The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-16T09:57:07Z Easily Connecting Multi-Generational Families – "Tecuris Connect" Launches In Australia 2017-08-16T09:57:07Z easily-connecting-multi-generational-families-tecuris-connect-launches-in-australia Tecuris Pty Ltd, based in North Sydney, is excited to announce the launch of "Tecuris Connect". It is the first digital care service available to consumers that easily and securely connects the aged and people living with disabilities with their families and friends, helps them to engage in communities of interest and actively supports their wellbeing. "Over one million Australians have never accessed the internet. Many more find it difficult or risky to use technology that has become essential to communicating with loved ones, obtaining relevant information, or accessing social- and health services," says Mr. Karl Sussebach, Managing Director of Tecuris. "We are very excited about the ease with which Tecuris Connect customers can now engage with their families, friends and communities, while at the same time benefiting from the peace of mind that is so essential for quality of life and independence." Tecuris Connect, the digital family hub connecting multi-generational families Tecuris Connect allows family members who are less comfortable with technology to engage in the digital connection that has become such an important part of how families stay in touch, share experiences, and organise their busy lives. Using Tecuris Connect’s easy and secure messaging, video calling and photo sharing provides the foundation of a digital family hub. The extended family can manage its own noticeboard, chat in a private forum, and use a shared planner to coordinate activities and support. The Tecuris team is there to help organise the digital family hub and make sure everyone is on-board and connected. Facilitated Communities of Interest and Personalised Digital Content Tecuris believes everyone should be able to engage in communities of interest and have access to helpful information and tools, regardless of mobility constraints, health issues or their level of digital literacy. The Tecuris team facilitates interest groups, stimulating dialogue, and providing information and support across a broad range of current and relevant issues. Easy, secure access to trusted web-sites and applications empower the digitally less savvy user with helpful and enjoyable content and tools. Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Customers With one-in-four Australian households speaking a language other than English, Tecuris is committed to supporting cultural and linguistic diversity. Tecuris Connect is increasingly providing in language service with culturally relevant communities and content. Tecuris Connect is launching in English, Spanish and Korean with additional languages, cultural communities and content to be added rapidly. Pricing and Availability Subscriptions to the Tecuris Connect service are now available at www.tecuris.com.au. The service can either be delivered via a tablet computer provided by the customer (bring your own device - BYOD) or as a fully managed service including a tablet, mobile data connectivity and Tecuris support. Under a special launch promotion, Tecuris Connect is priced from $29 per month, excluding GST. "Tecuris ConnectWell" Coming Later This Year Tecuris ConnectWell will be launched later this year, extending the current offering to include remote health monitoring, prevention and wellbeing focused communities and access to health-related information and tools. ConnectWell will be available as an upgrade to Tecuris Connect customers at a promotional rate, as well as to new members of the Tecuris community. About Tecuris Tecuris improves the quality of life of the aged, people living with disabilities, their carers and their families.  Tecuris provides a holistic set of digital services that enable community engagement, improve health and security and provide easy access to essential information, goods and services. For further information please contact Shaun Palmer, shaun.palmer@tecuris.com.au. Thought rugby was popular? Try video games 2017-08-14T00:00:58Z thought-rugby-was-popular-try-video-games Wellington, New Zealand – 14 August 2017 – New research by Bond University in Queensland and the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) has found a staggering 98 per cent of New Zealand families have video game devices, eight out of 10 owning multiple game devices. Digital New Zealand 2018 studied 807 New Zealand households and 2,288 individuals, revealing 67 per cent of Kiwis play video games; close to half of all players are female (47%); 44 per cent of over 65s play; and the average player age is 34. Dr Jeff Brand, lead author of the report and Professor of Communication and Media at Bond University, said mainstream acceptance of video games and an increase in devices has translated to a ‘broad church’ of players. “Interactive games have become a huge part of our culture and while the key reasons remain playing for fun and to pass time, games increasingly serve other uses. New Zealanders are playing for social connectedness, whether that be with family or friends. They’re playing to reduce stress, to be challenged, to learn, to keep the mind active, or for physical and mental health benefits.” The Digital New Zealand 2018 study highlighted significant growth in the use of games in schools. More than half of New Zealand parents (59%) stated their children have used video games for school curriculum compared to 38 per cent in the 2016 report. Seven in 10 parents believe games can be effective for teaching students. “In the last five years we’ve seen a big increase in the amount of educational video games and we've watched levels of sophistication grow,” said Dr Brand. “These games are used to increase engagement, student motivation, promote critical thinking and problem solving across all subject areas including maths, science and reading.” Dr Brand said that games are not only a powerful way to get kids interested in technology, they can increase social connectedness. “Over time, gaming has become much more social. Online gaming for children is often a shared experience that can improve social connectedness in and out of the classroom.” Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, said that the sale of digital games in New Zealand grew by a 20 per cent compound annual growth rate in the last three years. “Digital New Zealand 2018 shows how the state of game play in New Zealand has progressed. Everyone plays, and they consume games just like any other media with 85 minutes the average daily total of all game play. More than that, Kiwis recognise the value of games, beyond entertainment, in the family home, schools, workplaces, health care settings and socially.” Other key findings of the Digital New Zealand Report 2018 include: Never too old to play games – Over 65s make up the largest and fastest growing segment of people new to games. 44% of those aged 65 and over play video games. 73% of players are aged 18 years or older. The family that games together, stays together – Half of parents play video games together with their children in the same room. One in four play video games together with their children online, and most parents (86%) have talked with a child about playing safely online. Gaming for health – New Zealanders value play for better health and positive ageing, whether that be to improve thinking skills (85%), improve dexterity (76%) or manage pain (52%). Almost ninety per cent say they play to increase mental stimulation, 76 per cent state video games help fight dementia, and 46 per cent agreed playing games can help increase mobility. About Digital New Zealand 2018 Digital New Zealand 2018 is the fifth study in a series of national research that began in 2009. The report, which is based on a study of 807 New Zealand households and 2,288 individuals of all ages in those households, looks at the demographics of Kiwis who play games, play habits, behaviours and attitudes. About IGEA IGEA is an industry association representing the business and public policy interests of New Zealand and Australian companies in the computer and video games industry. IGEA’s members publish, develop, market and/or distribute interactive games and entertainment content and related hardware including mobile and handheld games. For more information, please visit www.igea.net. Media spokespeople available · Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA · Dr Jeff Brand, Professor, Bond University, and lead author of the report · Consumer case studies and subject matter experts For all interview requests, please contact Amy Rathbone, Espresso Communications, on +61 2 8016 2220 or igea@espressocomms.com.au. Serious as, bro: NZ study reveals games’ benefits 2017-08-14T00:00:40Z serious-as-bro-nz-study-reveals-games-benefits Wellington, New Zealand – 14 August 2017 – Kiwis have embraced the opportunities video and computer games present in health, aged care, school, learning and work settings, according to new research by Bond University and the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA). Digital New Zealand 2018 studied 807 New Zealand households and 2,288 individuals of all ages in those households, with more than half (59%) of parents reporting their children have used video games for school curriculum, compared to 38 per cent in 2016. Dr Jeff Brand, lead author of the report and Bond University Professor, said the number of older New Zealanders playing video games is also on the up, and for good reason. “There are certain stereotypes that society has created about video games – and our research breaks every one of them,” said Dr Brand. “Over 65s continue to make up the largest group of players new to games, and they’re playing to achieve specific health and ageing outcomes. We have also seen a significant uptake of games in schools and the workplace. Games play a fundamental role in how we connect, stay healthy, and learn.” New Zealanders are looking to games for positive ageing. Almost 90 per cent of adults surveyed say they believe video games can increase mental stimulation, 76 per cent state video games help fight dementia, and half of respondents agreed playing games can help increase mobility. Kiwis also value play for better general health, stating playing games can improve thinking skills (85%), improve dexterity (76%) and manage pain (52%). Kiwis are increasingly utilising games in the workplace. A third of New Zealanders have used games to improve work knowledge, and one in four have learnt health and safety rules with the help of games designed for this purpose. Games also make a significant contribution to the economy. Digital game sales grew at a compound annual growth rate of 20 per cent over the last three years. Three-quarters of Kiwis agreed making games locally benefits the New Zealand economy. Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, said: “This research gives us the data to support the anecdotes that we hear every day. The medium has been accepted and normalised. Moreover, because they’re so engaging and enjoyable, we’re seeing games move to serve uses beyond entertainment in education, health and business training. That’s where the medium gets really exciting.” Other key findings from Digital New Zealand 2018 include: · Kiwis consume games just like other entertainment media – Ninety-eight per cent of homes with children have computer games, eight out of 10 own multiple devices. 85 minutes is the average daily total of all game play. · The modern face of gaming – Two-thirds of all Kiwis play video games; 47% of players are female; 73% of players are aged 18 years or older; the average player age is 34. · Call for diversity – 62% of adult players say games need more age diversity in characters. About Digital New Zealand 2018 Digital New Zealand 2018 is the fifth study in a series of national research that began in 2009. The report, which is based on national random sample, looks at the demographics of Kiwis who play games, play habits, behaviours and attitudes. About IGEA IGEA is an industry association representing the business and public policy interests of New Zealand and Australian companies in the computer and video games industry. IGEA’s members publish, develop, market and/or distribute interactive games and entertainment content and related hardware including mobile and handheld games. For more information, please visit www.igea.net. Media spokespeople available · Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA · Dr Jeff Brand, Professor, Bond University, and lead author of the report · Case studies and subject matter experts For all interview requests, please contact Amy Rathbone, Espresso Communications, on +61 2 8016 2220 or igea@espressocomms.com.au. Australian Customers Prefer Digital-First Approach to Banking Services 2017-08-10T01:00:00Z australian-customers-prefer-digital-first-approach-to-banking-services Sydney, Australia, August 10, 2017 – Australian customers would prefer to resolve their basic banking issues without having to deal with a human being, according to a new survey by market researcher, YouGov. The Avaya-commissioned Customer Experience in Banking 2017 report indicates that Australians’ most-preferred method of contact with their bank would be via the website, while a third, 34 per cent, regularly use mobile banking apps, more than their counterparts in the UK and UAE. The survey covered more than 5,000 banking customers in four countries – Australia, India, the UK, and the UAE. Given the choice of only one channel, 28 per cent of the 1,153 Australians surveyed would prefer access to a complete list of services via their bank’s web site, only speaking to a person if they really have to. Likewise, 19 per cent would prefer to use a mobile app, while eight per cent would choose to access services through the contact center application. More than half, 54 per cent, regularly use online banking, behind only the UK’s 60 per cent, while only 36 per cent usually visit their branch, the joint-lowest with the UK. Unsurprisingly, younger generations of Australians are more likely to use mobile services, with 58 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds and 53 per cent of 25 to 34-year-olds regularly using mobile apps, compared to just 13 per cent in the 55+ category. Interestingly, 57 per cent in the latter group use online banking, while just 45 per cent of 18-24-year olds do. Still, the YouGov study found that traditional interactions continue to hold a place in the financial services industry. In fact, 22 per cent of Australians prefer to visit branches, a figure led by older respondents, with a third of over-55s selecting that option. While more than half, 51 per cent, of Indian respondents said they regularly visit their branch, the highest of the four countries surveyed, only 13 per cent said they prefer to do so – by far the lowest of the four. “The financial services industry (FSI) has typically led technology adoption and digital services – in part due to available capital, but primarily because a highly-competitive market creates constant pressure to exceed the expectations of demanding consumers,” said Peter Chidiac, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, Avaya. “Customers see value in more than just rates, meaning banks and other financial organisations must provide an experience that aligns to the daily lives of their consumers. To meet those expectations, they have to optimise traditional transactions while enabling interactions across the latest platforms and introducing innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI).” Regardless of how they choose to contact their bank, the most important issues for Australian customers is that they get the same level of experience and service, and that their problem is resolved on the first point of contact. The most common customer complaint is being kept waiting for a long time on the phone, cited by 21 per cent. This may explain why less than a quarter, 23 per cent, of Australian respondents regularly call a contact center. “Consumers are looking for fast resolutions, and within reason, hope for an answer within the first point of contact,” said Chidiac. “The problem is that some contact centre agents in financial institutions aren’t prepared to deal with a wide range of enquiries, especially in omni-channel environments. Contact centre agents need to be equipped to deal with enquiries no matter which platform the consumer is using to make contact, and importantly, the interaction must be able to shift across platforms without forcing the consumer to explain their issue repeatedly.” To learn about how Avaya is digitally transforming financial services, check out this short video or browse this resource guide. About Avaya Avaya enables the mission critical, real-time communication applications of the world’s most important operations. As the global leader in delivering superior communications experiences, Avaya provides the most complete portfolio of software and services for contact center and unified communications with integrated, secure networking— offered on premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid. Today’s digital world requires some form of communications enablement, and no other company is better positioned to do this than Avaya. For more information, please visit www.avaya.com. Certain statements contained in this press release may be forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," "plan," "potential," "predict," "should" or "will" or other similar terminology. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While we believe these are reasonable, such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. These and other important factors may cause our actual results to differ materially from any future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. For a list and description of such risks and uncertainties, please refer to Avaya's filings with the SEC that are available at www.sec.gov. Avaya disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. All trademarks identified by ®, TM, or SM are registered marks, trademarks, and service marks, respectively, of Avaya Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners ### IGEA welcomes new members Wicked Witch and Nvidia 2017-08-02T23:41:40Z igea-welcomes-new-members-wicked-witch-and-nvidia Sydney, Australia – 3 August 2017 – The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) has expanded its membership, welcoming independent games developer Wicked Witch and technology company Nvidia as members. Wicked Witch, an independent Melbourne-based games developer, has been making successful games for 16 years, including original games, games under license and games for major publishers and corporate partners. Wicked Witch has also used games technology and techniques for commercial applications and to create training tools and solutions. By joining IGEA, Wicked Witch will work with other successful Australian developers Big Ant Studios, Well Placed Cactus and Nnooo on shaping IGEA’s ever expanding policy and advocacy discussion across all sectors of the video games industry. Daniel Visser, Managing Director, Wicked Witch, said: “We have been watching the work IGEA has been doing to advocate for the games development sector and have also had the opportunity to participate in submissions they have prepared on behalf of the industry. We have been impressed by IGEA’s professionalism and practices, and have become a member so we can assist in driving the games industry forward.” Nvidia is well-known in gaming circles as the high tech company that invented the GPU (graphics processing unit), which has been used to conjure up virtual worlds within video games and Hollywood films. More recently, GPU has been applied to general-purpose and artificial intelligence computing. Nvidia has joined IGEA as an Associate Member, a membership category reserved for organisations that operate within the wider video game industry and may have slightly different requirements to traditional publishers, distributors and developers, yet wish to gain value and benefit from working with the association and its members. IGEA’s other Associate Members include Gamespot, IGN, ReedPop (PAX Australia) and Showdown. Greg Arthurton, Head of Consumer Products Division ANZ, Nvidia, said: “PC gaming is one of the fastest growing segments within the video games industry. It is a natural progression for Nvidia to now formalise our position as a true leader in PC gaming by joining other industry leaders within IGEA.” Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, said: “Our task is to represent the diverse interests of the video game industry, and having members from all corners of the sector allows us to speak with one clear and unified voice. This unified voice helps us advance the industry forward and assist games to gain the recognition they deserve - both as an industry with the potential to be a significant contributor to exports, employment and the knowledge economy, as well as a favourite past time enjoyed by most Australians.” -Ends- About IGEA The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association proactively represents companies that publish, market and/or distribute interactive games and entertainment content. IGEA aims to further advance the industry and the business interests of its members through informing and fostering relationships with the public, the business community, government and other industry stakeholders. IGEA is administered by a Board of Directors and supported by the CEO, Ron Curry. For more information, please visit www.igea.net. To read IGEA’s recent submission to the ECRC’s Inquiry into the Future of Australia’s Video Game Development Industry click here. Media Contact Espresso Communications for IGEA Corrie McLeod/Amy Rathbone igea@espressocomms.com.au 02 8016 2200 SECURONIX EXPANDS OPERATIONS IN AUSTRALIA WITH OFFICIAL LAUNCH IN SYDNEY 2017-08-02T01:17:22Z securonix-expands-operations-in-australia-with-official-launch-in-sydney Sydney, Australia, 2 August, 2017 – Leading User Behaviour Analytics security firm, Securonix, today announced it has expanded into Australia with the opening of its first operational base in Sydney. The company’s market-leading technology detects malicious behaviour within an organisation or network in real-time. The launch in Sydney follows on the heels of the company launching in Singapore as part of a concerted global expansion. Founded in 2008, Securonix pioneered the use of user and entity behaviour analytics (UEBA). It is the only purpose-built Security Intelligence Platform that relies on signature-less technology for the detection, monitoring, investigation and management of malicious behaviour within an organisation and/or its network in real-time. It analyses user behaviour, log irregularities and next-generation security information and event management (SIEM), and can “connect the dots” from the full range of data available, develop profiles based on that data, and identify where a threat may come from and what level threat it poses before the damage is done. “Some of the world’s biggest security breaches happen not from the outside, but from within. Fraud, leaks and insider theft are on the rise in Australia and firms need to act to protect themselves,” said Chris Poulos, Vice President for Asia-Pacific and Japan, Securonix. The most recent KPMG ‘fraud barometer’ found that the total value of frauds rose by 16 per cent during a six-month period in 2016 to $442m, and that those most likely to be engaged in fraud were from company management (36 per cent of cases). “It’s why analysing user behaviour should be part and parcel of a security posture and until now Australian organisations have been unable to do it effectively,” said Poulos. Based in Sydney, the company will be led locally by Poulos and Michael Livingstone, Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand. The Securonix platform can be delivered as a managed service or through the channel in Australia, with the company having established partnerships with more than a dozen resellers in the region. The platform has been used across the globe within the mining, financial, gaming, retail, defence, healthcare, telecommunications, manufacturing, government and life sciences industries as the key identifier of potential fraud and theft. The March 2017 Gartner report, “A Comparison of UEBA Technologies and Solutions”, identified Securonix as the only UEBA solution provider to earn “strong” coverage in every use case assessment. “The world has already seen in the past few months the rise of various cyber threats such as WannaCry and Petya, and people’s eyes are opened to the destruction and disruption that can be caused by those with malicious intentions,” said Poulos. “Organisations need to barricade the walls from outside threats, sure. But it’s the inside threat that is perhaps the most malicious and it’s the one too many organisations simply don’t see coming. “The data is already there for the most part. It comes down to the proper analysis of all of that data into actionable intel that can prevent a devastating leak, fraud and the theft of IP by competitors or other nations.” The company’s strategic advisory board is chaired by former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) in the United States, Chris Inglis. About Securonix Securonix radically transforms enterprise security with actionable intelligence. Its purpose-built security analytics platforms mine, enrich, analyse, score and visualise data into actionable intelligence on the highest risk threats to organisations. Using signature-less anomaly detection techniques, Securonix detects insider threat and fraud attacks automatically and accurately. Visit www.securonix.com. Game changing new mobile app revolutionises how Aussies shop 2017-08-02T00:02:07Z game-changing-new-mobile-app-revolutionises-how-aussies-shop Melbourne, 2nd August 2017 – Authenticateit Pty Ltd – the Australian company leading the way in traceability, serialisation and product authentication, has today announced a revolutionary new mobile shopping app called Shping, which transforms ordinary product barcodes into meaningful, real-time rewards for consumers. Rewards, which can be accumulated in the form of ‘Shping points’, have real monetary value and can be redeemed for cash, gift cards, products and even used as charity donations. Using the app, consumers and rewards junkies can earn and amass Shping points by scanning the barcode of any product they wish to purchase – it’s really that simple! While the app also provides consumers with important information about thousands of products, including: where it comes from, what it’s made of, and whether the product has been recalled; in instances where a specific product has not yet been added to the Shping database, consumers can also earn points for uploading information about it. In addition, consumers can also amass points by uploading information about their own experiences of a given product, sharing lifehacks and product reviews – all on one central interface, while earning Shping rewards points as they go. The app essentially acts as an interactive platform for consumers to engage directly with brands, also offering seamless integration with their social media channels. “The Shping app has been designed as the ultimate shopping buddy. Considering 88 per cent[1] of Australians own at least one smartphone, we saw an enormous opportunity to introduce a next generation rewards program, which addresses some of the limitations associated with the traditional, physical reward cards, and offer consumers an even more convenient and seamless way to earn points using their mobile phones. Add to this the fact that more than a third of consumers (35 per cent) are likely to conduct research on a product in-store, Shping also represents a huge untapped opportunity for brands to engage more effectively with consumers,” said Gennady Volchek, CEO at Authenticateit, the company behind the Shping app. The overarching goal for Shping, especially as it gains popularity among consumers and attracts more brands onto the platform, will be to become the world’s largest product catalogue for consumers. Shping has been built as an intuitive two-way communication platform, not only featuring product information from brands themselves, but also allowing consumers to provide their own feedback, delivering true brand engagement.  Something for everyone! Given the amount of product information that will be placed right at the consumers’ fingertips using the Shping app, Australians and New Zealanders will be able to make even more informed purchasing decisions, irrespective of whether they are doing their weekly grocery shop, buying clothes or cosmetics. Essentially, information for any product category that features an industry standard barcode will be available via the Shping app.   