The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-22T22:00:40Z Financial Wealth Management Property Acquisition Accountant Kingsgrove Reveals Renovation ATO Tax Benefit 2019-03-22T22:00:40Z financial-wealth-management-property-acquisition-accountant-kingsgrove-reveals-renovation-ato-tax-benefit Renovations Help you Up the Rent Says TLK Partners Property Expert Matthew Mousa Well-kept properties can result in better rent, but owners shouldn’t over-spend on renovations. Property Acquisition specialist Matthew Mousa of TLK Partners advises on improvements that will be both easy on the budget, and show extra return on investment. Some rental property investors might be unsure of where and how to invest renovation dollars for maximum return. “As a property investor myself, it’s easy to spend a fortune and over-capitalise on the property,” warns Matthew. “Rather invest in cost-effective upgrades on key areas, known to attract tenants. Not only will you draw people who are prepared to pay a little extra, but they are also more likely to care for it during their stay.” Bathrooms and kitchens are two of the major areas – one represents the heart of the home, because it is where food and nourishment originate, while the other is a haven for relaxation and de-stressing. These two rooms could easily become a ‘wow’ factor. However, most importantly, they should be spotless, and leave a squeaky-clean impression. Sprucing Up The Kitchen Representing the heart of the home, a tatty kitchen will turn away potential tenants. It should be spotless, and leave a squeaky-clean impression. A full-blown kitchen renovation is a costly exercise, but there are ways of improving the space and creating a ‘wow’ factor without blowing the bank. Matthew recommends looking at and changing the small details. Add a splash back behind the stove or sink or replace the existing ones with fresh tiles. Splash backs serve a double function in protecting the wall from damage, but can also be a striking feature with clever tiling choice. Do the counter-tops and cabinet doors look tired? A granite top will make an impressive feature, while new doors with fresh hinges and modern handles will transform old cupboards. Another practical improvement is the addition of clever lighting, to brighten the space and improve its function. Cleaning Up The Bathroom “Keep good design and classic style in mind when you consider renovating the bathroom of the rental property,” advises Matthew. He warns against overly-modern or trendy fittings as they can easily date in a few years’ time. Owners could, however, add contemporary touches with modern towel bars and vanity shelves. Once again, the importance of a brilliantly clean look cannot be overemphasised. Light Up With Flair Dark and dingy is a definite no-no if you are looking for a higher rent. Apart from lights being an expression of style, it is most important that your rental property is well lit. “Remember to open blinds and switch the lights on where necessary when you’re showing the property, as light and airy looking properties hold much more appeal,” says Matthew. Lighting and light fittings can create ambiance in any room, and the variety of styles of lighting available is infinite. It can be used to create any look and feel of your choice, from rustic to industrial. Just be careful not to go too way out there – tenants want to add their own personal touches to make the rental property their home, and they don’t necessarily have the same taste in décor as the owner does. So choose something functional, classy, tasteful and fairly neutral. When faced with dark corners or rooms, skylights or installed windows are a wonderful source of light and sun, and can often make all the difference in bathrooms and kitchens by lighting them naturally. Choose energy efficient long-lasting lighting, not only to reduce tenant’s electricity bills but also to care about the environment. Happy Tenants Stay Longer Renovating rental properties from time to time not only holds the bonus of collecting more rent each month during the tenant’s lease period, but could save other costs in the long run. "Remember, if tenants love their home, they will stay longer, so investors will save on advertising and screening costs. It really is best to show it off the property its best light," Matthew concludes. TLK Partners are real people just like you with hobbies like property investment; Wealth Management Companies Kingsgrove, Beverly Hills | Tax Accountant & Agent | Property Adviser are wealth advisers serving enterprises and private individuals who hope to take care of their future through sound financial management. Visit their website or contact them at (02) 8090 4324 for an appointment to discuss your financial management and investment needs. This material is of a general nature only, it does not take into consideration your financial circumstances, needs or objectives. Before making any decision based on this content, you should assess your own circumstances, seek professional advice or contact our office to be directed to the appropriate professional. Whilst all care has been taken in presenting the material neither TLK Partners or its associated entities guarantee that the material is free of error and, the information may have changed since being published. Syndicated by Baxton Media. Sydney Investors Aged Care Financial Income Protection Tax Expert and Wealth Planner Matthew Mousa From TLK Partners 2019-03-22T21:00:07Z sydney-investors-aged-care-financial-income-protection-tax-expert-and-wealth-planner-matthew-mousa-from-tlk-partners Part-Year Rentals Affect Property Investors Tax Claims Says TLK Partners Expert Matthew Mousa Tax rental income statements record every dollar received on investment properties, but it doesn’t reflect how many dollars an investor actually takes home. Rental property investors, will have had to settle a lot of bills in order to receive the dollar bills listed as income – without doing so, they would have received a lot less. But what happens if an investment property is only rented out for part of the year? TLK Partners’ property specialist, Mr Matthew Mousa, looks at the tax implications. Sam and Jane were looking for tenants, but made it way too difficult for anyone to rent their property. They asked for references even for short term tenants, and barred children and pets. And they also demanded final approval, despite advertising their premises through an agent. To top it all, not one prospective tenant earned that approval. In Steven and Sally’s case, they advertised their “rental” through an agent, but restricted it to being only available outside school holidays, when there was no demand for renting a property in a remote location with difficult access. They also had no tenants during that year. Both couples had their expenses claims rejected immediately by the tax office. “If the Australian Tax Office has cause to believe the property was not truly ‘available to rent’, it will not sanction expenses claims, because owners made it too difficult for tenants to rent their property,” Mousa warns. “While it is sometimes hard to believe it, the tax authorities are trying to play fair – they only want their share of the rental money you have actually pocketed.” But they want investors to play fair, too, by claiming deductions only on expenses directly related to earning it. So expenses that investors incurred for personal use of the house don’t cut it as far they are concerned. Every homeowner has expenses running their properties and they can’t claim them against tax. The overall principle is that investors can only claim expenses with regard to costs while your property was actually rented out, or while real intention was being shown to make an income out of the property, which is when, as tax authorities term it, it was genuinely “available to rent”. Stating entire income and then claiming the costs of earning it, changes the gross income to a nett income, giving a far more valid picture of what profit was made, not just your bank account balance. It is from this final clean figure that the tax authorities slice their share of the pie in the form of taxes, Mr Mousa explains. However, the final figure changes, because the claimable expenses do, if a rental property does not operate all year through. The taxman also accepts that there are good years and bad years for rental property owners, when they simply don’t have many tenants. Yet, as an owner, investors go on having expenses involved in trying to attract tenants, so some expenses involved are still claimable even when rental income is low. Apportion Expenses If either of the above couples had indeed managed to land a tenant, even for a short period, they would fall into the category of those rental property