The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-04-16T05:21:13Z Exclusive Breakfast Seminar Invitation: Is there a gaping hole in your network SECURITY? 2014-04-16T05:21:13Z exclusive-breakfast-seminar-invitation-is-there-a-gaping-hole-in-your-network-security Just assume for a second that you’re already infected. HOW WOULD YOU KNOW? Your Security systems are SMASHING you with data overload and systems vendors are greedily rubbing their hands together when you mention the problem.  On 1st May, LogicalTech would like to invite you to join WatchGuard CEO, Joe Wang for a complimentary breakfast seminar and we’ll show you how to get the visibility you need without spending another cent. Limited seatings only! So register now before it's too late.Register now and join us to learn about: •    Protection from advanced malware which is purpose built to avoid signature based Anti-Virus solutions•    WatchGuard's cloud-enhanced, next-generation sandboxing technology one of the industry’s most sophisticated platforms for detecting APTs and zero-day malware. •    WatchGuard’s FREE Network visibility tool: Dimension, Winner of Network Computing’s Best Product of the Year Award! Get Sample Reports HERE! Location: Sheraton Melbourne Hotel | Ballroom 2 | 27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000 Date | Time: 1st May 2014 | 8.00 AM to 10:00 AM Agenda: 8:00 AM - 8:15 AM - Registration 8:15 AM - 8:45 AM - Breakfast 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM - Presentation 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM - Q & A Trying to be an expert at everything is RISKY. WatchGuard removes this risk by partnering with the industry’s BEST technology providers for Anti-Virus, Web Filtering, Anti-Spam, Intrusion Prevention, Application Control and Data Loss Prevention in a single, simple to manage appliance. WatchGuard call this concept UTM or Unified Threat Management. Sounds expensive right? WRONG. In almost every instance, combining security platforms will give your network BETTER COVERAGE and deliver significant cost savings. How can you be sure? We believe our long standing WatchGuard partner don’t just talk the talk, we want you to be sure before making a commitment. Let us show you how by having you to take up our WatchGuard OFFER of a FREE consultation worth $2500 - Exclusive to only LogicalTech's seminar attendees! We & WatchGuard will help you build a business case for better security by answering just a few simple questions. WatchGuard engineering team will set up and configure a UTM appliance which can monitor your network and prepare a report to help uncover potential vulnerabilities. In the meantime, click HERE to see some sample reports you can get from WatchGuard Dimension. LogicalTech & WatchGuard look forward to seeing you at the event and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. LogicalTech is one of the leading & trusted WatchGuard Technologies Professional Partner. iSolutions Expands Asset Management Software Development Team with Offshore Capaibility 2014-04-16T01:36:48Z isolutions-expands-asset-management-software-development-team-with-offshore-capaibility To boost development capacity, iSolutions has expanded its team by adding 18 full-time developers in Vietnam. The core asset management software development team in Sydney will remain in place, with the addition of a new business analyst.The expansion comes after a successful three month trial with an initial team of 8.Darryl Smith, iSolutions CIO comments, “Over the last 18 months we have spent a lot of time modifying the back end of AMT to enable us to deploy apps. Our new off-shore capability will allow us to rapidly develop and deploy new apps and modules to meet our customers’ needs.”The new development team provide additional capability as iSolutions is set to significantly enhance AMT over the next 12 months. “Technology is changing rapidly and this enables us to keep the product current.” Darryl commented.The first apps being developed are Inspections (perform inspections and record defects), Timesheets (capture and confirm employee timesheets), Workbench (view and record usages, measurements), Customers (view market share and sales opportunities & update component schedule), Fleet Statistics (view and update asset statistics). The apps will work on all modern mobile devices – iPad, iPhone, Android phones & tablets, Windows Phone – as well as common desktop browsers (eg. Chrome, Firefox, IE). Hay Group Announces the Acquisition of Talent Q, Providers of High Quality Online Psychometric Assessments, Training and Consultancy Services 2014-04-15T23:42:35Z hay-group-announces-the-acquisition-of-talent-q-providers-of-high-quality-online-psychometric-assessments-training-and-consultancy-services Sydney, 16 April, 2014 – Hay Group, the global management consultancy, today announced that it has acquired leading online psychometric assessments, training and consultancy services provider, Talent Q. The acquisition adds to the already strong assessment services Hay Group offers clients as part of its broader people-related advisory services.  