Darling Harbour, from 26-28 July for Australia’s premier industry event, the Security Exhibition & Conference 2017.  The event connects a community of security leaders and showcases state-of-the art solutions and strategies, enabling Australia to be at the forefront of the security industry. Organised by Diversified Communications Australia in partnership with the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL), the 32nd annual event will feature an impressive exhibition display, with a leading conference program and Gala Dinner. Bryan De Caires, CEO at ASIAL, says, “Security Exhibition and Conference 2017 is shaping up to be the must-attend event for security professionals across Australia this year. There will be an outstanding line-up of speakers as well as live demonstrations, featuring an exciting and diverse range of technologies and equipment, from a host of leading suppliers.” Security 2017 Event Manager, Melissa Clendinen, says, “Having spent three years in Melbourne, it’s great to bring the exhibition back to the buoyant market in Sydney and welcome back names such as HID Global, Seagate, Ness Corporation and FLIR. The event is a three-day showcase of the latest business solutions, live product launches and a first-class conference.” The free-to-attend exhibition unites the electronic and physical security industries for three days of networking, alongside a showcase of solutions available to the Australian market. This is supported by a paid conference which features both local and international expert speakers, discussing intelligent strategies for security managers to overcome their evolving operational and technical challenges including cyber hacking, terrorism and organisational resilience. In the evening of 27th July 2017 the industry is also invited to the Gala Dinner, which will recognise achievements from the year in the security industry as well as hosting the Best New Product Awards. For further information or to register, visit: http://securityexpo.com.au   -ENDS- Btab Could Be The Next Global Job Machine 2017-04-24T02:26:43Z btab-could-be-the-next-global-job-machine FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sydney Australia, April 24, 2017 – Online global innovators 'Btab' has announced plans which will see the organisation contribute to the creation and retention of jobs in the e-commerce industry. Thanks to a revolutionary new business model, designed specifically to support, encourage and develop new e-commerce businesses, the 'Btab Network' is providing crucial support for small businesses attempting to establish in niches fiercely dominated by global brands such as Amazon and Alibaba. Committed to becoming a platform recognised as a global job machine, the 'Btab' model is set to offer a huge boost not only to struggling small businesses but also to the unemployed looking to brave a change of direction and set up their own ventures online.   Btab CEO, Binson Lau explained the benefits: “In the modern world, many of us are unable to follow our dreams of starting our own businesses due to the financial commitments involved simply being too difficult to meet. Not only that, but those who do get new businesses started, it can be incredibly difficult to compete in highly dominated marketplaces – the result of which is a huge number of small businesses failing in the first few years.” Binson continued: “The big difference between global names such as Amazon, and new start businesses often comes down to a simple fact; larger companies know how to use technology to maximise efficiency and drive up profits to grow their brands. This is where Btab is looking to level the playing field and give the small businesses a competitive edge in their niches. Technology is not a business by itself, but it is a tool to help make things happen. Btab will use it to empower those who need help the most.” For further information about the Btab Network, please visit the official site at www.btabcorp.com Photos for Press Release Project Laneways Focuses on Best Practice to Measure Cultural Change 2017-04-24T00:07:46Z project-laneways-focuses-on-best-practice-to-measure-cultural-change Project Laneways, the change management experts, is focusing on cultural change. As part of their change management programme the company is discussing why cultural change is necessary and practical tools to measure it. With real life Australian examples, the programme provides businesses ways to identify change and measure the impact of organisational change.   The company offers highly accredited change management training, agile project management courses and PRINCE2 certification programmes to Australian business professionals. These courses outline the theoretical background to change management and provide further explanation of these steps along with examples and templates of the tools and strategies. Project Laneways believes a good change management plan ensures that the new system will be used effectively and enthusiastically.   Leaders often ask questions such as ‘How does one measure success in cultural change?’ ‘Are there practical tools to do this?’ This requires measuring pre-defined patterns of behaviour and assessing their impact on the business. There are various ways to measure change. They include self-assessment, opinion of others, business indicators and financial metrics.        Self-assessment forms the first level of metrics. It includes the use of employee surveys that ask them to evaluate their own behaviour. Self-assessment as a tool helps individual employees gain insight into their personal growth, their work style and promotes an understanding of how to work productively in an organisation.   The second level of metrics concerns getting the opinion of others. An employee opinion survey is one of the tools that can be used to measure the impact of the cultural change in an organisation. Similarly there can be surveys of customers, members of the community or other stakeholders. These surveys help measure how the values and behaviour of the organisation is perceived by them.   The third level of metrics to measure cultural change is the use of business indicators. Business indicators such as quality metric and repeat business are also linked to an organisation’s target culture.   