The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-28T04:02:19Z 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/   Incredo Solutions Offers IT Services to Boost Business 2017-04-28T02:26:11Z incredo-solutions-offers-it-services-to-boost-business Incredo Solutions, the experts providing marketing, development and software solutions, is offering a host of IT services to help boost business. Certified IT technicians from Incredo Solutions are available to provide services such as web hosting, performance audits, network architecture, cloud hosting and on-call support for businesses across Australia.  Businesses can gain a lot through web hosting and support from Incredo Solutions. They have a range of flexible support packages which allows businesses to select a solution based on their needs, budget and hardware. Incredo’s packages are rich in features and add-ons, can be scaled to the growing needs of the business and is priced competitively too. Their dependable services and friendly tech-support team ensures that the client’s site is always up and running.  Incredo offers help with network architecture for businesses that have multiple computers. By connecting office computers through a local area network, the client can be assured of benefits such as storage of information, easier coordination and sharing of resources, a shared printer and centralised internet security among others. Incredo’s team members are available to give advice on the best practices for the clients’ business.  Those businesses that are struggling to find out what is wrong with their website or wondering how to make their site work better can benefit from a site performance audit. Incredo’s trained personnel are equipped to perform an audit for the client through industry benchmarking, conducting a thorough investigation, interpreting the data and presenting usable suggestions to isolate the problem and achieve goals of the business.  Companies with teams across various geographic locations can take advantage of the cloud hosting services of Incredo Solutions. This service gives them the advantages of hosting their website on a virtual server that is accessible online. This also gives the company the bonus of seamlessly storing and editing information while coordinating on tasks and communicating with team members around the world.  Incredo Solutions’ IT services team is available for on-call support at any hour day or night. The team is well equipped to serve their clients through technological solutions that match their needs. No matter what the size and nature of the client’s business operation, Incredo’s specialised suite of services is designed to meet their specific needs to give them the competitive edge over others.  Incredo Solutions’ can be approached for their expertise in strategy and planning, creative services, development, content and video, digital marketing and performance besides IT services. The Incredo team can be contacted by calling 1300 356 750 or sending an email to hello@incredo.com.   To know more about the IT services offered by Incredo Solutions: https://incredo.solutions/it-services/ 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.     Sale of EnviroSuite’s Consulting Practice 2017-04-27T08:15:36Z sale-of-envirosuite-s-consulting-practice EnviroSuite Limited (ASX: EVS) (EnviroSuite or the Company) today announced that it has entered into a binding agreement to sell its entire Pacific Environment Consulting practice, including DLA, (together PEC) to the world’s leading environmental and sustainability consulting group, Environmental Resources Management (ERM) for A$15 million (the Transaction). The Transaction is being conducted via a sale of the shares in EnviroSuite’s three PEC subsidiaries. On completion of the Transaction, EnviroSuite will enter into a Cooperation Agreement with ERM pursuant to which the two companies will, amongst other things, collaborate to bring a combination of EnviroSuite’s award-winning SaaS platform and ERM’s global consulting capabilities to clients across the world. All PEC staff will transfer to ERM when it acquires the three PEC subsidiaries.  The continuing EnviroSuite team will focus exclusively on the global expansion of EnviroSuite’s software service and ongoing feature development. The sale is subject to the satisfaction (or waiver) of various conditions, including: •      there being no material adverse change affecting PEC before completion; and •      other customary completion conditions, including landlord and key customer consents. Completion of the Transaction is anticipated to occur in late May to early June 2017.  The purchase price of $15m will be paid in cash on completion and will be subject to agreed adjustments for net debt and working capital.  EnviroSuite has agreed with ERM that it will apply $500,000 of the purchase price towards incentivising current and future leaders of PEC. Following the transaction, EnviroSuite will have a cost base that reflects a SaaS business with a focused technology team and a global sales outlook.  A detailed expense line review is currently being undertaken to ensure that the cost base remains as efficient as possible.EnviroSuite SaaS Focus The sale of PEC is a natural extension of EnviroSuite’s strategy to become the world’s leading provider of SaaS monitoring and operations management services for environmental management solutions. Funds from the sale of PEC will enable the Company to further invest in sales, marketing and ongoing development of the features of the EnviroSuite software platform, to maintain its market leadership and to continue to attract highly skilled individuals and partners.  