The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. ORIX Australia launches MOOV Vehicle Acquisition Platform for SMEs 2019-01-30T02:33:17Z orix-australia-launches-moov-vehicle-acquisition-platform-for-smes Sydney, Australia – January 30, 2019 – ORIX Australia Corporation Limited (ORIX) has launched an Australian industry-first, end-to-end online vehicle acquisition platform designed specifically for Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs), including sole traders. The new platform, MOOV, enables Australian SMEs to view and compare vehicle specifications and costs, see financing options at a glance, and order the vehicle. SMEs can now do this all online at their leisure, wherever they are, reducing common frustrations with acquiring a vehicle. “Australia is home to 2.1m[1] SMEs and sole traders, many of which need a simple and reliable way to acquire vehicles; MOOV was created specifically for those companies as they simply don’t have the time to visit dealers to compare vehicles or wait in call centre queues to discuss available financing options,” said Mary Moran, General Manager – Business Solutions, ORIX Australia. “By moving the entire process online, SMEs can reduce the hassle involved in the traditional vehicle buying process, while benefiting from ORIX’s fleet expertise and nationwide fleet-buying power.” MOOV provides a range of financing options including finance lease, operating lease, business vehicle loan or buying outright. Leasing provides SMEs with cash flow predictability and may free up capital that can be better invested elsewhere in the business. Regardless of the financing option selected, associated vehicle related expenses, such as fuel, tolls and scheduled maintenance, can be bundled together with the lease payments into a single monthly itemised invoice for convenience and transparency. “We want to provide a more efficient experience for all of our SME customers,” said Moran. “Recent news of tightening credit conditions may lead them to consider financing options beyond traditional sources. The flexibility of our MOOV platform, backed with our expertise in fleet solutions, provides SMEs with an easy and transparent way to explore flexible financing options to meet tomorrow’s challenges, which for many SMEs, includes a thorough revaluation of what mobility actually means to their business.” <ENDS> About ORIX Australia Corporation Limited ORIX is a global diversified financial services organisation listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: IX) and Nikkei 225 (TYO: 8591). In Asia Pacific, ORIX is one of the largest fleet management operations in the region. Through our innovative solutions, including the award-winning OneView customer portal, vehicle pooling and telematics platforms, we work with our clients to get more value from their vehicles and to manage the evolving risks of a mobile workforce. [1] ABS Counts of Australian Business 8165.0, Feb 2016 and ASBFEO calculations (excludes nano businesses with no GST role) Rimini Street Expands Investment and Operations in Asia-Pacific 2018-11-16T01:48:31Z rimini-street-expands-investment-and-operations-in-asia-pacific AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, November 16, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced that it has expanded its operations in the Asia-Pacific region with the launch of its new subsidiary, Rimini Street New Zealand Limited, and the opening of its new office in Auckland to address the growing demand for Rimini Street’s premium, ultra-responsive support services in New Zealand. Rimini Street’s expansion was announced at a gala event held at The Northern Club in Auckland, where clients, local IT leaders and the special guest of honor, Ambassador Scott P. Brown, the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, were hosted by Rimini Street’s general manager for Asia-Pacific, Andrew Powell, and Rimini Street corporate senior executives. Growing demand for IT optimisation and a business-driven IT roadmap Rimini Street launched its new subsidiary in response to the region’s increasing desire for software support solutions that can help optimise their IT spend and enable them to liberate significant funding for their business transformation initiatives. Rimini Street already supports nearly 50 clients with operations in New Zealand, including local brands James Pascoe, Spark, 2Degrees Mobile, Refining New Zealand and The University of Auckland. By switching to Rimini Street support from the vendor’s support, organisations have saved up to 90 percent of the total cost of maintenance of their SAP and Oracle software assets and are able to run their current ERP releases with no forced upgrades for a minimum of 15 years from the date they switched support. Rimini Street clients also benefit from the Company’s flexible, premium-level enterprise software support model, including its industry-leading Service Level Agreement (SLA) of 15-minute response times for critical Priority 1 cases. In addition, each client is assigned a Primary Support Engineer (PSE) with an average of 15 years’ experience in their particular enterprise software system, backed by a broader team of technical experts. By switching their support to Rimini Street, organisations are able to take back control of their IT roadmaps with a ”business-driven roadmap” strategy that provides much more flexibility and value compared to the vendor roadmap, allowing CIOs to focus on creating value and providing competitive advantage for growth. “Organisations in New Zealand, both public and private, spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on their annual enterprise software support and maintenance, yet see little return from this significant spend,” said Andrew Powell, general manager, Asia-Pacific, Rimini Street. “Our conversations with CIOs are squarely focused on how we can help them dramatically lower the total cost of ownership of their stable, mature enterprise systems as part of a hybrid computing model and business-driven roadmap, and as a result, we are experiencing increased demand in the region. With Rimini Street, organisations have the option to break free from the seemingly never-ending upgrade cycle dictated by the vendor’s roadmap – an expensive and disruptive path for companies to undertake just to stay fully supported. With our new operation in Auckland, we are better able to engage with and support organisations in New Zealand who want to significantly cut their software support spend and take back control of their IT roadmaps.” Region at risk of “falling behind” on innovation Recent research from Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Rimini Street, found that enterprises in the ANZ region plan to spend the second-least amount on IT innovation in the world in the next 12 months, and they plan to increase their IT innovation spend by just 6.31% in the 12 months following the survey, well below the global average of 10.94%. “New Zealand is famous for innovation, but it is at risk of falling behind the rest of the world,” continued Powell. “New Zealand CIOs know that it’s important to spend their IT budgets on more than daily operations. With budget pressures between operating costs and the need to invest in innovation, CIOs need to reassess the value of existing support arrangements and explore better software support options designed to provide a greater ROI. Rimini Street enables CIOs in New Zealand to unlock significant savings and redirect that funding into critical innovation initiatives.” To download an eBook summary of the survey, “The State of Innovation: Priorities and Challenges,” click here. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. Clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years. Over 1,700 global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organizations from a broad range of industries currently rely on Rimini Street as their trusted, third-party support provider. To learn more, please visit http://www.riministreet.com/, follow @riministreet on Twitter and find Rimini Street on Facebook and LinkedIn. (C-RMNI) Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements included in this communication are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “may,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “continue,” “future,” “will,” “expect,” “outlook” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our expectations of future events, future opportunities, global expansion and other growth initiatives and our investments in such initiatives. These statements are based on various assumptions and on the current expectations of management and are not predictions of actual performance, nor are these statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties regarding Rimini Street’s business, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, continued inclusion in the Russell 2000 Index in the future; changes in the business environment in which Rimini Street operates, including inflation and interest rates, and general financial, economic, regulatory and political conditions affecting the industry in which Rimini Street operates; adverse developments in pending litigation or in the government inquiry or any new litigation; the final amount and timing of any refunds from Oracle related to our litigation; our need and ability to raise additional equity or debt financing on favorable terms; the terms and impact of our 13.00% Series A Preferred Stock; changes in taxes, laws and regulations; competitive product and pricing activity; difficulties of managing growth profitably; the success of our recently introduced products and services, including Rimini Street Mobility, Rimini Street Analytics, Rimini Street Advanced Database Security, and services for Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud products; the loss of one or more members of Rimini Street’s management team; uncertainty as to the long-term value of Rimini Street’s equity securities; and those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Quarterly Report on 10-Q filed on November 8, 2018, which disclosures amend and restate the disclosures appearing under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 15, 2018, and as updated from time to time by Rimini Street’s future Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other filings by Rimini Street with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, forward-looking statements provide Rimini Street’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. Rimini Street anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Rimini Street’s assessments to change. However, while Rimini Street may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Rimini Street specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Rimini Street’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication. # # # © 2018 Rimini Street, Inc. All rights reserved. “Rimini Street” is a registered trademark of Rimini Street, Inc. in the United States and other countries, and Rimini Street, the Rimini Street logo, and combinations thereof, and other marks marked by TM are trademarks of Rimini Street, Inc. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners, and unless otherwise specified, Rimini Street claims no affiliation, endorsement, or association with any such trademark holder or other companies referenced herein. National Safe Work Month: Many benefits for SMEs in outsourcing drug and alcohol testing 2018-10-04T02:55:40Z national-safe-work-month-many-benefits-for-smes-in-outsourcing-drug-and-alcohol-testing Staff working under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be dangerous, not just to themselves, but their fellow workers and the organisation’s reputation. Major events, such as the forthcoming Melbourne Cup, are times when more workers test positive for drugs the next day such as MET (methamphetamine/ice), MDMA (ecstasy) and THC (marijuana). With October being National Safe Work Month, Andatech, a leading Australian supplier of drug and alcohol testing equipment and services, highlights how substance use and abuse play a significant role in work‑related injuries and fatalities. "Australian businesses are losing an estimated $6 billion annually due to substance use‑related productivity issues and 7.5% of hospital morbidity is related to alcohol consumption in the workplace," said Jaka Exstrada, Business Development Manager from Andatech. "This abuse also contributes to adverse productivity outcomes such as absenteeism, lateness, a decrease in attention span, poor coordination, difficulty in comprehension and slower reaction time." Many employers who want to carry out tests but cannot justify having an in-house drug and alcohol testing regime for random testing, post-incident and emergency testing are turning to third party testing, which is becoming more readily available. This outsourced testing is more affordable and can be customised for each organisation, tailoring the level of equipment, the frequency and the volume of drug and alcohol testing to suit their requirements. "Organisations may not realise that on-site drug testing services, either urine or oral, can be set up for as little as one person per year. In addition, they can also opt for education and awareness presentations and inductions, and policy and procedure development. "Third party testing is ideal for smaller businesses who want to comply with workplace health and safety but would prefer a professional with experience in testing to undertake the tests. "The testing service can also deal with awkward situations and it doesn’t hinder relationships between