The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-06-25T00:50:47Z Gartner Says HR Leaders Must Establish Consequential Accountability to Achieve Diverse Leadership Benches 2021-06-25T00:50:47Z gartner-says-hr-leaders-must-establish-consequential-accountability-to-achieve-diverse-leadership-benches STAMFORD, Conn., June 22, 2021 — To achieve and sustain diversity in leadership benches, HR organisations must adopt consequential accountability, which meaningfully impacts behaviour and outcomes for individual leaders, according to Gartner, Inc. Despite mounting external and internal pressures to prioritise and make demonstrable improvements on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), organisations continue to struggle to make real and rapid headway. The Gartner 2021 Leadership Progression and Diversity Survey of 3,500 employees in February 2021 revealed that organisations that embrace consequential accountability will reach gender parity 13 years earlier and racial parity 6 years earlier in their leadership benches. Consequential accountability integrates DEI measures into leaders’ performance evaluation processes to ensure that there is mutual understanding of, and commitment to, DEI as a strategic priority. “Consequential accountability ensures that senior leaders make meaningful progress against their DEI goals in order to progress in their organisation,” said Leah Johnson, vice president, advisory, in the Gartner HR practice. HR leaders cite a lack of diversity in the pipeline as the top challenge to diversifying the leadership bench. While many organisations have attempted to address this by investing in recruiting diverse talent, particularly entry level employees, Gartner analysis shows progression of underrepresented talent stalls in mid-level and senior level positions. Ultimately, talent progression comes down to the decisions and behaviours of senior leaders. Implementing consequential accountability to diversify the leadership bench requires HR to work with business leaders across the organisation on three key areas: Inform Leader Decision-Making Many HR organisations offer unconscious bias training to their employees to reduce workplace bias and help leaders think differently about talent and diversity. However, Gartner research has found this has no significant impact on ensuring an organisation’s performance management processes are unbiased. HR must take a two-pronged approach to address how leaders make decisions: First, organisations must redefine criteria leaders use to make talent decisions with a focus on eliminating bias to drive equitable talent decisions. Second, HR leaders should integrate objective data into talent processes around leaders’ key decision-making moments, such as evaluating candidates for a promotion or analysing the health of succession pools. Customise Strategies Progressive organisations are both contextualising and localising their DEI goals, strategies and action plans. HR should partner with local and/or business unit leaders to first identify diversity gaps in their talent pools and progression tracks to uncover unique challenges or concerns that may prevent them from taking action on DEI goals. HR should then establish localised DEI teams to support business leaders as they implement their own DEI solutions. Require Outcomes for Leader Advancement “When leaders are not held accountable for advancing DEI goals, yet are personally responsible for advancing talent, this creates a disconnect,” said Caitlin Duffy, research director in the Gartner HR practice. “Consequential accountability helps close these gaps in an accelerated and sustainable way by increasing personal urgency and relevance for leaders.” HR leaders should work closely with business leaders to develop organisation-wide DEI strategies that are mutually understood and elevate DEI outcomes to the same priority as other business goals. Specifically, HR should implement the following three tactics: Create standardised mechanisms to monitor and track leaders’ progress against individual DEI goals. Establish peer-to-peer leader transparency around DEI measures to motivate individuals toward action. Integrate DEI measures into performance evaluation processes to ensure leaders’ advancement in the organisation requires them to lead inclusively.  Gartner clients can read more in the report “Diversifying the Leadership Bench.” About the Gartner HR Practice The Gartner HR practice brings together the best relevant content approaches across Gartner to offer individual decision makers strategic business advice on the mission-critical priorities that cut across the HR function. Additional information is available at Follow news and updates from the Gartner HR practice on Twitter and LinkedIn using #GartnerHR. About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities 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 objective resource for more than 14,000 enterprises in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and enterprise size. To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit Gartner Forecasts 51% of Global Knowledge Workers Will Be Remote at the End of 2021 2021-06-25T00:46:51Z gartner-forecasts-51-of-global-knowledge-workers-will-be-remote-at-the-end-of-2021 22 June 2021 — By the end of 2021, 51% of all knowledge workers worldwide are expected to be working remotely, up from 27% of knowledge workers in 2019, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner also estimates that remote workers will represent 32% of all employees worldwide by the end of 2021. This is up from 17% of employees in 2019. Gartner defines knowledge workers are those who are involved in knowledge-intensive occupations, such as writers, accountants, or engineers. Gartner defines a remote worker as an employee working away from their company, government, or customer site at least one full day a week (hybrid workers) or who work fully from home (fully remote workers). “A hybrid workforce is the future of the work, with both remote and on-site part of the same solution to optimize employers’ workforce needs,” said Ranjit Atwal, senior research director at Gartner. Remote working varies considerably around the world depending on IT adoption, culture, and mix of industries. In 2022, 31% of all workers worldwide will be remote (a mix of hybrid and fully remote). The U.S. will lead in terms of remote workers in 2022, accounting for 53% of the U.S. workforce. Across Europe, U.K. remote workers will represent 52% of its workforce in 2022, while remote workers in Germany and France will account for 37% and 33%, respectively. In Australia, 44% of workers are expected to work remotely at least one day per week in 2022. India and China will produce some of the largest numbers of remote workers, but their overall penetration rates will remain relatively low with 30% of workers in India being remote and 28% of workers in China working remote. Impact on How IT Is Procured and Used Through 2024 The lasting impact of remote work is resulting in a reassessment of the IT infrastructure that shifts buyer requirements to demand work-anywhere capabilities. “Through 2024, organizations will be forced to bring forward digital business transformation plans by at least five years. Those plans will have to adapt to a post-COVID-19 world that involves permanently higher adoption of remote work and digital touchpoints,” said Mr. Atwal. Digital products and services will play a big role in these digital transformation efforts. This longer strategic plan requires continued investment in strategic remote-first technology continuity implementations along with new technologies such as hyperautomation, AI and collaboration technologies to open up more flexibility of location choice in job roles. A hybrid workforce will continue to increase the demand for PCs and tablets. In 2021, PC and tablet shipments will exceed 500 million units for the first time in history, highlighting the demand across both business and consumer markets.  