The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-01-10T00:43:00Z Atradius sees outlook for trade worsening 2017-01-10T00:43:00Z atradius-sees-outlook-for-trade-worsening SYDNEY, Australia - After a very low pace of growth in 2015, global trade growth has slowed even further over the first half of 2016, according to Atradius Credit Insurance N.V.   Trade growth in Emerging Asia, the world’s second largest trade bloc, is extremely low, as China rebalances from investment-driven growth toward a more inward-looking consumption-led growth.   Lower commodity prices have also dampened investment in natural resource-rich economies around the world which has contributed to a sharp contraction of trade in Eastern Europe and slowdown in Latin America. Even the US has seen its trade growth grind to a halt, due to lower investment in the oil and gas sector, but also because of lower external demand and a strong USD which have reduced exports.   In 2016, the tempo of growth in world trade is expected to be about one-third of global GDP growth. Such a low rate of trade growth has not occurred since the global economic crisis of 2009.   Anti-globalisation sentiment is rising, as is evidenced by political developments like Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as US president. Trade liberalisation efforts like TPP and TTIP are stalling, thereby threatening the outlook for trade.   Subdued global GDP growth already motivates a subdued global insolvency outlook, but muted trade growth could put upward pressure on insolvencies in countries that are dependent on trade. Brexit-related uncertainty is expected to increase corporate bankruptcies in economies with a heavy focus on exporting to the UK. Protectionist measures in the US could have the same effect on economies with high trade ties to the US, especially those in Latin America.    “Matters for trade are made far worse by political developments,” said John Lorié, global chief economist at Atradius, “These are flatly trade-unfriendly, as signalled not only by the Brexit vote in the UK, but also by the stalling of the regional trade liberalization efforts. Anti-trade rhetoric by US president-elect Donald Trump make matters even worse. These developments are likely to weigh on future trade data.”   Read more about the global economic environment and gain insights into prospects and risks based on the main regions in our November Atradius Economic Outlook.About Atradius Atradius provides trade credit insurance, surety and collections services worldwide through a strategic presence in 50 countries. Atradius has access to credit information on 200 million companies worldwide. Its credit insurance, bonding and collections products help protect companies throughout the world from payment risks associated with selling products and services on trade credit. Atradius forms part of Grupo Catalana Occidente (GCO.MC), one of the leading insurers in Spain and worldwide in credit insurance. Commercial Marine Solutions Offering Complete Marine & Naval Services Australia Wide 2016-12-28T10:56:50Z commercial-marine-solutions-offering-complete-marine-amp-naval-services-australia-wide Commercial Marine Solutions is a 100% Australian owned and operated company located in Glen Iris near Melbourne City in Australia. The company is owned by Mr. Sean Johnston and Sean is one of the leading marine consultants in the industry.The marine industry is an ever evolving one and technology and naval architecture is at the forefront of this evolution. Established in 2003, Commercial Marine Solutions has its focus on client satisfaction and rendering professional services from the very beginning. Commercial Marine Solutions (CMS) are an experienced and qualified team of naval architects and marine consultants who provide a range of marine services across a number of markets segments creating exceptional value for money.CMS have experience across multiple vessel and material types including steel, aluminium and fibreglass. CMS base all new designs on existing and proven hulls which are continually reviewed and updated through our research and development program.Whether it is marine designs, marine consulting or marine expertise clients have time and again found Commercial Marine Solutions (CMS) to be reliable partners for the projects. The fact that CMS are accredited marine surveyors, having been involved for more than 30 years within the marine industry with Australian USL/NMSC (AMSA DCV, MAST, NSW Maritime, TSV) and other international classifications societies including Lloyds, DNV GL, BV and USCG.Commercial Marine Solutions Pty Ltd is a truly international company serving clients Asia - Singapore, Vietnam, China, Philippines, Malaysia, India.  Middle East - Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.About the company:    Based in Australia, Commercial Marine Solutions is a company engaged in offering a range of innovative commercial marine solutions at local and overseas locations at cost-effective pricing. For more information about the company, please visit www.cmsmdc.com.Media Contact:Commercial Marine Solutions Pty. Ltd.Phone Number: +61 3 9429 2628E-mail: cms@cmsmdc.comAddress: 294 Warrigal RoadGlen Iris, Victoria 3146 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 DataTools acquires PAFLink from Acxiom 2016-08-24T23:01:04Z datatools-acquires-paflink-from-acxiom Sydney based data quality software vendor, DataTools, today announced that it has purchased the PAFLink line of business from Acxiom Australia Pty Ltd. Acxiom’s PAFLink product has long been regarded as the best performing address matching and validation engine available for Australian and New Zealand address data.  