The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2015-08-04T05:57:49Z The Domino Effect – One Hack to Rule Them All 2015-08-04T05:57:49Z the-domino-effect-one-hack-to-rule-them-all The increasing sophistication of hackers and their repertoire of attacks has made cyber security a must for companies and many have done a good job of beefing up their defense mechanisms in response. However, what many of even the largest and most successful companies often fail to do, with detrimental consequences, is ensure that their subcontractors, partners, supply chain members and others with network or application access maintain the same level of vigilance and defensive frameworks when combating cyber threats. Criminals are finding that third-party partners may provide relatively easy access to confidential data, and are increasingly committed to exploiting these opportunities. Hacking just one third-party supplier or partner provides criminals with an indirect path to ill-gotten gains from hundreds of companies involved with that vendor. This makes for an increasingly popular and lucrative tactic because most organisations make no effort to assess the cyber security practices of their suppliers. In fact, the 2014 Cyber Crime Survey found that about 70 percent of organisations fail to vet the security of third party providers, placing themselves at risk of security slips of their trusted partners. Every week the news are littered with reports of security breaches caused by security lapses of business partners or vendors. The most prominent of these breaches last year were Target and Home Depot, however, other companies such as Bell Canada, Dropbox and Snapchat also deserve a mention. A Montreal-based telecommunications company, Bell Canada, had confidential account information of more than 22,000 of its customers exposed after an attack on its third-party supplier, and Dropbox and Snapchat had nearly 7 million usernames and passwords and 100,000 photos leaked respectively, after both falling prey to data breaches through third party apps. While these breaches may be old news today, the lessons learned are just as relevant now, if not more so, as they were a year ago. One of the major reasons for Target’s data breach was its failure to properly segregate systems handling and sensitive payment card data from the rest of its network – a security lapse that many organisations today are still prone to. The initial intrusion into Target’s systems occurred when the retailer’s network credentials were stolen from a third party heating and cooling subcontractor that worked with Target and several other popular retailers.  After uploading malware to Target’s point-of-sale devices, intruders gained access to approximately 40 million debit and credit card accounts over a two-week period. As a result of the breach, Target could now be facing losses of up to $420 million in bank reimbursements, fines, legal fees, and customer service costs. Another example of similar proportions is the case of Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement chain, which in 2014 reported that criminals used a third-party vendor’s credentials to enter its network and deploy custom-built malware across self-checkout systems gaining access to 56 million credit and debit card accounts in Home Depot’s North American market. What all of these cases show, is the risk companies face when organisations they share information with fail to take critical steps to safeguard it. The fact of the matter is, your third party vendors are simply not as invested as you when it comes to protecting your clients. As we become increasingly reliant on third-parties and continue to trust them with our data the scale and frequency of cyber-attacks exploiting this will only continue to grow. Although the outlook is glum, there are several practical steps you can take to mitigate the growing risks associated with third-party security lapses. These steps will require you to implement security controls to ensure secure access to protected systems, or to avoid Target’s mistake – segregate your systems handling and sensitive payment card data from the rest of the network. Conduct a comprehensive inventory of all service providers and determine which pose the greatest risk. Vet all existing and prospective vendors for any security breaches they may have experienced and their subsequent remediation steps, carefully review all contracts for details regarding the vendor’s responsibilities and liabilities in the event of a breach (e.g. employee background checks, encryption of data, timely notification of breaches, etc.), and be ready to switch providers if problems arise. When selecting service providers that will have access to sensitive information be sure to choose those that that employ strong, two-factor authentication, monitor and log user activity, and encrypt their network traffic. Last but not least, demand that your vendors and partners conduct thorough security checks including yearly Security Audits and Penetration Tests to maintain the highest level of vigilance over their networks. Taking these steps will ensure that every link in your security chain remains strong and insulates your business from possible attacks. LogMeIn Rescue extends leading remote support capabilities to LG smartphones 2015-08-04T02:30:49Z logmein-rescue-extends-leading-remote-support-capabilities-to-lg-smartphones Sydney, Australia – 4 August 2015 – LogMeIn, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: LOGM) flagship remote support offering, LogMeIn Rescue, has entered into an agreement with LG as part of their enterprise-focused LG GATE program, enabling IT personnel to quickly, easily and securely gain remote access to fully control Android-based LG smartphones and help the owner troubleshoot their device. By partnering with LG, LogMeIn Rescue provides IT with a secure, more flexible, and hands on approach to supporting LG devices.   In addition to seeing what’s happening on the user’s mobile device screen, LogMeIn Rescue allows support technicians to actually take control and operate the LG device. This capability becomes necessary to change settings and configurations in order to fix a problem, show a user how to do something or install new apps.   “The ability to remotely control an LG phone is a huge time saver for IT departments who are charged with supporting an ever-increasing array of devices that employees are bringing to work. Now with LogMeIn Rescue, the IT staff has the ability to effectively support customers in an efficient and cost-effective manner,” said Michael Lombardo, vice president of sales and marketing from LG Electronics MobileComm USA. “We believe LogMeIn’s technology, team and vision are a great match for LG and will allow us to continue to create great experiences for our customers, even at the enterprise level.”   LG’s premium G Series line of smartphones, such as the new LG G4, provides people with a mix of productivity tools and entertainment features. Now, with LogMeIn Rescue support, LG smartphones are ideal for work and personal use. IT departments that use LogMeIn Rescue as their support tool can instruct users to download the app, thereby giving instant access to that device. After installing LogMeIn Rescue on their phone, the user starts the app and connects with the support technician. At that point, the technician will ask for permission to access the mobile phone. Once permission is granted, the technician will be able to see and control everything that is happening on that phone, as if the technician is holding it in their hand.   “Since we first introduced LogMeIn Rescue, one of our goals has been to cut down the amount of time and effort required to support devices, while increasing end-user satisfaction and productivity by helping them get their problems solved quickly,” said Dave Campbell, Senior Director of Products at LogMeIn. “We are very pleased to be working with LG to bring these capabilities to their users through their enterprise phone program.”   The LogMeIn Rescue app is available as a free download in the Google Play store. The ability to support LG phones is included in the current subscription cost for LogMeIn Rescue with mobile support capabilities, which starts at $1749 (USD) per year. The LogMeIn Rescue app will work on smartphones operating Android version 4.0 and newer.  About LogMeIn, Inc.LogMeIn Inc. (Nasdaq:LOGM) simplifies how people connect to each other and the world around them. With millions of users worldwide, our cloud-based solutions make it possible for people and companies to connect and engage with their workplace, colleagues, customers and products anywhere, anytime. LogMeIn is headquartered in Boston with offices in Bangalore, Budapest, Dublin, London, San Francisco and Sydney.   LogMeIn and join.me are registered trademarks of LogMeIn in the U.S. and other countries.  Media contacts: Amanda Conroy or Gloria Lee Espresso Communications Ph +61 2 8016 2200Logmein@espressocomms.com.au   BSI Global Supply Chain Intelligence Raises Alarm on Human Rights Breaches 2015-08-03T08:09:04Z bsi-global-supply-chain-intelligence-raises-alarm-on-human-rights-breaches Top five countries for Corporate Social Responsibility human rights risks identified Asian efforts to reduce red-tape create broader supply chain risks for global brands. The risk of organizations breaching international human rights regulations has risen significantly over the last quarter as key Asian economies adapt to tougher economic conditions. Rising labour costs in China have led companies to diversify their supply chains into other high-risk countries such as Vietnam, especially for electronics, apparel, and footwear. This is the conclusion of the latest Risk Index Report from BSI, in which it identifies China, India, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Myanmar as the five highest risk countries for human rights violations. These countries account for 48% of global apparel production, 53% of global apparel exports, and 26% of global electronics exports. The Quarterly BSI Risk Index is based on intelligence from BSI’s Supply Chain Risk Exposure Evaluation Network (SCREEN) tool, which provides real-time incident reports for corporate social responsibility (CSR), security, and business continuity risk, threats, across 20+ proprietary risk categories across 200 countries. Supply Chain Intelligence from SCREEN -identifies major CSR concerns, such as brand protection risks and changes to global regulation including the US legislation aimed at eliminating forced child labour, EU draft conflict minerals law, and the UK’s Modern Slavery Act.  All of which relate directly to complex supply chains worldwide and can subject an organization to prosecution if their suppliers exploit human rights. In addition to the legal repercussions, an organization’s brand reputation and consumer trust is compromised. The latest generation of consumers, millennials, are focused on buying from ethical and responsible businesses, highlighting the increased importance for organizations to adopt a supply chain risk management program and implement risk-based sourcing strategies. Understanding country-level threats provides the needed intelligence to filter risk to underpin a socially compliant and responsible supply chain.  The latest BSI Risk Index report warns that efforts by Asian governments to boost their economies are having the unintended consequence of allowing child labour abuses to become more present in supply chains. Also highlighted were proposed changes to labour laws that may incentivise firms to restructure as “family enterprises”, making it easier to employ under-age workers in a country where 4.4 million children are already put to work. Two thirds of child workers are found in agriculture (69.5%), and 17.5% in industries such as garment manufacturing.  Mike Bailey, EMEA Director of Professional Services, BSI commented: “Organizations can no longer turn a blind eye to the actions of their suppliers. The laws we are seeing today may only apply to larger firms, but they set a benchmark for the industry and smaller organizations will be forced to comply to work with the larger companies, by default. Products assembled or services provided by child labour or depending on minerals from conflict zones have no place in the modern world.”  BSI’s Risk Index highlights that 880,000 companies could potentially be affected by the new draft conflict minerals law approved by the European Parliament in May. The law follows the United States’ Dodd-Frank Act, but is far more extensive in its remit, covering not only the 50,000 tonnes of gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten exported from Central Africa, but also minerals from around the world. BSI SCREEN has identified Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela, among others, as countries of concern.  It further goes on to note that the Dodd-Frank Act has seen approximately 1,300 companies from a variety of industries, including the aerospace, automotive, electronics, industrial and retail sectors, submit their first required disclosure reports to the US Government.  Bailey concludes: “Some organizations underestimate the damage that can be caused by not adopting and enforcing ethical practices across their supply chain. Command and control from the centre means nothing if it is not rigorously monitored and enforced. For too long, extended supply chains have obscured ethically questionable practices, tools such as SCREEN highlight country level corporate social responsibility risks helping increase visibility and awareness, and enforce a responsible and ethical supply chain.”  To request a copy of BSI’s CSR Risk Index please click here.  Media enquiries: BSI Marketing Department:Ph: +61 02 8877 7131 Email: marketing.au@bsigroup.com Successful Land Estate in Landsdale Releases New Blocks for Sale 2015-08-03T05:58:02Z successful-land-estate-in-landsdale-releases-new-blocks-for-sale Perth, WA, 03 August 2015 - Pafumi Rise is one of 4Land Property Group’s newest land estates in the Perth area. 4Land Property Group is known for a string of successful land estates offering affordable house and land packages in Perth suburbs that offer both a great immediate lifestyle and the prospect of long-term capital growth. Stage 1 of Pafumi Rise only became available at the beginning of the year and it is already down to four available blocks. Consequently, 4Land Property Group has decided the release of Stage 2A. According to Madeleine McErlain, Marketing Manager for 4Land Property Group:“Pafumi Rise offers unrivalled and magnificent views over Landsdale and the Darling Ranges beyond. Its Stage 2A offers 21 superior blocks in an elevated setting, which are close to prospective public open spaces. Rear and side boundary fences are also included as a bonus.”Location, Location, LocationNoted for their acumen in choosing desirable locations for their land estates in the Perth area, 4Land Property Group apparently has yet another success on their hands. Pafumi Rise is located on Landsdale Road, extending to Hepburn Avenue. It is situated within a residential area that is rapidly developing. Pafumi Rise is within close proximity to a host of major amenities, such as Kingsway Sporting Complex, Whiteman Park and Kingsway City Shopping Centre, as well as schools and public transport. According