The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-06-25T00:50:47Z Gartner Says HR Leaders Must Establish Consequential Accountability to Achieve Diverse Leadership Benches 2021-06-25T00:50:47Z gartner-says-hr-leaders-must-establish-consequential-accountability-to-achieve-diverse-leadership-benches STAMFORD, Conn., June 22, 2021 — To achieve and sustain diversity in leadership benches, HR organisations must adopt consequential accountability, which meaningfully impacts behaviour and outcomes for individual leaders, according to Gartner, Inc. Despite mounting external and internal pressures to prioritise and make demonstrable improvements on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), organisations continue to struggle to make real and rapid headway. The Gartner 2021 Leadership Progression and Diversity Survey of 3,500 employees in February 2021 revealed that organisations that embrace consequential accountability will reach gender parity 13 years earlier and racial parity 6 years earlier in their leadership benches. Consequential accountability integrates DEI measures into leaders’ performance evaluation processes to ensure that there is mutual understanding of, and commitment to, DEI as a strategic priority. “Consequential accountability ensures that senior leaders make meaningful progress against their DEI goals in order to progress in their organisation,” said Leah Johnson, vice president, advisory, in the Gartner HR practice. HR leaders cite a lack of diversity in the pipeline as the top challenge to diversifying the leadership bench. While many organisations have attempted to address this by investing in recruiting diverse talent, particularly entry level employees, Gartner analysis shows progression of underrepresented talent stalls in mid-level and senior level positions. Ultimately, talent progression comes down to the decisions and behaviours of senior leaders. Implementing consequential accountability to diversify the leadership bench requires HR to work with business leaders across the organisation on three key areas: Inform Leader Decision-Making Many HR organisations offer unconscious bias training to their employees to reduce workplace bias and help leaders think differently about talent and diversity. However, Gartner research has found this has no significant impact on ensuring an organisation’s performance management processes are unbiased. HR must take a two-pronged approach to address how leaders make decisions: First, organisations must redefine criteria leaders use to make talent decisions with a focus on eliminating bias to drive equitable talent decisions. Second, HR leaders should integrate objective data into talent processes around leaders’ key decision-making moments, such as evaluating candidates for a promotion or analysing the health of succession pools. Customise Strategies Progressive organisations are both contextualising and localising their DEI goals, strategies and action plans. HR should partner with local and/or business unit leaders to first identify diversity gaps in their talent pools and progression tracks to uncover unique challenges or concerns that may prevent them from taking action on DEI goals. HR should then establish localised DEI teams to support business leaders as they implement their own DEI solutions. Require Outcomes for Leader Advancement “When leaders are not held accountable for advancing DEI goals, yet are personally responsible for advancing talent, this creates a disconnect,” said Caitlin Duffy, research director in the Gartner HR practice. “Consequential accountability helps close these gaps in an accelerated and sustainable way by increasing personal urgency and relevance for leaders.” HR leaders should work closely with business leaders to develop organisation-wide DEI strategies that are mutually understood and elevate DEI outcomes to the same priority as other business goals. Specifically, HR should implement the following three tactics: Create standardised mechanisms to monitor and track leaders’ progress against individual DEI goals. Establish peer-to-peer leader transparency around DEI measures to motivate individuals toward action. Integrate DEI measures into performance evaluation processes to ensure leaders’ advancement in the organisation requires them to lead inclusively.  Gartner clients can read more in the report “Diversifying the Leadership Bench.” About the Gartner HR Practice The Gartner HR practice brings together the best relevant content approaches across Gartner to offer individual decision makers strategic business advice on the mission-critical priorities that cut across the HR function. Additional information is available at http://www.gartner.com/en/human-resources/human-resources-leaders. Follow news and updates from the Gartner HR practice on Twitter and LinkedIn using #GartnerHR. About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities and build the successful organisations of tomorrow. Our unmatched combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on the issues that matter most. We are a trusted advisor and objective resource for more than 14,000 enterprises in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and enterprise size. To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit www.gartner.com. Gartner Forecasts 51% of Global Knowledge Workers Will Be Remote at the End of 2021 2021-06-25T00:46:51Z gartner-forecasts-51-of-global-knowledge-workers-will-be-remote-at-the-end-of-2021 22 June 2021 — By the end of 2021, 51% of all knowledge workers worldwide are expected to be working remotely, up from 27% of knowledge workers in 2019, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner also estimates that remote workers will represent 32% of all employees worldwide by the end of 2021. This is up from 17% of employees in 2019. Gartner defines knowledge workers are those who are involved in knowledge-intensive occupations, such as writers, accountants, or engineers. Gartner defines a remote worker as an employee working away from their company, government, or customer site at least one full day a week (hybrid workers) or who work fully from home (fully remote workers). “A hybrid workforce is the future of the work, with both remote and on-site part of the same solution to optimize employers’ workforce needs,” said Ranjit Atwal, senior research director at Gartner. Remote working varies considerably around the world depending on IT adoption, culture, and mix of industries. In 2022, 31% of all workers worldwide will be remote (a mix of hybrid and fully remote). The U.S. will lead in terms of remote workers in 2022, accounting for 53% of the U.S. workforce. Across Europe, U.K. remote workers will represent 52% of its workforce in 2022, while remote workers in Germany and France will account for 37% and 33%, respectively. In Australia, 44% of workers are expected to work remotely at least one day per week in 2022. India and China will produce some of the largest numbers of remote workers, but their overall penetration rates will remain relatively low with 30% of workers in India being remote and 28% of workers in China working remote. Impact on How IT Is Procured and Used Through 2024 The lasting impact of remote work is resulting in a reassessment of the IT infrastructure that shifts buyer requirements to demand work-anywhere capabilities. “Through 2024, organizations will be forced to bring forward digital business transformation plans by at least five years. Those plans will have to adapt to a post-COVID-19 world that involves permanently higher adoption of remote work and digital touchpoints,” said Mr. Atwal. Digital products and services will play a big role in these digital transformation efforts. This longer strategic plan requires continued investment in strategic remote-first technology continuity implementations along with new technologies such as hyperautomation, AI and collaboration technologies to open up more flexibility of location choice in job roles. A hybrid workforce will continue to increase the demand for PCs and tablets. In 2021, PC and tablet shipments will exceed 500 million units for the first time in history, highlighting the demand across both business and consumer markets.  Organizations also deployed cloud to quickly enable remote workers. Gartner forecasts worldwide end-user spending on public cloud services will grow 23.1% in 2021 as CIOs and IT leaders continue to prioritize cloud-delivered applications, such as software as a service (SaaS). SaaS applications are designed for remote access and aren’t constrained by the location of the workers using the application. Social and collaboration tools will continue to be a “must have” which will lead the worldwide social software and collaboration revenue market to increase 17.1% in 2021. In terms of connectivity, many organizations had to change and adapt many IT approaches to ensure business continuity among their remote workers. By 2024, at least 40% of all remote access usage will be served predominantly by zero trust network access (ZTNA), up from less than 5% at the end of 2020. While most of these organizations will not completely retire all their client-facing VPN services, ZTNA will become the primary replacement technology. Gartner clients can read more in “Forecast Analysis: Remote and Hybrid Workers, Worldwide.” Learn how to make faster, smarter decisions – and generate stronger performance – by reinventing where, when and how work is done in the Gartner Future of Work Resource Center. About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice, and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities and build the successful organizations of tomorrow. Our unmatched combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on