The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-01-16T00:58:56Z Boomi Aligns Amcor’s Australian Supply Chain Data 2019-01-16T00:58:56Z boomi-aligns-amcors-australian-supply-chain-data Sydney, Australia – January 16, 2019 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) has announced that global packaging producer, Amcor, has fortified its supply chain by leveraging the Boomi Platform to integrate and align its applications and data with third party logistics (3PL) partner, AirRoad. Amcor creates responsible packaging for food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, home and personal care, and a range of other flexibles and rigid plastics across 200 sites in 43 countries. Its large-scale operation relies heavily on the availability of accurate and up-to-date data to meet delivery schedules. This applies to data shared with AirRoad, which provides warehousing and distribution services for Amcor’s southern region operations, including the supply of materials to many of Australia’s largest fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies. With a requirement for seamless data aggregation, sharing and analysis, Amcor implemented the Boomi’s integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) as part of a strategic decision to automate key elements of its daily operations. Formerly, the data moving through Amcor’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) and 3PL warehouse management systems was processed manually. This introduced the natural risks associated with human error, and the potential to interrupt the organisation’s supply chain and delay client orders. “We want our customers to grow and prosper from Amcor’s quality, service and innovation,” said Paul Tierney, IT Applications Director, Amcor. “This includes fulfilling customer orders accurately and on time, every time.” The key benefit using Boomi has introduced is efficiency around sales order allocation, with information automatically transferred to AirRoad, allowing the 3PL provider to fulfil the order quickly and have trucks moving faster. “Operational efficiency is critical for an organisation like Amcor, which strives to ensure clients receive their orders to the standards they expect,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan, Dell Boomi. “The introduction of Boomi as the connection point between its ERP and 3PL partner has allowed Amcor to streamline its supply chain to achieve faster order turnaround; the technology works in the background so the frontline of the business can deliver to demands.” About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, is the leading provider of a unified platform to build The Connected Business, from cloud integration to workflow automation. Boomi helps organizations accelerate business agility by connecting data, applications and people to run faster and smarter. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © 2019 Boomi Inc. Dell, Boomi, and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other names or marks may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Special note: Statements in this material that relate to future results, future hiring, and future events or investment are forward-looking statements and are based on Boomi’s current expectations. In some cases, you can identify these statements by such forward-looking words as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “confidence,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “should,” “will” and “would,” or similar expressions. Actual results, hiring, customer trends, and events in future periods may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements because of a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, including the challenge of finding and onboarding new personnel, marketplace trends, ongoing management attention to the market, the uncertainties associated with technology changes and the development and release of new technology. Boomi and Dell Technologies assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Fire Rating Solutions Working on New Victorian Police Centre Project 2019-01-15T06:45:42Z fire-rating-solutions-working-on-new-victorian-police-centre-project Fire experts Fire Rating Solution (FRS) is involved in a large project at the New Victorian Police Centre at 311 Spencer Street, Melbourne. The company is working with builders Probuild, Mechanical contractors AE Smith and with Downer looking after the electrical works. FRS will be implementing electronic recording of all works with marked-up plans and photos of all works that can be provided to the client in real time at any stage. The new Victoria Police Centre is next to the Cbus Property’s recently completed 12 level City West Police Complex. The site is positioned on the North West corner of the Hoddle City Grid and provides an important gateway opportunity between the Melbourne CBD and Dockland precinct. The Victoria Police Centre comprises a purpose built 39 storey A-grade commercial office building providing approximately 65,500 sqm of NLA (net leasable area) and a four-level basement for 600 cars. The development will accommodate the balance of Victoria Police operations and associated support services. A full turn key fitout will also be delivered as part of the development in accordance with Victoria Police requirements including helipad and firing range.   The building features an efficient side core design providing large open typical floor plates of approximately 2,000sqm. It includes a high level of environmental credentials to target a 4.5 Star NABERS Energy and Water rating together with a 5 Star Green Star Office Design rating.   FRS is a specialist company that can manage all passive fire protection requirements from project start to finish.  These passive fire protection requirements may vary from fire penetration sealing, PVC pipe penetration sealing, vermiculite spray, intumescent paint or an audit of existing building conditions.  For more information on  intumescent paint, fireproof paint, intumescent fire damper , fire safety inspection and more, https://www.fireratingsolutions.com.au/ FRS can be contacted on (03) 9419 1393 or admin@frsaust.com.au 90% of Companies Deploy Artificial Intelligence to Enhance the Customer Journey: MIT Global Survey 2018-12-18T01:14:17Z 90-of-companies-deploy-artificial-intelligence-to-enhance-the-customer-journey-mit-global-survey New MIT Technology Review Insights report sponsored by Genesys found that ‘customer–centric’ brands using advanced AI benefit from increased efficiency, greater brand loyalty, and notable gains in revenue. A global survey of nearly 600 executives across 18 countries found that companies adopting artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled technology across the customer journey have seen a positive impact on customer satisfaction, service delivery and contact centre performance. Humans + bots: Tension and opportunity – How top global brands blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth, is the new report from MIT Technology Review Insights, sponsored by Genesys. It analyses how businesses use AI in customer experience programs and examines the corresponding business performance and return on investment (ROI). The survey polled small to large-sized companies, with nearly half of respondents from large organisations with over $5 billion in revenue. Over a quarter (27%) of the customer experience executives surveyed were from the Asia Pacific region (APAC) many of whom were based in Australia and New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand companies confident in AI The survey finds that businesses in Asia Pacific report greater confidence that AI will contribute to significant brand awareness and customer lifetime value performance. Other APAC findings include: Nearly half of respondents indicated that between 25% to 50% of all enquiries are now completely resolved through automated channels, leaving agents more time to handle complex tasks. 