The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2016-04-22T07:38:44Z Eventbrite Co-Founder Julia Hartz Named Chief Executive Officer and Appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors 2016-04-22T07:38:44Z eventbrite-co-founder-julia-hartz-named-chief-executive-officer-and-appointed-to-the-company-s-board-of-directors San Francisco, Calif. – April 21, 2016 – Eventbrite, a leading global ticketing platform which powers over two million events a year, announced the appointment of Julia Hartz to Chief Executive Officer and to the Board of Directors, effective immediately. Julia co-founded Eventbrite in 2006, and helped to drive its growth from an idea to a thriving global technology platform that delivers a superior, end-to-end customer experience. Co-Founder Kevin Hartz remains on the board and as Executive Chairman. “Julia has been a dedicated founder and business partner from the beginning. She has proven time and time again that no challenge is too great or goal unachievable,” said Kevin Hartz, Eventbrite Co-Founder and Executive Chairman. “It’s so fitting that the person who took customer support calls in the middle of the night in the early days is our chief ten years later.”  “As Eventbrite continues to revolutionize the event space through world-class innovation and customer focus, I couldn’t imagine a better leader than Julia Hartz,” said Lorrie Norrington, Eventbrite board member. “I’m confident that her passion, hard-earned expertise and vision for the future of live experiences will take the company to the next level.” Julia co-founded Eventbrite with Kevin Hartz and Renaud Visage and in the ten years since inception, the company has processed $5 billion in gross ticket sales in 180 countries. Under her leadership, the company has received multiple awards for workplace culture and performance. These accolades include Fortune’s 100 Best Workplaces for Women and also for Millennials, Glassdoor’s 2016 Best Places to Work, and San Francisco Business Times’ Best Places to Work in the SF Bay Area list for seven years straight.  “The exceptional Eventbrite team is building the next generation ticketing leader in a large and growing market,” said Julia Hartz, Co-Founder and CEO of Eventbrite. “We will continue to be the most innovative and customer-obsessed company in the industry.”  About Eventbrite Eventbrite is the world's largest self-service ticketing and registration platform, having processed $5 billion in gross ticket sales since inception. Each year, the company serves hundreds of thousands of organizers and tens of millions of consumers. In 2015, over two million events in 180 countries leveraged Eventbrite’s technology for their ticketing and registration needs. For organizers, Eventbrite provides a seamless, professional grade solution to allow them to sell tickets, promote and manage events, and analyze results across multiple sales channels: Web, mobile, point of sale and a growing distribution platform. For consumers, Eventbrite offers access to a wide variety of live experiences on a safe and friendly platform, from small photography and yoga classes to large concerts and festivals with tens of thousands of people. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in San Francisco, the company has a team presence in 7 countries and 4 continents. Investors include Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global and T. Rowe Price. Learn more at www.eventbrite.com. Google & AOPEN sign co-development agreement to promote new devices, open standards 2015-03-12T07:05:09Z google-aopen-sign-co-development-agreement-to-promote-new-devices-open-standards-1 Tech giants collaborating on new Managed Commercial Chrome Devices to push the frontiers of retail technology Las Vegas, 12 March 2015: Powerful, easy-to-use commercial grade devices are making an entry to the signage, POS and kiosk markets, after Google and AOPEN signed a co-development agreement. The strategic relationship between Google and AOPEN, a specialist in digital signage with over 19 years of experience, opens the doors for new products with a focus on high performance, fast deployment and security. Both Google and AOPEN are aligned in their belief in open standards, and allowing multiple app providers to drive the industry. Stephen Borg, Corporate Director, AOPEN says the collaboration is win-win for the industry: "Google shares our vision for open standards and a platform that will encourage multiple app providers to design for. Retailers of all sizes are increasingly embracing digital signage, and the new products we are developing with Google will be powerful but still affordable. We've already seen big developer interest in Chrome as a platform for digital signage apps, and we're excited to bring new Managed Commercial Chrome devices to market," Stephen Borg says. As part of the co-development agreement, three Managed Commercial Chrome devices are slated for release in the second quarter of 2015: the Chromebox Commercial, the Chromebase Commercial 19 inch and the Chromebase Commercial 22 inch. All three are fitted with the Chrome Device Management and are easy to deploy, use and manage. Design focus has been on making the devices extra rugged, with data and device security for in-store customer engagement. The Chromebox Commercial is a plug-and-play Digital Engine player that can power digital displays of any kind. The Chromebase Commercial, available in two sizes, is an all-in-one touch display device. The new Managed Commercial Chrome Devices all come with 3 year warranties that are designed for round the clock, 24/7 use. Matthew Blumberg, Google says: "We are moving to a world where all signs will be digital, and Chrome devices are the ideal platform for digital signage and kiosk applications. It features hardware-level security, it's stable, fast and with Chrome Device Management it can be centrally deployed, managed and monitored. We look forward to collaborating with AOPEN on future products with our entry into the commercial devices market," Matthew Blumberg says. Currently estimated at USD 13.25 billion, the digital signage market is forecast to reach USD 20.03 billion by 2020 . It's being driven by significant growth in sectors such as retail, education and transport, as well as technological advancement in developing countries. Customers that are interested in the hardware models can contact AOPEN via info@aopen.com or digitalsignage@aopen.com Alternatively, come and visit us at one of our Retail Evolution Labs via Retailevolutionlab@aopen.