The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-07-02T23:40:50Z Wolff Mining unveils their semi-autonomous tractor system (SATS) technology 2020-07-02T23:40:50Z wolff-mining-unveils-their-semi-autonomous-tractor-system-sats-technology Wolff Mining, part of the National Group is well-known for their worlds first implementation of semi-autonomous tractor system (SATS) technology into a mining production environment. Wolff Mining has been recognised for their efforts by winning multiple industry awards and for their work with Caterpillar optimising and implementing CAT Command for Dozing.Click here to view the latest video from Wolff Mining around their implementation of SATS. Benefits of SATSBenefits of Wolff Mining's SATS technology include: Safety: Operators protected from on-site dangers and environmental hazards Utilisation: Equipment utilisation and shift-long operator efficiency Application: Up or down hill tip head push and back stacking applications  Productivity: One operator controlling up to four dozers at a time Eliminate: Prolonged exposure to noise, dust and vibration Wolff Mining provides a range of automated and innovative solutions such as large scale satellite bulk dozer push, semi-autonomous blast hole drilling, contract mining services, excavator pre strip fleets, civil earthworks, site clearing and rehabilitation works.Further InformationClick here to view more news from the National Group.Click here for more information on Wolff Mining, part of the National Group.Media ContactsContact us for more information on this story or to arrange an interview with Mark Ackroyd, National Group Managing Director.Contact Lee Edmondson or Kain Ford, National Group Marketing Executives on marketing@national-group.co or 1300 096 618. AOC Launches 49" Agon Super Ultra-Wide Curved Gaming Display 2020-07-02T09:28:26Z aoc-launches-49-agon-super-ultra-wide-curved-gaming-display-1 Sydney, Australia - July 2, 2020: AOC, a global leader in display technology, is proud to announce that it will partner with The Chiefs, premier ANZ Esports club. The Chiefs have featured winning teams in multiple competitions, and are committed to growing the gaming industry at both domestic and international levels. AOC will supply its Agon range of ultimate gaming displays to equip The Chiefs players and content creators. AOC is dedicated to providing the best display experience for all gamers, and to supporting the development of Esports in Australia and New Zealand. AOC and The Chiefs look forward to a victorious relationship in the year ahead. The Agon AG493UCX: Seamless Immersion in Wrap-Around Action Agon, the line of premium gaming monitors from leading manufacturer AOC, has unveiled its latest impressive model. The Agon AG493UCX is a 49-inch panoramic curved display with a Super Ultra-Wide aspect ratio of 32:9 at Dual Quad HD resolution (5120 x 1440 pixels). VA panel technology promises increased contrast ratios and wide angle viewing to further enhance immersion in the game. Visual quality is assured with DisplayHDR400 certification and a wide colour gamut (90% Adobe RGB). 120Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and Adaptive Sync support ensure precise and smooth gameplay even at high framerates. The wide format provides a vastly superior game display than dual-monitor setups, without a prominent vertical split at the focus of the action. The monitor supports side-by-side display of two separate devices if desired, with a built-in KVM switch to share peripherals between computers. USB-C docking ensures comprehensive connectivity, including Ethernet, up to 65W device charging and display input. The monitor can be rotated, tilted and adjusted in height – pivot is missing, of course, due to the immense width! It also has support for VESA stands and wall mounts. Integrated 5W stereo speakers provide superior anytime/anywhere audio. The Agon range is focused on innovative monitor design with improved performance and user-friendly features to optimize the computer gaming experience. Model: AGON AG493UCX RRP: $1899 incl. GST Additional Images: https://agon.aocmonitorap.com/au/product_ag493ucx.php Brochure: https://bit.ly/2Zo7DVH Availability: Available Now in Australia & New Zealand About AOC AOC is a global leader in monitor display technology. For more than 50 years, AOC has delivered an exceptional viewing experience to millions of loyal customers worldwide. Today, the company offers a wide selection of stylish monitors for home, office and gaming in more than 120 countries worldwide. AOC is a brand of TPV, the world’s largest LCD monitor manufacturer. Find out more at au.aoc.com About Agon To match the increasing demand for a competitive edge and top-tier performance, AOC launched Agon as its specialist gaming monitor brand. Named after the Ancient Greek word for “struggle” or “contest”, the Agon brand represents AOC’s engagement with the world of gaming. In addition to embracing new technologies, we’ve put our money where our mouth is by sponsoring many leading Esports events and teams – actively driving the emergence of gaming as the global profession it has become today. About The Chiefs The Chiefs are one of the premier Esports and gaming entertainment clubs in the ANZ region, featuring top teams in various competitive video games. Founded in 2014, The Chiefs have a consistent record of being highly successful within ANZ Esports competitions, and are committed to the growth of the industry both on a domestic and international level. Find out more at chiefsesc.com Hitachi Australia strengthens partnership with data engineering firm BizCubed to deliver Smart Platforms-as-a-Service (PaaS) in support of Digital Innovation 2020-07-01T06:09:40Z hitachi-australia-strengthens-partnership-with-data-engineering-firm-bizcubed-to-deliver-smart-platforms-as-a-service-paas-in-support-of-digital-innovation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sydney, July 1, 2020 --- Hitachi Australia Pty. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501; “Hitachi”), has solidified its relationship with BizCubed Pty. Ltd. (“BizCubed”) by establishing a strategic partnership to deliver initiatives that co- create socially innovative solutions for the Oceania region.  Hitachi has a stated goal to be a global leader of Social Innovation Business as per its 2021 Mid-term Management Plan. BizCubed is a leading company in industrial data engineering and has been a key delivery partner of Hitachi Australia since 2015. BizCubed was recently recognised by Hitachi for its work in advancing digital agriculture and smart farming, enabling Hitachi Australia to win the ‘Inspiration of the Year Global Award’ in 2019, which is Hitachi’s internal recognition program for initiatives showcasing Hitachi's core values.  Hitachi Australia and BizCubed will collaborate to develop digital solutions by bringing Hitachi’s world leading technology solutions to Australia and combining them with BizCubed’s Data Engineering and Enablement Platform (DEEP). Together, these technologies offer leading-edge capability in data engineering and social innovation to accelerate co-creation. These solutions will leverage Hitachi Lumada*1 and are initially targeted at Smart Agriculture and Smart Cities initiatives.  This partnership further affirms Hitachi’s commitment to developing world-class digital solution capability in Australia. In October 2019, Hitachi announced that it had entered into an agreement with the NSW government to establish a “Kyōsō Centre”*2 in Western Sydney to accelerate the growth of start-up companies and small to medium enterprises ("SMEs") through an open collaborative model to support economic development and job creation.  BizCubed is expected to play a significant role in delivering on the promise of the Kyōsō Centre, and this agreement is an important step along that journey.  On the Partnership:  “We are excited to bring our almost 15 years of experience in Australia to this partnership. BizCubed and Hitachi have already produced innovative outcomes for our shared customers, and we are excited to lean heavily into Hitachi’s forward-thinking initiatives of Smart Cities, Health, and Social Innovation. The size, scale, and expertise of Hitachi is a perfect complement to BizCubed’s engineering capability, and we look forward to the positive impact this will have on our community both locally and beyond - Zachary Zeus, CEO, BizCubed Pty. Ltd.  “I have great expectations for building a stronger relationship with BizCubed and to grow the Social Innovation Business in the Oceania region together. Hitachi intends to accelerate its efforts in the Social Innovation Business and to promote "human-centric" innovations to address challenges brought about by COVID-19. Even in Oceania, we are aiming to improve people's daily lives and build a “people-centric” smart society. To achieve this, BizCubed's data management technology is pivotal, and I am convinced this partnership is a sure step towards this goal” - Chie Mashima, Managing Director, Hitachi Australia Pty. Ltd.   -ENDS- About Hitachi, Ltd.  Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is focused on its Social Innovation Business that combines information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and products. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2019 (ended March 31, 2020) totaled 8,767.2 billion yen ($80.4 billion), and it employed approximately 301,000 people worldwide. Hitachi drives digital innovation across five sectors – Mobility, Smart Life, Industry, Energy and IT – through Lumada, Hitachi's advanced digital solutions, services, and technologies for turning data into insights to drive digital innovation. Its purpose is to deliver solutions that increase social, environmental and economic value for its customers. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at https://www.hitachi.com.  About BizCubed Pty. Ltd.  BizCubed Pty. Ltd. is an Australian company that focuses on helping people make better decisions each day. We are a data engineering firm that helps businesses make sense of the complicated world of data. By applying engineering principles and approaches to data, we create an environment where repeatable data processes can be automated, streamlined and continuously improved, while the nuanced data processes that are specific to our customers’ business can be tailored and refined to meet their exact needs. This is all delivered via our Smart Data Engineering and Enablement Platform (DEEP) as a Service. To learn more visit our website: www.bizcubed.com.au  *1  Hitachi's advanced digital solutions, services, and technologies for turning data into insights to drive digital innovation. https://www.hitachi.com/products/it/lumada/global/en/index.html *2  HitachiandNewSouthWalesStateGovernmentagreetoestablish“KyosoCentre(collaborativecreationcentre)”toaccelerate the creation of social innovation https://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/month/2019/10/191023a.pdf PNY launches ultra-high performance XLR8 Gaming RGB Desktop Memory in A/NZ 2020-07-01T05:12:07Z pny-launches-ultra-high-performance-xlr8-gaming-rgb-desktop-memory-in-a-nz-1 PNY Technologies, the leading memory manufacturer now making an even bigger push into the A/NZ markets with their highly-acclaimed extreme performance memory, NAND flash products and professional gaming graphic cards, has launched its new XLR8 Gaming RGBTM DDR4 Desktop Memory range. PNY Director – Sales, ANZ & Oceania Richard Clarke explained, “PNY have made a serious commitment to Australia and New Zealand in terms of launching new and exciting products in 2020 and beyond. XLR8 Gaming RGB DDR4 modules are the first of these as they provide a dynamic, ultra-high performance experience for gamers, modders and enthusiasts alike by combining RGB customisation with overclocking capability. XRL8 RGB DRAM also uses a selected aluminum alloy heat spreader with a state of the art surface finish technique and design to create an extraordinary look and feel.” XLR8 Gaming RGB is compatible with major motherboards and is ready-to-sync with Asus AURA SYNCTM, Gigabyte RGB FUSION 2.0, MSi Mystic Light Sync and ASRock Polychrome SYNC1 for an ultra-high quality RGB experience. The overclocked modules provide ultra-high performance and a superior computing experience thanks to the aggressive overclocking, heat spreader and XMP 2.01 support, delivering PNY’s fastest speeds, highest bandwidth and lowest latencies These in turn maximise PC stability and responsiveness during memory-intensive gaming and application use. Backed by PNY’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and supported by live tech support, the XLR8 Gaming RGB boasts 3200MHz frequency and is backwards compatible with 3000MHz, 2933MHz, 2800MHz, 2666MHz, 2400MHz, 2133MHz. Product Features: • Faceted, 3D geometric design and aluminum alloy construction with state-of-the-art surface finish create an extraordinary look and feel while providing heat dissipation to keep the modules cool under pressure. • Brilliant LEDs and frosted light guide lens provide a wave of continuous colour eliminating shadows and dark spots by utilising a dual-sided 5x2 LED configuration. • RGB sync allows for total control of colour and patterns creating an endless array of different combinations resulting in the ultimate lighting experience.  Product Specifications: • DDR4 RGB enabled Desktop Memory • Built-in heat spreader • Frequency: 3200MHz (PC4-25600) • Timing: 16-18-18, CAS 16, tRas36 • Voltage: 1.35V  AvailabilityThe PNY XLR8 Gaming RGBTM range is available now in Australia from mWave (www.mwave.com.au) and in NZ from PB Tech (www.pbtech.co.nz) in the following configurations: • 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 3200MHz Desktop Kit • 16GB DDR4 3200MHz Desktop Single Channel • 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz Desktop Kit • 8GB DDR4 3200MHz Desktop Single Channel  Follow @PNYasia and @XLR8Gam1ng on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and join the PNY community on LinkedIn www.pny.com.tw 1. The PNY logo is a registered trademark of PNY Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2020 PNY Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved. DDLS partners with CertNexus to offer affordable cybersecurity training 2020-07-01T00:45:05Z ddls-partners-with-certnexus-to-offer-affordable-cybersecurity-training DDLS, Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training, today announced a new partnership with CertNexus, a vendor-neutral certification body providing emerging technology certifications for IT and Security professionals.The first course that will be offered as part of the new partnership is the CyberSAFE certification. The course enables employees to identify the most common risks involved in using conventional, mobile, and cloud technologies, and to protect themselves and their organisation from cyber threats.Designed for non-technical end users of computers, mobile devices, and internet networks, the CyberSAFE course enables employees to use technology more securely and minimise digital risks.With data breaches in Australian organisations steadily rising in recent years, and human error accounting for a large percent of these incidents, the Office of Australian Information Officer (OAIC) is urging organisations to undertake more cybersecurity training. Studies by the Aberdeen Group show that implementing a company-wide cyber awareness training program can reduce incidents by up to 70%.“As always, DDLS strives to deliver the most in-demand training to the market. Cyber awareness training is now becoming a must-have for organisations, so we thought it made perfect sense to expand our offerings to include an accessible and affordable course on this topic” said Jon Lang, CEO of DDLS. “We find CertNexus’ certifications are a great option for those organisations who are looking for a company-wide affordable solution, rather than highly technical training for specific employees, and want to create a healthy cybersecurity culture in their organisations”.Jeff Felice, President of CertNexus said, “We’re thrilled to have DDLS as our newest Authorised Training Partner. DDLS recognised the necessity of offering certification in the cyber security space, so we are excited to join forces and support their ability to deliver this training to the businesses they serve.”The CyberSAFE course will be offered by DDLS as a self-paced virtual training course depending on the customer’s requirements. The course delivers expertise in four key domains; Understanding security compliance needs and requirements; Recognising and avoiding phishing and other social engineering; Recognising and avoiding viruses, ransomware, and other malware; and Ensuring data security on computers, mobile devices, networks, the Internet, and in the cloud.Full details on the CertNexus CyberSAFE course can be found here. - END - About DDLSDDLS is Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training and Australia’s number one cybersecurity training provider. We provide extensive training options tailored to organisations’ needs – from vendor-certified courses to customised training, including