The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-07-06T03:11:54Z New Australian Consumer Comparison Website 2020-07-06T03:11:54Z new-australian-consumer-comparison-website New Australian Consumer Website to Help You Make Important Choices Making important life decisions such as purchasing your first home or getting health insurance can be quite unnerving. With the myriad of information available on the internet, it’s hard to know where to start. Fortunately, a new Australian consumer comparison website is now up and running to assist you. “” maintains a comprehensive panel of different brands to help the consumer review his or her options right then and there, online. Better still, MakesCents is completely independent and not owned by the suppliers it recommends to Aussies. and the Services They Offer Makes Cents can help you decide on the following areas: ·      Compare Life Insurance You need to be prepared for life’s uncertainties. A life insurance guarantees that your beneficiaries will be compensated if anything happens to you. Makes Cents enables you to compare 14 insurers at the same time through their platform. They only collaborate with the best and reliable insurance providers. You’ll be able to sleep at night knowing you’re in good hands. ·      Compare Electricity and Gas Do you feel that you’re shelling out too much money on utilities? Are you tired of getting poor customer service? Perhaps it’s already time to look for other options. Gas and electricity suppliers will always want to do business with you, but they don’t always offer the best deal. Since Makes Cents is 100% independent, you’ll be able to review all deals and make an educated decision.  ·      Compare the best prices for Solar Going solar is a great investment for yourself and for the environment. You will be able to save tons of money in the long run, whilst helping the environment heal by reducing your carbon footprint. Makes Cents has partnered with 20+ licensed suppliers to make sure that you get the best set-up that is suitable for your needs. ·      Compare the best Home Loans Are you planning to buy a new home or perhaps refinance your existing loan? Makes Cents will be able to find a great deal for you, depending on the state of your finances for free. You will also be able to know how much you will save if you switch to a new lender. ·      Compare the best prices for Health Insurance Your savings can be depleted immediately if you fail to prepare for health emergencies. With private health insurance, you can seek treatment from a doctor of your choice. You will be assisted in paying the expenses incurred in and out of the hospital as well. With Makes Cents, you can choose an insurance provider that can cater to your specific needs. Understand What Makes Sense in Life with Are you looking forward to trying the services they have to offer? Over 25,000 Aussies consumers have already tried and tested this new consumer website with superb money-saving results.  Visit today, and start making sound decisions based on data compiled especially for you.   NEW - RESBUTLER.COM COVID 19 COMPLIANT RESTAURANT BOOKING SYSTEM INVENTED BY PETER PETROULAS 2020-07-06T00:55:26Z new-resbutler-com-covid-19-compliant-restaurant-booking-system-invented-by-peter-petroulas NEW - COVID 19 COMPLIANT RESTAURANT BOOKING SYSTEM WOLD FIRST AUSTRALIAN INVENTION   PHYSICAL DISTANCING MANAGEMENT # AUTONOMOUSLY & DYNAMICALLY REORGANISES AND SOCIALLY DISTANCES TABLES # AUTONOMOUSLY & DYNAMICALLY ALLOCATES BOOKINGS TO TABLES AS THE TABLES ARE SOCIALLY DISTANCED # PERMITS COMPLETE EDITING OF ALL BOOKINGS ON-LINE AND ALL EDITS ARE AUTONOMOUSLY AND DYNAMICALLY SOCIALLY DISTANCED # COMPLETELY MANAGES ALL TABLES AND BOOKINGS (INCLUDING WALK-INS) DURING A SERVICE TO ALWAYS ENSURE COMPLETE SOCIAL DISTANCING COMPLIANCE     COMPLETE CONTACTLESS ORDERING # PRE-ORDERING, WHY WAIT TO GET TO THE RESTAURANT TO ORDER # PRE-ORDERING CONCIERGE SERVICE AVAILABLE, FOR EXAMPLE ORDER SOME FLOWERS FOR YOUR LOVED ONE TO AWAIT YOU ON THE TABLE FOR YOUR ARRIVAL # IN-SERVICE ORDERING, # CONTACTLESS PAYMENT ON YOUR PHONE   The world’s first and only COVID 19 table management system, is now available. TO INTERVIEW FOUNDER AND INVENTOR PETER PETROULAS, please email or call Max Markson on 0412501601   Unlike any other online booking system, ResButler can manage a restaurant’s tables and booking allocations to achieve controlled and strategic optimisations while meeting government guidelines of social distancing. Res Butler is the FIRST and ONLY table management system that uses intelligent and dynamic technology and the FIRST and ONLY system that can offer a complete dynamic yield management system, including dynamically allocating VIP guests to their required table. It also offers a contactless experience to allow the customer to pre-order, in-service order and complete payment on their phone.     ResButler has been Invented and Founded by Sydney airline and hospitality executive Peter Petroulas. It will be available to restaurants, cafes and bars globally. Peter says “managing restaurant bookings is harder than managing airline bookings as restaurants have inventory (tables and chairs) that are flexible and move while an airlines seats are fixed and cannot move. Also, within a restaurant it is mandatory for all people within a booking to be seated together while this is not mandatory for bookings on an aircraft. Lastly a restaurant service is more challenging as people are given full a al carte experiences while on aircraft food is pre-made and choices are limited”. As a result of these complexities, no one has been able to develop and invent a “proper” restaurant table management system during the last 22 years that online restaurant booking systems have been available. Peter Petroulas and the ResButler team have been working on this solution for the last 4 years. While the ResButler system was not developed as a result of the current COVID 19 pandemic, due to the intelligence and flexibility built into the system, Petroulas says: “I am excited to have ResButler ready for launch just as the COVID-19 restrictions are beginning to relax here in Australia. The system will be able to provide not only customers, but also restaurant owners the reassurance of having people come through their doors where all guidelines will be autonomously followed and guaranteed due to the intelligence and creativity of ResButler which will hopefully restore some normality during these times as well as allow restaurants to plan for the future.”         