RSM Bird Cameron acquires Guild Accountants

RSM_Bird_Cameron_Logo@2xFebruary 13, 2012RSM Bird Cameron, one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, has acquired, Guild Accountants, part of the Guild Group.

Guild Accounting, formerly Saccasan Bailey, is a long-standing Sydney practice. With 26 offices across Australia the acquisition will add significant value and expertise to RSM Bird Cameron.

Kim Hutchinson, national chairman, RSM Bird Cameron, said, “RSM Bird Cameron is committed to providing quality expertise and advice.

“The acquisition of Guild Accountants demonstrates RSM Bird Cameron’s continued success and ability and success in growth both organically and through acquisition. This acquisition will contribute significantly to RSM Bird Cameron’s capabilities.”

Jamie O’Rourke, managing partner – Sydney, RSM Bird Cameron, said, “The acquisition of Guild Accountants builds on RSM Bird Cameron’s Sydney presence and strengthens its national base.

“The addition of Peter Saccasan, Bruce Bailey and Pat Flanagan, who are all joining the firm as partners of RSM Bird Cameron, will further enhance the services RSM Bird Cameron offers to its clients.”

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About RSM Bird Cameron
RSM Bird Cameron is the largest mid-tier accounting firm in Australia with national ownership and profit sharing and offers a full range of specialist advisory services, including business consulting and advisory, assurance and advisory, taxation consulting, corporate consulting and turnaround and insolvency. RSM Bird Cameron is a core member firm of RSM International, the sixth largest network of independent accounting and consulting firms in the world.

Fluke introduces 430 Series II three-phase power quality analysers

F-434-2_05a_cFebruary 8, 2012Fluke Corporation, the global leader in portable electronic test and measurement technology, introduces the Fluke® 430 Series II three-phase power quality analysers, the first tools to use a patented algorithm to measure energy waste and quantify its cost.

The 430 Series II helps facilities reduce electrical power consumption and improve the performance and lifespan of electro-mechanical equipment by providing the return on investment (ROI) justification to mitigate power quality distortion.

Previously, only experts could calculate how much energy was being wasted due to power quality issues. Utilities could calculate the cost but the required measurement process was beyond the reach of average electricians.

With the new, patented Unified Power function of the 430 Series II, electricians, utility technicians, electrical engineers, field service technicians and energy consultants can automatically determine how much power is being wasted and calculate exactly what the extra consumption costs with a single handheld tool.

In particular, the 430 Series II power quality analysers lets facilities assess the impact of new energy-efficient, electronically-driven systems from lighting to motor controls to HVAC.

While these new models consume less energy as individual installations, they increase the level of power quality disturbance in the overall electrical system, increasing waste energy due to harmonics and reducing the total potential energy savings. The Fluke 430 Series II calculates the monetary cost of that waste energy.

Most popular power quality analyser made better
As the most popular three-phase power quality analysers on the market because of their simultaneous display-and-record capabilities, the updated 430 Series II models feature three new measurement functions as well as hardware, software and firmware improvements.

New models have up to 32 GB (8 GB standard) memory, a swappable SD memory card and USB connectivity for longer power, energy logging and faster data download. Screen quality and battery life are both improved and the accompanying software has been redesigned to give users more options to analyse both power quality and power consumption. Both models are fully compliant with the stringent international IEC 61000-4-30 Class-A standard. Each one can monitor systems with up to ten power quality parameters on one screen and can record up to 150 parameters on 4 phases simultaneously, in accordance with the EN50160 standard, and are safety rated 600 V CAT IV/1000 V CAT III.

New patented, Unified Power measurement function
From an algorithm first developed by Vincente Leon and Joaquín Montañana of the University of Valencia Polytechnic as an extension to the  IEEE standard 1459, the patented Unified Power function on the 430 Series II was developed in cooperation between Fluke Corporation engineers and University of Valencia scientists. Unified Power marks the first time that any test tool has provided the ability to automatically quantify the energy wasted by harmonics and unbalance, and by inputting the utility rate structure, the user can even calculate the monetary cost of the wasted energy.

New Inverter Efficiency measurement function
The 430 Series II Inverter Efficiency function simultaneously measures the input and output power of inverters in solar systems, wind turbines and uninterrupted power supplies, letting the operator see how much electricity the inverter itself is consuming and whether it is operating efficiently. The measurements let operators adjust settings or make a case for a replacement unit.
 
