The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-04-23T00:07:00Z Builders, Contractors can earn Green Star PVC Credits with Garland and Roadworx Cables 2014-04-23T00:07:00Z builders-contractors-can-earn-green-star-points-with-garland-and-roadworx-cables Wednesday, 23 April 2014  Garland Cables and Roadworx Cables, both manufactured by Madison Technologies, were recently identified as compliant with the Vinyl Council’s Best Environmental Practice (BEP) Guidelines. This compliance means that under the Green Building Council of Australia's (GBCA) Green Star rating tool, a building project can claim up to two points towards its Green Star rating. Projects where the vinyl flooring and resilient wall coverings, cable, pipe and conduit (which together account for the majority of PVC use in buildings) meet the compliance requirements of the Best Practice Guidelines for PVC in the Built Environment Guidelines are eligible to claim the two points. The Vinyl Council of Australia’s criteria have been developed to demonstrate Best Environmental Practice (BEP) PVC. In order to earn points under the credit PVC pipe, conduit, wire & cable, wall coverings and flooring products must be independently verified as meeting the BEP criteria. To identify PVC products that are compliant with the BEP guidelines of the new PVC Credit, look for the following mark: A complete range of independently verified BEP compliant cables are available from Madison Technologies, under the Garland Pro Series and Roadworx Cables brands including: LAN & Data Coaxial Instrumentation & Control Security & Fire Control Telephone Audio For more information, please call Madison Technologies cabling division on 1800 66 99 99 or go to www.madisontech.com.au/bep-pvc To learn more about the PVC Credit best practice guidelines and the verification compliance requirements, review the Auditor Verification Guidance document [PDF] published by the Green Building Council of Australia in conjunction with the PVC industry. Ends About the Green Building Council of Australia The Green Building Council of Australia promotes green building programs, technologies, design practices and processes. It also operates Australia's only national voluntary comprehensive environmental rating system for buildings - Green Star. About the Vinyl Council of Australia The Vinyl Council of Australia is working to advance the sustainability of the vinyl, or PVC, industry in Australia. Its members are drawn across the supply chain of the vinyl industry. About Madison Technologies Madison Technologies is a respected industry leader with a 20-year track record of delivering the very best products, services and solutions for the cabling, networking, wireless, audio visual, and test and measurement sectors. For more than 20 years, our skilled connectivity experts have been finding and creating clever, robust solutions for complex connectivity challenges. With more than 90 staff in offices across Australia and now New Zealand, Madison Technologies is on hand to source, design and manufacture for tomorrow's well connected world. For all media enquiries, please contact Leona Skene on +617 3907 7424 or leona.skene@madisontech.com.au GraphicMail AU & NZ launches new fully responsive Email Creator 2014-04-22T01:26:08Z graphicmail-au-amp-nz-launches-new-fully-responsive-email-creator Ralph McAllister, General Manager - GraphicMail AU & NZ. Sydney, Australia (PRWire) April 24th, 2014 Beta-test it for yourself now, it’s live! Even though autumn is here, we’re still keeping things fresh at GraphicMail AU & NZ with a new email editor, Ralph McAllister the general manager of the AU & NZ outlets, said today. The Email Creator lets you create newsletters that look fantastic on mobile devices easily. Its responsive attributes, great new features, including dozens of new responsive templates, now make it easier to design and send. According to VentureBeat, 65% of all email is opened first on mobile devices (February 2014). So it’s critical that your message shows up correctly on mobile. Newsletters that you design in the Email Creator are automatically resized to mobile screens, aligning your message and images so they look great on a small screen. It’s easy to edit and modify using drag & drop content blocks. Or you can upload your own customised template. We also host your images and  files, and we make it easy to personalise your newsletters if you have the data. Sending beautiful email newsletters is an easy way to kickstart your online marketing campaign to grow your business. Email marketing can serve any size business, and GraphicMail’s editor has all the powerful features needed for each and every one of your communication needs. You can post to social networks such as Twitter or Facebook, or you can boost your email messages with text message marketing. Over