The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-04-07T22:20:51Z Genetec enhances its Advantage comprehensive maintenance program with new privacy and performance monitoring features 2021-04-07T22:20:51Z genetec-enhances-its-advantage-comprehensive-maintenance-program-with-new-privacy-and-performance-monitoring-features Sydney, AUSTRALIA/MONTRÉAL, April 8, 2021—Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions today announced the addition of privacy and performance monitoring features to its premium maintenance program, Genetec Advantage™. In addition to software upgrades, premium support, and system monitoring, Genetec Advantage now includes licenses of KiwiVision™ Privacy Protector™ and KiwiVision™ Camera Integrity Monitor for all new and existing Genetec Advantage subscribers*. To meet the public’s growing expectations of privacy, and to comply with global regulations, the KiwiVision™ Privacy Protector™ automatically obscures individuals’ faces caught within a camera’s field of view, so security operators only see what they need to see. Being able to access unobscured footage requires an additional layer of access permissions that is only used when an event warrants an investigation. An audit trail is then maintained that shows who accessed the additional information, and why. With the addition of KiwiVision™ Camera Integrity Monitor, customers can make sure that their cameras are operational and efficient at all times. The Camera Integrity Monitor notifies operators when a camera may have been tampered with, if there is a decrease in quality, or if there are abrupt changes in the position of the camera due to environmental or human causes. This is especially useful in large systems involving hundreds or thousands of cameras where it is nearly impossible to manually check each camera’s image and field of view. “As physical security systems become increasingly complex, it is critical to know that these systems are up to date, performing as they should, and integrating the latest privacy and performance features,” said Julie Gauthier, Director of Global Operations and Technical Support at Genetec. “Genetec Advantage™ is the best way to get the most out of your Genetec solution, and ensure your system is at peak performance. By providing licenses* of KiwiVision™ Privacy Protector™ and Camera Integrity Monitor we’re adding tools to help our customers maintain the integrity of their system, and protect the privacy of individuals within view of surveillance cameras, without sacrificing security.” For more information about the Genetec Advantage program, please visit https://www.genetec.com/support/maintenance/genetec-advantage *The number of included licenses of KiwiVision™ Privacy Protector™ and Camera Integrity Monitor is based on the size of the deployment. Please contact your Advantage sales representative for more details. --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: www.genetec.com © Genetec Inc., 2021. Genetec, KiwiVision Privacy Protector, Genetec Clearance and the Genetec logo 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 Contact: Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 sue@einsteinz.com.au Impact Acquires Affluent to Power Agency Managed Partnership Programs at Scale 2021-04-06T22:00:00Z impact-acquires-affluent-to-power-agency-managed-partnership-programs-at-scale-1 Sydney, Australia —April 7, 2021 — Impact, the global leader in partnership automation, today announced the acquisition of Affluent, the leading analytics and automation platform designed to help agencies manage partnership programs for brands at scale. This acquisition, the second for Impact in 2021, furthers Impact’s investment in the Partnership Economy, offering brands, publishers, and now agencies world class technology solutions to successfully manage and grow their partnerships. As Google and Apple move to phase out third party cookies and the IDFA (identifier for advertisers), brands have increasingly turned to partnerships as an alternative to reach consumers in a more authentic and effective way. Impact has built an all-encompassing partnership automation solution for brands and publishers, and has acquired Affluent to further expand it’s Partnership Cloud solution for agencies who manage partnership programs on behalf of brands. Affluent enables agencies to aggregate affiliate data from multiple networks and platforms, automate and generate custom reporting, and optimise clients’ partnerships with publishers in a single platform. With Affluent, agencies can manage more clients, better optimise performance across clients, improve reporting capabilities, and ultimately, increase their revenue. Affluent’s agency clients on average have grown their client portfolio 144%. “Partnerships are surging as an effective way for brands to surpass competitors in terms of growth. But with hundreds of platforms and affiliate networks out there, agencies today require a centralised platform to effectively aggregate and analyse data to optimise the many partnership programs they manage,'' said David A. Yovanno, CEO of Impact. “With the acquisition of Affluent, Impact is committed to providing comprehensive analytics and affiliate management abilities to agencies, brands, and publishers, and to further innovation specifically for agencies.” In 2020, Affluent grew its client base by 70%, and helped agencies and advertisers manage more than 1,800 affiliate programs. Last year alone, Affluent tracked over $10 billion in brand revenue and over $1 billion in publisher commissions. “Impact has proven time and again that they are committed to advancing the Partnership Economy by providing brands, publishers, and now, agencies with best in class technology to drive growth,” said Yonatan Dotan, Founder and CEO of Affluent. “We look forward to working together to further advance our technology and enable agencies to easily manage their client portfolios, automate reports and ultimately optimise the performance of those programs across all partnership types.” Affluent was founded and backed by Aniview LTD in 2017, a leading provider of holistic video content and video ad monetisation SAAS solutions for thousands of publishers. “We at Aniview are proud and excited to hand off Affluent and its amazing team to Impact as we continue to focus on our core business of video content and ad-monetisation” said Alon Carmel Founder and Chairman of Affluent and Founder and CEO of Aniview. “It has been an exciting and extremely successful journey for us all.” This acquisition follows other recent acquisitions by Impact. In March 2021, Impact acquired Trackonomics, a supply-side platform (SSP) that aids content publishers like BuzzFeed, Business Insider, Red Ventures, and Discovery in managing content commerce programs with data about how individual links and web pages are performing. In 2020, Impact added nearly 600 new clients, and also acquired influencer marketing platform Activate. To learn more about how Impact can help drive partnership growth in a single, unified platform visit https://impact.com/ # # # About Impact Impact is the global leader in partnership automation and catalyst for the new Partnership Economy. Impact accelerates enterprise growth by automating the full partnership life cycle, including discovery, recruitment, contracting, engagement, fraud protection, optimisation, and payment processing for business partnerships of all types. Impact drives revenue growth for global enterprise brands such as Lenovo, Levi’s, L’Oreal, Ticketmaster, TUI, Uber and Walmart. Founded in Santa Barbara, CA, in 2008, Impact has grown to more than 500 employees worldwide. To learn more visit www.impact.com. About Affluent Affluent is the world's leading affiliate industry agency solution. With agency, advertiser and partner solutions, Affluent provides clients with unified access to their data, empowering them to make better decisions, scale their businesses, and broaden their reach in the partnership economy. Affluent powers global agencies like Gen3, PartnerCentric, Streamline Marketing, Thoughtmix and many more. Founded in 2017, Affluent has grown rapidly and developed a loyal user base. For more information visit www.affluent.io. Media Contact Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communicatons Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 sue@einsteinz.com.au New Accounts Receivable Solution From BlackLine Enhances Strategic and Operational Decision-Making for Global Businesses 2021-04-06T03:23:26Z new-accounts-receivable-solution-from-blackline-enhances-strategic-and-operational-decision-making-for-global-businesses LOS ANGELES AND LONDON — April 1, 2021 — Accounting automation software leader BlackLine, Inc. (Nasdaq: BL) has unveiled BlackLine AR Intelligence, the latest offering in its portfolio of accounts receivable (AR) automation solutions designed to complement and enhance its broader financial operations management platform. BlackLine AR Intelligence enables customers to manage financial risks and opportunities by providing access to real-time, actionable data to help them understand their customers’ financial behaviours and use the information to impact strategic and operational decision-making.Managing debtors and the overall assessment of customer payment behaviours has never been as critical as it is in today’s economic climate. Businesses need to make decisions based on accurate, real-time intelligence. BlackLine AR Intelligence takes the strategic value of BlackLine’s AI-powered Cash Application solution to the next level by harnessing real-time data and combining it with powerful analytics to improve critical decision-making across the enterprise. “Now more than ever, business resilience and cash management is top of the agenda. BlackLine AR Intelligence provides our customers with a deep understanding of the financial risks and opportunities within their customer bases, unlocking data either previously not available to them or that took days and weeks to generate manually,” said Kevin Kimber, managing director of BlackLine’s global accounts receivables business unit. “BlackLine AR Intelligence delivers real-time credit, debt and sales insights that benefit not only the Accounts Receivable, Credit Management and Order-to-Cash departments, but other senior stakeholders such as the CFO, Office of the Controller, Treasury and even the CRO/Sales team, enabling companies to reduce risk, improve forecasting, optimise working capital and grow revenues by analysing precise customer payment and credit behaviours.”More than US$187 billion of payments were applied through BlackLine Cash Application in 2020. By adding BlackLine AR Intelligence, customers gain critical business insights to manage risk, cash flow and collections, as well as real-time analysis and reports. Pre-configured, interactive dashboards display key information such as:Customer Behaviour Insights: Sales and payment performance data, such as invoiced sales by month and cash by month, and the correlation/variance between the two. Payment Terms v. Cash Collected: Ability to track and measure payment terms, outstanding balances, cash collected and debt positions across the customer base and see how customers actually pay against those terms.Payment Forecasting: Ability to forecast weekly collections and measure accuracy by using real-time customer payment behaviour dataSales Ledger Analysis: An analysis of the relationship between volume of customers and value of debt outstanding, e.g. debt by value, count of invoices by value, count of customers by value. Bank Utilisation: Ability to see customer accounts linked by the same bank details or sales ledger accounts linked by payee details to see how customers are paying and for which accounts, leading to a better understanding of overall exposure/risk. Days Sales Outstanding (DSO): Automated calculations around the time it takes to collect payment, such as cash collected last month, customers by balance, customers with the most debt and debtor day value by month.