The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-06-27T01:03:20Z Malwarebytes Appoints MSP Channel Manager for Australia and New Zealand 2019-06-27T01:03:20Z malwarebytes-appoints-msp-channel-manager-for-australia-and-new-zealand SYDNEY, Australia – JUNE 27, 2019 - Malwarebytes, the leading advanced endpoint protection and remediation solution, today announced the appointment of Dani Ferguson to the role of MSP Channel Account Manager, Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). The hire signals further growth for Malwarebytes in the region, as the company continues to capture local marketshare with its simple and highly effective product offering for ANZ businesses. In her role, Ferguson will be a dedicated point of contact for Malwarebytes’ growing list of MSPs, driving efficiencies for partners and enabling them to provide greater access to Malwarebytes’ products and support services, as well as helping to streamline security management. She will also be responsible for the recruitment and onboarding of new partners as the program continues to expand. Ferguson’s hire is a direct result of the strong success that the Malwarebytes’ MSP program has experienced locally. Now in its second year, the program has grown 30 per cent quarter-over-quarter, representing 100 percent year-over-year growth. This rapid expansion has been achieved, in part, due to the program’s multi-tiered competitive pricing which delivers attractive margins for MSPs. To date, the program has more than 65 partners in the ANZ region, including leading specialists Sentrian and Optimus Systems. “We are thrilled to welcome Dani Ferguson to the Malwarebytes team,” said Vikas Uberoy, Channel Director for Malwarebytes ANZ. “She joins at a very exciting time for the Malwarebytes business, with our MSP program achieving exponential growth over the past twelve months. We are confident that with Dani’s support we will continue to identify new opportunities to support our existing partners and bring new MSPs into the program.” A seasoned expert in the technology and security space, Ferguson has over 15 years’ experience in the IT Industry, beginning her career at Dell Australia in both customer service and account management positions. She has since built her security and channel credentials working with Arrow (formerly Distribution Central) and Sophos. “The commitment that Malwarebytes makes to the channel community is second to none, and that is a big part of why I joined the team,” said Dani Ferguson, MSP Channel Account Manager for Malwarebytes ANZ. “My industry experience on both sides of the channel – both distributor and vendor – has provided me with unique insights into the requirements and challenges faced by partners. I am excited to work with Malwarebytes’ MSPs to assist them in delivering industry leading security solutions to their customers, providing assurance in the face of the rapidly changing global threat landscape, while simultaneously driving efficiencies and ultimately profitability for their businesses.” Malwarebytes’ local MSP program has also been celebrated globally. Following the successful pilot in Australia and New Zealand, the Malwarebytes MSP Program recently launched Malwarebytes OneView in key global markets, such as the US and UK. Malwarebytes OneView is a powerful multi-tenant management console purpose built to protect and remediate the MSP customer base. For more information about Malwarebytes’ MSP offerings, visit: END Notes to Editor Malwarebytes MSP commentary: “Security is a huge focus for us, because if a customer is attacked, the amount of downtime, chaos, and remediation costs are detrimental to their businesses. It’s our job to make sure that an attack does not succeed. Thanks to the Malwarebytes MSP program, we have this high-quality product in our stack. It’s a great addition, and I have confidence that customers’ systems are protected.” – Marek Drummond, Managing Director of Optimus Systems. “The Malwarebytes MSP program has been very positive, helping us patterns more effectively with our customers. End users are getting the protection they need and Sentrian gains the assurance of partnering with an industry leader to stay on top of current and emerging security threats.” – Graeme Wilson, Network Operations Manager, Sentrian About the Malwarebytes OneView Console The Malwarebytes OneView delivers security administration via a single multi-tenant cloud-based console for simplified management of sites and customer accounts. It also offers easy management of trial and paid subscriptions, comprehensive threat visibility and management with monthly usage reports. About Malwarebytes Malwarebytes proactively protects people and businesses against dangerous threats such as malware, ransomware and exploits that escape detection by traditional antivirus solutions. Malwarebytes completely replaces antivirus with artificial intelligence-powered technology that stops cyberattacks before they can compromise home computers and business endpoints. More than 60,000 businesses and millions of people worldwide trust and recommend Malwarebytes solutions. Our team of threat researchers and security experts process emerging and established threats every day, from all over the globe. Founded in 2008, the company is headquartered in California, with offices in Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit us at Malwarebytes founder and CEO Marcin Kleczynski started the company to create the best disinfection and protection solutions to combat the world’s most harmful Internet threats. The market continues to recognise Marcin’s advancements in cybersecurity with the recent recognition as “CEO of the Year” in the Global Excellence awards. He has also been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Rising Stars of Enterprise Technology list and received both the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards. Follow us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: @malwarebytes Follow us on LinkedIn: See us on YouTube: Read our latest Malwarebytes Labs blog: MEDIA RELATIONS CONTACTS: DEC PR on behalf of Malwarebytes +61 2 8014 5033 Crucial ANZ reveals the future of 3D printing and customisation 2019-06-26T23:55:37Z crucial-anz-reveals-the-future-of-3d-printing-and-customisation Not that long ago, the concept of printing 3D objects seemed like a sci-fi fantasy and the only famous 3D printer was Star Trek’s meal ‘replicator’. Today, however, 3D printing is an increasingly important technology that is used across industries to speed up processes and cut costs; it is also enabling consumers to benefit from personalised products. As Netflix-style content consumption rises, consumer demand for personalisation grows. We now expect our TV shows to be recommended to us or our food choices to be logged and remembered. This demand for personalisation, extends across everything we do, including our hobbies. Benjamin Lzicar, Technical Analyst at Crucial explained, “With the promise of a truly unique and personalised product, people who build their own PCs are turning to 3D printers to ensure their builds stand-out and make an impression. As more and more gamers move away from buying off-the-shelf PCs and start building their own, there’s a growing trend for creating personalised and customised rigs. Not only do people building PCs enjoy the experience of designing and making them, but it satisfies their demand for a truly unique PC that sets them apart from the crowd. Like everyone, gamers yearn to have something to call their own. When you build a computer that you have invested lots of time and money in, and that computer reflects your personality creatively, you can’t help but feel rewarded every time you boot it up to play a game.” As it becomes easier to share ideas and information about building custom computers via Facebook groups, forums or Reddit, more people are empowered to take a shot at creating a unique gaming system of their own than ever before. Lzicar continued, “`By 3D printing your own parts, you are able to personalise a lot more than just the colour of your case. For example, say you bought some RGB DRAM for your build and not only did you want to customise the lighting setup, but you also wanted to customise the lightbar itself — with 3D printing, you can. If you need an adapter to mount your new SSD but don’t have one, you can simply print one in your house. You can also 3D print your favourite gaming character and have him stand guard inside your case over your precious graphics card!” Making these small, personalised touches to your PC build isn’t tricky and doesn’t require a huge 3D printer. In fact, many people go to a local library or Maker Lab that rent out printers, so it’s even possible to get your custom-made PC without purchasing a pricey unit. Lzicar added, “When 3D printers for consumers first entered the market, they would cost several thousands of dollars, while industrial 3D printers used in manufacturing cost as much as a million dollars each. Nowadays, a good consumer 3D printer would cost several hundred dollars or even less, thanks to advancements in the technology that have reduced cost and complexity. Combine those two factors with the ever-growing DIY tech scene, and we’ll continue to see more and more people utilise the wide world of 3D printing, whether it’s to create a custom fan grill for a PC or making unique cookie cutters for their grandma.” As the widespread adoption of 3D printing practice continues and 3D printing technology advances, we will see prices continue to fall over time. At the moment, there are still some financial and practical limitations to 