The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-02-28T01:42:04Z Cairns Beats Global Destinations As Number One Choice for Aussie Travel Club Members 2017-02-28T01:42:04Z cairns-beats-renowned-international-hotspots-to-take-out-destination-of-choice-for-travellers-2 Sydney, February 28, 2017 – Queensland is the destination hotspot for members of international travel membership company, WorldVentures, with Cairns rated the top holiday destination for those holidaying through the organisation's popular travel club, DreamTrips. According to the latest results of WorldVentures Australian Membership Survey for 2016, Cairns trumps other Australian and international locations as the global holiday destination of choice for Australian travellers(1) and proves extremely popular among global travel club members.   The survey revealed that the sunshine state is attracting a majority of Australian DreamTrips travellers, with Hamilton Island and the Gold Coast also listed in the top five preferred holiday locations.   These three Australian destinations bumped popular international holiday hubs such as Bali into fourth position for desired DreamTrips by Australian members.   "This indicates the growing appeal of 'staycations' for Australian travellers as they look to explore home soil," said Anthony Fitzgerald, General Manager, Asia Pacific, WorldVentures.   “Cairns hits the spot for our adventurous DreamTrippers, with its white-sand beaches, rainforests and coral reefs, so it is no wonder it continues to be the number one destination for Australian DreamTrips members. As a company, WorldVentures hopes to further strengthen our relationships with Cairns tourist operations into the future to continue fulfilling dreams of those wishing to explore the tropical city of Cairns,” he added.   To cater for growing interest in DreamTrips holidays by Australian members, WorldVentures opened their first Australian office in Homebush, Sydney in late 2016.   “As our membership grows, we continue to see thriving interest in Cairns from both our local and global membership base,” said Mr Fitzgerald. "We have over 500,000 members worldwide and we are on track to deliver some 250 DreamTrips coming in to Australia this year alone. This will represent vacations for thousands of members right here in Australia. After all, there is no place like home!"    The Cairns DreamTrips curated holiday package is an attractive offering for travellers. The Cairns DreamTrips includes a full-day cruise to Michaelmas Cay through the Great Barrier Reef, snorkelling and ecological presentations conducted by Marine biologists. Accommodation is at the luxurious Hotel Pullman Cairns International, in its noteworthy location in the heart of the Cairns central business district which provides easy access to the Great Barrier Reef and other famous attractions. WorldVentures' success can be attributed to the team's ability to offer desirable itineraries that benefit the industry and its members alike.   Out of the global database of DreamTrips members travelling to Australian destinations, 25% were domestic travellers with the remaining 75% foreigners.   Last year saw 8.1 million international arrivals into Australia, spending $38.8 billion AUD, with each international traveller contributing an estimated $4,790 to the industry(1).   "With both international and domestic travellers flocking to Cairns, it is certainly still one of the most important hubs for Australia’s tourism industry, and WorldVentures through our DreamTrips holidays is pleased to be able to play a role in the tropical city’s continued success," Mr Fitzgerald commented.  About WorldVentures WorldVentures is an award-winning international lifestyle and travel membership company based in Texas, United States. Founded in 2005, WorldVentures sells memberships with perks to a diverse set of lifestyle products such as unique customized vacations known as DreamTrips, value-added dining experiences and deals at exquisite hotels at members’ only prices. With over half a million members globally and still counting, WorldVentures has presence in over 29 markets across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. In Asia Pacific, offices are established in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. For more information, visit www.worldventures.com.   About DreamTrips DreamTrips is a travel club community where Members experience customised travel opportunities and valuable deals at selected restaurants, hotels, excursions and entertainment venues in destinations all over the world. The DreamTrips membership appeals to the unique mindset of the traveller who experiences the world through the DreamTrips community, with the idea that “the best way to experience the world is together.” www.dreamtrips.com.   Please find hi-res imagery via the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zwy5wk9bwzozcji/AAD-5vbcY_Zwcf27bzRROHKPa?dl=0  For more information David Wolf Closer Communications +61 (0)411 111 787david@closer.com.au   (1) International Tourism Snapshot September 2016 Adyen Increases Transaction Volume to $90 Billion in 2016, Nearly Doubling Year-over-Year 2017-02-09T23:02:13Z adyen-increases-transaction-volume-to-90-billion-in-2016-nearly-doubling-year-over-year SYDNEY – February 10, 2017 – Adyen, the leading payments technology company, today announced the company increased transaction volume 80 percent year-over-year, totalling $90 billion in 2016. Adyen also made significant traction in the retail market, including the successful global rollout of Burberry’s omnichannel payment infrastructure. “The opportunity for disruption and innovation in global payments is like no other market in the world today,” said Pieter van der Does, co-founder and CEO of Adyen  “Adyen has become the partner of choice for companies looking to expand globally, and we’re now seeing real growth in our next big area of focus, the in-store retail payment experience.” Along with Burberry, Adyen’s fast growing list of retail customers includes L’Oreal, Kit and Ace and Scotch & Soda. In the past twelve months, the company’s in-store point of sale