The fourth level of metrics is financial metrics. There are many factors that impact this and it can be harder to isolate the direct culture link.   Measuring change in culture programmes looks at its outputs, its impacts and the outcomes. This addresses questions like, “Is the programme on track? Is it achieving what it set out to do? What is the impact of the change culture on the business?   The Project Laneways office at Melbourne can be reached for clarifications or queries by calling 03 9038 9236. The office in Sydney can be contacted by calling 02 8212 3978.   To check out the change management courses of Project Laneways: https://www.project-laneways.com.au/certification-courses/change-management Never underestimate the power of being understood. 2017-04-22T01:47:28Z never-underestimate-the-power-of-being-understood From time to time in corporate environments it all becomes too much – and we need someone to talk to. You find yourself exiting the office desperately pacing the streets with a lack of any faith, or possible resolution to the problem. There is nothing worse than that sense of complete overwhelm at work, grappling with the same internal issues over and over.  It’s extremely frustrating and challenging for executives when a certain situation gets on top of you at work. You find yourself wondering, who you can actually rely on or trust, who will give you a clear perspective and can help you to unpack the issue.  You can feel like your manager is not on the same page, facing condescending behavior at the boardroom table, disrespect, lack of accountability with your team members, and negative energy in general amongst the senior leadership team. All these things slowly build up, resulting in low morale – and sometimes it all just overpowers even the best of us. Where do you go to when you don’t know where to put those feelings?   Is it a case of distancing yourself from others at work due to lack of support? Do you go home and take your frustrations out on your family? Or do you have a confidant in the team who helps you download? Given the right circumstances, would you consider having a one-on-one interaction with an objective third party, who is not tied to the organisation; someone who can provide a focus that other forms of organisational support cannot? Sometimes in these situations, the real payoff can come from discovering what you need to interpret or revisit. We all know nothing will ultimately happen until you gain laser-like clarity on an issue and it opens the door to identify next steps. We all need to take time out to reflect at times, to delve inward and discover our internal conflicts. On occasions the onus may fall back on you to clarify personal responsibility, and work out where to go next.  I am often called by senior executives working in the financial services industry who just need someone to talk through these issues with. They seek an independent party who has no ties to the organisation, but an understanding of the professional issues, frustrations and challenges faced at this executive level.  Melinda Fell Consulting provides a Detangling Session where individuals can arrange a confidential, independent discussion with an expert who is there to focus on what the critical issue is and help executives gain clarity. She utilises a process to enable you to self-discover, learn and determine your own “answers”. Melinda Fell writes regular blogs and articles on the issues facing busy senior executives. More articles can be found here on linkedin and Detangling Sessions can be booked directly through Melinda by emailing today melinda@melindafellconsulting.com.au or https://www.linkedin.com/in/melinda-fell-57474311/ Industry economic ‘brains trust’ grows 2017-04-21T07:11:04Z industry-economic-brains-trust-grows New experts have been welcomed to the group of economic specialists behind the building and construction industry’s most comprehensive forecasts, the ACIF Forecasts. Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) has published industry forecasts since 2002, which includes a unique peer-review process by a group of leading researchers and economists, known as the Construction Forecasting Council. The range and depth of experience of the members of the Council means that the information behind the ACIF Forecasts is wide in scope and includes detailed market insights, which are incorporated into the ten-year forecasts for residential and commercial building, and engineering construction.   The Construction Forecasting Council welcomes three new experts to its impressive list of members:        Nerida Conisbee, Chief Economist with REA Group;        Andrew Scott, Basic Materials and Industrial Analyst for RBC Capital Markets; and        Mike O’Shea, leading Quantity Surveyor and Associate Director, MBM They join peers from allied industries including commercial property management, construction cost analysis, property development and management, as well as investment managers. Members each bring expertise from different sectors and contribute to this non-profit industry service, which makes available high-quality market analysis that helps businesses of all types and sizes plan to thrive, or prepare to survive. “The Construction Forecasting Council is unique in that it’s a ‘brains trust’ of economists with specialist knowledge of the state of the market for building and construction and the economic activity that drives it,” said Construction Forecasting Council Chair Adrian Harrington. “The depth and diversity of expertise of Construction Forecasting Council members adds great value to the ACIF Forecasts. We are pleased to welcome Nerida and Andrew and look forward to hearing their voice in the robust discussions on the state of the market and what will happen next,” he said. On joining the Construction Forecasting Council, Nerida Conisbee said, “The building and construction sector is vital in maintaining housing affordability in Australia and delivering the best outcomes to maintain our high standard of living. It is an honour to be part of the ACIF’s Construction Forecasting Council.