The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-12-05T22:06:02Z Kemp survey shows business struggling with application issues 2019-12-05T22:06:02Z kemp-survey-shows-business-struggling-with-application-issues Businesses are being plagued by a lack of notification and assistance with application issues. Since they are not utilising the agility and uptime of per-application load balancers, routine tasks are taking longer than expected. Their plight is outlined in a report commissioned by Kemp, which compiles industry findings from a Forrester Consulting survey data of IT and business leaders across five Asia-Pacific markets; and results from a ZK Research survey with respondents from the US and UK. The State of Application Experience (AX) report shows that in more established environments, IT professionals are finding it increasingly difficult to add new applications. New or separate infrastructure might be deployed to safeguard an existing application set so that they don’t impact each other, increasing the time to deployment. Some commercial load balancers are often seen to be unnecessarily complicated to configure. These require extra time to learn how to configure, troubleshoot and test new deployments. Cloud issues As cloud providers have their own native load balancers, the same configuration cannot be replicated across clouds or back at home, adding to the time required to deploy applications in different locations. However, Lee Doyle, of Doyle Research, says: “ADC (application delivery controllers) functionality has evolved to meet the challenges of the multi-cloud world. ADC features now can be flexibly delivered where and when they are needed. “Application delivery resources are right-sized for the workload and can be dynamically adjusted to meet changing demands (e.g. seasonal variations). Per-application or per-workload ADC deployment means that each environment can be scripted, automated and secured in a customised manner for optimal operationally efficiency.” Concerns and challenges The agility and uptime of per-application load balancers has not yet been utilised, and routine tasks take longer than expected. Insufficient notification and assistance with application issues is affecting businesses. In longer established environments, it is becoming harder to add new applications. New or separate infrastructure might be deployed to safeguard an existing application set so applications don’t impact each other, thus increasing the time to deployment. The report shows that a majority of enterprises are facing application experience challenges in multi-cloud. Some 66 percent have difficulty integrating and managing across third-party cloud environments, while 57 percent say siloed management brings latency in application experience. Another 57 percent say multi-cloud is unable to cater to their unique needs. While multi-cloud architecture eliminates enterprises’ dependency on any single cloud provider, organisations encounter significant AX challenges when using two or more public clouds. More than half of organisations receive insufficient notification and assistance with mission critical application issues. Close to a third of organisations surveyed experience mission critical application downtime between an hour to a day. Future needs What do IT teams need in the future? The migration of applications to multi-cloud is enabling better application experience, control and flexibility. Pay-per-use load balancing of applications is designed to make scalability and automation faster. Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) research has found that enterprises are increasingly deploying hybrid cloud and multi-cloud architectures to support digital initiatives and IT transformation. Thirty-five percent of network managers say public cloud initiatives are a major driver of their decision-making today, while another 35 percent say private cloud initiatives are a major driver. In addition, the average enterprise claims that 45 percent of its network traffic is attributable to public cloud applications.” The State of AX report predicts that IT Teams will continue to manage applications in both multi-cloud and on-premises for the foreseeable future. Those applications will be both cloud-native and traditional applications. The shift from hardware to cloud and software load balancer is very gradual. Load balancers are seen as key to maintaining the best and most secure application experience. “Application experience, which focuses on outcomes, will resonate with customers that want to provide value to the business through the application of technology, and opens the door to talk about more than just load balancing – AX is about the entirety of the, including performance, reliability, consistency and security capabilities,” says Mike Fratto, Senior Analyst, Applied Infrastructure and Devops, 451 Research. The report predicts: 1. Applications will be managed in cloud and on-premises. Migration to the cloud is not all or nothing. While there is lots of noise around cloud migration, many organisations will not be moving applications to the cloud. 2. Organisations will manage some cloud-native applications and traditional applications in the cloud. About a third of applications will not be modified or replaced before being migrated to the cloud. 3. Hardware load balancers still reign but only software load balancers can grow in the cloud. Hardware load balancers are still furthest along in the deployment process when compared to other form factors. 4. Organisations view load balancers as fundamental to maintaining the best application experience. Forrester spoke to organisations across five countries and asked how many applications on average need to be managed by a given load balancer, 8-10 organisations need to manager between 50 to 400 applications on a given load balancer. 5. Load balancers are seen as a key location for application security services. Organisations revealed that load balancing and single sign-on/client authentication are the most common application services being deployed. WAF. SSL, VBPN and DNS are also very commonly deployed. New Genetec research shows almost 4 in 10 security cameras can be at risk of cyber-attack due to outdated firmware 2019-12-05T21:30:00Z new-genetec-research-shows-almost-4-in-10-security-cameras-can-be-at-risk-of-cyber-attack-due-to-outdated-firmware-1 SYDNEY/MONTRÉAL, 06 December 2019— Outdated camera firmware, and failing to change default passwords present some of the biggest weaknesses in cybersecurity defense. As the number of interconnected security devices keeps on growing, keeping pace with the latest updates can be tricky and very time-consuming. According to new research* conducted by Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence, as many as 68.4%­—or almost 7 out of 10—cameras are currently running out of date firmware. Installing the latest firmware is not just about accessing exciting new features, warns Genetec. It ensures the latest cybersecurity protection measures are implemented as soon as they become available, a crucial step in ensuring an organisation’s resilience against cyber-attacks. “Our primary research data points to the fact that more than half of the cameras with out of date firmware (53.9%) contain known cyber security vulnerabilities. By extrapolating this to an average security network, nearly 4 out of every 10 cameras are vulnerable to a cyber-attack,” said Mathieu Chevalier, Lead Security Architect at Genetec. The research conducted by Genetec also showed that nearly 1 in 4 organisations (23%) fail to use unique passwords, relying instead on the same password across all cameras from the same manufacturer, leaving an easy point of entry for hackers once only one camera has been compromised. Until recently, IP cameras came with