The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-06-04T00:32:39Z Novata Solutions announces new sponsorship/ partnership with Calan Williams Racing 2020-06-04T00:32:39Z novata-solutions-announces-new-sponsorship-partnership-with-calan-williams-racing Novata Solutions and Calan Williams Racing announce their recently formed sponsorship/ partnership. Novata Solutions work closely with the community, employees, clients, and other stakeholders to create positive outcomes for the community. Since opening in 2016 Novata Solutions have supported a variety of charities, community groups and causes, including: Share the Dignity, The My Heart Foundation 42.2km walk, and the RSPCA cupcake day. This newly formed partnership/ sponsorship will benefit both Calan Williams Racing and Novata Solutions, allowing both teams to grow within both the local and global community. “We are Proud to be sponsoring West Australian Calan Williams on his journey to F1” says Rinaldo De Paolis, Managing Director & Principal Consultant from Novata Solutions “I am very excited to announce a brand-new sponsorship partnership with Novata Solutions. An exciting part of this partnership will be the build of a brand new Calan Williams Racing website to be launched very soon! Thank you to all the team at Novata Solutions and looking forward to the exciting times ahead.” says Calan Williams, F3 Driver at Calan Williams Racing About Calan Williams Calan Williams is an inspiring young, West Australian Formula 3 driver – ranking in the top 50 drivers.  He is currently signed with Jenzer Motorsport for the 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship. About Novata Solutions Novata Solutions are a leading independent provider of ICT services in Western Australia. The team are recognised as a Microsoft Gold Partner and leading partner of OutSystems Low-Code Application Developments across WA and Australia. For more information on our partnership or to get in contact, please contact us on (08) 6168 9298 or via email jess@novatasolutions.com.au Eyeota Awarded Neutronian Certification Badge, Industry’s First Independent Verification of Data Quality and Compliance 2020-06-03T22:31:34Z eyeota-awarded-neutronian-certification-badge-industry-s-first-independent-verification-of-data-quality-and-compliance — Eyeota, the leading audience technology platform enabling the intelligent use of data, today announced it was awarded with one of the first Neutronian Certification Badges for its Eyeota Branded Segments.    Neutronian was founded to reinvigorate the entire martech and adtech industries by helping data-driven marketing achieve its full potential. Until now, every brand has had to act as its own data auditor in a buyer-beware world. To help marketers avoid wasting time and money on low quality data, Neutronian created data quality standards that enforce and spotlight the good players in the marketing ecosystem and those best practices.    “The use of data has gotten increasingly complex for all players involved, but marketers still need to use quality data in order to target audiences with any kind of sophistication,” said Jimmy Aoun, Eyeota ANZ Business Development Director. “So, we are very proud to have been awarded this certification in recognition of our commitment to providing marketers with quality data.”   Since its inception, Eyeota has been firmly committed to ensuring data quality and transparency are at the foundation of its trusted relationships with clients and partners. As marketers around the world work to overcome challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, efficient audience targeting is more important than ever.  “Not every data provider is willing to disclose the necessary information or lift its hood to an inspector, but Eyeota’s eagerness to partner with us proved its confidence in their data,” said Timur Yarnall, CEO and co-founder of Neutronian. “It’s a true pleasure to award Eyeota one of the first Neutronian Certification Badges, signalling a new era of third-party validation to elevate the transparent and quality-focused data providers to improve efficiency and trust across the industry.”    Aoun added: “By partnering with Neutronian, we are not only taking a step forward as a company but also a major leap forward for our industry. The assurance required for marketers and buyers today are of the utmost importance.  The Neutronian certification, which includes stringent criteria and auditing, will give our marketers the verification they are looking for when making strategic decisions.”    Neutronian built the first independent compliance and quality certification for data providers, the Neutronian Certification Badge. To earn the certification, data providers must undergo a comprehensive audit and meet the baseline criteria for more than 50 aspects covering five main categories: ·       Consent and compliance  ·       Sourcing transparency   ·       Dataset characteristics  ·       Methodology and processing ·       Performance   With the award of the Neutronian Certification Badge, Eyeota will enable Neutronian’s platform to continuously monitor Eyeota dataset samples starting in Q3 2020. This continuous monitoring will help to proactively detect any variances from certified standards as they occur, adding another layer of verification to the Eyeota Branded Segments.   “Being one of the first to be certified with a Neutronian Certification Badge is a significant honour,” said Kristina Prokop, CEO and co-founder of Eyeota. “Quality and transparency have always been vital aspects of our data business and now, more than ever, those principles are critical for brands’ bottom lines. For the first time, Neutronian is offering our industry an independent verification of these important elements to encourage more transparency moving forward.”  The Future of Meetings & Events - Accelerating your comeback after COVID 2020-06-03T05:26:54Z the-future-of-meetings-amp-events-accelerating-your-comeback-after-covid As the hospitality industry prepares for the post-COVID comeback, iVvy is staging a live webinar with leading industry panelists offering venue operators strategies, tactics and forecasts for recovery. To be held 10am GMT+1 and 7pm AEST Thursday 11 June, the event is free for industry professionals. Hospitality consultant Heather Hart, Twickenham Experience Ltd Managing Director Nils Braude, Mathew Jayne of Unique Venues of Manchester and Jonathan Lui, Director of Revenue Strategy and Marketing Operations of glh Hotels join iVvy’s Rachael Grimsey in an exclusive digital event to chart the ‘new normal’ as venues across the UK and Europe re-open. “Gain first-hand advice from hospitality leaders on best practices to accelerate your venue’s recovery,” says Grimsey, iVvy’s Senior Vice President - Global Sales & Partnerships.  