The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-26T23:56:45Z The Top 10 Apps For Your Personal Training Business 2019-05-26T23:56:45Z the-top-10-apps-for-your-personal-training-business With the amount exceptional fitness apps on the market, it’s never been a better time to use technology to benefit your Personal Training business. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite ‘Top 10 Personal Training Apps’ that help you communicate directly with clients, keeping them accountable and on track, all while managing your business and market growth. This means you can spend less time on the clerical stuff and more time actually training your clients. Plus, people LOVE using apps! Click here to read the full article. Beaming into Christchurch - A new e-scooter service 2019-05-26T16:49:48Z beaming-into-christchurch-a-new-e-scooter-service Monday, 27th May 2019                                                         Media Release Beaming into Christchurch Christchurch e-scooter riders will soon have a new choice of provider when micro-mobility company Beam lands in mid-June. Beam is expanding its operations and making Christchurch its first launch site in New Zealand, with plans to expand its fleet to other cities throughout the year.  Beam was successful in April when it was awarded a permit to operate in Christchurch’s sister city of Adelaide in South Australia, after Australia’s first competitive tender process for e-scooters. Beam says that Christchurch e-scooter riders will experience a difference from other providers that extends beyond a different scooter. Beam Head of Public Affairs Brad Kitschke said “Beam values its relationships with cities and the community, prioritises safety and sees itself as a responsible partner.” “We prioritise working with cities to solve their problems and we promote safety, not just for e-scooter users but for everyone. Our fleet, our technology, and the way we operate will clearly demonstrate our commitment to improving the Christchurch moves,” Mr Kitschke said.   A safer ride Beam deploys a custom Segway Ninebot Sharing e-scooter that features a dual braking system- a front electric brake and a back foot-brake that provides increased reliability and control. Speed control The normal operating speed of Beam e-scooters will be 15 kmph.  Speed reduction zones can also be set on advice by Council and Beam accomplishes this with gradual acceleration and deceleration, with no jerky movements. Helmets Helmets will be located on every e-scooter for those who wish to use them. We believe that every e-scooter ride is made safer by ensuring the rider has access to a helmet. If a helmet is not available on the scooter we will work with Council and local businesses to have helmets available for riders to collect. Preferred parking Bays & Rider incentives Beam will seek permission from the Christchurch City Council to introduce a limited number of e-scooter parking bays on a trial basis. Beam will also activate its preferred parking technology, a feature which was invented by the company. Beam will work with Christchurch City Council to mark out limited and specific areas it wants designating for e-scooter pick-up and drop-off to decrease clutter and keep the streets clear. Beam will also activate its preferred parking technology that will send reminder messages to users on the benefits of preferred parking bays and directing them to specific locations when applicable. When a user ends their beam trip within a certain radius of a designated preferred parking bay they will receive an sms suggesting they move the scooter a short distance (say 20m) to the designated parking bay. Beam will further incentivise this by adding a base fee in credits to the accounts of users who stow the scooters in the designated bays, making subsequent rides cheaper. Contributing to the local economy Beam “Chargers” will be engaged to assist with collection, charging and repositioning of scooters creating flexible economic opportunities for locals.  Those interested in becoming a charger can visit https://got.work/beam/92ab1395.   Paying our fair share Beam Mobility New Zealand Ltd is a locally domiciled company and all revenue will be booked against the local entity and corporate tax paid on all revenue collected in New Zealand.     The Christchurch City Council has given permission for Beam to deploy 300 e-scooters with a launch timed for mid-June. Beam believes that riders and the community will value the introduction of a new provider with an alternative approach. “We think that Christchurch e-scooter riders will come to enjoy Beam and will immediately experience the difference in our service. We think the Christchurch community will recognise that our focus on safety and city amenity means a better experience for everyone. Mr Kitschke concluded. B-roll footage of the Beam e-scooter in action can be downloaded from the following link https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Mk1SSC6CvxZciaaYO0vmfLQpxB4yQIWh/view For media enquiries about Beam Brad Kitschke Head of Public Affairs (Australia and New Zealand) M - 61 401 809 630  w - www.ridebeam.com E - brad@ridebeam.com Or   Christopher Hilton Vice President Corporate Affairs M SG +65  9025 3593 E Christopher@ridebeam.com    Beam Scooters Branded Promo.mp4 Top rated “build your own pizza” concept, Slice of Brooklyn, looks to expand across Australia with crowd funding, offering a slice of the pie for investors. 2019-05-26T05:13:25Z top-rated-build-your-own-pizza-concept-slice-of-brooklyn-looks-to-expand-across-australia-with-crowd-funding-offering-a-slice-of-the-pie-for-investors-3 After a blazing start (pun intended) to their concept store in Adelaide, Slice of Brooklyn is looking to fund their expansion to a suburb near you. Slice of Brooklyn is looking to raise funds to expand into Tea Tree Plaza Westfield in Adelaide and in the Melbourne metro area with corporate locations and begin the franchising process to expand quickly to suburbs all around the country. Investment in Slice of Brooklyn will begin at 100 dollars and up to the entire funding amount. What’s the upside? Slice of Brooklyn will be profit sharing dividends as soon as possible, a potential to own a part of the next big fast casual franchise in Australia and lots and lots of discount pizza. Slice of Brooklyn founder, Ned Hasanoff (who is actually from Brooklyn and perfected his craft in NYC) explains his investment offer in a quick and simple way, just like his pizza. “We’re giving investors a good portion of our company for a modest investment. We want them to share in our success as we grow as co-owners of our business, that’s why we are offering things like free or discount pizzas, profit sharing and a chance to have a part in the next big fast casual food offering in Australia”. Coming from NYC, where everything is supersized, we don’t doubt his goals to become Australia’s fastest growing and highest rated fast casual player within the near future. Fast casual dining is the fastest growing area in dining in Australia over the last decade. With companies giving consumers fresher, more natural and better priced options, Slice of Brooklyn has the potential to become the next concept to make it big. With their endlessly customized fresh pizza’s, top reviews and ratings from critics, all natural hand tossed dough with just 5 ingredients, and the furiously hot stone base oven that churns out pizzas in just over 2 minutes, Slice of Brooklyn ticks all the boxes investors are looking for. Along with the Adelaide concept store, the proof of concept from overseas data is very compelling. Fast casual build your own pizza concepts have taken the US by storm, opening up over a thousand stores since 2012 and attracting millions in funding and billions in sales. The combination of speed, price and quality translates well to the Australian market, where a fresh and healthier option for pizzas is lacking. Just like its founder’s fast talking and fast walking qualities and with expressions of interest for fundraising now underway on the crowdfunding platform Birchal, this pizza concept is definitely on track for growth the only way it knows how: blazing fast. Harness your inner goddess, celebrate yourself, expand your mind and energise your spirit at Australia’s largest health, wellbeing and spiritual event. 