“ Andrew Scott said, “One of the biggest drivers of capital in Australia is the building and construction industry, and this sector plays an important role in the ongoing financial stability of our nation. I am pleased to contribute to the ACIF Forecasts as market intelligence to help businesses as producers and employers in our economy.” “With the introduction of new technology and increasing population, demand for construction activity is always changing and growing,” said Mike O’Shea. “The nature of construction work is set for a step change in the next 20 years and the large-scale infrastructure projects will change the shape of cities and careful strategic thinking is needed to navigate the changes. How can I possibly miss this opportunity?  I am extremely proud and excited to contribute to the ACIF Forecasts and to be associated with the construction industry and the new surprises it is bringing in.” ACIF Forecasts will be launched at the ACIF Briefing industry breakfast on Thursday 4 May 2017 in Sydney before full release to the building and construction industry the following week. Registration for the ACIF Briefing is available online here: https://www.acif.com.au/events/event/acif-briefing-may-2017 . More information about the ACIF Forecasts is here: www.acif.com.au/forecasts. About Nerida Conisbee Nerida Conisbee is the Chief Economist for REA Group and one of Australia’s leading property market experts. Nerida has more than 20 years of property research experience throughout Asia Pacific and she has held senior positions within commercial agencies and major consulting firms during this time. Her experience covers residential and commercial property from both an investor and occupier’s perspective. Nerida appears every Saturday on SkyNews Real Estate program, writes a fortnightly column for The Australian covering off real estate issues impacting Australia and is the property commentator for Eureka Report. Nerida presents on property market conditions to investors, occupiers and industry groups and is also an adviser on property market conditions to major Government bodies. She has been listed in the “Who’s Who of Australian Women” since its inaugural issue. About Andrew Scott Andrew Scott is the Basic Materials and Industrials Analyst for RBC Capital Markets, with over a decade of experience as an equity analyst following listed Australian companies in the Building Materials and broader Industrials sectors. As part of this work Andrew has been a keen observer of trends in the Australian construction sectors, including conducting a regular survey of a number of Australia’s largest homebuilders. Andrew joined RBC in July 2015 as a Director with primary responsibility for RBC’s coverage of Australian building materials, chemicals and other industrial companies.  Prior to joining RBC, Andrew worked as a Basic Materials Analyst with a range of domestic and international investment banks and in 2011 was rated as the #1 building materials analyst in the 2010 SMH East Coles survey and lead the Number 3 ranked team in the 2013 Peter Lee survey. About Mike O’Shea Mike O’Shea is an Associate Director of MBM and leads Infrastructure projects on a national basis.  Mike is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor (RICS), Certified Quantity Surveyor (AIQS) and a Senior Commercial and Risk Manager and is one of MBM’s most senior people. Mike has been a director and principal for over 25 years and has over 35 years’ practical experience in cost estimating/planning, contract management, risk management and project controls of capital works and maintenance. Mike has provided both commercial/contract and risk services on a range of engineering and infrastructure projects including rail, oil and gas and mining and managed teams of cost/contract managers/engineers during the post contract phase of projects. About ACIF Forecasts ACIF Forecasts are rolling ten year forecasts of demand across residential, non-residential and engineering construction in Australia. The Forecasts are prepared by respected economic modellers, using high quality data sources, and are overseen by ACIF’s Construction Forecasting Council, an industry panel of expert analysts and researchers. ACIF Forecasts are used by thousands of professionals each year, from across the full range of stakeholders, from major organisations to small consultancies. ACIF Forecasts are available as the Australian Construction Market Report, and detailed numbers are available by subscribing to the Customised Forecasts Dashboard. More information about ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au/forecasts. About Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) is the cohesive, trusted voice of the Australian Construction Industry. ACIF facilitates and supports an active dialogue between the key players in residential and non-residential building, and engineering construction, other industry groups, and government agencies. ACIF’s focus is on innovation, collaboration, equity and sustainability for the industry. ACIF Members are the most significant Associations in the industry, spanning the entire asset creation process from feasibility through design, cost planning, construction and building and management. ACIF harnesses the resources of its Members to research and develop initiatives that benefit businesses of all sizes, from the largest of construction companies to small consultancies. More information on ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au.  