The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-05-10T23:33:50Z Postcodes proving to be hot property among first-home buyers 2021-05-10T23:33:50Z postcodes-proving-to-be-hot-property-among-first-home-buyers New research into property purchaser behaviour has unveiled the top spots in NSW favoured by first-home buyers over the past 12 months. The analysis also highlights behaviour throughout the first quarter of 2021 during a post-pandemic surge in homebuyer activity. InfoTrack has collated its latest conveyancing data insights for the year to April 2021 and can reveal that suburbs in Sydney’s outer ring attracted the greatest number of first-home buyers during what was an unprecedented year for the global economy and local property markets alike. CEO of InfoTrack, John Ahern, said the research told a story of first-home buyer resilience. “It’s an interesting time and everybody’s wondering in a market where prices are being pushed so high, what does that mean for first-home buyers?” he said. “In March 2021 we saw a 25 per cent increase in first-home buyer activity in NSW. And a similar lift in November and December of 2020 last year. So it's a really positive sign,” Mr Ahern said. “What is promising is that first-home buyer activity is still 40 per cent more active than in April 2020,” he continued. Although April had seen a slight decline in first-home buyer activity, Mr Ahern concluded that could simply be down to the timing of public holidays. “April is a shorter month, and we did see a short decline of about 10 per cent. But there are still many very positive signs for first-home buyers in this market. Top 10 first home buyer suburbs (Jan 1 to April 30, 2021) Suburb                                                 12-month median house price             Distance from CBD Marsden Park (2765)                                                    $829,000                                  53kms Austral (2179)                                                              $715,000                                  50kms Oran Park (2570)                                                          $742,000                                  60kms Schofields (2762)                                                         $855,000                                  53kms Campbelltown (2560)                                                   $623,000                                  57kms Liverpool (2170)                                                          $741,000                                  39kms Wagga Wagga (2650)                                                   $443,250                                  459kms Greystanes                                                                  $870,000                                  28kms Hamlyn Terrace (2259)                                                $650,000                                  112kms Gosford (2250)                                                             $557,500                                  84kms *Price data source: realestate.com.au    Where first-home buyers are headed According to InfoTrack’s exclusive data, first-time buyers largely sought out neighbourhoods that offered more affordability compared with Sydney’s inner and middle ring suburbs. The most popular postcodes were also areas that allowed buyers to build brand new homes, a path to homeownership that was spurred on by the Federal Government’s HomeBuilder grant. The COVID-inspired scheme, which launched in June 2020 and finished in April 2021, offered all homebuyers $25,000 (then $15,000) to build or renovate a home. Marsden Park, which sits 49kms north west of Sydney’s CBD was the most in-demand suburb for first-home buyers. “The average sale price in Marsden Park is around $829,000. It has recreational parks, views of the Blue Mountains and access to a railway station, and that's a common thing first-home buyers look for; a great place to live and access to infrastructure,” Mr Ahern said. Austral, a suburb located 50kms south west of the CBD and with a median house price of $715,000, was the second most sought after neighbourhood. “Austral is about $100,000 less than Marsden Park, but it has potential as the airport is going in next door and you’re able to build a larger house. Whether you’re buying or building a house in post-COVID times, people are looking for more space and they can get that in Austral,” he said.   The return of the first-home buyer While the Federal Government’s HomeBuilder Scheme has now finished, a new program is underway for single parents buying their first home. Soon single parents may be able to purchase a new home with a deposit of only two per cent under a new federal scheme. Tom Panos, NSW Auctioneer and partner of InfoTrack’s Securexchange – Australia's fast, secure property exchange website - said despite rising dwelling prices across the state, first-time purchasers are still out house hunting. “What I’m seeing in relation to first-home buyer activity in today’s property market is that it’s at an all-time high, and I’m assuming that FOMO (fear of missing out) is the biggest driver,” he said, adding that the stars had aligned for those hoping to get their first foot on the property ladder. “Many first-home buyers were happy renting, but have now changed direction and want to buy because even with rent reductions, interest rates are so low that it’s cheaper to buy than to rent,” Mr Panos said. And where they are looking, he said, lines up with InfoTrack’s latest conveyancing data. “I haven’t seen a significant trend in buying property outside of metro Sydney, apart from the central coast. First-home buyers are most definitely buying in the north west and south west suburbs of Sydney.” Notes to editors For more information about InfoTrack, visit: infotrack.com.au For all media enquiries or to organise an interview with InfoTrack CEO John Ahern, please contact Sandra Falzon on 0431 703 969 or Sandra.falzon@infotrack.com.au Trintech Releases 2021 Global Financial Close Benchmark Report 2021-05-10T15:05:49Z trintech-releases-2021-global-financial-close-benchmark-report      88% of respondents identified a lack of automation and manual work and errors as the reasons preventing them from having an efficient financial close process DALLAS, TX / ACCESSWIRE, May 11, 2021 - (ACN Newswire) - Trintech, a leading provider of financial software solutions, today announced the release of its 2021 Global Financial Close Benchmark Report. Trintech surveyed over 480 financial professionals across the globe in Q1 of 2021 to evaluate which parts of the financial close process have been automated, which are in the process of being automated and where finance and accounting (F&A) organizations are looking to adopt automation in the future.2020 was a defining year for the CFO as they broke out of the compliance box and returned to their role as an essential strategic leader of the organization - one relied upon to shape critical business decisions when COVID-19 impacted businesses of all sizes. As companies transitioned to remote operations, organizations that relied heavily on manual processes found it difficult to continue to do their jobs at the same level - let alone deliver on the new expectations required of them to provide timely, critical business insights. What is certain is that these expectations are now essential for businesses moving forward, however, the ad hoc processes many organizations were forced to adopt in the short-term to meet those expectations are not sustainable long-term.Now is the time for organizations to institutionalize technology to standardize and automate key financial processes to be able to continue to support these growing expectations.Key findings from the survey include:-- The top 3 challenges the Office of Finance experienced within the financial close process in 2020 were all influenced or accelerated by the pandemic-- A lack of automation is identified as the largest contributing factor to an inefficient financial close-- Process standardization and automation are the key areas of improvement for 2021-- Completing quality work on time, while simultaneously balancing workforce issues (i.e. attracting talent and managing employee burnout) will be the biggest challenges for finance professionals over the next five years"Our research found that 78% of companies at early stages of their digital transformation journeys faced enormous challenges - challenges their peers further along in their adoption of automation did not," said David King, Chief Marketing Officer at Trintech."These organizations must institutionalize technology to automate their financial close to be more efficient, while increasing transparency and ensuring data integrity to be successful long-term. While COVID-19 may have identified these challenges, the benefits of solving them are now fundamental and there is no going back to maintaining inefficient manual processes."To dive into the results of this report further, Trintech and an advisor from a leading analyst firm will be hosting a joint webinar, How COVID-19 Accelerated the Path Towards Financial Close Automation, on Tuesday, May 11th (https://pr.report/KIMkJS4y), to give companies insight into topics such as:-- The biggest challenges organizations are currently facing in the financial close process-- The maturity of automation in the Office of Finance-- Key areas to improve in your financial close process over the next 12 months and where to startRead the full Financial Close Benchmark Report at https://pr.report/ujSclCBA.About TrintechTrintech Inc., a pioneer of Financial Corporate Performance Management (FCPM) software, combines unmatched technical and financial expertise to create innovative, cloud-based software solutions that deliver world-class financial operations and insights. From high volume transaction matching and streamlining daily operational reconciliations to automating and managing balance sheet reconciliations, intercompany accounting, journal entries, disclosure reporting and bank fee analysis, to governance, risk and compliance - Trintech's portfolio of financial solutions, including Cadency(R) Platform, Adra(R) Suite, and targeted tools, ReconNET(TM), T-Recs(R), and UPCS(R), help manage all aspects of the financial close process. Over 3,500 clients worldwide - including the majority of the Fortune 100 - rely on the company's cloud-based software to continuously improve the efficiency, reliability, and strategic insights of their financial operations.Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Trintech has offices located across the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the Nordics, as well as strategic partners in South Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific. To learn more about Trintech, visit www.trintech.com or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.Media Contact:Kristina Pereira TullyVested+1-650-464-0080trintech@fullyvested.comSOURCE: Trintech, Inc. Forensic DNA preservation method best for gut microbiome samples: Microba Life Sciences 2021-05-07T01:53:47Z forensic-dna-preservation-method-best-for-gut-microbiome-samples-microba-life-sciences The company’s scientists conducted one of the most rigorous studies to date to evaluate the performance of five room temperature faecal preservation techniques, finding a method designed for preserving forensic DNA outperformed other commonly used faecal preservation methods.   Using metagenomic analysis, the study highlighted the FLOQSwab in an active drying tube as the top method when compared to four other faecal preservation techniques. Microba Co-founder, leading microbiologist and senior author on the paper, Professor Philip Hugenholtz, explained that it was critical for microbial communities to be accurately and reproducibly preserved for important advancements in medicine to be made from gut microbiome research. “Interest has been increasing in the gut microbiome as a marker for the diagnosis and treatment of a range of human diseases over recent years,” he said. “This means that researchers must be confident that their sampling method will provide accurate, stable and reproducible results for gut microbial communities.” Senior Scientist and lead author, Dr Alena Pribyl, explained that the alternative could lead to researchers chasing false leads or missing key biomarkers. “Very few studies have critically assessed faecal preservation methods at the species-level using metagenomic sequencing, despite the importance of getting this first step right in a gut microbiome study,” she said.  For this comprehensive study, the company compared both microbial species and functional profiles from five room temperature preservation methods to the commonly accepted best practice of flash freezing samples. Six replicates from five different individuals were used for each method, for a total of 180 metagenomes. “This is the largest study to assess both the technical and compositional reproducibility of various room temperature microbial preservation methods, and we found that not all methods are able to accurately preserve faecal microbial communities.” Dr Pribyl explained. “While the FLOQSwab in an active drying tube outperformed other methods, we also found two of the methods resulted in unpredictable outgrowth of facultatively anaerobic species, such as E. coli. “We therefore recommend against the use of these methods for room temperature storage.” The scientists further evaluated the best performing method at different storage temperatures to determine its range of use, finding that it accurately preserved microbial communities at temperatures ranging from -20ᵒC to 50ᵒC for up to four weeks. “This study shows the importance of rigorously evaluating faecal preservation methods,” Professor Hugenholtz said. “It also shows that the FLOQSwab in an active drying tube is an excellent option for gut microbiome sample preservation, especially where faecal samples need to be collected and transported across long distances.” The study was published in ISME Communications (A Nature journal) in May and can be accessed here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s43705-021-00014-2   Hitachi Vantara Enhances Lumada Portfolio to Deliver Improved Resilience, Agility and Accuracy in Industrial IoT Environments 2021-05-06T03:34:01Z hitachi-vantara-enhances-lumada-portfolio-to-deliver-improved-resilience-agility-and-accuracy-in-industrial-iot-environments SYDNEY – 6 May, 2021 – Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure, data management, and digital solutions subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), has announced advancements to the Lumada software platform and industry solutions to accelerate the digital transformation of industrial processes. These offerings help deliver real-time, actionable insights that accelerate the ability to predict problem areas, streamline production and maintenance, and create a connected supply chain – resulting in enhanced operational efficiency, minimal revenue disruptions, and product quality improvements. Learn more about Data-Driven Industrial Solutions with Hitachi Vantara Improving manufacturing operational outcomes involves comprehensive data analysis and integration from thousands of moving parts across remote and industrial environments. Lumada is Hitachi’s digital platform that connects data, assets, and people to fuel industry innovation. It is the software foundation for Lumada Industry Solutions, that extract data-driven insight and drive better operational and business outcomes. The updated Lumada portfolio allows customers to automate tasks and make faster decisions by training data models in the cloud and deploying them to edge devices, creating actionable insights from diverse data sets at lower infrastructure cost. “Across the globe, industries are dealing with increasing complexity, a faster changing environment and greater competition that together are driving a need for accelerated digitalisation. Supply chain disruptions, health and safety measures and operational challenges have highlighted this need for data-driven innovation,” said, Radhika Krishnan, Chief Product Officer, Hitachi Vantara. “Today’s advancements allow our customers to make faster, more informed decisions so industries can thrive in our rapidly digitalising future.” Delivering Deeper Insights and Faster Time to Value Hitachi Vantara is accelerating industrial digitalisation with major enhancements to data-driven offerings for manufacturing, extending AI and automation from edge to core, and delivering deep real-time insights from new combinations of data and connections. Lumada Manufacturing Insights:This industry solution delivers greater visibility across a customers' supply chain subsystems with the supply chain module’s ability to implement supply chain control tower solutions and take direct, demand-driven action.Integrating and correlating data from multiple sources– from asset health data to vibration, video, lidar and audio – to detect potential failure of a machine, manufacturers can better predict points of failure and perform preventive maintenance, reducing downtime and improving output.Also new is the ability to automate forms for digitisation of factory floor processes – a practice that is still largely done with pen, paper and spreadsheets – to establish ‘if this, then that’ protocols across manufacturing processes.Lumada Manufacturing Insights is now also available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace for easier integration with Microsoft cloud environments.Smart Spaces & Lumada Video Insights:These industry solutions leverage new workflow automation within Hitachi Visualization Suite and a mobile application for improved team collaboration and incident response.An expanded Hitachi Edge Gateway portfolio includes industry-tailored and “ruggedised” versions that allow for data integration from sources such as trains, industrial spaces, or first responder vehicles and equipment, and includes higher compute power at the edge with CPU or GPU options to enable new outcomes, and make faster, more data-driven decisions.Sensor fusion creates the ability to co-analyse video, lidar, and other data to enable new use cases such as quality assurance and analysis of human-machine interaction, while improving accuracy.Lumada Edge Intelligence:Integration between the Lumada software platform and Google Cloud allows customers to speedup data preparation by adjusting resources on-demand and combining multiple data types for better insights.Updates to Lumada Edge Intelligence also simplify Machine Learning workflows by pushing models to edge devices for faster automated decision-making without reliance on point tools.New APIs for edge management and data access allow reuse of assets, gateways, and software to create integrated solutions utilising existing infrastructure. “Meat & Livestock Australia has been collaborating with Hitachi Vantara on a number of digital projects over the past five years leading up to our latest project, the Connected Beef Supply Chain Control