“BlackLine AR Intelligence is a natural complement to our Cash Application solution, delivering on our vision to be the most indispensable platform for the controller,” added Mr. Kimber. “Coupled with the ability to link everything back to our market-leading financial close platform for currency adjustments, intercompany cash, bad debt reserves and suspense accounts, we are redefining the way AR work gets done and unlocking new strategic value for our customers.”Here’s what customers are saying about their experience using BlackLine AR Intelligence:“A strategic review and a dynamic approach to collections. Have not seen any other solution to get to this level of data.”“Enhances operational performance to see problems which would normally be overlooked because we don’t have the data.”“Very powerful and easy to use; of great value to us, particularly from a management perspective.”“Love the fact that we evaluate what is happening across our customer base in depth and quickly.”“The real power is having all of the data at my fingertips rather than spending hours creating reports.”Following the Oct. 2nd, 2020 announcement of its acquisition of Rimilia, BlackLine is actively expanding its capabilities in the AR automation space. BlackLine AR Intelligence is designed to be used alongside BlackLine Cash Application and is one of several AR automation offerings to come. To learn more, register for the upcoming Modern Accounting Summits (https://www.blackline.com/events/mas/) and attend a series of sessions dedicated to AR automation, Cash Application and AR Intelligence.About BlackLineCompanies come to BlackLine (Nasdaq: BL) because their traditional manual accounting processes are not sustainable. BlackLine’s cloud-based solutions and market-leading customer service help companies move to modern accounting by unifying their data and processes, automating repetitive work, and driving accountability through visibility. BlackLine provides solutions to manage and automate financial close, accounts receivable and intercompany accounting processes, helping large enterprises and midsize companies across all industries do accounting work better, faster and with more control.More than 3,400 customers trust BlackLine to help them close faster with complete and accurate results. The company is the pioneer of the cloud financial close market and recognised as the leader by customers at leading end-user review sites including Gartner Peer Insights, G2 and TrustRadius. Based in Los Angeles, BlackLine also has regional headquarters in London, Singapore and Sydney. For more information, please visit: www.blackline.com Traceability Solution Providers formalise activities to collaborate, educate and standardise 2021-04-01T01:59:05Z traceability-solution-providers-formalise-activities-to-collaborate-educate-and-standardise Representatives from eleven different solution provider organisations recently formalised their partnership into a Committee. The Traceability Solution Provider Special Interest Group (TSP-SIG) is an eco-system of like-minded solution providers with the goal of assisting government and industry in understanding and implementing traceability solutions.Australia is well-positioned to lead and leverage the next wave of transformation and innovation in global and domestic trade. This transformation is providing enormous opportunity for industry and regulatory modernisation with a goal of improved productivity, competitiveness, efficiency and effectiveness. Solution providers working with open and interoperable global data standards play a critical role in this process. ​The TSP-SIG aims to connect and share perspectives on solution requirements based on industry needs and trends. GS1 Australia will support the group by providing secretariat duties, industry insight, engaging with its membership, discussing and developing project opportunities that align solution providers with industry needs.​​The group is open to all traceability solution providers. No specific sector or industry segment is a primary focus. Instead, a holistic and whole-of-economy approach will be taken, recognising that product flows between, as well as through, domestic and international supply chains. The group is governed by a committee and three co-chairs who are​ Michael Dossor – Result Group​, Reeanjou Ram – iTrazo TraceTech​ and Luke Wood – Escavox​.Steering Committee members are: Mark Toohey – Aglive, Ilango Surendran – iFoodDecisionSciences​, Blair Kietzmann – insignia, Laszlo Peter – KPMG​, Paul Ryan – Trust Codes, Greg Calvert – Fresh Chain Systems​, Trent Munro – Matthews Australasia and Roger Meilke – 4Technology.​About the TSP-SIG: The group provides a community of interest and voice to help engage and communicate with industry and government on opportunity, needs and priorities. The objective of the TSP-SIG is to support an active ecosystem of interoperable, standards-based solutions that enhance traceability and trust in Australian and international supply chains.The TSP-SIG provides an open forum and community for discussion and engagement of like-minded and in some cases, competing providers of solutions and services. Collectively, TSP-SIG members are committed to ensuring industry chains are efficient and effective, safe, secure, and resilient, sustainable, and internationally competitive. The TSP-SIG is aligned and supports a National GS1 Traceability Advisory Group, made up of industry and government representatives, ensuring Australia remains and builds global competitiveness, economic growth, and employment opportunities.Key activities of the TSP-SIG include: Represent the interests of traceability solutions in the industry as a whole and make recommendations to the NGTAG and GS1 AustraliaAssess and learn about technological innovations and the ability for Global Data Standards to underpin their ongoing development for the benefit of all stakeholdersEngagement and events to share information about industry needs, opportunities, capabilities, and lessons learned of collective and mutual benefit to membersSuggestions and advice to industry and government regarding the benefit, potential and value of global data standards to support specific industry sectors and business use casesReview and evaluation of sector strategies, national and regional programs and projects focused on enhanced product traceability across the supply chainHelping industry and government improve business processes and solutions based on global data standards, common frameworks, and national public policyProvide technical advice, research insight and expertise concerning developments or proposed changes to GS1 traceability standards of relevance to Australian industry, sectors, or value chain segmentsDevelop strategies and process that enable ease of deployment and interaction with all stakeholders in the traceability ecosystem, from Brand and Product Owner, through all parts of Supply Chain to Consumer and CustomerSuccess criteria is identified as:Active engagement of the technical community of interestEffective representation of solutions and solution providers across multiple sectors and supply chain segmentsIncreased understanding and use of global data standards not limited to GS1 standards to support enhanced supply chains traceability, safety, resilience, and performanceEngagement of state and federal government representatives in Advisory Group activityActive management and communication of opportunities as well as technical risk to Australian industry of using proprietary vs standards-based systemsSharing and promoting leading and best industry practice and case studies published by members or others acknowledged by the TSP-SIGActive communicating with NGTAG and GS1 AustraliaendsAbout GS1 AustraliaGS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. It is best known for the barcode, named by the BBC as one of "the 50 things that made the world economy". GS1 standards and services improve supply chain efficiency, traceability and food safety across physical and digital channels in the food and beverage sector. With local member organisations in 114 countries, two million user companies and six billion transactions every day, GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes in 25 sectors across the globe. For more information visit the GS1 Australia website www.gs1au.orgMedia enquiriesRichard Jones Chief Marketing Officer, GS1 Australia. E: Richard.jones@gs1au.org Hitachi to Acquire GlobalLogic, a Leading U.S.-based Digital Engineering Services Company 2021-04-01T01:04:38Z hitachi-to-acquire-globallogic-a-leading-u-s-based-digital-engineering-services-company SYDNEY – 1 April 2021 --- Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, "Hitachi") today announced that it will acquire GlobalLogic Inc. (President and CEO: Shashank Samant, “GlobalLogic”), a leading U.S.-headquartered digital engineering services company. The acquisition is based on the definitive agreement among Hitachi Global Digital Holdings Corporation (“HGDH”), a U.S. subsidiary, an SPC established by HGDH for the acquisition and GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings, Inc., the parent company of GlobalLogic. The transaction is subject to customary conditions and regulatory approvals and expected to be completed by the end of July 2021. Through the acquisition, Hitachi expects the addition of GlobalLogic's advanced digital engineering capabilities, and its solid client base including major technology companies, to strengthen the digital portfolio of “Lumada.”*1 Hitachi Vantara LLC, a U.S.-based subsidiary of Hitachi and its digital infrastructure, data management, and digital solutions business, plays a key role in driving Lumada business growth in the global market. The acquisition will create synergies across Hitachi’s five sectors – IT, Energy, Industry, Mobility and Smart Life – and automotive systems business (Hitachi Astemo) by accelerating the advanced digital transformation of social infrastructure such as rail, energy, and healthcare at a global scale. Through its Social Innovation Business delivered by collaborative creation with customers, Hitachi aims to increase social, environmental, and economic value for its customers and realise a sustainable society. *1 Lumada is the name of Hitachi's advanced digital solutions and services for turning data into insights that drive digital transformation of social infrastructure. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, GlobalLogic is a leading company in the fast-growing digital engineering services market. With over 20,000 professionals in 14 countries, GlobalLogic operates design studios and software product engineering centers around the world. GlobalLogic has deep “chip-to-cloud” advanced software product engineering technology as well as experience design skills and vertical industry expertise. By combining these capabilities, GlobalLogic helps clients drive new revenue streams and incremental value for their customers by designing and developing innovative software that powers products, platforms, and digital experiences. The company has a solid client base with over 400 clients comprised of market leaders and marquee brands spanning key industries such as communications, financial services, automotive, healthcare & life sciences, technology, media and entertainment, and manufacturing. Digital transformation (DX) investment is growing at an accelerated pace globally. IDC predicts that 65% of global GDP will be digitalised by 2022 driven by products and services from digitally transformed enterprises. *2In addition, according to Zinnov (a research & advisory company specialising in Product Engineering and Digital Transformation) the total addressable market for digital engineering will grow to 1.1 trillion U.S. dollars by 2025, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19%.*3 *2 Source: IDC Press Release, October 29, 2020: IDC Reveals 2021 Worldwide Digital Transformation Predictions; 65% of Global GDP Digitalized by 2022, Driving Over $6.8 Trillion of Direct DX Investments from 2020 to 2023https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS46967420*3 Source: Zinnov Zones for Engineering & R&D Services Research (slide 3)https://zinnov.com/zinnov-zones-engineering-rd-services-2019/These figures do not include the COVID-19 effect. Digital transformation continues to be a priority for organisations everywhere, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only expanded demand for new data-driven business models, customer experiences, and connected ecosystems. However, many organisations lack the knowledge and experience to design and deploy new digital platforms. They are also challenged by the shortage of the skills required to build digital-native products, and to design new interaction models and digital experiences, such as new digital ways of shopping or new models for delivering and receiving healthcare. Against this backdrop, the demand for GlobalLogic’s services is growing rapidly, and the combined company has greater access to this massive market opportunity. Hitachi has been promoting initiatives to transform and provide more advanced and intelligent social infrastructure, such as rail and energy, using its digital technology, in order to achieve a transformation into a global leader in the Social Innovation Business. As part of its 2021 Mid-term Management Plan, Hitachi previously committed to the strategy to make growth investments of 1 trillion yen in the IT sector*4, primarily through Hitachi Vantara, to strengthen digital capabilities including digital products, solutions, partnerships, front and delivery capabilities. GlobalLogic will be an integral part and a growth engine of Hitachi’s portfolio of Lumada digital solutions and services. *4 Hitachi, Ltd., IT Sector’s presentation material at Hitachi IR Day 2019.https://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/month/2019/06/190604/20190604_01_it_presentation_en.pdf Toshiaki Higashihara, President & CEO of Hitachi, said “The acquisition of GlobalLogic creates an exciting new opportunity for Hitachi to expand our offerings of Lumada solutions and services, provide value to customers in their digital transformation journey, and grow our Lumada business globally. The synergy of GlobalLogic’s leading experience design and innovation with Hitachi's expertise in IT, operational technology, and products, will help us realise our goal to be the leading digital transformation innovator in social infrastructure worldwide. Together, we will create new social, environmental and economic value for our globally expanding client companies and elevate QoL (quality of life) for people through contributions to realise sustainable society.” “Companies in every industry are transforming with digital technology – to better engage customers, create new revenue streams and drive a higher quality of life.” said Shashank Samant, President and CEO, GlobalLogic. “We have a tremendous opportunity ahead and we are excited to embark on this journey with Hitachi, combining our collective skills, technologies, and market presence to deliver greater value to our clients as they transform their businesses.” GlobalLogic’s revenues are expected to reach approx. 1.2 billion U.S. dollars (approx. 129.6 billion yen*5) with adjusted EBITDA*6 margins to be over 20% in fiscal 2021. With a high profitability profile and strong revenue CAGR, GlobalLogic will aim to achieve adjusted EBITDA of over 1 billion U.S. dollars (approx. 108.0 billion yen) by fiscal 2028. HGDH and GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings have agreed on an equity value of 8.5 billion U.S. dollars (approx. 918.0 billion yen) with an enterprise value of 9.5 billion U.S. dollars (approx. 1,026.0 billion yen). This represents about 37.4x in CY2021 and 29.4x in CY2022 of expected adjusted EBITDA respectively and are within the calculation range of Hitachi’s comparable company analysis and the discounted cash flow method. The total acquisition cost, including repayment of GlobalLogic’s interest-bearing debt, is expected to be 9.6 billion U.S. dollars (approx. 1,036.8 billion yen). *5 Converted at the rate of 108 yen to the U.S. dollar.*6 EBITDA on a standalone basis, adjusted for stock-based compensation and non-recurring one-time costs. Hitachi will acquire GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings through a merger involving MergeCo H Global Inc. (“SPC”), a subsidiary established by HGDH for the purpose of the transaction. In this acquisition, the “reverse triangular merger method” will be adopted. Specifically, SPC will be merged with and into GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings, which will be the surviving company. When the companies are merged, HGDH or SPC will provide cash to the shareholders of GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings after which all the outstanding shares of GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings will be cancelled. All the shares of SPC held by HGDH will be converted to common shares of GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings, the surviving company. In this way, HGDH will acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings, the surviving company, and GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings and GlobalLogic will become wholly owned subsidiaries of HGDH. Closing of the transaction is anticipated by the end of July 2021 and is subject to customary conditions and regulatory approvals. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC acted as financial advisor to Hitachi in connection with the transaction and Shearman & Sterling LLP served as legal advisor. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as financial advisors and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor to GlobalLogic.For further details about GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings, financial results, shares and other financial information see the full release here: https://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/month/2021/03/f_210331.pdf Cautionary StatementCertain statements found in this document may constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such “forward-looking statements” reflect management’s current views with respect to certain future events and financial performance and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “intend,” “plan,” “project” and similar expressions which indicate future events and trends may identify “forward-looking statements.” Such statements are based on currently available information and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in the “forward-looking statements” and from historical trends. Certain “forward-looking statements” are based upon current assumptions of future events which may not prove to be accurate. Undue reliance should not be placed on “forward-looking statements,” as such statements speak only as of the date of this report. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in any “forward-looking statement” and from historical trends include, but are not limited to: • exacerbation of social and economic impacts of the spread of COVID-19;• economic conditions, including consumer spending and plant and equipment investment in Hitachi’s major markets, as well as levels of demand in the major industrial sectors Hitachi serves;• exchange rate fluctuations of the yen against other currencies in which Hitachi makes significant sales or in which Hitachi’s assets and liabilities are denominated;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to access, or access on favorable terms, liquidity or long-term financing;• uncertainty as to general market price levels for equity securities, declines in which may require Hitachi to write down equity securities that it holds;• fluctuations in the price of raw materials including, without limitation, petroleum and other materials, such as copper, steel, aluminium, synthetic resins, rare metals and rare-earth minerals, or shortages of materials, parts and components;• estimates, fluctuations in cost and cancellation of long-term projects for which Hitachi uses the percentage-of-completion method to recognise revenue from sales;• increased commoditisation of and intensifying price competition for products;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to attract and retain skilled personnel;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to continue to develop and market products that incorporate new technologies on a timely and cost-effective basis and to achieve market acceptance for such products;• fluctuations in demand of products, etc. and industry capacity;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to implement measures to reduce the potential negative impact of fluctuations in demand of products, etc., exchange rates and/or price of raw materials or shortages of materials, parts and components;• credit conditions of Hitachi’s customers and suppliers;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to