The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-11T04:51:02Z St John WA strengthens online position with Bonfire 2019-11-11T04:51:02Z st-john-wa-strengthens-online-position-with-bonfire Renowned Western Australian not-for-profit institution St John WA has appointed Bonfire as their search marketing partner. St John WA has provided first aid education and emergency services for over 125 years, along with St John WA's primary health care services which include medical, dental and urgent care under one roof with clinics located in Armadale, Cockburn, Joondalup and Cannington. Bonfire secured the digital partnership through a collaborative pitch predicated on helping St John WA with their mission to improve the lives of Western Australians. Under the remit of the engagement, the agency is responsible for executing the organic and paid search strategies for St John WA. St John WA Digital Marketing Consultant Dylan Urquhart said engaging Bonfire's services would enable them to improve their online footprint and continue their humanitarian work. "We are excited to be taking our digital marketing to the next level through our engagement with Bonfire. Already we have set a clear path to where we need to be in the digital space and we are happy to have the team at Bonfire there to help us achieve our goal of building resilient communities through first aid services and training for the people of Western Australia." Bonfire's CEO Clay Cook said the team was excited to partner with a respected organisation and assist them with their life-changing work. "It's always a privilege to work with brands like St John WA who do incredible work to improve the welfare of our community." Thousands of Primary School Students to Learn Water Conservation in Live Comedy Touring Local Schools on behalf of Gladstone Ports Corporation 2019-11-11T03:46:08Z thousands-of-primary-school-students-to-learn-water-conservation-in-live-comedy-touring-local-schools-on-behalf-of-gladstone-ports-corporation From 18th – 22nd November. The National Theatre for Children (NTC) and Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) will partner to educate local primary students about water conservation and pollution prevention with The Aqua League. Now in its third year, NTC and GPC will have reached over 12,000 students with the educational program which is provided to local schools at no cost and teaches students the science behind the many ways we use water, the ways water is polluted, as well as what students and their families can do to conserve water and protect local wildlife. GPC Acting CEO Craig Walker says GPC was proud to support initiatives such as this through the organisation’s Community Investment Program. “GPC is committed to ensuring a sustainable future for the next generations,” Mr Walker said. “This includes educating our youth about the importance of our natural resources and the role they can play in effectively managing the environment in the years to come.” The Aqua League is a comedic play that takes place live-in-schools, and features characters The Water Cooler, fisherman Barry Mundy and Thunderstorm, as they learn to defeat super-villain Dame Judy Drenched, who is wasting water throughout the city. “Live theatre is a great way to educate,” says NTC Managing Director Tobias Benn. “The show goes beyond reading or other more passive methods of engaging kids. These children are watching a story unfold right before their very eyes, with the two actors playing all sorts of characters. We don’t lose the kids’ attention for a minute, because they get to respond and interact with the show. It really sticks with them.” Participating schools also receive workbooks for students, teacher guides, and digital learning materials, including interactive games and activities that reinforce the teaching points of the show. The November tour includes visits to schools across Rockhampton, Gladstone, and Bundaberg. About Gladstone Ports Corporation Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) is a Queensland Government Owned Corporation that is responsible for the import of raw material and the export of finished product from major industries in the Central Queensland region. GPC manages and operates three port areas – the Port of Gladstone, Port of Rockhampton and Port of Bundaberg. GPC’s Community Investment Program supports organisations and activities throughout the Gladstone, Rockhampton and Bundaberg regions that align with the key priorities of social, environmental and economic sustainability. More information is available at   About NTC In 1978, NTC dedicated itself to delivering entertaining and highly educational programs to positively motivate families, students and educators.  We inspire young people, and their families, to explore important and timely curricular subjects including: wise energy use, science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), financial literacy, health and nutrition and environmental literacy, among others.  Originally focused on delivering its programs via live theatre, NTC is now an award-winning educational content provider whose repertoire includes print and digital curriculum and extracurricular events.  We have developed the art of teaching through educational story-telling into a science of its own, and are the largest in-school educational production company in the world. TasmaNet is accelerating Aussie expansion through Partners 2019-11-06T22:55:03Z tasmanet-is-accelerating-aussie-expansion-through-partners TasmaNet is attracting partners around Australia keen to take advantage of the potential of the new nbnTM Enterprise Ethernet service for their business, enterprise and government customers. TasmaNet connected the first nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet service in Australia and continues to lead the market with this transformational product, utilising superfast symmetrical speeds up to 1 Gbps over dedicated fibre to deliver dependable high-speed data, voice, and networking services to schools, business, and government customers around Australia – often at vastly more affordable prices than available from legacy telco’s. In addition to large and multi-site businesses, nbnTM Enterprise Ethernet is helping small and medium sized businesses to unlock their potential with high bandwidth applications like video conferencing, e-commerce, and business-critical cloud services like Office 365 and online backup. More information about nbnTM Enterprise Ethernet ( and about TasmaNet ( is available here. Hobart-based web development business MyTyreSite were early adopters of nbnTM Enterprise Ethernet. With 15 developers managing websites and sales tools for the tyre and wheel industry, MyTyreSite need dependable fast Internet to grow their Australian business and underpin their expansion into the huge US market, bringing millions of dollars into the Tasmanian economy. To view the video click here. The dedicated fibre connectivity of nbnTM Enterprise Ethernet enables MyTyreSite to now download video in seconds instead of the 10-minute wait on their previous connection. TasmaNet partners can be the first to make this transformational technology available to their customers, backed by TasmaNet’s direct relationship with NBN Co, expert 100 percent Australian service desk team, and enhanced service level agreement (SLA) options. The company’s Key Channel program features generous trailing commissions on business grade nbn products; a ServiceNow portal to manage leads, quotes, orders and support tickets; dedicated pre-sales support to help nurture and close deals; marketing resources including brochures and case studies; plus sales and technical training for the partner’s team, backed by ongoing partner