CompTIA IT Industry Outlook 2020: ‘Tricky balancing act’ ahead as industry enters a new decade

Leading industry association project 3.7 per cent industry growth in 2020; identifies 10 trends to watch in the year ahead

The global information technology (IT) industry heads into 2020 balancing its drive to produce new products and services while addressing issues that are often byproducts of innovation, according to the IT Industry Outlook 2020 report from CompTIA, the industry’s leading trade association.

Moving past the hype surrounding emerging technologies and honing in on value-driven real business use cases; making cybersecurity a top of mind business consideration rather than a technology task; and melding artificial intelligence and automation into the workplace without eliminating the human element are just some of the challenges ahead for the industry identified in the CompTIA report.

CompTIA projects the global IT industry will grow at a rate of 3.7 per cent in 2020, with upside potential in the 5.4 per cent range and a downside floor of 1.9 per cent.

Seth Robinson, senior director and industry analysis, CompTIA said, “This is a narrower forecast range than what we’ve seen in past years, suggesting industry executives are exercising a relatively high degree of caution in an unpredictable environment.”

CompTIA uses a consensus forecasting approach. This “wisdom of the crowds” model attempts to balance the opinions of large IT firms with small IT firms, as well as optimistic opinions with pessimistic opinions, to come up with a “best-fit forecast” that reflects the sentiment of industry executives.

CompTIA’s 10 trends to watch in 2020

CompTIA’s IT Industry Outlook 2020 also provides insight into 10 trends that will shape the IT industry, its workforce, and its business models in the coming year.

1. Tech-washing fades in favor of real strategy
2. Workforce diversity grows in many ways
3. Tech topics are front and centre in U.S. elections
4. Hype meets reality with emerging technology
5. Internet of Things continues to redefine IT architecture
6. Artificial intelligence eats the world
7. Demand for integration leads to demand for automation
8. Cybersecurity becomes more operational
9. Deep fakes and 5G exacerbate the data management challenge
10. Tech industry regulation stirs fears

Seth Robinson said, “Trends tend to unfold in a step-like manner. Some of the trends we’ve highlighted are in their early stages while others are approaching market-ready maturity. Similarly, any single trend will impact organisations at different times and in different ways.”

The view from the IT channel

Companies involved in the selling of technology products and services can anticipate another year of change and complexity in 2020. Factors that have altered the selling and buying process over the last several years (competition from new market entrants, more options for customers to choose from) will remain in play.

Carolyn April, senior director and industry analysis, CompTIA said, “The channel firms that manage to thrive will be the ones who invest in skills training, expand their market reach to new customers and verticals, partner with potential competitors, and embrace emerging tech. For many, this will mean getting out of their comfort zone.”

IT pros optimistic

IT professionals head into the new year with optimistic feelings about their roles in the industry. Among IT pros in Australia and New Zealand, 82 per cent rate their outlook as good or very good. Technology workers in other countries and regions expressed similar positive sentiments: 81 per cent in Canada, 75 per cent in the United Kingdom, 86 per cent in the United States and 85 per cent in the Benelux region (Belgium/Netherlands/Luxembourg).

The high demand for technology skills, which in turn leads to robust career options, is the top reason for optimism. There’s also a sense that the importance of technology to business objectives makes technology a more integral part of business operations, giving IT pros an opportunity to play a larger role in the direction of the organisation.

The complete IT Industry Outlook 2020 report is available at https://www.comptia.org/content/research/it-industry-trends-analysis. For all the latest news from CompTIA visit https://www.comptia.org/newsroom.

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About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the more than 50 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit www.comptia.org to learn more.

Y Soft launches be3D Academy, an online collection of 3D lessons for educators

Teacher-tested lesson plans in STEAM subjects aid classroom instruction and immersive learning

Y Soft Corporation, has announced be3D Academy™, an online collection of 3D resources and lesson plans designed to make it easy to teach in 3D. be3D Academy is now available to educators as an additional part of YSoft be3D eDee®, a 3D printing solution designed specifically for education.

While the benefits of 3D printing in the classroom, as an immersive learning tool that engages students and makes difficult subjects easier to understand, are well understood, many educators have neither the time nor the 3D knowledge to develop lesson plans that incorporate 3D printing.

