The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-04-03T05:39:21Z Financial services consumers need help now – FP subsidy a solution worth considering 2020-04-03T05:39:21Z financial-services-consumers-need-help-now-fp-subsidy-a-solution-worth-considering Sequoia Financial Group Ltd (Sequoia) Managing Director Garry Crole has identified an urgent need for consumers to receive financial advice relating to the COVID 19 support packages and calls on the Federal Government to assist the financial planning needs of Australian consumers impacted by the Corona Virus.    While most attention has understandably been focussed on the wide ranging and enormously significant support packages announced by State and Federal Governments in recent weeks, there has been less focus on implementation, and particularly the assistance that consumers will need in light of the significant confusion surrounding how and who qualifies and whether it is appropriate to access the sweeping and urgent packages announced.   Sequoia is advocating for urgent action from Government to address the challenges consumers face in accessing affordable financial advice.   Garry Crole said, “Never have we seen so many once financially viable businesses close their doors, so many people lose their jobs or lose a substantial percentage of their income. While the government has announced some tremendous initiatives, which can assist many through this period, a lack of understanding on where to go or how to access these benefits compounds the stressful scenario faced by many.   Investors are also currently panicked by the fluctuations in the share market and are making decisions about their investments and insurances with no understanding of longer-term implications.   A good example is the early superannuation release package. Affected consumers need appropriate advice about the long-term consequences for their retirement and we have already seen ASIC raising concerns about unqualified people providing advice in this area.   Sequoia is calling for a Subsidy for consumers who are adversely affected by the crisis and do not have an existing financial planner. The proposed benefit would be limited to super fund members with account balances under $200,000 or those aged above 50 facing a significant change in circumstances. Unfortunately, because of the cost of financial advice, many ordinary Australians and Small Businesses feel they have no choice but to avoid or postpone accessing the services of a financial planner in what are often quite complicated personal situations.   Ideally all affected consumers would be able to access financial planning advice. The financial planner would coach consumers in the current volatile environment via personalised investment and insurance parameters suitable to their individual circumstances and guide them through the complicated decision-making process around the various support packages available.   Garry Crole concluded, “Never in our nation’s history has there been a situation where the need for professional financial advice is so crucial yet simultaneously inaccessible for some of the most vulnerable.   If the Federal Government and the planning industry could work together on this problem, I expect that planners would also commit to lower entry fees for financial advice so that all Australians could have the benefit of professional financial advice. I believe a subsidy, in the form of a rebate, would support Australians in need of advice and increase the effectiveness of the various support packages, which is for the benefit of all Australians.”   ENDS   Issued by Sequoia Financial Group Ltd        www.sequoia.com.au            Media enquiries:  Mr Joe Perri    Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd Mobile: +61412112545   Email:  jperri@joeperri.com.au              Introducing One10Virtual a new accelerator platform by One10 Group 2020-04-03T03:45:33Z introducing-one10virtual-a-new-accelerator-platform-by-one10-group Media Release Introducing One10Virtual a new accelerator platform & programs that bring together the lean startup approach with creating positive impact. For Immediate Release – Melbourne, Friday 3rd April 2020: Introducing One10Virtual a new accelerator platform & programs that bring together the lean startup approach with creating positive impact. Since 2015 One10 Group has been delivering a range of tailored education & capacity building accelerator programs for entrepreneurs, founders and startups. From the basics, to ideation & minimum viable product, scale stage, growth and beyond. One10 has worked with more than 70 founders & startups, delivering their flagship accelerator programs called Fundamentals, Activate, Amplify and Enhance. They have supported significant capital raises, with a few of their clients already having successful exits. One10 continues to hold more than a dozen meaningful impact investments. Over the last five years they have been delivering elements of their programs online whilst maintaining the important face-to-face engagement between participants, facilitators, mentors and peers. They have always created tailored programs specifically aimed to suit every clients’ venture and never subscribed to the ‘one size fits all’ approach that many accelerators and incubators take. Now with the world looking very different due to Covid-19, they made the decision to take all programs 100% virtual. As a positive result One10 can now offer their programs internationally and to regional and remote communities that have not been able to access the programs before. Mr Gourley said “This is an exciting step, which we have been able to implement very quickly thanks to our amazing internal team and technology development partners who have been working day & night over the last month to get this right. It has been the ultimate lean, agile, design thinking, tech development sprint we have ever done!”