ACIF Forecasts answer the big questions including the "Trump Bump" 2017-04-21T07:07:24Z acif-forecasts-answer-the-big-questions-including-the-trump-bump-1 Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) will launch its new ten-year forecasts for building and construction on Thursday 4 May, at the ACIF Briefing to be held at International Convention Centre Sydney. Business and government delegates will enjoy a networking breakfast before presentation of the ACIF Forecasts for May 2017 - the industry’s most comprehensive forecasts until 2028, including the work demand for all sectors and the major projects driving much of it, and the labour needs and costs of construction it will take to complete it. The ACIF Forecasts have been published since 2002 and are renowned as highly relevant and reliable forecasts for businesses in this sector. The forecasts include the outlook for residential building, non-residential building and engineering construction across Australia until 2028. Find out more about the ACIF Forecasts here. Today, the Australian building and construction industry is buffeted by strong international factors. In the May 2017 ACIF Forecasts, industry-leading forecasters will answer the big questions that directly or indirectly impact every company and employee in the building and construction industry, and the allied manufacturing and property sectors. Will the "Trump Bump" affect the Australian construction market? Markets have already driven up yields on longer term debt in the US and in Australia. The Fed in the US has raised official interest rates and foreshadows that more increases are on the way. The Reserve Bank of Australia is again in the spotlight as it seeks to take these and other factors into account when setting interest rates. What exactly are the factors that are weighing on the Reserve Bank right now?  What changes in official interest rates, investment and building and construction work are looming? Foreign investor interest - waxing or waning? Foreign investors have been busy, especially in residential property. Most recent official statistics show that foreign demand has soaked up a significant share of new apartments and this has probably contributed to sharp increases in prices and problems with housing affordability, especially in Sydney and Melbourne. Foreign property investors are now subject to additional taxes and charges and closer supervision. Meanwhile some of the economic fundamentals are shifting. Regulators in China, the key origin of many foreign investors, are tightening their own controls on capital outflows. The economic fundamentals such as exchange rate differentials and interest rates differentials are also less favourable for foreign investors. How are foreign investors expected to react? What difference will this make to the outlook for residential construction activity and other construction market outcomes? Where is the multi-speed economy taking construction? Swings in the economic fortunes of key industries have driven the Australian states in different gears and different speeds. Western Australia and Queensland raced ahead given the once in a lifetime mining development boom. The housing construction boom, producing record rates of growth in the building of new houses started in Victoria, spread out to other states, including Queensland, and arrived belatedly in New South Wales. These cycles are now in decline or are about to reach a tipping point. How will further changes in gears in the economic engine room shape outcomes in activities such as tourism and education? Will demographic factors continue the surge in demand for health and aged care services and facilities? Will the coming waves of change and economic volatility continue to have an uneven impact on the different states? Almost certainly. This will also have an uneven impact on construction work and employment.   How will rising interest rates impact on the outlook for construction work and employment? Record low interest rates have driven a resurgence in housing investment, higher house prices in key markets and higher household debt. Commentary abounds on how rising interest rates will affect housing prices, and whether this will return housing affordability to more normal levels. Some analysts are concerned about the stability of the banking system and the national economy if debt fuelled growth continues. How can we sidestep these problems? What policy settings are required and where will good luck or good management prevail? How will this impact the outlook for construction work and employment? ACIF Forecasts will be launched at the ACIF Briefing industry breakfast on Thursday 4 May 2017 in Sydney before full release to the building and construction industry the following week. Registration for the ACIF Briefing is available online here: https://www.acif.com.au/events/event/acif-briefing-may-2017 . More information about the ACIF Forecasts is here: www.acif.com.au/forecasts. About Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) is the cohesive, trusted voice of the Australian Construction Industry. ACIF facilitates and supports an active dialogue between the key players in residential and non-residential building, and engineering construction, other industry groups, and government agencies. ACIF’s focus is on innovation, collaboration, equity and sustainability for the industry. ACIF Members are the most significant Associations in the industry, spanning the entire asset creation process from feasibility through design, cost planning, construction and building and management. ACIF harnesses the resources of its Members to research and develop initiatives that benefit businesses of all sizes, from the largest of construction companies to small consultancies. More information on ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au. About ACIF Forecasts ACIF Forecasts are rolling ten year forecasts of demand across residential, non-residential and engineering construction in Australia. The Forecasts are prepared by respected economic modellers, using high quality data sources, and are overseen by ACIF’s Construction Forecasting Council, an industry panel of expert analysts and researchers. ACIF Forecasts are used by thousands of professionals each year, from across the full range of stakeholders, from major organisations to small consultancies. ACIF Forecasts are available as the Australian Construction Market Report, and detailed numbers are available by subscribing to the Customised Forecasts Dashboard. More information about ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au/forecasts.  