The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-28T10:17:30Z ii4change Provides Medical Device & Healthcare Innovation Solution 2017-04-28T10:17:30Z ii4change-provides-medical-device-amp-healthcare-innovation-solution In this ever-changing world, they are just focused on innovations to discover the new ways of serving the worldwide people with an improved medical system. They ensure that innovative organizations would serve more efficiently as they always keep in mind the upcoming challenges. They provide assistance in funding any innovative idea and assist in developing a healthcare innovation across the country. The Innovation Institute supports the medical device innovation and healthcare innovation development through their Innovation Lab. They have been encouraging the common people to submit their unique ideas for the betterment of health and improved lifestyle. They are also backed by the well-equipped lab where they can easily develop the submitted ideas for making it useful for everyone. They are not yet worried for the funding as they are well-connected to the manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies. With their combined efforts and feasible funding, they have a capability to bring forth the medical invention to improve the world healthcare system. They are backed by the healthcare innovation experts to provide the total support to their team for ensuring the right development of their invention ideas. Keeping in mind the global healthcare challenges, they well-equip their lab to serve as facilitators of world medical innovation. They are emphasizing on advancing innovation and sustaining growth so that they can allow you to make efforts in improving the latest concepts in healthcare as well as driving a return despite a good medical innovation. However, from gathering the innovative ideas to delivering the medical inventions, they believe in putting efforts for drawing the desired results and following the essential steps towards an effective medical invention. SBO4 PDA Achieves Certified Integration with SAP Business One® Running on SAP HANA® 2017-04-28T05:22:49Z -354 Melbourne, Victoria - April 28th, 2017 - The RIC Group today announced that its SBO4 PDA solution has achieved SAP-certified integration with SAP Business One®, version for the SAP HANA® platform. The solution has been proven to interoperate with the SAP Business One application running on SAP HANA, providing customers a real-time warehouse management solution (WMS) to help streamline warehouse management operations. The SAP® Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) has certified that SBO4 PDA version v3.0.361 integrates with SAP Business One, version for SAP HANA using standard integration technologies such as the service layer to support high performance. “We are delighted to announce that our SBO4 PDA has certified integration with SAP Business One running on SAP HANA,” said Paul Ellis, Director at The RIC Group. “The ability of SBO4 PDA to interoperate with SAP Business One powered by SAP HANA will prove highly beneficial to our current and future customers.” SBO4 PDA is an organic and transparent warehouse management solution for SAP Business One with features of scan pick and pack, goods receiving, stock and bin transfers, stocktaking, run management and proof of delivery. SBO4 PDA is a proven, feature-rich warehouse management solution and now runs on an Android environment using the service layer and oath authentication for integration. The RIC Group (TRG) is a global software solution supplier for warehouse management solutions for SAP Business One. TRG works closely with partners throughout the world to deliver innovation warehouse management solutions that help customers achieve an immediate return on investment. # # # SAP, SAP Business One, SAP HANA and all SAP logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP SE in Germany and in several other countries. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies.   For more information, press only: The RIC Group, sales@thericgroup.com Telechnics At Total Facilities - Australia’s largest FM exhibition 2017-04-28T04:02:19Z telechnics-at-total-facilities-australia-s-largest-fm-exhibition Telechnics, one of Australia’s primary two-way radio specialists, participated in Total Facilities. It is Australia’s largest industry exhibition for facilities and workplace professionals and a central market place for the global $24.65 billion facilities industry. The two-day exhibition on Championing High Performing Environments was held in Sydney on 29th and 30th March 2017. Telechnics showcased their products under the software and technology category. The company has been on the forefront of two-way radio systems technology for over 25 years. They have been delivering a complete range of radios, accessories and services for everything from handheld portable radios to dedicated on-site telecommunications systems.   Facilities management or FM is all about integrating the built assets of real estate and facilities with technology and other solutions to meet the needs of building owners and occupiers. Total Facilities leads the future of Australia’s facilities and workplaces through this two-day collaboration into the world of FM. Held annually between Sydney and Melbourne, it is the nation’s largest and only dedicated exhibition for FM that allows professionals with the common goal of optimising facility and workplace performance to come together. It presents innovative solutions and raises forward-thinking strategies to achieve greater efficiency, sustainability and productivity in the built environment. By uniting Australia’s largest community of FM minds, Total Facilities champions innovation and thinking behind high performing environments which support healthy and positive life, work and play. Having a strong partnership with most major manufacturers and distributors, Telechnics has a much wider variety of two-way radio providers than others. This gives them the ability to provide the actual best solutions rather than just the best option in a narrow field. Combined with their highly-trained specialists and complete range of experiences Telechnics provides two-way radio systems that are measurably superior to similar services elsewhere.   Telechnics has its head office in Sydney and a branch office on the Gold Coast. Those interested in the knowing more about the products, assistance and support provided by Telechnics may call (02) 9644 3422 or send an email to sales@telechnics.com.au. To visit Telechnics: https://www.telechnics.com.au/   Endace hires new VP Product Management 2017-04-27T21:01:05Z endace-hires-new-vp-product-management Auckland, New Zealand — April 27, 2017 — Endace, a world leader in high-speed network recording and network history playback, announced today that Cary Wright will join Endace as the company’s new VP of Product Management. Wright comes to Endace from Ixia, where he held the role of VP Product Development for Ixia’s Network Visibility Products. At Ixia, he was responsible for breakthrough network security and visibility products deployed at many Fortune 1000 enterprises and global service providers. Wright joined Ixia following Ixia’s acquisition of Agilent Technologies in 2009, and was previously Agilent’s CTO and Director of Engineering. Endace CEO, Stuart Wilson, says Wright couldn’t be better suited to the role at Endace.  “Cary has more than 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications and networking industries, and has been pivotal in creating market-defining products first at Agilent and then at Ixia. Cary is extremely familiar with our customers, and will be invaluable in continuing the evolution of our Network Recording and Playback solutions and driving the growth of our Fusion Partner program. I am thrilled to have him on the team at Endace.” “Security breaches are a daily occurrence at large enterprises and service providers, and Endace solutions enable the rapid incident response and resolution needed to respond to these threats and to protect business reputation,” says Wright. “Endace has a talented team, unique products, and a strong history of innovation. I’m looking forward to bringing my experience to bear in helping Endace further accelerate the growth it has been experiencing.” Wright starts at Endace in early May, based in Endace’s Melbourne office.     3D printer filaments at bargain prices for Australia 2017-04-27T11:20:11Z 3d-printer-filaments-at-bargain-prices-for-australia 3D printing has grown in leaps and bounds in the last couple of years, and with 3D printers becoming cheaper than ever, one need to find a reliable source for your 3D printing consumables. This is where Go 3D can help. It has been Go 3D's sole purpose since its inception 3 years ago. Go 3D wanted to supply 3D printing enthusiasts with a high quality yet affordable product. With over 300 variations of 3D printing filaments to choose from, it's sure there would be something for anyone. Go 3D stock ABS, PLA, POM, PVA, HIPS, PTE, PTU, Laywood, PC and PETG types of plastics in many, many colours in both 1.75mm and 3.00mm gauges. Go 3D also stock premium filament manufacturer Verbatim in 1.75mm and 3.00mm. All filament spools are compatible with most 3D printers. About Go 3D Go 3D, started in 2014, is an Australian company based in North Strathfield. Go 3D caters to all 3D printing enthusiasts ranging from hobbyists to 3D printing studios.  http://www.go3d.com.au Cyberespionage and ransomware attacks are on the increase warns the Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report 2017-04-27T06:52:23Z cyberespionage-and-ransomware-attacks-are-on-the-increase-warns-the-verizon-2017-data-breach-investigations-report Cyberespionage hits manufacturing, public sector and education hard: 21 percent of cases analysed Ransomware attacks gain greater popularity: now fifth most common specific malware variety Tenth anniversary edition: includes data from 65 contributing organisations; 42,068 incidents; 1,935 breaches from 84 countries  SYDNEY, Australia – 27 April 2017 – Cyberespionage is now the most common type of attack seen in manufacturing, the public sector and now education, warns the Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report.  