support. Access to TasmaNet’s data lake allows partners to identify sales opportunities, particularly in locations where Enterprise Ethernet can be delivered with no fibre installation cost. The data lake links customer locations and nbnTM capability, enabling partners to access near real time site qualification of nbnTM technology available to their customers, and allowing decision makers to quickly assess service options and associated price points. Partners sought TasmaNet is accelerating expansion around Australia through on-boarding capable partners servicing customers in key industry verticals that need fast, reliable Internet. These include medical centres, dentists, lawyers, accountants, retail and architects, amongst others. Channel partners also have the option to sell a full stack of enterprise solutions including managed private networks, next-generation Firewall-as-a-Service, backup for Office 365, cloud connect, Backup-as-a-Service and expert cyber threat assessments, private/public cloud and data centre services. Alternatively, if partners choose simply to refer opportunities to TasmaNet, the company has a referral partner agreement that includes a one-off commission payment where TasmaNet successfully converts opportunities to a sale. In a recent channel success story, Orkestra was on-boarded as a TasmaNet partner to help address demand from schools, businesses and enterprise customers in regional Victoria for fast, reliable Internet over dedicated nbnTM fibre to facilitate their digitisation journey and dramatically improve business outcomes. Already they have been successful in signing up customers in the commercial real estate and education sectors. Prospective TasmaNet partners can learn more here: ### Bitglass global report finds 66pc of companies omit key security tool 2019-11-05T22:27:17Z bitglass-global-report-finds-66pc-of-companies-omit-key-security-tool SYDNEY, November 6, 2019 – Bitglass, the Next-Gen CASB company, has just released “A for Adoption,” its 2019 Cloud Adoption report. The study examines the rate of cloud adoption in more than 138,000 companies worldwide. Results indicate that although 86% of enterprises have deployed cloud-based tools, only 34% have implemented single sign-on (SSO), one of the most basic and critically important cloud security tools. For the past five years, Bitglass has conducted research on the rate of enterprise cloud adoption in order to uncover deployment trends. This year, the report found that the use of cloud applications has grown extensively over the past 12 months, with Salesforce and Slack increasing by 55% and 44%, respectively. As more companies deploy cloud applications and modernise the way their employees perform their work, they must also implement effective security tools and strategies tailored to a cloud-first environment. “Cloud adoption has grown at a staggering rate, allowing organisations to evolve and keep pace with the market’s ever-growing productivity and flexibility demands,” said Rich Campagna, CMO, Bitglass. “The significant gap between the adoption of cloud-based tools and cloud security technologies indicates that most companies are at serious risk of suffering a data breach. Enterprises must understand that operating in the cloud is fundamentally different from the traditional way of conducting business, and that on-premises methods of protecting data are no longer sufficient.” In addition to tracking SSO usage, Bitglass uncovered adoption rates for a host of different cloud-based tools, including Microsoft Office 365, Google’s G Suite, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Slack, Salesforce, Box, and ServiceNow. Key findings: Despite an early lead in the cloud productivity market, the adoption of Google’s G Suite has reached only 33%, up from 25% in 2018. Microsoft Office 365 still reigns as the cloud productivity suite of choice with a 79% adoption rate. Deployment of AWS has increased by 43% since 2018, reaching an average of 20% this year. At 82%, financial services organisations are the fourth largest adopters of Office 365. Additionally, their adoption of SSO grew nearly 41% since last year, indicating that the financial services sector is recognising the criticality of cloud security tools. While 79% of healthcare organisations have adopted Office 365, only 30% have adopted SSO. This disparity is particularly concerning in light of the vast amount of sensitive personally identifiable information (PII) that they collect and store. Technology remains the leading vertical in terms of AWS adoption (32%) and is the top user of Slack (79%). However, the industry lagged in SSO, reaching only 33% adoption. Education is a major user of cloud-based tools, adopting Salesforce (30%) and Okta (18%) more than any other industry. Larger organisations are the leading adopters of cloud applications and single sign-on. 64% of large firms utilise SSO, which is nearly 50% more than medium-sized companies, and more than twice that of small organisations. Methodology Using internally developed technologies, the Bitglass research team scanned the cloud to identify which cloud services were in use across a sample of more than 138,000 companies. The analysis included productivity suites such as Office 365 and G Suite, messaging apps like Slack, file-sharing apps like Box, as well as single sign-on (SSO), a basic cloud security tool. To learn more about how cloud adoption has developed over the past year, download the full report here: About Bitglass Bitglass, the Next-Gen CASB 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. Media Contact David Frost, Touchdown Austrsalia, for Bitglass 612.79039567 M-Files Recognized as a Visionary in 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Content Services Platforms 2019-11-05T00:44:33Z m-files-recognized-as-a-visionary-in-2019-gartner-magic-quadrant-for-content-services-platforms DALLAS – Nov. 4, 2019 – M-Files Corporation[DD1] , the intelligent information management company, today announced that the company has been recognized as a Visionary in Gartner, Inc.’s 2019 Magic Quadrant for Content Services Platforms. Gartner named M-Files as a Visionary based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute, against the backdrop of an evolving content services platforms market. More open, unified and intelligent content services platforms continue to replace traditional, siloed document management and enterprise content management systems. Today's leading enterprises are driving the demand for content services platforms that provide their own repository but also support accessing and managing information in other systems. The M-Files intelligent, repository neutral platform utilizes metadata and artificial intelligence (AI) to break down silos and unify data and content in network folders, SharePoint, file sharing services and other business systems and repositories across the organization. This provides immediate access to existing information on day one, without requiring data migration. Additionally, M-Files seamlessly embeds within popular digital workplace platforms, including Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce and Google G Suite, allowing users to remain focused on the task at hand in the applications where they spend most of their day. “We believe our recognition by Gartner as a Visionary is a reflection of our unparalleled commitment to delivering high value solutions for our customers and partners that offer flexibility and differentiation in the marketplace," said Miika Mäkitalo, CEO at M-Files. "Today's most innovative companies are readily embracing our unique intelligent information management approach that allows them to access all relevant data in the right