The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-20T21:30:00Z Silver Peak Appoints Dean Vaughan Vice President of Sales for Asia Pacific and Japan 2019-03-20T21:30:00Z silver-peak-appoints-dean-vaughan-vice-president-of-sales-for-asia-pacific-and-japan Sydney, 21 March 2019 – Silver Peak®, the global SD-WAN leader, delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network™, today announced the appointment of Australian Dean Vaughan as vice president of sales for Asia Pacific and Japan. Based in Singapore, Dean is responsible for accelerating business expansion and customer acquisition through the company’s enterprise and service provider channels across the region, spanning Asia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. "Our primary goal across Australia and New Zealand is to liberate organisations from the compromises of router-centric and basic SD-WAN approaches to transform their networks into a business accelerant,” said Graham Schultz, regional director for ANZ at Silver Peak. “Dean’s cross-regional executive leadership will be invaluable as we continue to expand and drive our local partner ecosystem and deliver value to our growing base of customers.” Today’s executive appointment dovetails a series of executive leadership and channel partner program announcements that underscore the company’s strategy to recruit the industry’s best talent as it pursues market leadership in the hyper-competitive market for SD-WAN edge infrastructure. “It’s an exciting time to join Silver Peak as geographically distributed enterprises across the Asia Pacific and Japan region turn to SD-WAN as a means to drive cloud and digital transformation initiatives,” said Dean Vaughan, vice president of sales for Asia Pacific and Japan at Silver Peak. “My immediate task is to put in place the best go-to-market strategy and team to lead Silver Peak forward, empowering customers across the region with our business-driven Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform.” Dean Vaughan is a 22-year industry veteran with a proven track record in building winning sales teams. Prior to joining Silver Peak, Vaughan served in various enterprise technology sales leadership positions at Oracle since 2009, most recently as senior director of Cloud Platform Solutions for ASEAN. In a short period of time, he significantly expanded the company’s public cloud IaaS and PaaS businesses. During his time at Oracle, Vaughan also established and scaled the Oracle Virtualisation and Linux business units in Australia and New Zealand. In addition, he oversaw the Cloud Infrastructure business unit for Asia Pacific and Japan, delivering consistent double-digit annual growth by expanding the business to India, Korea and Japan and restructuring the business in China, ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to Oracle, Vaughan built NCR Corporation’s Cisco Systems Network Integration business across Asia Pacific. “Dean is a strong and seasoned leader who will enable us to capitalise on the unprecedented wave of SD-WAN demand across Asia Pacific and Japan,” said Ken Laversin, chief revenue officer at Silver Peak. “Dean’s demonstrated expertise in growing multiple businesses across the region, and his in-depth knowledge of the enterprise and channel market, will enable Silver Peak to accelerate business expansion and customer acquisition. This will further entrench the business as the global SD-WAN leader delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with the industry’s first self-driving wide area network.” About Silver Peak Silver Peak, the global SD-WAN leader, delivers the transformational promise of the cloud with a business-first networking model. The Unity EdgeConnect™ self-driving wide area network platform liberates enterprises from conventional WAN approaches to transform the network from a constraint to a business accelerant. Thousands of globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak WAN solutions across 100 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com. # # # Media Contacts: Einsteinz Communications for Silver Peak Richelle Gillette and Emma Keen +61-2-8905 0995 silverpeak@einsteinz.com.au BenQ Launches True 4K HDR-PRO Home Cinema DLP Projectors with Super Wide DCI-P3 Colour Gamut 2019-03-13T21:18:47Z benq-launches-true-4k-hdr-pro-home-cinema-dlp-projectors-with-super-wide-dci-p3-colour-gamut SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 13 MARCH,2019 – BenQ, the global No.1 DLP projector brand, unveiled today CinePrime W5700 and W2700 DLP projectors, providing connoisseur-grade image quality, world-class colour performance and personalised customisability for home cinema enthusiasts. The world’s first 4K home theatre DLP projector featuring DCI-P3 colour, BenQ CinePrime W5700 and W2700 guarantee long-lasting CinematicColour with projector-optimised HDR-PRO™ support and individual factory colour calibration. “W5700 and W2700 introduce budding movie fanatics to real enthusiast-level cinema performance,” said Martin Moelle, Managing Director of BenQ Australia. “Astounding 4K visuals with precise HDR colour combined with powerful image adjustability and installation flexibility to perfectly suit small audio-visual screening rooms and living rooms.” Spectacular UHD Premium 4K Resolution with DCI-P3 Colour GamutBoth CinePrime models deliver true 4K performance with 3840x2160 resolution and 8.3 million distinct pixels for each frame. Utilising a pristine 4K-optimised optical system with six structured groups of all-glass lens elements for brilliant light transmission and ultimate image quality, W5700 and W2700 produce spectacular clarity and sharpness across the entire screen. Setting themselves apart from the competition, W5700 and W2700 blend real 4K resolution with the digital cinema industry’s lofty DCI-P3 colour standard, framing the ideal setting to view the latest 4K Blu-rays in glorious authentic colours as envisioned by filmmakers. Leveraging BenQ-exclusive CinematicColour technology, W5700 provides 100% coverage of the super wide DCI-P3 colour space and 100% of Rec. 709 while W2700 covers 95% of DCI-P3 and 100% of Rec. 709, backed by individual factory colour calibration reports ensuring Delta E≤3 colour accuracy. W5700 and W2700 breathe lifelike quality into 4K performances with proprietary HDR-PRO technology specifically optimised for projection. Supporting both HDR10 and HLG formats, HDR-PRO incorporates auto colour and tone mapping techniques to offer superior brightness and contrast ranges as well as ideal image optimisation, bringing out stunning 4K clarity and depth for vividly natural and realistic video quality. Advanced Adjustability and Installation Flexibility for Pro PersonalisationFor film buffs and home theatre pros seeking a sophisticated and customised cinema experience, BenQ proprietary CinemaMaster Video+ technology brings commercial quality digital cinema experiences into AV screening rooms and living rooms with motion-adaptive 4K pixel enhancement, gorgeous colour enhancement, and natural flesh tone rendition. Tastefully designed with a modern, compact profile and light weight, BenQ CinePrime projectors facilitate tailored AV personalisation with versatile short throw, big zoom, and lens shift for a wide range of home cinema possibilities. Ideal for dedicated AV rooms, W5700 provides a generous 1.6X zoom and 2D H/V lens shift. Smartly equipped for living rooms, W2700 features 1.3X zoom, vertical lens shift, as well as CinemaMaster