From technology and automation to revenue management and profitability amid reduced capacity, The Future of Meetings & Events promises actionable insights to get ahead of the curve. “The appetite for meetings and events has altered,” says Lauren Hall, CEO and Founder of iVvy. “Organisers and attendees will undoubtedly be cautious about attending events again. Health and safety is a prime concern, and the onus is squarely on venues to ensure best practice in hygiene, social distancing, catering and communications to bolster consumer confidence in booking and attending future events. “In addition to social distancing, we’ll also see more automation as the meetings industry searches for cost savings to compensate for potential profit impacts, with reduced capacities and increased delivery costs,” Hall says. “For many venues, the operational requirements of upholding government regulations coupled with their reduced workforce resulting from significant budget cuts may make hosting events seem impossible. We’ve partnered industry leaders to offer guidance for venue operators on post-COVID compliance, maximising revenue even with diminished demand, and identifying where the opportunity lies ahead.” The FREE webinar will cover key issues for operators including: Key strategies for success as venues prepare to re-open in the coming weeks Tactics to maximise efficiency and revenue, even with a diminished workforce Technology and automation to achieve more with less Opportunities for venues - big and small The ‘new normal’ - forecasts for the future of meetings and events This exclusive event is tailored for venue operators and strictly limited to 100 attendees. Register at https://bit.ly/2ZZkqjn ENDS FOR INTERVIEW REQUESTS AND FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT COURTNEY ROBINSON, CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER ON 0423 936 943 ABOUT IVVY iVvy’s sales & catering solution is revolutionising the meetings and events industry by powering real-time transactions between event organisers, hotels, restaurants and suppliers. Through the iVvy technology, venues are able to yield their meetings and events offering by showcasing live inventory data for function space, group accommodation and F&B, ultimately maximising revenue. With more than 12,000 users in 13 countries, iVvy’s mission is to bring together a highly fragmented industry by generating real-time connectivity.  OUR PANELISTS Heather Hart builds on her 35 years of experience across the hospitality segment to bridge the divide between rooms revenue and other hotel sales and marketing functions, helping companies improve the yield from their Meetings & Event space through higher conversion and better space utilisation. Heather previously operated a successful revenue management consultancy, RevExcel for 8 years, and has held senior management positions at hotel chains/groups across the U.K. Europe and USA.   As the founder and creator of Smart Space, a cloud-based tool that provides comprehensive demand profiles, performance measurement and selling strategy models,  Heather was responsible for helping hotels and conference venues see the power behind a dynamic pricing strategy for meetings and events. The application of these, in Smart Space, helps enhance strategic decisions and increases revenue growth.  Smart Space was acquired in 2017 by IDeaS, and having continued to work for the company for the following 2 years Heather is once again providing specialist support to Hotels and Event Venues on all aspects of improving commercial performance.   Nils Braude, is the Managing Director of Twickenham Experience, the conferencing and hospitality business set within Twickenham Stadium, the Home of England Rugby and one of the most iconic and historic stadiums on the planet. Nils joined Twickenham in 2019, after running some of the biggest and most successful stadiums in the country and retail operations within some of the UK ‘s key airports. Sport has always been his passion though, and his career has seen him work across stadia, including Reading Football Club, Liberty Stadium, Leicester City Football Club, Cardiff CIty Stadium, The Rose Bowl Cricket Club, and the Millenium Stadium. As well as a passionate advocate for the UK hospitality industry, Nils is also an innovative leader and a highly strategic operations manager, leading Twickenham to increase its hospitality business both on match day and non-match day and launching the stadium’s impressive East Stand in 2018. Mathew Jayne, Founder and Managing Director for Unique Venues of Manchester, a web based marketing company and consultancy, dedicated to promoting alternative, unusual and unique venues in Manchester. With over twenty-five years working in the hospitality sector, Mathew has a wealth of knowledge and experience in sales, marketing, operations and finance within the sector. Throughout his career, he’s been involved in the management of hotels, conference centres, property and serviced offices, university commercial facilities and unique venues. In 2015, Mathew set up Unique Venues of Manchester with a clear vision to offer venues a digital platform, an inclusive community and networking events to help connect with event agents, planners and organisers from across the UK. Mathew has since expanded the brand to Leeds and Liverpool, as well as further roll-out planned for later this year. Jonathan Lui, Director of Revenue Strategy & Marketing Operations, glh Hotels. Prior to joining glh Hotels, Jonathan worked with Accor Hotels for over 10 years overseeing Sales & Distribution in Greater China, then Pricing & Revenue Management across the UK  and Ireland, and most recently leading the integration of Fairmont & Swissotel hotel in Singapore into Accor following the acquisition of FRHI. With a background starting in hotel operations, then moving through into commercial strategy, Jonathon has an holistic approach to revenue strategy, championing customer centricity across the entire customer journey. AMD COVID-19 HPC Fund to Deliver Supercomputing Clusters to Researchers Combatting COVID-19 2020-06-03T05:22:02Z amd-covid-19-hpc-fund-to-deliver-supercomputing-clusters-to-researchers-combatting-covid-19 June 1st, 2020 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) and technology partner Penguin Computing Inc., a division of SMART Global Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGH),  today announced that New York University (NYU), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Rice University are the first universities named to receive complete AMD-powered, high-performance computing systems from the AMD HPC Fund for COVID-19 research. AMD also announced it will contribute a cloud-based system powered by AMD EPYC and AMD Radeon Instinct processors located on-site at Penguin Computing, providing remote supercomputing capabilities for selected researchers around the world. Combined, the donated systems will collectively provide researchers with more than seven petaflops of compute power that can be applied to fight COVID-19. “High performance computing technology plays a critical role in modern viral research, deepening our understanding of how specific viruses work and ultimately accelerating the development of potential therapeutics and vaccines,” said Lisa Su, president and CEO, AMD.  “AMD and our technology partners are proud to provide researchers around the world with these new systems that will increase the computing capability available to fight COVID-19 and support future medical research.”The recipient universities are expected to utilize the new compute capacity across a range of pandemic-related workloads including genomics, vaccine development, transmission science and modeling. Additionally, scientists from around the world conducting COVID-19 research can request access to the remote AMD-powered cloud HPC cluster at Penguin Computing by submitting proposals to COVID-19HPC@amd.com.University EngagementThe receiving universities are preparing their research plans and infrastructure now to receive the systems, including defining specific research projects that can have both immediate and long-term impact.NYU“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on higher education research, both in terms of its direction and the need for immediate results, so the timing of this donation is particularly fortuitous, and we’re tremendously grateful to AMD,” said Russel Caflisch, director of the NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.  “The computing resources donated by AMD will be put to use by NYU researchers from a wide range of disciplines in projects to address the many important facets of the COVID-19 crisis, including: discovery of drugs that may be therapeutic for COVID-19 and future SARS virus mutations, retrieval of relevant research results from the vast biomedical literature, analysis of medical imaging for screening of patients, and analyzing political attitudes and voting behavior in response to financial hardships.”MIT"Across MIT we are engaged in work to address the global COVID-19 pandemic, from that with immediate impact such as modeling, testing, and treatment, to that with medium and longer term impact such as discovery of new therapeutics and vaccines. Nearly all of this work involves computing, and much of it requires the kind of high performance computing that AMD is so generously providing with this gift of a Petaflop machine," says Daniel Huttenlocher, dean of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing.RiceAt the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, Rice researcher José Onuchic is using his previous studies on influenza A as a guide to explore how the coronavirus's surface proteins facilitate entrance to human cells, the critical first step of infection. Another scientist, Peter Wolynes, is using principles from his foundational theories of protein folding to screen thousands of drug molecules and identify the best candidates for clinical tests based upon how well they bind to the virus's surface proteins."The AMD gift will be truly transformational for Rice's computational attack on COVID-19," said Peter Rossky, dean of Rice's Wiess School of Natural Sciences. "We have the methods to progress, but studies of large, complex systems are at the cutting-edge of computational feasibility. The AMD contribution of dedicated, state-of-the-art computational power will be a game changer in accelerating progress toward defeating this virus."AMD Ecosystem PartnersAMD has joined with well-known HPC and AI solutions firm Penguin Computing to define, build, and deliver the on-premises systems and Penguin’s Penguin on Demand (POD) cluster, powered by AMD. Penguin Computing’s POD support will be collocated in data center space donated by DataBank.   Contributions from Penguin Computing, NVIDIA, Gigabyte, and others are helping the AMD HPC Fund advance COVID-19 research.“Penguin Computing is looking forward to supporting and contributing to the COVID-19 research efforts through this AMD collaboration. We are committed to providing our applications and technology expertise in high performance computing, artificial intelligence and data analytics to both the University on-premises and our remote POD cloud environments,” said Sid Mair, President, Penguin Computing Inc.“Ultra-fast data speeds and smart data-processing are key to delivering insights that science demands, particularly in these challenging times,” said Gilad Shainer, senior vice-president of marketing for Mellanox networking at NVIDIA. “NVIDIA Mellanox HDR 200 gigabit InfiniBand solutions provide high data throughput, extremely low latency, and application offload engines that accelerate bio-science simulations and further the development of treatments against the coronavirus.”Gigabyte is supplying its G290-Z21 compute nodes for the Penguin clusters, built around a single, 48-core AMD EPYC 7642 processor paired with eight Radeon Instinct MI50 GPU accelerators. The system R182-291 management nodes, also from Gigabyte, each utilize two 16-core, AMD EPYC 7302 processors.AMD Commitment to COVID-19 ResearchThe AMD COVID-19 HPC fund was established to provide research institutions with computing resources to accelerate medical research on COVID-19 and other diseases. In addition to the initial donations of $15 million of high-performance computing systems, AMD has contributed technology and technical resources to nearly double the peak system of the “Corona” system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory which is being used to provide additional computing power for molecular modeling in support of COVID-19 research.  Supporting Resources Video from AMD President and CEO, Lisa Su AMD response to COVID-19 Submit a Proposal to access the Penguin Computing on Demand cluster About AMDFor more than 50 years AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics and visualization technologies ― the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms and the datacenter. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work and play. AMD employees around the world are focused on building great products that push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information about how AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) website, blog, Facebook and Twitter pages. Gartner Says Worldwide End-User Spending on Cloud-Based Web Conferencing Solutions Will Grow Nearly 25% in 2020 2020-06-03T01:06:35Z gartner-says-worldwide-end-user-spending-on-cloud-based-web-conferencing-solutions-will-grow-nearly-25-in-2020 3 June 2020 — Global end-user spending on cloud-based web conferencing solutions will grow 24.3% in 2020, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. Global workplace restrictions spurred by the coronavirus pandemic will expand the cloud conferencing user base throughout 2020, but growth will taper off in 2021 as the lasting effects of a remote workforce render conferencing services commonplace.   