The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-01-17T03:44:55Z Impression DJs and Orso celebrate prestigious ABIA 2016 wins 2017-01-17T03:44:55Z impression-djs-and-orso-celebrate-prestigious-abia-2016-wins Keeping your baKeeping your baby in their slee . Sydney, Australia, 17th January 2017, The Australian Bridal Industry Academy hosted the 20th New South Wales Annual Bridal Industry Awards at the exquisite Dockside Cockle Bay on the 6th of December. The awards determine the best wedding crews in New South Wales. A total of 37 categories were acknowledged for the contribution, which they make to the wedding industry. A grand total of 6,416 New South Wales couples selected 423 nominees, 290 finalists and 37 winners. Representing location venues, camera people, beauty stylists, fashion designers, musicians and entertainers, transport, jewellery, set designers and stylists, food and catering, hire and special services for what was a spectacular showcase of New South Wales’ Best V.O.W.S. (Vendors Of Wedding Services). Impressions DJs won the Disc Jockey award at the prestigious event. They ranked in 99.91% out of all the finalists. Impression DJs also placed as a finalist in the Master of Ceremonies category. Impression DJs has won prominent awards in the Disc Jockey category a total of nine times! Trent Cooper, Director, Impression DJs states: “We are thrilled to be recognised for our “best in the industry” services by ABIA. We are grateful to our past brides and grooms who helped us to win this prestigious award. We strive to offer the very best service and to be awarded a 99.91% satisfaction rating is a true reflection of the dedication of all of our staff and DJs.” Orso Bayside Reception won the award for best reception venue with ranking of 99.72%. They also acquired the award for best function coordinator at a ranking of 99.76%. Orso has been involved with ABIA for 3 years. Orso has previously won Best Venue in NSW. Amy Stagnitta, Sales Manager, Orso, says: “We are so humbled to have won these very prestigious awards. We are grateful to be nominated by our past brides and grooms. We are so blessed to have the dedicated staff we do who have been with us since the beginning.” “Julie and I are privileged to be in this business, we aim to make our weddings extremely personalised and unique and strive for perfection each time.” Both businesses are proudly local Northern Beaches and Mosman businesses. The Chairman of ABIA, Mr John O’ Meara congratulated Impression DJs and Orso as winners of the Australian Bridal Industry Academy Award. Mr O’ Meara went onto say that it was businesses like Impression DJs and Orso which enhanced and enriched the industry, through their tireless pursuit of excellence in Designing the Dream for each and every one of their unique wedding couples. On behalf of all the New South Wales couples who tied the knot over 2015/2016, we say thank you Impression DJs and Orso for the passion, pride and professionalism which you bring to the wedding industry and the assistance, advice and support which you bestow upon the future brides and grooms of New South Wales. -ENDS- If you would like to request photos or interviews, please contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com About Impression DJs: Winner of the ABIA (Australian Bridal Industry Academy) award for a total of 9 years. Impression DJs is the only DJ Company in NSW inducted into the ABIA Hall of Fame. Awarded numerous Wedding Certificates as the best supplier at their wedding by brides in NSW .Rated as the preferred company by many premium function venues. - Highly experienced professionals providing a personal service at your wedding and behind the scenes. Our DJ's have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the wedding industry, many having upwards of 10 years providing entertainment at weddings. Our DJs dress in accordance with the dress code on the invitations. http://www.impressiondjs.com.au/ About Orso: Orso is superbly positioned on Sydney’s Middle Harbour adjacent to the Spit Bridge in Mosman. It is modern elegantly appointed and has a spectacular marine panorama of Middle Harbour scenery, sailing boats, pleasure craft and cruisers. Orso boasts an abundance of natural light through clear floor-to-ceiling glass expanses and can cater for functions of up to 250 guests. Orso is an absolute waterfront, it has its own beach, jetty and deck, and a resident family of photogenic pelicans can be seen paddling outside at most times.In keeping with its origins as a boatshed, guests can arrive by boat and tie up at Orso’s private jetty, or utilize ample car parking on either side of Spit Road. Our rectangle tables allows a flexible number of guests per table who can enjoy intimate conversation whilst not missing out on our spectacular water view overlooking middle harbour. http://www.orso.com.au/ utine is just about one of the most important things you do as a parent of a young baby. CoziGo helps you achieve this allowing you to maintain your lifestyle and still get out and about with your baby on board. This cosy sleep cover is universal to all prams and strollers and fits on airline bassinets too. CoziGo can be used every day from birth to toddlerhood. We’ve got your baby covered for flying, airport Keeping your baby in their sleep routine is just about one of the most important things you do as a parent of a young baby. CoziGo helps you achieve this allowing you to maintain your lifestyle and still get out and about with your baby on board. This cosy sleep cover is universal to all prams and strollers and fits on airline bassinets too. 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It is the perfect opportunity to discover the founders of promising startups while networking with fellow investors and entrepreneurs around some wine, beer and authentic French crepes by Chez la Chaz’ after short and sharp presentations.   Organised by Australiance & Wombat Capital, the three successful previous editions of Startup&Angels allowed 18 companies to be introduced to more than 200 attendees and discovered by thousands of people through its online and offline networks.   