The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-10-29T09:31:31Z Brice and Tecnoeka a Great Victorian partnership 2020-10-29T09:31:31Z brice-and-tecnoeka-a-great-victorian-partnership Melbourne, Australia October 2020 – Brice Australia is a well-known distributor of highly sought after catering equipment and commercial kitchen equipment for Australia’s food preparation and hospitality industries. Brice has recently partnered with Tecnoeka to bring innovative oven appliances to the Victorian market. Technoeka is a well known Italian company that produces a large range of commercial ovens with leading smart features. Built 100% in Italy for the busy commercial kitchen and food preparation facility, Technoeka prides itself on incorporating the latest technological features so that chefs can focus on perfecting their cook every time. The ovens are multi-oriented and can program up to hundreds of recipes, so each cook is completed in accordance with the chef’s specific requirements without having to remember the cooking parameters. The settings can be easily programmed and set for the cooking operation as required. Featuring Wi-Fi connectivity and other integration features, the Technoeka oven range is ready for use in the commercial setting. With many products available, Technoeka offers patented technology to convert time-consuming cooking operations into easy activities without delays or high preparation costs. Here is a selection of products available through Brice Australia. 1.       Millennial Touch Screen Cooking: This high-performance oven with state-of-the-art features offers chefs and restaurant operators complete control over their cooking operations. The three new patented technological innovations Airflowlogic, Humilogic, and Drylogic allow the achievement of optimal cooking uniformity and complete regulation of the level of moisture inside the cooking chamber. A new automatic washing system is a standard feature of Millennial ovens, saving up to 30% of the usual water consumption. Millennial ovens can be connected via Wi-Fi to update a wide selection of 500 programmable recipes and there are 42 languages to choose from. 2.       Millennial Touch Screen Bakery & Pastry: Available in a range of sizes, imagine baking all your dishes at the same time across multiple trays, heated evenly by controllable fans distributed across the height of the oven? Setting up to 500 recipes with ease and as quickly as possible is now a reality with the electric or gas combi ovens. Stop cooking in the dark ages and look toward this revolutionary oven that offers more than cooking a single item. You will be able to satisfy all your production needs without having to re-engineer the cooking process. Technoeka have thought of all possibilities with this highly sophisticated and intelligent commercial kitchen companion. 3.       Evolution Snack: For the patisserie, café, corner shop or other eatery where space is limited, the Evolution Snack has been designed to heat up precooked meals and prepare small snacks without difficulty. Its compact size, with strong performance and diverse operability, offers little encumbrances and low energy usage. Prepare meals quickly, always soft and tasty thanks to the humidification function through a single-touch button that allows you to customize all types of cooking. Your customers and guests will be pleased with comforting food that tastes as if it was prepared only moments ago. Why settle for anything else? Brice have partnered with Technoeka so that the Victorian commercial kitchens, food venues and local eateries do not miss out on offering their food in a well-prepared manner. About Brice Australia Brice Australia, established in 1939, is a well known distributor of commercial food equipment sourced from the best manufacturers throughout the world. Brice partners with commercial kitchen equipment manufacturers who are pioneers in developing innovative kitchen appliance solutions. Brice stock slicers, food processing equipment, mixers, meat processing equipment, light kitchen equipment, ovens, grills, manual wrappers, vacuum packers, weighing scales and access control systems. All products have been crafted to achieve maximum benefit to the user to help minimise downtime, improve productivity and satisfy common operational requirements. Not only does Brice distribute best-in-class food equipment, they also pride themselves on their dedicated service. For reputable and long-lasting commercial kitchen equipment, consider Brice Australia. GoodFirms Recognised Zealous System as Best Ecommerce Development Company 2020-10-29T07:11:38Z goodfirms-recognised-zealous-system-as-best-ecommerce-development-company GoodFirms, a Washington, D.C. based on B2B analyse, ratings and review platform has published a list of best eCommerce Development Companies from across the globe to help their enterprise customers choose the best partner for their eCommerce development. The announcement was made on 24th of September, 2020 and the list was published on various PR sites under the title  “GoodFirms highlights the filtered List of Trustworthy Ecommerce, WooCommerce & BigCommerce Developers - 2020”. GoodFirms witnessed the increase in the demand adaptation of digital transformation amidst the global pandemic of Covid-19. The increasing trend o work from home and change in customer behavior towards online purchases have forced the hand of business to adopt brick and click business model from their traditional brick and mortar setup. But with rising requirement, the enterprises were having hassle to finding an ideal eCommerce partner that can cater to their personalized and unique needs of eCommerce Development. Thus, to help their customers, GoodFirms published the list of Best Ecommerce Development Service Providers in which, Zealous System was listed at top position in the “List of Best E-commerce developers at GoodFirms”. Businesses around the globe are looking to survive and thrive during these challenging times and ecommerce helps them to reach out to the target customers globally. Thus, to help enterprises serve global audiences with an innovative and responsive ecommerce site that provides them opportunities attract new customers, save on operational cost, boost brand awareness, and drive conversions and sales, an in-depth research was conducted by GoodFirms. The process was conducted to identify three main characteristics in the firms namely Quality, Reliability and Ability. Apart from that, GoodFirms also recently recognized Zealous System as their top US based Mobile Development Company and also identified Zealous System as the Best Java Development Company in the past. Zealous System has many verified reviews on GoodFirms for various services that they have catered to clients from different domains. Below are few of the reviews that they have received on GoodFirms: Reviews: “Very good discussions from the beginning on. Focus on functionalities and easy administration.” “They have always been in touch that is they are available 24/7 and truly very responsive” For more detailed reviews and video testimonials from client, one can visit the profile of Zealous System on GoodFirms. Apart from e-commerce development, Zealous System delivers exemplary IT solutions to numerous clients from various domains and countries. With recognitions such as Microsoft Gold Partner and fully-functional offices in India, USA, Australia, Canada and Namibia, Zealous has made a global mark in the IT industry. The firm is also heavily investing in cognitive Technologies such as IoT development, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and other such emerging technologies. To understand more about their clients, services and achievements, clients can visit the profile of the company on the above mentioned platforms or can directly contact them through their website  DDLS announces free training initiatives to help meet surging demand for cloud skills 2020-10-29T02:40:06Z ddls-announces-free-training-initiatives-to-help-meet-surging-demand-for-cloud-skills DDLS, Australia’s