default security settings, including admin login information that is often publicly available on the manufacturers’ websites. While most camera manufacturers now request users to set up a new password and admin credentials at installation, businesses, cities and government organisations with older equipment never updated their passwords, potentially compromising the other critical data and systems that reside on their network. “Unfortunately, our research shows that the “set it and forget it” mentality remains prevalent putting an entire organisation’s security and people’s privacy at risk. All it takes is one camera with obsolete firmware or a default password to create a foothold for an attacker to compromise the whole network,” added Chevalier. “It is critical that organisations should be as proactive in the update of their physical security systems as they are in updating their IT networks.” For more information about how to keep your infrastructure cyber secure, please visit: https://resources.genetec.com/cybersecurity *Source: Research conducted on a sample of 44,763 cameras connected to systems that are part of the Genetec opt-in product improvement program. About Genetec Genetec Inc. is an innovative technology company with a broad solutions portfolio that encompasses security, intelligence, and operations. The company’s flagship product, Security Center, is an open-architecture platform that unifies IP-based video surveillance, access control, automatic license plate recognition (ANPR), communications, and analytics. Genetec also develops cloud-based solutions and services designed to improve security, and contribute new levels of operational intelligence for governments, enterprises, transport, and the communities in which we live. Founded in 1997, and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Genetec serves its global customers via an extensive network of resellers, integrators, certified channel partners, and consultants in over 80 countries. For more information about Genetec, visit: www.genetec.com © Genetec Inc., 2019. Genetec, and the Genetec logo are trademarks of Genetec Inc. and may be registered or pending registration in several jurisdictions. Other trademarks used in this document may be trademarks of the manufacturers or vendors of the respective product. Press Contacts: Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications sue@einsteinzcommunications.com.au 0466 964 786 or 02 8905 0995 Suggested Tweets: @GenetecInc research shows that almost 4/10 security cameras are at risk of #cyberattack due to outdated firmware. Learn more about #cyberrisks and how to protect your organisation in our on-demand webinar https://tinyurl.com/cyberisk @GenetecInc research shows that 23% of organisations fail to change at least one default security camera password, putting their infrastructure at risk. Learn about cybersecurity best practices in our on-demand webinar https://tinyurl.com/cyberisk Servian Achieves Machine Learning Specialisation in the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program 2019-12-05T01:34:42Z servian-achieves-machine-learning-specialisation-in-the-google-cloud-partner-advantage-program 3 December 2019—Servian today announced that it has achieved the Machine Learning Partner Specialisation in the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program, making it one of only four companies in Australia and New Zealand with the accreditation. By earning the Partner Specialisation, Servian has proven their expertise and success in building customer solutions in the Machine Learning field using Google Cloud Platform technology. Specialisations in the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program are designed to provide Google Cloud customers with qualified partners that have shown technical proficiency and proven success in specialised solution and service areas.  With more Google Cloud-certified consultants than any other professional services firm in ANZ, this recent accolade places Servian in a unique position in the market. “Servian has been at the forefront of delivering business outcomes leveraging machine learning since its inception,” Servian Head of Artificial Intelligence, Andy Huang, says. “This recognition reaffirms our expert competency in the field of AI/ML. It means that clients can trust us to implement best practice in machine learning projects, and it means that we have proven experience, knowledge and skills in implementing ML solutions leveraging the best AI capabilities of Google Cloud Platform.” Servian works with major banks, retailers, telcos and other large companies to develop applied AI/ML solutions that drive business’ competitive advantage.  “We formally established our artificial intelligence and machine learning practice some years ago to focus on specialised skill sets such as production machine learning, applications of computer vision, natural language processing and other areas of advanced analytics. The practice has been rapidly growing ever since, as AI and ML have become the new competitive frontier for businesses to achieve greater outcomes,” Huang, says.  Along with artificial intelligence, Servian has expertise that spread from digital delivery to cloud migration and application development. It has over ten years experience in data analytics, which provides a solid foundation for its AI/ML success.  “Our heritage in data positions us differently. We are not laser-focused on the maths but consider the engineering of reliability, scalability, security and governance of the data platform foundation. Now that we have achieved a comprehensive set of Google Cloud Specialisations, it means our customers can rest assured that Servian will have a cohesive approach on all fronts,” says Huang.  To achieve the ML Specialisation, Servian had to demonstrate success with data exploration, preprocessing, model training, model evaluation, model deployment, online prediction, and Google pre-trained Machine Learning APIs.  With two acquisitions this year, Servian has expanded both its capability and footprint, moving further into the APAC region and opening up abroad. This Specialisation will support the company as it grows its presence in the UK, where ML will be a key focus.  “As we grow our data practice in the UK, it’s clear that our clients are looking to expand their horizons with ML. We are looking forward to helping them realise this goal and take advantage of the business acceleration ML offers,” Servian UK Regional Partner, Tim Mannah, says.  www.servian.com Ends For more information:  Georgia Pretty  Servian  0424 369 369  georgia.pretty@servian.com About Servian Servian designs, delivers and manages innovative data and analytics, AI/machine learning, digital, customer engagement and cloud solutions that help clients sustain competitive advantage. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Sydney, it has offices across Australia as well as London, Auckland and Bangalore.  #### Grand Mirrors Inc. Allows You to Create the Bathroom of Your Dreams with ALLURE. 2019-12-05T01:01:14Z grand-mirrors-inc-allows-you-to-create-the-bathroom-of-your-dreams-with-allure Newport Beach, CA - Grand Mirrors Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of premium quality, and made-to-measure lighted mirrors since 2012, launches its newest addition to its product line called ALLURE. Grand Mirrors ALLURE is a beautiful mirror with a brushed aluminum frame and a very effective integrated LED light. It is made available in different sizes and designs such as round, oval, and rectangular. These designs can be ordered in colors of Black, Silver, Gold, and Bronze.   