The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-10-21T00:13:17Z Jasco Consulting and Vercilia announce strategic partnership to streamline organisational workflow 2019-10-21T00:13:17Z jasco-consulting-and-vercilia-announce-strategic-partnership-to-streamline-organisational-workflow Press Release Jasco Consulting and Vercilia announce strategic partnership to streamline organisational workflow. Jasco Consulting and Vercilia are pleased to announce that they have entered a strategic partnership that combines Jasco’s leading IT consulting services with Vercilia’s strategy-led custom business app development services. With increased demand for innovation within customisation in day-to-day business operations, companies recognise that they need to streamline the development of processes that optimise their workflow. The Jasco-Vercilia partnership fills the gap in the market, bringing together years of experience in business, strategic consulting, efficient developing, seamless deployment and change management to assist workplace transition amongst their customers. This new-found partnership means that customers can better automate and streamline their business processes from SharePoint Online packaged deployments, turbo charging collaboration with Microsoft Teams & OneDrive. As well as allow them to automate complex business processes, unlocking data to Power Apps, Flow and Power BI. “Partnering with Vercilia to deliver transformation for our clients will allow us to design, build and provide the best strategies for businesses." Says Jason McClintock, CEO of Jasco. “Together, working as one team, we will unlock the full potential of digital transformations and place our customers on the best path for success in the new digital business landscape” “The Jasco-Vercilia partnership combines IT consulting, to understand an organisation's needs, with the ability to automate workflows, create business apps and gain data insights through Office365,” Michael Verso, CEO of Vercilia explains. “Working with Jasco Consulting means that we are now capable of expanding our reach and providing more value to customers across Australia.” Both Jasco Consulting and Vercilia are excited about this new partnership and the benefits it will bring to existing customers, and customers across Australia. ### https://jasco.net.au/2019/10/17/jasco-vercilia-partnership/ Macquarie University offers SAS Certification as part of Online Global MBA 2019-10-20T22:58:42Z macquarie-university-offers-sas-certification-as-part-of-online-global-mba Media release. Sydney: 21 October, 2019  Macquarie Business School at Macquarie University has partnered with SAS, the leader in analytics to offer SAS Certification as part of its Global MBA program.  The new, entirely online Global MBA program was launched in May 2019 to focus on building future-focussed capabilities and is the first such degree to be offered on the popular Coursera platform – in which SAS is also a partner – in the Asia Pacific region.  Macquarie Business School’s Global MBA course has two intakes a year and the school is delighted with the response to its introduction, as reflected by an intake of 140 students in the first year.  Macquarie University is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide and the School’s Global MBA is designed for professionals who want to future-proof and accelerate their careers from wherever are located.  The curriculum is designed to build six cross-disciplinary management capabilities – Leading, Strategising, Analysing, influencing, Adapting and Problem Solving -- which have been highlighted by the World Economic forum as the skills needed in the workplace of the future. The course also features a stackable model that allows students to earn certificates and start learning before committing to the full program.  Speaking at the signing of the partnership agreement, Associate Professor Lan Snell – Macquarie Business School’s Academic Program Director for the Global MBA – said, “We are proud to partner with SAS, one of the leading enterprise analytics providers.  “The future of work and learning is about collaboration and building ecosystems to optimise the learning experience and student choice. SAS has a strong learning culture and our partnership with them demonstrates this value. Co-creating curriculum, thought leadership, and developing learning pathways for SAS workforce through the Global MBA are just some areas where we are creating values.”  Responding, David Bowie – Vice President of SAS Australia and New Zealand – said, “SAS congratulates the Macquarie Business School for the far-sighted concept and objectives of the Global MBA.  “As highlighted by the 2018 Deloitte Millennial Survey – which found that 43 percent of millennials expect to change jobs within two years and 62 per cent consider ‘gig’ careers viable – rising generations are increasingly seeking to equip themselves with the  skills they will need in the future, whatever careers they follow.” SAS Certification: Graduates of MGSM’s Global Online MBA program will also qualify as SAS Certified Visual Business Analysts and will be listed as such in the SAS Certified Professional Directory, which is commonly accessed by employers and recruitment agencies, internationally.  News ends  About Macquarie Business School: Macquarie Business School offers the acclaimed MGSM courses including the global top 100 MGSM MBA, to help you rewrite the rules of business. MGSM courses combine practical learning and innovative thinking with a multidisciplinary approach. Their courses give you the resilience and versatility to meet current and future challenges in a shifting business landscape. They provide a dynamic, collaborative environment where staff of experienced academics and industry experts and corporate partners give students the platform to understand and lead on real business issues as they learn. About SAS: SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®.  For further information from SAS: Nicholas Quirke on 0414 975 391  or nicholas.quirke@sas.com Prophecy International announced as winner of SA Business Australian Export Award 2019-10-20T22:31:35Z prophecy-international-announced-as-winner-of-sa-business-australian-export-award Adelaide — October 21, 2019 — Prophecy is very pleased and proud to announce that it has won the Technology and Innovation category at the SA Business Australian Export Awards. The Business SA 2019 Export Awards recognise South Australian companies which are excelling in the international marketplace by selling and promoting their products and services.   Announced at a gala event at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday night, Prophecy International Holdings was recognised as a leading innovator in the international tech space. Prophecy International Holdings is an ASX-listed company that develops analytics and cyber solutions software, operating globally since the 1980s across brands including Snare and eMite.   Our Snare monitoring and analysis tools gather and filter IT event data for security monitoring, analysis, auditing and archiving. eMite develops advanced real-time analytics and dashboard solutions especially for the contact centre market. More than 75 per cent of Prophecy’s revenue is generated from international markets, and it sells to more than 45 countries. Prophecy has operations in Sydney, London, Denver and Manilla.   Prophecy CEO Brad Thomas said, “This is a great endorsement of the efforts of our teams in all our offices around the world, we are all trying to build the next great Australian software company at Prophecy and this is a fantastic rewards for our efforts so far. With over 80% of our income generated from international markets and our US business growing at 25% for the last 2 years we are proud to have our efforts in building great products and having customer adopt globally them recognised.”   Now in their 57th year, the Business SA Export Awards recognise the success of local South Australian companies and organisations breaking into export markets and achieving sales, organisational and educational growth. As a result of winning the state award Prophecy will now become a finalist at the national awards which will be awarded in early December.   About Prophecy International Holdings Limited   Prophecy International Holding Limited is a listed Australian company (ASX:PRO) that operates globally. The focus at Prophecy is growing the eMite and Snare lines of business.   CX Intelligence by eMite provides a SaaS based real time and historical analytics platform, dashboards, wallboards, KPI and orchestration products for Customer Experience, Contact Center & IT Operations environments.    