The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-11-20T01:34:33Z Art for the Afterlife 2018-11-20T01:34:33Z art-for-the-afterlife Troy Upfield, founder of Chapter House Funerals, met Leroy on the streets a few months back. Over a period they often chat about the day's happenings and swap stories about each other's life journeys. Over conversation, Troy discovered Leroy's talent for painting and wanting to help offered Leroy to paint something for the walls of Chapter House.  It took a few weeks, however, Leroy eventually walked into Chapter House Funerals, and the quietly spoken Leroy said 'I'm here to paint'. Unsure what to paint and to paint on Troy asked Leroy if he would be ok to paint on a coffin lid. Apprehensive at first, Leroy agreed.  Leroy is self-taught as an artist. His is a familiar face in the village of Kew, Melbourne and is often to be found painting outside the supermarket. His strong, quiet presence belies his homeless status. Leroy’s ancestors are Koori, from the Yorta Yorta tribe near Echuca, and he has an unbreakable bond with the natural habitat of his home as his work so clearly shows. Leroy has painted the mythical ‘Bunjil’, his nation’s Creator deity. Bunjil interchanges between Eaglehawk and human and has been portrayed soaring above sun-scorched treetops, yet reaching down through a sinuous root system to the eternal womb of mother earth.  Leroy tends to lose himself in the craft and demands of his work. With his tattooed physique but quiet nature, we find him engrossed in his subject. His painting requires fine brushwork. Attention to detail is apparent, but the result maintains a terrific vigour and vibrancy. Since meeting Leroy, the idea of supporting community and artists has inspired Troy to invite others to tell their story. As an initiative to help, the Chapter House ‘every life has a story to tell’  Art Series has been created and offers local painters the opportunity to showcase their work in a unique format. Chapter House is transforming everyday coffin lids into unique and original artworks.  Chapter House has other works in progress from Chinese, Maori, Street Art and artists with brain acquired injuries.  Each artist will have a feature video produced, and an open exhibition will be held early 2019 to showcase the diversity of art and culture each telling a story.  Leroy's story on Vimeo (photos available on request) In this way, we are challenged to take stock and to remember the precious nature of life itself. In discovering these artists, we celebrate each other and share the fact that every life has a story to tell. Chapter House is an attentive, family-focused business - a local funeral provider. The tight-knit company offers personal attention and sets out to support the Kew and surrounding Melbourne, community. END Rimini Street Expands Investment and Operations in Asia-Pacific 2018-11-16T00:48:31Z rimini-street-expands-investment-and-operations-in-asia-pacific AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, November 16, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced that it has expanded its operations in the Asia-Pacific region with the launch of its new subsidiary, Rimini Street New Zealand Limited, and the opening of its new office in Auckland to address the growing demand for Rimini Street’s premium, ultra-responsive support services in New Zealand. Rimini Street’s expansion was announced at a gala event held at The Northern Club in Auckland, where clients, local IT leaders and the special guest of honor, Ambassador Scott P. Brown, the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, were hosted by Rimini Street’s general manager for Asia-Pacific, Andrew Powell, and Rimini Street corporate senior executives. Growing demand for IT optimisation and a business-driven IT roadmap Rimini Street launched its new subsidiary in response to the region’s increasing desire for software support solutions that can help optimise their IT spend and enable them to liberate significant funding for their business transformation initiatives. Rimini Street already supports nearly 50 clients with operations in New Zealand, including local brands James Pascoe, Spark, 2Degrees Mobile, Refining New Zealand and The University of Auckland. By switching to Rimini Street support from the vendor’s support, organisations have saved up to 90 percent of the total cost of maintenance of their SAP and Oracle software assets and are able to run their current ERP releases with no forced upgrades for a minimum of 15 years from the date they switched support. Rimini Street clients also benefit from the Company’s flexible, premium-level enterprise software support model, including its industry-leading Service Level Agreement (SLA) of 15-minute response times for critical Priority 1 cases. In addition, each client is assigned a Primary Support Engineer (PSE) with an average of 15 years’ experience in their particular enterprise software system, backed by a broader team of technical experts. By switching their support to Rimini Street, organisations are able to take back control of their IT roadmaps with a ”business-driven roadmap” strategy that provides much more flexibility and value compared to the vendor roadmap, allowing CIOs to focus on creating value and providing competitive advantage for growth. “Organisations in New Zealand, both public and private, spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on their annual enterprise software support and maintenance, yet see little return from this significant spend,” said Andrew Powell, general