Yet, even with these barriers, schools are increasing their 3D printing adoption. Our own research (1) shows that 77 per cent of schools planned on expanding the use of 3D printing in their schools. IDC analyst, Tim Greene, stated: “We have observed the adoption of 3D printing in education not only in engineering curriculums in higher education but the technology has made its way into K-12 institutions with the recognition that this skill set will be essential in the future.” (2)

From day one, Y Soft has worked with educators around the world to understand how 3D printing could seamlessly be part of classroom learning. By designing safety features for the eDee 3D printer and ensuring that the entire flow, from design to printed 3D model, was easy for school-aged children to use without direct supervision, eDee® has continued to meet the needs of educators. With be3D Academy, educators now have an online resource of teacher-tested science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematic (STEAM) projects that quickly bring classroom subjects to life.

Each be3D Academy lesson plan offers educators a variety of tools, including 3D model files, videos, student worksheets, and presentations to help introduce the 3D project to students. Each lesson indicates the STEAM or design concepts that the project explores. be3D Academy also includes video tutorials and a 3D model database containing ready-made models that can be printed using the YSoft be3D eDee printer.

Teacher approved

Robert Havlásek, a mathematics and informatics teacher at GML Brno, said, “Our students enjoy using 3D printing in the classroom. We can see comprehension levels rising. I like that Y Soft really listens to our feedback in creating an online library of 3D printing projects for Education.”

Joseph Martindale, teacher at The Hills Sports High School, said, “The implementation of the be3D eDee printers in our classrooms has had a significant impact on the educational outcomes of our students. Utilising “ready to teach” lesson plans from the be3D Academy has provided a streamlined process for implementing effective learning intentions and has been vital in our STEM programming and implementation. Students have loved seeing their designs come to life and enjoy exploring the opportunities 3D printing provided in both the working world and the classroom.”

Elke Heiss, Y Soft Chief Marketing Officer, said, “3D printing is particularly valuable in the classroom to convey complex subjects. When students can touch and adjust physical objects they have created, understanding increases. Comprehension of STEAM subjects can be difficult, and be3D Academy’s lessons make concepts interesting and fun. be3D Academy lesson plans range from creating castles to understanding geometric shapes and volumes to creating a Da Vinci bridge as a science learning project.”

be3D Academy is open to any educator interested in bringing the benefits of 3D printing to the classroom. The lessons and provided 3D models are designed and optimised for use on YSoft be3D eDee printers with Y Soft certified filaments. be3D Academy can be found at: be3dacademy.ysoft.com

A video introduction to be3D Academy can be viewed here.

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About YSoft be3D eDee
YSoft be3D eDee is a 3D printing solution designed for education that combines a safe, enclosed and easy to use 3D printer with 3D print management software, 3D layering software, be3D Academy, an online collection of 3D lesson plans, filament (the 3D printing material) and accessories. A video overview of the entire YSoft be3D eDee 3D printing solution can be viewed here.

About Y Soft
Y Soft develops intelligent digital transformation office solutions for enterprise, SMB and education that empower employees to be more productive and creative. Our YSoft SafeQ® workflow solutions platform enables businesses to manage, optimise and secure their print and digital processes and workflows. Our 3D print solutions are focused in the education sector where they provide unique ease of use and safety benefits, while utilising YSoft SafeQ software for seamless 3D print management.
Founded in 2000, the company is headquartered in Brno, Czech Republic, with offices in North and Latin America, Europe and Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and the Asia Pacific region (APAC). For more information, please visit www.ysoft.com.

References: 

(1) Independent research by Dimensional Research on behalf of Y Soft.

(2) IDC Doc #US43152717 | IDC FutureScape: Worldwide 3D Printing 2018 Predictions

New CompTIA Report tracks Australian teenagers’ thoughts on technology usage and careers

Nearly half of teens say they would consider a career in tech, but perceived barriers and lack of career information persist

Sydney – New research published by CompTIA, the leading trade association for the global technology industry, finds that teenagers in Australia believe that technology is generally moving in a positive direction and is a force for good that will play an even greater role in their lives as they grow older.

The CompTIA report “International Youth Perspectives of Technology and Careers” reveals that 45 per cent of the Australian teenagers surveyed would consider a career in technology, compared to 50 per cent globally. Australian teens are generally positive about what a job in tech entails; solving problems, doing work that’s interesting and fun and earning a good salary.

But the survey also finds that barriers are still in place that may be keeping even more young people from looking at the technology field as a profession. More than 1,500 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 from 11 different countries (1) participated in the online survey.

“It’s encouraging to see that a sizeable percentage of young people see tech as a viable career option,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA. “But it’s also quite apparent that we still have work to do to correct misperceptions about tech occupations and to provide career instruction and resources that reflect the reality of the 21st Century tech workforce.”

