The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-01-17T00:00:00Z 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. UTRC can employ Stawell Gold Mine’s new unemployed workers 2016-12-13T11:56:40Z utrc-can-employ-stawell-mine-s-new-unemployed-workers Following his Open Letter* to Stawell residents advising them of a misinformation campaign regarding UTRC’s removal of the largest tyre stockpile in Australia, Dr Matthew Starr is again imploring the Victorian Government to take steps that will see the business start employing many of Stawell Gold Mines’ retrenched workers. With up to 150 people losing their jobs at the mine (announced Tuesday, 13 December), UTRC offers Stawell a chance to employ up to 50 people in early 2017.  “All we request from the government is to waive some of the small regulatory fees that UTRC has been hit with, and provide greater support for our efforts to eliminate Victoria’s number one environmental hazard,” said Dr Starr. “UTRC is the only new business of size attempting to become operational in Stawell that can employ up to 30 per cent of the newly unemployed.  “UTRC is the best option for the unemployed workers who now face a very unhappy Christmas and New Year, with a bleak outlook for 2017.” The Stawell tyre stockpile comprises almost 9 million tyres, which UTRC purchased in June 2015 to create a new, environmentally-friendly, clean-tech facility to recycle the tyres. Dr Starr added, “We intend to support the workers of Stawell for the long term and as UTRC in Stawell has been classified as a Transfer Station for Victoria's used tyres, we can assure the town that there will be jobs well into the future.” * You can view the Open Letter, which is being delivered this week, at http://utrc.com.au/open-letter-to-stawell-residents/ and a copy should be attached. Dr Matthew Starr can be contacted on 0402 457 315. ThoughtWorks receives Australian government’s 2016 Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation 2016-12-07T23:29:27Z thoughtworks-receives-australian-government-s-2016-employer-of-choice-for-gender-equality-citation December 8, 2016 – Sydney, Australia - ThoughtWorks, a global technology company with just over 300 ThoughtWorkers across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, has received the 2016 Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation, awarded by the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). The citation recognises ThoughtWorks’ active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces and is aligned with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, which acknowledges that gender equality is increasingly critical to an organisation’s success and is viewed as a baseline feature of well-managed and leading organisations. According to the WGEA, this year, despite more rigorous criteria, a record number of organisations have been granted the citation, indicating that commitment to workplace gender equality is gaining momentum. Trends in this year’s recipients include a focus on flexibility, greater support for women to progress into leadership positions and more sophisticated analysis of the causes of gender pay gaps. “Diversity, equity and inclusion are part of our DNA at ThoughtWorks. We are passionate about addressing gender imbalance in the tech industry and have taken deliberate steps to align the issue with our business mission,” said Ange Ferguson, Group Managing Director for ThoughtWorks Asia Pacific. “We invest in providing a workplace where ThoughtWorkers feel supported no matter their individual circumstances and strive to be a catalyst for positive change in the way women are viewed and treated. Our initiatives range from a focus on gender equality in recruitment to detailed gender remuneration analysis, internal policies and communities, and women in Leadership Development Programs. “We hire, support, and recognise all employees without penalty or privilege towards their gender identification, and are proud to stand out as a tech industry leader with nearly half our people in Australia identifying as female.” Since 2011, ThoughtWorks has set recruitment quotas with clear, achievable and measurable goals that are regularly assessed. Australian diversity figures for ThoughtWorkers who identify as female: - 49% ThoughtWorks Australia overall (Professional Services and Operations) - 47% ThoughtWorks Australia - Professional Services - 38% ThoughtWorks Australia – Software Developers A detailed bi-annual gender remuneration analysis has also become a primary focus for the company’s pay review process and helps identify differences in salary by grade, role and gender. Additionally, various internal initiatives ensure ThoughtWorks remains an inclusive workplace for all, including policies like flexible work, parental and other leave. “ThoughtWorks has a firm emphasis on supporting women returning to work, especially seeing as the fast pace of the tech world can sometimes mean people can feel left behind,” said Ange. This is supported by other initiatives including a Parents’ Community and a Womens’ Network, which identifies areas for improvement and greater equality within the business. Dedicated Women in Leadership Development Programs deliver tailored mentoring and support to ensure there is diversity within the company’s future leaders. Entrenched in the ThoughtWorks business, diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of all decisions, and it encourages open and regular discussions about the issues driving inequities in the IT industry so all employees are aware of the company’s stance on diversity. “We want ThoughtWorks to be an attractive and inclusive workplace as an employer of choice, but also want to lead by example and hope others will aim higher with their own diversity initiatives. “After all, a more diverse and equitable tech industry is an improved tech industry, which ultimately will mean greater success for all,” concluded Ange. -ENDS- We want to hear from you. Continue the conversation on Twitter @thoughtworks Note to editors: ThoughtWorks in the US was recently awarded Top Company for Women in Tech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kffdp4aOdF0 - ahead of Google and Facebook - and was last week recognised in 19 Companies as Great as Google. About ThoughtWorks We are a software company and community of passionate purpose-led individuals. We think disruptively to deliver technology to address our clients’ toughest challenges all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change. About WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) The WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation is designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces. The EOCGE citation commenced in 2014, replacing the predecessor citation, the EOWA Employer of Choice for Women. The citation is strategically aligned with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Act), reflecting the change in focus of the legislation to promote and improve gender equality for both women and men, while recognising the historically disadvantaged position of women in the workplace. The EOCGE citation is a voluntary leading practice recognition program that is separate to compliance with the Act. Criteria for the citation cover leadership, learning and development, gender remuneration gaps, flexible working and other initiatives to support family responsibilities, employee consultation, preventing sex-based harassment and discrimination, and targets for improving gender equality outcomes. Criteria are regularly strengthened to reflect best practice. Dell Boomi’s Asia-Pacific and Japan Expansion Continues with Key Senior Hires 2016-12-06T02:09:18Z dell-boomi-s-asia-pacific-and-japan-expansion-continues-with-key-senior-hires Sydney, Australia – December 6, 2016 – Dell Boomi has further expanded its footprint in Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) with three new senior hires to cater for strong local demand for cloud-based integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS).   The appointments comprise Michelle Grange and David Flaks, who join the company as Enterprise Account Executives, and Richard Snowden, who fills the role of Inside Sales Executive.   With more than 35 years’ experience in software and services sales between them, Grange and Flaks have been appointed to manage business development and customer relations for Boomi’s southern and northern operations in Australia, respectively.   