Much of this is due to the high proliferation of propriety research, prototypes and confidential personal data, which are hot-ticket items for cybercriminals. Nearly 2,000 breaches were analysed in this year’s report and more than 300 were espionage-related many of which started life as phishing emails.   In addition, organised criminal groups escalated their use of ransomware to extort money from victims: this year’s report sees a 50 percent increase in ransomware attacks compared to last year.  Despite this increase and the related media coverage surrounding the use of ransomware, many organisations still rely on out-of-date security solutions and aren’t investing in security precautions.  In essence, they’re opting to pay a ransom demand rather than to invest in security services that could mitigate against a cyberattack.   “Insights provided in the DBIR are levelling the cybersecurity playing field,” said George Fischer, president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “Our data is giving governments and organisations the information they need to anticipate cyberattacks and more effectively mitigate cyber-risk. By analysing data from our own security team and that of other leading security practitioners from around the world, we’re able to offer valuable intelligence that can be used to transform an organisation’s risk profile”.   This year’s DBIR – the keystone report’s 10th anniversary edition – combines up-to-date analysis of the biggest issues in cybersecurity with key industry-specific insights, putting security squarely on the business agenda. Major findings include:   Malware is big business: Fifty-one (51) percent of data breaches analysed involved malware. Ransomware rose to the fifth most common specific malware variety. Ransomware – using technology to extort money from victims – saw a 50 percent increase from last year’s report, and a huge jump from the 2014 DBIR where it ranked 22 in the types of malware used. Phishing is still a go-to technique: In the 2016 DBIR, Verizon flagged the growing use of phishing techniques linked to software installation on a user’s device. In this year’s report, 95 percent of phishing attacks follow this process. Forty-three percent of data breaches utilised phishing, and the method is used in both cyber-espionage and financially motivated attacks. Pretexting is on the rise: Pretexting is another tactic on the increase, and the 2017 DBIR showed that it is predominantly targeted at financial department employees – the ones who hold the keys to money transfers. Email was the top communication vector, accounting for 88 percent of financial pretexting incidents, with phone communications in second place with just under 10 percent. Smaller organisations are also a target: Sixty-one (61) percent of victims analysed were businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees.   “Cyber-attacks targeting the human factor are still a major issue,” says Bryan Sartin, executive director, Global Security Services, Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “Cybercriminals concentrate on four key drivers of human behaviour to encourage individuals to disclose information: eagerness, distraction, curiosity and uncertainty. And as our report shows, it is working, with a significant increase in both phishing and pretexting this year.”  Business sector insights give real-life customer intelligence   This year’s report provides tailored insights for key business sectors, revealing specific challenges faced by different verticals, and also answering the “who? what? why? and how?” for each. Key sector-specific findings include: The top three industries for data breaches are financial services (24 percent); healthcare (15 percent) and the public sector (12 percent). Companies in the manufacturing industry are the most common targets for email-based malware. Sixty-eight (68) percent of healthcare threat actors are internal to the organisation.   “The cybercrime data for each industry varies dramatically,” comments Sartin. “It is only by understanding the fundamental workings of each vertical that you can appreciate the cybersecurity challenges they face and recommend appropriate actions.”  The most authoritative data-driven cybersecurity report around   Now in its tenth year, the “Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report” leverages the collective data from 65 organisations across the world. This year’s report includes analysis on 42,068 incidents and 1,935 breaches from 84 countries. The DBIR series continues to be the most data-driven security publication with the largest amount of data sources combining towards a common goal – slicing through the fear, uncertainty and doubt around cybercrime.   “We started the DBIR series with one main contributor – ourselves”, comments Sartin. “Our vision is to unite industries with the end goal of confronting cybercrime head-on– and we are achieving this. The success of the DBIR series is thanks to our contributors who support us year after year. Together we have broken down the barriers that used to surround cybercrime – developing trust and credibility. No organisation has to stand in silence against cybercrime – the knowledge is out there to be shared.”  Get the basics in place   With 81 percent of hacking-related breaches leveraging either stolen passwords and/or weak or guessable passwords, getting the basics right is as important as ever before. Some recommendations for organisations and individuals alike include:   Stay vigilant – log files and change management systems can give you early warning of a breach. Make people your first line of defense – train staff to spot the warning signs. Keep data on a “need to know” basis – only employees that need access to systems to do their jobs should have it. Patch promptly – this could guard against many attacks. Encrypt sensitive data – make your data next to useless if it is stolen. Use two-factor authentication – this can limit the damage that can be done with lost or stolen credentials. Don’t forget physical security – not all data theft happens online.   “Our report demonstrates that there is no such thing as an impenetrable system, but doing the basics well makes a real difference. Often, even a basic defense will deter cybercriminals who will move on to look for an easier target," concludes Sartin.  Verizon delivers unparalleled managed security services   Verizon is a leader in delivering global managed security solutions to enterprises in the financial services, retail, government, technology, healthcare, manufacturing, and energy and transportation sectors. Verizon combines powerful intelligence and analytics with an expansive breadth of professional and managed services, including customisable advanced security operations and managed threat protection services, next-generation commercial technology monitoring and analytics, threat intel and response service and forensics investigations and identity management. Verizon brings the strength and expert knowledge of more than 550 consultants across the globe to proactively reduce security threats and lower information risks to organisations.    About Verizon   Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 161,000 and generated nearly $126 billion in 2016 revenues. Verizon operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with 113.9 million retail connections nationwide. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over mobile broadband and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.   ####   VERIZON’S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: News releases, feature stories, executive biographies and media contacts are available at Verizon’s online News Center at www.verizon.com/news/. News releases are also available through an RSS feed. To subscribe, visit www.verizon.com/about/rss-feeds/.    Media contacts Amanda Conroy or Gloria Lee Espresso Communications on behalf of Verizon Enterprise Solutions Phone: +61 2 8016 2200 Email: Verizon@espressocomms.com.au Radeon™ RX 500 Series: The Most Compelling Graphics Card Upgrade Yet 2017-04-27T04:01:22Z radeon-rx-500-series-the-most-compelling-graphics-card-upgrade-yet Sydney, Australia. — April 19, 2017 — Today AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) introduced the Radeon™ RX 500 series, a new line of graphics cards featuring a powerful combination of improved game performance, higher clock speeds, and a refined 2nd generation Polaris architecture, giving PC gamers the best reasons yet to upgrade their graphics.The Radeon RX 500 series was designed specifically for system upgrades, catering to the 9 out of 10 PC gamers today who are hindered by outdated technology and aren’t able to enjoy optimal experiences in modern games, smooth VR experiences, or the latest display technologies.1,2  Radeon™ RX 500 series graphics cards feature a variety of the most compelling new technologies and features including:     • Optimized DirectX® 12 and Vulkan® gaming – The Radeon™ RX 500 series was engineered using the 2nd generation Polaris architecture. It was specifically designed to perform exceptionally well with low-level, next-generation APIs like DirectX 12 and Vulkan and it supports asynchronous compute for outstanding game and VR experiences.2 Radeon RX 500 series GPUs have been further refined with higher clock speeds, improved idle and multi-monitor efficiency, and the fine-grained controls gamers need to fine-tune their hardware. Combined with Radeon™ FreeSync Technology, gamers can enjoy smooth framerates in virtually every game released, without the frustration of screen tearing and