- com locations San Jose, Den Bosch, Taipei, Shanghai, Tokyo, Melbourne, opening soon London, and Brazil to experience our full range of products and meet our team of experts. About AOPEN AOPEN specialises in small form factor computing and touch display technology for digital signage, kiosks and POS. As a leading manufacturer of digital signage hardware solutions worldwide, AOPEN continues to expand its products and services in other vertical markets such as retail, transportation, automation, hospitality and medical. AOPEN offers a durable product platform for reliable, green and powerful computing, offering AV and electronic system integrators a solid solution for any scenario. Media contact: Joy Chua, press@aopen.com Active TV, Universal Music and ATO ATO to Launch ‘Rockband’ Format in Australia 2011-05-19T22:51:00Z active-tv-universal-music-and-ato-ato-to-launch-rockband-format-in-australia ActiveTV, the Producers of ‘The Amazing Race Australia’ have teamed up with Universal Music and China based production powerhouse Ato Ato Integrated Media to bring the hit Chinese format ‘RockBand’ to Australia. ‘Rockband’ taps into worldwide audiences’ renewed fervour for the talent quest genre. The format known as ‘Battle of the Bands’ in China and funded by Pepsi, was a massive success in its home country with mind boggling figures across its various platforms of TV, Internet and mobile. 130 million people tuned into the show across its first series, 50 million visitors to the campaign website and 20 million watching the live web show. The show will see a nationwide grass roots competition with hundreds of rock band contenders hoping to win a place in a ten week intensive national rock band battle. Guest appearances by some of the world’s biggest names in rock – both current and legendary will ensure a broad demographic tunes in to rock out with the best of them. “Australians love their rock music. It’s a hugely popular genre which hasn’t been tapped into for prime time Aussie TV. This format worked incredibly well in China particularly with its strong transmedia elements,” said Michael McKay, President of activeTV; ‘with activeTV’s expertise in live entertainment shows and our success with unscripted formats we think ‘Rock Band’ will excite family audiences as they witness the rock gods of tomorrow, breaking out of the garage and on to the big stage.” “Australia is renowned for breeding some of the best rock bands in the world from all over the country – think Silverchair out of Newcastle, Jet out of Melbourne, Powderfinger from Brisbane, both INXS and Wolfmother from Sydney and of course the legendary ACDC to name just a few.” said Darren Aboud, General Manager - Business Development & Strategic Marketing, Universal Music Australia; “It’s time for the next big thing to break out and this is the perfect platform to do so”. “Following our similar format successes in China and now working with activeTV and Universal Music to create a program custom tailored to fit the Australian rock culture, we are ecstatic about bringing our exciting new reality format to Australian TV.” Said Eric Zho, Executive Producer ATO ATO Integrated Media, China; “It promises to be one of Australia’s new hit series in a forthcoming season.” Zho will be appearing as a guest speaker and mentor at the upcoming X Media Lab: Global Media Ideas forum in Sydney June 10, 2011 (www.xmedialab.com). ENDSFor further information please contact;Caroline Shawyer, The PR Group Ph: +61 (0) 401 496 334 caroline@prgroup.com.au About ActiveTV Australia activeTV is a respected independent production company specialising in world class unscripted, entertainment, factual and sports programming. The company produced the highly anticipated ‘The Amazing Race Australia’ series for the Seven Network which promises to be one of the biggest debut programs on Australian television in 2011. This comes off the back of their success with 4 series of the award winning ‘The Amazing Race Asia’ for Sony’s AXN Networks and two series for Israeli television. activeTV’s top rating kids show ‘Prank Patrol 2’ was recently nominated for a prestigious Logie award. The company also produces a number of impressive entertainment specials including Christmas spectacular, Carols in The Domain (broadcast annually on the Seven Network), the live broadcast of the Tropfest Final for The Movie Network Channels and the Australian leg of the World Superbike Championship. About Ato Ato Integrated MediaAto Ato Integrated Media is one of the largest producers of reality programming and one of the largest promoters of international superstar concerts in China. Memorable hit television shows include: Wo Xing Wo Show (aka China Idols), Baishi Qun Yin (aka China Battle of the Bands), Zhu Dong Chu Ji (aka China Top Chef), Shi Shang Ji Xing (aka China Top Models), and the Miss Universe China Pageant. Notable concerts include: James Brown, Norah Jones, Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West, James Blunt, Kylie Minogue, Kenny G, Ziggy Marley, and the Roots. About Universal Music GroupUniversal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry's leading global music publishing operation. Universal Music Group's record labels include A&M/Octone, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Polydor Records, Show Dog – Universal Music, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalogue of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world's most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalogue is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; and Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division. Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company. One year old scoops the group buying pool 2011-04-12T05:03:00Z one-year-old-scoops-the-group-buying-pool 12 April 2011, Melbourne, Australia: After 12 months of phenomenal growth, Scoopon celebrates its first birthday as the number one group buying website in Australia. In Telsyte’s latest report into the Australian online group buying sector, the one-year-old Scoopon leads competitor group buying websites despite the fact it does not have the promotional power of large media conglomerates. Jon Beros, general manager of Scoopon attributes the site’s phenomenal growth to the quality of deals on offer and strong vendor relationships. "We offer exceptional deals," said Beros. "The average discount customers can enjoy is 67 percent. Over one year that means Scoopon customers saved more than $124 million.” In the past year, Australia's favourite Scoopon deals were: • Movie tickets (more than 20,000 sold in 24 hours) • Rendezvous hotel packages (more than 7,000 sold in 24 hours) • Melbourne attraction passes (more than 5,000 sold in 24 hours) • Swim with the dolphins packages (more than 2,500 sold in 24 hours) With