leading provider of ICT training and certification, today announced several free Microsoft and AWS courses, as well as an unlimited Microsoft Technical and End-User training offer valid until 31 March 2021. DDLS is Australia’s first Microsoft Gold Learning Partner, and one of only two Authorised AWS training partners in Australia. The free Microsoft Fundamental training days focus on Azure, Data, AI, and Microsoft 365. The official Microsoft courses are delivered virtually in a live environment by Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT’s), utilising Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC) and are designed to provide students with a foundational level of knowledge on cloud services and Microsoft Azure, usually valued at $990. The free AWS Discovery Days consist of a three-hour online course designed to teach business leaders and IT technical professionals about the benefits of computing in the AWS Cloud. In addition to the free training days, DDLS is offering unlimited Microsoft training for one fixed fee of $7,500 ($11,000 for two students) until the end of March 2021. With one course usually costing between $3-4K, students only have to do two courses to gain value from the offer. Jon Lang, CEO of DDLS said “We’ve launched this series of free training initiatives and the unlimited Microsoft training offer to help companies alleviate the cloud skills shortage, and assist Australian IT professionals in taking advantage of the growth in cloud job opportunities”. The use of leading public cloud services like AWS, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 has surged in 2020 as organisations worldwide have rushed to implement remote working at scale in response to COVID-19. This fast transition to remote working, coupled with Australia’s shortage of skilled cloud professionals, has placed a huge burden on organisations seeking to implement new cloud services and keep them secure. DDLS is offering: Free training days in Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, Azure AI and Azure Data Fundamentals, valued at $990; Free AWS Discovery Days; Unlimited Microsoft training until March 31, for $7,500 ($11,000 for two students), including two exam vouchers for each student. Microsoft Azure Training Days The free Microsoft Fundamental training days enable individuals to understand general cloud computing concepts and key features of Microsoft Azure. Some of the key learning areas across the courses include: Differentiating between the various cloud service models, and understanding security, privacy, compliance, and trust within Microsoft Azure Planning for migration to Microsoft 365 services and identifying the key differences between Microsoft on-premises services vs. Microsoft 365 cloud services Describing core data concepts in Azure, and explaining concepts of relational and non-relational data Understand fundamental principles of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning workloads on Azure “These courses are ideal for customers who want to take their first steps in learning about cloud services and Microsoft Azure, but aren’t necessarily able to make the financial investment in a course yet” added Lang. The first of the Azure training days, AZ900 - Microsoft Azure Fundamentals, was held on 25 September, and was fully booked within a matter of hours with 350 registrations in total, indicating strong demand for the courses. There will be one more event this year on November 13, covering Microsoft 365 Fundamentals, with further dates to be scheduled early in the new year on Data and AI Fundamentals. All events are live, virtual instructor-led courses running from 10:00am to 4:00pm AEDT. Details and registration for the next event can be found here. AWS Discovery Day These free online courses teach students how to use AWS services to improve business processes, and are ideal for IT professionals who want to learn about basic cloud concepts, AWS Cloud terminology, and AWS core services. The three-hour course covers AWS services for computing, storage, database management, networking, and content delivery. The first course held on 2 October booked out within several hours of being announced. The next AWS Discovery Day is scheduled for 13 November, with a capacity of 500. Details and registration for the next event here. Unlimited Microsoft Training The Microsoft training offer enables students to pay a fixed fee of $7,500 ($11,000 for two students), for unlimited access to a huge range of Microsoft courses until 31 March. Eligible courses range from ‘Fundamental’ right through to ‘Expert’ level certifications, and cover the full suite of Technical and End-user application training, including Azure, Dynamics 365, Microsoft 365, Sharepoint, Power BI, SQL, Teams, Excel and more. Lang said “The unlimited training deal is a fantastic opportunity for organisations looking to re-skill, accelerate a team deployment, or move all their workloads to the cloud, and for Microsoft partners looking to gain new competencies”. “Microsoft certifications are some of the most respected credentials in the technology industry, so these courses will help professionals keep pace with today's business requirements, whether they’re new to the field or a seasoned professional”, added Lang. Details and registration here. - END - About DDLS DDLS is Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training, and number one cybersecurity training provider. We are also Australia’s first and largest Microsoft Gold Learning Partner, and one of two authorised AWS training partners in the country. DDLS partners with world-class companies to help organisations and individuals in the IT industry remain up-to-date with new processes, technology and platforms to reduce risk and enable efficient business practices. We promote a balanced approach to training with a focus on the key areas of Technology, Process and People, and provide extensive training options tailored to your organisation’s needs – from vendor-certified courses to customised training, including bespoke in-house developed courses. Manufacturers and Distributors gear up for digital transformation in the new normal 2020-10-29T00:12:35Z manufacturers-and-distributors-gear-up-for-digital-transformation-in-the-new-normal-1 Sydney, October 29 2020. Business leaders within APAC and global manufacturing and distribution sectors have shown urgency in embracing digital transformation to overcome the disruption caused by the pandemic. This is according to new research that has been released by SYSPRO, a leading global provider of ERP software. In order to understand the impact of the pandemic on manufacturers and distributors as well as emerging trends, a survey was completed by 144 industry professionals of different managerial levels within the United States, Canada, EMEA and APAC. The survey was conducted in August 2020 and focused on the rise of the remote workforce and the need for increased collaboration, the impact of supply chain disruptions, and emerging trends that will shape the manufacturing and distribution sectors moving forward. The rise of the remote workforce As social distancing became the new normal, entire workforces needed to connect as well as collaborate remotely. Based on the survey findings, nearly half of businesses were unable to function effectively due to a reliance on their operational staff only being able to function from the work premise. In a shift towards remote work and increased collaboration, 73% of businesses stated they would need to invest in technology to facilitate remote working capabilities in the future. According to Paulo De Matos, Chief Product Officer at SYSPRO, “COVID has had a ripple effect in many areas but remote work is here to stay and will need to be supported by systems that allow for easy communication, collaboration and performance management.” Supply Chain disruptions and resulting trends Unsurprisingly, the survey showed that 60% of businesses were impacted by supply chain disruptions during the pandemic. When looking specifically at distribution, 