The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-09-20T03:38:09Z The Gender Gap: Is IT the golden opportunity for women? 2019-09-20T03:38:09Z the-gender-gap-is-it-the-golden-opportunity-for-women According to the Australian Computer Society’s (ACS) recent digital pulse report, the female share of total technology workers in 2018 increased slightly to 29%, with the gender pay gap declining slightly from 20% in 2017 to 18% in 2018.  The information technology workforce continues to see underrepresentation by women. Participation of women in technology roles is 29% of the overall workforce, significantly lower than other professional occupations more at 44%.  The good news however is there has been small signs of improvement with 29% share of females in technology roles represented a marginal increase relative to the previous year – the first increase in female representation in the Australian technology workforce since the first Digital Pulse report was published.  The golden opportunity for women in IT is in the current and projected skills shortage identified with the expectation that there will be a requirement for an additional 100,000 technology workers by 2024.   The report also indicated that the highest priority for the Australian digital economy lies in solving this shortage and the current rate of IT graduates and skilled migration alone is unlikely to meet the significant future demand for technology workers. Which requires greater investment in developing workers’ technology skills.   The Queensland State Government has put a long-term plan into place, the Hon Kate Jones, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development said that they have a plan to encourage girls to take up STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, as she believes interest starts early it at home and in schools. In 2019 there was a roll out of specialist STEM teachers in primary schools in Queensland.   “We know that most people are considering whether to go into those disciplines from an early age so if we can get dynamic women and men teaching those skills in the early years, then I think you are going to change the path.”  In the short term, the best method is a collaboration of private enterprise and business working with communities, Governments and tertiary institutions to provide an opportunity for immediate change.   Australian IT company CT4 has developed an approach to bridge both gaps facilitating entry level training and jobs for those new to IT through their DAP earn and learn program.  With a particular focus on women joining the program and due to demand, are expanding the program with support of state Governments and tertiary education providers.  CT4’s Customer Success Manager Tegan DeClark encourages a change in perception of what it means to work in IT, having previously entered from another industry.  “The IT industry typically provides better opportunities for flexible work arrangements, remote working, increased earnings, and work-life balance for families compared to other industries, particularly for those re-entering the workforce after a career break or located in regional areas”  In Australia according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), data released in August 2019, shows women the Information media and communications industry is on average the second highest for fulltime weekly earning behind only the mining industry.   DeClark says that instead of just a job or just study, their DAP program gives people accepted into the course a way to get a foot in the door to a growing IT industry, with work experience and a certificate at the end of it.    “The program is broadly targeted at not just school leavers and graduates but those upskilling or reskilling.  We truly believe that diversity be that culture, ability, gender, background and life/work experience is the lens in which through, unique problems are solved, so it’s not just talented computer enthusiasts we encourage to enter our training programs”  As digital technologies continue to provide Australia with opportunities to grow and innovate as emerging technologies become more integrated into the operations of our businesses and everyday lives of Australian citizens, Australia’s future prosperity in an increasingly digitised world will depend upon ongoing investment in these technologies and further development in the digital skills required to operate them.    Barracuda launches MSP business in Australia and New Zealand 2019-09-19T22:00:00Z barracuda-launches-msp-business-in-australia-and-new-zealand Barracuda now offers region specific MSP portfolio and local team to support partners and growth Melbourne, 20 September 2019 – Barracuda, a trusted partner and leading provider for cloud-enabled security solutions, today announced the launch of its managed service provider (MSP) business into Australia and New Zealand. Barracuda also announced its release of Managed Workplace 12, the latest version of its security-centric remote monitoring and management (RMM) solution. In addition to RMM, Barracuda offers email protection, cloud-generation firewalls, data security, remote monitoring and security awareness training via the company’s MSP model. Barracuda has appointed a local team in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to support MSP partners in Australia and New Zealand. As the MSP business continues to grow, the company is committed to expanding the local team to meet the needs of partners as necessary. In addition to building a team, Barracuda is also deploying product operations including Managed Workplace and components of the company’s email protection portfolio within the region. “Australia and New Zealand are very important markets for Barracuda as we continue to extend our position as a cloud security and data protection solution provider,” said Andrew Huntley, Regional Sales Director for ANZ and Pacific Islands for Barracuda. “The introduction of our MSP business is an exciting chapter for us, opening new doors to broaden our reach with the local market. We’re committed to working with our MSP partners in the best possible way so they can offer their customers advanced protection against data loss and IT security breaches.” Barracuda’s MSP portfolio approach has been very successful in the global marketplace and is a key growth area. The company grew its international MSP partner base nearly 50 percent over the past year and most importantly, the number of global MSPs using multiple Barracuda solutions increased 35 percent year-over-year as of September 2019. “We’re focused on empowering MSPs to create highly relevant services, deliver profitable solutions and demonstrate value to their customers,” said Jason Howells, director, International MSP Business at Barracuda. “In addition to our international expansion, our portfolio innovation continues at an unparalleled pace, enabling our MSP partners to offer new services to their customers, as showcased by our recent release of Barracuda Managed Workplace.” “Having worked with Barracuda over the past two years, we’d certainly recommend them as a partner,” said Guy Yunghanns, CEO at qbox. “We’re focused on providing our clients with real value as a part of our IT stack and being vendor agnostic. Barracuda products like Email Archiving and Sentinel suit our business model perfectly and so we’ve continued to use them for our clients. We’re excited about the focus MSPs have been given recently and only see our relationship with Barracuda strengthening in the future.” Resources: Get more information: Managed Workplace 12: About Barracuda At Barracuda we strive to make the world a safer place. We believe every business deserves access to cloud-enabled, enterprise-grade security solutions that are easy to buy, deploy, and use. We protect email, networks, data and applications with innovative solutions that grow and adapt with our customers’ journey. More than 150,000 organisations worldwide trust Barracuda to protect them — in ways they may not even know they are at risk — so they can focus on taking their business to the next level. For more information, visit Barracuda Networks, Barracuda and the Barracuda Networks logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Barracuda Networks, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Other trademarks, including Avast, are the property of their respective owners. WA Government commits $1 million to personal shark deterrent rebate program 2019-09-19T20:45:11Z wa-government-commits-1-million-to-personal-shark-deterrent-rebate-program This week, the Western Australian Government’s Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly announced and