The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-01-19T01:18:25Z Over 1000 Aprenticeships and Traineeships go begging 2018-01-19T01:18:25Z over-1000-aprenticeships-and-traineeships-go-begging MEDIA RELEASE 19th JANUARY 2018   Over 1000 apprenticeships and traineeships go begging   The Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT (AEN NSW ACT) and its 23-member Group Training Organisations (GTOs) have over 1000 unfilled apprenticeships and traineeships across the Sydney metropolitan and regional areas. Jason Sultana, the Executive Officer of AEN NSW ACT said “this is our peak recruitment time of year for the industry. Members (GTOs) are indicating they cannot fill all the apprenticeships and traineeships they have available right now which target young people especially school leavers. Indications are that the current generation of school leavers don’t understand the long-term benefits of completing an apprenticeship or traineeship.” “There are some wonderful career opportunities available. We have a high demand for young people to work in the automotive, hospitality, electrical, construction and timber industries to name a few.“ GTOs are also funded to run short term Pre Apprenticeship programs to assist young people get a head start into an apprenticeship or traineeship. A large number of Pre Apprenticeships programs are commencing in the next few weeks with many graduates placed immediately into apprenticeships upon completion. NSW Deputy Premier, The Hon. John Barilaro, a qualified tradesman in his own right reached out to school leavers this week through Facebook to highlight the importance of considering vocational education as an alternative pathway to a rewarding career. He indicated 9 out of 10 jobs of the future will have a vocational pathway connect to it. John Liddicoat, AEN NSW ACT Chair and General Manager of Novaskill said “the demand for skilled trades people will continue to increase in the next few years. If the next generation of young people don’t take up apprenticeships we are faced with a massive skill shortage across key industries in the future. I encourage parents of school leavers to consider the benefits of apprenticeships and think long term about what is best for their child. AEN NSW ACT has created an easy to remember web address to assist school leavers find an apprenticeship or traineeship through a GTO. The web address is For further information about the Pre-Apprenticeship programs and the contact details of our 23-member GTOs please visit About the Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT The Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT is a peak body for employers in vocational education and training in NSW and ACT. Group Training Organisations employ apprentices and trainees, then place them with a host, providing workplace coaching and support until the apprenticeship or traineeship has been completed. For media enquiries, please contact: Jason Sultana 0419 466 584 ANZ Businesses Ahead of International Peers Designing IoT Programs That Deliver Incremental Revenue, Says New Forbes Study 2018-01-18T04:11:51Z anz-businesses-ahead-of-international-peers-designing-iot-programs-that-deliver-incremental-revenue-says-new-forbes-study SYDNEY – January 18, 2018 – The internet of things (IoT) is heralded as a foundational technology for breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, robotics and other potentially broadly applicable advances. But for frontline decision makers – the executives charged with implementing IoT in their company – it can sometimes feel impossible to separate facts from hype. It can be even more daunting to discern the practical steps required to get started with IoT in their business.   To better understand the current state of IoT, Forbes Insights partnered with Hitachi Vantara to survey more than 500 senior executives around the world, including 220 in Asia Pacific who are leading IoT initiatives within their companies. A new report, “The Internet of Things: From Theory to Reality – How Companies Are Leveraging IoT to Move Their Businesses Forward,” sponsored by Hitachi Vantara, highlights the key findings from this research and addresses the following issues:   ·       Is IoT still an aspiration or is it becoming an operational reality? ·       How is IoT being used within companies? ·       What does IoT implementation look like at this early stage? ·       Are there companies that are more advanced with using these technologies? ·       What are some of the implementation lessons learned? ·       What are the practical steps companies can take as they begin their own IoT journey?   “Across the Asia Pacific region, it is clear that executives see the value in IoT initiatives,” said Bruce Rogers, chief insights officer at Forbes Media. “With 70% stating that they see IoT as either important or very important to their business, it is fast becoming a competitive differentiator that will affect almost every industry.”   “The results of the survey demonstrate the clear impact that IoT is having on businesses in our part of the world. ANZ enterprises are more likely to design programs that generate incremental revenue and positively affect the bottom line,” adds Nathan McGregor, vice president and general manager, Hitachi Vantara, Australia and New Zealand. “The Forbes study also showed that to fully reap the rewards of the technical advances in IoT, enterprises need to address real and perceived challenges around IoT security and skills.”   Key findings for Australia and New Zealand: 87% of ANZ respondents operate IoT programs designed to generate incremental revenue, as opposed to cost savings or creating operational efficiencies (compared to 60% globally).  53% of ANZ respondents ranked artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning as an important technology initiative in their company (compared to a 44% global average). 67% (42% globally) also placed these among the top priorities for the next five years . The most important objectives of IoT efforts in Australia and New Zealand to-date include: enhancing the customer experience (17% vs. 13% globally), increasing productivity (17% vs. 15% globally) and cost reduction (13% vs. 6% globally). 