The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-12-06T04:37:18Z Humanitix, the not-for-profit ticketing platform, partners with Canva, integrating the Canva Button to give events impact 2019-12-06T04:37:18Z humanitix-the-not-for-profit-ticketing-platform-partners-with-canva-integrating-the-canva-button-to-give-events-impact The Canva Button is an API released by Canva that enables online platforms to give their users design superpowers. Humanitix, a non-for-profit ticketing platform which utilises funds raised from event booking fees to fund education programs, was selected as a launch partner for the Canva Button, and is the first online ticketing platform to release the integration. Mike Williams, product manager for the Canva Button said, “Millions of people use Canva every month to promote and showcase their events with a Canva design. We’re thrilled to see Humanitix embrace the Canva Button to help streamline the design process for their users, and give their already great event creation experience that extra edge.” Co-CEO of Humanitix, Josh Ross said: “Canva has been a huge supporter of Humanitix’s mission to use event booking fees to close the education gap. Because Canva worked with Humanitix for their pilot roll out, we’ve been able to offer world-first event-management features to our users, who can create professional banners and promotional graphics right from within our platform.  “It means better events, more tickets sold, and more booking fees for our education projects. It’s all about running events with impact.” One such event organiser is CJ Holden, who uses Humanitix for events for KPMG’s High Growth Ventures and the highly acclaimed Space Series event in Byron Bay. Says Holden: “This is a game changer for event organisers. We run events for CEOs and tech-leaders, so everything needs to be perfect and beautiful. The Canva Button on Humanitix has cut the back-and-forth with graphic designers. It’s taken the platform to a whole new level.” Amanda Price, the Head of High Growth Ventures at KPMG commented on the partnership: “I’m so excited to see the Australian tech ecosystem coming together like this. Canva is Australia’s poster child unicorn, and Humanitix is growing so fast that they may well become the first charity unicorn. Everyone wins when high growth ventures collaborate.” Humanitix is doubling in size every few months as event organisers and ticket buyers flock to their platform. Latest figures project more than 3 million ticket buyers visiting their platform each year. Booking fees on Humanitix have already funded 150,000 meals for disadvantaged school kids, scholarships for indigenous students, and 52,000 days of education for girls. For Journalists: Possible story angle: Tech Unicorn Canva and Tech-Charity Humanitix Team Up to Tackle the Education Gap The team is available for interviews Contact Adam Long, Chief Growth Officer on 0421 498 170 or adam.long@humanitix.com.au  L2R: Joshua Ross, Cofounder at Humanitix; Cameron Adams, Cofounder at Canva; Adam McCurdie, Cofounder at Humanitix – Celebrating the launch of the Canva button - JPEG Download. Download photography, logos and the media kit here. FAQ What is Humanitix? Humanitix is the not-for-profit ticketing platform that gives events impact. We make event management a delight, and then direct 100% of the profit from booking fees towards education projects, such as literacy programs for young girls.  Who uses Humanitix? Anyone running events – whether an independent community event or an international conference. By ticketing their event with Humanitix, Singularity University funded 10,000 days of education, the Football Federation of Australia funded 2 years of girls’ education from a single match, and The Grounds of Alexandria funded 15,000 meals for disadvantaged children.  What has Humanitix achieved? Humanitix is now the fastest growing ticketing platform in Australia and New Zealand, and has contributed more than $400,000 to education programs.  Why is Humanitix different? 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 programs. It’s a charity for the tech-generation. 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, including Google and Atlassian Foundation, as well as a range of philanthropists. 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  About Canva  Launched in 2013, Canva is an intuitive online design and publishing platform with a mission to empower everyone in the world to design anything and publish anywhere. Featuring a simple drag-and-drop user interface and a vast library of templates ranging from presentations, social media posts, posters, invitations to resumes, a huge collection of stock photography, illustrations and fonts, anyone can take an idea and create something beautiful. Canva is available on web, iOS and Android. Kemp survey shows business struggling with application issues 2019-12-05T22:06:02Z kemp-survey-shows-business-struggling-with-application-issues Businesses are being plagued by a lack of notification and assistance with application issues. Since they are not utilising the agility and uptime of per-application load balancers, routine tasks are taking longer than expected. Their plight is outlined in a report commissioned by Kemp, which compiles industry findings from a Forrester Consulting survey data of IT and business leaders across five Asia-Pacific markets; and results from a ZK Research survey with respondents from the US and UK. The State of Application Experience (AX) report shows that in more established environments, IT professionals are finding it increasingly difficult to add new applications. New or separate infrastructure might be deployed to safeguard an existing application set so that they don’t impact each other, increasing