3D printing such as printer cost, printer size, and time; however, improvements are continually being made and 3D printing opportunities are more accessible than ever. While many industries, such as aerospace and automotive, already benefit from 3D printing, we’ll start to see the consumer benefit as costs come down, and perhaps someday you will find a printer in everyone’s garage. But practically, how would this work? Well, many companies provide starter files that allow you to design your own computer accessory. Or you can find lots of computer related things to print in online repositories like Thingverse. You can import these files into a free 3D editing program like Blender, make your own custom modifications, export to your printer splicing software, then print away! However, this technology doesn’t stop at PC builds; the potential for its use is massive. The cars we drive, medicine we take, and food we eat can all be impacted by 3D printing — building a PC is just an awesome addition Benjamin Lzicar concluded, “So, if you would like to personalise your PC, try 3D printing parts for yourself. Whether that’s with your own 3D printer or using one in a shop down the road, if you want your PC build to be truly unique, 3D printing your parts is a fun and cost-effective way to do so.” Follow Crucial onlineFacebook:™: Gartner: Slow, poor decision-making by hiring managers is causing organisations to lose out on talent 2019-06-26T23:42:41Z gartner-slow-poor-decision-making-by-hiring-managers-is-causing-organisations-to-lose-out-on-talent 26 June 2019 — More than three-quarters of hiring managers do not act decisively in the recruitment process, resulting in their organisations losing out on top candidates, according to research from Gartner, Inc. A “hiring manager” is a manager in any business function, for example sales, finance or customer services, who is seeking to fill a role in their team. Recruiting executives and their teams must change how they partner with hiring managers to help them make quicker decisions, according to Gartner. “In the past, hiring managers knew what their hiring needs were, and they were able to sit back and wait for recruiting to deliver a shortlist, before making a straightforward final decision,” said Lauren Smith, vice president in the Gartner HR practice. “Now, hiring managers are operating in a world with more options and less certainty, and they are struggling to make high-quality, timely decisions about talent.” In today’s tight labour market, the stakes are high when it comes to getting hiring right. Decisive hiring managers hire 10% more high-quality candidates and 11% fewer low-quality candidates than typical hiring managers. Additionally, organisations that drive decisive hiring manager behaviours reduce time-to-fill by 17%. Gartner research shows that the amount of time it takes a hiring manager to make an offer after interviewing is now 33 days — an 84% increase from 2010 to 2018. “This longer decision-making stage is causing a 16% reduction in candidates’ accepting offers. Ultimately, hiring managers are losing out on prime candidates because of this lag in decision-making,” said Ms. Smith. Gartner says the characteristics of decisive hiring managers include focusing on prioritising future talent needs, broadening the candidate funnel, and sharing hiring decisions with experts across the organisation. Three shifts will help them drive decisive hiring manager behaviours: Diversify inputs on future talent needs In an era of fast-evolving roles and skills, companies should not rely on the hiring manager alone to determine and articulate future talent needs. Gartner research found that only 31% of hiring managers understand the vision their business leader has for their team. A better approach is to have recruiting leaders tap into sources beyond the hiring manager to define hiring needs based on the future talent strategy of the organisation, not what the manager needs in the short term. Potential sources of information on future talent needs include business leaders, the workforce planning team and the analytics team, which can provide their insight into critical questions, including: What skills does the business critically need to grow? What skills and roles are the competitors in this area hiring for? What will the labour market look like in this location in five years? Make candidate engagement a shared priority Hiring managers are not spending their time where it matters — engaging with candidates. This is critical as candidates trust a hiring manager nearly four times as much as they trust a recruiter to provide the information they need to make a decision. To get hiring managers to prioritize candidate engagement, the recruiting function should focus on: Driving urgency for hiring being a shared responsibility Motivating leaders by connecting hiring to their leadership role Enabling hiring managers to easily source talent beyond their existing networks Align the hiring decisions to expertise In the matrixed work environment, hiring managers have lost direct insight into the roles for which they are hiring. Even with training on how to evaluate candidates, hiring managers are still making slow, poor decisions. Leading companies recognize that the hiring manager should not be the default decision maker and they are focusing on identifying the best-fit decision maker. Determining the right person to make a hiring decision can be based on skills expertise, but also by understanding who will work closely with the person in the role and who has experience in evaluating candidates for the role. Organisations are finding that instead of the hiring manager making the final decision, skills and/or decision-making experts are often a better fit. Additional information is available in the Gartner report, “Redefining the Role of the Hiring Manager in the Digital Era.” The report explains how recruiting leaders can help hiring managers become decisive hiring managers. About Gartner ReimagineHR Gartner experts will provide additional insight into the labour and talent issues at the Gartner ReimagineHR Conference, taking place October 28-30 in Florida. Gartner ReimagineHR is the premier event for HR leaders around the world. Join Gartner and senior HR executives to hear key insights and learn actionable strategies necessary to support organisational performance. Gartner ReimagineHR will also be held August 6-7 in Sydney, and September 18-19 in London. Follow news and updates from these events on Twitter using #GartnerHR. About Gartner for HR Leaders Gartner for HR Leaders brings together the best, relevant content approaches across Gartner to offer individual decision makers strategic business advice on the mission-critical priorities that cut across the HR function. Additional information is available at About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities and build the successful organisations of tomorrow. Our unmatched combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on the issues that matter most. We are a trusted advisor and objective resource for more than 15,000 organisations in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and enterprise size. To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit # # # AIR DRYER TREATMENT KEEPS THE WHEELS OF INDUSTRY TURNING 2019-06-26T11:54:26Z air-dryer-treatment-keeps-the-wheels-of-industry-turning Desiccant air dryers offer manufacturers a straightforward and economical way of protecting equipment, reducing maintenance costs and cutting their carbon footprint, says Oxair, an Australian specialist in gas separation for the international markets. For many industrial operations it is vital that pneumatic equipment is in an environment where the compressed air supply is clean and consistent. As well as affecting energy bills and production costs, contamination with water, dirt or dust can result in poor performance of equipment, breakdowns, corrosion of parts, failure of air cylinders and Solenoid valves as well as damage to air tools. Condensation and corrosion can disrupt manufacturing in various industrial sectors including food, beverages, pharmaceutical, offshore and aerospace. Suppliers like Oxair offer a range of compressed air dryers, alongside refrigerant dryers, to ensure that the air is as dry as needed. A typical desiccant air dryer pays for itself in less than a year by reducing and eliminating maintenance costs and downtime, making company operations more productive while having less impact on the environment by reducing transport emissions through service call-outs and the disposal of broken parts. Dry air keeps pneumatic equipment running at peak efficiency and extends the service life of air tools, motors and cylinders. Desiccant dryers pass compressed air through a pressure vessel with two ‘towers’ filled with an alumina desiccant bed. This is the material that adsorbs water from the air and the bed becomes saturated and is regenerated in the next cycle The dryer is timed to switch towers based on a standard timing cycle. During the drying cycle some compressed air is used to purge/dry the depressurised desiccant offline bed. Oxair’s desiccant air dryers are available in both electric and pneumatic control formats are PLC controlled with reliable HMI touch screen, the company also offers conversions on customers’ own air-drying equipment. Air flows can be achieved from 100 SCFM to 10,000 SCFM, with pressures from 100 psi to 500 psi. Certified lifting frames are available as well as the multi stage filtration system for maximum protection. AS-1210 or ASME V111 stamped pressure valves are available and the system has