The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-12-13T11:56:40Z 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. La Trobe Financial Appoints Three new Executives 2016-12-12T23:00:47Z la-trobe-financial-appoints-three-new-executives   Ms Leanne Seymour has been with La Trobe Financial for over 12 years and has been appointed Head of Settlements. Ms Seymour has held a range of positions in the Settlements, Closure, Discharge and Securities departments. Ms Seymour is widely recognised for her innovative solutions having implemented a number of protocols to improve efficiency. In her new role, Ms Seymour will focus on automating the settlement process whilst ensuring the customer experience achieves optimum results. In 2010, Ms Seymour was awarded the company’s Hall of Fame Award as voted by her peers. The Award recognises exemplary service and Leanne certainly delivers this in spades. Ms Linda Gorski has been with the company since 2008 and has been appointed Head of Residential Origination. Initially employed as a Credit Analyst within the Real Estate Credit Division, she was then promoted to Manager of the Asset Retention Team. During her tenure, Ms Gorski has been recognised for her outstanding customer service and work quality, winning the La Trobe Financial 2015 Hall of Fame Award. In her new role, Ms Gorski will be responsible for the development of stakeholder and key client relationships. Mr Mark Hood joined La Trobe Financial in 2015, with 18 years’ experience within the finance industry. Mr Hood has been appointed Head of Commercial Origination. Prior to his promotion, Mr Hood was a Credit Analyst for the Commercial Lending department. Together with his team, Mr Hood will continue to deliver high quality and timely commercial loan assessments. La Trobe Financial’s President and CEO, Greg O’Neill said "Leanne, Linda and Mark have been instrumental in the growth of our Real Estate Credit Division and we are delighted to have them join the ranks of our executive leadership team. There is absolutely no doubt that their continued value, dedication and innovation will lead the company’s lending division to further success". La Trobe Financial will be making further announcements shortly. 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. News: Simpsons Solicitors Appoints Kris Darmody To Bolster Its Production Services Work 2016-11-08T20:41:14Z news-simpsons-solicitors-appoints-kris-darmody-to-bolster-its-production-services-work Sydney November 9 2016 - On the back of the high profile appointment of Mark Bamford in the role of Director of its Film & Television division, boutique media, arts and entertainment firm, Simpsons Solicitors, has further bolstered its production services arm with the recent appointment of Senior Lawyer, Kris Darmody. Darmody will be responsible for driving Simpson’s film, television and content production services with a strong emphasis on providing legal services to content producers, creatives and other stakeholders at all stages of the development, production and financing cycle. In addition, Darmody will also develop content agency and production business relationships and drive new business both locally and abroad. Darmody brings extensive experience to the role, having provided advice to producers and production companies as a lawyer and business affairs professional in the Australian film and television industry for over 13 years. Darmody has worked on a wide range of feature film, television and documentary projects from early development through to close of finance. In addition to working closely with several successful Australian producers and creatives, Darmody also brings a strong understanding of the content marketing industry to the role, having worked closely with Australian content agency, Curated Content. She continues to act as Head of Legal & Business Affairs for Flying Bark Productions. “Kris brings a unique production-focussed experience to the firm’s established media, arts and entertainment practice” Bamford said. “I have worked on a number of transactions with Kris over the years. She is able to cut through and identify potential issues early and actively engages in bringing parties together to find quick and effective solutions to close finance. I am excited to have her play a critical role in the growth of the production specialisation of the practice area.” “I am thrilled to be joining Mark, lawyer Kieren Martin and the rest of the team at Simpsons” Darmody said. “Mark’s perspective and experience, particularly in the finance space, are invaluable resources and his expertise across the media, entertainment, communication and technology sectors is world-class.” Simpsons occupies a unique position in the market with a niche offering in media, arts and entertainment services and is one of Australia’s most highly regarded intellectual property and entertainment practices. Kris Darmody’s appointment is effective immediately. John Evans appointed Managing Director BOC South Pacific 2016-11-01T23:50:42Z john-evans-appointed-managing-director-boc-south-pacific Sydney, 2 November 2016: Leading gases and engineering company BOC today announced the appointment of John Evans as Managing Director, BOC South Pacific.   The 30-year industry veteran has a deep understanding of the BOC business after leading its subsidiary Elgas, Australia’s largest LPG marketer and importer.   John’s key priorities will be safety, customer experience and driving the diverse BOC business across its key markets in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.   “BOC has a huge range of products and services, an extensive supply network and some of the best technical experts and engineers in the world,” said John. “We need to refine our organisation to support constantly changing markets. We are also innovating service models – from digital and online solutions, to a more agile retail network.   “I look forward to working with our customers, industry and governments to ensure critical energy supplies and to foster a more research and scientific based economy.”   John Evans is the Vice Chairman of the Gas Energy Association and Head of the BOC Regional Executive Board. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry from the University of New South Wales.   -ENDS-  About BOC:  BOC is a member of The Linde Group which supplies compressed and bulk gases, chemicals and equipment around the globe. The company develops safe, sustainable and innovative solutions for customers in many specialty sectors, heavy industry and medical environments. For more than a century the company's gases and expertise have contributed to advances in industry and everyday life, including steelmaking, refining, chemical processing, environmental protection, wastewater treatment, welding and cutting, food processing and distribution, glass production, electronics and health care. For further information, see www.boc-limited.com.au.  