the time to deployment. Some commercial load balancers are often seen to be unnecessarily complicated to configure. These require extra time to learn how to configure, troubleshoot and test new deployments. Cloud issues As cloud providers have their own native load balancers, the same configuration cannot be replicated across clouds or back at home, adding to the time required to deploy applications in different locations. However, Lee Doyle, of Doyle Research, says: “ADC (application delivery controllers) functionality has evolved to meet the challenges of the multi-cloud world. ADC features now can be flexibly delivered where and when they are needed. “Application delivery resources are right-sized for the workload and can be dynamically adjusted to meet changing demands (e.g. seasonal variations). Per-application or per-workload ADC deployment means that each environment can be scripted, automated and secured in a customised manner for optimal operationally efficiency.” Concerns and challenges The agility and uptime of per-application load balancers has not yet been utilised, and routine tasks take longer than expected. Insufficient notification and assistance with application issues is affecting businesses. In longer established environments, it is becoming harder to add new applications. New or separate infrastructure might be deployed to safeguard an existing application set so applications don’t impact each other, thus increasing the time to deployment. The report shows that a majority of enterprises are facing application experience challenges in multi-cloud. Some 66 percent have difficulty integrating and managing across third-party cloud environments, while 57 percent say siloed management brings latency in application experience. Another 57 percent say multi-cloud is unable to cater to their unique needs. While multi-cloud architecture eliminates enterprises’ dependency on any single cloud provider, organisations encounter significant AX challenges when using two or more public clouds. More than half of organisations receive insufficient notification and assistance with mission critical application issues. Close to a third of organisations surveyed experience mission critical application downtime between an hour to a day. Future needs What do IT teams need in the future? The migration of applications to multi-cloud is enabling better application experience, control and flexibility. Pay-per-use load balancing of applications is designed to make scalability and automation faster. Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) research has found that enterprises are increasingly deploying hybrid cloud and multi-cloud architectures to support digital initiatives and IT transformation. Thirty-five percent of network managers say public cloud initiatives are a major driver of their decision-making today, while another 35 percent say private cloud initiatives are a major driver. In addition, the average enterprise claims that 45 percent of its network traffic is attributable to public cloud applications.” The State of AX report predicts that IT Teams will continue to manage applications in both multi-cloud and on-premises for the foreseeable future. Those applications will be both cloud-native and traditional applications. The shift from hardware to cloud and software load balancer is very gradual. Load balancers are seen as key to maintaining the best and most secure application experience. “Application experience, which focuses on outcomes, will resonate with customers that want to provide value to the business through the application of technology, and opens the door to talk about more than just load balancing – AX is about the entirety of the, including performance, reliability, consistency and security capabilities,” says Mike Fratto, Senior Analyst, Applied Infrastructure and Devops, 451 Research. The report predicts: 1. Applications will be managed in cloud and on-premises. Migration to the cloud is not all or nothing. While there is lots of noise around cloud migration, many organisations will not be moving applications to the cloud. 2. Organisations will manage some cloud-native applications and traditional applications in the cloud. About a third of applications will not be modified or replaced before being migrated to the cloud. 3. Hardware load balancers still reign but only software load balancers can grow in the cloud. Hardware load balancers are still furthest along in the deployment process when compared to other form factors. 4. Organisations view load balancers as fundamental to maintaining the best application experience. Forrester spoke to organisations across five countries and asked how many applications on average need to be managed by a given load balancer, 8-10 organisations need to manager between 50 to 400 applications on a given load balancer. 5. Load balancers are seen as a key location for application security services. Organisations revealed that load balancing and single sign-on/client authentication are the most common application services being deployed. WAF. SSL, VBPN and DNS are also very commonly deployed. AIPM choose Praxis Framework™ as their body of knowledge partner for members 2019-12-04T22:49:42Z aipm-choose-praxis-frameworktm-as-their-body-of-knowledge-partner-for-members The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has selected the Praxis Framework as the basis of a new knowledge management system available to Project and Programme Managers through their member portal. AIPM chose to base their body of knowledge on the Praxis Framework due its integrated nature and alignment with other frameworks. Elizabeth Foley, CEO, AIPM comments, “AIPM has found Praxis Framework to be an excellent and efficient best practice model. That the