The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-10-05T01:52:00Z NEXTDC launches Australia's first Uptime Institute Tier IV-Certified Constructed Facility 2017-10-05T01:52:00Z nextdc-launches-australias-first-uptime-institute-tier-iv-certified-constructed-facility NEXTDC launches Australia's first Uptime Institute Tier IV-Certified Constructed Facility BRISBANE, Australia – 5 October, 2017. NEXTDC Limited (ASX: NXT), Australia’s leading Data-Centre-as-a-Service provider, today announced that its B2 Brisbane data centre is the first Australian data centre – and the first Asia Pacific colocation data centre – to receive Tier IV Certification of Constructed Facility (TCCF) from Uptime Institute, the world’s leading independent data centre advisory and certification organisation. B2 was awarded Uptime Institute Tier IV Certification for Design Documents (TCDD) earlier this year and has undergone rigorous on-site audit and testing by Uptime Institute to confirm its fault tolerance, a key feature of Tier IV facilities. This addresses the data centre’s ability to withstand individual equipment failures or distribution path interruptions from an unexpected event or planned work activity and maintain IT operations, and confirms the exceptional resilience of the facility’s critical infrastructure for NEXTDC customers. NEXTDC CEO Craig Scroggie commented, “Our new Uptime Institute Tier IV Certification for Fault Tolerance and Tier III Gold Certification in Operational Sustainability represents the highest level of operational excellence and assurance for our customers, and reflects the continued thought leadership and technical innovation that is driving NEXTDC’s success.” Feeding the cloud Now welcoming its first customers, last night NEXTDC celebrated the September opening of the B2 data centre with an event for local partners and the facility’s customers, which include enterprises and government agencies, major telcos and network providers, national NEXTDC partners, as well as a host of local and international cloud providers. B2 is specifically designed to fulfil organisations’ current and future IT needs, giving customers the ability to scale quickly to accommodate the rapid growth and power-hungry IT infrastructure that is a feature of modern, cloud-based IT services. CT4 is recognised as a leading international cloud services provider and an existing customer at NEXTDC’s B1 data centre. CT4 were one of the first early-access customers through the doors at B2, a move overseen by CT4 Technology Manager, Wayne Moore. “The initial services CT4 will be offering from B2 will be VDI for a building franchise, “branch office” IaaS for a major resources company and active DR for our other sites. For customers using Office365 and workloads in Azure, we will be adding ExpressRoute connectivity at B2. NEXTDC’s new data centres in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney will offer direct connectivity to existing NEXTDC facilities in those cities, and CT4 used that service to seamlessly link B2 with their infrastructure at B1. Building infrastructure for the future NEXTDC’s Head of Engineering and Design, Jeff Van Zetten, said “Achieving Uptime Institute’s Tier IV Certification is partly about keeping the design elegantly simple, and keeping the paths separated to make it fault tolerant. The data centres that we build and operate are infrastructure for the future, and they have to meet the highest reliability standards." “Although some data centre companies try to achieve a Tier IV facility and gain preliminary design documents certification, they often don’t build it according to the Tier IV-certified design or have the facility tested and certified by Uptime Institute. Our team put in an exceptional effort to have B2 ready for Uptime Institute to perform the most rigorous site inspections and fault tolerance testing to prove that NEXTDC is the first data centre operator in Australia to actually deliver on the promise of Tier IV reliability.” NEXTDC has previously announced it also intends to achieve Uptime Institute Tier IV Constructed Facility certification for its new M2 Melbourne and S2 Sydney data centres. For more information on Uptime Institute Tier IV and NEXTDC’s second-generation data centre design, see the blog New generation of data centre resilience, which includes further quotes from NEXTDC Chief Operating Officer Simon Cooper and Head of Engineering and Design Jeff Van Zetten. B2 customer quotes Cloud Plus CEO, Jules Rumsey: “NEXTDC continues to facilitate our rapid growth by providing Cloud Plus with world-class facilities, such as the new Tier IV-certified B2 Brisbane data centre, which are ideal for hosting our network, security and hosting infrastructure in the major capital cities around Australia.” Oper8 Sales Director, Nick Lovell: “What B2 offers Oper8 is access to space and a highly accredited facility that we can easily sell. Accreditations are critical, and having a Tier IV facility locally, in Brisbane, and outside of the major capital cities, I think is fantastic.” VMvault Senior Systems Consultant, Radek Tkaczyk: “With NEXTDC B2 being a Tier IV data centre, it gives us and NEXTDC the recognition and industry power to really showcase what can be done with highly redundant, highly reliable cloud communications.” ENDS For more information: Nicola Cunningham Senior Account Executive Spectrum Group T: +61 2 9412 6100 E: nextdc@spectrumgroup.is Nick Ransley PR Manager T: +61 7 3177 4741 E: media@nextdc.com About NEXTDC As Australia’s leading independent data centre operator with a nationwide network of Tier III and IV facilities, NEXTDC provides enterprise-class colocation services to local and international organisations. With a focus on sustainability and NEXTDC is an ASX200-listed technology company enabling business transformation through innovative data centre outsourcing solutions, connectivity services and infrastructure management software.energy NEXTDC is leading the industry with award-winning engineering solutions for energy efficiency and NABERS 4.5-star certification. NEXTDC’s Cloud Centre is the online marketplace for the country’s largest independent network of carriers, cloud and IT service providers, enabling customers to freely source best of breed suppliers within the NEXTDC Partner community. NEXTDC is where the cloud lives®. To learn more, visit www.nextdc.comrenewable SDL Extends ISO Certification across Solutions, Including SDL Web, SDL Knowledge Center and SDL Campaigns 2016-02-15T04:59:35Z sdl-extends-iso-certification-across-solutions-including-sdl-web-sdl-knowledge-center-and-sdl-campaigns SYDNEY, Australia – 15 February 2016 – SDL announced today that it has increased the scope of its ISO27001 certification by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to include three additional solutions – SDL Web, SDL Knowledge Center and SDL Campaigns. The increase of scope further cements SDL’s commitment to the growing concerns of Australians surrounding security and privacy. Prior to these, SDL’s Language technology, SDL WorldServer received the certification in October of 2015, joining the ranks of SDL Translation Management System (TMS). Continuing to certify each solution demonstrates SDL’s commitment to delivering top level information security to consumers and achieving the highest standards for data security and privacy. “We are proud to announce this recent scope expansion as we know our customers’ number one concerns centre around security and privacy,” says Jan Wiersma, VP of Global Cloud Services & Operations at SDL. “This global designation puts SDL among an elite group of technology vendors who are leading the market in achieving these certifications. We truly believe that our customers should be at the centre of our business decisions, and with that, ensuring customer peace of mind around data and IT security is of utmost importance to our organisation. “The ISO27001 certification process requires validation from a third party to prove full compliance. For SDL, Lloyds Register conducted a formal audit of all documentation and facilities prior to extending the certification to SDL’s technology. Once certification is achieved, SDL must continuously improve and meet updated guidelines by ISO, as Lloyds Register will audit the organisation three times each year to validate compliance. With this certification, global organisations can have confidence that the full lifecycle of SDL’s technology – from development to implementation to integration – is protected by world-class standards.” For more information, please visit our website. About SDL SDL (LSE: SDL) is the leader in global content management and language solutions. With more than 20 years of experience, SDL helps companies build relevant digital experiences that deliver transformative business results on a global scale. Seventy-nine of the top 100 global brands trust SDL to simplify the complexity of managing content across multiple brands, websites, languages, and devices. Go global faster with SDL. Learn more atSDL.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. ### Contact If you have any queries please contact: Bayley Kite Spectrum Communications SDL@spectrumcomms.com.au 02 9469 5700 Hana Mujadzic SDL Marketing Director 02 9002 1582 hmujadzic@sdl.com EMC and VMware Reveal New Cloud Services Business 2015-10-21T00:36:17Z emc-and-vmware-reveal-new-cloud-services-business Hi there, Overnight EMC and VMware announced plans to form a new cloud services business by combining their cloud capabilities with Virtustream's cloud offerings under the Virtustream brand, creating the industry’s most comprehensive hybrid cloud portfolio. Matthew Zwolenski, EMC Chief Technology Officer, ANZ says: “With the rapid adoption of public and private cloud in the Australian market, we have realigned our strategy to include a new cloud services business. Virtustream will play a significant role in enabling Australian organisations to continue to grow their hybrid cloud portfolios." For further information please contact the Spectrum team on emc@spectrumcomms.com.au or 02 9469 5700. Kind Regards, The Spectrum Team EMC and VMware Reveal New Cloud Services Business VMware and EMC to Jointly Own Fast-Growing Virtustream Cloud Services Business; Together to Offer the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Hybrid Cloud Portfolio Story Highlights: EMC and VMware plan to form new cloud services business creating the industry’s most comprehensive hybrid cloud portfolio Will incorporate and align cloud capabilities of EMC Information Infrastructure, Virtustream and VMware to provide the complete spectrum of on- and off-premises cloud offerings The new cloud services business will be jointly owned 50:50 by VMware and EMC and will operate under the Virtustream brand led by CEO Rodney Rogers Virtustream’s financial results to be consolidated into VMware financial statements beginning in Q1 2016 Virtustream is expected to generate multiple hundreds of millions of dollars in recurring revenue in 2016, focused on enterprise-centric cloud services, with an outlook