The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-17T00:29:32Z Dell Boomi Acquires ManyWho 2017-03-17T00:29:32Z dell-boomi-acquires-manywho ROUND ROCK, Texas, Mar. 16, 2017 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) announced it has completed a transaction to acquire ManyWho™, a unified cloud and low-code development platform. ManyWho simplifies workflow automation and allows businesses and developers to turn business processes into rich software applications to connect employees, customers and core systems. Workflow automation is a critical need for modern businesses and organizations pursuing digital transformation and IT modernization. Adding the ManyWho low-code capabilities to Boomi’s market-leading integration platform accelerates the company’s ability to deliver workflow automation to customers on a unified platform, something no other company can match. The acquisition unlocks the ability for businesses to maximize best-of-breed cloud applications, driving efficiency, increasing time to value and building a competitive advantage. With the addition of ManyWho, the Boomi platform provides customers with the enabling technology to address the challenges of Hybrid IT. Now, the platform allows businesses to connect, manage data changes, ensure data quality and re-establish efficient business processes across your IT landscape. Boomi is the world’s leading cloud integration platform. ManyWho is rethinking the way businesses manage workflow automation. Together, the Boomi platform offers the only solution where customers can move, manage, govern and automate data and processes in a unified way. “Both Boomi and ManyWho were born in the cloud and are cloud native. Without an on-premises legacy to manage, Boomi provides instant access to services with no installation, effortless and automatic software upgrades and crowd-sourced ease-of-use to achieve short time-to-value,” said Chris McNabb, CEO of Boomi. “Boomi plus ManyWho brings world class integration together with leading cloud workflow automation. This combination provides our customers with a connected workflow which is key to an efficient and differentiated business.” “Boomi is a perfect fit for ManyWho. Both companies are committed to delivering innovative ways to help companies move fast, be nimble and collaborate at scale,” said Steve Wood, co-founder of ManyWho. “Joining Boomi allows ManyWho to scale quickly, offering businesses the end-to-end integration solution they need to drive Digital Transformation.’’ ManyWho was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Boomi plans to keep ManyWho’s employees and existing operations, and will continue to invest in additional engineering, channel, marketing, professional services, support and sales capability to grow this business. To learn more about how these new Boomi workflow features can help your business or see a demonstration, please visit: www.boomi.com/workflow. About ManyWho ManyWho is an agile, enterprise-level, cloud-based, application development platform. Agility doesn’t have to mean compromise however – ManyWho builds social, mobile (including offline) and real-time applications that can run on any desktop or mobile device, operating system or platform. Headquartered in San Francisco and with a presence in Exeter, UK, ManyWho is revolutionizing the world of business process effectiveness by helping corporations get the best out of their existing applications and investments. About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, accelerates business agility by integrating the information organizations need whenever and however they need it. The Boomi integration platform dramatically transforms the way organizations connect, create, manage and govern all their applications and data. As a result, more than 5,300 organizations of all sizes use the Boomi platform to run smarter, faster, better. Boomi also helps customers drastically reduce implementation times and offers substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM and API management solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © Dell and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. ManyWho is a trademark of Boomi Inc., a Dell subsidiary. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. # # # Dell Boomi Names VP of Business Development to Expand Global Partner Channel 2017-01-19T01:39:59Z dell-boomi-names-vp-of-business-development-to-expand-global-partner-channel ROUND ROCK, Texas--Dell Boomi (Boomi) today announced that it has appointed David Tavolaro as its vice president of business development. Tavolaro is responsible for advancing Boomi’s fast-growing global partner channel, which has grown more than fifty percent in the last year. His appointment reflects Boomi’s commitment to strengthen its channel to support growing global demand for its award-winning integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) to help organizations rapidly and cost-effectively integrate data across applications in hybrid IT environments of cloud-based and legacy on-premises systems. In this role, Tavolaro heads up Boomi’s go-to-market strategy and execution across a partner network of independent software vendors (ISVs), global systems integrators (GSIs) and regional IT consultancies, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and referral partners. “The channel is in our DNA and has been a vital part of our success to date. We believe it will be an accelerator for growth as Boomi expands globally,” said Will Corkery, Boomi VP of worldwide sales and business development. “David’s deep industry and operational experience, combined with growing global demand for iPaaS cloud integration will help further Boomi’s position as the number one integration cloud for companies of all sizes.” Tavolaro brings to Boomi more than two decades of sales, channel and executive management leadership experience in the enterprise software and services industry. Prior to Boomi, Tavolaro served for nearly 11 years as vice president, sales, at the systems integration and technology management firm Anexinet. Before that, he held senior-level positions at Computer Sciences Corporation, DataChannel, Actium and Accenture. “Boomi has revolutionized integration in the cloud. Its ability to connect cloud platforms, software-as-a-service applications, and on-premises systems is unprecedented,” Tavolaro said. “I’m thrilled to join Boomi and contribute to its advancement and leadership in the fast-growing iPaaS market. Using the Boomi platform, forward-thinking partners will capitalize on an incredible opportunity to power digital transformation for their customers to drive innovation and help them leapfrog the competition.” About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi delivers the first and only multi-purpose PaaS for AtomSphere integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), Master Data Management (MDM) and API Management, and enables customers to integrate any combination of cloud and on-premises applications without software, appliances or coding. Organizations of all sizes, from growing mid-market companies to very large enterprises, enjoy rapid time to value as a result of drastically reduced implementation times and substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM, and