Grange previously held senior roles at SugarCRM and Microsoft, among other software companies, where she worked with multiple top 100 Australian organisations across most industry sectors.   Having formerly had high-profile stints at InfoReady, IBM and Dell, Flaks brings to Boomi extensive experience in client management and team leadership, in both direct and partner sales roles.   Meanwhile, Snowden will work directly with regional organisations on their digital transformation strategies, and act as the first point of contact for them. Snowden joins Boomi from Mulesoft where he was responsible for account development across Australia and New Zealand as the company’s lead Inside Sales Representative.   Boomi launched its APJ operations with the opening of its Sydney office in April 2016. Michael Evans was appointed to lead the business as Managing Director for Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ), based in Sydney. Evans’ appointment coincided with that of Linda Urlich, Partner and Alliances Manager APJ, and Tania Mushtaq, Senior Marketing Manager APJ, who were joined soon after by a number of additional new executives.  Boomi currently employs 13 staff in the region.   Since launch, Boomi has experienced significant demand from local organisations requiring powerful and simple cloud integration capabilities to connect best-of-breed, business-critical applications.   “Traditional methods for integration typically can no longer cost-effectively meet the integration needs of rapidly evolving businesses,” said Evans. “This is why local organisations are increasingly implementing iPaaS; it provides cloud-based integration capabilities that can be tailored to the specific needs of the company and its various departments.   “The appointments of Michelle, David and Richard provide Boomi with further presence to cater for this demand in Australia and New Zealand. Their experience in the local software industry builds on our existing expertise, allowing us to align even more closely with local companies’ business needs.”  About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi delivers the first and only multi-purpose PaaS for AtomSphere integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), Master Data Management (MDM) and API Management, and enables customers to integrate any combination of cloud and on-premises applications without software, appliances or coding. Organisations of all sizes, from growing mid-market companies to very large enterprises, enjoy rapid time to value as a result of drastically reduced implementation times and substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM and API management solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © Dell, Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Technologies. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Secured Signing in RDB ProNet a Clear Choice for Aeropeople's eSignature Needs 2016-12-01T00:17:35Z secured-signing-in-rdb-pronet-a-clear-choice-for-aeropeople-s-esignature-needs December 1st 2016 - The Secured Signing plugin gives Aeropeople the ability to capture important data, realise the benefits of digital signatures and save time and cost using a fully compliant 360º integrated process, which simplifies the candidate and client experience.   "Aeropeople relies on the Secured Signing plugin for RDB ProNet to file, track and digitally sign our client and candidate documents." says Julie Welford-Biggs the Compliance Manager for Aeropeople. "It is simple and effective to use, delivering on our business needs and enhancing our customer experience."   Secured Signing delivers all the key outcomes Aeropeople looked for in an eSignature solution. Contractors can sign documents either at their computer or while on the move using any modern smartphone or tablet. Clients regularly have documents returned in minutes rather than days. The digital signature applied by Secured Signing seals the document against changes for absolute confidence in the integrity of the document. The contents of the document are automatically updated in the relevant areas of the RDB database without any requirement for administration, saving clients many thousands of pounds annually in unnecessary data entry and filing costs. The whole process takes place entirely within RDB using the integrated plugin, allowing clients to easily make the transition to digital signing with minimum change to their business processes.   "Providing clients and candidates the convenience of signing online with Secured Signing also ensures recruiters have absolute confidence they will not only be able to immediately lay their hands on the signed agreement when they need it, but that the document is authentic and reliable beyond reproach", said Mike Eyal, Managing Director of Secured Signing.   About Aeropeople - Aeropeople are a leading Aerospace and Auto-sport manpower provider, who are committed to delivering a premier service to all of its customers, worldwide. Their strength lies in the ability to respond quickly and effectively to changing customer requirements, especially within an uncertain climate of change and opportunity. To learn more about Aeropeople, visit https://www.aeropeople.com   About Secured Signing - Secured Signing provides a comprehensive and secure SaaS digital signature service that delivers a full range of form completion and eSigning capabilities combining advanced personalised X509 PKI Digital Signature technology with easy-to-use, simple-to-deploy, compliant solutions. Secured Signing enables its users to utilise smartphones, PCs, any tablet device and any browser, to capture their graphical signature, complete , sign, seal and verify documents anywhere, anytime. The solution streamlines business processes, cuts back on expenses, expedites delivery cycles, improves staff efficiency and enhances customer service in a green environment. To learn more about Secured Signing, visit www.securedsigning.com Presence of IT announces ‘Digital Cloning’ for SAP HR Solutions 2016-11-14T23:06:08Z presence-of-it-announces-digital-cloning-for-sap-hr-solutions Sydney, 15 November 2016 … Presence of IT, an innovative global leader in HR/Payroll and Workforce Management solutions, today announced a first to market approach to significantly speed up the time to benefit and ROI for clients looking to deploy SuccessFactors solutions across their businesses. Presence of IT is the first organisation to provide ‘digital cloning’ for SuccessFactors to the market, cutting the average HR technology deployment time down by 80%. Having implemented HR and payroll solutions for the past 17 years, Presence of IT is able to deliver SuccessFactors HR solutions in a matter of weeks, with the vast majority of clients only needing to add their own data in order to realise the benefits from their investment in SuccessFactors. While Rapid Deployment Solutions (a pre-configured approach to software implementation, enabling a faster deployment) are an old world concept, ‘digital cloning’ is not;  it is a new technical innovation in SuccessFactors software implementation that powers Presence of IT’s new range of solution offerings named DNA. The DNA solutions offer clients a significantly more comprehensive solution at a fraction of the time and cost. Presence of IT’s expertise puts them in a privileged position to offer clients a total solution which is fully featured and incorporates their organisational learnings acquired from our years deploying HR and payroll solutions globally. Find out more about this innovation at http://solution.hrstore.com/ec Presence of IT’s founder and co-CEO David Brookes said: “In this new age of cloud, we simply had to define a new approach to keep pace with our clients need to have HCM and Payroll solutions in place in a matter of days or weeks, rather than months, while still ensuring that scope and quality are not compromised. “’Digital cloning’ means clients can expect a greatly reduced price point for implementations that will appeal to, not only the SME market, but also to the big end of town. During the past five years we have helped hundreds of clients globally migrate to the cloud. We have taken our combined learnings and applied a ‘20/20 foresight’ approach, where every implementation allows our next client to gain the benefit from the last. Now with cloning, future clients gain all the benefits of our global experience,” Brookes said. “We have invested significantly to build a world class cloud project delivery platform and governance solution which is used in each and every