the issues that matter most. We are a trusted advisor and objective resource for more than 14,000 enterprises in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and organization size. To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit www.gartner.com. Hitachi Vantara Enhances Lumada with the Acquisition of Smart Data Management Company Io-Tahoe 2021-06-24T21:59:22Z hitachi-vantara-enhances-lumada-with-the-acquisition-of-smart-data-management-company-io-tahoe SYDNEY – 25 JUN 2021 – Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure, data management, and digital solutions subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. (TSE: 6501), has acquired data management innovator Io-Tahoe, a subsidiary of the UK energy company Centrica. Founded in 2017, Io-Tahoe brings together data engineering, science, and analytics on an open, unified platform, enabling data teams to collaborate and innovate faster. The addition of Io-Tahoe is the latest in a series of investments by Hitachi, enhancing the company’s ambition and strategy to be the leader in the digital transformation of critical social infrastructure sectors such as energy, transportation, financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing. Io-Tahoe's AI-driven data management software helps Fortune 1000 clients address their toughest data challenges by driving data quality, data lineage, workflow approval, and governance and regulatory compliance to deliver meaningful business outcomes. These capabilities will be integrated with the Lumada DataOps Suite – a flexible data management fabric that provides integration, catalog, and edge capabilities. “We are excited to add Io-Tahoe’s superior technology in data governance, quality and compliance to our Lumada DataOps Suite,” said, Radhika Krishnan, chief product officer at Hitachi Vantara. “We’re dedicated to enabling our customers to transform their businesses through data and this acquisition dramatically strengthens our ability to do so. As data environments become increasingly complex, Lumada will now provide more context and meaning to information, allowing data innovators to leverage data more accurately with improved time to value.” “Hitachi Vantara is the perfect fit for Io-Tahoe’s data automation technology,” said Ajay Vohora, chief executive officer (CEO) of Io-Tahoe. “The Lumada DataOps Suite should be a cornerstone in any data-driven initiative and its integration with Io-Tahoe’s technology creates a compelling set of offerings with true business impact across a number of industries.” Io-Tahoe is led by Ajay Vohora, who received his PhD in Data Science from Cambridge University, England. Ajay, along with Io-Tahoe’s talented teammates in New York, Europe and India, will report into Hitachi Vantara Chief Product Officer, Radhika Krishnan. Connect With Hitachi VantaraTwitterLinkedInFacebook ReferencesForrester: Your Business Is Only As Fast As Your Data About Hitachi VantaraHitachi Vantara, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., guides our customers from what’s now to what’s next by solving their digital challenges. Working alongside each customer, we apply our unmatched industrial and digital capabilities to their data and applications to benefit both business and society. More than 80% of the Fortune 100 trust Hitachi Vantara to help them develop new revenue streams, unlock competitive advantages, lower costs, enhance customer experiences, and deliver social and environmental value. Visit us at www.hitachivantara.com. About Hitachi, Ltd.Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is focused on its Social Innovation Business that combines information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and products. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2020 (ended March 31, 2021) totaled 8,729.1 billion yen ($78.6 billion), with 871 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 350,000 employees worldwide. Hitachi is working to increase social, environmental and economic value for its customers across six domains; IT, Energy, Industry, Mobility, Smart Life and Automotive Systems through Lumada, Hitachi's advanced digital solutions, services, and technologies for turning data into insights to drive digital innovation. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at https://www.hitachi.com. ### HITACHI is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. All other trademarks, service marks, and company names are properties of their respective owners. GLOBAL FINTECH RANKINGS 2021: Australia now ranked 6th in the world 2021-06-23T23:32:11Z global-fintech-rankings-2021-australia-now-ranked-6th-in-the-world More than 50 new cities and 20 new countries have been added to findexable’s Global Fintech RankingsThe value of fintech unicorn companies has more than doubledThe evolution of fintech in a country is highly correlated to financial inclusion in emerging economiesThe 2021 findexable Global Fintech Rankings is produced in partnership with Mambu, the market-leading cloud banking and financial services platformSYDNEY – 24 June 2021: A new report by findexable shows that 2020 was a year in which the financial technology (‘fintech’) sector expanded globally and financially, building upon a surge in demand for technology that increases access to digital finance. Previous reports showed that this trend was accelerating, but over the period covered by this year’s report diversity among fintech companies exploded, with 50 new cities and 20 new countries added to the index, meaning that they host the headquarters of at least 10 privately-owned fintech companies.The 2021 Global Fintech Rankings, powered by Mambu, identifies emerging hubs, fintech companies and trends. The Index algorithm ranks the fintech ecosystems of more than 264 cities across 83 countries incorporating data from findexable’s own records and collated and verified by its Global Partnership Network, including Crunchbase, StartupBlink, SEMrush and 60+ fintech associations globally. The index was first published in 2019 and has seen a huge uptake by the fintech industry. This year’s Global Fintech Rankings report shows that although major technology and finance centres like London, New York and San Francisco are still global centres of development, the fintech industry is becoming more geographically diverse. Several African countries have debuted on the list, including the Seychelles, Rwanda, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Somalia, and cities like Riyadh and Tel Aviv have moved up the rankings, with the latter joining the top ten cities in the world for fintech growth. With more fintech companies being founded in a greater range of locales, from Flutterwave in sub-Saharan Africa to the digital currency launched in the Bahamas, the needs of specific populations are being served by people from those areas. In total, of the 83 countries in the rankings this year more than 20% are new entrants. In short, emerging markets and digitally savvy but underbanked populations continue to be sources of fintech innovation. This speaks to one of the report’s larger themes, which is that fintech is bridging gaps in consumers’ lives, many of them revealed or made more urgent by the COVID-19 pandemic. Data from Mastercard showed that in the first quarter of 2020 there was a greater shift to digital banking in ten weeks than there had been in the previous five years. Fintech can no longer be dismissed as a fad but is a part of billions of peoples’ lives – ‘fintech for all rather than the few’. However, there is a significant gap between major players and the next generation of innovators in terms of funding that needs to be addressed to keep the industry moving forward with new ideas. There also remains a gap between the customers of fintechs – women are often early adopters, while emerging markets are sources of giant user bases - and the people leading them.The report also shows that significant investment came into the sector during the year. The number of ‘unicorn’ companies (privately-held start-ups with a valuation of more than $1 billion) has increased dramatically, with multi-billion dollar ‘mega-rounds’ from a handful of companies propelling the total invested in fintech unicorns to $440 billion, up from $199 billion in April 2020. This dramatic increase in investment means that fintech unicorns now account for 20% of total tech unicorn value.Findexable’s founder and CEO Simon Hardie explains: “The level of investment and activity in the fintech sector is hugely gratifying for those of us who have been championing the industry. It is especially good to see that the pandemic didn’t slow down, and may have in fact accelerated, the adoption of fintech in parts of the world that have previously been underserved.”He adds: “Just as important as whether the industry is growing is the question of whether the industry as a whole is helping ordinary people solve the problems of financial access, cost and simplicity. A University of Illinois study conducted with last year’s data showed that ‘a country’s level of fintech development is highly related to improvements in financial inclusion in emerging economies.’ We can extrapolate from this that the increase in fintech companies in under-banked regions will lead to greater financial inclusion in those areas.”Elliott Limb, Mambu’s Chief Customer Officer, comments: “Fintechs are part of a global revolution to make financial services easier, faster and simpler. They are changing the way we save, spend, borrow, and invest money. Whether competing, cooperating or supporting traditional financial institutions, they are reshaping digital services for a real-time, on-demand world.”He adds: “This is why we are proud to have earned our stripes in this imagination-rich community and stepped up to sponsor the Global Fintech Index. The need to understand where the energy and ideas are being created is a tool that decision makers need. Whether it is an aspiring unicorn, a neobank seeking new markets, a provider that wants to go digital, or a financial institution that wants to act like a fintech, you need a roadmap...a guide to where to begin and where to go. This is why a ranking system is important.”Kristofer Rogers, Mambu's General Manager ANZ, added: “Australia has solidified its position as a leader in the global FinTech space in this year’s Global Fintech Rankings, moving up another two places to now be ranked at number 6 in the world and number 2 in the Asia Pacific region. Sydney has come in just outside the Top 10 at number 11 in the City rankings, with Melbourne at number 25 and Brisbane breaking into the Top 100 for the first time at number 98. What’s particularly exciting about the past 12 months is that we’re seeing bigger deal sizes and successful exits that are comparable to more celebrated hubs like San Francisco and, closer to home, Singapore. "The Australian FinTech space has always enjoyed a lot of support in the past from leaders including our Prime Minister Scott Morrison and, more recently, with Senator Andrew Bragg flying the flag in support of a growing FinTech ecosystem in Australia. But with local venture capital firms and early stage investors now enjoying big returns, things are beginning to get very exciting for Australian entrepreneurs and innovators."Australia’s thriving fintech industry has seen some incredible innovations over the past 12 months, with the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in enormously accelerated acceptance and adoption of digital banking technologies across all demographics. It’s an exciting time to be working in the fintech space, and we look forward to further investment and activity in the sector as Australia’s banking and financial services industry continues its digital revolution.”For the purpose of the Index algorithm, fintech is any business that applies a technologically enabled innovation specifically geared for the provision or distribution of financial services. The country and city rankings were calculated from a total score comprised of a combination of three metrics:Quantity – Size of fintech ecosystem and supporting structures – number of fintechs, fintech hubs, co-working spaces, accelerators, global influencers and population (countries only)Quality – Impact/performance – size and growth of fintechs (e.g. number of unicorns), investment, events, value generation, international collaboration, website rankingEnvironment – ease of doing business, critical mass, regulatory environment – regulatory interventions to improve competitive environment, incentives for start-ups, internet censorship, payment portals, fintech courses.To learn more and download a copy of the report, visit: https://findexable.com/ ENDSAbout findexableA global IndexThe Global Fintech Index (GFI) by findexable is the first global, real-time, objective ranking of all cities where there is a fintech cluster. The rankings are determined and updated using our proprietary algorithm. It is digital and real-time. It uses open data & data sharing to create a continuously updated index.A global missionThe GFI is designed to highlight opportunities and drive transparency across the ecosystem. We are on a mission to help financial institutions, governments and investors understand how innovation is evolving, where to invest, and what it takes to build a thriving fintech ecosystem. findexable.com About MambuMambu is the market-leading SaaS cloud banking and financial services platform. Mambu fast-tracks the design and build of nearly any type of financial product for banks, lenders, fintechs, retailers, telcos and more. Our unique composable approach means that independent components, systems and connectors can be configured any way our clients require to meet their customer’s needs. Founded in 2011, Mambu has 500 employees​ and ​180 customers globally including N26, OakNorth, Tandem, ABN AMRO, Bank Islam and Orange Bank. www.mambu.comMedia contactsAUSTRALIARachel McDougall, Whitehat Agency, Email: rachel@whitehatagency.com.au or Tel +61 (0)401 694 301UK/EUROPEDenise Gee, MD Findexable, Email: denise@findexable.com or Tel: +44 (0)779 376 8109 AlayaCare Raises $241 Million to Accelerate the Digital Transformation of Aged Care 2021-06-23T10:13:22Z alayacare-raises-241-million-to-accelerate-the-digital-transformation-of-aged-care AlayaCare, a global aged care software company, today announced a AUD$241 million (CAD$225M) Series D funding round led by Generation Investment Management LLP with participation from Klass Capital and incumbent investors Inovia Capital (“Inovia”), CDPQ, and Investissement Québec. AlayaCare has scaled its business substantially powering more than one billion client visits around the world. The US is now the fastest growing part of AlayaCare’s business, representing 7x growth in the last 24 months.   Today’s announcement fuels AlayaCare’s mission to deliver aged care of the future through transformative innovation, data-driven insights, and a superior care worker experience that ultimately delivers better client outcomes and lower costs for providers. AlayaCare will use the funding to continue global expansion, hire additional staff and further invest in innovation capabilities to build a more complete post-acute offering in addition to products that help solve labour market issues around employee shortages and churn.   According to Precedence Research, the global aged care market size is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of more than 8%. In Australia alone it’s projected that the number of people aged 65 and over will increase by more than double to 7.5 million by 2050. The explosive growth of the ageing population – combined with a growing prevalence of chronic diseases, a global shortage of care workers and a shift to value-based reimbursement – is forcing a rethink of how care is delivered.   “Employee shortages and retention continues to be one of the biggest headaches for all service providers. AlayaCare is uniquely positioned to help tackle common pain points related to scheduling challenges and balancing client and care worker preferences,” said Adrian Schauer, CEO & Founder, AlayaCare. “Our innovative technology helps run the back office more efficiently, allowing care staff to focus on outcomes instead of paperwork. Through the support and confidence of our investors, customers, partners and employees, we are excited to scale the AlayaCare platform.”      Today, more than 500 aged care organisations around the world rely on AlayaCare’s leading software to improve operational efficiencies through its modern, intelligent software. A key differentiator of the platform is its artificial intelligence (“AI”)-based predictive models that enable business leaders to spend less time on manual tasks, and more time focused on growing their organisations as they seek to meet the huge demand coming from health systems for aged care. The AlayaCare platform also has robust third-party application programming interface (“API”) integration, enabling customers to integrate it holistically within their existing systems. Today’s announcement accelerates AlayaCare’s global growth strategy and will enable organisations around the world to access the award-winning platform. “We fundamentally believe that treating people in the home is key to building a sustainable health system that provides better outcomes at lower cost. AlayaCare provides a win-win for both clients and providers by meeting the strongly growing demand for care at home with a more modern, efficient, data-driven and easy-to-use system that vastly improves the experience for care workers and their organisations,” said Dave Easton, Growth Equity Partner at Generation Investment Management LLP. AlayaCare provides a win-win for both clients and providers by meeting the strongly growing demand for care at home with a more modern, efficient, data-driven and easy-to-use system that vastly improves the experience for care workers and their organisations,” said Dave Easton, Growth Equity Partner, Generation Investment Management LLP. “We look forward to supporting AlayaCare as it doubles down on its investment in R&D and builds out the next generation of aged care software, further building on its machine learning capabilities to help its customers prepare for a more tech-enabled, efficient and value-based future.”   “Avivo is a long-time AlayaCare customer. Our business, staff and customers have benefited greatly from AlayaCare’s innovative solutions that directly help us support people living with disability or ageing to live a good life and to thrive in their community,” said Sue Paterniti, Technology Lead, Avivo. “We’re thrilled about AlayaCare’s continued growth and commitment to building better products and being responsive to market changes and the new regulations, so we can serve our customers better now, and into the future.”   Since its launch, AlayaCare has experienced double-digit growth, expanded its operations in the US, Canada, and Australia and now employs nearly 500 staff with aims to hire an additional 300+ employees over the coming years.    Visit www.alayacare.com to learn more about the AlayaCare platform, which includes scheduling, reporting, clinical documentation, billing, care worker mobile app, and dedicated portals for patients, family members, and care workers.   - 30- About AlayaCare AlayaCare offers an end-to end software platform for aged care providers to manage the entire client lifecycle from referrals and intake to billing, payroll and beyond. Combining traditional in-home and virtual care solutions, AlayaCare enables care providers across the world to propel towards innovation and healthcare of the future. AlayaCare was founded in 2014 and is the parent company of Procura, Arrow, CIMS, and AcuteNet. www.alayacare.com.au     About Generation Investment Management LLP Generation Investment Management LLP is dedicated to long-term investing, integrated sustainability research, and client alignment. It is an independent, private, owner-managed partnership established in 2004 and headquartered in London, with a U.S. office in San Francisco. Generation Investment Management LLP is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority. www.generationim.com   About Inovia CapitalInovia Capital is a venture firm that partners up with audacious founders ready to build enduring global technology companies. We are known to roll up our sleeves and serve founders with dedicated, long-term mentorship, a global talent network and strategic support for global scale. Inovia Capital manages over US$1.5B across early and growth-stage funds and holds offices in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, San Francisco and London. For more information, visit inovia.vc.   About CDPQAt Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), we invest constructively to generate sustainable returns over the long term. As a global investment group managing funds for public retirement and insurance plans, we work alongside our partners to build enterprises that drive performance and progress. We are active in the major financial markets, private equity, infrastructure, real estate and private debt. As at December 31, 2020, CDPQ’s net assets total CAD 365.5 billion. For more information, visit cdpq.com, follow us on Twitter or consult our Facebook or LinkedIn pages.About Investissement QuébecInvestissement Québec’s mission is to play an active role in Québec’s economic development by spurring business innovation, entrepreneurship and business acquisitions, as well as growth in investment and exports. Operating in all the province’s administrative regions, the Corporation supports the creation and growth of businesses of all sizes with investments and customized financial solutions. It also assists businesses by providing consulting services and other support measures, including technological assistance available from Investissement Québec – CRIQ. In addition, through Investissement Québec International, the Corporation also prospects for talent and foreign investment and assists Québec businesses with export activities. Seagate Introduces the Groundbreaking Exos CORVAULT Hardware-Based Self-Healing Block Storage System 2021-06-22T22:00:00Z seagate-introduces-the-groundbreaking-exos-corvault-hardware-based-self-healing-block-storage-system Sydney, AUSTRALIA — JUNE 23, 2021 — Seagate ® Technology Holdings plc (NASDAQ: STX), a world leader in data storage infrastructure solutions, launched a uniquely intelligent category of mass-capacity storage designed to streamline data management and reduce human intervention for macro edge and data center environments. The new Exos® CORVAULT™ high-density storage system offers SAN-level performance built on Seagate’s breakthrough storage architecture that combines the sixth generation VelosCT™ ASIC, ADAPT erasure code data protection, and Autonomous Drive Regeneration. Designed on the Seagate Exos 4U106 12Gb/s platform, CORVAULT offers “five nines” availability (99.999%) helping to deliver consistently high reliability. The maximum-density 4U chassis accommodates 106 drives in only seven inches (18 cm) of rack space. It is tuned to maximise drive performance by protecting against vibrational and acoustic interference, heat, and power irregularities. Seagate’s new VelosCT chip powers the system’s dual storage controllers, which optimises all drive actuators in parallel, driving superior performance while Seagate’s Advanced Distributed Autonomic Protection Technology (ADAPT) distributes data across every drive offering advanced data protection and fast rebuilds without sacrificing performance. Autonomous Drive Regeneration (ADR) is a self-correcting system that renews a drive in-situ without the need for a manual drive swap. Developed by Seagate, ADR can return most drives to dependable service by reconfiguring the drive to bypass errant components. The technology also helps reduce the environmental impact of computer e-waste as ADR drives are renewed instead of discarded. CORVAULT will be available globally via qualified Seagate distributors in July. To find out more, please visit our website. About Seagate Technology Seagate Technology crafts the datasphere, helping to maximise humanity’s potential by innovating world-class, precision-engineered data storage and management solutions with a focus on sustainable partnerships. A global technology leader for more than 40 years, the company has shipped over three billion terabytes of data capacity. Learn more about Seagate by visiting www.seagate.com or following us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and subscribing to our blog. ©2021 Seagate Technology LLC. All rights reserved. Seagate, Seagate Technology, and the Spiral logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other countries. CORVAULT and Exos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliated companies in the United States and/or other countries. Media Contact Antoinette Georgopoulos Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 antoinette@einsteinz.com.au Reekoh launches US expansion with executive posting. 2021-06-22T21:04:29Z reekoh-launches-us-expansion-with-executive-posting BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA. June 23rd, 2021: Reekoh, the leader for integration of physical and digital assets, is embarking on their expansion to the US industrial market by relocating a key executive to drive existing business and set up a local presence. Chief Commercial Officer Steve Terry will be based in Houston, Texas for an initial period of three months from mid-July. His key priorities will be to work with existing customers and partners, establish relationships with the broader industrial ecosystem, with a view to then staffing a local office to continue servicing the US market.  Houston was chosen as the ideal landing pad for Reekoh because of its concentration of industrial customers in key segments such as Oil & Gas and Manufacturing, and how it can serve as an entry point for the broader mid-west market. The region is already quite mature with its adoption of digital technologies and is familiar with the problems experienced when integrating fragmented data sources across existing OT ecosystems with a rapidly expanding footprint of enterprise IT and cloud solutions.  Reekoh’s integration platform and toolkit has resonated strongly in this market where there is an immediate need to break down data silos to drive effective outcomes such as operational efficiencies, AI-based predictive maintenance and advanced data visualisation and analysis.  This validation has also been evidenced through Reekoh’s signing of a global partnership and reseller agreement with AVEVA, one of the world’s largest industrial software vendors and distributors, in late 2020 and current engagement with several of AVEVA’s large ecosystem partners in the region. Premier IoT/IIoT systems integrator, The Integration Group of the Americas, Inc. (TIGA) who are certified with multiple SCADA platforms, cloud integration and cybersecurity of operational systems, have moved quickly to bring Reekoh’s solution into their market.  TIGA’s VP of Growth and Strategic Initiatives, John Kratzert, says they are always looking for emerging technologies like Reekoh that can bring increased value and performance to their clients, and that they are looking forward to forging a relationship within the US.  “Bridging the chasm between IT and OT system data transfer enables our clients to make agile, accurate and timely business decisions based upon real time Operational data,” he said. “Reekoh’s platform agnostic solution, bringing fragmented systems together and establishing the linkages between the  OT and existing business workflows, is critical for TIGA’s clients.  Individually, Reekoh and TIGA enhance a client’s speed, data integrity and  operational efficiency in the execution of their business.  When integrated as a complete enterprise system, the TIGA/Reekoh team exponentially expands the capabilities, of both IT and OT systems, providing the seamless transfer of critical decision-making information.” After joining Reekoh in January this year, Steve Terry believes that the time is right for the company’s presence to expand physically into the markets where the problem of integrating OT and IT environments is the greatest.  “This year we’ve seen the traditional, heavy industrial automation sectors like Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Logistics, Supply Chain, Mining and Utilities grow rapidly in their demand for greater digitalization through an Industry 4.0 framework”, said Terry.  “The US and EMEA markets in particular seem to not only understand the concepts around digital transformation and the significant benefits this brings to a business but are also hungry to implement solutions. My role coming into Reekoh was to accelerate the commercialisation of what the business had already built and delivered, and it’s been obvious that the next immediate step was to land ourselves in these growth markets.”    