NETSCOUT launches new global, multi-tiered enterprise channel partner program

Netscout LogoCONNECT360 enables partners worldwide to resell NETSCOUT’s extensive portfolio of market-leading service assurance solutions and portable network analysis and troubleshooting tools to enterprise customers.

NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT), a market leader in service assurance and cybersecurity solutions, has announced the launch of its unified global enterprise channel partner program. CONNECT360 is a channel-friendly, multi-tiered program that enables global and regional partners to market NETSCOUT’s entire enterprise product portfolio spanning service assurance solutions and portable network analysis and troubleshooting tools.  This world-class channel partner program is designed to drive top-line revenue and profitability for both partners and NETSCOUT alike.

CONNECT360 is a multi-tiered program for any NETSCOUT Enterprise Systems or Handheld Network Test Solutions partner.  It is designed to enable highly-valued partners to sell more effectively and profitably by providing access to sales and technical resources that they need to be successful. The MyNETSCOUT partner portal provides partners with a convenient, one-stop online destination for accessing the NETSCOUT solution knowledgebase, obtaining collateral materials, registering sales opportunities and applying for marketing event funds. As part of CONNECT360, a global, channel management team will be dedicated to supporting all authorised partners, including training, enablement and certification of the partner base and assisting when necessary on a pre-sales and post-sales basis.

“The introduction of the CONNECT360 channel partner program is a momentous occasion for NETSCOUT because it unifies previously separate channel strategies across our enterprise network product lines and provides a strong foundation for building stronger relationships with our most valued partners,” stated Gary Staley, vice president of world-wide channel sales for NETSCOUT. “As a result of NETSCOUT’s acquisition of the Danaher Communications business in mid-2015, we now have an even broader range of market-leading products and technologies that we can offer to our customers through our extensive channel network. This program will be a major driver of our vision for the future, helping the company to efficiently scale its business and address customer demand worldwide. ”

“We’re very excited about NETSCOUT’s new channel partner program, which truly is a win-win for our businesses,” explained Andreas Schlechter, owner and general manager for Telonic GmbH. “The program allows us to partner with a world-class company and provides extraordinary value to our customer base. By combining our unique channel skills and NETSCOUT’s industry-leading products, we’re able to connect customers to the right solutions, giving them critical insights into their network performance.”

“The CONNECT360 multi-tier program is channel-friendly and offers the flexibility and incentives channel partners need to grow their business faster and more profitably,” said Eric Kohl, executive director, Advanced Solutions, Ingram Micro. “In addition to a growing portfolio of products, NETSCOUT and Ingram Micro provide channel partners with pre- and post-sales support services, as well as field marketing and enablement programs that will help expand their business. We’re pleased to serve as a NETSCOUT preferred distribution partner.”

NETSCOUT’s CONNECT360 channel partner program offers critical advantages, including:

  • investment-based tiers
  • structured training and enablement
  • annual certification
  • dedicated channel account team

“Distribution, both two tier and single tier, is key to a vendor’s ability to reach all segments of their addressable market. Acquisitions often focus on merging products, technologies, and personnel and neglect channel. With the introduction of CONNECT360, NETSCOUT has taken the time and focus to ensure that the channel partnerships brought on board with the acquisition of Danaher’s Communications business, not only weather the transition, but are strengthened and expanded to the benefit of NETSCOUT, its channel partners and its end customers,” said Jennifer Clark, vice president, Networking, for 451 Research. “CONNECT360 should greatly increase NETSCOUT’s international reach and presence and provide new, critical, cross-selling opportunities.”

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About TELONIC
TELONIC GmbH has more than 30 years of experience in the IT-Systems and measurement engineering branches. Due to our “know how” and quality of service we have become one of the leading System Integrators in Germany. TELONIC employs 90 people in six different locations throughout Germany. As a privately owned company, we are committed to our long tradition and consistency, in which we wish to perform excellently on a daily basis. Our services include the planning, implementation and operation of innovative networks and monitoring solutions. We see our challenge in the uniting of heterogeneous information-carriers and diverse network infrastructures into a harmoniously self-contained system and to monitor these as such. TELONIC permanently invests in its own infrastructure and employee training to ensure optimal customer service. With our 7×24 IP Network Services, a chain of specialists at the ready and labs equipped with hardware and software, our services are prepared to face the challenges of today’s networking demands. The main benefit for our customers is our vendor independence and a long-term, intensive cooperation with leading national and international manufacturers. We build individual solutions with the best products to date and strive to meet the highest standards to suit our customers’ requirements. For further information visit our website: www.telonic.de

About Ingram Micro
Ingram Micro Inc. is a Fortune 100 company that delivers a full spectrum of global technology and supply chain services to businesses around the world.

About NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC.
NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT) is a market leader in real-time service assurance and cybersecurity solutions for today’s most demanding service provider, enterprise and government networks. NETSCOUT’s Adaptive Service Intelligence (ASI) technology continuously monitors the service delivery environment to identify performance issues and provides insight into network-based security threats, helping teams to quickly resolve issues that can cause business disruptions or impact user experience. NETSCOUT delivers unmatched service visibility and protects the digital infrastructure that supports our connected world. To learn more, visit www.netscout.com.

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

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

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

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

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

“The introduction of CompTIA Channel Standards is a testimony to the larger role CompTIA and its members play in advancing the IT industry and inspiring minds around the world to do more, learn more and be more,” Hammervik added.

As the next evolution of CompTIA’s well-regarded Trustmarks program, the CompTIA Channel Standards were developed in collaboration with IT professionals, industry thought leaders, and technology experts. They include an extensive library of principles and best practices for improving the relevance, quality and consistency of service delivery within the IT industry. They are designed to help businesses and IT professionals alike establish specific performance requirements for continual process improvement.

Moheb Moses, director, Channel Dynamics, and ANZ Community Director, CompTIA, said, “CompTIA exists to help channel companies achieve high business performance. Formalising these Standards gives businesses in Australia and New Zealand a benchmark to assess their own performance, helping them continue to innovate. They also provide a reference for customers to ensure they are getting the best service.”

The first in a series of CompTIA Channel Standards is the IT Solution Provider Standard. Available this month, the new IT Solution Provider Standard provides channel partners with a systematic guide to becoming a trusted IT advisor, outlining business practices for the core operational, management and delivery functions of an IT services firm. Included in the written documentation and training are a standards workbook providing an overview of best practices for each standard.

Throughout 2016, CompTIA will introduce additional Channel Standards focused on managed services, managed print services, cybersecurity and cloud computing.

New Channel Standards available to all at no cost

CompTIA Channel Standards are available to CompTIA Registered Users, Premier Members and non-members at no cost.
“We’re making these important tools available to everyone as a guide for process improvement and differentiation,” continued Hammervik. “By taking an ‘open book’ approach, CompTIA is empowering the IT channel with the knowledge and ability to see an immediate and positive change in their business that will spread throughout the industry and extend to the customers they serve.”
CompTIA will also continue to offer its IT Business Trustmark, Managed Services Trustmark, and Managed Print Trustmark, but will be retiring the CompTIA Security Trustmark+, Cloud Trustmark+ and AccredITUK Trustmark+. Members that have earned a Trustmark can maintain their accreditation and use the mark indefinitely, as long as they remain a CompTIA member in good standing.  More information about the CompTIA Trustmarks program is available at https://www.comptia.org/trustmarks.

For more information about the CompTIA Channel Standards visit http://www.comptia.org/standards.

About CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners, 72,000-plus registered users and more than two million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. To learn more, visit CompTIA online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Michelle Taylor
Recognition PR
02 9252 2266
mct@recognition.com.au

Fluke introduces eight new infrared cameras with up to 2.5 times the resolution to quickly assess equipment health

Fluke LogoAugust 3, 2015 – Fluke Corp. introduces eight new Fluke® TiS Performance Series Infrared Cameras, with improved resolution to help industrial, HVAC, and maintenance professionals analyse equipment health more quickly and accurately.

The new TiS models deliver up to 2.5 times more pixels and a 70 per cent improvement in distance-to-spot than the Fluke Ti1xx series cameras for better image quality to enhance identification of potential equipment problems in industrial and electrical maintenance, process industries, and in building applications.

The new models feature large 3.5 inch screens to help pinpoint issues while still in the field and offer one touch image access, which eliminates the need to scroll through a menu to view images. Eight models are available, five fixed focus and three manual focus, with resolution up to 260 x 195 pixels.