It enables the firm to provide objective and actionable insights about applicants and employees at all levels in an organisation. Founded by leading occupational psychologist Roger Holdsworth in 2006, Talent Q is a pioneer of online psychometric assessments and one of the most innovative players in the market, serving all sizes of organisation and across many different industry segments. As a result of the acquisition, clients in over 125 countries will benefit from Hay Group and Talent Q combined expertise. "Both Hay Group and Talent Q are known for their deep people expertise and commitment to innovation and client service, which led us to first become strategic partners in 2010," said Stephen Kaye, President and CEO of Hay Group. "Today's announcement reinforces our strategy to be a leading advisory company both in consulting and technology led services. It brings together exceptional talent to help our clients gain a competitive advantage by putting the right people in the right roles, at every level faster." The shortage of skilled people around the world, compounded by a significant increase in employee turnover as the economy improves, means that the pressure on organisations to select, develop and retain talent has never been greater.  Together, Hay Group and Talent Q will provide powerful insights to help clients address these talent challenges. "We are delighted to join Hay Group and Talent Q together.” said Chris Holdsworth, CEO of Talent Q. "We know Hay Group well and have already seen the joint impact we can have on client organisations through our longstanding partnership. We share a passion for client service, outstanding user experience and putting solid science and great data behind everything we do. By combining our expertise we will able to offer our clients new ways to get the most from their people. We are really excited about the future.” ends Please note: this study should be credited to ‘global management consultancy, Hay Group’, and not ‘Hay’ or ‘Hays’, which are separate and unrelated organisations. About Talent Q Talent Q design and deliver innovative online psychometric assessments, training and consultancy, to help organisations make better, more informed decisions about their people. Talent Q work with over 1,000 national and international organisations across all sectors, and with a network of partners in over 50 countries and with assessments in over 40 languages, they’re able to deliver talent management solutions to clients across the world. For more information, please visit www.talentqgroup.com. About Hay Group Hay Group is a global management consulting firm that works with leaders to transform strategy into reality. We develop talent, organise people to be more effective and motivate them to perform at their best. Our focus is on making change happen and helping people and organisations realise their potential. We have over 3000 employees working in 87 offices in 49 countries. Our insight is supported by robust data from over 125 countries. Our clients are from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, across every major industry. For more information please contact your local office through www.haygroup.com. Zebra Technologies to Acquire Enterprise Business from Motorola Solutions for $3.45 Billion 2014-04-15T23:40:42Z zebra-technologies-to-acquire-enterprise-business-from-motorola-solutions-for-3-45-billion Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) and Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement in which Zebra will acquire Motorola’s Enterprise business for $3.45 billion in an all-cash transaction. The acquisition will be funded through a combination of cash on hand and new debt. The transaction, which was approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.   “This acquisition will transform Zebra into a leading provider of solutions that deliver greater intelligence and insights into our customers’ enterprises and extended value chains,” stated Anders Gustafsson, Zebra’s chief executive officer. “The Enterprise business will generate significant value for our shareholders by driving further product innovation and deeper engagement with our customers and partners. It positions Zebra as a leading technology innovator, with the accelerating convergence of mobility, data analytics and cloud computing.”   “Our Enterprise business is an ideal fit for Zebra,” stated Greg Brown, Motorola Solutions chairman and CEO. “This transaction will enable us to further sharpen our strategic focus on providing mission-critical solutions for our government and public safety customers. Upon closing of the transaction, we intend to return the proceeds to our shareholders in a timely fashion.”   With 2013 pro-forma sales of approximately $2.5 billion (excluding sales of its iDEN products), Motorola’s Enterprise business is an industry leader in mobile computing and advanced data capture communications technologies and services.  Through this transaction, Zebra will enter the segment where Motorola’s Enterprise business competes and strengthen its position in key industries including Retail, Transportation & Logistics, and Manufacturing and serve approximately 95 percent of the Fortune 500. Zebra Technologies, with 2013 sales of $1.0 billion, is an industry leader in barcode and enterprise printing, asset tracking, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, and motion and location sensing. The combination of these technology offerings and asset tracking solutions, together with Motorola’s Enterprise business, will create an industry leader in enterprise asset intelligence for the Connected Age.   The combined Zebra Technologies with Motorola’s Enterprise business would have had pro-forma sales in 2013 of approximately $3.5 billion. Approximately 4,500 employees are expected to join Zebra upon completing this transaction. Motorola Solutions will retain its iDEN product portfolio that was part of its Enterprise business and will continue its Government business, including its professional commercial radio product portfolio.  