. “One10Virtual is a cutting-edge accelerator platform and learning program for founders and entrepreneurs that want to create a positive social or environmental impact through their startups.” said One10 Founder, Geoff Gourley. One10Virtual is a unique cloud-based learning platform. The programs are hosted using a bespoke cloud-based platform where the content lives. Each program is uniquely structured depending on client’s individual needs and participants can access their program and content from any device, anywhere, anytime; giving them the ultimate flexibility to learn as they go. The platform also enables founders to invite team members and stakeholders to join them in the program platform. Lead facilitators engage directly with clients in weekly touch points via video conference to support, guide and workshop the different modules of the programs. Participants are able to connect with mentors and peers as they go, ensuring they are not alone in this. Features of the platform include; • Program design and management using intuitive design tools (drag & drop) • Pre-loaded templates that cover Branding, Marketing, Product launch, Sales & negotiation • Extensive library of learning content including; Startup methodology, Branding, Marketing, Sales, PR & media, Product development • Collaborate with stakeholders in one place with; Interactive timelines, Sharable checklists, Goal setting & tracking, Task sharing & assignment, @ comment tagging • Scalable Program Support including; interactive accelerator plans, project management software, a founder’s library, personal & team workflows • Important integrations including; Slack, Google Calendar, iCal, and more to come One10 has truly created a unique virtual accelerator and learning platform, offering high quality programs to educate, support and empower founders and entrepreneurs all over the world to make a positive impact. 2020 programs on offer include; • Fundamentals - Learn the foundations of startups & social enterprise • Activate - Transform your ideas into action • Amplify - Scale your action for meaningful impact • Enhance - Accelerated scale & expansion Applications are now open and generous subsidised fees on offer. Apply Here http://oneten.com.au/pitchit About One10 One10 was founded by Social Entrepreneur and Impact Investor, Geoff Gourley, and enables and supports purpose-driven people to create positive impact. They provide acceleration programs, consultancy, corporate innovation and workshops along with commercialisation support.  Visit oneten.com.au for more information on services. Images available HERE Adelaide-based insurance professional recognised as industry top performer 2020-04-02T06:05:32Z adelaide-based-insurance-professional-recognised-as-industry-top-performer St Leonards, NSW (2 April 2020) – An Adelaide-based insurance professional has just been recognised in a prestigious list of the industry’s top-performing brokers. Guardian Insurance Brokers’ Evan Jackson has been included in Insurance Business magazine’s annual Elite Brokers report, spotlighting 20 of the country’s best and brightest brokers working in the industry today. At Guardian Insurance Brokers, Jackson maintains the quality and relevance of insurance products by keeping abreast of any legislative changes that might a­ffect the industry. While Guardian doesn’t advertise, the referrals continue to roll in – so it’s evident that Jackson’s approach, combined with his unsurpassed passion for insurance and client advocacy, has been yielding dividends during his time at the head of the company. He has built his expertise in providing insurance and risk-related solutions based on a keen understanding of the client’s unique requirements; each insurance solution is designed and negotiated based on extensive market research. These days, Jackson is increasingly focusing on mentoring up-and-coming new brokers. As part of this role, he works to provide leads and opportunities for new CRMs within the organisation to help them build their own book of leads. “Elite. It’s a word that conjures images of success beyond the norm, of standing out above the rest of the pack. Indeed, not just anyone can be an Elite Broker. To be marked out as ‘elite’ is an impressive badge of honour,” says the Insurance Business team. “For the last eight years, Insurance Business has been scouring the industry to pinpoint the brokers who truly are elite. For 2020, this resulted in an impressive crop of talent - a mix of returning and fresh faces, from those who are expanding their influence on the future of the industry to those who are making their mark for the first time. The 20 names that are included on this year’s list are the brokers to watch and learn from in the coming years. For the full report see issue 9.02 of Insurance Business magazine out now. To view the list and to find out more about Jackson click HERE. -ENDS- Insurance Business is the leading independent business magazine and website for insurance brokers and advice professionals. A key business resource, Insurance Business provides daily breaking news, cutting-edge opinion and in-depth analysis affecting the industry. Insurance Business also offers a series of industry reports that recognize the achievements of key individuals and businesses as well as providing the latest in business best practice in a continually evolving industry. Part of the global Insurance Business suite of publications, IB reaches a wide readership in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, USA, Canada and UK. Australian Company Bigmate Launches “Thermy™” - Thermal Screening to Detect People with Elevated Temperatures 2020-04-02T04:54:37Z australian-company-bigmate-launches-thermytm-thermal-screening-to-detect-people-with-elevated-temperatures Brisbane, Australia –April 2, 2020 Brisbane based computer vision leader Bigmate, today announced the commercial availability