almost 830,000 Scoopons sold – far more than any other group buying site in Australia – Scoopon supports more than 1,500 small businesses as vendors, with February 2011 figures revealing the site sent on average one new customer to a local business every 13 seconds. "Close to half of our vendors are repeat users of the site. We'll also be close to registering our one millionth Scoopon sold in the next few weeks. It's exciting for us to be able to provide this service to so many customers and so many businesses," added Beros. To celebrate the milestone, Scoopon is offering five lucky members a chance to live large, with five prizes that include a year's worth of pampering, dining out, house cleaning, movie tickets or car washing up for grabs. Entry is free and open to all Australian residents. The Scoopon birthday competition ends at midday on 15 April. Entry is online at www.catchoftheday.com.au/scooponbday Scoopon is the sister site to daily deals leader Catchoftheday.com.au. Both sites were founded by Melbourne brothers Hezi and Gabby Leibovich,who together continue to work in both businesses. - ENDS- Notes for Editors: Media enquiries: Melissa Shawyer: +61 412 066 048 melissa@prgroup.com.au About Catch of the Day / Scoopon Catch of the Day is Australia’s number one online retailer*, offering one highly discounted deal a day to customers. Founded by brothers Gabby and Hezi Leibovich in 2006, the business quickly expanded to include sites wine.catchoftheday and group buying site Scoopon to target the wine and services sectors respectively. Catch of the Day and its related sites boast a membership base of around 900,000 active and engaged shoppers. Each day the e-commerce group receives over 150,000 visitors to its sites, with one item being purchased from Catch of the Day’s website every 15 second and one Scoopon being purchased on average every 13 seconds. Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, the companies employ over 100 staff. For more information visit: www.catchoftheday.com.au www.scoopon.com.au * Experian Hitwise About the Australian group buying sector Figures provided by Telsyte Group buying market continued its rapid growth from $45 Million in Q4 2010 to $73 Million in Q1 2011. This represents a quarter-on-quarter increase of 62%. The revenues generated in Q1 2011 alone exceeded the full year 2010 industry revenues of $63 Million. The market is growing faster than anticipated and is on track to exceed $400 Million this year. Aquenta Consulting fast-tracks growth plans with acquisition of BurmanGriffiths 2010-11-30T00:52:00Z aquenta-consulting-fast-tracks-growth-plans-with-acquisition-of-burmangriffiths Aquenta Consulting fast-tracks growth plans with acquisition of BurmanGriffiths Aquenta Consulting, formerly known as Currie & Brown, (Australia), a provider of independent cost and contract management services in Australia, has today announced its acquisition of BurmanGriffiths, the Brisbane-based provider of estimating and programming services for the civil engineering industry in the Australian and international markets. This announcement comes towards the end of a busy year for Aquenta Consulting, following its acquisition by AMEC earlier this year, and subsequent re-brand just a few weeks ago. “This signals the beginning of our aggressive five year growth plan,” said Bob McCalllum, managing director of Aquenta Consulting. “We have ambitious targets and strategies in place to grow our business organically and through acquisition.” The deal, for an undisclosed sum, strengthens the business’s capability in planning and infrastructure. “Road infrastructure is a niche area which requires specialist skills and knowledge, and the team at BurmanGriffiths offer both in abundance,” said McCallum. “This joining of forces will provide additional value to our infrastructure clients and extend our market reach.” All staff from BurmanGriffiths will transfer to Aquenta Consulting. Directors Roger Burman and Dafydd Griffiths will be taking national roles with immediate effect. “Our companies share similar cultures and visions, so the combining of BurmanGriffiths and Aquenta is a fantastic move forwards for our team and we are excited about the opportunity of being part of a bigger business with common growth aspirations,” said Burman, co-founder and director of BurmanGriffiths. “We are confident that our skills will contribute to the continued growth and success of Aquenta Consulting.” BurmanGriffiths has been operating since 2005 and has built a reputation for providing high quality cost and planning consultancy services to the public and private sectors of the civil construction industry. Co-founder and director, Dafydd Griffiths is delighted to join the team at Aquenta Consulting: “They have a great book of loyal clients, a strong presence in every state, a highly skilled team of people and the backing of a global parent company, so the opportunities for us are unparalleled.” The combined businesses will continue to deliver an impartial service offering extended estimating capabilities to local, regional and global customers based in Australia. McCallum concludes: “This is an exciting time for our business. The values and services at BurmanGriffiths are closely aligned to our own and we are thrilled to welcome them into the Aquenta team.” ENDS Notes to Editors Aquenta Consulting Aquenta Consulting, formerly known as Currie & Brown (Australia) is a leading provider of independent cost management services to clients in the Building, Transport, Oil and Gas, Mining and Utilities sector. Formed in 1955, the Aquenta operation has revenues of $45m, a team of over 200 people and offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. For more information www.aquenta.com.au Contact: Melissa Shawyer, The PR Group Tel : +61 412 066 048 | melissa@prgroup.com.au Zoe Staples, Tel +61 7 3210 1366 | zoe.staples@aquenta.com.au AMEC AMEC (LSE: AMEC) is a focused supplier of high-value consultancy, engineering and project management services to the world’s natural resources, nuclear, clean energy, water and environmental sectors. With annual revenues of over 2.5 billion, AMEC designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets for its customers. The company employs around 23,000 people in around 40 countries worldwide. For more information www.amec.com CRM play returns dividends for Markinson 2010-11-26T00:21:00Z crm-play-returns-dividends-for-markinson-2 Brisbane – Markinson, a specialist business software provider to small and mid sized businesses (SMBs), was recognised for its outstanding customer service and sales efforts at the 2010 Sage Business Partner Awards, winning Highest