framework encompasses knowledge, method, competency and maturity reduces training costs and decreases the time needed to maintain a project delivery infrastructure. We also liked the accessibility of the framework both in terms of that it is freely and, in its entirety, online, with no IP restrictions and that it is available in seven languages.” The Praxis Framework was launched in 2014 in order to provide clear, coherent guidance on optimising project, programme and portfolio delivery. Adrian Dooley, Lead Author of the Praxis Framework feels this aligns with AIPM’s objective of developing project management competence. “AIPM is dedicated to improving project management practices and competencies in the Australian market. They equip members with the necessary tools to add value to every project or programme they work on. I am delighted to be partnering with them to achieve these common goals.” Mr Dooley said. This partnership between AIPM and the Praxis Foundation to publish the body of knowledge, method and encyclopaedia, is in addition to AIMP’s recent quality endorsement of the Praxis Framework Bridging Course. This course, administered by APMG, is a route for those certified in other Project and Programme management training to become a Praxis Framework practitioner. For more information about this press release, please contact: bronwyn.walton@apmg-international.com, lawrie.kirk@apmg-international.com or msandmann@aipm.com.au About AIPM The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) is the premier, longest-serving body for project management in Australia. We are recognised by Australian business, industry and government as the key promoter, developer and leader in project management professionalism. AIPM is a member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). www.aipm.com.au About Praxis Framework™ Praxis is a free, community driven framework which can help individuals and organisations realise the intended benefits of project, programme and portfolio management. The Framework was launched in 2014 with Praxis Framework certifications becoming available in January 2018 from APMG’s Accredited Training Organizations. The Praxis Framework™ is a trademark of Praxis Framework Ltd. All rights reserved. www.praxisframework.org About APMG International APMG accredits organisations to deliver training courses and consultancy services for a broad range of professional certification schemes. Our long history of accrediting organisations worldwide – AI Considered the Most Important Technology of the 2020s 2019-12-03T23:12:25Z ai-considered-the-most-important-technology-of-the-2020s Sydney, Australia (4 December 2019) – AI and machine learning rated as the most important business technology of the 2020s above cloud platforms and big data, according to new ISACA research released today. The Next Decade of Tech: Envisioning the 2020s research explores the anticipated implications of technological advancements on the workforce and society as a whole in the next decade. However, only 39% of respondents in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) believe it is likely or very likely that businesses will give sufficient attention to the ethical considerations around AI and machine learning to prevent potentially unintended consequences in their deployments, such as autonomous weapons, data poisoning and attacks on critical infrastructure. This is in contrast to the global findings in which respondents were split 50/50. “While some organisations are experimenting with AI for insignificant business tasks, others are taking ambitious strides by delegating mission-critical roles to AI algorithms,” states Phillimon Zongo, ISACA member & Director of Cyber Resilience, and Co-Founder & Director at Cyber Resilience. “Yet to date, no industry standards exist to guide the secure development and maintenance of AI systems. The proliferation of AI raises intriguing opportunities; however, associated risks exist, and if not properly mitigated, the impacts can result in significant consequences.” Among the more than 5,000 business technology professionals who were surveyed by ISACA, a global, non-profit IT professional association celebrating its 50th anniversary, 93% in ANZ believe the augmented workforce, or people, robots and AI working closely together, will reshape how some or most jobs are performed in the next decade. The overall impact may have mixed results with: 41% indicating that IT industry salaries will increase; 62% believe job security and stability will decrease; and 85% agree that AI will have a major or moderate impact on the profitability of most businesses. The research canvassed additional future technological advancements with respondents predicting the next decade could lead to the rise of social robots – assisting patients with physical disabilities, educating children and elder care. A quarter (25%) of respondents suggest human augmentation, or people implanting technologies into their body to enhance capability and efficiency, will occur more frequently. And more than half (55%) believe individual countries attempting to “disconnect” from the global internet will become more common, meaning citizens would predominantly have access only to the information within the country they live, with little or no external information accessible. For more resources related to ISACA’s Next Decade of Tech: Envisioning the 2020s research, including global figures, a related infographic, podcast, video, blog posts and presentation, visit www.isaca.org/next-decade-of-tech. About ISACA Now in its 50th anniversary year, ISACA (isaca.org) is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. Today’s world is powered by information and technology, and ISACA equips practitioners