The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-07-30T05:02:54Z Acorn Experts seek to prevent companies paying up to 59% more than they need to for an LMS 2021-07-30T05:02:54Z acorn-experts-seek-to-prevent-companies-paying-up-to-59-more-than-they-need-to-for-an-lms When it comes to picking a learning management system, pricing is the deciding factor for many organisations. So why do many end up paying 59% more than they need to? Seeking to better inform the market and reduce this figure, the Acorn internal subject matter experts have crafted a detailed guide which explores pricing models, hidden costs and how organisations can find their best solutions. Acorn is a product of Pursuit Technology, and the full article can be found on their Acorn Labs blog:     When it comes to pricing models for an LMS, there are two options: cloud hosted and locally hosted. For cloud hosted platforms, pricing commonly revolves around pay-per-learner, pay-per-active-user and pay-as-you-go models. For locally hosted platforms you’ll find subscription, single payment and freemium models.    Beyond pricing models, there are always hidden costs organisations will want to look out for. Sometimes these aren’t found until the final proposal. They include things like maintenance, training, support, content creation and implementation.    Conducting due-diligence is important when it comes to finding value and the article is quick to note this. Blake Proberts (Co-Founder and Managing Director) says even “just viewing a vendor’s pricing plans doesn’t give you the whole picture of cost.”    “Number of users is usually what upfront pricing plans are based on. It will pay to push back on things that will affect your day-to-day use of the LMS, like the cost of system maintenance, content creation, data migration, and not just support, but training too.”    The article guides organisations on what they need to define and how this will help them find the best-fitting solution.     In addition to being a useful information resource, the article also provides a handy LMS Pricing Comparison Guide for potential users to weigh up their options and expose hidden costs.    Pursuit Technology is a software development company which seeks to streamline systems through innovative solutions and unlock the potential of the workforce. Pursuit is all about putting the customer at the centre of everything we create. Since the inception of our Acorn LMS seven years ago, we’ve worked with everyone from local businesses to federal government agencies. In that time, we’ve maintained a 100% retention rate. Our Acorn LMS contains all the tools needed to support workforces – from onboarding and inductions through to compliance and ongoing development.  Acorn Experts seek to develop market knowledge on eLearning platforms 2021-07-30T05:00:53Z acorn-experts-seek-to-develop-market-knowledge-on-elearning-platforms eLearning platforms have diversified exponentially since the late 90s, meaning the market has become flooded with a multitude of niche products. The Acorn internal subject matter experts recognise this makes it confusing to find the best solution. In response, they’ve moved to release an informative guide to help organisations understand and evaluate different platforms. The full article is available now on their Acorn Labs blog:     In Co-Founder & Managing Director Blake Proberts’ words: “What’s in a name? A great deal, when you consider that ‘learning’ and ‘course’ represent an entirely different use case when put in front of the term ‘management system’.   “Not to mention the price difference between eLearning products can be vast too once you factor in the cost of research, implementation, support, maintenance and buy-in.”    Acorn’s article is all about breaking things down. It details commoditised content vs business training. It explores the difference between online learning platforms and online course platforms. It wraps up by detailing the difference between a learning management system, learning content management system, authoring tool and eLearning portal. These four items have their own specific functions but can interact with one another.     This content on the surface looks quite daunting and technical, but Acorn’s article aims to explain everything in a simple and direct manner. Beyond giving those who may not be clued in on eLearning platforms some grounded knowledge, the article also features guidance on procuring a solution which best fits the organisation.      In addition to being a useful information resource, the article also provides a handy LMS Feasibility Study for potential users to help ensure what seems like the perfect LMS, actually is.      Pursuit Technology is a software development company which seeks to streamline systems through innovative solutions to unlock the potential of the workforce. Pursuit is all about putting the customer at the centre of everything we create. Since the inception of our Acorn LMS seven years ago, we’ve worked with everyone from local businesses to federal government agencies. In that time, we’ve maintained a 100% retention rate. Our Acorn LMS contains all the tools needed to support workforces – from onboarding and inductions through to compliance and ongoing development.   