The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-12-11T23:24:20Z P&N Bank Invests in Integrated Data-Driven Services with Dell Boomi 2017-12-11T23:24:20Z p-n-bank-invests-in-integrated-data-driven-services-with-dell-boomi Sydney, Australia – December 12, 2017 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) has announced that Perth-based P&N Bank is using Boomi integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) to enable the reliable, secure and synchronised exchange of customer data across the organisation to boost its customer-facing operations. P&N is Western Australia’s largest member-owned bank. It delivers personal and business banking, insurance, and financial planning services to over 90,000 clients. With high volumes of private client, employee and partner information generated by and stored within its internal systems, P&N Bank went to market seeking a versatile integration solution to manage its environment while keeping that data safe. In conjunction with customer relationship management (CRM) consultant and Boomi partner, CRM Online, P&N Bank selected the Boomi platform to connect its various business-critical and bespoke applications, such as loan origination, CRM and lead management, while maintaining the integrity and security of that data. Importantly, Boomi provides P&N Bank with the unique capability to connect on-premise data with cloud-based environments. This aligns with the organisation’s strict security requirements while allowing it to capitalise on the benefits of flexible data synchronisation. “We have a set of business requirements that rely on the exchange of data between several systems, and so we needed an integration solution to make the management of those apps more straightforward,” said Erik Fenna, CIO at P&N Bank. “Boomi’s connectors, simple workflow and style sheet-driven transformation of files gives us the ability to maintain an up-to-date data environment within the confines of our strict security protocols. By introducing the solution, we have a way of keeping data accurate and delivering it to employees managing our client accounts. Since we have confidence our client data is accurate and protected, we can focus on driving value for those clients.” The Boomi platform is being used to underpin P&N Bank’s Work Management System through which tasks are queued and assigned on the basis of priority. This has eliminated a series of manual processes, while also giving employees full visibility into the information required to perform their particular roles; any additions and changes made are automatically replicated across the organisation to further boost the customer experience delivered by the bank. Boomi has also transformed P&N Bank’s Broker Network which is used by around 1,000 partners. It has enabled the bank to modernise its single data feed into a multi-data feed while maintaining the same formats and protocols, with a gateway protecting private information shared between the parties. Furthermore, the Boomi platform has created a more reliable link between P&N Bank’s data warehouse and its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system so that data is updated, configured and maintained inside a consistent interface. Due to the low-code design of Boomi, these transactions can be performed in-house through an easy-to-use interface rather than requiring the bank to hire additional resources. “Customer Experience is an increasingly important competitive differentiator between financial services organisations,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan, Dell Boomi. “Using the Boomi platform, P&N Bank is able to ensure the timely and accurate exchange of data across its client applications so that employees are appropriately-resourced to manage client enquiries. In doing so, the bank has created a connected business that optimises a customer experience across its services portfolio.” About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, is the leading provider of cloud integration and workflow automation software to build The Connected Business. Boomi helps more than 6,500 organisations accelerate business agility by connecting data and applications to run faster and smarter. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © 2017 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. Okta for Startups: Free Identity Tools for Entrepreneurs 2017-12-06T22:35:54Z okta-for-startups-free-identity-tools-for-entrepreneurs Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ:OKTA), the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise, today announced the launch of Okta for Startups, a program offering the Okta Identity Cloud to entrepreneurs and small businesses for free for one year. “Founding a company is hard. And it’s even harder when you have to build a business model for something that hasn’t been done before, or that you’re trying to differently – all while getting your core systems up and running.” said Frederic Kerrest, Okta COO and co-founder. “With Okta for Startups, we’ll enable new and growing companies to focus on what’s most important when you’re getting started – your core business and customers – by making it easy (and free) to build a foundation of identity and access management into your app or company infrastructure.” Today, thousands of organisations use the Okta Identity Cloud as the connective tissue that secures both their employee and partner ecosystem, as well as their customer-facing offerings. Within an organisation, the Okta Identity Cloud makes it easy to manage and secure the rapidly growing network of people, applications and devices connected to a business. For developers and business leaders building new or improving existing customer experiences, Okta also makes it easy to add the same level of security and user management into any web or mobile application through its API offerings. Now with Okta for Startups, young and developing organisations will be able to use both Okta’s employee- and customer-facing identity tools for up to 25 employees, contractors and partners through the Okta Identity Cloud for free. In addition, organisations will also have the option to use Okta’s APIs as the identity and authentication layer of their customer apps for up to 25,000 monthly active users. “Our mission at