of a pre-screening solution using thermal imaging, which immediately detects elevated temperatures of people entering or leaving workplaces in real time. Unique in its ability to scale, “Thermy” can be quickly and easily deployed in a wide range of facilities, including factories, territorial borders, warehouses, government and private offices, and any location where people are moving through entrances and walkways. Thermy uses thermal cameras and advanced analytics to provide a pre-screening observational solution which helps identify people who present the risk of an abnormal temperature. Persons in question could have their core body temperature validated, utilising the organisation’s normal medical and/or Operational Health and Safety procedures. Mark Shield, Bigmate’s Managing Director, said; “With Thermy, organisations can create a pre-screening detection system to identify people with skin-elevated temperatures, which in turn minimises the risk of impact to workplace environments. Keeping workers safe is what Bigmate is all about and this technology can assist businesses keep their workplace healthy and productive. We are excited that this industry leading product has been developed in Brisbane and proud we are able to do our small part at this challenging time.” Thermy is able to identify a ‘true skin view’ even when the subject may have a beard, a hard hat, or a protective suit which covers the body - or other features which often reduce the ability to take an accurate reading from traditional thermal camera-based solutions. Thermy also eliminates the problem of ‘flaring’ which occurs when an image is recorded in places of extreme temperature variation, by removing the background object from any analysis, focusing on the person. Thermy can also operate at scale, by detecting one or many people with elevated temperatures simultaneously. This is one of Thermy’s market-leading innovations. Thermy also utilises “edge” network services so it can still function if a network connection fails. Thermy is based on Bigmate’s “Warny” solution, which uses sophisticated computer vision algorithms developed over a number of years, to protect people working around dangerous machines, such as forklifts, trucks or industrial cutting machines. Warny is used by some of Australia’s leading industrial companies to detect instances of spontaneous combustion of materials, overheating of equipment and fires in the workplace. Warny features a number of globally-leading innovations. For example, it is unique in its ability to create distance measurement from one camera, through Bigmate’s industry leading software. This allows for the extremely accurate measurement of individual skin temperature, social distancing, and people counting. One of the ways in which Thermy logically extends Warny’s capabilities is by using thermal cameras, providing real time information through dashboards, hosted in Australia on Amazon Web Services (AWS) for remote viewing and trend analysis. If someone with an elevated temperature profile is identified, an alert will be sent via multiple media, aligned to the company’s workplace health and privacy policies. “Thermy is not intended to be a medical apparatus. It is observational technology but it is designed to play a critical role in helping organisations speed up their ability to protect workers and their families in the fight against highly contagious virus outbreaks such as COVID19, the everyday day flu and beyond,” said Mr Shield. About Bigmate: Established in Queensland, Australia in 1996, Brisbane based Bigmate is a business outcome focused technology and services company. Over that time Bigmate has established a proven record in the provision of critical risk management solutions using computer vision and industrial sensors. Our focus is keeping workers safe using technology, which in turn helps to drive productivity in some of Australia’s largest companies, government and local government. Bigmate is an Amazon Web Services Partner, providing Bigmate with access to AWS’ industry leading services, its scale, flexibility and speed to market. For further information or an interview please contact Peter Witts Sydney Director, Technology Navigate Communication Ph + 61 477 274 412 peter@navigatecommunication.com.au WORLD FAMOUS ECONOMIST HARRY DENT WARNS THE GREAT CRASH HAS STARTED! 2020-04-02T02:00:14Z world-famous-economist-harry-dent-warns-the-great-crash-has-started WORLD FAMOUS ECONOMIST HARRY DENT WARNS THE GREAT CRASH HAS STARTED! #   AUSTRALIAN PROPERTY TO PLUMMET  #   BITCOIN WILL HAVE BIGGEST CRASH EVER #   SHARE MARKET WILL DROP AT LEAST 60 % #   BUT! ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY    TO MAKE MONEY  Best selling author and Harvard Economist Harry Dent is one of the world’s most brilliant and accurate economic futurists. He will be sharing his insights in a complimentary webinar ”THE GREAT CRASH BEGINS .....  how the next 3 years could make you a fortune” LIVE across Australia next Wednesday 8th April at 12 noon Sydney time. Register for free at www.harrydentlive.com TO INTERVIEW HARRY DENT email  max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601   Harry Dent (the only forecaster to see a sudden 40% stock crash and the Aussie dollar near $0.60 USD back when it was $1.06) will explain how to avoid the pitfalls of the greatest social, economic and political upheaval since the American Revolution. Harry will also show how this current crisis is the opportunity of a lifetime to make generational wealth from what is about to unfold in the coming months and years. The LIVE broadcast will also reveal •             Which Australian state will lead Australia’s economic recovery •             The future of Australian real estate. Will it survive the impact of Coronavirus? •             Whether the massive stimulus will stop the depression •             The future of the Australian