The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-12-06T22:35:54Z Okta for Startups: Free Identity Tools for Entrepreneurs 2017-12-06T22:35:54Z okta-for-startups-free-identity-tools-for-entrepreneurs Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ:OKTA), the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise, today announced the launch of Okta for Startups, a program offering the Okta Identity Cloud to entrepreneurs and small businesses for free for one year. “Founding a company is hard. And it’s even harder when you have to build a business model for something that hasn’t been done before, or that you’re trying to differently – all while getting your core systems up and running.” said Frederic Kerrest, Okta COO and co-founder. “With Okta for Startups, we’ll enable new and growing companies to focus on what’s most important when you’re getting started – your core business and customers – by making it easy (and free) to build a foundation of identity and access management into your app or company infrastructure.” Today, thousands of organisations use the Okta Identity Cloud as the connective tissue that secures both their employee and partner ecosystem, as well as their customer-facing offerings. Within an organisation, the Okta Identity Cloud makes it easy to manage and secure the rapidly growing network of people, applications and devices connected to a business. For developers and business leaders building new or improving existing customer experiences, Okta also makes it easy to add the same level of security and user management into any web or mobile application through its API offerings. Now with Okta for Startups, young and developing organisations will be able to use both Okta’s employee- and customer-facing identity tools for up to 25 employees, contractors and partners through the Okta Identity Cloud for free. In addition, organisations will also have the option to use Okta’s APIs as the identity and authentication layer of their customer apps for up to 25,000 monthly active users. “Our mission at Agile Stacks is to make it easier for organisations to quickly implement a full stack DevOps automation for cloud environments. We’ve been growing quickly since we started a little over a year ago, and as we continue to expand, we sought innovative partners to help us build a scalable, secure infrastructure of our own,” said Igor Mameshin, CTO at Agile Stacks. “Programs like Okta for Startups are critical for young companies like us as they provide founders with the best tools available on the market for free or at a low cost – allowing us to use Okta to power our authentication layer and user store as a foundational piece of our application so we can focus our precious resources on innovation, business strategy and differentiation.” “We’re focused on changing the way people work at People.ai – taking the manual work off of sales and creating sales and marketing alignment based on real data and intelligence,” said Oleg Rogynskyy, CEO at People.ai. “As a growing company ourselves, we looked for innovative partners to help us take care of the behind-the-scenes work of our own infrastructure and security so we can focus on growing our business. Y Combinator, which we graduated from in 2016, taught us to spend our cycles on the things that will help us to go from vision to reality – and being able to partner with world class solutions like Okta allow us to do just that.” For more information about Okta for Startups, email OktaforStartups@okta.com. About Okta Okta is the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise. The Okta Identity Cloud connects and protects employees of many of the world's largest enterprises. It also securely connects enterprises to their partners, suppliers and customers. With deep integrations to over 5,000 apps, the Okta Identity Cloud enables simple and secure access from any device. Thousands of customers, including Experian, 20th Century Fox, LinkedIn, Flex, News Corp, Dish Networks, and Adobe trust Okta to work faster, boost revenue and stay secure. Okta helps customers fulfill their missions faster by making it safe and easy to use the technologies they need to do their most significant work. SAI Global Expands Middle East Presence with Dubai Office 2017-11-24T04:40:28Z sai-global-expands-middle-east-presence-with-dubai-office SAI Global, a leading provider of integrated risk management solutions, today announced the opening of an office in Dubai to help organizations throughout the Middle East enhance their risk management programs. The new office addresses increasing demand and growth the company has experienced since it first entered the region in 2015. SAI Global will build upon a solid customer base established across the region’s banking, energy and oil sectors, including Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC). These businesses rely on the company’s integrated risk software and learning solutions to mitigate risk through practices that bring transparency, consistency, and accountability. “The market for risk management solutions and compliance training is rapidly growing throughout the Middle East,” said Peter Granat, CEO of SAI Global. “There’s strong demand among companies in the region for our leading environmental health and safety (EHS) and IT risk software solutions. These companies are ambitious in their goals to be among the best managed companies in the world and our enhanced presence here better enables our commitment to these customers.” According to a representative of Agility, a logistics leader in Kuwait “To protect our hard-earned brand reputation and build public trust, it's essential for us to cultivate an ethical culture across our organization. SAI Global has really helped us to create awareness, increase transparency and reduce risk. This has enabled us to align our employee conduct with our company values, as well as establish an effective, defensible compliance program with measurable results.” SAI Global’s Dubai office will be headed up by a locally appointed team of risk management experts responsible for evolving the company’s business in the region. As referenced in Gartner’s ‘Magic Quadrant for IT Risk Management Solutions’ (June 2017), “according to 200 inquiries in 2016 and 2017, bringing efficiencies in managing compliance and regulatory reporting for IT-related risks continues to be the primary driver to evaluate IT risk management (ITRM) solutions. We also continue to see more interest among buyers trying to answer inquiries from their boards or customers about ITRM’s close link to cybersecurity initiatives. This is especially true in North America and Europe; however, the Middle East, Brazil and India are also showing signs of increased interest in ITRM solutions' capabilities.” * SAI Global was positioned the highest for ability to execute and furthest for completeness of vision in the Challengers quadrant of this Magic Quadrant for its digital risk management software. Additionally, in SC Media’s recent comprehensive product review, SAI Global’s digital risk management software solution achieved “five stars” for the fifth consecutive year. *Source: Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for IT Risk Management Solutions,” Khushbu Pratap, Jeffrey Wheatman, Matthew T. Stamper, 29 June 2017. Required 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.   