manager, Asia-Pacific, Rimini Street. “Our conversations with CIOs are squarely focused on how we can help them dramatically lower the total cost of ownership of their stable, mature enterprise systems as part of a hybrid computing model and business-driven roadmap, and as a result, we are experiencing increased demand in the region. With Rimini Street, organisations have the option to break free from the seemingly never-ending upgrade cycle dictated by the vendor’s roadmap – an expensive and disruptive path for companies to undertake just to stay fully supported. With our new operation in Auckland, we are better able to engage with and support organisations in New Zealand who want to significantly cut their software support spend and take back control of their IT roadmaps.” Region at risk of “falling behind” on innovation Recent research from Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Rimini Street, found that enterprises in the ANZ region plan to spend the second-least amount on IT innovation in the world in the next 12 months, and they plan to increase their IT innovation spend by just 6.31% in the 12 months following the survey, well below the global average of 10.94%. “New Zealand is famous for innovation, but it is at risk of falling behind the rest of the world,” continued Powell. “New Zealand CIOs know that it’s important to spend their IT budgets on more than daily operations. With budget pressures between operating costs and the need to invest in innovation, CIOs need to reassess the value of existing support arrangements and explore better software support options designed to provide a greater ROI. Rimini Street enables CIOs in New Zealand to unlock significant savings and redirect that funding into critical innovation initiatives.” To download an eBook summary of the survey, “The State of Innovation: Priorities and Challenges,” click here. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. Clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years. Over 1,700 global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organizations from a broad range of industries currently rely on Rimini Street as their trusted, third-party support provider. To learn more, please visit http://www.riministreet.com/, follow @riministreet on Twitter and find Rimini Street on Facebook and LinkedIn. (C-RMNI) Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements included in this communication are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “may,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “continue,” “future,” “will,” “expect,” “outlook” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our expectations of future events, future opportunities, global expansion and other growth initiatives and our investments in such initiatives. These statements are based on various assumptions and on the current expectations of management and are not predictions of actual performance, nor are these statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties regarding Rimini Street’s business, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, continued inclusion in the Russell 2000 Index in the future; changes in the business environment in which Rimini Street operates, including inflation and interest rates, and general financial, economic, regulatory and political conditions affecting the industry in which Rimini Street operates; adverse developments in pending litigation or in the government inquiry or any new litigation; the final amount and timing of any refunds from Oracle related to our litigation; our need and ability to raise additional equity or debt financing on favorable terms; the terms and impact of our 13.00% Series A Preferred Stock; changes in taxes, laws and regulations; competitive product and pricing activity; difficulties of managing growth profitably; the success of our recently introduced products and services, including Rimini Street Mobility, Rimini Street Analytics, Rimini Street Advanced Database Security, and services for Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud products; the loss of one or more members of Rimini Street’s management team; uncertainty as to the long-term value of Rimini Street’s equity securities; and those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Quarterly Report on 10-Q filed on November 8, 2018, which disclosures amend and restate the disclosures appearing under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 15, 2018, and as updated from time to time by Rimini Street’s future Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other filings by Rimini Street with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, forward-looking statements provide Rimini Street’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. Rimini Street anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Rimini Street’s assessments to change. However, while Rimini Street may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Rimini Street specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Rimini Street’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication. # # # © 2018 Rimini Street, Inc. All rights reserved. “Rimini Street” is a registered trademark of Rimini Street, Inc. in the United States and other countries, and Rimini Street, the Rimini Street logo, and combinations thereof, and other marks marked by TM are trademarks of Rimini Street, Inc. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners, and unless otherwise specified, Rimini Street claims no affiliation, endorsement, or association with any such trademark holder or other companies referenced herein. WHO ARE PROPEL FUNERAL PARTNERS? 