The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-02-11T04:16:55Z Macpherson Kelley court storage savings with Commvault and Pure Storage 2016-02-11T04:16:55Z macpherson-kelley-court-storage-savings-with-commvault-and-pure-storage Sydney, Australia – February 11, 2016 – Commvault (NASDAQ: CVLT), a leader in data protection and information management, today announced that Australian based law firm, Macpherson Kelley, has adopted the Commvault Data Platform and Pure Storage FlashArray to drive savings, speed and security through holistic management of their information assets. Macpherson Kelley has deployed Commvault on virtualised servers and Pure Storage flash array in order to optimise application performance, better manage data growth as a result of rapid expansion and provide the flexibility needed to respond to future change. With 45 principals, 275 staff and a footprint that stretches along the East coast, Macpherson Kelley Lawyers needed to ensure a holistic data management strategy with assurance that their business information would be available as required. Matt Purves, Macpherson Kelley's national infrastructure manager, explained, “We work in a highly competitive environment where time is literally money and every six minutes is billed, so it is essential that our systems deliver speed and reliability to support the business. Every minute saved in application performance can mean a spike in revenue.” When first adopting Commvault software for streamlined information management including backup, disaster recovery and archiving, the de-duplication capabilities enabled Macpherson Kelley to reduce the amount of data they needed to manage by 90 percent – driving significant cost savings and network efficiencies. “Since then, the introduction of Pure Storage, a leading provider of all-flash storage, enabled the firm to deliver more productivity gains through strong native integration with Commvault.” “The integration of Pure Storage and Commvault has driven backups down to under 30 minutes and reduced latency problems with applications,” said Marcus Nessel, network administrator for Macpherson Kelley. “With the reliability and speed offered by the high performing data platform and flash storage, we have seen nearly 60 per cent reduction in tickets to the help desk and fewer application errors, freeing up the IT team to have less of a technical support focus and more of a strategic business enabler.” Craig Wiley, Director of Systems Engineering for Commvault Australia and New Zealand, said, “In a competitive market such as the legal industry, it’s important that all the technology processes are built to make the lawyers and their supporting team as effective as possible. Through holistic data management, businesses can ensure that all employees have the information they need at their fingertips with minimal interruption, while efficiently controlling data management costs and risk.”   About Commvault Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management solutions, helping companies worldwide activate their data to drive more value and business insight and to transform modern data environments. With solutions and services delivered directly and through a worldwide network of partners and service providers, Commvault solutions comprise one of the industry’s leading portfolios in data protection and recovery, cloud, virtualization, archive, file sync and share. Commvault has earned accolades from customers and third party influencers for its technology vision, innovation, and execution as an independent and trusted expert. Without the distraction of a hardware business or other business agenda, Commvault’s sole focus on data management has led to adoption by companies of all sizes, in all industries, and for solutions deployed on premise, across mobile platforms, to and from the cloud, and provided as-a-service. Commvault employs more than 2,000 highly skilled individuals across markets worldwide, is publicly traded on NASDAQ (CVLT), and is headquartered in Tinton Falls, New Jersey in the United States. To learn more about Commvault — and how it can help make your data work for you — visit commvault.com.   Safe Harbor Statement: Customers' results may differ materially from those stated herein; Commvault does not guarantee that all customers can achieve benefits similar to those stated above. 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All specifications are subject to change without notice.  Hireace Launch Their ‘New Look, User Friendly’ Website 2016-02-11T03:39:58Z hireace-launch-their-new-look-user-friendly-website 2016 is looking like a ‘bumper’ year for the team at Hireace as they launch their brand new ‘new look’ website which is much more user-friendly than the previous model, with their ‘book on-line’ procedure making it just that much easier to hire a  vehicle or trailer this summer. Of course, the website still gives customers the option of calling their Freephone number on 0800 00 11 22 to speak to their call centre operators, who are always on call to help with any enquiries.  