The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-23T07:42:04Z ACRONIS TRUE IMAGE 2018 DELIVERS THE FIRST BACKUP FOR MAC WITH RANSOMWARE PROTECTION 2017-08-23T07:42:04Z acronis-true-image-2018-delivers-the-first-backup-for-mac-with-ransomware-protection SYDNEY, Australia, 23 August 2017 — Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection for business and consumers, today introduced Acronis True Image 2018 for Mac. As the proven backup alternative for Mac users seeking the cloud-based features missing from Time Machine, Acronis True Image 2018 is now the first personal backup software to include technology that actively defends data against ransomware. The inclusion of anti-ransomware protection in Acronis True Image 2018 arrives at a critical time for Mac users. While macOS machines have historically been safe from malware, cybercriminals are expanding their reach – attacks against Macs increased 744 percent during 2016[i] and several serious incidents have occurred throughout 2017. “Reliable backups are critical for anyone looking to recover their system, especially after something like a ransomware attack,” said Serguei Beloussov, co-founder, and CEO of Acronis. “As the leader in backup software, we recognized that the future of data protection will require us to do more. We’re proud to offer the first and only personal backup software that protects consumer data against this growing threat.” Acronis True Image 2018 for Mac features enhanced backup and recovery capabilities, updated macOS-style interface, and Touch Bar integration. By also incorporating Acronis Active Protection™, the company’s cutting-edge ransomware defense, Acronis sets a new standard for protecting the data of Mac users, from individuals and families to home offices and small businesses. Reliable backup and recovery During a survey of Acronis customers during July 2017, 95 percent of respondents said they choose and recommend Acronis True Image because the backups are so reliable. The 2018 release improves upon its core backup and recovery capabilities even more, with enhancements such as: Faster recovery from the cloud: New optimizations for Wide Area Networks (WAN) means Mac users can now recover full systems and individual files from Acronis Cloud up to four-times faster. Live Update: Ensures users have the most up-to-date version of Acronis True Image 2018 for Mac by detecting and delivering updates without needing a separate DMG download. Users can automatically download and install updates as soon as they are released. Instagram backup: Acronis True Image 2018 for Mac expands support for social media with automatic backups of Instagram accounts. Photos, comments and statistics – such as the number of likes, tags or comments a post gets – are now safe from accidental deletion or hackers. Mobile backupto NAS devices: Building on the ability to automatically back up mobile devices to a Mac via Wi-Fi, Acronis True Image 2018 now lets users back up to network-attached storage (NAS). More than 25 percent of Acronis True Image customers use a NAS device at home. Easy control Acronis True Image 2018 is specifically designed to give Mac users a better experience and greater control over their backups. The updated macOS-style interface is visually enhanced to show detailed information about backup activity and statistics – including a color-coded display of how much data they have stored, the types of files in storage, and the status of backups – so users can manage their backups at a glance. The new product also integrates the MacBook Pro’s new Touch Bar. By using the multi-touch display, users can navigate between tabs, create and start new backups, monitor data transfer speeds, and track the progress of backups. Secure data protection The ability to restore a system or individual files is critical following a ransomware attack. Acronis True Image 2018 for Mac not only makes recovery easy, it takes the initial protection a step further by preventing ransomware from corrupting a user’s data in the first place. Acronis Active Protection is designed to recognize patterns of file access. When it detects unusual behavior, it alerts the user of the suspicious activity. With real-time monitoring, it verifies all processes so approved activities are allowed to run, while potentially dangerous behavior is stopped. If any files are encrypted during a ransomware attack, they can be quickly recovered from the backup using Acronis True Image 2018. More than 60 percent of Acronis customers surveyed said they worry about ransomware. A new Security Dashboard gives users complete visibility over Acronis Active Protection so you can be reassured that their data is protected. It lets them track the number of processes that have been flagged as potentially dangerous, see which ones were blocked, and manage a whitelist of trusted applications. Pricing and Availability There are three editions of Acronis True Image 2018 available to accommodate customer use and preferences. All versions include Acronis Active Protection against ransomware and cover an unlimited number of mobile devices. Standard is a perpetual license that is offered without any cloud storage or access to cloud-based features for customers who prefer to store their data on local drives only. Pricing starts at AUD $69.99 for one computer. Advanced is a one-year subscription that includes 250 GB of cloud storage and access to all cloud-based features. Pricing starts at AUD $69.99 per year for one computer. Premium is a one-year subscription that includes exclusive blockchain-based data certification and electronic signature capabilities, as well as 1 TB of cloud storage. Pricing starts at AUD $139.99 per year for one computer. Advanced and Premium subscribers can purchase additional cloud storage within the application. Advanced Licenses can upgrade to a maximum of 500 GB. If more storage is needed, Advanced users can upgrade to a Premium License, which offers cloud storage of up to 5 TB. Instagram backup launches today in limited markets and will be available worldwide on September 4, 2017 Acronis True Image 2018 is available for purchase at acronis.com/en-au/personal/computer-backup/ and through major software resellers and retail stores worldwide. NOTE: For small business owners who need to protect more than five computers, or companies that have multiple workstations and servers, Acronis Backup 12.5 scales to protect thousands of computers and provides convenient tools for group management of environments of any complexity. Details are available at acronis.com/en-au/business/backup/. About Acronis Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud IT data protection through its backup, ransomware Active Protection, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, fast, complete and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud, mobile and applications. Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of more than 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 150 countries and 20 languages. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products are consistently named best product of the year and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning, and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors, and cloud resellers. Learn more at acronis.com Press contact: Guennadi Moukine Acronis ANZ Pty Ltd +61 40 555 9296 guennadi.moukine@acronis.com [i] 2017 McAfee Threat Report IRESS introduces range of new digital updates for superannuation funds 2017-08-22T23:00:00Z iress-introduces-range-of-new-digital-updates-for-superannuation-funds IRESS’ Acurity has expanded superannuation funds’ ability to provide members with a comprehensive and personalised online superannuation experience, improving self-service and efficiency for members, and providing scale and reduced cost for funds. The latest version of Acurity provides superannuation funds with increased automated online and app-based services to reduce manual and paper-based systems. This includes: Allowing members to initiate and complete queries from multiple devices, with progress tracked for member convenience Allowing the online completion and processing of a range of benefit payments, and Expanded security in the member identification process through the addition of two-factor authentication and online verification. Acurity 17 also ensures funds continue to meet a significant range of legislative and compliance changes, directly addressing several hundreds of superannuation amendments in the 2017 Federal Budget. Delivered as part of the Acurity maintenance arrangement, the enhancements remove a large portion of risk for funds, helping them meet compliance requirements cost effectively. IRESS’ General Manager of Superannuation, Jeff Hall, said the changes allow clients to significantly improve the member journey, data quality, and deliver a new benchmark for member experience. “Acurity 17 delivers on our goal to continue to personalise the member experience across all service channels, including online, through call centres and using the Acurity mobile app. That experience is underpinned by the most advanced level of straight through processing functionality delivered to date. ”We are currently focused on further initiatives for the Acurity platform including further integration between Acurity and XPLAN. An integrated platform and member interface will provide superannuation funds with the ability to design and implement a range of digital advice options, best suited to support the changing retirement investment goals of members throughout their lifetime.” Latest Acurity updates released: Features include updated technology for improved online access and usability, as well as database improvements to performance and security. Additional updates continue to transform the super platform with the ability to integrate an online identity check, online benefit payments to bank accounts and support for automatic account consolidation. Legislative enhancements are centred around the SuperStream processing environment, including contribution and rollovers, integration with ATO validations and support for recent Federal budget initiatives. Media enquiries Cathryn van der Walt Telephone: +61 (0)402 327 633 cathryn@12worlds.com About IRESS IRESS is a leading supplier of technology solutions to clients in the financial markets, wealth management, and mortgage sectors. IRESS is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (IRE.ASX) with operations in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada, and Asia. www.iress.com / @iress Mindfields to democratise RPA by offering a one stop solution at a fixed price per process. 