Security Expert: Share-Bike Schemes May Lead to Bike Bombs Being Used By Terrorists 2017-10-29T23:41:20Z security-expert-share-bike-schemes-may-lead-to-bike-bombs-being-used-by-terrorists FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.27 October 2017 In the last 12 months a growth in ‘share-bike schemes’ have seen a number of publicly accessible bikes, unlocked using a mobile app, left on public streets. This provides a useful opportunity to terrorist groups. Daniel Lewkovitz of award-winning electronic security and life-safety firm Calamity Monitoring (https://calamity.com.au) is concerned that unattended bicycles have previously been used as bombs in a large number of terrorist attacks which could be repeated locally. There are approximately 4000 such bikes currently on the streets of Sydney with latest entrant to the market, Ofo reportedly to drop 200 in the City of Sydney a further 200 in Waverley and 200 in the Inner West this week and thousands more expected to appear before Christmas. In Jaipur, India in 2008 nine explosive-packed bicycles were placed around seven locations and exploded simultaneously causing over 60 deaths with hundreds injured. There have been dozens of other such attacks globally. Some other attacks include: Ahmedabad, largest city of the state of Gujarat, India 45 killed in a series of 17 blasts. Twin bomb blasts at Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad, India on Feb 21st,2013 - 18 Killed and 40 Injured. Baquba, Iraq bicycle bombing on 26 June 2006 - 25 people killed, dozens more injured Lewkovitz said: “The hollow frame and pannier of a bike provides substantial space for explosives and shrapnel to be packed and the metal bicycle itself adds further fragmentation which could cause injury.” He warned: “For decades the most basic antiterrorism advice was for the public to beware of suspicious objects left unattended. The proliferation of bike-share schemes are potentially making large numbers of abandoned bicycles part of the scenery. This would allow a potentially lethal bomb or several bombs to be delivered and left unattended in plain sight in a crowded area without raising any eyebrows as any unattended item in a crowded place really should...If a potentially explosive-packed bicycle left in a crowded location won’t be considered suspicious it’s almost the perfect bomb delivery system”. He advises “I would be encouraging sensitive or crowded locations to actively monitor bike-parking.” Local Councils are still considering how to deal with growing problems of abandoned share bikes left lying on footpaths and driveways however are supporting these for-profit businesses on the presumption they reduce car traffic.   Lewkovitz says: “It’s ironic that councils such as City of Sydney are reacting to terrorism on the one hand by deploying ugly concrete barriers yet on the other hand simultaneously embracing a scheme that could allow terrorists to easily leave improvised explosive devices lying around the CBD. You have the absurd situation where a concrete barrier specifically placed to prevent vehicle-borne explosives, could have an explosive laden vehicle literally propped up against it.” Acronis Access Advanced Brings Sophisticated Security and Precise Control to Mobile Data Sharing 2017-09-25T05:24:39Z acronis-access-advanced-brings-sophisticated-security-and-precise-control-to-mobile-data-sharing SYDNEY, Australia, 25 September 2017 – Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection for business and consumers, today announced the availability of Acronis Access Advanced 8.0 — the latest version of mobile file access, sync & share solution for enterprises. Acronis Access Advanced 8.0 introduces new features designed to increase security, compliance, and convenience protecting shared data. It also extends the flexibility of integrating with other mobile applications. The new features include web-based file editing with Microsoft Office Online, simultaneous editing of documents by multiple users, extended sharing using nested folders with independent permissions, support for Microsoft Intune Mobile Application Management (MAM) without Intune MDM enrollment, allowing Intune app management with any MDM solution, and ZIP archive creation features inside the iOS app. Acronis Access Advanced is a perfect solution for companies who value data and performance. Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 Team uses Acronis Access Advanced to share confidential telemetry data and R&D documents between the factory, trackside engineers, and subcontractors. “With Acronis Access Advanced, we’re in full control of our data. We can track the information path and even remote-wipe a laptop, tablet or mobile device if it is lost or stolen to prevent a competitor from accessing the data. Our plan is to share sensible data that way,” said Raffaele Boschetti, Scuderia Toro Rosso Head of IT. US Air Force Air Combat Command A4, which maintains military aircraft, also uses Acronis Access Advanced. It allowed them to dramatically reduce electronic document management overhead by controlling and monitoring data on mobile devices remotely. Acronis Access Advanced simplifies the management of shared data while meeting the strictest requirements for secure file sharing. It also removes the risks associated with using public file sync & share services, such as inability to choose data storage location or monitor user activities. It addresses the need of modern businesses for secure file access, sync and share — something that has been validated by a 200% YoY growth in sales. Key capabilities Mobile, web and desktop client access Encryption in-transit and on-device Full IT control of sharing options and recipients Mobile Office editing and PDF annotation Web-based Office editing via MS Office Online iOS document provider extension for convenient view, edit and save back from other mobile apps Remote lock and wipe of mobile app Integration with leading MAM platforms from MobileIron, BlackBerry, Microsoft and others New features, introduced in Acronis Access Advanced 8.0 Safe editing of sensitive documents with Microsoft Office Online, without downloading them to endpoint devices Collaborative co-editing of documents Microsoft Intune MAM independent from MDM support Extended flexibility when syncing and sharing folders Ability to create ZIP archives in the Acronis Access iOS app “Mobile file access, sync and share, is an integral part of every business. Today’s employees spend hours working on their mobile devices, both at home and in transit. Without a secure solution like Acronis Access Advanced, they’re putting their business data at risk. Acronis Access Advanced gives employers an easy way to control what is shared and who accesses the data. It is an important security measure for every business,” said Gaidar Magdanurov, Chief Marketing Officer at Acronis. For more information, please visit https://www.acronis.com/en-au/mobility/access-advanced/ About Acronis Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud IT data protection through its backup, ransomware Active Protection, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, fast, complete and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud, mobile and applications. Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of more than 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 150 countries and 20 languages. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products are consistently named best product of the year and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning, and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors, and cloud resellers. Learn more at acronis.com. Mindfields to democratise RPA by offering a one stop solution at a fixed price per process. 2017-08-22T21:15:38Z mindfields-to-democratise-rpa-by-offering-a-one-stop-solution-at-a-fixed-price-per-process Sydney: Australian automation and AI advisory firm Mindfields has launched Automation as a Service (AaaS), a banquet of RPA services such as research, education, consulting and execution, packaged at a fixed price per process. It will open doors to automate processes that were previously unimaginable or unfeasible. RPA takes business processes that are currently performed by human workers and creates a software bot that then performs the same task around the clock. Mindfields Managing Director Mohit Sharma said, “We do not want to charge new clients for the framework we have already developed for existing clients, instead we have customised workshops backed by ongoing research to reduce the cost of automation and shorten their decision cycle," Mindfields has automated and robotised its own consulting and delivery processes in the form of AaaS. Clients will get a bundled offering containing consulting backed by ongoing research in emerging technologies and delivery embedded with training. “Our aim is to make it free in the long-term and focus on feeding and exploiting data generated by automation. Automation is the first step in the journey and should be treated as investment in short-term” commented Sharma. AaaS will provide following benefits to clients for a fixed price per process: Automate more at faster pace Consulting backed by ongoing research on RPA tool and process selection Education to empower client teams to execute RPA in-house Execute and implement RPA efficiently based on Mindfields’ experiences and lessons learned Automation at a fixed price per process, which provides cost assurance to a business case Enabling clients to focus on the most important outcome of RPA i.e. automating data and interaction analytics, rather than the technical details. Currently, clients are paying separately for these services to various vendors who work in silos which can increase costs and project timelines. AaaS will democratise RPA irrespective of industry vertical and client’s company size. “Businesses can now think about the outcomes they are seeking, rather than getting bogged down in the technology specifications and cost of initiating the RPA journey.” Mindfields has also been recently covered in the technology section of the Australian Financial Review. You can view the article here - http://www.afr.com/technology/robotic-process-automation-on-demand-as-consultants-get-disrupted-20170816-gxx6b0 For more info on AaaS, visit - http://bit.ly/2wsMVrP or watch this video About Mindfields: Mindfields is a vendor and tool agnostic full-service Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence firm with a global presence. We provide consulting, education and execution to clients backed by comprehensive independent research. For more information, please visit our website. Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting Wins Nine Stevie® Awards in 2017 International Business Awards 2017-08-16T22:00:00Z wolters-kluwer-tax-accounting-wins-nine-stevie-r-awards-in-2017-international-business-awards Wolters Kluwer is pleased to announce that it has been named winner of nine Stevie® Awards in the 14th Annual International Business Awards, including two Silver Stevie wins by Karen Abramson, CEO of its Tax & Accounting division: Gold Stevie Winners CCH AnswerConnect Category: Best New Product or Service of the Year - Business-to-Business Services Jim Edwards, Product Strategy Director, CCH IntegratorCategory: Product Development/Management Executive of the Year Silver Stevie Winners Global Master Tax and Business Guide Category: Best Business Book CCH IQ Category: Best New Product or Service of the Year - Business-to-Business Products Karen Abramson, CEO, Tax & Accounting Global Division Category: Executive of the Year - Financial Services Karen Abramson, CEO, Tax & Accounting Global DivisionCategory: Woman of the Year – Computer Software CCH Integrator Product Development TeamCategory: Product Development/Management Department or Team of the Year Bronze Stevie Winners CCH ProSystem fx for Small Firms Category: Best New Product or Service of the Year - Software - FinTech Solution CCH IntegratorCategory: Best New Product or Service of the Year - Software - Governance, Risk & Compliance Solution “We are honored to be recognized so broadly by the International Business Awards for our best-in-class products, services and employees across the globe,” said Karen Abramson, CEO of Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting division. “Whether we are helping clients navigate complex tax legislation, gain efficiencies during tax filing, find a fast, accurate answer or simplify their internal audit and financial management processes, we are committed to helping our customers grow, manage and protect their businesses. We will continue to bring award-winning innovation to the marketplace that our customers have come to expect and depend on.” These wins are the latest in a steady stream of prestigious global accolades awarded to Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting this past year. Just last month, Wolters Kluwer was shortlisted in the 2017 International Tax Review’s Americas Tax Awards for “Americas Tax Technology Firm of the Year” and “Americas Tax Innovator of the Year.” Wolters Kluwer was also named “Asia Tax Technology Firm of the Year” by the International Tax Review’s Asia Tax Awards earlier this year. The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – are eligible to submit nominations. The 2017 International Business Awards received entries from more than 60 nations and territories. A record total of more than 3,900 nominations were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories. “The IBA judges from across the world were highly impressed with the nominations they reviewed this year. With the level of achievement documented in the nominations from 60 nations, the Stevie Awards are proud to honor organizations that demonstrate a high level of achievement in a variety of industries,” said Michael Gallagher, President and Founder of the Stevie Awards. About Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting is a leading provider of software solutions and local expertise that helps tax, accounting, and audit professionals research and navigate complex regulations, comply with legislation, manage their businesses and advise clients with speed, accuracy and efficiency. Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting is part of Wolters Kluwer N.V. (AEX: WKL), a global leader in information services and solutions for professionals in the health, tax and accounting, risk and compliance, finance and legal sectors. Wolters Kluwer reported 2016 annual revenues of €4.3 billion. The company, headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries and employs 19,000 people worldwide. Wolters Kluwer shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. Wolters Kluwer has a sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt program. The ADRs are traded on the over-the-counter market in the U.S. (WTKWY). For more information about our solutions and organization, visit www.wolterskluwer.com, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Open source innovation strengthens Cloudera’s cybersecurity solution and accelerates machine learning at scale 2017-07-27T05:41:38Z open-source-innovation-strengthens-clouderas-cybersecurity-solution-and-accelerates-machine-learning-at-scale Cloudera, (NYSE: CLDR), the leading provider of the modern platform for machine learning and advanced analytics, announced the availability of Apache Spot 1.0 (incubating), which enables fast, easy, and more scalable cybersecurity machine learning. Spot is a community-driven cybersecurity project, built to bring advanced analytics to all IT Telemetry data on an open, scalable platform. Since Cloudera’s cybersecurity solution is built on Spot, this open source release strengthens the solution allowing enterprises to more effectively accelerate advanced threat detection at scale. Spot provides a community based approach to cybersecurity allowing organizations to collaborate across industries while simultaneously changing the economics of cybersecurity. “Taking advantage of community based open source innovation and collaboration to strengthen our solutions and deliver customer value is at the heart of Cloudera’s strategy,” said Tom Reilly, chief executive officer at Cloudera. “With the release of Spot 1.0, we are excited to deliver a community-developed platform with which enterprises can protect themselves and collaborate with peer organizations in detecting cyber attacks in the hyper-connected world they operate in.” Cloudera Plus Apache Spot Power Machine Learning Cybersecurity Applications The Spot open source project delivers visibility into security threats by providing advanced threat detection using machine learning and advanced analytics. Spot is built on top of Cloudera’s platform leveraging Apache Spark and Hadoop, optimised for Intel hardware, and provides the ability to ingest and store high volumes of IT telemetry data for advanced threat detection with machine learning, accelerated threat investigation with complete contextual information at analyst finger tips, and a future-proofed open source infrastructure that changes the economics of cybersecurity. Highlights from the Spot 1.0 release (incubating) include: Improved machine learning performance with Spot’s upgrade to Apache Spark 2.1. Better run times and model performance for all DNS, proxy, and NetFlow workloads due to improvements to the Suspicious Connects open source machine learning models. Tighter integration with Cloudera’s platform to take advantage of Cloudera components while enhancing the Apache Spot open data model. “It is difficult for cybersecurity teams across enterprises to collaborate when it comes to sharing threat intelligence and acting upon it. Spot is a platform designed to facilitate such collaboration starting with a shared common data model against which community developed machine learning algorithms can be run,” said Sam Heywood, director of Cybersecurity Strategy at Cloudera. “While threat intelligence feeds are extremely important in the fight against cyber criminals, we need to extend our analytics sharing capabilities to make sure we are detecting advanced behavioral anomalies. Apache Spot is an award winning technology community and project that is doing just that. Cloudera is playing its role by helping organizations take advantage of the open source project while making it easier to secure, manage, and scale community innovation in the cloud or on-premises.” Cloudera’s cybersecurity solution, built on Apache Spot, uses advanced machine learning to baseline normal enterprise behaviour across networks, endpoints, and users in order to see anomalies within the enterprise. Creating a single pane of glass for complete contextual security data allows for organisations to store multiple years-worth of data at a lower cost while accelerating threat investigation and response. As cybersecurity threats become more mature and unique, organisations are in need of an open source approach to extend enterprise visibility while laying the foundation for advanced machine learning threat detection. By joining the Apache Spot community, Cybraics, a leader in applying AI techniques to cybersecurity, can access and share information to help push in this line, advancements into the open source community and at the same time deliver results to their customers in less time,” said Alan Ross, CTO Cybraics and Apache Spot Founder. “As a contributor to Apache Spot, Cybraics will be sharing new analytics with the community.” Meet us at Black Hat booth #1748 to see Apache Spot in action. icare (Insurance & Care NSW) implements OnBase by Hyland for digital information management 2017-07-27T05:27:03Z icare-insurance-care-nsw-implements-onbase-by-hyland-for-digital-information-management icare, the New South Wales’ government’s insurance and care provider, has selected and implemented OnBase by Hyland, an enterprise information platform, hosted in the Hyland Cloud. icare will use OnBase to support its enterprise vision of digital information management, initiating the project in its largest division, which delivers insurance and care services to customers of the NSW Workers Compensation scheme. icare is one the largest insurers in Australia with $33 billion in assets and more than 3.4 million customers. icare is a new public financial corporation undertaking business transformation from a previously adversarial process to a contemporary business, delivering a world-class service experience to employers, injured workers and motorists – focused on quality of life outcomes, not process. Through this transformation, icare is creating a fresh new business model from one based on previously fragmented systems to one powered by a common platform, providing an integrated view of the customer and service delivery. To enable this goal, icare sought an innovative technology to provide a single view of the customer information and optimise business processes. “Hyland was a natural fit for icare. They show impressive insurance and health industry experience and have provided sound advice on how we can optimise their OnBase technology within our business environment and successfully integrate it with our insurance lifecycle management software, Guidewire. We’ve enjoyed a successful partnership where they’ve met our deadlines, enabling us to meet our program milestones,” said John Nagle, icare group executive, workers insurance. “The OnBase product provides an end-to-end record management and secure storage solution to manage our customer correspondence, policies and billing – linking them to claims and care delivery, as well as enabling secure access of information from the cloud,” Nagle said. “Their solution provides a fully integrated platform which gives our underwriters and billing staff a birds-eye view of the data they need to support employers and