owners who have to apportion expenses according to how much of the year the premises were rented out, or were honestly available for rent. Joining them are owners who openly rent out their houses for a short period of the year, using it themselves the rest of the year, and those who do the opposite, using it themselves for a short holiday, and making it available for rent the rest of the year. Any expenses that come up while used personally or by friends are enjoying the property privately, can’t be claimed. So these taxpayers will also have to do apportionment claims. Apportionment means that those costs directly tied to rental income can only be claimed in proportion to how much of the year tenants helped you generate it. If tenants rented your property for 35 weeks of the year, the expenses would be multiplied by 35/52 to determine the claimable share of the year’s expenses. Some Exceptions To The Rule Exceptions are those expenses brought about during the course of the rental process. These include estate agents’ commission, advertising for tenants, phone calls to fix damage tenants caused, and the cost of removing any rubbish they left behind. Matthew Mousa is a partner at TLK Partners, a company that takes care of the wealth management and accounting needs of ordinary folk, small and medium businesses, and high value individuals. TLK Partners, Chartered Accountants and Wealth Management Company website, or call (02) 8090 4324. This material is of a general nature only, it does not take into consideration your financial circumstances, needs or objectives. Before making any decision based on this content, you should assess your own circumstances, seek professional advice or contact our office to be directed to the appropriate professional. Whilst all care has been taken in presenting the material neither TLK Partners or its associated entities guarantee that the material is free of error and, the information may have changed since being published. Syndicated by Baxton Media. COSBOA Release: Bridges built for a better energy future 2019-03-22T00:05:33Z cosboa-release-bridges-built-for-a-better-energy-future Media Release: 22 March 2019 The Summit was attended by small business people as well as stakeholders from the COSBOA membership, the Australian Energy Council, Energy Consumers Australia, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman and experts from the sector. The summit was also addressed by the Federal Minister for Energy, the Hon. Angus Taylor MP; the Shadow Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Mr Pat Conroy MP, and the Deputy Leader of The Australian Greens, Mr Adam Bandt MP. The main outcome of the day was agreement that we all have to work together to confront the energy crisis and that a piecemeal approach or antagonistic dialogue will not identify and resolve problems. Peter Strong, CEO of COSBOA, stated, "The Summit was held to confront the issues of energy supply and costs and associated business and economic risks. We met, as members of the business community, to advance dialogue and find ways to work together and develop better futures. We needed to agree on what exactly are the problems and issues; and then, together, confront and resolve these problems. "The agreement to work together may seem a trite or obvious outcome but given the failures of governments throughout the last 30 years in developing a good policy for energy, it is more important than ever that we in the business community work together. Business and energy producers arguing separately over who is at fault or what is the best solution is not productive. This Summit was the first time we have come together to confront the energy conundrum and it will not be the last. It is big and small businesses are leading the way on making sure our economy can continue to be world class; and access reliable, affordable energy with responsible environmental management - key issues for our future.” Mr Strong added, “The event was made possible with sponsorship from the ASBFEO, Energy Consumers Australia and AGL and we appreciate that support. We have to work together even more than ever if we are to maintain our high standards of living. The extremes of left and right economic and environmental politics are the enemy of good management. While the major political parties grapple with their extremes we will grapple with reality.” COSBOA Communique - Managing energy cost risk in small business On 20 March, COSBOA held an Energy Summit in Melbourne to examine what could be done to address the problem of rising energy costs for Australia’s 2 million small businesses. The Federal Minister for Energy, the Hon. Angus Taylor MP, opened the Summit and addresses were also received from the Shadow Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Mr Pat Conroy MP, and the Deputy Leader of The Australian Greens, Mr Adam Bandt MP. The Summit was attended by small business owners and representatives from industry associations, consumer bodies, electricity supply companies and other stakeholders. COSBOA members noted the following: There is an urgent need for the Australian Parliament to develop a bipartisan approach to the future operation of the Australian energy market. The absence of such an approach is a substantial risk for further large increases in energy prices for both Australian households and small businesses. There is substantial research providing evidence that the rise in energy prices experienced over the past two years has put a significant proportion of Australia’s 3.3 million small to medium businesses under considerable financial pressure which, if repeated in future years, threatens the economic viability of many of these businesses. There are significant consumer challenges associated with the current operation of the Australian electricity market. These challenges include the need for improved market transparency and the establishment of ‘consistent pricing mechanisms’ to readily enable consumer comparison of energy costs. These recommendations are comprehensively discussed in the 2018 review of the Australian electricity market by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Many of the recommendations of the ACCC’s report are inter-related, suggesting that they are best advanced as a total package. Care should be taken in the advancement of individual recommendations to ensure that such action does not result in unintended adverse consequences for all electricity consumers. There is a significant opportunity for the small business community and energy retailers to work together (including collaboration between the Australian Energy Council, COSBOA and the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman) to better empower small business owners to take control of their energy use and future energy cost risks. This opportunity is further strengthened by the establishment of new programmes by the Australian Government in the areas of small business energy advice and capital grants for energy efficiency investments. While much of the discussion in recent years has focussed on the operation of national electricity markets, there is an emerging concern about the near-term availability of natural gas in Australia and this issue should be addressed by Australian Governments as a priority. Discussions will continue at the COSBOA National Small Business Summit, 29-30 August. Registrations are open, for more information visit: www.cosboansbs.com.au -ends- Notes to editors: Interviews are available with Peter Strong, CEO, COSBOA upon request For more information on COSBOA visit: www.cosboa.org.au Media Contacts: Further information, images, interviews please contact: Jessica McLean, Senior Account Manager | 02 9212 7867 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director | 0420 761 189 | debbie@zadroagency.com.au Image: Peter Strong, CEO, COSBOA Avaya Introduces Cloud Transformation Program Making it Easier for Companies to Adopt the Cloud Communications Infrastructure that Best Meets Their Needs 2019-03-21T00:52:07Z avaya-introduces-cloud-transformation-program-making-it-easier-for-companies-to-adopt-the-cloud-communications-infrastructure-that-best-meets-their-needs Enterprise Connect – Orlando, FL– March 21, 2019 – Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE: AVYA), a global leader in solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration, has introduced its program to assist organisations considering cloud communications delivery models as part of their digital transformation. Avaya’s cloud transformation program makes it easier and removes uncertainty and risk from the transition. The program provides compelling incentives and the resources of its professional services team to help companies map the most effective and efficient path to