2017-08-22T22:15:38Z mindfields-to-democratise-rpa-by-offering-a-one-stop-solution-at-a-fixed-price-per-process Sydney: Australian automation and AI advisory firm Mindfields has launched Automation as a Service (AaaS), a banquet of RPA services such as research, education, consulting and execution, packaged at a fixed price per process. It will open doors to automate processes that were previously unimaginable or unfeasible. RPA takes business processes that are currently performed by human workers and creates a software bot that then performs the same task around the clock. Mindfields Managing Director Mohit Sharma said, “We do not want to charge new clients for the framework we have already developed for existing clients, instead we have customised workshops backed by ongoing research to reduce the cost of automation and shorten their decision cycle," Mindfields has automated and robotised its own consulting and delivery processes in the form of AaaS. Clients will get a bundled offering containing consulting backed by ongoing research in emerging technologies and delivery embedded with training. “Our aim is to make it free in the long-term and focus on feeding and exploiting data generated by automation. Automation is the first step in the journey and should be treated as investment in short-term” commented Sharma. AaaS will provide following benefits to clients for a fixed price per process: Automate more at faster pace Consulting backed by ongoing research on RPA tool and process selection Education to empower client teams to execute RPA in-house Execute and implement RPA efficiently based on Mindfields’ experiences and lessons learned Automation at a fixed price per process, which provides cost assurance to a business case Enabling clients to focus on the most important outcome of RPA i.e. automating data and interaction analytics, rather than the technical details. Currently, clients are paying separately for these services to various vendors who work in silos which can increase costs and project timelines. AaaS will democratise RPA irrespective of industry vertical and client’s company size. “Businesses can now think about the outcomes they are seeking, rather than getting bogged down in the technology specifications and cost of initiating the RPA journey.” Mindfields has also been recently covered in the technology section of the Australian Financial Review. You can view the article here - http://www.afr.com/technology/robotic-process-automation-on-demand-as-consultants-get-disrupted-20170816-gxx6b0 For more info on AaaS, visit - http://bit.ly/2wsMVrP or watch this video About Mindfields: Mindfields is a vendor and tool agnostic full-service Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence firm with a global presence. We provide consulting, education and execution to clients backed by comprehensive independent research. For more information, please visit our website. Acronis True Image 2018 Brings Artificial Intelligence-Based Data Protection to Home Users 2017-08-22T13:53:10Z acronis-true-image-2018-brings-artificial-intelligence-based-data-protection-to-home-users The Industry’s First Intelligent Backup with an A.I.-based Ransomware Defense Redefines Personal and Home Office Data Protection SYDNEY, Australia, 23 August 2017 — Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection for business and consumers, today introduced Acronis True Image 2018. The new release includes major updates the program’s backup and recovery capabilities, and is the first personal backup software to incorporate artificial intelligence-based technology designed to actively protect data against ransomware. “As the first company to offer full image backup for consumers, Acronis pioneered intelligent backup for home use,” said Serguei Beloussov, co-founder, and CEO of Acronis. “Acronis True Image 2018 continues that tradition as the first and only personal backup software that uses artificial intelligence to defend consumers against one of the fastest growing threats to their data.” By combining the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) based ransomware defense, called Acronis Active Protection™, with a new generation of enhanced backup and recovery capabilities such as active disk cloning and automated WinPE boot media creation, Acronis True Image 2018 represents a new standard of “intelligent backup” for individuals, families and small businesses. Reliable backup and recovery During a survey of Acronis customers during July 2017, 95 percent of respondents said they choose and recommend Acronis True Image because the backups are so reliable. The 2018 release improves on those core backup and recovery capabilities even more, with enhancements such as: Active disk cloning: Users can create an exact replica of an active Windows system without stopping and restarting using bootable media, making migration to a faster or larger disk even easier. An updated media builder: Automatically creates boot media for a WinPE environment, so users can quickly resolve driver configuration issues and recover their systems to the same or new hardware. Continuous backup to the cloud: Users can update their backups as they work on files while securely storing an off-site version in the cloud. Virtual drive conversion: Users can test the recoverability of the full image backups, or run their system in a Hyper-V virtual environment to test various applications without risking the primary system, and move complete system image as a virtual drive to another computer. Faster incremental backups: Up to three-times faster with new Changed-Block Tracker technology that tracks image changes in real time. Automatic mobile backup to NAS devices: More than a quarter of Acronis users have network-attached storage (NAS) at home. Now they don’t have to think about backing up a mobile device, since the process starts as soon as the mobile device connects to the same Wi-Fi as the NAS. Acronis True Image 2018 also addresses the needs of the next generation of users by expanding its support for social media with automatic backups of Instagram accounts, including photos, comments and statistics, such as the number of likes, tags or comments a post gets. Easy control A new visual interface addresses the preferences of 83 percent of Acronis customers who reported that they want more information and insights into their backups. Graphically displaying backup activity and statistics, it allows users to manage their backups at a glance – including how much data they have stored, the types of files in storage, and the status of backups. Secure data protection The ability to restore a system or individual files is critical following a ransomware attack. Acronis True Image 2018 not only makes recovery automatic, it takes the initial protection a step further by preventing ransomware from corrupting a user’s data in the first place. Using machine learning models, Acronis Active Protection recognizes unusual patterns of file access. These models are generated in Acronis’ dedicated Cloud AI infrastructure, which processes data from hundreds of thousands of malicious and legitimate processes to build those models. Those models are incorporated directly into Acronis Active Protection, allowing Acronis True Image 2018 to protect a system’s data independently, without the need for an internet connection. When Active Protection detects unusual activity, it checks the process using both heuristics analysis as well as those models of expected and unexpected behavior. If the process is identified as potentially malicious, Acronis True Image 2018 alerts the user of the suspicious activity. With real-time monitoring, Acronis Active Protection verifies all processes so approved activities are allowed to run, while potentially dangerous behavior is detected and stopped. Then, if any files are encrypted during a ransomware attack, Acronis True Image 2018 automatically restores those files from backup. While cybercriminals increasingly target backup files to keep users from restoring their system without paying the ransom, Acronis’ technology specifically defends backup files as well as the original data. Ransomware damages are expected to top $5 billion this year, and Acronis’ unique self-defense of backup files is Acronis True Image 2018’s way to ensure a user’s data remains untouched. More than 60 percent of Acronis customers surveyed said they worry about ransomware. A new Security Dashboard gives users complete visibility over Acronis Active Protection so you can be reassured that their data is protected. It lets them track the number of processes that have been flagged as potentially dangerous, see which ones were blocked, and manage a whitelist of trusted applications. Pricing and Availability There are three editions of Acronis True Image 2018 available to accommodate customer use and preferences. All versions include Acronis Active Protection against ransomware and cover an unlimited number of mobile devices. Standard is a perpetual license that is offered without any cloud storage or access to cloud-based features for customers who prefer to store their data on local drives only. Pricing starts at AUD $69.99 for one computer. Advanced is a one-year subscription that includes 250 GB of cloud storage and access to all cloud-based features. Pricing starts at AUD $69.99 per year for one computer. Premium is a one-year subscription that includes exclusive blockchain-based data certification and electronic signature capabilities, as well as 1 TB of cloud storage. Pricing starts at AUD $139.99 per year for one computer. Advanced and Premium subscribers can purchase additional cloud storage within the application. Advanced Licenses can upgrade to a maximum of 500 GB. If more storage is needed, Advanced users can upgrade to a Premium License, which offers cloud storage of up to 5 TB. Instagram backup launches today in limited markets and will be available worldwide on September 4, 2017. Acronis True Image 2018 is available for purchase at https://www.acronis.com/en-au/personal/computer-backup/ and through major software resellers and retail stores worldwide. NOTE: For small business owners who need to protect more than five computers, or companies that have multiple workstations and servers, Acronis Backup 12.5 scales to protect thousands of computers and provides convenient tools for group management of environments of any complexity. Details are available at https://www.acronis.com/en-au/business/backup/ About Acronis Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud IT data protection through its backup, ransomware Active Protection, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, fast, complete and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud, mobile and applications. Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of more than 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 150 countries and 20 languages. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products are consistently named best product of the year and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning, and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors, and cloud resellers. Learn more at acronis.com Press contact: Guennadi Moukine Acronis ANZ Pty Ltd +61 40 555 9296 guennadi.moukine@acronis.com Blockbuster roster of international cyber security experts to headline AISA’s 2017 National Conference 2017-08-21T23:51:47Z blockbuster-roster-of-international-cyber-security-experts-to-headline-aisas-2017-national-conference Sydney, Australia – 21 August 2017. The Australian Information Security Association’s (AISA) National Conference is set to get underway between October 10 – 12, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency, Sydney. This year it features high profile local and international speakers from a range of organisations, including the NSA, UNSW, ANZ, Didi Chuxung and Atlassian. The Conference is one of Australia’s cornerstone cyber security events, with 2017’s theme being ‘Collaboration’. Under one roof, the Conference is designed to improve the way industry, academia and the public sector collaborate to improve cyber security in Australia. The Conference’s roster of speakers includes: Michael Daniel. Michael Daniel currently serves as the president of Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA). CTA works to improve collaboration and high quality cyber threat information sharing globally. Prior to joining CTA, Michael served for 5 years as the Special Assistant to President Obama and CyberSecurity Coordinator for the White House. In this role Michael led the development of the US National cybersecurity strategy and policy and ensured the US government effectively partnered with the private sector, non-government organisations and other nations. Sean Hegarty. Sean Hegarty is the Managing Director and Head of Fraud for JP Morgan globally. Sean is charged with building an enterprise wide fraud strategy across both JP Morgan’s investment management business and the Private Bank globally – protecting over $2.4Trilllion. Bonnie Butlin. Bonnie Butlin is an inspirational female leader within the global cybersecurity industry. Bonnie is the co-founder and executive director of the Security Partners’ Forum, which is a unique international platform for professional collaboration. Bonnie has numerous industry accolades and was instrumental in setting up the Australian Women in Security Network. Dr Charlie Miller. Dr. Charlie Miller is currently the head of autonomous vehicle security at ride sharing company Didi Chuxung. He made waves in the automotive industry by demonstrating remote attacks on vehicle security, most notably in 2014 when he partnered with Chris Valasek (also speaking at AISA) to expose serious security flaws with their remote compromise of a Jeep Cherokee, leading to Fiat Chrysler having to recall 1.4 million vehicles. Neal Ziring. Neal Ziring is Technical Director for the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Capabilities Directorate. He is responsible for setting the technical direction across many parts of the capabilities mission space, including in cyber-security. In addition, other speakers at the event include: Skeeve Stevens, futurist; Lynwenn Connick, Chief Information Security Officer, ANZ; Jill Slay, Director of the Australian Centre for Cyber Security, UNSW; Lani Refiti, Director, Digital Trust, PWC; Kristin Lyons, Chief Information Security Office, Australia Post; Rachael Leighton, Principal Security Awareness Consultant for Greypark & Co; and Daniel Grzelak, Head of Security at Atlassian. Winners of the 2017 AISA Information Security Awards will be announced at the National Conference. The deadline to nominate outstanding IT and information security professionals, teams, projects and companies has been extended to Thursday 31 August 2017. Tickets for the event are strictly limited. Early Bird pricing applies to registrations received and paid in full by 31 August 2017. Media passes for the Conference are available on request. Links AISA National Conference 2017 2017 AISA Information Security Awards About AISA As a nationally recognised not-for-profit organisation and charity, the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) champions the development of a robust information security sector by building the capacity of professionals in Australia and advancing the cyber security and safety of the Australian public as well as businesses and governments in Australia. Established in 1999, AISA has become the recognised authority on information security in Australia with a membership of over 3000 individuals across the country. AISA caters to all domains of the information security industry with a particular focus on sharing expertise from the field at meetings, focus groups and networking opportunities around Australia. AISA's vision is a world where all people, businesses and governments are educated about the risks and dangers of cyber attack and data theft, and to enable them to take all reasonable precautions to protect themselves. Our independent non-profit association was created to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of our profession. Our strategic plan calls for continued work in the areas of advocacy, diversity, education, and organisational excellence. Media Contact Biana Chamlet/India Bednall Espresso Communications on behalf of AISA Phone: 02 8016 2200 Email: AISA@espressocomms.com.au Siemens Attracts International and Australian Experts to Digitalize 2017 2017-08-21T01:30:07Z siemens-attracts-international-and-australian-experts-to-digitalize-2017 Local and global thought leaders and industry experts to join the discussion at Digitalize 2017 Full day conference to showcase the real-world applications of digitalization in energy, infrastructure, industry and the workforce Digitalization seen as key to success in ‘future-proofing’ Australia’s investments in critical infrastructure Siemens has confirmed a strong roster of thought leaders and industry experts as speakers at its annual digitalization conference, Digitalize 2017, which will be held in Sydney on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 and be sponsored by Dell EMC. As a member of the Dell Technologies unique family of businesses, Dell EMC serves a key role in providing the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information. The conference will focus on the ways that digitalization is revolutionising the workforce, industry and the energy and infrastructure sectors. The latest speakers to be confirmed include international and local Siemens executives as well as leaders from a number of Australian companies and industry groups. They include: Jens Goennemann, ‎Managing Director Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre - ‎Advanced Manufacturing Growth CentreNicole Cook, Managing Director, People Scout Piers Hogarth-Scott, National Practice Leader – Internet of Things, KPMG Bill Rue, Chief Technology Officer, Mailguard Prof. Aleksandar Subic, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development), Swinburne University of Technology Danny Emmarji, Director Systems Engineering Dell EMC Dr Marek Kowalkiewicz, Professor and PwC Chair in Digital Economy, Queensland University of Technology Wolfgang Hass, Senior Program Manager of Building Information Modelling (BIM) from Siemens in Switzerland They will join renowned technology thought-leader Steve Vamos, former Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Australia and Managing Director of Apple Computer Asia Pacific, who will deliver the keynote address at this year’s forum. Mr Vamos will explore the behaviours that contribute to a high performing board in an era of constant change. Other high-profile speakers presenting to Digitalize 2017 include: Kumar Parakala, Global Digital Leader, GHD Stefan Bungart, Head of Digitalization, Siemens Power Generation Services, and Jeff Connolly, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Australia and New Zealand. The conference will feature discussions across four key themes: Workforce Attracting talent in the digital age The workforce of the future Disruption of education, and implications for the workforce Infrastructure Smart resilient cities Planning and financing for infrastructure investments Intelligent transport systems Energy Australia’s energy transformation Digital services Distributed energy systems Industry The Digital Enterprise Jumping the innovation “Valley of Death” Driving innovation in Food & Beverage For registration and more details see https://www.siemensdigitalize2017.com/ Event details: Date: Wednesday 30 August 2017 Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm, followed by networking drinks Location: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney Registration fees: $250.00 ​ You can also join the discussion on Twitter using #digitalize2017. * Further sessions will be confirmed later. New Zealand’s Promapp Recognised as Hot Vendor in Business Process Management 2017-08-17T01:38:14Z new-zealands-promapp-recognised-as-hot-vendor-in-business-process-management Promapp, a leading provider of cloud-based business process management (BPM) software, has been recognised as one of the five Hot Vendors in Business Process Management 2017, in an annual report prepared by Aragon Research who are based in Silicon Valley, US. Authored by analyst Jim Sinur, the Aragon Research report highlights providers with interesting, cutting-edge products, services and technology. The report notes that each of the five vendors highlighted in the report has a unique approach to supporting the BPM needs of organisations. “Promapp’s secret sauce is its ability to be easy enough for beginners and business teams to be successful pretty quickly,” the Aragon Research report notes. “It is far more easy to use than others we have seen to