Agile Stacks is to make it easier for organisations to quickly implement a full stack DevOps automation for cloud environments. We’ve been growing quickly since we started a little over a year ago, and as we continue to expand, we sought innovative partners to help us build a scalable, secure infrastructure of our own,” said Igor Mameshin, CTO at Agile Stacks. “Programs like Okta for Startups are critical for young companies like us as they provide founders with the best tools available on the market for free or at a low cost – allowing us to use Okta to power our authentication layer and user store as a foundational piece of our application so we can focus our precious resources on innovation, business strategy and differentiation.” “We’re focused on changing the way people work at People.ai – taking the manual work off of sales and creating sales and marketing alignment based on real data and intelligence,” said Oleg Rogynskyy, CEO at People.ai. “As a growing company ourselves, we looked for innovative partners to help us take care of the behind-the-scenes work of our own infrastructure and security so we can focus on growing our business. Y Combinator, which we graduated from in 2016, taught us to spend our cycles on the things that will help us to go from vision to reality – and being able to partner with world class solutions like Okta allow us to do just that.” For more information about Okta for Startups, email OktaforStartups@okta.com. About Okta Okta is the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise. The Okta Identity Cloud connects and protects employees of many of the world's largest enterprises. It also securely connects enterprises to their partners, suppliers and customers. With deep integrations to over 5,000 apps, the Okta Identity Cloud enables simple and secure access from any device. Thousands of customers, including Experian, 20th Century Fox, LinkedIn, Flex, News Corp, Dish Networks, and Adobe trust Okta to work faster, boost revenue and stay secure. Okta helps customers fulfill their missions faster by making it safe and easy to use the technologies they need to do their most significant work. Dell Boomi’s Fall Release Helps Enterprises Unlock the Power of The Connected Business 2017-12-05T23:07:02Z dell-boomis-fall-release-helps-enterprises-unlock-the-power-of-the-connected-business ROUND ROCK, Texas – December 5, 2017 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) announced the availability of the Fall 2017 release of Boomi’s flagship cloud integration technology. The release adds new integration accelerators, and features to fortify data insights, security and compliance. Boomi exists to help enterprises connect everything and engage everywhere across any channel, device or platform. Boomi integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) equips enterprises to improve productivity, accountability and collaboration internally and with customers and partners to help build The Connected Business and drive digital transformation efforts. “The increased functionality of the Dell Boomi platform in delivering sophisticated, user-centric services is resulting in a superior consumer experience, and has the advantage of improving our overall IT operations, and our ability to identify and address student demands with greater ease than ever before,” said Kerrie Campbell, Chief Information Officer, Flinders University. “These new developments will further help ensure Flinders continues to meet customer expectations in the increasingly-competitive higher education space.” Drag-and-drop integration innovation Customers use Boomi iPaaS for agile integration that’s far faster and easier than custom-coding or traditional on-premise middleware. With this release, Boomi helps customers accelerate implementations by providing an enhanced drag-and-drop data integration and application development environment, with the latest pre-built tools and reusable components. Boomi connectors unlock the power of the cloud and cloud-based commerce with new and enhanced Boomi connectors for Box, AWS (S3, SQS and SNS), Salesforce Events, Shopify, and Zuora. Store, access, and share data across applications with Boomi’s Box connector. Cloud commerce is taken to the next level with Boomi’s Shopify connector to support e-commerce initiatives by simplifying the ability to build integrations from Shopify to other applications. Subscription billing with Boomi’s Zuora connector enables organisations to connect to Zuora’s Z-Commerce Platform to access Z-Billing and Z-Payments data as well as other cloud applications, such as Salesforce, and NetSuite. Execute event-driven processes in near real time with Boomi’s Salesforce Events connector to connect the new Salesforce Platform Events to other applications. In an Internet of Things example, a manufacturer can connect Salesforce Platform Events to smart printers to monitor the status of ink cartridges. When a cartridge is low, Platform Events can automate reordering from a supplier. Trusted data insights and compliance With applications and data connected by Boomi’s unified platform, Boomi customers synchronise and enrich data through a data hub for confident decision making. Boomi’s latest release helps customers create trusted data insights and compliance at enterprise scale. New and enhanced capabilities include: The ability for data stewards to resolve quarantined issues and increase master data accuracy by allowing business users to edit relationship between different datasets and how they relate to each other. The new Golden Record Query API creates a direct pipeline between an organisation’s master data and their analytics solutions. Businesses can now maintain clean master data on top of their transactional data to generate business value and gain a 360-degree view of their master entity. Enhanced reference data management capabilities that allow business users to see relationships within different data sets very simply, visually, and with real-time synchronisation. Creating end-to-end workflows With this release, Boomi continues to tightly incorporate Boomi Flow into the Boomi platform. Organisations can now utilise the technology to create and manage workflow processes from simple to sophisticated and run a more efficient business from the unified Boomi