ultimately respond to injured workers in a timely manner.” icare completed phase one of its OnBase implementation in its workers’ compensation policy processes in April 2017. It has selected workers’ compensation claims processes for phase two, implementing Guidewire ClaimCenter® and OnBase simultaneously. “Utilising the OnBase Ready for Guidewire accelerators for Guidewire InsuranceSuite™, icare staff gain instant access to important information – improving decision-making for its workers’ compensation policies and claims and eliminating the need to search multiple applications, file shares or paper records,” said Ruth Fisk, global director of insurance at Hyland. “We’re looking forward to working with icare to connect information throughout the enterprise and deliver the best service possible to their customers, resulting in getting the injured employee back to work as quickly as possible.” For more information about workers’ compensation and the OnBase integration and accelerators for Guidewire, visit OnBase.com SAI Global’s Environmental Health and Safety Risk Management Software now named a ‘Leader’ from ‘Innovator’ 2017-07-27T03:27:33Z sai-global-s-environmental-health-and-safety-risk-management-software-now-named-a-leader-from-innovator SAI Global, a leading provider of integrated risk management solutions, announced their environmental, health and safety (EHS) risk management software, Cintellate, has achieved an EHS Leader ranking by Verdantix in their 2017 Green Quadrant; an upward move from 2016 when the software was recognised in the Innovator quadrant. “I am pleased to see how our continued investments and increasingly holistic approach in our risk management software have played a key role in the significant shift from last year’s innovator quadrant positioning to a leader position that includes the product strengths identified by Verdantix.” said Peter Granat CEO, SAI Global. Based on Green Quadrant analysis, SAI Global’s EHS software’s key strengths include its out-of-the-box Contractor Safety Management module and overall EHS risk management capabilities. Ergonomics and industrial hygiene performance also elevate the product into the Leaders quadrant. SAI Global’s broad risk management strengths, were identified by Verdantix as enabling organisations to track risks holistically across the high impact areas of health and safety, environment, business operation performance, profit and loss, and stakeholders. By utilizing the holistic approach, SAI Global can provide the ability to integrate EHS risk management into the complete risk picture, which is a significant advantage for EHS teams working closely with other risk functions in their organisations. Extensive investment and an increased focus on research and development by SAI Global’s parent company Baring Private Equity Asia is supporting an acceleration of world-wide expansion for the company’s suite of risk management solutions, including the industry leading EHS risk management software. Within the EHS risk management software platform, these enhancements will ensure customers will be better positioned to respond to the growing international focus on improved environmental outcomes, technological advances such as the Internet of Things and a growing awareness of IT security concerns. SAI Global’s software provides accurate insight through data-driven metrics to enable strategic management of corporate and information security risk. Find out more about SAI Global’s EHS risk management software here. Breaking News - ASX Listed G Medical Signs Binding MOU for US $67.5M for China Distribution 2017-07-27T00:24:14Z breaking-news-asx-listed-g-medical-signs-binding-mou-for-us-67-5m-for-china-distribution ASX Announcement 27 July 2017 G MEDICAL SIGNS BINDING MOU FOR CHINA DISTRIBUTION VALUED AT US$67.5M •Binding MOU signed with Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co. Ltd. •Agreed terms include call centre cooperation and a minimum purchase order of Smartphone Prizmaunits within the first year. •Medical and ancillary support via Nurse and Physician staffed call centres and ‘Cloud’ services. Mobile health and e-health company G Medical Innovations Holdings Ltd (“G Medical” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has executed a Binding Memorandum of Understanding (“Agreement”) between its subsidiary G Medical Innovations Asia Limited and Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co. Ltd. (“Boletong”), for the distribution of G Medical’s products and for call centre and ‘Cloud’ services in the People’s Republic of China. G Medical Smartphone Prizma Purchase Order Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong has agreed to purchase a minimum quantity of units within the 1st Year of the G Medical Smartphone Prizma, and to provide associated support services for a minimum period of 60 months. Boletong will pay a pre-determined price for each unit, with the value of the agreement based on the minimum commitments being no less than US$67,500,000. The obligation to acquire the units commences on the granting of the CFDA certification to G Medical, which is currently in process. Support Services 1) Medical Services: Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong and G Medical will set up a medical call centreproviding support services from 50-60 Nurses and 3-5 General Practising Physicians. Boletong will be responsible for the recruitment of the Nurses and General Practising Physicians, andthe establishment of the call centre. 2) ‘Cloud’ Subscription and Support Services: Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong and/or G Medical will provide; a) Automated Cloud algorithm interpretation services, for biomedical signals 20170727_GMV - Binding MOU for China Distribution Page 2 of 3 b )Level 1 services including, Live and/or automated end-user technical support c) Level 2 services including, hardware (device) support, replacement/repairs Marketing and advertising G Medical agreed to contribute an immaterial portion of the per unit price as marketing and investment for Boletong's promotion of the products and services in China, with such payments to be set-off against payment of the purchase orders by Boletong. Non-competition Boletong and its associations are subject to non-competition restraints for the period of the Agreement, and ending five years after its termination (unless G Medical is found by a Court to have breached the Agreement). These non-competition restraints extend to competing with the products or services of G Medical. G Medical CEO Dr. Yacov Geva, commented: “I am extremely pleased to announce yet another significant relationship for G Medical within the ever-growing and lucrative Chinese territory. To have further increased our purchase commitment for our G Medical Smartphone Prizma devices, over and above our existing agreements, is an exceptional outcome with a key partner in Boletong. This adds further to our robust, multi-year revenue stream for the Company, particularly within the first year of a CFDA approval being granted”. “I have met with the executives of Boletong, and whilst in China have visited their facilities and operations. Boletong operates in 16+ provinces and works with the National Public Health care system and acts as a distributor of medical services for the