solution has expanded to over 2,700 live stores in U.S. and Europe, and will expand into Australia in 2017. Adyen has also continued to increase the number of ecommerce businesses it works with, bringing on new customers such as Etsy, LinkedIn, Skype and Twitter to join existing customers including Kogan, Uber, Netflix, Facebook, Airbnb, Spotify and more. “As we continue to scale and expand our business, we see the value of investing in technology like payment solutions that provide consistency and clear reporting,” said Goran Stefkovski, Chief Technology Officer at Kogan.com, “Through our partnership with Adyen, we’ve been able to fine-tune our checkout process and introduce trusted local payment methods for our customers." Throughout 2016, Adyen increased its footprint around the globe. Adyen expanded its local card acquiring capabilities to the U.S., Brazil, Hong Kong and Australia. Additionally, it continued to add local payment methods in key markets – including WeChatPay in China and Oxxo in Mexico. Adyen is unique in that it has a single global and end-to-end platform, which enables the company to increase overall conversions rates for its customers by 1.4 percent. The company also increased profitability in 2016, and has been profitable since 2011. For more information about the Adyen payment platform, visit: http://www.adyen.com Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly: First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages 2017-02-09T22:25:43Z aussie-app-dotalk-breaks-down-language-barriers-instantly-first-free-messaging-app-provides-real-time-and-accurate-translation-of-up-to-90-languages Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly  First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages  Sydney, Australia – February 10, 2017 – DoTalk, the first free, instant, voice- activated translation chat app has officially launched today. Invented locally in Cairns, Australia, DoTalk breaks down all barriers to communication, with the ability to rapidly translate chats in words and voice, in up to 90 different languages. Created with accessibility in mind, DoTalk is available across all iOS and Android Smartphones and any Internet connected devices.   DoTalk’s proprietary technology enables users to simultaneously engage in cross-language communications easily and more accurately than any other messaging app available, with six different translation APIs and speech recognition tools combining to provide the most accurate translations possible.   Users have the option to message either via text or a ‘hold & talk’ microphone, and can also conduct group chat with up to 10 people in multiple languages in real time. The interface is intuitive, with inviting contacts and adding language and accent being a simple process.   “Our goal with DoTalk was to create a free, fun and easy-to-use app which provides an open forum for people to easily connect and communicate, regardless of language barriers or location and without delay,” says Aussie founder, Reno Nicastro.   “With applications across everyday life, from business to travel, dating and everything in between, now nothing will be lost in translation. We live in a truly global economy so DoTalk has benefits for absolutely everyone.”   “Whether you are travelling, booking a cab or hotel overseas, want to communicate with international relatives, someone exotic you’ve met online, as the modern-day pen pal, or you just want to learn another language – DoTalk is the tool to connect you to people regardless of where they are or what language they speak.”   The language industry is big business, with the worldwide language services market growing at an annual rate of 5.52% according to The Common Sense Advisory, 2016 Report. The size of the overall global language industry in 2016 was estimated at $40 Billion (USD), with estimates of up to $45 Billion by 2020.    Already trialled extensively in beta testing, DoTalk has registered users from a wide range of countries and languages, with English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, French and Indonesian proving the most commonly used in the app.   Nicastro and his team are focused on continuous development within the app, and will utilise user feedback to add more features and functionality over time that will further enable broader industry applications including regional/global conference calls, customer service, education, media and customer engagement.   “As the market continues on a growth trajectory, we believe we have assembled an exceptional team and that we have the best messaging app platform in the market. We are currently working on DoTalk Premium applications that will run with the current DoTalk Realtime Translation Technology Engine, and "DoTalk Team" for Business. DoTalk Premium will break down language barriers by providing real-time communications tools to get the job done.”   “As a nation of travellers and world-beaters in business, it is only appropriate then that this app was conceived in Australia, and believe DoTalk will only further facilitate our ability to take on the world!”, Nicastro added.  Features DoTalk provides a fully integrated chat app service that includes the following features:   Real time translation of 90 different languages through the app or Internet enabled device Instant voice translation for 50+ languages Voice to text dictation Group chat including simultaneous translation in conference Private messaging Send and receive files Search and add friends 256 Bit encryption/MP4 file storage Instant sync across devices  Images and availability Please download images from the following link: DoTalk images. DoTalk can be accessed via web at DoTalk or downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.   