to grow to a multi-billion business over the next several years VMware will establish a Cloud Provider Software business unit incorporating existing VMware cloud management offerings and Virtustream's software assets -- including the xStream cloud management platform and others EMC will host a live webcast for investors tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. to discuss third-quarter financial results. The webcast can be accessed from the EMC Investor Relations website (http://www.emc.com/ir). Full Story: HOPKINTON, Mass. and PALO ALTO, Calif. – October 20, 2015 – EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) and VMware (NYSE:VMW) today announced plans to form the Federation’s new cloud services business by combining their respective cloud capabilities, along with existing Virtustream cloud offerings, under the Virtustream brand. Virtustream will be jointly owned by VMware and EMC and led by Rodney Rogers, CEO of Virtustream. The parties are finalising a definitive agreement for the transaction. Virtustream’s financial results will be consolidated into VMware’s financial statements beginning in Q1 2016. Virtustream is expected to generate multiple hundreds of millions of dollars in recurring revenue in 2016, focused on enterprise-centric cloud services, with an outlook to grow to a multi-billion business over the next several years. Virtustream will be a leader in hybrid cloud, one of the largest markets for IT infrastructure spending. The company will provide a complete spectrum of managed services for on-premises infrastructure and its enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform, enabling customers to move all their applications, including mission-critical applications, to cloud-based IT environments. Virtustream will offer a compatible public cloud experience for customers who deploy the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution within their business. "Through Virtustream, we are addressing the changes in buying patterns and IT cloud operation models that we are seeing in the market. Our customers consistently tell us that they are focused on their IT transformations and journeys to the hybrid cloud. The EMC Federation is now positioned as a complete provider of hybrid cloud offerings," said Joe Tucci, EMC Corporation Chairman and CEO. The new business will incorporate and align the cloud capabilities of EMC Information Infrastructure, VCE, Virtustream and VMware to provide the complete spectrum of on- and off- premises offerings including: VMware vCloud Air, VCE Cloud Managed Services, Virtustream's Infrastructure-as-a-Service, and EMC’s Storage Managed Services and Object Storage Services offerings. Virtustream will integrate these assets to provide customers with a unified Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering, designed to support the complete spectrum of business workloads, with a service portfolio that spans a full range of services and deployment options. The business will integrate and extend existing on-premises EMC Federation private cloud deployments into the public cloud, maintaining a common experience for developers, managers, architects and end users. Virtustream’s cloud services will be delivered directly to customers and through partners. VMware will establish a Cloud Provider Software business unit led by Ajay Patel, VMware senior vice president, focused on delivering cloud software and solutions to cloud providers including VMware’s vCloud Air Network, to help them rapidly harness the opportunity of the hybrid cloud. This new unit will incorporate assets and people from the VMware vCloud Air Application Services business, vCloud Director and vCloud Air Network teams, as well as Virtustream’s Software Business including Advisor Planning and Migration tool, xStream cloud management platform and Viewtrust governance, risk and compliance solution. Market Opportunity Nearly one-third of all IT infrastructure spending is going to cloud-related technologies, according to a recent 451 Group report1. In addition, the focus of Cloud Services buyers is seen to be shifting up to the application stack. The demand for a simple infrastructure on demand utility is giving way to higher levels of interest in solutions that include integration and management. Enterprise adoption overall is still on the rise with a shift in focus to private & hybrid architectures. The Global ERP market is estimated to reach US$41.2B by 20202 with Cloud-based ERP now growing faster than on-premises ERP3. Executive Quotes Rodney Rogers, Chief Executive Officer, Virtustream "I am honoured and excited to have the opportunity to lead the new Virtustream,” said Rodney Rogers, CEO for Virtustream. “Our vision of combining our IP and collective cloud platform and services capabilities for mission-critical applications, backed by the strength and reach of EMC and VMware will deliver an enterprise-focused hybrid cloud solution that is unrivaled in the market. We expect Virtustream will become one of the top five service providers globally and are thrilled about what this means to all of our customers, partners, and the Federation moving forward.” Pat Gelsinger, Chief Executive Officer, VMware “The new Virtustream business will feature the industry’s broadest portfolio of hybrid cloud offerings, enabling customers to move all their applications to cloud-based IT environments and seamlessly manage their on-premises and off-premises environments. We see tremendous growth opportunities for VMware and EMC with the new Virtustream business, building on the strong momentum of vCloud Air.” David Goulden, Chief Executive Officer, EMC Information Infrastructure “This is an exciting time for the EMC Federation of businesses, and today’s news is central to our strategy to help customers move all of their applications to the cloud. The new Virtustream business will enable customers to implement a hybrid cloud-based IT environment that incorporates the best of both public and private cloud quickly, and from one source. The Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution, along with the addition of Virtustream and vCloud Air cloud offerings, will not only offer customers choice and flexibility, but also will help them react quickly to optimise growth and transform their businesses.” Additional Resources Read VMware’s blog post by Ajay Patel Connect with EMC on Twitter (@EMCCorp and @EMC_News), LinkedIn, Facebook and SocialSphere Connect with VMware on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ About EMC EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing . Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyse their most valuable asset — information — in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC can be found at www.EMC.com. About VMware VMware is a leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility. Built on VMware's industry-leading virtualisation technology, our solutions deliver a brave new model of IT that is fluid, instant and more secure. Customers can innovate faster by rapidly developing, automatically delivering and more safely consuming any application. With 2014 revenues of $6 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com. About Virtustream Virtustream, an EMC Federation company, is trusted by enterprises and public sector organisations around the world to run and manage their mission-critical applications in the cloud. The company’s infrastructure-as-a-service solutions are built to address the complete spectrum of enterprise workloads, support hybrid cloud architectures with seamless integration into on-premises private clouds, and offer a full-stack management capability of infrastructure and application managed services that span on- and off-premises infrastructure. Virtustream is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland with innovation and development centers in Palo Alto; Atlanta; Waldorf, Germany; Sofia, Bulgaria and Bangalore, India. The company has sales and delivery offices in Hopkinton, Dallas, Cork, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Sydney with data centre locations around the world. All trademarks are either registered trademarks or trademarks of EMC Corporation in the United States and/or other countries, and all other trademarks used are the property of their respective owners. VMware is a registered trademark or trademark of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective organisations. 1 “Cloud Computing Market Overview” – 451 Group, May 2015 2 “Market Share Analysis, ERP Software, Worldwide, 2014” – Gartner, May 2015 3 “Global ERP Software Market 2013-2020” – Allied Market Research, Mar. 2015 Australian agency gains traction with Adobe 2015-09-21T04:11:16Z australian-agency-gains-traction-with-adobe Traction Digital, part of the IPMG Group has been recognised for Specialization in Adobe Campaign. It is the first agency in APAC to meet Adobe’s rigorous standards for Campaign Specialization, joining just two others partners globally. Traction and its parent IPMG have both invested in developing the skills required to design, develop, sell and deploy Adobe Campaign across the region. IPMG brings strong experience in the field, with successful implementations for Coles FlyBuys, The Athlete’s Foot and Singapore Airlines. This experience is backed by a team of marketing experts – architects, developers, consultants and practitioners – all individually certified and thoroughly trained. This means Traction can offer brands and businesses world-class expertise, excellent solutions and repeatable results that improve marketing performance. “Specialisation accreditation requires rigorous training, experience and skills testing. We’re delighted to have Traction Digital on board as our first approved Specialised Partner for Adobe Campaign in Asia Pacific. We are confident clients will recognise the value of the experience, innovation and results that this accreditation represents. I look forward to continuing our work with Traction Digital to drive success for our customers,” said Paul Robson, President, Adobe Asia Pacific. Benoit Droulez, CEO of Traction Digital, says: “We are committed to bringing the strongest capabilities to marketers across the region, offering them the best solutions possible. Adobe’s recognition that our skills are at the highest degree is an exciting milestone for us. We are at the forefront of marketing automation technology and are excited to be helping marketers deliver uniquely relevant experiences, regardless of channel.” This is a major milestone for both Traction Digital and IPMG as a Group. We are excited to continue developing our relationship with Adobe, a key element of our growth strategy and expansion into new marketing services. Ultimately, we’re enabling our customers' to better connect with their audiences" added IPMG CEO, Kevin Slaven. Media contact. Benoit Droulez Chief Executive Officer m +61 408 161 854 e Benoit.Droulez@tractiondigital.com w www.tractiondigital.com About Adobe Campaign Recognised as a leader in the field by both Gartner and Forrester, Adobe Campaign