The Snare product suite is a highly scalable platform of Centralized Log Management, Security Analytics and SIEM products designed to enable customers to detect and manage cyber threats in real time & maintain regulatory compliance.   Prophecy operates globally from Adelaide and Sydney in Australia, London in the United Kingdom and in Denver, USA. Gilchrist Connell Partners with Sky Discovery Nationally 2019-10-20T18:34:39Z gilchrist-connell-partners-with-sky-discovery-nationally Gilchrist Connell Partners with Sky Discovery to offer a Fresh Approach to eDiscovery    Leading national insurance focused law firm Gilchrist Connell announced today a partnership with Sky Discovery to offer a fresh approach to eDiscovery.  Through this partnership, Gilchrist Connell benefits from Sky Discovery’s market leading technical innovations and expertise to enable lawyers to efficiently handle the searching and organisation of electronic documents on all types of insurance, employment, dispute resolution and commercial litigation matters.  This innovative approach to eDiscovery provides Gilchrist Connell with access to eDiscovery capabilities at a fraction of the substantial fixed-cost legacy investments that encumber the larger law firms.  Even the latest cloud-based eDiscovery offerings represent a significant overhead investment for law firms, one that must ultimately be recovered by hourly rate charges.  This service bridges the gap between the current alternative of a substantial in-house investment in people and technology or pure pay as you go outsourcing to eDiscovery experts such as Sky Discovery.     “By partnering with Sky Discovery, Gilchrist Connell lawyers can now offer their clients eDiscovery services without the up-front data processing, software licensing and hosting fees historically associated with searching, organising and managing electronic documents” said James Moeskops, Sky Discovery’s Managing Director.    This service is particularly suited to insurance matters where there is a need to quickly and cost-effectively search, organise and report on the content of emails and other electronic documents.    This new approach is perfectly aligned with Gilchrist Connell’s mantra to ‘Listen – Engage – Solve’ by enabling lawyers to provide legal advice with the benefits of having considered evidentiary documents in electronic form in a low cost and efficient manner.  About Gilchrist Connell  Gilchrist Connell is a national general insurance and defendant-side dispute resolution firm prominently recognised and internationally networked with the Harmonie Group.       About Sky Discovery  Sky Discovery is a leading independent Australian eDiscovery firm focused on building strategic relationships with lawyers to achieve successful outcomes on disputes, investigations and regulatory matters.    To contact Gilchrist Connell about any of the details in this press release please contact them at info@gclegal.com.au  To contact Sky Discovery about any of the details in this press release please contact them at info@skydiscovery.com.au  GFChart sponsoring WordCamp Sydney 2019 2019-10-18T04:16:02Z gfchart-sponsoring-wordcamp-sydney-2019 GFChart has been announced as a sponsor of 2019 WordCamp, Sydney. What is WordCamp? WordCamp is a WordPress conference over two days packed with talks from industry experts who are sharing their knowledge with the attendees. There are no sales pitches, just educational content. Each day has two types of tracks, Business & Marketing, and Designer & Developer track. Who should attend WordCamp? WordCamp Sydney is for designers, developers, marketers, business owners, and everyone in between that use WordPress. When is WordCamp? November 16 & 17, 2019 – University of Technology, Sydney Why is GFChart a Sponsor of WordCamp? GFChart is a globally used extension for Gravity Forms to produce business reports for web developers, designers and website owners. GFChart is an active member of the WordPress community and aims to help users build their business utilising great tools. If you collect data from customer enquiry forms, surveys, booking requests, or quizzes, then you’ll understand that the data alone can be difficult to interpret until you see it in graphs and charts. That’s where GFChart helps. Learn More here > https://gfchart.com/2019/10/gfchart-sponsoring-wordcamp-sydney-2019/ Gartner Predicts Outdoor Surveillance Cameras Will Be Largest Market for 5G Internet of Things Solutions Over Next Three Years 2019-10-17T23:30:03Z gartner-predicts-outdoor-surveillance-cameras-will-be-largest-market-for-5g-internet-of-things-solutions-over-next-three-years 18 October, 2019 — Outdoor surveillance cameras will be the largest market for 5G Internet of Things (IoT) solutions worldwide over the next three years, according to Gartner, Inc. These cameras will represent 70% of the 5G IoT endpoint installed base in 2020, before contracting to 32% by the end of 2023. 5G IoT installed endpoints for outdoor surveillance cameras will reach 2.5 million in 2020, 6.2 million units in 2021 and 11.2 million units in 2022, but will be surpassed by connected cars in 2023. “Cameras deployed by city operators or used to ensure building security and provide intruder detection offer the largest addressable market as they are located outdoors, often across cities, and require cellular connectivity,” said Stephanie Baghdassarian, senior research director at Gartner. Gartner predicts that the 5G IoT endpoint installed base will more than triple between 2020 and 2021, from 3.5 million units in 2020 to 11.3 million units in 2021. By 2023, the 5G IoT endpoint installed base will approach 49 million units (see Table 1). 5G capabilities open up new enterprise market opportunities, so communications service providers (CSPs) need to assess the many use cases with a view to prioritising investment in the building of IoT solutions. “Their investments should focus on outdoor surveillance cameras, connected cars, and government and physical security,” said Ms. Baghdassarian. Table 1: 5G IoT Endpoint Installed Base, Worldwide, 2020 and 2023 (Thousands of Units) Segment 2020 Volume 2020 Market Share (%) 2023 Volume 2023 Market Share (%) Connected cars — embedded (consumer and commercial) 393 11 19,087 39 Outdoor surveillance cameras 2,482 70 15,762 32 Fleet telematics devices 135 4 5,146 11 In-vehicle toll devices 50 1 1,552 3 Emergency services 61 2 1,181 2 Others 400 11 5,863 12 Total 3,522 100 48,590 100 Due to rounding, figures may not add up precisely to the totals shown Source: Gartner (October 2019) Connected Cars Will Offer the Biggest Opportunity for 5G IoT in the Long Term In 2023, the automotive industry will become the largest market opportunity for 5G IoT solutions. It will represent 53% of the overall 5G IoT endpoint opportunity in that year. Within the automotive sector, embedded connected-car modules are the major use case for 5G. Embedded endpoints in connected cars for commercial and consumer markets will represent an installed base of 19.1 million units out of a total of 25.9 million 5G endpoints in the automotive sector in 2023. “The addressable market for embedded 5G connections in connected cars is growing faster than the overall growth in the 5G IoT sector,” said Ms. Baghdassarian. “Commercial and consumer connected-car embedded 5G endpoints will represent 11% of all 5G endpoints installed in 2020, and this figure will reach 39% by the end of 2023.” In addition, the share of 5G-connected cars actively connected to a 5G service will grow from 15% in 2020 to 74% in 2023. This figure will reach 94% in 2028, when 5G technology will be used for Cellular V2X communications that enable messages to be sent and received within vehicles and between vehicles, infrastructure, pedestrians, cyclists and more. Ultimately, connected cars actively connected to a 5G service will help keep traffic moving and improve road safety. “As the automotive industry will be the largest sector for IoT endpoints and 5G IoT use cases in the long term, we recommend that CSPs that want to be relevant in the 5G IoT market put this industry at the forefront of their investments. They should do this in terms of personnel who understand the sector and of partnerships that will move the market forward,” said Ms. Baghdassarian. Gartner clients can read more in the report “Market Trends: 5G Opportunities in IoT for Communications Service Providers.” About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities and build the successful organisations of tomorrow. Our unmatched combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on the issues that matter most. We are a trusted advisor and objective resource for more than 15,000 organisations in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and organisation size. To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit www.gartner.com. Australian Neuroscientist Awarded the 2019 Advance Global Award 2019-10-17T22:56:59Z australian-neuroscientist-awarded-the-2019-advance-global-award The Overall Winner of the 2019 Advance Awards has been announced as US-based Australian neuroscientist and physical therapist Dr David Putrino. The award makes Dr Putrino Advance's Global Australian of the Year. Dr Putrino has been recognised worldwide for his game-changing work at the Abilities Research Center, a laboratory devising innovative ways to use virtual reality and video games to improve patient health and rehabilitation, based in New York.   