Readify News http://readify.net/who-we-are/news/ This feed to read Readify news 7803 News Readify named among top winners for the 2016 Microsoft Australia Partner Awards <p>MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia - September, 5 2016 - Readify today announced it has been selected as a winner for the Microsoft Australia Partner Awards 'Excellence in Cloud Productivity' and 'Technology for Social Impact' Awards...</p> Mon, 05 Sep 2016 00:00:00 Z 2016-11-16T03:06:34Z <p>MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia - September, 5 2016 - Readify today announced it has been selected as a winner for the Microsoft Australia Partner Awards 'Excellence in Cloud Productivity' and 'Technology for Social Impact' Awards.</p> <p>Readify Managing Director, Graeme Strange, accepted the awards at the Gold Coast event.</p> <p>"I'd like to thank the entire Readify team who work tirelessly year after year, our brilliant and innovative customers, as well as the large number of Microsoft people here in Australia. Without them all contributing, this type of stunning result would never happen.</p> <p>We strongly believe that the way we collaborate with our partners and customers drives great software innovation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Winning the 'Technology for Social Impact' award for the second year in a row is a fantastic achievement (it's my favourite award). We're not just rolling out a solution, but helping businesses change the world with technology." Mr Strange said.</p> <p>Awards were presented in 22 categories, with winners chosen from a set of more than 200+ entrants from across Australia.</p> <p>"These awards represent the best and brightest of our Partners who are working every day to help transform Australian businesses with Microsoft technology," said Pip Marlow, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia. "Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists this year. It's great to see such powerful examples of innovative excellence in our Partner community."</p> <p>The Microsoft Australia Partner Awards recognise Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Readify</strong></p> <p>Since 2001, Readify has been helping customers develop and support innovative software projects. The company has achieved global recognition for its ability to help customers build software that drives collaboration, productivity, business growth and profitability.&nbsp; For more information visit <a href="http://readify.net/">http://readify.net</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For additional information:</strong></p> <p>Stephen Godbold, Marketing Director&nbsp;<a href="mailto:info@readify.net">info@readify.net</a></p> <p>Product or service names mentioned here in may be the trademarks of their respective owners.</p> <p>Readify named among top winners for the 2016 Microsoft Australia Partner Awards</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 6794 News Readify - MAPA 2016 Finalist <p>...</p> Wed, 06 Jul 2016 00:00:00 Z 2016-07-06T16:33:25Z <p><img src="/media/187706/excellence-in-cloud-productivity_677x95.jpg" width="677" height="95" alt="MAPA 2016 Finalist - Excellence in Cloud Productivity"/></p> <p><img src="/media/187701/technology-for-social-impact_676x95.jpg" width="676" height="95" alt="MAPA 2016 Finalist - Technology for Social Impact"/></p> <p>Readify has been named a finalist in the 2016 MAPA Microsoft Partner of the Year Award for Excellence in Cloud Productivity and Technology for Social Impact.</p> <p>MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, - July 6, 2016 - Today,&nbsp;Readify proudly announced it has been named as a finalist of the 2016 MAPA Microsoft Partner of the Year Award for Excellence in Cloud Productivity and Technology for Social Impact. The company was selected from a national field of top Microsoft Partners for delivering market-leading customer solutions built on the Microsoft platform.</p> <p>"I want to congratulate&nbsp;Readify on being selected as a finalist of the 2016 Microsoft Australia Partner&nbsp;Excellence in Cloud Productivity Award and Technology for Social Impact Award. Microsoft's partner ecosystem is our market differentiator and our awards program celebrates the transformative solutions created by our partners for customers in this country. We are incredibly proud of all the finalists and the role they play in helping our customers have great experiences with Microsoft products and services." Mark Leigh, SMS&amp;P Director, Microsoft Australia.</p> <p>The 21 categories of the MAPA programme recognise Microsoft Partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Since 2001, Readify has been helping customers develop and <a href="http://readify.net/case-studies/" title="Customer Outcomes">support innovative software projects</a>. On 1 July 2016, Readify joined the Telstra team. Read more about the announcement <a href="http://www.telstra.com.au/aboutus/media/media-releases/telstras-acquires-application-development-company-readify.xml"> here</a>. As a part of the Telstra team, Readify provides innovative solutions backed by a powerful network and a growing group of complimentary services. Together Readify and Telstra create an extended value proposition for our customers that provides outstanding solutions with uncommon sense.</p> <p>To date, we have achieved <a href="http://readify.net/about-us/awards-recognitions/" title="Awards &amp; Recognitions">global recognition</a> for our ability to help customers build software that drives collaboration, productivity, business growth and profitability.</p> <p>Customers value our capacity to understand their business and apply our software expertise to consistently deliver great results, and great value, every time.</p> <p>Our ability to help customers is a direct result of applying best practice software development processes and employing elite developers.</p> <p>We do this through a rigorous, peer-driven recruitment process and then continue to invest in our people's development; ensuring their skills remain at the forefront of industry knowledge. Customers gain confidence from Readify's knowledge and mastery of constantly changing subject matter.</p> <p>Employing over&nbsp;200 people with offices nationally, Readify consistently appears in BRW's Top 50 Best Places to Work. This shows that we have engaged employees with a passion for delivering excellent results for customers.</p> <p>We are proud of our history of strong growth and successful projects. A long list of satisfied, loyal customers is proof of our ability to deliver.</p> <p>---</p> <p><strong>For additional information:</strong></p> <p>Agency North, Miette Lelievre, 0431 854 878, <a href="mailto:mlelievre@agencynorth.com.au">mlelievre@agencynorth.com.au</a></p> <p>Product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.</p> 6789 News Telstra acquires application development company Readify <p>Telstra today announced it has acquired Readify, a leading Australian provider of application development and software-focused consulting and managed services. Readify's capabilities, which include innovative enterprise cloud application solutions as well as Big Data and IoT solutions, will provide an additional platform for Telstra to drive digital transformation for its enterprise customers in domestic and global markets. Telstra Executive Director Global Enterprise and Services, Michelle Bendschneider, said the acquisition supports the company's goal of curating market leading services with its customers and complements Telstra's recent acquisition of Kloud, who deliver world-class cloud migration services.&nbsp; This adds to the growing technology capabilities recently&nbsp;acquired&nbsp;by Telstra in Australia, all of which bring value to customers in the Network, Security and Collaborations solution arenas from previous successful integrations of O2 Networks, Bridge Point Communications and NSC in the past three years.&nbsp; "As we know, apps and software in general are playing an increasingly important role in businesses.&nbsp; Readify is recognised globally for its innovative software solutions and will further help us create software-led digital transformations with our customers," Ms Bendschneider said. "Readify will provide application development and data analytics services, nicely complementing Kloud's existing services.&nbsp; It will enable Telstra to add incremental value to customers in enterprise cloud applications, API-based customisation and extensions as well as business technology advisory services."&nbsp; Readify has been recognised globally by Microsoft with numerous awards.&nbsp;&nbsp; Graeme Strange, Readify Managing Director, said: "We're excited by the opportunity for Readify to grow as part of Telstra.&nbsp;&nbsp; "Readify has a proven record of creating innovative solutions with our customers and, with Telstra's scale, the opportunities are tremendously exciting."&nbsp; Readify employs around 200 staff across major Australian cities, including 160 software developers...</p> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 00:00:00 Z 2016-07-04T10:50:17Z <p>Telstra today announced it has acquired Readify, a leading Australian provider of application development and software-focused consulting and managed services.<br /> <br /> Readify's capabilities, which include innovative enterprise cloud application solutions as well as Big Data and IoT solutions, will provide an additional platform for Telstra to drive digital transformation for its enterprise customers in domestic and global markets.<br /> <br /> Telstra Executive Director Global Enterprise and Services, Michelle Bendschneider, said the acquisition supports the company's goal of curating market leading services with its customers and complements Telstra's recent acquisition of Kloud, who deliver world-class cloud migration services.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> This adds to the growing technology capabilities recently&nbsp;acquired&nbsp;by Telstra in Australia, all of which bring value to customers in the Network, Security and Collaborations solution arenas from previous successful integrations of O2 Networks, Bridge Point Communications and NSC in the past three years.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> "As we know, apps and software in general are playing an increasingly important role in businesses.&nbsp; Readify is recognised globally for its innovative software solutions and will further help us create software-led digital transformations with our customers," Ms Bendschneider said.<br /> <br /> "Readify will provide application development and data analytics services, nicely complementing Kloud's existing services.&nbsp; It will enable Telstra to add incremental value to customers in enterprise cloud applications, API-based customisation and extensions as well as business technology advisory services."&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Readify has been recognised globally by Microsoft with numerous awards.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Graeme Strange, Readify Managing Director, said: "We're excited by the opportunity for Readify to grow as part of Telstra.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> "Readify has a proven record of creating innovative solutions with our customers and, with Telstra's scale, the opportunities are tremendously exciting."&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Readify employs around 200 staff across major Australian cities, including 160 software developers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Media contact:&nbsp;David Taylor, 0405 228974<br /> Email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:media@team.telstra.com" target="">media@team.telstra.com</a><br /> <a href="https://www.telstra.com.au/aboutus/media">www.telstra.com.au/abouttelstra/media-centre/</a><br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.telstra.com.au/aboutus/media/media-releases/telstra-acquires-application-development-company-readify.xml"> http://www.telstra.com.au/aboutus/media/media-releases/telstra-acquires-application-development-company-readify.xml</a></p> 6748 News Readify makes key executive appointment <p>Readify continues to build leadership depth with the appointment of Dimension Data's former Victorian state manager Andrew Phillips to its executive team as national sales director. This key role will help realise the company's vision of becoming Australia's first development, design and data powerhouse...</p> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-11-16T10:57:02Z <p>Readify continues to build leadership depth with the appointment of Dimension Data's former Victorian state manager Andrew Phillips to its executive team as national sales director. This key role will help realise the company's vision of becoming Australia's first development, design and data powerhouse.</p> <p>The Melbourne-headquartered technology services company has acquired data analytics business Huegin consulting and invested in brand and UX design agency Folk in the last 12 months. It is now focused on developing its internal teams to ensure they have the skills, resources and brilliant minds needed to dream up and create the next big disruptive enterprise.</p> <p>Readify managing director Graeme Strange said Andrew Phillips' appointment was a coup for the company that would help cement its place at the forefront of the Australian technology scene.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Andrew has proven himself as a leader in the tech community, his 30 years of experience in the technology industry will be extremely valuable," Mr Strange said.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Having worked with leading global IT organisations such as Di Data, Unisys, Nortel, Meta Group and Getronics, Andrew understands the future of technology and really gets what we are trying to achieve at Readify. It's great that our vision attracts such experience and talent."</p> <p>"Bringing together software development, design and data means we are best placed to help clients transform their businesses. We help companies innovate through our deep understanding emerging technologies, from the Internet of Things to Hololens."&nbsp;</p> <p>Earlier this month, Readify was unveiled as a key Microsoft partner on the Internet of Things in Australia.</p> <p>Mr Phillips is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MACID).&nbsp;</p> 6743 News Using personal development for the greater good <p>Readify principal consultant Steve Godbold offered his personal development time to become a pro bono CIO and help overhaul the Country Education Foundation's (CEF) technology systems and processes.&nbsp;...</p> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-10-05T15:00:50Z <p>Readify principal consultant Steve Godbold offered his personal development time to become a pro bono CIO and help overhaul the Country Education Foundation's (CEF) technology systems and processes.&nbsp;</p> <p>CEF is a national not-for-profit organisation that helps raise funds to help local youth transition from high school into further education, training or jobs.&nbsp;</p> <p>Readify allows every member of staff 20 days a year to spend on personal and professional development, which Mr Godbold used to help the not-for-profit reduce costs, save time and make better use of their limited available funds to help young Australians in rural areas attend university.</p> <p>The foundation staff is mostly made up of volunteers, who tend to come and go, and a handful of key permanent staff. With a fairly low level of technology literacy, the organisation's processes were mostly Excel and email based.&nbsp;</p> <p>With Readify's blessing, Mr Godbold regularly travelled to CEF's headquarters in Orange to spend a couple of days in the office and help the not-for-profit with its technology roadmap.</p> <p>Mr Godbold introduced the organisation to Microsoft's Office365 suite, SalesForce and LastPass to help it move from a world of post-it note password storage to a secure, cloud enabled productivity suite.&nbsp;</p> <p>To better manage the natural coming and going of the volunteer workforce, Mr Godbold set up Azure Active Directory and shared mailboxes focused on roles within the organisation. This gives every staff member and volunteer their own identity and helps ensure the great work CEF is doing is safe and secure.</p> <p>My Godbold also helped create a shared view of the organisations contacts by moving the core contact and mailing lists from the CEO's machine into the cloud.&nbsp;</p> <p>As most of the full time employees were working off old laptops and machines that were office-bound or unwieldy to take on the road, Mr Godbold set the team up with Surface 3 tablets, giving staff the ability to work in the office connected to a docking station, or out while visiting universities, meeting donors and spending time with students.</p> <p>The next step of CEF's technology strategy and roadmap will see Mr Godbold help with document management, linking the not-for-profit's Dropbox account with Microsoft Azure and Office 365.</p> <p>Mr Godbold said his personal experience led him to reach out to the CEF.</p> <p>"I grew up in a small regional town in northern New South Wales, and while I was lucky to be able to attend university, I know many Australians, especially in regional areas, can struggle," Mr Godbold said.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thousands of young Australians in rural and remote areas miss out on higher education and jobs. To shape a career or undertake further education, they must often leave home, travel and live in or near metropolitan centres. For many, the financial, emotional and social obstacles are just too great - and they are unable to relocate in order to take up further study or work.</p> <p>Country Education Foundation CEO Sarah Taylor said Mr Godbold's work has enabled the charity to be more efficient and made life easier for employees and volunteers.</p> <p>"Stephen's work has really helped our productivity, which means we can spend more time fundraising and processing applications to give children and young adults in the country a chance at a better education," Ms Taylor said. &nbsp;</p> <p>--</p> <p><strong>About Readify</strong></p> <p>Since 2001, Readify has been helping customers develop and support innovative software projects. The company has achieved global recognition for its ability to help customers build software that drives collaboration, productivity, business growth and profitability.&nbsp;</p> <p>For all media enquiries, please contact Agency North: Miette Lelievre - 0431 854 878 / <a href="mailto:mlelievre@agencynorth.com.au">mlelievre@agencynorth.com.au</a>&nbsp;</p> 6733 News Readify acquires Huegin Consulting <p>Technology services company, Readify, has acquired data analytics company, Huegin Consulting. This acquisition marks Readify's second buy-out in 12 months as the company continues on its path to become Australia's first development, design and data powerhouse...</p> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-09-22T16:13:30Z <p><strong>Aims to become Australia's first development, design and data powerhouse</strong></p> <p>Technology services company, Readify, has acquired data analytics company, Huegin Consulting. This acquisition marks Readify's second buy-out in 12 months as the company continues on its path to become Australia's first development, design and data powerhouse.</p> <p>Readify managing director, Graeme Strange, said the buy-out of Huegin Consulting was possible as a result of reserves from an earlier $7 million capital raise, which also funded a strategic partnership with brand and user experience design agency, Folk, late last year.</p> <p>Huegin's team is based in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, focusing on engineering, mathematics, analytics and data science. It will integrate with Readify's existing data analyst team.</p> <p>Strange indicated the acquisition readies the company to become a "holistic innovation house".</p> <p>"What Readify is now calling the 'holy trinity' - the best software development, beautiful design and meaningful data - is in line with the company's view that we live in a technology-driven, Big Data economy where Silicon Valley rivals Wall Street for influence.</p> <p>"We want to be the organisation that powers the next TaskRabbit or Airbnb," Strange said.</p> <p>Strange said software is useless unless it's intuitive enough for people to want to use it. He added that collecting data is pointless unless businesses can make sense of it and use it to change their world.</p> <p>"Technology is no longer about system administrators and business analysts, and technology companies that continue to behave like yesterday's service providers will be gone in five years," he added.</p> <p>Huegin Consulting director, Darryl Walker, said the deal would provide customers with an end-to-end solution in the era of Big Data.</p> <p>"The Cloud and the Internet of Things give us access to an unprecedented amount of data. Applying analytics to this data is key to extracting useful insights and inferences. There are great synergies in the work we and Readify do.</p> <p>"The deal will see us solve more complex problems to help customers make more informed business decisions," Walker added.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Author:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.arnnet.com.au/author/17302180/hafizah-osman/articles"> Hafizah Osman</a><br /> Source:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/585054/readify-acquires-huegin-consulting/?fp=4&amp;fpid=40001"> http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/585054/readify-acquires-huegin-consulting/?fp=4&amp;fpid=40001&nbsp;</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 6731 News Readify ready to "power the next Airbnb" with buyout <p>Award-winning Microsoft partner Readify has made its second acquisition in 12 months by purchasing data modelling, analytics and visualisation firm Huegin Consutling...</p> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-09-22T15:23:31Z <p><strong>Acquires analytics firm ahead of float.</strong></p> <p>Award-winning Microsoft partner Readify has made its second acquisition in 12 months by purchasing data modelling, analytics and visualisation firm Huegin Consutling.</p> <p>The acquisition was financed by a <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/397729,readify-cracks-open-7m-acquisitions-warchest.aspx"> $7 million acquisition fund activated late last year</a>, which was also used buy a 20 percent stake in Sydney-based user experience and branding agency Folk.</p> <p>Readify managing director Graeme Strange said bringing Huegin and Folk on board was in line with the company's strategy to offer software development, design and data analytics under one roof.</p> <p>"We want to be the organisation that powers the next TaskRabbit or Airbnb," said Strange.</p> <p>"Software is useless unless it's so beautiful and intuitive that people want to use it. Collecting data is pointless unless we can make sense of it and use it to change your world.</p> <p>"Technology is no longer about system administrators and business analysts, and technology companies that continue to behave like yesterday's service providers will be gone in five years."</p> <p>Huegin's 15 staff will join Readify's existing data analyst team.</p> <p>Readify is in the midst of <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/401396,readify-readies-for-public-float.aspx"> preparing for a public listing</a> on the Australian Securities Exchange, which was originally planned for June.</p> <p>Another Australian company planning to float on the ASX is <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/409454,vonexs-asx-float-partner-enters-trading-halt.aspx"> communications provider Vonex</a>, whose reverse-listing partner Aleator Energy recently entered a trading halt.</p> <p>Australian technology companies that have successfully listed in the past few years include <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/362199,bulletproof-to-go-public.aspx"> hosting outfit Bulletproof</a> and <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/366490,newlease-undergoes-reverse-takeover-to-score-asx-listing.aspx"> distributor NewLease</a> (now rebranded as Rhipe).</p> <p>Readify has more than 180 staff spread across Melbourne, Sydney, Western Australia, Canberra and South Australia. The company <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/408640,readify-wins-four-microsoft-australia-partner-awards.aspx"> picked up four awards</a> at the Microsoft Australian Partner Conference in August, including Excellence in Customer Lifecycle Management, Excellence in Industry and Platform Innovation, and the Technology for Social Impact awards.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> Author: <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/Author/743871,brendon-foye.aspx">Brendon Foye</a><br /> Read more: <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/409480,readify-makes-second-acquisition-ahead-of-public-float.aspx#ixzz3mRSrz1GK"> http://www.crn.com.au/News/409480,readify-makes-second-acquisition-ahead-of-public-float.aspx#ixzz3mRSrz1GK</a></p> 6730 News Readify fuels growth with Huegin acquisition <p>It's a move Readify managing director Graeme Strange says is the next step in his plan to make the company a holistic innovation house...</p> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-09-22T15:19:50Z <div class="story-intro"> <p><strong>Melbourne-based Readify has completed its second acquisition in 12 months with the technology services company picking up data modelling, analytics and visualisation outfit Huegin Consulting.</strong></p> </div> <p>It's a move Readify managing director Graeme Strange says is the next step in his plan to make the company a holistic innovation house.</p> <p>"We want to be the organisation that powers the next TaskRabbit or Airbnb," Mr Strange said.</p> <p>Readify's emphasis was on what he classified as the "holy trinity" of the digital economy: great software, beautiful design and meaningful data.</p> <p>"Software is useless unless it's so beautiful and intuitive that people want to use it. Collecting data is pointless unless we can make sense of it and use it to change your world," he said.