2019-05-24T04:51:37Z harness-your-inner-goddess-celebrate-yourself-expand-your-mind-and-energise-your-spirit-at-australia-s-largest-health-wellbeing-and-spiritual-event The Melbourne MindBodySpirit Festival, a FREE event, is also celebrating its birthday this Queen’s birthday long weekend from Friday 7 to Monday 10 June. We’re turning 30 and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate! Across four fabulous days, the MindBodySpirit Festival is set to enrich the lifestyles of over 25,000 Melburnians looking to become healthier and happier. The event, which is free to attend, will bring together the very best of organics, natural skincare, complementary medicine, holistic therapies, new-age spirituality and personal growth.  The 2019 Seminar & Workshop Series will feature an inspiring line-up of more than 60 guest facilitators who will share their International and Australian expertise on self-development, spiritual matters, health and nutrition. Special guests include self directed healing practitioner Claire Besley, award winning psychic medium Rene Barics, Childosophy practitioner Dr Maxine Therese and yoga workshops with Varsha Sutrave, Daniel Cuming & Active Yoga Sanctuary. Find mesmerising performances and interactive and spiritual entertainment at the Performance Stage each day including celebrity spiritual mediums Natalee Finn & Florence King, sound healing journey with Lou Van Stone and Anne Ridgeway, and Native American Mescalero Apache Red Horse. For those looking to relax, unwind and take a break, the Meditation Room by Brahma Kumaris will feature free guided classes. Or for those looking to delve into their future or reflect on the past, nationally renowned psychics can be found in the Psychic Reading Room, featuring over 50 of Australia’s most talented readers. Health foodies can learn to cook for their body type, how to combat a fatty liver or understand detoxing with whole foods - all at the Soul Kitchen Cooking Stage! Hear from leading experts including holistic Health Coach Desiree Taylor, Nutritional Medicine master Kathy Ashton and Holistic Health and Mindset Specialists Penelope Jayne and Sean Beveridge of Global Recharge! It’s an exciting day out, filled with shopping, new experiences, entertainment, learning and expert advice. We all want to live a healthier more wholesome life and the Festival is a great way to discover how. Held annually since 1989, the MindBodySpirit Festivals are Australia’s longest running and most respected wellbeing events, attracting over 91,000 visitors nationwide. The 2019 Festival will be held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Doors open 10am daily.  Tickets (valued at $20) are FREE by registering online at mbsfestival.com.au. - ENDS -  ASI MUTUAL INITIATES INVESTMENT IN AMP LIMITED ASX:AMP 2019-05-24T02:42:14Z asi-mutual-initiates-investment-in-amp-limited-asx-amp-1 ASI MUTUAL  MEDIA RELEASE ASI INITIATES INVESTMENT IN AMP LIMITED ASX:AMP AMP Limited (AMP) is an Australian wealth management company, with an expanding (slowed) international and investment management business and a growing retail banking business in Australia. It provides retail customers in Australia and New Zealand with financial advice and superannuation, retirement income and investment products. The Company's brand and financial performance has suffered badly as a result of regulatory and compliance breaches unearthed by the Australian Royal Commission into banking and financials in the country.  As Australia’s well known wealth manager, AMP Ltd, posted a near nine-fold increase in cash outflows at its wealth management unit earlier this month in the wake of damaging revelations of misconduct via the Royal Commission, sending its shares down sharply. The 170-year-old company was accused of charging fees for no service and attempting to deceive regulators at a government-mandated Royal Commission inquiry last year, which led to the loss of its chairman and chief executive. The Company has haemorrhaged billions of dollars in funds under management and is facing class-action lawsuits.  The Company noted however, that its assets under management, which includes investment performance, rose 5 percent “with positive investment markets offsetting weaker cash inflows”. Fresh blood takes hold of the reins.....At his first annual general meeting with the company, Chief Executive Francesco de Ferrari said he was focusing on restoring stability after last year’s upheaval, while chasing new growth opportunities as the Royal Commission had driven out some competitors. “This transformation for AMP is going to be a multi-year journey and it will not happen overnight,” he told the meeting. (the contrarians swan song!) Total Shareholder Return (inc div) ALL MINUS - 1yr: -42.20%   3yr: -22.70% pa   5yr: -11.94% pa Morningstar Quantitative Ratings  Valuation Rating: Undervalued Fair Value Estimate: $2.615 Fair Value Percentage Difference: 15.48% Undervalued Liquidity: High Contrarian Investing is an investment strategy that is characterised by purchasing and selling in contrast to the prevailing sentiment of the time. A contrarian believes that certain crowd behaviour among investors can lead to exploitable mispricings in securities markets. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael de Tocqueville Investment Director ASI MUTUAL Office Address 93 High Street Woodend 3442 VIC Australia Postal Address PO Box 686 Woodend 3442 VIC Australia Domestic Callers  t   03.5427.4561 f   03.5427.4672 m 0402.039.993 International Callers t   +61.3.5427.4561 f   +61.3.5427.4672 m +61.402.039.993 E    mdet@asimutual.com W   www.asimutual.com ASI MUTUAL is an Australian based private investment firm which acquires significant ownership positions in publicly-listed companies, only where medium to long-term value can be enhanced through constructive, active and engaging ownership. The Company is dedicated to active ownership investing in Australia however, investment opportunities may present themselves from other countries.  