Motorola Solutions will continue to manufacture, design, integrate and deliver industry leading voice and data communication solutions for government and public safety customers worldwide. Motorola Solutions sells these secure, mission-critical and innovative products, services and solutions with unique software designs that are the cutting edge in public safety technology. It also holds a unique portfolio of intellectual property.   Strategic Fit for Zebra The transaction will significantly expand Zebra’s geographic reach; the combined company will have about 20,000 channel partners in more than 100 countries, and will hold a robust portfolio of intellectual property, with approximately 4,500 U.S. and international patents issued and pending. Key benefits to Zebra and its shareholders include: Stronger combined platform with multiple growth opportunities New and comprehensive product, technology and IP portfolio Leading end-to-end solutions across key industries with global reach Highly diversified business mix Creating synergies by maximizing efficiencies and scale Attractive growth and free cash flow profile   Strategic Rationale for Motorola Solutions “Last year, we undertook a thorough review of our strategy and concluded that the synergies between our Government and Enterprise businesses were not as great as the value we could create by being singularly focused on our core Government & Public Safety business,” Motorola’s Brown said. “Going forward, we will have absolute clarity of purpose and mission as we serve customers globally with our suite of mission-critical communications solutions. This business is truly distinctive in its industry leadership, strong pipeline position, long-term track record of consistent profitability and cash flow, and an array of growth opportunities.”   Transaction Details Under the agreement, Zebra will acquire the Enterprise business from Motorola Solutions in an all-cash transaction valued at $3.45 billion, which Zebra management expects to be immediately accretive on a cash earnings basis. Zebra expects to fund the transaction with approximately $200 million of available cash on hand and $3.25 billion that is fully committed to be raised through a new credit facility and the issuance of debt securities. The transaction is not subject to a financing condition and is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. Morgan Stanley is serving as financial adviser to Zebra and is providing a fully underwritten financing commitment for the debt component of the transaction. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as legal advisor to Zebra.   Goldman, Sachs & Co., and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC are serving as financial advisers to Motorola in connection with this transaction. Winston & Strawn LLP is serving as legal adviser to Motorola. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as legal adviser to the Motorola Board of Directors.   New eBook helps outfox public speaking fears 2014-04-15T22:10:23Z new-ebook-helps-outfox-public-speaking-fears Presence Communications has launched an eBook to help business professionals fight the urge to ‘chicken out’ of public speaking. The aptly titled Chicken In eBook explains why the mere thought of public speaking can rob an otherwise confident person of the nerve to present or pitch their ideas to an audience. The book also offers more than 20 tips for turning fear about public speaking into ‘feeling energetic and ready’. Presence Communications Corporate Director and Lead Trainer, Leanne Wyvill, said the book was inspired by a comment she heard during a recent ‘Presenting with Purpose and Passion’ training session. “It was a glib, throw-away comment from one of the participants in the workshop I was facilitating, but a rather silly image stuck in my mind and I had to explore its meaning further,” Ms Wyvill explained. “When she said ‘I always want to chicken out when I’m asked to present my ideas to an audience’, I pictured a room full of Chicken Little look-alikes dressed in suits and flying into a panic – it was such a bizarre thought and I knew it wouldn’t leave me until I had answered my own question of ‘why?’”. After researching the basis of public speaking fears and reflecting on her own presenting experiences, Ms Wyvill said the idea of compiling her knowledge into an accessible book soon took over from the one of flailing feathers. “I opted for an eBook format to make it easier for the reader to refer back to it whenever they feel their public speaking jitters need settling, even if it’s just before they take the stage. “It doesn’t matter how many times you speak to an audience, feeling nervous is part of the experience and this is one of the concepts described in the book,” Ms Wyvill said. The Chicken In eBook can be downloaded from www.presencepresents.com.au from 15 April. For more information about presenting and public speaking training with Presence, contact Leanne Wyvill on 1300 504 278. 'End of Financial Year is coming’ 2014-04-14T23:00:00Z end-of-financial-year-is-coming ‘End of Financial Year is coming’ Almost half of SMEs preparing for EOFY ahead of time; Five tips to make EOFY easier The message to prepare early for the end of the financial year (EOFY) is resonating amongst SMEs who report they are not waiting until after June 30 to make inroads into their compliance obligations. In the March 2014 MYOB Business Monitor, nearly one third of SMEs reported they start preparing their financial reports at least a month before EOFY (31%). A further 17% stated that they start their preparations in the weeks prior to June 30, and only 12% reported not starting preparation until two months after the financial year ends. MYOB CEO Tim Reed says it’s heartening to see a high proportion of SMEs getting to grips ahead of time with compliance issues and other matters relating to EOFY. “Preparing for EOFY early means