one of our SuccessFactors deployments across the globe. “Software is often not just about rapid implementations, it is about achieving a business outcome and improving business effectiveness, be that achieving the highest level of adoption or business value at a pace that is required to maintain a competitive advantage. Clients should expect highly engineered, dependable software outcomes from industry specialists. “I am delighted that we have taken this innovative leap forward away from traditional approaches of rapid template-type deployments. I believe this will change our industry and software deployment in general. We look forward to great client outcomes.” In closing, Brookes said, “Digital cloning is a great result for our clients, SAP and Presence of IT and further demonstrates the innovation and thought leadership that we continue to bring to market”. He went on to indicate that the DNA solution was the first in a suite of 100% cloud-based solutions that Presence of IT have developed for their clients, and  that there were more announcements to be released in the coming months. About Presence of IT Presence of IT is a global leader in the world’s foremost HR/Payroll and Workforce Management solutions. We provide thought leadership, process improvement, software implementation and support services in human capital management to organisations globally. Our strength is the excellence of our people and our focus is on our clients. This focus over the past 17 years, has allowed us evolve over into a global organisation to better support our clients in their respective markets, the world over. More information at: www.presenceofit.com.au. News and invitation: Economic Enquiry Brings Accountants, Government And Technology Together To Grow The Economy 2016-11-03T01:07:19Z news-and-invitation-economic-enquiry-brings-accountants-government-and-technology-together-to-grow-the-economy Sydney, November 3 2016 – Accountants and finance professionals will have the opportunity to influence policy at a State and Federal level, to leverage the new technology and data to become the accountants of the future and to help grow the Australian economy while they are at it at an economic enquiry hosted by Unstoppables Founder, Julio De Laffitte alongside guest speaker the New South Wales Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, The Honourable Victor Dominello MP. The NSW Minister of Innovation is working alongside industry to free up silos of public agency data to give businesses access to information that will drive new innovation. By working across industries, accountants in a prime position to being an incredible amount of value to their clients. This opening of data will change industries, fuel disruption and propel innovation. This exclusive event on Wednesday November 23 at NSW Parliament House, will give attendees the opportunity to to air and share their views in open discussions and to gain insights from a panel of Australia’s greatest business minds about the importance of the relationship between accountants and business success. The aim of this discussion is to learn how accountants and are in the perfect position to take advantage of the changing landscape to grow business and be an invaluable partner to clients. Speakers include Tim Reed, CEO of MYOB, Jane Stanton, Vice President of CAANZ, Nicholas Adamo, CEO of Bright Sparke and John Peterson, Founding Director of Best Practice Program, as well as Julio De Laffitte, Founder of Unstoppables, and The Honorable Victor Dominello MP, Minister of Innovation. The inaugural event saw more than 120 senior professionals attend. “The second in its series, this wonderful event unites the industry and brings fresh ideas and consideration about new practices, technologies and trends impacting the profession. We’re delighted to welcome the Minister and look forward to some serious insights into the unfolding future of the economy from those driving the change,” said Julio De Laffitte, Founder of Unstoppables. For more information, and to register, please visit www.unstoppables.com.au/accountingparliament or email info@unstoppables.com.au. About Unstoppables In 2014, Julio De Laffitte, a successful entrepreneur and businessman who started his business journey over 20 years ago, formed the idea for Unstoppables - A movement for business leaders and entrepreneurs to collaborate, define and action new economic potential for Australia and beyond. In 2015, Unstoppables took over 100 Australian entrepreneurs to Antarctica on an 8-day collaborative think tank. Out of this, many alliances were formed between start-ups, established businesses and different industries to create new economic opportunities for Australia. All in all, 98 businesses were formed and $47 million was invested. In 2016, Unstoppables took 50 Australian entrepreneurs to the Amazon for a 10-day collaborative think tank. The results were the same in comparison. Many new businesses and alliances are being formed through effective collaboration. In all Unstoppables collaborations, accountants and their unique perspective of multiple industries have played key roles in the formation of new opportunities. This observation has seen Unstoppables working closely with accountants and associated industries to leverage further growth in the Australian economy. http://unstoppables.com.au For more information, please contact: Jo Balfour / Shuba Paheerathan Progressiva Public Relations jo@progressiva.com.au / shuba@progressiva.com.au +61 (0)405 541 018 / +61 (0)438 606 424 Clarius Group Unites under the Brand Ignite to Re-imagine Talent Services 2016-10-31T06:16:52Z clarius-group-unites-under-the-brand-ignite-to-re-imagine-talent-services Australian businesses under the Clarius Group banner have consolidated into a single identity and are now trading under a new brand, Ignite. With 300 employees, Ignite operates in eight cities across Australia, as well as in China under the Lloyd Morgan Executive brand. The brands that operated under the Clarius Group banner included Alliance, Candle, JavIT, Lloyd Morgan, SouthTech and The One Umbrella. Clarius Group has been operating for more than 30 years. The new brand will encompass new offerings and three core divisions in Australia that include Specialist Recruitment Services, On-Demand Talent Services and Outsourced People Services. Peter Wilson, CEO, Ignite, said, “Ignite is re-imagining talent services designed to meet the changing world of talent sourcing and management. Using deep industry expertise, combined with a fresh approach called FutureNOW, the company provides the best technical, cultural and strategic alignment of candidates to clients to produce lasting value for both, and in doing so, sets the stage to ignite greater potential.” FutureNOW uses the latest technology, search tools and interview techniques to identify the best culture fit based on the candidate’s traits and motivations, in addition to skills and experience. Through its Specialist Recruitment Services division, the company will continue to focus on areas of specialisation where it has developed deep industry know-how and connections. Ignite places permanent and part-time workers, as well as contract workers in the following areas: Accounting and financial services Architecture, construction and engineering Business support HR and legal Information management IT and digital Sales and marketing Peter Wilson said, “Under one brand we can now provide greater benefit to our clients who can tap into expertise in a variety of areas to fill any number of roles within their organisation.” “Through our On-Demand Talent Services division, Ignite can also help clients fill any temporary requirement via a fast and convenient process. The process produces immediate talent matches with a vetting process and oversight of the work performed by people who work on-site, lessening the risk associated with hiring freelancers.” There is massive disruption happening in the world of talent sourcing and management. In addition to embracing new, more sophisticated recruitment models, HR must now deliver a digital experience that can meet the demands of a hyper-connected workforce, grow leaders who can operate in organic, team-oriented settings and redesign performance management systems that can contribute to creating “feedback cultures.” Ignite Outsourced People Services is a strategic partner which helps HR develop and implement initiatives aimed at creating a future-focused organisation. Its experts deliver unique insights