DataTools is well placed to take over maintenance of the PAFLink product having worked with Australian Postal Address File (PAF) data since 1999, as well as having been a long term consumer of the PAFLink product themselves. This extensive knowledge provides DataTools with the unique ability to quickly embrace PAFLink within its already extensive product line and to continue providing it to all existing customers. Sam Cutroni, CEO at DataTools, had this to say about the acquisition. “We are excited to be taking over production and maintenance of the PAFLink product. Our own experience in the software – as well as our expertise in maintaining multiple product lines – means that PAFLink is a perfect fit to our business. We have successfully conducted similar acquisitions previously as shown with the acquisition of Datablue in 2013. We will work hard to ensure that all current clients of PAFLink find the transition to DataTools easy and without disruption.” All existing PAFLink customers can be assured that DataTools and Acxiom  are working together to provide a smooth transition period over the coming weeks and expect no interruption to the normal release timings. Acxiom’s Melanie Kay, General Manager of Operations added this statement. “Acxiom is committed to enable its clients in Australia and New Zealand to make it easy and safe to activate their data across communication channels. With the launch of Acxiom Connect in March we offer marketers in the region access to over 350 marketing platforms. Our partnership with DataTools was a natural choice for taking on the responsibility of providing the PAFLink product due to their familiarity with the Australian postal data and the product itself.“ Sam Cutroni continued “We look forward to contacting all PAFLink clients in the coming weeks to welcome them to DataTools and to discuss the plan moving forward. In the meantime, should they have any questions, clients can contact us on (02) 9687 4666 or sales@datatools.com.au”  Vinomofo to launch in New Zealand with 48-hour online wine pop-up event 2016-06-10T05:40:18Z vinomofo-to-launch-in-new-zealand-with-48-hour-online-wine-pop-up-event Press Release Friday 10 June 2016 Australian online wine retailer launches into first overseas market with 2-day only online pop-up event More than 60 outstanding wines from New Zealand, Australia and Europe on offer in extremely limited quantities Offering members the most epic wine deals on the planet, curated to taste, and delivered to your doorstep with love Game-changing online wine site Vinomofo is set to launch nationally with a 48 hour online pop-up event from 16 - 17 June with more than 60 outstanding wines from New Zealand, Australia and Europe to buy in strictly limited quantities. The 2-day only event will give locals a taste for what the retailer has offered the wine loving folk of Australia for five years: Curation - Vinomofo’s wine team work directly with the best producers in the world to find the wines they love (less than 5% of wines tasted make it to the ‘Fo) Value - With the buying power of their tribe of 400,000 wine-loving mofos, Vinomofo can offer their members unprecedented value Culture - There’s no “bowties and bs” with Vinomofo. Good people, good wine, and a bit of fun Wine lovers are being invited to sign up now to become foundation members, with early adopters getting first access to the event. New Zealand is the first overseas market the Aussie retailer has stepped into as part of its aggressive global push in 2016. Andre Eikmeier, co founder and joint CEO at Vinomofo, says the retailer’s unique approach to selling wine has resonated with customers that were seeking a human approach as part of their wine journey, as such the retailer has built a member base of more than 400,000 people in just five years. “Vinomofo wants everyone to be able to experience good wine - that’s our mission. From what we’ve seen across the past five years in Australia, we believe that a lot of people all over the world need Vinomofo - wine lovers and makers alike, so this is the year we are embarking on building a global presence kicking off with New Zealand,” Eikmeier said. Purchases from the online pop-up event will be delivered within seven business days to customers. To become a foundation member or for more information visit: www.vinomofo.com ENDS Media Contacts: Nikki Palun Head of Global, Vinomofo nikki@vinomofo.com +61 400 616 616 About Vinomofo Vinomofo is the most epic wine site on the planet and one of Australia’s fastest growing companies. Founded in 2011 from an Adelaide garage, by Andre Eikmeier and Justin Dry, the start-up has gone from zero to $50 million plus annual revenue (run-rate), built a member base of more than 400,000 and employs 100+ people. 