For more information and interview opportunities, please contact:   Rebecca Blasina                                                     David Wolf Closer Communications                                          Closer Communicationsrebecca@closer.com.au                                         david@closer.com.au 0420 805 567                                                          0411 111 787  About DoTalk One world. One Language. Chat to anyone, anytime, anywhere, in 90 languages. DoTalk changes communication around the globe by removing the language barrier and allowing you to chat and translate your messages in real-time. DoTalk can also be used as an ordinary chat between friends in the same language. Prestige Public Vehicle Auction – Rare Opportunity to Purchase Exclusive Luxury and Exotic Vehicles 2017-02-02T06:01:26Z prestige-public-vehicle-auction-rare-opportunity-to-purchase-exclusive-luxury-and-exotic-vehicles-2 Prestige Public Vehicle Auction – Rare Opportunity to Purchase Exclusive Luxury and Exotic Vehicles   Up to 90 late model prestige and exotic vehicles on offer Brands on offer such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Maserati, Bentley and more Late model vehicles, many with low kilometres Special Event Auction – Thursday, February 9 at 6.00pm  Australia’s leading automotive auctioneer, Manheim, is holding an evening prestige vehicle auction on Thursday, February 9 at 6.00pm.  The auction has become a regular event in the sales calendar in Melbourne and will continue with up to 90 late model prestige and exotic vehicles offered for sale to members of the public.  Just some of the other stand out vehicles include:  ·         A 2010 Bentley Supersports W12 2D with under 30,000 km’s on the clock ·         A 2015 BMW M4 F82 2D Coupé ·         A 2014 BMW F82 M4 2D Coupé ·         A 2015 Mercedes-Benz Cls-class C218 CLS 63 AMG S 4D Coupé ·         A 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG 2D Roadster ·         A 2015 Maserati Quattroporte GTS 4D Sedan with under 10,000km’s on the clock Prospective buyers can view videos on the cars up for auction on Manheim’s YouTube channel by clicking here.  Many of the vehicles are being sold on behalf of financiers and corporate fleets and include a number of highly sought after repossessions.  The auction will commence at 6.00pm at Manheim, located at 4 Gordon Luck Avenue, Altona North. Members of the public are welcome to inspect the vehicles from Monday February 6 and then during the weekdays leading up to the auction. Friendly and professional Manheim team members will be on hand to assist with any enquiries and to answer any questions about how to bid and buy at the auction.   All vehicles are listed on the website in the lead up to the auction, with detailed information, photographs and online-catalogues available for viewing. Potential buyers can easily use the Manheim website to carry out important research prior to attending the auction. Vehicles will also be available to purchase online with the auction ‘Simulcast 2’ live over the internet, allowing buyers to participate in the physical auction online.  To find out more about this auction or the vehicles on offer, please call Jonathan Ciantar on 0400 717 712 or Jesse Bond on 0409 142 661. Ends/.. For further information please contact: Mathew McAuley – Manheim Public Relations Mobile: +61 400 875 686     Email: mathew.mcauley@manheim.com.au   News: Acquia Named a Leader in Web Content Management Systems by Independent Research Firm 2017-01-25T02:05:04Z news-acquia-named-a-leader-in-web-content-management-systems-by-independent-research-firm BOSTON – January 24, 2017 – Acquia, the digital experience company, today announced that it was named a Leader in the Forrester Research, Inc. report: “The Forrester Wave™: Web Content Management Systems, Q1 2017.” The report stated that Acquia Cloud provides strong support for core content and component architecture. Clients looking for content analytics, segmentation, multisite management, and API-first delivery features must look to Acquia; the report also stated that Acquia’s strategy is focused on APIs, decoupled Drupal 8, and scalable and secure cloud deployment. Forrester Research reports that “Clients who need modern marketing tools and robust multisite support must invest in Acquia Lift and Acquia Cloud Site Factory.”[1] According to Forrester, Acquia received the highest strategy score among all vendors. On a one-to-five scale, Acquia also scored "5's" in seven of 25 criteria: component-based architecture, content localization, global and multisite management, vision, service partner program, developer program and product customer count.[1] “We believe Forrester’s findings validate the surge of demand we see at Acquia for open source cloud-based solutions that give our customers tremendous freedom and agility in digital experience delivery. For Acquia’s customers, open source and cloud form a powerful combination that directly challenges the outdated innovation models of legacy software companies,” said Tom Erickson, Acquia CEO. “We believe this report also corroborates our commitment to customer success, enabling developers and fostering a healthy partner ecosystem around the world’s largest open source project.” Acquia provides the leading cloud native platform for building, delivering, and optimizing ambitious digital experiences. Global organizations depend on the scalability and security of the Acquia Platform to drive transformative business impact through digital experiences that unify content, community, and commerce. Organizations with a diverse and complex array of sites and experiences turn to Acquia for robust multisite management and governance. With Acquia, customers can introduce new digital capabilities across channels--including analytics, personalization, and segmentation--to deliver the right experience throughout each step of the customer journey. Forrester evaluated 15 vendors on 25 criteria grouped by current offering, strategy, and market presence. The full Forrester Wave for Web Content Management Systems is available for download from Acquia. Visit www.acquia.com/forrester-wave. About Acquia Acquia is the leading provider of cloud-based, digital experience management solutions. Forward-thinking organizations rely on Acquia to transform the way they can engage with customers -- in a personal and contextual way, across every device and channel. Acquia provides the agility organizations need to embrace new digital