The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-01-16T23:26:45Z Avaya Announces Enhancements to its Avaya Desktop Experience 2019-01-16T23:26:45Z avaya-announces-enhancements-to-its-avaya-desktop-experience SANTA CLARA, Calif. – January 15, 2019 – Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE:AVYA) today announced enhancements to its Avaya Desktop Experience portfolio of smart business devices, including a new line of professional-grade communication headsets, expanded Broadsoft UC feature support, enhancements to its Essential Experience J100 Series, and the availability of Device Enrollment Service 2.0. The new portfolio of L100 series professional grade headsets initially includes five corded headsets, with cordless headsets available in the near future. These headsets enable unique AcousticEdge™ technology to provide the maximum audio experience while protecting employees from long-term headset usage issues. These headsets are engineered to work particularly for Contact Center agents, with an innovative, quick disconnect option and supervisor listen-in capabilities. See these headsets in action here. Building on the November 2018 expansion of its Open SIP smart devices portfolio, Avaya has significantly increased the ability of the Essential Experience J100 Series of smart business desktop devices to support Broadsoft UC features, enabling UCaaS service providers to add Avaya Open SIP to their UCaaS offerings on a broad scale. Additionally, Avaya introduced a new full color, high resolution Essential Experience J100 Expansion Module that can be attached to Essential Experience J169 or J179 IP Phones to provide an expanded display. This module can be used for administration and reception positions to view the status of lines being monitored and supports Avaya SIP, H.323, and Open SIP architectures. Avaya also announced that the Essential Experience J179 now supports Bluetooth connectivity. Also introduced is a new 2.0 version of Avaya’s Device Enrollment Service (DES), which facilitates zero-touch provisioning for smart desktop device installation. New capabilities include support of the G14 languages, re-enrollment support, notification and data export enhancements, and security enhancements. Avaya’s DES has been specifically designed to reduce deployment cost and help large service providers scale their cloud business faster. "Avaya continues to make significant strides in revolutionizing the desktop space and advancing the Open SIP market,” said Ard Verboon, General Manager of the Devices portfolio, Avaya. “With the availability of support for Broadsoft advanced features combined with the large breadth of the Avaya Desktop Experience portfolio, Avaya is now a one-stop shop for any smart device that a company may need, and UCaaS providers can now look to Avaya to meet their smart devices needs–from the professional desktop, to campus mobility, to personal and room conferencing, to headsets–as well as industry vertical solutions.” Additional Resources · On January 17th at 10:00am PST, join Alaa Saayed, Frost & Sullivan ICT Industry Director & Fellow and Karen Hong, Avaya Senior Product Manager, Devices as they discuss the Open SIP devices market, ecosystem, and opportunities for UCaaS Service Providers in 2019. · See the Essential Experience J100 series portfolio in action. · Download more information about Avaya’s Open SIP portfolio. 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 organizations 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. These statements may be identified by the use of forward looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," “our vision,” "plan," "potential," "preliminary," "predict," "should," "will," or “would” or the negative thereof or other variations thereof or comparable terminology and include, but are not limited to expected feature releases and statements about future products, expected cash savings and statements about growth, exchange listing and improved operational metrics. The Company has based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While the Company believes these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond its control. 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 atwww.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 Avaya A.I.Connect Ecosystem Expands with New Partners and Offers 2019-01-16T22:48:42Z avaya-a-i-connect-ecosystem-expands-with-new-partners-and-offers Santa Clara, Calif. – January 16, 2019 – Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE: AVYA) today announced further expansion of its unique A.I.Connect ecosystem with new partners and partner offers, including an increased focus on incorporating new Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities into its Unified Communications (UC) solutions. Knowmail and over.ai are the newly designated A.I.Connect partners with solutions aligned to Avaya’s overall UC and collaboration strategies. They join the broader Avaya ecosystem of companies collaborating on the use of AI and machine learning technologies for Unified Communications and Contact Center, including Verint, with whom Avaya recently expanded its partnership inclusive of additional AI-powered and Cloud solutions. Avaya’s vision for AI in Unified Communications includes strengthening workforce productivity in four key ways: Effortless Prioritization – enabling employees to deal with massive amounts of content such as email, IM, messages, and calls by intelligently prioritizing and responding to the most pressing items first. Smart Communications – leveraging presence to enable “best choice first” and anticipating optimal channels for communications with peers and workgroups Streamlined Interactions – offering timely suggestions and voice activation of communication services, simplifying manual or point-and-click interfaces required by many different communications channel choices today. Optimized Decisions – Providing personalized visibility to complete, relevant data sets that is all too often lost from view or difficult to find. “Avaya’s deep expertise in creating communications and collaboration experiences for enterprise workers leverages AI capabilities for natural language understanding and personal assistants. With the addition of new AI solutions from companies like Knowmail, over.ai and others, our A.I.Connect initiative continues to expand the ecosystem helping to provide optimal AI capabilities for strengthening workforce engagement across omnichannel communications,” said Eric Rossman, Avaya Vice President, Alliances and Partnerships. “Avaya continues to aggressively position AI as a critical element of both the UC and Contact Center strategies offered to their clients,” said Zeus Kerravala, Principal Analyst at ZK Research. “Building off the long-standing success of their DevConnect Program, Avaya’s A.I.Connect initiative allows them to capitalize upon the expertise of their ecosystem for a wide range of use cases, helping enterprises establish early leadership positions through the application of analytical and predictive capabilities enabled by AI and Machine Learning capabilities.” Founded in 2014 with the mission to liberate employees from the agony of information overload, Knowmail supports effortless prioritization by providing a highly secure, personalized AI email productivity capability to Avaya’s Unified Communications clients, offering the user a choice of visual, voice, or mixed experiences. “We’re excited to be part of Avaya’s A.I.Connect ecosystem, and to bring the power of personalized communications to the Avaya customer base,” said Haim Senior, CEO of Knowmail. “Through our relationship, Knowmail and Avaya are capable of delivering a wholly new productivity experience, offering email prioritization by urgency, along with predicted next-best-actions to increase focus, quickly get things done, save time, and stay organized, all within the Avaya Vantage desktop smart phone. This allows professionals more focus and flexibility in their workday, completing urgent tasks even before they can boot and login to their computer in the morning.” over.ai is an AI-enabled voice platform that tackles complex tasks by embracing natural language processing technology and allowing end users to engage naturally, to create a fundamental shift in human-computer interactions. Evolving from point-and-click to listen-and-enable interactions, over.ai will bring voice-enabled AI that streamlines communications tasks on Avaya platforms through listening, understanding and learning from its own environment in real-time. “Enabling organizations to enhance their user experience across every channel will have an enormous impact on productivity and communication,” said Noam Fine, over.ai CEO. “We’re excited to be able to link over.ai’s Voice AI Cognitive Services with Avaya solutions and make this a reality.” In addition, Avaya continues to deepen its overall AI and Cloud strategy for the contact center with an expanded resale agreement with existing A.I.Connect partner Verint. Through this broader arrangement, Avaya customers are now able to obtain powerful AI-enabled solutions that deliver actionable insights across text and speech channels, plus key knowledge management, feedback and online community capabilities directly through Avaya and authorized Avaya channel partners. About A.I. Connect A.I. Connect is a consortium of companies dedicated to supporting and promoting the interoperability and value of artificial intelligence and machine learning within enterprise communications. Established by Avaya in 2017, the initiative creates a community of technology firms who can collaborate on creating the broadest set of technology options of AI capabilities for Avaya customers worldwide to deliver more engaging experiences to their own employees and end customers. More information on A.I.Connect can be found at www.avaya.com/aiconnect. Technology firms interested in joining the A.I.Connect ecosystem can request consideration through aiconnect@avaya.com. 