government. Boletong is currently working with several large healthcare organisations such as Wanda, a medical company which is positioned in the top three in their area, and along with telecom carriers such as China Telecom. Boletong is also supported through investment from a large and reputable group in Beijing. Our team, has invested more than 3 months in bringing this MOU to fruition, during which time we were able to satisfy ourselves as to Boletong's strong financial position, their key government partnerships in place, and the ability to deliver all aspects under our agreement.” “This relationship is a significant strategic partnership, allowing the roll out the Company’s medical and ancillary support services within the Chinese territory, for both our professional call centre and Cloud based systems”. Ends Corporate Advisors Otsana Capital 108 Outram Street West Perth WA 6005 Telephone: +61 8 9486 7244 www.otsana.com About Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co., Ltd Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co., Ltd. (Boletong) is a hi-tech medical and healthcare company invested by Beijing Honghui Group which has businesses in medicine, investment, drug store automation system and new energy areas, based in China. Boletong focuses on the production and sales of medical devices, membership healthcare management systems and R&D and applications for the National Basic Public Healthcare Project Solution. Boletong is currently one of the top 16 service providers for the national public healthcare system. Boletong is located in Jinan Hi-tech Technology Development Area, Shandong province. Boletong’s website is www.sdboletong.com About G Medical Innovations G Medical (ASX:GMV) was founded in August 2014, aiming to be at the forefront of the digital health revolution, developing the next generation of mobile health (mHealth) technologies. The Company brings forth the experience and expertise of its Board to deliver best-in-class solutions to address this global opportunity. The Company specialises in innovative next generation mobile and e-health solutions and services using its suite of devices and software solutions with a view to driving multiple and recurring revenue streams, across numerous verticals and territories. For more information on G Medical, please visit www.gmedinnovations.com Compliance training versus compliance performance: New SAI Global and Towards Maturity report tackles how to bridge the divide 2017-06-15T12:16:08Z compliance-training-versus-compliance-performance-new-sai-global-and-towards-maturity-report-tackles-how-to-bridge-the-divide The findings show that while more time is spent on compliance training than on any other formal learning and development, there’s a significant gap between the desired and actual outcomes; 95% of respondents want to change their workplace culture and 81% of the workforce is involved in mandatory training each year. Despite this, only 27% of organisations seeking evidence of a change in behaviour in their workforce, believe they are actually succeeding and only 15% believed their current approach actually achieved this. The survey results compare ethics and compliance programme goals and performance from 2013 to 2017, identifying what’s working and what the barriers to success are. Some of the key insights gained include: Targeted, position-based training to empower ethical decision making is essential. Respondent feedback indicated, on average, that 61% of employees in their companies receive the same learning content as everyone else in the company, despite the risk profile for each role being entirely unique with its own set of challenges. Extending compliance training to third-party network significantly reduces business risk. Evidence suggests the provision of third-party ethics and compliance training to contractors, vendors and suppliers reduces an organisation’s third party risk by up to three times. Despite this only 19% of organisations currently allow third-parties access to their compliance training. Mapping learning requirements to business process pays dividends. Mapping learning outcomes to business processes generates significant benefits including enhanced compliance with regulator’s requirements for training, reducing insurance premiums by 12% and, in the case of serious misconduct, reducing potential penalties a company faces by 16%. Workplace technology needs to keep up with the rest of the world. While 91% of learners own a smartphone and/or tablet, use of such technology to access learning and support content is surprisingly low. 43% of survey respondents rated learning on mobile devices as having the greatest impact on behavioural change but only 25% use mobile tablets and 7% use smartphone devices to access learning material. Engaging content and delivery methods are essential. 46% of respondents report a major barrier to learning was that content is dull and delivery is lacking in engagement. Securing and protecting data against cyberattacks is a top priority. A greater understanding of the exposure to risk from cybercrime and data loss or corruption has driven the largest increase (13%) in perceived risk between 2015 and 2017 compared to any other risk category. 81% of survey respondents rated cybersecurity as the number one priority. “Comparing data from 2013 and 2015 with this year’s results, it’s clear that culture isn’t shifting as fast as it needs to for organisations to be able to adequately respond to the new wave of technology driven risks. This research brings new evidence to the table; new insights that will drive more effective changes to ethics and compliance learning programmes and ensure success,” said Laura Overton, Towards Maturity. SAI Global, an international leader in providing ethics and compliance training, sponsored this independent benchmark study by Towards Maturity to explore methodologies and practices for improving the impact and effectiveness of compliance training. “There is no doubt that the field of ethics and compliance can be challenging, as there is nothing simple about influencing how people from different backgrounds and cultures behave. Our ability to come together as a community and collaborate on our collective journey to a future where ethical behaviour is instinctual and celebrated drives everything we do,” said Peter Mullins, CEO SAI Global. A free version of the full report can be downloaded here. Methodology Data for this report is drawn from: - A compliance audit with over 250 compliance professionals from 28 countries gathered between March and May 2017 - Data drawn from over 600 compliance professionals who participated in  the compliance studies in 2013 and 2015 - Group workshop held in April with Risk and L&D executives - Towards Maturity’s Learning Landscape™ research from a sample of 4,500 workers, The Learner Voice: Part 3 About Towards Maturity Towards Maturity is an independent research company that provides expert advice and support to help organisations accelerate business performance through learning. It leverages the data of its longitudinal Benchmark Study, the largest learning strategy benchmark in the world. Since 2003, over 5,500 organisations and 35,000 learners have contributed to the Towards Maturity Benchmark. Learn more about the Towards Maturity Benchmark and