The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-02-11T03:17:20Z DAMsmart Asia, Silver Trak Digital and TransMedia Dynamics launch Digital Media Supply Chain Centre of Excellence in Kuala Lumpur 2020-02-11T03:17:20Z damsmart-asia-silver-trak-digital-and-transmedia-dynamics-launch-digital-media-supply-chain-centre-of-excellence-in-kuala-lumpur In a world first on 11 February 2020 DAMsmart Asia, Silver Trak Digital and TransMedia Dynamics (TMD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to officially launch a Digital Media Supply Chain Centre of Excellence in a purpose-built facility in Kuala Lumpur. The facility was officially opened by YB Gobind Singh Deo, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, alongside representatives from the Australian and British High Commissions. The new Digital Media Supply Chain Centre of Excellence is part of Silver Trak Digital’s same expansion in and commitment to south east Asia, and now acts as a hub that offers a full range of digital media services to government, media and entertainment clients throughout the region. There’s also high-capacity digitisation and preservation services for any form of aging audio and videotape. Then the facility offers content aggregation, language, quality assurance and checking for digital video and film, electronic content distribution, DCI mastering, duplication and distribution services integrated with full media asset management using TMD’s highly-acclaimed Mediaflex UMS system. All in all, this new facility offers a complete set of cutting-edge services and solutions under one roof in a single south-east Asian location. DAMsmart’s Joe Kelly said, “DAMsmart is the leading specialist archive digitisation and management services provider in Australia. With the backing of our parent company Silver Trak Digital, we launched DAMsmart Asia and this new facility in Kuala Lumpur. It’s clear that all forms of media archives are now at risk of permanent loss within the next few years if urgent action is not taken to convert the physical holdings of videotapes, audiotapes and film into data, due primarily to technology obsolescence and media degradation. With this new facility, our significant experience and expertise in these areas are now available to government agencies and private sector organisations in Malaysia as well as other countries throughout the region.” DAMsmart Asia are using TMD’s latest generation of Mediaflex®-UMS (Unified Media Services) platform, which provides them with a cloud-native, service-oriented architecture delivering media aware, software-defined workflows. Mediaflex-UMS supports the management of both physical media and digital content. It enables DAMsmart Asia to manage the digital supply chain of their media content, including acquisition, creation, digitisation, re-purposing, preservation, enrichment, delivery, publishing and archiving through TMD’s own applications and from its extensive list of integration partners. TMD CEO Carlton Smith added, “The new Digital Media Supply Chain Centre of Excellence is unique. Within the centre TMD will support and maintain the Mediaflex-UMS platform and services and provide general IT support for the entire facility. It truly is a world first and one of a kind offering.” The new Centre of Excellence also specialises in motion picture film scanning for any film gauge at any resolution and is the first to utilise the new GoldeneyeNet global franchise network, launched this year by one of the centre’s key technology partners, Digital Vision World (DVW). GoldeneyeNet includes the acclaimed Goldeneye IV Archival Scanner and Phoenix and Loki suite of products that enable DAMsmart Asia to offer clients world-class and award-winning DVO restoration and file-based image processing tools. The GoldeneyeNet network is central to the facility’s overall offering for film preservation, restoration and archival work with its truly unique Universal Optics and the fact that any film from 8mm to 70mm, including Pathé and every format in between, can be scanned. DVW’s Director of Global Sales, Mark Coleman, said, “By launching our new GoldeneyeNet platform with DAMsmart at the new Digital Media Supply Chain Centre of Excellence we offer a unique and valuable opportunity to the market. As the most versatile high quality The final offering in this amazing new facility comes from Silver Trak Digital themselves who will offer local project management for localisation services throughout the region. Silver Trak Digital CEO Tim Creswell said, “The new Digital Media Supply Chain Centre of Excellence is an incredible technological achievement and of great value to companies and organisations throughout the region. The local feedback we’ve been given is that south east Asia needs a new, honest, experienced player in the digitisation, restoration and preservation space. There is a digitisation deadline looming due to tape degeneration and format obsolescence and this facility offers the best technologies to address these issues along with excellent customer service to complement them.” About DAMSmart AsiaDAMsmart, a Silver Trak Digital company, is Australia’s leading audiovisual digitisation service provider. We deliver to you a dedicated and crafted service to digitise and save your videotape, audio or film archive. It’s all we do – it’s our passion. We set-up the business over ten years ago to make it possible for you, and any project success. For us, there are two absolutely crucial elements that are needed to enable us to safeguard your content for the future: access to the right technology to perform the task and the expertise and knowledge to use it. DAMsmart has both.www.damsmart.asia About Silver Trak DigitalSilver Trak Digital is a technology company providing content owners and media companies with innovative, software, cloud-based media logistics and distribution services. With over 30 years of experience, the company is trusted by the industry's biggest names and is an important supplier to broadcast, media, production, distribution, government and corporate markets. Silver Trak Digital's staff have a wealth of experience in versioning and compliance, content aggregation, media management and sales fulfilment. Through many Australian media industry firsts, Silver Trak Digital's media services enable content owners and media companies to address the complexities they face operating in a globalised marketplace.www.silvertrak.com.auwww.mediaroom.com.auAbout TransMedia DynamicsTMD is a highly focused and dynamic organisation specialising in the development and delivery of solutions and associated services to the global media, broadcast and archive industries. We innovate and deploy services which enable our customers to have smarter processes and create more efficient organisations. Our client base spans both global and national organisations highlighting the fact that TMD is small enough to care yet big enough to deliver. TMD's