with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organizations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its 460,000 engaged practitioners—including its 140,000 members—in information and cybersecurity, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in more than 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters worldwide and offices in both the United States and China. Twitter: www.twitter.com/ISACANews LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/isaca Facebook: www.facebook.com/ISACAHQ Instagram: www.instagram.com/isacanews Contact: Julie Fenwick, jfenwick@daylightagency.com.au +61 468 901 655 Lauren Graham, lgraham@daylightagency.com.au +61 432 614 401 Experts Warns By Pest Encounters During This Thanks Giving Season with Fast Pest Control Australia 2019-12-03T12:23:27Z experts-warns-by-pest-encounters-during-this-thanks-giving-season-with-fast-pest-control-australia With thanks giving being right around the corner, millions of people have planned traveling this time of year. Perhaps like other people you have also packed all you bags or have double checked the reservations or perhaps are the kind of person who likes to drive themselves. Things like these are what one focus on ahead of time to make sure to make your trip as flawless as possible. But with these millions of people traveling to homes and hotels, via various modes of transportation, no one would like the idea of taking bed bugs in your holiday celebrations. With their ability to not only survive, but to thrive in any circumstances, bed bugs have become a potential public health nightmare that can show up almost anywhere. Based on a survey conducted by the Fast Pest Control, it showed that nearly 30 percent of the total Australian respondents said that they were affected by bedbug infestations. In an interview with Mr Marks, the person who started Fast Pest Control with the assistance of his father in 2004, explained “Bed Bugs are hitch hikers and can come into your home secretly from your flight, holiday travel, movie theaters, flight, cabs, and even clothes received from ironing.”  “These roguish pests can also affect the overall hygiene of once home. Instead of simply throwing out your bed sheets and mattresses; it is much better to ask for assistance from the expert pest control Brisbane exterminators to safeguard health of your family.” When asked about the main cause of bed bugs infestations he said “The most apparent cause of bed bugs is the lack of awareness and ignorant among the peoples.”  He further added “The more one learn about bed bugs and the causes of bed bugs, the more they will be able to succeed in keeping them out of their home or business.” The company's reliable services are beyond exception. The other suburbs in which the organization now works include -  Pest Control Brisbane Pest Control Melbourne Pest Control Perth Pest Control Sydney Pest Control Canberra Pest Control Hobart To help vacationers avoid bringing home any bed bugs this thanksgiving season, the experts in Fast Pest Control shared some beg bugs prevention tips: The first and foremost bed bug prevention tip is always make sure to always thoroughly inspect your entire hotel room for any sign of bed bugs, before unpacking your luggage. Pay special attention to some most common bed bugs hiding areas including behind the headboard, under lights, and inside dressers, drawers, sofas and chairs. It is better to be safe than sorry. Make sure you have placed all you suitcases and belongings in a plastic bag throughout your stay as to prevent the bed bugs from invading there prior to your departure. Look out for any telltale stains or spots either in the mattress or the sheets. If you find anything, than contact the manager to change the room immediately but make sure not to take one which will be adjacent or below or above to the infested room. If you have some suspection that your clothes might have exposed to the bed bugs, than once you reach home, wash everything even those that have not been worn in hot water. For your suitcase, vacuum it properly than empty the bag before using it again. As bed bugs are not a DIY pest, it better to contact an professional bed bugs exterminator to the address the infestation. About Fast Pest Control The Fast Pest Control, a certified and authorized family owned pest Control Company with more than 6,000 members, has been serving the whole Australia for a decade now. They have a team of certified and licensed experts dedicated in providing the family or business a safe pest free environment by using the environmentally responsible Integrated Pest Management Programs. With their exceptional and quick services, they have won many numerous awards and recognition in the field of pest control. Contact Information  Fast Pest Control Brisbane Brisbane QLD  4000, Australia Contact - 1800339712 VRG Joins M-Files Global Partner Program 2019-12-03T08:24:30Z vrg-joins-m-files-global-partner-program Singapore - 4 December 2019: VRG, a Singapore-based e-Regulatory technology, consultancy and services provider for the Life Sciences industry, today announced that it has joined the global partner program of M-Files Corporation, the intelligent information management company. VRG’s core competencies are Enterprise Content Management, e-Regulatory systems and Regulatory Operations. Its focus is the Asia-Pacific region. They will leverage M-Files intelligent information management to help APAC customers modernize their information management practices. By transitioning from managing content and information using archaic, network folder-based approaches to a contextual, AI-enhanced and repository-neutral paradigm, these businesses can improve efficiency and workflow, eliminate information silos, maximize information reuse and avoid redundancy, conflicts and data loss.   "Our customers have unique content management needs. The repository-neutral and metadata-driven approach of M-Files will help our customers unify information across the enterprise based on context.  Additionally, M-Files is exceptionally well-suited to address the compliance and infrastructure change management requirements that characterize the Life Sciences industry," said Eric W Vestal, Founder and CEO of VRG. "The configurability and workflow capabilities of M-Files, coupled with its intuitive and user-friendly interface allows our customers to address challenges fast, without disturbing existing processes and to enjoy high adoption rates among their staff."   "We are pleased to partner with VRG to help Life Sciences organizations undergo strategic transformations and build new business models that allow them to scale and deliver greater value to their customers," said Johanna Juhola, Channel Account Manager at M-Files. "M-Files solutions enable Life Sciences organizations to automate and track processes, ensure consistent product quality and reduce regulatory risk."    About VRG VRG Pte. Ltd. (VRG) is a consultancy providing services and technology-enabled solutions for the Life Sciences and Engineering. Headquartered out of Singapore, their mission is to assist Life Sciences and Engineering companies of APAC in integrating enabling technologies through client-oriented services while maintaining a sensitivity for the costs of change.   VRG’s alliance consulting model provides highly experienced, industry recognized experts with deep subject matter expertise in science, engineering and technology with business know-how and client-oriented mindsets to support each client engagement.  VRG’s core services include Content Management, Regulatory Operations and Regulatory Submission Management, Regulatory Affairs, Regulatory Project Management, and e-Regulatory solutions (systems integration, including cloud technology). VRG has established partnerships with six global or regional technology and consulting leaders.  For more information on VRG visit vrg.com.sg   About M-Files and the M-Files Partner Program M-Files provides a next generation intelligent information management platform that improves business performance by helping people find and use information more effectively. Unlike traditional enterprise content management (ECM) systems or content services platforms, M-Files unifies systems, data and content across the organization without disturbing existing systems and processes or requiring data migration. Thousands of organizations in over 100 countries use M-Files for managing their business information and processes, including SAS Institute, OMV, Valmet, Rovio, Thyssenkrupp and NBC Universal. For more information, visit www.m-files.com.   M-Files provides a broad spectrum of business opportunities for value-added resellers (VARs), systems integrators and consulting services companies in a variety of industries and market segments. The company is committed to providing its partners with the resources and support needed to drive new license and subscription renewal revenue, as well as deployment and integration services to maximize profitability, develop expertise and build stronger customer relationships.     RBA Rate decision for December 2019 2019-12-03T03:40:31Z rba-rate-decision-for-december-2019 MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 3 December 2019 The Reserve Bank of Australia has left the Official Overnight Cash Rate (OCR) unchanged at 0.75 per cent. ASX interest rates futures markets had priced in a 9 per cent expectation of a cut this month. “Banks, credit unions and other lenders are still slicing rates and adjusting deals,” said Vadim Taube, CEO of leading Australian financial comparison site InfoChoice.com.au. Top Low-rate variable home loans December 2019 There are 10 variable rate home loans under 2.9 per cent pa now listed on InfoChoice’s database of 1800 home loans from 145 institutions. The lowest variable home loan comparison rate is 2.71 % pa with 110 variable home loan products for owner -occupiers now charging advertised rates less than 3.3 per cent pa. Top Low-rate fixed home loans December 2019 Borrowers can lock in a fixed mortgage rate under 3 per cent for five years - until December 2024 – or early 2025 assuming a 6 week settlement period. “There are now twenty-eight home loans with advertised fixed five-year rates under three per cent listed on InfoChoice,” said Vadim Taube, CEO of leading Australian financial comparison site InfoChoice.com.au.  “A standout deal in the fixed rate market is UBank’s 2.69% pa (comparison rate 3.19% pa) fixed for three years,” said Vadim Taube. There are 36 one-year fixed rate home loans under 3% pa. There are 76 two-year fixed rate home loans under 3% pa. There are 73 three-year fixed rate home loans under 3% pa. There are 20 four-year fixed rate home loans under 3% pa.   How much can I save by switching? December 2019 Switching from a $300,000, 25 year home loan charging 4.0 per cent pa to a loan charging 2.9 per cent pa could save a borrower  $52,929 over the life of the loan according to the InfoChoice refinancing calculator. “Even switching from a loan charging 3.5 per cent to a really low-rate mortgage of 2.9 per cent pa or less can save you almost one hundred dollars per month and $28K over the loan,” said Vadim Taube. “The RBA has reported that borrowers are getting rate cuts themselves by comparing, switching and negotiating with lenders. There’s no better time to refinance than right now to a super low rate and the RBA has reported last week that many Aussie borrowers are doing just that. “If your bank is not offering you a great rate, you can find alternatives that can reduce your repayments by hundreds of dollars per month easily at the moment. Compare 1800 home loans from 145 institutions at InfoChoice.   