implement Avaya OneCloud solutions for public, private or hybrid communications deployments. The Avaya cloud transformation program helps organisations: Define and discover their required outcomes for a cloud communications transition Determine the best cloud models for various applications, based on specific business needs Identify key processes and APIs that work within their existing infrastructure and how best to deploy them to a new cloud ecosystem Begin their cloud transformation with next steps and roadmaps aligned to their specific business goals and based on targeted financial modeling For Avaya customers, the company will provide credits for perpetual licenses and reduced per-seat cloud pricing, as well as remove termination penalties on current support services contracts for those that implement an Avaya OneCloud solution. Avaya customers can also take advantage of Avaya cloud transformation workshops at reduced or even zero cost. These workshops bring Avaya professional services cloud experts together with an organisation’s key decision makers for a working session to understand the breadth and depth of a cloud transformation with the Avaya OneCloud deployment model that best meets their needs, develop an implementation timeline, and define what is required to achieve desired outcomes. “Communications is foundational to digital success, driving improved collaboration and improving the customer experience, and cloud has become the new operating model for digital businesses,” said Zeus Kerravala, Founder & Principal Analyst, ZK Research. “For business leaders digitally transforming their communications via the cloud, it is important they find solutions that fit their workflows and a solution provider that offers a range of options. Avaya OneCloud offers the broadest selection of cloud options across every segment, and Avaya’s cloud transformation program will help organisations find the right solution that fits their unique requirements.” Avaya OneCloud solutions for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) and Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS), provide organisations of all sizes with a fast, convenient and automated path to the benefits of cloud communications. Avaya currently has 3.7 million cloud seats between its public and private offerings, and continues to see increased adoption of its cloud solutions across a wide range of industries. Avaya OneCloud solutions are available in 34 countries. The company will continue to expand its global footprint in the coming months to meet the growing needs of customers worldwide. -Ends- For more information on the Avaya cloud transformation program, visit the dedicated webpage at: https://news.avaya.com/us-cp-cloud-migration-reg The company is showcasing its cloud solutions, and more, at the Avaya booth #1519, Hall D at Enterprise Connect, March 18–21, in Orlando, FL. #EC19, #ExperiencesThatMatter Additional Resources A Buyer’s Guide to Cloud Communications – ZK Research Read about ‘Why the Cloud Might be Right for You’ Check out our whitepaper, CAPEX vs OPEX: The Financial Implications of Going Cloud About Avaya Businesses are built on the experiences they provide, and every day millions of those experiences are built by Avaya (NYSE: AVYA). For over one hundred years, we’ve enabled organisations around the globe to win – by creating intelligent communications experiences for customers and employees. Avaya builds open, converged and innovative solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration – in the cloud, on-premise or a hybrid of both. To grow your business, we’re committed to innovation, partnership, and a relentless focus on what’s next. We’re the technology company you trust to help you deliver Experiences that Matter. Visit us at www.avaya.com. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This document contains certain “forward-looking statements.” All statements other than statements of historical fact are “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the U.S. federal and state securities laws. 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The factors are discussed in the Company’s Registration Statement on Form 10 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, may cause its actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, please refer to the Company’s filings with the SEC that are available at www.sec.gov. The Company cautions you that the list of important factors included in the Company’s SEC filings may not contain all of the material factors that are important to you. In addition, considering these risks and uncertainties, the matters referred to in the forward-looking statements contained in this report may not in fact occur. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law. Source: Avaya Newsroom Aged Care Property Investors and Financial Wealth Acquisition Tax Expert Mathew Mousa From TLK Partners Kingsgrove 2019-03-20T21:00:18Z aged-care-property-investors-and-financial-wealth-acquisition-tax-expert-mathew-mousa-from-tlk-partners-kingsgrove Private Investors Property Income Has Tax Implications Whether in money or in kind, anything investors are given that’s linked to their rental property, is considered to be income, and the Australian Taxation Office wants to know about it. Property and tax expert TLK Partners’ Matthew Mousa runs through some of the less well-known forms of “rental income” from the Australian Taxation Office. So for tax purposes, rental income only refers to a tenant’s weekly or monthly cheque, right? Wrong, says Matthew. “If investors are renting out a property to earn a return on their investment, any payment received is considered part of their income, whether cash or in kind. And what comes in, must go out – in the form of information on your tax return.” Disclosing straight-up rental payments is par for the course, but what are the other forms of income associated with a rental property? These equally relevant, but less obvious forms of rental income are the ones to be mindful of, he cautions. Payments in kind If an investor let young Joe live on their rental property for free, as long as he keeps the garden looking good and the swimming pool clean, as well as doing small maintenance jobs, their tax situation could be complicated, Matthew explains. The same applies when someone like Chloe, who has parents on a farm, agrees to pay part of her rent in fresh potatoes. Or perhaps Sam, who’s in the premier league, gives the investor season tickets for rugby, in return for accommodation. According to the Australian Tax Office this "income" must be disclosed in these instances. “Investors will have to put a market value on any of these, from the rental value of Joe’s accommodation, to what the spuds or season ticket would have cost and add it to the rental income. Investors may be entitled to deduct some of the young man’s “rent” in terms of the legally deductible parts of the services he performs. But as far as income goes, his “rental” does need to be included to balance the tax books.” Bond monies and tenant insurance pay-outs If investors keep part of a tenant’s security bond because they didn’t pay the rent, or because you have had to repair damage after a tenant moved out, it classifies as income. The same applies if insurance company pays out for rental lost because a tenant left. Reimbursements There are times when the investor receives money in lieu of damage to get repair work done to their property. "If a tenant gives money towards the cost of the repair, again that money must be recorded as income," Matthew says. "This is especially important if the investor wants to claim the repair cost as a deduction," Matthew continued. Government rebates The same principle applies for rebates as it does for reimbursements. If the investor installs a solar system to supply hot water, for instance, the government may provide a rebate. “As the solar system is a depreciating asset for which the investor will want to claim tax relief over a period of some years, they can’t claim for the entire value, if they didn’t actually pay the full amount because of the rebate received,” Matthew says. When the amount claimed exceeds the amount spent In some more complicated cases, as with limited recourse debt arrangements, financing, refinancing and notional loans, investors may not end up paying the full cost of the initial capital expenditure either. However, they may well want to claim deductions for this expenditure on a depreciating asset. In a similar way to the rebate situation, they could end up claiming for money they have not spent. The unpaid section has to be recorded as income, in order to balance a claim for the full expenditure. TLK Partners Wealth Management Companies Kingsgrove, Beverly Hills | Tax