The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2014-02-17T06:59:51Z Israel’s Equity-Crowdfunding Platform, OurCrowd, Expanding into Australia 2014-02-17T06:59:51Z israel-s-equity-crowdfunding-platform-ourcrowd-expanding-into-australia Sydney, Monday 17 February, 2014: Israel's venture capital-crowdfunding platform for accredited investors, OurCrowd, today announced it plans to launch in Australia as part of its global expansion plan.   OurCrowd, founded by serial entrepreneur Jon Medved, is a platform exclusively for accredited investors who wish to invest in early stage companies. OurCrowd selects opportunities, invests its own capital and brings these start-ups to its accredited membership through its website, www.ourcrowd.com .   In Australia, OurCrowd will be led by a team of well-known investment professionals including David Shein, Nathan Cher and Geoff Levy. Both David and Geoff were founding partners and investors when OurCrowd formally launched in February 2013, and Geoff continues to sit on the company’s advisory board working closely with Jon Medved.   David and Nathan were the co-founders of Com Tech, a technology IT services firm they grew to 1,400 people, before selling the company to Dimension Data. Since then, both have gone on to become founders, directors and investors in a number of companies (listed and unlisted) in the areas of technology, start-ups and property.    Geoff is Chairman of Monash Private Capital and a non-executive Chairman of ASX-listed companies Specialty Fashion Group Limited and Cromwell Property Group Limited. Prior to that, Geoff was CEO and Executive Chairman of Investec Bank (Australia).   In addition to carefully vetting deals, OurCrowd provides post investment support to its portfolio companies, in many cases by assigning industry experts as mentors and taking board seats. Accredited wholesale investors select deals in which they elect to invest in via the online OurCrowd-investment platform. OurCrowd investors must meet stringent accreditation criteria in accordance with the laws of each investor’s country of residence. Deals currently being funded are visible only to the accredited members and are not disclosed to the general public until funding is complete.   OurCrowd Founder and CEO, Jon Medved, in Australia today, said: “OurCrowd has emerged as a leader in the growing equity crowdfunding space. Our single focus on linking global accredited investors with dynamic and exciting start-ups, is generating an unprecedented number of investment opportunities for individual accredited angel investors.   “What truly sets us apart from other platforms is that we’re focused not just on ‘crowdfunding’ but on ‘crowdbuilding’ for our portfolio companies. Funding is just the first level of engagement with the crowd. OurCrowd assigns experienced mentors to work with each of our companies, often taking board seats, and we play an active role in helping our companies grow. We encourage our investors to pitch in by helping the companies, and this has borne fruit with dozens of introductions and strategic connections being made as a result of the crowd’s help.   “We are looking forward to operating in Australia and partnering with a local team of talented investment professionals and mentors, who together bring unique expertise and experience. We hope this will create the same opportunities in Australia for both accredited wholesale investors and the founders of local start-ups. The team here are investors in the general partnership along with me and other general partners at OurCrowd.”   With over 3,000 accredited investors (and growing rapidly) on the platform globally after just over one year, Australian start-ups will now have an opportunity to globalise their exposure during early capital raising, without the tension and efforts otherwise required.   Commenting on the expansion, David Shein said: “What sets OurCrowd apart is its highly differentiated approach. It is a hybrid venture capital-crowdfunding platform with an experienced investment team.  It diligences deals carefully, invests its own capital, and manages each investment as the general partner, while ensuring it is compliant with all relevant local regulations.”    Nathan Cher adds: “OurCrowd has already invested in an impressive number of high quality companies seeking efficient and global funding on its platform, and we’re excited to join up with OurCrowd to continue to grow its investor base, investment team and ecosystem of mentors. Our aim is to follow the success of OurCrowd in Israel, finding and connecting local sophisticated investors and exciting early stage start-up companies.”   About OurCrowd OurCrowd is venture capital-crowdfunding platform for accredited investors only who wish to invest in Israeli and global technology companies. Managed by a team of well-known investment professionals and led by serial entrepreneur Jon Medved, OurCrowd selects opportunities, invests its own capital and brings these start-ups to its accredited membership. Members choose those deals they invest in via OurCrowd-managed partnerships. OurCrowd investors must meet stringent accreditation criteria and invest a minimum of $10,000 per deal. OurCrowd provides post investment support to its portfolio companies, assigning industry experts as mentors, taking board seats, and mobilizing its global investor community to take an active role in innovation and growth. In 2013, the company raised more than $30 million for its thirty portfolio companies, including eleven financings in excess of $1 million.   For more information or to sign up as an investor, visit: www.ourcrowd.com CITRIX GOTOMYPC NAMED LEADER IN REMOTE ACCESS MARKET FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR 2013-04-26T04:16:00Z citrix-gotomypc-named-leader-in-remote-access-market-for-fifth-consecutive-year For media inquiries, contact: Ellen Sinclair, Howorth02 8281 3228 or ellen@howorth.com.auCITRIX GOTOMYPC NAMED LEADER IN REMOTE ACCESS MARKET FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR Innovative Mobile Functionality and High Customer Satisfaction are Key Differentiators SANTA CLARA, CALIF. — April 26, 2013 — Citrix today announced that Citrix GoToMyPC has again been ranked as the market leader among remote access solutions – now for the fifth year in a row – by leading analyst firm IDC. The firm’s report “Worldwide Remote Access Services and Applications 2013–2017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor Shares” analyzed the remote access market, evaluating compound annual growth rates, mobile functionality, retention and market expansion. GoToMyPC achieved top ranking as a result of superior customer retention and innovative, mobile functionality. Other key differentiating features identified for GoToMyPC include group management and report generation.GoToMyPC enables remote access to a user’s Mac or PC desktop, functionality that is often needed as organizations embrace mobile workstyles. Among several Citrix products with increased mobile functionality in the last year, GoToMyPC enables customers to access their data from anywhere on any web browser, iOS or Android device. Users depend on the product to get what they need – emails, files, programs – when they need it.The “Worldwide Remote Access Services and Applications 2013–2017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor Shares” is available to subscribing customers on the IDC website. Citrix has also published a blog on the importance of listening to customers in light of IDC’s accolades.