Go straight to the latest rates information from individual banks and other institutions here.   For more information on Savings account rates, data and commentary, please contact:   Jason Bryce, Media Manager on 0428 777 727 jason.bryce@infochoice.com.au   For more comments, please contact: Vadim Taube, Chief Executive on 0403 580 794   * listed on InfoChoice’s database of 1800 home loans and 145 institutions in Australia. InfoChoice compares financial products from 145 banks, credit unions, authorised deposit-taking institutions, non-bank lenders and other financial product providers in Australia. InfoChoice does not compare every product in the market. Some institutions may have a commercial partnership with InfoChoice. Rates are provided by partners and taken from financial institutions websites. We believe all information to be accurate on the date published. InfoChoice strives to update and keep information as accurate as possible.   Comparison rate is based on a secured loan of $150,000 over the term of 25 years. WARNING: These comparison rates apply only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and costs savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan   InfoChoice is a leading Australian comparison website for retail banking and personal finance products. We’ve been helping Aussies find great offers on credit cards, home loans, savings accounts, term deposits, personal loans and car loans for over 25 years. Our mission is to help consumers make an informed purchasing by bringing together the most comprehensive list of financial products on the market today.   At InfoChoice, we strive to be: •           Comprehensive. We compare more than 3500 individual products from 145 providers within Australia to offer you the best value. •           Informative. We know how important it is for you to crunch the numbers before buying. Our calculators help you understand the cost of different products over the long term and show you the potential savings. Research shows 99% of tender decisions could be challenged based on flawed pricing 2019-12-02T12:32:39Z research-shows-99-of-tender-decisions-could-be-challenged-based-on-flawed-pricing Brisbane consulting firm Acquire Procurement Services has today released a report claiming that nearly every tender decision could be challenged as a result of flawed pricing evaluations. The revelation means that organisations are likely overpaying on contracts or awarding contracts to the wrong bidders - costing taxpayers and shareholders billions.  The report suggests Government departments, Public Companies and private businesses are exposed to reputational and financial damage and raises the possibility of severe legal reprimand for those who are involved in the process — including company directors. Director Simon Thompson said, “Our recent research has shown that nearly all tenders are compromised by flawed pricing calculations due to errors introduced in the collection and evaluation of the suppliers' pricing information.” Thompson, a 13-year veteran of the procurement industry, said the catalyst for the research was his firm’s own experience in the field. "We were seeing so many irregularities while working with our clients that we decided it was important to see just how deep the problem ran. We found it to be systemic to the industry, which calls hundreds of thousands of tenders awarded every year into question.” Acquire's research evaluated 100 publicly available tenders recently run by governments and organisations around the world and assessed the response documents and the review criteria for errors or likelihood of error in completion.  Data validation, a form of data security that ‘locks’ the user into a certain way of responding, was used in less than 1% of the tenders reviewed. “In the absence of standalone tender pricing analysis software, data validation is your best chance of consistent and comparable responses. We were deeply concerned to find its use in so few tender response templates.” Mr Thompson attributed the overwhelming findings to a combination of factors, namely technologically inexperienced procurement managers, a dominating focus on process and probity at the expense of pricing evaluation rigour, and acceptance within the industry that a few errors will always slip through. “We believe that there’s no excuse for errors in pricing evaluation in this day and age. Not only are they expensive to fix, but with the technology that exists today — from the ubiquitous Microsoft Excel, to the emerging tender pricing analysis software that’s built-for-purpose — government departments and businesses must be seen to be doing all they possibly can to remove uncertainty in pricing decisions. Or prepare to face expensive and embarrassing challenges from suppliers more regularly.” The full report is available from the company's website: https://acquireprocure.com/tendering/research-99-of-tender-decisions-challenged/   MP Insurance Brokers & Honan Insurance Group Asia announce new partnership to benefit Malaysia marketplace 2019-12-02T01:11:30Z mp-insurance-brokers-amp-honan-insurance-group-asia-announce-new-partnership-to-benefit-malaysia-marketplace Honan Insurance Group Asia (Honan) and Kuala Lumpur headquartered MP Insurance Brokers Sdn Bhd have joined forces in a new business that will give the venture an immediate and significantly heightened presence in the Malaysian broker insurance marketplace.   The new business will be known as MP Honan Insurance Brokers Sdn Bhd and will be dedicated to providing clients with tailored insurance solutions to address and manage their individual and business risk protection needs.     