management team has years of experience in the development of systems for the broadcast industry, TMD was founded in 1998 with the specific goal of providing the global media marketplace with a Media Asset, Workflow and Resource Management System capable of driving businesses forward by effectively managing the existing plethora of linear based media, such as film and tape, as well as the new and evolving digital formats. Equally as important is providing a smooth and manageable transition between them. The result is Mediaflex-UMS.www.tmd.tvAbout GoldeneyeNetLaunched by Blisstek and Digital Vision World (DVW), GoldeneyeNet is a first-of-its-kind global franchise model which gives digital media partners the opportunity to use Blisstek’s leading technology solutions to digitise and restore moving image content. Goldeneye IV is a high-speed, high-resolution film scanner for motion picture film. With its unique Universal Optics, it can scan any film from 8mm to 70mm, including Pathé and every format in between. DVW’s Phoenix and Loki suite of products offer clients world-class and award-winning DVO restoration and file-based image processing tools.www.digitalvision.worldwww.goldeneyenet.com Increase in Apprentice and Trainee Enrolments 2020-02-07T05:43:12Z increase-in-apprentice-and-trainee-enrolments Minister for Innovation and Skills, Hon David Pisoni MP, visited PEER on Friday 7 February 2020, announcing key findings from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) publication: Government funded students and courses – January to September 2019. He highlighted the large increase in apprentice and trainee enrolments across critical sectors for the SA economy.   Key findings from the report, indicate an increased confidence in the South Australian economy, with over 700 business taking on an apprentice for the first time. This is attributed to the Marshall Liberal Government working closely with industry and businesses, to continue the turnaround of the state’s training system.   Minister for Innovation and Skills, Hon David Pisoni MP said, “The first full year of the Skilling South Australia program has yielded fantastic results, with over 13,000 new apprenticeship and traineeship commencements.”   “We’re seeing strong growth in government funded VET program enrolments across critical sectors for the SA economy, including community services, agriculture, horticulture, conservation and land management, construction and traditional trades, as well tourism, hospitality and events.”   The Minister also stated that the Skilling South Australia projects, are growing the state’s skilled workforce, while meeting the needs of employers.“There are almost 100 Skilling South Australia projects underway, co-designed by industry and business, to grow our skilled workforce, build careers and meet the needs of employers by driving growth in apprenticeships and traineeships. Encouragingly, we’re also delivering increased participation in terms of Aboriginal students and increased female participation in skills training.”   Peter Nolan, Chief Executive of leading South Australian training organisation PEER, said that the State Government’s investments in skills and expansion of subsidised training, is delivering positive results for the sector.   Mr. Nolan stated: “2020 has commenced very positively for PEER and we have seen a strong uptake of apprentices already. We have 42 new well-trained, high quality apprentices either commenced or commencing soon. We also have vacancies in the refrigeration and air-conditioning trade and are always looking for more females in all of our trades. The Skilling South Australia projects have been of great benefit to new apprentices and the demand for well-trained apprentices is continuing to grow.” About PEER  PEER is a non-profit industry-based organisation, a Group Training Organisation (GTO) and an award-winning Registered Training Organisation (RTO), delivering nationally accredited trade training packages to meet South Australia’s skill development needs.  We are the largest employer of apprentices within the Building and Construction industry in SA and we deliver VET in schools training, apprenticeship training, upskilling, short courses and skills recognition training.  Agile and innovative, PEER is highly regarded for delivering trade training and assessment excellence in the following trades: electrical, plumbing, data & communications, refrigeration & air-conditioning.  We are proud, to be the winner of the 2018 SA Training Awards, Training Provider of the Year and the 2018 Australian Training Awards Small Training Provider of the Year.  Gartner CIO Survey Identifies Organisational Disruption and Funding Shortfalls as Key Challenges for Governments 2020-02-07T00:15:41Z gartner-cio-survey-identifies-organisational-disruption-and-funding-shortfalls-as-key-challenges-for-governments 7 February 2020 — Fifty-eight percent of government CIOs faced organisational disruption during the past four years, according Gartner, Inc.’s 2020 global survey of CIOs*. Fifty-two percent of respondents said they had also faced a funding shortfall in that same time frame. These figures are higher than those for all other industries. “Governments are struggling in many areas, following disruptions including changes in leadership, reorganisations and funding shortfalls,” said Alia Mendonsa, senior research director at Gartner. “For many government CIOs, disruption will affect their IT budget growth, and the funding and launch of new business initiatives will suffer. Inflexible funding models exacerbate this issue, due to budgetary processes and cycles within government.” CIOs of government organisations are still developing their digital leadership skills and strategy. “The government sector is lagging behind other industries in all aspects of strategy, particularly in its ability to communicate a clear and consistent business strategy that articulates how the organisation will achieve its vision,” said Ms. Mendonsa. The survey found that less than half (48%) of government CIOs said their organisation had a clear and consistent overall business strategy. “In the absence of a formal business strategy, government CIOs need to incorporate strategic business outcomes into their digital government strategy,” said Ms. Mendonsa. “Business outcomes will be validated by the business as part of the strategy approval process.” The survey results showed that government CIOs are ahead of other industries in enhancing citizen-centricity by developing and delivering digital services, however they remain slightly behind other industries in most IT process domains. “To fix this, government CIOs should assess the maturity of their IT processes to identify areas of strength and weakness, and then prioritise implementation of improved processes and workflows according to the results,” said Ms. Mendonsa. Data and Analytics, AI and Cloud Technologies Remain Game-Changers The survey found that data and analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud technologies remain game-changers for government CIOs in 2020. Survey results showed that within the next 12 months the majority of the respondents had already deployed or are focused on deploying cybersecurity (84%), AI (37%) and robotic process automation (33%).  “Government CIOs need to prioritise investment in emerging technologies according to potential value for their institution,” said Ms. Mendonsa. “More mature technologies such as cloud, and data and analytics, offer immediate benefits in terms of capability and scalability for delivering digital government services, and therefore may be prioritised. Experiments with AI and robotic process automation may start small initially, and once their value can be demonstrated, initiatives involving these emerging technologies may be scaled up over time.” Gartner clients can learn more in the report “2020 CIO Agenda: A Government Perspective.” Learn more about leadership and how to win in the turns in the Gartner CIO Agenda for 2020. Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo Learn more about CIO leadership and how to drive digital innovation to the core of your business at Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2020. Follow news and updates from the conferences on Twitter using #GartnerSYM. *Note to Editors The 2020 Gartner CIO Survey was conducted online from June to August 2019 among Gartner Executive Programs members and other CIOs. A total of 130 government CIOs took part in the survey. About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities today and build the successful organisations of tomorrow.   Our unmatched combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on the issues that matter most. We are a trusted advisor and an objective resource for more than 15,000 enterprises in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and enterprise size.   To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit www.gartner.com. # # # Gartner: Skills Gap is the top emerging risk globally 2020-02-05T01:16:57Z gartner-skills-gap-is-the-top-emerging-risk-globally The survey of 137 senior executives showed that concerns about “talent shortages” now outweigh those around “accelerating privacy regulation” and “cloud computing”, which were the top two risks in the previous Emerging Risk Monitor. Every year the gap between jobs and a trained digital workforce grows wider. Plans to encourage untapped talent pools to consider a career in IT is growing in momentum globally and Australian IT company CT4 is leading the way, now into its second year of the Digital Apprentice Program (DAP) located in Ballarat, Victoria, is building a skilled talent pool for Australia’s digital future.  The next tranche of the DAP is open and accepting applications. CT4’s Customer Success Manager Tegan DeClark said the DAP is an excellent way to introduce people into IT and address the global skills gap. “CT4’s DAP traineeship provides regional Victorians a great opportunity to reskill or upskill to enter a booming industry, and the program to date has been a great success. We’re proud of our most recent cohort who have just completed the initial phase of the program”.  DeClark also strongly encourages women looking for a career change to consider IT as a career path and to join the program.  “We believe that diversity is the lens through which unique problems are solved and we value the different backgrounds and life experience which contributes to our organisation and the industry as a whole. Upon successfully moving through the first phase of the program, trainees begin to do more specific work on current and new technology with CT4’s DevOps team.  Among this recent group, is Elizabeth Eldridge, who is a mature-aged student, making a career change from a non-IT background and as a result of the program, has a promising future in IT. Eldridge joined the program in 2019 and said it has given her an advantage with future work opportunities, with a level of exposure to IT which she didn’t have otherwise.  “Women of my age often don’t have much to do with IT.  This program has given me confidence and I’m starting to now understand the background of IT and what technology can do.” Craig Adams, Group Managing Director said that both the program and the industry at large can be challenging at times but for those successful candidates, opportunities abound with the current digital skills shortage  “CT4 is proud to be a flexible, fast paced, diverse and dynamic workplace with one major criterion for staff to be the best they can be within their role. For trainees who have display a good work ethic, team work and the ability to work in a secure and sensitive IT environment, the rewards are palpable.” When asked if Eldridge would recommend the program to others, especially women looking for a career change, she wholeheartedly says yes. “Definitely, I’d say go for it!  It’s been fantastic and I’m glad to have had the opportunity, I’m in it for the learning and to see how far I can go” Applications for CT4’s 2020 Digital Apprentice are now open to all candidates interested in a paid traineeship in IT.  Go to https://jobs4ballarat.com.au/ and keyword ‘CT4’ for more information CREATIVE VICTORIA APPOINTS LOCAL BUILDER FOR BENDIGO’S NEW CREATIVE INDUSTRIES HUB 2020-02-04T22:29:35Z creative-victoria-appoints-local-builder-for-bendigo-s-new-creative-industries-hub Formerly known as Bendigo Creative Industries Hub, The Studio will transform the ground floor of the former Morley’s Emporium site on Mitchell Street in Bendigo’s CBD into a place for the region’s creative practitioners, entrepreneurs and businesses to work, connect, build their skills and expand their networks.   Gerard K House Pty Ltd, led by managing director, Gerard House, is one of Bendigo’s best-known builders with over 40 years’ experience delivering major commercial and residential projects in the region.   Major projects completed by the company in recent years include the Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) multi-purpose regional office fit out in Bendigo, which was completed in 2017; the Carisbrook Primary School’s new multi-million dollar learning centre; the Castlemaine North Primary School New Learning Centre (and refurbishment works); and the new Total Tools Warehouse and offices in Kangaroo Flat - all completed last year.   Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan, said the appointment of this respected local team reflects the project’s commitment to supporting local businesses.   “This project provides a space for the local creative community to come together, share their knowledge and build their business capability. Gerard K House Pty Ltd is part of a highly skilled local team working with ACMI to make sure The Studio is by, for and about the local community - and I look forward to seeing the results.”   