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 organizations 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. These statements may be identified by the use of forward looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," “our vision,” "plan," "potential," "preliminary," "predict," "should," "will," or “would” or the negative thereof or other variations thereof or comparable terminology and include, but are not limited to, expected feature releases, statements about future products, expected cash savings and statements about growth, exchange listing and improved operational metrics. The Company has based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While the Company believes these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond its control. 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, in light of 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 ### Gartner Says Asia Pacific PC Shipments Declined 4.6 Percent in Q4 2018 2019-01-16T05:51:44Z gartner-says-asia-pacific-pc-shipments-declined-4-6-percent-in-q4-2018 Worldwide PC shipments totaled 68.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2018, a 4.3 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2017, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. For the year, 2018 PC shipments surpassed 259.4 million units, a 1.3 percent decline from 2017. Gartner analysts said there were signs for optimism in 2018, but the industry was impacted by two key trends. “Just when demand in the PC market started seeing positive results, a shortage of CPUs (central processing units) created supply chain issues. After two quarters of growth in 2Q18 and 3Q18, PC shipments declined in the fourth quarter,” said Mikako Kitagawa, senior principal analyst at Gartner. “The impact from the CPU shortage affected vendors’ ability to fulfill demand created by business PC upgrades. We expect this demand will be pushed forward into 2019 if CPU availability improves.” “Political and economic uncertainties in some countries dampened PC demand,” Ms. Kitagawa said. “There was even uncertainty in the U.S. — where the overall economy has been strong — among vulnerable buyer groups, such as small and midsize businesses (SMBs). Consumer demand remained weak in the holiday season. Holiday sales are no longer a major factor driving consumer demand for PCs.” The top 3 vendors boosted their share of the global PC market as Lenovo, HP Inc. and Dell accounted for 63 percent of PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2018, up from 59 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017 (see Table 1). Lenovo surpassed HP Inc. to move into the No. 1 position in the global PC market in the fourth quarter of 2018. A major factor for Lenovo’s share gain was credited to a joint venture with Fujitsu formed in May 2018. Lenovo also had a strong quarter in the U.S. The company has recorded three consecutive quarters of double-digit year-over-year shipment growth, despite the stagnant overall market. Table 1. Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q18 (Thousands of Units) Company 4Q18 Shipments 4Q18 Market Share (%) 4Q17 Shipments 4Q17 Market Share (%) 4Q18-4Q17 Growth (%) Lenovo 16,628 24.2 15,697 21.9 5.9 HP Inc. 15,380 22.4 16,092 22.4 -4.4 Dell 10,915 15.9 10,763 15.0 1.4 Apple 4,920 7.2 5,112 7.1 -3.8 ASUS 4,211 6.1 4,716 6.6 -10.7 Acer Group 3,861 5.6 4,726 6.6 -18.3 Others 12,710 18.5 14,590 20.3 -12.9 Total 68,626 100.0 71,696 100.0 -4.3 Notes: Data includes desk-based PCs, notebook PCs and ultramobile premiums (such as Microsoft Surface), but not Chromebooks or iPads (see “Market Definitions and Methodology: PCs, Ultramobiles and Mobile Phones”). All data is estimated based on a preliminary study. Final estimates will be subject to change. The statistics are based on shipments selling into channels. Numbers may not add up to totals shown due to rounding. *Lenovo’s results include Fujitsu units starting in 2Q18 to reflect the joint venture that closed in May 2018. Source: Gartner (January 2019) The fourth quarter of 2018 was a challenging one for HP Inc. The company experienced a shipment decline after four consecutive quarters of growth. HP Inc.’s shipments declined in most key regions, except Asia/Pacific and Japan. Dell registered positive growth as the company outperformed in EMEA and Japan, but it experienced a decline in Asia/Pacific and Latin America. In the U.S., PC shipments totaled 14.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2018, a 4.5 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2017 (see Table 2). Four of the top six vendors experienced a decline in U.S. PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2018. Lenovo’s growth was well above the U.S. average while Dell’s shipments increased slightly compared with a year ago. The overall decline in the U.S. was attributed to weak consumer demand despite holiday season sales as well as SMBs. “The fourth quarter is typically a buying season for small office/home office (SOHO) and small business buyers in the U.S. as they want to use up the untouched budget before the tax year ends,” said Ms. Kitagawa. “Our early indicator showed that SOHO and small business buyers held off on some new PC purchases due to uncertainties around the political and economic conditions.” Table 2. Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q18 (Thousands of Units) Company 4Q18 Shipments 4Q18 Market Share (%) 4Q17 Shipments 4Q17 Market Share (%) 4Q18-4Q17 Growth (%) HP Inc. 4,738 33.4 5,130 34.6 -7.6 Dell 3,645 25.7 3,613 24.3 0.9 Lenovo 2,150 15.2 1,743 11.7 23.4 Apple 1,762 12.4 1,800 12.1 -2.1 Microsoft 472 3.3 542 3.7 -12.9 Acer Group 458 3.2 587 4.0 -21.9 Others 953 6.7 1,430 9.6 -33.3 Total 14,178 100.0 14,843 100.0 -4.5 Notes: Data includes desk-based PCs, notebook PCs and ultramobile premiums (such as Microsoft Surface), but not Chromebooks or iPads. All data is estimated based on a preliminary study. Final estimates will be subject to change. The statistics are based on shipments selling into channels. Source: Gartner (January 2019) PC shipments in EMEA totaled 20.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2018, a 3.8 percent decline year over year. There were some positive signs, such as in Western Europe’s demand for desktops and ultramobiles that fueled SMB shipments, while the government sector also benefited from further Windows 10 renewals. Demand in Russia continued to recover, and some parts of Eastern Europe, such as the Czech Republic and Hungary. However, demand was not strong enough to offset declining shipments to consumers. The Asia/Pacific PC market totaled 24.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2018, a 4.6 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2017. Due to uncertainties of the U.S.-China trade relations, and the volatile equity market, there was cautionary demand, especially among consumers and the SMB segment. In the fourth quarter of 2018, PC shipments in China declined 2.5 percent year over year, but shipments grew 5.6 percent sequentially. Seventh Consecutive Year of Worldwide PC Shipment Decline For the year, worldwide PC shipments totaled 259.4 million units in 2018, a 1.3 percent decrease from 2017 (see Table 3). This was the seventh consecutive year of global PC shipment decline, but it was less steep compared with the past three years. “The majority of the PC shipment decline in 2018 was due to weak consumer PC shipments. Consumer shipments accounted for approximately 40 percent of PC shipments in 2018 compared with representing 49 percent of shipments in 2014,” Kitagawa said. “The market stabilization in 2018 was attributed to consistent business PC growth, driven by Windows 10 upgrade.” Table 3. Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2018 (Thousands of Units) Company 2018 Shipments 2018 Market Share (%) 2017 Shipments 2017 Market Share (%) 2018-2017 Growth (%) Lenovo 58,467 22.5 54,669 20.8 6.9 HP Inc. 56,332 21.7 55,179 21.0 2.1 Dell 41,911 16.2 39,793 15.1 5.3 Apple 18,016 6.9 18,963 7.2 -5.0 Acer Group 15,729 6.1 17,087 6.5 -7.9 ASUS 15,537 6.0 17,952 6.8 -13.5 Others 53,393 20.6 59,034 22.5 -9.6 Total 259,385 100.0 262,676 100.0 -1.3 Notes: Data includes desk-based PCs, notebook PCs and ultramobile premiums (such as Microsoft Surface), but not Chromebooks or iPads. All data is estimated based on a preliminary study. Final estimates will be subject to change. The statistics are based on shipments selling into channels. Source: Gartner (January 2019) These results are preliminary. Final statistics will be available soon to clients of Gartner’s PC Quarterly Statistics Worldwide by Region program. This program offers a comprehensive and timely picture of the worldwide PC market, allowing product planning, distribution, marketing and sales organizations to keep abreast of key issues and their future implications around the globe. Boomi Aligns Amcor’s Australian Supply Chain Data 2019-01-16T00:58:56Z boomi-aligns-amcors-australian-supply-chain-data Sydney, Australia – January 16, 2019 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) has announced that global packaging producer, Amcor, has fortified its supply chain by leveraging the Boomi Platform to integrate and align its applications and data with third party logistics (3PL) partner, AirRoad. Amcor creates responsible packaging for food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, home and personal care, and a range of other flexibles and rigid plastics across 200 sites in 43 countries. Its large-scale operation relies heavily on the availability of accurate and up-to-date data to meet delivery schedules. This applies to data shared with AirRoad, which provides warehousing and distribution services for Amcor’s southern region operations, including the supply of materials to many of Australia’s largest fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies. With a requirement for seamless data aggregation, sharing and analysis, Amcor implemented the Boomi’s integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) as part of a strategic decision to automate key elements of its daily operations. Formerly, the data moving through Amcor’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) and 3PL warehouse management systems was processed manually. This introduced the natural risks associated with human error, and the potential to interrupt the organisation’s supply chain and delay client orders. “We want our customers to grow and prosper from Amcor’s quality, service and innovation,” said Paul Tierney, IT Applications Director, Amcor. “This includes fulfilling customer orders accurately and on time, every time.” The key benefit using Boomi has introduced is efficiency around sales order allocation, with information automatically transferred to AirRoad, allowing the 3PL provider to fulfil the order quickly and have trucks moving faster. “Operational efficiency is critical for an organisation like Amcor, which strives to ensure clients receive their orders to the standards they expect,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan, Dell Boomi. “The introduction of Boomi as the connection point between its ERP and 3PL partner has allowed Amcor to streamline its supply chain to achieve faster order turnaround; the technology works in the background so the frontline of the business can deliver to demands.” About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, is the leading provider of a unified platform to build The Connected Business, from cloud integration to workflow automation. Boomi helps organizations accelerate business agility by connecting data, applications and people to run faster and smarter. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © 2019 Boomi Inc. Dell, Boomi, and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other names or marks may be the trademarks of their respective owners. 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. Interview Opportunities: Former White House Events Director to headline new B2B event industry conference 7-8 February 2019 2019-01-15T23:00:00Z interview-opportunities-former-white-house-events-director-to-headline-new-b2b-event-industry-conference-7-8-february-2019 INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES Former White House Events Director to headline new B2B event industry conference 7-8 February 2019 Dear {{ first_name | fallback:"Editor" }}, You’re invited to attend Australia’s newest events industry conference, The Business of Events, Thursday 7 and Friday 8 February at the Sheraton Grand Hyde Park, Sydney. The Business of Events will present a bevy of industry heavyweights, offering middle to senior management professionals a wealth of latest findings, updates and in-depth discussions of how to capitalise on Australian events. The event will address global trends, identify market opportunities, showcase engaging event technology and help guide the development of your business. HIGHLIGHTS FOR MEDIA Event: The Business of Events When: 7-8 February 2019 Where: Sheraton Grand Hyde Park, Sydney By attending you will have unparalleled access to industry leaders from which to learn about event safety and architecture, sales growth, governance, future business and professional development. If you would like a complimentary media pass, please respond to this email with your name, title and publication. Please note, media passes are limited. Media Program Overview: Over 40 industry expert speakers 10 plenary keynote speakers The theme, Powering Growth, will explore how to identify new business, increase the bottom line, the future of major events and how to ensure business growth Three flexible breakout sessions and panel discussions covering sales growth, event safety, event architecture, sponsorship, law/governance, business models, future business, professional development and marketing Conference expert speakers and interview opportunities: Thursday 7 February – 10:25am Friday 8 February – 2:40pm Laura Schwartz, Former White House Director of Events MC and international keynote speaker brings a wealth of experience, having produced over 1,000 events during her time at the White House including the Presidential Inauguration, one of the most coveted events in Washington. She will chronicle the positive and challenging moments that have shaped her life. She will demonstrate these are the same forces that influence powerful events no matter their size, budget, goal or purpose. Thursday 7 February – 11:35am Patrick Kidd, CEO, Invictus Games Patrick will tell the story of the Games, from the early stages of planning, winning the bid as well as planning and delivery of the Games. He will also talk to the challenges, of the rapid scale up and scale down, of the organising committee as well as the longer term impact of the Games. The royal touch was applied to the event earlier this year and is worth hearing about. Thursday 7 February – 1:00pm Craig James, Chief Economist, Commsec Craig will assess the economic landscape with particular focus on the current and prospective growth opportunities across sectors and regions. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from him on external factors and trends pressuring Australian business and prepare for the economic challenges ahead. Friday 8 February – 9:10am Holly Ransom, CEO, Emergent Holly will explore best practice on leading changes and turning innovative ideas into action. She believes change is inevitable but growth is intentional. Research shows 90% of companies fail to execute their strategies due to poor execution. The business landscape is changing at a greater velocity and therefore we need to change the way we work and lead so we can continue to achieve excellence. Friday 8 February – 9:55am Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia-Pacific Natalie will discuss insights into MBFWA’s commercial growth strategy, examining major milestone and invaluable lessons learned along the event’s path to success. Fashion is a powerhouse industry that drives annual retail sales of over $9 billion and created value export opportunities for Australia. High-res images to be supplied by Exhibition & Trade Fairs. View the full program here. Free media passes available – simply reply to this email with your full name, position and publication title/s. Once your request is approved, you will receive an email. Bring photo ID with you to the registration desk upon entry to The Business of Events and they will supply you with a media pass and lanyard. Interviews with all organisers and speakers available before and during The Business of Events, please identify any speakers you’d like to interview and we will endeavour to schedule interview times. For more information and to register visit: www.thebusinessofevents.com.au Looking forward to hearing from you. Sammy Dalglish I Group Account Director I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Gartner Says Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue Grew 13.4 Percent in 2018; Increase Driven by Memory Market 2019-01-08T21:21:02Z gartner-says-worldwide-semiconductor-revenue-grew-13-4-percent-in-2018-increase-driven-by-memory-market January 7, 2019 — Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $476.7 billion in 2018, a 13.4 percent increase from 2017, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. Memory strengthened its position as the largest semiconductor category, accounting for 34.8 percent of total semiconductor revenue, up from 31 percent in 2017. “The largest semiconductor supplier, Samsung Electronics, increased its lead as the No. 1 vendor due to the booming DRAM