The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-04-07T23:51:54Z OneBlink appoints VP for North America 2021-04-07T23:51:54Z oneblink-appoints-vp-for-north-america Paul has an extraordinary record over 30 years of generating new accounts, exceeding sales targets and building enthusiastic customer relations. An experienced sales and business development executive, Paul has produced significant results for both large and small software and professional services firms, both across the US and internationally. “OneBlink is extremely excited to announce our first US based employee, and to gain someone of Paul’s calibre and experience is a huge bonus”, OneBlink C.E.O Darren Besgrove said. “While we planted the seeds for our US expansion back in 2019, COVID-19 and the ongoing restrictions on international travel really forced us to rethink how we would resource and support the North American market. We remain very positive on the opportunity and the business model for White Labelling our world class solution to ISVs who haven’t made the leap to low-code, so end-users can realise greater customisation around the ISV’s own products. Paul’s appointment is the catalyst we need the resume that expansion and engage more ISV partners under our unique White Label program.” “Be it with end-user organizations or channel partners, my clear passion is helping my clients achieve optimal business outcomes, and that same thinking from OneBlink is what attracted me to this opprtunity”, Paul said. About OneBlinkOneBlink is an Australian-headquartered ISV who has built it’s Low-code Application Development Platform on the back of AWS’ global infrastructure, and has been an AWS Advanced Technology Partner since 2015. Combining low/no-code smart forms, mobile and web app builders, with powerful developer-centric tools for integrations and workflow, IoT, API management, hosting and No-ops deployment, OneBlink is a proven solution for mid-large enterprises and government agencies seeking to digitally transform or optimise a range of business processes. Beyond AWS accreditations for Mobile and Government, OneBlink was awarded Cloud World Forum’s “Best Enterprise Mobility Solution - 2015” in London. https://www.oneblink.io Genetec enhances its Advantage comprehensive maintenance program with new privacy and performance monitoring features 2021-04-07T22:20:51Z genetec-enhances-its-advantage-comprehensive-maintenance-program-with-new-privacy-and-performance-monitoring-features Sydney, AUSTRALIA/MONTRÉAL, April 8, 2021—Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions today announced the addition of privacy and performance monitoring features to its premium maintenance program, Genetec Advantage™. In addition to software upgrades, premium support, and system monitoring, Genetec Advantage now includes licenses of KiwiVision™ Privacy Protector™ and KiwiVision™ Camera Integrity Monitor for all new and existing Genetec Advantage subscribers*. To meet the public’s growing expectations of privacy, and to comply with global regulations, the KiwiVision™ Privacy Protector™ automatically obscures individuals’ faces caught within a camera’s field of view, so security operators only see what they need to see. Being able to access unobscured footage requires an additional layer of access permissions that is only used when an event warrants an investigation. An audit trail is then maintained that shows who accessed the additional information, and why. With the addition of KiwiVision™ Camera Integrity Monitor, customers can make sure that their cameras are operational and efficient at all times. The Camera Integrity Monitor notifies operators when a camera may have been tampered with, if there is a decrease in quality, or if there are abrupt changes in the position of the camera due to environmental or human causes. This is especially useful in large systems involving hundreds or thousands of cameras where it is nearly impossible to manually check each camera’s image and field of view. “As physical security systems become increasingly complex, it is critical to know that these systems are up to date, performing as they should, and integrating the latest privacy and performance features,” said Julie Gauthier, Director of Global Operations and Technical Support at Genetec. “Genetec Advantage™ is the best way to get the most out of your Genetec solution, and ensure your system is at peak performance. By providing licenses* of KiwiVision™ Privacy Protector™ and Camera Integrity Monitor we’re adding tools to help our customers maintain the integrity of their system, and protect the privacy of individuals within view of surveillance cameras, without sacrificing security.” For more information about the Genetec Advantage program, please visit https://www.genetec.com/support/maintenance/genetec-advantage *The number of included licenses of KiwiVision™ Privacy Protector™ and Camera Integrity Monitor is based on the size of the deployment. Please contact your Advantage sales representative for more details. --ends-- About Genetec Genetec Inc. is an innovative technology company with a broad solutions portfolio that encompasses security, intelligence, and operations. The company’s flagship product, Security Center, is an open-architecture platform that unifies IP-based video surveillance, access control, automatic license plate recognition (ANPR), communications, and analytics. Genetec also develops cloud-based solutions and services designed to improve security, and contribute new levels of operational intelligence for governments, enterprises, transport, and the communities in which we live. Founded in 1997, and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Genetec serves its global customers via an extensive network of resellers, integrators, certified channel partners, and consultants in over 80 countries. For more information about Genetec, visit: www.genetec.com © Genetec Inc., 2021. Genetec, KiwiVision Privacy Protector, Genetec Clearance and the Genetec logo are trademarks of Genetec Inc. and may be registered or pending registration in several jurisdictions. Other trademarks used in this document may be trademarks of the manufacturers or vendors of the respective product. Press Contact: Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 sue@einsteinz.com.au M-Files Acquires Hubshare to Strengthen External Content Sharing and Collaboration, Deliver Best-in-Class Digital Client Experiences 2021-04-07T08:46:58Z m-files-acquires-hubshare-to-strengthen-external-content-sharing-and-collaboration-deliver-best-in-class-digital-client-experiences SYDNEY/HONG KONG – April 7th, 2021 - M-Files, the intelligent information management company, today announced the acquisition of Hubshare to bolster external content sharing and collaboration and deliver an improved digital client experience. Hubshare offers a secure digital workplace portal that enhances user and client engagement through collaborative working, secure file sharing and project management.  Now part of the M-Files product portfolio, Hubshare provides a secure information exchange platform where companies can be forerunners in driving digitalization and improving the customer experience using branded, customizable client portals. The portals can be quickly and easily tailored to meet individual client needs which drives collaboration and productivity.  "The Hubshare acquisition helps us deliver a unique digital client experience and better serve knowledge worker industries such as Professional Services, where information sharing and external collaboration are critical requirements," said Antti Nivala, founder and CEO at M-Files. "Our integrated offering takes M-Files from the back office to the frontline of our customer's business, helping provide a digital window for our customer's clients as they drive digitization across the organizations they serve."  Unlike typical file sync-based document portal solutions where information is copied from an enterprise content repository, M-Files now offers a secure and integrated solution for internal and external collaboration without data duplication. While the M-Files user experience is optimized for streamlining internal document management processes, the new Hubshare hub in M-Files provides key information such as documents, people, processes, discussions and more to external users, such as clients, via a branded portal that is optimized for an improved external user experience. This helps strengthen customer satisfaction with a better and more compliant collaboration experience. "Today, with the announcement of our acquisition, we celebrate our common vision and goal of making work smarter and collaboration more efficient for our clients," said Nicholas Child, CEO, Hubshare. "Our combined offering will undoubtedly benefit organizations across the globe seeking a more secure and integrated solution for internal and external collaboration. We are delighted to be an integral part of the M-Files journey, delivering our digital client experience and collaborative workspace solution alongside the visionary M-Files intelligent information management platform." M-Files' mission is to profoundly improve how companies do business in the digital, work-from-anywhere world. M-Files connects siloed systems, applications and repositories and provides a full view of all relevant information across an organization. Delivering connected content and intelligent automation, M-Files increases the productivity of knowledge workers, ensures a seamless digital experience, enables business continuity, and reduces business risk.    