Tower,” says Dr. Nigel Tomkins, program manager, grassfed productivity at Meat & Livestock Australia. “Hitachi Vantara’s Lumada Manufacturing Insights has allowed our industry to integrate both sensor and system data to provide insights across the supply chain—this has led to improved productivity and quality outcomes. We look forward to leveraging the capabilities of the Supply Chain Control Tower even further—gaining insight on factors impacting supply and consumer demand.” “Our industry is experiencing rapid digitalisation and a distinct increase in the pace of business. This underscores the need for more agility and predictability in everything we do and what we deliver to our customers,” says Petra Sundström, VP & Head of Digital Offering, Sandvik Rock Processing at industrial manufacturer Sandvik. “We’re collaborating with Hitachi to innovate our business models. With Lumada Manufacturing Insights, we are now able to offer predictive maintenance as a service--delivering the outcomes our customers are looking for in this digital era.” “For manufacturers to get real end-to-end benefits from data-driven solutions, it’s important to focus not only on the obvious areas of production. Other data sources and solutions beyond the factory floor should also be looked at. For example, use video analytics to study material flow from receiving dock to warehouse to shop floor; use lidar to monitor employee movements from a safety perspective. There are so many ways to use this technology, and the applications become more apparent as the team familiarises with the sensors and analytics,” says Allen Ahlert, senior director, Engineering with Hitachi Computer Products (America), Inc. which leverages Lumada solutions at its 352,000 sq. ft manufacturing and supply facility in Norman, OK. “Hitachi Vantara has been able to approach this holistically beyond what point solutions can do to create comprehensive, rich insights across facilities and processes.” Availability These updates are now available worldwide from Hitachi Vantara and select partners. Lumada Manufacturing Insights is now available on the Microsoft Azure Cloud Marketplace. Additional Resources Web Page: Industry Solutions - ManufacturingBlog: You Need To Go Digital. Now.Blog: Manufacturing Success Through Data-Driven OperationsBlog: Improve Collaboration and Intelligence with Smart SpacesBlog: Smarter Manufacturing and Smart Spaces Start With Intelligence at the Edge2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Industrial IoT Platforms  Connect With Hitachi Vantara TwitterLinkedInFacebook About Hitachi Vantara Hitachi Vantara, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., guides our customers from what’s now to what’s next by solving their digital challenges. Working alongside each customer, we apply our unmatched industrial and digital capabilities to their data and applications to benefit both business and society. More than 80% of the Fortune 100 trust Hitachi Vantara to help them develop new revenue streams, unlock competitive advantages, lower costs, enhance customer experiences, and deliver social and environmental value. Visit us at www.hitachivantara.com. About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is focused on its Social Innovation Business that combines information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and products. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2019 (ended March 31, 2020) totaled 8,767.2 billion yen ($80.4 billion), and it employed approximately 301,000 people worldwide. Hitachi drives digital innovation across five sectors – Mobility, Smart Life, Industry, Energy and IT – through Lumada, Hitachi's advanced digital solutions, services, and technologies for turning data into insights to drive digital innovation. Its purpose is to deliver solutions that increase social, environmental and economic value for its customers. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at https://www.hitachi.com. ### HITACHI is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. All other trademarks, service marks, and company names are properties of their respective owners. HCL to Build a New Digital Foundation for Hitachi ABB Power Grids 2021-05-05T03:43:53Z hcl-to-build-a-new-digital-foundation-for-hitachi-abb-power-grids Noida, India –May 04, 2021 – HCL Technologies (HCL), a leading global technology company, today announced a multi-year contract with Hitachi ABB Power Grids, the leader in sustainable, digital energy solutions, to build a new greenfield digital foundation as part of a global transformation program. Through this engagement, HCL will help Hitachi ABB Power Grids establish a new, efficient and modern independent IT organization. The engagement will support its continued business transformation by reducing dependency on the historic ABB IT services infrastructure.   Hitachi ABB Power Grids was formed in 2020 as a joint venture between Hitachi and ABB to create a new global leader in pioneering power and digital technologies. As part of the new digital foundation, HCL will provide Hybrid Cloud Services, Digital Workplace Services, Next-gen Network Services, Unified Service Management and Cybersecurity Services.  Leveraging HCL’s  “Cloud Smart” offerings, Hitachi ABB Power Grids will benefit from an adaptive portfolio with innovative cloud services driven by intelligent automation and a powerful partner ecosystem. These capabilities will enhance Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ operations in more than 90 countries and improve end-user experiences for its 36,000 employees worldwide. Hitachi ABB Power Grids identified that HCL was best placed to develop from scratch a new Digital Foundation that would meet its strategic objectives to drive simplicity, speed and scalability throughout its global operations. HCL will establish strategic digital platforms, global standardization of IT services and future-proof solutions to keep pace with changing business requirements and evolving technology capabilities.     “As a pioneering technology leader, we’re digitalizing the entire energy value chain to make the world’s power grids stronger, smarter and greener. It’s crucial that this transformation also includes our internal operations, as well as the solutions we create for our clients,” said Michael Loechle, CIO, Hitachi ABB Power Grids. “We knew we needed to break away from the historic IT organization we’d inherited, and HCL was the perfect strategic partner to help us create a next-generation operating model. We were particularly impressed by HCL’s ability to create high quality and end user-focused solutions for our employees and offer an end-to-end model to ensure seamless execution. HCL’s track record for bringing a culture of innovation to service delivery will ensure we are well placed to enjoy the long-term and sustainable benefits of digitalization.”   “We’re excited to work with Hitachi ABB Power Grids to build a new independent Digital IT environment. HCL will bring its well-developed expertise in executing complex carve-out programs for the new digital world,” said Pankaj Tagra, Corporate Vice President and Nordic and DACH Head, HCL Technologies. “The opportunity to build a new Digital Foundation for such a major global organization is testament to the trust that our clients have in HCL’s next-generation transformational expertise.”   About HCL Technologies HCL Technologies (HCL) empowers global enterprises with technology for the next decade, today. HCL’s Mode 1-2-3 strategy, based on its deep-domain industry expertise, customer-centricity and entrepreneurial culture of Ideapreneurship™, enables businesses to transform into next-gen enterprises. HCL offers its services and products through three business units: IT and Business Services (ITBS), Engineering and R&D Services (ERS) and Products & Platforms (P&P). ITBS enables global enterprises to transform their businesses through offerings in the areas of applications, infrastructure, digital process operations and next generational digital transformation solutions. ERS offers engineering services and solutions in all aspects of product development and platform engineering. P&P provides modernized software products to global clients for their technology and industry specific requirements. Through its cutting-edge co-innovation labs, global delivery capabilities and broad global network, HCL delivers holistic services in various industry verticals, categorized as Financial Services, Manufacturing, Technology & Services, Telecom & Media, Retail & CPG, Life Sciences & Healthcare and Public Services. As a leading global technology company, HCL takes pride in its diversity, social responsibility, sustainability, and education initiatives. For the 12 months ended March 31, 2021 HCL had consolidated revenue of US$ 10.17 B. Its 168,977 Ideapreneurs operate out of 50 countries. For more information, visit www.hcltech.com.   Forward–looking Statement Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the statements containing the words 'planned', 'expects', 'believes’,’ strategy', 'opportunity', 'anticipates', 'hopes' or other similar words. 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All forward-looking statements made herein are based on information presently available to the Management of the Company and the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company.     