to Ms McErlain, “As with all of our locations, Pafumi Rise is poised for long-term capital growth.”Currently, the Pafumi Rise sales office is open Saturday and Sunday from 2:00pm to 5:00 pm. Interested parties can contact Paul Skuse, 4Land’s Sales Manager, on 0413 686 100 or via email: paul@4land.com.au.Why 4Land Property Group has been so Successful4Land Property Group currently has eight land estates offering house and land packages in the Perth area and one in Geraldton. They have established a track record of stunning success in the real estate development field. Virtually all of their stages in all of their land estates sell out shortly after going on the market. According to Ms McErlain, this is no accident: “We spend a lot of time doing our due diligence before we even begin to develop a land estate. We do plenty of market research and work hard to find large tracts of land that we can purchase at prices low enough to provide a bargain to our customers.”Ms McErlain concluded: “By the time our name goes on a land estate, customers know it is primed for capital growth. They know it is in a great location. Most of all, they know they are working with a company that is known for its customer service, ethics and success.”4Land Property Group develops house and land packages on land estates in desirable Perth suburbs. Their motto is “Land you can afford in places you’d love to live.” They currently have eight successful land estates in the Perth area and one in Geraldton. To learn more or to enquire about any of their house and land packages, call their Perth office on 1300 GO 4LAND or visit their website: http://www.4land.com.au/. Market demand drives CenturyLink global data centre expansions 2015-07-31T02:31:27Z market-demand-drives-centurylink-global-data-centre-expansions July 23, 2015 – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has announced the growth of its global data centre footprint to meet continued market demand. In the first half of 2015, CenturyLink completed data centre expansion projects in six markets: Boston, London, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, Seattle and Washington, D.C. The company also grew its market presence into Australia and central Washington.   The expansions add approximately 10.8 megawatts of critical capacity, bringing CenturyLink’s global data centre capacity to more than 185 megawatts. The expanded facilities are built to support up to an additional 35 megawatts to meet future market demand.   “As enterprises increasingly consolidate their on-premise and sprawling data centre infrastructures, and move workloads to the cloud, they want outsourcing options that are flexible, reliable and in specific geographic regions,” said Drew Leonard, vice president of colocation product management at CenturyLink. “Many of our customers are turning to CenturyLink as their strategic partner as they move toward hybrid IT environments to help manage their legacy and cloud workloads. This allows them to focus on objectives tied to business goals instead of worrying about IT infrastructure operations.”   Additionally, CenturyLink expanded its reach in the Asia-Pacific region to address growing customer demand by expanding the company’s public cloud platform to the Asia-Pacific market and partnering with a data centre service provider within five Australian markets.   “CenturyLink continues to invest in meeting the increasing demands of our customers, including exploring new green technologies and expansion options in new and existing data centre markets,” Leonard said. “Our customers know we are resolute in our commitment to keeping their businesses operating 24/7.”   The company also continued to execute on its green energy initiatives by offering alternative energy options to customers through a new hydro-powered facility in central Washington, incorporating Bloom fuel cell technology into the Irvine, Calif., facility, and achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the Minneapolis-St. Paul data centre expansion. CenturyLink also participates in carbon-reducing initiatives, including Climate Change Agreements (CCA) in the United Kingdom and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in the United States.   CenturyLink is committed to providing operational excellence in all of its data centres worldwide.  The company received the Network World Asia Data Centre Infrastructure Management award in 2015, and has completed and passed 12 Uptime Institute Management and Operations (M&O) audits in the past six months. All of the company’s data centres are expected to be M&O certified by the end of 2016.   CenturyLink currently offers more than 2.6 million square feet of gross raised floor space throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.   ###  About CenturyLinkCenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centres in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fibre network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information. OKI unleashes its latest breed of smart, high-performance digital LED A3 colour multifunction printers 2015-07-31T00:17:11Z oki-unleashes-its-latest-breed-of-smart-high-performance-digital-led-a3-colour-multifunction-printers The new MC800 series delivers the performance, versatility and productivity enhancement that is sought after by businesses seeking fleet optimization within their environments.  With a space-saving, compact footprint and robust construction, the new ergonomic design of the MC800 series includes a customisable 7-inch colour touch screen panel with auto-tilt mechanism, making it viewable when the scanner cover is opened.  The user-friendly smart MC800 also features a comprehensive on-screen guided help and self-maintenance function, to assist with the replacement of consumables and maintenance items, as well as tips on how to look after important areas of the device such as the LED print heads, scanner unit and paper feeds. The screen also lets users programme their own jobs macros as individual function commands.  There are two models, each available in several configurations.  The OKI MC853 includes: ·             Media handling from A6 to 1.3m banners, up to 256gsm ·             Optional paper capacity to a maximum of 2,005 sheets ·             Print speeds of up to 23/13 ppm (A4/A3) in colour and mono ·             Time to first page output as fast as 14 seconds ·             Colour scanning with send-to functionality ·             Standard duplex printing capability ·             100 sheet duplex RADF that scans both sides ·             Networking + optional wireless LAN ·             Standard convenience stapler + job separator/second output bin ·             Secure print encryption for confidential documents ·             ENERGY STAR® compliance ·             User replaceable consumables The range-topping MC873 offers in addition to the MC853: ·             Print speeds of up to 35/20 ppm (A4/A3) in colour and m ·             Time to first page output as fast as 9.5 seconds ·             Optional high capacity toner cartridges Both models use the latest open API version of OKI’s smart Extendable Platform (sXP) to enable print management, document capture and document management.  sXP (available from July) will offer additional functionality for developers to build unique solution applications. Both models are also Google Cloud Print ready and AirPrint™ ready. Further, the models are integrated circuit (IC) smart card reader-ready^, for flexible user management and secure printing.  