Organizations also deployed cloud to quickly enable remote workers. Gartner forecasts worldwide end-user spending on public cloud services will grow 23.1% in 2021 as CIOs and IT leaders continue to prioritize cloud-delivered applications, such as software as a service (SaaS). SaaS applications are designed for remote access and aren’t constrained by the location of the workers using the application. Social and collaboration tools will continue to be a “must have” which will lead the worldwide social software and collaboration revenue market to increase 17.1% in 2021. In terms of connectivity, many organizations had to change and adapt many IT approaches to ensure business continuity among their remote workers. By 2024, at least 40% of all remote access usage will be served predominantly by zero trust network access (ZTNA), up from less than 5% at the end of 2020. While most of these organizations will not completely retire all their client-facing VPN services, ZTNA will become the primary replacement technology. Gartner clients can read more in “Forecast Analysis: Remote and Hybrid Workers, Worldwide.” Learn how to make faster, smarter decisions – and generate stronger performance – by reinventing where, when and how work is done in the Gartner Future of Work Resource Center. About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice, and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities and build the successful organizations 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 objective resource for more than 14,000 enterprises in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and organization size. To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit Hitachi Vantara Enhances Lumada with the Acquisition of Smart Data Management Company Io-Tahoe 2021-06-24T21:59:22Z hitachi-vantara-enhances-lumada-with-the-acquisition-of-smart-data-management-company-io-tahoe SYDNEY – 25 JUN 2021 – Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure, data management, and digital solutions subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. (TSE: 6501), has acquired data management innovator Io-Tahoe, a subsidiary of the UK energy company Centrica. Founded in 2017, Io-Tahoe brings together data engineering, science, and analytics on an open, unified platform, enabling data teams to collaborate and innovate faster. The addition of Io-Tahoe is the latest in a series of investments by Hitachi, enhancing the company’s ambition and strategy to be the leader in the digital transformation of critical social infrastructure sectors such as energy, transportation, financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing. Io-Tahoe's AI-driven data management software helps Fortune 1000 clients address their toughest data challenges by driving data quality, data lineage, workflow approval, and governance and regulatory compliance to deliver meaningful business outcomes. These capabilities will be integrated with the Lumada DataOps Suite – a flexible data management fabric that provides integration, catalog, and edge capabilities. “We are excited to add Io-Tahoe’s superior technology in data governance, quality and compliance to our Lumada DataOps Suite,” said, Radhika Krishnan, chief product officer at Hitachi Vantara. “We’re dedicated to enabling our customers to transform their businesses through data and this acquisition dramatically strengthens our ability to do so. As data environments become increasingly complex, Lumada will now provide more context and meaning to information, allowing data innovators to leverage data more accurately with improved time to value.” “Hitachi Vantara is the perfect fit for Io-Tahoe’s data automation technology,” said Ajay Vohora, chief executive officer (CEO) of Io-Tahoe. “The Lumada DataOps Suite should be a cornerstone in any data-driven initiative and its integration with Io-Tahoe’s technology creates a compelling set of offerings with true business impact across a number of industries.” Io-Tahoe is led by Ajay Vohora, who received his PhD in Data Science from Cambridge University, England. Ajay, along with Io-Tahoe’s talented teammates in New York, Europe and India, will report into Hitachi Vantara Chief Product Officer, Radhika Krishnan. Connect With Hitachi VantaraTwitterLinkedInFacebook ReferencesForrester: Your Business Is Only As Fast As Your Data About Hitachi VantaraHitachi Vantara, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., guides our customers from what’s now to what’s next by solving their digital challenges. Working alongside each customer, we apply our unmatched industrial and digital capabilities to their data and applications to benefit both business and society. More than 80% of the Fortune 100 trust Hitachi Vantara to help them develop new revenue streams, unlock competitive advantages, lower costs, enhance customer experiences, and deliver social and environmental value. Visit us at 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 2020 (ended March 31, 2021) totaled 8,729.1 billion yen ($78.6 billion), with 871 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 350,000 employees worldwide. Hitachi is working to increase social, environmental and economic value for its customers across six domains; IT, Energy, Industry, Mobility, Smart Life and Automotive Systems through Lumada, Hitachi's advanced digital solutions, services, and technologies for turning data into insights to drive digital innovation. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at ### HITACHI is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. All other trademarks, service marks, and company names are properties of their respective owners. Watercore Launches a New Range of Chemical Dosing Systems for Water Treatment Applications 2021-06-24T07:21:31Z watercore-launches-a-new-range-of-chemical-dosing-systems-for-water-treatment-applications Watercore dosing stations are compact packaged dosing systems that contain all the components required for a quick set-up: from the chemical storage to the injector with spring-loaded non-return valve. Chemical dosing is a common process in most water treatment systems. The dose is always dependent on water quality and flow rate through the system. Besides, other parameters such as water turbidity, PH or ORP level will define adjustments required to control the dosing amount.When source water quality is consistent with time, dosing adjustment can be carried out manually, but in those cases when feedwater characteristics have a certain variability an automated control will be the preferred option.When an automated control is chosen, the chemical injection can be controlled by a single parameter such as flow rate, or it can be controlled by two or more criteria like flow and PH.Most Watercore projects rely on piston or diaphragm dosing pumps and the selection will be based on the maximum output pressure and required dosing capacity.At Watercore, we are experts at ensuring that you choose the right dosing system for your application. Above all, our range of commercial and industrial dosing solutions will adapt to the water treatment process.Chemical dosing is widely used in many water treatment applications:- Clarification: Aluminium Sulphate, Ferric Chloride- PH Adjustment: Sulphuric Acid, Nitric Acid, Caustic Soda- Oxidation and disinfection: Sodium Hypochlorite, Potassium Permanganate NATIONAL SHOCK ADS EXPOSE NDIS AGE DISCRIMINATION 2021-06-24T04:51:16Z national-shock-ads-expose-ndis-age-discrimination The national campaign, Disability Doesn’t Discriminate, is being launched today. It exposes the disgraceful and deliberate decision, made in 2013, to exclude the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from the Age Discrimination Act. Spinal Life Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mark Townend, who is leading the campaign said the amendment made it lawful for the NDIS to refuse funding to people who become disabled over the age of 65. “Disability can impact anyone at any time and doesn’t discriminate, so why should age matter? It is unfair, unjust, and unacceptable, and it must end now,” Mr Townend said. One in five Australians, approximately 4.4 million people, live with a disability. Almost half (44.5%) are over 65. Australians over 65 who are excluded from the NDIS, are forced onto the My Aged Care Scheme, which provides a maximum of $52,000 a year in support packages and has a waiting list of up to 18 months. “It is unconscionable. A younger person with the same spinal cord injury, can qualify for the NDIS and receive a funding package of up to $250,000 a year while older Australians struggle to afford care, wheelchairs, equipment, and other support. At Spinal Life Australia we hear these heart-breaking stories every day. The campaign gives Australians the opportunity to add their voice to the call to end age discrimination. Each website sign-up triggers an email to the person’s local Federal MP calling for:  1.      NDIS Minister Linda Reynolds to amend the legislation to end age discrimination 2.      Them to introduce a Private Member’s Bill to stop people over the age of 65 being legally excluded 3.      