The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-05-07T05:47:07Z AcornLMS Experts present questions and strategies for finding the perfect LMS 2021-05-07T05:47:07Z acornlms-experts-present-questions-and-strategies-for-finding-the-perfect-lms Online learning has only been around for 20 years, but that hasn’t stopped more than a thousand learning management systems popping up worldwide. The Acorn experts have recognised that greater choices have led to a greater chance of choosing the wrong one. Unsurprisingly, it can be common that the wrong choice is made. With that in mind, they moved forward crafting an extensive guide on the questions and strategies to consider for an LMS software comparison. The full article is available now on their Acorn Labs blog: https://bit.ly/3ulWGSQ   The guide outlines four steps that frame the path to LMS procurement: identifying company needs, getting customer references, creating a shortlist and conducting due diligence. In addition to these steps, it highlights the questions to ask along the way, such as ‘is this LMS secure?’ and ‘what support will this vendor provide our organisation?’.   Not content with just providing some guidelines, the article is informative too. It delves into the types of LMS software, industry pricing plans and market trends. It details the advantages and disadvantages to each option in these areas. To sum it all up, it gives potential LMS buyers a very extensive overview of everything they should be thinking about when making that big decision to buy.     “Think of an LMS as the house for all your eLearning belongings. You want that house to be secure, easy to move around, and you certainly don’t want it to end up costing you more money than you thought,” said Blake Proberts (Co-Founder & Managing Director).   “That’s why it’s important to understand exactly what kind of ‘house’ will support your ‘belongings’. It’s why we created this guide to ensure buyers know everything they need to know, not only about the LMS but about their own goals too.”   Along with being a useful information resource, the article also provides a handy checklist where potential clients can simply tick the boxes to get a clear visual picture of which software stacks up best.       Pursuit Technology is a software development company which seeks to streamline systems through innovative ideas and solutions. Pursuit is all about putting the customer at the centre of everything we create. Since the inception of our Acorn LMS, we’ve worked with everyone from local businesses to federal government agencies. In that time, we’ve maintained a 100% retention rate. Our Acorn LMS contains all the tools needed to support workforces – from onboarding and inductions through to compliance and ongoing development.  US FOREIGN NATIONAL MORTGAGE PROGRAM 2021-05-07T04:57:00Z us-foreign-national-mortgage-program Borderless Mortgagor Group US Foreign National Mortgage Program is specially geared to cater for all Australian lending needs in the US, whilst offering competitive pricing and a full suite of award-winning home loan products. At Borderless Mortgagor, we specialise in helping people who don’t fit that ‘perfect’ template. We’ve helped hundreds of non-residents from Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore, India, United Kingdom, United States, Japan & many more countries to secure loan approvals. The result? You can purchase properties in over 20 countries —even if you’re not a citizen. Invest In The US Through Borderless US Foreign National Mortgage Program Benefits ·       Cheaper entry point than Australia ·       Minimum 25% down payment ·       Loan Amount: $150,000 upto $10,000,000 ·       Interest Rates: 4.35% to 5.50% ·       Term: 30 years, 20 and 15 years fixed ·       First 3 years prepayment penalty ·       No Income or US credit verification required ·       Residential, Commercial, Refinancing, Cash-Out & Bridging ·       Cloing on average 30 days ·       Great way to diversify you SMSF Investment Portfolio ·       Applicant not required to be present in the US during closing ·       Offices in Melbourne, Florida, Tokyo & Kuala Lumpur ·       Additional services provided: Setting up US bank accounts, accounting,tax & legal consultations. Borderless Mortgagor Group has a team of mortgage specialists with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Our team speaks various languages, including English, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, Cantonese, Spanish, Greek, Albanian, Hebrew, and Russian. We have over 10 years of mortgage financing experience and have been the leader in helping non-U.S. residents achieve their real estate goals in the States. Borderless Mortgagor Group seeks to bridge this gap with end-to-end solutions for non resident mortgage lending. With a global network of over 350 lenders offering 1000 different custom mortgage products in over 20 countries worldwide. The process is streamlined, fast, and efficient-so clients can enter the property market quickly and find the property that best suits their needs.  For more information on overseas lending & international properties please visit  https://borderlessmortgagorgroup.com   Australian Non-Resident Mortgage Program 2021-05-07T03:13:22Z australian-non-resident-mortgage-program Borderless Mortgagor Group Australian Mortgage Program is specially geared to cater for all your non-resident lending needs in Australia, whilst offering competitive pricing and a full suite of award-winning home loan products.  