employees," he said. Testing improves employee compliance One Melbourne manufacturer that commenced testing earlier this year, has seen the incidence of positive readings halved from an average of 6% to 3%. The improvement is expected to continue as staff realise they can't get away with it. The purpose of this company's testing regime is to prevent staff from arriving at work still under the influence of drugs or alcohol as they are putting themselves and others at risk from injury or worse. To this end, various types of testing is conducted including random testing and special days testing when people are more likely to give a positive result, such as the day after Melbourne Cup Day or Australia Day. Some companies also conduct pre‑employment tests, incident tests and for‑cause tests where they suspect someone may be under the influence. For companies who want to manage their own testing regime, Andatech offers urine and oral DrugSense kits that test for nine different drug types. The company also has the widest range of Australian Standard‑certified breathalysers in Australia, including AlcoSense workplace breathalysers. However, many small enterprises are now turning to third party on-site drug and alcohol services from Andatech that uses a NATA accredited lab, certified collectors/testers and offers 24/7 on-site testing in all major cities in Australia, which is crucial when emergency and post-incident testing is required quickly. www.andatech.com.au https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/national-safe-work-month/about Ends Free resources for business: White paper: Developing a Drugs and Alcohol Policy: Avoiding Common Pitfalls when Including Drug & Breath Tests https://www.andatech.com.au/developing-drugs-alcohol-policy-whitepaper White paper: Drug Abuse in the Workplace: A hidden management crisis https://www.andatech.com.au/workplace-drug-abuse-whitepaper White paper: Human Factor: The Human-Technology Interface in Workplace Safety https://www.andatech.com.au/human-factor-workplace-safety-whitepaper Some more facts & figures: In its 2007 study, the Australian Safety and Compensation Council reported that 2.5% of the workforce attends work despite being under the influence of illicit drugs. Figures released by The Alcohol and Drug Foundation show that Australian businesses lose an estimated $6 billion annually due to substance use-related productivity issues. According to the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), most work-related accident compensation claims come from workers who are absent for 12 weeks on average. These claims have a direct and indirect cost estimated at $60 billion per year. Wheeldon through Integrity Sampling found that 300,000 workers in Australia in full-time employment, misuse drugs and alcohol at harmful levels, and that 57% of part-time and contractual staff have the same problem. 40% of the workforce population in the 35-55-year-old demographic tested positive for methamphetamine and 1 in 15 professional drivers in the State of Victoria tested positive for illicit drugs in 2016. About Andatech: Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety and wellness products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment, and air quality products. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, in workplaces, at hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of 9 drug groups providing error-free results. https://www.andatech.com.au/ Media enquiries: Wendy McWilliams, WMC PR, T: 03 9803 2588 E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au To request any photos in high resolution please contact Wendy McWilliams. Captions: Andatech’s AlcoSense Prodigy S workplace breathalyser with one-touch operation delivers highly accurate readings. Andatech’s DrugSense Saliva Drug Testing Kit that tests for all the main drug groups. Andatech Sentry baton breathalyser can take 12 samples per minute. Rimini Street Obtains Australian Single Touch Payroll Certification 2018-09-19T23:22:43Z rimini-street-obtains-australian-single-touch-payroll-certification September 20, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced it has obtained Single Touch Payroll (STP) certification by the Australian Government’s Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for PeopleSoft Global Payroll and SAP HCM Payroll. The new certification enables Rimini Street’s Australian clients to submit their payroll data via a ‘pay event,’ either on or before pay day, to the ATO. Rimini Street’s tax, legal and regulatory division passed the complex, rigorous qualification process with the first file submission for both PeopleSoft and SAP software products, well ahead of the deadline set by the ATO. Premium Service Support for Critical Certification Process All organisations with 20 or more employees are required to report under STP to stay compliant with the Australian Taxation Legislation. The aim of STP is to streamline employer payroll information reporting to the ATO. The change requires companies to report payments such as salaries and wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding, and superannuation information from their payroll solution each time an organisation pays its employees, rather than at the end of each financial year. “With the Australian Taxation Office mandating new Single Touch Payroll reporting requirements, we needed to ensure that our systems were fully compliant,” said John Brizee, SAP manager at Golding Contractors. “Rimini Street provided the STP update for our SAP payroll application. The update was installed, tested, and ready-to-go well in advance of the ATO’s deadline of July 1, 2018.” Rimini Street put a comprehensive process in place eighteen months prior to the July 1, 2018 deadline to begin preparing clients for this new reporting standard. The Company achieved STP certification for PeopleSoft software products in May 2018 and for SAP related products in June 2018 by completing three main verification steps set by the ATO – an in depth security questionnaire, execution of the ATO’s conformance test suite and lastly, product verification testing. “STP is the largest change to Australian payroll in recent history,” said Paul Henville, group vice president, Global Product Delivery. “By obtaining the STP certification for our PeopleSoft and SAP clients, we can ensure their systems are supported and compliant for this monumental shift in payroll reporting. This is just one example of how Rimini Street remains diligent, proactive and on the forefront of constantly changing tax, legal and regulatory requirements; STP in particular was one of the most complex requirements we have had to undertake, which we were able to complete ahead of the original software vendors.” To review the list of vendors certified for STP, visit http://www.sbr.gov.au/products-register/sbr-product-register-full-list Industry-Leading Tax, Legal & Regulatory Research and Technology Rimini Street’s tax, legal and regulatory strategy and scoping team is made up of veteran tax specialists, attorneys and international tax, legal and regulatory professionals who use advanced technology and numerous government and private-sector sources to monitor, collect and verify tax, legal and regulatory changes. Rimini Street also participates in, and is a member of, many prominent tax, legal and regulatory associations around the world, including the American, Canadian, United Kingdom and Australian Payroll Associations, the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, the Financial Executives International Association, the Tax Council and the Tax Executives Institute. The innovative combination of technology, proven methodology and ISO 9001 quality processes consistently assures a fast “legislature-to-live”SM update delivery cycle and the highest quality deliverables in the industry. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. Clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years. Over 1,620 global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organisations from a broad range of industries currently rely on Rimini Street as their trusted, third-party support provider. To learn more, please visit https://www.riministreet.com, follow @riministreet on Twitter and find Rimini Street on Facebook and LinkedIn. (C-RMNI) Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements included in this communication are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “may,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “continue,” “future,” “will,” “expect,” “outlook” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. These statements are based on various assumptions and on the current expectations of management and are not predictions of actual performance, nor are these statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties regarding Rimini Street’s business, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, continued inclusion in the Russell 2000 Index in the future, changes in the business environment in which Rimini Street operates, including inflation and interest rates, and general financial, economic, regulatory and political conditions affecting the industry in which Rimini Street operates; adverse litigation developments or in the government inquiry; the final amount and timing of any refunds from Oracle related to our litigation; our ability to raise additional equity or debt financing on favorable terms; the terms and impact of our 13.00% Series A Preferred Stock; changes in taxes, laws and regulations; competitive product and pricing activity; difficulties of managing growth profitably; the success of our recently introduced products and services, including Rimini Street Mobility, Rimini Street Analytics, Rimini Street Advanced Database Security, and services for Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud products; the loss of one or more members of Rimini Street’s management team; uncertainty as to the long-term value of Rimini Street’s equity securities, including its common stock and its Preferred Stock; and those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Quarterly Report on 10-Q filed on August 9, 2018, which disclosures amend and restate the disclosures appearing under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 15, 2018, and as updated from time to time by Rimini Street’s future Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other filings by Rimini Street with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, forward-looking statements provide Rimini Street’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. Rimini Street anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Rimini Street’s assessments to change. However, while Rimini Street may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Rimini Street specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Rimini Street’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication. # # # © 2018 Rimini Street, Inc. All rights reserved. “Rimini Street” is a registered trademark of Rimini Street, Inc. in the United States and other countries, and Rimini Street, the Rimini Street logo, and combinations thereof, and other marks marked by TM are trademarks of Rimini Street, Inc. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners, and unless otherwise specified, Rimini Street claims no affiliation, endorsement, or association with any such trademark holder or other companies referenced herein. CeMAT AUSTRALIA helping to future proof the warehousing and intralogistics industry 2018-08-06T04:15:00Z cemat-australia-helping-to-future-proof-the-warehousing-and-intralogistics-industry Melbourne was the focus for innovation in intralogistics and materials handling last week, with over 2,500 renowned industry leaders and delegates converging for CeMAT AUSTRALIA from 24-26 July at MCEC. Comprising of three full days of expert learning, networking and industry insights, CeMAT is the world’s leading trade fair for materials handling, intralogistics and supply chain management. Over 25 high-profile experts presented exclusively at the conference, with executives and decision makers attending from across Australia to hear the latest on ‘industry 4.0’ in intralogistics, materials handling and the supply chain. Two exemplary sessions during the Knowledge Program offered relevant case studies providing the audience with practical applications to take away: Rod Barnes, General Manager Delivery, Australia Post, examined how Australia Post is collaborating with local retailers to meet fast-paced online shopping demands in his presentation, ‘A look at how market dynamics have changed in recent years and how Australia Post is working with major eCommerce businesses to fulfil their supply chain demand’ Kevin Gunn, General Manager Supply Chain, Coles, discussed the retail giant’s internal experience in ‘Intralogistics optimising at Coles: Improving efficiencies throughout the warehouse to ensure customers have great availability and fresh product every day’ Daniel Mortimer, Event Director, Hannover Fairs, commented on the success of the Knowledge Program offering insights into industry trends, product innovations and customer case studies. “Inviting both vendors and end users to speak on the program allowed for CeMAT visitors to have a well-rounded opinion on the current state of the intralogistics industry. It proved to be highly effective, with a number of presentations having standing room only,” said Mortimer. The 105 exhibitors at the event collectively reported positive feedback about the quality of visitors on the showfloor, after networking and showcasing first-hand their latest