is one of six Adobe Marketing Cloud solutions, providing marketers with the ability to deliver one-to-one messages both online and off. Find out more at: http://www.adobe.com/au/marketing-cloud/campaign-management.html About Traction: Traction Digital builds one-to-one consumer acquisition and engagement by streamlining the execution of cross-channel campaigns, including lifecycle email and trade promotions. With strategic campaign management services and a highly integrated CRM platform leveraging existing marketing assets, Traction makes data meaningful so brands stay relevant and engaging to their most important customers at a one-to-one level – everywhere and on every device. Traction’s areas of expertise include: Email & Mobile Campaign Management & Competitions Data Mining & Analysis About IPMG: IPMG is the largest privately owned marketing communications group in Australia, operating seamlessly across emerging and traditional channels to drive customer engagement. Its network includes Creative, Production and Engagement Agencies; Digital Media; Hosting and Managed Services; Public Relations and Communications; Printing and Packaging. Founded in 1887, today IPMG employs over 1,300 people and generates revenue in excess of $400 million annually. For further information relating to IPMG visit ipmg.com.au. RSA President Outlines Steps to Bolster Cyber Defense in Asia and Beyond 2015-07-22T07:05:16Z rsa-president-outlines-steps-to-bolster-cyber-defense-in-asia-and-beyond RSA President Outlines Steps to Bolster Cyber Defense in Asia and Beyond Adopt Faster Detection and Response to End “Vicious Cycle” of Prevention and Remediation, Yoran Recommends STORY HIGHLIGHTS Recognising SE Asia’s rapid mobile and cloud technology growth and the security challenge it represents, RSA President Amit Yoran calls for the region’s organisations to re-think their approach to cyber defense Yoran outlines five key principles of a next generation approach to security based on faster detection and more effective response Keynote address reaches largest audience yet at RSA Conference Asia Pacific & Japan in Singapore RSA CONFERENCE ASIA PACIFIC & JAPAN, SINGAPORE, JULY 22, 2015 Amit Yoran, president of RSA, The Security Division of EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), today issued a call for SE Asian companies and governments to re-think their traditional approaches to cyber defense as they increasingly turn to mobile and cloud technologies to store and access data and systems. Yoran addressed his comments to government and private industry cybersecurity experts in Singapore at the RSA Conference Asia Pacific & Japan. In his speech, Yoran discussed how the rapid growth of mobile and cloud technologies in Asia represent a boon to the organisations and industries of the region but also a significant threat to their legacy security operations. As mobile and cloud technologies decentralise organisations’ digital environments, the perimeter on which traditional cyber defenses are based is disappearing. Despite the disappearing perimeter, Asian businesses and businesses around the world continue to rely primarily on perimeter protection technologies like firewalls, anti-virus, and intrusion detection systems to prevent breaches, only to see those tools invariably fail under the onslaught of today’s advanced attacks, Yoran said. Compounding that failure is the current practice of relying on SIEM and other signature-based tools that require historical experience to detect advanced threats, which oftentimes have no precedent. This combination of antiquated technologies and misguided practices is the root of the vast majority of today’s security failings. Yoran asked the audience to re-think their approach to security, using the dramatic digital evolution of Singapore Post and the region’s other postal services as an example of the level of change required in cybersecurity. The top executive at RSA went on to outline a new approach to security focused on faster detection of and more effective response to cyber threats in a series of five principles: Acceptance that even advanced protections are insufficient for today’s threats - “No matter how high or smart the walls, focused adversaries will find ways over, under, around, and through.” Deep, pervasive visibility from the endpoint to the network to the cloud is necessary – “The single most common and catastrophic mistake made by security teams today is under-scoping an incident and rushing to clean up compromised systems before understanding the broader campaign.” Effective management of identities matters more than ever - “In a world with no perimeter and with fewer security anchor points, identity and authentication matter more than ever . . . At some point in every successful attack campaign, the abuse of identity is a stepping stone the attackers use to impose their will.” Organisations must leverage external threat intelligence - “[Threat intelligence] should be machine-readable and automated for increased speed and leverage. It should be operationalised into your security program and tailored to our organisation’s assets and interests so that analysts can quickly address the threats that pose the greatest risk.” Security programs must be guided by an understanding of risk - “You must understand what matters to your business and what is mission critical. You have to . . . defend what’s important and defend it with everything you have.” Yoran concluded by reminding the audience that the technologies already exist for companies to move to a more effective approach to security focused on faster detection and response to security threats. What is lacking is the will. “This is not a technology problem. This is a mindset problem,” Yoran said. Additional Resources Download Amit Yoran’s RSA Conference Asia Pacific & Japan keynote transcript Watch Amit Yoran’s keynote address. Find keynotes videos, schedules, events and sessions at RSA Conference Asia Pacific & Japan Connect with RSA via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and the RSA Speaking of Security Blog and Podcast. About RSA RSA’s Intelligence Driven Security solutions help organisations reduce the risks of operating in a digital world. Through visibility, analysis, and action, RSA solutions give customers the ability to detect, investigate and respond to advanced threats; confirm and manage identities; and ultimately, help prevent IP theft, fraud and cybercrime. For more information on RSA, please visit www.rsa.com. SDL Announces Partnership with ICEMEDIA 2015-06-11T01:13:58Z sdl-announces-partnership-with-icemedia Sydney, Australia– 11 June, 2015 – SDL (LSE: SDL) today announced its partnership with ICEMEDIA, a leading Australian digital services agency. The new partnership will further enhance ICEMEDIA’s ability to provide strategic consulting on the performance of customers’ digital campaigns and projects. With over 24 years in the industry, ICEMEDIA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dialog Group, provides the full spectrum of digital services such as design and development of websites, intranets, software applications, mobile and web. With a strong focus on developing solutions that improve the way organisations engage with their customers and improve business processes, the company’s portfolio includes government agencies and leading corporations such as Telstra, Blue Care and Goodstart Early Learning. “Our relationship started when we built an intranet using SDL Web for a large Australian government organisation with complex requirements,” said Greg Anders, Senior Digital Strategist at ICEMEDIA. “The product impressed us so we went on to discover what other solutions in SDL’s suite could play an important role in our business.” This included SDL Campaigns which Anders highlighted for its sophisticated analytics engine. “Many organisations are collecting customer information through various channels and are trying to use this to improve their marketing,” he said. “SDL’s analytics engine facilitates aggregation and segmentation of customer data, quickly and accurately. In turn it allows us to effectively develop highly personalised communications to run campaigns that are fully measurable in their ROI,” said Anders. Speaking of the partnership, SDL’s ANZ General Manager, Kevin Ross added, “ICEMEDIA’s interest in our technology is an endorsement of SDL’s presence in the Australian market. We’re delighted to have a leading digital player join our growing partner network and to continue to meet local demands for customer experience management.” About SDL SDL (LSE: SDL) is the leader in global customer experience. With a completely integrated cloud solution for content management, analytics, language and documentation, SDL solves the complexity of managing your brand’s digital footprint as it grows across multiple languages, cultures, websites, devices and channels. Seventy-nine of the top 100 global companies trust SDL to help them create authentic, in-context customer experiences that drive demand and loyalty. SDL brings your brand to the world, and the world to your brand. Learn more at SDL.com. Follow SDL on Facebook and Twitter. ### Contacts: Spectrum Communications Sabine Leroy 9469 5700 sdl@spectrumcomms.com.au ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces G20 Compact Gaming Desktop 2014-12-04T23:45:19Z asus-republic-of-gamers-announces-g20-compact-gaming-desktop Sydney, Australia (4th December, 2014) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the G20 Compact Gaming Desktop, a stylish gaming PC designed to dominate the small-form-factor gaming desktop segment. The G20 features a compact 12.5-litre case and is powered by a 4th-generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor matched with an NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 745 graphics card1 for unstoppable gaming and home entertainment. ROG G20 delivers incredible energy efficiency, drawing just 10W in Eco Energy mode. The G20 sports a bold and distinctively-ROG design with a matte-black finish, aggressive lines, Mayan-inspired markings, and customisable lighting effects. ROG G20 has already received critical acclaim after winning the Best Choice of the Year and Golden Awards at Computex 2014.The world’s most powerful compact gaming desktop Even with its compact 12.5-litre size, ROG G20 is designed to be a one-stop gaming and entertainment system with a variety of specifications available. ROG G20 can be specced with up to a 4th-generation Intel Core i7 processor for unprecedented levels of gaming and multitasking performance – allowing users to play games at their highest settings, watch videos in 4K/UHD (ultra-high-definition) and even create websites and 3D models. NVIDIA GeForce graphics enable ROG G20 to deliver immersive visuals in WQHD 2560 x 1440 resolution. ROG G20 has the visual prowess to drive games at their highest settings on up to four monitors, and even supports NVIDIA 3D Vision™ Surround for an added dimension to gaming. The G20 isn’t just powerful, it’s energy-efficient as well. In Eco Energy Mode, its ultra-low