Getting a home loan as a non-resident in Australia can be challenging, as most lenders require the borrower to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Over the past few years, many of the banks in Australia have also reduced their risk appetite for non-resident lending. At Borderless Mortgagor, they specialise in helping people who don’t fit that ‘perfect’ template. They helped hundreds of non-residents from Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore, India,United Kingdom, United States, Japan & many more countries to secure loan approvals. The result? You can purchase properties in over 20 countries —even if you’re not a citizen. Borderless Mortgagor Australian Non-Resident Mortgage Program requires a 25% to 30% down payment for foreigners and are able to finance from $150,000 upto AUD$5,000,000. Clients are not required to be present in Australia during loan settlement. AUSTRALIAN MORTGAGE PROGRAM FOR NON-RESIDENTS ·       Rates: From 4.48% ·       Loan Term: 30 years (Variable or Fixed) ·       Loan Types: Residential, Commercial, Cash Out, Refinancing & Bridging ·       Loan Settlement: Within 30 days Borderless Mortgagor Group seeks to bridge this gap with end-to-end solution for non resident mortgage lending. With a global network of over 350 lenders offering 1000 different custom mortgage products in over 20 different countries. The process is streamlined, fast, and efficient—so clients can enter the property market quickly and find the property that best suits their needs. For more information on overseas lending and international properties please visit https://borderlessmortgagorgroup.com Edmonds Conveyancing 2021-05-07T01:03:18Z edmonds-conveyancing Edmonds Conveyancing offers online conveyancing for properties, across NSW. A conveyancing lawyer is responsible for managing the transfer of property ownership, between the buyer and seller. At Edmonds, it our mission to provide an experienced and efficient service when buying or selling a property, ensuring all settlements are completed on time with no delays. A common question asked is how to choose a Coffs Harbour conveyancer? The answer is simple, you get what you pay for. Edmonds’s conveyancing is not the cheapest service, instead a high-quality service, offering 50 years of experience to ensure the job gets done on time. Business-consumer relationships from the legal perspective and the importance of consumer safety 2021-05-06T21:01:53Z business-consumer-relationships-from-the-legal-perspective-and-the-importance-of-consumer-safety As an entrepreneur, your skills in managing consumer relationships will be tested throughout your career. Consumers’ commitment to the brand parallelly increases with the quality of service provided to them. The consumer experience is usually mistaken and misunderstood. Along with the quality of product, the safety of service provided to them also matters and contributes greatly to the consumer satisfaction level. Hygiene standards are among the most obvious variables in the quality of service.Consumers have the tendency to avoid interaction with businesses in which numerous threats are posed to them. This is a fact that can directly reflect on the business’s success and interrupt the potential of the business.   A hazardous environment makes the business lose customers   Numerous objects can decrease the satisfaction level of the consumer. And there is a valid reason behind this fact. Consumer-business relationships are quite fragile as the consumers are prone to lose their interest after noticing risk factors in the service area. Most commonly, these are hygiene standards. During the coronavirus pandemic, many establishments disregarded the social distancing regulations. Sanitiser boxes were empty, the use of masks was incorrect and the staff were not obeying the dressing regulations. Health is a matter that is beyond anything else. Countless businesses lost their clients simply by disobeying the coronavirus regulations.   Other than the consumers’ valid reasons, from the point of laws, employees’ and visitors’ wellbeing shouldn’t be risked by the business. By disobeying coronavirus regulations, businesses put themselves and others at risk. As the conclusions of undervaluing these regulations are obvious, the business can be fined. Generally, negligent businesses damage their relationships both with the customers and the employees. Both effects the success and growth of the business. Most importantly, the corporation can be sued by the party that is suffering a loss.   The importance of workers compensation whilst establishing a business   To win in the market place, you must first win in the workplace. And the most impactful way to achieve this is by establishing good and strong relationships with your employees. Due to the nature of humankind, we cannot resist demanding conditions in places that we spend all our day. The same applies to employees. Whilst being threatened by risk factors, an employee cannot be in a good mood. Also, accidents can arise and the injured worker can sue the company for a valid reason. Contributing to an accident is the last thing a good business(wo)man and a good person would like. Unfortunately, an undeniable share of work-related accidents occurs from the negligent employer’s attitude towards his/her employees. Many businesses disregard safety precautions to cut expenses. Even if they do not, they fail to sustain safety by replacing the equipment upon worn off. Both cases are examples of negligence in the workplace. Business owners are in charge of safety in the workplace. Any equipment that is malfunctioning, any objects that can possibly fall and hit someone; replacement of protective equipment, hazardous dust and gas exposure, physically challenging workloads and coronavirus infection risks are under the responsibility of the business owner. Upon noticing a hazard factor, the work should be ceased and immediate action should be taken to prevent harm permanently. On the other hand, employers usually disregard the emotional pain factor that prohibits the workers from sustaining their careers. Stressors can be the source of a problem in the workplace. And sometimes, the employer himself/herself can be the stressor. Whilst appointing workers to tasks, planning the work schedules and organising a workplace, factors that may potentially stress the workers should be taken into consideration. TOA Global to provide free Moderna vaccine to its Philippine employees 2021-05-06T10:18:58Z toa-global-to-provide-free-moderna-vaccine-to-its-philippines-employees TOA Global, one of the largest employers in the outsourced accounting industry, announced it will cover the cost of vaccinating its entire Philippine workforce against COVID-19 in an effort to support employees’ health and contribute to the country’s vaccination efforts.    The company successfully purchased the Moderna vaccine via a tripartite agreement with the Philippine government. The vaccine will be administered for free and on a voluntary basis, as well as in full compliance with government guidelines on the vaccination rollout.     “Employee health and well being is one of our most important values and we are proud to provide this incredibly important employee benefit to not only our existing, but also our new employees in the Philippines,” said Craig Mansell, CEO of TOA Global.      TOA Global expects to start administering the vaccine in the middle of this year and continue through the second half of 2021. The goal is to get the employees fully vaccinated by the end of the year.     “Whilst we do not require all our employees across Clark, Cebu and Manila to get vaccinated, our research tells us that the majority of employees are delighted they will receive both doses of the Moderna vaccine courtesy of TOA Global’s employee benefits program,” Craig added.     Since the onset of the pandemic, TOA Global has been heavily invested in supporting its employees, from enhancing safety measures and offering a flexible work arrangement to ensuring they receive comprehensive health benefits starting on Day 1 of employment. Earlier this year, TOA Global also upgraded its health insurance premium by 65% for employees.   Lawcadia announces BI reporting for the legal, risk and compliance functions 2021-05-06T05:45:08Z lawcadia-announces-bi-reporting-for-the-legal-risk-and-compliance-functions With corporate and government organisations experiencing a heightened focus on budgetary, regulatory, risk, compliance, and governance issues, Lawcadia have introduced BI reporting so that departments can benefit from custom dashboards and beautiful reports that capture unique data points, metrics and provide crucial insights. Lawcadia chief executive officer and founder Warwick Walsh said, “General Counsels and compliance leaders need accurate and relevant reporting structures to help them demonstrate the impact and value of the legal function as well as to support a strategic decision-making framework.” “Lawcadia’s new BI reporting allows legal, compliance and risk teams to easily prepare custom dashboards and impactful reports based on data points that are relevant to that particular organisation,” he said. According to Mr Walsh, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ when it comes to legal metrics and analytics which is the key driver for Lawcadia bringing BI Reporting to their suite of intelligent legal workflow, matter and spend management tools. “Legal departments can customise their own dashboards with drag-and-drop functionality, create beautiful reports, as well as dictate which unique data points need to be captured for reporting purposes.” Following the release of document automation last month, BI reporting is another feature made possible by the firm’s new intelligent platform engine, Lawcadia Intelligence™. Acorn Experts flag key LMS features and functionalities to consider when looking to buy 2021-05-06T05:28:33Z acorn-experts-flag-key-lms-features-and-functionalities-to-consider-when-looking-to-buy For anyone looking to acquire a learning management system (LMS) for their organisation, two things are important to consider and compare: features and functionalities. That’s according to the Acorn internal subject matter experts who have been hard at work to explore these areas in detail. Each organisation will have different requirements, and suppliers usually work within defined industries. Without research, it’s easy to attain an ill-fitting system – wasting time and resources that might be needed elsewhere.   Blake Proberts (Co-Founder and Managing Director) says choosing features “that align with your organisational goals will reap you the most benefits”.   The most important features to consider in an LMS include administration, learning analytics, authoring tools, integrations and customisation. Functionalities are all about what a feature (or all features combined) can do for a user. The team go on to consider a huge raft of these including: SCORM compliance, gamification, accessibility, performance tracking, eCommerce, streamlined processes and many more. The full article is available now on their Acorn Labs blog: https://bit.ly/32ZgHTi   Mr Proberts goes on to say, “As an example, consider the differing accessibility needs of your workforce. It might be something as simple as responsive screens or more complex like screen readers and bring-your-own-device compatibility.” “Ensuring that you’re selecting features that make the user experience seamless will in turn ensure your engagement rates are high.”   In addition to being a useful information resource, the article also provides a handy checklist where organisations can simply tick the boxes to get a clear picture of which software stacks up best.       Pursuit Technology is a software development company which seeks to streamline systems through innovative ideas and solutions. Pursuit is all about putting the customer at the centre of everything we create. Since the inception of our Acorn LMS, we’ve worked with everyone from local businesses to federal government agencies. In that time, we’ve maintained a 100% retention rate. Our Acorn LMS contains all the tools needed to support workforces – from onboarding and inductions through to compliance and ongoing development.  Worker optimism shaken during COVID-19 – but future outlook in Australia is positive: new data from ADP 2021-05-06T04:38:04Z worker-optimism-shaken-during-covid-19-but-future-outlook-in-australia-is-positive-new-data-from-adp More than half of working Australians were impacted professionally by COVID – with a quarter laid off, furloughed or on reduced hours. Despite concerns around financial or job security, four out of five feel optimistic about the future. Two in five feel hopeful that working conditions will improve in the wake of COVID, particularly around flexible working and improved pay. Optimism among workers in Australia has been shaken in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is confidence that the ‘new normal’ will result in positive changes to the working environment, reveals the ADP® Research Institute’s People at Work 2021: A Global Workforce View. ADP’s report found that four out of five Australian workers feel optimistic about the next five years in the workplace. The global survey of more than 32,000 workers