bespoke in-house developed courses. In cybersecurity we offer the broadest range of authorised training from leading global organisations including the EC-Council, (ISC)2, ISACA, RESILA (Axelos), and CompTIA. In all specialisations DDLS promotes a balanced approach to training with a focus on the key areas of technology, process and people.About CertNexusCertNexus is a vendor-neutral certification body, providing emerging technology certifications and micro-credentials for Business, Data, Development, IT, and Security professionals. CertNexus’ mission is to assist in closing the emerging tech global skills gap while providing individuals with a path towards establishing rewarding careers in Cybersecurity, Data Science, Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning. Hitachi Vantara Names Gajen Kandiah as New CEO 2020-07-01T00:30:22Z hitachi-vantara-names-gajen-kandiah-as-new-ceo Sydney - AUSTRALIA – 1 July, 2020 – Hitachi Vantara’s board of directors has announced that Gajen Kandiah has been appointed chief executive officer, effective 13 July, 2020. Toshiaki Tokunaga, currently CEO and chairman of the Board of Hitachi Vantara, will transition responsibilities to Kandiah through 1 October, 2020, after which Tokunaga will remain as chairman. “I am proud of the tremendous progress Hitachi Vantara has made in the past year to augment our world-class digital infrastructure business with new digital solutions and service offerings,” said CEO and Chairman Toshiaki Tokunaga, Hitachi Vantara. “Thanks to strong internal development, strategic acquisitions, and the integration with Hitachi Consulting, we have added the capabilities we need to guide our customers from what’s now to what’s next. Gajen Kandiah has an impressive track record in rapidly scaling digital businesses. He is the perfect CEO to help Hitachi Vantara, its partner ecosystem and our customers further accelerate their success.” Gajen Kandiah has built winning IT businesses within multinational corporations and startups for more than two decades. During 15 years with Cognizant, he helped grow the company from $368 million in annual revenues to more than $16 billion. He was most recently president of Cognizant’s multi-billion-dollar Digital Business, a role in which he led the acquisitions of software engineering company Softvision, marketing solutions provider Netcentric, and Idea Couture, a digital innovation and technology services company. He also led a Cognizant-wide initiative to transform company capabilities and services into an integrated, industry- and client-focused suite of offerings and solutions. Kandiah previously served as senior vice president and general manager of Cognizant’s Information, Media and Entertainment; Manufacturing Logistics; Consumer Goods; and Communications industry practices. Before joining Cognizant, he co-founded NerveWire, Inc., a venture capital-backed management consulting and systems integration firm, which was later acquired by Wipro. “Hitachi is a market leader at the intersection of innovative industrial solutions and IT services, and it is a brand trusted worldwide to deliver business, environmental and social benefits,” said Gajen Kandiah. “These attributes give Hitachi Vantara an incredible set of advantages that I believe the company and its cloud and strategic go-to-market partners are only just beginning to realise. The opportunity to lead Hitachi Vantara is a thrilling one. I am confident that if we align our broad portfolio of data storage, analytics, industry-specific solutions and IT services behind a singular vision to delight our clients, we will become a true digital leader.” Eaton announces new 9SX UPS model for improved efficiency 2020-07-01T00:25:06Z eaton-announces-new-9sx-ups-model-for-improved-efficiency SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA.Power management company Eaton has announced the new 9SX 15KVA/20KVA Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) in Australia and New Zealand. The Eaton 9SX 15KVA/20KVA UPS provides stable power for critical IT infrastructure in all layers of the modern IT architecture, as well as industrial, manufacturing and medical devices. The new model offers double conversion efficiency of up to 96 per centand reduces energy usage to support IT managers with savings in the form of electricity, cooling and power costs. The new model doubles as a space saver, and its compact form with flexible wiring allows it to accommodate a wide range of deployment possibilities. The robust internal circuitry design enables it to withstand a range of environments with ambient temperatures of up to 50 degrees celsius. “We’re excited to offer our customers a product that caters not only to the changing needs of modern-day IT infrastructure, but also supports a range of industries across the medical, industrial and manufacturing landscapes,” said John Atherton, General Manager of Power Quality ANZ, Eaton. “Part of our mission at Eaton is to support our customers through our power management solutions, enabling them to achieve maximum efficiency with their operations. The 9SX 15KVA/20KVA UPS model does just that and is compatible with Eaton’s Gigabit Network M2 card which protects data center’s against cyberthreats, so customers don’t have to compromise convenience for data safety,” Atherton continued. In light of recent cybersecurity threats on Australia, the need to ensure the highest level of defence against emerging cybersecurity threats is paramount. The 9SX 15KVA/20KVA UPS power model offers compatibility with Eaton’s UL2900-1 and IEC62443-4-2 certified network card - the Gigabit Network M2, to ensure the highest level of defence against emerging cybersecurity threats. When paired with virtualisation-ready Intelligent Power Manager software, monitoring and management of the 9SX 15KVA/20KVA can be done in virtual-management platforms, such as VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V. This enables IT professionals to easily configure policy-based automation for power events, such as automated disaster recovery policies, controlled shut down, load shedding and cloud orchestrator integration. The 9SX 15KVA/20KVA power model is available for purchase in Australia and New Zealand now. To learn more about the new Eaton 9SX UPS, visit the Eaton website. For all of the latest news follow Eaton on Eaton LinkedIn company page. - ENDS - About Eaton Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. Its energy-efficient solutions help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more reliably, safely and sustainably. The company is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton employs 99,000 people worldwide and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visitEaton.com. Epson Begins Production of Controller ICs for Head-Up Displays 2020-06-30T08:23:48Z epson-begins-production-of-controller-ics-for-head-up-displays Epson has developed and begun volume production of the S2D13V40, Epson's first controller IC designed specifically for head-up displays. Epson plans to produce 100,000 of the new controllers per month.  Aiming to enhance safety and lessen fatigue, vehicle manufacturers have increasingly sought to install head-up displays that can be read with minimal eye movement. Although demand is expected to expand, manufacturers have faced issues such as system cost and development time.  Epson's new controller enables rapid head-up display system development by offering the ability to correct the distortion of images streamed from an SoC1 according to the curvature of a vehicle's windshield, without external memory. The controller is equipped with display safety functions and supports the building of more reliable display systems. This controller IC satisfies the strict quality requirements of the automotive industry. It is compliant with AEC-Q1002 and operates at temperatures up to 105°C. Epson seeks to advance the frontiers of industry and create a circular economy by applying the efficient, compact, and precision technologies that it has developed over many years to solve challenges. These technologies, which save energy, enable smaller products, and increase accuracy and precision, enable Epson to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will bring about a better and more sustainable future for all.  