input lag3     • Improved response times, more efficiency, and cooler operation with Radeon™ Chill – Radeon Chill is an advanced framerate controller for the Radeon™ RX 500 series that works automatically in the background (when enabled) to dynamically regulate framerates in today’s most popular games based on the speed of mouse movements and the gamer’s activity in a scene4     • Awesome streaming, sharing, and gameplay capture with Radeon ReLive – The Radeon™ RX 500 series supports the industry’s most revolutionary solution for capturing, customizing, and sharing gameplay. The Radeon ReLive software suite lets gamers enjoy smooth gaming and recording simultaneously, even on entry-level systems, with support for recording at 4K resolution at 30 and 60 FPS using HEVC and H.264 codecs5. Radeon ReLive also integrates with the most popular game streaming platforms around the world “Radeon RX 500 series was built on the promise that PC gaming isn’t an elite club - that all gamers can enjoy the most advanced graphics technologies. Our launch today of the Radeon RX 500 series doubles down on that effort. With higher clock speeds, revolutionary gameplay capture software, latency-reduction technology, aggressive Day 0 driver support, open and affordable standards like Radeon FreeSync, and innovative features like Radeon Chill, we know gamers who have been patiently waiting to upgrade will have more than enough reasons to now,” said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group.A wide range of Radeon™ RX 500 Series cards will be available to meet the needs of the overwhelming majority of gamers:        • Radeon™ RX 580: For smooth 1440p gaming – The Radeon RX 580 delivers up to an average of 57% better performance compared to the Radeon™   R9 380X in testing6, delivering smooth gaming in leading AAA games  and VR experiences for an SEP of US$229 for the Radeon™ RX 580 8GB GDDR 5 graphics card, and an SEP of US$199 for the Radeon™ RX 580 4GB GDDR5 graphics card             • Radeon™ RX 570: For maximum 1080p gaming – With 4GB of GDDR5 memory, the Radeon™ RX 570 boasts up to an average of 2.3X better performance compared to the Radeon™ R7 3707 for an SEP of US$169             • Radeon™ RX 560: For efficient 1080p gaming – With 2GB of GDDR5 memory, the Radeon™ RX 560 delivers up to an average 57% higher performance of the Radeon™ R7 3608 for a fluid and smooth gaming experience in the world’s most popular games at an SEP of US$99             • Radeon™ RX 550: The doorway to PC gaming – Featuring 2GB GDDR5 memory, the Radeon™RX 550 delivers up to an average 4X higher performance vs. competing integrated graphics, and up to an average of 1.7X the performance of the Radeon™ R7 250 at an SEP of US$79.9 The Radeon™ RX 550 is also ideal for home theater PCs with support for HDMI™ 4K60, 4K playback and HEVC content.5 It’s also HDR ready, supports Radeon™ FreeSync 2 technology for smooth, tear-free gaming, and ships in many low-profile designs ideal for small form factor cases10,11Radeon RX 580 and 570 graphics cards from major AIB partners are available from retailers and etailers around the world starting today*, and the Radeon RX 550 graphics card is expected to be available April 20th. Radeon RX 560 graphics cards are planned for release in early May. For more information on where to buy, visit https://www.amd.com/en/where-to-buy/radeon-rx500.Supporting Resources•    Become a fan of AMD and Radeon on Facebook•    Follow @Radeon, @AMDRyzen and @AMDGaming on Twitter•    Follow @WeAreRadeon on Instagram•    For more product and technology information, please go to www.radeon.comAbout AMDFor more than 45 years AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics, and visualization technologies ― the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms, and the datacenter. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses, and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work, and play. AMD employees around the world are focused on building great products that push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information about how AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) website, blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.Cautionary StatementThis press release contains forward-looking statements concerning Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (formational purposes only and may the features, functionality, availability, timing, expected benefits of AMD future products including AMD’s Radeon RX 500 Series graphics products, which are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and beliefs and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. 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(GF) with obligations to purchase all of our microprocessor and APU product requirements, and a certain portion of its GPU product requirements, from GF with limited exceptions. If GF is not able to satisfy AMD's manufacturing requirements, its business could be adversely impacted; AMD relies on third parties to manufacture its products, and if they are unable to do so on a timely basis in sufficient quantities and using competitive technologies, AMD's business could be materially adversely affected; failure to achieve expected manufacturing yields for AMDs of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and beliefs and involve numeasis with features and performance levels that provide value to its customers while supporting and coinciding with significant industry transitions; if AMD cannot generate sufficient revenue and operating cash flow or obtain external financing, it may face a cash shortfall and be unable to make all of its planned investments in research and development or other strategic investments; the loss of a significant customer may have a material adverse effect on AMD; AMD's receipt of revenue from its semi-custom SoC products is dependent upon its technology being designed into third-party products and the success of those products; global economic uncertainty may adversely impact AMD's business and operating results; the markets in which AMD's products are sold are highly competitive; AMD may not be able to generate sufficient cash to service its debt obligations or meet its working capital requirements; AMD has a substantial amount of indebtedness which could adversely affect its financial position and prevent it from implementing its strategy or fulfilling its contractual obligations; the agreements governing AMD's notes and the secured revolving line of credit impose restrictions on AMD that may adversely affect its ability to operate its business; uncertainties involving the ordering and shipment of AMD's products could materially adversely affect it; the demand for AMD's products depends in part on the market conditions in the industries into which they are sold. Fluctuations in demand for AMD's products or a market decline in any of these industries could have a material adverse effect on its results of operations; AMD's ability to design and introduce new products in a timely manner is dependent upon third-party intellectual property; AMD depends on third-party companies for the design, manufacture and supply of motherboards, software and other computer platform components to support its business; if AMD loses Microsoft Corporation's support for its products or other software vendors do not design and develop software to run on AMD's products, its ability to sell its products could be materially adversely affected; and AMD's reliance on third-party distributors and AIB partners subjects it to certain risks. Investors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in AMD's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to AMD's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.AMD, the AMD logo, Radeon, and FreeSync are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. DirectX is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other jurisdictions. Vulkan and the Vulkan logo are registered trademarks of Khronos Group, Inc. HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing, LLC in the United States and other countries.*  Not all models available in all countries – check with your retailer.1. PC gamer segmentation based on Steam Hardware Survey Feb 2017. Gamer upgrade estimate based on Steam peak daily users. 88% of users (approximately 9 out of 10 gamers), are gaming on Radeon R9 380X class GPUs or lower resulting in not being able to keep up in the latest games at 2560x1440 resolution including Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, For Honor, Doom, and Resident Evil resulting in tearing or being forced to move to lower settings; are unable to drive VR experiences by scoring higher than 6.0 on the SteamVR test; and are missing out on the latest display technologies including 160 FreeSync™ monitors, HDR, DisplayPort and HDMI advances, and game streaming in real-time at 4K resolution.2. Select Radeon RX 500 products are VR capable. Check with your PC or system manufacturer to confirm VR capabilities.3. AMD FreeSync™ technology is designed to eliminate stuttering and/or tearing in games and videos by locking a display's refresh rate to the framerate of the graphics card. Check with your component or system manufacturer for specific capabilities. AMD FreeSync™ technology compatible monitor, AMD Radeon™ Graphics and/or AMD A-series APU compliant with DisplayPort™ Adaptive-Sync required. AMD Catalyst™ 15.2 Beta (or newer) required. Adaptive refresh rates vary by display; check with your monitor manufacturer for specific capabilities. A list of supported hardware and compatible monitors is available at www.amd.com/freesync. GRT-24. Radeon Chill is compatible with Radeon™ consumer graphics products in supported DirectX®9 and DirectX®11 games for Windows®7/8.1/10. For more details and a whitelist of supported games, see http://www.amd.com/en-us/innovations/software-technologies/radeon-software/gaming/radeon-chill. GD-1155. HEVC