in 17 countries explores whether the effects of the pandemic have impacted employees’ attitudes towards the current world of work and what they expect and hope for from the workplace of the future. Australians also appear hopeful that COVID-19 will have a positive impact on key workplace factors. Two in five Australian workers surveyed were extremely or very confident that they could find another job offering the same job satisfaction (42 per cent), better pay (40 per cent) or increased flexibility (39 per cent). Peter Hadley, President - APAC at ADP, commented: “This new data from ADP tells us that Australians really felt the pressures falling out from the COVID-19 pandemic. “Although many people have been hard hit professionally, there’s a sense that what has been a dark cloud could have a silver lining in various ways when it comes to the world of work. Particularly in terms of accelerating the shift towards flexible working patterns, with two in five Australians saying they believe COVID-19 has had a positive impact here.” In the current landscape, the report indicates that while there is optimism for what the future holds, there remain high levels of unease, with almost three-quarters of workers (72 per cent) saying that during the pandemic they have had concerns over their financial or job security. These fears are understandable, given that more than half (56 per cent) report having been impacted professionally in some way due to COVID-19. Of these changes, a quarter of respondents (25 per cent) either lost a job, were furloughed or were temporarily laid off by their employer. One in six took a pay cut (15 per cent), while almost one in five (18 per cent) reduced their hours or responsibilities. “Understandably, job or financial security is front of mind for many, and these concerns unfortunately reflect reality. In a year when many businesses have had to shut temporarily or permanently, or significantly alter their operations, the effects of the disruption and uncertainty on the workforce have been profound,” said Hadley.  “The challenge now for employers and HR teams is to find ways to harness the positives while, as far as possible, alleviating the negatives to ensure that staff stay upbeat, motivated and empowered to do well moving forward.” Sonia McDonald’s New Book — ‘First Comes Courage’ Sets A Paradigm For Courage-based Leadership Driven By Bravery, Kindness, And Inclusion 2021-05-06T03:38:07Z sonia-mcdonald-s-new-book-first-comes-courage-sets-a-paradigm-for-courage-based-leadership-driven-by-bravery-kindness-and-inclusion A timely, actionable guide for leaders, teams, organisations, and anyone looking to take on a deep and abiding sense of courage — one that inspires a people-first leadership that drives meaningful impact and organisational success. A plethora of book releases serenades our online and brick-and-mortar bookstores regularly. Once in a very blue moon, there seems to be that one that ticks all the boxes for a resource of incalculable value — career advancement, personal development, and a ‘bull’s-eye’ timing given its high social relevance. “First Comes Courage”, written by Sonia McDonald, founder of LeadershipHQ and McDonald Inc. as well as one of the globe’s leading speakers on Leadership, Courage and Kindness, is just such a case.   In a world plagued with poor leadership fueled by power tussles, poor vision, a cling to popularity, and appallingly scarce levels of human empathy, and at a time where we face new realities that are bound to test leadership capabilities to its humanistic core, ‘First Comes Courage’ offers nothing but answers. In her book, Sonia chronicles inspirational stories of courage from her experience and others to empower readers with kind, courageous and inclusive leadership that helps them to win at their workplace and in life. Sonia’s watershed book is a valuable addition to her first book releases namely ‘Just Rock it!’ and ‘Leadership Attitude’, both of which are also centered around helping to build capacity for leadership in individuals, teams, and organisations. ”While researching and writing this book for many years before the COVID pandemic, I knew it would create the impactful change we need in the leadership space, and for everyone globally.” said author and founder of LeadershipHQ and McDonald Inc, Sonia McDonald, “I never anticipated the need and impact being so overwhelming. Now more than ever, we need that courage, impact, and kindness for 2021 and beyond. And that is all down to us now knowing that the secret sauce to ultimate leadership lies in courage.” From voyages of self-discovery to experiments of self-evaluation, practicable hacks for personal growth that help you find your inner courage, and everything in between, the book, featuring 15 chapters, sets out to demystify purposeful leadership using courage as an emotional conduit. Sonia also takes stock of the Courage Compass — an introspective intervention primed to help people struggling to find their inner courage by rendering insights into your belief, behaviour, and value system against the four pillars of Courage: Kindness, Purpose, Resilience, and Impact.   Whether a clarion call to a new-and-improved dimension to leadership that our global society is currently begging for or a carefully considered selection of contemporary, practicable solutions to grace you with some pep in your steps for your next courageous career move, this book is the ultimate blueprint.   Reader testimonials tell the story. Have a glimpse into what Daniel Maddison had to say “Sonia’s philosophy of leadership in her book is not just worth pondering, but also practicable. It’s remarkably easy to digest. ‘First Comes Courage’ is a wonderful blend of leadership savvy, relational insight, and a solid appreciation of a topic of global relevance in a new era. This one stays on my bookshelf as a worthy reference. Highly recommended!”   