For further details, please contact: HCL Technologies   Meenakshi Benjwal meenakshi.benjwal@hcl.com   Elka Ghudial, Europe Elka.ghudial@hcl.com   Devneeta Pahuja, India and APAC Devneeta.p@hcl.com   Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2021 AMERICAS to Showcase How Data Driven Leaders are Changing the World 2021-05-04T23:43:29Z hitachi-social-innovation-forum-2021-americas-to-showcase-how-data-driven-leaders-are-changing-the-world SYDNEY – 5 MAY 2021: Hitachi America, Ltd., the North American regional headquarters of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), and Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure, data management, and digital solutions subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., today announced Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2021 AMERICAS (HSIF) will be held on May 25-27, 2021. The free three-day virtual event will showcase visionaries and practitioners who are leading and deploying data-driven strategies to solve some of the toughest problems in industry, society and the environment. Get a front-row seat to the future of social innovation. Register now for Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2021 AMERICASExecutives and experts from Hitachi Group businesses will be joined by digital leaders from business, academia, government and industry for keynotes, digital masterclasses, plus industry, society and technology themed programming. Speakers at Hitachi Social Innovation Forum Americas 2021 include:Toshiaki Higashihara, President & CEO Hitachi, LtdGajen Kandiah, CEO, Hitachi VantaraDr. Jennifer Hall Chief, Data Science, Co-Director, Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine, American Heart AssociationRachel S. Hutter, SVP International Facilities and Operations Services, Worldwide Safety and Health, and Engineering, The Walt Disney CompanyTodd Hewlin, Partner, Chasm Group, and author of ‘Goliath’s Revenge, How Established Companies Turn the Tables on Digital Disruptors’Hicham Abdessamad, Chairman, Hitachi America, Ltd., Chief Executive of Hitachi Global Social Innovation Business, Hitachi, Ltd.Duane Hughes, CEO, WorkhorseJuan Santos, SVP Brand Experience & Innovation, Tavistock GroupAlistair Dormer, Executive Vice President and Executive Officer and Chief Environmental Officer, Hitachi, Ltd.Topher White, CEO, Rainforest ConnectionJon Snoddy, SVP, Imagineering R&D, Show, Ride & Technology, The Walt Disney CompanyMegan Smith, former Chief Technology Officer under President Obama Andreas Weigend, former Chief Scientist of Amazon.com, and author of ‘Data for the PeopleAlok Sharma, President, COP26Hitachi Social Innovation Forum Digital Masterclass speakers will include:R (Ray) Wang, CEO, Constellation Research Michele Goetz, Vice President and Principal Researcher, ForresterMaribel Lopez, Founder, Lopez Research Tim Chou, Board Member and Stanford University Cloud Lecturer Martin Mocker, MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research Vijay Gurbaxani, Director of the Center for Digital Transformation at Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine Ganesh Bell, Board Member, Investor, CDO and Software CEO“COVID-19 has affected nearly every aspect of our personal and professional life, with ripple effects that have challenged industries to assess and accelerate their digital initiatives,” said Gajen Kandiah, chief executive officer, Hitachi Vantara. “The ability to achieve data-driven outcomes is critical to our clients’ ability to pivot their business and capitalise on an increasing digital-centric economy. At Hitachi Social Innovation Forum Americas, we will tell their stories and explain how data-driven leaders are changing the world in business, society and the environment.”“At Hitachi, we view Social Innovation as the practice of leveraging innovation, digital technology, domain knowledge and products to solve challenges for both the individual consumer and society at large,” said Hicham Abdessamad, chairman, Hitachi America, Ltd., and chief executive of Hitachi Global Social Innovation Business. “As a global leader in advancing the digital transformation of social infrastructure, our goal at HSIF is to bring thinkers and doers together to solve problems, address existing and future environmental challenges and showcase the digital solutions that we are successfully developing throughout the Hitachi Group ecosystem. We are excited to show how Hitachi, its partners, and customers are working together to drive adoption of new digital solutions and technologies that empower companies to adapt and transition into this new era of sustainability. Whether you’re an OEM, an energy provider, an IT Company or a government agency, we all have roles to play to make this a reality.”Roundtable discussions, themed sessions and thought-provoking keynote presentations will provide opportunities for attendees to hear firsthand accounts of successes and lessons learned from peers, partners, analysts, clients and industry leaders Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2021 AMERICAS will offer three different tracks: Business track focuses on how to propel your business forward; Society track focuses on using data to create social, environmental, and economic advantages; and Technology track spotlights how companies can revolutionise with data strategies that adapt to our ever-changing world.ResourcesRegister for the Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2021 AMERICASBlog: Innovating to Improve Society: Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2021, by Hicham Abdessamad Blog: To Change the World with Data, Start Here, by John MageeBlog: Ignite Growth at Hitachi Social Innovation Forum, by Bjorn Andersson Connect with Hitachi VantaraTwitterLinkedInFacebook About Hitachi, America, Ltd.Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, is a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501). Hitachi America – the North American regional headquarters of Hitachi, Ltd. – and the 106 Hitachi Group companies in North America, employ over 28,800 people as of March 2020. The company drives digital innovation across five sectors - Mobility, Smart Life, Industry, Energy and IT - through Lumada, Hitachi's advanced digital solution for turning data into insights that drive digital innovation. The Hitachi Group is focused on its Social Innovation Business, which combines information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and products to deliver solutions that increase social, environmental and economic value for its customers. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in North America, please visit http://www.hitachi.us/ (the United States), http://www.hitachi.ca/ (Canada) and http://www.hitachi.com.mx/en (Mexico). About Hitachi VantaraHitachi Vantara, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., guides our customers from what’s now to what’s next by solving their digital challenges. Working alongside each customer, we apply our unmatched industrial and digital capabilities to their data and applications to benefit both business and society. More than 80% of the Fortune 100 trust Hitachi Vantara to help them develop new revenue streams, unlock competitive advantages, lower costs, enhance customer experiences, and deliver social and environmental value. Visit us at www.hitachivantara.com. About Hitachi, Ltd.Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is focused on its Social Innovation Business that combines information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and products. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2019 (ended March 31, 2020) totaled 8,767.2 billion yen ($80.4 billion), and it employed approximately 301,000 people worldwide. Hitachi drives digital innovation across five sectors – Mobility, Smart Life, Industry, Energy and IT – through Lumada, Hitachi's advanced digital solutions, services, and technologies for turning data into insights to drive digital innovation. Its purpose is to deliver solutions that increase social, environmental and economic value for its customers. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at https://www.hitachi.com. Tammy Fit expands her empire to include Yoga 2021-05-04T22:30:41Z tammy-fit-expands-her-empire-to-include-yoga-1 Originally released in 2018, Tammy Fit has long had a reputation for being one of the best at-home and gym workout programs on the market. With the introduction of Resident Instructor Paula Alva; a highly experienced Purivian Yogi, the app will continue to grow, becoming a user’s complete mind, body and soul workout companion. Tammy has been practicing yoga for many years and is very excited for her community to build upon their practice with her. Paula is the first of many instructors that will be added to the app. Tammy says “Yoga is a practice, not perfection. I have wanted to introduce yoga to my TammyFit app for so long now as I feel like yoga & weight training complement each other so well. When I met Paula, I knew that she was the perfect person to bring vinyasa flows to the app. I’m excited for my users to see what we have created!”  “We live in a very fast paced world and have busy lifestyles, so I find it important to take a little time each day to stop, breathe, find a calmer mind. This helps us keep balanced and handle situations and people in the best way we can.” comments Paula. Beautiful step-by-step video classes which cater to all yoga levels - beginner, intermediate and advanced - are accompanied by the addition of new Tammy Fit products including yoga mat, cork yoga blocks and bands, to give users the option to flow with support.  