Two key Aged Care Royal Commission recommendations that address equity for people with disability to be immediately adopted   “Some of our members have missed out on NDIS funding packages by weeks. These are Australians who have fought in wars, paid taxes all their working life, and don’t deserve to be discriminated against,” Mr Townend said. It was two years ago next month that 74-year-old Terry Cokeley had a cycling accident and became a quadriplegic. Because he’s over 65 he doesn’t qualify for NDIS and the extra funding package that would make life easier for him and his wife Alison. “The injury that Terry has is not age-related, so why should he be discriminated against because of his age? Alison said. We need you to add your voice to help us stop age discrimination and inequity so people over the age of 65 have the same access to funding and support as younger Australians. Link to Media Kit, including Television Commercials HERE GLOBAL FINTECH RANKINGS 2021: Australia now ranked 6th in the world 2021-06-23T23:32:11Z global-fintech-rankings-2021-australia-now-ranked-6th-in-the-world More than 50 new cities and 20 new countries have been added to findexable’s Global Fintech RankingsThe value of fintech unicorn companies has more than doubledThe evolution of fintech in a country is highly correlated to financial inclusion in emerging economiesThe 2021 findexable Global Fintech Rankings is produced in partnership with Mambu, the market-leading cloud banking and financial services platformSYDNEY – 24 June 2021: A new report by findexable shows that 2020 was a year in which the financial technology (‘fintech’) sector expanded globally and financially, building upon a surge in demand for technology that increases access to digital finance. Previous reports showed that this trend was accelerating, but over the period covered by this year’s report diversity among fintech companies exploded, with 50 new cities and 20 new countries added to the index, meaning that they host the headquarters of at least 10 privately-owned fintech companies.The 2021 Global Fintech Rankings, powered by Mambu, identifies emerging hubs, fintech companies and trends. The Index algorithm ranks the fintech ecosystems of more than 264 cities across 83 countries incorporating data from findexable’s own records and collated and verified by its Global Partnership Network, including Crunchbase, StartupBlink, SEMrush and 60+ fintech associations globally. The index was first published in 2019 and has seen a huge uptake by the fintech industry. This year’s Global Fintech Rankings report shows that although major technology and finance centres like London, New York and San Francisco are still global centres of development, the fintech industry is becoming more geographically diverse. Several African countries have debuted on the list, including the Seychelles, Rwanda, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Somalia, and cities like Riyadh and Tel Aviv have moved up the rankings, with the latter joining the top ten cities in the world for fintech growth. With more fintech companies being founded in a greater range of locales, from Flutterwave in sub-Saharan Africa to the digital currency launched in the Bahamas, the needs of specific populations are being served by people from those areas. In total, of the 83 countries in the rankings this year more than 20% are new entrants. In short, emerging markets and digitally savvy but underbanked populations continue to be sources of fintech innovation. This speaks to one of the report’s larger themes, which is that fintech is bridging gaps in consumers’ lives, many of them revealed or made more urgent by the COVID-19 pandemic. Data from Mastercard showed that in the first quarter of 2020 there was a greater shift to digital banking in ten weeks than there had been in the previous five years. Fintech can no longer be dismissed as a fad but is a part of billions of peoples’ lives – ‘fintech for all rather than the few’. However, there is a significant gap between major players and the next generation of innovators in terms of funding that needs to be addressed to keep the industry moving forward with new ideas. There also remains a gap between the customers of fintechs – women are often early adopters, while emerging markets are sources of giant user bases - and the people leading them.The report also shows that significant investment came into the sector during the year. The number of ‘unicorn’ companies (privately-held start-ups with a valuation of more than $1 billion) has increased dramatically, with multi-billion dollar ‘mega-rounds’ from a handful of companies propelling the total invested in fintech unicorns to $440 billion, up from $199 billion in April 2020. This dramatic increase in investment means that fintech unicorns now account for 20% of total tech unicorn value.Findexable’s founder and CEO Simon Hardie explains: “The level of investment and activity in the fintech sector is hugely gratifying for those of us who have been championing the industry. It is especially good to see that the pandemic didn’t slow down, and may have in fact accelerated, the adoption of fintech in parts of the world that have previously been underserved.”He adds: “Just as important as whether the industry is growing is the question of whether the industry as a whole is helping ordinary people solve the problems of financial access, cost and simplicity. A University of Illinois study conducted with last year’s data showed that ‘a country’s level of fintech development is highly related to improvements in financial inclusion in emerging economies.’ We can extrapolate from this that the increase in fintech companies in under-banked regions will lead to greater financial inclusion in those areas.”Elliott Limb, Mambu’s Chief Customer Officer, comments: “Fintechs are part of a global revolution to make financial services easier, faster and simpler. They are changing the way we save, spend, borrow, and invest money. Whether competing, cooperating or supporting traditional financial institutions, they are reshaping digital services for a real-time, on-demand world.”He adds: “This is why we are proud to have earned our stripes in this imagination-rich community and stepped up to sponsor the Global Fintech Index. The need to understand where the energy and ideas are being created is a tool that decision makers need. Whether it is an aspiring unicorn, a neobank seeking new markets, a provider that wants to go digital, or a financial institution that wants to act like a fintech, you need a roadmap...a guide to where to begin and where to go. This is why a ranking system is important.”Kristofer Rogers, Mambu's General Manager ANZ, added: “Australia has solidified its position as a leader in the global FinTech space in this year’s Global Fintech Rankings, moving up another two places to now be ranked at number 6 in the world and number 2 in the Asia Pacific region. Sydney has come in just outside the Top 10 at number 11 in the City rankings, with Melbourne at number 25 and Brisbane breaking into the Top 100 for the first time at number 98. What’s particularly exciting about the past 12 months is that we’re seeing bigger deal sizes and successful exits that are comparable to more celebrated hubs like San Francisco and, closer to home, Singapore. "The Australian FinTech space has always enjoyed a lot of support in the past from leaders including our Prime Minister Scott Morrison and, more recently, with Senator Andrew Bragg flying the flag in support of a growing FinTech ecosystem in Australia. But with local venture capital firms and early stage investors now enjoying big returns, things are beginning to get very exciting for Australian entrepreneurs and innovators."Australia’s thriving fintech industry has seen some incredible innovations over the past 12 months, with the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in enormously accelerated acceptance and adoption of digital banking technologies across all demographics. It’s an exciting time to be working in the fintech space, and we look forward to further investment and activity in the sector as Australia’s banking and financial services industry continues its digital revolution.”For the purpose of the Index algorithm, fintech is any business that applies a technologically enabled innovation specifically geared for the provision or distribution of financial services. The country and city rankings were calculated from a total score comprised of a combination of three metrics:Quantity – Size of fintech ecosystem and supporting structures – number of fintechs, fintech hubs, co-working spaces, accelerators, global influencers and population (countries only)Quality – Impact/performance – size and growth of fintechs (e.g. number of unicorns), investment, events, value