business models and speed innovation and time to market. With Acquia, thousands of customers globally including the BBC, Nasdaq, Stanford University, and the Australian Government are delivering digital experiences with transformational business impact. For more information visit www.acquia.com or call +1 617 588 9600. [1] “The Forrester Wave™: Web Content Management Systems, Q1 2017” 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. Australian game development industry a significant export opportunity 2016-12-21T00:00:00Z australian-game-development-industry-a-significant-export-opportunity Sydney, Australia – 21 December 2016 – The Australian video game development industry has huge potential as a weightless and ‘clean’ export industry, an independent survey of local game developers has shown. Australia’s game development industry earned $114.9 million in the 2015-16 financial year, with 81 per cent of revenue derived from overseas markets. According to the survey, Australian-developed games were popular in many markets, with the bulk of revenue earned from the United States, Europe and Asia.    Intellectual property is of utmost importance to the local industry, with half of the respondents being independent game developers who exclusively develop their own IP. A further 42 per cent both develop their own IP, as well as provide game development services for clients.    Seventy-eight per cent of Australian game developers project business growth in FY2016-17, with nearly two-thirds planning to employ additional staff. The employment opportunities are broad, spanning production, programming, art, quality assurance, audio, writing, design, management, administration and marketing.    The industry employed 842 people in FY2015-16, of which programmers (33%), artists (24%) and management, administration and marketing (20%) made up the majority. While experience and some degree of training is useful at all levels, a relevant degree was particularly important for programmers.   “The game development industry requires staff who are intensely creative, but who also have a highly technical skill set, often at the cutting edge of commercial technology. By supporting the industry and fostering this combination of skills, game development can contribute to the economy in a significant way,” said Tony Reed, CEO of the Game Developers’ Association of Australia (GDAA).      Twenty-four per cent of respondents started their studio in 2012, and 14 per cent in 2014. The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) believes the establishment of the Interactive Games Fund under the then Labor government, and its subsequent axing in FY2014-15 by the Liberal government, played a major role in this spike and subsequent decline. Last year a Senate inquiry was held into the future of Australia’s video game development industry, championed by Senator Scott Ludlam. The inquiry report was delivered in April 2016 with bipartisan support and many recommendations were put forward to support and further grow the sector. To date, nothing has been enacted at a federal level.   “With global revenue for games expected to reach $US98 billion in the next two years, the game development sector is exactly the kind of jobs-of-the-future, innovative, technology-based industry that will help build a strong and viable Australian export sector,” said Ron Curry, CEO of the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA). “Games extend beyond entertainment and while most are played for fun, games can, and are, successfully being used in the health, education and corporate sectors to deliver numerous learning outcomes."   Consumers have embraced the digital delivery of games and in turn, digital game development is the major focus for the Australian game development industry, with respondents receiving most of their income from developing for the iOS (60%) and Android (45%) platforms, followed by downloadable PC games (40%). Revenues from virtual reality (VR) game development, a relatively new platform, were also being reported by a number of specialists (9%).   The survey has shed light on some of the key issues affecting industry growth.   The biggest challenge facing individual business growth is attracting investment for expansion as well as early stage development funding, with the industry finding both elements ‘stressful’. Skill shortages are also a problem.   Internet access as well as limited government understanding and investment were key concerns at a sector level, with respondents calling for grants and funding support. Distance to market was also a concern.  Other findings from the survey include:  The Australian game development industry is concentrated in Melbourne, with 51% based in the Victorian capital, followed by Sydney (14%) and Brisbane (13%). 19% of employees in the sector identify as female. When seeking new employees, 34% of respondents consider experience, qualifications and diversity equally. The industry is developing games for an array of sectors, with clients ranging from game publishers, to museums, government departments and book publishers.  About IGEA IGEA is an industry association representing the business and public policy interests of Australian and New Zealand companies in the computer and video games industry. IGEA’s members publish, develop, market and/or distribute interactive games and entertainment content and related hardware including mobile and handheld games. For more information, please visit www.igea.net.   About GDAA GDAA advocates on behalf of member interactive entertainment development companies, associated industry companies, and interactive entertainment training providers to industry stakeholders including governments, publishers, and industry advisors to promote, grow and attract investment in the Australian game development industry. For more information, please visit http://www.gdaa.com.au  About the survey  The Australian game development industry survey is an independent survey undertaken for IGEA/GDAA in August-October 2016 by Tim Thorpe Consulting Ltd, based in Wellington, New Zealand   The independent survey was distributed online to the video game development industry through IGEA and GDAA’s networks and social media marketing, a distribution list of over 225 ASIC-registered companies. Companies were included in the survey results if their annual turnover from video games production was $25,000 or greater in FY2015-16. Sixty-three companies that responded to the survey met this criteria.   