- Ends -Additional Quotes: “The remote access space will be an interesting one to watch as it continues to mature. Vendors are aware of their customer's needs and have become more agile in addressing holes within their products. While freemium products continue to exhibit growth, holistic packages such as GoToMyPC ultimately remain more attractive to the end user; this has led Citrix to again be the remote access market leader.” Ben Hoffman, Research Analyst, IDC“With so many employees working remotely in today’s mobile world, the demand for smart and seamless access solutions has grown exponentially. We’ve listened to our customers and aligned GoToMyPC’s progress to provide unparalleled access to information when and where it is needed. The recognition from IDC for our market leadership is a great honor and testament to a product that keeps pace with rapidly changing mobile workstyles.” Elizabeth Cholawsky, GM and VP of IT Support and Access, Online Services Division, Citrix Related Links• Blog: Leading by Listening: The Secret to SaaS Success• GoToMyPC Mobility Fact Sheet• Customer ReviewsFollow Us Online• www.citrix.com, www.citrixonline.com and www.gotomypc.com• Twitter: @Citrix, @GoToMyPC• Facebook: Citrix on Facebook, GoToMyPC on Facebook• Workshifting blog: https://workshifting.com/About CitrixCitrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) is the cloud company that enables mobile workstyles—empowering people to work and collaborate from anywhere, securely accessing apps and data on any of the latest devices, as easily as they would in their own office. Citrix solutions help IT and service providers build clouds, leveraging virtualization and networking technologies to deliver high-performance, elastic and cost-effective cloud services. With market-leading solutions for mobility, desktop virtualization, cloud networking, cloud platforms, collaboration and data sharing, Citrix helps organizations of all sizes achieve the speed and agility necessary to succeed in a mobile and dynamic world. Citrix products are in use at more than 260,000 organizations and by over 100 million users globally. Annual revenue in 2012 was $2.59 billion. Learn more at www.citrix.com.For Citrix InvestorsThis release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Those statements involve a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including risks associated with the impact of the global economy and uncertainty in the IT spending environment, revenue growth and recognition of revenue, products and services, their development and distribution, product demand and pipeline, economic and competitive factors, the Company’s key strategic relationships, acquisition and related integration risks as well as other risks detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Citrix assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.The development, release, timing and combination of any features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion and are subject to change without notice or consultation. The information provided is for informational purposes only and is not a commitment, promise or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions or incorporated into any contract.Citrix and GoToMyPC are trademarks of Citrix Systems, Inc. and/or one or more of its subsidiaries, and are or may be registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners. Motorola FLIPOUT with MOTOBLUR: Stylishly Square & Pocket Perfect 2010-09-29T03:22:00Z motorola-flipout-with-motoblur-stylishly-square-amp-pocket-perfect Motorola FLIPOUTTM with MOTOBLUR™: Stylishly Square & Pocket Perfect Multi-touch screen pivots to reveal QWERTY keypad on Motorola’s latest Android-based smartphone Sydney- Motorola (NYSE: MOT) today announced Motorola FLIPOUTTM with MOTOBLURTM, a stylishly square and compact smartphone that’s as individual as its users. Launching in Australia exclusively with Vodafone, FLIPOUT runs on Android™ 2.1 and features an innovative square pivot design that opens to reveal a five-row QWERTY keypad with a separate row for numeric keys. Customizable from the inside out, FLIPOUT features removable covers in a range of colours, seven customisable home screens and live wall papers. There is even added security for exchange server users. “FLIPOUT merges Motorola’s design heritage with Android to deliver a new take on the typical smartphone form,” said Timo Brouwer, Managing Director, Motorola ANZ and South Pacific. “In an incredibly compact square, FLIPOUT fits neatly in your palm, purse or small pocket making it fun and easy to stay connected. For fans of social networking, FLIPOUT also features enhancements to MOTOBLUR, allowing users to connect with their networks however they want.” FLIPOUT in Australia comes with changeable covers in classic black, bright poppy red or stylish white. Enhanced MOTOBLUR MOTOBLUR is Motorola’s exclusive Android experience that syncs contacts, posts, messages, photos and much more — from sources such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter™, Gmail™, work and personal e-mail — and automatically delivers them to the home screen. MOTOBLUR automatically backs up contacts, log-in information, home screen customisations and e-mail to a secure server and comes with GPS tracking and remote data wipe for lost or stolen devices. One username and password restores contacts, messages and connectivity to prior networks and email providers. So, while you may lose your phone, you won’t lose the contacts and data that keep you connected. FLIPOUT offers enhanced MOTOBLUR functionality and features, including: Happenings and Messages – widgets filter by social networking account, by contact(s) or by contact group to only see the information you want; Screen customisation – move and resize preloaded widgets on up to seven home screens; Battery Manager – manage battery consumption by operating in one of three performance modes;Data Manager – monitor data usage from the home screen to better manage pay-as-you-go and limited data plans;Personal and Corporate email – pushed directly to the device; andRe-tweet capabilities. Hear and be heard FLIPOUT CrystalTalkTM PLUS builds on Motorola’s