Epson also seeks to leverage its device technologies to realise a smart society. Toward this end, the company will continue to develop a variety of controllers and drivers for vehicle display systems that require high resolution and safety functions and that enhance the performance of its customers' products. Product features- The S2D13V40 is a controller IC for automotive standards-compliant head-up displays- In addition to distortion correction, the controller can flexibly correct images through rotation and scaling- Display safety functions Product specificationsModel Number: S2D13V40Supply voltage: 3.3 V (I/O), 1.8 V (internal core)Input interface: Open LDI / dRGB (selectable)Output interface: Open LDI / dRGB (selectable)Supported resolutions: Up to 800 x 600 (24-bit)Safety functions - Display safety functionsAutomotive standard conformance: AEC-Q100Operating temperature range: -40 to +105ºCOther: Built-in PLL, Built-in SSCGPackage: P-LQFP100-1414-0.50 (14 mm x 14 mm x 1.7 mm, 0.5 mm pitch) For more information go to: https://global.epson.com/products_and_drivers/semicon/products/interface_auto/index.html Follow Epson on social media:Facebook: @EpsonAustraliaTwitter: @EpsonAustInstagram: @EpsonAust 1                A system on a chip (SoC) integrates most or all the functions required for the operation of a system on a single chip.  The configuration differs depending on the system, but SoC generally integrate a CPU, memory, and I/O functions.2                AEC-Q100: The Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) is an industry group that creates standards for the reliability and qualification of automotive electronics. It was formed by the “Big Three” U.S. automobile manufacturers in partnership with major electronic component manufacturers. The AEC standard is a de facto global standard that has been widely adopted as a standard for automotive electronic components. Technology enabled care - physiotherapy association recruiting for patient data pilot 2020-06-30T00:40:19Z technology-enabled-care-physiotherapy-association-recruiting-for-patient-data-pilot The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), are commencing a Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) data pilot funded by the Physiotherapy Research Foundation (PRF) with support from Macquarie University, to demonstrate the feasibility of data collection to guide better and more effective clinical decisions. A PROM is a scientifically validated questionnaire used to measure and quantify a patient’s condition from their own perspective. PROMs provide valuable data that help complete the feedback loop between treatments and outcomes, assist practitioners with the monitoring of conditions and help to inform treatment decisions. With current practice to collect PROMs data on an ad hoc basis, the PROMs data pilot is an innovative project that will collect PROMs data electronically and in real-time from patients with knee conditions who are receiving physiotherapy treatment.  Pilot study participants are able to subscribe to the latest dedicated technology for PROMs data collection, myscoreit™. myscoreit is a web-based PROMs collection platform that collects PROMs data digitally from patients whilst at home through a quick and simple questionnaire between appointments. Patients receive immediate feedback, are able to follow their own progress and engage in their own management. APA’s Vice President and Physiotherapy Research Foundation Chair, Jenny Aiken commented on the pilot “We are delighted to partner with the myscoreit platform to enable the APA to investigate the feasibility of digitally collecting PROMs in the private practice setting. myscoreit not only collects PROM data which can be used by the APA to gain insights into the effectiveness of physiotherapy intervention, it also guides the user to choose the right PROM to allow the practitioner to track patient progress and make informed clinical decisions.” Jenny added.  Unlike existing PROMs collection solutions, myscoreit has been designed and developed by sports physicians to focus solely on PROMs data collection. Not only does it assist practitioners with choosing the correct PROM for their patient, it also facilitates easy interpretation to help use clinical data with patients to inform treatment decisions. “Our aim was to design a platform that integrated seamlessly into existing clinical practice and was simple for both you and your patient to use.”myscoreit founder and Sport and Exercise Physician, Dr Louise Tulloh said. “The myscoreit platform has the ability to capture and compare data over time enabling you to track patient progress and treatment effectiveness from a dashboard in real time and bridge the gap between appointments. Collection of outcome measures can support remote monitoring, add value to telehealth consultations, and help to improve communication with referrers. This pilot will demonstrate the importance of value-based decision making and the role that technology can play in futureproofing the physiotherapy profession.” Expressions of interest for the pilot are now open, and through the support of the Physiotherapy Research Foundation, all physiotherapists have been given the opportunity to participate in this research. For more information about the pilot and to sign up to the myscoreit platform please go to physio.myscoreit.com or contact Shelley Crowther or Louise Tulloh via the contact details below. Australian Physiotherapy Association Shelley Crowther Deputy General Manager, Policy and Government Relations Shelley.Crowther@australian.physio myscoreit Dr Louise Tulloh Founder, myscoreit louise@myscoreit.com Small businesses are losing thousands to scammers every financial year 2020-06-29T22:28:22Z small-businesses-are-losing-thousands-to-scammers-every-financial-year TUESDAY 30 JUNE 2020. As the financial year comes to a close, cybersecurity firm Cynch Security are encouraging all small business owners to take some simple measures to be better protected in the new financial year. Susie Jones, co-founder and CEO of Cynch Security said the number one scam that targets small businesses is the invoicing scam which can cost owners thousands of dollars every year. “Scammers don’t discriminate on the size of your business or where you’re located. Invoicing scams and business email hacks are hurting all small businesses in regional areas and in the major cities” Susie says. “Scammers can hack somebody’s username and password within your business to get your personal details or hack a client you work with and start impersonating them. They will send fake invoices to you from a vendor with new bank details and even set up forwarding rules on your emails, before you know it you’ve paid a scam invoice that you thought was for one of your real vendors or clients.”New scam data shows: Scamwatch has received over 3060 scam reports mentioning the coronavirus with over $1 371 000 in reported losses since the outbreak of COVID-19 The average small business has only addressed 5% of their cyber risk. Cynch members have addressed 11% and growingTop three security risks for small businesses are: Out of date internet-connected systems that can give criminals access to their business, false billing and/or invoice scams, and email takeover (often leading to ransomware) from poor password managementNearly half of Australian SMEs spent less than $500 on cybersecurity in the last year, and only 5 per cent reported having implemented the Essential Eight cybersecurity precautions.Michell Price, AustCyber CEO said trust in digital services and technologies is underpinned by strong cyber security practices. “The rapid digitisation and digitalisation that has occurred because of COVID-19 has gone hand in hand with an increase in cyber attacks and cybercrime. Protecting our digital infrastructure using tools like multi-factor authentication and keeping your software up to date is vital to protecting the important information businesses hold in their networks and systems. If we’re all doing this kind of thing well, it helps to protect our whole economy against cyber attacks. “Get a cyber health check done today on your business and its digital infrastructure, don’t wait, or you may find you are responding to a breach that could have been avoided.” Tips to stop the scammers:Protect your passwords! It comes down to poor password management so start using a password manager and enable two-factor authentication Don’t get tricked! Avoid being tricked by making a call to the business you’re paying and check it to confirm before you pay the invoiceDon’t think it won’t happen to you! Scammers don’t discriminate on size, they can hit thousands of small businesses at the same time Get Cyber Fit! Cyber fitness is all about taking small incremental steps to improve your cybersecurity every day. First step is to understand what you have to lose and what tech