date. The collaborative nature is a key feature, along with the ability to manage change and process variants.” According to the report, Promapp enables complete change and improvement management and tracking through its ability to embed processes that are searchable in SharePoint, and manage process variations by region or product/service type. “We are very excited that Aragon Research has selected Promapp as one of its Hot Vendors in Business Process Management 2017,” says Promapp CEO Ivan Seselj. “As the report accurately notes, the demand for operational efficiency and effectiveness is stronger than ever. “Most organizations now recognise that business process improvement is something that requires sustained momentum, and that lengthy procedure manuals and Word docs no longer work,” Seselj continues. “Increased process management discipline and new tools are being introduced in organizations of all sizes and across all vertical markets to enable teams to collaborate, innovate, and find ways to boost productivity and effectiveness. This is fueling Promapp’s rapid, global growth.” Each year, Aragon Research selects Hot Vendors across multiple markets which have interesting, cutting-edge products, services, or technologies. For more information, visit www.aragonresearch.com. Earlier this year, Promapp was ranked as one of the fastest growing technology companies in New Zealand on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ Asia Pacific. About Promapp Established in 2002, Promapp works with hundreds of organisations worldwide to foster a thriving business improvement and process management culture. Promapp’s cloud-based business process management (BPM) software makes it easy to create, navigate, share, and change business processes, enabling continuous improvement, quality assurance, risk management and business continuity. Providing an intuitive online process repository, an integrated process mapping tool, and a process improvement toolset, Promapp’s proprietary software supports the development of smarter and safer ways to work, while encouraging sharing of information by operational teams rather than limiting it to process analysts and technical specialists. Promapp’s wide range of public and private sector customers includes: MorganFranklin Consulting, JE Dunn, Coca-Cola Amatil, Air New Zealand, Toyota, Ricoh, McDonald's, Fuji Xerox, Audi Australia, and the Department of Justice, Victoria. The company is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, with offices in USA (San Francisco, CA), UK (London) and Australia (Sydney and Melbourne). www.promapp.com About Aragon Research Aragon Research is the newest technology research and advisory firm. Aragon delivers high impact interactive research, consulting, and advisory services to provide enterprises the insight they need to make better technology and strategy decisions. Aragon Research serves business and IT leaders and has a proven team of veteran analysts. For more information, visit” https://www.aragonresearch.com. Aragon Research does not endorse vendors, or their products or services that are referenced in its research publications, and does not advise users to select those vendors that are rated the highest. Aragon Research publications consist of the opinions of Aragon Research and Advisory Services organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Aragon Research provides its research publications and the information contained in them "AS IS," without warranty of any kind. Siemens Announces $135m Hi-tech Digitalisation Grant 2017-08-16T03:33:31Z siemens-announces-135m-hi-tech-digitalisation-grant $135 million Industrial software grant from Siemens to Swinburne University of Technology supporting training, education and higher degrees by research. Aligned with the Australia Germany Advisory Group and Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce recommendations First Siemens PLM software rolls out for Swinburne students this week Signifies Siemens celebrating 145 years of operation in Australia Today, Siemens announced the largest ever software grant in Australia. The $135 million industrial digitalisation software grant will be used to fully digitalise the Swinburne University of Technology ‘Factory of the Future’. The software will help develop the workforce of the future across the entire work lifecycle from apprenticeships to PhD’s. The Siemens software will support Swinburne University of Technology establish what is believed to be Australia’s first Industry 4.0 ‘Factory of the Future’ facility in Hawthorn, Victoria. At the announcement, Jeff Connolly Chairman and CEO of Siemens Australia said this grant will support Victoria and Australia by preparing students so they can participate in the many opportunities that digitalization provides within the new innovation economy that is globally interconnected. “This is about jobs of the future today. I’m proud to be standing here today side by side with Swinburne University of Technology announcing the largest ever industrial software grant in Australia. Our country’s future relies on companies working with key educational and research institutions to get our workforce ready for the fourth industrial revolution. The world is changing rapidly through technology and Australia needs to equip our future generations and our existing workforce with the necessary capabilities and tools to make things faster, cheaper and better – ultimately this is about jobs and competition,” said Mr Connolly. The announcement coincides with the 145th anniversary since Siemens commissioned the Darwin to Adelaide telegraph – another technology breakthrough that transformed the fabric of Australia. “For Siemens to be here at least another 145 years we need a viable and successful base of industry, manufacturing and infrastructure along with a highly skilled workforce driven by forward thinking educators. So it’s vitally important that our future generations are equipped with the globally competitive technology and skills to take us on that journey,” Mr Connolly said. The software grant provides a suite of advanced PLM (product lifecycle management) software and new generation cloud based Internet of Things (IoT) platform ‘Mindsphere’, which will allow students and researchers to have access to the same apparatus being used by leading industries on the most advanced projects according to Mr Connolly who is also Chair of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce. “These are the same tools used to create digital shipyards for the US Navy. The same software used to design, build and operate everything from the latest oil and gas platforms to hi-tech production lines such as the Maserati Ghibli. We provide the innovation tools so that Australia can provide the ingenuity,” Mr Connolly said. “Imagine creating a digital twin, not only of the product but of the entire manufacturing process, so you don’t need to have costly and time consuming physical prototypes. Everything from the assembly line to tooling, ergonomics and resources can be fully simulated digitally. This is exactly what our software grant will help students achieve in Swinburne’s Factory of the Future.” The grant also includes a co-contribution by Swinburne for initialisation and ongoing interaction with and global support by Siemens expert software engineers. According to Professor Aleksandar Subic, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) and Chair of Industry 4.0 Testlabs on the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce, digitalisation of manufacturing is critical to help Australian industry transition to the future. “We’re immersed in the fourth industrial revolution and we want to make sure that students and researchers are equipped with the required advanced capabilities and technologies to help Australia access global value chains. The international competition will be fierce in the Manufacturing domain, which is why this development is so timely and critical.” “I have experienced the Siemens automation technology and digitalization software and hardware first-hand in Germany and the US and can see how this approach will help transform our manufacturing sector and develop future workforce to participate and compete globally,” said Professor Subic. “We have already made significant progress in aligning our research and education strategy with the Industry 4.0 roadmap in collaboration with our industry partners both locally and internationally. The partnership with Siemens and our co-investment in digitalising the Swinburne Factory of the Future will allow us to make the step change in how we support our SME’s and develop future graduates across the entire education life cycle – from apprenticeships to PhD’s. We are committed to transforming industries and developing the workforce of the future in support of a more competitive Australia. The fully digitalised Swinburne “Factory of the Future” will set an Industry 4.0 benchmark and provide an environment for workforce transformation that is in line with the most advanced economies in the world. This is an aspiration that we shared on the PM’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce”. Siemens hi-tech PLM digital software tools are used in everything from Ben Ainslie Racing in the America’s Cup, Firewire surfboard design, Red Bull Racing F1 and even the Mars Rover. Siemens PLM solutions include digital product development, digital manufacturing and product data management. The Siemens PLM suite includes power tools such as ‘Teamcenter’ for engineering collaboration, ‘NX’ for 3d design, ‘Simcenter’ which allows for computer automated engineering simulation such as digital twins and ‘Technomatix’ which includes digital avatars. These are all about digital manufacturing. Digital manufacturing is a key point of Industry 4.0 as it connects advanced software tools to various shop floor applications and equipment, enabling the exchange of product-related information between design and manufacturing groups. This means faster time to bring product ideas to life, more complex and flexible manufacturing, cost savings, improved quality and ultimately greater competitiveness. [ends] Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com. Further Background The grant is a result of active engagement between Australia and Germany and the agreement between the two nations to improve bilateral relations. Following the Brisbane G20, the Australia Germany Advisory Group (AGAG) was established to provide recommendations on how Germany and Australia could work more closely. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann led AGAG from the Australian side and of the 59 recommendations several related to helping prepare Australia for the 4th industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) a German concept and view of the technology transition taking place around the world right now. As such a new industry-led taskforce was established and Chaired by Siemens Jeff Connolly. A number of positive outcomes have followed including a signed collaboration agreement between Australia’s Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce and Germany’s Plattform Industrie 4.0 Group – one of only a handful of agreements in the world and signed at Hannover Fair in April this year. Other outcomes include the establishment of Australia’s first Industry 4.0 advanced diploma apprenticeship program. Liferay Puts Open Source Community In the Driving Seat with New Tools and Developer Relations Team 2017-08-10T03:19:24Z liferay-puts-open-source-community-in-the-driving-seat-with-new-tools-and-developer-relations-team SYDNEY – 10 August, 2017 – Liferay, Inc., which makes digital experience software for enterprises, today announced a new initiative intended to reinvent the Liferay open source community experience to better support its growing international needs. Liferay has introduced a dedicated Liferay Developer Relations team, a new Liferay Community website and a new Liferay Community instant-chat vehicle to make it easier for the open source community to engage. This latest initiative is intended to provide a high quality community experience that supports and inspires members to engage with one another, helping them to build their applications and to collaborate on open source projects both locally and internationally. “The Liferay Community belongs to its members, and will always be exactly as healthy and vibrant as its members make it – that’s who it exists for,” said Bryan Cheung, CEO, Liferay. “That said, Liferay has the responsibility – and opportunity – to ensure that all community members are empowered to have their needs met and are able to share their ideas efficiently and effectively to achieve ever greater success with their applications. “As the communities built around these projects mature, we as a business recognise the importance of transitioning away from directing community efforts and towards facilitating engagement. Doing so places developers at the helm and enables the Community to grow in directions that it self-determines.” Liferay Developer Relations Team Liferay has created a dedicated Developer Relations team who have the remit to inspire, educate, assist and encourage Liferay’s community of developers in their collective efforts to make innovative applications using Liferay open source technology. This multi-national team, which comprises individuals well-known within the Liferay community, also plays an important role helping members raise ideas and concerns with Liferay-employed engineers, with the ultimate result of improving projects for everyone’s mutual benefit. “Building the team was no easy task,” said Zeno Rocha, Principal Developer Relations Advocate, Liferay. “We needed people who were technical and could empathise with developer’s pain points, so they could listen, and — most importantly — take action. We are confident we have found individuals who can relate to these problems and also tell the story behind the tech to inspire others, and now they are working hard to help the Community succeed in their projects.” New Liferay Community Site Previously, each of the dozen-plus independently developed Liferay open source projects had its own website, resulting in a disjointed experience for community members. To address this, Liferay has now introduced a central site at community.liferay.com that is designed to enable each project team to continue evolving its specifically tailored web presence, while also providing a unified experience for the Community as a whole. The new site has been designed to offer a more inviting, modern and functional space. It enables developers to discover, understand, and utilise and collaborate on the full family of Liferay-supported open source projects and related services and software from the core Liferay CE portal software to its native mobile development and file sharing tools, UI and software development tools and related services. Liferay Community Chat Until now, community members have had two platforms for communication, with technical questions discussed on the Liferay Forums and extensive technical posts available via community blog posts. Now, to equip developers with a much more instant channel for communication, Liferay has introduced new Slack-powered chat functionality for the Liferay Community. The platform includes designated channels for each Liferay project and user group, making it simple for members to chat in their own languages and coordinate meetups across the community. The Developer Relations team is starting to see the impacts of its latest initiative. In less than one month, 296 people have added Community Chat to their working environment, and a total of 6,494 messages have been sent. Of these, 46% were direct messages, which suggests people not only have a place to share and discuss ideas in public, but are also creating meaningful relationships in private. Readers can find out more about the Liferay Community and its free open source projects for content management, mobile app development and enterprise file sharing at https://community.liferay.com About Liferay Liferay makes software that helps companies create digital experiences on web, mobile and connected devices. Our platform is open source, which makes it more reliable, innovative and secure. We try to leave a positive mark on the world through business and technology. Companies such as Adidas, Carrefour, Cisco Systems, Danone, Fujitsu, Lufthansa Flight Training, Siemens, Société Générale and the United Nations use Liferay. Visit us at www.liferay.com. Australian Customers Prefer Digital-First Approach to Banking Services 2017-08-10T01:00:00Z australian-customers-prefer-digital-first-approach-to-banking-services Sydney, Australia, August 10, 2017 – Australian customers would prefer to resolve their basic banking issues without having to deal with a human being, according to a new survey by market researcher, YouGov. The Avaya-commissioned Customer Experience in Banking 2017 report indicates that Australians’ most-preferred method of contact with their bank would be via the website, while a third, 34 per cent, regularly use mobile banking apps, more than their counterparts in the UK and UAE. The survey covered more than 5,000 banking customers in four countries – Australia, India, the UK, and the UAE. Given the choice of only one channel, 28 per cent of the 1,153 Australians surveyed would prefer access to a complete list of services via their bank’s web site, only speaking to a person if they really have to. Likewise, 19 per cent would prefer to use a mobile app, while eight per cent would choose to access services through the contact center application. More than half, 54 per cent, regularly use online banking, behind only the UK’s 60 per cent, while only 36 per cent usually visit their branch, the joint-lowest with the UK. Unsurprisingly, younger generations of Australians are more likely to use mobile services, with 58 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds and 53 per cent of 25 to 34-year-olds regularly using mobile apps, compared to just 13 per cent in the 55+ category. Interestingly, 57 per cent in the latter group use online banking, while just 45 per cent of 18-24-year olds do. Still, the YouGov study found that traditional interactions continue to hold a place in the financial services industry. In fact, 22 per cent of Australians prefer to visit branches, a figure led by older respondents, with a third of over-55s selecting that option. While more than half, 51 per cent, of Indian respondents said they regularly visit their branch, the highest of the four countries surveyed, only 13 per cent said they prefer to do so – by far the lowest of the four. “The financial services industry (FSI) has typically led technology adoption and digital services – in part due to available capital, but primarily because a highly-competitive market creates constant pressure to exceed the expectations of demanding consumers,” said Peter Chidiac, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, Avaya. “Customers see value in more than just rates, meaning banks and other financial organisations must provide an experience that aligns to the daily lives of their consumers. To meet those expectations, they have to optimise traditional transactions while enabling interactions across the latest platforms and introducing innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI).” Regardless of how they choose to contact their bank, the most important issues for Australian customers is that they get the same level of experience and service, and that their problem is resolved on the first point of contact. The most common customer complaint is being kept waiting for a long time on the phone, cited by 21 per cent. This may explain why less than a quarter, 23 per cent, of Australian respondents regularly call a contact center. “Consumers are looking for fast resolutions, and within reason, hope for an answer within the first point of contact,” said Chidiac. “The problem is that some contact centre agents in financial institutions aren’t prepared to deal with a wide range of enquiries, especially in omni-channel environments. Contact centre agents need to be equipped to deal with enquiries no matter which platform the consumer is using to make contact, and importantly, the interaction must be able to shift across platforms without forcing the consumer to explain their issue repeatedly.” To learn about how Avaya is digitally transforming financial services, check out this short video or browse this resource guide. About Avaya Avaya enables the mission critical, real-time communication applications of the world’s most important operations. As the global leader in delivering superior communications experiences, Avaya provides the most complete portfolio of software and services for contact center and unified communications with integrated, secure networking— offered on premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid. Today’s digital world requires some form of communications enablement, and no other company is better positioned to do this than Avaya. For more information, please visit www.avaya.com. 