2018-11-01T03:34:31Z who-are-propel-funeral-partners The funeral industry in Australia is currently estimated to be $1.1 billion and provides essential services to individuals and families dealing with, or preparing for, death and bereavement. However, navigating the funeral industry when someone has died can leave many of us vulnerable to upselling and confused with no understanding of the industry and little idea of our funeral rights and choices. In Australia there are two main listed players, being InvoCare Limited (ASX: IVC)and the newer Propel Funeral Partners Ltd (ASX: PFP). Between them they likely account for more than 40% of the Australian market after recent acquisitions. The following information is provided in a series of articles to assist consumers learn more about some of the largest funeral companies in Australia. In this article we provide an overview of Propel Funeral Partners. About Propel Funeral Partners? Propel Funeral Partners was established in FY12 and is now the second largest private provider of death care services in Australia and New Zealand. Propel was founded and is managed by Propel Investments Pty Ltd. The company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in late November 2017 as it sought to emulate InvoCare by buying up smaller family owned funeral homes. They own funeral homes, cemeteries, crematoria and related assets in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and New Zealand. Propel performed over 10,000 funeral services in FY18 and the Company’s portfolio currently comprises 108 locations (54 freehold and 54 leasehold) in Australia and New Zealand, including 24 cremation facilities and 7 cemeteries. It’s recent acquisitions include Seasons Funeral Homes in Western Australia and Norwood Park in New South Wales, Newhaven Funerals in Queensland. Which funeral homes are owned by Propel Funeral Partners? Corporate versus Independent Funeral Directors Although most consumers will pick a funeral home brand based on expensive marketing campaigns, it pays to shop around. We wouldn’t consider buying a car or paying for a wedding without learning everything we can about the product or service. The same decision making process should also apply to funerals! Choosing between a corporate or family-owned funeral home is a personal question. Corporate funeral homes are often able to charge a premium due to brand recognition and the belief that their services will be of a higher professional quality. On the other hand, independent funeral homes in Australia work for consumers and not shareholders of publicly listed companies, InvoCare and Propel Funeral Partners. They are often more connected with the communities they serve and have more freedom to tailor funerals to reflect the wishes of the family (rather than being bound by strict package options). GRAVE CONCERNS HELD FOR FUNERAL CONSUMERS EZIFUNERALS CALLS ON CONSUMERS AND FAMILY OWNED FUNERAL HOMES TO CHALLENGE THE FUNERAL DUOPOLY Make the Independent Funeral Choice the Right Choice If local ownership and community involvement are important to you, you should ask who owns and operates the funeral home you are considering. By choosing to use the services of an independent funeral director, listed with eziFunerals, you are selecting the help of a trusted professional – who can help you anywhere, anytime. They are not distracted or bound by corporate rules handed down from head office and shareholders but can be flexible and responsive to individual needs, providing a highly personal and compassionate service. So make the right choice and get value for money by selecting an Australian, independent and family owned funeral director to conduct a funeral. For more information on funeral costs in each of the states, see our city specific pages: Funeral Directors Sydney Funeral Directors Melbourne Funeral Directors Brisbane Funeral Directors Adelaide Funeral Directors Perth Funeral Directors Hobart About eziFunerals eziFunerals is a free consumer advocacy and funeral planning platform that supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company, and are not a subsidiary of any other corporation. We are not part of any other funeral company. Founded by consumers frustrated by how difficult it was to get independent information, eziFunerals supports consumers plan a funeral, compare prices and select the right funeral director anywhere, anytime. Invictus and Fashion in the mix for The Business of Events 2018-10-17T01:11:08Z invictus-and-fashion-in-the-mix-for-the-business-of-events Invictus Games, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA), and the Australian Grand Prix will share the secrets to their success at The Business of Events to be held in Sydney next year. Professional advice about the return on investment using demonstrated business solutions, will be shared by an impressive range of successful and experienced strategy and planning experts when they come together at this in augural event. Among the high calibre speakers will be Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific, Natalie Xenita who will reveal the strategy and role MBFWA plays, fuelling the multi-billion-dollar fashion industry. “Fashion is a powerhouse industry that drives annual retail sales of over $9 billion and employs some 77,000 people in New South Wales alone. There is much to share from our approach and I look forward to presenting our story at The Business of Events,” Ms. Xenita said. “MBFWA’s successful growth strategy has helped boost