The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-08-20T06:18:14Z Rizing, LLC to Accelerate the Intelligent Enterprise with Acquisition of Transcend Spatial Solutions 2019-08-20T06:18:14Z rizing-llc-to-accelerate-the-intelligent-enterprise-with-acquisition-of-transcend-spatial-solutions STAMFORD, CONN. – August 19, 2019 –Rizing, LLC, the privately held global SAP® functional and technical firm, today announces the acquisition of Transcend Spatial Solutions (“Transcend”), a Geographic Information System (GIS) services and solutions company founded in 2010 and headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. (www.transcendspatial.com). Transcend’s expertise with GIS and LiDAR technology will integrate with Rizing’s SAP® enterprise asset management capabilities across industry verticals to accelerate the customer journey to the intelligent enterprise.   According to published research, 80% of all data has a location component to it. Businesses that can harness location data, integrate and visualize the data, and create data driven decision-making solutions have a competitive advantage in their industries. Tracking and visualizing traffic volumes, identifying geographic concentrations of high-volume incidents, evaluating potential asset improvements, or pinpointing under or overutilization of assets are just a few examples of how the partnership between Transcend and Rizing will create value for the modern enterprise. “We here at Rizing are extremely happy to announce to the market that the exceptional professionals of Transcend have become part of what we are building,” said Noel Fagan, CEO Vesta Partners, a Rizing company. “This deal was always about presenting to the market a more comprehensive vision of geospatially- enabled enterprise asset management. Marrying spatial tools and processes into enterprise asset management functions across our traditional industry base in the transport, utilities and oil and gas space has been a long-standing goal.” Transcend Spatial Solutions leverages location data originating from field data collection, LiDAR point clouds, and satellite imagery to build custom applications that allow for data visualization and monitoring of assets. Transcend’s products increase the value of location data by adding integration, validation, reporting and visualization capabilities. Transcend has been focused primarily on the transportation and telecommunications industries, supporting over 25 State Departments of Transportation (DOTs).  “We are very excited about joining Rizing,” said Connie Gurchiek, President of Transcend. “This merging of industry knowledge and experience will provide our long-term valuable clients with access to exciting new technologies and talented resources. The strength of the combined companies will allow us to grow into new markets and augment our products and services to better address the needs of existing and new clients.” With Rizing’s investment partner, One Equity Partners (OEP), Rizing is becoming one of the strongest partners in the SAP ecosystem through their combined end-to-end experience and strong industry experience. The partnership between Rizing and Transcend is less about radically changing either firms’ customers, solution sets or development roadmaps. Together, the combined companies will deliver leading-edge solutions to advance the combined use of enterprise and geospatial data.”  For more information, press only: Contact Sherryanne Meyer, Rizing Corporate Communications Director, sherry.meyer@rizing.com About Rizing Headquartered in Stamford, Conn., USA, Rizing is a privately held multinational company providing leading SAP functional and technical consulting services to its customers. Rizing is the parent company of Vesta Partners, a leading SAP EAM services firm (www.vestapartners.com), /N SPRO, a top SAP for Retail services firm(www.n-spro.com), Rizing HCM (www.rizinghcm.com) , an SAP SuccessFactors Gold Partner and Synchrony Global, SAP SuccessFactors Partner of the Year for APJ in 2017 (www.synchronyglobal.com). The Rizing businesses provide leading specialty SAP consulting services through deep industry experience and a proprietary approach to service delivery and use of IP tools. For more information, please visit www.rizing.com or contact: Rizing, LLC at +1 (203) 517-0400, info@rizing.com. About One Equity Partners OEP is a middle-market private equity firm focused on the industrial, healthcare, and technology sectors in North America and Europe. The firm builds market-leading companies by identifying and executing transformative business combinations. 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Right among the hustle and bustle of the pristine Coffs Coast, the new office serves as a shop-front and point of contact for the credit repair company that services Australia-wide.  Offering assistance when it comes to credit-impaired consumers, Clear Credit Solutions can help people who are struggling to obtain finance due to defaults, judgments and clear outs on credit files. The service assists in helping remove these listings to increase credit scores in some cases and can also help in approval for finance. With a new office, brand new signage and a unique service on offer, consumers in Coffs Harbour, the Mid North Coast and all around Australia can obtain help and assistance when needed in dealing with an impaired credit file. Humanitix becomes the fastest growing ticketing platform. And it’s a charity that just funded $300,000 for education. 2019-08-20T03:40:51Z humanitix-becomes-the-fastest-growing-ticketing-platform-and-it-s-a-charity-that-just-funded-300-000-for-education Just 3 years after launching, Humanitix has reached the milestone of funding education projects to the tune of $300,000. It’s now the fastest growing ticketing platform, supporting thousands of event organisers. Humanitix is the not-for-profit ticketing platform that gives events impact. It makes event management a delight, and directs 100% of the profits from booking fees toward education projects, such as literacy programs for young girls. Josh Ross, Humanitix Co-CEO, said: “We’re a charity for the tech-generation. We don’t ask for donations. We just ask anyone running an awesome event to use our platform – your booking fees can change lives." Says Josh, “The $300,000 mark has meant the events on our platform have had real impact. The Grounds of Alexandria have funded 15,000 meals for Aussie kids. The Football Federation of Australia funded 2 years of girl’s education from tickets to a single match!” Humanitix is Australia’s first tech-charity – an enterprise in the style of a Silicon Valley startup, that exists to fund education programs. And like Silicon Valley unicorns, Humanitix is growing fast.  