The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-05-14T22:38:52Z Melbourne-based Uptick secures $1.6 million in funding 2017-05-14T22:38:52Z melbourne-based-uptick-secures-1-6-million-in-funding Uptick, the platform technology company for the building compliance and trade contracting industries, announced it has secured its second round of funding, a $1.6 million investment from venture capital firms Tempus Partners and Equity Venture Partners. The Melbourne technology firm is transforming the way building maintenance and compliance is managed, by providing a seamless flow of information between building owners, facility managers, contractors, councils and primary services. Upticks’ platform allows each of these ‘property stakeholders’ to manage their respective workflows via Uptick and access and engage with the building’s data via the “bSecure” platform. “Uptick is a data and workflow management platform. Alongside helping our building servicing and building management customers to become vastly more efficient and more compliant with important industry standards, we are also developing the largest public domain of building register data in Australia through bSecure” – said Uptick CEO – Aidan Lister. “We generate huge savings for our customers and we give buildings a pulse. The bSecure platform is the information repository of a building’s life cycle, irrespective of who manages, maintains or audits the building” he said. Alister Coleman of Tempus Partners says, “Uptick is a revolution in a $20bn industry that has resisted disruption until now. Tempus Partners first invested over a year ago, we are proud to lead this new investment round and we are excited to continue supporting the team and company on its high-growth journey.” Uptick will use the $1.6 Million capital to further develop the bSecure platform and consolidate their two platform integrated systems: Uptick FM and Uptick FS.  Recently celebrating just their third birthday, Uptick’s technology has been embraced by the industry’s early adopters and is now used to manage over 60,000 buildings throughout Australia. It is this rapid growth that continues to attract the attention of investment partners, industry bodies, 3rd party integrators, regulators and other stakeholders within the building maintenance, building management and building compliance industries.   About Uptick Uptick (formerly known as “aBAS Property Solutions”) are headquartered in Abbotsford. Uptick offers a suite of cloud-based solutions for organisations that manage, maintain and audit buildings. Their facility management product Uptick FM allows easy ticketing and tendering for works reported by tenants, while their Uptick FS product is used by fire protection, airconditioning and electrical contractors allowing for scheduling, asset management, defect reporting and invoicing of works. For more information please visit http://www.uptickhq.com Australian Entrepreneur Selects Dell Boomi Platform to Optimise eCommerce Start-Up’s Expansion Plans 2017-05-08T23:01:54Z australian-entrepreneur-selects-dell-boomi-platform-to-optimise-ecommerce-start-up-s-expansion-plans Sydney, Australia – May 9, 2017 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) has announced that international direct-to-consumer eCommerce start-up, GRANA, is using its integration platform to support rapid business expansion and optimise its omnichannel strategy, as the brand continues to extend its market presence into key markets and seek investment from venture capitalists in 2017. GRANA is a Hong Kong-based online apparel retailer founded by Australian entrepreneur, Luke Grana. Luke, in partnership with Pieter-Paul Wittgen, launched Grana.com in late 2014 with ambitions to take on Japanese giants Uniqlo and the United States’ Theory with high-quality clothing at affordable prices. The company currently ships to 12 countries from a centralised warehouse in Hong Kong. The start-up has implemented Boomi’s integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) to underpin and connect critical applications the business relies on for all internal and online customer-facing operations. This includes the start-up’s enterprise resource planning, product lifecycle management and warehouse management platforms which its 75 staff use daily. “The retail sector is undergoing a transition and the challenge is catering products and services towards digital consumers with increasing expectations from brands,” said Luke Grana, Chief Executive Officer and Founder at GRANA. “This means connecting the disjointed pools of important data dispersed across the organisation to make informed decisions and create meaningful online experiences for customers. “Boomi helps to integrate everything that goes on behind the scenes at GRANA - all the apps to help run the business – so we have full visibility into the data coming in and can make sense of it to add value across our omnichannel.” Importantly, the integration platform accurately and securely centralises data generated within these systems for analysis to inform business decisions and further optimise operational efficiencies and online-to-offline customer experiences. “This capability is critical to our business as we are rolling out aggressive expansion plans and two-day express shipping into mainland China, Japan and Korea,” said Grana. “Boomi gives us a better understanding of customers across the globe, equipping us to execute a strategy that meets their constantly evolving purchasing habits and