New Power Wave measurement function
The 435 model includes PowerWave, a “fast capture” system that displays waveforms, half cycle RMS voltage and current values in full detail so motor and generator operators can measure the interaction during switching operations. This lets facility and utility service electricians, electrical contractors and generator suppliers easily gather measurements with one tool for load profiling, to prevent motor/drive/load mismatches, and for motor and generator commissioning and start-up testing.

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Pricing and availability
For more information on Fluke tools and applications, or to find the location of your nearest distributor, contact Fluke Australia, Locked Box 5004, Baulkham Hills, NSW 2153, call (02) 8850-3333, fax (02) 8850 3300, or e-mail sales@fluke.com.au. Visit Fluke’s website at www.fluke.com.au.

About Fluke
Founded in 1948, Fluke Corporation is the world leader in compact, professional electronic test tools. Fluke tools deliver the testing and troubleshooting capabilities that are critical to keep commerce and industry running smoothly. Fluke customers are technicians, engineers, electricians, metrologists and building diagnostic professionals who install, troubleshoot and manage industrial, electrical and electronic equipment and calibration processes for quality control and building restoration. In the past five years, Fluke tools won more than 50 industry awards, including Test and Measurement World Best in Test, Control Engineering Engineer’s Choice and Plant Engineering Product of the Year. Fluke is a registered trademark of Fluke Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Follow Fluke on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or LinkedIn.

Ten things business owners can do to boost their business in 2012

RSM_Bird_Cameron_Logo@2xJanuary 31, 2012RSM Bird Cameron, one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, suggests ten things business owners can do to improve profits, cash flow and reduce stress levels throughout 2012.

Andrew Graham, national head of business solutions, said, “There is no doubt that businesses in Australia are facing a difficult economic climate in 2012, which could lead to a potential rise in insolvenciesover the coming 12-18 months.

“Some businesses have already started the new year with cash flow difficulties as the cash cycle has tightened considerably through December and January. Now is the time for business owners to consider opportunities to restructure their business in light of what’s not working for them.

“Business owners need to remember that it is never too early to seek help and ask advice from accountants, business advisors or other specialists if they are worried about their business or managing cash flow.”

These tips can help businesses remain in the best possible shape for the year ahead:

1. Review the products and services you sell and tailor the mix to appeal to changing customer needs for 2012. Start considering and planning for other times in the year when customer needs change, for example Easter and change in seasons.

2. Review pricing structures to ensure competitiveness and profitability. Put formal procedures in place to monitor and proactively respond to competitor pricing changes.

3. Review stock levels to make sure you can satisfy customer demand for profitable product and service lines, and identify slow moving stock that can be liquidated as “bargain buys”.

4. Review sales, marketing and promotion plans and make sure they are optimised to help achieve the best results throughout 2012. Ensure all staff are aware of the targets for each week and be proactive in addressing shortfalls.

5. Review staffing plans and confirm acceptance of the rosters by all staff. For non-retail businesses, aim to schedule annual leave plans for the year as early as possible to ensure the business continues to operate effectively all year round.

6. Review fraud and theft protection systems and ensure all staff are reminded of their responsibility to be vigilant at all times.

7. Review debtor lists frequently and regularly and actively chase all overdue accounts.

8. Review the use of finance products for effectiveness. Overdrafts, premium funding, lease facilities and cash flow funding products can all be excellent tools to help match a business’s cash flow with planned outlays.

9. Complete a GST health check. Small businesses are in danger of losing time and money because of unreliable or outdated business systems causing them to incorrectly report GST.

10. Remember that you deserve to enjoy a break as well and it is vital that you are able to operate well. Plan some time off during slower periods throughout the year so that you are well rested and enthusiastic in the busier periods. Take care of your health and enjoy downtime with family and friends during the year.

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About RSM Bird Cameron
RSM Bird Cameron is the largest mid-tier accounting firm in Australia with national ownership and profit sharing and offers a full range of specialist advisory services, including business consulting and advisory, assurance and advisory, taxation consulting, corporate consulting and turnaround and insolvency. RSM Bird Cameron is a core member firm of RSM International, the sixth largest network of independent accounting and consulting firms in the world.