2016 sees Vinomofo go global with the roll out of a business ‘lite’ model into six new markets, including: NZ, Singapore, HK, UK, USA and China. For more information, visit www.vinomofo.com Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design goes to a Forklift with a difference 2016-06-06T01:16:55Z safe-work-australia-s-award-for-good-design-goes-to-a-forklift-with-a-difference Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design goes to a Materials Handling device with a difference Creativity, innovation and design has come together, winning Makinex Construction Products’ Powered Hand Truck Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design last weekend. The revolutionary machine, the Powered Hand Truck, replaces the need for a forklift and has the potential to cut shoulder and back injuries in the workplace. The Makinex Powered Hand Truck is a universal materials handling solution that enables one person to safely lift and load small equipment or bulky goods weighing up to 140kg (309lbs). It provides a quick and easy alternative to using a forklift or tailgate loader for small loads. The inaugural Safe Work Australia Award for Good Design was selected from finalists across all categories in the 2016 Good Design Awards. Makinex were presented with their award as part of the 2016 Good Design Awards ceremony on 27 May 2016. Since using the Powered Hand Truck, Australian company Kennard’s Hire has seen a significant decrease in shoulder and back injuries. It has become an indispensible piece of equipment in Kennards Hire across Australia and New Zealand. “A focus on health and safety in design helps eliminate hazards and risks before they enter the workplace. Good work design can radically transform the workplace in ways that benefit the business, workers, clients and others in the supply chain.” said Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ms Michelle Baxter. “Makinex is about making inefficiencies extinct, where the name itself comes from this driving force. Makinex strives towards continuous improvement by looking close at it’s business to find unique, innovative and practical product solutions that provide the construction and rental industries with a better way to do their jobs to save time, physical effort and money”, says CEO Rory Kennard, who plays an instrumental part in the design and development of many of Makinex’s products. Makinex is an Australian owned private company that have been experts in the design, development and distribution of innovative products since 2004, providing solutions to the construction, landscaping, equipment hire, infrastructure and related industries. With plans to expand the existing designed product range, growth in local and global markets with offices in Los Angeles, and a global dealer network they have a commitment to ongoing research and development, Makinex is experiencing exponential growth, particularly in its own line of designed and manufactured products. “We believe that ‘good enough’ is never enough for our customers”, says Kennard. Watch the multi-award winning Powered Hand Truck here ENDS For further information, hi-res images and interviews please contact: Amy Dowd | Rhetoric Communications|0420 979 187| amy@rhetoriccommunications.com Makinex Makinex seeks to make an impactful difference on the global construction industry through the provision of truly unique and innovative Australian designed quality products. http://www.makinex.com.au/ 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 MapR Announces Free Stream Processing On-Demand Training for Real-time Analytics and IoT Applications 2016-04-26T23:12:28Z mapr-announces-free-stream-processing-on-demand-training-for-real-time-analytics-and-iot-applications San Francisco, CA – April 26, 2016 – MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the industry’s only Converged Data Platform, today announced at Kafka Summit 2016 it is now offering stream processing training via MapR Academy’s free On-Demand Training program.  The new training enables Apache Kafka developers to extend their real-time analytics and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Developers can also benefit with MapR Streams, that provides Kafka-compatibility, integrated security, multi-data center support as an integrated component of the MapR Converged Data Platform.    “Companies interested in Apache Kafka will immediately see the value of our growing library of free on-demand training courses that focus on data-in-motion for real-time analytics and IoT applications,” said Suzanne Ferry, vice president of global education and training, MapR Technologies.  “MapR Academy has created these new courses to deliver best-in-class professional training on critical big data technologies like Kafka and MapR Streams to both development and IT operations teams.”   MapR Streams is the newly released, global event publish and subscribe framework, that is integrated directly into the MapR Converged Data Platform. MapR converges the power of Hadoop, Spark and other open source technologies into one unified, enterprise-grade platform for streaming, real-time database capabilities, and enterprise storage.    Stream processing experts data Artisans recently tested MapR Streams with Apache Flink performance with the Yahoo! stream processing benchmark and it resulted in MapR Streams delivering an incredible 10 million events per second with 3X replication.   “We benchmarked MapR Streams with Apache Flink and were blown away by the results,” said Kostas Tzoumas, co-founder and CEO, data Artisans. “Ten million events per second is incredible throughput, and the 3X replication adds a level of data protection that will please enterprise IT shops.”   The free curriculum from MapR based on stream processing, includes:   DEV 350 - Streams Essentials training provides developers a broad understanding of the core concepts behind stream processing and prepares them to begin using MapR Streams.  Sample topics include MapR Streams overview, use cases, Streams architecture, core components, and summary of “life of a message.” DEV 351 - Streams Development training gives developers the core concepts necessary to build simple MapR Streams applications as well as a basic framework for building and configuring Stream Processing applications. Sample topics include creating a stream, developing/configuring stream producers and consumers, describing properties, and options for producers and consumers.   More than 50,000 professionals have enrolled in MapR Academy’s On-Demand Training for an easy way to receive free online Hadoop training. The free curriculum also covers Apache Spark, Apache Drill, and other technologies. The courses offer the same depth and content as instructor-led training courses, and include hands-on exercises, labs and quizzes to ensure an effective, interactive learning experience.   Visit here to see the full list of courses, certifications and to sign up for free classes.  MapR at Kafka Summit 2016   MapR is proud to be a sponsor of Kafka Summit 2016 and is showcasing its offerings at this event. For more information or to register, visit. Tweet this:  MapR offers free stream processing On-Demand Training http://bit.ly/1MRVaRg  About MapR TechnologiesMapR provides the industry's only converged data platform that integrates the power of Hadoop and Spark with global event streaming, real-time database capabilities, and enterprise storage, enabling customers to harness the enormous power of their data. Organizations with the most demanding production needs, including sub-second response for fraud prevention, secure and highly available data-driven insights for better healthcare, petabyte analysis for threat detection, and integrated operational and analytic processing for improved customer experiences, run on MapR. A majority of customers achieves payback in fewer than 12 months and realizes greater than 5X ROI. MapR ensures customer success through world-class professional services and with free on-demand training that over 50,000 developers, data analysts and administrators have used to close the big data skills gap. Amazon, Cisco, Google, HPE, Microsoft, SAP, and Teradata are part of the worldwide MapR partner ecosystem. Investors include Google Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA, Qualcomm Ventures and Redpoint Ventures. Connect with MapR on LinkedIn, and Twitter.     # # #  Vinomofo appoints Saatchi & Saatchi Melbourne 2016-04-11T03:50:49Z vinomofo-appoints-saatchi-saatchi-melbourne For immediate release Monday, 11 April 2016 Vinomofo, the most epic wine site on the planet, has appointed Saatchi & Saatchi Melbourne as the Australian start-up’s creative agency, following an extensive and widely competed strategic and creative pitch. Vinomofo is not just a retailer, it’s a wine experience, by giving consumers an unparalleled offer on curation and value. A hyper-focused quality product selection sourced direct from the best producers enables Vinomofo to harness the buying power of their 400,000 plus wine-loving members to secure exceptional deals. Andre Eikmeier, co founder and joint CEO at Vinomofo, said the leadership team at Saatchi & Saatchi Melbourne and their understanding of what we stand for made the agency the right partner to take the brand’s presence to the next level. “Vinomofo wants everyone to be able to experience good wine - that’s our mission. From what we’ve seen during the past five years in Australia, we believe that more people in Australia will like what we offer - wine lovers and makers alike - and the appointment of our first creative agency is going to help us bring our vision to life, at scale. “We’re pumped to be working with Saatchi & Saatchi Melbourne, not just for the team’s creativity, but perhaps more importantly, they showed a real understanding of our business, culture and values. It was important for our team to have a creative partner who can deliver a powerful organising idea, as well as embrace a collaborative partnership,” Eikmeier said. Mark Cochrane, Managing Director at Saatchi & Saatchi Melbourne, said the creative synergies of both the client and agency are aligned and should lead to great work. “We are humbled to be joining Andre and Justin’s journey and certainly excited by the task of fueling this very progressive brand’s growth. Our two collectives of talent have a great fit and a shared ambition, so as a group we can’t wait to start collaborating,” Cochrane said. ENDS Media Contacts: Maya Rana maya@vinomofo.com About Vinomofo Vinomofo is an online wine store experience that is changing the wine world. More than just a wine store, Vinomofo is a movement. A tribe of vino-loving mofos – the drinkers and the makers - united by wine. Founded by André Eikmeier and Justin Dry in 2011 from an Adelaide garage, the startup has grown into a tribe of more than 400,000 mofos and employs 100+ people. Vinomofo is one of Australia’s fastest growing and most awarded companies, including 2015 ORIA Online Retailer of the Year and 2014 My Business Award’s Best Employer. 