Dr Putrino was awarded this great honour at the Advance Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner in Sydney last night, which recognises and celebrates the outstanding achievements of Australians living and working offshore. He was also awarded the Healthcare category award for his exceptional commitment to research and development of innovative technology solutions for individuals in need of accessing better healthcare. Dr Putrino’s work explores the use of virtual reality as a low-cost and scalable treatment for chronic neuropathic pain: a condition affecting millions of people worldwide with few effective treatments. His game-based interventions have been shown to accelerate the process of neuroplasticity and lead to faster rehabilitation for patients with significant injuries, including spinal injuries, or illness. Dr Putrino worked as a clinician in Australia, before moving to the United States to study computational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, MIT and NYU. He has served as a faculty member at Weill-Cornell Medicine and Burke Medical Research Institute. He is currently the Director of the Abilities Research Center and is an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai. The Advance Awards Overall Winner is chosen from ten diverse category winners and three special award winners, representing an extraordinary group of talented Australian leaders and innovators who have demonstrated excellence in their respective fields on the global stage, ranging from technology innovation, financial services and healthcare, to social impact, sustainability, and the arts. Advance Chairman Yasmin Allen said, “We are delighted David has been selected as our Advance Global Award winner. He is an inspiring global entrepreneur and innovator who is using unique technology to make people recover and rehabilitate faster from illness or injury, as well as to enhance athletic performance. At Advance, we know it is critical to recognise and celebrate the work of Australians like David and create an opportunity for them to remain connected with their ecosystem back home, for the benefit of all Australians. All our game-changing Award winners have again inspired, humbled and captivated us. Each year we build on this community to give Australians access to the very best thinking, opportunities and ideas, offshore and at home. We congratulate all our winners, and in particular David and look forward to continuing to connect Australia to our diaspora, making them household names back home.” More than 200 nominations were received from all around the world and winners of the Advance Awards were selected by a judging panel of renowned Australians who represent the country’s diverse entrepreneurial culture. Chaired by Advance Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Ken Allen AM, the judging panel includes Maggie Beer AM, Jillian Broadbent AO, Darren Burns, Doug Elix AO, Michelle Garnaut AO, Alexie Glass-Kantor, Sir Michael Hintze AM, Bob Isherwood, Andrew N. Liveris AO, and Carla Zampatti AC.                                                                                                         - ENDS - About Advance www.advance.org Advance is the only organisation to identify, engage and empower members of the global Australian diaspora. We keep them connected, and help repatriate ideas and IP home for the benefit of all Australians. With a community spanning 110 countries, Advance fosters connections with more than one million Australians living and working offshore, and 2.5 million student alumni, drawing on their experience and networks to open doors and opportunities for Australia, Australian companies and Australians around the globe. Website: https://www.advanceawards.com LinkedIn: @Advance.org Twitter: @Advance Facebook: @AdvanceGlobal Instagram: @AdvanceGlobalAustralians Hashtag: #AdvanceAwards19 2019 Advance Award winners The 2019 Advance Awards category winners are: ●  Advanced Manufacturing Award — Adam Gilmour, CEO and Founder of Gilmour Space Technologies ●  Commercial Creatives Award — Natalie Jeremijenko AO, Artist/Engineer/Professor ●  Financial Services Award — Daria Rippingale, Founder and CEO of Bankingblocks ●  Food & Agriculture Award (joint winners) — David Thompson, Chef and Restaurateur and Michelle Grant, Faculty and Education Director at World Food System Center, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) ●  Healthcare Award — David Putrino, Director of the Abilities Research Center and Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai ●  Social Impact Award — Richard Fuller OAM, Founder and President of Pure Earth 2 ●  Sustainability Award — Hugh Whalan, CEO of PEG Africa ●  Technology Innovation Award — Kate Glazebrook, CEO and Co-founder of Applied ●  The Arts Award — Angelica Mesiti, Artist The winners of three special awards are: ●  Global Alumni Award — Dr Laode Muhammad Syarif, Commissioner for Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) ●  Asia Impact Award — Dr Yijia Li, Director of Public Translational Platform for Cell Therapy at Yangtze Delta Region Institute of Tsinghua University ●  Global Impact Award — Professor John Mattick AO, SHARP Professor at UNSW Sydney and Senior Research Fellow with Visiting University Professorship at Green Templeton College, Oxford About Dr David Putrino – 2019 Advance Award Overall Winner David is physical therapist with a PhD in Neuroscience. He worked as a clinician in Australia, before moving to the United States to study computational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, MIT and NYU. He has served as a faculty member at Weill-Cornell Medicine and Burke Medical Research Institute. He is currently the Director of the Abilities Research Center and an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai. He works to develop innovative technology solutions for individuals in need of better healthcare accessibility. He consults with the Red Bull High Performance division to use evidence-based technologies to improve athletic performance. He is also the “Chief Mad Scientist” of Not Impossible Labs, a group that crowd-sources accessible technological solutions for high-impact humanitarian problems. David’s research has been featured on the ABC, Sport’s Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, Time Magazine, TEDx, Wired and the New York Times to name just a few. He is the author of Hacking Health: How to make money and save lives in the HealthTech world, which is available from Amazon and Springer-Nature.  Vonage positioned as a leader in the 2019 IDC MarketScape for cloud communications platforms 2019-10-17T22:12:28Z vonage-positioned-as-a-leader-in-the-2019-idc-marketscape-for-cloud-communications-platforms SYDNEY, Australia, 18th October 2019 - Vonage (NYSE: VG), a global leader in business cloud communications, has announced that it has been positioned as a leader in the 2019 IDC MarketScape for cloud communications platforms. Vonage earned this distinction based on its API Platform and its One Vonage single, microservices architecture, as well as its status as the only company that can integrate across three of the fastest-growing enterprise segments today — communications APIs, unified communications and contact centre (CPaaS, UCaaS, and CCaaS). Download the Report Excerpt. “The Vonage API Platform is an integral aspect of the One Vonage communications platform, which has the powerful ability to facilitate a comprehensive suite of services to address the full breadth of enterprise communications requirements,” said Courtney Munroe, group vice president of worldwide telecommunications research, IDC. “Vonage is unique in its ability to offer a scalable platform for developers and enterprises that integrates Vonage's CPaaS, UCaaS, and CCaaS solutions — all on a single stack.” The IDC MarketScape also noted that through the Vonage API Platform, Vonage has a full suite of API services and has expanded its enterprise support solutions and offers an ecosystem of ISV, SI and SaaS partners.  