proprietary microphone and speaker configuration and adds a second microphone to improve a caller’s voice quality while filtering out background noise. Web & Multimedia FLIPOUT’s multi-touch pinch to zoom brings optimal web and photo browsing to the palm of your hand and Adobe Flash Lite provides access to most content-rich websites. For music fans, FLIPOUT’s connected media player offers full screen lyric support and integrated song ID. Additional multimedia features include a 3 MP camera with digital zoom and KODAK PERFECT TOUCH technology for better, brighter pictures and gallery mode for tagging and labeling of photos. One-touch uploads to Facebook, MySpace, Picasa™ and Photobucket make sharing your images easy. Also included are video capture, playback and streaming options along with Bluetooth1 capabilities for wireless calls and music. FLIPOUT features full Google™ services including Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™ and access to thousands of apps on the Android Market. Availability Motorola FLIPOUT with MOTOBLUR will be available in Australia early October, exclusively through Vodafone for $299 outright. About Motorola Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to high-definition video and mobile devices, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile. Motorola (NYSE: MOT) had sales of US $22 billion in 2009. For more information, please visit www.motorola.com. About Vodafone Hutchison Australia Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) is Australia’s fastest growing mobile provider, operating the Vodafone, 3, and Crazy Johns brands. Formed in June 2009 following a merger between Vodafone Australia and Hutchison 3G Australia, VHA provides mobile services to over 7.4 million customers in Australia. http://www.three.com.au & www.vodafone.com.au # # # Media Contacts: Ebba McLean Howorth 02 8281 3842 ebba@howorth.com.au AIIA releases key Green Technology White Paper 2010-09-29T01:42:00Z aiia-releases-key-green-technology-white-paper-1 AIIA releases key Green Technology White Paper For immediate release: Wednesday 29 September 2010 The Australian Information Industry Association today released a White Paper examining the critical role that technology will play in the reduction of CO2 emissions and the development of a low-carbon economy. The Paper, ICT’s Role in the Low Carbon Economy, was released in Sydney. “AIIA believes there is a pressing need to focus on the economic benefits of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as we examine the case for high-speed broadband in Australia,” said AIIA CEO Ian Birks. “This White Paper consolidates a wide range of leading research into the application of technology to a low carbon economy.” “The benefits of green technology will play a huge role in the return we make on any investment in broadband not only in terms of economic returns, but in the delivery of environmental benefits,” Mr Birks said. The report, ICT’s Role in the Low Carbon Economy, provides a series of recommendations to the Australian government for the development of policy framework to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint. It identifies five major areas of focus for government activity, then examines the net benefits of Green IT to seven key economic sectors and provides key recommendations for each of them. “Transitioning to a low carbon economy is a national priority and becoming increasingly important across both the public and business sectors,” continued Mr Birks. “However the ICT sector has only played a marginal role in this debate up until the present time. ICT will have a critical role to play in delivering the right outcomes and will be central to conversations that seriously examine the low carbon economy in the future.” The technologies outlined in the whitepaper can assist the government in meeting the commitment of a five per cent carbon emission reduction by 2020 and could, by the same deadline, bring about huge net benefits, in terms of Australian economic, environmental and social factors including: - Boosting the economy by between $35 to $80 billion - Cutting Australia’s carbon emissions by 116 Mega tonnes (annually) - Creating up to 70,000 jobs “With a specific focus on sustainability and use of ICT to drive efficiency gains, a number of studies cited in this paper show how substantial economic benefits can accrue to an economy through the usage of ICT to improve sustainability,” concluded Mr Birks. This Paper represents an increasing focus by AIIA and our members of the reality of the economic and social benefits that a digital economy in Australia will deliver. It joins the AIIA Green IT eBook – now with over 30,000 downloads – as a leading resource for the abatement of greenhouse emissions through technology. ENDS For more information or interview opportunities, contact: Mr Rhett Somers Communications Manager Australian Information Industry Association Tel: 02 6281 9400 r.somers@aiia.com.au Additional information about this White Paper Over the last two years a number of significant research papers have been published, in Australia and internationally, that clearly identify the role ICT can play in reducing an economy’s carbon footprint. AIIA has identified over 30 reports from 20 different organisations that address these issues. These go far beyond a reduction in ICT’s own carbon emissions, which constitute around 2.7 per cent of Australia’s total[i]. Far more important is ICT’s enabling effect – its ability to reduce carbon emissions in other industries through greater efficiencies in their operations. This White Paper references six of these reports, and draws less extensively on many others. It is also based on extensive input from key stakeholders in the Australian ICT industry – suppliers, users and consultants, putting the role of ICT and sustainability in an Australian context. The overall message is clear and consistent. Without ICT, it will be impossible to achieve the carbon emissions reductions Australia needs to achieve to prevent, or at worst mitigate, the consequences of climate change. Where ICT Can Have the Greatest Effect AIIA believes there are seven key areas where the intelligent application of ICT can make significant enabling contributions to reducing Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and improving the country’s social and economic fabric. While we acknowledge there are other areas, the potential enabling effects relating to these seven areas will provide the highest and quickest return on investment: Green ICT. The ICT industry ‘s products need to be sustainably designed and, in many cases, managed to impact less on the environment. Energy Production and Distribution. Smart grids and smart metering will become increasingly important as energy costs increase over time. Transport and Logistics. Supply Chain Management (SCM) has