For more information on M-Files' unique intelligent information management, visit the M-Files website:  https://www.m-files.com Visit this webpage to schedule a custom M-Files product demo:  https://www.m-files.com/demo/ Tags Hubshare, digital client experience, portals, ECM, enterprise content management, content services Summary M-Files acquires Hubshare to strengthen external content sharing and collaboration, delivering best-in-class digital client experiences with secure and branded, customizable client portals. Image download https://motiveus.cloudvault.m-files.com/SharedLinks.aspx?accesskey=94912ad417f75911faf8a45c2831b33b6b1d774c6b92564f714c7786dc84c16c&VaultGUID=95372E97-0451-49F0-9CF1-D8CBB72300E3  Image capture Nicholas Child (CEO, Hubshare) and Antti Nivala (CEO, M-Files) join forces for best-in-class client portals About Hubshare Hubshare enhances user and client engagement through collaborative working, secure file-sharing and project management. The solution provides an all-in-one, flexible and customizable digital workspace that allows unlimited customer-specific portals, each one unique to each customer's requirements. Hubshare helps its worldwide users boost their productivity and facilitate external and internal collaboration. Hubshare has offices in France and distributors in the UK, Hong Kong, Australia and North America, and resellers in numerous other countries. For more information, visit hubshare.com/en/  OneBlink adds Global Distribution via AWS Marketplace 2021-04-07T03:47:09Z oneblink-adds-global-distribution-via-aws-marketplace Beginning initially with it’s LcS (or Low-code Suite) Starter Service, OneBlink can now provide customers a seamless transition from it’s 60-day Free Trial, to ‘month-to-month’ SaaS billing direct on their AWS account, regardless of where they are in the world. Prior to the initiative, software buyers would have had to contract separately with OneBlink for a subscription to LcS.      “OneBlink is proud to announce the launch of LcS in AWS Marketplace”, OneBlink C.E.O Darren Besgrove said. “As an Australian headquartered ISV we’re excited about the expansion opportunities we can develop through AWS Marketplace, both across ANZ and those parts of the world where we don’t have direct representation. Being aligned with AWS, we continue to innovate our product set and we’re pleased to be part of the program.”     Deepening the relationship with AWS, OneBlink adds Marketplace as yet another AWS achievement, coming on the back of its long-standing AWS competencies within Mobile and Government, and it’s inclusion in both AWS’ Public Sector and SaaS Programs.      OneBlink joins more than 1,000 companies on AWS Marketplace for SaaS products.      About OneBlink    OneBlink is an Australian-headquartered ISV who has built it’s Low-code Application Development Platform on the back of AWS’ global infrastructure, and has been an AWS Advanced Technology Partner since 2015.     Combining low/no-code smart forms, mobile and web app builders, with powerful developer-centric tools for integrations and workflow, IoT, API management, hosting and No-ops deployment, OneBlink is a proven solution for mid-large enterprises and government agencies seeking to digitally transform or optimise a range of business processes.      Beyond AWS accreditations for Mobile and Government, OneBlink was awarded Cloud World Forum’s “Best Enterprise Mobility Solution - 2015” in London.       https://www.oneblink.io/ Seagate first to ship over 3 Zettabytes of data storage capacity 2021-04-06T23:39:01Z seagate-first-to-ship-over-3-zettabytes-of-data-storage-capacity Sydney, Australia – April 7, 2021 – Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX), a world leader in data solutions has announced it has shipped three zettabytes of hard drive storage capacity, surpassing that milestone in March 2021. It had previously taken Seagate 36 years to ship its first zettabyte in total. It then took less than another four years to reach a total of two zettabytes shipped, and just over two more years to accomplish a total of three zettabytes shipped since the company’s founding. According to IDC, the sum of data generated globally by 2025 is set to accelerate exponentially to 175 zettabytes. Put another way, more data is created in a single hour now than in an entire year just two decades ago. A self-driving car can produce up to 32 terabytes of data in a single day, per vehicle, and a smart city can generate 2.5 petabytes of data each day. (See more examples in the infographic attached) But at the same time, Seagate’s Rethink Data report that found that, on average, only 32% of data available to enterprises is being put to work, while the remaining 68% goes unleveraged. It’s more critical than ever that storage devices and infrastructure keep up with the growth of data creation. Seagate is leading with innovations like HAMR which will help it continue to increase the capacities of HDDs and enterprise storage systems long into the future. Meanwhile, to capture the full potential of data at the zettabyte scale, Seagate is innovating with its open standards-based storage systems and software and Lyve edge-to-cloud mass storage platform to help enterprises overcome the cost and complexity of storing, moving, and activating data at scale. About Seagate Seagate Technology crafts the datasphere, helping to maximise humanity’s potential by innovating world-class, precision-engineered data storage and management solutions with a focus on sustainable partnerships. A global technology leader for more than 40 years, the company has shipped over three billion terabytes of data capacity. Learn more about Seagate by visiting www.seagate.com or following us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and subscribing to our blog. ### © 2021 Seagate Technology LLC. All rights reserved. Seagate, Seagate Technology, and the Spiral logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other countries. Media Contact Antoinette Georgopoulos Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 antoinette@einsteinz.com.au Impact Acquires Affluent to Power Agency Managed Partnership Programs at Scale 2021-04-06T22:00:00Z impact-acquires-affluent-to-power-agency-managed-partnership-programs-at-scale-1 Sydney, Australia —April 7, 2021 — Impact, the global leader in partnership automation, today announced the acquisition of Affluent, the leading analytics and automation platform designed to help agencies manage partnership programs for brands at scale. This acquisition, the second for Impact in 2021, furthers Impact’s investment in the Partnership Economy, offering brands, publishers, and now agencies world class technology solutions to successfully manage and grow their partnerships. As Google and Apple move to phase out third party cookies and the IDFA (identifier for advertisers), brands have increasingly turned to partnerships as an alternative to reach consumers in a more authentic and effective way. Impact has built an all-encompassing partnership automation solution for brands and publishers, and has acquired Affluent to further expand it’s Partnership Cloud solution for agencies who manage partnership programs on behalf of brands. Affluent enables agencies to aggregate affiliate data from multiple networks and platforms, automate and generate custom reporting, and optimise clients’ partnerships with publishers in a single platform. With Affluent, agencies can manage more clients, better optimise performance across clients, improve reporting capabilities, and ultimately, increase their revenue. Affluent’s agency clients on average have grown their client portfolio 144%. “Partnerships are surging as an effective way for brands to surpass competitors in terms of growth. But with hundreds of platforms and affiliate networks out there, agencies today require a centralised platform to effectively aggregate and analyse data to optimise the many partnership programs they manage,'' said David A. Yovanno, CEO of Impact. “With the acquisition of Affluent, Impact is committed to providing comprehensive analytics and affiliate management abilities to agencies, brands, and publishers, and to further innovation specifically for agencies.” In 2020, Affluent grew its client base by 70%, and helped agencies and advertisers manage more than 1,800 affiliate programs. Last year alone, Affluent tracked over $10 billion in brand revenue and over $1 billion in publisher commissions. “Impact has proven time and again that they are committed to advancing the Partnership Economy by providing brands, publishers, and now, agencies with best in class technology to drive growth,” said Yonatan Dotan, Founder and CEO of Affluent. “We look forward to working together to further advance our technology and enable agencies to easily manage their client portfolios, automate reports and ultimately optimise the performance of those programs across all partnership types.” Affluent was founded and backed by Aniview LTD in 2017, a leading provider of holistic video content and video ad monetisation SAAS solutions for thousands of publishers. “We at Aniview are proud and excited to hand off Affluent and its amazing team to Impact as we continue to focus on our core business of video content and ad-monetisation” said Alon Carmel Founder and Chairman of Affluent and Founder and CEO of Aniview. “It has been an exciting and extremely successful journey for us all.” This acquisition follows other recent acquisitions by Impact. In March 2021, Impact acquired Trackonomics, a supply-side platform (SSP) that aids content publishers like BuzzFeed, Business Insider, Red Ventures, and Discovery in managing content commerce programs with data about how individual links and web pages are performing. In 2020, Impact added nearly 600 new clients, and also acquired influencer marketing platform Activate. To learn more about how Impact can help drive partnership growth in a single, unified platform visit https://impact.com/ # # # About Impact Impact is the global leader in partnership automation and catalyst for the new Partnership Economy. Impact accelerates enterprise growth by automating the full partnership life cycle, including discovery, recruitment, contracting, engagement, fraud