achieve the anticipated benefits of its strategy to strengthen its Social Innovation Business;• uncertainty as to the success of acquisitions of other companies, joint ventures and strategic alliances and the possibility of incurring related expenses;• uncertainty as to the success of restructuring efforts to improve management efficiency by divesting or otherwise exiting underperforming businesses and to strengthen competitiveness;• general socioeconomic and political conditions and the regulatory and trade environment of countries where Hitachi conducts business, particularly Japan, Asia, the United States and Europe, including, without limitation, direct or indirect restrictions by other nations on imports and differences in commercial and business customs including, without limitation, contract terms and conditions and labour relations;• the potential for significant losses on Hitachi’s investments in equity-method associates and joint ventures;• uncertainty as to the success of cost structure overhaul;• the possibility of disruption of Hitachi’s operations by natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, the spread of infectious diseases, and geopolitical and social instability such as terrorism and conflict;• uncertainty as to the outcome of litigation, regulatory investigations and other legal proceedings of which the Company, its subsidiaries or its equity-method associates, and joint ventures have become or may become parties;• the possibility of incurring expenses resulting from any defects in products or services of Hitachi;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to maintain the integrity of its information systems, as well as Hitachi’s ability to protect its confidential information or that of its customers;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s access to, or ability to protect, certain intellectual property; and• uncertainty as to the accuracy of key assumptions Hitachi uses to evaluate its employee benefit-related costs.The factors listed above are not all-inclusive and are in addition to other factors contained elsewhere in this report and in other materials published by Hitachi. 50th anniversary of barcode today-31 March 2021 2021-03-30T22:20:40Z 50th-anniversary-of-barcode-today-31-march-2021 Fifty years ago, on 31 March 1971, leaders from the biggest names in commerce came together and transformed the global economy forever by developing the Global Trade Item Number (known as the 'GTIN'). This numerical code uniquely identifies every single product and is the core of the barcode, the most important supply chain standard in history. Today, the barcode is scanned over six billion times every day and remains one of the most trusted symbols in the world.Watch video about this important anniversary (and the future):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuP5_x8CG0M&t=1sMaria Palazzolo, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of GS1 Australia said, "I firmly believe that the digitalisation of the GTIN is one of the most significant milestones in the life of our organisation."From the linear EAN/UPC barcode to 2DBarcodes, the need to capture more than just product and pricing information is becoming more urgent and increasingly important. In order to do this successfully we must bring industry together to collaborate and to harmonise. The journey into the future has well and truly begun."GS1 standards such as the barcode continue to help make the vast complexity of modern, global business flow quickly, efficiently and securely, simplifying all kinds of supply chain processes in almost every sector all around the world. However, as consumers demand more and better product information, it is time to bring barcodes to the next level. Developments towards next-generation barcodes (for example square barcodes like QR codes), which can hold vastly more information, should be used to empower consumers with trusted information and reshape global commerce, just as the GTIN did half a century ago.50 years agoThe 1971 historic meeting took place in New York City and included leaders from the biggest names in groceries, retail and consumer goods at the time, including Heinz, General Mills, Kroger and Bristol Meyer. The executives agreed to create a system to uniquely identify every single product, calling it the Global Trade Item Number, or GTIN. With great foresight, they believed that the GTIN could have a positive impact even beyond the grocery store - from warehouses to board rooms - and would boost speed and efficiency of transactions and processes that could transform everything from supply chains to consumer experiences. And they agreed at the meeting to continue to innovate together to create a system that would benefit businesses and consumers alike. Decades later, the BBC named the resulting outcome one of "the 50 things that made the world economy." More information and quotes are in the attached media release.TO INTERVIEW Maria Palazzolo, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, GS1 Australia or Marcel Sieira, Chief Customer Officer, GS1 Australia please contact: Marian Makram-Perkins T: 03 8581 5940 E: marian.makram-perkins@gs1au.orgAbout GS1 Australia GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. We are best known for the barcode, named by the BBC as one of "the 50 things that made the world economy". GS1 standards and services improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors. With local Member Organisations in 114 countries, 2 million user companies and 6 billion transactions every day, GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe. For more information visit the GS1 Australia website: https://www.gs1au.org/ Tricentis Acquires Leading Performance Testing Company Neotys 2021-03-30T22:00:00Z tricentis-acquires-leading-performance-testing-company-neotys-1 Sydney, Australia — March 31, 2021 — Tricentis, the world’s #1 testing platform for modern cloud and enterprise applications, announced the acquisition of Neotys, a leading performance testing company. As organisations grapple with the increased number of cloud-native, mobile, and enterprise packaged applications, the need for an integrated, end-to-end approach to test automation has never been greater. With this acquisition, Tricentis will further expand its AI-driven, end-to-end continuous testing platform to offer the most comprehensive testing solution to accelerate software delivery and innovation. Neotys’ flagship product, NeoLoad, will be added to the Tricentis portfolio, giving customers an enterprise-grade performance testing solution with the broadest coverage of enterprise packaged applications, including SAP, Salesforce, Oracle, Microsoft, ServiceNow, Snowflake, and Workday. NeoLoad is the leading performance testing offering on the market for enterprises looking to verify application response time, availability, and scalability for mobile, web, and packaged applications. NeoLoad provides testers and developers with automatic test design and maintenance, the most realistic user behaviour simulation, fast root cause analysis, and built-in integrations with the entire DevOps toolchain. More than 600 enterprise customers, including BNP Paribas, Dell, Lufthansa, McKesson, and Verizon utilise NeoLoad for comprehensive performance testing. “We are excited to welcome the Neotys team to Tricentis as we join forces to accelerate enterprises’ digital transformation with automated software testing,” said Sandeep Johri, chief executive officer at Tricentis. “The combination of Tricentis and Neotys will further enable organisations to ensure consistent quality across all software releases by taking a standardised approach to delivering continuous performance, reliability, and scalability from development to production.” Together, Tricentis and Neotys deliver the industry’s most complete solution to dramatically accelerate software delivery, reduce costs, and improve quality across custom and enterprise applications. “We are looking forward to joining Tricentis, the industry leader in continuous testing,” said Thibaud Bussière, president and co-founder at Neotys. “Today’s Agile and DevOps teams are looking for ways to be more strategic and eliminate manual tasks and implement automated solutions to work more efficiently and effectively. As part of Tricentis, we’ll be able to eliminate laborious testing tasks to allow teams to focus on high-value analysis and performance engineering.” For more information, visit https://www.tricentis.com/blog/announcing-tricentis-neotys-acquisition/ and read the blog from Tricentis CEO Sandeep Johri. Join the webinar on March 30 - https://www.tricentis.com/events/behind-the-tricentis-neotys-acquisition/ . About Tricentis Tricentis is the global leader in enterprise continuous testing, widely credited for reinventing software testing for DevOps, cloud, and enterprise applications. The Tricentis AI-based, continuous testing platform provides a new and fundamentally different way to perform software testing. An approach that’s totally automated, fully codeless, and intelligently driven by AI. It addresses both agile development and complex enterprise apps, enabling enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation by dramatically increasing software release speed, reducing costs, and improving software quality. Tricentis has been widely recognised as the leader by all major industry analysts, including being named the leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant five years in a row. Tricentis has more than 1,400 customers, including the largest brands in the world, such as McKesson, Accenture, Nationwide Insurance, Allianz, Telstra, Rockwell Automation, and Vodafone. To learn more, visit https://www.tricentis.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Media Contacts Antoinette Georgopoulos Einsteinz Communications antoinette@einsteinz.com.au Cohesity Announces a US $3.7 Billion Valuation – US $1.2 Billion More Than Its Valuation Less Than 12 Months Ago 2021-03-30T21:29:20Z cohesity-announces-a-us-3-7-billion-valuation-us-1-2-billion-more-than-its-valuation-less-than-12-months-ago San Jose, Calif. – March 30, 2021 – Cohesity today announced a new company valuation of US $3.7 billion, which is US $1.2 billion higher than its valuation less than 12 months ago. This dramatic growth in valuation continues to validate the incredible trajectory and momentum Cohesity is seeing as the modern multicloud data management company.The valuation was established in line with a US $145 million tender offer made by investors to Cohesity employees who want the option to sell a small portion of their equity for liquidity. This non-dilutive transaction was led by STEADFAST Capital Ventures and supported by a syndicate of new and existing investors, including Premji Invest.