The next edition will gather 6 speakers coming to introduce their startups or give some insightful advice about how to develop successful businesses in Australia. Speakers include Olga Oleinikova, CEO & Co- Founder of Persollo, offering an Instant check-out & conversion optimization platform ; Paul Bennetts, Founder & CEO of Spaceship, disrupting the superannuations and backed by Mike Cannon-Brookes from Atlassian,  ; Erika Wielopolska, CEO & Co-founder of WePlanr, disrupting the wedding planning industry ; Enguerrand Vidor, CEO & Founder of Leezair, an AirBnb for activities ; Ewan Le Bouris, Founder and CEO of SafeMate and Barrett Nash and Peter Kariuki founders of SafeMotos, pitching live directly from Kigali in Rwanda about their startup offering a similar service to Uber in Rwanda but for moto taxis.   After the inspiring talks, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy wine, beers and authentic French crepes and discuss with the founders. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a future entrepreneur or a private investor, join the event where startups meet angels in a relaxed atmosphere in WeWork Pyrmont (Sydney CBD). Early bird tickets are now available for the event, on www.startupandangels.com If you want to learn more about the event, check out the official website on startupandangels.com and discover the backstage of the previous edition on australiance.com/startup-angels. Kordia Solutions Australia Sees Significant Business Benefits from Dell Boomi Cloud-Based Integration 2017-01-17T00:00:00Z kordia-solutions-australia-sees-significant-business-benefits-from-dell-boomi-cloud-based-integration Sydney, Australia – Jan. 17, 2017 – Dell Boomi has announced that Kordia Solutions Australia has transformed its internal processes and customer services delivery capabilities using Boomi’s AtomSphere integration platform as a service (iPaaS). The alignment of data across key ERP and warehouse platforms has resulted in significant cost savings for the business. Kordia is a communications, cyber security, broadcast and infrastructure services provider which operates in both Australia and New Zealand. Following a period of significant business expansion – and with renewed focus on providing innovative digital customer service solutions – Kordia Solutions Australia recognised its former business processes were not operating to optimum performance levels. Previously, Kordia Solutions Australia’s core platform which is responsible for finances, warehouse management and customer interactions was not connected with the wider ecosystem, and therefore unable to transfer data in real-time – this meant there was potential for misalignment of records. As part of a comprehensive digital business transformation to create seamless data flow throughout the organisation, Kordia Solutions Australia identified the need for effective integration that would allow in-house applications, SAP and cloud-based applications to share data and create visibility for all employees and end users. In doing so, Kordia was able to reduce the cost of data reconciliation under its former processes. Kordia Solutions Australia selected Boomi for its powerful and scalable cloud-based integration capabilities, as well as the simplicity of the platform. Alternative platforms were developer-focused and required the deployment of additional resources which would generate additional costs. “With a new digital customer strategy in place, we implemented Boomi to help provide the ‘software glue’ between our network and applications to manage secure access to, and exchange of, information amongst our staff and customers located throughout Australia,” said Mark O’Dwyer, General Manager IT, Kordia Solutions Australia. “Boomi has delivered direct and measurable benefits; we now have peace of mind in knowing our data is up to date and accurate across integrated systems, allowing us to connect with customers and partners, improving time-to-value externally.” “Boomi was attractive because there was no requirement to hire and engage developers, and no dedicated resources were needed to complete the implementation. Training existing staff to use Boomi was simple because the platform is configurable through visual design and inbuilt connectors, making it significantly easier to understand,” said O’Dwyer. Kordia implemented Boomi AtomSphere with support from Boomi partner and integration specialist, WDCi Group, which was engaged from the start of the project to aid the design and deployment process. WDCi ensured the roll-out was simple due to its expertise in integrating to SAP and experience with web services, file and database application vendors. “Lacking complete visibility across an organisation’s in-house applications can result in significant unexpected costs, particularly for companies that manage large stock levels,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan, Dell Boomi. “By integrating systems via Boomi AtomSphere, Kordia Solutions Australia has streamlined its environment to ensure that data is effectively synchronised and readily available so that employees can provide services to their customers without delay while costs are kept down.” About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi delivers the first and only multi-purpose PaaS for AtomSphere integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), Master Data Management (MDM) and API Management, and enables customers to integrate any combination of cloud and on-premises applications without software, appliances or coding. Organizations of all sizes, from growing mid-market companies to very large enterprises, enjoy rapid time to value as a result of drastically reduced implementation times and substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM and API management solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © Dell, Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Mumsomnia: New Facebook group for Mums that encourages face to face connections 2017-01-10T03:31:26Z mumsomnia-new-facebook-group-for-mums-that-encourages-face-to-face-connections Emma Lovell is a Sydney Mum of two. The public know her from Shark Tank where she won over one of the sharks with her innovative sleep, sun and travel product CoziGo (formerly known as Fly Babee). She has also won various awards such as the AusMumpreneur Emerging Business for 2016 and the Optus My Business Award for Wholesaler of 2016. Emma set up Mumsomnia to provide a judgement free zone for Mums. This social media group encourages mothers to meet up face to face. Emma Lovell states: "For me, being a new mum was the most vulnerable I’ve ever been and I think there are so many women out there that need support outside of their immediate family and friends. I set up Mumsomnia to provide a judgement free space for women to connect and make a plan to meet up face to face. Social Media is making us all anti-social and we all spend far too much time attached to our phones." We’re hoping 2017 will see Mumsomnia connect more mums face to face and forge some lifelong memories and friendships. All we ask, is if you have nothing nice to say when in this space, don’t say anything at all! Emma adds: "You don’t have to be a “billy no mates” to come and join Mumsomnia, you may feel disconnected from your current friends at this new stage of your life, have moved to a new area or just fancy meeting a fresh face and make a new connection. Once there, in order to make it happen, you must make the effort to give a shout out to other members and make time for a coffee date with the kids or throw caution to the wind and make a plan to have a kid free dinner with a cocktail or two!!" *** Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Finally, a solution for January birthdays! No more receiving re-gifted Xmas gifts! 