Gerard K House Pty Ltd will work alongside local architect firm, e+ architecture to transform the ground floor of the 110-year old Mitchell Street building into a bespoke coworking and event space.  An initiative of the Victorian Government’s Creative State strategy and led by the team behind ACMI and a Local Advisory Group – The Studio will offer workspaces, meeting rooms, project spaces, a communal kitchen and a presentation space for local creatives and creative businesses to work on site.   The building, originally built in 1910 by prolific Bendigo architects, Keogh and Austen, for the Morley and Johnson and Co furniture warehouse, has stood empty for more than three years after Morley’s Emporium, a retail and hospitality enterprise, closed in October 2016. Before that it housed a large Toyworld outlet.   The Studio manager, David Hughes, says Gerard K House Pty Ltd will work with e+ architecture and ACMI to honour the heritage of the historic building while offering the latest in agile workplace design.   “We received a very high quality of tenders to work on this exciting project but Gerard K House Pty Ltd really impressed us with their comprehensive and well thought out tender,” Mr Hughes said.   “They also come with an esteemed reputation within the Greater Bendigo region, having completed dozens of high-quality projects of a similar scale and type. We are incredibly excited to be working with Gerard and his team,” he said.   Mr Hughes said elements of the Romanesque revival style of the building, including the original pressed metal ceilings will be maintained as part of The Studio’s new design.   In December, a Local Advisory Group, made up of some of the region’s most respected creative professionals, was appointed to work with ACMI ahead of the opening of The Studio in the months ahead.   The 10-member Local Advisory Group brings a deep understanding of the creative landscape within the Greater Bendigo region and rich, grass roots connections that will ensure The Studio is relevant to those who use it.   Supported by a dedicated manager and a part-time administrator, coworkers at The Studio will have access up to 24 workstations, high speed wi-fi, bookable meeting rooms, printers, a workshop and presentation space, a kitchen, and access to The Studio’s business and social program. Coworkers will also have access to a bookable desk at ACMI X, ACMI’s coworking space located in the Melbourne Arts Precinct in Southbank.   Gerard K House Pty Ltd joins e+ Architecture, The Local Advisory Group, The Studio’s manager David Hughes, local design and digital marketing agency Creative Revolution and Bendigo-based PR strategist Greta Donaldson as the local team leading The Studio’s development.   -ends-   For more information about The Studio, Bendigo please contact; The Studio manager, David Hughes, at: david.hughes@acmi.net.au   For media enquiries or interviews please contact; Greta Donaldson, Greta Donaldson Publicity, 0427 658 638 or greta@gdpublicity.com.au Fisher Leadership Announces New Partner, Andrew Medard 2020-02-03T19:27:58Z fisher-leadership-announces-new-partner-andrew-medard MEDIA RELEASE TUESDAY 4 FEBRUARY:  Fisher Leadership is pleased to announce new Partner, Andrew Medard, will be joining the team this week. Andrew brings 15 years of executive search and recruitment experience across private sector senior leadership positions. Combining his wealth of knowledge in commercial leadership skills with Fisher Leadership’s emphasis on positive impact, Andrew believes there has never been a better time to bring together future skills throughout public, private and not-for-profit sectors.   Andrew commenced his finance and accounting career in London and Sydney, honing his skills in large companies such as Hewlett Packard as a Business Analyst for several divisions, before joining the recruitment industry in 2004. Having built a prominent reputation, Andrew founded amge+ in 2009 and has specialised in connecting talent to executive positions in the areas of finance, systems & technology and General Management roles across Commercial, Procurement and HR divisions.   Andrew is passionate about mobilising the future skills needed to harness the new digital economy. He says, ‘For leaders and businesses to continue to evolve and improve, we need to proactively challenge the status quo on the types of people, skills and thinking styles they need to develop or bring into their business.’ Andrew points to his depth of operational and talent-based knowledge in the financial sector, where ‘human skills’ such as cross-functional team leadership and HR are ranking as some of the fastest-growing skills for financial leaders both globally (increasing by 11% and 8% respectively) and locally (increasing by 5% and 7% respectively)1.   Andrew is also committed to promoting emerging ways of working. Balancing his own family life with his career, Andrew is keen to ensure the next wave of leadership champions diverse backgrounds, an openness to emerging trends and an appreciation of the importance of personal growth. Managing Director of Fisher Leadership, Michelle Loader, comments ‘Andrew offers high-value outcomes for clients bringing together his enterprise knowledge of how businesses succeed with his intimate understanding of what motivates leaders. He recognises the value of having an integrated, thriving personal life as well as a challenging and fulfilling professional life.’    Andrew notes that he feels ‘a natural values fit’ with the Fisher Leadership team. He attributes the decision to come onboard as a new partner to the opportunity ‘to thrive as a part of a collaborative team; one that positively supports, challenges and cares for each other as we strive to achieve great outcomes for those in our ecosystem and for ourselves.’    Andrew Medard can be contacted on amedard@fisherleadership.com to assist with Executive Search for leadership roles in the commercial, corporate and public sectors and within not-for-profit organisations.   For more information on our Executive Leadership Solutions, visit www.fisherleadership.com or call 1300 347 437. For additional images, interviews or media enquiries please contact Nikki May, Head of Creative, on nmay@fisherleadership.com 1.          LinkedIn Talent Insights data (retrieved 27/01/20: https://www.linkedin.com/insights/report/) Image: https://fisherleadership.