power design draws as little as 20W2 at idle - so users can leave the G20 on overnight to download games. It can also function as a home server with Intel Ready Mode technology, drawing only 10W* even when connected to the internet. On top of that, it runs whisper-quiet at just 22dB at idle.Effective heat management for ultimate stability ROG engineers designed the G20 with no visible exterior side exhaust vents in order to preserve the neat, clean lines of the chassis. ROG G20 boasts a thermal design that takes advantage of natural convection, with a hidden airflow channel and two internal fans to ensure efficient heat management, making it ideal for marathon gaming sessions.Designed with gamers in mind ROG G20 has a 12.5-litre chassis that features a matte-black finish, aggressive lines and Mayan-inspired markings. Customisable lighting effects showcase up to eight million colours on the front and underside of the chassis, building on user experience by reflecting the mood of the game being played at the time. ASUS SonicMaster audio takes advantage of a unique mix of audio hardware and tuning software to bring gamers right into the fight. Through either external speakers or headphones, gunshots ring out, explosions reverberate and footsteps become auditory cues. In addition, ROG AudioWizard sound processing provides ROG desktops with an additional layer of audio enhancement, with up to five customisable modes that can be easily accessed on-the-fly. The ASUS-exclusive Aegis application provides real-time performance monitoring through a user-friendly interface. Aegis lets users track CPU and memory usage, as well as internet download and upload status. Temperature and voltage thresholds can even be set for the system to maintain and monitor automatically. Packaged for a quick power-on and play experience, the G20 will be sold in Australia with a free full-version game. Available now, users can choose from either Assassin’s Creed® Unity or Assassin’s Creed® Freedom Cry. Both high energy action games partner with the ROG desktops for the ultimate gaming adventure. [A1]Game redemption ends 12th November, 2015.AVAILABILITY & PRICING ROG G20 Compact Gaming Desktop will be available in Australia from December at Harvey Norman, Bing Lee, Leading Edge Electronics and Radio Rentals.PRESS CONTACTS Sally Vernon ASUS PR Manager +61 2 9815 6622sally_vernon@asus.com Rosie Taylor Spectrum Communications +61 2 9469 5700asus@spectrumcomms.com.auSPECIFICATIONS Operating system  Windows 8.1 (64-bit)Processor  4th generation Intel® Core™ i5/i7 processorsChipset  Intel® H97Graphics  NVIDIA GeForce GTX745 4GB (1D-SUB,1HDMI,1DVI)Memory DDR3 1600MHz 8G *2 / DDR3 1600MHz 8GBExpansion slots  1 x PCI-e x 16  Storage  32GB/128GB/256GB SATA SSD 3TB SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) /1TB SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)Drive bays  3.5” x 1 for HDD 2.5” x 1 for SSDOptical drive  SuperMulti DVD RW / SuperMulti Blu-Ray WriterAudio  8-channel with ASUS SonicMaster technologyConnectivity  USB3.0 x 2 Mic Port x 1 Earphone port x 1 1 x RJ45LAN 1 x 8 channel Audio 1 x HDMI-Out 2 x USB 3.0 4 x USB 2.0 2 x Power jack Power supply 180W AdapterSize 104 x 340 x 358mm 190x400x592 mm (with Carton) Weight  6.38kg / 10.77kg        ##About ASUS ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2013 was approximately US$14 billion. 1 G20 models with an upgraded graphics card will be available in Q1 2015.  2 Tested on a G20 with SSD storage only. Actual performance may vary according to product specifications. Aussies Prefer Mobile Phones over TVs 2014-12-04T23:40:00Z aussies-prefer-mobile-phones-over-tvs 61 per cent of respondents chose a mobile phone over a TV while 70 percent chose a car over a mobile phone. When given the choice between a mobile phone, half would choose a mobile phone, 34 per cent would select a PC and 16 percent of respondents would choose a tablet. Approximately 30 per cent of respondents claimed that they always use their mobile phone while in bed, and watching TV, while 39 per cent always use their phone while travelling on public transport. 34 per cent of respondents only have a mobile phone and no landline (home) phone. The PC is the preferred device for making purchases over tablets and mobile phones, with 93 per cent of PCs making purchases on their device. This is compared to 73 per cent of tablet owners who had made a purchase on their tablets, and 58 per cent of mobile phone owners, who had made a purchase on their mobile phones. Just over a third of respondents don’t want to receive personalised ads on their mobile phone, personal computer or tablet. AIMIA today released the independent findings of the 2014 Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index  (AMPLI). Each year the survey provides valuable independent information and identifies trends regarding the preferences of Australian mobile phone users. This year’s special topic analysed mobile phone use compared to tablet and PC use. “For the first time this year we’ve explored the perceived value of the mobile phone and the use of the mobile phone during daily activities,” said Dr Marisa Maio Mackay, Director of Complete the Picture Consulting, the official research partner for the 2014 AMPLI report. We also explored the use of the mobile phone as a device, not only a communication and Internet platform, by collecting the respondent’s interest in using the mobile phone as a TV remote control, credit card, and EFTPOS card.   “The results for the use of the mobile phone suggest that 2014 has been a year of consolidation with minimal change from the 2013 results. However, in the next 12 months 14 per cent to 21 per cent of respondents still plan to increase their uses of the phone for a range of purposes, including banking, buying things online, getting information, searching, visiting and browsing the Internet, and for entertainment. Coupled with the interest in the use of the mobile phone as a device as well as a communication and Internet platform, the possibilities for the development of engaging content and mobile phone uses appear endless for innovative businesses.” “This year’s AMPLI survey reveals the extent to which Australians value their mobile phones and how they see them evolving to suit their needs,” said Rob Wong, CEO for AIMIA. “Many respondents would like to use their phone as a credit or EFTPOS cards – this shows me the future of banking is clearly tied to smartphones.”Special Topic: Mobile Phone Use compared to Tablets and PCs 53 per cent of respondents owned a mobile phone, a PC and a tablet. Just under 90 per cent of respondents owned both a PC and a smartphone while only 58 per cent of respondents owned a tablet, which is consistent with the results from last year. Despite this low level compared to the smartphone and PC, few respondents plan to purchase a tablet in the next 12 months, which suggests tablet ownership will stabilise unless something occurs that stimulates uptake of these devices. Voice and SMS are associated with the mobile phone and are critical differentiators when compared to the computer and tablet. Respondents were asked to rank the top ways they use their mobile phone; 26 per cent ranked voice calls either first or second while 34 per cent ranked SMS first or second with emailing a distant third ranked first or second by 12 per cent of respondents. Unlike the mobile phone, the PC and tablet don’t have one or two ‘foundation’ services but instead have a cluster of services ranked either first or second by up to a quarter of the respondents. For the PC these services are: To send and receive emails (25 per cent) To visit websites and/or browse or search the internet (20 per cent) To get information (18 per cent) To read or edit documents or files (15 per cent) For the tablet these services are: To visit websites and/or browse or search the internet (24 per cent) For entertainment purposes (21 per cent) To get information (19 per cent) To send and receive emails (17 per cent) In terms of the use of mobile phones, tablets and PCs for making purchases, PCs reigned as the most popular choice. More than 90 per cent of PC owners had made a purchase on their computer, compared to almost 75 per cent via tablets and almost 60 per cent via mobiles. More feedback on the use of these devices for making purchases included: PC users purchased a wider range of products and services 63 per cent of PC users claimed to be very satisfied with their purchase experience compared to 40 per cent of tablet users and a quarter of mobile phone users 65 per cent of respondents prefer to research products and services on a PC Respondents who use the PC for purchases claimed it was “easier to see and read”, had a “bigger screen size” and it was more secure. The only exception for preferring the mobile phone (36 per cent) over the PC (29 per cent) for online activities was for social media (and only 14 per cent prefer to use their tablet). The mobile phone versus tablet preference is of particular interest, with a higher percentage of respondents preferring the mobile phone over the tablet for online banking, email and using social media.Mobile Phones and Multi-tasking Also for the first time this year, the research looked at the use of mobile phones during day-to-day activities. Results clearly demonstrated that respondents use mobile phones when doing something else with at least 74 per cent using their mobile phone at least sometimes while watching TV, eating a meal alone, travelling on public transport and while in bed. Approximately 30 per cent of respondents went claimed they always use their mobile phone in bed and TV while 39 per cent claimed they always use their phone on public transport.The Mobile Phone is Valued above Tablets and Personal Computers Another first was perceived value of the mobile phone. When given the choice between a car and a mobile phone, 70 per cent of respondents chose a car. However, when it came to TV versus the mobile phone, 61 per cent chose a mobile phone. Mobile phones reigned the most popular of the smart devices with half of the respondents choosing the device when given the choice of tablet, PC or mobile. Just over a third selected the PC and only 16 per cent opted for a tablet. When looking at geoTribes, the perceived ‘value’ of the mobile phone was greater among young singles and/or couples and less ‘valued’ among the older respondents regardless of their socio-economic status.Future and Desired Use of The Mobile Phone The survey asked respondents about their expected future use of the mobile phone. Approximately 20 per cent of the respondents currently using their mobile phone for emails, getting information and web browsing intend to increase this usage in the next 12 months. Between 14 and 17 per cent of respondents currently using their phone for voice calls, SMS, entertainment, banking and buying things online intend to increase their usage over the next 12 months. Almost 40 per cent of respondents would like to be able to use their mobile phone as an EFTPOS card or TV remote control while just over a third