For example, the data shows that 35 per cent of Australian teenagers are of the opinion that they lack the preparation and exposure to technology in high school or college that would prepare them for a career. A like percentage believe there are limited job opportunities in technology in their local area. Slightly more than one-quarter of teens cite the lack of affordable schooling and training options; and feel the technology field is too competitive and difficult to enter.

The report also confirms that gender bias is still present when it comes to career advice. Boys in Australia received notably higher levels of encouragement from parents, teachers, peers and other to consider a career in tech than girls did (55 per cent vs. 33 per cent).

When teens were asked about specific career opportunities in tech, the most popular choices were designing video games, working in emerging technologies, such as robotics, running a tech business and working in cybersecurity.

“These are all great career choices, but there are many more job roles in tech that provide the opportunity to earn a good salary, take on new and greater responsibilities and, most importantly, have a positive impact on society,” Thibodeaux said. “We need to expand our outreach to get that message out to the next generations of workers.”

To aid in the education effort, CompTIA has created The Future of Tech, a free and growing library of resources designed for anyone interested in learning about new and what’s next in technology.

CompTIA’s Australia New Zealand (ANZ) Channel Community also recently launched a new initiative to train and certify 3,000 students in the fundamentals of technology. Free courseware materials and certification exam vouchers will be made available to 3,000 students age 25 and under in Australia and New Zealand. More information on the program is available at https://www.land.certification.comptia.org/ITFANZ.

Interacting with technology

Among Australian teenagers, 54 per cent generally believe that technology in a positive direction compared to 13 per cent who feel that tech is heading in a negative direction and 33 per cent who are unsure. The corresponding global figures are 54 per cent positive, 11 per cent negative and 35 per cent unsure.

Factors contributing to the positive feelings include the expectations that innovation and technology breakthroughs could drastically improve lives; offer more choices to meet the needs of just about everyone; produce apps and devices that are faster, better and more feature rich; and narrow the “digital divide” by providing access to more information and services to more people.

A majority of young people (69 per cent) report seeing or hearing something about automating technologies and the future of work. They also expressed a degree of concern over the uncertainty of automation.

“Teens astutely anticipate the need for more training and hands-on experience in various technology disciplines to ensure that they are well positioned for the workplace of tomorrow,” said Anna Matthai, senior manager, research and market intelligence, CompTIA.

To access a free copy of the full report “International Youth Perspectives of Technology and Careers” visit https://comptiacdn.azureedge.net/webcontent/docs/default-source/research-reports/comptia-international-youth-technology-and-career-perceptions.pdf?sfvrsn=f0dfb41e_2.

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About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the more than 50 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit www.comptia.org to learn more.

References: 

(1) Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Japan, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States.

Palo Alto Networks Redefines Detection and Response with Cortex XDR 2.0

Cortex XDR extended to third-party data sources with a new unified platform experience for best-in-class prevention, detection, investigation and response

Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW), the global cybersecurity leader, introduced Cortex XDR™ 2.0 — an advancement of the industry’s only detection and response platform that runs on fully integrated endpoint, network and cloud data. As the market’s first and leading XDR product, Cortex XDR 2.0 continues to extend the category definition with the addition of third-party data for analytics and investigations, while unifying prevention, detection, investigation and response in one platform experience for unrivaled security and operational efficiency.

“With Cortex XDR, we set out to eliminate the blind spots created by disjointed products and help organisations stop the most sophisticated attacks through deep analytics and enhanced visibility. In nine months, we’ve enabled organisations to reduce alert volumes by 50X and speed investigation time by 8X, ultimately filtering out the noise and allowing analysts to focus on the most critical threats,” said Lee Klarich, chief product officer at Palo Alto Networks. “With the addition of third-party data, a unified platform experience and new endpoint security improvements in Cortex XDR 2.0, we are further enhancing the power of the Cortex XDR platform and extending its prevention, detection, investigation and response capabilities across the customer’s entire environment.”