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Andrew-Medard-Headshot-2.jpg RDA & Pennant MOU brings international aviation training to Australia 2020-01-28T21:32:52Z rda-pennant-mou-brings-international-aviation-training-to-australia Pennant Australasia is delighted to sign an MOU with RDA Hunter, to bring enhanced, internationally-comparable aviation skills training to students in the Hunter and Shoalhaven regions. This significant agreement brings best practice aviation training to Australia through Pennant’s not-for profit Aviation Skills Foundation and their Aviation Skills Charter which promote future careers and skill development within the aviation industry and current work force. Combining this with RDA’s STEM workforce development program, it is an exciting time for Australia’s aviation industry. The signing of the MOU builds upon Pennant’s successful ongoing relationship as an aviation industry skilling partner with RDA Hunter and the visit of the RDA’s Trevor John to the UK’s International Aviation Academy late last year. RDA Hunter provides numerous activities and programs to the Hunter region, training and shaping the future workforce required in the industry. As well as industry-led STEM programs and the ME program, they work closely with aviation and aerospace organisations such as the Royal Australian Air Force, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin Australia, Jetstar and Boeing Defence Australia. RDA Hunter’s Executive Officer, Trevor John said, “We are delighted to be partnering with the Pennant Group and the Aviation Skills Foundation. Our program participants will benefit from their international experience and knowledge in training for aviation careers. We are thrilled to be starting a new journey with our aviation partners which sees proven training packages available to students in the Hunter and Shoalhaven regions as part of the International Charter for Aviation Skills. For those who are interested in defence, aerospace and aviation careers, this means they will be equipped with internationally comparable skills.” The Aviation Skills Charter covers five key areas to promote future careers and skill development within the aviation industry and current work force. It promotes and recognises the potential that anyone can pursue a career in aviation and aims to develop partnerships across the industry, as well as pathways interfaced with jobs, regional academies and bringing together information and communication networks to supply the necessary information to those seeking it. Pennant Australasia’s Managing Director Tammy Halter said: “We’re thrilled to be signing this MOU with Regional Development Australia - Hunter. The combination of Pennant’s Charter and RDA’s STEM programs will enhance the Hunter region student’s current training programs, and contribute to the development of aviation training across New South Wales and the rest of Australia.” Photo: [L-R] Stavros Tsolakides – Projects Director – Training, Pennant Australasia Tammy Halter – Managing Director, Pennant Australasia Trevor John – Direction of Regional Development and Executive Officer, Hunter Regional Development Australia, Philip Walker – CEO, Pennant International Group Plc Media Contacts: Tammy Halter, MD, Pennant Australasia and CEO, ADG. Tel 3832 6888 or 0410 460 594, or thalter@absolutedata.com Margot Furlonger, Holy Mackerel Group, tel 0422 548 323 or margot@holymackerel.com.au Pennant Australasia acquires Australian software firm Absolute Data Group 2020-01-21T19:00:41Z pennant-australasia-acquires-australian-software-firm-absolute-data-group Pennant Australasia has acquired Brisbane-headquartered software company Absolute Data Group (ADG) in order to form an enhanced powerhouse of integrated logistics support. This will also increase its presence in Pennant’s target growth markets of Australasia and North America. Pennant, whose integrated training and support solutions, products and services train and assist operators and maintainers in the defence and regulated civilian sectors, exchanged contracts to acquire the entire issued share capital of ADG, as well as ADG’s well-established US trading subsidiary OneStrand Inc. This acquisition will expand Pennant Australasia’s presence and capability, for which ADG Founder and CEO Tammy Halter will now become Pennant’s new Managing Director. “Pennant has a proven track record of providing world class leading ILS end-to-end solutions, technical training systems, E-Learning and simulation solutions to global Defence and civilian sectors,” said ADG CEO Tammy Halter. “Our organisations share the same core values for our customers and our teams, including our common goals of innovation, quality and teamwork.” ADG is internationally regarded for its ‘R4i’ suite of technical documentation software, which provides its users with a dynamic S1000D-compliant publication solution. ADG licences the software, as well as provides the software in a hosted platform that includes related support, maintenance and consultancy services. With users based around the globe supporting land, sea, space, civilian and military air programs, ADG’s customers include Virgin Galactic, Boeing Defence Australia, Lufthansa Technik and various Defence departments. The acquisition will enable further integration of the R4i product suite with Pennant’s OmegaPS software, providing users with an end-to-end integrated logistics support and robust documentation solutions. “ADG’s R4i S1000D customers can now access Pennant technologies that provide an overall comprehensive suite of solutions with integrated software support to maintain their deliverables throughout the lifecycle of the technical data. My Australian (ADG) and North American (OneStrand) teams are excited to be part of the Pennant group, a global Integrated Logistics Support company,” said Ms. Halter. Pennant and ADG have been working together since early 2019 on complementary opportunities. As a result, the teams have already carried out the first integration task of connecting R4i LTS to the OmegaPS software suite, allowing delivery of a complete integrated solution to their overall customer base. Commenting on the acquisition, Pennant CEO Phil Walker said: “We have known and admired the ADG business for some time so we are delighted to have exchanged contracts for its purchase by Pennant. There are clear synergies between our respective businesses and numerous opportunities to provide an end-to-end ILS solution to the users of our products. We are looking forward to working with ADG as they move into this exciting new phase.” About Absolute Data Group (ADG) Absolute Data Group (ADG) is headquartered in Brisbane, Australia and was founded in 1997 as an SGML consulting business. Today ADG is recognised worldwide for its innovative and user-friendly S1000D software suite, which provides the tools to create, manage and leverage information that is vital to the operation and maintenance of complex assets. www.absolutedata.com About ADG’s Subsidiary, OneStrand Inc. OneStrand Inc. is a full-service company offering hosted and installed S1000D software, authoring services and support to best manage critical technical content in the aerospace, defense, space and transport industries. OneStrand is headquartered in West Chester, PA with software development and operation locations in Brisbane, Australia. www.onestand.com ### Media Contacts: Tammy Halter, CEO, ADG, tel 3832 6888 or 0410 460 594, or thalter@absolutedata.com Margot Furlonger, PR