84% of respondents believed customers felt closer to them because of their efforts to improve customer experience. More so than other regions, APAC respondents balance a strategic concern for efficiency and intimacy with 76% believing AI investment is driven by a need to improve customer intimacy, and 96% agreeing it is also driven by a need to improve customer experience efficiency. Large Upticks in Efficiency Globally, respondents reported that AI dramatically improves the efficiency, processing speed and transaction volume of customer interactions. Almost 90% of companies report faster complaint resolution, and over 80% say they enhance call volume processing using AI. By implementing AI, 70% of respondents report they’ve benefitted from improved revenue. More than half of those surveyed note increases in overall revenue of more than 5%, while over 30% cite revenue growth of more than 10%. Merijn te Booij, Chief Marketing Officer, Genesys said that the research shows that businesses win big when they deploy AI to handle simple, repetitive tasks. “AI dramatically saves human resources for more complicated or emotional customer needs. “Pairing automation and machine learning with live agents lead to happier customers, more satisfied employees and financial rewards,” said te Booji. Deepening Customer Relationships The MIT Report also revealed that 67% of customer experience leaders embrace AI to make the customer experience more efficient, but also to create deeper, more meaningful relationships with consumers. In fact, 74% of those surveyed say AI enables agents to spend more quality time with customers. And, over two-thirds of respondents say they employ automated self-service channels, instant messaging chatbots, and sentiment analysis to deliver highly personalised experiences that strengthen ties with customers. Additionally, 45% of respondents (and more than 75% of customer experience leaders) say AI helps them understand the difference between their stated brand attributes and what customers really think about them. “While investments in AI are primarily driven by efforts to improve efficiency, the technology’s ability to help companies understand and connect with their customers in more meaningful ways cannot be understated,” te Booij explained. “Not only do businesses from across the world benefit from day-to-day improvements in contact center performance, they also achieve significant gains in customer loyalty and revenue.” - ends - The full report: Humans + bots: Tension and opportunity – How top global brands blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth. MIT Technology Review Insights, 2018. is available from Genesys. Download your copy here. About MIT Technology Review Insights For more than 100 years MIT Technology Review has served as the world’s longest-running technology magazine, the standard bearer of news and insights on how the latest technologies affect the world around us. Read by a global community of innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and executives at the highest level, it offers an unrivaled authority that is backed by the world’s foremost technology institution, and features editors with a deep technical knowledge and understanding of technological advances. MIT Technology Review Insights is the content solutions division of MIT Technology Review. It includes two main divisions: Research and Live Events. Aligned with the same stellar editorial heritage and standards as the magazine itself, we leverage our access to a wide network of subject matter experts and leading content contributors to create custom content for clients who want to reach new audiences with relevant, cogent and high-quality stories and experiences to users wherever they want it — in digital, print, online, and via unique in-person experiences. Humans + bots: Tension and opportunity is a report by MIT Technology Review Insights based on a global survey of 599 executives and a series of expert interviews. MIT Technology Review collected and reported on all findings contained in this paper independently, regardless of participation or sponsorship. About Genesys Genesys® powers more than 25 billion of the world’s best customer experiences each year. Our success comes from connecting employee and customer conversations on any channel. Every day, 11,000 companies in more than 100 countries trust our #1 customer experience platform to drive great business outcomes and create lasting relationships. Combining the best of technology and human ingenuity, we build solutions that mirror natural communication and work the way you think. Our industry-leading solutions foster true omnichannel engagement because they perform equally well across channels, on-premises and in the cloud. Experience communication as it should be: fluid, instinctive and profoundly empowering. Visit genesys.com on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and the Genesys blog. ©2018 Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc. All rights reserved. Genesys and the Genesys logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Genesys. All other company names and logos may be registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective companies. Media contacts Australia Elizabeth Williams Group Account Director ZADRO elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 +61 411 201 354 Julie Donovan Senior Account Manager ZADRO julie@zadroagency.com.au +61 29212 7867 +61 410 510 080 Sunsuper slashes customer response times with CX offering from Genesys 2018-12-12T01:26:59Z sunsuper-slashes-customer-response-times-with-cx-offering-from-genesys Sunsuper, one of Australia’s fastest growing superannuation funds, selected Genesys® (www.genesys.com/anz), the global leader in omnichannel customer experience (CX) and contact centre solutions, to refresh its CX capabilities to support business growth and has already seen impressive results. Sunsuper’s previous contact centre system needed between two and three business days to respond to emails and web queries. Since switching to Genesys PureConnect™ inquiries are now resolved in a matter of hours. By integrating web chat functionality across key online functions – member join and pay super online fulfilment rates have also improved. Enhanced features and new functionalities have given Sunsuper members greater choice on when and how they want to engage, lifting customer satisfaction by 2% and increasing the number of members who have judged their experience with Sunsuper as ‘excellent’ or ‘above and beyond’. QPC, a partner specialising in contact centres, worked to identify key business objectives as part of overhauling Sunsuper’s CX capabilities. After 10 years of solid growth, Sunsuper needed a solution that was faster and more efficient to enable better business performance to provide a seamless customer and user experience. QPC recommended the Genesys PureConnect™ omnichannel contact centre solution, after close consideration of all market options, for its unified approach to managing multichannel customer interactions. Amalie White, Head of Customer Interactions, Sunsuper, said the Genesys PureConnect platform was the right solution for them as it met their core values of being a customer-centric organisation. “Its intuitive features and ability to streamline tasks across different communication channels, has led to real, tangible results for the business already. “Our initial trial of the Genesys PureConnect platform began with 80 customer representatives; it has since been rolled out to 250 Sunsuper staff, representing nearly a quarter of the organisation. This is a testament to the capabilities and intuitive nature of our refreshed customer offering,” said Ms White. In addition, Sunsuper expects more business performance improvements. Previously, contact centre agents were juggling multiple, disparate systems and onboarding/training of new staff was lengthy and costly. Genesys PureConnect solution has paved the way for a frictionless, easy and immediate customer journey. Happier customers have also led to a positive impact on staff satisfaction. By streamlining administrative tasks, staff are able to focus on more rewarding conversations with members. Gwilym Funnell, Vice President of Sales and Managing Director, Genesys Australia and New Zealand, said the increasing digitisation across all industry sectors has put pressure on businesses to keep up with the pace – or risk losing out to competition. “Genesys has built a reputation for developing some of the world’s most sophisticated contact centre solutions to support organisations and their