Equipped with powerful light options, you can choose from Cool Light (6000K), Warm Light (3000K) or True Light (2700-6500K) to have a full spectrum choice of light. Philips LED light options are also available for ALLURE from Philips Warm Light (2700K) to Philips Mid-Warm Light (4000K), and Philips Cool Light (6500K). Grand mirrors ALLURE integrates a light transfer technology, which causes the light to be directed right towards you resulting in a very effective light that is up to 3 times brighter than other mirrors. ALLURE comes complete with easy and sturdy wall mounts which can be mounted flat against the wall, without any gaps, seamlessly integrated into the rest of your bathroom. For more information about Grand Mirrors’ ALLURE, please visit https://grandmirrors.com/allure/. About Evervue USA Inc.: Evervue USA Inc. is redefining the realm of Bathroom TVs, Mirror TVs, Kitchen TVs, Outdoor TVs, Lighted Mirrors and Smart Mirrors since 2001. With subsidiaries worldwide, Evervue products are installed in many houses and hotels and continue to delight guests with its unique hospitality solutions. Silver Peak Named a Leader for the Second Consecutive Year in the Gartner 2019 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure 2019-12-04T21:30:00Z silver-peak-named-a-leader-for-the-second-consecutive-year-in-the-gartner-2019-magic-quadrant-for-wan-edge-infrastructure Sydney, 5 December 2019 – Silver Peak®, the global SD-WAN leader, delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network™, today announced it has been positioned for the second consecutive year in the Leaders quadrant of the Gartner 2019 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure for its completeness of vision and ability to execute. “We are proud to be named a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for the second year in the fast-moving market for WAN edge infrastructure, in which we’ve seen a growing movement of companies transforming their WAN edge infrastructure to underpin and accelerate digital transformation and cloud initiatives,” said David Hughes, founder and CEO of Silver Peak. “With more than 1,500 production enterprise customers having successfully deployed our Unity EdgeConnect™ SD-WAN edge platform, Silver Peak is focused exclusively on enabling our customers to execute a no-compromise WAN transformation strategy that delivers a multiplier effect on existing and ongoing investments in cloud applications and services.” According to Gartner, “WAN edge infrastructures are undergoing major changes as infrastructure and operations leaders responsible for networking face dynamic and expanding business demands. I&O leaders must identify vendors that address the requirement to support applications with on-premises and cloud-based deployments.” New Era, New Foundation, the Emergence of the Modern WAN With the majority of applications having already moved to the cloud, there has been a seismic shift from dedicated to shared public infrastructure and an acknowledgement that legacy networks are unable to keep pace. Without a modern WAN, enterprises are unable to realise the full benefits from their cloud investments as downtime and degraded service can impair business productivity and impact revenue. No-Compromise WAN Transformation Stretching existing router or firewall centric architectures or deploying basic SD-WAN capabilities won’t yield a multiplier effect on cloud investments. A no-compromise WAN transformation strategy is required to successfully accelerate digital transformation and cloud initiatives. At Silver Peak, we believe there are six foundational principles for true WAN transformation: Retiring legacy – eliminating the need for legacy routers, firewalls and costly dedicated MPLS networks Running on any transport – confidently running the entire enterprise on shared, public broadband, even voice and video Eliminating SLA tradeoffs – delivering the performance, quality of experience and security for 1,000s of cloud applications and services Automating everything – auto-deploying applications and policies to 1,000s of sites and centrally orchestrating changes in alignment with business requirements Advancing security – shifting from dedicated hardware-centric firewalls at each location to cloud-delivered security and applying end-to-end segmentation to reduce the attack surface Freedom of choice – leveraging partners with best-in-class technologies, enabling one-click integration and delivering a superior combined solution with the highest quality of experience A Modern Business-Driven SD-WAN Edge Platform The Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform uniquely liberates cloud-first enterprises from the limitations of conventional network approaches by shifting to a business-first networking model. EdgeConnect replaces routers, unifying SD-WAN, firewall, segmentation, routing, WAN optimisation and application visibility and control in a single platform, centrally managed with Unity Orchestrator™. EdgeConnect is engineered to continuously learn and adapt to changing business requirements to deliver the highest quality of experience to enterprise users and IT organisations. Gartner 2019 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure authors: Jonathan Forest, Mark Fabbi, Mike Toussaint and Neil Rickard. Published November 26, 2019. Gartner Disclaimer Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organisation and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About Silver Peak Silver Peak, the global SD-WAN leader, delivers the transformational promise of the cloud with a business-first networking model. The Unity EdgeConnect™ self-driving wide area network platform liberates enterprises from conventional WAN approaches to transform the network from a constraint to a business accelerant. Thousands of globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak WAN solutions across 100 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com. Barracuda MSP announces strong performance internationally 2019-12-04T21:30:00Z barracuda-msp-announces-strong-performance-internationally Highlights: ● Barracuda’s billings for MSP security solutions outside North America increased 249 percent year over year, as of October 2019 ● Barracuda’s annualised recurring revenue for MSP focused email protection solutions has increased 318% percent outside North America over the year ● Barracuda now works with over 850 international MSPs across 35 countries ● The number of global MSPs using multiple Barracuda solutions increased 47 percent year-over-year (as of the end of October 2019) Sydney, 5 December 2019 - Barracuda Networks, Inc., a trusted partner and leading provider of cloud-enabled security solutions, today announced significant growth across APAC and EMEA for its MSP business for FY2020 to date. Alongside this strong performance, Barracuda MSP also continued its global expansion, launching operations in Australia and New Zealand, and continued its product innovation with the release of Managed Workplace 12, the latest version of its security-centric remote monitoring and management (RMM) solution. “Over the past four years we’ve built our international Barracuda MSP team to match our success and partner growth in these new regions, growing our MSP annualised recurring revenue base over 250% year on year,” said Brian Babineau, SVP & GM, Barracuda MSP. “As we continue to expand across the globe, we’re committed to investing in the infrastructure to support and empower these new partners.” According to an October 2018 report by Markets & Markets, the Managed Services Market is expected to grow from USD 180.5 billion in 2018 to USD 282.0 billion by 2023, fueled by growth of almost 10% per year. Barracuda’s MSP portfolio approach has been very successful in the global marketplace and is a key growth area. The division grew its global MSP partner base to over 4,300 and most importantly, the number of global MSPs using multiple Barracuda solutions increased 35 percent