additional 1,000 subsides for Ocean Guardian’s proven shark deterrent devices, following an increase of 120% of local residents taking up the offer, taking the program commitment to $1 million. Lindsay Lyon, CEO of Ocean Guardian says, “We have seen a significant increase in local surfers and divers taking their personal protection into their own hands. This has no doubt been due to the McGowan Government’s proactive Sea Sense campaign and their world first personal shark deterrent subsidy scheme they are offering WA residents.” To date over 3,800 rebates have been claimed by local surfer and divers, the world-first program offers a $200 subsidy on scientifically proven devices which only include Ocean Guardian’s FREEDOM+ Surf (Bundle) and the Ocean Guardian FREEDOM7. With the $200 Government rebate, the surf bundle can be purchased for $299 and the dive device can be purchased for $399, both are available through the program from a registered retailer. Ocean Guardian’s Shark Shield Technology is the world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent, supported by peer reviewed published research, and successful in deterring Great Whites. WA Fisheries and Science Minister Dave Kelly said in a statement released earlier this week, "Offering personal protection, that is scientifically proven, to our most vulnerable ocean users - surfers and divers - is just good Sea Sense. "Last week's incident involving a spear fisher who luckily avoided injury, goes to show how important offering personal protection is, a personal deterrent in such circumstances can help keep you safe. "Both of the devices, available under WA's subsidy scheme, are shown to significantly reduce the risk of an interaction with a great white shark and I encourage water users to buy one. "If you haven't taken advantage of the $200 Government rebate for scientifically-proven shark deterrent devices, take up the opportunity now." About Ocean Guardian: Ocean Guardian is the world’s leading shark deterrent technology company. Since 2001 the company’s Shark Shield Technology has protected tens of thousands of ocean lovers and prevented the unnecessary killing of animals from environmentally fatal shark nets, drum-lines and shark culling. Ocean Guardian’s Shark Shield Technology is the only scientifically proven electrical shark deterrent supported by peer reviewed published research, and successful in deterring Great Whites. The technology is so effective government has approved the devices for consumer rebates. Nothing is more effective. Sharks have short-range electrical receptors in their snouts used for finding food. Shark Shield Technology is used to create a powerful three-dimensional electrical field which causes spasms in these sensitive receptors turning sharks away. There are no known harmful effects on sharks or humans. Ocean Guardian products are trusted by ocean goers around the world, whether you’re swimming off your boat with family and friends, out seeking to land your next big fish, or simply heading off to enjoy a dive, snorkel or surf, our technology is here to enhance your ocean experience and provide peace of mind. Hoshizaki Lancer Celebrates a Showreel of Success 2019-09-19T13:16:54Z hoshizaki-lancer-celebrates-a-showreel-of-success Hoshizaki Lancer is a world leader in draught beer dispensing products, soft drink and frozen beverage dispense systems, ice machines and professional food service refrigeration products.  The group prides itself on its ability to manufacture and supply innovative products that provide outstanding performance for the hospitality, medical and mining industries. Lancer and Hoshizaki are two thriving subsidiaries operating under the Hoshizaki Lancer umbrella.  Hoshizaki Lancer’s vision is to help professional users in the food service and draught beer dispense equipment sector to gainfully and efficiently improve their work processes through the use of our environmentally friendly products. Lancer is a vertically integrated manufacturer, employing approximately 1,500 associates globally. Today, the brand supplies a complete range of ice cooled soft drink dispensers, dispensing valves, carbonators, beer dispensing products, bespoke founts and an extensive line of beverage dispensing parts and accessories. Since its inception, Lancer has succeeded in maintaining and developing its sales and manufacturing facilities in the United States, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. As an affirmation of its success, it has been identified as a leading manufacturer and marketer of beverage dispensing systems. Hoshizaki is a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing of a wide range of products for the foodservice industry, including ice machines, refrigerators, freezers, sushi cabinets and dispensers. Our attention to detail, continuous innovation, smart application of technology and commitment to the highest of standards ensures that our customers receive exceptional quality products. Hoshizaki has been awarded the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence multiple years in a row for its continued efforts to protect our environment through superior energy efficiency techniques and . The company’s hard work and dedication have paved the way for its success and has garnered it some of the industry’s most prestigious accolades. It is the only Australian company in this industry to achieve three internationally recognized ISO certifications. These focus on quality, safety, and sustainability of its products and manufacturing processes.  “Hoshizaki Lancer has been a market leader for over 50 years, which is one of the many reasons that we’ve become such a trusted name within the industry. Our knowledge and expertise in both draft dispense solutions and foodservice equipment allows us the privilege of being the only company that can deliver this wide collection of solutions to our business partners,” said Joe De Gennaro, Hoshizaki Lancer Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand. Hoshizaki Lancer is strengthening its sales and production system in order to achieve its goal of achieving global sales of XXXX annually by this fiscal year ending in December 2019. This will be achieved by introducing sustainable products and designs to match the demanding needs of today’s competitive-driven businesses.  THE END About Hoshizaki Lancer Hoshizaki Lancer is a global leader and innovator in the world of draft beer dispensing products, beverage dispensing machines, ice makers, refrigeration, and blenders, employing more than 120 people working across all Australian states and New Zealand, and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of bespoke founts. For more news and information on Hoshizaki Lancer, please visit 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ Continues Market Momentum with New Customers, New Performance Milestones and Now 100 World Records 2019-09-19T03:16:59Z 2nd-gen-amd-epyc-continues-market-momentum-with-new-customers-new-performance-milestones-and-now-100-world-records — Dell Technologies announces five newly designed Dell EMC PowerEdge servers optimized for the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor— — Nokia and IBM Cloud highlight performance advantages of 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors for their use, while ATOS, HPE, OVHcloud, TSMC and Supermicro announce expanded adoption for cloud, enterprise and high performance computing workloads —— New AMD EPYC 7H12 processor brings unbridled performance to HPC customers with leadership supercomputing performance on LINPACK benchmark — Sept. 18, 2019 — At the European launch in Rome, Italy AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today highlighted the growing adoption of 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ processors across cloud, enterprise and HPC customers. Dell Technologies announced five new Dell EMC PowerEdge platforms powered by the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor. These platforms were designed from the ground up and optimized to support the features of the new AMD EPYC processor including PCIe® 4.0. IBM Cloud detailed how 2nd Gen EPYC processors can support IBM Cloud customer needs in specific areas including helping improve cloud security, better memory bandwidth for big data and analytics workloads and core scaling and breakthrough performance for container workloads. IBM plans to have more to share in 2020 about its performance offerings for clients.  