The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-18T23:07:46Z Bushfire emergency: Telestar’s instant mobility service enables war-rooms and first responders 2019-11-18T23:07:46Z bushfire-emergency-telestar-s-instant-mobility-service-enables-war-rooms-and-first-responders “Catastrophic” – that was the official bushfire danger level for much of New South Wales on Tuesday 12th November 2019. The day was shaping up to be the worst bushfire day in the state’s history.    By the afternoon of Monday 11th, emergency services agencies and first responders across the state were activating their highest level of emergency plans.    For the NSW Rural Fire Service, that meant expanding their already large mobile communications to make sure front line firefighters had the information and communications they needed before the next day.   For the NSW Ambulance Service, activating their emergency “war room” meant adding over 100 new cellular connections and deploying dozens of new smartphones in just a few hours.   Both organisations rely on Telestar for end-to-end management of their mobile communications services and devices.   Telestar received urgent orders from both organisations on Monday afternoon: get us more connections and more devices, and do it now.    For the RFS, Telestar used its strategic reserve to dispatch new tablet devices with active connections in just 30 minutes from the initial request. Working devices were in the hands of the right staff in other parts of the state just a few hours later.   For NSW Ambulance, Telestar was able to use its specialised Enterprise Service Desk to activate and configure 100 new cellular services in just minutes. Using a combination of its strategic equipment reserve and other pool stocks, Telestar set up and shipped the associated new smartphones just a few hours later.   Both RFS and NSW Ambulance got the services and devices they needed before the end of Monday, ready for the catastrophe predicted for the following day. First responders and emergency personnel had the right communications to do their jobs when they needed them.   “Responding to urgent requests is just one of the things Telestar does but it is certainly the most rewarding” said Julie Atwal, Telestar CEO. “Like all citizens, we can’t be thankful enough for the bravery and commitment of our emergency services personnel in times of danger. Our heartfelt thanks go to them all.” About Telestar   Telestar manages the communications of businesses and governments. Telestar’s solutions procure, secure, assist, control and govern over 500,000 devices and connections for large organisations across Australia and New Zealand. Large enterprises and government agencies trust Telestar to manage all aspects of their communications assets, usage and expenditure, to simplify their operations, improve service and contain cost.   ENDS China Customs adopts GTIN reporting function in single window declaration system 2019-11-14T02:17:16Z china-customs-adopts-gtin-reporting-function-in-single-window-declaration-system Imports and exports to China will be streamlined using Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN) thanks to a resolution by Chinese Customs. The General Administration of Customs of China (GAC) rolled out a GTIN reporting function for its single window declaration system on 1 August 2019, marking a significant step toward adopting GS1 barcodes in customs clearance. The decision comes in response to recent rapid growth in cross-border trade, both in type and volume. Improving the efficiency of supervision and customs clearance has become a significant challenge for customs agencies around the world. There is great interest in the role GTIN can play to meet these growing needs. Global Trade Item Numbers are the numbers used to create barcodes within the GS1 system, the system used on consumer products globally. The system is administered by GS1, a group of member organisations operating in 114 individual countries. Customs agencies all over China have implemented GTIN declaration for the single window system and enterprises can enjoy an intelligent auto-fill feature by using GTIN. This simplifies and speeds up the declaration process and improves accuracy. "Declaration by GTIN" provides a convenient and fast method for enterprises to complete the declaration form "within a second" through intelligent autofill, instead of the normal manual entry previously required by China Customs. Based on the recently established GTIN information database, which covers multi-dimensional commodity information, including ingredients, brand, specification, country of origin, uses and other critical business information, an imported or exported product can be automatically identified and its declaration elements such as classification, country of origin and specification can automatically appear in the "single window" system as long as its GTIN is provided and related product information has been populated in the database. "This is great news for all GS1 Australia members trading with China," said Marcel Sieira, GS1 Australia's Head of Customer Engagement and Business Development. "GS1 standards and data can be leveraged for faster clearance and shorter cycles. GS1 Australia continues to work with Australian agencies in adopting similar approaches locally." According to a customs specialist at Taicang TuoHai Customs Clearance Co Ltd, an experienced customs broker of infant formula milk powder, it is very difficult for them to complete the declaration form due to the complexity and terminology of ingredients which amount to six or seven on average, and sometimes more than ten in a single product. From now on, once a GTIN has been entered and confirmed, all its ingredient information will enter the system immediately. In addition, the system has a batch import function for product series, which greatly improves efficiency. About GS1 Australia GS1 Australia is the Australian member of GS1, a not-for-profit global organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used supply chain standards in the world and a leader in facilitating efficient international business. GS1 Australia currently serves 22 industry sectors and supports more than 20,000 members nationally to improve supply chain efficiency and cost effectiveness by adopting best practice GS1 global standards. For more information visit or follow the company on LinkedIn and Twitter Media Enquiries: If you wish to interview Marcel Sieira, please contact: Caterina Slade Marketing Program Manager GS1 Australia T: (03) 9550 3415 or 1300 227 263 E: St John WA strengthens online position with Bonfire 2019-11-11T04:51:02Z st-john-wa-strengthens-online-position-with-bonfire Renowned Western Australian not-for-profit institution St John WA has appointed Bonfire as their search marketing partner. St John WA has provided first aid education and emergency services for over 125 years, along with St John WA's primary health care services which include medical, dental and urgent care under one roof with clinics located in Armadale, Cockburn, Joondalup and Cannington. Bonfire secured the digital partnership through a collaborative pitch predicated on helping St John WA with their mission to improve the lives of Western Australians. Under the remit of the engagement, the agency is responsible for executing the organic and paid search strategies for St John WA. St John WA Digital Marketing Consultant Dylan Urquhart said engaging Bonfire's services would enable them to improve their online footprint and continue their humanitarian work. "We are excited to be taking our