Audio+ 2 for powerful and convenient integrated audio. Powered by ultimately durable Digital Light Processing, the 2015 Academy Award of Merit Oscar® winning technology used in 90% of the world’s digital cinemas, W5700 and W2700 deliver long-lasting picture quality with precise colours and razor-sharp clarity without maintenance or degradation. BenQ CinePrime W2700 is available now ($2499 SRP), and W5700 ($3999 SRP) begins shipping April 2019. To find out more about BenQ projectors, please visit BenQ.com. Express Virtual Meetings launches high-definition video conferencing technology 2019-03-03T21:00:00Z express-virtual-meetings-launches-high-definition-video-conferencing-technology Melbourne – 04 March 2019 – Express Virtual Meetings (EVM), a leading provider of audio, web and video conferencing services and part of the MNF Group, has launched its enterprise-grade, high-definition video conferencing service, representing a sweeping change to the way organisations communicate and collaborate. Enterprise-grade HD video conferencing technology has historically been considered cost prohibitive to most businesses unless they are large organisations with expensive in-house infrastructure and experienced IT departments. EVM’s video-conferencing solution brings the latest in enterprise-grade HD video conferencing technology into the mainstream for businesses of all sizes. EVM’s video conferencing solution enables customers who wish to hold video conferences, without the expense of purchasing and managing expensive and complex hardware infrastructure such as multi-point conferencing units (MCUs), separate gateways, and storage or playback devices, to conduct multi-party video meetings using any video conferencing system. PC or mobile users without access to a video conferencing end point can also join a video conference seamlessly via their web browser using WebRTC (without needing to download any software) and retain superior sound and video quality. “Our brand new, high-definition (H.323) video conferencing solution provides exceptional audio and video quality and is a big step forward in terms of availing this fantastic technology to Australian businesses of all types,” Andrea Goding, General Manager for Express Virtual Meetings explains. “Our video conferencing infrastructure is housed in secure data centres in Australia, and is independent of the pubic internet which means our customers are less likely to experience sound or visual lag or drop outs that users of traditional online meeting applications experience from time-to-time. Most importantly, our state-of-the-art security encryption technology - which aligns with standard security protocols – protects the transmission of voice and video data impeding potential threats to customer security and privacy,” Ms Goding said. EVMs’ video conferencing solution can be used for everyday meetings, or customised for large-scale special events where the company’s on-demand, conference management team work closely with customers, end-to-end, to ensure their event is a success. “We are very excited to launch this solution. It’s suitable for organisations that already have H.323/SIP end points available or those who are experiencing the frustrating short comings of their current online meeting tools and are ready to take their video conferencing to the next level,” Ms Goding concluded. For more information, visit https://www.expressvirtualmeetings.com.au/video-conferencing-launch-lp. -End- About EVM Express Virtual Meetings is an award-winning Australian-owned and operated conferencing provider, offering a wide range of reliable and flexible audio, web, video and operator-assisted conferencing options. We have been servicing small to medium businesses and large-scale enterprises in Australia and around the world for over 15 years. For more information: Zoe Palin, Marketing Manager, Conference Call International | Express Virtual Meetings Phone: +61 3 8788 6015 Email: zpalin@conferencecall.international.com Coordinate Your Project Team Before You Begin Renovations Warns Gold Coast Electrical Contractor EJ Electrical Works In Burleigh Heads 2019-03-01T22:00:10Z coordinate-your-project-team-before-you-begin-renovations-warns-gold-coast-electrical-contractor-ej-electrical-works-in-burleigh-heads The proliferation of fast home renovation shows on TV have led some homeowners to think that renos are easily cobbled together. But, warns EJ Barnes, aGold Coast electrical contractor, good planning and coordination is as important in home renovation projects as it is in any construction project. Project management is a complex business, and communication is key to a well-coordinated project. It’s when homeowners start calling in contractors piecemeal that the trouble begins, says Barnes. For the best results, he suggests calling in contractors simultaneously before the works begin so that they can discuss the places where their tasks interface. “For example,” he says, “our work comes after the builders’ and the success of some of it depends on what the builders do. I find it best to approach the project as a team rather than as two individual contractors with separate agendas.” Electricity is Not an Add-On Electricity is something people are inclined to take for granted, says EJ Barnes. But remembering that even small changes in home layout will affect the places where we want access to power, lighting, and so on helps homeowners to stay on budget. “DIY renos often reach a point where someone remembers they’re going to want a power point to move, and then it’s time for us to save the day again!” While experienced electricians like EJ are expert at rescuing the uninitiated from the consequences of a poorly-planned renovation, EJ likes his customers to enjoy plain sailing. “If you’re planning to change the layout of kitchen counters – even switch your lounge or bedroom furniture around, you might need electrical work done. The good news is it might cost less than you expected. The bad news is that things are going to be pretty inconvenient for you for a while if electrical work came as afterthought to a home improvement project.” Big or Small, There’s Always a Project Team Whether you’ve chosen to use professional construction and electrical contractors for renovations or need help with a few tweaks you’re taking on as a DIY project, EJ Barnes says there’s always a project team. “With a reno, there’s less pressure than there is with a big construction project, but the same principles apply. All the people who are involved must coordinate and cooperate to get the project completed to specification. That means starting a dialogue before we begin works.” Working With Construction Companies and Homeowners: It’s What They Do For EJ Barnes and his team, working with construction companies is part of the regular routine. EJ Electrical works understands the need to keep renovation projects on track, on schedule, and to specification, and that makes the company a favourite with Gold Coast construction companies. But homeowners are still very much a part of EJ’s customer base – and the reasons why they like dealing with EJ Electrical Works are similar to those of the construction companies. “We don’t believe in dual standards,” says EJ. “That’s what professionalism’s about.” The message is clear. If you’re considering a home renovation project, and you need a Gold Coast electrician on your project team, EJ Electrical Works is ready to see it through with you from planning to completion. Reach