The timing of the settlement of the sale will support the recent establishment and growth of the sales and marketing teams in the USA and Europe and will add to the current sales momentum in those geographies together with Australasia. With a rapidly growing pipeline, new sales partners and recent sales in Spain, UK, USA and Mexico across a range of industry sectors and government the Company is well placed to make this transition.  ERM has an established internal structure to identify and incorporate external technologies and services into its consulting projects. This paves the way for the development of a strong working relationship with EnviroSuite. ERM has already identified a number of current project opportunities in which it intends to involve EnviroSuite’s services. Robin Ormerod, Managing Director, EnviroSuite, said, “We are thrilled to announce this transformational deal with ERM. Our market-leading consulting business becomes a valued part of a highly respected global group, offering exciting career opportunities for the team. For EnviroSuite, working with the global leader in environmental management is an exceptional distribution opportunity and one that we expect will be a game changer for our business globally.”ERM’s Chief Executive Officer, Keryn James, said, “like ERM, EnviroSuite and its Pacific Environment consulting practice has a very strong reputation for professional excellence and client service. We have pursued this acquisition with great enthusiasm and we are confident that it will provide an opportunity to expand our respective offerings to existing clients, as well as a stronger capability and track record for us to pursue new clients in key markets together.”About ERM Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting services and sustainability related services. Through more than 160 offices in over 40 countries and territories employing more than 4,500 people, ERM is committed to providing a service that is consistent, professional and of the highest quality to create value for its clients. Over the past three years, ERM has worked for more than 50 per cent of the Global Fortune 500 companies, delivering innovative solutions for business and selected government clients, helping them understand and manage the sustainability challenges that the world is increasingly facing.About EnviroSuite EnviroSuite Limited (ASX:EVS), is a global provider of monitoring and operational management services through its leading software as a service platform. The EnviroSuite platform presents a range of monitoring, management and reporting capabilities that are incorporated into a diverse array of operations from water treatment to large scale construction, open cut mines, food processing, port operations, environmental regulation and other industry uses. The leading edge software platform complements and facilitates the pace of technology adoption by industry and the growing expectations of communities the world over that hold environmental quality as key pillars to human health and wellbeing. EnviroSuite offers a stand-alone software service through to a comprehensive platform to assist companies with their environmental monitoring, management and reporting requirements.  The EnviroSuite technology was developed, and continues to be driven and supported by some of the world’s best minds in environmental monitoring and management. EnviroSuite is receiving increasing global recognition for its innovative platform that is quickly working its way into the everyday operations of industry.ENDS 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. 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 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 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   RED EDUCATION BECOMES A SYMANTEC ATP 2017-04-26T23:17:29Z red-education-becomes-a-symantec-atp Red Education has the ability to deliver the full Symantec course portfolio in its enterprise security range of solutions. This will be rolled out to every major city in Asia Pacific with a regular class schedule, plus the ability to tailor to any customer requirement for on-site or private classes. Rob Howard, Managing Director at Red Education said, “Cyber security is top of mind for every enterprise, Government agency and cloud provider, with the Asia Pacific region seeing astonishingly high levels of attacks in every region. Symantec’s enterprise security portfolio assists organisations all across the region thwart these attacks, and Red Education is ready to empower the human element of managing these systems to minimise the ever-present risks.” Rob also noted, “We’ll be providing training on the full Symantec range, complementing what we have done for almost ten years with Blue Coat, and we’re excited to be on board with Symantec as an Authorised Training Partner. Red Education is fast becoming the go-to choice for enterprise cyber security skills and knowledge.” Sarah Grace, Senior Manager, Symantec Education Services, said, “After a thorough review of the providers in the region, Symantec is delighted to appoint Red Education as the Authorised Training Partner