End-user spending on cloud-based conferencing is projected to reach $4.1 billion in 2020, up from $3.3 billion in 2019. It is the second-fastest growing category in the unified communications (UC) market, behind spending on cloud-based telephony, which is forecast to reach $16.8 billion in 2020. Cloud-based conferencing includes cloud web conferencing and video-as-a-service functionality delivered via the cloud and enabling interactions over a network between participants. The overall UC market is projected to decline 2.7% in 2020 and return to growth in 2021, as cloud telephony initiatives regain momentum. “Cloud collaboration investments will buoy the UC market downturn as remote work initiatives spurred by the COVID-19 outbreak drive conferencing adoption and market growth,” said Megan Fernandez, senior principal analyst at Gartner. Gartner predicts that by 2024, in-person meetings will account for just 25% of enterprise meetings, a drop from 60% prior to the pandemic, driven by remote work and changing workforce demographics. As a result, there is a higher demand for convenient access to videoconferencing and other collaboration tools. Cloud Telephony Adoption Will Experience a ‘Push and Pull’ In 2020, new premises-based telephony investments will drop sharply as existing installed telephony system life spans are stretched and investment priorities shift to the cloud.   “Cloud telephony adoption will experience a ‘push and pull’ from competing market pressures,” said Ms. Fernandez. “Overall, the market will be negatively impacted by organisations that were planning near-term premises to cloud migrations but are now extending legacy life spans instead.” However, cloud telephony will experience a boost once its benefits are recognised, namely the ease at which it can accommodate a changing workforce, update and extend existing features, and integrate with adjacent applications. The cloud telephony market is projected to grow 9% in 2020 and 18% in 2021. “As a result of workers employing remote work practices in response to COVID-19 office closures, there will be some long-term shifts in conferencing solution usage patterns. Policies established to enable remote work and experience gained with conferencing service usage during the outbreak is anticipated to have a lasting impact on collaboration adoption,” said Ms. Fernandez. Gartner clients can learn more in the report “Forecast Analysis: Unified Communications, Worldwide.”   Learn more about how to lead organisations through the disruption of coronavirus in the Gartner coronavirus resource centre, a collection of complimentary Gartner research and webinars to help organisations respond, manage and prepare for the rapid spread and global impact of COVID-19. 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 an objective resource for more than 15,000 organisations in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and organisation size. To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit www.gartner.com. Bitglass adds Australian local edge data centres 2020-06-02T23:31:47Z bitglass-adds-australian-local-edge-data-centres MELBOURNE, June 3, 2020. Bitglass, the next-gen cloud security company, has announced the introduction of local edge data centres in Melbourne and Perth. Edge data centres are smaller facilities located close to the populations they serve that deliver cloud computing resources and cached content to end users. By processing data and services as close to the end user as possible, edge computing allows organisations to reduce latency and improve the customer experience. Bitglass users in Australia and New Zealand will experience faster performance, benefiting from unique four tier SASE architecture on the public cloud, delivering performance, uptime and scalability. While competing SASE offerings are built on inelastic appliances, Bitglass leverages the public cloud to deliver security and performance via our PolyScale architecture. Tests show significant performance boosts via Bitglass local edge data centres, compared to direct access to SaaS apps such as Office 365. "Our SASE fabric is built on the public cloud and comprises four tiers - Global Core Data Centres, Local Edge Data Centres, CDN caches, and SmartEdge endpoint agents. Combined with our PolyScale technology for automated scaling, users enjoy security and performance across the globe," said Santosh D'Souza, Director Operations at Bitglass. About Bitglass Bitglass, the Next-Gen Cloud Security company, is based in Silicon Valley with offices worldwide. The company's cloud security solutions deliver zero-day, agentless, data and threat protection for any app, any device, anywhere. Bitglass is backed by Tier 1 investors and was founded in 2013 by a team of industry veterans with a proven track record of innovation and execution. Contact Jonathan Andreson Bitglass Senior Director, Marketing & Products, Asia-Pacific & Japan jandresen@bitglass.com Endace Integrates with Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR to Deliver Forensics for Accelerated Response to Cyberthreats 2020-06-02T11:02:46Z endace-integrates-with-palo-alto-networks-cortex-xsoar-to-deliver-forensics-for-accelerated-response-to-cyberthreats Austin, TX and Auckland NZ, June 2, 2020 – Endace, a world leader in high-speed network recording, playback and analytics hosting, today announced that the EndaceProbe Analytics Platform, is now integrated with Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR (previously Demisto), the industry’s first extended security, orchestration, automation and response platform with native threat intel management that empowers security leaders with instant capabilities against threats across their entire enterprise. Through this integration, Endace and Cortex XSOAR provide customers with network packet capture from within Cortex XSOAR playbooks to enable accelerated, evidence-led, forensic investigation of cyberthreats. The integration leverages Endace’s rapid-search and data-mining APIs to integrate network history into Cortex XSOAR. Using Cortex XSOAR’s powerful automation capabilities, the full packet history relating to specific security incidents is automatically retrieved from one or more EndaceProbes and provided back to analysts as definitive forensic evidence. Analysts can leverage Cortex XSOAR’s integration with Endace’s InvestigationManager™ and EndaceVision™ for detailed packet level investigations across global EndaceProbe estates. This lets them pivot from an investigation in Cortex XSOAR directly to the global packet history related to that incident to extend their investigation and drilldown to investigate associated network activity such as lateral movement, data exfiltration or command-and-control (C2) traffic. “Endace’s scalable, network-wide full packet capture is a powerful addition to the Cortex XSOAR ecosystem,” said Rishi Bhargava, vice president of product strategy, Cortex XSOAR at Palo Alto Networks. “It provides customers with rapid access to rich forensic evidence for investigating security incidents and the ability to include packet history into Cortex XSOAR use cases and playbooks to put definitive evidence at analysts’ fingertips.” “Security teams are desperate