of respondents want to use their phone as a credit card. Of particular interest is that 14 per cent of respondents stated they were already using their mobile phones as a TV remote control, while 5 per cent and 7 per cent respectively were already using their phones as an EFTPOS and credit card. It is interesting to note that almost half of the respondents were not interested in receiving any offers on their mobile phones from a brand they liked. The two most preferred locations to receive an offer were in the respondent’s home (22 per cent) and near the brand’s store (20 per cent).Smartphone vs Landline Ownership and Handset Market Share 89 per cent of respondents owned a smartphone, which is consistent with 88 per cent of respondents last year. This follows three years of steady increases in smartphone ownership from 67 per cent in 2011 to 88 per cent last year. For the first time this year survey respondents were asked about their use of a landline (home) phone. Just over a third of respondents don’t have a landline and only 18 per cent of respondents have a landline and use it a lot, whilst 48 per cent own one but do not use it a lot. Those who use landline phones use it for phone calls and internet connection. Unsurprisingly Apple handset ownership increased from 45 per cent in 2013 to 49 per cent in 2014, displaying a continued and steady increase in popularity over the last five years. Samsung is the second key player in the handset market with 25 per cent of respondent ownership. However, the growth rate of Apple ownership continues to slow, while Samsung handset brand ownership did not increase from last year and actually experienced a slight decline. All other handset brands appear to be struggling for market share.Carrier Services Satisfaction Satisfaction with carrier services was again consistent with results from last year with just over 80 per cent of respondents claiming they are very or somewhat satisfied with the services provided by carriers. Variation, however, occurred across the carriers for the range of services: Overall satisfaction was higher among Virgin respondents (88 per cent), followed closely by Telstra respondents at 85 per cent with satisfaction for Telstra’s network coverage again a standout service. Optus was the only carrier to record a decrease in overall satisfaction from 2013 (85 percent to 79 per cent in 2014) Vodafone had recovered considerably since last year’s comparatively low satisfaction levels (75 per cent from 62 per cent in 2013) meaning it is now on par with the satisfaction levels of the other carriers. Payment Options, Monthly Spend and Data Inclusion In response to the method in which they pay their phone bill 75 per cent were on monthly bill options. There has been a slight decline, from 80 per cent to 75 per cent of respondents, over the last four years who have spent less than $80 per month on their monthly mobile phone spend. Just over 80 per cent of respondents have had a mobile data allowance included in their monthly bill or pre-paid amount, a figure which appears to have stabilised this year. Notably, the 501MB to 1GB of data category has experienced growth from 7 per cent last year to 16 per cent this year, perhaps due to the number of carrier packages that include 1GB or increased awareness among Australians of the ‘value’ of 1GB of data. 30 per cent of respondents had purchased a data allowance or data pack in addition to their regular payment, a figure which has more than doubled since the question was last asked in the 2011 survey.Entertainment, Information and Communications Services Accessed High-level and medium-level uses of specific entertainment, information and communication services accessed on mobile phones showed the following. High-level use was calculated by combining those that used the mobile phone for a given purpose at least five times a day plus at least once a day. Medium-level users were defined as those that used the mobile phone for the given purpose “at least once a week” plus “at least once a month” Games clearly had the greatest percentage of high-level users (27 per cent), followed by music downloads (14 per cent) 22 to 29 percent of respondents are medium-level users of games, music downloads, video downloads and music streaming Just under 10 per cent of respondents pay for a subscription to a music streaming service. Of these respondents, almost 60 per cent are paying for Spotify, 17 per cent for Apple iTunes Radio and 15 per cent for Pandora Weather (46% high-level users) and news (43% high-level users) were the most popular information services accessed in terms of frequency of use. An additional 30% were medium-level users. Maps and location services and traffic information were equally popular but used less frequently, with 50 per cent of respondents claiming medium-level use and 23 per cent high-level users Email (58 per cent high level users) and social networking sites (57 per cent high level users) were clearly the most frequently used communication services on the mobile phone while ‘Instant Messenger and Social Networking’ experiencing the greatest growth (9 per cent increase) from 52 per cent in 2013 to 61 per cent in 2014. Apps Accessed including Paid Apps In line with many of the overall patterns being produced from the results of the 2014 survey in comparison with previous years, the proportion of respondents who have successfully downloaded and installed an application to their mobile phone has stabilised at around 80 per cent. This follows substantial growth from 2010 to 2013. The most popular types of applications used by respondents were:  Maps and navigation (82 per cent) News and weather (72 per cent)  Games (66 per cent) Photos, videos and movies (62 per cent) Instant Messaging and Social Networking (with notable growth from 52 per cent in 2013 to 61 per cent in 2014) 45 per cent of respondents who had downloaded and installed applications on their mobile phones had paid to do so and at a similar price to those in 2013 of an average $2 to $3. This demonstrates a substantial decline from last year (62 per cent), which may reflect the increasing range of applications available at no cost to respondents. This is perhaps due to an increase in ad funded business models or alternatively, respondents have sourced the paid applications they want thus demand is levelling out.Advertising Across Mobile Phones, Tablets and Personal Computers Just over a third of respondents do not want to receive personalised ads on their mobile phone, personal computer or tablet. Around 30 per cent of respondents are happy to receive ads that are relevant to them across the three devices as long as they can control the information the advertiser has about them. Over 50 per cent of respondents indicated they purchased a product of service following interaction with a banner advertisement on 20 per cent or less occasions.Wearable Technology The survey again asked respondents about wearable technology and this year’s feedback demonstrates that there has been a small increase in ownership of wearable technologies from last year and a small increase in intended purchase in the next 6-12 months. The results indicate that wearable technologies are still very much an emerging and unknown reality for most respondents. This area is likely to be of continuing interest for many businesses that use the mobile to interact with customers or clients.About the AMPLI Report The AMPLI report is a collaborative industry research project carried out by the Mobile Industry Group (MIG), a special interest group of  AIMIA . The report is authored by official research partner Complete the Picture Consulting. The official 2014 gold sponsors of the AMPLI report are Amobee and Telstra. The official silver sponsor is AdRoll. Supporters of the project include Mobile Experience and RDA Research. The survey was also promoted by Mi9, Optus Advertising, Fairfax Media, News Corp Australia, Yahoo!7 and Telstra Media as well as key AIMIA sponsors mentioned above.- Ends -Media contacts: Sabine Leroy Spectrum Communications  02 9469 5700aimia@spectrumcomms.com.auAbout the AMPLI Survey This research is the tenth survey of the longitudinal analysis of mobile phone behaviour, usage and preferences. The first report was delivered in August 2005, the second in May 2006, the third in March 2007, the fourth in August 2008, the fifth in September 2009, the sixth in October 2010, the seventh in October 2011, the eighth in September 2012 and the ninth in October 2013. The special topic of this survey, decided by the Mobile Industry Group, was ‘Mobile Phone Use compared to the Tablet and Personal Computer’. Previous special topics have included: ‘The Impact of 3G’, ‘Advertising on the Mobile Phone’, ‘Communities and User Generated Content’, ‘Mobile Commerce’, ‘Mobile Phone Applications’, ‘Mobile Phone Advertising’ and Marketing’, ‘The Impact of Tablets on Mobile Phone Use’ and ‘Mobile Retail’. The overall objective of the study is to gain insights into the current and changing profile, behaviour and preferences of Australian mobile phone users over time. It remains the only known national independent tracking study that makes its comprehensive results freely available to all interested parties. This project is the only independent and open study of the Australian market that has been carried out with the support of major industry partners. The sample size used for this analysis was 1,405 respondents. The results of the 2014 Survey sample can be generalised to Australian mobile phone owners between 18 and 75 years of age.About AIMIA  AIMIA is the digital industry association for Australia, representing the digital content, services and applications industry since 1992. With more than 400 digital businesses across Australia among its members, AIMIA exists to encourage and support the growth of the digital industry through education, training and advocacy. www.aimia.com.au     Magnetic Content adds HubSpot to arsenal 2014-11-19T06:53:35Z magnetic-content-adds-hubspot-to-arsenal SYDNEY, Australia – 19 November 2014 – Magnetic Content has today announced it is a Certified Agency Partner of the world’s leading inbound marketing and sales platform, HubSpot. The relationship will allow Magnetic Content to be part of a growing network of agencies authorised to resell HubSpot’s software and grow the inbound movement globally. As part of HubSpot’s Partner Program, Magnetic Content is able to offer a closed loop lead generation service with an inbound approach that reflects how modern consumers buy. Inbound marketing is the science of finding ways to get your customers to come looking for you. Spectrum Group Business Director Aaron Crowther said, “There are a number of organisations that say they do content marketing but haven’t invested in the human capital, the tools and the analytics we have. The way we approach content marketing at Spectrum Group through Magnetic Content is in the truest sense, inbound marketing.” HubSpot Senior International Channel Account Manager Mads Nielsen said, “We are pleased to announce that Magnetic Content is