protection, optimisation, and payment processing for business partnerships of all types. Impact drives revenue growth for global enterprise brands such as Lenovo, Levi’s, L’Oreal, Ticketmaster, TUI, Uber and Walmart. Founded in Santa Barbara, CA, in 2008, Impact has grown to more than 500 employees worldwide. To learn more visit www.impact.com. About Affluent Affluent is the world's leading affiliate industry agency solution. With agency, advertiser and partner solutions, Affluent provides clients with unified access to their data, empowering them to make better decisions, scale their businesses, and broaden their reach in the partnership economy. Affluent powers global agencies like Gen3, PartnerCentric, Streamline Marketing, Thoughtmix and many more. Founded in 2017, Affluent has grown rapidly and developed a loyal user base. For more information visit www.affluent.io. Media Contact Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communicatons Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 sue@einsteinz.com.au ACS Distance Education Releases A New Course – Artificial Intelligence 2021-04-06T04:23:53Z acs-distance-education-releases-a-new-course-artificial-intelligence ACS Distance Education Releases A New Course – Artificial Intelligence We have just released a new Artificial Intelligence course that can be useful for anybody making strategic business decisions. Artificial neural networks are the building blocks of AI. The course investigates and compares human neural network with artificial neural networks. The human brain is trained to solve problems by attempting them. Similarly, AI makes use of deep learning and machine learning, while trying to resolve an issue logically in its own programming language. Learn how AI is used by businesses in marketing and customer relations. For example, AI can observe a customer’s online shopping patterns and make recommendations. The company can target market their products. Customers receive specific information and can choose the best option. AI can also be seen in industries such as horticulture and agriculture (e.g. for precision pest control), transport and logistics industry (e.g. implementing self-driven vehicles), healthcare sector (e.g. customising patient's treatment delivery). Education, leisure, environment are some other industry sectors that make use of AI. The applications for artificial intelligence are immense from agriculture, horticulture, business, automating manufacturing processes and more. During this 100 hour course you will be guided through understanding what Artificial Intelligence is and how it can be used in a business setting. Start now, learn for the future. For more information on this course, please visit our website: https://www.acs.edu.au/courses/artificial-intelligence-842.aspx   National Group, Equipped for Everything 2021-04-06T02:36:38Z national-group-equipped-for-everything A proactive approach to scaling mine production up and down in line with demand and a buoyant contract mining sector has led to Australia becoming a major market for mining equipment rental solutions. In recent years, fluctuating demand for the likes of lithium, iron ore and coal has seen brownfield operations open, expand and, in some cases, close. For this reason, the option to rent equipment from a company that has a fleet-wide availability of over 90% and can offer up to 700 operating hours per month, per unit, is in high demand. That company is Queensland-based National Group. National Group has over 300 units of heavy earthmoving equipment available for dry hire, but it is more than just a rental outfit. It can bolt on mining services, equipment transport, equipment sales and, in some cases, contract mining to this primary rental focus. This broad offering is well suited to an industry constantly looking to adapt to changes in demand from mineral and metal end users. “Our customers, which include major miners such as Rio Tinto, BHP, Anglo American and FMG to name a few, have been looking to replenish or grow their fleet at existing mines and, as capex is still fairly constrained, they continue to choose rental options over buying new equipment,” Mark Ackroyd, Founder and Managing Director of National Group, told International Mining. “They could be looking at having equipment for 12 months, two, or three years, for instance,” he said. “If they are looking to increase production or expand mine site operations, a rental option provides them with a scalable solution, allowing them to use the equipment for a period of time and give it back when it is no longer required.” This flexibility can prove worthwhile for not only mine construction projects where excavators, trucks, dozers and the like may be moving overburden ahead of ore mining, but where new satellite deposits might have come into the frame as commodity prices change for the better. In the latter situation, shifting mining equipment from a capex to opex item can make shorter mine life operation economics work. National Group and the equipment rental business case is benefitting from not only the Western Australia iron ore and gold sectors’ expansion plans, but also recent uncertainty surrounding demand for the country’s coal. Ackroyd explained: “The iron ore market has been significantly strong for the last nine or so months. It started rising in May 2020 and has continued to strengthen. That allows the key iron ore miners to spend on developing further production opportunities, which also creates an opening for us and our equipment rental options. In that regard, we have seen an increase in the need for equipment in iron ore. “At the same time, the changing dynamics with the supply of coal into China has changed the mind set of key coal miners. Whereas once they were looking to spend capex on equipment, they are now more readily considering renting as this uncertainty and the ensuing capital reductions leave them constrained.” He added on the coal market specifically: “The fact that we, as a dry hire company, can offer to rent these miners equipment that allows them to have the same or lower capex inputs with the same mine output helps boost their investment proposition with shareholders.” National Group is strengthening its offering to the market by preparing to add equipment such as Cat 6040 hydraulic excavators, Cat 24 motor graders, and Cat 793F haul trucks to its rental portfolio. The company has been able to continue building out this fleet in the face of COVID-19-related state restrictions in Australia thanks to facilities across several locations and its captive transport and logistics arm. National Group is also furthering its technology offering through the Wolff Mining division. Acquired by the National Group in mid-2019, Wolff came with large-scale satellite bulk dozer push and semi-autonomous blasthole drilling expertise. The semi-autonomous dozer push offering, now referred to as Semi-Autonomous Tractor System (SATS) technology by Wolff and National Group, won plaudits and admirers for its world first application of this solution in a mining production environment. Ackroyd said the company is continuing to invest in improving the SATS technology from a productivity and economic business case perspective. This has seen the company finance the development of a SATS truck that can travel to and park up at mine sites. The truck can accommodate multiple operators – with each operator able to control up to four dozers at a time, enabling semi-autonomous control of an entire fleet of dozers. Such a development could reduce the need to build a remote operations centre. National Group and Wolff Mining’s Semi- Autonomous Tractor System allows each operator to control up to four dozers at a time. Ackroyd expanded on this: “The new SATS truck has the latest technology – hardware and software – to enable the machines and satellites to better communicate. It will make the whole system a lot more efficient. “We’re now just waiting to deploy this truck at our next big SATS project.” Wolff’s semi-autonomous drilling offering is likely to be in high demand over the next three to five years too judging by the speed of autonomous blasthole drilling adoption across multiple mine sites in Australia. Ackroyd says the company is working on upgrading this offering in line with market trends. He said: “Fully-autonomous drilling will surely be the future, and we plan to be a part of that future.” Click here for more news from the National Group. Hitachi to Acquire GlobalLogic, a Leading U.S.-based Digital Engineering Services Company 2021-04-01T01:04:38Z hitachi-to-acquire-globallogic-a-leading-u-s-based-digital-engineering-services-company SYDNEY – 1 April 2021 --- Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, "Hitachi") today announced that it will acquire GlobalLogic Inc. (President and CEO: Shashank Samant, “GlobalLogic”), a leading U.S.-headquartered digital engineering services company. The acquisition is based on the definitive agreement among Hitachi Global Digital Holdings Corporation (“HGDH”), a U.S. subsidiary, an SPC established by HGDH for the acquisition and GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings, Inc., the parent company of GlobalLogic. The transaction is subject to customary conditions and regulatory approvals and expected to be completed by the end of July 2021. Through the acquisition, Hitachi expects the addition of GlobalLogic's advanced digital engineering capabilities, and its solid client base including major technology companies, to strengthen the digital portfolio of “Lumada.”*1 Hitachi Vantara LLC, a U.S.