model at: www.towardsmaturity.org/benchmark Thanks to the support of Towards Maturity Ambassadors, annual benchmark reports, case studies and resources are available to download for free. Towards Maturity Ambassadors work together as agents of change, identifying and improving on effective practice, raising awareness and driving the learning profession forward. Towards Maturity Ambassadors include strategic partner the CIPD, publishing partner Emerald Group Publishing, the founding Ambassadors: Learning Technologies, LEO, Charity Learning Consortium, Acteon, Kallidus and Speexx, plus: Bray Leino Learning, Clear Lessons, Cognician, City and Guilds Kineo, CrossKnowledge, Degreed, Docebo, Dossier, DPG plc, getAbstract, GoodPractice, KPMG, Learning Pool, Lumesse, PurpleMedia, Raytheon Professional Services, Redware, Saba Software, Skillsoft and Workstar. Learn more about Towards Maturity’s Ambassadors at: www.towardsmaturity.org/ambassadors Towards Maturity is a part of the Emerald Group. About SAI Global At SAI Global, we make Intelligent Risk possible by helping organisations proactively manage risk to achieve business excellence, growth, sustainability and ultimately, create trust. Our integrated risk management solutions are a combination of world-class tech platforms, services and advisory capabilities that operate across the entire lifecycle allowing businesses to focus on opportunities presented by uncertainty. Together, these tools and knowledge enable customers to develop a holistic, integrated view of risk. In Australia, we are also a leading provider of settlement related services; company, personal and property information. SAI Global Limited’s head office is located in Sydney, Australia. We employ more than 2,000 people across 29 countries and 51 locations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. www.saiglobal.com. SKIP GIVES SYDNEY HALF PRICE COFFEE 2017-05-31T04:16:16Z skip-gives-sydney-half-price-coffee From now until Sunday 11th June, Skip is offering Sydneysiders 50% off all coffee orders – with zero waiting time – at participating cafés.      According to the latest data from online coffee and food ordering app Skip, Sydneysiders are paying on average $3.91 for a medium coffee, which is over $1,000 a year per coffee drinking Australian for a 5-day working week.   Skip General Manager, Bill Bizos, says: “We are looking to revolutionise the way Sydneysiders order their morning coffee by offering you half price coffees for the next two weeks, plus no more waiting in queues! All you need to do is download the Skip app via the App store of Google store, pre-order and pay, enter promo code SYDNEY at the check-out, then once it’s ready you can skip the queue to pick it up – it’s that easy!”   Skip is a smartphone app that helps customers ‘skip the queue’ by ordering and pre-paying for coffee and food. People can order in advance and pick up at a pre-arranged time at a Skip café in Sydney. Skip was developed in response to the trend for on-demand services for time-poor consumers and the growing cashless society Sydney is becoming.  Bill Bizos is available for interview and can discuss the following: How Australia is becoming a cashless society, and apps like Skip support this this shift in the way we transact in 2017 A step by step guide on how Australians can use Skip to increase productivity (from a consumer and small business perspective) How Sydneysiders can get in on the action How else Skip is making Australians’ lives easier  ENDS                For more information on Skip, interviews with Bill Bizos or images, please contact:  Olivia Meena (02) 8353 5746 or 0403 646 259 olivia.meena@hausmann.com.au     About Skip Skip is an online ordering and payment app for smartphones that helps customers ‘skip the queue’ by ordering and prepaying for coffee and food at hundreds of venues nationally. Visit www.skip.com.au.   Coloring in for compliance - SAI Global launches new stress-reliever for compliance officers 2017-05-11T11:26:42Z coloring-in-for-compliance-sai-global-launches-new-stress-reliever-for-compliance-officers SAI Global, a leading provider of governance, risk and compliance learning and software solutions has just announced a new colouring book initiative to support compliance professionals be more effective in their roles through self-care and mindfulness.   Working closely with compliance professionals in a vast number of industries, and through attendance at events across the world, SAI Global has observed firsthand the impact stress has on clients.  From healthcare to automotive manufacturing, food production to financial services, the risks each industry faces may vary and require unique approaches but one thing is constant; being a compliance professional is stressful.  A poll of compliance officers in 2012 by the Health Care Compliance Association revealed 58% of compliance officers were so stressed they reported waking in the middle of the night in a state of anxiety. SAI Global’s new compliance colouring book seeks to shine a light on the importance of battling burnout and managing stress by promoting self-care. “Solving complex ethics and compliance issues often requires out-of-the-box, creative thinking and this is more difficult when you’re stressed. Our hope for SAI Global’s compliance colouring book is that, if used regularly, it will not only help manage stress but it will also help compliance officers take a creative approach to resolving complex ethical issues to achieve better outcomes for their companies” said Paula Davis, SAI Global’s Director for Compliance Programme Operations. With gift store and book shop shelves lined with colouring books, evidence suggests it isn’t just compliance officers who turn to coloring books when they need to unwind. Reports from Medical Daily, CNN, and Huffington Post reveal that coloring can be a legitimate therapeutic tactic to help battle anxiety, relax and unlock creative parts of the brain. SAI Global’s colouring book contains 13 original illustrations based on common themes and risks that ethics and compliance professionals deal with on a regular basis. It is printed, bound, and completely free to anyone who wants a copy, simply by visiting SAI Global’s website. The new compliance colouring book initiative is an extension of Compliance Officer Day which SAI Global launched in 2016 to shine a light on the contribution compliance professionals make.  During a Compliance Day webinar self-care was discussed and SAI Global asked participants what they did to combat stress and battle burnout; a number reported they use adult colouring books. SAI Global’s new compliance focused coloring book provides them with a free, industry-relevant alternative. To order a free Compliance Coloring Book click here. 3E Company and SAI Global collaborate to optimise chemical regulatory management 2017-04-20T02:50:48Z 3e-company-and-sai-global-collaborate-to-optimise-chemical-regulatory-management 3E Company, a leading provider of environmental health and safety (EHS) compliance and information management services, and SAI Global, a leading risk management company have announced a strategic alliance. Through the alliance, joint customers will have streamlined access to data needed to improve EHS performance, reduce risk, and support regulatory compliance. 