The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-18T22:00:09Z Siemens Launches Digitalize 2017 to Advance Australia’s Digital Future 2017-07-18T22:00:09Z siemens-launches-digitalize-2017-to-advance-australia-s-digital-future To be held on 30 August in Sydney, the full day conference will showcase the real-world applications of digitalization in energy, infrastructure, industry and the workforce Keynote address by technology thought-leader Steve Vamos, former Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Australia and Managing Director of Apple Computer Asia Pacific, will explore the behaviours that contribute to a high performing board in an era of constant change. Forum will feature a number of prominent guest speakers including Kumar Parakala, Global Digital Leader, GHD, Stefan Bungart, Head of Digitalization, Siemens Power Generation Services, and others. Siemens today announced that its annual digitalization conference, ‘Digitalize 2017’, will be held at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney on Wednesday, 30 August 2017. The conference will discuss and debate how digitalization is revolutionising the workforce, industry and the energy and infrastructure sectors. The theme of the conference comes at a critical time, following reports by the Digitisation Index for Australia concluding that despite significant strides made with technology, Australia lacks the digital maturity to compete in an increasingly connected and globalised economy. It also points to a growing gap in the economy between digitally mature firms and less digitally mature firms, with the latter running the risk of being left behind. Providing the keynote address at this year’s forum is renowned technology thought-leader Steve Vamos, former Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Australia and Managing Director of Apple Computer Asia Pacific. Mr Vamos, currently in the process of writing his first book, has twice been listed by the Australian Financial Review as one of the most influential members of the Australian technology industry. At Digitalize 2017, Mr Vamos will explore the behaviours that contribute to a high performing board in an era of constant change. Mr Vamos is an advocate for Conscious Capitalism and was the founder and President of the Society for Knowledge Economics (SKE), a not for profit think-tank that aimed to encourage and promote new and better leadership and management practices. Mr Vamos will be joined by a number of high-profile speakers including: Kumar Parakala, Global Digital Leader, GHD, the recipient of SEARCC & ACS Digital Disruptors' International Professional of the Year 2016 Award and the Queensland Government Leadership Excellence Award. Mr Parakala will discuss how the efficient use of skills relating to location intelligence, virtual reality, visualisation, and data analytics can optimise processes, resolve challenges, predict future scenarios and make the right business decisions. Stefan Bungart, Head of Digitalization, Siemens Power Generation Services, a passionate entrepreneur and thought leader creating a vision and strategy for the future of digital services, influencing effectively across organisations to drive strategy execution and adoption. Jeff Connolly, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Australia and New Zealand, the first Australian to hold this position since 1984. Mr Connolly is a member of 11 boards including serving as Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Task Force. In addition, he is the Vice President of Australian Industry Group and the founding member of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council and member of the Victorian Government Future Industries Ministerial Advisory Council. Speaking about the forum, Mr Connolly said: “Digitalization is the key to success in ‘future-proofing’ Australia’s investments in critical infrastructures and getting the most out of the country’s resources. As the world enters into a fourth industrial revolution driven largely by the merging of automation and digitalization, organisations face a growing challenge of turning data into valuable information that can increase speed and impact of innovation. As a result, Siemens is creating a bridge between real and virtual worlds that will open doors to new opportunities, new ways to compete and for Australia to use its renowned ingenuity. “With operations in 190 countries, Siemens is ideally placed to share knowledge and insights on how companies and industries can realise the full potential of embracing digital technologies to reduce costs, improve efficiencies, increase flexibility and productivity – ultimately becoming more competitive. Digitalize 2017 is a timely reflection of how Australian companies can embrace ingenuity and intelligent technology to expand their local footprint.” This year’s conference, Digitalize 2017 – the second such event Siemens has held in Sydney, Australia – will include discussions across four key themes: Workforce Attracting talent in the digital age The workforce of the future Disruption of education, and implications for the workforce Infrastructure Smart resilient cities Planning and financing for infrastructure investments Intelligent transport systems Energy Australia’s energy transformation Digital services Distributed energy systems Industry The Digital Enterprise Jumping the innovation “Valley of Death” Driving innovation in Food & Beverage ​ For registration and more details see https://www.siemensdigitalize2017.com/ Event details: Date: Wednesday 30 August 2017 Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm, followed by networking drinks Location: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney Registration fees: Early Bird Registration - $150.00 (*Please note that the early bird registration expires on 31st July at midnight) Standard Registration - $250.00 ​ You can also join the discussion on Twitter using #digitalize2017. * Further sessions will be confirmed later. Media contact for journalists Ms. Krupa Uthappa p: +61 3 9721 7681 krupa.uthappa@siemens.com Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com. Nutanix Teams Up with Google Cloud to Fuse Cloud Environments for Enterprise Apps 2017-06-28T23:05:18Z nutanix-teams-up-with-google-cloud-to-fuse-cloud-environments-for-enterprise-apps WASHINGTON D.C. – June 28, 2017 – Nutanix® (NASDAQ:NTNX), a leader in enterprise cloud computing, announced a strategic alliance with Google® Cloud today at the Nutanix .NEXT Conference 2017. As a result of the partnership, joint customers will be able to deploy and manage both cloud-based and traditional enterprise applications as a unified public cloud service, while blending the Nutanix environment with Google Cloud Platform™ (GCP). Google and Nutanix will work together to address the technology opportunities for building and operating hybrid clouds that combine the best of private cloud architectures and scalable public cloud environments. Enterprise customers will be able to leverage the combined power of Nutanix and the Google Cloud Platform for: One-Click Hybrid Operations with Nutanix Calm™ for GCP enabling a single control plane for managing applications between GCP and Nutanix cloud environments. Traditional and cloud-native applications can be provisioned into GCP or Nutanix cloud environments with a single click, and migrated between the two cloud environments seamlessly. With Nutanix Calm, applications are modeled as simple, repeatable application blueprints that can be triggered with a single click and easily migrated across Nutanix and GCP environments. Nutanix Xi™ Cloud Services on GCP, enabling Nutanix customers to natively extend their datacenter environment into GCP and providing a unified fabric that will be able to deliver both traditional Mode 1 and modern Mode 2 applications to make lift-and-shift operations between private and public clouds easier. For example, enterprises could leverage a Xi Cloud Services Disaster Recovery running in GCP, and then run BigQuery analytics against the full application data set without expensive, repetitive data migration operations. Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS with built-in support for Kubernetes® enabling container-based applications to be deployed, managed and scaled in a Nutanix Enterprise Cloud. A joint solution combining Kubernetes, Google Container Engine (GKE) and Acropolis Container Services (ACS) can provide an enterprise-grade environment for containers, including scalable persistent storage services for stateful application workloads. Cloud managers can quickly self-provision Kubernetes via a pre-defined application blueprint with Nutanix Calm, and instantiate containerized applications in either Google Cloud or a Nutanix-powered environment. In addition, Google and Nutanix have agreed to collaborate on Internet of Things (IoT) use-cases marrying real-time edge intelligence with core cloud computing. Customers can leverage Nutanix as an “intelligent edge” for GCP-based IoT applications by deploying TensorFlow for edge processing, while training machine learning models and running analytics on the processed metadata in GCP. A concept demo of this IoT platform will be unveiled at the Nutanix .NEXT conference at the session entitled “VS101: IoT and Edge Computing”. “Nutanix and Google are poised to disrupt traditional IT and cloud computing, " said Ashok Belani, EVP Technology, Schlumberger. "We've leveraged both solutions for our private and public cloud services, to drive innovation in the Oil & Gas industry.” “Hybrid Cloud needs be a two-way street,” said Sudheesh Nair, President, Nutanix. “The strategic alliance with Google demonstrates our commitment to simplify operations for our customers with a single enterprise cloud OS across both private and public clouds - with ubiquity, extensibility and intuitive design.” “With this strategic alliance with Nutanix, Google is addressing one of the most pressing technology challenges faced by enterprises – the ability to manage hybrid cloud applications without sacrificing security or scalability,” said Nan Boden, Head of Global Technology Partners, Google Cloud. “Partners like Nutanix are essential for us to build a thriving ecosystem and help enterprises innovate faster." Pricing and Availability The integration of Nutanix Calm and Google Cloud Platform will be available in the first quarter of calendar year 2018. Other features are in development, and pricing details will be announced closer to the release. Resources Announcement .NEXT Release Blog - Nutanix Blog - Google Cloud For more about Google Cloud Platform, visit here Nutanix, visit here About Nutanix Nutanix makes infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix enterprise cloud platform leverages web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge compute, virtualization and storage into a resilient, software-defined solution with rich machine intelligence. The result is predictable performance, cloud-like infrastructure consumption, robust security, and seamless application mobility for a broad range of enterprise applications. Learn more at www.nutanix.com or follow us on Twitter @nutanix. 