generation, international collaboration, website rankingEnvironment – ease of doing business, critical mass, regulatory environment – regulatory interventions to improve competitive environment, incentives for start-ups, internet censorship, payment portals, fintech courses.To learn more and download a copy of the report, visit: ENDSAbout findexableA global IndexThe Global Fintech Index (GFI) by findexable is the first global, real-time, objective ranking of all cities where there is a fintech cluster. The rankings are determined and updated using our proprietary algorithm. It is digital and real-time. It uses open data & data sharing to create a continuously updated index.A global missionThe GFI is designed to highlight opportunities and drive transparency across the ecosystem. We are on a mission to help financial institutions, governments and investors understand how innovation is evolving, where to invest, and what it takes to build a thriving fintech ecosystem. About MambuMambu is the market-leading SaaS cloud banking and financial services platform. Mambu fast-tracks the design and build of nearly any type of financial product for banks, lenders, fintechs, retailers, telcos and more. Our unique composable approach means that independent components, systems and connectors can be configured any way our clients require to meet their customer’s needs. Founded in 2011, Mambu has 500 employees​ and ​180 customers globally including N26, OakNorth, Tandem, ABN AMRO, Bank Islam and Orange Bank. www.mambu.comMedia contactsAUSTRALIARachel McDougall, Whitehat Agency, Email: or Tel +61 (0)401 694 301UK/EUROPEDenise Gee, MD Findexable, Email: or Tel: +44 (0)779 376 8109 2021 Vinnies CEO Sleepout a Huge Success, Achieving the Largest Amount Raised by any Single Event on the Gold Coast 2021-06-23T23:31:05Z 2021-vinnies-ceo-sleepout-a-huge-success-achieving-the-largest-amount-raised-by-any-single-event-on-the-gold-coast Please click here for high resolution images Gold Coast, Australia - 23 June 2021: It was a night of concrete and cardboard for Brother reseller partner Document Solutions Australia, with directors Colin Wheeler and Alan Thompson participating in the 2021 Vinnies CEO Sleepout to support the prevention of homelessness on the Gold Coast. On the 17th of June, 215 local business owners, CEOs, and associates gathered to sleep rough on one of the coldest nights of the year. Held at the CBUS Super Stadium in Robina, participants gathered for reasons both personal and sympathetic with one cause in mind: homelessness prevention. For more than 116,000 Australians, sleeping rough is a daily reality, and with the impact of Covid-19 on the community this number is expected to be on the rise. With a powerful wave of support, the Gold Coast sleepout raised a total of $637,885, smashing the original $500,000 fundraising goal. Document Solutions Directors Colin Wheeler and Alan Thompson well achieved their fundraising goals, finishing with a combined total of $21,537. “We are proud to be part of the Gold Coast community which we believe achieved the largest amount raised by a single event on the Gold Coast”, says Colin, who is an ambassador for the event. “Each year, the funds raised go to moving less fortunate people in the Gold Coast into emergency and crisis accommodation, and Vinnies have plans for another 42 units to put a small dent into a massive issue.” Document Solutions relied on employees, friends, vendors, and clients to reach fundraising goals, with partner Brother Australia being their biggest sponsor from equipment suppliers. “We are honoured to be able to support Colin and Alan, and be a part of such a humbling and motivating cause”, says Stephen Nicholls, National Account Manager MPS at Brother Australia. “It’s fantastic to see so many people come together each year to help change the lives of those experiencing homelessness across Australia.” If you are looking to get involved, you can find more information on participation and help break the cycle of homelessness here: CEO Sleepout Gold Coast. About Document Solutions Australia Document Solutions Australia (DSA) was built on strong foundations of integrity and respect pioneered by directors Alan Thompson and Colin Wheeler. These values go beyond simply how the Gold Coast printer, copier, and IT provider treats their customers but spills over into their passion for giving back to the local community. Since its beginnings 20 years ago, the DSA team have developed substantial corporate relationships that reach into business communities big and small throughout the local Gold Coast region. The attention to detail, focus on service delivery, and the desire to be well respected across the local business landscape have driven a company culture of excellence from the top down. Document Solutions Australia is a company large enough to cope, but small enough to care. About Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd In operation for more than a century, Brother is a global manufacturer of laser printers, laser and inkjet Multi-Function Centres, label printers, scanners and mobile products and is recognised for its range of technology-driven machinery used within businesses worldwide. With corporate printing solutions at the forefront of its services, Brother boasts customer satisfaction across small, medium, and large businesses. Its printers have been recognised with 8 consecutive wins for the coveted PC Magazine, Business Choice Award, and 12 consecutive wins of Readers’ Choice Awards. The organisation takes pride in its consistent efforts towards promoting environmental conservation and cost minimisation, particularly through providing solutions that encourage efficiency in the workplace. Brother International Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brother Industries, which was founded in 1908 in Japan. Brother Australia was established in 1977, with a head office located in Sydney and state offices nationally throughout Australia.   About Brother Earth: Brother has made a commitment to sustainability and making a positive difference to the environment. Brother Earth is a Brother initiative and aims to build a society that achieves sustainable development by taking responsibility and considering the environmental impact of all aspects of business operations. At Brother Earth, visitors can choose how funds are allocated and see how Brother is contributing to environmental sustainability on a global level. ‘Click for the Earth’ at and Brother will contribute to an environmental conservation project on a consumer’s behalf.   Progress Arms Marketers for Post-COVID Reality with Latest Release of Sitefinity Insight 2021-06-23T10:57:03Z progress-arms-marketers-for-post-covid-reality-with-latest-release-of-sitefinity-insight Sydney, Australia — June 23, 2021 — Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS), the leading provider of products to develop, deploy and manage high-impact business applications, today announced powerful new digital marketing capabilities in the latest release of Progress® Sitefinity InsightSM, a SaaS analytics, personalisation and optimisation system. The company brings to market enhanced tools to help marketers adapt to the “new normal,” easily pivot and deliver differentiated customer experiences. Progress also announced new enhancements in Progress® Sitefinity® Cloud, an enterprise-grade platform as a service (PaaS) for managing digital experience and improving operational efficiency.While adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic reality, many organisations encountered reduced resources and budget and time constraints, which stalled digital innovation. Without the proper support, many marketers had to deliver campaigns based on assumptions of digital performance and persona preferences, missing out on opportunities to effectively target highly engaged prospects and build personalised marketing campaigns. To take marketing to the next level, drive campaign ROI and meet modern consumer demands, marketers must gather data from multiple touchpoints and then rapidly act upon it. Often this effort requires significant time and IT resources, making it impossible for companies to respond quickly to market dynamics and campaign performance. Sitefinity Insight bridges the marketing data gaps, giving marketers access to real-time data and analytical insights to create tailored campaigns and adjust them as they run based on audience behavior. Providing in-depth intel into persona profiles and lead scores, Sitefinity Insight enables the creation of targeted programs and offerings to the right set of prospects to quickly engage and convert them to customers. Fully integrated with the Progress® Sitefinity® Digital Experience Platform (DXP), it offers a cloud-enabled, scalable architecture that delivers market-leading usability, freeing IT from managing the infrastructure, leaving time for mission-critical projects, and boosting marketing productivity to innovate. “Our recent industry research shows that nearly 70% of business leaders struggle to address the rising digital experience expectations and to deliver engaging, seamless experiences,” said John Ainsworth, SVP, Core Products, Progress. “They need the right technology with low complexity, cost and resources. Progress is the right partner on this journey, giving superior ease of use, the power of data and speed and personalisation in the hands of marketers and IT.” New capabilities and features in Sitefinity Insight include: Comprehensive Conversion Attribution Modeling: Automatically discover which interactions have the most impact on conversions and your KPIs with AI-powered attribution modeling. Advanced Lead Scoring Rules: Target the right leads at the right time to maximise sales opportunities and wins, eliminating the need to overinvest on multiple touches for leads that have already converted or are at the beginning of their journey.  