While the app has enormous appeal for a range of different audiences including everyday shoppers and rewards junkies looking to earn fast rewards, as well as eco-warriors seeking reassurance that a product has been ethically sourced; it also poses obvious benefits for health enthusiasts. Shping offers users a highly customisable view of the nutritional breakdown of a given product, enabling consumers to calculate daily allowances for specific ingredients. Having also recently announced a strategic partnership with Australia’s largest organic certifying group, Australian Organic (ACO), as well as working closely with AssureQuality, the global experts in food safety & quality, the app makes it possible for consumers to instantly validate organic product certification and food safety.Not just another customer loyalty program ... “While we are extremely excited to announce availability of the Shping app in ANZ, it’s important for people to understand this isn’t simply just another customer loyalty program. The full breadth of the app’s features and functionality demonstrates this. We really wanted an app that challenges the status quo through marrying our background in product authentication and brand protection, with a truly optimised, information rich mobile experience for consumers. We want people to know that it pays to shop smarter!” said Volchek. With the cost of living steadily rising throughout Australia, Authenticateit wanted to design an app where consumers can build points and earn tangible rewards, which are easily redeemed across multiple brands.    “In an ever saturated retail market with an increased proliferation of online retailers and e-commerce sites, competition around pricing has never been more fierce, nor has the amount of choice available to consumers been greater. People are becoming much more savvy when it comes to what they buy, and where, so having the option to make purchases work harder for consumers through an interactive mobile rewards program, was a no-brainer for us,” Volchek explained.More:// In addition to earning rewards, the Shping app also offers additional services for selected products, including [but not limited to]: authenticity checks, product recall notifications, verification of product recall status, warranty activation, receipt storage, social media integration, as well as product rating and feedback.  Other ways in which the SHPING app differs from other customer loyalty programs on the market today includes:   Shping is completely agnostic, it does not have exclusive affiliations with any one brand or retailer, meaning rewards can be earned in any store and on any product unlike other programs, which are often linked to the specific stores or products. 
 Shping rewards points are not linked to above a certain price point. Consumers are also rewarded for staying safe by scanning products to validate their authenticity, explore their product recall status, and for seeking additional information about a given product. 
 Unlike some traditional reward programs, where points are only earned for watching third party adds etc.,  Shping only provides consumers with trusted data, tailored specifically to the products they are interested in. Shping is the ultimate barcode search engine that helps consumers get the information they want, while rewarding them at the same time. The SHPING consumer mobile app is available for download through the Apple App Store and Google Play , as well as all major App stores in China. -ENDS-About Authenticateit Authenticateit - currently trading as Shping - is the global expert in product track and trace and supply chain management. For over 6 years, we have helped the world's leading brands protect their brand capital by creating cutting edge technology designed to deter counterfeits and parallel importing, while also increasing consumer confidence and boosting product sales. To learn more visit www.shping.com  Media contacts:
 Gemma Kavanagh
 Regional Head of Technology, APAC at LEWIS Communications gemma.kavanagh@teamlewis.com / +61 415 601 215     [1] Statistics have been sourced from the 3rd edition of Digital Australia: State of the Nation - July 2017. Australian Cloud Company Joviam Expands with Launch into the United States 2017-08-01T01:44:19Z australian-cloud-company-joviam-expands-with-launch-into-the-united-states Sydney, Australia – August 1, 2017 – Australian cloud computing company, Joviam, has expanded its operations into the United States, launching its services out of San Francisco as it aims to at least double its size in the 2018 financial year. Joviam provides a cloud platform for technically-minded consumers and professionals who need a powerful and flexible platform to create and run apps and digital services, including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). This includes developers, systems administrators and SMBs (such as engineering companies and development houses). Joviam, which competes with the likes of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft, differentiates itself by bringing enterprise-grade cloud computing capabilities to the wider market. This is made possible by the InfiniBand technology which underpins the platform, enabling performance that is almost five times ahead of the market but at a significantly lower price point. Joviam selected the US as its first point of expansion outside Australia due to the market’s cloud leadership. It has taken up residence in the Equinix SV2 data centre. Statistics firm Statista expects North American cloud computing revenue to reach AU$57.84 billion (US$45.84bn) in 2017, with predictions for 2020 at AU$87.44bn (US$69.30bn). This is a significant portion of the worldwide market, which is forecast to exceed AU$178.54bn ($US141.50bn) in 2020[1]. “While we’ve been serving a global customer base since our inception, the launch of our US-based operations allows us to play a more prominent role in the world’s largest cloud market, while providing us with access to a much larger customer base” said Gabriella Jarrett, Director and Co-Founder at Joviam. “More importantly, our localisation in the US allows us to meet the demand for flexible enterprise-grade cloud computing that doesn’t force SMBs into lock-in scenarios. This means they can build their businesses with best-of-breed technologies that suit their operations, while also eliminating key concerns surrounding cloud computing – in the case of the US, latency, data sovereignty and compliance.” While Joviam is self-funded to date, it has already received interest from US-based venture capital firms. It will consider agreements with these parties should the propositions align with Joviam’s wider expansion objectives as it begins to eye Europe and Asia in the next 24 months. About Joviam Joviam is an Australian Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider. It meshes a custom hypervisor stack with InfiniBand supercomputer technology to create a cloud platform with enterprise-grade performance and stability for the wider public market. Flexibility with no vendor lock-ins and full configurability through use of ‘Infrastructure-as-Code’ provides an optimal foundation for DevOps practices and agile development. Industry-leading IOPS performance provides the ultimate cloud environment for big data, app development and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications and fintech. Visit www.joviam.com for more information. [1] Figures based on July 24, 2017, exchange rate from the Euro. Breaking News - ASX Listed G Medical Signs Binding MOU for US $67.5M for China Distribution 2017-07-27T01:24:14Z 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 ThoughtWorks Releases First-Ever Report on Courageous Leadership Among Successful C-Suite Executives 2017-07-26T00:34:26Z thoughtworks-releases-first-ever-report-on-courageous-leadership-among-successful-c-suite-executives p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #0563c1} span.s3 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none} ul.ul1 {list-style-type: disc} ThoughtWorks, a global software consultancy released a first of its kind report, “The Next Big Disruption: Courageous Executives”, revealing what sets top business leaders apart from their competition. The report profiles an elite segment of C-Suite leaders referred to as “Courageous Executives” in the US, the UK, Australia and India and the findings underscore the critical role technology plays in business strategy, from navigating the chaos of digital transformation to how they’re setting their business up for future success. The report also sheds light on the leadership styles of Courageous Executives including their tolerance for risk and failure, their use of customer insights and the ways leaders in all four countries are preparing for the future of work. This report, developed by ThoughtWorks in partnership with research agency Northstar, features insight from Fortune 500 C-Suite executives who are: advocates for digital transformation; have an active role in directing how technology enables their business; have seen their company’s revenue or profit increase significantly due to a recent technology change; and 85 percent of which self-identified as risk takers. “As companies across all industries embrace the changes of our increasingly digital world, we’re seeing leaders at the helm of these companies dive deeper into how technology is implemented and how it works,” said ThoughtWorks President and CEO, Guo Xiao. “I began my time in the industry as a developer, giving me the tools I needed to approach business with a technology first perspective. Executives across the globe are learning that a strong grasp of technology matters and they’re finding ways to adapt. Our findings show that 54 percent of Courageous Executives have developed a deep understanding of technology with a remarkable 57 percent of these leaders reporting having written code,” noted Xiao. "A tenacious commitment to embrace technology is what today sets apart truly Courageous Executives." According to Ange Ferguson, Group Managing Director for ThoughtWorks Asia Pacific, “In this new age of digital disruption, technology is being catapulted closer to the business core and that’s challenging the traditional C-suite. They need to think and behave differently when it comes to the role of technology in their strategy, and to question how they are engaging technology to produce better outcomes for the business. “While