dollar and how low it will go before it bounces back •             The greatest commodity boom in history that will boost Australian mining exports more than ever •             The single best consumer sector in Australia and the developed world •             The one final rebound in stocks just ahead the public do not want to miss •             How to project when the coronavirus is likely to slow down in key countries like Italy and the US •             How much more will the stock market crash before it finally rebounds? •             The safe investment havens during this chaos •             What to buy when it’s 80% off •             The next massive urbanization surge globally •             Why central banks are finally losing all their credibility •             The developed country who will overcome the recession faster than anyone else •              Is this a short recession or the start of a massive depression? •             The future of gold in the coming months and what to do when it comes to precious metals •             The future of Bitcoin, is it a safe currency? •             The best vehicle to make quick and significant gains from the market drop •             When we’ll finally experience the next global boom in history and what will •             drive it •             Why India will become the next China… •             The steps to take to protect current assets and triple investments •             How some of the world’s biggest fortunes were made during market conditions like the ones we’re experiencing now and the smart moves to follow to survive and thrive  TO INTERVIEW HARRY DENTemail max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601  PS: Harry Dent is the world’s most accurate economic forecaster. No one is ever 100% correct but Harry is on the mark 80% of the time with often very bold and contrary forecasts.….here’s his top 12 predictions over the last 30 years. …  # First newsletter September 1989: 2-year slowdown and mini stock crash in US.  # 1989: 12 -14 year major crash and downturn in Japan similar to Great Depression... while US, Europe have greatest decade in history in 1990s.  # First published book in late 1992: The Great Boom Ahead and Dow 10,000 by 2000.  # Early 2000 Tech and Internet Bubble peaks.  # Early October 2002 bottom after tech wreck.  # US real estate bubble peak in late 2005 before early 2006 peak  # 2008 bubble peak in oil  # Peak of silver to the day in late April 2011 -- and sell signal for gold which was 5 months early  # Gold collapse when broke $1,525 in early 2013   # Peak of Junk Bonds in May 2013 # Gold rebound in 2016, but only to around $1,428 before collapses again  # US Treasury yields back up to 2.9% - 3.0% after low in 2016. # US stocks in final orgasmic rally from late 2019 into early to mid-2020 Reassure clients by dealing with the now and preparing for the future 2020-04-01T14:32:13Z reassure-clients-by-dealing-with-the-now-and-preparing-for-the-future Although many professional advisory businesses are facing a tsunami of unprecedented challenges as a result of the economic impact of the coronavirus, it’s imperative not to lose sight of the fundamentals that begin with reassuring clients.   As usual in situations such as this, accountants, financial planners and legal firms found themselves dealing with a deluge of anxious clients when share markets plummeted, businesses forced to close and employment lost as the economy faltered in response to the virus and government action.    Panic and fear are natural human reactions in these situations and the first anxious calls are invariably to advice practitioners seeking solace, reassurance and an understanding of current events.    In good times clients need their professional service providers to guide and assist them to achieve their desired financial, business, retirement, wealth creation or lifestyle goals.  But it’s in troubled times, such as the present, that clients become fearful and need reassurance – which is why the relationship so important.   As the seriousness and gravity of the health and economic impact of the coronavirus began to be realized, many organisations reverted to bulk emails as a means of communicating operational, administrative and general information quickly to clients.    As effective as this modern-day medium is in situations such as this, nothing beats the impact of a phone call and reassuring chat in times of unprecedented concern.    Technology is, and will always be well placed to communicate a ‘hygiene’ message quickly to a broad audience, but it cannot convey empathy and care of the trusted adviser’s voice or key contact within the business.   In normal times, and for a multitude of reasons, many advice and service professionals gradually lose sight of the noble reasons that guided them into an advisory business in the first place.  Impersonal email broadcasts and non-descript newsletters become the ‘go to’ communication mediums for the months in between the annual reviews.       A crisis such as a severe economic downturn, natural disaster or the current coronavirus serve as an important reminder that clients are at the centre, focus and purpose of all activities – and the communication process has an important and crucial role to play.   But before articulating any messages to clients, stakeholders or suppliers in the current environment, the first priority is to secure the financial health and operational framework of the adviser’s own business and ensure it is functioning effectively in the ‘new norm’.     In responding to the health and administrative challenges of the coronavirus, the insightful advice practices fast tracked new operational models that facilitated off-site workplaces and adoption / application of new best-of-breed technologies and cloud-based strategies.    Although a burden initially, the benefit of these Initiatives will be ongoing well after the effects of the coronavirus have passed.   