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The accuracy of such forward-looking statements depends upon future events, and involves risks, uncertainties and other factors beyond our control that may cause these statements to be inaccurate and cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied by such statements, including, among others: failure to develop, or unexpected difficulties or delays in developing, new product features or technology on a timely or cost-effective basis; delays in or lack of customer or market acceptance of our new product features or technology; failure to form, or delays in the formation of, new strategic partnerships and the possibility that we may not receive anticipated results from forming such strategic partnerships; the introduction, or acceleration of adoption of, competing solutions, including public cloud infrastructure; a shift in industry or competitive dynamics or customer demand; and other risks detailed in our Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2017, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this presentation and, except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results or subsequent events or circumstances. © 2017 Nutanix, Inc. All rights reserved. Nutanix, the Enterprise Cloud Platform, the Nutanix logo, Xi and Nutanix Calm are registered trademarks or trademarks of Nutanix, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Google and Google Cloud Platform are registered trademarks or trademarks of Google Inc. All other brand and product names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and are the property of their respective holder(s). Nutanix Reboots The Hybrid Cloud With Single OS for the Multi-cloud Era 2017-06-28T23:04:31Z nutanix-reboots-the-hybrid-cloud-with-single-os-for-the-multi-cloud-era Washington, D.C. – June 28, 2017 – NutanixⓇ (NASDAQ: NTNX), a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced at its .NEXT Conference 2017 that the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS will be delivered as a full software stack with new multi-cloud capabilities in Nutanix CalmTM and a new cloud service called Nutanix XiTM Cloud Services. The new offerings take a fresh approach to hybrid cloud, empowering customers to use Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Software throughout their multi-cloud deployments, including on-premises with platforms from IBMⓇ, Dell EMCTM, LenovoⓇ, CiscoⓇ and HPEⓇ, in the cloud via AWSTM, Google Cloud PlatformTM and AzureTM, or natively with Nutanix Xi Cloud Services. In the multi-cloud era, data and applications are dispersed not just across enterprise private and public clouds, but also distributed remote office/branch office (ROBO) and disaster recovery (DR) environments, as well as edge computing use cases. Today’s enterprises want to build these diverse deployment options into their end-to-end cloud designs, without disjointed IT operations or lock-in to any one virtualization or cloud stack. A single software OS brings a new approach to unifying these multiple clouds – across the full compute, storage and network stack – which dramatically simplifies operations with common IT tooling, enabling application mobility across clouds, while remaining open to any hardware, hypervisor, or cloud. Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS Software Delivered as software, the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS supports a variety of hardware platforms, form factors and third-party vendors, ensuring that a single software fabric with unified management can run across all enterprise environments. The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS extends beyond Nutanix-branded appliances, OEM offerings from Dell EMC and Lenovo and systems from partner IBM to flexible subscriptions and enterprise license agreements (ELAs) on Cisco and HPE platforms. For consumption as a service, IT leaders will be able to leverage Nutanix software as a native cloud-delivered solution via Xi Cloud Services - seamlessly extending the boundaries of their enterprise datacenter while preserving a consistent, simple one-click experience. Nutanix Xi Cloud Services Xi Cloud Services will empower customers to instantly provision and consume Nutanix infrastructure on demand as a native extension of the enterprise datacenter, delivering a turnkey cloud service built from the same infrastructure stack with the same tooling and SLAs as the core Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform. The first available Xi Cloud Service will enable Nutanix customers to set up, manage and test a complete cloud-based DR service in just minutes. Using the same Prism management interface, Nutanix customers can instantly protect their applications and data inline with existing workflows as part of their routine IT operations, avoiding the expense and complexity of a separate DR solution. Nutanix will partner with strategic cloud providers to deliver Xi Cloud Services globally, and to meet the data provenance requirements governing multiple industries and use cases. Nutanix Calm Building and operating a multi-cloud architecture requires that applications can be easily defined, instantiated and scaled independent of the cloud environment. Nutanix Calm abstracts application environments from the underlying infrastructure and recommends the right cloud for the right workload while harmonizing cloud operations. Nutanix Calm will allow applications to be defined via easy-to-use blueprints, which can be provisioned, managed and scaled into different cloud environments. The solution includes a powerful, integrated marketplace so that application designs can be shared across the organization to speed the time to production for new business initiatives. Calm leverages the full stack capabilities of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS across network, compute and storage to holistically converge enterprise infrastructures on AHV, ESXi, Hyper-V, extended to Xi Cloud Services, as well as public clouds including AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Azure. Product Availability The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS is now available as a software-only offering for popular platforms from Cisco and HPE. Nutanix Calm is planned to be available for sale by calendar Q4 2017. Nutanix Xi Cloud Services for disaster recovery are planned to be offered for early access by calendar Q1 2018. Supporting Quotes: “We see the next decade as the 'decade of coexistence' where there will be a shift of enterprise workloads spread across both traditional environments and public/private ‘multi-clouds,’” said Gary Gauba, Chief Enterprise Relationship Officer and President, Advanced Solutions Group in CenturyLink’s IT & Managed Services business unit. “From our perspective, a converged environment that is highly automated and optimized for workloads – which also provides simplified steady-state management and predictive scaling – will be what drives the business.” "With enterprise architectures encompassing multiple clouds, having a software-driven fabric is imperative for driving efficient IT operations,” Clint Augustine, Senior Director, IT, The Home Depot. “Nutanix has an impressive track record for delivering powerful software solutions that run across different platforms and is well positioned to help us continue to reduce costs and deliver higher value.” “Having an infrastructure strategy that covers on-premises data centers and public cloud without also taking edge and distributed environments into consideration is no longer acceptable for modern businesses,” said Eric Sheppard, Research Director, Enterprise Storage and Converged Infrastructure, IDC. “With its Enterprise Cloud OS, Nutanix is once again offering a compelling vision for enterprise infrastructure that aligns with the needs of this new multi-cloud era.” “Multi-cloud IT strategies require much more than today’s first generation hybrid cloud architectures, which force companies to provision and manage separate IT silos” said Sunil Potti, Chief Product and Development Officer, Nutanix. “The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS enables ubiquitous consumption of simple, delightful cloud services across any enterprise infrastructure and will be expanded with Nutanix Calm to deliver a consistent experience across all cloud environments, while new Nutanix Xi Cloud Services will enable enterprise apps to be consumed as a service without burdensome ‘forklift’ operations - making lift-and-shift a thing of the past.” ### Forward-Looking Statements This press release includes forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements concerning our plans and expectations relating to product features and technology that are under development or in process and capabilities of such product features and technology, our plans to introduce product features in future releases, the implementation of our products on additional hardware platforms, strategic partnerships that are in process, product performance, competitive position and potential market opportunities. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts, and instead are based on our current expectations, estimates, opinions and beliefs. The accuracy of such forward-looking statements depends upon future events, and involves risks, uncertainties and other factors beyond our control that may cause these statements to be inaccurate and cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied by such statements, including, among others: failure to develop, or unexpected difficulties or delays in developing, new product features or technology on a timely or cost-effective basis; delays in or lack of customer or market acceptance of our new product features or technology; the failure of our software to interoperate on different hardware platforms; failure to form, or delays in the formation of, new strategic partnerships and the possibility that we may not receive anticipated results from forming such strategic partnerships; the introduction, or acceleration of adoption of, competing solutions, including public cloud infrastructure; a shift in industry or competitive dynamics or customer demand; and other risks detailed in our Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2017, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this presentation and, except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results or subsequent events or circumstances. © 2017 Nutanix, Inc. All rights reserved. Nutanix, the Enterprise Cloud Platform, the Nutanix logo, Xi, and Nutanix Calm are registered trademarks or trademarks of Nutanix, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other brand and product names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and are the property of their respective holder(s), and Nutanix may not be associated with, or sponsored or endorsed by such holder(s). Dell Boomi’s Latest Release Builds on Cloud Integration Platform to Drive Digitally Connected Experiences with Customers, Partners and Suppliers 2017-06-21T04:31:56Z dell-boomi-s-latest-release-builds-on-cloud-integration-platform-to-drive-digitally-connected-experiences-with-customers-partners-and-suppliers ROUND ROCK, Texas, June 20, 2017 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) announced the availability of the Spring 2017 release of the industry’s most robust and comprehensive cloud-native, enterprise integration platform to move, manage, govern and orchestrate data across hybrid IT architectures. The latest release enables Boomi customers to more efficiently connect everything and enable everywhere, with new, no code application integration accelerators, new features to fortify DevOps at enterprise scale, and improve data governance and security. “Today’s enterprise organization needs to create digitally connected experiences with customers, partners, and suppliers in order to stay ahead of the competition and remain relevant,” said Chris McNabb, CEO of Boomi. “Integration teams are under ever increasing pressure to make this happen at an accelerated pace. With this release, our platform provides organizations with the industry’s most comprehensive and robust integration foundation for rapidly building a digital business that’s smarter, better and faster.” Boomi’s Spring 2017 release includes more than 150 features that have been added to the market-leading Boomi integration platform