45% agreed that they were unable to operate at the same levels of distribution efficiency enjoyed before the pandemic. “Supply chains have been heavily integrated and increasingly reliant on foreign raw material, in particular from Asia. Companies looked to offshoring with the knowledge of the potential risk of quality control, but with the benefit of lower labor costs. With the increasing shortages of parts, manufacturers and distributors started looking to find alternative supply sources and establish more resilient supply chains. This shift in strategic sourcing and procurement as well as a high percentage considering re-shoring, is now being considered as a viable option worldwide.” This was echoed in the study, where 42% of businesses stated that they will re-shore manufacturing operations. “Near or re-shoring is the practice of transferring a business operation that was moved overseas back to the country from which it was originally relocated. Here, industry-built technology solutions will deliver industry specific functionality for manufacturers and distributors to optimise and simplify operations, stay current and in control,” said De Matos. The inflection Point for the Factory of the Future According to the study, only 38% of businesses felt that their business systems were adequate to handle the disruptions. When diving deeper into these findings, the study found that business systems lacked the necessary accessibility, availability, insights and basic planning tools needed by the industry to react to the pandemic. In fact, 29% of businesses stated that their systems lacked in providing them with the availability and accessibility during this time and they would be pursuing cloud-based business systems to deal with any possible future disruptions. “Manufacturers and distributors are shifting their preference towards a cloud deployed business solution, not only to address immediate needs, but as a catalyst to accelerate their digital transformation journey. We also anticipate that organisations will adopt different approaches to sourcing strategies and will shift their focus away from cost and efficiency control towards certainty and quality. This shift will be long lasting and innumerable,” concludes De Matos. Read more about SYSPRO’s study into how manufacturers and distributors handled the shift during COVID-19 via this link. About SYSPRO SYSPRO is a global, independent provider of industry-built ERP software designed to simplify business complexity for manufacturers and distributors. Focused on delivering optimized performance and complete business visibility, the SYSPRO solution is highly scalable, and can be deployed on-premise, in the cloud, or accessed via a mobile device. SYSPRO’s strengths lie in a simplified approach to technology, expertise in a range of industries, and a commitment to future-proofing customer and partner success. For more information, visit Claroty Adds Fully Integrated Remote Incident Management to Industry-Leading OT Security Platform 2020-10-29T00:00:32Z claroty-adds-fully-integrated-remote-incident-management-to-industry-leading-ot-security-platform Claroty, the global leader in operational technology (OT) security, today announced new enhancements to The Claroty Platform, making it the industry’s first OT security solution to offer remote incident management as a fully integrated capability that spans the entire incident lifecycle. The platform now enables cybersecurity teams to detect, investigate, and respond to security incidents on OT networks across the broadest attack surface area securely and seamlessly from any location.IT and OT networks were already becoming more interconnected due to digital transformation, and the COVID-19-induced shift to remote work has accelerated their convergence even more. These combined forces have created an acutely expanded attack surface and volume of alerts for cybersecurity teams to manage. According to Gartner, “For those organisations whose cybersecurity operations capabilities are tuned to monitor events from their standard operating environment, the abrupt shift to a predominantly remote operating model could see events of cybersecurity interest being missed by the cybersecurity operations team. This will in large part be a result of the relocation of workers to new premises or to a remote working mode that suddenly expands the scope and complexity of the operating environment.”1“Arming cybersecurity teams with the ability to detect, investigate, and respond to not only asset-based attacks, but also to identity-based attacks, is at the heart of the new enhancements to The Claroty Platform,” said Grant Geyer, Chief Product Officer of Claroty. “Our customers can now further evolve their OT security posture, strategy, and workflows for a variable work environment, while enduring adversarial activity and whatever else they might encounter on the network.”Key Features and FunctionsWith its newly enhanced Secure Remote Access (SRA) 3.1 and Continuous Threat Detection (CTD) 4.2 components, The Claroty Platform now spans all three stages of the incident lifecycle: Detection: More than half of OT and IT security professionals say their organisations are now more of a target for cybercriminals since the pandemic began, according to Claroty’s recent survey report. This reinforces the importance of quick detection and identification of unauthorised activities. The Claroty Platform gives teams an early advantage with the ability to identify and differentiate authorised remote user activity from unauthorised ones that could impact process integrity.When users receive an alert from CTD, Claroty’s Wisdom of the Crowd capability utilises information from similar events across Claroty’s customer base to provide context into the potential impact of the alert, enabling users to respond more effectively and efficiently. Investigation: The increase in both teleworking and malicious activity demands quicker identification in a remote setting. Claroty’s enhanced platform arms SOC teams with full visibility into remote user activity, insight into how indicators detected on the network have manifested in other areas, the ability to investigate incidents from any location, and greater context around the business criticality and process values of assets involved in such incidents. This minimises the need for onsite staff while optimising investigations with enriched assets, including both live SRA sessions including full-length video recordings, as well as threat alerts with reputational context from the Claroty community. Response: Even as IT and OT networks have become more interconnected since the pandemic began, 62% of IT and OT teams have found it more challenging to collaborate. The Claroty Platform bridges this gap with its integrated interface and the ability to disconnect potentially harmful OT remote sessions, minimising the need for onsite staff and expediting remedial activities.Integrations with ServiceNow and Swimlane enable teams to manage all IT and OT alerts from a single access point within the respective platforms. This allows organisations to adapt their OT incident response function and workflows for a remote or hybrid workforce. Collectively, these features allow teams to adapt their monitoring, inspection, and response management from on- or off-site premises without compromising efficiency or effectiveness. The result for the business is reduced exposure to risk and greater operational resilience.