The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-07-16T06:33:47Z Another Record year for the growing business as ASI Solutions moves towards $90m Revenue 2019-07-16T06:33:47Z another-record-year-for-the-growing-business-as-asi-solutions-moves-towards-90m-revenue Sydney, Tuesday 16th July 2019 ASI Solutions announced continued strong financial growth, a stream of new client wins, combined with a focus on customer experience and further expansion plans, in its summary of a highly successful 2019 financial year. Client wins fueling overall growth For ASI Solutions, 2019 was a year of significant wins that saw a solid growth to $87m, up almost 5% on the 2018 financial year. This growth was founded on a series of high profile winning tenders, netting ASI new contracts including: ·      Victorian Government -  End user Computing Contract -  Panel contract to supply Microsoft & Apple ·      Monash Health EMR Project ·      Private School success in Managed & Security services ·      LVMH – Retail sites and services ·      Malwarebytes ·      SGS Australia ·      Department of Education NSW The growth is all the more remarkable as it represents a significant turnaround from the decline that was forecast part way through the financial year. Nathan Lowe, Managing Director, ASI Solutions, said, “This growth in 2019 has been a tremendous result for the entire organisation.  The company was forecasting a decline due to a major vendor’s changed distribution model, but has turned this around to increase sales with that vendor through a reseller model that focuses on end user engagement.” Managed Services continues to shine Within the overall growth story, ASI’s Managed Services division was an outstanding success. An aggressive strategy across its three core sectors of Education, Government and Corporate paid off, seeing the division’s revenue grow by 18% in the 2019 financial year. ‘As-a-service’ offerings continue to appeal to clients in these sectors and ASI’s highly structured approach and skilled team have positioned themselves to take full advantage of this market trend. The past year has seen ASI add security-as-a-service to further strengthen its managed services portfolio. New clients include LWMW & Private schools, many won from the more traditional players in this space; a testament to ASI’s strategy of focusing not purely on technology, but on client business objectives. A focus on customer experience ASI’s success is due in no small part to its laser focus on customer experience. Following last year’s announcement of the appointment of Jason Eaton as Head of Customer Experience, ASI has this year strengthened that focus by establishing a customer advisory board. The board, with representatives from all ASI’s core industries will meet bi-annually.  “ASI Solutions’ continued growth is heavily dependent on how well the company understands and recognises our customer’s need, and on how well we deliver on solving their pain points’’ said Nathan.   “We’re excited about the Board, which allows us to hear straight from our key customers. They know us well and the Board will be a forum for invaluable feedback on where we can help, and on where they see opportunity for future improvements and further enhancements.’’ An expanding team to support the larger client base The 2019 financial year saw ASI further strengthen its Australian team, adding staff in Perth, Armidale and Townsville to support its ever expanding customer base in the west and in regional Australia. Victoria has seen significant new wins, and the team there has grown accordingly, with a team now based in ASI’s Melbourne office. Offshore, ASI has expanded its Support Desk team in Manila. The offshore team works closely with the Australian Support Desk to ensure seamless 24/7 customer support. Future growth plans ASI’s growth to date has been organic, but the business is exploring further growth through acquisitions, including the possibility of expanding into overseas markets in the next financial year. “The business is looking at acquisitions in the 2020 new financial year and we’re open to this across Australia and New Zealand.  In saying that, any acquisition needs to fit and be a partnership for everyone involved.  As a business we recognise it is important to grow but it’s also important to us as an organisation that we maintain the current company culture as we do so. The business has always been successful based on our core values, and on our ability to be flexible and agile in the market.  This is not something we want to ever change and something our customers tell us they value”, said Nathan. About ASI Solutions ASI Solutions has been a provider of innovative and pioneering business technology solutions to Australian private and public sector organisations for over 30 years.  We choose innovative technology solutions which are matched to each client¹s unique business needs, taking a solutions oriented approach and working to deliver a clear return on investment. Our global technology offerings and professional implementation model provides greater efficiency and returns for all customers. We make this happen with real insight into the external forces impacting IT environments, and we balance the needs of business to help our customers’ transition to the operating challenges of tomorrow.  https://www.asi.com.au Helping thousands of Victorians with their home building and renovation projects. 2019-07-16T06:31:28Z helping-thousands-of-victorians-with-their-home-building-and-renovation-projects Australia’s longest running building and renovation event, The Melbourne Home Show, is set to inspire and assist thousands of Victorian homeowners, builders, renovators and local trade over three days from 16 - 18 August at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, South Wharf. With over 250 leading brands under one roof, The Melbourne Home Show will be packed to the rafters with the latest building products, kitchens and cabinetry, bathroom fixtures and fittings, heating and cooling, interior and outdoor solutions, free seminars and expert advice! Visitors will be inspired to ‘live a little’ as they take a walk down the inaugural Tiny Houses Expo, where the latest compact and tiny homes will be on display. Whether you’re on the hunt for a cost-effective new home, looking to reduce your carbon footprint, tight on space or simply on the search for a simpler life, a stroll through the Tiny House Expo is sure to inspire. For those looking for outdoor inspiration, a visit to the Open Garden designed by Full Potential Landscapes and FormBoss, is a must. With a theme of Australian Made and Built to Last, the garden display is energy efficient, water conscious, spacious and smart. With flowing lines, this practical and functional design adheres to Australian climates and conditions and will showcase just how you can utilise Australia’s best in your backyard. Visitors can also learn to bring their bathroom to life or create their dream cooks kitchen with a FREE 20-minute design consultation with one of the Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute’s very best designers at the KBDi Ask an Expert hub. Visitors are encouraged to bring their plans and design ideas for a personalised consultation with the experts. Pre-bookings can be made online and walk-ups are welcome. Find new products, great savings and the biggest names in renovating and building including Australian Outdoor Living, Bora, BlockOut Blinds, Clover Kitchens, European Kitchen Group, Melbourne Polytechnic, Mondella, NextGEN Decking, Spa