The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-10-24T02:56:21Z Exceptional Big Data & Cloud Customers Honored in 2017 Talend Data Masters Awards 2017-10-24T02:56:21Z exceptional-big-data-cloud-customers-honored-in-2017-talend-data-masters-awards Talend (NASDAQ: TLND), a global leader in cloud and big data integration software, has announced the winners of its annual awards program — the Talend Data Masters. These awards celebrate companies that demonstrate vision and leadership in deploying Talend solutions in compelling ways to help make their businesses more agile, effective, and data-driven. The 12 winners—representing forward-thinking organisations of all sizes, across a range of industries - were revealed in a ceremony during the annual Talend Connect user conference taking place in Paris, France. “Navigating a digital transformation is no easy feat, and a company can’t truly realise its full benefits without sound vision, strong leadership and an iron-clad partnership between business and IT,” said Mike Tuchen, CEO, Talend. “We created the Data Masters Awards to showcase lighthouse examples of companies taking innovative approaches to utilising data as a strategic asset to improve business performance and competitiveness. The Talend Data Masters winners are unique in their use of cloud and big data technologies to reinvent product and service delivery with the goal of transforming and propelling their businesses to the next level.” Data Masters winners are judged using a range of criteria including creativity and innovation, project scope and complexity, designing new big data use cases, as well as overall business value achieved. This year’s Talend Data Masters recipients include: Grand Prize Winners Customer Intimacy – In a high volume/low latency environment, Paddy Power Betfair is betting on a big data, cloud-based architecture to provide employees with consistent, high-quality data insights across brands, products and channels, to deliver the best online sports betting experience available. Humanitarian – Save the Children UK (SCUK) prepares for and responds to humanitarian emergencies caused by natural disasters, disease outbreaks and armed conflict. To comply with government regulations requiring it to be transparent in how it manages data and spends funds, SCUK relies on Talend to ensure the information they have on each donor is as accurate to meet GDPR regulatory compliance and to make sure donors know where their money is going and keep giving. Innovation Cloud – The University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League research institute with 24,960 students, embarked on a digital transformation to make premier-quality, higher education available and accessible to all students regardless of financial need. The department of Information Systems and Computing worked with Talend to re-design a cloud-based Online Giving application that makes it easier for loyal alumni to stay in touch with the University and contribute to the advancement of the next generation of learners. Open Source Class Limited – Class, develops powerful software for Australia’s wealth accounting sector. The company moved from Talend open source to a commercial license to improve its data governance, security, and redundancy capabilities. In addition to improving operations, Class’ management has self-service data capabilities allowing Management reports to be produced daily by executives, without the need for assistance from the IT department. What once took several weeks now takes just a few days. Data-Driven Transformation Johnson Controls – This diversified technology and multi-industrial company has built a global data lake to create unified views of products, suppliers, build of materials, and a number of other business areas. Credit Agricole Consumer Finance with Accenture – To be even more competitive and compliant, Credit Agricole has built a big data platform to introduce innovative projects, like website KPIs monitoring usage, 360-degree customer vision and real-time capabilities on social media loans subscription. Business Excellence Carhartt, Inc. – To better understand, connect with and inspire loyalty from each customer, clothing manufacturer and retailer Carhartt, Inc., tied its disparate data sources together in record time. Having a unified view of all customer interactions across its multi-channel environment helps Carhartt ensure seamless delivery of top-notch customer service, regardless of -where goods are purchased – online, in-store or through retail partners. HERMES Arzneimittel – In a very highly regulated environment, Hermes Arzneimittel deployed a data lake based on Hadoop for continuous monitoring (“Ongoing Process Verification”), of drug manufacturing processes fulfilling pharma regulatory requirements and beyond. Customer Intimacy AIG – Worldwide insurance giant, American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is creating a digital marketplace that is scalable, can be hosted on any cloud or hybrid eco-system and supports the customer experience via multiple portals, mobile applications and real-time communications. Information from the marketplace will facilitate timely decisions through data analytics and data science, as well as the provisioning of data to internal and external consumers. Beachbody – This worldwide fitness, nutrition, and weight-loss programs provider wanted to better target customers by leveraging purchase and behavioural data. Using big data lake technology powered by the AWS cloud, Beachbody enhanced its analytics architecture. It then made the cloud data lake accessible via a self-service portal, providing employees access to a wide range of information—from website activity to call center records, sales and financial transactions—so they can effectively improve the overall customer experience. Best Systems Integrator Capgemini with Michelin - Capgemini is a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing services. With the Hubble project, Capgemini helped Michelin quickly enhance its mobility offering with new services for its customers. Best Value-Added Reseller JEMS datafactory with SMAG - JEMS datafactory is a leading professional services company, with expertise in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. JEMS worked with SMAG, a leader in IS for Agriculture. Together, they have built a big data predictive modeling system for agro-industrial sectors to optimize harvesting plans, fertilisation schedules, phytosanitary treatments, and storage of grains. In addition to recognising the 12 companies above, this year Talend also celebrated several individuals who had a significant impact on their organisation by demonstrating exceptional vision and leadership in transforming data into a strategic asset for more intelligent business decision making. The honoured individuals include: · Prashaant Huria, VP of IT, Enabling Units, GPPS and GMA at AstraZeneca. · François Avédian, Operations Director at MonPortailRH. · Tobias Baumgart, Leading expert on platform architecture at Conrad Electronic DE. · Denis Bourdon, CEO at April Technologies with our VAR partner Keyrus. The 2017 Talend Data Masters winners are using a variety of Talend solutions and partner technologies to achieve their digital transformation goals, including Talend Big Data, Talend Real-Time Big Data, Talend Integration Cloud, Talend Data Integration, etc. To learn more about Talend and its complete portfolio of solutions visit www.talend.com. Additional details on each of the Data Masters Award winners can be found here. Like this story? Tweet this: @Class_Limited, @Penn, @savechildrenUK, @PPBetfair and more are winners of Talend’s 2017 #DataMasters http://bit.ly/1NFMQ5l About Talend Talend (NASDAQ: TLND) is a next-generation leader in cloud and big data integration software that helps companies make data a strategic asset that provides realtime, organisation-wide insight into customers, partners, and operations. Through its open, adaptive, and unified integration platform, Talend delivers the data agility required for companies to rapidly adopt the latest technology innovations and scale to meet the constantly evolving demands of modern business. A leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools and Forrester Wave: Big Data Fabric Q4 2016, Talend’s solutions support over 1500 global enterprise