2016 sees Vinomofo go global with the roll out into six new markets, including New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, United States of America and China. For more information, visit www.vinomofo.com MapR Recognised by Cisco as ISV Partner of the Year 2016-04-03T23:35:57Z mapr-recognised-by-cisco-as-isv-partner-of-the-year Sydney, Australia – April 4, 2016 – MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the industry’s only Converged Data Platform, announced today that it is the recipient of a Cisco® Partner Summit Geographical Region award for ISV Partner of the Year, Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ). Cisco revealed the winners during its annual partner conference that took place earlier this month in San Diego, California. Awarded to exemplary channel partners, the Cisco Partner Summit Geographical Region awards are designed to recognize best-in-class business practices and serve as a model to the industry within their respective regions. Areas of consideration include innovative practices, architecture-led approach successes, strategic business outcome-focused programs, seizing new opportunities and sales approaches.   “Cisco is proud to work together with leading partners globally to lead innovation and digital transformation everywhere and create new solutions and business models for our customers,” said Ruma Balasubramanian, vice president, Asia Pacific and Japan Partner Organization at Cisco. “It is an honor to recognize MapR Technologies with a Cisco Partner Summit Geographical Region award as ISV Partner of the Year, further underscoring its stellar accomplishments in the Asia Pacific and Japan region.”   “MapR is committed to its strategic relationship with Cisco and enabling joint customers to deploy innovative, global big data applications,” said Martin Darling, vice president, Asia Pacific and Japan, MapR Technologies. “We are extremely proud of our achievements and successes with Cisco and honored to receive this prestigious award.”   Cisco Partner Summit Geographical Regional awards reflect the top-performing partners within specific technology markets across the geographical region. All award recipients are selected by a group of Cisco Global Partner Organization and regional executives.  About MapR TechnologiesMapR provides the industry's only Converged Data Platform that integrates the power of Hadoop and Spark with global event streaming, real-time database capabilities, and enterprise storage, enabling customers to harness the enormous power of their data. Organizations with the most demanding production needs, including sub-second response for fraud prevention, secure and highly available data-driven insights for better healthcare, petabyte analysis for threat detection, and integrated operational and analytic processing for improved customer experiences, run on MapR. A majority of customers achieves payback in fewer than 12 months and realizes greater than 5X ROI. MapR ensures customer success through world-class professional services and with free on-demand training that over 50,000 developers, data analysts and administrators have used to close the big data skills gap. Amazon, Cisco, Google, HPE, Microsoft, SAP, and Teradata are part of the worldwide MapR partner ecosystem. Investors include Google Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA, Qualcomm Ventures and Redpoint Ventures. Connect with MapR on LinkedIn, and Twitter.   Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries.  MapR Opens New Converge Community to Over 50,000 Hadoop and Spark Professionals 2016-03-30T23:26:03Z mapr-opens-new-converge-community-to-over-50-000-hadoop-and-spark-professionals San Jose, CA – March 30, 2016 – MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the industry’s only Converged Data Platform, today unveiled at Strata + Hadoop World the Converge Community. Immediately available to everyone, including the more than 50,000 participants of the MapR On-Demand Training program, the Converge Community offers public online assets that enable Hadoop and Spark developers, data analysts, and administrators to engage in technical discussions and share expertise that furthers the advancement of the big data community as a whole.   “The MapR Converge Community is designed to be a seamless, engaging destination for like-minded people to participate in the growth of global, real-time applications that maximize the benefits achieved from converged data,” said David Cross, CMO, MapR Technologies. “We wanted to create a community which would unify the On-Demand Training learning environment with the technical expertise and rich interactions found in the open source ecosystem.”   