as a service (iPaaS) over several months and are now generally available. Highlights include the following. Low and No Code Integration Accelerators Boomi accelerates implementations by providing a drag-and-drop data integration and application development environment, pre-built tools and reusable components, including: Workflow Automation - In March 2017, Boomi acquired ManyWho, a low-code development platform for building and deploying workflow applications, making Boomi the most comprehensive cloud-native integration and application development platform to accelerate digital transformation. The latest release allows an application developer to easily invoke a Boomi integration process within a workflow. No Code, Pre-built Integration Templates - Boomi offers citizen integrator support with 12 additional processes for the Boomi Process Library. The Boomi Process Library provides proven examples created by Boomi experts that any Boomi user can choose as a starting point to build their integration. Support for PaaS Integration - Boomi easily integrates with leading PaaS vendors and provides comprehensive support for PaaS solution integration. This release offers new connectors for Azure, AWS and Google. B2B Trading Partner Common Components - Three new types of EDI components provide increased reusability of common data among Trading Partners. Re-using common components increases flexibility, reduces duplication and simplifies updates. This saves time and development effort, especially for organizations with varied businesses, organizations growing through acquisition, as well as conglomerates and organizations with semi-autonomous business units. Fortified DevOps Features DevOps teams are looking for the ability to simplify and automate the delivery and deployment of applications and integrations, allowing organizations to focus more of their resources on innovation. Boomi’s fortified DevOps features provide new, robust enterprise capabilities, while reducing the complexity associated with IT operations, including: Docker Container Deployment - Easily create pre-configured containers. Docker containers simplify and provide flexibility to spin up and down instances of Boomi with pre-defined configurations to increase developer productivity and speed up application integration. Programmatic Onboarding for Trading Partners - Simplifies and speeds up onboarding, dramatically reducing the time required from weeks and days to hours and making the setup error-free. Data Stewardship Independence - Four new platform Quarantine API endpoints enable resolution actions outside of Boomi Master Data Management (MDM). This means data stewards can work in other applications, including cloud applications like Slack, to streamline governance tasks and approvals. Dynamic Integration Processes - With Boomi’s Process Route Shape feature, users can break down multi-step processes into smaller, independent functional groups and dynamically execute sub-processes. This independence between the main process, sub-process, and routing rules enables reusability of repeated logic and actions, and facilitates seamlessly updating and testing integrations. Data Governance and Security Organizations need technologies that provide ease of use to accelerate digital initiatives, while offering appropriate controls for the business units they support. Customers need to enforce the right data governance and security models that ensure compliance with business policies, contracts and regulations. Boomi’s latest release includes: Automated Data Governance - Data source rankings ensure that each Boomi MDM golden record is from the most trusted source system and propagated across all systems. Data stewards can easily enforce governance policies with automatic updates to all golden records when the data model and associated business rules are changed. Identity Management - With Boomi API Management developers can now leverage third party Authentication Sources to support OAuth 2.0 and SAML authentication use cases. API Policy Management - With an unlimited number of API calls, an organization can be vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS) attacks and potentially overwhelm or tax the infrastructure. Boomi API Management allows for the configuration of policies to define a Contract. These Contracts can be coupled with entitlement tiers (i.e. Gold, Silver, or Bronze) as a mechanism for API providers to define expected service levels across their customer base. Additionally, with Quota, Rate Limit and Throttling functionality, the API Provider can limit the number of API calls for a specific time period. To learn more about the Boomi Spring release or see a demonstration, please visit: https://boomi.com/blog/boomi-advances-speed-efficiency-application-integration About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, accelerates business agility by integrating the information organizations need whenever and however they need it. The Boomi integration platform dramatically transforms the way organizations connect, create, manage and govern all their applications and data. As a result, more than 5,800 organizations of all sizes use the Boomi platform to run smarter, faster, and better. Boomi also helps customers drastically reduce implementation times over traditional integration, MDM, API management and workflow automation solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © 2017 Boomi Inc. Dell, Dell Boomi, ManyWho, and Boomi iPaaS are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. # # # NETGEAR NIGHTHAWK X10 VOTED BEST WIFI ROUTER IN EUROPE 2017-06-21T04:27:22Z netgear-nighthawk-x10-voted-best-wifi-router-in-europe-1 SYDNEY, Australia — June 21, 2017 — For the second consecutive year, NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR), the leading provider of networking devices that power today’s smart home, has secured the top spot for routers in the 2017 European Hardware Awards. The Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WiFi Router (R9000) was named Best Router in this annual competition to honour exceptional hardware sold in the European Union. Nighthawk X10 debuted on the market last spring as the industry’s first —and fastest— router for media streaming and instant backup. The European Hardware Awards is created by the European Hardware Association (EHA). Votes were tallied from more than 100 experienced editors from EHA member publications representing the largest technology news and reviews sites in Europe: Hardware.Info (Benelux region), CowCotLand (France), Hardwareluxx (Germany), Hardware Upgrade (Italy), PurePC (Poland), Lab 501 (Romania), Geeknetic (Spain), SweClockers (Nordic countries) and KitGuru (United Kingdom). Today’s video files are getting larger with 4K and VR video. Offloading from capture devices and moving these large files within a network often becomes a time-consuming and challenging task. The NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 Smart WiFi Router is powerful enough to move these files at unprecedented speed and provides easy access once the file is stored on the network. It offers ultra-smooth 4K streaming, even to remote devices, and is the industry’s first router to run Plex Media Server without the need for a computer. Nighthawk X10 combines a powerful 1.7GHz Quad Core processor — the fastest processor in a home router — and Quad-Stream Wave 2 WiFi architecture plus next-generation high speed 802.11ad WiFi, so you can enjoy blazing-fast combined wireless speeds up to a furious 7.2Gbps*. The latest MU-MIMO technology supports simultaneous streaming, while 160MHz doubles WiFi speeds to mobile devices. Nighthawk X10 is also the industry’s first router designed for the home market that includes a 10Gigabit port for supporting a fiber connection. “We are honoured to have a Nighthawk router selected as the Best Router in the European market two years in a row! Last year it was Nighthawk X6 and now Nighthawk X10,” said David Henry, senior vice president of Connected Home for NETGEAR. “We design all NETGEAR products not only to meet but to surpass the highest performance standards, and we strive to deliver the newest technology innovations. We know Nighthawk X10 to be the industry’s best, so it’s extremely rewarding to have it confirmed by technology experts in continent-wide voting.” Key Features of the Award-Winning Nighthawk X10: AD7200 Quad Stream Wave2 WiFi supports wireless speeds up to 4600+1733+800Mbps* Fastest 60GHz 802.11ad WiFi technology for instant downloads, backup and minimal latency during online game play Plex Media Server for all your media – anytime, anywhere Powerful 1.7GHz Quad Core Processor boosts performance for 4K streaming or VR gaming 4 high-performance Active Antennas for better WiFi coverage and faster speeds 6 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports with dual ports that can be operated in link aggregation mode for faster file transfers (up to 2Gbps wired speeds) 2 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports for faster streaming, backup and easy access to stored media Automatic backup to the cloud with Amazon Drive NETGEAR® ReadyCLOUD® provides easy, private and secure remote access to USB connected storage 10Gigabit fiber port for lightning-fast backup and media streaming to/from a NETGEAR ReadyNAS® storage device or other NAS MU-MIMO capable for simultaneous streaming of data to multiple devices Dynamic QoS prioritises network traffic for uninterrupted video streaming for applications like YouTube®, Netflix® & others’ NETGEAR® Up app has your router up, running and configured from the convenience of any Android or iOS mobile device NETGEAR genie® app for a personal dashboard to monitor, control and repair your home network, even when you’re away from home Watch this video to learn more about how the revolutionary Nighthawk X10 will support your most intense gaming needs and offer you the best possible WiFi for your other activities. Pricing and Availability Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WiFi Router (R9000) is available from major retailers in stores and online at an RRP of $799 (AUD). About NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR (NASDAQ: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. The Company's products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless (WiFi and LTE), Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. The product line consists of wired and wireless devices that enable networking, broadband access and network connectivity. These products are available in multiple configurations to address the needs of the end-users in each geographic region in which the Company's products are sold. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 31,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 28,000 value-added resellers, as well as multiple major cable, mobile and wireline service providers around the world. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in approximately 25 countries. More information is available from the NETGEAR investor page or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR on Twitter, Facebook and our blog. ©2017 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, NETGEAR genie, Nighthawk, ReadyCLOUD, ReadyNAS and ReadySHARE are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holder(s). The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. NETGEAR shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. All rights reserved. *Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE standard 802.11 specifications. AC7200 equals 800Mbps at 2.4GHz 802.11ac with 256 QAM support + 1733Mbps at 5GHz 802.11ac + 4600Mbps at 60GHz 802.11ad. Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate and wireless coverage. NETGEAR makes no express or implied representations or warranties about this product’s compatibility with any future standards. Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning NETGEAR's business and the expected performance characteristics, specifications, reliability, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR's products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: the actual price, performance and ease-of-use of NETGEAR's products may not meet the price, performance and ease-of-use requirements of customers; product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; failure of products may under certain circumstances cause permanent loss of end user data; new viruses or Internet threats may develop that challenge the effectiveness of security features in NETGEAR's products; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology; the impact and pricing of competing products; and the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Source: NETGEAR-G Media Contact Emma, Elizabeth, Jennifer or Ashleigh at DEC PR (02) 8014 5033 / netgear@decpr.com.au NETGEAR NIGHTHAWK X10 VOTED BEST WIFI ROUTER IN EUROPE 2017-06-21T04:26:02Z netgear-nighthawk-x10-voted-best-wifi-router-in-europe SYDNEY, Australia — June 21, 2017 — For the second consecutive year, NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR), the leading provider of networking devices that power today’s smart home, has secured the top spot for routers in the 2017 European Hardware Awards. The Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WiFi Router (R9000) was named Best Router in this annual competition to honour exceptional hardware sold in the European Union. Nighthawk X10 debuted on the market last spring as the industry’s first —and fastest— router for media streaming and instant backup. The European Hardware Awards is created by the European Hardware Association (EHA). Votes were tallied from more than 100 experienced editors from EHA member publications representing the largest technology news and reviews sites in Europe: Hardware.Info (Benelux region), CowCotLand (France), Hardwareluxx (Germany), Hardware Upgrade (Italy), PurePC (Poland), Lab 501 (Romania), Geeknetic (Spain), SweClockers (Nordic countries) and KitGuru (United Kingdom). Today’s video files are getting larger with 4K and VR video. Offloading from capture devices and moving these large files within a network often becomes a time-consuming and challenging task. The NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 Smart WiFi Router is powerful enough to move these files at unprecedented speed and provides easy access once the file is stored on the network. It offers ultra-smooth 4K streaming, even to remote devices, and is the industry’s first router to run Plex Media Server without the need for a computer. Nighthawk X10 combines a powerful 1.7GHz Quad Core processor — the fastest processor in a home router — and Quad-Stream Wave 2 WiFi architecture plus next-generation high speed 802.11ad WiFi, so you can enjoy blazing-fast combined wireless speeds up to a furious 7.2Gbps*. The latest MU-MIMO technology supports simultaneous streaming, while 160MHz doubles WiFi speeds to mobile devices. Nighthawk X10 is also the industry’s first router designed for the home market that includes a 10Gigabit port for supporting a fiber connection. “We are honoured to have a Nighthawk router selected as the Best Router in the European market two years in a row! Last year it was Nighthawk X6 and now Nighthawk X10,” said David Henry, senior vice president of Connected Home for NETGEAR. “We design all NETGEAR products not only to meet but to surpass the highest performance standards, and we strive to deliver the newest technology innovations. We know Nighthawk X10 to be the industry’s best, so it’s extremely rewarding to have it confirmed by technology experts in continent-wide voting.” Key Features of the Award-Winning Nighthawk X10: AD7200 Quad Stream Wave2 WiFi supports wireless speeds up to 4600+1733+800Mbps* Fastest 60GHz 802.11ad WiFi technology for instant downloads, backup and minimal latency during online game play Plex Media Server for all your media – anytime, anywhere Powerful 1.7GHz Quad Core Processor boosts performance for 4K streaming or VR gaming 4 high-performance Active Antennas for better WiFi coverage and faster speeds 6 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports with dual ports that can be operated in link aggregation mode for faster file transfers (up to 2Gbps wired speeds) 2 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports for faster streaming, backup and easy access to stored media Automatic backup to the cloud with Amazon Drive NETGEAR® ReadyCLOUD® provides easy, private and secure remote access to USB connected storage 10Gigabit fiber port for lightning-fast backup and media streaming to/from a NETGEAR ReadyNAS® storage device or other NAS MU-MIMO capable for simultaneous streaming of data to multiple devices Dynamic QoS prioritises network traffic for uninterrupted video streaming for applications like YouTube®, Netflix® & others’ NETGEAR® Up app has your router up, running and configured from the convenience of any Android or iOS mobile device NETGEAR genie® app for a personal dashboard to monitor, control and repair your home network, even when you’re away from home Watch this video to learn more about how the revolutionary Nighthawk X10 will support your most intense gaming needs and offer you the best possible WiFi for your other activities. Pricing and Availability Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WiFi Router (R9000) is available from major retailers in stores and online at an RRP of $849 (NZD). About NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR (NASDAQ: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. The Company's products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless (WiFi and LTE), Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. The product line consists of wired and wireless devices that enable networking, broadband access and network connectivity. These products are available in multiple configurations to address the needs of the end-users in each geographic region in which the Company's products are sold. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 31,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 28,000 value-added resellers, as well as multiple major cable, mobile and wireline service providers around the world. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in approximately 25 countries. More information is available from the NETGEAR investor page or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR on Twitter, Facebook and our blog. ©2017 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, NETGEAR genie, Nighthawk, ReadyCLOUD, ReadyNAS and ReadySHARE are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holder(s). The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. NETGEAR shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. All rights reserved. *Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE standard 802.11 specifications. AC7200 equals 800Mbps at 2.4GHz 802.11ac with 256 QAM support + 1733Mbps at 5GHz 802.11ac + 4600Mbps at 60GHz 802.11ad. Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate and wireless coverage. NETGEAR makes no express or implied representations or warranties about this product’s compatibility with any future standards. Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning NETGEAR's business and the expected performance characteristics, specifications, reliability, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR's products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: the actual price, performance and ease-of-use of NETGEAR's products may not meet the price, performance and ease-of-use requirements of customers; product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; failure of products may under certain circumstances cause permanent loss of end user data; new viruses or Internet threats may develop that challenge the effectiveness of security features in NETGEAR's products; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology; the impact and pricing of competing products; and the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Source: NETGEAR-G Media Contact Emma, Elizabeth, Jennifer or Ashleigh at DEC PR (02) 8014 5033 / netgear@decpr.com.au Maveriq Technology Leverages Dell Boomi to Simplify Data Integration 2017-05-30T22:50:34Z maveriq-technology-leverages-dell-boomi-to-simplify-data-integration Sydney, Australia – May 30, 2017 – Cloud integration specialist, Maveriq Technology, and leading cloud-based integration platform provider, Dell Boomi® (Boomi), today announced a partnership to simplify integration for enterprises amid the increase in hybrid landscape roll-outs. The agreement sees Maveriq integrate the Boomi™ AtomSphere™ integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) into its data integration, migration, workflow automation, MDM, EDI, and API management services portfolio. This provides organisations with a powerful integration strategy without the complex software agreements and convoluted implementation methodologies associated with legacy on-premises deployments. “Globally many organisations face a major integration gap that legacy on-premises solutions could not serve well. With the increased adoption of Hybrid IT – especially in the enterprise space – we saw a significant opportunity to partner with Boomi to provide iPaaS that can effectively consolidate data from best-of-breed applications in a true cloud environment,” said Vipin Verma, President at Maveriq. Maveriq is already engaged in more than 12 Boomi-based integration projects – both directly and through systems integrator partners – in various verticals including financial services, manufacturing, healthcare and public services. “The combination of Maveriq’s expertise in data integration, migration and quality with our iPaaS solution will give our joint customers a comprehensive means of centralising critical systems and apps in a package that feels “quick and easy,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan, Dell Boomi. “This means that companies and individual departments can use the best-of-breed technologies that cater for their unique needs while also ensuring the wider business is properly aligned. This is particularly important for large and diverse organisations which don’t want to be held hostage by inflexible and rigid environments.” About Maveriq Established in 2012, Maveriq LLC has grown from a single office site in Illinois, USA to a multinational company with several locations in North America, Latin America, and multiple Center of Excellence’s (COE’s) in the APJ region. As a Dell Boomi, SAP, SuccessFactors strategic partner, Maveriq is regarded as a thought leader, true systems integrator of hybrid landscapes, and enabler of the new digital economy. Maveriq supports global businesses with cloud services, products, and Rapid Deployment Solutions (RDS), enabling those organizations to gain greater visibility into global business processes. Visit http://www.maveriqtech.com for more information. About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, accelerates business agility by integrating the information organizations need whenever and however they need it. The Boomi integration platform dramatically transforms the way organizations connect, create, manage and govern all their applications and data. As a result, more than 5,400 organizations of all sizes use the Boomi platform to run smarter, faster, and better. Boomi also helps customers drastically reduce implementation times over traditional integration, MDM, API management and workflow automation solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © 2017. Dell, Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. Boomi and AtomSphere are trademarks fo Boomi, Inc. Other marks may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Australia’s digital future – are we doing we enough? 