Document-intensive office tasks are made more agile with ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software, a downloadable PC/Mac desktop application that is available free of charge. This powerful software allows users to quickly and easily convert paper documents, as well as PDF files and images, into editable and searchable text. Additionally, bundled SENDYS Explorer LITE, enables simplified document management including the ability to capture documents from various sources. Documents can then be converted, distributed or uploaded to a chosen location, providing greater flexibility to edit, access, print, retrieve and share files.  “OKI Data understands the needs of today’s evolving workplace and now offers a more compelling portfolio of solutions designed to increase productivity,” said Antonio Leone, Marketing Manager, OKI Data Australia. “The introduction of our new MC800 series addresses these needs by providing enhanced functionality and performance in a range of smart, compact, easy-to-use devices, with integrated self-maintenance, backed by the peace of-mind of 3 years warranty and LED technology’. The new models are available through OKI’s reseller network - which includes Corporate Consumables, OfficeMax, Office Products Depot and other leading print providers. www.oki.co.nz 2015 ADIA WA Dental Show Interest Builds 2015-07-30T07:34:29Z 2015-adia-wa-dental-show-interest-builds Across Western Australia’s dental community excitement is building for the 2015 ADIA Western Australian Dental Show to be held next week.  This boutique regional trade show is convened by the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of dental products. The 2015 ADIA Western Australian Dental Show is being held over 7-8 August 2015 at the Technology Park Function Centre in Bentley, Western Australia. “We are inviting dental professionals across Western Australia to come along to this event that allows them to meet with leading local suppliers,” said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. Tailored to the needs of Western Australia's dental community, this event features a trade show where the latest products from Australia and overseas will be displayed and offered for sale by over twenty exhibitors representing several hundred different brands of products and services. “This event is an excellent example of how ADIA and its members support dental professionals in Western Australia.  It’s designed for the entire dental team from dentists to hygienists, therapists, prosthetists, dental technicians, dental assistants and practice managers,” Mr Williams said. The 2015 ADIA Western Australian Dental Show welcome reception that is being held on the evening of Friday, 7 August 2015, is already shaping up as a highlight in the local dental community’s calendar. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the level of support dentists and allied oral healthcare professionals across Western Australia have given this event.  A state-based event of this nature has almost no local parallel and the decision by our members to commit to it has been vindicated,” Mr Williams said. A companion continuing professional development program offered by the University of Western Australia and leading local businesses is also a key part of the event. “The 2015 ADIA Western Australian Dental Show provides dentists and allied oral healthcare professionals with the perfect opportunity to not only see the latest products, but also attend a seminar to maintain their skills currency,” Mr Williams said. There is no cost to attend the 2015 ADIA Western Australian Dental Show and tickets to the companion continuing professional development program can be purchased separately via the website at www.adia.org.au/wa.show Andatech re-established drug testing services to businesses as ‘ICE’ in the workforce reaches new heights 2015-07-30T05:56:43Z andatech-re-established-drug-testing-services-to-businesses-as-ice-in-the-workforce-reaches-new-heights Melbourne, Australia – June 18, 2015 – Director of Andatech, Irwandy Tan, today re-established Andatech’s “Third Party Sampling” Drug and Alcohol management plans as the “ICE” epidemic takes over the workforce.  “Drug and alcohol testing is much more prevalent today than ever before, with more and more employees using ‘ice’ within their working environment.” said Tan. “Every business needs an efficient and effective drug management plan, especially in those industries such as transport and construction  where workers affected by drugs are placing other people’s lives at risk”. As a third party drug and alcohol testing company, Andatech is certified and able to test for all major drug groups.  Featuring exceptional quality control standards and Australian standard certified testing equipment; Andatech is committed to providing efficient service with fast and accurate results. With news outlets such as the ABC, Australian Financial Review and the Daily Telegraph reporting that the ‘ice’ epidemic will continue to grow within industries if left unchecked, it seems clear that businesses need to adapt and introduce new drug policies in order to maintain safe working conditions. With a minimum requirement of just five employees combined with three cost-effective levels of service suited to companies both large and small, Andatech’s new Drug And Alcohol Testing Management Plans (Third Party Sampling) are ideal for any businesses worried about the safety of their employees. Availability Andatech is offering free advice and quotes to companies thinking about third party drug testing. Interested parties can contact Andatech on +613 8899 6900.  Alternatively, further information can be found online at www.andatech.com.au. About AndatechAndatech was founded in 2003 as a distributor of Australian Standards certified breathalysers for Australians, and over the past decade has established a reputation as a leader in reliable wellness and occupational health & safety technologies throughout the Asia Pacific. Its range of quality products and services focus on its vision of a safe and healthy environment, at home and at work. For further information visit: www.andatech.com.au Australia’s Newest and Youngest CEO Takes the Reins 2015-07-30T03:11:20Z australia-s-newest-and-youngest-ceo-takes-the-reins Australia, 30 July, 2015: Australia’s youngest CEO James Kaluschke, beat 582 other applicants to become the Adecco Australia ‘CEO for One Month’, beginning on 3 August. In his final year of a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Queensland, James will work side-by-side with CEO Neil Jones, gaining invaluable work experience and insights into the daily life of a CEO. In addition, James will have a chance to apply to be the ‘Global CEO for One Month’, after his local term ends. In addition to his study, James currently works as a Client Service Officer at MGD Wealth and as a Pharmacy Assistant at Pinnacle Pharmacy Group as well as being an Australian Track and Field athlete, coach and mentor. James will be capturing his journey as our CEO for One Month on the following social media channels, so please follow to see what the life of a CEO is really like: Twitter: @JKaluschke Instagram: jkaluschke LinkedIn: James Kaluschke Blog: http://blog.adecco.com.au/ Hashtag: #CEO1month For more information on getting into the job market, check out www.adeccowaytowork.com, www.facebook.com/AdeccoWaytoWork and www.twitter.com/AdeccoWayToWork -ENDS- For additional comment please contact Louise Nealon at CallidusPR on (02) 9283 4114/0403 569 177 or at louise@calliduspr.com How CIOs Can Better Utilise Mobile App Technology 2015-07-29T21:24:17Z how-cios-can-better-utilise-mobile-app-technology Sydney, Australia, July 30, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - "Mobile applications offer Chief Information Officers (CIOs) unique opportunities for streamlining