businesses like EJ Electrical Works and Coastline Local Electricians via their websites giving them a call on 1300-DIAL-EJ,that’s 1300 342 535. Written & Syndicated by Baxton Media. MyNetFone partners with ACN Pacific, the world’s largest direct seller of essential services 2019-02-27T21:00:00Z mynetfone-partners-with-acn-pacific-the-worlds-largest-direct-seller-of-essential-services Sydney – 28 February 2019 – MyNetFone Business, a provider of new-generation hosted communications services and part of the MNF Group, has partnered with the world’s largest direct seller of essential services, ACN. The organisation’s Australian-based Independent Business Owners can now resell MyNetFone’s Virtual PBX phone system within the Australian marketplace. ACN Pacific is the trusted go-to partner for customers’ essential services within the small and medium business (SMB) sector. MyNetFone’s Virtual PBX phone system is future-proof and scalable and can easily accommodate sudden growth often experienced by SMBs. Hosted in the cloud, specific IT expertise is not needed to maintain or configure the system – ideal for SMBs owners. Lee Atkinson, MyNetFone’s General Manager for Small Business and Channel Partners said the two-year agreement with ACN will assist MyNetFone in growing market share within Australia’s biggest business sector. Atkinson said, “ACN only partner with leaders in telecommunications and they have a vast network of people that are world leaders at opening doors to new business. MNF are leaders at simplifying communications and delivering telecommunication products. The potential for our partnership is huge.” Gerard Frack, ACN Pacific’s Managing Director added, “Our partnership with MyNetFone builds on the unique opportunity ACN provides to the Australian market and aligns perfectly with our strategic vision for the future. With the MyNetFone Virtual PBX suite we will expand our SMB offering beyond our mobile voice, security, energy and broadband proposition to provide a full-service solution for small businesses across Australia.” MyNetFone Business is actively seeking to partner with industry groups within the SMB marketplace in Australia to drive awareness, support and understanding of the efficiencies modern telecom systems can create. In October 2018 it announced a strategic partnership with the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF). MyNetFone Business is supporting ACIF with webinars, promotions and events around technology in the construction industry. The partnership with ACIF kicked off with a TED-style talk in December 2018, with more planned for 2019. /ENDS About MyNetFone MyNetFone is Australia’s largest provider of hosted voice and data communications services for business and residential users. MyNetFone is part of the MNF Group, one of Asia-Pacific’s fastest growing technology companies. Listed on the ASX since 2006, it is now twice the winner of the Forbes Asia-Pacific “Best under a Billion” award. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, the company has over 400 people located across Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. MNF develops and operates a global communications network and software suite enabling some of the world’s leading innovators to deliver new-generation communications solutions. For further information about MyNetFone please visit: https://business.mynetfone.com.au About ACN Pacific ACN is the world’s largest direct seller of telecommunications and essential services for residential and business customers. Services include Energy, Phone, Mobile, Broadband, nbn™, Payment Processing and Security Services. ACN Pacific covers both the Australian and New Zealand markets, providing customers with direct access to leading products and services. For further information about ACN Pacific please visit: acnpacific.com Media enquiries: For MyNetFone - Sue Ralston, Einsteinz Communications T: (02) 8905 0995 E: sue@einsteinz.com.au For ACN Pacific - Karren Challoner-Miles, Marketing and Communications Director T: (02) 8214 4240 E: karren.challoner-miles@acnpacific.com.au The power of Customer Lifetime Value and why 87% of Asia-Pacific SMBs see benefit in the cloud: Frost & Sullivan research 2019-02-26T03:52:15Z the-power-of-customer-lifetime-value-and-why-87-of-asia-pacific-smbs-see-benefit-in-the-cloud-frost-sullivan-research Genesys® (www.genesys.com/anz), the global leader in omnichannel customer experience and contact centre solutions, has released a new report which reveals half of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) surveyed in Asia-Pacific view the cloud as the most efficient way to optimise the customer journey and reduce business challenges associated with legacy infrastructure, integration and costs. In fact, 87% of SMB participants are considering a move to the cloud to ensure lower CAPEX, reduced total cost of ownership, flexibility, scalability, ease of use and a fast deployment. Genesys commissioned Frost & Sullivan (F&S), a global business consulting firm involved in market research, to survey more than 400 business and IT decision makers across Asia-Pacific to uncover emerging customer experience technology trends. The survey, titled Asia-Pacific SMB Customer Service Trends, analysed SMBs’ business impact, priorities, and technological maturity. While there is a definite market appetite for cloud-based solutions, the study found respondents rate a wide range of other emerging technologies as higher priorities in the next one to two years. SMBs surveyed ranked an omnichannel strategy as having the most immediate impact on business, with 51.4% desiring a solution that delivered a connected customer journey across both voice and digital channels. This is followed by accessibility and mobility solutions and applications of artificial intelligence (AI) such as machine learning and digital assistants. Gwilym Funnell, Managing Director of Genesys Australia and New Zealand, shared why it’s vital for SMBs to prioritise transitioning to the cloud. “SMBs often list legacy infrastructure, integration complexities and high cost as the biggest hindrances in allowing them to modernise their customer service delivery with digital channels, chat and voice bots, automation and more. With a modern cloud platform as the foundation of their customer experience strategy, SMBs will have the infrastructure needed to rapidly access new technologies and benefit from an expedited speed-to-market without the need for massive upfront investment and significant in-house IT resources. “Choosing a partner like Genesys with a proven cloud-based customer experience platform packed with capabilities, like omnichannel, artificial intelligence and analytics, enables SMBs to compete with even the largest organisations. It also ensures smaller businesses can deploy new technology quickly, helping to reduce costs overall and realise tangible value almost immediately,” said Mr Funnell. Key focus on customer lifetime value and employee engagement The study also showed one in three SMBs put Customer Lifetime Value (CLV) ahead of customer satisfaction and customer loyalty, indicating greater market maturity. This is followed by better employee engagement and satisfaction. However, despite the buzz surrounding new digital capabilities and the fact that 60% of respondents agree that a solid customer service strategy is indispensable to gaining a competitive advantage, the study showed SMBs in Asia-Pacific are cautious in their approach. Over 