commercial significance of the fashion industry, aiding both national and local economies, and extending audience reach beyond the event. What’s more, all stakeholders enjoy a strong return on investment.” Ms. Xenita said over 23 years, MBFWA has emerged as the preeminent fashion event in Asia-Pacific – but success didn’t happen overnight. “After heavy investment by IMG to elevate the overall experience, from sponsorship activations to designer selection and global audience engagement, I’m proud to share our model of success at The Business of Events.” Conference organiser Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said harnessing how Australia’s biggest and best events are successfully managed by the specialists who drive business growth, from planning through to execution, will be the cornerstone of The Business of Events. “Key solutions will be on offer from the experts who sit in the hot seats of Australian’s most recognised events,” Mr Daly said. “Global attention from the business world will be on Sydney, as the Invictus Games kick off this week. This is the result of a significant amount of high-level business planning and execution. The Business of Events, will be where the Invictus Games CEO, Patrick Kidd, can share his learnings from the success of the games from a global and local perspective.” The inaugural conference, The Business of Events, will take place in Sydney on 7-8 February 2019, will host in-depth discussions around the theme, Powering Growth, exploring how to identify new business, increasing the bottom line, the future of major events and how to ensure business growth. Keynotes, plenaries and flexible break-out sessions will allow delegates to create a bespoke conference experience to maximise their investment. Speakers, strategically invited from key sectors, will provide diverse, forward-thinking insights in a unique two-day program. Alongside international keynote, Laura Schwartz, former White House Director of Events, high-calibre confirmed speakers include: Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific Patrick Kidd, CEO Invictus Games, Sydney 2018 Penny Lion, Executive General Manager of Events, Tourism Australia Andrew Westacott, CEO, Australian Grand Prix Terese Casu, CEO, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia China Business Council Damien Hodgkinson, Executive Director, Melbourne Comedy Festival Senior event professionals will have unparalleled access to industry leaders from which to learn about event safety and architecture, sales growth, governance, future business and professional development. Conference organiser, Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said speakers will share some insightful key learnings including the market potential for Australia and opportunities for Australian businesses, what we can learn from our international counterparts. He said the optimum learning platforms will offer participants invaluable opportunities to upskill and power growth. “These speakers contribute to the Australian economy through major events and operate in international markets with different policies and jurisdictions, so they know what issues you can face in the international marketplace,” Mr Daly said. The Business of Events will share how to take advantage of Australia’s position within the global marketplace, how to capitalise on an aggressive event strategy and how to power growth.” To purchase tickets, visit www.thebusinessofevents.com.au. The Business of Events will be held at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, on 7-8 February 2019. Images: 1. Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific About Exhibitions and Trade Fairs Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) is a full-service event organiser with over 35 years’ experience across a diverse range of industries including renewable energy, automotive, business events, construction, oil and gas, entertainment technology, irrigation, manufacturing, travel and lifestyle. They have a long history of working collaboratively with organisations to produce innovative conferences and exhibitions to support their business objectives. They have become a trusted provider in their ability to contribute to organisations and the value of their events. They have offices in Sydney and Melbourne, however their teams are on the ground wherever the event is being planned, sold, marketed and delivered. They deliver conferences around the world. ETF’s motto is Experience, Expertise, Enthusiasm which reflects their approach to managing events and developing the relationships which underpin them. -ENDS- Rimini Street Obtains Australian Single Touch Payroll Certification 2018-09-19T22:22:43Z rimini-street-obtains-australian-single-touch-payroll-certification September 20, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced it has obtained Single Touch Payroll (STP) certification by the Australian Government’s Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for PeopleSoft Global Payroll and SAP HCM Payroll. The new certification enables Rimini Street’s Australian clients to submit their payroll data via a ‘pay event,’ either on or before pay day, to the ATO. Rimini Street’s tax, legal and regulatory division passed the complex, rigorous qualification process with the first file submission for both PeopleSoft and SAP software products, well ahead of the deadline set by the ATO. Premium Service Support for Critical Certification Process All organisations with 20 or more employees are required to report under STP to stay compliant with the