business processes and empowering the organisation's workforce," suggests Craig Parnham, Chief Executive Officer, Sush Mobile. There has been a lot of interest in business-to-employee apps in the last six months as opposed to business-to-consumer apps, he adds.Sush Mobile is a sponsor company at the marcus evans Australian CIO Summit 2015, in the Gold Coast, Australia, 3 - 5 August. - How can CIOs improve business processes through mobile app technology?A noticeable trend amongst successful enterprise mobility apps has been around the digitisation of labour intensive or repetitive tasks, eliminating middlemen between activities. Work scheduling, status updates, payslip checking, or other internal-facing activities done through an app keeps people engaged and empowered. Not all employees have a desktop or laptop computer, but most have a smartphone.One of our clients, a global tree management company, used to require staff to come in to the depot to collect work schedules, and return again at the end of the day. Now that their information is on an app, employees can view the work that needs to be done and mark it off, with all the data stored in the cloud. Since work logs are kept up-to-date digitally via the cloud, there is no need for office workers in the depot to manually re-enter data, eliminating the need for paper-based maps and work orders that can easily get lost, dirty, or blown away. Mobile apps allow people to access what they need when they need it and offer tremendous time and cost savings.- How can they ensure their apps are ahead of the competition and provide true value?Employees are increasingly asking CIOs to utilise apps for various tasks. We have learned that it is often better to get an app deployed quickly, even if it is a pilot, to get it in the hands of the people who will use it. We can then assess how they use it, and make further refinements and enhancements from there.That helps CIOs ensure the app is not overcomplicated and does not detract from achieving the core business objectives. We encourage customers to strip it back to the most essential features, for an app that is streamlined, fast, responsive, and intuitive.The real measure of providing value is the ability to distil large amounts of data into useful and relevant customer insight, or to streamline existing processes and workflows to create a succinct and intuitive customer experience. One of our award-winning apps is a home loan app for Kiwibank. They wanted an app for people to find how much they could borrow based on their income, but we took it one step further and ended up including a sun finder feature based on feedback from many customers who were searching for North-facing homes. Now this is an app that anyone would want on their phone, whether they are a Kiwibank customer or not. You do not want people to delete your app after just a few weeks. - With wearable technology now on the market, do CIOs need to change apps to ensure effectiveness and usability with the new devices?Wearable apps work best under very specific contexts. Customers should not be forced to use an app that is not fit for such a small screen. The interaction is at most five seconds compared to around two minutes with a smartphone, so the context must be right. It would not make sense to offer a catalogue browsing experience, but it would be useful to notify customers when their order has been shipped. One of the most exciting challenges is around the entire customer journey, creating personalised, contextual experiences across multiple channels and now across multiple devices.About the Australian CIO Summit 2015The Australian CIO Summit is the premium forum bringing elite buyers and sellers together. The Summit offers enterprise and government chief information officers and IT solution providers and consultants an intimate environment for a focused discussion of key drivers for IT innovation. Taking place at the RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 3 - 5 August 2015, the Summit includes presentations on re-architecting models to digitally enable the organisation's assets, unearthing the vast potential of data analytics, mastering the role of strategic business partner and protecting the organisation against security threats. For more information please send an email to info@marcusevanscy.com or visit the event website at www.australianciosummit.com/CraigParnhamInterviewmarcus evans group - information technology sector portal - www.marcusevans.com/reviews/technologyThe Information Technology Network - marcus evans Summits group delivers peer-to-peer information on strategic matters, professional trends and breakthrough innovations. - LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=3568575&trk=hb_side_g- YouTube: www.youtube.com/MarcusEvansIT- Twitter: www.twitter.com/meSummitsIT- SlideShare: www.slideshare.net/MarcusEvansITPlease note that the Summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly limited.About Sush MobileSush Mobile innovates specialised software tools that propel the businesses of today into tomorrow and beyond. 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Contact: Sarin Kouyoumdjian-Gurunlian Press Manager, marcus evans, Summits Division Tel: +357 22 849 313 Email: press@marcusevanscy.com Bartercard Members Are Invited To Recycle With The Appleseed Recycling Trust 2015-07-29T21:17:29Z bartercard-members-are-invited-to-recycle-with-the-appleseed-recycling-trust Floyd from Appleseed Recycling is keen to point out that Bartercard members have an opportunity to find out how important recycling is in their business, and Appleseed Recycling should be the first call Aucklanders make when they need to get rid of "one off" loads of unwanted material, junk and general waste.  Not only will they sort, load, remove and clean up, but the most important factor is that they will recycle between 80% and 95% of it.  Appleseed Recycling not only believe in the saying that "one man's trash is another man's treasure" but they live it. In keeping with that, they will take anything and everything and sort it, whether that be commercial office relocation clean outs or residential organic or inorganic collections, they will take it all and at a very competitive price, and all items on trademe are available for purchase on Bartercard. While collecting the material and diverting as much as possible from landfill is Appleseed Recycling’s key task, at the very heart of their organisation is their passion to see communities working and lives changing through people being not only gainfully employed but earning a sustainable wage.  While it is essential that like any other "business" they need to be profitable, their focus is on their people.  With the material collected they can outfit a home for a migrant family or a paroled prisoner, and through their construction waste diversion programme they can collect enough brand new residual construction material in 12 months to build a new home. They can also supply schools and community groups with materials for their community gardens, and can provide education and training to the long term disadvantaged and create "micro-enterprises”.  The list goes on. Bartercard members will be aware of the rising cost of waste disposal, the pressure placed on landfills and the impact this has on the environment.  It is essential that better ways are found to reduce and preferably eliminate waste, by upcycling, which requires retraining our thought processes. Appleseed Recycling specialise in one-off domestic, commercial and industrial collections and will collect all Waste, Junk, Inorganic, and Organic Material and will separate at source, dump all non-upcycling product and upcycle the rest. For more information on Appleseed Recycling please visit their website at http://www.recycleauckland.co.nz , and for more on Bartercard please go to http://www.bartercard.co.nz .   