context, regardless of where it's stored. Our ability to offer modern, AI-powered information management in the cloud and on-premises with one license truly sets us apart. We also feel Gartner's recognition inspires passion to continue delivering innovations that are changing the way the world manages information." According to Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant for Content Services Platforms, "The shift in users' expectations of, and new preference for, the cloud has motivated the long-standing vendors to modernize. Those vendors now provide either new SaaS platforms or have rearchitected existing offerings to be more flexible and adaptive." M-Files has offered both SaaS and on-premises options for over ten years and continues to modernize the offering with new emerging technologies, such as micro-services based architecture and containerization. The unique M-Files Online solution allows customers to manage both cloud and on-premises repositories in the same subscription without having to purchase licenses separately for both deployment options. This gives M-Files customers flexibility to modernize their information management with cloud services where it makes sense, while leaving the option to store some data behind their own firewalls. Gartner states, "Buyers' needs require more agile, adaptive solutions, which are very different to the rigid, on-premises and monolithic solutions of old." Gartner continues, "Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, including machine learning (ML) and deep neural networks, have enabled innovations for classification, productivity and automation scenarios. Such capabilities should be embedded in all key areas of the platform, from security to collaboration, to align with the evolving expectations of the market." M-Files employs artificial intelligence to automatically analyze and classify documents, extract insights and ensure proper handling of sensitive information, such as personally identifiable information (PII). AI-powered features, such as auto-tagging and auto-classification infer the meaning, value and sensitivity of documents and other information to establish context. The M-Files Intelligent Metadata Layer (IML) uses AI to bring disconnected data silos together and simplify the user experience without disturbing existing systems and processes. With M-Files IML, information is unified across different sources based on context, not on the system or folder in which the information is stored. This allows users to find, access and manage information in all connected systems and repositories, all from a single view within the M-Files user interface. M-Files continues its rapid growth trajectory, with over 70 percent year-over-year growth in recurring revenue in the cloud in 2018, and a compound growth rate of more than 3,000 percent over the last ten years. For a complimentary copy of the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Content Services Platforms report, visit here. Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Content Services Platforms, Michael Woodbridge, Marko Sillanpaa, Lane Severson, October 30, 2019. Gartner Disclaimer Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About M-Files Corporation M-Files provides a next-generation intelligent information management platform that improves business performance by helping people find and use information more effectively. Unlike traditional enterprise content management (ECM) systems or content services platforms, M-Files unifies systems, data and content across the organization without disturbing existing systems and processes or requiring data migration. Using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in its unique Intelligent Metadata Layer, M-Files breaks down silos by delivering an in-context experience for accessing and leveraging information that resides in any system and repository, including network folders, SharePoint, file sharing services, ECM systems, CRM, ERP and other business systems and repositories. Thousands of organizations in more than 100 countries use M-Files for managing their business information and processes, including NBC Universal, OMV, Valmet, Rovio, SAS Institute and thyssenkrupp. For more information, visit M-Files is a registered trademark of M-Files Corporation. All other registered trademarks belong to their respective owners. TAT.Capital Releases Comprehensive India | Australia Economic + Trade Report for Mid-market Investors. 2019-11-03T22:29:19Z tat-capital-releases-comprehensive-india-australia-economic-trade-report-for-mid-market-investors Following the success of their bi-lateral TATXPO forums, financial advisory and investment firm Tat Capital have released their India Australia Industry Report. This +140-page document is the ‘go to’ handbook for ANZ businesses wanting to better understand, engage and access the AUD$4.2T [EoFY2020] Indian economy. Employing Tat Capital’s unique sub-continental insights and experience, this report translates findings from the Indian Economic Strategy 2035 [IES 2035] - published by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade of Australia – into highly informative and value resource for mid-market investment groups and individuals.   “There has been much chatter in Australia about doing business with the fastest-growing major economy in the world; but businesses struggle to comprehend the optimal sectors and true potential of the opportunities”, explains Ram Gorlamandala, Director and Founding Partner of Tat Capital. “In our view, a major knowledge gap exists in Australia’s understanding of the changing mindset of the Young India, which is thinking ‘global’ more often than ever before, both in scaling business and attracting global investment to their growing companies. “As such, until now, there has been a dearth of clear, concise and practical information on how our mid-market businesses across India and ANZ can truly capitalise on these developments,” he concludes.   Using the Economic Strategy as a core narrative the report delivers an informed commentary on the relationship and economic activities of both players; delving into the start-up ecosystems and opportunities presented by each.  The report then provides in-depth analysis of seven specific sectors, which Tat Capital identifies as especially potent for mid-market players: Agriculture – the primary source of livelihood for about 58% of India’s population. Education – already outstripping China at some leading universities. Healthcare – rising incomes, greater health awareness & increasing access to insurance will see significant growth in this space. Finance – being one of the most vibrant global economies, investments FPIs in Indian capital markets have been substantial of late. Tourism - a portfolio of niche geographical & culturally diverse products. IT & ITeS industry - exports from the industry increased to AUD $195B in FY19. Retail - Indian retail is expected to grow to AUD $ 1.8T by 2020.   The full report is available as a free downloadable pdf available via: Tat Capital - India Australia Industry Report 2019   ----- EDITORIAL INFORMATION ----- BACKGROUND Tat Capital is a holistic, highly networked corporate advisory, creating mid-market opportunities that others can’t match.    TAT Corporate Finance executes deals for both private and institutional clients encompassing capital markets, cross-border transactions and M&A opportunities, and has a strong Indian Subcontinental focus and long-standing contacts in all countries. TAT FX division aggregates the most competitive deals specific to client needs and provides advice on how to best optimise trade opportunities. All areas of the business are underpinned by the deep knowledge base which is embedded in TAT’s specialised research team.’   FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Including images or video assets and interviews with an expert from the Tat Capital team, please contact Ram Gorlamadala +61 [0]430-114-905 | or Michael Locke +61 [0]438-076-904 |               TODAY IS THE TAX DEADLINE - HAVE YOU FILED YOUR RETURN? 2019-10-30T23:00:30Z today-is-the-tax-deadline-have-you-filed-your-return-1 The good news is, getting your return lodged can be done in the time it takes to finish a cup of coffee! The team at have outlined the top 10 reasons people are putting off their return in 2019 AND how to overcome each one. 1.       If I ignore my tax, it will go away That’s never going to happen! Every taxpayer in Australia is required to lodge a return. Ignoring it runs the risk of nasty ATO fines (can be over $1000 in some cases). 2.       I can’t find my income records (PAYG or Income Statement) Don’t worry, you don’t need them! Your tax agent can access your income info from the ATO if you don’t have it. Just ask! 3.       I can’t find my receipts If you’ve lost receipts, check your bank statements, contact the shop you purchased it from and if you bought it online, just log into your account and grab a digital receipt from there. 4.       I don’t know what tax deductions I can claim. That’s why about 70% of Aussies use a tax agent like Etax. Then you don’t need to know what you can and can’t claim - that’s your accountant’s job. 5.       I don’t have time, it will take too long. Online is the way of the future. Online accountants like Etax mean you can do your return in literally minutes, while sitting in your PJs watching TV. 6.       I can’t afford to do my tax return right now. Tax agent fees are generally pretty cheap (less than $100) and often you can just have them deduct your fees from your refund so you’re not out any cash up front. And the best part, your fees are tax deductible next year. 7.       I’m scared I’ll have an ATO debt. You won’t know until you get an estimate, and even if you do, the longer you leave it the more the debt will grow – the ATO charges interest on any amounts owing. 8.       I don’t know how to do my tax return. You don’t need do. That’s why most people use a tax agent. They’re the experts and it’s their job to make your tax stress go away 9.       I had no income this year. Even if you didn’t work, you need to tell the ATO in the form of a non-lodgement advice which lets them know you’re not lodging. Otherwise you’ll be on the ATO’s non-lodged list of people they consider to be avoiding their tax obligations. Just ask your tax agent for help and they can take care of this for you. 10.   I earned less than the tax-free threshold Even if you earned under the $18,200 threshold you might still need a return, and if you don’t need to do a return, just like number 9 you still need to let the ATO know anyway. Just ask your accountant for help and they’ll let you know what you need to do! Doing your tax return is usually a pretty quick event; most people can be done in the time it takes to drink a coffee. So, what are you waiting for? -ENDS- FORMER PRIME MINISTER MALCOLM TURNBULL TO SPEAK AT STARTCON ON NOVEMBER 22 2019-10-29T23:19:49Z former-prime-minister-malcolm-turnbull-to-speak-at-startcon-on-november-22 ·         Prime Minister Turnbull to speak on innovation and opportunity in an environment of rising authoritarian populism, anti-global and protectionist agendas.  ·        After a speech, Turnbull will have a one to one discussion with Freelancer CEO Matt Barrie on how innovation can be brought back on the national agenda, and how to transform the economy into one that guarantees prosperity for all Australians into the 21st century. Australia’s 29th Prime Minister, The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull will be the keynote speaker at StartCon, Australia’s leading technology, startup, corporate innovation & growth conference to be held at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November 2019.  At StartCon, Turnbull will discuss innovation, the problems facing Australia’s technology industry and what Australia needs to be the number one startup capital of the world.  He will join over 55 global leaders in technology including experts from NASA, eBay, Airbnb, Airwallex, Uber, The Iconic, and more, during the two day event. With over 55 speakers from around the world including Silicon Valley, 4000+ attendees, 160 exhibitors and hundreds of startups in attendance. Talking about his involvement in the conference, Turnbull says, “Change, unprecedented in scale and pace, is the tenor of our times. This offers enormous opportunities, and Australia has never been better situated to take advantage of them. At the heart of all of this is innovation, the key driver of productivity, which is vital if we are to remain a prosperous first world economy with a generous social welfare net.” “Australia’s startup ecosystem has advanced enormously since we started OzEmail twenty five years ago. In those days there was hardly any money for technology startups. Today, especially since the launch of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, and opportunities for investment like the Pitch for a Million competition here at StartCon, there are billions available.”  “My feeling is that there is now more support in the community for innovation and science, although the rising tide of authoritarian populism with its “anti-globalist” and protectionist agenda represents a real threat. So we cannot take our gains for granted, there will always be voices to oppose innovation, frightened of the new, anxious to hide under the doona in the hope that the 21st century will prove to be a terrible dream.”   StartCon Pitch for $1 Million, one of the world’s largest startup pitch competitions where entrepreneurs battle it out for a total of US$1m in venture financing from trailblazing US investors, EDGE196™.  Matt Barrie, Chief Executive and Founder of says, “Malcolm Turnbull was undoubtedly the most technology focused Prime Minister that Australia has ever had. During his term, innovation through technology was at the forefront of government policy for driving forward the Australian economy. Since that time, however, innovation has dropped off the national agenda. I look forward to discussing with Malcolm at StartCon what needs to happen to bring innovation back on the national agenda, and what we need to do as a country to transform the economy into one that guarantees prosperity for all Australians into the 21st century.” StartCon brings together the world’s best experts to provide actionable insights into how to start and growing world class technology driven businesses. Whether you are an entrepreneur, corporate innovator, working at a startup or are thinking about starting a business- if there is one event you attend this year- it’s StartCon.  StartCon 2019 will feature expert workshops, a tech expo, hackathon, masterclasses, a FinTech stage, a Disruption stage, VIP lounge and an artificial intelligence (AI) stage. Guests can also attend networking events, experience live gaming and visit a startup alley that includes some of the most innovative businesses in the local market and across Asia.  