With respect to client communication during this period, the message and content must position the adviser as a beacon of calm in this troubled sea – communicating and interpreting in a compliant manner the latest government announcement regarding taxation or stimulus packages they may be entitled to.   Most importantly, only communicate when there is something to say – quality over quantity.   Furthermore, each client sees the world and situation from a perspective that matters to them as individuals.  So, when crafting any narrative or message to clients, the advisory business owner needs to step outside of themselves and see things through the eyes of the recipient.   Although inundated with tasks and intense pressures at present, the importance of client communication demands time be set aside for this function.     Finally, there’s no doubt that the financial impact of the coronavirus will result in many businesses reopening in financial distress once the green light to do so is given.  Tragically, others won’t be able to reopen at all.   However, history has repeatedly demonstrated that there are businesses that thrive and grow in uncertain and troubled times.  For them, the end of the coronavirus will be a new beginning for their enterprises.    Good effective communication in these challenging periods is invariably rewarded with strengthened relationships and heightened business reputations and brands elevated by the word of mouth endorsement and promotion of appreciative clients.   Issued by Joe Perri & Associates             www.joeperri.com.au   Media enquiries:     Mr Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates                                     Mobile: +61 412 112 545      Email:   jperri@joeperri.com.au             Managing Director Mr. Joe Perri founded the company in 1995 after working for more than 22 years in the corporate sector.  Since then, Joe Perri & Associates has grown to provide PR and marketing focussed communication strategies / solutions for clients in the corporate, SME and non-profit sectors that help them achieve their strategic business aspirations.    Joe Perri’s goal is to help clients more clearly define their overall communication objectives and then implement the most appropriate strategy to reach their target audience more effectively. Every day, Joe Perri draws on his experience to enable clients to improve their business relationship, communication and brand / profile with customers, shareholders, distributors, the media and staff. Working from home with kids? Keep them busy with these free resources 2020-04-01T09:13:53Z working-from-home-with-kids-keep-them-busy-with-these-free-resources As social distancing measures force more and more workers into the home office, many are left wondering how they’re supposed to juggle their work tasks with kids that seem to demand around-the-clock-attention. Luckily, there is a wide range of educational and informative resources online for kids of all ages (and those who want to channel their inner child). We’ve compiled some of the best of those resources into the list below. Think we missed one? Leave a comment at the bottom of the page and we’ll be sure to add it! https://myosh.com/blog/2020/04/01/working-from-home-with-kids-resources/ 3 Tips to Improve Your Website’s Conversion Rates – What to Know 2020-04-01T08:07:58Z 3-tips-to-improve-your-website-s-conversion-rates-what-to-know-1 Nowadays, one can argue that websites are all about converting visitors into customers. While that may be true, many sites still struggle to accomplish this task. From poor web design to lack of CTAs, converting potential customers into paying buyers can be quite a challenge, especially if you have zero clues on how to go about it. The question is: “How do I enhance my website’s conversion rates?” In this article, we will share with you three tips on how you can do so: Keep it Professional There are many websites out there that look artsy and unique. Unfortunately, despite its creators’ best efforts, they still fail at converting the interested audience into paying customers. Why is this so? Remember, looks aren’t everything. While your website needs to look good and be unique, there are some aspects that you cannot forget, such as useful content, working links, and contact info. In other words, keep your website designed well both aesthetically and functionally. Neither should be compromised for the sake of the other. Click here to read the full article. 3 Reasons to Redesign Your Website for Improved Digital Marketing 2020-04-01T08:06:36Z 3-reasons-to-redesign-your-website-for-improved-digital-marketing Digital marketing starts with an excellent website design. After all, potential customers will find it hard to listen to you if you make promises and claims, only to offer them a cheap-looking website. Because of this, professional and high-quality web design is vital to the performance and success of your marketing efforts. If you’re considering changes for your digital marketing, you’ll first need to redesign your website. Making the changes by yourself may not always result in the most professional-looking outcome. This is where expert digital marketing services come into the picture because redesigning your website is an integral part of ensuring that your new digital marketing is successful. Here are three reasons you need to redesign your website when wanting to improve your digital marketing campaign efforts: 1. It enhances brand awareness and visibility No matter what kind of business you are, brand visibility is vital in ensuring that your company enjoys the awareness it deserves and can show off to the world what you have to offer. Many companies know this and implement brand visibility into most, if not all, their business activities. Not only will this allow your business to reach out to more customers, but