Reekoh CEO and Founder Dale Rankine added, “As the industrialised economies around the world bounce back strongly from COVID and the disruptions of 2020, we’ve seen massive growth in demand for our solutions that absolutely prove that global expansion is something we need to tackle as quickly as possible, and it’s hugely exciting for us that we’re able to leverage Steve’s experience to kick start this.” Reekoh is already working with a number of customers in the US market, particularly where integration of IIoT, SCADA and other assets with large-scale existing ERP and asset management systems such as SAP and IBM are a critical part of the digital transformation program of these enterprises.  Commonly, it is the automation of the business processes and workflows within these enterprise systems that can be optimised with access to the right real-time and historical data that lives in other OT or industrial environments that Reekoh is helping to unlock. Traditionally these integrations have tended be custom-built using various methods, but enterprises now are turning to platforms like Reekoh to make this process more agile, maintainable, and scalable.  The US market is just the start for Reekoh’s global ambitions. With existing channel and partner relationships in UK, EMEA and Asia that are driving customer engagement, establishing further regional offices will quickly follow to support growth and demand.  -- End --   About Reekoh  Reekoh is a leader in data integration for the industrial market, making asset, operational and business data interoperable. Its agile integration platform and technology suite brings together all aspects of the modern data landscape to enable business outcomes and drive digital transformation. Founded in 2015 in Australia, named as a Gartner Cool Vendor for IoT and with multiple business and technology awards, Reekoh’s goal is to be the global leader for the integration of physical and digital assets. For more details visit: reekoh.com   Global IT Consultancy Xebia Acquires coMakeIT to Support Clients' Continuous Innovation 2021-06-22T05:53:23Z global-it-consultancy-xebia-acquires-comakeit-to-support-clients-continuous-innovation          Hilversum, the Netherlands, 22 June 2021 - Xebia, the global IT consultancy firm, has acquired software product engineering company coMakeIT to support clients' continuous innovation and business growth. coMakeIT, founded in the Netherlands in 2006, helps product and software companies thrive by providing software product expertise, people and tools needed to meet ambitious objectives. Today, the company's primary focus is on product software companies creating the right mix of technology and teams support with the right talents so that its clients can achieve sustainable growth. CoMakeIT has profound knowledge of software development, product engineering, application modernization, digital transformation, and recruitment and operates from offices in the Netherlands, the UK, India, and Australia. Xebia is a fast-growing digital leader known for helping companies worldwide digitally transform by offering high-quality IT consultancy from its offices in the Netherlands, India, the UK, the US and Dubai. The company has successfully launched several brands and continues to expand in line with its 'buy and build' strategy: partnering with thought leaders to gain additional footing in the digital space together. With coMakeIT, Xebia looks forward to expanding its managed services capability and having the resources to accelerate its clients' software development. Steven ten Napel, CEO and founder coMakeIT: "We are extremely value-driven. Just like Xebia, at coMakeIT, it's all about 'people first.' Our company culture and field of work are very similar, which makes us a perfect match. Together, we will soon be able to better assist clients in overcoming scalability issues, implementing modern technology, and realizing growth." Anand Sahay, CEO Xebia Global Services: "Xebia is an established leader in the Digital transformation, Software Engineering, Cloud, DevOps and Architecture space. Acquiring coMakeIT will help Xebia address the cloud-native and platform development needs of the ISV market and grow in that space globally. Together with coMakeIT, we clearly see complementary ability to create future-ready products for our ISV customers and also develop innovative software for these platforms to help ISV's customers' needs. This creates a very strong proposition for ISVs and our ability to partner with them." The right technology and the right talents are crucial for growth in a digital world. Acquiring coMakeIT will strengthen Xebia's long-term relationships with clients through comprehensive managed services, and coMakeIT will gain access to Xebia's in-depth knowledge of all digital transformation domains. Besides sharing the same values, both original Dutch companies have experience expanding their presence to India, for example, and will jointly continue to help businesses grow worldwide. About Xebia Xebia is a leading IT Consulting and Digital Technology company committed to delivering innovation and business excellence across the globe. It delivers digital solutions to global leaders for transforming their IT and Business Operations. With nearly two decades of experience, it enables its clients through their digital journey by enabling them with informed decision-making through process level enhancements, intelligent data solutions, enhance their customer experience & journeys with new-age solutions and help strengthen their core with modern technologies such as AI/ML/Robotics, Microservices, Cloud-native apps and agile at scale to deliver unprecedented levels of performance. For more information, please visit us at www.xebia.com About coMakeIT Headquartered in Baarn, Netherlands, and with offices in Australia, UK, and India, coMakeIT helps software businesses and enterprises to accelerate their product innovation, modernize aging applications and productize best practices into new software IP. For more information, please visit us at https://www.comakeit.com For media queriesEmail: infoindia@xebia.com SERVICEROCKET SIGNS PARTNERSHIP WITH DIGITAL.AI ADDING SCALABLE VALUE STREAM MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS AND SUPPORT TO ACCELERATE ENTERPRISE DIGITAL INITIATIVES AND ACHIEVE GREATER CUSTOMER VALUE 2021-06-21T00:09:27Z servicerocket-signs-partnership-with-digital-ai-adding-scalable-value-stream-management-solutions-and-support-to-accelerate-enterprise-digital-initiatives-and-achieve-greater-customer-value Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand -- ServiceRocket, an industry leader in ecosystem development and tech-enabled services delivery, is pleased to announce its new strategic partnership with Digital.ai in Australia and New Zealand. The partnership combines the strengths of the two companies’ product and services offerings into a local practice to help enterprises successfully scale and optimise software delivery. This will enable end-to-end orchestration from product concept through delivery and leverages artificial intelligence (AI)- powered predictive insights, visibility, and reporting.Under the agreement, ServiceRocket is selling and implementing the Digital.ai Platform, a next-generation intelligent value stream solution for enterprise customers looking to scale and optimise their software development and delivery efforts so they can deliver greater levels of customer value in less time. In addition, ServiceRocket operates as the services arm for Digital.ai in Australia and New Zealand, providing first-level support as well as implementation, consulting, and training services for Digital.ai resellers and other end users in the region.“In the work we’ve done with large financial, insurance, and telecom institutions, we know these organisations require scalable, truly end-to-end value stream-focused solutions to reap the benefits they know digital transformation can bring,” says José Ramón Peña, VP of Channels, Digital.ai. “We’re excited to partner with ServiceRocket and leverage agile development capabilities to enable enterprises to take their software delivery to a higher level. We believe the ServiceRocket team’s industry leadership and expertise will be critical as we grow our ecosystem in this region.”Many organisations have improved development operations at a team level through agile development and other iterative development approaches, but they often struggle to effectively scale those efforts. In addition, the testing and deployment functions often fail to operate at that same rapid pace, thereby slowing down the entire value flow. The intelligent Digital.ai Platform aligns agile planning, software delivery, and application security, enabling organisations to move their digital initiatives into production and out to market faster, more efficiently, and in a more controlled and secure way. The platform’s predictive AI layer collects and analyses information and data from many different sources to provide actionable intelligence and recommendations, which includes measuring and reporting on the value achieved from the digital transformation efforts.