About Linde: In the 2015 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of EUR 17.944 bn, making it one of the leading gases and engineering companies in the world, with approximately 65,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development. For more information, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.co RSA appoints Leonard Kleinman as Chief Cyber Security Advisor APJ 2016-10-20T23:30:00Z rsa-appoints-leonard-kleinman-as-chief-cyber-security-advisor-apj SYDNEY, Australia. October 21, 2016 – RSA, a Dell Technologies business, today announced the appointment of Leonard Kleinman as Chief Cyber Security Advisor, Asia Pacific and Japan.   At RSA, Len will work with executives and business stakeholders to make security a strategic priority that translates into business value. Reporting to Nigel Ng, Vice President RSA, Asia Pacific and Japan, Len will be based in Canberra and will focus on government customers.   “Cybersecurity is no longer an issue for IT teams alone – with increased cyber threats and subsequent expenditure, as well as the wider implications of security breaches for businesses and their customers, executives and boards are asking more questions than ever before about preventing and managing cyber attacks,” said Kleinman. “I look forward to working with government and businesses in the APJ region to strengthen their security posture and align their security strategies with broader business objectives.”   An industry veteran, Len brings more than 25 years of experience in the information technology industry. For the last 14 years, Len has worked in senior roles in IT security at the Australian Tax Office, including governance and risk, compliance, and the IT Security Advisor Role. In his most recent role as Senior Director of the Vulnerability Management and Research team (VMR), Len contributed to the development, implementation and review of cyber security strategy. Focus areas included specialist advice and policy on a range of business and technical activities, strategic and operational planning, service provider engagement, contingency and incident response, and threat intelligence.   “Len has an enormous amount of experience in security both in government departments and commercial businesses. This experience is invaluable as it provides a unique insight into how public and private sectors can work together to build a more secure future for government, businesses and citizens,” said Nigel Ng, Vice President RSA, Asia Pacific and Japan.   Len is the current Branch Executive for the Canberra chapter of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) and a member of the Global Digital Infrastructure Alliance. He has qualifications in Information Systems, Management, Tax Administration Law and Risk Management. A security technology community activist, he is involved in and supports several cyber security and technology organisations and regularly speaks at security events.  About RSA RSA helps more than 30,000 customers around the world take command of their security posture by partnering to build and implement business-driven security strategies. With RSA's award-winning cybersecurity solutions, organisations can effectively detect and respond to advanced attacks; manage user identities and access; and reduce business risk, fraud and cybercrime. For more information, go to www.rsa.com.   ###  Media Contacts Biana Chamlet/Amy Rathbone Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200rsa@espressocomms.com.au Gai Le Roy returns as Research Director for IAB Australia 2016-10-16T21:00:00Z gai-le-roy-returns-as-research-director-for-iab-australia Sydney, October 17, 2016:  IAB Australia has appointed one of the industry’s most experienced research professionals in interactive advertising and digital media, announcing today that Gai Le Roy will return to the organisation as Research Director effective 1st November. Le Roy will lead the IAB’s activities to help keep perspective on media consumption changes and the evolving commercial measurement options, while championing the industry’s adoption of cross media measurement.   Vijay Solanki, CEO of IAB Australia commented:  “The digital industry needs someone it can trust in this very senior role – someone grounded in research but an expert with data.  Gai is without a doubt that person.  She has the credibility to work with partners, agencies, clients and other trade bodies and will be a driving force for measurement innovation.  I’m ecstatic to have her on board.” Le Roy commented: “While all audience measurement systems face challenges digital is often held to an even higher standard thanks to its ability to track and compare across different measurement and analytics platforms.  I’m encouraged now to see that the industry across all sectors is showing a real appetite to move towards genuine cross media measurement and this is something that I will be focused on developing further.   “While we need to keep evolving and solidifying our standard media currencies, the real work of evaluating effectiveness of media spend is still to be done.  I look forward to moving our measurement capabilities towards the ability to assess outcomes of different devices, environments, audience targeting and ad formats to establish what makes marketing communications work,” said Le Roy. Le Roy has previously worked with IAB Australia, holding the roles of Research Director for two years and previously as Programmes Manager.  She comes to IAB after a year consulting to boutique behavioural research company, Gateway Research.  Le Roy has also worked with Fairfax Media as General Manager of Audience Insights and Research; as Insights Manager at ninemsn; as well as holding various independent consultant roles specialising in online media, digital strategy, insights, marketing and research.   /Ends  About the Interactive Advertising Bureau  The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Limited is the peak trade association for online advertising in Australia and was incorporated in July 2010. As one of over 43 IAB offices globally, and with a rapidly growing membership, IAB Australia's principal objective is to support and enable the media and marketing industry to ensure that they thrive in the digital economy.   The role of the IAB is to work with its members and the broader advertising and marketing industry to assist marketers to identify how best to employ online as part of their marketing strategy, to better target and engage their customers and build their brands.   