interface. For example, with new hire onboarding, various steps include sending the offer letter to the candidate, submitting the approved offer to HR and provisioning a new hire account within IT – all of these are included in a single flow across multiple stakeholder swim lanes and are accessible from any device. Supporting Quotes “Boomi’s cloud-native, unified platform allows you to scale and move to the cloud, however we understand that supporting the realities of today’s enterprise means it's a journey to best-of-breed cloud,” said Boomi Chief Product Officer, Steve Wood. “With Boomi, our customers always have access to the industry’s most advanced integration capabilities to help them digitally transform their organisation and move toward being a successful Connected Business.” “At Quanta we have hundreds of IT systems, thousands of integrations, and we frequently acquire new companies. A lack of a standardised integration approach led to challenges with timely accessing quality data across our companies,” said Kurt Witt, manager of Data Management Services, Quanta Services. “In response, we created our integration center of excellence to define and deliver integration services that add structure to enterprise data and build a support framework for enterprise integration. The benefits of using Boomi for real-time information access, to streamline business processes and create integrity across multiple systems help us deliver an agile, connected business.” “Subscription-based businesses have benefited from stable and predictable revenue projections, data-driven insights from customers, and large economies of scale,” said Mike Aaron, Vice President of Product at Zuora. “Boomi’s ability to connect Zuora with cloud and on premise finance and CRM applications allows more organisations to benefit at an even larger scale. Extending Zuora means organisations can better manage subscriptions and automate processes like product invoicing.” To learn more about how these new Boomi features can help your business or see a demonstration, please visit: https://boomi.com/blog. About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, is the leading provider of cloud integration and workflow automation software to build The Connected Business. Boomi helps more than 6,500 organizations accelerate business agility by connecting data and applications to run faster and smarter. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © 2017 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. A new Zebra in town providing Social Media Management Services for Small Business 2017-12-01T11:16:46Z a-new-zebra-in-town-providing-social-media-management-services-for-small-business ThreePoints Creative, an Australian owned and operated Creative Services firm based in Brisbane, provides unique Professional Social Media Services at Affordable Prices to Small Businesses. The Small Business owner is one of the most hard working contributors to the economy.  Anyone who has run a small business knows all too well the routine - getting up early, working late, not getting it all done and too busy to take holidays. Running your small business can be all-consuming and comes with high level of responsibility and sometimes a 24-7 commitment .   No surprise that at times it may feel like your business is running your life.  The long working hours quickly become the new normal and before you realise it, could impact your health and your life in general in a negative way. This is where ThreePoints Creative comes in.  We give the Small Business owner the gift of time by removing the need to spend time and effort on Social Media.  By doing so, the Small Business owner increases the chance of reaching more potential customers which in turn would lead to an increase in Sales.  A range of practical Social Media Management Services are offered as standard and, of course, we can adapt and work with the needs of each individual business.   The difference we bring is a distinctive combination of decades of  business experience combined with the latest specialised technical Industry Tools that allows us to make advanced capabilities of Social Media easily accessible to the Small Business owner .  ThreePoints Creative can be contacted via their website at http://threepointscreative.com.au/services/contact/#ContactUsForm AUSSIE/KIWI BUSINESS WOMEN DOMINATE INTERNATIONAL AWARDS IN NEW YORK 2017-11-24T02:29:51Z aussie-kiwi-business-women-dominate-international-awards-in-new-york Seven Australian and one New Zealand small business women returned home from the prestigious Stevie Awards this week with a massive haul of awards for their achievements in business growth, innovation and making a difference. Competing on a world stage in 90 categories, the women won in 20 of those including the Grand Stevie, 5 gold, 7 silver and 13 bronze. Over the past few months, the women have been part of the Award Winning Adventure – a training program developed by Annette Densham and Lauren Clemett designed to guide small businesses to access awards. “What is incredible is how many of these businesses are only a few years old. In such a short time, the dedication and focus of these women have grown their businesses to the point they stand out,” she said. “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, Entrepreneur of The Year, Executive of The Year and Woman Run Workplace 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 shined 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 2017 awards received entries from 25 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 170 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process. “The judges were so impressed with the accomplishments of all of the Stevie Award-winning women and organisations. The 2017 Stevie Awards for Women in Business received a record number of nominations and had a record number of ceremony attendees,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards. “We congratulate all of this year’s Grand, Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners for their achievements.” Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Stevie Award winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women.  