it will reignite the fire inside customers who once bought from you but lost interest over time. Click here to read the full article: Positive News for Outstanding Leaders a Welcomed Distraction during COVID-19 2020-04-01T08:03:28Z positive-news-for-outstanding-leaders-a-welcomed-distraction-during-covid-19 This week, more than eighty leaders across government, private and not-for-profit sectors became finalists in the prestigious Outstanding Leadership Awards. Spearheaded by Brisbane leadership authority, Sonia McDonald, the awards recognise the exceptional achievement by courageous and kind leaders across various disciplines. Since notifying finalists, Ms McDonald's inbox has been flooded with messages of gratitude from nominees who've spent the past few weeks, navigating the complex reality of being caught up in a worldwide health pandemic. "On quite a few occasions, finalists have literally burst into tears after being notified they had made it to the final round of judging," said McDonald. "Its been incredibly rewarding to be the bearer of good news at a time when leaders are facing the biggest crisis of their lives - 2020 has indeed become the year we need courageous leadership." The inaugural awards ceremony has attracted dozens of high-calibre leaders including the founders of Orange Sky, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, King Kong's Sabri Suby and Netball Queensland's Catherine Clark. "We initially set out to host the awards ceremony in May, but we've now pushed it back to the 4 September in the hopes things will return to normal by then," said McDonald. "Until then, we are doing everything we can to showcase the incredibly kind and courageous leaders who have made it through - because right now, good leadership is essential. "We're doing regular social media posts highlighting their stories and we've partnered with the Leadership Review Magazine and Yellowpanda PR to help create even more noise," she said. Proudly sponsored by McDonald Inc, Central Queensland University (CQU)and DHL Express, the award categories include CEO - Private Sector, Public Sector Leader, Courageous Team Award, Future Leader, Men in Leadership, Women in Leadership, Student Leader, SME Business Leader, Community Leader, and Startup Leader.  The awards night will be held on 4 September from 6:30pm to 11.30pm at the Royal International Convention Centre, with retail leadership superstar Guy Russo as the guest of honour and radios, Bianca Dye as the Master of Ceremonies.  For more information visit: www.outstandingleadershipawards.com.au. 5iQ Wins Customer's Choice & Rising Star SoftwareSuggest Recognition Awards 2020 2020-04-01T06:12:50Z 5iq-wins-customer-s-choice-amp-rising-star-softwaresuggest-recognition-awards-2020 The leading workshop and garage management software provider 5iQ is pleased to be recognised by the software review site, SoftwareSuggest, as customer's choice and rising star company in its 2020 Recognition Awards. The leadership team at 5iQ, explained: "Our mission is to build and distribute technology that innovates, automates and transforms workshop software comprehensively in the Automotive Market." 5iQ is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Platform that facilitates non-technical professionals to utilize cloud-based apps that can be operated, managed, and administered without or some training required. 5iQ workshop software covers the gap amid the technology and mechanical workshops by delivering an intelligent garage management system. The software system lends a hand to garage owners to organize their work orders, job tasks, payment invoices, and manage other tasks swiftly. "Having SoftwareSuggest recognises 5iQ auto repair software for customer's choice and the rising star is due to its easy usability and effortless user experience, which displays the effective work that has gone into our software development, and we as a team are all set to prolong as market leaders in this specific space." About 5iQ 5iQ is an Australia based garage software agency that provides auto repair software in different areas of QLD such as Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Bundaberg‎, Townsville‎, and Hervey Bay. 5iQ workshop software connects all stakeholders to the garage owner's workshop by its smart and intelligent platform, enabling operations with an end-to-end solution for the garage businesses. About SoftwareSuggest SoftwareSuggest is a software review site dedicated to assisting organisations in finding precise software and service partners. It lists, reviews, compares, and consults about software and service solutions, so businesses are assured of finding the most excellent match for their requirements. SOURCE: 5iQ Simplified Software Contact Details:- https://fiiviq.com/contact-us 0756001959 info@fiiviq.com ISACA to Introduce Live Remote Proctoring for All Certifications to Ensure Uninterrupted Access for Learners 2020-04-01T00:04:02Z isaca-to-introduce-live-remote-proctoring-for-all-certifications-to-ensure-uninterrupted-access-for-learners SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (1 April 2020) – ISACA certification candidates will be able to take certification exams remotely by the end of April, providing test-takers flexibility and convenience at a time when public health concerns related to the COVID-19 global pandemic have impeded traditional testing methods. Many have needed to shift to new ways of living and working amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. ISACA is innovating its test-taking procedures to ensure continuity in its globally respected certification program, including offering live remote proctoring for its Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification exams, which will be made available to test-takers by the end of April. Candidates can register for the exam now and choose the live remote proctoring option as soon as