“We are pleased to enable this liquidity opportunity for our employees,” said Mohit Aron, CEO and Founder, Cohesity. “We believe the oversubscribed, non-dilutive tender offer based upon this increased company valuation speaks volumes about Cohesity’s performance and future outlook as the leading, modern data management company.”The valuation comes as Cohesity is reporting record-breaking results from its fiscal second quarter ending Jan. 31, 2021. The company saw significant year-over-year (YoY) growth in annual recurring revenues (ARR), a continued surge in customer wins globally, and a rapidly increasing number of customers spending US $5 million or more in total lifetime spend on Cohesity software. Cohesity also saw exceptional traction across its partner and service provider ecosystem.“Cohesity is firing on all cylinders with significant increases in annual recurring revenues, exceptional customer and partner momentum, and impressive growth in overall customer spend,” said Karan Mehandru, Managing Director and Head of Venture Capital, STEADFAST Capital Ventures. “The company also continues to introduce software innovations that are transforming data management – including Data Management as a Service. This game-changing SaaS technology is unleashing new opportunities for midsize and enterprise customers to simplify data management and do more with their data. At STEADFAST, our goal is to partner with exceptional entrepreneurs building iconic and durable companies that are built to last, and our partnership with Mohit and the Cohesity team is a shining example of that strategy at work.”“Cohesity continues to disrupt the data management market. The Cohesity Helios multicloud data platform uniquely empowers organisations to easily manage their data, mitigate the risks of ransomware attacks, eliminate infrastructure silos, and solve mass data fragmentation,” said Sandesh Patnam, Managing Partner, U.S., Premji Invest. “Given Cohesity’s continued innovation, excellent NPS customer support scores, strong leadership, and vision for the future, we are very optimistic about Cohesity’s continued success in the market. We believe the new valuation is a fraction of the value Cohesity will be worth long-term.” Expanded Company Valuation Follows Strong Q2 ResultsThe following metrics highlight record-breaking results Cohesity achieved during Q2, its most recently completed quarter.Exceptional ARR growth: Cohesity achieved a nearly 90 percent increase YoY (Q2/Q2) in ARR, further emphasising the success of the company’s subscription-based software model.Strong net expansion rate: Cohesity’s net expansion rate -- or the rate of expansion net of churn from existing customers over the last year -- continues to exceed 130 percent, a benchmark for leading subscription/SaaS companies. This means that ARR from Cohesity’s existing customer set grew over 30 percent over the last 12 months.Rapid customer growth: Cohesity saw a 50 percent increase YoY (Q2/Q2) in the number of customers doing business with Cohesity, with rapid adoption in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific/Japan regions. More than 2,300 customers trust their data with Cohesity.Continued strength among the Fortune 500: Cohesity customers include two of the top five Fortune 500, two of the top five U.S. banks, more than 300 financial services organisations globally, and three of the top five pharmaceutical companies globally.Massive growth in customer spend: Cohesity realized an 84 percent increase YoY (Q2/Q2) in the number of customers that spent between US $1 million and US $5 million on Cohesity software in total lifetime spend, and a 300 percent YoY (Q2/Q2) increase in customers with more than US $5 million in total lifetime spend.Success with channel partners: The number of partners that have booked US $1 million or more in business with Cohesity grew 46 percent YoY (Q2/Q2). Cohesity is not only expanding its base of partners, but going significantly deeper with partners as more customers embrace Cohesity’s multicloud platform and data management offerings.Record-breaking quarter with service providers: Cohesity realised its biggest quarter ever with service providers, seeing a 208 percent growth in bookings YoY (Q2/Q2). Cohesity also signed 16 new service providers globally in Q2, includingMove AS, NetNordic, and US Signal.Cohesity customers span a wide array of verticals including financial services, healthcare, government/ public sector, pharmaceutical, retail, technology, transportation, education, and media and entertainment. Customers include: Cisco, Northumbria Police (UK), Novartis, Proliance Surgeons, Siemens AG, SiteOne® Landscape Supply, Sky Lakes Medical Center, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust , the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the San Francisco Giants, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Department of Labor. Q2 Product Innovations and Industry AccoladesCohesity introduced innovative SaaS offerings in Q2 and received accolades for its cloud leadership, unique partner program, and recognition from industry analyst firms.New SaaS offerings: In December, Cohesity announced the general availability* of Cohesity DataProtect delivered as a Service. This SaaS-based offering, the first of many to come as part of Cohesity’s comprehensive Data Management as a Service (DMaaS) solution, gives customers an easy way to make sure their on-premises and cloud-based data is backed up and protected.Partner Program of the Year: In December, Cohesity won the “Partner Program of the Year” award from Channel Partner Insight (CPI). These annual awards recognise the companies that are powering the U.S. IT channel.Customers’ Choice: In January, for the fourth time in a row, the company was named a Customers’ Choice in the Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’” Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions. Cohesity was the only Customers’ Choice vendor recognised in the following categories: Global Enterprises, Healthcare, and Services industries.Cloud leadership: In February, CRN named Cohesity one of its 100 Coolest Cloud Companies for 2021 for the second year in a row. The annual list recognizes the leading cloud technology providers in five critical categories: infrastructure, monitoring and management, security, storage, and software. About CohesityCohesity radically simplifies data management. We make it easy to protect, manage, and derive value from data -- across the data centre, edge, and cloud. We offer a full suite of services consolidated on one multicloud data platform: backup and recovery, disaster recovery, file and object services, dev/test, and data compliance, security, and analytics -- reducing complexity and eliminating mass data fragmentation. Cohesity can be delivered as a service, self-managed, or provided by a Cohesity-powered partner. © 2021 Cohesity, Inc. All rights reserved. Cohesity, the Cohesity logo, Helios, and other Cohesity marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cohesity, Inc. in the US and/or internationally. Other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated. DDLS launches advisory consultancy DDLS People 2021-03-30T04:00:06Z ddls-launches-advisory-consultancy-ddls-people DDLS, Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training, has expanded its business operations with the launch of its new advisory consultancy brand, DDLS People.The new business unit builds off DDLS’ 20-year history of delivering complex logistics and supply chain projects, as well as learning and development activities to the Australian government, primarily the Department of Defence.DDLS People will continue to provide these services to the Department of Defence, while increasing and improving its offering to include strategic advisory and project management services. The new investment is aimed at expanding the company’s reach into the greater public sector, as well as private enterprises.Jon Lang, CEO of DDLS commented, “This is an exciting step for DDLS as we continue to expand our reach into strategic advisory services. The launch of DDLS People is our commitment to innovate the way we service our clients with skilled consultancy. DDLS People has a long and established history working with the Department of Defence and a range of Government organisations and corporations to deliver successful programs and outcomes.”DDLS People provides services to some of the largest agencies within the Department of Defence and has a solid track record of delivering results with commitment and passion over two decades. Since its inception, DDLS People has delivered over 200 Defence projects and upwards of 1,000 logistics systems training courses per year, to organisations such as the Navy, Army and Air Force.“We help organisations test and implement a range of project and program management methodologies depending on their businesses requirements. These methodologies drive a path towards workflow optimisation to improve business productivity and profitability, while ensuring compliance. We also develop large-scale customised training programs for organisations and deliver these via flexible modalities including face-to-face classroom learning and more recently a virtual classroom model to facilitate remote learning,” added Karen Smith, DDLS People Account Director.DDLS People has expertise across four key competencies:Learning & DevelopmentThe delivery of custom end-to-end learning and development outcomes for organisations, which are aligned to overall business strategies and delivered via traditional face-to-face, blended classroom learning, virtual classrooms, e-learning or remote learning.Logistics & Supply ChainAdvisory services across the full suite of supply chain strategy, management, planning, analysis, performance, optimisation, assurance, and reporting. DDLS People collaboratively creates the most effective and efficient solution for any aspect of an Integrated Logistics Support or supply chain project.Portfolio, Program & Project ManagementDDLS People delivers multi-year, multi-million-dollar business and technology initiatives. The team comprises a mix of qualified program directors, project and change managers, project controllers including schedulers, risk managers, assurance, and cost estimation experts, as well as program and project administrative support personnel.Strategic & Management ConsultingManagement experts bring considerable industry knowledge to objectively assess high-level business challenges, utilising a range of methodologies including desktop reviews, facilitated workshops, business process mapping, co-designed solution options, SWOT, ‘what if’ and scenario analysis, benchmarking, and balanced scorecards.The DDLS Portfolio of business units now consists of DDLS Training, The Australian Institute of ICT and DDLS People, with eight offices across Australia and Asia.For more information on DDLS People, visit https://www.ddlspeople.com.au.