Winners: NSW Randa Halberih – MATES QLD Kelly Kingston – One Purse One Planet Belinda-Jane Dolan and Ana Rajaeian Tonkin - The Clariti Group Lauren Clemett – Ultimate Business Propellor Annette Densham – Publicity Genie VIC Kathy Ashton – Flourish Nutritional Medicine NZ Kimberley Sumner – She Prosperity   Hemp Smoothie which is actually good for you launches in Australia. 2017-11-23T23:43:29Z hemp-smoothie-which-is-actually-good-for-you-launches-in-australia Melbourne, Australia, 24th November 2017, Smoothie Bombs are proud to announce that they have launched a new, limited addition ‘healing’ flavour! Say hello to Smoothie Bombs: The Healer- Vanilla Hemp! Smoothie Bombs recently won the Australian Organic 2017 Product Innovation Award. Edible hemp has recently been approved by the Australian Government. It has been available internationally for many years. Cinzia Cozzolino, Founder of Smoothie Bombs and nutritionist states: “I've always loved vanilla in food and I loved vanilla milk shakes growing up! When I was coming up with the flavour, I knew I wanted to use hemp, which is nutty and creamy and so vanilla just seemed to be a great fit. It also contains Butterfly Pea powder which is full of antioxidants.” “Hemp is my favourite source of plant-based protein. Hemp comes from a strain of the cannabis plant (i.e Sativa L) but it is different to marijuana. Like the difference between two different breeds of dogs. It is such a good source of vital nutrients for growing bodies which is why Hemp is a good option for kids especially fussy eaters. It can be added to their favourite meals without much effort and it taste great in smoothies making it easier to consume. I recommend getting certified organic hemp seeds for kids as they will also be without pesticides. “ Cinzia is a nutritionist and expert on edible hemp. Do you know? Hemp has a great source of all three essential fatty acids, Omega 3, 6 and 9! Hemp has 11g of protein in 3 Tablespoons making it a great plant protein. Organic Hemp can be eaten by kids. Hemp has been approved in many countries for years. Australia only recently approved edible Hemp. Buy your limited edition The Healer- Vanilla Hemp Smoothie Bombs from www.thesmoothiebombs.com.au from the 24th of November. ‘Mummy and Me’ Unisex Bomber Jackets launch in time for Xmas 2017-11-22T23:02:23Z mummy-and-me-unisex-bomber-jackets-launch-in-time-for-xmas Melbourne, Australia, 23rd November 2017, Matching Miini releases unisex matching bomber jackets for Mummy to twin with her daughter or son. Rachel Cahn, the designer and founder of Matching Miini bomber jackets is also a make up artist. When Rachel became a Mum to her little girl, she designed twin bomber jackets for her and her daughter to wear together. Rachel and her daughter used to get stopped in the streets and she started to get orders from friends and strangers. Matching Miini was founded in March 2017. Matching Miini originally specialised in eclectic designs for Mums and their daughters. Rachel was then inundated with requests for unisex items and due to demand she has extended the range and is ready to launch the unisex Matching Miini range for Mums who want to twin with their sons and daughters. The matchy-matchy concept is fun, cute and quirky. It also makes for a great photo opportunity for social media and photo books. Rachel says: “Matching Miini is an exciting new concept for on trend and fashion forward Mums and their Children. The idea behind the Melbourne label is to create fun and eclectic matching bomber jackets that can be worn by both girls and boys.” RRP Mums $149.95 and Kids $69.95 www.matchingmiini.com Media Contact: Candice Meisels PR candice@candicepr.com -ENDS- Boutique Creative Agency owner Darragh Heard puts practice into action and launches new baby brand, Bubze 2017-11-22T05:23:08Z boutique-creative-agency-owner-darragh-heard-puts-practice-into-action-and-launches-new-baby-brand-bubze Mumpreneur Darragh Heard, co-owner of Heard Agency – a successful creative agency specialising in FMCG and Property Development - has launched the stylish baby accessories brand Bubze and online shop. The concept eventuated while Darragh was on maternity leave, upon discovering a market gap for stylish and quality baby accessories available in one place. Bubze benefits from the resource and expertise of her well-established ad agency, but most important to Darragh, is putting into practice the advice she provides her clients. It is becoming a showcase piece for best practice in branding, social and online advertising. Heard Agency caters for medium to large companies, usually dealing direct with the owners who personally carry the responsibility of their business’ bottom line – so they greatly respect and value dealing with an agency that can intrinsically relate to the challenges and needs of being commercially successful. In a recent interview Darragh spoke of her excitement about the agile approach her and her team took in getting the product to market: “Over a decade I have overseen hundreds of projects to help clients establish their brand and drive sales, so it was refreshing to challenge myself with the same questions. For lots of reasons clients are reluctant to change conventions, but with my own brand I have been able to give my team total strategic and creative freedom. It’s been a fast and exhilarating learning curve. As an ecommerce, we’ve primarily focused on online advertising, so optimisation has been swift and results are improving every day as result. We never take our client budgets and objectives for granted – so bubze.com.au is a strong case study to show we put our money where our mouth is”. The 2018 business plan includes a social experiment that aims to provide new parents with genuine and insightful support. Bubze’s products are practical accessories for babies, with the current range featuring bibs and shoes for baby boys and girls up to 24 months in age. Featuring quality materials of genuine leather and French Terry Towel – the products are flying out of the Redfern warehouse. www.bubze.com.au Rapid change in retail environment drives first associations partnership 2017-11-20T23:58:16Z rapid-change-in-retail-environment-drives-first-associations-partnership Australia’s two leading retail industry groups have joined forces to help retailers move in response to the rapidly changing business environment. Australia’s largest and most representative retail industry group, the National Retail Association, and the established business network connecting and supporting online retailers, NORA, have today announced a national-first partnership. The new partnership will allow the two organisations to combine their strength and expertise in supporting all Australian retailers, whether they operate online, in store or both.  