Nokia highlighted how 2nd Gen EPYC processors significantly accelerate its Cloud Packet Core system which helps service providers deliver converged broadband, IoT, and machine-type communication services for 5G. In testing, Nokia found its Cloud Packet Core system with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC provided a 2X increase in packet throughput compared to previous systems2. ATOS, a global leader in digital transformation, announced Genci is using the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors to expand the use of supercomputing for the benefit of French scientific communities. Genci and ATOS are using the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor due to its breakthrough performance, efficiency and TCO. OVHcloud, a global cloud provider specializing in delivering industry-leading performance and cost-effective solutions, announced a new high-end hosting instance based on the AMD EPYC™ 7402P processor. This instance will be available at the end of 2019.  TSMC announced its adoption of 2nd Gen AMD EPYC helping power its next generation research and leading process technology. “Today, we are proud to have new platforms from Dell and new customers adopting 2nd Gen AMD EPYC for cloud, enterprise computing and HPC,” said Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Business Group. “We continue to take the AMD EPYC processor to new heights and are thrilled to have the ecosystem supporting us across hardware, software and cloud providers as we face the challenges of the modern data center head-on.”EPYC Performance for HPCAMD also announced a new addition to the 2nd Generation AMD EPYC family, the AMD EPYC 7H12 processor. The 64 core/128 thread, 2.6Ghz base frequency, 3.3Ghz max boost frequency, 280W TDP processor is specifically built for HPC customers and workloads, using liquid cooling to deliver leadership supercomputing performance3. In an ATOS testing on their BullSequana XH2000, the new AMD EPYC 7H12 processor achieved a LINPACK score of ~ 4.2 TeraFLOPS, ~11% better than the AMD EPYC 7742 processor4.Supporting Resources Learn more about 2nd Gen AMD EPYC Processors here  Discover where to buy 2nd Gen AMD EPYC Processors here Read our blog about the Rome customer event here Follow AMD on Twitter About AMDFor 50 years AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics and visualization technologies ― the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms and the datacenter. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work and play. AMD employees around the world are focused on building great products that push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information about how AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) website, blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.Cautionary StatementThis press release contains forward-looking statements concerning Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) including, but not limited to, the features, functionality, performance, availability, timing, pricing, expectations and expected benefits of the 2nd Gen AMD EPYCTM processors; the market momentum and growing adoption of the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors; and the expected timing and benefits of new partner offerings, which are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are commonly identified by words such as "would," "intends," "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "plans," "pro forma," "estimates," "anticipates," or the negative of these words and phrases, other variations of these words and phrases or comparable terminology. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this document are based on current beliefs, assumptions and expectations, speak only as of the date of this document and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Such statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond AMD's control, that could cause actual results and other future events to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. Material factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, without limitation, the following: Intel Corporation’s dominance of the microprocessor market and its aggressive business practices may limit AMD’s ability to compete effectively; AMD has a wafer supply agreement with GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. (GF) with obligations to purchase all of its microprocessor and APU product requirements, and a certain portion of its GPU product requirements, manufactured at process nodes larger than 7 nanometer from GF with limited exceptions. If GF is not able to satisfy AMD’s manufacturing requirements, AMD’s business could be adversely impacted; AMD relies on third parties to manufacture its products, and if they are unable to do so on a timely basis in sufficient quantities and using competitive technologies, AMD’s business could be materially adversely affected; failure to achieve expected manufacturing yields for AMD’s products could negatively impact its financial results; the success of AMD’s business is dependent upon its ability to introduce products on a timely basis with features and performance levels that provide value to its customers while supporting and coinciding with significant industry transitions; if AMD cannot generate sufficient revenue and operating cash flow or obtain external financing, it may face a cash shortfall and be unable to make all of its planned investments in research and development or other strategic investments; the loss of a significant customer may have a material adverse effect on AMD; AMD’s receipt of revenue from its semi-custom SoC products is dependent upon its technology being designed into third-party products and the success of those products; global economic and market uncertainty may adversely impact AMD’s business and operating results; AMD’s products may be subject to security vulnerabilities that could have a material adverse effect on AMD; IT outages, data loss, data breaches and cyber-attacks could compromise AMD’s intellectual property or other sensitive information, be costly to remediate and cause significant damage to its business, reputation and operations; AMD’s operating results are subject to quarterly and seasonal sales patterns; AMD may not be able to generate sufficient cash to service its debt obligations or meet its working capital requirements; AMD has a large amount of indebtedness which could adversely affect its financial position and prevent it from implementing its strategy or fulfilling its contractual obligations; the agreements governing AMD’s notes and the Secured Revolving Line of Credit impose restrictions on AMD that may adversely affect AMD’s ability to operate its business; the markets in which AMD’s products are sold are highly competitive; AMD’s worldwide operations are subject to political, legal and economic risks and natural disasters, which could have a material adverse effect on it; the conversion of the 2.125% Convertible Senior Notes due 2026 may dilute the ownership interest of AMD’s existing stockholders, or may otherwise depress the price of its common stock; uncertainties involving the ordering and shipment of AMD’s products could materially adversely affect it; the demand for AMD’s products depends in part on the market conditions in the industries into which they are sold. Fluctuations in demand for AMD’s products or a market decline in any of these industries could have a material adverse effect on its results of operations; AMD’s ability to design and introduce new products in a timely manner is dependent upon third-party intellectual property; AMD depends on third-party companies for the design, manufacture and supply of motherboards, software and other computer platform components to support its business; if AMD loses Microsoft Corporation’s support for its products or other software vendors do not design and develop software to run on AMD’s products, its ability to sell its products could be materially adversely affected; and AMD’s reliance on third-party distributors and add-in-board partners subjects it to certain risks.  Investors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in AMD's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to AMD's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 29, 2019. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, EPYC and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners. 1 For a complete list of world records see ROM-1692 Performance not verified independently by AMD3 EPYC 7H12 processor boost frequencies may be achieved only with a cooling solution that meets group ‘Z’requirements. Achievable boost frequencies may vary depending on the effectiveness of the actual coolingsolution. ROM-2824 Based on ATOS testing of HPL v2.1 benchmark, as of September 13, 2019, using a 2P AMD EPYC™ 7H12 poweredproduction server versus AMD internal testing of HPL v2.1 benchmark, as of July 17, 2019, using a 2P AMD EPYC™7742 powered AMD reference server. AMD has not independently verified the 7H12 scores. Results may vary.ROM-287 Kyckr welcomes Richard White as cornerstone investor 2019-09-18T23:49:13Z kyckr-welcomes-richard-white-as-cornerstone-investor Highlights Tranche 2 of Placement has been approved by shareholders Leading Kyckr to successfully complete A$5.2 million Placement Capital raising led by prominent technology entrepreneur Mr Richard White who becomes a substantial investor in Kyckr with a 19.6% holding Funds to be used to accelerate Kyckr’s commercialisation plans Kyckr Limited (ASX:KYK) (Kyckr or the Company), a regulatory technology (RegTech) company is pleased to announce the successful completion of a A$5.2 million (before costs) Placement through the issue of approximately 78.35 million new fully paid ordinary shares at 6.6 cents per share to new and existing institutional and sophisticated investors. Tranche 2 of the Placement resulted in the issuance of 46 million fully paid ordinary shares, raising A$3.1 million and was approved by shareholders at the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) held on 13 September 2019. The capital raising was led by prominent technology entrepreneur Mr Richard White who participated in both Tranche 1 and Tranche 2 of the Placement. Kyckr welcomes Richard as a cornerstone investor with a substantial holding of 19.6%. Richard is a prominent technology entrepreneur, founder and CEO of WiseTech Global Limited, a leading developer and provider of software solutions to the logistics execution industry. He has been responsible for driving WiseTech’s growth from the tiny beginnings to what has become one of the largest Australian software companies, with a market cap of over $11 billion, with over 12,000 logistics organisations globally using the software today.  Richard White said: “I can see in Kyckr, a product, business and opportunity set that can be leveraged and accelerated to major advantage, and I am grateful to be able to help the company accelerate its growth ambitions both in the placement and, time permitting, occasional advice to the team.” Kyckr’s CEO, Ian Henderson, commented: “We are delighted by the support received from new and existing investors. It is particularly rewarding that someone of the calibre of Richard has become a strategic investor which validates the strong appeal in Kyckr’s technology and business proposition.” “The capital injection reflects the continuation of an exciting chapter of growth for the Company in the ever increasing global RegTech landscape.” Kyckr made increased progress in the last few months with the launch of the improved digital platform,, for Know-Your-Customer authentication which has seen encouraging early growth signs since launch. The Company has also continued to focus on developing strategic partnerships with firms across the financial, data and technology space, as a method of growing exposure to new clients and revenue. The proceeds from the Placement will be used to accelerate the Company’s global commercialisation activities and will be applied towards additional resources (Business Development and Account Management), continued investment of Kyckr’s products and general working capital purposes. Bell Potter Securities Limited acted as the Lead Manager to the Placement. -ENDS- State-Of-The-Art World First Coffee Machine 2019-09-18T22:49:40Z state-of-the-art-world-first-coffee-machine International Coffee Day (1 October 2019) is just around the corner, and this year has been a significant one for innovation in coffee machines. The world’s first coffee machine made from solid aluminium hit the Australian market earlier this year and has already proven to be a popular machine due to its compact, one-cup design, combined with the traditional craftsmanship and state-of-the-art production technology. The new JURA ENA 8 Signature Line in Massive Aluminium was manufactured by a team of highly specialised engineers and production specialists to design this one of a kind coffee machine. George Liakatos, Managing Director of JURA Australia says, “It amazes me how a team of engineers and production specialists overcome major production and assembly-related challenges to make the world’s first coffee machine totally encased in solid aluminium.” “Not only is the machine aesthetically pleasing with integrated advanced technology, it appeals to all house-proud coffee connoisseurs who truly appreciate well-made things,” adds George. The Massive Aluminium JURA ENA 8 includes the following features and benefits: Small – Only 27.1 cm wide, 32.3 cm high and 44.5 cm deep – this one-cup machine will comfortably fit anywhere. Stunning – A cylindrical shaped water tank inspired by premium crystal carafes; a key highlight of the design. Simple – Easy to use 2.8” TFT display and clearly defined operating panels. Automatic filter type detection – RFID technology detects whether the new CLARIS Smart mini (30L capacity) or CLARIS Smart (50L capacity) is being used and adapts settings automatically. Freshly ground, not capsuled – Freshly extracted every time from coffee beans. The Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.®) optimises the aroma of a short ristretto or espresso. Fine foam technology – Creates airy, feather-light milk foam. 10 specialties at the touch of a button – Providing the perfect cup every time. Solid 3mm thick aluminum housing in the Massive Aluminium ENA 8 – the world’s first coffee machine housing from solid aluminium. The aluminum panels adds 1.9kg to the overall weight of the machine. The JURA ENA 8 in Massive Aluminium is available now for RRP $2,699 online at Blue Prism Launches Pioneering Learning Initiatives to Democratize RPA and Create Knowledge-Sharing Community 2019-09-18T22:00:00Z blue-prism-launches-pioneering-learning-initiatives-to-democratize-rpa-and-create-knowledge-sharing-community Sydney, AUSTRALIA – September 19, 2019 — To further support Robotic Process Automation (RPA) learning, collaboration and innovation, Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM), today announced the launch of two cutting-edge initiatives—Blue Prism University and Learning Edition. Blue Prism University is an online learning platform, available to all, that supports self-study, on-demand and in-person training on RPA basics and advanced topics—including the Blue Prism Foundation. The Learning Edition is a limited free trial version of Blue Prism that is tailored to those interested in learning more about intelligent automation or who want to become a certified Blue Prism developer. Both these initiatives underscore Blue Prism’s commitment to academic institutions and the ‘art of what is possible’ with RPA. Regardless of one’s place along the RPA journey, there’s a need for ongoing learning opportunities and guidance. RPA software advances so quickly, and the possibilities of AI-enabled RPA expand daily, if not by the hour. Therefore, business leaders, IT professionals, technology students, educators and anyone working in RPA-adjacent industries needs access to comprehensive, convenient and complimentary RPA educational materials. Blue Prism University is an RPA learning program, free to use for anyone with a Blue Prism Customer Portal login. Customer Portal logins are available to Blue Prism customers, employees and partners Further, those not already established in Blue Prism’s database can register for permission access at By providing resources, on-demand and in-person training and proctored exams for Blue Prism certifications, Blue Prism University empowers users to contribute to the University portfolio by engaging with the best curriculum development team. Blue Prism University features five informational sections: Training: This is where success starts. Users can access a host of video courses that cover a range of high-level and Blue Prism-specific educational topics. Certification: One of the only proctored certification exams in the industry. The available certification badges are: Blue Prism Certified Developer Blue Prism Certified Professional Developer Blue Prism Certified Solution Designer Blue Prism Certified ROM® Architect Blue Prism Certified Technical Architect (v6) Blue Prism Certified Installation Engineer (v6) Academia Program: Blue Prism is helping train the RPA developers of the future. Blue Prism’s Academia program brings Blue Prism skills into the classroom to inspire the next generation. Training Partners: Blue Prism Training Partners will gain an opportunity to work with Blue Prism University on delivering training offerings to suit various learning needs. Learning