52.3% of respondents believe that digital disruptions occurring across industries would only have minimal impact on their customer engagement strategy. With the exception of Australia, New Zealand and India, SMBs in most of the 13 countries polled shared a similar perspective. Funnell commented on SMBs more cautious approach to adopting digital in the Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) region, “SMBs in the Asia-Pacific region tend to have a wait-and-see attitude towards implementing new technologies for customer interactions due to often constrained technical resources and budget. This disconnect is limiting SMBs’ ability to stay ahead of their customers’ expectations and differentiate from competitors. With our proven migration path to the cloud, Genesys has made it easy and fast for SMBs to propel their customer experience forward by accessing new technologies that enable them to produce the business results that count the most, like increased revenue, sales and customer satisfaction,” said Mr Funnell. Learn more about insights from the survey and how SMBs can transform their customer experience strategy by leveraging the cloud, digital channels and AI in a webinar on Thursday 14th March at 2:30pm AEDT. Register now. Ooyala Streamlines Content Distribution for HBO Asia 2019-02-21T01:41:49Z ooyala-streamlines-content-distribution-for-hbo-asia Sydney, 21 February 2019 - – Ooyala, a leader in content production, distribution and monetisation solutions, has signed its latest client, HBO Asia, an award-winning entertainment provider, to drive efficiencies into their content distribution business across linear and OTT channels, and speed up their time to market for Asia. With the Ooyala Flex Media Platform integrating and connecting all of HBO Asia’s existing systems, processes, and tools, HBO Asia can now streamline and automate their video workflows, with a single source of access and truth. “HBO Asia is an innovative and leading brand for entertainment content in the region, and an important new client added to our fast growing customer list,” said Jonathan Huberman, CEO, Ooyala. “We are proud to be powering their content distribution business, bringing cost savings and efficiencies to their operations, and supporting them in scaling the business effectively.” HBO Asia, part of the global entertainment company HBO, brings the best of Hollywood to Asia with its award-winning original series and programmes, reaching 23 territories across Asia with five 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels. HBO content is distributed via their traditional linear channel partners, as well as to HBO’s own streaming platform, HBO GO. In order to scale and grow the business with momentum, HBO Asia will automate their content and delivery processes to increase the speed and efficiency of their media operations. The network will also leverage and consolidate their existing systems for encoding, quality control, and digital rights management into one platform and access. The Ooyala Flex Media Platform - the world’s fastest growing content supply chain solution being used by innovative content owners to simplify millions of video workflows - is used to orchestrate media workflows for HBO Asia from start to finish, and as media logistics to prepare and process content for quality control, encoding, and finally, distribution across both linear and Over-The-Top (OTT) channels. From receiving a content file, validating it, applying QC, approving it, transcoding it, packaging it with digital rights to distributing it, Ooyala Flex Media Platform streamlines the entire process, which is hosted on HBO’s premises. “Thanks to the open and flexible Ooyala Flex Media Platform, we are now able to automate our processes and distribute content to our viewers more quickly and efficiently, without any additional resources,” said Vincent Teo, HBO Asia's Head of Technology & Operations. “This frees up the team to focus on expanding the business and driving more revenue.” # # # About Ooyala: For over 10 years, Ooyala has been at the forefront of shaping the content supply chain revolution as a leading provider of OTT, content production, and digital distribution solutions. Ooyala powers linear and on demand video for the world’s largest companies, managing thousands of hours of content and serving billions of streams across all platforms. With its open APIs and vast partner ecosystem, Ooyala Flex Media Platform provides a single source of truth for managing metadata and workflows of media companies. The Ooyala Flex Media Platform enables content creators and distributors to become more agile and cost efficient by automating tasks, simplifying workflows and reducing time-to-TV-grade experiences across all screens. Ooyala has offices in the Silicon Valley, Chennai, Dallas, Guadalajara, London, Madrid, New York, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, and sales operations in many other countries across the globe. For more information, visit www.ooyala.com. For inquiries, contact us or email sales@ooyala.com. Best Tweed Heads and Northern Rivers Electrician, Elijah Barnes of EJ Electrical Works, Gives Storm Power Failure Outage Advice To Local Businesses on the Gold Coast 2019-02-19T05:47:36Z best-tweed-heads-and-northern-rivers-electrician-elijah-barnes-of-ej-electrical-works-gives-storm-power-failure-outage-advice-to-local-businesses-on-the-gold-coast The October storms that lashed the Gold Coast caused their share of damage and, at best, inconvenience. Thousands of homes were without power, and with extreme weather seeing to have become more frequent in recent years, CEO of EJ Electrical Works, EJ Barnes feels it’s time discuss thunderstorm-readiness strategies and power failure advice.Surge Protection Helps, But…Electrical storms can wreak havoc on the electrical supply. If you have expensive electronics, you do need good surge protection, but be aware of its limitations. It can cushion you against some current fluctuations, but it’s not a silver bullet.If a lightning strike is near enough, no surge protection is going to stop your electronics from getting totalled. The best protection when lightening is overhead or very near is to switch off and unplug appliances and electronics. Unplug your landline. If you really need to make a call, your mobile is a safer bet.If the power goes down, it’s wisest to unplug electronics even when there isn’t lightening nearby. Most of the time there won’t be a big enough power surge to cause damage when the power comes on, but there is a small risk. Be sure all appliances are off. For example, if a clothes iron or a stove is inadvertently left switched on, it could cause a fire when the power comes back on.Power Failure Advice Basics: LED Lights and Gas CookerCandles are nice for romantic dinners, but they are a fire hazard when used as utility lighting. EJ says there are some really cheap and effective LED lamps on the market these days and they make a better, and safer, backup for power failures. Remember to have spare batteries handy.Chances are, you have a gas cooker of some sort with your camping and outdoor gear. Keep it handy for hot drinks and food when the electricity fails. It’s a small thing, but being able to have a hot cup of coffee makes a difference. Check the gas and consider getting a backup bottle just in case.If You Suspect Water or Storm Damage Be Extra CarefulIf you’re worried that a storm has damaged electrical infrastructure or appliances, don’t try turning anything on until you’ve called an emergency electrician out to have a look. “Water and electricity are a dangerous combination. It’s better to be safe than sorry,” says Barnes. Have a professional check it out before you touch anything.Backup Electricity Source: Right for You?Barnes says that most Gold Coast households probably don’t need to bother with backup electricity. However, if there’s a reason why your home or business being off the grid would be very awkward for you, it’s perfectly feasible to look at some form of backup energy source. “It’s up to individuals and businesses to weigh the costs against the benefits,” says Barnes.If Gold Coast residents have any concerns about electrical system storm safety, you can reach businesses like EJ Electrical Works and Coastline Local Electricians via their websites giving them a call on 1300-DIAL-EJ, that’s 1300 342 535.