The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-11-22T00:26:25Z emt Distribution Awarded Thycotic International Distributor of the Year 2017-11-22T00:26:25Z emt-distribution-awarded-thycotic-international-distributor-of-the-year Adelaide, Australia – 22 November 2017: Cyber security software specialist, emt Distribution today announced that Washington, D.C. based Thycotic, a leading provider of privileged account management (PAM) solutions, has awarded it International Distributor of the Year. emt Distribution was presented with the award at Thycotic’s “Unlocked” International Partner Conference in Alicante, Spain. Adam Hack, Pre-Sales Engineer, Technical Support and Account Manager at emt Distribution, was also awarded International Distributor Pre-Sales of the Year. The awards reflect the efforts and commitment emt Distribution – Thycotic’s master distributor in the Asia Pacific region – has made to growing and supporting its business in Australia and New Zealand. The Adelaide-based distributor has hired five dedicated Thycotic staff, including pre-sales engineers and customer success personnel. Thycotic is experiencing strong sales growth for its easy-to-use PAM solutions – with global revenues up 50% year over year – and was recently recognised with a number 13 ranking in Cybersecurity Ventures’ Q3 2017 edition of its Cybersecurity 500 list. emt Distribution’s local efforts have contributed to growth of Thycotic’s ANZ channel by 230% over the last twelve months. Over the same period, Thycotic’s revenues in the Asia Pacific region have grown by 125%. Growing awareness of the need for PAM solutions, accelerated by emt Distribution’s educational efforts, is one factor driving this growth. “With a series of high profile cyber attacks and data leakages involving the use of escalated privileges and privileged account abuse, awareness of the need to restrict, control and protect privileged accounts has grown exponentially,” said Scott Hagenus, Chief Marketing Officer for emt Distribution. “This has also been reflected in the number of ANZ resellers turning their attention to the most effective cyber threat mitigation strategies.” The second factor driving Thycotic’s growth is its 100 percent channel focus in the Asia Pacific region and outstanding channel program. The Thycotic Certified Partners program offers rewards incentives, margin protection and a deal registration program that lets channel partners protect their opportunities and maximise available discounts. “Thycotic’s deal registration program is so good that at first some partners thought it was too good to be true,” said Hagenus. “The program encapsulates margin, margin protection, sales and pre-sales engagement, rewards and targeted marketing efforts. As more and more partners test the waters and reap the benefits, their engagement levels continue to snowball.” Simon Azzopardi, VP, International at Thycotic said, “Our International Partner Conference was a wonderful opportunity to recognise the enormous contributions of our partners. Thycotic has just had the best quarter in the company’s history, and that is in large part thanks to them. emt Distribution deserves special recognition for its efforts, with Australia and New Zealand leading the way in the fast growing Asia Pacific region.” Richard Rundle, CEO of emt Distribution said, “We are delighted to have won the Thycotic International Distributor of the Year award. We believe in the ability of Thycotic’s solutions to mitigate one of the major cyber attack vectors. Our team has worked tirelessly to strengthen the Thycotic brand in Australia and New Zealand and bring solutions to market that provide value to customers without overcomplicating security.” About Thycotic Thycotic prevents cyberattacks by securing passwords, protecting endpoints and controlling application access. Thycotic is one of the world’s fastest growing IT security companies because we provide customers with the freedom to choose cloud or on premise software solutions that are the easiest to implement and use in the industry. Thycotic has grown to serve more than 7,500 customers and over 180,000 IT admins. See: www.thycotic.com About emt Distribution emt Distribution is an Adelaide-based value added distributor and vendor representative with a presence in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. It also works closely with like-minded distributors in the UK, Netherlands and Germany. emt offers solutions that address the top four mitigation strategies to prevent cyber security incidents, the broader strategies in the Australian Government’s Information Security Manual (ISM) and solutions to assist channel partners and MSPs in delivering what their customers need. emt offers pre and post sales support, channel development, engaged sales processes and marketing assistance for both vendors and channel partners. See: www.emtdist.com First Point Global Partners with Venafi to Deliver Next Generation Trust Protection to Secure Cryptographic Keys and Digital Certificates to Australian Customers 2013-12-09T22:57:00Z first-point-global-partners-with-venafi-to-deliver-next-generation-trust-protection-to-secure-cryptographic-keys-and-digital-certificates-to-australian-customers First Point Global Partners with Venafi to Deliver Next-Generation Trust Protection to Secure Cryptographic Keys and Digital Certificates to Australian Customers - Partnership to help organisations secure their business against ever-increasing threat landscape and attacks on trust - Sydney, December 10, 2013 – First Point Global, Australia’s largest specialist identity and access management (IAM) consultancy and systems integrator, today announced a partnership with Venafi, the market leader in next-generation trust protection, to include Venafi’s platform capabilities for securing cryptographic keys and digital certificates as part of its current technology portfolio. Threats and attacks are steadily increasing, and business executives face new challenges with trust exploits. While organisations adopt cloud computing and allow employee-owned devices onto the network, the challenge of securing company data increases exponentially. When it comes to advanced persistent threats (APTs), bad actors take advantage of every exploit to steal information, and look for the weakest link in enterprise security systems. Cybercriminals have successfully used unsecured keys and certificates to breach trust on enterprise and government systems in order to steal valuable intellectual property and classified information. The majority of global enterprises have no ability to detect anomalies or to respond to attacks on trust that leverage compromised, stolen or fabricated keys and certificates.Venafi has selected First Point Global as a key solutions partner for its suite of products, support and services in Australia. First Point Global will integrate Venafi’s enhanced trust protection platform capabilities into its current technology portfolio of advanced security and identity and access management solutions and services.