related to people and organisational behaviour, and helps them to understand how to effectively implement change. Peter Wilson said, “We combine our human skills with advanced analytics and technology platforms to help clients generate better talent outcomes in terms of recruitment efficiency, leadership pipelines, nurturing employee development and talent mobility. We help clients meet new ways of working and ignite greater employee potential.” To find out more about Ignite and its new service offerings, visit their new website: www.igniteservices.com. ENDS About Ignite Ignite (ASX:CND) is re-imagining talent services, providing specialist recruitment, on-demand talent and outsourced recruitment and people services designed to meet the changing world of talent sourcing and management. Using deep industry expertise combined with a fresh approach called FutureNOW, the company provides the best technical, cultural and strategic alignment of candidates to clients to produce lasting value for both, and in so doing, sets the stage to ignite greater potential. With about 300 employees, Ignite operates in eight offices across Australia, as well as in China under the Lloyd Morgan Executive brand. The company was formerly known as Clarius Group, with brands Alliance, Candle, JavIT, Lloyd Morgan, SouthTech and theOneUmbrella. Australian SMEs Adopting Efficiency Strategies, See Technology as Key to Securing Competitive Advantage: Survey 2016-10-23T23:05:44Z australian-smes-adopting-efficiency-strategies-see-technology-as-key-to-securing-competitive-advantage-survey Sydney, 24 October 2016 – OKI Data Australia, a global manufacturer of business printers and multifunction devices, has released the second annual OKI Australia SME Business Efficiency Survey. The survey provides insights into how the nation's two million small and mid-sized firms are striving to become more competitive and cost efficient and how perceptions have changed during the past 12 months. Conducted during September, the survey targeted 1600 SMEs across all Australian states. Each was asked to complete a detailed online form and provide input on a range of topics including business efficiency, expenditure on technology and concerns over costs.  The survey found that just over three quarters of Australian SMEs (75.6%) believe their businesses are being run efficiently. This is similar to the result obtained from the inaugural Business Efficiency Survey conducted at the same time last year. Interestingly, 64.6% of the surveyed group said they had implemented new initiatives to improve cost efficiency during the past year. This is a significant increase from the 45% of SMEs that reported doing so last year. A further 13.4% said they were intending to undertake such initiatives during the next 12 months. "This survey has provided a fascinating insight into how Australian SMEs are tackling the challenge of business efficiency improvement," said Antonio Leone, Marketing Manager ANZ, OKI Data Australia. "Our research found a lack of finance was the primary challenge faced by 30% of SMEs trying to realise greater efficiencies. This was followed by skill challenges, nominated by 25% and being unaware of any alternatives identified by 13.8%." The survey uncovered some interesting views when it comes to the areas in which SMEs consider their operations to be inefficient. Of those who responded, 34.2% nominated their website, apps and e-commerce facilities as the greatest source of inefficiency. This was closely followed by IT, technology and online business systems that were flagged by 32.9%. Other areas included digital marketing and online advertising (27.8%) and HR staffing costs and productivity (25.3%). When asked about the topic of business technology, 75.6% of survey respondents said they considered finding new ways to implement it a key opportunity for competitive advantage. However, somewhat counter intuitively, 62.2% said they were not planning to undertake a technological improvement campaign during the next 12 months. When asked to nominate the areas in which they had made investments to improve efficiency during the past year, 71% said it had been the area of IT, technology and online business systems. A further 27.4% pointed to their website, apps and e-commerce systems.  "These results show that, although SMEs understand they can achieve efficiency improvements through investment in new technology, only just over a third have plans to do so," said Leone. "This could lead to growth constraints during the coming 12 months for some organisations." The survey found the majority of Australian SMEs (58.5%) typically spend up to $5000 a year on technology to improve efficiency. The key factors considered before making a purchase were usability, cost and ease of implementation. A further 29.3% of respondents reported they spend between $5,000 and $15,000 each year while only 9.8% spend between $15,000 and $50,000. Just 2.4% spend more than $100,000 each year. Interestingly, when asked whether they would invest more money in additional technologies to increase business efficiency, 53.1% of respondents said no.  The survey also asked respondents to indicate where any savings being achieved through the use of new technologies are being allocated. It found 37.1% were saving the money in a 'rainy day fund'. A further 16.1% said they were investing the money in innovation or gaining a competitive advantage while the same number were allocating the funds to additional marketing activities.   Respondents were asked to consider where, during the past 12 months, they had found it most difficult to see a return on investment. The area of IT, technology and online business systems was flagged by 31.5% of respondents followed by digital marketing and online advertising (24.1%). A resounding 91.5% of respondents said they considered cost efficiency a critical factor when considering the cost of maintaining technology. "The survey clearly shows that Australian SMEs believe cost-effective technology is a critical factor when trying to achieve efficiency improvements," said Leone. "However, many are finding themselves restricted by budget limitations and frustrated by not having achieved expected returns from money already invested.  I look forward to comparing these results with future surveys to determine how Australian SMEs are approaching the ongoing challenge of business efficiency improvement."  A full copy of the survey report is available: http://www.oki.com.au/printing-ideas/smart-solutions/detail.aspx?id=tcm:132-170693About OKI OKI is a global manufacturer of business printers and MFP’s. OKI Data Australia commenced operations in 2009 following the acquisition from long-time master agent and distributor, IPL.  OKI Data New Zealand was established in October 2015, following the announcement by OKI’s then master distributor in New Zealand - Comworth Technologies, to realign its business focus and exit distribution. Over 30 years ago OKI pioneered LED printing technology, an advanced form of printing using fewer parts compared with the more widely known laser printing.  This in turn provides many benefits to users including longer product life, fewer operational issues, increased reliability and better image quality over the entire life of the print engine.  All OKI LED printer products are backed by three years warranty upon customer registration, within 30 days of purchase. ColorPainter printers are backed by two years or three years (depending on model) parts only warranty.  http://www.oki.com.au     A New Driving Force Delivering Accessible People Analytics 2016-10-12T22:22:59Z a-new-driving-force-delivering-accessible-people-analytics SYDNEY, Australia – 13 October 2016 – Leading Australian workforce management and analytics solution provider, RITEQ, today announced the acquisition of pre-eminent human capital metrics and analytics specialists, Optimum Performance as part of the company’s expanding offering in the people analytics space.   