customers including Air France, GE, and Lenovo, across a range of industries. For more information, please visit www.talend.com and follow us on Twitter: @Talend. ### Cloudera speeds analytics deployment for Cybersecurity Hub 2017-10-24T02:55:37Z cloudera-speeds-analytics-deployment-for-cybersecurity-hub Cloudera, Inc., (NYSE: CLDR), the modern platform for machine learning and analytics, optimised for the cloud, announced that it has partnered with Arcadia Data, Centrify, and StreamSets to simplify the first use case on the cybersecurity hub. Leveraging Cloudera Manager’s parcel deployment capabilities, chief information security officers (CISOs) can now access Cloudera’s cybersecurity solution based on Apache Spot (incubating), through an app store-like experience, making machine learning simple and accessible by removing the barrier of entry to data-driven insights for security operation centers. The new feature also provides easy access to associated ISV capabilities such as ingestion, visualisation, and analytics Today’s threat landscape presents a clear need for a fast and simple way to gain enterprise-wide visibility and to accelerate the rate of threat detection, investigation, and response. Cloudera’s next generation cybersecurity hub enables anomaly detection, behaviour analytics, and comprehensive access across all enterprise data using an open, scalable platform. With this app-like experience, Cloudera is enabling organisations to expedite security use cases such as cyber vulnerability and events analytics. “CISOs understand that today’s threats require investment in open, scalable, future-proofed data platforms,” said Tom Reilly, chief executive officer at Cloudera. “At Cloudera, we want to remove as much of the friction as we can and make it easy for CISOs to deploy their first big data cyber use cases. Together with our partners, Cloudera is providing CISOs with a point and click path to deploy and benefit from a next generation cybersecurity data platform.” Cloudera’s partners are already contributing to the new service and deployment capabilities for the cybersecurity hub that allow for easy deployment via Cloudera Manager, working towards effective next generation solutions that better secure their customer’s business. Arcadia Data provides the visualisation capabilities including pre-configured application screens that let security operations centres quickly analyse data that resides in Cloudera’s solution. Arcadia Data "CISOs need a faster way to detect and respond to cyber threats across diverse and ever-growing digital endpoints, networks, and users," said Priyank Patel, co-founder and chief product officer at Arcadia Data. "Arcadia Enterprise was architected for big data analytics and provides the powerful visualisations to let security analysts quickly identify cyber threats, effectively perform forensic analysis, and hunt for the unknown. We are excited to collaborate with Cloudera to provide out-of-the-box visual analytics which illuminate the value of Apache Spot as a leading big data open source cybersecurity solution". Centrify has worked with the community to define the user data model so that Centrify data can seamlessly land in the community-defined open data model. Centrify “According to Verizon, identity is the top attack vector for hackers and we have seen that compromised credentials for both IT and end users have increasingly resulted in data breaches. Centrify provides a single comprehensive platform to secure each user’s access to applications and infrastructure through the power of identity services,” said Bill Mann, chief product officer at Centrify. “Centrify is working with Cloudera to help Apache Spot incorporate Identity information into the Open Data Model from Centrify Identity Services, ensuring that Apache Spot has the most comprehensive data sources for advanced analytics to prevent attacks.” StreamSets has donated ingestion pipelines to the community in order to accelerate data ingest for the Cloudera cyber solution. StreamSets “Getting consumption-ready data into the enterprise data hub while managing the ever-changing data sources is critical to unlock the potential of big data for cybersecurity,” said Kirit Basu, Head of Products at StreamSets. “Our partnership and technical integrations with Cloudera and Apache Spot make it easy for our customers to deploy ingestion pipelines quickly and operate them continuously with real-time monitoring and alerts.” Network Security Training Courses Now Available for Professionals 2017-10-24T01:31:21Z network-security-training-courses-now-available-for-professionals SYDNEY — Oct. 24, 2017 – Australian startup WOTBOT today announced its partnership with its TeachWOT online learning product and Red Education. Together, the two companies will provide convenient online network security training programs. “In an industry where there is so much information, so many vendors, and myriad areas of specialisation, we recognised the need for structured training to enable network professionals to keep updated with the latest technology developments,” stated Linda Wooding, Director, TeachWOT. TeachWOT’s online portal enables course participants to complete the course at a convenient time, at a pace that suits them. All coursework and testing is facilitated online and is affordably priced. Red Education is the leading IT professional Training provider in Asia Pacific and Japan. With its highly-regarded reputation, market penetration and long experience in this domain, the partnership with Red Education is vital for the success and reach of TeachWOT in the region. “Increasingly, technical experts’ time is being squeezed whilst the expectation from employers is that skills are current, and both deep and broad. The TeachWOT range of online, on-demand short courses in targeted cybersecurity technologies enable an awesome way to increase skills flexibly and inexpensively.” Said Rob Howard, Managing Director at Red Education. “Whether you’re on the bus, at home, or on a break, these courses are delivered to your device, and get you the skills you need to stay on top in the fast-paced world of security and access.” TeachWOT courses are intended for network professionals including web developers, IT operations engineers and system administrators. Upon completion of courses, participants are provided with a Certificate of Completion. Network professionals juggle the rapid and regular introductions of new technologies, while managing a staggering rate of standards updates and compliance requirements. They often don’t have the time to proactively keep themselves up to date on all facets of networking. Courses by TeachWOT offer a convenient “train-as-you-go” portal where course participants can log in and complete their training over a 90-day period. Courses offered include: Network Fundamentals – Core: This course gives participants a deep understanding of the fundamentals of computer networking with a detailed description of the function, protocols and intersects between each of the seven network layers. Application Delivery Fundamentals: This course enables network professionals to prepare to sit the Industry recognized ADN certification F5 Networks - 101 Application Delivery Fundamentals. The course covers an overview of network fundamentals with a detailed review of protocols, traffic management concepts and a focused view of Layers 4-7 of the network.  