Another raving fan of Sonia’s book is Edward Bonel “Easy to read, insightful, and full of examples. Every chapter is well-crafted to provoke and inspire long-term action. It provides a stepwise approach to being a Courageous Leader. This book is very relevant in building the sort of leadership that assists in executing strategy into action. I highly recommend this book to individuals who want to become more effective in their leadership style.” An award-winning author, Sonia is renowned for a brand of inspirational leadership that beckons on leaders to set them on a path to emotional intelligence and purposeful leadership. She does this with courage, commitment, and candour. Her life and work are irrefutable proof of the impactful change leaders can drive within their communities, and globally.   To learn more about this novel-yet-inspiring take on leadership, ‘First Comes Courage’ is available on Sonia’s website, Amazon and Booktopia. To contact Sonia as a keynote speaker at your conference, workshop or event, visit: https://soniamcdonald.com.au/contact/   Contact: For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald, contact: Sonia McDonald or Katie Watts 0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665   Related Links: https://soniamcdonald.com.au/ https://www.leadershiphq.com.au https://www.mcdonaldinc.com.au/     Hitachi Vantara Enhances Lumada Portfolio to Deliver Improved Resilience, Agility and Accuracy in Industrial IoT Environments 2021-05-06T03:34:01Z hitachi-vantara-enhances-lumada-portfolio-to-deliver-improved-resilience-agility-and-accuracy-in-industrial-iot-environments SYDNEY – 6 May, 2021 – Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure, data management, and digital solutions subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), has announced advancements to the Lumada software platform and industry solutions to accelerate the digital transformation of industrial processes. These offerings help deliver real-time, actionable insights that accelerate the ability to predict problem areas, streamline production and maintenance, and create a connected supply chain – resulting in enhanced operational efficiency, minimal revenue disruptions, and product quality improvements. Learn more about Data-Driven Industrial Solutions with Hitachi Vantara Improving manufacturing operational outcomes involves comprehensive data analysis and integration from thousands of moving parts across remote and industrial environments. Lumada is Hitachi’s digital platform that connects data, assets, and people to fuel industry innovation. It is the software foundation for Lumada Industry Solutions, that extract data-driven insight and drive better operational and business outcomes. The updated Lumada portfolio allows customers to automate tasks and make faster decisions by training data models in the cloud and deploying them to edge devices, creating actionable insights from diverse data sets at lower infrastructure cost. “Across the globe, industries are dealing with increasing complexity, a faster changing environment and greater competition that together are driving a need for accelerated digitalisation. Supply chain disruptions, health and safety measures and operational challenges have highlighted this need for data-driven innovation,” said, Radhika Krishnan, Chief Product Officer, Hitachi Vantara. “Today’s advancements allow our customers to make faster, more informed decisions so industries can thrive in our rapidly digitalising future.” Delivering Deeper Insights and Faster Time to Value Hitachi Vantara is accelerating industrial digitalisation with major enhancements to data-driven offerings for manufacturing, extending AI and automation from edge to core, and delivering deep real-time insights from new combinations of data and connections. Lumada Manufacturing Insights:This industry solution delivers greater visibility across a customers' supply chain subsystems with the supply chain module’s ability to implement supply chain control tower solutions and take direct, demand-driven action.Integrating and correlating data from multiple sources– from asset health data to vibration, video, lidar and audio – to detect potential failure of a machine, manufacturers can better predict points of failure and perform preventive maintenance, reducing downtime and improving output.Also new is the ability to automate forms for digitisation of factory floor processes – a practice that is still largely done with pen, paper and spreadsheets – to establish ‘if this, then that’ protocols across manufacturing processes.Lumada Manufacturing Insights is now also available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace for easier integration with Microsoft cloud environments.Smart Spaces & Lumada Video Insights:These industry solutions leverage new workflow automation within Hitachi Visualization Suite and a mobile application for improved team collaboration and incident response.An expanded Hitachi Edge Gateway portfolio includes industry-tailored and “ruggedised” versions that allow for data integration from sources such as trains, industrial spaces, or first responder vehicles and equipment, and includes higher compute power at the edge with CPU or GPU options to enable new outcomes, and make faster, more data-driven decisions.Sensor fusion creates the ability to co-analyse video, lidar, and other data to enable new use cases such as quality assurance and analysis of human-machine interaction, while improving accuracy.Lumada Edge Intelligence:Integration between the Lumada software platform and Google Cloud allows customers to speedup data preparation by adjusting resources on-demand and combining multiple data types for better insights.Updates to Lumada Edge Intelligence also simplify Machine Learning workflows by pushing models to edge devices for faster automated decision-making without reliance on point tools.New APIs for edge management and data access allow reuse of assets, gateways, and software to create integrated solutions utilising existing infrastructure. “Meat & Livestock Australia has been collaborating with Hitachi Vantara on a number of digital projects over the past five years leading up to our latest project, the Connected Beef Supply Chain Control Tower,” says Dr. Nigel Tomkins, program manager, grassfed productivity at Meat & Livestock Australia. “Hitachi Vantara’s Lumada Manufacturing Insights has allowed our industry to integrate both sensor and system data to provide insights across the supply chain—this has led to improved productivity and quality outcomes. We look forward to leveraging the capabilities of the Supply Chain Control Tower even