Joining the Honorable Malcolm Turnbull at StartCon 2019 on November 22-23 will be speakers including: International Speakers ·         Petra Hoffer, Technology Leadership Advisor, Consulting @ eBay ·         Jenny Arden, Director of Design @ Airbnb ·         Joe Fahed, Global Products Operations Manager @ Uber ·         Tony Aug, CTO & VP, Technology & Strategy, Digital @ Arrow ·         Dan Lok, Founder, Influencer @ ·         Eric Siu, Owner and CEO @ Single Grain ·         Alberto Antinucci, Digital Innovation Strategist & China Expert @ Antinucci Consulting ·         Katie Burke, Chief People Officer @ Hubspot ·         Amy Peck, Senior Director of Enterprise Content @ Vive Studios ·         and more! Local Speakers include ·         Fred Schebesta, CEO & Co-founder @ Finder ·         Ashik Ahmed, CEO, CTO & Co-founder @ Deputy ·         Vivek Bharadwaj, Marketing Science @ THE ICONIC ·         Dr Jemma Green, Executive Chairman & Co-founder @ Power Ledger ·         Chris Smith, Founder & Director @ BIG Esports ·         Craig Rees, VP & Head of Engineering @ AirWallex ·         Taryn Williams, CEO & Founder @ ·         James Spencely, VC Investor & Mentor @ ·         Greg Cross, Serial Entrepreneur @ Soul Machines ·         Alex Moss, CEO & Head Designer @ Canaria ·         Daniel Wearne, Head of Design @ Up Banking ·         Alex McCauley, CEO @ StartupAus ·         Sarah Tang, VP, Enterprise @ ·         Helen Souness, CEO @ RMIT Online ·         Randall Noble, COO @ Hive Gaming ·         Dr Michelle Perugini, CEO & Co-founder @ Presagen ·         Simon Banks, Managing Director & SVP @ HyperWallet ·          Ali Anderson, Manager of Outreach Programs @ Australian Institute for Machine Learning ·         and more!   More StartCon 2019 speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.   StartCon 2019 features multiple tracks for startups, marketing and growth professionals, designers, engineers, tech experts and corporate innovators and is jam-packed with: ·         Expert workshops ·         Tech expo ·         Hackathon ·         Masterclasses ·         FinTech stage  ·         Disruption stage  ·         Artificial intelligence stage ·         VIP lounge  ·         Multiple networking events ·         Live gaming  ·         Kids coding camp ·         Startup alley that includes some of the most innovative businesses across Asia ENDS About StartCon  StartCon (formerly SydStart) is the largest Australian startup and growth conference, expo and entrepreneur community, established in 2009. Thousands of technology startup professionals, investors and ecosystem participants have already experienced StartCon events. This year’s conference will be held on November 22nd & 23rd at Royal Randwick Racecourse, with world-class international speakers in entrepreneurship and growth marketing, high quality workshops and an expo showcasing the biggest tech names and high-growth startups in Asia Pacific. Submissions for Pitch for $1 Million - Submissions can be made online with entries encouraged from startups in all sectors including, but not limited to, Advanced Manufacturing, Robotics, Blockchain, AI, Big Data, Adtech, Digital Media, Edtech and more. Government accreditation and new partners accelerate TasmaNet expansion 2019-10-29T00:05:08Z government-accreditation-and-new-partners-accelerate-tasmanet-expansion HOBART, October 29. Communications specialist TasmaNet has won accreditation to the NSW Government’s select Telecommunications Purchasing Arrangements panel, and signed three additional partners. They are Orkestra, Bunch Digital and Alchemy Solutions. “NSW Government accreditation is a stellar result for us,” said TasmaNet CEO Elizabeth Aris. “It will accelerate our aggressive expansion across Australia, supported by highly qualified telecommunications partners.” TasmaNet offers symmetrical Internet speeds up to 1 Gbps to businesses across Australia using nbn Enterprise Ethernet (EE) technology, with dedicated fibre installed to each site. This new nbn product is significantly less expensive than previously available fibre offered by the larger telcos. “TasmaNet’s appointment to the NSW panel demonstrates our competitiveness with the major telcos,” said Aris. “Our long relationship with the Tasmanian Government, proven success in leading the market nationally to deliver Enterprise Ethernet to councils and schools, and our lean and agile structure enable us to deliver the fast, high quality customer service that NSW Government customers expect.” Unlike some major competitors, TasmaNet is 100 percent committed to deploying fibre services to business, enterprise and government customers over the nbn™ network to maximise Australian taxpayer investment in the technology. TasmaNet utilises a custom-built data lake to determine nbn network availability at customer locations. This enables rapid qualification of nbn services that can be deployed to NSW Government sites, providing decision makers full insight into the connectivity options and associated price points. TasmaNet also leverages its direct relationship with nbn co to request site capability upgrades on behalf of customers. Resourceful partners Ms Aris said: “We are appointing resourceful partners with communications expertise in servicing organisations including financial services, education and retail, in fact all organisations that work with large files and depend on high speed uncontended Internet. “Orkestra, Bunch Digital and Alchemy Solutions all fit perfectly into our expansion plans, and we welcome them as TasmaNet partners.” Orkestra services Queensland areas and regional Victoria, where TasmaNet sees a market often ignored by the big telcos that is crying out for specialist business connectivity. “Businesses need their digital transformation foundations to be spot on, and TasmaNet will achieve this for our customers,” said Soren Reichelt, Orkestra’s CEO. “We have begun to ‘bridge the gap’ for regional communities since TasmaNet’s technology allows us to take full advantage of Australia’s $52b investment in a national fibre optic network. “We are excited to have brought the Enterprise Ethernet product into our mix, and are amazed to see how nbn can to deliver 1Gbps/1Gbps so cost effectively.” Bunch Digital is targeting large to major enterprises across Melbourne and Sydney. Director Matt Hannebery said: “We offer clients innovative products and services to transform and grow their organisations, and optimal performance is closely aligned to their network speeds and infrastructure. Leveraging TasmaNet’s Enterprise Ethernet service allows us to achieve maximised and cost effective returns on customers’ technology investment.” Alchemy Solutions services corporate and enterprise customers in Melbourne and surrounding areas. CEO Luke Stow said: “With TasmaNet’s technology we can reach into new customer domains, such as the utilities and retail sectors. We support value-add to clients in consulting services for cloud migration and adoption, providing stickiness by providing complementary services on top of a client’s network. “Businesses using cloud need proper bandwidth for IP voice, video conferencing and Office 365. Apps like this require reliable and fast bandwidth, which delivers synergy for both Alchemy and TasmaNet.” Partners interested in working with TasmaNet can find out more information here: About TasmaNet TasmaNet has been delivering specialised internet, networking, cloud, and data protection services to education, business, and government since 2004. Contact Elizabeth Aris, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, TasmaNet +61 477 443 703 Six steps to a healthier working environment from Catherine Davidson, leading mediator, negotiation expert and workplace wellness educator. 2019-10-17T05:33:03Z six-steps-to-a-healthier-working-environment-from-catherine-davidson-leading-mediator-and-negotiation-expert-and-workplace-wellness-educator How can companies create a more dynamic, more productive and, more profitable work environment – and at the same time improve employees’ health, reduce absenteeism and cut legal claims. The answer, according to Catherine Davidson, Founder and Principal of Catherine Davidson Mediation Services (CDMS), is to focus on boosting workplace wellness – channeling conflict into a positive.   