The report also highlighted several of Vonage’s differentiating products and services that make it a natural choice as a leader within this space:    ·       With One Vonage, customers can consume an array of communications tools that are based on the same network foundation and support framework.  ·       The latter is also a key focus for the Vonage API Platform. Its support solutions include the basic enterprise support portfolio, as well as features design, consulting, and configuration support to bring enterprises and its network of 825,000 registered developers up to speed on the creation of API-based applications.  ·       The Vonage API Platform has a full range of CPaaS capabilities, including a rich portfolio of programmable voice, SMS, video, messaging and, more recently, email and its Contact Centre Toolkit, which offers APIs, SDK, and developer resources to enable omnichannel builds.  ·       Enhanced features and management functions, including text-to-speech, two-factor authentication, conferencing, and streaming capabilities, as well as Dashboard analytics and other management and reporting features. Messaging features include short codes, two-way messaging and local numbers in 76 countries.  ·       Through the Vonage API Platform’s Partner Program, Vonage offers an ecosystem of partners and their platforms to developers, including ISVs, SIs, and SaaS companies. “The programmable capabilities we offer enterprise customers via our API Platform is a key differentiator for us,” said Jay Patel, chief product officer for Vonage. “With One Vonage - our powerful combination of enterprise applications and programmable capabilities - we are the only provider with the singular ability to offer these solutions from a single, flexible stack. We are thrilled to be named as a Leader in the debut IDC MarketScape for CPaaS, an area where we are truly leading the market.” In the IDC MarketScape report, IDC identified the leading cloud communications providers that vary in scale and scope but have been innovators over the years and have helped establish this segment. The IDC MarketScape also considered the diversity of portfolios, the size and growth of revenues, and the ability to provide a platform for developers, ISVs, and corporations (MNCs). The primary focus of this study is the ability of the platforms to facilitate the rapid development of real-time communications services that are easy to create and scalable. These platforms facilitate programmable, application programming interface-(API-) based voice and messaging to enable the creation of personalised and cost-effective agile enterprise cloud applications. About IDC MarketScape IDC MarketScape vendor assessment model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilises a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors. About Vonage Vonage is redefining business communications, helping enterprises use fully-integrated unified communications, contact centre and programmable communications solutions via APIs. True to our roots as a technology disruptor, we've embraced technology to transform businesses to collaborate more productively and engage their customers more effectively across all communications channels. Vonage Holdings Corp. is headquartered in New Jersey, with offices throughout the United States, Europe, Israel, Australia and Asia. Vonage® is a registered trademark of Vonage Marketing LLC, owned by Vonage America Inc. To follow Vonage on Twitter, please visit www.twitter.com/vonage. To become a fan on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/vonage. To subscribe on YouTube, visit www.youtube.com/vonage. Why should you install a GPS Tracker in your car? 2019-10-16T13:53:55Z why-should-you-install-a-gps-tracker-in-your-car GPS tracking units use global positioning systems to track and locate an object around the globe. The United States launched the first GPS satellite, called NAVSTAR into space in 1974, and since then GPS technology has advanced to become more accurate and more widely utilized. GPS tracking technology is heavily utilized in the modern world for a wide range of purposes. Companies routinely use GPS tracking devices on their delivery and distribution vehicles, to the point where now you can often check how far away your Amazon delivery is from your house. Other companies may use GPS trackers to track their shipping fleet across the world’s oceans. GPS trackers aren’t just popular with businesses but are seeing increased adoption for personal use. Due to their low cost and easy installation, more people are choosing to install GPS tracking devices in their cars. There are several prominent players on the market who offer GPS tracking devices for personal use or fleet management, such as Tomtom International, Atrack Technology, and Shenzhen based company, Concox Information Technology. Concox offers a range of GPS tracking devices that meet different needs, for example, they sell very discreet and lightweight devices, real-time tracking devices, GPS loggers, and more. You can find out more about Concox if you’re looking for a high-quality GPS tracking device but aren’t 100% sure what you need. Let us take a look at some of the benefits of having a GPS tracker installed in your car. Locating Loved Ones Sometimes a family member will take the car to run some errands, and you form an expectation of when they will return based on how much they have to do. If the hours start to go by and you don’t know where they are, you may start to worry. Of course, you can try ringing them, but they may be too busy to answer or may not notice your call. Having a GPS tracker installed on the car means you can easily check their location and get a better idea of when they will be back, or if anything concerning is happening. When You Lose Your Car At least once in our lives, most of us have experienced the feeling of absolute dread when you walk out of a shopping center or supermarket and can’t find your car. Sometimes you’re sure of where you left it because you made a mental note to remember where it was parked, but you can’t see your car anywhere. Panic usually sets in and you start to wonder whether your car has been stolen, or whether you are just mis-remembering where you parked it. Either way, this situation can be stress-inducing and tiring, especially if you have a bag full of shopping and find yourself aimless wandering the parking lot. With a GPS tracker, you can take control of the situation and cut out a significant amount of time when it comes to locating your car. The same is true if your car is stolen. You don’t have to wait until the car is found somewhere by police, which can often take some time. Instead, you can locate your car through your GPS tracking app if the tracker hasn’t been removed, and inform the police of the location so they can check it out. Whether or not the tracker will be removed in this scenario will depend on how subtle the tracker is and where it is positioned. Many people opt for battery-powered GPS trackers that have a magnet on their casing. The magnet allows you to place the tracker under the vehicle, where it is unlikely to be spotted. These types of trackers are often very durable and waterproof so they can withstand the wear and tear of being under a car. An alternative to a battery-powered GPS tracker is one that is directly connected to the car’s electric system. These can sometimes be tricky to install and require a skilled tradesman to install them correctly, but this isn’t always the case. There are GPS trackers that can plug directly into a port underneath the steering wheel. Such trackers are very easy to install, but the downside is that they are immediately obvious to anyone who has seen this type of tracker before. Customers get deeper into discovery with the new version of JMP 2019-10-15T23:55:08Z customers-get-deeper-into-discovery-with-the-new-version-of-jmp TUCSON, AZ (Oct 14, 2019) From Pleistocene fossils to infrared technology on a mission to map the surface of a near-Earth asteroid, JMP® statistical discovery software from SAS is helping scientists, engineers and other data analysts make a difference. In JMP Pro 15, the advanced analytics version of JMP, data scientists have more predictive modeling tools than ever. Both JMP 15 and JMP Pro 15 are launched today, 30 years after the first version of the software was released. "The higher the volume of data we collect, the greater the chance we will get some signals from them that add value and build knowledge…. It can be complicated to visualize. I really like JMP for this, especially Graph Builder, which is very practical and efficient,” said Augustin Cathignol, Principal Engineer for Product Reliability and Data Science, at Lynred, which designs high-performance infrared detector technology for probes traveling deep into space. For Sherri Gust, founder and Principal Paleontologist at Cogstone, the ability to interact with data is key. “The interactivity is one of my favorite things about JMP. You can say, ‘I’d like to explore that more and then do this,’” said Gust, who is conducting research on Ice Age fossils at Rancho La Brea in California. “Our customers can explore and understand their data even more fully with JMP 15,” said John Sall, co-founder and Executive Vice President of SAS and head of SAS' JMP business unit. “And they get instant graphical gratification with new visualization enhancements.” Sall marks the launches and 30th anniversary of JMP with his keynote speech “Import. Understand. Communicate” at analytics conference Discovery Summit Tucson this week.  