2017-05-24T02:50:19Z australia-s-digital-future-are-we-doing-we-enough MEDIA STATEMENT Australia’s digital future – are we doing we enough? The ACS has launched its 2017 Digital Pulse report. Key findings include: ICT is a key driver of Australia’s economic future. Currently a digital boom is occurring with 40,000 ICT jobs created in just the last two years, and ICT services exports up 12% to $2.8b. New economic modelling shows that adoption of digital technologies has lifted Australia’s GDP by 6.6% over the previous decade – with each Australian being $4,663 a year better off (in 2016 dollars). However, 81,000 new ICT professionals are needed by 2022 to fuel future technology-led growth. Without skilled ICT labour our nation will stagnate. Diversity is still an issue – women represent only 28% of the ICT workforce (compared to 44% across all professional industries) and older workers (55+) only represent 12% of Australia’s ICT workforce. LinkedIn data reveals technical skills are in high demand – how will Australia meet this need to reap the advantages of a digital future? Sydney, 24 May 2017: The ACS, the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector, today launched its 2017 “Australia’s Digital Pulse” Report – revealing that a ‘digital boom’ is underway with 40,000 technology jobs created over just the last two years (2015-16). Prepared by Deloitte Access Economics, the report shows this strong growth in the ICT workforce is expected to continue, with an additional 81,000 jobs needed by 2022 to fuel future technology-led growth. Meeting this need will be a critical priority for Australia. ACS President, Anthony Wong, said: “Technology skills are fast becoming the engine room of the Australian economy. To fast-track our nation’s digital transformation, and ensure the ICT skills base is there to meet demand, we need a clear strategy and dedicated investment focus in this area.” LinkedIn Director of Public Policy for Asia Pacific, Nick O’Donnell, said Australia’s skills shift is accelerating and expanding across every industry. “We are seeing significant hiring of tech talent by non-tech companies. Half of the top 20 industries hiring ICT workers in 2016 were non-tech, the most active industries being financial services, which jumped from twelfth position in 2015 to up to fourth in 2016. “LinkedIn’s data also shows that the top skills demanded by employers hiring new ICT workers includes a balance of technical skills and broader business skills. Business skills such as Relationship Management, Business Strategy and Strategic Planning in combination with technical skills are highly sought after to drive digitisation of business processes,” Mr O’Donnell said. Addressing Australia’s skilled ICT shortfall, ACS President Anthony Wong, said: “The ACS is actively championing the uptake of coding in schools, better support for teachers in the delivery of emerging technology areas, the establishment of multidisciplinary degrees, and relevant training programs to help to build a pipeline of workers with valuable ICT skills. In a skills shortage environment, skilled migration is an important lever for developing competitive advantage for the nation. However it needs to be targeted, and needs to address the genuine skills gaps in the domestic market, while ensuring migrant workers are not exploited.” Deloitte Access Economics partner, John O’Mahony, said: “Australian employers are placing a high value on ICT skills against the backdrop of digital technologies being increasingly fundamental to a thriving economy. As business disruption becomes more widespread, businesses need a strong ICT core to manage change – making ICT workers and ICT skills the bread and butter behind that change.” The report further highlights a ‘to-do’ list for government that includes multiplying digital precincts, prioritising cyber, transitioning education and getting more people to study ICT, supporting Aussie start-ups, the next steps for the NBN and wireless technology, and focusing on efforts towards open data, digitising government, and copyright reform. Australia’s Digital Pulse is a unique and comprehensive analysis of the ICT sector and the digital economy for Australia. The full report can be downloaded by clicking (here). Australia’s Digital Pulse 2017 will be launched during CeBIT, on Wednesday 24 May at 5:00-7:00pm. Speakers will include the Hon Angus Taylor MP Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation (by video), John O’Mahony Partner Deloitte Access Economics, Nick O’Donnell Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, LinkedIn Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, Anthony Wong ACS President, and Michelle Price Chief Operations Officer Australian Cyber Security Growth Network. -ENDS- Media Contact Louise Proctor, Launch Group, 0452 574 244, louise@launchgroup.com.au Christine Kardashian, Launch Group, 0416 005 705, Christine@launchgroup.com.au About the ACS The ACS is the professional association for Australia's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Over 20,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information. FAST FACTS The following statistics are presented according to subject matter areas. The Digital Economy The economic contribution to Australia of the digitally-enabled economy is on track to meet the forecast $139b growth target 2020. New economic modelling shows that adoption of digital technologies has lifted Australia’s GDP by 6.6% over the previous decade – each Australian being $4,663 a year better off (in 2016 dollars). The economic contribution of the digital-enabled economy in Australia is forecast to increase to $139 billion by 2020, representing 7.3% of Australia’s GDP (DAE 2016a). Nearly 90% of this contribution is expected to come from the use of internet and digital technologies outside of the Information, Media and Telecommunications industry. Trade in ICT continues to grow, with Australia’s ICT services exports increasing by 12% to $2.8 billion in 2015-16. The ICT input share of Australia’s goods exports increased from 4% in 2013 to 7% in 2016 – reflecting the greater uptake of new technologies across key industries of economic importance in Australia, such as agriculture and manufacturing. The average cost of a cyber crime attack to an Australian business is around $419,000. Economic modelling suggests that greater investment in cyber security by Australian businesses could result in an uplift of 5.5% in business investment, an increase in wages by 2%, and an additional 60,000 people employed by 2030. Australia’s ICT Workforce Forecast ICT employment 81,000 new ICT jobs needed by 2022 to fuel future technology-led growth. ICT workers to increase from around 640,800 in 2016 to around 721,900 in 2022, at an average annual growth rate of 2.0% This represents a higher growth rate than that expected for the overall Australian workforce over the same period, forecast to be 1.4% per annum National ICT workforce of 640,846 in 2016 1.9% increase on the 628,810 ICT workers in 2015 40,000 ICT jobs created in Australia in just the last two years ICT proportion of total workforce is 5.4% 52% of the current ICT workforce is employed outside ICT-related industries such as in professional services, public administration and financial services ICT workers by selected industries 309,313 – ICT related 75,806 – Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 46,262 – Public Administration & Safety 44,425 – Financial & Insurance Services 25,145 – Retail Trade 24,807 – Education & Training Labour Market for Global ICT Talent Linkedin data on Top 10 skills possessed by ICT workers moving to Australia Project Management; SQL; Business Analysis; Requirements Analysis; Customer Service; Java; Team Leadership; Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC); Agile Methodologies; JavaScript Linkedin data on Top 10 skills possessed by ICT workers leaving Australia Project Management; Customer Service; Business Analysis; Marketing; Strategy; Social Media; Business Development; Change Management; Business Strategy; Business Process Improvement. Australia’s Intensive Users of ICT Workforce The broader ICT workforce is forecast to grow from around 2,548,900 workers in 2016 to 2,785,600 in 2022 (average annual growth rate of 1.5% and equivalent to a projected gain of 236,700 jobs over this period) Diversity in ICT Women continue to represent only 28% of the ICT workforce (compared to 44% across all professional industries). Older workers (55+) only represent 12% of Australia’s ICT workforce (compared to 16% of workers across all professional industries) ICT Skills In Demand ICT employment growth forecast strongest in the largest two ICT occupation groupings (2016-2022) ICT Management and Operations (2.4% average annual growth between 2016-22). ICT Technical and Professional (1.9% average annual growth between 2016-22). Top 10 in-demand ICT job occupations 2016 LinkedIn data shows the top 3 (out of 10) ‘in-demand’ ICT occupations with the most job advertisements were roles that connect technical ICT functions to broader business requirements. These include: project Manager; Business Analyst; and Business Development Manager. ICT workers with specific technical skills are still in high demand – NET developer, Software Engineer, Solution Architect, Java Developer, Front End Developer. LinkedIn data on the top 20 skills required by ICT workers in 2016 are technical and non-technical 6 out of top 10, and 9 out of top 20 are non-technical The top 9 being: Project & Process Management (number 1 skill) Management Consulting & Business Strategy (number 2) Business Development & Relationship Management (number 3) Customer Service (number 4) Strategic Planning (number 5) Sales (number 6) Purchasing and Contract Negotiation (number 7) Social Media Marketing (number 8) Employee Training & Development (number 9). ICT Education ICT student trends Domestic undergraduate enrolments have risen from around 19,000 at the start of this decade to 25,700 in 2015. Domestic undergraduate completions of ICT degrees increasing from around 3,000 to almost 4,000 over the same period. Postgraduate enrolments and completions by domestic students have also increased marginally, but these also continue to remain below the peaks seen in the early 2000s. Total qualifications held by ICT workers in 2016 Forecast to increase from 1,000,200 in 2016 to 1,148,100 in 2022, representing an average annual growth rate of 2.3% Fields of study for ICT workers in 2016 The qualifications demanded of ICT workers are becoming increasingly broadened, beyond ICT-specific fields of study. 