Davidson, a former commercial litigation lawyer who specialises in helping companies achieve higher levels of workplace wellness, presented at Australia’s giant festival of workplace health and wellness, the Workplace Wellness Festival 2019 and at the world’s largest conference on happiness and wellbeing, Happiness and its Causes 2019. She says that improving workplace wellness can deliver commercial advantage and is one of the keys to building a sustainable and profitable business.   Here are her top tips for creating a working environment that promotes positivity and productivity and helps bring out the best in people.   1. Conduct an organisational health check Before you introduce any kind of workplace wellness program it’s worth discovering your employees’ biggest concerns. Are they, for example, stressed by a difficult relationship with a manager or colleague? Do they have more work than they can complete within working hours? Are they worried about leaving work on time to meet other commitments? How confident are they to disagree with their boss? It’s important to understand what your employees are worried about so that you can help address their concerns.   ‘Once you understand the stressors staff are facing you’ll be in a better position to design a working environment where they are able to relax and do their best work,’ says Catherine.   2. Invest in your people Forward thinking companies, such as Google and Atlassian, are renowned for their employee benefits and wellness programs. Initiatives might include staff kitchens with healthy food and drinks and exercise and relaxation classes. Catherine’s approach is about providing people with a skill set and capacity to work through workplace conflict and issues not just providing ‘things’’. More companies are embracing this well received, proactive approach.     ‘Investing in employee wellbeing pays dividends – with fewer sick days, lower staff turnover and higher levels of employee engagement which in turn leads to greater productivity and therefore profitability,’ says Catherine.   3. Encourage people to be themselves at work People are most likely to be engaged and do their best at work when they feel accepted and valued. Employers that actively promote a culture of acceptance and inclusion can help reduce employees’ stress levels and keep them healthy and happy at work.   ‘Employers should allow people to bring their whole selves to work and encourage them to say what they think and take risks. Making mistakes and sharing them enables the entire team to learn from the experience and offers up psychological safety,’ says Catherine.   4. Embrace difference Embracing difference means understanding and appreciating that different people bring unique personality traits, skills and perspectives to the workplace, and that the mix is enriching.   ‘Meeting and working with people with whom we don’t perhaps have a lot in common can be the best way to learn to collaborate, innovate and thrive. Instead of fearing difference, we should look for what we can learn from it,’ says Catherine.   5. Understand that conflict can be constructive Any group or team of people is bound to disagree from time to time. Those disagreements can be the best way to improve on the status quo, generate new ideas and, ultimately, to foster growth. The key to extracting benefit from conflict is to develop effective communication and negotiation skills to help ensure people communicate and engage with each other – and work towards effective solutions.   ‘Conflict is normal, inevitable and potentially creative – yet most organisations see it as a problem and put in place people and systems to manage and deal with it. I advise people to explore and embrace the opportunities that exist in the space between difference and disagreement – there can be a huge amount of value there,’ says Catherine.   6. Create a company culture where disagreement is safe Employees need to know that disagreeing with colleagues and management sometimes is normal - and essential for a healthy working environment. Encourage people to develop communications skills that enable them to share new ideas and suggestions that might be perceived as critical in a positive and respectful manner.   ‘Talking about conflict management in the workplace is quite a narrow way of looking at things,’ says Catherine. ‘In fact, conflict resolution skills are essential life and well-being skills and something we should all nurture and develop.’   To find out more about Catherine Davidson and how she works with clients to enhance workplace wellness visit:   ENDS   For further information please contact: Tel 0415 290023 M-Files Back Office Solution Brings Enterprise-Grade Information Management to Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Across Global Regions 2019-10-11T02:57:39Z m-files-back-office-solution-brings-enterprise-grade-information-management-to-small-and-medium-sized-businesses-across-global-regions DALLAS – Oct. 8, 2019 – M-Files Corporation, the intelligent information management company, today announced that its Back Office solution for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) is now available across its global regions. The solution manages all back-office functions for SMBs – such as information access, process automation and document control – while helping them meet compliance requirements.   When resources are limited, SMBs often lack the systems needed to effectively handle their back-office operations. Complicating this challenge, data is often stored in different software applications, such as file-sharing tools, email , and network folders, which creates information silos and piecemeal solutions with little to no IT infrastructure. Not only does this make information difficult to locate, but it also burdens management and staff with time-consuming and error-prone practices that hinder profitability.   The M-Files Back Office solution provides preconfigured workflows, metadata structure and views that fully support common business processes and use cases, including accounts payable and human resources, as well as the management of contracts, projects, cases, assets and customer relationships. With intelligent information management for back office operations, SMBs can streamline processes, improve transparency and lower costs, all within an accelerated timeline for smaller business teams. M-Files brings affordable, fully functional content management to the SMB market, delivering process automation, enhanced data security, mobile and offline access and metadata-driven content in context.   “The M-Files Back-Office solution was built to meet the needs of SMBs, regardless of their industry, and to offer an easy-to-adopt solution with built-in processes and taxonomy to modernize information management practices,” said Mika Javanainen, vice president of product marketing at M-Files. “We are pleased to expand the reach of our solution across our global footprint to help more SMBs improve productivity, reduce costs and mitigate risks. Our preconfigured environment helps smaller user groups quickly implement intelligent information management solutions that pave the way for future business expansion.”   M-Files provides a single source of information across existing systems and content repositories, applying powerful metadata that help SMBs classify, organize and process information quickly and efficiently. M-Files Optical Character Recognition (OCR) helps SMBs go paperless by converting physical documents into editable and searchable data.   