The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-08-23T01:57:20Z New Feature: Line Chart Graphing in Gravity Forms Plugin 2019-08-23T01:57:20Z new-feature-line-chart-graphing-in-gravity-forms-plugin There is no better way to display a sales trend than a line chart. Line Charts are used to track changes over short and long periods of time. When smaller changes exist, line charts are better to use than bar graphs. Line charts can also be used to compare changes over the same period of time for more than one group. Line Charts are now available as a GFChart premium feature in the Charting vs Time add-on (v0.5). We’ve made configuration super simple via a new ‘display type’ drop down box. Don’t want to miss out on updates as they come out? We agree, you shouldn’t miss out. You’ve been using GFChart for a while now so maybe it’s time to upgrade to the ‘ALL’ package so you get access to new updates as they are released. Upgrade instructions are here for existing ‘Classic’ and ‘Plus’ customers. If you are already an ‘ALL’ package customer, then you can jump right onto your plugin dashboard and update to “Charting vs Time” via a 1-click update button. Don’t have GFChart yet? You can get it HERE $26 billion joint venture names chief investment officer 2019-08-22T04:31:22Z 26-billion-joint-venture-appoints-chief-investment-officer Anna Shelley, Chief Investment Officer, Equip Super and Catholic Super Progress towards the ground-breaking joint venture between Equip Super and Catholic Super is continuing with the appointment of Anna Shelley as Chief Investment Officer for both funds.  Ms Shelley’s appointment follows last week’s announcement that Mr Scott Cameron, the former Chief Executive of Computershare in Australia and New Zealand, would head both funds and be CEO of the joint venture when it begins operating in October. The opportunity to appoint a CIO for both funds was brought forward following the resignation of Equip’s current CIO, Troy Rieck last week. Equip Super and Catholic Super are joining forces to create one of Australia’s largest profit-for-member superannuation funds. Ms Shelley is currently CIO of Catholic Super. Equip Super Chairman Andrew Fairley AM, welcomed Ms Shelley’s appointment as another significant step towards a successful joint venture. “This CIO appointment is an opportunity to align the two funds from an investment perspective and strongly position us for further growth,” Mr Fairley said. “It brings greater business continuity and enhances our capacity to continue to deliver for members, with scope for additional expansion.” Mr Fairley also expressed his appreciation to outgoing Equip CIO Troy Rieck for his contribution to the fund. Peter Haysey, Acting Chair of Catholic Super, said: “I’m delighted that Anna Shelley has been appointed as the joint CIO of both Catholic Super and Equip Super. Anna is an experienced leader with an extensive investment management and business strategy background and has been impressive during her time at Catholic Super. “Both investment teams have begun working extensively to bring together the two existing investment portfolios. We look forward to Anna leading the teams through the joint venture operating model as we prepare for a full merger”. Ms Shelley said she was looking forward to bringing both teams together, with a common vision and strategy to assist the joint venture. “Both Equip Super and Catholic Super are high-performing industry leaders,” Ms Shelley said. “By aligning our strategies and portfolios we will deliver the best outcomes for our superannuation members.” Ms Shelley was appointed CIO of the $10 billion Catholic Super fund in April 2018. She has held several senior positions across the financial services sector. Before joining Catholic Super, she was General Manager, Product and Strategy at Perpetual, an Australian investment manager with assets totaling $30 billion. Prior to Perpetual, she was head of investment product at MLC Investment Management, where she was responsible for developing NAB’s MySuper strategy. Ms Shelley has recently been invited to join Bloomberg’s New Voices initiative, promoting the inclusion of leading women in commentary about the financial sector. The Equip Super and Catholic Super joint venture has been hailed as a ground-breaking move towards consolidation in the industry. Subject to completion of final due diligence, the Memorandum of Understanding will establish a Joint Venture Trustee managing funds for about 150,000 members. The joint venture’s unique structure maintains both superannuation brands. At completion, the joint venture will have a combined funds under management (FUM) of $26 billion, making it Australia’s tenth largest profit-for-member fund in market. Under the structure, funds will share a single trustee which will be led by a new, merged trustee board. This Extended Public Offer (EPO) model enables participating funds to achieve economies of scale in administration and investments, without loss of brand identity or control of relationships with members, employers and other stakeholders. Mr Fairley said the license, which enables it to partner with other funds while allowing their brands to be retained, should assist the new fund to build to around $50 billion in funds under management by 2025. Government accelerates decline of Planners & Accountants – economy employment & consumers suffer 2019-08-22T02:44:16Z government-accelerates-decline-of-planners-amp-accountants-economy-employment-amp-consumers-suffer The growing calls for government to stop interfering, over-regulating and irreparably harming the important financial planning and accounting sectors continues to fall on deaf ears with the economy, employment and consumers equal losers.   Planners and accountants could accept the decline in their livelihood if it was the result of new technologies, out sourcing, overseas competition or product innovation.  But it’s a bitter pill to swallow when it’s the result of relentless and incoherent reform and imposition of government red tape, over policing and escalating compliance costs.    Costs that are making the provision of affordable professional financial advice and services harder and harder to provide for clients – whilst simultaneously driving practitioners out of the industry.     The financial planning and accounting professions are predominantly comprised of SMEs.  Collectively they’ve been severely impacted by government-initiated reforms with the large institutions, fund managers and industry funds the major beneficiaries.    The legislators and advocates of industry reform have no appreciation or regard for the damage they’re inflicting and legacy being left in their wake.      In the June quarter alone 1,750 (or 6.4%) financial planners exited the industry, leaving just 25,470 practitioners across Australia.  What does this entail in real terms?        1,750 SMEs financial advisory businesses ceased      5,250* administrative staff unemployed or required to relocate if practice has been        sold                                                              *assuming 3 staff members per practice      525,000* Australian consumers impacted              *assuming 300 clients per planner   If 6,000 plus planners exit the industry before 2024 as projected – it will impact 1.8million financial service consumers!  