NO ADVICE   Nothing on the pages of this site shall be deemed to constitute financial, investment or other professional advice in any way and you should consult your financial adviser or other professional adviser if you require any financial or other professional advice. ASI INITIATES INVESTMENT IN SEQUOIA FINANCIAL GROUP LIMITED ASX: SEQ 2019-05-24T00:46:57Z asi-initiates-investment-in-sequoia-financial-group-limited-asx-seq  ASI MEDIA - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ASI INITIATES INVESTMENT IN SEQUOIA FINANCIAL GROUP LIMITED ASX: SEQ Sequoia Financial Group Ltd (SEQ, formerly MDS Financial Group Limited) is a integrated financial services company providing products and services to self-directed retail and wholesale clients and those of third party professional service firms. SEQ's share price performance has slumped to private company market levels. Shareholder Return (inc div) 1yr: -23.86% 3yr: 4.53% pa 5yr: -14.50% pa  SEQ exhibits poor share price performance as it struggles to rearrange its business portfolio.    Morningstar Quantitative Ratings  Valuation Rating: Undervalued Fair Value Estimate: $0.372 Fair Value Percentage (Undervaluation) Difference: (38.21%) Liquidity: Medium On 28 February, Sequoia Financial Group provided its chairman's letter stating that the financial news network continued to generate greater market penetration whilst the Company's other online business developments are rising ahead of internal targets. The Company has also reduced debt by more than $5m throughout this period and increased net asset by over $3m, despite impairing several assets. The Company has also seen heightened enquiry levels from third party Australian Financial Services Licensees looking to access broker services through Morrison's Securities following the recruitment of key personnel who have increased the Company's 'bench strength' within this business.  That positive announcement by the Chairman has not yet translated into a consistent improving share price and the Company has not provided an update on expected financial performance for fy 2019. We suspect shareholders would find an update at this time, useful. SEQ also announced on 1 March 2019 - "Garry Crole will remain as Acting CEO whilst the Company undertakes an extensive search for the CEO role over the coming Quarter". By now shareholders should have received some indication, having regards to the appointment of a permanent CEO to drive the Company forward.  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael de Tocqueville CEO - Investment Director AFSL 224560 Responsible Manager Advocate Strategic Investments  trading as ASI Office Address 93 High Street Woodend 3442 VIC Australia Postal Address PO Box 686 Woodend 3442 VIC Australia Domestic Callers  t   03.5427.4561 f   03.5427.4672 m 0402.039.993 International Callers t   +61.3.5427.4561 f   +61.3.5427.4672 m +61.402.039.993 E    mdet@advocatesi.com.au W   www.advocatesi.com.au About ASI ASI is an independent alternative style investment management firm which holds an Australian Financial Services Licence numbered 224560 (AFSL 224560).  ASI provides wholesale clients, sophisticated investors, superannuation funds and institutions with customised proprietary model portfolios for medium to long-term investing.  ASI also provides, an execution only, share broking service through Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s CommSec and Interactive Brokers Australia.  Disclaimer This media release should not be construed as personal financial product advice for the purposes of section 766B of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Act).   This release is intended solely for use by Wholesale and Institutional clients within the meaning of section 761G of the Act, sophisticated investors pursuant to section 708(8) of the Act, professional investors pursuant to section 708(11) of the Act, and/or otherwise persons to whom a disclosure document is not otherwise required to be given under Chapter 6D of the Act.   This release and its content is only intended to be used or viewed by persons in jurisdictions where ASI products and services may lawfully be offered. 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As such, any recommendations or statements do not take into account the financial circumstances, investment objectives, tax implications, or any specific requirements of the recipient.   Recipients should not act on any recommendation issued by ASI without first consulting their investment advisor in order to ascertain whether the recommendation (if any) is appropriate, having regard to their investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs.  Barracuda Launches Advanced Bot Protection 2019-05-23T23:50:31Z barracuda-launches-advanced-bot-protection-1 Sydney, 24 May 2019 - Barracuda, a leading provider of cloud-enabled security solutions, today announced the introduction of Advanced Bot Protection. Advanced Bot Protection uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help customers defend against the latest automated threats. It is available for both the Barracuda Web Application Firewall (WAF) and WAF-as-a-Service platforms. Web applications are the number one attack vector for hacks resulting in breaches, according to the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, and malicious bots pose a significant threat to application security. Bots have evolved from using simple scripts to using sophisticated tactics such as headless browsers and machine learning to break through traditional application security defences. Organisations need an application security solution that can keep up with these evolving attacks. According to Gartner: “The main types of bot attacks include distributed denial of service (DDoS), fraudulent purchases, web scraping, and vulnerability scans and exploits. Unsupervised ML can be used to learn the characteristics of typical human-driven traffic, allowing the detection of bots as anomalies. Supervised ML can be used to identify features related to automated behavior.”1 With Advanced Bot Protection, Barracuda WAF customers have access to functionality that includes: Bot spam detection — Reduce referrer spam and block comment spam Credential stuffing prevention — Block credential stuffing to stop account takeover attacks Request risk scoring — Track incoming requests and use advanced behavioral analytics to detect attackers Client finger printing — Track users with better fidelity than IP addresses Dedicated bot mitigation UI — New user interface makes it easy to configure bot mitigation features “To effectively protect their organisations against today’s evolving threats, customers need sophisticated bot mitigation capabilities,” said Tim Jefferson, SVP of Data Protection, Network and Application Security, Barracuda. “Traditional web application firewalls don’t all provide advanced bot protection, and some bot mitigation vendors only offer point solutions that aren’t integrated into WAFs. Advanced Bot Protection is fully integrated into Barracuda’s web application firewalls to provide a complete application security solution that is easy to deploy and manage.” Learn more about Barracuda Advanced Bot Protection, now available with Barracuda Web Application Firewall: https://www.barracuda.com/products/webapplicationfirewall Resources Get information about Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service: https://www.barracuda.com/waf-as-a-service