digital marketing to the next level through our engagement with Bonfire. Already we have set a clear path to where we need to be in the digital space and we are happy to have the team at Bonfire there to help us achieve our goal of building resilient communities through first aid services and training for the people of Western Australia." Bonfire's CEO Clay Cook said the team was excited to partner with a respected organisation and assist them with their life-changing work. "It's always a privilege to work with brands like St John WA who do incredible work to improve the welfare of our community." Thousands of Primary School Students to Learn Water Conservation in Live Comedy Touring Local Schools on behalf of Gladstone Ports Corporation 2019-11-11T03:46:08Z thousands-of-primary-school-students-to-learn-water-conservation-in-live-comedy-touring-local-schools-on-behalf-of-gladstone-ports-corporation From 18th – 22nd November. The National Theatre for Children (NTC) and Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) will partner to educate local primary students about water conservation and pollution prevention with The Aqua League. Now in its third year, NTC and GPC will have reached over 12,000 students with the educational program which is provided to local schools at no cost and teaches students the science behind the many ways we use water, the ways water is polluted, as well as what students and their families can do to conserve water and protect local wildlife. GPC Acting CEO Craig Walker says GPC was proud to support initiatives such as this through the organisation’s Community Investment Program. “GPC is committed to ensuring a sustainable future for the next generations,” Mr Walker said. “This includes educating our youth about the importance of our natural resources and the role they can play in effectively managing the environment in the years to come.” The Aqua League is a comedic play that takes place live-in-schools, and features characters The Water Cooler, fisherman Barry Mundy and Thunderstorm, as they learn to defeat super-villain Dame Judy Drenched, who is wasting water throughout the city. “Live theatre is a great way to educate,” says NTC Managing Director Tobias Benn. “The show goes beyond reading or other more passive methods of engaging kids. These children are watching a story unfold right before their very eyes, with the two actors playing all sorts of characters. We don’t lose the kids’ attention for a minute, because they get to respond and interact with the show. It really sticks with them.” Participating schools also receive workbooks for students, teacher guides, and digital learning materials, including interactive games and activities that reinforce the teaching points of the show. The November tour includes visits to schools across Rockhampton, Gladstone, and Bundaberg. About Gladstone Ports Corporation Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) is a Queensland Government Owned Corporation that is responsible for the import of raw material and the export of finished product from major industries in the Central Queensland region. GPC manages and operates three port areas – the Port of Gladstone, Port of Rockhampton and Port of Bundaberg. GPC’s Community Investment Program supports organisations and activities throughout the Gladstone, Rockhampton and Bundaberg regions that align with the key priorities of social, environmental and economic sustainability. More information is available at   About NTC In 1978, NTC dedicated itself to delivering entertaining and highly educational programs to positively motivate families, students and educators.  We inspire young people, and their families, to explore important and timely curricular subjects including: wise energy use, science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), financial literacy, health and nutrition and environmental literacy, among others.  Originally focused on delivering its programs via live theatre, NTC is now an award-winning educational content provider whose repertoire includes print and digital curriculum and extracurricular events.  We have developed the art of teaching through educational story-telling into a science of its own, and are the largest in-school educational production company in the world. TasmaNet is accelerating Aussie expansion through Partners 2019-11-06T22:55:03Z tasmanet-is-accelerating-aussie-expansion-through-partners TasmaNet is attracting partners around Australia keen to take advantage of the potential of the new nbnTM Enterprise Ethernet service for their business, enterprise and government customers. TasmaNet connected the first nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet service in Australia and continues to lead the market with this transformational product, utilising superfast symmetrical speeds up to 1 Gbps over dedicated fibre to deliver dependable high-speed data, voice, and networking services to schools, business, and government customers around Australia – often at vastly more affordable prices than available from legacy telco’s. In addition to large and multi-site businesses, nbnTM Enterprise Ethernet is helping small and medium sized businesses to unlock their potential with high bandwidth applications like video conferencing, e-commerce, and business-critical cloud services like Office 365 and online backup. More information about nbnTM Enterprise Ethernet ( and about TasmaNet ( is available here. Hobart-based web development business MyTyreSite were early adopters of nbnTM Enterprise Ethernet. With 15 developers managing websites and sales tools for the tyre and wheel industry, MyTyreSite need dependable fast Internet to grow their Australian business and underpin their expansion into the huge US market, bringing millions of dollars into the Tasmanian economy. To view the video click here. The dedicated fibre connectivity of nbnTM Enterprise Ethernet enables MyTyreSite to now download video in seconds instead of the 10-minute wait on their previous connection. TasmaNet partners can be the first to make this transformational technology available to their customers, backed by TasmaNet’s direct relationship with NBN Co, expert 100 percent Australian service desk team, and enhanced service level agreement (SLA) options. The company’s Key Channel program features generous trailing commissions on business grade nbn products; a ServiceNow portal to manage leads, quotes, orders and support tickets; dedicated pre-sales support to help nurture and close deals; marketing resources including brochures and case studies; plus sales and technical training for the partner’s team, backed by ongoing partner support. Access to TasmaNet’s data lake allows partners to identify sales opportunities, particularly in locations where Enterprise Ethernet can be delivered with no fibre installation cost. The data lake links customer locations and nbnTM capability, enabling partners to access near real time site qualification of nbnTM technology available to their customers, and allowing decision makers to quickly assess service options and associated price points. Partners sought TasmaNet is accelerating expansion around Australia through on-boarding capable partners servicing customers in key industry verticals that need fast, reliable Internet. These include medical centres, dentists, lawyers, accountants, retail and architects, amongst others. Channel partners also have the option to sell a full stack of enterprise solutions including managed private networks, next-generation Firewall-as-a-Service, backup for Office 365, cloud connect, Backup-as-a-Service