long been a target for ICT-enabled efficiencies, particularly in facilitating open communication channels between each of the different transportation networks using a standardised platform. Building Management Systems. Inefficient heating and cooling systems of commercial, industrial and domestic buildings is one of the key areas of potential improvement in this area. Industrial Processes. Additional efficiency gains are now available through advanced process control initiatives, utilising intelligent ICT analytics to provide real-time feedback for maximising overall equipment effectiveness. Health. ICT-enabled improvements in health care, often called “e-health”, are an obvious area of improvement, through the use of such technologies as remote diagnostics and electronic patient records. Reducing travel, emergency department visits, and hospital admissions, maximising the usage of ICT will contribute to a more environmentally friendly and sustainable health industry. Education. Offering the ability to deliver, assess, and monitor educational training in a more efficient and effective manner, ICT provides the education industry with the ability to provide a more sustainable model for meeting the growing challenges of the industry. AIIA – Leading the ICT Business Community The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) sets the strategic direction of the ICT industry, influences public policy, engages industry stakeholders and provides member companies with business productivity tools, advisory services and market intelligence to accelerate their business growth. www.aiia.com.au You are receiving this alert because you are a registered user of the AIIA website and have asked us to let you know when AIIA issues a media release. To unsubscribe Simply reply to this email with unsubscribe in the subject heading. You will receive an email to confirm that you have been removed from AIIA's mailing list. Privacy AIIA will handle any personal information collected from you in accordance with its information handling policy. AIIA will not disclose your personal information to third parties, except to a service provider for the sole purpose of performing an activity on behalf of AIIA. In this case, AIIA will use all reasonable efforts to ensure that the recipient handles your personal information in accordance with appropriate privacy principles. [i] Philipson, G, A report for the Australian Computer Society (ACS) by Connection Research, “Carbon and Computers: The Energy Consumption and Carbon Footprint of ICT Usage in Australia in 2010”, http://www.acs.org.au/attachments/ICFACSV4100412.pdf, 2010. Ogilvy Public Relations Australia Announces Senior Addition to its 360° Digital Influence Group 2009-05-01T02:19:36Z ogilvy-public-relations-australia-announces-senior-addition-to-its-360-digital-influence-group Link to interactive media releaseSydney, May 1, 2009 – Ogilvy Public Relations Australia (Ogilvy PR) announced today that Brian Giesen, current vice-president and senior strategist with Ogilvy PR’s 360 Digital Influence Group in Washington, DC, has joined Ogilvy PR Australia in the position of Digital Strategist. An award-winning global expert, Giesen brings more than ten years of experience developing, managing and executing a range of digital marketing and social media campaigns for brands such as Lenovo, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, DuPont, Yum!, National Institutes of Health and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Working from Ogilvy PR Australia’s Sydney office for the next 12 months, he will provide senior counsel on crisis and issues management from a digital perspective, educate employees on the fundamental parts of digital influence strategy and educate on a range of digital tools to help build further understanding on the power of digital influence among both existing and new clients. “This is a well timed appointment and provides all the Ogilvy PR companies in Australia the opportunity to further grow our digital influence skills as they become increasingly important to our client’s communications campaigns,” Ogilvy PR’s Managing Director John Studdert said. “Brian will also boost our leadership position in the Australian market across each of the areas of specialisation, while maintaining a high-level global role based out of Sydney.” Giesen will also work with other Australian-based STW Group and Ogilvy Group companies, including Singleton Ogilvy & Mather, OgilvyOne, OgilvyInteractive, and Neo@Ogilvy. “The Australian Ogilvy PR companies have already established themselves as leaders, having executed a number of digital campaigns for their clients,” Giesen said. “I’m excited at the prospect of now working alongside them in person, to merge our international experience from our overseas campaigns, with local and regional clients. “With the explosive growth of online media, consumer word of mouth and new technologies springing up every day, we now have to create comprehensive digital strategies for clients who want to engage customers or constituents in direct conversation. We’ve spent several years developing our methodology for identifying and engaging these new influencers in a way they find valuable, and it is this discipline we call digital influence.” Prior to joining Ogilvy PR, Giesen worked as a legislative assistant for US Congressman Jay W. Johnson, where he lead an effort to promote the federal E-Rate program, connecting Wisconsin schools and libraries to the Internet. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and is an active member of the Social Media Club of Washington, DC. Brian’s arrival in Australia follows the appointment last month of Thomas Crampton. Thomas is a veteran, award-winning journalist and digital media specialist and was named Asia Pacific Regional Director of 360 Digital Influence at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide. In addition to his Australian responsibilities, Brian will support Thomas and the region. Follow Brian’s blog posts at: http://blog.ogilvypr.com/contributing-writers/brian-giesen/ Follow Brian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bdgiesen Join the Ogilvy PR team of bloggers: www.360digitalinfluence.com / www.asiadigitalmap.com EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: Brian will be speaking at The Insight Exchange’s launch event, The Power of Influence, on 19 May 2009, where he will give an overview of how influence impacts the success of businesses. Visit www.theinsightexchange.com for more information. About Ogilvy PR Australia Ogilvy PR Australia is a joint venture between Ogilvy PR Worldwide and STW Group, Australia's leading marketing content and communications services group. Specialist Ogilvy PR firms and affiliates in Australia include Cannings, Howorth, Impact Employee Communications, Ogilvy PR Health, Parker & Partners and Pulse Communications. For more information visit www.ogilvypr.com.au. About Ogilvy 360 Digital Influence Founded in 2001, Ogilvy PR’s 360 Digital Influence creates and executes social media-driven word of mouth marketing strategy for clients worldwide. The 360 Digital Influence team engages with influencers and communities to drive participation, sharing, co-creation and authentic word of mouth – the most trusted and efficient form of communication today. Based upon the Digital Influence Strategy Platform, all programs deliver on sustained word of mouth and are evaluated via the Conversation Impact model. 