you rely on. What data do you have and what is valuable?Small business owners can take an online survey or enroll in a Cyber Fitness Bootcamp to help them understand the risks and what they can do now to protect their business. “Many people will think their own process is safe e.g.; one password with different letters or numbers and only they know the passwords, but it’ll come up in a data breach somewhere and their business will be compromised. Anything easy to remember is easy to hack, even if it’s unique to you,” Susie added. - Ends -About Cynch Cynch is an Australian-owned small-business focused on cybersecurity for small businesses. Cynch knows small business owners need cyber risk solutions that are cognisant of their budget, time and resource constraints. Cynch runs cyber fitness programs that don’t require any technical expertise and are designed to facilitate gradual improvement at a price small businesses can afford. Features include continuous cyber risk assessment, plain language cyber advice, bundled products, goal setting and tracking, compliance mapping and collaboration capabilities. View more details about Cynch’s ongoing memberships and solutions at https://cynch.com.au POST COVID-19, AUSTRALIAN CEOs AND DIRECTORS OPTIMISTIC ON TECH AND SCIENCE - BUT CONCERNED ABOUT INVESTMENT AND GOVERNMENT PLANS 2020-06-29T20:47:20Z post-covid-19-australian-ceos-and-directors-optimistic-on-tech-and-science-but-concerned-about-investment-and-government-plans Sydney. 30 June 2020.   Futurologist & Author Rocky Scopelliti today released Australia 2030! Where the bloody hell are we?, a new Australian-first book on Australian professionals sentiment about the decade ahead, based on a major study conducted before and during the eye of the COVID-19 storm.   The study revealed that whilst 89 per cent of CEOs are positive about technological and scientific developments over the coming decade, 78 per cent were not confident that government has effective plans with industries for the economic, technological, social and cultural transformation over the coming decade. Additionally, during the COVID-19 period, 88 per cent became concerned that Australia is not investing enough in technological, scientific and skills development compared to other countries over the coming 10 years.   “One massive societal amygdala hijack” Scopelliti explains that people have hit pause on common sense.   “The speed, scale and impact of COVID-19 has left us knowing that not all decisions and choices made follow an orderly, predicable pathway”.     Australia 2030 explores ‘what’s on the other side’ and how do professionals feel about it. The research contrasts our views about the future and how they changed when the massive societal amygdala hijack set in. The insights centre on the collision of eight megatrends and predicts the future tipping points that collectively will define Australia politically, economically, environmentally, regionally, socially, trustworthily, knowledgably, scientifically and technologically over the coming decade.   “This programmatic decade will see major technological and scientific advances such as gene editing, artificial intelligence, nano technology and many more that will present us with many choices – perhaps some more profound than many decades before,” said Scopelliti. “But for many of those, going backwards or changing our minds will no longer be an option.”   Australia 2030 is a fascinating investigation of how Australian professionals are being affected by the 4th Industrial Revolution, how they're adapting to thrive within it and how companies can do the same. The research revealed that 31 per cent of CEOs don’t think their companies will be around in the next 10 years and that 53 per cent believe that leadership qualities such as values-led policy change, integrity, honesty, transparency, humility and accountability will be the most important for world leaders over the next 10 years.   In technology we trust, but not the systems and actors “With trust at its historical low, we have crossed the inflection point, upon which the question has changed from ‘who do we trust’ to ‘what do we trust’. The implications of this suggest that restoration of trust as it was bestowed, and to recipient actors in the past, is no longer a plausible pursuit, rather we will see the transition from placing our trust in governments, or other institutions to technology. The research found that 60 per cent of Australian professionals believe we will trust technology more than institutions such as government over the coming 10 years – even 31 per cent would trust decisions made by robot intelligence on their behalf,” said Scopelliti.   The 4th Industrial Revolution can be overwhelming. It is characterised by emerging technology breakthroughs, which have potentially highly disruptive effects in the areas of artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, biotechnology, nanotechnology, materials science, energy storage, blockchain and quantum computing.   In 2030, 68 per cent of Australian professionals anticipate there will be treatments for illnesses such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, ageing-longevity, physical disability and mental health and 74 per cent expect to reflect back on that technological and scientific advancements improved our future. However, geopolitically, we find ourselves socially, culturally, economically, technologically and scientifically divided and unclear on the impact of the Asian century with 76 per cent of CEOs either unsure or disagreeing that the world would be better led by Asia, than the past decade when it was led by Europe and the US.   Interpreting the surveys’ findings, Scopelliti advises:   With 86 per cent of Australian professionals feeling positive about the role of technological and scientific development over the coming decade, we need to get our ‘juvenescence’ on to keep pace with a world of accelerated change. We must learn to adapt just as quickly, again and again at the pace set by Asia.     “Transformation is not a one-time event, nor an end state. Those who understand the principle of adaptation, leverage their capacity to learn, evolve and thrive in a continuous state of youthfulness. Even corporates and institutions must embrace this juvenescence if they want to survive, remain relevant and achieve exponential growth,” said Scopelliti.   Scopelliti’s expertise and pioneering research into the confluence of demographic change with emerging digital technology has influenced the way we think about our social, cultural, economic and technological future. More than 150 boards and leadership teams – including Fortune 100 companies – seek his strategic advice annually.   About the Australia 2030 research:   It’s often said that hindsight is 2020. So, as the third decade of the new millennium kicks off, I put that wisdom to the test. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight (in 2020), and with ground-breaking new research, Australia 2030, investigates Australian professionals’ attitudes towards the coming decade. These attitudes were formed the decade before and during a time when the nation’s and the world’s worst crisis since the last world war is unfolding.   The question of how to increase our capacity to adapt to a world of accelerated change, has been thrust upon all of us by COVID-19, and it will be the test of that wisdom that will define the society we will become in 2030. The central questions we are all searching for answers to are what to believe – who, what, how and where the bloody hell are we? which road do we take? and what is on the other side anyway?   