expectations.” During its evaluation, GRANA considered other vendor solutions, however selected Boomi based on its ability to deliver the best functionality and performance. Additionally, a key factor was the ability to operate its cloud-based iPaaS with minimal training, removing the need for specialist IT resources. “Grana is shaking up the hotly-contested and highly-globalised retail sector with an intentionally unconventional expansion strategy that capitalises on the potential of technology to make better-informed decisions,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan at Dell Boomi. “By using iPaaS as the linking mechanism for its operation, it is not only boosting its ecommerce business, but preparing for a physical presence by analysing customer data to determine the best place to open stores, and determine what those shops will look like. This differentiator will allow it to create experiences on its customers’ terms.” About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, accelerates business agility by integrating the information organisations need whenever and however they need it. The Boomi integration platform dramatically transforms the way organisations connect, create, manage and govern all their applications and data. As a result, more than 5,300 organisations of all sizes use the Boomi platform to run smarter, faster, and better. Boomi also helps customers drastically reduce implementation times over traditional integration, MDM, API management and workflow automation solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © 2017 Boomi Inc. Dell, Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. About GRANA GRANA is a direct-to-consumer eCommerce apparel brand designing wardrobe essentials in-house, using the finest fabrics from around the world, available at low and honest prices. GRANA ships directly to 12 countries within 1-2 days. www.grana.com Strategically headquartered in Hong Kong, GRANA was founded by Luke Grana and co-founded with Pieter Paul Wittgen, officially launching in October 2014. To date, the start-up has raised US$16 million in funding from 500 Startups, Alibaba’s Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, Golden Gate Ventures and MindWorks Ventures. The Need For A Gas Plumber in Perth 2017-05-01T01:15:55Z the-need-for-a-gas-plumber-in-perth Gas lines are required in every home. But having a gas line also means the added responsibility of proper maintenance along with its care and re-installation, without which these gas lines may also tend to become life threatening. Staying protected and keeping the rest of the family safe from such unforeseen incidents is a major cause of concern for most people. This is mainly because gas lines can be prone to a blast or even a split causing damage to life and property. This is why it is absolutely essential that you take good care while using it. It is also necessary that one hires a qualified plumber in order to ensure complete safety. A gas line is usually used for furnaces, counters in the kitchen, indoor water heaters, fireplaces as well as ovens. As a matter of fact, your house is usually surrounded by gas lines all over. Which is why, if you happen to discover a leak, you need to act immediately. Contact a plumbing technician or an expert who is qualified and authorized to deal with gas leaks to find the leak and have it repaired. There are many companies providing gas leak repair services in Perth. The plumbing technicians offer the following emergency plumbing services in Perth: Testing for Gas leaks – This is done with the intent to determine whether there is a leak in the line. They conduct a complete test on the gas line with the help of pressure gauge on the gas rising meter. Air is pumped into the whole pipeline in order to precisely find the leak or the fault in the line. If the pipeline system is functioning correctly then the gauge should not move. A qualified and experienced plumbing technician is bound to check the gas line more than once to ensure correct functionality of the lines. When you approach a gas leak repair service company in Perth, or anywhere in the country, be sure to check whether they have the required tools to carry out the job in hand. Detection of a Gas Leak – An expert plumber has the training and ability to use different methods to determine a leak in the gas line. The fittings can be checked using soap bubbles. When they are sure that there is nothing wrong with the fittings, they will also check the attic. Once they have found the exact location of the leak they will advice the best available method for its repair. They then temporarily cut-off the gas inflow, isolate the precise spot of the leak and have it repaired. All the gas leak repair service companies in Perth, are backed by qualified personnel and can ensure an efficient job. Repair of the Gas Leak – This is a very sophisticated procedure and requires training and knowledge along with a permit to be carried out. The source of the leak can be dealt with only after the isolation of the area and requires a high level of expertise and experience. Professional plumbing technicians not only help with the repairing of your gas lines but also give you information on the gas itself. These include its properties, efficiency, maintenance, the possible threats it may pose, the methods of precaution that need to be exercised and its optimum utilization. It is advisable to look for a gas plumber Perth, that is closest to your vicinity to ensure that they