Get information about Barracuda Web Application Firewall: https://www.barracuda.com/products/webapplicationfirewall Read the blog post: http://cuda.co/35615 1Gartner: Assessing the Impact of Machine Learning on Security, Published: 6 May 2019, by Anna Belak, Anton Chuvakin, Augusto Barros About Barracuda At Barracuda we strive to make the world a safer place. We believe every business deserves access to cloud-enabled, enterprise-grade security solutions that are easy to buy, deploy, and use. We protect email, networks, data and applications with innovative solutions that grow and adapt with our customers’ journey. More than 150,000 organisations worldwide trust Barracuda to protect them — in ways they may not even know they are at risk — so they can focus on taking their business to the next level. For more information, visit barracuda.com. Barracuda Networks, Barracuda and the Barracuda Networks logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Barracuda Networks, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. IP Australia wins three iAwards for innovative blockchain trade mark technology 2019-05-23T23:29:01Z ip-australia-wins-three-iawards-for-innovative-blockchain-trade-mark-technology Canberra, 22 May, 2019 – IP Australia, with its partner Agile Digital, has won three awards for Smart Trade Mark, taking out the premier Digital Canberra iAward at last night’s Digital Canberra iAwards Gala Dinner, as well as the categories of Public Sector & Government, and Infrastructure and Platforms Innovation of the Year. IP Australia and Agile Digital will now represent the ACT at the National iAwards held in Melbourne on 29 August 2019.  Local Canberra exporter, Pialligo Estate, piloted Smart Trade Mark and joined IP Australia and Agile Digital on stage to accept the awards. Smart Trade Mark provides Australian trade mark owners with protection against counterfeiting in global marketplaces. A Smart Trade Mark is a digital fingerprint for registered trade mark owners to establish product provenance. With the worldwide sales of counterfeit goods exceeding USD$1.5 trillion per year, Smart Trade Mark can be applied to a range of products, offering stronger protection to Australian exporters.[1] Michael Schwager, IP Australia’s Director General, commented on the award win and technology, “This innovative Smart Trade Mark technology will use the Australian Government's digital stamp of authenticity and include transparent information on the product’s provenance. Smart Trade Mark provides international consumers with confidence in Australian products. I am excited that we are delivering technology that supports Australian businesses and increases our trade marks’ value for Australian rights holders. It’s also great to see our agency awarded for its innovation.” In partnership with Agile Digital, Smart Trade Mark is an enabler of "track and trace" service providers (and technology developers) in Australia. A cryptographically registered trade mark can serve as a “digital green and gold thread” through the variety of blockchain-powered track and trace solutions. This unified thread of verifiable digital fingerprints can offer consumers abroad a more unified, secure, and accessible “made in Australia” experience than industry-specific solutions achieve alone. Smart Trade Mark provides additional protections against suspicious activity in the way of notifications. As each scan of the product, including at the consumer end, is location transparent and notarised as an event against the blockchain, the technology is able to identify suspicious events and the location where those events took place (warning the trade mark owner). This notification and the data available on the blockchain empowers trade mark owners and local authorities with greater insights to counterfeiting activity in global supply chains. For over 25 years, the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has been driving an innovation nation through their iAwards program. The National Awards for Excellence through Information Technology, now the iAwards, was first held in 1993. The iAwards is now Australia's longest running and most broadly scoped innovation recognition program, promoting excellence in the Australian digital ecosystem from the likes of Google Maps, Atlassian, Wotif and WiseTech Global. About IP Australia IP Australia is the Australian Government agency that administers IP rights and legislation relating to patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights. It contributes to the innovation system more broadly by using its specialist skills and experience to assist Australian businesses to make the most of their IP and to provide advice to government. Learn more at www.ipaustralia.gov.au. [1] https://industrytoday.com/article/global-cost-of-counterfeiting-is-1-8-trillion1-according-to-new-netnames-report/                 Blue Prism’s Ecosystem of Technology Partners Lays Foundation For Delivering New Intelligent Automation Capabilities 2019-05-23T23:26:10Z blue-prisms-ecosystem-of-technology-partners-lays-foundation-for-delivering-new-intelligent-automation-capabilities-1 ORLANDO, FLA & Sydney, AUSTRALIA – May 24, 2019 — Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM) continues to be the platform of choice for technology companies looking to innovate, disrupt and drive digital transformations for their clients through intelligent automation capabilities. Today, Adlib Software, HyperScience, Moonoia, and Smartlogic announced that they are joining Blue Prism’s Technology Alliance Program (TAP) as affiliates, helping to build out best-in-class automation solutions that incorporate cutting edge technologies including intelligent document processing, AI powered data extraction, machine learning and data analytics. “Our connected-RPA platform is the launch pad and gold standard for extending intelligent automation capabilities at scale,” says Linda Dotts, SVP Global Partner Strategy and Programs for Blue Prism. “Each month we see many new partners join our TAP, each delivering a unique value proposition, all focused on helping clients digitally transform, driving business led outcomes for our joint customers. We deliver the art of the possible at Blue Prism through the industry’s broadest ecosystem of technology partners. Congrats to this group on making the grade.” These partners strengthen a broad array of intelligent document processing capabilities including Blue Prism’s own Decipher, announced last month, and an existing partnership with ABBYY. Companies participating in Blue Prism’s Technology Alliance Program at an affiliate level can easily customise their solutions, accelerate product development and minimise time to market for their products, using the market’s most advanced RPA software. It also gives partners an opportunity to help expand market awareness on the benefits of RPA by delivering their own complementary products to Blue Prism’s ecosystem by sharing them on the Blue Prism Digital Exchange (DX). Highlights from our most recent affiliate Technology Alliance Partners includes: Adlib Software: By adding AI-driven data extraction, enrichment and automation capabilities to Blue Prism’s connected-RPA platform, Adlib Software enables true end-to-end process