Polycom launches Polycom® SpectraLink® 8452, the first enterprise-grade voice-over Wi-Fi handset with integrated 2D barcode scanner

Wavelink LogoJanuary 30, 2012Wavelink, distributors of Polycom’s voice communications solutions, has announced the availability of the Polycom® SpectraLink® 8452, the first enterprise-grade voice-over Wi-Fi handset with an integrated 2D barcode scanner.

The handset combines a mobile phone, pager, push-to-talk functionality, barcode scanner and access to Web-based applications in a single lightweight device.

As an easy-to-use, multi-function solution, the SpectraLink 8452 improves workplace efficiency by letting workers communicate and access data in a variety of ways from anywhere within the enterprise Wi-Fi network.

The barcode scanner in the Polycom SpectraLink 8452 handset has the capability to read both 1D and 2D barcode images in hundredths of a second from a scanning distance of up to 86.36 centimetres (34 inches) and from a wide range of horizontal and vertical scan angles.

The handset also features the legendary Polycom HD Voice™ sound quality for natural, crystal-clear conversations, a large colour display with a simple and intuitive user interface, enterprise-grade durability, simple provisioning and management and support for accessories such as battery packs and headsets.

The Polycom SpectraLink 8452 handset is in the process of qualification to display and share call and directory information via Microsoft® Lync™, which includes features such as presence and instant message information.

For long-term investment protection, the Polycom SpectraLink 8452 is the first enterprise-grade voice-over Wi-Fi handset to combine barcode scanning, web-based application integration with support for latest IEEE Wi-Fi standard (802.11n), and offers best-in-class warranty, maintenance and service offerings.

Sten Dyrmose, general manager, wireless solutions, Polycom, said,  “The award-winning Polycom SpectraLink 8400 series, including the new 8452 phone, improves productivity and responsiveness of workers and meets the critical communication needs in rigorous environments such as hospitals, retail stores, factory floors and hotels.

“The multiple benefits of the handset also extend to the bottom line, delivering up to 40 per cent lower total cost of ownership than competing solutions.”

With the capability to encode about 65 times more data than 1D barcodes into a physically smaller label, 2D barcodes are quickly gaining popularity in the enterprise. This is especially true for industries where work is highly mobile and employees need instant access to data from the network in order to do their jobs. By integrating 2D barcode scanning technology in an enterprise-grade, durable handheld communications device, Polycom solves these challenges across a number of industry use cases, such as:
* healthcare, where clinical staff can increase patient safety by scanning barcodes on wristbands to obtain medical records and verify patient medication
* retail, where staff can offer better customer service by scanning barcodes for product inventory checks while interfacing with customers on the sales floor
* industrial manufacturing, where manufacturers scan barcodes to track parts and products through the supply chain.

The SpectraLink 8452 is available now. For more information, visit the product series page at www.polycom.com/sl8400.

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About Polycom
Polycom is the global leader in standards-based unified communications (UC) solutions for telepresence, video, and voice, powered by the Polycom RealPresence Platform. The RealPresence Platform interoperates with the broadest range of business, mobile and social applications and devices. More than 400,000 organisations trust Polycom solutions to collaborate and meet face to face from any location for more productive and effective engagement with colleagues, partners, customers and prospects. Polycom, together with its broad partner ecosystem, provides customers with the best TCO, scalability, and security – on-premises, hosted or cloud delivered. Visit www.polycom.com or connect with Polycom on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

NOTE: The product plans, specifications, and descriptions herein are provided for information only and subject to change without notice, and are provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Polycom reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. Products and related specifications referenced herein are not guaranteed and will be delivered on a when and if available basis.

© 2012 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom “Triangles” logo, and the names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

About Wavelink
Wavelink (www.wavelink.com.au) specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge business IP, wireless, communication and network security and access solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Polycom, Meru Networks, Digium, Cisco, AirTight, Nomadix and Bradford Networks. For more information please contact Wavelink on 1300 147 000.

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.”

What is killing the traditional business plan?
* Rapid change means the formal written business plan is often irrelevant the moment the ink is dry.
* A five-year business plan can restrict business’ responsiveness to changing market conditions and blind business owners to new opportunities.
* More entrepreneurs are starting businesses to take advantage of a short-term opportunity and with an exit already in mind, which influences the way they plan.
* Many small and medium-size businesses have never found business plans useful and increasingly are saying so.