JMP® 15 highlights ·         New column header graphs in the data table that show linked histograms for a quick view of the distribution of table variables. ·         Import wizard for importing and processing XML, JSON and PDF file formats. ·         Many enhancements to Graph Builder, including for Heatmap and Box Plot. ·         New hover label options that extend information available in graphs. ·         New Explore Patterns platform for investigating data integrity. ·         New Group Orthogonal Supersaturated Design platform for creating and analyzing designs with more factors than runs that have groups of correlated effects. ·         Publishing to JMP Live, a secure, private online portal for collaborating with analytics. JMP® Pro 15 highlights ·         Functional Data Explorer with workflow improvements to bypass intermediate table creation, reshaping and joins. ·         Structural Equation Modeling, a new predictive modeling platform, for modeling relationships among observed and unobserved variables. ·         New Support Vector Machines platform, providing another nonlinear machine learning technique. What other customers say about JMP® and JMP® Pro “The Functional Data Explorer platform has potential to significantly change the way we look at designing new products.” – Dan Fortune, Six Sigma Black Belt, Hexion “The PDF Import Wizard is breathtaking! I have complicated scanned PDFs with many tables, and the ability to manually select tables is just awesome!” – John Madden, Associate Professor of Pathology, Duke University “I could see the distribution of the data immediately in the header of the data table… users will find it powerful because they can check the structure of new data quickly and easily.” – Seonjin Kim, Senior Scientist, Samsung BioLogics “JMP is what has helped us be able to see the big picture more clearly and in real time.” – Tyler Wise, Project Analyst for Global Business Services, Diebold Nixdorf “I’ve never seen any single software application as transformative to scientific learning as JMP. With JMP you start seeing patterns and relationships in your data you never thought possible. It takes the guesswork and mystery out of statistics.” – Timothy Gardner, CEO and Founder, Riffyn, Inc. A fully functional 30-day trial of JMP is available free on the JMP website. About JMP SAS created JMP (pronounced “jump”) in 1989 to empower scientists, engineers and other data analysts to explore and analyze data visually and interactively. Since then, JMP has grown from a single product into a family of statistical discovery tools, each one tailored to meet specific needs. John Sall, SAS co-founder and Executive Vice President, leads the JMP business unit. About SAS SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®.   Ecosystm Expands Presence in New Zealand with the Addition of Seasoned Analysts 2019-10-15T22:55:58Z ecosystm-expands-presence-in-new-zealand-with-the-addition-of-seasoned-analysts Auckland, 16 October 2019 – Ecosystm , the global disruptive technology research and advisory platform, has announced that it has expanded its presence in New Zealand with the appointment of two seasoned principal advisors based in Auckland. Peter Wise has joined as Principal Advisor – Telecommunications and Paul Gestro comes on board as Principal Advisor – Growth and Expansion with a focus on the FinTech sector. Paul Gestro who has been appointed Principal Advisor – Growth & Expansion, is a great addition to support and drive Ecosystm’s FinTech initiatives and support global aspirations of digital Kiwi companies. Paul’s responsibility will be to support growth companies in their international expansion plans, with a focus on the payments and the FinTech sector. Gestro has more than three decades of experience lending his financial and technology expertise to organisations around the world, advising on international expansion and go-to-market strategies. He started his technology career in Europe, working in large multinational technology firms including Bull and Philips. Paul also spent eleven years with the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise driving strategies for securing foreign investment for the tech industry and guiding New Zealand companies on identifying international opportunities and global expansion. Most recently, he was head of the Asia desk for a major Australasian bank in its efforts to support its business customers offshore. Gestro adds to Ecosystm’s focus on FinTech and start-ups joining Principal Advisor Jannat Maqbool in offering consulting and advisory for the FinTech community. Ecosystm is well positioned to support the New Zealand FinTech community having recently hosted the Singapore FinTech Festival Roadshow in Wellington, and with the ability to support growth strategies of FinTech companies into international markets through Ecosystm’s existing research. Peter Wise joins Ecosystm with more than twenty years’ experience in telecommunications. He most recently spent six years at IDC New Zealand where he was initially Research Director, Consulting Lead before being subsequently appointed as Country Manager where he held responsibility for running the business in New Zealand. Prior, Wise worked as Head of Strategy for Telecom New Zealand’s Wholesale division and as General Manager Business Marketing and General Manager Consumer Product Marketing at TelstraClear. Wise strengthens Ecosystm’s telecommunications offerings alongside the recent announcement of Liam Gunson as Director, Product & Solutions who joined the team from Chorus NZ. Amit Gupta, Founder and CEO at Ecosystm, said, “We are delighted that Peter and Paul have joined Ecosystm at this time in our rapid growth in New Zealand, the FinTech sector and market expansion consulting. Together, they have more than 50 years of tech and telecommunications experience. Their skills and knowledge will be of immense benefit to both fast-growing private and public enterprises as well as government organisations who require analytical insight and deep industry experience to support their innovation agendas and transformation initiatives in the future.” For further information, please visit: www.ecosystm360.com # # # About Ecosystm Ecosystm is a new age Technology Research and Advisory platform that brings together tech buyers, vendors and analysts into one integrated platform. The firm moves away from the highly inefficient business models of traditional research firms and instead focuses on data democratisation, with an emphasis on accessibility, transparency and autonomy. With technology becoming the number one source for innovation and differentiation, and global annual spending on technology due to exceed US$5 trillion by 2020, Ecosystm aims to enable all companies to harness the power of market data to make informed decisions. Offering data and research input, sourcing and subscription services, Ecosystm promises its users in-depth and relevant research by default. For more information, please visit http://www.ecosystm360.com IT Security, Privacy and Data Management Ranked as Top Challenges Facing IT Audit Function, According to Survey from Protiviti and ISACA 2019-10-15T22:32:25Z it-security-privacy-and-data-management-ranked-as-top-challenges-facing-it-audit-function-according-to-survey-from-protiviti-and-isaca Sydney, Australia (16 October 2019) – A new study examining the key challenges impacting IT audit professionals as they navigate an evolving risk landscape in an era of digital transformation is now available. The 2019 Global IT Audit Benchmarking Study is the eighth annual audit research project conducted by global consulting firm Protiviti and ISACA, a