Web Application Firewalls for DevOps: This course provides an overview of the increasing threats to web applications, the benefits of a Web Application Firewall (WAF) and the design, selection and implementation of a quality WAF solution. “Network professionals can now keep up to date at a time and in a place that is convenient to them. We provide a simple modular portal with engaging visual and audio course material, along with supporting materials for ongoing learning. We are particularly pleased to be offering an Australian solution that is specific to our market,” remarked Linda Wooding, Director, TeachWOT. See full list of courses. About TeachWOT TeachWOT is a subsidiary of WOTBOT, an Australian software company that designs, builds and customises innovative software solutions for web and mobile applications to help businesses grow and succeed. Our solutions facilitate the streamlining of business operations to ensure maximum efficiency and productivity. Our expertise is in simplifying business communication technologies for optimum business performance. Maximise your results by putting the simplest technology at your fingertips. About Red Education Red Education is the leader in IT training and professional services in Asia Pacific. Since its launch in 2005, Red Education has trained more than 50,000 IT professionals of many industries including financial services, government, telecommunications, education, healthcare and many others. The combination of extensively experienced trainers and courses that balance theoretical concepts and hands-on labs is the formula to Red Education’s class success. Red Education ensures quality class across all delivery methods; in-class, virtually or on clients’ sites. ZippySig launches new email signature templates 2017-10-24T01:26:58Z zippysig-launches-new-email-signature-templates ZippySig is happy to announce that it has launched brand new email signature templates to its ever growing collection. These templates all have the following fantastic features: 1. Easy to use and install 2. Free for personal or commercial use 3. The templates are all completely compressed to make your email signature really small in size. 4. You get a layered photoshop file that will allow you to edit the email signature. 5. Instructions on how to install the signature. 6. Ready to go, just change your logo, and personal details and its done! ZippySig is an email signature generator that often releases email signature templates that anyone can use absolutely free of charge. Take advantage of this awesome opportunity. If you don't want to spend the time modifying the HTML code in the signature templates to suit your needs, then simply sign up to the paid service and you will be able to create your perfect email signature in just seconds. ZippySig offers a 7-day free trial that will allow you to try out all of features of the software without paying a cent. D2L's Autumn17 Delivers Unprecedented Flexibility, Letting Teachers and Educators Work the Way They Want 2017-10-24T00:58:11Z d2ls-autumn17-delivers-unprecedented-flexibility-letting-teachers-and-educators-work-the-way-they-want Waterloo, ON, October 23, 2017 – D2L, the global learning technology leader, unveils the Autumn17 release of Brightspace, its award-winning learning management system (LMS). With a focus on simplifying work, it gives teachers and educators more flexibility to deliver impactful learning experiences. Flexibility — in how, where and when you do your work and learning — is critically important. In fact, The Journal of Vocational Behavior’s meta-analysis of 60 published studies confirms that flexibility benefits both employers and employees while reducing stress. “We’ve been listening closely to feedback from the Brightspace community. Brightspace users – students, parents and professionals – have made it clear they want to work in a way that’s convenient for them, not in a way a system forces them to work,” explained Cheryl Ainoa, COO at D2L. “The new features in Autumn17 allow educators to streamline their day, freeing up time to focus on student/employee engagement and success.” “Brightspace is evolving and always adding new features as suggested by D2L’s clients,” said Grace Dorrington, eLearning Support Officer at Saint Stephens College. “I also feel that D2L offers a personal touch to its clients. This makes us feel satisfied and well cared for.” With Brightspace Autumn17, teachers and educators can work the way they want to with these new capabilities. USE THE TOOLS THEY LOVE: With more options to leverage existing resources, it’s easy for teachers and educators to build compelling courses. They can leverage content from Microsoft OneDrive® or Google Drive™ effortlessly by adding them with a simple click to the Content tool, Brightspace Lessons and Portfolio. YouTube™ videos now display elegantly inline when the link is added to Brightspace Lessons. As well, teachers and educators can quickly build surveys, self-assessments and quizzes by uploading questions from existing sources to the Brightspace question library. PROVIDE VALUABLE AND UNBIASED FEEDBACK: Meaningful reviews will help students improve, and can be facilitated with rich annotations and peer reviews using Critique^It Assignments. As well, teachers and educators have the option to use anonymous grading to remove unconscious bias. WORK WHEN IT’S CONVENIENT: Busy teachers and educators can save a draft of an upcoming assignment to share later, and prep communications ahead of time by scheduling posts for the activity feed. They can maximise their impact with Brightspace by accessing on-demand or live training that is targeted to their skill level and specific needs with new subscription training. ACCESS FAST AND TIMELY DATA: Admins and CIOs can refresh their data hourly, providing them with powerful knowledge that they can turn into timely actions. Brightspace is the only LMS to provide data this frequently, giving schools confidence that their actions are relevant and based off the most current information. KEEP IN TOUCH WITH PARENTS IN REAL-TIME: Brightspace for Parents lets teachers connect with parents and guardians to share student work, upcoming assignments and communications effortlessly ¾ enabling positive reinforcement when children need it most. “Parent engagement at Springfield is one of our key strategies, making sure parents are aware of what's happening with their students. It's critically important because we can't alone provide everything that our students need. That needs to be done in partnership with parents, family, with the community more broadly,” stated Paul Foster, Chief Information Officer, Springfield Public School. “We want parents to log in and see the kind of assignments students are being asked to complete, see the kind of discussion topics that teachers are engaging the students with, and obviously being able to see their students’ grades so they can keep track of where their students are at.” GIVE YOUNG STUDENTS MORE INDEPENDENCE: Exploring the LMS freely and independently is easy for young students with image-based navigation. Portfolio’s new animated cartoon character guides students through every step as they document their learning, enabling them to be more self-sufficient and independent. Teachers can approve posts and share work with parents and guardians using a single click. “Portfolio’s setup, ease of use and innovative design has teachers from Kindergarten to High School excited to document learning. By putting the documentation in the student’s hands, it makes capturing learning feasible and fun? Teachers in all roles and subject areas have been looking for a tool like this to help them capture the observations and conversations in the classroom that they need to make fair assessments,” said Robert Dunlop, Blended Learning Resource Teacher, Niagara School Board. “D2L has done an amazing job listening to the needs of teachers and students when they designed this tool.” Brightspace Autumn17 will work on whatever device people want: a mobile device, tablet or desktop. Brightspace is the only LMS that has adopted the industry’s best practice of fully responsive design that enables a user interface to adapt beautifully to different screen sizes. Ian Wolf, Assistant Professor of English, Louisburg College, commented: “In all honesty, D2L benefits greatly by comparison to our old LMS, but even disregarding that, the cross-platform functionality truly meets our students where they are most comfortable, i.e., their mobile devices.” To view the complete list of new features in Brightspace Autumn17, please visit www.D2L.com/seasonalrelease. ABOUT BRIGHTSPACE D2L’s Brightspace is a learning management system (LMS) that helps schools and institutions deliver personalized learning in a classroom or online to people anywhere in the world. Created for the digital learner, Brightspace is cloud-based, runs on mobile devices and offers rich multimedia to increase engagement, productivity and knowledge retention. The platform makes it easy to design courses, create content and grade assignments, giving instructors more time to focus on what’s most important: greater teaching and learning. At the same time, analytics reports track and deliver insights into the performance levels of departments, courses or individuals. Brightspace