Says Adam McCurdie, Humanitix Co-CEO, “Our ticket sales are doubling every 4 months as event organisers flock to our platform – and that means our charitable impact is doubling too. In the last year we’ve brought on thousands of new events organisers, including the Parliament House, the UN’s International Women’s Day, Singularity University, and the Yakandandah Folk Festival.” The team attributes the growth to two factors: Event organisers wanting to give back through their events, and the fact that Humanitix has ticketing features not found elsewhere. Says Adam: “With funding we received from Google.org and the Atlassian Foundation, we’ve created unique features that other ticket platforms don’t have, including an advanced self-service ticket management.”  “It’s not enough to have an extraordinary charitable impact – we know we need to have an extraordinary ticketing platform too. Our event organisers tell us we’re doing it right, and that’s why more than a million ticket buyers visited our event pages last year.” Event organisers agree. Says Dan Mylonas, Brand Director at The Grounds: "We have so many events running meaning we can’t compromise on the quality and usability of our ticketing solution. Humanitix has been nothing but a dream to use. Their customer support has been incredible and works so well for us as an organisation - all whilst giving us the opportunity to give back. This week Humanitix has also launched their new branding, with a new look reflecting how far they’ve come. The brand concepts were developed by DDI, a brand agency with a unique approach they call “The Art of Getting Noticed”. The team is available for interviews Contact Adam Long, Chief Growth Officer on 0421 498 170 or adam.long@humanitix.com.au  Download photography, logos and the media kit here. For Journalists: Possible story angles This event ticketing platform says booking fees should educate kids, not rort the public. Why tech entrepreneurs are starting social enterprises to help disadvantaged kids. Meet the two entrepreneurs who created Australia fastest-growing ticket platform. Event organisers are looking for impact, and finding it with this tech-charity. FAQ What is Humanitix? Humanitix is the first not-for-profit ticketing platform. Event organisers use the platform to issue tickets and collect payments. Humanitix is an exciting case of scalable social innovation, capable of transforming both the role of business and radically growing the funding pool for education. Why education? We believe education is the ticket to opportunity. With access to primary and secondary schooling and the support needed to stay in school, kids live healthier, more fulfilling lives and can escape the traps of poverty. Our work ranges from scholarships for Indigenous students, through to meals for disadvantaged Aussie kids, through to education programs for young girls around the world. How did it get started? Humanitix was created by Joshua Ross and Adam McCurdie, who left lucrative jobs in finance to make Humanitix happen. Funding has come from many foundations, include Google and Atlassian’s, as well as a range of philanthropists. Who can use Humanitix? Anyone running events – whether an independent community event or an international conference. Event organisers have included Singularity University’s Sydney Summit, the Yakandandah Folk Festival and The Grounds. Where can I find out more? Visit Humanitix.com    Or contact Adam Long, Chief Growth Officer: 0421 498 170 or adam.long@humanitix.com.au Cvent announces partnership with the New Zealand Events Association (NZEA) 2019-08-20T00:21:44Z cvent-announces-partnership-with-the-new-zealand-events-association-nzea Cvent, a market-leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider, officially announces today its partnership with the New Zealand Events Association (NZEA). Cvent has been providing its world-class software solutions to simplify and streamline event registrations for the popular NZEA seminar series since the beginning of the year. To enhance the partnership, Cvent and NZEA have hosted their first complimentary webinar of a new series for NZEA members. Close to 100 attendees received insight of how meetings and events technology is transforming the industry. Future webinars will help NZEA members gain a better understanding of how to leverage event data that is collected onsite, not to mention a host of other emerging industry topics. Ségolène de Fontenay, General Manager for NZEA said, “Our aim is to empower our members with best-practice event technology, so they can remain industry leaders and run their events as efficiently as possible.” “One of the main priorities for association events is attendee engagement and networking. NZEA is excited to partner with Cvent to help enhance our attendees experience. This is critical as it will not only help NZEA to take its events to the next level, but also streamline the workload involved in delivering these events and at the same time give event professionals a feel for what the Cvent platform has to offer,” concluded Ms de Fontenay. Cvent Australia, Director of Sales, Jack Ukil echoed these sentiments, “We are excited to be working with NZEA to help contribute to the growing events industry in New Zealand.” “In today’s digital-first world, successful events need more advanced technology that can streamline all aspects of the event management lifecycle, engage attendees, and enhance the overall experience. We are thrilled to bring Cvent’s event technology to the NZEA and look forward to showcasing the difference it can make for their members,” said Ukil. For more information on Cvent, visit: www.cvent.com.au -ENDS- About Cvent Cvent is a leading meetings, events, and hospitality management technology provider with more than 4,000 employees, 27,000 customers, and 300,000 users worldwide. The Cvent Event Cloud offers software solutions to event planners for online event registration, venue selection, event management, mobile apps for events, email marketing, and web surveys. The Cvent Hospitality Cloud partners with hotels and venues to help them drive group and corporate travel business. Hotels use the Cvent Hospitality Cloud’s digital marketing tools and software solutions to win business through Cvent’s sourcing platforms and to service their customers directly, efficiently and profitably – helping them grow and own their business. Cvent solutions optimize the entire event management value chain and have enabled clients around the world to manage hundreds of thousands of meetings and events. For more information, please visit Cvent.