Max Markson 0412 501 601   AN EVENING WITH MEL GIBSON Melbourne January 30 2021   MEL GIBSON WILLIAM SHATNER COSPENDIUM The ultimate Cosplay & Gaming convention. MELBOURNE January 30 & 31 2021   ON THE ROAD WITH BILL CLINTON Nelson Mandela, Kim Kardashian, Arnold Schwarzenegger,Tony Blair, Al Gore, Mike Tyson, Pele and more.By Max Markson. Book available now at   Markson Sparks! Suite 411 4th Floor 410 Elizabeth St Surry Hills Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA 2010   Invaluable support for mums in breastfeeding app 2020-07-06T00:05:18Z invaluable-support-for-mums-in-breastfeeding-app New features in the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)’s app mum2mum are set to support families through their breastfeeding journey. The app will send personalised push notifications to parents based on the age of their baby, letting them know the answers to common questions, upcoming milestones and providing tips and ideas along the way. ABA President Margaret Grove says the app will be an invaluable tool for new parents who will get the information they need, right when they need it most. The app will provide extra support to parents who may have difficulty accessing health professionals during COVID-19 restrictions. ‘With the new features in the mum2mum app, parents will have an idea of what to expect, what might be considered normal behaviour, and will be provided with some strategies to assist them in their breastfeeding,’ Ms Grove said. ‘We’re hearing from lots of new mums that getting to mothers groups and health care nurses is a bit harder at the moment. We’re not trying to replace those visits, but we can give mums that extra bit of information and support when they need it most.’ ‘Babies often go through stages at similar times. For example, we can let parents know that their baby may become more distractible while breastfeeding at around 4 months and then link them to information that will help them support themselves and their baby through this stage.’ The mum2mum app also allows parents to search content grouped into a baby’s age and stage, record their baby’s feeds, sleeps and nappies, note milestones and keep a journal of information to help at health professional appointments. All members of the Australian Breastfeeding Association will have access to premium content, as will those who have purchased the paid version of the app. ‘Our members allow our organisation to support breastfeeding parents around Australia, and it’s great to be able to reward their support with access to this content,’ Ms Grove added. Care Circle Health, the digital health company whose platform provides full service, end-to-end digital health technology options, has worked with ABA to bring families an app that supports parents and babies through every step of their breastfeeding journey. The mum2mum app is available to download now from Google Play or the App Store: For further information please contact Nitty Brown, Marketing & Partnerships Manager or Lizzie Stafford, Marketing & Communications Coordinator 0402 542 852, email: Wolff Mining unveils their semi-autonomous tractor system (SATS) technology 2020-07-02T23:40:50Z wolff-mining-unveils-their-semi-autonomous-tractor-system-sats-technology Wolff Mining, part of the National Group is well-known for their worlds first implementation of semi-autonomous tractor system (SATS) technology into a mining production environment. Wolff Mining has been recognised for their efforts by winning multiple industry awards and for their work with Caterpillar optimising and implementing CAT Command for Dozing.Click here to view the latest video from Wolff Mining around their implementation of SATS. Benefits of SATSBenefits of Wolff Mining's SATS technology include: Safety: Operators protected from on-site dangers and environmental hazards Utilisation: Equipment utilisation and shift-long operator efficiency Application: Up or down hill tip head push and back stacking applications  Productivity: One operator controlling up to four dozers at a time Eliminate: Prolonged exposure to noise, dust and vibration Wolff Mining provides a range of automated and innovative solutions such as large scale satellite bulk dozer push, semi-autonomous blast hole drilling, contract mining services, excavator pre strip fleets, civil earthworks, site clearing and rehabilitation works.Further InformationClick here to view more news from the National Group.Click here for more information on Wolff Mining, part of the National Group.Media ContactsContact us for more information on this story or to arrange an interview with Mark Ackroyd, National Group Managing Director.Contact Lee Edmondson or Kain Ford, National Group Marketing Executives on or 1300 096 618. AOC Launches 49" Agon Super Ultra-Wide Curved Gaming Display 2020-07-02T09:28:26Z aoc-launches-49-agon-super-ultra-wide-curved-gaming-display-1 Sydney, Australia - July 2, 2020: AOC, a global leader in display technology, is proud to announce that it will partner with The Chiefs, premier ANZ Esports club. The Chiefs have featured winning teams in multiple competitions, and are committed to growing the gaming industry at both domestic and international levels. AOC will supply its Agon range of ultimate gaming displays to equip The Chiefs players and content creators. AOC is dedicated to providing the best display experience for all gamers, and to supporting the development of Esports in Australia and New Zealand. AOC and The Chiefs look forward to a victorious relationship in the year ahead. The Agon AG493UCX: Seamless Immersion in Wrap-Around Action Agon, the line of premium gaming monitors from leading manufacturer AOC, has unveiled its latest impressive model. The Agon AG493UCX is a 49-inch panoramic curved display with a Super Ultra-Wide aspect ratio of 32:9 at Dual Quad HD resolution (5120 x 1440 pixels). VA panel technology promises increased contrast ratios and wide angle viewing to further enhance immersion in the game. Visual quality is assured with DisplayHDR400 certification and a wide colour gamut (90% Adobe RGB). 120Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and Adaptive Sync support ensure precise and smooth gameplay even at high framerates. The wide format provides a vastly superior game display than dual-monitor setups, without a prominent vertical split at the focus of the action. The monitor supports side-by-side display of two separate devices if desired, with a built-in KVM switch to share peripherals between computers. USB-C docking ensures comprehensive connectivity, including Ethernet, up to 65W device charging and display input. The monitor can be rotated, tilted and adjusted in height – pivot is missing, of course, due to the immense width! It also has support for VESA stands and wall mounts. Integrated 5W stereo speakers provide superior anytime/anywhere audio. The Agon range is focused on innovative monitor design with improved performance and user-friendly features to optimize the computer gaming experience. Model: AGON AG493UCX RRP: $1899 incl. GST Additional Images: Brochure: Availability: Available Now in Australia & New Zealand About AOC AOC is a global leader in monitor display technology. For more than 50 years, AOC has delivered an exceptional viewing experience to millions of loyal customers worldwide. Today, the company offers a wide selection of stylish monitors for home, office and gaming in more than 120 countries worldwide. AOC is a brand of TPV, the world’s largest LCD monitor manufacturer. Find out more at About Agon To match the increasing demand