The Australian video game development survey was funded via a grant from the International Game Developers Association (IGDA).  Media spokespeople available: For media interviews with Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, or to speak with an Australian game development studio, please contact Corrie McLeod (+61 419 526 848) or Amy Rathbone (+61 2 8016 2200) from Espresso Communications. 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. WorldVentures drops anchor in Australia 2016-12-09T04:22:16Z worldventures-drops-anchor-in-australia-western-sydney-chosen-as-site-of-first-office-and-training-centre-in-response-to-unprecedented-local-growth-1 Sydney, December 9, 2016– International travel membership company, WorldVentures, will this weekend unveil its new Australian headquarters in Western Sydney, its first local office that will help service a business that has experienced record membership take-up in Australia over the past 12 months. The facility will significantly increase its presence in the market, create local jobs and enable WorldVentures to facilitate more local, tailored DreamTrips holidays for its members, as well as provide space for the company’s growing workforce and professional development requirements.   WorldVentures has been growing at a phenomenal rate around the world, with this office and training centre an important part of its Australian growth plans. Globally, the company now has more than 500,000 members in over 28 countries. It has grown 581 per cent over the last three years alone and generated revenues of more than US$560m in 2015.   In addition to managing its local membership growth, the new Australian office will be responsible for planning and expanding membership benefits, which include the anticipated 250 DreamTrips (curated group holiday experiences) planned all around Australia in 2017 alone for its global membership base, a 400 per cent increase from just two years ago.   Such trips bring in tourists from around the world, contributing to inbound tourism and delivering tourists to key Australian destinations including Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, Alice Springs and Margaret River to name a few. WorldVentures already enjoys strong relationships with key premium hotels and other suppliers that will only continue to grow with an expanded local presence.   As part of the expansion WorldVentures plans to hire new employees in customer service, administration, marketing and tourism, with 20 new hires anticipated over the next 12 months. Australian based travel experts will create even more Australian DreamTrips packages including local tours, hotels and unique experiences that will be available to both Australian and International members.   “Australia is one of our fastest growing markets globally and is a strong areas of focus for WorldVentures. Our new local headquarters opening is an important next step as we continue this exciting phase of growth,” said Kyle Lowe, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and International Expansion, WorldVentures, who is in Sydney for the opening.   “We continue to disrupt the International travel industry, empower everyday people to make a positive change to their lives, and offer our members compelling and unique travel experiences with our DreamTrips, and we couldn’t be more delighted that Australian consumers have embraced this concept so warmly,” he added.   “A WorldVentures office in Australia will help us to increase the number of Australian DreamTrips members will be able to enjoy, as well as better provide our local Independent Representatives with the support, mentorship and development that they require to build their businesses,” said Anthony Fitzgerald, General Manager, Asia Pacific, WorldVentures.   “We have been recognised over the last 12 months with three World Travel Awards for excellence in the global travel and tourism industry, and believe our investment in this local infrastructure will enable us to continue to build on an already successful offering,” he added.   The offices are located at Suite 2.03, 102 Bennelong Parkway, Sydney Olympic Park.   *Media are invited to speak with WorldVentures executives Kyle Lowe, Anthony Fitzgerald and Jon McKillip (President, Global Sales, WorldVentures) as part of the official office unveiling on Sunday, December 11, from 12-1.30pm. Alternatives days and times for interviews are also available.  About WorldVentures WorldVentures is an award-winning international lifestyle and travel membership company based in Texas, United States. Founded in 2005, WorldVentures sells memberships with perks to a diverse set of lifestyle products such as unique customized vacations known as DreamTrips, value-added dining experiences and deals at exquisite hotels at members’ only prices. With nearly half a million members globally and still counting, WorldVentures has presence in over 28 markets across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. In Asia Pacific, offices are established in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. For more information, visit www.worldventures.com.   About DreamTrips DreamTrips is a travel club community where Members experience customised travel opportunities and valuable deals at selected restaurants, hotels, excursions and entertainment venues in destinations all over the world. The DreamTrips membership appeals to the unique mindset of the traveller who experiences the world through the DreamTrips community, with the idea that “the best way to experience the world is together.” www.dreamtrips.com.  