capability was once a barrier to what’s possible, now the constraint lies in the willingness of decision makers to be courageous with foundational technologies,” she said. REA, which operates Australia’s leading residential, commercial and share property websites, as well as a number of property portals in Asia and interests in the US and India, credits its impressive growth and success to a culture based on consistent innovation and invention. “The REA business is built around customer delivery, which demands that we work to the same agile rhythm across all levels of the organisation. Visualised work, team stand-ups and collaboration enable the innovation and invention that has become part of our DNA,” said Nigel Dalton, Chief Inventor, REA. “Our competition is global and the landscape is set to change as AirBnB, Facebook, Google, eBay, and WeChat become major players in property over the next few years. We’re embracing the opportunities this creates by focusing our culture of innovation and invention on the technologies that will change how people find property - robotics, virtual reality, augmented reality and data science. “That, along with our diverse backgrounds, creative thinking and scalability, will see us continue to deliver new products and services to market faster than anyone else, and ensure we are the world’s best.” According to the report, notable themes uniting Courageous Executives include: Proactive Approach to Technology Changes According to the report, to keep pace and anticipate future technology shifts, Courageous Executives conduct research, analyze their competitors, troubleshoot tech challenges and hire subject matter experts. A majority of Courageous Executives (65 percent) say that digitizing and adapting to new technology is a top business priority followed by growth. Research – 63 percent of leaders do their own research to stay ahead of technology changes. Top trends they’re exploring include security threats; human and machine interaction; new hardware, software and operational platforms; machine learning and artificial intelligence; virtual reality and augmented reality. Competitor Analysis – In all four countries, big tech decisions are most often fueled by competition. Asked to identify the largest driver motivating change, 47 percent pointed to their competitors. Tolerance for Risk and Willingness to Fail Understanding risks and its impact on ongoing business success is an important characteristic of a Courageous Executive along with the ability to rebound after a perceived failure. Appetite for Risk - In fact, 87 percent of all executives agree that taking risks is necessary to achieve goals and maintain a strong competitive advantage with 62 percent pointing to their willingness to take risks their competitors won’t as a key differentiator. Failing Well - Courageous Executives reported their most common reaction to these setbacks was to focus on what went right with the second being to stay as positive as possible. When asked how failure affected their employees, 54 percent globally said that they believed failure made them even more motivated to succeed. Use of Customer Insights Throughout the world, courageous leaders recognize the necessity of maintaining a close connection to their customers. 91 percent report that customer input directly informs their strategic decision-making. While there is some agreement as to the best methods for gathering that customer input, there’s still a lack of consensus among executives when it comes to what data they’re collecting and who is assessing the insights. Data Source - Overall, the most common source of insight is customer research, followed by social feeds which are monitored by 68 percent of Australian, 60 percent of UK and Indian and only 38 percent of US leaders. Other ways executives gather information includes using analytics from a content management system or implementing a designated customer insights task force. Customer Engagement - Gathering data from multiple sources is universally valued, but 87 percent of executives report having an internal team dedicated to their customers. Additionally, 58 percent of US and 48 percent of Australian executives say they speak to their customers themselves, which is far more than 32 percent in India and 22 percent in the UK. The Future of Work Across continents, nearly half of all courageous leaders describe their company culture as “team-first,” meaning they hire primarily for cultural fit, with skills and experience the second consideration. A third define their company as having an “elite” culture, described as hiring only the best to change the world by untested means. Subject Matter Experts - An overwhelming majority of Courageous Executives (90 percent) emphasized the importance of key hires, stating that discovering subject matter experts and new talents helps their context and credibility and is crucial to success. Tech’s Impact - 70 percent believe that replacing white-collar workers with technology is a natural progression and to be expected. To prepare for the potential impact of technology on the workforce, 87 percent of leaders admit to researching new technologies that may help them save on staff costs. 83 percent also agree that they’re preparing for the impact of technology replacing their workers by limiting new hires to reduce ongoing overhead. To download the report visit www.thoughtworks.com/courage Methodology Developed by ThoughtWorks’, this report is based on data collected by Northstar Research Partners from C-Suite executives from Fortune 500 companies with 100 employees or more, 87 percent of whom have occupied their office for at least three years and 79 percent reporting more than $100 million in revenue. The executives are primarily Presidents or Chief Executive Officers, the data also includes insights from the full C-suite including CIOs, CMOs, COOs, CTOs from a variety of industries from finance and retail to healthcare and manufacturing and more. About ThoughtWorks We are a software company and community of passionate purpose-led individuals. We think disruptively to deliver technology to address our clients' toughest challenges all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change. Seagate Technology Reports Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Results 2017-07-26T00:06:50Z seagate-technology-reports-fiscal-fourth-quarter-and-fiscal-year-2017-financial-results CUPERTINO, CA – July 25, 2017 – Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) (the “Company” or “Seagate”) today reported financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2017. For the fourth quarter, the Company reported revenue of $2.4 billion, gross margin of 27.7%, net income of $114 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.38. On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the net impact of certain items, Seagate reported gross margin of 28.9%, net income of $192 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.65. During the fourth quarter, the Company generated $243 million in cash flow from operations and returned approximately $400 million to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, the Company reported revenue of $10.8 billion, gross margin of 29.5%, net income of $772 million and diluted earnings per share of $2.58. On a non-GAAP basis, Seagate reported gross margin of 30.5%, net income of $1.2 billion and diluted earnings per share of $4.12. In fiscal year 2017, the Company generated approximately $1.9 billion in cash flow from operations and returned 53% of that to shareholders in cash dividends of $561 million and share repurchases of 12.1 million ordinary shares for $460 million. Seagate’s balance sheet remains healthy and during the fiscal year the Company successfully raised $1.25 billion in investment-grade debt and repurchased and redeemed approximately $316 million of outstanding debt. Cash and cash equivalents totaled approximately $2.5 billion at the end of the fiscal year. There were 292 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of the end of the fiscal year. “The results of our performance this fiscal year reflect improved year-over-year profitability of our storage product portfolio and business operations,” said Steve Luczo, Seagate’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Although the near-term dynamics of technology shifts present demand variations for the storage industry from time to time, we continue to see growing storage demand in the long-run driven by the proliferation of data growth from new technologies, emerging industries, and growing businesses. We believe we have the vision, products, technology and experience to ensure our long-term success and shareholder value.” For a detailed reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results, see accompanying financial tables. Seagate has issued a Supplemental Financial Information document, which is available on Seagate’s Investors Relations website at www.seagate.com/investors. Quarterly Cash Dividend The Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.63 per share, which will be payable on October 4, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on September 20, 2017. The payment of any future quarterly dividends will be at the discretion of the Board and will be dependent upon Seagate’s financial position, results of operations, available cash, cash flow, capital requirements and other factors deemed relevant by the Board. Investor Communications Seagate management will hold a public webcast today at 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time that can be accessed on its Investor Relations website at www.seagate.com/investors. During today’s webcast, the Company will provide an outlook for its first fiscal quarter of 2018, including key underlying assumptions. An archived audio webcast of this event will be available on Seagate’s Investors Relations website at www.seagate.com/investors shortly following the event conclusion. About Seagate To learn more about the Company’s products and services, visit www.seagate.