The rugged infrared cameras upload images to the Fluke Connect Cloud via a wireless connection to securely store and manage images and potentially reduce administrative time back in the office. Reports can be created and emailed from the jobsite via Fluke Connect, eliminating the need to return to the office to process reports.
 
Fluke Connect
The TiS Performance Series are designed to work with Fluke Connect® system, the industry’s largest system of software and wireless test tools, which allows technicians to wirelessly transmit measurement data from their test tools to their smartphones for secure storage on the Fluke Connect® Cloud and team access from the field.*

The Fluke Connect® Assets subscription service offers ShareLive™ video calls that enable teams to easily share and access infrared inspections on the go and look at trends per piece of equipment over time. The Fluke Connect® app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

For more information on the Fluke TiS Performance Series Infrared Cameras, visit: http://www.fluke.com/fluke/auen/products/categoryti.

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For information on Fluke tools and applications, or to find the location of the nearest Fluke distributor, contact Fluke Australia, Locked Box 5004, Baulkham Hills, NSW 2153, call (02) 8850-3333, fax (02) 8850 3300 or e-mail auinfo@fluke.com. 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 customers are technicians, engineers, electricians, and metrologists who install, troubleshoot and manage industrial, electrical and electronic equipment and calibration processes. .

Follow Fluke on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube or LinkedIn.

Fluke is a registered trademark of Fluke Corporation. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. For more information, visit the Fluke website.

*Within your provider’s wireless service area and subject to your plan’s pricing and other terms. Fluke Connect is not available in all countries.

Australia’s net new businesses growth rate up 0.4 per cent

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

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

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

Construction was the leading source of business churn in Australia from 2008-2012, with more than 400,000 company births and deaths. Manufacturing registered the lowest aggregate business churn with 83,000 births and deaths.

Financial services accounted for the highest level of net business formation (nearly 18,500 organisations) from 2008-2012, a noteworthy achievement given the weak performance of financial start-ups in other OECD countries.

Measured by company size, micro enterprises (1-4 employees) exhibited the highest level of new business formation in Australia in 2008-12. Sole proprietorships (no employees) and small enterprises (20-199 employees) incurred net company losses
during the period. Large enterprises (200+ employees) displayed virtually no change in net business formation.

New company survival rates in Australia show considerable differences between
industries. One-year survival rates of Australian companies founded in 2008 ranged from 89.3 per cent in agriculture to 81.9 per cent in hospitality. Industry survival rates then diverged. By 2012, only 53.6 per cent of hospitality companies formed in 2008 had survived against 73.1 per cent of health care companies.

In 2011-12, the G7** countries were led by France in term of net new business births. France exhibited a 16.7 percent growth rate (588,000 new companies), the fastest of the 38 countries RSM reviewed. A major contributor to this success was France’s “Auto Entrepreneur” programme, launched in 2009 to stimulate company start-ups.

The USA, Japan, Germany and the UK all showed modest growth rates of 0.6 per cent, 0.8 per cent, 1.1 per cent and 1.2 per cent respectively, while Italy declined by 0.3 per cent and Canada dropped by 13.6 per cent, the worst performance all 38 countries.

RSM’s research also shows that the net rate of business creation among the G7 economies has increased relative to the BRICS*** countries. Between 2011 and 2012, the G7 countries posted a 1.9 per cent growth in the active company register, an addition of 531,000 businesses, versus a CAGR of only 0.8 percent from 2007-2011. By comparison, the BRICS generated 1.2 million new enterprises from 2011-2012, a growth of 4.9 per cent compared to a CAGR of 5.8 per cent net new business growth rate from 2007-2011.

The BRICS were led by China (9.1 percent). Brazil grew by 3.4 per cent but the other economies all showed negative growth: Russia (-0.4 percent), India (-3.2 percent) and South Africa (-10.0 percent).

Jean Stephens, Chief Executive of RSM, comments: “Entrepreneurs all over the world are continuing to start businesses, the most active sectors being wholesale and retail trade, and professional services, which have relatively low barriers to entry. However, nearly a third of the countries we reviewed exhibited a decline in the number of active enterprises. Creative destruction and the reallocation of capital to more efficient existing and new businesses will have a large part to play in this process but the global economy remains fragile. The watch phrase for the next year must be no more than cautious optimism as individuals and companies respond carefully to government actions and macro indicators.”