World, Stratco, Tesla, Vergola, Victoria Government and more. Discount tickets are available to purchase online at melbournehomeshow.com.au. Kids under 14 are free. - ENDS - For all media enquiries, interviews, images, media passes and promotions, please contact: Alana Hawthorne - Marketing Manager 03 9276 5539 | alanahawthorne@eea.net.au How Social Media is Shaping Activation Trends 2019-07-16T04:44:46Z how-social-media-is-shaping-activation-trends-1 Digital marketing in our modern world is creating exciting opportunities for branded product launches and activation events. Word of mouth is now not simply conducted by individuals talking to a few of their friends or family, nowadays work of mouth takes the form of user-generated tweets, GIFs, videos and photos sent to hundreds or thousands of followers or fans. User-generated content is the new way to market your brand to your audience. Brands are increasingly being challenged to stand out from a noisy crowd in the digital world, so giving your audience the tools to make you shine and give you a wide reach is an obvious yet under-utilised solution. The fact that never changes is that event attendees love being snapped or filmed, however, the form this takes continues to evolve and change as technology advances and consumers become increasingly Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter-obsessed. Traditional photographers, although often talented and useful, lack the interaction, instantaneous release and far reach of a quick smartphone snap, or short video followed by the share function. Never before have we seen a time when it is possible to hold an event, set up the correct social media interactions, invite the right people and have our brand shared with our attendee's wide audiences. The keys are using the correct interactions for activation and to invite the right people to your event. New technologies allow users to be excited, interactive and create their own content to share. They feel like they are creating their own personal story at your event and they can’t wait to share their story with their online world. Correct interactions are championed by Social Playground’s state of the art tools with their recently launched 360 degrees rotating camera. The features include an array of video options, GIFs, overlays and endless options for branding and instant sharing. The 360-degree rotating camera was featured at this year’s Lexus Spring Racing event in Melbourne where each attendee was provided with unique content. Other offerings from Social Playground include the hashtag printer which allows attendees to take a photo, adds the event hashtag and prints an instant branded print, the social photo GIF booth which features a selfie or GIF taking machine which is branded and ready to share as well as, live event feeds, social mosaic, propix, Snapchat printer, green screen and more. Another aspect of these tools is the ability to capture data. With the option to include surveys, collect demographics and contact details, brands are quickly able to keep interacting with their attendees post-event, find out who their brand champions are and create a vast and loyal customer base. In the case of the Lexus Spring Racing event, a post-event email generated a 45% open rate and 15% click-through rate, well about the industry average open rate of 21-30% as seen across the event industry. As our obsession with photos, videos and social media continues without signs of easing, brands can make the most of the new shape of activation trends, gain an engaged and excited audience and stand out from competitors. Man on the Moon - 50 years on 2019-07-16T02:07:22Z man-on-the-moon-50-years-on At 12.56 pm on 21 July 1969 Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) a truly momentous event occurred when Neil Armstrong stepped out of Apollo 11 onto the surface of the Moon. According to history, this significant achievement for mankind was enabled by nearly 400,000 scientists, technicians and engineers drawn from more than 20,000 companies and universities across the globe. “The Space Industry Association of Australia is proud to have many members who are involved in various endeavours that enable and support ongoing space activities. I am sure that many of our members have been inspired to pursue careers in space as a direct result of man landing on the moon 50 years ago” said Mr Drury CSC, Chair of the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA). The diverse membership of the SIAA includes organisations undertaking a wide range of space related activities, including education, research, development, design, production, operations and sustainment. The SIAA capability database provides a comprehensive source of information about many and varied space activity being undertaken across Australia. The SIAA hopes that all Australians will be able to celebrate the anniversary in some way – a listing of celebration activities is available on our website. Gartner Survey Reveals Leading Organisations Expect to Double the Number of AI Projects in Place Within the Next Year 2019-07-15T23:35:26Z gartner-survey-reveals-leading-organisations-expect-to-double-the-number-of-ai-projects-in-place-within-the-next-year Organisations that are working with artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML) have, on average, four AI/ML projects in place, according to a recent survey by Gartner, Inc. Of all respondents, 59% said that they have AI deployed today. The Gartner “AI and ML Development Strategies” study was conducted via an online survey in December 2018 with 106 Gartner Research Circle Members – a Gartner-managed panel composed of IT and IT/business professionals. Participants were required to be knowledgeable about the business and technology aspects of ML or AI either currently deployed or in planning at their organisations. “We see a substantial acceleration in AI adoption this year,” said Jim Hare, research vice president at Gartner. “The rising number of AI projects means that organisations may need to reorganize internally to make sure that AI projects are properly staffed and funded. It is a best practice to establish an AI Centre of Excellence to distribute skills, obtain funding, set priorities and share best practices in the best possible way.” Today, the average number of AI projects in place is four, but respondents expect to add six more projects in the next 12 months, and another 15 within the next three years (see Figure 1). This means that in 2022, those organisations expect to have an average of 35 AI or ML projects in place. Source: Gartner (July 2019) Customer Experience (CX) and Task Automation Are Key Motivators Forty percent of organisations named CX as their top motivator to use AI technology. While technologies such as chat bots or virtual personal assistants can be used to serve external clients, most organisations (56%) today use AI internally to support decision making and give recommendations to employees. “It is less about replacing human workers and more about augmenting and enabling them to make better decisions faster,” Mr. Hare said. Automating tasks is the second most important project type — named by 20% of respondents as their top motivator (see figure 2). Examples of automation include tasks such as invoicing and contract validation in finance or automated screening and robotic interviews in HR. The top challenges to adopting AI for respondents were a lack of skills (56%), understanding AI use cases (42%), and concerns with data scope or quality (34%). “Finding the right staff skills is a major