The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-22T02:36:41Z Do We Still Need to Go to Work to Get the Job Done? 2017-03-22T02:36:41Z do-we-still-need-to-go-to-work-to-get-the-job-done Polycom commissioned survey finds: Of the countries surveyed, Australia is one of the world’s most flexible countries to work in – 90% of companies offer flexible working benefits More than two-thirds (67%) of Australians have a work-BFF who’s based in a different office Approximately 79% of Australians use video collaboration multiple times a day to stay in touch Globally, 98% of those surveyed believed that anywhere working has a positive impact on productivity Almost two-thirds, (62%) of the global working population take advantage of flexible working practices, rising to 75% for Australians AUSTRALIA, 22 March, 2017 – Polycom, Inc, a global leader in unified communication and collaboration, today announced findings from a new world-wide consumer survey** that explores the future of work and the impact technology is having on both employee behaviour and workplace culture. The Polycom Anywhere Working study challenges the notion of going to work as we know it, with two thirds (62%) of the global population quite literally working from anywhere, increasing to 75% for Australia. Of the countries surveyed, Australia is one of the most flexible countries to work in – 90% of companies offer flexible working benefits. Not only that, thanks to technology, more than two-thirds (67%) of Australians have a work-BFF located in a different office! Capturing insights from more than 25,000 of today’s working population, millennials to baby boomers and more, the findings show that despite generational differences, in some cases, age really is just a number. The survey found three major flexible working trends that were commonly shared across the 12 countries** surveyed: Being able to work from anywhere is believed to boost performance with 98% of all respondents, believing that anywhere working has a positive impact on productivity Almost two thirds (62%) of the global working population are currently taking advantage of flexible working practices Findings also showed that 91% of respondents believe video collaboration helps improve workplace relationships and teamwork These results suggest that flexible workplace success is about providing the right environment that allows individuals and teams to work together productively to deliver great results. Tony Simonsen, Managing Director, Polycom Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) explains, “With the build of high speed broadband networks, technology can now give people the freedom to work the way they want, regardless of where they are. In today’s technology-enabled workplace, flexible working is becoming business-normal; employees expect it and employers need to provide flexible working policies to attract and retain their best talent. “Regardless of whether you are working in Australia or China, a millennial or baby boomer, the findings show that people have the same expectations when it comes to flexible working– they want location liberation, the ability to work and collaborate in a very human way that gets the job done.” Millennials Concerned About Being Recognised as Hard-Working, while Remote Based Workers Use Video Technology to Stay Socially Connected Surprisingly, it was technology-savvy millennials who were most concerned about the correlation between being physically present at work and being recognised as getting the job done. Globally, approximately 62% of millennials (18-30 year olds) were concerned that they would not be perceived as hard-working if they were not in the office. Findings also showed that having face time with colleagues over video helped maintain important social interaction that can sometimes be lacking for remote-based workers. An overwhelming 91% of global respondents said video collaboration helped them get to know their co-workers better. A Deeper Dive into Anywhere Working Habits within Australia More than 2000 respondents from Australia participated in the global study with findings revealing the significant impact that technology is having on anywhere working habits within Australia: Of the countries surveyed, Australia is one of the most flexible countries to work in – 90% of companies offer flexible working benefits and 79% of Australians who use video collaboration multiple times a day to stay in touch More than half of Australians (59%) worry that working anywhere might lead to them working longer hours than if they went in to the office every day Just over one-third (34%) believe they might be overlooked for a promotion if they work remotely More than two-thirds (67%) of Australians have a work-BFF who’s based in a different office To overcome the tyranny of distance, 79% of Australians use video collaboration technology multiple times a week in the workplace to stay in touch. Just over half (51%) of Australians said that using video regularly also influences them to pick up the phone instead of emailing more often. The Future of Work in Australia According to the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia’s (CEDA) recent ‘Future of Work’[1] report, more than 40% today’s jobs will disappear within the next 20 years due to technology advances. The report found that there will be new jobs and industries that emerge but cautioned that if Australia is not investing in the right areas it will get left behind. The report stated that the Australian labour market will be fundamentally reshaped by the scope and breadth of technological change, and if Australia does not embrace massive economic reform and focus on incentivising innovation, it will be left behind in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. Commenting on the growth in flexible working within Australia, industry analyst, Frost & Sullivan’s Head of Research, Audrey William said, “Across the region, governments and businesses are creating disruptive change to remain competitive in the digital era. Transformational technologies like mobility, cloud and video collaboration are changing the way we work and live, impacting everything from workspace design, to workflow and office culture. The growth in flexible working and geographically distributed workforces mean that businesses will need to find ways to empower employees with vastly different experiences and relationships with technology, ensuring they can collaborate effectively to get the job done.” ### For more information about the survey results, download our Anywhere Working E-guide or read Polycom’s white paper: “Changing Needs of the Workplace”. About Polycom Inc. Polycom helps organisations unleash the power of human collaboration. More than 400,000 companies and institutions worldwide defy distance with secure video, voice and content solutions from Polycom to increase productivity, speed time to market, provide better customer service, expand education and save lives. Polycom and its global partner ecosystem provide flexible collaboration solutions for any environment that deliver the best user experience, the broadest multi-vendor interoperability and unmatched investment protection. Visit www.polycom.com.au or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to learn more. **About the survey The ‘Guide to Anywhere Working’ survey commissioned by Polycom Inc. was conducted by Morar Consulting. Sample Data collected from 25,234 consumers of 12 countries, which included: United States, Canada, Brazil, Japan, United Kingdom, India, Singapore, Germany, Russia, France, Australia and China. 55% of those surveyed had job titles managers or above. 