Additionally, the M-Files DocuSign software integration enables electronic documents to be sent for signature utilizing pre-defined workflows while adhering to the highest security standards. Furthermore, M-Files enables SMBs to become instantly cloud-ready, offering fast and flexible deployment with on-premises, cloud and/or hybrid options, establishing a foundation for long-term scalability of the business. Please visit this webpage for more information on M-Files Back Office solutions.   About M-Files Corporation M-Files provides a next-generation intelligent information management platform that improves business performance by helping people find and use information more effectively. Unlike traditional enterprise content management (ECM) systems or content services platforms, M-Files unifies systems, data and content across the organization without disturbing existing systems and processes or requiring data migration. Using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in its unique Intelligent Metadata Layer, M-Files breaks down silos by delivering an in-context experience for accessing and leveraging information that resides in any system and repository, including network folders, SharePoint, file sharing services, ECM systems, CRM, ERP and other business systems and repositories. Thousands of organizations in more than 100 countries use M-Files for managing their business information and processes, including NBC Universal, OMV, Valmet, Rovio, SAS Institute and thyssenkrupp. For more information, visit  M-Files is a registered trademark of M-Files Corporation. All other registered trademarks belong to their respective owners.   Kemp marks 100,000+ load balancer deployments with 2-for-1 offer 2019-10-10T02:31:14Z kemp-marks-100-000-load-balancer-deployments-with-2-for-1-offer SYDNEY, Oct. 10, 2019 – Kemp, the leader in powering always-on application experience [AX], today celebrated more than 100,000 load balancer deployments by launching a 2-for-1 promotional offer for its popular VLM-3000 virtual load balancer. The offer gives customers an unmatched value to optimise and secure their applications, web properties or IT workloads at a discount of more than 80% compared to comparable alternative products. Kemp is rated 4.6 out of 5 on Gartner Peer Insights * for its Loadmaster and Virtual LoadMaster (VLM) software by end-user professionals who have experienced purchasing, implementing and/or using the Kemp solution. The Kemp VLM-3000 is an award-winning layer 4-7 virtualised load balancer that is right-sized for many organisations and application environments. The software can be deployed on any common hypervisor and supports up to 3 Gbps of throughput and 4,000 SSL transactions per second. Kemp provides optimised application templates, intelligent content switching logic and a range of application-aware traffic steering methods to ensure client requests are always sent to the best possible target. “The popularity of Kemp has skyrocketed because we are putting more choice and flexibility in the hands of the customer, backed up by providing direct-access to experienced support engineers,” said Tony Thompson, chief marketing officer for Kemp. “Our virtual load balancer sets the standard for delivering an optimal AX, and with this offer, customers can now get a pair of enterprise-grade virtual load balancers for a fraction of what they might pay the competition or an incumbent ADC provider.” Unlike support models that pre-screen and route customers through multiple levels and geographies, Kemp prides itself on providing direct-access to highly experienced network engineers with strong application-specific competencies upon first contact. This is made possible through in-region technical support hubs, including those in New York, Limerick, and Singapore. Promotional Offer Details: The Kemp VLM-3000 2-for-1 promotional offer is available today globally for the low price of $6,000 USD. The offer is available through December 31, 2019. To learn more, please visit: About Kemp Kemp powers always-on application experience [AX] for enterprises and service providers. Leveraging an agile per-app ADC/load balancer consumption model, predictive analytics, and automated issue resolution, Kemp is radically simplifying how customers optimise, analyse and secure applications across private and multi-cloud environments. Kemp counts more than 25,000 customers and more than 100,000 deployments in 115 countries. Take control of your application experience at Contact: David Quaid Kemp * As of 10/8/2019, in the Application Delivery Controllers market, based on 34 reviews. Gartner Peer Insights reviews constitute the subjective opinions of individual end users based on their own experiences and do not represent the views of Gartner or its affiliates. BOOK RELEASE EVENT: Kia Kākano Rua te Ture: A te reo Māori Handbook for the Law 2019-10-08T21:20:36Z book-release-event-kia-k-kano-rua-te-ture-a-te-reo-m-ori-handbook-for-the-law “Kia Kākano Rua te Ture is destined to become the go-to reo and tikanga guide for those working in the law.” Forward by:  The Honourable Justice Joe Williams, Ngāti Pūkenga, Waitaha and Tapuika Debut authors and proactive advocates for te reo Māori Alana Thomas and Corin Merrick have written the first practical handbook of te reo Māori specifically for the legal profession: Kia Kākano Rua te Ture: A te reo Māori Handbook for the Law. Equipping legal practitioners, law students, government departments and the judiciary with the tools they need to take a step towards a more equitable justice system. “The name of this book, ‘Kia Kākano Rua te Ture’, stems from our aspiration to see biculturalism in our legal system. We see te reo Māori as the waka (vehicle) which can take us to that destination. Normalising te reo Māori will not only benefit us as practitioners, but also have a positive impact on those around us.  The benefits of learning te reo Māori extend far beyond just learning new words, and into alternative ways of thinking and problem solving.” – Alana Thomas, Author & Lawyer, Kaupare With a practical focus on Māori language and protocol to be used in different professional and Court settings, Kia Kākano Rua te Ture: A te reo Māori Handbook for the Law is a necessary foundation to help users not only expand their skill sets, but will also work to improve the legal access Māori have by ensuring they have an understanding of te reo Māori and Māori issues. “I have seen a number of people announce their appearances in Court in te reo Māori and this has been incredibly exciting for me because I believe that there is a desire to come away from the monoculturalism that has dominated the legal world. Learning te reo Māori will provide lawyers with new tools for interpreting the law. I believe that the incorporation of te reo Māori and tikanga Māori into our practices will have a positive impact on our clients, especially in the Family Court and Youth Court.”  - Corin Merrick, Author & Barrister, Mānuka Chambers “As a publisher my dream is to produce really great books that people want and need, and legal publishing is no exception to this. Students and practitioners need to have quality, reliable content at their fingertips to aid their success. Kia Kākano Rua te Ture is, I believe, a book that everyone with ties to the legal industry should own and use,” said JD Nodder, Texts Manager of LexisNexis New Zealand. “Alana and Corin have created a book that is accessible and practical; a book that helps ease users into te reo and te ao Māori, to help them understand the importance of tikanga when working with Māori clients, and to improve their use of te reo Māori in written and verbal communication. There is a passion for te reo Māori in New Zealand and I hope that Kia Kākano Rua te Ture is one more way that more people can embrace and utilise reo Māori – not only in their legal professional lives, but in their everyday lives. Toi te kupu, toi te mana, toi te whenua.”  