-based subsidiary of Hitachi and its digital infrastructure, data management, and digital solutions business, plays a key role in driving Lumada business growth in the global market. The acquisition will create synergies across Hitachi’s five sectors – IT, Energy, Industry, Mobility and Smart Life – and automotive systems business (Hitachi Astemo) by accelerating the advanced digital transformation of social infrastructure such as rail, energy, and healthcare at a global scale. Through its Social Innovation Business delivered by collaborative creation with customers, Hitachi aims to increase social, environmental, and economic value for its customers and realise a sustainable society. *1 Lumada is the name of Hitachi's advanced digital solutions and services for turning data into insights that drive digital transformation of social infrastructure. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, GlobalLogic is a leading company in the fast-growing digital engineering services market. With over 20,000 professionals in 14 countries, GlobalLogic operates design studios and software product engineering centers around the world. GlobalLogic has deep “chip-to-cloud” advanced software product engineering technology as well as experience design skills and vertical industry expertise. By combining these capabilities, GlobalLogic helps clients drive new revenue streams and incremental value for their customers by designing and developing innovative software that powers products, platforms, and digital experiences. The company has a solid client base with over 400 clients comprised of market leaders and marquee brands spanning key industries such as communications, financial services, automotive, healthcare & life sciences, technology, media and entertainment, and manufacturing. Digital transformation (DX) investment is growing at an accelerated pace globally. IDC predicts that 65% of global GDP will be digitalised by 2022 driven by products and services from digitally transformed enterprises. *2In addition, according to Zinnov (a research & advisory company specialising in Product Engineering and Digital Transformation) the total addressable market for digital engineering will grow to 1.1 trillion U.S. dollars by 2025, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19%.*3 *2 Source: IDC Press Release, October 29, 2020: IDC Reveals 2021 Worldwide Digital Transformation Predictions; 65% of Global GDP Digitalized by 2022, Driving Over $6.8 Trillion of Direct DX Investments from 2020 to 2023https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS46967420*3 Source: Zinnov Zones for Engineering & R&D Services Research (slide 3)https://zinnov.com/zinnov-zones-engineering-rd-services-2019/These figures do not include the COVID-19 effect. Digital transformation continues to be a priority for organisations everywhere, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only expanded demand for new data-driven business models, customer experiences, and connected ecosystems. However, many organisations lack the knowledge and experience to design and deploy new digital platforms. They are also challenged by the shortage of the skills required to build digital-native products, and to design new interaction models and digital experiences, such as new digital ways of shopping or new models for delivering and receiving healthcare. Against this backdrop, the demand for GlobalLogic’s services is growing rapidly, and the combined company has greater access to this massive market opportunity. Hitachi has been promoting initiatives to transform and provide more advanced and intelligent social infrastructure, such as rail and energy, using its digital technology, in order to achieve a transformation into a global leader in the Social Innovation Business. As part of its 2021 Mid-term Management Plan, Hitachi previously committed to the strategy to make growth investments of 1 trillion yen in the IT sector*4, primarily through Hitachi Vantara, to strengthen digital capabilities including digital products, solutions, partnerships, front and delivery capabilities. GlobalLogic will be an integral part and a growth engine of Hitachi’s portfolio of Lumada digital solutions and services. *4 Hitachi, Ltd., IT Sector’s presentation material at Hitachi IR Day 2019.https://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/month/2019/06/190604/20190604_01_it_presentation_en.pdf Toshiaki Higashihara, President & CEO of Hitachi, said “The acquisition of GlobalLogic creates an exciting new opportunity for Hitachi to expand our offerings of Lumada solutions and services, provide value to customers in their digital transformation journey, and grow our Lumada business globally. The synergy of GlobalLogic’s leading experience design and innovation with Hitachi's expertise in IT, operational technology, and products, will help us realise our goal to be the leading digital transformation innovator in social infrastructure worldwide. Together, we will create new social, environmental and economic value for our globally expanding client companies and elevate QoL (quality of life) for people through contributions to realise sustainable society.” “Companies in every industry are transforming with digital technology – to better engage customers, create new revenue streams and drive a higher quality of life.” said Shashank Samant, President and CEO, GlobalLogic. “We have a tremendous opportunity ahead and we are excited to embark on this journey with Hitachi, combining our collective skills, technologies, and market presence to deliver greater value to our clients as they transform their businesses.” GlobalLogic’s revenues are expected to reach approx. 1.2 billion U.S. dollars (approx. 129.6 billion yen*5) with adjusted EBITDA*6 margins to be over 20% in fiscal 2021. With a high profitability profile and strong revenue CAGR, GlobalLogic will aim to achieve adjusted EBITDA of over 1 billion U.S. dollars (approx. 108.0 billion yen) by fiscal 2028. HGDH and GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings have agreed on an equity value of 8.5 billion U.S. dollars (approx. 918.0 billion yen) with an enterprise value of 9.5 billion U.S. dollars (approx. 1,026.0 billion yen). This represents about 37.4x in CY2021 and 29.4x in CY2022 of expected adjusted EBITDA respectively and are within the calculation range of Hitachi’s comparable company analysis and the discounted cash flow method. The total acquisition cost, including repayment of GlobalLogic’s interest-bearing debt, is expected to be 9.6 billion U.S. dollars (approx. 1,036.8 billion yen). *5 Converted at the rate of 108 yen to the U.S. dollar.*6 EBITDA on a standalone basis, adjusted for stock-based compensation and non-recurring one-time costs. Hitachi will acquire GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings through a merger involving MergeCo H Global Inc. (“SPC”), a subsidiary established by HGDH for the purpose of the transaction. In this acquisition, the “reverse triangular merger method” will be adopted. Specifically, SPC will be merged with and into GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings, which will be the surviving company. When the companies are merged, HGDH or SPC will provide cash to the shareholders of GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings after which all the outstanding shares of GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings will be cancelled. All the shares of SPC held by HGDH will be converted to common shares of GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings, the surviving company. In this way, HGDH will acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings, the surviving company, and GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings and GlobalLogic will become wholly owned subsidiaries of HGDH. Closing of the transaction is anticipated by the end of July 2021 and is subject to customary conditions and regulatory approvals. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC acted as financial advisor to Hitachi in connection with the transaction and Shearman & Sterling LLP served as legal advisor. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as financial advisors and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor to GlobalLogic.For further details about GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings, financial results, shares and other financial information see the full release here: https://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/month/2021/03/f_210331.pdf Cautionary StatementCertain statements found in this document may constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such “forward-looking statements” reflect management’s current views with respect to certain future events and financial performance and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “intend,” “plan,” “project” and similar expressions which indicate future events and trends may identify “forward-looking statements.” Such statements are based on currently available information and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in the “forward-looking statements” and from historical trends. Certain “forward-looking statements” are based upon current assumptions of future events which may not prove to be accurate. Undue reliance should not be placed on “forward-looking statements,” as such statements speak only as of the date of this report. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in any “forward-looking statement” and from historical trends include, but are not limited to: • exacerbation of social and economic impacts of the spread of COVID-19;• economic conditions, including consumer spending and plant and equipment investment in Hitachi’s major markets, as well as levels of demand in the major industrial sectors Hitachi serves;• exchange rate fluctuations of the yen against other currencies in which Hitachi makes significant sales or in which Hitachi’s assets and liabilities are denominated;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to access, or access on favorable terms, liquidity or long-term financing;• uncertainty as to general market price levels for equity securities, declines in which may require Hitachi to write down equity securities that it holds;• fluctuations in the price of raw materials including, without limitation, petroleum and other materials, such as copper, steel, aluminium, synthetic resins, rare metals and rare-earth minerals, or shortages of materials, parts and components;• estimates, fluctuations in cost and cancellation of long-term projects for which Hitachi uses the percentage-of-completion method to recognise revenue from sales;• increased commoditisation of and intensifying price competition for products;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to attract and retain skilled personnel;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to continue to develop and market products that incorporate new technologies on a timely and cost-effective basis and to achieve market acceptance for such products;• fluctuations in demand of products, etc. and industry capacity;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to implement measures to reduce the potential negative impact of fluctuations in demand of products, etc., exchange rates and/or price of raw materials or shortages of materials, parts and components;• credit conditions of Hitachi’s customers and suppliers;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to achieve the anticipated benefits of its strategy to strengthen its Social Innovation Business;• uncertainty as to the success of acquisitions of other companies, joint ventures and strategic alliances and the possibility of incurring related expenses;• uncertainty as to the success of restructuring efforts to improve management efficiency by divesting or otherwise exiting underperforming businesses and to strengthen competitiveness;• general socioeconomic and political conditions and the regulatory and trade environment of countries where Hitachi conducts business, particularly Japan, Asia, the United States and Europe, including, without limitation, direct or indirect restrictions by other nations on imports and differences in commercial and business customs including, without limitation, contract terms and conditions and labour relations;• the potential for significant losses on Hitachi’s investments in equity-method associates and joint ventures;• uncertainty as to the success of cost structure overhaul;• the possibility of disruption of Hitachi’s operations by natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, the spread of infectious diseases, and geopolitical and social instability such as terrorism and conflict;• uncertainty as to the outcome of litigation, regulatory investigations and other legal proceedings of which the Company, its subsidiaries or its equity-method associates, and joint ventures have become or may become parties;• the possibility of incurring expenses resulting from any defects in products or services of Hitachi;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to maintain the integrity of its information systems, as well as Hitachi’s ability to protect its confidential information or that of its customers;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s access to, or ability to protect, certain intellectual property; and• uncertainty as to the accuracy of key assumptions Hitachi uses to evaluate its employee benefit-related costs.The factors listed above are not all-inclusive and are in addition to other factors contained elsewhere in this report and in other materials published by Hitachi. WatchGuard report uncovers massive increases in endpoint attacks, rising encrypted malware rates, new exploits targeting IoT devices, and more 2021-03-30T22:06:10Z watchguard-report-uncovers-massive-increases-in-endpoint-attacks-rising-encrypted-malware-rates-new-exploits-targeting-iot-devices-and-more SEATTLE – March 30, 2021 – WatchGuard® Technologies, a global leader in network security and intelligence, multi-factor authentication (MFA), advanced endpoint protection, and secure Wi-Fi, today released its Internet Security Report for Q4 2020. The report includes exciting new insights based on endpoint threat intelligence following WatchGuard’s acquisition of Panda Security in June 2020. Among its most notable findings, the report reveals that fileless malware and cryptominer attack rates grew by nearly 900% and 25% respectively, while unique ransomware payloads plummeted by 48% in 2020 compared to 2019. Additionally, the WatchGuard Threat Lab found that Q4 2020 brought a 41% increase in encrypted malware detections over the previous quarter and network attacks hit their highest levels since 2018. “The rise in sophisticated, evasive threat tactics last quarter and throughout 2020 showcases how vital it is to implement layered, end-to-end security protections,” said Corey Nachreiner, chief technology officer at WatchGuard. “The attacks are coming on all fronts, as cyber criminals increasingly leverage fileless malware, cryptominers, encrypted attacks and more, and target users both at remote locations as well as corporate assets behind the traditional network perimeter. Effective security today means prioritising endpoint detection and response, network defenses and foundational precautions such as security awareness training and strict patch management.” WatchGuard’s quarterly Internet Security Reports inform businesses, their partners and end customers about the latest malware, endpoint and network attack trends as they emerge. Key findings from the Q4 2020 report include: Fileless malware attacks skyrocket – Fileless malware rates in 2020 increased by 888% over 2019. These threats can be particularly dangerous due to their ability to evade detection by traditional endpoint protection clients and because they can succeed without victims doing anything beyond clicking a malicious link or unknowingly visiting a compromised website. Toolkits like PowerSploit and CobaltStrike allow threat actors to easily inject malicious code into other running processes and remain operational even if the victim’s defenses identify and remove the original script. Deploying endpoint detection and response solutions alongside preventative anti-malware can help identify these threats. Cryptominers on the rise following 2019 lull – After virtually all cryptocurrency prices crashed in early 2018, cryptominer infections became far less prevalent and reached a low of 633 unique variant detections in 2019. That said, attackers continued adding cryptominer modules to existing botnet infections and extract passive income from victims while abusing their networks for other cyber crime. As a result, and with prices trending upward again in Q4 2020, the volume of cryptominer malware detections climbed more than 25% over 2019 levels to reach 850 unique variants last year. Ransomware attack volumes continue to shrink – For the second year in a row, the number of unique ransomware payloads trended downward in 2020, falling to 2,152 unique payloads from 4,131 in 2019 and the all-time-high of 5,489 in 2018. These figures represent individual variants of ransomware that may have infected hundreds or thousands of endpoints worldwide. The majority of these detections resulted from signatures originally implemented in 2017 to detect WannaCry and its related variants, showing that ransomworm tactics are still thriving over three years after WannaCry burst onto the scene. The steady decline in ransomware volume indicates the attackers’ continued shift away from the unfocused, widespread campaigns of the past toward highly targeted attacks against healthcare organizations, manufacturing firms and other victims for which downtime is unacceptable. Encrypted, evasive malware attacks see double-digit growth – Despite being the fourth consecutive quarter of decreasing malware volumes overall, nearly half (47%) of all attacks WatchGuard detected at the network perimeter in Q4 were encrypted. Additionally, malware delivered via HTTPS connections increased by 41%, while encrypted zero day malware (variants that circumvent antivirus signatures) grew by 22% over Q3. Botnet malware targeting IoT devices and routers becomes a top strain – In Q4, the Linux.Generic virus (also known as “The Moon”) made its debut on WatchGuard’s list of top 10 malware detections. This malware is part of a network of servers that directly targets IoT devices and consumer-grade network devices like routers to exploit any open vulnerabilities. WatchGuard’s investigation uncovered Linux-specific malware designed for ARM processors and another payload designed for MIPS processors within the attacker’s infrastructure, indicating a clear focus on evasive attacks against IoT devices. SolarWinds breach illustrates the perils of supply chain attacks – The sophisticated, allegedly state-sponsored SolarWinds supply chain breach will have wide implications throughout the security industry for years to come. Its effects spread far beyond SolarWinds to almost 100 companies, including some major Fortune 500s, big security companies, and even the US government. WatchGuard’s detailed incident breakdown showcases the importance of defending against supply chain attacks in today’s interconnected digital ecosystem. New trojan dupes email scanners with multi-payload approach – Trojan.Script.1026663 made its way onto WatchGuard’s top five most-widespread malware detections list in Q4. The attack begins with an email asking victims to review an order list attachment. The document triggers a series of payloads and malicious code that ultimately lead the victim machine to load the final attack: the Agent Tesla remote access trojan (RAT) and keylogger. Network attack volume approaches 2018 peak – Total network attack detections grew by 5% in Q4, reaching their highest level in over two years. Additionally, total unique network attack signatures showed steady growth as well with a 4% increase over Q3. This shows that even as the world continues to operate remotely, the corporate network perimeter is still very much in play as threat actors continue to target on-premises