</p> <p>"Technology is no longer about system administrators and business analysts, and technology companies that continue to behave like yesterday's service providers will be gone in five years."</p> <p>Mr Strange is sanguine that thinking on the role of Australian technology companies as drivers of economic growth needs to change, and that means making some tough decisions.</p> <p>"I look at our industry and see a lot of relatively large system integrators that do a reasonable job of selling products to other organisations, and that needs to change," he said.</p> <p>According to Mr Strange, technology companies have to take ownership of this transformation rather than see it as a pure transaction.</p> <p>"The conversation we need to have as an industry is what role do we play in helping a non-technology organisation to change and take advantage of technology," Mr Strange told&nbsp;The Australian.</p> <p>As an IT consultancy, Readify embodied that sentiment and Mr Strange said combining the value propositions of good software, beautiful design and meaningful data had to become the prevailing paradigm.</p> <p>"This requires a lot of intelligent people working together to solve business problems and that's the end of the IT market that I am really excited about."</p> <p>The Huegin acquisition is a good example of that approach, with the company's 15-strong team including experts in engineering, mathematics, analytics and data science.</p> <p>While the terms of the deal were not disclosed, Readify said it was furnished by an earlier $7&nbsp;million capital raising, which also funded a partnership with brand design agency Folk late last year.</p> <p>So far Readify's model of helping its clients solve more complex problems and make informed business decisions is drawing praise. The company won four awards at Microsoft's Annual Partner Awards, and took out the gong of Microsoft's global partner of the year.</p> <p>While an ASX-listing might be on the cards, Mr Strange said he was in no rush: "We have some big plans over the next couple of years so getting access to the capital markets would be nice, but there are also some people who have really been supportive of the business and it would be nice to pay them back."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Author:&nbsp;<a rel="author" href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/author/Supratim+Adhikari">Supratim Adhikari<br /> </a>Source: <a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/readify-fuels-growth-with-huegin-acquisition/story-e6frgakx-1227537595368"> The Australian Business Review</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/readify-fuels-growth-with-huegin-acquisition/story-e6frgakx-1227537595368"> </a></p> 6729 News Readify ready to rock and roll <p>Melbourne-based Readify has completed its second acquisition in 12 months with the technology services company picking up data modelling, analytics and visualisation outfit Huegin Consulting...</p> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-09-22T15:20:56Z <p>Melbourne-based Readify has completed its second acquisition in 12 months with the technology services company picking up data modelling, analytics and visualisation outfit Huegin Consulting.</p> <p>It's a move Readify managing director Graeme Strange says is the next step in his plan to make the company a holistic innovation house.</p> <p>"We want to be the organisation that powers the next TaskRabbit or Airbnb," Mr Strange said.</p> <p>Readify's emphasis was on what he classified as the "holy trinity" of the digital economy: great software, beautiful design and meaningful data.</p> <p>"Software is useless unless it's so beautiful and intuitive that people want to use it. Collecting data is pointless unless we can make sense of it and use it to change your world," he said.</p> <p>"Technology is no longer about system administrators and business analysts, and technology companies that continue to behave like yesterday's service providers will be gone in five years."</p> <p>Mr Strange is sanguine that thinking on the role of Australian technology companies as drivers of economic growth needs to change, and that means making some tough decisions.</p> <p>"I look at our industry and see a lot of relatively large system integrators that do a reasonable job of selling products to other organisations, and that needs to change," he said.</p> <p>According to Mr Strange, technology companies have to take ownership of this transformation rather than see it as a pure transaction.</p> <p>"The conversation we need to have as an industry is what role do we play in helping a non-technology organisation to change and take advantage of technology," Mr Strange told&nbsp;The Australian.</p> <p>As an IT consultancy, Readify embodied that sentiment and Mr Strange said combining the value propositions of good software, beautiful design and meaningful data had to become the prevailing paradigm.</p> <p>"This requires a lot of intelligent people working together to solve business problems and that's the end of the IT market that I am really excited about."</p> <p>The Huegin acquisition is a good example of that approach, with the company's 15-strong team including experts in engineering, mathematics, analytics and data science.</p> <p>While the terms of the deal were not disclosed, Readify said it was furnished by an earlier $7&nbsp;million capital raising, which also funded a partnership with brand design agency Folk late last year.</p> <p>So far Readify's model of helping its clients solve more complex problems and make informed business decisions is drawing praise. The company won four awards at Microsoft's Annual Partner Awards, and took out the gong of Microsoft's global partner of the year.</p> <p>While an ASX-listing might be on the cards, Mr Strange said he was in no rush: "We have some big plans over the next couple of years so getting access to the capital markets would be nice, but there are also some people who have really been supportive of the business and it would be nice to pay them back."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Author:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.businessspectator.com.au/contributor/supratim-adhikari"> Supratim Adhikari<br /> </a> Source: <a href="http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2015/9/22/technology/readify-ready-rock-and-roll?utm_source=exact&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=1592611&amp;utm_campaign=ts_daily&amp;modapt="> Business Spectator | Technology Spectator</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 6727 News Key acquisition turns Readify into an innovation powerhouse <p>...</p> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-09-23T16:49:49Z <p><img src="/media/183184/graeme_strange_readify__8_676x451.jpg" width="676" height="451" alt="Graeme Atlas"/></p> <p>Technology services company <a href="http://www.readify.net/">Readify</a> has completed its second acquisition in 12 months as it continues on its course to become Australia's first development, design and data powerhouse.</p> <p>The buy-out of modelling, analytics and visualisation experts Huegin Consulting was possible thanks to reserves from an earlier $7 million capital raise, which also funded a strategic partnership with brand and user experience (UX) design agency Folk late last year.</p> <p>What Readify is now calling the 'holy trinity' - the best software development, beautiful design and meaningful data - is in line with the company's view that we live in a technology-driven, big data economy where Silicon Valley rivals Wall Street for influence.</p> <p>Readify managing director Graeme Strange said Readify was now ready to become a holistic innovation house.</p> <p>"We want to be the organisation that powers the next TaskRabbit or Airbnb," Mr Strange said.</p> <p>"Software is useless unless it's so beautiful and intuitive that people want to use it. Collecting data is pointless unless we can make sense of it and use it to change your world."</p> <p>"Technology is no longer about system administrators and business analysts, and technology companies that continue to behave like yesterday's service providers will be gone in five years."</p> <p>Huegin's 15-strong team is based in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and includes experts in engineering, mathematics, analytics and data science, and will integrate with Readify's existing data analyst team.</p> <p>Readify helps Australia's biggest organisations, such as iiNet, SEEK, MYOB and government departments manage and navigate shifts in technology. The company only employs technically brilliant people to deliver custom application development, software deployment and IT consulting as well as managed services.</p> <p>Huegin Director Darryl Walker said the deal would provide customers with an end-to-end solution in the era of big data.</p> <p>"The cloud and the Internet of Things give us access to an unprecedented amount of data. Applying analytics to this data is key to extracting useful insights and inferences," Mr Walker said.</p> <p>"There are great synergies in the work we and Readify do. The deal will see us solve more complex problems to help customers make more informed business decisions."</p> <p>Like Readify, Huegin has a strong track record across government and commercial clients, with a lot of its work undertaken in the utilities, health and transport industries. The company is currently working with Energy Safe Victoria to design and implement OSIRIS, an online safety incident reporting and investigation system.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">ENDS</p> <p><strong>About Readify</strong></p> <p>Since 2001, Readify has been helping customers develop and support innovative software projects. The company has achieved global recognition for its ability to help customers build software that drives collaboration, productivity, business growth and profitability.</p> <p>For more information visit <a href="http://www.readify.net/">www.readify.net</a><span style="font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.8em;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>For all media enquiries, please contact Agency North:</p> <p>Miette Lelievre - 0431 854 878 / <a href="mailto:mlelievre@agencynorth.com.au">mlelievre@agencynorth.com.au</a></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Related Articles</strong></p> <p>Business Spectator: <a href="http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2015/9/22/technology/readify-ready-rock-and-roll?utm_source=exact&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=1592611&amp;utm_campaign=ts_daily&amp;modapt="> Readify ready to rock and roll</a></p> <p>The Australian: <a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/readify-fuels-growth-with-huegin-acquisition/story-e6frgakx-1227537595368"> Readify fuels growth with Huegin acquisition</a></p> <p>CRN:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/409480,readify-makes-second-acquisition-ahead-of-public-float.aspx#ixzz3mRht9owg"> Readify ready to "power the next Airbnb" with buyout</a></p> <p>ARN:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/585054/readify-acquires-huegin-consulting/?fp=4&amp;fpid=40001"> Readify acquires Huegin Consulting</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 6714 News Readify wins four national accolades from Microsoft Australia <p>...</p> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-09-07T15:59:21Z <p><span style="font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.8em;"><img src="/media/182034/excellence-in-customer-lifecycle-innovation-1-hr_677x95.jpg" width="677" height="95" alt="MAPA 2015 Excellence in CLI"/></span></p> <p><img src="/media/182276/excellence-in-industry-and-platform-innovation-1-hr_677x95.jpg" width="677" height="95" alt="MAPA 2015 Excellence in IPI"/></p> <p><img src="/media/182281/technology-for-social-impact-1-hr_677x95.jpg" width="677" height="95" alt="MAPA 2015 Tech for Social Impact"/></p> <p>Melbourne, 1 September 2015 - Today, Readify proudly announced it has won four MAPA 2015 Microsoft Australia Partner Awards for Excellence in Customer Lifecycle Management, Excellence in Industry and Platform Innovation and Technology for Social Impact and the 2015 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award for Australia. &nbsp;</p> <p>The company was chosen from a national field of top Microsoft Partners for delivering market-leading customer solutions built on the Microsoft platform.&nbsp;</p> <p>Readify managing director Graeme Strange accepted the awards at the Gold Coast event.</p> <p>"I've been coming to the Australian Partner Conference for many years now and I don't think I have seen one company win so many awards in the same year," Mr Strange said.</p> <p>"I'd like to thank the entire Readify team who work tirelessly year after year, our brilliant and innovative customers, as well as the large number of Microsoft people here in Australia. Without them all contributing, this type of stunning result would never happen.&nbsp;</p> <p>"We have partnered with great minds on these projects and worked with visionaries who understand we're not just rolling out a solution, but helping businesses change the world with technology."</p> <p>Awards were presented in 19 categories, and Readify was recognised for delivering exceptional Microsoft-based solutions to address customer business needs and challenges.&nbsp;</p> <p>Microsoft Australia Managing Director Pip Marlow said:</p> <p>"This is a richly deserved honour for to be selected as a winner of four of the 2015 Microsoft Australia Partner Awards. Our partners are a vital part of our continuing success as a company and I congratulate for showing just what can be achieved by hard work, innovation and outstanding customer service. It's only with the support of our partners that we will achieve more together, making a difference for people and organisations across Australia," Ms Marlow said.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Microsoft Australia Partner Awards programme recognises Microsoft Partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the last year.</p> <p>Earlier this year, Readify also won the <a href="/{localLink:4682}" title="Readify recognised as winner for 2015 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for Australia and Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management Partner of the Year Award"> 2015 Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management Partner of the Year Award</a> at the Worldwide Partner Conference.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>ENDS</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Readify</strong></p> <p>Since 2001, Readify has been helping customers develop and support innovative software projects. The company has achieved global recognition for its ability to help customers build software that drives collaboration, productivity, business growth and profitability.&nbsp; For more information visit <a href="http://readify.net">http://readify.net</a></p> <p>For all media enquiries, please contact Agency North: Miette Lelievre - 0431 854 878 / <a href="mailto:mlelievre@agencynorth.com.au">mlelievre@agencynorth.com.au</a></p> <p>Product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. &nbsp;</p> 6717 News Readify wins four Microsoft Australia partner awards <p>By <a id="ctl00_ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_LeftColumnPlaceHolder_Article_AuthorsRepeater_ctl01_AuthorHyperLink" href="http://www.crn.com.au/Author/689041,tony-yoo.aspx">Tony Yoo &nbsp;...</p> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-09-01T13:41:53Z <p>By <a id="ctl00_ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_LeftColumnPlaceHolder_Article_AuthorsRepeater_ctl01_AuthorHyperLink" href="http://www.crn.com.au/Author/689041,tony-yoo.aspx">Tony Yoo</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>Readify has won four Microsoft Australia Partner Awards, dominating a field that also saw UXC Eclipse, Ignia and Avanade go home with two gongs each.</p> <p>The winners were announced this evening at the opening day of Microsoft's Australia Partner Conference on the Gold Coast.</p> <p>Readify took home the Excellence in Customer Lifecycle Management, Excellence in Industry and Platform Innovation, and the Technology for Social Impact awards. The honours added to <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/404765,readify-kloud-bizdata-uxc-win-microsoft-global-awards.aspx"> its Australia Country Partner of the Year crown</a> awarded at the global conference earlier this year.</p> <p><strong><img src="/media/181586/team_polos_1_675x535.jpg" width="675" height="535" alt="MAPA 2015 Team"/><br /> <br /> [Related: <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/408638,the-winners-2015-microsoft-australia-partner-awards.aspx"> Full list of Microsoft Australia Partner Award winners</a>]</strong></p> <p>The Melbourne-headquartered company achieved special recognition for a "parent portal" it developed for the Queensland Government. The QParents project covers timetables, report cards and can even generate warnings if students don't show up at school.</p> <p>The system has been rolled out to nearly 150 schools in Queensland, but has the potential to be used more widely, Strange said.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>"Education departments right around the country can actually use the same code base if they want to. The first state of course is Queensland. They're the ones that have funded it. It's their vision,"</em> he told CRN. He credits David O'Hagan and Mark Hind at the Department of Education and Training in Queensland as the "visionaries" behind QParents.</p> <p>Ignia also won an Excellence in Industry and Platform Innovation award, as well as the Excellence in Mobility and Devices honour. The Perth-headquartered company - currently <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/Gallery/398256,meet-everyone-in-the-2014-crn-fast50.aspx/29"> ranked 22 in the CRN Fast50</a> - has expanded to the east in the past year, <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/397795,microsoft-hotshot-ignia-waltzes-in-to-sydney-and-melbourne.aspx"> opening branches in Sydney and Melbourne</a>.</p> <p>Microsoft Dynamics specialist UXC Eclipse nabbed the Excellence in Enterprise Social and the Excellence in Marketing awards. Publicly listed UXC has been in the headlines for its booming software arm, <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/407141,uxc-racks-up-100m-with-microsoft-and-oracle-deals.aspx"> involving both Microsoft and Oracle technologies</a>, and <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/Gallery/407924,uxc-and-clients-cut-ribbon-on-new-sydney-office.aspx/1"> a glamourous new Sydney office</a>.</p> <p>Multinational consulting firm Avanade scored the Excellence in Cloud Customer Relationship Management and Excellence in Cloud Platform awards. The 25,000-staff company, founded in 2000 as a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture, was also mentioned in the new Winning Together award given to Sitecore Australia's partnership with Avanade, Accenture and Tata.</p> <p><strong>[Related:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/407484,all-the-finalists-2015-microsoft-australia-partner-award.aspx"> the 2015 finalists of Microsoft Australia Partner Awards</a>]</strong></p> <p><em>"These are really tightly contested awards and each of the winners should feel incredibly proud of their achievements,"</em> said Microsoft Australia managing director Pip Marlow. <em>"Microsoft and its partners' success is completely intertwined."</em></p> <p>Microsoft global partner award winner Kloud Solutions backed up on the Gold Coast, winning the Excellence in Cloud Productivity category. BizData, the third Australian company that scored a worldwide award, did not feature among the MAPA winners.</p> <p><em>"Congratulations to all the winners and finalists in the awards. I look forward to more success in what promises to be an even more exciting year ahead,"</em> Marlow said.</p> <div class="separator">&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.crn.com.au/" target="_blank">Copyright © CRN Australia</a>. All rights reserved.</p> <p>Read more: <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/408640,readify-win-four-microsoft-australia-partner-awards.aspx#ixzz3kSEzG6gQ"> http://www.crn.com.au/News/408640,readify-win-four-microsoft-australia-partner-awards.aspx#ixzz3kSEzG6gQ</a></p> 5708 News Readify has been named a finalist in the Microsoft Australia Partner Awards in three categories. <p>Today, Readify proudly announced it has been named as a finalist in three categories in the 2015 Microsoft Australia Partner Awards: &nbsp;...</p> Thu, 06 Aug 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-08-10T09:15:07Z <p><span style="font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.8em;">Today, Readify proudly announced it has been named as a finalist in three categories in the 2015 Microsoft Australia Partner Awards:</span><span style="font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.8em;">&nbsp;</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.8em;">Excellence in Customer Lifecycle Management Award&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.8em;"> Technology for Social Impact Award&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.8em;"> Winning Together Award (partnering with Telstra)</span></li> </ul> <p>The company was selected from a national field of top Microsoft Partners for delivering market-leading customer solutions built on the Microsoft platform.&nbsp;</p> <p>Earlier this year, Readify was named Microsoft Australian Country Partner of the Year and won the Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management Partner of the Year Award.</p> <p>Readify managing director Graeme Strange said it was an honour to be recognised multiple times in such competitive awards.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>"We strongly believe that the way we collaborate with our partners and customers drives great software innovation.&nbsp; It is also very pleasing to see technology we create come to life and make a big difference to so many people's lives."</em>&nbsp;Mr Strange said.</p> <p><em>"The three nominations, along with the two global awards at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference this year, reassures us that the great solutions our teams are creating are proving valuable to Microsoft and our clients."</em>&nbsp;The 19 categories of the Microsoft Australia Partner Awards programme recognise Microsoft Partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the year.</p> <p><em>"At Microsoft we believe innovation is the key to ensuring Australia's future economic success. It's because of this that I'm particularly pleased Readify was named among the outstanding group of innovative partners as a finalist of the 2015 Microsoft Australia Partner awards,"</em>&nbsp;said Pip Marlow, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>"We applaud Readify's dedication in providing such outstanding value and service to our mutual customers. It's only with the support of our partners that we will achieve more together, making a difference for people and organisations across Australia."</em></p> <p>The Microsoft Australia Partner Awards programme winners will be announced at the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference on August 31st 2015.</p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.8em;"> <img src="/media/180343/excellence-in-customer-lifecycle-management-1-hr_677x95.jpg" width="677" height="95" alt="MAPA Finalist CLM"/></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.8em;"> <img src="/media/180349/technology-for-social-impact-1-hr_677x95.jpg" width="677" height="95" alt="MAPA Finalist TSM"/></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.8em;"> <img src="/media/180354/winning-together-1-hr_677x95.jpg" width="677" height="95" alt="MAPA Finalist WT"/></span></p> <p><strong>--</strong></p> <p><strong>About Readify</strong></p> <p>Since 2001, Readify has been helping customers develop and support innovative software projects. The company has achieved global recognition for its ability to help customers build software that drives collaboration, productivity, business growth and profitability.&nbsp;</p> <p>Product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners</p> <p>For all media enquiries, please contact Agency North:</p> <p>Miette Lelievre - 0431 854 878 / <a href="/mlelievre@agencynorth.com.au">mlelievre@agencynorth.com.au</a><br /> Dawn Hewitt - 0434 883 880 / <a href="/dhewitt@agencynorth.com.au">dhewitt@agencynorth.com.au</a> &nbsp;</p> 5709 News Kloud, Data#3, Empired, Readify lead Microsoft award nominations <p>By <a id="ctl00_ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_LeftColumnPlaceHolder_Article_AuthorsRepeater_ctl01_AuthorHyperLink" href="http://www.crn.com.au/Author/222864,steven-kiernan.aspx">Steven Kiernan...</p> Thu, 06 Aug 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-08-06T08:56:26Z <p>By <a id="ctl00_ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_LeftColumnPlaceHolder_Article_AuthorsRepeater_ctl01_AuthorHyperLink" href="http://www.crn.com.au/Author/222864,steven-kiernan.aspx">Steven Kiernan</a></p> <h2>MAPA finalists revealed.</h2> <p dir="ltr">Microsoft has revealed the finalists for its annual partner awards, with winners set to be revealed at its conference later this month.</p> <p dir="ltr">Kloud leads the charge with four nominations. The Melbourne-headquartered is a perennial favourite at Microsoft awards - it's one of only four Australian companies to win a global award this year, and also picked up <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/391662,winners-of-2014-microsoft-australia-partner-awards.aspx"> two Australian wins last year</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Data#3, Empired and Readify all have three chances to win. Rounding out the dual-finalists are Avanade, SoftwareOne, UXC Eclipse and Velrada.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>[ <a href="http://www.crn.com.au//News/407484,all-the-finalists-2015-microsoft-australia-partner-award.aspx"> Click here for the full list of finalists</a>]</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">This year, the Microsoft Australia Partner Awards (MAPA) have been revamped with new award categories and a strong focus on customer stories.