2017-01-05T03:01:54Z finally-a-solution-for-january-birthdays-no-more-receiving-re-gifted-xmas-gifts Over the last ten days, bins around Australia have been full to capacity with rubbish, packaging, gift tags and wrapping paper. Sydney Mums, Julie Tylman and Ali Linz, created Group Together to avoid waste from unwanted gifts, packaging and wrapping paper. Julie Tylman, co-founder of GroupTogether, explains: “Ali and I have seven children combined. We met for coffee one day after a weekend of ferrying kids to and from birthday parties. We were exhausted from the driving, parking, buying, wrapping gifts, drop offs and pick-ups involved in attending kid’s parties. We were also gob-smacked at the amount of money we had spent (7 kids’ x 2 parties’ x $20ish gifts + wrapping & card) only to find out that the birthday kids either already had the gifts, were given multiple copies of the gifts or didn’t love them.” They created GroupTogether, an easy online tool that makes it easy to pool funds to give one gift that’s really wanted without the waste. Friends can also add a photo and message to the group card. For those who want to “give back”, there’s the option to donate a portion of the gift pool to your favourite charity. The business has grown and now has 20 000 users who have organized group gift collections through GroupTogether. One of the most popular types of collections at the end of 2016, was end of year teacher’s gifts. Ali Linz, co-founder GroupTogether, continues: “As well as cutting out the waste, we also felt that there was an opportunity to create a culture of mindful giving. That’s why we made it easy to donate a bit of the group gift to charity so kids can learn the joy of giving back.” Julie Tylman, co-founder, GroupTogether concludes: “I really feel for the January babies, they struggle. No need to give the sad, re-gifted Chrissie present, instead friends can keep their new year's resolution and stay on budget by pooling their money together and giving one great gift.” Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Group Homes Australia and Heathley celebrate business growth by donating to Orange Sky Laundry 2017-01-05T01:01:16Z group-homes-australia-and-heathley-celebrate-business-growth-by-donating-to-orange-sky-laundry Sydney, Australia, 5th January 2017, Group Homes Australia, who offers a unique model of dementia care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment, celebrates a successful 2016 by giving back to the community. Group Homes Australia and Heathley have donated to the innovative charity, Orange Sky Laundry. Group Homes Australia and Heathley recently entered into a property partnership. The partnership, which is designed to drive future growth, has Heathley agreeing to fund the purchase and development of Group Homes Australia (GHA) residences through its existing Heathley Aged Care Property Fund No.1 (Fund). GHA and Heathley have chosen to support Orange Sky Laundry because they are keen to support a charity that works with the homeless. The teams at GHA and Heathley love the Orange Sky Laundry concept. Jonathan Gavshon, General Manager at GHA says: “At GHA we are able to offer people living with dementia a beautiful home environment, with round the clock, best in class care. As the business grows and more people are able to benefit from living in a Group Home Australia environment, we wanted to acknowledge people living without a home. We are enormously impressed by the innovation, vision and revolutionary care that Orange Sky Laundry offers and are delighted to be able to demonstrate our support with a monetary donation to ensure they can continue the amazing work that they are doing.” Lucas Patchett, Co-founder of Orange Sky Laundry says: “Orange Sky Laundry believes in treating others how they want to be treated and providing a platform for positive and non-judgmental conversations. Donations such as this allow us to continue operating our 12 vans around Australia, run by more than 700 amazing volunteers who facilitate over 7.2 tonnes of free laundry and 1,200 hours of conversations.” Group Homes Australia and Heathley are passionate about the community and giving back to those who require support. In 2017, Group Homes Australia will run a series of local community events to allow locals to see the homes and engage with the residents and staff at Group Homes Australia. -ENDS- About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 About Heathley Limited: Since incorporation in 1977, Heathley has had a proud history of finding, structuring and managing property investment portfolios for wealthy individuals, families, and institutions. The principal operations of Heathley is property funds management - having successfully established 40 property funds throughout its 40-year history. The Board and Management of Heathley Limited have a diverse mix of experience and skills and currently manage nine property funds with total funds under management of approximately $550 million. Website: www.heathley.com.au The Women’s Business School is offering $180,000 in scholarships for women starting a business 2017-01-04T23:12:36Z the-women-s-business-school-is-offering-180-000-in-scholarships-for-women-starting-a-business Melbourne, Australia, 5th January 2016, The Women’s Business School is offering $180,000 in full and matched funding scholarships to deserving women starting a business this year. The Women’s Business School is offering 2 Full Scholarships and 5 Matched Scholarships for each city (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle, Cairns, Townsville and Perth). The total of $180 000 in scholarships is being broken down into 16 Full Scholarships