for a competitive edge and top-tier performance, AOC launched Agon as its specialist gaming monitor brand. Named after the Ancient Greek word for “struggle” or “contest”, the Agon brand represents AOC’s engagement with the world of gaming. In addition to embracing new technologies, we’ve put our money where our mouth is by sponsoring many leading Esports events and teams – actively driving the emergence of gaming as the global profession it has become today. About The Chiefs The Chiefs are one of the premier Esports and gaming entertainment clubs in the ANZ region, featuring top teams in various competitive video games. Founded in 2014, The Chiefs have a consistent record of being highly successful within ANZ Esports competitions, and are committed to the growth of the industry both on a domestic and international level. Find out more at Hitachi Australia strengthens partnership with data engineering firm BizCubed to deliver Smart Platforms-as-a-Service (PaaS) in support of Digital Innovation 2020-07-01T06:09:40Z hitachi-australia-strengthens-partnership-with-data-engineering-firm-bizcubed-to-deliver-smart-platforms-as-a-service-paas-in-support-of-digital-innovation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sydney, July 1, 2020 --- Hitachi Australia Pty. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501; “Hitachi”), has solidified its relationship with BizCubed Pty. Ltd. (“BizCubed”) by establishing a strategic partnership to deliver initiatives that co- create socially innovative solutions for the Oceania region.  Hitachi has a stated goal to be a global leader of Social Innovation Business as per its 2021 Mid-term Management Plan. BizCubed is a leading company in industrial data engineering and has been a key delivery partner of Hitachi Australia since 2015. BizCubed was recently recognised by Hitachi for its work in advancing digital agriculture and smart farming, enabling Hitachi Australia to win the ‘Inspiration of the Year Global Award’ in 2019, which is Hitachi’s internal recognition program for initiatives showcasing Hitachi's core values.  Hitachi Australia and BizCubed will collaborate to develop digital solutions by bringing Hitachi’s world leading technology solutions to Australia and combining them with BizCubed’s Data Engineering and Enablement Platform (DEEP). Together, these technologies offer leading-edge capability in data engineering and social innovation to accelerate co-creation. These solutions will leverage Hitachi Lumada*1 and are initially targeted at Smart Agriculture and Smart Cities initiatives.  This partnership further affirms Hitachi’s commitment to developing world-class digital solution capability in Australia. In October 2019, Hitachi announced that it had entered into an agreement with the NSW government to establish a “Kyōsō Centre”*2 in Western Sydney to accelerate the growth of start-up companies and small to medium enterprises ("SMEs") through an open collaborative model to support economic development and job creation.  BizCubed is expected to play a significant role in delivering on the promise of the Kyōsō Centre, and this agreement is an important step along that journey.  On the Partnership:  “We are excited to bring our almost 15 years of experience in Australia to this partnership. BizCubed and Hitachi have already produced innovative outcomes for our shared customers, and we are excited to lean heavily into Hitachi’s forward-thinking initiatives of Smart Cities, Health, and Social Innovation. The size, scale, and expertise of Hitachi is a perfect complement to BizCubed’s engineering capability, and we look forward to the positive impact this will have on our community both locally and beyond - Zachary Zeus, CEO, BizCubed Pty. Ltd.  “I have great expectations for building a stronger relationship with BizCubed and to grow the Social Innovation Business in the Oceania region together. Hitachi intends to accelerate its efforts in the Social Innovation Business and to promote "human-centric" innovations to address challenges brought about by COVID-19. Even in Oceania, we are aiming to improve people's daily lives and build a “people-centric” smart society. To achieve this, BizCubed's data management technology is pivotal, and I am convinced this partnership is a sure step towards this goal” - Chie Mashima, Managing Director, Hitachi Australia Pty. Ltd.   -ENDS- About Hitachi, Ltd.  Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is focused on its Social Innovation Business that combines information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and products. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2019 (ended March 31, 2020) totaled 8,767.2 billion yen ($80.4 billion), and it employed approximately 301,000 people worldwide. Hitachi drives digital innovation across five sectors – Mobility, Smart Life, Industry, Energy and IT – through Lumada, Hitachi's advanced digital solutions, services, and technologies for turning data into insights to drive digital innovation. Its purpose is to deliver solutions that increase social, environmental and economic value for its customers. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at  About BizCubed Pty. Ltd.  BizCubed Pty. Ltd. is an Australian company that focuses on helping people make better decisions each day. We are a data engineering firm that helps businesses make sense of the complicated world of data. By applying engineering principles and approaches to data, we create an environment where repeatable data processes can be automated, streamlined and continuously improved, while the nuanced data processes that are specific to our customers’ business can be tailored and refined to meet their exact needs. This is all delivered via our Smart Data Engineering and Enablement Platform (DEEP) as a Service. To learn more visit our website:  *1  Hitachi's advanced digital solutions, services, and technologies for turning data into insights to drive digital innovation. *2  HitachiandNewSouthWalesStateGovernmentagreetoestablish“KyosoCentre(collaborativecreationcentre)”toaccelerate the creation of social innovation PNY launches ultra-high performance XLR8 Gaming RGB Desktop Memory in A/NZ 2020-07-01T05:12:07Z pny-launches-ultra-high-performance-xlr8-gaming-rgb-desktop-memory-in-a-nz-1 PNY Technologies, the leading memory manufacturer now making an even bigger push into the A/NZ markets with their highly-acclaimed extreme performance memory, NAND flash products and professional gaming graphic cards, has launched its new XLR8 Gaming RGBTM DDR4 Desktop Memory range. PNY Director – Sales, ANZ & Oceania Richard Clarke explained, “PNY have made a serious commitment to Australia and New Zealand in terms of launching new and exciting products in 2020 and beyond. XLR8 Gaming RGB DDR4 modules are the first of these as they provide a dynamic, ultra-high performance experience for gamers, modders and enthusiasts alike by combining RGB customisation with overclocking capability. XRL8 RGB DRAM also uses a selected aluminum alloy heat spreader with a state of the art