58% of surveyed are responsible for care in some capacity, and 68% surveyed are parents. In September 2016 Polycom announced the completion of its acquisition by affiliates of Siris Capital Group, LLC (“Siris” or “Siris Capital”) in a transaction reflecting an equity value of approximately $2.0 billion in cash. In connection with the closing of the transaction, the company, which continues to operate as Polycom, Inc., is wholly owned by affiliates of Siris Capital. © 2017 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom logo, and the names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. [1] CEDA Future of Work: http://www.ceda.com.au/2015/06/16/five-million-Aussie-jobs-gone-in-10-to-15-years AIRDOCS New ILIVEIT Platform Making Video Messaging Personalized and Interactive 2017-03-07T08:02:50Z airdocs-new-iliveit-platform-making-video-messaging-personalized-and-interactive Sydney, Australia–March 8, 2017 Marketing tech provider AIRDOCS is turning views into clicks by making video messaging personalized and interactive. Its new cloud-based platform is powered by ILIVEIT, agile, robust technology that crosses all channels end to end, from digital and mobile to print. Focus is on helping businesses design, create and deliver complex offers and concepts through the most compelling, effective and preferred media vehicle available today—personalized video messaging.  Geared to generations steeped in tech, video media is key in creating and growing both personal and customer relationships. For companies anxious to improve CCM—customer communications management—it’s the latest marketing frontier. Video already makes up nearly three-quarters of all Internet traffic, and tech conglomerate Cisco projects that figure to near 80 percent within the next three years. Estimates of the total number of video messages sent in 2016 range from tens to hundreds of millions. What each send represents to businesses, however, is the likelihood of a response, customer conversion and exponential viral sharing far exceeding that of links and text combined. For AIRDOCS CEO and ILIVEIT advocate Greg Twemlow, progression to video messaging that is not only customized to each client but also interacts with them in real time is a “logical and highly anticipated next step” in the company’s approach to software as a service (SaaS). The Aussie startup took to the cloud last year, providing clients with secure yet flexible omni-channel CCM designed to boost customer interest, conversion and retention. Now, ILIVEIT adds video to the AIRDOCS SaaS tool set as another readily accessible commercial resource for small and large businesses alike. Customer engagement and CCM have become a constantly adapting technical science full of objectives, analytics and key performance indicators. However, communications with video stand out. “Emails, SMS messages and other media that include video get substantially higher clicks,” Twemlow says, “while those without it are at a disadvantage.”  As for skeptics, statistics support his observation. An Implix Marketing Survey found that videos in email increase click-through rates on introductory communications by more than 95 percent. Eyeview Digital reported an 80-percent increase in conversion rates for landing pages with video versus those without. Brainshark estimates that about 65 percent of viewers watch more than three-quarters of a video. Wistia vouches that for at least the first 30 seconds, a video will retain a full 80 percent of its viewers.  Meanwhile, more than half of all marketing professionals worldwide already recognize video as the content with the best return on investment, or ROI. Twemlow cites the figures. “For every $140 you spend on outside sales, every $10 or so that you spend on a phone call, video will cost you $1. Yet we’ve seen video messaging surpass other success rates by over 90 percent.” While video is the new standard, in-house CCM strategies—especially video—can be both prohibitively expensive and risky for many companies. Video demands greater capabilities, from storage, bandwidth and on-demand availability to quality, meta data and security concerns. Video has to be meaningful. It also has to be deliverable and viewable for all users on the full range of devices, systems and channels. “Add analytics reporting and analysis,” Twemlow says, “and many companies find their in-house capabilities outclassed.” In answer to the bottom line, the Video-as-a-Service approach provides businesses with a centralized, single point for their personalized, interactive marketing initiatives. AIRDOCS provides end-to-end campaign services, from design and creation to dissemination and comprehensive reporting on results. Encryption protects all data—project assets, videos, personalization records and analytics, for example—in transit and at rest. Compression keeps it all flowing, optimized and encrypted for the rendering pipeline. Greg Twemlow explains,"With SaaS and the cloud, video messaging gives any company a high-yield strategy to concentrate on the metrics that matter.” Increasing brand awareness, keeping customers engaged, generating leads, making sales and retaining loyal customers are the top priorities for every business. In the past, CCM was a burden even for large corporations. Instead, innovative SaaS solutions like AIRDOCS and ILIVEIT make slick, cutting-edge CCM accessible to everyone. “And that’s the point,” Twemlow says. “Understanding how to leverage the space, power and services available through the cloud is a tremendous marketing equalizer.” About AIRDOCS - CCM hosted in the Microsoft AZURE cloud Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, AIRDOCS is making customized, interactive marketing strategies accessible for every organization through CCM as a service and SaaS with the strongest data security of Microsoft AZURE. AIRDOCS specializes in ensuring that marketing messages are functionally designed, personalized, actionable and delivered via the customer’s preferred channel. The ILIVEIT platform is now offered by AIRDOCS in Australia and New Zealand. ILIVEIT is a communications solutions company that provides end-to-end marketing services from its base in Johannesburg, South Africa. The company specializes in creating dynamic and compelling content, packaging and distributing it to the customer base, making it available across any device and ensuring it displays correctly for the best possible user experience.  About AIRDOCS CEO, Greg Twemlow  eSports Mogul enters into Sponsorship and Tournament Platform Agreements with Twitch Interactive, Dreamcaster and FPS Thailand 2017-02-27T04:55:43Z esports-mogul-enters-into-sponsorship-and-tournament-platform-agreements-with-twitch-interactive-dreamcaster-and-fps-thailand 27 February 2017 ASX code: ESH eSports Mogul enters into Sponsorship and Tournament Platform Agreements with Twitch Interactive, Dreamcaster and FPS Thailand HIGHLIGHTS eSports Mogul has entered into Sponsorship and Tournament Platform Agreements with streaming company Twitch Interactive Inc. and its regional partners Dreamcaster and FPS Thailand.  Under the Agreements, Dreamcaster will use the tournament platform for one year of Overwatch tournaments and FPS will use the tournament platform for three years of CS:GO tournaments.  As a sponsor, ESM will also receive widespread branding and advertising at the major Dreamcaster Series and FPS Thailand League eSports events;  Twitch is the world’s largest social video platform for gamers and attracts 9.7 million active users daily Twitch was founded in 2011 and was acquired by Amazon.com, Inc. for US$970m in 2014.  eSports media company eSports Mogul Asia Pacific Limited (ASX: ESH) (eSports Mogul) is pleased to announce it has entered in to Sponsorship and Tournament Platform provision agreements and (Agreements) with Twitch Interactive Inc. (Twitch), the world’s largest social video platform for gamers, for two major eSports tournament partners in the South East Asian region. These are significant Agreements for eSports Mogul. They provide global exposure for the Company on Twitch’s online platform which attracts 9.7 million active users daily, and will also see eSports Mogul’s tournament platform used at the events.   Twitch was founded in June 2011 and was acquired by Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) in August 2014 for US$970 million in cash.  