can reach you as quickly as possible in case of an emergency. Our Step by Step Guide to Choosing the Right Shed 2017-04-26T07:35:48Z our-step-by-step-guide-to-choosing-the-right-shed Our Step by Step Guide to Choosing the Right Shed Does your property need a shed? If so, the following is the step by step process we use to make sure our clients always pick the right one. What Do You Need Your Shed For? This is the most basic question you can ask when picking a shed for your property. However, there are all kinds of reasons you could be in the market for one. There may even be more than one reason. Maybe you just want an area to store an extra vehicle or two. Maybe you want space for a workshop. Again, maybe you want both. Generally speaking, the types of sheds we offer at NWSM are: Residential Multipurpose/Workshop Sheds Structural/Steel Sheds Keep in mind that each of these shed types represents countless options, so even if you don’t know which would make the most sense, we can help you decide based on your needs. Understand the Relevant Laws Unfortunately, you can’t just pick the type of shed you want and then get busy constructing it. There are a number of different laws that determine which types of structures are allowed in which areas. The good news is that, at NWSM, we’ve been doing this since 1998. Amongst other things, this means we understand all about these regulations and know the type of paperwork required in order to build all the different types of sheds we specialize in. Now, that being said, sometimes, you may find that the shed you want just isn’t an option because of local rules. You may have to build your shed elsewhere, or we can help you pick a different kind that will be acceptable to the local authorities. Think About Materials and Other Needs You May Have As we mentioned above, we offer a wide range of sheds, so once you have a basic model chosen, you can also think about what kinds of extra features you may wish to add on. For example, if you’ll be keeping a large vehicle indoors, one popular add-on is a roller door. A personal access door would probably still be a good idea, though. Other popular options include: Downpipes Gutters Thermal Insulation Windows Wall Vents Roofs There are also the materials to think about. Depending on what you have in mind, zincalume or colorbond may be perfect. Thanks to our 17+ years of experience in this field, we’d be happy to make recommendations. We understand that most people don’t have time to do all the research required to make the best possible choice when it comes to designing a shed. Preliminary Blueprints Once we understand what it is you need from a shed, in terms of both functionality and materials, we’ll get busy on creating a custom blueprint for you. This way, you can see exactly what you’ll be getting before you give your approval and we get started on the actual construction. At NWSM, building sheds is something we’ve done now for nearly two decades. The process we just outlined will make sure you pick the right version for your unique requirements. Whether you choose NWSM or not, feel free to follow our process for your project. Dell Boomi Partners with CRM Online to Automate Data Integration for Field Services Firms 2017-04-18T00:37:33Z dell-boomi-partners-with-crm-online-to-automate-data-integration-for-field-services-firms Sydney, Australia – Apr. 18, 2017 – Leading cloud-based integration platform provider, Dell Boomi, has partnered with Australian field service software provider, CRM Online, to provide local enterprises and mid-market organisations with a simple integration solution for critical business systems and applications. As part of the agreement, CRM Online will combine Boomi’s integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) with its Fieldmagic field service solution. This will provide to joint customers a simple means of integrating field services data – such as customer information, invoicing, purchase orders and payment data – with their on-premises and cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. “A major challenge with implementing field services software is integration into accounting or ERP platforms – particularly for larger on-premises deployments,” said Glenn Richmond, Founder and CEO, CRM Online. “Without a dedicated integration solution, field services organisations rely on manual processes which give way to human error, duplication, and risk to data integrity. Boomi enhances our Fieldmagic solution by providing a drag-and-drop, cloud-based mechanism that enables automated enterprise integration with a wide range of best-of-breed systems.” Unlike competing platforms that often require complex on-premises software installations even prior to designing integrations, Boomi’s architecture provides out-of-the-box connectors for major ERP solutions, and allows organisations to scale based on their unique business requirements. Dell Boomi significantly accelerates delivery, increases the robustness and lowers cost of implementation of any ERP integration with Fieldmagic. “The combination of CRM Online’s Fieldmagic and our iPaaS solution provides joint customers with a ‘quick and easy’ yet comprehensive way to centralise critical systems and applications,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan, Dell Boomi. “This means organisations can use the best-of-breed technologies they want while also ensuring the wider business is properly aligned. This is particularly important for large and diverse organisations which don’t want to be held hostage by inflexible and rigid environments.” About Fieldmagic Fieldmagic is a leading field services platform that combines the flexibility of CRM with quoting, job management, scheduling, maintenance and asset management to provide a leading end to end solution for field service organisations. Visit http://www.fieldmagic.co for more information. 