360 Digital Influence has activated fans and word of mouth for brands such as, Lenovo, Unilever, National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ogilvy PR 360 Digital Influence Group is led by Managing Director John Bell. For more information visit http://www.ogilvypr.com/en/expertise/360-digital-influence. About Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Ogilvy PR) is a leading global marketing communications firm, with offices in more than 60 cities around the world. In its 28th year, Ogilvy PR provides strategic public relations counsel to a variety of clients across its social marketing, public affairs, healthcare, consumer marketing, 360 digital influence, corporate, technology and entertainment practices. Through its subsidiary, Feinstein Kean Healthcare, the agency also offers additional experience in the cancer field, as well as specialized expertise in molecular medicine, advanced biomedical research, leading life science and healthcare technologies and treatments. Ogilvy PR also offers government affairs services through its subsidiary Ogilvy Government Relations. Ogilvy PR is part of the WPP plc, one of the world’s largest communications services organizations (NASDAQ: WPPGY, www.wpp.com). For more information, visit www.ogilvypr.com. Award-winning Media Leader to Head 360° Digital Influence Practice at Ogilvy PR 2009-03-18T21:58:15Z award-winning-media-leader-to-head-360-digital-influence-practice-at-ogilvy-pr Award-winning Media Leader to Head 360 Digital Influence Practice at Ogilvy PR BMC SOFTWARE COMBINES INDUSTRY-LEADING SOLUTIONS AND SERVICES TO ENSURE CUSTOMER SUCCESS WITH ITIL 2007-06-06T04:50:20Z bmc-software-combines-industry-leading-solutions-and-services-to-ensure-customer-success-with-itil-version-3-1 Corresponding with the global debut of the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL®) version 3 (V3), BMC Software today restated its longstanding commitment to ITIL best practices and noted its support for the newest release.ITIL V3 strongly endorses and validates the significance of Business Service Management (BSM) — a concept pioneered by BMC four years ago — as an IT best practice by including BSM as a key focus of its latest Service Strategy and Service Design guidelines. From its initial launch in 2003, BSM was designed as a business-oriented approach to implementing and automating IT best practices, including those outlined by ITIL.“ITIL and BSM are converging more and more because they share the same objectives,” said Sharon Taylor, president of Aspect Group, chief architect and examiner of ITIL V3, at the BMC User World conference in Prague. “We are focusing more on the benefits of business and IT integration, which is really what BSM is about.”ITIL is a best practice framework used to aid with the implementation of IT Service Management. ITIL V3 updates this framework to reflect the latest thinking in effective IT management and to provide practical guidance to organizations as they implement BSM.As an official reviewer of ITIL V3, BMC has worked with the chief architect and authors to provide feedback on the updated guidelines and best practices. Beginning this month, BMC is one of the first organizations offering ITIL V3 foundation training and certification classes to existing customers, prospects and employees.“BMC is one of the leaders in ITIL,” said Ken Turbitt, global best practices director, BMC Software. “Our BSM solutions are the industry's most ITIL-aligned IT management offerings; in fact, BMC was the first company to achieve PinkVerify™[1] status, the only worldwide ITIL-alignment validation program. We remain committed to ensuring our customers’ success with ITIL and BSM, offering a broad set of services designed to complement and complete our solutions. BMC has extensively trained our employees on ITIL best practices, and we are also among the first to offer training and certification services on ITIL version 3.” Linda Moss, vice president of BMC Education Services, added: “BMC is one of the leading providers of ITIL education services globally. To date, more than 10,000 ITIL foundation certifications have been awarded by BMC Education Services. We will continue to support our customers as they work to implement ITIL version 2 and are committed to helping them understand the changes in version 3 so they can make a smooth transition.”ITIL V3 provides companies an opportunity to focus on IT service management using a lifecycle approach, which takes a holistic view of services and eliminates siloed functions. In addition to BSM, ITIL V3 includes several new best practices that align with BMC’s existing BSM solutions, including: * Access Management * Business Impact Analysis * Federated Configuration Management System (includes CMDB) * Knowledge Management * Request FulfilmentBMC is a Global Sponsor of the itSMF International ITIL V3 Global Roadshows, which will be used to launch ITIL V3 globally. BMC will be presenting at the events in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 7 and Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 22. For information, visit http://www.itilv3launch.com/pages/index.htmlTo learn more about BSM, please visit www.bmc.com/bsm.About BMC SoftwareBMC Software is a leading global provider of enterprise management solutions that empower companies to automate and manage their IT infrastructure in alignment with their business needs. Delivering Business Service Management, BMC solutions span enterprise systems, applications, databases and service management. For the four fiscal quarters ended March 31, 2007, BMC revenue was approximately $1.58 billion. For more information, visit www.bmc.com. BMC Software appoints two new divisional heads in Asia Pacific 2007-06-05T03:58:58Z bmc-software-appoints-two-new-divisional-heads-in-asia-pacific BMC Software [NYSE: BMC], a global leader in enterprise management software, today announced new divisional heads in Asia Pacific. Chip Salyards has been appointed director, enterprise systems management (ESM); and Terry Wellington appointed director, mainframe systems management (MSM).Tom Schodorf, BMC vice president, Asia Pacific, said the new appointments bring a concentrated management focus to two important BSM business streams."Chip