the next few weeks, Ralph McAllister said all users will see a notice in their account dashboard to demo or upgrade. Once you’ve moved over, this will be your primary email creator. The 2011 editor will be phased out over the next few months, and the 2008 editor will remain for those who upload their own HTML coded newsletters. All users will still have access to all previously created content. Ralph McAllister would also like to remind you that GraphicMail is more than just an Email Service Provider. It’s a self serve email, mobile and social cloud-based solution, which addresses all your marketing needs. “Beds for WAGs” – Djeego.com lists the Top 10 football destinations to visit for other reasons than the world game 2014-04-21T22:39:00Z beds-for-wags-djeego-com-lists-the-top-10-football-destinations-to-visit-for-other-reasons-than-the-world-game MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Beds for WAGs” – Djeego.com lists the Top 10 football destinations to visit for other reasons than the world game With the FIFA World Cup just around the corner, there is more to football destinations than the sport for WAGs to explore Sydney, 22 March 2014 – With countries like Spain, Germany, Argentina and Portugal topping the ranks of the world football ladder, there are plenty more reasons for WAGs (football Wives And Girlfriends) to visit these destinations than supporting their players in the lead up to the World Cup. Jonathan Mason, Marketing Manager for Djeego.com®, operated by Travel Tact Pty Ltd., a leading online travel website, says: “With the World Cup just around the corner and football partners busy in preparation, there are many reasons for WAGs to explore their own or other great football nations for more than just the sport. The top ten ranked countries on the ladder offer perfect holiday destinations for a relaxed or adventurous short break or longer holiday.” “Whether you’re an avid sports supporter, love shopping, strolling on a sunny beach, partying all night, or simply enjoying great food, these football nations offer all you’re looking for in a holiday,” he said. “With international travel offering such good value right now, Djeego.com makes it easy to book accommodation online, allowing you to create your very own tailor-made football destination adventure. From five-star to budget accommodation, you can explore great daily deals right at your fingertips and find accommodation that suits your needs. And, each booking can earn you points towards great awards with Djeego.com’s Cash Rewards™ loyalty program,” Mr Mason said. Djeego.com highlights a selection of the best football nation destinations for football ‘Wives And Girlfriends’ around the world, not to be missed. Barcelona, Spain With Spain on top of the football world ranking ladder, this destination is home to the famous FC Barcelona. But there is more to explore in this Southern European city. Barcelona is the 10th-most-visited city in the world and the third most visited in Europe after London and Paris, great to visit year round with its mild climate. Well-known for its Rambles, the destination for fashion shopping, cafes and souvenirs, its historical monuments, great night life and one of the best beaches in the world, Barcelona is the most popular city to visit in Spain. Hidden secret: Plaça Prim, in the area of Poblenou, a little square that brings you back in time and remains its charm with its little white stone houses and orange trees. But, it’s also the location of Els Pescadors, one of the city's finest fish restaurants. Berlin, Germany We all know about how the Germans play the football game, but have you discovered their unique city of Berlin, yet? Post-war Berlin has developed in a unique blend of historic and new architectural master pieces. Regarded as one of the most famous landmarks in Europe, the Brandenburg Gate is a must visit for historical culture seekers. During the day, visit one of the hundreds of art galleries, any of the more than 150 museums, the Berlin Zoo with the most diverse range of species in the world or find your way to the streets around Alexanderplatz or Kurfürstendamm for great shopping. In the evening, experience the diverse gastronomy scene with a mix of Michelin star restaurants and small local outlets to bite in a Bratwurst or vegetarian dish. At night, enjoy Berlin’s diverse party scene with on weekends no fixed closing time so you can party around the clock. Hidden secret: Neu-Venedig, an area in the South-East of Berlin with canals, lagoons and magnificent views, reminding you of places like Venice. Take a tour on the water to view picturesque water front properties and gardens or sit down at one of the little cafés to enjoy the sunshine and a glass of rose. Zurich, Switzerland Ranking fifth on the FIFA football raking, Switzerland’s