Natuvion announces Strategic Partnership with Celonis 2021-07-29T09:47:46Z natuvion-announces-strategic-partnership-with-celonis Natuvion announced a new strategic partnership with Celonis, a global market leader in Execution Management. Through this collaboration, Natuvion perfectly complements its core competence in data transformation. Celonis Process Mining und Execution Management allow Natuvion transformation experts to further improve business process analysis, optimization, and the transition to innovative technologies and platforms. Consequently, the approach to transformation becomes more intelligent, while execution gains in pace and efficiency. Walldorf, Germany and Sydney, Australien – 28. Juli 2021: Celonis has already been an important partner of Natuvion since the successful introduction of Celonis for Consulting (C4C+). This program offers customers significant benefits when evaluating processes and improving data quality. Utilizing its analysis and monitoring capabilities, Celonis technology supported SAP S/4HANA migrations and proved a valuable tool in RPA implementations. Moving forward, Natuvion will expand and develop its transformation portfolio in the area of Process Mining. As part of the Celonis for Consulting (C4C+) program, Natuvion has already begun integrating Celonis Execution Management System (EMS) into its consulting services. C4C+ is a strategic initiative; its objective is to support customers and partners in achieving process excellence. The program is comprised of two phases. The first step, the analysis with Celonis Process Mining, results in identifying the potential for optimization. In the following step, the execution with Celonis EMS uses all its capabilities enabling customers to control and optimize core business processes. Christian Schröfl, Natuvion APJ CEO and co-founder, and Certified Celonis Process Engineer himself, is delighted: “Celonis puts us in the best position to support our customers in their efforts to assess and streamline their business processes. Celonis Process Mining uses the data of existing systems and processes to document the issues and barriers during execution. Celonis EMS does not only identify these barriers, but also eliminates inefficiencies through the use of artificial intelligence and automation. Customers recognize the huge advantage: the direct impact on cost and revenue. That is why I enjoy these customer playback sessions with Celonis EMS so much. The C4C+ program offers immediate specific input to improve business outcomes". Jack Basley, Celonis Market Lead - Australia & New Zealand, added: “When companies combine our market leading Execution Management System with the expertise of Natuvion, they accelerate transformation and significantly improve corporate processes".   1.    About Celonis Celonis is the global leader in Execution Management. The Celonis Execution Management System provides companies with a modern way to manage their business processes based solely on data and intelligence. The company pioneered the process mining category 10 years ago when they first developed the ability to automatically mine processes and find inefficiencies. 2.    About Natuvion Natuvion is a digital moving company. Our team does not transport tables, filing cabinets, or chairs. Natuvion moves business-critical data and processes from one technology platform to another. Typical Natuvion “relocation services” include data migration, data transformation, data quality, data integration, data privacy, data security, and data governance. Natuvion’s data transformation experts are supported by DCS, a powerful, proprietary software solution developed in-house. Natuvion is a founding member of the new SAP S/4HANA Selective Data Transition Engagement Community. Featured in the Inc. 5000 and FT 1000 lists, the Natuvion Group is one of the fastest growing software and IT consulting companies.    HCL Technologies Names Jill Kouri as Global Chief Marketing Officer 2021-07-29T03:49:42Z hcl-technologies-names-jill-kouri-as-global-chief-marketing-officer New York, US/Noida, India, July 28, 2021: HCL Technologies today announced Jill Kouri’s addition to the executive team as Chief Marketing Officer. A top marketing executive with nearly 30 years of corporate and agency B2B services experience, Kouri will lead the company’s global marketing programs to advance HCL’s focus on helping companies reimagine their business for the digital age.    “As HCL continues to drive its strategy to be the digital partner of choice for global enterprises and reinforce its industry-leading ESG practices, it is imperative to strengthen our marketing leadership,” said C Vijayakumar, CEO and Managing Director, HCL Technologies. “Jill brings rich experience in areas from purpose articulation and global brand building to demand generation and sales enablement, and we are thrilled to welcome her to our leadership team.”   Kouri joins HCL Technologies most recently from JLL (NYSE: JLL), where she was Chief Marketing Officer, Americas, for seven years. Prior to that, she spent 14 years in increasingly senior marketing leadership roles at Accenture. “While I was familiar with HCL Technologies at a high level, I was completely in awe of the organization’s rich history, culture and focus on innovation and entrepreneurial mindset,” Kouri said. “HCL is at a critical point in its journey, having reached the $10 billion revenue mark, and I am excited to lead the efforts to create more widespread brand awareness and affinity, all while driving a very strong growth agenda.”   Kouri is  a very strong advocate and driver for purpose and D&I initiatives. She is a board member with FGM Architects, and  is involved in several non-profit initiatives including Dress for Success, where she is part of the Midwest Advisory Council. Kouri earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has APR (Accreditation in Public Relations) certification from the Public Relations Society of America.   