further—gaining insight on factors impacting supply and consumer demand.” “Our industry is experiencing rapid digitalisation and a distinct increase in the pace of business. This underscores the need for more agility and predictability in everything we do and what we deliver to our customers,” says Petra Sundström, VP & Head of Digital Offering, Sandvik Rock Processing at industrial manufacturer Sandvik. “We’re collaborating with Hitachi to innovate our business models. With Lumada Manufacturing Insights, we are now able to offer predictive maintenance as a service--delivering the outcomes our customers are looking for in this digital era.” “For manufacturers to get real end-to-end benefits from data-driven solutions, it’s important to focus not only on the obvious areas of production. Other data sources and solutions beyond the factory floor should also be looked at. For example, use video analytics to study material flow from receiving dock to warehouse to shop floor; use lidar to monitor employee movements from a safety perspective. There are so many ways to use this technology, and the applications become more apparent as the team familiarises with the sensors and analytics,” says Allen Ahlert, senior director, Engineering with Hitachi Computer Products (America), Inc. which leverages Lumada solutions at its 352,000 sq. ft manufacturing and supply facility in Norman, OK. “Hitachi Vantara has been able to approach this holistically beyond what point solutions can do to create comprehensive, rich insights across facilities and processes.” Availability These updates are now available worldwide from Hitachi Vantara and select partners. Lumada Manufacturing Insights is now available on the Microsoft Azure Cloud Marketplace. Additional Resources Web Page: Industry Solutions - ManufacturingBlog: You Need To Go Digital. Now.Blog: Manufacturing Success Through Data-Driven OperationsBlog: Improve Collaboration and Intelligence with Smart SpacesBlog: Smarter Manufacturing and Smart Spaces Start With Intelligence at the Edge2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Industrial IoT Platforms  Connect With Hitachi Vantara TwitterLinkedInFacebook About Hitachi Vantara Hitachi 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 www.hitachivantara.com. 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 https://www.hitachi.com. ### HITACHI is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. All other trademarks, service marks, and company names are properties of their respective owners. Agency for the Next Economy 2021-05-05T08:22:06Z agency-for-the-next-economy Underpinned by a proprietary model for predicting future human behaviour, the founders have affectionately named “BE.AP.S.” – Behavioural Economics x Applied Psych. x Strategy.   BE.AP.S. provides sustainable and socially conscious brands with a cheat sheet for the next economy. By embracing conscious consumerism, it’s flipping the agency model on its head and partnering with brand clients to navigate this new way of consumer thinking. Says Todd Sotheren (left), co-founder and creative director at Agency: “Increasingly, consumers are voting with their wallets for the World they want to live in.” Agency promises to· Create clarity for brands in an uncertain future· Align mindful purchases with your bottom line· Enable brands to be a force for positive change Says Nicholas Mason (right), co-founder and strategy director at Agency: “It’s why at Agency, we say ‘Don’t be a Can’t’. Because consumers won’t cop it any more.” BE.AP.S. modelling is available now for inherently good brands turning over between $2 – $100M. For more information on Agency, please visit www.agencybyron.com HCL to Build a New Digital Foundation for Hitachi ABB Power Grids 2021-05-05T03:43:53Z hcl-to-build-a-new-digital-foundation-for-hitachi-abb-power-grids Noida, India –May 04, 2021 – HCL Technologies (HCL), a leading global technology company, today announced a multi-year contract with Hitachi ABB Power Grids, the leader in sustainable, digital energy solutions, to build a new greenfield digital foundation as part of a global transformation program. Through this engagement, HCL will help Hitachi ABB Power Grids establish a new, efficient and modern independent IT organization. The engagement will support its continued business transformation by reducing dependency on the historic ABB IT services infrastructure.   Hitachi ABB Power Grids was formed in 2020 as a joint venture between Hitachi and ABB to create a new global leader in pioneering power and digital technologies. As part of the new digital foundation, HCL will provide Hybrid Cloud Services, Digital Workplace Services, Next-gen Network Services, Unified Service Management and Cybersecurity Services.  Leveraging HCL’s  “Cloud Smart” offerings, Hitachi ABB Power Grids will benefit from an adaptive portfolio with innovative cloud services driven by intelligent automation and a powerful partner ecosystem. These capabilities will enhance Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ operations in more than 90 countries and improve end-user experiences for its 36,000 employees worldwide. Hitachi ABB Power Grids identified that HCL was best placed to develop from scratch a new Digital Foundation that would meet its strategic objectives to drive simplicity, speed and scalability throughout its global operations. HCL will establish strategic digital platforms, global standardization of IT services and future-proof solutions to keep pace with changing business requirements and evolving technology capabilities.     “As a pioneering technology leader, we’re digitalizing the entire energy value chain to make the world’s power grids stronger, smarter and greener. It’s crucial that this transformation also includes our internal operations, as well as the solutions we create for our clients,” said Michael Loechle, CIO, Hitachi ABB Power Grids. “We knew we needed to break away from the historic IT organization we’d inherited, and HCL was the perfect strategic partner to help us create a next-generation operating model. We were particularly impressed by HCL’s ability to create high quality and end user-focused solutions for our employees and offer an end-to-end model to ensure seamless execution. HCL’s track record for bringing a culture of innovation to service delivery will ensure we are well placed to enjoy the long-term and sustainable benefits of digitalization.”   “We’re excited to work with Hitachi ABB Power Grids to build a new independent Digital IT environment. HCL will bring its well-developed expertise in executing complex carve-out programs for the new digital world,” said Pankaj Tagra, Corporate Vice President and Nordic and DACH Head, HCL Technologies. “The opportunity to build a new Digital Foundation for such a major global organization is testament to the trust that our clients have in HCL’s next-generation transformational expertise.”   About HCL Technologies HCL Technologies (HCL) empowers global enterprises with technology for the next decade, today. HCL’s Mode 1-2-3 strategy, based on its deep-domain industry expertise, customer-centricity and entrepreneurial culture of Ideapreneurship™, enables businesses to transform into next-gen enterprises. HCL offers its services and products through three business units: IT and Business Services (ITBS), Engineering and R&D Services (ERS) and Products & Platforms (P&P). ITBS enables global enterprises to transform their businesses through offerings in the areas of applications, infrastructure, digital process operations and next generational digital transformation solutions. ERS offers engineering services and solutions in all aspects of product development and platform engineering. P&P provides modernized software products to global clients for their technology and industry specific requirements. Through its cutting-edge co-innovation labs, global delivery capabilities and broad global network, HCL delivers holistic services in various industry verticals, categorized as Financial Services, Manufacturing, Technology & Services, Telecom & Media, Retail & CPG, Life Sciences & Healthcare and Public Services. As a leading global technology company, HCL takes pride in its diversity, social responsibility, sustainability, and education initiatives. For the 12 months ended March 31, 2021 HCL had consolidated revenue of US$ 10.17 B. Its 168,977 Ideapreneurs operate out of 50 countries. For more information, visit www.hcltech.com.   Forward–looking Statement Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the statements containing the words 'planned', 'expects', 'believes’,’ strategy', 'opportunity', 'anticipates', 'hopes' or other similar words. The risks and uncertainties relating to these statements include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties regarding impact of pending regulatory proceedings, fluctuations in earnings, our ability to manage growth, intense competition in IT services, business process outsourcing and consulting services including those factors which may affect our cost advantage, wage increases in India, customer acceptances of our services, products and fee structures, our ability to attract and retain highly skilled professionals, our ability to integrate acquired assets in a cost-effective and timely manner, time and cost overruns on fixed-price, fixed-timeframe contracts, client concentration, restrictions on immigration, our ability to manage our international operations, reduced demand for technology in our key focus areas, disruptions in telecommunication networks, our ability to successfully complete and integrate potential acquisitions, the success of our brand development efforts, liability for damages on our service contracts, the success of the companies /entities in which we have made strategic investments, withdrawal of governmental fiscal incentives, political instability, legal restrictions on raising capital or acquiring companies outside India, and unauthorized use of our intellectual property, other risks, uncertainties and general economic conditions affecting our industry. There can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements made herein will prove to be accurate, and issuance of such forward-looking statements should not be regarded as a representation by the Company, or any other person, that the objective and plans of the Company will be achieved. All forward-looking statements made herein are based on information presently available to the Management of the Company and the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company.     For further details, please contact: HCL Technologies   Meenakshi Benjwal meenakshi.benjwal@hcl.com   Elka Ghudial, Europe Elka.ghudial@hcl.com   Devneeta Pahuja, India and APAC Devneeta.p@hcl.com   LED High Bay Lights Upgrade In Victoria 2021-05-05T03:41:31Z led-high-bay-lights-upgrade-in-victoria High bay LED lights -- as its name suggests -- are designed to illuminate a large space where the height of the ceiling is greater than 6 meters(20 feet). High bay workspaces -- where high bay lights are commonly used -- are generally designed for industrial production, warehousing, and storage, or large exhibition & convention halls.  Why do we recommend LED high bay lights replacements? When compared to older lighting technologies like induction high bay lights(HIDs), metal halide high bays, or fluorescent high bay lights -- LED high bay lights offer significantly lesser power-up time and a lifespan that surpasses 50000 hours(metal halides typically lasts for 10K hours). LED high bay lights are far less susceptible to lumen depreciation -- light output or LED high bay lights would not reduce over time. L70 life(70% of initial light output) of LED high bay lights is 50K hours which is huge when compared to conventional high bay lights like metal halide or Induction high bay light that reaches its L70 life at around 6K hours. LED high bay lights are easier to dim than HID or metal halides. With our FREE LED High bay lights replacements, there will be: 1) 60-80% reduction in power bills over HID/Metal Halides/Fluorescent high bay light fixtures. 2) No operational delay due to a long warm-up time required by HID or Metal Halide High bay lights. 3) Significant reduction in maintenance costs due to a long lifespan of LED high bay lights. 4) Improved visibility & safety of your workplace due to high lumen LED high bay lights. 