70% of ANZ respondents stated that their IoT strategy involved learning from small projects before moving on to larger scale deployments (65% globally).   Challenges for local enterprises: IoT security and skills Concerns about keeping IoT secure were nominated as the greatest challenge their company faced in building out its IoT capabilities (ANZ 53% vs. 32% globally) 67% believe the consequences of a data breach in IoT presents greater consequences than other technology initiatives (44% globally). 43% of ANZ respondents said they do not have the right personnel to manage the data generated by IoT programs (29% globally).   “The findings of Forbes’ executive survey aligns with what we at Hitachi are also hearing from our customers: IoT is increasingly becoming a strategic imperative to effectively compete in the digital economy – and IoT is hard,” said Asim Zaheer, chief marketing officer at Hitachi Vantara. “It is imperative to ensure you have well-defined goals, outcomes and top-down support for your initiative at the outset, and a strong partner to help you drive your desired outcomes.”    About this research The data in this report is derived from a 2017 Forbes Insights survey of 502 executives who identified themselves as responsible for, or familiar with, the IoT activities of their companies. Respondents were based in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific, and represented a range of industries, with not one comprising more than 25% of the total. All respondents were director or above, and came from companies with 500 employees or more. Forbes Insights also conducted interviews with several senior executives to add context to the findings.   About Forbes Insights Forbes Insights is the strategic research and thought leadership practice of Forbes Media, a global media, branding and technology company whose combined platforms reach nearly 94 million business decision makers worldwide on a monthly basis. By leveraging proprietary databases of senior-level executives in the Forbes community, Forbes Insights conducts research on a wide range of topics to position brands as thought leaders and drive stakeholder engagement. Research findings are delivered through a variety of digital, print and live executions, and amplified across Forbes' social and media platforms.     About Hitachi Vantara Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., helps data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society. We combine technology, intellectual property and industry knowledge to deliver data-managing solutions that help enterprises improve their customers' experiences, develop new revenue streams, and lower the costs of business. Only Hitachi Vantara elevates your innovation advantage by combining deep information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and domain expertise. We work with organisations everywhere to drive data to meaningful outcomes. Visit us at Signmee Named in Capterra’s Top 20 Most Affordable for Digital Signature Software 2018-01-18T01:29:21Z signmee-named-in-capterra-s-top-20-most-affordable-for-digital-signature-software Melbourne based company Signmee announced today that it has been named a Top 20 Most Affordable Digital Signature Software product by Capterra, a free online service that helps organisations find the right software.   Commenting on Signmee’s inclusion and high placement in the list, Founder and Chief Executive Nicole Bouchier said, “I’m thrilled that Signmee has been recognised and placed in the Top 20 of Capterra’s  Digital Signature Software category. Our ongoing development, understanding of and response to our customers’ requirements has meant that we scored well for ease of use, features and functionality, customer support and value for money. We work to provide tangible benefits to our clients, whether they be a school, sports group, corporate or government department. We are also proud to be the only Australasian software development company to be represented in the Top 20.”   Top 20 Most Affordable Digital Signature Software is an independent assessment that evaluates standard features offered by a product, cost of these features, and customer reviews on feature fit, value and quality. The Top 20 Most Affordable Digital Signature is available at .   Signmee is an advanced online forms platform, complete with legally binding eSign using a smart, secure and simple password sign workflow. All types of forms and contractual agreements, including consent forms for students, registration forms for events, new customer contracts, surveys, order forms can be created and adapted using the simple and intuitive interface. Use forms from a bank of pre-created templates, or build your own.  Track open and response rates, send advices and reminders via email and SMS, then view and download response data to transfer into other business systems. Clients also have a record of their responses in their own, free, Signmee account. A free trial of the web based Signmee software is available at .   About Capterra: Capterra is the world’s leading free software discovery and reviews platform, whee organisations of all types and sizes start their search. Founded in 1999, Capterra was acquired in 2015 by Gartner, Inc. features the largest online collection of software user reviews and research across hundreds of categories. Every year, Capterra helps millions of buyers find the right software solutions for their business.  Special Olympics to Foster Leadership Development with Skillsoft’s Percipio 2018-01-18T00:20:33Z special-olympics-to-foster-leadership-development-with-skillsoft-s-percipio Sydney, 18 January 2018 - Skillsoft, the global leader in corporate learning, today announced Special Olympics will deploy Percipio to enhance its Leadership Academy. Special Olympics will use Percipio, the first intelligent learning platform, to improve the impact and performance of its leaders around the world through training.  Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance, and ending discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. Athletes are the heart of Special Olympics. Through sports, athletes see themselves for their abilities and build self-confidence. To further enhance its leaders’ positive impact on the lives of athletes, their families and the wider community, Special Olympics sought a consumer-led experience to accelerate learning. Special Olympics chose Percipio to supplement and complement the pre-existing content used by its Leadership Academy. Through Percipio, Special Olympics will provide its leaders with access to Skillsoft’s Business and Leadership Skills, Digital Skills, and IT Skills and Certification training content. “The development of strong and visionary leaders is crucial for non-profit organisations that promote social change. We have leaders in 172 countries. Being able to offer Skillsoft’s high-quality content to such a geographically and culturally diverse group will enhance the value of our Leadership Academy,” said Denis Doolan, Chief of Organisational Excellence at Special Olympics International. “Percipio will make it easy for us to curate valuable learning material that is appealing to all our leaders, enabling them to be more authentic, strategic and effective.” Each leader within Special Olympics is responsible for self-development. With Percipio, administrators and leaders will be able to take advantage of over 500 pre-curated channels, hundreds of thousands of micro-learning videos, and the choice of where, when, and how to learn. Special Olympics’ Leadership Academy includes five workshops each year. Percipio is being rolled out to the leaders who attend these workshops across seven global regions representing 95 countries around the world. “We are honoured and proud to have been selected by Special Olympics to use Percipio for their leadership development - we are inspired by the athletes at Special Olympics who are role models for us all,” said Bill Donoghue, chairman and CEO of the Skillsoft Group. “We know the mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition, and key to that mission is the development of strong and visionary leaders in multiple geographies and across a culturally diverse group. Percipio addresses this requirement seamlessly, while providing a world-class learning solution on demand, anytime, anywhere.” “Skillsoft’s Percipio platform is extremely user-friendly. It guides you step-by-step until you choose a learning path of your choice. The courses are conveniently short, and the content is multimodal, which makes learning fun and easy,” said Babazile Langa, Special Olympics Swaziland Director. “I have also enjoyed using the online platform to measure the knowledge I have gained from the content.” Additional information        ·       Learn more about the Percipio platform         ·       Percipio is available for a free, 14-day trial About Skillsoft Skillsoft is the global leader in corporate learning, providing the most engaging learner experience and high-quality content. We are trusted by the world's leading organisations, including 65 percent of the Fortune 500. Our mission is to build beautiful technology and engaging content that drives business impact for today’s modern enterprise. Our 500,000+ multi-modal courses, videos, authoritative content chapters and micro-learning modules are accessed more than 130 million times every month, in 160 countries and 29 languages. With 100 percent secure cloud access, from any device, whenever, wherever.   About Special Olympics Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 5 million athletes and Unified partners in more than 170 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 108,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including the Christmas Records Trust, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics, The Coca-Cola Company, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN, Microsoft, Lions Clubs International, Bank of America, Essilor Vision Foundation, the Golisano Foundation, Finish Line, and Safilo Group. Click here for a full list of partners. Engage with us on: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and our blog on Medium. Crestron Introduces Its Most Elegantly Designed and Advanced Handheld Remotes 2018-01-17T21:53:15Z crestron-introduces-its-most-elegantly-designed-and-advanced-handheld-remotes Now shipping, new HR-310 and TSR-310 combine all the best elements of previous generation of Crestron handheld remotes with even more advanced functionality and elegant ergonomic design Sydney, Australia – January 18, 2018 – Crestron, the global leader in custom home automation and control technology, announced today the introduction of the HR-310 Handheld Remote and TSR-310 Handheld Touch Screen Remote. They combine all the best elements of the previous generation of Crestron remotes with even more advanced functionality and superb ergonomic design, incredible button feel, voice control, custom engravable buttons, movement sensor, profiles settings, multi-color buttons, and more. “Our previous generation of HR and TSR handheld remotes was ergonomically designed and ultra-reliable, but we felt we could do even better,” said Doug Jacobson, Director, Residential Technology at Crestron. “The HR-310 and TSR-310 are Crestron handheld remotes reimagined.” Precision crafted and perfectly weighted, the new Crestron handheld remotes bring control to a luxurious new level. Ruggedised for durability and wrapped in a satiny smooth easy-grip housing, they deliver exceptional comfort and ergonomics for hours of one-handed use. HR-310 The HR-310 features: backlit tactile buttons; long battery life utilising standard AAA batteries; nine custom engravable buttons to display the most frequently used functions; and ultra-reliable Crestron infiNET EX® wireless gateway. TSR-310 The TSR-310 features: a built-in 3" touch screen display; stunning resolution; a rechargeable battery that lasts 3 – 4 days between charges; incredible processing power; Wi-Fi® connectivity for high-bandwidth communications; voice control; and an elegant, discreet charging station. Learn more The new Crestron HR-310 and TSR-310 handheld remotes raise the bar