market,” said Andrew Norwood, Vice President, Analyst at Gartner. “While 2018 continued to build on the growth established in 2017, the overall gains driven by memory were at half the 2017 growth rate. This is attributed to memory entering a downturn late in 2018.” The combined revenue of the top 25 semiconductor vendors increased by 16.3 percent during 2018 and accounted for 79.3 percent of the market, outperforming the rest of the market, which saw a milder 3.6 percent revenue increase. This is due to the concentration of the memory vendors in the top-25 ranking. Intel’s semiconductor revenue grew by 12.2 percent compared with 2017, driven by a combination of unit and average selling price (ASP) growth. Major memory vendors that performed strongly in 2018 include SK hynix — driven by DRAM, and Microchip Technology — due to its acquisition of Microsemi. The top four vendors in 2017 retained their ranking in 2018 (see Table 1). Table 1. Top 10 Semiconductor Vendors by Revenue, Worldwide, 2018 (Millions of U.S. Dollars) 2018 Rank 2017 Rank Vendor 2018 Revenue 2018 Market Share (%) 2017 Revenue 2017-2018 Growth (%) 1 1 Samsung Electronics 75,854 15.9 59,875 26.7 2 2 Intel 65,862 13.8 58,725 12.2 3 3 SK hynix 36,433 7.6 26,370 38.2 4 4 Micron Technology 30,641 6.4 22,895 33.8 5 6 Broadcom 16,544 3.5 15,405 7.4 6 5 Qualcomm 15,380 3.2 16,099 -4.5 7 7 Texas Instruments 14,767 3.1 13,506 9.3 8 9 Western Digital 9,321 2.0 9,159 1.8 9 11 ST Microelectronics 9,276 1.9 8,031 15.5 10 10 NXP Semiconductors 9,010 1.9 8,750 3.0 Top-10 283,088 79.3 238,815 18.5 Others (outside top 10) 193,605 20.7 181,578 6.6 Total Market 476,693 100.0 420,393 13.4 Source: Gartner (January 2019) “The current rankings may see significant change this year with the expectation that memory market conditions will weaken in 2019,” said Mr. Norwood. “Technology product managers must prepare for this limited growth to succeed in the semiconductor industry.” Memory vendors, for example, will need to plan for future oversupply and intense margin pressure by funding research and development on continued node transitions, emerging memory technologies and new manufacturing technologies. This will provide them the best cost structure as new entrants from China emerge. Nonmemory vendors must increase design-in activity with key customers that have been enduring high memory pricing. As the market for smartphones and tablets continues to saturate, application processor vendors must seek adjacent opportunities in wearables, Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints and automobiles. In terms of semiconductor devices, memory was simultaneously the largest (35 percent) and highest-performing device category for 2018 with 27.2 percent revenue growth. This was driven by increases in ASP for DRAM for much of the year with the exception of the fourth quarter of 2018. Within the memory segment, NAND flash suffered a marked slowdown with ASP declines through much of the year due to oversupply. This device category still managed to show a 6.5 percent revenue increase, driven by higher adoption of solid-state drives (SSDs) and increasing content in smartphones. The second-largest semiconductor category, application-specific-standard products (ASSPs), saw limited growth of 5.1 percent due to a stalling smartphone market combined with a tablet market that continues to decline. Leading vendors in this segment area, including Qualcomm and MediaTek, are aggressively expanding into adjacent markets with stronger prospects for growth, including automotive and IoT applications. Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in 2018 was more significant for the deals that did not happen than the deals that did. Broadcom’s hostile takeover attempt of Qualcomm failed as the U.S. government stepped in, and Qualcomm’s bid to secure NXP became embroiled in the ongoing trade war with China. Completed deals included Toshiba spinning off its NAND business into Toshiba Memory in June 2018 and Microchip’s May 2018 acquisition of Microsemi. “2019 will be a very different market from the previous two years,” said Mr. Norwood. “Memory has already entered a downturn, there is the looming trade war between the U.S. and China, and mounting uncertainty about the global economy.” Gartner clients can get more information in “Market Share Analysis: Semiconductors, Worldwide, Preliminary 2018.” About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT), is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities today and build the successful organizations of tomorrow. Our unmatched combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on the issues that matter most. We are a trusted advisor and objective resource for more than 15,000 organizations in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and enterprise size. To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit gartner.com. 90% of Companies Deploy Artificial Intelligence to Enhance the Customer Journey: MIT Global Survey 2018-12-18T01:14:17Z 90-of-companies-deploy-artificial-intelligence-to-enhance-the-customer-journey-mit-global-survey New MIT Technology Review Insights report sponsored by Genesys found that ‘customer–centric’ brands using advanced AI benefit from increased efficiency, greater brand loyalty, and notable gains in revenue. A global survey of nearly 600 executives across 18 countries found that companies adopting artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled technology across the customer journey have seen a positive impact on customer satisfaction, service delivery and contact centre performance. Humans + bots: Tension and opportunity – How top global brands blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth, is the new report from MIT Technology Review Insights, sponsored by Genesys. It analyses how businesses use AI in customer experience programs and examines the corresponding business performance and return on investment (ROI). The survey polled small to large-sized companies, with nearly half of respondents from large organisations with over $5 billion in revenue. Over a quarter (27%) of the customer experience executives surveyed were from the Asia Pacific region (APAC) many of whom were based in Australia and New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand companies confident in AI The survey finds that businesses in Asia Pacific report greater confidence that AI will contribute to significant brand awareness and customer lifetime value performance. Other APAC findings include: Nearly half of respondents indicated that between 25% to 50% of all enquiries are now completely resolved through automated channels, leaving agents more time to handle complex tasks. 84% of respondents believed customers felt closer to them because of their efforts to improve customer experience. More so than other regions, APAC respondents balance a strategic concern for efficiency and intimacy with 76% believing AI investment is driven by a need to improve customer intimacy, and 96% agreeing it is also driven by a need to improve customer experience efficiency. Large Upticks in Efficiency Globally, respondents reported that AI dramatically improves the efficiency, processing speed and transaction volume of customer interactions. Almost 90% of companies report faster complaint resolution, and over 80% say they enhance call volume processing using AI. By implementing AI, 70% of respondents report they’ve benefitted from improved revenue. More than half of those surveyed note increases in overall revenue of more than 5%, while over 30% cite revenue growth of more than 10%. Merijn te Booij, Chief Marketing Officer, Genesys said that the research shows that businesses win big when they deploy AI to handle simple, repetitive tasks. “AI dramatically saves human resources for more complicated or emotional customer needs. “Pairing automation and machine learning with live agents lead to happier customers, more satisfied employees and financial rewards,” said te Booji. Deepening Customer Relationships The MIT Report also revealed that 67% of customer experience leaders embrace AI to make the customer experience more efficient, but also to create deeper, more meaningful relationships with consumers. In fact, 74% of those surveyed say AI enables agents to spend more quality time with customers. And, over two-thirds of respondents say they employ automated self-service channels, instant messaging chatbots, and sentiment analysis to deliver highly personalised experiences that strengthen ties with customers. Additionally, 45% of respondents (and more than 75% of customer experience leaders) say AI helps them understand the difference between their stated brand attributes and what customers really think about them. “While investments in AI are primarily driven by efforts to improve efficiency, the technology’s ability to help companies understand and connect with their customers in more meaningful ways cannot be understated,” te Booij explained. “Not only do businesses from across the world benefit from day-to-day improvements in contact center performance, they also achieve significant gains in customer loyalty and revenue.” - ends - The full report: Humans + bots: Tension and