API management solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © Dell and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Kordia Solutions Australia Sees Significant Business Benefits from Dell Boomi Cloud-Based Integration 2017-01-17T00:00:00Z kordia-solutions-australia-sees-significant-business-benefits-from-dell-boomi-cloud-based-integration Sydney, Australia – Jan. 17, 2017 – Dell Boomi has announced that Kordia Solutions Australia has transformed its internal processes and customer services delivery capabilities using Boomi’s AtomSphere integration platform as a service (iPaaS). The alignment of data across key ERP and warehouse platforms has resulted in significant cost savings for the business. Kordia is a communications, cyber security, broadcast and infrastructure services provider which operates in both Australia and New Zealand. Following a period of significant business expansion – and with renewed focus on providing innovative digital customer service solutions – Kordia Solutions Australia recognised its former business processes were not operating to optimum performance levels. Previously, Kordia Solutions Australia’s core platform which is responsible for finances, warehouse management and customer interactions was not connected with the wider ecosystem, and therefore unable to transfer data in real-time – this meant there was potential for misalignment of records. As part of a comprehensive digital business transformation to create seamless data flow throughout the organisation, Kordia Solutions Australia identified the need for effective integration that would allow in-house applications, SAP and cloud-based applications to share data and create visibility for all employees and end users. In doing so, Kordia was able to reduce the cost of data reconciliation under its former processes. Kordia Solutions Australia selected Boomi for its powerful and scalable cloud-based integration capabilities, as well as the simplicity of the platform. Alternative platforms were developer-focused and required the deployment of additional resources which would generate additional costs. “With a new digital customer strategy in place, we implemented Boomi to help provide the ‘software glue’ between our network and applications to manage secure access to, and exchange of, information amongst our staff and customers located throughout Australia,” said Mark O’Dwyer, General Manager IT, Kordia Solutions Australia. “Boomi has delivered direct and measurable benefits; we now have peace of mind in knowing our data is up to date and accurate across integrated systems, allowing us to connect with customers and partners, improving time-to-value externally.” “Boomi was attractive because there was no requirement to hire and engage developers, and no dedicated resources were needed to complete the implementation. Training existing staff to use Boomi was simple because the platform is configurable through visual design and inbuilt connectors, making it significantly easier to understand,” said O’Dwyer. Kordia implemented Boomi AtomSphere with support from Boomi partner and integration specialist, WDCi Group, which was engaged from the start of the project to aid the design and deployment process. WDCi ensured the roll-out was simple due to its expertise in integrating to SAP and experience with web services, file and database application vendors. “Lacking complete visibility across an organisation’s in-house applications can result in significant unexpected costs, particularly for companies that manage large stock levels,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan, Dell Boomi. “By integrating systems via Boomi AtomSphere, Kordia Solutions Australia has streamlined its environment to ensure that data is effectively synchronised and readily available so that employees can provide services to their customers without delay while costs are kept down.” About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi delivers the first and only multi-purpose PaaS for AtomSphere integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), Master Data Management (MDM) and API Management, and enables customers to integrate any combination of cloud and on-premises applications without software, appliances or coding. Organizations of all sizes, from growing mid-market companies to very large enterprises, enjoy rapid time to value as a result of drastically reduced implementation times and substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM and API management solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © Dell, Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Wrays acquires EKM ip as part of its national expansion plans 2016-12-20T20:00:00Z wrays-acquires-ekm-ip-as-part-of-its-national-expansion-plans-1 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 21 December 2016 -- Wrays, one of Australia’s largest independent intellectual property firms, today announced that it has acquired Melbourne-based EKM ip. The acquisition is part of Wrays’ long-term vision to remain independent, while further expanding its operations Australia-wide. The combination of Wrays and EKM will be the largest independent intellectual property firm in the Melbourne market, including a significant trademarks portfolio. “The legal and patent attorney services marketplace is rapidly evolving and consolidating, and to remain competitive we focus on offering our clients access to a broad range of IP, legal and strategic consulting services on a national level,” says Frank Hurley, Chief Executive Officer, Wrays. “The combined entity will solidify our presence in Melbourne giving our clients on-the-ground access to highly qualified and experienced attorneys. “By maintaining our independence, we continue to focus on what’s best for our clients, which is high quality IP and legal advice, rather than be distracted by the demands of a listed parent company and shareholder return. “EKM is a great cultural fit and I have been truly impressed with the calibre of their management team, staff and client service,” he added. EKM Principals Jennifer McEwan and David King will continue in the new joint entity. “We determined that becoming part of the Wrays network would ensure that our clients continue to receive the best possible long-term service, with access to intellectual property experts nationwide,” says Jennifer McEwan. “We will work closely with Wrays to ensure a seamless transition for our clients and employees, and we look forward to providing our clients with additional expertise and specialised IP services locally and globally.” The integration of the two firms will be effective as of 31 March 2017. The new, combined entity will operate out of Wrays’ offices on Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD. About Wrays Wrays was established in Perth in 1920 and is now one of Australia’s largest independent intellectual property (IP) firms. Wrays’ exceptional technical and legal experts provide services in the recognition, protection and prosecution of IP rights across a broad range of industries and technologies. Wrays is frequently shortlisted as one of the leading IP and boutique law firms in Australia. For more information, visit www.wrays.com.au. About EKM EKM ip was established over 10 years ago to provide small to medium businesses and emerging enterprises with specialist intellectual property advice and services needed to protect and commercialise innovative ideas, concepts and technology. For more information, visit www.ekmlegal.com. For more information: Joanna Stevens Kramer BLiNK Communications for Wrays 0408 466 410 joanna@blinkcomms.com.au UTRC can employ Stawell Gold Mine’s new unemployed workers 2016-12-13T11:56:40Z utrc-can-employ-stawell-mine-s-new-unemployed-workers Following his Open Letter* to Stawell residents advising them of a misinformation campaign regarding UTRC’s removal of the largest tyre stockpile in Australia, Dr Matthew Starr is again imploring the Victorian Government to take steps that will see the business start employing many of Stawell Gold Mines’ retrenched workers. With up to 150 people losing their jobs at the mine (announced Tuesday, 13 December), UTRC offers Stawell a chance to employ up to 50 people in early 2017.  “All we request from the government is to waive some of the small regulatory fees that UTRC has been hit with, and provide greater support for our efforts to eliminate Victoria’s number one environmental hazard,” said Dr Starr. “UTRC is the only new business of size attempting to become operational in Stawell that can employ up to 30 per cent of the newly unemployed.  “UTRC is the best option for the unemployed workers who now face a very unhappy Christmas and New Year, with a bleak outlook for 2017.” The Stawell tyre stockpile comprises almost 9 million tyres, which UTRC purchased in June 2015 to create a new, environmentally-friendly, clean-tech facility to recycle the tyres. Dr Starr added, “We intend to support the workers of Stawell for the long term and as UTRC in Stawell has been classified as a Transfer Station for Victoria's used tyres, we can assure the town that there will be jobs well into the future.” * You can view the Open Letter, which is being delivered this week, at http://utrc.com.au/open-letter-to-stawell-residents/ and a copy should be attached. Dr Matthew Starr can be contacted on 0402 457 315. Dell Boomi Builds on Integration Cloud Leadership with Latest Release; Empowers Customers to Be More Productive and Move Faster with Increased Confidence 2016-12-08T01:44:12Z dell-boomi-builds-on-integration-cloud-leadership-with-latest-release-empowers-customers-to-be-more-productive-and-move-faster-with-increased-confidence ROUND ROCK, Texas – Dec. 7, 2016 – Dell Boomi (Boomi) announced the Fall 2016 release of its award-winning integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) to help organizations rapidly and cost-effectively integrate data across applications in hybrid IT environments of cloud-based and legacy on-premises systems. The latest release enables Boomi customers to more efficiently build a connected business at scale, with new features to increase user productivity, accelerate implementation and provide unparalleled control of integrations. “Cloud adoption is driving a dramatic surge in integration requirements across business applications, as well as creating new opportunities for enterprises to connect with customers and partners,” said Chris McNabb, CEO of Boomi. “This means integration teams are under ever increasing pressure to demonstrate agility and deliver more, at an accelerated pace. With this release, our platform provides organizations with the speed and confidence to better engage their customers and leapfrog the competition.” The release furthers Boomi’s position as the number one integration cloud for companies of all sizes. Boomi introduced the industry’s first complete iPaaS solution in 2007 and now supplies more than 5,000 customers with enterprise-grade capabilities for any-to-any data and application integration, master data management (MDM) and API management within its unified platform. Boomi’s Fall 2016 release includes more than 200 features that have been added over several months and are now generally available. Highlights include the following. Increased Productivity with User Experience Enhancements Boomi pioneered ease of use in cloud integration with a simple drag-and-drop user interface (UI). In this release, Boomi delivers an enhanced UI to offer improved guidance and assistance for users throughout the platform, including more robust search functions and embedded help. These enhancements allow new Boomi users to rapidly become proficient, and provide existing users easier access to the functionality they need to implement, deploy and monitor their integrations. In addition, users can now easily tailor the interface to show or hide different configuration components based on what is needed, as well as to provide additional space for working on large, multi-step integration processes. Faster Implementation with Boomi Connectors and Application Integration Accelerators Boomi continues to reduce implementation complexity through pre-built connectors, allowing customers to easily handle their ever-growing need to integrate across a diverse landscape of applications. Boomi has expanded its list of connectors for popular applications and cloud services, and its set of configurable technology connectors for common types of integrations. With this release, Boomi has added or updated connectors for Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS), DoubleClick by Google, Hobsons, Intuit QuickBooks 2016, Magento, Marketo, Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, Microsoft Azure SQL Database and SQL Data Warehouse, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, MQTT, NetSuite, Oracle Taleo Cloud Service, Salesforce, SAP, Slack, SugarCRM, and UltiPro. In addition to the extensive set of Boomi Connectors, this release provides the following implementation accelerators: Boomi Process Library: available directly within the Boomi UI, customers can now access more than 25 pre-built integration processes that serve as examples and starting points for implementing their own integrations. The process library will continue to add new integration best practices from experienced practitioners within Boomi. Integration Pack User Interface: available as an open source project that has been contributed by Boomi, this web application provides Boomi partners and customers with a complete reference to accelerate development of their own custom interfaces for provisioning, configuring and managing integration packs. Using the source code (available at https://bitbucket.org/boomi-community/), which includes the entire library of Boomi APIs, integration pack applications can be rapidly developed, customized and stylized for the purposes of embedding within company portals, partner applications and marketplaces. New Data Governance and Security Features to Ensure Compliance A natural consequence of an integration-enabled organization is the need to maintain data governance and security policies. In the area of Master Data Management (MDM), Boomi has added a number of new capabilities that allow for more effective governance of data across the enterprise. Records that have been quarantined based on data quality rules can be selectively merged with their associated golden records when a quarantined record includes relevant or more current