and Terry both have strong track records of delivering outstanding sales results and are ideal leaders for our ESM and MSM businesses. Their experience and deep knowledge of our company will be invaluable as we further advance our BSM strategy. This is an exciting time for BMC and these two appointments will ensure we have focused leadership and management in the Asia Pacific market and deliver on our business goals."Chip SalyardsSalyards is responsible for ESM sales in Asia Pacific. He will lead country and sales managers, partners and software consulting and professional services teams with strategic planning, territory and account planning, opportunity execution and field enablement.Salyards first joined BMC in 1999 and held several roles within the US sales organization. He was later promoted to best practices director, Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. Prior to BMC, Salyards held sales and management roes with several US software companies and worked extensively in the Healthcare sector.Terry WellingtonWellington has been appointed to lead the MSM business unit's sales and services initiatives in Asia Pacific having completed a successful assignment spanning three years for BMC Software as CEO and president in Japan.Wellington will focus on retaining and growing BMC's existing mainframe customers that have been with the company for many years using its IBM mainframe tools and utilities. In addition, he will be expanding the user base for BMC's world class Control-M scheduling solutions.A 30-year IT industry veteran, Wellington joined BMC Software in 1999 as Asia Pacific operations director, following BMC's acquisition of Open Technology Limited, a private New Zealand company that specialised in software development, sales and services. At that time, Wellington was the company's managing director and a major shareholder.About Enterprise Systems ManagementThe ESM business is the fastest growing at BMC and comprises the software solutions for IT Service and Performance Management, Identity and Access Management and Distributed Systems Management. These solutions are the heart and foundation for BSM and include offerings such as BMC Atrium, BMC Performance Manager and BMC Remedy ITSM.About Mainframe Systems ManagementThe MSM business comprises BMC's Mainview and enterprise scheduling products. It is an integral part of the company's strategy and combined with other BMC products and solutions, it enables BSM, the strategy which helps companies to maximise and optimise its IT investment by aligning IT to business.About BMC SoftwareBMC Software is a leading global provider of enterprise management solutions that empower companies to automate and manage their IT infrastructure in alignment with their business needs. Delivering Business Service Management, BMC solutions span enterprise systems, applications, databases and service management. For the four fiscal quarters ended March 31, 2007, BMC revenue was approximately $1.58 billion. For more information, visit www.bmc.com.BMC, BMC Software, and the BMC Software logo are the exclusive properties of BMC Software, Inc., are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and may be registered or pending registration in other countries. All other BMC trademarks, service marks, and logos may be registered or pending registration in the U.S. or in other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © Copyright 2007 BMC Software, Inc. Howorth Communications expands senior management team 2003-07-17T19:57:00Z howorth-communications-expands-senior-management-team Howorth Communications, the Ogilvy PR Worldwide specialist technology public relations firm, has expanded its senior management team with the appointment of Kieran Moore as client services director. Kieran has 17 years experience in PR covering public relations strategy development and implementation for business to business and consumer focused technology companies, both in the UK and Australia. Kieran joins Howorth from the board of London-based Firefly Communications, one of the UKs leading PR consultancies. She joined Firefly in 1992 when the company had a staff of just 12. Joining the board in 1995, she was instrumental in leading the company through a period of extreme growth from a team of 25 to a company of 100 people, with offices in England, Scotland, France and Germany with revenues of ₤7 million. Kieran has directed programs in four major areas: technology (Fujitsu Services, Oracle Corporation, Apple Computer, Sema Group plc); telecoms (Motorola, Avaya, Hutchison 3G, Cable & Wireless, Mitel Telecom); media (CNN, Conde Naste, IPC,); and consultancy (Deloitte Consulting and Andersen). In this new role, Kieran will be responsible for strategic communication services, marketing and business development, as well as developing new value-added services to assist Howorths clients with corporate reputation management. I believe that Howorth is the strongest and most effective technology PR agency in the Australian market today, said Kieran. To retain that position we need to preempt the needs of our clients. Powerful communications strategies are integral to corporate success, and we intend to deliver compelling services that go beyond traditional media relations and help clients develop an authoritative position in their field. Mike Howorth, managing director of Howorth Communications, is looking forward to the next chapter for the company. We are constantly looking at What is next for Howorth reviewing where the market is heading, the services we are offering and how we can continue to strengthen the services we provide to our clients. Kieran has a proven track record in delivering outstanding programs, and she will be a great asset to Howorth Communications. Mike continued: Kieran will be instrumental in expanding our offering. She understands our vision and has the skill-set to deliver. With specialist experience in reputation and crisis management, analyst relations, messaging, competitor analysis and a strong focus on business development, Kieran will add a fresh new dimension to Howorth Communications. - ends About Howorth Communications Howorth Communications, an Ogilvy PR Worldwide Company, specialises in a full range of communication services for companies that innovate through technology. Founded in 1993, Howorth has grown to be Australia's leading specialist consultancy in the technology public relations sector. About Ogilvy PR Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide has received the honour of being named the top agency of the year three years in a row by top industry publications around the world. The Holmes Report first named Ogilvy Public Relations Agency of the Year in 2000. In 2001, PR Week named Ogilvy Public Relations Agency of the Year in the US and most recently named the agency 2002 Network of the Year in