and expert cyber threat assessments, private/public cloud and data centre services. Alternatively, if partners choose simply to refer opportunities to TasmaNet, the company has a referral partner agreement that includes a one-off commission payment where TasmaNet successfully converts opportunities to a sale. In a recent channel success story, Orkestra was on-boarded as a TasmaNet partner to help address demand from schools, businesses and enterprise customers in regional Victoria for fast, reliable Internet over dedicated nbnTM fibre to facilitate their digitisation journey and dramatically improve business outcomes. Already they have been successful in signing up customers in the commercial real estate and education sectors. Prospective TasmaNet partners can learn more here: ### Challenging Inequality: Working together for a just society: AASW Conference 2019 comes to Adelaide 2019-11-06T08:24:30Z challenging-inequality-working-together-for-a-just-society-aasw-conference-2019-comes-to-adelaide The theme of Australian Association of Social Work Conference 2019 is Challenging Inequality: Working together for a just society. It will be held in Adelaide for two days from tomorrow afternoon. AASW CEO Cindy Smith said, “The conference is an incredible opportunity to highlight and recognise the work of multiple sectors and the profession of social work in challenging inequality.” The conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, between 7-9 November 2019 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. It will be opened by the Hon Rachel Sanderson MP, Minister for Child Protection. Ms Smith said, “With more than 450 delegates, including from across Australia and internationally, this is the largest conference we have ever had. This is a significant opportunity to highlight the knowledge and skills we possess with about 140 papers being presented, including in practice, research, education and policy. “The conference will also focus on the very pertinent issue of child protection and the registration of social work as a profession. An expert panel will discuss the future of social work registration and in particular, the local developments.” To name a few of the subjects to be covered, these will include mental health, family violence and trauma, disability, human rights and many more. Ms Smith said, “Our pre-eminent Keynote Speakers will be Natasha Stott Despoja AO, Professor Tom Calma AO and Debbie Kilroy will be our Dinner Speaker. They will each be giving us a unique perspective on how we can work together for a just society. “Now is the time to be Challenging Inequality. The professional development event of the year is happening this weekend in Adelaide.” Cindy Smith is available for interview. If you are a member of the media and would like to cover this event, please contact Angela Yin on 0413 532 954. Louis Dreyfus Company supports delivery of medical aid to developing nations through Mercy Ships 2019-11-06T06:07:29Z louis-dreyfus-company-supports-delivery-of-medical-aid-to-developing-nations-through-mercy-ships-1 Singapore, Wednesday 6 November 2019: Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) has announced its support for Mercy Ships, a global charity which manages the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship that has been bringing medical services and supplies to developing countries since 1978. As a participant in this year’s Mercy Ships Cargo Day which falls today, LDC and a partner shipbroker will collectively donate a sum of about US$20,000 from their commissions on a designated cargo (“Mercy Cargoes”). An annual event, Mercy Ships Cargo Day aims to galvanise the international shipping and trading community to raise funds for the organisation’s mission through donations from Mercy Cargoes. As a further show of support, LDC will also be joining the Mercy Ships committee in Singapore, comprising industry players who come together several times a year to promote awareness of Mercy Ships and increase participation in its annual Cargo Day. Alain Wuersch, LDC’s Tanker Freight Manager says, “By harnessing our role as an active leading player in the global sea freight industry, we are heartened to be able to contribute towards the fulfilment of Mercy Ships’ vision to “bring hope and healing” to those without medical access in the developing world. We are looking forward to working with our industry peers to raise greater support for this meaningful cause and at the same time, advance LDC’s commitment to help improve the lives of communities in need around the world.” “Mercy Ships works to solve the global surgery crisis, serving people in tremendous need. 9 out of 10 people in the nations we serve do not have access to safe, affordable or timely surgery. In the last 40 years Mercy Ships has helped over 2.7 million people. Every year, more than 440 volunteer crew from over 40 nations serve at any given time onboard the Africa Mercy. "We are very grateful for the volunteer service of our crew, partnering with the generous support of the Louis Dreyfus Company, enabling Mercy Ships to save even more lives. Thank you for your partnership with the Cargo Day initiative, we are truly stronger together.” Alan Burrell, Managing Director Mercy Ship Australia, Asia and Dubai. END About Mercy Ships Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development aid to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1.3 billion, with more than 2.56 million direct beneficiaries. Each year, more than 1,200 volunteers from over 40 nations serve with Mercy Ships. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. Mercy Ships Australia, one of 16 international support offices, is based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. For more information, visit About Louis Dreyfus Company Louis Dreyfus Company is a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods. We leverage our global reach and extensive asset network to serve our customers and consumers around the world, delivering the right products to the right location, at the right time – safely, responsibly and reliably. Our activities span the entire value chain from farm to fork, across a broad range of business lines (platforms). Since 1851 our portfolio has grown to include Grains & Oilseeds, Coffee, Cotton, Juice, Rice, Sugar, Freight and Global Markets. We help feed and clothe some 500 million people every year by originating, processing and transporting approximately 80 million tons of products. Structured as a matrix organization of six geographical regions and eight platforms, Louis Dreyfus Company is active in over 100 countries and employs approximately 18 000 people globally. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. For further information, please contact: Priscilla Teo+65 9826 or Bitglass global report finds 66pc of companies omit key security tool 2019-11-05T22:27:17Z bitglass-global-report-finds-66pc-of-companies-omit-key-security-tool SYDNEY, November 6, 2019 – Bitglass, the Next-Gen CASB company, has just released “A for Adoption,” its 2019 Cloud Adoption report. The study examines the rate of cloud adoption in more than 138,000 companies worldwide. Results indicate that although 86% of enterprises have deployed cloud-based tools, only 34% have implemented single sign-on (SSO), one of the most basic and critically important cloud security tools. For the past five years, Bitglass has conducted research on the rate of enterprise cloud adoption in order to uncover deployment trends. This year, the report found that the use of cloud applications has grown extensively over the past 12 months, with Salesforce and Slack increasing by 55% and 44%, respectively. As more companies deploy cloud applications and modernise the way their employees perform their work, they must also implement effective security tools and strategies tailored to a cloud-first environment. “Cloud adoption has grown at a staggering rate, allowing organisations to evolve and keep pace with the market’s ever-growing productivity and flexibility demands,” said Rich Campagna, CMO, Bitglass. “The significant gap between the adoption of cloud-based tools and cloud security technologies indicates that most companies are at serious risk of suffering a data breach. Enterprises must understand that operating in the cloud is fundamentally different from the traditional way of conducting business, and that on-premises methods of protecting data are no longer sufficient.” In addition to tracking SSO usage, Bitglass uncovered adoption rates for a host of different cloud-based tools, including Microsoft Office 365, Google’s G Suite, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Slack, Salesforce, Box, and ServiceNow. Key findings: Despite an early lead in the cloud productivity market, the adoption of Google’s G Suite has reached only 33%, up from 25% in 2018. Microsoft Office 365 still reigns as the cloud productivity suite of choice with a 79% adoption rate. Deployment of AWS has increased by 43% since 2018, reaching an average of 20% this year. At 82%, financial services organisations are the fourth largest adopters of Office 365. Additionally, their adoption of SSO grew nearly 41% since last year, indicating that the financial services sector is recognising the criticality of cloud security tools. While 79% of healthcare organisations have adopted Office 365, only 30% have adopted SSO. This disparity is particularly concerning in light of the vast amount of sensitive personally identifiable information (PII) that they collect and store. Technology remains the leading vertical in terms of AWS adoption (32%) and is the top user of Slack (79%). However, the industry lagged in SSO, reaching only 33% adoption. Education is a major user of cloud-based tools, adopting Salesforce (30%) and Okta (18%) more than any other industry. Larger organisations are the leading adopters of cloud applications and single sign-on. 64% of large firms utilise SSO, which is nearly 50% more than medium-sized companies, and more than twice that of small organisations. Methodology Using internally developed technologies, the Bitglass research team scanned the cloud to identify which cloud services were in use across a sample of more than 138,000 companies. The analysis included productivity suites such as Office 365 and G Suite, messaging apps like Slack, file-sharing apps like Box, as well as single sign-on (SSO), a basic cloud security tool. To learn more about how cloud adoption has developed over the past year, download the full report here: About Bitglass Bitglass, the Next-Gen CASB company, is based in Silicon Valley with offices worldwide. The company's cloud security solutions deliver zero-day, agentless, data and threat protection for any app, any device, anywhere. Bitglass is backed by Tier 1 investors and was founded in 2013 by a team of industry veterans with a proven track record of innovation and execution. Media Contact David Frost, Touchdown Austrsalia, for Bitglass 612.79039567 M-Files Recognized as a Visionary in 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Content Services Platforms 2019-11-05T00:44:33Z m-files-recognized-as-a-visionary-in-2019-gartner-magic-quadrant-for-content-services-platforms DALLAS – Nov. 4, 2019 – M-Files Corporation[DD1] , the intelligent information management company, today announced that the company has been recognized as a Visionary in Gartner, Inc.’s 2019 Magic Quadrant for Content Services Platforms. Gartner named M-Files as a Visionary based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute, against the backdrop of an evolving content services platforms market. More open, unified and intelligent content services platforms continue to replace traditional, siloed document management and enterprise content management systems. Today's leading enterprises are driving the demand for content services platforms that provide their own repository but also support accessing and managing information in other systems. The M-Files intelligent, repository neutral platform utilizes metadata and artificial intelligence (AI) to break down silos and unify data and content in network folders, SharePoint, file sharing services and other business systems and repositories across the organization. This provides immediate access to existing information on day one, without requiring data migration. Additionally, M-Files seamlessly embeds within popular digital workplace platforms, including Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce and Google G Suite, allowing users to remain focused on the task at hand in the applications where they spend most of their day. “We believe our recognition by Gartner as a Visionary is a reflection of our unparalleled commitment to delivering high value solutions for our customers and partners that offer flexibility and differentiation in the marketplace," said Miika Mäkitalo, CEO at M-Files. "Today's most innovative companies are readily embracing our unique intelligent information management approach that allows them to access all relevant data in the right context, regardless of where it's stored. Our ability to offer modern, AI-powered information management in the cloud and on-premises with one license truly sets us apart. We also feel Gartner's recognition inspires passion to continue delivering innovations that are changing the way the world manages information." According to Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant for Content Services Platforms, "The shift in users' expectations of, and new preference for, the cloud has motivated the long-standing vendors to modernize. Those vendors now provide either new SaaS platforms or have rearchitected existing offerings to be more flexible and adaptive." M-Files has offered both SaaS and on-premises options for over ten years and continues to modernize the offering with new emerging technologies, such as micro-services based architecture and containerization. The unique M-Files Online solution allows customers to manage both cloud and on-premises repositories in the same subscription without having to purchase licenses separately for both deployment options. This gives M-Files customers flexibility to modernize their information management with cloud services where it makes sense, while leaving the option to store some data behind their own firewalls. Gartner states, "Buyers' needs require more agile, adaptive solutions, which are very different to the rigid, on-premises and monolithic solutions of old." Gartner continues, "Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, including machine learning (ML) and deep neural networks, have enabled innovations for classification, productivity and automation scenarios. Such capabilities should be embedded in all key areas of the platform, from security to collaboration, to align with the evolving expectations of the market." M-Files employs artificial intelligence to automatically analyze and classify documents, extract insights and ensure proper handling of sensitive information, such as personally identifiable information (PII). AI-powered features, such as auto-tagging and auto-classification infer the meaning, value and sensitivity of documents and other information to establish context. The M-Files Intelligent Metadata Layer (IML) uses AI to bring disconnected data silos together and simplify the user experience without disturbing existing systems and processes. With M-Files IML, information is unified across different sources based on context, not on the system or folder in which the information is stored. This allows users to find, access and manage information in all connected systems and repositories, all from a single view within the M-Files user interface. M-Files continues its rapid growth trajectory, with over 70 percent year-over-year growth in recurring revenue in the cloud in 2018, and a compound growth rate of more than 3,000 percent over the last ten years. For a complimentary copy of the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Content Services Platforms report, visit here. Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Content Services Platforms, Michael Woodbridge, Marko Sillanpaa, Lane Severson, October 30, 2019. Gartner Disclaimer Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About M-Files Corporation M-Files provides a next-generation intelligent information management platform that improves business performance by helping people find and use information more effectively. Unlike traditional enterprise content management (ECM) systems or content services platforms, M-Files unifies systems, data and content across the organization without disturbing existing systems and processes or requiring data migration. Using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in its unique Intelligent Metadata Layer, M-Files breaks down silos by delivering an in-context experience for accessing and leveraging information that resides in any system and repository, including network folders, SharePoint, file sharing services, ECM systems, CRM, ERP and other business systems and repositories. Thousands of organizations in more than 100 countries use M-Files for managing their business information and processes, including NBC Universal, OMV, Valmet, Rovio, SAS Institute and thyssenkrupp. For more information, visit M-Files is a registered trademark of M-Files Corporation. All other registered trademarks belong to their respective owners. TAT.Capital Releases Comprehensive India | Australia Economic + Trade Report for Mid-market Investors. 2019-11-03T22:29:19Z tat-capital-releases-comprehensive-india-australia-economic-trade-report-for-mid-market-investors Following the success of their bi-lateral TATXPO forums, financial advisory and investment firm Tat Capital have released their India Australia Industry Report. This +140-page document is the ‘go to’ handbook for ANZ businesses wanting to better understand, engage and access the AUD$4.2T [EoFY2020] Indian economy. Employing Tat Capital’s unique sub-continental insights and experience, this report translates findings from the Indian Economic Strategy 2035 [IES 2035] - published by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade of Australia – into highly informative and value resource for mid-market investment groups and individuals.   “There has been much chatter in Australia about doing business with the fastest-growing major economy in the world; but businesses struggle to comprehend the optimal sectors and true potential of the opportunities”, explains Ram Gorlamandala, Director and Founding Partner of Tat Capital. “In our view, a major knowledge gap exists in Australia’s understanding of the changing mindset of the Young India, which is thinking ‘global’ more often than ever before, both in scaling business and attracting global investment to their growing companies. “As such, until now, there has been a dearth of clear, concise and practical information on how our mid-market businesses across India and ANZ can truly capitalise on these developments,” he concludes.   Using the Economic Strategy as a core narrative the report delivers an informed commentary on the relationship and economic activities of both players; delving into the start-up ecosystems and opportunities presented by each.  The report then provides in-depth analysis of seven specific sectors, which Tat Capital identifies as especially potent for mid-market players: Agriculture – the primary source of livelihood for about 58% of India’s population. Education – already outstripping China at some leading universities. Healthcare – rising incomes, greater health awareness & increasing access to insurance will see significant growth in this space. Finance – being one of the most vibrant global economies, investments FPIs in Indian capital markets have been substantial of late. Tourism - a portfolio of niche geographical & culturally diverse products. IT & ITeS industry - exports from the industry increased to AUD $195B in FY19. Retail - Indian retail is expected to grow to AUD $ 1.8T by 2020.   The full report is available as a free downloadable pdf available via: Tat Capital - India Australia Industry Report 2019   ----- EDITORIAL INFORMATION ----- BACKGROUND Tat Capital is a holistic, highly networked corporate advisory, creating mid-market opportunities that others can’t match.    TAT Corporate Finance executes deals for both private and institutional clients encompassing capital markets, cross-border transactions and M&A opportunities, and has a strong Indian Subcontinental focus and long-standing contacts in all countries. TAT FX division aggregates the most competitive deals specific to client needs and provides advice on how to best optimise trade opportunities. All areas of the business are underpinned by the deep knowledge base which is embedded in TAT’s specialised research team.’   FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Including images or video assets and interviews with an expert from the Tat Capital team, please contact Ram Gorlamadala +61 [0]430-114-905 | or Michael Locke +61 [0]438-076-904 |               TODAY IS THE TAX DEADLINE - HAVE YOU FILED YOUR RETURN? 2019-10-30T23:00:30Z today-is-the-tax-deadline-have-you-filed-your-return-1 The good news is, getting your return lodged can be done in the time it takes to finish a cup of coffee! The team at have outlined the top 10 reasons people are putting off their return in 2019 AND how to overcome each one. 1.       If I ignore my tax, it will go away That’s never going to happen! Every taxpayer in Australia is required to lodge a return. Ignoring it runs the risk of nasty ATO fines (can be over $1000 in some cases). 2.       I can’t find my income records (PAYG or Income Statement) Don’t worry, you don’t need them! Your tax agent can access your income info from the ATO if you don’t have it. Just ask! 3.       I can’t find my receipts If you’ve lost receipts, check your bank statements, contact the shop you purchased it from and if you bought it online, just log into your account and grab a digital receipt from there. 4.       I don’t know what tax deductions I can claim. That’s why about 70% of Aussies use a tax agent like Etax. Then you don’t need to know what you can and can’t claim - that’s your accountant’s job. 5.       I don’t have time, it will take too long. Online is the way of the future. Online accountants like Etax mean you can do your return in literally minutes, while sitting in your PJs watching TV. 6.       I can’t afford to do my tax return right now. Tax agent fees are generally pretty cheap (less than $100) and often you can just have them deduct your fees from your refund so you’re not out any cash up front. And the best part, your fees are tax deductible next year. 7.       