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Notes to Editors: Interviews are available upon request To find out more about Cvent, visit: www.cvent.com.au Connect with Cvent on social media via: Facebook: /Cvent Twitter: /Cvent YouTube: /CventVideo For more information about NZEA, visit: https://nzea.co/ For media enquiries please contact: Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director, Zadro | debbie@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 420 761 189 AESC Honours Jo Fisher with Lifetime Achievement Award for Impact in Executive Search and Leadership Advisory 2019-08-19T21:07:37Z aesc-honours-jo-fisher-with-lifetime-achievement-award-for-impact-in-executive-search-and-leadership-advisory Above: Fisher Leadership chair Leon Lau, founding director Jo Fisher, managing director Michelle Loader and director Mary Beth Bauer. New York, August 20, 2019 – The worldwide Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) honours, during today’s AESC APAC Conference in Sydney, Australia, the achievements of AESC Member Jo Fisher for her outstanding contributions to the profession and to the community.    The AESC Lifetime Achievement Award honors long-term achievement in the executive search and leadership consulting profession. This year’s award goes to Jo Fisher, Founder and Managing Director of Fisher Leadership. Based in Melbourne, Fisher has dedicated 20 years to the advancement of executive search. Known as an iconic leader in gender diversity, from the early 2000’s, Fisher insisted her firm would adhere to equal gender representation on short-lists for the breadth of senior executive roles they impacted. Since making this early mark on the industry, Fisher Leadership has been hugely influential in bringing multi-dimensional diversity to the fore.   Fisher commented, “When I began Fisher Leadership nearly 20 years ago, I wanted to directly impact more diversity around the decision-making table. Since then, we have broadened our focus on diversity—incorporating culture, linguistic, non-binary gender representation, age and ability into the mix. These targets work well from a bottom up perspective. But what we are really focused on now, is Cognitive Diversity—diversity of thought. Our impact in the senior and executive realm is really a top-down strategy, bringing more diverse minds to the decision-making table.” Fisher points to a key factor of her own success as a leader—the ability to innovate and attract exceptional talent who share her passion for supporting socially positive outcomes. Fisher is a founding member of the Australian International Women’s Forum, a former Telstra Business Women’s Award Winner, a CEDA trustee, and an Adjunct Professor with Deakin University. She serves on several boards and committees including social enterprise Infoxchange P/L, JFE Global P/L, the AICD’s National Education Advisory Committee, the International Women’s Forum Australia, and WOMANZ.   AESC President and CEO, Karen Greenbaum, said: “We honor the exceptional achievements of these AESC Members. Through their commitment to excellence both within the profession and in the community at large, our award recipients are outstanding examples of how AESC Members both serve their clients worldwide as trusted advisors and make a positive impact in their communities, too.” About AESC Since 1959, AESC has set the quality standard for the executive search and leadership advisory profession. AESC Members, ranging in size from large global executive search and leadership advisory firms and networks to regional and boutique firms, represent 16,000+ trusted professionals in 1,200+ offices, spanning 70+ countries. AESC Members are recognized leaders of global executive search and leadership advisory solutions. They leverage their access and expertise to place, find and develop more than 100,000 executives each year in board of directors and C-level positions for the world’s leading organizations of all types and sizes. Dedicated to strengthening leadership worldwide, AESC and its members share a deep commitment to the highest quality standards in executive search and leadership consulting—for the benefit of clients and the profession. We Shape. Connect. Educate. Learn more about us at aesc.org.   ### Macau to host 2019 World Chinese Business & Economic Summit – flagship event celebrates 11th year 2019-08-18T23:44:30Z macau-to-host-2019-world-chinese-business-amp-economic-summit-flagship-event-celebrates-11th-year Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh, co-chairman of the World Chinese Business & Economic Summit (WCBES) and President, Kingsley Strategic Institute (KSI) has announced that Macau will host this year’s Summit on 17 – 18 October 2019 at the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel.       This year WCBES celebrates its 11th anniversary and will be held in conjunction with the World Summit of Chinese Entrepreneurs.    The Summit’s theme is Enhancing Partnerships & Shared Prosperity Through the BRI.   Commenting further on the announcement, Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh said the WCBES is acknowledged as the flagship event on the economic benefits of doing business with China.  “Since the first Summit in Kuala Lumpur, the event has grown in stature and importance”.   “The Summit program is structured to facilitate business linkages that connect the East and West and the global Chinese diaspora”.    “Furthermore, reflecting the internationality of the Summit, it has been held in Chongqing, China, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, and last year in Malacca Malaysia”, added Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh.    It was both apt and timely that the 2019 WCBES is held in Macau in conjunction with The World Summit of Chinese Entrepreneurs as Macau, Hong Kong and Guangdong has been designated as a Greater Bay Area, a megapolis consisting of 9 cities and 2 Special Administrative Regions.   The Greater Bay Area will provide more business and investment opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors.   2019 also marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Macau Special Administrative Region and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China.  