opportunity – How top global brands blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth. MIT Technology Review Insights, 2018. is available from Genesys. Download your copy here. About MIT Technology Review Insights For more than 100 years MIT Technology Review has served as the world’s longest-running technology magazine, the standard bearer of news and insights on how the latest technologies affect the world around us. Read by a global community of innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and executives at the highest level, it offers an unrivaled authority that is backed by the world’s foremost technology institution, and features editors with a deep technical knowledge and understanding of technological advances. MIT Technology Review Insights is the content solutions division of MIT Technology Review. It includes two main divisions: Research and Live Events. Aligned with the same stellar editorial heritage and standards as the magazine itself, we leverage our access to a wide network of subject matter experts and leading content contributors to create custom content for clients who want to reach new audiences with relevant, cogent and high-quality stories and experiences to users wherever they want it — in digital, print, online, and via unique in-person experiences. Humans + bots: Tension and opportunity is a report by MIT Technology Review Insights based on a global survey of 599 executives and a series of expert interviews. MIT Technology Review collected and reported on all findings contained in this paper independently, regardless of participation or sponsorship. About Genesys Genesys® powers more than 25 billion of the world’s best customer experiences each year. Our success comes from connecting employee and customer conversations on any channel. Every day, 11,000 companies in more than 100 countries trust our #1 customer experience platform to drive great business outcomes and create lasting relationships. Combining the best of technology and human ingenuity, we build solutions that mirror natural communication and work the way you think. Our industry-leading solutions foster true omnichannel engagement because they perform equally well across channels, on-premises and in the cloud. Experience communication as it should be: fluid, instinctive and profoundly empowering. Visit genesys.com on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and the Genesys blog. ©2018 Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc. All rights reserved. Genesys and the Genesys logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Genesys. All other company names and logos may be registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective companies. Media contacts Australia Elizabeth Williams Group Account Director ZADRO elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 +61 411 201 354 Julie Donovan Senior Account Manager ZADRO julie@zadroagency.com.au +61 29212 7867 +61 410 510 080 BLUGLASS CLOSES CALENDAR YEAR WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY BREAKTHROUGH, EXPANSION OF MANUFACTURING CAPACITY, CONTINUING COMMERCIAL NEGOTIATIONS 2018-12-18T00:43:49Z bluglass-closes-calendar-year-with-new-technology-breakthrough-expansion-of-manufacturing-capacity-continuing-commercial-negotiations Sydney, 18 December 2018: Australian technology leader BluGlass Limited (ASX: BLG) has closed out the calendar year with market announcements that cover breakthrough technology development, expansion of its Silverwater facility, and an update on its continuing negotiations with global LED manufacturer Lumileds. Giles Bourne, Managing Director and CEO of BluGlass, said, “This breakthrough development of our technology is very exciting. These results confirm the potential of our patented RPCVD technology to solve a number of the manufacturing challenges associated with the industry’s incumbent processes, and importantly allows us to start discussions with a range of potential high-value partners in high-brightness LED and other semiconductor market segments. “Having made significant and intensive investment and development over a number of years, and with 62 global patents to protect our IP, we now plan to take these results to market to capitalise on the broader applications for our technology, and deliver the best-possible return on shareholder investment.” BluGlass demonstrates technology breakthrough to resolve complex manufacturing challenges - to improve LED efficiency, create smaller devices and reduce manufacturing costs and complexity BluGlass has today announced that its unique manufacturing process, Remote Plasma Chemical Vapour Deposition (RPCVD) has successfully demonstrated functioning tunnel junctions to enable high-brightness, cascaded LEDs, in a world first for gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductors. (High-brightness LEDs are very different from the low-cost commodity LEDs to be found on Christmas trees at this time of year. High-brightness LEDs are used in specialised applications that include vehicle lighting, UV LEDs in water purification, and high-power laser diodes used in industrial machine applications.) A cascaded LED is a device where two or more LEDs are grown in a continuous vertical stack using what’s called a tunnel junction to interconnect the multiple LEDs in a single chip. Cascaded LEDs address a fundamental constraint inherent in high-brightness LEDs, called ‘efficiency droop’, where the efficiency of the light output drops as the driving current increases. (LEDs operate by passing an electric current through specialised semiconductor material: the current energises the semiconductor material which then emits light - essentially the reverse process to that used in photovoltaic solar cells in which sunlight is converted into electrical current.) A simple solution to combat efficiency droop is to replace a single LED chip with two or more LED chips side by side: light can then be generated by driving each LED at a lower current matched to their peak efficiency. However, the use of multiple LED chips in this way increases cost and the space required to accommodate multiple chips. In today’s markets the demand for increasingly smaller devices is growing, including in the automotive industry, where there are strict limits on physical device dimensions.A better solution is to use cascaded LEDs - a single chip that has two or more LEDs stacked vertically in a single chip. This enables more light output, but without efficiency droop. Efficiency droop is reduced because multiple LEDs are working together to create light output, and power is increased by stacking voltage, not current, with no additional space required. The vertical solution also increases the number of devices than can be made from a single wafer – further reducing manufacturing costs. This is a significant breakthrough for BluGlass, as a successful cascaded LED is not yet commercially available, and is not easily achieved by the incumbent manufacturing technology, Metal-Organic Chemical Vapour Deposition (MOCVD). Cascaded LEDs could enable smaller, cheaper and higher performing LEDs.   The RPCVD process is uniquely able to produce these critical enabling tunnel junctions in the LED device by capitalising on its inherent competitive advantages. RPCVD operates at several hundred degrees cooler than the incumbent technology, and replaces expensive and toxic ammonia (which also introduces unwanted hydrogen into the process) with an inert nitrogen plasma.  It is also able to achieve the required activation needed for a working cascaded LED during growth. MOCVD relies on complicated and time-consuming additional processing to achieve the required activation. New equipment at BluGlass manufacturing facility BluGlass has taken delivery of the first of two new specialised manufacturing platforms, an Aixtron AIX 2800 G4 commercial scale MOCVD platform that BluGlass will retrofit with its RPCVD manufacturing technology. With the second platform expected in January 2019, these will add capacity for industry collaborations around the use of RPCVD for tunnel junction-enabled cascaded LEDs, microLEDs, and power electronics devices. The supporting clean-room build and fit out underwritten by its capital raise from mid-year is nearing completion. Continuing commercial negotiations with Lumileds Separately, BluGlass remains in active negotiations with global LED manufacturer Lumileds to extend the collaboration and to potentially enter a commercial agreement to licence BluGlass' RPCVD technology, as notified to the market at the BluGlass AGM held on 19 November 2018. - Ends - About BluGlass BluGlass Limited (ASX: BLG) is a global leader commercialising a breakthrough technology using Remote Plasma Chemical Vapour Deposition (RPCVD) for the manufacture of high-performance LEDs and other devices. BluGlass has invented a new process using RPCVD to grow advanced materials such as gallium nitride (GaN) and indium gallium nitride (InGaN). These materials are crucial to the production of high-efficiency devices such as power electronics and high-brightness light emitting diodes (LEDs) used in next-generation vehicle lighting, virtual reality systems and device backlighting. The RPCVD technology, because of its low temperature and flexible nature, offers many potential benefits over existing technologies including higher efficiency, lower cost, substrate flexibility (including GaN on silicon) and scalability.BluGlass was spun off from Macquarie University in 2005 and listed in 2006.Media Contacts: Alan Smith +61 404 432 700 alan.smith@digivizer.com Stefanie Winwood +61 433 307 853 swinwood@bluglass.com.au. Further details on the results available from Stefanie Winwood at BluGlass. Ensure Compliance with Fire Protection Products from FRS 2018-12-17T06:46:30Z ensure-compliance-with-fire-protection-products-from-frs Fire Rating Solutions provides innovative and effective problem-solving service for all sorts of fire protection related problems within Australia. Their vast stock of passive products, intumescent paints and vermiculate sprays and other products provide residents of Melbourne and interstate with the security and peace of mind from the devastating effects of flames. They work with major commercial builders around Australia, facility managers, service contractors, as well as customers from the industrial and mining sector.   