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Sydney to Host 2019 Australia-New Zealand Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky(R)

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Special International Women’s day edition to be led by Coca-Cola, Coty and PepsiCo

House of Rose Professional Pte. Ltd (HORP) today announced that Sydney would host the 2019 Australia-New Zealand Edition of its Break the ceiling touch the sky® — the success and leadership summit for women on March 4, 2019 as a special edition around International Women’s Day. Sydney Business Chamber and Food Industry Asia (FIA) will serve as Industry Partners with Coca-Cola, Coty and PepsiCo taking the lead as early sponsors.

The summit focuses on “solutions that work” via panel discussions and speed mentoring sessions tackling the five greatest challenges women leaders face- work life balance, equal pay, harassment, career opportunities and children and career. Participating Companies can enable gender diversity within their organizations and support the advancement of their women leaders at a fraction of the cost of other expensive training programs. While content is customized for women, male leaders are welcome. The 2019 Australia New Zealand edition is part of the 2019 World Tour of Break the ceiling touch the sky® to USA, Australia-New Zealand, Middle East, India, Europe and Singapore.

Hon. Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director, Sydney Business Chamber, commented, “Sydney Business Chamber is delighted that Break the ceiling touch the sky® has chosen Sydney for the 2019 Australia-New Zealand edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky. Our mission is to continue to build Sydney’s competitive edge as a truly smart city that is well connected to the world. The Chamber is glad to support gender diversity – a key business priority in Australia and the ongoing success of women in leadership via this unique summit.”

Julie Hamilton, Chief Customer and Commercial Leadership Officer, The Coca-Cola Company, shared, “Diversity is at the heart of our business. We strive to create a work environment that provides all our associates equal access to information, development and opportunity. We have seen great contributions via gender diversity. Our business is honored to be a world sponsor of Break the ceiling touch the sky ® which will give participants a tremendous opportunity to learn from others, share best practices, network with peers and chart their own individual courses for success.

Umran Beba, senior vice president, Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer, PepsiCo, commented, “At PepsiCo, championing diversity is part of our DNA and embedded in our culture. PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand employees benefit from programs that enable them to craft a personal, more flexible and sustainable work-life balance. The benefits of flexible programs are tremendous: tapping into broader talent pools, better retention of the best and most diverse talent and enhanced company culture. We know diversity is critical for employee engagement, reputation, innovation and long-term growth. That is why we were one of the early sponsors of Break the ceiling touch the sky® and are proud of our shared mission of enabling more women and diverse talent to reach the very top roles in leadership.”

Max Amen, General Manager Coty Australia and New Zealand, added, “Coty’s purpose is to ‘Celebrate and Liberate the Diversity of Your Beauty’. We truly believe in the power of diversity and have seen its impact on our business. It is a privilege to be a part of Break the Ceiling, Touch the Sky, and continue to support talented female leaders in Australiaand New Zealand.”

Anthony A. Rose, Founder Chairman and CEO, House of Rose Professional and best-selling author of the book Break the Ceiling, Touch the Sky: success secrets of the world’s most inspirational women which inspired the summit, concluded, “The 2019 Australia-New Zealand Edition is a unique opportunity for Companies to enhance gender diversity, grow their leaders and share best practices for diversity and inclusion with companies across industries. It is also a great opportunity for Companies to step up as sponsors and build their brands as authentic employers of choice for women.”

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Linius successfully tests world’s first virtual-video blockchain

Vlad Poptamas



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Linius Technologies Limited (ASX: LNU) — the only cloud-based solution that transforms static video into hyper-personalized video experiences with its world-first Video Virtualization Engine™ (VVE) — has validated its previously announced blockchain strategy by successfully testing its blockchain technology.

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Linius has successfully validated this capability; that virtual video may be embedded in a blockchain, and smart contracts used to control the transactions associated with video files.

“Linius aims to fulfil the promise of blockchain and move beyond cryptocurrencies,” said Linius CEO, Chris Richardson. “We feel this is the natural evolution of our anti-piracy strategy and we aim to use blockchain to protect, distribute and monetize the video itself.”

On 20 December 2017, Linius announced plans to deliver the world’s first video blockchain, publishing its Linius Blockchain Strategy.