These estimates are absolutely mind numbing – and the impact on the SME sector, employment, economy and the financial welfare of affected consumers incalculable!   Accounting practices are also being decimated.  July 2016 heralded the end of the dominance of accountants in self-managed superannuation – and access by consumers to an affordable, low cost, savings, investment and retirement vehicle.    The vast majority of accountants chose to cease this service and lost an important revenue stream as the cost of obtaining an AFSL and associated compliance and ongoing PD requirements were far too prohibitive.   As a result, the era of low cost SMSFs ended abruptly leaving clients no option but to abandon or restructure their SMSFs – or revert to an industry, retail or corporate fund – all at significant cost.   For practitioners that want to continue operating as SMEs in their chosen profession as planners or accountants – they should firstly forget about government benevolence and support.  Even though the Hayne Royal Commission exposed many failings in the activities of the large financial institutions – they will continue to be the ongoing beneficiaries of government policy.   Yet there is a solution for accountants and planners.  Many of their offerings overlap and they can continue to remain viable profitable enterprises by joining forces to deliver holistic relevant advice and value for their clients.   By working together in JV or alliance partnerships, the immediate benefit will be economies of scale, reduced costs and sharing resources to collectively assist clients address complex wealth creation, retirement, lifestyle protection and intergenerational wealth transfer aspirations.   Under current rules unlicensed accountants can’t discuss financial product related matters.  But doing so in conjunction with a planner providing the compliant SoA is an efficient, cost-effective framework that transforms the status of the accountant and planner to ‘trusted business partners’.   The power of the ‘trusted business partner’ will be realised through the alliance and creation of more comprehensive, cost effective, services and facilities, that in turn will enhance and deepen relationships with clients.   To this end, planners and accountants will be working more effectively and efficiently; have capacity to take on more clients; and charge appropriately, for providing greater value to their clients.   Although operating a professional advisory business in this challenging environment can be difficult – there still exist opportunities to operate sustainable and profitable enterprises.  The great differentiator is personal, professional, cost effective service that is something the large institutions and industry funds can’t provide.    Issued by Australian Wealth Solutions     www.wealth-solutions.com.au             Media enquiries:     Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd Mob: +61 412 112 545       Email: jperri@joeperri.com.au     About Sam Zervides B.A, DFA, DIPA, AFA Principal & founder – Australian Wealth Solutions Victorian President – Institute of Public Accountants   Sam Zervides founded Australian Wealth Solutions (AWS) in 2004 and today is a leading financial advisory business.  The growth and success of AWS that has been built on a steadfast commitment by Sam to assisting individuals and businesses achieve their wealth creation, lifestyle/business protection and retirement aspirations. Sam takes immense personal pride in providing clients comprehensive professional and personal financial advice and the highest standards of service. Sam’s has been associated with the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) for over 12 years in various capacities and last year was elected as the professional association’s Victorian President.  He was re-elected IPA’s Victorian President for a second term this month.         Dell Boomi appoints Managing Director for Asia-Pacific and Japan 2019-08-21T06:39:23Z dell-boomi-appoints-managing-director-for-asia-pacific-and-japan Sydney, Australia – August 21, 2019 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) has appointed Ajit Melarkode as its Managing Director for Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) to expand existing and drive new revenue opportunities to capitalise on strong demand for cloud-based integration. Boomi provides cloud-based application integration and workflow automation to connect everything in a digital ecosystem for faster business outcomes. The platform links systems, applications, devices and processes so that data can flow automatically and reliably throughout an organisation. APJ organisations benefiting from the Boomi platform include Scoot Airlines, Ascendas-Singbridge, the University of Melbourne and the Environment Protection Authority Victoria. As head of APJ, Melarkode is tasked with leading the growth of Boomi across the region, where the company has experienced unprecedented traction since embarking on its expansion plans in 2016. With the growing demand for integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) in both developed and emerging markets, Melarkode will be responsible for driving the whole-of-region expansion strategy as well as strengthening partner and customer relationships. Commenting on his appointment, Melarkode said, “APJ is a compilation of extremely diverse markets – some quite mature, and others only just beginning to realise the need for digital transformation. There is a prevailing sense of urgency within progressive organisations to move away from legacy on-premises integration solutions, which are restrictive and inflexible, to cloud-based options like integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) that are much easier to use, and therefore more suited to business decision-making. “In the short term, the opportunity for us as a company is to further analyse this region to address the needs of organisations operating in any given nation while adhering to the governance that regulates them,” said Melarkode. “We will continue to build out our partner and customer ecosystem by driving the right levels of engagement to equip those partners and customers with solutions that help them unlock data and use it to drive modernisation strategies. This will help organisations fast-track adoption of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) as they develop prominence in both modern and less mature economies.” Melarkode joins Boomi with more than 25 years’ experience in the APJ, US and European IT industries, including senior positions across ITO, BPO, cloud, data and applications businesses. In his most recent role at Virtustream, a subsidiary of Dell Technologies, Melarkode was responsible for the company’s expansion in APJ. Prior, he held leadership positions at Rackspace and Unisys. Melarkode is based in Singapore and reports to Boomi Senior Vice President, Will Corkery. “Boomi’s successful expansion in APJ is underscored by a healthy appetite for technologies that make companies operate more efficiency, deliver projects quicker, and fast-track revenue opportunities,” said Corkery. “Ajit’s trifecta of expertise – in business leadership, the region, and data management – will ensure we are not only delivering cloud-based integration but