Consultant, Holy Mackerel Group, tel 0422 548 323 or margot@holymackerel.com.au Corrective Services NSW Selects Infor to Achieve Critical Workforce Utilisation Efficiencies 2020-01-17T04:34:24Z corrective-services-nsw-selects-infor-to-achieve-critical-workforce-utilisation-efficiencies SYDNEY, Australia – Jan 17, 2020 - Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialised by industry, announced that Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) has chosen Infor CloudSuite Workforce Management to future-proof aspects of its scheduled staff rostering needs through a competitive market process.Infor’s comprehensive workforce management solution and associated business process changes will provide efficient and effective staff scheduling procedures, and provide ongoing workforce utilisation efficiencies.Infor’s industry-leading workforce scheduling system will deliver a host of benefits to Corrective Services NSW, including:Providing live scheduling monitors in key locations that enhance staff safety and securityContinually adapting its workforce scheduling approach to new business modelsMitigate the risk of potential compliance errors by ensuring team members are rostered and paid in compliance with their respective Public Sector Awards.The rostering of CSNSW employees is a critical business function that supports 6,885 rostered staff within 109 rostered sites state-wide 24 hours 7 days a week. Rostered staff comprises custodial, industrial, security and intelligence, administration, and clerical employees that attract any form of penalty rate payment during the performance of their duties. These CSNSW employees are situated in correctional centres, courts, operational or support locations across NSW. Infor ANZ Managing Director Jarrod Kinchington said that the complexity of a state-wide workforce demands a flexible and intuitive workforce management system that can be deployed with minimal disruptions to day-to-day activities.“We are thrilled that Corrective Services NSW has chosen Infor for its cloud-based workforce management needs. Our Infor CloudSuite solution will provide the organisation with a central location to easily manage employee resources, as well as the ability to track operational and labour performance and comply with the necessary legislation, regulations and procedures,” Kinchington said. About Corrective Services NSW Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) is a division of the Department of Communities and Justice. It delivers professional correctional services and programs to reduce re-offending and enhance community safety. As an important element of the criminal justice system, CSNSW manages remand and sen​tenced inmates as well as offenders in the community. About InforInfor is a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry. With 17,300 employees and over 68,000 customers in more than 170 countries, Infor software is designed for progress. To learn more, please visitwww.infor.com. Infor customers include:The top 20 aerospace companies 9 of the top 10 high tech companies14 of the 25 largest U.S. healthcare delivery networks19 of the 20 largest U.S. cities18 of the top 20 automotive suppliers14 of the top 20 industrial distributors13 of the top 20 global retailers4 of the top 5 brewers17 of the top 20 global banks9 of the 10 largest global hotel brands7 of the top 10 global luxury brands Bushfire Recovery Access Program: Accredited Mental Health Social Workers ready to provide mental health support under new regime 2020-01-17T02:45:05Z bushfire-recovery-access-program-accredited-mental-health-social-workers-ready-to-provide-mental-health-support-under-new-regime The AASW welcomes the Bushfire Recovery Access Program that comes into effect today and will see people affected by the bushfires, including first responders, receive vital mental health supports. The impact of the unprecedented bushfire crisis of 2019-2020 on people’s wellbeing cannot be underestimated and it is important people access help, if they so choose, to better enable them to prepare for the long-term recovery effort. As of today, the Bushfire Recovery Access Program will be rolled out by Medicare and includes 10 immediate counselling sessions and access to more sessions without requiring a GP referral, among other initiatives. Face-to-face or telehealth services can be accessed depending on people’s location and circumstances. Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSWs) are among those who can deliver these services and they have significant expertise in assessment and providing supports with a wide range of complex mental health needs, including grief, loss, trauma, and bereavement. AASW National President Cristine Craik said, “AMHSWs meet the high standards set by Medicare to deliver the Bushfire Recovery Access Program. They are among those professionals currently providing specialist mental health services under Medicare’s Better Access program. "AMHSWs work with children, adults and older persons across a wide range of issues including, depression, anxiety, grief and loss. relationships issues, life crises, family conflicts, trauma and abuse. AMHSWs provide a unique contribution to the mental health space in their holistic approach to working with a person. Working through this lens is such a vital skill set for ongoing recovery work with individuals, families and communities.” ENDS Notes: Visit https://www.aasw.asn.au/find-a-social-worker/search/ to find your local social worker and click here to learn more about how AMHSW can help you. For an explanation of the Medicare changes, visit: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/subjects/bushfire-recovery-access-program To interview Christine Craik, please contact Angela Yin on 0413 532 954. Get your Pet’s Paw through the Door 2020-01-14T23:00:29Z get-your-pet-s-paw-through-the-door Aussie Renters are getting their Pet’s Paw through the Door with this handy site There are new proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 affecting Pet Owners. The proposed changes could mean more rental properties in Australia allow Pets and cut down on pet surrender numbers to the RSPCA. PetCloud has a FREE Digital Pet Resume for all renting Pet Owners, to use in their rental applications. This January, Pet Owning tenants in the thousands across Australia will have leases ending and will be facing the prospect of having to find a suitable Pet Friendly Rental Property. In fact, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) records state that 2.16 million renting Australian families are Pet Owners.  Now thanks to PetCloud, Australia’s most trusted Pet Services booking website, Australian Pet-Owning Tenants can breathe a sigh of relief that the process has been made much easier through their FREE Digital Pet Resume. PetCloud’s CEO Deb Morrison says; “Our mission is all about making responsible pet care easy, so enabling Pet Owners to create their very own Pet Resume to include in their Property  Applications to Landlords and Property Managers has been added value we have wanted to provide for a while now.” Is adopting out your pet a solution? “It’s a less than ideal solution.  