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* 2012 (most recent globally comparable data available; Australia data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics)
** Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK and US
** Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa

About RSM International
RSM International is the seventh largest network of independent audit, tax and advisory firms, encompassing over 100 countries, 700 offices and 32,000 people internationally. The network’s total fee income is US$3.7 billion.

In March 2013, RSM was awarded the prestigious Editor’s Special Award for Global Initiative of the Year at the International Accounting Bulletin annual awards. The award recognises the outstanding achievement of the RSM network for its global initiative – RSM World Day – which was praised for being a unique and powerful cross-network initiative that enhanced both employee and client engagement. The judges highlighted the campaign as a shining example of how to successfully connect independent member firms around the world under a common vision and set of values.

RSM International actively engages in promoting and celebrating the very best in entrepreneurship, championing the role of the entrepreneur in today’s world economy. RSM International is the lead sponsor and corporate champion of the European Business Awards promoting commercial excellence and recognition of entrepreneurial brilliance.

RSM International is a member of the Forum of Firms. The objective of the Forum of Firms is to promote consistent and high quality standards of financial and auditing practices worldwide

RSM is the brand used by a network of independent accounting and advisory firms each of which practices in its own right. RSM International Limited does not itself provide any accounting and advisory services. Member firms are driven by a common vision of providing high quality professional services, both in their domestic markets and in serving the international professional service needs of their client base.

2014 marks an exceptional year for RSM International as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

www.rsmi.com

RSM Bird Cameron Melbourne on the move to support growth

RSM_Bird_Cameron_Logo@2xOctober 2, 2013 – Due to continued expansion and market confidence RSM Bird Cameron Melbourne has moved to 55 Collins Street. This move supports the growth of the practice and provides an interactive, collaborative space for staff and clients.

RSM Bird Cameron’s Melbourne office has experienced consistent growth. The team recently welcomed a new partner, Brad Hutchesson, into the business services team. He joined from WHK Crowe Horwath and has more than 20 years’ experience in providing business and tax advice to SMEs and family businesses. This brings the number of Melbourne Partners and Principals to 20 and the total number of employees to over 140.

Robert Miano, Melbourne office Managing Partner, RSM Bird Cameron, said, “The move is a reflection of RSM Bird Cameron’s expected future growth in Melbourne. Many other firms might not consider a move like this in the current economy but the Melbourne Partners and Principals see this as the right time to demonstrate confidence in the business to the market. We have a strong, stable team that is preparing for the next growth phase in the economy.”

“The new office provides a platform for the Melbourne practice to continue to grow, ensuring the team has the facilities and the space to provide the best service for clients now and in the future.”

RSM Bird Cameron worked with PTID Environments to improve the connectedness across the office. This will increase opportunities for communication and collaboration for staff and clients. The design is inviting with an interactive layout, new client and internal meeting rooms, quiet spaces and large staff hub.

Zaiga Padoms, Senior Interior Designer, PTIDEnvironments, said, “The new RSM Bird Cameron facilities at 55 Collins Street, on the 20th and 21st floors, have been designed to take advantage of expansive views and natural light.

“The design provides a range of different work modes in its mix of offices, open plan and informal collaborative spaces. A high-quality finish to the reception and front-of-house meeting rooms creates a premium environment for guests and clients. An internal staircase drives connectivity between the two floors, located adjacent to a dynamic staff hub space to build a community within the office environment.  Support spaces such as print rooms have been centralised, with a range of storage provided in both centralised rooms and compactus, and also localised on the floor close to teams.”

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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 seventh largest network of independent accounting and consulting firms in the world.

11 things business owners should do to start the new year in the best possible way

RSM_Bird_Cameron_Logo@2xJanuary 15, 2013RSM Bird Cameron, one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, offers 11 suggestions for business owners to improve profits, cash flow and reduce stress levels throughout 2013.

Andrew Graham, national head of business solutions, said, “Many businesses in Australia are still facing a volatile economic climate. Some businesses have already started the new year with cash flow difficulties as the cash cycle has tightened considerably through December and into January.

“Having strategies in place to start the year in the best shape possible will help alleviate some of the pressure felt by business owners.”

Tips to get the best start in 2013

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 Easter.