About HCL Technologies HCL Technologies (HCL) empowers global enterprises with technology for the next decade, today. HCL’s Mode 1- 2-3 strategy, based on its deep-domain industry expertise, customer-centricity and entrepreneurial culture of Ideapreneurship™, enables businesses to transform into next-gen enterprises. HCL offers its services and products through three business units: IT and Business Services (ITBS), Engineering and R&D Services (ERS) and Products & Platforms (P&P). ITBS enables global enterprises to transform their businesses through offerings in the areas of applications, infrastructure, digital process operations and next generational digital transformation solutions. ERS offers engineering services and solutions in all aspects of product development and platform engineering. P&P provides modernized software products to global clients for their technology and industry specific requirements. Through its cutting-edge co-innovation labs, global delivery capabilities and broad global network, HCL delivers holistic services in various industry verticals, categorized as Financial Services, Manufacturing, Technology & Services, Telecom & Media, Retail & CPG, Life Sciences & Healthcare and Public Services. As a leading global technology company, HCL takes pride in its diversity, social responsibility, sustainability, and education initiatives. For the 12 months ended June 30, 2021 HCL had consolidated revenue of US$ 10.54 B. Its 176,499 Ideapreneurs operate out of 50 countries. Visuo Chosen for Newchip’s Intensive Global Pre-Seed Accelerator Program 2021-07-29T02:53:45Z visuo-chosen-for-newchip-s-intensive-global-pre-seed-accelerator-program (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), (29th July 2021)—Launched in 2020, Visuo’s AI-powered Video Creation Platform helps agencies and brands to 10x their video creation with the power of AI+automation, at a time when a global pandemic, changing work habits, and a digitised economy means businesses need to market themselves online more than ever before.Visuo is pleased to announce that it has been accepted into Newchip’s renowned global accelerator program. Designed to provide all the skills and tools founders need to rapidly fund, build and scale their companies, past accelerator cohorts averaged more than 17.5 times the average funding amount. The equity-free, fully digital accelerator has helped over 1,000 founders from 35 countries raise over $300 million in funding.“Newchip evaluates a vast number of companies from across the globe, selecting less than 7% to be part of our accelerator,” says Armando Vera Carvajal, Accelerator Director at Newchip. “This strict selection process makes us an ideal partner for investors looking for promising start-ups. Smart MarTech companies like Visuo can scale quickly with proper funding and guidance. We are excited for Visuo and believe they will do well at Newchip.” ### About VisuoVisuo is an AI-powered B2B AdTech / MarTech start-up based in Sydney, Australia. With a highly experienced team bringing together real-life video production experience, combined with top-end technical capabilities in AI & automation (ex-Google), Visuo’s mission is transform the video production industry, and help video production agencies and brands to 10x their video creation through the power of AI+automation. To find out more, visit About NewchipNewchip is an online, global startup accelerator, led by a world-class team of entrepreneurs and investors. It was designed to provide founders with the tools needed to rapidly fund, build, and scale. Since its inception in 2019, the equity-free, remote accelerator has helped over 1,000 founders from 35+ countries raise over $300 million in funding. It has three distinct six-month accelerator programs based on company stage: Pre-Seed, Seed, and Series A. Its vast network of global investors, strategic partners, and mentors guide companies from team building and prototype development to securing high-profile VC investment, corporate partnerships, and everything in-between. To learn more visit GameDay and Para Football sign headline partnership to support the global development of disability football 2021-07-28T11:18:42Z gameday-and-para-football-sign-headline-partnership-to-support-the-global-development-of-disability-football GameDay, the leading provider of digital solutions to international, national, grassroots and professional sporting organisations across the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, has today announced an exciting new partnership with Para Football, the global body for the international federations of different disciplines of Para Football. GameDay will be working with Para Football to roll out a next-generation membership and registrations platform, supporting them to develop and grow the global structure, support and connectivity across the multiple disability football styles and organisations. A key feature will be the use of GameDay View, to allow Para Football to gain advanced insights into participation across different branches of disability football to help shape global development. The project will, over time, work across the member partners of Para Football, including 10 sport and international federations – World Amputee Football Federation; International Blind Sports Federation; International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football; Football International Federation for Players with Downs Syndrome; World Intellectual Impairment Sport; International Football Committee on Mental Health; Federation Internationale de Powerchair Football Association; and the International Federation of Skate Soccer – and 3 further International Organisations for Sport for the Disabled – Cerebral Palsy International Recreation Association; International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation; and the Sports Union for Athletes with Down Syndrome. Andy Graham, General