What is replacing a traditional business plan?
* A one-page living document that is continually updated.
* Entrepreneurs with highly developed communication and presentation skills who are “walking articulators” of the plan.
* Specific documents highly tailored towards meeting the needs of business’ stakeholders, including banks, venture capitalists, suppliers and alliance partners.

While every business should have a business plan there are some instances when a solid business plan can provide additional benefit including when a business is:
* stagnant or failing
* going through business simplification
* introducing new product lines
* being purchased by new owners
* expanding
* experiencing cash flow problems.

According to RSM Bird Cameron’s thinkBIG 2011 research study, SME owners who plan their business are significantly more likely to experience revenue growth, with 80 per cent who plan their business experiencing growth over the last two years compared with 60 per cent who don’t plan.

Graham said, “Business planning disciplines can be weakest in newly established businesses because of time constraints. At a time when business owners should be examining the market they are trying to penetrate, the competitors they are trying to defeat and the customers they are trying to capture, they are pushing those activities aside in favour of working in the business.

“Implications of this approach for longer term growth include capital being more difficult to obtain due to a lack of a well-documented plan for the lender and missing breakthrough strategies if the time is not invested in examining the market thoroughly and searching for real differentiation.

“While dedicating time and energy to a business plan can be tedious and challenging, the effort is well spent. Businesses should spend at least 20 per cent of their time working on their business, not in it.”

Tips for developing a solid business and why every business can benefit from having one.
* A good business plan should be detailed yet succinct. Many invested entrepreneurs find it hard to break down their most precious concepts to a minimum. Business owners need to be able to write a business plan as a skeleton or outline for what they want the business to achieve and how it will do so.

* Solid business plans include a statement of business objectives and a financial, marketing, and operational  plan.

* Business planning correlates with higher rates of growth. Examining the market, competitive positioning and the products and services your business offers is an essential prerequisite to systematically pursuing and capturing opportunities.

* When completed, a business plan should be reviewed frequently to ensure that actual business activities are in line with the plan. Be prepared to change your plan if there are major shifts in the industry, market or general economic conditions.

* The action of writing out a plan will give you an objective and more focused view on what you are intending to carry out and how. This in-depth analysis will help you foresee potential gaps or hiccups, and help to eliminate surprise hurdles and obstacles.

* Carrying out regular market research for your business plan will mean you will have in-depth and current knowledge of your industry, resources and markets, and will help you avoid mistakes made by competitors.

* Ensure you incorporate accountability into the business plan and be disciplined in implementing the actions that are required to move the business forward.

Graham said, “Business owners should be prepared to review, change and adjust the business plan to ensure the business goals continue to be attainable.

“Ultimately a business plan should be considered a tool for driving business strategy, providing an objective overview of the business and a better means of communication.”

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About RSM Bird Cameron
RSM Bird Cameron is the largest mid-tier accounting firm in Australia with national ownership and profit sharing and offers a full range of specialist advisory services, including business consulting and advisory, assurance and advisory, taxation consulting, corporate consulting and turnaround and insolvency. RSM Bird Cameron is a core member firm of RSM International, the sixth largest network of independent accounting and consulting firms in the world.

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.

“As a World Skills International global industry partner, Fluke Corporation is proud to be helping the next generation of industry talent.”

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About WorldSkills International
WorldSkills International is a not for profit membership association open to agencies or bodies which have a responsibility for promoting vocational education and training in their respective countries/regions. WorldSkills International operates worldwide and is politically and denominationally neutral.

About Fluke
Founded in 1948, Fluke Corporation is the world leader in compact, professional electronic test tools. Fluke tools deliver the testing and troubleshooting capabilities that are critical to keep commerce and industry running smoothly. Fluke customers are technicians, engineers, electricians, metrologists and building diagnostic professionals who install, troubleshoot and manage industrial, electrical and electronic equipment and calibration processes for quality control and building restoration. In the past five years, Fluke tools won more than 50 industry awards, including Test and Measurement World Best in Test, Control Engineering Engineer’s Choice and Plant Engineering Product of the Year. Fluke is a registered trademark of Fluke Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Fluke Networks releases new signature updates to protect against emerging wireless security threats and vulnerabilities

November 15, 2011Fluke Networks has announced the release of new threat signature updates for its AirMagnet Enterprise 9.0 wireless intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS).