Complementing its long established reputation in operational workforce management that is used by more than 350 organisations in 15,000 sites across more than 10 countries, and having already added data science and analytics to its offering, RITEQ now makes a formidable move into the people analytics space. “It has been RITEQ’s long-standing vision to use our existing workforce management platform and recently acquired BI tools and skills as the foundation upon which to deliver world-class people analytics that are accessible to organisations of all sizes,” said Managing Director David Kroser. “The acquisition of Optimum Performance brings on board unique and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of human capital metrics and analysis. Together we will continue to create best-of-breed solutions answering to the specific needs of end-users across the organisation.” “People analytics, as a true business discipline, brings together all the people related data from across the organisation, to inform and contribute to strategic decisions and planning, solve problems and support organisational objectives. We truly understand what CEOs, HR professionals and line managers are – and should be – seeking from their HR and other employee data,” said Kroser.     Led by people analytics guru Stephen Moore, over the past two decades Optimum Performance has assisted a diverse range of organisations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and South Africa in formulating, designing and executing highly effective workforce reporting, forecasting and planning strategies that inform and enable optimum workforce performance. Its impressive client base includes large corporations like Caltex, Fonterra, Cabrini Health, RHB Bank Malaysia & Leighton Construction through to public sector agencies such as Sydney Water & Court Services Victoria, plus extensive work with more than 50 councils in the local government sector.       “Given that in most organisations the annual labour bill meets or exceeds 60% of total operating expenditure, surely it makes sense that HR departments provide meaningful management reporting that facilitates improved workforce efficiency & effectiveness,” said Stephen Moore. “Not only will people analytics improve bottom line performance, but it will also transform the role of the HR team from an operational support function to that of value-added business partners,” he said.  RITEQ will progressively release a range of software solutions that will enable every organisation to evaluate and improve its workforce performance, planning and business contribution. “And just as importantly, we will be delivering a comprehensive education program to ensure HR professionals can effectively execute and deliver on the desired results,” said David Kroser. “We are excited not only about the contribution we can make to optimised workforce performance,” he said, “but to enhancing HR department effectiveness so they can gain greater recognition for the vital and evolving role they play within the organisation.”   IntegrationWorks and Dell Boomi announce industry-leading iPaaS solution for Government and Enterprise 2016-09-19T00:00:00Z integrationworks-and-dell-boomi-announce-industry-leading-ipaas-solution-for-government-and-enterprise Integration specialists, IntegrationWorks, and the world’s leading integration cloud platform, Dell Boomi, today announced an industry-first integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) that will allow government agencies and private enterprises to connect any combination of cloud or on-premises applications. IntegrationWorks has an extensive history of developing innovative integration platforms for enterprises and government agencies throughout New Zealand. Working with Dell Boomi, IntegrationWorks will launch a self-service integration platform to alleviate the complexity surrounding traditional integration projects which are typically lengthy and resource-consuming. Through its membership with the Stack Alliance – a group of leading ICT organisations led by cloud company, Revera, which provides services to the New Zealand government – IntegrationWorks will be able to implement the first iPaaS solution across government agencies in the country utilising the NZ Government-approved Revera Homeland Cloud platform. While traditional integration solutions often include costly license fees, complex software agreements, and convoluted implementation methodologies, the Dell Boomi AtomSphere integration platform is simple to deploy, delivers fast time-to-value and is extremely cost-effective. “We saw a major need in the market to develop shareable connectors for government and private enterprises across New Zealand,” said Grant McKeen, IntegrationWorks Managing Director. “Leveraging the Dell Boomi AtomSphere platform was the obvious choice given its ease to deploy and exceptionally fast time-to-value. “In a thriving digital economy like New Zealand, a cloud-based integration solution customised through IntegrationWorks using the Dell Boomi platform enables rapid time-to-market for new digital channels. It also results in a significant reduction of errors, substantial cost savings and the ability to connect any application that is cloud-based, legacy, or on-premises.” To compete in the government enterprise market, IntegrationWorks also offers a solution to concerns around data sovereignty. “We have developed a comprehensive integration strategy that allows for integration connectors to keep data within New Zealand borders, and only have the data transaction framework processed through the cloud,” said McKeen. “Many of the systems that governments and enterprises rely on to deliver products and services to citizens and consumers remain disparate,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan, Dell Boomi. “Our partnership with IntegrationWorks provides a simple self-service platform so that data can be effectively managed and governed within the unique applications and policy frameworks used by these organisations.” IntegrationWorks and Dell Boomi will host a breakfast event on November 3rd in Wellington to launch the offering into the market and demonstrate the technology. To register, please contact info@integration.works. About IntegrationWorks IntegrationWorks specialises in integration strategy, architecture and devOps for both on-premise, hybrid or cloud-based environments across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. We transform existing legacy enterprise systems into digital and optimised integrated environments by developing custom integration platforms through innovative technology wrapped around specialised API, ESB, EDA and SOA applications. Visit www.integration.works for more information. About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi delivers the first and only multi-purpose PaaS for AtomSphere integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS), Master Data Management (MDM) and API Management, and enables customers to integrate any combination of cloud and on-premises applications without software, appliances or coding. Organisations of all sizes, from growing mid-market companies to very large enterprises, enjoy rapid time to value as a result of drastically reduced implementation times and substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM, and API management solutions. Visit www.boomi.com for more information. About Revera Revera is New Zealand’s cloud services leader. Clients depend on our Homeland® Cloud services platforms and data centre network to perform. Our work is everywhere: workplace productivity tools on tablets, development environments where new software takes shape, platforms that run enterprise systems, virtual capacity that comes to life on command. When performance is everything, Revera keeps your business at its best. Revera is a specialist Cloud Services Provider focused on the New Zealand market, offering Infrastructure, Platform and Software as-a-Service solutions on a scalable pay-as-you-go approach. Many of our platforms are NZ Government Common Capability approved. Revera is a Spark NZ company, and is entirely owned by Spark NZ. HPE Aruba Unveils Flexible Network Procurement Models Enabling ANZ Enterprises to Innovate at the Rapid Pace of Mobile and IoT 2016-09-13T01:27:16Z hpe-aruba-unveils-flexible-network-procurement-models-enabling-anz-enterprises-to-innovate-at-the-rapid-pace-of-mobile-and-iot Sydney, Australia – September 13, 2016 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today announced new network procurement and consumption models to give enterprise customers more flexibility and choice in how they obtain and support their network infrastructure. The rapid introduction of mobile technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) have accelerated the requirements for IT network infrastructures. With refresh cycles measured in months instead of years, networks need to enable a new set of end user and line-of-business facing digital services requiring IT organizations to efficiently adapt