I’m scared I’ll have an ATO debt. You won’t know until you get an estimate, and even if you do, the longer you leave it the more the debt will grow – the ATO charges interest on any amounts owing. 8.       I don’t know how to do my tax return. You don’t need do. That’s why most people use a tax agent. They’re the experts and it’s their job to make your tax stress go away 9.       I had no income this year. Even if you didn’t work, you need to tell the ATO in the form of a non-lodgement advice which lets them know you’re not lodging. Otherwise you’ll be on the ATO’s non-lodged list of people they consider to be avoiding their tax obligations. Just ask your tax agent for help and they can take care of this for you. 10.   I earned less than the tax-free threshold Even if you earned under the $18,200 threshold you might still need a return, and if you don’t need to do a return, just like number 9 you still need to let the ATO know anyway. Just ask your accountant for help and they’ll let you know what you need to do! Doing your tax return is usually a pretty quick event; most people can be done in the time it takes to drink a coffee. So, what are you waiting for? -ENDS- FORMER PRIME MINISTER MALCOLM TURNBULL TO SPEAK AT STARTCON ON NOVEMBER 22 2019-10-29T23:19:49Z former-prime-minister-malcolm-turnbull-to-speak-at-startcon-on-november-22 ·         Prime Minister Turnbull to speak on innovation and opportunity in an environment of rising authoritarian populism, anti-global and protectionist agendas.  ·        After a speech, Turnbull will have a one to one discussion with Freelancer CEO Matt Barrie on how innovation can be brought back on the national agenda, and how to transform the economy into one that guarantees prosperity for all Australians into the 21st century. Australia’s 29th Prime Minister, The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull will be the keynote speaker at StartCon, Australia’s leading technology, startup, corporate innovation & growth conference to be held at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November 2019.  At StartCon, Turnbull will discuss innovation, the problems facing Australia’s technology industry and what Australia needs to be the number one startup capital of the world.  He will join over 55 global leaders in technology including experts from NASA, eBay, Airbnb, Airwallex, Uber, The Iconic, and more, during the two day event. With over 55 speakers from around the world including Silicon Valley, 4000+ attendees, 160 exhibitors and hundreds of startups in attendance. Talking about his involvement in the conference, Turnbull says, “Change, unprecedented in scale and pace, is the tenor of our times. This offers enormous opportunities, and Australia has never been better situated to take advantage of them. At the heart of all of this is innovation, the key driver of productivity, which is vital if we are to remain a prosperous first world economy with a generous social welfare net.” “Australia’s startup ecosystem has advanced enormously since we started OzEmail twenty five years ago. In those days there was hardly any money for technology startups. Today, especially since the launch of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, and opportunities for investment like the Pitch for a Million competition here at StartCon, there are billions available.”  “My feeling is that there is now more support in the community for innovation and science, although the rising tide of authoritarian populism with its “anti-globalist” and protectionist agenda represents a real threat. So we cannot take our gains for granted, there will always be voices to oppose innovation, frightened of the new, anxious to hide under the doona in the hope that the 21st century will prove to be a terrible dream.”   StartCon Pitch for $1 Million, one of the world’s largest startup pitch competitions where entrepreneurs battle it out for a total of US$1m in venture financing from trailblazing US investors, EDGE196™.  Matt Barrie, Chief Executive and Founder of says, “Malcolm Turnbull was undoubtedly the most technology focused Prime Minister that Australia has ever had. During his term, innovation through technology was at the forefront of government policy for driving forward the Australian economy. Since that time, however, innovation has dropped off the national agenda. I look forward to discussing with Malcolm at StartCon what needs to happen to bring innovation back on the national agenda, and what we need to do as a country to transform the economy into one that guarantees prosperity for all Australians into the 21st century.” StartCon brings together the world’s best experts to provide actionable insights into how to start and growing world class technology driven businesses. Whether you are an entrepreneur, corporate innovator, working at a startup or are thinking about starting a business- if there is one event you attend this year- it’s StartCon.  StartCon 2019 will feature expert workshops, a tech expo, hackathon, masterclasses, a FinTech stage, a Disruption stage, VIP lounge and an artificial intelligence (AI) stage. Guests can also attend networking events, experience live gaming and visit a startup alley that includes some of the most innovative businesses in the local market and across Asia.  Joining the Honorable Malcolm Turnbull at StartCon 2019 on November 22-23 will be speakers including: International Speakers ·         Petra Hoffer, Technology Leadership Advisor, Consulting @ eBay ·         Jenny Arden, Director of Design @ Airbnb ·         Joe Fahed, Global Products Operations Manager @ Uber ·         Tony Aug, CTO & VP, Technology & Strategy, Digital @ Arrow ·         Dan Lok, Founder, Influencer @ ·         Eric Siu, Owner and CEO @ Single Grain ·         Alberto Antinucci, Digital Innovation Strategist & China Expert @ Antinucci Consulting ·         Katie Burke, Chief People Officer @ Hubspot ·         Amy Peck, Senior Director of Enterprise Content @ Vive Studios ·         and more! Local Speakers include ·         Fred Schebesta, CEO & Co-founder @ Finder ·         Ashik Ahmed, CEO, CTO & Co-founder @ Deputy ·         Vivek Bharadwaj, Marketing Science @ THE ICONIC ·         Dr Jemma Green, Executive Chairman & Co-founder @ Power Ledger ·         Chris Smith, Founder & Director @ BIG Esports ·         Craig Rees, VP & Head of Engineering @ AirWallex ·         Taryn Williams, CEO & Founder @ ·         James Spencely, VC Investor & Mentor @ ·         Greg Cross, Serial Entrepreneur @ Soul Machines ·         Alex Moss, CEO & Head Designer @ Canaria ·         Daniel Wearne, Head of Design @ Up Banking ·         Alex McCauley, CEO @ StartupAus ·         Sarah Tang, VP, Enterprise @ ·         Helen Souness, CEO @ RMIT Online ·         Randall Noble, COO @ Hive Gaming ·         Dr Michelle Perugini, CEO & Co-founder @ Presagen ·         Simon Banks, Managing Director & SVP @ HyperWallet ·          Ali Anderson, Manager of Outreach Programs @ Australian Institute for Machine Learning ·         and more!   More StartCon 2019 speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.   