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Avaya disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. All trademarks identified by ®, TM, or SM are registered marks, trademarks, and service marks, respectively, of Avaya Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners ### Compassion Australia On Course for 2020 Vision with Promapp 2017-08-09T01:55:40Z compassion-australia-on-course-for-2020-vision-with-promapp Compassion Australia, the country’s fourth biggest fundraiser, has commenced deployment of Promapp’s cloud-based business process management software to support the realisation of its 2020 vision to release more children from poverty by developing and applying business technologies and processes that are better, smarter, faster and more efficient. Promapp is being implemented to drive successful process change and organisational innovation on the back of the transformation of core procedures through the deployment of new generation IT solutions such as Salesforce, SharePoint, Office 365, and the specialist roundCause donor software. The new software is replacing Compassion’s existing legacy systems in order to provide an enhanced supporter experience as well as foster new donor acquisition. At the same time, the new software systems will support real-time integration that will improve the organisation's day-to-day operations, streamline messaging as well as provide for more efficient and responsive communication. The decision to deploy a solution such as Promapp followed an internal review which found that the new information systems being deployed were impacted by around 200 incumbent processes, some of which were complex and unable to support its business management requirements. As John Harris, Senior Project Manager, Compassion Australia, explains, “At the outset, we were unable to communicate our processes to our partners who then had to deliver the solutions. I knew Promapp from a previous role and realised that their process management software would be able to align our process management and improvement effort with our corporate objectives.” Promapp is being deployed in a phased approach “in a where-most-needed strategy” across the organisation’s 150-strong workforce. A key focus is on donor and supporter acquisition where Compassion wants to delight its donors by providing a seamless end to end experience for communications all the way from recurring payments through to volunteer activity. Promapp will also be used as a central repository for information for staff and volunteers to gain self-serve access to knowledge. This will be particularly important for new staff who will no longer have to work with paper-based, printed process documentation when they join the organisation. “Another benefit of the Promapp cloud-based software are its process maps which are generated from procedures and provide a visual representation of the map and not just a document. Compassion staff will be able to generate and store collateral to support a process in one place driving visibility across the whole organisation so that information can be shared fostering knowledge sharing and breaking down information silos,” says Harris. For example, links to process guidelines can be embedded in other applications and software such as salesforce.com so information is available when and where it is needed. In addition, adopting Promapp will ensure that everyone is using the same content whether they’re at the head office in Newcastle or in the regional offices. “Ultimately, Promapp will support Compassion Australia’s endeavour to ensure that staff, volunteers, stakeholders, partners, donors, advocates and community supporters have the procedures and processes in place to make a positive difference to the organisation. Given the amount of time and money they dedicate, it’s important that in return we provide them with an unsurpassed experience and the best use of their time to make sure it is enjoyable and rewarding," says Harris. Compassion Australia is a Christian child development and child advocacy ministry committed to working in partnership with local churches to foster the spiritual, economic, social, physical and emotional development of children living in extreme poverty in 25 developing countries. Driven by a passion to assist children living in some of the world's poorest areas, Compassion Australia was founded in 1977 with a single sponsored child. Today, Compassion Australia assists over 100,000 children around the world through child sponsorship and other programs, aiming to break the cycle of poverty by working with children from the womb until they reach the workforce. About Promapp Established in 2002, Promapp works with hundreds of organisations worldwide to foster a thriving business improvement and process management culture. Promapp’s cloud-based business process management (BPM) software makes it easy to create, navigate, share and change business processes, enabling continuous improvement, risk management, quality assurance and business continuity. Providing an intuitive online process repository, an integrated process mapping tool, and a process improvement toolset, Promapp’s proprietary software supports the development of smarter and safer ways to work, while encouraging sharing of information by operational teams rather than limiting it to process analysts and technical specialists. Promapp’s wide range of public and private sector customers includes: Coca-Cola Amatil, Air New Zealand, WesTrac, Lumo Energy, Toyota, Ricoh, McDonald's, Audi Australia, Fuji Xerox, Department of Justice, Victoria, Adelaide City Council, Central Coast Council and City of Booroondarra. The company is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand. www.promapp.com Big Switch joins the HPE Open Networking ecosystem 2017-08-09T00:00:00Z big-switch-joins-the-hpe-open-networking-ecosystem Melbourne, Australia – August 9, 2017 – Big Switch Networks, The Next-Generation Data Centre Networking Company, today announced it has joined the HPE Open Networking ecosystem. As Big Switch Networks continues to see a global increase in interest and adoption of open networking solutions from web-scale organisations, service providers, enterprise data centres and government agencies, this expands the reach of its software offerings for the open networking community. With the offering, customers will gain the advantage of dramatically simplified network management and better visibility of networking flows and Big Switch’s highly differentiated networking software. “We continue to see customers vote for choice, as witnessed by the rise in demand for open networking solutions. We’re pleased to extend our open networking ecosystem with HPE,” said Susheel Chitre, VP of Business Development, Big Switch Networks. “HPE and Big Switch will provide customers with the best solutions for their specific needs, including SDN-based data centre fabric optimised for VMware workloads, scalable, high performance OpenStack NFV deployments, next-generation out-of-band network monitoring, and a scalable SDN service-chaining fabric for DMZ security.” HPE will resell Big Monitoring Fabric™ (Big Mon) and Big Cloud Fabric™ (BCF) with its Altoline Open Networking switching solutions. Big Switch products will provide HPE Altoline data centre networking offering with automated and easy-to-deploy network switching, monitoring and security solutions. Additionally, this expands the appeal of the Altoline solutions to new customers in the network visibility and security markets via Big Switch’s network packet broker (NPB) products. Big Switch’s fabric-based solutions offer a better alternative to the status quo of a manual, switch-by-switch approach to networking. “With the addition of Big Switch to our portfolio, customers gain access to easy-to-use, easy-to-deploy solutions for network management, visibility and security,” said Philippe Michelet, Senior Director of Product Line Management, Data Center Networking, HPE. “This cooperation shows our commitment to provide our customers with innovative open networking solutions that address their network agility and scalability challenges.” Big Monitoring Fabric Big Monitoring Fabric is an network packet broker (NPB) that leverages software-defined networking (SDN) principles, Altoline Open Networking switches and a high-performance x86-based DPDK service node to provide feature-rich, scale-out data centre monitoring at up to 50 per cent lower cost than traditional NPBs. By combining the functions of traditional NPBs with the intelligence, agility and flexibility of an SDN controller-based architecture, Big Mon provides customers with pervasive visibility in all physical and virtual (VM, container, cloud) workloads for security, performance management and compliance tools. Customer use cases for Big Monitoring Fabric include: monitor every rack, monitor every location, monitor mobile/LTE networks and DMZ/Extranet Inline security. With Big Mon, end-users can experience the benefits of single pane of glass management, zero-touch scale-out, and built-in analytics to simplify operations and troubleshooting. Big Mon also supports multi-tenancy for different IT teams, such as NetOps, DevOps, and SecOps to share the visibility and security fabric, with overlapping, yet segmented access to network flows and tools. Big Monitoring Fabric supports 1G, 10G, 40G and 100G for the most demanding and high volume network monitoring and security environments. Benefits of Big Mon include: Deploy faster Auto-discovery and configuration of Big Mon nodes Tools can receive traffic from anywhere in the network, regardless of physical location Delivery policies are programmed from a single interface Operate faster Real time visibility and analytics for quick troubleshooting REST APIs for tool and workflow integration and automation (event triggered monitoring, alerts, and tool interactions) Attack mitigation at terabit scale — automated or user-driven Scale and innovate faster Zero-touch scale out Changes to traffic delivery policies can be made without any physical reconfiguration of the visibility architecture Add inline tools without impacting network operation Reprogram policies in real time based on newly discovered threats Centralised tooling for significant L4-10 appliance license savings Intelligent traffic routing allows for