- END -About DDLSDDLS is Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training and Australia’s number one cybersecurity training provider. We partner with world-class companies to help organisations and individuals remain up to date with new processes, technology, and platforms to reduce risk and enable efficient business practices. DDLS promotes a balanced approach to training with a focus on the key areas of Technology, Process and People. We provide extensive training options tailored to your organisation’s needs – from vendor-certified courses to customised training, including bespoke in-house developed courses.About DDLS PeopleDDLS People has been providing strategic and advisory services in learning and development, logistics and program and project management for 20 years. We are a specialist team of experienced professionals who help analyse and understand your business challenges, and work with you to create and implement solutions. The business has a long and successful history with the Department of Defence, and we have broadened our client base to include a range of Government organisations and corporations. RICOH Unleashes High Speed Printing for Australian Business with New Range of Monochrome A3 Multi-Function Printers 2021-03-30T00:25:51Z ricoh-unleashes-high-speed-printing-for-australian-business-with-new-range-of-monochrome-a3-multi-function-printers Sydney, 30 March 2021 – RICOH, a leading provider of workplace technology, today launched its high speed, flagship all-in-one A3 black and white multi-function office printers (MFP) providing Australian businesses with a boost to productivity and performance while also supporting digital workflow optimisation with a suite of end-to-end applications.The new IM 7000 and IM 9000 MFPs provide copy, print, scan with optional fax and are an ideal solution for businesses which have no requirement for colour printing but still require robust finishing, high volume black and white prints, and rapid colour scanning. Designed with speed in mind, the IM 9000 delivers a blistering 90ppm whilst both models scan at 240 impressions per minute in black and white and colour. They support large high-volume office spaces, copy rooms and large workgroups generating average copy volumes up to 34,000 pages per month. The latest generation 10.1 inch Smart Operation Panel offers a revamped user interface and smoother touch response while basic finishing is made easy with all new finishers that support sorting, stapling and up to six different folding techniques. These include a small paper tray, double feed detection option for the Single Pass Document Feeder (SPDF), a 1,250-sheet output sorting tray and a slim-line multi-folding unit that enables in-house production using typical fold types without the need for production level space requirements. Customers also have peace of mind that their devices are always protected with the latest security features. Additionally, RICOH Always Current Technology, RICOH Intelligent Support, and RICOH Smart Integration enable customers to keep their device up to date with periodic feature upgrades without having to buy a new device. These maximise uptime with proactive device support and in a new subscription model enable users to add software solutions and cloud services with zero upfront costs thereby optimising their document management workflows. Businesses with international operations can also collaborate with teams remotely across the globe with documents shared seamlessly and safely from smartphones and tablets via the RICOH Smart Device Connector app.Sul Koralege, Assistant Product Manager, RICOH Australia, said, “In today’s always-switched-on, fast-paced world, businesses and public sector departments need to be more responsive than ever before. These new MFPs are more than just a copier, printer and scanner, they elevate your work quality with seamless functions while delivering outstanding print performance.“At the same time, whether you’re a business, government department or working in a specialised market such as education, you can now consolidate smaller MFPs and printers into a single high print volume device while enjoying reliability, robust features, enhanced productivity, reliability, and ease-of-use. “At the end of the day, fast printing lets you get more done while in-built finishing options gives you professional quality documents at a fraction of the cost of other devices.”ENDSAbout RICOHRICOH is empowering digital workplaces using innovative technologies and services enabling individuals to work smarter. For more than 80 years, RICOH has been driving innovation and is a leading provider of document management solutions, IT services, communications services, commercial and industrial printing, digital cameras, and industrial systems. Headquartered in Tokyo, RICOH Group operates in approximately 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ended March 2020, RICOH Group had worldwide sales of 2,008 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD). 50th Anniversary: Invention of GTIN-the Number Behind the Barcode 2021-03-29T23:47:51Z 50th-anniversary-invention-of-gtin-the-number-behind-the-barcode Fifty years ago, on 31 March 1971, leaders from the biggest names in commerce came together and transformed the global economy forever by developing the Global Trade Item Number (known as the 'GTIN'). This numerical code uniquely identifies every single product and is the core of the barcode, the most important supply chain standard in history. Today, the barcode is scanned over six billion times every day and remains one of the most trusted symbols in the world.Maria Palazzolo, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of GS1 Australia said, "I firmly believe that the digitalisation of the GTIN is one of the most significant milestones in the life of our organisation."From the linear EAN/UPC barcode to 2DBarcodes, the need to capture more than just product and pricing information is becoming more urgent and increasingly important. In order to do this successfully we must bring industry together to collaborate and to harmonise. The journey into the future has well and truly begun."GS1 standards such as the barcode continue to help make the vast complexity of modern, global business flow quickly, efficiently and securely, simplifying all kinds of supply chain processes in almost every sector all around the world. However, as consumers demand more and better product information, it is time to bring barcodes to the next level. Developments towards next-generation barcodes (for example square barcodes like QR codes), which can hold vastly more information, should be used to empower consumers with trusted information and reshape global commerce, just as the GTIN did half a century ago.50 years agoThe 1971 historic meeting took place in New York City and included leaders from the biggest names in groceries, retail and consumer goods at the time, including Heinz, General Mills, Kroger and Bristol Meyer. The executives agreed to create a system to uniquely identify every single product, calling it the Global Trade Item Number, or GTIN. With great foresight, they believed that the GTIN could have a positive impact even beyond the grocery store - from warehouses to board rooms - and would boost speed and efficiency of transactions and processes that could transform everything from supply chains to consumer experiences. And they agreed at the meeting to continue to innovate together to create a system that would benefit businesses and consumers alike. Decades later, the BBC named the resulting outcome one of "the 50 things that made the world economy." More information and quotes are in the attached media release.TO INTERVIEW Maria Palazzolo, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, GS1 Australia or Marcel Sieira, Chief Customer Officer, GS1 Australia please contact: Marian Makram-Perkins, T: 03 8581 5940 E: marian.makram-perkins@gs1au.orgAbout GS1 Australia GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. We are best known for the barcode, named by the BBC as one of "the 50 things that made the world economy". GS1 standards and services improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors. With local Member Organisations in 114 countries, 2 million user companies and 6 billion transactions every day, GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe. For more information visit the GS1 Australia website: https://www.gs1au.org/ Cohesity Recognised as a Customers’ Choice in 2021 Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’: Distributed File Systems and Object Storage 2021-03-29T23:29:38Z cohesity-recognised-as-a-customers-choice-in-2021-gartner-peer-insights-voice-of-the-customer-distributed-file-systems-and-object-storage San Jose, Calif. – March 29, 2021 – Cohesity today announced it has been named a Customers’ Choice in the Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’: Distributed File Systems and Object Storage report. With this recognition, Cohesity is the only vendor to be named as a Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for both Distributed File Systems and Object Storage, as well as the Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions announced in January 2021.Gartner defines distributed file systems and object storage as “software and hardware solutions that are based on ‘shared-nothing architecture’ and that support object and/or scale-out file technology to address requirements for unstructured data growth.” The Gartner Peer Insights ratings are based on direct customer feedback. In the most recent report, Cohesity SmartFiles was among those with the highest overall rating (4.8 of 5.0) with products that had at least 57 customer reviews as of March 17, 2021.