for advanced functionality and beautiful ergonomic design. Visit the product pages for more information including specifications, photos, pricing, and accessories. About Crestron At Crestron we build the technology that integrates technology. Our automation and control solutions for homes and buildings let people control entire environments with the push of a button, integrating systems such as AV, lighting, shading, security, BMS and HVAC to provide greater comfort, convenience and security. All of our products are designed and built to work together as a complete system, enabling you to monitor, manage and control everything from one platform. Our products are backed by more than 90 fully-staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support across the globe. In addition to its World Headquarters in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Discover Crestron by visiting *** All brand names, product names, and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Certain trademarks, registered trademarks, and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Crestron disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Crestron is not responsible for errors in typography or photography. ©2018 Crestron Electronics, Inc. Hitachi Vantara Wins IoT Breakthrough Award for IoT Innovation 2018-01-15T22:01:51Z hitachi-vantara-wins-iot-breakthrough-award-for-iot-innovation Sydney, January 16, 2018 – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), has announced that Hitachi’s Lumada IoT platform has been awarded a 2018 IoT Innovation Award for Enterprise Solution of the Year by IoT Breakthrough. The IoT Breakthrough Awards program recognizes innovative technologies and exemplary companies that are driving innovation in the internet of things (IoT) market. This year’s program attracted more than 3,000 nominations globally in a broad range of categories, including industrial and enterprise IoT, smart city, connected home and home automation, connected car and more. All award nominations were reviewed and evaluated by an independent panel of IoT industry experts, with the highest scored nominee being named the winner in each category. Data is now generated faster than ever before as increasing numbers of devices and purpose-built business and industrial machinery are connected to the internet. Many enterprises face a formidable, three-pronged challenge: they must manage and analyze the volume, variety and complexity of data generated from disparate sources, both at the edge and in the core, and then extract insight and generate business value. It was with these challenges in mind that Hitachi developed Lumada. "At the core of the explosive growth of IoT technology across the globe is a mountain of data that manifests a prime opportunity for businesses to access critical information to improve their services and products," said James Johnson, managing director, IoT Breakthrough. "Hitachi’s Lumada IoT platform provides a comprehensive solution that helps enterprises address the challenge of managing and analyzing IoT data and their connected assets. We are thrilled to recognize the success of Hitachi’s efforts with the 2018 IoT Breakthrough Award for Enterprise IoT Solution of the Year." Lumada helps enterprise and industrial customers blend human, machine and IT data to gain a 360-degree view of their operations and connected assets and support more intelligent decision-making and better business outcomes. It can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud or in hybrid environments. Its modular and highly adaptable architecture enables it to easily complement customers’ existing data infrastructure investments and IT environments. Lumada provides a simple way to help enterprise and industrial customers to more rapidly put their business and operational data to work, achieve deeper insights and realize the full potential of IoT solutions. "Hitachi is honored to be recognized by IoT Breakthrough with the IoT Innovation Award for Enterprise Solution of the Year and we congratulate our fellow winners," said Brad Surak, chief product and strategy officer at Hitachi Vantara. "The many breakthrough capabilities of the Lumada platform wouldn’t be possible without the learnings and insights gained in co-creating IoT solutions with our customers. They are the true trailblazers of the IoT era and we are privileged to be partnering with them to develop data-driven solutions that are changing the way their businesses – and the world – works." The 2018 IoT Breakthrough Award winners were announced on January 4, 2018. To view a complete list of honorees, visit To learn more about Hitachi’s Lumada IoT platform, visit About IoT Breakthrough IoT Breakthrough, part of the Tech Breakthrough Awards organization, is devoted to honoring excellence in internet of things technologies, services, companies and products. The IoT Breakthrough Awards program provides a forum for public recognition around the achievements of IoT companies and products in categories, including Connected Home and Home Automation, Connected Car, Industrial IoT (IIoT) and Smart City, Consumer IoT and more. For more information, visit About Hitachi Vantara Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., helps data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society. We combine technology, intellectual property and industry knowledge to deliver data-managing solutions that help enterprises improve their customers’ experiences, develop new revenue streams, and lower the costs of business. Only Hitachi Vantara elevates your innovation advantage by combining deep information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and domain expertise. We work with organizations everywhere to drive data to meaningful outcomes. Visit us at Connect with Hitachi Vantara Twitter LinkedIn Facebook About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2016 (ended March 31, 2017) totaled 9,162.2 billion yen ($81.