products. Exhibitors included the likes of; C.H. Robinson, Vanderlande, KNAPP, Panasonic Business, Paperless Warehousing Group, Swisslog, Dematic and CHEP. Greg Perrot, Managing Director at Cowin Global said, “Cowin Global Australia exhibited at CeMAT 2018 in Melbourne and again can only say it was a great success. We increased our quality leads by 100% from 2016, the people we met on the stand were the decision makers which is exactly what any business needs to increase their market awareness as well as increase their sales. “We not only sold stock directly from the stand, but within a week of the show being over, we have received numerous purchase orders from new customers. We confirmed our spot on the last day of the show to exhibit at CeMAT 2020 and have no doubt it will be a sound investment in our future in Australia. “I would urge anyone thinking of exhibiting at CeMAT 2020 to STOP THINKING and confirm your spot now, as it is, without doubt a great show, well organised and marketed to ensure the right people attend. You will reap the rewards,” said Perrot. Cara Skelsey, Marketing Manager at Dematic also said, “CeMAT AUSTRALIA once again provided a fantastic opportunity for Dematic to exhibit its wide range of solutions, connect with a number of business leaders and decision makers, and share and discuss innovations in the industry.” Wrapping up the second day, the Industry Leader Drinks Reception, treated over 300 VIPs and exhibitors to an evening with guest presenter, Ashley Davies, Deputy CEO & General Manager Operations of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Hannover Fairs, said CeMAT AUSTRALIA was a high point of the 2018 industry calendar, “CeMAT AUSTRALIA highlighted the innovations that are transforming the intralogistics industry. The diversity in solutions available on the showfloor allowed for a wide array of visitors to attend. “We are already excited to see what new technology will be showcased at the next CeMAT in Melbourne, which will take place on 7-9 June 2020,” said Stockbridge. CeMAT AUSTRALIA will return in 2020. For more information about CeMAT Australia visit: www.cemat.com.au Images: Hi-res available and royalty free from CeMAT Australia Flickr page. Ashley Davies, Deputy CEO & General Manager Operations Grand Prix Corporation, CeMAT Showfloor Industry Leader Drinks Reception CeMAT Showfloor CeMAT AUSTRALIA brings together human-machine collaborations on showfloor 2018-07-16T03:45:00Z cemat-australia-brings-together-human-machine-collaborations-on-showfloor CeMAT AUSTRALIA will showcase the latest in intralogistics, materials handling and innovative global technology, showcasing first-hand how industry 4.0 is revolutionising the warehouse process. Across the CeMAT exhibition and Knowledge Theatre, industry leaders will demonstrate how improved automation, machine-to-machine communications, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and digitalisation in materials handling is transforming the future of warehousing, supply chain and intralogistics. CeMAT AUSTRALIA: When: Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 July 2018 Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre For more information visit: www.cemat.com.au Complimentary media passes are available; apply by sending your name, position and publication title to cemat@zadroagency.com.au Industry Leaders Drinks Reception Select attendees of CeMAT AUSTRALIA will be able to join the Industry Leader Drinks Reception, with special guest keynote speaker, Ashley Davies, Deputy CEO and General Manager Operations of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. Ashley will give an operational overview of what it takes to deliver the Australian Grand Prix as well as share some anecdotes from his time working with the corporation on the event. Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, CeMAT Bar When: 5pm Wednesday 25 July 2018 This exclusive drinks reception brings together VIPs and exhibitors for a networking opportunity, it’s the perfect environment to build relationships, meet new contacts or just relax with like-minded people. For more information visit: www.cemat.com.au/industry-leaders-drinks-reception Innovations and highlights include: Swisslog and KUKA Robotics In a partnership featuring their warehouse automation robots and augmented reality, Swisslog and KUKA Robotics demonstrate the importance of human-machine collaborations. Visit stand F12 on the showfloor for a demonstration of KUKA Collaborative Robot working alongside KUKA Connect, a cloud-based software platform that allows users to access their robot analytics from any device, at any time. Image – taken from https://www.kuka.com/en-au Daifuku With the fastest speed in the industry, Daifuku will showcase an STV Sorting Transfer Vehicle, a high-throughput material handling solution which transports pallets in combination with automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) at a speed up to 200m/min. Visit stand C18 to find out why they are ranked #1 amongst material handling companies in the aviation and logistics sectors. Image – taken from https://www.daifuku.com/ GreyOrange GreyOrange will showcase their latest innovation, Butler PickPal for high-speed auto-fulfillment. Powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Vision, this collaborative robot revolutionises the auto-fulfillment process and can do up to 500 picks per hour. Visit stand A22 to see the rest of their Butler range of robotics solutions. Image – taken from https://www.greyorange.com/ Vanderlande Vanderlande will feature a unique 3D, shuttle-based automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) – Adapto, with built-in sorting and sequencing capabilities. Visit stands F13 and F18 to see their tray sorters, demonstrating how they can sort through pieces of fashion garments. Image – taken from https://www.vanderlande.com/ DEMATIC Having recently completed the market-leading, Toll Advanced Retail & eCommerce Fulfilment Centre, DEMATIC is showcasing their state-of-the-art Toll DC through virtual reality. watch demonstrations of its real time logistics solutions, including voice technology, smart glasses, and the latest of DEMATIC’s suite of mobility technologies visit stand G2. Don’t miss this biennial event, join us for CeMAT AUSTRALIA at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 24 - 26 July 2018. To view the full Knowledge Theatre program visit: www.cemat.com.au/knowledge-theatre For more information visit: www.cemat.com.au Tritium Signs Deal with IONITY for 100 High-Power Charging Sites Across Europe 2018-07-05T03:27:19Z tritium-signs-deal-with-ionity-for-100-high-power-charging-sites-across-europe Brisbane, July 5, 2018 - IONITY has chosen Tritium as its technology partner for the construction of 100 high-power charging sites across