For more information David Wolf Closer Communicationsdavid@closer.com.au 0411 111 787 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. Boomers go Skiing this Summer 2016-11-22T03:13:31Z boomers-go-ski-ing-this-summer Australians are living longer and plan to retire later in life, prompting a rise in S.K.I (Spend the Kids Inheritance) holidays that deliver on new life experiences, value for money and connection with others.   WorldVentures, which markets the travel membership club 'DreamTrips', has experienced a growth in membership in recent years, with more than 500,000 members across 29 countries taking up the club lifestyle to experience life fulfilment through travel.   SKIing is an acronym that has emerged to describe the trend of older travellers 'Spending the Kids Inheritance'. Baby boomers are voting with their feet and passports by deciding it’s time to enjoy the money that they worked so hard to save over a lifetime of toil.   Anthony Fitzgerald from WorldVentures, says that baby boomers are turning to travel clubs to live life and travel.   “We are seeing more and more retirees travelling, not only to see the world but also to enjoy the social experience that comes along with travel clubs.”   "It is clear that many baby boomers have adopted the SKI outlook on life and are taking action to complete their bucket lists in retirement. DreamTrips offer S.K.I travellers the chance to enjoy a social experience but also have the perfect balance of alone time."   53 per cent of WorldVentures' Australian members travel with their spouse and over 70 per cent, feel that DreamTrips offer a distinctive vacation that enriched their lifestyle, allows them to gain knowledge and create beautiful memories.   "The options are endless and by joining a travel club SKI travellers are more likely to take the holidays they've worked to enjoy."   "The DreamTrips for SKI travellers to tick off their bucket list definitely include a trip to Myanmar’s Treasures, sailing the Caribbean, walking with lions in Zimbabwe, staying in an Ice Hotel, or relaxing and healing in the Dead Sea," Mr Fitzgerald suggests.   An Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) survey last year revealed that Australians intend to retire later than ever, with 23 per cent of the persons aged 45 years and over intending to retire at the age of 70 years or over compared with only eight per cent in 2004-05.   The OECD Better Life Index also reports that life expectancy at birth in Australia stands at 82 years, only 12 years after the majorities intended retirement.   Judy Anderson, of the Mornington Peninsula (Mt Martha), says that travel has become a priority in her life and that travel companies are increasingly catering for matured aged travellers.   "I didn't travel much in my younger days as people do now, so I'm trying to catch up on all the places I want to visit and I want to live life to the fullest."   "Travelling with a group is important to me. And travelling outside of school holidays means that I can get better deals and also travel with others with similar life goals."   For the children of baby boomers, especially the Gen X and Y children who are struggling to establish a foothold in the property market or pay the kids’ school fees, the life of a SKIer is causing some consternation.   But for many like Dylan, whose mother was living alone for five years, the benefits of their parents choosing to SKI to lead happy and fulfilling lives can also be recognised.   "My mother just wanted more company than what our busy working schedules allowed. Travelling was a passion of hers, if she had the opportunity to join a travel club and meet new people she would have been over the moon,” Dylan explains.   ENDS  About WorldVentures WorldVentures is an award-winning international travel membership company based in Texas, United States. The company sells memberships with perks to a diverse set of lifestyle products such as unique customised vacations known as DreamTrips, value-added dining experiences and deals at exquisite hotels at members’ only prices. With over half a million members globally and still counting, WorldVentures has presence in 29 markets across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.worldventures.comMedia Contacts David Wolf Director Closer Communicationsdavid@closer.com.au 0411 111 787   OR   Rachael Blasina Account Coordinator Closer Communicationsrachael@closer.com.au 0428 073 703   NEWS: National Film And Sound Archive (NFSA) digitally shares Australia’s audiovisual collection through govCMS 2016-11-13T21:00:00Z news-national-film-and-sound-archive-nfsa-digitally-shares-australia-s-audiovisual-collection-through-govcms Sydney, Australia, November 14 2016 - Acquia and Razorfish today welcome the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) to Drupal and the Acquia Platform, led by APAC partner Razorfish, as part of the govCMS program. The NFSA collects, preserves and shares Australia’s audiovisual history. Digital technology plays a vital role in its ‘sharing’ function, and creates unprecedented opportunities to render the vast NFSA’s collection even more discoverable and accessible to all Australians. Please see the table below for an Experience Menu of launch curated collections available from November 14. Razorfish, in partnership with Acquia, was tasked with helping NFSA realise its strategic vision of digital leadership in the cultural sector. The first step in this ambitious project is the redesign and relaunch of the NFSA website to provide a platform for contemporary and future audiences to discover and explore more than 100 years of film, television, radio, music, etc. As a Government agency, the NFSA had access to the govCMS program: an open source web content management system hosted on the public cloud using Drupal. Agencies using govCMS are able to create and manage unclassified websites cost effectively, in compliance with Australian government standards. The govCMS service is managed by the Department of Finance. This significant public asset aims to engage a broader audience, and facilitate content discovery. As part of this, the NFSA and Razorfish have: undertaken a complete review and redesign of the website navigation and information architecture to create a more engaging and ‘discoverable’ user experience.