Under the Agreements, eSports Mogul will receive the following at the major Dreamcaster Series and FPSThailand League eSports events which are both powered by Twitch; eSports Mogul branding on the Twitch stream and the Twitch panel at the events, plus on all marketing material created for the events; eSports Mogul commentator mentions at the events – at a minimum of two times per hour; Four social media slots per season of the events and one product give-away slot per month; Advertising – eSports Mogul will provide thirty second advertisements to be played at least twice per hour; Digital screen advertisings – eSports Mogul will provide advertisements to be displayed on the main screens between live broadcasts; and Both events will use the eSports Mogul Platform which will be provided by eSports Mogul along with requisite technical support. The Agreements cover three seasons of the Dreamcaster Series which will feature game-play of the Overwatch video game, from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017, and nine seasons of the FPSThailand League featuring the Counter-Strike Global Offensive game, for a three year period from 1 December 2016 to 1 December 2019. eSports Mogul commenced trading on the ASX last month after a heavily oversubscribed $7 million prospectus Offer. The Company is focused on developing a multi-faceted eSports focused online media platform, called ESM Media Hub. ESM Media Hub will provide an easily accessible online platform for eSports enthusiasts, which will offer and a range of eSports products and services including; ESM Academy – an eSports learning academy; Hero Gamer – ESM Digital Products business offering providing an online shop offering various gaming titles for purchase; Tournament Platform – an online eSports tournament platform; and ESM Productions – exclusive eSports content. eSports Mogul managing director Gernot Abl said: “We are delighted to enter into these agreements with Twitch. Twitch is universally acknowledged as the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers and video game culture, and the exposure and visibility they are able to provide for eSports Mogul to our target audience will be invaluable as we seek to build a globally significant eSports-focused business.”  ENDS For further information, please contact:  Gernot Abl George Lazarou Managing Director Company Secretary eSports Mogul Asia Pacific Limited eSports Mogul Asia Pacific Limited  T: +61 419 802 653 T: +61 (08) 9429 8875 E: gernot@esportmogul.com E: glazarou@citadelcapital.com Media and Investor Inquiries James Moses Mandate Corporate T: +61 420 991 574 E: james@manadatecorporate.com.au About eSports Mogul Asia Pacific Limited  eSports Mogul is an ASX listed (ASX ESH) eSports media company. Its core business is to provide a fully integrated, market leading eSports-focused online media platform, called ESM Media Hub. ESM Media Hub will provide an easily accessible online platform for eSports enthusiasts, and offer and a range of eSports products and services including; ESM Academy – an eSports learning academy; Hero Gamer – ESM Digital Products business offering providing an online shop offering various gaming titles for purchase; Tournament Platform – an online eSports tournament platform; and ESM Productions – exclusive eSports content. eSport is the video gamer equivalent to sport and is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. It is estimated that there are currently 1.6 billion players across all platforms globally and in 2014 the total gamer market size was estimated at $74 billion. Asia Pacific dominates the eSports market accounting for around 34% ($25.2 billion) of the global market in 2014. About Twitch Interactive Inc. Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. Each month, more than 100 million community members gather to watch and talk about video games, with more than 2 million streamers. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for the entire video game ecosystem. This includes game developers, publishers, media outlets, events, user generated content, and the entire esports scene. Twitch also features Twitch Creative, a category devoted to artists and the creative process. www.twitch.tv Innovation and Competition Return to High-Performance PCs March 2nd with Worldwide AMD Ryzen 7 Availability 2017-02-23T08:52:40Z innovation-and-competition-return-to-high-performance-pcs-march-2nd-with-worldwide-amd-ryzen-7-availability Sydney, Australia - 23 February 2017- AMD today announced the global launch of AMD Ryzen™7 desktop processors, with pre-orders starting today from more than 180 global e-tailers and boutique OEMs, to the delight of PC gamers, content creators, enthusiasts, and fans worldwide. After four years and more than two million engineering hours of development, Ryzen is ready to unleash its powerful purpose, shake up the market, and connect millions more people to high performance personal computing. “Four years ago we began development of our ‘Zen’ processor core with the goal to deliver unprecedented generational performance gains and return choice and innovation to the high-performance computing market,” said Dr. Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMD. “On March 2, enthusiasts and gamers around the world will experience ‘Zen’ in action, as we launch our Ryzen 7 family of processors and reinvigorate the desktop computing market.”AMD Ryzen 7 Lineup During an event for global press, industry analysts, and partners, AMD outlined the Ryzen 7 desktop processor lineup. AMD specifically designed these processors for PC gamers, creators, and enthusiasts with 8-cores, 16-threads,and the new AM4 desktop platform. In live demos and testing, these processors demonstrated their superiority: the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X as the world’s highest performing 8-core desktop processor1, and Ryzen 7 1700 as the world’s lowest power 8-core desktop processor2. Product demonstrations featured Ryzen 7 1800X outperforming a similarly configured 8-core, 16-thread Intel Core i7-6900K in Cinebench R15 multi-threaded and Handbrake-based video transcoding, as well as showing comparable 4K gaming performance.Pricing       Product Line   Model   Base Clock (GHz)   Boost Clock (GHz)   TDP (Watts)   Included Cooler   Suggested Price, SEP (USD) Ryzen 7 1800X 3.6 4.0 95 N/A $499 Ryzen 7 1700X 3.4 3.8 95 N/A $399   Ryzen 7 1700 3.0 3.7 65 Wraith Spire $329 New AMD Thermal Solutions For Ryzen, AMD offers new thermal solutions based on the original Wraith coolers, launched to wide acclaim in 2016. The next evolution of Wraith includes Wraith Spire and Wraith Stealth, offering reliable, near-silent performance enthusiasts expect from the Wraith brand. Featured with Ryzen 7 1700 sold in retail boxes as well as many OEM systems, Wraith Spire offers superb cooling at an incredibly quiet 32 decibels.Availability For customers eagerly waiting for Ryzen, etailers around the world are primed to begin taking pre-orders beginning on Feb, 22, at 1 p.m. ET.3 “We deeply appreciate the ways in which our partners and customers came together to build a high-performance ecosystem for Ryzen,” said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Group, AMD.