to combat alert fatigue, streamline workflows and accelerate investigations to provide certainty when responding to network threats,” says Cary Wright, VP of Product Management at Endace. “The combination of Cortex XSOAR’s powerful orchestration and automation capabilities with the rich network history recorded by the EndaceProbe Analytics Platform gives security operations access to the conclusive forensic evidence they need to respond quickly and accurately to threats.” Cortex XSOAR is an extended security orchestration, automation and response platform that unifies case management, automation, real-time collaboration and threat intel management to transform every stage of the incident lifecycle. Teams can manage alerts across all sources, standardize processes with playbooks, take action on threat intel and automate response for any security use case - resulting in significantly faster responses that require less manual review. The EndaceProbe Analytics Platform combines 100% accurate, network-wide packet capture with the ability to host and integrate with a wide range of commercial and open source network security and performance solutions to deliver definitive evidence for troubleshooting network and application performance issues and responding to cyberthreats. Event enquiries on the rise as hotels prepare for the COVID comeback 2020-06-02T02:15:53Z event-enquiries-on-the-rise-as-hotels-prepare-for-the-covid-comeback As Australian hotels and restaurants embrace Stage 2 of the Australian Government’s COVID recovery roadmap, event enquiries are on the rise. Lauren Hall, Founder and CEO of iVvy, says event enquiries on the iVvy Marketplace have increased 200% over the past fortnight, as relaxed social distancing restrictions were announced. “The coronavirus put the brakes on the meetings and events industry globally,” says Hall, “and we experienced this first-hand in reduced enquiries through our Marketplace.  “However, meeting and event enquiries are up 200%, and we’re continuing to attract interest from both event planners and venues keen to accelerate their MICE business as market conditions continue to improve. To help our clients take advantage of this increased demand, we are waiving our fee on all Marketplace bookings until August 31,” she says. “Event cancellations and postponements hit hotels and restaurants hard, and the road to recovery from COVID-19 will be slow-going. While restrictions have eased this week, many venues have opted out of reopening just yet as the reduced capacity makes it impractical from a profitability and logistics perspective.” But for those venues continuing to trade through the crisis, opportunity exists, says Hall.  “Although weddings, conferences and group accommodation were some of the hardest sectors hit, the upside is that events that were set to be held internationally may now seek domestic venues as conditions improve. We’ll see greater demand for local venues and vendors as public gathering restrictions continue to lift, as consumers remain cautious about future overseas travel.” To assist hotels and restaurants accelerate their post-COVID comeback, iVvy is waiving its commission and offering free resources for clients, says Hall. “Our Marketplace is a direct traffic source for our clients, generating leads and bookings, and our world-first cloud based software enables venues and event planners to manage the entire event, from enquiry to catering and group accommodation to post-event reporting.   “We are already seeing event enquiries increase, and we’re helping our clients to prepare for recovery by waiving our commission on any Marketplace bookings. It’s a small gesture to show our solidarity with our industry - we stand by our clients and help support them through these challenging times.” Hall said other measures iVvy has taken to assist clients include free webinars, increased online training resources, video onboarding, and tailored service to help clients best leverage the iVvy software during downtimes to prepare for increased bookings when the market improves. “Venues are dealing not only with reduced bookings, revenue and profitability, but the reality of trying to ramp-up trade with reduced staff,” says Hall. “iVvy’s software streamlines much of the event management process, so venues can qualify, quote and convert leads in minutes. We’re helping our clients capture and manage event enquiries, as our industry navigates the road to recovery.” *Terms and conditions apply. Commission-free event bookings valid for iVvy Venues customers. ENDS FOR INTERVIEW REQUESTS AND FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT COURTNEY ROBINSON, CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER ON 0423 936 943 About iVvy iVvy’s cloud-based platform is a world first booking engine for the Meetings & Events industry, providing venue owners, conference centres, hotels, restaurants and cruise lines with an integrated revenue management and distribution system; whereby meeting and event planners can search, compare, book and pay for function space and group accommodation in real-time. With its groundbreaking technology,  iVvy enables venue operators to yield their event spaces by sharing live inventory data to maximise profitability. iVvy has worked with over 1000 clients on 5 continents, including Telstra, Rio Tinto, Fairfax Media, Woolworths, The Queensland Government and Accor. The company has also rolled out centralised booking systems for leading hospitality groups including TFE Hotels, Wyndham and Mantra Group. With a firm foothold in the US, UK and Australasian markets, iVvy’s mission is to disrupt the global Meetings & Events industry by bringing together a highly fragmented market, and providing innovative solutions that generate real-time connectivity between the buyer and supplier. Stack Sports and Rosterfy announce partnership 2020-06-01T21:58:42Z stack-sports-and-rosterfy-announce-partnership Stack Sports (SportsTG), the leading provider of digital solutions to national, state, grassroots and professional sporting organisations across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom has today announced an exciting partnership with Rosterfy, the leading supplier of technology for scalable volunteer and workforce engagement for organisations across the globe. During this current period Rosterfy’s venue attendance tracking module will assist grassroots sporting clubs and other sporting organisations manage attendance at training along with Sport Australia guidelines which requires a “check-in” and “check-out” process of players, coaching staff, officials and volunteers attending training sessions.Together with Rosterfy’s Venue Attendance Tracking Module and Stack Sports Match Day reporting which provides names and contact details of all players/officials (including parent and guardian details for juniors) who took part in a match together we have a combined solution that will assist sporting clubs across the globe, whilst meeting government regulations