SMEs can start the new financial year on the front foot. While EOFY is a compliance-driven exercise, it can be an ideal opportunity to draw a line under the previous year and look at what worked for your business, and what didn’t. This way when you look ahead to the next year you’ll have a much better idea of what activity will drive your success,” says Mr Reed. Nearly two thirds of SMEs (64%) use an accountant and a further 13% use a bookkeeper to help them with EOFY compliance. Mr Reed says the EOFY process is when SMEs are likely to spend the most time with their accountant or bookkeeper, so they should take advantage of the opportunity for sound advice. “For most business owners their accountant or bookkeeper is their most trusted business advisor. They can help create and/or update their strategic plan. They can also advise on the best way to seek additional resources to grow the business; whether that’s moving to online solutions, funding a new employee or acquiring a complementary business.” With online accounting making EOFY compliance easier than ever before, Mr Reed suggests SMEs use the time gained from increased productivity to work with their business advisor on plans for the coming year. Mr Reed says, “The economic indicators point to 2014 as shaping up to be the year in which many local operators can fulfil their business potential.” The March 2014 MYOB Business Monitor survey also highlights that SMEs can face a tough few weeks ahead as they grapple with EOFY requirements. 31% reported working weekends, 20% have worked past midnight and 14% turned down invitations to catch up with friends in order to complete their EOFY obligations in the past. Of the four generations captured in the survey, Gen Y (18-29yrs) were the group that said they worked beyond midnight (33%), had been unable to take planned holidays (27%), had missed an important family event (13%), or had hired a babysitter for a significant amount of time (8%) to meet their EOFY obligations. Almost one quarter of small businesses (5-19 employees) said they had turned down an invitation to catch up with friends to meet their EOFY obligations (24%), followed by medium-sized businesses with 20-199 employees (21%), micro businesses with 1-4 employees (17%) and solo operators (11%). Whether a business is well ahead of the process, or has yet to begin preparation, Mr Reed offers the following top five tips for EOFY: Take advantage of deductions, write-offs and rebates before June 30 Contact your accountant to discuss the deductions, write-offs and rebates available to your business before June 30. Take action to scrap worthless stock, plant and equipment by reviewing your asset register (which keeps track of your company equipment including items purchased, sold or disposed of).  Provide relevant information to your accountant or bookkeeper Once the previous step is completed provide all necessary financial information to your accountant or bookkeeper. There are several options; for example, have them make a point-in-time copy from your data file in the cloud, or provide them with a secure copy of your backed up files. Check what best suits them.   Finalise end of year adjustments Your accountant or bookkeeper may want to make a number of adjustments to your reports or accounts. Once changes have been updated, lock all accounts relating to that year so that data remains accurate. This will help ensure an easy transition into the new financial year. Create a separate copy of your accounts and back it up Whether you’re working on your accounts in the cloud or on your desktop, you should seriously consider making a point-in-time backup outside your accounting system that creates a data file for the 2013/2014 financial year only. Carefully save and store your 2013/2014 financial year file elsewhere in the cloud or offline. Prepare for the new financial year The end of financial year shouldn’t be all reports and numbers. It’s also a good time to reassess and tweak your business plan and ensure you’re on the right path for next financial year. It’s a good idea to review your accounting software and think about how your business can benefit from cloud accounting solutions, whether that’s moving to online accounting or removing pain points by using add-on solutions. - ENDS - For MYOB product information, research results, business tips, discussions, client service and more visit the MYOB website, or its The Pulse Blog, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. -ends- For further comment or other information please contact: Angely Grecia                                                                                             Mitchell Hunt MYOB Public Relations Consultant                                                        Haystac Public Affairs Senior Account Manager P: 02 9089 9071, M: 0449 169 997 E: angely.grecia@myob.com         P: 02 8094 7739 / M: 0428 224 961 / E: myob@haystac.com.au About the MYOB Business Monitor Established in 2004, the MYOB Business Monitor is a national survey of small and medium business owners and managers, commissioned to independent market research firm Colmar Brunton. The most recent study ran in January and February 2014, surveying 1,032 Australian operators from sole traders to mid-sized companies, representing the major industry sectors. The Monitor researches business performance and attitudes around areas such as profitability, cash flow, pipeline work, technology usage and government. Note: the weighting of MYOB client and non-client respondents is reflective of overall market proportions. About MYOB Established in 1991, MYOB is Australia’s leading accounting software provider. It makes life easier for approx. 