The updates offer protection against wireless threats and vulnerabilities, including Karmetasploit and Apple’s new AirDrop feature.

By using its proprietary Dynamic Threat Update (DTU) technology, AirMagnet Enterprise offers the only wireless LAN (WLAN) security system on the market today that can quickly generate signature updates for immediate protection and automatically push them to customers without requiring scheduled downtime or additional IT resources.

Jesse Frankel, leader of the AirMagnet Intrusion Research Team, said, “Fluke Networks’ ability to immediately update against emerging threats is increasingly critical to both its enterprise and government customers given the growth in Wi-Fi networks and cybercrime.”

To help protect AirMagnet Enterprise customers against the changing WLAN vulnerabilities and threats, the following new signature updates have been released:

* AirDrop – Apple’s Mac OS® X Lion includes the new AirDrop feature that lets multiple users share files wirelessly, which can be a violation of company security policies, creating security risks that could result in protected data being easily transferred to unknown machines outside of the enterprise network, potentially leaving the network vulnerable to other active attacks.

* Karmetasploit – This is an aggressive man in the middle (MitM) style attack that tricks a client into associating with a device masquerading as an access point running KARMA. This lets a hacker do any number of the following: gain access to the client machine, capture passwords, harvest data and conduct a wide variety of application exploits.

* DHCP Starvation Attack – A DHCP starvation attack run from a wireless client can cause other clients to connect to a malicious network. Wireless guest networks and unencrypted commercial hotspots are especially vulnerable to this attack, which can lead to lost productivity or revenue.

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About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.FlukeNetworks.com or call +61 2 8850 3333.

12 things business owners should complete before 2012

October 25, 2011RSM Bird Cameron, one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, offers 12 things business owners should complete before 2012 to improve profits, cash flow and reduce stress levels.

Andrew Graham, national head of business solutions, said, “Many businesses in Australia are again facing a volatile economic climate, and there is no doubt that an economic downturn could spell the end for some businesses.  This is demonstrated by a surge in insolvencies and the appearance of increased activity by the ATO in collecting long-standing tax debts.

“With this in mind there is a very real possibility many businesses will start the new year facing increased cash flow difficulties or just managing to get by, instead of looking at ways to strengthen and grow the business.”

Cash flow is already being stretched, and as always this will be felt even more throughout the new year period as the holiday season leads to payment terms being slowed beyond the delays businesses are already seeing.

Graham said, “Business owners need to remember that it is never too early to seek help and ask advice from accountants, business advisors or other specialists if they are worried about their business or managing cash flow over the holiday season.”

The below tips can help businesses start 2012 in the best way possible:

1. Review the products and services you sell and tailor the mix to appeal to changing customer needs for the holiday and new year season. Also start considering and planning for other times in the year when customers’ needs change, for example winter.

2. Review pricing structures to ensure competitiveness and profitability. Put formal procedures in place to monitor and proactively respond to competitor pricing changes.

3. Review stock levels to make sure you can satisfy customer demand for profitable product and service lines, and identify slow moving stock that can be liquidated as “bargain buys” or bundled into gift packages.

4. Review sales, marketing and promotion plans and make sure they are optimised to help achieve the best results not only during the holiday season but well into the new year. Ensure all staff are aware of the targets for each week and be proactive in addressing shortfalls.

5. Review staffing plans and confirm acceptance of the rosters by all staff. For non-retail businesses, annual leave plans need to be balanced and finalised as early as possible to ensure the business continues to operate effectively.

6. Review fraud and theft protection systems and ensure all staff are reminded of their responsibility to be vigilant as customer traffic increases and the pressures of Christmas expectations can motivate increased customer and staff theft.

7. Review debtor lists and actively chase all overdue accounts. Any amount not collected by December 23 is unlikely to be collected until February or later. Collecting money owed to you is good business – it does not make you a Grinch.

8. Review the use of finance products for effectiveness. Overdrafts, premium funding, lease facilities and cash flow funding products can all be excellent tools to help match a business’s cash supply with planned outlays, and may be especially useful in managing cash flow throughout the holiday season.