Customer Satisfaction and Highest Revenue for Sage SalesLogix CRM in Australasia.Sage Business Partner Awards recognise top performing partners across Sage’s partner community in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.The awards top off a year of strong growth and expansion for Markinson as the company makes an aggressive play in the CRM solutions space. In the 12 months to November 2010, Markinson made three acquisitions1, adding 214 clients, four additional offices – two of which are in New Zealand - and doubling staff numbers. The company is predicting revenue growth in excess of 20% for financial year 2010/2011.Reflecting on the company’s performance, Chief Executive Officer Ian Whiting says 2010 was about putting in place the foundations for growth. “Our goal is to be recognised as one of the top providers of CRM solutions in Australia and New Zealand. We saw the opportunity to build our CRM proposition and made a strong play through acquisitions, strengthening our partner network and solutions suite. We now have in place a solid CRM business to move forward,” said Whiting.Whiting adds that all acquisitions were funded from the company’s cash reserves, with strong sales growth and working closely with partners such as Sage, key factors underpinning the company’s performance.This is the second year running that Markinson has accepted the Highest Revenue Award at the Sage Business Partner Awards, and is a significant achievement for a business that prides itself in fostering collaborative relationships with customers and partners.Commenting on the awards, Whiting said, “Winning this is a great achievement and the result of a strong three-way partnership; working hand-in-hand with our clients and Sage.”The company has recently signed on two new clients to the Sage Saleslogix CRM platform, All Crash Parts and MT Data – the largest suppliers of GPS Tracking and Fleet Management Solutions in Australia.“Sage SalesLogix CRM provides the flexibility and depth of functionality to scale with a business as it grows. Our job is to work with clients to ensure the delivery of a complete business solution, using CRM as an engine and starting point for further development work as their needs and business evolves,” said Whiting- ENDS -MEDIA CONTACTMelissa Shawyer, Director, The PR Group +61 3 9221 6117 ABOUT MARKINSONMarkinson is a privately owned Australian company that provides business software solutions to a range of key industries throughout Australia and New Zealand. For more than 20 years, Markinson has pioneered a wide range of focused solutions to help customers achieve their business goals. The Company employs more than 70 individuals and services over 450 customers throughout Australasia.For more information:www.markinson.com.au[1] Acquisitions include New Zealand IT services provider, Zeron, CRM arm of sales training business Acuere, Australian & New Zealand CRM/BPM specialist, Adexio Lucky seven for Brennan as it makes the BRW Fast 100 list for the 7th consecutive year 2010-10-28T02:03:00Z lucky-seven-for-brennan-as-it-makes-the-brw-fast-100-list-for-the-7th-consecutive-year Thursday 28 September 2010, Sydney – Mid market managed services provider Brennan, was recognised for its outstanding growth, making the BRW Fast 100 list for the seventh consecutive year. Entering the list with a ranking of 35, Brennan is one of only two businesses ever to achieve seven consecutive appearances, and the only Australian ICT company to achieve this feat.The Fast 100, compiled by Business Review Weekly, celebrates Australia’s fastest growing companies. Rankings are based on average annual revenue growth rates over the past three years, with Brennan recording a 68 percent increase in revenues for the three years ending 31 June 2010.Commenting on the award, Dave Stevens, managing director said, “ We are thrilled to make the list yet again. After seven years, the excitement doesn’t wane. You are always hopeful you continue to grow but realistically the more established you become the more difficult it is to deliver the double, even triple digit growth, of our earlier years.”Despite the tougher economic conditions for much of 2009, Brennan rode out the economic slowdown relatively unscathed, setting the company up for a strong 2010. Stevens anticipates revenue growth rates of 20 percent for the coming year, driven in part by the demand they are seeing for cloud computing and managed services.“With continued pressure on budgets, the cloud computing pay-as-you-go model for buying infrastructure, presents a compelling business case to mid sized business,” said Stevens.Commenting on the Brennan’s longevity, Stevens attributes the company’s success to its single-minded focus on the mid market and commitment to building long-term client relationships, rather than quick wins.“It’s a pretty straightforward recipe, know your customer; satisfy a genuine need; and be there for the longer term. Right from the outset our goal was to make it easier for our clients to run their business. If we can free them up from hassles associated with running the IT side of their business and give them time to focus on what is important to them, then we are doing our job well,”- ENDS -About BrennanBrennan is a privately owned managed services company that provides a complete range of IT and telecommunications solutions to mid sized businesses across Australia and New Zealand. Since 1997, Brennan has taken a leadership position in the design and delivery of IT services, communication solutions and infrastructure services that meet the evolving needs of the mid-market and provides their clients with a competitive-edge. The company employs more than 200 individuals and has offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Newcastle. For more information visit: brennanit.com.auMedia contactMelissa Shawyer, The PR Groupemail: melissa@prgroup.com.aumobile: +61 (0) 412 066 048 Currie & Brown (Australia) rebrands as Aquenta Consulting 2010-10-25T03:41:00Z currie-amp-brown-australia-rebrands-as-aquenta-consulting Brisbane, Australia, 25 October 2010 - Currie & Brown (Australia), the Australian provider of independent cost and contract management services, is today changing its name to Aquenta Consulting. The announcement comes towards the end of a busy calendar year for Currie & Brown (Australia) following its acquisition by AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, in January this year.