and deliver enterprise grade security at the highest levels of reliability. To remove unpredictability in IT operations and spending, Aruba is taking a software-based approach with its Mobile First Platform, enabling IT organizations to quickly respond to new requirements as they emerge, minimize capital expenditures, and maintain a competitive edge. Customers benefit from customized options for obtaining and managing their networks with Aruba’s portfolio of programmable IT networking products for Wi- Fi, BLE, wired and wide area network (WAN) connectivity, and consulting, support and technology services from its key alliances.New Network Infrastructure Procurement and Consumption Models The Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) market, comprised of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and cloud-managed WLAN, is expected to grow significantly. IDC estimates that the global enterprise SDN market will grow to $8.7 billion1 and the global cloud-managed WLAN market is forecasted to reach $2.5B by 20182. With major trends like increased automation, data analytics, IoT and a renewed emphasis on security affecting IT infrastructure plans, many organizations are trying to minimize workload on IT staff and shift spend from large capital to predictable operational expenses. “For some time our customers and channel partners in Australia and New Zealand have desired a different approach to procuring networking solutions,” said Steve Coad, Managing Director for Aruba in Australia and New Zealand. “That is, being able to buy technology as a service on an as-needed basis and then charging this to OPEX rather than taking a big up front hit on their CAPEX expenditures. Fuelling this demand is the constantly shifting cloud paradigm and an almost insatiable demand for mobility solutions which enterprises want to keep pace with as new technologies emerge.” “Network-as-a-Service addresses this market shift with a fundamentally new and unique way to acquire and consume communications services. In Australia and New Zealand we are seeking to expand our existing channel alliances, our breadth of subscription offerings and then make these available to our increasingly broad base of customers.” In collaboration with HPE Financial Services, HPE Technology Services and leading alliances, including Accenture and Deloitte, organizations can dynamically react to changing needs by leveraging an OpEx-based NaaS model. This model allows organizations to immediately adopt the most modern network infrastructure, designed for new business applications with secure connectivity for IoT and improved user experiences via actionable, real- time insights.   Key benefits for enterprise customers include: -  Better utilization of technology and resources - With a NaaS model, enterprises can deploy and capitalize on the latest technology without burdening internal IT resources with additional training or tasks, allowing them to focus on business priorities. -  Ability to slash costs by moving to an operational expense model - Enterprises can reduce capital expenditures to simplify their budget process and better predict and manage network acquisition, administration and operational costs. -  Improved management of network scalability, flexibility and technology cycles - With the network functioning like a utility, organizations can scale their network as it grows and easily add new services like BYOD, IoT, security, location-based services and proactive management. Enabling Channel Partners with the Power of Cloud-based Managed Services Wireless LAN, wired switching and WAN routing infrastructures can now be managed for customers by resellers and service providers using Aruba Central, a subscription-based network services solution hosted in the public cloud, expanding the reach of cloud networking to many different customer scenarios. Aruba Central enables Aruba resellers to take advantage of Central’s support for multi-tenancy and its built-in managed services portal, and start offering managed services to their customer base. With a turnkey solution and no additional platform engineering cost or complexity, Aruba Central delivers a recurring revenue stream with higher margin opportunities for Aruba resellers. Aruba channel partners and Aruba customers with varying levels of IT infrastructure administration across many distributed sites can take advantage of the platform – with different IT groups having unique privileges or access to the platform, defined per location. David Elliott, Aruba’s ANZ Channel Sales Director said: “Aruba’s Network-as-a-Service is market changing for our channel partners in the region and will deliver them a real competitive edge against some of the legacy networking vendors. Many of our partners are highly experienced in delivering the ‘as-a-service’ model for other technologies, and now with Aruba Network-as-a-Service managed through Aruba Central, they can keep their customers up-to-date on the latest innovations in both networking as well as the wider technology ecosystem, creating real value for them by enabling better utilization of technology and resources.” Additional Resources• Deloitte Blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Technology-Blog/Consider-Modernizing-Your- Network-Consumption-Model/ba-p/275495 About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organizations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives. 1 IDC – SDN Market to Gain Enterprise Headway, Driven by 3rd Platform and Cloud #US40628315 2 IDC – Worldwide Cloud Managed Enterprise WLAN Infrastructure and Cloud-Managed Services Forecast, 2016-2020 #US41650215 To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com. ©2016 Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, Aruba’s trademarks include Aruba Networks®, Aruba The Mobile Edge Company® (stylized), Aruba Mobility-Defined NetworksTM, Aruba Mobility Management System®, People Move Networks Must Follow®, Mobile Edge Architecture®, RFProtect®, Green Island®, ETips®, ClientMatch®, Virtual Intranet AccessTM, ClearPass Access Management SystemsTM, Aruba InstantTM, ArubaOSTM, xSecTM, ServiceEdgeTM, Aruba ClearPass Access Management SystemTM, AirmeshTM, AirWaveTM, Aruba CentralTM, and ARUBA@WORKTM. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information, please contact: Luisa OR Sarah at DEC PR +61 2 8014 5033 and aruba@decpr.com.au  HPE Aruba Introduces Developer-Ready Mobile First Platform to Unlock the Potential of Modern IT Infrastructures 2016-09-13T01:22:03Z hpe-aruba-introduces-developer-ready-mobile-first-platform-to-unlock-the-potential-of-modern-it-infrastructures   Aruba Mobile First Platform Provides Real-Time Insights to Improve User Experiences and IoT Security Australian developers first to market with new mobility innovations New Partner Ready for Networking Program Expands Revenue Opportunities for the ANZ Sales Channel Sydney, Australia – Sept 13, 2016 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today announced the Aruba Mobile First Platform, a software layer that uses application programming interfaces (APIs) to provide third-party developers and business leaders with network insights to improve applications and services. The platform accelerates integration and innovation of mobile and IoT at the speed of the developer ecosystem, rather than the pace of a single vendor. To support today’s mobile first and rapidly developing IoT environment, networks must deliver more than connectivity. The days of one-dimensional networks designed for static functions are over. Modern networks must be able to easily adapt to new application requirements on-demand. With actionable insights about the use of specific mobile apps and the operational technologies powered by IoT, networks can help organizations justify future digital technology investments. The Aruba Mobile First Platform unlocks the ability for an ecosystem of developers and technology vendors to freely innovate, utilizing the rich contextual information the Aruba infrastructure collects from mobile and IoT devices, and customize networking functions dynamically in real-time. As a result, customers can improve existing applications and create new ones to enhance the customer experience, improve business operations, and drive new revenue opportunities.Australian developers first to market “Whether it’s robotics in the classroom or nanochip-based tablets used for collaboration across campus networks, our customers in Australia and New Zealand are seeking to innovate