Fuel your Startup Business Engine with Mystro! 2015-07-28T23:15:28Z fuel-your-startup-business-engine-with-mystro So you’ve made the decision to venture into an exciting career as a health, wellness or fitness professional. You’ve completed your qualifications or left your 9-to-5 job to venture into business for the first time and are eager to hit the ground running. Let’s assume, since you’re reading this, you’re thinking of starting your own business (who wants to work for someone else anyway?). No matter what your career path of choice is – massage therapist, personal trainer, chiropractor, physiotherapist, or osteopath – you all have one thing in common. You need the right tools to get your business started. You then need those tools to help you grow and manage your business and time effectively. Wearing multiple hats as a business owner When you start a business, you have to wear every hat imaginable. I’ve been a designer, a marketer, a blogger, a receptionist, a salesperson, a bookkeeper, and my own personal assistant.You’re probably thinking that sounds daunting, overwhelming, and exhausting all-in-one. You’re not alone. It would be for anyone, especially if you’ve never done this before or have left the comforts of your old job and are venturing into business for the first time.It actually turns out that starting your business by doing every job yourself is pretty darn important. It’s the only way to truly learn what a job requires, what you need to know, and who will be the best person to take over that job for you when the time comes. "Starting your business by doing every job yourself is pretty darn important. It’s the only way to truly learn what a job requires, what you need to know, and who will be the best person to take over that job for you when the time comes"The reality is that the majority of you will start out as a sole trader. You won’t have an endless supply of cash to hire staff straight off the bat. Some of you may not be the slightest bit interested in growing your business beyond just you, and that’s okay. For others, you’ll have to slowly grow your business to the point where you can afford to hire staff to take over those roles that you no longer want or have time to do. Until then, you’ll simply have to juggle multiple roles and figure out how you do that alongside building your customer base, working and making money – the reason you gained qualifications in your field and started your business in the first place! It’s because of this that you need to leverage tools in your business that will make juggling multiple roles easier and far more enjoyable. Achieving a healthy work-life balance It doesn’t have to be hard straight from the word go. I really mean that. Yeah, you have to work super hard to get your business off the ground so it has some chance of success, but just because you’re a startup doesn’t mean you can’t have a healthy work-life balance. At least if you want to stay sane anyway! Starting a business shouldn’t mean going grey before your time."Starting a business shouldn’t mean going grey before your time" When it comes down to it, we all choose to venture down the path of self-employment to have: More freedom to live life; More money; More time to spend with family and friends; Less stress; and More control over your future. It’s ironic really, because more often than not, the result is quite the opposite for most health, wellness and fitness professionals. For those unlucky ones, self-employment results in less freedom, less time, less money and more stress. I guarantee you, those people aren’t managing their time effectively to allow for maximum productivity throughout the day, they aren’t using software to automate daily tedious tasks and manage their bookings, and they aren’t juggling their roles to the best of their abilities. When it comes to balancing work and life, be sure to build downtime into your busy schedule to make time for family and friends. Having something to look forward to each week gives you that extra incentive to manage your time well so you don’t have to cancel. It’s also good to reward yourself for all the hard work you’ve put in that week.Try waking up a few hours earlier before you start work. It’s easy to get up, get stuck straight into your business and work 10-15 hours a day. Waking up a few hours earlier will result in a more productive and peaceful workday. You’ll be more energised and you’ll notice the difference.When it comes to your business, that’s where you need the right tools to help grow and manage your business so it skyrockets to success.What if I told you that we could make your life a little easier by giving you the tools to manage your business more efficiently? That we could automate some of those repetitive tasks and save you hours in your day, giving you more time to live life – even as a startup? And what if I told you that you could waste less time chasing up customers, phone tagging and booking appointments by replacing that with software that acts as your virtual receptionist? That’s where Mystro can help.Use Mystro to fuel your startup business engine One of the things I love about Mystro is how perfect it is for startup businesses in particular. Like fuel is needed to start an engine, using a tool like Mystro in your business could mean the difference between getting your business engine started and making it from A to B (success) as opposed to not having enough fuel to start your engine and never actually making it to point B (failure). As well as providing those fresh to the industry or small business world with the right tools, Mystro does an awesome job at helping you look professional without all the added expense.Here’s a few ways Mystro can help your startup business: Store your customers as you grow your customer base - As you grow your customer base, it’s important you have the right tools to keep track of and manage your customer database. As a health, wellness or fitness professional, you’ll know how important it is to keep certain information about your customers like their personal and contact details, notes, medical history, health history forms, and their progress. Having an easy-to-use CRM (Customer Relationship Management) that can collect and store all of this information for you is key. Super simple scheduling - For your business to succeed your schedule must be filled with bookings. Mystro’s scheduling calendar makes it super simple to create, edit and cancel bookings. You can also create repeats and reschedule bookings with ease. Automated Invoicing - Let’s face it, invoicing is a pain. Time spent creating and sending invoices is better spent focussing on your customers. Many health, wellness and fitness business owners still create their invoices manually in Excel or Word. The last thing you’ll want to do at the end of a long day is create and send invoices for every appointment you did that day. It’s a tedious, time consuming task that, quite frankly, you don’t need to give yourself the hassle of doing. Instead, have peace of mind knowing you can automatically generate invoices directly from the booking in Mystro, ready for you to email to your customers. Now that’s time saving at its best! Automated SMS and email booking notifications - It’s important you get the most out of every booking and booking notifications will help you do just that. Sure, you can spend a few hours at the end of every day sending out notifications and reminders for tomorrow’s bookings, but why would you when