To place an order for this title*, call 0800 800 986 or visit Pre-Order Price: $108 NZD (incl. GST) RRP:  $120 NZD (incl. GST) Format: Book | ISBN: 9780947514891 *Members of the news media should contact for a review copy & additional media materials Event Details DATE: Friday, 25th October, 2019 TIME: 12:00pm – 3:00pm (Lunch will be served) LOCATION: Ōrākei Marae | 59B Kitemoana St, Orakei, Auckland 1071 MEDIA RSVP: About the Authors ALANA THOMAS is of Ngāti Rēhia and Ngāti Kuri descent and grew up in Whangārei where she attended Whangārei Girls High School. She lives in Auckland and is a proud mother of her two children, Maioha and Te Āiorangi. She is a lawyer at her own firm, Kaupare.   After graduating from the University of Auckland in 2008, she has practised in several areas of law including Criminal Law, Family Law and Commercial Law, but the majority of her practice is now dedicated to progressing matters in the Māori Land Court, Māori Appellate Court and the Waitangi Tribunal.     CORIN MERRICK is a graduate of Kōhanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori.  She is a Barrister at Mānuka Chambers in Manukau, Auckland.  She was admitted to the bar in 2008 and started her career working in one of New Zealand’s top law firms.  She is a Court Appointed Youth Advocate acting for young people in the Youth Court, Rangatahi Court and Pasifika Court.  She appears for parties on a wide range of matters in the Family Court. Corin is a past member of the Executive Committee of Te Hunga Rōia Māori, and a member of the Family Law Section. About LexisNexis Legal & Professional LexisNexis Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of legal, regulatory and business information and analytics that help customers increase productivity, improve decision-making and outcomes, and advance the rule of law around the world. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which serves customers in more than 130 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide, is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.   ### Congratulations To The Female Founders Joining The Advisory Board Centre's Board Essentials Program 2019-10-02T01:42:55Z congratulations-to-the-successful-female-founders-joining-the-advisory-board-centre-s-board-essentials-program A huge congratulations to the 14 Female Founders that have been accepted to be a part of the Advisory Board Centre's Board Essentials Program. The Female Founders will be going through our extensive program to learn how to effectively engage Advisors, best practice foundations on governance structures and how to close the knowledge gap between where they are today and where they want to be in the future. The program is a 1/2 day workshop with the opportunity to connect and network with other female Founders from across Queensland. The incredible diversity of Female Founders ranged from not-for-profit's to innovative technology startup Founders and everything in between.  The Female Founders were from a range of different locations, expertise and mutually shared huge levels of passion and drive which created an extremely supportive, collaborative environment.  The Advisory Board Centre is proud to be partnering with the Queensland Government to support Female Founders in accessing the skills, knowledge and networks they need to increase competitiveness, foster innovation and drive economic impact. The Female Founders Advisory Board Essentials program was held on the 19th of September 2019 with additional dates and applications reopening soon for 2020. Female Founders is an Advance Queensland initiative and is fully funded by the Queensland Government. Visit our website for more information on the Female Founders Programs and make sure to follow us on LinkedIn to stay updated. Independent research survey finds big challenges in multi-cloud 2019-10-01T22:43:38Z independent-research-survey-finds-big-challenges-in-multi-cloud SYDNEY, October 2, 2019. Kemp, the leader in powering always-on application experience (AX), has disclosed that significant AX challenges are arising when organisations use two or more public clouds in conjunction with private cloud infrastructure. This was disclosed in a Forrester Consulting survey, commissioned by Kemp, of 150 enterprise business and technology decision makers in Australia and four other Asia Pacific countries. The results, compiled in a research paper by Kemp, revealed new insights into the challenges, current approaches and expectations CIOs have for multi-cloud application experience. The report warns that as more critical applications move to the public cloud, the ability to achieve visibility and control is critically important to maintaining resilience and availability and to ensure the highest standard AX. “The migration of applications into public cloud environments or across multiple clouds can enable better application experience, control and flexibility when paired with load balancing infrastructure,” said Tony Sandberg, Regional Director APAC, Kemp. IT teams are predicting a more complex environment deploying applications in the cloud and are expressing a clear need to simplify deployment, get better management and control of those applications. Speed, agility, scalability, and automation are now the top requirements for these load balancers. Deployment of load balancing on a per-application basis that matches exact requirements will become more common to achieve the speed and agility required today. The report suggests: “Enterprises need actionable insight to prevent application issues and to ensure an always-on, always-secure application experience. “Context-relevant analytics and predictive analytics into applications could limit or eliminate downtime by detecting and resolving application issues before they occur. Ad-hoc troubleshooting can be time consuming.” The report concludes that the end-user application experience for customers or employees can remain highly available when increased insight and observability is supported by application and networking experts who understand the unique or varied circumstances around application issues. Organisations are moving towards a multi-cloud hosting environment. Over 84% of CIOs across Australia and Asia Pacific believe multi-cloud will constitute up to 50% of their hosting environment in the next three years, up from an average of less than 30% today. Core apps heading for cloud While the cloud migration of customer-facing and reporting applications has been widespread, many organisations are considering the migration of core ‘run the business’ applications. For core applications, optimising the hosting environment becomes even more important for businesses. The survey shows that 67% of CIOs across the region believe multi-cloud migration has a positive impact bringing better capabilities in load balancing. Control and flexibility are key to multi-cloud application experience. Automation is a priority for CIOs. Most respondents cited greater automation along with multi-vendor management as important IT priorities. Automation of IT processes is key to driving down costs and increasing IT efficiencies. About Kemp Kemp powers always-on application experience for enterprises and service providers. Leveraging an agile per-app load balancing/ADC consumption model, predictive analytics and automated issue resolution, Kemp is radically simplifying how customers optimise, analyse and secure their applications across private and multi-cloud environments. Kemp counts more than 25,000 customers and more than 100,000 deployments in 115 countries. Take control of your application experience at ###