New CompTIA Channel Standards promote business and professional excellence within the technology industry

CompTIA Channel Standards provide organisations and IT professionals greater access to important industry best practices #AMM16

CompTIA LogoA comprehensive collection of best practices to help technology industry companies achieve business and professional success was unveiled by CompTIA, the technology industry trade association.

The new CompTIA Channel Standards program, available to all at no cost, was announced at the CompTIA Annual Member Meeting, the annual gathering of top executives from all corners of the IT industry.

“These standards will provide channel partners and channel companies with blueprints for best practices within the IT channel and undoubtedly lead to a stronger, healthier industry as a whole,” said Nancy Hammervik, Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, CompTIA.

“The introduction of CompTIA Channel Standards is a testimony to the larger role CompTIA and its members play in advancing the IT industry and inspiring minds around the world to do more, learn more and be more,” Hammervik added.
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Australia’s net new businesses growth rate up 0.4 per cent

RSM_Bird_Cameron_Logo@2xJune 17, 2014 – Australia’s net rate of business creation grew by just 0.4 per cent in the year to 2013*, with the creation of 9,000 new companies, according to a global survey of official data by RSM, the seventh largest global network of independent audit, tax and advisory firms.

Enterprise births and deaths in Australia diverged in 2008-09, producing net company formation of over 74,000 companies. Rates then converged on a downward trend, with new company entries marginally surpassing exits between 2010 and 2012.

Neil Cribb, Partner and National Head of the Turnaround & Insolvency Group of RSM Bird Cameron, said: “Notwithstanding an economic environment with falling interest rates to historical lows in the first quarter of 2013/14, going forward we would expect to see a continuing decline in net business creation.  This comes as a result of the continuing pressure of high operating costs for most Australian businesses (particularly when compared to our Asian neighbours). A particular case in hand the manufacturing sector as evidenced by the necessary restructure of the Australian motor vehicle industry, which has struggled to be competitive over an extended period even with extensive industry and government consultation and support.” Read more ❯

UXC Eclipse identifies key business and technology trends for 2014

UXC Eclipse LogoNovember 4, 2013 – Australian businesses looking to overcome current market challenges could benefit by following the key trends predicted for 2014 according to UXC Eclipse, a leading provider of intelligent business solutions to the enterprise and mid-market.

1. Risk mitigation remains key
With continued global economic uncertainty likely to continue into 2014, businesses need to mitigate the risks associated with large projects and software investments. Stakeholders are looking for security and guaranteed project outcomes.

Anne Callaghan, COO, UXC Eclipse said: “Business must demand their implementation partner offers quality assurance for all projects to mitigate the inherent risks associated with the software implementation lifecycle. Large-scale ERP implementations are often business-critical so it’s important to do your due diligence before you start, so that everything can run smoothly.

“It is equally important to have senior executive sponsorship from the implementation partner.  With an ERP implementation, you’re putting your business in the hands of another company, so you want to be sure that they will deliver the project. Having a direct line to management means that any concern can always be addressed immediately.”
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Australia lagging behind in business creation

RSM_Bird_Cameron_Logo@2xJuly 29, 2013 – Australia is lagging behind in business creation, according to figures from global research by RSM, the seventh largest global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms. RSM studied data on business ‘births’ and ‘deaths’ over the last five years in 35 countries across its international network. Australia ranks 23rd on the list, trailing behind other Asian countries like Hong Kong, China, Singapore, India and New Zealand.

Over the last five years*, Australia has seen a net gain of 58,000 businesses, an annual compound growth rate of 0.7 per cent. This puts Australia on par with the UK (0.7 per cent growth rate) and ahead of the US, which had only a 0.3 growth rate.

According to RSM, whilst some governments around the world have been looking for ways to stimulate entrepreneurship in the wake of the financial crisis, others have been slower to respond. The research clearly shows that with businesses around the globe facing a variety of challenges including regulation and compliance changes, tighter financing requirements and rising commodity prices, more needs to be done to boost business creation and survival.
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Digium introduces new Switchvox business phone systems to support larger and more demanding applications


Wavelink LogoMay 3, 2013 – Digium®, Inc., the Asterisk® Company, has announced the general availability of two new Switchvox appliances designed to meet the IP phone system needs of mid-size businesses while delivering expanded performance capabilities. The Switchvox 400 Series includes all enterprise-class unified communications features at one affordable price, making it the best value in business phone systems. Supporting up to 600 users in a single system, the 400 series provides more powerful processing for more demanding applications.