year-over-year entering September 2019. Demand for email protection solutions outside North America, in particular, has been considerable with annualised recurring revenue increasing by 318 percent year over year as of October 2019. With a dedicated team now serving Australia and New Zealand, Barracuda MSP now has cloud-based product operations and go to market operations running in UK, Germany and Australia. The expansion into Germany has been boosted by the recent signing of Infinigate, a strategic solutions provider for BarracudaMSP, to provide support to MSPs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Building on Barracuda’s recent acquisition of Managed Workplace, this new team and partnership strengthens Barracuda’s entry into the DACH region. “Given the current climate, with economic uncertainty looming large in the form of political shifts across the region, it’s easy to see how MSPs might be playing it safe when it comes to growth,” added Jason Howells, Director, International MSP, Barracuda Networks. “It’s therefore a huge testament to our partnership model and the specialist team we’ve put in place that we’re seeing such impressive growth. We’re proud to be supporting MSPs across the region, and enabling them to create, deliver and demonstrate services to their clients.” About Barracuda At Barracuda we strive to make the world a safer place. We believe every business deserves access to cloud-enabled, enterprise-grade security solutions that are easy to buy, deploy, and use. We protect email, networks, data and applications with innovative solutions that grow and adapt with our customers’ journey. More than 150,000 organisations worldwide trust Barracuda to protect them — in ways they may not even know they are at risk — so they can focus on taking their business to the next level. For more information, visit barracuda.com. Barracuda Networks, Barracuda and the Barracuda Networks logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Barracuda Networks, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Barracuda launches Cloud Security Guardian integration with Amazon Detective 2019-12-04T21:00:00Z barracuda-launches-cloud-security-guardian-integration-with-amazon-detective-1 5 December 2019 – Barracuda Networks, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-enabled security solutions, today announced a Barracuda Cloud Security Guardian integration with Amazon Detective, a security service from Amazon Web Services (AWS) that is designed to easily analyse, investigate and quickly identify the root cause of security findings or suspicious activities. Barracuda Cloud Security Guardian is an agentless software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution designed to provide visibility into the security posture of cloud workloads, facilitate compliance and automate remediation of security incidents. Amazon Detective is designed to automatically collect log data from customers’ AWS resources and uses machine learning, statistical analysis and graph theory to help users visualise and conduct faster and more efficient security investigations. With the Amazon Detective integration, Barracuda customers can get further insight into threats or violations that are exposed by Cloud Security Guardian. For example, if Cloud Security Guardian detects a policy violation in a specific region, the customer can drill down into Amazon Detective and investigate: Was there a breach due to the violation? If so, what was the extent of the breach? Was there lateral impact due to the violation? If so, what account or Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances were infected? Were there any API calls made by a role? From which IP address were their API calls originating? “Cloud Security Guardian is designed to alert customers to threats and vulnerabilities, allowing customers to fix the violation before there are further attacks,” said Tim Jefferson, SVP of Data Protection, Network and Application Security, Engineering and Product Management at Barracuda. “The integration with Amazon Detective makes it simple for customers to take their response a step further and understand the impact of the threat by learning more about the context of an attack, such as if there was a spike in inbound or outbound traffic flow after the attack or if there is additional intelligence available about the IP making the attack.” “Customers are looking for the tools and knowledge they need to strengthen their cloud security posture,” said Dan Plastina, Vice President, Security Services at Amazon Web Services, Inc. “We look forward to continuing to work with Barracuda on innovative solutions and integrations that can help customers keep up with evolving threats and vulnerabilities.” Resources: Get more information on Barracuda Cloud Security Guardian: https://www.barracuda.com/products/cloudsecurityguardian Scan your public cloud environment for threats and violations: https://csg.barracudanetworks.com/scan About Barracuda At Barracuda we strive to make the world a safer place. We believe every business deserves access to cloud-enabled, enterprise-grade security solutions that are easy to buy, deploy, and use. We protect email, networks, data and applications with innovative solutions that grow and adapt with our customers’ journey. More than 150,000 organisations worldwide trust Barracuda to protect them — in ways they may not even know they are at risk — so they can focus on taking their business to the next level. For more information, visit barracuda.com. Barracuda Networks, Barracuda and the Barracuda Networks logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Barracuda Networks, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Rubicon Red Celebrates 10th Birthday 2019-12-04T01:24:04Z rubicon-red-celebrates-10th-birthday BRISBANE – Rubicon Red, a boutique consulting provider of custom cloud solutions, is excited to celebrate ten years of success and innovation this month.  The tenth birthday represents a major milestone for the company and a new phase of growth. Over the past ten years, Rubicon Red is proud to have delivered hundreds of successful projects for customers in Australia and around the globe.  Rubicon Red appreciates the ongoing support of its valued customers and partners and is anticipating a period of accelerated growth over the coming years.  Given the accelerating pace of disruption, Rubicon Red believes that companies need to continuously innovate and improve the customer experience to meet rapidly evolving consumer expectations and stay ahead of their competition. Key to achieving this is a connected digital value chain seamlessly integrating an organisation’s applications and data, with their suppliers and their partners. Rubicon Red specialises in automating the digital value chain - connecting apps/data/devices and orchestrating business processes, fundamental to delivering effortless digital experiences. “With the rapid rate of change in the market, organisations are constantly faced with new competitors and new business models enabled by new technologies.  We have been working on an operating model to address this digital disruption that organisations are currently facing that comprises three key components; Product-Centric, DevOps, and Cloud-Native. When all three are integrated through the digital value chain, the connected enterprise can really start to flourish.” said Matt Wright, Rubicon Red, CEO.  “As we celebrate our ten-year anniversary, we are excited about the future, and look forward to helping our customers fulfil their transformation and growth agendas by leveraging our unique digital operating model.” Read our white paper to learn more about the new Digital Operating Model required for the digital economy. Since its founding in 2009, Rubicon Red has been helping 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.  