and guidelines on returning to sport. Andy Graham, General Manager for Stack Sports – APAC/EMEA, said: “Rosterfy’s offering compliments the existing features of our products and solutions. Stack Sports continues to evolve our business and product set and we are excited to have partnered with Rosterfy whose offering will now act as an extension of our offering, which will be very appealing to Stacks customers.” Bennett Merriman, co- founder and Head of Partnerships at Rosterfy said, “Having worked closely with Stack Sports for a number of years now we are really excited by the opportunity to further our offering to assist sporting clubs in navigating this unfamiliar territory. Together, I’m confident that our combined product offering will make a valuable impact for sporting organizations across the globe.” Stack Sports have been providing high quality technology solutions in the Australian market since 2001 along with working in other key markets including the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Stack partners with a large number of National Sporting Organisations including the AFL, Basketball Australia, Touch Football Australia, Hockey Australia, Basketball New Zealand, New Zealand Rugby League, Rugby Football League, and Basketball England. The technology Stack Sports provides assists in administering everything from national programme registrations to school holiday programs, week to week competitions to digital website solutions, and club sales and revenue-generating eCommerce platforms. Stack Sports will continue to partner with sporting organisations and other bodies to be the leading provider of sports digital ecosystems across the world.   Rosterfy exists to connect communities to events and causes they are passionate about through their workforce engagement solution, reducing the amount of time  managers spend in spreadsheets as well as increasing the retention, engagement and attendance rates of your volunteer & member database. Rosterfy’s scalable technology streamlines the previously manual process of workforce management for organisations all shapes and sizes from the Super Bowl to tin rattlers for local charities Click here to view the combined offering graphic. BAI Communications Australia appoints Peter Knott Chief Operating Officer 2020-06-01T06:57:53Z bai-communications-australia-appoints-peter-knott-chief-operating-officer-1 BAI Communications Australia, a leading neutral host broadcast and telecommunications service provider, announced the appointment of Peter Knott to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, Peter will lead core business operations and will be responsible for the network strategy, service integrity, service delivery, HSE, property and energy functions.Peter brings extensive and valuable operational and financial leadership to this role as the company extends its service offering to existing and new customers, drawing on its global experience designing, building, and operating communications infrastructure and networks. "I am honoured to take on the role of COO for BAI Communications Australia. I am incredibly energised to help lead the company through its next phase of innovation coupled with operational excellence. I believe the potential for growth and value creation is tremendous, given BAI’s intelligent and passionate people, modern technology, and worldwide expertise. As such, I am committed to building on our reputation as the industry’s trusted partner of choice, delivering exciting opportunities for our people and smart solutions for our customers”, said Peter Knott.Peter joined BAI Communications in 2016 as General Manager Commercial Finance, having previously held a commercial director role at WorleyParsons, a global engineering firm. During the past two years as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, Peter has provided strategic leadership, building deep partnerships across the business, and finding new ways to create value and manage risk. “It is Peter’s passion for people, vision, customer focus, and proven record of delivery that makes Peter the ideal candidate to lead our core business in the next stages of its development”, said CEO of BAI Australia, Peter Lambourne. The change is effective 1 June 2020. Epson leads The Print, Sign, Display & Graphics Virtual Trade show with cutting edge technology 2020-06-01T06:22:41Z epson-leads-the-print-sign-display-amp-graphics-virtual-trade-show-with-cutting-edge-technology The Print, Sign, Display & Graphics Virtual Trade show will be open 24 hours a day from 31 May until 30 September 2020 and will feature Epson setting the benchmark for printing by introducing some amazing new products.Visit the Epson virtual stand by going to http://www.visualimpact.org.au/virtual-tradeshow-2020/epson-australia Whether visitors to the show are starting out, wanting to expand their product offering or simply upgrading, Epson has taken this unique opportunity to allow attendees to view their very latest range of solutions for signage, dye sublimation, direct-to-garment and technical printers. Epson’s team have also created truly informative product videos to take viewers up close and personal with their products’ key features and benefits. In addition the first 200 registrations to the Epson site will receive a free gift and the first 20 registrations that attend an actual demo of the product will receive a $200 Epson Shop Online voucher. The Print, Sign, Display & Graphics Virtual Trade show sees Epson’s amazing SureColor S60660L producing durable high-impact images quickly, easily and at reduced cost. The SureColor S60660L is compatible with a wide range of media from vinyl and film to canvas and paper. It suits applications including outdoor signs and banners, screens and shades, vehicle wraps and decals, wall and floor finishes, canvas pull ups and point of sale material. With the addition of a third party cutter it can even be used for label production. Alongside the S60660L is the SureColor F3060 which produces high-quality customised garments and merchandise quickly, easily, and very cost effectively. Designed for medium to high volume production, the SureColor F3060 combines superior speed with extended durability and a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) making it ideal for producing t-shirts, polo-shirts, bags, caps and more. Epson’s SureColor F9460H is the perfect example of how to produce durable high-impact fabrics quickly, easily and at a reduced cost. The SureColor F9460H is a high performance Dye Sublimation printer that combines high-speed operation with outstanding image quality and easy maintenance. It suits a wide range of applications including custom fabric, clothing and signage production. Next to the F9460H are the SureColor 560/561 which, in Epson’s view, make merchandise magic. These printers brings Dye Sublimation to the desktop in a compact package that is affordable, easy to use and cost effective to run. Their flexible design suits in-house production