“Receiving vulnerability alerts in real-time is a must-have for our multinational mining, metals, and petroleum operations,” said Thomas Leen, VP Cybersecurity of BHP. “The Claroty Platform allows us to quickly identify which of our assets have led to vulnerabilities and prioritise the actions we need to take in order to reduce and eliminate potential risks to the business.”SRA 3.1 and CTD 4.2 will be generally available this quarter. To learn more about The Claroty Platform, please request a demo.1Gartner, Be Resilient: Prepare to Treat Cyber Risk Following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak by Focusing on These 7 Areas, Richard Addiscott, David Gregory, Sam Olyaei, Katell Thielemann, Bart Willemsen, Felix Gaehtgens, David Mahdi, 25 September 2020.About ClarotyClaroty bridges the industrial cybersecurity gap between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) environments. Organisations with highly automated production sites and factories that face significant security and financial risk especially need to bridge this gap. Armed with Claroty’s converged IT/OT solutions, these enterprises and critical infrastructure operators can leverage their existing IT security processes and technologies to improve the availability, safety, and reliability of their OT assets and networks seamlessly and without requiring downtime or dedicated teams. The result is more uptime and greater efficiency across business and production operations.Backed and adopted by leading industrial automation vendors, Claroty is deployed on all seven continents globally. The company is headquartered in New York City and has received $100 million in funding since being launched by the famed Team8 foundry in 2015. For more information, visit M-Files is an Easy Choice for Government Agencies in New Zealand 2020-10-28T22:06:13Z m-files-is-an-easy-choice-for-government-agencies-in-new-zealand AUCKLAND(NZ) – October 29th, 2020 – M-Files Corporation, the intelligent information management company, today jointly announced with Auckland based Premier Reseller DocSmart Solutions Ltd (DocSmart) that M-Files was selected for the government Marketplace in New Zealand. M-Files is now available in the “Content Services Software” and “Managed Content Services” categories of the catalogues for government agencies – the first products and services in these categories. The Pae Hokohoko|Marketplace ( was established by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) to link business with New Zealand government agencies, making the procurement process easier for all. It facilitates the government’s procurement process by connecting companies that offer services and sell products with government agencies that wish to buy them.  The Marketplace offers many benefits to government agencies. They can browse relevant catalogues when they want to buy specific products or services, spending less time on procurement and enjoying a simplified purchasing process and reduced costs. It is easy to compare services offered, and ICT services and products have a security rating where appropriate.  “The government Marketplace approval further validates that M-Files is producing substantive value for existing public sector clients. This will make it much easier for any other government agencies in New Zealand to benefit from M-Files’ unique AI-based intelligent information management capabilities,” said Scott Erickson, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Channel Sales at M-Files. “New Zealand is a thriving market for us, and we're really proud to have DocSmart as a business partner - they are delivering transformative innovation for customers there.” Just recently, DocSmart received the 2020 APAC M-Files Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding achievements and excellent support of M-Files customers in the region.  “We have already deployed M-Files to more than a hundred and forty organisations throughout the region, including many government agencies such as Clutha District Council and Real Estate Agents Authority,” said Treve Clayton, Director of DocSmart Solutions Ltd in Auckland. “M-Files has proven many times that it can help government agencies to streamline document and process management, making them more efficient and agile.” For more first-hand feedback on M-Files, please read the full Clutha District Council success story: For more information on M-Files Intelligent Information Management, please visit:  To arrange a demo or talk to an expert, please visit the DocSmart website: Tags New Zealand, government agencies, marketplace, document management, ECM, intelligent information management Summary Leading enterprise content management solution M-Files is now available on the government Marketplace in New Zealand for simplified purchase and reduced cost. The New Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S Adds Capacity While Maintaining Next Generation Gaming Performance 2020-10-28T21:09:31Z the-new-seagate-storage-expansion-card-for-xbox-series-x-s-adds-capacity-while-maintaining-next-generation-gaming-performance Sydney, Australia – 29 October, 2020 – Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) today officially announced the Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S delivering an additional 1TB of external storage for a streamlined gaming experience, replicating the speed and performance of the consoles’ internal SSDs and Xbox Velocity Architecture. Designed in collaboration with Microsoft, the Seagate Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S is the only external storage device that enables users to achieve the same performance as the Xbox Velocity Architecture when playing games that have been optimised for next-generation of Xbox consoles. The custom storage card seamlessly mirrors the functionality of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S internal SSDs and adds 1TB of capacity letting gamers collect new and legacy games across four generations of Xbox including existing backwards compatible Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games. “Seagate is thrilled to be a key player in next-generation gaming. With a new standard in performance, games will be more dynamic, visually stunning, and immersive than ever,” said Jeff Fochtman, Senior Vice President at Seagate. “Seagate's Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S technology delivers additional game storage at peak speeds, replicating the consoles’ internal SSD experiences. We are proud to join forces with Xbox and can’t wait to help gamers immerse themselves in the high-fidelity experience.” With a sleek design, the Storage Expansion Card is optimised to play Xbox games from the internal SSD or the Storage Expansion Card without sacrificing graphics, speed, load times, or framerates. Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S includes a three-year limited warranty and will be available on November 10 for AU$359 and NZ$399. To keep up with the latest and learn more about Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S, visit: 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 about Seagate by visiting or following us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and subscribing to our blog. # # # ©2020 Seagate Technology LLC. All rights reserved. Seagate, Seagate Technology, and the Spiral logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. When referring to drive capacity, one gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB equals one trillion bytes. Your computer’s operating system may use a different standard of measurement and report a lower capacity. In addition, some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions, and thus will not be available for data storage. Actual data rates may vary depending on operating environment and other factors, such as chosen interface and disk capacity. Seagate reserves the right to change, without notice, product offerings or specifications. Media Contact Antoinette Georgopoulos Einsteinz Communications Ph: + 61 02 8905 0995 Breathe fresh, clean air even on high pollen days 2020-10-28T03:34:22Z breathe-fresh-clean-air-even-on-high-pollen-days With nearly one in five Australians experiencing hay fever or allergic rhinitis, a new, low-priced, portable HEPA air purifier could be the answer to 4.6 million people breathing more freely.The Ionmax Selah ION360 UV HEPA air purifier from Andatech has five levels of air purification and 360-degree air sterilisation. It is compact, sleek and stylish, and covers an area of up to 15 square metres.Even with its compact design, it has a pre-filter, a true HEPA filter, an activated carbon