9. Complete a GST health check. Small businesses are in danger of losing time and money because of unreliable or outdated business systems causing them to incorrectly report GST.

10. Strategically plan end of year gifts and entertainment to key customers, prospects, suppliers and business partners to strengthen relationships into the new year rather than simply being a cost of doing business.

11. Carefully plan staff end of year parties to reward and recognise their efforts for the year. Remember your workplace obligations to provide a safe environment for the event in relation to alcohol and discrimination.

12. Remember that you deserve to enjoy a break as well. Plan some time off particularly around public holidays – take care of your health and enjoy some downtime with family and friends. The new year will dawn a brighter place if you end this one in a happy frame of mind, and feel prepared for the year ahead.

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About RSM Bird Cameron
RSM Bird Cameron is the largest mid-tier accounting firm in Australia with national ownership and profit sharing and offers a full range of specialist advisory services, including business consulting and advisory, assurance and advisory, taxation consulting, corporate consulting and turnaround and insolvency. RSM Bird Cameron is a core member firm of RSM International, the sixth largest network of independent accounting and consulting firms in the world.

Wavelink announces winners of Meru Networks’ Winter of Wireless K-12 school promotion

October 24, 2011Wavelink, a value added distributor of business IP, wireless, communication and network security and access solutions, has announced that Sacred Heart School in Melbourne and The Lakes College in Brisbane have won a share of $25,000 in wireless technology in Meru Networks’ Winter of Wireless K-12 school promotion.

Ilan Rubin, managing director, Wavelink, said, “As the Australian distributor for Meru Networks, Wavelink is delighted to assist the two winning schools accelerate their wireless performance. While the original promotion was for one winner, the quality of responses and genuine need of the schools prompted Wavelink to award two wireless networks.

“Mobile computing initiatives are changing the way children learn in K-12 environments. Laptop carts, video learning and one-to-one computing programs have combined with small IT teams and shrinking budgets to drive the need for high density, simple to manage and intelligent wireless networks.

“Wavelink will work with The Lakes College and Sacred Heart School to ensure that the wireless networks we provide are tailored to meet the individual requirements of each school and deliver a wireless solution that simply works, letting teachers focus on teaching instead of dealing with IT issues.”

David Kleinschmidt, IT manager, The Lakes College, said, “The Lakes College prides itself on offering a high level of education for all students. The ongoing funding challenges of a new school mean that keeping up with the latest technology developments can be difficult.

“Winning the Meru Networks’ Winter of Wireless K-12 school promotion means that The Lakes College can now provide high quality wireless to all senior students on the 1:1 laptop program to effectively deliver learning and education programs, assessments and electronic textbooks without the high incidence of drop outs the students experience on the current network.

“The implementation will also mean improved connectivity for the whole school through the ability to add access points (AP’s) to the library and the languages classroom, enhancing learning for the whole school.”

Jan Hendry, Deputy Principal, Sacred Heart School, said, “At Sacred Heart School students use ICT equipment every day and all staff rely on the network coverage and internet speed for day-to-day teaching and administration. Technology in education is moving so fast, and having wireless access is critical to providing a flexible learning environment.

“Winning the Meru Networks’ Winter of Wireless K-12 school promotion means that Sacred Heart School can improve the speed and coverage of its existing network, which means students’ can increase their capabilities, knowledge and skills without being constrained to the current setup of the school.”

“In addition Sacred Heart School has been selected as one of five pilot schools in Melbourne for the new ultranet and ICON programs, giving the school the opportunity to showcase its ICT skills and knowledge to the broader community, leading the way in current practices and influencing decisions made by other educational institutions. The Meru Network’s implementation will let the school effectively participate in the pilot.”

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About The Lakes College
The Lakes College is a provider of high quality education for students in North Lakes and surrounding areas. Its students come from the northern suburbs of Brisbane and from within the Moreton Bay Regional Shire.

The College opened in 2005, catering for students in Prep to Year 3 with the full complement of classes through to Year 12 being progressively added. By 2013 it will be a Prep to Year 12
co-educational College.

The Lakes College is well known for an amazing sense of school spirit and strong community and seeks to engage students in their learning and preparation for life in the global future.