evolving customer and business needs. We are pleased to see Genesys PureConnect equip organisations like Sunsuper for success today and into the future,” said Mr Funnell. Genesys PureCloud Generates Triple-Digit Revenue Growth Year On Year 2018-12-10T01:45:00Z genesys-purecloud-generates-triple-digit-revenue-growth-year-on-year In the first three quarters of 2018, Genesys® reported record momentum for the PureCloud® platform, a unified, all-in-one customer engagement and business communications solution. In Australia and New Zealand, the company boosted PureCloud revenue by nearly 100% and customer wins grew by nearly 200%, compared with the same period last year. Genesys signed deals with more than 500 customers globally, making PureCloud one of the fastest-growing Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms on the market today. With a proven return on investment (ROI) nearing 600%*, leading brands of all sizes are choosing PureCloud to avoid high upfront investment for hardware and software associated with on-premise solutions. The cloud solution enables businesses to engage with their customers via voice, web chat, email and text. Companies including Accordo New Zealand, Westpac New Zealand, The Warehouse Group, Fonterra, 86 400, Greater Bank and O’Brien Glass have made the move to PureCloud, joining international firms such as Actavo, ARS, Asistencia Boliva, BookIt.com, Butterball, Company Nurse, Entrust Energy, Flex Gestão de Relacionamentos S.A., Kenkou Communications (RIZAP GROUP), Performance Health Technology, Pfizer Japan, Postcode Lottery, QuinStreet Brazil, Seguros Bolivar, and many more. A Cross-Industry Solution for Customer Conversations In the past year, over half of all new customers chose Genesys PureCloud, across the three primary offerings. This is due to its ease of use, quick deployment and scalability. In addition, there has been marked momentum among enterprises, with a 330% increase in new customer wins with very large organisations, including a multi-million-dollar deal with one of the world’s leading ridesharing companies. Notably, there’s been marked growth in the number of deals won in the public sector (600%) and travel/tourism industry (300%). PureCloud’s global footprint has expanded rapidly. North America and Latin America have experienced double-digit increases; while wins in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific have climbed nearly 200% each. This growth is due in part, to the deployment of the Amazon Web Services Cloud in Germany, the expansion of PureCloud’s internet-based telephony service in four new markets, and the solution’s growing ecosystem of strategic reseller partners. In fact, PureCloud partners account for almost 50% of software sales this year alone. “There’s no denying PureCloud is experiencing explosive growth,” said Olivier Jouve, Executive Vice President of PureCloud at Genesys. “Smaller, fast-growing organisations with limited resources love PureCloud because of its simplicity and cost-effectiveness. Large, global enterprises applaud it for its infinite scalability and the flexibility of its public API. And no matter the size – everyone agrees – it just gets the job done.” Getting Better All the Time Currently, PureCloud manages an average of more than 3 million conversations per day and 4 billion API calls a month for businesses around the world across every industry. New features and capabilities are released to the PureCloud platform every week, with nearly 130 this year to date. A few highlights include: Analytics: New filter, save and export capabilities provide customers with virtually limitless ways to view, filter and refine data. Digital: Support offered for SMS text interactions, Facebook Messenger, LINE, and Twitter. Workforce Management: The first-ever AI-powered automated forecasting and scheduling service for contact centres generates results with proven accuracy of 95%-97%. Embeddable Framework: Using this simple plug-and-play framework, now the PureCloud user interface can be embedded into third party applications, such as a customer relationship management (CRM) system. Premium Client Applications for the PureCloud platform: More than 60 PureCloud integrations are available, and over half of PureCloud customers are using one or more. Customers can also access a free trial of third-party Premium Client Applications directly through the Genesys AppFoundry, allowing customers to go from installation to setup in less than five minutes. Launched globally in 2015, the PureCloud platform is flexible, open, feature-rich, and built for rapid innovation, providing organisations with a future-proof solution for quickly scaling to meet customer growth. Recently, Genesys was recognised as a “Leader” for its PureCloud platform in “The Forrester Wave™: Cloud Contact Centers, Q3 2018” report. Forrester Research, Inc., a leading global research and advisory firm, looked at current product offering, strategy, and market presence. Download your complimentary copy of The Forrester Wave: Cloud Contact Centers, Q3 2018. *A commissioned Total Economic Impact™ of Genesys PureCloud study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Genesys, December 2017. More information: www.genesys.com/anz Winner Of Best Aussie Vans 2018 - Sunland Caravans Phoenix MY19 Off Road Caravan 2018-12-03T23:41:41Z winner-of-best-aussie-vans-2018-sunland-caravans-phoenix-my19-off-road-caravan Caboolture, Queensland, December 3rd 2018. Off road caravans manufacturer, Sunland Caravans can proudly announce themselves as Winners of the '$100k+' category. The '2018 AL-KO Best Aussie Vans' put the top off road caravan manufacturers together, in a test of performance, value and features. Categories the 4 Judges from Caravan World were scoring on covered Value For Money, Self-Sufficiency, Towability, Suitability For Intended Touring, Layout, Quality Of Finish, Build Quality, Creature Comforts, Innovation and, last but not least 'X-Factor'."This is a fantastic reward for the hard work, attention to detail, innovative thinking and customer oriented manufacturing ethic owner Roy Wyss and his staff have stuck by since their previous top award in 2015." Said marketing manager Andy Fox-Hulme. Owner Roy Wyss also commented: "To get a second award going into the new year is a tremendous testament to the fact that Sunland Caravans are still building the best off road caravans money can buy. Everyone at Sunland wishes you all a very happy Christmas and New Year. We thank you for your support, we are looking forward to a tremendous 2019 and to building upon this hard earned, very well deserved and greatly appreciated award!" The Sunland Caravans Phoenix MY19 Off Road, official winner '2018 AL-KO Best Aussie Vans' $100k+ category. Sunland Caravans have been building high quality, off road caravans from their Caboolture locations for more than 15 years. Their focus on thoughtful design, innovation and quality construction keeps them at the forefront of caravan manufacturing. For more information about the Caravans, Design and Manufacturing at Sunland Caravans visit: https://sunlandcaravans.com.au Contact Information: Media Contact - Andy Fox-Hulme (07)5499 2250 andyfox@sunlandcaravans.com.au BECA TARGETS FEDERAL MPS IN FRESH NEW ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN FOR BUSINESS EVENTS 2018-12-03T08:06:18Z beca-targets-federal-mps-in-fresh-new-advocacy-campaign-for-business-events-1 Media release: 3 December 2018 BECA TARGETS FEDERAL MPS IN FRESH NEW ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN FOR BUSINESS EVENTS BECA urges government to provide assurity for policy and funding via six key pillars Members of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA), launched a pre-election campaign at Parliament House in Canberra last week calling on Members of Parliament to unequivocally support policy and funding of the sector. A delegation of business events industry leaders met with 12 key MPs and their advisors, from all sides of politics, with a united message about the need for a strong policy for business events and additional funding through Tourism Australia. BECA has called on the Coalition, Labor and other parties to launch a policy for business events ahead of the May Federal election covering six key areas. Chairman of BECA, Matt