“With an anticipated 82 new motherboards from ODMs worldwide, Ryzen-based designs from top global PC OEMs expected soon, and boutique SIs and OEMs showing extreme-performance PC designs, this will be a launch like no other. Unprecedented pre-order support from e-tailers globally shows that our ecosystem and partners are fully behind AMD and our commitment to return innovation and competition to high-performance PCs.” Participating vendors include the following, with a more complete list available here:   Australia CentrecomMwave  ​PCCG PLE Scoprtec Umart New Zealand Computerlounge PB Tech  ​Playtech Among the 82 anticipated new motherboards are designs from ASRock, Asus, Biostar, Gigabyte, and MSI, all built upon two desktop chipsets for AMD Ryzen processors – the X370 andB350–and expected to be widely available on March 2.AMD Ryzen Reddit AMA with AMD CEO Lisa Su Alongside the disclosure of full details of Ryzen 7 processors, AM4 motherboards, and compatible thermal solutions, the global community will engage with Lisa Su during an AMD Ryzen Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) planned for March 2 from 11:30a.m. to 12:30p.m.U.S.Central Time at www.reddit.com/r/amd.Supporting Resources Learn more about AMD Ryzen processors at AMD.com/Ryzen Learn more about  the “Zen” core architecture at AMD.com/Zen Learn more about AMD Products,Solutions,and Innovations Become a fan of AMD on Facebook Follow AMD on Twitter @AMD Ryzen Reddit AMA with Lisa Su: March 2, 11:30am to 12:30pm CTreddit.com/r/amd About AMD For 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.AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Ryzen and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.Cautionary Statement This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (“AMD” or the “Company”) including the features, functionality, availability, timing, expected benefits of AMD future products including AMD’s Ryzen 7 products and AMD Wraith 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. Forward-looking statements are commonly identified by words such as ”would,” “intends,” “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “intends,” “plans,” “pro forma,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” or the negative of these words and phrases, other variations of these words and phrases or comparable terminology. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this press release are based on current beliefs, assumptions and expectations, speak only as of the date of this press release and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Material factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, without limitation, the following: Intel Corporation’s dominance of the microprocessor market and its aggressive business practices may limit AMD’s ability to compete effectively; AMD has a wafer supply agreement with GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. (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 AMD’s products could negatively impact its financial results; the success of AMD’s business is dependent upon its ability to introduce products on a timely basis 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, 2016.1 Performance labs as of February 10, 2017. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Cinebench R15 nT is used to simulate multi-threaded CPU performance; the AMD Ryzen™ 7 1800X scored 1601.43, while the Intel Core i7-6900K Extreme scored 1473.79 for a benchmark score comparison of 1601.43/1473.79 = 1.09× or 9% more. System Configurations: AMD Ryzen™ 7 1800X: Myrtle AM4, Ryzen™ 7 1800X processor, with NVIDIA TITAN X (Pascal) 12GB graphics adapter, 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 RAM, Windows 10 RS2operating system, Graphics driver 21.21.13.7633 :: 12/11/2016. Core i7-6900K Extreme: STRIX X99 GAMING, Core i7-6900K Extreme processor, with NVIDIA TITAN X (Pascal) 12GB graphics adapter, 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 RAM, Windows 10 RS2 operating system, Graphics driver 21.21.13.7633 :: 12/11/2016. RZN-92 Power efficiency of consumer client desktop 8-core processors based on Cinebench R15 nT score divided by wall power watts during testing. Scores: 1410 (AMD Ryzen 7 1700) vs. 1473 (Core i7-6900K). System config: AMD Reference Motherboard (1800X) and ASUS STRIX X99 Gaming (6900K), 16GB DDR4-2400, NVIDIA Titan X (Pascal), graphics driver 21.21.13.7633, Windows 10 x64 RS1. Measured system wall power during testing: 115W (1700) vs. 142W (6900K). Power efficiency: 1410/115=12.26 points per watt (1700) vs. 1473/142W=10.37 points per watt (6900K). Result: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 offers 18.22% more performance per watt. RZN-103 All pre-orders are subject to the Retailer’s terms and conditions as set forth on the respective Retailer website.   Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T01:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. Polycom Reinvents Meeting Experiences to Make Them More Personable 2017-02-08T22:36:53Z polycom-reinvents-meeting-experiences-to-make-them-more-personable Announces new solutions that bring more life-like and studio production quality to your virtual meetings Breakthrough Immersive Studio Flex offered at a new lower price point than the competition Innovative EagleEye camera technology delivers new capabilities that provide a superior experience AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND (ANZ) – February 9, 2017 – Polycom, Inc., a global leader in helping organisations achieve new levels of teamwork, efficiency and productivity by unleashing the power of human collaboration, has unveiled new video conferencing solutions that add a life-like look and feel to your virtual meeting experience. At the intersection of the virtual and physical world lies today’s workplace where nearly every business meeting includes at least one participant that has dialed in over audio or video. This requires new solutions that allow employees to easily connect, see and share with colleagues in different locations. The latest Polycom solutions, headlined by a new customisable immersive Telepresence experience and a new camera with advanced video production features, re-imagine this intersection and make your virtual meetings feel more in-person than ever. “Today’s business leaders are experiencing a technology gap between what their workplace offers and the experience employees are looking for,” said Michael Frendo, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Engineering, Polycom. “We’re on a mission to develop collaboration solutions that close that gap and not only make you feel like you are in the same room, but are easy to use, intuitive and require no training to operate.” Across the Table Experience When you walk into a Polycom Immersive RealPresence™ room, you sit down, join the call, and it feels like you are sitting across the table from your colleagues, whose images are life-size, crystal clear, and leave no question as to which direction their voice is coming from. The new Polycom Immersive Studio Flex is now bringing this meeting experience to more collaborators around the world at a more affordable price. The Immersive Studio Flex can be customised to your space and budget and offers Microsoft Skype for Business functionality at a 37 percent lower cost than other leading solutions, like the Cisco IX5000. Like other Polycom Immersive solutions, the Immersive Studio Flex combines high definition audio and an 18-foot video wall with three 4K UltraHD display screens making virtual meetings as comfortable as sitting in a home theater and as collaborative as being in the same room. A Professional-Grade Video Meeting Experience Creating immersive solutions doesn’t stop with the Immersive Studio Flex, the Polycom EagleEye Director II camera changes your video conferencing experience from the awkward and distant “bowling alley” view to a professionally produced video meeting when combined with Polycom Group Series video room systems. Without the need to manually adjust or to use a remote, the camera automatically zooms in on and frames the active speaker from an industry-leading 32 feet in less than three seconds, panning out when the discussion includes more than one person. A unique picture-in-picture display of the room means you see the reactions and body language of everyone in the room while you’re focused on the speaker. The camera runs on the new Polycom Group Series 6.1 release, the engine that drives Polycom’s industry-leading voice and video technology. The RealPresence Immersive Studio Flex and EagleEye Director II, available in select countries starting in February 2017, are the first solutions to be announced following the company’s acquisition by Siris Capital Group, LLC and transition to a private enterprise. ### About Polycom, Inc. Polycom helps organisations unleash the power of human collaboration. More than 400,000 companies and institutions worldwide defy distance with secure video, voice