concern whenever advanced technologies are involved,” said Mr. Hare. “Skill gaps can be addressed using service providers, partnering with universities, and establishing training programs for existing employees. However, establishing a solid data management foundation is not something that you can improvise. Reliable data quality is critical for delivering accurate insights, building trust and reducing bias. Data readiness must be a top concern for all AI projects.” Figure 2. Types of AI and ML Projects Currently Deployed Measuring the Success of AI Projects The survey showed that many organisations use efficiency as a target success measurement when they seek to measure a project’s merit. “Using efficiency targets as a way of showing value is more prevalent in organisations who say they are conservative or mainstream in their adoption profiles. Companies who say they’re aggressive in adoption strategies were much more likely instead to say they were seeking improvements in customer engagement,” said Whit Andrews, distinguished vice president, analyst at Gartner. Gartner clients can learn more in “Survey Analysis: AI and ML Development Strategies, Motivators and Adoption Challenges.” For Editors Gartner’s AI and ML Development Strategies study was conducted via an online survey in December 2018 with 106 Gartner Research Circle Members — a Gartner-managed panel composed of IT and IT/business professionals — in Europe, the U.S., Canada, Asia/Pacific and Latin America. Participants were required to be knowledgeable about the business and technology aspects of ML or AI either currently deployed or in planning at their organisations. Participant roles were either primarily IT or a mix of IT and business roles with a specific focus and knowledge of AI or ML. The results of this study are representative of the respondent base and not necessarily the market as a whole. Additional analysis on AI will be presented during Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2019, the world's most important gathering of CIOs and other senior IT executives. IT executives rely on these events to gain insight into how their organisations can use IT to overcome business challenges and improve operational efficiency. Follow news and updates from the events on Twitter using #GartnerSYM. Upcoming dates and locations for Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo include: September 16-18: Cape Town, South Africa October 20-24: Orlando October 28-31: Gold Coast, Australia October 28-31: Sao Paulo, Brazil November 3-7: Barcelona November 11-14: Goa November 12-14: Tokyo 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 15,000 organisations in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and organisation size. To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit www.gartner.com. # # # Blue Prism Collaborates with Microsoft to Deliver Free Cloud Trial on Azure 2019-07-15T22:53:38Z blue-prism-collaborates-with-microsoft-to-deliver-free-cloud-trial-on-azure AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY – July 16, 2019—Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM), a global leader in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), today announced a free enterprise trial of its connected-RPA platform on Microsoft’s Azure Marketplace. The trial is designed to be a quick-start deployment to introduce new users to the benefits of a Digital Workforce on Azure with easy access to a fully functional, short-term version of Blue Prism connected-RPA. New users will now be able to access Blue Prism’s award-winning RPA software on Azure through a quick and easy installation process – no additional components needed. This limited trial experience will operate on Azure Marketplace as a single, fully functional Blue Prism instance on a virtual machine free of charge for the trial period; users need only pay for Azure cloud consumption. This marks a continued expansion of Blue Prism’s strong partnership with Microsoft, through which customers can leverage Blue Prism’s intelligent automation capabilities on Azure, as well as take advantage of existing API integrations with Azure Cognitive Services, Machine Learning and Text Analytics. “The ability for users to download a fully functional enterprise license trial version of Blue Prism enables enterprises to overcome one of the major roadblocks in benefiting from automation – initial investment. Mid-tier organisations that have had difficulty in obtaining buy-in for initial testing to prove ROI now have the free option of quickly deploying Blue Prism through Azure to experience RPA, opening the door to large intelligent automation and AI projects,” says Mike Smart, Senior Analyst at NelsonHall. Trial users will have access to resources, tutorials, and training materials that demonstrate work queues and automations possible through the Blue Prism platform. Blue Prism currently offers integration with Microsoft Azure, Bing and Excel for the Azure Marketplace trial; future trial versions will include additional features, plus integration with Microsoft Cognitive Services. “This trial is a free, fully functional enterprise license on Azure Marketplace designed for quick deployment, and it doesn’t require additional components for users to start experimenting with automations,” says Chris Bradshaw, CMO at Blue Prism. “We are making our Digital Workforce more accessible and easier to consume. This also means giving users a complete and comprehensive set of automation capabilities so they can innovate, create and drive disruption—all from the Azure cloud.” As a cloud-focused company, this announcement also falls on the heels of Blue Prism announcing its intention to acquire Thoughtonomy. Thoughtonomy also leverages Microsoft Azure to accelerate automation projects in the cloud without burdening users with the need to set up a dedicated support infrastructure. It gives users access to RPA as a readily available service via Azure as well as immediate access to artificial intelligence (AI) technologies through Microsoft Cognitive Services, including text analytics, text and speech translation, Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS), and computer vision, as well as Azure Machine Learning and Analytics. For more information and to sign up for the Blue Prism trial, visit: Blue Prism Robotic Process Automation on the Azure Marketplace. Blue Prism will also be participating at Microsoft Inspire next month, so feel free to drop by booth #1611 to find out more about running RPA in the cloud. About Blue Prism In this digital era where start-ups are constantly disrupting markets, only the most agile and innovative enterprises survive and thrive. At Blue Prism, we pioneered Robotic Process Automation (RPA), emerging as the trusted and secure intelligent automation choice for the Fortune 500 and the public sector. Now we bring you connected-RPA supported by the Digital Exchange (DX) app store—marrying internal entrepreneurship with the power of crowdsourced innovation. Blue Prism’s connected-RPA can automate and perform mission critical processes, allowing your people the freedom to focus on more creative, meaningful work. More than 1,300 global customers leverage Blue Prism’s Digital Workforce, empowering their people to automate billions of transactions while returning hundreds of millions of hours of work back to the business. Visit www.blueprism.com to learn more about Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM). Follow Blue Prism on Twitter @blue_prism and on LinkedIn. ### Media Contacts Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 