valued at $5000 each and 40 matched funding scholarships of $2500 each. The Women’s Business School IGNITE program is a 6-month online course designed to give new and aspiring business owners the business acumen, financial literacy, strategies and support they need to create a successful and profitable business. The Women’s Business School co-founder Peace Mitchell states, “We are committed to inspiring women to reach their full potential by connecting them with the support they need and the education and skills required to build and grow a successful business.” “This is the program we wish existed when we were starting out. It contains everything new business owners need to succeed including, a one day workshop in each capital city nationally, monthly group calls, weekly video masterclasses, inspirational interviews, local meetups and an online mastermind group. The teachers and mentors are all accomplished businesswomen from a range of industries.” Two of the most challenging things in life are having a baby and starting a business. Australian women in their thousands are doing just that. Women are starting new businesses at around three times the rate of men. The Women's Business School Scholarship Program provides real support for women in business. This program provides opportunities for women around Australia to be able to develop their business skills, connect with fellow business owners and gain advice and inspiration from business experts.The program contains everything new business owners need to succeed with a one-day workshop in Cairns, Townsville, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, monthly group calls, video masterclasses, inspirational interviews and an online mastermind group. The Women’s Business School is now accepting applications for scholarships and enrolment. The 2017 intake commences in February. For more information go to http://www.thewomensbusinessschool.com/ignite ### Media Contact: Peace Mitchell Director The Women’s Business School hello@thewomensbusinessschool.com 0431 615 107 About The Women’s Business School: The Women's Business School is a world first Global Business School designed especially for women. The teachers and mentors are successful business women and entrepreneurs, sharing their knowledge and advice. The Women’s Business School IGNITE program is a one-day masterclass followed by a 6-month online course designed to give new and aspiring business owners the business acumen, financial literacy, strategies and support they need to create a successful and profitable business. The worst re-gifted gifts that Australians have ever received... 2016-12-28T08:24:38Z the-worst-re-gifted-gifts-that-australians-have-ever-received Sydney, Australia, 28th December 2016, GroupTogether, an easy, user-friendly tool that organises group gift collections, conducted research to discover what Australians have actually received as re-gifted gifts. The results are hilarious and remind one to be mindful when re-gifting and gifting… The 10 worst re-gifted gifts: A scratch pack for my birthday that had been scratched and re-gifted. Needless to say none of us were winners. An engraved salad bowl engraved with the event it was won at ten years before! Cracked Dinnerware complete with a $5 reduction sticker A scarf that I had given someone for their birthday a month prior to mine! A book which had a Happy Birthday note for Sally. I am not Sally. Make-up with finger marks through it… Freebies from a hotel. Not even a real re-gift. A gift card that had already been spent. It had a big fat zero balance. A box of Xmas chocolates that wished the person who gave it to me a Merry Xmas Bath and body products with the internal seals removed! Ali Linz, Co-founder, GroupTogether says: “It's about Mindful Consumption; grouping together for one gift that'll be valued. Less waste from unwanted gifts, packaging, petrol and time. It's better all round.” Julie Tylman, Co-founder, GroupTogether, adds: “We think of GroupTogether as a type of mindful giving. Not only are you giving one gift that is truly wanted, at the same time you are cutting out all the waste: wrapping paper, ribbons, cards, envelopes, plastic packaging, petrol used running around to the shops. So you give one great gift, make the planet happy and can even donate a bit to charity. A true win-win-win!” Tis' the season of re-gifting so make sure that you know the rules. The 9 cardinal rules of re-gifting: Make sure you do not give the gift to the person who bought it for you! Make sure that you do not give it to the original givers friends or family. Remove the gift tag, price and any left-over bits of old wrapping paper or tape Never re-gift something that is bespoke, handmade or homemade Only re-gift brand new gifts that have not been opened Make sure to re-wrap in new wrapping paper or a new gift bag Donate to charity Check for any forms of personalisation e.g. message in a book Next time you have to organise a gift for a friend, family member or colleague, pool together and get one great group gift or voucher that you know that they will really want! Ali Linz concludes: “I really feel for the January babies, they struggle. They're so ready to go out: party, drink and feast on cake but literally all their family and friends are partied out, losing weight or saving money. Now we can't help with the hangovers and diets but we can help make it a birthday to remember. No need to give the sad, re-gifted Chrissie present, instead friends can keep their new year's resolution and stay on budget by pooling their money together and giving one great gift (detox, spa weekend anyone, anyone?).” GroupTogether is an easy online tool that organises group gift collections. Friends, colleagues or family members group together to purchase one larger, more thoughtful gift or for a gift voucher so that the receiver can pick a gift of their choice. The user-friendly platform does the inviting, reminding, collecting, tracking and then sends the money and group card to the organiser. It makes it easy to pool funds to give one gift that’s really wanted without the waste. Friends can also add a photo and message to the group card. For those who want to “give back”, there’s the option to donate a portion of the gift pool to your favourite charity. www.grouptogether.com Group Homes Australia is so confident in their unique model of care that they are offering a free trial to live in one of their homes. 