data. And with the new historical reporting feature, data stewards can easily create and view reports using multiple parameters to gain insights on data quality trends. Another new feature is the ability to create custom data stewardship roles that can be applied to groups of users based on the specific data governance needs of an organization. To help Boomi customers ensure the security of data passing between different applications and systems, Boomi’s certificate management feature helps customers replace a certificate quickly and easily. This release provides the ability to review certifications at least once a month for any that might be expiring, to import and deploy certificates any time before the expiration date and have them ready for use when needed and to review an audit history of who changed a certificate and when. Better Control with New Deployment Management The Boomi platform provides a unified solution for handling all types of data interactions that take place within an organization and includes integration as well as features for MDM, electronic data interchange (EDI) and API Management. With this release, Boomi has further improved its capabilities for ensuring visibility and control over what has been deployed into production. Customers using Boomi for EDI transactions now have a new feature for viewing how they are interacting with their trading partners. The “where used” tab in the trading partner setup shows all processes that reference the selected trading partner, along with the deployment status for each process. Also, in the area of API Management, Boomi now has an API deployment console, offering customers a central screen to view all their APIs and providing a single location to track the deployment status of each published API for easier, more efficient management. Visit the Dell Boomi blog to read more about the new capabilities and enhancements in the Dell Boomi Fall 2016 Product Release. Supporting Quotes Thanks to Boomi’s drag-and-drop interface and pre-built connectors, we are able to provide our stakeholders with the data and automation improvements they need in far less time. We use Boomi across our SaaS ecosystem to seamlessly connect our corporate data. This makes our company more agile and facilitates better decision-making across the various teams in Zendesk. We appreciate Boomi’s partnership in developing features that enable IT to be responsive and scale in a smart way. – Mindy Lieberman, Senior Director, Information Technology, Zendesk Dell Boomi provides flexible and easy ways to move data into our Radius CRM, which is critical for our clients’ success. We needed a tool that could be automated, provided a means to transform and clean data, and, most importantly, was easy for users to consume -- Boomi’s integration templates provide a preformatted means to map data to custom fields, transform values to match institutional definitions, and automate the process to increase efficiency. The product team at Hobsons leveraged the configuration tools and support resources available through the Integration Pack User Interface (IPUI) to build integration templates that address all of these needs. – Jennifer Beyer, Director, Product Management for Hobsons Analyst Perspective “By 2019, iPaaS will be the integration platform of choice for new integration projects, overtaking traditional, software-based integration platforms for the first time.” – Gartner, “Selecting the Most Suitable Platform for Cloud Service Integration”, Keith Guttridge and Massimo Pezzini, Oct 24, 2016 “iPaaS is a key building block for creating platforms that disrupt traditional integration markets due to a faster time to value proposition.” “iPaaS is a key enabler for an API strategy and therefore the API economy. APIs are implicit to facilitating digital, mobile and IoT, while mesh application and service architecture (MASA) and "API first" integration patterns are increasingly becoming in vogue.” – Gartner, August 18, 2016, “Emerging Technology Analysis: Integration Platform as a Service”, Bindi Bhullar, Massimo Pezzini and Fabrizo Biscotti About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi delivers the first and only multi-purpose PaaS for AtomSphere integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), Master Data Management (MDM) and API Management, and enables customers to integrate any combination of cloud and on-premises applications without software, appliances or coding. Organizations of all sizes, from growing mid-market companies to very large enterprises, enjoy rapid time to value as a result of drastically reduced implementation times and substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM, and API management solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © Dell and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Dell Boomi’s Asia-Pacific and Japan Expansion Continues with Key Senior Hires 2016-12-06T02:09:18Z dell-boomi-s-asia-pacific-and-japan-expansion-continues-with-key-senior-hires Sydney, Australia – December 6, 2016 – Dell Boomi has further expanded its footprint in Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) with three new senior hires to cater for strong local demand for cloud-based integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS).   The appointments comprise Michelle Grange and David Flaks, who join the company as Enterprise Account Executives, and Richard Snowden, who fills the role of Inside Sales Executive.   With more than 35 years’ experience in software and services sales between them, Grange and Flaks have been appointed to manage business development and customer relations for Boomi’s southern and northern operations in Australia, respectively.   Grange previously held senior roles at SugarCRM and Microsoft, among other software companies, where she worked with multiple top 100 Australian organisations across most industry sectors.   Having formerly had high-profile stints at InfoReady, IBM and Dell, Flaks brings to Boomi extensive experience in client management and team leadership, in both direct and partner sales roles.   Meanwhile, Snowden will work directly with regional organisations on their digital transformation strategies, and act as the first point of contact for them. Snowden joins Boomi from Mulesoft where he was responsible for account development across Australia and New Zealand as the company’s lead Inside Sales Representative.   Boomi launched its APJ operations with the opening of its Sydney office in April 2016. Michael Evans was appointed to lead the business as Managing Director for Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ), based in Sydney. Evans’ appointment coincided with that of Linda Urlich, Partner and Alliances Manager APJ, and Tania Mushtaq, Senior Marketing Manager APJ, who were joined soon after by a number of additional new executives.  Boomi currently employs 13 staff in the region.   Since launch, Boomi has experienced significant demand from local organisations requiring powerful and simple cloud integration capabilities to connect best-of-breed, business-critical applications.   “Traditional methods for integration typically can no longer cost-effectively meet the integration needs of rapidly evolving businesses,” said Evans. “This is why local organisations are increasingly implementing iPaaS; it provides cloud-based integration capabilities that can be tailored to the specific needs of the company and its various departments.   “The appointments of Michelle, David and Richard provide Boomi with further presence to cater for this demand in Australia and New Zealand. Their experience in the local software industry builds on our existing expertise, allowing us to align even more closely with local companies’ business needs.”  About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi delivers the first and only multi-purpose PaaS for AtomSphere integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), Master Data Management (MDM) and API Management, and enables customers to integrate any combination of cloud and on-premises applications without software, appliances or coding. Organisations of all sizes, from growing mid-market companies to very large enterprises, enjoy rapid time to value as a result of drastically reduced implementation times and substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM and API management solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © Dell, Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Technologies. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Aussie inventor leading his company to global growth 2016-10-12T22:00:00Z aussie-inventor-leading-his-company-to-global-growth Media Release October 2016 CEO, founder and inventor Rory Kennard, is leading his design-led company, Makinex, on a mission to roll out 20 world-first innovative products in 20 countries in the next 10 years, as they source new global distributors in Japan , USA, Europe and the Middle East. The innovative company, who already have offices in Sydney and Los Angeles has a big picture vision for its future and is focused on innovation, invention and disruption of the construction industry. Inspired by safety issues and doing things better, Rory Kennard, set out to create solutions for problems and challenges that tradies and contractors were having in their everyday roles in the sector. The team have invented over 13 products since its inception in 2004. Biggest sellers include the Powered Hand Truck, Makinex Dual Pressure Washer and Jack Hammer Trolley, but they also have designed and created generators, tile smasher heads, floor saws and floor strippers as part of their product portfolio. With the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy identifying the construction industry as a priority for work health and safety* and 35 construction employees seriously injured each day*, Makinex has made it their mission to make inefficiencies extinct. A recent launch of product, the Powered Hand Truck, has already seen the company win Safe Work Australia’s ‘Good Design’ Award earlier this year. The revolutionary machine, allows just one person to pick up small and bulky loads weighing up to 140kg (309lbs). As there is no need for a license, this makes the Powered Hand Truck ideal for lifting small bulky goods that would usually need more than one person or take up valuable forklift time. It has the potential to cut shoulder and back injuries from heavy lifting, creating a safer and efficient environment in the workplace. In Feb 2016 Makinex PHT won The Rental Award in the UK and immediately after this win had a PHT product video go viral prompting international interest in the product and business. On his businesses growth, Kennard says, “Makinex strives towards continuous improvement and making inefficiencies extinct in the workplace. We are constantly looking closely at the marketplace to find unique, innovative and practical product solutions that provide the construction and rental industries with a better way to do their jobs to save time, physical effort and money”. “It’s exciting times here as we begin to drive the business forward. Robotics are next on the list, with my team continuing to innovate and solve problems every day” “We believe that ‘good enough’ is never enough for our customers”, says Kennard. View the multi-award winning Powered Hand Truck here CEO, Rory Kennard and GGM, Paul Weaver with the existing Makinex range ENDS * http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/statistics/industry/pages/industry *http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/926/fatalities-in-construction.pdf For further information, hi-res photos & interviews please see below Dropbox link and contact: Sophie Chant | Rhetoric PR | 0434 104 502 | sophie@rhetoricpr.com.au Makinex Makinex is an award winning company which is set to disrupt the construction industry with their unique and innovatively designed products which provide a better way of getting the job done. The company has offices in Sydney and LA and their products are distributed and sold around the world and stocked in Home Depot in the US. Only JHT in Home depot With plans to expand the existing designed product range, growth in local and global markets and a commitment to ongoing research and development, Makinex is experiencing unprecedented growth, particularly in our own line of designed and manufactured products. List of products: Hose 2 Go Generator 16 kVA Powered Hand Truck -140 Makinex Jackhammer Trolley Tile Smasher Jackhammer Attachment Flippable Wide Chisel Jackhammer Attachment Makinex Dual Pressure Washer 4000psi Makinex Dual Pressure Washer 2500psi Makinex Floor Saw Makinex Floor Stripper Generator 10kVA Petrol Generator 9kVA Diesel Generator 6kVA Petrol http://www.makinex.com.au/ Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design goes to a Materials Handling device with a difference 2016-10-12T06:46:38Z safe-work-australia-s-award-for-good-design-goes-to-a-materials-handling-device-with-a-difference Creativity, innovation and design has come together, winning Makinex Construction Products’ Powered Hand Truck Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design last weekend. The revolutionary machine, the Powered Hand Truck, replaces the need for a forklift and has the potential to cut shoulder and back injuries in the workplace. The Makinex Powered Hand Truck is a universal materials handling solution that enables one person to safely lift and load small equipment or bulky goods weighing up to 140kg (309lbs). It provides a quick and easy alternative to using a forklift or tailgate loader for small loads. The inaugural Safe Work Australia Award for Good Design was selected from finalists across all categories in the 2016 Good Design Awards. Makinex were presented with their award as part of the 2016 Good Design Awards ceremony on 27 May 2016. Since using the Powered Hand Truck, Australian company Kennard’s Hire has seen a significant decrease in shoulder and back injuries. It has become an indispensible piece of equipment in Kennards Hire across Australia and New Zealand. “A focus on health and safety in design helps eliminate hazards and risks before they enter the workplace. Good work design can radically transform the workplace in ways that benefit the business, workers, clients and others in the supply chain.” said Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ms Michelle Baxter. “Makinex is about making inefficiencies extinct, where the name itself comes from this driving force. Makinex strives