and content solutions from Polycom to increase productivity, speed time to market, provide better customer service, expand education and save lives. Polycom and its global partner ecosystem provide flexible collaboration solutions for any environment that deliver the best user experience, the broadest multi-vendor interoperability and unmatched investment protection. Visit http://www.polycom.com.sg/ or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn or the Polycom Asia Pacific blog, http://www.polycom.asia/theview to learn more. In September 2016 Polycom announced the completion of its acquisition by affiliates of Siris Capital Group, LLC (“Siris” or “Siris Capital”) in a transaction reflecting an equity value of approximately $2.0 billion in cash. In connection with the closing of the transaction, the company, which continues to operate as Polycom, Inc., is wholly owned by affiliates of Siris Capital. © 2017 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom logo, and the names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Revolutionize Your Information Sharing Experience with Multi Touch Tables 2016-12-13T09:44:42Z revolutionize-your-information-sharing-experience-with-multi-touch-tables Home, classroom, office or waiting room- the list is endless! Interactive tables are flexible enough to work in a wide range of environment to inform, educate or entertain. Multi-Touch Tables offer perfect solution for corporate events, trade fairs, point of sales and public spaces. The touch surface promises robust and safe built quality, protected against vandalism, scratches and fluids. These tables combine exquisite manufacturing techniques of modern furniture and elegant design. Multi touch tables can be easily switched to a super large pad, withstanding their main functionality of placing articles. These tables are widely used in business offices, restaurants and other entertainment places.  Interactive Tables from Interactive Interiors act as a real multi-user interactive tool that allows simultaneous user interaction on all sides with the ability to accept multiple touch from every user. These tables can be customized according to the needs of customers, with the option of adding more touch reference points, increasing memory, solid-state hard drives and faster CPUs. Information sharing in meeting rooms has become much more easier with the advent of hi-tech fashionable interactive tables. These tables have been used increasingly in restaurants and bars having smart ordering software installed, making seamless association between the Internet and catering industry.  About the Company:  In your office, Common area, Club or library? Wherever you want your touch table to be placed, Interactive interiors can design, manufacture and deliver it to fit into your ever-changing requirements. The knowledge and expertise of touch technology has ensured consistent research and development, leading to increased product launches every other day. We provide integrated interactive solutions in Brisbane, Australia, where products can communicate and process data in real time. Our product line is vast extending into interactive floor projections, Interactive Tables, Multi touch tables, 3D Projection Mapping, Floor Projection, Video Mapping and much more is on the list. Company Contact Us: Futurism Technology Australia Pty Ltd (t/a Interactive Interiors) ABN 35 151 737 665 Fortitude Valley BC PO BOX 2456 Fortitude Valley, QLD. 4006 Office: +61 7 3733 1516 Direct: +61 414 832 699 sales@interactiveinteriors.com.au www.interactiveinteriors.com.au Polycom Joins the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) to Help Advance Social, Environmental and Ethical Practices 2016-11-15T22:13:45Z polycom-joins-the-electronic-industry-citizenship-coalition-eicc-to-help-advance-social-environmental-and-ethical-practices Sydney – November 16, 2016 – Dedicated to observing the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility, Polycom, Inc. today joins the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), an alliance of leading technology companies that advocate for ethical and sustainable value for workers, the environment and businesses. The EICC is comprised of more than 110 electronics companies with the mission of ensuring its members, suppliers and stakeholders collaborate to improve working and environmental conditions through leading standards and practices. As an Affiliate Member, Polycom will now align its current operations, as well as those of first-tier suppliers, with standards recommended and governed by the EICC. “Membership with the EICC is helping Polycom to apply a comprehensive approach to promoting corporate social responsibility and sustainability throughout our supply chain,” said Brian Larnerd, Polycom’s director, corporate social responsibility. “While high-quality audio and video conferencing solutions empower human collaboration and sustainability, Polycom is committed to ensuring the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility wherever our products are made.” As an Affiliate Member, Polycom will gain access to existing resources, assessments and audits conducted by EICC, which will help manage partner practices and supply chain risks more efficiently. Wherever possible, Polycom will seek to adopt the EICC approach and tools in practical ways in the spirit of the industry’s common goals. About Polycom, Inc. Polycom helps organizations unleash the power of human collaboration. More than 400,000 companies and institutions worldwide defy distance with secure video, voice and content solutions from Polycom to increase productivity, speed time to market, provide better customer service, expand education and save lives. Polycom and its global partner ecosystem provide flexible collaboration solutions for any environment that deliver the best user experience, the broadest multi-vendor interoperability and unmatched investment protection. Visit www.polycom.com or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn more. © 2016 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom logo, and the names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. dnata Selects Avaya to Drive Digital Transformation in Customer Experience 2016-10-18T04:54:44Z dnata-selects-avaya-to-drive-digital-transformation-in-customer-experience Dubai, UAE; October 15, 2016: dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers and a member of Emirates Group, announced today it has selected Avaya as a strategic technology partner to power its customer service digital transformation strategy. Avaya Private Cloud Services (APCS) will deliver a complete customer experience transformation solution that will create a seamless, personalized experience for dnata customers and partners and across every communication platform in the customer journey. The five-year, multimillion-dollar agreement will see Avaya provide dnata, with a cloud-based contact centre, collaboration, networking and video conferencing solution. With operations covering six continents, dnata aims to unify its travel brands around the world, along with its other services, helping to deliver personalised experiences to its customers, achieve consistency and increased satisfaction across all touch points while reducing service delivery costs. “We have embarked on a digital transformation journey that will enable us to confidently deliver on our growth strategy while building a superior customer experience. One of the main challenges of being a global business with multiple brands and services, is delivering a consistent and yet extremely personalised experience. Our project with Avaya will enable us to have the platform we require to quickly achieve the two, while expanding our portfolio of businesses and services. The team at Avaya were exceptional in building a solution that delivers on our business objectives today and in the future.” Paul Gale, Vice President Global Contact Centres – dnata While most businesses today support multi-channel customer service, they typically manage individual