it becomes available. The security and integrity of these tests continues to be a priority. Remote proctoring of the exams allows for monitoring of the testing area via video and for each remote proctor to monitor a few candidates at one time. Internet access during the test is prohibited. This new exam delivery option—offered through ISACA’s exam vendor PSI—ensures that those who have already begun to pursue an ISACA certification, or are in the process of exploring new remote learning opportunities, can continue to advance their learning and career goals during this time while also protecting their health. “It is vital to ISACA as a global learning organisation to continuously evolve to meet our professional community where they are—not only by developing educational offerings they need, but also by delivering these learning options when and where they need them and in ways that are safe and secure,” said Nader Qaimari, ISACA chief learning officer. “As we stay nimble to meet these changing needs in our community, adding live remote proctoring for ISACA’s certification exams ensures that professionals can continue undeterred in their learning and career advancement journeys.” Those registering for certification exams can indicate their interest in the live remote proctoring option. If an exam-taker lives in an area in which testing centres remain open, they still have the option to take the exam in person. Learn more about ISACA’s certifications at www.isaca.org/credentialing/certifications. To access ISACA updates and resources related to COVID-19, visit www.isaca.org/go/covid19. About ISACA For more than 50 years, ISACA® (www.isaca.org) has advanced the best talent, expertise and learning in technology. ISACA equips individuals with knowledge, credentials, education and community to progress their careers and transform their organisations and enables enterprises to train and build quality teams. ISACA is a global professional association and learning organisation with 145,000 members who work in information security, governance, assurance, risk and privacy. It has a presence in 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters worldwide. Twitter: www.twitter.com/ISACANews LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/isaca Facebook: www.facebook.com/ISACAGlobal Instagram: www.instagram.com/isacanews Contact: Julie Fenwick, jfenwick@daylightagency.com.au Karen Keech, kkeech@daylightagency.com.au NTT DATA Joins the MuleSoft Technology Partner Program 2020-03-31T05:31:40Z ntt-data-joins-the-mulesoft-technology-partner-program NTT DATA a world-leading global technology services provider, today announced its partnership with MuleSoft to provide consulting services for MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform™, the world’s #1 integration and API platform. Anypoint Platform allows organizations to use API-led connectivity to unlock and unify their DATA, empower their business with re-usable APIs, and create connected experiences, faster. NTT DATA’s implementation expertise and industry knowledge, coupled with MuleSoft’s technology, gives clients the support and tools they need to harness the rapidly growing number of apps and data   sources. With Anypoint Platform, organizations can unlock new revenue channels, improve customer experiences and drive innovation. This partnership complements the existing NTT DATA Global Enterprise integration practice of 1000+ professionals engaged in transforming traditional Application and Integration landscape into an API and Cloud-centric architecture. With their Integration Centre of Excellence, NTT DATA delivers a comprehensive range of services covering all aspects of the solution lifecycle, from strategy to value realisation. “With the explosion of disparate technologies today, connecting them all quickly and efficiently is the key to gaining a competitive edge. Through its partnership with MuleSoft, NTT DATA is enabling its customers to create a dynamic application network to achieve their goals and accelerate their pace of business,” said Marc Caltabiano, Vice President ANZ, MuleSoft. “We’re pleased to welcome NTT DATA into MuleSoft’s partner ecosystem and look forward to working together to deliver significant business impact to our mutual customers.” NTT DATA and its sister companies have developed several award-winning and innovative solutions across a range of industries and technologies using a proprietary and creative approach to drive value that is sustainable and scalable for customers.  Working collaboratively with their customers, NTT DATA discovers opportunities and uncover needs by leveraging local and global expertise in existing and emerging technology, maximising current investments, and developing the strategy while ensuring a people-centric focus to drive solutions and business outcomes. 'I am delighted that NTT DATA and MuleSoft will be working together to help our customers solve real world problems, future proof their application landscapes and realise the benefits of insights from operational data and experience data. For our customers to remain competitive, the ability to innovate quickly is critical and I see this partnership as in making that a reality’ – Nick Binns, Managing Director, NTT DATA Business Solutions Jean-Michel Charette, who was key in driving this partnership, says: “Integration is part of NTT DATA DNA. With a flexible platform such as this one, we help customers modernise their application landscape, test their big ideas in very short time using a progressive approach and technology, while minimising the cost associated to integration” Jean-Michel is an Industry leader with 20+ years of experience in technology and management consulting helping organisations grow and optimise their business.  