About Tammy  A mother to two children by the age of 22, Tammy has created a global fashion, health and fitness business empire within a short time frame of three years. She is one of Australia’s biggest influencers, with over 12 million followers on Instagram and over a million on YouTube – platforms she has leveraged to promote her health and fitness brands. About Tammy Fit Tammy Fit gives you exactly what you need to work out and eat like Tammy and see results. From 8-week programs to step-by-step individual workouts and nutritionist designed meal plans, you can choose what works for you and your schedule. Nutrition is the key to long-term results. Trintech Announces Sponsorship of ServiceNow's Knowledge 2021 Event 2021-05-04T15:09:40Z trintech-announces-sponsorship-of-servicenow-s-knowledge-2021-event      Trintech to present how to digitize workflows across your financial close process with CadencyDirect, the only Financial Close Automation (FCA) application on the Now Platform(R) DALLAS, TX, May 5, 2021 - (ACN Newswire) - Trintech, a leading global provider of integrated Record to Report software solutions for the Office of Finance, today announced its gold sponsorship of ServiceNow's Knowledge 2021 event taking place virtually May 11th - 20th. During this event, digital leaders, partners, and forward-thinkers will come together to discover how organizations are becoming more resilient and reshaping their industries with digital workflows.As part of this sponsorship, Trintech will be hosting two speaking sessions. The first, "Delivering Real-Time Financial Insights with the Right Processes and Technology," will be co-hosted with KPMG and focuses on how to address the financial close by combining effective processes and technology that simplify workflows across your Office of Finance."As enterprises continue to accelerate digital transformation efforts, it is critical to think about this holistically from both a process and technology-perspective," said Scott Cohen, Advisory, KPMG LLP. "A comprehensive digital workflow transformation is vital to your future success and we are excited about our expanded partnership with both Trintech and ServiceNow to address companies' unique finance and organizational transformations by turning knowledge into value and successfully driving large, global, and complex workflow transformation."The second session, "Transform Your Office of Finance by Powering Your Workflow with CadencyDirect," will showcase how CadencyDirect, the only Financial Close Automation (FCA) application on the Now Platform(R), can digitize your workflows across your financial close process on a single, scalable, cloud-based platform that reduces complexity and risk, accelerates the overall process, and drives a greater experience for finance teams."Leading enterprises understand the need to digitize workflows across the enterprise which is why we are excited about our recent partnership with ServiceNow and bringing our CadencyDirect solution to the ServiceNow customer base at Knowledge 2021," said Robert Michlewicz, Chief Strategy Officer at Trintech. "For finance organizations, CadencyDirect complements and extends financial operations management by addressing the shared needs of the CFO, CIO and CAO and enabling their teams to digitize workflows impacting the financial close process - thus creating visibility and improved synergies that help companies achieve a more effective operating enterprise."Trintech recently was named a ServiceNow Elite Partner in the ServiceNow Technology Program, bringing CadencyDirect, an industry-leading financial close automation solution, into the Now Platform(R) to support digital transformation across the enterprise. CadencyDirect is powered by Trintech's industry-leading Cadency solution that combines all financial close activities into a single, seamless process, including operational matching, intercompany transaction management, balance sheet reconciliations, journal entry management, close task management and compliance. Cadency integrates with 100s of ERP instances including SAP(R), Oracle(R) and NetSuite(R) and currently serves the majority of the Fortune 100.For more information on ServiceNow's Knowledge 2021 event, or to register, click here. https://knowledge.servicenow.com/Some or all of the services described herein may not be permissible for KPMG audit clients and their affiliates or related entities.About TrintechTrintech Inc., a pioneer of Financial Corporate Performance Management (FCPM) software, combines unmatched technical and financial expertise to create innovative, cloud-based software solutions that deliver world-class financial operations and insights. From high volume transaction matching and streamlining daily operational reconciliations, to automating and managing balance sheet reconciliations, intercompany accounting, journal entries, disclosure reporting and bank fee analysis, to governance, risk and compliance - Trintech's portfolio of financial solutions, including Cadency(R) Platform, Adra(R) Suite, and targeted tools, ReconNET(TM), T-Recs(R), and UPCS(R), help manage all aspects of the financial close process. Over 3,500 clients worldwide - including the majority of the Fortune 100 - rely on the company's cloud-based software to continuously improve the efficiency, reliability, and strategic insights of their financial operations.Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Trintech has offices located across the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the Nordics, as well as strategic partners in South Africa, Latin America and the Asia Pacific. To learn more about Trintech, visit www.trintech.com or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.About KPMG LLPKPMG is a global organization of independent professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 146 countries and territories and in FY20 had close to 227,000 people working in member firms around the world. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such. KPMG International Limited is a private English company limited by guarantee. KPMG International Limited and its related entities do not provide services to clients. Learn more at www.kpmg.com/us.Media Contact:Kristina Pereira TullyVested+1-650-464-0080trintech@fullyvested.comSOURCE: Trintech, Inc. OneBlink announces IoT partnership with Spotto 2021-05-03T02:38:05Z oneblink-announces-iot-partnership-with-spotto Spotto has made the set up and use of real-time indoor asset tracking and sensing simple for any organization to install - without requiring wiring or IT involvement.  Out of the box, Spotto will tell you where assets are right now, what’s in a location, and when assets arrive or leave. It can also carry other IoT data such as temperature, orientation, movement etc. alongside the location information. “Spotto is the ideal IoT partner for OneBlink”, said Darren Besgrove, OneBlink’s CEO, “OneBlink’s strength is putting custom app development into the hands of business users. Spotto does the same for IoT. Making it simple for OneBlink apps to access Spotto means that non-technical users can create location-aware apps and then automate the logical business steps or processes that typically come after an asset is located.” With this integration, OneBlink’s Low-code Suite (LcS) now allows organisations to build further intelligence and actionable workflows around all manner of found assets. This includes answers to questions like: ‘What version or model is it?’, ‘How do I operate it?’ and ‘How do I test or check it?’. Such activities can then extend to: ‘Give me the right form to conduct an inspection of this asset’ or ‘Begin the process to report a fault/issue’. OneBlink has a number of ready-made templates in the LcS platform for common ‘located assets’ tasks, but customers can also create custom solutions to suit their specific needs, all without having to write a line of code. OneBlink is also the perfect integration engine should a customer wish to integrate inspection and status data with their central Asset Management System. “We’re very excited about partnering with OneBlink” said Alan Williams, Spotto’s CEO, “together we’re already opening up new opportunities for location-aware solutions in government and enterprises. A great example is how, in just a few days, OneBlink created a prototype service using Spotto that allows users to register a collection of packages to be tracked together and send alarms if an item goes missing – all done with a minimum of infrastructure and customized to a user’s specific workflow needs”. About OneBlink OneBlink is an Australian-headquartered ISV with a 16-year history in innovative mobile solutions that promote business process improvements for Government and enterprise. Combining low/no-code smart forms, mobile and web app builders, with powerful developer-centric tools for integrations and workflow, API management, hosting and No-ops deployment, OneBlink is a proven solution for organisations seeking to digitally transform or optimise a range of business processes. Beyond AWS Advanced Technology Partner status and accreditations for Mobile and Government, OneBlink was awarded Cloud World Forum’s “Best Enterprise Mobility Solution - 2015” in London. http://www.OneBlink.io Media enquiries: Darren Besgrove, OneBlink CEO  +61 418 280 764 About Spotto Spotto is an Australian ISV focused on enabling its users to find assets when they need them. Built on AWS’ cloud infrastructure, Spotto has pioneered new levels of cost-effective location accuracy and simplicity of setup for real-time asset tracking. Spotto