surface finish technique and design to create an extraordinary look and feel.” XLR8 Gaming RGB is compatible with major motherboards and is ready-to-sync with Asus AURA SYNCTM, Gigabyte RGB FUSION 2.0, MSi Mystic Light Sync and ASRock Polychrome SYNC1 for an ultra-high quality RGB experience. The overclocked modules provide ultra-high performance and a superior computing experience thanks to the aggressive overclocking, heat spreader and XMP 2.01 support, delivering PNY’s fastest speeds, highest bandwidth and lowest latencies These in turn maximise PC stability and responsiveness during memory-intensive gaming and application use. Backed by PNY’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and supported by live tech support, the XLR8 Gaming RGB boasts 3200MHz frequency and is backwards compatible with 3000MHz, 2933MHz, 2800MHz, 2666MHz, 2400MHz, 2133MHz. Product Features: • Faceted, 3D geometric design and aluminum alloy construction with state-of-the-art surface finish create an extraordinary look and feel while providing heat dissipation to keep the modules cool under pressure. • Brilliant LEDs and frosted light guide lens provide a wave of continuous colour eliminating shadows and dark spots by utilising a dual-sided 5x2 LED configuration. • RGB sync allows for total control of colour and patterns creating an endless array of different combinations resulting in the ultimate lighting experience.  Product Specifications: • DDR4 RGB enabled Desktop Memory • Built-in heat spreader • Frequency: 3200MHz (PC4-25600) • Timing: 16-18-18, CAS 16, tRas36 • Voltage: 1.35V  AvailabilityThe PNY XLR8 Gaming RGBTM range is available now in Australia from mWave ( and in NZ from PB Tech ( in the following configurations: • 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 3200MHz Desktop Kit • 16GB DDR4 3200MHz Desktop Single Channel • 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz Desktop Kit • 8GB DDR4 3200MHz Desktop Single Channel  Follow @PNYasia and @XLR8Gam1ng on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and join the PNY community on LinkedIn 1. The PNY logo is a registered trademark of PNY Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2020 PNY Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved. DDLS partners with CertNexus to offer affordable cybersecurity training 2020-07-01T00:45:05Z ddls-partners-with-certnexus-to-offer-affordable-cybersecurity-training DDLS, Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training, today announced a new partnership with CertNexus, a vendor-neutral certification body providing emerging technology certifications for IT and Security professionals.The first course that will be offered as part of the new partnership is the CyberSAFE certification. The course enables employees to identify the most common risks involved in using conventional, mobile, and cloud technologies, and to protect themselves and their organisation from cyber threats.Designed for non-technical end users of computers, mobile devices, and internet networks, the CyberSAFE course enables employees to use technology more securely and minimise digital risks.With data breaches in Australian organisations steadily rising in recent years, and human error accounting for a large percent of these incidents, the Office of Australian Information Officer (OAIC) is urging organisations to undertake more cybersecurity training. Studies by the Aberdeen Group show that implementing a company-wide cyber awareness training program can reduce incidents by up to 70%.“As always, DDLS strives to deliver the most in-demand training to the market. Cyber awareness training is now becoming a must-have for organisations, so we thought it made perfect sense to expand our offerings to include an accessible and affordable course on this topic” said Jon Lang, CEO of DDLS. “We find CertNexus’ certifications are a great option for those organisations who are looking for a company-wide affordable solution, rather than highly technical training for specific employees, and want to create a healthy cybersecurity culture in their organisations”.Jeff Felice, President of CertNexus said, “We’re thrilled to have DDLS as our newest Authorised Training Partner. DDLS recognised the necessity of offering certification in the cyber security space, so we are excited to join forces and support their ability to deliver this training to the businesses they serve.”The CyberSAFE course will be offered by DDLS as a self-paced virtual training course depending on the customer’s requirements. The course delivers expertise in four key domains; Understanding security compliance needs and requirements; Recognising and avoiding phishing and other social engineering; Recognising and avoiding viruses, ransomware, and other malware; and Ensuring data security on computers, mobile devices, networks, the Internet, and in the cloud.Full details on the CertNexus CyberSAFE course can be found here. - END - About DDLSDDLS is Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training and Australia’s number one cybersecurity training provider. We provide extensive training options tailored to organisations’ needs – from vendor-certified courses to customised training, including bespoke in-house developed courses. In cybersecurity we offer the broadest range of authorised training from leading global organisations including the EC-Council, (ISC)2, ISACA, RESILA (Axelos), and CompTIA. In all specialisations DDLS promotes a balanced approach to training with a focus on the key areas of technology, process and people.About CertNexusCertNexus is a vendor-neutral certification body, providing emerging technology certifications and micro-credentials for Business, Data, Development, IT, and Security professionals. CertNexus’ mission is to assist in closing the emerging tech global skills gap while providing individuals with a path towards establishing rewarding careers in Cybersecurity, Data Science, Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning. Hitachi Vantara Names Gajen Kandiah as New CEO 2020-07-01T00:30:22Z hitachi-vantara-names-gajen-kandiah-as-new-ceo Sydney - AUSTRALIA – 1 July, 2020 – Hitachi Vantara’s board of directors has announced that Gajen Kandiah has been appointed chief executive officer, effective 13 July, 2020. Toshiaki Tokunaga, currently CEO and chairman of the Board of Hitachi Vantara, will transition responsibilities to Kandiah through 1 October, 2020, after which Tokunaga will remain as chairman. “I am proud of the tremendous progress Hitachi Vantara has made in the past year to augment our world-class digital infrastructure business with new digital solutions and service offerings,” said CEO and Chairman Toshiaki Tokunaga, Hitachi Vantara. “Thanks to strong internal development, strategic acquisitions, and the integration with Hitachi Consulting, we have added the capabilities we need to guide our customers from what’s now to what’s next. Gajen Kandiah has an impressive track record in rapidly scaling digital businesses. He is the perfect CEO to help Hitachi Vantara, its