at the same pace as new devices, hardware, software and internet of things technologies emerge,” said Steve Coad, Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand – Aruba. “Now, with the Aruba Mobile First platform, we can offer that ability, and moreover, offer the ecosystem of developers around us a software layer and programming interface which allows them to rapidly connect and integrate their solutions, ensuring speed to market is faster for us all.” Three Australian developers, including Kasada, Sine Co and Skyfii, are the first ecosystem technology partners globally to innovate on the new Mobile First Platform, bringing new solutions to market immediately. They are joined by Intel Security. (Please refer to notes to editors below.) Aruba’s existing customers in Australia and New Zealand include Scentre Group (Westfield), General Pants, Epworth Healthcare, University of New England, Trust Power, University of Technology: Sydney, The Catholic Education Office, JB Hi Fi, The Australian Open, Maritime New Zealand, Medibank, TAFE NSW, Feros Care, and KFC.Advanced Network Controls and Policy Enforcement for Pervasive Mobility The foundation of the Aruba Mobile First Platform is built on ArubaOS 8, a new operating system that allows developers to leverage contextual information from the infrastructure via its northbound API. Deployed as a virtual machine (VM) on a server appliance, ArubaOS 8 significantly simplifies changes within the infrastructure and enables customers to instantly scale their networks. ArubaOS 8 also enables greater programmability in the Aruba infrastructure with the ability to upload custom app signatures in real-time. Developers and ecosystem partners can easily enable policy management and quality control for new, business critical applications without network upgrades or downtime.   Ecosystem partner, Skyfii, harnesses the power of the Aruba Mobile First Platform to help businesses analyze and visualize customer behavior data. Leveraging contextual data about users, devices, applications and location from the Aruba Analytics and Location Engine (ALE), Skyfii gives retailers a better understanding of behavior and lets them engage shoppers with targeted advertising and marketing calls to actions.Increased Network and Application Access Control for Mobile and IoT The latest enhancements to Aruba ClearPass software as part of the Mobile First Platform deliver deeper insights into all connected devices and improve capabilities for third party integration. The new ClearPass Extensions make it easier for IT security professionals and developers to integrate cloud-hosted technology services with Aruba ClearPass. Without major code changes to the base ClearPass software, ecosystem partners simply place their software into a repository that can be leveraged via an API. This allows customers to easily and quickly create automated workflows. In the case of McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO), Intel Security’s unified management platform, users can check the status of a device. McAfee ePO also provides unified management of endpoint, network and data security. With end-to-end visibility and powerful automation tools, McAfee ePO dramatically strengthens protection and drives down the cost and complexity of managing risk and security. “ClearPass Extensions and the Aruba Mobile First Platform provide a simplified, open model for us to rapidly integrate and extend our offering,” said D.J. Long, Head of Intel Security Innovation Alliance. “The McAfee ePO integration with ClearPass provides customers unified visibility of security posture regardless of network, device type or user location, and automates access policy to safeguard enterprise networks.” To automate access to Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) attributes from the cloud, the Microsoft Intune integration via ClearPass Extensions enables greater control for organizations that want to provide employees with secure access to corporate applications, data, and resources on almost any device. The Intune integration with Aruba will be available in Q4 CY2016. “Delivered from the cloud and designed to address the needs of today’s mobile-first cloud-first world, Microsoft Intune delivers a comprehensive set of mobile device management and mobile application management capabilities that help you manage your diverse mobile environment in a secure and unified way” said Andrew Conway, General Manager of Product Marketing for Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security. “Our integration with Aruba ClearPass will allow you to make sure only managed and compliant devices are able to connect to your corporate network.” Opening the doors to a wide variety of use cases, technology partners like Kasada can be integrated easily for multi-factor authentication (MFA) workflows. Envoy and Sine are examples of partners that automate a guest Wi-Fi access request through ClearPass, via their visitor registration services. Customers can leverage existing solutions, improve user experience and quickly utilize automation to offload IT resources. The new ClearPass OnConnect is ideal for customers who are not ready to deploy 802.1X and RADIUS across their multivendor wired networks for IoT connectivity. Policy management for such environments can still be enabled, where all devices are profiled and placed into proper network segments, without extensive IT operational investment.Improved User Experience and Business Insights for Indoor Location Services The Aruba Mobile First Platform introduces advanced Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) analytics capabilities to the Meridian Mobile App Platform that go beyond simple monitoring of dwell times at a specific location. The new Meridian Goals leverages insights gathered via BLE to inform marketing and business development teams about the success or failure of their latest engagement campaigns, eliminating the need to sort through varied, detailed reports to determine the results of an engagement program.   With the latest release of Meridian, businesses can now enable location sharing among visitors at venues or employees at work. Individuals running the same mobile app on their phones can share their physical location with colleagues and friends while retaining complete control of their privacy. These new features heighten the user experience and fuel business intelligence regarding collaboration in the workplace and customer behavior within public venues.Delivering Cloud Networking to Distributed Enterprises Addressing the demands for highly customizable cloud networking solutions, Aruba has made significant advancements to its subscription-based, cloud-hosted network services solution, Aruba Central. With its multi- tenant architecture and the new managed services portal, Aruba Central allows resellers to rapidly create custom- branded managed services, deliver value-added services to existing customers and tap into new opportunities. Existing customers and partners can now easily add Aruba Central to their portfolio by integrating it with their existing systems through APIs. Additionally, Aruba Central now includes enterprise-grade capabilities such as Aruba Clarity for predictive visibility into Wi-Fi health and Wi-Fi analytics for visibility into mobile user presence across different physical spaces. The new Aruba Central mobile app allows IT staff to deploy Wi-Fi, wired and WAN routing infrastructure components with zero touch.Maximize Revenue with the Partner Ready for Networking Program Taking advantage of the Aruba Mobile First Platform and positioning partners to be highly competitive in the rapidly changing mobility networking market, Aruba is introducing the Partner Ready for Networking program. This new channel program takes the best elements of the Aruba PartnerEdge and HPE Partner Ready programs to create a new program that enables partners to capitalize on the burgeoning enterprise mobility market opportunity. According to David Elliott, Aruba’s ANZ Channel Sales Director: “The enhanced program delivers predictable profitability via deal protection and a simple structure that makes it easy to calculate deal profitability. Our channel partners will be rewarded with expanded revenue opportunities for specializing in our full networking solution portfolio spanning wireless and switching as well as for developing further expertise in recognized mobility competencies.” The ability to sell extensive services, including managed services such as