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Spiceworks, YouTube and subscribe to our blog. The contents of our website and social media channels are not a part of this release. For full financial results please visit Seagate's website www.seagate.com Media Contact: Einsteinz Communications Pru Quinlan pru@einsteinz.com.au +61 2 8905 0995 Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended, including, in particular, statements about the Company’s plans, strategies and prospects, financial projections, estimates of industry growth, market demand, shifts in technology and dividend issuance plans for the fiscal quarter ending September 29, 2017 and beyond. These statements identify prospective information and may include words such as “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “projects,” “should,” “may,” “will,” or the negative of these words, variations of these words and comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date of this report and are based on management’s current views and assumptions. These forward-looking statements are conditioned upon and also involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties, and other factors may be beyond the Company’s control and may pose a risk to the Company’s operating and financial condition. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: items that may be identified during its financial statement closing process that cause adjustments to the estimates included in this report; the uncertainty in global economic conditions; the impact of the variable demand and adverse pricing environment for disk drives; the Company’s ability to successfully qualify, manufacture and sell its disk drive products in increasing volumes on a cost-effective basis and with acceptable quality; the impact of competitive product announcements; the Company’s ability to achieve projected cost savings in connection with restructuring plans; possible excess industry supply with respect to particular disk drive products; disruptions to its supply chain or production capabilities; unexpected advances in competing technologies or changes in market trends; the development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; the Company’s ability to comply with certain covenants in its credit facilities with respect to financial ratios and financial condition tests; currency fluctuations that may impact the Company’s margins and international sales; cyber-attacks or other data breaches that disrupt the Company’s operations or results in the dissemination of proprietary or confidential information and cause reputational harm; and fluctuations in interest rates. Information concerning risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause results to differ materially from the expectations described in this press release is contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on August 5, 2016, the “Risk Factors” section of which is incorporated into this press release by reference, and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any subsequent date and the Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made. The inclusion of Seagate’s website address in this press release is intended to be an inactive textual reference only and not an active hyperlink. The information contained in, or that can be accessed through, Seagate’s website and social media channels are not part of this press release. Use of non-GAAP financial information The Company uses non-GAAP measures of adjusted revenue, gross margin, net income, diluted earnings per share and operating expenses which are adjusted from results based on GAAP to exclude certain expenses, gains and losses. These non-GAAP financial measures may be provided to enhance the user’s overall understanding of the Company’s current financial performance and its prospects for the future. Specifically, the Company believes non-GAAP results provide useful information to both management and investors as these non-GAAP results exclude certain expenses, gains and losses that it believes are not indicative of its core operating results and because it is similar to the approach used in connection with the financial models and estimates published by financial analysts who follow the Company. These non-GAAP results are some of the primary measurements management uses to assess the Company’s performance, allocate resources and plan for future periods. Reported non-GAAP results should only be considered as supplemental to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, and not considered as a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. These non-GAAP measures may differ from the non-GAAP measures reported by other companies in its industry. Dell Boomi Announces the Launch of Australian-based Atom Cloud and MDM Cloud 2017-07-25T00:18:14Z dell-boomi-announces-the-launch-of-australian-based-atom-cloud-and-mdm-cloud Sydney, Australia – July 25, 2017 – Dell Boomi® (Boomi) has announced the availability of an Australian-based Boomi Atom Cloud and Boomi MDM Cloud, adding to the available deployment options for customers using Boomi to connect applications, manage data, and orchestrate critical business processes – between cloud platforms, software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, and on-premises systems. “Personalisation of the student, researcher and alumni experience is critical for Flinders University’s strategic success, and having a reliable and timely view of each constituent is essential to make that happen,” said Kelvin McCarthy, Acting Associate Director – Information and Digital Services, Flinders University. “We’re increasingly using consumer-styled cloud services to provide a contemporary user experience but the risk of creating siloed environments in a cloud-based world is greater than ever. By taking an MDM approach to data integration, we will be able to offer better functionality backed by a consistent view of the constituent.” The Boomi Integration Cloud platform underpins ‘The Connected Business’ where enterprises leverage key information and insights to be better, faster and smarter. It supports all of an organisation’s application integration processes. It features a powerful range of integration, data management and workflow automation capabilities that can be realised in a fraction of the time of legacy middleware technologies. The Boomi Atom is a light-weight runtime engine that handles all the connectivity between applications and data sources. The Australian-based Boomi Atom Cloud gives businesses the option of running processes closer to their data. Boomi MDM Cloud Now Available Boomi Master Data Management (MDM) is the solution to represent data consistently across an organisation, enabling data governance to synchronise, cleanse and enrich data across domains. It scales to accommodate growth as data volume, applications and business user demands continue to increase. With the Australian-based Boomi MDM Cloud, the “golden records” used to enforce data integrity across applications are stored in a local cloud repository. “In the 18 months since our launch into Asia Pacific and Japan, we’ve seen considerable demand for integration as organisations look to modernise their existing business environments, and invest in best-of-breed solutions better suited to modern hybrid application ecosystems or cloud transformation initiatives,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director APJ at Dell Boomi. “Master Data Management is a critical piece of that puzzle – it gives organisations a very powerful and yet simple way to ensure the quality and accuracy of its valuable data assets.” Chris McNabb, Chief Executive Officer at Dell Boomi, said, “The influx of data generated in the digital era has transformed MDM from a luxury to a necessity. The Boomi MDM Cloud ensures companies in the region can remove disparity and seamlessly collect, analyse and use business-critical data to make more informed strategic decisions. This allows them to beat the competition by better understanding customer and stakeholder demand and delivering to those expectations.” The reality of hybrid IT means that enterprises are now faced with numerous new challenges, and opportunities, to proactively manage data across their business – a critical factor to success in a fast-moving and increasingly-competitive global marketplace. While integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) offerings have traditionally focused only on the movement of data between applications, there is an increasing need for one that can help organisations create simple workflows as well as govern, enrich and control data in real time as it moves between complex networks of cloud, mobile and on-premises applications. The local launch of the Boomi MDM and Boomi Atom Clouds forms part of Boomi’s regional expansion plans, with the company currently extending its presence beyond A/NZ into South-East Asia through the 2018 financial year. This comes on the back of significant demand from medium-sized and large enterprises since it opened its Australian office in April 2016. About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, accelerates business agility by integrating the information organizations need whenever and however they need it. The Boomi integration platform drastically transforms the way organizations connect, create, manage and govern all their applications and data. As a result, more than 6,000 organizations of all sizes use the Boomi platform to run smarter, faster, and better. Boomi also helps customers drastically reduce implementation times over traditional integration, API management, MDM and workflow automation solutions. Visit