partner ecosystem and our customers further accelerate their success.” Gajen Kandiah has built winning IT businesses within multinational corporations and startups for more than two decades. During 15 years with Cognizant, he helped grow the company from $368 million in annual revenues to more than $16 billion. He was most recently president of Cognizant’s multi-billion-dollar Digital Business, a role in which he led the acquisitions of software engineering company Softvision, marketing solutions provider Netcentric, and Idea Couture, a digital innovation and technology services company. He also led a Cognizant-wide initiative to transform company capabilities and services into an integrated, industry- and client-focused suite of offerings and solutions. Kandiah previously served as senior vice president and general manager of Cognizant’s Information, Media and Entertainment; Manufacturing Logistics; Consumer Goods; and Communications industry practices. Before joining Cognizant, he co-founded NerveWire, Inc., a venture capital-backed management consulting and systems integration firm, which was later acquired by Wipro. “Hitachi is a market leader at the intersection of innovative industrial solutions and IT services, and it is a brand trusted worldwide to deliver business, environmental and social benefits,” said Gajen Kandiah. “These attributes give Hitachi Vantara an incredible set of advantages that I believe the company and its cloud and strategic go-to-market partners are only just beginning to realise. The opportunity to lead Hitachi Vantara is a thrilling one. I am confident that if we align our broad portfolio of data storage, analytics, industry-specific solutions and IT services behind a singular vision to delight our clients, we will become a true digital leader.” Eaton announces new 9SX UPS model for improved efficiency 2020-07-01T00:25:06Z eaton-announces-new-9sx-ups-model-for-improved-efficiency SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA.Power management company Eaton has announced the new 9SX 15KVA/20KVA Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) in Australia and New Zealand. The Eaton 9SX 15KVA/20KVA UPS provides stable power for critical IT infrastructure in all layers of the modern IT architecture, as well as industrial, manufacturing and medical devices. The new model offers double conversion efficiency of up to 96 per centand reduces energy usage to support IT managers with savings in the form of electricity, cooling and power costs. The new model doubles as a space saver, and its compact form with flexible wiring allows it to accommodate a wide range of deployment possibilities. The robust internal circuitry design enables it to withstand a range of environments with ambient temperatures of up to 50 degrees celsius. “We’re excited to offer our customers a product that caters not only to the changing needs of modern-day IT infrastructure, but also supports a range of industries across the medical, industrial and manufacturing landscapes,” said John Atherton, General Manager of Power Quality ANZ, Eaton. “Part of our mission at Eaton is to support our customers through our power management solutions, enabling them to achieve maximum efficiency with their operations. The 9SX 15KVA/20KVA UPS model does just that and is compatible with Eaton’s Gigabit Network M2 card which protects data center’s against cyberthreats, so customers don’t have to compromise convenience for data safety,” Atherton continued. In light of recent cybersecurity threats on Australia, the need to ensure the highest level of defence against emerging cybersecurity threats is paramount. The 9SX 15KVA/20KVA UPS power model offers compatibility with Eaton’s UL2900-1 and IEC62443-4-2 certified network card - the Gigabit Network M2, to ensure the highest level of defence against emerging cybersecurity threats. When paired with virtualisation-ready Intelligent Power Manager software, monitoring and management of the 9SX 15KVA/20KVA can be done in virtual-management platforms, such as VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V. This enables IT professionals to easily configure policy-based automation for power events, such as automated disaster recovery policies, controlled shut down, load shedding and cloud orchestrator integration. The 9SX 15KVA/20KVA power model is available for purchase in Australia and New Zealand now. To learn more about the new Eaton 9SX UPS, visit the Eaton website. For all of the latest news follow Eaton on Eaton LinkedIn company page. - ENDS - About Eaton Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. Its energy-efficient solutions help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more reliably, safely and sustainably. The company is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton employs 99,000 people worldwide and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, Epson Begins Production of Controller ICs for Head-Up Displays 2020-06-30T08:23:48Z epson-begins-production-of-controller-ics-for-head-up-displays Epson has developed and begun volume production of the S2D13V40, Epson's first controller IC designed specifically for head-up displays. Epson plans to produce 100,000 of the new controllers per month.  Aiming to enhance safety and lessen fatigue, vehicle manufacturers have increasingly sought to install head-up displays that can be read with minimal eye movement. Although demand is expected to expand, manufacturers have faced issues such as system cost and development time.  Epson's new controller enables rapid head-up display system development by offering the ability to correct the distortion of images streamed from an SoC1 according to the curvature of a vehicle's windshield, without external memory. The controller is equipped with display safety functions and supports the building of more reliable display systems. This controller IC satisfies the strict quality requirements of the automotive industry. It is compliant with AEC-Q1002 and operates at temperatures up to 105°C. Epson seeks to advance the frontiers of industry and create a circular economy by applying the efficient, compact, and precision technologies that it has developed over many years to solve challenges. These technologies, which save energy, enable smaller products, and increase accuracy and precision, enable Epson to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will bring about a better and more sustainable future for all.  