2016-12-28T02:14:42Z group-homes-australia-is-so-confident-in-their-unique-model-of-care-that-they-are-offering-a-free-trial-to-live-in-one-of-their-homes Sydney, Australia, 28th of December 2016, Group Homes Australia offers respite, dementia and high care in a sophisticated and luxurious environment, supported by a team of fully qualified homemakers who are there 24/7. Each home is designed to accommodate the needs of people living with dementia but looks, feels and smells like a home. Each group home houses 6 to 10 residents in beautifully appointed, private bedrooms. There are numerous living and dining areas for residents and their visiting families to enjoy. Each home boasts gorgeous garden and outdoor leisure settings. The homemakers focus on residents’ abilities and interests. The residents are encouraged to participate in weekly outings and the activities that they enjoy such as baking, gardening and laundry. Alzheimer’s Australia ranked GHA significantly above 80 aged care competitors. Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder, Group Homes Australia, states: "We are so confident in our unique model of care that we would like to invite you to trial living in one of our group homes completely free of charge*. Please get in touch mentioning this offer. Places are extremely limited. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our homes so that you can experience the GHA difference for yourself." For more info about the free trial go to: http://grouphomes.com.au/freetrial/ To learn more and to arrange a visit contact call 1300 015 406. *** About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 5 Christmas Tips for those with older parents or parents who have dementia 2016-12-22T06:37:08Z 5-christmas-tips-for-those-with-older-parents-or-parents-who-have-dementia Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder of Group Homes Australia has some great advice for making the most of this festive season. 1.Don't try and replicate Christmas of the past - be prepared to approach it differently. Bring food in, or offer to do the cooking. Instead of eating in, head to the beach and use the public BBQ. 2.Try and focus on creating new memories and living in the moment, rather than focussing on how things “used to be”. Celebrate what your parents can do, rather than what they can no longer do. 3. Do not waste time and energy worrying about whether Mum or Dad will be around for next Christmas, but instead enjoy the fact that they are around for this Christmas. Be sure to tell them how much you love them and how happy you are to be spending this Christmas with them. 4. Christmas is a popular time for reminiscing. Looking at old photo albums or mementos is a very powerful tool to help remind that person of who they are, what they were capable of, and what makes them unique, rather than just being a person who is living with a diagnosis of dementia. 5. Not everyone who is living with dementia has family around to help care for them. Suicide rates peak at this time of year as it can be an incredibly lonely and isolating experience if you are not surrounded by friends and family. If you know someone who is living with dementia who will be alone this Christmas, please reach out to them and include them in your celebrations. Kaseya closes out banner year with strong growth, continues momentum into 2017 2016-12-21T23:30:00Z kaseya-closes-out-banner-year-with-strong-growth-continues-momentum-into-2017 Sydney, AUSTRALIA — December, 22, 2016 — Kaseya®, the leading provider of complete IT management solutions for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and small to midsized businesses (SMBs), today announced record corporate growth in 2016. At the heart of Kaseya’s success is the launch of Kaseya IT Complete. As the industry’s first and only unified growth platform designed specifically for the MSP community, IT Complete enabled the average Kaseya MSP to grow its business by over 30 percent in 2016. Backed by Kaseya’s “Times 20” strategy of delivering solutions that allow MSPs to receive a 20 times return on their IT investments, Kaseya MSPs are growing faster than those on competing platforms.   As a result, the company experienced over 50 percent year-over-year growth that can be directly correlated to the 30 percent year-over-year growth of Kaseya MSP customers. With customer satisfaction scores surging and the continuous delivery of proven, next-generation IT management solutions, 2016 has been a banner year for Kaseya.  2016 corporate and product milestones include:  IT Complete – In April, Kaseya launched its IT Complete platform as the industry’s first and only unified growth platform designed specifically for the MSP community. Kaseya IT Complete completely transformed managed services by enabling MSPs to leverage solutions that allow them to both run their businesses effectively, as well as generate revenue to grow their business.  Product Innovation – As part of the Kaseya IT Complete offering, the company introduced Kaseya BMS, a second-generation PSA solution. Offered at a fraction of the price of competing solutions, BMS allows MSPs to be more strategic with their IT investments, and reinvest their capital into revenue-generating solutions.   Learning from widespread dissatisfaction with competitors’ “first generation” PSA tools, Kaseya developed its second-generation BMS platform with the overarching goal of providing MSPs with a better solution. BMS provides robust features at an incredibly cost-effective price – nearly one-third of the price of other solutions – helping MSPs dramatically reduce operational costs right away. At the same time, its intuitive interface makes employee adoption easy and seamless, while its powerful automation capabilities simplify tasks so that all departments work together more efficiently.  Kaseya AuthAnvil In November, Kaseya launched the latest release of Kaseya AuthAnvil on-demand. Delivering a new level of security all within a single identity and access management (IAM) solution, the technology now provides easy single sign on (SSO), multifactor authentication (MFA) and automated user provisioning for Microsoft Office 365. With its enhanced capabilities and growing library of supported services and applications, AuthAnvil’s business is up 400 percent year-over-year.  Kaseya VSA 9.3 Announced in May, Kaseya VSA delivers a reimagined technician experience to greatly improve productivity, enables 24x7 operations, provides policy-driven end-point security management, and increases platform scalability and extensibility. VSA 9.3 also delivers the industry’s fastest, most reliable and functionally complete remote monitoring and management solution.  