a super quiet muffler for noise control. Designed for consistent pressure dew points, -40°C to -60°C, Oxair’s desiccant air dryers eliminate water and freezing ice in low ambient temperatures. The system comes completely assembled, piped and wired with a full charge of activated alumina desiccant. The only thing that needs doing for operation is to hook the system up to the utilities. Ideal for pipeline maintenance and other offshore industries are the Prism Cactus® pc3010 Membrane Air Dryer, a cost-effective solution for ensuring a continuous stream of dry air on-site in a wide range of remote and harsh environments or High Pressure Desiccant Air Dryers with either a vertical or horizontal compressor. Oxair is focused on meeting exacting customer requirements, reliability, ease of maintenance, safety, and plant self-protection. It is a world leading manufacturer of gas process systems, for shipboard and land-based use to suit any requirement. For further information on Oxair’s products and services visit: Voxon Launches the World’s First 3D Holographic Arcade Machine, the Z3D 2019-06-25T23:41:35Z voxon-launches-the-world-s-first-3d-holographic-arcade-machine-the-z3d Media Release -  Adelaide, Australia - 26 June 2019 Following on from the successful release of the world’s most advanced 3D volumetric display, the VX1 and after a successful debut at the Tokyo Game Show 2018, the world will now be able to purchase the Voxon Z3D. A New Dimension in Gaming The Z3D’s unique and captivating visual appearance (think holograms from science fiction) in true 3D, has taken what has only previously been imagined and brought it to life. Voxon’s Z3D has now added a whole new dimension to gaming. Will Tamblyn, Voxon Photonics CEO and Co-Founder, said of the announcement, “We knew we had a real wow factor product in the VX1 volumetric display, but when combining this with the social aspect of multi player gaming and the retro-futuristic arcade form factor, the Z3D now allows us to deliver a whole new dimension in gaming.” “The ‘Z’ part of the name is really referring to the z-axis. It’s no longer just x and y axis two dimensional gaming. We can now create games in a true 3D volumetric form which can be viewed by a number of people, from any angle, without the need for headsets or glasses. This allows us to make some of the old classics new again, create your own games, or use new volumetric video technology.” “It’s inspiring and exhilarating to create something new, to do what others thought couldn’t be done. This is just the start of our journey with volumetric display technology, but making a 3D holographic arcade machine, is a fun way to start sharing it with the world.” Voxon plans to both sell the Z3D directly to consumers globally as well as partner with distribution companies within the gaming industry worldwide. The Voxon Z3D Technical Description The Z3D is a swept surface volumetric display, and is powered by the Voxon Photonics Engine. This engine comprises an ultra-high-speed digital projection system, CPU, volumetric graphics engine and reciprocating light diffuser. Volumetric images are created by projecting slices of light at 4,000 frames per second onto a moving screen. The images diffuse at precisely the right position in physical space, and through persistence of vision, the human eye blends them together, resulting in true three-dimensional digital objects that can be viewed in the same way as one would view a real object, from any angle, and without special goggles or glasses. The Z3D supports multi-user interactivity for gaming and other interactive applications.  Z3D Features All the functionality of the Voxon VX1 with the addition of a removable arcade table top & custom made games Genuine Sanwa arcade components LED strip lighting effects Compatible with plug-in-play game controllers (such as Xbox 360 controllers) Easy to use menu and games launcher Windows 10 architecture Includes Voxatron and other games. Unity Software Development Kit included for making your own games & projects C based SDK for low-level programming Software and Content Creation  All software on the Z3D is driven by our proprietary Core Graphics Engine, which is provided to developers free (on a single user license basis). In addition to the Core Graphics Engine, Z3D units will be shipped with the following;  Games included: Snaketron Z, Super Turrets, Balls For Dinner (Again)  Voxtron Game Engine which includes a number of preloaded games as well Voxiedemo – a suite of volumetric graphic demos with source code  VoxieOS to view sample 3D models and animations  Sample applications and games  Find out more about Z3D here: - ENDS - For further media information contact: Will Tamblyn CEO and Co-Founder 0433 623 625 Lynton Manuel Marketing and Communications Manager 0405 343 770 About Voxon Photonics: Voxon Photonics are the creators of the world's most advanced 3D volumetric display. Voxon’s 3D Volumetric technology brings digital content to life and helps empower people to visualise, communicate, learn and have fun in a collaborative manner with no barrier to the 3D experience. No special glasses are required. Voxon Photonics is now looking to partner with premier companies within industries such as medical, gaming, education, automotive, mining & visualisations to bring their emerging and awe inspiring technology to these different markets.   Find out more about Voxon Photonics here: See the incredible videos here: City of Whittlesea embarks on cost-saving transformation adopting Aruba SD-WAN 2019-06-25T22:35:00Z city-of-whittlesea-embarks-on-cost-saving-transformation-adopting-aruba-sd-wan MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, 26 June 2019: The City of Whittlesea has partnered with Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, to become the first Australian city council to deploy Aruba SD-WAN, optimising connectivity across 15 branch offices whilst significantly lowering costs, streamlining IT resource and providing greater flexibility in setting up new locations. Aruba SD-WAN enables City of Whittlesea’s infrastructure team to deploy, configure and manage both WLAN and WAN traffic across multiple branch sites, from small offices to community activity centres and libraries, all from a single pane of glass. The solution has removed the constraints of City of Whittlesea’s costly legacy connectivity technologies to provide a flexible network that enhances branch visibility, management and control. This has optimised operations for their lean infrastructure team, allowing them to effectively manage more branch locations with fewer resources and reduce operational costs. David Holt, Team Leader Network Operations at City of Whittlesea said: “Aruba SD-WAN has solved our branch visibility and operation limitations, reducing the time it takes our infrastructure team to deploy and manage our WAN network. “There was a lot of day-to-day maintenance involved in running our previous solution that we simply couldn’t dedicate resource to. Aruba’s solution has removed this demand on resource and simplified our operations, allowing our team to focus on more critical business projects and, most importantly, deliver significant cost savings”, said Holt. With Aruba SD-WAN, the council can now connect all branch locations to the head office network, and at the same time have both corporate and public access to council services available at those sites. The solution also gives the City of Whittlesea new flexibility, allowing the council to quickly and easily add new locations, both permanent and temporary. For example, branch gateways can now be deployed at the touch of a button at pop-up community events. Anthony Smith, Director, Aruba South Pacific, said: “We are proud to deploy Aruba’s first city council SD-WAN solution, delivering increased visibility and control, enabling City of Whittlesea to reduce its operational costs and benefit from an agile network. “A key feature that attracts our customers to Aruba SD-WAN is the cost savings that it delivers – moving networks to lower-cost links and improving the visibility and management of branch traffic. This greater visibility of devices and network traffic inside City of Whittlesea’s branch office locations means the council can now easily troubleshoot the source of issues affecting the WAN and branch level networks. “Our SD-WAN solution helps our customers to do more with less and we’re delighted to have helped the City of Whittlesea improve its network efficiency and reduce its operational costs in this way. “We look forward to supporting City of Whittlesea’s dedicated infrastructure team as they deploy the solution across the council’s activity centres, leisure centres and offices, simplifying WAN routing and enhancing the council’s network performance to improve end-user experience for staff and constituents.” The Aruba SD-WAN deployment is part of City of Whittlesea’s wider digital transformation project to enable a mobile-friendly workforce and offer constituents digital services, such as free, public Wi-Fi. “Our inherited connectivity solution was both costly and not robust enough to support our digital transformation project,” said Holt. “With a newly empowered mobile workforce spread across multiple branch locations we needed a flexible WAN management solution that could consistently enforce policies across our city council sites and give us greater visibility of traffic. With IT resource focussed on rolling out our digital transformation activity it was also important for us to have a solution that would streamline our team’s resource and time spent managing network traffic.” With the