As NTT DATA Innovation Leader, Jean-Michel is committed in helping customers Innovate for growth but also solve complex business and technological problems. Jean-Michel Charette, LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/jmcharette/ NTT DATA and MuleSoft https://www.mulesoft.com/partner/ntt-data About NTT DATA Business Solutions: https://www.nttdatasolutions.com/en-au/services/digital-transformation About Anypoint Platform: https://www.mulesoft.com/platform/enterprise-integration   Over the Wire’s NetSIP Voice Platform now offers Direct Routing Calling Solution for Microsoft Office 365 and Teams 2020-03-30T21:12:33Z over-the-wire-s-netsip-voice-platform-now-offers-direct-routing-calling-solution-for-microsoft-office-365-and-teams Over the Wire has today released Microsoft Teams Direct Routing calling plans, so your organisation can now call externally to the PSTN without the need for onpremises hardware. Over the Wire’s purpose is to simplify technology to empower business. To this end, we’ve extended our powerful NetSIP voice platform to natively provide competitively priced global calling from Teams. Microsoft Teams is the fastest growing business app in Microsoft history with some 44 million daily users at time of writing. A move away from legacy on-premise telephony to cloud-delivered unified communications services is now more compelling than ever. Extending Office 365 licensing to include Teams is easy – and now adding Direct Routing makes the transition to true cloud telephony simple and fast. That’s why we’ve developed our class leading NetSIP voice platform to provide Direct Routing capability for Microsoft Teams. This new service enables people to call numbers outside the Microsoft cloud, increasing their productivity and building on Over the Wire’s strengths in voice and data networking, cloud and security. As an alternative to the traditional providers, Over the Wire offers both competitive rates and improved service. We also deliver a number of services that help organisations bring together Microsoft Teams collaboration with our voice services, including: ● Session Border Controller configuration and management ● A choice of competitive voice calling plans using our national SIP network ● Integration services for our existing voice and contact centre platforms ● Self-service customer portal for ordering and routing numbers ● Flexible call routing for inbound calls NetSIP carries millions of calls every day over our highly resilient SIP platform located in geo-redundant voice hubs across Australia, terminating your calls using the best possible path at the highest possible quality. Over the Wire offers the Direct Calling SIP service as a standalone offering, not requiring customers to migrate Office 365 licensing away from their current provider. This means Over the Wire will not compete with Microsoft Partners, but instead enhance their service suite and potentially provide them with new revenue streams. Michael Omeros, Group CEO of Over the Wire, explained that employees want to collaborate in many different ways, but without the pain of disparate systems; “We are always looking for ways to improve our customers’ productivity using telecoms. We know that people want to see a truly unified collaboration experience and that is now possible combining Microsoft Teams with NetSIP.” /ENDS About Over the Wire Holdings Limited Over the Wire (ASX: OTW) is an ASX-listed telecoms, cloud and security solutions provider that has a national voice and data network with points of presence in all major Australian capital cities and Auckland, NZ. The company offers an integrated suite of products and services to business customers including SD-WAN, IP-WAN, internet, data centre, cloud security and managed services. Over the Wire companies include Over the Wire, NetSIP, Faktortel, Sanity Technology, Telarus, VPN Solutions, Access Digital Networks and Comlinx. www.overthewire.com.au CREAM Collection to Support Hospo Industry with new #GOURMETTOYOU 2020-03-27T06:07:39Z cream-collection-to-support-hospo-industry-with-new-gourmettoyou Pam Burnett, founder of sustainable hospitality apparel company, CREAM Collection, is launching a new online hub to help support restaurants to promote their altered service offerings. #GourmetToYou has been designed to help spread the word for restaurants that have had to radically change their business due to the COVID-19 crisis, yet continue to want to provide exquisite food to customers throughout this difficult time. Pam Burnett comments: “The hospitality industry has never experienced anything quite like this before, and this situation is going to unfortunately continue for some time. We are all in this together, and we will pioneer through this together as well.” “All my clients and customers are chefs or restaurant owners, and many have become close friends. My heart is breaking for all those who have been affected, both personally and professionally, and for those people who are now housebound until some semblance of normality can be restored.“ It is for these reasons that Pam and her team at CREAM have been determined to find a way to help the hospitality industry continue to thrive. Gourmet To You is an online hub, using Facebook and Instagram, that is showcasing all restaurants around the country who are offering takeaway or home delivery options, allowing those who appreciate fine food to continue to enjoy it from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Pam continued: “Gourmet To You was created for the love of our chefs, restaurants and the finest and most delicious of food. So, while we wait until restaurants can open their doors once again, we are here to help.” For all restaurants offering alternative services, please visit Gourmet To You on Instagram and/or Facebook @gourmettoyouau and send a message so they can let everyone know about it. Alternatively, email pam@creamcollection.com.au. For more information, please contact: Emma Kirkaldy @ CRE8IVE on T: 0406 025 771 or emma.kirkaldy@c8.com.au