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in Social Innovation and has approximately 304,000 employees, worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information, please visit NPE Announces Andre Sauer as Asia-Pacific Director 2018-01-11T19:16:52Z npe-announces-andre-sauer-as-asia-pacific-director FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 11, 2018 SYDNEY, Australia – Global fitness business coaching company NPE CEO Sean Greeley has appointed Andre Sauer as the Asia-Pacific Director, effective immediately. Sauer was formerly Co-Founder and Managing Director of NPE’s regional office in Asia-Pacific from 2007 through 2014, so his return to the helm comes as growth in the sector continues to increase. ‘We’re thrilled to bring Andre back as he has an outstanding record of business success across the Asia-Pacific region, including deep knowledge of Australia, New Zealand, and the South East Asian markets,’ said Greeley. ‘Andre is an experienced leader and a great strategist. He understands professional business management and the nuances that help make all the differences for our clients. Andre knows how to help fitness business owners become not only more profitable, but help them find more time for themselves and their families…and that’s fundamentally what NPE and our growing family of clients consider real business success,’ Greeley continued. Exciting opportunities and growth forecast Sauer is excited to be back working with professionals in the fitness industry. ‘Seeing our clients turn from struggling personal trainers to successful business owners, that make a difference in their local communities is what brought me back into the industry,’ said Sauer. ‘Asia-Pacific has a fast-growing middle class who is increasingly interested in improving their health and fitness–and who isn’t satisfied with one-size-fits-all, big box chains where clients are on their own and can easily get injured and give up,’ said Andre. ‘My passion is for fitness business owners to meet these growing needs and offer the personalized services and support that can make a big difference for clients’ health and fitness journeys.’ NPE’s Six Stages of Fitness Business Growth Sauer believes NPE offers a unique growth structure for both newly certified personal trainers and veteran fitness business owners. ‘NPE’s Six Stages of Fitness Business Growth is one of a kind,’ explains Sauer. ‘No one else lays out the roadmap of the challenges fitness business owners will face, as well as the solutions and personal growth required, for lasting success. Whenever I show the six stages map to fitness business owners, no matter what stage they’re in, they’ll say, “Yes, that’s what I am going through and what I need to do next.”‘ Extensive experience in Asia-Pacific Sauer has an extensive executive background and track record throughout Asia-Pacific, including assisting startups in the technology industry, and serving as managing director in technology-driven companies in Malaysia. A native of Germany, Sauer studied and lived in China to work in international business before being recruited to work in Malaysia. He moved to Australia in 2007 to raise his family in his wife’s hometown of Perth, Australia. There, Sauer met fitness business owner Ric Isaac (now NPE Sales Manager) in a local Mastermind Group. The two founded Fit for Profit (FFP) in 2007, having licensed NPE’s programs, resources, and tools to assist the growing fitness industry in Australia. The organization grew quickly, NPE and FFP recognized the natural fit to bring FFP in-house under the NPE banner, and in 2013 NPE purchased FFP with Sauer remaining onboard. Sauer will work with NPE’s Asia-Pacific’s Coaching Manager, Tom Hart, currently headquartered in New Zealand. About NPE NPE is the leading fitness business coaching company for business owners to grow their business and create the life they want. Fitness business coaching includes one-to-one and group coaching, online education, tools and templates, technology, live events, and a supportive community that empowers business owners to grow. Unlike simple online courses, marketing agencies/services, and mastermind groups that serve the fitness industry, NPE is the only one that digs into the real numbers that drive long-term success and stability in business. Since 2006, NPE Coaching has helped over 36,000+ fitness business owners in 96+ countries grow their business and create the life they want. It is an award winning global company with a team of over 50+ staff across three offices in Orlando, London, and Sydney. Digital Presence to Partner with Zaliet to Market Law Firms 2018-01-10T16:46:47Z digital-presence-to-partner-with-zaliet-to-market-law-firms Law Firms may now benefit from the combined expertise of Zaliet and Digital Presence. This exciting partnership provides firms with the opportunity to leverage digital marketing with an expertise that is dedicated specifically to their market. This kind of tailored attention is sure to reap great rewards. Digital Presence to Partner with Zaliet to Offer Law Firms Tailored Digital Marketing Support Digital Presence is happy to announce a new partnership with Zaliet. Together we’ll be fully equipped to offer highly tailored digital marketing strategy to small law firms. Zaliet’s expertise in this market will enable us to quickly and effectively attract new customers seeking legal services to expand the reach and reputation of law firms online and beyond. “The whole team here at Digital Presence is excited to combine our expertise with the team at Zaliet, to offer unparalleled tailored support to law firms and their customers. The kind of results we’ll be able to achieve with our joint capabilities are really exciting.” - Olga Ramos, Managing Director, Digital Presence Zaliet is the Choice of Thousands of Law Firms Zaliet’s affordable website solutions make it easy for both new and established law firms to attract more customers without the need for large, up-front costs. By partnering with the SEO experts at Digital Presence, there is now greater opportunity for law firms to dominate with their online marketing efforts and see a significant increase in their reach, without having to take on the extra work themselves. SEO to Impact Clients Like Never Before Digital Presence are Australia’s leading digital marketing agency and are very excited about this new partnership with Zaliet that will enable them to provide specially tailored SEO and online brand management with the in-depth knowledge of the law industry that Zaliet provides.   