At this time of the year when there are so many vehicles on our roads, in particular tourists and holiday-makers, Hireace believe it is important that their clients are aware of the ‘do’s and don’ts’ associated with hiring a commercial vehicle or trailer with their company, in particular, what to do if they have an accident. In the unfortunate event of an accident with your rental vehicle and a third party the helpful team at Hireace will ask that their client does not admit liability in any circumstance. If the client is unsure, they should always obtain a police report that will help Hireace’s insurance company to gauge who was at fault. They also ask the client to complete an Accident Form which can be found in the vehicle’s glove box. This will prompt them to ask the correct questions and to gather the relevant information they need to make a claim on the client’s behalf. All accidents must be reported to a Hireace representative the day it happens and the client will also have to complete an insurance form with a representative at one of Hireace’s branches. They ask people to be aware that they do not guarantee to replace the vehicle if the client is liable for the accident. Another frequently asked question is, “What do I need when I collect my vehicle?” Hireace advise that when people come to collect their vehicle, they will need a valid, full driver’s licence. Overseas clients can use their overseas driver’s licence, but if their driver’s licence is not printed in English they will need to arrange for an International Driver’s Licence. Also, drivers must be over 18 years of age to hire a vehicle. For those hiring one of Hireace’s vehicles on an International Licence, the Hireace team recommend they check out the New Zealand Road Code by visiting http://www.drivingtests.co.nz/roadcode/car which offers a free road code quiz. This quiz is a great way for people to get themselves up to speed with the New Zealand road rules. With the two long weekends in February (Auckland Anniversary and Waitangi Day) this is a great time to get in the garden or have a new year’s clean-out by hiring a trailer or flat deck Ute, so for further information on Hireace please go to http://www.hireace.co.nz  . Sony’s launches new SRG-120DS full-HD pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras 2016-02-11T02:20:34Z sony-s-launches-new-srg-120ds-full-hd-pan-tilt-zoom-ptz-cameras With the latest addition of the SRG-120DS, Sony offers a total of six full-HD pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras under the SRG series. The all-in-one compact and lightweight design makes these cameras easy to install in a variety of locations while integrating seamlessly to different applications as either a primary or secondary camera. Application to different verticalsApart from traditional broadcast and security markets, the versatile SRG camera series is a perfect choice to be incorporated as part of the visual communication facilities in multiple verticals including judiciary, healthcare and education sectors. JudiciaryThere is a growing global trend to include visual communication in the judicial system for applications such as remote testimonies in legal proceedings, video arraignments, and virtual visitations in prisons, among others. Sony’s SRG camera series, capable of live streaming via IP for viewing purposes, can assist court procedures by reducing unnecessary delays by parties due to geographic differences or drastic climate situations. It can also protect the identities of individuals in sensitive situations. The remote-operated camera line-up is equipped with powerful optical zoom and wide-viewing angle that ensures images stay clear and sharp. This allows two or more parties to communicate when these cameras are connected to a video conferencing device. HealthcareApart from legal systems, the healthcare sector progressively incorporates visual communication in their ecosystem to streamline workflows. Sony’s SRG camera series feature fast and silent pan, tilt and zoom capabilities which are extremely useful in noise-restricted environments including live telecasts of surgical procedures in the operating theatres to lecture theatres or teaching rooms for research and discussion purposes. Furthermore, practitioners can monitor patients for enhanced quality of care in hospital wards.   EducationAs tertiary institutions are setting up different campuses across the globe, lectures are increasingly conducted via live streaming or recorded for review, sharing and self-study. The SRG camera line-up, with the sophisticated 1/2.8-type Exmor CMOS image sensors, provides smooth, crisp detailed, full-HD (1920 X 1080/60p) images with extremely low noise condition. In addition, the cameras are able to balance the strong backlight with Sony’s View-DR technology, enhancing students’ learning experience. Images are projected clearly when lecturers use projectors or when direct sunlight is present. Excellent features to deliver enhanced operabilityThe easily installed cameras series boost a number of remarkable features including:  • The cameras boosts different connectivity capabilities to cater to different needs in video output ranging from HDMI, 3G-SDI, USB2.0, USB 3.0 to standard IP network.   • The cameras can be controlled via the VISCA protocol over IP connections. They are also compatible with Sony’s RM-IP10 IP remote controller to enable comfortable pan, tilt, and zoom operation with optical three-axis joysticks.  Users      can also control up to 112 cameras over IP connections by using five remote controllers. Further, camera control with the VISCA RS-422 and RS-232C, allows the cameras to be controlled remotely. • The cameras are equipped with Sony’s View-DR technology which effortlessly accommodates high-contrast scenes, making sure that every presenter is correctly exposed. This expands the dynamic range for clear images under harsh backlighting with extremes of light and dark in the same scene.  Sony’s latest addition to the SRG familyBuilding on the success of Sony’s SRG-120DU, the brand new SRG-120DS desktop PTZ camera is equipped with 3G-SDI video interface. The versatile interface allows long distance system integration and users can seamlessly connect the camera with multiple devices including videoconferencing system and PCs for lecture capture. The addition enriches the SRG family line-up to cater for different market demands and needs. AvailabilitySony’s SRG-120DS will be available in Australia and New Zealand from April 2016.  