By invitation, 673 Australian professionals (170 classified as CEOs, Chairman, Board Directors) participated in the quantitative and qualitative study conducted during January–April 2020 that is referred to as the Australia 2030 research. It considered our attitudes towards the decade ahead, including the following questions:   ·       How confident are we in the government’s plans for our future? ·       What issues do we predict will affect Australia and the world? ·       What qualities do we expect from our leaders? ·       What contribution do we want organisations to make in our society? ·       What are the priorities in their organisations today? ·       What is our place in the world and region? ·       How do they feel about demographic changes with the aging population and the rise of Millennials? ·       Who do they believe has the greatest role to play in making the world a better place? ·       What contribution do they believe businesses should be making to society? ·       What are our concerns about our jobs and the workplace? ·       Who do we trust to control our best interests? ·       How do we feel about the impact of technological & scientific developments on our personal, professional and family lives? ·       Are we optimistic or pessimistic about technological & scientific developments? ·       What parts of their life they expect will change the most in 2030 due to technological and scientific developments? ·       What do they think they will be experiencing in 2030? ISACA’s Risk IT Framework Offers a Structured Methodology for Enterprises to Manage Information and Technology Risk 2020-06-29T03:10:41Z isacas-risk-it-framework-offers-a-structured-methodology-for-enterprises-to-manage-information-and-technology-risk SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 29 June 2020 – Managing risk and opportunity, including information and technology (I&T) risk, is a key strategic activity for enterprise success—which is even more relevant today during this time of disruption. ISACA has released new editions of risk IT resources to help guide enterprises – Risk IT Framework, 2nd Edition and Risk IT Practitioner Guide, 2nd Edition. The updated Risk IT Framework offers guidelines and practices that optimise risk, opportunity, security and business value, and helps practitioners build consensus regarding risk IT decisions at all enterprise levels. Its companion guide, the Risk IT Practitioner Guide, 2nd Edition, gives practical guidance on how to accomplish the activities described in the Risk IT Framework, 2nd Edition. Both publications were updated to reflect new regulations, methods, and technology that have been introduced since the original editions were published. The second editions include a stronger focus on cybersecurity and align with the latest version of COBIT. Risk IT offers a structured, systematic methodology that helps enterprises:Identify current and emerging risk throughout the extended enterpriseDevelop appropriate operational capabilities to ensure that business processes continue operating through adverse eventsLeverage investments in compliance or internal control systems already in place to optimise I&T-related riskFrame I&T-related risk within a business context to understand aggregate exposure in terms of enterprise valueBoth Risk IT Framework, 2nd Edition and Risk IT Practitioner Guide, 2nd Edition were created to assist in developing, implementing or enhancing the practice of risk management by:Connecting the business context with I&T assets.Shifting the focus to activities over which the enterprise has significant control, such as actively directing and managing risk, while minimising the focus on the conditions over which an enterprise has little control (threat actors).Increasing the focus on using a common risk language that correctly labels the items that must be managed well to create value. “Risk management works best when integrated with the regular workflow of the staff and management rather than as an add-on activity,” says Lisa Young, CISA, CISM, VP of Cyber Risk Engineering at Axio, and the lead developer for both publications. “As Risk IT shows, effective I&T risk management provides many benefits, including reduced or minimised losses, better oversight of organisational assets and increased ability (or capability) to manage risk in alignment with enterprise strategy.” The Risk IT Framework, 2nd Edition is offered in the digital format for free to members and costs US$75 for non-members. The Risk IT Practitioner Guide, 2nd Edition costs US$75 for members and $100 for non-members. To download the framework, visit www.isaca.org/bookstore/bookstore-risk-digital/ritf2. To download the practitioner guide, visit www.isaca.org/bookstore/bookstore-risk-digital/ritpg2. Find additional ISACA resources at www.isaca.org/resources. ###About ISACAFor more than 50 years, ISACA® (www.isaca.org) has advanced the best talent, expertise and learning in technology. ISACA equips individuals with knowledge, credentials, education and community to progress their careers and transform their organisations, and enables enterprises to train and build quality teams. ISACA is a global professional association and learning organisation that leverages the expertise of its 145,000 members who work in information security, governance, assurance, risk and privacy to drive innovation through technology. It has a presence in 188 countries, including 223 chapters worldwide. Twitter: www.twitter.com/ISACANewsLinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/isacaFacebook: www.facebook.com/ISACAGlobal Instagram: www.instagram.com/isacanews Contact:Julie Fenwick, jfenwick@daylightagency.com.au, 0468 901 655Karen Keech, kkeech@daylightagency.com.au, 0411 052 408 AMD Exceeds Six-Year Goal to Deliver Unprecedented 25 Times Improvement in Mobile Processor Energy Efficiency 2020-06-26T03:54:10Z amd-exceeds-six-year-goal-to-deliver-unprecedented-25-times-improvement-in-mobile-processor-energy-efficiency June 26, 2020 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced it has exceeded its moonshot 25x20 goal set in 2014 to improve the energy efficiency of its mobile processors 25 times by 2020. The new AMD Ryzen™ 7 4800H mobile processor improves on the energy efficiency of the 2014 baseline measurement by 31.7 times1, and offers leadership performance2  and extraordinary efficiency for laptop PCs. Greater energy efficiency leads to significant user benefits including improved battery life, better performance, lower energy costs and reduced environmental impact from computing. “We have always focused on energy efficiency in our processors, but in 2014 we decided to put even greater emphasis on this capability,” said Mark Papermaster, chief technology officer and executive vice president, Technology and Engineering at AMD. “Our engineering team rallied around the challenge and charted a path to reach our stretch goal of 25 times greater energy efficiency by 2020. We were able to far surpass our objective, achieving 31.7 times improvement leading to gaming and ultrathin laptops with unmatched performance, graphics and long battery life. I could not be prouder of our engineering and business teams.” Energy efficiency for processors is determined by the amount of work performed per unit of energy consumed. To achieve the 25x20 goal, AMD focused improvements on developing a highly integrated and efficient system-on-chip (SoC) architecture; improved, real-time power management features; and silicon-level power optimizations. AMD reduced average compute time for a given task by 80% from 2014 to 2020, while also achieving an 84% reduction in energy use.3  That means an enterprise that upgrades 50,000 AMD laptops from 2014 models to 2020 models would achieve five times more computing performance and reduce associated laptop energy consumption by 84%, which over a three-year service life amounts to saving approximately 1.4 million kilowatt hours of electricity and 971,000 kg of carbon emissions, equal to 16,000 trees grown for 10 years.4 Achieving its 25x20 energy efficiency goal not only delivers a stronger user experience but also further solidifies AMD’s leadership in sustainability. AMD was the first semiconductor company to have its climate protection goals, including 25x20, approved as a “science-based target” by the Science Based Targets initiative  — deemed aggressive enough to help mitigate the impacts of computing on climate change.5  “Stewardship of our planet can go hand-in-hand with developing powerful technology and helping our customers achieve their aims,” said Susan Moore, corporate vice president for corporate responsibility and international government affairs at AMD. “The power efficiency improvements we have made within our laptop processors make a difference in the world around us. Reporting publicly each year on progress and ultimately achieving, and surpassing, the 25x20 energy efficiency goal reflects AMD’s commitment to sustainable technology.” Industry PerspectiveThe performance improvements and reduced power consumption of the Ryzen 7 4800H processor outpaced the historical efficiency trend predicted by Koomey's Law — a Moore's Law analog describing energy efficiency improvement trends — by 2x from 2014 and 2020.6  “Six years ago, AMD challenged itself to dramatically improve the real-world energy efficiency of its mobile processors,” said Dr. Jonathan Koomey, an industry expert on energy efficient computing. “I have reviewed the data and can report that AMD exceeded the 25x20 goal it set in 2014 through improved design, superior optimization and a laser-like focus on energy efficiency. With a chip 31.7 times more energy efficient than its 2014 predecessor, AMD has far outpaced in real-world efficiency gains what would be expected from a traditional Moore’s Law pace as embodied in Koomey's Law.”