automation. Leveraging leading AI and ML technology, Adlib transforms unstructured document content into high-quality, machine-consumable data for RPA, enabling a digital workforce to accelerate customer response times, identify and protect high-risk content (PII) and manage risk within contracts and agreements. “We're excited to join the Blue Prism community reflecting the growing market and customer demands for RPA solutions powered by AI-driven extraction of structured data from complex unstructured document formats,” says Scott Mackey, SVP Market Strategy, Adlib Software. “Our integration with Blue Prism’s connected-RPA will enable customers to achieve true end-to-end process automation resulting in automation of mission-critical processes, reduced costs and improved operational efficiency.” HyperScience: HyperScience empowers business users to automate manual data entry processes, including extracting both handwritten and printed data from forms, as well as capturing data points from semi-structured documents, and doing so at a lower error rate. By combining HyperScience’s distinctive data extraction product and Blue Prism’s connected-RPA offering, customers can automate each step in the full lifecycle of intelligent document processing capabilities – unlocking additional speed and cost-savings for their automation deployment. “Enterprises have struggled to find reliable and cost-effective means for extracting key insights from their troves of scanned images and PDFs,” says Swapnil Parikh, Vice President of Product at HyperScience. “HyperScience delivers on machine learning’s potential in a real way: our technology enables companies to automate up to 95 percent of the manual work required.” Moonoia: As a Blue Prism TAP affiliate, Moonoia will accelerate the development of its flagship product docBrain, the AI platform for data extraction and document analysis, while enabling enterprise customers to leverage RPA and artificial intelligence (AI) for their document processes and achieve the highest accuracy and quality of the extracted data. “Our entire purpose at Moonoia is not only to solve complex document processing challenges for use cases where traditional OCR/ICR technology fails to deliver acceptable results, but to empower users to train their own AI models and custom build unique solutions that address company-specific problems,” says Geert Truyen, CEO at Moonoia. “We see this partnership as instrumental in helping us bring AI-powered data extraction to a broader audience of enterprise clients as well as augmenting a portfolio of intelligent automation capabilities for Blue Prism.” Smartlogic: The Smartlogic Semaphore integration with Blue Prism provides qualified data within automated processes. Semaphore’s ability to classify, extract and deliver insight – plus Blue Prism’s connected-RPA – lets organisations efficiently and effectively move their digital transformation journey with intelligent end-to-end automated processes. When information is semantically harmonised, accuracy improves, automation becomes flexible, and enterprises can handle a broader range of use cases. These capabilities coupled together enable organisations to rapidly respond to complex enterprise information needs to maximise business outcomes. “Smartlogic’s technology focus is to empower business users with a platform to manage and govern an authoritative layer for adding context and meaning to structured and unstructured information,” says Jeremy Bentley, CEO and Founder of Smartlogic. “Leveraging AI, machine learning, natural language processing (NLP), and text analytics capabilities within the Semaphore platform enables Blue Prism clients to identify, classify and extract qualified contextual data along the processing pipeline. We deliver an incredible value proposition together.” If you want to find out more about joining the Blue Prism Technology Alliances Program, please visit: https://www.blueprism.com/partners-and-services/become-a-partner. About Blue Prism In this digital era where start-ups are constantly disrupting markets, only the most agile and innovative enterprises survive and thrive. At Blue Prism, we pioneered Robotic Process Automation (RPA), emerging as the trusted and secure intelligent automation choice for the Fortune 500 and public-sector market. Now we bring you connected-RPA supported by the Digital Exchange (DX) app store—marrying internal entrepreneurship with the power of crowdsourced innovation. Blue Prism’s connected-RPA can automate and perform mission critical processes, allowing your people the freedom to focus on more creative, meaningful work. More than 1,300 global customers leverage Blue Prism’s digital workforce, empowering their people to automate billions of transactions while returning hundreds of millions of hours of work back to the business. Visit www.blueprism.com to learn more about Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM). Follow Blue Prism on Twitter @blue_prism and on LinkedIn. ### Media Contacts Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 sue@einsteinz.com.au Blue Prism Enables Easier Access and Greater Collaboration to Advance Intelligent Automation Capabilities 2019-05-23T22:00:00Z blue-prism-enables-easier-access-and-greater-collaboration-to-advance-intelligent-automation-capabilities ORLANDO, FLA & Sydney, AUSTRALIA – May 24, 2019 — Looking to provide greater flexibility and access to its digital workforce, Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM) today launched its new online community while also adding ecommerce capabilities to its Digital Exchange (DX), making it easier for organisations to deploy and scale their intelligent automation solutions. These advances build on Blue Prism’s connected-RPA vision of collaborative innovation, by creating a growing community that shares best practices and provides greater access to the latest artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, intelligent document processing and cloud capabilities. “Our motto of automating together, better and more, is definitely highlighted with these new capabilities,” says Dave Moss, Co-Founder and CTO for Blue Prism. “We are listening and responding by supporting a self-service model, which makes it easier for our customers to share, innovate and deploy intelligent automation solutions. These new capabilities help unify customer experiences and best practices for sharing, while providing the necessary community support to make automation the cornerstone of any digital transformation.” Enhancements to DX By way of the ecommerce capabilities, Blue Prism’s Digital Exchange, an intelligent automation marketplace comprising of customers, technology and channel partners, now enables customers or prospects to quickly buy and download software licenses directly from the exchange. This introductory package, which consists of a single software license along with one-year standard support, makes it easy for people to get started, learn more and explore what’s possible with an intelligent digital workforce. In the next 90 days, the ecommerce functionality will also allow other Blue Prism partners to offer their assets and integrations for sale via the DX. Anyone can now purchase and download this introductory Blue Prism v6.5 package