filter, UV-C light to kill 99 per cent of germs, viruses, fungi and bacteria, and an ioniser, which releases negative ions to freshen and balance the air, improving overall indoor air quality.Allergy sufferers can be reassured that the HEPA filter traps 95 per cent of allergens down to 0.3 microns in size. With a minimalist touch control panel and sophisticated matte black design, the Ionmax Selah air purifier adds a modern touch to any house, apartment and even the man cave, while efficiently cleaning the air. It weighs under three kilos and measures 20 cm (H) x 20 cm (D) x 33 cm (W) so is also perfect for a home office desk.VOCs a problem for manyMost people spend 90 per cent of their time indoors but what isn’t realised is that indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air.Pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are the cause of many respiratory problems, particularly in people with asthma or heightened sensitivity to chemicals. VOCs can be found in household furnishings, particularly when they are new, carpet, furniture, paint, plastics and electronic devices.The Ionmax Selah has four fan speeds, an eight-hour timer, a filter replacement indicator and operates at a low noise level of 35 to 55 decibels*, depending on the fan speed, which is low enough to use at night without disturbing anyone’s sleep.Available from Andatech Distribution, the Ionmax Selah ION360 UV HEPA air purifier comes with a one-year warranty and has an RRP of $249. Based on typical use, the filter life is approximately six* 30dB is whispering nearby; 40dB are quiet library sounds; 50dB is a refrigerator; and 60dB is an electric toothbrush. Andatech:Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that specialises in personal safety, medical devices and health & wellness products. enquiries:Issued on behalf of Andatech by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Contact Wendy McWilliams on 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. Email: of high res photos available Conserve It releases latest advance in PlantPRO technology, version 2.2.1 2020-10-28T01:55:34Z conserve-it-releases-latest-advance-in-plantpro-technology-version-2-2-1 Conserve It is pleased to announce the latest release of its award-winning chiller plant optimisation solution, PlantPRO. PlantPRO 2.2.1 is now available for general release through Conserve It’s VARs and OEM partners. This latest release of Conserve It’s PlantPRO technology includes numerous improvements and features, including: Expanded cooling tower controls and hardening of fault handling in the cooling tower control program Improved transitioning between chiller sequences Updates and improvements to the PROCOP calculation for validating chiller performance Additional checks and features for the Smart Sequencing program that will deliver even higher reliability and efficiency in the plant room Re-designed Commissioning and Plant Manager pages New isolation valve control program that handles a wider range of scenarios and considers a range of software interlocks for improved control Added the ability to configure Smart Sequencing in Imperial Units using Fahrenheit, kW/Ton, etc. Added the ability to configure the currency displayed in the monthly Energy Report Numerous UI enhancements and improvements Conserve It is committed to the ongoing maintenance and development of our PlantPRO technology with these latest release continuing our ability to deliver on our commitment to customers and partners, as well as our promise to develop and deploy sustainable and efficient chiller plants in the built environment. For more information on any of these exciting developments please contact Conserve It in your local region: Australia and Rest of World: EMEA: Asia: More information about Conserve It is available at Contact:Chirayu Shah General Manager, Conserve It Update on Conserve It business in Asia 2020-10-28T01:49:51Z update-on-conserve-it-business-in-asia Conserve It is pleased to advise that, despite the disruptive nature of 2020 due to COVID-19, our business in Singapore and more broadly in South-East Asia has grown and gone from strength to strength. In the last 4 months, Singapore-based Conserve It Pte Ltd has been awarded and commissioned several chiller plant control and optimisation projects through our partners across the region. In this period, PlantPRO has taken under control over four chiller plants incorporating a total of 12 chillers, 28 pumps and 26 cooling towers into an ever-growing portfolio of chiller plant equipment now managed globally by PlantPRO. Conserve It’s PlantPRO Chiller Plant Optimisation Solution was selected by three different clients for its robust and reliable control and extensive advanced optimisation. The market drivers for Chiller Plant Optimisation in the region are clear. With ever increasing power and electricity prices, warm weather and a commitment to achieving sustainable buildings, the South East Asian region is the perfect market for PlantPRO to demonstrate and continually deliver outstanding results for our customers. By implementing continuous commissioning and tuning, measurement and verification, and advanced algorithms that use machine learning techniques to solve multivariate equations, in one plant alone Conserve It was able to deliver an incredible 24.5% savings on electricity consumption across a three month period. This result is a credit to both the engineering team at Conserve It and also our partner who worked closely with site engineers and facility management staff to ensure these savings were delivered without compromising comfort and conditions in the building. For another project in a Singaporean data centre, Conserve It worked with our local partner to engineer a high reliability and redundant control and optimisation system. After working with the commissioning consultant, PlantPRO passed an extensive site acceptance test procedure with flying colours, resulting in another successful deployment. These successes have placed Conserve It in a strong position to continue to deliver outstanding savings on chiller plants across the region. As a result of these successes, Conserve It has been awarded a further project for an additional chiller plant containing four chillers and five pumps. Conserve It will work with our regional partner to deliver this project before the end of 2020. More information about Conserve It is available at Contact:Chirayu Shah General Manager, Conserve It  Gartner CIO Survey Reveals 54% of Australian and New Zealand Organisations Increased Investment in Digital Innovation During the Pandemic 2020-10-28T01:32:29Z gartner-cio-survey-reveals-54-of-australian-and-new-zealand-organisations-increased-investment-in-digital-innovation-during-the-pandemic-1 SYDNEY, Australia, October 28, 2020 — Fifty-four percent of Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) CIOs said funding for digital innovation in their organisation has increased this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and two-thirds expect it to increase in 2021, according to Gartner, Inc.’s annual global survey of CIOs. The 2021 Gartner CIO Agenda survey gathered data from 1,877 CIO respondents in 74 countries, including 111 CIOs in ANZ, across the public, private and non-profit sectors. Gartner analysts presented the survey findings during Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo APAC, which is taking place virtually this week. The digital maturity of organisations in ANZ continues to rise. The percentage of CIOs who report being at the ‘scaling’ and ‘harvesting value’ phases of digital transformation now sits at 47%, a few points higher than last year (43%) and close to the global average (48%). Steady progress isn’t enough anymore, though. Boards have CIOs focused on acceleration, and 2021 will be a race to digital, with the spoils going to those organisations that can maintain the momentum built up during their response to the pandemic. “Last year, I told CIOs that success in 2020 meant increasing the preparedness of both the IT organisation and the