“We’re excited about this new partnership with First Point Global, and recognise their role as trusted advisor to many large customers in financial services, government, telecommunications and manufacturing across Asia and Australia,” said Mike Bosch, Venafi’s regional manager for Australia and New Zealand. “First Point Global understands the vulnerabilities enterprises face with increased attacks on keys and certificates, and the need to help their customers detect and remediate with automated solutions.” “Venafi gives our customers a capability which is right for the times and becoming mission critical,” said John Havers, CEO and founder of First Point Global. “Hackers and criminals look for vulnerabilities where IT staff can neither monitor nor respond to attacks, and exploit them in the average enterprise’s vast inventory of unsecured certificates and keys. These security gaps can then provide unlimited access to a company’s private data—all without triggering a response from firewalls, anti-malware or intrusion detection systems.” About VenafiVenafi is the market leading cybersecurity company in Next-Generation Trust Protection (NGTP). As a Gartner-recognised Cool Vendor, Venafi delivered the first trust protection platform to secure cryptographic keys and digital certificates that every business and government depend on for secure communications, commerce, computing, and mobility. As part of an enterprise infrastructure protection strategy, Venafi Director prevents attacks on trust with automated discovery and intelligent policy enforcement, detects and reports on anomalous activity and increased threats, and remediates errors and attacks by automatically replacing keys and certificates. Venafi Threat Center provides research and threat intelligence for trust-based attacks. Venafi customers are among the world’s most demanding, security-conscious Global 2000 organisations in financial services, insurance, high tech, telecommunications, aerospace, healthcare and retail. Venafi is backed by top-tier venture capital funds, including Foundation Capital, Pelion Venture Partners and Origin Partners. For more information, visit www.venafi.com.About First Point GlobalFirst Point Global is a leading identity and access management solutions provider. A philosophy based on an open systems approach enables customers to adopt class-leading components, and achieve rapid time to value using a unique agile deployment methodology. Customers include blue-chip organisations across most vertical markets in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Visit www.firstpointglobal.com to learn more. For more information please contact: Mike BoschVenafiTel: +61 417 287 345Email: mike.bosch@venafi.com John HaversFirst Point GlobalTel: +61 7 3227 1555Email: jhavers@firstpointglobal.com 1Spatial Launches 1Edit, Powerful Spatial Data Editing Solution 2013-05-15T05:47:58Z 1spatial-launches-1edit-powerful-spatial-data-editing-solution Sydney, Aust., 15th May 2013.  1Spatial, global specialists in spatial big data management, is today launching 1Edit in Australia and New Zealand, as well as globally. A revolutionary, touch-screen-compatible solution, 1Edit offers fast and intuitive data-editing in the field or office. Trialled by Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi), 1Edit incorporates an innovative touch screen for capture and editing of real-world data, making it a breakthrough for data collection in the field via touch screen, stylus and survey devices.  It can also be used in an office environment with mouse and keyboard. 1Edit’s ‘in the field’ capabilities will be a particular benefit to spatial data providers and industries such as utilities, transport, environment and government.  Lorraine McNerney, Spatial Data and Infrastructure Manager, Ordnance Survey Ireland said: “Ordnance Survey Ireland has been trialling 1Edit as a tool for maintenance of our PRIME2 product database. PRIME2 is the OSi real-world feature database that ensures Ireland has accurate and up-to-date spatial datasets supporting improved government service delivery and economic development in Ireland. The facility for users to interact with 1Edit using a portable device touch-screen with a stylus or as a desktop with a mouse, and the integration it provides with our existing survey equipment means that our surveyors out in the field and staff who are office based can utilise the same innovative tool for optimal efficiency. This means that we will be able to provide more accurate and up to date data to our customers more frequently.”1Edit provides fast and accurate topological editing to keep data connected. It allows change-only saving of data and supports rich real-world hierarchical data models, as well as intelligent management of inter-feature references.  1Edit is currently available on Windows 8 with other operating systems to follow.Brett Madsen, Regional Director, 1Spatial said: “We are delighted to launch 1Edit, which offers a powerful, fast and accurate tool to effectively manage real-world data. 1Edit maximises data output, because the touch screen capability means that whether organisations are using 1Edit on location or in the office, they will be able to use the same tool to edit information quickly and easily, saving them time and money on data capture. Organisations can also use aerial imagery or survey devices to ensure the quality and accuracy of the data they create and manage.” He continued, “We have used our extensive knowledge and experience of working with the world’s largest, spatial big data sets to build and develop our products to truly meet the needs of organisations around the world. 1Edit is an innovative approach and further complements our product offerings.” 1Spatial will be hosting a series of live webinars offering attendees the chance to be amongst the first to see 1Edit in action, including Thursday 6 June 2013 at 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM AEST. Places are limited so register for your free place at www.1spatial.com/1editlaunchNotes to Editors 1Spatial at Geospatial World Forum1Spatial will be exhibiting at Stand No.40 and hosting a series of live webinars offering attendees the chance to be amongst the first to see 1Edit in action. Places are limited so register for your free place at www.1spatial.com/1editlaunchAbout 1Spatial1Spatial technology already provides the foundations for data management and processing solutions around the world.  Customers include National Mapping and Charting Agencies, utilities companies and defence and government departments. Visit www.1spatial.com Embarcadero Technologies Delivers Comprehensive Governance-Ready Data Management Platform 2013-03-20T00:35:39Z embarcadero-technologies-delivers-comprehensive-governance-ready-data-management-platform SYDNEY, Aust. – March 20, 2013 – Embarcadero Technologies, a leading provider of software solutions for application and database development, today announced Embarcadero DB PowerStudio® XE3.5, the latest release of the company’s award-winning database management and development platform. DB PowerStudio XE3.5 is a key component of Embarcadero’s new metadata governance platform, which allows organisations to leverage diverse data across information management and the software development lifecycle for successful data governance initiatives. “Database Administrators (DBAs) are often overlooked when it comes to building a data governance strategy, but in actuality they play a key role, as does everyone who touches data,” said Malcolm Groves, Embarcadero’s Sydney-based Senior Director, Asia Pacific and Japan. “DB PowerStudio XE3.5 further extends the reach of DBAs and data professionals, allowing them to deliver operational integrity and data consistency across complex and highly governed environments from what we call a single pane of glass.” Embarcadero’s Metadata Governance Platform – Empowering the DBAUnprecedented data growth coupled with compliance regulations and the need for companies of all sizes to make better business decisions, faster and more frequently, has created a greater need for data governance. Embarcadero’s Metadata Governance Platform serves as a starting point for successful data governance by providing a comprehensive picture of all data assets – whether they reside in hardware, the cloud, or in a central on-premise repository – and making that valuable data available to IT professionals and decision makers. Until now this process has been overly complicated, fragmented and costly for businesses.The entire Embarcadero portfolio is “governance-enabling” and designed to share metadata and deliver control and value across the business planning and software development life cycle. In particular, DB PowerStudio XE3.5 is designed to operate across multiple database platforms with little overhead and robust