Kaseya Traverse 9.4The latest version of Kaseya Traverse, also launched in November, extends its key cloud and network infrastructure monitoring capabilities with added automation. Traverse supports leading hybrid cloud infrastructures, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Nimble Storage and Dell Compellent among others. Nearly 300 MSPs and mid-market enterprises run Traverse, which offers a single pane of glass to monitor across public, private and hybrid clouds.  Customer centricity success – IT Complete’s one-two punch of revenue generating, effective IT management solutions means MSPs can now experience immediate returns on their IT investments to the tune of 20 times their initial expense. With Kaseya MSPs growing at 30 percent – a rate faster than that of the industry, the combination of Kaseya’s “Times 20” strategy and IT Complete platform is a proven success in helping MSPs accelerate their business. Subsequently, customer response to these initiatives has been tremendously positive with Kaseya’s overall customer satisfaction rating for 2016 more than doubling and its customer retention rate at 97 percent.  Company growth – In addition to quadrupled year-over-year sales growth and the continued surge in worldwide customer adoption, Kaseya concludes a very successful 2016 with more than US$100M on its balance sheet. A portion of these funds are allocated for upcoming technology acquisitions aimed at expanding Kaseya’s portfolio of purpose-built products that help MSPs and enterprises more effectively and efficiently run their businesses.   In July, Kaseya announced the expansion of its EMEA headquarters in Dublin, and plans to significantly increase its presence in Las Vegas, New York and Miami in the coming year.    Additionally, in November, Kaseya extended its popular Connect user conference to the EMEA region with the first-ever Kaseya Connect Europe. Following the success of Kaseya Connect 2016, held in May in San Diego, Calif., Kaseya kicked off Kaseya Connect Europe in Barcelona to provide EMEA partners and customers an immersive, European-focused version of the popular event.  Community expansion – In 2016, Kaseya also released Automation Exchange. This community-sourced, online, open market was built for users to share, buy and sell agent procedures, scripts, monitoring sets, reports, templates and other types of system and network automation. With more than 2,000 contributors and thousands of downloads per week, Kaseya Automation Exchange taps into the strong, collective knowledge and expertise of Kaseya’s vast community to further the company’s commitment to openness, interoperability and vendor neutrality.   Kaseya Automation Exchange delivers community-driven, self-service content that allows its customers to leverage robust automation capabilities to increase productivity. With more time available as the result of increased efficiencies, MSPs and SMBs are free to focus on servicing their own customers to grow and accelerate their business.  Supporting quote “Looking ahead to 2017 and beyond, we will continue to outpace the competition with our overall technology investments, in order to further our strengths and enhance our capabilities within the Kaseya IT Complete platform,” said Fred Voccola, CEO, Kaseya. “Our ‘Times 20’ philosophy is our commitment to delivering the best in class IT management solutions that enable our customers to grow their business. We only succeed when our customers succeed. Every decision we make is viewed through the lens of what is best for our customers. As such, we will continue to aggressively innovate our product lines and remain an open platform so our customers have the freedom to choose the leading, proven technologies that will best meet their business needs. 2016 has been a banner year for Kaseya, and we are thrilled at the opportunities that await us in the year to come.”  About Kaseya Kaseya is the leading provider of complete IT Management solutions for Managed Service Providers and small to midsized businesses. Kaseya allows organisations to efficiently manage and secure IT in order to drive IT service and business success. Offered as both an industry-leading cloud solution and on-premise software, Kaseya solutions empower businesses to command all of IT centrally, manage remote and distributed environments with ease, and automate across IT management functions. Kaseya solutions currently manage over 10 million endpoints worldwide and are in use by customers in a wide variety of industries, including retail, manufacturing, healthcare, education, government, media, technology, finance and more. Kaseya, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is privately held with a presence in over 20 countries. To learn more, please visit www.kaseya.com.   ###  Media contacts Corrie McLeod/Amy Rathbone One Part Idea on behalf of Kaseya +61 2 8016 2200kaseya@onepartidea.com.au Tips for driving, flying and camping holidays with kids! 2016-12-21T01:25:47Z tips-for-driving-flying-and-camping-holidays-with-kids Paediatric Sleep Consultant, Cheryl Fingleson offers tips on driving with little or bigger kids. 1. Leave at night or very early in the morning It’s a good idea is to leave at night when children have all been fed and it is bedtime so they can have a good long sleep, as the motion of the car will also help them sleep. If you prefer to drive when it is lighter then leaving in the early, give bub a feed and get the older children in the car so you can get a good start while they are tired and still need to sleep. 2. Pack Refreshments Drinks and snack foods are a must for the car age appropriate. 3. Stop for breaks If you have tired, grumpy or bored children in the car it is no fun. Remember children are hard wired for movement. Stop for breaks so the babies can crawl, walk and the older kids can run around for a while, then back into the car. Put the nursery rhymes on, sing along. 4. Pack the technology Ipads, mobiles and movies can be one of the most valuable things you pack and more importantly may keep you sane.. This may be the key to eliminating whinging and fighting children. 5. Routine. Routine. Routine. While travelling try keep to your babies and toddlers usual routine. 