acceleration is subject to inclusion/installation of compatible HEVC players. GD-816. Testing done by AMD Performance Labs March 15 2017 using an Intel Core i7 5960X (@3.0GHz), 16GB DDR4-2666 MHz memory, AMD display driver 17.10, and Windows 10 (64bit). PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. The following games were tested at 1440p: Battlefield 1 (Ultra Presets, DX12), Overwatch (Ultra Preset, DX11), Resident Evil 7 (Ultra Presets, DX11), DOOM (Ultra Presets, Vulkan), and Hitman (Ultra Presets, DX11). The MSI Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) scored 69.4, 80.7, 76.4, 77.5 and 66 fps respectively. The Radeon RX 380X scored 46.4, 47.5, 47.1, 52.2, and 42 respectively. All scores in average FPS and are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-1117. Testing done by AMD Performance Labs March 9 2017 using an Intel Core i7 5960X (@3.0GHz), 16GB DDR4-2666 MHz memory, AMD display driver 17.10 and Windows 10 (64bit). PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. The following games were tested at 1080p: DOOM (Ultra Presets, Vulkan), Resident Evil 7 (Ultra Presets, DX11), Battlefield 1 (Ultra Presets, DX12), Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (High Quality, DX11), and Sniper Elite 4 (High Presets, DX12).The RadeonTM RX 570 (4GB) scored 92.4, 102.9, 79.5, 81.6 and 68.5 respectively. The RadeonTM R7 370 (4GB) scored 39.9, 37.6, 42.4, 37.5 and 28.4 respectively. All scores in average FPS and are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-958. Testing done by AMD Performance Labs March 9 2017 using an Intel Core i7 6700K (@4.0GHz), 2x4GB DDR4-2667 MHz memory, AMD web driver 17.1.1 and Windows 10 (64bit). PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. The following games were tested at 1080p: Civilization 6 (Medium Presets, DX12), DOOM (Medium Presets, Vulkan), Battlefield 1 (Medium Quality, DX12), Hitman (Medium Presets, DX12), Resident Evil 7 and Overwatch (Epic Settings, DX11). The RadeonTM RX 560 (4GB) scored 64.5, 67.5, 69.8, 62.5, 65.4 and 109.7 respectively. The RadeonTM R7 360 scored 43.5, 35.3, 32.1, 46.2, 47.9 and 74.1 respectively. All scores in average FPS and are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-979. Testing done by AMD Performance Labs March 2nd 2017 using an Intel Core i7 6700K (@4.0GHz), 1x8GB DDR4-2667 MHz memory, AMD web driver 17.1.1, Intel Display Driver 20.19.15.4590 and Windows 10 (64bit). PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. The following games were tested at 1080p: Counter Strike: Global Offensive (Ultra Presets, DX9), DOTA 2 (Best Looking Preset, DX9), Overwatch (Medium Presets, DX11), Rocket League (High Presets, DX9), World of Warships (High Presets, DX9). The RadeonTM RX 550 (2GB) scored 96.5, 84.2, 98.0, 81.5 and 71.2 respectively. The RadeonTM R7 250 scored 59.0, 46.4, 44.4, 56.1 and 43.3 respectively. Intel HD 530 IGP scored 23.8, 23, 18.4, 18.5 and 24.7 respectively. All scores in average FPS and are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-9810. HDR content requires that the system be configured with a fully HDR-ready content chain, including: graphics card, monitor/TV, graphics driver and application. Video content must be graded in HDR and viewed with an HDR-ready player. Windowed mode content requires operating system support. GD-9611. Radeon™ FreeSync 2 does not require HDR capable monitors; driver can set monitor in native mode when FreeSync 2 supported HDR content is detected. Otherwise, HDR content requires that the system be configured with a fully HDR-ready content chain, including: graphics card, graphics driver and application. Video content must be graded in HDR and viewed with an HDR-ready player. Windowed mode content requires operating system support. GD-105 Seagate Technology Reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results 2017-04-27T00:11:26Z seagate-technology-reports-fiscal-third-quarter-2017-financial-results Sydney, Australia – April 27, 2017 – Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) (the “Company” or “Seagate”) today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 ended March 31, 2017. For the third quarter, the Company reported revenue of $2.7 billion, gross margin of 30.5%, net income of $194 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.65. On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the net impact of certain items, Seagate reported gross margin of 31.4%, net income of $329 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.10.    During the third quarter, the Company generated $426 million in cash flow from operations, paid cash dividends of $186 million, and successfully raised $1.25 billion in investment grade debt. Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments totaled approximately $3.0 billion at the end of the quarter. There were 297 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of the end of the quarter. “The results of our financial performance this quarter reflect a stable demand environment, good operational execution and momentum in the stabilisation of our business model,” said Steve Luczo, Seagate’s chairman and chief executive officer. “With a market-leading and cost-efficient storage solution portfolio, Seagate is well positioned to support our existing and new customers in a world of accelerated data creation and increased storage needs driven by emerging technologies and new business models. We will continue to focus on future growth opportunities, generating profits and building lasting value for our shareholders.” For a detailed reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results, see accompanying financial tables. Seagate has issued a Supplemental Financial Information document, which is available on Seagate’s Investors website at www.seagate.com/investors.  Quarterly Cash Dividend The Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.63 per share, which will be payable on July 5, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 21, 2017. The payment of any future quarterly dividends will be at the discretion of the Board and will be dependent upon Seagate’s financial position, results of operations, available cash, cash flow, capital requirements and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.  Investor Communications Seagate management will hold a public webcast today at 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time that can be accessed on its Investor Relations website at www.seagate.com/investors. During today’s webcast, the Company will provide an outlook for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2017, including key underlying assumptions.   An archived audio webcast of this event will be available on Seagate’s Investors website at www.seagate.com/investors shortly following the event conclusion.  About Seagate   To learn more about the Company’s products and services, visit www.seagate.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Spiceworks, YouTube and subscribe to our blog. The contents of our website and social media channels are not a part of this release. For full financial results please visit Seagate's website www.seagate.com  Media Contact: Einsteinz Communications Carlotta Vittoricarlotta@einsteinz.com.au +61 2 8905 0995  Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements  This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended, including, in particular, statements about the Company’s plans, strategies and prospects, estimates of industry growth, market demand, and dividend issuance plans for the fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2017 and beyond. These statements identify prospective information and may include words such as “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “projects,” “should,” “may,” “will,” or the negative of these words, variations of these words and comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date of this report and are based on management’s current views and assumptions. These forward-looking statements are conditioned upon and also involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties, and other factors may be beyond the Company’s control and may pose a risk to the Company’s operating and financial condition. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: items that may be identified during its financial statement closing process that cause adjustments to the estimates included in this report; the uncertainty in global economic conditions; the impact of the variable demand and adverse pricing environment for disk drives; the Company’s ability to successfully qualify, manufacture and sell its disk drive products in increasing volumes on a cost-effective basis and with acceptable quality, particularly the new disk drive products with lower cost structures; the impact of competitive product announcements; the Company’s ability to achieve projected cost savings in connection with restructuring plans; possible excess industry supply with respect to particular disk drive products; disruptions to its supply chain or production capabilities; unexpected advances in competing technologies or changes in market trends; the development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; our ability to comply with certain covenants in our credit facilities with respect to financial ratios and financial condition tests; currency fluctuations that may impact the Company’s margins and international sales; cyber-attacks or other data breaches that disrupt our operations or results in the dissemination of proprietary or confidential information and cause reputational harm; and fluctuations in interest rates. Information concerning risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause results to differ materially from the expectations described in this press release is contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on August 5, 2016, the “Risk Factors” section of which is incorporated into this press release by reference, and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any subsequent date and the Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made.    