Germany, France, UK, Norway and Sweden. The dedicated electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will have an average of up to six user units, each capable of delivering 350 kW of power for fast charging of modern EVs. All will be equipped with the Combined Charging System (CCS) used by a wide range of vehicle manufacturers. IONITY is based in Munich and was founded in 2017; it is a joint venture of the BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group including Audi and Porsche. “We chose to partner with Tritium because they have a world-leading technology and have shown they can develop and deliver their products quickly,” said IONITY CEO Michael Hajesch. The deal follows closely on the installation of two new sites in Germany at Tank and Rast rest stops at Brohltal East and Brohltal West. As the first sites to go live for IONITY in Europe, these two sites each have six high-power user units and form part of a planned rollout of around 400 EV charging sites across Europe. This network will ensure EV owners will always have access to a high-power charging station within 120 km. “We already have a leading position in the European fast-charging market and could see that demand was really taking off, which is one of the reasons we recently opened our new sales, testing and assembly facility in Amsterdam,” said David Finn CEO and Founder at Tritium. “This deal with IONITY shows just how fast the transition to EVs is happening.” Each of the Tritium high-power chargers on the IONITY sites will deliver up to 350 kW, which can add 150 km of driving range to an EV in just five minutes. They include Tritium’s unique and innovative liquid-cooled technology and the complete charging infrastructure is extremely compact, typically up to 50%-75% smaller than other systems on the market. Eaton announces new distribution partnership with Colterlec 2018-07-01T22:54:05Z eaton-announces-new-distribution-partnership-with-colterlec SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. Power management company, Eaton today announced a long-term distribution partnership with leading industrial electrical distributor Colterlec that will increase national availability of its electrical distribution and motor control component range. Dan Agnew, General Manager Power Distribution ANZ at Eaton said the new partnership represents a strong commitment from both organisations to support the industrial sector with leading electrical products that provide the best in safety, reliability and efficiency. “This partnership will allow Eaton to expand nationally through Colterlec’s locations and warehouses across Australia, while leveraging its strong relationships and technical capabilities across many industries including manufacturing and mining.” Grant Turner, Managing Director at Colterlec said the new partnership will strengthen its market position throughout Australia and provide new growth opportunities. “Eaton’s product offering is world class and we look forward to working closely with the local team to deliver ongoing value to our customers, particularly electrical panel builders that require low voltage switchgear for upgrades and new builds.” Colterlec has operations and warehouse facilities in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. – ENDS – About Eaton Eaton is a power management company with 2017 sales of $20.4 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 96,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit Eaton.com. About Colterlec Colterlec is one of Australia’s leading distributors of industrial electrical equipment for major industries including wholesalers, mining, manufacturing, water treatment, infrastructure, oil and gas and food and beverage. Since 1996 Colterlec has expanded across the country and now has operations/warehouse facilities Australia-wide. CeMAT AUSTRALIA lines up a dynamic Knowledge Theatre program 2018-06-21T00:30:00Z cemat-australia-lines-up-a-dynamic-knowledge-theatre-program Top leaders from Australia’s intralogistics and supply chain industry will present at CeMAT AUSTRALIA’s Knowledge Theatre sharing crucial insights into the latest innovative technologies, changing market dynamics and global trends that are shaping the warehouse of the future. Over three jam-packed days, CeMAT AUSTRALIA will feature a diverse range of exhibitors from the logistics, supply chain management, materials handling and intralogistics sector attracting visitors from all areas of logistics, warehousing, distribution, procurement and technology. Thought-leading presentations taking place on the showfloor as part of the Knowledge Theatre program will focus on Innovation and Industry 4.0; the Future of Intralogistics, Materials Handling and Supply Chain Management. CeMAT AUSTRALIA explores the latest issues and trends impacting the industry, including: The value of automation and collaboration within modern supply chains, exploring the importance of keeping pace with technology and working with partners in order to unlock efficiencies and meet consumer demand. Darren Johnstone, Manager, Innovation and Product Development, CHEP Australia The future of E-commerce and retail order fulfilment as well as innovations in automation for E-commerce and omni-channel, looking at digitalised fulfilment. Pas Tomasiello, Senior Director ISG ANZ, Dematic Arthur Dardoumbas, General Manager – Business Development Retail, Consumer & Healthcare, Toll Global Logistics A look at how market dynamics have changed in recent years and how Australia Post is working with major E-commerce businesses to fulfil their supply chain demand, diving into the behaviours of consumers and how Australia Post is working with retailers to satisfy online shoppers. Rod Barnes, General Manager Delivery, Australia Post A deep dive into the interrelationship of materials handling and its connection to Industry 4.0, explaining the changes that are happening in the picking area of intralogistics and how goods to robot technologies will shape the future of the industry. Martin Kohl, Senior Sales Consultant, Swisslog Supply Chain Management at the cross-road: the hope, the despair, and the challenges, looking at where the supply chain is heading, as well as the occupational and educational trends of the next generation of supply chain professionals. Professor Booi Kam, Program Director of Supply Chain and Logistics Management, RMIT University Panel: How are the latest technology trends manifesting and effecting modern warehouse management, including discussion on new technology in automation, interconnectivity, IoT, power sources and warehouse design; is complete replacement of legacy technology best for ROI? Philip Graham, Area Sales Manager, Combilift Australia Jason Mair, Product and Marketing Manager, SICK Pas Tomasiello, Senior Director ISG ANZ, Dematic