assets. In Q4, WatchGuard appliances blocked a total of more than 20.6 million malware variants (456 per device) and nearly 3.5 million network threats (77 detections per appliance). WatchGuard Fireboxes collectively blocked 455 unique attack signatures in Q4 – a 4% increase over Q3 and the most since Q4 2018. WatchGuard’s quarterly research reports are based on anonymised Firebox Feed data from active WatchGuard appliances whose owners have opted in to share data to support the Threat Lab’s research efforts. Additionally, the report’s new endpoint threat intelligence provides deeper insight into specific malware attacks and trends throughout the year 2020 based on over 2.5 million unique payload alerts gathered from 1.7 million endpoints across 92 countries. The full report includes details on additional malware and attack trends from Q4 2020, a detailed analysis of the infamous SolarWinds supply chain attack, and key security best practices for readers. Read WatchGuard’s complete Q4 2020 Internet Security Report here: https://www.watchguard.com/wgrd-resource-center/security-report-q4-2020 About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader in network security, secure Wi-Fi, multi-factor authentication, advanced endpoint protection, and network intelligence. The company’s award-winning products and services are trusted around the world by nearly 18,000 security resellers and service providers to protect more than 250,000 customers. WatchGuard’s mission is to make enterprise-grade security accessible to companies of all types and sizes through simplicity, making WatchGuard an ideal solution for midmarket businesses and distributed enterprises. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit WatchGuard.com. For additional information, promotions and updates, follow WatchGuard on Twitter @WatchGuard on Facebook or on the LinkedIn Company page. Also, visit our InfoSec blog, Secplicity, for real-time information about the latest threats and how to cope with them at www.secplicity.org. Subscribe to The 443 – Security Simplified podcast at Secplicity.org, or wherever you find your favorite podcasts. WatchGuard is a registered trademark of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. All other marks are property of their respective owners. ENDS Seagate On-Demand Lyve Data Transfer Services Simplify Edge-to-Cloud Workflows 2021-03-30T22:00:00Z seagate-on-demand-lyve-data-transfer-services-simplify-edge-to-cloud-workflows Sydney, Australia — March 31, 2021 — Seagate Technology, plc (NASDAQ: STX), a world leader in data storage infrastructure solutions, today launched Lyve™ Data Transfer Services with its fleet of Lyve Mobile data shuttles, arrays, and services, enabling businesses to move mass data quickly, securely, and simply from edge to private, public, or hybrid clouds. The new Lyve Data Transfer Services on-demand, web-based purchasing model enables customers to pay only for what they need, when they need it. Businesses are generating massive amounts of data. Seagate’s Rethink Data report notes that enterprise data is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 42.2% over the next two years. And a new Seagate-commissioned IDC survey found that enterprises frequently move this data among different storage locations, including endpoints, edge, and cloud. In over a thousand businesses surveyed, more than half move data between storage locations daily, weekly, or monthly, and their average total of physical data transferred is 473TB. The faster they can move this data from edge to core to cloud, the more quickly they can unlock insights and derive value from their data. Seagate’s Lyve Data Transfer Services solution consists of Lyve Mobile modular and scalable hardware, purpose-built for simple and secure mass-capacity edge data storage, lift-and-shift initiatives, and other data movement for the enterprise. These products are cloud-vendor agnostic and can be integrated seamlessly with public or private cloud data centers and providers. Lyve Data Transfer Services are now available through Seagate’s web site; customers simply sign up for Seagate’s data transfer services via a flexible subscription that scales up or down to meet evolving storage needs. Florian Baumann, chief technical officer of Automotive and AI at Dell, stated “Moving hundreds of terabytes of data from a fleet of vehicles to the data center poses numerous challenges for our customers. Seagate’s Lyve Data Transfer Services offer a great solution by physically moving data. It’s a simple and scalable solution and fills a gap that our customers had in the data gravity process.” “We have a remote production project called ‘The Ripple Effect’ in which we have a network bandwidth of only 35Mbit/sec, making it difficult to push 4K ARRI raw video footage through,” said Dane Brehm, production technologist & digital imaging technician of the Entertainment Technology Center. “Lyve Data Transfer Services make it possible to transfer and move 4K production footage to our cloud data center at the end of each day, quickly ingesting and moving the data, saving us time and money.” Ashish Naik, principal business development manager, ADAS & Autonomous Driving at NI, noted “Our focus is on increasing the quality of data while minimising the total cost of data. We achieve this through precise and smart acquisition from new sensor interfaces as well as accurate and tight synchronisation. These datasets are increasing exponentially in volume, velocity, and length. Seagate’s Lyve Data Transfer Services enable us to move mass data using Lyve Mobile to a centralised point, giving engineers simple and easy access to the mass data our testing processes collect.” “With only a fraction of enterprise data being put to work due to economics and storage complexities, Seagate has simplified how mass capacity data is securely captured, aggregated, transported, and managed,” said Jeff Fochtman, senior vice president of marketing at Seagate Technology. “Our Lyve portfolio gives the distributed enterprise a simple and innovative mass-data storage solution to lower overall storage TCO, move, scale, and monetise data, helping them drive value and growth.” Learn more about Seagate’s complete Lyve portfolio and the Lyve use cases for storing, moving and activating data at the Datasphere 2021 virtual event. Please register here for today’s event. Pre-registrants could win 1PB of business storage for a year. About Seagate Technology Seagate Technology crafts the datasphere, helping to maximise humanity’s potential by innovating world-class, precision-engineered data storage and management solutions with a focus on sustainable partnerships. A global technology leader for more than 40 years, the company has shipped over three billion terabytes of data capacity. Learn more about Seagate by visiting www.seagate.com or following us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and subscribing to our blog. ### Media Contact: Einsteinz Communications Antoinette Georgopoulos or Pru Quinlan antoinette@einsteinz.com.au or pru@einsteinz.com.au +61 2 8905 0995 ©2021 Seagate Technology LLC. All rights reserved. Seagate, Seagate Technology, and the Spiral logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other countries. Lyve is a trademark or registered trademark of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliated companies in the United States and/or other countries. Tricentis Acquires Leading Performance Testing Company Neotys 2021-03-30T22:00:00Z tricentis-acquires-leading-performance-testing-company-neotys-1 Sydney, Australia — March 31, 2021 — Tricentis, the world’s #1 testing platform for modern cloud and enterprise applications, announced the acquisition of Neotys, a leading performance testing company. As organisations grapple with the increased number of cloud-native, mobile, and enterprise packaged applications, the need for an integrated, end-to-end approach to test automation has never been greater. With this acquisition, Tricentis will further expand its AI-driven, end-to-end continuous testing platform to offer the most comprehensive testing solution to accelerate software delivery and innovation. Neotys’ flagship product, NeoLoad, will be added to the Tricentis portfolio, giving customers an enterprise-grade performance testing solution with the broadest coverage of enterprise packaged applications, including SAP, Salesforce, Oracle, Microsoft, ServiceNow, Snowflake, and Workday. NeoLoad is the leading performance testing offering on the market for enterprises looking to verify application response time, availability, and scalability for mobile, web, and packaged applications. NeoLoad provides testers and developers with automatic test design and maintenance, the most realistic user behaviour simulation, fast root cause analysis, and built-in integrations with the entire DevOps toolchain. More than 600 enterprise customers, including BNP Paribas, Dell, Lufthansa, McKesson, and Verizon utilise NeoLoad for comprehensive performance testing. “We are excited to welcome the Neotys team to Tricentis as we join forces to accelerate enterprises’ digital transformation with automated software testing,” said Sandeep Johri, chief executive officer at Tricentis. “The combination of Tricentis and Neotys will further enable organisations to ensure consistent quality across all software releases by taking a standardised approach to delivering continuous performance, reliability, and scalability from development to production.” Together, Tricentis and Neotys deliver the industry’s most complete solution to dramatically accelerate software delivery, reduce costs, and improve quality across custom and enterprise applications. “We are looking forward to joining Tricentis, the industry leader in continuous testing,” said Thibaud Bussière, president and co-founder at Neotys. “Today’s Agile and DevOps teams are looking for ways to be more strategic