People have a strong emotional bond with their pets. It’s not the same as giving away a piece of furniture.” Is finding a Pet Friendly Property really that difficult? “Yes. Years ago, before PetCloud existed, I struggled to find anyone to look after my pets, I’d had a change in living circumstances, and couldn’t find any rentals that were pet friendly.  It got to the stage where I too had to give my little dog Charlie away. I had no choice. Pets are family. They help keep you accountable with daily exercise, they are great company, and are beneficial for mental health.” What would you say to Landlords who are scared of their investment property being devalued through destroyed fixtures and noise complaints? “I too, have been a landlord of an unhygienic pet-owning tenant. I believe the solution is to 1) introduce a Pet Bond to cater for potential damage to fixtures and carpet cleaning and 2) Screen for Pet Owner Lease Applicants who can prove they have attended a Council or Dog Obedience course with their pet so they take responsibility and understand how to train, exercise, clean & enrich their pets. PetCloud’s Pet Resume will help them with this.” Where can renting Pet Owners go to create their Digital Pet Resume? Thousands of Pet Owners have already created their pet’s profile -head to www.petcloud.com.au/signup and then create a Profile for themselves and one for their Pet. In their Pet’s profile they will see there is a link saying “Pet Resume”. They can share their link with their Landlord or Property Manager in their rental application. ______________________________________________________________________________ Contact for Media Enquiries:  Deb Morrison  marketing@petcloud.com.au Notes for Editors: PetCloud, is Australia’s largest and most trusted Pet Care Services network, with over 30,000 Pet Sitters, Dog Walkers, Pet Taxis and more. Customer support is run by RSPCA Qld’s National Call Centre. https://www.petcloud.com.au  Eaton announces appointments to ANZ senior leadership team 2020-01-13T23:34:58Z eaton-announces-appointments-to-anz-senior-leadership-team Power management company, Eaton today announced an expansion to its senior leadership team in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) with two new appointments. Mark Anning appointed General Manager, Circuit Protection and Control (CPC) and Kevin Nesdale appointed General Manager, Power Distribution Systems and Services (PDSS). Dan Agnew, Managing Director of Eaton ANZ said the appointments strengthen Eaton’s power distribution offering as it focuses on meeting growing demand for products, systems and engineering services that deliver safe, reliable and sustainable power. “With energy requirements continuing to transform across the entire power train and in most communities across the region, it is critical that we continue to work closely with our customers and channel partners to help customers solve challenges and invest for the future.” Based in Melbourne, Mark Anning will build on his previous role at Eaton which saw him revamp and significantly expand the Power Distribution Partner Program. Prior to joining Eaton in 2017, Mark spent 10 years at ABB in sales and channel management roles. “Mark brings an incredible amount of experience to the role and a deep understanding of the electrical channel. He will continue to grow the Power Distribution Partner Program and drive market growth across Eaton’s circuit protection and control products including our xEnergy switchgear which will play a vital role as the AS/NZS 61439 standard is mandated in 2021.” Based in Sydney, Kevin Nesdale brings more than two decades of technical and leadership expertise from his previous roles with Eaton, Cooper Power Systems, Eaton & electrical utilities. Working with Australia and New Zealand’s leading utilities and other MV customers, Kevin is focused on delivering power systems that help support energy transformation being driven by renewable energy, affordability and reliability. “Kevin will lead our Power Distribution Systems and Services team which includes our Cooper Power Systems range that has supported the energy sector for over 50 years in Australia and New Zealand. Kevin will be focused on harnessing our extensive local and global engineering, customer service and technical expertise to drive value for our customers.” - ENDS - About Eaton Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. Its energy-efficient solutions help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more reliably, safely and sustainably. The company is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton employs 99,000 people worldwide, and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit Eaton.com. CODY WALKER & REACH OUT WORLDWIDE CHARITY TEAM COMING TO HELP 2020-01-13T03:08:04Z cody-walker-amp-reach-out-worldwide-charity-team-coming-to-help CODY WALKER & ROWW CHARITY TEAM COMING TO HELP # LATE PAUL WALKER’s REACH OUT WORLD WIDE CHARITY SENDING 6 STRONG TEAM TO HELP  #  6 VOLUNTEERS ARRIVE FROM USA 8.50AM MONDAY 13th JANUARY Fast & Furious’s late Paul Walker started the ROWW ( Reach Out World Wide Charity) to provide physical assistance globally in disaster & crisis situations.  His brother Cody Walker has Team ROWW landing into  Sydney at 8.50am Monday 13th January to do just that here in Australia.   Paul Walker’s brother, Cody Walker says “Australia has supported ROWW with funds raised in the last 5 years when I teamed up with United Cinemas Australia for the release of Fast & Furious 7 & 8. As soon as the enormity of what is happening with the bushfires came to our attention we have been planning with Roy Mustaca of United Cinemas to send a team so now we’re coming to do anything and everything in our powers to help and assist in any way we can over the next week or so.” Roy Mustaca from United Cinemas Australia with Cody & Felicia Walker from Reach Out Worldwide are deploying resources on the ground with much needed supplies to help with the devastation the Australian people & animals are facing right now with the ongoing fires throughout New South Wales & Victoria. The ROWW team from the USA arrived into Sydney from Los Angeles with one of our very own Aussie Fire Fighters Craig De Meillon. The team will head to areas affected in NSW first then make their way towards Canberra & Victoria.  