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 with other products as a value add.

4. Review sales, marketing and promotion plans and make sure they are optimised to help achieve the best results. Ensure staff are aware of the targets for each week and be proactive monitoring and 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 at all times.

7. Review debtor lists and actively chase all overdue accounts. Collecting money owed to you is critical when the cash cycle tightens.

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’ cash supply 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. Set effective goals. The beginning of the new year is an ideal time to review goals set at the beginning of the financial year, ensure you are track to achieve them and put in place an action if you can see areas that are not working. Important things to consider include retirement planning, present and future investments, maximising your superannuation scheme and reviewing assets.

11. 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.

RSM Bird Cameron makes six new appointments

RSM_Bird_Cameron_Logo@2xMarch 5, 2012RSM Bird Cameron, one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, has announced six new appointments, demonstrating the ongoing growth of the firm.

The new appointments include:
* Bruce Bailey, Peter Saccasan, Pat Flanagan and Anthony Smith appointed Partner/Director – business solutions in Sydney
* Ian Douglas, appointed Partner/Director – corporate finance in Sydney
* Jim Adamson, appointed Principal – business solutions in Narrogin.

Kim Hutchinson, national chairman, RSM Bird Cameron, said, “RSM Bird Cameron is committed to providing quality expertise and advice, made possible by a stable and supportive environment in which partners and principals can concentrate on providing outstanding service and advice to clients.

“RSM Bird Cameron, and its clients, will benefit from the skills and expertise of the new appointees.

“Bruce Bailey, Peter Saccasan and Pat Flanagan join RSM Bird Cameron following the recent acquisition of Guild Accounting, formerly Saccasan Bailey, and build on RSM Bird Cameron’s growing health practice.”

Bruce Bailey
Bruce’s focus is on maximising cash flow for clients by working with them to develop financial strategies, manage overall tax outcomes and assist them in investing free cash flow outside of their core activity.

He was previously a managing director at Guild Accountants. Prior to that he was managing director at Saccasan Bailey Partners, principal at B L Bailey & Associates and senior accountant at R A Smith & Co.

Bruce is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Bruce holds an Institute of Company Directors Diploma, a Masters of Taxation Law from Sydney University and a Bachelor of Financial Administration from the University of New England. He has also completed the Leading Professional Services Firms program at Harvard Business School.

Peter Saccasan
Peter heads up RSM Bird Cameron’s national pharmacy team, aiming to deliver industry-based solutions to pharmacy owners in Australia.

He was previously an executive director and director of Pharmacy Services at Guild Accountants. Prior to that he was an executive director and director of Pharmacy Services at Saccasan Bailey Partners.

Peter is a fellow of the Australian College of Pharmacy, fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia. He holds a Masters of Economics from Macquarie University a Bachelor of Financial Administration from the University of New England, has completed Leading Professional Services Firms program at Harvard Business School and the Strategic Planning & Management in Retailing program at the Australian Centre of Retail Studies.

Pat Flanagan
Pat advises SME owners on how to acquire, structure and divest businesses, raise capital, improve financial performance to maximise enterprise value and implement succession plans.

He was previously a principal at Guild Accountants. Prior to that he was executive director of a private health care group in London, which had operations in the UK and Republic of Ireland. He has also worked for KPMG, servicing publicly listed clients in Australia and Asia Pacific.

Pat is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

Anthony Smith
Anthony returns to RSM Bird Cameron to work closely with clients to deliver practical and timely advice to help them realise business objectives.

He was previously the chief financial officer for the family enterprises of David Clarke AO, former chairman and co-founder of Macquarie Group, which included the Poole’s Rock wine company, Rock Restaurant and event promotions company, Champions Downunder.

Anthony is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Ian Douglas
Ian leads the corporate finance division in Sydney providing expertise in valuation for tax purposes, mergers & acquisitions, valuation of infrastructure and alternative assets for financial reporting, valuations for employee share schemes, financial due diligence and litigation support.

Before joining RSM Bird Cameron, Ian founded the Australian office of American Appraisal, a global independent valuation house, and held senior roles in the transaction advisory and valuation divisions of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Ian is a member of the Business Valuation Special Interest Group of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a senior associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Finance) from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Jim Adamson
Jim has extensive practical experience with farming and rural businesses offering informed insight into the pressures faced by businesses and families in rural areas.