“We believe being recognised by Gartner as a Customers’ Choice for both Distributed File Systems and Object Storage and Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions demonstrates the incredible value our Helios multicloud data platform offers in providing modern data management to enterprise organisations,” said Lynn Lucas, chief marketing officer, Cohesity. “This recognition is another validation of our strategy to continue to invest in innovation that makes it radically simple for customers to manage their data and unlock limitless value from it.”In addition to being named a 2021 Customers’ Choice for the Distributed File Systems and Object Storage market category, Cohesity was recognised as a 2021 Customers’ Choice for two category distinctions, including North America and Midsize Enterprises.SmartFiles, Cohesity’s file and object offering, is the industry’s first software-defined, data-centric file and object solution for the enterprise offering unparalleled manageability, scale, security, efficiency, and multi-tiered data management. It is a single solution for multiple application workloads that allows value to be unlocked from data through an integrated application ecosystem that runs directly on data in-place. SmartFiles leverages the Cohesity Helios multicloud data platform to deliver a patented distributed architecture with unlimited scale in a pay-as-you-grow model that never requires disruptive upgrades.Here are some sample Cohesity customer reviews from Gartner Peer Insights for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage report:“The Solution For Ransomware Attacks”Network Engineer, Healthcare Industry, Jan. 2021“Secure and easy provisioning make Cohesity SmartFiles our first choice for unstructured data.”Vice President Of IT Operations, Services Industry, Jan. 2021“Cohesity SmartFiles got us out of the NAS box our company had painted ourselves into.”Network Infrastructure Administrator, Finance, Jan. 2021“SmartFiles extends the value of our investment in the platform.”Senior Manager, IT Architecture, Jan. 2021 To read more customer reviews, please visit the Gartner Peer Insights page for Cohesity. To learn more about the Gartner Customers’ Choice in Distributed File Systems and Object Storage report, click here: https://www.cohesity.com/dm/report/gartner-peer-insights-voice-of-the-customer-distributed-file-systems-and-object-storage/ DisclaimersGartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-user reviews, ratings, and data applied against a documented methodology; they neither represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, Gartner or its affiliates.About CohesityCohesity radically simplifies data management. We make it easy to protect, manage, and derive value from data — across the data centre, edge and cloud. We offer a full suite of services consolidated on one multicloud data platform: backup and recovery, disaster recovery, file and object services, dev/test, and data compliance, security, and analytics — reducing complexity and eliminating mass data fragmentation. Cohesity can be delivered as a service, self-managed, or provided by a Cohesity-powered partner. © 2021 Cohesity, Inc. All rights reserved. Cohesity, the Cohesity logo, Helios, and other Cohesity marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cohesity, Inc. in the US and/or internationally. Other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated. ENDS Zscaler and CrowdStrike Extend Zero Trust Security from Devices to Business Applications 2021-03-29T22:37:20Z zscaler-and-crowdstrike-extend-zero-trust-security-from-devices-to-business-applications SAN JOSE, March 29, 2021 - Zscaler, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZS) and CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRWD), two leaders in cloud-native security, today announced a series of integrations that deliver end-to-end security protection from the endpoint to the application. These integrations for joint customers strengthen security by providing an identity-centric and data-centric zero trust approach that encompasses data, people, devices, workloads, and networks. Zscaler is CrowdStrike’s first cloud security partner to leverage CrowdStrike Zero Trust Assessment (ZTA) in general availability to enable secure access to applications from any endpoint, regardless of the user or location. Utilising the expansive telemetry of the CrowdStrike Falcon® platform that processes over 5 trillion events a week, ZTA grants dynamic conditional access based on continuous real-time security posture assessments of device health and compliance checks. Through the integration with Zscaler Private AccessTM (ZPATM), access to private applications can be automatically adapted based on the ZTA assessment score and updated access policies from Zscaler. “Employees are working from anywhere and applications are moving to the cloud,” said Amit Sinha, president, chief technology officer, board member, Zscaler. “The enterprise perimeter doesn’t exist anymore, the internet is the new corporate network, and security should follow users and workloads wherever they are. Zero trust requires decoupling application access from being on the corporate network and allowing access based on identity, context, and business policies. This dramatically reduces an organisation's attack surface and prevents lateral propagation of attacks that we've seen repeatedly when organisations rely on legacy firewall and network-centric solutions." This collaboration between the two cloud-native security leaders provides joint customers with adaptive, risk-based access control to private applications, enabling improved defense for people working from anywhere. The integration also enables automated workflow between the two platforms through threat intelligence and telemetry data sharing, providing zero-day malware protection, automatic update of inline custom blocklists, and faster data correlation and impact assessment. “Recent high profile attacks involving compromised credentials have served as a moment of truth for organisations struggling with expanding remote workforces, growth of cloud applications, and an increasingly complex threat landscape,” said Michael Sentonas, chief technology officer at CrowdStrike. “Modern organisations need to embrace an identity-centric approach to security with a mature zero trust architecture that is dynamic and end-to-end, automating workflows that ensure verified access across endpoints, networks, workloads, and devices. Zero trust must be the de facto standard in today’s work-from-anywhere world.” “CrowdStrike and Zscaler’s scalable and complementary solutions enabled our organisation’s security transformation by providing increased visibility of endpoints and workloads across our approximately 400 offices in 60 countries. Immediate detection and response are critical for stopping potential breaches, and we are able to significantly accelerate our response,” said Erik Hart, chief information security officer for Cushman & Wakefield. “As distributed workforces continue to grow and increasingly expose corporate environments to intensifying cyber threat activity, an identity-centric zero trust strategy must be implemented to ensure that access is verified and that organisational risks are minimised.” The integrations will offer mutual customers four key benefits: ZPA incorporates CrowdStrike’s real-time ZTA to enforce access policy to private apps to reduce organisational risks Zscaler Internet Access (TM) (ZIATM) deployed inline stops malware propagation by triggering device quarantine through the CrowdStrike Falcon Platform CrowdStrike’s Falcon X threat intelligence and Falcon Endpoint Protection device telemetry data can be shared with Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange for seamless usage when integrations are activated to provide stronger protection and increasedVisibility Cross-platform workflow shortens response time and helps combat increasing volumes and sophistication of attacks Zscaler and CrowdStrike first partnered in 2019 to integrate the CrowdStrike Falcon platform with Zscaler’s cloud security platform to provide customers with real-time threat detection and automated policy enforcement to improve security across networks and endpoints. To learn more about the integration and hear from customers, register for the Beyond the Perimeter (https://info.zscaler.com/beyond-the-perimeter) virtual events happening around the world. Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding benefits customers may receive from Zscaler and CrowdStrike’s new integrations. There are a significant number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from statements made in this press release.You should not rely on these forward-looking statements, as actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those contemplated by these forward-looking statements as a result of such risks and uncertainties. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we do not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made. About ZscalerZscaler (NASDAQ: ZS) accelerates digital transformation so customers can be more agile, efficient, resilient, and secure. The Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange protects thousands of customers from cyberattacks and data loss by securely connecting users, devices, and applications in any location. Distributed across more than 150 data centres globally, the SASE-based Zero Trust Exchange is the world’s largest in-line cloud security platform.Zscaler™ and the other trademarks listed at: https://www.zscaler.com/legal/trademarks are either (i) registered trademarks or service marks or (ii) trademarks or service marks of Zscaler, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Any other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.About CrowdStrikeCrowdStrike CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRWD), a global cybersecurity leader, is redefining security for the cloud era with an endpoint and workload protection platform built from the ground up to stop breaches. The CrowdStrike Falcon® platform’s single lightweight-agent architecture leverages cloud-scale artificial intelligence (AI) and offers real-time protection and visibility across the enterprise, preventing attacks on endpoints and workloads on or off the network. 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CrowdStrike owns other trademarks and service marks, and may use the brands of third parties to identify their products and services.ENDS Gartner Identifies Top 10 Government Technology Trends for 2021 2021-03-29T03:16:59Z gartner-identifies-top-10-government-technology-trends-for-2021 Sydney, 29 March 2021 — Research and advisory firm Gartner has published a list of the top 10 government technology trends for 2021 that have the potential to accelerate digital innovation and optimise or transform public services.Gartner’s top 10 strategic technology trends for government this year arise from the challenges wrought from the pandemic and the need for flexible operating models that support significant disruptions.