By addressing the core pillars of growth of the online advertising industry - simplified and standard online audience measurement, research, and online operational standards and guidelines, and regulatory affairs, IAB Australia leverages the skills, experience and commitment of its members to advocate the benefits of online advertising by acting as an authoritative and objective source for all online advertising issues whilst promoting industry-wide best practice.   IAB Australia is a registered not-for-profit organisation; membership fees and revenue generated is invested back into the IAB's membership benefits such as resources, events, reporting, and industry representation.   For further information about IAB Australia please visit: www.iabaustralia.com.au  For further information please contact:   Vijay Solanki CEO - IAB Australia E: Vijay.Solanki@iabaustralia.com.au   Pru Quinlan Einsteinz Communications T: (02) 8905 0995 E: pru@einsteinz.com.au   HPE Aruba Unveils Flexible Network Procurement Models Enabling ANZ Enterprises to Innovate at the Rapid Pace of Mobile and IoT 2016-09-13T01:27:16Z hpe-aruba-unveils-flexible-network-procurement-models-enabling-anz-enterprises-to-innovate-at-the-rapid-pace-of-mobile-and-iot Sydney, Australia – September 13, 2016 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today announced new network procurement and consumption models to give enterprise customers more flexibility and choice in how they obtain and support their network infrastructure. The rapid introduction of mobile technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) have accelerated the requirements for IT network infrastructures. With refresh cycles measured in months instead of years, networks need to enable a new set of end user and line-of-business facing digital services requiring IT organizations to efficiently adapt and deliver enterprise grade security at the highest levels of reliability. To remove unpredictability in IT operations and spending, Aruba is taking a software-based approach with its Mobile First Platform, enabling IT organizations to quickly respond to new requirements as they emerge, minimize capital expenditures, and maintain a competitive edge. Customers benefit from customized options for obtaining and managing their networks with Aruba’s portfolio of programmable IT networking products for Wi- Fi, BLE, wired and wide area network (WAN) connectivity, and consulting, support and technology services from its key alliances.New Network Infrastructure Procurement and Consumption Models The Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) market, comprised of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and cloud-managed WLAN, is expected to grow significantly. IDC estimates that the global enterprise SDN market will grow to $8.7 billion1 and the global cloud-managed WLAN market is forecasted to reach $2.5B by 20182. With major trends like increased automation, data analytics, IoT and a renewed emphasis on security affecting IT infrastructure plans, many organizations are trying to minimize workload on IT staff and shift spend from large capital to predictable operational expenses. “For some time our customers and channel partners in Australia and New Zealand have desired a different approach to procuring networking solutions,” said Steve Coad, Managing Director for Aruba in Australia and New Zealand. “That is, being able to buy technology as a service on an as-needed basis and then charging this to OPEX rather than taking a big up front hit on their CAPEX expenditures. Fuelling this demand is the constantly shifting cloud paradigm and an almost insatiable demand for mobility solutions which enterprises want to keep pace with as new technologies emerge.” “Network-as-a-Service addresses this market shift with a fundamentally new and unique way to acquire and consume communications services. In Australia and New Zealand we are seeking to expand our existing channel alliances, our breadth of subscription offerings and then make these available to our increasingly broad base of customers.” In collaboration with HPE Financial Services, HPE Technology Services and leading alliances, including Accenture and Deloitte, organizations can dynamically react to changing needs by leveraging an OpEx-based NaaS model. This model allows organizations to immediately adopt the most modern network infrastructure, designed for new business applications with secure connectivity for IoT and improved user experiences via actionable, real- time insights.   Key benefits for enterprise customers include: -  Better utilization of technology and resources - With a NaaS model, enterprises can deploy and capitalize on the latest technology without burdening internal IT resources with additional training or tasks, allowing them to focus on business priorities. -  Ability to slash costs by moving to an operational expense model - Enterprises can reduce capital expenditures to simplify their budget process and better predict and manage network acquisition, administration and operational costs. -  Improved management of network scalability, flexibility and technology cycles - With the network functioning like a utility, organizations can scale their network as it grows and easily add new services like BYOD, IoT, security, location-based services and proactive management. Enabling Channel Partners with the Power of Cloud-based Managed Services Wireless LAN, wired switching and WAN routing infrastructures can now be managed for customers by resellers and service providers using Aruba Central, a subscription-based network services solution hosted in the public cloud, expanding the reach of cloud networking to many different customer scenarios. Aruba Central enables Aruba resellers to take advantage of Central’s support for multi-tenancy and its built-in managed services portal, and start offering managed services to their customer base. With a turnkey solution and no additional platform engineering cost or complexity, Aruba Central delivers a recurring revenue stream with higher margin opportunities for Aruba resellers. Aruba channel partners and Aruba customers with varying levels of IT infrastructure administration across many distributed sites can take advantage of the platform – with different IT groups having unique privileges or access to the platform, defined per location. David Elliott, Aruba’s ANZ Channel Sales Director said: “Aruba’s Network-as-a-Service is market changing for our channel partners in the region and will deliver them a real competitive edge against some of the legacy networking vendors. Many of our partners are highly experienced