</p> <p dir="ltr">Philip Goldie, director of partner business at Microsoft Australia, has previously told CRN that each partner's entry would be aligned to a specific customer case study.</p> <p dir="ltr">In a blog post, Goldie wrote, "It's very apparent that when customers have a stronger connection with their trusted partner, they also demonstrate a stronger commitment to products like Azure, Office 365 and CRM Online. Most importantly, together we've achieved the ability to delight our customers with product and solution offerings that better meet their needs."</p> <p dir="ltr">This year's MAPAs will also recognise the Australian Partner of the Year, Readify, which received the accolade during Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference last month, <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/404765,readify-kloud-bizdata-uxc-win-microsoft-global-awards.aspx"> where BizData, Kloud and UXC Eclipse also picked up global awards</a>.</p> <p><em>CRN is media partner of Microsoft APC. <a href="http://partner.microsoft.com.au/APC2015-Home">Find out more and register for the conference</a>, which takes place on the Gold Coast, 31 August to 3 September.</em></p> <p><em>--</em></p> <p><strong>Read more:</strong> <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/407483,kloud-data3-empired-readify-lead-microsoft-award-nominations.aspx#ixzz3hz3BaOxy"> http://www.crn.com.au/News/407483,kloud-data3-empired-readify-lead-microsoft-award-nominations.aspx#ixzz3hz3BaOxy</a><strong> <br /> </strong></p> 4693 News HoloLens wows thousands of Microsoft partners <p>Copyright © CRN Australia . All rights reserved...</p> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-07-15T13:17:20Z <h2>There's more to this than Minecraft.</h2> <p dir="ltr">Microsoft wowed an amphitheatre of more than 10,000 partners by demonstrating how its HoloLens technology could impact business customers.</p> <p dir="ltr">It's no overstatement to say many audience members at the keynote - on the first morning of Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando - were awestruck as presenters showed off the 3D headset.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>[<a href="https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/video/videos/133385936" target="_blank">Keynote video: HoloLens segment starts at 42:40</a>]</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Chief executive Satya Nadella introduced the HoloLens demo, in which Autodesk's Maya 3D modelling software was running on Windows 10.</p> <p dir="ltr">A special camera rig mimicked the HoloLens projection on the big screen to illustrate to the audience how the headset looks to the viewer.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="/media/178139/0_0_400_0_70__news_crn-special-rig-screen-shot-2015-07-14-at-8_35_32-am.jpg" width="400" height="248" alt="HoloLens 4"/></p> <p dir="ltr">The demo, led by HoloLens team members Lorraine Bardeen and Dan McCulloch and centering on motorcycle design, included several "wow" moments, including McCulloch moving the mouse cursor off the screen to interact with a miniature holographic model.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="/media/178129/0_0_400_0_70__news_crn-motorcycle-on-desk-cursor-screen-shot-2015-07-14-at-8_37_34-am-1.jpg" width="400" height="248" alt="HoloLens 2"/></p> <p dir="ltr">The demonstration also touched on the augmented reality possibilities of HoloLens&nbsp;by adding holographic bodywork to a real, physical motorcycle on the stage.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="/media/178134/0_0_400_0_70__news_crn-small-augmented-motorcycle-comp-screen-shot-2015-07-14-at-8_39_43-am.jpg" width="400" height="201" alt="HoloLens 3"/></p> <p dir="ltr">McCulloch also looked at how HoloLens could be combined with Microsoft collaboration technology, overlaying visual "annotations" and the virtual avatar of a remote collaborator on the physical motorcycle.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="/media/178124/0_0_400_0_70__news_crn-hololens-remote-collaborator-screen-shot-2015-07-14-at-8_41_08-am.jpg" width="400" height="248" alt="HoloLens 1"/></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Enterprise vision</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">HoloLens most recently impressed punters at the E3 gaming event, integrating the technology with Minecraft, the wildly popular video game that Microsoft purchased for US$2.5 billion last year.</p> <p dir="ltr">HoloLens is still very much a preview, with no shipping dates revealed and only a few reviewers given a chance to try out the device. None of the senior Microsoft Australia staff CRN spoke to at WPC had been hands on with the headset.</p> <p dir="ltr">Unlike E3, in Orlando Microsoft was illustrating the business-to-business opportunities for holographic technology. "What I am enjoying, as we show different use cases for HoloLens, we are getting past the cool factor," said Philip Goldie, Microsoft Australia director for partner business and enablement.</p> <p dir="ltr">Application specialists from the Australian channel told CRN they were blown away by the demo, and are already conjuring use-cases for the kit.</p> <p dir="ltr">Graeme Strange, chief executive of Readify - Microsoft's 2015 Australian partner of the year - told CRN that the HoloLens demo "feels like the future is here now and holographic tech is now a reality and not something out of a sci-fi movie".&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">"The adaption for the presentation via the TV makes it look even better because it doesn't restrict the peripheral view as much as the device does, however, giving credit where it's due - when Microsoft claims it's now cool then this is definitely the technology that would make that undisputed."</p> <p dir="ltr">Strange reckons Melbourne-based Readify could take advantage of the HoloLens platform once it is opened up to partners. "The core of the hologram is an application, ie every hologram is an app. Software developers can go nuts building holographic applications by just learning [gaming development platform] Unity.</p> <p dir="ltr">"It's not that hard for the developer, and our guys have already started teaching themselves. The only other skill - other than subject matter expertise - is 3D modelling. With <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/397729,readify-cracks-open-7m-acquisitions-warchest.aspx"> our recent part-acquisition of Folk</a>, we see the access to these skills coming from these designers. It's not hard to see that Readify is perfectly placed to deliver on HoloLens enterprise applications," said Strange.</p> <p dir="ltr">The boss of another award-winning Australian Microsoft partner, Nicki Page, chief executive of newly formed MOQdigital, called HoloLens "one of the major highlights of the keynote".</p> <p dir="ltr">Page said it "really shows the quantum leap technology has taken with the HoloLens".</p> <p dir="ltr">She pointed to the health sector as an obvious target market. Page's Sydney-based company Breeze, which recently merged with Brisbane-headquartered Technology Effect to form MOQdigital, won a Microsoft award last year <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/(S(twz0zpeqqeqq0mjozwlwvaex))/News/391663,microsoft-cloud-apps-and-bi-partners-score-awards-double.aspx"> for application development work with Bupa Dental</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I'd like to think we can save lives or change the healthcare world with the HoloLens -&nbsp;for example hook it up to 3D printing of hearts or other organs for transplants.</p> <p dir="ltr">"But reality is we're still a way off this and will be used more for research and development until industries gain more confidence with the technology. Clearly the demo in the keynote today showed the impact it could have on the manufacturing world. Custom-made motorbikes are now a hologram away!" said Page.</p> <p dir="ltr">Sean Bishop, general manager of sales and marketing of Sydney-based managed service provider Harbour IT, was blown away by the demo, and could envisage enterprise applications for HoloLens.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I do a lot of with the auto industry; I manage a V8 supercar driver. The industry is always looking for that hundredth of a second and when I look at what I saw today, I see aerodynamics. If all the motor racing manufacturers had that tomorrow, they would be blown away," said Bishop.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Steven Kiernan is a guest of Microsoft at Worldwide Partner Conference.</em></p> <p dir="ltr">Follow us on CRN&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/CRN-Australia-Computer-Reseller-News/157371140970179" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/crn_au" target="_blank">Twitter</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.crn.com.au/" target="_blank">Copyright © CRN Australia</a>. All rights reserved.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Read more: <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/406548,hololens-wows-thousands-of-microsoft-partners.aspx#ixzz3fudu0thU"> http://www.crn.com.au/News/406548,hololens-wows-thousands-of-microsoft-partners.aspx#ixzz3fudu0thU</a><br /> </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 4703 News Telstra's aged care app rebuilt on Azure Australia <p>By&nbsp; <a id="ctl00_ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_LeftColumnPlaceHolder_Article_AuthorsRepeater_ctl01_AuthorHyperLink" href="http://www.crn.com.au/Author/222864,steven-kiernan.aspx">Steven Kiernan...</p> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-07-17T17:03:44Z <p><span>By&nbsp;</span> <a id="ctl00_ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_LeftColumnPlaceHolder_Article_AuthorsRepeater_ctl01_AuthorHyperLink" href="http://www.crn.com.au/Author/222864,steven-kiernan.aspx">Steven Kiernan</a><span><br /> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 38px; line-height: 38px; text-transform: uppercase;"> Readify rebuilds iCareHealth software for Azure.</span></p> <p>Microsoft's country partner of the year, Readify, has revealed how it migrated aged care software provider iCareHealth to Azure.</p> <p>Software developer iCareHealth faced challenges scaling its product, which is used to provide care to more than 50,000 residents for clinical and care management and more than 30,000 residents for medication management.</p> <p>The company turned to Readify, which rebuilt the new software "from scratch" for the cloud and migrated it to Microsoft Azure.</p> <p>Readify chief executive Graeme Strange said it was like "building a plane in flight".&nbsp;</p> <p>"You need to rebuild because of the multi-tenant component. You can virtualise in hardware but that is not the right way to do it."&nbsp;</p> <p>Strange confirmed that the application was hosted here at Azure Australia.</p> <p>The project has paid off for iCareHealth with multiple performance dividends: software development is quicker, updates are rolled out faster, and nursing staff have gone mobile, "capturing information at the point of care, rather than back at the nursing station".</p> <p>Craige Pendleton-Browne, chief technology officer of iCareHealth, said: "Many of our clients don't have dedicated IT people to manage infrastructure and the cloud also means they get access to upgrades much quicker. Their backups are also managed centrally in the cloud."</p> <p><a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/397193,azure-australia-opens-to-public-telstra-to-deliver-expressroute.aspx"> Microsoft launched Azure Australia</a>&nbsp;out of data centres in Sydney and Melbourne last October.</p> <p>Telstra acquired iCareHealth late last year, part of the telco's push into both the health field as well as the IT space. In 2013, Telstra bought a 50 percent stake in another health technology firm, Fred IT.</p> <p><span><br /> Read more:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/406364,aged-care-moves-to-microsofts-australian-cloud.aspx#ixzz3g85qxwR4"> http://www.crn.com.au/News/406364,aged-care-moves-to-microsofts-australian-cloud.aspx#ixzz3g85qxwR4</a></span></p> 4688 News Cloud move pays off for iCareHealth <p>By Mike Gee (ARN)...</p> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-07-09T13:55:56Z <p>By Mike Gee (ARN)</p> <h2><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase;"> Readify built new software from scratch on the Cloud and migrated iCareHealth to Microsoft Azure</span></h2> <p><img src="/media/177764/twitter_cloud_icare_676x338.jpg" width="676" height="338" alt="iCare Cloud"/>&nbsp;</p> <p>A move to the Cloud has helped aged care software provider, iCareHealth, win new clients. The company engaged Australian software developer Readify to help it cope with ever-increasing demand for aged care services and new client acquisitions.</p> <p>iCareHealth needed its software to scale up tenfold to cater for clients operating large facilities. Its products are used in the provision of care to more than 50,000 residents for clinical and care management and more than 30,000 residents for medication management. Readify built the new software from scratch on the Cloud and migrated iCareHealth to Microsoft Azure. iCareHealth CTO, Craige Pendleton-Browne, said the move had helped improve iCareHealth's saleability and marketability as the company was acquired by Telstra Health following the software revamp. "We are having conversations with prospects we previously wouldn't have had, and have already won significant new clients from our key competitors since implementation," Pendleton-Browne said. "Readify have been instrumental in helping us re-architect our system to enrich the experience of community and residential aged care. The partnership has enabled us to accomplish exactly what we needed in the right timeframe." The move to Microsoft Azure has improved iCareHealth's continuous integration, providing automated unit and automated functional testing. The organisation's speed of development is much faster, enabling it to use multiple environments to go to market sooner. "We recently moved a client to Azure. The whole process took only a couple of days, with the actual upgrade process taking just 45 minutes. The Cloud allows us to move with that kind of speed," Pendleton-Browne said. "Many of our clients don't have dedicated IT people to manage infrastructure and the cloud also means they get access to upgrades much quicker. Their backups are also managed centrally in the cloud. "Readify's continuous delivery approach resulted in a higher level of client satisfaction and a major increase in engagement, it enables us to evaluate changes and incorporate feedback before a new release hits the market." The software works on mobile, which means nursing and care staff can access and capture information at the point of care, rather than back at the nursing station. The new design also streamlines processes and improves the layouts and responsiveness of the software, which helps bring more clinical information to the fore. "Readify helped us introduce a residents' profile page where users can see at a glance a resident's interests, from their footy team to their favourite treat. It truly supports our focus on consumer-directed care," Pendleton-Browne said.</p> <p class="storybody">Source:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/579280/cloud-move-pays-off-icarehealth/?utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_source=taxonomyfeed%20"> http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/579280/cloud-move-pays-off-icarehealth/?utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_source=taxonomyfeed&nbsp;</a></p> 4685 News Readify wins Industrial & Resources iAward in Queensland for Laing O’Rourke’s Our People App <p>Readify has been awarded the 2015 Queensland iAward in the Industrial &amp; Resources category for the Laing O'Rourke Our People App at the Queensland iAwards ceremony.&nbsp;...</p> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-06-29T10:25:19Z <p>Readify has been awarded the 2015 Queensland iAward in the Industrial &amp; Resources category for the Laing O'Rourke Our People App at the Queensland iAwards ceremony.&nbsp;</p> <p>The iAwards honour homegrown Australian ICT companies at the cutting edge of technology and innovation. The Industrial &amp; Resources category showcases solutions that demonstrate next generation improvements in productivity in automation and integration of systems and processes.&nbsp;</p> <p>Readify partnered with international construction firm Laing O'Rourke to develop a BYOD-oriented app to help reduce workplace accidents and keep employees and contractors updated on safety notices and corporate news. The cloud-based, global and mobile-enabled Our People app has since been adopted worldwide to help Laing O'Rourke's global workforce operate more safely on job sites and access pay slips.</p> <p>Kate Burleigh, Managing Director Intel Australia/NZ and Chair of the iAwards Steering Committee, spoke after the ceremony.&nbsp;</p> <p>"This year's entrants blew us away with their innovative ideas and creative thinking, and it is thrilling to see minds like these contributing to Queensland innovation. As the standard of work and ideas improve year on year, the iAwards continue to showcase the best in the industry. We are excited to see the Queensland winners compete at the national level in August."</p> <p>Readify state manager for Queensland, Rosemary Black said Readify's technology and innovation driven approach was a cut above the rest.</p> <p>"The Our People App is an industry leading mobile application that delivers an exceptional user experience across multiple platforms using new technologies," Ms Black said.&nbsp;</p> <p>"The award is a testament to the collaborative team effort to create a unique app that captured Lang O'Rourke's vision."</p> <p>Laing O'Rourke Global CIO Ryan Macnamee said the Our People app aligned to Laing O'Rourke's corporate initiative to reduce workplace accidents by 2020 and its IT strategy to develop solutions that are cloud-based, global, and mobile-enabled.</p> <p>"To truly make a difference, we needed an innovative approach, which is why we chose to partner with a company like Readify," Mr Macnamee said.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Readify's expertise and delivery of the Our People application exemplified their standing as a leading software development innovator."</p> <p>Readify and Laing O'Rourke's project will now enter the iAwards National Judging in August. &nbsp;</p> 4679 News Readify brings home the Microsoft awards <p>by Heather Wright | ChannelLife.com.au...</p> Wed, 03 Jun 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-06-03T12:17:03Z <p>by Heather Wright | <a href="http://channellife.com.au/">ChannelLife.com.au</a></p> <p>Readify has scooped the pool taking out both the 2015 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year award for Australia and the 2015 Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management Partner of the Year award.</p> <p>Graeme Strange, Readify managing director, says one global award is exciting, 'getting two leaves me speechless'.</p> <p>He says the awards confirm the company is 'in the right space for the future and making an important difference with customers as they seek to innovate with software.</p> <p>"Both awards speak directly to the great work we have been doing in demonstrating to our customers that there is a right way to go about delivering software projects and that we are indeed experts in successful software innovation and delivery."</p> <p><img src="/media/176981/2015_partner_award_australia_326x186.jpg" width="326" height="186" alt="2015 WPC Australia" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p>The Partner of the Year award recognises Readify's business excellence in delivering Microsoft solutions to multiple partners over the past year, providing effective engagement with the local Microsoft office while showcasing innovation and business impact, driving customer satisfaction and winning new customers.</p> <p>Phil Sorgen, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group corporate vice president, says "Readify's dedication to providing outstanding value for our mutual customers is a prime example of the excellence we see in our talented community of Microsoft partners."</p> <p><img src="/media/176976/2015_partner_award_alm_327x187.jpg" width="327" height="187" alt="2015 WPC ALM" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p>The Application Lifecycle Management Partner of the Year award recognises an ALM partner who excels in providing innovative and superior services that increase speed of deployment or implementation of Microsoft Visual Studio and Azure.</p> <p>Sorgen says this year's winners are among 'the most innovative and valuable our partner ecosystem has to offer'.</p> <p>"Therefore it came as no surprise that Readify was named among that group as this year's winner of the 2015 Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management Partner of the Year award," he says.</p> <p>This year's awards continue a winning streak for Readify with Microsoft. The company, which employs more than 200 people in Australia, won Country Partner of the Year in 2013 and Worldwide Software Development Partner of the Year in 2012.&nbsp;</p> <p>Source:&nbsp; <a href="http://channellife.com.au/story/readify-brings-home-microsoft-awards/"> http://channellife.com.au/story/readify-brings-home-microsoft-awards/&nbsp;</a></p> 4680 News Readify, Kloud, BizData win Microsoft global partner awards <p>By Tony Yoo | www.crn.com.au...</p> Wed, 03 Jun 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-06-03T12:54:35Z <p>By Tony Yoo | <a href="/www.crn.com.au">www.crn.com.au</a></p> <p><strong>International fame for Aussies.</strong></p> <p>Australian companies Readify, Kloud and BizData have beaten fierce international competition in scoring 2015 Microsoft partner of the year awards.</p> <p>Microsoft&nbsp;<a href="https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/pages/wpc/awards.aspx">announced</a>&nbsp;that Readify had been crowned Australia Partner of the Year, as well as Application Lifecycle Management partner of the year.</p> <p><img src="/media/176981/2015_partner_award_australia_231x132.jpg" width="231" height="132" alt="2015 WPC Australia"/>&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="/media/176981/2015_partner_award_australia_231x132.jpg" width="231" height="132" alt="2015 WPC Australia"/></p> <p>"The Readify team consists of an exceptional group of people with skills that have helped customers break new ground with big data, mobile application development and the Internet of Things," announced Microsoft. "Its reputation with customers is legendary."</p> <p>Kloud took out the Cloud Productivity partner of the year trophy.</p> <p>"We are thrilled with the result as you can imagine, with it being our first ever global win" said a spokesperson for Kloud. "We were also named one of three finalists for the Enterprise Mobility Suite partner of the year."</p> <p>The vendor recognised that in four years Kloud had "successfully deployed more Office 365 seats than any other Australian partner, [with] over 1.5 million seats across more than 200 large enterprise organisations".</p> <p>Melbourne-headquartered BizData was honoured with the Business Intelligence award for its work with Tourism Australia.</p> <p>"The solutions enabled Tourism Australia to address the breadth of data collection, consolidation, self-service analytics and real time decision making needs," announced Microsoft. The solution was developed leveraging SQL Server 2014, Power BI, Share Point 2013 and Azure cloud services.</p> <p>US company Nintex - founded by Australian entrepreneurs Brian Cook and Brett Campbell - won the Microsoft Office and SharePoint Application Development gong. Cook was a co-founder and former CEO of OBS, while Campbell had stints at BHP and ANZ Bank.</p> <p>Winners will physically accept their awards at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando, USA on 12 to 16 July.</p> <p>Read more:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/404765,readify-kloud-bizdata-win-microsoft-global-partner-awards.aspx#ixzz3bxo2Iis3"> http://www.crn.com.au/News/404765,readify-kloud-bizdata-win-microsoft-global-partner-awards.aspx#ixzz3bxo2Iis3</a></p> 4681 News Microsoft names worldwide partners of the year for 2015 <p>by Chris Player (ARN)...</p> Wed, 03 Jun 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-06-03T15:40:26Z <h2>Readify and Kloud Solutions pick up Australian honours</h2> <p>by <a href="http://www.arnnet.com.au/author/2147447475/chris-player/articles"> Chris Player (ARN)</a></p> <p class="storybody">Microsoft has named the winners and finalists of its 2015 Partner of the Year Awards.</p> <p class="storybody">Melbourne-based solutions provider, Readify, was named Australian partner of the year and also got the nod for application lifecycle management partner of the year.</p> <p class="storybody">The application lifecycle management (ALM) partner of the year award recognises an ALM partner who excels in providing innovative and superior services that increase speed of deployment or implementation of Microsoft Visual Studio and Azure.</p> <p class="storybody">Readify managing director, Graeme Strange, said the two highly coveted awards spoke to the amazing work the company had done.</p> <p class="storybody">"These awards reassure me that we are a quality business, we are in the right space for the future and that we are making an important difference with our customers as they seek to innovate with software," Strange said. "One global award is exciting - getting two leaves me speechless. Both awards speak directly to the great work we have been doing in demonstrating to our customers that there is a right way to go about delivering software projects and that we are indeed experts in successful software innovation and delivery. I'm very proud of everyone in the Readify team that contributed to making this happen."