Australian Taxation Legislation. The aim of STP is to streamline employer payroll information reporting to the ATO. The change requires companies to report payments such as salaries and wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding, and superannuation information from their payroll solution each time an organisation pays its employees, rather than at the end of each financial year. “With the Australian Taxation Office mandating new Single Touch Payroll reporting requirements, we needed to ensure that our systems were fully compliant,” said John Brizee, SAP manager at Golding Contractors. “Rimini Street provided the STP update for our SAP payroll application. The update was installed, tested, and ready-to-go well in advance of the ATO’s deadline of July 1, 2018.” Rimini Street put a comprehensive process in place eighteen months prior to the July 1, 2018 deadline to begin preparing clients for this new reporting standard. The Company achieved STP certification for PeopleSoft software products in May 2018 and for SAP related products in June 2018 by completing three main verification steps set by the ATO – an in depth security questionnaire, execution of the ATO’s conformance test suite and lastly, product verification testing. “STP is the largest change to Australian payroll in recent history,” said Paul Henville, group vice president, Global Product Delivery. “By obtaining the STP certification for our PeopleSoft and SAP clients, we can ensure their systems are supported and compliant for this monumental shift in payroll reporting. This is just one example of how Rimini Street remains diligent, proactive and on the forefront of constantly changing tax, legal and regulatory requirements; STP in particular was one of the most complex requirements we have had to undertake, which we were able to complete ahead of the original software vendors.” To review the list of vendors certified for STP, visit http://www.sbr.gov.au/products-register/sbr-product-register-full-list Industry-Leading Tax, Legal & Regulatory Research and Technology Rimini Street’s tax, legal and regulatory strategy and scoping team is made up of veteran tax specialists, attorneys and international tax, legal and regulatory professionals who use advanced technology and numerous government and private-sector sources to monitor, collect and verify tax, legal and regulatory changes. Rimini Street also participates in, and is a member of, many prominent tax, legal and regulatory associations around the world, including the American, Canadian, United Kingdom and Australian Payroll Associations, the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, the Financial Executives International Association, the Tax Council and the Tax Executives Institute. The innovative combination of technology, proven methodology and ISO 9001 quality processes consistently assures a fast “legislature-to-live”SM update delivery cycle and the highest quality deliverables in the industry. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. Clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years. Over 1,620 global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organisations from a broad range of industries currently rely on Rimini Street as their trusted, third-party support provider. To learn more, please visit https://www.riministreet.com, follow @riministreet on Twitter and find Rimini Street on Facebook and LinkedIn. (C-RMNI) Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements included in this communication are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “may,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “continue,” “future,” “will,” “expect,” “outlook” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. These statements are based on various assumptions and on the current expectations of management and are not predictions of actual performance, nor are these statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties regarding Rimini Street’s business, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, continued inclusion in the Russell 2000 Index in the future, changes in the business environment in which Rimini Street operates, including inflation and interest rates, and general financial, economic, regulatory and political conditions affecting the industry in which Rimini Street operates; adverse litigation developments or in the government inquiry; the final amount and timing of any refunds from Oracle related to our litigation; our ability to raise additional equity or debt financing on favorable terms; the terms and impact of our 13.00% Series A Preferred Stock; changes in taxes, laws and regulations; competitive product and pricing activity; difficulties of managing growth profitably; the success of our recently introduced products and services, including Rimini Street Mobility, Rimini Street Analytics, Rimini Street Advanced Database Security, and services for Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud products; the loss of one or more members of Rimini Street’s management team; uncertainty as to the long-term value of Rimini Street’s equity securities, including its common stock and its Preferred Stock; and those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Quarterly Report on 10-Q filed on August 9, 2018, which disclosures amend and restate the disclosures appearing under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 15, 2018, and as updated from time to time by Rimini Street’s future Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other filings by Rimini Street with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, forward-looking statements provide Rimini Street’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. Rimini Street anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Rimini Street’s assessments to change. However, while Rimini Street may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Rimini Street specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Rimini Street’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication. # # # © 2018 Rimini Street, Inc. All rights reserved. “Rimini Street” is a registered trademark of Rimini Street, Inc. in the United States and other countries, and Rimini Street, the Rimini Street logo, and combinations thereof, and other marks marked by TM are trademarks of Rimini Street, Inc. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners, and unless otherwise specified, Rimini Street claims no affiliation, endorsement, or association with any such trademark holder or other companies referenced herein. Memorial Gifts 2018-05-15T06:34:34Z memorial-gifts <strong><strong>Memorial Gifts</strong></strong>We recently met the lovely Janine at the Queen Victoria Market and she had been looking for memorial gifts for her sister for quite awhile. She had recently lost her mother, and her sister was struggling with the loss. Also, with mothers day so close, her sister was feeling the pain more than normal. So Janine decided it was the perfect gift for her sister for her birthday. She was quite amazed at the process. She simply texted me a photo off her phone, picked her piece, and we posted it to her. A few weeks passed and we received a few calls from Janine and her sister Karen, wanting to get more Memorial Gifts done. She loved how her mums face shone in the daylight. Her sister in law had recently lost both of her parents, and she also felt their pain. So a few phone calls later and we had organised a second piece for her sister in law. Karen had realised how much pleasure her Memorial gift had provided her with, so she decided to give her beautiful sister in law a unique gift that would be loved and cherished forever. It was such a lovely conversation explaining to Karen how we did it, as she was extremely impressed with the quality. We are sure that it will be hanging off her handbag with love, and carried with her always, providing her with the love and comfort she needed. We also hope her sister in law is getting the same comfort and love from her Memorial Keepsake.<img src="https://www.memorykeepsakes.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/portraitkrlil-1.jpeg" alt="Memorial gifts" width="697" height="800" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-2549" />To find out more http://www.memorykeepsakes.com.au Australia’s $3.4m ‘funeral home of the future’ opens in Victoria 2018-04-17T03:49:24Z australia-s-3-4m-funeral-home-of-the-future-opens-in-victoria Melbourne, Australia, 17 April 2018:  Leading funeral services provider, InvoCare, has built Australia’s ‘funeral home of the future,’ located in Dandenong, Victoria.   Industry and consumer trends show customers are increasingly looking for a contemporary environment that provides a range of products and services, as well as an event style venue where they can celebrate the life of loved one.   Operating under the White Lady Funerals and Le Pine Funerals brands, the Dandenong facility includes two arranging rooms, a viewing room, a celebration / memorial lounge with an outdoor decked area, and a 170 seat (200 standing) non-denominational chapel – the largest capacity chapel in the South-East Melbourne area.   The facility also includes a state-of-the-art audio-visual system enabling families to webcast and record the service to share with overseas friends and family.    Martin Earp, InvoCare CEO, says the renovated site will transform InvoCare’s ability for its staff to meet the needs of the customer into the future.     “People want to celebrate the lives of their loved ones, rather than commiserate”, says Mr. Earp.  “We are seeing a rise in individualism and a decline in religiosity, and consumers are now demanding the ability to personalise a funeral”.    “The facilities of a funeral home are becoming increasingly important in meeting the needs of customers.  We want to provide families with everything they need to farewell their loved one the way they want. This new environment sets a benchmark for our facilities and will support our staff to deliver new levels of customer experience”.   The Dandenong Funeral Home has been developed as part of InvoCare’s Protect & Grow Plan, which will see the ASX listed company upgrade all facilities across its portfolio to cater to the changing needs of Australian consumers.   This year, the company will refresh 41 sites across Australia and complete works on 15 new locations that commenced in 2017.   Dandenong funeral home is located on 137 Princes Hwy, Dandenong, VIC 3175.       Funeral Home of the Future   InvoCare is revolutionising the funeral industry again by investing in market changing facilities and services.   Technology Family and friends all over the world will now be able to share in the celebration of life via webcasting, streaming, and recording systems.   Tailored Space Spaces will no longer be restricted by fixed furnishing and small unwelcoming rooms.  Chapels have done away with fixed pews so that the space can be tailored for every service and there are lighter, brighter, larger functions spaces.   