The Switchvox 450 and Switchvox 470 are Digium’s newest additions to the product line and address larger applications and customer needs. These appliances offer server-class architectures, significantly more memory, state of the art processors, enhanced RAID options and solid state drives (SSD).  These enhancements let Switchvox more than double the number of concurrent calls supported on the prior models. In addition to improved capacity and performance, the size of the appliances has been reduced by 46 per cent, the weight by 37 per cent, and the power consumption by 22 per cent, producing environmentally-friendly solutions. Read more ❯

Wavelink appoints business development manager to enhance channel program

Michael PrideJanuary 30, 2012Wavelink, a value added distributor of enterprise mobility solutions, has appointed Michael Pride to the role of business development manager for the Northern region (NSW, ACT and QLD), and as the sales lead for Citrix’s Zenprise MDM solutions nationally.

Based in Wavelink’s Sydney office, Michael will be responsible for channel management, working with key channel partners to identify and close major opportunities, as well as assist in developing channel capability.

Michael has 25 years’ experience in the IT industry in the UK and Australia. Most recently he spent five years in IT security with McAfee and Kaspersky. Prior to that Michael held various management roles at Primus Telecom Australia, Telstra Bigpond and Austar.

Ilan Rubin, managing director, Wavelink, said, “Michael has extensive experience in the IT sector, in the channel space as well as direct touch with end customers. This will contribute significantly to Wavelink’s ongoing commitment to servicing its customers through the channel and supporting its channel partners in closing major deals.”
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13 things business owners should do before 2013

RSM_Bird_Cameron_Logo@2xOctober 18, 2012RSM Bird Cameron, one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, offers 13 suggestions that business owners should think about before 2013 to improve profits, cash flow and reduce stress levels.

Andrew Graham, national head of business solutions, said, “Many businesses in Australia are still facing a volatile economic climate with some industries producing record results and others struggling.

“It is important to consider the uncertainty business owners face and put plans in place to reduce that as 2013 approaches.

“Having strategies in place to end the year, and start the new one in the best shape possible, will ensure that business owners can make the most of the holiday period from a business perspective, but also on a personal level.”

Cash flow is a problem many businesses already face. As always this will be felt even more throughout the new year period as the holiday season leads to slower payment terms.

Graham said, “Business owners shouldn’t hesitate to seek help and ask advice from accountants, advisors or other specialists if they are worried about their business or managing their cash flow over the holiday period.”
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Wavelink and Zenprise share eight steps to secure mobile content and deploy “business-ready” mobile apps

Wavelink LogoSeptember 27, 2012Wavelink, a value added distributor of enterprise mobility solutions, and Zenprise, the leader in secure mobile device management (MDM) share eight steps to secure mobile content and deploy “business-ready” mobile apps.

Ilan Rubin, managing director, Wavelink, said, “Organisations around the world are embracing enterprise mobility. Most are letting some or all of their employees use their own devices to access the corporate network, email, and increasingly, business apps.

“Now that mobile devices are maturing, have more enterprise security features, and are more prevalent in the workplace, it is time for organisations to plan how those devices can help achieve business objectives that grow the top line and make them more competitive,” Rubin said.

To achieve the shift from simply managing the mobile device to managing content on the device organisations need to adopt strategies that harmonise enterprise IT needs with the end-user experience.

Eight ways to secure mobile content and deploy “business-ready” mobile apps
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RSM Bird Cameron urges businesses to start preparing now for the carbon tax

RSM_Bird_Cameron_Logo@2xMay 14, 2012RSM Bird Cameron, one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, is urging businesses to start preparing now for the introduction of the carbon tax on July 1, 2012.

Tim Pittaway, principal, RSM Bird Cameron, said, “The task of transitioning to a low-carbon economy will place significant regulatory, market and reputational pressures on business.

“The main implication for management and boards is that carbon risks need to be integrated into decision-making and risk management processes throughout the organisation. Company directors need the skills and expertise to understand and respond to climate change-related risks.

“Businesses that do not manage carbon risks appropriately will fail to become compliant with emerging legislation or will not manage to collect quality emissions data or produce quality disclosure.”

The areas business should be considering in their strategies include:
* carbon risk management
* compliance audit with existing and future carbon legislation
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RSM Bird Cameron calls on business owners to review their business plan for 2012

December 1, 2011RSM Bird Cameron, one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, calls on businesses to consider whether they have an adequate business plan for the new year, and offers tips and benefits for developing a solid business plan.
Andrew Graham, national head of business solutions, RSM Bird Cameron, said, “There is a heated debate regarding the merits of having a business plan.

“Traditionally business plans have been lengthy and all-encompassing documents. Though there is a place for comprehensive business plans they are often a static representation of past history and future plans and not responsive to the modern business environment. 

“The real skill is not in writing pages of detail, but in developing the ability to get the real story across succinctly. A one-page outline of the business vision, values, objectives and how you will use your competitive advantage to achieve them will ensure you have the best tool to communicate the business plan.”
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