“We are delighted to be partnering with Digital.ai. In addition to the local capability we have on the ground here in ANZ, ServiceRocket operates as a global, scalable services team, allowing our business to operate 24x7 with the ability to call on the expertise or skill sets needed for specific projects from wherever our people are based,” said Peter John Marquez, Chief Customer Officer at ServiceRocket. “The strength of Digital.ai’s end-to-end value stream platform combined with our development expertise will help our clients increase operational efficiency and accelerate their customer-focused innovation.” For more information on the ServiceRocket and Digital.ai partnership, please visit https://www.servicerocket.com/digital-ai. Notes for editorsAbout Value Stream Management (VSM): organisations typically operate in silos, with separate departments and disciplines, and software delivery itself is also siloed with different systems stovepiped, which makes visibility across the entire business very difficult. VSM connects the multiple silos and disciplines that sit in software delivery processes and in the planning processes, to provide visibility to the enterprise, increase auditability and control, and to optimise, and improve all functions.Digital.ai combines the strength of two established value stream management (VSM) market leaders – CollabNet VersionOne and XebiaLabs – with AI-powered analytics from Numerify, application security from Arxan, and continuous testing from Experitest. Together, these technologies form an end-to-end value stream platform designed to help global enterprises drive digital transformation. As Forrester recognised in its recent report, The Forrester Wave™: Value Stream Management Solutions, Q3 2020, “Digital.ai has a product strategy that aligns well with customers’ needs. Reference customers remarked that Digital.ai is highly collaborative, working with them to build needed capabilities into the platform.”See further https://digital.ai/value-stream-platformAbout ServiceRocketUsing a ”whole product” approach to ecosystem development and tech-enabled services delivery, ServiceRocket empowers companies to build unstoppable businesses. Headquartered in Palo Alto with offices around the world, ServiceRocket is a trusted resource for thousands of enterprises. ServiceRocket helps companies get the most from their software, enabling them to transform the way they do business. Learn more at http://www.servicerocket.com. HCL Technologies and Cricket Australia launch global TechJam to implement solutions and prototypes for transforming the game 2021-06-17T03:08:14Z hcl-technologies-and-cricket-australia-launch-global-techjam-to-implement-solutions-and-prototypes-for-transforming-the-game HCL Technologies (HCL), a leading global technology company, in partnership with Cricket Australia and collaboration with Microsoft, will host the HCL – CA TechJam 2021: #InspiredByHCL.   As the Official Digital Technology partner of Cricket Australia (CA), HCL has driven the development of the digital innovation platform that will explore crowdsourcing data-driven solutions from across the globe to inspire and engage the ecosystem of cricket fans, players and partners. HCL and CA will collaborate with Microsoft to support participants with Azure as a platform sandbox while leveraging technology as a means to unite and encourage the passion for cricket.   HCL signed a multi-year partnership with CA in 2019 and was selected as its Official Digital Technology Partner for scaling its digital transformation.   The HCL – CA TechJam is open to all sport enthusiasts, data scientists, analysts, developers, statisticians, tech enthusiasts, tech freelancers, university students, coders and technology innovators from the global developer community.   HCL’s Scale Digital methodology will help CA and its partners in building a digital core through a composable platform leveraging Microsoft Azure that will be modular, auto-scalable, data driven and experience-centric, integrating multiple industry standard products and services to enhance the experience for fans and participants.   While providing key data sets, data excerpts and insights, the HCL – CA TechJam 2021 will address the following areas:   ·       Game Performance – Develop technology solutions that create meaningful impact for the game of cricket and enable Cricket Australia to improve the Australian National Team’s performance on and off the field.   ·       Fan Engagement – Create comprehensive, accessible and scalable fan experience solutions to ensure fans are continuously connected and engaged with the game across multiple touchpoints.   ·       Community Engagement – With more than 700,000 registered participants, develop prototypes leveraging technology to support the community and transform cricket into a professional multi-touchpoint sport for all Australians.   The HCL – CA TechJam 2021 will enter its final stage with 32 top teams shortlisted to compete for rewards and recognitions via a series of live, tele-pitch presentations to a panel of experts and industry leaders from the partner ecosystem in August 2021.   For further details, please contact:   Meenakshi Benjwal meenakshi.benjwal@hcl.com    Elka Ghudial, Europe elka.ghudial@hcl.com    Devneeta Pahuja, India and APAC devneeta.p@hcl.com INCONSULT UNVEILS NEW BRAND IDENTITY 2021-06-17T01:05:42Z inconsult-unveils-new-brand-identity SYDNEY, Australia – June 17, 2021 – InConsult, an advisory firm specialising in end-to-end risk management, internal audit, assurance and business resilience services has for the first time in two decades, reimagined its brand and distinctive wing logo, a symbol of rising above the challenges. “We have been in business since 2001, that’s 20 years now, and our existing logo has served us well. It was developed at a time when we were still forming our services, very few clients and did not have a sense of identity” said Director, Tony Harb. “For this brand and logo refresh, we wanted a logo that is modern, but we did not want to completely cut ties with the 3 line wing concept altogether. The light blue wing is very well known to our current clients, but on it’s own, does not truly represent all that we are today”. “We wanted a logo that is more representative of what we mean to our clients today, how we want to make them feel and a logo and brand identity to take us forward well into the future”. The InConsult Shield  The new logo retains the wing and similar light blue colour palette but modernises the font and transforms the logo into a modern shield to represent protection, safety, security, stability, strength and confidence.  “We want our clients to feel protected by our end-to-end risk management, resilience, audit and assurance services”.  Back in 2001, our only service was risk management.  Today, we offer a more comprehensive range of risk management services that extend to risk management technology, cyber risk, climate risk, risk culture, risk appetite, third party risk and strategic risk management.  We have also moved beyond risk management to crisis management, resilience, fraud prevention, internal audit and assurance services”, said Harb. “Our mantra has always been to encourage organisations to take more calculated risks to realise opportunities and create value. But we want them to do this by understanding the risks first and putting a strong control environment in place (systems, people, culture and processes) that work together to guide and protect them on their journey”. The Tick  Look closer and you will also see a dark blue tick or check mark in the new logo, an affirmative symbol used in audit, governance, quality control and compliance to represent something is correct and to provide assurance. Historically, a tick is representative of the first letter of the Latin word Veritas – meaning true or truth!  The dark blue colour was chosen for its representation of confidence. “Whether we are helping to design a robust risk management framework, evaluate risk culture, assess the impact of climate change, test a disaster recover plan, or conduct an internal audit, our clients expect us to reveal and present the truth”, said Harb. The new identity did not just happen overnight. In recent years, InConsult undertook a series of branding strategy workshops to help establish a more targeted and unique brand identity to align to the organisation’s purpose and culture statement more closely. The output of the workshops was a brand archetype with characteristics associated with providing structure, guiding the way forward, caring, protecting, controlling and uncovering the truth. The challenge was to capture that brand archetype and to deliver the refresh look and feel to the brand’s corresponding logo. InConsult partnered with Mike and Nick from Thiink Consulting and designer George Moussa on the refresh project. The Symbol of Confidence Just like our services have evolved, so to has our logo and identity.  Metaphorically, the new logo says – armed with a shield (InConsult services) an organisation can confidently move forward, take risks and be more resilient. “The new logo is a symbol of confidence when taking risks to realise opportunities. It represents the work we’ve done over 20 years to deliver quality risk management, audit and assurance services to our clients and the work we still have to do together, as we face a bright and yet uncertain future. Whilst the logo and brand identity has changed, some things will remain the same.  “Our commitment to our clients, value for money and quality service will not change.  