Palo Alto Networks unveiled significant platform advancements that help organisations defend their enterprise with unrivaled data and deep analytics:

  • Open to third-party data: Cortex XDR’s patented behavioral analytics capabilities have been extended to logs collected from third-party firewalls, enabling detection across multi-vendor environments while integrating third-party firewall alerts into a unified incident view.
  • Seamless platform experience: Prevention, detection, investigation and response capabilities have been unified into a single platform, with a complete rebuild of the Traps™ management service into Cortex XDR. The new management console has end-to-end support for all capabilities previously part of Traps and Cortex XDR, spanning endpoint policy management, security events review and endpoint log analysis melded with detection, investigation and response.
  • AI-driven malware prevention: Cortex XDR’s new machine learning-driven local analysis engine is customised for continuous learning and prevention. Powered by the world’s most expansive training set from WildFire®, the engine delivers the industry’s highest malware detection rates and includes a unique agile framework for rapid model updates to stay ahead of attackers’ evolving techniques.
  • New device control capability: The new Device Control module, the first in a series of new endpoint protection platform modules, will give organisations granular USB access management on the endpoint to prevent malware and data loss caused by unsanctioned devices.

Customer and Analyst Quotes

  • “As a small team, we desperately needed a tool that filtered through all the noise to help us scale,” said Ryan Kramer, enterprise network architect for the State of North Dakota. “What we’re seeing with Cortex XDR is exactly that. It’s helping us filter out irrelevant alerts and other noise while elevating critical alerts that give us new threat intelligence we didn’t have before.”
  • “A major contributing factor in the speed of threat detection and response is the amount of time it takes to assemble alert and activity data from endpoint, network, cloud and other security controls, which are traditionally spread across various point products,” said Dave Gruber, senior analyst for the Enterprise Strategy Group. “An XDR approach automates this process, correlating the data in one place to give analysts immediate context to understand the scope of the attack and drive faster investigation and remediation.”

Cortex™ is the industry’s most comprehensive product suite for security operations, empowering enterprises with best-in-class detection, investigation, automation and response capabilities. To learn how to move security operations forward, please join us for a live discussion on December 10, 2019.

Availability

Cortex XDR 2.0 will be available in December. Cortex XDR third-party logs and alert ingestion are available for select third-party products now. For more information, please visit https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/cortex/cortex-xdr.

About Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organisations operate. Our mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. We help address the world’s greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration. By delivering an integrated platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, we are at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organisations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices. Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. For more information, visit www.paloaltonetworks.com.

Palo Alto Networks, Cortex, Cortex XDR, Traps, WildFire and the Palo Alto Networks logo are trademarks of Palo Alto Networks, Inc. in the United States and jurisdictions throughout the world. All other trademarks, trade names or service marks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

Palo Alto Networks Delivers the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Secure Access Service Edge

Extends Prisma Access with new SD-WAN and DLP capabilities

Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW), the global cybersecurity leader, has announced new cloud-delivered software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) and data loss prevention (DLP) capabilities in Prisma™ Access, the industry’s most comprehensive secure access service edge (SASE) platform. As a complete SASE solution, Prisma Access delivers end-to-end networking and security services from a globally distributed cloud platform.

Adoption of cloud technology and increased user mobility have fundamentally changed the way that network and security infrastructure must be built. The emerging SASE model addresses limitations of traditional architectures by converging networking and security in the cloud. According to Gartner, “Enterprise demand for cloud-based SASE capabilities, and market competition and consolidation, will redefine enterprise network and network security architectures and reshape the competitive landscape”

“As applications are increasingly delivered from the cloud and users become more mobile, organisations are being forced to rethink the way they deploy networking and security,” said Lee Klarich, chief product officer at Palo Alto Networks. “To connect and secure organisations now and in the future, we believe that networking and security must converge in the cloud. Unlike traditional approaches to SD-WAN that compromise on security, add complexity and deliver unpredictable performance when users are accessing cloud applications, Prisma Access delivers a simple, secure and high-performance SD-WAN fabric from the cloud.”

Leading companies already rely on Prisma Access for its consistent delivery of comprehensive networking and security services, including IPsec VPN, SSL VPN, cloud-delivered malware analysis, DNS Security, and URL filtering capabilities. Prisma Access also provides inline SaaS application visibility and control and integrates with Prisma SaaS for API-based protection, delivering a complete multi-mode CASB.

With the introduction of new SD-WAN features and a DLP service, Palo Alto Networks is both enhancing the Prisma Access platform and extending its industry-leading SASE capabilities:

  • New Prisma Access SD-WAN service: Traditional approaches to SD-WAN expose organisations to security risks, deliver unreliable end-to-end performance and increase network complexity. With this release, Palo Alto Networks is delivering a simple, reliable and secure end-to-end SD-WAN infrastructure, with Prisma Access operating as the cloud-based SD-WAN hub and next-generation firewalls operating as the SD-WAN appliances in the branch.
  • New cloud-based management user interface: Existing Palo Alto Networks customers have enjoyed the ability to manage Prisma Access from their familiar Panorama™ management console, which enables consistent security policy to be applied across physical and virtual firewalls, as well as the cloud. For customers born in the cloud, Palo Alto Networks is introducing a reimagined workflow-based interface, delivered as a service from the cloud, to simplify the process of configuring and managing SASE.
  • New SaaS service-level agreements: As organisations adopt cloud-based services, service-level agreements are essential in defining a service provider’s commitment to critical areas like performance, availability, security and more. Prisma Access is the only cloud-delivered SASE offering that guarantees the performance of SaaS application access, extending the existing uptime and security processing performance SLAs.
  • New advanced DLP service: Ensuring comprehensive data protection and governance is an essential capability of any SASE solution. The new advanced DLP service for Prisma Access helps mitigate the risk of data exfiltration and non-compliance by discovering, monitoring and protecting sensitive data. The new DLP engine will initially support Prisma Access and Prisma SaaS to detect data in motion over the network and at rest in public cloud storage locations. The service will become available across all Palo Alto Networks products in the future, enabling consistent data protection across the enterprise.

*Gartner, The Future of Network Security Is in the Cloud, 30 August 2019

Customer quotes

  • “For the past few years, we’ve relied on Prisma Access to transform the way we connect and secure our mobile users,” said Josh Dye, senior vice president of Global Information Security at Jefferies. “We are excited to see Palo Alto Networks take Prisma Access to the next level with the introduction of SD-WAN and the other new capabilities. We believe Prisma Access is now the most complete secure access service edge offering we have seen in the market.”
  • “Palo Alto Networks has enabled Moody’s to transform into dynamic global enterprise, leveraging public cloud and SaaS-based services to accelerate our business objectives,” said George Kurian, senior vice president of Cybersecurity Services at Moody’s. “The secure access service edge delivered by Prisma Access has been key to our cloud transformation, allowing us to provide secure access to our public cloud and SaaS services to all of our users, regardless of location. With Prisma Access, we can now stand up branch locations immediately and integrate them into our corporate network overnight, at a fraction of the previous cost.”

Prisma is the industry’s most complete cloud security offering for today and tomorrow. It provides unprecedented visibility into data, assets and risks in the cloud; consistently secures access, data and applications without compromises; enables speed and agility as organisations embrace the cloud; and reduces operational complexity and cost with a radically simple architecture. For more information, please visit www.paloaltonetworks.com/prisma.

Availability
Prisma Access, SD-WAN, cloud-based management UI and new SaaS SLAs are available now. DLP is available for evaluation. For more information, please visit https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/prisma/access.

About Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organisations operate. Our mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. We help address the world’s greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration. By delivering an integrated platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, we are at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organisations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices. Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. For more information, visit www.paloaltonetworks.com.

Palo Alto Networks, Prisma, Panorama and the Palo Alto Networks logo are trademarks of Palo Alto Networks, Inc. in the United States and jurisdictions throughout the world. All other trademarks, trade names or service marks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

Konica Minolta announces partnership with UiPath to bring robotic process automation to Australian customers

Konica Minolta Australia, market-leading provider of integrated solutions and managed services, has announced a partnership with UiPath, the leading enterprise robotic process automation (RPA) software company, to bring its solution to customers in the region for new levels of efficiency and performance to open up new revenue streams and improve customer experience.

UiPath is leading the automation-first era, championing one robot for every person, delivering free and open training and collaboration, and letting robots learn new skills through artificial intelligence (AI) and its subset, machine learning. Led by a commitment to bring digital-era skills to more than a million people, the company’s enterprise RPA platform has already automated millions of repetitive, mind-numbing tasks for business and government organisations all over the world, improving productivity, customer experience, and employee job satisfaction.

In contrast to other, traditional IT solutions, RPA lets organisations automate at a fraction of the cost and time previously encountered. RPA is also non-intrusive in nature and leverages the existing infrastructure without causing disruption to underlying systems, which would be difficult and costly to replace. With RPA, cost efficiency and compliance are no longer an operating cost but a byproduct of the automation. RPA delivers direct profitability while improving accuracy across organisations.

Eric Holtsmark, general manager – strategy, transformation and technology, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Konica Minolta Australia’s partnership with UiPath will provide customers with a powerful combination of tools and services to tackle business process opportunities, scaling from automation of repetitive and time-consuming procedures right through to full-scale transformation of end-to-end processes. This lets people focus on the more creative and complex problems facing the organisation.