Community: Users, partners, professors, students and more can access the wealth of communal knowledge and support to further enhance their professional RPA development. Blue Prism’s Learning Edition is a locally installed, limited version of Blue Prism, available to all qualifying users as a free license for 90 days. This on-premises version of Blue Prism is easy to access, quick to deploy and comes with free access to resources, tutorials, and training materials through Blue Prism University including an educational program with online learning and certifications to upskill RPA end-users and developers. Users also get free access to Blue Prism Community and forums for support. “The launch of Blue Prism University and The Learning Edition gives Blue Prism the ability to empower both current users and the wider community including future leaders who will shape the digital transformation journey,” says Jon Theuerkauf, Chief Customer Officer of Blue Prism. “By building a one-stop-shop for free access to training materials, general RPA knowledge, and industry-accepted proctored certification exams, we look forward to continuing to democratize technology and fuel RPA innovation.” About Blue Prism In this digital era, where start-ups are constantly disrupting markets, only the most agile and innovative enterprises survive and thrive. At Blue Prism, we pioneered Robotic Process Automation (RPA), emerging as the trusted and secure intelligent automation choice for the Fortune 500 and the public sector. Now we bring you connected-RPA supported by the Digital Exchange (DX) app store—marrying internal entrepreneurship with the power of crowdsourced innovation. Blue Prism’s connected-RPA can automate and perform mission critical processes, allowing your people the freedom to focus on more creative, meaningful work. More than 1,500 global customers leverage Blue Prism’s Digital Workforce deployed in the cloud or on-premises as well as through the company’s Thoughtonomy SaaS offering, empowering their people to automate billions of transactions while returning hundreds of millions of hours of work back to the business. Visit to learn more about Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM). Follow Blue Prism on Twitter @blue_prism and on LinkedIn. ### Media Contacts Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 © 2019 Blue Prism Limited. “Blue Prism”, “Thoughtonomy”, the “Blue Prism” logo and Prism device are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Blue Prism Limited and its affiliates. All Rights Reserved. How insights give small businesses big growth 2019-09-18T05:58:48Z how-insights-give-small-businesses-big-growth 18 September 2019:  Digivizer, Australia’s leading analytics technology and activations company, is running two masterclass events in Sydney as part of this October’s NSW Small Business Month. In partnership with Microsoft Reactor, Google, and a number of Australian CEOs and industry disruptors, Digivizer’s CEO and co-founder Emma Lo Russo will facilitate both events. “Our focus will be on what every business owner craves  - practical insights and real-world, actionable plans that they can use to grow businesses faster, improve digital marketing ROI, and build the foundations for success,” says Emma Lo Russo. “Across Australia, recent Australian Bureau of Statistics data show medium businesses (those employing between 20 and 99 employees) contributed between 15% and 20% of the overall growth across all industry sectors and business sizes. We are passionate about giving them, and businesses of all sizes, the best tools and insights.  “Digivizer works with global multinationals such as Google, LinkedIn, Barilla, Optus and Lenovo, early-growth and medium-size businesses including real estate software company Rockend, and startups such as SuperFastDiet and Oh Crap!. One thing unites them all: they use digital marketing to generate better results, create exciting customer experiences, accelerate growth, and improve their ROI. “These sessions will offer the audiences experts’ insights into how to grow their businesses. We will share the latest trends in digital marketing,  show owners how easy it is to continually measure, test and improve their marketing, and give them new tools and insights they can use in their own businesses.” Joining Digivizer will be some of the best business thinkers in Australia - including from Google, digital growth-hacker and disruptor Gavin Heaton, Carole-Anne Priest, lawyer & CEO of business insurer Imalia, Vanessa Giannos, CEO and founder of The HR Experts International, and Leanne Berry, Director of Love Your Numbers. Event details & registration 5 Easy Steps to Accelerate Your Business Growth through Digital Marketing Thursday 24 October, 9am-12pm Microsoft Reactor, Sydney Register at Eventbrite Delegates will learn how to set up a digital sales funnel, understand the role of each element in digital sales kits, learn how websites, social media, search and nurture programs integrate, and how to measure digital ROI. Unlocking the Big Success Secrets for Small Businesses  Wednesday 30 October, 9am-12pm, Microsoft Reactor, Sydney Register at Eventbrite Delegates will learn to deploy and deliver better results around branding & marketing, people and culture, financials, managing risk, and hacking for growth. Digivizer’s real-time analytics platform will be part of both events. Delegates who attend the event and open a new Digivizer account will receive double the fee-free period, from 30 days to 60 days, with the past 30 days of data also included. Delegates will also go into a draw to win a Google Home.  Media assets Digivizer CEO and co-founder Emma Lo Russo will facilitate two masterclass workshops as part of the NSW Small Business Month, October 2019. ENDS About Digivizer Digivizer, founded in 2010, is Australia’s leading digital marketing analytics company.  Digivizer helps businesses measure the performance of their digital and social marketing investment across owned, earned and paid media. Businesses can then use these insights to make better business decisions and improve their marketing ROI.  Digivizer delivers its digital analytics platform as Software as a Service (SaaS), also supported by optional content, creative and media services. Digivizer plans start at US$89 per month, with all plans offering the past 30 days of data immediately, and the first 30 days free (with delegates getting double the number of days of data fee-free). Digivizer is an ad partner, development partner and technology partner to the major social and search platforms including Facebook (incorporating Instagram), Twitter, LinkedIn, Google (incorporating YouTube and Display), and Shopify. Contacts Digivizer is at: Twitter: Facebook: LinkedIn: Instagram: Web: For more information:  Alan Smith, Head of Strategic Business Communications, Digivizer.  Phone: +61 404 432 700. Email: Twitter: @alansmithoz   Blue introduces Yeti X: Professional USB Microphone with Blue VO!CE Software for Creators and Streamers 2019-09-18T01:39:59Z blue-introduces-yeti-x-professional-usb-microphone-with-blue-vo-ce-software-for-creators-and-streamers  Click here for more hi-res images.Sydney, Australia – September 17, 2019 – Blue, a 20-year leading innovator in audio technology and design, today announced the new Yeti X USB microphone for gaming, streaming and podcasting. Yeti X features new Blue VO!CE technology, which enables content creators to dial up professional vocal effects and custom presets at the push of a button. A four capsule condenser microphone array delivers exceptional focus and clarity, high-res LED metering provides visual, real-time feedback for vocal levels, and a multi-function smart knob provides instant control over essential mic functions. Combining legendary Blue audio quality with innovative new features, Yeti X is the ultimate tool for creators who want to deliver professional content and build their audience. “We’re excited to introduce Yeti X with Blue VO!CE technology and continue the evolution of our renowned lineup of USB mics,” said John Maier, president and CEO, Blue Microphones. “We created Yeti X based on feedback from content creators all over the world, who need fast and easy-to-use tools that help them sound their very best. Yeti X with Blue VO!CE gives creators the ability to quickly and easily customise their sound using high quality effects and presets. Additionally, new features like high-res LED metering and a multi-function smart knob make it easier than ever to deliver professional results for gaming, streaming and podcasting.”Yeti X is plug ‘n play on Mac and PC and includes advanced Blue VO!CE audio software, a suite of broadcast