Our highly experienced, professional and committed team will remain the hallmark and a key differentiation point between us and our competitors”. “InConsult will always be there to help organisations pursue their vision, manage their risks, be more resilient and stay in control” said Tony Harb. Rebooting classifieds using first-to-market technologies in a languishing digital marketplace world 2021-06-16T21:45:00Z rebooting-classifieds-using-first-to-market-technologies-in-a-languishing-digital-marketplace-world MELBOURNE, Victoria, June 17, 2021 - Warrp is breaking ground as one of the most disruptive start-ups in Australia with its proprietary dynamic pricing system, in-built escrow facility, instant PayID payment wallet, featured video listing and other next generation tech innovations that are transforming the digital pre-owned goods trading space. The company’s data and software engineers developed a unique pricing algorithm that is capable of accurately determining a pre-owned product’s market value through user valuations, known by its users as Warrping. Warrp Co-Founder and CEO, Matthew Ng, said the company had pioneered the never-before-seen pricing technology to give the next generation of digital consumers a more transparent marketplace experience where consumer goods are priced fairly. “We are accommodating convenience consumerism where everything is quick and simple, and through our dynamic pricing system we have even managed to remove the negotiation process that many used goods buyers and sellers found awkward or confronting,” said Mr Ng. “Through this technology we have fostered a safe and equitable online marketplace; no other classified or online marketplace operates in this way.” Warrp is driving market innovation in line with trending social video mediums such as IGTV and TikTok with its own featured video listing feature. “We recently launched a video listing option for users, who can now list their items with a creative introduction or explainer video followed by images of the product,” said Mr Ng. “This new storyline value concept was integrated to complement Warrp’s modern user interface that is designed for today’s generation, a far cry from the aging aesthetics on other marketplaces like eBay, Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace. “User experience is important, and even our Ultimate Warrper Program has ‘gamified’ the marketplace in a way that appeals to a digitally-reliant society with mobile gaming at their fingertips. “The Ultimate Warrper Program is a reward initiative for users to engage their strategic retail or pricing knowledge by Warrping items on the platform, which then credits the user with real money to be spent on in-app items.” Warrp’s mission to facilitate a safe marketplace for its users is demonstrated by the platform’s industry leading payment functions, with secure escrow tracking and a PayID-only reliant e-wallet solution. Warrp Co-Founder and CTO, Roman Granovskyi, said user security was always a priority, so the company had introduced simple and secure transaction functions that its competitors did not seem to find important. “Warrp is built on a highly secure payment framework; we are the only online consumer goods marketplace that escrows all transactions, and we integrated PayID as a safer and faster way to transfer money between our wallet and the end user,” said Mr Granovskyi. “We feel there’s a distinct lack of security with other online marketplaces, particularly when Australians are estimated to lose more than $43 million to scams on classified and online marketplaces this year according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. “Our aim is for Warrp to play a role in ensuring this statistic diminishes overtime.”For more information visit the Warrp website, the Warrp Marketplace, or Warrp’s Press Room. Warrp is available to download on iPhones via the Apple App Store, and will be available on all other smart phone and web devices at a later date. -ENDS- About Warrp: Warrp is a digitally innovative iOS marketplace app that takes the hassle out of peer-to-peer shopping online with a world-first dynamic marketplace, Trusted Partner program, Loyalty Rewards program, and Secure Escrow facility. Easily list products to sell or browse thousands of items to buy all from the Warrp app. As a proud Australian online start-up company, Warrp’s end-to-end experience is designed to change the way people buy and sell. Currently servicing Victorians but available to download nation-wide, Warrp’s vision is to grow its presence globally as an online marketplace built on strong community values, innovation, safety and ease of use. Discover a marketplace where you are in control of the journey and destination. Media Contact: https://warrp.it/contact-us/Press Room: https://warrp.it/press-room/ Joint Resource from Axelos and ISACA Illustrates the Synergies Between ITIL 4 and COBIT 2019 2021-06-16T06:38:36Z joint-resource-from-axelos-and-isaca-illustrates-the-synergies-between-itil-4-and-cobit-2019 Sydney, Australia (16 June 2021) – Enterprises adopting frameworks to create value for their stakeholders often believe that they need to select just one to implement. A new white paper from Axelos and ISACA, Using ITIL® 4 and COBIT® 2019 to Create an Integrated I&T Framework Environment, upends this misperception, outlining how each framework has evolved and illustrating the synergies that exist between the two. This free resource provides an overview of ITIL 4 and COBIT 2019—distinguishing between what they are and are not. It then examines how the two complement one another, including how ITIL 4 principles map to COBIT 2019 objectives as well as how ITIL 4 practices and COBIT 2019 processes align, including:ITIL 4’s continual improvement practice maps to COBIT 2019’s Managed Quality (AP011), Managed Performance and Conformance Monitoring (MEA01) objectives.ITIL 4’s risk management practice maps to COBIT 2019’s Ensured Risk Optimisation (EDM03) and Managed Risk (AP016) objectives.“Enterprises gain the most value by finding a balance between performance and conformance and leveraging multiple frameworks as part of their overall governance structure,” says Mark Thomas, CGEIT, CRISC, CDPSE, COBIT Assessor and president, Escoute Consulting. “COBIT 2019 and ITIL 4 each bring their own benefits, and when used in combination, the synergies can drive further value for organisation stakeholders.”Using ITIL 4 and COBIT 2019 to Create an Integrated I&T Framework Environment also provides an overview of the guiding principles, governance and management objectives, and elements of continuous improvement related to each framework. The paper also details how ITIL 4 and COBIT 2019 approach information and technology, partners and suppliers, and value streams and processes, as well as design and implementation. Akshay Anand, ITIL Product Ambassador at AXELOS, adds, “We always emphasise how frameworks offer guidance to solve specific challenges, and how organisations need to blend or integrate frameworks as needed. ITIL and COBIT have always complemented each other, offering IT professionals valuable and practical guidance on the topics of service management and IT governance. This paper will help practitioners understand how ITIL 4 and COBIT 2019, the latest iterations of both frameworks, can be adapted, adopted, and integrated to create value for their organisations.”More information about COBIT 2019, including publications, certification and training can be found at www.isaca.org/resources/cobit. To learn more about ITIL and access relevant white papers, case studies and information about certification and training, visit www.axelos.com/best-practice-solutions/itil. Professionals can also join online discussions related to ITIL and COBIT on ISACA’s Governance Engage platform here.For a complimentary copy of Using ITIL 4 and COBIT 2019 to Create an Integrated I&T Framework Environment, visit https://isaca.org/bookstore/bookstore-wht_papers-digital/whpitilcb or www.axelos.com/professional-development-member/my-axelos-dashboard/my-axelos-content-hub-items/white-papers/using-iti-cobit-2019-create-integrated-environment. About ISACAFor more than 50 years, ISACA® (www.isaca.org) has advanced the best talent, expertise and learning in technology. ISACA equips individuals with knowledge, credentials, education and community to progress their careers and transform their organisations, and enables enterprises to train and build quality teams. ISACA is a global professional association and learning organisation that leverages the expertise of its more than 150,000 members who work in information security, governance, assurance, risk and privacy to drive innovation through technology. It has a presence in 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters worldwide. In 2020, ISACA launched One In Tech, a philanthropic foundation that supports IT education and career pathways for under-resourced, under-represented populations. Twitter: www.twitter.com/ISACANewsLinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/isacaFacebook: www.facebook.com/ISACAGlobal Instagram: www.instagram.com/isacanews About AxelosAXELOS is a joint venture company co-owned by the UK Government’s Cabinet Office and Capita plc. It is responsible for developing, enhancing and promoting a number of best practice methodologies used globally by professionals working primarily in project, programme and portfolio management, IT service management and cyber resilience. The methodologies, including ITIL®, PRINCE2®, PRINCE2 Agile®, MSP®, RESILIA® and AgileSHIFT®, are adopted in more than 150 countries to improve employees’ skills, knowledge and competence in order to make both individuals and organisations work more effectively.  Contact:Karen Keech, karen@establishedmedia.com, 0411 052 408 Low-Code Development & IoT Combine For Rapid Location-Aware Applications 2021-06-16T01:25:06Z low-code-development-amp-iot-combine-for-rapid-location-aware-applications According to McKinsey & Co, the merging of the physical and digital worlds via IoT could generate up to $11.1 trillion a year in economic value for organisations by 2025 while Gartner reports that “the increased demand for custom software solutions in support of digital transformation has sparked the emergence of citizen developers outside of IT, which, in turn has influenced the rise in low-code.” To understand how the convergence of Low-code Application Development and IoT will see organisations shift their business processes, you first need to understand a little about each of these technologies. What is Low-Code Application Development?  