Hingerty, said the mission to Canberra was a vital step in getting the business events sector’s power, scope and potential understood by our Parliamentarians and embedded in policy. “The industry delivered a strong and united message about the importance of the business events sector as a key driver of the Australian economy,” Mr. Hingerty said. “Our delegation was well received as we delivered clear evidence to substantiate the merits of backing business events in order to deliver real benefits to cities as well as regional Australia.” The BECA delegation comprising representatives of all its Member Associations advocated for government support to help reap the opportunities that the business events sector can offer Australia, including generating jobs for life, international trade and soft diplomacy, investment and both regional and national economic development. BECA called for a policy which would include the following six strategies: Extension of the successful Bid Fund Program (BFP), and partnership programs managed by Business Events Australia. BECA calls for increased BEA funding of $10M or $40M within four years. Funding for research; managed by the business events community and Tourism Research Australia in order to benchmark the industry, and quantify the sector’s size, impact and worth. A national infrastructure mapping study to identify the gaps and priorities for business events infrastructure in metro and regional areas. Support to work more closely with VET and higher education sector (namely TAFE) to design courses that match the industry’s needs now, and in the future. Temporary skilled labour visa reform to enable the industry to more easily respond to fluctuating demands with a more flexible temporary visa system. Growth Industries Business Events Team to link our outcomes with those associated with the Industry Growth Centre Initiatives. “While business events stimulate the visitor economy, their impact is more far-reaching than just tourism.” The business events sector stands on its own two feet as a major contributor to Australia’s GDP and provides significant commercial opportunities, jobs and contribution to our reputation as a progressive, innovative and successful nation with which to do business. BECA’s mission to Canberra was designed to carry a strong message that the business events sector must be supported in order to leverage the huge opportunities we can uniquely deliver for our economy and community. “Whilst Australia had a strong reputation hosting business events, our international competitiveness is being compromised by markets in Asia, and we need to act now to curb the impact,” said Mr. Hingerty. BECA visited the offices of the Hon. Mark Coulton MP, the Hon. Josh Wilson MP, the Hon. Craig Laundy MP, the Hon. Trent Zimmerman MP, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Senator the Hon. Tim Storer, Senator the Hon. Pauline Hanson, the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP, the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Senator the Hon. Murray Watt, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP. BECA members who attended the government meetings with Matt Hingerty included: Joyce DiMascio, CEO of Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA); Robyn Johnson, CEO, Meetings & Events Australia (MEA); Barry Neame for Professional Conference Organisers of Australia (PCOA); Andrew Heibl, CEO, Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB); and Karen Bolinger for International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). -ends- Notes to editors The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) is the peak body for the business events sector and represents to government and relevant agencies, issues common to all segments of the industry. The members include: Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) Australian Convention Centres Group (ACCG) Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) International Convention and Congress Association (ICCA) - Australian Chapter Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) Professional Conference Organisers Association Inc (PCOA) www.businesseventscouncil.org.au To receive a copy of the BECA pre-election submission document, please contact: Felicity Zadro felicity@zadroagency.com.au Images: Karen Bolinger, Joyce DiMascio, Senator the Hon. Pauline Hanson, Andrew Hiebl Barry Neame, Joyce DiMascio, Trent Zimmerman MP, Andrew Hiebl Karen Bolinger, Andrew Hiebl, Robyn Johnson, Minister Simon Birmingham, Matt Hingerty, Joyce DiMascio, Barry Neame Barry Neame, Joyce DiMascio, Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Robyn Johnson, Andrew Hiebl For interviews or more information please contact: Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, Zadro | felicity@zadroagency.com.au | +61 2 9212 7867 AUSSIE TAKES OUT TOP WOMEN IN BUSINESS AWARD 2018-11-29T05:13:50Z aussie-takes-out-top-stevie-women-in-business-award Founders of Queensland based Award Winning Accelerator, a program helping small businesses find and enter business awards, were honoured with the top Stevie Award in New York this month. The Grand Stevie is awarded to organisations that win the most gold, silver and bronze awards at the annual awards event for women in business. This year it was taken out by Annette Densham and Lauren Clemett for helping Australian women enter and win in 14 categories including 3 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze. They are the first Australian business to take out first place in the Grand Stevie Award. Annette said it was a massive haul of awards for women in business whose achievements in business growth, innovation and making a difference are inspiring. “The best part of Award Winning Accelerator is we get to work with driven and purposeful people whom through their businesses, are doing amazing things helping others and driving change,” she said. “What is most extraordinary is so often women in business are reluctant to step out because of the fear of being pulled back down, being seen a big noting themselves or being too big for their britches. “Yet, to survive and prosper in small business, you have to get good at promoting yourself, acknowledging your wins and sharing them; otherwise no one knows you exist. You are the best kept secret and how do you make money or a difference if you have no visibility?” The Award Winning Accelerator took three women to New York as part of the Award Winning Adventure – a program developed by Annette and Lauren designed to help small businesses to access awards. The program finds the right award for the business to enter, helps them with branding and public relations over a nine-month period. “What I love about the program is we get to hear the incredible stories of achievement from every person who trusts us with doing their entry and then we get to celebrate their wins with them,” Annette said. “This year, we worked with” ·       Chrissy Leontios, CLEON Legal and Mediation – 1 gold, 2 silver and a bronze ·       Anita Bentata Activating Artemis – 1 gold and 1 silver ·       Christine Stow – 1 silver ·       Angela Henderson, Angela Henderson Consulting – 1 bronze ·       Gail Creighton-Davies, G8 Ladies – 1 bronze ·       Holley Sommerville-Knott, Tell Someone Who Cares – 1 gold and 1 silver ·       Becca McGregor, Publicity Genie – 1 silver and 2 bronze “Every woman who participated in the program won an award. They took out categories across Woman of The Year, Most Innovative Woman of The Year, Women Helping Women, Best New Product/Service, Young Entrepreneur of The Year, Maverick of the Year, Best Employee of the Year and Start Up of the Year “On the night, the enthusiasm and excitement from the Australia table was a stand out,” Annette said. “With people coming up after the event complimenting us on our achievements and our energy. “There was a resounding message from the evening, as each of these winners took to the stage – that their business is more than just making money. That there is a purpose to what they are doing, and they are driven by the desire to make a difference in other people’s lives. “The judges saw this. It shone through their entries.” Annette said most of the award winners are corporate refugees and women over 40. “The small business space is flourishing in Australia especially women in business. We are recognising our skills and abilities, and taking charge of our financial futures,” she said. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s top honours for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organisations they run.  Entries came from public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small businesses. The 2018 awards received entries from over 30 nations and territories. More than 1,500 nominations from organisations of all sizes and every industry were submitted this year. Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 200 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process. Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Stevie Award winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women.  FRS Protects Valuables with Fire Storerooms 2018-11-28T05:39:04Z frs-protects-valuables-with-fire-storerooms Fire protection specialists FRS is able to build fire, smoke and air resistant storerooms for customised needs and budget. Businesses that require fire storerooms to protect archival materials, merchandise and communication rooms within the building, office or warehouse will find the expertise of FRS and products beneficial.   The recent fires in California have shown the devastation and loss fires can bring to homes and businesses. The Camp Fire that broke out near the community of Pulga on the morning of November 8 burned more than 153,000 acres. The fire devastated Paradise, population 26,000, west of Pulga, burning down an estimated 80 to 90 percent of the homes in the city.  In Southern California, firefighters battling another fire near Los Angeles that has claimed three lives and has burned nearly 97,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,600 homes and other structures.   FRS will inspect the site to determine the best type of construction and protection required to suit specific needs including issues such as access, air conditioning, lighting etc. These storerooms can be manufactured to provide up to four hours combustion protection.   To be prepared for the unexpected is wise and flame-resistant storeroom products from FRS such as fire boards and Hebel blockwork can go a long way in preventing loss. Specialist fire boards can assist with the protection of structural steel as well as the construction of fire rated walls, ceilings and bulkheads. There are a range of boards in varying thicknesses designed to suit many applications required to protect life and property from fire.   Hebel blocks are designed to withstand heat up to 1300 degrees C and have high fire resistance performance. Readily available, fast to install onsite and easy to cut for service penetrations, Hebel panels are lightweight compared with precast concrete panels at a quarter of the density. Hebel panels contain anti-corrosion steel reinforcement for added strength and are available in a range of lengths for applications including walls, floors and external cladding.   FRS provide expert installation and/or supply of passive combustion protection products, advice, maintenance and annual audits. These passive protection requirements may vary from penetration fire sealing, PVC pipe penetration sealing, vermiculite spray, paint an audit of the building. FRS is also able to meet any certification requirements.     For more information on fire collars, speed panel, fire resistant board, fire rated paint and more, visit https://www.fireratingsolutions.com.au/ Fashion Entrepreneurs Launch New Womens Workwear Collection, Setting Unlikely Trend 2018-11-27T22:42:59Z fashion-entrepreneurs-launch-new-womens-workwear-collection-setting-unlikely-trend FASHION trends are persistent, and often inexplicable, which is why this Aussie duo has decided to ‘flick the fad’ and encourage women to wear what makes them feel comfortable and confident. Entrepreneurs and designers Karen Platt and Hayley Clarke have just launched their very first collection of simple and natural workwear through their environmentally friendly fashion label One P. After months of research, the duo found women had very limited options for buying work clothes made from Australian natural fibres. “We found that women were being asked to pay upwards of $200 to $450 for a pair of synthetic pants which is crazy,” says co-founder of One P, Karen Platt. Designed and manufactured in Australia, the new label is championing the idea of a minimalistic wardrobe – one that debunks trends and delivers timeless pieces to time-poor women. “We interviewed loads of women and found they were spending too much time figuring out what to wear to work,” says Ms Platt. “These conversations also confirmed our research, showing women spend on average 15 minutes a day deciding what to wear.” “Why are women expected to have loads of different clothes and never wear the same thing twice, while men can get away with rocking the same white shirt and suit to work every day?” says Ms Platt The new collection aims to stand up against fast fashion by designing classic, timeless clothes that never go out of style; in fabrics proven to last in the adventure industry. Following trends is a thing of the past said Ms Platt “The bottom line is, our garments do not follow or align with traditional trends.  Or, you could say, the One P trend is to eliminate the idea of trends in favour of giving back 15 minutes each day. “Because of this, One P is turning its back on trends and instead creating beautiful, timeless garments that mashup classic and contemporary styles.”   The new collection is designed to meet the needs of all work environments from casual office wear to more corporate attire. It boasts work pants, tops, skirts and dresses that are easily mixed and matched, taking the thinking out of dressing in the morning. “To achieve this, we needed a colour pallet that was cohesive and a set of pieces that paired well together,” says co-founder Hayley Clarke. “We also created a mix and match function on the website to save our customers time when choosing their own colour and style combination.” All of the designs are socially, ethically and environmentally responsible and made with natural fabrics including fully traceable and transparent wool.  “We wanted to ensure customers could purchase good quality natural fibres at an affordable price,” says Clarke.   “As a designer, I will only work with natural fibres that are easy to care for. Natural fibres are easier to wear, last longer, breath better and are far more sustainable on the environment.”  The garments are also said to outperform synthetic clothing alternatives on both comfort and longevity and are made with machine washable materials which can be easily cared for in the home. The new collection is available at www.onepdesign.com.au  The One P founders are also behind the Measured for Change campaign – an initiative that is set to create new sizing measurements for Australian women.   “Every woman in Australia has probably noticed the obvious variance between clothing sizes,” says Ms Platt.  “You might be a size eight in Cue but a size 10 in Target – it is frustrating and annoying and we want to tackle this issue by collating the necessary data to establish standardised sizing regulations in Australia.” So far, the campaign has collected the measurements of more than 630 women and shone a light on ‘vanity sizing’ and the inconsistencies in sizing across labels.  The campaign, run in collaboration with the Whitehouse Institute of Design and Fourt2Consulting,  aims to measure 2000 unique bodies and ultimately fine-tune sizing while highlighting the natural changes in a woman’s body as she ages.   