Details of the Converge Community include: Serving as a next-generation, open community that is designed to help put data technology to work. Industry experts can connect, interact, learn, and encourage knowledge sharing, including crowd-sourcing new product ideas. Extending MapR Academy’s On-Demand Training with social learning that allows students to engage in course discussions, ask questions and get technical help. Enhancing customer communications through new release and patch announcements. Optimizing visibility and ideas for Apache Hadoop and other Big Data meetup organizers to connect and share events. Offering over 3,000 questions and answers and 200 knowledge articles written by MapR experts. Sharing a wide range of assets, including topic guides for Apache Spark, Apache Drill, Management and Monitoring, Security and Data Governance.   Tweet this:  MapR opens new #ConvergeCommunity to big data professionals, w/ 50K On-Demand Training students-community.mapr.com http://bit.ly/22HKPyc  About MapR TechnologiesMapR provides the industry's only Converged Data Platform that integrates the power of Hadoop and Spark with global event streaming, real-time database capabilities, and enterprise storage, enabling customers to harness the enormous power of their data. Organizations with the most demanding production needs, including sub-second response for fraud prevention, secure and highly available data-driven insights for better healthcare, petabyte analysis for threat detection, and integrated operational and analytic processing for improved customer experiences, run on MapR. A majority of customers achieves payback in fewer than 12 months and realizes greater than 5X ROI. MapR ensures customer success through world-class professional services and with free on-demand training that over 50,000 developers, data analysts and administrators have used to close the big data skills gap. Amazon, Cisco, Google, HPE, Microsoft, SAP, and Teradata are part of the worldwide MapR partner ecosystem. Investors include Google Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA, Qualcomm Ventures and Redpoint Ventures. Connect with MapR on LinkedIn, and Twitter.     # # #  New MapR Quick Start Solution Enables Real-Time Analytics and Internet of Things Applications 2016-03-30T23:24:22Z new-mapr-quick-start-solution-enables-real-time-analytics-and-internet-of-things-applications San Jose, CA – March 30, 2016 – MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the industry’s only Converged Data Platform, today announced at Strata + Hadoop World the immediate availability of a new Stream Processing Quick Start Solution powered by the MapR Converged Data Platform.  This solution helps customers take advantage of the high-volume event processing capabilities of MapR Streams and the enterprise-grade reliability of the MapR Platform to create an ideal data pipeline for the new generation of Internet of Things applications.    The Stream Processing Quick Start Solution is designed to accelerate the technological, educational and operational capabilities of customers who wish to leverage MapR advancements in event streaming and real-time analytics.  The solution can be tailored to specific customer requirements with the help of world-class data scientists and engineers from MapR Professional Services.   “Stream processing is rapidly growing in importance for real-time applications/analytics, and Internet of Things applications,” said Dave Jespersen, vice president of worldwide services, MapR Technologies. “MapR Streams will serve as a key part of the data pipeline for ingesting, persisting and analyzing event streams.  Quick Start Solutions provide not just a product/technology proposition, but also one that educates and creates operational competency around a key technology for a new, exciting generation of big and fast data applications.”   The Internet of Things (IoT) places a special emphasis on streaming data as an important part of the data pipeline.  IoT applications are helping retailers better understand the customer experience; manufacturers are profiting from preventative maintenance, asset monitoring and yield optimizations; telecom providers are improving customer satisfaction and reducing customer churn by responding to hot spots in real time.    The integration of MapR Streams in the MapR Converged Data Platform enables organizations in any industry to continuously collect, analyze and act on streaming data. The MapR Stream Processing Quick Start Solution enables businesses to handle massive data flows and long-term persistence while providing enterprise protections such as high availability (HA), disaster recovery (DR) and security.  Details of New Stream Processing Quick Start Solution The new Stream Processing Quick Start Solution includes a one-year subscription of six nodes of MapR that can easily be expanded based on the solution requirements; free one year support for the Apache Spark stack; six weeks of big data and streams expertise with MapR professional services; and three MapR Hadoop certification credits.  Additional details on the Stream Processing Quick Start Solution are available here.  Availability The new Stream Processing Quick Start Solution is available today from MapR worldwide.     MapR will demonstrate its new Quick Start Solution at booth #1009 at Strata + Hadoop World West taking place this week at the San Jose Convention Center.       