which includes work queue trends and analytics, full Japanese and simplified Chinese language capabilities, IPv6 support, and data gateways, offering more data control while reducing the amount of storage being used. Private Assets is another new key feature on the DX. Users control who can view assets outside of a customer or partner’s organisation. They can only be seen by the employees of said company and then only after they are logged in. This feature gives enterprise customers more security and control over the assets used by their employees, only those that they approve, license and test are made available. Since being launched back in November 2018, DX adoption continues to skyrocket with more than 4,120 registered users from nearly 714 registered companies who can download over 110 assets to accelerate the time to market for their intelligent automation projects. It provides business leaders drag and drop access to AI, machine learning, cognitive and disruptive technologies from companies they know and trust. Other new key enhancements to DX include integration with Google Analytics to provide more visibility into how assets are being downloaded and used. Support for open sourced Blue Prism assets being shared via GitHub as well as the ability for partners and customers to securely share proprietary assets has also been added. According to Forrester Research, the partner of the future will likely not be a pure transacting one. “It doesn’t make sense to the new generation of tech buyers who make two-thirds of all new tech decisions today. As mentioned above, 73 percent of business buyers find the web more convenient to make purchases, and we forecast that 17 percent of all B2B transactions will happen through eCommerce by 2023”.¹ Blue Prism Community Now Live The Blue Prism Community is a new online experience where users can share, learn and create. The Blue Prism Community provides a new and exciting platform where users can engage with others who share common interests, goals and objectives. The Blue Prism Community provides: An online space open to everyone that is easy to navigate, and where users can get up to speed on important announcements and industry news. Participation in a growing ecosystem of digital entrepreneurs and innovative companies redefining the nature of work. Access to an innovation corner for new Blue Prism product ideas and features, including DX. A home for regional and industry-specific user groups. Discussion communities and in-person meet-ups for practitioners, professionals and innovators. Latest content and information on upcoming events, hackathons, demos, etc. About Blue Prism In this digital era where start-ups are constantly disrupting markets, only the most agile and innovative enterprises survive and thrive. At Blue Prism, we pioneered Robotic Process Automation (RPA), emerging as the trusted and secure intelligent automation choice for the Fortune 500 and public-sector market. Now we bring you connected-RPA supported by the Digital Exchange (DX) app store—marrying internal entrepreneurship with the power of crowdsourced innovation. Blue Prism’s connected-RPA can automate and perform mission critical processes, allowing your people the freedom to focus on more creative, meaningful work. More than 1,000 global customers leverage Blue Prism’s digital workforce, empowering their people to automate billions of transactions while returning hundreds of millions of hours of work back to the business. Visit www.blueprism.com to learn more about Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM). Follow Blue Prism on Twitter @blue_prism and on LinkedIn. ### Media Contacts Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 sue@einsteinz.com.au 1 https://go.forrester.com/blogs/what-i-see-coming-for-the-channel-in-2019/ Blue Prism Technology Partners Continue to Augment Intelligent Automation by Adding AI-Powered Chatbot and Data Analysis Capabilities 2019-05-23T21:30:00Z blue-prism-technology-partners-continue-to-augment-intelligent-automation-by-adding-ai-powered-chatbot-and-data-analysis-capabilities ORLANDO, FLA & Sydney, AUSTRALIA – May 24, 2019 — Continuing to push the envelope for innovation around intelligent automation capabilities, Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM) today announced that CognitiveScale, Kore.ai and Shibumi have joined the company’s Technology Alliance Program (TAP) as affiliates. These new partners will help drive digital transformations for their clients by extending Blue Prism’s connected-RPA capabilities to include blockchain, AI-powered chatbots along with workflow and data synchronisation solutions being delivered in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. “Each month Blue Prism adds a few key technology partners that show us the art of the possible with our digital workforce,” says Linda Dotts, SVP Global Partner Strategy and Programs for Blue Prism. “Our connected-RPA platform provides a bedrock foundation for enterprise customers looking to drive innovation through new intelligent automation capabilities. This latest group of technology partner affiliates highlights the depth and breadth of our rapidly evolving ecosystem.” These partners strengthen an already comprehensive array of technology and independent software vendors (ISVs), that provide new and breakthrough intelligent automation capabilities by leveraging Blue Prism’s connected-RPA platform. Currently Blue Prism’s Technology Alliance Program consists of 12 premier and 25 affiliates partners with more being added each month. These partners are also expanding market awareness on the benefits of RPA by delivering their own complementary products to Blue Prism’s ecosystem by sharing them on the Blue Prism Digital Exchange (DX). Highlights from this new round of affiliate Technology Alliance Partners includes: CognitiveScale: CognitiveScale is an enterprise AI software pioneer that pairs humans and machines to radically simplify the development, deployment and management of their AI systems. This collaboration combines the power of AI and RPA to unlock the value of Intelligent Process Automation (IPA). CognitiveScale’s “Process Insights Agent” will be available on Blue Prism’s Digital Exchange (DX) to identify, manage, and predict process exceptions to drive greater efficiency and effectiveness. This will give enterprises the ability to generate insights and learn from existing documents and processes within a Blue Prism workflow. CognitiveScale will also add its “Customer 360 Agent”, the company’s next generation customer system-of-record system, to Blue Prism’s DX. “This is an important step in bringing Intelligent Process Automation to life,” says Akshay Sabhikhi, CEO of CognitiveScale. “Combining CognitiveScale's open, scalable and trusted AI systems with Blue Prism's connected-RPA capabilities will truly transform customer experiences and increase efficiency of business processes while reducing costs.” Kore.ai: Kore.ai provides best-in-class AI-powered chatbots utilising Natural Language Processing (NLP) models to understand intents and drive dialog flows using natural language conversations. The in-built service orchestration framework allows secured integration with backend enterprises systems to exchange