performance, streamlining and centralising vital data management tasks. The tool suite complements vendor database management tools by standardising and centralising comprehensive administration, development, diagnostic and performance tuning capabilities across multiple platforms – dramatically increasing productivity and improving database availability. Data Governance Enabling Cross-Platform Database ToolsDB PowerStudio XE3.5 empowers DBAs and database developers to align with data governance initiatives. Solutions include: DBArtisan® – Maintains database uptime and availability while also improving database performance  Rapid SQL® – Provides access to all data, regardless of platform, while improving SQL code as well as database and application performance  DB Optimizer – Ensures database and application performance, uptime and availability  DB Change Manager – Assists with auditing and compliance reporting, data privacy protection, organisational risk mitigation and automated data schema synchronisationFor more information about the technical updates to DB PowerStudio XE3.5, visit http://www.embarcadero.com/products/database-tools. AvailabilityEmbarcadero Metadata Governance features are available today in current versions of its product families. DB PowerStudio XE3.5 is available immediately online, direct from Embarcadero and/or through partners. About Embarcadero TechnologiesEmbarcadero Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider of award-winning tools for application developers and database professionals so they can design systems right, build them faster and run them better, regardless of their platform or programming language. Ninety of the Fortune 100 and an active community of more than three million users worldwide rely on Embarcadero products to increase productivity, reduce costs, simplify change management and compliance, and accelerate innovation. Founded in 1993, Embarcadero is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices located around the world. www.embarcadero.com  Embarcadero Launches FireDAC: Enterprise Data Access for Multiple Devices 2013-03-04T01:53:29Z embarcadero-launches-firedac-enterprise-data-access-for-multiple-devices SYDNEY, Aust. – March 4, 2013 – Embarcadero Technologies, a leading provider of software solutions for application and database development, today announced the availability of FireDAC, an Enterprise-class data access development library for multiple devices including Windows, Mac, and Mobile. FireDAC works seamlessly with Embarcadero’s Delphi, C++Builder, and RAD Studio multi-device development solutions. The release of FireDAC follows Embarcadero’s recent acquisition of DASoft’s AnyDAC data access technology. “Enterprises have already been challenged with supporting a wide variety of database platforms in their applications, but that challenge is now multiplied by the growing diversity of desktop and mobile client devices they must support,” said Malcolm Groves, Embarcadero’s Sydney-based Senior Director, Asia Pacific and Japan. “FireDAC makes it easy for developers to integrate high performance Enterprise database access into their applications across a range of platforms and devices, all from single code base.”FireDAC offers developers support for the largest array of database platforms including Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, SAP, DataSnap, Sybase SQL Anywhere, InterBase, Advantage Database, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MySQL, Firebird, and Microsoft Access.FireDAC will be included in the Enterprise and higher editions of Embarcadero’s Multi-Device developer tools products and will also be available stand alone. FireDAC also works seamlessly with DataSnap REST servers providing the ability to create ultra thin desktop and mobile client apps using centralised REST-based web, cloud, and database services.Delphi and C++Builder Enterprise-level data connectivity is enhanced with FireDAC by offering the fastest access performance available, a wider database platform selection, greater ease of use and simplicity, a universal data access API, with database vendor server-specific features. FireDAC supports multiple client devices including Windows and Mac desktop clients and iOS and Android in 2013. Satisfied Users Worldwide Speak Out“We decided to switch all our strategic products from ADO and BDE to AnyDAC back in 2008. This step was extremely successful and allowed us to improve the application speed significantly. Additionally, AnyDAC’s tracing capabilities allowed us to reduce support costs for our worldwide customer base by at least 30 percent.” – Günther Schoch, CEO of gs-soft, Switzerland“AnyDAC is an excellent addition to RAD Studio. We moved all of our enterprise and commercial solutions to AnyDAC four years ago and have never looked back!”– David Taylor, president and chief architect of eXtensia Technologies, USA“I migrated my BDE and dbExpress applications to AnyDAC, which resulted in higher data access speed and incredible uniformity for accessing different databases, including Firebird, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and MicroFocus COBOL ISAM.”– Branko Burdian, Independent Software Developer“AnyDAC is a unique access layer in Sesamo’s tax fiscal suite. We have written Delphi applications since Delphi 2 and found AnyDAC to be the ultimate solution. We are able to easily leverage it in local, client/server and critical multiuser remote applications with Firebird or MSSQL as backends without any problems whatsoever. The product’s high-speed performance and superb support team makes it the perfect data layer for our big ledger project data in development with Delphi XE3. This is a shining product.” – Stefano Monterisi, owner of Sesamo Software, ItaliaPricingXE3 Enterprise, Ultimate and Architect edition usersFireDAC is available free for a limited time to purchasers and registered users of Enterprise, Ultimate and Architect editions of Delphi XE3, C++Builder XE3 and RAD Studio XE3 and is available at http://cc.embarcadero.com/item/29318.XE3 Professional users; Client/Server PackFireDAC is also available for use with Professional editions of Delphi XE3, C++Builder XE3 and RAD Studio XE3 by purchasing the FireDAC Client/Server Add-On Pack for XE3 Professional. The Client/Server Pack is available at an introductory price of $519 for a limited time (savings of $100 off the regular price). Optional one year support and maintenance is a recommended add-on and provides upgrades plus three support incidents. To purchase the FireDAC Client/Server Pack for XE3 Professional edition, visit the Embarcadero Online Store at https://store.embarcadero.com.To contact Embarcadero Sales and reseller partners, visit http://www.embarcadero.com/business-partner-directory.About Embarcadero TechnologiesEmbarcadero Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider of award-winning tools for application developers and database professionals so they can design systems right, build them faster and run them better, regardless of their platform or programming language. Ninety of the Fortune 100 and an active community of more than three million users worldwide rely on Embarcadero products to increase productivity, reduce costs, simplify change management and compliance, and accelerate innovation. Founded in 1993, Embarcadero is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices located around the world. www.embarcadero.com Project Services Firm PM-Partners group Conducting Australia's First Project Management Office (PMO) Trend Survey 2011-08-09T01:13:06Z project-services-firm-pm-partners-group-conducting-australia-s-first-project-management-office-pmo-trend-survey Sydney, Australia -- August 9, 2011 -- Leading Australian project services firm, PM-Partners group, today announced that it is conducting Australia's first Project Management Office (PMO) Trend Survey. A Project Management Office allows organisations to