mailto:sue@einsteinz.com.au © 2019 Blue Prism Limited. “Blue Prism”, the “Blue Prism” logo and Prism device are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Blue Prism Limited. All Rights Reserved. Blue Prism to Expand Delivery of Intelligent Automation Solutions on Microsoft Azure 2019-07-15T22:50:22Z blue-prism-to-expand-delivery-of-intelligent-automation-solutions-on-microsoft-azure AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY – July 16, 2019—Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM), a leader in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), today announced plans to deliver leading-edge intelligent automation solutions and cognitive services on Microsoft Azure. The solution will enable an on-demand Digital Workforce and contribute to Blue Prism’s goal of delivering its connected-RPA platform in a flexible Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) format on Azure, allowing customers to accelerate automation projects, increase productivity, and improve customer experiences without needing to set up a dedicated infrastructure. “Microsoft’s vision for AI and our Azure AI platform centers on combining the power of the Azure cloud with decades of breakthrough research to deliver more innovation, flexibility and operational agility for our customers,” says Lance Olson, Director of Program Management, Applied AI, Microsoft. “Using Azure AI services like Form Recognizer, we look forward to working with Blue Prism to build intelligent applications that extract insights in forms, receipts, and other content to drive better business decisions.” The collaboration will integrate Blue Prism’s automation capabilities with Azure AI technologies including Azure Cognitive Services and Azure Machine Learning as well as offering access to Microsoft Office 365. It’s also possible to leverage technologies like Microsoft Flow, Logic Apps, PowerApps and Power BI with Blue Prism, and the plan is to invest in these and other areas more deeply in the near future. This news falls on the heels of the announcement of a free, fully functional enterprise trial of Blue Prism on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. This offering gives new users access to Blue Prism’s award-winning RPA software on Azure through a quick and easy deployment process – no additional components needed. Blue Prism plans to reveal similar capabilities with other leading cloud vendors shortly. Blue Prism also announced its plans to acquire Thoughtonomy, a provider of a fully-integrated SaaS platform on Microsoft Azure. These announcements strengthen the company’s track record of success with customers looking to deploy RPA solutions on Microsoft Azure. “Partnering with Microsoft gives Blue Prism a roadmap for evolving Digital Worker capabilities with broader AI and cognitive capabilities,” says Dave Moss, CTO and co-founder at Blue Prism. “We want to drive consumption and adoption of connected-RPA with all users by providing a full range of intelligent automation possibilities. The future of work lies with those who embrace a Digital Workforce and empower people to do the things only people can do.” For more information and to sign up for the Blue Prism trial, visit: Blue Prism Robotic Process Automation on the Azure Marketplace. Blue Prism is at Microsoft Inspire this week, so feel free to drop by booth #1611 to find out more about running RPA in the cloud. About Blue Prism In this digital era where start-ups are constantly disrupting markets, only the most agile and innovative enterprises survive and thrive. At Blue Prism, we pioneered Robotic Process Automation (RPA), emerging as the trusted and secure intelligent automation choice for the Fortune 500 and the public sector. Now we bring you connected-RPA supported by the Digital Exchange (DX) app store—marrying internal entrepreneurship with the power of crowdsourced innovation. Blue Prism’s connected-RPA can automate and perform mission critical processes, allowing your people the freedom to focus on more creative, meaningful work. More than 1,300 global customers leverage Blue Prism’s digital workforce, empowering their people to automate billions of transactions while returning hundreds of millions of hours of work back to the business. Visit www.blueprism.com to learn more about Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM). Follow Blue Prism on Twitter @blue_prism and on LinkedIn. ### Media Contacts Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 mailto:sue@einsteinz.com.au © 2019 Blue Prism Limited. “Blue Prism”, the “Blue Prism” logo and Prism device are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Blue Prism Limited. All Rights Reserved. Valles Digital Media launches a New Website to support Local Businesses 2019-07-14T08:56:36Z valles-digital-media-launches-a-new-website-to-support-local-businesses Valles Digital Media, a trusted name in Graphic Design, Web Design, SEO and Digital Marketing, is proud to announce the launch of their new website.  The new website has been designed to offer ultimate user-friendly experience with enhanced navigation and functionality offering prospective and existing customers alike awareness of Valles Digital Media's exceptional full service offering. Created with the user in mind, the new website includes a number of key features including: • Simpler navigation thereby reducing the number of navigation clicks. • Mobile optimised for viewing across mobile devices. • Integrated social media buttons to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest to foster enhanced communication and interaction with clients. • Enhanced content: ** Service offering detailing consulting expertise and experience in graphic design, web design, SEO and digital marketing. ** Value and beliefs that govern Valles Digital Media. ** Portfolio of latest projects showcasing unique and challenging projects. ** Testimonials from past and present customers. ** Blog articles on trending topics for the benefit of all visitors. Les Seow, Valles Digital Media's Founder and CEO said "We are excited about the launch of our new website and the robust information it offers to customers and visitors to enhance their understanding of Valles Digital Media's expertise in Graphic Design, Web Design, SEO and Digital Marketing. We believe the new site will demonstrate to all visitors our keenness, capability and experience as we continue to grow and increase our market share.  Customer satisfaction has always been the cornerstone of our business and Valles Digital Media will continue to delight all customers and visitors to our new website." Valles Digital Media will update the new website on a regular basis with relevant content and information including new blogs, corporate milestones, business activity and service launches.  For more information on Valles Digital Media and to view the new website including contacting us, please visit www.vallesdigitalmedia.com. Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Grew 1.5% in Second Quarter of 2019 2019-07-12T05:02:59Z gartner-says-worldwide-pc-shipments-grew-1-5-in-second-quarter-of-2019 After two quarters of decline, the worldwide PC market grew 1.5% in the second quarter of 2019, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. Shipments totaled 63 million units in the second quarter of 2019, up from 62 million units in the second quarter of 2018. “Worldwide PC shipments growth was driven by demand from the Windows 10 refresh in the business market in the second quarter of 2019. Desktop PC growth was strong, which offset a decline in mobile PC shipments,” said Mikako Kitagawa, senior principal analyst at Gartner. “Additionally, there are signs that the Intel CPU shortage is easing, which has been an ongoing impact to the market for the past 18 months. The shortage mainly impacted small and midsize vendors as large vendors took advantage and continued to grow, taking market share away from the smaller vendors that struggled to secure CPUs.” The ongoing trade dispute — and potential imposition of tariffs — adds uncertainty to the near-term outlook for PC demand. “While the U.S.