</p> <p class="storybody">Melbourne-based Cloud consultancy firm, Kloud Solutions, was awarded the 2015 productivity partner award.</p> <p class="storybody">Kloud Solutions managing director, Nicki Bowers, said the company was thrilled to be recognised for its ongoing work with Office 365.</p> <p class="storybody">"This award is testament to our hardworking team and all of our customers who entrust us with ensuring a safe and prosperous journey to the Cloud," she said.</p> <p class="storybody">The company was also announced as one of three finalists worldwide for the enterprise mobility suite partner of the year award. It honours partners that have displayed outstanding growth in deploying enterprise mobility suite, demonstrating innovation with the three components of EMS (Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium, Microsoft Intune, and Microsoft Azure Rights Management).</p> <p class="storybody">Winners and finalists will be recognized at the 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference taking place July 12-16, 2015, in Orlando, Florida.</p> <p class="storybody">This year, Microsoft recognized partners in 43 categories including Cloud technology, public sector, citizenship, sales excellence.</p> <p class="storybody">More than 2300 entries were collected from 108 different countries worldwide. Microsoft said the award finalists and winners were selected from a group of nominations based on their commitment to customers, their solution's market impact and exemplary use of Microsoft technologies.</p> <p class="storybody">Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group corporate vice president, Phil Sorgen, said the winners and finalists honored the firm's top partners that demonstrated excellence in providing solutions and value to mutual customers.&nbsp;</p> <p class="storybody">"This year's award winners and finalists are among the most innovative our partner ecosystem has to offer. Congratulations to each winner on this incredible achievement," he said.</p> <p class="storybody">Source:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/576501/microsoft-names-worldwide-partners-year-2015/?utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_source=taxonomyfeed"> http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/576501/microsoft-names-worldwide-partners-year-2015/?utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_source=taxonomyfeed</a></p> <p class="storybody">&nbsp;</p> 4682 News Readify recognised as winner for 2015 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for Australia and Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management Partner of the Year Award <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;...</p> Wed, 03 Jun 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-06-03T16:37:05Z <p><img src="/media/176981/2015_partner_award_australia_292x167.jpg" width="292" height="167" alt="2015 WPC Australia"/>&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="/media/176976/2015_partner_award_alm_290x166.jpg" width="290" height="166" alt="2015 WPC ALM"/></p> <p>Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - 3 June, 2015 - Readify today proudly announced it has won the 2015 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award for Australia and the 2015 Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management Partner of the Year Award.&nbsp;</p> <p>The company was honoured among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.</p> <p>Readify managing director Graeme Strange said the two highly coveted awards spoke to the amazing work the company had done.&nbsp;</p> <p>"These awards reassure me that we are a quality business, we are in the right space for the future and that we are making an important difference with our customers as they seek to innovate with software," Mr Strange said.</p> <p>"One global award is exciting - getting two leaves me speechless. Both awards speak directly to the great work we have been doing in demonstrating to our customers that there is a right way to go about delivering software projects and that we are indeed experts in successful software innovation and delivery. I'm very proud of everyone in the Readify team that contributed to making this happen."</p> <p>Awards were presented in several categories, with winners chosen from a set of more than 2,300 entrants from 108 different countries worldwide. Readify was recognised for providing outstanding solutions and services in Application Lifecycle Management, as well as representing excellent subsidiary engagement in Australia.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Awards honour partners at the country level that have demonstrated business excellence in delivering Microsoft solutions to multiple customers over the past year. This award recognises Readify as succeeding in effective engagement with its local Microsoft office while showcasing innovation and business impact, driving customer satisfaction, and winning new customers.</p> <p>"We are honoured to recognise Readify of Australia as a Microsoft Country Partner of the Year," said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft Corp.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Readify's dedication to providing outstanding value for our mutual customers is a prime example of the excellence we see in our talented community of Microsoft partners."</p> <p>The Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Partner of the Year Award recognises an ALM partner who excels in providing innovative and superior services that increase speed of deployment or implementation of Microsoft Visual Studio and Azure.&nbsp;</p> <p>"This year's award winners are among the most innovative and valuable our partner ecosystem has to offer. Therefore, it came as no surprise that Readify was named among that group as this year's winner of the 2015 Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management Partner of the Year award," said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft Corp.&nbsp;</p> <p>"We applaud Readify on this achievement and for the outstanding value it continues to provide for our mutual customers."&nbsp;</p> <p>The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognise Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the past year. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ENDS</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Readify</strong></p> <p>Since 2001, leading Australian IT company Readify has been helping customers with software, developing and supporting outstanding technology projects.</p> <p>Readify has achieved global recognition for its ability to help customers build software that drives collaboration, productivity, business growth and profitability.</p> <p>Readify's team collaborates with customers to understand their needs and business issues, and applies the right technologies to solve business problems, typically leveraging cloud-based and mobility technologies.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our ability to help customers is a direct result of applying best practice software development processes and employing elite developers.</p> <p>Employing more than 200 people in Australia with offices nationally, Readify is consistently recognised locally and globally with Microsoft Partner awards, previously winning the Microsoft Country Partner of the Year in 2013 and World Wide Software Development Partner of the Year in 2012.</p> <p>For more information visit&nbsp;<a href="http://readify.net/">http://readify.net</a></p> <p>For all media enquiries, please contact Agency North:&nbsp;</p> <p>Miette Lelievre - 0431 854 878 /<a href="/mlelievre@agencynorth.com.au">mlelievre@agencynorth.com.au</a></p> <p>Product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.&nbsp;</p> 4598 News New System drives better decisions from ambos <p>THE AUSTRALIAN | APRIL 21, 2015...</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-04-23T11:58:41Z <p>THE AUSTRALIAN | APRIL 21, 2015</p> <p><img src="/media/169001/av_arv_dr_marcus_kennedy_23_677x451.jpg" width="677" height="451" alt="ARV Dr Marcus and ambulance"/></p> <p><span class="caption-text">Ambulance Victoria's Adult Retrieval Victoria director Marcus Kennedy.</span> <span class="image-source"><em>Source:</em> Supplied</span></p> <hr /> <div class="story-intro"> <p><strong>Adult Retrieval Victoria co-ordinates major trauma situations for Ambulance Victoria but was in need of better decision support to manage cases. <!-- google_ad_section_end(name=story_introduction) --></strong></p> </div> <p><span class="image-source"><!-- // .story-intro --> <!-- google_ad_section_start(name=story_body, weight=high) --></span></p> <p>ARV was transitioning from paper to online processes and used an interim system that did not manage post-case administration digitally.</p> <p class="quote">We had effectively a pretty static database-type of solution, which was a great way to collect data but didn't necessarily contribute to driving best clinical practice or improving processes,'' director Marcus Kennedy says.</p> <p>ARV is a medical department within Ambulance Victoria. It co-ordinates doctors, paramedics, road ambulances, planes, helicopters and equipment to transfer critically ill patients between hospitals.</p> <p>It also provides telephone advice on clinical care of critically ill patients, co-ordinates access to critical care, coronary and specialist care beds in the hospital system and provides adult and paediatric trauma advice and referral.</p> <p>ARV employs about 30-35 medical staff on a part-time basis who are advanced trainees or specialists in emergency medicine, intensive care or anaesthetics. It handles about 4500 cases a year.</p> <p>ARV's case management application, which was built on Oracle in 2010, did not provide a clear overview of the status of an open case. No real-time functionality meant screens had to be refreshed manually after updating data.</p> <p>The department required a flexible system that could provide access to clinical guidelines and rule-based decision support for clinicians as they work through cases.</p> <p>A tender process in 2013 was won by Readify, which recommended an agile Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) development approach.</p> <p>Readify built a web-based dashboard "Adult Retrieval Victoria Information System'' (ARVIS) to act as a single point of entry for managing a case in real-time from creation to completion.</p> <p>Users have a clear way to see all active case information at a glance, bringing together patient demographics, case logistics, communication technologies, risk mitigation and decision support tools. They automatically see new cases or change in information without refreshing their browsers.</p> <p>Through each case, ARV critical care co-ordinators are guided by real-time, rule-based user notifications and decision support tools. If a rule is breached, a notification is pushed to the dashboard.</p> <p>ARV has seen significant benefits in terms of supporting clinical practice, providing a guideline base of care, improved response times, management of cases, and even time spent filling in forms.</p> <p class="quote">We certainly know that time efficiency in retrieval practice and consistent decision-making leads to better clinical outcomes,'' Dr Kennedy says. "So being able to apply a tool like this, I have got no doubt, will improve clinical outcomes.''</p> <p>The efficiency of audit and review processes has also increased substantially.</p> <p class="quote">It is all now enabled and facilitated by the system so that we can follow up the patient at a hospital to make sure that we did the right thing,'' Dr Kennedy says. "We can then review all of the case interventions, perform audits, perform case reviews and that is all captured longitudinally and attached to a particular patient case and that is a great thing in terms the quality of care and continuous review of your practice.''</p> <p>Readify also developed "Retrieval and Critical Health Information System'' (REACH), a real-time, web-based bed occupancy reporting tool used by ARV, health services and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.</p> <p class="quote">It allows the whole state to capture the size and flow rate of impact of an incident and that can be anything from a big train crash to a flu epidemic that ran over three or four months,'' Dr Kennedy says. The system has instantly available profile information of a referring site.</p> <p>As part of REACH, Readify also developed the Hospital Incident Consequence Tool to meet the Department of Health and Human Services emergency response data requirements.</p> <p>REACH went live in July 2013 and ARVIS in November 2013. Readify delivered the systems on time and on budget. ARV says the enhancements could have relevance Australia-wide.</p> <p><strong>CASE STUDY</strong></p> <p>PROBLEM: Required a flexible system that could provide access to clinical guidelines and rule-based decision support for clinicians as they work through cases.</p> <p>PROCESS: Partnered with Australian software developer Readify.</p> <p>RESULT: A sophisticated system that supports processes to help with safer decision-making.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/new-system-drives-better-decisions-from-ambos/story-e6frgakx-1227312503669"> http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/new-system-drives-better-decisions-from-ambos/story-e6frgakx-1227312503669&nbsp;</a></p> 4601 News Ambulance Victoria adopts online system to save lives <p>By Bonnie Gardiner (CIO)...</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-04-23T13:50:41Z <h2>Real-time digital case management can be the difference between a patient living or dying</h2> <p><strong style="font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.8em;"><span>By Bonnie Gardiner (CIO)</span></strong></p> <p><img src="/media/169068/av_arv_dr_marcus_kennedy_36_673x447.jpg" width="673" height="447" alt="ARV Dr Marcus and ambulance outside"/></p> <p class="storybody">Ambulance Victoria is working with software company, Readify, to develop technology that helps treat people who are critically ill.</p> <p class="storybody">Adult Retrieval Victoria (ARV) - a part of Ambulance Victoria - was struggling to move its records from paper to online with an interim system that didn't allow for real-time digital case management. ARV coordinates doctors, paramedics, transport and equipment to transfer critically ill patients between hospitals.</p> <p class="storybody">The department's 30 clinical coordinators and retrieval specialists handle about 4200 cases a year, working with almost 150 hospitals across the state.</p> <p class="storybody">ARV engaged Readify to build two new systems - Adult Retrieval Victoria Information System' (ARVIS) and 'Retrieval and Critical Health Information System' (REACH) - which it believes should become standard practice nationwide.</p> <p class="storybody">Readify built and delivered the ARVIS web-based dashboard in six months. The system enables users to view all active case information at a glance, integrating patient demographics, case logistics, communication technologies, risk mitigation and decision support tools.</p> <p class="storybody">REACH is a web-based reporting tool now used by ARV, health services and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to monitor state-wide hospital bed occupancy in real-time. It also indicates any resource capacity such as the range of blood products in any given hospital at one time.</p> <p class="storybody">As part of REACH, Readify developed the Hospital Incident Consequence Tool for use during large-scale emergencies to monitor hospital statuses and the impact of an incident.&nbsp;</p> <p class="storybody">The success of the software development project showed there was huge potential to improve retrieval and critical care coordination and clinical management, said Dr Marcus Kennedy, director of ARV.</p> <p class="storybody quote">"The system we were using provided no real-time functionality. Staff did not have a clear overview of an open patient case and data was potentially out-of-date," Dr Kennedy said.</p> <p class="storybody quote">"Now, when a patient has to travel between facilities, ARVIS allows us to print or email case summary material to retrieval crews and the destination hospital ... making communication of information clearer and easier reduces the risk of errors."</p> <p class="storybody">Faster and more reliable delivery of retrieval patient care can mean the difference between a patient living or dying, or having a shorter course of recovery, Dr Kennedy said.</p> <p class="storybody quote">"ARVIS and REACH provide a comprehensive level of data about all health services, which allows for better mission planning and ultimately sees us make safer decisions and provide better care to patients across the Victorian Critical Care system," he said.</p> <p class="storybody">&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Source:&nbsp;</strong> <a href="http://www.cio.com.au/article/573104/ambulance-victoria-adopts-online-system-save-lives/?utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_source=taxonomyfeed"> http://www.cio.com.au/article/573104/ambulance-victoria-adopts-online-system-save-lives/?utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_source=taxonomyfeed</a></p> 4582 News Demystifying the Internet of Things for IT business decision makers <p>By Shannon Williams...</p> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-06-10T11:03:11Z <p>By Shannon Williams.</p> <p><img src="/media/167107/myths-vs-facts.jpg" width="500" height="200" alt="Demystifying IoT"/></p> <p>A series of road shows&nbsp;hosted by Readify and Microsoft are seeking to demystify the Internet of Things (IoT) for business decisions makers.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Readify chief technology officer Mitch Denny has used the nationwide events to argue that the IoT can deliver value, providing companies use it properly.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> "The issue I have at the moment is that the IoT is oversold as the next new shiny thing," Denny says. "But it's not something you buy off the shelf and companies don't need to launch into a large-scale expensive project. People's enthusiasm for the IoT needs to be focused on business issues."<br /> &nbsp;<br /> He says, "The IoT can of course uncover great insights, but companies need to ask themselves three questions: Will it give me a competitive advantage? Will it improve user experience? Will it give me access to a new capability or improve efficiencies?"<br /> <br /> "Despite the hype around the IoT, many industries already use embedded systems and have for years," he says. "What is new is the pervasiveness of cloud computing and the availability of low cost data sensors, which are an opportunity for them to modernise their systems at a much lower price point."<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Denny adds, "It also means more companies will be able to afford to roll out an IoT infrastructure if they need to."<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Readify was the first Australian company to receive Microsoft's Gold competency in Intelligence Systems. The company is already working on major IoT projects bringing together its embedded operating systems, cloud computing platforms and data platform experience.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The road show gives Readify the opportunity to breakdown the components of an IoT solution for IT decisions makers, highlighting specific scenarios where the IoT delivers value and explaining how to practically develop a solution over time.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> "The IoT can be broken down in four pillars: devices, connectivity, analytics and automation," says Denny. "It's really a series of small successful integrations between sensors, actuators, mobile platforms and decision makers. CIOs should approach it that way, breaking it down so it fits the long-term vision and delivers value at every step."</p> <p>Denny explains policies also need to catch up before the consumerisation of the IoT takes place."<br /> <br /> "The government has a significant policy role to play to ensure laws keep up to date with the capability out there, from a security and a data privacy standpoint," he says.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> "I believe there is also room for a code of ethics for the technology community to adhere to in order to agree what these connected devices can and cannot do," Denny says. "We're all going to share the same airwaves so we need to ensure the devices introduced, from sensors to Bluetooth low energy (BLE) powered beacons and WiFi transmitters, behave like good citizens."<br /> &nbsp;<br /> He adds, "While companies are probably dying to get their hands on the data generated by an IoT platform, a decision needs to be made around what use of data is acceptable and actually helpful to the consumer."</p> <p>Source:&nbsp; <a href="http://itbrief.co.nz/story/demystifying-internet-things-it-business-decision-makers/"> http://itbrief.co.nz/story/demystifying-internet-things-it-business-decision-makers/</a>&nbsp;</p> 4576 News Video Interview: Readify and Microsoft talk the IoT of your things <p>Readify put on a talk today entitled 'Beyond the Buzzword: Creating the Internet of Your Things' today in Sydney...</p> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-03-17T12:46:05Z <?UMBRACO_MACRO macroAlias="InlineVideo" videoid="4578" /> <p>Readify put on a talk today entitled 'Beyond the Buzzword: Creating the Internet of Your Things' today in Sydney.</p> <p>It will do the same talk in Melbourne tomorrow (11 March 2015), in Brisbane on 17 March and in Perth on 19 March - people in those cities <a href="http://readify.net/events/" target="_blank">can still register to go to this free event here.</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>With Gartner predicting 25 billion devices will be connected by the Internet of Things by 2020, IoT will be big, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming.</p> <p>In the three remaining sessions, Readify's CTO Mitch Denny and Microsoft's Commercial Lead for the Internet of Things Lee Hickin will show you how you can start small, build on your existing investments and tap into the data you already have to make informed decisions that change the trajectory of your business in real time.</p> <p>They will show you how to improve efficiency, enable innovation and transform your business with the Internet of Things when you:</p> <ul> <li>Connect people, devices, sensors, and infrastructure to unlock valuable business insights that empower employees to make informed decisions.</li> <li>Get more out of your existing IT assets. Start small for big impact by optimising key areas of your business to help it thrive.</li> <li>Integrate intelligent systems to gain greater insights that delight customers and unlock new opportunities.</li> </ul> <p>I spoke to Readify's CTO, Mitch Denny, its CIO, Tatham Oddie and Microsoft's Lee Hickin after the event, to get their views on IoT and to give you a flavour of the live event you can register for at the link above.</p> <p>We spoke about the biggest misconceptions around IoT, what organisations need to do before considering installing intelligent systems, which industries will most benefit from the IoT, who takes responsibility in an organisation for IOT, and plenty more.</p> <p>The interview is embedded below - enjoy, and if you're interested and are in Melbourne, Perth or Brisbane, consider attending the live event to learn more!</p> <p>Source:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.itwire.com/business-it-news/business-technology/67227-video-interview-readify-and-microsoft-talk-the-iot-of-your-things"> http://www.itwire.com/business-it-news/business-technology/67227-video-interview-readify-and-microsoft-talk-the-iot-of-your-things&nbsp;</a></p> 4569 News Mental health a big issue in the workplace <p>The strategic director at Readify, Mark Leopold, speaks to businesses about battling depression in the workplace. Source: News Corp Australia...</p> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-02-24T11:56:47Z <h3><img src="/media/166624/mark_leopold_abr.jpg" width="650" height="366" alt="Mark Leopold ABR" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.8em;"/></h3> <p><span class="caption-text">The strategic director at Readify, Mark Leopold, speaks to businesses about battling depression in the workplace.</span> <span class="image-source"><em>Source:</em> News Corp Australia</span></p> <h3>It could be the person sitting in the cubicle next to you, your manager or your chief executive.</h3> <p>The incidence of mental illness in the workplace is rising, and businesses are being encouraged to implement strategies to deal with growing needs.</p> <p>Manpower subsidiary Safe­search has released its annual survey of 1200 people, which identifies mental health and wellbeing as the top issue facing ­organisations.</p> <p>Of those surveyed, 85 per cent found health and wellbeing strategies of high or significant importance within their organisations, but only half have dedicated resources to handle them.</p> <p>Concerns include psychological illness, mental health, fitness, drug and alcohol use, managing depression and stress.</p> <p>Software development company Readify, which has been included in BRW's top 50 places to work four times, is aware of mental health issues in its workforce and is taking steps to ensure strategies are in place and people can seek help.</p> <p>Managing director Graeme Strange has more than 180 employees . He has found one way to help people with mental health ­issues is to ensure they can work under flexible arrangements.</p> <p>"If you're more effective working from home or a cafe, work where you're most effective," Strange says.</p> <p>"Very early on we were giving people the tools to be more effective, and sometimes the workplace is not the most effective."</p> <p>That also includes encouraging people to leave early and spend time with their children or families after school, increasing wellbeing, and allowing people to make up the time later.</p> <p>Readify encourages staff to turn off devices after hours, ensuring they can de-stress and relax at night, and provides training to identify mental health issues, rather than solving them.