The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2015-03-16T07:47:06Z SurveyMonkey announces Tony Ward as Managing Director of ANZ following strong regional growth 2015-03-16T07:47:06Z surveymonkey-announces-tony-ward-as-managing-director-of-anz-following-strong-regional-growth Sydney, 16 March, 2015 - SurveyMonkey, the world's leading online survey platform, today announced the appointment of former Microsoft and LinkedIn executive Tony Ward as its Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand. Ward will be responsible for leading and building the local team and driving strategy to capitalise on the strong growth SurveyMonkey has seen in the market since it launched in Australia in May last year. “We are in the process of democratising research and insights to help companies make better and faster business decisions with data,” says Tim Maly, COO & CFO of SurveyMonkey. “We’re thrilled to have someone of Tony’s calibre driving this vision. In particular, his understanding of the needs of marketers and creative agencies in Australia will be critical in continuing to grow SurveyMonkey’s partnerships in this sector.” One in ten Australians completes a SurveyMonkey survey every month. Australia is a key region for SurveyMonkey and is the largest international investment SurveyMonkey has made outside of the US and Europe to date, with around 25 jobs in market development functions being created over the next few years. Tony Ward says he's excited by his new role and up to the challenge. "Businesses are drowning in so much data that it's hard to know what numbers are actually moving things forward. Our goal is to give businesses actionable, quality insights at speed, not add to the noise. Speed is the new currency of business," Tony Ward says. “I’m excited to join Australia’s leading survey company. Many local companies, non-profits, and government agencies already rely on SurveyMonkey to deliver data insights that move their organisations forward. I hope that my role will support these local customers and answer the specific needs of the Australian market.” A big focus for Ward in 2015 will be to develop SurveyMonkey’s collaboration with local agencies. SurveyMonkey's Audience tool is already proving popular with advertising and marketing agencies wanting to test creative and new products. The company has plans to strengthen its presence as an enterprise tool. "Audience is giving agencies the power to go to their clients with actual data to support what they want to do. They can use the SurveyMonkey Audience platform to find out what the market says, and back up their hypothesis. It breaks the stalemate when everyone clings to a different view or gut feel: now they are actually able to find out what consumers think," Ward says. Ward's background managing multimillion dollar marketing budgets for companies such as Microsoft has given him deep insight into the issues facing marketing and advertising agencies. He also founded a cloud startup, and understands the need for companies to test new markets and new product ideas. His experience at LinkedIn, where he grew the business triple digits year on year, makes him ideal to run a fast-growth tech company like SurveyMonkey. ENDS About SurveyMonkey SurveyMonkey is the world's leading online survey platform, powering more than 2 million survey responses every day. SurveyMonkey has revolutionised the way people give and take feedback, making it accessible, easy and affordable for everyone. The company was founded in 1999 with a focus on helping people make better decisions, and has built technology based on over 10 years of experience in survey methodology and web development. Customers include 99% of the Fortune 500, academic institutions, organisations and neighbourhood soccer leagues everywhere. The company has over 450 employees globally, with headquarters in Palo Alto, CA. For more information, visit www.surveymonkey.com.au Media Contacts Caroline Shawyer Anna Kenneally The PR Group The PR Group Tel: +61 401 496 334 +61 407 039 299 caroline@prgroup.com.au anna@prgroup.com.au Google & AOPEN sign co-development agreement to promote new devices, open standards 2015-03-12T06:35:13Z google-aopen-sign-co-development-agreement-to-promote-new-devices-open-standards Tech giants collaborating on new Managed Commercial Chrome Devices to push the frontiers of retail technology Las Vegas, 12 March 2015: Powerful, easy-to-use commercial grade devices are making an entry to the signage, POS and kiosk markets, after Google and AOPEN signed a co-development agreement. The strategic relationship between Google and AOPEN, a specialist in digital signage with over 19 years of experience, opens the doors for new products with a focus on high performance, fast deployment and security. Both Google and AOPEN are aligned in their belief in open standards, and allowing multiple app providers to drive the industry. Stephen Borg, Corporate Director, AOPEN says the collaboration is win-win for the industry: "Google shares our vision for open standards and a platform that will encourage multiple app providers to design for. Retailers of all sizes are increasingly embracing digital signage, and the new products we are developing with Google will be powerful but still affordable. We've already seen big developer interest in Chrome as a platform for digital signage apps, and we're excited to bring new Managed Commercial Chrome devices to market," Stephen Borg says. As part of the co-development agreement, three Managed Commercial Chrome devices are slated for release in the second quarter of 2015: the Chromebox Commercial, the Chromebase Commercial 19 inch and the Chromebase Commercial 22 inch. All three are fitted with the Chrome Device Management and are easy to deploy, use and manage. Design focus has been on making the devices extra rugged, with data and device security for in-store customer engagement. The Chromebox Commercial is a plug-and-play Digital Engine player that can power digital displays of any kind. The Chromebase Commercial, available in two sizes, is an all-in-one touch display device. The new Managed Commercial Chrome Devices all come with 3 year warranties that are designed for round the clock, 24/7 use. Matthew Blumberg, Google says: "We are moving to a world where all signs will be digital, and Chrome devices are the ideal platform for digital signage and kiosk applications. It features hardware-level security, it's stable, fast and with Chrome Device Management it can be centrally deployed, managed and monitored. We look forward to collaborating with AOPEN on future products with our entry into the commercial devices market," Matthew Blumberg says. Currently estimated at USD 13.25 billion, the digital signage market is forecast to reach USD 20.03 billion by 2020 . It's being driven by significant growth in sectors such as retail, education and transport, as well as technological advancement in developing countries. Customers that are interested in the hardware models can contact AOPEN via info@aopen.com or digitalsignage@aopen.com Alternatively, come and visit us at one of our Retail Evolution Labs via Retailevolutionlab@aopen.- com locations San Jose, Den Bosch, Taipei, Shanghai, Tokyo, Melbourne, opening soon London, and Brazil to experience our full range of products and meet our team of experts. About AOPEN AOPEN specialises in small form factor computing and touch display technology for digital signage, kiosks and POS. As a leading manufacturer of digital signage hardware solutions worldwide, AOPEN continues to expand its products and services in other vertical markets such as retail, transportation, automation, hospitality and medical. AOPEN offers a durable product platform for reliable, green and powerful computing, offering AV and electronic system integrators a solid solution for any scenario. Media contact: Joy Chua, press@aopen.com