a Certified Agency Partner of HubSpot. It has a unique approach to inbound content marketing services and we’re confident of a long lasting partnership. Ninety-three per cent of companies using inbound marketing increase lead generation, so Magnetic Content is well positioned to offer a best-in-class solution to its clients.” Inbound marketing costs 62 per cent less per lead compared to traditional outbound marketing, according to research produced by Voltier Digital. HubSpot’s all-in-one integrated platform combines blogging, content optimisation, SEO, social monitoring and publishing, email marketing, landing page, and analytics tools to attract, engage and delight customers. Crowther said the key to a first-class communication approach is creating engaged communities and the only way to do this is to put the customer at the centre of the conversation. “Our content marketing initiates conversation, debate and co-creation, which is essential if you want to close leads and build loyalty,” Crowther said. “HubSpot allows us to take feedback on board and continually evolve the program so it becomes more effective over time, but the greatest value lies in the insights it gives clients who are using it to reimagine how they create value for their customers with products and services.” The HubSpot partnership comes off the back of the launch of Spectrum Group’s Nectar offering, a digital program that assesses an organisation’s social pollination level, or digital influence. It compiles dashboards and reports that help clients make better business decisions based on how content is consumed and shared. Crowther said Magnetic Content’s vision is to help its clients better understand how to integrate their entire marketing and communications functions in order to create meaningful connections that build trusted relationships. “Where we are today as a Group means we’re speaking with lots of different people. Once we spoke mainly to PR managers, but today we speak more with CMOs and CEOs because we can offer something a little bit different that clearly shows how leads are generated and nurtured. We think of it as four pillars, one voice. It includes PR, social, creative and content,” said Crowther. “The connectedness with our clients within the Spectrum Group is only going to get better.” Crowther said HubSpot is a strategic asset. “We brought Brian Corrigan in as Content Director because he has unmatched experience in the industry and this will strengthen his team further.” -ENDS-About Magnetic Content Magnetic is a content marketing agency that specialises in story telling that creates conversation, community and sales leads. It brings content and social together, because neither can function effectively in isolation. Magnetic Content is a Certified Agency Partner of the world’s leading inbound marketing and sales platform, HubSpot. It has a programmatic approach to content marketing that involves auditing and strategic planning; creation of videos, infographics, long-form and snackable content; dissemination using SEO, amplification services and social; reporting, lead generation and customer nurture; as well as training and enablement. Magnetic Content is a part of Spectrum Group.About Spectrum Group Spectrum Group is an integrated communications firm that has been building brands for clients in the Asia Pacific region since 1996. With offices in Sydney and Singapore it has built its reputation servicing organisations that sell technology and related services to businesses and consumers. No other communications firm has the depth of experience Spectrum Group does. This matters because no space moves as much or as quickly. You need maturity and agility to make a real difference. Through Spectrum Communications, Max Australia and Magnetic Content, Spectrum Group creates connections that build trusted relationships.About HubSpot HubSpot is the world’s leading inbound marketing and sales platform. Since 2006, HubSpot has been on a mission to make the world more inbound. Today, over 11,000 customers in over 70 countries use HubSpot’s software, services, and support to transform the way they attract, engage, and delight customers. HubSpot’s inbound marketing software, ranked #1 in customer satisfaction by VentureBeat and G2Crowd, includes social media publishing and monitoring, blogging, SEO, website content management, email marketing, marketing automation, and reporting and analytics, all in one integrated platform. Signals, HubSpot’s award-winning sales application, enables sales and service teams to have more effective conversations with leads, prospects, and customers. HubSpot is headquartered in Cambridge, MA with offices in Dublin, Ireland, and Sydney, Australia, and has been recognized by Inc., Forbes, and Deloitte as one of the world’s fastest-growing companies. Learn more at www.hubspot.com.About the HubSpot Partner Program. Over 1,900 certified agencies worldwide leverage HubSpot to transform their business. HubSpot's Partner Program offers support and resources to digital marketing, public relations, content marketing, and advertising agencies worldwide that share HubSpot's mission to create an inbound experience for leads, prospects, and customers. HubSpot partners worldwide resell HubSpot's inbound marketing and sales platform, and are an integral part of HubSpot's overall growth and success. The Partner Tier program is designed to acknowledge those Agency Partners who have not only brought the inbound message to the most clients, but also those who executed inbound marketing services to the highest standards. Partners can achieve Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Diamond tiers based on their performance and growth. Learn more about HubSpot's Partner Program here. AIMIA Appoints Rob Wong Chief Executive Officer 2014-11-18T06:31:55Z aimia-appoints-rob-wong-chief-executive-officer Editor’s note: please click here for an image of Rob Wong.SYDNEY, Australia, 18 November, 2014 – AIMIA today announced the appointment of Rob Wong as Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, he will be dedicated to the continued development of AIMIA as Australia’s peak digital industry association at both a national and state level. Rob was most recently founder and CEO of digital media business iNC Network, which was fully acquired by APN News Media in October 2013. “Rob is passionate about the development of the digital industry and has been involved with AIMIA for a number of years as Victorian State President,” said Tim O’Neill, AIMIA National President and joint Managing Director of Reactive. “As President of the AIMIA Victoria Chapter and committee member for five years, his sound knowledge of the association will see him hit the ground running.” With more than 25 years of experience in marketing, sales and advertising, Rob has led digital agencies at Y&R Group in both Melbourne and Sydney. He has expertise in strategy, multi-platform publishing, data analytics, CRM, web development and digital media. A seasoned entrepreneur, he also founded digital intelligence business Think! ICG and later on, Catalogue Central and iNC Media. iNC was acquired by APN in 2011 after Rob took the company from a niche retail start-up to a leading digital catalogue media business. He finished up with iNC in late 2013 after assisting APN through an integration period. Speaking of his appointment, Rob said, “it’s a great time to be leading AIMIA. Membership is growing but there is more to do to develop membership value and we can do this by accessing the significant talent we have operating in state chapters. AIMIA needs to lead in a digital industry that is constantly changing, which means relentlessly evolving and in some cases disrupting ourselves. It’s a challenge but one I am looking forward to.” Rob has led several successful AIMIA campaigns in Victoria, such as the AIMIA Retail Industry Study now in its third year, and the development of AIMIA’s Young Digital Leaders mentoring program which he hopes to roll-out throughout Australia in 2015. “I’m particularly proud of our team’s work on implementing an industry mentoring program that matched 20 young and emerging leaders with 20 of AIMIA's industry leaders. It was great to see mentors share their knowledge and learnings with our next generation of digital pioneers.”Media Contact: Sabine Leroy Spectrum Communications +61 9469 5700aimia@spectrumcomms.com.auAbout AIMIA AIMIA is the digital industry association for Australia, representing the digital content, services and applications industry since 1992. With more than 400 digital businesses across Australia among its members, AIMIA exists to encourage and support the growth of the digital industry through education, training and advocacy. www.aimia.com.au ASUS Announces EeeBook X205 2014-11-18T00:55:35Z asus-announces-eeebook-x205 Editor’s note: Please click here for high-res images.Sydney, Australia – 18th November, 2014— ASUS today announced the EeeBook X205, an affordable 11.6-inch notebook with a full-size keyboard, large touchpad, and powered by a quad core Intel® Atom™ processor. Designed for students and young professionals who are constantly on-the-go, it features a compact design that weighs less than 1kg. With a recommended retail price of AU$329, this Windows 8.1 notebook packs useful ergonomic features in an ultraportable design. “We’re living in an age where computer literacy is vital, especially for students” said Portia Chang, Regional Head of ASUS’ System Business Group, Australia and New Zealand. “BYOD in schools enriches individual learning experiences and encourages the development of 21st century skills. Our new EeeBook X205 is a great offering for students with Microsoft office applications and long battery life to last the school day.”Compact design Despite its 11.6-inch size, it boasts a touchpad that is 36 per cent larger than those found on similar-sized notebooks, and is identical in size to touchpads found on 14-inch ASUS models. Smart Gesture technology allows users to get the most out of Windows 8.1 using just the touchpad, with no need for a mouse. EeeBook X205 has a full-size, one-piece seamless chiclet keyboard with 1.6mm of key travel for extremely-comfortable typing. Aesthetically, it boasts smooth curves and tactile surfaces and is available in a choice of two colours — black and white.Connected Standby technology for a smartphone-like user experience Connected Standby technology provides users with a smartphone-like computing experience, giving them an almost-instant resume from sleep mode, and the ability to be socially connected at any time — even with the notebook in standby mode. It allows users to receive emails, updates, notifications, and messages from social media platforms, even with the notebook’s lid closed. It has an almost-instantaneous resume from sleep mode and has up to 12 hours of battery life1. It has over 14 days of standby time, and automatically backs up data when battery level drops below 5 per cent.Full compatibility, with Windows 8.1 EeeBook X205 makes use of Windows 8.1, giving users added flexibility over