support of Aruba SD-WAN, the city council now has deeper application visibility into its WAN traffic, allowing the infrastructure team to better understand, route and control traffic. This utilises bandwidth more efficiently and streamlines network management for the team. The solution is currently being tested across six sites at City of Whittlesea, with positive feedback already received from staff on improved connectivity, speed and performance of the network. The solution will be rolled out to a further nine sites in the next two months. Aruba SD-WAN sits within the City of Whittlesea’s existing Aruba infrastructure, which, once complete, will include 100 Aruba access points, 15 branch gateways, two data centres and cloud management platform, Aruba Central. ENDS About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organisations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives. To learn more, visit Aruba at For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at ©2016 Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, Aruba’s trademarks include Aruba Networks®, Aruba The Mobile Edge Company® (stylized), Aruba Mobility-Defined Networks™, Aruba Mobility Management System®, People Move Networks Must Follow®, Mobile Edge Architecture®, RFProtect®, Green Island®, ETips®, ClientMatch®, Virtual Intranet AccessTM, ClearPass Access Management SystemsTM, Aruba InstantTM, ArubaOSTM, xSecTM, ServiceEdgeTM, Aruba ClearPass Access Management SystemTM, AirmeshTM, AirWaveTM, Aruba CentralTM, and ARUBA@WORKTM. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information, please contact: Hannah Purslow OR Jenna Woods at DEC PR +61 2 8014 5033 and Master Painters, Decorators and Sign Writers Association of Queensland joins hands with i4Tradies 2019-06-25T11:53:21Z master-painters-decorators-and-sign-writers-association-of-queensland-joins-hands-with-i4tradies Melbourne, Australia, June 25, 2019 – (Press Release) The i4Tradies app, powered by Uber-style cloud-based technology, will streamline workflows to help members deliver efficient, transparent, secure and compliant service, anytime, anywhere. The collaboration is in line with Master Painters Queensland’s core objectives to assist the interests of the members and their businesses guaranteeing professional standards of industry are upheld. “We are always on the lookout to secure meaningful industry partnerships that provide real-world, tangible benefits not just to our members, but also to the people that put their trust in us when hiring Master Painters. We believe our latest strategic collaboration with i4Tradies furthers our goal of encouraging highest standards of business practices and service delivery throughout the value chain,” said Christopher Munday, CEO Master Painters, Decorators and Sign Writers Association of Queensland. Logan Nathan, founder and CEO of i4Tradies believes that Tradies are keener than ever to eliminate paperwork and inject productivity to their everyday operations. This just puts more control in their hands and adds more hours to their day, eventually delivering what it all boils down to for every one of us: peace of mind. “It’s a vicious cycle and not an easy one to get out of once you get trapped. This leaves business owners little time if any to focus on what’s really important: Business growth,” explains Logan. “We feel privileged to be joining hands with Master Painters Queensland as they continue their mission to help members grow and prosper with better service that benefits not just the painters but the community they serve as well.” About Master Painters Australia Queensland Founded in 1913, MPA Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation and a peak representative body for the sunshine state’s painting and decorating industry. MPA Queensland has been assisting the interests of its members and their businesses, ensures legislations and OH&S requirements are met, provide members with industry news and updates and delivers the highest quality of qualified trainings being a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) since 1998. QLD Office: 460-492 Beaudesert Road, Salisbury QLD 4107 Website: Phone: 07 3277 8646 About i4Tradies Founded in 2016 to disrupt the status quo and shake the traditional ways in which Trades Services industry operates, a team of innovators walking in the Trades business owner's shoes day in and day out set out to deliver an unparalleled service delivery experience for their customers, namely Trades Associations, Real Estate, Strata and Facilities Managers. i4Tradies is a Google Cloud Platform partner. Website: Phone: 1800 i4Tradies (1800 448 723)   Endace Study Finds 85 Percent of Large Enterprises Struggle to Protect Critical Network Assets from Cyberattacks and Outages 2019-06-25T11:38:15Z endace-study-finds-85-percent-of-large-enterprises-struggle-to-protect-critical-network-assets-from-cyberattacks-and-outages Auckland, New Zealand; London, UK; and San Jose, Calif. – June 25, 2019 – Endace, a specialist in high-speed network recording, traffic playback and analytics hosting, today announced the results of its latest research study, Challenges of Managing and Securing the Network 2019, conducted by independent, US-based research company, Virtual Intelligence Briefing (VIB). The study surveyed senior executives and technical staff at more than 250 large enterprises globally to understand the challenges that these organizations face in protecting their networks from cyberattack and performance issues. Organizations from a range of industry verticals including Finance, Healthcare, Insurance and Retail participated in the study, which found that one of the biggest challenges for all organizations was a lack of agility, making it difficult for their teams to investigate and respond quickly and accurately to security threats or outages. “96% of respondents indicated they have significant on-premise infrastructure to defend. Clearly, they have data governance and sovereignty responsibilities they can’t outsource,” said Stuart Wilson, CEO, Endace. Respondents cited the need for greater visibility into network activity as one of their top issues: almost 90% of respondents rated having ‘insufficient visibility into network activity to be certain about what is happening’ as a significant challenge for their organization. Some of the key issues reported were: - 81% of respondents reported not having enough monitoring tools in the right places on the network. - 80% rated ‘alert fatigue’ as a significant concern. - 76% reported that ‘tool fatigue’ is a significant issue. - 91% indicated ‘integrating solutions to streamline processes, increase productivity and reduce complexity’ is a significant challenge. - 90% reported slow, complex CAPEX purchasing cycles are reducing their flexibility in defending their organizations’ networks. Tom Riddle, Director, Marketing & Research Solutions at Virtual Intelligence Briefing, said: "These research findings show that IT and security staff still lack adequate tools, efficient workflows and the agility necessary to investigate and respond to threats or issues quickly and accurately enough to keep their infrastructure safe and trouble-free."  “This research shows organizations urgently need to streamline their approach to security to enable rapid and cost-effective deployment. Moving to a common, open analytics platform to host a range of security solutions is a key tactic for better security,” said Cary Wright, VP Product Management at Endace. For a complete copy of the report, or to download a summary of the findings, click here tudy: AI for fraud detection to triple by 2021 2019-06-25T02:03:08Z tudy-ai-for-fraud-detection-to-triple-by-2021 Austin, TX (Jun 24, 2019) While only 13% of organizations use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to detect and deter fraud, another 25% plan to adopt such technologies in the next year or two – a nearly 200% increase. Fraud examiners revealed this and other anti-fraud tech trends in a cross-industry, global survey by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), developed in collaboration with analytics leader SAS. The inaugural Anti-Fraud Technology Benchmarking Report examines data provided by more than 1,000 ACFE members about their employer organizations’ use of technology to fight fraud. Other notable trends include: The rise of biometrics. About one in four organizations (26%) use biometrics as part of their anti-fraud programs; another 16% foresee deploying biometrics by 2021. Increasing budgets. More than half of organizations (55%) plan to increase their anti-fraud tech budgets over the next two years. Changing data analysis techniques. By 2021, nearly three-quarters of organizations (72%) are projected to use automated monitoring, exception reporting and anomaly detection. Similarly, about half of organizations anticipate employing predictive analytics/modeling (52%; up from 30%) and data visualization (47%; currently 35%). “As criminals find new ways to exploit technology to commit schemes and target victims, anti-fraud professionals must likewise adopt more advanced technologies to stop them,” said Bruce Dorris, JD, CFE, CPA, President and CEO of the ACFE. “But which technologies are most effective in helping organizations manage rising fraud risks? The answer to this question can be crucial in successfully implementing new anti-fraud technologies.” Dive deeper online: Trends by industry and more Complementing the benchmarking report, SAS’ online data visualization tool allows users to analyze survey data by industry, geographic region and company size. Survey respondents hail from 24 industries – most prevalently banking/financial services (21%) and government/public administration (17%) – and span the globe. The size of their employer organizations ranges from less than 100 employees to more than 10,000. “Understanding peers’ technologies and strategies can help organizations determine where the industry is headed and guide their anti-fraud tech investments,” said James Ruotolo, Senior Director of Products and Marketing for Fraud and Security Intelligence at SAS. “The dramatic rise of AI, machine learning and predictive modeling reveals that, beyond the hype, advanced analytics is helping investigators keep steps ahead of increasingly sophisticated fraudsters.” The Anti-Fraud Technology Benchmarking Report debuted at the sold-out 30th annual ACFE Global Conference, convening more than 3,000 fraud-fighting professionals on June 23-28 in Austin, TX. The report’s supporting sponsors include SAS alliance members Intel and Capgemini. About the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Based in Austin, Texas, the ACFE is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with more than 85,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud worldwide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession. For more information, visit About SAS SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®. Yubico Announces YubiKey for Lightning Partner Preview Program 2019-06-25T01:39:14Z yubico-announces-yubikey-for-lightning-partner-preview-program-1 PALO ALTO, CA and STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – June 25, 2019 –  Yubico, the leading provider of hardware authentication security keys, today announced that the company is expanding the YubiKey for Lightning Preview Program to broaden access to partners and application developers interested in becoming early adopters.  The Partner Preview Program includes access to a YubiKey 5Ci preview device (formerly the YubiKey for Lightning) for development and testing, along with SDKs for both iOS and Android, so organizations can unify their end-user authentication journey across all mobile platforms. The YubiKey 5Ci, which will be available later this year, delivers dual connections, with both a USB-C and Lightning connector on a single device. With the latest addition for iOS support, the YubiKey becomes a portable root of trust across all major platforms, allowing it to be the trust anchor for the rightful owner to access services on any computer or mobile device. The concept of securely bootstrapping new devices can now finally evolve beyond using SMS and OTP codes. Initially launched in January of this year, the YubiKey for Lightning Private Preview, though limited in participation, received an overwhelmingly positive response from iOS app developers looking to integrate hardware authentication into their iOS mobile apps. Yubico has been working with industry leading applications across many different verticals and geographies, including but not limited to 1Password, Brave browser, Dashlane, DoD PKI Purebred, Keeper Security, Monkton, LastPass, Secmaker, XTN, and more.  Access to the YubiKey for Lightning Partner Preview Program offers several benefits for app developers when going to market. Organizations will increase brand exposure while strengthening the protection of their users’ accounts with cross-platform YubiKey support, including iOS devices. The YubiKey 5 Series supports multiple authentication protocols, including FIDO2, WebAuthn, U2F, OTP, PIV (smartcard) and OpenPGP, to support a variety of use cases allowing developers to deliver their own chosen model of integration with the YubiKey 5Ci. “With our expansion of the YubiKey for Lightning Partner Preview Program, we are looking forward to supporting many more organizations and services who are looking to highlight their commitment to strong authentication on mobile devices,” said Jerrod Chong, Chief Solutions Officer, Yubico. “Together, we will be enabling the YubiKey to work seamlessly on iPhones, iPads, Android and all other computing systems.”   As Yubico continues to extend hardware authentication capabilities for both mobile and computer users, developers and services are invited to work with Yubico by applying for the YubiKey for Lightning Partner Preview Program to enable strong hardware authentication for iOS apps. New YubiKey 5Ci demonstrations and previews of partner supported applications can be seen at Identiverse this week, at the Yubico booth #417. Quotes from supporting YubiKey for Lightning Partners Jeff Shiner, CEO, 1Password “Earlier this month, we launched WebAuthn support in 1Password and are now supporting the upcoming YubiKey 5Ci for iOS as part of the YubiKey Lightning Private Preview Program. Hardware-based authentication provides a great extra layer of protection for 1Password customers.” Brendan Eich, CEO and Co-Founder, Brave Software “Security and privacy are the core values of the Brave browser. Phishing-resistant multi-factor authentication is a critical part of a resilient online ecosystem, and it’s important for us to make sure we are providing our users with the best tools to protect their private information and secure their accounts. We’re thrilled to now offer Yubikey integration with our browser. Partnering with Yubico on the Lightning Private Preview Program has given us the hardware support to take our users’ security to the next level. We’re excited to see Yubico open source their SDKs and for the program to move to the next phase.” Emmanuel Schalit, CEO, Dashlane “Dashlane was the first password manager to take open standards forward by adding U2F and YubiKey support for our application back in 2016. Adding support for the upcoming YubiKey 5Ci is the next progression of that journey, and we are actively working with Yubico and their developer program to continually increase the security of our customers and their passwords." Darren Guccione, CEO and Co-Founder, Keeper Security “Our customers have built their trust in the security and ease of use of Keeper's password manager. It's important that any integration partner share our customer experience imperatives and can help deliver on them. By working to further the integration across iOS, we look forward to extending the usability of YubiKey hardware authenticators with our application on iPhones and iPads.” Dan DeMichele, VP of Product Management, LastPass “Multi-factor authentication is a very important step in adding an extra layer of security, especially when protecting something as critical as your password manager or single sign on account. It is imperative to us that we deliver various MFA options for every audience — from hardware security keys to mobile authenticators – to offer our users flexibility in securing access to their LastPass account. Partnering with Yubico and adding support for the new YubiKey 5Ci product on iOS enables us to provide a full solution that is in alignment with our customers' needs.” Harold Smith III, CEO and Co-Founder, Monkton, Inc. “We at Monkton are extremely excited to announce upcoming support in our Rebar SDK for Yubico’s YubiKey 5Ci preview device. With expanded YubiKey capabilities on iOS, any developer using Rebar will be able to instantly use the YubiKey 5Ci for PIV for authentication and digital signing on iOS devices. This will truly enable our customers, like the US Department of Defense (DoD), to secure government data in a BYOD environment, while allowing users to seamlessly access information from shared or personal devices.” Jonas Öholm, Senior PKI Architect, Secmaker “For years, our customers have benefited from full PKI-based security combined with strong two-factor authentication (2FA) using our Net iD solution with the PIV-compatible YubiKey. Since then, we’ve worked closely with Yubico to implement support for the YubiKey 5Ci to extend our joint solution to the iOS platform.” Guido Ronchetti, CTO, XTN “The YubiKey is the Root of Trust protecting access to our customers’ critical and most sensitive data. XTN is implementing support for strong hardware-backed authentication with the YubiKey to ensure our customers have access to the best software and hardware technologies. Now, with upcoming support for the new YubiKey 5Ci, we’re making it possible for our customers to leverage a portable hardware-backed root of trust for logging into multiple devices, including iPhones and iPads.” About Yubico Yubico sets new global standards for simple and secure access to computers, mobile devices, servers, and internet accounts. The company’s core invention, the YubiKey, delivers strong hardware protection, with a simple touch, across any number of IT systems and online services. The YubiHSM, Yubico’s ultra-portable hardware security module, protects sensitive data stored in servers. Yubico is a leading contributor to the FIDO2, WebAuthn, and FIDO Universal 2nd Factor open authentication standards, and the company’s technology is deployed and loved by 9 of the top 10 internet brands and by millions of users in 160 countries. Founded in 2007, Yubico is privately held, with offices in Sweden, UK, Germany, USA, Australia, and Singapore. For more information: D-Link ANZ launches Unified Wireless AC2200 Wave 2 Tri-Band PoE Access Point 2019-06-24T22:42:57Z d-link-anz-launches-unified-wireless-ac2200-wave-2-tri-band-poe-access-point D-Link ANZ has launched the DWL-7620AP Unified AC Wave 2 Wireless Access Point specially designed for both small to medium businesses or larger enterprises. The new DWL-7620AP provides unparalleled bandwidth and flexibility for administrators looking to deploy a medium to large scale Wi-Fi network with manageable Tri-Band wireless LAN options and utilising the cutting-edge speed of Wireless AC Wave 2.