Accountant & Agent | Property Adviser are wealth advisers serving enterprises and private individuals who hope to take care of their future through sound financial management. Visit their website or contact them at (02) 8090 4324 for an appointment to discuss your financial management and investment needs. This material is of a general nature only, it does not take into consideration your financial circumstances, needs or objectives. Before making any decision based on this content, you should assess your own circumstances, seek professional advice or contact our office to be directed to the appropriate professional. Whilst all care has been taken in presenting the material neither TLK Partners or its associated entities guarantee that the material is free of error and, the information may have changed since being published. Syndicated by Baxton Media. Statement on Brisbane City Council distributing disposable breathalysers to staff 2019-03-20T03:03:10Z statement-on-brisbane-city-council-distributing-disposable-breathalysers-to-staff Brisbane City Council has purchased 18,000 disposable personal breathalysers for staff to undertake voluntary testing after lunch or the morning after a heavy night of drinking. https://www.facebook.com/couriermail/posts/10156704673552702 Irwandy Tan, CEO of Andatech, says the amount spent on disposable units, which may have been up to $50,000, could have been better spent on wall-mounted and personal breathalysers to provide a long-term solution. Andatech has the largest number of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, workplaces and hospitality venues. Mr Tan said Brisbane City Council and any other workplace/venue can install a wall-mounted breathalyser to determine accurate readings of employees’ BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) to three decimal places. “While many workplaces conduct random alcohol and drug testing, providing a voluntary system where employees can check themselves at any time, allows employees to be responsible for their actions, which is a good thing.” The other suggestion from Irwandy Tan is that for the same amount of money, Brisbane City Council could have purchased around 160 personal breathalysers that employees could take with them to lunches and meetings so they could test themselves before they return to work. “For the Council’s investment, I believe a better option would have been a mix of wall mounted units and hand-held personal breathalysers that come with removable mouthpieces. “Once the units have been purchased, the only other cost is calibration of the fuel cell technology to ensure ongoing accuracy and the purchase of more mouthpieces. “The other concern with having 18,000 disposable units is that they will all end up in landfill,” he added. Ends For more comments please contact: Mr Irwandy Tan, Director and CEO, Andatech. T: 03 8899 6900 M: 0400 338 300 E: irwandy@andatech.com.au https://www.andatech.com.au/ About Andatech: Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, workplaces, hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of up to 9 drug groups, providing error-free results. Andatech also has a distribution channel offering consumer safety products and air quality products include dehumidifiers, air purifiers and humidifiers. https://www.andatech.com.au/ Media enquiries: Wendy McWilliams, WMC PR, T: 03 9803 2588 E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au Dell Boomi helps University of Melbourne to cloud-enable its integrations and transition to Smarter Campuses 2019-03-20T01:39:52Z dell-boomi-helps-university-of-melbourne-to-cloud-enable-its-integrations-and-transition-to-smarter-campuses Sydney, Australia – March 19, 2019 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) has announced it has been contracted by the University of Melbourne (UoM) to enable the coexistence of the institute’s 700 applications using the Boomi integration platform. Boomi has helped the university create a centralised data synchronisation hub that provides granular visibility into data quality and has subsequently accelerated the roll-out of new services. The real-time availability of this critical information will help UoM transform its facilities into smart campuses powered by the Internet of Things (IoT). UoM provides education to more than 50,000 students enrolled across its seven campuses. Its vast set of applications – spanning everything from a Financial and Employee System (FES) to Student Management Systems (SMS) and its online Learning Management Systems (LMS), as well as a slew of specialty systems – are part of a hybrid environment. UoM deployed the Boomi integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) to link up its IT environment. Boomi is a only truly cloud-based integration provider and was selected for its ability to support a diverse organisation. The university is using the Boomi Master Data Hub (MDH) as the foundation for its data synchronisation. These comprehensive capabilities are managed through Boomi’s easy-to-use interface which provides full visibility over and control of all information flowing through the platform. Having established a modern integration framework, UoM has been able to commence its transition to smart campuses. Critical to this project is space utilisation, and so the university is in the process of installing smart sensors in selected buildings. Boomi will collect the data generated by these sensors and transfer it to the smart campus data repository, along with information from other relevant applications. These insights will allow UoM to determine how and when facilities are being used in order to optimise space and other student services. “Data consistency is a major challenge for organisations investing in digital transformation – especially in an industry like higher education where student attrition and policy issues place constant pressure on Australian universities to demonstrate the outcomes they can deliver,” said Nick Lambrou, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand at Boomi. “With the Boomi platform at the core of its applications tying all data together, UoM has developed the comprehensive scaffolding it needs to drive its digital evolution, allowing it to introduce new services sooner, while preparing its facilities for the next phase of its growth strategy.” About Dell Boomi Boomi, an independent business unit of Dell, quickly and easily unites everything in your digital ecosystem so you can achieve better business outcomes, faster. Boomi’s intelligent, flexible, scalable platform accelerates your business results by linking your data, systems, applications, processes and people. Harnessing the power of the cloud to unify everything inside and outside of a business, Boomi gives more than 8,200 organizations the agility to lead the future. For more information, visit http://www.boomi.com. Special note: Statements in this material that relate to future results, future hiring, and future events or investment are forward-looking statements and are based on Boomi’s current expectations. In some cases, you can identify these statements by such forward-looking words as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “confidence,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “should,” “will” and “would,” or similar expressions. Actual results, hiring, customer trends, and events in future periods may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements because of a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, including the challenge of finding and onboarding new personnel, marketplace trends, ongoing management attention to the market, the uncertainties associated with technology changes and the development and release of new technology. Boomi and Dell Technologies assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Avaya Deepens Integration With Google Cloud To Provide Powerful AI Enhancing Customer Experience 2019-03-19T23:47:15Z avaya-deepens-integration-with-google-cloud-to-provide-powerful-ai-enhancing-customer-experience Sydney, Australia – March 19, 2019 – Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE: AVYA), a global leader in solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration, today announced further integration with Google Cloud Contact Centre artificial intelligence (AI) to provide better experiences for customers and a more efficient workforce, taking full advantage of the powerful artificial intelligence capabilities of both companies. Recognised as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Contact Center1, Avaya extends its leadership in leveraging AI to improve customer experience with more personalised, intelligent and insightful interactions. This includes embedding Google’s machine learning within Avaya