key travel destination is Zürich. As a “metropolis of experiences” by the water, with a magnificent view of the snow-capped Alps on the horizon, Zürich offers a unique mixture of attractions – over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, international fashion labels and Zürich designs, and the most flamboyant and lively nightlife in Switzerland. Recreational activities range from a visit to the riverside and lakeside bathing areas in the very heart of the city, to a spectacular hike on the Üetliberg mountain, which offers a panoramic view of the entire city of Zürich and the Lake of Zürich. Hidden secret: Take a boat from the Landesmuseum along the river – with romantic views of the old town - to Zürichhorn Casino on the lakeside. Walk back along the lake for lunch or dinner at Fischstube, a water front seafood restaurant with amazing views of the lake, city and the Alps in the background. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rio de Janeiro, a cidade maravilhosa, is one of Brazil's most spectacular scenic cities, backed by coastal mountains, forests and fronted by the Atlantic. The city has international acclaim for its climate, lifestyle, beaches, beautiful people, Carnaval, and festivals. Enjoy the nightlife in Copacabana, Ipanema and other districts for dance clubs, nightclubs, bars and classical arts performances. Visit Corcovado by miniature train through the rainforest for a great view of Rio and a visit to Cristo Redentor, the famous statue of Jesus Christ. The many Samba schools will have you embrace the Rio Carnival spirit, or get active with sports like golf, cycling, diving, surfing and hang-gliding as only few of the many options at hand. Hidden secret: Rio is a surfer’s paradise. Visit one of the amazing beaches by catching the Surf Bus, which is especially designed to transport surfboards, and runs three times a day from Rio’s city centre to its more western beaches. If it’s not to get active, the surf crowd will make you smile. Amsterdam, The Netherlands Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From its canals, do take a canal boat tour to see the back streets of this ‘Venice of the North’, to world-famous museums and historical sights, Amsterdam is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city. On culture you’ll find the famous Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum and Anne Frank house. For nightlife, visit many small bars and clubs around key areas like Leidseplein or the Jordaan. The city has many outdoor markets throughout the week with food, clothing and souvenirs aplenty. But, don’t forget a visit to the Heineken brewery for a tour and a beer or two, international restaurants and cuisines to enjoy for late night dining, and good transport to get home. It’s a safe and friendly destination with history beyond many other European cities. Hidden secret: Elected as # 1 Most Bicycle Friendly City in the World, Amsterdam is absolutely crazy for bikes: evidenced by the six-story parking garage at the train station, for yes, bikes only. If you don't want anyone in the bike lane to know you're a tourist, head to Bike City in the hip Jordaan neighborhood. Other top-10 ranking football nation destinations to visit: Lisbon, Portugal Montevideo, Uruguay Milan, Italy Buenos Aires, Argentina Bogota, Colombia Visit the Top-10 Beds for WAGs destination deals at www.djeego.com/beds-for-wags For global travel deals, and a great travel experience, visit www.djeego.com. -Ends- For further information, please contact: Jonathan Mason / Raimond Simons Djeego.com Tel. 1300 788 599 Email: info@djeego.com About Djeego.com and Travel Tact Pty Ltd Djeego.com is a leading global travel booking and deals website, owned and operated by Travel Tact Pty Ltd. We search and list hot travel deals from many travel providers and review them for you make an educated choice before booking our next accommodation worldwide. Djeego.com is focused on finding you the lowest available rates worldwide to book online with instant confirmation with no booking fees or credit card fees, our rates are all-inclusive with no hidden fees. And with Djeego.com’s Cash Rewards loyalty program you can earn unlimited travel rewards towards your next holiday. Djeego.com is the best place to go for the best places to stay. Travel Tact and Djeego.com are registered trademarks of 10316 Miles Intellectual Property in Australia and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners. © 2014 Travel Tact Pty Ltd.  All rights reserved. 