vocal tools and effects that makes it easier than ever to achieve professional on-stream sound quality. Creators can quickly access and select a variety of professionally-tuned presets for broadcast, radio voice, male and female voices, and effects such as crisp and modern, warm and vintage and more. In addition, Blue VO!CE gives creators access to professional effects including noise reduction, expander, gate, de-esser, EQ, compression and limiter.Yeti X was custom tuned to deliver superior, broadcast-quality sound for professional-level gaming, Twitch™ and Mixer streaming, podcasting and YouTube productions. A four-capsule condenser array provides clearer, more focused audio for Yeti X’s four pickup patterns. Cardioid mode captures sound sources that are directly in front of the microphone, omni mode picks up sound equally from all around the mic, bidirectional mode records from both the front and the rear of the microphone, and stereo mode uses both the left and right channels for capturing for capturing immersive audio experiences.Yeti X features an 11-segment LED meter that goes from green to red, so streamers can check and adjust their vocal levels at a glance and easily maintain professional sound quality while live on camera. An illuminated multi-function smart knob provides precise control over mic gain, mute and headphone volume. The smart knob also controls the blend of microphone signal and computer sound, so creators can quickly adjust the amount of computer audio versus microphone audio that is heard in the headphones. Blue VO!CE is accessible exclusively through Logitech’s free, easy-to-use G HUB platform, enabling content creators to manage mic gain, headphone volume, monitoring preferences, and pickup pattern selections right from their desktop. Streamers can also match the color and design of their desks by personalising the color of Yeti X’s LED lights. Yeti X is also compatible with the Blue Sherpa companion app, which features quick and direct control options from your desktop to help you get the most from your mic. Streamers can pair Yeti X with Blue’s professional broadcast accessories to transform their desktops into broadcast studios, including Compass premium broadcast boom arm and Radius III shockmount. Please get in touch or log in to our PR Galleria platform to request a sample for review.Product SummaryProduct Name: Yeti XAvailability: October 2019RRP: $299.95 inc GSTProduct link: Resolution Images: hereYeti X is available at Blue dealers nationally.About Blue Microphones Blue continues a 20-year legacy of innovative, cutting-edge design and performance across critically acclaimed microphones and the Emmy Award-winning headphone line. Blue offers a range of recording tools for almost any application in both professional and consumer markets. From Blue’s flagship studio Bottle microphone, to a premium headphone line, to the world’s #1 USB microphones, Blue has tools that inspire creativity. Blue Microphones is part of the Logitech International portfolio of brands. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI). Learn more at (LOGIIR) Intel® Extreme Masters Katowice 2020 to feature US$500,000 Prize Pool as the First Masters Championship CS:GO Tournament of the ESL Pro Tour 2019-09-17T04:41:50Z intel-extreme-masters-katowice-2020-to-feature-us-500-000-prize-pool-as-the-first-masters-championship-cs-go-tournament-of-the-esl-pro-tour Cologne, Germany – September 10, 2019—Intel and ESL, the world’s largest esports company, will once again bring the Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) to Katowice, Poland, on February 28 through March 1, 2020. In addition to being  part of the Intel® Grand Slam, next year’s IEM Katowice at the iconic Spodek Arena represents the first CS:GO Masters Championship tournament held by ESL within the new ESL Pro Tour. IEM Katowice 2020 will feature premier Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) action, the IEM Expo, and exciting onsite activities. Throughout a week long of competition, 16 of the world’s top CS:GO teams will battle for their share of the US$ 500,000 prize pool, the first ever Masters Champion title, and a point toward the Intel® Grand Slam: ●       February 28 – March 1: The mainstage competition will take place inside the legendary Spodek Arena, where the six advancing teams will battle it out in playoffs, culminating in the grand finals where the winners will be crowned.   “Here in Katowice we do not only remember but also make espo rts history. This Intel® Extreme Masters will be very special in that respect,” said Michal Blicharz, Vice President of Pro Gaming at ESL. “When it first took place in 2013 it started the era of esports mega tournaments. Now, a new era starts for us with the first ever Masters Championship of the ESL Pro Tour.” IEM Katowice 2020 will be the first Masters Championship ever held within ESL Pro Tour, the highest level of competition in the world’s largest CS:GO circuit of over twenty tournaments all over the world. IEM Expo, the leading esports and gaming tradeshow, will be held at the International Congress Center (ICC). The three-day expo from February 28 through March 1 will invite IEM attendees to test and experience the industry’s top brands through immersive onsite activations, technology demonstrations, and stations for gaming, content creation, and more. “Intel Extreme Masters is an amazing event bringing together incredible emotions of both fans and players along with the most advanced technology and thrilling games. Being involved in these outstanding gaming moments is in the very DNA of Intel and we are proud to be a part of this amazing journey. Together with ESL we have elevated esports to levels previously unimagined.” - said Krzysztof Jonak, EMEA Territory Billings Accounts Director at Intel. IEM Katowice 2020 will offer more exciting esports moments by hosting the championships of additional first-class gameplay, including the Quake Pro League Stage 2 Finals. Over two days, twenty-four of the best Quake players worldwide will battle to be crowned the new Quake World Champion at IEM Expo Katowice 2020.  In 2019, ESL and Intel® welcomed 174,000 fans across two weekends, resulting in the most viewed CS:GO competition in ESL’s history with 157 million hours of content consumed by 230 million fans on multiple platforms. IEM Katowice will become the home of esports for the eighth consecutive year in 2020, representing the 78th stop of Intel® Extreme Masters. Tickets for IEM Katowice 2020 will be on sale in late October. Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks, including competing teams, onstage talent, ticketing information, and more. For more information, please visit the tournament website and follow Intel®  Extreme Masters on Twitter and Facebook. ### About ESL ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments such as ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups and matchmaking systems, defining the path from zero to hero as short as possible. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports forward on a global scale. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. About Intel® Extreme Masters Intel® Extreme Masters is the longest running global pro gaming tour in the world. Started in 2006 by ESL and Intel, the competition features the world's best gamers in multiple esport titles. With IEM having over a decade of history, it is considered one of the most prestigious and traditional events in the world. ( Blue Prism and Oracle Further Extend Integrations to Fuel New Digital Workforce Capabilities 2019-09-16T22:00:00Z blue-prism-and-oracle-further-extend-integrations-to-fuel-new-digital-workforce-capabilities Sydney, AUSTRALIA – September 17, 2019—Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM), a leader in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), and Oracle have announced enhanced integrations to deliver advanced RPA, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine-learning technology for business critical enterprise applications. This integration of Blue Prism’s connected-RPA platform with Oracle’s solutions creates a Digital Workforce that can optimise workloads to accelerate the speed and accuracy of data integration, aggregation and analysis—at scale. Blue Prism is a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN). Smart businesses want to deploy intelligent automation; however, legacy systems and bolt-on strategies can derail even the best-laid plans. Blue Prism’s connected-RPA provides easy access to AI, cognitive technologies and intelligent automation skills that mimic human capabilities. Further, Blue Prism’s Digital Workforce offers quick connections