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, and better. Boomi also helps customers drastically reduce implementation times and offers substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM, API management and workflow automation solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © 2017 Boomi Inc. Dell and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Teachers Mutual Bank Integrates Major Digital Transformation Strategy with Dell Boomi 2017-04-11T01:00:00Z teachers-mutual-bank-integrates-major-digital-transformation-strategy-with-dell-boomi Sydney, Australia – Apr 11, 2017 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi), the number one integration cloud provider, announced that Teachers Mutual Bank (TMB) is using the Boomi integration platform as part of its multi-year, multi-million-dollar digital transformation strategy. With Boomi’s integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS), TMB has created a flexible, enterprise-wide data environment that links its core customer management system and extensible services layer with its internal processes. This has boosted TMB’s competitiveness against Tier 1 banks by connecting multiple capabilities, and enabled it to quickly and easily capitalise on new technologies, including innovations in fintech. Boomi has also provided TMB the critical capability to connect to the latest third party fintech developments. The Bank has already engaged with Spriggy (a prepaid Visa card for children controlled through a mobile app) and is considering personal financial management applications that will deliver additional secure, customer service capabilities to its members. These powerful automation capabilities within the Boomi platform have resulted in reduced operating costs for the Bank, and cost savings are expected to increase significantly as Boomi is integrates further to the core banking systems and processes, including planned integration of Business Process Management toolsets to streamline all banking operations. The Boomi project is the final piece of TMB’s wider digital strategy through which it overhauled its customer service capabilities. Recognising the need to provide an omni-channel, mobile-first experience, the Bank developed a digital roadmap in 2013; since commencement, the initiative has encompassed multiple deployments supported by significant investment budgets. This included connectivity to manage third party management campaigns, EDW inbound data feeds from cloud based data sources and SMS integration with webforms for new brand opportunities, among other initiatives. As well as allowing TMB to maximise value from existing investment, the Boomi platform supports merger activity and expansion objectives by providing a means to quickly plug new businesses into existing operations. “When we kicked off our long-term digital project, it was clear that mobile platforms were going to be the prominent platform-of-choice for our members’ interactions with the Bank,” said David Chapman, Chief Information Officer at TMB. “In particular, we correctly anticipated that integration best-of-breed apps from third party developers would provide the best platform to deliver omni-channel experiences on customers’ terms.” “Once we modernised our environment through the introduction of these best-of-breed apps, we needed the critical component to tie all that data together on an ongoing basis. We selected Boomi for its powerful cloud-based and user-friendly integration software so that we can ensure that all data is accurate and up-to-date no matter where it is accessed.” “The financial services sector is hotly contested, with banks under pressure to meet increasingly-demanding customer expectations,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan at Dell Boomi. “By leveraging the cloud to connect its customer services platform with leading apps which customers rely on a day-to-day basis, Teachers Mutual Bank can continue to create uniquely tailored and flexible customer experiences.” 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, API management and workflow automation 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. Hitachi Australia Pty. Ltd. Announces Appointment of Atsushi Konishi as Managing Director 2017-04-03T23:52:44Z hitachi-australia-pty-ltd-announces-appointment-of-atsushi-konishi-as-managing-director-1 Sydney, April 4, 2017 – Hitachi Australia Pty. Ltd. has announced the appointment of Mr. Atsushi Konishi as Managing Director. Mr. Konishi succeeds Mr. Hitoshi Ishihara, who has served as Managing Director since March 1, 2010. Mr. Ishihara will assume an advisory role for Hitachi, Ltd. in Japan, where he will focus on the APAC region. Both appointments are effective April 1, 2017. Mr. Konishi started his career at Hitachi in 1981 in the company’s International Sales Division. Most recently, he served as General Manager of the company’s Global Sales Operations Division, Hitachi, Ltd. Power Business. “We are delighted that Mr. Konishi will join the Australian business. Over the course of his 36 year career with the Hitachi Group, Mr. Konishi has held various managerial