1 BNI Takes the Pulse of Business Worldwide 2014-04-19T14:57:33Z bni-takes-the-pulse-of-business-worldwide Business Network International (BNI®), the world’s largest business networking organisation, has taken the pulse of businesses worldwide to gauge the state of the global business economy. The BNI Business Index created by BNI is conducted twice a year and more the 1000 business people from every populated continent in the world responded for latest survey. The index gauges the economic state of business worldwide based on results of retailers, service companies, and manufacturing companies all around the world. The next survey will be launched in July 2014. According to BNI Australia director Frederick Marcoux, the statistics gathered from the survey results are intended to keep small business owners, entrepreneurs, and companies, as well as the public, educated and informed as to the changing state of the global business economy and the current business trends that become apparent over time. The survey results from late last year revealed that almost 76 per cent of the respondents felt that business was better today than in 2012. That’s up over 9 per cent from the 2011 survey. This compares to 67.5 per cent of Australian and New Zealand respondents to the survey. In addition, only 6.1 per cent felt that it was declining in the 2013 survey which is down from the 9.6 per cent that said that business was declining in 2011. The most promising news was the hiring trend numbers. The 2013 survey found that 55.3 per cent of the respondents said that they would be or possibly would be, hiring in the 2013 survey compared to an anemic 42.9 per cent in 2011. Of Australian and NZ respondents, 48 per cent were considering hiring in 2013.The three most common reasons cited for growth by the respondents was restructuring, niche marketing, and networking. Networking continued to be a strong business builder as represented by comments such as: “my business depends a lot on referrals and networking” and “my business is flourishing today as a result of my networking efforts both via the internet and face to face.” One respondent claimed that “my business has tripled its income over the past year due largely to my committed involvement to networking”. Restructuring was also a common theme relating to many respondents. Comments such as: “one of the reasons my business keeps growing is that I adapt my offerings to support the goals [of my clients].” Other respondents focused on a niche market. Such as those who said things such as: “last year I became clearer about my target market, strategic partners and taking a hard look at my numbers and what work would be necessary to grow” and “many of my competitors were bought out and closed their doors. I focused on my core business”. Mr Marcoux said the statistics affirmed the importance of networking for business success. “BNI is a business referral organisation whose primary purpose is to assist its members to find and exchange qualified business referrals,” Mr Marcoux said. “BNI provides its members with a professional structure and an ongoing training which enables members to network in a deliberate manner for the sole purpose of generating more business.The way we network in BNI attracts busy, no nonsense successful business people who appreciate the power of business networking.” For more information about BNI Australia please visit http://www.bni.com.au/ 5 Ways UTM Security Can Help Schools in Australia. 2014-04-17T02:27:13Z 5-ways-utm-security-can-help-schools-in-australia Schools contain. Educators teach. Students learn.  Simple, right?  Well you’d think so, but as modernization occurs right in front of us, the methods of teaching are evolving. Students face new distractions in the form of always-connected devices, technology in their pockets, and social sharing applications that consume endless hours of time.  But, these same tools that make today’s students the communication generation (thanks parents) are also the tools teachers are increasingly using to help educate. This new influx of technology into schools has turned what used to be fairly simple networks, into advance networks that need to protect student data, manage access, and deliver performance for in-class technology applications.  Security is a big part of this network ecosystem.  And, as districts roll out new technology, security is moving beyond just protecting, allowing administrators to strategically manage access so students can get the information they need to be successful, while eliminating the distractions. Gone are the days of the guy with the big key ring watching over the school grounds.  Today, technology is a major component when working to keep kids productive and safe. In the security appliance world, Unified Threat Management (UTM) platforms hold the keys to success.  