Tweet this:  MapR ships new Stream Processing Quick Start Solution    About MapR TechnologiesMapR provides the industry's only Converged Data Platform that integrates the power of Hadoop and Spark with global event streaming, real-time database capabilities, and enterprise storage, enabling customers to harness the enormous power of their data. Organizations with the most demanding production needs, including sub-second response for fraud prevention, secure and highly available data-driven insights for better healthcare, petabyte analysis for threat detection, and integrated operational and analytic processing for improved customer experiences, run on MapR. A majority of customers achieves payback in fewer than 12 months and realizes greater than 5X ROI. MapR ensures customer success through world-class professional services and with free on-demand training that over 50,000 developers, data analysts and administrators have used to close the big data skills gap. Amazon, Cisco, Google, HPE, Microsoft, SAP, and Teradata are part of the worldwide MapR partner ecosystem. Investors include Google Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA, Qualcomm Ventures and Redpoint Ventures. Connect with MapR on LinkedIn, and Twitter.     # # #   Terrorism Impacts Global Supply Chain 2016-03-23T23:39:02Z terrorism-impacts-global-supply-chain Increased number of terrorism incidents contributed to major disruptions to international shipping in Europe and Middle East. In 2015, BSI noted a number of cross-border issues that threatened supply chains across the world. This included damages caused by cargo theft worth AUD$29.7 billion; increased number of terrorism incidents contributed to billions of dollars in losses to global shipping companies; an influx of migrants in Europe that harmed supply chain integrity across the continent; economic downturns in Argentina, Brazil, and China; and issues of political transparency that drove social unrest in Africa and Central America. Extreme weather events, including many attributed to the El Nino phenomenon, caused supply chain disruptions and threatened business continuity in multiple regions. There were also several industries that were plagued by poor enforcement of labour regulations, allowing for significant rates of child or forced labour in Argentina and India, among other nations. Nearly AUD$30 billion was lost due to cargo theft worldwide in 2015 from a variety of supply chain threats, predominantly driven by security concerns. South Africa has seen a 30 per cent increase in cargo truck hijackings over the last year, with thieves using high levels of violence and switching from targeting only high value goods to also targeting lower value items. Daring vehicle shipment thefts have become increasingly commonplace in China, with a recent series of in-transit vehicle thefts occurring along the busy G45 highway. More sophisticated attacks were observed in India throughout 2015, where criminal gangs masterminded new techniques to steal goods without breaking customs seals in order to avoid detection – a major risk for companies participating in international supply chain security programs. In Europe, disruptions in trade caused by the ISIS terrorist group clearly highlighted the link between terrorism and the supply chain. Border controls in France following the November attacks in Paris are estimated to have cost the Belgian shipping industry AUD$4.6 million. Terrorist-linked smuggling rings were also identified to be colluding between Spain and the Middle East, the groups illegally transporting shipments of stolen electronics, drugs, weapons and other contraband. Elsewhere, the Jordanian trucking industry suffered AUD$990 million in lost revenue since conflict began in the Middle East in 2011. In addition to theft, business continuity-related threats such as extreme weather events and political and social unrest, led to significant losses for individual companies and national economies last year. 2015’s top five natural disasters caused a collective $33 billion of damage to businesses. In 2016, BSI has identified emerging health crises, such as the Zika virus, could also pose a significant threat to the global supply chain and may lead to work stoppages and protests similar to the supply chain disruptions seen in conjunction with the Ebola epidemic. Labour unrest and factory strikes have also caused considerable financial damage across the world. Factory strikes in China increased by 58.3 per cent from the previous year due to pay disputes, as factory owners struggled to pay workers due to a slowing economy, leading to protests. The withholding of wages was cited as a major cause in 75 per cent of protests and generated losses of up to AUD$35 million in the footwear industry. Labour unrest is likely to continue in China in 2016, regardless of whether the economy improves. Numerous cases of child and forced labour were exposed in 2015, highlighting the need for visibility into corporate supply chain to mitigate the risk of human rights abuses. Nearly 80 per cent of Argentina’s textile industry was found to be sourcing from unregulated facilities, where forced, child labour and poor working conditions are common. BSI also noted an increase in the risk of child labour use in India due to the existence of loopholes in labour reforms approved in 2015. In response to these and other recent concerns, European countries and the United States last year moved to pass laws mandating reporting on corporate social responsibility issues in corporate supply chains.   