-China trade war did not impact the PC market in the second quarter of 2019, the next phase of tariffs could have significant impact. Most laptops and tablets are currently manufactured in China and sales of these devices in the U.S. could face significant price increases if the punitive tariffs are imposed and vendors do not take quick action to respond,” said Ms. Kitagawa. The top three vendors — Lenovo, HP Inc. and Dell — accounted for 64.1% of global PC shipments in the second quarter of 2019, compared with 60.7% of shipments in the second quarter of 2018 (see Table 1). These top three vendors continued to gain share in the PC market taking advantage of economies of scale. Intel’s CPU supply shortage in the first half of the year accelerated this trend. Table 1 Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q19 (Thousands of Units) Company 2Q19 Shipments 2Q19 Market Share (%) 2Q18 Shipments 2Q18 Market Share (%) 2Q19-2Q18 Growth (%) Lenovo 15,774 25.0 13,608 21.9 15.9 HP Inc. 13,992 22.2 13,636 22.0 2.6 Dell 10,654 16.9 10,435 16.8 2.1 Apple 3,711 5.9 3,720 6.0 -0.2 Acer Group 3,395 5.4 3,968 6.4 -14.4 ASUS 3,100 4.9 3,442 5.5 -9.9 Others 12,347 19.6 13,231 21.3 -6.7 Total 62,974 100.0 62,040 100.0 1.5 Notes: Data includes desk-based PCs, notebook PCs and ultramobile premiums (such as Microsoft Surface), but not Chromebooks or iPads. All data is estimated based on a preliminary study. Final estimates will be subject to change. The statistics are based on shipments selling into channels. Numbers may not add up to totals shown due to rounding. Source: Gartner (July 2019) Lenovo retained the top spot in the second quarter of 2019 with the fastest year-over-year growth and the largest share gain among the top vendors. However, it is possible that its shipments reflected some anticipation of the potential tariffs. Lenovo experienced double-digit shipment growth in all key regions except Latin America, where the overall PC market declined. HP Inc.’s worldwide PC shipments increased 2.6% in the second quarter of 2019 versus the same period last year. Strong business PC demand boosted HP Inc.’s growth across all key regions and offset weaker mobile PC shipments. Gartner does not include Chromebooks in the PC market, but HP Inc. experienced strong growth in Chromebooks shipments and will most likely remain the leader in the segment. Dell recorded its sixth consecutive quarter of PC shipment growth in the second quarter of 2019. Dell’s growth trend has been the most consistent out of the top vendors over the past three years, driven by its clear focus on where the company invests. Regional Overview In the U.S., PC shipments totaled 14 million units in the second quarter of 2019, a 0.4% decline from the second quarter of 2018. HP Inc. retained the top spot in the U.S. based on shipments, as its market share increased to 29.8%. Dell remained in the No. 2 position with 28.4% market share. The EMEA PC market returned to growth in the second quarter of 2019 with a 1.7% increase year over year. Business demand remained strong, as companies and government organizations continued with Windows 10 deployments and a refresh of their PC installed base, but consumer demand remained very weak, as many mainstream users are not seeing enough innovation outside of gaming and high-end mobile PCs. This continues to result in longer PC life cycles and has a very negative impact on midtier PC vendors that sell more to the consumer segment. PC shipments in Asia/Pacific declined 1% compared with a year ago, the third consecutive quarter of shipment decline for the region. A large part of the decline can be attributed to a weak China market as overall sentiment was to tighten spending due to uncertainties. Other Asia/Pacific markets showed better results as Windows 10 migration drove growth in mature countries such as Australia and New Zealand. Business PC demand also drove strong growth for Japan in the second quarter of 2019. Latin America PC shipments experienced a 3.9% decline in the second quarter of 2019, which was modest compared with the previous two quarters. The market was affected by economic and political uncertainties as well as the CPU shortage. Emerging regions such as Latin America tend to have lower priority for CPU allocation, so the impact from the shortage could be larger than in other mature regions. These results are preliminary. Final statistics will be available soon to clients of Gartner's PC Quarterly Statistics Worldwide by Region program. This program offers a comprehensive and timely picture of the worldwide PC market, allowing product planning, distribution, marketing and sales organizations to keep abreast of key issues and their future implications around the globe. 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 15,000 organizations 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 www.gartner.com. # # # Philippines Air Traffic Control Communications Upgrade on Track 2019-07-12T01:23:54Z philippines-air-traffic-control-communications-upgrade-on-track A delegation from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines visited the Rohde & Schwarz systems integration facility in Sydney for factory acceptance testing of the Philippines’ new air traffic control HF communications system. Sydney, 12 July 2019 — Rohde & Schwarz has successfully completed factory acceptance testing of a High Frequency (HF) Communications System for the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). This test is an important milestone that presents the customer with a completely configured and integrated HF Communications System. ‘CAAP is satisfied with the positive results of factory acceptance testing on the transmitter and receiver system, voice communications system and voice logging system,’ Roberto Martin S. Buenaventura, CAAP Director General Representative, explained. ‘We are glad that the project is going as scheduled and we look forward for the completion and success of this collaboration as these systems will greatly improve airspace connectivity especially in the oceanic airspace surrounding the Philippines,’ Gareth Evans,  Managing Director of Rohde & Schwarz (Australia) Pty. Ltd., said. ‘We have successfully completed the Factory Acceptance Test at our systems integration facility in Sydney over five days which is an excellent outcome against a very challenging project schedule which included training on the new system at our Sydney training academy.’ Rohde & Schwarz (Philippines) Inc. and Rohde & Schwarz (Australia) Pty. Ltd. formed a Joint Venture to deliver this project, leveraging the combined strengths of each organisation. Rohde & Schwarz (Australia) provides overall management, design, supply, integration and testing of the HF Communications System, while Rohde & Schwarz (Philippines) are the local interface with the CAAP and support installation of the system at the sites, in addition to local through life support and maintenance services. Tiller Design’s Massive Win Champions Smarter Ways 2019-07-11T22:34:00Z tiller-designs-massive-win-champions-smarter-ways Last night, Thursday 11 July 2019, Tiller Design demonstrated to Australia’s business community what their philosophy of Challenging and Championing Smarter Ways really means. The team achieved seven Australian Good Design Awards across the three of the most highly contested categories [Medical and Scientific, Hardware and Building, Commercial and Industrial], winning best in category for their work for Blueline Bubblers – which are being rolled out through school playgrounds across Australia. The Australian Good Design Awards are Australia’s most prestigious international Awards for design and innovation, this year they attracted close to 700 entries from across the globe. “I am immensely proud of our team tonight, we’re designers, thinkers and creators who have purposely stayed tight and agile to deliver big results, as these awards prove”, explained Robert Tiller, Founding Director of Tiller Design. Likewise, our clients with whom we work collaboratively to co-design and engineer significantly better solutions and true success. For over 20 years Tiller Design have continuously challenged themselves and their clients on how products are designed and work. “Robert and his team are stalwarts of Australian design ability and capabilities”, said Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia. “Across technology, health, business, the environment and lifestyle they have a reputation for championing better approaches and outcomes.” The awards presented to Tiller Design or their clients at the 61st annual Good Design Awards Ceremony, held at the Star Casino Sydney last night were: Medical + Scientific Good Design Award Winner Accolade for The Betachek C50 by National Diagnostic Products - the world's first blood glucose meter with 50 test cassette and fully integrated lancing device. ​ ​Good Design Award Winner Accolade for Vertical Foot Alignment System (VFAS) by VFAS International Holding Pty Ltd – an end-to-end orthotic treatment technology that gives biomechanically-trained practitioners a significant competitive edge. Commercial + Industrial Good Design Award Winner Accolade for Collapsecon by CEC CEC Systems - the world’s first semi-automated collapsible, economical shipping container. Good Design Award Winner Accolade for MST AXON Core by Mine Site Technologies – the next generation of integrated multi-functional high-speed communication solutions to operate at maximum functionality at any scale in deep mining and tunneling environments. Good Design Award Winner Accolade for TillMobi + TillPro by Till Payments – an intelligent payment and revenue assurance system, backed by a streamlined merchant acceptance facility across every payment instrument including cash. Hardware + Building Good Design Award Winner Accolade for OpenShutters by OpenShutters - an IoT motorised shutter system for the home, customisable and controlled via an app. Good Design Award Winner Best in Category for Blueline Bubbler Range Enware Australia Pty Ltd – the first bubbler with integrated bottle filler, designed to encourage school children to enjoy drinking more water and maintain good hydration levels to assist with their learning. ----- END ----- EDITORIAL INFORMATION ABOUT TILLER DESIGN At Tiller, we’re designers, thinkers and creators driven to challenge convention and champion smarter ways. Tightknit and agile with exceptional global partners, for over twenty years we have been responsible for market-changing solutions around the world. Irrespective of project scope we scale to need, and work with our clients to solve big challenges – of any size. ABOUT THE GOOD DESIGN AWARDS The annual Good Design Awards is Australia’s most prestigious international Awards for design and innovation with a proud history dating back to 1958. The Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian market, excellence in architectural design, engineering, fashion, digital and communication design and reward emerging areas of design strategy, social impact and design entrepreneurship. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Including images or video assets, product for photography or trial, and interviews with a member of the Tiller team, please contact Robert Tiller | + 61 2 9818 5251 | robert@tillerdesign.com or Michael Locke | +61 438-076-904 | michael@locke.com.au Eventify Showcases The Latest In Event Tech At Rise Conference 2019 2019-07-11T08:08:03Z eventify-showcases-the-latest-in-event-tech-at-rise-conference-2019 Eventify - the new 360° B2B event management platform - is continuing to make waves. The platform has been included in the list of featured startups at Rise Conference 2019, the largest tech conference in Asia. This is a big achievement, and owner Hussain Fakhruddin is, understandably, delighted. The head of the Teksmobile Korea chapter, Eric Jinsu Kang, is currently in Hong Kong, showcasing the Eventify platform to the global business audience at this year’s edition of Rise Conference. Hailing the event as ‘one of the very best events for startups’, Eric mentioned that the excellent networking opportunities at Rise Conference were just what the Eventify team was looking for. Teksmobile is looking to reach out to the maximum number of professional event planners across the globe, and Rise Platform provides just the right platform for doing that. Becoming a featured startup will be beneficial for Eventify in a big way, feels software architect and Teks CEO Hussain Fakhruddin. With this tool, the Teksmobile team is trying to push the envelope and expand the possibilities of cutting-edge event technology. The scope to demonstrate it to a targeted audience from different countries is absolutely great, and Eric’s team is looking to make the best use of it. During a brief chat, Hussain reiterated that Eventify is a platform that takes paperless event promotions to the next level. As part of its end-to-end bouquet of digital event management services, Eventify offers an event app builder, an event website builder, and powerful tag-based networking, apart from doubling up as a user-friendly and seamless event ticketing platform. Elaborating further, Hussain pointed out that Eventify - for the first-time ever - offers event ticketing at a flat rate ($1/ticket). That, the veteran CEO feels, can be one of the main USPs of the product. Unlike traditional app building exercises which take up to 6-8 weeks, making an event app or event website is only a matter of a couple of hours (or less). There is no coding involved, and event organisers can simple click to add features and sections. People can also schedule one-on-one appointments with like minded fellow-attendees at an event. At Rise Conference 2019, Eric and his team is looking to showcase the top-notch user convenience that Eventify has on offer. Planners are often busy with last-minute preparations for upcoming conferences and trade shows - and cannot afford to spend too much time (or money, for that matter) for dedicated event app development. Eventify is a mighty helpful tool for such users. At this year’s Rise Conference, Teksmobile will look to showcase some of the upcoming features in the Eventify platform. These include live polling, live Q&A sessions, lead scanning for exhibitors, and creation of more templates for the website builder. Hussain and Eric are equally excited about giving the audience at Rise Conference an overview of these features, and collecting valuable feedback, suggestions and opinions about them. Participation in a high-profile tech event like