was recently named the #1 LMS in Higher Ed by Ovum Research and #1 in Adaptive Learning by eLearning Magazine. In addition, Aragon Research included Brightspace in its highly coveted Hot Vendors In Learning list. ABOUT D2L D2L is the software leader that makes the learning experience better. The company’s cloud-based platform is easier to use, more flexible and smart. With Brightspace, companies can personalize the experience for every learner to deliver real results. The company is a world leader in learning analytics: its platform predicts learner performance so that companies can act in real-time to keep employees on track. Brightspace is used by learners in higher education, K-12 and the enterprise sector, including the Fortune 1000. D2L has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil and Singapore. www.D2L.com PRESS CONTACT Virginia Jamieson, Vice President of PR and AR, D2L Ltd., 650-279-8619, virginia.jamieson@D2L.com, or; Nermin Bajric, Watterson for D2L, +61 2 9929 7533, nermin.bajric@watterson.com.au. Twitter: @D2L © 2017 D2L Corporation The D2L family of companies includes D2L Corporation, D2L Ltd, D2L Australia Pty Ltd, D2L Europe Ltd, D2L Asia Pte Ltd and D2L Brasil Soluções de Tecnologia para Educação Ltda. All D2L marks are trademarks of D2L Corporation. Please visit D2L.com/trademarks for a list of D2L marks. GameCredits signs deal with Unity Technologies to bring Blockchain to game developers and gamers 2017-10-24T00:12:53Z gamecredits-signs-deal-with-unity-technologies-to-bring-blockchain-to-game-developers-and-gamers GameCredits, a Blockchain company driving innovation in the games industry, today announced the company has signed a deal with Unity Technologies, creator of the world’s most popular creation engine, that will bring the benefits of blockchain to more than 3 billion devices and millions of game developers worldwide. Through this deal, both companies will introduce novel forms of game distribution for the $100 billion* gaming industry, placing a particular focus on the fast-growing world of mobile gaming and eSports. GameCredits’ mobile game store, GPlay, will be integrated with Unity’s game-development ecosystem and developers will be able to effortlessly publish their games directly into GPlay. GPlay will share 90% of gross revenue (instead of the industry standard 70%), and will pay developers within 60 hours (instead of 60 days). "Unity is known for aggressively adopting new technologies that democratize game development, solve hard problems and enable success for developers. With GameCredits, we intend to bring about a paradigm shift in the gaming industry. Blockchain solutions will help disintermediate game publishing and give better returns to creators," said Hubert Larenaudie, President Asia Pacific, Unity Technologies. “Our partnership with Unity Technologies is a major step forward for both the gaming industry and the blockchain world. With GPlay and our eSport platform, we are bringing the benefits of blockchain and digital assets to the largest global audience yet, enabling true mainstream adoption of these technologies for the first time,” said Sergey Sholom, GameCredits CEO and GPlay President. Unity exists to democratize development, solve hard problems and enable success -- three core values that are the driving forces of Unity’s adoption by millions of creators. Unity powers more than 50% of all new mobile games and over two-thirds of all AR and VR content. Interactive content made with Unity reaches nearly 3 billion devices worldwide. Following a record-breaking $53 million crowdsale earlier this year, GameCredits has been developing a suite of blockchain products for the gaming industry, all under its GPlay initiative. GameCredits recently joined Hyperledger, a Linux Foundation blockchain consortium whose members include IBM, Intel, Cisco, American Express, JP Morgan and other leaders from various industries. GamesCredits will introduce its blockchain solutions at Unite, the popular developers conferences in Melbourne, Singapore and India in the next few weeks. *Source: Newszoo, April 2017 About GameCredits GameCredits is an international, multicultural company striving to transform the gaming industry with its GameCredits digital currency (GAME) and a suite of other blockchain-based products. Founded in 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia, GameCredits now employs a team of more than 100 people across 10 offices in five countries. For more information, visit: www.gamecredits.com. About Unity Technologies Unity Technologies is the creator of a flexible and high-performance end-to-end development platform used to create rich interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences. Unity’s powerful graphics engine and full-featured editor serve as the foundation to develop beautiful games or apps and easily bring them to multiple platforms: mobile devices, home entertainment systems, personal computers, and embedded systems. Unity also offers solutions and services for creating games, boosting productivity, and connecting with audiences including Unity Ads, Unity Analytics, Unity Asset Store, Unity Cloud Build, Unity Collaborate, Unity Connect and Unity Certification. Unity Technologies serves millions of registered developers including large publishers, indie studios, students and hobbyists around the globe. For more information, visit www.unity3d.com and to see the latest games and experiences created in Unity, go to https://unity.com/madewith Australian fashion retailer Showpo selects Adyen to drive global customer conversions 2017-10-23T23:40:37Z australian-fashion-retailer-showpo-selects-adyen-to-drive-global-customer-conversions Sydney, Australia – 24 October 2017 – Adyen, the payments platform of choice for the world’s leading companies, today announced that online retailer Show Pony Group (Showpo) has selected Adyen as its payments partner in line with its global expansion. With the partnership in place, Showpo, one of Australia’s largest online fashion sites, will be able to cater to the payment needs of customers from more than 60 countries around the world.   Founded in 2010, Showpo has grown substantially, with revenue projected to increase to over AU$30 million. Much of this success has been driven by innovative and creative use of social media platforms to reach customers, particularly Instagram, where the brand boasts more than 1.3 million followers[1].   “In order to thrive in the competitive fashion industry, businesses like ours need to build scale quickly and effectively. Adyen gives us the data and risk management options that help us grow our customer base by offering a consistent, frictionless payment experience,” says Jane Lu, founder and CEO of Showpo. “By working with Adyen, we are able to offer a broader range of payment options to our global customers, enabling easier customer conversion.”   Currently, Showpo’s international sales sit at 35% of its total revenue – a figure they expect to see expand in the near future[2].   “Social media has been a cost-effective way for us to build our brand very quickly,” says Ms Lu. “It has also helped reach a significant international customer base, which we forecast to make up 50% of our sales within a couple of years. By 2020, we hope to build Showpo into an AU$100 million business, with no external funding.”   A frictionless payments process is crucial for customer conversion, and Showpo believes Adyen is the ideal provider of the most effective solution for their specific needs. Adyen’s purpose-built platform has allowed Showpo to offer payment methods including Alipay, UnionPay, WeChat Pay, as well as Sofort, CarteBancaire and iDeal. The dynamic platform also helps increase card authorization rates while minimizing fraud with data-backed strategies. With Adyen’s payments platform in place, Showpo can build scale quickly and effectively by making every customer interaction count.   “Adyen’s name has been synonymous with top brands disrupting the industry globally,” says Michel van Aalten, Country Manager AUNZ for Adyen. “We understand Showpo’s needs as a fast-growing business, and look forward to helping drive more global customer conversions for the brand.”   