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Best Northern Rivers Electrician Contractor, EJ Electrical Works, Provides Cheap LED Lighting Services and Explains Over-Illumination in Tweed Heads, Gold Coast 2019-02-18T05:46:08Z best-northern-rivers-electrician-contractor-ej-electrical-works-provides-cheap-led-lighting-services-and-explains-over-illumination-in-tweed-heads-gold-coast With LED lighting cutting energy costs there’s a renewed movement towards illuminating just about everything from trees to buildings – and in spaces where light is needed, we may be going altogether too bright. EJ Barnes, a Gold Coast Electrician and owner of EJ Electrical Works, points out that when it comes to lighting, too much of a good thing can be bad for us.The Many Facets of Over-IlluminationOver-illumination is a term that describes a variety of situations in which there is more light than we really need. It can refer to very high artificial light intensities, or it can refer to unnecessary lighting such as leaving an unoccupied office illuminated all night.But these days we’re recognising the need to vary light intensity depending on what we’re doing instead of opting for the brightest possible light all the time, the need to experience softer light later in the day, and our inbuilt preference for natural light.Barnes says this extends the definition of over-illumination to include too few controls to vary light intensity, not making the most of natural light during the day, and possibly, using the wrong light spectrums in artificially lit spaces.Why We Should Think About Over-IlluminationBarnes says we’ve only lately become aware of the ways in which lighting influences us on a biological level. “It’s not just eye-strain,” he explains, “it’s headaches, migraines, stress, and fatigue.”There’s also the question of utility. Barnes agrees that illuminating landmark architectural features, for example, helps to give a city its character, but he feels that we need to be cautious about what we illuminate.“Personally, I feel that illuminating the outside of a building is fine if it’s a building that’s important to a lot of people or if it’s minimalistic lighting that just helps people to find their way home in the dark. But we need to think about utility. There’s a cost and an environmental impact to lighting despite recent energy-saving options.”As for lighting areas that are both unoccupied and unseen from the outside, Barnes recommends a rethink. Security cameras can see in the dark these days, so why bother? Just turning off unnecessary lights can save businesses a lot of money in the long run.Bright Light in Retail SpacesThese days, we seem to love extremely bright light. But Barnes isn’t sure it’s good for us in the long run. Retail spaces are increasingly going for light far above the average foot-candle (fc) level of 30-40 recommended for office work. “It probably isn't comfortable for their clients, but it certainly isn’t good for their staff,” remarks Barnes.He understands why retailers love all that bright light. They literally shine out. But he recommends focussing the brightest light on featured display areas rather than regular shopping spaces and work areas. His logic is that you’ll get more visual impact from your planned displays and marketing materials that way.Gold Coast Electrician Advocates People-Centric IlluminationWhen choices need to be made, Barnes recommends that we look to people first. What people do in different settings serves as the logical guide to how they should be lit. “You shouldn’t illuminate a feature planting in a parking lot if you haven’t illuminated the walkway first – and it’s worth considering whether lighting up the feature planting has any value to speak of even if the walkways are already well-lit.As for extremely bright retail space illumination, that might be counter-productive. Research shows that shoppers are most comfortable in moderate light with a warm temperature. The very bright, white lighting designs we’re seeing in some outlets could even be putting clients off.Perfect Practicality Matches with Perfect AestheticsOver-illumination is wasteful and, very often, counterproductive, Barnes concludes. “We need to make lighting decisions around the people who use spaces. That might sometimes include lighting that’s there for purely aesthetic reasons, but its impact will have been carefully considered as part of an engineered experience.”“It makes sense that lighting that’s been designed with restraint and an eye for practicality also reflects good taste. It’s also important that we should begin to see light as a customisable feature. For now, we can look at individualising workspaces so that people can adjust lighting according to tasks and preferences. In the future, we may be able to adjust lighting automatically, for example, in response to what shoppers are doing in a store.”The key, says Barnes is practicality. Form follows function and the result is good aesthetics. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but it can be effective. If you’d like to find out how EJ Electrical Works can help you with office or retail space lighting design, visit EJ Electrical Works website or call 1300-DIAL-EJ, that’s 1300 342 535.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Best Electrician Near Me, EJ Electrical Works, Explains Affordable Decor Featured Ceiling Fans and Air Conditioning in Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast 2019-02-15T05:44:51Z best-electrician-near-me-ej-electrical-works-explains-affordable-decor-featured-ceiling-fans-and-air-conditioning-in-mermaid-beach-gold-coast With summer hotting up, Australians will be working on keeping cool, and some of the “low tech” solutions are still good ones says Gold Coast electrician EJ Barnes. What’s more, you might be interested in seeing how they’ve evolved – you might be in for a few surprises.Barnes knows more about ceiling fans than most people do: as a Gold Coast electrician, spring and summer callouts are often for the installation or maintenance of these standbys, and while you can go with basic and functional, you have far more options than you may have realised.From Smart Fans to Dreamy Décor FeaturesThe connected home trend hasn’t overlooked the possibilities it can explore with “smart” fans and several companies have come out with their versions of a high-tech ceiling fan. However, Barnes isn’t altogether convinced they’re worth getting.He’s done a lot of work on connected homes too and doesn’t see the point in remotely controlling an appliance that only works to cool skin because it moves air around. “A ceiling fan doesn’t change the air temperature. It just makes you feel cooler. When you leave the room, you may as well switch it off to save energy.”