this would help the developers in refining the features of Eventify further. Getting featured in the ALPHA Startup Program at the Rise Conference 2019 comes close on the heels of Eventify getting included in the Google Cloud for Startups program. The Teks team is constantly making improvements in the platform, and providing real-time support to event planners worldwide. For this year, the company has also announced exciting discounts on its plans. The hard work is now paying off - and over the next few months, Eventify looks likely to emerge as one of the best event management platforms in the market. Incidentally, the Eventify app is available for both iOS and Android. This year’s Rise Conference will welcome corporate visitors from more than 100 countries - including a large chunk of participants from the senior management level. Representatives from several leading publication houses will also be present. Eric correctly pointed out that the event will serve as the perfect platform to maximise the exposure for Eventify. The event management platform has already been successfully used to create the official mobile apps for events like Nordic APIs Platform Summit, Nordic Smart Cities and Startcon 2018 - and over the next few quarters, the team has plans to collaborate with several more high-profile B2B events. Visit https://eventify.io/ to find out more about the Eventify end-to-end event management platform. For a free demo or any other query, send an email to hello@eventify.io. Eventify is redefining event technology - and getting featured at Rise Conference 2019 is the latest proof of that. Teksmobile Participates In Rise Conference 2019 2019-07-11T07:38:45Z teksmobile-participates-in-rise-conference-2019-1 The largest tech conference in Asia is back in Hong Kong. The much-anticipated 4-day Rise Conference kicked off on the 8th of July at the Hong Kong Exhibition Center. Teksmobile - a global leader in custom software development - is taking part in the conference. The Teks team at Rise Conference 2019 is being headed by Eric Junsu Kang, the COO of Teksmobile Korea. In an exclusive interview, Eric expressed his excitement at the excellent networking opportunities at the Rise Conference. This year, the number of registrations and visitors have been higher than ever before, and there are ample scopes to meet up with like-minded business peers. This event serves as a top-notch platform for startups from all around the globe to showcase their expertise - and the Teks team is primed to present the company’s position as a worldwide innovation leader. The Night Summit events at this year’s Rise Conference will be particularly beneficial from a business perspective, opined a senior member from the Teksmobile team. A large contingent of full-stack developers are expected to be in attendance in these sessions, along with many software and tech engineers, and industry decision-makers. Over the four days of the event, Team Teks is set to get a lot of chances to seamlessly exchange information and learn the latest trends, updates, tools usage and strategies related to the technology sector. The extensive coverage of the Rise Conference is one of the biggest factors behind its huge popularity. At this year’s edition, Eric and his team have already come across professionals from diverse business sectors - right from automation technology and data science, to finance, artificial intelligence (AI), and other domains. The world of technology is in a constant state of flux - and newer, trickier challenges are coming up on a regular basis. At the Rise Conference, these global challenges will be deliberated upon in detail. As an industry leader in mobile app development, Teksmobile is always on the lookout to keep a tab on the latest industry developments - and Rise Conference is a great platform for that. This year’s Rise Conference will be attended by a series of noted speakers - like Twich’s Kevin Lin, Uber’s Thuan Pam, Razer’s Min-Liang Tan, Spotify’s Cecilia Qvist and others. They will be sharing their industry experiences and presenting use cases to the large contingent of business delegates at the show. The Teksmobile Korea team will be attending several of these sessions - and the senior app developers are looking forward to gaining valuable knowledge. In all, Rise Conference 2019 will witness attendees from well over 100 countries - and more than 70% of the visitors will be from the senior management level. This is well and truly a high-profile technology conference. Some of the biggest names in the industry - from Google to AWS, and from KPMG to Cathay Pacific - are participating as exhibitors at this year’s Rise Conference. Eric and his colleagues will get the chance to check out a range of breakthrough innovative tech solutions, showcased by these companies. That, in turn, will help the team to integrate the latest tech solutions, and improve their software development services further. Over the last couple of quarters, Teksmobile has been actively involved in augmented reality-based solutions, IoT development, and event technology. The team of developers at Rise Conference 2019 has already obtained many key insights related to this field, during the first two days of the event. Eric is quietly confident of getting more value out of the event, and implementing the learnings in the best possible manner.  Given the fact that more than 700 leading journalists, including representatives from Bloomberg, BBC and The Economist, will be present here, the event serves as an ideal platform for Team Teks to amplify its reach and gain just the right sort of business exposure. Rise Conference lives up to its billing as one of the best events for startups - with the opportunities for reaching out to a global audience, highlighting the latest products & services, and forging mutually beneficial business connections being excellent.  From education technology and precision agriculture, to event technology and AR/VR tools, Teksmobile has consistently offered up some of the most innovative tech products. Participation in Rise Conference 2019 will bolster its position as a global technology leader, feels Eric.  To know more about Teksmobile, click on http://www.teks.co.in. You can contact the global CEO - Mr. Hussain Fakhruddin - by dropping an email to hussain@teks.co.in. The entire Teks team was looking forward to participating in this year’s Rise Conference in Hong Kong, and they are indeed enjoying the experience. Rubicon Red Sponsors Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit 2019 2019-07-11T07:29:09Z rubicon-red-sponsors-gartner-application-architecture-development-amp-integration-summit-2019 BRISBANE – 11 July, 2019 – Rubicon Red are delighted to sponsor the Gartner Application Architecture, Development and Integration (AADI) Summit, Sydney, 29-30th July. The Gartner AADI Summit is the premier applications event on the Australian circuit for application leaders who define, design and deploy modern applications. It provides an opportunity to explore how to drive digital transformation and leverage emerging/advancing technologies such as chatbots, artificial intelligence, robotic process automation, blockchain and internet of things for business impact and take your applications strategy to the next level. The Summit will provide an opportunity to enhance your understanding of how to create an agile and sophisticated IT capability that supports innovation, aligns with digital business goals and delivers a new competitive advantage. Key to achieving this, is an applications strategy that