He was previously a manager at RSM Bird Cameron and has worked at RSM Bird Cameron for 25 years.

Jim is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA). He holds a Bachelor of Business from Edith Cowan University and an Associate Diploma of Agriculture from Curtin University.

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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.

New Fluke thermal imagers transform market with best-in-class focus and ergonomics and world-renowned ruggedness

Fluke Ti100 SeriesMarch 5, 2012Fluke Corporation, the global leader in portable electronic test and measurement technology, introduces five new thermal imagers with a broad range of powerful capabilities that are so easy to use they can become a regular part of troubleshooting and diagnostic routines.

Breakthrough capabilities include:
* IR Optiflex™ focus system
Automatic focus with a manual focus option for close-ups, IR Optiflex makes it fast and easy to take sharply-focused, accurate images.

* IR-Fusion® technology
Enjoy the industry’s only point-and-shoot IR-Fusion camera. Fluke patented-technology blends digital and infrared images into a single image to precisely document problem areas.

* One-handed operation
739 grams light, balanced to sit perfectly in the hand and all buttons are within gloved-thumb reach. Light enough to aim either vertically or horizontally and to use for long stretches without tiring out your hand.

* Built rugged
Fluke thermal imagers are built to be put to work – what other camera is tough enough to survive drops up to 2 metres and go right back on the job?

* Multi-mode video recording
Record focus-free video in visible light and infrared with full IR-Fusion capabilities. Monitor processes over time, troubleshoot frame-by-frame and create infrared video reports.

* IR PhotoNotes™
Capture up to three digital photos per thermal image file and keep an exact record of equipment models, nameplates and other useful information.

* Electronic compass
Make sure you and others know the location of the problem by saving the compass reading with the thermal image.

* SmartView® professional IR analysis and reporting software
Professional suite of analysis and reporting tools for viewing, annotating and editing infrared images. Always included, with unlimited licenses and free lifetime upgrades.

Five models available, for a range of users, applications and prices
* Ti110 and Ti125 for plant technicians, HVAC/R professionals and electricians who need to maintain and inspect electrical and mechanical equipment and components.

* TiR110 and TiR125 for building inspection and energy audit professionals evaluating and reporting insulation problems, air leakage, moisture issues and construction defects.

Ti110, Ti110, Ti125, TiR110, and TiR125 include IR-OptiFlex focus system, IR-PhotoNotes annotation system, focus-free video, IR-Fusion technology and SmartView.

* Ti100 for general applications – the same ruggedness and ease-of use for value conscious professionals.

The new Fluke thermal imagers come complete with ac power adapter, lithium ion smart battery (Ti125 and TiR125 include two each, others one each), USB cable for direct to PC image download, SD memory card, hard carrying case, soft transport bag, adjustable hand strap (left- or right-handed use), and manual (5 printed, 18 electronic). Ti125 and TiR125 models also include a two-bay charging base, a multi-function USB memory card reader and a separate, longer USB cable for streaming video use.

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Pricing and availability
Fluke offers a full range of thermal imagers for industrial/electrical, process and building diagnostic applications. For more on Fluke thermal imaging products 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 customers are technicians, engineers, electricians, and metrologists who install, troubleshoot and manage industrial, electrical and electronic equipment and calibration processes. 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. For more information, visit the Fluke website. Follow Fluke on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or LinkedIn.

RSM Bird Cameron appoints new partners, principals and national executives

July 8, 2011RSM Bird Cameron, one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, has announced new partners, directors, and national executives, effective July 2011.

The new partner appointments include:
* Angus Dickinson – Sydney Risk Management Services
* Jane Meade – National Technical Director
* Scott Fleay – Perth Business Solutions.

The new principal appointments include:
* Paul Rogan – Business Solutions Manager, Ballarat
* David Rumble – Melbourne Tax Services.

The new national executive appointments include:
* Neil Hough – Asia Pacific Director.

Terry Rodoni – Business Solutions Director has also been reappointed as a national executive.

Kim Hutchinson, National Chairman, RSM Bird Cameron, said, “These appointments reflect RSM Bird Cameron’s continued growth and success. We extend our congratulations to the newly appointed partners, principals, and national executives on reaching these milestones.”

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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.