centralise control of projects and business processes to improve project outcomes and drive strategic changes. But there is little hard research demonstrating how successful PMOs have been in achieving these objectives in Australia, said Pete Swan, Director of PM-Partners group. Nonetheless, up to 80% of large organisations have either established a Project Management Office -- or are in the process of evolving one. "A PMO used to essentially be responsible for methodology but now it's required to manage supply and demand across the organisation," said Swan. "PMOs come in many forms and use different names, sometimes to avoid the stigma of the process police, making it even more important to know where your PMO adds value." Operating a PMO, however, is an organisational discipline and not a corporate mandate (such as OH&S). "It's a discipline that is quite often ignored," he said. "When times are tough, organisations cut back on quality-based disciplines like project management. Unfortunately, that is the worst time to start cutting corners even if it seems like an easy cost cutting target." With the value of projects in Australia jumping by almost 8.5% in the last quarter to more than $830 billion, according to the Deloitte Access Economics Investment Monitor, the success of the country's PMOs will have lasting effects. "Now is not the time for complacency," said Swan. "With a multi-speed and highly volatile economy organisations continue to push for competitive advantage, so the PMO must change to maintain its relevance and value." By surveying Australia's pre-eminent PMO managers and thought leaders, the PM-Partners 2011 PMO Trend Survey will determine: * The number, type and size of PMOs operated by organisations; * The success of PMOs in improving project outcomes; * The strategic value delivered by PMOs to organisations; * Services offered by PMOs; * Challenges faced by PMOs in meeting expectations; and * The future capabilities required of PMOs. All participants will receive a copy of the survey report which is expected to be published in November 2011.About PM-Partners group PM-Partners group has helped Australian organisations achieve better business outcomes for 15 years. PM-Partners group is Australia's most highly certified project management specialist, and each year assists in the delivery of projects valued at over $500 million. PM-Partners group's talented team of over 100 experienced consultants, project managers and facilitators works with organisations throughout Australia, Asia, Europe, and the USA, managing over 300 client engagements and projects in various industry sectors each year. For more information about PM-Partners group, please visit www.pm-partners.com.au. PM-Partners Partners with Planview to Help Large Enterprises Conquer Complexity in Project Planning and Execution 2011-08-08T05:19:03Z pm-partners-partners-with-planview-to-help-large-enterprises-conquer-complexity-in-project-planning-and-execution Sydney, Australia -- August 8, 2011 -- Leading Australian project services firm, PM-Partners group, today announced that it has partnered with US-based Planview to offer a offer a comprehensive best-of-breed enterprise portfolio management (EPM) solution to large enterprise organisations in Australia. "Large enterprises are typically their own worst enemies when it comes to successfully planning and executing projects," said Pete Swan, Director for PM-Partners group. "Between 30% and 55% of enterprise projects continue to fail largely because of unnecessary business complexity and the fragmentation of business systems and processes." Common project-related issues included wasted resources, escalating costs, a lack of visibility and strategic alignment, conflicting priorities and redundant projects. Enterprise Portfolio Management (EPM) helps orchestrate an organisation's people, process and technology resources to select and deliver projects more effectively. Its benefits include strategy to outcome visibility, effective resource management, business intelligence and decision support, and project collaboration, reporting and control. While an EPM technology solution may promise a quick fix, deriving benefits require changes in people and processes as well as technology, said Swan. "Hundreds of thousands of dollars are lost in poor or technically focussed EPM deployments and inappropriate systems. They are basically automating chaos." At the very least, organisations need to establish a project management office (PMO). PM-Partners group has 15 years PMO experience with large enterprises and the firm's approach to successful EPM deployment also includes: * Staff training, mentoring and support; * Process definition, documentation and rollout; * Best-of-breed EPM technology; and * Organisational change management. The Planview EPM technology solution combines integrated portfolio management with real-time analytics and reporting and automated process management. Working together, these capabilities give organisations improved visibility, fewer redundancies, increased efficiency and the ability to focus limited resources on the highest-value work. "We are pleased that PM-Partners has chosen the Planview solution to augment their demonstrated capabilities in project management consulting, implementation services, change management, and education and certification," said Jeff Durbin, Executive Vice President of Global Operations for Planview. PM-Partners group previously maintained a vendor-agnostic position and will continue to support clients that choose their own EPM technology solutions. However, the project services firm was increasingly being asked to recommend, implement and support EPM solutions and made a strategic decision to specialise. PM-Partners group evaluated 180 EPM suppliers before choosing Planview, only short-listing vendors that offered solutions as both Software as a Service (SaaS) and on-premises deployments. "Large enterprise is a complex beast. It needs an EPM technology solution with comprehensive best-of-breed functionality and advanced business process integration and technology integration capabilities," said Swan. "At the same time, enterprises want to quickly and cost-effectively get started with the option to grow the EPM deployment and integrate it with other systems once it is proven." Another important requirement was comprehensive project portfolio management and business intelligence support including executive dashboards. "Resource management is one of the biggest problems in organisations today," said Swan. "But to make best use of your resources, you first need to prioritise and select the right projects to run. That means giving executives the visibility and intelligence with which to make top down decisions. Choosing the right system is a minefield and to make matters worse system implementation seems to be regularly challenged or unnecessarily expensive. We can now help our clients with system selection and if required take them right through to operation, running the system for them for a while if they wish under a managed services agreement -- reducing the risk completely."About PM-Partners group PM-Partners group has helped Australian organisations achieve better business outcomes for 15 years. PM-Partners group are Australia's most highly certified project management specialist, and each year assist in the delivery of projects valued at over $500 million. PM-Partners group talented team of over 100 experienced consultants, project managers and facilitators work with organisations throughout Australia, Asia, Europe, and the USA, managing over 300 client engagements and projects in various industry sectors each year. For more information about PM-Partners group, please visit www.pm-partners.com.au. PM-Partners group Offers iPlanWare EPM Solution to Help Medium Enterprises Better Plan and Deliver Projects 2011-08-08T05:16:30Z pm-partners-group-offers-iplanware-epm-solution-to-help-medium-enterprises-better-plan-and-deliver-projects