Epson also seeks to leverage its device technologies to realise a smart society. Toward this end, the company will continue to develop a variety of controllers and drivers for vehicle display systems that require high resolution and safety functions and that enhance the performance of its customers' products. Product features- The S2D13V40 is a controller IC for automotive standards-compliant head-up displays- In addition to distortion correction, the controller can flexibly correct images through rotation and scaling- Display safety functions Product specificationsModel Number: S2D13V40Supply voltage: 3.3 V (I/O), 1.8 V (internal core)Input interface: Open LDI / dRGB (selectable)Output interface: Open LDI / dRGB (selectable)Supported resolutions: Up to 800 x 600 (24-bit)Safety functions - Display safety functionsAutomotive standard conformance: AEC-Q100Operating temperature range: -40 to +105ºCOther: Built-in PLL, Built-in SSCGPackage: P-LQFP100-1414-0.50 (14 mm x 14 mm x 1.7 mm, 0.5 mm pitch) For more information go to: Follow Epson on social media:Facebook: @EpsonAustraliaTwitter: @EpsonAustInstagram: @EpsonAust 1                A system on a chip (SoC) integrates most or all the functions required for the operation of a system on a single chip.  The configuration differs depending on the system, but SoC generally integrate a CPU, memory, and I/O functions.2                AEC-Q100: The Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) is an industry group that creates standards for the reliability and qualification of automotive electronics. It was formed by the “Big Three” U.S. automobile manufacturers in partnership with major electronic component manufacturers. The AEC standard is a de facto global standard that has been widely adopted as a standard for automotive electronic components. Technology enabled care - physiotherapy association recruiting for patient data pilot 2020-06-30T00:40:19Z technology-enabled-care-physiotherapy-association-recruiting-for-patient-data-pilot The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), are commencing a Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) data pilot funded by the Physiotherapy Research Foundation (PRF) with support from Macquarie University, to demonstrate the feasibility of data collection to guide better and more effective clinical decisions. A PROM is a scientifically validated questionnaire used to measure and quantify a patient’s condition from their own perspective. PROMs provide valuable data that help complete the feedback loop between treatments and outcomes, assist practitioners with the monitoring of conditions and help to inform treatment decisions. With current practice to collect PROMs data on an ad hoc basis, the PROMs data pilot is an innovative project that will collect PROMs data electronically and in real-time from patients with knee conditions who are receiving physiotherapy treatment.  Pilot study participants are able to subscribe to the latest dedicated technology for PROMs data collection, myscoreit™. myscoreit is a web-based PROMs collection platform that collects PROMs data digitally from patients whilst at home through a quick and simple questionnaire between appointments. Patients receive immediate feedback, are able to follow their own progress and engage in their own management. APA’s Vice President and Physiotherapy Research Foundation Chair, Jenny Aiken commented on the pilot “We are delighted to partner with the myscoreit platform to enable the APA to investigate the feasibility of digitally collecting PROMs in the private practice setting. myscoreit not only collects PROM data which can be used by the APA to gain insights into the effectiveness of physiotherapy intervention, it also guides the user to choose the right PROM to allow the practitioner to track patient progress and make informed clinical decisions.” Jenny added.  Unlike existing PROMs collection solutions, myscoreit has been designed and developed by sports physicians to focus solely on PROMs data collection. Not only does it assist practitioners with choosing the correct PROM for their patient, it also facilitates easy interpretation to help use clinical data with patients to inform treatment decisions. “Our aim was to design a platform that integrated seamlessly into existing clinical practice and was simple for both you and your patient to use.”myscoreit founder and Sport and Exercise Physician, Dr Louise Tulloh said. “The myscoreit platform has the ability to capture and compare data over time enabling you to track patient progress and treatment effectiveness from a dashboard in real time and bridge the gap between appointments. Collection of outcome measures can support remote monitoring, add value to telehealth consultations, and help to improve communication with referrers. This pilot will demonstrate the importance of value-based decision making and the role that technology can play in futureproofing the physiotherapy profession.” Expressions of interest for the pilot are now open, and through the support of the Physiotherapy Research Foundation, all physiotherapists have been given the opportunity to participate in this research. For more information about the pilot and to sign up to the myscoreit platform please go to or contact Shelley Crowther or Louise Tulloh via the contact details below. Australian Physiotherapy Association Shelley Crowther Deputy General Manager, Policy and Government Relations myscoreit Dr Louise Tulloh Founder, myscoreit Small businesses are losing thousands to scammers every financial year 2020-06-29T22:28:22Z small-businesses-are-losing-thousands-to-scammers-every-financial-year TUESDAY 30 JUNE 2020. As the financial year comes to a close, cybersecurity firm Cynch Security are encouraging all small business owners to take some simple measures to be better protected in the new financial year. Susie Jones, co-founder and CEO of Cynch Security said the number one scam that targets small businesses is the invoicing scam which can cost owners thousands of dollars every year. “Scammers don’t discriminate on the size of your business or where you’re located. Invoicing scams and business email hacks are hurting all small businesses in regional areas and in the major cities” Susie says. “Scammers can hack somebody’s username and password within your business to get your personal details or hack a client you work with and start impersonating them. They will send fake invoices to you from a vendor with new bank details and even set up forwarding rules on your emails, before you know it you’ve paid a scam invoice that you thought was for one of your real vendors or clients.”New scam data shows: Scamwatch has received over 3060 scam reports mentioning the coronavirus with over $1 371 000 in reported losses since the outbreak of COVID-19 The average small business has only addressed 5% of their cyber risk. Cynch members have addressed 11% and growingTop three security risks for small businesses are: Out of date internet-connected systems that can give criminals access to their business, false billing and/or invoice scams, and email takeover (often leading to ransomware) from poor password managementNearly half of Australian SMEs spent less than $500 on cybersecurity in the last year, and only 5 per cent reported having implemented the Essential Eight cybersecurity precautions.Michell Price, AustCyber CEO said trust in digital services and technologies is underpinned by strong cyber security practices. “The rapid digitisation and digitalisation that has occurred because of COVID-19 has gone hand in hand with an increase in cyber attacks and cybercrime. Protecting