of a wide range of goods including customised shirts, mugs, photo merchandise, soft and hard signage. Last but by no means least will be the SureColor T5460M, not just a printer but a complete large format imaging system for under $8,500 with comprehensive 5 year on-site service included. The SureColor T5460M offers the ultimate solution for business, government and education. It combines a fast print mechanism with a high resolution scanner to facilitate full colour document reproduction. The SureColor T5460M has been specifically designed for producing plans, sales documents and posters. It features a very low running cost and outputs durable prints that are resistant to damage through abrasion and moisture exposure. In addition to being able to view all of these products Epson will also be running and offering a number of “Show Specials” which will be of great value to all and definitely worth keeping an eye out for.Follow Epson on social media:Facebook: @EpsonAustraliaTwitter: @EpsonAustInstagram: @EpsonAust African Bank Limited adopts award-winning RegTech Arctic Intelligence’s solution, AML Accelerate 2020-06-01T04:03:06Z african-bank-limited-adopts-award-winning-regtech-arctic-intelligence-s-solution-aml-accelerate African Bank Limited invests in Arctic Intelligence’s software, AML Accelerate, to enable seamless completion of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing (AML/CTF) enterprise risk assessments. AML Accelerate is a guided anti-money laundering and counter terrorism solution that digitises the enterprise risk assessment process. The output enables African Bank to measure overall financial crime risks and ensure their AML program is proportionate to the level of risk. The solution also ensures the risk assessment and program is in line with the latest guidance from regulators with explainable and defendable results. The software is designed and developed by Arctic Intelligence, global RegTech firm headquartered in Australia. African Bank recognised that the risk-based principle is at the heart of AML legislation worldwide and after significantly researching AML software and solutions globally, decided to procure Arctic Intelligence’s AML Accelerate technology. ‘The solution met our predefined requirements to align with industry best practice, international standards and enable conducting of end-to-end AML risk assessment, capturing of data, electronic record keeping, version control and visualisation of outcomes or reports’ says Lawrence Muravha, Group Head of Financial Crime Department.   Arctic Intelligence’s AML risk assessment technology solution will guide African Bank through a risk-based approach that provides a regulator-ready repository of necessary enterprise risk assessment evidence.   Roy Melnick, MD of Financial Crime Risk Management Consultants and Arctic Intelligence Africa Business Partner says, ‘I would like to congratulate African Bank in taking this important step as the inaugural Africa client for Arctic Intelligence and the AML Accelerate solution. The solution will not only assist them to address financial crime risk and compliance requirements, but also sends a firm message to those involved in illegal activities that Africa Bank is not sparing any effort in safeguarding their organisation’.   Lawrence Muravha, Group Head of Financial Crime Department says, ‘African Bank is very excited with this partnership and we look forward to a long-lasting relationship’.   ESET marks International Children’s Day with launch of Safer Kids Online resource site 2020-05-31T22:00:15Z eset-marks-international-children-s-day-with-launch-of-safer-kids-online-resource-site ESET marks International Children’s Day with launch of Safer Kids Online resource site  Sydney, June 1, 2020 – ESET, a global leader in cybersecurity, has chosen International Children’s Day to launch Safer Kids Online – a resource site dedicated to building a safer online environment for children. Including videos, articles and expert insight, the website offers resources for children, parents and schools with the aim to enable children to enjoy the full potential of the internet in a secure digital world. Every third person on the internet is a child, yet there can be significant dangers facing children when they surf the web. According to the eSafety Commissioner, one in five Australian kids are socially excluded, threatened or abused online while 90% of Australian kids and teens have had a negative online experience. Despite this high occurrence of negative experiences, recent research by the eSafety Commissioner found parents were unconfident about how to deal with their children’s negative experiences, with just 36% searching for or receiving online safety information and only 46% saying they knew where to go to get help in relation to their child’s online safety issues. ESET Australia Country Manager Kelly Johnson says, “Navigating the online world is tricky for both children and their parents. Parents who are fully confident to help their children with the day-to-day challenges of life can suddenly find themselves on unfamiliar ground when it comes to their childrens’ experiences online. At ESET, we’ve been helping families have safer online experiences for 30 years and the Safer Kids Online website brings this experience together with specialist input from child psychologists to create a go-to resource for families.” Resources for children, parents and teachers The Safer Kids Online website includes resources suitable for younger children, teenagers and their parents, developed in consultation with a child psychologist and ESET’s cybersecurity experts. The resources provide guidance and advice for children and adults around how to stay safe online geared around key monthly topics such as how to build your child’s awareness of the risks in posting online selfies, looking out for signs of cyberbullying and protecting children from online predators. Each of these monthly topics will include targeted resources for different ages such as:   ·       A video series for kids aimed at ages 8+ ·       Comics for older children aged 11+ ·       An in-depth explanation in the form of expert articles and vlogs for parents and schools   Monthly quizzes and prize contests will also be available in which children can win funny and educational tech gadgets.   