providing solutions that are localised and tailored to accelerate business outcomes within the region.” About Boomi Boomi, a Dell Technologies business, quickly and easily unites everything in your digital ecosystem so you can achieve better business outcomes, faster. Boomi’s intelligent, flexible, scalable platform accelerates your business results by linking your data, systems, applications, processes and people. Harnessing the power of the cloud to unify everything inside and outside of a business, Boomi gives more than 9,000 organisations the ability to future proof their application strategy. For more information, visit http://www.boomi.com. Special note: Statements in this material that relate to future results, future hiring, and future events or investment are forward-looking statements and are based on Boomi’s current expectations. In some cases, you can identify these statements by such forward-looking words as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “confidence,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “should,” “will” and “would,” or similar expressions. Actual results, hiring, customer trends, and events in future periods may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements because of a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, including the challenge of finding and onboarding new personnel, marketplace trends, ongoing management attention to the market, the uncertainties associated with technology changes and the development and release of new technology. Boomi and Dell Technologies assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Founder of Queensland headquartered Law Firm Ramsden Lawyers recognised as Australia's leading Managing Partner 2019-08-21T00:54:14Z founder-of-queensland-headquartered-law-firm-ramsden-lawyers-recognised-as-australia-s-leading-managing-partner Ramsden Lawyers Managing Partner John Ramsden has taken out the Managing Partner of the Year award at the 2019 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards.   This award recognises the Ramsden Lawyers founder as the country’s leading Managing Partner from a field representing some of the legal professions best and brightest. It is also a significant coup for the fastgrowing corporate law firm given the size of some of the other nominees on the night.   As the recipient of the Managing Partner of the Year award, it recognises the growth in scale and reputation of the firm – a factor highlighted at the awards with the company reaching the finals in 10 categories, the fifth highest amount of the night.   For John Ramsden the award caps off a 17-year journey from since he first opened his practice to building a firm with a team of 35 lawyers and 60 staff with offices across the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.   “I am very proud to receive this award on both a professional and personal level as it highlights the hard work undertaken by the entire team at Ramsden Lawyers to establish a legal practice from Queensland that is now competing on the national stage,” Mr Ramsden said.   “Since opening our doors 17 years ago we’ve grown into a large and diverse legal practice, with a growing national footprint. Importantly it showcases that through utilising the latest in LegalTech and RegTech, law firms our size can compete with the larger players on an equal footing for the benefit of our clients – offering them all of the services required at competitive rates.”   Ramsden Lawyer’s primary focus is on corporate and business law, litigation and dispute resolution, property and real estate law, and family law.   The firm has a number of successful ASX IPOs to its credit and a number presently in the works to be listed imminently.  It is currently undertaking a national expansion strategy that is driven by the belief that it can add more value to its clients – particularly in the corporate advisory space – by establishing a larger national presence.   This has seen it focus on building a strong presence in Melbourne due to growing opportunities there across a number of sectors.   It also has established offices in Sydney and is increasing the size of its Brisbane team to further expand its footprint across South East Queensland.   The impetus behind this growth according to John Ramsden is to fulfil the firm’s primary strategic goals, maintaining discipline around charge-out rates, build on existing strengths in corporate, property and family law, provide more comprehensive services for existing clients and further develop opportunities in emerging niche areas focusing on the technology sector.  “Our national growth strategy is being driven by only doing things that add client value and building upon our strategic advantages in areas such as corporate advisory, family law and emerging areas of law covering the tech sector and family law services,” said Mr Ramsden.    “We believe that our ability to maintain competitive (compared to the major capitals) charge-out rates compared to our competition, along with our commitment to combining quality and value will assist us in building our market presence.”  ABOUT RAMSDEN LAWYERS:  Ramsden Lawyers was founded by its managing partner John Ramsden on the Gold Coast in 2003. Beginning as a commercial and property law firm, Ramsden Lawyers quickly established itself as one of the premier Gold Coast law firms across a diverse range of practice areas.  Since its inception, Ramsden Lawyers took it upon itself to always provide a fresh and progressive approach when tailoring a solution for their clients. Whilst being highly specialised in Commercial and Business Law, it fast developed niche specialties in the streams of insolvency, tax planning, restructuring, business migration, intellectual property, commercial litigation, family law and more recently in corporate mergers and acquisitions and capital raising.  Having developed these areas of practice more substantially over the years, Ramsden Lawyers now operate with the focus upon five (5) key practice groups in Business Law, Property Law, Corporate Law, Litigation, and Family Law.  Today, Ramsden Lawyers can lay claim as a premier law firm in Queensland, where it operates the largest and best litigation law practice on the Gold Coast.  To find out more visit ramsdenlaw.com.au   For all media enquiries, images or interviews please contact Ramsden Lawyers Marketing Manager, Anthony Ramsden e anthony@ramsdenlaw.com.au/p 5554 1953  ENDS  Yubico launches the YubiKey 5Ci - the World’s First Lightning-Compatible Security Key 2019-08-21T00:22:49Z yubico-launches-the-yubikey-5ci-the-world-s-first-lightning-compatible-security-key Yubico, the leading provider of hardware authentication security keys, today launched the world’s first key designed with both USB-C and Lightning connectors on a single device - the YubiKey 5Ci. A major feature of the new security key is it's unique dual-connector functionality, which will be of use for consumers or businesses looking for strong hardware-backed authentication across iOS, Android, MacOS, or Windows devices.  Currently retailing at USD$70 the YubiKey 5Ci is available for purchase via yubico.com.  The YubiKey 5Ci can be used to secure the 1Password, Bitwarden, Dashlane, Idaptive, LastPass, and Okta iOS mobile applications along with additional services accessed through the Brave iOS browser app. Supported logins on the Brave browser include Bitbucket.org, GitHub.com, Login.gov, Twitter.com, and 1Password.com.  "Security and privacy are the fundamental goals of every aspect of the Brave browser. We're always looking to provide a seamless and safe online experience. That means integrating the most effective authentication technologies as soon as they're available. We're excited that Brave is the first mobile browser to feature robust and secure phishing-resistant login by adding support for the YubiKey 5Ci," said Brendan Eich, CEO and Co-Founder at Brave. Monkton Rebar and XTN also support the YubiKey 5Ci in their latest software development kits.  “The YubiKey is the Root of Trust protecting access to our customers’ critical and most sensitive data. XTN supports strong hardware-backed authentication with the YubiKey to ensure our customers have access to the best software and hardware technologies. Now, with support for the new YubiKey 5Ci, we’re making it possible for our customers to leverage a portable hardware-backed root of trust for logging into multiple devices, including iPhones and iPads,” added Guido Ronchetti, CTO at XTN. Yubico's core invention is the YubiKey, which delivers strong hardware protection, with a simple touch, across any number of IT systems and online services. The YubiHSM, Yubico’s ultra-portable hardware security module, protects sensitive data stored in servers. However, to support a growing ecosystem, Yubico continues to work with industry leading iOS applications and browser supported services through the Yubico Developer Program. Partners with anticipated YubiKey 5Ci app support include: Dropbox, Keeper Security, SecMaker, and more.  Yubico is a leading contributor to the FIDO2, WebAuthn, and FIDO Universal 2nd Factor open authentication standards, and the company’s technology is deployed and loved by 9 of the top 10 internet brands and by millions of users in 160 countries. Authentication with the YubiKey 5Ci is also available over a USB-C connection, which is compatible with nearly every USB-C equipped laptop or mobile device, working with hundreds of applications and services listed in the Works with YubiKey catalog today.  Some capabilities are not currently supported on iPad Pro models with USB-C ports. “The YubiKey 5Ci fills a critical gap in the mobile authentication ecosystem,” said Jerrod Chong, Chief Solutions Officer, Yubico. “It is the first iOS-friendly security key on the market to offer strong, yet simple authentication over a Lightning connection, while still delivering a unified experience across other mobile, desktop or laptop devices. In an increasingly mobile-first world, where users are not tied to one machine, the YubiKey 5Ci serves an important role as a portable root of trust, proving that users are who they say they are, no matter what device they are on.” As the latest addition to the multi-protocol YubiKey 5 Series product line, the YubiKey 5Ci is equipped with FIDO2/WebAuthn, FIDO U2F, OTP (one-time password), PIV (Smart Card), and OpenPGP. With support for multiple authentication protocols, the YubiKey 5Ci delivers strong multi-factor (MFA), second-factor (2FA), and single-factor passwordless authentication for a simple and seamless user experience across the entire computing ecosystem. Application developers interested in adding support for the YubiKey 5Ci into their iOS mobile apps, can access the Yubico Mobile SDK for iOS — along with other helpful resources such as implementation guides, webinars, or reference code — at developers.yubico.com/yubikey5ci.  Rizing, LLC to Accelerate the Intelligent Enterprise with Acquisition of Transcend Spatial Solutions 2019-08-20T06:18:14Z rizing-llc-to-accelerate-the-intelligent-enterprise-with-acquisition-of-transcend-spatial-solutions STAMFORD, CONN. – August 19, 2019 –Rizing, LLC, the privately held global SAP® functional and technical firm, today announces the acquisition of Transcend Spatial Solutions (“Transcend”), a Geographic Information System (GIS) services and solutions company founded in 2010 and headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. (www.transcendspatial.com). Transcend’s expertise with GIS and LiDAR technology will integrate with Rizing’s SAP® enterprise asset management capabilities across industry verticals to accelerate the customer journey to the intelligent enterprise.   According to published research, 80% of all data has a location component to it. Businesses that can harness location data, integrate and visualize the data, and create data driven decision-making solutions have a competitive advantage in their industries. Tracking and visualizing traffic volumes, identifying geographic concentrations of high-volume incidents, evaluating potential asset improvements, or pinpointing under or overutilization of assets are just a few examples of how the partnership between Transcend and Rizing will create value for the modern enterprise. “We here at Rizing are extremely happy to announce to the market that the exceptional professionals of Transcend have become part of what we are building,” said Noel Fagan, CEO Vesta Partners, a Rizing company. “This deal was always about presenting to the market a more comprehensive vision of geospatially- enabled enterprise asset management. Marrying spatial tools and processes into enterprise asset management functions across our traditional industry base in the transport, utilities and oil and gas space has been a long-standing goal.” Transcend Spatial Solutions leverages location data originating from field data collection, LiDAR point clouds, and satellite imagery to build custom applications that allow for data visualization and monitoring of assets. Transcend’s products increase the value of location data by adding integration, validation, reporting and visualization capabilities. Transcend has been focused primarily on the transportation and telecommunications industries, supporting over 25 State Departments of Transportation (DOTs).  “We are very excited about joining Rizing,” said Connie Gurchiek, President of Transcend. “This merging of industry knowledge and experience will provide our long-term valuable clients with access to exciting new technologies and talented resources. The strength of the combined companies will allow us to grow into new markets and augment our products and services to better address the needs of existing and new clients.” With Rizing’s investment partner, One Equity Partners (OEP), Rizing is becoming one of the strongest partners in the SAP ecosystem through their combined end-to-end experience and strong industry experience. The partnership between Rizing and Transcend is less about radically changing either firms’ customers, solution sets or development roadmaps. Together, the combined companies will deliver leading-edge solutions to advance the combined use of enterprise and geospatial data.”  