in delivering the ‘as-a-service’ model for other technologies, and now with Aruba Network-as-a-Service managed through Aruba Central, they can keep their customers up-to-date on the latest innovations in both networking as well as the wider technology ecosystem, creating real value for them by enabling better utilization of technology and resources.” Additional Resources• Deloitte Blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Technology-Blog/Consider-Modernizing-Your- Network-Consumption-Model/ba-p/275495 About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organizations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives. 1 IDC – SDN Market to Gain Enterprise Headway, Driven by 3rd Platform and Cloud #US40628315 2 IDC – Worldwide Cloud Managed Enterprise WLAN Infrastructure and Cloud-Managed Services Forecast, 2016-2020 #US41650215 To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com. ©2016 Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, Aruba’s trademarks include Aruba Networks®, Aruba The Mobile Edge Company® (stylized), Aruba Mobility-Defined NetworksTM, Aruba Mobility Management System®, People Move Networks Must Follow®, Mobile Edge Architecture®, RFProtect®, Green Island®, ETips®, ClientMatch®, Virtual Intranet AccessTM, ClearPass Access Management SystemsTM, Aruba InstantTM, ArubaOSTM, xSecTM, ServiceEdgeTM, Aruba ClearPass Access Management SystemTM, AirmeshTM, AirWaveTM, Aruba CentralTM, and ARUBA@WORKTM. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information, please contact: Luisa OR Sarah at DEC PR +61 2 8014 5033 and aruba@decpr.com.au  HPE Aruba Introduces Developer-Ready Mobile First Platform to Unlock the Potential of Modern IT Infrastructures 2016-09-13T01:22:03Z hpe-aruba-introduces-developer-ready-mobile-first-platform-to-unlock-the-potential-of-modern-it-infrastructures   Aruba Mobile First Platform Provides Real-Time Insights to Improve User Experiences and IoT Security Australian developers first to market with new mobility innovations New Partner Ready for Networking Program Expands Revenue Opportunities for the ANZ Sales Channel Sydney, Australia – Sept 13, 2016 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today announced the Aruba Mobile First Platform, a software layer that uses application programming interfaces (APIs) to provide third-party developers and business leaders with network insights to improve applications and services. The platform accelerates integration and innovation of mobile and IoT at the speed of the developer ecosystem, rather than the pace of a single vendor. To support today’s mobile first and rapidly developing IoT environment, networks must deliver more than connectivity. The days of one-dimensional networks designed for static functions are over. Modern networks must be able to easily adapt to new application requirements on-demand. With actionable insights about the use of specific mobile apps and the operational technologies powered by IoT, networks can help organizations justify future digital technology investments. The Aruba Mobile First Platform unlocks the ability for an ecosystem of developers and technology vendors to freely innovate, utilizing the rich contextual information the Aruba infrastructure collects from mobile and IoT devices, and customize networking functions dynamically in real-time. As a result, customers can improve existing applications and create new ones to enhance the customer experience, improve business operations, and drive new revenue opportunities.Australian developers first to market “Whether it’s robotics in the classroom or nanochip-based tablets used for collaboration across campus networks, our customers in Australia and New Zealand are seeking to innovate at the same pace as new devices, hardware, software and internet of things technologies emerge,” said Steve Coad, Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand – Aruba. “Now, with the Aruba Mobile First platform, we can offer that ability, and moreover, offer the ecosystem of developers around us a software layer and programming interface which allows them to rapidly connect and integrate their solutions, ensuring speed to market is faster for us all.” Three Australian developers, including Kasada, Sine Co and Skyfii, are the first ecosystem technology partners globally to innovate on the new Mobile First Platform, bringing new solutions to market immediately. They are joined by Intel Security. (Please refer to notes to editors below.) Aruba’s existing customers in Australia and New Zealand include Scentre Group (Westfield), General Pants, Epworth Healthcare, University of New England, Trust Power, University of Technology: Sydney, The Catholic Education Office, JB Hi Fi, The Australian Open, Maritime New Zealand, Medibank, TAFE NSW, Feros Care, and KFC.Advanced Network Controls and Policy Enforcement for Pervasive Mobility The foundation of the Aruba Mobile First Platform is built on ArubaOS 8, a new operating system that allows developers to leverage contextual information from the infrastructure via its northbound API. Deployed as a virtual machine (VM) on a server appliance, ArubaOS 8 significantly simplifies changes within the infrastructure and enables customers to instantly scale their networks. ArubaOS 8 also enables greater programmability in the Aruba infrastructure with the ability to upload custom app signatures in real-time. Developers and ecosystem partners can easily enable policy management and quality control for new, business critical applications without network upgrades or downtime.   Ecosystem partner, Skyfii, harnesses the power of the Aruba Mobile First Platform to help businesses analyze and visualize customer behavior data. Leveraging contextual data about users, devices, applications and location from the Aruba Analytics and Location Engine (ALE), Skyfii gives retailers a better understanding of behavior and lets them engage shoppers with targeted advertising and marketing calls to actions.Increased Network and Application Access Control for Mobile and IoT The latest enhancements to Aruba ClearPass software as part of the Mobile First Platform deliver deeper insights into all connected devices and improve capabilities for third party integration. The new ClearPass Extensions make it easier for IT security professionals and developers to integrate cloud-hosted technology services with Aruba ClearPass. Without major code changes to the base ClearPass software, ecosystem partners simply place their software into a repository that can be leveraged via an API. This allows customers to easily and quickly create automated workflows. In the case of McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO), Intel