</p> <p>"It's not for us to sit down with staff and say, 'Let's talk about your mental health issues' - we're not experienced," he says.</p> <p>"We'd say, 'Let me help you.' It's about encouraging them to get professional help."</p> <p>The World Health Organisation defines good mental health as being free of any particular disorders, having a state of wellbeing where people manage daily stress, work productively and participate actively in their community.</p> <p>About 2 per cent of the population has a recurring mental illness, including mood disorders, bipolar disorder or depression, anxiety, psychosis and post-traumatic stress.</p> <p>Up to 30 per cent of staff in any workplace are anticipated to have a mental health disorder at any time.</p> <p>Mental health plans have been shown to improve staff retention, increase wellbeing and productivity, and cut absenteeism.</p> <p>While there are workplace legal obligations and occupational health and safety requirements, employers have a duty of care to ensure their site is safe and healthy.</p> <p>Employees are not obliged to report mental health problems, but disclosing their issues means they often create a more inclusive environment free of stigma and allowing additional support.</p> <p>The Mental Health Commission in Western Australia released a 10-year plan last year to support improved workplace strategies.</p> <p>Recommendations include championing a culture of respect for diversity; dispelling myths through newsletters, posters and forums; treating mental health like other illnesses; making sure staff are aware of employee assistance programs; promoting flexible hours; encouraging staff to maintain a balance between physical, mental and social wellbeing; monitoring performance feedback; and acting on discrimination and bullying.</p> <p>The strategy also advocates training in mental health awareness, stress management, interpersonal skills and negotiation.</p> <p>Since launching its Heads Up program in May, Beyondblue has provided practical information to workplaces and individuals about taking steps to deal with and demystify mental illness.</p> <p>Nick Arvanitis, who heads research and development in Beyondblue's workplace programs, says it aims to help people recognise the signs and symptoms. "You might think that Joe is underperforming because he's lazy, but it might also be that he has a mental illness," Arvanitis says. "It's about making sure people are aware of support systems.</p> <p>It could be an EAP, or Heads Up, or Lifeline if they're in a difficult position."</p> <p>More than 3800 organisations have registered with the Heads Up website, which includes videos on how to disclose mental illness and how to identify colleagues who may be suffering. Beyondblue can also provide guest speakers on mental health and staff training.<span style="font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.8em;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Waking up from a dark place</strong></p> <p>ON the outside, Mark Leopold is the picture of perfection. He has a beautiful family with two daughters, a successful career and had a happy upbringing.</p> <p>But Leopold, who is the strategy director at software development firm Readify, had been battling depression and anxiety for most of his life - behind a facade.</p> <p>"I was having mood swings, I've got lots of friends and I might recede into myself and not want to see anyone," Leopold says.</p> <p>"For me it was also the sleeplessness, and we all lose sleep but this was for weeks and months. That again is a pretty dark spiral and you talk yourself into some pretty dark places."</p> <p>Leopold was diagnosed with clinical depression but, instead of taking medication, he chose to help himself through diet, exercise and seeing a psychologist.</p> <p>"I started to exercise and really started to run and I started to sleep," he says. "I'd wake up with a clearer mind and because I was in a better space I started to speak about life with my wife and friends."</p> <p>Leopold felt he had something to offer to other executives who also might be struggling with depression but not talking about it, and offered to volunteer with Beyondblue.</p> <p>He takes one day off most weeks, where he speaks to businesses about battling depression in the workplace.</p> <p>"In the corporate world we often think that everything we do is our life," he says. "We're expected to be the perfect citizen, the perfect worker, and sometimes we need to let the mask down."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Source:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mental-health-a-big-issue-in-the-workplace/story-fn717l4s-1227232586615"> http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mental-health-a-big-issue-in-the-workplace/story-fn717l4s-1227232586615</a>&nbsp;</p> 4528 News Eagle Boys Group moves IT systems to Microsoft Azure Australian Geo <p>...</p> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 00:00:00 Z 2015-02-04T09:18:39Z <h2>Dumps Infrastructure-as-a-Service for Platform-as-a-Service model</h2> <p class="storybody">Microsoft has migrated Eagle Boys IT systems to its Azure platform.</p> <p class="storybody">The Australian pizza delivery chain has done away with its Infrastructure-as-a-Service model in favour of a Platform-as-a-Service model to increase its bottom line.</p> <p class="storybody">Eagle Boys IT manager, Darryn Parker, said the December migration was completely seamless.</p> <p class="storybody">"There was zero downtime and zero lost orders for the business," he said.</p> <p class="storybody">"We have already seen an increase in response times at the end-user side and an overall smoother user experience."</p> <p class="storybody">Parker said the migration to the Microsoft Australian Geo allowed the group to manage franchisees' IT environment from one central location.</p> <p class="storybody">"It means we can ensure the IT stack inside the store conforms with the standard operating environment, and it means new staff and stores can easily be on-boarded to the network," he said.</p> <p class="storybody">"The great advantage of using Microsoft Azure at Eagle Boys is that you don't have to build a whole new business from scratch. You simply need to plug into the platform and your business is off and running.</p> <p class="storybody">He said working from a central network also empowered the company to stay engaged with franchisees and source continual feedback on what they were seeing in their market and how to better support them.&nbsp;</p> <p class="storybody">"Similarly, our partners Microsoft and Data #3 do a great job managing our IT environment, allowing us to spend time concentrating on our customer experience," he said.</p> <p class="storybody">Eagles Boys partnered with Readify to perform a 'lift and shift' migration from its existing host provider, which was around 20-odd virtual machines.</p> <p class="storybody">These were redeployed on the Azure environment. It is now in the process of consuming the PaaS offerings from Microsoft Azure</p> <p class="storybody">The group also moved its SQL databases.</p> <p class="storybody">Parker said Eagle Boys would be unequivocally PaaS, and it would be embedded into the company's code base.</p> <p class="storybody">"Using Microsoft Azure means we will not need to worry about operating systems or how much space we're consuming," he said.</p> <p class="storybody">"Our IT systems will just work, and we can focus on making and delivering great pizza via a superior user experience.</p> <p class="storybody">"A proof of concept for our e-commerce platform was also recently undertaken in Microsoft's Azure region in Singapore, where we were particularly impressed with the ease at which the deployment took place. Therefore, this is another area we may look to use Microsoft's cloud services locally.</p> <p class="storybody">"Ultimately, Microsoft Azure removes the noise around hosting, around disaster recovery, around uptime, so that we can focus on what matters most to our business: delivering a great customer experience and selling pizzas.</p> <p class="storybody"><strong>Source:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/565378/eagle-boys-group-moves-it-systems-microsoft-azure-australian-geo/"> http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/565378/eagle-boys-group-moves-it-systems-microsoft-azure-australian-geo</a>/ &nbsp;</p> 4514 News Exploring the possibilities of the Internet of Things <p>CIO Staff (CIO) on 18 December, 2014...</p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 Z 2014-12-19T18:44:12Z <h2>IT leaders gather in Melbourne to discuss their IoT strategies</h2> <p>CIO Staff (CIO) on 18 December, 2014</p> <p><img src="/media/163087/internet-of-things_677x451.jpg" width="677" height="451" alt="Internet of Things"/></p> <p class="storybody">Everyone's talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) - a concept that is completely transforming the way organisations operate. The IoT is essentially made up of technologies that enable information from devices to flow to people so they can make decisions in real-time to drive better business outcomes.</p> <p class="storybody">It's underpinned by seamless communication between machines that helps organisations improve service and deliver competitive advantage. Over time, more and more simple decision making will be handled by machines without relying on people to take action to complete certain tasks.</p> <p class="storybody">IT leaders gathered at a CIO roundtable event in Melbourne recently to discuss how the IoT will revolutionise their organisations, and the role they will play in creating IoT strategies. The events were sponsored by Microsoft and Readify.</p> <p class="storybody">All attendees agreed that it's a huge market. In fact, the IoT will contribute up to US$6.2 trillion annually to the global economy by 2025, according to McKinsey Global Institute.</p> <p class="storybody">Around one-third of IT leaders responding to research conducted by CIO, Microsoft and Readify say the IoT will provide better insights to drive operational efficiencies inside their organisations. Similar numbers say it will enhance customer service, cut costs, and improve processes.</p> <p class="storybody">Engineering firm, Norman Disney &amp; Young, has a number of projects examining how data collected from many devices in a building can be used to improve its operational efficiency, says IT director, Frank Italia.</p> <p class="storybody">This is particularly important as building designs need to be practical in the short term but also allow for future uses and energy efficiency of a building's life.</p> <p class="storybody">"By representing this data in a graphical format - including the overlay of information over building designs - we are able to identify some delivery outcomes for our clients and projects," he says.</p> <p class="storybody">Italia adds that the interconnectivity of devices and central systems to improve the operations of buildings helps the organisation create environments where occupants are healthy, happy, and productive.</p> <p class="storybody">Globally, Siemens is involved in numerous IoT projects, says the company's manager, solutions consulting and PMO, Ian Tribe.</p> <p class="storybody">These range from predictive analysis of data on end devices to help optimise maintenance strategies on wind turbines through to smart electricity grids.</p> <p class="storybody">These grids react to natural events like hurricanes and re-route power automatically to ensure minimal power disruption during these occurrences.</p> <p class="storybody">"In fact, we manufacture a product in Australia called "Fusesaver" that allows intelligent remote reconnection of power lines after a trip event," he says.</p> <p class="storybody">So what are the keys to success for IoT projects and what do organisations need to get right to make these initiatives work?</p> <p class="storybody">Mitch Denny, CTO at Readify, says that organisations need to realise that the IoT isn't something that they should race out and buy. Rather, it's an emerging property that is created by deploying small integration projects that connect embedded systems to the Internet. Data from these systems can then be used to make business decisions.</p> <p class="storybody">Denny suggests that organisations working on IoT projects should start small, always be aware of how these initiatives affect people, focus on business value, measure results and iterate.</p> <h3 class="storybody">Who's responsible for driving IoT strategy?</h3> <p class="storybody">Forward-thinking CIOs will have a big role to play in the implementation of IoT solutions across businesses but other CxO roles should provide a focus on what business value is being achieved, says Readify's Denny.</p> <p class="storybody">Microsoft's internet of things commercial director, Karl Miklis, adds that there is no perfect owner of IoT projects in an organisation. Still, decision makers across various lines of business are emerging as key players for these projects as they look at IoT and related technologies to solve business problems.</p> <p class="storybody">"For example, in the manufacturing industry, there has been equal collaboration between the head of IT and the VP of operations or plant manager on common IoT project plans with joint accountabilities for success," he says.</p> <p class="storybody">Attendees agreed that CIOs will need to broaden their understanding of the people and processes these interconnected devices will impact.</p> <p class="storybody">Norman Disney &amp; Young's Italia, says this is absolutely true as the role of the CIO is to support the business drivers.</p> <p class="storybody">The construction industry, in particular, is undergoing fundamental changes to its work processes, which means the CIO is now at the point of having a seat at the table, and connecting with CMOs and other customer-facing groups, he says.</p> <p class="storybody">Jamie Stewart, group manager, information services at distribution and logistics organisation, BevChain, says CIOs will always need to broaden their understanding of the IoT and its impact on the business.</p> <p class="storybody">"The IoT is a new world of thinking and opportunity. I think this is challenge - taking off the blinkers and allowing yourself to realise the opportunity possibly beyond your current understanding and experience," he says.</p> <p class="storybody">Suresh Hungenahally, CISO at the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation, says he is responsible for driving IoT strategy along with the manager, IT strategy and architecture.</p> <p class="storybody">He agrees that a broader understanding of people and processes is required.</p> <p class="storybody">"IoT technology opens up a new raft of avenues for connectivity and complex business decision making," he says.</p> <h3 class="storybody">Overcoming issues</h3> <p class="storybody">Organisations face a raft of challenges when deploying IoT infrastructure. For instance, difficulty in connecting IoT devices to existing systems was the biggest issue for 45 per cent of respondents to the survey completed by CIO, Microsoft and Readify.</p> <p class="storybody">Lack of experience across organisations and choosing an appropriate IoT platform also has the potential to stall projects for many respondents.</p> <p class="storybody">Each project will have its own unique problems which may include connectivity, integration of legacy equipment or deployment cost, says Readify's Denny.</p> <p class="storybody">"The key to success is to start small to avoid making large, costly mistakes but also get events flowing back into a more malleable platform as soon as practical.</p> <p class="storybody">"In many cases, that means picking a cloud platform to integrate with and pumping event data backwards and forwards between devices. Once you've got that working, you can start to add the analytical insights and automated logic incrementally," he says.</p> <p class="storybody">BevChain's Stewart says IoT infrastructure involves another layer of integration capability that most existing systems have - technically and around data availability.</p> <p class="storybody">"Given the ever increasing speed of deployment and customer expectation, operations need to start accepting the need, more than ever, to partner outside for experience and capability," he says.</p> <p class="storybody">But people often feel overwhelmed when they see definitions and hype about IoT, says Microsoft's Miklis.</p> <p class="storybody">When analysts and other companies mention connecting billions of devices or creating trillions of dollars in economic value, it can be difficult to equate that to what it can do for an organisation today, he says.</p> <p class="storybody">"But there's no real reason IoT has to be futuristic, complicated, or overwhelming.</p> <p class="storybody">"Microsoft's view is that instead of being bewildered by the huge universe of things made up of billions of assets, think about it as The Internet of Your Things, where "your things" are what matter most to a business," he says.</p> <p class="storybody">Finally, attendees agreed that standards defining how devices connect in this IoT world, were also very important.</p> <p class="storybody">"In an ideal world, I would like to see a single standard whereby all devices communicate, especially if that standard was open for everyone to collaborate," says Norman Disney &amp; Young's Italia.</p> <p class="storybody">"However, the pace and scope of technological change is actually a barrier to a single source standard, meaning we rely on a bevy of standards which somehow knit together," he says.</p> <p class="storybody">Readify's Denny believes standards are a double-edged sword.</p> <p class="storybody">"Back when the industry was spinning its propellers around web services, we came up with some quite complex solutions to things like message encryption and authentication.</p> <p class="storybody">"Ten to fifteen years later, we actually peeled a lot of that away and gone back to simpler protocols and standards because we found it was actually easier to integrate."</p> <p class="storybody">He says many standards are focusing on the format of messages and routing but there's another interesting challenge in device discovery and resolution.</p> <p class="storybody">"I'd like to see faster adoption of base standards such as IPv6 on the public internet as it could have a dramatic impact on device discovery and communication," he says.</p> <p class="storybody">&nbsp;</p> <p class="storybody"> Source:&nbsp;http://www.cio.com.au/article/562767/exploring-possibilities-internet-things/?fp=16&amp;fpid=1 &nbsp;</p> 4458 News IoT adoption being hampered by board and executive technology awareness: Readify <p>Despite Gartner predicting 25 billion devices will be connected by the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2020, software developer, Readify, claims there are hurdles to overcome at board and executive levels...</p> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 00:00:00 Z 2014-12-02T21:19:24Z <h2>PROGRESSIVE AND IT SAVVY LEADERS MORE INCLINED TO<br /> EXPLORE NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO BENEFIT THEIR BUSINESS</h2> <p>Despite Gartner predicting 25 billion devices will be connected by the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2020, software developer, Readify, claims there are hurdles to overcome at board and executive levels.</p> <p>Readify chief technology officer, Mitch Denny, said boards and senior executives risk too much if they do not educate themselves about technology. Progressive and IT savvy leaders are more inclined to explore new opportunities to benefit their business.</p> <p>"Industries like mining and utilities are already automating their environments using driverless trains and autonomous trucks, and deploying smart grid technologies, but other sectors that could benefit from intelligent systems are dragging their feet," Denny said.</p> <p>"The hospitality, health, retail and transport industries for instance could hugely benefit from smart buildings and smarter asset management, but decision makers often don't realise exactly how the Internet of Things can help them solve industry-specific problems."</p> <p>"The reality is, every industry will benefit from it."</p> <p>According to Denny, while not every company needs intelligent systems in place right here, right now, now is the time to educate all industries around their value.</p> <p>"We are keen to start a conversation to help decisions makers understand what the Internet of Things means to their industry, how can it transform their business and add value," he said.</p> <p class="storybody">Readify was the first Australian company to receive Microsoft's Gold competency in Intelligence Systems. The company is already working on a major IoT project bringing together its embedded operating systems, cloud computing platforms and data platform experience.</p> <p class="storybody">To understand what is holding companies back from deploying IoT infrastructure, Readify is running a a series of roadshows about the Internet of Things alongside Microsoft in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth in the New Year.</p> <p class="storybody">Author: <em>Mike Gee (ARN)&nbsp;<br /> </em> Source:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/560821/iot-adoption-being-hampered-by-board-executive-technology-awareness-readify/"> http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/560821/iot-adoption-being-hampered-by-board-executive-technology-awareness-readify/</a></p> <p class="storybody">&nbsp;</p> 4449 News Readify leads the way to Azure <p>Leading software development company Readify has welcomed the Australian launch of Microsoft's cloud services Azure, with three of the company's clients: MYOB, iCareHealth and Centium Software, already signed up, having trialed the platform as early adopters...</p> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 Z 2014-11-18T11:32:39Z <p>Leading software development company Readify has welcomed the Australian launch of Microsoft's cloud services Azure, with three of the company's clients: MYOB, iCareHealth and Centium Software, already signed up, having trialed the platform as early adopters.</p> <p>Readify Chief Technology Officer Mitch Denny said the company expected Azure to be a major player in Australia's cloud market and introduce a level of competition previously missing.</p> <p>"It was great to attend the Australian launch at Microsoft TechEd recently and see our clients make up three of the six organisations highlighted as Hyperscale and Enterprise Grade Azure users" Mr Denny said.</p> <p>"We anticipate more of our clients will start to use the new services as return on investment is realised and the benefits of using cloud really start to play out."</p> <p>Cloud was also a hot topic at the Microsoft MVP Global Summit held in Redmond, Washington last week. Attendees at this important event gained insights into how Microsoft products and technologies will evolve over the coming years. Ten of Readify's most respected technologists have just returned from this Summit, where Azure dominated the conversation.</p> <p>While much of the information gleaned is confidential, the knowledge gained means Readify is better placed to help customers manage technology disruption and deliver truly outstanding software.</p> <p>The growing Australian company was awarded Microsoft's top global partner of the year in 2012 and country partner of the year in 2013.</p> <p>Mitch Denny said Readify has a proud history of helping customers manage technology waves.</p> <p>"Technology disruption is a fact of business life. Readify prides itself on hiring brilliant people who understand and are passionate about technology, people who can help clients solve business problems with outstanding software," Mr Denny said.</p> <p>"We are excited to help our clients take advantage of Azure and give them access to some of the best technology in the world," he said.</p> 4442 News Readify raises $7 million and makes strategic investment into Folk <p>Leading software development company Readify has completed a $7 million capital raise, a portion of which it is investing into a strategic partnership with Sydney brand and user experience (UX) design agency Folk...</p> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:00:00 Z 2014-11-18T11:28:00Z <p>Leading software development company Readify has completed a $7 million capital raise, a portion of which it is investing into a strategic partnership with Sydney brand and user experience (UX) design agency Folk.</p> <p>The deal is part of an aggressive growth strategy aimed at addressing changing customer needs and taking advantage of current market disruption that is blurring the lines between the CMO and CIO roles in large organisations.&nbsp;</p> <p>It will create a unique end-to-end development and design offering in Australia - giving clients brilliant, robust software that looks good and is great to use, without having to work with disparate agencies.</p> <p>In the next 12 months, it is expected Folk will expand nationally through integration with Readify's offices and the partners will implement joint marketing and operational plans that continue to build market share.</p> <p>Readify and Folk have worked together since 2008, providing back and front end development on projects with many government departments, the Australian Rugby Union, Barnardos and Cancer Institute New South Wales.</p> <p>While Readify prides itself on hiring technically brilliant software developers - it was awarded Microsoft's top global partner of the year in 2012 and country partner of the year in 2013 - Folk is uniquely positioned at the intersection of brand identity and UX design.</p> <p>Folk managing director Michael Broadhead said for large service organisations like banks, insurance providers, travel companies and government agencies, the most frequent and important experiences their customers had with their brand was online.</p> <p>"For many customers, the digital experience is the brand," Mr Broadhead said.