Multiple Usages of the Nutritional Supplements Canberra 2017-04-20T10:55:15Z multiple-usages-of-the-nutritional-supplements-canberra Nutritional supplements are the expansion that requirements to give additional resources to the prosperity of the body's health, as not generally the healthy diet can get it. The bodybuilding nutritional supplements are uniquely made to offer high quality sources that can be faster retained into the body. All these are considered as minerals and vitamins bringing an expanded measure of strength and energy. When bodybuilding is considered the nutritional supplements most ordinarily met are as protein, creation, amino acids, and joint/cartilage products and in addition testosterone boosters. The bodybuilding nutritional supplements are isolated into 3 bunches - supplements for weight loss supplements, muscle building and joint/damage preventing supplements. The main gathering of nutritional supplements comprises of testosterone boosters, amino acids, and creation, the second gathering including fat blockers, ephedrine-free fat burners, and across the board kits. The third gathering contains chondroitine sulfate and glucosamine sulfate. Bodybuilding nutritional supplements help in building an incredible physic as well as help in enhancing the general prosperity of the body systems. The products that are on top among the bodybuilding nutritional supplements comprise of meal replacement powders (MRPs), protein powders, nutrition bars, maltodextrin, weight gain formulas, fat-burners, probiotics, creatine monohydrate, glutamine and thermogenics. MRPs contain high protein content, essential acids, essential minerals and vitamins, direct levels of carbohydrates. The today's protein powders contain particle trade whey powder of high quality being effortlessly digested and retained into the body while muscles can profit a ton from them. What is the Secret? The formulas for weight gain are imagined for slimmer bodybuilders containing 50 g of protein/serving and 600 calories with a lot of carbs in them. Maltodextrin is a synthetic complex starch that works extraordinary for body that is under incredible energy demand. Probiotics (found in yoghurts, capsules) are the great bacteria living in the stomach related system promoting the healthy working. Nutrition bars can be considered a healthy nibble however they should present light traces of added substances and trans-fat. There are likewise pre-workout drinks as energy drinks with different wonderful flavors. Among these ones there are additionally energy drinks rich in sugar that must be avoided. The fat burners are made of fixings that actually burn the fat through the mean of thremogenesis. The herb called ephedra must be contained as fixing, while creatine monohydrate must be present also to build the levels of energy, henceforth the performance. The last one is the generally researched one among all the bodybuilding nutritional supplements. With the glutamine, the bodybuilders assert that this one can help with muscle building while researchers still need to discover the connection between the muscle mass and the substance. It is vital to eat enough to keep you energetic, however recall drinking lots of water too. Remaining hydrated keeps you healthy and helps your muscles en route. If muscles are hydrated then they will burn fat all the more viably and drench up the work you are doing to characterize and shape them. Keep in mind the best guidelines to follow are those that put your health first. Consult a physician if you are having any trouble and make inquiries on approaches to workout, manufacture muscle and remain healthy. For more information click here: https://spartansuppz.com/ Contact Information: Spartansuppz Phone: (30)5229 4109 Email: sales@spartansuppz.com Address: 142 Ryrie St, Geelong 3220 Alexander Mann Solutions is named a “Leader” in Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) by Everest Group 2017-04-20T00:23:21Z alexander-mann-solutions-is-named-a-leader-in-recruitment-process-outsourcing-rpo-by-everest-group “For years, business leaders around the world have identified talent as one of – if not the – most important contributors to creating a sustainably successful organisation,” says Rosaleen Blair, Founder and CEO of Alexander Mann Solutions. “Every day, we work with some of the world’s leading global brands to help them identify, engage and secure the talent they need to win in their industries. We combine rigorous processes with advanced technology and a personal passion to deliver on behalf of our clients, and it’s an honour to be recognised by Everest Group as one of the profession’s leaders.”    Everest Group’s PEAK Matrix™ is the most trusted and fact-based analysis of service provider capabilities, covering over 50 different market segments each year. To arrive at the 2017 results, the PEAK Matrix™ evaluated more than 20 RPO providers by their scale, scope, technology and innovation, as well as delivery footprint and buyer satisfaction.   “Alexander Mann Solutions is a pioneer among pure-play RPO providers, and today is better positioned than most of its competitors to deliver large, global engagements,” said Arkadev Basak, RPO Practice Director at Everest Group. “Significant investments in North America have helped the company win several large deals in that highly competitive market.  Meanwhile, the combination of its RPO experience and its specialised consulting practice – Talent Collective – has enabled Alexander Mann Solutions build a reputation as both a responsive and innovative talent acquisition partner to its clients.”   Everest Group cited Alexander Mann Solutions’ global delivery capability – as well as its offshore and nearshore service centres – as key enablers to delivering multi-country, multi-continent RPO engagements. While Europe is its strongest market, Everest Group highlighted that Alexander Mann Solutions has good capabilities in Asia Pacific as well, especially in the critical markets of Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. In addition, Everest Group noted the company’s strong orientation towards innovation across the talent acquisition lifecycle, including its sourcing, employer branding, and candidate experience capabilities. Buyers see Alexander Mann Solutions as a strategic partner which is also innovative and responsive to buyer’s needs.   