The inclusion of Seagate’s website address in this press release is intended to be an inactive textual reference only and not an active hyperlink. The information contained in, or that can be accessed through, Seagate’s website and social media channels are not part of this press release.   Use of non-GAAP financial information   The Company uses non-GAAP measures of gross margin, net income and diluted earnings per share, which are adjusted from results based on GAAP to exclude certain expenses, gains and losses. These non-GAAP financial measures may be provided to enhance the user’s overall understanding of the Company’s current financial performance and its prospects for the future. Specifically, the Company believes non-GAAP results provide useful information to both management and investors as these non-GAAP results exclude certain expenses, gains and losses that it believes are not indicative of its core operating results and because it is similar to the approach used in connection with the financial models and estimates published by financial analysts who follow the Company.   These non-GAAP results are some of the primary measurements management uses to assess the Company’s performance, allocate resources and plan for future periods. Reported non-GAAP results should only be considered as supplemental to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, and not considered as a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. These non-GAAP measures may differ from the non-GAAP measures reported by other companies in its industry. Brocade Global Study Reveals More Than Half of IT Teams Will Struggle Due to a Lack of the “Right” Skills That Business Demands in Next 12 Months 2017-04-26T23:51:04Z brocade-global-study-reveals-more-than-half-of-it-teams-will-struggle-due-to-a-lack-of-the-right-skills-that-business-demands-in-next-12-months-2 Sydney, Australia — 27 April 2017 — Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced a new Global Digital Transformation Skills Study, which aims to uncover how prepared global IT leaders are to meet current and future business demands. Of the six markets surveyed, Germany was found to be the best prepared to meet its digital transformation goals, closely followed by the U.S.; while Australia and Singapore lagged well behind their counterparts.   The research, which surveyed 630 IT leaders in the U.S., UK, France, Germany, Australia and Singapore, indicates that many organisations are at a tipping point, as new technology demands are set to outstrip the skills supply. Organisations that address this now through additional skills training will be in the strongest position to ensure business growth and competitive advantage.   Overall, an encouraging 91 percent of global IT leaders acknowledge that IT departments are currently recognised as very important or critical to innovation and business growth. However, over half (54 percent) predict they will struggle with a lack of IT talent in 12 months. Contributing factors identified from the research include skills shortages, prevalence of outdated skills, lack of commitment to training at the corporate board level and the rapidly changing technology environment.   “Businesses are approaching the peak of IT strategic influence,” said Phillip Coates, systems engineering manager, Australia and New Zealand for Brocade. “Now is the moment that IT teams feel they have the strongest opportunity to influence the transformation of their organisations. However, with a rapidly changing technology landscape and potential impact on international labour markets, it’s critical that IT receives the right training to further develop their skills and business relevance.”   The research also found that skills planning had to be aligned with other areas of business planning to avoid the risk of a technology skills deficit, where IT teams are expected to deliver the benefits of technologies that they are ill-equipped to implement.  Staff shortages and outdated skills preventing IT decision makers from delivering on current business demands Organisations are attempting to move their IT departments away from their traditional roles, but lack of skills and time required to learn those skills have held them back. IT decision makers believe this could be a major contributor to their inability to meet business demands, putting organisations at risk of falling behind their competitors and losing customers. Approximately one in four respondents in Australia, France, Germany, Singapore and the U.S. claim that they cannot deliver on current business demand due to staff shortages. This number rises to 42 percent in the UK. Respondents claim that the lack of access to talent will prevent them from implementing new technologies efficiently, lead to a decrease in employee satisfaction and result in the loss of market share. IT skills gap is likely to get worse and organisations need to act now The political landscape is also a contributing factor in the widening skills gap. As market uncertainty intensifies in the next few years, it is more important than ever for IT departments to remain agile and take advantage of new technologies. Ninety-two percent of those questioned had some level of concern about future hiring of IT staff, while 54 percent were concerned about a lack of skilled talent to choose from. Forty-three percent of global respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the current political climate makes it difficult to hire employees with the right skills. In the U.S. and Australia, the numbers were 52 percent and 54 percent respectively. Training time and investment will prove to be business-critical Training continues to be an issue as day-to-day IT maintenance tasks take priority. For organisations to address the technical skills deficit, they first need to invest time and money — or face the consequences. There is consistent demand globally to spend more time on increasing skills — from 15 percent of time that is currently spent on this to 22 percent. Respondents reported that insufficient budget (45 percent) and training time (45 percent) are constraining IT departments’ attempts to develop skills more than any other factors. These factors rise to 60 percent and 50 percent respectively in Australia, but drop to 37 percent and 30 percent in Germany. Currently, only three hours are allocated per week for learning and skills development. Respondents in Singapore average four hours of skills development per week. Sixty-seven percent of respondents agree that the key to closing the skills gap would be to spend more money on training. IT professionals need to take control of their professional future The research also showed that IT professionals at all levels must take increased responsibility for their own professional destiny, embracing the opportunities delivered by new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and all areas of IoT from device management to security. Thirty-five percent of global respondents agreed or strongly agreed that their organisation’s IT team does not have the right skills to protect their jobs in the future. When asked to identify the one skill that they see as critical to their future career progression, cybersecurity was the most frequently cited, by 22 percent of respondents globally. AI and IoT security tied for second as the most critical skill at 18 percent. While AI was the most critical skill in France and Australia, IoT security was the most valued skill in Germany. AI could be a friend or foe AI could revolutionise the IT skills that are required and the way that we work. AI is likely to replace a number of IT roles and tasks, but this doesn’t mean the end for the IT department. Employees need to have the right skills to be in a position to work alongside AI and embrace its future impact, so that organisations can unleash its full potential. When asked which current roles were already being replaced by AI, desktop support (23 percent), data analyst (20 percent), software testers (17 percent), system architects (14 percent) and network engineers (11 percent) topped the list. Within the next 10 years, these numbers are expected to increase: desktop support (37 percent), data analyst (34 percent), software testers (33 percent), system architects (31 percent) and network engineers (31 percent). AI will also impact the role of the CIO, with almost half of the global respondents claiming increased focus from the business. Fifty-six percent of respondents believe that developing AI-related skills is key to securing a role in the future. Vital role of the board in ensuring long-term IT skills development Organisations’ boards will often dictate whether employees have the time and empowerment to develop their skills, but this is common at organisations that do not have the right support. The boards also have to ensure that skills and training improvements are aligned with other areas of business planning. Forty-four percent of respondents think that new skills acquisition is not seen as being as valuable as it should be by the board. This rises to 59 percent in Australia and 50 percent in the UK. The U.S. (42 percent), Germany (41 percent), Singapore (40 percent) and France (34 percent) had slightly more positive results. Almost a fifth of global respondents think their boards view gaining knowledge and skills as a cost to the business, rather than an asset. This rises to 35 percent in Australia. However, the majority of respondents in France (63 percent) and Germany (62 percent) see knowledge and skills growth as an asset. Despite respondents claiming that they plan approximately two years in advance for most areas of the business, staffing and recruitment is still on average only planned for a maximum of a year. This is creating a disconnect where organisations are attempting to address key IT challenges with teams not as well equipped in terms of skills and experience as they could be. Additional Resources Data in the study also revealed four main personas of global IT leaders, all with different levels of effectiveness when it comes to pioneering digital transformation projects and managing the skills of their teams. Supplementary Paper: “From Laggard to Leader – The Changing Personas of IT Leaders’ (Laggards, Evaluators, Adopters and Leaders)” Global and regional analysis of each persona in each of the countries surveyed (country breakdowns) Executive summary The study was conducted by independent research house Vanson Bourne in March 2017. 