“The only real use I can think of for smart fans is to set them up so that they’ll be off during the hours you aren’t using rooms or when you’re at work, and a simple timer switch could do the same thing for a lower price.”However, it’s the arty innovations on the theme that make Barnes enthusiastic. Sometimes, it’s special touches to the classic ceiling fan design – like using genuine wood blades – sometimes it’s a move towards a steampunk look, or it could be unexpected blade shapes. There are some really creative fan designs, but Barnes warns that functionality comes first.“I like the idea of ceiling fans being an important décor feature, but the size of the fan, the strength of its motor, it’s ability to run silently, and its energy efficiency are all more important than looks.”Ceiling Fan, Air Conditioning, or Both?The way we use ceiling fans also needs a little rethinking, say Barnes. As an alternative to air conditioning, they will certainly save energy. They could still save you energy if you use them as a way to delay the decision to use air conditioning, but they probably won’t work to reduce energy consumption if you use both at the same time.The theory is that people with ceiling fans will choose higher temperature thermostat settings when they turn on the AC, but a Florida researcher disproved that back in 1996 after checking thermostat settings against ceiling fan use and finding no significant differences.“Fans are very effective for cooling if you position them well and if you choose the right fan for the space,” says Barnes. “There’s a specific formula for choosing the right size fan, and you also need to think about its power. After that, you can look at extras like those super-cool fan designs.”EJ Electrical Works are Gold Coast electricians, tackling everything from big construction projects to minor home repairs for local householders. They can be reached via their website or by calling 07 - 3833 4405.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Top Casuarina Homes Designer and Best Coolangatta Electrical Contractor Provides Affordable Services on the Gold Coast 2019-02-14T05:43:01Z top-casuarina-homes-designer-and-best-coolangatta-electrical-contractor-provides-affordable-services-on-the-gold-coast Casuarina may still be a relatively quiet spot, but the beachfront setting is attracting developers and private individuals with an eye for luxury modern design says Gold Coast Electrician, EJ Barnes. In fact, the electrical contractor, who has been responsible for the execution of dramatic lighting designs at many of these designer properties, is in awe at some of the projects in which his business has participated.“They’re private homes,” says EJ, “but everything about them is cutting-edge. We’re talking palatial residences that feature everything of the very best.” According to EJ, many of the builds are investments: “You’ll complete the project, and before long, you’ll see the place on the market as the premium coastal property in the area.”One project, in particular, really stands out for Barnes. It features a space-age style overhang and seems to more closely resemble a spaceship than a building. The double-storey home features floor to ceiling glass and a swimming pool that spans the length of the property.“I’ve never seen anything like it,” says Barnes, “and I wasn’t surprised to hear that it attracted interest from all over the world when it hit the market.”Barnes is especially proud that many of the images you’ll see of this much-publicised property are evening shots. Still, he thinks he could have predicted the photography preference. After all, the lighting is a striking feature, and his company was responsible for its installation. “It looks great by day,” he says, “but I’m especially pleased with the night-time look. It’s stunning.”It wasn’t only the lighting that occupied Barnes and his team. The all-mod-cons home features zoned air conditioning, CCTV, and Google Home Automation. Now, the burning question is where the buyer will come from. the house is currently advertised for sale at close on $4million with an alternative price listed in bitcoins - a futuristic touch that some may still call a leap of faith given the currency’s volatility.“I don’t think it’ll be a guesthouse,” says Barnes. “There isn’t really enough parking for that. As to who’ll buy it - all I can say is that they’ll need to be very wealthy indeed.” After finding the property online, we’re inclined to agree. After all, few properties can boast as much publicity, professional photography, or videography - or an estate agent ruining his dry-clean-only suit in the lap pool for the sake of a sales video.Meanwhile, Barnes is quietly proud of EJ Electrical Work’s role in the construction of one of the most-talked-about properties in Australia. “We’re trusted with premium projects because we’re brilliant at what we do,” says Barnes. “It’s as simple as that.”Despite a string of prestigious projects, Barnes keeps his feet on the ground. His company is there to help every client that contacts it. It could be something as simple as breaker that keeps tripping - or it could be the electrical works for a shopping centre, an architect-designed house, or your (much more down-to-earth) home renovations.“We love looking back on amazing projects like this one,” says Barnes, “but at the end of the day, it’s satisfied customers and a job well done that matter most.”If you’d like to put the company responsible for electrical works at a multi-million-dollar designer home to the test with your broken light-switch - or a massive improvement project, you’re welcome to get in touch, says EJ. Contact EJ Electrical Works via its website, or give them a call on 1300-DIAL-EJ, that’s 1300 342 535.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Best Tweed Heads and Northern Rivers Safety Electrician, EJ Electrical Works, Gold Coast Contractor Warns Against Cheap Components Nearby 2019-02-13T05:41:51Z best-tweed-heads-and-northern-rivers-safety-electrician-ej-electrical-works-gold-coast-contractor-warns-against-cheap-components-nearby Australia prides itself in some of the best product-safety legislation in the world, but consumers still need to be alert, particularly when it comes to building materials and electrical components warns EJ Barnes, CEO of a Gold Coast electrical contracting firm.It has been in the news since 2013, and although there has no doubt been progress, Barnes warns that non-compliant building materials and components still find their way onto building sites. As he points out, our legislation may be excellent, but enforcement may not be as easy as it sounds.