conversation services powering the contact centre, enabling easy integration of AI capabilities regardless of channel, promoting a consistent and intelligent experience for customers and delivering true omnichannel experiences with AI. Together, Avaya and Google Cloud are providing customers with increased flexibility, efficiency and scalability in deploying powerful and simple communication and collaboration solutions that improve the customer journey. Avaya IX Contact Centre is an AI-enhanced, omnichannel solution including voice, email, chat and mobile communications to make customer engagement a competitive advantage that drives growth and brand preference. Avaya and Google are innovating in a number of key areas, including: Virtual Agents – Human-like automated Bots which seamlessly interact with customers, offloading the live agents’ utilisation until the optimal time and then transferring all context gathered to the agent. Now customers can decide when and how to engage bots throughout the interaction. And the Avaya platform captures the intent, actions and ultimate disposition of each interaction in real-time. Through this rich data, Avaya AI can be applied to decide the next best action in future customer engagement. Agent Assist – Provides superior customer experience by continuously delivering contextually relevant knowledge base to agents based on real time conversational analysis–for BOTH voice and text-based interactions. Avaya AI algorithms can be applied to Google Contact Centre AI to determine the next best action by the agent, delivering the right information and reducing customer friction – while increasing agent satisfaction and contact centre efficiency. Conversational Topic Modelling – An unsupervised learning tool designed to uncover key topic areas that customers have been contacting the contact centre about, and abstracting relevant information relating to how topics are articulated. Google Topic Modelling combined with Avaya AI enables agents to leverage real-time visibility of topics with each conversation turn. Through this valuable insight, recommended responses and best actions can be uniquely tailored to each part of the conversation to drive desired outcomes. Avaya is enhancing the customer experience by strengthening these areas through integration of Google Cloud APIs with key elements of Avaya’s contact centre infrastructure. Additionally, Avaya’s browser-based desktop is designed to easily connect with applications and Google Contact Centre AI is seamlessly incorporated in the agent user experience. “Partnering with Avaya helps us deliver on our goal to make the contact centre experience easier and more efficient,” said Rajen Sheth, Director of Product Management at Google Cloud. “We’re excited to work with Avaya so enterprises can keep customers happy with faster call resolution, and we look forward to building on this partnership as technology and customer’s expectations evolve.” Avaya and Google’s unique collaboration offers a differentiated contact centre solution with a simpler, but more efficient and architecturally superior approach via native gRPC integration for voice. This will enable Avaya IX Contact Centre customers to easily integrate AI providers like Google Cloud and infuse AI capabilities regardless of channel, for consistent omnichannel experiences. Avaya IX Contact Centre solutions are capable of maintaining an awareness of all events, including the sentiment, suggestions and resolution, creating a data lake source for future machine learning processing that generates increasingly impactful results. “We continue to expand our AI-enabled solutions as well as our cloud offerings for customers ranging from small-medium business to the largest global enterprises, and further collaboration with Google is providing additional capabilities to augment the innovation,” said Chris McGugan, Avaya Senior Vice President, Solutions & Technology. “By bringing these innovations to market for Avaya customers and partners, we enable them to make every customer interaction more meaningful and insightful, and more productive for their businesses.” Avaya pioneered the integration of AI capabilities into contact centre communications solutions, and has led development and investment in a number of key areas: Effortless Self-Service: With the power of AI, you can deliver great self-service experiences getting your customer the right information at the right time. Agent Assistance and Productivity: Empower agents with AI-driven guidance, that includes relevant content, suggested next-actions, and real-time coaching to stay ahead of the customer engagement. Smart Matching: Leverage advanced machine learning models to pair the best agent with each customer interaction. Smart Interactions: With powerful AI technologies, you can create smart, conversational interactions that yield improved business results. Empowered Agents: Agents are empowered by AI-driven guidance for content and suggested actions. Summarisation tools help agents expedite after-call processes. Simplified Operations: Reduce complexity for customers and agents alike by using AI models to select a self-service experience, automate a process, or pair with the best possible agent -Ends- The company is showcasing these solutions, and more, at the Avaya booth #1519, Hall D at Enterprise Connect, March 18–21, in Orlando, FL. About Avaya Businesses are built on the experiences they provide, and every day millions of those experiences are built by Avaya (NYSE:AVYA). For over one hundred years, we’ve enabled organisations around the globe to win – by creating intelligent communications experiences for customers and employees. Avaya builds open, converged and innovative solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration – in the cloud, on-premise or a hybrid of both. To grow your business, we’re committed to innovation, partnership, and a relentless focus on what’s next. We’re the technology company you trust to help you deliver Experiences that Matter. 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In addition, considering these risks and uncertainties, the matters referred to in the forward-looking statements contained in this report may not in fact occur. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law. Source: Avaya Newsroom 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 Traffic Management Safety From DexSafe in Australia & NZ 2019-03-18T06:08:13Z traffic-management-safety-from-dexsafe-in-australia-amp-nz DexSafe are launching into and can now provide site visits to assist clients with their traffic management safety anywhere in Australia and New Zealand. DexSafe have tools available that can assist companies with their hazard and risk assessments and then they can provide feedback on recommendations from their product range to help eliminate, isolate or minimize the risks.  They also offer a fully comprehensive solution, right from concept and design through to installation in Australia and New Zealand, using their specific range of safety barriers, starting with the ForkSafe barrier.  The ForkSafe barrier is a quality engineered barrier suitable for factories. The barrier has been designed to provide for ease of installation, safety of pedestrians, and a deterrent for forklifts and other mobile plant inside factories. A warehouse is a unique environment which combines machinery, people and large amounts of product, and this mixture can, at times, create a hazardous work environment. Because of this, warehouses must consider unique safety procedures and guidelines.  The ForkSafe barrier system is fully modular, making it suitable for most applications where impact protection is required. Posts are available in three different heights, and rails can be cut to length. Whether you need to do short or long runs, the ForkSafe Barrier system is the solution. Modular components make custom and tailored solutions easy.  