Environment Matters Light and bright is the focus of the new sites. Large windows will let in an abundance of natural light while small touches such as real flowers, water features, and comfortable soft furnishings will add to the warmth of our services.   Memorial Jewellery 2017-11-18T10:59:42Z memorial-jewellery-1 Memorial Jewelry Today was quite an emotional day.  My first customer of the day came up and loved our display and pieces.  I then asked her if she had a piece in mind?  She then said yes I do and proceeded to show me a photo of her in her wedding dress.  I said that is a lovely photo.  She said I want to do it as a gift for my husband as I don't have much time to live left.  At this time, I felt sad, as she was so young and looked quite well.  She then sent a photo to me and I suggested she put some writing on the back.  She thought of some beautiful words and we engraved them on the back.  She then said to me , I also want to get one for my son.  Her son had brought her a piece of jewellery and she proudly showed me the piece.  At this time, I realised how special this gift is going to be for her husband and son.  It will be one special keepsake gift that he will treasure forever.  For that I am sure of... Some beautiful pieces of memorial jewelry that will be treasured  as a forever keepsake jewellery piece.  We were truly touched that we were privileged to be able to provide such a special gift for a beautiful lady. www.memorykeepsakes.com.au Memorial Jewellery 2017-09-01T11:10:04Z memorial-jewellery MEMORIAL JEWELLERY – OUR COMPETITION WINNER Every photo has a story.  This is the story around the beautiful photo of Malakai.  A beautiful piece of Memorial jewellery was delivered, just after his 14th birthday.   This is my precious Malakai <3 this photo was taken 2 days after his 2nd kidney transplant in March 2013 <3 after over 150 operations and months at a time in hospital my precious boy sadly passed away in February 2015 from menningititis <3Malakai fought so hard for 11 years and this is 1 of my favourite photos of him <3 I love and miss you so much Buddy..thankyou for giving me 11 years of beautiful memories to remember for a lifetime and beyond <3 She won the competition with a total of 15 likes.  We are so fortunate that we do not have to select a winner, as to all our entrants they were all winners.  We contacted Sally and she said he would of turned 14 on Monday 28th.  She received her piece a few days later and felt like her son had sent her a birthday gift.  What a lovely story.   To read her story go to https://www.facebook.com/MemoryKeepSakes20/photos/a.252214291601781.1073741827.252209098268967/836634313159773/?type=3&theater We were so fortunate that many clients shared their beautiful stories and it proves that every photo does have a story.  Many entries included memorial stories.  Memories are forever. www.memorykeepsakes.com.au Pet Memorial Gifts 2017-09-01T11:03:50Z pet-memorial-gifts-1 Pet Memorial Gifts - A beautiful story of Turbo. This was my toy poodle Turbo , who passed away late last year and was 15 years old , he was rescued from a abuse but was the most placid boy . He loved animals and babies and you would quite often see him cuddled into a baby chicken or rabbit or cuddling into me , he was my best friend and even though we still have his brother :) Turbo-Charger Stock was one of a kind <3 This is a true story of love.  Courtney had rescued Turbo and he provided her with total love and loyalty for 15 years!  This re-enforces  the saying a pet is not for christmas but for life.  We always encourage people think seriously about purchasing a pet, as they are a life time commitment.  We have many pets in our household and they are family. We see many people on a regular basis deeply destressed at looking their much loved pet who was a cherished  family member.  They totally adored their pets and when they passed, they are totally devastated.  For this reason we very often do keepsake jewellery so they feel that their much loved pet is still with them and it provides comfort and love for them. www.memorykeepsakes.com.au   Personalised Gift Ideas 2017-08-19T02:43:00Z personalised-gift-ideas We do amazing personalised birthday gifts for any birthday, but this one was special! Haydens mum had previously organised a very special gift for her son a few months previously.  She kept it hidden away and on the night it was a huge surprise.  She also brought a piece for herself and her daughter but did'nt want to give it to her until christmas.  They were all personalised birthday gifts, that they could have for years to come. Well it all unfolded on facebook.  She had given her son his gift.  ( She had recently lost her partner).  She had his photo engraved into a stainless steel dog tag.  The piece came up very well.  Hayden quickly put it on as he didnt want to cry and it meant so much to him.   When she got home her younger daughter had seen her brothers and said she would like one.  She even selected a photo of her dad. Jane then gave in and gave her the personalised gift she had planned to give her for christmas.  Her daughter was so pleased and even posted a picture up on facebook. The end result was a very happy family.  We got a thank you from Jane on our facebook page, and all the loving comments who were there with her on the day.  It was a huge hit, and now his father can be with his son all the time.  He just has to look down onto his necklace and see him at all times.   Many of our products are given as personalised birthday gifts, christmas gifts, fathers day gifts, really any occasion. www.memorykeepsakes.com.au Unique Christmas Gifts 2017-06-10T12:00:13Z unique-christmas-gifts We did many unique christmas gifts I recently met two sisters at the Queen Victoria Market.  