intelligent flows, reduced appliance capacity requirements, lower license fees Immediate ROI with tool consolidation Big Cloud Fabric Big Cloud Fabric incorporates design principles that hyperscale organisations like Google and Facebook pioneered, implementing a logical, scale-out switch architecture that leverages intent-based principles to deliver agile and flexible data centre switching based on SDN controls, HPE Altoline Open Networking switches and fabric design. By deploying a disaggregated third party software/industry-standard switch hardware model, end-users can experience up to 50 per cent TCO savings over legacy networks. BCF delivers zero-touch operations, network automation and deep visibility for software-defined data centres (SDDC) and cloud-native applications. BCF supports both physical and virtual (multi-hypervisor) workloads and choice of orchestration software. It provides L2 switching, L3 routing, and L4-7 service insertion and chaining while ensuring high bisectional bandwidth. The scalable fabric is fully resilient with no single point of failure and supports headless mode operations. The solution has built-in integration for VMware Software-Defined Data Centers (SDDC), OpenStack clouds and container environments. BCF can be deployed in existing data centres as a new pod without disruption to traditional networks. Big Cloud Fabric benefits: Simplicity: zero-touch fabric and single-point of management Agility: network automation with vSphere and OpenStack integration, REST APIs for optional NetOps/DevOps automation Visibility and troubleshooting: built-in analytics with historical replay, leaf-spine-leaf fabric tracing for rapid troubleshooting, end-point visibility at VM-level Economics: dramatic reduction in OpEx and CapEx Innovation velocity: faster time to service enablement as well as rapid (hitless) software upgrade enables rapid consumption of new features Big Cloud Fabric supports 10G and 40G for the most demanding and high volume network monitoring and security environments. Support for Altoline Open Networking hardware The HPE Altoline is a family of disaggregated networking switches designed to accelerate the adoption of open networking in cloud data centres. Altoline offerings span the full spectrum of networking speeds – from 10, 100, or 1000BASE-T to 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE, 50GbE, or 100GbE. Big Monitoring Fabric and Big Cloud Fabric will support the following Altoline switches at general availability: Altoline 6960: 25/100GbE spine/leaf top-of-rack (ToR) switch – Tomahawk, 32 x 100GbE QSFP28 ports supporting 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE, 50GbE, or 100GbE The Altoline 6960 switch series provides an open network platform for high-performance spine/leaf deployments. Dig deeper into the hardware to see how you will benefit from: High performance: ToR 1U 100GbE switch High scalability: 32 x 25GbE, 50GbE, or 100GbE QSFP28 ports (alternatively, 128 x 10GbE or 25GbE ports) Flexibility: Deploying as 40GbE, 50GbE, or 100GbE spine, or ToR with 10GbE or 25GbE to servers and 40GbE, 50GbE, or 100GbE uplinks Easy network virtualisation and cloud: VXLAN support, especially with Trident ii+ ASIC Higher reliability: Redundant fans and power supplies for data centre deployment Altoline 6941: 10/40GbE spine/leaf ToR switch—Trident II+, 32 x 40GbE ports supporting up to 128 10GbE ports using breakout cables Altoline 6921: 10GbE leaf ToR switch— Trident II+, 48 x 10GbE SFP+ ports+6 x 40GbE QSFP+ uplink ports Big Switch’s Big Cloud Fabric and Big Monitoring Fabric are generally available to purchase today from HPE. Supporting materials Solution Brief: HPE Altoline Switch Series Partner Page: http://www.bigswitch.com/partners/hpe Explainer Video: Big Cloud Fabric Explainer Video: Big Monitoring Fabric Explainer Video: Big Monitoring Fabric Inline Gartner Report: Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking Gartner Peer Insights: Data Center Networking / Big Switch Networks TechValidate: Check out what Big Switch customers are saying Data Sheet: Big Cloud Fabric Data Sheet: Big Monitoring Fabric About Big Switch Networks Big Switch Networks is the Next-Generation Data Centre Networking Company. We disrupt the status quo of networking by designing intelligent, automated and flexible networks for our customers around the world. We do so by leveraging the principles of software-defined networking (SDN), coupled with a choice of industry-standard hardware. Big Switch Networks has two solutions: Big Monitoring Fabric, a Next-Generation Network Packet Broker, which enables pervasive security and monitoring of data centre and cloud traffic for inline or out-of-band deployments and Big Cloud Fabric, the industry's first Next-Generation switching fabric that allows for choice of switching hardware for OpenStack, VMware, Container and Big Data use cases. Big Switch Networks is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, with offices located in Tokyo, Melbourne, London and Istanbul. For additional information, email info@bigswitch.com, follow @bigswitch, or visit www.bigswitch.com. Big Switch Networks, Big Cloud Fabric, Big Monitoring Fabric, BigSecure, Big Chain, Switch Light OS, and Switch Light VX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Big Switch Networks, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered marks, or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners. Media contacts Espresso Communications for Big Switch Networks Amy Rathbone/India Bednall bigswitch@espressocomms.com.au +61 2 8016 2200 One Identity Safeguard Introduces Frictionless Security for Privileged Accounts to Aid in Organisations’ Digital Transformation 2017-08-08T22:44:15Z one-identity-safeguard-introduces-frictionless-security-for-privileged-accounts-to-aid-in-organisations-digital-transformation One Identity Safeguard 2.0 is first in the industry to offer “Approval Anywhere,” a cloud-based approval workflow that enables security professionals to approve password requests from any device. Unique, hardened appliance form factor locks down application and adds required security while easing deployment Solution secures privileged and shared accounts for today’s hybrid cloud environments by managing on-premises and SaaS applications Sydney, AUSTRALIA – August 9, 2017 – One Identity, a proven leader in helping organisations get identity and access management (IAM) right, today announced a new version of its One Identity Safeguard privileged access management solution. The new solution, called One Identity Safeguard 2.0, includes new features that enable user flexibility and add redundancy while aiding the security of today’s hybrid infrastructures, including both on-premise and cloud-based applications. Safeguard 2.0 secures and automates the management of privileged or shared accounts, crucial to mitigating potential data breaches or application misuse and a requirement of several regulatory and industry compliance rules. Privileged accounts – which govern nearly every component of a company’s IT infrastructure – put sensitive data at risk. As companies increasingly need to provide access to privileged and shared accounts, including corporate accounts for social media channels, they face serious damage to their reputations, or worse, if those credentials fall in the wrong hands. Proper management must embrace cloud, be available on any device, and be delivered in a locked down, preconfigured appliance that minimises risk and simplifies installation and ongoing maintenance—characteristics of One Identity Safeguard. “Since privileged account management solutions have been around for a long time, they tend to be stale and lag behind the technologies transforming enterprises for the better,” said John Milburn, president and general manager of One Identity. “One Identity’s Safeguard, however, is all about actually enabling and capitalising on new and increasingly popular enterprise approaches that are key to digital transformations underway – like DevOps initiatives, distributed architectures, and the adoption of cloud-based applications – to help drive efficiencies and increase employee productivity in a safe and secure way.” “Get IAM Right”: Key features of One Identity Safeguard 2.0 A second-generation platform for management of privileged and shared accounts, One Identity Safeguard 2.0 is part of a strong and advanced software portfolio that aims to “get IAM right” for the enterprise. One Identity Safeguard 2.0 features a completely redesigned user interface that helps customers easily deploy, operate and maintain their privileged password systems. Other notable features include: “Approval Anywhere” brings frictionless management to IT execs: An industry first, security admins use a cloud-based workflow to securely approve session or password requests from any device, dramatically increasing efficiency and productivity. Hardened appliance form factor reduces attack surface while simplifying deployment: Provides full-disk encryption and an embedded operating system, which has removed unneeded components and disabled console access to permit only secure communications, protecting the solution from host and network-based attacks. An appliance form-factor also allows for rapid deployment; One Identity Safeguard can be up and running in a matter of hours. High availability with appliance clustering helps ensure 24/7 uptime: Easily deploy additional One Identity Safeguard appliances, which communicate with each other through clustering, for redundancy as any appliance on the network can fulfill password requests. This deployment model -- which is unique in the industry -- maximises response time, as a request is managed by the appliance closest on the network to the user. Included two-factor authentication ensures increased protection for critical passwords: Integrates seamlessly with One Identity’s cloud-based two-factor authentication solution to enable advanced authentication options for access to the password safe. One Identity includes 25 free licenses of the solution with every Safeguard deployment. Easy integration of cloud-based applications: By adding new integrations with popular cloud-based applications, companies can easily apply their privileged account policies to these applications and enhancing security while capitalising on the efficiencies and cost savings offered by the cloud. Localised language support in eleven languages: Provides a seamless experience for non-English administrators. PARTNER QUOTE “One of the biggest challenges we see in deploying privileged management solutions is user acceptance of the technology. One Identity Safeguard reduces this challenge by catering to the flexibility of security pros,” said Kris Zupan, at Rallypoint Solutions. “This flexibility, combined with the extensibility of Safeguard and the unmatched security we have always experienced from One Identity privileged management solutions, will enable us to provide our customers with the security they need and the usability they want.” Availability One Identity Safeguard 2.0 is available immediately worldwide. For more information, visit: www.oneidentity.com/one-identity-safeguard About One Identity One Identity, a Quest Software business, helps organisations get identity and access management (IAM) right. With a unique combination of offerings including a portfolio of identity governance, access management and privileged management, and identity as a service that help organisations reach their full potential, unimpeded by security yet safeguarded against threats. One Identity has proven to be a company unequalled in its commitment to its customers’ long-term IAM success. More than 7,500 customers worldwide depend on One Identity solutions to manage more than 125 million identities, enhancing their agility and efficiency while securing access to their data -- wherever it might reside. For more information, visit http://www.oneidentity.com. Supporting Resources Download here our whitepaper titled “Controlling and Managing Privileged Access” Register here for our upcoming Privileged Access Management webinar series WatchGuard Technologies Acquires Datablink and Adds Advanced Authentication to SMB Security Portfolio 2017-08-08T22:33:39Z watchguard-technologies-acquires-datablink-and-adds-advanced-authentication-to-smb-security-portfolio WatchGuard® Technologies, a leader in advanced network security solutions, today announced that it has closed the acquisition of Datablink, a leading provider of advanced authentication solutions. This acquisition extends WatchGuard’s security portfolio beyond network and wireless security, enabling the company to deliver advanced authentication to small to midsize businesses (SMB) and distributed enterprises. According to the 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report, 63 percent of confirmed data breaches involved leveraging weak default or stolen passwords, proving that multi-factor authentication is a critical component to any organisation’s overall approach to data security. Unfortunately, cost and complexity has kept this technology out of reach for most SMB and mid-market organisations. WatchGuard has a proven track record breaking down that barrier across multiple security markets –network security, advanced threat detection and response, and wireless security. Advanced authentication is next. “Our vision has always been to make high-end enterprise-grade security accessible to everyone, regardless of company size or technical capabilities. Until now, the only barrier standing between the SMB market and mass adoption of authentication technology has been accessibility,” said Prakash Panjwani, CEO of WatchGuard. “We’re excited to expand our portfolio and believe when we launch the new cloud-based authentication service next year, we’ll be hitting the market at the perfect time.” WatchGuard is entirely channel-driven. For more than 20 years, the company has taken enterprise-grade security solutions and made them simple and easy for partners to sell. This latest acquisition continues that tradition. Partners can offer more value to customers, because offering authentication as a cloud service eliminates many of the costs and complexities associated with traditional, on-premise authentication deployments. This also aligns with WatchGuard’s strategic focus on enabling both its VAR community and its rapidly growing community of MSSP partners. “Datablink has been a leader in the advanced authentication space for more than 10 years. The increased investment that comes with this transaction will accelerate our investment in a cloud-based authentication service that makes simple, widely-accessible advanced authentication a reality,” said Alexandre Cagnoni, Datablink CEO and CTO. “Beyond the technology, WatchGuard’s broad ecosystem of established SMB and mid-market VARs and MSSPs will ensure that the service is immediately available to businesses around the world.” WatchGuard’s plan is to bring the Datablink advanced authentication as a fully cloud-based service for SMBs and distributed enterprises. The solution will enable WatchGuard partners and customers to implement strong authentication for network access, remote network access, privileged user access, SaaS application access and employee workstation access. “Adding another solution that’s complementary to our core security offerings is a tremendous business opportunity for our partners,” said Panjwani. “Not only will they be able to broaden their own security portfolios with powerful authentication, but they will be able to offer it as a service, which reduces deployment, management, and support burdens.” About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader in network security, providing best-in-class Unified Threat Management, Next Generation Firewall, secure Wi-Fi, and network intelligence products and services to more than 80,000 customers worldwide. The company’s mission is to make enterprise-grade security accessible to companies of all types and sizes through simplicity, making WatchGuard an ideal solution for Distributed Enterprises and SMBs. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit WatchGuard.com. For additional information, promotions and updates, follow WatchGuard on Twitter, @WatchGuard on Facebook, or on the LinkedIn Company page. Also, visit our InfoSec blog, Secplicity, for real-time information about the latest threats and how to cope with them at www.secplicity.org. DIMENSION DATA UNVEILS DIGITAL ENTERPRISE CAPABILITY MATURITY MODEL TO HELP BUSINESSES NAVIGATE THE ‘EXPONENTIAL DIGITAL SOCIAL WORLD’ 2017-08-07T23:57:10Z dimension-data-unveils-digital-enterprise-capability-maturity-model-to-help-businesses-navigate-the-exponential-digital-social-world Sydney, Australia – 8 August 2017 – Dimension Data, the USD 7.4 billion global ICT solutions and services provider, has launched a first-of-its-kind model to enable businesses to assess their digital enterprise capability and create an effective roadmap for its digital transformation. Contained within a new e-book providing executive guidance, titled The Exponential Digital Social World and authored by Dimension Data Australia Chief Technology Officer, Debra Bordignon, the Dimension Data Digital Enterprise Capability Maturity Model guides organisations on how to audit and assess their current digital capabilities, define their target state, conduct benchmarking, and map a clear pathway of transition for their business and stakeholders. The framework can also be used to construct digital balance sheet reporting. Ms Bordignon said leaders across all industries lack tools and models for a cohesive strategy and execution, and so approaches are often piecemeal, falling short of what is required to flourish in the digital social era. For organisations with an analogue heritage, Ms Bordignon said it is critical to master the shifts in stakeholder expectations, generational changes, business models and advancing technology. “IT leaders are scrambling to understand which strategic assets and capabilities they need to bridge analogue and digital worlds. They want to know how to take the culture and business models associated with dynamic start-ups and bring them into mature enterprises,” said Ms Bordignon. “Naturally, organisations want to protect their existing assets, but as the drivers of value change, they need to re-evaluate portfolios against a 21st century digital balance sheet.” The Dimension Data digital balance sheet is based on analysis of the transformation projects carried out by the company’s S&P500 clients, the Government sector, education, not-for-profit and public health sectors. The balance sheet represents seven top level strategic capabilities driving business value – stakeholder experience, information value, portfolio development, smarter processes, business models, people and culture, and technology fabric. Across each capability, Dimension Data proposes five maturity levels which extend the balance sheet into the digital enterprise capability maturity model. Dimension Data has been actively applying this model with its clients with promising results. For Ms Bordignon, the first step towards a successful digital transformation is making organisations ‘platformed’ for success – ensuring they are ready to connect their people, machines and data to successfully leverage the technological shifts that are re-shaping business, government and society, and playing out in our homes, schools, hospitals, cars, shopping centres and factories. “Our lives at work, at home, and socially are forever changed by the ubiquitous digital atmosphere,” said Ms Bordignon. “A successful digital transformation agenda reflects this understanding and pushes the business to look to the ‘beyond’ horizon of innovation. “To achieve this, organisations must focus on four groups of technologies we believe are nearing exponential breakthroughs and will be the most impactful in the next five years – artificial intelligence and robotics; virtual and augmented reality, and the human/machine interface; nanotechnology and 3D/4D printing; and cybersecurity and blockchain.” Click here to download Dimension Data’s The Exponential Digital Social World e-Book. -ENDS- Twitter: @dimensiondata LinkedIn: Dimension Data www.dimensiondata.com/digitalworkplacereport About Dimension Data Dimension Data believes technology helps organisations achieve great things. As a member of the NTT Group, we accelerate our clients’ ambitions through digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, digital workplace, and cybersecurity. With a turnover of USD 7.4 billion, offices in more than 50 countries, and more than 30,000 employees, we deliver wherever our clients are at every stage of their technology journeys. We’re proud to be the Official Technology Partner of Amaury Sport Organisation, which organises the Tour de France, and the title partner of the cycling team, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. Visit us at http://www.dimensiondata.com.