CONSTRUCTION COMPLETED FOR NEW DISABILITY EMERGENCY HOME 2016-02-10T05:51:23Z construction-completed-for-new-disability-emergency-home Finishing touches have just been completed on a brand new short-term emergency home for people with high needs disability facing homelessness. The new purpose built ‘Ford House’ at Eight Mile Plains will provide at-risk individuals, who present complex and challenging support needs, a temporary home to live in. As part of Multicap’s short-term emergency placement service (STEPS), people with disability are given an opportunity to turn their lives around with some extra guidance. Multicap CEO, Joanne Jessop said “People who access STEPS are provided with a place to stay and receive full assistance from Multicap, who works closely with the Department of Communities on seeing each individual reach their goals over a 12 week period.” ”Sometimes individuals stay longer until suitable accommodation becomes available, but ultimately Multicap is committed to achieving independence, confidence and successfully tranistioning people into suitable and permanent accommodation,” said Ms Jessop. Ms Jessop said “The new Ford House is quite unique due to the extensive research undertaken when designing this home.” Queensland Univerity of Technology’s Head of Creative Industry Faculty, Professor Jill Franz co-developed the conceptual designs around all-inclusive areas; accommodating the complex support needs of these individuals underpinned the architectural planning for the home. The new Ford House contains four bedrooms, two staff bedrooms, plus two semi self-contained bedrooms with en-suites, designed specifically for enhancing and preserving people’s autonomy and assisting them to build independence.  Each room has its own private courtyard and the home offers separate living spaces including lounge and dining rooms.  Since 2007, Multicap’s STEPS program has seen over 100 people through its doors and is currently assisting around 12 people living in emergency homes under short-term arrangements. Multicap undertook the build of Ford House in partnership with the Queensland Government, who generously contributed significant funding towards this invaluable community resource for people with a disability. The home was built for an approximate cost of $1.3 million and will officially open in March. Grand Opening event details: Wednesday 16 March 2016 10 – 11am 303 Padstow Road, Eight Mile Plains RSVP to Multicap’s Events Coordinator, Jessica Bool via jessicab@multicap.org.au or phone 07 3340 9016. Multicap is a high needs disability support organisation providing individual, respite, family support networks, opportunities, and programs throughout Queensland for over 50 years. Surfers Paradise Coaches Emerges as the Preferred Luxury Bus Transport Company in Queensland 2016-02-10T05:50:27Z surfers-paradise-coaches-emerges-as-the-preferred-luxury-bus-transport-company-in-queensland Do you have a wedding that is approaching and though you have all arrangements in place the transportation of guest and wedding members is still not sorted out?If you have a wedding that's located in Queensland and you are looking for bus hire for weddings or wedding transport Gold Coast then look no further than Surfers Paradise Coaches. The company is one of the leading Gold Coast bus companies and offers a wide range of transport options for customers. Whether planning a family trip or a weekend out with friends the company offers travelers a selection of coaches from 13 seater vehicles to 60 seats luxury buses available for charter. With tinted windows and air conditioning features, guests can be certain of arriving relaxed and in style.A spokesperson for the company said, "At Surfers Paradise Coaches we understand that arranging weddings transportation can be very time consuming. Let us take care of all your wedding guest transport requirements providing a comfortable, modern fleet and friendly, professional service."The company is very transparent regarding its services, when making a booking customers are free to inspect the bus and are allowed to make suggestions or request on any additional service or arrangements needed on the day of booking. The company's coach will pick up the guests from a designated destination, giving the guests a warm welcome from the second you step onboard our fleet.The company's fleet of buses include:* 13 SEAT TOYOTA HI ACE* 24 SEAT FUSO ROSA * 60 SEAT BONLUCK* 60 SEAT AUTOBUSAll of our coaches have comfortable seats, not to mention that there is also ample leg room between seats. Comfort and safety are our top priorities, whether you are going on a short trip or a long distance journey to sightsee around Australia, there is a reason why our customers continue to trust in us as their number one coach provider.About Surfers Paradise CoachesSurfers Paradise Coaches can assist you will all your luxury bus charter, wedding transport Gold Coast and bus hire for weddings transport requirements. No matter what your transport requirement Surfers Paradise Coaches can do it. 12 to 600 people anywhere anytime.Contact Details35 Bailey Crescent Southport Queensland 4215Ph: 07 55916799Website - http://www.surfersparadisecoaches.com.au Ethical Timber Suppliers in Brisbane Fight Global Warming 2016-02-10T04:41:10Z ethical-timber-suppliers-in-brisbane-fight-global-warming Brisbane, QLD, 10 February 2016 - At Narangba Timbers, they are committed to the ethical and sustainable harvesting of timber. As timber suppliers who serve the Brisbane area, they feel it is their responsibility to ensure that all of their products are ethically and sustainably sourced. According to owner Jack Kyle, “It is important not only to our own generation, but future generations of Australians that we take care of one of our most abundant resources: our forests. A lot of people don’t realise how vital the forests are to our lifestyle and our survival as a species. Forests not only provide many of the materials we use for building and the production of paper, they also reduce global warming and produce the oxygen we need to breathe.”What is Responsible Forestry?Responsible forestry is the