Commenting on behalf of Honan, CEO Mr. Andrew Fluitsma said, “We are excited by the opportunity to partner with MP Insurance Brokers.   “The combination of their knowledge of the Malaysian marketplace combined with our global resources and access to World Broker Network (WBN) – the world’s largest structured network of independent local brokers – will give MP Honan Insurance Brokers significant capacity to offer an enhanced and broader service offering”. Ms Saw Kheng Lay, CEO of MP Insurance Brokers said, “Partnering with Honan was an easy undertaking as their approach to the provision of the highest standards of client service and managing risks strongly reflected and aligned with both our culture and core values”.   “In addition, it’s an important step forward for our business and demonstration to clients of our commitment to delivering service and capacity by providing the latest personalised solutions to help them manage and address a wide range of risks in a rapidly changing and highly complex commercial environment”.   MP Insurance Brokers Sdn Bhd was established in 1976 and has gone from strength to strength as a broking house managed by a team of industry professionals with a track record in the delivery of quality services to clients.  The company is also acknowledged for its global approach to finding solutions for local situations – including a number of strategic alliances that are of benefit to clients. Honan Insurance Group is a leading national Australian broker with over 55 years’ experience and a committed presence in the Asian marketplace with offices in Singapore and Malaysia.   Honan takes immense pride in its reputation as a dynamic specialist insurance broking business providing the highest standards of professionalism and service to clients.  The group is also acknowledged for its in-depth experience in Employee Benefits and through its WBN affiliation with access to 1500 professionals in over 100 countries.    Ms Saw Kheng Lay and Mr. Andrew Fluitsma concluded, “The new partnership will be of immense benefit to Malaysian businesses through the provision of value-added benefits and competitive insurance solutions tailored to each client's individual business requirements.   “We are confident MP Honan Insurance Brokers Sdn Bhd will grow its presence in the Malaysian marketplace and look forward to realizing our strategic and growth aspirations”.   Issued jointly by Honan Insurance Group www.honan.com.au  & MP Insurance Brokers Sdn Bhd   www.mpinsb.com.my           Media Enquiries:                 Mr. Joe Perri,            Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd                                                 Mobile:                      +61 412 112 545                                                 Email:                         jperri@joeperri.com.au   Endace Partners with Athena Dynamics to Expand Security and Network Monitoring Markets in Singapore 2019-11-28T01:53:06Z endace-partners-with-athena-dynamics-to-expand-security-and-network-monitoring-markets-in-singapore Auckland, New Zealand and Singapore – November 28, 2019 – Endace, a world leader in high-speed network recording, playback and analytics hosting, has announced a partnership with Athena Dynamics in Singapore, which focuses on cyber security, critical information infra-structure protection and enterprise IT Operation Management products and services. Since its inception in 2014, Athena Dynamics has won multiple awards including ICS Vendor of the Year (2017), Most Promising Industrial IoT Security Solutions (2018) and the CSA Cyber Security Award Finalist (2018) among others. Athena has a strong reputation for successfully delivering classified projects in the public sector and critical projects to protect sensitive digital assets in the private sectors. Endace VP of Sales APAC and Japan, Anthony Adamo, says, “The partnership with Athena Dynamics reflects Endace’s strong commitment to the Asia Pacific region and to working with the best in the cyber security industry. Athena Dynamics has a deserved reputation for excellence demonstrated both by the multitude of awards it has won and its proven ability to deliver classified and critical projects across the public and private sector. They are a great team to work with and we’re thrilled to have them onboard as a consulting distributor for Singapore.” CEO of Athena Dynamics, Ken Soh, comments: “Partnering with Endace allows us to expand our cyber security and network monitoring offering to customers and gives them access to a market-leading platform for scalable, full line rate packet capture and analytics hosting. This capability is in hot demand, especially when large-scale investigative or forensic related work is needed at state, nation-wide level.” Athena Dynamics is also a consulting distributor for Endace Fusion Partner, Darktrace in the Singapore and Asia Pacific region. About Athena Dynamics Backed by Singapore main-board listed group BH Global Corporation Ltd, Athena Dynamics (ADPL) sources, value-adds and implements radically differentiated technologies in support of SecOps, DevOps and ITOps in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region. 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Beehives are traditionally made from wood but Nuplas make theirs from plastic – for a range of compelling reasons. You can buy beehives in a range of configurations, but the Langstroth hive  is the standard. Frames are at the base of modern beehive management. Essentially, frames are individual inserts, traditionally made from wood, that sit in your frame box. With frames you are able to individually check up on honeycomb protection, brood and hive health. Nuplas use plastic in the case of their innovative product range, to protect against rot and mites. Comb foundations are inserted into each frame, to guide bees in the production of honeycomb. Honey is produced by bees from nectar, collected from flowers. Collected nectar passes from bee to bee inside the hive, with each bee absorbing water from the nectar content. This absorption process cures the nectar, turning it into honey. It is subsequently stored in comb cells, build by bees from beeswax. 