Asia. Headquartered in New York, Ogilvy PR partners with clients throughout the world from its offices in 60 markets across the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. Ogilvy PR has specialty practices in Corporate, Entertainment, Health & Medical, Marketing, Public Affairs and Technology. Through Feinstein Kean Healthcare, Ogilvy PR provides business and communication consulting to biotechnology companies. Ogilvy PR is part of the WPP Group, the world's largest marketing communications company (NASDAQ: WPPGY, www.wpp.com). For more information, visit our Web site at www.ogilvypr.com. Vikki Howorth Appointed Head of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide Asia Pacific Technology Practice 2003-05-29T19:24:00Z vikki-howorth-appointed-head-of-ogilvy-public-relations-worldwide-asia-pacific-technology-practice Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Ogilvy PR) today announced that Vikki Howorth, co-founder and director of its Australian technology practice, Howorth Communications, has been appointed head of Ogilvy PR's Asia Pacific technology practice. Vikki is working with the Asia Pacific technology practice management team to drive Ogilvy PR's capabilities further across the region, ensuring all regional offices are well connected and working on more regional business together. Howorth Communications is an Ogilvy PR Worldwide Company and Australia's largest specialist technology public relations firm. Howorth became part of Ogilvy PR in April 2001. Ogilvy PR was recently chosen as Asia Pacific Network of the Year by leading industry publication PRWeek. Through a series of acquisitions, new hires and organic growth, Ogilvy PR Asia Pacific provides an array of specialist services to IT&T clients from dedicated practices housed in 19 offices in 12 countries and territories. "Ogilvy PR has spent the last few years focusing heavily on building up its technology practice throughout Asia Pacific. We've now emerged as the largest technology public relations practice in Asia Pacific," said Vikki Howorth. "Following two challenging years for the IT industry, we are seeing the first signs of a broader recovery across the region with market leaders from across the IT&T sectors boosting their investment in public relations services and talent. "We're also seeing a lot more companies establishing and growing offices in Asian markets outside their home countries, and clients are looking for a more co-ordinated Asia Pacific approach to address their communication needs," she said. -ENDS- About Ogilvy PR's Regional Technology Practice Ogilvy PR has a dedicated technology practice in 19 of its 24 offices in 12 countries and territories (Australia, India, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines). In the past two years, three of Asia Pacific's top PR firms specialising in technology have chosen to be acquired by Ogilvy PR: Howorth Communications in Australia, H-Line in China, and Era in Taiwan. In addition, Ogilvy PR has made a strategic investment in PRAP, Japan's largest international PR firm, which handles a significant volume of IT sector work. About Ogilvy PR Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide has received the honour of being named the top agency of the year three years in a row by top industry publications around the world. The Holmes Report first named Ogilvy Public Relations "Agency of the Year" in 2000. In 2001, PR Week named Ogilvy Public Relations "Agency of the Year" in the US and most recently named the agency 2002 "Network of the Year" in Asia. Headquartered in New York, Ogilvy PR partners with clients throughout the world from its offices in 60 markets across the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. Ogilvy PR has specialty practices in Corporate, Entertainment, Health & Medical, Marketing, Public Affairs and Technology. Through Feinstein Kean Healthcare, Ogilvy PR provides business and communication consulting to biotechnology companies. Ogilvy PR is part of the WPP Group, the world's largest marketing communications company (NASDAQ: WPPGY, www.wpp.com). For more information, visit our Web site at www.ogilvypr.com. Howorth scores a trifecta 2003-02-24T16:49:00Z howorth-scores-a-trifecta 2003 is shaping up to be a winner for Howorth Communications, an Ogilvy PR Worldwide Company and Australia's largest specialist technology PR firm, with the announcement of its third new account this year. Following E*TRADE and Teradata wins, Global Switch, one of the world's leading operators in the provision of secure data centre real-estate, has also selected Howorth. Megan James, commercial director for the Asia Pacific region of Global Switch, said Howorth was chosen for its communication skills and experience, as well as its embedded passion for the technology industry. "Howorth demonstrates deep specialisation and knowledge of the factors affecting the Australian IT industry. Its strong relationships with media and analysts were exactly what we were looking for," explained Ms James. "Not only is Howorth on top of the issues affecting our business, it also has the drive, energy and commitment we need and expect of a strategic partner." Mike Howorth, managing director of Howorth Communications, said the consultancy is excited about its latest account win and particularly the chance to work again with Ms James, who was previously a client with another company. "The opportunity to partner with Global Switch was important to us because it was largely testament to the long term client relationship we have shared with Megan James. Return business is always a key success indicator as it means the team has delivered significant results in the past, which the client is confident we can continue to deliver moving forward," said Mr Howorth. "New business brings with it new opportunities, and growth on the client front also means we can look at expanding our consulting team, adding fresh experience and ideas to the distinctive culture that makes Howorth what it is." Howorth Communications currently has more than 30 consultants dedicated to technology PR. Anyone interested in joining the Howorth team should contact Sarah Edwards at: sarah@howorth.com.au, on: 02 9904 4533. -ends- About Howorth Communications Howorth Communications, an Ogilvy PR Worldwide Company, specialises in a full range of communication services for companies that innovate through technology. Founded in 1993, Howorth has grown to be Australia's leading specialist consultancy in the technology public relations sector. Howorth wins new clients and expands consulting team 2003-02-14T17:04:00Z howorth-wins-new-clients-and-expands-consulting-team Howorth Communications, an Ogilvy PR Worldwide Company and Australia's largest specialist technology PR firm, has powered into 2003 winning two new accounts - E*TRADE Australia[1] and Teradata[2], a division of NCR