It is also the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China.   A key objective of the Summit’s program is to facilitate a ‘meeting of the minds’ for the delegates that comprise business leaders, high ranking government officials, academics, entrepreneurs and economic strategists.    “As well as promoting global and regional dialogue on China’s importance as the world’s second largest economy, it also acknowledges the important role of the worldwide Chinese diaspora in the promotion of B2B connectivity, entrepreneurship and innovation through networking and sharing of knowledge and best practices”.   Over 300 delegates from across the globe are expected to attend the 2019 WCBES drawn by the Summit’s program that promotes entrepreneurship, smart partnerships, the digital economy, connectivity and green / sustainable growth.    The highlight of this year’s main platform program will be sessions on –   - The Greater Bay Area – Connecting Hong Kong, Macau and Southern China, Enhancing Collaboration and Partnership with Southeast Asia - The Future of Asia – Enhancing Connectivity, Strengthening Peace, Prospering Together - Enhancing the Digital Silk Road – Gearing Up for Digital Disruption and the 4th Industrial Revolution - Promoting Start Ups, Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprises – New Drivers of Growth & Philanthropy - The Role of the Global Chinese Diaspora in Investments and Innovation - Revisiting the Maritime Silk Road – Strengthening Connectivity and Inclusiveness for Belt and Road Cooperation   Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh concluded, “With each Summit, the WCBES has gone from strength to strength in achieving its goal of promoting bilateral trade engagement with China.  Furthermore, the Summit has facilitated the forging of friendships and connections with dynamic individuals and entrepreneurs during the social and networking activities”.   “I am confident the Summit in Macau will attract a record number of delegates from across the globe to participate in a program of international speakers and China experts of the highest calibre providing visionary keynotes, insightful panel discussions and roundtables”.    For registration and information about the 2019 World Chinese Business & Economic Summit program, speakers, venue, sponsors and partners – please visit the Summit website www.wcbes.org   ENDS   Issued by       Kingsley Strategic Institute     www.kasi.asia     www.wcbes.org                                           Media Enquiries:       Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd                                     Mob:  +61 412 112 545     Email:  jperri@joeperri.com.au  Market reports predict that the Chicago real estate property prices will continue to rise through 2019 2019-08-16T20:18:04Z market-reports-predict-that-the-chicago-real-estate-property-prices-will-continue-to-rise-through-2019 Chicago Real Estate Landscape 2019 has been an exciting year for growing market trends in Chicago and the surrounding areas.  Market reports predict that the Chicago real estate property prices will continue to rise through 2019. If you’re considering purchasing property in this growing market, you may want to purchase sooner rather than later to avoid increasing property prices and to secure the best available interest rate for you. Notably, we have experienced historically low interest rates in the last year.  Statistics have reported sales peaks in the Chicago real estate market in 2019 for monthly home sales (single family homes plus condos) showing a full recovery – already started in 2012 after the big bubble of 2006 - in the market. Sales activity seems to lead price changes by about one year. Also, by looking at that employment graph for the same period, it is notable that employment continued to improve after the peak in both home prices and sales activity. Now, employment is starting to approach the 2007/ 2008 peak.   However, When you purchase real estate, it’s critical to have a supportive and diligent legal team behind you to make sure every step of the way is properly addressed.       To better understand the legal aspects of  purchasing properties in Chicago and the metropolitan areas, Shawn Bolger Limited law firm has provided a general FAQ to address how the real estate purchase is structured:       Is It Necessary To Hire A Real Estate Attorney?   As a purchaser, you are not required to have an attorney represent you. However, it’s in your best interest to hire a real estate attorney. Purchasing a home or commercial property can have a tremendous impact on your finances and future goals. As a purchaser, you want to be certain that the contract that you’re signing is fair and represents your interests. An experienced real estate attorney will be able to guide you through the transaction process and ensure that your interests are represented.      When Do I Hire Your Firm?   When you begin looking at property, you can contact our firm to explain that you have begun your property search. Once there is an executed contract, meaning that the real estate contract has been signed by both the buyer and the seller, you can formally hire our firm.      What Needs to Be Done To Start The Legal Process?   The legal process begins with an executed contract. It’s very important that you or your real estate agent send us the real estate contract as soon as it’s signed by both parties. From there, our attorneys will begin the legal review of the contract. This process is called Attorney Review.      What Is Attorney Review?   Attorney Review is a contractual period that allows the attorneys to make modifications and or clarifications to the contract after we counsel you through any material revisions that need to be addressed. This period allows either the purchaser or seller  to cancel for any other reason other than the purchase price. So, it’s crucial that this review period is closed efficiently and timely. If you are completing an inspection on the subject property, and you are seeking material repairs to be rectified by the seller, then we will include your inspection repair requests in the attorney modification letter.      What Is the Earnest Money Deposit?   The earnest money is a deposit to the seller which supports the buyer’s good faith in preforming the executed contract. The real estate contract will specify when the earnest money needs to be delivered and whether the brokerage, law firm, or title company will hold the earnest money deposit. The earnest money deposit will be credited towards the purchase price.      