Rob Whitmore, Manager, Strategic Development – Customers & Product, Cascade Australia CeMAT AUSTRALIA will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 24 - 26 July 2018. To view the full Knowledge Theatre program visit: www.cemat.com.au/knowledge-theatre For more information visit: www.cemat.com.au -ends- Complimentary media passes are available; apply by sending your name, position and publication title to cemat@zadroagency.com.au Images: (hi-res available via Dropbox) Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Hannover Fairs Australia 2. Images of CeMAT AUSTRALIA 2017 Notes to Editors: CeMAT AUSTRALIA speakers and exhibitor representatives are available for interviews via the media contacts listed below Complimentary media passes are available; apply by sending your name, position and publication title to cemat@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Zadro Sinead Andrews, Account Coordinator +61 2 9212 7867 | sinead@zadroagency.com.au Jessica McLean, Account Manager +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 400 433 182 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Sammy Dalglish, Group Account Director +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 410 127 522 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au About CeMAT AUSTRALIA 24-26 July 2018 | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre CeMAT AUSTRALIA is the world’s leading trade fair for intralogistics and supply chain management, with events held in: Australia | Germany | China | Indonesia | Russia | Canada | Italy | Turkey In its third year, CeMAT AUSTRALIA is Australia’s largest intralogistics and materials handling trade show CeMAT AUSTRALIA 2018: Innovation and Industry 4.0; The Future of Intralogistics, Materials Handling and Supply Chain The CeMAT exhibition is a one-stop-shop of leading technology and service providers in the materials handling and warehousing industry CeMAT AUSTRALIA welcomes visitors from logistics, warehousing, supply chain and IT job functions from a wide variety of industries ranging from FMCG through to resources Website and social media: Website: www.cemat.com.au Facebook: /CeMATAus Twitter: /cemataus LinkedIn: /cemat-australia YouTube: CeMAT AUSTRALIA Hashtag: #CeMATAus FATS Digital Offers Heavy Discounts on Digital Media Services 2018-03-28T12:25:32Z fats-digital-offers-heavy-discounts-on-digital-media-services FATS the industry leader in DVD duplication and replication service offers you the lucrative range of offers to cater diversify needs. Just visit the website fats.com.au and click the “special deals” tab. Under this, you will find a plethora of discount offers in duplication and replication services.                                                 CD Duplication  To cater the range of 100 to 400 CDs, the FATS offers the range of discount on every bulk quantity. Like for 400 CDs, the upfront price is $3.20 per unit/ex GST which will include free 4-panel digipak and printing in full-colour quality. Likewise, for 200 CDs, the price is $2.40 per unit/ex GST which include CD jewel case and printing in full-colour quality.  CD Replication Need to promote your contents to thousands of your customer then get ready to backed by cutting-edge replication service from FATS. Unlike CD duplication, the information regarding the discount is available in “special deals” tab, all you need to go to CD replication section and click on it. Coming to the offers, for 1000 CDs pack is available in the different price range ($0.95 to $1.80) and packaging solution.  DVD Duplication FATS categorized the DVD Duplication offers under nine different section. Like for Promo Code WHSDD06, you will get duplication of 400 DVDs with full colour printed quality and 4 panel Digipack packaging. For more detail, navigate to http://fats.com.au/Promotion02.aspx DVD Replication For 1000 DVDs replication, the discount range lies between $1.15 to $1.95. This will include the free artwork as well. For further information go to http://fats.com.au/Promotion05.aspx. Video duplication Why are you bothering with keeping the video assets in old storage devices? It time to revitalize those content and stuff them in a much reliable source. FATS offers the excellent deal of $40 per master/ex GST for 5 units. 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Stop wondering and check out the cutting edge Film Conversions services from the FATS. All your content will be transformed to the DVD playback at a much lower price at $25 per 50 roll ex GST. Acronis Secure and Reliable Data Protection Solutions Drive Market Growth in Automotive and Motorsport Industries 2017-09-28T09:09:26Z acronis-secure-and-reliable-data-protection-solutions-drive-market-growth-in-automotive-and-motorsport-industries Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 27 September 2017 – Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection for businesses of any size and individual users, meets the needs of the modern IT infrastructure, offering complete protection for all data through backup, storage, and file sync and share solutions. Today, at the Acronis Racing Week event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Acronis and Scuderia Toro Rosso presented the latest Acronis Access Advanced 8.0, an enterprise file sync and share solution helping companies ensure security and flexibility when sharing data with remote devices. Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 Team uses Acronis Access Advanced to share confidential telemetry data and R&D documents between the factory, trackside engineers, and subcontractors. “With Acronis Access Advanced, we’re in full control of our data. We can track the information path and even remote-wipe a laptop, tablet or mobile device if it is lost or stolen to prevent a competitor from accessing the data. Our plan is to share sensitive data that way,” said Raffaele Boschetti, Scuderia Toro Rosso Head of IT. Acronis’ products are favored by motor racing and automotive industry players, who whom security and data protection reliability is of ultimate importance. 30 percent of new enterprise customers originate from the automotive field. With a global R&D center in Singapore, Acronis released innovative solutions to extend the functionality of its award-winning data protection products. This includes Acronis hybrid cloud architecture giving users complete data management flexibility, AI-based ransomware protection capable of blocking zero-day cyber-attacks, and blockchain-based data certification for immutable proof of data validity. These technologies have been instrumental in the company’s success. In the last year alone, Acronis True Image business increased by 20%, Acronis Backup by 25% and Acronis Access business by over 200% as of September 2017. Acronis Backup Cloud, innovative Backup-as-a-Service for service providers also continues to grow at a rate of more than 100% a year, accompanied by a 350% growth in the number of protected devices and 400% growth of data stored in the Acronis Cloud. To find out more about Acronis innovative technology, visit http://www.acronis.com/ To become Acronis partner, visit https://www.acronis.com/en-us/partners/ About Acronis Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud IT data protection through its backup, ransomware Active Protection, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, fast, complete and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud, mobile and applications. Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of more than 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 150 countries and 20 languages. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products are consistently named best product of the year and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning, and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors, and cloud resellers. Learn more at acronis.com. Latest innovation in knives and sharpening to be released by Highgate at FoodPro 2017. 2017-05-31T04:56:48Z latest-innovation-in-knives-and-sharpening-to-be-released-by-highgate-at-foodpro-2017 Highgate Group is excited to announce the release of the latest innovations in knife and sharpening technology to the Australian food processing industry, with the 1st live demonstrations at FoodPro 2017 in July. Highgate are Australian Agents of some of the world’s most trusted knives and sharpening tools, including F.Dick® and Knecht®. Europe has long been the leader in knives and sharpening innovation, and once again they have exceeded all expectations with the latest RFID traceable knife technology, and the first fully automatic knife sharpening system.  F.Dick have developed the Knifeinspector RFID System, which includes passive RFID tags built into knife handle and staff ID badges. Readers can be installed at any location, such as entrances and exits, and cleaning and sharpening stations, to track tagged tools at a processing facility. With Knifeinspector deployed, meat processors can track and trace which individuals brought which tools onto the plant floor, whether they brought all of them back at the end of the shift, and whether the knives were sharpened prior to reuse. If traceability is important in your plant, Highgate can provide the ideal solution to suit your specific requirements.  Knecht in Germany have developed an outstanding fully automatic knife sharpener with the capacity of sharpening up to 400 knives over an 8-hour shift. Highgate has received outstanding interest in this technology, as this machine has already proven to deliver surprising yield increases in plants across Europe and USA. This machine automatically sharpens processing knives of diverse shapes and sizes. It has a 4-axis operated gripping arm which extracts a knife out of the magazine, and the exact individual knife shape and size is measured before the knife is sharpened, deburred and polished. Finally, the knife is tested in the optional Sharpness Tester to ensure every knife is sharpened to the maximum sharpness level, and the gripping arm then returns the knife to the magazine.  Highgate will have live demonstrations for the first time in Australia for both the RFID Knifeinspector System and the Automatic Knife Sharpening System – find us at Stand #A56 at the FoodPro exhibition in Sydney, 16th-19th July 2017.  Have High Quality Packaging Boxes and Cartons with Abbe 2017-02-03T11:56:26Z have-high-quality-packaging-boxes-and-cartons-with-abbe Abbe is a leading packaging solutions provider company that deals with all types of packaging solutions for individuals and corporate. The company has set a benchmark by offering quality boxes and other packaging solutions to the clients. In the era of marketing and promotion, you cannot survive without attractive and designed packaging that can lure the hearts of your potential buyers. Irrespective of the quality of your products, your packaging should be attractive, affluent and rich. A product packed with superlative box has good potential than a product packed inappropriately. If you are a frequent market visitor, you must have seen different types of packaging on the products and let me tell you, the main objective of these attractive packaging is to woo you. If you are looking for quality packaging boxes for your products or items, all you need to do is to contact Abbe, one of the reputed companies offering high quality and durable packaging solutions that can last longer. The company is fully equipped with the latest technology and machinery and offers a wide range of packaging solutions for different industries like beverage, meat and poultry, paper and packaging, displays, chemical and dangerous goods, printing, processed food and many others. From customised boxes to cartons, irrespective of your requirements, the company will make sure that they are met with exceptional precision and quality. Once you have hired Abbe, you don’t need to worry at all about your packaging department. The company offers customised boxes that can serve the core purpose for your business. The company has its own cardboard setup and produce their own cardboard boxes that passes through different quality control processes and what you get is durable, reliable and high quality cardboard boxes that are there to stay. If you are looking for customised printing on presentation boxes or cartons, the finest printing designs are available for you and you can also opt for customised printing on your packaging boxes. The company offers both types of printing like flexo and litho printing. Abbe has carved a niche for itself by offering high quality packaging solutions in stipulated time period. The company believes in offering timely deliveries of the services and no compromise attitude on quality wins the hearts of its clients. The company has a team of qualified experts and professionals who are in this business since years and you can rely on the team as far as quality is concerned. These professionals are well-versed with different types of packaging styles and printing solutions and will cater your custom requirements with ease. Apart from cardboard packaging boxes, the company also offers Litho-Laminated cartons as well as folding cartons, labels and thermo-formed plastic trays. If you have any packaging requirements for your business or personal use, all you need to do is to contact us today and that is all. our representatives would love to hear from you. Source: https://www.prlog.org/12617525-have-high-quality-packaging-boxes-and-cartons-with-abbe.html AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T02:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au