www.boomi.com for more information. © 2017 Boomi Inc. Dell and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. State of play: National study reveals our video game habits 2017-07-23T23:07:54Z state-of-play-national-study-reveals-our-video-game-habits Sydney, Australia – 24 July 2017 – New research by Bond University and the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) has found video and computer games are right up there with the kitchen sink with 97 per cent of Australian households with children stating they have video game devices, eight out of 10 owning multiple game devices. Digital Australia 2018 studied 1,234 Australian households and 3,135 individuals, revealing it’s not only kids that appreciate game time. Almost half of parents play games online with their kids, with reasons for playing together including family enjoyment, education, and as a way to monitor what children play. The study revealed that 67 per cent of people surveyed play video games. Older Australians continue to make up the largest group of new players over the past six years with 43 per cent of people aged 65 and over playing video games. Females account for 46 per cent of all players. Dr Jeff Brand, Professor at Bond University and lead author of the report, said that the average age of players has increased by a year to 34 and that motives for playing are shifting. “The fun continues through interactive games, but the research shows that games increasingly serve other uses. Australians are playing for social connectedness, whether that be with family or friends. They’re playing to reduce stress, to be challenged, to learn, to keep the mind active, or for physical and mental health benefits.” “Everyone finds their own reason for playing. Our research shows that motives for playing video games differ by life stages. Young adults play to help pass time, have fun, and de-stress, whereas older Australians, while also playing for enjoyment and to pass time, report keeping the mind active as a top reason for playing.” The Digital Australia study, which has been running since 2005, also highlights just how social game play has become. This year’s report found only eight per cent of Australians play alone, with the remaining 92 per cent playing with friends, partners, family and strangers online at least once in a while. Most players share their enjoyment of games with others in the community through various methods. Seven in 10 Australian players have watched videos and used walkthroughs to help their gameplay and more than a quarter have posted their own videos of gameplay. Australians also enjoy watching other people play games, particularly at a competitive level with a third watching e-sports. “Games are no longer a subculture – everyone plays. We’ve moved far beyond the classic clichés that dogged video games in their early years,” said Dr Brand. “Interactive games are woven into the fabric of our culture – a culture more nuanced and capable of enjoying the benefits of the digital economy than ever before.” Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, said, “Digital Australia 2018 shows how the state of game play in Australia has progressed. Games are one of the many things shaking up traditional viewing culture, and Australians are consuming games in more ways than ever before.” “We’re also playing with purpose, with more and more Australians recognising the value of games, beyond entertainment, in the family home, schools, workplaces and socially.” Other key findings of the Digital Australia Report 2018 include: The average Australian consume games just like other media – 89 minutes is the average daily total of all game play. Gaming for health – Australians value play for better health and positive ageing, whether that be to improve thinking skills (84%), improve dexterity (78%) or manage pain (59%). Ninety per cent say they play to increase mental stimulation, 80 per cent state video games help fight dementia, and 54 per cent agreed playing games can help increase mobility. Gaming for education – Games are increasingly finding their way into education, learning and training settings. A third of Australians have used games at work, and one in two parents reported their children have used games at school. Parents are also speaking with their children about playing online safely (84 per cent). About Digital Australia 2018 Digital Australia 2018 is the seventh study in a series of national Australian research that began in 2005. The report, which is based on a study of 1,234 Australian households and 3,135 individuals, looks at the demographics of Australians who play games, play habits, behaviours and attitudes. About IGEA IGEA is an industry association representing the business and public policy interests of Australian and New Zealand companies in the computer and video games industry. IGEA’s members publish, develop, market and/or distribute interactive games and entertainment content and related hardware including mobile and handheld games. For more information, please visit www.igea.net. Media spokespeople available Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA Dr Jeff Brand, Professor, Bond University and lead author of the report Consumer case studies and subject matter experts For all interview requests, please contact Amy Rathbone, Espresso Communications, on +61 2 8016 2220 or igea@espressocomms.com.au. Dell Boomi’s Latest Release Builds on Cloud Integration Platform to Drive Digitally Connected Experiences with Customers, Partners and Suppliers 2017-06-21T04:31:56Z dell-boomi-s-latest-release-builds-on-cloud-integration-platform-to-drive-digitally-connected-experiences-with-customers-partners-and-suppliers ROUND ROCK, Texas, June 20, 2017 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) announced the availability of the Spring 2017 release of the industry’s most robust and comprehensive cloud-native, enterprise integration platform to move, manage, govern and orchestrate data across hybrid IT architectures. The latest release enables Boomi customers to more efficiently connect everything and enable everywhere, with new, no code application integration accelerators, new features to fortify DevOps at enterprise scale, and improve data governance and security. “Today’s enterprise organization needs to create digitally connected experiences with customers, partners, and suppliers in order to stay ahead of the competition and remain relevant,” said Chris McNabb, CEO of Boomi. “Integration teams are under ever increasing pressure to make this happen at an accelerated pace. With this release, our platform provides organizations with the industry’s most comprehensive and robust integration foundation for rapidly building a digital business that’s smarter, better and faster.” Boomi’s Spring 2017 release includes more than 150 features that have been added to the market-leading Boomi integration platform as a service (iPaaS) over several months and are now generally available. Highlights include the following. Low and No Code Integration Accelerators Boomi accelerates implementations by providing a drag-and-drop data integration and application development environment, pre-built tools and reusable components, including: Workflow Automation - In March 2017, Boomi acquired ManyWho, a low-code development platform for building and deploying workflow applications, making Boomi the most comprehensive cloud-native integration and application development platform to accelerate digital transformation. The latest release allows an application developer to easily invoke a Boomi integration process within a workflow. No Code, Pre-built Integration Templates - Boomi offers citizen integrator support with 12 additional processes for the Boomi Process Library. The Boomi Process Library provides proven examples created by Boomi experts that any Boomi user can choose as a starting point to build their integration. Support for PaaS Integration - Boomi easily integrates with leading PaaS vendors and provides comprehensive support for PaaS solution integration. This release offers new connectors for Azure, AWS and Google. B2B Trading Partner Common Components - Three new types of EDI components provide increased reusability of common data among Trading Partners. Re-using common components increases flexibility, reduces duplication and simplifies updates. This saves time and development effort, especially for organizations with varied businesses, organizations growing through acquisition, as well as conglomerates and organizations with semi-autonomous business units. Fortified DevOps Features DevOps teams are looking for the ability to simplify and automate the delivery and deployment of applications and integrations, allowing organizations to focus more of their resources on innovation. Boomi’s fortified DevOps features provide new, robust enterprise capabilities, while reducing the complexity associated with IT operations, including: Docker Container Deployment - Easily create pre-configured containers. Docker containers simplify and provide flexibility to spin up and down instances of Boomi with pre-defined configurations to increase developer productivity and speed up application integration. Programmatic Onboarding for Trading Partners - Simplifies and speeds up onboarding, dramatically reducing the time required from weeks and days to hours and making the setup error-free. Data Stewardship Independence - Four new platform Quarantine API endpoints enable resolution actions outside of Boomi Master Data Management (MDM). This means data stewards can work in other applications, including cloud applications like Slack, to streamline governance tasks and approvals. Dynamic Integration Processes - With Boomi’s Process Route Shape feature, users can break down multi-step processes into smaller, independent functional groups and dynamically execute sub-processes. This independence