towards continuous improvement by looking close at it’s business to find unique, innovative and practical product solutions that provide the construction and rental industries with a better way to do their jobs to save time, physical effort and money”, says CEO Rory Kennard, who plays an instrumental part in the design and development of many of Makinex’s products. Makinex is an Australian owned private company that have been experts in the design, development and distribution of innovative products since 2004, providing solutions to the construction, landscaping, equipment hire, infrastructure and related industries. With plans to expand the existing designed product range, growth in local and global markets with offices in Los Angeles, and a global dealer network they have a commitment to ongoing research and development, Makinex is experiencing exponential growth, particularly in its own line of designed and manufactured products. “We believe that ‘good enough’ is never enough for our customers”, says Kennard. Watch the multi-award winning Powered Hand Truck here ENDS For further information, hi-res photos & interviews please see below Dropbox link and contact: Sophie Chant | Rhetoric PR | 0434 104 502 | sophie@rhetoricpr.com.au Makinex Makinex is an award winning company which is set to disrupt the construction industry with their unique and innovatively designed products which provide a better way of getting the job done. The company has offices in Sydney and LA and their products are distributed and sold around the world and stocked in Home Depot in the US. Only JHT in Home depot With plans to expand the existing designed product range, growth in local and global markets and a commitment to ongoing research and development, Makinex is experiencing unprecedented growth, particularly in our own line of designed and manufactured products. List of products: Hose 2 Go Generator 16 kVA Powered Hand Truck -140 Makinex Jackhammer Trolley Tile Smasher Jackhammer Attachment Flippable Wide Chisel Jackhammer Attachment Makinex Dual Pressure Washer 4000psi Makinex Dual Pressure Washer 2500psi Makinex Floor Saw Makinex Floor Stripper Generator 10kVA Petrol Generator 9kVA Diesel Generator 6kVA Petrol http://www.makinex.com.au/ Ready. Steady. Risk. 2 months to go! 2016-09-25T10:01:40Z ready-steady-risk-2-months-to-go Ready. Steady. Risk. 2 months to go! RMIA National Conference to deliver an impressive array of keynote speakers. 25th September 2016, Sydney, Australia, The Risk Management Institution of Australasia conference takes place on the 16th-18th of November 2016 at The Crowne Conference Centre in Melbourne. One of the keynote speakers, Chris MacKinnon, from Lloyd’s will examine Emerging Risk. MacKinnon states: “Lloyd’s defines an emerging risk as an issue that is perceived to be potentially significant but which may not be fully understood or allowed for in insurance terms and conditions, pricing, reserving or capital setting. It is important to understand that in some cases the threat itself is not emerging, but our vulnerability to the risk it poses is. Human Pandemic is a good example – The Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918 killed nearly 100m people. Modern medicine, response coordination and communications have significantly improved the risk, but global society, and international movement of people increases the threat for the fast spread of disease dramatically. Spanish Flu took three months to go global – Swine Flu took three weeks.” Keynote speaker, Kate Hughes, Chief Risk Officer at Telstra will review the differences between risk management between public and private sector organisations. Kate Hughes gives us a taste of what will be discussed by highlighting the following: “There are a few differences, some of it is driven by different stakeholders but there is also the issue of transparency and that can drive different approaches to risk appetite and risk management. Most privately held companies are not required to disclose their financial information and they don’t need shareholder approval for their strategy so can possibly choose to pursue more (or less) risk. This can mean that they can shift their focus more simply, potentially focusing more on long term growth rather than making sure shareholders are receiving their dividends. However private companies may struggle to attract directors with risk management experience as they often have smaller boards and the regulatory requirements around governance aren’t so obvious, so there may be a disconnect between management and board about how risk should be managed, and yet in some cases given the lack of capital markets support, it’s arguable that risk management practices should be stronger. You could argue that in publicly listed companies the board is required to very visibly manage risk and there is greater transparency about how they do that but these organisations tend to be larger with strong capital markets supporting them whereas in private companies the board is less visible and there are fewer requirements around risk management and disclosure of governance practices. Generally speaking, public corporations are more likely to be subject to regulatory scrutiny, particularly those with specific regulatory risk requirements relating to their operations. All of these things will influence the risk tolerance and appetite and ultimately the types of risk management strategies the company employs.” The RMIA conference will be a conduit for ideas, debate, networking and discussion which will become part of the matrix for a better business environment in the Asia Pacific and the international risk community. For more information and to book go to: http://rmiaconference.com.au Media Enquiries: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com IntegrationWorks and Dell Boomi announce industry-leading iPaaS solution for Government and Enterprise 2016-09-19T00:00:00Z integrationworks-and-dell-boomi-announce-industry-leading-ipaas-solution-for-government-and-enterprise Integration specialists, IntegrationWorks, and the world’s leading integration cloud platform, Dell Boomi, today announced an industry-first integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) that will allow government agencies and private enterprises to connect any combination of cloud or on-premises applications. IntegrationWorks has an extensive history of developing innovative integration platforms for enterprises and government agencies throughout New Zealand. Working with Dell Boomi, IntegrationWorks will launch a self-service integration platform to alleviate the complexity surrounding traditional integration projects which are typically lengthy and resource-consuming. Through its membership with the Stack Alliance – a group of leading ICT organisations led by cloud company, Revera, which provides services to the New Zealand government – IntegrationWorks will be able to implement the first iPaaS solution across government agencies in the country utilising the NZ Government-approved Revera Homeland Cloud platform. While traditional integration solutions often include costly license fees, complex software agreements, and convoluted implementation methodologies, the Dell Boomi AtomSphere integration platform is simple to