ethical harvesting of timber. It is the only sustainable way to harvest timber. Trees are cut down after they have matured and are replaced by newly planted trees. Those trees are then allowed to grow to maturity. Why is Sustainable Harvesting Important?When a tree begins to grow, it does so by turning the carbon in CO2 into timber and leaves. The leaves act as the tree’s “lungs,” “breathing” air, using the carbon atoms to build itself and releasing the oxygen back into the environment. When humans and other animals breathe, they do the opposite: they use the oxygen and release carbon back into the air as CO2. The more trees there are in relation to humans and animals, the more oxygen we have to breathe. Conversely, a lower ratio of trees to humans and animals produces less oxygen and more CO2. Global warming is a direct result of a change in the ratio of CO2 to oxygen in the environment. This fact is so accepted in the scientific community that damage to the environment is now determined by our “carbon footprint,” or the amount of carbon we release into the environment. When trees are growing, they are storing carbon in the form of timber and releasing the oxygen into the environment. When they reach maturity, their metabolism slows and they don’t store carbon at nearly the rate as a younger tree. When a mature tree is cut and replaced by a young tree, the process starts over again and the new tree starts storing carbon at a faster rate than the mature tree did. While the carbon from the old tree is stored in the timber products that are then made out of the old tree, the new tree is busy storing new carbon and releasing more oxygen. Mr Kyle concludes: “At Narangba Timbers, we are fully committed to responsible forestry and sustainable harvesting. It is crucial to our future that all timber suppliers, in Brisbane and across the world, display the same commitment.”Narangba Timbers is a family-owned business. They are proud to be ethical timber suppliers. They serve Brisbane and the surrounding area. They offer a full range of Australian and imported timbers for building projects of all sizes and shapes, from timber decking to large, multi-unit buildings. To learn more or to speak with their professional customer service team, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Western Australia embarks on New Museum Project 2016-02-10T00:38:29Z western-australia-embarks-on-new-museum-project 10th Feb 2016, Perth: Western Australia contains a long and rich history of cultural infrastructure, with the establishment of the State Library of Western Australia prior to the 20th century, along with the more recent addition of the Art Gallery of Western Australia in 1979. Now with growing predications that the City of Perth is expected to increase its population to more than 3.5 million people by 2030, the Western Australian government is expanding its role in providing infrastructure for better transport, residential and commercial options. As part of this growing expansion, the State government will be embarking on the New Museum Project which will help redefine the Perth Cultural Centre precinct as a location of cultural significance and importance for Western Australia. The $428 million New Museum Project will be a place for Western Australians to share the stories of its people and spaces, exhibiting and hosting a range of international and local art ranging back to the state’s official founding in 1829. The development is expected to create up to 23,000 square metres of new domain, including refurbishments of surrounding heritage buildings in the Old Gaol, Hackett Hall, and the Jubilee and Beaufort Street wings. The New Museum Project forms part of the State government's “Get the Bigger Picture” program, which will also foresee the development of the Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth Stadium and Sports precinct, Perth City Link, Elizabeth Quay and the Riverside Drive development. Three world-class consortia have been shortlisted to design and construct the project, led by John Holland, Brookfield Multiplex and a joint venture between Doric Group and Técnicas Reunidas. The building is expected to be completed by 2019, opening its doors in 2020. To discuss the variety of new cultural developments taking place across the state, the 7th Annual WA Major Projects Conference - “Rebuilding after the Mining Boom”, is being held in April at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Trish McDonald, Project Director of the New Museum Project, will be presenting on the project at the conference. Other major developments currently underway within Western Australia include the Perth Airport Redevelopment, Perth Freight Link, Anketell Port Project, as well as a variety of significant projects ranging from public to private sectors. The conference is an opportunity for industry leaders and government officials to share ideas on common challenges and acquire the latest information on major infrastructure projects shaping the development of Western Australia. The 7th Annual WA Major Projects Conference is being held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 6th & 7th of April. Source: Expotrade Global News Cyber-attack top business threat for second year running 2016-02-10T00:06:08Z cyber-attack-top-business-threat-for-second-year-running Cyber-attack is the top threat perceived by businesses, according to the fifth annual Horizon Scan report published today by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), in association with BSI. Similarly, the threat of a data breach rises to second in the list, up one place from 2015. The annual BCI Horizon Scan assessed the business preparedness of 568 organizations worldwide and shows that three quarters (85%) of Business Continuity Managers fear the possibility of a cyber-attack, with 80% worried about the possibility of a data breach similar to those suffered by Carphone Warehouse and Sony. A recent industry report[1] highlights the annualized cost of cyber-crime per UK company now stands at £4.1 million, a 14 per cent increase in mean value since last year. Concerns over supply chain disruption remained in the top ten, but fell two places from fifth last year to seventh this year.  