Manager for GameDay, said: “What a great, exciting partner for GameDay! We love football, and Para Football has such a fantastic commitment to developing the disability disciplines of the sport around the world. We’re really looking forward to supporting their truly innovative and exciting program across their partner ecosystem, with GameDay providing to their collective worldwide movement.” Sam Turner, Co-Founder of Para Football, said: “Para Football was established to support the international federations of Para Football and connect the Para Football community around the world. Supported by GameDay and Stack Sports as our Official Digital Membership and Registration provider, we will be better equipped to support the worldwide growth of football for persons with disabilities. The ability to measure and present the real data around Para Football participation is key to our future success, therefore working with the recognised experts in the field makes absolute sense. Para Football depends upon limited resources and a network of amazing volunteers, therefore partnerships such as this make our work more efficient, effective and impactful, ensuring a positive future of football for all.” About GameDay Gameday have been providing next generation sports technology solutions in the Australian market since 2001 and have extended the key markets they work in across the United Kingdom, Europe and New Zealand. Other GameDay partners in the European region include the International Bowling Federation, Rugby Football League, Basketball England, Run For All, Basketball Ireland, Cricket Ireland, GB Snowsports, the UEFA Foundation and Aston Villa FC Foundation. GameDay provides Membership, Competition, and Event Management platforms, and various digital website, e- commerce and auction fundraising solutions to the sports community. About Para Football Para Football is a new foundation and worldwide body responsible for developing football for persons with disabilities in the way they choose to play. The vision of Para Football is “Football for all persons with disabilities” and its mission is to “Ensure opportunity for persons with disabilities to participate on an equal basis with others in football”. Para Football unites autonomous and independent International Federations of Football for persons with disabilities and supports National Football Associations to be more inclusive and develop football opportunities for persons with disabilities. We are creating a recognised home for all things Para Football at where anyone around the world can find a way to be part of the beautiful game. For more information about Para Football, please contact or visit its channels: ➔ Website: ➔ Twitter: @ParaFootball_ ➔ Instagram: Para Football_ ➔ Facebook: Para Football Foundation ➔ LinkedIn: ➔ Youtube: Para Football For more information and interviews, please contact: Greg SturgeDirector of Strategy EMEAGameDayPhone: +44 7935 217 320 Sam TurnerCo-FounderPara FootballPhone: +44 7931 996681 Email: Canon Medical announces strategic changes to reinforce global HIT division 2021-07-28T08:24:35Z canon-medical-announces-strategic-changes-to-reinforce-global-hit-division Otawara, Tochigi Prefecture Japan – July 20, 2021 – Canon Medical Systems Corporation has today announced a major operational plan to strengthen its healthcare information technology (HIT) division.   The HIT division will broaden its capabilities and leverage Canon Medical’s global infrastructure to accelerate the delivery of a full range of Enterprise, AI, and Collaborative imaging solutions. As part of the development, Vital Images, Inc. will adopt the Canon Medical brand to support a more unified business approach.   The entire reform, which is expected to take time to complete, will further solidify the company’s goal of strengthening HIT as a key growth pillar – enabling customers to access the full range of solutions they can use to help improve patient outcomes and decrease turnaround time in a value-based healthcare system.   “This development represents a bold new future for our company, our partners and our customers,” says Toshio Takiguchi, CEO and President of Canon Medical. “Enhancing our HIT solution and service provision is the natural next step in a world that demands accurate and immediate results across the entire hospital enterprise.”   Jim Litterer, President and CEO of Vital Images, Inc. says of the reform: “Canon Medical has a well-established reputation for delivering leading solutions that support the end-to-end needs of the evolving healthcare systems. I am confident that customers around the globe can look forward to enhanced service delivery, uncompromised quality, and an innovative approach to healthcare – which is why I am excited to strengthen the HIT division under the entity name Canon Medical Informatics, Inc., leveraging the global reach of Canon Medical”.  The formal name change will be completed effective Oct. 1, 2021.   