to cutting-edge technologies, giving organisations power of choice and a means for sustainable digital transformation. Integrating Blue Prism’s connected-RPA platform with Oracle’s leading cloud applications can help increase efficiency, while promoting strict adherence to operational processes. With security, scalability and performance prioritised, businesses powering this new workforce can leverage the following enterprise benefits: World-class Security: Blue Prism’s Veracode security level is Verified Continuous— the highest level of the Verified program. Reduced Operational Cost: Run your business in a more cost-effective way with rapid automation of manual, rules-based, back office administrative processes. Improved Accuracy: Eliminate human error and reduce costly mistakes. Increased Customer Satisfaction: Improve customer experiences, with faster, smarter outcomes. Amplified Growth and Productivity: Deliver new services quickly and affordably. Proven Competitive Advantage: Integrate innovative technologies and stay ahead of the competition with faster, more complete digital transformation. “Organisations across all industries and verticals are consistently looking for ways to increase operational agility and seamlessly execute on business processes,” says Jon Walden, CTO, Americas for Blue Prism. “Integrating Blue Prism’s Digital Workforce with Oracle’s leading cloud applications now equips our new workforce with the tools they need to focus on high-value tasks and create a smarter, more efficient and more collaborative workflow.” Blue Prism works closely with Oracle Health Sciences and Oracle Financial Services organisations to combine deep domain industry expertise with innovative automations to solve the most complex business problems facing global industries. For example, the integration of Blue Prism’s Intelligent Digital Workforce with Oracle Health Sciences Data Management Workbench helps pharmaceutical companies streamline their data aggregation, cleaning, and delivery so study teams can make better decisions in clinical trials and bring new, innovative treatments to market faster and more safely. Similarly, its integration with Oracle Financial Services Financial Crime and Compliance Management solutions helps banks tackle critical anti-money laundering issues that help stop the funding of major crimes such as human trafficking and terrorism. “One of the biggest challenges facing our customers today is the increasing quantity and complexity of clinical trial data. Traditional clinical data management practices involve manual, repetitive data aggregation, cleaning and provisioning activities that cannot scale to meet the demands of today’s clinical trials. Our collaboration with Blue Prism facilitates automation in Data Management Workbench, providing pharmaceutical companies with real-time access to a complete and trustworthy picture of their clinical trial data, so they can make critical decisions more quickly and easily,” says Jim Streeter, VP Life Sciences Product Strategy, Oracle Health Sciences. To find out more about how this partnership can help drive intelligent automation initiatives forward click here or visit booth 1800 this week at Oracle OpenWorld. For information about BluePrism and Oracle Financial Services see previous news announcement here. About Blue Prism In this digital era where start-ups are constantly disrupting markets, only the most agile and innovative enterprises survive and thrive. At Blue Prism, we pioneered Robotic Process Automation (RPA), emerging as the trusted and secure intelligent automation choice for the Fortune 500 and the public sector. Now we bring you connected-RPA supported by the Digital Exchange (DX) app store—marrying internal entrepreneurship with the power of crowdsourced innovation. Blue Prism’s connected-RPA can automate and perform mission critical processes, allowing your people the freedom to focus on more creative, meaningful work. More than 1,500 global customers leverage Blue Prism’s Digital Workforce deployed in the cloud or on premises as well as through the company’s Thoughtonomy SaaS offering, empowering their people to automate billions of transactions while returning hundreds of millions of hours of work back to the business. Visit to learn more about Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM). Follow Blue Prism on Twitter @blue_prism and on LinkedIn. About Oracle PartnerNetwork Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle's partner program that provides partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN offers resources to train and support specialised knowledge of Oracle’s products and solutions and has evolved to recognise Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to be recognised and rewarded for their investment in Oracle Cloud. Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their Oracle Cloud expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud program – an innovative program that complements existing OPN program levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners working with Oracle Cloud. To find out more visit: ### Media Contacts Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 Trademarks. Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. © 2019 Blue Prism Limited. “Blue Prism”, “Thoughtonomy”, the “Blue Prism” logo and Prism device are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Blue Prism Limited and its affiliates. All Rights Reserved. Seagate Technology and Synology provide charitable support to BBC Media Action 2019-09-16T02:31:37Z seagate-technology-and-synology-provide-charitable-support-to-bbc-media-action-1 SYDNEY, Australia – 16 September, 2019 – Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX), a world leader in data storage solutions, is helping the BBC’s international development charity, BBC Media Action, store and deliver content to improve people’s lives around the world. Specifically, the charity’s media and communication efforts reinforce governance, improve people’s health, strengthen the resilience of vulnerable groups and help them survive, and recover from, humanitarian emergencies. To support BBC Media Action’s creative workflow, Seagate is donating 90 10TB and 12 4TB IronWolf Pro hard drives to be installed in Synology NAS servers, helping the charity to store their rushes securely and back up their broadcast content safely. “We create and broadcast content which helps improve people’s lives across the world. High capacity storage solutions, such as those provided by Synology and Seagate through our charity partnership, enable us to manage and store our media far more effectively. We are delighted to be entering into this partnership as it supports us to deliver our vital, often life-saving objectives”, said Caroline Nursey OBE, Chief Executive Officer BBC Media Action. Previously, BBC Media Action stored content across a patchwork of different solutions. Very few of these solutions included RAID-configured devices and fewer still were backed up to secondary storage. Given the challenging environments in which the charity works, this left them particularly vulnerable. For high workloads and collaborative environments such as this, the new set-up with IronWolf Pro and Synology NAS provides 24x7 remote access, backup and file sharing. As the IronWolf drive has been specially made for NAS devices it comes with several features that you wouldn't normally find in a standard internal hard drive. These features allow the IronWolf to perform reliably 24/7 with large amounts of data coming and going, all while keeping power consumption low. “BBC Media Action reaches millions of people around the world with creative content that helps audiences make sense of important events and improve their lives,” Pierre van der Elst, Vice President Sales EMEA, from Seagate said. “With this donation, we are proud to play a role in inspiring people and communities to make a positive change in some of the poorest and remote societies of the world.” ### About Seagate Seagate crafts the datasphere, helping to maximise humanity’s potential by innovating world-class, precision-engineered data management solutions with a focus on sustainable partnerships. Learn more at Follow Seagate on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Spiceworks, YouTube and subscribe to our blog. About BBC Media Action: BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development charity which delivers innovative media and communication projects to help reduce poverty and contribute to a freer, fairer, safer world. Reaching millions of people in some of the world’s poorest and most fragile countries, the charity helps people have