6. Clean as you drive Keep a roll of paper towels and a box of wipes in the front seat for easy cleanups. Keep a rubbish bag handy too. There are five things I tell people when they ask about taking kids camping or hiking or paddling: They get cold faster. They get hot faster. They get hungry faster. They get bored faster. They get tired quickly. Cheryl Fingleson, The Sleep Coach, says: "Babies and kids need to eat regularly and sleep on their schedule. I recommend you make sure kids nap and sleep at their usual time. Babies can nap in a front carrier, pram or backpack. Having their schedule and routine the same makes them feel secure. Take their own toys, games, books and anything you child loves to play with from home. Making them have their own belongings helps them adjust to the different surrounding. Consistency and routine will be the magic that make a great relaxing holiday." If you are travelling by plane, then pack these life saving products that were invented by Mums: Cozigo (formerlly Fly Babee) can be used as a sleep, sun and travel cover. It is air permeable, UPF 50+ and 100% breathable. It also blocks out 97% of the light allowing bubs and toddlers to sleep whilst travelling anywhere, anytime... www.cozigo.com Fly Tot Once your baby is too big for the air line bassinet, make sure that he or she is comfortable so they he or she can sleep in their seat. Fly Tot is an inflatable cushion for older babies, toddlers and kids to stretch out, relax and sleep. www.flytot.com.au Please contact candice@candicepr.com for more info. Wishing you all a beautiful, relaxing Festive Season! Australian game development industry a significant export opportunity 2016-12-21T00:00:00Z australian-game-development-industry-a-significant-export-opportunity Sydney, Australia – 21 December 2016 – The Australian video game development industry has huge potential as a weightless and ‘clean’ export industry, an independent survey of local game developers has shown. Australia’s game development industry earned $114.9 million in the 2015-16 financial year, with 81 per cent of revenue derived from overseas markets. According to the survey, Australian-developed games were popular in many markets, with the bulk of revenue earned from the United States, Europe and Asia.    Intellectual property is of utmost importance to the local industry, with half of the respondents being independent game developers who exclusively develop their own IP. A further 42 per cent both develop their own IP, as well as provide game development services for clients.    Seventy-eight per cent of Australian game developers project business growth in FY2016-17, with nearly two-thirds planning to employ additional staff. The employment opportunities are broad, spanning production, programming, art, quality assurance, audio, writing, design, management, administration and marketing.    The industry employed 842 people in FY2015-16, of which programmers (33%), artists (24%) and management, administration and marketing (20%) made up the majority. While experience and some degree of training is useful at all levels, a relevant degree was particularly important for programmers.   “The game development industry requires staff who are intensely creative, but who also have a highly technical skill set, often at the cutting edge of commercial technology. By supporting the industry and fostering this combination of skills, game development can contribute to the economy in a significant way,” said Tony Reed, CEO of the Game Developers’ Association of Australia (GDAA).      Twenty-four per cent of respondents started their studio in 2012, and 14 per cent in 2014. The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) believes the establishment of the Interactive Games Fund under the then Labor government, and its subsequent axing in FY2014-15 by the Liberal government, played a major role in this spike and subsequent decline. Last year a Senate inquiry was held into the future of Australia’s video game development industry, championed by Senator Scott Ludlam. The inquiry report was delivered in April 2016 with bipartisan support and many recommendations were put forward to support and further grow the sector. To date, nothing has been enacted at a federal level.   “With global revenue for games expected to reach $US98 billion in the next two years, the game development sector is exactly the kind of jobs-of-the-future, innovative, technology-based industry that will help build a strong and viable Australian export sector,” said Ron Curry, CEO of the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA). “Games extend beyond entertainment and while most are played for fun, games can, and are, successfully being used in the health, education and corporate sectors to deliver numerous learning outcomes."   Consumers have embraced the digital delivery of games and in turn, digital game development is the major focus for the Australian game development industry, with respondents receiving most of their income from developing for the iOS (60%) and Android (45%) platforms, followed by downloadable PC games (40%). Revenues from virtual reality (VR) game development, a relatively new platform, were also being reported by a number of specialists (9%).   The survey has shed light on some of the key issues affecting industry growth.   The biggest challenge facing individual business growth is attracting investment for expansion as well as early stage development funding, with the industry finding both elements ‘stressful’. Skill shortages are also a problem.   Internet access as well as limited government understanding and investment were key concerns at a sector level, with respondents calling for grants and funding support. Distance to market was also a concern.  Other findings from the survey include:  The Australian game development industry is concentrated in Melbourne, with 51% based in the Victorian capital, followed by Sydney (14%) and Brisbane (13%). 19% of employees in the sector identify as female. When seeking new employees, 34% of respondents consider experience, qualifications and diversity equally. The industry is developing games for an array of sectors, with clients ranging from game publishers, to museums, government departments and book publishers.  About IGEA IGEA is an industry association representing the business and public policy interests of Australian and New Zealand companies in the computer and video games industry. IGEA’s members publish, develop, market and/or distribute interactive games and entertainment content and related hardware including mobile and handheld games. For more information, please visit www.igea.net.   