information. With this integration, Kore.ai dialog flows can now connect to Blue Prism's connected-RPA platform, enabling enterprises to build-out context-aware business flows, driven by natural language conversations with customers, and accessible via 30+ voice and chat-based interaction channels. "We are taking Blue Prism’s intelligent automation capabilities and extending them to the end user, whether that be a consumer, a contact center agent or an employee," says Kore.ai's Founder and CEO Raj Koneru. "By adding AI and NLP capabilities into the mix, conversational AI bots with RPA further elevates the user experience and provides higher value automation for external and internal processes with new operational agility, to improve customer engagement and deliver new services. We look forward to collaborating with Blue Prism to drive even more innovation and disruption.” Shibumi: Founded in 2012, the world’s leading advisory firms and organisations rely on Shibumi to achieve their most strategic business objectives. Shibumi SaaS solutions enable programs to define targets, capture ideas and track delivery, all with a unique focus on benefits realisation. By integrating with the Blue Prism platform, the entire end-to-end impact/value of the automation program is now visible to the organisation’s stakeholders. “We’re excited to be a part of the Blue Prism community,” says Bob Nahmias, CEO, Shibumi. “The powerful combination of Blue Prism and Shibumi provides our mutual customers the ability to drive scale and maximise the value from their automation programs.” If you want to find out more about joining the Blue Prism Technology Alliances Program, please visit: https://www.blueprism.com/partners-and-services/become-a-partner. About Blue Prism In this digital era where start-ups are constantly disrupting markets, only the most agile and innovative enterprises survive and thrive. At Blue Prism, we pioneered Robotic Process Automation (RPA), emerging as the trusted and secure intelligent automation choice for the Fortune 500 and public-sector market. Now we bring you connected-RPA supported by the Digital Exchange (DX) app store—marrying internal entrepreneurship with the power of crowdsourced innovation. Blue Prism’s connected-RPA can automate and perform mission critical processes, allowing your people the freedom to focus on more creative, meaningful work. More than 1,300 global customers leverage Blue Prism’s digital workforce, empowering their people to automate billions of transactions while returning hundreds of millions of hours of work back to the business. Visit www.blueprism.com to learn more about Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM). Follow Blue Prism on Twitter @blue_prism and on LinkedIn. ### Media Contacts Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 sue@einsteinz.com.au As aged care services evolve, technology carries organisations into the future 2019-05-23T14:00:20Z as-aged-care-services-evolve-technology-carries-organisations-into-the-future Sydney, Australia – May 23, 2019 – The Royal Commission into Aged Care and Safety will soon release its initial findings after an extensive assessment into how best to care for this country’s rising population of seniors. Yet for organisations across Australia delivering home care services to older adults, the time is now to embrace modern technology solutions that can improve the quality and consistency of care. “The Commission is rightly interested in how we can innovate home, aged, community and disability services as efficiently as possible to meet the needs of our ageing citizens,” said Emma Pate, General Manager, AlayaCare. “Progressive organisations are already stepping ahead into this future by adopting technology that radically improves all parts of their business, elevating their ability to meet the needs of clients, specialized field staff, schedulers, and everyone touched by their services.”  Last fall, the Commission set forth to address how Australia’s four million citizens over the age of 65 – a number that reach nine million in the next 30 years – should receive aged care services. An initial report will be released in October, with final conclusions to follow in April 2020.   The primary concerns are ensuring access to affordable, high-quality services across Australia that are centred on clients, giving them greater choice, control and independence when it comes to their own care. For organisations to meet this rising demand, and shifting federal regulations, antiquated legacy technology must be left behind in favour of software that has the flexibility to support multiple lines of service and a fully integrated system of care. “AlayaCare is one modern solution, a platform uniquely suited to support our changing care environments, with an end-to-end solution that offers the tools necessary for care providers and client to plan, deliver and improve care,” said Pate. “This includes real-time remote patient monitoring which is particularly relevant for under-serviced regional and remote communities.”   Additional highlights of AlayaCare’s platform include: ●      Integrated technology helps organisations improve their operational effectiveness and accountability and care for more clients with less administration burden. ●      Streamlined billing and communications with integrated capabilities including AIRDOCS, which helps organisations automate, personalise and digitise client communications. ●      Built-in APIs allow for easy data transfer, and care providers can easily access health and service history. ●      Real-time dashboard helps providers monitor clients centrally, reducing unnecessary visits and proactively addressing client needs. ●      Budget module facilitates individually planned services and greater consumer-directed care. For more information about AlayaCare’s award-winning technology, visit www.alayacare.com. About AlayaCare AlayaCare's unique platform includes back office, client and family portals, remote patient monitoring, telehealth, and mobile care worker functionality in one integrated, highly robust and secure, cloud-based system. AlayaCare is providing the platform for home and community care organizations to propel towards innovation and home care of the future. AlayaCare was founded in 2014. http://www.alayacare.com For more information: AlayaCare Media Enquiries: Amy Cole, amy@colecomms.ca, 647-287-0025     Generation Hex! Millennials are Embracing Witchcraft in Record Numbers 2019-05-23T12:59:22Z generation-hex-millennials-are-embracing-witchcraft-in-record-numbers Dabbling in the occult is cool again, evidenced by a sequel to cult teen witch movie The Craft  announced earlier this year, and a sharp rise in Google searches for crystal healing, tarot cards and candles. Local retailers are seeing alternative lifestyle products fly off the shelves.  