Some key highlights include: ●  Rubicon Red is headquartered in Brisbane, with offices around Australia and a Development Centre in Hyderabad, India. ●  With 75+ staff today, we have a diverse mix of incredible people with a broad set of skills and talents, that allows us to consistently lead our customers to success on their digital transformation journey. ●  Our customers are globally recognised as innovation leaders - over the past decade our customers have been recognised as global Award Winners on 12 occasions.  Congratulations to our most recent Award winners who were recognised in San Francisco in September 2019 - The University of Adelaide, AFG and Ruralco Holdings Limited. ●  Rubicon Red partners with a number of best of breed vendors leveraging a broad range of technologies to deliver scalable modern cloud-native solutions.   Rubicon Red is committed to our customer’s success, and to this end, we live by our Brand Promise: ●  Innovation Leadership – We act as a catalyst for our customers to enable them to continually innovate faster.  The result - our customers are consistently recognised as innovation leaders in their field. ●  Lean Delivery – We believe small, specialised teams following a lean and agile approach can deliver quality outcomes faster and more efficiently. ●  Effortless Partnership – We partner with our customers as a single team, to achieve their goals. We pride ourselves on being easy and flexible to work with, allowing us to focus on working with our customers to achieve their goals. “Rubicon Red has been an important partner for us over the past two years as we established our cloud-native enterprise integration platform to connect our key systems. Rapid implementation has been key for us as we go-to-market rapidly with new programs in the business. It is incredible we have been able to initiate, deliver and support 12 integration projects over a 12-month period with such a small team.  This would not have been possible without our new cloud-based integration platform and Rubicon Red as part of our virtual team”, said Michael Pinkerton, IT Architect, Ruralco Holdings Limited. “We have been partnering with Rubicon Red over the past three years to implement cloud-based solutions that help us scale our customer service team and improve our student experience. Rubicon Red rapidly designed and implemented our initial ATAR pilot in just 4 weeks and most recently delivered our International Eligibility Assessment Digital Assistant.  Our partnership with Rubicon Red has put us at the forefront of innovation in autonomous service delivery in the higher education sector, which is critical to our achievement of the University’s growth agenda.” said, Catherine Cherry, Director of Prospect Management, The University of Adelaide. About Rubicon Red Rubicon Red believe digital technology provides the catalyst to reimagine what’s possible and continuously innovate to transform businesses.  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 Putting innovation back in the boating and fishing world! 2019-12-04T01:13:43Z putting-innovation-back-in-the-boating-and-fishing-world December 4, 2019 Boatigo E:joel.keane@boatigo.com P: 0409 598 563   PRESS RELEASE For immediate release     Putting innovation back in the boating and fishing world! Boatigo is a new and improved solution to help recreational boating or fishing boats fill seats!   Tech company, Boatigo has developed a marketplace to bring boat owners and users together to limit the wasted seats on recreational boats.   The platform is designed to help boat owners list their spare seats and for the general public to book the additional seats on these boats.   Currently, the boating and fishing communities use Facebook Groups, forums and chat rooms to organise recreational trips. As it is an old and clunky way of operation, it can lead to an awkward exchange of money on the day.   Boatigo will provide the community environment with a convenient, secure and more sustainable way of booking these boat spots.   "Boating is expensive, and every day there are a large number of recreational vessels out on the water with spare seats being underutilised. Boatigo is bridging the gap between recreational boat owners and users, bringing them together in a secure community built on trust. This allows boat users wanting to get out on the water the ability to find vessels with spare seats and contribute to the boat owners running costs for that trip. No more messing about in forums, groups or chat rooms. No more awkward handling of cash contributions on the day," said CEO of Boatigo Joel Keane.   The process means Captains can list any spare seats they have on their vessel when they are going out for recreational boating or fishing, and they can do this for free on the Boatigo site. Crew and even tourists travelling to the area can book a seat and pay securely on the platform.   "Boatigo is going to revolutionise the recreational boating and fishing communities by making boating more sustainable and accessible.  It will allow Captains to receive contributions towards their running costs on recreational trips, everyone can get out and enjoy the water more often for less. We even have secure in-built messaging for communications. Once the trip is complete, we simply pass the contribution onto the Captain, and both parties leave a review for each other at the end. We are like the Airbnb or Uber for those who are keen to go fishing or boating during any month of the year – with the exception that Captain’s trips are run for contributions towards running costs not for commercial profit," added Joel.   "As a boat owner, I am thrilled to have this platform come to surface. It will help with the running cost of my boat and people will be given the opportunity to enjoy the warm weather out the water! It is even a great activity for tourists in the area," said boat owner Brett Atkins.   Boatigo is set to go live at the end of December. To find out more about this platform, please click here and join the waiting list.   -END-   For more information, please contact: Joel Keane | CEO of Boatigo E: joel.keane@boatigo.com P: 0409 598 563       About Boatigo Boatigo.  "Boat" + "Contigo" (Spanish for "with you) Boating and fishing should be all about a sense of community. Sharing knowledge and experience and creating memories. All of our boats are operated by individuals willing to let boating and fishing enthusiasts and tourists join them on their recreational trips.   By utilising all available seats on boats, Boatigo and its community members are contributing to making boating and fishing more sustainable for the future.   You're a Boatigo Captain? Boatigo offers you a great way to earn contributions towards the running costs of your next trip. This can allow you to offset your costs and get out on the water more often for less.   It can also be a great way for you to meet new people that have a common passion for boating and fishing!   You're Boatigo Crew? If you are wanting to get out on the water to boat or fish, Boatigo allows you to search for boats in your area and book seats.   Perhaps you are on holidays without your boat? No problem! Search your holiday location and find boats going out on the water on days that suit you.     