Security’s unified management platform, users can check the status of a device. McAfee ePO also provides unified management of endpoint, network and data security. With end-to-end visibility and powerful automation tools, McAfee ePO dramatically strengthens protection and drives down the cost and complexity of managing risk and security. “ClearPass Extensions and the Aruba Mobile First Platform provide a simplified, open model for us to rapidly integrate and extend our offering,” said D.J. Long, Head of Intel Security Innovation Alliance. “The McAfee ePO integration with ClearPass provides customers unified visibility of security posture regardless of network, device type or user location, and automates access policy to safeguard enterprise networks.” To automate access to Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) attributes from the cloud, the Microsoft Intune integration via ClearPass Extensions enables greater control for organizations that want to provide employees with secure access to corporate applications, data, and resources on almost any device. The Intune integration with Aruba will be available in Q4 CY2016. “Delivered from the cloud and designed to address the needs of today’s mobile-first cloud-first world, Microsoft Intune delivers a comprehensive set of mobile device management and mobile application management capabilities that help you manage your diverse mobile environment in a secure and unified way” said Andrew Conway, General Manager of Product Marketing for Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security. “Our integration with Aruba ClearPass will allow you to make sure only managed and compliant devices are able to connect to your corporate network.” Opening the doors to a wide variety of use cases, technology partners like Kasada can be integrated easily for multi-factor authentication (MFA) workflows. Envoy and Sine are examples of partners that automate a guest Wi-Fi access request through ClearPass, via their visitor registration services. Customers can leverage existing solutions, improve user experience and quickly utilize automation to offload IT resources. The new ClearPass OnConnect is ideal for customers who are not ready to deploy 802.1X and RADIUS across their multivendor wired networks for IoT connectivity. Policy management for such environments can still be enabled, where all devices are profiled and placed into proper network segments, without extensive IT operational investment.Improved User Experience and Business Insights for Indoor Location Services The Aruba Mobile First Platform introduces advanced Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) analytics capabilities to the Meridian Mobile App Platform that go beyond simple monitoring of dwell times at a specific location. The new Meridian Goals leverages insights gathered via BLE to inform marketing and business development teams about the success or failure of their latest engagement campaigns, eliminating the need to sort through varied, detailed reports to determine the results of an engagement program.   With the latest release of Meridian, businesses can now enable location sharing among visitors at venues or employees at work. Individuals running the same mobile app on their phones can share their physical location with colleagues and friends while retaining complete control of their privacy. These new features heighten the user experience and fuel business intelligence regarding collaboration in the workplace and customer behavior within public venues.Delivering Cloud Networking to Distributed Enterprises Addressing the demands for highly customizable cloud networking solutions, Aruba has made significant advancements to its subscription-based, cloud-hosted network services solution, Aruba Central. With its multi- tenant architecture and the new managed services portal, Aruba Central allows resellers to rapidly create custom- branded managed services, deliver value-added services to existing customers and tap into new opportunities. Existing customers and partners can now easily add Aruba Central to their portfolio by integrating it with their existing systems through APIs. Additionally, Aruba Central now includes enterprise-grade capabilities such as Aruba Clarity for predictive visibility into Wi-Fi health and Wi-Fi analytics for visibility into mobile user presence across different physical spaces. The new Aruba Central mobile app allows IT staff to deploy Wi-Fi, wired and WAN routing infrastructure components with zero touch.Maximize Revenue with the Partner Ready for Networking Program Taking advantage of the Aruba Mobile First Platform and positioning partners to be highly competitive in the rapidly changing mobility networking market, Aruba is introducing the Partner Ready for Networking program. This new channel program takes the best elements of the Aruba PartnerEdge and HPE Partner Ready programs to create a new program that enables partners to capitalize on the burgeoning enterprise mobility market opportunity. According to David Elliott, Aruba’s ANZ Channel Sales Director: “The enhanced program delivers predictable profitability via deal protection and a simple structure that makes it easy to calculate deal profitability. Our channel partners will be rewarded with expanded revenue opportunities for specializing in our full networking solution portfolio spanning wireless and switching as well as for developing further expertise in recognized mobility competencies.” The ability to sell extensive services, including managed services such as Aruba Central, will further enhance partner margins and enable them to attain trusted advisor status with their customers. Elliott said, the ability for partners to move quickly and be responsive to their customers drove one of the core principles of the new program – to simplify and make it easier to do business.” “The Partner Ready for Networking Program offers a dedicated partner portal, streamlined one-page deal registration with simplified approval process, easy to understand program requirements with a single point of contact, and planned MDF and lead generation tools and services.” With the new Partner Ready for Networking program, partners will significantly improve their competitive position while maximizing their revenue opportunities with a more predictable revenue stream. Technology Ecosystem Partners Quotes Businesses globally are using Envoy’s visitor registration system to provide a seamless, digital visitor sign-in experience in the workplace. “To make Envoy even better, our customers have been asking for an easy way to provide Wi-Fi access to visitors at the time of registration,” said Larry Gadea, CEO of Envoy. “By integrating