The College seeks an environment where students, staff and families feel they belong, where there is respect, support for each other, where talents are harnessed and celebrations enjoyed.

About Sacred Heart School
Sacred Heart Primary School is a Catholic primary school offering education to boys and girls from Grade Prep to Grade 6.

Sacred Heart School aims to create an atmosphere in which both children and staff can grow and develop as a Christian community loved by God.

The school aims to extend this to a sense of belonging within the wider community of home, school and parish.

Sacred Heart Primary School is committed to the development of the whole person and it strives to provide a teaching and learning environment where positive attitudes towards faith, life and learning are encouraged and developed.

The curriculum is designed to focus on the development of the spiritual, social, intellectual, emotional and physical aspects and so enable each child to reach their full potential.

About Meru Networks
Founded in 2002, Meru Networks develops and markets a virtualised wireless LAN solution that cost-effectively optimises the enterprise network to deliver the performance, reliability, predictability and operational simplicity of a wired network, with the advantages of mobility.  Meru’s solution represents an innovative approach to wireless networking that utilises virtualisation technology to create an intelligent and self-monitoring wireless network, and enables enterprises to migrate their business-critical applications from wired networks to wireless networks, and become all-wireless enterprises.  Meru’s solutions have been adopted in major industry vertical markets, including education, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing and retail. Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has operations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.  For more information, visit www.merunetworks.com.

About Wavelink
Wavelink (www.wavelink.com.au) specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge business IP, wireless, communication and network security and access solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Meru Networks, Polycom, Digium, Cisco, AirTight, Nomadix, Identity Networks and Bradford Networks. For more information please contact Wavelink on 1300 147 000.

RSM Bird Cameron says business owners must ask more of their accountants in tough times

October 17, 2011RSM Bird Cameron, one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, says business owners must ask more of their accountants in tough times.

Andrew Graham, national head of business solutions, RSM Bird Cameron, said, “It is easy to have accountants for many years that do the basics well – but not fully realise the value they should be offering beyond that. Or sometimes a business simply outgrows their existing accountant in terms of what they need and what can be offered.

“The depth of experience your accountant has, and the advice they can give, is vital to the success of your business, and should be a resource you can call on. This is particularly important as many businesses face an uncertain economic future.

“Most accountants provide basic retrospective analysis on the numbers given to them, coupled with some compliance, tax and super advice. The best accountants offer real practical business advice on how to effectively operate, manage and grow the business.”

RSM Bird Cameron has developed this simple test to help business owners assess the value their accountants offer them. Does your accountant:
* take time to understand your personal goals, needs and ambitions and actively work with you to achieve them
* take the time to understand the dynamics of your business and industry rather than just look at the numbers?
* identify opportunities for your business’ growth and improvement?
* provide ideas on how to make those opportunities work?
* help you identify your vision for the future of your business, your personal goals and the steps to get you there?
* create a regularly updated action plan to achieve those goals?
* agree on all fees and payment terms up front?
* help you understand the profitability of each product or service offered by your business?
* provide feedback and new ideas on marketing and advertising to generate better a return on investment?
* help you address any management and human resource issues, such as tax, payroll and superannuation questions or concerns?
* build key performance indicators specific to your business?
* help you understand what drives cash in your business?
* create plans to maximise cash flow?
* proactively monitor progress on a monthly basis so you can adjust quickly to maximise profits?
* help you establish business management systems so you have clearer picture of your operations?
* help you find ways to work ‘on’ your business rather than in it so you can realise a better quality of life?
* work to constantly increase your financial rewards and provide for a well-funded retirement?
* help you implement strategies for the future to make your business a more valuable and realisable asset by sale or succession?

“Having access to reliable and sensible advice could mean the difference between a business that thrives and a business that just gets by. If your accountant isn’t contributing to the success of your business it may time to look at other options.

“Ultimately you should be able to call on your accountant as a trusted adviser to help you make your business the best it can be,” Graham said.

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About RSM Bird Cameron
RSM Bird Cameron is the largest mid-tier accounting firm in Australia with national ownership and profit sharing and offers a full range of specialist advisory services, including business consulting and advisory, assurance and advisory, taxation consulting, corporate consulting and turnaround and insolvency. RSM Bird Cameron is a core member firm of RSM International, the sixth largest network of independent accounting and consulting firms in the world.