Here are five things to consider when selecting a UTM solution and why they matter: Bandwidth Problems – Three to four devices per student can have a dramatic impact on bandwidth and create bottlenecks. With each student carrying a notebook, smart phone, and iPad, the UTM firewall is the first point of control for getting access to that bandwidth. If it can’t handle the amount of traffic, you have your first problem – bottlenecks. Increasing the size/bandwidth of your firewall will greatly help with the flow of data, bonus points for a multi-core design appliance working in parallel. Say goodbye to legacy firewalls. Operating Systems – Windows, Mac, Android, etc., a network security system must be OS agnostic, just like the real-world. Information Overload – Distractions are everywhere on a school campus, but in the virtual world, the problem is ten-fold. UTM solutions give schools the ability to limit online access with Access Controls, enabling students to access the sites and applications they need to learn (and what educators need to do their job and protect them from legal issues). Wireless Access – Today’s students expect wireless access at all times. Gone are the days of the telephone wire, the cable box, and RJ45 cable. Updating and improving the wireless infrastructure of a campus goes hand-in-hand with increasing the bandwidth of your firewall.  Having seamless access point integration with your UTM can deliver student location recognition, help identify problem areas, and help you better plan out coverage. Dynamic Reporting – Real-time visibility is key to understanding what trends and problems might be happening on the network, and useful reporting options help keep teams informed and help shape new policy creation. A UTM solution should help you see, instantly, who your bandwidth hogs are, see where people are “going,” see which access points are the most heavily used and more. Make sure your solution can turn logs of data into security intelligence, so you don’t have to spend hours digging through information. It’s clear that UTM solutions can help educators to better assist students in their learning career.  Don’t take my word for it, check out the small excerpt below from a recent case study with the Walker School District in Georgia: Because of the increase in classroom productivity due to WatchGuard’s innovative technology, students are learning more and performing better on exams. “Since all the kids are staying on the ball with what they’re supposed to be doing in the classroom, our testing scores have gone up. We’ve had some of our highest testing scores this last year that we’ve ever had,” said Bob Swanson, Walker School District Network Administrator. Test scores reports have been so attractive that Walker Schools has seen an increased number of student registrations from outside the district. Students who previously attended private schools have now switched to Walker Schools after seeing the innovative learning environment that has been created with the help of WatchGuard. Check out the entire case study at http://www.watchguard.com/tips-resources/casestudies/watchguard-network-security-solution-provides-safe-environment-for-walker-schools.asp Some additional education case studies include: Leeds College Catholic Regional College Cascade Schools This post was written & shared to LogicalTech by Mark Romano, Director of Field Marketing at WatchGuard Technologies. LogicalTech is one of the leading and trusted Professional Partner to WatchGuard Technologies in Australia. For more information about WatchGuard’s industry leading XCS Series email security appliances, please contact LogicalTech. For all Media Inquiries on Cyber-Bullying Prevention methodology using technology please contact Cassidy Poon, National Marketing Manager for LogicalTech. We are one of the leading & trusted Professional Partner with WatchGuard Technologies in Australia. LogicalTech confirms that all contact information provided will be treated confidentially and will only be used to contact you regarding this enquiry. TCS strengthens global market position in FY14; growth momentum continues 2014-04-17T02:15:00Z tcs-strengthens-global-market-position-in-fy14-growth-momentum-continues Annual Highlights for 2013-14 • $100m+ clients rise to 24 (17 in FY13) • Gross addition: 61,200 employees • Net addition: 24,268 employees • Total employee strength: 300,464 Highlights for 4th Quarter 2013-14 • Revenues at $3.50 b up 1.9% Q-o-Q • Net Income at $861 m up 2.9% Q-o-Q • Gross addition: 18,564 professionals • Net addition: 9,751 employees • Attrition rate: 11.3 % LTM • Utilisation Rate (excl trainees): 83.8 % • Utilisation Rate (incl trainees): 77.9 % MUMBAI, April 16, 2014: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions firm reported its consolidated financial results according to IFRS for the quarter and financial year ended March 31, 2014. Commenting on the 2013-14 performance, N. Chandrasekaran, CEO and MD said: “We have delivered strong growth and strengthened our competitive positioning in the market. We have maintained our momentum, improved our quality