2016 LinkedIn data shows that whilst Computing Science and Information Science and Technology are the most common study areas, 5 of the top 10 study areas for ICT workers are non-ICT, suggesting business related degrees can be pathways into the ICT workforce Accounting; Business; Business Management & Admin; Marketing; Project Management CA Technologies launches new global marketing campaign: “The Modern Software Factory” 2017-05-23T06:19:12Z ca-technologies-launches-new-global-marketing-campaign-the-modern-software-factory SYDNEY, 23 May 2017 – CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) has launched a new global marketing campaign, “The Modern Software Factory,” to showcase the full spectrum of capability CA brings to customers navigating the challenges of digital transformation. Businesses today face near constant digital disruption, affecting business decision makers at all levels from the C-Suite to those deploying software across their organisations. The Modern Software Factory campaign reflects their insights on the challenges to ‘build better apps, faster and securely’ and ‘gain insight from data,’ which have become foundational to competing in today’s application economy. The premise of the campaign is simple: as businesses across all industries recognise that software is core to creating competitive advantage, CA shows how they can start with a single CA Solution, or a combination of solutions across the areas of Agile, DevOps and Security. In the book “Digitally Remastered: Building Software into Your Business DNA” launched last fall, author Otto Berkes, CTO of CA Technologies, outlines key insights that inform the tools and techniques that companies are using on their digital transformation journeys. The Modern Software Factory, a concept portrayed through a virtual environment, brings these insights to life. “The competitive value of digital transformation has become very real, and customers are looking for partners who can help them navigate the journey successfully,” said Lauren Flaherty, chief marketing officer, CA Technologies. “The Modern Software Factory is the creative expression of CA’s business strategy. We’re laying out a blueprint that’s designed to help guide customers as they leverage software to win in the market.” The new campaign, running immediately across broadcast and digital channels to reach executives as well as those who deploy software, brings The Modern Software Factory to life as it follows a group of executives looking to transform their business. They are guided through a dynamic, visionary space and shown how CA’s capabilities across Agility, Insights, Automation and Security come together to help them compete. The Tour: The guide introduces The Modern Software Factory to a group of executives. They see the wonders of the factory—a world where Agile, Automation, Insights and Security come together to help businesses compete. The Answer: The executives realise the power of the software factory and yet have a hard time understanding its technical aspects. The guide makes it simple: if you’re going to compete in the app economy, the answer is CA Technologies. The new broadcast spots and digital content, created and produced by John McNeil Studio, demonstrate how CA’s portfolio comes together to create advantage for customers, solve their most pressing needs, and become strategic partners in their digital transformation journeys. The campaign will span the US, UK, DE, AU & Pan Regional (ES) markets, and content will be amplified across CA social channels and CA.com. - ENDS- About CA Technologies CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate – across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at www.ca.com. Follow CA Technologies Twitter Social Media Page Press Releases Blogs Legal notices Copyright © 2017 CA. All Rights Reserved. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies. Jamf Provides “Safe Passage” for Schools and Organisations Considering New Mobile Device Management Solution 2017-05-19T08:17:50Z jamf-provides-safe-passage-for-schools-and-organisations-considering-new-mobile-device-management-solution Jamf has announced a “safe passage” program for schools and organisations considering migrating to Jamf, the leader in Apple management. Trusted by over 10,000 organisations, including 4,000 K-12 schools, 1,000 universities and over 5,000 businesses, Jamf is a clear, stable and trusted path for customers considering a new mobile device management (MDM) solution.   With a focus on helping organisations succeed with Apple, Jamf offers a combination of solutions purpose-built for specific customer needs, including Jamf Pro, the management standard for the Apple ecosystem, and Jamf Now, on-demand Apple management with no IT required.    Complementing its product portfolio, Jamf also offers migration services, a dedicated support expert for 90 days to ensure a smooth transition, an e-book to help educate customers on the steps involved in migrating MDM solutions and affordable subscription-based pricing. In addition, Jamf provides access to Jamf Nation, a community of more than 45,000 expert Apple IT administrators who can offer advice to migrating organisations. Together, Jamf’s whole solution is designed to ensure a confident implementation for resource contrained schools and organisations.     To assist organisations that have decided to migrate to the Jamf platform, Jamf has entered into an exclusive consulting agreement with industry veteran and former founder of LANrev, Martin Bestmann.    “My number one priority has always been to serve in the best interest of customers,” said Bestmann. “As the trusted advisor to organisations choosing an MDM solution, I feel a responsibility to ensure they have a technology that is built for and addresses their needs. Over the past decade, Jamf has grown to be the undisputed leader in Apple management. After considering all of the options available, I believe Jamf’s offerings are the market standard.”   “We understand the anxiety organisations sometimes feel as they face a need to choose new device management software,” said Dean Hager, CEO, Jamf. “Jamf is dedicated to helping organisations succeed with Apple. For organisations struggling with their current solution, we offer two purpose-built solutions, Jamf Now and Jamf Pro, that simplify management while empowering users. Combining our products, partnership, services, support and community, we are confident Jamf can offer schools and organisations a simple migration and successful outcome.”     About Jamf Since 2002, Jamf has been focused on helping organisations succeed with Apple. Jamf is committed to enabling IT to empower end users and bring the legendary Apple experience to businesses, education and government organisations via its Jamf Pro and Jamf Now products, and the 45,000+ member Jamf Nation. Today, more than 10,000 global customers rely on Jamf to manage over seven million Apple devices. To learn more, visit: https://www.jamf.com. # # #   IBM and Nutanix Launch Hyperconverged Initiative to bring Enterprises into the Cognitive Era 2017-05-16T23:38:39Z ibm-and-nutanix-launch-hyperconverged-initiative-to-bring-enterprises-into-the-cognitive-era ARMONK, NY / SAN JOSE, California – May 16, 2017 – IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Nutanix (Nasdaq: NTNX) today announced a multi-year initiative to bring new workloads to hyperconverged deployments. The integrated offering aims to combine Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud Platform software with IBM Power Systems, to deliver a turnkey hyperconverged solution targeting critical workloads in large enterprises. The partnership plans to deliver a full-stack combination with built-in AHV virtualization for a simple experience within the datacenter. In today’s technology landscape, processing real-time information is necessary but not sufficient. Being able to react in real-time used to give enterprises a competitive advantage, but this approach no longer guarantees happy customers. The value has now migrated to the ability to rapidly gather large amounts of data, quickly crunch and predict what’s likely to happen next - using a combination of analytics, cognitive skills, machine learning and more. This is the start of the insight economy. Handling these kinds of workloads present unique challenges - needing a combination of reliable storage, fast networks, scalability and extremely powerful computing. It seems like private datacenters that were designed just a few years ago are due for a refresh - not only in the technology, but also in the architectural design philosophy. This is where the combination of IBM Power Systems and Nutanix comes in. This joint initiative intends to bring new workloads to hyperconverged deployments by delivering the first simple-to-deploy, web-scale architecture supporting POWER based scale-out computing for a continuum of enterprise workloads, including: ● Next generation cognitive workloads, including big data, machine learning and AI ● Mission-critical workloads, such as databases, large scale data warehouses, web infrastructure, and mainstream enterprise apps ● Cloud Native Workloads, including full stack open source middleware and enterprise databases and Containers With a shared philosophy based on open standards, a combination of Nutanix and IBM will be designed to bring out the true power of software-defined infrastructure - choice - for global 2000 enterprises, with plans for: ● A simplified private enterprise cloud that delivers POWER architecture in a seamless and compatible way to the datacenter ● Exclusive virtualization management with AHV, advanced planning and remediation with Machine Learning, App Mobility, Microsegmentation and more, with one-click automation ● A fully integrated one-click management stack with Prism, to eliminate silos and reduce the need for specialized IT skills to build and operate cloud-driven infrastructure ● Deploying stateful cloud native services using Acropolis Container Services with automated deployment and enterprise-class persistent storage “Hyperconverged systems continue on a rapid growth trajectory, with a market size forecast of nearly $6 billion by 2020[1]. IT teams now recognize the need, and the undeniable benefits, of embracing the next generation of datacenter infrastructure technology,” said Stefanie Chiras, VP Power Systems at IBM. “Our partnership with Nutanix will be designed to give our joint enterprise customers a scalable, resilient, high-performance hyperconverged infrastructure solution, benefiting from the data and compute capabilities of the POWER architecture and the one-click simplicity of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform.” “With this partnership, IBM customers of Power-based systems will be able to realize a public cloud-like experience with their on premise infrastructure,” said Dheeraj Pandey, CEO at Nutanix. “With the planned design, Enterprise customers will be able to run any mission critical workload, at any scale, with world-class virtualization and automation capabilities built into a scale out fabric leveraging IBM’s server technology.” Pricing and Availability The IBM and Nutanix initiative will bring options for clients and a seamless experience for these clients, and will be sold exclusively through IBM sales force and channel partners. Specific timelines, models and supported server configurations will be announced at the time of availability. About IBM IBM Power Systems are servers designed for mission-critical applications and emerging Cognitive Era workloads including artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, advanced analytics and high performance computing, data lakes and operational datastores. Designed to deliver efficiency whether deployed in a private, public and hybrid cloud, Power Systems benefit from a wide range of open technologies, many stemming from collaboration with fellow OpenPOWER Foundation members. Customers today can enjoy benchmark setting performance for a wide variety of data-intensive workloads – for example, IBM guarantees that Power Systems servers can deliver twice the performance per dollar as x86 systems for customer workloads based on MongoDB. About Nutanix Nutanix makes infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix enterprise cloud platform leverages web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge compute, virtualization and storage into a resilient, software-defined solution with rich machine intelligence. The result is predictable performance, cloud-like infrastructure consumption, robust security, and seamless application mobility for a broad range of enterprise applications. Learn more at www.nutanix.com or follow us on Twitter @nutanix. © 2017 Nutanix, Inc. All rights reserved. Nutanix, the Enterprise Cloud Platform, and the Nutanix logo are trademarks of Nutanix, Inc., registered or pending registration in the United States and other countries. [1] Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/is-hyperconvergence-the-next-big-thing-in-tech-2017-04-03 Resources ● Joint Announcement Video, Blog ● Images: IBM Power, Nutanix ● For more about IBM Systems, visit here. Nutanix, visit here. ● Infographic Forward-Looking Statements This press release includes forward-looking statements concerning Nutanix’s and IBM’s plans and expectations relating to a multi-year hyperconverged initiative and the deployment of Nutanix software on, and the interoperability of Nutanix software with, IBM Power Systems. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts, and instead are based on the parties’ current expectations, estimates, opinions and beliefs. The accuracy of such forward-looking statements depends upon future events, and involves risks, uncertainties and other factors beyond the parties’ control that may cause these statements to be inaccurate and cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied by such statements, including, among others: the failure to develop, or unexpected difficulties or delays in developing, the integrated offering on a timely or cost-effective basis; the introduction, or acceleration of adoption of, competing solutions, including public cloud infrastructure; a shift in industry or competitive dynamics or customer demand; and other risks detailed in Nutanix’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for its fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2017, and IBM’s annual report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, each as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and, except as required by law, neither Nutanix nor IBM assumes any obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results or subsequent events or circumstances. How to protect your organisation from WannaCry ransomware 2017-05-14T02:49:35Z how-to-protect-your-organisation-from-wannacry-ransomware While organisations have been under threat from ransomware for years, the attack landscape has been very narrowly focused. Victims tended to have to manually enabled the attack through some method, such as opening email attachments or downloading unverified software. Much of that has changed with the current global-scale WannaCry ransomware campaign.  Tens of thousands of systems have been compromised, and the attack is ongoing. Along with peers in the industry, Carbon Black’s Threat Research Team has been actively analysing the malware and its threats. We found that the ransomware does not have any truly novel tricks up its sleeve. It is standard ransomware that, upon execution, creates dozens of files in its current location and starts infecting the system. It targets a specific set of file extensions, more than 150 of them, beginning with known MS Office documents, which is also in line with many other known ransomware families. What is truly unique about it is its method of delivery, which is believed to be through the now-known ETERNALBLUE exploit. While the number of incidents are extremely high, many are believed to be a result of poor security posture. Protection against the ETERNALBLUE exploit is fairly basic. The exploit targets servers with SMB network sharing exposed to the Internet, a feature that should be immediately considered for deactivation. Servers are targeted over the standard network ports for the SMB service, all of which can be actively disabled in an organisation’s firewalls. More importantly, these exploits have been actively resolved by current, and ongoing, patches released by Microsoft. Patches should be considered for immediate testing and release within an environment. These suggestions follow the established SMB Security Best Practices. Ransomware is on track to be an $US1 billion crime in 2017, according to FBI data. That’s a substantial increase from 2015, when ransomware was a ‘mere’ $24 million crime. Additionally, ransomware emerged as the fastest-growing malware across all industries in 2016. It appears that healthcare is now in the cross hairs. An organization can take immediate steps to protect against WannaCry and other ransomware variants.1. Back up data regularly. Verify the integrity of those backups and test the restoration process to ensure it’s working.2. Secure offline backups. Backups are essential: if you’re infected, a backup may be the only way to recover your data. Ensure backups are not connected permanently to the computers and networks they are backing up.3. Configure firewalls to block access to known malicious IP addresses.4. Logically separate networks. This will help prevent the spread of malware. If every user and server is on the same network newer variants can spread.5. Patch operating systems, software, and firmware on devices. Consider using a centralized patch-management system.6. Implement an awareness and training program. End users are targets, so everyone in your organization needs to be aware of the threat of ransomware and how it’s delivered.7. Scan all incoming and outgoing emails to detect threats and filter executable files from reaching end users.8. Enable strong spam filters to prevent phishing emails from reaching end users and authenticate inbound email using technologies such as Sender Policy Framework (SPF), Domain Message Authentication Reporting and Conformance (DMARC), and DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) to prevent spoofing.9. Block ads. Ransomware is often distributed through malicious ads served when visiting certain sites. Blocking ads or preventing users from accessing certain sites can reduce that risk.10. Use the principle of ‘least privilege’ to manage accounts: No users should be assigned administrative access unless absolutely needed. If a user only needs to read specific files, the user should not have write access to them.11. Leverage next-generation antivirus (NGAV) technology to inspect files and identify malicious behaviour to block malware and non-malware attacks that exploit memory and scripting languages like PowerShell.12. Use application whitelisting, which only allows systems to execute programs known and permitted by security policy.13. Categorise data based on organizational value and implement physical and logical separation of networks and data for different organisational units.14. Conduct an annual penetration test and vulnerability assessment. Stopping ransomware requires a defence-in-depth approach; there is no silver bullet to security. Software alone is not the answer. IT and SecOps teams must build a strategy that combines user training, next-generation endpoint security, and backup operations. Every strategy should start with the simplest, most immediate risk-mitigation techniques available in order to limit the attack surface. Concurrently, user training and backup infrastructures should be evaluated, implemented, and practiced. And please, patch, patch, patch!For more information Kane Lightowler Managing Director – Asia Pacific & Japan Carbon Black +65 9667 7228                                                                 While organisations have been under threat from ransomware for years, the attack landscape has been very narrowly focused. Victims tended to have to manually enabled the attack through some method, such as opening email attachments or downloading unverified software. Much of that has changed with the current global-scale WannaCry ransomware campaign.  Tens of thousands of systems have been compromised, and the attack is ongoing. Along with peers in the industry, Carbon Black’s Threat Research Team has been actively analysing the malware and its threats. We found that the ransomware does not have any truly novel tricks up its sleeve. It is standard ransomware that, upon execution, creates dozens of files in its current location and starts infecting the system. It targets a specific set of file extensions, more than 150 of them, beginning with known MS Office documents, which is also in line with many other known ransomware families. What is truly unique about it is its method of delivery, which is believed to be through the now-known ETERNALBLUE exploit. While the number of incidents are extremely high, many are believed to be a result of poor security posture. Protection against the ETERNALBLUE exploit is fairly basic. The exploit targets servers with SMB network sharing exposed to the Internet, a feature that should be immediately considered for deactivation. Servers are targeted over the standard network ports for the SMB service, all of which can be actively disabled in an organisation’s firewalls. More importantly, these exploits have been actively resolved by current, and ongoing, patches released by Microsoft. Patches should be considered for immediate testing and release within an environment. These suggestions follow the established SMB Security Best Practices. Ransomware is on track to be an $US1 billion crime in 2017, according to FBI data. That’s a substantial increase from 2015, when ransomware was a ‘mere’ $24 million crime. Additionally, ransomware emerged as the fastest-growing malware across all industries in 2016. It appears that healthcare is now in the cross hairs. An organization can take immediate steps to protect against WannaCry and other ransomware variants.1. Back up data regularly. Verify the integrity of those backups and test the restoration process to ensure it’s working.2. Secure offline backups. Backups are essential: if you’re infected, a backup may be the only way to recover your data. Ensure backups are not connected permanently to the computers and networks they are backing up.3. Configure firewalls to block access to known malicious IP addresses.4. Logically separate networks. This will help prevent the spread of malware. If every user and server is on the same network newer variants can spread.5. Patch operating systems, software, and firmware on devices. Consider using a centralized patch-management system.6. Implement an awareness and training program. End users are targets, so everyone in your organization needs to be aware of the threat of ransomware and how it’s delivered.7. Scan all incoming and outgoing emails to detect threats and filter executable files from reaching end users.8. Enable strong spam filters to prevent phishing emails from reaching end users and authenticate inbound email using technologies such as Sender Policy Framework (SPF), Domain Message Authentication Reporting and Conformance (DMARC), and DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) to prevent spoofing.9. Block ads. Ransomware is often distributed through malicious ads served when visiting certain sites. Blocking ads or preventing users from accessing certain sites can reduce that risk.10. Use the principle of ‘least privilege’ to manage accounts: No users should be assigned administrative access unless absolutely needed. If a user only needs to read specific files, the user should not have write access to them.11. Leverage next-generation antivirus (NGAV) technology to inspect files and identify malicious behaviour to block malware and non-malware attacks that exploit memory and scripting languages like PowerShell.12. Use application whitelisting, which only allows systems to execute programs known and permitted by security policy.13. Categorise data based on organizational value and implement physical and logical separation of networks and data for different organisational units.14. Conduct an annual penetration test and vulnerability assessment. Stopping ransomware requires a defence-in-depth approach; there is no silver bullet to security. Software alone is not the answer. IT and SecOps