Modernised Audience Intelligence: Identifies the topics and touchpoints that are most effective in engaging audiences, splice attribution by first touch or last touch and leverage those learnings to deliver even better experiences across organic, paid, social and more. Detailed Video Performance Tracking: Enables users to identify what makes their video content stand out amongst the crowd and capitalise on those learnings to drive video engagement. “With Sitefinity Insight, we're able to learn more about our customers so that we can foster strong, personal relationships,” said Megan Morris, Brand & Experience Manager, Legal & General America. “We are looking forward to using the newest features of Sitefinity Insight, such as the conversion attribution modeling as it will enable us to better understand the journeys of highly engaged visitors to continuously refine and double down on successful marketing strategy.” Sitefinity Cloud Progress also introduces simplified domain management in Sitefinity Cloud, enabling site administrators to list, add, remove, and configure domains across available environments. Redefining productivity, Sitefinity Cloud empowers organisational scale, eliminates the need for infrastructure management and deeply integrates Microsoft Azure services so organisations can focus on their core business. As a resource-efficient PaaS, Sitefinity Cloud frees IT from having to dedicate time, money and resources to website infrastructure management while also providing more flexibility to support innovation and long-term growth plans. Using Sitefinity Insight, an integrated analytics solution that delivers optimised and personalised customer experiences, organisations can streamline digital analysis and content optimisation to easily enhance marketing effectiveness. Progress Sitefinity Insight is available today. For more information, go to Additional Resources Follow Progress on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn Read the Progress blog About Progress Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS) provides the leading products to develop, deploy and manage high-impact business applications. 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AlayaCare Raises $241 Million to Accelerate the Digital Transformation of Aged Care 2021-06-23T10:13:22Z alayacare-raises-241-million-to-accelerate-the-digital-transformation-of-aged-care AlayaCare, a global aged care software company, today announced a AUD$241 million (CAD$225M) Series D funding round led by Generation Investment Management LLP with participation from Klass Capital and incumbent investors Inovia Capital (“Inovia”), CDPQ, and Investissement Québec. AlayaCare has scaled its business substantially powering more than one billion client visits around the world. The US is now the fastest growing part of AlayaCare’s business, representing 7x growth in the last 24 months.   Today’s announcement fuels AlayaCare’s mission to deliver aged care of the future through transformative innovation, data-driven insights, and a superior care worker experience that ultimately delivers better client outcomes and lower costs for providers. AlayaCare will use the funding to continue global expansion, hire additional staff and further invest in innovation capabilities to build a more complete post-acute offering in addition to products that help solve labour market issues around employee shortages and churn.   According to Precedence Research, the global aged care market size is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of more than 8%. In Australia alone it’s projected that the number of people aged 65 and over will increase by more than double to 7.5 million by 2050. The explosive growth of the ageing population – combined with a growing prevalence of chronic diseases, a global shortage of care workers and a shift to value-based reimbursement – is forcing a rethink of how care is delivered.   “Employee shortages and retention continues to be one of the biggest headaches for all service providers. AlayaCare is uniquely positioned to help tackle common pain points related to scheduling challenges and balancing client and care worker preferences,” said Adrian Schauer, CEO & Founder, AlayaCare. “Our innovative technology helps run the back office more efficiently, allowing care staff to focus on outcomes instead of paperwork. Through the support and confidence of our investors, customers, partners and employees, we are excited to scale the AlayaCare platform.”      Today, more than 500 aged care organisations around the world rely on AlayaCare’s leading software to improve operational efficiencies through its modern, intelligent software. A key differentiator of the platform is its artificial intelligence (“AI”)-based predictive models that enable business leaders to spend less time on manual tasks, and more time focused on growing their organisations as they seek to meet the huge demand coming from health systems for aged care. The AlayaCare platform also has robust third-party application programming interface (“API”) integration, enabling customers to integrate it holistically within their existing systems. Today’s announcement accelerates AlayaCare’s global growth strategy and will enable organisations around the world to access the award-winning platform. “We fundamentally believe that treating people in the home is key to building a sustainable health system that provides better outcomes at lower cost. AlayaCare provides a win-win for both clients and providers by meeting the strongly growing demand for care at home with a more modern, efficient, data-driven and easy-to-use system that vastly improves the experience for care workers and their organisations,” said Dave Easton, Growth Equity Partner at Generation Investment Management LLP. AlayaCare provides a win-win for both clients and providers by meeting the strongly growing demand for care at home with a more modern, efficient, data-driven and easy-to-use system that vastly improves the experience for care workers and their organisations,” said Dave Easton, Growth Equity Partner, Generation Investment Management LLP. “We look forward to supporting AlayaCare as it doubles down on its investment in R&D and builds out the next generation of aged care software, further building on its machine learning capabilities to help its customers prepare for a more tech-enabled, efficient and value-based future.”   “Avivo is a long-time AlayaCare customer. Our business, staff and customers have benefited greatly from AlayaCare’s innovative solutions that directly help us support people living with disability or ageing to live a good life and to thrive in their community,” said Sue Paterniti, Technology Lead, Avivo. “We’re thrilled about AlayaCare’s continued growth and commitment to building better products and being responsive to market changes and the new regulations, so we can serve our customers better now, and into the future.”   Since its launch, AlayaCare has experienced double-digit growth, expanded its operations in the US, Canada, and Australia and now employs nearly 500 staff with aims to hire an additional 300+ employees over the coming years.    Visit to learn more about the AlayaCare platform, which includes scheduling, reporting, clinical documentation, billing, care worker mobile app, and dedicated portals for patients, family members, and care workers.   - 30- About AlayaCare AlayaCare offers an end-to end software platform for aged care providers to manage the entire client lifecycle from referrals and intake to billing, payroll and beyond. Combining traditional in-home and virtual care solutions, AlayaCare enables care providers across the world to propel towards innovation and healthcare of the future. AlayaCare was founded in 2014 and is the parent company of Procura, Arrow, CIMS, and AcuteNet.     About Generation Investment Management LLP Generation Investment Management LLP is dedicated to long-term investing, integrated sustainability research, and client alignment. It is an independent, private, owner-managed partnership established in 2004 and headquartered in London, with a U.S. office in San Francisco. Generation Investment Management LLP is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority.   About Inovia CapitalInovia Capital is a venture firm that partners up with audacious founders ready to build enduring global technology companies. We are known to roll up our sleeves and serve founders with dedicated, long-term mentorship, a global talent network and strategic support for global scale. Inovia Capital manages over US$1.5B across early and growth-stage funds and holds offices in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, San Francisco and London. For more information, visit   About CDPQAt Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), we invest constructively to generate sustainable returns over the long term. As a global investment group managing funds for public retirement and insurance plans, we work alongside our partners to build enterprises that drive performance and progress. We are active in the major financial markets, private equity, infrastructure, real estate and private debt. As at December 31, 2020, CDPQ’s net assets total CAD 365.5 billion. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter or consult our Facebook or LinkedIn pages.About Investissement QuébecInvestissement Québec’s mission is to play an active role in Québec’s economic development by spurring business innovation, entrepreneurship and business acquisitions, as well as growth in investment and exports. Operating in all the province’s administrative regions, the Corporation supports the creation and growth of businesses of all sizes with investments and customized financial solutions. It also assists businesses by providing consulting services and other support measures, including technological assistance available from Investissement Québec – CRIQ. In addition, through Investissement Québec International, the Corporation also prospects for talent and foreign investment and assists Québec businesses with export activities. River will stop flowing unless action taken 2021-06-23T01:35:43Z river-will-stop-flowing-unless-action-taken A new locally made film which highlights the plight of the Moorabool River raises the need for new sources of water to meet population growth in Geelong and Ballarat.  About 90 percent of the Moorabool’s “natural flow” is now taken for human use and unless major steps are taken to restore the river’s health it will stop flowing altogether. Those steps might include reuse, recycling or desalination of water says Bannockburn’s Cameron Steele of the community group People for a Living Moorabool (PALM). PALM made the film “The Moorabool River” with Sheoaks Films of Torquay. Melbourne University water law specialist, Erin O’Donnell says the film is “compelling, powerful and utterly beautiful and information rich… really deserves to be seen by a wide audience”, given its release ahead of the Victorian Government’s review of the Central Region Sustainable Water Strategy. The Moorabool River is located in that region.    Mr Steele says that the Moorabool River and its wildlife are in dire circumstances because so much of the catchment’s water is removed from the river or not allowed to get into the river. The film explores the consequences of this dramatic demand for the catchment’s water, especially in the face of climate change. Interviewees call for alternative water supplies for Geelong and Ballarat to reduce the pressure on the Moorabool so more water can flow down the river. The film features local landowners, scientists, and healthy river advocates, as well as spectacular and wide-ranging views of the Moorabool river valley and catchment. “We hope when people have seen the film that they will lobby their politicians to take action to ensure the Moorabool can be restored to good health,” Mr Steele says. The film will be screened on Saturday 3 July from 7pm at the Peter Thwaites Lecture Theatre, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus.  Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion with some of the people that appear in the film. Tickets are available from Eventbrite at The film will also be screened at Bannockburn and Ballan. Ends Seagate Introduces the Groundbreaking Exos CORVAULT Hardware-Based Self-Healing Block Storage System 2021-06-22T22:00:00Z seagate-introduces-the-groundbreaking-exos-corvault-hardware-based-self-healing-block-storage-system Sydney, AUSTRALIA — JUNE 23, 2021 — Seagate ® Technology Holdings plc (NASDAQ: STX), a world leader in data storage infrastructure solutions, launched a uniquely intelligent category of mass-capacity storage designed to streamline data management and reduce human intervention for macro edge and data center environments. The new Exos® CORVAULT™ high-density storage system offers SAN-level performance built on Seagate’s breakthrough storage architecture that combines the sixth generation VelosCT™ ASIC, ADAPT erasure code data protection, and Autonomous Drive Regeneration. Designed on the Seagate Exos 4U106 12Gb/s platform, CORVAULT offers “five nines” availability (99.999%) helping to deliver consistently high reliability. The maximum-density 4U chassis accommodates 106 drives in only seven inches (18 cm) of rack space. It is tuned to maximise drive performance by protecting against vibrational and acoustic interference, heat, and power irregularities. Seagate’s new VelosCT chip powers the system’s dual storage controllers, which optimises all drive actuators in parallel, driving superior performance while Seagate’s Advanced Distributed Autonomic Protection Technology (ADAPT) distributes data across every drive offering advanced data protection and fast rebuilds without sacrificing performance. Autonomous Drive Regeneration (ADR) is a self-correcting system that renews a drive in-situ without the need for a manual drive swap. Developed by Seagate, ADR can return most drives to dependable service by reconfiguring the drive to bypass errant components. The technology also helps reduce the environmental impact of computer e-waste as ADR drives are renewed instead of discarded. CORVAULT will be available globally via qualified Seagate distributors in July. To find out more, please visit our website. About Seagate Technology Seagate Technology crafts the datasphere, helping to maximise humanity’s potential by innovating world-class, precision-engineered data storage and management solutions with a focus on sustainable partnerships. A global technology leader for more than 40 years, the company has shipped over three billion terabytes of data capacity. Learn more about Seagate by visiting or following us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and subscribing to our blog. ©2021 Seagate Technology LLC. All rights reserved. Seagate, Seagate Technology, and the Spiral logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other countries. CORVAULT and Exos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliated companies in the United States and/or other countries. Media Contact Antoinette Georgopoulos Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 Reekoh launches US expansion with executive posting. 2021-06-22T21:04:29Z reekoh-launches-us-expansion-with-executive-posting BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA. June 23rd, 2021: Reekoh, the leader for integration of physical and digital assets, is embarking on their expansion to the US industrial market by relocating a key executive to drive existing business and set up a local presence. Chief Commercial Officer Steve Terry will be based in Houston, Texas for an initial period of three months from mid-July. His key priorities will be to work with existing customers and partners, establish relationships with the broader industrial ecosystem, with a view to then staffing a local office to continue servicing the US market.  