“We are delighted with the new brand for Currie & Brown (Australia) which clearly aligns with our own aspirations as a business that encourages, excites and inspires,” said Robert McCallum, managing director of Aquenta Consulting. “The new name and image recognises our origins in quantity surveying while reflecting the excellent levels of service and high-quality staff and customers that underpin our Australian business.”Aquenta Consulting is launching its new brand to customers and staff through a range of state- based events to be held over the next three weeks. Mr McCallum expressed his excitement at the national launch: “We believe that our success is down to the support and loyalty of our extensive client base and the industry-leading services provided by our world-class team. We are thrilled to have them involved in every aspect of our launch.”Aquenta Consulting will operate as a stand-alone business within AMEC's business consulting group, delivering an impartial service to local, regional and global customers based in Australia. It will continue to provide a range of cost management services across key industries that include oil and gas, mining, building, utilities and transport. Mr McCallum added: “We have always been at the cutting edge of our industry and I’m pleased that we can now really demonstrate those levels of knowledge and innovation through our brand. This new wave of energy will propel our business into its next phase of growth.”The rebrand is part of the original agreement with the parent company when AMEC acquired Currie & Brown (Australia).ENDSNotes to Editors Aquenta ConsultingAquenta Consulting, formerly known as Currie & Brown (Australia) is a leading provider of independent cost management services to clients in the Building, Transport, Oil and Gas, Mining and Utilities sector. Formed in 1955, the Aquenta operation has revenues of $45m, a team of over 200 people and offices in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.For more information: Visit www.aquenta.com.au or contact: Jane Gospel, +44 (0)207 539 1082; jane.gospel@amec.com or Melissa Shawyer, +61 (0) 412 066 048; melissa @prgroup.com.auAMECAMEC (LSE: AMEC) is a focused supplier of high-value consultancy, engineering and project management services to the world’s natural resources, nuclear, clean energy, water and environmental sectors. With annual revenues of over 2.5 billion, AMEC designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets for its customers. The company employs around 23,000 people in around 40 countries worldwide.For more information: Visit: www.amec.com Brennan named Mid Market Reseller of the Year at ARN IT Industry Awards 2010 2010-09-20T21:58:00Z brennan-named-mid-market-reseller-of-the-year-at-arn-it-industry-awards-2010 Tuesday 20 September, 2010, Sydney – Managed services provider Brennan has been recognised for its outstanding work in helping the mid market to successfully deploy technology solutions, winning Mid Market Reseller of the Year at the ARN IT Industry Awards 2010. The Award salutes IT providers for their customer successes, productivity, technology delivery and growth. Commenting on the award, managing director Dave Stevens said, “We are thrilled to be named Mid Market Reseller of the Year. We are passionate about the mid market and being recognised for our continued innovative delivery of our services to this market is important to us.” Since opening its doors in 1997, Brennan has championed the needs of the mid market and has strived to make it easier for this sector to embrace new technologies, which often have been prohibitive because of cost, resourcing and knowledge base. “When we first opened no one was effectively servicing this market. Mid sized businesses didn’t really have choice – either go with a larger player who would try and sell them a scaled down version of an enterprise solution, or a product shop whose focus would be shifting boxes not providing service and advice which is crucial to this market,” said Stevens. “From the outset we wanted to be the mid market advocate, so effectively built a business based around servicing their needs - from how we structure contracts, the commercials, SLAs to the range of solutions we offer,” Stevens adds. The approach paid off for Brennan and 13 years on the company is still delivering double-digit revenue growth and pioneering the introduction of a number of new solutions to this market, including their Infrastructure-as-a-Service product which has been commercially available for three years and is one of their fastest growing lines of business. “Making it easier for our clients to run their business is our goal. If we can free them up from hassles associated with running the IT side of their business and give them time to focus on what is important to them - be it in the business or just time out – then we are doing our job well,” said Stevens. - ENDS - About BrennanBrennan is a privately owned managed services company that provides a complete range of IT and Telecommunication solutions to mid sized businesses across Australia and New Zealand. Since 1997, Brennan has taken a leadership position in the design and delivery of IT services, communication solutions and infrastructure services that meet the evolving needs of the mid-market and provides their clients with a competitive-edge. The company employs more than 200 individuals and has offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Newcastle. For more information visit: brennanit.com.au Media ContactMelissa Shawyer, The PR Group+61 412 066 048melissa@prgroup.com.au Brennan named SMB Value Partner of the Year at 2010 Symantec Partner Awards 2010-09-07T04:23:00Z brennan-named-smb-value-partner-of-the-year-at-2010-symantec-partner-awards Tuesday 7 September, 2010, Sydney - Leading managed services provider to the mid-market, Brennan, was last night recognised for its outstanding work in building and deploying secured infrastructure solutions for SMBs, winning SMB Value Partner of the Year at the 2010 Symantec Partner Awards. The Symantec Partner Awards recognise local channel partners that demonstrate innovative delivery of services and solutions to customers and acknowledge their hard work and commitment to selling Symantec’s portfolio of security, availability and systems management solutions. The award winners are selected on criteria including overall performance in revenue, deal registration, technical and marketing investments, customer service excellence and certification. Commenting on the award Dave Stevens, managing director Brennan said, “We are thrilled to be named Symantec SMB Partner of the Year. Delivering secured infrastructure solutions is an integral part of our business. As such ensuring we have in place strong relationships with best in breed vendors such as Symantec is crucial to the ongoing success of our business so we can continue to meet the