AI Considered the Most Important Technology of the 2020s 2019-12-03T23:12:25Z ai-considered-the-most-important-technology-of-the-2020s Sydney, Australia (4 December 2019) – AI and machine learning rated as the most important business technology of the 2020s above cloud platforms and big data, according to new ISACA research released today. The Next Decade of Tech: Envisioning the 2020s research explores the anticipated implications of technological advancements on the workforce and society as a whole in the next decade. However, only 39% of respondents in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) believe it is likely or very likely that businesses will give sufficient attention to the ethical considerations around AI and machine learning to prevent potentially unintended consequences in their deployments, such as autonomous weapons, data poisoning and attacks on critical infrastructure. This is in contrast to the global findings in which respondents were split 50/50. “While some organisations are experimenting with AI for insignificant business tasks, others are taking ambitious strides by delegating mission-critical roles to AI algorithms,” states Phillimon Zongo, ISACA member & Director of Cyber Resilience, and Co-Founder & Director at Cyber Resilience. “Yet to date, no industry standards exist to guide the secure development and maintenance of AI systems. The proliferation of AI raises intriguing opportunities; however, associated risks exist, and if not properly mitigated, the impacts can result in significant consequences.” Among the more than 5,000 business technology professionals who were surveyed by ISACA, a global, non-profit IT professional association celebrating its 50th anniversary, 93% in ANZ believe the augmented workforce, or people, robots and AI working closely together, will reshape how some or most jobs are performed in the next decade. The overall impact may have mixed results with: 41% indicating that IT industry salaries will increase; 62% believe job security and stability will decrease; and 85% agree that AI will have a major or moderate impact on the profitability of most businesses. The research canvassed additional future technological advancements with respondents predicting the next decade could lead to the rise of social robots – assisting patients with physical disabilities, educating children and elder care. A quarter (25%) of respondents suggest human augmentation, or people implanting technologies into their body to enhance capability and efficiency, will occur more frequently. And more than half (55%) believe individual countries attempting to “disconnect” from the global internet will become more common, meaning citizens would predominantly have access only to the information within the country they live, with little or no external information accessible. For more resources related to ISACA’s Next Decade of Tech: Envisioning the 2020s research, including global figures, a related infographic, podcast, video, blog posts and presentation, visit www.isaca.org/next-decade-of-tech. About ISACA Now in its 50th anniversary year, ISACA (isaca.org) is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. Today’s world is powered by information and technology, and ISACA equips practitioners with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organizations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its 460,000 engaged practitioners—including its 140,000 members—in information and cybersecurity, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in more than 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters worldwide and offices in both the United States and China. Twitter: www.twitter.com/ISACANews LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/isaca Facebook: www.facebook.com/ISACAHQ Instagram: www.instagram.com/isacanews Contact: Julie Fenwick, jfenwick@daylightagency.com.au +61 468 901 655 Lauren Graham, lgraham@daylightagency.com.au +61 432 614 401 FlipRobot E310 Plus - The First and Only to Offer AIoT Combining Artificial Intelligence with the Internet of Things 2019-12-03T23:10:44Z fliprobot-e310-plus-the-first-and-only-to-offer-aiot-combining-artificial-intelligence-with-the-internet-of-things Sydney, New South Wales – 2019   ·        Local Australian company is the first to offer AIoT revolutionary robotic model. ·        The latest in Artificial Intelligence technology on offer. ·        Company offers the ultimate formula for success.   Local Australian company, Actura has just released its FlipRobot E310 Plus model. The company is the first and only to offer AIoT technology – combining artificial intelligence with the internet of things. The latest in technology is on offer for students to develop their STEAM robotic learning skills. Talent can only grow when the right tools are provided and the latest in Actura’s FlipRobot AIoT technology provides students with the best technology to develop their robotic, coding and technical skills. Local company Actura, with its leading FlipRobot hardware and software is the leading robotics and coding technology solution provider. With the AIoT technology on offer through its FlipRobot robotic models - combining two technologies that dominate the technology industry – the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Actura is a stand-out in the STEAM education field, particularly with the release of is E310 Plus model. The convergence of AI and IoT is set to redefine the future of industrial automation and lead to the industry 4.0 revolution. In context of FlipRobot and its practical applications, the cutting-edge technology of AIoT means an algorithm can be designed that when one robot’s humidity sensor’s reading exceeds a certain value, then four other robots move to their designated locations. In agricultural settings, this enables things like machine-to-machine communication to avoid adverse weather conditions, for example, cyclones. Through robotic sensors, and cloud-based modules, the possibilities are endless – visual recognition and voice recognition all become possibilities. With FlipRobot’s E310 Plus Bluetooth module, students are able to upload code anytime, wirelessly on either their desktop, laptop or ipad (with all FlipRobot products). With many educational learning factors, students will be able to appreciate the considerations that companies must content with. These issues in the near future include latency, power, security and privacy concerns. This will provide students with insight for discussion in the classroom. FlipRobot’s STEAM robotics solution helps students develop the capabilities of creativity, critical-thinking, collaboration, cooperation and communication to overcome challenges for the 21st century. IoT and AI are two independent technologies that have a significant impact on multiple industry verticals. While IoT is the digital nervous system, AI becomes the brain that makes decisions which control the overall system. The powerful combination of AI and IoT brings us AIoT – Artificial Intelligence of Things, that delivers intelligent and connected systems that are capable of self-correcting and self-healing themselves. The promise of AIoT involves examining the evolution of connected systems. Cloud computing provides three key aspects to connect systems – connectivity, storage and computing. Apart from machine-to-machine messages to each other, these devices send telemetry data to the cloud that was ingested and stored centrally. As the leading provider of robotics and coding technology in the STEAM education area, Actura’s release of the FlipRobot E310 Plus model hardware and accompanying software sets the tone for the future of technology and innovation; with cutting-edge technology on offer. Students will be able to be empowered for their future success through utilising this latest technology. Actura is a strong proponent of the belief that talent can only grow when the right tools are provided – and being able to release the latest in AIoT technology makes Actura a stand-out in its field.   “Actura’s formula to help students achieve future success is: success = talent + Attitude + passion + opportunity. Our strategy is working. We continue to provide and release that latest in hardware and robotics technology to facilitate students to harness their talent”. Charles Chung, CEO, Actura Established in Australia in 2014, Actura provides the leading STEAM learning solution comprising of in-class to out-of-class solutions. Actura is the exclusive global partner of the California Association for STEAM Education (CASE). Headquartered in Cupertino, California, CASE was established by educators, industry leaders and entrepreneurs to advocate excellence in STEAM education through the development and implementation of innovative in-classroom curriculum and extra-curricular education programs.     Download Logos, Photos and Videos: Media File   Contact: Actura Australia Nerilee Chen – Marketing and Communications Specialist  Phone: 1300 303 402 | Mobile: 0422 071 905 Email: nerilee.chen@actura.com.au       Company Name: Actura Australia Company Address: Sydney Office - Suite 2B, Level 2, 802 Pacific Highway, Gordon, NSW, 2072 Phone Number: 1300 303 402 Email Address: media@actura.com.au Website Address: http://www.actura.com.au     Silver Peak Announces Integration with New Amazon Web Services Transit Gateway Network Manager 2019-12-03T21:00:00Z silver-peak-announces-integration-with-new-amazon-web-services-transit-gateway-network-manager-1 4 December 2019 – Silver Peak®, the global SD-WAN leader, delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network™, today expanded its collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), integrating the business-driven Unity EdgeConnect™ SD-WAN edge platform with the new AWS Transit Gateway Network Manager. This will provide a solution that enables enterprises to manage and monitor connectivity between AWS and their branch locations from a single console within AWS. Through this seamless integration, cloud-first enterprises can now create a single global view of cloud and network resources and centrally monitor and manage connectivity from branch and remote locations to cloud resources wherever they reside. “We are pleased to expand our collaboration with AWS, announcing integration between the Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform and the new AWS Transit Gateway Network Manager,” said David Hughes, founder and CEO of Silver Peak. “The new AWS Transit Gateway Network Manager will enable customers to centrally monitor and manage connectivity from on-premise EdgeConnect deployments to network devices on AWS, providing a global view of network telemetry, events and changes to deliver the highest quality of experience to branch and remote site users.” Seamless integration and connectivity As enterprises migrate an increasing number of applications, services and infrastructure to the cloud, they are rapidly deploying SD-WAN to realise the benefits of broadband connectivity and to directly connect branch site users to cloud resources. Many are challenged with the complexities of building and managing global private networks using internet transport services to connect geographically distributed locations and users with proximity-based cloud resources. AWS Transit Gateway Network Manager changes this paradigm. Now, Silver Peak customers that use AWS can quickly set up a global view of their private networks by importing AWS objects and defining on-premise resources within a centralised gateway manager. By integrating Unity EdgeConnect branch and remote site SD-WAN deployments with AWS Transit Gateway Network Manager, network managers can create a single consolidated global view of all sites and connections between AWS and their on-premise locations, gaining visibility into network changes, events, and health telemetry to deliver the highest quality of experience for users. A modern cloud-first SD-WAN edge platform The Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform uniquely liberates cloud-first enterprises from the limitations of conventional network approaches by shifting to a business-first networking model. EdgeConnect replaces routers, unifying SD-WAN, firewall, segmentation, routing, WAN optimization and application visibility and control in a single platform, centrally managed with Unity Orchestrator™. EdgeConnect is engineered to continuously learn and adapt to changing business requirements to deliver the highest quality of experience to enterprise users and IT organisations. About Silver Peak Silver Peak, the global SD-WAN leader, delivers the transformational promise of the cloud with a business-first networking model. The Unity EdgeConnect™ self-driving wide area network platform liberates enterprises from conventional WAN approaches to transform the network from a constraint to a business accelerant. Thousands of globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak WAN solutions across 100 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com. How to Find the Right Salesforce Implementation Partner? 2019-12-03T13:18:12Z how-to-find-the-right-salesforce-implementation-partner If you have some big sales objectives for the upcoming year, there’s a whole lot of things that you need to consider to attain those goals. One of the most important aspects is to have in place a robust CRM (Content Relationship Management) system. Since the CRM of your organization holds the most precious information about your organization, it’s important that you get it implemented properly.     Even if you have made up your mind to integrate Salesforce – one of the most popular CRM platforms, you need to partner with a reliable Salesforce consulting company to leverage all the benefits of this powerful CRM.     Listed below are a few considerations which you need to make before zeroing in upon the right Salesforce implementation partner:    Look for a Partner with Right Experience: It is important to consider the size of your business while selecting the right CRM implementation partner. So, if you are a large entity with complex IT infrastructure, it would be in your interest to engage with a company that has the knowledge, experience, technical acumen and infrastructural facilities to provide you with the necessary support. Conversely, if you are a small firm with a limited budget, you must lookout for a partner with little internal IT capability.     Seek Recommendations: The best place to look for the right Salesforce partner for your business is the App Exchange. Here you’ll get to check the aggregate customer satisfaction rating (CSAT) that a company receives for accomplishing their projects over the past 18 months. Since Salesforce conducts a direct survey with each customer, you can be sure that the ratings that you view are legitimate. Apart from this, you can also seek recommendations from people in your network who have already handled projects similar to yours.     Seek Long-term Association: Make sure you engage with a partner who can remain associated with you for the long-term. Such a partner can provide you with a long-term solution that will not just be adopted by your staff but will also help you meet your business objectives. Apart from this, they will always stay by your side and provide all types of support if anything goes wrong.    Don’t Consider Cost as Your Sole Criterion: While seeking a Salesforce partner for your company, don’t let cost cloud your judgment. While price estimates might vary from one partner to the other, make sure you determine the right fitment rather than just factoring in the cost.    Conclusion:    Finding the right Salesforce partner is the first step towards a smarter and profitable Salesforce journey. Besides helping you close more leads and build strong customer relationships, a reliable Salesforce implementation partner can provide you with round the clock  Salesforce support. So, choose your partner wisely by considering the aforementioned points.      