our solution with Aruba’s ClearPass Extensions framework, we have created a unique, one-step process that makes visitor registration and Wi-Fi access hassle-free." Software security company, Kasada leads a new paradigm in enterprise digital security by augmenting multifactor authentication (MFA) using and eliminating the need for tokens and passwords. “Combining the Kasada photograph-centric, cloud-based MFA platform with simplified integration via Aruba’s ClearPass Extensions enables enterprise MFA to provide additional automated digital security solutions based on custom factors such as time or suspicious behaviors,” said Sam Crowther, CTO and co-founder of Kasada. “Together we are essentially replacing weak passwords with an easier, more secure solution.” Intelligent visitor and contractor registration software company, Sine, has thousands of customers worldwide. "Using Aruba’s ClearPass Extensions to integrate, we are now able to streamline check-in and Wi-Fi registration functions into a single, seamless process which saves enterprises time and results in faster productivity for end users,” said Antony Ceravolo, CEO and Founder of Sine. “We’ve also added a mobile app option which simplifies and expedites the process even more for frequent visitors.” Skyfii is a data services company that provides cloud-based analytics and location data-driven marketing solutions to help businesses and organizations capture, analyze, and visualize customer behaviors. “Integrating Skyfii’s IO platform with ClearPass Extensions enables businesses to combine network access authentication and customer analytics into a single, uniform and adaptable process,” said Charlie Clemmer, Senior Director for Skyfii. “By combining the custom branding developed within the ClearPass portal and capitalizing on the valuable information ClearPass already collects, customers can turn big data into smart data without the impractical chore of building custom Skyfii integrations for ClearPass.”Availability The Aruba Mobile First Platform and the associated enhancements to ArubaOS, Aruba Central, Aruba ClearPass and Aruba Meridian are available in the fourth quarter calendar year 2016.Additional Resources Kasada blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Technology-Blog/ClearPass-Extensions-Kasada-tackle- weak-passwords/ba-p/275264 SkyFii blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Technology-Blog/ClearPass-Extensions-help-Skyfii- customers-take-flight/ba-p/275265 Sine blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Technology-Blog/ClearPass-Extensions-are-a-Sine-of-the- Times/ba-p/275349 Parnter Ready for Networking Blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Aruba-Unplugged/Introducing- Partner-Ready-for-Networking/ba-p/275485 Executive Blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Aruba-Unplugged/The-Mobile-First-Enterprise- Makes-GenMobile-Feel-Right-at-Home/ba-p/275237 Aruba Mobile First Platform Product Page: http://www.arubanetworks.com/products/mobile-first-platform/ Aruba Demo 360 Video: https://youtu.be/JwkcbUbwTi4 About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organizations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com. ©2016 Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, Aruba’s trademarks include Aruba Networks®, Aruba The Mobile Edge Company® (stylized), Aruba Mobility-Defined NetworksTM, Aruba Mobility Management System®, People Move Networks Must Follow®, Mobile Edge Architecture®, RFProtect®, Green Island®, ETips®, ClientMatch®, Virtual Intranet AccessTM, ClearPass Access Management SystemsTM, Aruba InstantTM, ArubaOSTM, xSecTM, ServiceEdgeTM, Aruba ClearPass Access Management SystemTM, AirmeshTM, AirWaveTM, Aruba CentralTM, and ARUBA@WORKTM. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information, please contact: Luisa OR Sarah at DEC PR +61 2 8014 5033 and aruba@decpr.com.au  AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T01:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au Brisvegas Machinery purchase new local base in Darra 2016-09-06T00:46:50Z brisvegas-machinery-purchase-new-local-base-in-darra Brisvegas Machinery continues their forward momentum with the purchase of a new local base in Darra, Brisbane. The new 9068sq m corner development site at 537 Boundary Rd, Darra is just another step in the company’s commitment to growing the business in Queensland and further improving the service and support for their customers.   Brisvegas Machinery General Manager, Kane Bennett said the company plans to move from their current site at 500 Freeman Road, Richlands once the new workshop, office and facilities are built.   “When we attained the rights for Kobelco Excavators for Queensland and Northern New South Wales in May 2015, the deal also came with a lease at the current Richlands site,” Kane said.   “However, now that we have grown and continue to do so, we definitely see the benefits of having our own premises and setting up a facility that works for our machine set up, workshop and for our customers,” he said.   “Our commitment to the market is instilled in everything we do, building our new purpose-designed facility is no different.”   The facilities have been designed to make the most of the elevated corner block and dual street frontage. The site will include a state of the art plant workshop with easy access for large machinery and transport vehicles, modern offices and a larger parts department.   Brisvegas Machinery are planning their move across to the new site in Darra, Queensland in May 2017.   For more information or to chat about our new premises in Darra please contact Kane Bennett on (07) 3217 0630 or email kane@brisvegasmachinery.com.au. To find out more about Brisvegas Machinery visit www.brisvegasmachinery.com.au New Faresin Dealer in Queensland 2016-09-06T00:41:16Z new-faresin-dealer-in-queensland Brisvegas Machinery has further strengthened its product offering in Queensland and proud to announce they are now the dealer for Faresin Industries Products in North Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and North Queensland.   Brisvegas Machinery now sell and support the full range of Faresin Telehandlers and Feed Mixer Wagons to meet the needs of Queensland agriculture, construction and mining markets.              Tim Parker, Brisvegas Machinery’s Faresin representative, says the addition of Faresin to their product range will broaden Brisvegas Machinery’s footprint in Queensland.   “Queensland has a very versatile landscape with everything from mining and construction sites to large farming properties. The addition of Faresin telehandlers and feed mixer wagons will definitely get some conversations started with customers we previously haven’t had contact with before from our construction machinery range,” he said.   “The decision only strengthens Brisvegas Machinery’s position to be able to offer products to suit all our customer’s needs and requirements on the job.”   Faresin provides one of the largest ranges of trailed and self-propelled mixer wagons on the market. Brisvegas Machinery will supply trailed mixer wagons from 2.5m³ up to 46m³ and self-propelled from 11m³ up to 33m³ in size.   In the telehandler range, Brisvegas Machinery will supply from 6 to 17 metres with stabilisers for maximum lifting height. The lift capacity of the new range of telehandlers varies from 2500kg to 7000kg.   Tim Parker of Brisvegas Machinery will be the main contact and sales representative for Faresin products based out of our Richlands factory. This will also be backed up by a team of parts and service specialists to provide full support for the Faresin product range.   To receive more information about any Faresin product please contact Tim Parker on (07) 3217 0630 or 0447 733 132. Alternatively send us an email at tim@brisvegasmachinery.com.au Aruba ramps up channel presence in ANZ 2016-09-01T00:40:18Z aruba-ramps-up-channel-presence-in-anz New channel resources reaffirm Aruba’s commitment as channel-first organisation Aruba more than doubles channel local headcount Hires new sales and engineering resources to ensure growth is backed by Aruba’s renowned product and service offering SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. 1 September, 2016 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), has today announced strong business momentum and channel growth with a series of new hires across the business in Australia and New Zealand. In a bid to aggressively grow its foothold in the ANZ market, Aruba increased its headcount by 83 per cent. A key appointment for the business is Andrew Fox, Country Manager, Aruba New Zealand, who oversees all technical sales, pre-sales and customer delivery in New Zealand. Via this rapidly expanding team, Aruba is building the sales and channel engine to gear up for expected business growth in the second half of 2016.   “We’re excited to welcome so many new faces to our team. I’m proud of the team we have developed, which will help build the sales and channel engine for Aruba and ensure we remain a strong, channel-centric organisation. With an additional pool of resources, we are gearing up for the next phase of growth and the next six months will be an exciting time for the business,” said David Elliott, Channel Director, Aruba South Pacific.   Following its inaugural Atmosphere ANZ event in November last year, dedicated to training and celebrating channel partners and distributors, Steve Coad, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand for Aruba, said the resourcing was a direct reflection of what Aruba’s customers and partners were demanding.    “We’re resourcing up to meet the needs of our customers and partners, and building a team to support the increasing demand for a strong and dependable end-to-end network solution. Both locally and around the world Aruba is leading the charge on innovative networking technologies, and the addition of HPE’s switching last year has strengthened our ability to roll-out a wired and wireless solution that supports the digital and Internet of Things (IoT) workplace.   “As businesses adapt to embrace new ways of working such as a mobile-first approach and IoT enablement, Aruba consistently delivers trusted, secure and high-performance networks to meet these evolving needs. We’ve received very positive feedback from our partners and distributors and we look forward to continuing to develop our services to support the channel community, ” said Coad.   - Ends -       About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organisations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com.©2016 Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, Aruba’s trademarks include Aruba Networks®, Aruba The Mobile Edge Company® (stylized), Aruba Mobility-Defined Networks™, Aruba Mobility Management System®, People Move Networks Must Follow®, Mobile Edge Architecture®, RFProtect®, Green Island®, ETips®, ClientMatch®, Virtual Intranet AccessTM, ClearPass Access Management SystemsTM, Aruba InstantTM, ArubaOSTM, xSecTM, ServiceEdgeTM, Aruba ClearPass Access Management SystemTM, AirmeshTM, AirWaveTM, Aruba CentralTM, and ARUBA@WORKTM. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  For more information, please contact:  Luisa OR Sarah at DEC PR +61 2 8014 5033 and Aruba@decpr.com.au New Board appointment and executive promotions strengthen growth plans for Seeley International 2016-08-25T06:05:51Z new-board-appointment-and-executive-promotions-strengthen-growth-plans-for-seeley-international Seeley International has announced three key appointments to the highest levels of the successful Australian-based manufacturer. The Board and senior executive appointments are designed to underpin expansion plans across national and global commercial and residential air conditioning and heating markets, and support its transformation into a $1 billion global company. Seeley International founder and Executive Chairman, Mr Frank Seeley AM said he was pleased to welcome Howard Coombs to the Seeley International Board in the newly-created role of Executive Director Finance and Strategy. “Howard comes to the Board with an extensive background which has seen him work in very senior finance roles, including as Executive General Manager of Finance within Seeley International. His elevated role will see him work closely with the other Executive Directors and allows him to play a critical part in developing and implementing the Group’s Strategic Management Plan in the years ahead,” Mr Seeley said. “Seeley International’s rapid growth strategy has achieved significant recent expansion and acquisition across Australia and in international markets, and Howard is perfectly suited to lead the due diligence and integration of future new businesses into the broader Seeley Group under a direct reporting arrangement to Jon Seeley, Group Managing Director,” he said. “His appointment further strengthens what is already an exceptional leadership team, and commits additional resources to identifying appropriate expansion opportunities for our award-winning product and service offerings into lucrative national and international markets.” Mr Seeley also announced the internal promotion of Peter Gormlie as General Manager Finance and Craig Grant in the role of General Manager Information Technology (IT). “Working under the leadership of long-serving Seeley International Managing Director, Paul