their say, understand their rights, responsibilities and each other, and take action to transform their own lives. As an independent charity, BBC Media Action is not funded by the BBC licence fee and instead relies upon the support of generous donors and partners to deliver its life-saving and life-changing work. Media Contact: Richelle Gillett Einsteinz Communications +61 418 781 610 New report from RIMS and ISACA Helps Organisations Bridge the Digital Risk Gap 2019-09-16T01:18:23Z new-report-from-rims-and-isaca-helps-organisations-bridge-the-digital-risk-gap Sydney, Australia, (16 September 2019)– IT and risk management professionals must speak the same language to more effectively incorporate the benefits and uncertainties associated with data and technology into the organisations’ overall strategy and to add value, according to a newly published, complimentary white paper from ISACA and RIMS, “Bridging the Digital Risk Gap: How Collaboration Between IT and Risk Management Can Enhance Value Creation.” The white paper can be found on ISACA’s website: here and RIMS website: here. Technology has long been integral to the success of any organisation, but as the range of business applications and the pace of innovation have increased, so has the risk. The “Bridging the Digital Risk Gap” white paper outlines how the changing digital risk landscape, new regulatory requirements, and greater understanding of commonalities between IT and risk management make a strong case for aligning the two in order to realise significant benefits. These benefits to an organisation include being: Transparent, nimble and timely Clearly defined in roles, accountability and decision-making authority Forward-looking in its risk assessment and benefit analyses (and not primarily resource based) Aligned to broader mission and strategy objectives Additionally, the report highlights ISACA’s Risk IT Framework and how to integrate both IT and risk management frameworks that each department uses, such as the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework into the technology life cycle. “Because of expanding digital risk landscapes, risk management and cybersecurity capabilities are also evolving as a corresponding horizontal competency. Lack of, or poorly thought out, digital enterprise strategies can torpedo an organisation’s mission and overall objectives.” stated Carol Fox, RIMS VP of strategic initiatives and contributor. “Likewise, failed implementations that do not deliver expected value to the organisation, whether due to scope creep, budget overages or unrealistic expectations can damage the viability of organisations, as much as security risks related to data breaches and expropriation of intellectual property.” “When enterprises examine the evolving risk environment and the benefits that can come from integrating risk management and IT, it becomes very clear that this collaboration is important to the overall business-risk portfolio,” said Paul W. Phillips, III, CISA, CISM, technical research manager at ISACA and a contributing author to the white paper. “This kind of strategic coordination can bring many positive outcomes, including better incident response and improved information protection.” The report also includes RIMS’ Enterprise IT Risk Management Responsibility Assignment Matrix that shows organisations how they can visualise the roles within the IT ecosystem and the cross-functional expertise required, as well as a map for ISACA’s Risk IT Framework and the RIMS Maturity Model (RMM). The map emphasises the alignment between each domain in ISACA’s Risk IT Framework and the seven attributes of the RMM. “Collaboration between IT and risk management professionals facilitates strategic alignment of resources and promotes the creation of value across an enterprise. Understanding one another’s world is the first step for building a constructive and symbiotic relationship,” added Fox. “In doing so, IT and risk management professionals can leverage their knowledge and resources to better inform decision makers on how business strategies and objectives can benefit from IT capabilities, and spur investment in new technology.” To read the free white paper, visit or RIMS Bridging the Digital Risk Gap. More information about IT and risk management can be found at and About ISACA Now in its 50th anniversary year, ISACA® ( is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. Today’s world is powered by information and technology, and ISACA equips professionals with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organisations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its 460,000 engaged professionals—including its 140,000 members—in information and cyber security, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI® Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in more than 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters worldwide and offices in both the United States and China. Twitter: LinkedIn: Facebook: Instagram: About RIMS As the preeminent organisation dedicated to promoting the profession of risk management, RIMS, the risk management society®, is a global not-for-profit organisation representing more than 3,500 industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. Founded in 1950, RIMS is committed to advancing risk management capabilities for organisational success, bringing networking, professional development and education opportunities to its membership of more than 10,000 risk management professionals who are located in more than 60 countries. For more information on RIMS, visit Twitter: LinkedIn: Facebook: Instagram: Contact: Julie Fenwick, +61 468 901 655 TransCanna Signs Binding Agreement with Lyfted Farms Inc. 2019-09-15T23:54:38Z transcanna-signs-binding-agreement-with-lyfted-farms-inc TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN; FSE: TH8) ("TransCanna") is pleased to announce it has signed a binding agreement to acquire all the outstanding shares of Lyfted Farms Inc., which updates the terms of the previously announced non-binding letter of intent.Lyfted Farms brings over 2 decades of cultivation experience to the company and currently holds a Distribution License, Nursery License, and a Cultivation License at both the State and Local levels. Lyfted Farms has long been a recognized leader in complying with statewide regulations, the company was issued the 9th Cultivation License in the State of California."With this acquisition we are not only securing a high-quality brand but fulfilling a need in sourcing and stabilizing our upper supply chain which we see as a serious requirement in the California Cannabis marketplace" stated Steve Giblin, TransCanna President & CEO. "This acquisition represents a significant talent acquisition for the company moving forward.The purchase price for the acquisition will be $6,300,000 USD comprised of $5,550,000 USD in cash and the issuance of 1,000,000 TransCanna Common Shares. $150,000 USD has already been advanced as a deposit and the remaining cash portion of the purchase price will be payable as to $400,000 USD on closing and the issuance by TransCanna of a non-interest bearing promissory note in favour of the vendors in the amount of $5,000,000 USD."This acquisition, once completed, allows our team to commit to the growth of the TransCanna business model. We see and believe in the vision of quality brands produced and distributed on scale and we can help with that execution" Commented Bob Blink, CEO and Founder of Lyfted Farms.Under the TransCanna umbrella, Lyfted Farms is expanding their nursery and production capacity for a cost of $695,000 USD of which $105,000 USD has already been advanced. Completion of the expansion is expected within the next 90 days. This will pave the way for new staff to be onboarded and trained while the company looks to complete the process of licensing and building out the 196,000 square foot Daly facility.Lyfted Farms is an award-winning trusted brand and has developed a very loyal following amongst cannabis consumers. As a leading brand, Lyfted Farms is continuously innovating, developing new strains and products and delivering them to the end consumer. Lyfted Farms and their products set and influence trends instead of following them. Shareholders or interested parties can follow the brand development on Instagram @lyftedfarms.About TransCanna Holdings Inc.TransCanna Holdings Inc. is a Canadian based company providing branding, transportation and distribution services, through its wholly-owned California subsidiaries, to a range of industries including the cannabis marketplace.For further information, please visit the Company's website at or email the Company at