Sydney, Australia -- August 8, 2011 -- Leading Australian project services firm, PM-Partners group, today announced that it has partnered with UK-based iPlanWare (www.iPlanWare.com) to offer an easy-to-use and fast-to-implement Enterprise Project Management (EPM) solution to medium enterprise organisations in Australia. "For medium enterprises to grow and be successful, their projects must be successful," said Pete Swan, Director for PM-Partners group. "Yet between 30% and 55% of projects continue to fail." Combined with the right people and processes, an EPM technology solution enables organisations to better plan, execute and deliver on their entire portfolio of projects. With iPlanWare, teams can collaborate using an intuitive web interface, managers gain visibility into project status while executives gain insight into portfolio status. Deriving benefits from an EPM solution required changes in people and processes as well as technology, said Swan. "Tens of thousands of dollars are lost in bad EPM deployments by organisations which are too focused on technology instead of practice maturity. They are basically automating chaos." At the very least, organisations need to establish and continually improve a project management office (PMO), something PM-Partners has been doing for over 15 years. "By leveraging PM-Partners services including PMO start-up assistance, managed PMO and managed portfolio in conjunction with iPlanWare, organisations in Australia now have a compelling option when looking to develop and optimise their project and portfolio management processes," said Ian Harrison, CEO for iPlanWare. PM-Partners group previously maintained a vendor-agnostic position and will continue support clients that choose their own EPM technology solutions. However, the project services firm was increasingly being asked to recommend, implement and support EPM solutions and made a strategic decision to specialise. PM-Partners group evaluated 180 EPM suppliers before choosing iPlanWare, only short-listing vendors that offered solutions as both Software as a Service (SaaS) and on-premises deployments. "Medium enterprises need an EPM solution that is quick and easy to deploy but also has the functionality and flexibility to grow as they grow," said Swan. "With iPlanWare they can get started for a few thousand dollars and be up and running in a few days. As their maturity and business complexity grows, they also have the option to evolve the system or even bring the EPM technology deployment in house." Another important requirement was comprehensive project portfolio management (PPM) and business intelligence support including executive dashboards. "Resource management is one of the biggest problems in organisations today," said Swan. "But to make best use of your resources, you first need to prioritise and select the right projects to run. That means giving executives the visibility and intelligence with which to make top down decisions. Choosing the right system is a minefield and to make matters worse system implementation seems to be regularly challenged or unnecessarily expensive. We can now help our clients with system selection and if required take them right through to operation, running the system for them for a while if they wish under a managed services agreement -- reducing the risk completely."About iPlanWare Founded in 1999, iPlanWare's software is used by customers worldwide across verticals ranging from IT, healthcare, consulting, telecommunications, insurance, government and not for profit. iPlanWare PPM helps organisations of all sizes make better use of their resources, deliver more projects on time and get complete visibility into initiatives. With iPlanWare organisations select, staff and manage their projects better. For more information about iPlanWare's PPM solutions, please visit www.iPlanWare.com.About PM-Partners group PM-Partners group has helped Australian organisations achieve better business outcomes for 15 years. PM-Partners group are Australia's most highly certified project management specialist, and each year assist in the delivery of projects valued at over $500 million. PM-Partners group talented team of over 100 experienced consultants, project managers and facilitators work with organisations throughout Australia, Asia, Europe, and the USA, managing over 300 client engagements and projects in various industry sectors each year. For more information about PM-Partners group, please visit www.pm-partners.com.au. PM-Partners group's PM-Pulse Portal Delivers Online Project Health Checks and Capability Assessments 2011-08-08T05:13:55Z pm-partners-group-s-pm-pulse-portal-delivers-online-project-health-checks-and-capability-assessments PM-Partners group's PM-Pulse Portal Delivers Online Project Health Checks and Capability Assessments ~ Project Health Checks and Project Manager & Business Analyst Capability Assessments Now Available Through Reseller Partners ~Sydney, Australia -- August 8, 2011 -- Leading Australian project services firm, PM-Partners group, today announced that its Project Health Checks and Project Manager & Business Analyst Capability Assessments are now available online and through reseller partners via PM-Pulse™. The PM-Pulse portal is the result of a partnership between PM-Partners group and Queensland-based Assessment Portal Pty Ltd [www.assessment-portal.com] which works with industry experts like PM-Partners group to collate their knowledge and experience into online assessments. The portal is part of a strategic initiative to move a significant part of PM-Partner group's service delivery online. The company's online strategy also includes partnering with leading Software as a Service (SaaS) Enterprise Project Management (EPM) solution suppliers iPlanWare and Planview (see separate announcements). Whereas PM-Partners group will be a reseller for iPlanWare and Planview, the online Project Health Checks and Project Manager & Business Analyst Capability Assessments -- previously delivered by PM-Partners in-house -- are being made available through reseller partners both in Australia and overseas. Conducted online via PM-Pulse, data collection for the Health Checks and Assessments is completed in less than half the time of traditional methods. Baseline data is available within days, reducing reporting timelines by up to 40%. Earlier detection and insight in turn results in increased project success rates and return on investment. "The opportunities for channel partnerships ranges from consulting companies, hosting and solutions providers to systems integrators," said Pete Swan, Director for PM-Partners group. "We already partner with many of these companies to provide them with skilled project managers or business analysts. Now they can also resell online Project Health Checks and Project Manager & Business Analyst Capability Assessments." As well as providing an additional value-added service for resellers, an objective Project Health Check could prove invaluable to systems integrators, said Swan. "Many integrators get trapped in organisationally complex projects where their project managers are severely challenged. A Project Health Check gives an objective view of where the project is going wrong without any arguments or finger-pointing or can simply provide peace of mind for executives by adding rigour to high risk initiatives." PM-Partners group Project Health Checks leverage technology, best practice and 15 years of industry knowledge to deliver one of the most powerful measures available to ensure project success. Integrating 360-degree style feedback, selected project managers, stakeholders, customers and team members are able to efficiently provide their feedback creating a true perspective on the status of the project. The company's Project Manager & Business Analyst Capability Assessments pinpoint individual strengths as well as development needs at all