630 IT decision-makers in organisations with more than 500 employees in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Singapore and Australia were surveyed.  About Brocade Brocade® (NASDAQ:BRCD) networking solutions help the world's leading organisations turn their networks into platforms for business innovation. With solutions spanning public and private data centres to the network edge, Brocade is leading the industry in its transition to the New IP network infrastructures required for today's era of digital business. (www.brocade.com) # # #  © 2017 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  Brocade, the B-wing symbol, and MyBrocade are registered trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and in other countries. Other brands, product names, or service names mentioned of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. are listed at www.brocade.com/en/legal/brocade-Legal-intellectual-property/brocade-legal-trademarks.html. Other marks may belong to third parties.  BROCADE MEDIA CONTACT Brocade APAC Corp Communications Wendy Lang Tel: +65 6317 2464wlang@brocade.comPR AGENCY CONTACT Einsteinz Communications Carlotta Vittori or Emma Keen Tel: +61 2 8905 0995brocade@einsteinz.com.au   Xplore Expands Price and Performance Range of Category Leading XSLATE R12 Rugged Tablet Portfolio 2017-04-26T22:00:52Z xplore-expands-price-and-performance-range-of-category-leading-xslate-r12-rugged-tablet-portfolio   SYDNEY, Australia — April 27, 2017— Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) is expanding the pricing and performance options for its highly-demanded XSLATE R12 rugged tablet PC platform in order to accommodate Australian and New Zealand customers’ evolving mobile computing requirements, even within their fixed budget parameters. Customers will now be able to order the exceptionally powerful XSLATE R12 in two new Intel® 7th generation Kaby Lake CPU configurations: The Celeron®-powered tablet PC from $3660 (base MSRP), while the Intel Core™ i7 vPro™ version will start at $4470. “Xplore rugged tablets are capable of effecting significant workforce productivity gains without disrupting a company’s business processes or IT efficiency,” noted Brett Gross, ANZ Director at Xplore. “The XSLATE R12, in particular, is one of the most sought-after rugged tablet PCs in the global market right now due to its unrivalled computing flexibility, broad IT system interoperability and reputation for exceeding industry performance standards. As such, we want to ensure that every customer has the ability to take advantage of its unmatchable benefits. By making the XSLATE R12 available in an even greater range of cost and performance options, we are able to deliver a best-in-class mobility solution that fits any customer’s needs.” Both of the new Celeron and Core i7 vPro XSLATE R12 rugged tablet models are available in multiple configurations, and serve as laptop and desktop replacements if desired. The XSLATE R12 tablet has a unique magnetically-attached, Companion Keyboard, which can stow and recharge while docked or while on the go, as well as touch and pen data input tools. The 800 Nit View Anywhere™ screen is protected by Corning® Gorilla® Glass, and remains the best outdoor-viewable display in its class. The XSLATE R12 can also be custom-configured with several connectivity options to ensure workers maintain data accessibility no matter where they’re working or the intensity of on-the-job demands. These include the SlateMate module, featuring a barcode scanner and HF RFID reader, an RJ45 + True Serial Port dongle, as well as pass-through antenna capabilities for WWAN, WLAN, and GPS in both the tablet and Secure Mobile Dock. “No one sits still anymore at work,” Gross continued. “The XSLATE R12 was specifically designed to eliminate downtime, minimize security risks and improve both data and device manageability for the millions-strong global mobile workforce. It’s the no-compromise, and complete, mobile office solution that today’s public safety, utility, construction, manufacturing and insurance professionals need to stay productive whether they’re multi-tasking or transitioning between multiple job sites.” Customers who choose to upgrade to the Intel Core i7 vPro processor will also benefit from increased security and mobile device management tools. The added Intel® Authenticate solution builds upon Xplore’s standard multi-authentication and biometric tools to capture, encrypt, match, and store user data in the rugged tablet. The built-in Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT) also provides IT with easy remote maintenance and wireless device management, plus secure drive wiping, to simplify PC lifecycle transitions. Both the Celeron-powered tablet PC and Intel Core i7 vPro version will be fully available in May. For more information about the award-winning Xplore XSLATE R12 tablet computer platform, please visit www.xploretech.com/XSLATER12.   About Xplore Technologies: Xplore is The Rugged Tablet Authority™, exclusively manufacturing powerful, long-lasting, and customer-defined rugged tablet PCs since 1996. Today, Xplore offers the broadest portfolio of genuinely rugged tablets – and the most complete line-up of rugged tablet accessories – on Earth. Its mobility solutions are purpose-built for the energy, utilities, telecommunications, military and defense, manufacturing, distribution, public safety, healthcare, government, and field service sectors. The company’s award-winning military-grade computers are also among the most powerful and longest lasting in their class, built to withstand nearly any hazardous condition or environmental extreme for years without fail. Visit www.xploretech.com for more information on how Xplore and its global channel partners engineer complete mobility solutions to meet specialized workflow demands. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.   Forward Looking Statements This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. When used in this document, the words “may”, “would”, “could”, “will”, “intend”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect Xplore’s current views with respect to future events and are subject to such risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made including those factors detailed from time to time in filings made by Xplore with securities regulatory authorities. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated or expected. Xplore does not intend and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Espire Infolabs Announces Gold Sponsorship of MuleSoft Summit, London 2017 2017-04-26T09:56:26Z espire-infolabs-announces-gold-sponsorship-of-mulesoft-summit-london-2017 London, UK: In the digital era, delivering compelling customer, partner and employee experiences is emerging as the most powerful competitive edge for businesses. To drive this business outcome, strategic digital transformation is essential, where data, devices and enterprise applications are woven together into a powerful network. MuleSoft, the leading provider of integration platform (Mule ESB and CloudHub) for connecting SaaS & enterprise applications in the cloud and on-premise, understands this complex business problem. With its powerful integration platform, MuleSoft is seamlessly integrating the wide spectrum of disparate applications that drive various business functions of organisations - be it sales, marketing, customer experience or HR. The resulting superior, delightful and consistent customer and business user experiences are translating into enhanced revenue and profitability for companies. Espire Infolabs, a global technology services company and a MuleSoft partner is solving this problem for global businesses, with its transformative Customer Engagement Hub (CEH), which leverages MuleSoft’s market-leading Anypoint Platform™ and API-led approach as one of its core technologies.  To exchange thoughts on building an application network that can deliver impactful and profitable customer, partner and employee experiences, MuleSoft is hosting MuleSoft Summit on May 17th at The Brewery, London. The summit would be attended by leading CIOs, IT leaders, integration architects and development leads across the globe.  Espire has today announced that it is a gold sponsor of MuleSoft Summit. This is in line with Espire’s commitment to bring the competitive edge of application networks to businesses.  As a MuleSoft partner and a gold sponsor at the MuleSoft Summit, Espire will showcase how its customer engagement hub (CEH) enables enterprises to deliver compelling and profitable multi-channel customer experiences by harnessing the powerful fabric of connected data, devices and applications.  Attendees of MuleSoft summit will get to experience a full day of innovation, best practices and interactive discussions with peers around digital transformation, and learnings on why API-led connectivity is the secret weapon to building robust application network.  To attend the MuleSoft Summit, London 2017, write to us at enquiries@espire.com or register directly here .   