</p> <p>"For traditional brand consultancies and some clients, digital is an afterthought - just part of the marketing mix - while for most UX designers, the brand has been defined prior to their engagement, so they don't have a deep understanding of what's driving it.</p> <p>"As the world moves towards mobile and cloud, this design/development integration is a logical step, we're just making it earlier than most."</p> <p>Readify managing director Graeme Strange said many software firms said they offered UX design but failed to deliver.</p> <p>"We've learned over the past six years of working with Folk, that together we can deliver both highly robust and compellingly usable software for clients - this new partnership will mean we have both world class design and powerhouse software development, and we believe that is unique in the Australian market," Mr Strange said.</p> <p>"The world has changed, consumers expect all technology to be easy to use and our clients expect smaller, faster delivery of software that delivers immediate and continuous benefits. The days of fixed price mega projects are gone.</p> <p>"To get that quick return on investment, employees and customers have to want to use the software we create. That's what makes this deal compelling. The acquisition will extend our capability so we can deliver outstanding software in a seamless collaborative environment."</p> <p>Readify will use the remainder of the capital raised for further M&amp;A activity.</p> <p><em><strong>Related Articles:</strong><br /> </em> <em>Financial Review - Readify's designs on Folk partnership <a href="http://bit.ly/146jERc">http://bit.ly/146jERc</a><br /> CRN - Readify cracks open 7m aquisitions warchest <a href="http://bit.ly/1wQtYHJ">http://bit.ly/1wQtYHJ</a><br /> </em> ZDNET - Readify works on Folk aquisitions after AU$7m captal-raising effort <a href="http://zd.net/1tZdjzo">http://zd.net/1tZdjzo</a><br /> BRW&nbsp;- Readify's $7m capital raising to help fund Folk partnership <a href="http://bit.ly/11fmu5m">http://bit.ly/11fmu5m</a><br /> GoodGearGuide - Readify Raises $7 Million and Makes Strategic Investment Into Folk <a href="http://bit.ly/1v0YJeq">http://bit.ly/1v0YJeq</a><br /> CSO - Readify Raises $7 Million and Makes Strategic Investment Into Folk <a href="http://bit.ly/1v0YJeq"></a><a href="http://bit.ly/10SzYTt">http://bit.ly/10SzYTt</a><br /> Rust Report - All the bottom-line action <a href="http://bit.ly/1A9MWLW">http://bit.ly/1A9MWLW</a></p> 4412 News Readify's Chairman Helps Grow the Australian IT Industry <p>Exerpt from: "Australia's 12 most influential people in tech" by Brad Howarth, 6 October 2014...</p> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 Z 2014-10-08T09:48:35Z <p>Exerpt from: <strong>"Australia's 12 most influential people in tech"</strong> by Brad Howarth, 6 October 2014</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>They are business owners, venture capitalists, and government ministers. They are serial entrepreneurs and they regularly grace the front pages of national newspapers. But most importantly, when they have something to say, Australia listens.</strong></p> <p>They are the 12 people who have wielded the biggest influence in the Australian tech sector in 2014, and they're on SmartCompany's most influential people in tech list.</p> <p>Twelve months on from the election of the Abbott government, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull still finds himself on the list of powerbrokers, although his ranking has slipped a few places since <a href="http://www.smartcompany.com.au/growth/economy/33868-australia-s-11-most-inf"> last year</a>. The National Broadband Network continues to play a dominant role in the future of the country's technological infrastructure but those it presented the greatest threat to - namely Telstra - are re-inventing themselves and forging new paths. Telstra's chair Catherine Livingstone and chief executive David Thodey both appear on this year's list.</p> <p>But that's not to say the power of entrepreneurs and business owners is diminishing - if anything, it has grown over the past 12 months, as can be seen in the success of home-grown tech start-ups Freelancer and Atlassian.<br /> <br /> </p> <p><strong>Russell Yardley</strong></p> <p>A key figure behind the scenes in the Australian IT industry, Yardley got his start in 1978 with IBM, staying until 1985 when he left to found one of Australia's first multimedia companies, Decision Engineers, which became Acumentum and was sold to JadeLynx in December 2007. Yardley has numerous connections to the Victorian government, including membership of the Victorian Government Purchasing Board. He is a director of NICTA, non-executive chairman at the key Microsoft partner Readify and health informatics company Alcidion, and is on the board of the peak IT industry body, the AIIA. Yardley is a mentor to many in the industry, and an active investor in numerous start-ups through Algonquin Investments.<strong><br /> </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Full Article:</strong> <a href="http://www.smartcompany.com.au/technology/44053-australia-s-12-most-influential-people-in-tech.html?start=3"> http://www.smartcompany.com.au/technology/44053-australia-s-12-most-influential-people-in-tech.html?start=3</a></p> 4338 News Readify & Nintex - Market Leaders Working Together <p>Readify today announced a partnership with Nintex, the world's leading workflow company, designed to leverage Readify's strong growth in SharePoint deployments...</p> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 Z 2014-09-23T15:13:56Z <p>Readify today announced a partnership with Nintex, the world's leading workflow company, designed to leverage Readify's strong growth in SharePoint deployments.</p> <p>Both Readify and Nintex have helped customers collaborate and improve productivity with SharePoint for many years. This new partnership with Nintex will ensure Readify customers increase the benefit of using Microsoft SharePoint technology; driving efficient business processes with class-leading workflows.</p> <p>Whether solutions are on-premises or cloud-hosted through Office 365, customers will benefit from Nintex's suite of software and cloud services that are shaping the workflow arena by enabling organizations to quickly and easily automate everyday business processes. Nintex workflows are used daily in more than 5,000 public and private organizations in 90 countries, including 200 of the Fortune 500.</p> <p>Alessandro Cardoso, Microsoft MVP and Readify's National Manager Platform Solutions is delighted by the new partnership. He believes that it takes Readify's great customer experience to an even higher level.</p> <p><em>"SharePoint is a brilliant solution and with Nintex Workflows, we can immediately increase efficiency in customer processes. Making it even easier to remove process roadblocks and solve business problems."</em> says Alessandro.</p> <p>Rynoe Breytenbach, Territory Manager - Australasia for Nintex, is similarly enthused to have Readify on board. <em>"It's always great to partner with market leaders and we look forward to working with Readify and helping their customers drive productivity through improved workflow."</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Readify</strong></p> <p>Since 2001, <a href="http://readify.net/">Readify</a> has been helping customers develop and support <a href="http://readify.net/customer-outcomes/">innovative software projects</a>. We have achieved <a href="http://readify.net/about-us/awards-recognitions/">global recognition</a> for our ability to help customers build software that drives collaboration, productivity, business growth and profitability. Most recently, Readify were the only Australian software provider listed in CIO Review magazine as a <a href="http://readify.net/news/2014/httpreadifynetnews2014cio-readify-article-image/"> Top 100</a> global provider of Microsoft-based software solutions.</p> <p>Customers value our capacity to understand their business and apply our software expertise to consistently deliver great results and great value, every time.&nbsp; For more information on Readify visit us at <a href="http://www.readify.net/">www.readify.net</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Nintex</strong><br /> Nintex is the world-leading workflow software company, used by thousands of public and private organizations in 90 countries and serviced by a global network of more than 1,000 high-quality partners and service providers. Nintex delivers innovative software, mobile and cloud services that empower businesses to automate processes quickly and easily. For more information, please visit us online at <a href="http://www.nintex.com/" title="Nintex">www.nintex.com</a>&nbsp;or follow Nintex on&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/nintex" target="_blank" title="Nintex on Twitter">Twitter</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Nintex" target="_blank">Facebook</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/nintex?trk=company_name" target="_blank" title="Nintex on LinkedIn">LinkedIn</a>.</p> 4330 News Industry Awards - Continuing Recognition of Readify's Ability to Help Customers <p>Readify has a proven ability to help clients solve business problems and to innovate with software, however it's what we do and how we do it that sets us apart from our competition.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;...</p> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 00:00:00 Z 2014-09-09T15:41:49Z <p>Readify has a proven ability to help clients solve business problems and to innovate with software, however it's what we do and how we do it that sets us apart from our competition.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Our commitment to providing premium software services has been recognised at numerous industry awards in recent months including the national iAwards, Microsoft partner awards and ARN ICT industry awards.</p> <p>We are proud of our achievements and also congratulate all the winners across so many industry awards. It's great to be part of a vibrant and exciting Australian IT community.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2014, we participated in the national iAwards for the first time. The iAwards has become the premier technology awards platform in Australia delivering the most comprehensive awards program which recognises the achievements and innovation made in ICT across all facets of the economy.</p> <p>The iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the ICT industry. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators.</p> <p>We were pleased to be national finalists with 2 excellent customer projects.</p> <p>In the Consumer category we helped reimagine customer self-service with <a href="http://readify.net/news/2014/readify-named-a-finalist-in-the-2014-western-australian-information-technology-and-telecommunications-awards/"> iiNet's ToolBox project</a> and the Government category we are helping <a href="http://readify.net/news/2014/iawards-recognition-of-software-innovation/"> Ambulance Victoria</a>'s (Adult Retrievel Victoria) save lives - important projects.</p> <p>Our relationship with Microsoft is important too. We have received <a href="http://readify.net/about-us/awards-recognitions/">global recognition</a> for our ability to help customers, most notably, our strong partnership with Microsoft saw the team recognised as Microsoft's global partner on the year in 2013 and we've many years of success in Application Development category.</p> <p>This year, it was great to be a finalist once again in the Application Development category for the Microsoft Australian Partner Awards (MAPA's). Along with the iiNet and Ambulance Victoria projects we also had numerous project highlights in this category including our work with Webjet/Zuji, Laing O'Rourke, MYOB and Virgin. All excellent projects.</p> <p>Our relationship with Microsoft was recognised by <a href="http://microsoft.cioreview.com/vendor/2014/Readify">CIO Review magazine</a> too. We were the only Australian company to be reviewed in their list of the Top 100 global Microsoft partners.</p> <p>Our deep talent pool has been recognised also. Alessandro Cardoso - Readify's National Manager, Platform Solutions was recently honoured to be Highly Commended in the Technical Excellence category at the coveted 2014 ARN ICT Industry Awards presented at a gala ceremony on September 3. This independent recognition of IT excellence is a wonderful feather in Alessandro's cap.</p> <p>Alessandro is one of so many great people at Readify; brilliant people helping customers manage technology issues and providing industry leading software services.</p> 4327 News Elite People Flourish at Readify <p>Great people enjoy working with like-minded folk. Readify is lucky enough to be home to a number of MVPs who work across the Microsoft technology stack. Our depth of talent is one reason people want to join the Readify team.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;...</p> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 Z 2014-09-05T10:08:34Z <p><strong>Encouraging participation at Microsoft's global MVP Summit is one way we foster and grow elite talent.</strong></p> <p>Great people enjoy working with like-minded folk. Readify is lucky enough to be home to a number of MVPs who work across the Microsoft technology stack. Our depth of talent is one reason people want to join the Readify team.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>While heaps of brilliant people want to join Readify - we also understand that the speed of technological change means that even the best people need to continually hone their skills.</p> <p>That's why Readify actively encourages and supports participation at industry and community events like the MVP Summit. The annual MVP Summit is the place to discuss and debate upcoming Microsoft products and feature enhancements.</p> <p>Customers love it too! When our MVP's return from the summit they have insights into how the products and technologies will evolve over the coming years. At the Summit, some information provided by Microsoft is confidential. Of course, this information can't be discussed directly but with this knowledge, our MVP's are better placed to help customers manage technology disruption and deliver truly outstanding software.</p> <p>MVP Mitch Denny, our CTO, notes that a key aspect to Readify's ongoing success is the value placed on developing the skills of our people and our key partnership with Microsoft.</p> <p class="quote">At the moment it feels like every day I wake up and there is a new key technology rolling off the production line into the Azure platform. Microsoft is developing new products based on customer feedback in record time and it takes commitment to keep on top of these developments. We are committed to keeping the skills of all Readifarians sharp to that we can help customers manage technology waves. Said Mitch.</p> <p>Similarly, MVP Tatham Oddie, our CIO, notes that there are broader 'stories' around all the events that Readifarians support pre and post the MVP Summit.</p> <p class="quote">Readify goes above and beyond 'just' attending the MVP Summit. We're flat out in different meetings - learning, accessing and influencing so many discussions. For example: Richard Banks is attending a scrum.org face-to-face in the days prior; Mitch and I are presenting at an ALM MVP2MVP day prior; &nbsp;Aaron Powell, Filip Ekberg and others are sticking around for an ASP Insiders day after the summit. The list goes on - there's plenty of Readifarians attending. Says Tatham.</p> <p>So bring on the MVP Summit. We love it and so do our customers. It's a win-win for all.</p> <p>If you want the latest news from our thought leaders - please subscribe <a href="http://readify.net/contact-us/subscribe-for-updates/">to Readify news and events here.</a></p> 4307 News Readify - MAPA 2014 Finalist <p>Readify has been named a finalist in the 2014 MAPA Microsoft Partner of the Year Award for Application Development...</p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 Z 2014-08-12T10:20:26Z <p>Readify has been named a finalist in the 2014 MAPA Microsoft Partner of the Year Award for Application Development.</p> <p>Melbourne Victoria - 5 August 2014 -Readify is proud to announce it has been named as a finalist of the 2014 MAPA Microsoft Partner of the Year Award for Application Development. The company was selected from a national field of top Microsoft Partners for delivering market-leading customer solutions built on the Microsoft platform. The MAPA programme recognises Microsoft Partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the year.</p> <p>Recognition as finalist for the 2014 MAPA's continues Readify's strong performance in these prestigious awards. It confirms Readify as a leading software and application development partner who consistently delivers valuable software for its clients.</p> <p>...</p> <p><strong>About Readify</strong></p> <p>Since 2001, Readify has been helping customers develop and support innovative projects. In 2013 Readify was presented with one of Microsoft Corporation's most acclaimed and globally recognised awards; Country Partner of the Year (Australia) at Microsoft's 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference, which recognizes partners at the country level that have demonstrated business excellence in delivering innovative Microsoft services or solutions to their customers.</p> <p>We have achieved global recognition for our ability to help customers build software that drives collaboration, productivity, business growth and profitability. Customers value our capacity to understand their business and apply our software expertise to consistently deliver great results and great value, every time. We are proud of our history of strong growth and successful projects. A long list of satisfied, loyal customers is proof of our ability to deliver.</p> <p><a href="http://readify.net/">http://readify.net</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For additional information contact:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:yvette.pearce@readify.net">yvette.pearce@readify.net</a></p> 4297 News Delivering Outstanding Software Solutions <p>&nbsp;...</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 Z 2014-07-31T12:43:52Z <h2><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;"><img src="/media/151308/cio_review_page_1_677x859.jpg" width="677" height="859" alt="CIO Review 2014 page 1"/></span></h2> <h2><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;"><img src="/media/151313/cio_review_page_2_677x859.jpg" width="677" height="859" alt="CIO Review 2014 page 2"/></span></h2> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">Source:<br /> CIO Review - The Navigator for Enterprise Solutions<br /> Microsoft technology Special<br /> </span> <span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">July 14, 2014<br /> <a href="http://cioreview.com">http://cioreview.com</a><br /> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> 4280 News Readify and iinet awarded as a National iAwards Finalist at the 23rd WAITTA INCITE AWARDS <p>Readify, together with iinet, were honoured to be recognised as a National iAwards Finalist for the Services Domain - Consumer category at the WAiTTA Gala Dinner held in Perth on Friday 20 June 2014. We now look forward to the National iAwards to be held in Melbourne in August...</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:00:00 Z 2014-06-26T18:28:53Z <p>Readify, together with iinet, were honoured to be recognised as a National iAwards Finalist for the Services Domain - Consumer category at the WAiTTA Gala Dinner held in Perth on Friday 20 June 2014. We now look forward to the National iAwards to be held in Melbourne in August.</p> <p>The WAITTA iAward is presented for outstanding performance and contributions to the ICT community in Western Australia. The award honours companies and individuals at the cutting edge of technology innovation and the role they play within this industry on a worldwide scale.</p> <p>This award is fantastic recognition of a collaborative team effort required to deliver the outstanding 'iiNET's Toolbox3' solution, the latest version of iiNet's customer service portal. With a 40% increase in nominations this year, this is a wonderful result.&nbsp;</p> <p>Toolbox3 is the application of functional and innovative technology that not only addresses and influences emerging trends but positively influences the broader industry. It delivers a truly unique feature set in the industry, assists iiNet to retain its market share, empowers users to securely perform all the important tasks they need to with ease and delivers a stable, fast and reliable experience to the users. iiNet and Readify's approach proves that it is possible to drive great customer service and also improve cost management and return on investment.</p> <p>"Readify's consultants and developers not only worked closely with iiNet in terms of developing a best-of-breed system in Toolbox3, but were also able to play a key role in evolving the software development methodologies employed by the business. The experience in working with Readify throughout each step of the development process to build a system of such high quality in Toolbox3 has been tremendously enlightening, and as a result has given iiNet a clearly-defined template for any future technically challenging work items we may undertake." David Johns, Development Manager, iiNET</p> <p>The National iAwards - where iiNet and Readify are finalists for the ToolBox3 project - showcases the manner in which Readify helps its customers solve business problems with innovative software. Winners at the national level will then compete at the APICTA awards later in the year.&nbsp;</p> 4279 News A Recipe for Systems Center Success <p>...</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:00:00 Z 2014-06-26T10:07:43Z <p><strong><strong>Microsoft MVP, Alessandro Cardoso releases a new book - System<br /> Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Cookbook.</strong></strong></p> <p class="storybody">June 25, 2014: Alessandro Cardoso a respected Microsoft MVP and Readify's National Manager of Platform Solutions, has now released his brilliant new guide - the System Center 2012&nbsp; R2 Virtual Machine Manager Cookbook. This excellent book shows users how to improve the management and deployment of System Center 2012 R2. The book covers architecture, design and planning and is full of handy deployment tips and helpful techniques designed to help new and experienced technicians alike. You can find more about the Systems Center Virtual Machine Manager Cookbook here:&nbsp; <a href="http://wp.me/p15Fu3-si">http://wp.me/p15Fu3-si</a> &nbsp;</p> <p class="storybody">"With Cloud adoption increasing, my new book helps solutions architects, technical consultants, administrators and other cloud and virtualisation technicians to successfully deploy and manage System Center 2012 R2 in real world scenarios." said Alessandro.</p> <p class="storybody">The content comes from Alessandro's extensive experience in delivering solutions and managing various engagements - from small projects to large and complex IT deployments.&nbsp; Valuable input was gained also from Microsoft's System Center Product Managers and fellow MVP's who reviewed it.&nbsp;</p> <p class="storybody">"It was great to hear the positive feedback from my previous book, it inspired me to write this one knowing that it would help the reader better understand the Microsoft System Center as a Cloud management solution. I hope the reader enjoys reading my new book as much as I enjoyed writing it," said Alessandro.</p> <p class="storybody">About Readify</p> <p class="storybody">Since 2001, Readify has been helping customers develop and support innovative projects. In 2013 Readify was presented with one of Microsoft Corporation's most acclaimed and globally recognised awards; Country Partner of the Year (Australia) at Microsoft's 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference, which recognizes partners at the country level that have demonstrated business excellence in delivering innovative Microsoft services or solutions to their customers.&nbsp; We have achieved global recognition for our ability to help customers build software that drives collaboration, productivity, business growth and profitability. Customers value our capacity to understand their business and apply our software expertise to consistently deliver great results and great value, every time.</p> <p class="storybody">We are proud of our history of strong growth and successful projects. A long list of satisfied, loyal customers is proof of our ability to deliver.&nbsp; http://readify.net</p> <p class="storybody">For more information contact: Yvette Pearce - Marketing Manager +61 400 204 410</p> <p class="storybody">Source: <a href="http://www.cio.com.au/mediareleases/19731/a-recipe-for-systems-center-success/"> http://www.cio.com.au/mediareleases/19731/a-recipe-for-systems-center-success/</a></p> 4257 News iAwards - Recognition of Software Innovation <p>Ambulance Victoria - Adult Retrieval Victoria (ARV) and Readify were honoured with a Merit award in the Government Category at the Victorian iAwards ceremony held in Melbourne on 4th June, 2014. We now look forward to representing Victoria at the National iAwards to be held in August...</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:00:00 Z 2014-06-13T10:51:22Z <p>Ambulance Victoria - Adult Retrieval Victoria (ARV) and Readify were honoured with a Merit award in the Government Category at the Victorian iAwards ceremony held in Melbourne on 4th June, 2014. We now look forward to representing Victoria at the National iAwards to be held in August.</p> <p>The Government iAward is presented for outstanding ICT innovation dedicated to delivering improved government service delivery or other electronic initiatives to the community.</p> <p>This award is fantastic recognition of a collaborative team effort required to deliver the outstanding software projects - REACH &amp; ARVIS. These projects provide interactive and responsive monitoring and reporting of critical care bed occupancy and ARV case management, for health services across Victoria.&nbsp;</p> <p>"ARVIS has transformed the way we manage retrieval cases.