for Asia Pacific. Red Education has extensive experience providing a wide range of certified training in cyber security, and has Symantec certified training capability ready to offer its customers the full Symantec course portfolio today.” For full course details and upcoming Symantec course schedules, visit outlines section on Red Education’s website. About Symantec Symantec is a global leader in providing security, information management solutions to help their customers – from consumers and small businesses to the largest global organizations – secure and manage their information against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently than any other company. The company’s unique focus is to eliminate risks to information, technology and processes independent of the device, platform, interaction or location. About Red Education Red Education is Asia Pacific’s leading IT training centre, providing IT training and certification across all countries in the region. This includes Australia, New Zealand, ASEAN, Greater China, Japan, Korea and India. Red Education provides vendor-accredited training either in a classroom setting, as a virtual delivery, or on-site at clients’ locations. Since its inception in 2005, Red Education has delivered over 25,000 training seats to every major enterprise, Government agency and service provider in the region. Important factors to be taken into consideration when buying an LED ceiling fan! 2017-04-26T05:25:13Z important-factors-to-be-taken-into-consideration-when-buying-an-led-ceiling-fan There is no doubt about it that the ceiling fans are extremely practical and beautiful and this is the main reason that why they add value to your room. The fact that the ceiling fans are used to lower down the temperature of a warm room makes them efficient in reducing the energy bills. These days ceiling fans are coming with an option of lighting which is making them famous as well as a prime choice among the customers so as to be used as an appropriate lighting fixture. The market of ceiling fan is huge, with the LED ceiling fans being manufactured and supplied in innumerable colors, styles, finishes, motors, configurations and much more. With so many options, how can a customer make an ideal choice? There are many essential qualities that should be possessed by each and every ceiling fan. One of the most important of these qualities is the steady operation and quiet performance of the fan. There are several other major factors that should be considered before purchasing an LED ceiling fan. There are several other important factors that you should consider before purchasing a ceiling fan. Some of the important factors are listed below- 1.    Brand reputation- With ceiling fans, brand reputation holds a lot of importance. It is worth going in for a company of fans which is offering warranty on the fan’s motor and stands behind the fans. A cheap quality fan has noisier and weaker motor, and no prudent customer wants that. You definitely want to purchase a fan whose motor works for many years and gives no problem at all. 2.    Controls- Most of the fans come with many control options, for instance remote control or pull chain. What sort of control features you are looking forward at? Are you looking for multiple speeds and settings? Do you want the light to be dimmer or shine brightly? All these factors will not only determine the price of the fan but also help in determining that how well it is installed. 3.    Blades- Blades are a very important factor in determining that how well a fan will perform. The important blade factors include the number of blades, their respective length as well as size. Usually, more the number of blades, more is the price of the fan. The number of blades chosen does not depend on the performance and strength of the fan, it is the personal choice of the customer. Further, blade material and color should also be taken in to consideration. 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. For more information, visit www.gartner.com. Ooyala Taps Into Adobe Experience Cloud To Progress The Digital TV Transformation 2017-04-26T00:05:05Z ooyala-taps-into-adobe-experience-cloud-to-progress-the-digital-tv-transformation Ooyala, a global provider of video monetisation technology and services, today announced a new partnership with Adobe that combines Ooyala’s Integrated Video Platform (IVP) solutions with the Adobe Experience Cloud.  Premium media and entertainment companies will be able to build best-of-breed digital TV and OTT solutions for greater engagement, measurement and recognise greater returns with video. With Adobe’s TV-delivery and monetisation technologies, premium content providers benefit from the same reliable scale and device reach achieved in some of the largest live events to-date, including Superbowl LI, international Olympic coverage and the FIFA 2014 World Cup. The new partnership allows customers to also use Ooyala’s complete set of IVP solutions, building collective insights across video production, distribution and advertising processes, which are trusted by companies such as Sky, Media Prima and Star India.   Ten of the ten largest media companies rely on technologies within Adobe Experience Cloud to deliver, measure and monetise video content across any screen. Even more brands and media companies can benefit from Ooyala's IVP products and Adobe Primetime's playback and ad insertion technologies, giving them a way to deliver great video experiences and drive more value from their content.   