About Canon Medical Systems CorporationCanon Medical offers a full range of diagnostic medical imaging solutions including CT, X-Ray, Ultrasound, Vascular and MR, as well as a full suite of Healthcare IT solutions, across the globe. In line with our continued Made for Life philosophy, patients are at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is to provide medical professionals with solutions that support their efforts in contributing to the health and wellbeing of patients worldwide. Our goal is to deliver optimum health opportunities for patients through uncompromised performance, comfort and safety features. At Canon Medical, we work hand in hand with our partners - our medical, academic and research community. We build relationships based on transparency, trust and respect. Together as one, we strive to create industry-leading solutions that deliver an enriched quality of life. For more information, visit the Canon Medical website:   Global demand for camel milk surges 20% during Covid as consumers seek healthier dairy alternative 2021-07-28T06:19:09Z global-demand-for-camel-milk-surges-20-during-covid-as-consumers-seek-healthier-dairy-alternative Globally, milk producers report around 20% rise in demand for camel milk during COVID-19 and lockdown as more consumers shift from cow to camel milk, to help boost immunity. Known for its anti-inflammatory, strong protective proteins, anti-microbial and nutritious value; parents seek camel milk for children. CEO of camel dairy Good Earth Dairy, Marcel Steingiesser, once worked as a chemical engineer at BHP so how did he end up milking camels and drinking camel milk daily?    Australia has the world's largest herd of wild camels and their population is estimated to be about 3,00,000, spread across 37 per cent of the Australian mainland.    The demand for camel milk in the US and Asia increases due to its health benefits (it’s high in vitamin C and iron) and there are not sufficient numbers of camels available to meet the demand.    Camel milk retails for around $19 a litre in Asia. And in SIngapore a litre costs around $19 compared with just over $4 for two litres of cow milk.    Executive Chair & CEO, Marcel Steingiesser said, “Our intention for Good Earth Dairy is to be a major disruptor to the US$6 billion camel milk industry.”     “We have the opportunity to make the best camel milk,” Steingiesser said .    “Australia has an incredible reputation in food quality safety standards and that’s a great opportunity for all camel dairies in Australia.” he continues.    Previously camels have caused considerable damage in the Australian outback since they were introduced in the 1840s.  The wild herds grow at about 8 percent per annum and are culled in remote areas.      Wild camels can be caught and domesticated “We are able to access wild camels which enables us to expand” says Steingiesser.    Good Earth Dairy are looking to equity raise to expand their operations by allowing the company to fund the initial construction and approvals of their niche 5000 head dairy and enable the acceleration of Good Earth Dairy’s growth and also increase the company’s value     Good Earth Dairy has the capability to sell on average $10AUD per litre throughout Australia with 300g tins of powder selling for over $100AUD in China.     Good Earth Dairy's Intellectual Property has the opportunity to bring production costs down to less than $2AUD per litre.     The IP created includes the capability to rapidly and efficiently scale to more than 3 million litres yearly per designed module.    Good Earth Dairy will continue to innovate to become the lowest-cost producer of high-quality camel milk globally, through efficient scalable Agri-technology processes achieved by their commitment to research and development.     Scale is key to getting production costs lower, said Steingiesser. He’s drawing on his 14 year’s of experience as a former chemical engineer at BHP in the push to get costs down to A$2 a litre.  SurfaceWise2 verified as Australia’s longest lasting disinfectant 2021-07-28T03:28:09Z surfacewise2-verified-as-australia-s-longest-lasting-disinfectant In a world first, SurfaceWise2™, manufactured by Allied BioScience, has become the only product of its kind to be verified by a regulatory body to reduce germs by up to 98.5% over 15 weeks. SurfaceWise2™ forms a protective coating to provide residual efficacy on surfaces. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has listed SurfaceWise2™ as a hospital-grade disinfectant effective against germs, bacteria and COVID-19. This significant outcome was achieved through three-month pilots into the Australian Healthcare and Public Transport sectors and extensive independent lab testing that replicated real-world conditions. SurfaceWise2 enables continuous protection by forming an always-on protective coating that makes surfaces hostile to germs. This means that even 15 weeks after a single application, it is still delivering up to a 98.5% reduction in germs, even with regular cleaning. When lab tested in harsh conditions SurfaceWise2 outperforms all expectations. Following 1,620 simulated cleaning cycles, equivalent to 90 days on high touch surfaces such as door handles, SurfaceWise2 was still delivering a 98.5%+ reduction against bacteria and Human Coronavirus. By comparison other “long-acting” products were removed from the tested surface after just 18 cleaning cycles. Traditional disinfectants only provide momentary protection against germs. Once the product has dried, they are no longer effective and leave surfaces susceptible to recontamination when someone touches it, coughs or sneezes. SurfaceWise2 breaks that cycle of infection with its always on protection. The TGA has updated the Intended Purpose on the Australia Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) website to the following:   ·       “SurfaceWise2 is a Hospital-grade disinfectant against germs, bacteria and COVID-19. SurfaceWise2 is a hard surface disinfectant that forms a protective coating to provide residual efficacy on surfaces to reduce germs by up to 98.5% over 15 weeks.”   SurfaceWise2, exclusively distributed by Allied BioServices, can make environments safer by making surfaces continuously hygienic, enabling you to revert back to pre-COVID cleaning protocols and environmentally sustainable cleaning.   