One P will also donate $1 per order to one of their charity partners including the Gidget Foundation who support the emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents and the Cowboys Community Foundation who seek to give the most disadvantaged young women in the country the opportunity to succeed in life. To read about the insights from the Measured for Change campaign, or for more information on the collection visit www.onepdesign.com.au ENDS Media Contact  Amanda Williams Yellowpanda  0414 605 850 amanda@yellowpanda.com.au CoWork Me St Kilda Engages Chris Mulcahy as its Expert-in-Residence 2018-11-25T22:45:51Z cowork-me-st-kilda-engages-chris-mulcahy-as-its-expert-in-residence CoWork Me Engages Expert-in-Residence for its St Kilda Coworking Space November 26, 2018 Melbourne, VIC - CoWork Me St Kilda has engaged Christopher Mulcahy as its expert-in-residence. Chris joins CoWork Me St Kilda with a fantastic set of accomplishments achieved in a short period and is hoping to share his experiences, provide feedback, and offer support to the business community at CoWork Me. While he has acquired skills from different businesses and experiences along the way, one of the most impressive was that he studied Entrepreneurship at the Richard Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in South Africa. Chris started his first business Apple Sports Advertising at 18, which he sold 3 years later. He then worked at Google for 4 years where he managed their new business and the digital home entertainment teams for APAC. Since then, Chris founded the Enablr fundraising platform and runs a software Engineering business with a team of former Google Engineers and Executives. This exciting initiative will provide Chris and his team space at CoWork Me in St Kilda while enabling him to be a resource for other entrepreneurs and business owners in the space. He will run sessions on scaling and selling a business, life at Google, and lessons learned from Richard Branson. Chris will be available for one-on-one meetings with other individuals and businesses in the space to share his knowledge, expertise, and network as well as using his vast network to develop unique and engaging initiatives to raise the profile of the space. When asked about why he chose CoWork Me, “Of the many coworking spaces that I have visited, CoWork Me is where I want to base my team as the space that provides a real opportunity for growth.” He continues to say that, “It also has a similar look and feel to the Google offices which appeals to us.” Rob Materia, CoWork Me’s General Manager is excited about this relationship. “As soon as I learned about the great work Enablr is doing as well as Chris’s background, I was excited to have him and his team as part of our community.” There will be a series of events and events and initiatives that will be starting in the upcoming weeks. For more information on CoWork Me or for media inquiries at CoWork Me, contact: Elise Loterman, Community Manager elise@coworkme.com.au, 1300 29 75 75 END - CoWork Me St Kilda is a dedicated coworking hub designed to spark ideas, create connections, and make (work) life better. Rimini Street Expands Investment and Operations in Asia-Pacific 2018-11-16T00:48:31Z rimini-street-expands-investment-and-operations-in-asia-pacific AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, November 16, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced that it has expanded its operations in the Asia-Pacific region with the launch of its new subsidiary, Rimini Street New Zealand Limited, and the opening of its new office in Auckland to address the growing demand for Rimini Street’s premium, ultra-responsive support services in New Zealand. Rimini Street’s expansion was announced at a gala event held at The Northern Club in Auckland, where clients, local IT leaders and the special guest of honor, Ambassador Scott P. Brown, the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, were hosted by Rimini Street’s general manager for Asia-Pacific, Andrew Powell, and Rimini Street corporate senior executives. Growing demand for IT optimisation and a business-driven IT roadmap Rimini Street launched its new subsidiary in response to the region’s increasing desire for software support solutions that can help optimise their IT spend and enable them to liberate significant funding for their business transformation initiatives. Rimini Street already supports nearly 50 clients with operations in New Zealand, including local brands James Pascoe, Spark, 2Degrees Mobile, Refining New Zealand and The University of Auckland. By switching to Rimini Street support from the vendor’s support, organisations have saved up to 90 percent of the total cost of maintenance of their SAP and Oracle software assets and are able to run their current ERP releases with no forced upgrades for a minimum of 15 years from the date they switched support. Rimini Street clients also benefit from the Company’s flexible, premium-level enterprise software support model, including its industry-leading Service Level Agreement (SLA) of 15-minute response times for critical Priority 1 cases. In addition, each client is assigned a Primary Support Engineer (PSE) with an average of 15 years’ experience in their particular enterprise software system, backed by a broader team of technical experts. By switching their support to Rimini Street, organisations are able to take back control of their IT roadmaps with a ”business-driven roadmap” strategy that provides much more flexibility and value compared to the vendor roadmap, allowing CIOs to focus on creating value and providing competitive advantage for growth. “Organisations in New Zealand, both public and private, spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on their annual enterprise software support and maintenance, yet see little return from this significant spend,” said Andrew Powell, general manager, Asia-Pacific, Rimini Street. “Our conversations with CIOs are squarely focused on how we can help them dramatically lower the total cost of ownership of their stable, mature enterprise systems as part of a hybrid computing model and business-driven roadmap, and as a result, we are experiencing increased demand in the region. With Rimini Street, organisations have the option to break free from the seemingly never-ending upgrade cycle dictated by the vendor’s roadmap – an expensive and disruptive path for companies to undertake just to stay fully supported. With our new operation in Auckland, we are better able to engage with and support organisations in New Zealand who want to significantly cut their software support spend and take back control of their IT roadmaps.” Region at risk of “falling behind” on innovation Recent research from Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Rimini Street, found that enterprises in the ANZ region plan to spend the second-least amount on IT innovation in the world in the next 12 months, and they plan to increase their IT innovation spend by just 6.31% in the 12 months following the survey, well below the global average of 10.94%. “New Zealand is famous for innovation, but it is at risk of falling behind the rest of the world,” continued Powell. “New Zealand CIOs know that it’s important to spend their IT budgets on more than daily operations. With budget pressures between operating costs and the need to invest in innovation, CIOs need to reassess the value of existing support arrangements and explore better software support options designed to provide a greater ROI. Rimini Street enables CIOs in New Zealand to unlock significant savings and redirect that funding into critical innovation initiatives.” To download an eBook summary of the survey, “The State of Innovation: Priorities and Challenges,” click here. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. 