• The Latest Wireless Technology Wave 2 802.11ac• Concurrent 2.4GHz and 2x 5GHz Tri-band• Up to 2.2Gbps aggregated wireless speed1• Two Gigabit LAN ports with Link Aggregation• PoE+ support (802.3at)• MU-MIMO and Bandsteering technologies• Both Standalone or Controller Managed operational modes The DWL-7620AP leverages the full potential of 802.11ac Wave 2 to provide unparalleled connectivity with ultra-high combined data rates. It delivers combined speeds of up to 2.2Gbps and in addition, supports Link Aggregation, which allows two Gigabit Ethernet ports to be linked together and act as a single port to double the available bandwidth and maximise the overall throughput of the access point. Featuring a 2.4GHz and two 5GHz wireless bands to support a growing number of devices connecting to a single access point, Tri-Band technology allows older 802.11b/g/n devices to connect to the 2.4GHz band, while two 5GHz bands can be dedicated to newer, faster wireless AC devices to enjoy seamless bandwidth-intensive applications. Band steering technology efficiently load balances the clients and traffic between the three wireless bands to ensure wireless clients have a superior experience, even in high-density environments. With support for MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output), the DWL-7620AP simultaneously communicates with multiple clients using multiple antennas. This allows the access point to utilise the wireless spectrum more efficiently and to significantly increase the network capacity. The 2 x 2 MU-MIMO technology takes full advantage of all streams to serve more wireless clients, dramatically improving wireless performance. When working in conjunction with D-Link Unified Controllers, the DWL-7620AP, like other Unified Access Points in the DWL Series product line, may be centrally managed. This allows a large number of Access Points (APs) to be deployed and managed easily and efficiently. Once the APs are discovered by the Controller, the administrator can push specific set of configurations onto them, rather than having to do so one by one. In addition, RF resource management and security are also managed centrally, thus allowing the administrator to pre-emptively identify potential deficiencies and weaknesses in the network. For small businesses that need to deploy multiple APs but lack the resources to tackle the complicated task of network management, the DWL-7620AP’s self-configuring cluster feature offers the ideal solution. When a small number of DWL-7620AP’s are deployed on the network, they may be initialised to form a self-configuring cluster. Once the administrator configures one Access Point, the same configuration can then be applied to all remaining APs. Up to 16 APs may be used to form a cluster, making setting up your business wireless network particularly straightforward. There’s also 802.11k Fast Roaming which allows wireless clients to move seamlessly between access points. 802.1p Quality of Service (QoS) provides enhanced throughput and better performance of time‑sensitive traffic like VoIP and streaming DSCP. The AP also supports Wi‑Fi Multimedia (WMM), so in the event of network congestion, time‑sensitive traffic such as video can be prioritised. Airtime Fairness ensures that equal airtime is given to each client, preventing slower devices from monopolising and degrading the wireless connection. Also, when a DWL-7620AP senses a neighbouring device nearby, it will automatically select a noninterfering channel. This greatly reduces RF interference and will allow the administrator to deploy APs more densely. To further minimise 2. When, for whatever reason, the nearby AP is no longer present, the DWL-7620AP will seamlessly increase its transmission power to expand its wireless coverage footprint.In addition when a number of DWL-7620APs are in close proximity with each other, an access point will refuse new association requests once its resources are fully utilised and the association request will be picked up by a neighbouring unit. This ensures that no single AP is overburdened while others nearby sit idle.  AvailabilityThe new DWL-7620AP is available now from for an RRP of AUD$729.95, for an RRP of NZ$819.99 and from all authorised D-Link Partners in Australia and New Zealand.For images of the DWL-7620AP Unified AC Wave 2 Wireless Access Point go to: Notes 1 Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE standard 802.11 and 802.11ac specifications. Actual data throughput will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate. Environmental factors will adversely affect wireless signal range. 2 This feature is available when Unified AP is used in conjunction with D-Link’s line of Unified Wireless Controllers. Gartner Says Worldwide Robotic Process Automation Software Market Grew 63% in 2018 2019-06-24T04:39:01Z gartner-says-worldwide-robotic-process-automation-software-market-grew-63-in-2018 24 June 2019 — Robotic process automation (RPA) software revenue grew 63.1% in 2018 to US$846 million, making it the fastest-growing segment of the global enterprise software market, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner expects RPA software revenue to reach US$1.3 billion in 2019. “The RPA market has grown since our last forecast, driven by digital business demands as organizations look for ‘straight-through’ processing,” said Fabrizio Biscotti, research vice president at Gartner. “Competition is intense, with nine of the top 10 vendors changing market share position in 2018.” The top-five RPA vendors controlled 47% of the market in 2018. The vendors ranked sixth and seventh achieved triple-digit revenue growth (see Table 1). “This makes the top-five ranking appear largely unsettled,” Mr. Biscotti added. Table 1: RPA Software Market Share by Revenue, Worldwide (Millions of U.S. Dollars) 2017 Rank 2018 Rank Company 2017 Revenue 2018 Revenue 2017-2018 Growth (%) 2018 Market Share (%) 5 1 UiPath 15.7 114.8 629.5 13.6 1 2 Automation Anywhere 74.0 108.4 46.5 12.8 3 3 Blue Prism 34.6 71.0 105.0 8.4 2 4 NICE 36.0 61.5 70.6 7.3 4 5 Pegasystems 28.9 41.0 41.9 4.8 8 6 Kofax 10.4 37.0 256.6 4.4 11 7 NTT-AT 4.9 28.5 480.9 3.4 6 8 EdgeVerve Systems 15.7 20.5 30.1 2.4 7 9 OpenConnect 15.2 16.0 5.3 1.9 9 10 HelpSystems 10.2 13.7 34.3 1.6     Others 273.0 333.8 22.2 39.4       Total 518.8 846.2 63.1 100.0 Due to rounding, numbers may not add up precisely to the totals shown Source: Gartner (June 2019) North America continued to dominate the RPA software market, with a 51% share in 2018, but its share dropped by 2 percentage points year over year. Western Europe held the No. 2 position, with a 23% share. Japan came third, with adoption growth of 124% in 2018. “This shows that RPA software is appealing to organizations across the world, due to its quicker deployment cycle times, compared with other options such as business process management platforms and business process outsourcing,” said Mr. Biscotti. Digital Transformation Efforts Drive RPA Adoption Although RPA software can be found in all industries, the biggest adopters are banks, insurance companies, telcos and utility companies. These organizations traditionally have many legacy systems and choose RPA solutions to ensure integration functionality. “The ability to integrate legacy systems is the key driver for RPA projects. By using this technology, organizations can quickly accelerate their digital transformation initiatives, while unlocking the value associated with past technology investments,” said Mr. Biscotti. Gartner expects the RPA software market to look very different three years from now. Large software companies, such as IBM, Microsoft and SAP, are partnering with or acquiring RPA software providers, which means they are increasing the awareness and traction of RPA software in their sizable customer bases. At the same time, new vendors are seizing the opportunity to adapt traditional RPA capabilities for digital business demands, such as event stream processing and real-time analytics. “This is an exciting time for RPA vendors,” said Mr. Biscotti. “However, the current top players will face increasing competition, as new entrants will continue to enter a market whose fast evolution is blurring the lines distinguishing RPA from other automation technologies, such as optical character recognition and artificial intelligence.” Gartner clients can read more in “Market Share Analysis: Robotic Process Automation, Worldwide, 2018”. About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities and build the successful organizations of tomorrow. Our unmatched combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on the issues that matter most. We are a trusted advisor and objective resource for more than 15,000 organizations in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and organization size. To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit Australian Forex Trading Educator Launches New Training Courses 2019-06-24T01:27:15Z australian-forex-trading-educator-launches-new-training-courses SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 24 June, 2019 – The world-renowned forex trading education provider Learn to Trade is once again launching a new course for hopeful new students in Australia. The new training course, dubbed the Ultimate Forex Starter workshop, is a 5-hour event held in various cities across Australia. According to the company, trading in the foreign exchange market is becoming increasingly popular among ordinary people in Australia. Some graduates of the programs offered by Learn to Trade have even been able to