Almost half of those polled (47%) identified increasing supply chain complexity as a trend, leaving their organization vulnerable to disruption from conflict or natural disasters. Concerns over the availability of talent and key skills entered the top ten for the first time this year, with 13% indicating they are ‘extremely concerned’ and 34% ‘concerned’ about the threat. This year’s global top ten threats to business continuity are:1.Cyber-attack – static2.Data breach – up 13.Unplanned IT & telecom outages – down 14.Act of terrorism – up 55.Security Incident – up 16.Interruption to utility supply – down 27.Supply chain disruption – down 28.Adverse weather – down 19.Availability of key skills – new entry10.Health and Safety incident – new entry Howard Kerr, Chief Executive at BSI, commented: “2015 saw a number of high profile businesses across the world hit by cyber-attacks, so it’s reassuring to see that so many are aware of the threat it poses. Our research finds it to be the top concern in six out of the eight regions surveyed. “However, we remain concerned to see that businesses are still not fully utilizing the information available to them to identify and remedy weaknesses in their organizational resilience. “It is difficult to conceive that either investors or employees will be reassured that the leaders of the organizations they trust are making strategic decisions without an effective evaluation of risk. “Ultimately, organizations must recognize that, while there is risk, and plenty of it, there is also opportunity. Taking advantage of this means that leaders can steer their businesses to succeed by not just surviving, but thriving.”  The report also measures sentiment towards specific business trends and uncertainties. The use of the internet for malicious attacks remains on top this year, with 83% indicating their concern. Increasing supply chain complexity also features in the top ten and on the radar of 47% of respondents. Despite growing fears over the resilience of their firms, the report records another fall in the use of long-term trend analysis to assess and understand threats, down 3% to 70% this year. Of those carrying out trend analysis, a worrying third (33%) are not using the results to inform their business continuity management programmes. Globally, business preparedness shows variations with 9 out of 10 (94%) organizations in Canada utilising trend analysis, while just 3 in 10 firms (29%) in the Caribbean and Latin America do so.  Small businesses, evaluated for the second time in this year’s report, continue to lag behind with only 58% compared to 74% of larger businesses. The report provides the strong recommendation that the rising costs of business continuity demand greater attention from top management. Encouragingly, adoption of ISO 22301, the business continuity standard, appears to be a common framework, with more than half (51%) of organizations now relying upon this. David James-Brown FBCI, Chairman of the Business Continuity Institute, commented: “The need perceived by organizations to identify and build resilience to this range of threats reveals the importance of this survey for business continuity professionals, the Horizon Scan’s reputation and reliability make it one of the most popular reports in the industry on a global scale. It is indeed crucial for practitioners to advise organizations on what to prepare for and adjust their recovery plans accordingly. “The industry landscape is rapidly changing, and so should our discipline in order to keep up with both traditional and modern challenges. At the top of the list this year we continue to see threats such as cyber-attack, data breach and unplanned IT outages. More traditional threats such as terrorism continue to be ’front-of-mind’ for organizations. Given the rise of new challenges and the fact that old ones remain, horizon scanning techniques are even more valuable in assisting organizations to be prepared to the best of their potential.” To download a copy of the report: ‘Horizon Scan Report 2016’, please click here. Consumer Power Sees Sydney Bullion Company Scoop International Award 2016-02-09T09:29:07Z consumer-power-sees-sydney-bullion-company-scoop-international-award SYDNEY, Feb 9, 2016 - After a three-month open public vote in which over 22,000 votes were cast across five countries, Sydney-based ABC Bullion have scooped a top industry prize after a decisive win saw them take 25 percent of the Australian vote. In a two-heat open vote, ABC progressed from an initial selection of 20 shortlisted Australian bullion companies, achieving a place in the top-five final nominations before going on to take the title, with 790 votes from 3160. Global bullion exchange Bullion Capital was narrowly beaten to second place. On winning the award, Katherine Robinson, Pallion Group Marketing Manager said, “We are incredibly proud to have won Bullion Dealer of the Year 2016, and we would like to thank our wonderful clients who’ve been trading and storing gold with us since 1972. This award completes a busy 12 months for ABC Bullion, which also included ABC Refinery’s appointment to the London Bullion Market Association’s (LBMA) Good Delivery list for gold.” The annual awards are run by UK-based specialist directory and consumer ratings website Bullion.Directory, which opened an Australian section in January 2015 - a response to Australia's growing global dominance in precious metals refining. Alan Macallister, Managing Director at Bullion.Directory said of ABC Bullion, “This win was well deserved and a clear recognition of ABC Bullion's outstanding work in the precious metals industry, both locally and internationally.” Full details of the vote results can be found online at http://bullion.directory/2016-bullion-dealer-of-the-year/ Australian startup Avaza rated 4th best business management App worldwide by Gartner 2016-02-09T06:44:44Z australian-startup-avaza-rated-4th-best-business-management-app-worldwide-by-gartner SYDNEY, Australia, 9th February 2016 - Australian startup Avaza.com has been awarded 4th place in the quarterly ranking of Business Management apps in Gartner's Getapp global business marketplace.   