Please find the Public Summary on TGA’s Website here:   For further information or interview requests please contact:   Annalise Brown +61 408 986 702   -ENDS-   About Allied BioServices Allied BioServices is dedicated to delivering innovative solutions to provide protection against germs, bacteria and viruses. The company has the exclusive rights across Australia and New Zealand for SurfaceWise2™, a revolutionary, always-on antimicrobial disinfectant coating that provides continuous, long-lasting surface protection across all industry verticals.         BREAKING NEWS! XCELLERATE IT CHOSEN BY MICROSOFT D365 F&O CUSTOMERS TO AUTOMATE ACCOUNTS PAYABLE 2021-07-28T02:12:12Z breaking-news-xcellerate-it-chosen-by-microsoft-d365-f-amp-o-customers-to-automate-accounts-payable Telstra Health and G8 Education have selected Xcellerate IT to implement accounts payable automation integrated with their ERP system, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations (F&O). The move solidifies Xcellerate IT as a preferred implementation partner for customers running Microsoft D365 F&O. Telstra Health, providers of digitally-enabled care for the community, will work with Xcellerate IT to implement Kofax ReadSoft Online, a dedicated cloud-based accounts payable automation solution. G8 Education, Australia's largest private provider of quality early childhood education and care, will implement Kofax TotalAgility, a fully integrated, enterprise-wide digital transformation platform that can be expanded outside of the accounts payable department to automate other business processes. As part of their digital transformation journey, and to get the most out of their ERP investment, Dynamics 365 F&O customers are looking for integrated solutions to streamline and automate their accounts payable processes. As one of the first Australian service providers in the enterprise capture and workflow industry, the team at Xcellerate IT are highly experienced and specialise in deploying the latest business process automation solutions, driving efficiency and empowering accounts payable departments with the skill and technology to minimize manual intervention and accelerate operations.  Xcellerate IT has managed the implementation of over 100 enterprise-wide, business process automation solutions, powered by Kofax. With a focus on accounts payable automation, our solutions meet the specific needs of our customers and provide them with insightful analytics, visibility and tracking.  “We are thrilled to be selected by Telstra Health and G8 Education to implement our tried and proven solutions that will automate the entire invoice lifecycle. With over 24 years of experience and more that 100 satisfied customers, we are proud to be the partner of choice when it comes to transforming business processes”, said Howard Boretsky, Managing Director, Xcellerate IT.  AQUA ANALYTICS SIGNS A MULTI-YEAR ASSET MAINTENANCE CONTRACT WITH YARRA VALLEY WATER 2021-07-27T05:00:05Z aqua-analytics-signs-a-multi-year-asset-maintenance-contract-with-yarra-valley-water Melbourne – Recently, Yarra Valley Water, one of the largest water corporations in Australia, appointed the specialist water network intelligence provider, Aqua Analytics as its consultant to deliver leak detection services for the corporation’s water distribution area. Both organisations entered a three-year contract with an option to extend for a further two years subject to satisfactory performance and results. Yarra Valley Water has long focused on proactively, efficiently and effectively identifying and rectifying leaks in their network as soon as possible to minimise water loss. This project will see Aqua Analytics continue to identify leaks throughout the Yarra Valley Water distribution areas that cover 4,000 square kilometres and assets that consist of over 10,000 kilometres of water mains. If any asset defects are identified, Aqua Analytics will report these via a customised field asset management system that integrates with Yarra Valley Water’s ERP solution, enabling prompt repair and reducing leak run-times. The scope consists of both planned and reactive works based on real-time network intelligence such as minimum night flow indicators. Aqua Analytics’ team will use a range of acoustic leak detection equipment and sensors to achieve the project objectives and offer a range of innovative solutions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of field activities. Commenting on the new project, Hugh Chapman, Managing Director of Aqua Analytics says, “We are excited to partner with Yarra Valley Water over the coming years to help them further reduce their non-revenue water. Yarra Valley Water are deeply committed to creating a sustainable future for their customers and our team shares this vision.” Every day, more than 2 million people – around 30% of Victoria’s population and 58,000 businesses rely on Yarra Valley Water for their water and sanitation services.   The project award coincides with Aqua Analytics opening a new office in Melbourne, their third opening in the last 12 months and now have a direct local presence in New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria to better serve their customers' water network management needs.    About Aqua Analytics Aqua Analytics is a trusted partner for water utilities in Australia, New Zealand and Asia embarking on smart water networks, water loss management and pipeline condition assessment projects. Since the 1990s, the Aqua Analytics team has utilised technology to help towns and cities reduce water network leakage, improve operational efficiency, and deliver superior customer experiences through the design and implementation of water network intelligence solutions. For more information, please visit Offering virtual infertility support in a revolutionary way 2021-07-27T02:36:31Z offering-virtual-infertility-in-a-revolutionary-way Changing the experience of infertility through a revolutionary approach to fertility care 27 July 2021 Perth-based ‘Your Fertility Hub’ are supporting thousands of women worldwide to live better through infertility through their innovative approach to fertility support and wellness.  