The new Crumple Zone Technology sets the ForkSafe barrier system apart, and their unique post is designed to absorb the impact in such a way that reduces the chance of ‘shock’ to the forklift driver, and also protects your concrete floor from ‘blowing out’. All components of the ForkSafe Barrier System are fully replaceable should any damage occur, and their ForkSafe Barrier System can be integrated with the PedSafe barrier system which we will feature next month, so for more information on forksafe,  spansafe and pedsafe please go to http://www.dexsafe.com/ . Gartner Says Outdated Technology Pushing Australian Workers Out The Door 2019-03-13T02:36:58Z gartner-says-outdated-technology-pushing-australian-workers-out-the-door Organisations must find a way to address the needs of modern workers as employees grow increasingly frustrated with workplaces that expect them to work with outdated, slow and complex technology, according to Gartner, Inc. Technology now ranks in the top 10 reasons Australian employees will leave their current role, according to Gartner’s 4Q18 Global Talent Monitor. The data reveals technology rose eight places from 3Q18 to come in ninth on the list of key attrition drivers for Australian employees. “People have become so used to advanced technology in their day-to-day lives, that they expect the same thing from their workplace. However, businesses are having a hard time matching the speed at which technology is adopted at home,” said Aaron McEwan, HR Advisory Leader at Gartner. “It’s not surprising that employees are becoming frustrated when they find themselves wasting valuable time navigating complicated systems and processes that utilise slow and old technology. It’s unproductive and inefficient for everyone involved,” said Mr. McEwan. Compensation has also become increasingly important for Australian employees, rising four places to the No. 3 reason Australians cite for leaving their jobs. Alternatively, for the first time in five years, compensation is the third driver of attraction for Australian workers when considering a new position. “The combination of expectations over compensation and the tools and tech employees are given to do their job often feel like a representation of an individual’s value or worth to the company. Feeling valued by your employer is intrinsically linked to the employee experience and really impacts how a person feels about their job,” said Mr. McEwan. These factors may have already hit the willingness of Australian employees to go above and beyond at work as discretionary effort levels fell 4.5 per cent year over year – from 21 percent in 4Q17 to 16.5 percent in 4Q18 (see Table 1). Highlights from the 4Q 2018 Global Talent Monitor Talent Monitor Australian International Average High Intent to Stay 38.8% 32.5% High Discretionary Effort 16.5% 14.4% Job Opportunities 49.7 51.1 Drivers of Attraction Work-Life Balance Location Compensation Compensation Work-Life Balance Stability Drivers of Attrition Future Career Opportunity People Management Compensation Future Career Opportunity Compensation People Management Source: Gartner (February 2019) According to Mr. McEwan, businesses can no longer ignore the needs of their employees, and must start thinking of their workers like they do their customers; making it a priority to offer a personalised, seamless and efficient experience. “For organisations, the answer doesn’t lie in allowing staff to bring their own devices or offering more money. It’s recognizing that these are just a part of the broader employee experience,” Mr. McEwan said. “This means understanding and focusing on what employees’ value from their experiences with the company. Rather than waste time implementing policies, systems and processes that have no impact on how employees feel about their company, organisations need to talk to employees to determine how to retain current and attract new employees.” Gartner advises organisations to tailor employee experiences to suit the needs, desires and goals of the individual rather than the collective. By understanding what employees value the most, HR leaders can positively impact the employee experience and lessen the desire for them to seek alternative employment opportunities. Global Talent Monitor data is drawn from the larger Gartner Global Labour Market Survey which is made up of more than 22,000 employees in 40 countries, including 848 in Australia this quarter. The survey is conducted quarterly and is reflective of market conditions during the quarter preceding publication. About Gartner ReimagineHR Conference Gartner experts will provide additional insight into the labour and talent issues at the Gartner ReimagineHR Conference, August 6-7 in Sydney, Australia. Gartner ReimagineHR is the premier event for HR leaders around the world. Join Gartner and senior HR executives to hear key insights and learn actionable strategies necessary to support organisational performance. Gartner ReimagineHR will also be held September 18-19 in London, and October 28-30 in Florida. Follow news and updates from these events on Twitter using #GartnerHR. About Gartner for HR Leaders Gartner for HR Leaders brings together the best, relevant content approaches across Gartner to offer individual decision makers strategic business advice on the mission-critical priorities that cut across the HR function. Additional information is available at www.gartner.com/en/human-resources/human-resources-leaders. Best Affordable Cryolipolysis Fat Loss Cosmetic Clinic in Wollongong Uses CLATUU System For Great Results In The Illawarra 2019-03-08T07:08:39Z best-affordable-cryolipolysis-fat-loss-cosmetic-clinic-in-wollongong-uses-clatuu-system-for-great-results-in-the-illawarra Australians are taking to the idea of using different temperatures to change their appearance and win the battle of the bulge with a growing number of Australians are opting to get really cool in order to look hot by using fat freezing treatments such as those offered by aesthetic clinics like Platinum Face and Body Clinic in Wollongong, NSW.Giving Fat Deposits the Cold ShoulderPlatinum owners Jacinda McKay and highly qualified cosmetic injections specialist and RN Shelley Stevens, have chosen the freezing approach to shape and contour the body. It does this by eradicating stubborn fat cells which don’t disappear easily, even with careful diet and regular exercise. And it does so without surgery, anaesthetics, or too much downtime, using a medical aesthetic device which changes the temperature of fat cells in the body.From a sweet beginning when scientists noticed that eating ice blocks tended to produce dimples in the cheeks of children, further research and development has resulted in a treatment now called Cryolipolysis (or Cryo for short) and the invention of aesthetic machines that can provide far more extensive results than an ice block. More than seven million procedures have since been carried out globally. The procedure works by specifically targeting the fat cells, and freezing them without any damage to the surrounding cells. The cells killed in this way are then collected and processed by the body before being permanently eliminated over a period of time.How Cryolipolysis Devices WorkCryolipolysis devices are aimed at treating specific areas where obvious stubborn fat deposits mar an otherwise almost ideal body contour. These deposits can take the form of unsightly love handles, muffin tops, bulges on the abdomen, outer hips and back bulges, or flabby inner arms and thighs.And it’s important to remember, that not all devices are created equal! If you are considering cryolipolysis, choose high standard technologies that have been clinically proven to have high efficiency. Look for real-life testimonials (by real people not paid celebrities), clinical trials by medical experts (these should be documented and easily available using a Google search), before and after photos and word of mouth as evidence to support the claims of efficiency. The last thing you want is to spend money on inefficient fat freezing treatments that yield no results! The state of the art CLATUU device used at Platinum Face and Body uses the worlds only patented 360 degree cooling applicators, and has two handsets. This can lessen the number of treatments needed through providing more thorough treatment in any given area, or by enabling two areas to be treated simultaneously.Cryolipolysis Aids to Diet ProgrammesCryolipolysis is not intended to be seen as a replacement for weight loss programmes, exercise, or a healthy lifestyle, but rather as a supplemental process which increases their effectiveness by doing away with pockets of fat that are extremely difficult to remove. Nor is it a quick fix, as results can take one to two months before really starting to show, and continue to become even more noticeable for 30-60 days after that. Additional treatments, when required to treat new areas or extend the work already done, are usually carried out at two monthly intervals.Where the strength of this type of treatment lies, according to the Platinum owners, is in Cryo’s long-lasting effects, as the dead fat cells are eliminated from the body permanently. It also involves little or no downtime, and pain levels are restricted to very slight discomfort sometimes felt at the initial stages of the treatment.Further InformationTo find out more about Platinum Face and Body Clinic’s services, reach Shelley and her experienced team by visiting the Non-Surgical, Medical Grade Aesthetic Treatments For The Face and Body | Platinum Face and Body Clinic website to book a consultation online or call +612 4200 9468.