Low-code application platforms (LCAP) simplify the process of creating web & mobile software applications via graphical user interfaces and configuration tools rather than the traditional hand-coded approach.   The approach is increasingly popular because it opens up development to a greater range of user skills, at a time when the highest skilled developers are in high demand.   In the context of OneBlink’s Low-code Suite (LcS), we enable business users to create sophisticated forms and workflow centric applications to support their business processes, without over reliance on the IT department. What is IoT?  Gartner defines the Internet of Things (IoT) as the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate, and sense or interact, with their internal states or the external environment.   When it comes to Spotto, OneBlink’s first IoT partner, their focus is to track indoor assets in real-time without requiring complex infrastructure, wiring or installation efforts. Out of the box, Spotto will let you search where specific assets are right now, tell you what’s in a location, and when assets arrived or leave. It can also register other environmental data such as temperature, orientation, movement etc. alongside the location information.  But Why Does Low-Code Application Development & IoT Make Sense?  While 'for purpose' IoT devices can be purchased and installed with varying degrees of difficulty, there is a massive entry barrier for companies looking to embed IoT data into their extended business processes. Most IoT companies provide a closed ecosystem of connected devices, management consoles and data stores, resulting in long or complex development if you want to make that data part of your day-to-day operations or embark on anything beyond what the vendor originally envisaged.   Low-code application development on the other hand allows anyone to rapidly deliver bespoke enterprise applications. Applications that leverage existing data and systems, but make it easy to apply notifications, rules and workflow to make such data central to business and activity orientated applications.    This naturally extends to how IoT data can provide even greater value within low-code enterprise apps. For example, how rules can be set for alerts on potentially ‘lost’ shipments when location data is no longer being received, or cafe/restaurant hygiene audits that sync with temperature data for fridges and freezers. Other examples include automatically invoking a hospital's repair processes with manufacturers by doing nothing more than moving faulty equipment to a designated store. How are OneBlink & Spotto Re-shaping Low-Code Application Development and IoT?  Spotto tells you where something is or when it was last seen, a different view can show you what’s in a location in real time. Uniquely, Spotto does this as a low-cost DIY package your staff can set up themselves, while encouraging plain language familiar names and conventions your users understand.   OneBlink’s close association and support for open APIs, allows organisations to take that Spotto data and develop apps that help answer the questions or guide the actions that typically come right after an item/asset/thing is located. Think of it as a ripple effect - quickly locating an asset is the big splash, but once found there is most typically a series of following actions or activities. OneBlink has established itself as the perfect vehicle in which to quickly design and build the relevant web and/or mobile apps to guide these downstream actions and activities. It can do this because it already provides the necessary linkages and integrations into other systems as well as the conditional logic, rules and workflow tools to streamline such activities. OneBlink, Spotto And Central Coast Local District Health (CCLDH)  OneBlink and Spotto recently presented to various NSW State Health Agencies at a ‘Friends of the Hub’ event at the CCLHD Ideas hub located at Gosford Hospital.   During the event OneBlink showcased our thoughts on how the CCLHD IoT data from their Spotto installation can be consumed by a OneBlink LcS (Low-code Application Development) app, and the resulting opportunities to serve a variety of user needs.   These 'post location' activities included: What Model Or Version Is It? As Spotto will typically be used to locate classes of assets, it makes sense that you would want to know more details of the actual item you are going to use, including:   - Make / model / serial number  - Picture of asset  - Description of asset  - Plus other relevant/helpful identity information How Do I Work With It?   This can extend to being able to reference user guides or ‘cheat sheets’ in text, images or video.   - Searchable guide(s) with detailed instructions on how to use equipment What Should I Check Before Using It? Many organisations insist on Safe Work Method Statements and this requirement can be built quite easily for any asset, including:    - Checklists to help staff follow any operational procedures before use, and  - Confirm the asset is in operational order What Is The Process To Conduct A Check?   Depending on the sophistication of the Asset Mgt System, OneBlink can provide all staff/contractor notifications, with:    - Jobs scheduling capabilities  - Routing to appropriate staff/contractor  - Confirming relevant license or skills When Was It Last Checked? OneBlink’s open APIs can be the interface into Asset Mgt Systems to view maintenance history including:   - Who performed the maintenance  - What was found/fixed  - When the maintenance occurred  - Copies of previous reports What Do I Do If It's Broken?   Similarly these same apps can include conditional logic and workflows that trigger when an asset is deemed unusable.   - The correct “Report an issue” form can be presented to the user  - Form can be routed direct to the relevant maintenance department  - Generating a ‘work order’ for asset evaluation and repair  - Asset can be flagged back in Spotto as being ‘offline’ so its not searched for again. Give Me The Inspection Form To Report On It Now! Even making sure that the correct form and process are being used to complete an inspection:   - A specific inspection/audit form per asset (or asset class)  - Capturing additional layers of data such as fault photos, with  - Workflows for sign-off or additional data, with  - Integration back into Asset Mgt, BI or other systems Coupa Unveils New Product Innovations Enabling Sustainable Business Impact 2021-06-16T00:08:11Z coupa-unveils-new-product-innovations-enabling-sustainable-business-impact-1 SYDNEY – 16 June 2021 — As global markets re-emerge from the pandemic, “building back better” remains a top business priority. Yet despite this priority, many organisations struggle to actually implement their Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives. Today, Coupa Software (NASDAQ: COUP), a leader in Business Spend Management, announced new product innovations designed to help organisations maximize business and ESG impact through their spend. With Sustainable Business Spend Management (BSM), leaders of supply chain, sourcing, procurement, and finance can collaborate to ensure every dollar spent benefits the business, as well as the community and the planet.“Companies have the power to drive sustainable impact with how they spend their money, such as choosing to buy from diverse suppliers or designing a transportation network that reduces carbon footprint,” said Donna Wilczek, senior vice president of Product Strategy & Innovation at Coupa. “Coupa's BSM platform enables spend leaders to act in real time to achieve ESG and business impact, without sacrificing financial performance. We help turn good intentions into actions that have a measurable impact.”Key benefits and new capabilities include:Spend with Diverse and Sustainable Suppliers:Diversity and Sustainable Identifiers in Search Results & Filtering: Organisations can use visual tags on supplier records and item cards to identify if the supplier or product is from a diverse or sustainable business. Customers can also filter search results to only show suppliers or items from diverse or sustainable businesses.Custom Alerts: Companies can set opportunity triggers to help identify diverse suppliers when creating new requisitions.Best-in-Class Supplier Diversity Data:Diversity Data Collection: Collect supplier diversity data and certifications directly in the Supplier Information Management (SIM) tool via a comprehensive, easy-to-use form.Supplier Onboarding: A clear and guided path for new suppliers to onboard onto Coupa’s BSM platform to get easily discovered, helping drive further lead generation for their businesses.Supplier Diversity In/Out API: New diversity status insights within supplier records make it easier to find a diverse supplier.Supplier Diversity and Enrichment Analytics: New Coupa Analytics capabilities help business leaders measure success directly against their goals.Visibility into ESG Impact and Benchmarking:Diversity Dashboard: This dashboard shows organisations the portion of their spend that comes from diverse-owned suppliers.Sustainability Insights: Coupa pre-calculates the environmental impact of e-invoicing and e-purchasing, including the amount of trees, water, oil, and carbon emissions saved. To learn more about Sustainable Business Spend Management (BSM), visit coupa.com/SustainableBSM. About Coupa SoftwareCoupa empowers companies around the world with the visibility and control they need to spend smarter and safer. To learn more about how Coupa can help you spend smarter, visit http://www.coupa.com. Read more on the Coupa Blog or follow @Coupa on Twitter.