has been proven in demanding hospital situations and is working with partners to address the many other markets where knowing more about your assets in real time is important. Spotto’s Open API enables innovative new solutions to be readily created around its out-of-the-box asset search and location inventory capability. http://www.spotto.io Media Enquiries:  Alan Williams, Spotto CEO +61 402  204 065 Reekoh CEO confirmed as incoming Chair for the IoTAA Interoperability Workstream 2021-04-29T01:50:08Z reekoh-ceo-confirmed-as-incoming-chair-for-the-iotaa-interoperability-workstream Reekoh CEO and Founder Dale Rankine has been confirmed as the incoming Chair for the IoTAA Interoperability Workstream, effective from today. IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA) is the peak industry body representing the Internet of Things (IoT) in Australia, with over 500 participating organisations and 1000 individual participants working across twelve workstreams. These workstreams bring together industry participants, stakeholders and interested individuals around key focus areas to help undertake projects and initiatives that encourage learning, policy development and understanding of relevant segments of the IoT ecosystem. The key pillars of the ecosystem that the IoTAA sees as underpinning the industry are Data, Security and Interoperability. The Interoperability Workstream has been gearing up for a mission and membership “reboot” after recently dropping “Platforms” from its title and becoming one of these key pillars for IoTAA activity. As part of this reboot, and off the back of the investment that outgoing inaugural Chair Geof Haydon had provided, Dale Rankine has been elevated from Deputy Chair to take on the role of Chair of the workstream. “Obviously as the CEO and founder of a company that lives and breathes integration and interoperability, this is a space that I’m particularly passionate about”, says Rankine. “I’m a strong advocate for Interoperability by Design in digital transformation, enabling organisations to accelerate implementation and scale, and to future-proof their business for change. This is a strategy and architecture, not a technology, led approach to success, and the IoTAA believes that it’s a central piece of the puzzle that needs the right level of visibility and influence in the industry. I’m very excited to be taking on this role with the Interoperability Workstream, and plan to quickly kick off a reboot of the group’s membership and activity to align with a lot of the other great work being done in the other workstreams.” Sony Announces Latest IP, Cloud Solutions and Imaging Products for More Flexible and Scalable Productions and Workflows 2021-04-29T01:37:46Z sony-announces-latest-ip-cloud-solutions-and-imaging-products-for-more-flexible-and-scalable-productions-and-workflows Sony announces a series of new upgrades and innovations across the full range of its professional media products and solutions aligned with leading industry trends focused on IP, Cloud, and Imaging. The market transformation is fuelled by the need to produce high quality content, from any location, through scalable and efficient workflows.  Anthony Kable, Content Creation Group Manager, Sony Australia commented: “for the last year, in the face of unprecedented circumstances, we at Sony have been working steadily to match the changes in market needs with useful and pragmatic innovations. As remote, distributed production coupled with efficient workflows, becomes the de-facto way of working, we will continue to propose innovations based around IP, Cloud and Imaging quality. These are tools that enable customers to transform their business.” Bringing the power of IP to any type of business  As pioneers in IP, Sony has delivered IP Live production systems to more than 120 facilities and OB trucks worldwide as of April 2021, including customers such as Polsat and University of Alabama. Over the last year, there has been an increased demand for a more holistic end-to-end IP approach. In parallel, the appetite for workflow efficiency is also pushing many broadcasters and production companies to mandate an IP infrastructure for their productions. With this context in mind, Sony announces two compact IP extension adapters, the HDCE-TX50 and the HDCE-RX50, which provide the current HDC camera line-up with IP capability in 4K. With their high frame rate (HFR) features allowing up to 6x slow motion in HD when using with HDC-5500 and an optional license HZC-HFR50, these adapters will prove indispensable for efficient resource and asset sharing for existing HDC users. Both models will be available in December 2021. To respond to the appetite for IP beyond 4K, Sony is also delighted to announce its new 8K ST2110 Interface option board and SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) Agent Software, both to be available in October 2021. Adding to the CCU of the UHC-8300 8K camera system, the new Interface board UKCU-8001 enables IP operation of the 8K system. Thanks to the SNMP Agent Software UZCU-SNMP80, the board will allow operators to also monitor IP operations and change settings remotely. This new optional board has already been adopted by China Central Television (CCTV) in response to increased demand for 8K in China. For customers looking to take advantage of IP technology to transform their production, Sony's IP Live production system that now includes Nevion's orchestration and SDN control software VideoIPath, provides the means to create reliable, scalable and flexible IP systems for convergent LAN/WAN infrastructures. The new version 3.0 firmware release of Sony’s IP Live System Manager, scheduled for May 2021, includes a south-bound interface to VideoIPath, thereby augmenting its existing broadcast control capabilities with VideoIPath’s network orchestration. Sony’s NXLK-IP50Y and NXLK-IP51Y SDI-IP converter boards, which enable SDI devices to be connected to IP networks, will also be upgraded in September 2021 to support NMOS (Networked Media Open Specifications), enabling  them to be controlled by VideoIPath. Both these enhancements will allow customers to build more robust IP systems with an optimized cost. All of the above new offerings support worldwide standards and specifications including SMPTE ST 2110 and AMWA NMOS.  Expansion of Remote production  Sony recently expanded the XVS series of switchers with the introduction of the XVS-G1, a 4K-ready, compact, entry-level option. Now, the rest of the line-up (XVS-9000, XVS-8000, XVS-7000 and XVS-6000) is enhancing its functionality through a new firmware update.  Version 3.6, available from June 2021, brings Inter-Group Connection functionality which will connect multiple switcher control stations. This will be particularly useful for users needing scalable and flexible systems in multi-studios and remote setups. It also includes HDR conversion on 12G-SDI input through an optional license. In order to meet the accelerated demand for remote environments, the BRC-X400, SRG-X400, SRG-X120 cameras will support the SRT protocol, bringing high quality video transmission with low latency, with firmware version 3.0, available in June 2021. Sony’s unique Adaptive Rate Control function provides a more stable connection, optimized for the network environment and available bandwidth. Supporting RTMP/RTMPS (Real Time Messaging) Protocol, the cameras will directly stream to social media platforms with a simple and quick connection. The new application “Virtual Cam Driver for Remote Camera” is also planned to be released in June 2021, which enables remote cameras to be used as web conference tools.  Scalability and Agility in the Cloud Sony’s Ci Media Cloud continues to add features to further enable secure remote collaboration in the cloud. Several new features, including Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and advanced administrative controls, have been added to enable content owners to further protect their most valuable content. Ci’s newly added quality control (QC) features such as Source Quality Frame Preview and Frame-accurate Audio Meters enable remote teams to perform quality and compliance checks entirely in the cloud with a simple web browser – eliminating additional file transfers and content is safely secured in a single location. Harnessing the power of high-quality content and powerful workflows  Sony is also announcing a range of upgrades and new products that will provide high quality content from capture to monitoring and create freedom of use through workflow efficiency. Sony remains committed to offering innovative tools that empower creators and enrich storytelling. To this end, the company is currently developing a new 4K camera system to expand the HDC line-up. Its Super35 global shutter CMOS image sensor enables a shallow depth of field that enhances creative expression and provides cinematic bokeh that captures every nuance and emotion - all in an HDC form factor. The camera will be compatible with Sony’s existing SR Live for HDR workflow with HLG and S-Log3. The new model is planned to be available in 2021.  Full details will be announced in the coming months. On the camera front, Sony’s range of XDCAM camcorders will have several successive powerful upgrades.  For instance, the 4K shoulder camcorder PXW-Z750 will have a longer cache recording duration through the version 3.0 firmware update planned for May 2021, adding more flexibility for use in news, documentary and natural history recordings to help capture critical moments.  