1.2 million businesses across Australia and New Zealand by simplifying accounting, payroll, tax, CRM, websites, job costing, practice management, inventory and more. MYOB also provides ongoing client support via many channels including a network of over 40,000 accountants, bookkeepers and other consultants. It is committed to ongoing innovation, particularly in cloud computing solutions, and spends more than AU$35 million annually on research and development. For more information, visit myob.com.au. 5 points Australian SMEs must consider before importing from China 2014-04-14T22:49:07Z 5-points-australian-smes-must-consider-before-they-import-from-china Australian businesses looking for lucrative import arrangements are expected to flock to the huge Canton Fair, China's largest import/export exhibition, which takes place this month in Guangzhou, the hub of Chinese manufacturing. Head of Trade Finance at Scottish Pacific, Craig Michie, said growing numbers of Australian SMEs were taking advantage of import opportunities, particularly in China (in 2013 Australia's trade import figure reached $320 billion. Of the 390,000 businesses that attended the Canton Fair in 2013, more than 11,000 were Australian). “Many of our clients attend the fair and take the opportunity to connect their suppliers with our local staff.  The difference this makes to communication and transaction flow enables suppliers to get paid more quickly and our clients get their goods without the confusion and delays that can often occur,” Mr Michie said. To coincide with the 115th Canton Fair (Phase one, April 15-19), Scottish Pacific Tradeline offers these five tips to prevent first time importers from making costly business mistakes. 5 tips for first time importers from China 1.       Understand when you are responsible for the goods. (insist on the appropriate Incoterm)   Incoterms (such as FOB – Free On Board, CIF – Cost Insurance Freight, EXW – Ex Works) determine the tasks, costs, and risks for the buyer and the seller associated with the transportation and delivery of goods. The incoterm will determine when the importer is responsible for the goods and accordingly what insurances are required. 2.       Take out adequate insurance   Once the importer knows when they are responsible for the goods (via the Incoterm), it is important to ensure they have the cargo covered. A common myth is that the Freight Forwarder engaged to facilitate the import will carry insurance. They don’t! Unfortunately marine shipping containers do get lost. As recently as February, 500 shipping containers  were unaccounted for when the vessel Svendborg Maersk was struck by high wind and waves off the coast of France. 3.       Hedge currency risk Most import transactions with China are completed in US dollars. Value fluctuations in AUD versus USD have the potential to seriously harm gross profit margins. To avoid this risk, importers should work with currency providers to set up Forward Exchange Contracts that lock in an exchange rate. 4.       Complete a pre-shipment inspection  Ideally an inspection of the goods should be completed on all shipments. This is even more important when dealing with a new supplier. Once the goods are shipped, it is difficult to arrange for return and obtaining a credit or a refund can be even more difficult. 5.       Understand the impact on cash flow  Buying from overseas suppliers can sometimes deliver exceptionally strong gross margins. However the impact on cash flow is very different to buying from a domestic supplier. Significantly longer cash cycles are involved, requiring much greater levels of working capital. Mr Michie said one of the key success factors for importers is understanding the cash flows and finding the right type of finance to facilitate importation. "Scottish Pacific’s Tradeline can be used for importing of goods for resale, supplementing existing trade facilities and assisting with the acquisition of imported plant and trade equipment," Mr Michie said. "Tradeline has the advantage over other types of funding because facilities can be put in place quickly, don’t interfere with existing finance arrangements and are not reliant upon real estate to secure it," Mr Michie said. Australian importer case study: Korr Lighting This Australian lighting business is tracking for quadruple growth figures after securing a combination of trade and debtor finance to fund an opportunity to supply major retailers In mid 2013, Korr Lighting was in a comfortable position, profitable and growing at 25% per annum, when directors Kirk Buckley and Cameron Cross had a decision to make: continue in the same vein or accelerate their expansion by taking advantage of an emerging opportunity to supply major retailers. Moving into this space would involve importing significantly higher volumes of product and ensuring its availability in Australia at short notice. “If you can’t supply the majors with the goods and the quantities they need, they move on very quickly - you almost become their bank,” according to Mr Buckley. Having decided to pursue the opportunity, the directors explored funding options available through their broker, David Pratt at A Class Business Finance. Scottish Pacific were recommended, because of the speed with which they were able to put in place a debtor finance facility and because they were considered to be easy to work with. It was a bonus to the Korr directors when they raised the idea of providing separate credit facilities to assist with payment to the Chinese suppliers. “Looking back, the debtor finance facility alone wasn’t going to be enough,” said Mr Buckley. "And the two facilities work well in tandem with one another.” Funding from