notebooks that use web-based operating systems. Unlike notebooks with web-based operating systems, Windows 8.1 gives users full compatibility with a wide range of software and hardware. EeeBook X205 runs Microsoft Office smoothly online and offline, allowing users to make full use of web-based apps and pre-installed software like Skype and Photoshop. Windows 8.1 provides full compatibility with a wide range of USB devices; with X205 giving users a variety of ways to print documents either through a USB connection, wirelessly, or through the cloud. An ideal cloud-computing device, each EeeBook X205 comes with over 500GB of cloud storage space2.AVAILABILITY & PRICING ASUS EeeBook X205 will be available now at AU$329 from national retailers and authorised ASUS resellers.SPECIFICATIONS3ASUS EeeBook X205                       ProcessorQuad-core Intel® Atom™ Z3735 Processor (Bay Trail –T) Operating systemWindows 8.1 with Bing Display11.6-inch LED backlit HD screen (1366 x 768) CamerasVGA camera Memory 2GB RAM  StorageeMMC 32GB plus 500GB ASUS WebStorage (free for 2 years) Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.0 Interface2 x USB 2.0 3.5mm audio jack (headphone / mic) Micro-HDMI microSD card slot (SDXC) Battery38Wh, up to 12 hours (for web browsing) ColoursBlack, White Size286 x 193.3 x 17.5mm Weight980g           1Measured with web browsing, 100cd/m2 brightness, default volume with headphones 21TB Microsoft OneDrive for one year, bundled with Microsoft Office 365 and 500GB of ASUS WebStorage free for 2 years 3 Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.PRESS CONTACTS Sally Vernon ASUS PR Manager +61 2 9815 6622sally_vernon@asus.com Sabine Leroy Spectrum Communications +61 2 9469 5700asus@spectrumcomms.com.au ###About ASUS ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2013 was approximately US$14 billion. ASUS Receives 17 Good Design Awards 2014-11-05T23:59:08Z asus-receives-17-good-design-awards Tokyo, Japan (4th November, 2014) — ASUS products won an impressive total of 17 Good Design Awards — in recognition of excellence in design and engineering — at a ceremony held today in Tokyo, highlighting the ASUS commitment to quality design and innovation. ZenBook UX305 received the additional honour of being included on the Good Design Best 100 list, a selection of products receiving special recognition from the jury of industry experts for their exceptional and forward-looking designs. The award-winning products demonstrate the ASUS In Search of Incredible brand spirit, which pursues perfection in all endeavors with the ultimate goal of creating an effortless and joyful digital life for users. By focusing on people's desires while understanding their needs, ASUS strives to create technology that is truly personal. The Good Design Awards, organised by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP), is now in its 57th year and this year received over 3,600 entries from around the world. It is one of the four major design awards recognised by the International Design Alliance.2014 Good Design Award winners – Product highlightsASUS ZenBook UX305 — Good Design Best 100 list The beautifully-crafted all-aluminum ZenBook UX305 Ultrabook™ is the world’s slimmest 13.3-inch QHD+ laptop, measuring just 12.3mm thin. Its subtle and refined shape incorporates the DNA of the classic ZenBook, featuring an elegantly-tapered wedge design that has smooth and comfortable edges with diamond-cut metallic highlights. Available in a sophisticated Obsidian Stone color with the ASUS signature concentric-circle finish, or a silky-smooth Ceramic Alloy shade, ZenBook UX305 is the ultimate ultraportable laptop. Continuing the long-established ZenBook tradition of combining performance with luxury, this gorgeous ultraportable — which weighs only 1.2kg — is powered by an Intel® Core™ M processor for seamless multitasking, and features a lightning-fast solid-state drive (SSD) with up to 256GB capacity. The crisp, vibrant and stunningly-detailed 13.3-inch display has an up to QHD+ resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels. For images please click here. ASUS MeMOPad 7 (ME572) With a design inspired by stylish clutch bags and wallets, ASUS MeMO Pad 7 (ME572) is not only a thin and light 7-inch Android™ tablet powered by a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom processor, but also an everyday fashion essential. Thanks to its narrow bezel, MeMO Pad 7 is just 8.3mm thin and weighs only 269g, making it supremely comfortable to hold in one hand. The crisp and vibrant Full HD IPS display has a pixel density of 323 pixels per inch and wide 178-degree viewing angles, plus ASUS TruVivid and ASUS Splendid technology for enhanced clarity, brightness and accurate colour reproduction. For images please click here.Full list of Good DesignAward winnersNotebooks ASUS ZenBook UX305 (Good Design Best 100 list) ASUS ZenBook NX500 Series ASUS X555 Series ASUS ROG GX 500 Series ASUS ROG G751 ASUS Chromebook C Series ASUS Transformer Book VDesktop and All-in-One PCs ASUS ROG GR8 ASUS ROG G20 ASUS Chromebox ASUS Portable AiO PT2001Tablets ASUS Fonepad Series (FE375CG/FE380CG) ASUS MeMOPad 7 (ME572)Motherboards, projectors, monitors, and accessories ASUS ROG Maximus VII Series ASUS S1 Mobile LED Projector (Good Design Best 100 list) ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q ASUS MagSmart Cover SeriesPRESS CONTACTS Sally Vernon ASUS PR Manager +61 2 9815 6622sally_vernon@asus.com Sabine Leroy Spectrum Communications +61 2 9469 5700asus@spectrumcomms.com.au ###About ASUS ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2013 was approximately US$14 billion. ASUS announces Transformer Book Flip 2014-09-18T23:48:06Z asus-announces-transformer-book-flip Sydney, Australia (19 September, 2014) — ASUS has expanded its range of 2-in-1 devices in Australia with the Transformer Book Flip, a new Windows 8.1 laptop with a hinge design that enables the screen to be set at any angle between zero and 360 degrees. The versatile Transformer Flip and can be used as a powerful laptop, a responsive tablet, or anything in between. Transformer Book Flip is powered by Intel® 4th generation Core™ processors and up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GT840M discrete graphics for seamless multitasking and outstanding performance. Available in Australia in two sizes — 13.3 inches and 15.6 inches — there’s a Transformer Book Flip suitable for work, play or school.Flip for computing freedom ASUS Transformer Book Flip features a bright and clear up to HD 1920 x 1080 touchscreen with a cleverly-engineered hinge that allows the user to rotate it freely up to 360 degrees from the fully-closed position. Four gears in the hinge provide a smooth, easy movement, ensuring the screen stays exactly where the user wants it while making it effortless to adjust. From standard laptop mode, it’s easy to flip the screen instantly to suit whatever task the user wants to perform — whether it’s a media stand for watching a movie or viewing photos, a shared viewer for easy collaboration with friends, family or colleagues, or a tablet for playing the latest games. An automatic keyboard and touchpad lock is activated whenever Flip is used in non-laptop modes, so users won’t have problems with unwanted input. Flip’s touchscreen is incredibly accurate and responsive thanks to its high-precision 6mm-diametre actuators, which are more than twice as sensitive as the 9mm industry standard. Exclusive ASUS Splendid technology gives rich, deep and vibrant colours to ensure a visually stunning experience for any kind of content.Stylish, powerful, and with incredible sound The Flip is full of clever ASUS engineering, but it’s also designed to be smart and stylish, with a hairline-textured finish for a touch of luxury. The compact aluminium chassis gives Flip strength, durability and elegance. The seamless one-piece chiclet keyboard is ergonomically designed for optimum typing feel, and the large multi-touch touchpad supports Smart Gestures for precise and natural fingertip control. Instant On technology means that Flip only takes two seconds to resume from sleep, and users don’t need to worry about losing data when in sleep mode for up to 14 days — when the Lithium-polymer battery’s charge drops below 5 per cent, files and data are automatically backed up. Exclusive ASUS SonicMaster audio gives Flip the best audio experience in its class. With larger speakers and resonance chambers than standard laptops, the audio quality is spectacular. Users will experience deeper and richer bass, a wider frequency range, distinct vocals and pristine clarity. This makes Flip a perfect multimedia partner, with every song, movie or game sounding better thanks to its carefully balanced and dynamic audio.Store everything, share anything Each Flip includes ASUS WebStorage, giving users free access to the most complete platform for online living. Files and documents are accessible anywhere from a host of devices. With ASUS cloud services, convenience and intuitive is the main priority, offering users easy storage, sharing, and syncing of everything from business presentations to photo albums and favorite multimedia content.AVAILABILITY & PRICING ASUS Transformer Book Flip will be available in Australia from September 2014, from national retailers and authorised ASUS channel resellers. Recommended pricing for the Transformer Book begins at $799 for the 13-inch, and $999 for the 15-inch model.PRESS CONTACTS Sally Vernon ASUS PR Manager +61 2 9815 6622sally_vernon@asus.com Sabine Leroy Spectrum Communications +61 2 9469 5700asus@spectrumcomms.com.au ###About ASUS ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2013 was approximately US$14 billion. 1Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Tableau Announces Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 2014-08-01T01:03:34Z tableau SEATTLE, Wash. – July 31, 2014 - Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) today reported results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2014.   • Total revenues were $90.7 million, up 82% year over year. • License revenues were $60.4 million, up 80% year over year. • Diluted GAAP loss per share was $0.07; diluted non-GAAP earnings per share were $0.05.   "We continued our momentum in the second quarter with over 80% revenue growth," said Christian Chabot, CEO and President.  "With the new Tableau 8.2 release, we brought Tableau to the Mac and enabled our customers to tell stories with data in a new way."  Financial Highlights for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2014 Total revenues for the second quarter of 2014 were $90.7 million, representing an 82% increase from the second quarter of 2013. License revenues were $60.4 million, representing an 80% increase from the second quarter of 2013. GAAP operating loss for the second quarter of 2014 was $4.1 million, compared to a GAAP operating loss of $2.3 million for the second quarter of 2013. GAAP net loss for the second quarter of 2014 was $4.6 million, or $0.07 per diluted common share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $2.6 million, or $0.05 per diluted common share for the second quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP operating income, which excludes stock-based compensation, was $7.0 million for the second quarter of 2014, compared to a non-GAAP operating income of $1.0 million for the second quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP net income was $3.2 million for the second quarter of 2014, or $0.05 per diluted common share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted common share for the second quarter of 2013.  