StartCon 2019 features multiple tracks for startups, marketing and growth professionals, designers, engineers, tech experts and corporate innovators and is jam-packed with: ·         Expert workshops ·         Tech expo ·         Hackathon ·         Masterclasses ·         FinTech stage  ·         Disruption stage  ·         Artificial intelligence stage ·         VIP lounge  ·         Multiple networking events ·         Live gaming  ·         Kids coding camp ·         Startup alley that includes some of the most innovative businesses across Asia ENDS About StartCon  StartCon (formerly SydStart) is the largest Australian startup and growth conference, expo and entrepreneur community, established in 2009. Thousands of technology startup professionals, investors and ecosystem participants have already experienced StartCon events. This year’s conference will be held on November 22nd & 23rd at Royal Randwick Racecourse, with world-class international speakers in entrepreneurship and growth marketing, high quality workshops and an expo showcasing the biggest tech names and high-growth startups in Asia Pacific. Submissions for Pitch for $1 Million - Submissions can be made online with entries encouraged from startups in all sectors including, but not limited to, Advanced Manufacturing, Robotics, Blockchain, AI, Big Data, Adtech, Digital Media, Edtech and more. Government accreditation and new partners accelerate TasmaNet expansion 2019-10-29T00:05:08Z government-accreditation-and-new-partners-accelerate-tasmanet-expansion HOBART, October 29. Communications specialist TasmaNet has won accreditation to the NSW Government’s select Telecommunications Purchasing Arrangements panel, and signed three additional partners. They are Orkestra, Bunch Digital and Alchemy Solutions. “NSW Government accreditation is a stellar result for us,” said TasmaNet CEO Elizabeth Aris. “It will accelerate our aggressive expansion across Australia, supported by highly qualified telecommunications partners.” TasmaNet offers symmetrical Internet speeds up to 1 Gbps to businesses across Australia using nbn Enterprise Ethernet (EE) technology, with dedicated fibre installed to each site. This new nbn product is significantly less expensive than previously available fibre offered by the larger telcos. “TasmaNet’s appointment to the NSW panel demonstrates our competitiveness with the major telcos,” said Aris. “Our long relationship with the Tasmanian Government, proven success in leading the market nationally to deliver Enterprise Ethernet to councils and schools, and our lean and agile structure enable us to deliver the fast, high quality customer service that NSW Government customers expect.” Unlike some major competitors, TasmaNet is 100 percent committed to deploying fibre services to business, enterprise and government customers over the nbn™ network to maximise Australian taxpayer investment in the technology. TasmaNet utilises a custom-built data lake to determine nbn network availability at customer locations. This enables rapid qualification of nbn services that can be deployed to NSW Government sites, providing decision makers full insight into the connectivity options and associated price points. TasmaNet also leverages its direct relationship with nbn co to request site capability upgrades on behalf of customers. Resourceful partners Ms Aris said: “We are appointing resourceful partners with communications expertise in servicing organisations including financial services, education and retail, in fact all organisations that work with large files and depend on high speed uncontended Internet. “Orkestra, Bunch Digital and Alchemy Solutions all fit perfectly into our expansion plans, and we welcome them as TasmaNet partners.” Orkestra services Queensland areas and regional Victoria, where TasmaNet sees a market often ignored by the big telcos that is crying out for specialist business connectivity. “Businesses need their digital transformation foundations to be spot on, and TasmaNet will achieve this for our customers,” said Soren Reichelt, Orkestra’s CEO. “We have begun to ‘bridge the gap’ for regional communities since TasmaNet’s technology allows us to take full advantage of Australia’s $52b investment in a national fibre optic network. “We are excited to have brought the Enterprise Ethernet product into our mix, and are amazed to see how nbn can to deliver 1Gbps/1Gbps so cost effectively.” Bunch Digital is targeting large to major enterprises across Melbourne and Sydney. Director Matt Hannebery said: “We offer clients innovative products and services to transform and grow their organisations, and optimal performance is closely aligned to their network speeds and infrastructure. Leveraging TasmaNet’s Enterprise Ethernet service allows us to achieve maximised and cost effective returns on customers’ technology investment.” Alchemy Solutions services corporate and enterprise customers in Melbourne and surrounding areas. CEO Luke Stow said: “With TasmaNet’s technology we can reach into new customer domains, such as the utilities and retail sectors. We support value-add to clients in consulting services for cloud migration and adoption, providing stickiness by providing complementary services on top of a client’s network. “Businesses using cloud need proper bandwidth for IP voice, video conferencing and Office 365. Apps like this require reliable and fast bandwidth, which delivers synergy for both Alchemy and TasmaNet.” Partners interested in working with TasmaNet can find out more information here: About TasmaNet TasmaNet has been delivering specialised internet, networking, cloud, and data protection services to education, business, and government since 2004. Contact Elizabeth Aris, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, TasmaNet +61 477 443 703 Six steps to a healthier working environment from Catherine Davidson, leading mediator, negotiation expert and workplace wellness educator. 2019-10-17T05:33:03Z six-steps-to-a-healthier-working-environment-from-catherine-davidson-leading-mediator-and-negotiation-expert-and-workplace-wellness-educator How can companies create a more dynamic, more productive and, more profitable work environment – and at the same time improve employees’ health, reduce absenteeism and cut legal claims. The answer, according to Catherine Davidson, Founder and Principal of Catherine Davidson Mediation Services (CDMS), is to focus on boosting workplace wellness – channeling conflict into a positive.   Davidson, a former commercial litigation lawyer who specialises in helping companies achieve higher levels of workplace wellness, presented at Australia’s giant festival of workplace health and wellness, the Workplace Wellness Festival 2019 and at the world’s largest conference on happiness and wellbeing, Happiness and its Causes 2019. She says that improving workplace wellness can deliver commercial advantage and is one of the keys to building a sustainable and profitable business.   Here are her top tips for creating a working environment that promotes positivity and productivity and helps bring out the best in people.   1. Conduct an organisational health check Before you introduce any kind of workplace wellness program it’s worth discovering your employees’ biggest concerns. Are they, for example, stressed by a difficult relationship with a manager or colleague? Do they have more work than they can complete within working hours? Are they worried about leaving work on time to meet other commitments? How confident are they to disagree with their boss? It’s important to understand what your employees are worried about so that you can help address their concerns.   ‘Once you understand the stressors staff are facing you’ll be in a better position to design a working environment where they are able to relax and do their best work,’ says Catherine.   2. Invest in your people Forward thinking companies, such as Google and Atlassian, are renowned for their employee benefits and wellness programs. Initiatives might include staff kitchens with healthy food and drinks and exercise and relaxation classes. Catherine’s approach is about providing people with a skill set and capacity to work through workplace conflict and issues not just providing ‘things’’. More companies are embracing this well received, proactive approach.     ‘Investing in employee wellbeing pays dividends – with fewer sick days, lower staff turnover and higher levels of employee engagement which in turn leads to greater productivity and therefore profitability,’ says Catherine.   3. Encourage people to be themselves at work People are most likely to be engaged and do their best at work when they feel accepted and valued. Employers that actively promote a culture of acceptance and inclusion can help reduce employees’ stress levels and keep them healthy and happy at work.   ‘Employers should allow people to bring their whole selves to work and encourage them to say what they think and take risks. Making mistakes and sharing them enables the entire team to learn from the experience and offers up psychological safety,’ says Catherine.   4. Embrace difference Embracing difference means understanding and appreciating that different people bring unique personality traits, skills and perspectives to the workplace, and that the mix is enriching.   ‘Meeting and working with people with whom we don’t perhaps have a lot in common can be the best way to learn to collaborate, innovate and thrive. Instead of fearing difference, we should look for what we can learn from it,’ says Catherine.   5. Understand that conflict can be constructive Any group or team of people is bound to disagree from time to time. Those disagreements can be the best way to improve on the status quo, generate new ideas and, ultimately, to foster growth. The key to extracting benefit from conflict is to develop effective communication and negotiation skills to help ensure people communicate and engage with each other – and work towards effective solutions.   ‘Conflict is normal, inevitable and potentially creative – yet most organisations see it as a problem and put in place people and systems to manage and deal with it. I advise people to explore and embrace the opportunities that exist in the space between difference and disagreement – there can be a huge amount of value there,’ says Catherine.   6. Create a company culture where disagreement is safe Employees need to know that disagreeing with colleagues and management sometimes is normal - and essential for a healthy working environment. Encourage people to develop communications skills that enable them to share new ideas and suggestions that might be perceived as critical in a positive and respectful manner.   ‘Talking about conflict management in the workplace is quite a narrow way of looking at things,’ says Catherine. ‘In fact, conflict resolution skills are essential life and well-being skills and something we should all nurture and develop.’   To find out more about Catherine Davidson and how she works with clients to enhance workplace wellness visit:   ENDS   For further information please contact: Tel 0415 290023 M-Files Back Office Solution Brings Enterprise-Grade Information Management to Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Across Global Regions 2019-10-11T02:57:39Z m-files-back-office-solution-brings-enterprise-grade-information-management-to-small-and-medium-sized-businesses-across-global-regions DALLAS – Oct. 8, 2019 – M-Files Corporation, the intelligent information management company, today announced that its Back Office solution for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) is now available across its global regions. The solution manages all back-office functions for SMBs – such as information access, process automation and document control – while helping them meet compliance requirements.   When resources are limited, SMBs often lack the systems needed to effectively handle their back-office operations. Complicating this challenge, data is often stored in different software applications, such as file-sharing tools, email , and network folders, which creates information silos and piecemeal solutions with little to no IT infrastructure. Not only does this make information difficult to locate, but it also burdens management and staff with time-consuming and error-prone practices that hinder profitability.   The M-Files Back Office solution provides preconfigured workflows, metadata structure and views that fully support common business processes and use cases, including accounts payable and human resources, as well as the management of contracts, projects, cases, assets and customer relationships. With intelligent information management for back office operations, SMBs can streamline processes, improve transparency and lower costs, all within an accelerated timeline for smaller business teams. M-Files brings affordable, fully functional content management to the SMB market, delivering process automation, enhanced data security, mobile and offline access and metadata-driven content in context.   “The M-Files Back-Office solution was built to meet the needs of SMBs, regardless of their industry, and to offer an easy-to-adopt solution with built-in processes and taxonomy to modernize information management practices,” said Mika Javanainen, vice president of product marketing at M-Files. “We are pleased to expand the reach of our solution across our global footprint to help more SMBs improve productivity, reduce costs and mitigate risks. Our preconfigured environment helps smaller user groups quickly implement intelligent information management solutions that pave the way for future business expansion.”   M-Files provides a single source of information across existing systems and content repositories, applying powerful metadata that help SMBs classify, organize and process information quickly and efficiently. M-Files Optical Character Recognition (OCR) helps SMBs go paperless by converting physical documents into editable and searchable data.   Additionally, the M-Files DocuSign software integration enables electronic documents to be sent for signature utilizing pre-defined workflows while adhering to the highest security standards. Furthermore, M-Files enables SMBs to become instantly cloud-ready, offering fast and flexible deployment with on-premises, cloud and/or hybrid options, establishing a foundation for long-term scalability of the business. Please visit this webpage for more information on M-Files Back Office solutions.   About M-Files Corporation M-Files provides a next-generation intelligent information management platform that improves business performance by helping people find and use information more effectively. Unlike traditional enterprise content management (ECM) systems or content services platforms, M-Files unifies systems, data and content across the organization without disturbing existing systems and processes or requiring data migration. Using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in its unique Intelligent Metadata Layer, M-Files breaks down silos by delivering an in-context experience for accessing and leveraging information that resides in any system and repository, including network folders, SharePoint, file sharing services, ECM systems, CRM, ERP and other business systems and repositories. Thousands of organizations in more than 100 countries use M-Files for managing their business information and processes, including NBC Universal, OMV, Valmet, Rovio, SAS Institute and thyssenkrupp. For more information, visit  M-Files is a registered trademark of M-Files Corporation. All other registered trademarks belong to their respective owners.