of growth, deepened our relationship with customers and expanded our presence in newer markets like Europe during the past 12 months. Our strategic investments including those in Digital Technologies are providing a compelling value proposition as well as helping us anticipate and shape new market trends successfully.” Looking forward to financial year 2014-15, Mr Chandrasekaran added: “We are upbeat that the next 12 months will bring many more opportunities for growth across multiple industries and markets. As an organization, we remain focused on disciplined execution of our strategy as well as on energizing 300,000 TCSers to ensure they make a difference to their customers, their colleagues and the community.” Rajesh Gopinathan, Chief Financial Officer, said: “Our focus has been to stay disciplined in operations while supporting business growth across multiple markets, industries and technologies. We enhanced our profitability to industry leading levels despite macro and currency volatility through the year. We are continuously investing to stay ahead of the curve.”There was holistic growth across markets and industries during the financial year. Europe led growth in major markets, while UK and North America continue to grow in line with the company average. All major industry verticals grew in double digits led by Retail, Manufacturing, Life Sciences & Healthcare and BFSI during FY14. TCS’ full services capabilities continue to be leveraged by customers with new service lines growing at a fast pace led by Infrastructure Services, Assurance Services, Global Consulting and Enterprise Solutions. Among the new initiatives taken in the last 12 months by TCS were: - Launch of a unique all-female Business Process Service center in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Inauguration of new 10,000 seat campus in Gandhinagar, Gujarat - Launch of a new 10,000-seat Corporate Learning Center in Trivandrum - Title sponsorship of the TCS New York City Marathon for 8 years starting November 2014 Key Digital Wins in Q4 • Engaged by large Australian retailer for multi-channel enablement of merchandising systems using master data management • Selected by a major European Bank for a consulting engagement to define strategic roadmap leveraging Big Data for its credit risk transformation program • Chosen by a leading merchandiser to rollout a field sales mobile application in Asia Pacific • Chosen by European supplier of photolithography systems to strategize and execute all its mobility projects • Engaged by North American insurance firm to enhance property casualty management using Big Data • Selected by a leading US telecom service provider to create a real time ecosystem for data-driven decision making • Implementing a customer decision platform to enhance guided behavior for a North America based leading Telecom provider • Engaged by a global aerospace product manufacturer to develop creative user experience designs• Engaged by a global Hi-Tech Company to transform their sales and operations Business Intelligence systems using Big Data technologies • Engaged by a British pharmaceutical and healthcare company to transform its supply chain analytics using Big Data • Define and execute strategy for Master Data Management programs for North American aircraft engine manufacturer • Consult on transforming order-to-cash business processes using Big Data for European telecom manufacturer• Create integrated marketing and technology platform for large global media and information services firm• Redefining customer interfaces for leading North American Insurance provider for all online platforms • Develop field force solution for a direct broadcast satellite television provider in India • Engaged by leading UK Bank for developing a suite of consumer facing mobile applications • Engaged by European telecom manufacturer to perform consumer analytics using the Big Data platform • Develop patient survey mobile application for one of the largest US based pharmaceutical companies • Engaged by a middle-east petrochemical company for mobile application development and testing Key Wins in Q4 • Engaged by leading European Utility to operate and transform customer service processes with an aim to making them a leader in customer satisfaction within the industry. • Selected by a North American Fortune-500 multi-specialty pharmaceutical company for a multi-year, multi-million dollar deal in the area of core infrastructure operations• Awarded multi-year engagement by North American global leader in process manufacturing to transform and manage its global infrastructure • Selected by large European insurer to enhance customer experience by modernizing its IT footprint • Selected by Middle East based global shipping company to establish a Shared Service Center covering Shipping Documentation