&nbsp; Cases are now coordinated and managed electronically with inbuilt decision support and tools to assist in the management and governance of cases." - Assoc. Professor Marcus Kennedy, Director ARV.&nbsp;</p> <p>The ARVIS case study can be viewed <a href="/{localLink:3222}" title="Ambulance Victoria: Transforming patient case management to help save lives"> here</a>.</p> <p>This award, along with <a href="/{localLink:3145}" title="Readify named a Finalist in the 2014 Western Australian Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards"> recent recognition</a> in the WA iTTA Awards - where iiNet and Readify are finalists for the ToolBox project - showcases the manner in which Readify helps its customers solve business problems with innovative software.</p> 3229 News Readify one of the vendors helping ING's "Zero Touch Initiative" <p>By Paul Smith PUBLISHED: 05 May 2014 18:47:40 | UPDATED: 06 May 2014 08:31:13 PRINT EDITION: 05 May 2014 Source: http://www.afr.com/p/technology/ing_upgrade_key_to_primary_bank_le3vnYkLFdsXZJsp3AOUYO...</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 00:00:00 Z 2014-05-07T17:01:36Z <h2>ING: upgrade key to primary bank strategy</h2> <p>By Paul Smith<br /> <span>PUBLISHED: 05 May 2014 18:47:40</span> <span>| UPDATED: 06 May 2014 08:31:13</span><span>PRINT EDITION: 05 May 2014<br /> </span> Source: <a href="http://www.afr.com/p/technology/ing_upgrade_key_to_primary_bank_le3vnYkLFdsXZJsp3AOUYO"> http://www.afr.com/p/technology/ing_upgrade_key_to_primary_bank_le3vnYkLFdsXZJsp3AOUYO</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>ING Bank (Australia) has completed a major technology upgrade, in a move its chief operating officer said would make it more likely to become a first choice of Australians to conduct their everyday banking.</p> <p>The technology initiative known internally as "Zero Touch" was completed just over a week ago, and involves the bank's entire technology operations being moved into a so-called private cloud computing environment. The ambitious initiative was based on an earlier trial known as "Bank In A Box", which ING COO Simon Andrews said would now be replicated in ING operations globally.</p> <p>From a technology perspective, Mr Andrews said "Zero Touch" represented the first example of a bank moving all of its information technology to a cloud environment. However, he said it would also play an important role in making it easier for the bank to develop future customer-facing technology more quickly and improve the reliability of online banking platforms.</p> <p>News of the bank's tech upgrade was <a href="http://www.itnews.com.au/News/383649,ing-direct-transforms-backend-in-major-overhaul.aspx" target="_blank">first reported earlier this month by technology trade press</a> but Mr Andrews said he was keen to explain the broader importance of the initiative.</p> <p>"For us this is a big enabler. We are big in savings and have a very big presence in mortgages, where we are number five. But we are moving to a full product offering and hence a full-service bank," Mr Andrews said.</p> <p>"What we now have is a primary bank strategy and this 'Zero Touch' is most particularly about enabling us to move to primary bank status. We have very few people relative to the major banks using our current account, and we want this to change."</p> <p>In March the chief executive of ING, Vaughn Richtor, said the primary bank strategy was its main focus.</p> <p>Its Orange Everyday account, which returns no interest but also charges no fees for using other bank's ATMs, grew its customer base by more than a third in 2013.</p> <p>"We are going to get a lot more active now that we have put this infrastructure program behind us. It is a massive enabler," Mr Andrews said.</p> <p>"Last August we issued an award-winning mobile app. It is not that we haven't delivered in this area, it is more that it took a certain length of time to deliver, which will now become a lot shorter."</p> <p>The "Zero Touch" initiative took a year to complete and also led to a big consolidation of ING's technology infrastructure. Mr Andrews said its two data centres used to contain 800 servers, which have now been whittled down to 40.</p> <p>He said further rationalisation will come in the year ahead as the bank moves on to the next phase of technology work, which will focus on rationalising and improving applications.</p> <p>The "Zero Touch" initiative was implemented alongside lead system integrator Dimension Data, technology on the initiative was supplied by Cisco, NetApp, F5, Microsoft, WardyIT, Readify and Tata Consultancy Services.</p> 3139 News Readify Strengthens Its Leadership Team <p>Along with attracting technically brilliant developer professionals, Readify continues to strengthen its leadership team. A number of recent appointments highlight the opportunities available in our vibrant and growing organisation...</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 Z 2014-04-15T15:56:56Z <p>Along with attracting technically brilliant developer professionals, Readify continues to strengthen its leadership team. A number of recent appointments highlight the opportunities available in our vibrant and growing organisation.</p> <p><a href="/about-us/our-people/our-leaders/fraser-bearsley/">Fraser Bearsley</a> joined as <strong>Finance Director and Company Secretary</strong> in January 2014.&nbsp; Fraser has 13 years' experience across finance, assurance, transaction advisory and M&amp;A. Before joining Readify, Fraser held senior finance and corporate development roles at iSelect Limited, including its successful listing on the ASX.&nbsp; Prior to this, Fraser held roles of increasing responsibility in Ernst &amp; Young's Assurance and Transaction Advisory practices. In appointing Fraser Bearsley, Readify is boosting its financial muscle; recognising the critical role that proactive financial and risk management plays in achieving sustainable growth.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="/about-us/our-people/our-leaders/shirley-harrod/">Shirley Harrod</a> was recently appointed to the role of <strong>National Sales Director</strong>.&nbsp; Shirley has been at Readify since 2012 holding various leadership positions, most recently as Service Delivery Director. Prior to Readify, Shirley held a GM position at Fujitsu responsible for Retail, eCommerce and Collaboration, holding extensive sales and delivery responsibility.&nbsp; She has worked in small and medium sized organisations running sales and delivery in myinternet, Connect and AAPT.&nbsp; Shirley has also held customer relationship roles at IBM responsible for NAB and Lloyds Bank. In moving into this critical executive role, Shirley's understanding of Readify, together with her prior experience will ensure Readify continues to grow and provide outstanding software solutions to our customers.</p> <p><a href="/about-us/our-people/our-experts/tatham-oddie/">Tatham Oddie</a> is another welcome addition to Readify's leadership group in the new role of <strong>Chief Information Officer</strong>. After 6 years with Readify and a wonderfully successful period as a Principal Consultant, Tatham's appointment is clear evidence that Readify is providing career paths for its best and brightest. Tatham brings a unique mix of skills to the role of CIO. With experience ranging from his own small businesses, to large multi-year multi-vendor banking programs, Tatham has developed a deep understanding of the complete lifecycle of custom software development and surrounding business drivers. He is a regular presenter at conferences and events throughout Australia, New Zealand and North America. In his role as CIO, Tatham will be helping Readify improve its own processes, as well as those of our customers.</p> <p>All of these appointments highlight Readify's growth and the exciting opportunities that continue to surface. We take our position as an industry leader seriously and strive to improve; setting the benchmark for technical brilliance and the management capability required to drive a successful business.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 3145 News Readify named a Finalist in the 2014 Western Australian Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards <p>...</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:00:00 Z 2014-04-30T21:39:10Z <p><img src="/media/143547/waitta_logo.gif" width="339" height="83" alt="2014 WAiTTA Finalist Logo"/></p> <p><strong>9<sup>th</sup> April 2014</strong> -- Finalists for the 23<sup>rd</sup> Annual Western Australian Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards (WAiTTA) were announced today. The purpose of WAiTTA is to recognise outstanding performance and contributions by members of the ICT community in Western Australia. The awards honour companies and individuals at the cutting edge of technology innovation and the role they play within this industry on a worldwide scale.</p> <p>Readify, together with iiNET, are pleased to have been named a finalist in the Services Domain - Consumer category for 'iiNET's Toolbox3' solution.</p> <p>Toolbox3 is the latest version of iiNet's customer service portal. It is a unique, integrated and accessible customer service portal that allows iiNet's 900,000 customers to manage their account and services. It forms a key part of iiNet's aggressive growth strategy and financial sustainability initiatives.</p> <p>Toolbox3 is a great example of scalable, customer-focussed implementation; empowering users to accomplish their priority tasks easily and efficiently. It is also a fantastic demonstration of user-centric product design with numerous methods of research and feedback utilised to ensure the functionality delivered met user needs.</p> <p>The process the development team adopted not only resulted in high technical quality, but empowered iiNet to confidently deliver and deploy new features with low turnaround times.</p> <p>Toolbox3 is the application of functional and innovative technology that not only addresses and influences emerging trends but positively influences the broader industry. It delivers a truly unique feature set in the industry, assists iiNet retain its market share, empowers users to securely perform all the important tasks they need to with ease and delivers a stable, fast and reliable experience to the users.</p> <p>"Readify's consultants and developers not only worked closely with iiNet in terms of developing a best-of-breed system in Toolbox3, but were also able to play a key role in evolving the software development methodologies employed by the business - these will become especially useful as Toolbox3 and other systems that are owned and maintained by iiNet expand over time. The experience in working with Readify throughout each step of the development process to build a system of such high quality in Toolbox3 has been tremendously enlightening, and as a result has given iiNet a clearly-defined template for any future technically challenging work items we may undertake." <strong>David Johns, Development Manager, iiNET</strong></p> <p>As a result of customer research and a continuous delivery development ethos, iiNet has released a product that meets the needs of its customers now and into the future. It is a product that adds to iiNet's already impressive track record - applying technology to improve the customer experience - all the while keeping compelling commercial benefits in mind. iiNet and Readify's approach proves that it is possible to drive great customer service and also improve cost management and return on investment.</p> <p>Finalists of WAiTTA now face a round of judging sessions before winners are announced at the WAiTTA Gala Dinner on Friday 20 June 2014 in Perth.</p> 3134 News Top deals for 2013 - Readify and Bluesky <p>By James Hutchinson&nbsp;&amp; Edmund&nbsp;Tadros...</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:00:00 Z 2014-03-25T14:24:22Z <h2>"Venture capitalists head for the cloud"</h2> <p><span>By James Hutchinson&nbsp;&amp; Edmund&nbsp;Tadros</span></p> <p><em>Ref: <a href="http://www.afr.com/p/technology/venture_capitalists_head_for_the_LHJJZaqWXm1iFEvBVy1ptK"> http://www.afr.com/p/technology/venture_capitalists_head_for_the_LHJJZaqWXm1iFEvBVy1ptK</a></em></p> <p><em>------</em></p> <p>Venture capitalists are shifting their local investments from e-commerce start-ups to cloud computing services, as they seek greater returns from smaller investments.</p> <p>Since 2011, venture capitalists have invested approximately $US600&nbsp;million in technology companies during the past three years in Australia, according to public data collated by Internet Dealbook and analysed by The Australian Financial Review.</p> <p>The figures are based on a US dollar value of the investment at the time it was announced, and only include publicly declared or confirmed investments.</p> <p>Of that, nearly a third has been poured into e-commerce companies and online shopping. But investment in cloud computing services outpaced e-commerce ventures during 2012 and 2013, as investors make more frequent, but smaller, deals for equity in technology start-ups.</p> <p>"While e-commerce companies have attracted a bunch of public attention over&nbsp;the past few years, they tend to require heavy investment in infrastructure and marketing," said Benjamin Chong, partner of venture capital firm&nbsp;Right Click Capital, which owns Internet Dealbook.</p> <p><a href="http://www.afr.com/p/technology/venture_capitalists_head_for_the_LHJJZaqWXm1iFEvBVy1ptK"> <img src="/media/142746/afr_article_image_040314.jpg" width="647" height="449" alt="AFR article_4 March 2014"/></a></p> <p>"I have been seeing increasing attention in 'capital light' businesses - those that require less capital yet have the opportunity to capture a regional or global market. Software as a service and marketplace-style businesses fit this mould."</p> <div id="content"> <p>The shift in investment echoes similar trends in the United States, where seven of the 26 unlisted technology companies valued at $US1&nbsp;billion or more cover cloud storage and productivity applications.</p> <p>Online storage service Dropbox was recently valued at $US10&nbsp;billion after reportedly raising nearly&nbsp;$US350&nbsp;million in venture capital.</p> <p>Though total management and acquisition activity sky-rocketed 80&nbsp;per cent in the Asia-Pacific region over the past 12 months, venture-capital investments in Australia have fluctuated.</p> <p>Total recorded investment activity reached $US187 &nbsp;million in 2013, up from $US125&nbsp;million in 2012 but significantly down from the $US281&nbsp;million invested in technology companies during 2011.</p> <p>The 2011 figure was dominated by an $80&nbsp;million investment into group-buying website CatchoftheDay by a group of investors including Seek co-founder Andrew Bassat.</p> <h4 class="story_headline2">Biggest deals in cloud software and services&nbsp;</h4> <p>But the biggest deals in 2013 focused on cloud software and services, with a total $US82.7&nbsp;million poured into the sector compared to $US53&nbsp;million for e-commerce.</p> <p>BigCommerce, which has raised $US75&nbsp;million over the past three years, topped the investment list last year with a $US40&nbsp;million capital raising round from AOL co-founder Steve Case.</p> <p>Artesian Capital Management managing partner Jeremy Colless said the e-commerce market had become relatively mature, pushing venture capital firms to find new sectors that are not so crowded.</p> <p>He said firms were starting to invest earlier in a company's life, but with smaller amounts of capital in the hope of getting bigger returns.</p> <p>"The bottom line is with many, many more start-ups, there's less certainty about which one is going to be the winner, and therefore VCs are saying . . . we need to be involved at a fairly early stage or we may miss out," he said. "It's a big shift in the way traditional venture capital firms are looking at the market."</p> <p>Beyond technology companies, total venture capital investment in Australia declined 14&nbsp;per cent over the past two years, from $1.99&nbsp;billion in the 2010 financial year to $1.7&nbsp;billion last year, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which said it had been abnormally difficult for companies to raise funds.</p> <p>Mr Chong said Australia had become one of the most active countries in the region aside from Japan for venture capital investments, with local technology companies increasingly seeking funding from overseas.</p> <p>"We've seen a number of regional players use Australia as a source of capital through the ASX," he said. "There are a number of early-stage tech companies with an Asian focus that have already listed on the ASX and I suspect there will be more over the next year."</p> <p><em>-- end --</em></p> </div> 3035 News Aussie resellers' wishlist for new Microsoft CEO <p>Local channel partners are&nbsp;upbeat about new Microsoft CEO&nbsp; Satya Nadella taking the reins &nbsp;at the company...</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:00:00 Z 2014-02-18T13:35:59Z <h3 class="article-intro-text">Devices and cloud were missed opportunities - but all is not lost.</h3> <h4>By <a id="ctl00_ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_LeftColumnPlaceHolder_Article_AuthorsRepeater_ctl01_AuthorHyperLink" href="http://www.crn.com.au/Author/677293,william-maher.aspx">William Maher</a> on&nbsp;Feb 6, 2014 12:00 PM</h4> <p>Local channel partners are&nbsp;upbeat about new Microsoft CEO&nbsp; <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/371421,microsoft-gates-steps-back-in-as-satya-nadella-named-ceo.aspx"> Satya Nadella taking the reins</a>&nbsp;at the company.</p> <p>Among the partners <em>CRN</em> spoke to, opinions were unanimously positive about Microsoft's future under Nadella, with local partners praising the vendor's channel program, the decision to appoint Nadella, Gates' move into an advisory role, as well as Microsoft's future in the enterprise cloud market.</p> <p>Philip Patelis, managing director of Sydney-based XCentral, said: "[Satya Nadella] has been criticised for having not run a company, but at the end of the day, he's been running a $20 billion business if I'm not mistaken.</p> <p>"I know analysts and the stock exchange wanted someone external. But I think having someone internal is a strength. The fact he's coming internally, he'll be able to hold himself technically. I think that's been the challenge for people coming to Microsoft - trying to deal with the technology side of the company. And he's been so involved with cloud; that's where the market is. That's a real strength for Microsoft."</p> <p>In Patelis' view, Microsoft's challenge under Nadella will be to tighten integration of its software platform across different devices. "I think they're doing everything right, but I think that where Nadella will have his work cut out.</p> <p>"If Microsoft can deliver their tablets with functionality of desktop, that's a very strong market position," he said.</p> <p>"At the moment it's a bit disparate. They don't want to have disparate APIs across the platform. You want the app stores to work across everything. If a developer develops for Windows 8, you want that to work to across Windows Phone and Surface Pro."</p> <p>He pointed to Microsoft Office as a particular example where there is room to improve Microsoft's tablet strategy. "If you're using Word on the desktop, you want to have that same feel on tablet devices. At the moment, it's a bit cut down," he argued.</p> <p>"Windows 9 is rumoured to have a lot more common feel across all devices - a common interface. At the moment, if you use Windows 8 or Windows Phone, it's starting to join but it's not quite joining."</p> <p><strong>The fight against AWS</strong></p> <p>Also upbeat about Microsoft's future under Nadella is Graeme Strange CEO of Readify, a gold Microsoft partner and its Application Development Partner of the Year.</p> <p>Strange said Microsoft 's key challenge will be growing market share in the cloud space. Despite the greater market share held by competitors such as AWS, he argued there is still "plenty of market out there" for Microsoft.</p> <p>"They have missed a lot of early adopters, that's very true. But they don't have to take market back off Amazon; what they have to do is make sure they win the enterprise market as organisations adopt cloud.</p> <p>"The market is there for the taking. It's the execution. If you've got the products and the partner programs, if you've got reach, it really comes down to execution if you're going to win this space or not."</p> <p>Strange pointed to the arrival of local data centres as one development that will grow Microsoft's share in the cloud market in Australia. "Certainly in this country, part of the issue has been not having a data centre for Azure. That's changing with NextDC. I think that's going to make a difference if we're talking about this particular region."</p> <p>If the partners spoken to by <em>CRN</em> this morning are any indication, there's also a still a lot of goodwill towards Gates within the channel.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Microsoft's heritage is in software," Strange said. "I know that they talk about being a devices and service company but having Bill on this advisory board now and a lot more of his time dedicated to helping out, I think that's really powerful."</p> <p>The news that Gates will spend more time in an advisory role was also welcomed by Andy Neumann, managing director of Melbourne-based Microsoft partner OBS. &nbsp;</p> <p>"I like the idea of Nadella and Gates as a combination," he said. "Gates is the heart and soul of Microsoft from the early days. I'm sure it will be viewed very favourably by the Microsoft folks."</p> <p>Neumann also spoke highly of Nadella, saying the new CEO left an impression when he toured here several years ago.</p> <p>"Nadella was in Australia a few years ago. We met with him. He was extremely personable, intelligent guy. I think having someone that really understands wide-ranging aspects of the business from Xbox to servers and tools will be of great benefit."</p> <p>Despite criticisms from overseas about <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/369524,microsoft-partners-upset-over-cuts-to-cloud-commissions.aspx"> cuts to Microsoft's online incentives for partners</a>,&nbsp;Neumann argues Microsoft has "one of be the best channel programs out there".</p> <p>"We haven't really been affected by [changes to incentives] around Office 365. If you look at some of the other partner programs of large organisations, Microsoft still has the broadest and attractive one and from a management perspective. Here in Australia they have a great partner management team.</p> <p>"We have a high touch as opposed to some of the other partner programs. We get the ear of them a reasonable amount. I imagine there's probably smaller partners or larger partners that aren't that well engaged with Microsoft," added Neumann.</p> <p>While today's appointment of a new CEO was welcomed by Paul Humphrey at IT provider CSW-IT, he said Microsoft needed to be "more personal" with the channel.</p> <p>"[The opportunity] is to simplify the engagement with the channel - don't be so process-orientated. Because you're a large global organisation, be more personal with the channel, be less regimented, less corporatised," Humphrey said.</p> <p><em>Ref: <a href="http://www.crn.com.au/News/371442,aussie-resellers-wishlist-for-new-microsoft-ceo.aspx"> http://www.crn.com.au/News/371442,aussie-resellers-wishlist-for-new-microsoft-ceo.aspx</a></em></p> 3144 News IT Services Company Boosts Competitiveness with Cloud Solution <p>Reference: http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=710000003608...</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:00:00 Z 2014-04-15T17:46:21Z <p>Reference: <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=710000003608"> http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=710000003608</a></p> <p><strong><em>Readify is an Australian provider of software applications and IT services. The company needed to better support its customers' scalability, security, and cost-savings requirements. To do that, Readify moved to the Windows Azure cloud platform to support internal and customer applications. As a result, the company can more easily increase its business while meeting customer demands. Readify can also take advantage of the solution's strong identity-management and security capabilities.</em></strong></p> <h3><strong>Business Needs</strong></h3> <p>Readify is an IT software and services company that develops and deploys applications and offers software services for customers across Australia. A longtime Microsoft partner, Readify has gold competencies in application development, lifecycle management, collaboration and content, application integration, business intelligence, and mobility.</p> <p>The company continually searches for new ways to meet its customers' needs. Specifically, Readify wanted to address customer demands for application scalability, reliability, redundancy, security, and cost savings. In addition, its business model has been changing.</p> <p>To respond to these developments, Readify wanted to base its business on cloud technology. "We were more and more interested in providing solutions to our customers without them having to go through a large hardware acquisition process," says Mitch Denny, Platform Technical Specialist, Readify. "We thought that moving to the cloud might meet our customers' needs while also helping us to increase our business." Once it made the decision to move to the cloud, Readify began the process of choosing the cloud technology infrastructure that best fit its needs.</p> <h3><strong>Solution</strong></h3> <p>Readify initially looked at the Windows Azure cloud platform, but the company wasn't ready to commit right away. "There was a time when Azure wasn't as mature as it is today, so we looked at other options," Denny says. "Even though we are a Microsoft partner, we're constantly looking at other technologies. For example, we evaluated Amazon Web Services as a cloud solution." However, Readify ultimately chose Windows Azure as its back-end technology solution. "As the Azure platform matured and rapidly released new features, it became apparent that it was on a trajectory that would take us where we needed to go," says Denny.