What If I Cannot Get Approved For Lender Financing?   There are very specific financing contingencies that protect you from being liable on the contract if you are not able to obtain lender financing. Our firm can help ensure that you fall within these contingencies. If you cannot obtain lender financing under normal circumstances, then an attorney will follow through with all the required steps to ensure that the contract is canceled, and your earnest money deposit is released back to you. Do you want to have more details about this topic? Please visit The Blog of Shawn Bolger Ltd Job Security Hurting Workplace Safety on Mine Sites 2019-08-16T08:37:03Z job-security-hurting-workplace-safety-on-mine-sites Of the over 1000 workers surveyed, four in ten feared reprisals for speaking up about safety – a number that increased to six in ten for casual mineworkers. Last month, two independent health and safety reviews into Queensland’s mines and quarries were launched, after the state recorded its sixth fatality in 12 months. It made 2019 Queensland’s worst year for mining deaths since 1997 (see related article). The CFMEU says permanent employees are now a minority at many Queensland coal mines, as the industry continues to move away from permanent, direct employment options to casual jobs supplied by labour hire contractors. Eight in ten workers said production being valued above safety as a top concern, and six in ten said they didn’t believe safety was the top priority for site managers. CFMEU Queensland district president Stephen Smyth said many mineworkers had experienced retaliatory action after raising safety concerns, including casual workers finding they are suddenly no longer required. “No-one is told that the reason they’ve been sacked or disciplined is for raising a concern over safety – but workers can see what is happening.” “They are labelled as whingers and moved on or otherwise victimised. We need 100 percent of mineworkers to feel confident they can report safety issues without fear.” Other safety concerns raised by workers included procedures not being followed, inexperienced supervisors, bullying and harassment, and unsafe equipment. “These results reflect what we hear every day from mineworkers on the ground and they are a poor reflection on the industry. You can’t have an insecure, vulnerable workers and a ruthless focus on production and expect there will be no consequences for safety.” “It’s obvious that some operators are taking it very seriously and allocating adequate time and effort, while others are glossing over the issues.” “There’s no room for complacency. It’s clear that workers at the coal face don’t believe companies are making safety their number one priority – operators must take this opportunity to show they are committed to change.” View related articles Looking Back, Moving Forward: DBOS Celebrating 4 Years of Success 2019-08-16T00:33:18Z looking-back-moving-forward-dbos-celebrating-4-years-of-success Dear valued clients, colleagues, and partners, 2019 is the year of great leaps for us: Dynamic Business Outsourcing Solutions is celebrating its 4 remarkable years of providing the best offshore staffing services in the Philippines. This same day a couple of years ago, DBOS has started its operations with only 14 staff. As of today, it has reached a total of 75 excellent employees.Looking back, DBOS simply bloomed from a very humble beginning. From that one client who trusted the company founder, Jacqui's leadership and now, DBOS has a dozen of them on the list.To share the good news, here are some of the company's biggest achievements and events for the first half of the year:On January 2019, DBOS introduced its Digital Office which caters to technology-based services such as SEO, Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing, Graphic Design, Web and Software Development, Web Design, and a lot more.As a way of giving back to the community, DBOS launched its fundraising partnership with WWF-Philippines for the "Let's Bring Water to Beton" project that aims to build rainwater tanks in hopes of providing a clean water supply for the people of the island.To encourage more clients, DBOS launch a new corporate video that highlights the culture of the company, the services it offers, and the costs you can save when you choose to outsource with us.As part of the company's 4th-year celebration, DBOS will hold its annual sports fest all employees to participate. On the same day, DBOS will award the cheque to WWF-Philippines that marks the end of 3-month long fundraising efforts for the "Let's Bring Water to Beton" project.All of these achievements are possible because of you, our clients, colleagues, and partners for supporting all of the company's endeavours.To our valued clients, the reason for this success — the trust you have given us creates endless possibilities for our people and the company. We are very much grateful. But, we can never promise anything except always giving it our all to provide you with nothing but the best of services in every way possible.To the company's best asset — our people, your excellence, hard work, and passion has brought us this far. We can never thank you enough for helping DBOS to build its reputation as a reliable and trusted offshore staffing company in the Philippines.Cheers to more remarkable years with all of you!Sincerely yours,Your DBOS team Win 2 Tickets to Safety in Action Conference Melbourne Sep 10-11 2019 2019-08-15T04:32:40Z win-2-tickets-to-safety-in-action-conference-melbourne-sep-10-11-2019 The Safety in Action Conference is a two-day, high profile conference for safety leaders.We have two tickets to giveaway valued at $3,390Simply complete the survey to enter.A winner will be randomly selected from the submissions on the thur 29th August. 10-11 September 2019 | Melbourne Convention & Exhibition CentreTickets are normally $1695 for both days.https://myosh.com/win-2-tickets-to-safety-in-action-melbourne-2019/ SAS named a Leader in Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools 2019-08-15T03:58:30Z sas-named-a-leader-in-gartner-s-2019-magic-quadrant-for-data-integration-tools Cary, NC (Aug 14, 2019) Artificial intelligence (AI) holds much promise for its ability to autonomously analyze vast data volumes and uncover insights. SAS believes the promise of AI can only become reality, however, if the data that feeds it is curated by a well-governed, comprehensive platform such as SAS® Data Management – a solution that transforms, integrates, governs and secures data, while improving its overall quality and reliability. “The increasing emergence of AI and ML will drastically improve the integration of data across the data landscape,” says Kim Kaluba, Senior Product Marketing Manager for SAS. “To get a full return on investment with AI, organizations need to start by putting a strong data management program in place to support it.” For the ninth consecutive year, SAS has been named a Leader in Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools.* According to Gartner, “the data integration tool market is resurging as new requirements for hybrid/intercloud integration, active metadata and augmented data management force a rethink of existing practices.” “Data no longer resides inside of an organization; it is living in the cloud and across cloud platforms,” says Kaluba. “The right data integration solution helps to break down data silos and address data problems while providing a vision for the future.” SAS Data Integration products include SAS Data Management, SAS Data Integration Studio, SAS Federation Server, SAS/ACCESS®, SAS Data Loader for Hadoop, SAS Data Preparation and SAS Event Stream Processing. *Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools” by Ehtisham Zaidi, Eric Thoo, Nick Heudecker. 1 August 2019. Learn more about SAS Data Management and Data Integration technology. Gartner Disclaimer Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About SAS SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®. AN AUDIENCE WITH DR RICHARD HAMES IN MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY 2019-08-15T03:19:02Z an-audience-with-dr-richard-hames-in-melbourne-and-sydney CHINA! WE HAVE FOUND THE ENEMY AND IT IS US!  Global futurist Dr Richard Hames will deliver a one hour seminar on Australian Business and the Prospects for Future Prosperity from 11am to 12 noon on Thursday August 29 in Melbourne and Friday August 30 in Sydney. One of the topics he will cover in these exclusive intelligence briefings is how Australia needs to reframe its relationship with China for mutual benefit.  Dr Hames says  “We live in the Chinese Century. Some still do not accept that. China is our largest trading partner. It represents almost one third of all Australian exports, including coal, oil, iron ore and agricultural goods. It also provides access to some of the largest markets in the world. Yet China’s trade with Australia is just 1% of its total market activity.”  Forbes magazine named Richard Hames “one of the smartest people on the planet.” He correctly anticipated 9/11, the GFC, the Arab Spring, Trump’s election and the success of the first iPod and Tesla electric cars.   An Audience with Dr Richard Hames will feature Dr Hames delivering remarks for 30 minutes followed by an extensive 30 minute Q & A session with the audience. Theatre style seating . Doors open at 10.30am. Strictly limited number of tickets available. Tickets are $50 from Eventbrite.com.au Melbourne Thursday 29th August 11am to 12noon Intercontinental Melbourne 495 Collins St Melbourne CBD. Melbourne http://eventbrite.com.au/e/66289602987    Sydney Friday 30th August 11am to 12 noon City Tattersalls Club 198 Pitt St Sydney CBD. Sydney http://eventbrite.com.au/e/66291131559  TO INTERVIEW DR HAMES email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412501601 ABOUT THE EVENT Using the benefits of AI scanning, with analysis from over 3,000 trusted sources from around the world, Dr. Hames will share unique insights with his audience as to how they can use disruption to their advantage; apply the latest technologies to innovate at a whole-system level; spot uncommon opportunities in Asia (even as the Australia-China relationship becomes more adverse); enrich employee engagement; and develop more relevant leadership literacies. ABOUT CHINA & AUSTRALIA ……WE HAVE FOUND THE ENEMY AND IT IS US   REFRAMING AUSTRALIAN-CHINESE RELATIONSHIPS FOR MUTUAL BENEFIT Dr Hames says  “We live in the Chinese Century. Some still do not accept that. China is our largest trading partner. It represents almost one third of all Australian exports, including coal, oil, iron ore and agricultural goods. It also provides access to some of the largest markets in the world. Yet China’s trade with Australia is just 1% of its total market activity.”   Rapidly rising incomes and the mass migration from the countryside to the cities created a large class of urban consumers demanding better housing, a clean environment, overseas travel, improved education, a more nutritious diet and an enhanced choice of financial and other services.   The key to future business success is understanding what problems plague China; what issues the Chinese government has identified (e.g. aged care, environmental pollution); what other opportunities are emerging (e.g. health and skincare products, supplementary education, direct marketing, legal services); and what solutions can be uniquely provided by Australian expertise (e.g. small-scale organic food farming, ecological services).   The biggest drawbacks to an expansion of trade with China are (i) cultural imperialism, successive Australian governments viewing China through the increasingly obsolete lens of empire, and (ii) our subsequent caution about engaging with China as an equal partner in global societal development. That caution, along with a defense strategy devised and led by the US (aimed primarily at securing its own interests, which do notnecessarily coincide with ours) lock us out of contention for new markets.   How? China is Australia's largest source of international students. But student visas can be instantly wound back. Beef exports can be replaced by agreements already in place with Argentina. Even now inflows of capital to Australia are curtailed...   Australia’s trading relationship with China over the next decade depends upon two factors. They go unheeded today. Yet both, working in tandem, are key:   1. PERSPECTIVE – Australian views about China are inherited relics from the past. Changing our ingrained assumptions about China – its political system, role in the world, and legitimate aspirations – is therefore critical.   2. EMPATHY - China has lifted its position in the world economy by bringing millions of its citizens out of poverty and promoting small businesses to generate income. Today China can totally replace Australian imports if it wants to. But hailing their extraordinary achievements, and working cooperatively with China, will inevitably benefit Australian enterprises wanting to do business there in the long term.   