For most women and couples, the journey through infertility is one of the toughest of their lives. Typically, not much support and advice is offered outside of medical care and individuals are left floundering - finding their own way through the confusing web of advice and not knowing where they can turn for support.  Your Fertility Toolbox changes all that and believes that no one should have to do this alone. A web-based app - the Toolbox contains a private members-only community filled with light and positivity plus a huge toolbox of resources focused on the mind and body - such as recipes, yoga classes, meditations and mindset support. All members are supported by coaches who are there to motivate, inspire and provide both individual and group support.  The app is the brainchild of Karenna Wood, internationally renowned and award-winning fertility coach who has helped over 3000 women to travel through and out of infertility more positively. Karenna says “Infertility is a devastating experience, one which many outside of it can’t even comprehend. It impacts on every area of your life and is strongly linked to high stress, anxiety and even depression. “There’s not enough support out there. Even though we have mandatory counselling within every fertility clinic here in Australia, often people aren’t willing to use this service and they need support at every step - not just during treatment or in a clinic setting. It’s those moments of loss and despair from a pregnancy announcement, hitting a key milestone or in the middle of the night when you believe this pain will never end. That’s when people need round the clock access to holistic support.” “Your Fertility Toolbox is about everything apart from the medical side. There’s already so much focus on what you need to do to get pregnant. Instead we are just there for support, inspiration and motivation and teaching members practical things they can do to feel better now, even whilst still trying. For example, we support our members to keep motivated on their diet, learn about relaxation techniques, how to foster hope, keep moving with our gentle yoga classes and how to bring back joy into their lives.” “We’ve had an amazing response from both individuals and within the fertility industry with clinics and practices now joining as corporate members so they can offer the Toolbox to all their clients.” Former Toolbox member Bayley who has recently given birth said ‘After a natural conception I had a miscarriage which I found difficult to deal with, following a year of trying my partner and I went to a fertility specialist and was given a diagnosis of unexplained fertility.  Despite undertaking psychology I was still  struggling with the miscarriage and was having difficulty dealing with having to undergo IVF.   “I found Your Fertility Toolbox via the Your Fertility Hub podcast. The toolbox helped me to gain perspective and turn what I perceived to be a negative experience (IVF) into a positive one. After the 1:1 chat with Karenna I felt more positive. The one thing that really sticks with me is that Karenna kept telling me I wasn’t broken which was a constant negative thought I had. Karenna also wrote some beautiful affirmation cards for me specific to my needs.    “All these tools combined as well as working through the worksheets in the fertility toolbox I was able to recognise my fears more clearly and change my mindset to a more positive outlook. The ongoing support from Karenna and being able to access and utilise the toolbox helped me manage going through IVF and change my mindset which helped me to achieve a pregnancy and I now have a beautiful girl. I now recommend this toolbox to everyone I know struggling with infertility.” Current Toolbox Member, Bridget couldn’t have managed without the Toolbox on her gruelling 5 year journey through IVF, miscarriage, surgery and now cutting-edge treatment as their last chance “After four years of trying by ourselves and saving for IVF but not getting there yet, I felt broken. It was then that I realised I couldn't do this alone. I was searching for meditations on YouTube when I came across one by Karenna. This led me to the Toolbox, where I discovered an amazing community of support and a wealth of knowledge and tools to help me cope with my journey.  “I honestly can say that the Toolbox was a game changer for me. Infertility makes you feel so incredibly alone, but I don't feel alone in it anymore. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do.” As Your Fertility Hub is a profit-for-purpose organisation, all members also know they are helping more women TTC through donations to international infertility and miscarriage charities.  Reaching over 200,000 people globally and with over 3000 members of our innovative Toolbox - we're changing the way people experience and talk about infertility. ENDS Media Contact:  Karenna Wood 0458 240 587   Links: Learn more about the Toolbox at  Find out about Karenna and Your Fertility Toolbox, including quick videos here -  See some of our videos and our popular meditations on our YouTube channel -  Listen to our popular podcast - (60+ episodes) Attached images: Toolbox main screen on a phone Karenna holding one of our physical toolboxes which are sent out to corporate members of the toolbox to help them promote the Toolbox, including positive affirmation cards people can take away Karenna in her home office in the Perth Hills (the she-shed at the bottom of the garden!) Karenna on the cover of national parenting magazine ‘Offspring’  Bayley’s newborn daughter - Willow Ivy Many more images plus full size images available here -  Interviews:  Both Bridget and Bayley are available for interview, however Bridget would wish not to be photographed as she is keeping her journey private.  