“A lot of building materials and components are imported,” he says, “and I’m not convinced that they’re all checked for compliance with our safety standards.”It’s a valid concern and one that comes back to haunt us for years after the materials have been used. The Infinity cables scandal in which retailers sold non-compliant electrical cable may be a few years old, but with an estimated 40,000 Australian homes having used it, it would be impossible to know just how many have replaced it for a safer option.The fire at the Docklands Lacrosse Tower in 2015 which consumed 13 stories of apartments in just 15 minutes triggered a spike in awareness, but more than 3 years later, Barnes isn’t convinced that the problem has been eliminated despite the tragedy. “Non-compliant building materials and electrical components are still common in my opinion,” he says.In many instances, non-compliant components are cheaper than ones that pass muster. It’s unfair, says Barnes, since Australian companies go to a lot of expense making sure their products are in line with safety standards. “Then along comes an importer with a non-compliant, cheap product, and whether because of buyer ignorance or greed, the local manufacturer has to compete with lower pricing.”In the end, says Barnes, it’s consumers who are at risk, and the motivation for placing them in this position isn’t acceptable. “You can save a few dollars by using non-compliant materials - and you could end up being responsible for deaths. It’s just not worth it.”There are a few measures that electrical and construction clients can take to ensure that they’re getting safe installations, says Barnes. To begin with, it pays to be suspicious of surprisingly low quotes for work.“If you’re seeing quotes way below what other professionals are charging, you may not have found a bargain,” he warns. “Check itemised quotes carefully. Determine where the contractor aims to save costs and consider how it might affect you. If component costs are remarkably low, you could be looking at non-compliant materials, and that’s downright dangerous.”Consumers also need to check whether they’ll get certified work. Getting a certificate of compliance is a must, and if a business won’t issue one, it is operating outside the law. A compliance certificate isn’t bullet-proof, but Barnes says most construction contractors will do due diligence when issuing one.Building inspectors have been criticised for declaring projects as being compliant after minimal physical inspection of works, but for Barnes, vouching for compliance means supervising in person and checking all completed work himself. “That certificate means I’m personally responsible for the safety of the installation,” he says. “It’s not something I take lightly.”The issue of building safety and non-compliance in the construction industry isn’t going away anytime soon, but with ethical businesses like EJ Electrical Works and Coastline Local Electricians striving for the highest safety standards, consumers can proceed with confidence. If you’d like to know more about this local Gold Coast business, you can reach Barnes via his website or by calling or give them a call on 1300-DIAL-EJ, that’s 1300 342 535.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Blue Prism Achieves Stellar Customer Growth in FY2018 Being Fueled by Successful Adoptions of Connected-RPA 2019-02-12T21:30:00Z blue-prism-achieves-stellar-customer-growth-in-fy2018-being-fueled-by-successful-adoptions-of-connected-rpa-1 London and Austin, TX and Sydney — February 12, 2019 — Following on the heels of the company’s recently announced connected-RPA product roadmap and vision, Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM), stated that it closed FY2018 with revenue up 125 percent to £55.2m, being driven by widespread customer adoption across dozens of vertical industries, in 67 countries. Currently, more than 1,000 global organizations are using Blue Prism’s connected-RPA software to empower employees to invent, design and swiftly develop new disruptive services based on the company’s digital workforce. To help sustain and accelerate this growth the company just announced an additional £100M (approx. USD $130M) in new funding to support continued investments in R&D, sales, marketing, customer experience, community and global expansion. “We set out with the ambitious goal of democratizing IT more than a decade ago, which is now starting to reach to fruition via our connected-RPA offering,” said Alastair Bathgate, Blue Prism CEO and Co-Founder. “We’ve painstakingly proven ourselves repeatedly in some of the world’s most heavily regulated industries which has resulted in a highly differentiated digital workforce. Our market momentum will only increase as we continue to build out automation capabilities enabling easy access to leading-edge cloud, AI and cognitive capabilities.” For FY2018, Blue Prism closed 545 new enterprise customers globally — a 108 percent increase in customers over FY2017. Blue Prism’s customer base in the United States grew by 158 percent to 349 customers in total, with 214 being new customers and 224 from upsells. Other key highlights for the second half of FY2018 include: Continued customer momentum: New marquee client names added over the past year include ABB Group, Blue Cross, Bombardier, Dow Chemical, Cardinal Health, ERGO Germany, Opus Energy, PayPal Holdings, Royal Caribbean Cruise, State of New Mexico, TJX Europe and Air New Zealand to name but a few. These new customer wins highlight Blue Prism’s broad appeal across multiple vertical industries including manufacturing, financial services, insurance, energy and transportation. Geographic expansion and talent acquisition: To serve customers locally, Blue Prism opened four new offices—Germany, France, Singapore and Hong Kong, while more than doubling the company’s headcount in 2018. U.S. government expertise: Blue Prism launched its US public-sector practice last March, which is designed to enable quick and easy RPA deployments across federal, state and local government agencies, via its broad partner network including the likes of Accenture Federal, Appian, Deloitte, EY, Guidehouse (formerly PwC Public Sector), IBM and KPMG. The company’s RPA software is now available to federal agencies on GSA IT Schedule 70 (GS-35F-0511T), through value-added distributor EC America (ImmixGroup), helping the US government create the workforce for the 21st Century. Leveraging AI and R&D investments: Blue Prism continues to enable customers to leverage the R&D budgets of some of the IT industry’s largest players including AWS, Google, Microsoft and IBM by easily accessing some of their latest technologies. The company announced “out of the box” API integrations with these vendors, enabling operational AI at scale for customers. In FY2018, Blue Prism continued to integrate leading-edge AI, machine learning, analytics and cloud capabilities into its RPA platform. Blue Prism also opened its research labs in London—a world-class brain trust of PhD level research scientists and engineers, who inform developments on the company’s embedded AI capabilities. Continued product innovation: Building on customer demand, Blue Prism introduced numerous capabilities to its RPA platform that enable users to speed up processes, increase access to crucial data and digitize workflows. In addition, the company launched its intelligent automation marketplace in November, the Blue Prism Digital Exchange (DX), which has seen a 500 percent increase in registered companies including customers, technology and channel partners. Blue Prism’s DX now has over 300 registered companies and 1,000 registered users making it a leading online RPA community that provides drag and drop access to intelligent automation (IA), machine learning, cognitive and other disruptive technologies. About Blue Prism In this digital era where start-ups are constantly disrupting markets, only the most agile and innovative enterprises survive and thrive. At Blue Prism, we pioneered Robotic Process Automation (RPA), emerging as the trusted and secure intelligent automation choice for the Fortune 500 and public-sector market. Now we bring