The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-17T00:29:32Z Dell Boomi Acquires ManyWho 2017-03-17T00:29:32Z dell-boomi-acquires-manywho ROUND ROCK, Texas, Mar. 16, 2017 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) announced it has completed a transaction to acquire ManyWho™, a unified cloud and low-code development platform. ManyWho simplifies workflow automation and allows businesses and developers to turn business processes into rich software applications to connect employees, customers and core systems. Workflow automation is a critical need for modern businesses and organizations pursuing digital transformation and IT modernization. Adding the ManyWho low-code capabilities to Boomi’s market-leading integration platform accelerates the company’s ability to deliver workflow automation to customers on a unified platform, something no other company can match. The acquisition unlocks the ability for businesses to maximize best-of-breed cloud applications, driving efficiency, increasing time to value and building a competitive advantage. With the addition of ManyWho, the Boomi platform provides customers with the enabling technology to address the challenges of Hybrid IT. Now, the platform allows businesses to connect, manage data changes, ensure data quality and re-establish efficient business processes across your IT landscape. Boomi is the world’s leading cloud integration platform. ManyWho is rethinking the way businesses manage workflow automation. Together, the Boomi platform offers the only solution where customers can move, manage, govern and automate data and processes in a unified way. “Both Boomi and ManyWho were born in the cloud and are cloud native. Without an on-premises legacy to manage, Boomi provides instant access to services with no installation, effortless and automatic software upgrades and crowd-sourced ease-of-use to achieve short time-to-value,” said Chris McNabb, CEO of Boomi. “Boomi plus ManyWho brings world class integration together with leading cloud workflow automation. This combination provides our customers with a connected workflow which is key to an efficient and differentiated business.” “Boomi is a perfect fit for ManyWho. Both companies are committed to delivering innovative ways to help companies move fast, be nimble and collaborate at scale,” said Steve Wood, co-founder of ManyWho. “Joining Boomi allows ManyWho to scale quickly, offering businesses the end-to-end integration solution they need to drive Digital Transformation.’’ ManyWho was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Boomi plans to keep ManyWho’s employees and existing operations, and will continue to invest in additional engineering, channel, marketing, professional services, support and sales capability to grow this business. To learn more about how these new Boomi workflow features can help your business or see a demonstration, please visit: www.boomi.com/workflow. About ManyWho ManyWho is an agile, enterprise-level, cloud-based, application development platform. Agility doesn’t have to mean compromise however – ManyWho builds social, mobile (including offline) and real-time applications that can run on any desktop or mobile device, operating system or platform. Headquartered in San Francisco and with a presence in Exeter, UK, ManyWho is revolutionizing the world of business process effectiveness by helping corporations get the best out of their existing applications and investments. About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, accelerates business agility by integrating the information organizations need whenever and however they need it. The Boomi integration platform dramatically transforms the way organizations connect, create, manage and govern all their applications and data. As a result, more than 5,300 organizations of all sizes use the Boomi platform to run smarter, faster, better. Boomi also helps customers drastically reduce implementation times and offers substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM and API management solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © Dell and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. ManyWho is a trademark of Boomi Inc., a Dell subsidiary. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. # # # Nnooo joins the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association 2017-03-13T22:34:36Z nnooo-joins-the-interactive-games-entertainment-association SYDNEY, Australia: March 14 2017 – The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) has today announced that Sydney-based independent video game developer and publisher, Nnooo, has joined the association as a member. Nnooo joins Australian games developers, Big Ant Studios and Well Placed Cactus, who have been IGEA members since 2015 and have made significant contributions to IGEA’s policy discussions on behalf of the video games industry. Nnooo has been making games for more than 10 years across a breadth of platforms including PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox One and iOS. Nnooo has also partnered with PlayStation First and the Academy of Interactive Entertainment to bring the games of talented Australian student teams to the PlayStation platform. According to Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, “Our members operate in a very dynamic industry. As a result, IGEA now participates and advocates on a wide range of policy issues that is vastly different to our remit when we started back in 2002. As we continue our work to advance the local industry, it is vital that we represent the broad views and needs of the sector at all levels, supported by accurate, timely and transparent market intelligence and data.” “We have worked closely with Nnooo for some time and have been fortunate enough to benefit from their experience both working in big games studios and corporate environments, and now as an independent developer and publisher. We admire the support and guidance they provide to other indie developers and students looking to enter the industry. We are delighted to welcome the Nnooo team to IGEA and look forward to their continued contribution to the industry,” said Curry. Bruce Thomson, Business and Marketing Director of Nnooo, said joining IGEA provides them with additional support, expertise and insight to help nurture and grow local talent. “We have been impressed with IGEA’s proactive attitude and their strong advocacy for all participants in the Australian and New Zealand video game sector, irrespective of size, industry focus or location. We look forward to formalising and strengthening our relationship with IGEA to support further growth wherever we can.”   -Ends-  About IGEA The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association proactively represents companies that publish, market and/or distribute interactive games and entertainment content. IGEA aims to further advance the industry and the business interests of its members through informing and fostering relationships with the public, the business community, government and other industry stakeholders. IGEA is administered by a Board of Directors and supported by the CEO, Ron Curry. For more information, please visit www.igea.net. To read IGEA’s recent submission to the ECRC’s Inquiry into the Future of Australia’s Video Game Development Industry, click here.About Nnooo Nnooo is a Sydney-based game developer and publisher established in 2006 by Nic Watt, a former lead designer at Electronic Arts in London. The company’s most recent game was Blast ‘Em Bunnies, an endless bunny shooter for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and Nintendo 3DS. Nnooo published Cubemen 2, the 3 Sprockets’ Steam and iOS hit game, on Wii U making it the first indie title on any Nintendo platform to offer both in-game cross-platform multiplayer and cross-platform user generated content. Nnooo’s most recent published game is The Legend of Kusakari on Nintendo 3DS from Japanese developer Librage. For more information, please visit nnooo.com. NZ video games industry revenues race ahead to $424M in 2016 2017-03-07T22:30:00Z nz-video-games-industry-revenues-race-ahead-to-424m-in-2016 Auckland, New Zealand – 8 March 2017 – The New Zealand video and computer games industry generated $424 million in revenue in 2016, a seven per cent increase on 2015 sales. Data released today by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association shows that New Zealand industry growth outpaced that of Australia, which experienced a four per cent increase in revenues last year.   Overall, the New Zealand video games industry saw a total of $125 million in traditional retail sales, with an additional $299 million in digital and mobile sales.   According to research commissioned by IGEA from analyst firm Telsyte, digital and mobile sales continued on an upward trajectory in 2016, with 16 per cent growth on 2015 revenues. Mobile games remain the largest revenue source, generating $167 million last year. Downloadable games and downloadable content (DLC) saw the most growth – up 20 per cent and 21 per cent respectively.   Complementary market data from The NPD Group shows traditional retail sales decreased nine per cent on 2015 figures, with hardware and software sales both declining. However, the New Zealand video games industry overall experienced a seven per cent boost in revenues in 2016, with consumers’ digital purchasing habits far outweighing the decline in traditional retail sales.   “The New Zealand video game industry is in great shape and continues to grow year-on-year,” said Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA. “The data clearly shows an ongoing revolution in the purchasing habits of what is an increasingly digital customer base. Consumers are incredibly engaged with our industry’s products and have embraced new ways to access and play game content, and extend the life of their games, such as virtual and augmented reality and downloadable extras.”   According to Foad Fadaghi, Managing Director of Telsyte, “New Zealand gamers continue to evolve their game purchasing behaviour, boosted by the greater availability of high speed broadband service.”   Since 2009, IGEA has provided a review of the state of the video games industry in New Zealand using commissioned research from The NPD Group. With the growth in downloads and mobile gaming, the NPD data has been augmented with research from Telsyte to provide a complete picture on the state of the industry.  Key highlights from Telsyte: Video and computer games generated $299 million in digital and mobile sales in 2016, a 16% increase on 2015 Mobile games remains the largest revenue source, generating $167 million in 2016 Downloadable games and downloadable content (DLC) saw the most growth – up 20% and 21% respectively Key highlights from The NPD Group: Video and computer games generated $125 million in traditional retail sales in 2016, a 9% decrease on 2015 sales Current generation consoles PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo 3DS all experienced growth in the volume of software sold 53% of games sold had an unrestricted classification (G, PG or M) IGEA has created an infographic to support the 2016 New Zealand sales data, which you can download here.About IGEA IGEA is an industry association representing the business and public policy interests of New Zealand and Australian 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.   Media spokespeople available: For interviews with Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, please contact Amy Rathbone, Espresso Communications (+61 2 8016 2200) For interviews with Foad Fadaghi, Managing Director of Telsyte, please contact him on +61 414 992 466 Leading location-based social intelligence company hires former Cisco exec 2017-03-02T23:00:00Z leading-location-based-social-intelligence-company-hires-former-cisco-exec Sydney, Australia – 3 March 2017: Local Measure, the leading location-based social intelligence platform, has hired Peter Hughes as VP Strategic Alliances.   Hughes fills a new position in the technology company, one that represents the level of maturity the company has reached as it looks to grow its strategic partnerships.   Local Measure’s CEO and Founder, Jonathan Barouch, commented, “Local Measure’s platform integrations have developed significantly in the last six months, making this the right time for the company to develop and capitalise on its partnership and channel strategy.”   “We’re delighted that Peter is bringing his deep experience in technology sales and channel management to the company. As Local Measure continues to focus on its global routes to market, having the right strategic practitioners in place is essential.”   Local Measure’s platform partners include Facebook, Instagram, Sina Weibo, and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Hughes will be tasked with managing all channel partners, developing the reseller relationships and building strategic alliances.   Hughes brings valuable experience from his 16 years at Cisco. His most recent role at Cisco was Global Director of Sales, where he managed a team across APJ, EMEAR and the US to establish new routes and channels to market for Cisco’s cloud software as a service (SaaS) collaboration product Cisco Spark. Previously Hughes led the APJ Collaboration team and prior to that the ANZ Collaboration team.   Hughes said, “The intersection of mobile, social and digital customer experience is now a boardroom discussion and Local Measure is uniquely positioned in its capabilities to help businesses develop customer engagement. I intend to continue to develop the existing alliances that Local Measure has, and to work with Jonathan and the team to create more opportunities at this junction between technology and customer engagement.”   Headquartered in Australia, with offices in Singapore, Dubai, London, Miami and Los Angeles, Local Measure has proprietary technology that allows brands and businesses to deliver exceptional service to their customers, engage with them in real-time to resolve service issues, and acquire the rights to use user-generated content.   - ENDS - About Local Measure Local Measure is the leading customer intelligence platform in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Local Measure’s clients include many of the world’s largest tourism and hospitality brands. The company merges local content, social media and mobile technology to provide customers with live access to operationalise customer data, rich content and analytics at a local level. For more information about Local Measure, visit our website and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.   Read more about Local Measure’s integration with Cisco Spark and Cisco Meraki. 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.