WildJar Releases Microsoft Search Advertising (formerly Bing Ads) Integration to Enhance Call Attribution 2019-12-03T08:55:47Z wildjar-releases-microsoft-search-advertising-formerly-bing-ads-integration-to-enhance-call-attribution-1 SYDNEY, AU – WildJar, a leading global communications software as a service platform, announces that it has released an advanced integration with Microsoft Search Advertising which allows marketers to capture rich call attribution data from Microsoft Ads and use it to provide further insights into consumer purchasing behaviour.   WildJar now has the ability to send web and conversion data from phone calls directly into Microsoft Ads. This integration enhances campaign performance by automatically connecting conversions back to the specific search keywords, ads or campaigns that customers interacted with during their search, allowing for a detailed picture of a customer’s purchasing behaviour.  “We are growth focused and always striving to deliver cutting edge voice and SMS solutions for our clients,” states James O’Neill, Co-Founder and CEO of WildJar. “Our new Microsoft Search Advertising integration is yet another example where we have listened to our clients’ requests and reinforces WildJar as one of the fastest growing global call intelligence platforms. It has been fantastic working with the Microsoft team and I am happy to say the integration is now live and available.” Microsoft Search Advertising market share continues to grow globally, with over one third PC search market share in the US, 23% in the United Kingdom, 16% in France and nearly 16% in Australia. Microsoft's careful selection of key partnerships such as The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo, CBS Interactive and many more, helps marketers increase their digital footprint whilst bringing high-quality traffic and increased clicks to their marketing strategy. “We are delighted to see that WildJar have completed an integration to our API. For Microsoft Advertising customers that rely on calls from a performance standpoint, this will enhance their ability to measure performance on our platform, and we are excited to see the positive impact that will result from this integration” said Paul Korber, Director of Partner Development AUNZ, Microsoft Advertising. To learn more about the WildJar integration with Microsoft Search Advertising, visit WildJar.com or call 1300 317 533 About WildJar   WildJar helps businesses become wildly successful by providing cutting edge voice and SMS solutions. Founded in 2016, WildJar has helped more than 4,000 companies worldwide drive revenue and connect their customer’s journey online to their purchasing behaviour offline. Finally, businesses and marketers have complete attribution and analytics to measure call outcomes and ROI. With WildJar’s Voice Platform, businesses get granular campaign attribution to understand why customers are calling, real-time intelligence about who’s calling and analyse what’s being said during conversations to improve outcomes. Brother takes out the competition with another consecutive win of PCMag Business Choice and Reader’s Choice Awards 2019-12-03T08:37:49Z brother-takes-out-the-competition-with-another-consecutive-win-of-pcmag-business-choice-and-reader-s-choice-awards Sydney, Australia – 5th November 2019: For the last decade, Brother International’s top-performing printers, and stellar customer service approach have led to them take home the PCMag Readers’ Choice Award; and this year is no different.  Brother are pleased to be the recipient of the prestigious award for the 11th year running, which they received alongside their 7th consecutive PCMag Business Choice award. Brother’s dedication to producing high-quality machines for well over a decade has been steadfast, ensuring that their customers are consistently pleased with their overall product and customer experience. “According to our readers, there is a clear leader when it comes to making reliable and long-lasting printers,” said Dan Costa, Editor-in-Chief of PCMag. “Brother had the highest overall satisfaction rating of any brand, with respondents specifically calling out the reliability of its products.” Dominating the printing segment, Brother’s satisfaction ratings have remained consistently high across each of PCMag Readers’ Choice and Business Choice Award categories, including customer satisfaction and printer attributes including setup, reliability, printing quality, technical support, repairs, the cost of consumables, and the likelihood to recommend. “We are committed to developing printers that are high-quality, reliable and cost-effective for home and business use, while also investing significant resources to provide customers with an exceptional customer service experience”, says Stefanie Dixon, Marketing Manager (SMB) at Brother International Australia. “We strongly believe that by consistently striving to meet customer needs through high quality products and solutions, we continue to see steady customer satisfaction results year after year.”Since introducing the PCMag Business Choice Award seven years ago, Brother have taken the award home each year. As a vital part of an office workflow, businesses take into consideration the functionality and cost efficiency of their printing device, as well as the tech support that is provided by the manufacturer. These have all played an integral role in shaping their positive experience of the printing brand. “Brother has consistently dominated our Business Choice Awards over the years,” said Costa. “It’s rare for a company to hold a streak like Brother, but it shows how popular the brand is with business users.” The PCMag Business Choice and Readers’ Choice winners are determined by an email survey of PCMag community members that subscribe to the Readers' Choice Survey mailing list. Respondents were asked to rate their printer using multiple questions about their overall satisfaction with the solution, as well as experiences with technical support within the past 12 months.About PCMag Readers’ and Business Choice AwardsPCMag, a trusted source of IT industry reviews, regularly asks its readers to rate the companies they think make the best products and provide the absolute pinnacle of technical support and customer service. Now in its 31st year, PCMag’s Readers’ Choice Survey on service and reliability focuses on awarding the companies their readers love and has become a prestigious award in the IT industry.About Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd With over 100 years in operation, Brother International is globally recognised as a brand synonymous with delivering product innovation and customer satisfaction. A specialist in its product lines, Brother is always ‘At Your Side,’ with its customer first approach in all aspects of business. Brother combines this customer satisfaction and its strong commitment to environmental conservation to manufacture innovative, reliable and practical products in the printing, sewing, imaging and labelling markets.Brother International Australia was established in 1977 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Brother Industries, which was founded in 1908 in Japan. With a head office located in Sydney and State offices nationally throughout Australia, Brother has grown from humble beginnings to a diversified multinational corporation.About Brother Earth:Brother has made a commitment to sustainability and making a positive difference to the environment. Brother Earth is a Brother initiative and aims to build a society that achieves sustainable development by taking responsibility and considering the environmental impact of all aspects of business operations. At Brother Earth, visitors can choose how funds are allocated and see how Brother is contributing to environmental sustainability on a global level. ‘Click for the Earth’ at www.BrotherEarth.com and Brother will contribute to an environmental conservation project on a consumer’s behalf.