5) Reduce upfront costs by availing government rebates under the Victorian Energy Upgrades program. How LED high bay lighting fixtures can control light distribution and intensity? LED high bays lighting fixture provides a uniform and high-quality light with little glare. To achieve the required illumination level and intensity, different types of reflections are used with LED high bay fixtures. To focus light vertically on the floor, aluminum reflectors are attached to high bay fixtures. Diffused lighting can be achieved with prismatic reflectors. What are the types of LED High Bays? Different kinds of LED high bay lights provide a range of light intensity and light distribution patterns. Your choice of a suitable LED high bay lights rely upon existing conditions like area and height of the ceiling of your workplace. 1) Linear High Bays Linear LED high bays look almost identical to its predecessor compact fluorescent lights They come in different designs and attributes like dimmable or non-dimmable. Linear high bays are ideal for lighting an aisle or a bay. Benefits Of Linear High Bay Lights 1) Linear LED high bays have a wider beam angle. 2) There is no "spotlight" effect. 3) The rectangular shape of linear LED high bays makes it conducive to light a bay or an aisle. UFO LED High Bays UFO high bays - as their name implies -- are circular in form with circular beams of light. They are smaller than linear LED high bay lights. Benefits UFO LED High Bays 1) Easy to install. 2) Pretty design. 3) Beam angle can be increased or decreased. Where LED High Bays can be utilized? LED high bay lights find numerous uses in a wide variety of commercial and industrial applications. From warehouses, factories, assembly lines on factory floors, large recreation centers, and gyms -- LED high bay lights can be seen at a workplace with a high ceiling. These lamps are excellent for lighting warehouses and as a matter of fact, they can be installed at any place with a ceiling height of more than 20 feet. LED High bay lighting fixtures are most suited for: 1) Factory floors & large production space. 2) Large retail stores. 3) Warehouses. 4) Gyms & recreation centers. LED High Bay Replacement is done under the VEU Government Program We replace old lights with energy-efficient LED lights under the VEU program (formerly knowns as VEET Scheme). VEU is an acronym for the Victorian Energy Upgrades program. Regulated by the ESC (Essential Services Commission), the VEU program helps Victorians businesses, small and big, reduce their power bills and greenhouse gas emissions by providing access to subsidised/discounted energy efficient product and services. Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates (VEECs) are created for each energy upgrade we do. These VEECs are sold to energy retailers who are bound to buy and surrender a certain amount of certificates to meet annual target set in Victorian legislation. We offer FREE/rebated installation of LED high bays lights at your business under the government program. Taking advantage of the VEU rebate scheme, the Victorian businesses can upgrade their existing HPS and halogen high bay lights to new LED high bays for absolutely no cost. Australia's National Crime Check Partners with Jumio to Scale its InstaID System and Accelerate Customer Onboarding 2021-05-05T01:42:14Z australias-national-crime-check-partners-with-jumio-to-scale-its-instaid-system-and-accelerate-customer-onboarding Jumio, the leading provider of AI-powered end-to-end identity verification and eKYC solutions, today announced a new business partnership with longtime customer National Crime Check (NCC) as the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) accredited agency continues to scale its InstaID identity verification system. National Crime Check has been helping clients perform compliant and technologically driven ACIC police checks and employment screening services since 2009. NCC has been a Jumio customer since 2014, the same year it launched InstaID, which enables Australian businesses and organisations to quickly and securely validate the identities of their vendors, customers and tenants. With this new partnership agreement, NCC expands its offerings to now provide real-time identity checks with access to the Australian Government’s Document Verification Service (DVS) within the InstaID system. With InstaID, businesses can shorten their customer onboarding time from hours to a few minutes and save up to 40% of the verification cost. Jumio Identity Verification uses AI, machine learning and biometrics to automate the verification process and help companies improve conversion rates, comply with AML and KYC regulations and better detect fraud — all while delivering a definitive yes/no decision in seconds. Given the growth of deepfakes, bots, and sophisticated spoofing attacks, Jumio has integrated certified liveness detection to detect when photos, videos, or even realistic 3D masks are used instead of actual selfies to create online accounts. Jumio offers the most mature identity solutions for the Australian market, accepting and reliably verifying multiple types of government-issued IDs including passports, driver’s licenses and ID cards. Pairing the DVS database check with real-time identity verification provides organisations with a higher level of assurance that the ID document is valid and was issued by the Australian government. “The challenge of today’s organisations is to create a seamless identity verification process while reducing transaction friction and deterring fraud,” said Dean Hickman-Smith, Jumio’s chief revenue officer. “We are extremely proud of the work we’ve done with National Crime Check and look forward to taking our partnership to the next level as NCC scales its InstaID system to accelerate user onboarding while simultaneously reducing online fraud.” “The partnership between InstaID and Jumio is really exciting for us. The solution allows organisations to verify the identity of individuals in real time with a high level of assurance. It combines the power of Jumio’s leading OCR, biometric facial recognition and liveness detection technology with biographic verification via the Australian Federal Government Document Verification Service (DVS) to give you confidence in who you are dealing with,” said Martin Lazarevic, InstaID general manager. If you’re interested in becoming a Jumio partner, please visit jumio.com/partner-program.