For more information about Adyen’s business solutions, please visit www.adyen.com. -  END -   About Adyen Adyen is the payments platform of choice for the world’s leading companies. The only provider of a modern end-to-end infrastructure connecting directly to Visa, MasterCard, and consumers' globally preferred payment methods, Adyen delivers frictionless payments across online, mobile, and in-store. With offices all around the world, Adyen serves more than 4,500 businesses, including 8 of the 10 largest US Internet companies. Customers include Facebook, Uber, Netflix, Spotify, L'Oreal, MJ Bale, Freelancer and Kogan.com. About Showpo Showpo started off as Show Pony in a tiny garage when Jane, the founder & CEO, realised the confines of boring cubicle life just wasn't for her. She recognised a gap in the market for fun, affordable fashion so using social media, quickly grew the brand and 7 years later, has no chance of slowing down. Showpo currently has 35 happy team members, an impressive 3M+ social following and is sitting on an AU$35M run-rate. Our vision is to be her go-to place to shop and by 2020, we want to be dominating the global fashion space with an AU$100M run-rate and no external funding. [1] https://www.instagram.com/showpo/?hl=en [2] https://www.pedestrian.tv/tech/showpo-lazy-ceo-jane-lu-announces-25m-in-future-sales-tween-domination/ HCL Technologies Powers Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 2017-10-23T22:40:58Z hcl-technologies-powers-volvo-ocean-race-2017-18 The 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race was flagged off at Alicante, Spain today, with HCL Technologies as the strategic IT services provider. The leading global IT services company has provided end-to-end infrastructure support as well as connectivity between the Race Village and the Command Centre in Alicante further connecting them to 12 Host Cities on the race route globally. The world's longest and toughest professional sporting event began today at Alicante and will finish eight months later at The Hague. At the flag-off, Jordi Neves, Chief Digital Officer, Volvo Ocean Race, said: “Over four decades, Volvo Ocean Race has drawn some of the greatest ever sailors. This edition of the race will be more digitally focused than before, with HCL as the strategic IT services provider. This edition is also special for us as we embark on a major Sustainability Program in partnership with the UN Environment Clean Seas campaign, to showcase our commitment to the health of oceans. Sustainability is at the heart of the race locations, as we want to contribute towards keeping our oceans plastic-free and advocate reducing the use of fossil fuels.” Speaking about HCL’s collaboration with the Volvo Ocean Race, Ashish Gupta, Corporate Vice President and Head of EMEA, HCL Technologies, said: “HCL Technologies is elated to have partnered with the Volvo Ocean Race as its strategic IT services provider. The world has become hyper dynamic and sailing is amongst the most dynamic of sports. We see our association with the Volvo Ocean Race as another example of our Mode 1-2-3 strategy to meet customer’s business objectives and demonstrate leadership capabilities across next gen technologies. We are uniquely placed to develop lean and agile 21st century enterprise solutions.” For the Volvo Ocean Race, HCL has deployed lean and agile models and IPs with more than 1300 products and systems, customised for varying operational conditions at each of the 12 Host Cities to deliver a high-quality experience for the expected three million visitors to the Race Villages around the world. HCL’s teams from around the world have come together and worked tirelessly to drive a world-class, experience for the millions of race followers, who will be using the latest digital technologies to get closer than ever to the action. The Volvo Ocean Race is the longest race in the world, where over 8 months, 7 yachts race across 4 oceans to reach 12 ports in 6 different continents. During these 8 months, a 1.5BN+ cumulative audience follows the race. The 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race comprises of teams including team AkzoNobel, DongFeng Race Team, MAPFRE, Vestas 11th Hour Racing, Sun Hung Kai Scallywag, Turn The Tide on Plastic and Team Brunel. This edition of the race features three times as many Southern Ocean miles (12,000 nautical miles) than its previous edition and will end in The Hague by June 2018. The Volvo Ocean Race partnership furthers HCL’s credentials in the sporting arena and follows the company’s global engagement with Manchester United where HCL was selected as the club’s official ‘digital partner’. Volvo Ocean Race – Facts Volvo Ocean Race is often described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world VOR is one of the World’s biggest three sporting events, alongside the Olympics and America’s Cup There is no prize money for the winners, but seeing one’s name etched into one of the silver rings of the Volvo Ocean Race Trophy is a prize beyond compare More than 1.5 billion cumulative audience follows the race There have been 12 editions of the race to date, staged every four years at first, before the cycle moved to every three years from 2008-09 For the 2017-18 edition, the race has introduced rules that give teams a major incentive to include women as well as men For more information, please visit: https://www.hcltech.com/volvo-ocean-race About HCL Technologies HCL Technologies (HCL) is a leading global IT services company that helps global enterprises re–imagine and transform their businesses through Digital technology transformation. HCL operates out of 32 countries and has consolidated revenues of US$ 7.2 billion, for 12 Months ended 30th June, 2017. HCL focuses on providing an integrated portfolio of services underlined by its Mode 1–2–3 growth strategy. Mode 1 encompasses the core services in the areas of Applications, Infrastructure, BPO and Engineering & R&D services, leveraging DRYiCETM Autonomics to transform clients' business and IT landscape, making them 'lean' and 'agile'. Mode 2 focuses on experience–centric and outcome–oriented integrated offerings of Digital & Analytics, IoT WoRKS™, Cloud Native Services and Cybersecurity & GRC services to drive business outcomes and enable enterprise digitalization. Mode 3 focuses on internal IP creation as well as innovative IP–based partnerships to build products and platforms business. HCL leverages its global network of integrated co-innovation labs and global delivery capabilities to provide holistic multi–service delivery in key industry verticals including Financial Services, Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Media, Publishing, Entertainment, Retail & CPG, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Energy & Utilities, Travel, Transportation & Logistics and Government. With 117,781 professionals from diverse nationalities, HCL focuses on creating real value for customers by taking 'Relationships Beyond the Contract'. For more information, please visit www.hcltech.com Seagate Technology Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2018 Financial Results 2017-10-23T22:34:52Z seagate-technology-reports-fiscal-first-quarter-2018-financial-results SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – October 24, 2017 – Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) (the “Company” or “Seagate”) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 29, 2017. For the first quarter, the Company reported revenue of $2.6 billion, gross margin of 28.0%, net income of $181 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.62. On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the net impact of certain items, Seagate reported gross margin of 29.0%, net income of $279 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.96. During the first quarter, the Company generated $237 million in cash flow from operations and returned approximately $350 million to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases. Cash and cash equivalents totaled approximately $2.3 billion at the end of the quarter. There were 289 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of the end of the quarter. “The results of our performance this quarter reflect solid execution and market demand for our storage product portfolio,” said Dave Mosley, Seagate’s chief executive officer. “Seagate delivered record levels of exabyte shipments and generated sequential growth in revenue and profit. As the demand for storage