“Konica Minolta Australia’s highly-skilled professional services staff work closely with clients to deliver a range of RPA services including strategy development, design, and technical development, project management, implementation, and support and maintenance.”

To learn more about UiPath, please visit www.uipath.com.

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About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of integrated solutions and managed services with the power to transform business environments.

A global leader in the provision of multifunction printers, digital print presses, industrial print products, 3D printers, robotics and enterprise content management, Konica Minolta works with organisations large and small to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase security and achieve sustainability outcomes.

Headquartered in Sydney, Konica Minolta Australia delivers expert professional services with experienced and responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices and authorised dealers.

Striving to create new value for customers, our vision is to be a global company that is vital to society, and one that is innovative, robust and constantly evolving. Konica Minolta was awarded the Human Rights Award 2018, for showing leadership in human rights in business.

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home

RSM Australia expands risk consulting team with senior appointments

RSM Australia (RSM), one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, has announced a senior appointment to its risk consulting team.

Darren Booth has joined RSM as national head of security and privacy risk services. He brings more than 17 years of experience in IT internal audit, technology risk consulting, risk advisory, and data analytics. Darren is a qualified internal auditor, IT internal auditor, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and previous Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard Qualified Security Assessor (PCI DSS QSA).

Darren has successfully delivered cyber security and privacy risk assessments to both local and large multinational corporations in the public and private sectors across a range of industries. He has worked on an extensive range of technology risk management projects and, prior to joining RSM, worked as the senior director of IT internal audit and technology risk consulting at Protiviti.

Michael Shatter was previously the national head of security and privacy risk services, RSM, after establishing and developing the services moves back into a more dedicated role for leading the firm’s national probity audit and advisory services. While Michael will continue to work with Darren, Michael will dedicate his focus to continue in his role as subject matter expert for all probity services delivered nationally by RSM. With more than 26 years’ experience in delivering probity services for much of his career, he works on and has delivered a large range of complex and significant infrastructure and procurement projects.

Michael has been the probity advisor and auditor on some of Australia’s largest privatisation projects, including the recent Port of Melbourne medium-term lease and privatisation of the electricity state owned enterprises in New South Wales. He has also assisted governments in delivering their public-private projects, including the recent Ravenhall Prison Project for the Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation.

These projects, combined with hundreds of other procurement projects across a broad range of goods and services, have resulted in Michael being considered one of the most experienced probity practitioners in Australia.

Jamie O’Rourke, national chairman, RSM, said, “Risk consulting is a growing area as Australian organisations look to manage risk and governance, especially cyber risk, in more comprehensive and effective ways. Michael Shatter and Darren Booth both have a deep wealth of experience and knowledge that RSM’s clients can rely on to help them manage risk innovatively and successfully. The growth of these services add to the already-strong stable of RSM experts specialising in this area and we look forward to helping many more Australian organisations achieve strong risk management and governance outcomes.”

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About RSM Australia
RSM Australia is a full-service national accounting and advisory firm delivering expert corporate financial and advisory accounting services to clients across diverse industry sectors. Its one-firm structure means clients can more readily connect to its extensive national and international networks, expertise and industry experience. Nationally RSM has 30 offices, combined with over 95 years’ experience. Its network spans across 116 countries and comprises 750 offices.

Konica Minolta Australia announces AccurioPress C14000 series high-volume production presses

Konica Minolta Australia has announced the release of the AccurioPress C14000 series high-volume production presses, which will be available locally early next year. The presses offer higher total productivity and efficiency that will really change the game for commercial printers.

The 140 ppm AccurioPress C14000, along with the 120 ppm AccurioPress C12000, were designed from the ground up to be digital print factories. These presses really demonstrate Konica Minolta’s mission to support the transformation of its clients, with a number of advanced automation features and accessories that will help printers expand and streamline their operations to deliver increased, high-quality output with less waste.

The AccurioPress C14000 series offers the new TU-510 versatile trimmer unit for advanced operational efficiency. The TU-510 is a truly unique inline, four-edge trimmer and creaser that allows full bleed finishing support for banners, booklets, direct mail and a dedicated business card cutting option. In addition, the AccurioPress C14000 series is equipped with the Intelligent Quality Optimiser (IQ-501) as standard, which can also improve labour efficiency by as much as 30 per cent.

Sue Threlfo, general manager, production and industrial print, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “The new AccurioPress C14000 series will be a game-changer for the industry. With the TU-510 inline trimmer unit and advanced automation features designed to maximise efficiency these presses will provide significant value to those in high-volume printing environments where deadlines are tight, quality is key and efficiencies must be gained. We are really looking forward seeing these new presses arrive in Australia early next year.”