you connected-RPA supported by the Digital Exchange (DX) app store—marrying internal entrepreneurship with the power of crowdsourced innovation. Blue Prism connected-RPA can automate and perform mission critical processes, allowing your people the freedom to focus on more creative, meaningful work. More than 1,000 major enterprise customers leverage Blue Prism’s digital workforce, empowering their people to automate billions of transactions while returning hundreds of millions of hours of work back to the business. Visit www.blueprism.com to learn more about Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM). Follow Blue Prism on Twitter @blue_prism and on LinkedIn. ### Media Contacts Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 sue@einsteinz.com.au MyNetFone Business partners with the Australian Property Institute 2019-02-12T21:00:00Z mynetfone-business-partners-with-the-australian-property-institute Sydney – 13 February 2019 – MyNetFone Business, a provider of new-generation hosted communications services and part of the MNF Group, has partnered with property professionals member organisation, the Australian Property Institute (API). It is the second of a series of planned strategic partnerships with key SMB member groups to drive awareness, support and understanding of the efficiencies modern technology can create. With a membership base of over 8000 property experts, API members will have exclusive access to MyNetFone Business’s comprehensive suite of cloud communication products and services as part of the strategic partnership. Apart from discounted rates on 4G Mobile, Cloud Phone and Business Internet (NBN, DSL, Ethernet), MyNetFone will be supporting the industry with thought-leadership in technology, via a series of webinars, promotions and events. “MyNetFone aspires to be the go-to business partner for SMBs in Australia. We are endeavouring to help SMBs get ahead by partnering with key SMB member-organisations in order to offer strategic assistance on their growth journey,” Lee Atkinson, MyNetFone’s General Manager for Small Business and Channel Partners said. “We’re committed to helping Australia’s SMBs realise the value that the right technology can bring.” The first of a series of webinars, promotions and events to support the API will be a Ted-style talk to be held Melbourne on March 14th on how technology will help shape the property sector. Amelia Hodge, CEO of API commented, “API is the pre-eminent body for property professionals in Australia. Our partnership with MyNetFone will help our members build their property business utilising Australia’s most modern communications network, along with access to technological insights and forward-thinking advice from SMB technology experts.” In October 2018, MNF Group announced it was renewing its commitment to the SMB sector and revealed its first SMB member-group strategic partnership with the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF). /ENDS About MyNetFone MyNetFone is Australia’s largest provider of hosted voice and data communications services for business and residential users. MyNetFone is part of the MNF Group, one of Asia-Pacific’s fastest growing technology companies. Listed on the ASX since 2006, it is now twice the winner of the Forbes Asia-Pacific “Best under a Billion” award. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, the company has over 400 people located across Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. MNF develops and operates a global communications network and software suite enabling some of the world’s leading innovators to deliver new-generation communications solutions. For further information about MyNetFone please visit: https://business.mynetfone.com.au About API The Australian Property Institute is the leading and contemporary membership organisation for property professionals that develops and supports our members to advise the community and business. Members of the Australian Property Institute are impartial, objective and independent. For further information about API please visit https://www.api.org.au/about-api For further information please contact: Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications T: (02) 8905 0995 E: sue@einsteinz.com.au EJ Electrical Works Near Local Burleigh Beachfront Pavilion Provides 24/7 Emergency Electrician Services Around the Gold Coast, Tweed Heads and Northern Rivers 2019-02-12T05:40:09Z ej-electrical-works-near-local-burleigh-beachfront-pavilion-provides-24-7-emergency-electrician-services-around-the-gold-coast-tweed-heads-and-northern-rivers It may only be November, but local electrician, EJ Barnes, can’t wait for December to arrive. That’s when the revamped Burleigh Pavilion will fully open its doors to the public. But it’s not just a matter of Barnes looking forward to a cold beer and the view from the expanded second floor dining area - for him, it will be a personal triumph.The Pavilion’s renovation has been a hugely ambitious project with a price tag that’s widely reported to be in the region of $9 million. Barnes’s business, EJ Electrical Works, won a tender for necessary electrical upgrades, and he’s had an insider view of the process from the time the project started.“I would have been saddened if the iconic facade had changed too much,” he says, “but the developers have done a wonderful job of preserving the original appearance of the building despite all the changes. Although not all renovations are real improvements, this one certainly is.”EJ’s business isn’t a large one, but he says that landing this project and successfully completing it, will be the ultimate proof of his business’s capacity. “We’ve always worked to be highly professional,” he says, “but we’re not what you’d call a big business. Now, all the world can see that when we say what we’re capable of, we aren’t exaggerating.”Of course, it’s not the first time that EJ Electrical has taken on ambitious projects, but few could be as high-profile as this one. “We’ve done work at malls, shopping centres, clinics, office buildings, and more,” says EJ “but this project takes the cake. It’s the kind of thing you want to tell everyone about, and when you do, they think you might be telling a tall tale!”One of the things that EJ likes most about the Burleigh Pavilion renovation is the plans its owners have for the upper-floor restaurant. It will be an impressive space that can accommodate up to 600 patrons, and a top chef will be in charge of the cuisine.But May Hotels, the developers behind the project, say they’re looking at a reasonably priced, casual venue where beach goers can relax in casual wear and enjoy the view over the ocean. “It’s a landmark, and it’s going to be even better than it was before,” says Barnes. “I’m looking forward to being able to tell my mates I was a part of making it possible.”So, if you’re passing by the Burleigh Pavilion at sundowner-time this December, you might want to look out for the EJ Electrical Works vans parked outside, because if they are, EJ and his team might just be there for a cold one at the end of the working day.If, on the other hand, you’d prefer a more traditional approach to meeting up with your electricians, just visit the EJ Electrical Works or Coastline Local Electricians websites, or call EJ’s team on 1300-DIAL-EJ, that’s 1300 342 535. “We do big construction projects,” says EJ, “but we’re just as happy to help people with their home electrical work. The service remains the same.”Syndicated by Baxton Media.