deploy, delivers fast time-to-value and is extremely cost-effective. “We saw a major need in the market to develop shareable connectors for government and private enterprises across New Zealand,” said Grant McKeen, IntegrationWorks Managing Director. “Leveraging the Dell Boomi AtomSphere platform was the obvious choice given its ease to deploy and exceptionally fast time-to-value. “In a thriving digital economy like New Zealand, a cloud-based integration solution customised through IntegrationWorks using the Dell Boomi platform enables rapid time-to-market for new digital channels. It also results in a significant reduction of errors, substantial cost savings and the ability to connect any application that is cloud-based, legacy, or on-premises.” To compete in the government enterprise market, IntegrationWorks also offers a solution to concerns around data sovereignty. “We have developed a comprehensive integration strategy that allows for integration connectors to keep data within New Zealand borders, and only have the data transaction framework processed through the cloud,” said McKeen. “Many of the systems that governments and enterprises rely on to deliver products and services to citizens and consumers remain disparate,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan, Dell Boomi. “Our partnership with IntegrationWorks provides a simple self-service platform so that data can be effectively managed and governed within the unique applications and policy frameworks used by these organisations.” IntegrationWorks and Dell Boomi will host a breakfast event on November 3rd in Wellington to launch the offering into the market and demonstrate the technology. To register, please contact info@integration.works. About IntegrationWorks IntegrationWorks specialises in integration strategy, architecture and devOps for both on-premise, hybrid or cloud-based environments across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. We transform existing legacy enterprise systems into digital and optimised integrated environments by developing custom integration platforms through innovative technology wrapped around specialised API, ESB, EDA and SOA applications. Visit www.integration.works for more information. About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi delivers the first and only multi-purpose PaaS for AtomSphere integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS), Master Data Management (MDM) and API Management, and enables customers to integrate any combination of cloud and on-premises applications without software, appliances or coding. Organisations of all sizes, from growing mid-market companies to very large enterprises, enjoy rapid time to value as a result of drastically reduced implementation times and substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM, and API management solutions. Visit www.boomi.com for more information. About Revera Revera is New Zealand’s cloud services leader. Clients depend on our Homeland® Cloud services platforms and data centre network to perform. Our work is everywhere: workplace productivity tools on tablets, development environments where new software takes shape, platforms that run enterprise systems, virtual capacity that comes to life on command. When performance is everything, Revera keeps your business at its best. Revera is a specialist Cloud Services Provider focused on the New Zealand market, offering Infrastructure, Platform and Software as-a-Service solutions on a scalable pay-as-you-go approach. Many of our platforms are NZ Government Common Capability approved. Revera is a Spark NZ company, and is entirely owned by Spark NZ. DCM Services boosts local presence through acquisition of KD Aire (WA and SA) 2016-09-16T02:48:36Z dcm-services-boosts-local-presence-through-acquisition-of-kd-aire-wa-and-sa As part of its ongoing expansion efforts across the country, South Australian-based Design & Construct Mechanical Services Pty Ltd (DCM Services) has announced its acquisition of KD Aire mechanical services (WA & SA). The move secures a stronghold for DCM Services in the Western Australian market, and strengthens its home town presence in South Australia. DCM Services Director, Daniel Perkins, said the acquisition boosted its workforce by more than 50, to complement their existing resource base for the commercial/industrial air conditioning & refrigeration design and construct specialist. “DCM Services is a market leading, design and construct solution provider of innovative engineered HVAC mechanical services solutions, and we are very pleased to welcome the KD Aire (WA & SA) workforce into our broader team of experienced install and service technicians,” Mr Perkins said. “As we continue expanding our operations we will only align with businesses that share our commitment to high-quality project delivery, client service and satisfaction – and with more than 14 years of supporting WA customers as well as four years in South Australia, KD Aire (WA & SA) ticked all of the boxes,” he said. “This acquisition is another exciting step forward and establishes an acquisition model that can be considered as we look to opportunities along the eastern seaboard and other parts of Australian too.” Established in WA in 2003, KD Aire Mechanical provides support to Commercial, and Industrial clients and Property Managers of all sizes, as well as local government clients. “This acquisition is also great news for all existing customers, who stand to benefit from being supported by an even larger pool of experts who can deliver on all of their needs,” Mr Perkins said. “This reflects our complete confidence in the long-term prosperity of the WA market, and our commitment to being part of the local community and remaining a local employer of choice for many, many years ahead,” he said. KD Aire (SA&WA) will continue to trade under its current name, with the existing management team retained as part of the acquisition, with all other details remaining commercial-in-confidence. About DCM Services Formed in July 2012, SA-based DCM Services provides quality, innovatively engineered air-conditioning mechanical services solutions and installations to commercial and industrial clients with newly-constructed and existing buildings across Australia. Managing Director David Deane-Freeman has over 25 years' experience in the construction industry, with much of that in project management and value engineering on design and construct projects in South Australia, Victoria, ACT and Western Australia.  David is also the State President of AMCA, which represents the air-conditioning and mechanical services association in South Australia. Director Daniel Perkins is a Mechanical Engineer and has been working in the HVAC and construction industry for over 18 years, and offers considerable experience in system design, estimation, value management and project management for all facets of mechanical services installations.  ### AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T01:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au SAI Global acquires Modulo International 2016-08-17T01:19:50Z sai-global-acquires-modulo-international 17 August 2016: SAI Global Limited (ASX: SAI) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire 100 per cent of Modulo International (Modulo Security LLC), a leading IT governance, risk, and compliance (IT GRC) technology solutions company from Brazilian parent company, Modulo Security Solutions SA.  