Scottish Pacific enabled Korr Lighting to double its turnover in the current financial year and to budget for the same rate of growth again in FY15. "The fact Scottish Pacific has a Chinese office has been a value add. Their communication with our suppliers has been excellent. You know it’s working well when you don’t hear anything,” Mr Buckley said. Along with many other Australian importers, Korr will be at the Canton Fair again this year. “You can’t not go. Everything is new every year and technology is moving forward. Attending does two things. It introduces you to new products and it tells you if your current products are behind the times.” Scottish Pacific Tradeline is a flexible and effective alternative to traditional trade finance, helping a wide range of businesses to stock, and grow, their businesses. Tradeline offers quick approval (usually within 5 business days), with less restrictive and more flexible (up to 90 days) terms. It can be unsecured, meaning there is no need for the home as security. Privately owned and independent of the banks, Tradeline is backed by Scottish Pacific Debtor Finance with over 25 years of supporting Australian and New Zealand businesses. Scottish Pacific was named Best Cashflow Lender in the 2014 Adviser Non-Bank Lending Awards, as voted by brokers. Canton Fair -  or China Import and Export Fair, is held biannually in Guangzhou every spring and autumn. Phase one starts April 15-19. The Fair, with the broadest distribution of overseas buyers and greatest business turnover in China,  attracts many Australian businesses each year. www.sptradeline.com.au/ Follow Scottish Pacific on Twitter - @ScottishPacific - and on LinkedIn's Company pages - Scottish Pacific Debtor Finance   For more information contact: Kathryn Britt, Cicero Communications Tel: 0414 661 616 kathryn@cicero.net.au NRMA Insurance Survey Reveals Australian Drivers Lack Knowledge About Car Safety Technology 2014-04-14T09:45:11Z nrma-insurance-survey-reveals-australian-drivers-lack-knowledge-about-car-safety-technology A new survey by NRMA Insurance reveals a concerning lack of knowledge among Australian drivers about car safety technology.Despite 95 per cent of Australian drivers claiming safety is their first priority, worryingly only one in 10 drivers feel they are truly knowledgeable about car safety*.There's an obvious need for better education. Awareness of common car safety technologies was also low, with less than 30 per cent able to answer what ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) is and only 20 per cent knowing what ESC (Electronic Stability Control) stood for.The survey also revealed that nearly 60 per cent of drivers did not consider colour as an important factor, yet the NRMA Insurance Research Centre has proved that colour has a direct effect on safety with yellow cars being 10 per cent less likely to be involved in a crash than black ones.Commenting on the results, Head of Research for NRMA Insurance Robert McDonald expressed his concern about the findings of the survey."The results were worrying. Cars have changed a lot over the last 10 years and we urge drivers to understand safety technology and which features to consider when making a car purchase, particularly if buying older, second-hand cars."As a leading car insurer, we are committed to road safety and to reducing risk in the community. We are hoping to help people understand the features and technology that can help make cars safer on the road for passengers and pedestrians, so they can make better informed car purchasing decisions," said Mr McDonald.Additional NRMA Insurance statistics^:- Around half of all collisions occurred in the afternoon between 12pm and 6pm;- The most common day to have a collision was Friday;- NRMA Insurance experienced the highest number of crash claims in the month of May.References:* NRMA Insurance consumer research conducted by Pure Profile on a sample of over 1,000 Australians nationally in February 2014.^ Based on NRMA Insurance NSW comprehensive motor claims data for the 2013 calendar year.Source: http://www.nrma.com.au/two-thirds-australian-drivers-dont-know-what-abs Myionu Launches TrueView - Ultra Fast GPS Tracking 2014-04-14T07:57:54Z myionu-launches-trueview-ultra-fast-gps-tracking GPS Tracking Service Provider Myionu announced the launch of its brand new service called TrueView. Myionu TrueView provides vehicle telemetry updates every Second reporting back their web based portal which can be accessed from anywhere in the world. Along with the location of the vehicle, TrueView will deliver fuel usage based on manufactures consumption figures, vehicle speed and heading along with range of driver behaviour data including harsh breaking and excessive acceleration.     Paul Delaney GM of Myionu said “The TrueView service has been developed following an increased customer demand for even more detail than our current 1 minute and turn by turn packages”. Delaney continues “We see TrueView as a natural evolution in vehicle tracking. TrueView is available on the Telstra Next G network at $49 Inc. GST per month including unlimited access and data costs” Myionu customers can view the real-time data in a map format using Google as well seeing overview using a trip simulator which allows users to “fly “above the route at around 100 meters off the ground.   With so much data available Myionu TrueView is supported with a comprehensive range of management reporting along with rules based alerting platform.   