​ facilitated the discovery and creative reuse of rich assets within the collection by placing them higher in the hierarchy of the website​ created a curation platform for the 2.3 million assets within the collection, allowing them to be grouped together in curated ‘showcase’ experiences. “We are very excited to introduce the new NFSA website. Not only can the public enjoy exploring our curated collections and online exhibitions, but for us, this platform is an essential tool to share our collection in an increasingly connected audiovisual world. Working with Razorfish and Acquia has allowed us to create a world-class experience that we hope will be enjoyed by our audience and stakeholders,” said Michael Loebenstein, NFSA CEO. “We’re proud to have worked in partnership with the NFSA and Acquia to deliver the most user-centric and creatively excellent website using the govCMS platform to date. It’s been a privilege for Razorfish to engage with an institution as important to Australia’s culture and heritage as the NFSA. This is such a transformational piece of work, and the website now really articulates and executes the organisation’s purpose and goals,” said Simon Pelletier, Managing Director, Razorfish. “NFSA’s new site demonstrates the versatility of govCMS for building elegant, media rich, and highly intuitive sites, and the archive gains the benefits of an accessible, scalable platform from which to develop creative, digital leadership. Working with Razorfish, we’ve developed a platform where the public may begin exploring the history contained in the archive and discover how it relates to today,” concluded Graham Sowden, GM for Acquia Asia Pacific and Japan. LAUNCH CURATED COLLECTIONS FILM SOUND RADIO TELEVISION VINTAGE POPULAR Muriels Wedding Early record sleeves Binny Lum’s interviews Colour TV in Australia Cats Before they were famous Crocodile Dundee Johnny O'Keefe Women in radio Go!! Show WW1: Popular music Life In Australia Crocodile Dundee II Wax cylinders Gaywaves News from the capital Harry Julius’s 1910s animation Trains Malcolm Sounds of Australia over the years Lumi ère Cricket Caddie Sounds of Australia 2016 Vintage sound equipment Beach Storm Boy Taussig: Manasse Surfing Filmmaker interviews Taussig: Hollywood Priscilla TIME CAPSULE ORAL HISTORY Taussig: European Picnic Brisbane Musicians Newsreel: Cinesound Polish film posters Ballarat TV Journalists Newsreel : Gazette Festival posters Melbourne Newsreel : Australia Today Gallipoli Sydney NFSA Restores Darwin Adelaide LAUNCH ONLINE EXHIBITIONS The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Muriel's Wedding Storm Boy Johnny O'Keefe ABOUT THE NFSA The NFSA is Australia’s premier audiovisual archive, collecting, preserving and sharing Australia's audiovisual heritage - our nation's films, radio and TV programs, recorded sounds, scripts, costumes and much more. The NFSA is the nation’s ‘living archive’ where more than 2.3 million items representing over a century of Australian history and creativity, are preserved for the public, present and future, to discover and re-use. About Acquia
 Acquia is the leading provider of cloud-based, digital experience management solutions. Forward-thinking organisations rely on Acquia to transform the way they can engage with customers -- in a personal and contextual way, across every device and channel. Acquia provides the agility organisations need to embrace new digital business models and speed innovation and time to market. With Acquia, thousands of customers globally including The Australian Government, through the govCMS platform, Flight Centre, Foxtel, TransLink and IAG are delivering digital experiences with transformational business impact. For more information visit www.acquia.com or call +61.2.8607.8446.
 About Razorfish Motivated and inspired by what's next, Razorfish helps its clients navigate the unknown, drive change and transform business. One of the pioneers of marketing in the digital age, Razorfish has a unique blend of technology, creativity and media at its core. The agency’s world class capabilities in strategic consulting, experience design, brand building, technology platforms, data services, retail/commerce and media services enable transformational work for clients including Citigroup, McDonald’s, Mercedes-Benz USA, Microsoft, Nike China, Unilever and Uniqlo. Razorfish’s team of 3000+ experts span 25 regions, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States. Razorfish is part of the Publicis.Sapient platform. For more information, visit Razorfish.com, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Weibo and Instagram. Razorfish. Here for tomorrow.™ News and invitation: Economic Enquiry Brings Accountants, Government And Technology Together To Grow The Economy 2016-11-03T01:07:19Z news-and-invitation-economic-enquiry-brings-accountants-government-and-technology-together-to-grow-the-economy Sydney, November 3 2016 – Accountants and finance professionals will have the opportunity to influence policy at a State and Federal level, to leverage the new technology and data to become the accountants of the future and to help grow the Australian economy while they are at it at an economic enquiry hosted by Unstoppables Founder, Julio De Laffitte alongside guest speaker the New South Wales Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, The Honourable Victor Dominello MP. The NSW Minister of Innovation is working alongside industry to free up silos of public agency data to give businesses access to information that will drive new innovation. By working across industries, accountants in a prime position to being an incredible amount of value to their clients. This opening of data will change industries, fuel disruption and propel innovation. This exclusive event on Wednesday November 23 at NSW Parliament House, will give attendees the opportunity to to air and share their views in open discussions and to gain insights from a panel of Australia’s greatest business minds about the importance of the relationship between accountants and business success. The aim of this discussion is to learn