For more information, press only: Contact Sherryanne Meyer, Rizing Corporate Communications Director, sherry.meyer@rizing.com About Rizing Headquartered in Stamford, Conn., USA, Rizing is a privately held multinational company providing leading SAP functional and technical consulting services to its customers. Rizing is the parent company of Vesta Partners, a leading SAP EAM services firm (www.vestapartners.com), /N SPRO, a top SAP for Retail services firm(www.n-spro.com), Rizing HCM (www.rizinghcm.com) , an SAP SuccessFactors Gold Partner and Synchrony Global, SAP SuccessFactors Partner of the Year for APJ in 2017 (www.synchronyglobal.com). The Rizing businesses provide leading specialty SAP consulting services through deep industry experience and a proprietary approach to service delivery and use of IP tools. For more information, please visit www.rizing.com or contact: Rizing, LLC at +1 (203) 517-0400, info@rizing.com. About One Equity Partners OEP is a middle-market private equity firm focused on the industrial, healthcare, and technology sectors in North America and Europe. The firm builds market-leading companies by identifying and executing transformative business combinations. OEP is a trusted partner with a differentiated investment process, a broad and senior team, and an established track record generating long-term value for its partners. Since 2001, the firm has completed more than 180 transactions worldwide. OEP, founded in 2001, spun out of JP Morgan in 2015. The firm has offices in New York, Chicago, and Frankfurt. For more information, please visit www.oneequity.com. # # # SAP, SAP HANA and other SAP products and service mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP SE (or an SAP affiliate company) in Germany and other countries. See http://www.sap.com/corporate-en/legal/copyright/index.epxfor additional trademark information and notices. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies.  SAP Forward-looking Statement Any statements contained in this document that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “project,” “predict,” “should” and “will” and similar expressions as they relate to SAP are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. SAP undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations The factors that could affect SAP's future financial results are discussed more fully in SAP's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including SAP's most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their dates. Credit Repair Comes To Coffs Harbour 2019-08-20T05:19:12Z credit-repair-comes-to-coffs-harbour Clear Credit Solutions, leading credit repair company in Australia has opened a brand new office in the Coffs Harbour CBD. Right among the hustle and bustle of the pristine Coffs Coast, the new office serves as a shop-front and point of contact for the credit repair company that services Australia-wide.  Offering assistance when it comes to credit-impaired consumers, Clear Credit Solutions can help people who are struggling to obtain finance due to defaults, judgments and clear outs on credit files. The service assists in helping remove these listings to increase credit scores in some cases and can also help in approval for finance. With a new office, brand new signage and a unique service on offer, consumers in Coffs Harbour, the Mid North Coast and all around Australia can obtain help and assistance when needed in dealing with an impaired credit file. Humanitix becomes the fastest growing ticketing platform. And it’s a charity that just funded $300,000 for education. 2019-08-20T03:40:51Z humanitix-becomes-the-fastest-growing-ticketing-platform-and-it-s-a-charity-that-just-funded-300-000-for-education Just 3 years after launching, Humanitix has reached the milestone of funding education projects to the tune of $300,000. It’s now the fastest growing ticketing platform, supporting thousands of event organisers. Humanitix is the not-for-profit ticketing platform that gives events impact. It makes event management a delight, and directs 100% of the profits from booking fees toward education projects, such as literacy programs for young girls. Josh Ross, Humanitix Co-CEO, said: “We’re a charity for the tech-generation. We don’t ask for donations. We just ask anyone running an awesome event to use our platform – your booking fees can change lives." Says Josh, “The $300,000 mark has meant the events on our platform have had real impact. The Grounds of Alexandria have funded 15,000 meals for Aussie kids. The Football Federation of Australia funded 2 years of girl’s education from tickets to a single match!” Humanitix is Australia’s first tech-charity – an enterprise in the style of a Silicon Valley startup, that exists to fund education programs. And like Silicon Valley unicorns, Humanitix is growing fast.  Says Adam McCurdie, Humanitix Co-CEO, “Our ticket sales are doubling every 4 months as event organisers flock to our platform – and that means our charitable impact is doubling too. In the last year we’ve brought on thousands of new events organisers, including the Parliament House, the UN’s International Women’s Day, Singularity University, and the Yakandandah Folk Festival.” The team attributes the growth to two factors: Event organisers wanting to give back through their events, and the fact that Humanitix has ticketing features not found elsewhere. Says Adam: “With funding we received from Google.org and the Atlassian Foundation, we’ve created unique features that other ticket platforms don’t have, including an advanced self-service ticket management.”  “It’s not enough to have an extraordinary charitable impact – we know we need to have an extraordinary ticketing platform too. Our event organisers tell us we’re doing it right, and that’s why more than a million ticket buyers visited our event pages last year.” Event organisers agree. Says Dan Mylonas, Brand Director at The Grounds: "We have so many events running meaning we can’t compromise on the quality and usability of our ticketing solution. Humanitix has been nothing but a dream to use. Their customer support has been incredible and works so well for us as an organisation - all whilst giving us the opportunity to give back. This week Humanitix has also launched their new branding, with a new look reflecting how far they’ve come. The brand concepts were developed by DDI, a brand agency with a unique approach they call “The Art of Getting Noticed”. The team is available for interviews Contact Adam Long, Chief Growth Officer on 0421 498 170 or adam.long@humanitix.com.au  Download photography, logos and the media kit here. For Journalists: Possible story angles This event ticketing platform says booking fees should educate kids, not rort the public. Why tech entrepreneurs are starting social enterprises to help disadvantaged kids. Meet the two entrepreneurs who created Australia fastest-growing ticket platform. Event organisers are looking for impact, and finding it with this tech-charity. FAQ What is Humanitix? Humanitix is the first not-for-profit ticketing platform. Event organisers use the platform to issue tickets and collect payments. Humanitix is an exciting case of scalable social innovation, capable of transforming both the role of business and radically growing the funding pool for education. Why education? We believe education is the ticket to opportunity. With access to primary and secondary schooling and the support needed to stay in school, kids live healthier, more fulfilling lives and can escape the traps of poverty. Our work ranges from scholarships for Indigenous students, through to meals for disadvantaged Aussie kids, through to education programs for young