Their passive fire protection products can deal with all kinds of situations in the commercial sector. Some of their products include intumescent paint that is designed to create a barrier which protects structural steel from fire. Intumescent paint allows the steel to retain its structural adequacy during a fire. Vermiculite sprays from FRS is versatile and an easy to use product. This spray is ideal in many situations and gives up to four hours of protection. They offer a comprehensive range of fire sealing products for penetrations including pillows, mortar, strips, IBS foam strips, sealants, boards, Hebel blockwork and backing rods. All of their products in this range are of the highest quality, supplied by quality manufacturers and are available for purchase through FRS. Recent coronial investigation into the massive inferno that blazed for days in Melbourne’s inner-west shows that establishments need to be proactive when it comes to fire protection. The 14,000 square metre fire was fuelled by a range of illegally stored chemicals and materials at the site, spewing a toxic smoke plume across Melbourne’s western suburbs and heavily contaminating nearby Stony Creek and parkland. WorkSafe has confirmed the site was not registered for the storage of dangerous goods. A WorkSafe and EPA blitz on 110 industrial sites in the surrounding area in the fire’s aftermath identified 74 contraventions relating to the handling and storage of dangerous goods. FRS primarily services all Melbourne metropolitan areas and country Victoria and will go interstate upon request. A lot of their Fire Rating Projects are done in the Melbourne CBD, Dandenong, Docklands, Geelong, Richmond, Frankston, Bendigo, Ballarat, Gippsland, Mornington Peninsula in Victoria and Melbourne. On special request they can also service the interstate areas of Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide as well as Tasmania. For more information on intumescent paint, fireproof paint, intumescent fire damper, fire safety inspection, heat resistant paint and more, visit https://www.fireratingsolutions.com.au FRS can be contacted on  +61 (0)3 9419 1393 Revolutionary Mobile Signal Booster Launches in New Zealand 2018-12-17T00:00:48Z revolutionary-mobile-signal-booster-launches-in-new-zealand Cel-Fi GO can provide indoor and outdoor coverage and is ideal for any location where cellular service is poor. Managing Director of Powertec Telecommunications, Raymond Smith, stated the solution would largely resolve frustrations with poor wireless coverage areas and call quality. “Cellular coverage in vehicles, homes and offices is more critical than ever before as the norm becomes to rely on mobile phones as the primary mode of communication,” he said. “Cel-Fi GO addresses these issues of poor mobile coverage and amplifies signal strength.” After a successful launch into the Australian market in 2017, the device was enthusiastically snapped up by fleet, 4WD, vehicle, marine, home, office and caravan markets. “We had an incredible opportunity to work alongside US-based Nextivity for the past couple of years to help bring the Cel-Fi GO to market in Australia and now we’re looking forward to boosting signals in New Zealand,” said Raymond. The cellular coverage solution leverages smart technology and award-winning IntelliBoost® signal processing to deliver the industry’s best voice and data wireless performance. “Based on the enthusiastic uptake in Australia we would expect that New Zealanders would embrace this product to solve their poor mobile coverage problems.” Cel-Fi GO is the first carrier-class cellular coverage solution to feature industry leading 100dB system gain – more than one hundred times powerful than traditional methods – cradle and antenna. Operated on 3G and 4G frequency bands, the device is indoor/outdoor IP rated and can be used in marine, automotive and fixed applications, for moving vehicles and building installations to amplify cellular signals using a number of patented algorithms. “Cel-Fi GO automatically adapts to the moving environment, jumping from tower to tower by not releasing the signal until the incoming tower signal strength is sufficient,” explained Raymond. Coupled with antennas and the Cel-Fi WAVE smartphone app, Cel-Fi GO is the ideal solution to resolve the toughest coverage challenges. From this month, Cel-Fi GO is available to New Zealand residents and mobile subscribers of the Vodafone network. More about Powertec Telecommunications Australian-born, global hardware and communications company, Powertec Telecommunications, is optimising connectivity far and wide with its low-cost, smart technology solutions. From humble beginnings in 1995 as a one-man team on the Gold Coast, the company has grown into an international operation with offices in NSW, Victoria, WA, QLD, NT and New Zealand. Founder and CEO, Raymond Smith, said that the driving force for the development of the business was to deliver individuals and businesses with solutions to help stay connected. “Our wireless communication products and solutions aim to make a difference in people’s lives and ensure that they can communicate and be connected no matter where they may be,” he said. “The products we offer are intelligent, reliable and durable for optimal connectivity and best possible performance.” Through a commitment with its partners and manufacturers, Powertec has secured exclusive distributorship in Australia and New Zealand for many complementary products that have attracted over 2,000 resellers and retailers, as well as internationally. In 2012, the company teamed up with Nextivity Inc. – a leading developer of cellular coverage technology – becoming the Australia Pacific distributor of Cel-Fi mobile smart repeaters; a first of its kind consumer product to be approved by all mobile carriers in Australia and New Zealand. “Powertec’s product reliability and onboard intelligence is the reason our network continues to grow and we’re able to offer effective wireless coverage and technology solutions in addition to products that work in harmony with cellular networks,” said Mr Smith. “Thanks to Powertec’s innovative solutions there are now thousands of sites and users with access to high speed data where previously it was not possible. “ Powertec today supplies mobile carriers, large multinational companies, government departments, defence, emergency services, small to medium sized businesses and individuals with its breadth of hardware solutions enhancing the ability to communicate. For more information on Powertec Telecommunications, visit their website: www.powertec.co.nz - ENDS – ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Emma Bain | M10 Collective Ph: 0438 264 355 Email: emma@m10.com.au Engaged Strategy awards QSuper for being rated as Australia’s Most Recommended Brand in Superannuation 2018-12-13T01:37:03Z engaged-strategy-awards-qsuper-for-being-rated-as-australia-s-most-recommended-brand-in-superannuation In late November, strategic consulting firm Engaged Strategy awarded QSuper with the 2018 Most Recommended Brand award for superannuation in Australia. Engaged Strategy’s Managing Director Christopher Roberts presented the award to Neil Sheppard, Head of Operations at QSuper, in a ceremony held at QSuper’s Brisbane contact centre. The 2018 edition of the Consumer Recommendation & Loyalty Studies by Engaged Strategy found that nearly 50% of respondents for QSuper were Promoters of the brand. QSuper scored an NPS of 35 per cent, with a significant lead on the second best score which was -3 per cent. Engaged Strategy’s benchmarking study also discovered that 23 per cent of superannuation survey respondents chose their superannuation brand based on recommendation from friends and family. Engaged Strategy surveyed 1700+ Australians to assess their preference of a superannuation brand and the reasons for their choice across multiple dimensions. “While QSuper’s profit-for-member model could be a key driver in propelling the brand towards the leading NPS spot, the fact that the brand performed