About Espire Infolabs Espire Infolabs is a global technology services company empowering businesses to drive growth and customer engagement with exceptional digital experience solutions through digital content management, multi-channel customer communication management, enterprise applications, cloud computing, integration and analytics. It is a SEI CMMI Level 5 Ver 1.3 (Dev + SVC) Appraised, ISO 27001:2013, ISO 9001:2015, ISO 20000-1:2011 and ISO 22301 Certified Company. Espire Infolabs has offices in UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Development Centers in India (Gurgaon, Delhi and Pune). For more information, please visit www.espire.com.   About MuleSoft MuleSoft makes it easy to connect the world's applications, data and devices. With their market-leading Anypoint Platform™, companies are building application networks to fundamentally change the pace of innovation. MuleSoft’s API-led approach to connectivity gives companies novel ways to reach their customers, employees and partners. Organisations in more than 60 countries, from emerging companies to Global 500 corporations, use MuleSoft to transform their businesses. To find out how, visit MuleSoft Website. Progress Appoints Dmitri Tcherevik to Chief Technology Officer 2017-04-26T07:51:55Z progress-appoints-dmitri-tcherevik-to-chief-technology-officer SYDNEY, Australia —April 26, 2017— Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS) today announced the appointment of Dmitri Tcherevik to the role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In his new role, Dmitri will lead Progress’ technology vision, strategy and evolution across the entire portfolio of Progress products. This includes driving incubation projects, contributing to product roadmaps, working on technology M&A and partnership opportunities. Dmitri will also evangelize our core product strategy and cognitive-first perspectives to the market. “As the world moves to cognitive-first applications, we need a CTO who can lead our strategy and deliver the platform to help our customers build and deploy those applications,” said Yogesh Gupta, CEO, Progress. “Dmitri has a proven track record of creating and delivering game-changing technology strategy and execution in emerging technology areas. He is going to be an incredible asset to Progress as we enable our customers to build the future of their business applications.” Dmitri is a serial entrepreneur, having founded and run two successful technology start-ups – most recently MightyMeeting, a cloud-based mobile collaboration platform. Before that he founded Infostoria, a collaboration and content integration platform, which was acquired by FatWire in 2007. Post-acquisition Dmitri served as CTO at FatWire, where he helped to define the market around Web Experience Management, until FatWire’s strategic sale to Oracle in 2011. Dmitri also spent nearly 10 years leading emerging technology development at CA, as a Vice President in the office of the CTO. “When the opportunity to join Progress was presented to me, I knew this was something I couldn’t pass up,” said Dmitri Tcherevik. “Cognitive applications are the next frontier for businesses in driving competitive advantage, and the winners will take all. Progress has an incredible opportunity to democratize machine learning, giving any organization the tools it needs to build and deploy cognitive applications. I can’t wait to help make that vision a reality.” Dmitri brings deep technology expertise specializing in the areas of mobile apps and platforms, cloud services, collaboration, web experience management and enterprise application integration. He also has a background in machine learning, having contributed to development of a groundbreaking AI engine used in chess programs and economic forecasting software. Dmitri majored in applied math and intelligent systems design at the National Nuclear Research University, Moscow, where he graduated with honors. Additional Resources -  Follow Progress on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ -  Read the Progress blog About Progress Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS) is a global leader in application development, empowering enterprises to build mission-critical business applications to succeed in an evolving business environment. With offerings spanning web, mobile and data for on-premise and cloud, Progress powers businesses worldwide, promoting success one application at a time. Learn about Progress at www.progress.com or 1-781-280-4000. Esker Expands Globally While Achieving Record Sales Growth 2017-04-26T05:58:56Z esker-expands-globally-while-achieving-record-sales-growth Sydney, Australia — April 20, 2017 — Esker, a worldwide leader in document process automation solutions and pioneer in cloud computing, recently announced that the company achieved record growth in 2016, fueled by an increased demand for cloud-based solutions, the changing regulatory environment in some countries and the company’s commitment to consistently delivering innovative, comprehensive solutions ahead of the curve. Esker’s strategic acquisitions and partnerships have augmented its customer base and facilitated expansion into new regions. “We are experiencing dynamic, sustainable growth across the board, but especially in cloud-based solutions, where we saw a 20 percent increase last year,” said Steve Smith, U.S. chief operations officer at Esker. “This represents 77 percent of total company sales revenue and validates the need for automation. Even better, we anticipate double-digit growth again in 2017 in every market where Esker is active,” said Christophe DuMonet, Managing Director of Esker Australia and New Zealand. 2016 highlights In order to accommodate such rapid growth while maintaining excellent customer service, Esker invested in additional staff. By late 2016, Esker outgrew its North American headquarters in Madison, relocating to new office space to accommodate new and anticipated future hires. Esker also opened its first U.S. satellite office in Denver to accommodate a growing number of customers in the Rocky Mountains and Pacific states, along with the western region of Canada, especially within the medical device, food production and semi-conductor industries. Also, Esker expanded its international footprint, beginning with a partnership with Santiago, Chile-based Gosocket Corporation, a leading provider of solutions related to electronic document exchanges with digital signatures, to bring more value to Latin American customers of both companies. Customers in this region can now meet evolving electronic invoicing (e-invoicing) mandates that vary by country. Esker and Gosocket Corporation are working together to bring a more comprehensive set of offerings to the Latin American region beginning this year. “Esker’s expansion into the Latin American region created an opportunity for both companies,” said Sergio Chaverri, chief marketing officer at Gosocket Corporation. “By partnering with Esker our customers will have access to leading business solutions and Esker’s international customers will have the ability to meet any changing regulations seamlessly.” Esker also further developed its activities in the Oceania region with the signature of a partnership agreement with Fuji Xerox in New Zealand. “Automation of previously manual tasks and introducing mobile and analytics functionality for insights into the AP process delivers rapid and quantifiable benefits. With the combination of Fuji Xerox’s consulting team and Esker’s cloud Accounts Payable, we’re delivering tools that AP users need, but just haven’t been able to access,” says Cameron Mount, Fuji Xerox New Zealand GM Enterprise Consulting. Lastly, Esker also put in place its third data center in Singapore, offering its Asia-based customers the best possible response times. This new infrastructure was built on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Solution advancements Esker is committed to regularly providing customers with new and improved offerings. One of the company’s most notable launches last year was Esker Anywhere, a mobile application that gives managers the ability to review, approve, and reject purchase requisitions and supplier invoices while out of the office. Esker also introduced solution integrations with Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and Oracle E-Business Suite, providing customers with greater operational process efficiency and productivity. Following the 2015 acquisition of TermSync, Esker has now fully incorporated the solution into its accounts receivable (AR) automation platform, benefiting customers with strengthened reporting and analytics, faster collections and billing processes and decreasing costs. Esker’s new, comprehensive AR solution is designed to alleviate cash flow concerns for companies, especially as interest rates rise and customers demand extended terms. It also completes the order-to-cash (O2C) cycle, allowing Esker to offer customers an enhanced end-to-end solution for document process automation. Ongoing and future initiatives Earlier this month Esker finalised its acquisition of e-integration GmbH, the Düsseldorf, Germany-based electronic data interchange (EDI) service provider, which will allow Esker to further grow and develop in Europe’s leading market. “We recognise that our customers have a global presence with varying needs in every market,” said Eric Bussy, worldwide corporate marketing and product management director at Esker. “We want to increase our international presence to fulfill those needs and offer the most value to our customers.” Esker anticipates that 2017 will be highlighted by: *Double-digit growth and continued exploration of new external growth opportunities. *Innovative strategies surrounding Esker’s O2C and purchase-to-pay (P2P) solution offerings, including the launch of the TermSync product in France and a new online payment solution offered through Esker partner, SlimPay. *An agile and responsible business approach: Ranked among the top 30 Best Workplaces France 2017 by Great Place to Work®, Esker will continue to develop its Agile methodology and friendly work environment in order to offer its employees a quality, stimulating environment. How much do you know about video? 