Houston was chosen as the ideal landing pad for Reekoh because of its concentration of industrial customers in key segments such as Oil & Gas and Manufacturing, and how it can serve as an entry point for the broader mid-west market. The region is already quite mature with its adoption of digital technologies and is familiar with the problems experienced when integrating fragmented data sources across existing OT ecosystems with a rapidly expanding footprint of enterprise IT and cloud solutions.  Reekoh’s integration platform and toolkit has resonated strongly in this market where there is an immediate need to break down data silos to drive effective outcomes such as operational efficiencies, AI-based predictive maintenance and advanced data visualisation and analysis.  This validation has also been evidenced through Reekoh’s signing of a global partnership and reseller agreement with AVEVA, one of the world’s largest industrial software vendors and distributors, in late 2020 and current engagement with several of AVEVA’s large ecosystem partners in the region. Premier IoT/IIoT systems integrator, The Integration Group of the Americas, Inc. (TIGA) who are certified with multiple SCADA platforms, cloud integration and cybersecurity of operational systems, have moved quickly to bring Reekoh’s solution into their market.  TIGA’s VP of Growth and Strategic Initiatives, John Kratzert, says they are always looking for emerging technologies like Reekoh that can bring increased value and performance to their clients, and that they are looking forward to forging a relationship within the US.  “Bridging the chasm between IT and OT system data transfer enables our clients to make agile, accurate and timely business decisions based upon real time Operational data,” he said. “Reekoh’s platform agnostic solution, bringing fragmented systems together and establishing the linkages between the  OT and existing business workflows, is critical for TIGA’s clients.  Individually, Reekoh and TIGA enhance a client’s speed, data integrity and  operational efficiency in the execution of their business.  When integrated as a complete enterprise system, the TIGA/Reekoh team exponentially expands the capabilities, of both IT and OT systems, providing the seamless transfer of critical decision-making information.” After joining Reekoh in January this year, Steve Terry believes that the time is right for the company’s presence to expand physically into the markets where the problem of integrating OT and IT environments is the greatest.  “This year we’ve seen the traditional, heavy industrial automation sectors like Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Logistics, Supply Chain, Mining and Utilities grow rapidly in their demand for greater digitalization through an Industry 4.0 framework”, said Terry.  “The US and EMEA markets in particular seem to not only understand the concepts around digital transformation and the significant benefits this brings to a business but are also hungry to implement solutions. My role coming into Reekoh was to accelerate the commercialisation of what the business had already built and delivered, and it’s been obvious that the next immediate step was to land ourselves in these growth markets.”    Reekoh CEO and Founder Dale Rankine added, “As the industrialised economies around the world bounce back strongly from COVID and the disruptions of 2020, we’ve seen massive growth in demand for our solutions that absolutely prove that global expansion is something we need to tackle as quickly as possible, and it’s hugely exciting for us that we’re able to leverage Steve’s experience to kick start this.” Reekoh is already working with a number of customers in the US market, particularly where integration of IIoT, SCADA and other assets with large-scale existing ERP and asset management systems such as SAP and IBM are a critical part of the digital transformation program of these enterprises.  Commonly, it is the automation of the business processes and workflows within these enterprise systems that can be optimised with access to the right real-time and historical data that lives in other OT or industrial environments that Reekoh is helping to unlock. Traditionally these integrations have tended be custom-built using various methods, but enterprises now are turning to platforms like Reekoh to make this process more agile, maintainable, and scalable.  The US market is just the start for Reekoh’s global ambitions. With existing channel and partner relationships in UK, EMEA and Asia that are driving customer engagement, establishing further regional offices will quickly follow to support growth and demand.  -- End --   About Reekoh  Reekoh is a leader in data integration for the industrial market, making asset, operational and business data interoperable. Its agile integration platform and technology suite brings together all aspects of the modern data landscape to enable business outcomes and drive digital transformation. Founded in 2015 in Australia, named as a Gartner Cool Vendor for IoT and with multiple business and technology awards, Reekoh’s goal is to be the global leader for the integration of physical and digital assets. For more details visit:   Global IT Consultancy Xebia Acquires coMakeIT to Support Clients' Continuous Innovation 2021-06-22T05:53:23Z global-it-consultancy-xebia-acquires-comakeit-to-support-clients-continuous-innovation          Hilversum, the Netherlands, 22 June 2021 - Xebia, the global IT consultancy firm, has acquired software product engineering company coMakeIT to support clients' continuous innovation and business growth. coMakeIT, founded in the Netherlands in 2006, helps product and software companies thrive by providing software product expertise, people and tools needed to meet ambitious objectives. Today, the company's primary focus is on product software companies creating the right mix of technology and teams support with the right talents so that its clients can achieve sustainable growth. CoMakeIT has profound knowledge of software development, product engineering, application modernization, digital transformation, and recruitment and operates from offices in the Netherlands, the UK, India, and Australia. Xebia is a fast-growing digital leader known for helping companies worldwide digitally transform by offering high-quality IT consultancy from its offices in the Netherlands, India, the UK, the US and Dubai. The company has successfully launched several brands and continues to expand in line with its 'buy and build' strategy: partnering with thought leaders to gain additional footing in the digital space together. With coMakeIT, Xebia looks forward to expanding its managed services capability and having the resources to accelerate its clients' software development. Steven ten Napel, CEO and founder coMakeIT: "We are extremely value-driven. Just like Xebia, at coMakeIT, it's all about 'people first.' Our company culture and field of work are very similar, which makes us a perfect match. Together, we will soon be able to better assist clients in overcoming scalability issues, implementing modern technology, and realizing growth." Anand Sahay, CEO Xebia Global Services: "Xebia is an established leader in the Digital transformation, Software Engineering, Cloud, DevOps and Architecture space. Acquiring coMakeIT will help Xebia address the cloud-native and platform development needs of the ISV market and grow in that space globally. Together with coMakeIT, we clearly see complementary ability to create future-ready products for our ISV customers and also develop innovative software for these platforms to help ISV's customers' needs. This creates a very strong proposition for ISVs and our ability to partner with them." The right technology and the right talents are crucial for growth in a digital world. Acquiring coMakeIT will strengthen Xebia's long-term relationships with clients through comprehensive managed services, and coMakeIT will gain access to Xebia's in-depth knowledge of all digital transformation domains. Besides sharing the same values, both original Dutch companies have experience expanding their presence to India, for example, and will jointly continue to help businesses grow worldwide. About Xebia Xebia is a leading IT Consulting and Digital Technology company committed to delivering innovation and business excellence across the globe. It delivers digital solutions to global leaders for transforming their IT and Business Operations. With nearly two decades of experience, it enables its clients through their digital journey by enabling them with informed decision-making through process level enhancements, intelligent data solutions, enhance their customer experience & journeys with new-age solutions and help