“AMD undertook an audacious and public engineering goal to improve its processor efficiency by 25 times, vastly outpacing historical averages, and in doing so, achieved an industry-leading position in mobile processors,” said Kevin Krewell, principal analyst at TIRIAS Research. “The 25x20 goal required major changes to architecture, design and software, and did not rely solely on silicon process technology advancements. Achieving and surpassing this challenging goal is a testament to the hard work the AMD team put into its products and it catapulted AMD to a leadership position in mobile processors.” “AMD’s goal of improving the power efficiency of its laptop processors 25 times by this year may have seemed like a bit of an abstract, arbitrary target when they first announced it six years ago,” said Bob O’Donnell, president of TECHnalysis Research. “But as they surpass that impressive goal, it’s becoming significantly more meaningful. Lower energy consumption has never been more important for the planet and the company’s ability to meet its target while also achieving strong processor performance is a great reflection of what a market-leading, engineering-focused company they’ve become.” Supporting Resources Learn more about AMD Ryzen Processors at AMD.com/RyzenMobile Learn more about the AMD 25x20 Energy Efficiency Initiative Become a fan of AMD on Facebook Follow AMD on Twitter About AMDFor 50 years AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics and visualization technologies ― the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms and the data center. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work and play. AMD employees around the world are focused on building great products that push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information about how AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) website, blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Ryzen and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.1 Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 4/15/2020. Processors tested: AMD FX-7600P, AMD FX-8800P, AMD FX-9830P, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Ryzen 7 2800H, AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, and AMD Ryzen 7 4800H. 25x20 program tracked against Energy Star Rev 6.1 8/12/2014 and 3DMark® 2011 P-Score and Cinebench R15 nT. Results may vary with drivers and BIOSes. RVM-1082 Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 12/09/2019 utilizing an AMD Ryzen™ 4800H reference system and an ASUS Zephyrus M GU502GV system with Intel® Core i7-9750H processor in Cinebench R20 1T and nT.  Results may vary. RM3H-13 The normalized performance increase, based on a 50:50 weighted metric for Cinebench R15 and 3DMark11, is 5x higher from AMD’s 2014 notebook processor to the 2020 design. This equates to one-fifth the average compute time for a given task. Annual processor electricity use (kwh), based on ENERGY STAR typical use energy consumption (TEC), in 2020 is 84% less than the 2014 amount. RM3H-42 4 Emissions reduction estimates for an enterprise upgrading 50,000 AMD laptops from 2014 to 2020 models are based on entering estimated electricity savings into the U.S. EPA Greenhouse Gas Calculator on March 23, 2020 (https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator). AMD estimated annual electricity savings based on ENERGY STAR typical use energy consumption between the 2014 notebook processor and power supply and the 2020 processor and power supply over a 3-year service life and multiplied by 50,000 units.5 https://sciencebasedtargets.org/companies-taking-action/ 6  AMD achieved a 31.7x increase in typical use energy efficiency from 2014-2020, or ~2x compared to what would be the historical rate of increase (doubling every 1.57 years) during the same timeframe of 14.1x. RM3H-43  Probax achieves Platinum status in the Veeam® Cloud & Service Provider Program 2020-06-26T03:13:13Z probax-achieves-platinum-status-in-the-veeam-cloud-amp-service-provider-program PERTH, WA / June 26, 2020 - Probax, a market leader in cloud data protection solutions, has achieved Platinum status in the Veeam® Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) Program, indicating Probax’s experience and expertise in delivering innovative and intelligent Veeam powered solutions. Probax has evolved significantly with Veeam over the past 12 months, with the company previously announcing record partner growth as they continue their strong expansion into North America. In November 2019, the company opened a new data availability zone in Canada after seeing significant partner growth and interest in the region. “We’re honored to reach Veeam’s Platinum partnership status as we continue to expand our footprint across Australia, USA and Canada,” says Sam Meegahage - CEO of Probax. “We have been partnering with Veeam since 2013 and I attribute much of our recent success to our long-term partnership. Today, Veeam forms an integral part of our platform and business growth strategy. They have continued to innovate and deliver cutting-edge capabilities that allow us to create new revenue streams and deliver additional value to our partners,” he added. “We see great value in enabling our MSP partners to stand out and differentiate themselves in a crowded market," says Kevin Allan - CTO of Probax and Veeam Vanguard. "By providing early access to cutting-edge technology built by Veeam, overlaid with Probax's advanced automation, intelligence, management and reporting capabilities, MSPs can ensure the success of their data protection offering. It's a simple and reliable solution that can be deployed quickly and managed with ease. That's the benefit of working with Probax and Veeam," concludes Allan. Probax currently offers its partners a range of innovative and award-winning Veeam powered services including Cloud Connect Backup Storage (BaaS), Archive Storage (AaaS), Cloud Connect Replication (DRaaS), Office 365 Backup & Archive (SaaS Protection) and Veeam Rental Licensing. For more information, visit www.probax.io/veeam.   About Probax (www.probax.io) Probax is an award-winning provider of data protection solutions and services including data backup and retention, disaster recovery and business continuity. With unmatched partner enablement and support, together with continued innovation and integration with leading technology vendors including Veeam, StorageCraft, Dropbox and Microsoft; Probax empowers businesses to protect their most valuable asset, their data.  For more information on the Probax platform and portfolio, please contact: Jonathan Sheahan Partner Manager, APAC jonathan.sheahan@probax.io 1300 776 229 Digital etiquette proves a major source of anxiety for Millennial workers in the ‘New Normal’ 2020-06-25T19:00:00Z digital-etiquette-proves-a-major-source-of-anxiety-for-millennial-workers-in-the-new-normal Sydney, AUSTRALIA – Friday, 26 June 2020 – Adaptavist, a consulting and technology provider, helping businesses improve productivity and embrace change, revealed the findings of its Digital Etiquette study. The study, which examines attitudes on digital communication channels and the transition to remote work, revealed that although over 82% of workers are keen to work remotely in future, they face a number of challenges in doing so – and the younger generation is particularly adversely affected.The shift to new channelsLove it or loathe it, we are accustomed to email, which was the main communication channel for the vast majority of organisations prior to COVID-19, but lockdown and the accelerated shift to remote working has driven a shift towards video conferencing as the primary communication channel. According to the study, which covered over 2800 workers across the UK, USA, Canada and Australia, now more than one in three workers say their organisations are using this as their primary means of communication. Digital communication angst amongst the youngAlong with the shift in the channels and tools we use comes a new challenge in how we communicate - two in five (38%) of us now worry daily about how we communicate on digital platforms. Millennials and those who have spent most of their professional life using video conferencing and messaging platforms have more relaxed attitudes to acceptable behaviour on video conferences. One in ten under 35 year olds considers it utterly unacceptable for pets or children to appear on a video conference vs one in four over 45 year olds. In fact, across all age groups the appearance of pets on a video conference is considered slightly more acceptable than children (on average 19% disapprove of children appearing vs just 16% for pets). However, it's actually this younger generation that are most anxious about how they communicate online. 