Both are based on the east coast of Australia. Let us know if you require further members for interview and specify any specific location or story type. We have members all over the world who would love to share their story and their journey to the Toolbox.  ----- Bridget’s full story: We started trying for a baby 5 and a half years ago now. The first few months were exciting, hopeful and everything they were meant to be. We were trying at the same time as a few friends and after 6 months, when they were all pregnant and I wasn't, the first seeds of doubt were sown. Little did I know the magnitude of what lay ahead.  Our initial tests showed no issues with me and a low sperm count for my hubby. We were told we likely needed IVF but to keep trying as it could happen naturally. It took us a long time to save for ivf as we were also saving for a house. Naively I didn’t feel the pressure of time - I assumed IVF would work first time for us, but also held onto the belief that we would get pregnant before needing to take that step - it would just take a bit longer, but it would happen. So I believed.  Right before we were due to begin, my husband lost his job and we had to use all our savings to keep afloat. By the time we had saved again, Covid hit and we couldn't begin treatment. 4 years had now past. We had been trying every month, tracking ovulation, testing, hoping, praying for a miracle, riding that rollercoaster of hope, crushing disappointment, despair. I was devastated that it hadn't happened and terrified of IVF.  Our new specialist ran tests prior to our cycle and found that my husband's sperm count was now normal, however my AMH blood test showed very low ovarian reserve. I also needed thyroid medication and laparoscopy surgery to look for endometriosis. It was then that I realised I couldn't do this alone. I was searching for meditations on YouTube when I came across one by Karenna. This led me to the Toolbox, where I discovered an amazing community of support and a wealth of knowledge and tools to help me cope with my journey. The surgery confirmed stage 3 endometriosis and I then had to commence 3 months of brutal Down Regulation before starting IVF. I felt so broken. The medications put me in a state of artificial menopause and the side effects were horrendous.  Finally, we could begin our first IVF cycle, but it ended with only 1 embryo to transfer and it didn't implant. I was utterly heartbroken. I took a month off and did a second cycle which resulted in a cancelled transfer and then a FET (frozen embryo transfer). I will never forget taking the home pregnancy test and seeing, for the first time in my life, those 2 pink lines. I was finally pregnant, the nightmare was over.  Karenna, so closely invested in my journey was filled with emotion and happiness for me, as were the amazing community members in the Toolbox. They celebrated this happiness with me and I can't explain how wonderful that felt. I didn't know that my world would come crashing down. I miscarried at 5 weeks 2 days. The pain of losing our first baby after everything we had been through is indescribable and yet our situation got even worse.  Testing following my miscarriage revealed that my husband and I are a partial DQ Alpha match. This means that my body recognises our embryos as 'altered self' (cancer) and my immune system destroys them.  To stand a chance of having a baby we now need to bank embryos, fly interstate to get LMIT therapy and do heavy immune suppresion protocols for transfers.  I am about to start my 5th IVF cycle. We have one perfect embryo awaiting PGS results. It is a long and gruelling journey we are on, but I no longer feel alone. I have meditations specifically designed for the different stages of my IVF cycles, I have podcasts, articles, recipes, motivation. I have a support community where people truly understand what infertility is like. Where we all cheer each other on and lift eachother up on our darkest days. I have Karenna, who is there whenever I need her, to calm me, motivate me, advise me, comfort me. She helps me to keep that flame of hope burning, to believe that against all the odds, I will be ok and that I will one day hold my baby in my arms. If I am quiet within the community, she checks in to make sure I'm ok. She remembers where I am in my journey.  I honestly can say that the Toolbox was a game changer for me. Infertility makes you feel so incredibly alone, but I don't feel alone in it anymore. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do xxx Collaborative Technologies Announces that RePur Disinfectant Has Received Two Approvals to Be Entered Into the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) for use against COVID-19 2021-07-26T06:33:41Z collaborative-technologies-announces-that-repur-disinfectant-has-received-two-approvals-to-be-entered-into-the-australian-register-of-therapeutic-goods-artg-for-use-against-covid-19 Collaborative Technologies, an innovative environmental solutions provider,   is pleased to announce that two of its proprietary Repur®  disinfectants have been listed in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) with approved claims for effectiveness against a  wide range of bacteria and viruses, including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). 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