how accountants and are in the perfect position to take advantage of the changing landscape to grow business and be an invaluable partner to clients. Speakers include Tim Reed, CEO of MYOB, Jane Stanton, Vice President of CAANZ, Nicholas Adamo, CEO of Bright Sparke and John Peterson, Founding Director of Best Practice Program, as well as Julio De Laffitte, Founder of Unstoppables, and The Honorable Victor Dominello MP, Minister of Innovation. The inaugural event saw more than 120 senior professionals attend. “The second in its series, this wonderful event unites the industry and brings fresh ideas and consideration about new practices, technologies and trends impacting the profession. We’re delighted to welcome the Minister and look forward to some serious insights into the unfolding future of the economy from those driving the change,” said Julio De Laffitte, Founder of Unstoppables. For more information, and to register, please visit www.unstoppables.com.au/accountingparliament or email info@unstoppables.com.au. About Unstoppables In 2014, Julio De Laffitte, a successful entrepreneur and businessman who started his business journey over 20 years ago, formed the idea for Unstoppables - A movement for business leaders and entrepreneurs to collaborate, define and action new economic potential for Australia and beyond. In 2015, Unstoppables took over 100 Australian entrepreneurs to Antarctica on an 8-day collaborative think tank. Out of this, many alliances were formed between start-ups, established businesses and different industries to create new economic opportunities for Australia. All in all, 98 businesses were formed and $47 million was invested. In 2016, Unstoppables took 50 Australian entrepreneurs to the Amazon for a 10-day collaborative think tank. The results were the same in comparison. Many new businesses and alliances are being formed through effective collaboration. In all Unstoppables collaborations, accountants and their unique perspective of multiple industries have played key roles in the formation of new opportunities. This observation has seen Unstoppables working closely with accountants and associated industries to leverage further growth in the Australian economy. http://unstoppables.com.au For more information, please contact: Jo Balfour / Shuba Paheerathan Progressiva Public Relations jo@progressiva.com.au / shuba@progressiva.com.au +61 (0)405 541 018 / +61 (0)438 606 424 Acquia Named a Leader in Gartner's 2016 Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management 2016-09-29T22:27:38Z acquia-named-a-leader-in-gartner-s-2016-magic-quadrant-for-web-content-management SYDNEY - Sep 30, 2016 -  Acquia, the digital experience company, today announced it has again been positioned by Gartner, Inc in the leaders quadrant of the 2016 Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management1. According to Gartner, "WCM will no longer be so monolithic. It will become more modular, granular and atomic to facilitate delivery of the 'best next digital experience.' Cloud-first strategies will win the day, with cross-channel continuity fueling ongoing customer interaction. Microservices with a high level of interoperability will enable WCM elements to be coupled with different sets of third-party technologies, depending on the requirements of the current phase of the customer's journey." "We feel Acquia's recognition as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for the third year in a row is a testament to our leadership in cloud-native digital experience platforms," said Tom Erickson, CEO of Acquia. "Acquia has demonstrated how the combination of open source and cloud creates a solution with unmatched agility for customers. We are proud that an increasing number of the world's leading organisations rely on Acquia to power their web and digital experiences." The Acquia Platform helps organisations across all industries deliver personalised and contextually relevant experiences to customers via any web or digital touchpoint. The Acquia Platform offers a secure platform-as-a-service cloud environment for the Drupal web content management system, advanced multi-site management, powerful developer tools, and software-as-a-service capabilities for personalisation, content syndication, and more. With Acquia, customers can introduce new digital capabilities faster, manage large-scale web deployments with ease, and create innovative digital experiences that deliver real business impact. "Leaders should drive market transformation," Gartner states in the report. "Leaders have the highest combined scores for Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision. They are doing well and are prepared for the future with a clear vision and a thorough appreciation of the broader context of digital business. They have strong channel partners, a presence in multiple regions, consistent financial performance, broad platform support and good customer support. In addition, they dominate in one or more technologies or vertical markets. Leaders are aware of the ecosystem in which their offerings need to fit." A complimentary copy of the Gartner, Inc. 2016 "Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management" research report is available for download from the Acquia website. 1 - "Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management," by Mick MacComascaigh and Jim Murphy, September 28, 2016. About The Gartner Magic Quadrant Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About Acquia Acquia is the leading provider of cloud-based, digital experience management solutions. Forward-thinking organisations rely on Acquia to transform the way they can engage with customers -- in a personal and contextual way, across every device and channel. Acquia provides the agility organisations need to embrace new digital business models and speed innovation and time to market. With Acquia, thousands of customers globally including the BBC, Cisco, Stanford University, and the Australian Government are delivering digital experiences with transformational business impact. For more information visit www.acquia.com or call +61.2.8607.8446.