For more information visit myionu.com.au/trueview Downer EDI Mining Selects iSolutions AMT as Core Equipment Management Software 2014-04-14T06:26:19Z downer-edi-mining-selects-isolutions-amt-as-core-equipment-management-software iSolutions International, an Australian based provider of mining asset management software, has been awarded a project to implement their AMT solution to Downer EDI Mining. Downer EDI Mining chose the AMT solution after a detailed evaluation of competing systems. Deployment will be across Downer EDI’s 21 Australian mining sites to manage their project assets as well as their blasting facilities and equipment.Downer EDI is one of Australia’s largest contract services group. It performs a wide range of engineering, mining, rail and maintenance services across Australia. Downer’s General Manager for Plant, Danny Boyling, comments that iSolutions’ AMT product is a great fit for Downer’s business. “iSolutions understands the mining equipment business well and this translates into a great product to manage our assets.”“Their solution (AMT) centres on the life cycle management of assets and supports Downer’s approach to asset management. AMT also has a specific plant rate management module that integrates and complements our in-house legacy systems.”Core integration will be with Oracle’s JDE enterprise system, extending the life of JDE while providing Downer with best of breed asset management capability.Graeme Elgie, iSolutions Managing Director, said, “Downer EDI’s confidence in iSolutions products and services reinforces our position as a great solution for mining across fixed plant, mobile, rail and infrastructure assets.”iSolutions will also provide specialist asset management consultation and implementation services as part of the project. Wesfarmers Resources Curragh Mine Selects AMT Asset Management Software 2014-04-14T06:25:03Z wesfarmers-resources-curragh-mine-selects-amt-asset-management-software Wesfarmers’ owned Curragh Coal mine, a blue chip coal asset in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, has selected iSolutions AMT Asset Management software as the its core asset management platform. After an extensive review, Curragh selected AMT as their asset management system in order to improve their existing maintenance systems and processes. AMT will be used for Curragh’s long term planning, short term planning and scheduling, as well as work order generation, budgeting, forecasting and asset management reporting. Chris Goodwin, Curragh’s Manager for Maintenance & Asset Management commented: “Of all the systems we looked at, we felt that AMT was clearly the best tool to assist Curragh in bringing operational and financial improvements to our maintenance group. AMT was the strongest across all areas of our business which is beneficial because it means the maintenance group only has to work out of one system.”  AMT will be tightly integrated with Oracle eAM purchasing and inventory. AMT will play a primary role in managing the critical assets including all mobile plant, draglines, and fixed plant. Data will be feed back into Oracle eAM in order to maintain a single point of reference for Wesfarmer’s financials and reporting.   iSolutions’ AMT system focuses on asset management for the mining industry. AMT is currently being used at over 200 sites globally and is widely recognised as the premium asset management tool for mining. The primary benefits of the AMT system when implemented with a sound maintenance process are to improve maintenance decision making, quickly produce an accurate maintenance budget, proactively identify asset performance issues and deliver relevant KPI reporting to help improve operations. Important asset management concepts such as whole of life costing (life cycle costing) are built into the core of AMT. Life cycle costing helps asset managers understand the future economic impact of their decisions. It allows financial managers to understand maintenance liabilities and avoid cash flow ‘surprises’ and it gives the mine manager a short and long term view of asset availability. This is a significant sale for iSolutions and we are very pleased to have Curragh as a client. Sitech to Distribute AMT Maintenance Software in Peru 2014-04-14T06:21:50Z sitech-to-distribute-amt-maintenance-software-in-peru iSolutions proudly announces a software distribution agreement with Sitech in Peru covering their leading Asset and Maintenance Management Software, AMT. AMT is best of breed maintenance software for managing mining and construction equipment. Sitech will distribute AMT to the growing Peruvian mining and construction sector. Sitech, 100% owned by Ferreyros, the Caterpillar Dealer in Peru, has a great reputation as a technology provider. Ferreyros has invested in Sitech Peru to bring leading technology solutions to Peru and can provide dedicated local and regional support. Stuart Burckhardt, Chief Marketing Officier for iSolutions International remarked, "Peru has a significant and growing mining and construction industry. There is over US$60B of mining investement slated for the next decade and demand for mining technology will be high. To distribute AMT effectively in Peru we needed a strong partner local partner and we have found that in Sitech." iSolutions develops and markets AMT to help mining and construction companies improve equipment performance and reduce life cycle operating costs. Used by over 200 equipment sites around the world, AMT incorporates the latest methodologies for equipment management and provides a structured approach for users to follow. AMT can be used by construction and mining equipment companies both large and small. The entry level package, AMT One is cost effective for companies with only 20 assets or more. AMT Enterprise caters for large or multi-site mining companies with hundreds or thousands of equipment. AMT can bolt onto existing enterprise and finance and dispatch systems such as Ellipse, SAP, Oracle, Accpac or JDE to provide proactive asset management functionality. AMT can also operate as a stand-alone system to manage day to day maintenance and improve maintenance efficiency. iSolutions count some of the world’s leading Equipment Management companies as customers including Yanacocha, GyM-StraCON and of course Ferreyros in Peru. Other international customers include Glencore, Newmont Mining, Peabody Energy and Atlas Copco Chile. Improving Business Fitness 2014-04-14T03:41:59Z improving-business-fitness Maintaining a healthy business can be as challenging as keeping up with those regular workouts at the gym according to Sydney business coach, Mike Reddy.  "It requires strategy - an action plan - complete with realistic goals and deadlines", he says.So it's probably a great opportunity for some self reflection. There's no point in repeating the same mistakes time after time.  Yet that's one of the bad (and expensive) business habits we can sometimes get ourselves into.So consider what has NOT worked in the past - and learn from it.Mr Reddy highlighted some areas that he focuses on when coaching small businesses: Control spending.  Most small businesses I work with are already lean and mean. The challenge is to focus on smart ways to control costs. It's not about cutting costs but making sure you are getting a good return for your buck. There is always a quality/price trade off. Ask your business advisor about running your figures through an Activity Based Costing scenario in order to work out where some real savings can be made. Pay on time. Don't just set up reminders but also reminders for your reminders. Not only will it make you the customer your suppliers want to do business with, it also means you can improve your margin - providing you negotiate a discount for your reliable prompt payment - and why wouldn’t you? And if your cash flow is a problem - well that's what a good business coach is all about! Remember to set aside an emergency fund. If you have your marketing, pricing and business model set up correctly you will be able to put something aside for a rainy day. Write down your goals and remember to make them specific - "getting rich" doesn’t cut the mustard. A good business manager knows their numbers. Check your leads, conversion rates, margins, the lot. Blast the bulge and do what it takes to burn off that excess fat. Click here for full blog post on improving small business fitness  iSolutions Awarded SAP Integration Certification for AMT Asset Management Software 2014-04-14T03:38:19Z isolutions-awarded-sap-integration-certification-for-amt-asset-management-software iSolutions are pleased to announce the award of SAP integration certification for their leading AMT, Asset Management Tool for managing mining and construction assets. Certified SAP integration will provide customers with the confidence to invest in the AMT platform to enhance their SAP system. The certification is recognition of the value AMT adds to SAP. AMT is a software product that provides advanced and strategic asset management functionality to SAP PM for mining and construction companies, earthmoving contractors and mining equipment manufacturers and distributors. AMT adds zero based maintenance budgeting, strategy optimisation and long term resource planning to SAP. AMT helps these companies make smarter asset management decisions that lead to life cycle operating costs and higher asset ROI. Stuart Burckhardt, iSolutions Chief Operating Officer comments, "AMT has been working with SAP systems for some time. This certification now cements AMT as a valuable tool to enhance SAP for mining and earthmoving companies." SAP is one of the many systems AMT integrates to. Other integration options include  Ventyx Ellipse, SysPRO, Oracle eAM, Infor M3, Oracle JDE, Microsoft Dynamics AX and Sage X3. Caterpillar Endorses iSolutions AMT Software for Mining Products 2014-04-14T03:30:19Z caterpillar-endorses-isolutions-amt-software-for-mining-products Caterpillar Inc. has officially endorsed iSolutions International Pty Ltd.’s AMT Asset Management software as “their preferred software tool for the management of Caterpillar mining products” “This is a great endorsement to get, Caterpillar are the largest supplier of mobile earthmoving equipment globally and recognised for their technology and innovation” said Graeme Elgie, CEO of iSolutions. “They do not endorse products lightly and it reinforces AMT’s position as the industry’s leading asset management software solution”. “This also represents the start of an exciting new chapter for us. Over the next 3 months we will be working with Caterpillar to explore different areas where AMT can support their Dealers and their customers. It is anticipated a number of new opportunities will emerge that will further AMT’s footprint” said Elgie. About iSolutions and Caterpillar iSolutions is a leading provider of asset management solutions to mining and mining related companies. Our flagship software package, AMT, utilises the Framework® methodology and is recognised as a market leader in life cycle costing, budgeting and maintenance strategy optimisation. iSolutions has worked with Caterpillar and Caterpillar Dealers for over 15 years. iSolutions developed the Caterpillar products Analyzer and Calculator for MARC rate development and contract management in 1999. AMT has been built on the success of these solutions and forms a comprehensive equipment management platform that supports a number of Dealer processes. Currently over 25 Caterpillar dealers use AMT, including leading Dealers such as Finning, Barloworld, WesTrac, Cashman, Trakindo, Hastings Deering and Pon.