can use software that does it for you? Mystro automatically handles the sending of booking notifications so you don’t have to, freeing up more time in your day so you waste no time phone tagging and chasing up customers. You can choose the types of notifications that are sent from booking confirmations, changes, reminders, and cancellations. Mystro can also automatically remind your customers of upcoming bookings. Not only will you reduce the risk of no-shows, your business will thrive because of it. Get a daily agenda of bookings straight to your inbox - Send a daily agenda to get an overview of your upcoming bookings without even needing to look at your schedule. You’ll know where you need to be, at what time, the service you’ll be conducting, and who for. Accept credit card payments online - As a startup business, the easier it is for customers to pay you, the quicker you’ll get paid. You can connect a payment gateway to process credit card payments online directly in Mystro. This means you don’t have to go out and commit to a payment facility and the dreaded monthly costs that come with it! If you accept offline forms of payment like cash, you can record those payments on invoices, too. Use Mystro free for up to 10 customers We understand that you’ll want to keep your costs and overheads as low as possible when starting a business. That’s why we let you use Mystro free for up to 10 customers while you’re working on building your customer base. Once you reach this limit, you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg to keep using Mystro as we’ve made it super affordable. Just check out our pricing to find out for yourself! Help & Support If starting a business isn’t daunting enough, learning how to use new software can be just as daunting. Mystro Help & Support includes step-by-step guides and how-to articles, forum discussions, support ticketing and live chat where our team are on hand to answer any questions you have along the way. Introducing software into your business shouldn’t make things more confusing for you, so we’ve tried to simplify the process as best we can. Advice from one business owner to another Don’t let your fears get in the way of starting a business. Everyone’s business has the potential to be successful, as long as you have the determination and persistence to get there. Don’t forget, patience is a key element of success. While there will be times you may find it tough, it’s a fun ride, so let yourself enjoy it! "Patience is a key element of success." Another bit of advice is to never stop learning. It should be your aim to soak up every bit of information you can get your hands on. Learn from industry influencers, learn from others that have built a similar business, and learn from anyone else that once walked in your shoes and is now successful. This will allow you to grow as a business owner and be more confident. Learning from the experiences and mistakes of others will be valuable to you and your business."Learning from the experiences and mistakes of others will be valuable to you and your business." Final note I hope this article has provided some insight for new and upcoming business owners in the health, wellness and fitness industries who are thinking about starting or recently started a new business. I also hope it’s enlightened anyone who perhaps didn’t plan on going into business. Whether that’s because you don’t see yourself as the business type, or maybe you’d prefer to gain a little experience working for someone else first before venturing out on your own. Business isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but with the help of Mystro and the information we’ll be giving you, this will certainly help you on your journey to success if you decide to venture down this path. Never Miss an Update: Subscribe to our Blog Join the Mystro Updates Group on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook Original article source Forecasts show changing gears in building and construction 2015-07-27T11:14:26Z forecasts-show-changing-gears-in-building-and-construction Latest industry forecasts for the building and construction industry in Australia show that the economy is changing gears, making a big impact on the one million-plus people employed in the sector. Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) is an industry peak body that researches the economic framework that drives demand for trades and professions across the industry, across residential building, non-residential building including health, education and retail, plus engineering construction for infrastructure. “Construction is in the middle of a whirlwind of change in the global economic outlook,” said Peter Barda, Executive Director for ACIF.  “Major structural changes are shaping which industries grow and which contract, and where that activity will take place around Australia.  “Total spending in 2013-14 reached $231 billion, slightly lower than the $233 billion we had foreshadowed in December 2014. It is expected that construction activity will fall to $213 billion this year (2014-15).This affects businesses large and small, from architecture to building and trades, and through to facility managers and property owners.” The macro-economic outlook and interest rate settings are driving a structural shift and churn in the mix of investment in Australia.  Significant increase in residential building is already well underway and an increase to $79 billion in for 2014-15 as a whole is factored in to the revised projections. A larger increase is factored into the projections in 2015-16, raising activity by 9 per cent.  A slight improvement in non-residential spending was observed in 2013-14 from $33 billion in 2012-13 to $35 billion. Total spending in non- residential construction is projected to dip slightly in 2014-15 reflecting soft non-mining business investment in the economy at large.  The biggest change is a reduction in engineering construction, now projected to amount to $100 billion in 2014-15, a decline of 18 per cent on spending in 2013-14. The mining development boom is very definitely over. The slide in activity in this sector will continue over the next few years, reducing spending to $86 billion by 2017-18. ACIF Forecasts are released twice a year, and published through a unique collaboration of building and construction economists, expert forecasters and high quality data. Using inputs from Australian Bureau of Statistics, Cordell Information and Outlook Economics, leading forecaster Kerry Barwise generates a detailed outlook for the next decade, which is rigorously reviewed by the Construction Forecasting Council. ACIF Forecasts are released today on the ACIF website www.acif.com.au.  About Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) is the cohesive, trusted voice of the Australian Construction Industry. ACIF facilitates and supports an active dialogue between the key players in residential and non-residential building, and engineering construction, other industry groups, and government agencies. ACIF’s focus is on innovation, collaboration, equity and sustainability for the industry. ACIF Members are the most significant Associations in the industry, spanning the entire asset creation process from feasibility through design, cost planning, construction and building and management. ACIF harnesses the resources of its Members to research and develop initiatives that benefit businesses of all sizes, from the largest of construction companies to small consultancies. More information on ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au.  