A firmware update, planned for later in 2021, will provide the PXW-Z280 handheld camcorder with HD 120 fps support and equip it with enhanced cloud capability, providing benefits that enhance remote operation and offer faster media relay. Also planned for May 2021, the FX9 and FX6 will receive firmware upgrade to support 4K 120p RAW output with an external recorder*[1]. Launching in 2021, FX9 Version 3.0 firmware will have new features including an Anamorphic mode to display 2x and 1.3x desqueeze and Cinemascope frame lines in the viewfinder, on top of the addition of S700PTP, a Centre Scan mode for Super 16mm lens and B4 Lens support with its adaptor.  Sony is also introducing a new addition to the professional monitor line-up, the new PVM-X3200 (32”) 4K HDR picture monitor. This model, launching in October 2021, benefits from TRIMASTER technology and supports an all-white luminance of 1000 cd/m2. It also matches 100 percent of the colour gamut of the industry-leading BVM-HX310 TRIMASTER HX master monitor, ensuring continuous colour accuracy from production to post. With the optional license PVML-HSX1 scheduled for June 2021, the PVM-X3200, PVM-X2400 and PVM-X1800 will also support internal conversion of HDR to SDR and 4K to HD for further usability. Enhancement of SR Live for HDR workflow   Already adopted by several organizations such as Euromedia Group, Sony’s SR Live for HDR workflow focuses on creating the best Live HDR and SDR programs simultaneously through a single production unit. By using the new SR Live Metadata, Sony HDC camera settings are captured by the camera and sent through to the post-production process via an SDI link. Thus, the SDR production output perfectly matches the intention and settings of the grader. Sony is now expanding the equipment compatible with SR Live Metadata and enhancing the function to support efficient HDR production. Sony’s range of shoulder camcorders, the PXW-Z750/Z450/X400 will see an improved integration into an HDR workflow: SR Live Metadata will be recorded with greater detail in a recording file thanks to the new firmware update planned for May 2021. In April 2021, the Metadata based part of the workflow will be enhanced with the introduction of SR Live MetaFile. This will allow users to manage SR Live Metadata files shareable between Sony’s HDR production converter HDRC-4000 unit via USB or email, instead of just relying on SDI link. Then in May this year, Sony will offer SR Live 3D LUT files that provide HDR/SDR conversion with the same image quality as Sony’s HDRC-4000 converter unit. By importing this SR Live 3D file, third-party converters that support 3D LUTs can also be used in Sony’s SR Live for HDR workflows, giving the system more flexibility. For more information on new products and solutions, please visit pro.sony/solutions2021.  For high-res images go to: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3h32dnp68ap2pu5/AAD_0V6xl8B49wTsJCu-Bm3Fa?dl=0 ESL Gaming and Intel® Announce Biggest Brand Partnership Celebrating 20 Years of Esports Collaboration 2021-04-28T23:15:44Z esl-gaming-and-intel-announce-biggest-brand-partnership-celebrating-20-years-of-esports-collaboration ESL Gaming and Intel® to each invest in three-year partnership totaling more than USD $100m  Historic renewal to commence in 2022 and include IEM Katowice 2025 Cologne / New York / Stockholm – April 28, 2021- ESL Gaming, the world’s largest esports company, has announced the renewal of its long-standing partnership with Intel® in what is the biggest brand partnership deal in esports history to date. Commencing in 2022, the renewal will see the brands invest over $100m in esports over three years up to and including IEM Katowice 2025, and marks 20 years of collaboration between ESL and Intel® – extending the longest running partnership in the esports industry. ESL and Intel® have been building esports from the ground up for two decades, bringing world-class esports experiences to fans and players globally in that time. The partnership started with ESL’s early events in Germany before turning into a global arrangement in 2006 when Intel® became the official title sponsor of the Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM). Since then, ESL and Intel® have taken esports to all corners of the globe with live events spanning across North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, and Australia. To date Intel and ESL have executed 82 IEM events in a total of 15 seasons, and that number will continue to grow with the partnership renewal now in place. The renewal is a continuation of the 2016 agreement in which Intel® became ESL’s Global Technical Partner powering some of the world’s most prestigious esports tournaments and pioneering stadium events worldwide, and which introduced one of the most prestigious accolades in CS:GO, the Intel® Grand Slam. Through the partnership and the success of the flagship IEM product, Intel has cemented their position as a key player in professional esports globally. The extension will see the two brands continuing to deliver technology solutions that will power all pro-level tournaments and events, and will enable both to look towards an exciting future in which the growth of esports continues. It will also break new ground for Intel and ESL, with the partnership now expanding to include DreamHack Open and DreamHack Festivals for the first time. The US $100m+ investment will bring further product innovations and improvements for fans and players alike, and guarantees that ESL and Intel will continue to take esports to all corners of the world. Reflecting both parties’ commitment to bring top-level esports to the fans, all non-league ESL Pro Tour circuit CS:GO tournaments will now be unified under the legendary Intel® Extreme Masters brand, including ESL One Cologne which is now transitioning to Intel® Extreme Masters Cologne (IEM Cologne). Ralf Reichert, Co-CEO at ESL Gaming, said: “After 20 years of building something hand in hand it’s hard to consider Intel as merely a partner. The two-decade journey has forged a bond that has no parallel in the world of esports and we are excited to be extending it with a commitment of this magnitude; the next three years will be the greatest esports fans have seen yet.” Marcus Kennedy, General Manager of Gaming and Esports Segment for Intel, said: “When we joined forces with ESL two decades ago, we never imagined just how powerful this partnership could be. We’ve shaped the esports landscape together, collaborated on some of the most spectacular events in the world, and brought the very best esports experiences to millions of fans around the globe. As a leader in PC gaming, we at Intel are excited about this next step in our successful history together and to elevate esports to an even higher level.” For more information please visit eslgaming.com and keep up to date with all the news by following ESL on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. ABOUT ESL GAMING ESL Gaming is the world’s largest esports and gaming lifestyle company. Since 1994, the company has been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation on a global scale across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions, and through premier gaming lifestyle festivals. The company operates high-profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour, including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, DreamHack Masters, ESL Pro League, and other preeminent, stadium-size tournaments. ESL Gaming also produces and hosts DreamHack Open tournaments, ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, matchmaking systems, and DreamHack’s gaming lifestyle festivals — which feature everything gaming under one roof. ESL Gaming is part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. More information is available at about.eslgaming.com. Intel, the Intel logo, and other Intel marks are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries. CircleSource closes talent gap between SMEs and big business 2021-04-28T22:51:08Z circlesource-closes-talent-gap-between-smes-and-big-business-1 Small and medium enterprises can now attract the best Australian specialists for outsourced expertise, thanks to a new online marketplace that connects businesses (buyers) to expert service providers (suppliers) within minutes.The CircleSource digital platform focuses on Australian specialists nationwide, to support Australian experts and Australian businesses; allowing both parties to communicate directly online and in-person offline.The platform’s interactive map even lets you search by location, streamlining your search to your local area – particularly useful for organisations looking to build their community.CircleSource is co-founded by Andrew Jarvis and Andrew Jackson, who built their decades-long careers in corporate HR, across numerous industry sectors; experiencing first-hand the need to engage external specialists at different stages throughout their journeys.Today, small businesses employing 0-19 staff make up 97.4% of all Australian businesses, and a whopping 62.8% of Aussie businesses are non-employing (sole traders). And as the number of independent contractors in the gig economy continues to grow rapidly, Jarvis says now is the time for SMEs to harness the full benefits of sourcing external specialists via a robust system. “We know that external specialists inject much-needed fresh thinking and expert skills into organisations. It can save costs and increase productivity.