enterprise as a whole to withstand impending business disruption,” said Andy Rowsell-Jones, distinguished research vice president at Gartner. “This truth came at enterprises full force with the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, CIOs must build on the momentum they created for their enterprises and continue to be involved in higher-value, more strategic initiatives.” Sixty percent of ANZ respondents to the survey said that the CIO/CEO relationship strengthened as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and 70% reported increased engagement with their CEO, especially ad hoc, informal interactions during the crisis. ANZ organisations are further down the path to recovery than most other regions, with 44% of ANZ CIOs reporting that their organisation has planned and is now implementing their “new normal strategy”, compared to an average of 33% globally. Support for remote work The biggest accomplishment for many CIOs in 2020 was a “classic IT responsibility” — provisioning laptops and VPN connections for remote workers — but it was still “heroic work,” according to Mr. Rowsell-Jones. According to ANZ CIOs, two-thirds of employees are now able to work from home, and 54% of those are now working from home more than half of the time. Two-thirds (67%) of ANZ CIOs expect this to increase in 2021, compared to 52% globally. “Many CIOs managed to get thousands — maybe even tens of thousands — of workers set up remotely in just a few weeks to keep the enterprise running during the lockdown. CIOs can be justly proud of this accomplishment,” said Mr. Rowsell-Jones. Expectations of 2021 IT budget growth Globally, survey respondents projected a 2% IT budget increase for 2021, on average – slightly down from the 2020 survey (2.8%). Respondents in ANZ reported on average flat budgets for 2021 compared with this year. In the Asia Pacific region overall, CIOs expect their budgets to grow 1.9% on average. Technology priorities in 2021 The list of technologies that interest CIOs looks roughly the same as in recent years. Gartner asked CIOs to nominate which technology area they expect will be a “game changer” for their enterprise in 2021. Artificial intelligence and machine learning were ranked no. 1 by CIOs globally, but came in at no. 2 for ANZ CIOs (see table 1). Table 1. Top 5 Game Changing Technologies for CIOs in ANZ and Worldwide   Australia & New Zealand Global 1. Business intelligence and data analytics Artificial intelligence and machine learning 2. Artificial intelligence and machine learning Business intelligence and data analytics 3. Digital workplace Cloud (including XaaS) 4. Cloud (including XaaS) Digital workplace 5. Customer/citizen/user experience Robotic/office process automation When asked about their enterprise's plans in relation to a provided list of digital technologies and trends, 91% said they had already deployed digital workplace technologies to support working from home. A third have already deployed distributed cloud, and 27% have deployed robotic process automation (RPA) with a further 40% planning to do so within the next two years. 5G is a longer-term consideration, with 60% of CIOs planning to deploy it between 12 months and three years from now. Sixty percent of CIOs in ANZ and almost half globally said they have no interest in blockchain. CIOs continue to prioritise cybersecurity investments  CIOs reported investment shifts toward technologies that support digitalisation. With the opening of new attack surfaces due to the shift to remote work, cybersecurity spending continues to increase. 67% of ANZ respondents are increasing investment in cyber/information security, second only to business intelligence and data analytics (73%). In third place is cloud services and solutions (53%), with core system improvements/transformation and customer/user experience rounding out the top five technology areas targeted for greater investment in 2021. Fifty-one percent of CIOs said they planned to reduce investment in infrastructure and data centre technologies in 2021. “The support for remote work that the COVID-19 pandemic brought on might be the biggest win for CIOs since Y2K. They now have the attention of the CEO, they have convinced senior business leaders of the need to modernise technology, and they have prompted boards of directors to accelerate enterprise digital business initiatives. CIOs must seize this moment, because they New customer expectations CIOs in ANZ reported significant changes in the use of digital channels to reach customers or citizens, and demand for new digital services. Seventy-six percent of survey respondents said that demand for new digital products and services increased in 2020, with even more respondents (86%) reporting that it will increase in 2021. Ninety percent of ANZ CIOs expect the use of digital channels to reach customers or citizens to increase even further in 2021. The CIO’s role in sustainability Half of ANZ CIOs expect no change in their enterprise’s focus on environmental and social sustainability (for example, environmental impact reduction, social dimension to sourcing/employment, donations to good cause) compared with its focus pre-COVID-19. In 2021, 47% of ANZ CIOs expect a small or significant increase in their organisation’s focus on sustainability, compared with 57% globally. One-third (33%) of ANZ CIOs said that two years ago they were not involved in their organisation’s sustainability efforts, but that has fallen to only 8% now. CIOs see their role in this area increasing, with a small number (3%) expecting they would be leading their organisation’s sustainability efforts in two years’ time. ANZ CIO survey demographics Female 14%, Male 86% Government 44%; Non-profit 18%; Commercial (privately held) 21%; Commercial (publicly traded) 17% 44% of CIOs report to the CEO, compared to 51% globally 23% to report to a chief operating officer (COO); 18% to the CFO or head of finance; 18% to other roles 57% of ANZ CIOs are a formal member of the executive leadership team in their organisation, compared to 65% globally. Gartner clients can read more in “2021 CIO Agenda: Seize This Opportunity for Digital Business Acceleration.” About Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2020 is the world's most important gathering for CIOs and other IT executives. IT executives rely on these conferences to gain insight into how their organisations can use IT to overcome business challenges and improve operational efficiency. Follow news, photos and video coming from Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo on Smarter With Gartner, on Twitter using #GartnerSYM.  Upcoming dates and locations for Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo include: November 9-12| EMEA| Virtual November 17-19| Japan| Virtual November 23-25| India| Virtual About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities today and build the successful organisations of tomorrow. Our unmatched combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on the issues that matter most. We are a trusted advisor and an objective resource for more than 14,000 enterprises in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and enterprise size. To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit QUICK-THINKING COVID PIVOT SAVED LOCAL EVENT BUSINESS 2020-10-27T23:37:57Z quick-thinking-covid-pivot-saved-local-event-business When Melbourne’s first restrictions were introduced on March 13th, Woohah Productions, an audio visual production house located in Braeside, made a decision that would transform the way they work and ultimately keep the 19-year-old business on its feet throughout the pandemic. It was estimated that cancellations in the Australian events sector would account for a $35 billion loss to the economy in 12 months and more than 92,000 jobs. With the odds stacked against them, Woohah Productions founder, Arosh Fernando, made a call that would pivot Woohah Productions into the world of front-facing event management and position the company as a leader in hybrid and virtual events throughout the