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Superannuation Tax Estate Planning Private Wealth Financial Planning Sydney TLK Partners 2019-03-06T22:00:26Z superannuation-tax-estate-planning-private-wealth-financial-planning-sydney-tlk-partners Tax hikes and changes and an ever-rising cost of living paint a gloomy financial picture for all Australians. But it’s even more dismal for current retirees, and those looking at leaving the workforce soon. TLK Partners financial planner, Len Elias, says finding ways for them to keep financially afloat for the rest of their lives is becoming increasingly difficult. And it seems like Superannuation can’t do it alone. How Superannuation Works Australian Superannuation is often considered one of the best government retirement programs globally. Since 1992, it has entitled Australians who earn over $450 a month (before tax) to a mandatory Superfund contribution from their employers for their retirement. The current contribution rate is 9.5% is calculated according to ordinary time earnings, and employees are encouraged to boost it with their own salary sacrifice. Superannuation funds are accessible at 60 (the Commonwealth preservation age) for those who retire permanently, or at 65 for those who still want to work. The funds can be accessed as a lump sum or as an annual pension payout, but many Australians are not rushing to do so. Financial concerns have led to increasing numbers of Australians over the age of 45 are putting off retirement till 70 or later. How Super is the Annuation Fund? ASFA, the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia claim that, on average, during the 2013/14 financial year, men had a balance of a little under $300,000 in their fund at retirement age. Women had less than $150,000, and households averaged around $355,000. Since then stock markets have been both bearish and bullish, inflation has risen and not come down, and there have been changes in the tax situation. By the 2015/2016 year those average balances had dropped to $270,710 for men and risen to $157,049 for women. These averages fall far short of the 2018 figures AFSA suggests as reasonable starting balances for retirement when, and only when, retirees own their homes. The association puts the amount a single person would need to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle at $545,000 , and couples at $640, 000. And it claims $70,000 should provide a so-called modest retirement assuming that the state’s Age Pension and other supplements take care of most of the usual expenditures. But for how long? How Long Will Your Super Last? AFSA’s calculations set couples’ living costs at just under $61,000 a year, and singles at a little over $43,317, for what AFSA dubs a “comfortable” lifestyle. This allows for some extras like home maintenance and small improvements, as well as an occasional holiday, and it takes into account that retirees’ lifestyles change as they age, and expenses shift from activities and vacations to medical and caring needs. But with that annual budget, the balance AFSA recommends for retirement will see a single retiree’s funds run dry after about 12 years, and that of couples after just over 10 years, if not bolstered by partial Age Pensions or other investments. Len Elias pointed out covering the 22 years between retirement at 60 and the Australian average life expectancy of 82 years, it would appear opening balances would therefore have to sit at over $1,28 million for couples, and about a million for singles. In the so-called modest category, which allows for basics only, the recommended starting capital of $70 000 will only fund the calculated singles’ budget of $27,648 for 2,5 years, and the couple’s $39,775 for less than two. Fortunately, a full Age Pension (just under $24,000 a year for singles, and a combined $36 000 for a couple) would stretch the balances, should the retiree be eligible for it. Clearly, while it provides a base which could support a tightly-budgeted retirement in the short term, planning and saving is needed to stretch that funding over what could be a long retirement. Len Elias is a partner at TLK Partners, a company that takes care of the wealth management and accounting needs of ordinary folk, small and medium businesses, and high value individuals. TLK Partners, Chartered Accountants and Wealth Management Company website, or call (02) 8090 4324. This material is of a general nature only, it does not take into consideration your financial circumstances, needs or objectives. Before making any decision based on this content, you should assess your own circumstances, seek professional advice or contact our office to be directed to the appropriate professional. Whilst all care has been taken in presenting the material neither TLK Partners or its associated entities guarantee that the material is free of error and, the information may have changed since being published. Syndicated by Baxton Media. Adrenaline Pumping Gold Coast Holiday Activities From Cheap and Affordable Gold Coast Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies in Queensland 2019-03-05T22:02:19Z adrenaline-pumping-gold-coast-holiday-activities-from-cheap-and-affordable-gold-coast-airport-car-hire-rentals-companies-in-queensland With holiday time almost here, thousands of Australians will be streaming to the Gold Coast. Some may just want to chill on the beaches or stroll through stores, but an increasing number are set on letting adrenaline pump out the cobwebs after a year at the office desk, according to Darryl Essington-Wilson, CEO of Gold Coast Family Car Rentals. He sees the Gold Coast adrenaline and extreme activities, already very popular, becoming increasingly so during the Gold Coast’s current tourism industry boom, and the venues and areas where they take place may well be the most visited destinations for those driving his rental cars this holiday season. Choosing the Hard Way Visitors can enjoy their holidays the hard way, or the easy way, says Darryl. They can take in dramatic views of scenic islands and beaches from hot air balloons as the sun rises or sets, or take scenic flights in seaplanes or helicopters. They can also go the kayaking route, take exhilarating hikes and participate in many other outdoor activities. However, more visitors are tending to go for the challenge of high speeds, scary heights or super physical activity, whether it’s on or in the water, up in the sky, on solid ground or somewhere in-between. And, according to Darryl, the Gold Coast is making sure that the toughest challenge for visitors will be in choosing which of the many options available to enjoy first. Up, Up and Away Rather than settling for a seaplane or balloon, those chasing the adrenaline buzz may choose to accept the challenge of tandem sky-diving (the first minute of which consists of free-fall) from 14,000ft above Kirra Beach at Coolangatta; or see what it’s like free-falling the whole way in an indoor wind tunnel at Surfers Paradise. For those who want to hang around between sky and ground, Darryl suggests heading for the trees. The Canyon Flyer guided tour at Mt Tamborine sees brave travellers suspended on zip lines 60m high above the Cedar Creek Canyon, and zipping along at speeds of up to 70km/h. The Tree Top Challenge at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary can occupy up to 3.5 hours of adrenaline pumping time for the adventurous ones in the family, whilst others spend their time enjoying the many animal encounters that the Sanctuary is famous for. Darryl says travellers can alsoget the feeling of being suspended in the air by going parasailing (tandem or alone) behind a powerful boat while surrounded by the views of Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast Islands. Hitting the Water A high-speed Jet-Boat ride will certainly add a splash of excitement to the day. It starts at Surfers Paradise and speeds along the Gold Coast Broadwater, complete with 360-degree spins and other adrenaline-inducing tricks. There’s also the chance to fly about 10m off the water and at a speed of up to 45km/h while powered by a jetpack or enjoy the jet-propelled Flyboard experience both on and above the water. Don’t Forget the Kids The Gold Coast has plenty of activities for kids, says Darryl. Many of the theme parks that are becoming synonymous with Gold Coast tourism, like Sea World, Movie World, Dreamworld, andWet‘n’Wild water world, and Game Over offer a selection of rides, thrills and activities both outdoors and indoors. Youngsters can also go whizzing around on wheels on dry ground; or walk, turn, run and slide across the water inside giant water balls at the Royal Pines Resort in Benowa, near Surfers Paradise. These adrenaline-pumping activities found at Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta and Mt Tamborine are all within easy reach of Gold Coast city in a rental car from Gold Coast Family Car Rentals, with travelling times of no more than 30 minutes. And booking one of Darryl’s cars is just as easy - To find one to travel in the Gold Coast area, and particularly from Coolangatta to Surfers Paradise, and including the Gold Coast Airport, make sure to book onlinewith Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged. Syndicated by Baxton Media. Manheim announces sophisticated ‘Market Intelligence’ capability – introducing new Used Vehicle Value Index 2019-03-05T04:08:11Z manheim-announces-sophisticated-market-intelligence-capability-introducing-new-used-vehicle-value-index Manheim Australia, a leading automotive auction house recently unveiled a sophisticated new Market Intelligence software platform, which leverages the power of Cox Automotive’s rich database of over 10 million transactions per annum, data science and valuations expertise to help its automotive customers make effective product and pricing decisions in the Australian market.   