3E Company is a Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK) business. 3E’s award-winning 3E Online® - SDS Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and chemical inventory management solution will now be integrated with SAI Global’s industry-leading EHS software, Cintellate. 3E Online combines instant online access to chemical inventories and associated SDSs with around-the-clock support to offer customers a highly efficient and comprehensive solution for complying with EHS, hazard communication, and workplace safety regulatory requirements. SAI Global’s EHS software helps organisations automate, identify, and manage key EHS indicators, enabling them to streamline and automate health, safety, and environmental processes to improve their overall EHS performance, reduce costs, and increase productivity and efficiency. As a result of the alliance, SAI Global EHS software customers will have direct access to 3E Online, helping to ensure the customer’s library of SDSs is accurate and up to date. Users will be able to access a central repository of SDSs in the language and jurisdiction required and generate compliant hazard communication labels, promoting compliance by facilitating the efficient exchange of safety data across an organisation. Replacing a previously manual and time-consuming process, the integrated offering provides clients with a holistic solution to help reduce the risk of noncompliance with industry regulations such as the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). “Companies around the globe are struggling to comply with stringent chemical regulations,” said Edmund Webecke, President, 3E Company. “In order not only to comply but thrive in this dynamic environment, it’s important to deploy an intelligent compliance strategy that’s reflective of a business’s unique needs and meets the requirements of a continually changing regulatory environment. By collaborating with industry-leading platform providers like SAI Global our joint customers will have access to 3E’s dynamic content delivered through best-in-class technology. That powerful combination can position our customers to effectively meet their regulatory requirements and help drive accelerated growth and innovation.” “We’re excited about the benefits our collaboration will generate for our customers,” said Jan Kurger, Executive Vice President, Risk Portfolio, SAI Global. “Providing access to 3E’s comprehensive, industry-leading database of SDSs through our flexible and innovative EHS software will help ensure the safe storage, handling, and use of chemicals in the workplace. The alliance further solidifies our commitment to delivering solutions that help our clients proactively manage their EHS risk and compliance while reducing costs.” About 3E Company: 3E Company, a Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK) business, offers a comprehensive suite of data and solutions for environmental health and safety (EHS) compliance management. This solutions suite addresses the entire chemical lifecycle and includes regulatory research; SDS authoring, distribution, and management; transportation; emergency response; training; regulatory reporting; hazardous waste management; and end-to-end regulatory consulting. 3E provides an industry-leading combination of a 24/7/365 EHS mission-control call centre and the world’s premier hazardous substance database of global regulatory and compliance information. 3E was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Carlsbad, California, with additional operations in Canton, Ohio; Bethesda, Maryland; Montreal, Quebec; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Tokyo, Japan. For more information on 3E Company, visit www.3ecompany.com. About SAI Global: At SAI Global, we make Intelligent Risk possible by helping organisations proactively manage risk to achieve business excellence, growth, sustainability and ultimately, create trust. Our integrated risk management solutions are a combination of world-class tech platforms, services and advisory capabilities that operate across the entire lifecycle allowing businesses to focus on opportunities presented by uncertainty. Together, these tools and knowledge enable customers to develop a holistic, integrated view of risk. In Australia, we are also a leading provider of settlement related services; company, personal and property information. SAI Global Limited’s head office is located in Sydney, Australia. We employ more than 2,000 people across 29 countries and 51 locations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific. For more information on SAI Global, visit www.saiglobal.com Growing appetite for risk and compliance solutions fuels SAI Global’s investment in Singapore 2017-04-19T08:39:37Z growing-appetite-for-risk-and-compliance-solutions-fuels-sai-global-s-investment-in-singapore SAI Global is one of the world’s leading assurance, compliance and learning businesses and is owned by Hong Kong-based Baring Asia Private Equity Fund VI (Baring Asia).    The opening of SAI Global’s Singapore office coincides with what has been identified as a renewed commitment from government and regulatory bodies and signals an increased focus on ensuring companies improve cybersecurity management, governance, risk and compliance (GRC) programmes and operational excellence.   SAI Global’s suite of market-leading risk management solutions ideally positions the company to support this focus; particularly given the addition of five-star IT Risk Manager (formerly Modulo International) which significantly bolsters the cybersecurity capability they offer.    Tasked with driving the company’s Asian market expansion, Steve Thurley is looking forward to the opportunity the new Singapore office provides.  Steve has spent the last 24 years working across the Asian Pacific region for a number of GRC and environment, health and safety vendor companies.    “I’m excited to join SAI Global at this stage of the company’s journey.  During my time in the industry, expansion into Asia has been a growing focus for many international businesses.  With expansion comes increased risk and, to be successful companies must manage this risk intelligently.  I believe SAI Global’s suite of risk management products are far superior to others in the market, empowering companies to take an intelligent approach, mitigating any downside and optimising the upside of risk for growth” said Steve Thurley, SAI Global’s Head of Risk Sales for Asia.   Mr Thurley predicts that demand from the region will be highest for SAI Global’s GRC software Compliance 360 and IT risk software IT Risk Manager.   “Increased pressure to improve corporate behaviour from both customers and regulators coupled with the rising value of intangible assets is causing enterprise risk to skyrocket. The flow on effect of this is an increased amount of interest in GRC solutions.  SAI Global’s suite of market-leading risk and compliance software will help service Singapore’s growing demand for GRC solutions” said Mr Thurley.   “Prime Minister Lee’s launch of the Singapore Cybersecurity Strategy last year signals the country’s strong commitment to improving cybersecurity for all which bodes well for uptake of SAI Global’s IT Risk Manager software which is recognised as one of the best available products on the market.”