teams must build a strategy that combines user training, next-generation endpoint security, and backup operations. Every strategy should start with the simplest, most immediate risk-mitigation techniques available in order to limit the attack surface. Concurrently, user training and backup infrastructures should be evaluated, implemented, and practiced. And please, patch, patch, patch!For more information Kane Lightowler Managing Director – Asia Pacific & Japan Carbon Black +65 9667 7228                                                                  Brocade Delivers Modern Storage Networks for New Dell EMC All-Flash Arrays 2017-05-09T00:42:51Z brocade-delivers-modern-storage-networks-for-new-dell-emc-all-flash-arrays Sydney, Australia - May 9, 2017 - Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced that its Gen 6 Fibre Channel technologies provide the network foundation that enables customers of Dell EMC® all-flash array solutions to optimise the performance, availability and reliability of their storage deployments. At Dell EMC World, Dell EMC announced significant updates to its all-flash storage portfolio. Dell EMC introduced the VMAX 950F, representing significant updates to its flagship VMAX enterprise storage platform. It also announced XtremIO X2, the second generation of its market-leading, purpose-built all-flash array. Finally, the company unveiled new midrange products, including four new all-flash array models to the Dell EMC Unity storage family, along with a refreshed Dell EMC SC Series hardware platform that offers one of the lowest $/GB in the industry. To maximise the value of these Dell EMC all-flash solutions, organisations require a modern storage network that unleashes the full performance and value of flash storage while delivering unmatched network reliability and scale. Brocade® Gen 6 Fibre Channel technologies provide an agile and easy-to-deploy network foundation between servers and Dell EMC all-flash storage to help eliminate bottlenecks for high-transaction, mixed workloads in flash-based arrays. "As the first to market with Gen 6 Fibre Channel, Brocade continues to drive innovation to help customers derive more value from their applications and infrastructure," said Jack Rondoni, senior vice president of storage networking, Brocade. "Brocade Fibre Channel solutions have been an integral part of every wave of innovation in the data centre and will enable next-generation storage technologies based on NVMe. Together, Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel and Dell EMC flash storage will help customers redefine business value through unprecedented application performance and infrastructure consolidation." The Brocade Gen 6 product portfolio includes Fabric Vision technology which simplifies network management through proactive monitoring and diagnostics. IO Insight, the industry's only integrated SAN sensor technology, provides deeper visibility into the IO performance of storage infrastructure. VM Insight delivers proactive visibility into the health and performance of individual virtual machines to help administrators uncover issues before applications are affected. "Our customers are expecting more out of their IT infrastructure. They want simplified, integrated solutions that drive more efficiency and value to help them seamlessly adapt to evolving data centre requirements," said Suresh Sathyamurthy, vice president of marketing, Storage and Data Protections Division, Dell EMC. "The powerful combination of Dell EMC all-flash storage and Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel provides customers with the solutions they need to transform their IT infrastructure and operate in a digital world."Availability Brocade storage switches and related storage management software are branded and sold by Dell EMC as part of the Dell EMC Connectrix® product family. The Dell EMC Connectrix Fibre Channel networking portfolio is now available through Dell EMC channel partners.  About Brocade Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) networking solutions help the world’s leading organizations transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere.  With solutions spanning public and private data centers to the network edge, Brocade is leading the industry in its transition to the New IP network infrastructures required for today’s era of digital business. (www.brocade.com) # # #© 2017 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.These products and features and their availability are subject to change at the sole discretion of Brocade, and Brocade shall have no liability for delay in the delivery or failure to deliver any of the products or features described herein.Brocade, the B-wing symbol, and MyBrocade are registered trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and in other countries. Other brands, product names, or service names mentioned of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. are listed at www.brocade.com/en/legal/brocade-Legal-intellectual-property/brocade-legal-trademarks.html. Other marks may belong to third parties.  Brocade Contacts Media RelationsEinsteinz Communications                                                            Emma Keen or Carlotta Vittori                                                      +61 2 8905 0995                                                                             brocade@einsteinz.com.au   Investor Relations Michael Iburg 408.333.0233                                                                                 miburg@brocade.com Australian Entrepreneur Selects Dell Boomi Platform to Optimise eCommerce Start-Up’s Expansion Plans 2017-05-08T23:01:54Z australian-entrepreneur-selects-dell-boomi-platform-to-optimise-ecommerce-start-up-s-expansion-plans Sydney, Australia – May 9, 2017 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) has announced that international direct-to-consumer eCommerce start-up, GRANA, is using its integration platform to support rapid business expansion and optimise its omnichannel strategy, as the brand continues to extend its market presence into key markets and seek investment from venture capitalists in 2017. GRANA is a Hong Kong-based online apparel retailer founded by Australian entrepreneur, Luke Grana. Luke, in partnership with Pieter-Paul Wittgen, launched Grana.com in late 2014 with ambitions to take on Japanese giants Uniqlo and the United States’ Theory with high-quality clothing at affordable prices. The company currently ships to 12 countries from a centralised warehouse in Hong Kong. The start-up has implemented Boomi’s integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) to underpin and connect critical applications the business relies on for all internal and online customer-facing operations. This includes the start-up’s enterprise resource planning, product lifecycle management and warehouse management platforms which its 75 staff use daily. “The retail sector is undergoing a transition and the challenge is catering products and services towards digital consumers with increasing expectations from brands,” said Luke Grana, Chief Executive Officer and Founder at GRANA. “This means connecting the disjointed pools of important data dispersed across the organisation to make informed decisions and create meaningful online experiences for customers. “Boomi helps to integrate everything that goes on behind the scenes at GRANA - all the apps to help run the business – so we have full visibility into the data coming in and can make sense of it to add value across our omnichannel.” Importantly, the integration platform accurately and securely centralises data generated within these systems for analysis to inform business decisions and further optimise operational efficiencies and online-to-offline customer experiences. “This capability is critical to our business as we are rolling out aggressive expansion plans and two-day express shipping into mainland China, Japan and Korea,” said Grana. “Boomi gives us a better understanding of customers across the globe, equipping us to execute a strategy that meets their constantly evolving purchasing habits and expectations.” During its evaluation, GRANA considered other vendor solutions, however selected Boomi based on its ability to deliver the best functionality and performance. Additionally, a key factor was the ability to operate its cloud-based iPaaS with minimal training, removing the need for specialist IT resources. “Grana is shaking up the hotly-contested and highly-globalised retail sector with an intentionally unconventional expansion strategy that capitalises on the potential of technology to make better-informed decisions,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan at Dell Boomi. “By using iPaaS as the linking mechanism for its operation, it is not only boosting its ecommerce business, but preparing for a physical presence by analysing customer data to determine the best place to open stores, and determine what those shops will look like. This differentiator will allow it to create experiences on its customers’ terms.” About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, accelerates business agility by integrating the information organisations need whenever and however they need it. The Boomi integration platform dramatically transforms the way organisations connect, create, manage and govern all their applications and data. As a result, more than 5,300 organisations of all sizes use the Boomi platform to run smarter, faster, and better. Boomi also helps customers drastically reduce implementation times over traditional integration, MDM, API management and workflow automation solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © 2017 Boomi Inc. Dell, Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. About GRANA GRANA is a direct-to-consumer eCommerce apparel brand designing wardrobe essentials in-house, using the finest fabrics from around the world, available at low and honest prices. GRANA ships directly to 12 countries within 1-2 days. www.grana.com Strategically headquartered in Hong Kong, GRANA was founded by Luke Grana and co-founded with Pieter Paul Wittgen, officially launching in October 2014. To date, the start-up has raised US$16 million in funding from 500 Startups, Alibaba’s Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, Golden Gate Ventures and MindWorks Ventures. The Australian Computer Society sponsors the 15th annual IT Journalism Awards 2017-05-03T04:22:34Z the-australian-computer-society-sponsors-the-15th-annual-it-journalism-awards MediaConnect is delighted to announce the ACS, the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector, as the official 2017 naming rights sponsor of the 15th Annual IT Journalism Awards. The Awards, which will be held at Luna Park on May 12 2017, have attracted a record number of entries, with more than 400 entries from over 100 journalists and publications. MediaConnect CEO Phil Sim said, “We’re delighted to partner with the ACS to recognise the best of Australia’s technology journalism published in 2016.” “The ACS is such a wonderful fit with the awards given they represent Australia’s ICT community, which all of our technology media write for, or write about.” ACS CEO Andrew Johnson said, “The ACS is pleased to partner with MediaConnect to recognise the tremendous work of ICT journalists throughout the year.” “Their work helps ICT to be seen as a driver of innovation and contributes to the understanding and promotion of the fast-paced ICT sector in Australia.” Tickets to next Friday’s event are currently available to be purchased from our website at http://www.thelizzies.com/attend-the-awards/. This year’s Lizzies are also sponsored by Watterson Marketing Communications and NEC. For further information please visit http://thelizzies.com/