Learn more by accessing the Everest Group’s full report: “Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) - Service Provider Landscape with PEAK Matrix™ Assessment 2017” Qonnections Global User and Partner Conference Brings Together the Best of Qlik 2017-04-19T22:35:10Z qonnections-global-user-and-partner-conference-brings-together-the-best-of-qlik-1 Qlik®, a leader in visual analytics, today announced that the Company is expecting a record number of attendees to be on hand for Qonnections 2017, its worldwide user and partner conference, being held May 15-18 at The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The conference brings together Qlik customers, partners, and data enthusiasts to help users better capitalise on data to transform their organisations. Qonnections 2017 is being headlined by Jason Silva, the Emmy-nominated host of National Geographic’s Brain Games. In addition, Jake Porway, Founder of DataKind and former New York Times Data Scientist, will discuss how humanity can benefit from the gains of big data. Featured speakers include a customer panel moderated by R “Ray” Wang and best practices from visualisation specialists Alberto Cairo and Randy Olson, with hundreds of customer and partner presenters from companies like T. Rowe Price, Raymond James, KitchenAid, and Virgin Mobile MEA. The complete list can be viewed at the following link: http://www.qlikqonnections.com/sessions/breakout-sessions/. What: Qonnections 2017 focuses on providing customers and partners with the knowledge and best practices they need to transform their business and support the Qlik visual analytics platform. Attendees will discover how they play a transformational role in Qlik’s 2020 strategic vision and roadmap, and will hear how Qlik is addressing customers’ key challenges today while driving future trends in the market tomorrow. Keynote presentations will highlight how hybrid cloud analytics will deliver greater option value to customers, how associative big data indexing will change how customers drive insight from greater combinations of data, and how Qlik will advance our portfolio leveraging the latest technology innovations to drive greater insight from smart intuitive analytics. Qlik Sense® and QlikView® certification exams will also be offered. Back by popular demand is the Qlik Hackathon. To allow developers the time to build world-changing apps, Qlik has opened the competition prior to Qonnections. Teams have been presented with several challenges involving Qlik “Change Our World” partner the United Nations. Developers must use web skills, data, and Qlik Sense to achieve new insights and visualisations that best address the challenge. Every Hackathon participant will have access to Qlik® Branch, a collaborative workspace and open exchange, and support from internal Qlik experts moderating the event. Qlik will also host a Late Night Lunacy contest to discover the very best app building skills and development talent using Qlik Sense capabilities and functionalities. Contestants will form teams of two, three, or four developer fanatics, demo experts, or app magicians that are ready to push the boundaries on a user adoption business scenario. Each team will be provided access to a set of data and the challenge to create the ultimate self-service data visualisation and discovery application app – all within the Late Night Lunacy timeframe. The Qonnections Discovery Expo will feature more than 40 sponsoring partners and exhibitors that will showcase their value-add solutions and services for Qlik products. Diamond sponsors include: Arrow and Cognizant. Platinum sponsors include: Accenture Analytics, Analytics8, Axis Group, Jedox, SDG Group, TimeXtender, and Wipro. When: May 15-18, 2017 The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center Orlando, Florida Where: To view the current Qonnections 2017 agenda and register, please visit: http://www.qlikqonnections.com/. For more information on the Hackathon and Late Night Lunacy please visit: http://www.qlikqonnections.com/about/entertaining-and-networking.html. Follow the conference as it unfolds on Twitter via @Qlik and #Qonnections. About Qlik Qlik® is the leading visual analytics platform and the pioneer of user-driven business intelligence. Its portfolio of cloud-based and on-premise solutions meets customers’ growing needs from reporting and self-service visual analysis to guided, embedded and custom analytics, regardless of where data is located. Customers using Qlik Sense®, QlikView® and Qlik Cloud®, gain meaning out of information from multiple sources, exploring the hidden relationships within data that lead to insights that ignite good ideas. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Qlik does business in more than 100 countries with over 40,000 customers globally. ### © 2017 QlikTech International AB. All rights reserved. Qlik®, Qlik Sense®, QlikView®, QlikTech®, Qlik Cloud®, Qlik DataMarket®, Qlik Analytics Platform®, Qlik NPrinting®, Qlik Connectors®, Qlik GeoAnalytics™ and the QlikTech® logos are trademarks of QlikTech International AB which have been registered in multiple countries. Other marks and logos mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Kindred Group strengthens compliance and risk management with deployment of SAI Global’s GRC software 2017-04-19T09:30:19Z kindred-group-strengthens-compliance-and-risk-management-with-deployment-of-sai-global-s-grc-software With Kindred’s operations spanning more than 100 countries in 20 different languages and further expansion on the cards, navigating the compliance and licensing frameworks of such a diverse, multi-jurisdictional landscape is fraught with complexities and getting it wrong is just not an option. In both existing and new jurisdictions Kindred must contend with ever increasing and changing regulations, licensing requirements and reporting demands.These apply to the licensing of brands, platforms and to the individual games themselves. Kindred had previously been managing their compliance landscape manually; as the business grew this became increasingly difficult and time consuming, increasing the likelihood of potentially costly errors and omissions.  Additionally, meeting obligations across multiple jurisdictions involves dealing with a many different stakeholders including multiple regulatory bodies.  Implementation of SAI Global’s market-leading GRC software, Compliance 360 will help Kindred streamline their management of licensing obligations, product, processes and third-party supplier relationships.  