and eliminate manual tasks and implement automated solutions to work more efficiently and effectively. As part of Tricentis, we’ll be able to eliminate laborious testing tasks to allow teams to focus on high-value analysis and performance engineering.” For more information, visit https://www.tricentis.com/blog/announcing-tricentis-neotys-acquisition/ and read the blog from Tricentis CEO Sandeep Johri. Join the webinar on March 30 - https://www.tricentis.com/events/behind-the-tricentis-neotys-acquisition/ . About Tricentis Tricentis is the global leader in enterprise continuous testing, widely credited for reinventing software testing for DevOps, cloud, and enterprise applications. The Tricentis AI-based, continuous testing platform provides a new and fundamentally different way to perform software testing. An approach that’s totally automated, fully codeless, and intelligently driven by AI. It addresses both agile development and complex enterprise apps, enabling enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation by dramatically increasing software release speed, reducing costs, and improving software quality. Tricentis has been widely recognised as the leader by all major industry analysts, including being named the leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant five years in a row. Tricentis has more than 1,400 customers, including the largest brands in the world, such as McKesson, Accenture, Nationwide Insurance, Allianz, Telstra, Rockwell Automation, and Vodafone. To learn more, visit https://www.tricentis.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Media Contacts Antoinette Georgopoulos Einsteinz Communications antoinette@einsteinz.com.au DDLS launches advisory consultancy DDLS People 2021-03-30T04:00:06Z ddls-launches-advisory-consultancy-ddls-people DDLS, Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training, has expanded its business operations with the launch of its new advisory consultancy brand, DDLS People.The new business unit builds off DDLS’ 20-year history of delivering complex logistics and supply chain projects, as well as learning and development activities to the Australian government, primarily the Department of Defence.DDLS People will continue to provide these services to the Department of Defence, while increasing and improving its offering to include strategic advisory and project management services. The new investment is aimed at expanding the company’s reach into the greater public sector, as well as private enterprises.Jon Lang, CEO of DDLS commented, “This is an exciting step for DDLS as we continue to expand our reach into strategic advisory services. The launch of DDLS People is our commitment to innovate the way we service our clients with skilled consultancy. DDLS People has a long and established history working with the Department of Defence and a range of Government organisations and corporations to deliver successful programs and outcomes.”DDLS People provides services to some of the largest agencies within the Department of Defence and has a solid track record of delivering results with commitment and passion over two decades. Since its inception, DDLS People has delivered over 200 Defence projects and upwards of 1,000 logistics systems training courses per year, to organisations such as the Navy, Army and Air Force.“We help organisations test and implement a range of project and program management methodologies depending on their businesses requirements. These methodologies drive a path towards workflow optimisation to improve business productivity and profitability, while ensuring compliance. We also develop large-scale customised training programs for organisations and deliver these via flexible modalities including face-to-face classroom learning and more recently a virtual classroom model to facilitate remote learning,” added Karen Smith, DDLS People Account Director.DDLS People has expertise across four key competencies:Learning & DevelopmentThe delivery of custom end-to-end learning and development outcomes for organisations, which are aligned to overall business strategies and delivered via traditional face-to-face, blended classroom learning, virtual classrooms, e-learning or remote learning.Logistics & Supply ChainAdvisory services across the full suite of supply chain strategy, management, planning, analysis, performance, optimisation, assurance, and reporting. DDLS People collaboratively creates the most effective and efficient solution for any aspect of an Integrated Logistics Support or supply chain project.Portfolio, Program & Project ManagementDDLS People delivers multi-year, multi-million-dollar business and technology initiatives. The team comprises a mix of qualified program directors, project and change managers, project controllers including schedulers, risk managers, assurance, and cost estimation experts, as well as program and project administrative support personnel.Strategic & Management ConsultingManagement experts bring considerable industry knowledge to objectively assess high-level business challenges, utilising a range of methodologies including desktop reviews, facilitated workshops, business process mapping, co-designed solution options, SWOT, ‘what if’ and scenario analysis, benchmarking, and balanced scorecards.The DDLS Portfolio of business units now consists of DDLS Training, The Australian Institute of ICT and DDLS People, with eight offices across Australia and Asia.For more information on DDLS People, visit https://www.ddlspeople.com.au.- END -About DDLSDDLS is Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training and Australia’s number one cybersecurity training provider. We partner with world-class companies to help organisations and individuals remain up to date with new processes, technology, and platforms to reduce risk and enable efficient business practices. DDLS promotes a balanced approach to training with a focus on the key areas of Technology, Process and People. We provide extensive training options tailored to your organisation’s needs – from vendor-certified courses to customised training, including bespoke in-house developed courses.About DDLS PeopleDDLS People has been providing strategic and advisory services in learning and development, logistics and program and project management for 20 years. We are a specialist team of experienced professionals who help analyse and understand your business challenges, and work with you to create and implement solutions. The business has a long and successful history with the Department of Defence, and we have broadened our client base to include a range of Government organisations and corporations. Tech Device Offers Entertainment Without the Screen Dramas: G-mee Play delivers balanced road trip entertainment these holidays 2021-03-29T21:31:51Z tech-device-offers-entertainment-without-the-screen-dramas-g-mee-play-delivers-balanced-road-trip-entertainment-these-holidays 55% of Australians are planning a road trip this year and with the Easter school holidays beginning soon, experts in child focussed technology and behaviour are warning parents of the dangers of screen time during travel and suggesting a change in the device they offer their kids. Aussie developed G-mee Play is one device that allows kids of today to enjoy the portable entertainment experiences their parents once enjoyed, without the dangers of excess screen time. Meet two Aussie dads working together and using their expertise to help families find the balance for meaningful screen time, just in time for the holidays. Brad Marshall is The Unplugged Psychologist who says that COVID-19 has changed the relationship that young children (4-14 years) have with technology. He also says that school holidays can be one of the most difficult times to manage screen use in a family, especially when there are long stretches of travel or a road trip involved. “In my experience parents set out with an ideal plan in their head around limiting kids screen use so they can reconnect with each other, but when the stress of travel hits, that all flies out the window,” Mr Marshall explains. “I’m sure there are plenty of parents who thought they would just use the tablet or phone for small bursts in the car, and before you know it it’s a screaming match in the hotel foyer or restaurant as your kids are glued to the screen.” “The G-mee Play allows kids to downtime through music or audio books without the visual rabbit hole that can detract from the human experiences of the quintessential Aussie family holiday,” Mr Marshall commented. Charlie Brown is the tech expert and father behind the Aussie innovation, G-mee Play – a smart device that was created with young users – and their parents - in mind. For families with young digital users (5-14 years), G-mee Play encourages auditory forms of entertainment so that young eyes can see more of the world around them to enjoy a more balanced relationship with technology on the road and in life. “Parents all remember their portable cassette and CD players, and how they were entertained on family trips. G-mee Play offers kids these entertainment experiences but delivers them via apps that are approved by their parents, like streaming music, podcasts, audio books and mindfulness exercises” said Mr Brown. “There’s so much to see on a road trip, and the G-mee Play encourages kids to use their ears for entertainment, and while doing so, they are also seeing nature, different towns and landmarks as they travel with their family.” “With the G-mee Play, kids can have a personal entertainment experience and parents can allow or not allow the apps accessed on the journey by using the built in pin lock parental controls. This creates a managed adventure for the kids within the approved apps accessible on the device. By selecting audio entertainment apps only, the whole family can be entertained, but their eyes will be free to look elsewhere.” The G-mee Play