our digital infrastructure using tools like multi-factor authentication and keeping your software up to date is vital to protecting the important information businesses hold in their networks and systems. If we’re all doing this kind of thing well, it helps to protect our whole economy against cyber attacks. “Get a cyber health check done today on your business and its digital infrastructure, don’t wait, or you may find you are responding to a breach that could have been avoided.” Tips to stop the scammers:Protect your passwords! It comes down to poor password management so start using a password manager and enable two-factor authentication Don’t get tricked! Avoid being tricked by making a call to the business you’re paying and check it to confirm before you pay the invoiceDon’t think it won’t happen to you! Scammers don’t discriminate on size, they can hit thousands of small businesses at the same time Get Cyber Fit! Cyber fitness is all about taking small incremental steps to improve your cybersecurity every day. First step is to understand what you have to lose and what tech you rely on. What data do you have and what is valuable?Small business owners can take an online survey or enroll in a Cyber Fitness Bootcamp to help them understand the risks and what they can do now to protect their business. “Many people will think their own process is safe e.g.; one password with different letters or numbers and only they know the passwords, but it’ll come up in a data breach somewhere and their business will be compromised. Anything easy to remember is easy to hack, even if it’s unique to you,” Susie added. - Ends -About Cynch Cynch is an Australian-owned small-business focused on cybersecurity for small businesses. Cynch knows small business owners need cyber risk solutions that are cognisant of their budget, time and resource constraints. Cynch runs cyber fitness programs that don’t require any technical expertise and are designed to facilitate gradual improvement at a price small businesses can afford. Features include continuous cyber risk assessment, plain language cyber advice, bundled products, goal setting and tracking, compliance mapping and collaboration capabilities. View more details about Cynch’s ongoing memberships and solutions at POST COVID-19, AUSTRALIAN CEOs AND DIRECTORS OPTIMISTIC ON TECH AND SCIENCE - BUT CONCERNED ABOUT INVESTMENT AND GOVERNMENT PLANS 2020-06-29T20:47:20Z post-covid-19-australian-ceos-and-directors-optimistic-on-tech-and-science-but-concerned-about-investment-and-government-plans Sydney. 30 June 2020.   Futurologist & Author Rocky Scopelliti today released Australia 2030! Where the bloody hell are we?, a new Australian-first book on Australian professionals sentiment about the decade ahead, based on a major study conducted before and during the eye of the COVID-19 storm.   The study revealed that whilst 89 per cent of CEOs are positive about technological and scientific developments over the coming decade, 78 per cent were not confident that government has effective plans with industries for the economic, technological, social and cultural transformation over the coming decade. Additionally, during the COVID-19 period, 88 per cent became concerned that Australia is not investing enough in technological, scientific and skills development compared to other countries over the coming 10 years.   “One massive societal amygdala hijack” Scopelliti explains that people have hit pause on common sense.   “The speed, scale and impact of COVID-19 has left us knowing that not all decisions and choices made follow an orderly, predicable pathway”.     Australia 2030 explores ‘what’s on the other side’ and how do professionals feel about it. The research contrasts our views about the future and how they changed when the massive societal amygdala hijack set in. The insights centre on the collision of eight megatrends and predicts the future tipping points that collectively will define Australia politically, economically, environmentally, regionally, socially, trustworthily, knowledgably, scientifically and technologically over the coming decade.   “This programmatic decade will see major technological and scientific advances such as gene editing, artificial intelligence, nano technology and many more that will present us with many choices – perhaps some more profound than many decades before,” said Scopelliti. “But for many of those, going backwards or changing our minds will no longer be an option.”   Australia 2030 is a fascinating investigation of how Australian professionals are being affected by the 4th Industrial Revolution, how they're adapting to thrive within it and how companies can do the same. The research revealed that 31 per cent of CEOs don’t think their companies will be around in the next 10 years and that 53 per cent believe that leadership qualities such as values-led policy change, integrity, honesty, transparency, humility and accountability will be the most important for world leaders over the next 10 years.   In technology we trust, but not the systems and actors “With trust at its historical low, we have crossed the inflection point, upon which the question has changed from ‘who do we trust’ to ‘what do we trust’. The implications of this suggest that restoration of trust as it was bestowed, and to recipient actors in the past, is no longer a plausible pursuit, rather we will see the transition from placing our trust in governments, or other institutions to technology. The research found that 60 per cent of Australian professionals believe we will trust technology more than institutions such as government over the coming 10 years – even 31 per cent would trust decisions made by robot intelligence on their behalf,” said Scopelliti.   The 4th Industrial Revolution can be overwhelming. It is characterised by emerging technology breakthroughs, which have potentially highly disruptive effects in the areas of artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, biotechnology, nanotechnology, materials science, energy storage, blockchain and quantum computing.   In 2030, 68 per cent of Australian professionals anticipate there will be treatments for illnesses such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, ageing-longevity, physical disability and mental health and 74 per cent expect to reflect back on that technological and scientific advancements improved our future. However, geopolitically, we find ourselves socially, culturally, economically, technologically and scientifically divided and unclear on the impact of the Asian century with 76 per cent of CEOs either unsure or disagreeing that the world would be better led by Asia, than the past decade when it was led by Europe and the US.   Interpreting the surveys’ findings, Scopelliti advises:   With 86 per cent of Australian professionals feeling positive about the role of technological and scientific development over the coming decade, we need to get our ‘juvenescence’ on to keep pace with a world of accelerated change. We must learn to adapt just as quickly, again and again at the pace set by Asia.     “Transformation is not a one-time event, nor an end state. Those who understand the principle of adaptation, leverage their capacity to learn, evolve and thrive in a continuous state of youthfulness. Even corporates and institutions must embrace this juvenescence if they want to survive, remain relevant and achieve exponential growth,” said Scopelliti.   Scopelliti’s expertise and pioneering research into the confluence of demographic change with emerging digital technology has influenced the way we think about our social, cultural, economic and technological future. More than 150 boards and leadership teams – including Fortune 100 companies – seek his strategic advice annually.   About the Australia 2030 research:   It’s often said that hindsight is 2020. So, as the third decade of the new millennium kicks off, I put that wisdom to the test. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight (in 2020), and with ground-breaking new research, Australia 2030, investigates Australian professionals’ attitudes towards the coming decade. These attitudes were formed the decade before and during a time when the nation’s and the world’s worst crisis since the last world war is unfolding.   The question of how to increase our capacity to adapt to a world of accelerated change, has been thrust upon all of us by COVID-19, and it will be the test of that wisdom that will define the society we will become in 2030. The central questions we are all searching for answers to are what to believe – who, what, how and where the bloody hell are we? which road do we take? and what is on the other side anyway?   By invitation, 673 Australian professionals (170 classified as CEOs, Chairman, Board Directors) participated in the quantitative and qualitative study conducted during January–April 2020 that is referred to as the Australia 2030 research. It considered our attitudes towards the decade ahead, including the following questions:   ·       How confident are we in the government’s plans for our future? ·       What issues do we predict will affect Australia and the world? ·       What qualities do we expect from our leaders? ·       What contribution do we want organisations to make in our society? ·       What are the priorities in their organisations today? ·       What is our place in the world and region? ·       How do they feel about demographic changes with the aging population and the rise of Millennials? ·       Who do they believe has the greatest role to play in making the world a better place? ·       What contribution do they believe businesses should be making to society? ·       What are our concerns about our jobs and the workplace? ·       Who do we trust to control our best interests? ·       How do we feel about the impact of technological & scientific developments on our personal, professional and family lives? ·       Are we optimistic or pessimistic about technological & scientific developments? ·       What parts of their life they expect will change the most in 2030 due to technological and scientific developments? ·       What do they think they will be experiencing in 2030? ISACA’s Risk IT Framework Offers a Structured Methodology for Enterprises to Manage Information and Technology Risk 2020-06-29T03:10:41Z isacas-risk-it-framework-offers-a-structured-methodology-for-enterprises-to-manage-information-and-technology-risk SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 29 June 2020 – Managing risk and opportunity, including information and technology (I&T) risk, is a key strategic activity for enterprise success—which is even more relevant today during this time of disruption. ISACA has released new editions of risk IT resources to help guide enterprises – Risk IT Framework, 2nd Edition and Risk IT Practitioner Guide, 2nd Edition. The updated Risk IT Framework offers guidelines and practices that optimise risk, opportunity, security and business value, and helps practitioners build consensus regarding risk IT decisions at all enterprise levels. Its companion guide, the Risk IT Practitioner Guide, 2nd Edition, gives practical guidance on how to accomplish the activities described in the Risk IT Framework, 2nd Edition. Both publications were updated to reflect new regulations, methods, and technology that have been introduced since the original editions were published. The second editions include a stronger focus on cybersecurity and align with the latest version of COBIT. Risk IT offers a structured, systematic methodology that helps enterprises:Identify current and emerging risk throughout the extended enterpriseDevelop appropriate operational capabilities to ensure that business processes continue operating through adverse eventsLeverage investments in compliance or internal control systems already in place to optimise I&T-related riskFrame I&T-related risk within a business context to understand aggregate exposure in terms of enterprise valueBoth Risk IT Framework, 2nd Edition and Risk IT Practitioner Guide, 2nd Edition were created to assist in developing, implementing or enhancing the practice of risk management by:Connecting the business context with I&T assets.Shifting the focus to activities over which the enterprise has significant control, such as actively directing and managing risk, while minimising the focus on the conditions over which an enterprise has little control (threat actors).Increasing the focus on using a common risk language that correctly labels the items that must be managed well to create value. “Risk management works best when integrated with the regular workflow of the staff and management rather than as an add-on activity,” says Lisa Young, CISA, CISM, VP of Cyber Risk Engineering at Axio, and the lead developer for both publications. “As Risk IT shows, effective I&T risk management provides many benefits, including reduced or minimised losses, better oversight of organisational assets and increased ability (or capability) to manage risk in alignment with enterprise strategy.” The Risk IT Framework, 2nd Edition is offered in the digital format for free to members and costs US$75 for non-members. The Risk IT Practitioner Guide, 2nd Edition costs US$75 for members and $100 for non-members. To download the framework, visit To download the practitioner guide, visit Find additional ISACA resources at ###About ISACAFor more than 50 years, ISACA® ( has advanced the best talent, expertise and learning in technology. ISACA equips individuals with knowledge, credentials, education and community to progress their careers and transform their organisations, and enables enterprises to train and build quality teams. ISACA is a global professional association and learning organisation that leverages the expertise of its 145,000 members who work in information security, governance, assurance, risk and privacy to drive innovation through technology. It has a presence in 188 countries, including 223 chapters worldwide. Twitter: Instagram: Contact:Julie Fenwick,, 0468 901 655Karen Keech,, 0411 052 408