To help cement the partnership and create strong channels between the two organisations, NORA Executive Director Paul Greenberg will become an advisory member of the NRA team from 1 December. NRA Chief Executive Officer Dominique Lamb said both organisations had recognised the need to unite and better support Australian retailers as the divide between online and instore decreases in the wake of new customer habits. “The opportunities of online retail mean that traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ retailers must increasingly embrace online shopping to fully service their customers and meet market demand,” Ms Lamb said. “At the same time, many young e-tailers who find success are seeking to move to an in-store service offering, and are encountering for the first time many of the challenges of conducting a business in a physical store. “Together, NORA and the NRA have the knowledge and experience to help all retailers bridge the divide, and ensure they are reaching every possible customer in store and online.” Mr Greenberg said the two organisations would work together for the benefit of all their members across all forms of retail in Australia. “The NORA network will continue to operate supporting diversity in the Australian retail offering and encouraging generational change and renewal,” Mr Greenberg said. “NORA members can request pro rata membership of the NRA at no charge, while also remaining a part of the NORA network.  This will give members access to the industry-leading services and advice provided by the NRA in human resources, rostering, award compliance, leasing and tenancy, and training. “NRA members will in turn have access to the skills and knowledge that has helped NORA’s members improve their business performance, understand the digital marketplace and engage with one another in the New Retail ecosystem. “Put simply – the NRA and NORA are better together, and all Australian retailers stand to benefit.” The National Retail Association is Australia’s largest and most representative retail industry association.  It has been serving businesses in the retail and fast food sectors for close to 100 years. NORA is a business network connecting retailers, service providers, markets and customers to accelerate learning and business growth. Collaboration with industry and regulators key to enhancing RegTech innovation in Singapore and the region 2017-11-20T01:03:39Z collaboration-with-industry-and-regulators-key-to-enhancing-regtech-innovation-in-singapore-and-the-region 20th November 2017, Singapore. Industry delegates gathered at a high-level event in Singapore late last week, calling for financial institutions and regulators to work more collaboratively with start-ups to enhance RegTech innovation across the region. Hosted by Deloitte, Austrade and The RegTech Association, the event was held as part of Singapore’s inaugural FinTech Festival, and was attended by the Australian High Commissioner, the Hon. Bruce Gosper. At the event, industry influencers, government officials, tech start-ups and entrepreneurs came together to discuss strategies for driving cross-industry and cross-border collaboration, and opportunities to safeguard against financial crime with RegTech solutions. Julian Fenwick, Chair of The RegTech Association and Managing Director of GRC Solutions, a leading Australian RegTech, believes RegTech has a pivotal role to play in enhancing compliance practices and cross-industry collaboration. “Banks today are spending billions on paying fines. By investing in RegTech, banks can reach a stage of ‘compliance by design’, where compliance is embedded in internal processes. To foster a RegTech ecosystem in Singapore, Australia and the region, we need to drive an ongoing dialogue between technology companies, financial institutions and regulators,” he said. “MAS is doing a great job as a regulator and are setting themselves up as the model to follow. Australian regulators need to learn from this example and give banks a free pass to trial new technologies.” The Hon. Mr Gosper advocated for Australia and Singapore to work together to safeguard against potential threats and enhance RegTech innovation. “Australia and Singapore both have different but highly sophisticated regulatory systems, an appetite for innovation and an interest in the financial industry. There is a unique opportunity for us to work together to counter money laundering and terrorist financing – and that is where RegTech can come into play.” Another key spokesperson, Tim Phillipps, Partner, APAC Financial Crime Network Leader; SEA Forensic and Analytics Leader at Deloitte, said that the industry should aim to build a supportive environment to bring RegTech innovations to market faster and more efficiently. “One of the biggest challenges around financial crime is that it is constantly evolving. The pace of change has accelerated in recent years with the advancements in technology, opening up new avenues for criminal activity, RegTech solutions can help companies detect compliance issues faster, are less error prone and can ensure businesses stay ahead of criminals. For the sector to unlock its full potential, it’s important that various stakeholders collaborate with each other. We need an ecosystem that can innovate with intent, experiment with small pilots or proofs of concept to test and validate them, and build solutions that are fit for purpose.” The event also featured a panel with insights from Anthony Quinn, CEO, Artic Intelligence; Ian Chapman-Banks, CEO, SQREEM Technologies; Nick Armstrong, CEO & Co-founder, identitii; and Chionh Chye Kit, MD Cynopsis Solutions. ~ ENDS For media inquiries in Australia, contact Prue Roberts, Manning & Co. on +61 (02) 9555 5233 or at prue@manningandco.com.au. For media inquiries in Asia, contact Victor Tan, Manning & Co/Gemstar Technologies on +65 6532 1098 or at victor@manningandco.com.au. About GRC Solutions (www.grcsolutions.com.au): GRC Solutions is a RegTech company and leader in award-winning online compliance training, spanning legal compliance, risk management and ethics. Across the private, government and nonprofit sectors, GRC helps organisations to build resilient cultures amid complex legal and regulatory environments. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, GRC has a strong international presence in Asia, the US and New Zealand. Group Homes Australia is the first Australian Aged and Dementia Care Business to have two CEOs 2017-11-16T23:01:06Z group-homes-australia-is-the-first-australian-aged-and-dementia-care-business-to-have-two-ceos Press Release For Immediate Release 17th November 2017, Innovative Aged and Dementia care model, Group Homes Australia, continues to push through ‘old-school’ industry boundaries by announcing that Jonathan Gavshon will join Tamar Krebs as Co-CEO. At a work offsite retreat, Tamar Krebs, announced to GHA employees that Jonathan will be joining her as a co-CEO. Jonathan Gavshon has been working in the role of General Manager since 2014. He has been the driving force behind the business models tremendous growth. Tamar Krebs, Founder of Group Homes Australia, has always been passionate about the care and people. By joining forces with Jonathan, she can continue to focus on exceptional care, training homemakers (carers) and building relationships with residents and their families. The duo can merge their unique skill sets, passions and talents to really push the Group Homes Australia model of care into new suburbs. A co-CEO role is still rare in Australia and shows how the GHA business model continues to embrace innovation and to distort the aged and dementia care industry. Jonathan Gavshon states: “The modern company is simply too complex for one person to run. This is a very rare setup and we believe it will ultimately benefit our residents in our delivery of care.” Tamar Krebs concludes: “In today’s world taking a holistic approach when running a business is vital. By sharing this role and joining our unique skill sets can enhance and grow a company.” Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 5 ways to keep your eyes healthy! 2017-11-08T23:54:32Z 5-ways-to-keep-your-eyes-healthy Victoria, Australia, 8th November 2017, Kevin Paisley has been providing local Victorian communities with premium eye care and eyewear for nearly 40 years. The new Kevin Paisley Watergardens store is an addition to the existing 12 that span across Wester Victoria. To celebrate the opening of Kevin Paisley in Watergardens, Kevin Paisley would like to share 5 tips to keep your eyes healthy. Book to have your eyes examined. It is bulk billed. Have your eyes examined by an Optometrist every two years and every year if over 65. Wear your Sunglasses when outdoors. UV protection all year around is vital to lower the risk of Cataracts and Macular Degeneration. Eat for Eye Health A Healthy Diet is key for continued eye health. Include plenty of vitamin C, vitamin E, Zinc and Beta-carotene, many of which are found in dark green, leafy vegetables, nuts or fish sources. These foods can help lower risk of some eye diseases. If your vision changes, seek help. Know your eyes, understand potential warning signs and look for changes in your vision. Seek help from your local friendly Optometrist immediately if you have any concerns. Protect your eyes. Use appropriate eye protection when required in the workplace, school and at home. Georgina Preece, optometrist and the Professional Services Manager for Kevin Paisley states: “I am proud to open Kevin Paisley Watergardens and bring our excellent optometry and product showcasing new releases across ranges such as Ray-Ban, Prada, Oakley and a selection of Kevin Paisley exclusives such as and Lars Ostern.” Book your bulk billed eye care appointment online: http://www.kevinpaisleyr.com.au/book-an-eye-test-exam About Kevin Paisley Fashion Eyewear: Drawing from a vast wealth of knowledge and expertise, we pride ourselves in providing you with superior optical care and the latest designer frames and sunglasses to match, all whilst in a vibrant and relaxing environment. Come into one of our stores to discover a trendy selection of shapes, sizes and colours, guided by professionals from the optometry room to frame and lens selection.We look forward to meeting you all and we are certain you will leave Kevin Paisley Fashion Eyewear happy, with clear vision and a fresh look. http://www.kevinpaisley.com.au WeChat's powerful ecosystem enables local merchants to connect with Chinese users 2017-11-02T01:52:18Z wechats-powerful-ecosystem-enables-local-merchants-to-connect-with-chinese-users Sydney 02 November, 2017: WeChat has taken a major step through its first series of WeChat Connect events in Sydney and Melbourne to showcase its all-encompassing mobile ecosystem tailored for Australian merchants serving the Chinese community. As of June 2017, Weixin and WeChat have a combined reach of over 963 million monthly active users in China. This translates to a vast opportunity for businesses catering to the Chinese community and visitors in Australia. At the WeChat Connect event, the WeChat team together with their Australian partners demonstrated the innovative uses of the platform for various businesses to better connect with the booming Chinese market. Operating on a single platform, WeChat allows Chinese users to explore, connect and experience Australia all within one app. The WeChat ecosystem includes a number of functionalities including the WeChat Mini Program, a feature that allows users to experience various services without the need to download or install, WeChat Official Accounts for businesses and a mobile payment platform, WeChat Pay. Connecting Chinese users and businesses with WeChat Pay and Mini Program As the outbound travel segment continues to grow in China, more Chinese travellers purchase internationally and prefer to use mobile payment. WeChat Pay offers huge potential to serve as a payment bridge between travellers and Australian businesses. Chinese travellers are commonly looking for fast and convenient payment while shopping abroad. WeChat Pay, a payment feature integrated into the WeChat platform, allows users to complete payments quickly and easily