2017-04-26T05:47:36Z how-much-do-you-know-about-video Over 35 people attended on a beautiful evening on the 12th of April. Our Speaker Angela Mellak started off the event by taking the audience on the evolutionary journey video has taken since 1895, through to today. Angela went on to outline the various categories of video from Educational, through to Entertainment and highlighted the most powerful structures and Digital tools and platforms that are changing the way people use video and technology. Angela shared her tips for crafting the most powerful videos for brand and businesses. "Telling a compelling story to share the benefits and most of all focus on the customer journey" Angela was joined by the Marketing Director James Towers from Kwickie, who spoke about the way mobile has further changed the way video is consumed. He went on to outline how Kwickie platform is creating new categories in the Video space whilst it is changing the way we communicate. James presentation offered suggestions on production values, using video platforms for business and brands. He said the Kwickie video platform has become a powerful tool for business and social interaction and in particular between celebrities and fans. James shared exclusively with the Digital Women's Network some behind the scenes footage they had created with the recent partnership with Australia's Formula One Grand Prix 2017. Kwickie has designed a new engagement campaign with Forumla 1 fans, the pilot campaign featured high profile celebrities from Shane Warne through to Daniel Ricciardo all having a "Kwickie" (sending video messages as Q&A style using just their phones and the app Kwickie). It was fascinating to watch how Daniel Ricciardo was actually interacting with his fans by using the video application. It was not just boring text and words messages we are all sending every day. Filled with on the go, moving images, sounds, colours, lights and a real person behind the camera! “Video is a real human interaction and gives stronger connection. It is the most powerful storytelling we have.” James said. As the night drew darker and the presentation started to come to an end people continuously raised their hands for questions. “How can we manage a budget?” “What are the resources available?” “Does Kwickie replace Snapchat?” a Can video get really remove trust issue?” So many of our members were curious, thinking about how they can apply the video platform to their work, business or personal brand. After the presentation, there was a chance for more networking and we heard from some of the attendees. Katie, is a recruiter she said her company is about to launch a website and can see how having video contents for their website, can be used for case study, or candidates’ interview. Bernadette, a digital performance director, said it was her third time attending Digital Women’s Network event. She found it’s a great place to network and learn new things every month. ***We want to thank sponsors, introduce next events and DWN website.  https://digitalwomensnetwork.com/ 2, 287 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000 hello@digitalwomensnetwork.com https://www.digitalwomensnetwork.com Gartner Survey Finds Government CIOs Spend 21 Percent of Their IT Budget on Digital Initiatives 2017-04-26T04:41:03Z gartner-survey-finds-government-cios-spend-21-percent-of-their-it-budget-on-digital-initiatives-1 26 April 2017 — Top performing organisations in the private and public sectors, on average, spend a greater proportion of their IT budgets on digital initiatives (33 percent) than government organisations (21 percent), according to a global survey of CIOs by Gartner, Inc. Looking forward to 2018, top-performing organisations anticipate spending 43 percent of their IT budgets on digitalisation, compared with 28 percent for government CIOs. Gartner's 2017 CIO Agenda survey includes the views of 2,598 CIOs from 93 countries, representing US$9.4 trillion in revenue or public sector budgets and $292 billion in IT spending, including 377 government CIOs in 38 countries. Government respondents are segmented into national or federal, state or province (regional) and local jurisdictions, to identify trends specific to each tier. For the purposes of the survey, respondents were also categorised as top, typical and trailing performers in digitalisation, based on the response to certain survey questions. Government respondents find themselves in the lower ranks of performance when compared with other industries, with only 5 percent categorised as top performers, compared to 22 percent in the media sector, 15 percent in service industries and 10 percent in the banking, retail and communications sectors. Rick Howard, research vice president at Gartner, said that 2016 proved to be a watershed year in which frustration with the status quo of government was widely expressed by citizens at the voting booth and in the streets, accompanied by low levels of confidence and trust about the performance of public institutions. "This has to be addressed head on," said Mr. Howard. "Government CIOs in 2017 have an urgent obligation to look beyond their own organisations and benchmark themselves against top-performing peers within the public sector and from other service industries. They must commit to pursuing actions that result in immediate and measurable improvements that citizens recognise and appreciate." Top Performers Secure Greater Budget Increases Government CIOs as a group anticipate a 1.4 percent average increase in their IT budgets, compared with an average 2.2 percent increase across all industries. Local government CIOs fare better, averaging 3.5 percent growth, which is still more than 1 percent less on average than IT budget growth among top-performing organisations overall (4.6 percent). The data is directionally consistent with Gartner's benchmark analytics, which indicate that average IT spending for state and local governments in 2016 represented 4 percent of operating expenses, up from 3.6 percent in 2015. For national and international government organisations, average IT spending as a percentage of operating expenses in 2016 was 9.4 percent, up from 8.6 percent in 2015. "Whatever the financial outlook may be, government CIOs who aspire to join the group of top performers must justify growth in the IT budget by clearly connecting all investments to lowering the business costs of government and improving the performance of government programs," Mr. Howard said. Top Technology Investment Priorities in Government Looking beyond 2017, Gartner asked respondents to identify technologies with the most potential to change their organisations over the next five years. Advanced analytics takes the top spot across all levels of government (79 percent). Digital security remains a critical investment for all levels of government (57 percent), particularly in defence and intelligence (74 percent). The Internet of Things will clearly drive transformative change for local governments (68 percent), whereas interest in business algorithms is highest among national governments (41 percent). All levels of government presently see less opportunity in machine learning or blockchain than top performers do. Local governments are slightly more bullish than the rest of government and top performers when it comes to autonomous vehicles (9 percent) and smart robots (6 percent). Biggest Barriers for Government CIOs The top three barriers that government CIOs report they must overcome to achieve their objectives are skills or resources (26 percent), funding or budgets (19 percent), and culture or structure of the organisation (12 percent). Drilling down into the areas in which workforce skills are lacking, the government sector is vulnerable in the domain of data analytics (30 percent), which includes information, analytics, data science and business intelligence. Security and risk is ranked second for government overall (23 percent). "Bridge the skills gap by extending your networks of experts outside the agency," Mr. Howard said. "Compared with CIOs in other industries, government CIOs tend not to partner with startups and midsize companies, missing out on new ideas, skills and technologies."  Seize the Digital Ecosystem Opportunity The concept of a digital ecosystem is not new to government CIOs. Government organisations participate in digital ecosystems at rates higher than other industries, but they do so as a matter of necessity and without planned design, according to Gartner. Overall, 58 percent of government CIOs report that they participate in digital ecosystems, compared with 49 percent across all industries.  As digitalisation gains momentum across all industries, the need for government to join digital ecosystems — interdependent, scalable networks of enterprises, people and things — also increases. "The digital ecosystem becomes the means by which government can truly become more effective and efficient in the delivery of public services," Mr. Howard said. Gartner clients can read more in the report "2017 CIO Agenda: A Government Perspective." About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior information technology (IT) leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to supply chain professionals, digital marketing professionals and technology investors, Gartner is the valuable partner to clients in more than 11,000 distinct enterprises. Gartner works with clients to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual roles. Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, and has almost 9,000 associates, including 1,800 research analysts and consultants, operating in more than 90 countries. 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