Avaza is a cloud-based business productivity software suite built for small to medium size businesses. Its modules for invoicing, project management & collaboration, expense management & time tracking can be used together or independently to suit a wide range of businesses.   Avaza Co-founder Behram Khan says he is encouraged by the high ranking by GetApp, which is a Gartner company and a leading premium business app discovery platform on the web. The GetRank ranking is based on five unique data points including user reviews, integrations, mobile app availability, media presence, and security.   Avaza was founded in 2012 by Australian entrepreneurs Tim Kremer & Behram Khan, who were seeking to provide an all-in-one professional services automation suite for SMEs.   "We found that most competing legacy software products were only affordable for very large companies and provided limited functionality for mobile devices. There are so many advantages to having one integrated platform for collaborating with clients, managing timesheets & sending invoices. We wanted to make that accessible to smaller businesses" says Co-founder Tim Kremer.   All of Avaza's features are available on desktop, tablets & mobile devices, enabling users to run their business on-the-go.   "Mobile applications are incredibly important when it comes to operating in the field. Not only do they allow for connectivity to the back office, but also for seamless integration when conducting field reports, providing access to documents, and speeding up the workflow for scheduling and dispatch," says James Thornton, Chief Editor of GetApp and AppStorm.   Avaza has more than 4000 customers in 116 countries, and offers both a free version and paid plans starting at USD $10 per month. Mobiles apps for Android and IOS are available for free download.   More about GetApp: GetApp, a Gartner company, is the leading premium business app discovery platform on the web. Headquartered in Barcelona (Spain), GetApp serves as a platform for user generated and editorial reviews of software and apps for businesses. The full Business Management Rankings can be found here: https://www.getapp.com/operations-management-software/business-management/#getrank     Press Inquiries Welcome! Press Kit: https://www.avaza.com/press-area/ Avaza Explainer Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u2FoZagTBg https://www.avaza.com  ### Atlas Car Removal Announces The Addition Of Cash For Used Car Services Melbourne. 2016-02-09T04:57:15Z atlas-car-removal-announces-the-addition-of-cash-for-used-car-services-melbourne Atlas Car Removal, Melbourne’s renowned Cash for Scrap Cars buyer, announces the addition of cash for used car buying services.  The company is one with a long history of high payouts, convenient services, including free car removals, and instant cash payments.  Recently added to their car buying services, their used car buying is designed to offer vehicle owners fast and convenient sales.  Atlas is a car removal company in Melbourne that is established in the community.  They are both a car buyer and wrecker that offer exceptional services to car sellers.  The services include: Instant Quotes:  Vehicle owners can contact the company directly through their telephone line or through their “Get a Quote” form located on their web page.  With a few simple details like the make, year, model, vehicle identification number, condition and odometer reading of the vehicle, an instant quote is calculated.  Free Car Removal Melbourne Services:  When Atlas buys cars, vehicle owners don’t have to take out of their busy day to bring their vehicle into their place of business.  They offer free car removal services on all vehicles they buy.  Their process is one that is simple as they arrive, inspect the vehicle to ensure that an accurate description was provided, buy and remove the vehicle.  The process is one that takes less than an hour. Buys Any Make, Model, Age and Condition of Vehicle “As Is”:  Their car buying services are a new trend to traditional car sales.  As one of the most established car removal services in Melbourne, they are a company that has the network of buyers, as well as are wreckers, to have the buying power to buy any make, model, age and condition of a vehicle.  Pays Instant Cash:  When a vehicle is sold to Atlas, the vehicle owner can expect an instant cash sale.  Atlas Car Removals provides instant cash payments on the spot and guarantees no haggling over the price they quoted provided an accurate description was provided once they arrive.  Free Auto Wrecking:  While the announcement of the addition of used car sales & buying is being announced, the company is one that is noted for its auto wrecking.  Atlas is a licenced auto wrecker in Melbourne that is established as a top choice and high dollar payouts for scrap vehicles of every condition. Atlas guarantees a sale that doesn’t include: ·         Advertising ·         Negotiating ·         Fixing or Repairing They simply request that you have your vehicle cleaned out, and they’ll take it from there.  For used car sellers, the addition of used car buying services to this outstanding and reputable company in the community is one that is sure to be appreciated. For more information on Atlas’ car removal services, car buying and car wrecking, the company welcomes you to contact them at the number below.  