“But for too long, SMEs have been disadvantaged by the lack of resources and governance protocols to source the best people, relying heavily on personal networks and referrals or online search,” he said.CircleSource removes this disadvantage, giving SMEs easy access to competing on a level playing field as big business; by providing a sophisticated enterprise business management tool that cuts inefficiencies.“Everything from the job brief, listing and bidding to communication, proposal review and data reporting, can be managed on the one dashboard.”“Depending on how the individual business operates, there can be between 40%-70% cost savings in time and effort,” said Jarvis, who highlighted the fact that there is absolutely no cost to the buyer to use the platform. Suppliers only pay a one-off fee (which is capped) if they win a job. Buyers and suppliers want transparencyResearch, both academic and through CircleSource’s own market surveys, reveals that independent specialists want platforms that are truly transparent – no hidden costs such as fees for membership and lead generation; no barriers to buyer/supplier communication; and openness around how jobs get awarded.As Dr. Amy Wrzesniewski, Professor at Yale School of Management explains in an interview published in Deloitte Insights, it matters a lot that people feel they understand how it all works, especially in the business side of things – where the money goes, how jobs get assigned – and that they feel fairly treated. “At least right now, on a lot of these platforms, there is a sense of a lack of transparency or at worst, a sense of potentially being manipulated by the platform where gig workers feel the design is pushing them, but it’s for the benefit of the organisation, not the individual,” she said.Jarvis: “Exactly why we built CircleSource on our core values of transparency and trust. To move beyond a financial transaction marketplace, into an ecosystem where real connections, relationships and collaborations grow. To deliver great outcomes for all parties in terms of quality, time and cost.”For buyersSign up for free and start searching for all suppliers on the platform. There are no barriers to reading their full profiles.You can follow them or mark them as favourites until you are ready to engage them.Create your job, post to the open market or directly invite selected suppliers and communicate directly via live chat.You can also invite experts from outside of the platform to bid at the same time.Receive notifications each time there is an action on the job.It is 100% free for buyers. Suppliers will only pay a fee of 7.5% of the agreed value of the job, capped at a maximum of $1250 if their proposal is accepted. No job, no fee – if you do not win a job, you pay nothing.Once a job is completed, you can choose to recommend a supplier and leave a written endorsement. It is how suppliers trend in CircleSource and appear higher in searches.You can manage all jobs in one dashboard and build your network of inner-circle suppliers for future engagement.For suppliersSign up for free and start searching for all jobs on the platform. There is no lock-in contract to participate.Showcase your expertise for free, to attract leads from companies outside of your usual business networks.Communicate directly with buyers to ask questions, discuss details and share information. There are no barriers to communication.No job, no fee. There is no limit on how many jobs you can pitch for.Only pay a fee of 7.5% of the agreed value of the job, capped at a maximum of $1250, if your proposal is accepted. So, for example, if you win a $50,000 job, the capped CircleSource fee is $1250, which is in fact only 2.5% of the engagement value.The more jobs you win through CircleSource, the higher you trend in searches of buyers looking for your expertise.Once a job is completed, you can choose to leave a written endorsement on what it was like to work with the buyer.About CircleSourceAn Australian-owned and founded business to help Aussie enterprises find and connect with a network of the best Aussie talent for service and project-based work. Our digital platform gives easy access to hundreds of qualified suppliers while generating leads for suppliers looking for work. Winner of the 2017 Westpac Business of Tomorrow award, CircleSource won investment funding at the height of the COVID lockdown and launched in October 2020.www.circlesource.com.auMedia contactPing Chewping@brightowlmarketing.com.au0439 570 789 ArtistScope Site Protection Software (ASPS) Now Supported On All Devices 2021-04-28T06:39:02Z artistscope-site-protection-software-asps-now-supported-on-all-devices The ArtistScope Site Protection Software (ASPS) has provided the most secure and most robust copy protection for websites since 2011. However, until now the ArtisBrowser, which is required to unlock and view ASPS web content, has been available for Windows computers only. But now ASPS is supported across all popular OS and devices to include Windows computers, Mac computers, Android phones, Apple iPhones and iPads. The Mac version of ArtisBrowser was released in September 2020, the Android version released March this year, and the iOS version for iPhones and iPads was released on the 26th of April. There is no comparable solution to ASPS. What makes ASPS so secure is that it creates a secure tunnel between the web server and the user’s web browser (ArtisBrowser) in which nothing can be copied or intercepted, and while an ASPS web page is on display, nothing can be copied in any way. Normal web browsers, which have always been useless for copy protection, cannot get ASPS pages, and even if they could, they could not decrypt the web page to extract anything at all. In fact ASPS web pages are even secure from packet-sniffers. The ArtistScope Site Protection Software (ASPS) provides the most robust and most securely protected web content ever imagined, and there is nothing else like it due to the ArtisBrowser, which unlike normal web browsers, is specially designed to protect web media from copy and theft... and now ArtisBrowser is available for all OS and devices! About ArtistScope Site Protection Software (ASPS) The ArtistScope Site Protection Software (ASPS) can be used on any type of web server and any type of website regardless of its program language or CMS type such as WordPress or Moodle. In fact for sites using the most popular CMS such as WordPress, Moodle, Drupal or Joomla, plugins are available to simplify the management of protected pages. With the ASPS Tag Management plugins, a site owner can simply nominate a URL or a keyword found in the URL of the pages to copy protect. Consequently only those pages that need protection will be protected, leaving the rest of the website accessible to normal browsers and search engines for SEO. ASPS copy protection is so effective that anything displayed on a web page is most securely copy protected from absolutely all exploits. All media including images and video, even live streams can be copy protected, even though they may be served offsite from a media server or CDN. Pricing and Availability To install the ASPS server module for your web site, you will need a dedicated or virtual server for the rights to install at system level. All installations are performed by the ArtistScope team to ensure that the module suits the server OS and distribution, and that your web site/s. Installation and licensing is per server and multiple sites can be licensed at the time of purchase. For a one-time fee of $495 your server and sites can be most securely protected within 24-48 hours of order confirmation. About ArtistScope ArtistScope has been the leading developer of “copy protection” since 1998 when they first invented it. Beginning with image protection for artists on the web, ArtistScope solutions have survived the ever changing Internet and evolved to provide the most secure copy protection solutions for all media, for which there is no comparison. When most talk about DRM, they are simply referring to password protection. However passwords can be shared and when ArtistScope introduced DRM into their solutions to prevent sharing and unauthorized distribution, they revolutionized the meaning of DRM by using live call-to-home validation of subscriber access that not only locked user accounts to their computers, but it enabled total control for authors over all aspects, with immediate effect on any changes made, even to media already saved to a user’s computer or still out in the wild on disk. 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The digital marketing consultant Perth has an extensive range of proven techniques, strategies and methods at its disposal for online marketing campaigns that will work best to achieve a client’s individual goals. Digital marketing is a powerful tool for building brands and elevating awareness. The agency’s services are targeted to individuals that are eager for a client’s products and services. Nessabee Creative works with clients to elevate their brand, manage their online reputation, and create high-performing websites. The agency provides e-commerce solutions and SEO, along with photography, videography and film services. The full-service digital marketing agency is a one-stop resource for individuals and businesses that want to grow their enterprise and increase their sphere of online influence. About Nessabee Creative Nessabee Creative is challenging the way the world is viewed and reinforcing the importance of individuality. 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