Easily Surpass the Competition Whether it’s brand management, website development or marketing you need, the combined efforts of Zaliet, with the Digital Presence team, have got all bases covered for a thorough and optimal marketing strategy that will win and keep customers on a consistent basis. In an increasingly crowded marketplace, the firms who are most strategic about their brand management and digital marketing strategies will easily win more customers. “More and more businesses are turning to the internet to market their services, and websites that employ SEO methodology enjoy competitive advantage.” - Michelle Chun-Hoon, Marketing Executive, Zaliet Digital Support Tailored to Law Firms Zaliet creates personalised websites with content specific to particular areas of law, partner add-ons, quality client support, custom logo design, website tools and more. With specific tailoring to law firm, you’ll get an efficient and cost-effective service that won’t involve lengthy explanations on your part. Work with consultants who understand your industry and, most importantly, your customers.  The Digital Marketing Element By partnering with Digital Presence, Zaliet now provides all their customers with the opportunity to breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that their digital marketing is in good hands, while being spared the extra workload of handling it themselves. By making the decision to work with Digital presence to take your new website to the next level with Search Engine Optimization, you can increase your organic search rankings, leads and conversions to bring in more customers than ever. A Smart Investment There aren’t often these kinds of opportunities for companies in specific industries. The advantage of having a team of experts, who are well versed in your specific market, to create a tailored digital marketing strategy for you puts you steps ahead in the online marketplace. If you're a law firm looking to develop or redevelop your website, contact Zaliet to find out more. To learn how you can start bringing in more customers through powerful digital marketing strategies, have a chat with an expert at Digital Presence today. PR is written and distributed by Digital Presence Media ContactCompany Name: Digital PresenceContact Person: Media ManagerEmail: (02) 8973 7488Website: Endace Launches 10/40GbE Capable Branch Office Network Analytics Platform 2018-01-10T09:34:45Z endace-launches-10-40gbe-capable-branch-office-network-analytics-platform Auckland, January 10, 2018 — Endace, a world leader in high-speed network recording and network analytics hosting technology, today announced the release of the new EndaceProbe™ EP-124 Network Analytics Platform, designed specifically for deployment in branch offices with 1GbE or 10GbE infrastructure and tight space constraints. Recent advances in high-speed Ethernet technology has made it affordable for organizations to migrate large office and branch office LANs to 10GbE, providing a much-needed boost to the performance and responsiveness of applications. However, monitoring tools are often left behind and are unable to monitor these higher speed networks. This leaves networks exposed, and dramatically increases risk, when network monitoring is no longer available for those branch offices.  The EndaceProbe EP-124, with its compact chassis and high performance SSD storage, provides the ideal network recording and analytics hosting platform for those offices that run 1GbE or 10GbE networks. And for networks that run 1GbE today it’s perfect for future-proofing monitoring infrastructure with 10GbE and 40GbE compatibility. The EndaceProbe’s built-in Application Dock hosting environment allows network security and performance analytics tools to be hosted virtually on the EP-124, further easing the migration to higher speed 10GbE networks without losing valuable network monitoring capability or requiring future hardware upgrades. Hundreds of EndaceProbe EP-124s can be managed as a single EndaceFabric, allowing network traffic recorded across many remote office networks to be centrally mined and analyzed for rapid response to security incidents or performance issues from a central location.  Vice President Product Management, Cary Wright, says “When migrating to higher speed LAN infrastructure, you don’t want your performance or security monitoring tools to stop working because they can’t cope with 10GbE. The EP-124 provides great future proofing. It’s the perfect branch office platform to record network packet history and run your choice of virtual monitoring tools in one compact and high-performance appliance.” The EndaceProbe 124 is fully SSD-based for ultra-high reliability and performance. Its compact, short-depth form factor makes it easy and cost-effective to deploy in remote office locations. The EndaceProbe 124 uses Endace’s proven, 100% accurate, DAG™ data capture card technology, and offers four 1/10GbE or 1 x 40GbE monitoring ports and 3.8TB of onboard storage.  The new EndaceProbe 124 is available immediately.  