Through this partnership, customers can reduce their total cost-of-ownership, not requiring further custom engineering and development costs. With highly reliable delivery, measurement and insights for greater engagement, Ooyala customers can see scalable results. Broadcasters and publishers can more effectively grow and monetise their global audiences, major brands can increase brand loyalty, and sports teams and leagues can drive higher fan engagement.   “Video is unquestionably the crux of the digital transformation for the global media and entertainment market,” said Adobe’s Media and Entertainment Head of Business Development, Kevin Towes. “As Ooyala leverages Adobe technology, we can help media companies achieve their transformation faster, with greater video monetisation, engagement and measurement.”   “Modern media companies with large audiences and real skin in the game need better insights and technologies to recognise greater return on their video business,” said Ooyala Co-founder and SVP of Products and Solutions, Belsasar Lepe. “Pairing our IVP solutions with Adobe gives even more insight into analytics and measurement, building common data sets across every function of video all with a single goal -- to grow your business.”   About Ooyala: A US-based subsidiary of global telecommunications and IT services company Telstra, Ooyala is a global provider of video monetisation technology and services. Providing a set of Integrated Video Platform solutions, Ooyala’s comprehensive suite of offerings includes one of the world's largest premium video platforms, a leading ad serving and programmatic platform and media logistics solution that improves video production workflows. Built with superior analytics capabilities for advanced business intelligence, Ooyala's solutions help broadcasters, operators, media and production companies get content to market faster, build more engaging and personalised experiences across every screen, and maximise return for any video business. Vudu, Star India, Sky Sports (U.K.), ITV Studios (U.K.), RTL Group (Germany), M6 (France), TV4 (Sweden), Mediaset (Spain), America Television (Peru), and Media Prima (Malaysia): these are just a few of the hundreds of broadcasters and media companies who choose Ooyala. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Ooyala has offices in Chennai, Cologne, Dallas, Guadalajara, London, Madrid, New York, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, and sales operations in many other countries across the globe. For more information, visit: http://www.ooyala.com  ENDS ISACA Launches Real-time, Real-world Cyber Security Training Platform and Assessment Tool 2017-04-19T11:22:17Z isaca-launches-real-time-real-world-cyber-security-training-platform-and-assessment-tool Sydney, Australia (19 April 2017) – ISACA is changing how cyber security training is delivered with the latest additions to its Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) portfolio of resources—the CSX Training Platform and Assessment Tool. The CSX Training Platform offers learners an easily accessible, constantly updated education environment that gives administrators clear insights into employee performance so organisations can ensure that they hire and retain the best talent on the front lines of cyber security defenses. The on-demand, performance-based training and assessment tool, conducted in live environments using real-world threat scenarios, is the first of its kind. Historically, organisations have had to rely on training mechanisms that are costly, inaccessible and quickly out-of-date due to the ever-changing threat environment. According to a recent ISACA survey, 52 per cent of respondents said they believe traditional cyber security training options leave staff only moderately to not-at-all prepared. With the growing skills gap, cyber security team leaders are looking to formally diagnose specific areas where they need to bolster skills, according to 62% of respondents. Real-time Skills Assessment The CSX Training Platform addresses those pain points with the first-of-its kind cloud-hosted assessment feature, which lets HR professionals evaluate the hands-on skills of cyber security job candidates and enables cyber security team leaders to assess the skills of their current staff. The CSX Assessment Tool gives hiring managers a critical resource when it comes to evaluating candidates and ultimately filling positions. Human resource departments and supervisors can use the tool to determine if applicants, or current employees, have the necessary hands-on skills for positions or promotions. Candidates respond to real-world threats in a live lab environment, and HR professionals will receive an immediate assessment of their skills, giving them a clear picture of what the candidate can and can’t do. “With its hands-on approach to cyber defense, the CSX Training Platform is an important learning solution for enterprises that want their front-line IT teams to be cyber-hardened, cyber-prepared and cyber-tested,” said Christos Dimitriadis, ISACA board chair and group director of information security at INTRALOT, “The ability to test and build skills will help enterprises address the significant skills gap problem they’re facing.” Performance-Based Training