Today, you can say your used car is sold to Atlas Car Removal Melbourne. Call us at  1800 074 676 GST Review Must Be On The Tax Reform Agenda 2016-02-09T03:58:28Z gst-review-must-be-on-the-tax-reform-agenda The peak business organisation representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), is calling on the Australian Government to include the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in its review of tax arrangements. “A sustainable tax structure will only be achieved through an integrated package of reform across all significant Commonwealth and State tax bases in the form of a balanced package covering consumption, income and assets,” said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. ADIA’s policy statement on the GST asserts that the tax remains unnecessarily complex due to the exemption of many products and services.  ADIA has argued that reform proposals should canvas opportunities to simplify the system by removing the vast number of exemptions that currently exist (potentially retaining only those relating to housing).  Simplification of the tax system will help reduce the red tape that impedes the ability of business to grow, create jobs and operate sustainably. “From the perspective of businesses across the dental industry, the tax system remains unnecessarily complex and there are considerable benefits for business that can be derived from reforms that simplify it,” Mr Williams said. ADIA recognises that the current fiscal imbalance between the Australian Government and its state / territory counterparts is creating a challenge for the latter that have the predominant responsibility for funding key services such as education and health, but lack the revenue to fund them.  ADIA believes that in order to meet prudent increases across these areas, additional tax revenues may be required; however, ADIA asserts that GST reform needs to be more than an exercise in revenue-raising. “Australia’s taxation system needs to be tilted to provide the incentive to invest, encourage workforce participation and, for businesses, it needs to reward risk-taking and entrepreneurship.  To secure this outcome it is necessary to include GST reform into the policy debate,” Mr Williams concluded. Ends.   Media Contact: Elise Mizzi – Communications Officer t: 1300 943 094     m: 0450 013 446 What is LED Lighting? the lighting guide for energy saving lamps 2016-02-08T23:56:39Z what-is-led-lighting-the-lighting-guide-for-energy-saving-lamps What is LED lighting? A LED light is a light-emitting diode (LED) based product that is fixed into a light bulbs for use in lighting sources. They utilize slightly less energy than CFLs and lighting brands claim LEDs last 20,000 to 50,000 hours. That is around 18 to 46 years when used three hours a day. LEDs right away light up, even in sub zero temperatures, and lifespan is not affected by regularly turning them on and off. Some of the LED light bulbs can dim as low as good old incandescent bulbs. Benefits in using LED lighting In the recent days with the significant price drops on LED lights it positions itself as the best lighting alternative over other lighting technologies in the market. Let’s look at few major benefits of LED lighting here. LED light bulbs are 90 percent more efficient than incandescent bulbs Available in a variety of colour temperatures Not sensitive to cold environments Produce next to no heat or UV emissions Available in dimmable varients Able to withstand heavy vibrations and rough handling due to the lack of a sensitive filament Can be cycled on and off frequently without shortening the lifespan Longest average life expectancy of all incandescent replacements, lasting up to 25 to 50 times longer Comparing LED lights lifespan with other technologies Long lifetime stands out as the number one benefits of LED Lighting. LED bulbs and diodes have an outstanding operational lifetime expectation. Lighting diodes emit lower output levels over a very long period of time and become less bright while LEDs maintain their original brightness throughout their lifespan. Therefore surely it will add up to the economic side at the end reflecting on energy bills. Alternate lighting technologies Incandescent Light bulbs Incandescent lights are your inexpensive, tried-and-true light sources. However, they are very energy-inefficient compared to newer fluorescent or LED lights, and as you may have noticed, they don’t last very long. Perhaps the most popular incandescent light bulb is a 60-watt bulb with a medium base, which is typically used in a ceiling fan or lamp. Due to government regulations, you are no longer able to easily purchase standard incandescent globes in the market. Halogen Light Bulbs Halogen lights are most popular in landscape lighting or automotive headlights. They produce bright, far-reaching light, and they also tend to emit a lot of heat. They are often used as outdoor reflector bulbs or infrared lights in heat lamps. Fluorescent & Compact Fluorescent Lamps Fluorescent lights are often made in a tube shape and used in commercial ceiling fixtures. Sometimes, fluorescent tubes are also used residentially in kitchens or garages. Since fluorescent lights are much more energy-efficient than incandescent lights, compact-fluorescent lights (the swirly light bulbs) have been made to replace them. Fluorescent lights come in special plug-in styles too, which are usually used commercially or outdoors. Read at : LED Lighting, the lighting guide for energy saving lamps All about LED Lighting Benefits & Advantages of using energy efficient LED Lighting How LED Lighting compared with Fluorescent Lamps How to choose the right LED light bulb for your Fixtures Dimmable or Non-Dimmable options in LED downlights DIY Replacement LED downlights - Points to Remember LED lighting bulbs in Melbourne blueAPACHE rolls out WAN and Voice solutions for Melbourne