continues to benefit from the proliferation of data, Seagate is in a strong position to grow its businesses, improve profitability and continue with its shareholder-return objectives.” For a detailed reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results, see accompanying financial tables. Seagate has issued a Supplemental Financial Information document, which is available on Seagate’s Investors Relations website at www.seagate.com/investors. Quarterly Cash Dividend The Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.63 per share, which will be payable on January 3, 2018 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 20, 2017. The payment of any future quarterly dividends will be at the discretion of the Board and will be dependent upon Seagate’s financial position, results of operations, available cash, cash flow, capital requirements and other factors deemed relevant by the Board. Investor Communications Seagate management will hold a public webcast today at 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time that can be accessed on its Investor Relations website at www.seagate.com/investors. During today’s webcast, the Company will provide an outlook for its second fiscal quarter of 2018, including key underlying assumptions. An archived audio webcast of this event will be available on Seagate’s Investors Relations website at www.seagate.com/investors shortly following the event conclusion. About Seagate To learn more about the Company’s products and services, visit www.seagate.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Spiceworks, YouTube and subscribe to our blog. The contents of our website and social media channels are not a part of this release. For full financial results please visit Seagate's website www.seagate.com Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended, including, in particular, statements about the Company’s plans, strategies and prospects, financial projections, estimates of industry growth, market demand, shifts in technology and dividend issuance plans for the fiscal quarter ending December 29, 2017 and beyond. These statements identify prospective information and may include words such as “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “projects,” “should,” “may,” “will,” or the negative of these words, variations of these words and comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date of this report and are based on management’s current views and assumptions. These forward-looking statements are conditioned upon and also involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties, and other factors may be beyond the Company’s control and may pose a risk to the Company’s operating and financial condition. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: items that may be identified during its financial statement closing process that cause adjustments to the estimates included in this report; the uncertainty in global economic conditions; the impact of the variable demand and adverse pricing environment for disk drives; the Company’s ability to successfully qualify, manufacture and sell its disk drive products in increasing volumes on a cost-effective basis and with acceptable quality; the impact of competitive product announcements; the Company’s ability to achieve projected cost savings in connection with restructuring plans; possible excess industry supply with respect to particular disk drive products; disruptions to its supply chain or production capabilities; unexpected advances in competing technologies or changes in market trends; the development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; the Company’s ability to comply with certain covenants in its credit facilities with respect to financial ratios and financial condition tests; currency fluctuations that may impact the Company’s margins and international sales; cyber-attacks or other data breaches that disrupt the Company’s operations or result in the dissemination of proprietary or confidential information and cause reputational harm; and fluctuations in interest rates. Information concerning risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause results to differ materially from the expectations described in this press release is contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on August 4, 2017, the “Risk Factors” section of which is incorporated into this press release by reference, and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any subsequent date and the Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made. The inclusion of Seagate’s website address in this press release is intended to be an inactive textual reference only and not an active hyperlink. The information contained in, or that can be accessed through, Seagate’s website and social media channels are not part of this press release. Media Contact: Carlotta Vittori Einsteinz Communications 02 8905 0995 carlotta@einsteinz.com.au Use of non-GAAP financial information The Company uses non-GAAP measures of adjusted revenue, gross margin, net income, diluted earnings per share and operating expenses which are adjusted from results based on GAAP to exclude certain expenses, gains and losses. These non-GAAP financial measures may be provided to enhance the user’s overall understanding of the Company’s current financial performance and its prospects for the future. Specifically, the Company believes non-GAAP results provide useful information to both management and investors as these non-GAAP results exclude certain expenses, gains and losses that it believes are not indicative of its core operating results and because it is similar to the approach used in connection with the financial models and estimates published by financial analysts who follow the Company. These non-GAAP results are some of the primary measurements management uses to assess the Company’s performance, allocate resources and plan for future periods. Reported non-GAAP results should only be considered as supplemental to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, and not considered as a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. These non-GAAP measures may differ from the non-GAAP measures reported by other companies in its industry. Rubicon Project Announces Availability of Private Marketplace Deals within Google’s DoubleClick Bid Manager Interface 2017-10-23T21:00:00Z rubicon-project-announces-availability-of-private-marketplace-deals-within-googles-doubleclick-bid-manager-interface Sydney, Australia - October 24, 2017 - Rubicon Project (NYSE: RUBI), the Global Exchange for Advertising, today announced Google’s DoubleClick Bid Manager has integrated Rubicon Project’s Private Marketplace (PMP) deals directly into the Bid Manager interface. Bid Manager is the first platform to utilise Rubicon Project’s new Orders API, which allows agencies, trading desks, and advertisers to discover and transact PMP deals in their buying platform of choice, without logging into Rubicon Project’s Orders UI. The result is greater convenience for buyers, and increased revenue opportunities for publishers using Rubicon Project’s industry-leading PMP capabilities. “The age of having dozens of UIs to do business is over,” said Tom Kershaw, Chief Technology Officer, Rubicon Project. “Our new Orders API enables buyer platforms like Bid Manager to provide their users with greater access to premium inventory sold via PMPs. Our publisher partners also benefit from this capability, as their inventory will be more easily accessible by new sources of demand.” Today’s announcement underscores Rubicon Project’s belief in the enduring value of Private Marketplace deals for buyers and sellers. The company’s publisher partners currently offer over 35,000 individual Private Marketplace packages on its exchange. “We are constantly looking for new ways to expose the thousands of agencies, trading desks and advertisers using Bid Manager to premium publisher inventory,” said Roshan Khan, Senior Product Manager at Google. “Today’s announcement furthers this goal by making it even easier for our brands and agencies to access curated and sought after PMPs powered by Rubicon Project.” Kershaw continued, “Through this seamless API integration with DoubleClick Bid Manager, Rubicon Project is the first third-party exchange to have private marketplace deals listed in Bid Manager. Bid Manager brings unique demand and will provide a dramatic increase in the total number of buyers who are able to discover and purchase a seller’s inventory -- this means greater opportunity for new relationships, quality deals and significant revenue potential.” Rubicon Project anticipates integrating this interface with other major players in the space in the coming weeks and months. For more information visit www.rubiconproject.com/orders. About Rubicon Project Founded in 2007, Rubicon Project is one of the world’s largest advertising exchanges. The company helps websites and apps thrive by giving them tools and expertise to sell ads easily and safely. In addition, the world's leading agencies and brands rely on Rubicon Project’s technology to execute billions of advertising transactions each month. Rubicon Project is an independent, publicly traded company (NYSE:RUBI) headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Media Contact: Carlotta Vittori or Pru Quinlan Einsteinz Communications Tel: + 61 (0)2 8905 0995 Email: carlotta@einsteinz.com.au or pru@einsteinz.com.au Web Wizards Web Designer Perth Expands Operations, Introduces New Web Design and SEO Services Targeting Small Business. 