The company remains committed to delivering the benefits of blockchain to the video industry. Potential benefits include:

  • Anti-piracy: Video assets and viewers can be validated prior to playing the video, eliminating improper play-out of the video.
  • Auditability: Content owners, such as studios, can have complete visibility and control across the entire distribution chain, maintained automatically, removing intermediaries and expanding margins.
  • New revenues: Users are sharing content right now, often illegally. Current anti-piracy actions attempt to stop this behaviour. The Linius Blockchain accepts this behaviour but ensures content owners are paid for it.

The details of the successful test are as follows:

  1. Linius virtualized several videos of different sizes, stored in the cloud on Amazon S3
  2. On a private instance of Ethereum (a world leading, blockchain based distributed computing platform), Linius generated a smart contract to control transactions against the virtual video
  3. Linius then successfully uploaded the virtual video into the blockchain, executed the smart contract transaction (with associated mining), and successfully retrieved a copy of the virtual video based on the criteria of the contract
  4. That retrieved virtual video was then validated with ISOviewer

“The company believes that this represents a major step forward, in that it validates Linius’ initial thesis regarding virtual video on blockchain,” said Richardson. “With traditional video, a blockchain would be impossibly big. And, the Internet standard video format MP4 does not work in blockchain. Virtual videos are ideally suited to digital assets, which can be recorded, transferred and managed by a blockchain.”

In the coming weeks, Linius intends to have the virtual video playing on a blockchain-aware player. At that point, Linius anticipates hosting a webinar to demonstrate this functionality.

To register for the upcoming webinar, subscribe to receive Linius Investor Updates here:

Details regarding webinar contents and timing will be distributed to Linius Investor Updates subscribers shortly.


SOURCE Linius Technologies Limited

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ISG Announces 2019 Finalists for ISG Paragon Awards™ ANZ

Vlad Poptamas



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Awards celebrate the evolution of the sourcing industry through the application of new sourcing approaches and digital technology

Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm, has announced the finalists for the ISG Paragon Awards™ ANZ 2019, which recognize innovative approaches that help enterprises leverage technology to make a real and lasting impact on their businesses.

Almost 60 nominations were submitted for this year’s ANZ program. Winners in each category will be selected by a panel of independent industry experts and announced on March 27, 2019, at a celebratory gala in Sydney.

The finalists in each category are:

Excellence: Outstanding delivery by a service provider


  • ADP Australia with Commonwealth Bank Australia for “Global HR and Payroll Project”
  • The Results Companies with Medion Australia for “Call Center Services”
  • WNS Global Services with Energy Australia for “Credit and Collections”
  • WNS Global Services with IAG for “Short Tail Claims”

Transformation: Successfully transformed organization or key business function


  • Capgemini Australia with BlueScope Steel Limited for “BlueScope Finance Transformation”
  • Capgemini Australia with RMIT University for “Digital Transformation Project”
  • Telstra with Infosys for “High Performance Software Engineering (HPSE)”
  • WNS Global Services with Virgin Australia for “Revenue Management”

Leadership: A client executive who demonstrated exceptional drive and leadership


  • Larry Howard, BlueScope Steel Limited, nominated by BlueScope Steel
  • Vilas Madan, EXL Australia, nominated by EXL Australia
  • John Preller, Unisys, nominated by Unisys
  • Suzanne Storrie, IAG, nominated by WNS Global Services

Woman in Technology: Recognizing an individual who has made a significant contribution to the creation or management of a successful project or program supporting women in technology


  • Francoise Russo, Toll Group, nominated by Capgemini Australia
  • Dr Susan Entwisle, Cognizant Technology Solutions Australia Pty Ltd, nominated by Cognizant
  • Blaise Porter, Fujitsu Australia, nominated by Fujitsu
  • Sabina Janstrom, Fujitsu Australia, nominated by Fujitsu
  • Lovisa Project Tech Team, Kronos, nominated by Kronos

Collaboration: A mutually beneficial sourcing relationship between client and provider


  • EXL Australia with IAG for “EXL and IAG Collaboration”
  • HCL Technologies Ltd with ANZ Bank for “ANZ Bank – Payments Services”
  • Tech Mahindra with Boral for “Company Wide Asset Management Transformation”
  • Telstra with Infosys for “High Performance Software Engineering (HPSE)”