City Mission 2016-02-08T04:00:08Z blueapache-rolls-out-wan-and-voice-solutions-for-melbourne-city-mission Melbourne, February 8, 2016 – blueAPACHE, the leading Australian-based provider of managed network, cloud and IT as a Service solutions, has today announced the successful deployment of their emPOWER Wide Area Networking (WAN) solution at Melbourne City Mission (MCM), linking critical IT services across 32 sites throughout the greater Melbourne area. The not-for-profit has also introduced blueAPACHE’s Voice solutions to one site, with plans to extend the telecommunication services as new offices are introduced and others redeveloped. MCM is Melbourne’s oldest charity, operating since 1854. The Not-For-Profit (NFP) assists Victoria’s most vulnerable individuals, families and communities. Every week, they help thousands of people escape and avoid disadvantage, economic exclusion and social isolation. The WAN deployment allows MCM to scale for future growth, building in redundancy at the same time as simplifying network architecture. Approximately 740 staff at MCM are now connected to the enterprise via a fast, flexible and reliable network, with full access to applications and data. blueAPACHE’s emPOWER Network is an MPLS Enabled, Q-in-Q Network, powered by Cisco carrier-class infrastructure with ‘On-Net’ datacentre Points of Presence across Australia. It is integrated directly into NBN (National Broadband Network), Microsoft ExpressRoute, AWS Direct Connect and International Sub-Sea IP Transits. blueAPACHE monitor all connections involved in the network 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. IT Manager at MCM, Louise Segafredo, said “A change in the leadership of MCM ICT Services in August 2014 brought with it a change to the manner in which core ICT services were scoped, resourced and delivered.  This deployment is indicative of MCM making a move to manage the enterprise as a whole, as opposed to the component parts.” The deployment came about as the result of an independent RFP process by Dog and Bone consulting in late 2014. Ms Segafredo reports that moving MCM’s data network to blueAPACHE’s managed WAN solution will allow the NFP to: - Size the WAN to suit current and projected business needs (which are different across all 32 sites); - Simplify the data network architecture; - Build redundancy into the data network architecture (in line with MCM’s Business Continuity Plan); - Understand, document and modify data networking protocols (much of what we were changing was undocumented); - Improve their security posture through embedded next generation firewalls; - Take advantage of a superior, extended yet simplified VPN network; and - Manage one overriding contract. Chris Marshall, Managing Director at blueAPACHE said “We are delighted to assist much-needed organisations like MCM improve their technology platform. Our deep NFP experience proffers valuable insight to deliver the best return on investment – ensuring MCM can focus funding on the services that help those most in need.” Staff at MCM were involved in the deployment process by tracking and reporting issues, and have reported a “huge increase in the response rates of the network at sites where the network speeds have been increased,” according to Ms Segafredo. “The end result is a superior service delivered by a trusted partner.” This engagement follows another record year for the blueAPACHE. In 2015, the local cloud specialist grew over 30%, secured global recognition of their ITaaS model and was showcased by HP around the world for their cloud infrastructure.   About blueAPACHE Since 1998, the multi-awarded blueAPACHE has helped organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and North America leverage technology to their business advantage by delivering comprehensive IT Management, Cloud, Network, Voice, Software and Consulting as a converged service – when they need it, as they need it. This is IT. This is blueAPACHE.  To learn more, visitwww.blueapache.com About Melbourne City Mission MCM was established over 160 years ago and works with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society. From children living with a disability, or young people with nowhere to call home, to people who need assistance into education or employment, MCM works alongside them, so they can build a better future for themselves. Melbourne City Mission help people find their own path to independence, providing them with the support they need along the way. In addition to directly supporting people experiencing disadvantage, MCM also advocates for social change to reduce the number of people experiencing disadvantage and to intervene as early as possible to limit the damage done by the experience. For more information, see www.melbournecitymission.org.au Warragul Bridal Expo 2016-02-08T03:13:40Z warragul-bridal-expo Lardner Park Convention Centre will become a buzz with bridal fever with the best wedding industry professionals from Warragul and surrounding areas. Experience everything for your wedding from live entertainment, hair and make up trials to venues decorators, cakes florist and so much more, whilst enjoying a wonderful fashion parade at 12:30pm which is not to be missed. The first 150 brides to-be to enter will receive a beautiful bound and exclusive copy of The Bride’s Diary, where you will go into the draw to WIN a romantic dream destination honeymoon to Angourie Rainforest Resort – where the rainforest meets the sea staying 7 nights valued at $3,100 courtesy of The Bride’s Diary. Exhibitor specials and discounts on the day only available at the fantastic Warragul Bridal Expo! Doors open at 10am and closing at 3pm. Tickets at the door $10 each, children under 15 years admitted free of charge. Celebrate our 3rd Bridal Expo at Lardner Park Convention & Exhibition Centre – see you all there! www.lardnerpark.com.au www.bridalexpos.com.au Ph: 03 9563 8001