Recent Business Highlights In addition to growing revenues, Tableau achieved other notable business milestones: • Launched Tableau 8.2, bringing Tableau to the Mac and storytelling to everyone with a new Story Points feature. • Recognized by Gartner as the fastest growing business intelligence software provider for 2013. • Closed 157 sales orders greater than $100,000 and added over 2,200 new customer accounts in the second quarter of 2014. • International revenues were up more than 100% over the prior year quarter. • Held four regional Tableau Conferences in Sydney, The Hague, Munich and London, with over 1,000 customer and partner attendees in total.  Conference Call and Webcast Information In conjunction with this announcement, Tableau will host a conference call at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) today to discuss Tableau’s second quarter of 2014 financial results and the outlook for the third quarter of 2014 and full year 2014. A live audio webcast and replay of the call, together with detailed financial information, will be available in the Investor Relations section of Tableau’s website at http://investors.tableausoftware.com. The live call can be accessed by dialing (855) 592-5013 (U.S.) or (678) 224-7834 (outside the U.S.) and referencing passcode: 72823698. A replay of the call can also be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S.) or (404) 537-3406 (outside the U.S.), and referencing passcode: 72823698.  About Tableau Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) helps people see and understand data. Tableau helps anyone quickly analyze, visualize and share information. More than 21,000 customer accounts get rapid results with Tableau in the office and on-the-go. And tens of thousands of people use Tableau Public to share data in their blogs and websites. See how Tableau can help you by downloading the free trial at www.tableausoftware.com/trial.Tableau and Tableau Software are trademarks of Tableau Software, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.  Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains, and statements made during the above referenced conference call will contain, “forward-looking” statements, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including regarding the company’s growth momentum and the company’s expectations regarding future revenues, expenses and net income or loss. These statements are not guarantees of future performance, but are based on management’s expectations as of the date of this press release and assumptions that are inherently subject to uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements include the following: risks associated with anticipated growth in Tableau’s addressable market; competitive factors, including changes in the competitive environment, pricing changes, sales cycle time and increased competition; Tableau’s ability to build and expand its direct sales efforts and reseller distribution channels; general economic and industry conditions, including expenditure trends for business intelligence and productivity tools; new product introductions and Tableau’s ability to develop and deliver innovative products; our ability to provide high-quality service and support offerings; risks associated with international operations; and macroeconomic conditions. These and other important risk factors are described more fully in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Tableau’s  Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 27, 2014, and other reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and could cause actual results to vary from expectations. All information provided in this release and in the conference call is as of the date hereof and Tableau undertakes no duty to update this information except as required by law.  Non-GAAP Financial Measures Tableau believes that the use of non-GAAP gross profit and gross margin, non-GAAP operating income (loss) and operating margin, non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP earnings (loss) per diluted common share is helpful to its investors. These measures, which are referred to as non-GAAP financial measures, are not prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP. Non-GAAP gross profit is calculated by excluding stock-based compensation expense attributable to cost of revenues from gross profit. Non-GAAP gross margin is the ratio calculated by dividing non-GAAP gross profit by revenues. Non-GAAP operating income (loss) is calculated by excluding stock-based compensation expense from operating income (loss). Non-GAAP operating margin is the ratio calculated by dividing non-GAAP operating income (loss) by revenues. Non-GAAP net income (loss) is calculated by excluding stock-based compensation expense, net of tax, from net income (loss). Non-GAAP earnings (loss) per diluted common share is calculated by dividing non-GAAP net income (loss) by weighted average diluted shares outstanding. Because of varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions and the variety of equity instruments that can impact a company’s non-cash expenses, Tableau believes that providing non-GAAP financial measures that exclude stock-based compensation expense allow for more meaningful comparisons between its operating results from period to period. All of these non-GAAP financial measures are important tools for financial and operational decision making and for evaluating Tableau’s own operating results over different periods of time.   Non-GAAP financial measures may not provide information that is directly comparable to that provided by other companies in Tableau’s industry, as other companies in the industry may calculate non-GAAP financial results differently, particularly related to non-recurring, unusual items. In addition, there are limitations in using non-GAAP financial measures because the non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies and exclude expenses that may have a material impact on our reported financial results. Further, stock-based compensation expense has been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant recurring expense in Tableau’s business and an important part of the compensation provided to its employees. The presentation of non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors should review the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures included below, and not rely on any single financial measure to evaluate Tableau’s business.  Investor Contact: Joni Davis Tableau Director, Investor Relations 206.633.3400 x5523 jdavis@tableausoftware.com   Carolyn Bass or Jacob Moelter Market Street Partners 415.445.3232 or 415.445.3235 tableau@marketstreetpartners.com  Press Contact: Sabine Leroy Spectrum Communications (02) 9469 5700tableau@spectrumcomms.com.au Real Estate Portal Homehound Relaunches and Promises To Disrupt The Online Property Landscape 2014-06-23T01:36:49Z real-estate-portal-homehound-relaunches-and-promises-to-disrupt-the-online-property-landscape SYDNEY, Australia, 23 June, 2014 – Real estate and property website Homehound relaunched earlier this month, with a new look and feel. Set to deliver a rich user experience for home buyers and renters, the site offers new functionality which is simple, easy and user friendly. Early features of the revamp include: New Look and Feel: The new Homehound design feels like a serious evolution of the property portal. A fully responsive user experience with modern, clean and bold features is a joy to use. Property History: Showing the history of a particular property – such as when it was last listed, rented and sold to know more about the property you are investigating. Suburb Profiles: With data exclusively available to Homehound, this section provides a quick overview of the selected suburb, giving users insight into the area, such as emissions and water usage data, nearby parks, schools and restaurants, along with rich demographic information. The feature gives users a feel for the neighbourhood without leaving their couch. Property Shortlist: A simple and easy way to gather your favourite listings and view them all in your property shortlist. You can easily compare properties and then simply apply or enquire for one or all of the properties on your list. Inspiration: Just moved in or bought your dream home? Be inspired by real world home designs and interiors. Many more features will be available in the coming months. These include, a market-leading tool for agents, and a soon to be revealed market disrupting innovation pioneered by the Homehound team, set to launch in early September of 2014. In addition to the traditional free listings format, Homehound will offer a premium solution for agents that will drive increased engagement and incremental reach. The new Homehound pricing model will add much needed transparency to the cluttered real estate portal landscape. “Real estate is and always has been an integral part of our family business, so nothing pleases me more than being able to contribute to the evolution of this age old industry” said Michael Hannan, Chairman of IPMG, Homehound’s parent company. “Our vision is to create the most innovative and trusted real estate website in Australia, and I feel that we are well on the way to achieving this goal.” Homehound remains committed to providing the industry with a free listing alternative, and is calling for all agents, offices and agency groups to make use of the service in order to combat competitors who are continually raising their prices. Homehound’s transformation coincides with two new appointments for the company, explains James Hannan, Chief Operating Officer - Digital at IPMG; “In order to drive growth, innovation and disrupt the market we have made two key appointments within Homehound. Boris Gefter has been appointed General Manager while Peter Turville-Ince has been appointed Commercial Director.”About Homehound Established in 2007, Homehound has grown to be one of the largest real estate portals in Australia. With more than 200,000 loyal followers in the Homehound database, and millions of monthly page impressions, homehound remains an affordable and real estate agent friendly property marketplace. Homehound is owned by the Independent Print Media Group (IPMG).About IPMG IPMG is Australia’s largest privately owned marketing communications group. IPMG is an integrated group of leading marketing communication businesses employing over 1,500 people.Media Contact: Spectrum Communications Sabine Leroysabinel@spectrumcomms.com.au (02) 9469 5700