Mark Brown, national product marketing manager, Konica Minolta, said “The AccurioPress C14000 series is ideal for helping Australian printers attract and retain new customers, providing exceptional quality output at high speeds. This will let printers be more productive and turn high-quality jobs around faster, delivering an outstanding customer experience.”

Opportunities for business expansion
The unique features of the AccurioPress C14000 series make them ideal for customers looking to increase productivity through efficiencies and speed to grow their business. With resolution equivalent to 3600 x 2400 dpi and enhanced media capability up to 450 gsm, they offer breathtaking speeds with outstanding image quality and unparalleled media flexibility.

New duplex banner printing up to 900 millimetres and simplex banner length capability of 1300 millimetres combined with envelope and embossed media capability gives customers the opportunity to offer new types of work, such as four-panel gatefold brochures and book covers for finishing offline. To further improve efficiency and output, envelope printing can be accomplished using the standard fuser. Finally, new technology used in the print engine dramatically improves image quality on textured paper stocks.

Operational efficiency
Paired with Konica Minolta’s enhanced IQ-501, the new presses automatically and continuously measure and manage colour to ensure the first print in a run matches the last. Two-dimensional registration correction has also been improved through the higher output resolution. The automatic media detection sensor comes standard on these models, detecting the stock and assigning the appropriate tray, eliminating time consuming paper settings and operator error, reducing waste and increasing productivity.

The LS-507 large stacker supports higher speed, permits banner bypass and offers operators the advantage of offloading while the machine is still running, another new benefit added to Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress expanded line.

Convenient colour management and job management utilities are available with the Konica Minolta’s proprietary controller. A customisable operation screen makes the products extremely easy to operate. Other third-party controller options include the latest Fiery and Creo models.

Stability, high durability and reduced downtime improve total cost of ownership
Konica Minolta’s IQ-501 enhanced auto inspection options offer expanded inspection performance, verifying print quality and now detecting streaks and spots as well as blemishes. The high-quality prints mean maximum stability even during long-run jobs, while better registration and quality increases total usable print volume. The new presses offer a highly reliable duty cycle of 2.5 million, up from 1.8 million with the AccurioPress C6100, with double the toner capacity of earlier models.

The new AccurioPress C14000 and C12000 will be available in Australia in March 2020.

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About Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of integrated solutions and managed services with the power to transform business environments.

A global leader in the provision of multifunction printers, digital print presses, industrial print products, 3D printers, robotics and enterprise content management, Konica Minolta works with organisations large and small to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase security and achieve sustainability outcomes.

Headquartered in Sydney, Konica Minolta Australia delivers expert professional services with experienced and responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices and authorised dealers.

Striving to create new value for customers, our vision is to be a global company that is vital to society, and one that is innovative, robust and constantly evolving. Konica Minolta was awarded the Human Rights Award 2018, for showing leadership in human rights in business.

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home

Y Soft brings in industry veterans to spearhead growth

After releasing record fiscal year results, Y Soft Corporation announced that it is adding two industry veterans to help continue its strong global sales growth.

Document and Imaging management industry veteran Barry Löwer has been tapped as the new Chief Sales Officer (CSO). In this position, Löwer will be responsible for planning and coordinating Y Soft’s sales and business development activities across the entire Y Soft product portfolio, as well as helping lead Y Soft’s growth trajectory.

Before joining Y Soft, Löwer spent two years running international customer success and advocacy for Nuance Communications’ Imaging Division, later Kofax, which acquired the division in 2018. In the seven years before Nuance Communications, Löwer overlooked EMEA sales for its Imaging Division. Before that, Löwer spent time at Equitrac Corporation, where he established its presence in the EMEA region and led its revenue-generating activities and expansion.

“I am delighted to be leading Y Soft’s global sales team and am looking forward to working with the team to support and develop Y Soft’s global partner network. There is fantastic potential and opportunity for Y Soft and partners to realise in the digital office solutions market. By bringing together innovative technology and outstanding pre- and post-sales support, Y Soft and partners can deliver significant benefits to customers,” Löwer commented.

Y Soft recently announced that its IOTA Hardware division, which produces card readers, 3D printers, external terminals, and edge devices, had increased its percentage of overall sales to 21 per cent. Due to this growth, Ondřej Župka was hired for the newly created role of Vice President of Manufacturing to lead Y Soft’s growing manufacturing operations and strategy.