evolving security needs of the mid market.” Stevens notes that in an increasingly connected world with an influx of mobile devices and growth in data, many SMBs don’t have the expertise in house to ensure they have in place robust security measures to protect their information and stay ahead of emerging threats. “Symantec's SMB products provide the ideal solution, delivering the flexibility and depth of functionality our clients demand to protect, manage and monitor their information with minimal hassle,” said Stevens. - ENDS - About BrennanBrennan is a privately owned managed services company that provides a complete range of IT and telecommunications solutions to mid sized businesses across Australia and New Zealand. Since 1997, Brennan has taken a leadership position in the design and delivery of IT services, communication solutions and infrastructure services that meet the evolving needs of the mid-market and provides their clients with a competitive-edge. The company employs more than 200 individuals and has offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Newcastle. For more information visit: brennanit.com.au Media contactMelissa Shawyer, The PR GroupTelephone: +61 3 9221 6117 Mobile: + 61 (0) 412 066 048Email: melissa@prgroup.com.au Brennan kicks off new financial year with two senior management appointments 2010-07-26T05:18:00Z brennan-kicks-off-new-financial-year-with-two-senior-management-appointments Leading managed services provider to the mid-market, Brennan, today announced a strengthening of its management team with two senior sales appointments to support the company’s continued growth and expansion in the new financial year. Stuart Roberts has been appointed to the position of Victorian sales manager. Roberts joins Brennan from Dell where for the last seven years he has held numerous leadership roles in the solutions group responsible for server, storage and infrastructure consulting sales across Australia. Taking charge of Brennan’s sales activities in NSW is Troy Soutar who has been appointed NSW sales manager. Soutar heralds from Alphawest where he was the national sales manager for the business solutions group. He has also held senior sales positions at KAZ, Getronics, Powertel and Nomad Solutions. Roberts and Soutar will play pivotal roles in leading new business and cross sell activities across their respective markets, as well as building profitability. Stephen Sims, general manager sales and marketing at Brennan cites their passion for the mid market and extensive experience leading sales teams and driving profitable growth as key reasons for their appointment to the management team. “We are committed to finding the best people in the industry who can bring to Brennan the skills and experience we need to support our next phase of growth and to help us put in place the strategy and processes to take our business to the next level. Troy and Stuart have a detailed understanding of our market, competition and service offerings and we are thrilled to welcome them to the team,” said Sims. Commenting on his appointment, Roberts notes Brennan’s strong reputation across the mid market and robust suite of mid market purposed solutions as factors influencing his decision to take up the new role. “There are very few mid market managed services companies that are positioned as well as Brennan. Being able to offer a full end-to-end solution is somewhat unique and presents a huge competitive advantage. “In Victoria we have a really strong foothold in the telephony market however the biggest opportunity that I see is around our data, managed services and Infrastructure-as-a-Service offerings. This is where Brennan really excels and will be our focus over the coming year,” said Roberts. Soutar agrees, adding: “For many years there has been a desire by most companies to invest heavily in company owned infrastructure, however there is a significant shift occurring across the market. The numbers for a hosted cloud model are so compelling that many companies are now exploring ways of gaining further efficiencies, saving, and consolidation across their IT infrastructure. This is especially so in the mid market where smaller IT teams and budgets are driving a flight to solutions such as IaaS that can offer a genuine return on investment as well as auxiliary benefits such as improved scalability and efficiency gains.” - ENDS - About BrennanBrennan is a privately owned managed services company that provides a complete range of IT and telecommunications solutions to mid sized businesses across Australia and New Zealand. Since 1997, Brennan has taken a leadership position in the design and delivery of IT services, communication solutions and infrastructure services that meet the evolving needs of the mid-market and provides their clients with a competitive-edge. The company employs more than 200 individuals and has offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Newcastle. For more information visit: brennanit.com.au The Hon. Wayne Swan and Hon. Tony Abbott to address the COSBOA National Small Business Summit 2010-07-06T02:53:00Z the-hon-wayne-swan-and-hon-tony-abbott-to-address-the-cosboa-national-small-business-summit COSBOA National Small Business Summit July 8, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre www.nsbs.com.au BRISBANE, July 6, 2010 – Both Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan and Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will address the COSBOA National Small Business Summit in Brisbane this week. Mr. Swan confirmed today that he will be speaking at the COSBOA National Small Business Summit Gala Dinner on the 8th July, joining over 25 of Australia’s regulatory and political leaders and top small business entrepreneurs to help business owners understand the regulations that affect small business and put in place practical strategies to ride out the recovery. Mr. Swan will be sharing the political stage with the Federal Opposition Leader, The Hon.Tony Abbott, who will outline his plan for small business; The Hon Craig Emersen, Minister for Small Business; Australian taxation commissioner, Michael D’Ascenzo; deputy chairman (small business) of the ACCC, Dr Michael Schaper; Michael Campbell, Fair Work ombudsman and Tony D’Aloisio, chairman, ASIC. This year’s Summit will showcase Australia’s leading small business entrepreneurs and business experts who will come together to share their secrets for finding and keeping customers and putting in place sound strategies to thrive in this ever changing business environment. Plus, international guest speaker, Richard Binhammer, Dell’s US expert on social media, will reveal how Dell grasped