About GDAA GDAA advocates on behalf of member interactive entertainment development companies, associated industry companies, and interactive entertainment training providers to industry stakeholders including governments, publishers, and industry advisors to promote, grow and attract investment in the Australian game development industry. For more information, please visit http://www.gdaa.com.au  About the survey  The Australian game development industry survey is an independent survey undertaken for IGEA/GDAA in August-October 2016 by Tim Thorpe Consulting Ltd, based in Wellington, New Zealand   The independent survey was distributed online to the video game development industry through IGEA and GDAA’s networks and social media marketing, a distribution list of over 225 ASIC-registered companies. Companies were included in the survey results if their annual turnover from video games production was $25,000 or greater in FY2015-16. Sixty-three companies that responded to the survey met this criteria.   The Australian video game development survey was funded via a grant from the International Game Developers Association (IGDA).  Media spokespeople available: For media interviews with Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, or to speak with an Australian game development studio, please contact Corrie McLeod (+61 419 526 848) or Amy Rathbone (+61 2 8016 2200) from Espresso Communications. Work Club wants to help bring side projects to life, launching after hours memberships 2016-12-19T21:10:00Z work-club-wants-to-help-bring-side-projects-to-life-launching-after-hours-memberships 20 December 2016 - Melbourne. Work Club Melbourne today launches its ‘side project’ membership, catering for anyone who wants to bring their side project to life. The membership provides access to Work Club on weekends and after 5.00pm on weekdays. Including all the benefits of Work Club after hours, the space is the ideal environment to grow a startup or develop a new career. Work Club member, ex Managing Director of Artesian Venture Partners and now founder and CEO of a new startup Xchange, Caitlin Iles, said “When I was working full-time and trying to develop Xchange I spent hours sitting in café or hotel lobbies feeding off the energy of its patrons. I was looking for a space like Work Club that I could access before and after work and on weekends where I could focus and incubate my ideas. I only wish I had found Work Club earlier in my journey of being a founder, I am sure I would have been months ahead of where I am now.” “My new business Xchange is currently in its infancy - we are preparing to launch in 2017. Without a doubt the quality of the interiors, the team and caliber of my colleagues at Work Club in Melbourne and Sydney have brought a level of credibility to my business that has given us a head start. In many ways it feels like an unfair advantage.” Founder of Work Club, Soren Trampedach, who has also designed workplaces for Google and Microsoft, said, “Being a Work Club member gives you so much more than just access to the highest quality workspace. Members also have access to our entertainment and hospitality lounges, concierge services, and member relationships so those starting their side project journey can meet people who are further along and can provide advice and inspiration to help with new ideas and information.” “We know that there are many people currently working in a corporate job that are either starting their own business on the side, or planning to become an independent consultant. This creates a need for energizing and inspiring environments where these corporate escapees can safely begin their transition to life outside of traditional employment. This side project membership provides a soft landing.” Ten side project memberships are available at Work Club Melbourne. Work Club Sydney plan to introduce this membership category in early 2017. More information: http://workclubglobal.com/memberships Group Homes Australia embraces technological innovation by partnering with My Emergency Dr 2016-12-19T01:22:01Z group-homes-australia-embraces-technological-innovation-by-partnering-with-my-emergency-dr Sydney, Australia, 19th December 2016, Group Homes Australia, pioneer of dementia, palliative and respite care in a group home environment in Australia, subscribes to My Emergency Dr to offer their residents innovative, specialist care around the clock. My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one, at the touch of a button. Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder of Group Homes Australia states: “Our residents are at the heart of everything we do. By utilising My Emergency Dr, trips to hospital will be reduced, which in turn will minimise the agitation and stress for residents, and their families.” She adds: “By partnering with My Emergency Dr, we can offer residents a rapid assessment which will avoid both hospital trips and readmissions. The team at My Emergency Dr consists of Emergency Specialist Doctors who remotely assess patients, make a diagnosis, and provide expert medical advice. In many cases they can arrange the treatment required without the need for distressing trips to hospital. Justin Bowra, CEO and Founder of ConnectedMed and an experienced senior emergency specialist physician states: "We are thrilled to partner with Group Homes Australia. My Emergency Doctor allows residents and their families to avoid the sometimes traumatic, disorientating experience of going to hospital. Residents can be seen immediately by an emergency specialist doctor. Group Homes Australia will have 24-hour-a-day immediate video access to a team of Emergency Specialists who can remotely assess, diagnose and arrange treatment." This is just another way that Group Homes Australia is embracing technology by subscribing to this innovative tele-emergency medical service. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com -ENDS- About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 About My Emergency Dr: My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one, at the touch of a button. Our vision is to give every Australian urgent video access via your smartphone to an Emergency Specialist, wherever they live and whenever they call. Sick? Our team of Emergency Specialist Doctors can remotely assess you, make a diagnosis, provide expert medical advice and in many cases arrange the treatment you need. Simply download the app and connect to an Emergency Specialist who will be able to assist you wherever you are. All of our doctors are qualified specialists in Emergency Medicine. http://www.myemergencydr.com/ Available at the App Store or at Android’s Google Play.