Corporation. The consultancy has also added two new members to its team. Hanan Tadros, PR and communications manager for Teradata, said the decision to go with Howorth was an easy one. "We are a growing company and needed a consultancy that could add value to our business immediately and get results. Howorth has a proven track record and an excellent reputation within the industry. We were impressed by their drive, passion and ability to be creative and provide strategic counsel," Tadros commented. "Howorth has been working with NCR Corporation for 18 months and we were very satisfied with their results - they are a great fit for us." To support its expanding business, Howorth has added two new recruits to its team. Howorth newcomers are account director Julie Eubank and consultant Alex Hill. Howorth now has more than 30 people dedicated to the technology PR industry. Mike Howorth, managing director of Howorth Communications, said the consultancy has had a great start to the year. "There appears to be renewed optimism in the industry. 2002 was a tough year for everyone, but even amongst the downturn we continued to grow the business and win some great new clients - it looks like that growth is going to be even better in 2003," Howorth said. "We are celebrating our tenth anniversary in May this year and over this period we've worked hard at building up an excellent team of professionals. We're all geared up for a successful 2003. " Howorth Communications is looking to expand its team further. Current positions open include an account director, account manager, senior consultant and two account coordinators. All enquiries should be directed to Sarah Edwards at: sarah@howorth.com.au on: 02 9904 4533. [1] E*TRADE is one of Australia's leading online brokers 2 Teradata provides enterprise data warehousing and analytic technologies and services -ends- About Howorth Communications Howorth Communications (an Ogilvy PR Worldwide Partner Company) specialises in a full range of communication services for companies that innovate through technology. Founded in 1993, Howorth has grown to be Australia's leading specialist consultancy in the technology public relations sector. [1] E*TRADE is Australia's leading online broker [2] Teradata provides enterprise data warehousing and analytic technologies and services Local technology PR company gets global boost 2001-04-17T13:55:00Z local-technology-pr-company-gets-global-boost Technology PR specialists Howorth Communications today announced it is now part of the country's largest public relations organisation, having joined forces with four other specialist public relations and public affairs firms to launch the Australian arm of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Ogilvy PR). Today's announcement is a major milestone for the Australian public relations industry, with Ogilvy PR Australia claiming instant market leadership with projected annual fees in excess of $20 million (US$9.5 million). Ogilvy PR Australia has been formed through a joint venture between Ogilvy PR, the world's fastest growing network, and local communications powerhouse, The Singleton Group (ASX:SGN). Ogilvy PR is a member of WPP Group Plc (LSE:WPPL.L; NASDAQ/ADR:WPPGY), one of the world's largest marketing and communications group. The other four companies that have joined to make up Ogilvy PR Australia are: corporate & financial experts, savage & horrigan; public and government affairs specialists, Parker & Partners; ethnic communications firm, Ethnic Communications; and workplace performance specialists, Impact Employee Communications. Howorth Communications, which was founded in 1993, has grown to a company of more than 35 people - specialising in technology PR, Asia Pacific expansion, media training, consumer technology PR, issues management, financial and government relations. "We've become the largest independent technology PR group in Australia and our growth has been determined by our clients' needs to add new services and skills," said Mike Howorth, Managing Director, Howorth Communications. "Our next challenge is to offer clients a seamless global offering. Ogilvy PR's technology practice is the largest worldwide and will provide expanded opportunities for our clients - particularly across Asia, where Ogilvy PR has more than 25 years' experience and is now the region's most extensive network," he said. Howorth will retain its brand and leadership team, but can now offer immediate benefits to local clients who want a fuller range of communications disciplines, such as advertising, direct marketing, interactive and web development, through the Singleton Group taking advantage of a full 360 degree offering. Ogilvy PR's President, Asia Pacific, Matthew Anderson said, "A number of major clients have acknowledged frustrations that so-called full service PR firms in Australia don't provide enough specialist senior counsel, and niche firms can't scale resources enough to solve complex challenges that combine different areas of expertise and international scope. "We've created Australia's leading public relations group through investing in the best specialist PR firms, such as Howorth Communications in the technology space. Howorth will continue to be led by the individuals who founded the company, Mike and Vikki Howorth, who are genuine leaders in the technology marketplace." Mike Howorth added, "This is a unique model and a win-win situation for Howorth Communications and Ogilvy PR. Our clients get the best specialist services across all areas of communication on a global scale. For our staff this offers them the best of both worlds - the opportunity to specialise in their areas of interest, while enjoying the benefits of being part of a leading multi-disciplinary local and global communications family with access to an international network of specialised training and professional development. Chris Savage, whose company savage & horrigan is one of those in the new Ogilvy set-up, will serve as the group's Managing Partner and is an acknowledged leader in the Asia Pacific PR industry. "Ogilvy PR is committed to helping Howorth deepen its skill set and expertise in its specialist area. Our commitment is to help Howorth maximise its growth potential through access to the regional and global resources of Ogilvy PR, including a range of knowledge networks, training, human resources and financial management expertise," Savage said. About Ogilvy PR Australia Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, with office in 46 countries, is the 9th largest and fastest growing of the global PR firms. It has tripled in size since 1997. In March 2001, PR Week named Ogilvy PR "PR Agency of the Year," which is widely seen as the industry's top award. The Singleton Group is Australia's leading communications group, and includes the Singleton Ogilvy & Mather advertising agency.