pandemic. Back in March, it took four days for Arosh and his team to create Studio45, one of the largest ready to use broadcast studios in Melbourne. Through Studio45, Woohah Productions was able to pivot an upcoming client event on the brink of cancellation, the Arnold Sports Festival, into a hybrid ticketed event that streamed online to over 3,000 viewers worldwide. In under a week, Arosh and his team had undertaken an incredible feat and the Arnold Sports Festival was the beginning of a new era of events for Woohah Productions. Over the coming months, Studio45 hosted a range of hybrid and virtual events from corporate conferences, award ceremonies, Easter Sunday church services, music performances, and virtual fashion show conferences for clients such as 7/11, Victorian State Government, Jaggad, Hype DC, Accent Group, Mushroom Group, Sunglass Hut/OPSM, Woolworths Group, and Carlisle Home. When Stage 4 lockdown hit Melbourne in August, Arosh and the team had to leave Studio45 and take their event business totally virtual. By solving client problems and generating innovative solutions, the team created the Kasō virtual event platform, which hosted virtual conferences and award ceremonies through the use of 3D architectural programs and integrating with video-sharing platforms like Zoom. In these branded virtual worlds, attendees could explore different rooms, watch speeches, visit exhibitor/ sponsor stands, play games, and engage with other attendees through chat and video links. In total, since initial restrictions began, the team has hosted over 88 virtual/ live events, connecting over 81,000 people from 104 countries across the globe. With Australia beginning to move out of restrictions, Arosh believes that virtual and hybrid events will still stick around for a while to come. “We’ve been truly overwhelmed by the response Studio45 and our virtual event platform has had during the pandemic. It’s not only enabled Woohah Productions to stay on our feet, but we’ve been able to collaborate with other companies in the event space to keep their teams working too,” says Woohah Productions’ founder, Arosh Fernando. “As the country, and Victoria in particular, starts to re-open and physical events begin to make a comeback, we believe that virtual and hybrid events will still play a vital role in our company moving forward. We’re finding that companies who are investing in upcoming events are looking to mitigate risks and by creating hybrid and virtual events they’re setting up a fool-proof contingency plan. We’re proud to be bridging the gap and providing virtual experiences that are fun, interactive, and engaging and can be attended from anywhere in the world.” ENDS For further information about Woohah Productions, or to interview founder, Arosh Fernando about his COVID pivot and the innovative work the team is doing, please get in touch: Megan Chambers || Genetec announces Synergis™ IX awarded Class 5 Capability Certification from Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL) 2020-10-27T21:19:34Z genetec-announces-synergistm-ix-awarded-class-5-capability-certificaton-from-australian-security-industry-association-limited-asial SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA/MONTRÉAL, October 28, 2020 — Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, has received Class 5 Capability Certification from ASIAL for Synergis™ IX. The Synergis IX range of hardware devices were specifically created for the Australia and New Zealand market to work with the Genetec™ Security Center platform to unify access control and intrusion functions with video surveillance, communications and more.  The certification signifies it meets the stringent standards of AS/NZS 2201.1 2007, the Australian and New Zealand standard for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of intruder alarm systems. Typically found in government, military, financial and other high security environments, Class 5 is the highest risk profile classification within this standard. Genetec is the only open and unified ACS and intrusion solution to hold this certification in Australia and New Zealand. “We’ve been working tirelessly to achieve Certificate of Class 5 Capability for Synergis IX since we launched the product range in July 2019,” said George Moawad, Genetec Country Manager ANZ. “It’s an honour to to be the only open and unified ACS and intrusion solution to receive this level of certification. For our growing customer base in Australia and New Zealand it provides absolute peace of mind.” One such customer is NEXTDC, a leading Australian Data-Centre-as-a-Service provider, who has worked with Genetec since 2011. “We made the decision to standardise our access control and intrusion detection protocol on Synergis IX with Security Center because we were confident Genetec was laser focused on achieving ASIAL Certificate of Class 5 Capability,” said George Dionisopoulos, Head of Security, NEXTDC. “Naturally, as a data centre provider, our own customers require the gold-standard when it comes to security, and third-party verification like this is extremely important.”  According to Omdia (Informa)’s latest access control report, Genetec is the fastest growing access control software provider in the world. The report showed Genetec rising to 4th position globally (up from 6th and 8th positions in 2019 and 2018 respectively) with a growth rate of nearly five times the pace of the market. Security Center Synergis is the company’s flagship access control system. George Moawad, Genetec Country Manager ANZ --ends-- About Genetec Genetec Inc. is an innovative technology company with a broad solutions portfolio that encompasses security, intelligence, and operations. The company’s flagship product, Security Center, is an open-architecture platform that unifies IP-based video surveillance, access control, automatic license plate recognition (ANPR), communications, and analytics. Genetec also develops cloud-based solutions and services designed to improve security, and contribute new levels of operational intelligence for governments, enterprises, transport, and the communities in which we live. Founded in 1997, and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Genetec serves its global customers via an extensive network of resellers, integrators, certified channel partners, and consultants in over 80 countries. For more information about Genetec, visit: © Genetec Inc., 2020. Genetec, Synergis and their respective logos are trademarks of Genetec Inc. and may be registered or pending registration in several jurisdictions. Other trademarks used in this document may be trademarks of the manufacturers or vendors of the respective product. Press Contacts: Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 Codex Global integrates with Salesforce Commerce Cloud via translation cartridge. 2020-10-27T08:39:44Z codex-global-integrates-with-salesforce-commerce-cloud-via-translation-cartridge Specialist e-commerce translation partner develops a new Salesforce Commerce Cloud cartridge to integrate with their Translation Management Platform, alleviating the complexity of managing multilingual content.   Codex Global, a digitally enabled Language Service and Global Content Provider, has selected digital commerce consultancy Tryzens, as its ecommerce integration partner. The cartridge integrates with Salesforce Commerce Cloud and makes it simpler for global brands to connect Codex into their platforms while ensuring secure, seamless, and tailored workflows.   With the ability to combine language and technology with cultural and creative services, Codex works with businesses operating locally in global markets. The international digital language and content provider’s offering includes translation and creative services, brand management, performance localisation and multilingual art working. For brands across all sectors, this allows them to provide an outstanding customer experience, regardless of where their customers are in the world.   