turn trading into their full-time career, the company revealed. “We are extremely happy to once again open up spots for new students at our Ultimate Forex Starter workshop,” said Adam Truelove, Global Trading Director at Learn to Trade. “More than 250,000 people have already been through one of our training sessions globally, and we have learned that the demand for quality trading education is still huge out there,” he added. Although Learn to Trade is headquartered in London, the company also has a big presence in Australia, and recently opened its new state-of-the-art forex trading training centre in Sydney. The company was founded by the legendary British forex trader and former banker Greg Secker in 2003, and was later brought to Australia by a team of experienced Australian traders and trading coaches. In addition to its heavy presence Australia, Learn to Trade today has offices in the UK, the Philippines, Spain, and South Africa, with plans to continue the expansion in the coming years. The company also said it remains committed to investing in the future as it works towards its goal of educating more ordinary people about the opportunities that exist in the forex market. Learn to Trade’s Ultimate Forex Starter workshop is currently accepting applications from people of all backgrounds, and in particular encourages people with no prior experience from finance and trading to sign up. In the past, Learn to Trade has successfully trained people with diverse backgrounds, ranging from nurses to teachers, carpenters, and retirees. For a limited time only, seats at the Ultimate Forex Starter workshop are available for only $97. To learn more about what Learn to Trade can offer, and to sign up for the Ultimate Forex Starter workshop or any of their other training programs, visit Learn to Trade online or contact one of their staff members by phone at (02) 8412 6000 or via email at AIIA South Australia and Northern Territory iAwards showcase outstanding Australian innovation 2019-06-20T23:11:54Z aiia-south-australia-and-northern-territory-iawards-showcase-outstanding-australian-innovation The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak industry body for the technology sector, last night announced the South Australia/Northern Territory iAwards winners for 2019. AIIA’s iAwards, now in its 26th year, is Australia’s leading awards and recognition program that brings homegrown innovations to the world stage. Awards were presented in categories comprising Business Service Markets, Public Sector & Government, Research & Development Project of the Year, Infrastructure & Platforms Project of the Year, Startup of the Year and the Data Insights Innovation of the Year. At a gala event held last night at the Panorama Ballroom, Adelaide Convention Centre, The Hon. Steven Marshall, Premier of South Australia, presented the 2019 South Australian Premier’s iAward for Public Sector Innovation. The event also welcomed The Hon. David Pisoni, Minister for Innovation and Skills. "These awards honour the outstanding achievements of the public sector, individuals and companies at the cutting edge of technological innovation, as well as leading professionals across the digital economy,” Premier Marshall said. “I’d like to congratulate all of tonight’s winners, and thank them for their efforts to improve our lives and workplaces.” AIIA CEO Ron Gauci said the innovation showcased by the 2019 finalists builds on the incredible success of last year’s iAwards, creating further momentum for the Australian technology sector. "AIIA would like to congratulate the winners and merit recipients of the 2019 SA/NT iAwards. "For 26 years the iAwards has recognised, celebrated and elevated those at the forefront of Australian innovation. This year, we’re once again proud to provide a platform for, and encouragement to people in our community who dedicate their time and energy to develop technological ideas that can make a real difference at home, in the office or on a global scale. “We continue to be inspired by Australian innovators, whether they're in startups, the public sector, community services, primary school, academia, or private enterprise. The outstanding work of the 2019 finalists adds to the growing momentum in Australian innovation, which will create positive change for the community, and play an important part in shaping and growing Australia’s modern economy," he said. Winners and merit recipients across all categories will go on to represent SA/NT and compete at the National iAwards. National winners will be announced on 29 August 2019 at the prestigious AIIA 2019 iAwards Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, held in Melbourne, which will be attended by startups, innovators, investors, business and community leaders, and federal and state politicians. The SA/NT iAwards winners and merit recipients are: SA Premier’s iAward for Public Sector Innovation: Winner – Passive Radar for Space Situational Awareness, Silentium Defence (SA) Junior Students: Winner – Emergency KID, Murray Bridge High School (SA) Consumer Markets: Winner – Tekuma: Revolutionising Tactile Control, Tekuma (SA) Merit – Forever Has Fallen, Forever Has Fallen (SA) Community Service Markets: Winner – Aboriginal Recorded Voice Announcement, Northern Territory Police (NT) Merit – Digital Treatment for Tinnitus Sufferers, Valetud T/A Tinnitus Treatment & Pernix (SA) Merit – Street Connect, South Australian Housing Authority (SA) Business Service Markets: Winner – INSPIRE: Learning with Diversity, SRA Information Technology & Catholic Education NT (NT) Merit – LAAMP, Cortex Interactive (SA) Public Sector & Government: Winner – Street Connect, South Australian Housing Authority (SA) Merit – Passive Radar for Space Situational Awareness, Silentium Defence (SA) Merit – ORION Project, Data to Decisions CRC (SA) Research & Development Project of the Year: Winner – GAIA, Consilium Technology (SA) Merit – ORION Project, Data to Decisions CRC (SA) Infrastructure & Platforms Innovation of the Year: Winner – Elders Smart Farmer Digital Transformation, Elders (SA) Merit – LAAMP, Cortex Interactive (SA) Industrial & Primary Industries: Winner – GAIA, Consilium Technology (SA) Startup of the Year: Winner – Digital Treatment for Tinnitus Sufferers, Valetud T/A Tinnitus Treatment & Pernix (SA) Merit – Passive Radar for Space Situational Awareness, Silentium Defence (SA) Data Insights Innovation of the Year: Winner – Digital Treatment for Tinnitus Sufferers, Valetud T/A Tinnitus Treatment & Pernix (SA) AIIA’s iAwards program is a critical platform demonstrating the impact that its members and the broader technology sector are driving to improve Australia’s social and economic prosperity. In the age of the ‘ideas boom’ the impact of the technology sector that AIIA represents is more crucial to Australia’s future than ever before. The 2019 iAwards is proudly supported by National iAwards Program Partner and Inspiration iAward Sponsor Victoria State Government, National Program Sponsors AuDA, The University of Queensland and NBN Co, Major PitchFest Sponsor CSIRO’s Data61 and Platinum table sponsor UTS. The 2019 SA/NT iAwards sponsors are: SA Premier’s iAward Sponsor, South Australian Government ; Platinum Sponsor Microsoft, Bronze table Sponsors include NBN Co, DWS & Symplicit, Telstra, MEGT and NEC. Descriptions of winner and merit recipient projects: Aboriginal Recorded Voice Announcement, Northern Territory Police All police stations in the Northern Territory now have a recorded voice announcement at the beginning of each call in the local Aboriginal language. If staff are not able to answer the call, then the caller can leave a voice message that is sent to the police station via email. Digital Treatment for Tinnitus Sufferers, Valetud T/A Tinnitus Treatment & Pernix Targeting affordable, accessible treatment for 20% of the population suffering from tinnitus. A digital platform designed and recommended by an ear, nose and throat specialist doctor. Delivering a customised narrowband sound via an individual’s mobile device, which teaches the brain to ignore tinnitus thereby reducing its impact, resulting in better quality of life. Elders Smart Farmer Digital Transformation, Elders Elders has partnered with HCL Technologies to build a mobile app called 'Smart Farmer' to support digital applications that are smart, easy-to-use and cloud-driven, which can scale based on demand and integrate with a variety of third-party data sources in a reliable and secure way. Emergency KID, Murray Bridge High School Emergency KID, the safety application by kids for kids. Emergency KID is an innovative mobile app designed to educate, and help children who find themselves in emergencies such as dealing with injuries or contacting emergency services. The app is colourful yet simple, to be engaging to its target audience, kids. Forever Has Fallen, Forever Has Fallen Blockbuster storytelling using a fictional world made of film, augmented reality, websites, mobile devices and live events. Fans engage in global gameplay as they hunt for the truth, solve challenges and earn rewards. This new fan-centric model redefines how blockbuster entertainment is produced and consumed. GAIA, Consilium Technology GAIA is a revolutionary web application developed by Consilium Technology, which automatically locates and monitors individual high-value crops at continent-scale. In a global first, GAIA has mapped and measured every vine row within Australia. GAIA also delivers crop health maps and intelligent analytics – enabling organisations to make better decisions. INSPIRE: Learning with Diversity, SRA Information Technology & Catholic Education NT INSPIRE is an integrated software platform, supporting schools to improve learning outcomes for students with additional needs. INSPIRE helps to identify, plan, support, adjust, refer, manage, assess and report on all disability and diversity categories. INSPIRE complies with the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) policy. LAAMP, Cortex Interactive LAAMP is an innovative, immersive learning solution harnessing virtual reality and augmented reality technologies to maximise learning outcomes. Addressing barriers associated with traditional methods, LAAMP increases retention and engagement, reduces costs, and improves compliance and occupational health and safety. LAAMP's tailored approach supports and empowers learners across all levels, ensuring a smarter, safer workplace. ORION Project, Data to Decisions CRC When a patient leaves hospital after a heart procedure, little is known about the outcome of the treatment, for example, did they experience complications within 30 days? The ORION project uses healthcare records to create an Australian-first nationwide assessment of hospital-based care using advanced statistical techniques and big data analysis. Passive Radar for Space Situational Awareness, Silentium Defence Silentium Defence’s Passive Radar for Space Situational Awareness provides critical insight into the growing number of objects in orbit around earth. Range, rate of movement and orbit can be tracked passively (covertly) for the first-time enabling Australia’s Defence Force and allies to achieve mission assurance, global competitiveness and national security. Street Connect, South Australian Housing Authority Street Connect is a web app helping to provide support more quickly to people sleeping rough in Adelaide's inner city. Anyone can drop a pin on the map to show where they have seen someone sleeping rough. Street to Home, a specialist homelessness service, uses this information to visit the person. Tekuma: Revolutionising Tactile Control, Tekuma Revolutionising tactile control. Control six- degrees of movement of a device with one hand and without looking down. Free up other hand to control device’s peripheral, for example: Camera on a drone, robotic arm or delivery mechanism. Intuitive, robust and universal. We reduce the time, cost, personnel and training required. -ENDS- About the AIIA’s iAwards AIIA’s iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the Economy. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. Join the conversation AIIA’s iAwards get people talking about Innovation. Take advantage of the buzz by joining the conversation on Twitter with #iAwards, liking iAwards on Facebook and staying in touch with LinkedIn. About the AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the ecosystem. Since 1978, AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. AIIA does this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contact Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8188 3616 Optimizely Announces Series D Funding Led by Goldman Sachs, Catapulting Digital Experience Optimization Into the Mainstream 2019-06-20T06:09:55Z optimizely-announces-series-d-funding-led-by-goldman-sachs-catapulting-digital-experience-optimization-into-the-mainstream Today, Optimizely, the world’s leader in digital experience optimization, announced it has closed US$105 million in financing, including US$50 million in Series D funding. The funding, led by Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing, also included Accenture Ventures. This brings the company’s total funding to US$200 million. Additionally, Michael Kondoleon of Goldman Sachs will join Optimizely’s Board of Directors as a Board Member.    Digital Experience Optimization Hits the Mainstream  Industry-leading organizations are embracing digital experience optimization as more than a quarter of the Fortune 100 have chosen Optimizely’s experimentation and personalization platform. The category has exploded, and Optimizely customers like Gap, Visa, StubHub, as well as digital leaders like Metromile, Lending Club, and Sonos, are making experimentation a mainstream business best practice.  In the last two years, Optimizely’s customers have tripled their investments in digital experience optimization with the company’s highly scalable infrastructure now handling over 6 billion events a day. Optimizely has consistently deployed breakthrough products and the company’s machine learning capabilities have been shown to double website visitor conversion rates. Recent platform additions also ensure that Optimizely serves the needs of the developer community through feature management, feature flagging, and testing in production to ensure organizations can safely launch a new product, feature, or experience.  “Optimizely is recognized as a leader in the experimentation space and the solution of choice for numerous global brands. We’re pleased to have Accenture onboard as a co-investor in the Series D. We see a substantial market opportunity ahead for Optimizely, and we are excited to help fuel their continued growth,” said Michael Kondoleon, vice president at Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing.  Optimizely also extended its line of credit with Bridge Bank in this latest investment round. Combined with the additional funding from Goldman Sachs and Accenture Ventures, this investment signals a tipping point for the category of digital experience optimization, with Optimizely the clear innovator and category leader.  “Bridge Bank is proud to continue working with Optimizely, a global leader at the forefront of the digital experience optimization market,” said Mike Lederman, senior vice president and western region director of Bridge Bank’s technology banking group. “Optimizely is on a path of substantial growth and the additional capital will help them continue to build market-leading products that are used by an increasing number of top global brands.”  Accenture Interactive Doubles Down on Experience Optimization Offering with Strategic Investment in Optimizely   Accenture Interactiveand Optimizely have been teaming together since 2013 to help some of the leading brands transform customer experiences to drive superior business outcomes. “Today’s business leaders are aware of the importance of experience but nevertheless struggle to continuously optimize and personalize their channels consistent with their customers’ expectations,” said Matty Wishnow, managing director of experience design & optimization at Accenture Interactive. “We know well that experimentation is the quickest, most confident path to better user experiences and returns on investment. Optimizely has a platform that truly transforms how experiences work for both the business and the customer.” With this new investment, Accenture Interactive and Optimizely will work more closely together to deliver high-value services along with Optimizely’s best in class software platform. “We’re thrilled to have the backing of one of the most respected financial institutions in the world. Goldman Sachs’ investment in Optimizely is a clear indication that the digital experience optimization market is growing rapidly and that Optimizely is the leader in this space,” said Jay Larson, CEO of Optimizely. “As more business is done online, companies understand that optimizing the digital experiences they deliver to their customers is the difference between winning and losing in their respective markets. Building experimentation into your company culture requires the best platform and the best services. The combination of Optimizely and Accenture can deliver game-changing value to companies that are serious about winning in today’s digital economy.”   About Optimizely Optimizely is the world's leader in digital experience optimization, allowing businesses to dramatically drive up the value of their digital products, commerce and campaigns through its best in class experimentation software platform. By replacing digital guesswork with evidence-based results, Optimizely enables product and marketing professionals to accelerate innovation, lower the risk of new features, and drive up the return on investment from digital. Optimizely's impressive customer list includes Visa, BBC, IBM, Wall Street Journal and many more global enterprises. To learn more, visit    About Bridge Bank Bridge Bank, a division of Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, helps business clients realize their growth ambitions. Founded in 2001 in Silicon Valley, Bridge Bank offers a better way to bank for small-market and middle-market businesses across many industries, as well as emerging technology companies and the private equity community. Geared to serving both venture-backed and non-venture-backed companies, Bridge Bank delivers a broad scope of financial solutions including growth capital, equipment and working capital credit facilities, sustainable energy project finance, venture debt, treasury management, asset-based lending, SBA and commercial real estate loans, ESOP finance and a full line of international products and services. Based in San Jose, Bridge Bank has eight offices in major markets across the country along with Western Alliance Bank’s powerful array of specialized financial services.Western Alliance Bank is the primary subsidiary of Phoenix-based Western Alliance Bancorporation. One of the country’s top-performing banking companies, Western Alliance is ranked #1 regional bank by S&P Global Market Intelligence for 2018 and in the top 10 on the Forbes “Best Banks in America” list for four consecutive years, 2016-2019. For more information, visit