social media and turned it into a profitable business and brand building tool and how small businesses can do the same. “We’re excited to have a roster of small business experts and entrepreneurs who are eager to share their strategies for the new economy,” said David Koch, host of the National Small Business Summit. “The National Small Business Summit is a great opportunity to network with entrepreneurs and business owners converging from all over Australia and take home some great ideas and connections to boost your business,” added Koch. Small business owners interested in attending the summit can register online at www.nsbs.com.au. The current list of summit speakers include: The Honourable Tony Abbott (Leader, Federal Liberal Party) Michael Schaper (Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) Michael D’Ascenzo (Commissioner of Taxation) Professor Michael Adams (Head of the School of Law, University of Western Sydney) Darren Alexander (Chief Executive Officer, Autech) Natalie Archer (Founding Director of Bendelta, KBB business strategies expert) Lisa Backhouse (media presenter, MC, host & facilitator) Richard Binhammer (Senior Manager, Strategic Corporate Communications, Social Media and Corporate Reputation Management, Dell Inc.) Jen Bishop (Editor, Dynamic Business Magazine) Peter Blasina (Australia's GadgetGuy, KBB technology expert) Dave Chaffey (NetReach CEO - Small Business Expert, KBB online marketing expert) Jon Dee (Founder and Managing Director, Do Something) Michael Derin (Managing Director, Azure Group) Robert Gerrish (Founder, Flying Solo) Linda Hailey (Small business consultant, KBB marketing guru) Pippa Hallas (General Manager, Ella Bach) Jason Hawkins (MBA QUT e-Commerce), MComnDes (Project management), Bmus) Sue Ismiel (Founder, Nad's Natural Hair Removal) Valerie Khoo (Journalist, Author, Entrepreneur) David Koch (Host of Sunrise, Kochie's Business Builders and Finance Journalist) Lynnette Mayne (Australian Business Leader) Susan Milicevic (Small Business Specialist) Robert Pennicott (Founder, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys) Louise Schultze (Founder and Chief Executive Officer of iBidAM.com Pty Ltd) Michael Snare (Founder of Point Project Management, KBB business growth expert) Pam Usher (CEO, Executive Performance Today) Richard Windeyer (Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) The National Small Business Summit is presented by COSBOA in association with Kochie’s Business Builders. - ENDS - Media contact Caroline Shawyer, The PR Group Mob: 0401 496 334, caroline@prgroup.com.au Twitter: @cshawyer About Kochie’s Business Builders Headed by financial journalist and Sunrise host David Koch, Kochie’s Business Builders are a team of experts providing small and medium-sized business owners with helpful information on the building blocks of business. smallbusiness.yahoo.com.au About COSBOA The Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA), is Australia’s peak body representing the interests of small businesses. It aims to promote and support the development of small businesses in Australia and to advance the interests of small business through policy change and regulatory reform. www.cosboa.org XMediaLab and Screen Australia Showcase the Digital Innovators Behind Avatar and Lost 2010-07-06T02:22:00Z xmedialab-and-screen-australia-showcase-the-digital-innovators-behind-avatar-and-lost XMediaLab and Screen Australia today announced a key digital event for all creative and screen professional’s diaries: XMediaLab: Film X-tended presented in association with the Melbourne International Film Festival’s (MIFF) 37South Market.XMediaLab: Film X-tended explores what digital can bring to a feature film, with a focus on ‘transmedia’: the use of digital platforms to extend narrative and build interactive content around a linear property. The event features the cross-media producers from the biggest grossing film in the history of cinema, Avatar and the digital pioneer behind Lost. Apps, online extensions and Alternate Reality Games will be explored as ways of extending the narrative and reach of the film. The event will also focus on dynamic social media strategies giving audiences the opportunity to connect and participate with characters, filmmakers and each other.“Digital technology offers filmmakers enormous opportunities across creative, marketing and business,” said Martha Coleman, Screen Australia’s head of development. “With this event Australian film and television practitioners will have the opportunity to learn from and work with the world’s leading transmedia pioneers. If you have a film idea in development – be it documentary, animation, sci-fi, horror, rom-com or drama – XMediaLab: Film X-tended is an event not to be missed!”“We inhabit a cross-cultural world of immersive entertainment and participatory communities – XML: Film X-tended bridges the current disconnect between the Australian film industries and interactive media industries and will assist to develop original and monetisable IP properties across disciplines, platforms and borders,” said Megan Elliott, director of XMediaLab.“MIFF 37South Market exists to enable screen practitioners to further their business contacts and project financing outcomes, so partnering with Screen Australia for XML: Film X-tended is a perfect fit,” said MIFF 37South manager Mark Woods.Film, screen and digital media professionals are invited to attend XML: Film X-tended Pro Day Conference on 28 July at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.Practitioners are also able to apply for the Lab on 29 July held at the Forum Theatre. During the Lab, participants will work one-on-one with the international mentors and gain high-level elite personal consultation.International speakers/mentors include:Nathan Mayfield: One of the world’s leading transmedia producers: Lost, Spooks Interactive, Day X ExistsJeff Gomez: CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, who was behind transmedia strategies for Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers and moreGavin McGarry: President of Jumpwire Media, former Head of Cross Platform for Endemol and creator of some of the first cross-media TV content with NBC and DiscoveryDibakar Banerjee: Writer/director of India’s first digital feature LSD: Love Sex Aur Dhokha.Suzanne Stefanac: Media and technology strategist, former Director, American Film Institute's Digital Content LabFind out more information and register for one of the limited conference places or apply to attend the Lab at www.xmedialab.com ENDS Media enquiries: The PR GroupCaroline Shawyer caroline@prgroup.com.au 0401 496 334 Melissa Shawyer - melissa@prgroup.com.au 