The impact of changing legislation or licensing requirements on individual games in individual jurisdictions can be quickly identified and effectively managed. In addition to streamlining their risk management landscape, Compliance 360’s auditing functions importantly provides Kindred with the ability to extend greater transparency of their operations to regulators and governing bodies.  “SAI Global’s GRC software provides us with the accuracy and certainty we need to meet our complex, multi-jurisdictional regulatory obligations.  It also provides us with greater clarity and deeper insight into the running of our business.  With SAI Global’s support and software, we’ve managed to turn our compliance function in to a value creator rather than a cost centre” said Vineet Patel, Group Regulatory Officer Re-Regulated Markets, Kindred Group. ‘We believe our GRC software, Compliance 360 is the best available risk management product for customers in the online gambling sector.’ said, Jan Kruger, SAI Global’s, Executive Vice President of Risk.  “It provides operators, such as Kindred Group, with one integrated platform from which to manage their risk and compliance requirements, including licences, products, processes, controls and third parties across multiple jurisdictions Bartercard Shows How Trade Dollars Can Benefit Your Business 2017-04-19T04:40:09Z bartercard-shows-how-trade-dollars-can-benefit-your-business We are all aware that maximising cash flow, retaining customers and keeping stock moving are important elements of all businesses, which is where Bartercard comes in. Buying and selling using Trade Dollars offers advantages to business owners, across several key areas. In this Press Release, whether you’re new to Bartercard or have been a member for some time, they want to remind you of the different ways to use your Trade Dollars to maximise the benefits and grow your business.  Bartercard has some good tips to help you get the most out of your Bartercard Trade Dollars, and the first is to treat Trade Dollars as a supplement fo cash-paying business. Through operating as a supplement to cash business Bartercard gives members complete control over which products and services they sell through the network. No member is obligated at any time to take on Trade Dollar business over cash-paying business. When you add Bartercard to your business, you essentially allow other members to utilise your goods and services with Trade Dollars, which can help create new business, customer loyalty and increase profits. You can also use Trade Dollars to move inventory/fill occupance as business fluctuates. Businesses also have the ability to sell excess stock or slow moving inventory, without the need to discount heavily. Members receive Trade Dollars as payment, which they can then spend on other goods and services within the Bartercard community.  Trade Dollars can also be used as a staff rentention/reward system. We all know how important it is to keep good staff members, and Trade Dollars can be used as employee bonuses and incentive schemes or gifts. Bartercard has a large referral network that allows members to extend their customer base and geographic reach. This can then translate into increased business profits. Through referrals and word-of-mouth marketing, members have an advantage over their competitors. Furthermore, every time a Trade Dollar member spends, it will come back to them in the form of new business from another member’s business.  Bartercard enables members to manage cash flow and make use of interest-free credit. Trade Dollars work like a credit card or bank account, using an electronic currency instead of cash so you can continue to make purchases even when cash flow has slowed. Trade Dollars can be transacted via EFTPOS, online, over the phone, using an app like the Bartercard App, or by transaction vouchers.  Bartercard can open up your business to new customer markets, improve cash flow, reduce business expenses and clear idle and excess stock without having to discount. It’s easy to use and acts no differently to a normal bank account or line of credit, so go to the website toay to find out more about Bartercard services, at http://www.bartercard.co.nz . A mid-life sea change 2017-04-19T02:13:05Z a-mid-life-sea-change Have you ever entertained the idea of ditching your career of what feels like a lifetime, and starting from scratch, doing something you love? Dave McKenzie, 53, owner of Horizon Shores Marina based vessel repair and refurbishment business, Marine Team Australia did exactly that. After spending the majority of his professional career as a private contractor in supervisory and management positions on construction and mining projects, Dave and his partner Jane agreed it was time for a change. “My last contract had finished, and Jane and I had just sold a house on the Gold Coast that we spent way too long and too much money renovating,” explained Dave. “Having always worked away from home, Jane felt it was time for a change, and I agreed, but only if it was something I was really interested in. “So that narrowed it down to boats, wine, food or coffee. “I was researching them all when the ad for Marine Team Australia popped up on Google.” Dave grew up on the South Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, surrounded by boats, fishing and diving. Struggling to remember a time when he wasn’t on or around the water, Dave said the sea has always been a part of his life. “My passion for boats was ignited as a kid. Depending on the season, if it wasn’t rugby or skiing, it was “Can we take the boat out?”, said Dave. “Dad nearly always had a boat, even if at times it was only a dinghy for floundering in the estuaries.” At the time, Dave wasn’t sure if he was ready to take the plunge into business ownership, but as soon as he met the crew at Marine Team Australia, a business that started more than 20 years ago, he knew he had found the refreshing change he’d been searching for. “The people I work with, and our clients are the best part of my job,” Dave said. “The team here is dedicated to making sure the clients’ best interests are always met. “It is the only place I have ever worked where we can sit down with a client and actually tell them that as much as we would love their business, we don’t think you should be doing this or that, or have you thought about doing it this way as it will give you a better