levels of project management and business analysis within an organisation, from directors to team members. This enables the design of highly targeted professional development programs which deliver organisation-wide benefits.About PM-Partners group PM-Partners group has helped Australian organisations achieve better business outcomes for 15 years. PM-Partners group are Australia's most highly certified project management specialist, and each year assist in the delivery of projects valued at over $500 million. PM-Partners group talented team of over 100 experienced consultants, project managers and facilitators work with organisations throughout Australia, Asia, Europe, and the USA, managing over 300 client engagements and projects in various industry sectors each year. For more information about PM-Partners group, please visit www.pm-partners.com.au. SafeNet Inc. Appoints Chris Fedde as President and Chief Executive Officer 2011-06-15T07:45:29Z safenet-inc-appoints-chris-fedde-as-president-and-chief-executive-officer SYDNEY, June 15, 2011 -- SafeNet, Inc., a global leader in information security, announced today the appointment of Chris Fedde as president and chief executive officer. Fedde succeeds Mark Floyd, who has left the company to pursue other opportunities. Fedde, who has been with SafeNet since 2001 and has served as president and COO since 2006, assumes the position of president and CEO effective immediately. "We want to thank Mark Floyd for his dedication and leadership over the past two years," said Alex Slusky, a member of SafeNet's board of directors. "During his tenure, the company successfully completed the integration of Aladdin, improved its infrastructure and operations, and strengthened its financial foundation. We appreciate all of his efforts and wish him every success in the future. "The board looks forward to working with Chris Fedde to build on the company's momentum at a time of tremendous opportunity," continued Slusky. "Chris has been an integral member of SafeNet's management team for a decade and a driving force behind the company's strategic transformation. He is the ideal person to take on the CEO role at this point in the company's development." Starting his SafetNet career in 2001, Fedde has been an integral part of the company's leadership team and has been instrumental in building SafeNet's strong presence in the federal government and commercial sectors. "SafeNet is defined by our innovative solutions that address the most critical information security challenges in the world. Our success over the past 25 years has been the result of our dedicated employees who work continuously to mitigate the ever-evolving threat landscape facing our customers," Fedde said. "SafeNet is stronger than ever today and, moving forward, we will continue to provide leading-edge solutions to the world's most demanding security challenges in both the commercial and government sectors." About SafeNet, Inc. Founded in 1983, SafeNet is a global leader in information security. SafeNet protects its customers' most valuable assets, including identities, transactions, communications, data, and software licensing, throughout the data lifecycle. More than 25,000 customers across both commercial enterprises and government agencies, and in over 100 countries, trust their information security needs to SafeNet. Compuware Publishes New Whitepaper: “Five Lessons Learned From the 2010 Online Retail Shopping Holiday Season” 2011-05-26T04:59:52Z compuware-publishes-new-whitepaper-five-lessons-learned-from-the-2010-online-retail-shopping-holiday-season SYDNEY, Aust. -- May 26, 2011 -- Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR), the technology performance company, today announced that it has published a new whitepaper titled: “Five Lessons Learned From the 2010 Online Retail Shopping Holiday Season.” The paper explores five lessons learned by businesses in preparation for the 2010 retail shopping season to ensure their websites were ready for peak holiday traffic. These lessons come from actual customer cases, working with professional services and using Compuware Gomez Web Load Testing to prepare for their peak traffic.This white paper outlines:-- The importance of planning often and early;-- Key business and IT drivers that must be considered to define an effective plan;-- The roles business and IT play in ensuring a successful peak traffic event;-- The role third-party contributors play in user experience and how to protect against issues with third-parties and;-- How to deal with geography, browsers and devices – by including them all.Download the whitepaper here (registration required): http://bit.ly/jlhvTf. The Gomez platform is the industry’s leading solution for optimising the performance of web, non-web, mobile, streaming and cloud applications. Driven by end-user experience, Gomez provides a unified view across the entire application delivery chain, from a user’s browser or mobile device, across the Internet or a corporate WAN, in the cloud, to inside the data center, eliminating blind spots from the First Mile to the Last Mile.Follow us on:-- Twitter-- YouTube-- Facebook-- APM Blog-- CloudSleuth Compuware CorporationCompuware Corporation, the technology performance company, provides software, experts and best practices to ensure technology works well and delivers value. Compuware solutions make the world’s most important technologies perform at their best for leading organisations worldwide, including 46 of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies and 12 of the top 20 most visited U.S. web sites. Learn more at: http://www.compuware.com.### Compuware Collaborates With Page Speed Team to Make the Web Faster 2011-05-18T00:52:12Z compuware-collaborates-with-page-speed-team-to-make-the-web-faster SYDNEY, Aust. -- May 18, 2011 -- Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR), the technology performance company, today announced that it has worked with the Page Speed team to make it easier for organisations to optimise website performance. The Compuware Gomez platform is now integrated with Page Speed, an open source project started at Google, to give developers and organisations actionable insight and recommendations on how to speed up web application performance.Studies have shown that improving website performance can lead to increased revenues and reduced operating costs. This integration, the first in which a commercial application performance management (APM) product has integrated with Page Speed, is a part of the Gomez Platform 2011 Spring Release that was announced earlier today.Page Speed is an open-source project started at Google to help developers optimise their web pages by applying web performance best practices. Page Speed started as an open-source browser extension, and it is now deployed in third-party products such as Compuware's Gomez platform. Page Speed assesses the performance of a web page against a set of rules, providing scores and recommendations for improvement. This allows developers and organisations to optimise their web pages based on industry best-practices."We've found that speed is one of the most important factors for improving the user experience on the web," said Richard Rabbat, Product Manager for Page Speed at Google. "Page Speed is one of many efforts we've released over the past few years in an effort to empower developers, site owners and webmasters to help make the web faster."The Gomez platform is the only commercially available APM product to integrate with Page Speed. The integration allows Gomez users to utilise the Google technology to improve their website performance. As Gomez users run transactions against their web pages, Page Speed analyses web page content and generates ranked suggestions to make the pages faster. This allows developers to optimise web pages based on web performance best practices."Making the web faster is a mutual goal Compuware shares with