in a Live Network Environment The CSX Training Platform currently includes up to 100 hours of performance-based learning, divided among beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. It also features virtual versions of ISACA’s three CSX Practitioner courses, the CSX Practitioner Bootcamp, and the Cybersecurity Fundamentals course. The CSX Labs and courses will be updated continuously, and new ones will be added in response to evolving needs of cyber security teams and the threat landscape. “We consistently hear from CISOs around the world that cost and accessibility are significant barriers to getting their employees the hands-on training they need to be effective and advance their capabilities,” said Matt Loeb, ISACA CEO. “As part of our mission to narrow the skills gap and help enterprises develop their cyber workforce, ISACA developed the CSX Training Platform as an affordable solution that gives cyber security professionals complex scenarios to handle and live incidents to detect and mitigate.” The CSX Training Platform isn’t built as a one-size-fits-all for learners. With modules for all levels of practitioners, learners can be sure they are receiving flexible training that is appropriate for their skill level and helps them advance their capabilities in the areas that are most relevant to their work. Enterprises of all sizes can choose to have full access or modify the options to fit their needs. Additionally, with its cloud-based model, training can be accessed by employees on demand and without the expense of travel. Organisations are no longer forced to pull their IT staff away from their job to participate in off-site training. “Each organisation faces a unique set of threats, and the CSX Training Platform is designed to address those threats and test related skills. Our experts will constantly add to the platform, so we are able to build a training curriculum that supports the immediate and future needs of cyber security teams,” said Frank Schettini, Chief Innovation Officer for ISACA. “A cybercriminal builds an attack based on his or her domain of expertise. So why wouldn’t organisations enable security professionals to build defenses the same way?” Why Today? Though cyber security threats are growing in number and complexity, the professionals on the front lines of defense are not keeping pace, according to ISACA’s State of Cyber Security 2017 report. Hiring managers are having a hard time finding the right talent, citing issues such as: Nearly 1 in 3 organisations say it takes six months or more to fill open cyber security positions 37% of organisations say fewer than 1 in 4 candidates are qualified 1 in 5 organisations gets fewer than five applicants for open cyber security positions Additionally, cyber security leaders have a critical need to build the skills of their existing staff. The same survey found that fewer than half are confident in their team’s skills to detect and respond to complex cyber incidents. The CSX Training Platform is currently available for enterprise use. An individual version will be available later in 2017. For more information, visit www.isaca.org/CSXCyberTrainingPlatform. About ISACA ISACA® (isaca.org) helps professionals around the globe realise the positive potential of technology in an evolving digital world. By offering industry-leading knowledge, standards, credentialing and education, ISACA enables professionals to apply technology in ways that instill confidence, address threats, drive innovation and create positive momentum for their organisations. Established in 1969, ISACA is a global association serving more than 500,000 engaged professionals in 188 countries. ISACA is the creator of the COBIT® framework, which helps organisations effectively govern and manage their information and technology. Through its Cybersecurity Nexus™ (CSX), ISACA helps organisations develop skilled cyber workforces and enables individuals to grow and advance their cyber careers. Twitter: https://twitter.com/ISACANews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/isaca Facebook: www.facebook.com/ISACAHQ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/isacanews/ Contacts: Julie Fenwick, 0468 901 655, jfenwick@iconinternational.com.au Big Switch Networks extends support for vSphere Integrated Containers with SDN-based Big Cloud Fabric 2017-04-19T00:00:00Z big-switch-networks-extends-support-for-vsphere-integrated-containers-with-sdn-based-big-cloud-fabric Austin, TX -- DockerCon -- April 18, 2017 -- Big Switch Networks®, The Next-Generation Data Centre Networking Company, today announced it has extended Big Cloud Fabric™ (BCF) container networking support to vSphere Integrated Containers. Earlier this year, Big Switch announced multi-container networking support for Mesosphere DC/OS and Kubernetes container orchestration platforms, including Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform with Big Cloud Fabric.   As the demand for container technology accelerates in enterprise and service provider data centres, a next-generation networking architecture is required to keep up with the rapid lifecycle of container instantiation, elasticity and retirement. BCF leverages software-defined networking (SDN) to provide one big “logical switch” governed by a centralised controller. This solution delivers simplified network operations, visibility and telemetry of containers and their hosts, and network automation for rapid application and micro-services deployment.   "Integrating containers with VMware vSphere provides the best of both worlds for production IT deployments, the agility and portability of containers along with proven security and operations-friendly workflows," said Prashant Gandhi, Chief Product Officer, Big Switch Networks. "When Big Cloud Fabric is deployed as the physical network in this environment, customers can operate the network at the speed of containers due to BCF’s built-in automation and zero-touch operations, while gaining enhanced container-level visibility and rapid container-to-container troubleshooting across the fabric."   With vSphere Integrated Containers, organisations can leverage existing infrastructure to run containerised apps along with traditional applications on the same infrastructure, as well as tools, policies and processes to manage containerised applications in production. With BCF, customers can achieve the same operational benefits for their networking infrastructure hosting a mix of both traditional VM and containerised workloads. In container environments, the BCF controller enables physical network automation as well as deeper visibility of container-to-container traffic across the network, via integration with vSphere Integrated Containers.   Big Cloud Fabric is the optimal networking fabric for multiple VMware solutions via a single point of integration for the entire fabric. In VMware environments, BCF connects with the VMware vCenter® API to provide physical network automation and end-to-end network visibility for VMware vSphere®. The Big Cloud Fabric controller directly integrates into VMware vCenter™ to simplify and automate application deployments on its physical SDN fabric and physical networks. The following aspects of the network are automated, requiring zero intervention from VM or network admin: Automatic ESXi host connectivity with fabric using LAG/MLAG Automatic Layer 2 network configuration Automatic network policy migration for vMotion The integrated VMware visibility provided by Big Cloud Fabric enables network and virtualisation administrators to rapidly resolve cross-domain issues, while vSphere Integrated Containers provide critical enterprise container infrastructure to help IT Ops run both traditional and containerised applications side-by-side on a common platform. With vSphere Integrated Containers, IT teams can avoid expensive and time-consuming re-architecture of infrastructure that results in silos. When coupled with BCF, the same physical infrastructure can be logically provisioned to be orchestrated under different VMware environments for different workloads, including vSphere, vSphere + NSX, vSphere + vSAN, VMware Integrated OpenStack, and now vSphere Integrated Containers. The networking infrastructure can be scaled-out on demand and newer workload types can be added dynamically.   The scale-out architecture of BCF accommodates future-growth in east-west traffic, caused by an increase in deployment of micro-services. Benefits of running vSphere Integrated Containers on top of Big Cloud Fabric include: Automated provisioning of physical network in tandem with virtual networking used by vSphere Integrated Containers Network admin visibility into container workload VMs, Virtual Container Host (VCH) infrastructure VMs, resource pools and vApps Container-container fabric tracing for both network and vSphere admins Analytics of VIC events for network admin for historical replay Support for multi-tenant environments with vSphere Integrated Containers and Big Cloud Fabric Seamless interoperability with Docker tools that are used to deploy VMware Integrated Containers. Supporting containers in their virtualised environments provides a number of benefits: IT teams get the security, isolation and management of VMs, while developers enjoy the speed and agility of containers - all within vSphere. vSphere Integrated Containers are run as VMs to leverage vSphere’s core capabilities: security, networking and resource management for a production environment. BCF as the physical network infrastructure brings the same automation and visibility benefits for the container VMs as for the traditional VMs by leveraging the integration of BCF with vSphere.  About Big Switch Networks Big Switch Networks is the Next-Generation Data Centre Networking Company. We disrupt the status quo of networking by designing intelligent, automated and flexible networks for our customers around the world. We do so by leveraging the principles of software-defined networking (SDN), coupled with a choice of industry-standard hardware. Big Switch Networks has two solutions: Big Monitoring Fabric, a Next-Generation Network Packet Broker, which enables pervasive security and monitoring of data centre and cloud traffic for inline or out-of-band deployments and Big Cloud Fabric, the industry's first Next-Generation switching fabric that allows for choice of switching hardware for OpenStack, VMware, Container and Big Data use cases. Big Switch Networks is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, with offices located in Tokyo, Sydney, London and Istanbul. For additional information, email info@bigswitch.com, follow @bigswitch, or visit www.bigswitch.com.   