interactions channels in silos, resulting in a fragmented customer experience. dnata is leading the transformation of the travel experience industry globally. By moving to an Avaya-delivered and managed cloud customer experience solution, dnata and its travel businesses will not only achieve a substantial competitive advantage it will also deliver a higher benchmark for travel to compare with, not only for its customers, but also for its agents worldwide. “Avaya is proud to have been selected by dnata as provider of choice for this global customer experience platform. By working closely with dnata, we will be able to support them in their objective of delivering a world-class customer experience. This is the perfect demonstration of the strength of our cloud services offerings and how we can help enterprises achieve their digital transformation goals. We look forward to strengthening this partnership with dnata over the next five years and moving forward with them to deliver the business outcomes they are looking for.” Nidal Abou-ltaif, President, Avaya International dnata is leading the transformation of the travel experience industry globally, with an aggressive growth strategy that has driven revenue above $10 billion. Having acquired ten travel and leisure brands in the last 5 years and operating over 13 global contact centres across 15 countries and in ten languages, dnata Travel is driving growth by unifying its customers’ journey, while ensuring that its travel and leisure brands are presented consistently across the globe, and its customers receive the same world-class service through any communication channel, anytime, anywhere. Globally, dnata operates in 83 countries across six continents and is one of the world's largest air services providers offering ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering. Established in 1959, dnata ensures the aviation industry operates smoothly and efficiently in 131 airports across the Middle East, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa as well as North and South America. Avaya is a recognised innovator leading business communications for the digital age. Avaya Solutions bring people together with the right information at the right time in the right context, helping to enable a higher level of engagement among customers, teams, employees and partners to improve efficiency and quickly address critical business challenges. Avaya Private Cloud Services (APCS) enable companies to create simple, dynamic environments that allow them to roll out new applications and services faster, support new devices, improve application uptime, and gain significantly reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) and better return on investment (ROI). -Ends- About dnata: dnata is one of the world’s largest air services providers. Established in 1959, the company offers ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services across six continents. dnata's Travel business is the largest provider of travel services and products in the Middle East, and operates more than 200 retail outlets worldwide. Each year its travel advisors handle more than 3.5 million bookings, 7 million bed nights, and 7 million passengers. Its suite of products and services includes business travel management; worldwide tour operations; hotel sales and marketing representation; group and incentive arrangements; sports and active holiday programmes; offshore and marine services; government and corporate travel and leisure travel. Internationally, dnata owns and operates Emirates Holidays, Gold Medal Travel Group, Travel Republic, Stella Travel Services, has investments with Hogg Robinson Group and brought personalised travel to the Middle East through a joint venture with Travel Counsellors. About Avaya Avaya enables the mission critical, real-time communication applications of the world’s most important operations. As the global leader in delivering superior communications experiences, Avaya provides the most complete portfolio of software and services for contact center and unified communications with integrated, secure networking— offered on premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid. Today’s digital world requires some form of communications enablement, and no other company is better positioned to do this than Avaya. For more information, please visit www.avaya.com. Certain statements contained in this press release may be forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," "plan," "potential," "predict," "should" or "will" or other similar terminology. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While we believe these are reasonable, such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. These and other important factors may cause our actual results to differ materially from any future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. For a list and description of such risks and uncertainties, please refer to Avaya's filings with the SEC that are available at www.sec.gov. Avaya disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. All trademarks identified by ®, TM, or SM are registered marks, trademarks, and service marks, respectively, of Avaya Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners ### Avaya Delivers the Future of UC with Avaya Equinox: Simple, Contextual, User Defined 2016-10-18T04:41:38Z avaya-delivers-the-future-of-uc-with-avaya-equinox-simple-contextual-user-defined Santa Clara, Calif. - Oct. 17, 2016 - Avaya today announced a new platform for business communications that fulfills the long-sought promise of unified communications (UC). Avaya Equinox delivers streamlined, mobile-first communications within the applications and browsers employees “live in” for their work. Customisable through the Avaya Breeze™ Client SDK by vertical industry or worker requirements, Avaya Equinox is supported on desktop or mobile devices, and available out-of-the box on the all-glass Avaya Vantage device. By consolidating various applications and interfaces into one experience, Avaya Equinox liberates employees and IT departments from disjointed communications that hinder productivity and increase stress. The multitude of real-time and non-real-time communications methods used by workers typically requires a disruptive two- to three-step process of leaving a business application to communicate. Read the blog: 1-Click Collaboration - A Promise Fulfilled While the vision of UC was to merge methods and simplify access, vendors today still struggle to fully merge all the communication application infrastructure and cloud-based services into a single platform that offers the simplified user experience of Avaya Equinox. Key elements of Avaya Equinox include: Mobile First Experience, Action Oriented Workflow for Immediate Response - Workers can quickly see all scheduled meetings, messaging updates, and communications history in one place and take immediate action with a single touch. Optimised to the device – mobile, tablet, desktop, browser and Avaya Vantage – the experience maintains mobile simplicity while embracing the benefits inherent in a wide range of devices. Skip the Download: Collaborate from a Browser - Avaya Equinox enables robust collaboration from within HTML5 browsers with no downloads or plugins needed thanks to WebRTC technology. This best-in-class browser experience with full collaboration capabilities eliminates migration challenges for organisations in the process of transitioning desktop business applications to the web and/or shifting applications to the cloud. Drive Performance and Differentiate with Smart Digital Solutions - Embed Avaya Equinox communication and collaboration capabilities within business processes or context, or into any business application to create and integrate unique solutions for vertical needs and competitive differentiation. Extend and accelerate smart digital solution creation with the single solution-wide Avaya Breeze™ Client SDK, workflow automation and Avaya Snapp Store ecosystem. Avaya Vantage runs Equinox right out of the box, but