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Sydney, Australia – SAP Concur®, the world’s leading provider of expense, travel and invoice management solutions, unveiled the deeper integration of two powerful brands to provide a truly connected, customer-centric experience that scales with businesses of all sizes. The unified brand will enable SAP Concur to leverage and drive innovation and continue to simplify expense, travel and invoice management for greater visibility and control.

Together, SAP and SAP Concur will continue to:

  •  Deliver greater scale across all markets through our deep investment in R&D to provide customers with the best solutions.
  • Provide powerful solutions that give customers visibility into spending by connecting employees with brands and apps they love.
  • With a connected experience, businesses can manage all of their spend—across expense, travel and invoice—in the cloud, and with native integration with SAP.
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Brennan IT confirms three-year partnership with Endeavour Foundation

Brennan IT LogoBrisbane, Australia – Brennan IT has announced it re-signed its partnership with not-for-profit charity organisation, Endeavour Foundation, to provide WAN and co-location services. The three-year agreement extends the existing relationship between Endeavour Foundation and Brennan IT, which commenced in 2009.

The new deal follows an extensive collaborative process with Endeavour Foundation, during which Brennan IT engaged in multiple iterations of technical and commercial workshops to shape the solution appropriately. During this time, Brennan IT’s flexibility and focus on simplification meant the project expanded to include the migration of multiple multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) networks into a single, Brennan IT MPLS network.

Endeavour Foundation highlighted its key business requirements, largely driven by the changes needed to implement NDIS, as flexibility, consolidation and simplification of the current MPLS network from multiple providers. The Foundation anticipated this would deliver cost savings while providing scalability and flexibility for rapid growth and contraction according to its needs. Brennan IT also needed to guarantee system availability with confirmed service level agreements (SLAs) and a comprehensive support model.
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Ixia extends CloudStorm with the first 25GE application delivery and network security testing for hyperscale data centres

IXIA LogoCloudStorm 25GE offers testing of converged multi-play services, application delivery, and network security platforms for hyperscale data centres, enterprises and network equipment manufacturers.

Sydney, Australia – Ixia, a Keysight Business and leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions, announced CloudStorm 25GE, an extension of the award-winning CloudStorm network security test portfolio.  CloudStorm 25GE is the first cloud-scale, high density application delivery and network security test platform specially designed for hyperscale data centres, enterprises and network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) adopting 25-Gigabit technology to satisfy growing bandwidth demands while ensuring high-quality application delivery and mitigating security risks.

An all encrypted world may not be far away. According to Gartner, “through 2019, more than 80% of enterprises’ web traffic will be encrypted.”1 The scale of traffic continues to grow at an exponential rate along with the move to cloud architectures and growth of IoT. To keep pace, network equipment manufacturers must develop solutions to meet these growing requirements, and hyperscale data centre operators and enterprises are grappling with the need to strike the right balance between efficiency, performance and security.
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Epicor launches newest version of Epicor ERP to support global growth, innovation, and competitive advantage

New release features powerful new capabilities for winning execution on the factory floor and beyond

Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, introduced the latest version of Epicor ERP, the global enterprise resource planning solution in use today by thousands of companies in 150 countries worldwide.

The latest release includes powerful new functionality to enable manufacturers to grow, innovate, and compete in today’s ever-changing global landscape. Marquee capabilities include mobile Field Service Automation (FSA) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM), as well as new business intelligence and visual analytics capabilities delivered via Epicor Data Discovery. A completely redesigned home page, Active Home Page, Smart Inventory Planning and Optimisation, and new country and industry-specific functionality are also key features of the new version.

“Businesses that adopt the latest technologies in cloud, analytics, and employee experience will be fit to grow and respond to the new digital challenges of tomorrow while achieving a competitive advantage right now,” said Scott Hays, senior vice president, product marketing, Epicor. “In this, our third major release in the past 13 months, Epicor continues to deliver cloud-enabled, industry-specific functionality, globalisation and localisation, mobility, and action-oriented analytics, with continued improvements in customer experience, ease-of-use, and performance.”
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Ixia enables enterprises to leverage existing open network switches to celiver Network Packet Broker (NPB) functionality

IXIA LogoSydney, Australia Ixia, a Keysight Business and leading provider of network test, visibility and security solutions, announced its new Network Visibility Operating System (NVOS) solution, a software version of Ixia’s network packet broker (NPB) product that allows Ixia’s NPB’s patented, feature rich capabilities to run on open networking switches, such as those from Edgecore Networks.  NVOS embraces the movement of disaggregating software and hardware in software defined data center (SDDC) networks.

NPBs aggregate, filter, and load-balance network packet data to seamlessly and efficiently deliver that packet data to security, forensics, and performance management tools. Ixia’s NVOS is a software solution that transforms open switches into NPBs, providing rack and data center level visibility. It offers complete access to network packets to facilitate real-time visibility, insight, and security for high density hyperscale, microscale, and SDDC networks, even as they expand.