The acquisition, which complements and augments SAI Global’s leading governance, risk and compliance software platform, Compliance 360©, furthers SAI Global’s strategy to focus its globally integrated, risk management solutions business towards higher margin, higher growth software, and digital products and services. Modulo’s IT GRC solution enables Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and Chief Security Officers (CSOs) to address corporate and information security risks and meet compliance obligations. The acquisition includes a perpetual license to the Risk Manager™ platform source code including the right to modify, use and sell the code as required. Modulo Security Solutions SA will continue to own the source code and to deliver its Smart Government and Command and Control solutions worldwide, and will also have the exclusive right to sell its IT GRC solution in Brazil, Mozambique and Angola for a five year period. After 5 years both companies will be free to operate internationally without territorial constraint. By offering a strong portfolio of clients in multiple sectors, the acquisition of Modulo International complements SAI Global’s existing customer base and provides expansion into valuable vertical industries, including consulting, critical infrastructure, energy, higher education, finance, manufacturing, public sector, services and retail. SAI Global CEO, Peter Mullins, said that as an expanding market with material headroom for growth and a ubiquitous client need, IT GRC was identified by SAI Global as a priority opportunity for expansion of the company’s compliance and risk management business and a valuable addition to SAI Global’s leading Compliance 360 risk management software solution. “In an increasingly complex business operating environment, the need for CIOs and CSOs to address corporate and information security risks and meet compliance obligations, is paramount. While already a leader in this space, the opportunity for us to acquire Modulo International arose at the right time. Augmenting Compliance 360 with an IT GRC capability and providing an entry point into a range of complementary client sectors and markets, the acquisition enables us to efficiently accelerate the growth of our global risk software business,” Mullins said. Modulo International has shown consistent year on year growth over the past three years (revenue CAGR 26%) with an increase in annuity revenues from 36 per cent in FY14 to 56 per cent in the last 12 months. When the acquisition is completed Modulo International will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of SAI Global, with the Modulo International team headquartered in Atlanta seamlessly integrating into SAI Global’s Atlanta offices.   END   ABOUT SAI GLOBAL SAI Global makes Intelligent Risk possible. The Company helps organisations proactively manage risk to achieve business excellence, growth, sustainability and ultimately, create trust. SAI Global’s integrated advisory, services and platforms operate across the entire lifecycle allowing businesses to focus on opportunities presented by uncertainty. Their solutions include risk management software, standards and regulatory content, ethics and compliance learning, risk assessments, certification, testing and audits. In Australia, SAI Global are also a leading provider of settlement related services; company, personal and property information. SAI Global Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange with its head office located in Sydney, Australia. The company employs more than 2,000 people across 29 countries and 51 locations across Europe, North America and Asia.  saiglobal.com ABOUT MODULO Modulo International comprises Modulo Security LLC, a US based Delaware Limited Liability Corporation headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (Modulo US) and Modulo Security (Europe) Limited, a UK based wholly owned subsidiary. Modulo International specialises in IT Governance, Risk and Compliance Management (IT GRC) by means of a proprietary IT Risk Management software automation platform, Risk Manager™.  IT GRC enables Chief Information and Security Officers to address corporate and information security risks and meet compliance obligations. Modulo International’s clients represent many different sectors, including Consulting, Critical Infrastructure, Energy, Higher Education, Finance, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Public Sector, Services, and Retail with the majority located in the United States with a small number of clients in Europe and Dubai.    Media enquiries: Louise Caldicott, Porter Novelli Sydney, on behalf of SAI Global lcaldicott@porternovelli.com.au +61 435 800 395 TradingPost acquires Service Central as part of relaunch growth strategy 2016-08-11T04:23:02Z tradingpost-acquires-service-central-as-part-of-relaunch-growth-strategy The team of Aussie online entrepreneurs that recently acquired the iconic Trading Post from Telstra has followed up this week with the acquisition of popular jobs & services booking website ServiceCentral.com.au. ServiceCentral.com.au was founded in 2005 by father and son duo Bruce and Danial Ahchow, and quickly gained a first-mover advantage as trade and service businesses began reallocating their advertising spend from print to online. The idea for ServiceCentral was born after the founders experienced frustration trying to find tradesmen via advertisements in local papers and phone directories. The company’s mission was to provide an easy, convenient and free way for consumers to get competitive quotes from reputable service providers - without the hassle of ringing around to get a response. ServiceCentral.com.au quickly became a hit with both consumers and tradespeople, growing steadily and ultimately generating millions of dollars’ worth of job requests for Aussie tradies and service businesses every month. Commenting on the deal, TradingPost.com CEO Geoff Holmes said “We are extremely happy to be the winning bidder for ServiceCentral. Bruce & Danial have built a great business which is an excellent strategic fit for our growth plans here at TradingPost. We see many opportunities to build on the ServiceCentral offering and provide even better results for consumers, while giving trade and service businesses greater advertising exposure and increased lead generation at lower costs.” Mr Holmes added “This acquisition is consistent with our growth strategy for TradingPost and the trades & services category in particular, which we look forward to rolling out over the coming months.” ServiceCentral’s outgoing CEO Danial Ahchow said “It is fantastic to see ServiceCentral move across to such an iconic brand. The passionate and experienced team now at TradingPost are well positioned to take ServiceCentral into the next era of growth and expansion.” www.tradingpost.com www.servicecentral.com.au -- ends -- For Further Information Geoff Holmes, CEO - TradingPost.com ● Email: geoff@tradingpost.com ● Phone: 03 9015 8528 Danial Ahchow, co-founder & outgoing CEO - Service Central ● Email: danial@servicecentral.com.au