positions, and has accumulated extensive experience in the areas of power and infrastructure systems,” said Deputy Managing Director of Hitachi Australia, Mr. Anand Singh. “Mr. Konishi has undertaken assignments in Singapore and the Middle East, and he also led the International Strategy Division where he was responsible for Asia, China and Australia’s business strategies,” said Mr. Singh. In serving as Managing Director of Hitachi Australia Pty. Ltd, the regional headquarters of Hitachi Ltd., Mr. Konishi will oversee all of Hitachi’s initiatives in the region including its Social Innovation Business — which the company is committing $1.25 billion AUD towards by FY2020. “I am honoured to assume the position of Managing Director in Australia and lead my team in achieving growth for the company’s businesses within key Australian industries,including mining, transportation, healthcare, public safety, and agriculture,” said Mr. Konishi.    “The opportunity to expand Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business by leveraging the company’s vast and unique OT and IT expertise is enormous. It is a very exciting time for the company, particularly with the advent of our R&D activities in the region coupled with our efforts in the primary sector.” “I am also looking forward to working with Hitachi Australia’s talented team in what is a mature market,” said Mr. Konishi. - ends - About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2015 (ended March 31, 2016) totalled 10,034.3 billion yen ($88.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 335,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.  Dell Boomi Acquires ManyWho 2017-03-17T01:29:32Z 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. # # # Aboriginal Housing Company to host Community Consultation evening on the Pemulwuy Project 2017-03-07T00:39:12Z aboriginal-housing-company-to-host-community-consultation-evening-on-the-pemulwuy-project Sydney, Tuesday 7 March 2017 – The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) will host a community consultation evening on Thursday 9th March 2017 to discuss the Pemulwuy Project. The community consultation evening is an opportunity for the community to learn more about the Pemulwuy Project, including the proposed increase in student accommodation, and to ask questions. Key representatives from the AHC, Architects Turner & Associates, and student accommodation company, Atira, will present at the community consultation evening. AHC Chairperson Alisi Tutuila said the community consultation evening would provide a forum for the community to gain a better understanding of the Pemulwuy Project “We are looking forward to sharing AHC’s vision and plans for the Pemulwuy Project at the community consultation evening. We are committed to providing the community with a clear understanding of the project and why the model we have proposed enables the AHC to continue to deliver on its core business objective of delivering affordable housing to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community,” she said. Please note that due to cultural sensitivities, there will be no broadcast or recording equipment permitted on premises. Please find below an agenda of the evening’s proceedings. Should you wish to attend the public consultation event, or arrange an interview opportunity immediately following the event, please contact media@heardagency.com or (02) 8279 7878. Please note, only pre-arranged interviews will be granted on the evening. -ENDS- About the Aboriginal Housing Company The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) is an independent non-profit charity and the first community housing provider in Australia, incorporated in 1973 as a company limited by guarantee. It is an all Aboriginal governed organisation, located in the heart of Redfern, which lies in the traditional lands of the Gadigal People, part of the Eora Nation. The company was formed in direct response to the widespread discrimination Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and families experienced in the private rental market. The AHC is self-funded and operates on income derived from rental properties. Affordable housing is located across Sydney and country regions in NSW. A current focus is the redevelopment known as Pemulwuy Project. The redevelopment will breathe new life into Redfern and restore a strong and healthy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with an emphasis on cultural values, spirituality and employment. The Pemulwuy Project will make Redfern the best urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Australia and in doing so, set the benchmark for all other communities. Crestron expands into India, North East Asia and China 2017-02-06T00:00:00Z crestron-expands-into-india-north-east-asia-and-china Sydney, Australia, 6th February 2017 – Crestron, the global leader in advanced control and automation systems, today announces significant investment in Asia Pacific, including a new physical brand presence in India, North East Asia and China.     The official expansion into these markets now allows the company to further enhance its service and support to customers in the region. The expanded presence and business strategy is being overseen by Stuart Craig, CEO, Asia Pacific, Crestron, who is based out of the Crestron APAC Head Office in Sydney, Australia.   