girls around the world. How did it get started? Humanitix was created by Joshua Ross and Adam McCurdie, who left lucrative jobs in finance to make Humanitix happen. Funding has come from many foundations, include Google and Atlassian’s, as well as a range of philanthropists. Who can use Humanitix? Anyone running events – whether an independent community event or an international conference. Event organisers have included Singularity University’s Sydney Summit, the Yakandandah Folk Festival and The Grounds. Where can I find out more? Visit Humanitix.com    Or contact Adam Long, Chief Growth Officer: 0421 498 170 or adam.long@humanitix.com.au Cvent announces partnership with the New Zealand Events Association (NZEA) 2019-08-20T00:21:44Z cvent-announces-partnership-with-the-new-zealand-events-association-nzea Cvent, a market-leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider, officially announces today its partnership with the New Zealand Events Association (NZEA). Cvent has been providing its world-class software solutions to simplify and streamline event registrations for the popular NZEA seminar series since the beginning of the year. To enhance the partnership, Cvent and NZEA have hosted their first complimentary webinar of a new series for NZEA members. Close to 100 attendees received insight of how meetings and events technology is transforming the industry. Future webinars will help NZEA members gain a better understanding of how to leverage event data that is collected onsite, not to mention a host of other emerging industry topics. Ségolène de Fontenay, General Manager for NZEA said, “Our aim is to empower our members with best-practice event technology, so they can remain industry leaders and run their events as efficiently as possible.” “One of the main priorities for association events is attendee engagement and networking. NZEA is excited to partner with Cvent to help enhance our attendees experience. This is critical as it will not only help NZEA to take its events to the next level, but also streamline the workload involved in delivering these events and at the same time give event professionals a feel for what the Cvent platform has to offer,” concluded Ms de Fontenay. Cvent Australia, Director of Sales, Jack Ukil echoed these sentiments, “We are excited to be working with NZEA to help contribute to the growing events industry in New Zealand.” “In today’s digital-first world, successful events need more advanced technology that can streamline all aspects of the event management lifecycle, engage attendees, and enhance the overall experience. We are thrilled to bring Cvent’s event technology to the NZEA and look forward to showcasing the difference it can make for their members,” said Ukil. For more information on Cvent, visit: www.cvent.com.au -ENDS- About Cvent Cvent is a leading meetings, events, and hospitality management technology provider with more than 4,000 employees, 27,000 customers, and 300,000 users worldwide. The Cvent Event Cloud offers software solutions to event planners for online event registration, venue selection, event management, mobile apps for events, email marketing, and web surveys. The Cvent Hospitality Cloud partners with hotels and venues to help them drive group and corporate travel business. Hotels use the Cvent Hospitality Cloud’s digital marketing tools and software solutions to win business through Cvent’s sourcing platforms and to service their customers directly, efficiently and profitably – helping them grow and own their business. Cvent solutions optimize the entire event management value chain and have enabled clients around the world to manage hundreds of thousands of meetings and events. For more information, please visit Cvent.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Notes to Editors: Interviews are available upon request To find out more about Cvent, visit: www.cvent.com.au Connect with Cvent on social media via: Facebook: /Cvent Twitter: /Cvent YouTube: /CventVideo For more information about NZEA, visit: https://nzea.co/ For media enquiries please contact: Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director, Zadro | debbie@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 420 761 189 AESC Honours Jo Fisher with Lifetime Achievement Award for Impact in Executive Search and Leadership Advisory 2019-08-19T21:07:37Z aesc-honours-jo-fisher-with-lifetime-achievement-award-for-impact-in-executive-search-and-leadership-advisory Above: Fisher Leadership chair Leon Lau, founding director Jo Fisher, managing director Michelle Loader and director Mary Beth Bauer. New York, August 20, 2019 – The worldwide Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) honours, during today’s AESC APAC Conference in Sydney, Australia, the achievements of AESC Member Jo Fisher for her outstanding contributions to the profession and to the community.    The AESC Lifetime Achievement Award honors long-term achievement in the executive search and leadership consulting profession. This year’s award goes to Jo Fisher, Founder and Managing Director of Fisher Leadership. Based in Melbourne, Fisher has dedicated 20 years to the advancement of executive search. Known as an iconic leader in gender diversity, from the early 2000’s, Fisher insisted her firm would adhere to equal gender representation on short-lists for the breadth of senior executive roles they impacted. Since making this early mark on the industry, Fisher Leadership has been hugely influential in bringing multi-dimensional diversity to the fore.   Fisher commented, “When I began Fisher Leadership nearly 20 years ago, I wanted to directly impact more diversity around the decision-making table. Since then, we have broadened our focus on diversity—incorporating culture, linguistic, non-binary gender representation, age and ability into the mix. These targets work well from a bottom up perspective. But what we are really focused on now, is Cognitive Diversity—diversity of thought. Our impact in the senior and executive realm is really a top-down strategy, bringing more diverse minds to the decision-making table.” Fisher points to a key factor of her own success as a leader—the ability to innovate and attract exceptional talent who share her passion for supporting socially positive outcomes. Fisher is a founding member of the Australian International Women’s Forum, a former Telstra Business Women’s Award Winner, a CEDA trustee, and an Adjunct Professor with Deakin University. She serves on several boards and committees including social enterprise Infoxchange P/L, JFE Global P/L, the AICD’s National Education Advisory Committee, the International Women’s Forum Australia, and WOMANZ.   