is also infinitely customisable through the Client SDK. Simply Access True Enterprise Class HD Video and Voice Anywhere, Anytime - Provides reliable, secure, high-quality HD voice and video for communication anywhere on any device, with easy, remote access including VPN-less connectivity. One number reach for all devices accelerates enterprise workflows and deployments; workers even can simultaneously use multiple devices. Message with Continuity and Always-On Effectiveness - Persistent, multimedia messaging for text, audio, video, images and files allows employees to access and send team messages in real time -- or anytime. A conversation initiated on the desktop in the morning can be picked back up on the mobile device at lunchtime, for example. Workers can even message those who are offline for more efficient team interaction. One click from the messaging function escalates the session to a call or conference. Reduce the Complexity and Expense of Multiple ‘UC’ Solutions - Avaya Equinox provides a single platform that supports all the different modes of conferencing. High scale audio conferencing, extensive web collaboration, rich multi-vendor HD video, even event streaming to 100,000 users in an all in one software solution. Users have one login and one easy solution to learn, and IT has one solution to support with one set of statistics, single provisioning, a smaller footprint with higher efficiency and lower costs. Avaya Equinox is generally available globally this calendar quarter, with the advance conferencing capability coming in the first quarter of 2017. The platform is sold on a per-user, suite licensing basis with subscription or perpetual pricing models, along with a traditional concurrent user pricing option for conferencing. Quotes “The vision for unified communications has always been a streamlined, user and IT-friendly experience that enables work to proceed without disruption. Integrating the wide variety of forms and methods of communication into a single flow has been an unmet challenge – until now. Avaya Equinox has conquered that challenge for the good of end users, IT departments and businesses worldwide, delivered by a company with the vision, focus and expertise to define the future of UC.” Gary E. Barnett, SVP and GM, Avaya Engagement Solutions “As North America’s first fully digital hospital, Humber River Hospital continually seeks to enhance patient care and provide positive outcomes. Enabling physicians, nurses and caregivers with real-time secure messaging and communication is one way we can move the needle in that direction. We’re excited to be live on the beta of Avaya Equinox as it seamlessly integrates with our tailored workflows, allowing us to revolutionise and transform healthcare.” Kevin Fernandes, Chief Technology Officer, Humber River Hospital “With Avaya Breeze, it’s easy to embed and orchestrate communication flows within Arrow’s Internet of Things software platform, Arrow Connect. Avaya Aura and Avaya Equinox enables us to create solutions that connect people together with context from IoT applications and drive higher business performance across a number of industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, Smart Cities and retail.” Dr. Jeff Reed, Chief Technology Officer, Arrow Electronics Systems Integration "The continuing dislocation of the workplace demands solutions that are inherently mobile, secure and accessible from virtually any device. Avaya Equinox delivers on this and more with a total communications solution that can be embedded in browsers and business applications. The Avaya Breeze Client SDK is not your everyday API – you have all the tools you need in a single solution that can be customised by vertical industry and workgroup needs, just what UC was intended to be." Rich Costello, senior research analyst for Unified Communications and Collaboration program, IDC Resources Infographic: 5 Ways to Get Work Done Faster About Avaya Avaya enables the mission critical, real-time communication applications of the world’s most important operations. As the global leader in delivering superior communications experiences, Avaya provides the most complete portfolio of software and services for contact center and unified communications with integrated, secure networking— offered on premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid. Today’s digital world requires some form of communications enablement, and no other company is better positioned to do this than Avaya. For more information, please visit www.avaya.com. Certain statements contained in this press release may be forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," "plan," "potential," "predict," "should" or "will" or other similar terminology. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While we believe these are reasonable, such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. These and other important factors may cause our actual results to differ materially from any future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. For a list and description of such risks and uncertainties, please refer to Avaya's filings with the SEC that are available at www.sec.gov. Avaya disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. All trademarks identified by ®, TM, or SM are registered marks, trademarks, and service marks, respectively, of Avaya Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners ### ESL & WarGaming announce World of Tanks Asia-Pacific Finals for the Wargaming.net League 2016-10-14T03:44:42Z esl-amp-wargaming-announce-world-of-tanks-asia-pacific-finals-for-the-wargaming-net-league The Wargaming.net League (WGL) Asia-Pacific (APAC) Season I 2016-2017 Finals will see the best 4 teams from the Gold Series battle it out in a live studio event held at the ESL Studios in Sydney, Australia on Saturday, October 22. With $50,000USD up for grabs as a first place prize, and $25,000USD for the runner up, the stakes are high. The top two placing teams from the finals will get the chance to compete against the world's best teams in the WGL Grand Finals and a share at an even larger prize pool. Both the 3rd and 4th place teams will go home with $12,500USD for their efforts, making for a total finals prize pool of $100,000USD. What is the WGL? In World of Tanks eSports, teams of 7 players jump into WWII-era, historically accurate tanks on-screen and fight it out in a simulated tank battle, until one team’s tanks are destroyed, or one team captures another’s base. These teams have been battling it out over an intense 10-week season, and the top four teams – B-Gaming, EL Gaming, Meltdown, and Team Efficiency – are flying over to Sydney to settle the score live, on-stage. Watch live or online The WGL APAC Season I 2016-2017 Finals are open for attendance. Any World of Tanks enthusiast is welcome to register on EventBrite and come down to the ESL Studio from 11:30am to join in and watch the first international esports league hosted in Australia come to a climax. The WGL APAC Season I 2016-2017 Finals will also be broadcast in English, Japanese, Mandarin and Korean on the official Twitch channels: EN: http://wgl.gg/watch JP: http://wgl.gg/WatchJP KR: http://wgl.gg/WatchKR ZH-TW: http://wgl.gg/watchTW Road to The Grand Finals The 1st and 2nd place teams from the the Wargaming.net League APAC Season I 2016-2017 finals will qualify for the Challengers’ Rumble, to face off against the top teams from the EU, NA, and CIS regions. The top 2 teams from the Challengers’ Rumble will go through to the Champions’ Rumble, where they will face off against The Grand Finals 2015 winners, Natus Vincere. The winner of the Champions’ Rumble will then qualify for The Grand Finals 2017. Finals Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsiwL2THh9E Aussie inventor leading his company to global growth 2016-10-12T22:00:00Z aussie-inventor-leading-his-company-to-global-growth Media Release October 2016 CEO, founder and inventor Rory Kennard, is leading his design-led company, Makinex, on a mission to roll out 20 world-first innovative