smart player RRP is $99.95 and available via g-mee.com, Amazon.com.au, ebay.com.au, catch.com.au. INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Charlie Brown, G-mee Play creator and father, discusses how parents can take back the power of kids’ technology use on road trips for a more meaningful journey. Brad Marshall, The Unplugged Psychologist, discusses the technology pitfalls parents may fall into during holiday road trips and how to avoid arguing with kids about technology use. For more information on G-mee, visit www.g-mee.com. ENDS Editor’s Note: Interview Opportunity: G-mee creator, Charlie Brown, is available for interview on request.High quality imagery availableB-Roll footage available For further information, imagery and media enquiries contact:Maria Crema, Crema PR, m: 0402 239 929, e: maria@cremapr.com.au More information: Kids and cyber safetyIn 2020, just under half (46%) of Australian children aged 6 to 13 used a mobile phone, up from 41% in 2015(4). In the 14-17 age bracket, 9 in 10 Australian teens have a mobile phone(5). Interestingly, nearly 6 in 10 young people (8-17 years) who reported a negative experience online, identified emotional and/or psychological impacts as a result(2).A majority (94%) of parents identify their child's online safety as a priority, however parents lack confidence in dealing with certain negative online experiences their child may face, such as cyberbullying and online threats(3). Sources:Tourism Australia researchOffice of the eSafety Commissioner – State of Play – Youth, kids and digital dangerseSafety Research Parenting Digital AgeACMA – Kids and mobiles: How Australian children are using mobile phonesRoy Morgan Single Source Australia, July 2015 – June 2016 Gartner Identifies Top 10 Government Technology Trends for 2021 2021-03-29T03:16:59Z gartner-identifies-top-10-government-technology-trends-for-2021 Sydney, 29 March 2021 — Research and advisory firm Gartner has published a list of the top 10 government technology trends for 2021 that have the potential to accelerate digital innovation and optimise or transform public services.Gartner’s top 10 strategic technology trends for government this year arise from the challenges wrought from the pandemic and the need for flexible operating models that support significant disruptions.“The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred the acceleration of digital innovation across the government sector around the world, presenting government leaders with new opportunities to use data and technologies to build trust, agility and resilience in public institutions,” said Rick Howard, research vice president at Gartner. “While pandemic-related challenges will continue for some time, technology trends have emerged that address critical challenges in areas such as security, cost containment and citizen experience.”Gartner’s list of strategic technology trends is directly linked to public administration and policy issues that government leaders must address. Government CIOs can use this list to identify technology trends that best address their post-pandemic recovery priorities and establish the rationale, timing and priority of technology investments. Accelerated Legacy ModernisationGovernments have experienced the limitations and risks posed by decades-old legacy infrastructure and core systems. To be better equipped to deal with the next disruption, government CIOs are accelerating the move to modern, modular architectures. While the need for legacy modernisation is not new to government CIOs, the challenges related to the pandemic have only served to heighten the awareness of the resulting risks and the need for it.Gartner predicts that by 2025, over 50% of government agencies will have modernised critical core legacy applications to improve resilience and agility. Adaptive SecurityAn adaptive security approach treats risk, trust and security as a continuous and adaptive process that anticipates and mitigates constantly evolving cyber threats. This approach features components for prediction, prevention, detection and response. It forgoes traditional notions of perimeter, assuming there is no boundary for safe and unsafe, a necessary conceptual shift given the migration to cloud services. Gartner predicts that 75% of government CIOs will be directly responsible for security outside of IT by 2025, to include operational and mission-critical technology environments. Anything as a Service (XaaS)XaaS is a cloud-only sourcing strategy that embraces acquiring the full range of business and IT services on a subscription basis. Pandemic response and the critical need for digital service delivery have exacerbated pressures to modernise legacy applications and infrastructure. XaaS offers an alternative to legacy infrastructure modernisation, provides scalability and reduces time to deliver digital services. Gartner predicts that 95% of new IT investments made by government agencies will be made as a service solution by 2025. Case Management as a Service (CMaaS)Case work is the predominant workstyle of government, with the entire legacy-heavy portfolio of monolithic case management point solutions found in many departments. CMaaS is a new way to build institutional agility by applying composable business principles and practices, to replace legacy case management systems with modular products that can be rapidly assembled, disassembled and recomposed in response to changing business needs.Gartner predicts that by 2024, government organisations with a composable case management application architecture will implement new features at least 80% faster than those without. Citizen Digital IdentityDigital identity is the ability to prove an individual’s identity via any government digital channel that is available to citizens, which is critical for inclusion and access to government services. Digital identity ecosystems are quickly evolving and leading governments to assume new roles and responsibilities. The topic is high on political agendas, so government CIOs must link digital identity to salient use cases. Gartner predicts that a true global, portable, decentralised identity standard will emerge in the market by 2024, to address business, personal, social and societal, and identity-invisible use cases. Composable Government EnterpriseThe composable government enterprise is any government organisation that adopts composable design principles. This enables them to extend the reuse of capabilities and continuously adapt to changing regulatory, legislative and public expectations. CIOs are embracing composable government to overcome existing, siloed approaches to managing services, systems and data that limit the ability of governments to adapt to the rapidly evolving needs of the emerging digital society.Gartner predicts that 50% of technology companies that provide products and services to the government will offer packaged business capabilities to support composable applications by 2023. Data Sharing as a ProgramData sharing is often ad hoc in government, driven by high-profile use cases such as child protection incidents or gender violence that cannot easily be generalised. Data sharing as a program moves it into being a scalable service, with multiple reusable capabilities, supporting the drive toward more composable approaches in government service delivery.Gartner predicts by 2023, 50% of government organisations will establish formal accountability structures for data sharing, including standards for data structure, quality and timeliness. Hyperconnected Public ServicesHyperconnected public services is the whole-of-government use of multiple technologies, tools or platforms to automate as many business and IT processes as possible. Government CIOs can use hyperautomation principles and practices to develop hyperconnected, highly automated end-to-end business processes and public services that require minimal human intervention.Gartner predicts that by 2024, 75% of governments will have at least three enterprise-wide hyperautomation initiatives launched or underway. Multichannel Citizen EngagementCitizen direct participation with governments reached new heights in 2020 as communities dealt with the pandemic, wildfires, hurricanes and other events. Multichannel citizen engagement is a seamless, bidirectional engagement with constituents across organisational boundaries, while delivering a personalised experience using the preferred and most effective channels to reach them. Gartner predicts that over 30% of governments will use engagement metrics to track quantity and quality of citizen participation in policy and budget decisions by 2024. Operationalised AnalyticsOperationalised analytics is the strategic and systematic adoption of data-driven technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and advanced analytics, at each stage of government activity to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and consistency of decision making. Decision makers can make better context-based operational decisions in real-time to improve the quality of the citizen experience.Gartner predicts that by 2024, 60% of government AI and data analytics investments aim to directly impact real-time operational decisions and outcomes. Gartner clients can learn more in the report “Top Technology Trends in Government for 2021” and in the companion report “Top Business Trends in Government for 2021.” About the Gartner Information Technology PracticeThe Gartner IT practice provides CIOs and IT leaders with the insights and tools to drive the organisation through digital transformation to lead business growth. Additional information is available at https://www.gartner.com/en/information-technology. Follow news and updates from the Gartner IT practice on Twitter and LinkedIn using #GartnerIT. About GartnerGartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. 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