Each of the three new facilities includes a fully functional Crestron Experience Centre (CEC), with state-of-the-art training facilities and various active workspaces. Guests can experience the latest Crestron solutions first-hand, which allows people to control entire environments with the push of a button, integrating systems such as A/V, lighting, shading, IT, security, unified communications, BMS, and HVAC to provide greater comfort, convenience, and security.  These facilities allow the local Crestron team to provide hands-on, comprehensive training and education on the latest solution offerings to partners and customers.   The new, wholly owned Crestron subsidiary in India includes a headquarters at RMZ Ecoworld, Bangalore, and supporting regional offices. In Hong Kong, a new facility in Quarry Bay is supported by a dedicated presence in all key North East Asia markets including Korea, Macau and Taiwan. The Hong Kong headquarters will be expanded by mid year to offer a full Crestron Experience Centre, yet the facility is currently fully operational and the new training facility will open in early April.   Further, in exclusive partnership with Shanghai Golden Bridge, Crestron China brings a tailored local presence to the region, establishing facilities in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Jinan, Chengdu, Hefei, Kunming and Guiyang. The Crestron China HQ with CEC is being built in Shanghai and is scheduled to be open in May.   Stuart Craig, CEO, Asia Pacific, Crestron, said: “Asia Pacific is an increasingly important market for Crestron and we are investing to support our customers, ensuring opportunities for all. Crestron is committed to providing our partners in the region with the highest level of customer experience and the tools and technologies to help our partners grow their business. Our goal is to provide the full range of our market leading technologies locally and to ensure our customer service leads the industry.   “In all regions we are open for business today and over the coming weeks customers will see all of our facilities expand even further. As we approach the upcoming Integrated Systems Europe, which will see many new generation solutions released, our APAC customers can feel very assured and confident in the investments Crestron is making across the board," said Craig.   The new direct footprint will allow Crestron to help grow the business of its local partners and resellers, allowing more clients in the Asia Pacific region to optimise their biggest investments spanning people, spaces and technology.   Crestron works with customers in Asia Pacific across various industry sectors including education, corporate, government and defence, hospitality, healthcare and residential.   - ENDS -  About Crestron Crestron is the world's leading manufacturer of advanced control and automation systems, innovating technology and reinventing the way people live and work. Our solutions are built on a validated architecture, using best-in-class technology that integrates unified communications, AV presentation, IT, lighting, audio and environmental systems. Crestron streamlines technology, improving the quality of life for people in Education, Corporate, Government and Defense, Hospitality, Retail and their homes.   Crestron's leadership stems from its dedicated people who are committed to providing the best product solutions, programs and services in the industry. This culmination of loyalty, devotion and innovation is what our dealers refer to as "The Crestron Experience." Our product solutions are backed by over 90 fully-staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support around the globe. In addition to its World Headquarters in New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin, New Zealand and United States.   Discover the world of Crestron by visiting www.crestron.com.    Contact Information DEC PR Jennifer Gillis, Ruth Fletcher, Duyen Nguyen or Ashleigh Manioncrestron@decpr.com.au  / (02) 8014 5033     Dell Boomi Names VP of Business Development to Expand Global Partner Channel 2017-01-19T02:39:59Z 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 2017-01-17T01:00:00Z 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. UTRC can employ Stawell Gold Mine’s new unemployed workers 2016-12-13T12:56:40Z utrc-can-employ-stawell-mine-s-new-unemployed-workers Following his Open Letter* to Stawell residents advising them of a misinformation campaign regarding UTRC’s removal of the largest tyre stockpile in Australia, Dr Matthew Starr is again imploring the Victorian Government to take steps that will see the business start employing many of Stawell Gold Mines’ retrenched workers. With up to 150 people losing their jobs at the mine (announced Tuesday, 13 December), UTRC offers Stawell a chance to employ up to 50 people in early 2017.  “All we request from the government is to waive some of the small regulatory fees that UTRC has been hit with, and provide greater support for our efforts to eliminate Victoria’s number one environmental hazard,” said Dr Starr. “UTRC is the only new business of size attempting to become operational in Stawell that can employ up to 30 per cent of the newly unemployed.  “UTRC is the best option for the unemployed workers who now face a very unhappy Christmas and New Year, with a bleak outlook for 2017.” The Stawell tyre stockpile comprises almost 9 million tyres, which UTRC purchased in June 2015 to create a new, environmentally-friendly, clean-tech facility to recycle the tyres. Dr Starr added, “We intend to support the workers of Stawell for the long term and as UTRC in Stawell has been classified as a Transfer Station for Victoria's used tyres, we can assure the town that there will be jobs well into the future.” * You can view the Open Letter, which is being delivered this week, at http://utrc.com.au/open-letter-to-stawell-residents/ and a copy should be attached. Dr Matthew Starr can be contacted on 0402 457 315. Dell Boomi’s Asia-Pacific and Japan Expansion Continues with Key Senior Hires 2016-12-06T03:09:18Z 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. Lighting the Way Forward at the Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2016 2016-10-03T00:56:48Z lighting-the-way-forward-at-the-australian-smart-lighting-summit-2016 On the 6th and 7th of September delegates convened at the 2016 Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. Now in its 4th season, the Summit once again brought together over 150 key lighting industry stakeholders, with lighting industry professionals ranging from engineers, architects, manufacturers, public sector representatives, road authorities, consultants and lighting designers. With a wide array of international speakers present, delegates heard from the likes of Principal Lighting Designer Kaoru Mende of Lighting Planners Associates in Japan. Mr Mende, who spearheaded Singapore’s lighting master plan, brought his 38 years of experience as a lighting designer to the topic of urban scale lighting. “Each city should have a unique lighting plan influenced by its local history, culture and architecture”, he said, emphasising Singapore’s cosmopolitan character and highlighting the importance of taking into consideration a city’s distinct features in planning and design phases. “Lighting technology always develops and cities have to renovate their lighting ideas and techniques as they grow globally,” Mr Mende concluded. The first day of the Summit capped off with the City Lights Tour, an urban discovery walk through the Melbourne Docklands, uncovering the city’s hidden treasures, public lighting, distinctive buildings and iconic public spaces. Washington DC’s Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance (SOLA) Executive Director Bob Parks and Light and Culture Program Advisor Rik van Stiphout from the City of Eindhoven also headlined the Summit to discuss international case studies and lighting trends with interactive Q&A sessions and panel discussions.  A local perspective on the Summit came from Team Leader of Industrial Design at City of Melbourne, Ian Dryden, who sees the Summit as a “good format for resolving issues between distributors and councils and a forum for sharing ideas”. Focusing largely on the question of sustainability and smart, green lighting design into the future, according to Mr Dryden the Summit is a platform for industry leaders to “resolve sustainability issues by coming together and sharing knowledge”. The 2016 edition of the Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit was an overwhelming success, with Mr Dryden commenting, “The rooms seem to get bigger and bigger every year and better”. Throughout the Summit, a number of panel discussions featured highly experienced local and international speakers who addressed the issues at the forefront of the lighting community. Topics ranged from smart lighting solutions and street lighting replacement programs to lighting and safety perceptions, the impact of lighting on crime prevention and the role of lighting in creating safer and vibrant night-time economies. Summit delegates heard from Team Leader Paul Glennie in Strategic Planning, Transport & Waste Operations from Wellington City Council on the city’s intelligent street lighting solutions. Australia’s first intelligent street lighting trial project was also discussed by Team Leader in Business Solutions Sonjoy Ghosh from Adelaide City Council. The Summit also considered fascinating topics such as lighting pollution and the health impacts of exposure to artificial light at night with Principal Scientist and Director Dr Kellie Pendoley from Pendoley Environmental. The tensions between colour quality, luminous efficacy, and the desire to minimise light pollution in outdoor lighting were also discussed by Program Director Dr Wendy Davis from Illumination Design and Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. For the first time since its inception, the Summit saw the presentation of the inaugural Delegates Choice Awards. Delegates voted on the most innovative product or solution and on the product they deemed to have the best design.  Traffic Technologies’ Aldridge Lighting Systems AERO V-LED was announced as the winner in the Best Design Award category for displaying uniqueness both in functionality and design, through democratic voting by industry peers and lighting experts at the Summit. The Australian designed and manufactured product is already widely in use across the country with over 3000 fittings installed in Victoria alone. Voted as most innovative and technologically advanced, High Lux’s Solar LED bollard, vandal-resistant and virtually indestructible, won the Most Innovative Product award. Delegates voted on whether the products or solutions on display at the Summit took existing technology to new levels and addressed issues of energy, effectiveness, budget restraints, operation and maintenance. The Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit, an immersive two day experience which included keynote presentations and Q&As offering unrivalled networking and learning experiences, convenes again in its fifth year in September 2017.