0412 066 048 About X|Media|Lab XMediaLab is the internationally acclaimed professional network and digital media event for the world’s creative industries. XMediaLab provides assistance with creative industries development, business development and access to international expertise and finance. Each XMediaLab is a completely unique event where people with original digital media ideas connect with a superb international network of independent creative thinkers, technology wizards, commercialisation experts, potential business partners and financial resources. Since launching in Sydney in 2003, 35 XMediaLab events have been have been held in 13 different cities in 10 countries around the world including London, Beijing, Mumbai, Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Auckland, Wellington, Seoul, Melbourne and Sydney. The full XMediaLab program is available at www.xmedialab.com. National Small Business Summit To Convene This Week 2010-07-04T22:15:00Z national-small-business-summit-to-convene-this-week-1 COSBOA National Small Business SummitThursday July 8, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre More than 30 small business leaders from the public and private sectors will meet in Brisbane 8 July, to discuss the significant challenges and opportunities facing Australia’s small business sector and provide practical strategies to help strive in the new economy at the COSBOA National Small Business Summit.Now in its 8th year, the National Small Business Summit is acknowledged as the peak annual event for the small business sector and has emerged as a powerful forum for the airing of significant issues affecting small business. Experts in taxation, marketing, social media, business planning, workforce relations, corporation law, sustainability, e-commerce, technology and finance will be on hand to provide practical tips and tricks to help small businesses boost revenue, find new markets and manage their business more effectively.This year’s Summit will showcase Australia’s leading small business entrepreneurs and business experts who will come together to share their secrets for finding and keeping customers and putting in place sound strategies to thrive in this ever changing business environment. Plus, international guest speaker, Richard Binhammer, Dell's US expert on social media, will reveal how Dell grasped social media and turned it into a profitable business and brand building tool and how small businesses can do the same.Australia’s regulatory and political leaders will also be on hand to help business owners understand the regulations that affect small business. Speakers include the Federal opposition leader Tony Abbott who will outline his plan for small business; the Hon Craig Emersen, Minister for Small Business; Australian taxation commissioner, Michael D’Ascenzo; deputy chairman (small business) of the ACCC, Dr Michael Schaper; Michael Campbell, Fair Work ombudsman and Tony D’Aloisio, chairman, ASIC."We're excited to have a roster of small business experts and entrepreneurs who are eager to share their strategies for the new economy," says David Koch, host of the National Small Business summit.“The National Small Business Summit is a great opportunity to network with entrepreneurs and business owners converging from all over Australia and take home some great ideas and connections to boost your business,” added Koch.Small business owners interested in attending the summit can register online at www.nsbs.com.au.The current list of summit speakers includes: The Honourable Tony Abbott (Leader, Federal Liberal Party) Michael Schaper (Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) Michael D’Ascenzo (Commissioner of Taxation) Professor Michael Adams (Head of the School of Law, University of Western Sydney) Darren Alexander (Chief Executive Officer, Autech) Natalie Archer (Founding Director of Bendelta, KBB business strategies expert) Lisa Backhouse (Media presenter, MC, host & facilitator) Richard Binhammer (Senior Manager, Strategic Corporate Communications, Social Media and Corporate Reputation Management, Dell Inc.) Julia Bickerstaff (founder Business Bakery and KBB finance expert) Jen Bishop (Editor, Dynamic Business Magazine) Peter Blasina (Australia's Gadget Guy, KBB technology expert) Dave Chaffey (NetReach CEO - Small Business Expert, KBB online marketing expert) Jon Dee (Founder and Managing Director, Do Something) Michael Derin (Managing Director, Azure Group) Robert Gerrish (Founder, Flying Solo) Linda Hailey (Hailey Enterprises, small business consultant, KBB marketing guru) Pippa Hallas (General Manager, Ella Bach) Jason Hawkins (Managing Director, KND Web Consultants) Sue Ismiel (Founder, Nad's Natural Hair Removal) Valerie Khoo (Journalist, Author, Entrepreneur) David Koch (Host of Sunrise, Kochie's Business Builders and Finance Journalist) Lynette Mayne (Australian Business Leader) Susan Milicevic (Small Business Specialist) Robert Pennicott (Founder, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys) Louise Schultze (Founder and Chief Executive Officer of iBidAM.com Pty Ltd) Pam Usher (CEO, Executive Performance Today) Richard Windeyer (Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) Paul Dwyer (State Manager, Bankwest Business Banking QLD)Vicki Stylianou (General Manager, Representation & Innovations, National Institute of Accountants) Angela McDonald (Director, Optimun Recoveries) Nuwan Kumarasiri (Director, Spick & Span) David Trewin (NSW Department of Climate Changeand Water) Matthew Nolan (Cash Flow Expert) Leanne Faulker (Founder, Billie Goat Soap) Gordon Slater (Founder, Byron Bay Cookies) Roseanne Anderson (Founder, Cyber Hair) Gavin Barnes (Managering Partner, Redchip Lawyers) Geoff Matheson (Partner, Mckays Solicitors) Kelly Baker (Managering Director, Edible Blooms) Tony D’Aloisio (Chairman, ASIC) Daniel de Wit (Founder, Food Flooring) Ciaran McGuigan (Strike Force Sales) Ben White (Director Optus Strategy) The National Small Business Summit is presented by COSBOA in association with Kochie’s Business Builders.- ENDS - About Kochie’s Business Builders Headed by financial journalist and Sunrise host David Koch, Kochie’s Business Builders are a team of experts providing small and medium-sized business owners with helpful information on the building blocks of business. smallbusiness.yahoo.com.auAbout COSBOAThe Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA), is Australia’s peak body representing the interests of small businesses. It aims to promote and support the development of small businesses in Australia and to advance theinterests of small business through policy change and regulatory reform. www.cosboa.org