2017-10-23T09:14:52Z web-wizards-web-designer-perth-expands-operations-introduces-new-web-design-and-seo-services-targeting-small-business-1 Web Wizards, an Australian-based web design company that helps local businesses create an online presence and have their businesses ranked on the first page of Google with their superior SEO services for websites, videos and Google Maps, has today announced their purchasing of a new brick-and-mortar office at 17/179 Sevenoaks Street in Cannington (Western Australia). “This new move has allowed us to dramatically expand our staff, and added more services to expand web design and search engine optimisation services,” said Neville Greenwood, Managing Director of Web Wizards.Aimed primarily at small businesses who aren’t getting enough customers through their door or traffic to their websites, Web Wizards has now expanded two popular services in Web Design and Search Engine Optimisation. According to Mr. Greenwood, both services were designed simply to offer superior web design and well tested SEO techniques help local businesses increase their exposure and dramatically improve their bottom-line.Customers, who have already availed themselves to these two new services, have had nothing but high praises for Web Wizards. Simon, head of Westcoat Roof Restoration, says he was “really impressed” with Web Wizards, whom he has “just asked… to redo all our branding, printing and web traffic strategy. I should have done this ages ago!”Colin of Apostle Spring Water, on the other hand, claimed "business is booming with the signing up of 6-7 new clients every week just off the internet.” Thanks to Web Wizards, which had “tailored (their) online ordering” system, has “saved us so much time.” As a result, he was now “putting all our clients on the automated system."“Simply put, we combine great web page design and website development with web traffic strategies to deliver a business paying customers,” said Mr. Greenwood, who leads Web Wizards, a medium sized web design and traffic generation company that employs a team of enthusiastic people. “We use all existing technologies to be flexible with our staff. If we find talented people we like to hold onto them. We know that happy staff members produce great results for our customers,” he added."Web Wizards, a company that is big enough to produce the best possible website suited to your business, yet small enough to offer personal service, offers “free consultation” anywhere in the Perth metro. However, if prospective clients wish to discuss how a great web design, along with a well thought out traffic generation plan, can transform their business, Greenwood invites you to call his office today on (08) 9350 9392Web WizardsPhone: (08) 9350 9392Website: http://www.webwizards.com.au Business Mailing Address: 17/179 Sevenoaks Street, Cannington, Western Australia 6107 An Innovative, Practical and Cost-Effective Design and Consulting Solutions for the Marine Industry 2017-10-23T06:47:11Z an-innovative-practical-and-cost-effective-design-and-consulting-solutions-for-the-marine-industry Commercial Marine Solutions Pty Ltd is recognized as an international authority in marine transportation engineering, construction management solutions, and performance engineering services, which ensure designs meet the best standards from concept phase to sailing. “It’s one thing to be able to design a good looking boat, but if it can’t be built efficiently and cost-effectively, and if it doesn’t operate the way it is supposed to, what do you really have?” said Sean Johnston The Principal of Commercial marine solution. “We are intensely focused on those three things. As a long-time operator of many different types of vessels, gives us unique insights into what works and doesn’t work when it comes to things like a vessel’s layout, systems and seakeeping ability. We’re able to take all of that first-hand knowledge and incorporate it into our designs for customers. It’s a process of always enhancing our expertise and services that never ends.” Commercial marine solution team have experience in vessel operations and management, these provide practical knowledge to make the construction process the most efficient in the marketplace. The company specializes in consultancy, design, and engineering for marine and offshore vessels, from specific small tasks to complete engineering packages. The commercial marine solution covers areas from naval architecture to structural and mechanical engineering, marine inspection, marine certification, safety and risk analysis, as well as systems and schematics. “There are very few companies that provide the full range of service that we do,” said Sean Johnston  “The capability of our team to go into different types of projects provides a one-stop solution for customers. And it is hard to name anyone else who has developed and innovated in the successful way that Commercial marine solution group has done.” ### About Commercial Marine Solution Commercial Marine Solutions Pty Ltd, based in Glen Iris, Melbourne, Australia is a leading independent naval architecture and marine engineering design consultancy providing services for advanced and specialized vessels, from initial concept through to detailed design and production. The company has an established track record in the design of Yachts, Commercial, Offshore Energy and Defence vessels. The commercial marine solution was incorporated in 2003. Sean Johnston is the principal of Commercial marine solution; he has more than 30 years' experience in the marine industry. Additional information about Commercial Marine Solutions can be found at  www.cmsmdc.com or call +61 3 9429 2628 Medial contact:  Contact Name - Sean Johnston Commercial Marine Solutions Pty Ltd 294 Warrigal Road Glen Iris, Victoria 3146 New Polyrey Distributor Announcement in Australia 2017-10-23T05:49:16Z new-polyrey-distributor-announcement-in-australia (October 18, 2017 – Melbourne, VIC) Wilsonart Australia is pleased to announce that Worldwide Timber Traders will be the new exclusive distributor of Polyrey products, across Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Territory. The addition of Worldwide Timber Traders, a long established Western Australian based business with a strong presence in the building industry, will allow us to continue to provide the contemporary range of Polyrey decorative products to our customers on the West Coast. The current Polyrey distributor, JH Wilberforce, will no longer distribute the range from November 3rd 2017. “Wilsonart would like to take this opportunity to thank JH Wilberforce for distributing Polyrey products in the Western Australian market for 12 years and their contribution to building the brand in the West Coast market.” Craig Fuller, General Manager of Wilsonart Australia said “We are thrilled to partner with Worldwide Timbers Traders, and have been impressed with their professionalism, customer support and technical capability. Worldwide Timber Traders has the reputation, the reach and the commitment to continue the great work by JH Wilberforce and serve customers with Polyrey decorative products.”   