Proctor, Peter and Craig will be valuable additions to the senior management team, and will ensure increased focus on growing our successful global air conditioning business,” Mr Seeley said. “As General Manager Finance, Peter will be responsible for all financial services and operations across the Seeley International Group, while Craig, as General Manager Information Technology (IT), will take IT operations and services to the next level, across the organisation and its global group of companies,” he said. “Seeley International places great importance on attracting and retaining the very best people, and it is pleasing to see two such talented people elevated to these critical General Management roles.” “Seeley International is now positioned to enjoy even greater success and these three key appointments will add significant value to what is already a highly competent, dynamic and accomplished Board and senior management team.” All three started in their new roles on Wednesday 24th August 2016. About Seeley International Seeley International is Australia’s largest air conditioning manufacturer and is market leader in the design and manufacture of ducted and portable heating and cooling products for the domestic, commercial and industrial markets in Australia. Renowned for its innovation, Seeley International’s brands include Breezair, Braemar, Climate Wizard, Convair, Coolair, Braemar Tudor Romeo and Coolerado. Based in Adelaide’s south - and with factories in Adelaide (evaporative coolers) and Albury (gas heaters, refrigerated and commercial cooling) - the company was founded in 1972 by Frank Seeley AM, who remains Executive Chairman. Unlike many of its competitors, Seeley International continues to design and manufacture most of the components for its Australian-made products, which it exports to more than 120 countries around the world. More information about Seeley International and its products can be found at www.seeleyinternational.com Woman to lead Melbourne manufacturer 2016-08-05T01:07:32Z woman-to-lead-melbourne-manufacturer-setec Innovative power supply manufacturer, Setec, has appointed Louise Bayliss as Chief Executive Officer, making her one of only a few women CEOs in Australian manufacturing today. Designers and manufacturers of Australian-made power supply solutions for the medical, defence, gaming, communications, RV and automotive industries, Setec exports just over 20 per cent of the nearly 200,000 units they produce in-house annually. Returning to the fold of Setec’s strong, family-owned tradition, Mrs Bayliss – daughter of company founders Peter and Jill Lloyd – rejoins the company where she previously held the role of Managing Director from 2000 to 2009 before taking time out to raise her young family.  Mrs Bayliss replaces her husband David Bayliss who helmed Setec as its CEO from 2009 but is stepping away to pursue new business opportunities. In addition to her previous role as Setec’s MD, Mrs Bayliss also acted as the company’s Business Development Manager and is credited with significant achievements that include bringing in key customers across a range of industries as well as the commencement of Setec’s relationships with their offshore manufacturing partners. “Our growth over the last 16 years is due in large part to our understanding of the marketplace and our ability to identify new opportunities through our improved capabilities. We’re in a great place to make the most of these exciting times.” Mrs Bayliss said.Bucking the trend: from offshore to onshore With more than 80 employees at its Knoxfield Victoria design and production facilities, Setec recently made the decision to bring all of its manufacturing back to Australia. “As CEO I have a number of core goals that will be achieved in the short to medium terms. First and foremost is to launch our new battery management solutions by way of our consumer range, BMPRO, which caters to the recreational vehicle, caravan, marine, automotive and camper trailer industries. “This diversification into retail is instrumental in Setec maintaining its leading edge capabilities and inventive solution offerings for the industries we serve.  “A productivity improvement program implemented this year has seen the labour cost component reduced from 40 to 10 per cent. Through investments in advanced design and manufacturing technologies, we are now manufacturing 40 per cent more product than previously with half the staff. “Cost effective electronics manufacturing is the name of the game,” Mrs Bayliss said. Other objectives include growing the team, which has included the recent appointment of a QA manager to further enhance Setec’s quality and reliable product offering and fostering a culture of constant improvement and teamwork. “It’s an exciting time for both Setec and BMPRO as we continue to invest in our local manufacturing facilities, producing great products for both our new and long-term customers. “David’s seven years at Setec have left the business in great shape with a vitality and confidence that will further the company’s next period of growth as we continue our quest to deliver the best Australian designed and manufactured products with confidence.”www.setec.com.auwww.teambmpro.comOpinion on the future of Australian manufacturing by Louise Bayliss The future of manufacturing in Australia offers endless opportunity for smart manufacturers servicing the local and global markets.  The combination of Asia’s rising labour costs, a low Australian dollar, the utilisation of new technology in conceptualising and design, and the reduction of labour content has seen our production experience go full-circle, from ‘in-house’ to ‘offshore’ to bringing everything back in-house. This has resulted in Setec investing even further in our local manufacturing expertise and our people.  Setec also operates in a value marketplace, where we offer solutions rather than just a ‘me-too’ product, all supported with local engineering support and customer service. Setec will continue to invest and innovate in its design and manufacturing to ensure a healthy, long-term manufacturing environment here in Australia.About Setec: Setec Pty Ltd is an innovative, award-winning company celebrating over 48 years of Australian design and manufacturing servicing the medical, defence, gaming, caravan and automotive industries with on-site expertise in the development of custom-made power management solutions with the highest quality, reliability and integrity in mind. Founded by Peter and Jill Lloyd in 1968, Setec has been creating world-class products and providing custom-designed power supply solutions for the world stage with a growing export market that extends around the globe.