AESC President and CEO, Karen Greenbaum, said: “We honor the exceptional achievements of these AESC Members. Through their commitment to excellence both within the profession and in the community at large, our award recipients are outstanding examples of how AESC Members both serve their clients worldwide as trusted advisors and make a positive impact in their communities, too.” About AESC Since 1959, AESC has set the quality standard for the executive search and leadership advisory profession. AESC Members, ranging in size from large global executive search and leadership advisory firms and networks to regional and boutique firms, represent 16,000+ trusted professionals in 1,200+ offices, spanning 70+ countries. AESC Members are recognized leaders of global executive search and leadership advisory solutions. They leverage their access and expertise to place, find and develop more than 100,000 executives each year in board of directors and C-level positions for the world’s leading organizations of all types and sizes. Dedicated to strengthening leadership worldwide, AESC and its members share a deep commitment to the highest quality standards in executive search and leadership consulting—for the benefit of clients and the profession. We Shape. Connect. Educate. Learn more about us at aesc.org.   ### Macau to host 2019 World Chinese Business & Economic Summit – flagship event celebrates 11th year 2019-08-18T23:44:30Z macau-to-host-2019-world-chinese-business-amp-economic-summit-flagship-event-celebrates-11th-year Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh, co-chairman of the World Chinese Business & Economic Summit (WCBES) and President, Kingsley Strategic Institute (KSI) has announced that Macau will host this year’s Summit on 17 – 18 October 2019 at the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel.       This year WCBES celebrates its 11th anniversary and will be held in conjunction with the World Summit of Chinese Entrepreneurs.    The Summit’s theme is Enhancing Partnerships & Shared Prosperity Through the BRI.   Commenting further on the announcement, Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh said the WCBES is acknowledged as the flagship event on the economic benefits of doing business with China.  “Since the first Summit in Kuala Lumpur, the event has grown in stature and importance”.   “The Summit program is structured to facilitate business linkages that connect the East and West and the global Chinese diaspora”.    “Furthermore, reflecting the internationality of the Summit, it has been held in Chongqing, China, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, and last year in Malacca Malaysia”, added Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh.    It was both apt and timely that the 2019 WCBES is held in Macau in conjunction with The World Summit of Chinese Entrepreneurs as Macau, Hong Kong and Guangdong has been designated as a Greater Bay Area, a megapolis consisting of 9 cities and 2 Special Administrative Regions.   The Greater Bay Area will provide more business and investment opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors.   2019 also marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Macau Special Administrative Region and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China.  It is also the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China.   A key objective of the Summit’s program is to facilitate a ‘meeting of the minds’ for the delegates that comprise business leaders, high ranking government officials, academics, entrepreneurs and economic strategists.    “As well as promoting global and regional dialogue on China’s importance as the world’s second largest economy, it also acknowledges the important role of the worldwide Chinese diaspora in the promotion of B2B connectivity, entrepreneurship and innovation through networking and sharing of knowledge and best practices”.   Over 300 delegates from across the globe are expected to attend the 2019 WCBES drawn by the Summit’s program that promotes entrepreneurship, smart partnerships, the digital economy, connectivity and green / sustainable growth.    The highlight of this year’s main platform program will be sessions on –   - The Greater Bay Area – Connecting Hong Kong, Macau and Southern China, Enhancing Collaboration and Partnership with Southeast Asia - The Future of Asia – Enhancing Connectivity, Strengthening Peace, Prospering Together - Enhancing the Digital Silk Road – Gearing Up for Digital Disruption and the 4th Industrial Revolution - Promoting Start Ups, Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprises – New Drivers of Growth & Philanthropy - The Role of the Global Chinese Diaspora in Investments and Innovation - Revisiting the Maritime Silk Road – Strengthening Connectivity and Inclusiveness for Belt and Road Cooperation   Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh concluded, “With each Summit, the WCBES has gone from strength to strength in achieving its goal of promoting bilateral trade engagement with China.  Furthermore, the Summit has facilitated the forging of friendships and connections with dynamic individuals and entrepreneurs during the social and networking activities”.   “I am confident the Summit in Macau will attract a record number of delegates from across the globe to participate in a program of international speakers and China experts of the highest calibre providing visionary keynotes, insightful panel discussions and roundtables”.    For registration and information about the 2019 World Chinese Business & Economic Summit program, speakers, venue, sponsors and partners – please visit the Summit website www.wcbes.org   ENDS   Issued by       Kingsley Strategic Institute     www.kasi.asia     www.wcbes.org                                           Media Enquiries:       Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd                                     Mob:  +61 412 112 545     Email:  jperri@joeperri.com.au  Market reports predict that the Chicago real estate property prices will continue to rise through 2019 2019-08-16T20:18:04Z market-reports-predict-that-the-chicago-real-estate-property-prices-will-continue-to-rise-through-2019 Chicago Real Estate Landscape 2019 has been an exciting year for growing market trends in Chicago and the surrounding areas.  Market reports predict that the Chicago real estate property prices will continue to rise through 2019. If you’re considering purchasing property in this growing market, you may want to purchase sooner rather than later to avoid increasing property prices and to secure the best available interest rate for you. Notably, we have experienced historically low interest rates in the last year.  Statistics have reported sales peaks in the Chicago real estate market in 2019 for monthly home sales (single family homes plus condos) showing a full recovery – already started in 2012 after the big bubble of 2006 - in the market. Sales activity seems to lead price changes by about one year. Also, by looking at that employment graph for the same period, it is notable that employment continued to improve after the peak in both home prices and sales activity. Now, employment is starting to approach the 2007/ 2008 peak.   However, When you purchase real estate, it’s critical to have a supportive and diligent legal team behind you to make sure every step of the way is properly addressed.       To better understand the legal aspects of  purchasing properties in Chicago and the metropolitan areas, Shawn Bolger Limited law firm has provided a general FAQ to address how the real estate purchase is structured:       Is It Necessary To Hire A Real Estate Attorney?   As a purchaser, you are not required to have an attorney represent you. However, it’s in your best interest to hire a real estate attorney. Purchasing a home or commercial property can have a tremendous impact on your finances and future goals. As a purchaser, you want to be certain that the contract that you’re signing is fair and represents your interests. An experienced real estate attorney will be able to guide you through the transaction process and ensure that your interests are represented.      