Google," said Rafi Katanasho, Solutions Director, Application Performance Management for Compuware. "We're excited about the kind of benefits this will deliver to our users."The Gomez platform is the industry's leading solution for optimising the performance of web, non-web, mobile, streaming and cloud applications. Driven by end-user experience, Gomez provides a unified view across the entire application delivery chain, from a user's browser or mobile device, across the Internet or a corporate WAN, in the cloud, to inside the data centre, eliminating blind spots from the First Mile to the Last Mile.Follow us on:- Twitter- YouTube- Facebook- APM Blog- CloudSleuth Compuware CorporationCompuware Corporation, the technology performance company, provides software, experts and best practices to ensure technology works well and delivers value. Compuware solutions make the world's most important technologies perform at their best for leading organisations worldwide, including 46 of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies and 12 of the top 20 most visited U.S. web sites. Learn more at: http://www.compuware.com. Compuware Delivers Ground-breaking APM Solution for Mobile, Web and Enterprise Applications 2011-05-18T00:50:22Z compuware-delivers-ground-breaking-apm-solution-for-mobile-web-and-enterprise-applications SYDNEY, Aust. -- May 18, 2011 -- Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR), the technology performance company, today announced a new major release of its integrated application performance management (APM) solution, the Compuware Gomez platform. This release introduces industry-first solutions that help customers increase revenues, profitability and brand equity by optimising mobile and web application performance across the entire application delivery chain, from data centres, through the cloud, to the edge of the Internet.This is the second consecutive release Compuware has delivered for its entire integrated APM product set. It is the first release in which all of the Compuware APM products have been rebranded under a single product brand, Gomez, as announced separately today. This update includes new functionality in both Compuware's on-premises APM products (formerly called Vantage) and its software-as-a-service (SaaS) APM products, now all operating under the Gomez product brand name."Compuware's Spring 2011 product release and expansion of the Gomez brand demonstrate an increased commitment to applications performance management from the end user perspective," according to Tim Grieser, Program VP System Management Software at IDC. "Compuware is addressing key performance issues for Web and mobile applications users, and is helping IT organisations and service providers to monitor and optimise the end user experience in today's multi-browser and multi-device environments."As more organisations depend on revenue-generating and customer-facing applications that use mobile devices, multiple browsers and third-party cloud services, it has become more important -- and more complex -- to ensure top application performance. Compuware's latest release of the Gomez platform focuses on new innovations to measure end-user experience so organisations can optimise their mobile application performance, measure the business impact of web application performance and integrate with web performance technology from Google.New features and capabilities in the Gomez Spring 2011 Platform Release include:- Industry First -- Gomez Mobile Real-User Monitoring: The industry's first mobile real-user monitoring solution that enables organisations to understand the actual performance end users are experiencing when using native mobile applications or accessing websites from mobile devices. Gomez Mobile Real-User Monitoring provides detailed performance analytics not available in any other monitoring solution. It works for native mobile applications and browsers across any mobile device, operating system or carrier.- New Gomez Mobile Readiness Assessment: Provides an automatic assessment of the readiness of a website for mobile visitors by scoring the site against a set of standards and suggesting areas of improvement. This allows organisations to rate their mobile application's capability to run across devices and browsers.- Industry First -- Gomez Browser Real-User Monitoring Performance Conversion Analytics: Measures the business impact of poor performance on web conversions by correlating web performance with abandonment along each step of a web transaction. For every step, Gomez Browser Real-User Monitoring measures the number of users who have a satisfying, tolerating or frustrating experience. This aids web teams in assessing if performance is helping or hurting their web conversions, which directly impacts their online revenues.- Industry First -- Integration With Google Page Speed: The first and only integration with Google Page Speed enables organisations to leverage Google technology to automatically assess web performance against a set of rules, providing a specific score and recommendations for improvement. This allows organisations to optimise their web pages based on industry best-practices.- Industry First -- Internet Health Map With Last Mile Data: This free offering from Compuware uses a "collective intelligence" approach to indicate the operational health of the Internet to help organisations determine if a performance problem is specific to them or shared by other users. By comparing the results of the millions of tests that run on the Gomez global performance network every day to a rolling baseline of data for the same weekday and time, the Gomez Internet Health Map detects aberrations that are indicative of a general Internet performance issue at specific geographic locations. Because Compuware has the only testing network with 150,000+ real computers that operate at the "edge of the Internet" running behind local ISPs, the data from this "Last Mile" provides the most accurate insight into the true performance conditions experienced by real users.- New High-volume Load-testing Agent: In addition to current real-world load generation from browsers and mobile devices, Gomez Web Load Testing now offers a highly scalable HTTP load agent that generates load from the cloud. The new agent enables self-service web load testing up to millions of page views per hour and can be run in conjunction with the Gomez Last Mile for unprecedented accuracy in user-experience measurement.- Updated Products for the Data Centre: Enhancements to Gomez Business Service Manager (formerly called Vantage Service Manager), Gomez Real-User Monitoring -- Data Centre (formerly called Vantage Real-User Monitoring), and Gomez Java and .NET Monitoring (formerly called Vantage for Java and NET Monitoring) deliver expanded depth and breadth of visibility in data centre performance monitoring.