“The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred the acceleration of digital innovation across the government sector around the world, presenting government leaders with new opportunities to use data and technologies to build trust, agility and resilience in public institutions,” said Rick Howard, research vice president at Gartner. “While pandemic-related challenges will continue for some time, technology trends have emerged that address critical challenges in areas such as security, cost containment and citizen experience.”Gartner’s list of strategic technology trends is directly linked to public administration and policy issues that government leaders must address. Government CIOs can use this list to identify technology trends that best address their post-pandemic recovery priorities and establish the rationale, timing and priority of technology investments. Accelerated Legacy ModernisationGovernments have experienced the limitations and risks posed by decades-old legacy infrastructure and core systems. To be better equipped to deal with the next disruption, government CIOs are accelerating the move to modern, modular architectures. While the need for legacy modernisation is not new to government CIOs, the challenges related to the pandemic have only served to heighten the awareness of the resulting risks and the need for it.Gartner predicts that by 2025, over 50% of government agencies will have modernised critical core legacy applications to improve resilience and agility. Adaptive SecurityAn adaptive security approach treats risk, trust and security as a continuous and adaptive process that anticipates and mitigates constantly evolving cyber threats. This approach features components for prediction, prevention, detection and response. It forgoes traditional notions of perimeter, assuming there is no boundary for safe and unsafe, a necessary conceptual shift given the migration to cloud services. Gartner predicts that 75% of government CIOs will be directly responsible for security outside of IT by 2025, to include operational and mission-critical technology environments. Anything as a Service (XaaS)XaaS is a cloud-only sourcing strategy that embraces acquiring the full range of business and IT services on a subscription basis. Pandemic response and the critical need for digital service delivery have exacerbated pressures to modernise legacy applications and infrastructure. XaaS offers an alternative to legacy infrastructure modernisation, provides scalability and reduces time to deliver digital services. Gartner predicts that 95% of new IT investments made by government agencies will be made as a service solution by 2025. Case Management as a Service (CMaaS)Case work is the predominant workstyle of government, with the entire legacy-heavy portfolio of monolithic case management point solutions found in many departments. CMaaS is a new way to build institutional agility by applying composable business principles and practices, to replace legacy case management systems with modular products that can be rapidly assembled, disassembled and recomposed in response to changing business needs.Gartner predicts that by 2024, government organisations with a composable case management application architecture will implement new features at least 80% faster than those without. Citizen Digital IdentityDigital identity is the ability to prove an individual’s identity via any government digital channel that is available to citizens, which is critical for inclusion and access to government services. Digital identity ecosystems are quickly evolving and leading governments to assume new roles and responsibilities. The topic is high on political agendas, so government CIOs must link digital identity to salient use cases. Gartner predicts that a true global, portable, decentralised identity standard will emerge in the market by 2024, to address business, personal, social and societal, and identity-invisible use cases. Composable Government EnterpriseThe composable government enterprise is any government organisation that adopts composable design principles. This enables them to extend the reuse of capabilities and continuously adapt to changing regulatory, legislative and public expectations. CIOs are embracing composable government to overcome existing, siloed approaches to managing services, systems and data that limit the ability of governments to adapt to the rapidly evolving needs of the emerging digital society.Gartner predicts that 50% of technology companies that provide products and services to the government will offer packaged business capabilities to support composable applications by 2023. Data Sharing as a ProgramData sharing is often ad hoc in government, driven by high-profile use cases such as child protection incidents or gender violence that cannot easily be generalised. Data sharing as a program moves it into being a scalable service, with multiple reusable capabilities, supporting the drive toward more composable approaches in government service delivery.Gartner predicts by 2023, 50% of government organisations will establish formal accountability structures for data sharing, including standards for data structure, quality and timeliness. Hyperconnected Public ServicesHyperconnected public services is the whole-of-government use of multiple technologies, tools or platforms to automate as many business and IT processes as possible. Government CIOs can use hyperautomation principles and practices to develop hyperconnected, highly automated end-to-end business processes and public services that require minimal human intervention.Gartner predicts that by 2024, 75% of governments will have at least three enterprise-wide hyperautomation initiatives launched or underway. Multichannel Citizen EngagementCitizen direct participation with governments reached new heights in 2020 as communities dealt with the pandemic, wildfires, hurricanes and other events. Multichannel citizen engagement is a seamless, bidirectional engagement with constituents across organisational boundaries, while delivering a personalised experience using the preferred and most effective channels to reach them. Gartner predicts that over 30% of governments will use engagement metrics to track quantity and quality of citizen participation in policy and budget decisions by 2024. Operationalised AnalyticsOperationalised analytics is the strategic and systematic adoption of data-driven technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and advanced analytics, at each stage of government activity to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and consistency of decision making. Decision makers can make better context-based operational decisions in real-time to improve the quality of the citizen experience.Gartner predicts that by 2024, 60% of government AI and data analytics investments aim to directly impact real-time operational decisions and outcomes. Gartner clients can learn more in the report “Top Technology Trends in Government for 2021” and in the companion report “Top Business Trends in Government for 2021.” About the Gartner Information Technology PracticeThe Gartner IT practice provides CIOs and IT leaders with the insights and tools to drive the organisation through digital transformation to lead business growth. Additional information is available at https://www.gartner.com/en/information-technology. Follow news and updates from the Gartner IT practice on Twitter and LinkedIn using #GartnerIT. About GartnerGartner, 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 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 organisations in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and organisation size.To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit www.gartner.com. # # # New Research Shows Australia’s Shift To Remote Work Has Intensified Data Protection Challenges 2021-03-29T01:29:13Z new-research-shows-australias-shift-to-remote-work-has-intensified-data-protection-challenges Sydney, 29 March 2021 - Barracuda, a trusted partner and leading provider of cloud-enabled security solutions, today released key findings from a report titled The state of Office 365 backup. Commissioned by Barracuda, the research surveyed global decision makers, including 201 Australian IT leaders, to capture their opinions and perspectives about Office 365, data security, backup and recovery, SaaS solutions, and a variety of related topics. Read the full report: https://www.barracuda.com/office365-ccb Overall, the findings indicate that the shift to remote work during the pandemic has intensified the challenges associated with protecting Office 365 data. Highlights from the report include: Protecting data against attack and loss—both from outside actors and inside sources—is a key concern. 72% of respondents globally and 68% of Australian respondents are concerned that their Office 365 data could be the target of ransomware.52% of respondents globally and 46% of Australian respondents say their organisation has experienced a ransomware attack. Organisations want granular restore and other functionality not available in Microsoft’s native capabilities. 77% of IT decision makers globally and 80% of Australian respondents agree that granular restore of Exchange, SharePoint, OneDrive, and Teams is important to them. 79% globally and 84% in Australia want to be able to recover mailboxes to another location or user. Data protection is both a security and a regulatory concern. 69% of respondents globally and 67% of respondends in Australia are concerned about data being backed up outside their geography (geo residency).More than 7 in 10 respondents globally and 69% of respondents in Australia are concerned about compliance with data privacy requirements. Organisations prefer a SaaS solution that is fast and easy to get up and running. 74% of the IT decision makers surveyed globally and 81 per cent in Australia say that SaaS backup for Office 365—i.e., no hardware or software to maintain—is important to them. Around 8 in 10 globally and in Australia (85%) want to be able to start running their first backups immediately upon signing up for a new data protection solution. “For many Australian organisations, protecting Office 365 data has become more critical and more challenging over the past year what with the accelerated shift to remote work and the increasing reliance on SharePoint, OneDrive, and Teams,” said Andrew Huntley, ANZ Regional Sales Director, Barracuda. “That’s why organisations are assessing what additional steps they need to take to ensure the staff, the devices they are using, and the resources they accessing are secure at all times. Key features include easy-to-use backup solutions that are fast to get up and running and have core capabilities like granular retention that aren’t included in Microsoft’s native functionality.” The survey, conducted by independent market researcher Censuswide, includes responses from 1,828 executives, individual contributors, and team managers with responsibility for their organisation's cloud infrastructure. This included 201 IT decision makers in Australia. They came from organisations in companies with 50 or more employees in the U.S., EMEA, and APAC. Resources: Download the full report: https://www.barracuda.com/office365-ccb Download Future shock: The cloud is the new network: https://www.barracuda.com/cloud-market Download Secure SD-WAN: The launch pad into cloud: https://www.barracuda.com/sdwan-report-2020 Download Cloud networks: Shifting into hyperdrive: http://www.barracuda.com/sase-report Read the blog post: http://cuda.co/45804 About Barracuda At Barracuda we strive to make the world a safer place. We believe every business deserves access to cloud-enabled, enterprise-grade security solutions that are easy to buy, deploy, and use. We protect email, networks, data and applications with innovative solutions that grow and adapt with our customers’ journey. More than 200,000 organisations worldwide trust Barracuda to protect them — in ways they may not even know they are at risk — so they can focus on taking their business to the next level. For more information, visit barracuda.com.  Barracuda Networks, Barracuda and the Barracuda Networks logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Barracuda Networks, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.