global association helping individuals and enterprises in the IT audit/assurance, governance, risk and information security space. Based on a survey of 2,252 chief audit executives (CAEs), internal audit professionals and IT audit vice presidents and directors worldwide, the benchmarking study provides key takeaways, analysis and recommendations for business leaders. Respondents revealed the key technology challenges they face, including a dramatic increase in the importance of data and governance, the essential role of IT partnerships and the top skills they are seeking in their teams. Top Technology Challenges Asked to identify their biggest technology challenges, IT audit leaders and professionals noted the following as their top five: IT security and privacy/cybersecurity Data management and governance Emerging technology and infrastructure changes – transformation/innovation/disruption Staffing and skills challenges Third-party/vendor management “As much as organisations are focusing on cybersecurity and protecting their data, they’re still behind given the changing landscape, growing sophistication of cyber criminals, evolving regulatory requirements such as GDPR and persistent gaps and process breakdowns that emerge as part of their ongoing transformation projects,” said Andrew Struthers-Kennedy, a Protiviti managing director and global leader of the firm’s IT Audit practice. “The bottom line is IT audit cannot let its guard down.” Data Management and Governance Jumps to Second Most Important Challenge Respondents indicated that data management and governance pose the second most critical challenge to their organisations, a significant jump from its number ten spot in the 2018 survey. As organisations seek to leverage data with technologies such as RPA, AI, machine learning and continuous auditing and monitoring, IT audit functions are becoming increasingly focused on evaluating risks associated with data collection, processing and reporting. “There is considerable room for improvement in terms of the structure, quality and accuracy of the data available in most organisations. When an organisation reaches higher levels of maturity related to data management and governance, it’s much more adept at not only avoiding downside risks but also taking advantage of the opportunities for using data as an enterprise-enabled and competitive differentiator,” said Struthers-Kennedy. “Data is the lifeblood for many organisations, so IT audit functions need to ensure that key aspects of data management are considered as part of every audit and review activity.” Growing Importance of IT Partnerships IT audit functions defined as ‘leaders’ in the report have significantly increased exposure to strategic activities within the organisation, including being invited to participate in key IT department committees (e.g., IT governance and risk management, information security, IT strategy). Leaders also assess and identify technology risk on a more frequent, even continual, basis. Finally, leaders include cybersecurity in their plans on a more frequent basis than those who have lower levels of engagement and interaction with the IT department. “One of the prominent themes in this year’s survey is the importance of partnership between audit and the IT function, which is particularly essential in the area of risk management,” said Robin Lyons, ISACA technical research manager. “As these two groups work together, risk management becomes a shared, real-time effort that reduces guesswork by IT audit as to which project challenges and risks truly exist.” Lack of Skills and Resources is Pervasive Challenge Organisations in every sector are experiencing a shortage of skills and resources today in IT audit. Of the surveyed organisations with revenues ranging from US$100 million to $1 billion, nearly a third (32%) are unable to address specific areas of the annual IT audit plan due to a lack of resources and skills. The survey revealed the top five skills most in demand are: Expertise in advanced and enabling technologies (44%) Critical thinking (32%) Data science (27%) Agile methodology (20%) Communications expertise (17%) As businesses continue their digital transformation journeys, the importance of focusing on data and technology by internal audit grows. The way internal auditors engage and partner with their stakeholders, the skills they develop and deploy as part of their activities, and the tools and technologies they are familiar with and adopt are all critical areas that require focus. ### About Protiviti Protiviti (www.protiviti.com) is a global consulting firm that delivers deep expertise, objective insights, a tailored approach and unparalleled collaboration to help leaders confidently face the future. Through its network of more than 85 offices in over 25 countries, Protiviti and its independently owned Member Firms provide clients with consulting solutions in finance, technology, operations, data, analytics, governance, risk and internal audit. Named to the 2019 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, Protiviti has served more than 60% of Fortune 1000® and 35% of Fortune Global 500® companies. The firm also works with smaller, growing companies, including those looking to go public, as well as with government agencies. Protiviti is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Half (NYSE:RHI). Founded in 1948, Robert Half is a member of the S&P 500 index. About ISACA Now in its 50th anniversary year, ISACA® (isaca.org) is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. ISACA equips professionals with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organisations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its 460,000 engaged professionals—including 140,000 members—in information and cyber security, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI® Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in more than 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters worldwide and offices in both the United States and China. ### Protiviti is not licensed or registered as a public accounting firm and does not issue opinions on financial statements or offer attestation services. Editor's note: an infographic of survey highlights (in PDF or JPEG formats) and photos available upon request. SAS and Red Hat collaborate to optimize analytical capabilities across the hybrid cloud 2019-10-15T22:07:39Z sas-and-red-hat-collaborate-to-optimize-analytical-capabilities-across-the-hybrid-cloud Cary, NC (Oct 15, 2019) In an expansion to their existing collaboration, SAS is creating a best-in-class hybrid cloud analytics solution by delivering its market leading analytics on Red Hat OpenShift, the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform from Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source technologies. “The collaboration between SAS and Red Hat combines market leading analytics with the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform in Red Hat OpenShift, helping to accelerate customer adoption of analytics across the hybrid cloud,” said Red Hat President and CEO Jim Whitehurst. As companies continue to migrate to public cloud providers, Red Hat OpenShift provides a portable managed container and Kubernetes platform that can help customers manage their infrastructure across the hybrid cloud. By using SAS® Analytics in a Red Hat OpenShift environment, customers can quickly realize results while maintaining control on where to run their analytics workloads. “Combining the flexibility and scalability of SAS’ No. 1 AI and advanced analytics platform with the portability of Red Hat OpenShift, the most secure implementation of Kubernetes on the market, moves digital transformation from drawing board to finishing the last mile,” said SAS CEO Jim Goodnight. SAS® Viya® provides a modern, flexible cloud-based architecture that supports agile development and deployment of both SAS and open source AI and machine learning models in a single, governed platform. Optimizing the cloud-native design of SAS Viya in Red Hat OpenShift gives customers choice and control across hybrid environments. Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform can automate the provisioning, management and scaling of applications so that customers can focus on the development, deployment and operationalization of analytics. As model development has become democratized through access to open source software and automated machine-learning capabilities, deployment and governance remains the final hurdle. SAS Viya on Red Hat OpenShift provides a comprehensive set of capabilities for the development, deployment, lineage and explainability of models for organizations. In support of this collaboration, SAS is creating an OpenShift Center of Excellence (CoE) with joint engineering to drive the art of the possible for distributed analytics workloads in containers, Kubernetes and Red Hat OpenShift. This announcement was made at the 6th annual All Things Open Conference in Raleigh, NC, where 3,500 of the world’s top developers, technologists and decision makers gathered to discuss open source, open tech and open web in the enterprise. Red Hat, the Red Hat logo, and OpenShift are trademarks or registered trademarks of Red Hat Inc. or its subsidiaries in the US and other countries. About SAS SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®.   Data analytics and virtual assistant skills most sought after by employers, global report says 2019-10-15T21:57:26Z data-analytics-and-virtual-assistant-skills-most-sought-after-by-employers-global-report-says Data analytics and virtual assistant skills most sought after by employers, global report says 16 October, 2019: As the US Labour Department reports a slowing in hiring of traditional jobs and the Conference Board’s Help Wanted OnLine Index 1.3% during the month of September, Freelancer.com releases its Q3 Fast 50, a quarterly index of the most sought after skills, showing key skills like data analytics and virtual assistants are experiencing the biggest employer demand with growth in these fields soaring 58.9% and 55.6% respectively in the quarter. Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace globally by users and number of jobs posted: During Q3 2019 473,000 jobs were posted globally on Freelancer.com. Freelancer.com ends Q3 2019 with over 38 million users globally and 660,000 users in Australia, more than twice the number of employees working right across Agriculture, Forestry and Farming, Australia's biggest industries combined. The Freelancer.com Fast 50 Report charts the quarterly movement of the top 50 fastest growing and declining job type categories within Freelancer.com’s global online marketplace, which today includes more than 38 million people across 247 countries, regions and territories around the world. The Freelancer Fast 50 data is the leading forward indicator of trends in online jobs related to industries, technologies, products, and companies. The key takeouts from the Freelancer.com Q3 2019 Fast 50 Report include: 58.9% growth in demand for Data Analytics, from 1114 to 1770 jobs, demonstrates an increasing need for employers to seek skilled workers to analyse and interpret data and identify emerging trends. Q3 saw a 55.6% increase in jobs, from 7,925 to 12,329, for Virtual Assistants, rising from tenth to second fastest growing skill in demand, with tasks from data entry to social media posting being sought. Quarterly demand for Matlab and Mathematica, Mechanical Engineering, Algorithm declined but is expected to rebound as demand for all artificial intelligence skills increase globally. Book Writing and Translation services emerged as trends to watch. Book Writing is an interesting outlier in the Q3 2019 Fast 50, with demand growing 29.6% (2,134 to 2,766) to place it 19th in the fastest growing list. It was the only creative arts skills to crack the top 25. Translation skills in Russian shot into the number 7 spot, accompanied by English, Spanish and French at numbers 20, 21 and 24 respectively. “Large and small businesses are still hiring but not always in traditional ways. Forward thinking, innovative companies - especially those looking to streamline and scale - are increasingly looking to crowdsourcing markets like Freelancer.com to build an elastic labour force that’s on demand, high quality, speedy, and often filling gaps in niche skills requirements,” Freelancer CEO and founder Matt Barrie says.  “The demand from data analytics indicates more savvy businesses are seeking these highly specialised freelancers to help determine business decisions that increase revenue, improve operations, respond to emerging market trends and gain a competitive edge, while virtual assistants are streamlining processes and creating efficiencies and cost savings.” The Top Freelancing Jobs of the Third Quarter of 2019 The top 10 jobs which have shot up the scale this quarter are Data Analytics, Virtual Assistant, Microsoft Office, Copy Typing, Transcription, Word, Russian Translation, Bookkeeping, Email Handling and Customer Support. Russian Translation was another interesting outlier in the top 10, but English, Spanish and French Translation also saw strong gains over the quarter, indicating that freelance translators are in high demand. 1.   Data Analytics  From using big data to understand cryptocurrency to  improve firefighting it’s no surprise Data Analytics shot into the number one most in demand skill during Q3 2019 as companies grapple with making sense of increasing volumes of data. With the data analytics market forecast to grow to USD$275 billion by 2023, the 58.9% growth (from 1114 to 1770 jobs) in demand on Freelancer.com during the third quarter indicates a significant demand for crowdsourcing skills in this field to draw interpretations from data. Projects on the Freelancer.com range from developing trading strategies to understanding business trends. Despite dropping to 14th place in Q3 (from 5th in Q2 2019), demand for Data Processing Skills remains strong with continued growth at 38.6% in Q3, compared with Q2, 2019.  With most data scientists spending 80% of their time data ‘wrangling’- the process of inputting and transforming “raw” data into a format more appropriate for processing, Copy Typing remains in the top 10 most in demand skills, growing 53% (6,988 to 10,692), taking fourth place. See these projects on freelancer.com for some examples. 2.   Virtual Assistant As all the biggest tech companies scramble to create smarter AI powered virtual assistants, like Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana, Apple Siri and Google Duplex to conquer business and home administration, nothing yet beats the artificial-artificial-intelligent assistant, that is, a human virtual assistant. Demand for these Virtual Assistants via Freelancer.com saw a strong 55.6% growth in Q3 2019, from 7,925 to 12,329, rising from the 10th fastest growing in Q2, to the second fastest growing in Q3 2019.  Virtual Assistants can cover a wide range of tasks, with projects posted on Freelancer.com calling for expertise in everything from providing customer service to social media marketing and blog posting. These jobs are ideal for those who’d like to work from home or around hours required for other jobs. These versatile freelancers are well placed to see demand for their skills continue to rise as entrepreneurs, CEOs and senior management delegate administrative tasks to others so they can focus on growth. 3.  Microsoft Office The resurgence of Microsoft Office under the helm of Satya Nadella is evident in Microsoft Office shooting to the third most in demand skill this quarter. Since publishing the Freelancer Fast 50 Report, demand for Microsoft Office has been in decline until it made its first appearance in the Fast 50, growing 31.2% to place 15th in the second quarter this year (2018 to 2740) and rising a further 54.2% in Q3 (2,683 to 4,137). Volume of demand for Microsoft Excel remains higher than Microsoft Office and a similar growth trend is seen with demand for Microsoft Excel skills entering the Fast 50 in Q2 with 33.3% growth to 20th place (18,493 to 23,744) and further upward movement, 33.5% growth in Q3, to 16th place with (14,898 to 20,098). This skill set is often much more complex than just typing and data entry, with one freelancer on the platform using his Excel and programming skills to automate a task and reduce the time it took from 20 hours each week to just one hour.  4.   Copy Typing Although copy typing moves from second to fourth place, demand rose 53% (6,988 to 10,692), following a 50% rise in Q2, and remaining in the top 10 for the second quarter in a row. In addition to data cleaning, employers are seeking skilled freelancers who specialize in transferring handwritten notes into an editable format like this Australian employer needing pdf files converted to word documents. 5.   Transcription While advances in machine translation accelerate, such as facebook using mathematics for automatic translations of words, the need for human intervention is shown in Unbabel recently receiving $60m funding to adopt a blended machine and human approach to translations and live Transcription services, demonstrated in this project requiring someone to understand multiple accents. Freelancers specializing in Transcription were hired for 3,981 projects in Q3 2019, up 52.2% from Q2.  