between the main process, sub-process, and routing rules enables reusability of repeated logic and actions, and facilitates seamlessly updating and testing integrations. Data Governance and Security Organizations need technologies that provide ease of use to accelerate digital initiatives, while offering appropriate controls for the business units they support. Customers need to enforce the right data governance and security models that ensure compliance with business policies, contracts and regulations. Boomi’s latest release includes: Automated Data Governance - Data source rankings ensure that each Boomi MDM golden record is from the most trusted source system and propagated across all systems. Data stewards can easily enforce governance policies with automatic updates to all golden records when the data model and associated business rules are changed. Identity Management - With Boomi API Management developers can now leverage third party Authentication Sources to support OAuth 2.0 and SAML authentication use cases. API Policy Management - With an unlimited number of API calls, an organization can be vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS) attacks and potentially overwhelm or tax the infrastructure. Boomi API Management allows for the configuration of policies to define a Contract. These Contracts can be coupled with entitlement tiers (i.e. Gold, Silver, or Bronze) as a mechanism for API providers to define expected service levels across their customer base. Additionally, with Quota, Rate Limit and Throttling functionality, the API Provider can limit the number of API calls for a specific time period. To learn more about the Boomi Spring release or see a demonstration, please visit: https://boomi.com/blog/boomi-advances-speed-efficiency-application-integration About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, accelerates business agility by integrating the information organizations need whenever and however they need it. The Boomi integration platform dramatically transforms the way organizations connect, create, manage and govern all their applications and data. As a result, more than 5,800 organizations of all sizes use the Boomi platform to run smarter, faster, and better. Boomi also helps customers drastically reduce implementation times over traditional integration, MDM, API management and workflow automation solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © 2017 Boomi Inc. Dell, Dell Boomi, ManyWho, and Boomi iPaaS are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. # # # NETGEAR NIGHTHAWK X10 VOTED BEST WIFI ROUTER IN EUROPE 2017-06-21T04:27:22Z netgear-nighthawk-x10-voted-best-wifi-router-in-europe-1 SYDNEY, Australia — June 21, 2017 — For the second consecutive year, NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR), the leading provider of networking devices that power today’s smart home, has secured the top spot for routers in the 2017 European Hardware Awards. The Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WiFi Router (R9000) was named Best Router in this annual competition to honour exceptional hardware sold in the European Union. Nighthawk X10 debuted on the market last spring as the industry’s first —and fastest— router for media streaming and instant backup. The European Hardware Awards is created by the European Hardware Association (EHA). Votes were tallied from more than 100 experienced editors from EHA member publications representing the largest technology news and reviews sites in Europe: Hardware.Info (Benelux region), CowCotLand (France), Hardwareluxx (Germany), Hardware Upgrade (Italy), PurePC (Poland), Lab 501 (Romania), Geeknetic (Spain), SweClockers (Nordic countries) and KitGuru (United Kingdom). Today’s video files are getting larger with 4K and VR video. Offloading from capture devices and moving these large files within a network often becomes a time-consuming and challenging task. The NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 Smart WiFi Router is powerful enough to move these files at unprecedented speed and provides easy access once the file is stored on the network. It offers ultra-smooth 4K streaming, even to remote devices, and is the industry’s first router to run Plex Media Server without the need for a computer. Nighthawk X10 combines a powerful 1.7GHz Quad Core processor — the fastest processor in a home router — and Quad-Stream Wave 2 WiFi architecture plus next-generation high speed 802.11ad WiFi, so you can enjoy blazing-fast combined wireless speeds up to a furious 7.2Gbps*. The latest MU-MIMO technology supports simultaneous streaming, while 160MHz doubles WiFi speeds to mobile devices. Nighthawk X10 is also the industry’s first router designed for the home market that includes a 10Gigabit port for supporting a fiber connection. “We are honoured to have a Nighthawk router selected as the Best Router in the European market two years in a row! Last year it was Nighthawk X6 and now Nighthawk X10,” said David Henry, senior vice president of Connected Home for NETGEAR. “We design all NETGEAR products not only to meet but to surpass the highest performance standards, and we strive to deliver the newest technology innovations. We know Nighthawk X10 to be the industry’s best, so it’s extremely rewarding to have it confirmed by technology experts in continent-wide voting.” Key Features of the Award-Winning Nighthawk X10: AD7200 Quad Stream Wave2 WiFi supports wireless speeds up to 4600+1733+800Mbps* Fastest 60GHz 802.11ad WiFi technology for instant downloads, backup and minimal latency during online game play Plex Media Server for all your media – anytime, anywhere Powerful 1.7GHz Quad Core Processor boosts performance for 4K streaming or VR gaming 4 high-performance Active Antennas for better WiFi coverage and faster speeds 6 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports with dual ports that can be operated in link aggregation mode for faster file transfers (up to 2Gbps wired speeds) 2 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports for faster streaming, backup and easy access to stored media Automatic backup to the cloud with Amazon Drive NETGEAR® ReadyCLOUD® provides easy, private and secure remote access to USB connected storage 10Gigabit fiber port for lightning-fast backup and media streaming to/from a NETGEAR ReadyNAS® storage device or other NAS MU-MIMO capable for simultaneous streaming of data to multiple devices Dynamic QoS prioritises network traffic for uninterrupted video streaming for applications like YouTube®, Netflix® & others’ NETGEAR® Up app has your router up, running and configured from the convenience of any Android or iOS mobile device NETGEAR genie® app for a personal dashboard to monitor, control and repair your home network, even when you’re away from home Watch this video to learn more about how the revolutionary Nighthawk X10 will support your most intense gaming needs and offer you the best possible WiFi for your other activities. Pricing and Availability Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WiFi Router (R9000) is available from major retailers in stores and online at an RRP of $799 (AUD). About NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR (NASDAQ: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. The Company's products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless (WiFi and LTE), Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. The product line consists of wired and wireless devices that enable networking, broadband access and network connectivity. These products are available in multiple configurations to address the needs of the end-users in each geographic region in which the Company's products are sold. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 31,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 28,000 value-added resellers, as well as multiple major cable, mobile and wireline service providers around the world. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in approximately 25 countries. More information is available from the NETGEAR investor page or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR on Twitter, Facebook and our blog. ©2017 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, NETGEAR genie, Nighthawk, ReadyCLOUD, ReadyNAS and ReadySHARE are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holder(s). The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. NETGEAR shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. All rights reserved. *Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE standard 802.11 specifications. AC7200 equals 800Mbps at 2.4GHz 802.11ac with 256 QAM support + 1733Mbps at 5GHz 802.11ac + 4600Mbps at 60GHz 802.11ad. Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate and wireless coverage. NETGEAR makes no express or implied representations or warranties about this product’s compatibility with any future standards. Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning NETGEAR's business and the expected performance characteristics, specifications, reliability, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR's products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: the actual price, performance and ease-of-use of NETGEAR's products may not meet the price, performance and ease-of-use requirements of customers; product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; failure of products may under certain circumstances cause permanent loss of end user data; new viruses or Internet threats may develop that challenge the effectiveness of security features in NETGEAR's products; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology; the impact and pricing of competing products; and the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Source: NETGEAR-G Media Contact Emma, Elizabeth, Jennifer or Ashleigh at DEC PR (02) 8014 5033 / netgear@decpr.com.au