Funeral Plans v Funeral Insurance 2018-01-10T08:13:40Z funeral-plans-v-funeral-insurance Richard Laycock | Insurance expert Funerals are a common element of modern day life, but they’re an event that is often dreaded by most people. And fair enough. The idea of planning a funeral can be completely daunting. However, there are plenty of reasons why you should get the ball rolling sooner rather than later. For starters, if something unexpected arises, you could end up leaving your family to plan and pay for your funeral all on their own. You also want to ensure that all your preferences are taken into consideration. Funerals are expensive, though. If you want plan your funeral in advance, you’ll find that there are a few different ways that you can pay for it. So what’s the difference between a funeral plan and funeral insurance? The basic definitions For starters, a funeral plan is prepaid. You can essentially pay off your funeral in advance at a locked-in cost. That means you won’t face interest charges or raised prices later on – the amount you pay is capped and the inclusions are very clear. It also means you can lay out the specifics of what you want for your own funeral. Insurance on the other hand requires that you pay annual premiums in order to insure a benefit amount for your funeral. That amount is then later used to pay for your funeral expenses. The benefit can typically be as much as $30,000, which is paid out when you pass away. The benefits Funeral plans are good because they have a capped limit. The amount you pay off is limited to the agreed price, so you’re never overcharged and it doesn’t just continue to increase until you pass away. You also have control over your ceremony and the sorts of things you’d like included, so there is more transparency. Typically, a funeral plan will cost you less than a funeral insurance policy. Funeral insurance also has its benefits. For starters, it’s tax-free, so when the payout is transferred to your family they won’t need to pay tax on it. The payout process is also relatively quick. Funds are typically received by family members within 24 hours. Finally, you can also get accident cover included, which means that you may actually be paid out more if your death was caused by an accident. The drawbacks The downside of a funeral plan is that the benefit isn’t adjusted to suit inflation – there’s no price indexing. Payouts are also typically counted as taxable income, so your relatives will have to pay tax on them. There are also no refunds – once you’ve put money towards a funeral plan you can’t get it back. There are also downsides to funeral insurance. Firstly, the total cost of it is unpredictable. You might be unable to keep up with payments if circumstances change. There are also tax implications that can affect your pension, and typically, funeral insurance has a high total cost compared to a funeral plan. Whether you look into getting a funeral plan or funeral insurance, at the end of the day, the important thing is that you do think about planning your funeral before it’s too late. There are a few ways you can do this. Funeral planning services like eziFunerals can help in making the task must simpler and less daunting. It’s definitely worth considering something like this if you aren’t sure how to get started. About eziFunerals eziFunerals is Australia’s Largest Funeral Marketplace that supports individuals and families plan a funeral and compare funeral homes online. Founded by consumers frustrated by how difficult it was to get independent information, eziFunerals supports consumers to plan a funeral, compare funeral homes on service and price and select the right funeral director anywhere, anytime. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company, and are not a subsidiary of any other corporation. We are not part of any other funeral company. Telecom Times updates media kit for 2018 2018-01-09T18:37:30Z telecom-times-updates-media-kit-for-2018 Telecom Times has updated its Media Kit, ready for 2018. For further information, please contact our Head of Marketing Harry Tucker at or the editor at Telecom Times taps Heather Wright for new NZ Editor role 2018-01-09T18:21:56Z telecom-times-taps-heather-wright-for-new-nz-editor-role Telecom Times is pleased to announce that, starting immediately, Heather Wright has been appointed as New Zealand Editor. Heather is the former senior news editor for Techday’s channel brands across New Zealand, Australia and Asia. She has covered technology and telecommunications from all angles, having worked for The Dominion Post’s New Zealand InfoTech Weekly and Business Day offerings, NZ PC World as well as having served a stint as editor of IT Brief NZ. Beyond technology, Heather was founding editor of a Kiwi community newspaper and has contributed to numerous publications in New Zealand and Australia, covering finance, careers and management and travel. "It was time we had someone on the ground in NZ to report directly on the telco industry there," commented Telecom Times Editor Richard van der Draay. "Heather is eminently suited to the role and I'm confident her input will prove to be a huge contribution to our local coverage going forward." A Leading Digital Marketing Company Will Answer Online Marketing Questions At The Franchising EXPO in Sydney 2018-01-08T15:58:35Z a-leading-digital-marketing-company-will-answer-online-marketing-questions-at-the-franchising-expo-in-sydney A leading Australian SEO company who is pleased to announce they have a stand at the forthcoming Franchising EXPO in Sydney has revealed how important local SEO is for franchisees. Digital Presence, who has become one of the most respected Search Engine Optimization experts in Australia can be found at Stand A28.   The Sydney based SEO company who provide professional online marketing and Search Engine Optimization services are concerned Franchisees are losing out on important revenue by not understanding how online marketing can attract local customers. Their aim is to educate people on how online marketing and local SEO can increase sales and revenue.   With 89 percent of the Australian population having access to the Internet and with AUS 32.56 billion being spent online in 2017, the Internet has become a powerful marketing tool. For those franchisees who don’t have a website, or have an underperforming one or fail to take part in any form of local SEO could be missing out on important sales.   As well as increase revenue through local SEO, a franchise can also increase their brand and footfall for their business.   Olga Ramos, Managing Director of Digital Presence explained how important local SEO is and why they want to educate people on the power of local online marketing.     “If you’d like to learn more about promoting your brand by dominating Google in your service area, come and talk to us at the Digital Presence EXPO stall. We’ll give you the inside scoop on how to increase your brand awareness and attract visitors to your dedicated website page to bring more new customers into your stores.”   