Richard Hames – Centre for the Future. August 2019      Let's talk about sex and empowerment - the condom company leading the way 2019-08-14T18:51:25Z let-s-talk-about-sex-and-empowerment-the-condom-company-leading-the-way Moments Condoms recently won a major tender in the New Zealand Market as part of the government-funded latex condom program.    As per the tender, Moments will be supplying approximately 8 to 10 million condoms a year to the New Zealand community.    But it is all about empowerment and equality. Moments are a brand who pride themselves on putting the power back into the individual to make smart choices when it comes to sex.    "For Moments, we are all about women empowerment. We have done the research, and it isn't just men who should feel powerful and confident when it comes to their sex life. We think everyone should be making educated decisions, and with Moments condoms, people have the options they deserve. Yes, we are a brand of condoms, but our mission is more than just selling. Our mission is to inform and educate so people, especially women, can feel empowered and confident," said Managing Director of Moments Condoms, Nikhil Daftary.    According to a sex survey, only 37 per cent of women take a condom with them when they go on a date where they think they may have sex. However, the reasons why women wouldn't, include: "not wanting to look presumptuous", "not liking them" or "being too embarrassed".    "Why is it okay for men to feel confident about carrying condoms but women shouldn't? We want women to be confident to take condoms out with them. We want them to enjoy the feeling of condoms, and we certainly do not want women to feel embarrassed about carrying them. At the end of the day, it is their health and wellbeing that should take priority," said Marketing Manager of Moments Condoms, Casey Giliberto.    One of the key messages from Moments is to encourage men and women to take responsibility for their sexual health. Everyone can do this by communicating and being confident to carry condoms with them when they go out! If only 37 per cent of women taking a condom on a night out, Moments want to empower women to feel instead sexy but also responsible.    But it doesn't just stop with women empowerment. It is the work with Corporate Social Responsibility that helps Moments stand above the rest, making them an active leader in the International Market.    "We believe it is our partnerships that keeps us going. The New Zealand government body PHARMAC was impressed with what we do for the local community and charities, including the McGrath Foundation to help raise money to place specialist McGrath Breast Care Nurses wherever they are needed and make breast health understanding a priority. In 2018, we donated 5% of our RRP from every Moments pack sold to the foundation, to help raise money to place specialist McGrath Breast Care Nurses. We were fortunate to donate around $15,000 in 2018. Just this year we also were a 'Supporting Partner' and 'Official Condom Sponsor' during the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. We had donated around 68,000 condoms at the festival. We closely work with Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in South Africa, International AIDS Society in Switzerland and we are the only condom company which is a partner at the Industry Liaison Forum (ILF) of IAS, Switzerland," says Nikhil Daftary.    Women empowerment and charity partners are just some of the key reasons PHARMAC chose Moments as part of the government-funded latex condom program.   PHARMAC is the New Zealand government agency that decides which medicines and medical devices are funded in the country. For 2019, PHARMAC has also increased the ranging variety due to Moments being able to supply with varying different options – sizes, textures, colours and flavours.   "We're pleased to announce changes to funded male latex condoms that will result in a wider range of funded male latex condoms becoming available. Including flavoured condoms in a range of sizes and thin and coloured condoms becoming funded for the first time. These changes will be implemented over a five-month transition period starting the 1st of October 2019. All individuals or organisations accessing funded 49 mm, 53 mm or 56 mm nominal width male latex condoms will need to change brands or products before March 1, 2020," PHARMAC posted online.   To learn more about the tender with the New Zealand government body PHARMAC, please click here. For more on Moments, please click here.    END   For more information please contact: Coral Healthcare Media Team (Moments Condoms) Phone: +61-3-9764 9274 Email: marketing.au@coralhealthcare.com   About Moments What can make your action in between the sheets even more exciting? It's Moments Condoms, of course!   Include us in your private space, and we will make sure your worries go out of the door (which we hope you have locked). Who would've known that today you can buy condoms online with utmost empowerment and sass?    Moments Condoms are a perfect fit (pun intended) to your bedroom adventures suited for all-nighters or for quickies.   You can choose from a variety of Moments Condoms – go vegan, textured or ultra-thin with your sexual drill. There's a reason why we say we sell the best condoms in Australia – because we know your taste, and what excites you!   Are you afraid of using passion and pleasure in the same line? We thought so. Get yourself a pack of the best condoms in Australia and be prepared for a long and sexy bedroom encounter.   Moments Condoms have three core values: health, empowerment and play.     Moments is a brand of Coral Healthcare.   About Coral Healthcare Coral Healthcare has been in business for over three decades and is a multinational, private limited company.   Coral Healthcare manufacture condoms, ultrasound gels and personal lubricant gels. The extensive range of high-quality products meet the varying needs and desires of our valued customers.   Coral Healthcare values pleasure, protection and planning as part of the overall business mission.  