Announcing the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index   As part of the Manheim Market Intelligence project, the team has worked to create a Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index for the Australian market, which shows trends in wholesale prices going back to 2006.   Working with Manheim’s global Chief Economist’s team they have established an Australian equivalent of the well-known US Index – a long trusted gauge of upswings and downturns in used vehicle prices that is commonly referenced in the Wall Street Journal among other mainstream publications.   The Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index (MUVVI) is updated monthly using sales data from Manheim, which captures data from their extensive wholesale used-vehicle marketplace and auction network. By applying statistical analysis to its database of millions of used vehicle transactions, Manheim has developed a reliable measurement of used-vehicle prices that is independent of underlying shifts in the characteristics of vehicles being sold.   The MUVVI will help Manheim to have richer discussions with customers and prospects about the state of the used car market and where prices might be headed in the future. For instance, if a customer wanted to understand the impact of an economic shock on used car prices, Manheim can analyse what happened to prices during similar events in the past. The index also gives them the ability to manage buyer and seller expectations by highlighting the apparent seasonality in used vehicle values, historical past performance and trend lines. It is also helpful when it comes to assisting customers with setting residual values.   Product Manager for Data and Market Intelligence, Brenton Barnes commented, “Our new Index has a number of useful applications for the automotive industry. It has been useful for validating the opinions buyers and sellers have about the used car market and in some cases addressing misconceptions. For example, from time to time we hear comments like “used car prices increase during a recession”. The theory goes that in a recession, would-be new car buyers settle for a used car or demonstrator – pushing up prices. The reality is, during the global financial crisis all asset prices suffered. We found used vehicle prices fell 17% below their long run average.”   “The index has also been useful in highlighting trends in major vehicle segments. For instance, the index was useful in measuring spikes in sales prices for large vehicles at around the time of the Ford and Holden plant closures. As evident in Figure 1, when Ford ceased domestic manufacturing in October 2016 large car prices spiked to 19% above their long run average and when the Holden closed their South Australian plant in October 2017 prices rose to 20% above the long run average before normalising again.”   Manheim will commence publishing results of the Index each quarter. The team has also been able to expose seasonality in used car prices. The team identified that vehicles sold in the first half of the year were more likely to achieve above-average prices. In particular, vehicles sold in April achieve above-annual average prices 92% of the time (12 out of 13 years) with the only exception being the period effected by the global financial crisis. For more information or to request a demonstration, please visit mmi.manheim.com.au.   Ends/..   For further information, please contact: Mathew McAuley – Manheim Public Relations | Mobile: +61 419 333 696 Email: mathew.mcauley@manheim.com.au   About Manheim Market Intelligence Team   Manheim’s Market Intelligence team has a mature data science capability, which it has leveraged to develop a new digital portal customers can use to track the performance of the wholesale market and view wholesale price predictions for the most popular new models. The team also provides custom valuations, consulting and advice on matters relating to the used car market.   The team also worked with Manheim's global Chief Economist's team to establish an Australian equivalent of the US Used Vehicle Value Index - a trusted gauge of upswings and downturns in used vehicle prices commonly referenced in the Wall Street Journal and CNBC in the US. Pioneer of data driven behavioural marketing Named Victorian Telstra Business Women's Finalist 2019-03-04T06:57:28Z pioneer-of-data-driven-behavioural-marketing-named-victorian-telstra-business-woman-finalist iGoDirect’s Pat Dalton has been named as a Victorian state finalist in the 2019 Telstra Business Women's Awards. For this former farm girl, who always believed she had nothing going for her, her success over the past two decades has proven “that if you are determined enough almost anything is possible.” “I have long believed that the individual who has a dream and wants it badly enough can overcome almost any man-made limitation,” Dalton said. “From my early teens I dreamed of building a successful business from scratch that would stretch me in a field I was passionate about.” Dalton is one of the finalists in the awards that acknowledge women who challenged the status quo, do things their own way, and have achieved success in business.   “As a Telstra Business Women finalist, I'm proud to stand with women who are doing things differently. We're challenging workplace cultures dominated by out-dated norms and together we are driving innovation and diversity across Australia. “For me, business is not just about business, it's about doing things better. At iGoDirect Group, we're privileged to have delivered campaigns for over 2,000 Australian brands through direct mail, reward programs and now, through our most recently acquired platform, Core.” Starting iGoDirect in a spare room of her Melbourne home 20 years ago, Dalton has built a multimillion-dollar ‘customer engagement’ empire that provides direct and digital marketing services and a range of loyalty programs to major Australian companies. “After working for a large company, and being mightily frustrated, I took a leap of faith and joined the self-employed. Today, I own my own company at the heart of an expanding industry that provides the key to consumer behaviour in all its complexity,” Dalton said. “Large organisations can market endlessly, but when they don’t understand their consumer behaviour; they’re investing blindly. I created something that takes the goggles off. “We’ve made our mark by uncovering for our clients’ hidden opportunities to give them quick, profitable wins; helping them build long-term client relationships, all driven by hard facts. “Instead of trying to market generic solutions, true customer engagement comes from understanding the pain points and data, and then offering flexible solutions. Every industry has the same problems; it’s the solutions that have to be different. “What we do is simple – we help our clients talk to theirs about something they’re interested in, and then reward them with relevant offers; the result is a loyal customer who is personally engaged with the client’s brand. This relationship helps us gather insightful data about their spending behaviour, which we analyse and use to develop highly-targeted multi-channel marketing campaigns.” With iGoDirect’s recent purchase of Core Promotional Platform, along with existing reward distribution company, Rewards Come True, and the partnership with insights company Pivot Insight, Dalton is positioned to take advantage of changing markets to fast track growth. “There are several ways to grow; you can do it organically or through acquisitions. We came across Core five months ago. It compliments what we do and will see us become a dominate player in the next 12 months,” she said.