Following the consultation process with Codex, Tryzens worked hard to develop and design a cartridge which ensures a smooth integration process between Codex and Salesforce Commerce Cloud. This cartridge will transform content flow for existing customers and enhance the security and reliability of workflows for all users.     Christopher Bryden, Director at Codex commented: “With digital capabilities improving and developing exponentially, it is essential that as a company, we continuously evolve to ensure we operate competitively while providing secure and seamless workflows for our customers. With this in mind, integrating with Salesforce Commerce Cloud was essential to support the next phase of growth for the business. The cartridge has enabled us to improve our service offering for our existing customer base while expanding our reach and enabling a simple and intuitive integration process for new customers operating on Salesforce Commerce Cloud.”   “As a company, we work very closely with our clients, so when searching for a systems integration partner, it was critical we selected a company that provided a proactive, consultative process. With Tryzens having established an outstanding reputation in the ecommerce industry, with particular expertise in cartridge and integration development, we had complete confidence that they had the ability to get the job done quickly and efficiently”, Christopher concluded.   Andy Burton, CEO of Tryzens, added: “The competitive nature of the global ecommerce market grows day by day, meaning it is essential that retailers across all markets have the ability to communicate their brand values to customers, regardless of where they are situated. If they fail to do so, they may find themselves left behind by their tech-savvier competitors and miss crucial opportunities to build a global brand that builds 1:1 relationships with its customers.”    Salesforce, Commerce Cloud and others are trademarks of, inc.   -ENDS-   About Codex Global Codex Global is a digitally enabled Language Service and Global Content Provider. Capitalising on their deep expertise in the retail, fashion and FMCG sectors, Codex works with businesses to help them operate locally in country. Our finely tuned ability to combine language and technology with culture and creative services to augment growth is a winning formula for our clients.    About Tryzens Tryzens is an international digital commerce consultancy that take a holistic approach to growing businesses based on digital-first principles. Our team of trading specialists, strategists and technology experts are passionate and focused on identifying and  implementing solutions that optimise performance across all channels to delight customers no matter how or where customers choose to buy.   With offices in London, Melbourne, Sydney, Sofia and Trivandrum, we have partnered with some of the world’s most successful retailers and brand owners including Cotton On Group, Sweaty Betty, Liberty London, T.M.Lewin, R.M Williams and Treasury Wine Estates to provide beginning to end services that help grow businesses and provide the best customer experiences.   Gartner Identifies 10 Ways Organisations Can Reduce IT Costs Quickly in Tough Times 2020-10-27T01:58:10Z gartner-identifies-10-ways-organisations-can-reduce-it-costs-quickly-in-tough-times SYDNEY, Australia, October 27, 2020 — The COVID-19 pandemic has had widespread impact on the global economy, leaving many CIOs with the challenge of making immediate IT cost savings, according to Gartner, Inc. IT spending is forecast to contract across all categories and regions in 2020. While businesses in most industries have begun to reopen, pandemic mitigation measures such as lockdowns, social distancing, travel restrictions and border shutdowns have created financial burdens, with the transportation, manufacturing and natural resources industries the most severely impacted. Speaking at Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo APAC today, Chris Ganly, Senior Director Analyst at Gartner said COVID-19 has fundamentally transformed the way people are spending their money, and organisations simply have to respond. Gartner advocates a strategic cost optimisation approach, which is a continuous discipline to managing spending while maximising business value, rather than simply cutting costs. “Difficult times call for difficult actions,” said Mr. Ganly. “But even in organisations fighting to survive, CIOs need to approach cost cutting in the least damaging way to the medium-and long-term health of the business. This will help them recover faster in 2021 and beyond.” Gartner advises CIOs to follow 10 rules when faced with the need to cut IT budgets quickly: 1. Target immediate impact. Eliminate, reduce or suspend items that will hit the budget in weeks or months, not in years. Examples include expenses that are incurred and paid monthly or quarterly on a “pay as you go” basis, rather than annually. 2. Reduce, don’t freeze. Focus on costs that can truly be reduced or eliminated, not just frozen for the current period, only to reappear again further down the line. 3. Cash is king. Target items that will have a real cash impact on the profit and loss statement rather than noncash items like depreciation or amortisation. 4. Plan to do it once. Most organisations don’t cut deeply enough the first time, which means they often need to revisit costs and do it again. This is particularly relevant for staff cuts, where cycles of ongoing reductions can be very damaging.  5. Carefully inspect accounts. Work with your finance partner to obtain a solid view of the expense level detail, such as expense accounts, accruals and prepayments. Use this view to identify specific cash reductions that will immediately have an impact. 6. Target unspent and uncommitted expenses. Unless payments (or commitments) can be recovered or prepayments returned, the most immediate impact will be on unspent or uncommitted payments. Evaluate contracts for renegotiation and termination clauses. 7. Be Holistic: Include Capital. Typically, operating expenditures are the easiest to impact, but capital expenditures can also be reduced. Gartner’s IT Key Metrics Data shows that 25% of the average IT budget is spent on capital, so ensure that the complete range of IT spend is considered for rapid reductions.  8. Sunk costs are irrelevant. When it comes to saving money, it is commonly said that “sunk costs are irrelevant,” meaning that future spend should be considered without relation to past spending or “sunk costs.” From a rapid cost reduction standpoint this is certainly true, but it’s still worth considering whether the saving will be more than the benefit that can and will be delivered by continuing. 9. Address discretionary and nondiscretionary cost. Discretionary spending, such as for new projects, additional capability or services, is often seen as an easier place to cut. However, even nondiscretionary “run the business” expenses such as IT infrastructure and operations can be cut by reducing usage or service levels.  10. Tackle both variable and fixed costs. Fixed costs are expenses that remain constant, regardless of activity or volume, such as office rent, subscriptions and payroll. For fixed costs, focus on elimination. Variable costs change with activity or volume, for example, telecommunications, contractors and consumables. For variable costs, focus on both reduction and elimination. Gartner clients can read more in 10 Rules for Rapid Spend Reduction. About Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2020 is the world's most important gathering for CIOs and other IT executives. IT executives rely on these conferences to gain insight into how their organisations can use IT to overcome business challenges and improve operational efficiency. Follow news, photos and video coming from Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo on Smarter With Gartner, on Twitter using #GartnerSYM. Upcoming dates and locations for Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo include: November 9-12| EMEA| Virtual November 17-19| Japan| Virtual November 23-25| India| Virtual