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Their goal is to continue to bring the latest innovations and technology into the Australian market while making sure to offer them at a competitive price. For more information: https://www.endovision.com.au/ Network Pacific Strata Management News Update 2019-11-26T23:24:54Z network-pacific-strata-management-news-update Network Pacific Group of Companies is proud to celebrate 25 years in business. This milestone provides us with an opportunity to both reflect on our past and look forward to our future. Since opening our doors in 1994, Network Pacific Group of Companies has grown to be one of Australia’s leading property companies. Today the company has 72 staff members and manages over $5 billion worth of assets for over 20,000 clients worldwide.   Fostering a culture of innovation, excellence and continuous improvement has led to the establishment of ten affiliated companies. These include strata management, real estate sales and property management, essential services compliance, facilities management, building repairs and maintenance, ShareCar communal car use, Carparklock to prevent unauthorised parking, and building supplies at wholesale prices.  Our value-added services allow us to take care of all aspects of our clients’ property, maintenance and compliance needs. This unique one-stop-shop approach means our clients need only deal with one company, saving valuable time and money. In 2017, we attained ISO 9001:2015 Quality Assurance Certification. This is an internationally recognised certification which we are extremely proud to have received. Our quality management system allows us to monitor quality across all of our operations and ensure our business processes meet our clients’ needs.  Our focus on service excellence and continuous improvement has led to numerous state and national business awards over the years. Our hard working and dedicated team received 20 awards in 2018 alone!  We are excited to celebrate this silver anniversary and look forward to working with our clients, staff and valued stakeholders over the next 25 years. SPARE WORKSPACE AND VENUEMOB ANNOUNCE MERGER 2019-11-26T01:12:08Z spare-workspace-and-venuemob-announce-merger FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   SPARE WORKSPACE AND VENUEMOB ANNOUNCE MERGER Australia’s leading online marketplaces are joining forces to become the No 1 platform to find and book meeting and event spaces in Australia SYDNEY, November 22, 2019 – Spare Workspace and Venuemob announced today the merger of their companies to create one of Australia’s largest platforms to discover and book event, meeting and training spaces around Australia. Helping over 5000 businesses, collectively Spare Workspace and Venuemob have handled over $300 million of enquiries since their inception. Founded in 2015 by Jake Dimarco, Spare Workspace helps businesses to easily book on-demand meeting and training spaces online by the hour or day. Venuemob has been connecting Australians with the perfect venues for their events in just a few clicks since 2012.  With over 6000 unique spaces to choose from, customers will find the perfect venue for events ranging from a small meeting to a large-scale corporate conference. Their merger will make them the No 1 online platform in Australia to find and book event and meeting space. “Spare Workspace’s growth over the past four years has been astounding,” says Spare Workspace CEO Jake Dimarco. “With our industry-leading booking platform, we’ve taken a difficult and time-consuming task and made it super simple. I couldn’t be more excited to join forces with Venuemob and offer our customers a wider range of venues to meet all their needs. Customers won’t need to look anywhere else. We will be Australia’s biggest one-stop shop for event, conference and meeting spaces.”  Both companies have raised capital from major Australian and global investors. By coming together under Spare Group, they will now have dedicated teams in both Sydney and Melbourne to better serve customers with personalised recommendations and support.  “We’re thrilled to join Spare Workspace to create an even stronger presence around the country,” says Venuemob Director Adrian Bunter. “This merger will only strengthen our success. Our shareholders are incredibly excited about Jake taking on the role of Group CEO. He’s proven to be a strong leader in the industry and will no doubt take both businesses to the next level.” The company will continue to operate both brands into 2020, with an exciting roadmap in place to integrate both businesses in the coming months.  “We will continue to innovate and transform how customers discover and book their events and meetings around Australia,” says Dimarco. “We expect our growth to be exponential across both businesses. Watch this space.” To find the perfect space for your next meeting, visit spareworkspace.com.au and for your next event, visit venuemob.com.au . [ENDS] For all media enquiries, please contact: Jake Dimarco +61 2 8417 1036 media@spareworkspace.com.au About Spare Workspace Spare Workspace is the No 1 platform to easily discover and book on-demand meeting and training spaces around Australia. 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