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All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners, and unless otherwise specified, Rimini Street claims no affiliation, endorsement, or association with any such trademark holder or other companies referenced herein. Australian Menswear Startup, InStitchu Opens their Doors to Perth 2018-11-15T04:47:43Z australian-menswear-startup-institchu-opens-their-doors-to-perth InStitchu Opens Their 10th Showroom Tailored Menswear Startup Launches Perth Flagship For Immediate Release InStitchu opens the doors to their 10th Showroom, bringing old-world tailoring with a modern online twist to Perth. Launch Event, Wednesday 21st November, 2018 from 5.30pm Perth style seekers get ready for a convenient, affordable, yet luxurious custom, tailored menswear experience. Australian made-to-measure online menswear brand, ​InStitchu​, is opening their tenth Showroom, and their first flagship Showroom in Perth this November. Following the success of recent Showroom openings in Adelaide, Brisbane, North Sydney, and a Weddings focused Showroom on Clarence street in Sydney’s CBD, InStitchu is bringing affordable luxury to menswear fashion goers in Perth. Robin McGowan, Co-Founder of InStitchu said, “This is not the first time Perth has been introduced to InStitchu—we held a trunk show in September 2017 in Perth, which proved to be a huge success. As always, we look to our numbers and audience data, and it seemed only natural that we open shop in this city so that we can bring our unique combination of old-world charm and technology to meet customer demands.” The new flagship Showroom is opening in a building that depicts InStitchu’s signature old-world tailoring experience— situated in the center of Perth’s bustling CBD​, ​with its brownstone walls, the building is heritage listed. James Wakefield, Co-Founder of InStitchu said, “​We’re really excited to open our doors in Perth, as we have many current customers in this city who shop online, but we’d love to bring a physical Showroom so that they can get a feel of the quality of our fabrics and get measured with our professional Stylists.” Launch Event To celebrate the launch of their new Perth Showroom, InStitchu will be hosting a Launch Night at their Showroom on Wednesday, 21st of November from 5.30PM. Attendees can expect an evening with exclusive offers, canapes and whisky cocktails, shaken up by Perth Bartender of the year, sponsored by Dewars and Aberfeldy Whisky in conjunction with Bacardi. Attendees will be the first to see the brand new old-world tailoring Showroom and will have the opportunity to meet with InStitchu’s expert Stylists, peruse their premium fabrics and learn about the world of custom tailoring. About InStitchu InStitchu specialises in custom, tailored menswear for the modern gentleman. Launching in 2012, customers are given the choice to either step into a Showroom for their signature old-world tailoring experience over a whisky where they can be measured by a Stylist. Customer’s measurements are saved to their online profile making reordering online easy and convenient. Alternatively customers can enter their measurements and design their custom, tailored garment from the comfort of home, with all orders covered by InStitchu’s Perfect Fit Guarantee—if a customer’s garment is anything but perfectly fitted, InStitchu will alter or remake the garment complimentary. InStitchu’s fabrics are of the highest quality, including Woolmark certified 100% Australian Merino wool, luxurious linens, and crisp cottons and customers can choose from hundreds of customisation options. InStitchu’s garments are luxurious, yet affordable, made-to-measure and constructed by their Saville Row trained Tailors. InStitchu has been featured in AFR, Buzzfeed, Forbes, GQ and more, for information visit www.InStitchu.com​. InStitchu currently has ten Showrooms across Australia, New Zealand and USA, including: Sydney CBD George St, Sydney CBD Clarence St, North Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland and New York City. Perth Showroom Address: Ground Floor, Old Cloisters Building, 200 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA 6000 For more information and to RSVP, please contact: Hannah Croly P:0424 036 616 E: ​hannah@Institchu.com - ENDS - Sprout offers entrepreneurial accelerator to burgeoning agritech start-ups 2018-11-12T23:50:54Z sprout-offers-entrepreneurial-accelerator-to-burgeoning-agritech-start-ups Australian farm to fork agritech start-ups are being encouraged to come forward for the next cohort of the Sprout Accelerator. The Sprout Accelerator benefits agritech & agrifood businesses and entrepreneurs who  have prototypes, proof of concepts or existing revenue but need, extra support to help them grow. “We back bold agritech businesses and entrepreneurs who move fast, think big and are committed to building solutions for problems that reach from farm to fork,” Sprout Accelerator co-founder James Bell-Booth said. The six-month accelerator will provide assistance tailored specifically to the successful applicants’ needs, focusing on three key areas that enable scalable growth; high-margin business models, distribution, and execution advice from experienced entrepreneurs. Applications for the 2019 accelerator close on November 23, and 12 agritech start-ups will be selected from Australia and around the world. Along with access to international business networks, the successful start-ups will also have access to an extensive mentoring program. Sprout Accelerator has been operating since 2015 and alumni have gone on to triple their sales, pitch their companies to investors, secure nationwide distribution agreements and see a 300% increase in their customers product yield. Established by Dean Tilyard and James Bell-Booth, Sprout has a team that works alongside an advisory group, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise in agritech and entrepreneurship. “Sprout was founded because never before has the world’s food and farming sectors needed more innovation than right now. With the world’s population exploding and farmers needing to do more with less, we wanted to apply our 15 years of experience in turning agritech science and ideas into businesses, to companies all around the world,” Bell-Booth said. Steven Ridder, CEO of Teralytics, a New York-based company that is building the world's first wireless NPK soil probe and an analytics platform for best-in-class nutrient management, was recently hosted by Sprout and is a supporter of the accelerator. “Being hosted by Sprout gave me insight into how many parts of international agri sectors work, with direct connection to the people that would otherwise have taken me months to find and connect with. Sprout offers true acceleration on a new level that money alone can’t buy,” Ridder said. Micropod, an agritech company that produces self-sustainable fresh microgreens, was one of the companies selected for the 2018 accelerator. Founder and CEO Jeffrey Xu says Sprout provided his team the tools they required to become great entrepreneurs and business people. “The team of experts we worked with were very genuine and offered candid real-world advice. They made sure we were hitting our milestones and held us accountable. Sprout’s network in the industry is second to none and really opened up many doors for us. We have learned more about start-ups and about ourselves in the past six months than in an entire year before joining Sprout,” Xu said. App​ly for the 2019 Sprout Accelerator at https://sproutagritech.com/ ENDS   For more information, please contact: Danielle Veldre Boatshed Media 0408 972 997 danielle@boatshedmedia.com.au     Ed notes:The specific primary production areas covered in Sprout’s definition of agritech include: ● Agriculture ● Horticulture ● Forestry ● Pipfruit ● Viticulture● Aquaculture The most common technology areas that are being utilised to create quantum improvements and therefore large scale business opportunities are: ●  The use of sensors and ‘internet of things’ or precision agricultural ●  Robotics and automation ●  Biotechnology ●  Software ●  UAVs, their supporting software, hardware and sensing technology ●  Big data ●  Supply chain and logistics software Sprout is being supported and funded by a mix of public and private sector leaders in agritech and start-up investment, including Callaghan Innovation, Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), Massey University, Gallagher Group, Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA), Fonterra, AGMARDT and KPMG. The Sprout accelerator was designed by The Factory, a New Zealand-based business incubator. Over the last two years The Factory has helped establish four globally focused agritech start-ups; BioLumic, CalfSMART, CropX and Polybatics, which have raised in excess of $15 million in growth capital from global investors.       