and Finance & Accounting processes • Awarded a contract by a leading retail bank in Middle East to transform & run mission critical systems & operations, leveraging TCS BaNCS and full spectrum of managed services. • Selected by leading Publisher to consolidate and transform technology infrastructure to accelerate digital transformation • Selected by a leading European apparel and general merchandize retailer to manage their end-to-end application and infrastructure operations Human Resources: “We trained and integrated 61,200 professionals who joined TCS during 2013-14. With business demand continuing to be robust, we have made almost 25,000 fresh offers on engineering campuses for trainees who will join us from the second quarter of the new fiscal year.” said Ajoy Mukherjee, Executive Vice President, Head, Global Human Resources. “We continue to build a next-gen organization that is social, engaged and collaborative and these efforts are having a positive impact with retention rates rising in the last financial year as employees see TCS as an organization that offers them a progressive career path. The total employee strength of the company stood at 300,464 professionals. In Q4, the gross employee additions were 18,564 and net employee additions were 9,751 professionals. Of these 7,572 Trainees and 7,401 Laterals recruited in India, while 3,591 employees were hired in international locations. High utilization rates have been maintained in the fourth quarter with utilization excluding trainees at 83.8 per cent, while utilization including trainees was at 77.9 per cent. The overall attrition rate was at 11.3 per cent with IT attrition at a low of 10.40 per cent and BPS attrition below 15 per cent threshold to 14.90 per cent on a LTM basis. The average age of a TCS employee is 29 years while 32.7 per cent of the workforce comprised of women with 118 nationalities represented in the workforce. Innovation and Intellectual Property: As of March 31, 2014, the company has applied for 1746 patents including 211 applied during the quarter. Till date, the company has been granted 114 patents. Awards and Recognition Business Leadership: - Recognised as world's Fastest Growing Global IT Services brand by Brand Finance, the world’s leading brand valuation firm - Recognized as one of the 'Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces' in United States for second year in a row - TCS won RASBIC awards for sixth year in a row at the World HRD Congress: o Best Overall Recruiting & Staffing Organization of the Year o Recruiting & Staffing Industry Leader of the Year o Best Use of Technology for Recruiting o Innovation in Recruitment o Best Social Networking Recruitment Effort o Best Employee Referral Program - TCS BPS grabbed four awards at the ‘BPO Excellence Awards 2014: o BPO Organisation of the Year o Operational Excellence & Quality o Best Employer Brand of the Year o ‘Social Change’ Agent - Won Indian MAKE Award for 2013 for a second consecutive year - TCS UK wins Gold Award for ‘Innovation in Learning’- TCS China won two awards at the 2014- 22nd Global HR Excellence and Benny Awards o Compensation Benefits Insurance Program o Talent Management - 4 awards at World HRD Congress 2014 o Talent Management o Innovation in Recruitment o Contribution to cause of education o Fun at Work Initiatives - Winner of ServiceNow's most significant Education and Enablement Partner Award 2013 - TCS China recognised in ‘Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific 2013’ ranking - Ranked as the No. 1 Employer in Europe by Top Employers Instituteo Certified as leading employer in eight European countries - Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom - Recognised for distinction in Assurance and Software Test Automation at Fifth Annual ATI Automation Honors - LegalEra Awards 2014 o Best Global In-House Legal Team of the Year o Best General Counsel of the Year- FinanceAsia o Best Managed Company o Best Investor Relations o Most Committed to a Strong Dividend PolicySustainability: - TCS wins Global CSR Excellence and Leadership Awards:TCS’ Research Scholar Programme and Adult Literacy Programme were each awarded prizes in the category of Education & Training - Social EnterpriseAbout Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS,infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognised as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 300,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $13.4 billion for year ended March 31, 2014 and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com. For more information please contact:Media: +9122 6778 9999 Pradipta.bagchi@tcs.com/ashish.babu@tcs.com shamala.p@tcs.com/h.ramachandra@tcs.com Investor Relations:   Kedar.shirali@tcs.com  +9122 6778 9999 # 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