exceptionally well across most key dimensions, including intangible aspects related to delighting a customer, speaks for QSuper’s strong position to drive word of mouth recommendation more than its competitors,” Roberts said. Besides the Engaged Strategy 2018 Most Recommended Brand award in superannuation, QSuper also won the awards for the brand with the Strongest Reputation and Most Proactive based on feedback from their own customers. Accepting the awards, Sheppard said, “This award is pleasing recognition of our continued commitment to putting the member first. Across QSuper, we actively listen to what our members need and our success is a result of everyone doing their bit to ensure we are always striving our best for customers, existing and new.” Engaged Strategy congratulates QSuper for winning these three Engaged Strategy Customer Excellence Awards 2018 in Australia’s superannuation sector. Engaged Strategy is a strategic consultancy that focusses on helping businesses grow by developing fresh customer, marketing, digital and organisational strategies. Net Promoter, NPS and Net Promoter Score are trademarks of NICE Satmetrix Systems Inc., Bain & Company and Fred Reichheld. Sunsuper slashes customer response times with CX offering from Genesys 2018-12-12T01:26:59Z sunsuper-slashes-customer-response-times-with-cx-offering-from-genesys Sunsuper, one of Australia’s fastest growing superannuation funds, selected Genesys® (www.genesys.com/anz), the global leader in omnichannel customer experience (CX) and contact centre solutions, to refresh its CX capabilities to support business growth and has already seen impressive results. Sunsuper’s previous contact centre system needed between two and three business days to respond to emails and web queries. Since switching to Genesys PureConnect™ inquiries are now resolved in a matter of hours. By integrating web chat functionality across key online functions – member join and pay super online fulfilment rates have also improved. Enhanced features and new functionalities have given Sunsuper members greater choice on when and how they want to engage, lifting customer satisfaction by 2% and increasing the number of members who have judged their experience with Sunsuper as ‘excellent’ or ‘above and beyond’. QPC, a partner specialising in contact centres, worked to identify key business objectives as part of overhauling Sunsuper’s CX capabilities. After 10 years of solid growth, Sunsuper needed a solution that was faster and more efficient to enable better business performance to provide a seamless customer and user experience. QPC recommended the Genesys PureConnect™ omnichannel contact centre solution, after close consideration of all market options, for its unified approach to managing multichannel customer interactions. Amalie White, Head of Customer Interactions, Sunsuper, said the Genesys PureConnect platform was the right solution for them as it met their core values of being a customer-centric organisation. “Its intuitive features and ability to streamline tasks across different communication channels, has led to real, tangible results for the business already. “Our initial trial of the Genesys PureConnect platform began with 80 customer representatives; it has since been rolled out to 250 Sunsuper staff, representing nearly a quarter of the organisation. This is a testament to the capabilities and intuitive nature of our refreshed customer offering,” said Ms White. In addition, Sunsuper expects more business performance improvements. Previously, contact centre agents were juggling multiple, disparate systems and onboarding/training of new staff was lengthy and costly. Genesys PureConnect solution has paved the way for a frictionless, easy and immediate customer journey. Happier customers have also led to a positive impact on staff satisfaction. By streamlining administrative tasks, staff are able to focus on more rewarding conversations with members. Gwilym Funnell, Vice President of Sales and Managing Director, Genesys Australia and New Zealand, said the increasing digitisation across all industry sectors has put pressure on businesses to keep up with the pace – or risk losing out to competition. “Genesys has built a reputation for developing some of the world’s most sophisticated contact centre solutions to support organisations and their evolving customer and business needs. We are pleased to see Genesys PureConnect equip organisations like Sunsuper for success today and into the future,” said Mr Funnell. Genesys PureCloud Generates Triple-Digit Revenue Growth Year On Year 2018-12-10T01:45:00Z genesys-purecloud-generates-triple-digit-revenue-growth-year-on-year In the first three quarters of 2018, Genesys® reported record momentum for the PureCloud® platform, a unified, all-in-one customer engagement and business communications solution. In Australia and New Zealand, the company boosted PureCloud revenue by nearly 100% and customer wins grew by nearly 200%, compared with the same period last year. Genesys signed deals with more than 500 customers globally, making PureCloud one of the fastest-growing Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms on the market today. With a proven return on investment (ROI) nearing 600%*, leading brands of all sizes are choosing PureCloud to avoid high upfront investment for hardware and software associated with on-premise solutions. The cloud solution enables businesses to engage with their customers via voice, web chat, email and text. Companies including Accordo New Zealand, Westpac New Zealand, The Warehouse Group, Fonterra, 86 400, Greater Bank and O’Brien Glass have made the move to PureCloud, joining international firms such as Actavo, ARS, Asistencia Boliva, BookIt.com, Butterball, Company Nurse, Entrust Energy, Flex Gestão de Relacionamentos S.A., Kenkou Communications (RIZAP GROUP), Performance Health Technology, Pfizer Japan, Postcode Lottery, QuinStreet Brazil, Seguros Bolivar, and many more. A Cross-Industry Solution for Customer Conversations In the past year, over half of all new customers chose Genesys PureCloud, across the three primary offerings. This is due to its ease of use, quick deployment and scalability. In addition, there has been marked momentum among enterprises, with a 330% increase in new customer wins with very large organisations, including a multi-million-dollar deal with one of the world’s leading ridesharing companies. Notably, there’s been marked growth in the number of deals won in the public sector (600%) and travel/tourism industry (300%). PureCloud’s global footprint has expanded rapidly. North America and Latin America have experienced double-digit increases; while wins in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific have climbed nearly 200% each. This growth is due in part, to the deployment of the Amazon Web Services Cloud in Germany, the expansion of PureCloud’s internet-based telephony service in four new markets, and the solution’s growing ecosystem of strategic reseller partners. In fact, PureCloud partners account for almost 50% of software sales this year alone. “There’s no denying PureCloud is experiencing explosive growth,” said Olivier Jouve, Executive Vice President of PureCloud at Genesys. “Smaller, fast-growing organisations with limited resources love PureCloud because of its simplicity and cost-effectiveness. Large, global enterprises applaud it for its infinite scalability and the flexibility of its public API. And no matter the size – everyone agrees – it just gets the job done.” Getting Better All the Time Currently, PureCloud manages an average of more than 3 million conversations per day and 4 billion API calls a month for businesses around the world across every industry. New features and capabilities are released to the PureCloud platform every week, with nearly 130 this year to date. A few highlights include: Analytics: New filter, save and export capabilities provide customers with virtually limitless ways to view, filter and refine data. Digital: Support offered for SMS text interactions, Facebook Messenger, LINE, and Twitter. Workforce Management: The first-ever AI-powered automated forecasting and scheduling service for contact centres generates results with proven accuracy of 95%-97%. Embeddable Framework: Using this simple plug-and-play framework, now the PureCloud user interface can be embedded into third party applications, such as a customer relationship management (CRM) system. Premium Client Applications for the PureCloud platform: More than 60 PureCloud integrations are available, and over half of PureCloud customers are using one or more. Customers can also access a free trial of third-party Premium Client Applications directly through the Genesys AppFoundry, allowing customers to go from installation to setup in less than five minutes. Launched globally in 2015, the PureCloud platform is flexible, open, feature-rich, and built for rapid innovation, providing organisations with a future-proof solution for quickly scaling to meet customer growth. Recently, Genesys was recognised as a “Leader” for its PureCloud platform in “The Forrester Wave™: Cloud Contact Centers, Q3 2018” report. Forrester Research, Inc., a leading global