About ACIF Forecasts ACIF Forecasts are rolling ten year forecasts of demand across residential, non-residential and engineering construction in Australia. The Forecasts are prepared by respected economic modellers, using high quality data sources, and are overseen by ACIF’s Construction Forecasting Council, an industry panel of expert analysts and researchers.  ACIF Forecasts are used by thousands of professionals each year, from across the full range of stakeholders, from major organisations to small consultancies. ACIF Forecasts are released twice a year, and are available as Australian Construction Market Reports, and detailed numbers are available by subscribing to the Customised Forecasts Dashboard. More information about ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au/forecasts.  - ENDS - Contact Peter Barda, Executive Director, Australian Construction Industry Forum  Phone: 1300 854 543, mobile: 0418 438 550, email: ceo@acif.com.au Pia Argiratos, Marketing Manager, Australian Construction Industry Forum Mobile: 0405 144 314, email pia@acif.com.au More information and resources for media are available at www.acif.com.au/news/media. Distributor of Pumps in Australia Provides Vital Information for Mining Applications 2015-07-27T05:50:34Z distributor-of-pumps-in-australia-provides-vital-information-for-mining-applications Perth, WA, 27 July 2015 - Recently, on their company blog, Pump Solutions Australasia, an importer of high quality pumps in Perth, Australia, provided some perspective as to how vital pumps are to the mining industry. Since Pump Solutions Australasia always keeps customer information confidential, they used information from a pump industry trade ezine to illustrate what goes into providing a comprehensive solution for a mining operation.They detailed the equipment that it took to provide pump solutions for the McArthur River Zinc Mine 45 km south west of the Township of Borroloola, located in the Gulf Region of the Northern Territory.The McArthur River Zinc Mine has the capacity to produce 5.5 million tonnes of ore every year. Currently, the mine is producing 800,000 dry metric tonnes every year. The owner, McArthur River Mining, is currently the world leader in high-grade bulk zinc-lead-silver concentrate, producing 70% of the global supply. They produce 3% of global zinc. Water Management in MiningFor an operation as large as the McArthur River Zinc Mine, a lot of water is used. Consequently, the dewatering process requires a lot of equipment. The infrastructure consists of three important components: shallow bore dewatering, underground mine dewatering and the last category: dirty, raw and contaminated ring mains.For the storage, transfer and discharge of water, the infrastructure consists of reservoirs and holding ponds. Dirty water is transferred from reservoir to reservoir and contaminated water from reservoir to holding pond. For the McArthur River Mine, a total of seventeen pumps were used: six bore pumps, five surface pumps, three seal water pumps and three mine dewatering pumps. The firm that got the water management contract won the contract with a bid of $28 million. Selecting the Right Pump for the Right JobThere are many factors that come into play when selecting a pump for a certain job. Traditionally, certain pumps are used for certain jobs, but there is a lot of crossover where the best pump for a job may be one of two or three different types of pump, depending upon circumstances. Some of the factors are easily measured. Flow rate is measured in m3/hr. Total dynamic head is measured by a formula involving the flow rate, pipe diameter, pipe length, differential elevation and even the material used for the pipe. Nominal duty and maximum duty are measured in m3/hr and take the entire system into consideration. Mike Hurlbatt is the owner of Pump Solutions Australasia. According to Mr Hurlbatt, “There are a lot of criteria that go into selecting the right pump for the right job. At Pump Solutions Australasia, we combine our own customer service with access to the best minds in the industry. Our experts ensure that your large projects turn out perfect.”Pump Solutions Australasia is a distributor and importer of high quality pumps for a variety of industrial purposes in Australia. They import the best pumps in the world, such as Lowara pumps and Speck pumps, to their retail location in Perth. They have a full range of solutions for the mining, manufacturing, wastewater, medical and food processing sectors. To learn more, call 1300 922 973 or visit their website: http://www.pumpsolutions.com.au/. Timber Sliding Patio Doors Win the Day in Perth 2015-07-27T03:21:19Z timber-sliding-patio-doors-win-the-day-in-perth Perth, WA, 27 July 2015 - Custom built doors are very popular in Perth, and none are more popular than sliding patio doors. Sliding patio doors are an inexpensive way to modernise a dated home. Builders and consumers alike cite many different benefits to a sliding patio door. Tish Thompson is the office administrator for the Fremantle Door & Window Company. She plays a large role behind the scenes in every custom built door that is created for their customers. According to Ms Thompson:“Sliding patio doors are one of our most popular builds right now. They are a quick way to freshen up an older home and they make it easier to turn the patio into another room for eating, drinking or entertaining. Our sliding patio doors are made of a timber frame and strong glass that is made right here in WA. This combination provides a lot of benefits for the homeowner.”Modern but NaturalTimber sliding patio doors lend a more modern look to an older home due to their contemporary popularity. However, the new look doesn’t come at the expense of a natural look. As a matter of fact, timber frames can be tastefully designed and stained to blend a home seamlessly into nature. Timber frames always have a distinctive appearance due to the presence of woodgrain. Colours and other aesthetics can be adjusted by the colour of stain used. Sometimes, a clear coat is applied, allowing the natural colour and grain of the timber to show through.Creating SpaceSliding doors help homeowners create space by more efficiently using the space already in a home. Standard doors need room for the door to swing in or out. Sliding doors don’t move in or out, so no clearance is necessary. In addition, sliding doors make it look like there is more space because of all the light they allow into the home. Also, sliding doors allow a full view of the garden or any scenic area the home may be next to. This creates the illusion of even more space.Another way in which sliding patio doors create space: they seamlessly integrate patio and garden space with the inside of a home. This creates more effective living space because it can turn the patio and garden into living space, like they are part of the home.Environmentally FriendlySliding timber patio doors are environmentally friendly in a few different ways. First, the timber has what is known as a “negative carbon footprint” because it actually stores carbon instead of adding it to the environment. The timber consists of carbon atoms that have been combined with other substances and turned into timber cells. Timber and strong glass in a custom door are also environmentally friendly because they are efficient insulators and the build is always airtight. This allows the home to be heated and cooled using less fossil fuels. The Fremantle Door & Window Company provides custom built doors for clients in the Perth area. They design, build and install a full range of custom doors and windows, such as sliding doors, bifold doors, French doors and casement windows. To learn more or for a free consult, call 1300 308 323 or visit their website: http://www.fremantledoor.com/.