Župka brings 18 years of large-scale manufacturing experience with companies such as TE Connectivity, Honeywell, Celestica, and Flextronics. He is tasked with scaling Y Soft manufacturing for future growth by increasing automation, standardising quality management, optimising production planning, and further developing the manufacturing for startups from the Y Soft Ventures portfolio.

“Y Soft has a strong manufacturing business here in the Czech Republic,” Župka stated. “I am very proud and humbled to lead the team that is producing the hardware for YSoft SafeQ, YSoft Labs, and Y Soft Venture’s portfolio companies.”

“I believe that Barry and Ondřej bring the necessary on the ground experience that will help us execute on anticipated growth and to capitalise on the opportunities ahead of us,” said Václav Muchna, CEO and co-founder, Y Soft. “Both positions help us meet the needs of partners and customers and prime us for our growth strategy.”

With the appointment of Barry Löwer into the position of CSO, Lukáš Maňásek will move to the position of Chief of Staff, Global Sales, and will leverage his strong relationships and strong internal knowledge to support Y Soft’s regional sales teams, their partners and customers.

About Y Soft
Y Soft develops intelligent Digital Transformation office solutions for enterprise, SMB and Education that empower employees to be more productive and creative. Our YSoft SafeQ workflow solutions platform enables businesses to manage, optimise and secure their print and digital processes and workflows. Our 3D print solutions are focused in the Education sector where they provide unique ease of use and safety benefits, while utilising YSoft SafeQ software for seamless 3D print management.

Founded in 2000, the company is headquartered in Brno, Czech Republic, with offices in North and Latin America, Europe and Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and the Asia Pacific region (APAC). For more information, please visit www.ysoft.com.

© 2019 Y Soft Corporation, a.s. All rights reserved. Y Soft and YSoft SafeQ are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Y Soft Corporation in the European Union and/or individual countries. All other trademarks and/or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Konica Minolta Australia introduces the AIRe Lens wearable technology for organisations to expand their human potential

Konica Minolta has announced a new wearable augmented reality (AR) solution, the AIRe Lens. This smart glasses device is designed to enhance training and knowledge sharing in traditionally skilled manual labour and industrial environments.

According to IDC worldwide spending on augmented and virtual reality is expected to surpass $20 billion in 2019.(1)

Developed for a range of applications, the AIRe Lens offers the durability, comfort and high optical quality required for all day use. With its head-mounted functionality, end users can receive information and step-by-step guidance through work processes, such as assembly, maintenance or quality assurance tasks, while maintaining mobility, keeping hands free, and reducing workplace accidents.

In order to comprehensively meet its customers’ needs, Konica Minolta designed the software with a deep understanding of those requirements and tested the product’s application with partners, such as Siemens Brno, with positive results.

Testing the AIRe Lens at the Siemens facility in Mülheim, Germany for quality assurance applications, Julian Melsbach, project lead for smart glasses, said, “The feedback from the operators was very positive, with regard to the mobility and light weight nature of the solution, but also concerning the unhindered vision compared to other smart glasses, thanks to the high transparency and position of the lens.”

Shane Blandford, director of marketing and innovation, Konica Minolta, said, “As education, training and industry generally move towards more digital handling of information, the challenge is how the individual ingests the information. With so much documentation being paper-based, students and workers need a new way to complete complex tasks without losing time, money, and quality. This is where the AIRe Lens comes in.”

With the AIRe Lens, organisations can leverage wearable technology to address concerns including high staff training costs, limited options for tracking work productivity, difficulty in finding skilled industrial workers, long downtimes, or employee inefficiencies.

According to Gartner, companies are increasingly experimenting with immersive technologies, but real deployments are few, and projects could be expensive and complex to deliver.(2)

Shane Blandford said, “What this means is that organisations looking to leverage AR should choose proven technology providers and trusted partners to deliver and provide support for this technology.”

The AIRe Lens is a unique Konica Minolta development. It is a collaborative creation of the company’s own Industrial Optical System Business Headquarters (IOH) in Japan, which designed the optical element at the core of this solution and Konica Minolta’s European Business Innovation Centre (BIC).

The solution will be on display at Stand E38 at CEBIT at the International Convention Centre Sydney from October 29-31.

AIRe Lens will be available in Australia in early 2020.

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About Konica Minolta Australia
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); wearables; augmented reality (AR); data analytics; and 3D, now.

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home

 

References: 

(1) https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS44511118

(2) https://www.gartner.com/en/documents/3900270/augmented-and-virtual-reality-in-the-digital-workplace-t 

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