Waterlogic establishes footprint in Belgium through acquisition of Pure Services 2019-08-14T12:08:20Z waterlogic-establishes-footprint-in-belgium-through-acquisition-of-pure-services [LEUVEN, BELGIUM, 14 August 2019] – Waterlogic, a leading global designer, manufacturer, distributor and service provider of purified drinking water dispensers, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Pure Services. Established in 2007, Pure Services specialises in renting and servicing drinking water dispensers and fountains to small and large corporate organisations across Belgium and Luxembourg. Founded in 1992, Waterlogic was one of the first companies to introduce Point-of-Use (POU) water dispensers that utilise the mains water supply. The company has been at the forefront of the POU market, promoting eco-friendly product design and quality, the application of new technologies, and world class service. Veerle Claes, Managing Director, Waterlogic Benelux said, “Pure Services is the natural partner to help us establish a footprint in Belgium’s fast-growing hydration market. The company has worked tirelessly over the last 12 years to establish an outstanding reputation for exceptional service and drinking water solutions for their customers.” Waterlogic has direct presence in 16 countries and an extensive independent global distribution network in place, reaching over 60 countries around the world. Waterlogic Belgium is part of the company’s newly formed Benelux region alongside an already established market in the Netherlands and plans to enter Luxembourg, further fulfiling its strong growth ambition in Europe. Emmanuel Eeman, former owner of Pure Services said, “We are very excited to be joining Waterlogic. Waterlogic’s extensive range of dispensers are backed by superior technologies focused on delivering purified, great-tasting water in the most environmentally-responsible way without the need for plasic bottles, giving our customers the high quality sustainable choice they deserve.” Waterlogic was acquired in January 2015 by funds managed by Castik Capital, the European private equity investor. Pure Services is a recent acquisition as part of the company’s buy and build strategy since the acquisition by Castik, and following substantial acquisitions in the US, UK, Australia, Spain, France, Germany, and Scandinavia. About Waterlogic Waterlogic is an innovative designer, manufacturer, distributor and operator of Point-Of-Use (POU) drinking water purification and dispensing systems designed for environments such as offices, factories, hospitals, hotels, schools, restaurants and other workplaces. Founded in 1992, Waterlogic was one of the first companies to introduce POU systems to customers worldwide, and has been in the forefront of the POU market, promoting product design and quality, the application of new technologies and world class sales and service. Waterlogic has its own subsidiaries in many markets and an extensive and expanding independent global distribution network in place, reaching over 60 countries around the world. Waterlogic products are currently distributed in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa. Waterlogic’s leading markets are the US, Australia and Western Europe, in particular the UK, Scandinavia, Germany and France. More information can be found at www.waterlogic.com About Castik Castik Capital S.à r.l (“Castik”) manages investments in private equity. Castik is a European multistrategy investment manager, acquiring significant ownership positions in European private and public companies, where long-term value can be generated through active partnerships with management teams. Founded in 2014, Castik is based in Luxembourg and focuses on identifying and developing investment opportunities across Europe. The advisor to Castik is Castik Capital Partners GmbH, based in Munich. Investments are made by the Luxembourg-based fund, EPIC I SLP, the first fund managed by Castik, which had its final fund close of EUR 1bn in July 2015. SAS sees 105% growth in AI revenue, per analyst report 2019-08-13T23:15:53Z sas-sees-105-growth-in-ai-revenue-per-analyst-report Cary, NC (Aug 13, 2019) While the overall artificial intelligence (AI) market saw steady growth last year, SAS experienced growth at a rate nearly four times faster than the overall market, at 104.6% according to the IDC report, Worldwide Artificial Intelligence Software Platforms Market Shares, 2018: Steady Growth — Moving Toward Production1. SAS ranked second overall in 2018 in the AI software platforms category. “SAS had impressive growth in the artificial intelligence market, no doubt as a result of its leadership in analytics,” said David Schubmehl, Research Director, Cognitive/Artificial Intelligence Systems at IDC. “As organizations move from experimentation to production in AI to solve their business problems, many are looking for a trusted vendor that offers analytics expertise and domain knowledge. SAS’ embedded AI capabilities and integration with open source technologies allows organizations to take advantage of the technology to automate processes, without the heavy lifting of training AI models.” To continue fostering innovation and progress in an expanding market, SAS has committed to invest $1 billion in AI over the next three years. The $1 billion investment focuses on three main areas: research and development (R&D) innovation to continue to build on the success of SAS’ global AI efforts education initiatives addressing customer and partner needs to better understand and benefit from AI expert services to optimize customer return on AI projects. Devoting 26% of its overall revenue to R&D, SAS reinvests more than twice the average for major technology firms. “AI has been an integral part of SAS software for years,” said Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS. “Today we continue to move beyond the hype to make AI real for our customers, building on our strong foundation in advanced analytics. From machine learning, deep learning, computer vision and natural language processing to forecasting and optimization, SAS helps customers in many industries benefit from AI technologies and the intelligence they create.” Customers using AI from SAS include Lockheed Martin, Royal Bank of Scotland and Honda. Learn more about how SAS delivers AI, empowering organizations to make more intelligent and automated business decisions. One of the key technologies for doing this is SAS® Viya®, transparent, interpretable technology that helps users at all skill levels automate complex tasks to build world-class analytical models. 1 IDC #US45262419, Worldwide Artificial Intelligence Software Platforms Market Shares, 2018: Steady Growth — Moving Toward Production, David Schubmehl, June 2019  About SAS SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®.