result or save you a few dollars. “By the same token, if the guys tell a client they really need something done, and done properly, they mean it. “It’s a great little set up.” Dave credits working with such a knowledgeable and experienced team as the reason his transition to the marine industry has been smooth sailing, even if the steep learning curve leads to frustration at times. “Even though I have good knowledge, there is so much more to learn,” said Dave. “I am blessed to have great mentors.” These mentors are Brad, Graham, Gail and newcomer Neil. “Brad and Graham are so knowledgeable, and true craftsman,” said Dave. Brad is a shipwright, and the Marine Team Australia encyclopedia. He has been in the industry more than 30 years, and owned and refurbished his own boats in all of that time. “To listen to him talk to a client about their boat, or things to watch out for in a particular brand is a real privilege and delight,” said Dave. Graham has been building and repairing fiberglass boats for more than 25 years. He can tell you the good, the bad and the ugly in most glass boats, and repair anything better than original. Neil has recently joined the team after many years working in the Cairns Shipyard, so the Marine Team Australia vessels are quite a bit smaller than the ones he used to play with. Gail runs administration and accounts, and can talk boats with the best of them. She has a long history with the marine industry from working shark boats off the coast to being a partner in her own boat building business, and later working for marine supply agencies. Dave’s advice to those considering a career change later in life: You are never too old to have a career change. “Find something you love, do your homework and don’t be scared (that will come later!) “If you’re passionate about it, you will make it work.” To learn more about Marine Team Australia visit www.marineteamaustralia.com.au or https://www.facebook.com/marineteamaustralia/  Create Your Own Powerful Dashboards for Better Decisions 2017-04-18T14:11:43Z create-your-own-powerful-dashboards-for-better-decisions myosh Dashboards transform your HSEQ data into intelligent visual charts, maps and tables, providing powerful organisational insight. Data is derived from modules and displayed in an interactive visual format, customised specifically for you and your team.   Instantly access vital data, identify trends, filter, analyse and report for quick action.  Make better decisions that achieve real change in safety habits, productivity and performance.   Configure, Analyse and Share your safety data.   Customize and Filter many Standard Widgets or, create your own:   Choose your widget type Apply to any of your modules Choose your data field and how you want it to display Add more filters, fine tune and customize colours and labels.   There are two types of statistical techniques used to validate WHS performance. These include: 1)              Proactive (positive) performance indicators which measure the actions being taken to prevent work related injury and illness. ·       Training ·       Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments ·       Incident Investigation and corrective actions ·       Safe Work procedures ·       Audits, inspections and compliance levels ·       Actions   2)              Reactive/Outcome (negative) Indicators are statistics which measure the success of the implementation of the WHS management system’s in achieving the objectives as stated in the WHS Policy. Examples include: o   Incident reporting - Examples of outcome indicators that may be analysed include: §  Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) §  Medical Treated Injury frequency rate (MTIFR) §  Total Recordable Injury frequency rate (TRIFR) o   Workers Compensation claims (Injury Management)   Dashboard clients have a personal widget library based on the modules that they use. Each widget can be customised and changes made are applied to all users.   Widgets include:   1.     Bar Charts 2.     Column Charts 3.     Stacked Column Charts 4.     Side by Side Column Charts 5.     Line Charts 6.     Maps 7.     Pie Charts 8.     Tables 9.     KPI Target Charts 10. And more.   All labels, colours and sort order can be customised by the customer themselves. You can also select the access to the dashboard – i.e. which users have read or modification rights or if you prefer you can keep the dashboard private.   The myosh Dashboard is accessible, interactive and flexible, allowing your team to analyse, understand and manage workplace safety.   For more information, email support@myosh.com. AIIA responds to Government announcement on abolishing 457 visas 2017-04-18T08:01:05Z aiia-responds-to-government-announcement-on-abolishing-457-visas-1 Canberra, Australia – 18 April 2017 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak member body for the ICT industry, has issued the following statement in relation to the Government’s announcement to abolish the 457 visas that bring temporary foreign workers into the country: “There is an urgent need to fill critical shortages now in jobs demanding cyber security, cloud and data and analytics related skills,” said Rob Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive Officer of the AIIA. “The AIIA is working with members, universities and government to address the skills gap and improve graduate outcomes to increase the number of locally qualified and trained ICT workers. In the meantime, many of our member companies rely on the flow of skilled 457 visa migrants to meet short term demands. “ICT is Australia’s fastest growing sector – growing at a rate of 2 per cent compared to 1.4 per cent per annum growth for the workforce as a whole – yet we are still losing skilled workers to a globally competitive market. “While industry wasn't consulted prior to this announcement, we encourage the Government to work with us on the details for the new policy.” # # # 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 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable 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 Contacts For more information please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au Joanna Stevens Kramer Tel: 0408 466 410 joanna@filteredmedia.com.au