About Wilsonart & Polyrey Wilsonart Australia, a business unit of Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces has operated in Australia for many years. Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a world leading manufacturing and distribution organisation that is driven by a mission to create innovative, high performance surfaces people love. Wilsonart takes pride in offering world-class service its customers can count on, delivered by people (all over the world) who care. Wilsonart do business in more than 100 countries, operating under the Wilsonart®, Resopal®, Polyrey®, Arborite®, Laminart®, Bushboard™, Ralph Wilson® and Durcon® brands. Polyrey offers an extensive, European design-driven range of decorative and technical solutions including high pressure laminate (HPL), compact laminate, low pressure melamine board products. For more information visit www.polyrey.com.au     About World Wide Timber Traders Since its establishment in 1966, Worldwide Timber Traders (WWTT) has evolved from a green hardwood sawmiller supplying wholesale timber to becoming one of the largest distributors and/or manufacturers of decorative panels, veneers, laminates, benchtops, sheet materials, timber and trusses. With over 50 years of delivering quality decorative, Veneered and Timber based products into Western Australia, Worldwide Timber Traders now look forward to adding Polyrey to their product portfolio. Polyrey High Pressure Laminates (HPL), matching Melamine Face MDF and Compact Laminate will be stocked and available from the 6th November 2017. For more information, visit http://www.wwtt.com.au/. RANDSTAD REIMAGINES RECRUITMENT FOR THE DIGITAL AGE WITH ‘HUMAN FORWARD’ STRATEGY 2017-10-23T05:24:27Z randstad-reimagines-recruitment-for-the-digital-age-with-human-forward-strategy In the age of artificial intelligence, apps and big data, job seekers are increasingly frustrated with the automation of their job search - which is fundamentally built on human connection. Leading recruitment and HR services specialist, Randstad, is bringing humanity back to the tech-driven world of human resources with the launch of its new business strategy - Human Forward. The new direction is designed to solve candidate and client frustrations by cleverly marrying high tech processes with the humanity inherent within talent acquisition.  Research conducted by Randstad Australia reveals that while technology has made the job search process easier than ever, it has also become more impersonal as a result of automation. In fact, 64 percent of candidates say they are often frustrated with overly-automated job search experiences that lack the personal touch.  Frank Ribuot, CEO at Randstad Australia, said the company is leading the market when it comes to reimagining recruitment in response to the rise of automation and the changing expectations of job seekers.  “We are redefining recruitment and the HR industry in the digital age. Whilst others provide faceless tech platforms, or outdated approaches to recruitment, our team have created a unique approach to talent acquisition sitting at the intersection of humanity and technology. The future of recruitment is in striking a balance between technology and the human touch, providing a seamless experience for both clients and candidates,” he said. Randstad’s research also revealed: • 56 per cent of candidates agree technology has made the job search process significantly more effective • 61 per cent believe the job search process has become more impersonal as a result of technology • 71 per cent want to work with companies that use technology to enhance their experience while still focusing on the human connection Mr Ribuot has challenged other recruitment firms to redefine their outdated approach which leaves a candidate’s job search experience to the wayside.  Randstad saw strong growth in the 2017 financial year, with an additional 130 consultants hired across the country from 2016 to 2017. The Human Forward strategy is expected to continue this momentum, as the company focuses on the growing HR technology sector.  One of the most active segments for investment, HR technology attracted approximately US$2.2 billion in funding in 2016. Randstad recently announced a strategic alliance with Australian startup Puffling, an innovative job-pairing platform that’s connecting employers and candidates looking for flexible working arrangements.  Globally, Randstad is leading the industry in embracing and adopting HR technology, having invested €50M in venture capital to startups such as HackerRank and Pymetrics through its dedicated Randstad Innovation Fund. A gamification platform, Pymetrics is a pioneer in using big data, neuroscience and gamification to draw personal career and job recommendations. Mr Ribuot said that embracing technology - while keeping the business human-driven - will provide Randstad the opportunity to create value, solve seemingly impossible problems and drive strong financial performance for the company. “Working with innovative partners like Puffling and Pymetrics, we’re changing the recruitment game and creating a more engaging, seamless and ultimately successful experience for both job seekers and employers. This new business strategy will spearhead our momentum in the market as the HR technology sector continues to grow,” he said.  For more information on Randstad’s Human Forward approach, head to https://www.randstad.com.au/moving-people-forward/  NDS Media contact Brooke Davie / History Will Be Kind / 02 8046 4848 / Brooke.davie@historywillbekind.com.au  About Randstad  Randstad is one of the world’s leading recruitment and HR services specialists, passionate about matching people with organisations that will develop their potential and matching organisations with people that will take their business to the next level. The Randstad Group employs over 560,000 people every day with the aim of 'shaping the world of work'. For further information visit www.randstad.com.au  V Pennisi & Associates is Serving North Brisbane Clients with Affordable Legal Services 2017-10-23T04:11:23Z v-pennisi-amp-associates-is-serving-north-brisbane-clients-with-affordable-legal-services With over 40 years of experience as reliable family lawyers in North Brisbane, V Pennisi & Associates offers a range of professional services that will ensure the best solution for your individual circumstances. When seeking an appointment with a lawyer the matter of legal fee is always somewhere at the back of the mind, it is know that the consultation fee of some lawyers is astronomical and such fee is not within the reach of everyone. V Pennisi & Associates not only offers free legal consultation but their services are affordable too. The law firm is headed by Vincent Pennisi who has taken steps to ensure that the services are affordable and within the reach of people from all strata of society. Vincent Pennisi, the founder of V Pennisi & Associates said “At V Pennisi & Associates we understand it is important to engage a suitable legal professional in solving your unique legal problem. Often this takes a considerable amount of time and cost. Therefore, we provide a FREE lawyer consultation in Brisbane on all matters, including Family Law, Criminal Law, Estates and Administration, Business and Commercial as well as all Litigation matters.” When you come to most experienced and skilled family lawyers in North Brisbane at V Pennisi & Associates, you can expect friendly and professional legal services from a team of professional family lawyers in Northside committed to providing the expert help you need in an understanding way. When you turn up at the lawyer’s office you just hope they are easy to deal with and understand not just your needs but also the kind of turbulent times you are going through. The entire team of lawyers and support staff at V Pennisi & Associates is very considerate of the needs and family situation that a person is going through. The important thing at this legal firm is to provide not just the right services but also to provide the right services at the right price. For a free legal consultation with our estate lawyers Brisbane or family law solicitors Brisbane call 07 3350 2655.   For more information, please contact: 1/818 Gympie Road, Chermside QLD 4032 Call Us: 07 3350 2655 Email: solutions@vpennisilaw.com.au Website: www.vpennisilaw.com.au