46% of Millennial workers worry daily about how they communicate virtually (vs an average of 38% and just 22% of over 45s)27% of under 35s have had to apologise to someone for something that may have been misinterpreted vs just 17% amongst over 45 year olds.Millennials are also more likely to have misinterpreted the tone of a digital communication (40% of under 35s have done so vs just 23% of over 45s)Twice as many under 35 year olds had been seriously offended by the tone of a digital communication than over 45s (19% vs 9%).The research highlighted that, although 41% of us are actively engaged on over 4 platforms a day, 44% of us have never had any training on how to use them. Differing attitudes to the formality of digital communications contributes to the overall challenge of communication. Only 17% of under 35 year olds saw the formality of communications on digital platforms as about the same as in person communications vs 30% of over 45 year olds. Threats to confidentiality and departmental differencesA further concern is the lack of consensus on behaviours such as discussing confidential company information: only one in five (21%) under 35 year olds feels this is unacceptable vs a third (35%) of over 45 year olds. Different departments also vary in their views on what’s acceptable. Engineers feel that making critical comments on work based messaging platforms is broadly acceptable (only 16% felt this was unacceptable), but 33% of those in sales or marketing find this unacceptable.Even within age-groups there is a lack of consensus in what is acceptable as around 22% of under 35 year olds feel speculating on management decisions on a company messaging platform is acceptable even in a wider group channel, yet a further 21% believe that this is never acceptable. Making remote work, work betterSimon Haighton-Williams, CEO of Adaptavist commented:“The transition to remote work requires not just a technological shift, but more importantly an evolution in culture. So often organisations focus on implementing the tools without the proper frameworks in place for how to use them, let alone guidance on expected behaviours in this new “working space”. A company’s culture is its lifeblood, and transitioning that online requires a shift in the way we approach leadership and collaboration. Communication channels are changing so fast that training on digital etiquette is often ignored, but being conscious of the behavioural shift your teams are undergoing in this transition and providing guiding principles and parameters can help.”Prof Cary Cooper, Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at the ALLIANCE Manchester Business School, University of Manchester commented:“Being able to glance across and see someone looks worried enables us to quickly address concerns and allay fears. This level of support is particularly important for those who are less experienced in the commercial world. Unchecked, concerns can escalate causing unnecessary stress and anxiety and this is one of the risks with an increase in remote working long-term and something that companies should prioritise.”According to the study, understanding the mood of our direct reports was seen as one of the greatest challenges in working remotely and what people missed most was working side by side with colleagues.In order to help organisations to better manage this transition to remote working, Adaptavist have set up a remote working and digital etiquette resource centre on their site with tips and advice at adaptavist.com/remotework along with further information on the Adaptavist Digital Etiquette Study.ENDS Notes to editorsAustralian highlightsThe key differences for Australians are in what they consider acceptable in terms of digital communication etiquetteAustralians are more comfortable with drinking alcohol on a video conference than other nationalities with only 50% feeling this is never acceptable vs 65% in Canada, 62% in USA and 60% in the UKThey are also more likely to accept someone eating on a video conference with less than ⅓ (28%) finding this unacceptable vs 41% in the USA and 38% in the UK and 34% in CanadaMoving around the house is also more acceptable in Australia - only 19% found this unacceptable vs 30% in the USA and 28% in the UK and Canada.Australians are generally happier to be in sportswear / non professional attire on a video conference. Less than 12% found this unacceptable vs 16% of Americans, 21% of Brits and 20% of CanadiansIn terms of “other” responses bullying and swearing were frequently mentioned by Australians, vs Canada, USA and UK, where this was rarely mentioned. In these countries the key concern was swearing/cursing/bad language.Despite having a generally more relaxed attitude towards etiquette on both video conferences and messaging platforms, a greater proportion of Australians have seen something unacceptable on a messaging platform 61% vs under 50% of Brits, Canadians and Americans. In most cases they have seen something they considered unacceptable, but are not sure that others would feel the same Additional data45% of managers say they are now communicating more via video calls and 28% are communicating more via messaging platforms to manage their direct reports.1 in 3 (33%) have misinterpreted the tone of a communication on a digital platform and 1 in 4 (24%) of us have had to apologise for or received an apology from someone for communication on a digital platform.Half of us (50%) have seen something they believed to be unacceptable on a chat / messaging platform.Whilst 1 in 5 (20%) consider it always acceptable to have children appearing on a video conference, but almost as many (19%) felt this is never acceptable - even in lockdownDrinking (tea, coffee etc) is generally acceptable with only just over 1 in 10 (15%) objecting to this, but eating is far less acceptable with nearly 2 in 5 (37%) believing this is never acceptable.A caution to anyone who’s done a video conference from their bed: ⅗ (58%) feel this is never acceptableWomen are also far less comfortable with partners or flatmates appearing than men (41% of women found this was never acceptable, vs just 29% of men!)Around half of respondents (45%) felt it is generally acceptable to discuss confidential / internal company information in a 1:1 chat, but 1 in 4 (26%) felt this is never acceptable - even in a 1:1 chat.Workers also divided on the use of emojis and memes in the workplace with 1 in 3 Millennials (under 35s) advocating the general use of them in the workplace, whilst 1 in 4 believe they should only be used with close colleagues. A further 27% of under 35s are happy for others to use them, but hesitant to use them themselves. Whilst only 6% of under 35s think emojis and memes should never be used in the workplace 1 in 5 (19%) over 45s would keep them out of the workplace. However, the over 45s are equally split in what’s acceptable as the same proportion (19%) would actively encourage others to use them at work.‘Millennials’ in this context has been broadly defined as under 35 year olds.About the Adaptavist Digital Etiquette study:Over 2800 workers from a mix of office-based industry sectors and departments across the USA (c. 1000), UK (c. 1000), Canada (c. 400) and Australia (c. 400) were surveyed for Adaptavist’s Digital Etiquette study. The research was conducted in May 2020 by Propeller Insights. The age breakdown was: 13% of respondents were 18-24 years old; 27% 25-34; 26% between 35-44; 20%, 45-54; 11% 55-64; and 3% over 65 years old.About AdaptavistAdaptavist is a global consulting and technology provider, enabling organisations to digitally transform how they collaborate, become more agile, and get work done. Founded in 2005, its 13,000+ customer base spans 60 countries and includes more than half the Fortune 500.Adaptavist is a Platinum Atlassian Solutions Partner and Marketplace Vendor, and one of the first trusted Slack partners. It offers expert consultancy, apps, training, manager services, and licensing solutions. Adaptavist has also been the recipient of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50, and The Sunday Times Tech Track Award 2019.