Russell Baskerville of Empired wins 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for Services in the Western Region

Empired LogoNational IT services provider, Empired, has announced that its managing director, Russell Baskerville, has won 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the Western Region Services category.

The EY Entrepreneur of the Year program is considered the world’s most prestigious business award and is held in more than 145 cities and over 60 countries worldwide. In June, 100 entrepreneurs competed in five regional programs around Australia.

In 2007, Russell Baskerville successfully listed Empired Limited (Empired) on the ASX, as a small company with an ambitious plan. The company now has over 850 employees across 11 offices in four countries.

Russell Baskerville said, “This award is testament to the continued growth and success of Empired. Empired offers local knowledge supported by strong capability and experience, and has competed against some of the largest IT services companies in the world. It has contracts with the world’s largest mining firms and a range of major state government departments across Australia.”
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Fluke Networks AANPM solution wins two 2014 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Awards

Fluke NetworksSeptember 25, 2014 – Fluke Networks, a world-leading provider of network monitoring and test solutions, has been honoured with two 2014 Communications Solutions Product of the Year awards from TMC, a global integrated media company, for  its Application-Aware Network Performance Management (AANPM) solution – Visual TruView™ and OptiView® XG.

As one of TMC’s most coveted awards, the Communications Solutions Product of the Year honours exceptional products and services updated or brought to market in the last year that facilitate voice, data and video communications solutions. The Fluke Networks products honored are:

  • Visual TruView, a unified AANPM solution that incorporates five network and application monitoring tools in one, and
  • OptiView XG, the company’s flagship portable network analysis tablet that automates root-cause analysis of wired and wireless network and application problems.

Fluke Networks integrated the two products earlier this year to provide the industry’s first AANPM solution capable of analysing an enterprise’s entire network infrastructure and providing a unified view of wired and wireless performance across the entire organisation, including the data centre, remote sites and applications delivered across cloud, carrier and enterprise networks.
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UXC Connect awarded ‘Global Transformational Partner of the Year’ and ‘APAC Most Innovative Cloud Partner of the Year’ by Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

UXC Connect LogoMarch 17, 2014UXC Connect has been awarded ‘Global Transformational Partner of the Year’ and ‘APAC Most Innovative Cloud Partner of the Year’ at the 2014 Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Global Executive Partner Days conference.

Ian Poole, CEO, UXC Connect, said, “These awards demonstrate UXC Connect’s commitment and vision in building and launching its cloud-based Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) solution called iTaaS for enterprises”.

In August 2013, in collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, UXC Connect launched iTaaS to deliver unified communications as a service to Australian organisations. The solution helps enterprises take advantage of the commercial and technical flexibility and cost-effectiveness of a cloud-based model to address the challenge of delivering communications services for a highly mobile, application-driven workforce.

iTaas is based on the Alcatel-Lucent OpenTouch Enterprise Cloud (OTEC) platform. UXC Connect was the first partner globally to take OTEC to the market. As well as offering the service directly to existing customers, UXC Connect is expanding its go-to-market model to offer the service to more customers through other system integrators and service providers.
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Industry Awards, great for your brand but are they news?

Industry Awards, great for your brand but are they news?Everybody loves to get awards. Being named vendor of the year by a magazine or having a leading analyst house name you the most innovative brand in your marketplace (for example) is an extremely positive experience.

In terms of brand building and being a great internal story that increases morale it does not get much better. And quite naturally, when a company wins an award the first thing it’s leadership team often want to do is tell the world via the media. The question is, does the media care when companies win awards?

Certainly, your existing and future customers care, so making sure you incorporate an award win or endorsement into your marketing and sales process is an obvious tactic.

Over the years I have had many organisations contact me about writing a news release about receiving an industry award and the question I ask is always them is the same: “Is this news?”

The fact is, many awards are created by media outlets as a way for them to build solidarity with their advertising community and valued readership. Unfortunately, that means that other media outlets are not going to report on it. It’s simply not in their interest to raise the profile of a competitor organisation. There are always some exceptions to this and that ultimately depends on the profile of the awards.
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Fluke Australia awards Fluke tools to Australian winners of WorldSkills 2011

November 17, 2011Fluke Corporation, the global leader in portable electronic test and measurement technology, has announced it is awarding Fluke tools to the Australian winners of the WorldSkills 2011 competition held in London in October.

WorldSkills London 2011 was the largest ever international skills competition and careers event with young people from 51 countries/regions competing to be the best of the best in their chosen skill.

The Australian winners are:
* Benjamin Houghton, gold in the electrical installations category, who will be awarded a Fluke 87V Industrial Digital Multimeter, TL81A Electronic Test Lead Set and a C550 Tool Bag
* Liam Janetzki, silver in the refrigeration and air conditioning category, who will be awarded a Fluke 87V Industrial Digital Multimeter and a C550 Tool Bag.
* Ben Hooper, Michael Theobald and Matthew Hall, bronze in the manufacturing team challenge, who will each be awarded a Fluke 87V Industrial Digital Multimeter.

Henk van Velze, acting managing director, Fluke Australia, said, “Fluke Australia would like to congratulate the Australian representatives that attended WorldSkills 2011 and received places in their skills categories. Read more ❯