Aruba Central, will further enhance partner margins and enable them to attain trusted advisor status with their customers. Elliott said, the ability for partners to move quickly and be responsive to their customers drove one of the core principles of the new program – to simplify and make it easier to do business.” “The Partner Ready for Networking Program offers a dedicated partner portal, streamlined one-page deal registration with simplified approval process, easy to understand program requirements with a single point of contact, and planned MDF and lead generation tools and services.” With the new Partner Ready for Networking program, partners will significantly improve their competitive position while maximizing their revenue opportunities with a more predictable revenue stream. Technology Ecosystem Partners Quotes Businesses globally are using Envoy’s visitor registration system to provide a seamless, digital visitor sign-in experience in the workplace. “To make Envoy even better, our customers have been asking for an easy way to provide Wi-Fi access to visitors at the time of registration,” said Larry Gadea, CEO of Envoy. “By integrating our solution with Aruba’s ClearPass Extensions framework, we have created a unique, one-step process that makes visitor registration and Wi-Fi access hassle-free." Software security company, Kasada leads a new paradigm in enterprise digital security by augmenting multifactor authentication (MFA) using and eliminating the need for tokens and passwords. “Combining the Kasada photograph-centric, cloud-based MFA platform with simplified integration via Aruba’s ClearPass Extensions enables enterprise MFA to provide additional automated digital security solutions based on custom factors such as time or suspicious behaviors,” said Sam Crowther, CTO and co-founder of Kasada. “Together we are essentially replacing weak passwords with an easier, more secure solution.” Intelligent visitor and contractor registration software company, Sine, has thousands of customers worldwide. "Using Aruba’s ClearPass Extensions to integrate, we are now able to streamline check-in and Wi-Fi registration functions into a single, seamless process which saves enterprises time and results in faster productivity for end users,” said Antony Ceravolo, CEO and Founder of Sine. “We’ve also added a mobile app option which simplifies and expedites the process even more for frequent visitors.” Skyfii is a data services company that provides cloud-based analytics and location data-driven marketing solutions to help businesses and organizations capture, analyze, and visualize customer behaviors. “Integrating Skyfii’s IO platform with ClearPass Extensions enables businesses to combine network access authentication and customer analytics into a single, uniform and adaptable process,” said Charlie Clemmer, Senior Director for Skyfii. “By combining the custom branding developed within the ClearPass portal and capitalizing on the valuable information ClearPass already collects, customers can turn big data into smart data without the impractical chore of building custom Skyfii integrations for ClearPass.”Availability The Aruba Mobile First Platform and the associated enhancements to ArubaOS, Aruba Central, Aruba ClearPass and Aruba Meridian are available in the fourth quarter calendar year 2016.Additional Resources Kasada blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Technology-Blog/ClearPass-Extensions-Kasada-tackle- weak-passwords/ba-p/275264 SkyFii blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Technology-Blog/ClearPass-Extensions-help-Skyfii- customers-take-flight/ba-p/275265 Sine blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Technology-Blog/ClearPass-Extensions-are-a-Sine-of-the- Times/ba-p/275349 Parnter Ready for Networking Blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Aruba-Unplugged/Introducing- Partner-Ready-for-Networking/ba-p/275485 Executive Blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Aruba-Unplugged/The-Mobile-First-Enterprise- Makes-GenMobile-Feel-Right-at-Home/ba-p/275237 Aruba Mobile First Platform Product Page: http://www.arubanetworks.com/products/mobile-first-platform/ Aruba Demo 360 Video: https://youtu.be/JwkcbUbwTi4 About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organizations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com. ©2016 Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, Aruba’s trademarks include Aruba Networks®, Aruba The Mobile Edge Company® (stylized), Aruba Mobility-Defined NetworksTM, Aruba Mobility Management System®, People Move Networks Must Follow®, Mobile Edge Architecture®, RFProtect®, Green Island®, ETips®, ClientMatch®, Virtual Intranet AccessTM, ClearPass Access Management SystemsTM, Aruba InstantTM, ArubaOSTM, xSecTM, ServiceEdgeTM, Aruba ClearPass Access Management SystemTM, AirmeshTM, AirWaveTM, Aruba CentralTM, and ARUBA@WORKTM. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information, please contact: Luisa OR Sarah at DEC PR +61 2 8014 5033 and aruba@decpr.com.au  AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T01:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au Aruba ramps up channel presence in ANZ 2016-09-01T00:40:18Z aruba-ramps-up-channel-presence-in-anz New channel resources reaffirm Aruba’s commitment as channel-first organisation Aruba more than doubles channel local headcount Hires new sales and engineering resources to ensure growth is backed by Aruba’s renowned product and service offering SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. 1 September, 2016 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), has today announced strong business momentum and channel growth with a series of new hires across the business in Australia and New Zealand. In a bid to aggressively grow its foothold in the ANZ market, Aruba increased its headcount by 83 per cent. A key appointment for the business is Andrew Fox, Country Manager, Aruba New Zealand, who oversees all technical sales, pre-sales and customer delivery in New Zealand. Via this rapidly expanding team, Aruba is building the sales and channel engine to gear up for expected business growth in the second half of 2016.   “We’re excited to welcome so many new faces to our team. I’m proud of the team we have developed, which will help build the sales and channel engine for Aruba and ensure we remain a strong, channel-centric organisation. With an additional pool of resources, we are gearing up for the next phase of growth and the next six months will be an exciting time for the business,” said David Elliott, Channel Director, Aruba South Pacific.   Following its inaugural Atmosphere ANZ event in November last year, dedicated to training and celebrating channel partners and distributors, Steve Coad, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand for Aruba, said the resourcing was a direct reflection of what Aruba’s customers and partners were demanding.    “We’re resourcing up to meet the needs of our customers and partners, and building a team to support the increasing demand for a strong and dependable end-to-end network solution. Both locally and around the world Aruba is leading the charge on innovative networking technologies, and the addition of HPE’s switching last year has strengthened our ability to roll-out a wired and wireless solution that supports the digital and Internet of Things (IoT) workplace.   “As businesses adapt to embrace new ways of working such as a mobile-first approach and IoT enablement, Aruba consistently delivers trusted, secure and high-performance networks to meet these evolving needs. We’ve received very positive feedback from our partners and distributors and we look forward to continuing to develop our services to support the channel community, ” said Coad.   - Ends -       About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organisations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com.©2016 Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, Aruba’s trademarks include Aruba Networks®, Aruba The Mobile Edge Company® (stylized), Aruba Mobility-Defined Networks™, Aruba Mobility Management System®, People Move Networks Must Follow®, Mobile Edge Architecture®, RFProtect®, Green Island®, ETips®, ClientMatch®, Virtual Intranet AccessTM, ClearPass Access Management SystemsTM, Aruba InstantTM, ArubaOSTM, xSecTM, ServiceEdgeTM, Aruba ClearPass Access Management SystemTM, AirmeshTM, AirWaveTM, Aruba CentralTM, and ARUBA@WORKTM. 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