strengthen their core with modern technologies such as AI/ML/Robotics, Microservices, Cloud-native apps and agile at scale to deliver unprecedented levels of performance. For more information, please visit us at About coMakeIT Headquartered in Baarn, Netherlands, and with offices in Australia, UK, and India, coMakeIT helps software businesses and enterprises to accelerate their product innovation, modernize aging applications and productize best practices into new software IP. For more information, please visit us at For media queriesEmail: Ping Identity Puts Users In Control Of Their Identity With New Personal Identity Solution 2021-06-22T05:04:26Z ping-identity-puts-users-in-control-of-their-identity-with-new-personal-identity-solution DENVER — June 21, 2021 — Ping Identity (NYSE: PING), the intelligent identity solution for the enterprise, announced PingOne for Individuals at Indentiverse 2021. The new personal identity solution empowers businesses to give their customers full control over how they securely store and share verified personal data without unnecessary friction.PingOne for Individuals enables enterprises to provide users superior digital experiences, protect customer privacy and reduce the burden of regulatory and compliance requirements by letting users manage their own personal data. Users can store and easily share their verified, always-up-to-date personal information with businesses or other individuals using a digital wallet on their mobile device. The process makes sharing employment history, transcripts, healthcare records, or other identity-related data simple. Verified data can be kept up to date in real time by data issuers, and sharing it is as simple as scanning a QR code. This makes anything from completing loan applications to verifying the identity of a first date, fast, safe and easy. “The world is overdue for a simpler way for people to share verified information about themselves with businesses and other individuals,'' said Andre Durand, CEO and founder of Ping Identity. “PingOne for Individuals and the ShoCard wallet will ignite decentralised identity by allowing users to control their own data, alleviating businesses from ownership and ultimately delivering improved security and convenience on both ends.” "The global pandemic illuminated an opportunity to raise the health and safety bar for our high-risk clients in the senior living communities we serve," said Craig Shealy, CEO of Wayforth. "ShoCard and PingOne for Individuals will make it easy for every person that visits the campuses we serve to provide proof of vaccination status and training certifications to keep our clients healthy." How it worksOfficial sources of personal identity data – credit bureaus, universities, pharmacies, etc. – can use the PingOne for Individuals solution to add verified credentials to a user’s ShoCard digital wallet by sharing a link or having them scan a QR code. When a different business or individual needs to confirm the identity or information about a person, they can request it by having the user scan a QR code on their website, in the ShoCard wallet on their phone, or even a printed piece of paper. Sensitive data is never outside of the person’s control since it is only stored in the digital wallet, which is protected by Hedera distributed ledger technology to ensure information is never modified or deleted. With PingOne for Individuals businesses can alleviate the technical, privacy and compliance challenges related to customer data because the individual’s data is not stored with the business, but on their mobile device. This approach lowers the risk of fraud by requesting verified information from users. It also streamlines the collection of verified data from individuals to ensure the user experience is seamless while letting organisations leverage the data they need to successfully conduct business. Consumers can download the free ShoCard wallet to their iOS and Android devices immediately via the app store. Enterprises can download the PingOne for Individuals SDK today to start issuing cards for consumers to add to their ShoCard wallet and access the self-service issuance dashboard starting in July 2021. Additionally, in July, Ping will be offering an early-access version of PingOne Credentials, a no-code credentialing service integrated into the PingOne service that allows issuers to create custom card templates and issue credentials to users. About Ping IdentityPing Identity delivers intelligent identity solutions for the enterprise. We enable companies to achieve Zero Trust identity-defined security and more personalised, streamlined user experiences. The PingOne Cloud Platform provides customers, workforce, and partners with access to cloud, mobile, SaaS and on-premises applications across the hybrid enterprise. Over 60% of the Fortune 100 choose us for our identity expertise, open standards, and partnerships with companies including Microsoft and Amazon. We provide flexible identity solutions that accelerate digital business initiatives, delight customers, and secure the enterprise through multi-factor authentication, single sign-on, access management, intelligent API security, directory, and data governance capabilities. For more information, please visit ##Follow Us on Twitter: @PingIdentityJoin us on LinkedIn: Ping IdentitySubscribe to our YouTube Channel: PingIdentityTVLike Us on Facebook: PingIdentityPageENDS Why You Should Review Your Contract Management System This End of Financial Year 2021-06-21T04:29:19Z why-you-should-review-your-contract-management-system-this-end-of-financial-year As we close out the 2021 financial year and prepare budgets for the next one, now is a good time to check productivity gains using a contract management system. A quick market scan will present a number of systems with varying capabilities. Think walk before you run. Look for a system that's ready to go as a cloud based service – and no need to get the IT folk involved, as you can be up and running with minimal effort. The end of the financial year is a good marker in time to reassess your protocol for contract management. Do you have a viable system in place that’s working to increase efficiency in your organisation? Or are your contracts slipping between the cracks? If you’re looking for a new contract management system. Here are some pointers on what to keep your eyes out for. 1 – Digital Efficiency If you’re still working with contracts in hard copy format, then you could be missing out on the big gains in efficiency that digital options allow. If you’re storing contracts in filing cabinets, do you remember exactly where the information is when you need it? Do contracts ever get lost in the undertow of files and through sheer human error? This simply isn’t good enough if you want to run a tight ship in your business or organisational life. You need to make the shift to a cloud-based contract management system that stores everything at your fingertips for maximum efficiency and to prevent loss of personal data.  2 – Accessibility Contract management systems allow 24/7 access, anywhere, anytime, which means that there are no hold-ups in terms of access to important documents. Your workforce or clients can be on the other side of the world and it won’t matter, as they can still log in easily and view contracts that are relevant to them. Modern contract management systems are more accessible in another way too, in that they’re often available in English and other popular languages. This means the same contract can be read in a person’s native language, making international trade agreements all the more harmonious and easy to facilitate.  3 – KPIs & Analysis  KPIs can be built into contemporary contract management systems so that actions become quantifiable, and results explainable. With clear KPIs in place, a person’s responsibilities are evident, and there are opportunities for growth where they’re not immediately met. KPIs allow for the clarification of standards and expectations necessary in each employee’s role in regards to contract management. With the amount of notifications and checkpoints inbuilt in contract management systems these days, there’s little room for excuses, and much room for improvement. The tools for overall analysis embedded in contract management software gives a bird’s eye view of all operations, and indicates where things are going well or where course corrections need to be made. The many functions now present in contract management systems can save you serious money and time, and their set up is simple and easy. It therefore makes a lot of sense to make the switch to digital contract management systems.