Big Switch Networks, Big Cloud Fabric, Big Monitoring Fabric, BigSecure, Big Chain, Switch Light OS, and Switch Light VX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Big Switch Networks, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered marks, or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners.  Media contacts Espresso Communications for Big Switch Networks Biana Chamlet/Amy Rathbonebigswitch@espressocomms.com.au Ph. +61 2 8016 2200 AIIA responds to Government announcement on abolishing 457 visas 2017-04-18T08:01:05Z aiia-responds-to-government-announcement-on-abolishing-457-visas-1 Canberra, Australia – 18 April 2017 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak member body for the ICT industry, has issued the following statement in relation to the Government’s announcement to abolish the 457 visas that bring temporary foreign workers into the country: “There is an urgent need to fill critical shortages now in jobs demanding cyber security, cloud and data and analytics related skills,” said Rob Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive Officer of the AIIA. “The AIIA is working with members, universities and government to address the skills gap and improve graduate outcomes to increase the number of locally qualified and trained ICT workers. In the meantime, many of our member companies rely on the flow of skilled 457 visa migrants to meet short term demands. “ICT is Australia’s fastest growing sector – growing at a rate of 2 per cent compared to 1.4 per cent per annum growth for the workforce as a whole – yet we are still losing skilled workers to a globally competitive market. “While industry wasn't consulted prior to this announcement, we encourage the Government to work with us on the details for the new policy.” # # # 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 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contacts For more information please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au Joanna Stevens Kramer Tel: 0408 466 410 joanna@filteredmedia.com.au Dell Boomi Partners with CRM Online to Automate Data Integration for Field Services Firms 2017-04-18T00:37:33Z dell-boomi-partners-with-crm-online-to-automate-data-integration-for-field-services-firms Sydney, Australia – Apr. 18, 2017 – Leading cloud-based integration platform provider, Dell Boomi, has partnered with Australian field service software provider, CRM Online, to provide local enterprises and mid-market organisations with a simple integration solution for critical business systems and applications. As part of the agreement, CRM Online will combine Boomi’s integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) with its Fieldmagic field service solution. This will provide to joint customers a simple means of integrating field services data – such as customer information, invoicing, purchase orders and payment data – with their on-premises and cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. “A major challenge with implementing field services software is integration into accounting or ERP platforms – particularly for larger on-premises deployments,” said Glenn Richmond, Founder and CEO, CRM Online. “Without a dedicated integration solution, field services organisations rely on manual processes which give way to human error, duplication, and risk to data integrity. Boomi enhances our Fieldmagic solution by providing a drag-and-drop, cloud-based mechanism that enables automated enterprise integration with a wide range of best-of-breed systems.” Unlike competing platforms that often require complex on-premises software installations even prior to designing integrations, Boomi’s architecture provides out-of-the-box connectors for major ERP solutions, and allows organisations to scale based on their unique business requirements. Dell Boomi significantly accelerates delivery, increases the robustness and lowers cost of implementation of any ERP integration with Fieldmagic. “The combination of CRM Online’s Fieldmagic and our iPaaS solution provides joint customers with a ‘quick and easy’ yet comprehensive way to centralise critical systems and applications,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan, Dell Boomi. “This means organisations can use the best-of-breed technologies they want while also ensuring the wider business is properly aligned. This is particularly important for large and diverse organisations which don’t want to be held hostage by inflexible and rigid environments.” About Fieldmagic Fieldmagic is a leading field services platform that combines the flexibility of CRM with quoting, job management, scheduling, maintenance and asset management to provide a leading end to end solution for field service organisations. Visit http://www.fieldmagic.co for more information. About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, accelerates business agility by integrating the information organizations need whenever and however they need it. The Boomi integration platform dramatically transforms the way organizations connect, create, manage and govern all their applications and data. As a result, more than 5,300 organizations of all sizes use the Boomi platform to run smarter, faster, and better. Boomi also helps customers drastically reduce implementation times and offers substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM, API management and workflow automation solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © 2017 Boomi Inc. Dell and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.