When Do I Hire Your Firm?   When you begin looking at property, you can contact our firm to explain that you have begun your property search. Once there is an executed contract, meaning that the real estate contract has been signed by both the buyer and the seller, you can formally hire our firm.      What Needs to Be Done To Start The Legal Process?   The legal process begins with an executed contract. It’s very important that you or your real estate agent send us the real estate contract as soon as it’s signed by both parties. From there, our attorneys will begin the legal review of the contract. This process is called Attorney Review.      What Is Attorney Review?   Attorney Review is a contractual period that allows the attorneys to make modifications and or clarifications to the contract after we counsel you through any material revisions that need to be addressed. This period allows either the purchaser or seller  to cancel for any other reason other than the purchase price. So, it’s crucial that this review period is closed efficiently and timely. If you are completing an inspection on the subject property, and you are seeking material repairs to be rectified by the seller, then we will include your inspection repair requests in the attorney modification letter.      What Is the Earnest Money Deposit?   The earnest money is a deposit to the seller which supports the buyer’s good faith in preforming the executed contract. The real estate contract will specify when the earnest money needs to be delivered and whether the brokerage, law firm, or title company will hold the earnest money deposit. The earnest money deposit will be credited towards the purchase price.      What If I Cannot Get Approved For Lender Financing?   There are very specific financing contingencies that protect you from being liable on the contract if you are not able to obtain lender financing. Our firm can help ensure that you fall within these contingencies. If you cannot obtain lender financing under normal circumstances, then an attorney will follow through with all the required steps to ensure that the contract is canceled, and your earnest money deposit is released back to you. Do you want to have more details about this topic? Please visit The Blog of Shawn Bolger Ltd Job Security Hurting Workplace Safety on Mine Sites 2019-08-16T08:37:03Z job-security-hurting-workplace-safety-on-mine-sites Of the over 1000 workers surveyed, four in ten feared reprisals for speaking up about safety – a number that increased to six in ten for casual mineworkers. Last month, two independent health and safety reviews into Queensland’s mines and quarries were launched, after the state recorded its sixth fatality in 12 months. It made 2019 Queensland’s worst year for mining deaths since 1997 (see related article). The CFMEU says permanent employees are now a minority at many Queensland coal mines, as the industry continues to move away from permanent, direct employment options to casual jobs supplied by labour hire contractors. Eight in ten workers said production being valued above safety as a top concern, and six in ten said they didn’t believe safety was the top priority for site managers. CFMEU Queensland district president Stephen Smyth said many mineworkers had experienced retaliatory action after raising safety concerns, including casual workers finding they are suddenly no longer required. “No-one is told that the reason they’ve been sacked or disciplined is for raising a concern over safety – but workers can see what is happening.” “They are labelled as whingers and moved on or otherwise victimised. We need 100 percent of mineworkers to feel confident they can report safety issues without fear.” Other safety concerns raised by workers included procedures not being followed, inexperienced supervisors, bullying and harassment, and unsafe equipment. “These results reflect what we hear every day from mineworkers on the ground and they are a poor reflection on the industry. You can’t have an insecure, vulnerable workers and a ruthless focus on production and expect there will be no consequences for safety.” “It’s obvious that some operators are taking it very seriously and allocating adequate time and effort, while others are glossing over the issues.” “There’s no room for complacency. It’s clear that workers at the coal face don’t believe companies are making safety their number one priority – operators must take this opportunity to show they are committed to change.” View related articles Looking Back, Moving Forward: DBOS Celebrating 4 Years of Success 2019-08-16T00:33:18Z looking-back-moving-forward-dbos-celebrating-4-years-of-success Dear valued clients, colleagues, and partners, 2019 is the year of great leaps for us: Dynamic Business Outsourcing Solutions is celebrating its 4 remarkable years of providing the best offshore staffing services in the Philippines. This same day a couple of years ago, DBOS has started its operations with only 14 staff. As of today, it has reached a total of 75 excellent employees.Looking back, DBOS simply bloomed from a very humble beginning. From that one client who trusted the company founder, Jacqui's leadership and now, DBOS has a dozen of them on the list.To share the good news, here are some of the company's biggest achievements and events for the first half of the year:On January 2019, DBOS introduced its Digital Office which caters to technology-based services such as SEO, Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing, Graphic Design, Web and Software Development, Web Design, and a lot more.As a way of giving back to the community, DBOS launched its fundraising partnership with WWF-Philippines for the "Let's Bring Water to Beton" project that aims to build rainwater tanks in hopes of providing a clean water supply for the people of the island.To encourage more clients, DBOS launch a new corporate video that highlights the culture of the company, the services it offers, and the costs you can save when you choose to outsource with us.As part of the company's 4th-year celebration, DBOS will hold its annual sports fest all employees to participate. On the same day, DBOS will award the cheque to WWF-Philippines that marks the end of 3-month long fundraising efforts for the "Let's Bring Water to Beton" project.All of these achievements are possible because of you, our clients, colleagues, and partners for supporting all of the company's endeavours.To our valued clients, the reason for this success — the trust you have given us creates endless possibilities for our people and the company. We are very much grateful. But, we can never promise anything except always giving it our all to provide you with nothing but the best of services in every way possible.To the company's best asset — our people, your excellence, hard work, and passion has brought us this far. We can never thank you enough for helping DBOS to build its reputation as a reliable and trusted offshore staffing company in the Philippines.Cheers to more remarkable years with all of you!Sincerely yours,Your DBOS team