Imagination: For creativity and entrepreneurial spirit in helping organizations future-proof businesses and better serve customers


  • Fujitsu Australia with Office of Environment and Heritage for “Digital Owl”
  • HCL Technologies Ltd with Elders for “Smart Farmer”
  • University of Newcastle (Faculty of Health) with “Virtual Anaesthesia – Oral Health Virtual Reality”

Impact: Recognizing the impact of a client/service provider(s) relationship on a community or other group


  • Tata Consultancy Services with Indigenous Marathon Foundation for “Community Innovation Program – Indigenous Marathon Foundation”
  • Tata Consultancy Services with UNSW Sydney for “GoIT Challenge”
  • Unisys with Invictus Games Foundation for “Invictus Games 2018”
  • Wipro Limited with Department of Justice and Community Safety for “Adult Parole Board”

ISG Special Award

The ISG Special Award will be conferred on the night of March 27 to a nominated individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to the evolution of the sourcing industry.

Lisa Borden, partner and head of ISG Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), said: “We are delighted to have such an outstanding response from the provider community as the ISG Paragon Awards™ ANZ reaches its eighth year. The quality of the submissions received this year has been exceptional and the creativity and range of solutions being celebrated is broader than ever. All our finalists have demonstrated the vision and very real benefits achieved on behalf of their clients. I would like to congratulate each one and wish them the best of luck in the next round of judging.”

For more information on the ISG Paragon Awards™ ANZ 2019 program, visit this webpage.

SOURCE Information Services Group, Inc.

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Youfoodz implements NetSuite to make healthy eating easy

Vlad Poptamas



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NetSuite helps award-winning Australian food delivery service increase visibility and control across complex supply chain and financial processes

Youfoodz, one of Australia’s fastest-growing organisations, has implemented Oracle NetSuite to support the rapid growth of its award-winning fresh food delivery service. With NetSuite, Youfoodz has been able to increase visibility and control across every part of its growing business by taking advantage of a unified and flexible platform to optimize supply chain and financial processes. This has enabled Youfoodz to maintain its commitment to high standards of quality and satisfaction while managing increasing demand for its healthy meals, snacks and drinks from customers across Australia.

Founded in 2012, Youfoodz has grown by 498 percent in the last three years and now distributes its freshly cooked, made-to-order meals to more than 3,000 retail outlets and delivers online orders to thousands of homes across Australia each week. To keep up with increased demand and continue to enhance the customer experience, Youfoodz needed an integrated business platform to manage its “farm-to-fridge” supply chain that sees meals prepared just 24 hours before delivery to retail outlets or direct to consumers. After carefully evaluating different options, Youfoodz selected NetSuite to support its growing business.

“At our core, we’re a just-in-time manufacturer. We source some of Australia’s best produce and turn it into chef-made, convenient meals that keep their freshness despite being premade,” said Myles Lawlor, CTO, Youfoodz. “To ensure we could deliver a meal anywhere in Australia, we needed to integrate every part of our business to meet rapidly growing demand without sacrificing our commitment to high quality standards and customer satisfaction. Working with NetSuite and SDN partner, DSI, allowed us to progressively transform our supply chain, with all its complexities, into a far more transparent and accurate entity within an extremely tight timeframe. This has allowed us to deliver cumulative improvements to our operation at literally every level.”

With NetSuite, Youfoodz has increased visibility and control across every aspect of its business by replacing its existing portfolio of three separate finance systems and “countless” spreadsheets, access tables and scripts with an integrated business platform. By having a complete and real-time view into its business, Youfoodz has been able to focus on every single one of its customers with greater precision and attention to detail, even as its business rapidly expands. To maintain seamless customer service at all times, Youfoodz took advantage of SuiteSuccess, a unified and pre-configured industry cloud solution, to quickly and easily implement NetSuite.

“Food delivery is a complex and increasingly competitive industry with hundreds of thousands of Australians now enjoying home delivered meals,” said David De Laine, GM, ANZ, Oracle NetSuite. “By combining high-quality, healthy products with exceptional customer service and the convenience of e-commerce, Youfoodz has grown rapidly and has twice been voted Australia’s best food delivery service. As it continues to expand, NetSuite will provide the Youfoodz team with the visibility and control needed to continue to deliver the best possible service to customers.”

SOURCE Oracle NetSuite

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