The ROWW Team Craig De Meillon- Australia - Aviation FF Jennifer Stansell - Oregon - Wildland FF / EMT Isabell Isenhart - Kentucky - FF Scott McNair - Oregon - ROWW volunteer Joshua Stout - Oregon - ROWW director of Deployments and Response - Gold Beach FF / EMT/ SAR Justin Hester / California / Pasadena FF / Paramedic Donations have already been received of large supplies of water and soft drinks for distribution and anyone who has donations of supplies/food and products can drop them off at all United Cinema locations across Australia. www.unitedcinemas.com.au  Those wanting to give much needed supplies and general items please donate what ever you can at any United Cinemas location nationally via the box office. Any supplies or gold coin/money donated will be deployed by ROWW to those families & animals that are very much in need of your help. For those wanting to make a donation online please go to: https://www.unitedcinemas.com.au/UnitedandRowwbushfireappeal United Cinemas Australia are rallying together with other major Australian Distributors & Exhibitors to raise as much money as possible via all ticket sales nationally on Sunday the 19th of January. We are donating $2 from every movie ticket sold to bushfire relief. Any Film and Any Session. FURTHER DETAILS and to interview Cody Walker or Roy Mustaca email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412501601     Panic About Vaping, Safest Way Forward. 2019-12-22T15:23:06Z panic-about-vaping-safest-way-forward At the moment there are public health related issues in the news about vaping. A few months ago there were stories coming out of the United States about death relating to electronic cigarettes. We can have a look at the statistics that have been released; so far this year the number is 805, with a median age of 23. The number of deaths according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States had grown to 12. Uncertainty about exactly what’s causing this spike in sickness has fueled an emotional public response. There appears to be a unanimous consensus that something should be done to better understand and prevent this vaping-related harm. The message from many in the public-health community simply has been to avoid vaping. Abigail Friedman, who studies tobacco use at the Yale School of Public Health, points out that the majority of the most popular vaping products have been on the market for at least a few years. The question is not whether vaping itself is safe or unsafe, she emphasizes, but what elements of the practice are causing these acute diseases: “An e-cigarette is fundamentally a device, not a substance. One thing that I think is really confusing people is that vaping just means using an e-cigarette. It doesn’t tell you what people put in it. You could put water in an e-cigarette, right?” Vaping water should be a harmless, but adding nicotine to that vapor, on the other hand, noticeably affects the cardiovascular system and brain. Be aware of what you are buying and what you are using with your device. Stick to the recommendations and avoid anything you are not sure of. These are our recommendations at VapeStreet. Global shipbuilder Austal selects IFS Applications in the cloud to support expansion in maritime and defence industries 2019-12-17T22:47:54Z global-shipbuilder-austal-selects-ifs-applications-in-the-cloud-to-support-expansion-in-maritime-and-defence-industries IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces that Austal, Australia’s global shipbuilder and defence prime contractor, has selected IFS Applications™, deployed in the IFS Managed Cloud, as a key enabler of its digital transformation program to support the company’s global and domestic expansion. Austal designs, constructs and supports revolutionary defence and commercial vessels for the world’s leading operators. By consolidating data previously held in a number of separate applications, sharing information across the business, and taking advantage of IFS Applications’ integrated functionality, Austal expects to improve efficiency, cost savings and increased throughput, resulting in fewer delays, are expected to deliver value to customers more quickly. Improved forward visibility in the procurement of materials – a large part of Austal’s project costs – will both aggregate demand and ensure that the right materials are delivered to the right place at the right time. Improved work execution is also expected to substantially improve labour productivity, allowing Austal to expand more rapidly than before. The solution will be deployed in the IFS Managed Cloud, a fully managed service hosted on Microsoft Azure. This will offer Austal reduced system administration costs compared with its current systems, flexible capacity as the company expands, and easy upgrades to take advantage of regular functionality enhancements. “IFS’s business value engineering approach was a key factor in the selection of IFS Applications over other competing tier-one solutions,” said Patrick Gregg, Chief Operations Officer for Austal. “IFS worked with us to identify what success looks like on our own terms. From there, IFS demonstrated how its implementation methodology would realise business value by enabling Austal’s growth, mitigating risk and reducing costs while building a foundation for continuous improvements.” “We are proud to be working with an innovative, leading-edge company like Austal to provide a technology platform for their business expansion,” said Warren Zietsman, Managing Director for IFS Australia and New Zealand. “With improved efficiencies in resource planning, operational planning and customer engagement, Austal is set to be a real challenger in the global maritime and defence industries.” IFS Applications will support the operation of Austal’s Henderson, Western Australia headquarters, including the management of tendering, projects, design, procurement, work execution, commissioning and handover. Other supported functions include finance, supply chain, human capital management, quality assurance, risk management and document management. Learn more about how IFS supports businesses in the global shipbuilding industry at www.ifs.com/corp/industries/engineering-construction-infrastructure/shipbuilding-maritime/. ENDS About Austal Austal is Australia's global shipbuilder, defence prime contractor and maritime technology partner of choice; designing, constructing and supporting revolutionary defence and commercial vessels for the world’s leading operators. For more information, visit: austal.com About IFS IFS develops and delivers enterprise software for customers around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, build and maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. The industry expertise of our people and solutions, together with a commitment to delivering value to every one of our customers, has made IFS a recognised leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 3,700 employees and growing ecosystem of partners support more than 10,000 customers around the world challenge the status quo and realise their competitive advantage. Learn more about how our enterprise software solutions can help your business today at ifs.com Follow us on Twitter: @ifsworld Visit the IFS Blog on technology, innovation and creativity: http://blog.ifs.com/