To learn more about Digital Presence, please visit, or to ask questions and learn more about local SEO please visit Stand A28 at the Franchising EXPO in Sydney       About Digital Presence     The team at Digital Presence are a little different to the average local marketers. Their company consists of a team of full-time staff and contractors situated around the globe. They offer a 24-hour service. Through the power of collaboration, they have handpicked the rising stars in global digital marketing to develop cutting-edge strategy that’s constantly evolving and consistently delivering outstanding results. Telephone: (02) 8973 7488 FAX: (02) 8973 7401 E-mail: PR is written and distributed by Digital Presence     Hello Australia We Have Arrived 2018-01-08T11:38:43Z hello-australia-we-have-arrived We took our team with over 60 combined years of innovation, governance experience, sales and NFP involvement and created a dynamic system that is set to lay some pretty serious foundations in Aussie business circles.     With an exciting launch of a cache of customizable risk and safety management systems in 2018, we are presenting solutions with incredible feedback in the test phase. Our inspiring leaders of BERTS; Mike Wood and Martin Stow saw that heavy resource problems facing large business groups,  NFPs, Social Entrepreneurs and Small Owner Operators needed something fresh encompassing emerging technology. "Many organizations are scrutinized and left trying to manage safety, and risk management compliance with a "one size fits all model," says Mike. "The risk of loss of resources, money and time is compounding. Many businesses aren't meeting their requirements, which leaves them wide open for both tragedy and harsh consequences. The time has come for diligence and customized care that doesn't cost the earth," Our refreshing philosophy that one size indeed doesn’t fit all when it comes to safety and risk management has been popular with organisations.  "You don't want a band-aid for a broken leg solution," says Martin. Since opening our digital solutions to a cross-section of industries, we have witnessed repeated feedback: the complex issues facing business owners are being transformed into user-friendly and simple options.  This is alongside a complimentary BERTS assistant ( a real person!)  is something that is bound to shake up the Safety and Risk Tech industry. “We see many organizations weighed down with complex and expensive systems and a real difficulty in managing data collection that is ‘fiddle proof’ and automated.  We see it as our service to the Business Community as a whole to help them keep afloat of issues and become stronger than ever before." Why? "Quite simply because we love what we do, we love developing relationships built on integrity. It makes everyone feel good! We are so excited about how technology can simplify and assist people in business, and the excitement combined with a passion for safety is infectious in our company culture” says Martin.  This philosophy in addition to a passionate team has seen the company go from strength to strength, a philosophy echoed by the voice of industry! According to "Evidence shows that when a small business begins to digitize and use digital tools, it creates new growth opportunities and diversifies revenue streams. Adopting digital technologies also helps small businesses to find talent, access finance, work smarter and enhances the value of the business when it is time to sell. However, many small businesses are not taking advantage of the opportunities that the digital economy offers."  Headed by Mark Bouris, the department will be launching a Small Business Digital Taskforce in 2018 addressing issues facing Aussie industry. It is a timely nudge for all organizations big and small in every industry to embrace digital solutions and make sure their risk safety blueprint is built on integrity and customization.  These steps will ensure they continue to be the driving force of our foundations for many years to come and not end up another tragic statistic for those to look at in the future. For more information about BERTS go Dr Kate Jameson Pioneers Youth Lab, A State Of The Art Cosmetic Clinic In Perth, WA 2018-01-08T07:07:10Z dr-kate-jameson-pioneers-youth-lab-a-state-of-the-art-cosmetic-clinic-in-perth-wa Youth Lab was developed to meet the growing demand in the Western Australian market for high quality, doctor driven cosmetic treatments at affordable prices. After exploring clinics in major cities across Australia, the US and UK, Dr Kate noticed there was an opportunity waiting for her in WA. “Patients pay a premium for doctor led cosmetic treatments and often the service is sub par. I wanted to create an environment that matched their investment, not just in quality results but the whole clinic journey and aftercare service”, Dr Kate states. She continued “the Youth Lab brand is centered around delivering the latest in cosmetic medicine, in a stunning environment, with the goal of helping evoke confidence in all patients who come through our doors”. The clinic oozes sophistication, class and yet remains warm and welcoming to its patients. Treatments delivered are wide ranging including cosmetic injectables, advanced dermal therapy treatments, and medical based laser rejuvenation procedures which utilises some of the latest technology available to the Australian market. “The prime focus for Youth Lab is the skin, and educating patients on their skin health. One of our key points of difference is our dedication to educating our patients through in-depth skin consultations, reading material and educational seminars. My background in General Practice motivates me to ensure all patients are making the best choices for their skin health”. Establishing the Youth Lab brand in 2018 as WA’s premier cosmetic clinic is Dr Kate’s main objective, however she already has her eye on the future, stating “initial demand for the Youth Lab brand has been overwhelming and if our current trajectory holds we predict rapid expansion with several more clinic locations before 2020.”