with their smartphones. The WeChat Wallet features Quick Pay, QR Code Payments, In-App Web-Based Payments and Native In-App Payments. The use of WeChat Pay will solve many issues for Chinese users when they shop in Australia, and local merchants are able to leverage the large user base to gain loyalty and become even more competitive. Additionally, businesses are able to tap WeChat Mini Programs to engage users and build their brand and influence with the Chinese community. Mini Programs can be discovered in many ways, such as scanning offline Mini Program code, recommending by friends, clicking through Official Accounts or Discover tab, etc. Through Mini Programs, brands and merchants can offer loyalty programs, virtual gift cards and more. A new way to experience Australian cities WeChat also unveiled the WeChat City Experience Sydney Mini Program, a new way tourists can connect with a city through the app. The tool, previewed in partnership with Tourism Australia and Destination New South Wales, will offer Chinese tourists a different way to experience the popular destination through a self-guided interface that navigates key places of interest, all without leaving their everyday go-to app. “We know that Chinese tastes in tourism are maturing and their interests are increasingly focused on individual, experiential travel. It is great that as an industry, we can tap into the potential of the largest social mobile app in China to deliver more destination information on demand to high-value Chinese fully independent travellers,” said Tourism Australia’s Andy Jiang, Country Manager, China. This year the government announced that 2017 is the year of China Tourism, in an effort to drive continued growth in what is Australia’s most valuable tourism market. Last year, 1.2 million Chinese tourists visited Australia and by 2020 the sector has the potential to be worth more than $13 billion. “The WeChat Connect event offered a fascinating insight into China’s biggest social media platform. Chinese tourists, visitors, students, migrants, investors are pivotal in Melbourne’s growth story and it is crucial to educate local users and businesses on how to engage with this market. We look forward to future collaborations that will enhance Melbourne’s reputation as a Smart City and the most livable city in the world,” commented Councillor Philip Le Liu, City of Melbourne. Australian Charity Deploys Boomi for Cloud Transition and Business Expansion 2017-10-31T22:50:43Z australian-charity-deploys-boomi-for-cloud-transition-and-business-expansion Sydney, Australia – November 1, 2017 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) has announced that Australia’s first charity, The Benevolent Society, is using the Boomi integration platform to enable its transition to a 100 per cent cloud model, create a connected data environment, and support its business expansion. Founded in 1813, The Benevolent Society provides a range of support services to people with disabilities, children and families, older Australians and carers. With the goal of helping Australians live their best lives, the not-for-profit kickstarted its cloud migration which, over a 12-month period, will help create a mobile workforce and streamline internal processes including reporting to government, and subsequently further improve its employees’ ability to continue providing services to Australians. “Technology is playing an increasingly prominent part in the way we operate as an organisation,” said James Foot, Director of IT at The Benevolent Society. “For us, a key part in improving the service and the experience we provide to clients begins with the connection at our back end. That means ensuring important client information is readily accessible through a secure interface. Boomi provides us with a platform to synchronise our systems so the data that is generated is accurate, up-to-date, and easy to use by our teams.” Boomi’s integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) was selected to centralise The Benevolent Society’s applications and the data they generate so that employees can access critical resources on any device, in any location and at any time. This is particularly significant for The Benevolent Society’s client-facing practitioners who are no longer restricted by location and time, and can now deliver more elaborate and timely services to clients. For example, any time a client calls in to The Benevolent Society’s contact centre and is authenticated, the contact centre manager will instantly have all information at hand without requiring the caller to provide a detailed background on the conversation again. This includes details on how many times the client has interacted with The Benevolent Society, what services they are receiving, and what follow-up questions to ask. Boomi has also simplified The Benevolent Society’s entire data environment by connecting dozens of systems – including up to 20 customer relationship management (CRM) platforms, human resources tools and bespoke apps which were formerly siloed – into a single interface. This not only ensures data is up-to-date and accurate for all users, but removes the need for repetitive and time-consuming manual data entry into multiple databases. The additional benefit of consolidating this previously disparate data is that The Benevolent Society is now able to streamline processes related to its reporting obligations. Some Australian funding models require organisations to report client statistics including the number of clients it services and how many services are being provided. The Boomi technology is also supporting the onboarding of 800 new staff and 9,000 new clients following The Benevolent Society’s joining together with the NSW Government’s Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) Disability Community Services Teams. “By using Boomi to create a connected business, The Benevolent Society is even further boosting its ability to help Australians in need,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan at Dell Boomi. “The integration of apps and data equips The Benevolent Society’s employees with the resources they need to perform their jobs anywhere and at any time. As a result, they can respond even faster to optimise the experiences of clients with a personalised touch.” About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, is the leading provider of cloud integration and workflow automation software to build The Connected Business. Boomi helps more than 6,200 organisations accelerate business agility by connecting data and applications to run faster and smarter. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © 2017 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. About The Benevolent Society The Benevolent Society is Australia’s first charity, working as a catalyst for social justice and change for over 200 years. The Benevolent Society advocates for a better life for all Australians and provides quality services in the areas of Family Support, assisting older people, and Australians with disability. We help people age well and live a healthy life, staying in their homes wherever possible. For more information, please visit www.benevolent.org.au, on Facebook, or on Twitter at @BenevolentAU. ThoughtWorks named Australia’s 2017 Best Graduate Employer 2017-10-30T23:18:55Z thoughtworks-named-australias-2017-best-graduate-employer 31 October 2017 – Sydney, Australia - ThoughtWorks, a global software development and digital consulting company with over 300 ‘ThoughtWorkers’ across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, has been recognised as the 2017 Best Graduate Employer in the Australian Association of Graduate Employers’ Annual Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards (the ‘AGRIAs’). The awards, announced at last week’s AGRIAs Gala Dinner, recognise outstanding examples of excellence in the Australian graduate recruitment and development industry, and are determined by graduates participating in the 2017 AAGE Graduate Survey. “We are incredibly proud of this achievement because our commitment to attracting and nurturing graduates is an ongoing focus for our business. We recognise the valuable contributions our graduates make every day – and many of our most inspiring and successful ThoughtWorkers first joined the company as graduates,” said Ange Ferguson, Group Managing Director for ThoughtWorks APAC. “We have plans for a graduate intake of 35 in 2018 with at least 50 percent of those roles allocated to female technologists as part of our ongoing commitment to improving diversity and inclusivity within the industry.” ThoughtWorks has a solid track record in best practice graduate recruitment and workplace diversity and inclusivity, including the following recognition in 2016-17: - Top Graduate Employers 2017 #1 Top Graduate Employer in Australia by the Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE) - 2017 Top100 Graduate Employers Top Graduate Employer (Small) AFR / GradConnection - Citation holder Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) WGEA - #2 Coolest Company for Diversity Job Advisor's Coolest Companies for 2016 - #Tech Diversity Awards 2016 Business Leader Award In the United States, ThoughtWorks was also recently named by AnitaB.org a winner of Top Companies for Women Technologists for the second consecutive year. ThoughtWorks offers graduate roles across Software Development, Business Analysis, Testing and Experience Design in its Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth offices. Since 2000, it has hired more than 160 graduates, including 29 in 2016. 59% of ThoughtWorks’ 2016 graduates were female and the company has consistently hired at least 50% female graduates every year since 2011, as part of its commitment to improving diversity in the local technology industry. Graduate ThoughtWorkers have the unique opportunity to attend ThoughtWorks University – a five-week experience in India or China that enables them to connect with colleagues from around the world and gain an intimate understanding of the business and its broader purpose. Last year 324 graduates attended ThoughtWorks University and in 2017 that will increase to 444. According to Ben Reeves, Chief Executive Officer, AAGE, "The AAGE conducts an annual survey of graduates in their first year of employment to collect feedback on their experiences with their new employer. The survey results are then used to produce a list of the employers with the best graduate programs. What makes our list unique is that it is based on feedback gathered from real graduates who are actually working at the employers concerned. “This annual list of the top graduate employers serves as a valuable resource for students, employers, university career services, professional associations and suppliers to the graduate recruitment industry. “University career services are also encouraged to direct students to the list as part of job hunting activities to help them learn more about the top employers in Australia.” What Grads Love Most About ThoughtWorks… “Amazing support from every person in the company. Everyone is very involved and keen to set aside time to help with any questions or problems. I have already been placed on a few different projects working with other more experienced colleagues which has lent itself to faster learning yet also been put in lead positions where I am responsible for the design of a project which makes me feel trusted and in a position to rise to the challenge, which I’ve loved.” “Great culture, plenty of different outside of work things to get involved with, ability to work overseas, self-driven development.” “Amazing people, being trusted, having freedom, great benefits including impressive maternity leave, you are a person not a resource/number, company reputation, interesting and fun events often, informal….the list goes on.” “Immediate relevant on the job work experience, initially starting in a shadowing position and then quickly becoming billable. Excellent support and development offered. Clients with similar values. Friendly and enjoyable atmosphere.” -Ends - For further information about the AGRIAs, visit https://www.agrias.com.au/ NOTE TO EDITORS: To learn more about ThoughtWorks and its graduate programs, visit: ThoughtWorks Graduate Careers ThoughtWorks ThoughtWorks on LinkedIn About ThoughtWorks We are a software company and community of passionate purpose-led individuals. We think disruptively to deliver technology to address our clients’ toughest challenges all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change.