Melanie Cramond, founder of Australian gothic and alternative e-commerce site Tragic Beautiful, has witnessed growth of the witchcraft category first hand since starting to stock witchcraft and occult items ten years ago. “Witchcraft, astrology and tarot are having a resurgence right now,” says Cramond. “Millennials and Gen X are exploring spirituality as they navigate challenges like finding love and establishing financial security.” She’s now expanded her growing range of witchcraft and occult items to include starter Witchcraft Kits starting from just $64, which include a portable cauldron, resin incense blends and sacred herbs. GET YOUR WITCH ON: WITCHY GIFTS FOR YOURSELF OR YOUR BFF Witchcraft Essentials Starter Kit - $64.00Perfect for the beginner witch Portable metal ritual cauldron, Ambrosia resin blend, Nightfall resin blend, Herb Sachet - Magic Focus, Herb Sachet - White Sage. Charcoal for burning resin and incense. Witchcraft Collection - Extra AF - $145.00The ultimate witch toolkit Portable metal ritual cauldron, Dark resin mix, Light resin mix, Ambrosia resin blend, Nightfall resin blend, Black witches salt, four herb sachets, large black ritual candle, 5 natural beeswax chime candles, charcoal and Palo Santo wood, amethyst crystal. Witchcraft – a Handbook of Magic Spells and Potions - $24.95Occult book by Anastasia Greyleaf An amazing volume filled to the brim with information about spells, charms, demonology, herbal lore, voodoo and more! Editorial samples available on request. GIRIKON EXTENDS SALESFORCE CONSULTING SERVICES TO AUSTRALIA 2019-05-23T11:34:52Z girikon-extends-salesforce-consulting-services-to-australia Girikon LLC, is an IT consulting and development Company with over 170+ staff members based out of Phoenix, Arizona with a development centre in Noida, India. On 7th January 2019, Girikon LLC, Founder, Director Delivery and Services, Alankar Anibha announced their new office in Melbourne, Australia. Girikon will now provide consulting services to clients in Australia and New Zealand. “We had several successful years operating in the USA and over the past 24 months we have been receiving strong enquiries from the Australian Salesforce and Information Technology community. The founders made the decision in early 2017 to search for a Managing Director and location for our new office in Australia. Girikon’s vision is simply to enable our clients and partners to maximize their business success through our people, our disciplined approach and our technical experience and knowledge”, Alankar explained. Girikon is a Salesforce Silver Consulting Partner, HIPAA compliant, ISO 9001 certified & ISO 27001 certified. Girikon supports its customers on multiple technology platforms and now Girikon’s physical presence in US and Australia, will allow it to quickly respond to customer’s requirements with a view to effectively delivering a quality product and service anywhere in the world. Alankar Anibha, continued with a warm welcome to Yiannis Loupis the newly appointed Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand. “Yiannis has many years of experience in business management and delivering complex programs in multiple industries including Information Technology and Education. His exceptional skills and experience in operations and personnel management, commercial acumen, strategic execution, business modelling, stakeholder and vendor management is only a handful of skills in his kitbag. Welcome to the Girikon Family, Yiannis” Girikon’s new office in Melbourne Australia will service clients in Australia and New Zealand. Girikon plans to extend its global footprint with an office in UK by 2020 Newly appointed Managing Director, Yiannis Loupis commented on his appointment and recently visited Girikon offices in India and USA. “I have not met a more dedicated, focused and professional team in my career. I was taken back by the team’s welcome and warm embrace into the Girikon family. All the way from employees to the owners there is a real sense of pride and ownership in the work, projects and growth achieved to date and a real excitement about the future of Girikon” “I can’t wait for our prospective clients in Australia and New Zealand to experience this level of professionalism, dedication and focus!” Girikon takes pride in its team of experienced and certified Salesforce Consultants including Architects, Developers, Business Analysts and Administrators. Girikon’s strength lies in Salesforce implementation, customization, development, integration and support. Girikon Australia can be contacted toll free on +61 1300 332 888 and can be found at Level 1 & 2 161 Collins Street Melbourne. Girikon is headquartered at Phoenix, USA 15433 N Tatum Blvd #105, Phoenix, AZ 85032, USA and can be contacted at +1 480-382-1320. You can also visit https://www.girikon.com.au/salesforce-consultant/ for further details on their services and management team. 3rd World Intelligence Congress (WIC) Stresses AI's Role In Growth 2019-05-23T06:54:00Z 3rd-world-intelligence-congress-wic-2019-stresses-ai-s-role-in-growth-1 TIANJIN, China, May 23, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The 3rd World Intelligence Congress (WIC 2019), a forum for exchange and cooperation in the field of artificial intelligence, emphasized the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the economic and social growth of nations at this year's event, held May 16-19 in Tianjin, China. WIC 2019 welcomed more than 1,450 delegates from 40 countries and regions, as well as 245 organizations, including 38 of the world's top 500 companies. President Xi Jinping, in his letter to the WIC, noted that artificial intelligence (AI) had a significant impact on economic development, social progress and global governance. "China attaches high importance to innovative development, taking AI as a driving force for scientific and technological development, industrial optimization and increased productivity, while striving to achieve high-quality development."Presenting Xi's letter at the WIC 2019 opening ceremony, Li Hongzhong, Party Secretary of the Tianjin Municipal Committee, said that Tianjin would embrace a new era of intelligence, create a new intelligence-based economy, step up AI cooperation with other countries and speed up the building of an "intelligent Tianjin".Yao Laiying, deputy mayor of Tianjin, said at WIC 2019 closing that 126 agreements had been signed between Tianjin and many well-known universities and companies in China, including Renmin University and Zhejiang University as well as Tencent, Alibaba, Huawei and others, with an estimated investment value of over RMB108 billion (US$15.6 billion).Minister of Science and Technology Wang Zhigang said China was drafting regulations and standards for regulating AI and would publish them soon. "In particular, we need to strengthen international cooperation in AI governance, including laws and regulations, ethical norms and international rules," Wang said.The State Council issued a plan in 2017 that set benchmarks for China's AI sector, with the value of core AI industries predicted to exceed RMB1 trillion (US$145 billion) by 2030, placing the country as the global leader in AI innovation.WIC is organized by the Tianjin Municipal Government, National Ministry of Science and Technology and the National Development and Reform Commission. Strategic partners include Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu, Huawei, Lenovo, Haier, Hualu, Hikvision, Sugon, Tsinghua Unigroup, 91techgroup, ICONIQ, ABB and Boston Consulting Group (BCG).For further information on the World Intelligence Congress, please visit http://info.wicongress.org/en, or email wic@wicongress.org.