products in 20 countries in the next 10 years, as they source new global distributors in Japan , USA, Europe and the Middle East. The innovative company, who already have offices in Sydney and Los Angeles has a big picture vision for its future and is focused on innovation, invention and disruption of the construction industry. Inspired by safety issues and doing things better, Rory Kennard, set out to create solutions for problems and challenges that tradies and contractors were having in their everyday roles in the sector. The team have invented over 13 products since its inception in 2004. Biggest sellers include the Powered Hand Truck, Makinex Dual Pressure Washer and Jack Hammer Trolley, but they also have designed and created generators, tile smasher heads, floor saws and floor strippers as part of their product portfolio. With the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy identifying the construction industry as a priority for work health and safety* and 35 construction employees seriously injured each day*, Makinex has made it their mission to make inefficiencies extinct. A recent launch of product, the Powered Hand Truck, has already seen the company win Safe Work Australia’s ‘Good Design’ Award earlier this year. The revolutionary machine, allows just one person to pick up small and bulky loads weighing up to 140kg (309lbs). As there is no need for a license, this makes the Powered Hand Truck ideal for lifting small bulky goods that would usually need more than one person or take up valuable forklift time. It has the potential to cut shoulder and back injuries from heavy lifting, creating a safer and efficient environment in the workplace. In Feb 2016 Makinex PHT won The Rental Award in the UK and immediately after this win had a PHT product video go viral prompting international interest in the product and business. On his businesses growth, Kennard says, “Makinex strives towards continuous improvement and making inefficiencies extinct in the workplace. We are constantly looking closely at the marketplace to find unique, innovative and practical product solutions that provide the construction and rental industries with a better way to do their jobs to save time, physical effort and money”. “It’s exciting times here as we begin to drive the business forward. Robotics are next on the list, with my team continuing to innovate and solve problems every day” “We believe that ‘good enough’ is never enough for our customers”, says Kennard. View the multi-award winning Powered Hand Truck here CEO, Rory Kennard and GGM, Paul Weaver with the existing Makinex range ENDS * http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/statistics/industry/pages/industry *http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/926/fatalities-in-construction.pdf For further information, hi-res photos & interviews please see below Dropbox link and contact: Sophie Chant | Rhetoric PR | 0434 104 502 | sophie@rhetoricpr.com.au Makinex Makinex is an award winning company which is set to disrupt the construction industry with their unique and innovatively designed products which provide a better way of getting the job done. The company has offices in Sydney and LA and their products are distributed and sold around the world and stocked in Home Depot in the US. Only JHT in Home depot With plans to expand the existing designed product range, growth in local and global markets and a commitment to ongoing research and development, Makinex is experiencing unprecedented growth, particularly in our own line of designed and manufactured products. List of products: Hose 2 Go Generator 16 kVA Powered Hand Truck -140 Makinex Jackhammer Trolley Tile Smasher Jackhammer Attachment Flippable Wide Chisel Jackhammer Attachment Makinex Dual Pressure Washer 4000psi Makinex Dual Pressure Washer 2500psi Makinex Floor Saw Makinex Floor Stripper Generator 10kVA Petrol Generator 9kVA Diesel Generator 6kVA Petrol http://www.makinex.com.au/ Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design goes to a Materials Handling device with a difference 2016-10-12T06:46:38Z safe-work-australia-s-award-for-good-design-goes-to-a-materials-handling-device-with-a-difference Creativity, innovation and design has come together, winning Makinex Construction Products’ Powered Hand Truck Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design last weekend. The revolutionary machine, the Powered Hand Truck, replaces the need for a forklift and has the potential to cut shoulder and back injuries in the workplace. The Makinex Powered Hand Truck is a universal materials handling solution that enables one person to safely lift and load small equipment or bulky goods weighing up to 140kg (309lbs). It provides a quick and easy alternative to using a forklift or tailgate loader for small loads. The inaugural Safe Work Australia Award for Good Design was selected from finalists across all categories in the 2016 Good Design Awards. Makinex were presented with their award as part of the 2016 Good Design Awards ceremony on 27 May 2016. Since using the Powered Hand Truck, Australian company Kennard’s Hire has seen a significant decrease in shoulder and back injuries. It has become an indispensible piece of equipment in Kennards Hire across Australia and New Zealand. “A focus on health and safety in design helps eliminate hazards and risks before they enter the workplace. Good work design can radically transform the workplace in ways that benefit the business, workers, clients and others in the supply chain.” said Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ms Michelle Baxter. “Makinex is about making inefficiencies extinct, where the name itself comes from this driving force. Makinex strives towards continuous improvement by looking close at it’s business to find unique, innovative and practical product solutions that provide the construction and rental industries with a better way to do their jobs to save time, physical effort and money”, says CEO Rory Kennard, who plays an instrumental part in the design and development of many of Makinex’s products. Makinex is an Australian owned private company that have been experts in the design, development and distribution of innovative products since 2004, providing solutions to the construction, landscaping, equipment hire, infrastructure and related industries. With plans to expand the existing designed product range, growth in local and global markets with offices in Los Angeles, and a global dealer network they have a commitment to ongoing research and development, Makinex is experiencing exponential growth, particularly in its own line of designed and manufactured products. “We believe that ‘good enough’ is never enough for our customers”, says Kennard. Watch the multi-award winning Powered Hand Truck here ENDS For further information, hi-res photos & interviews please see below Dropbox link and contact: Sophie Chant | Rhetoric PR | 0434 104 502 | sophie@rhetoricpr.com.au Makinex Makinex is an award winning company which is set to disrupt the construction industry with their unique and innovatively designed products which provide a better way of getting the job done. The company has offices in Sydney and LA and their products are distributed and sold around the world and stocked in Home Depot in the US. Only JHT in Home depot With plans to expand the existing designed product range, growth in local and global markets and a commitment to ongoing research and development, Makinex is experiencing unprecedented growth, particularly in our own line of designed and manufactured products. List of products: Hose 2 Go Generator 16 kVA Powered Hand Truck -140 Makinex Jackhammer Trolley Tile Smasher Jackhammer Attachment Flippable Wide Chisel Jackhammer Attachment Makinex Dual Pressure Washer 4000psi Makinex Dual Pressure Washer 2500psi Makinex Floor Saw Makinex Floor Stripper Generator 10kVA Petrol Generator 9kVA Diesel Generator 6kVA Petrol http://www.makinex.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. 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