The Freelance Jobs That Saw Demand Decline Several skills in the Freelancer Fast 50 saw a decline in Q3, though these declines largely fell in job categories that saw significant rises in Q2, and could represent a reversion to the mean. The skills that saw the largest declines were Matlab and Mathematica, Mechanical Engineering, and Algorithm. Matlab and Mathematica and Algorithm skills factor heavily into Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, so it's likely these skills will see a strong rebound in demand in the months ahead. The overall picture provided by skills in decline is the fluidity of the freelancing marketplace. Skills that have seen strong rises in previous quarters saw demand fall off in Q3, while many skills that shrank in demand in previous quarters posted strong rises in Q3. While there may be some volatility in quarter-to-quarter demand, the freelance market overall remains vibrant and growing. Rising stars: the emerging jobs to watch Book Writing Book Writing and Ghost Writing for fiction and non-fiction allowed the creative arts to crack the top 25, in an otherwise administrative and technology focused skills list. Book Writing saw a 229.6% growth (2,134 to 2,766), placing it in the 19th spot for the fastest growing skill in demand by employers on Freelancer.com. In contrast, Academic Writing dropped out of the Top 25 from its number four spot in Q2 2019 indicating a seasonal need for outsourcing academic writing jobs. Translation A variety of language skills were in hot demand in Q3 2019. Russian translation dropped into the number 7 spot of most in-demand skills with a 50.9% rise.  English translation saw a 28.5% rise in demand over the quarter, from 20,402 to 26,215. Spanish and French also grew in demand by 26.5% and 24.7%, respectively.  ENDS Name Job Count Q2 2019 Job Count Q3 2019 % Increase/Decrease 1 Data Analytics 1114 1770 58.89% 2 Virtual Assistant 7925 12329 55.57% 3 Microsoft Office 2683 4137 54.19% 4 Copy Typing 6988 10692 53.01% 5 Transcription 2615 3981 52.24% 6 Word 3642 5512 51.35% 7 Russian 1371 2069 50.91% 8 Bookkeeping 1525 2234 46.49% 9 Email Handling 2134 3126 46.49% 10 Customer Support 2956 4229 43.06% 11 Freelance 1117 1573 40.82% 12 Data Entry 28706 39439 37.39% 13 Customer Service 2889 3927 35.93% 14 Data Processing 15017 20098 34.90% 15 Web Search 10610 14262 34.42% 16 Excel 23389 31233 33.54% 17 PDF 3122 4159 33.22% 18 React.js 2653 3450 30.04% 19 Book Writing 2134 2766 29.62% 20 English 20402 26215 28.49% 21 Spanish (Spain) 1223 1547 26.49% 22 Internet Research 2426 3051 25.76% 23 Digital Marketing 1419 1774 25.02% 24 French 2209 2754 24.67% 25 BPO 1428 1777 24.44% 26 C++ Programming 8060 7574 -6.03% 27 Civil Engineering 1041 970 -6.82% 28 Arduino 1814 1688 -6.95% 29 Adobe Flash 1270 1175 -7.48% 30 Machine Learning (ML) 2910 2683 -7.80% 31 Research Writing 14444 13228 -8.42% 32 Database Programming 1521 1390 -8.61% 33 Swift 2291 2091 -8.73% 34 Programming 1425 1298 -8.91% 35 Statistics 2361 2142 -9.28% 36 PCB Layout 1317 1191 -9.57% 37 Mathematics 2712 2451 -9.62% 38 Electronics 3499 3147 -10.06% 39 Objective C 3388 3032 -10.51% 40 Shopping Carts 1398 1250 -10.59% 41 Microsoft Access 1034 914 -11.61% 42 Computer Security 1240 1094 -11.77% 43 Network Administration 2159 1901 -11.95% 44 Report Writing 6791 5955 -12.31% 45 Engineering 4764 4148 -12.93% 46 Electrical Engineering 3960 3444 -13.03% 47 Statistical Analysis 1664 1422 -14.54% 48 Algorithm 3270 2782 -14.92% 49 Mechanical Engineering About ​Freelancer​ ®  Twelve-time Webby award-winning Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by total number of users and jobs posted. More than 38 million registered users have posted over 16 million jobs and contests to date in over 1,600 areas as diverse as website development, logo design, marketing, copywriting, astrophysics, aerospace engineering and manufacturing.  Freelancer owns StartCon, Australia's largest startup conference, expo and entrepreneur community established in 2009, WarriorForum.com, the world’s largest Internet marketing community & marketplace, and Escrow.com, the world’s largest provider of secure online escrow and online transaction management for consumers and businesses on the Internet. Freelancer Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange under the ticker ASX:FLN. IBM Among First Global IT Enterprises to be Appraised CMMI V2.0 LEVEL 5 2019-10-15T00:31:54Z ibm-among-first-global-it-enterprises-to-be-appraised-cmmi-v2-0-level-5 Sydney, Australia – (15 October 2019) – CMMI Institute is pleased to announce that IBM is one of the first large IT organisations to be globally appraised on CMMI V2.0 for Maturity Level 5. The highly complex appraisal involved thousands of employees, more than 500 projects, across 6 global centers and 14 countries, and covered both traditional and new age projects that are part of IBM Global Business Services under IBM Services. IBM has been a trailblazer in setting superior quality and delivery standards. This unwavering commitment is bringing rich dividend to business results and client advocacy for IBM. “The journey to CMMI V2.0 has enabled a client centric approach in our commitment to high quality delivery. It provides a direct connection between quality initiatives and our expected business results,” said Lisa Smith, Global Leader, IBM Global Business Services, IBM Services. “CMMI model has been an integral part of our journey to develop industry leading execution capability and deliver in an IBM way. This appraisal further validates our quality transformation journey to drive superior business results and higher client advocacy.” As a result of adopting CMMI V2.0 and more diligently measuring, analysing and enhancing the client experience, IBM Global Business Services improved their Net Promoter Score (NPS), a key indicator of client satisfaction and loyalty, by +16 points (LTM basis). Also, by leveraging mature practices, IBM assets and accelerators along with performance management, they were able to achieve greater than 95% on-time project performance. And, by implementing cognitive and automation to provide project managers with early warnings, in one year they were able to reduce trouble projects by 25%, resulting in greater predictability in product delivery designed to optimise business performance and achieve improved results, CMMI V2.0 enables organisation to analyse and appraise internal operations, and helps organisations measure their capabilities against best practices, pinpoint areas of improvement and achieve higher performance. An appraisal at CMMI Maturity Level 5 indicates that an organisation is performing at an “optimising” level. An organisation operating at this level continually improve their processes based on a quantitative understanding of its business objectives and performance and uses a quantitative approach to understand the variation inherent in the process and the causes of process outcomes to drive business performance. The appraisal was led by Pat O’Toole, Principal Consultant with Process Assessment, Consulting & Training (PACT). About CMMI® Institute A subsidiary of ISACA Enterprises, CMMI Institute (cmmiinstitute.com) is the global leader in the advancement of best practices in people, process, and technology. The Institute provides the tools and support for organisations to benchmark their capabilities and build maturity by comparing their operations to best practices and identifying performance gaps. For over 25 years, thousands of high-performing organisations in a variety of industries, including aerospace, finance, healthcare, software, defense, transportation, and telecommunications, have improved their performance and earned a CMMI maturity level rating and proved they are capable business partners and suppliers. About ISACA Now in its 50th anniversary year, ISACA (isaca.org) is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. Today’s world is powered by information and technology, and ISACA equips practitioners with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organisations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its 460,000 engaged practitioners—including its 140,000 members—in information and cybersecurity, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in more than 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters worldwide and offices in both the United States and China. Twitter: www.twitter.com/ISACANews LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/isaca Facebook: www.facebook.com/ISACAHQ Instagram: www.instagram.com/isacanews Contact: Julie Fenwick, jfenwick@daylightagency.com.au +61 468 901 655 Lauren Graham, lgraham@daylightagency.com.au +61 432 614 401