delivers an integrated digital value chain, seamlessly connecting your applications and data, with your suppliers and partners to deliver an effortless end-to-end customer experience. Rubicon Red specialises in automating the digital value chain - connecting apps/data/devices and automating business processes. Rubicon Red is proud to be part of the Workato Pavilion at the Gartner AADI Summit. Workato, a leader in 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant Enterprise Integration Platform, is an Intelligent Automation platform that enables both business and IT to integrate their apps and automate their workloads. For Rubicon Red, a boutique provider of custom cloud applications, Workato is a key enabler as we help our customers become seamlessly connected, using automation and artificial intelligence to thrive in this evolving market. The platform supports lean, agile delivery of integrations, coupled with enterprise quality and security, and provides strong support for hybrid and legacy integrations – this is important, as many of our customers are transitioning from on-premises to the cloud. “With the rapid rate of change in the market, organisations are constantly faced with new competitors, new business models and new technologies.  The Gartner AADI Summit provides an ideal opportunity for application leaders to explore how to accelerate their application priorities leveraging Cloud, DevOps, APIs, microservices and emerging technologies.  We are looking forward to meeting with business leaders at the Gartner AADI Summit to discuss their application priorities and how we can help accelerate them,” said Matt Wright, Rubicon Red, CEO.   "Our mission is to enable businesses to digitally transform through pervasive integration and automation," said Markus Zirn, VP of Business Development at Workato. "Our partners, such as Rubicon Red, are a huge part of bringing this mission into reality. We're excited to meet innovative business leaders at the Workato Pavilion during the Gartner AADI Summit."  The Gartner AADI Summit boasts a fantastic line up of guest speakers including Cameron Adams, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Canva; Gaia Grant, Lecturer & Doctoral Researcher (PhD) in Creative Thinking and Innovation, University of Sydney Business School; David Campbell, General Manager, Engineering and Architecture, ASX; Damian Giuffre Chief Digital Officer, IP Australia.  Gartner experts include Bill Swanton, VP Distinguished Analyst; Denise Ganly, Sr Director Analyst; Adrian Leow, Sr Director Analyst; Matthew Hotle, Distinguished VP Analyst. Rubicon Red will be exhibiting in the Workato Pavilion, stop by and meet our team to discuss your application priorities and how we can help you accelerate them.  About Workato Workato is the operating system for today’s fast-moving business. Recognized as a leader, it is the only intelligent automation platform that enables both business and IT to integrate their apps and automate even the most mission-critical workflows without compromising security and governance. Workato is trusted by over 4000 of the world’s top brands and fastest growing innovators. About Rubicon Red Rubicon Red believe digital technology provides the catalyst to reimagine what’s possible and continuously innovate to transform businesses.  We are a boutique provider of custom cloud applications and specialise in enterprise connectivity and intelligent automation, fundamental to achieving effortless digital experiences. Our mission is to help our customers ‘cross the Rubicon’ by transforming the way digital solutions are delivered, to achieve rapid results through continuous innovation in a low risk and cost-effective way. For more information, visit www.rubiconred.com   Contact Info Juliana Button           Rubicon Red +61.410.585.839juliana.button@rubiconred.com Additional Information Join us on Linked In Follow us on Twitterhttp://www.rubiconred.com Actura and ASI Solutions Announce New Strategic Partnership 2019-07-11T04:12:43Z actura-and-asi-solutions-announce-new-strategic-partnership Actura Australia is pleased to announce its new strategic partnership with ASI Solutions. Actura’s mission is to provide an innovative and comprehensive robotic STEAM learning solutions to the rapidly changing world of education, while ASI Solutions is an ICT solutions provider that introduces innovative IT solutions to private and public sector organisations for over 30 years. Because of strong dedication to encouraging comprehensive  STEAM robotics solutions and shared mission, Actura is proud to announce ASI Solutions as their new channel partner. - FlipRobot Solution Framework is the only robotics solution built on the foundation of the Seven Survival Skills. These skills have been identified by academics and business leaders as being the necessary transportable skills required to be successful in any chosen career. - The CASE robotic curriculum has been carefully developed with clear learning outcomes. Actura then designed a robot to deliver the rich CASE curriculum. - The FlipRobot learning kit and software environment are engineered to be a complete, out-of-the-box solution, along with State Certified Professional Development to help support our educators. You can find out more about FlipRobot here: http://www.actura.com.au/fliprobot/ Justin Lowe, Director of ASI Solution expressed his thoughts on the new partnership: “As a longstanding IT partner to schools Australia wide, it is our goal to deliver the latest technologies to empower students on their learning journey and provide teachers with the tools they need to achieve their pedagogical goals. ASI’s set of technology solutions brings classrooms, schools and communities together and we feel the STEAM partnership with Actura further enhances this offering.” Charles Chung, CEO of Actura responded: “We are delighted to be working with ASI Solutions on our comprehensive FlipRobot solution. ASI and Actura share the same mission and vision when it comes to education. We are both incredibly passionate about providing all Australian teachers and students with the tools and support they need to master critical STEAM related skills. Students will need these skills to successfully navigate the fast-changing workforce shaped by automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and globalization enabling them to become 21st century leaders” About Actura Established in Australia since 2014, Actura provides the leading STEAM learning solution spanning from in-class to out-of-class environments. Our FlipRobot range provides the ultimate robotic STEAM learning solution for the in-class environment. For the out-of-class solution, the CASE Space school International Study program aims to deliver the once in a life time, best STEAM experience in the most inspiring organisation, NASA.  http://www.actura.com.au About ASI ASI Solutions has been a provider of innovative and pioneering business technology solutions to Australian private and public sector organisations for over 30 years. We choose innovative technology solutions which are matched to each client¹s unique business needs, taking a solutions oriented approach and working to deliver a clear return on investment. Our global technology offerings and professional implementation model provides greater efficiency and returns for all customers. We make this happen with real insight into the external forces impacting IT environments, and we balance the needs of business to help our customers’ transition to the operating challenges of tomorrow. https://www.asi.com.au/