Jim Yarbrough, Global Intelligence Program Manager at BSI commented: “Companies are facing an increasingly wide range of challenges to their supply chain, from human rights issues to acts of violent theft and natural disasters. Such complexity creates extreme levels of risk for organizations, both directly affecting the bottom line but perhaps more seriously, hidden threats to the supply chain which, if ignored, could do serious harm to a company’s hard-earned reputation.” The biggest threats to the global supply chain in 2016 include: Global cargo theft cost estimated to grow by a further AUD$1.3 billion in 2016. Increased concerns in China, Germany, India, Mexico, South Africa, and United States Continued tensions in South China Sea predicted to lead to further protests and disruptions On-going conflict in Syria will continue to impact supply chains Migrant crisis will continue to lead to port disruptions. European Union/Schengen border controls predicted to have far-reaching impact. ISIS is predicted to remain a significant threat to disrupt supply chains Labour unrest in China is predicted to persist, as a slowdown in the Chinese economy continues and more jobs move to neighbouring countries Weather disruptions e.g. La Nina phenomenon Global health crises e.g. Zika and Ebola The report is based on data from BSI’s Supply Chain Risk Exposure Evaluation Network (SCREEN), which provides continuous evaluation across 22 proprietary risk factors and 204 countries. BSI’s 2015 SCREEN data and analysis reveals a clear picture of the changing global threat landscape and how this varies by country, continent, and industry sector. To download a copy of BSI’s 2015 Global Supply Chain Intelligence Report, please click here.  - ENDS-   About BSI BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Renowned for its marks of excellence including the consumer recognized BSI Kitemark™, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Built Environment, Food, Healthcare and ICT. With 80,000 clients in 182 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.  To learn more, please visit www.bsigroup.com/en-au   About BSI Supply Chain Solutions BSI Supply Chain Solutions is the leading global provider of supply chain intelligence, auditing services, audit compliance and risk management software solutions, and advisory services. Our mission is to help corporations, governments and associations identify, manage and mitigate global supply chain risks and maintain world class governance risk and compliance programs. Our holistic supply chain risk management suite is designed to predict and visualize risk, and develop robust risk mitigation and compliance management programs to protect your supply chain, brand and reputation. Our intelligence-infused supply chain solutions and global network empower our clients to understand global supply chain risk with unequaled precision. To learn more, please visit www.bsi-supplychainsolutions.com      Media enquiries: BSI Marketing Department                Tel: +61 2 8877 7131          Email: marketing.au@bsigroup.com Marc Barnes Managing Director - BSI Group Australia and NZ Tel: +61 2 8877 7100 Email: marc.barnes@bsigroup.com    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). First company certified by BSI Australia to revised Quality Management standard 2016-03-09T01:56:27Z first-company-certified-by-bsi-australia-to-revised-quality-management-standard SYC is the first company to achieve certification to ISO 9001:2015 under independent assessment by BSI Australia. The standard, which was published in September 2015, has been updated to ensure that it continues to help organizations manage quality, reduce risk and ensure organizational resilience.Gordon Wilckens, Head of Quality, Compliance and Risk, SYC comments  “As a long-standing client, BSI has supported us throughout the transition, keeping us informed of changes and providing a wealth of information via various platforms in order to help our senior leadership team understand the benefits of this new standard.”SYC believes that certification to ISO 9001:2015, which has been created with service providers in mind, demonstrate their commitment to upholding the highest standard of governance and transparency in a highly competitive market.SYC is a not-for-profit organization, centred on employment, training and youth services. Last year, SYC helped more than 55,300 Australians in the areas of Home, Wellbeing, Learning and Working. With certification to the National Standards for Disability Services (NSDS) standard already in place SYC wanted to see if the new ISO 9001 version could be aligned to deliver efficiencies and streamline business operations. They were interested to see if the revised standard would reflect the needs of a service company more than previous versions.Marc Barnes, Managing Director at BSI Australia, commented: “SYC should be really proud of their achievement. Certification to ISO 9001:2015 helps organizations to prioritize their business needs whilst enabling them to their manage quality, improve efficiency and become more resilient.”ISO 9001, the most widely-adopted quality management systems standard, has benefited millions of organizations globally - with users reporting increased growth and productivity and significantly higher customer satisfaction and retention.