research and advisory firm, looked at current product offering, strategy, and market presence. Download your complimentary copy of The Forrester Wave: Cloud Contact Centers, Q3 2018. *A commissioned Total Economic Impact™ of Genesys PureCloud study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Genesys, December 2017. More information: www.genesys.com/anz Gartner Says Out-of-Touch Managers Are Driving Disengagement in Australia 2018-12-06T00:13:51Z gartner-says-out-of-touch-managers-are-driving-disengagement-in-australia Manager quality is now ranked among the top three reasons Australians will leave their job, according to new research from Gartner, Inc. Data from Gartner’s 3Q18 Global Talent Monitor report reveals that manager quality rose three places from last quarter to become a key driver of attrition for Australian employees. At the same time, people management – an organisation’s reputation for how it manages its employees – is now the number one reason employees choose to leave one job for another, followed by future career opportunity and manager quality. Manager crisis Gartner warns that management practices must evolve as Australian organisations embrace technology and new working styles. “For years the traditional manager model provided ongoing, consistent employee coaching and development. However, as technology and innovation impact job requirements, organisations need managers who can provide employees with the tools, knowledge and connections to succeed in the midst of change,” said Aaron McEwan, HR advisory leader at Gartner. “During the last 12 months, Australian employees have consistently cited a lack of future career opportunities and development as a key reason to leave their job. It’s clear that employees have become frustrated with managers who fail to support their professional goals and aspirations,” said Mr. McEwan. Discretionary effort stalls Another knock-on effect of poor manager quality is employee engagement. Gartner’s data shows that high discretionary effort levels stalled at 17 percent in the third quarter of 2018. “For employees it’s a catch 22. They’re unfulfilled with their current roles, but the last three months of the year are a notoriously slow period for hiring, making workers reluctant to seek new opportunities. There’s only one thing worse than employees walking out the door, and that’s having a workforce that’s mentally checked out, but still showing up each day,” said Mr. McEwan. According to Mr. McEwan, to win back employees who are disenchanted and dissatisfied, organisations need to seek out ambitious, high-performing managers who can develop employee skills and unite talent from within and outside of the business to deliver results. Connector managers needed According to Gartner research, the manager best positioned to improve performance in the current work environment is the “Connector Manager.” “A Connector Manager links employees to the right people and resources at the right time to get the job done,” said Mr. McEwan. Gartner data reveals that this type of manager can improve employee performance by up to 26 percent and increase employee engagement by up to 40 percent. Just one in four managers demonstrate the connector leadership attributes organisations need. However, Mr. McEwan said that while these managers may be rare, they are not impossible to find. Gartner recommends HR leaders develop Connector Managers by finding those managers who: Take an active role to ensure high-quality development connections rather than just delegating development responsibilities Invest time to diagnose and understand individual employee needs Help employees get more value from their development connections by focusing on quality not quantity Create an environment of transparency and trust within their teams and recognize peer coaching and development “Connector Managers proactively unite employees to an organisation’s culture, engagement and leadership team, addressing the current concerns that could see valued team members look for employment opportunities elsewhere,” said Mr. McEwan. Highlights From the 3Q18 Global Talent Monitor Talent Monitor Australian International average High Intent to Stay 38.6% 30.1% High Discretionary Effort 17% 14% Job Opportunities 48.4% 51.20% Drivers of Attraction Work-Life Balance Location Stability Compensation Work-Life Balance Stability Drivers of Attrition People Management Future Career Opportunity Manager Quality Future Career Opportunity Compensation People Management Source: Gartner (November 2018) Global Talent Monitor data is drawn from the larger Gartner Global Labour Market Survey that is made up of more than 22,000 employees in 40 countries, including 1,044 in Australia. The survey is conducted quarterly and is reflective of market conditions during the quarter preceding publication. 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. Growth and inclusivity drive Avaya’s channel strategy for 2019 2018-12-05T05:09:41Z growth-and-inclusivity-drive-avayas-channel-strategy-for-2019 Dubai, United Arab Emirates – December 5, 2018 – Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE:AVYA) today announced new measures aimed at enabling channel partner growth. The announcements were made at the Avaya Partner Summit 2019 in Dubai, where the company is hosting the EMEA and APAC regions’ leading channel heavyweights, market movers and technical and sales leaders. The new measures, which come as an update to the Avaya Edge partner program, will provide a path for channel partners to move from one value proposition to more advanced ones – moving to solution selling; and from solution selling to innovation building; and from innovation building to enabling true business transformation. The updates to Avaya Edge also place an emphasis on partner inclusivity, aiming to enable growth regardless of the size or business model of the channel partner. This means that Avaya Edge is now the only channel program in the world to provide equal growth opportunities to partners of any size. “Our own growth is inexorably linked to the growth of our partners, regardless of where they sit today on the Avaya Edge Program. Our growth strategies need to align with those of our partners if we’re to succeed in our goals,” said Fadi Moubarak, Vice President – Channels, Avaya International. “Avaya wants its channel partners to continue growing – pure and simple. As a result, in 2019, we’ll be focusing our efforts on three key areas to enable that. There will be a bigger emphasis on cloud; we will enable the delivery of complete solutions that build on our market-leading, API-driven ecosystem; and we will deliver new technologies and innovations that offer answers to genuine business challenges.” With the Edge Program, Avaya has already made significant progress in growing partner business over the past year. Between 2017 and 2018, the number of partners eligible for rebates increased by 281%, and there was a 159% increase in the number of partners who had seen more than 10% growth. The company’s strategy for 2019 will be to build on these positive results. Much of the coming year’s focus will be on empowering channel partners to more easily roll out cloud-based products as cloud adoption continues to skyrocket. With offerings for both the mid-market and the enterprise, Avaya’s range of cloud-based services continues to expand, and is expected to provide significant growth opportunities for both large and small channel partners in 2019. Avaya is also leveraging its market-leading, open standards-based communications platforms to encourage and empower channel partners to provide holistic solutions to their customers. Solutions made available through the Avaya DevConnect and Avaya A.I.Connect programs, for example, bring leading technology disruptors with readily integrated technology solutions into Avaya’s channel. Through the programs, these solutions are made available to channel partners, who can use them to propose innovative, vertical-specific technologies for their customers. Alternatively, Avaya’s open ecosystem can be leveraged by channel partners to build their own solutions. With many of Avaya’s most successful partners having built new innovations on top of Avaya’s platforms for their customers, Avaya is rolling out new tools and APIs that enable and encourage channel partners to take the lead on innovation. These solutions, and more, are being demonstrated at the Avaya Partner Summit 2019, taking place in Dubai from December 4 to 5, 2018. From embedding AI and biometrics into communications workflows to creating seamless omni-channel experiences, summit visitors will find real, working solutions to the biggest business challenges that companies face. “It is our role as a technology vendor to provide our partners with opportunities to continue growing and transforming as the market shifts. Our aim with this event is to continue in our efforts to help empower our channel partners, enabling them to realize even greater levels of growth with Avaya,” added Moubarak. ## 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 organizations 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. 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