They advised they had  lost their brother and their mum was missing him terribly.  They looked at all the pieces we had on display and carefully decided on the perfect piece that they both agreed on for their beloved mum.  They were looking for unique christmas gifts, especially for their special mum They then sent quite a few photos through and  in all the photos their brother had a beaming smile.  They decided on their favourite piece and we etched his photo into their selected piece.  It came up so well, and we just took a call and they have ordered one for themselves also.  Once again their brother had a beaming smile and she explained he was such a happy man loved by all. We also received many phone calls after christmas thanking us for the beautiful work we do.  We were very humbled to take these calls, as they had been given them for christmas and we have our sticker on the box.  The mums felt they needed to call us to thank us for our work and they just loved their pieces.  It was truly a beautiful experience for us.  They emphasised that we must keep doing what we do, as it means so much to them and they wanted us to know how special these pieces really were. http://www.memorykeepsakes.com.au/unique-christmas-gifts-to-a-mum/ Treasured memories of a loved one. 2017-06-01T09:56:16Z treasured-memories-of-a-loved-one Create your own Memorial Jewellery keepsakes When somebody you love becomes a memory the memory becomes a treasure    This is so true.  We see it on a regular basis. Memorial jewellery pieces are one of our popular selling pieces.  Many people come up to our display and explain they have lost someone very dear to them, and they miss them terribly.  They love our keepsakes as we take their photo and photo engrave it into a piece they can select.  Many of our clients wear their pieces all the time as they feel  the comfort that that person is with them all the time.  Our clients are very generous with their stories and regularly pop in and say hello.  I feel like they have become part of our extended family. I even have a few clients that wake up in the morning and kiss their piece good morning every morning and evening.  It is like the necklace is that person and they feel that they are with them on a regular basis providing huge amounts of comfort. I had one particular client who I saw regularly, and she would always say hello.  She had her late husband photo engraved onto one of our pieces.  It provided her with great comfort and people would come up to her piece and say hello to her late husband.  I am sure that piece is worn always with love. Too see more www.memorykeepsakes.com.au What Gives Order Of Service A Personal Touch At A Funeral? 2017-05-29T05:24:25Z what-gives-order-of-service-a-personal-touch-at-a-funeral Having an order of service can add a personal touch to your loved one’s funeral. This is the main reasons why the Order of Service Booklets are almost always included. But how does an order of service make the experience more personal? You should keep in mind that orders of service vary depending on whether you go to church or to a chapel of rest. Furthermore, you can choose to add or remove certain parts which can make the experience even more personal. Generally, an Order of Service consists of the following: 1.    The Gathering The minister receives the coffin at this point and sentence of scripture is used. All people are then welcomed and tributes are made. Everyone offers prayers of penitence including the collect. 2.    Readings and Sermon Hymns, psalms and a number of bible verses are now included, after which the minister preaches a sermon. 3.    Prayers First, the prayers begin by giving thanks to the life of the deceased.  Then, the family of the deceased and those who mourn are recognised.  If prayers of penitence are not used during the Gathering, it is done during this section.  It is then followed by a prayer so that the deceased can be received in eternity. 4.    Commendation and Farewell The deceased will now be praised with agreed words, ready to go the eternal living. 5.    Committal The body of deceased is then placed in its final resting place. 6.    Dismissal Mourners are blessed and asked to go home during the dismissal. The points above make it clear that orders of service are “usually” very much based on religion. Even those who are not that religious tend to pick out certain parts of it, or sometimes use the same order, excluding the prayers, psalms, hymns and blessings. They use personal readings and songs instead, that they have specifically chosen to bid farewell to the deceased. This is how an order of service can make things very personal. Even the psalms, hymns and sermons that are chosen - if you do follow the religious steps - are geared specifically towards the deceased, rather than being a standard reading. People can ask for specific, personal words to be spoken by the minister as he will use authorised words during commendation and farewell and during committal. Having a structured funeral in an organised manner such as this stops people from feeling overwhelmed, takes a lot of the stress of the day off them and can be very useful. It is always beneficial even if major changes are made. Contact Farewell Services at 1800 080 700 to get your order of service booklets printed within 48 hours. AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T01:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au