CASE STUDY - SPROUT ACCELERATOR 2017 KNOWBY Grant Rogers is a dairy farmer and vet based in Hobart, Tasmania, and is used to fixing things on the fly. “On a dairy farm, lots of things break, or breakdown,” he says. “I thought about writing a manual with step-by-step instructions on how to fix the recurring problems and came to the realisation that no one would read it.” Grant needed a solution with a simple and accessible delivery mechanism, like a mobile phone. He knew he had a good idea, but in his own words, Grant is “good at growing grass and tending to animals”, but he wasn’t well versed in building a business from the ground up. Grant applied for the Sprout Accelerator, and his idea for mobile-responsive software to troubleshoot or explain solutions to common issues in a workplace began to take shape. Knowby was born as a software product for manufacturers to equip their sales channels, field teams and end users with easy to use, mobile first, product support and servicing information. “What being in the Sprout Accelerator taught us was how to hone our pitch to investors, how to set up a business and to test ideas. It challenged us, and it gave us confidence too.” Grant said one of the greatest benefits for his business was the contacts the Accelerator gave him access to as well as the mentorship which has evolved into long-term relationships. Dell Boomi Enhances its Enterprise iPaaS Portfolio 2018-11-07T23:16:22Z dell-boomi-enhances-its-enterprise-ipaas-portfolio LAS VEGAS – BOOMI WORLD 18 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi), the leading transformation provider of cloud integration and workflow automation software to build The Connected Business, announced, at Boomi World 18, the company’s latest additions to its integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) for today’s enterprise. The only vendor to offer a unified platform with built-in data quality and connectivity across the enterprise —from people, applications and databases to devices and things—Boomi defines the iPaaS industry today. With its latest capabilities for The Connected Enterprise — Boomi Connect Now, Boomi Data Services for Pivotal, Boomi API Gateway and Developer Portal, Bot SDK and new Professional Services offerings — Boomi provides the tools organizations need to support a breadth of use cases across all personas, ensuring both high productivity and IT control. Boomi democratizes integration, making it accessible to all users regardless of their level of technical expertise or role in the organization from citizen developers, business analysts and integration experts. “Flinders University prides itself for being an innovator in contemporary education and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates,” said Nicole Fishers, Associate Director, Digital Business Services & Deputy CIO at Flinders University. “We have recognised the vital need of progressive technology in the higher education industry and Boomi allows us to be connected across our entire organisation. With more than 25,000 students, Boomi is helping us to provide them unprecedented access to information.” “Sky’s mission is to connect customers to more of what they love. Dell Boomi's ability to connect data, processes and people has an extremely positive impact on the experience Sky provides its 12 million UK customers,” said Olive Perrins, Service Strategy Manager at Sky. “Our people are critical to our success and being able to bring together our rich talent along with critical applications and data will be key to our continued success.” New highlights of Dell Boomi’s capabilities geared toward the enterprise include: Boomi Connect Now – Allows partners and select customers to provide a centralized self-service offering for users who don’t have integration expertise. Boomi Connect Now increases productivity for the business user, customer, vendor or supplier by assisting in accomplishing quick, foolproof integrations, while IT still maintains total control. Boomi API Gateway and Developer Portal – As we look to redefine the definition of integration to evolve beyond data and applications to include people, it's increasingly important to facilitate secure and scalable interactions with external parties. By leveraging the gateway functionality, our customers will have increased confidence in the security and scalability of the services that they provide. Furthermore, with the developer portal, our customers will greatly enhance the discoverability and be able to engage at scale with their broader API consumers. Data Services for Pivotal – Boomi and Pivotal now offer customers even faster deployment of the Boomi iPaaS, with deployment options available for Pivotal Kubernetes and Pivotal Application Services environments (PKS/PAS) from the Pivotal Cloud Foundry marketplace. This allows joint customers to rapidly respond to changing customer needs and provides a modernized IT infrastructure to help organizations become agile and cloud-first. Deep integration and seamless runtimes allow Boomi integration to fit seamlessly into Pivotal’s Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) framework. Boomi Enterprise Innovation Services – The latest professional services offering from Boomi allows enterprise customers to collaborate with Boomi experts to achieve innovation and excellence at scale and fully capitalize on Boomi’s industry-leading integration cloud to build a connected business. Available as a subscription, Dell Boomi Enterprise Innovation Services provides a package of integration services, support and resources, with the flexibility to customize to specific customer needs. Architectural Services – Allows customers to harness the full power of evolving IT architectures by partnering with Dell Boomi’s architectural experts. With this service, customers can collaborate with Boomi technical, solutions, business and enterprise architects who offer unmatched industry experience. Blockchain – The evolution of business will require the ability to integrate with blockchain smart contracts. Boomi’s world-class platform offers support for the industry-leading blockchain platforms Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric, so customers will now be ready to quickly and easily incorporate smart contracts into their business processes. Bot SDK – an accelerator toolkit that packages everything a Boomi developer needs to build a bot. Customers can now achieve faster time to market with bots that are highly integrated into their existing infrastructure and optimized for lead generation and ROI in as little as 15 minutes. Additional Leadership Quotes "Just as is the case today with most businesses requiring an integration platform solution like Dell Boomi that helps them solve their integration challenges of a hybrid landscape, business will need to solve challenges that now require integration of their hybrid landscape and blockchain smart contracts,” said Michael J. Morton, CTO, Boomi. “We are seeing Boomi developers build their presence at every enterprise organization, extending their reach within a line of business and influencing business decisions,” said Steve Wood, Chief Product Officer, Boomi. “With the continued growth of our enterprise offerings, we are committed to improving organizational productivity and helping developers lead their organizations—whether that’s doing their own custom work in the Boomi environment, supplementing it with outside sources and expertise or providing their organization the tools it needs to enable its own citizen integrators.” “Perficient has strong, strategic partnerships and implementation experience with Dell Boomi and Pivotal, key technologies which support IT modernization,” said Vishal Rajpal, general manager of Perficient’s cloud platform solutions group. “The depth and breadth of our experience and expertise positions us to expertly deliver these platforms, accelerating digital transformation for our clients. Together, these technologies unleash powerful application development and cloud integration capabilities that our customers need.” About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, is the leading provider of a unified platform to build The Connected Business, from cloud integration to workflow automation. Boomi helps organizations accelerate business agility by connecting data, applications and people to run faster and smarter. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © 2018 Boomi Inc. Dell, Boomi, and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other names or marks may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Special note: Statements in this material that relate to future results, future hiring, and future events or investment are forward-looking statements and are based on Boomi’s current expectations. 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