- New Support for Cisco Unified Compute Server: Compuware has certified and optimised its on-premises software to integrate with and run on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). Compuware has a strategic technology integration agreement with Cisco and will be the OEM and authorised manufacturer to sell and recommend Cisco UCS to run all on-premises Gomez APM solutions."Companies today are investing in strategic web and mobile applications to fuel revenue growth and profitability," said Bruce Reading, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Compuware's APM business unit. "Competition is intense, and the need to optimise application performance has never been greater. In this latest release we continue to innovate, unify and integrate our entire APM product line to provide customers with a unique and holistic ability to manage application performance." For more details on all the new enhancements included in the Gomez Spring 2011 Platform Release, click here.The Gomez platform is the industry's leading solution for optimising the performance of web, non-web, mobile, streaming and cloud applications. Driven by end-user experience, Gomez provides a unified view across the entire application delivery chain, from a user's browser or mobile device, across the Internet or a corporate WAN, in the cloud, to inside the data centre, eliminating blind spots from the First Mile to the Last Mile.Follow us on:- Twitter- YouTube- Facebook- APM Blog- CloudSleuth Compuware CorporationCompuware Corporation, the technology performance company, provides software, experts and best practices to ensure technology works well and delivers value. Compuware solutions make the world's most important technologies perform at their best for leading organisations worldwide, including 46 of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies and 12 of the top 20 most visited U.S. web sites. Learn more at: http://www.compuware.com. Compuware Rebrands APM Solutions: Compuware Gomez® Integrates APM From the End User to the Data Centre 2011-05-18T00:45:19Z compuware-rebrands-apm-solutions-compuware-gomez-integrates-apm-from-the-end-user-to-the-data-centre SYDNEY, Aust. -- May 18, 2011 -- Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR), the technology performance company, today announced that it has rebranded its Application Performance Management (APM) products to a single product family name, Compuware Gomez. This single brand approach underscores the integration and unification of the Compuware APM product lines and sends a clear message to the marketplace about Compuware's commitment to industry leadership for its APM business.Under the new branding, all Vantage products have been renamed with the Gomez brand name. The products from the Vantage family, which placed Compuware in the leadership quadrant of the 2010 Gartner APM Magic Quadrant, continue to be strategically critical to Compuware's APM strategy, and the company will continue to aggressively invest in and develop them. Likewise, the Gomez SaaS family of products will continue to be developed and supported.This rebranding is another major step in Compuware's continued investment in its integrated APM solution. As part of its APM unification strategy, Compuware recently formed a dedicated APM business unit spanning all APM products and major organisational functions, including engineering, operations, product management, sales, marketing, service and support. This will accelerate the integration and focus for the APM product line, now called Gomez.The Gomez APM solution works for every type of application, including enterprise applications accessed by employees, e-commerce web sites visited by customers or applications running on mobile devices. The Gomez "First Mile to Last Mile" solution eliminates blind spots across the entire application delivery chain, from the browser on a user's computer or mobile device, across the Internet or a corporate WAN, across third-party and cloud providers, to the complex infrastructure inside data centres."This rebranding is a key element of Compuware's strategic vision and aggressive growth strategy for our APM business," said Bob Paul, President and Chief Operating Officer at Compuware Corporation. "We provide customers with a unique capability to manage application performance in a single, holistic approach that spans data centres, cloud providers, Internet services and end users. Our competitors' loose partnerships and superficial marketing can't compare to the integrated value offered by Compuware Gomez. One brand name helps conveys that message to our customers, highlighting the unique value that only Compuware can offer."Additionally, various classic Gomez product names have been renamed as well to adopt the same naming convention and to more clearly convey product functionality. View a complete list of all the new product names here.The Gomez Spring 2011 Platform Release, which was publicly announced today, is the first product release that reflects the new Gomez brand name. The brand name change is effective today.The Gomez platform is the industry's leading solution for optimising the performance of web, non-web, mobile, streaming and cloud applications. Driven by end-user experience, Gomez provides a unified view across the entire application delivery chain, from a user's browser or mobile device, across the Internet or a corporate WAN, in the cloud, to inside the data centre, eliminating blind spots from the First Mile to the Last Mile.Follow us on:- Twitter- YouTube- Facebook- APM Blog- CloudSleuth Compuware CorporationCompuware Corporation, the technology performance company, provides software, experts and best practices to ensure technology works well and delivers value. Compuware solutions make the world's most important technologies perform at their best for leading organisations worldwide, including 46 of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies and 12 of the top 20 most visited U.S. web sites. Learn more at: http://www.compuware.com. Compuware to Participate in Retail Financial Services Forum 2011-05-16T01:50:55Z compuware-to-participate-in-retail-financial-services-forum SYDNEY, Aust. -- May 16, 2011 -- Compuware Corporation (Nasdaq:CPWR), the technology performance company, today announced that Susan Fine, Channel Manager for Australia and New Zealand for Compuware, will participate in a panel discussion at the AB+F Retail Financial Services Forum 2011 in Sydney. Fine will join leading Australian online banking executives to discuss the practical aspects of online banking, social networks and mobility.Session Title: Discussing the practical aspects of online banking, social networks and mobilityWhen: Wednesday, May 18, 2011Time: 10:45 a.m. Australian Eastern Standard TimeWhere: AB+F Retail Financial Services Forum 2011, Four Seasons Hotel, SydneyPanelist: Susan Fine is the Channel Manager for Compuware Australia and New Zealand where she is developing an ecosystem of partners, including managed and cloud service providers, to harness the Compuware Gomez Application Performance Management platform to optimise the performance of web, non-web, mobile, streaming and cloud applications.Over the last few years, Australian financial institutions have increased the availability and functionality of online banking services so that they now account for a significant and growing proportion of retail banking transactions. However, just as leading financial institutions are reaping benefits from servicing their customers more efficiently online, they now face challenges in meeting rising expectations for the performance and availability of online banking services and new mobile services and apps.The panelists will discuss the practical aspects of online banking, social networks and mobility, including:-- will the net replace the branch?; -- the value proposition of online; and -- enhancing the customer experience with iPads, iPhones, Androids and tablets.The Gomez platform is the industry’s leading solution for optimising the performance of web, non-web, mobile, streaming and cloud applications. Driven by end-user experience, Gomez provides a unified view across the entire application delivery chain, from a user’s browser or mobile device, across the Internet or a corporate WAN, in the cloud, to inside the data centre, eliminating blind spots from the First Mile to the Last Mile.Follow us on: Twitter at: http://twitter.com/compuwareYouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/compuwareFacebook at: http://www.facebook.com/compuwareCompuware CorporationCompuware Corporation, the technology performance company, provides software, experts and best practices to ensure technology works well and delivers value. Compuware solutions make the world's most important technologies perform at their best for leading organisations worldwide, including 46 of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies and 12 of the top 20 most visited U.S. web sites. Learn more at: http://www.compuware.com.