“New approaches for pervasive network visibility in web scale and software-defined data centers are enabling cloud service providers, telecom service providers and enterprises to gain deeper, valuable insights into network services using increasingly cost-effective and flexible approaches,” said Jeff Catlin, VP Technology, Edgecore Networks. “Edgecore is pleased to collaborate with Ixia, to enable customers to benefit from Ixia’s Network Visibility Operation System (NVOS) on Edgecore’s open networking switches, as a feature-rich and powerful visibility platform for these modern disaggregated cloud and telecom infrastructures.”
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YSoft be3D eDee 3D print management solution for education now available through Konica Minolta

Unique 3D print management solution with comprehensive print management and accounting features to manage and recover 3D printing costs

Sydney, Australia – Y Soft, the leading enterprise workflow solutions provider, has announced that its 3D print management solution for the education sector, YSoft be3D eDee, is available in Australia through Konica Minolta.

YSoft be3D eDee is the first 3D print management solution with comprehensive print management features and an accounting system to manage and recover 3D printing costs.

With print management, educators can realise the true value of 3D because they can control student access and theft through lockable doors unlocked only by authentication, control costs through reporting and the optional use of pay-for-print. The YSoft be3D eDee print management solution can also be used to manage the 2D print fleet offering schools the ability to reduce costs, improve productivity and increase document security across the board.

3D in education is a growing market with more and more educational institutions adopting fleets of 3D printers to help STEM classes illustrate difficult concepts, enhance hands-on interactive learning, and drive class engagement. In 3D Printing in Education – a 2016 Report Card, the findings of an international survey of educators are highlighted including purchasing plans, 3D printing adoption and specific needs for managing 3D printing.
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Atradius appoints Farook Mohammed as New Zealand country manager

Altradius LogoSydney, Australia – Atradius has announced the appointment of Farook Mohammed as country manager in New Zealand following the retirement of Martin Jones. Specialising in the assessment and management of clients’ needs and management of risks, Farook joins Atradius as part of its ongoing efforts to support local and international businesses in their exports as well as in their trade with local companies.

Farook has more than 15 years’ experience in credit insurance as an underwriter and broker. He joins Atradius from Aon Risk Services Australia, where as a client manager, he was responsible for the service, placement, and administration of a large portfolio of trade credit insurance clients ranging from small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to large global corporations.

Farook also previously worked as an underwriting manager at QBE Insurance Australia, where he managed 50 per cent of QBE Trade Credit Australia’s domestic retention portfolio and all export retention and new business in New South Wales.
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Amiga Engineering chooses Konica Minolta and 3D metal printing to propel the company into the future

Konica Minolta LogoSydney, Australia – Konica Minolta has announced a partnership with Amiga Engineering to supply 3D SYSTEMS ProX 320 DMP metal printer and provide support, which will propel the company into the future.

The changing landscape of Australian industry means that engineering, machine shops, and jobbing workshops have been under increasing pressure to survive.

Michael Bourchier, general manager, Amiga Engineering, said, “Traditional industry, such as automotive, has moved offshore while the mining boom has faded. The country’s resources are being dug and pumped by large overseas corporations who no longer make capital investment here to have machinery or platforms made. Rather, they ship or float this equipment from Singapore or other locations around the world that are more competitive. Australians are left with being the maintenance crews of offshore-supplied equipment.”

Bourchier suggests that is a barrier to Australian creativity and innovation with Australia’s creative side is slipping to the lowest it has ever been.
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Teradata Global Services launches Agile Analytics Factory

Teradata LogoSydney, Australia – Teradata Global Services has announced the launch of its Agile Analytics Factory, an as-a-service program that accelerates client innovation in advanced analytics and delivers strategic business outcomes.

Alec Gardner, Director, Global Services and Strategy at Think Big Analytics, A Teradata Company, said, “While most companies recognise the value of advanced analytics, they face a skills shortage that means they need to seek consulting and implementation services from external providers. They need a solution that helps them operationalise analytics and data science use cases, address data governance issues, and create repeatable analytic processes in-house.

“Teradata’s new Agile Analytics Factory provides data science skills and analytics expertise as a service to deliver systemic and repeatable analytic capabilities. It also helps reduce cost and complexity for users by applying data management practices and agile delivery methods across technology and business functions.”
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Ixia’s BreakingPoint Cloud helps organisations validate end-to-end network security across all cloud environments

IXIA LogoSydney, Australia– Ixia, a Keysight Business and leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions, announced BreakingPoint Cloud, a software as a service (SaaS) solution that safely models data breaches and threat vectors to deliver quantifiable evidence and immediate insight into the effectiveness of cloud-based data and application security, whether private, public, or hybrid.

Enterprises continue to move workloads to the cloud, while implementing a hybrid enterprise model in the interim. While the cloud offers unprecedented flexibility, it also expands the network perimeter and attack surface. Data is being sent to the cloud, worked on in the cloud, and stored in the cloud, and according to Forbes, cloud applications will account for 90 percent of worldwide mobile data traffic by 2019[1].  However, in a recent survey commissioned by Ixia, over 90 percent of respondents were concerned about data and application security in public clouds, while nearly 60 percent of respondents reported that public cloud environments make it more difficult to obtain visibility into data traffic[2].
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