The Safer Kids Online site will also provide advice on software, such as ESET Parental Control for Android, which allows parents to look after their children’s online well-being. ESET Parental Control includes the possibility of controlling inappropriate web content and managing the amount of time kids spend on certain devices, as well as the suitability of the applications they’re using. This allows parents to limit their child’s use of certain sites and receive reports on his or her online activities, hopefully becoming aware of any issues before they become entrenched. saferkidsonline.eset.com/au About ESET For more than 30 years, ESET® has been developing industry-leading IT security software and services for businesses and consumers worldwide. With solutions ranging from endpoint and mobile security to encryption and two-factor authentication, ESET’s high-performing, easy-to-use products give consumers and businesses the peace of mind to enjoy the full potential of their technology. ESET unobtrusively protects and monitors 24/7, updating defenses in real time to keep users safe and businesses running without interruption. Evolving threats require an evolving IT security company. Backed by R&D centers worldwide, ESET is the first IT security company to earn 100 Virus Bulletin VB100 awards, identifying every single “in-the-wild” malware without interruption since 2003. For more information, visit www.eset.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. EventsAIR Releases New Virtual Event Management Platform 2020-05-29T04:01:08Z eventsair-releases-new-virtual-event-management-platform BRISBANE (May 29, 2020) – Over the last ten weeks, the EventsAIR team has been hard at work developing a virtual and hybrid extension to their 6th generation event management platform (EventsAIR) called OnAIR. Over 8000 attendees have experienced and tested the platform during this time and with its first major live successful virtual event under its belt, OnAIR is here to help get event organizers back to business.  The team at EventsAIR took on much more than just developing a feature rich virtual and hybrid event management platform. They have also created a significant amount of educational resources including an online learning management system, white papers, and intense boot camp program, all aimed at enhancing the skills of meetings planners to prepare them for a hybrid event world. The vison of EventsAIR is to deliver an online framework that empowers professional event organizers to curate complex content and deliver virtual and hybrid events with ease. The way OnAIR achieves this is by utilizing the powerful award-winning EventsAIR 6th Gen event management platform and the rich data set that it contains, including attendee, exhibitor, sponsor, and speaker data. This data and content are surfaced in an online timeline presenting a virtual attendee user interface that can be utilized for virtual or hybrid events. “The OnAIR solution covers the short term need for purely virtual events and has been designed to transition to hybrid and enhance live events as the event industry gets back to business”, says CEO and Chief Software Architect Trevor Gardiner.  OnAIR offers a range of modules to tailor your event based on your attendee requirements whether they be: virtual sessions that can be on demand or pre-recorded videos; interactive webinars or live broadcasts for that professional touch; networking functions for groups, video chat and exchange contact details; interactive workshop groups that can be pre-allocated and facilitated; exhibitor marketplace where exhibitors are allocated virtual booths and can pre-schedule one on one video chat meetings or simply have attendees enter their booth, select their booth operator and start a video chat business conversation; and e-Posters to deliver content based on the poster session model where you have multiple presenters presenting to groups of up to 40 people per presentation.  “We are excited to release OnAIR to the world and we’re already seeing a multitude of applications that it can service. Event organizers want so much more than a webinar-style meeting. They are looking for a solution that allows them to stay connected with all types of participants and, more importantly, engage and do business in a secure online environment”, says Joe Ciliberto, Global Director of Sales and Marketing.  About EventsAIR EventsAIR has been at the forefront of Event Technology and Innovation for over 30 years, continually pushing the boundaries of what an event management platform can do. Built by event planners for event planners, EventsAIR is a secure, scalable, cloud-based solution that can manage everything from virtual, hybrid to live conferences, meetings and events in a single online platform - anywhere, anytime and on any device. In use in over 50 countries by multi-national corporations, professional conference organizers, government departments and tertiary education institutions, EventsAIR is also used in global congresses such as G20, APEC, CHOGM and ASEAN, as well as sporting events like The Olympic Games, World Rugby, Commonwealth Games and Pan Am Games. EventsAIR is trusted by event professionals around the globe. For further information, visit https://eventsair.com/onair Epson Launches Power-efficient 32-bit Microcontroller with an Arm®Cortex®-M0+ Processor 2020-05-29T01:22:28Z epson-launches-power-efficient-32-bit-microcontroller-with-an-arm-cortex-m0-processor Epson will add a new microcontroller unit (MCU) to the company's S1C31W series of MCUs. The S1C31W73 has an Arm®Cortex®-M0+ processor and on-chip Flash memory. Epson plans to produce 200,000 units per month when volume production begins in July 2020. The number of functions provided in electronic equipment has been growing in recent years, and program sizes are increasing, as the amount of information is displayed. Meanwhile, equipment manufacturers need either maintain or further shrink the size of their products, making it essential to reduce the number of parts and save board space.To solve these problems, Epson developed the S1C31W73, a single-chip microcontroller that has 384 kB of built-in Flash memory and a liquid crystal driver that can directly drive a display of up to 2,560 dots. By combining Epson's strong microcontroller display driver technology with the proven Arm®Cortex®-M0+ processor, Epson will help customers to increase the functionality and performance of their products while also reducing their development burden.The S1C31W73 offer a wide range of built-in peripherals, including a USB 2.0 full-speed device controller, real-time clock (RTC), various timers, an A/D converter, and a temperature sensor. The low current consumption of this MCU-1.2 µA in RTC mode and a driving current of 150 µA/MHz-makes it ideal for extending the battery life of wearable products and for office equipment that can communicate with PCs over USB. The S1C31W73 can also be used in industrial equipment and measuring instruments because it operates at temperatures up to 105℃ (the highest operating temperature yet for an Epson MCU) and at voltages between 1.8 V and 5.5 V.Epson is committed helping its customers to improve the performance of their products with solutions that leverage Epson's efficient, compact, and precision technologies. For more information about the new MCU product go to:global.epson.com/products_and_drivers/semicon/products/micro_controller/armcore  Follow Epson on social media:Facebook: @EpsonAustraliaTwitter: @EpsonAustInstagram: @EpsonAust Arm and Cortex are registered trademarks of Arm Limited (or its subsidiaries) in the US and other countries. All rights reserved.