</p> <p>The company moved most of its critical business applications to Azure. "We set up an internal application support team, and that team actually has Readify as its biggest customer," says Denny. The company has also deployed business-critical applications in Azure for more than 20 customers.</p> <p>Currently, Readify uses Windows Azure Cloud Services to host applications internally and for customers, with Windows Azure SQL Database used to store critical business data. The company is also helping some customers set up Azure test labs, using Windows Azure Storage as the back-end storage solution for virtual machines.</p> <p>Readify has a hybrid infrastructure, with its Azure deployment in place in addition to applications running in a Microsoft Hyper-V Server deployment in a data center in Texas. "Eventually, we'll move those applications to Azure as well," says Denny.</p> <p>The company is also taking advantage of some of the security and identity management features in Windows Azure. For instance, some of the company's internal Azure-based applications need to access data from an on-premises customer relationship management (CRM) application. When Readify consultants use the Azure applications, an on-premises version of Active Directory Federation Services is used for authentication, and then bounces back to Azure and pulls in data from the CRM system.</p> <h3><strong>Benefits</strong></h3> <p>With Windows Azure, Readify has the right technology to help boost business and respond to customer needs. Readify can also easily build applications using the solution's strong identity management.</p> <h4><span class="h3">Helps Readify Change Its Business Model to Facilitate New Growth</span></h4> <p>By moving its applications to Azure, Readify is capitalizing on the technology's flexibility to transform its business approach. "The elasticity of Windows Azure is a perfect fit for our fast-growing business, which prides itself on the velocity of our software projects," says Denny. "For instance, when we're bidding on a customer project now, we don't have to worry about lead times for hardware provisioning, so we can do things faster."</p> <p>The company's growth is accelerating as a result of working in the cloud. "More customers are willing to move to the cloud today," says Denny. "We are an industry leader because we apply the best- practices software development processes, employ elite developers, and differentiate our business by offering a complete end-to-end solution based on the Windows Azure platform."</p> <h4><span class="h3">Meets Customer Demands for Cost Savings, Scalability, and Reliability</span></h4> <p>By moving to the cloud, Readify is better able to respond to customers looking to reduce operational expenses. "We have already helped customers save money by avoiding expensive hardware purchases," says Denny. "Some of those companies had previously bought equipment and provisioned it using private clouds. But now, if they want a virtual machine running the cloud, it's all done on a per-hour charge, as they need it. And our benefits are similar. With Windows Azure, we can continue doing business as a small, relatively nimble organization. We don't have to buy new hardware or worry about maintaining server licenses."</p> <p>Readify can also use Azure to support customers' scalability needs. "Many of our customers have scalability needs, such as seasonal workloads or just typical application usage peaks and troughs throughout the day," Denny says. "By moving the application back ends onto Windows Azure, we can make it faster and easier for those customers to dynamically scale in response to demands."</p> <p>The company is also helping its customers meet requirements for availability and redundancy. "Windows Azure SQL Database is very reliable, with database failover and redundancy taken care of behind the scenes," says Denny. "So there's a high level of availability and resiliency for our customers."</p> <h4>Offers Strong Identity Management and Security</h4> <p>Windows Azure also provides strong identity management, which assists Readify in building applications. "Because we can link our on-premises Active Directory deployment into Windows Azure and then connect applications to Windows Azure Active Directory Federation Services, it's easier for us to build and deploy those applications," says Denny.</p> <p>The solution's strong security is another advantage. "Some people question cloud security, but we feel that the security policies that are applied to your infrastructure when it's running in the cloud are far better than what we could provide locally in on-premises applications," says Denny. "That's a massive win for Azure. There's just nothing else like it in the marketplace, and we're excited to base our business on it."</p> 2658 News Readify deal sees Blue Sky head for the cloud <p>Victoria-based ICT company Readify has secured a $16 million investment from a fund managed by Blue Sky Private Equity, part of Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited (ASX: BLA), for a majority share of the business...</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:36Z <p>Victoria-based ICT company Readify has secured a $16 million investment from a fund managed by Blue Sky Private Equity, part of Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited (ASX: BLA), for a majority share of the business.</p> <p>Under the deal, which is expected to create more than 150 jobs nationally over the next three years, a further $10 million capital is available to support Readify's future growth and possible acquisitions.</p> <p>Founded in 2001, Readify has developed a global reputation for developing and supporting innovative software projects and application development across the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. Customers include Webjet, Seek, Australia Post, MYOB and Mater Health.</p> <p>The company has received international awards from Microsoft and recognition for its ability to help customers build software that drives collaboration, productivity, business growth and profitability.</p> <p>This is the second software investment for Blue Sky Private Equity, which took a $3 million stake in Adelaide-based health informatics company Alcidion in 2012.</p> <p>Alexander McNab, investment director at Blue Sky Private Equity, said Readify was perfectly placed to make the most of the structural changes occurring as a result of innovative technology.</p> <p>"The pace of change is accelerating all the time, leading to an increasing reliance on technology services across all business sectors," Mr McNab said.</p> <p>"Readify's ongoing success is based on a strong and loyal base of blue-chip clients, highly effective sales and marketing, a loyal team of high quality software developers and outstanding management. We believe they have an incredibly bright future."</p> <p>Graeme Strange, Readify's managing director, said major IT trends such as mobility, cloud, big data and the proliferation of new devices were driving the need for exceptional software.</p> <p>"Great software innovation drives organisational productivity and profit and Readify's growth is directly attributable to the increasing number of businesses and government organisations that recognise this modern reality," Mr Strange said.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Our strong track record of growth is underpinned by employing outstanding technical staff and providing a flexible, supportive environment where great people can flourish.</p> <p>"Today, with ever greater technology choices, Blue Sky's investment will enable us to take advantage of new and exciting growth opportunities."</p> <p>Blue Sky Private Equity is part of Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA). With more than $350 million in assets under management, Blue Sky is the only Australian listed fund manager solely focussed on alternatives, with investments across private equity, private real estate, global macro and real assets.</p> <p>-------------------------------------</p> <p>Related stories:</p> <ul> <li><em><a href="http://www.theage.com.au/it-pro/business-it/16m-cash-injection-a-boon-for-readify-20130930-hv1uk.html"> $16m cash injection a boon for Readify</a>&nbsp;</em> - The Age,&nbsp;1 Oct 2013</li> <li><em><a href="http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/strategy/61730-readify-gets-$16m-equity-investment"> Readify gets $16m equity investment</a>&nbsp;</em> - IT Wire, 1 Oct 2013</li> <li><a href="http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/10/1/dataroom/blue-sky-buys-readify-16-million"> <em>Blue Sky buys Readify for $16 million</em></a>&nbsp;- Business Spectator, 1 Oct 2013</li> <li><em><a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/technology/nothing-but-blue-sky-for-readify-software/story-e6frganx-1226731148458"> Nothing but BlueSky for Readify software</a>&nbsp;</em> - The Australian, 2 Oct 2013</li> </ul> 2643 News Cost savings in the cloud <p>Retail chain Cash Converters claims to have converted technology problems into significant savings by moving its worldwide store management system into the cloud...</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:36Z <p>Retail chain Cash Converters claims to have converted technology problems into significant savings by moving its worldwide store management system into the cloud.</p> <p>James Miles, software development manager for Cash Converters, said the company had been a year into a project to rollout a new system expected to take seven to ten years to build, when it identified a number of problems. It eventually decided to move the system to a cloud-hosted platform, and completed that rollout in little over a year.</p> <p>Speaking at Microsoft's TechEd conference on the Gold Coast last week, Miles said the company had commissioned Microsoft partner Readify several years ago to develop the system to run its franchise and company-owned stores.</p> <p><a href="http://www.theage.com.au/it-pro/cloud/cash-converters-convert-to-cloud-20130909-hv1mf.html"> Read the full article in the Age</a></p> 2631 News See you at Microsoft TechEd 2013 <p>...</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:35Z <h3>Readify are one of the <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-au/teched/default.aspx">TechEd</a> sponsors in 2013- check out the Readify speaker sessions below and catch us at the Readify coffee cart. See you there!</h3> <p><img src="/media/78792/TechEd-Im-Speaking_500x148.jpg" width="500" height="148" alt="TechEd 2013"/></p> <h3>Mitch Denny | Practice Manager, Consulting &amp; Training</h3> <p><strong>Developing Windows 8 Applications in the Enterprise</strong></p> <p>This session is designed for lead developers, application architects and solution designers responsible for building Windows 8 applications for use in the enterprise. By attending this session attendees will learn what they need to make their Windows 8 application development projects successful and get more value for money from each development hour they spend.</p> <p>In this session Mitch will demonstrate an approach for building an interconnected application architecture which makes the best use of the Windows 8 shell. Specifically Mitch will explore three different application archetypes which makes Windows 8 application projects more approachable.</p> <p>Specifically this session will look at how to tie the end-users experience together via an enterprise-wide activity hub, and build gateway applications and departmental applications to support user workloads and integration with existing systems. Attendees will learn how to break large monolithic applications up into smaller more manageable components and then link them together with approaches such as protocol activation, pickers, sharing and other package contracts and declarations.</p> <p><strong>Objective #1:</strong></p> <p>Understand how to model enterprise software requirements in terms of the three application archetypes, specifically activity hubs, gateway applications and departmental applications.</p> <p><strong>Objective #2:</strong></p> <p>Understand integration options for applications such as protocol activation and other extensions and contracts.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;Objective #3:</strong></p> <p>Understand deployment considerations such as side-loading, device management, authentication and communications.</p> <p><strong>Adding PowerShell Support to Enterprise Apps</strong></p> <p>This session is designed for software developers and application architects who are designing applications that are being designed in secure data centres and that need to provide devops team members with management tooling to administer the system. By attending this session developers and architects will learn how design and deploy PowerShell Cmdlets along-side their application to improve the applications overall manageability.</p> <p><strong>Objective #1:</strong></p> <p>Design custom cmdlets that integrate with custom enterprise applications to support remote administration.</p> <p><strong>Objective #2:</strong></p> <p>Package cmdlets for deployment alongside the application.</p> <p><strong>Objective #3:</strong></p> <p>Use Cmdlets to automate backend processes.</p> <h3><strong>Brendan Kowitz | Senior Consultant</strong></h3> <p><strong>Cross Platform Mobile Web Development Speakers</strong></p> <p>Not having your mobile app available for all devices just doesn't cut it anymore. Discover the benefits of developing cross platform apps with web based technology. Since the release of Windows Phone 8 which includes IE10, it is now possible to fully take advantage of cross-platform libraries such as PhoneGap to deliver compelling, functional, beautiful apps. If you're wanting to know about the best tools for the job, and a guide to using the latest web standards to achieve results in your cross platform mobile web app you're in the right place.</p> <p><strong>Real-Time Web Application with SignalR&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Web pages and data don't cut it anymore. Information online is real-time and even web applications should respond to continuous changes. As SignalR has recently been introduced as a component to the ASP.NET runtime there's no better time to start building web application that respond to change. SignalR does all the heavy lifting and makes it easy to introduce into a wide range of projects apart from the obvious web app but also Azure Worker Roles and other modern apps. Pry your application out of the static mould and start responding to the real dynamic nature of information and changes as they occur.</p> <h3><strong>Richard Banks | Prinicipal Consultant</strong></h3> <p><strong>Scrum and Kanban with the Team Foundation Service</strong></p> <p>The Team Foundation Service is a great way to support your organisations software development effort, and now provides wonderful support for both Scrum and Kanban approaches. Get a walkthrough of how the Team Foundation Service helps customers, stakeholders, development teams and operations all work together to deliver great results.</p> <h3><strong>Mahesh Krishnan | Prinicipal Consultant presenting with John Azariah | MYOB</strong></h3> <h4>Implementing Modern Cloud Patterns</h4> <p>Traditional web applications have typically followed a layered architecture; Presentation, Service, Business and Data Access Layers over a relational database. While such applications often have a great deal of capability, there are practical limitations on how well they grow, evolve and scale in a dynamically scalable environment like the cloud. Come and watch John Azariah and Mahesh Krishnan share their practical experiences of how Modern Architectural Patterns such as CQRS, Event Sourcing and Eventual consistency combine with NoSQL databases amongst other things to address issues such as reliability, flexibility and scalability in modern real-world cloud applications. John and Mahesh will also cover topics such as Micro services, document enrichment and Map-reduce; and how they all fit in when creating cloud applications. This exciting talk will showcase a real-world social application, written using these patterns running on the Azure platform.</p> <h3><strong>Marat Bakirov&nbsp;| Senior Developer</strong></h3> <h4>Creating SharePoint 2013 Apps in the Cloud</h4> <p>In this developer-focused session, we cover an architecture of a new type of SharePoint solutions called "Apps". We cover a different deployment types - Sharepoint hosted apps and Cloud Hosted apps (autohosted and provider-hosted) and also will focus on how you can create SharePoint components, event receivers, and the way to run your code within the application identity. We expect the audience to understand JavaScript/C# code and the basic understanding of the SharePoint notions like site, web, solution package, feature, custom action.</p> 2595 News Readify flying high after winning highly coveted Microsoft 2013 Partner Award <p>Cairns, Queensland&nbsp;| 20 August 2013 &nbsp;- Today, Microsoft named Readify the winner of the 2013 'Application Development Partner of the Year' during the annual Microsoft Australia Partner Conference...</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 00:00:00 Z 2014-02-12T11:53:59Z <p><strong><img src="/media/77396/Application Development Partner of the Year.jpg" width="305" height="106" alt="MAPA 2013 Logo"/></strong></p> <p><strong>Cairns, Queensland&nbsp;| 20 August 2013</strong>&nbsp;- Today, Microsoft named Readify the winner of the 2013 'Application Development Partner of the Year' during the annual Microsoft Australia Partner Conference.</p> <p>Readify is thrilled to receive this prestigious award. It confirms Readify as a leading software and application development partner who consistently demonstrate innovation, competitive differentiation, and customer value while showcasing the benefit of developing applications and/or services on Microsoft technologies.</p> <p>Readify is proud to have been given the opportunity to work with Webjet on their Windows 8 project and shares this recognition with them.&nbsp; It recognises the innovative work undertaken in collaboration with Webjet to help them adopt Windows 8 and re-imagine the travellers' journey.</p> <p>Following the success of Webjet's Windows Azure-based mobile version of their travel booking application, Readify worked with Webjet in the development of a <a href="/{localLink:2568}" title="Webjet Windows 8 Travel App">Windows 8 Travel App</a> to streamline their travel booking process. The result is a Windows 8 app with a stunning new interface, giving Webjet's customers an immersive experience, as well as faster and greater access to domestic flights and worldwide hotels (<a href="/media/71613/wpc2013demo.mp4">view demo</a>). Importantly, Webjet was also named <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/australia/presspass/post/Webjet-Takes-Off-to-Microsoft-Cloud"> Microsoft Australia's official Windows 8 launch travel partner</a>, which is an incredible competitive differentiator for the company.</p> <p><em>"The Windows 8 Travel App incorporates a fluid philosophy which means far less key strokes for consumers, a smoother flow of the booking process and integration process from initial enquiry through to confirmation."</em> - Webjet Managing Director, John Guscic.</p> <p>Since the app was developed, Readify has completed a number of other Windows 8 apps - working with customers in the government, entertainment, mining, retail and travel industries. Readify helps its clients realise the commercial potential of Windows 8, either through full scale development or through smaller Proof-of-Concepts to help clients build their business case.</p> <p>Readify's CEO, Graeme Strange, sums up his perspective on Windows 8 and achieving this accolade from Microsoft,</p> <p><em>"I think Windows 8 is a massive opportunity. It's an opportunity we saw well over 12 months ago and that's the trick for us - when we see a wave coming, we like to get on it early. The conversation with Webjet started months before the Windows 8 launch date and as such, Webjet saw the opportunity of getting to a new market through presenting data to the travelers in a far superior way than you would present data on the web.</em></p> <p><em>To receive this award recognition from Microsoft Australia on the back of our recent award of <a href="/who-we-are/news/2013/readify-carries-the-australian-flag-at-the-microsoft-2013-worldwide-partner-conference/"> Worldwide Software Development Partner of the Year</a> is tremendous. We are honoured to be so widely acknowledged as a valued partner to Microsoft and look forward to what the future holds for Readify, our clients and the industry."</em></p> <p>These awards and our ongoing commitment to stay at the forefront of emerging technologies, cement Readify's reputation as a trusted advisor, innovator and Microsoft's 'go-to partner for Windows 8 apps'.</p> <p><img src="/media/77530/readify (0)_676x450.jpg" width="676" height="450" alt="APC 2013 team photo"/></p> <p>-------------</p> <p><strong>About Readify</strong></p> <p>Readify is known for its exemplary record of dedication and performance in assisting its customers to achieve maximum results from their technology. This is evident through their <a href="/our-experience" title="Our Experience">strong track record of successful project deliverables</a>.</p> <p>To find out more about Readify's Windows 8 and Azure offerings, please call 1300 666 274 or email <a href="mailto:info@readify.net">info@readify.net</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Webjet</strong></p> <p>Webjet is Australia and New Zealand's multi award winning online travel service. Leading the way in online travel tools and technologies, Webjet enables customers to easily search and book the best domestic and international flight deals, holiday packages, rental cars, travel insurance and over one million hotel properties worldwide.</p> 2565 News Readify carries the Australian flag at the Microsoft 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference <p>Earlier this week, Readify was presented with one of Microsoft Corporation's most acclaimed and globally recognised awards; Country Partner of the Year (Australia) at Microsoft's 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference...</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:00:00 Z 2014-08-12T10:46:46Z <p>Earlier this week, Readify was presented with one of Microsoft Corporation's most acclaimed and globally recognised awards; <strong>Country Partner of the Year (Australia)</strong> at Microsoft's 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference.</p> <p><img src="/media/75024/graeme___wpc_497x280.jpg" width="497" height="280" alt="WPC 2013- Flag"/></p> <p>Award winners played a role in the final part of Microsoft's Corporate Vice President, Jon Roskill and CEO, Steve Ballmer's keynote address on Day 1 with a procession of flags from all Country Partner of the Year award winners and an introduction of each global Partner of the Year award winner.</p> <p>The Microsoft 2013 Country Partner of the Year Award recognises partners at the country level that have demonstrated business excellence in delivering innovative Microsoft services or solutions to their customers during the past year.</p> <p><img src="/media/72938/WPC-2013_498x225.jpg" width="498" height="225" alt="WPC 2013 Award"/></p> <p>Readify's CEO, Graeme Strange, and COO, Faith Rees, attended <a href="http://www.digitalwpc.com/Pages/Home.aspx#fbid=PCwgqUEI60K">Microsoft's 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference</a> in Houston to carry the flag for Australia and collect this prestigious award. This is the second consecutive year Readify has received one of these highly coveted awards, after picking up Microsoft Corporation's <a href="/news/2012/readify-win-the-2012-microsoft-software-development-partner-of-the-year-award/"> Worldwide Software Development Partner of the Year Award</a> in Toronto back in June 2012.</p> <p><em>"Readify is truly honoured to have received a Microsoft Worldwide Partner of the Year award again this year. To be globally recognised for our ability to deliver innovative solutions for our customers, strongly supports our position as leaders in application development and support in Australia. Our passion for staying at the forefront of emerging Microsoft technologies and our commitment to the Australian software industry enables us to continually deliver unique software solutions for our customers."</em> Graeme Strange - CEO, Readify.</p> <p><img src="/media/43130/wpc12_webbnnr_467x250.jpg" width="467" height="250" alt="WPC 2012 Banner"/></p> <p>Readify was one of only four Microsoft Australia Partners to win an award at this year's Worldwide Partner Conference. From over 3,000 award entries worldwide, Readify is proud to be recognised globally as Microsoft Australia's partner of choice, specifically for Windows 8 and Azure.</p> <p><em>"Readify has one of the strongest Azure and Windows 8 pipelines of any partner in Australia. We have been actively driving customer adoption of Windows 8 through Proof of Concepts that are leading to both consumer and line of business apps development. This global Microsoft recognition is an outstanding achievement for Readify and solidifies our strong ties with Microsoft Australia and as an overall industry software innovator in the Australian market."</em> Faith Rees - COO, Readify.</p> <p>Readify has also been announced a finalist in in the 2013 Microsoft Australia Partner Awards in the <strong>'Application Development Partner of the Year'</strong> category. This award recognises partners who demonstrate innovation, competitive differentiation, and customer value while showcasing the benefit of developing applications and/or services based on key Microsoft platform technologies. The MAPA winners will be publically announced during the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference taking place in Cairns on 20-22 August.</p> <p><img src="/media/75154/2013-mapa-app-dev-finalist--sig_495x200.jpg" width="495" height="200" alt="MAPA Finalist 2013"/></p> <p><em>"We are thrilled to recognise Readify as a Microsoft Country Partner of the Year,"</em> said Dean Swan, Director, Partner Business &amp; Development, Microsoft Australia. "<em>Readify has delivered exceptional value to our customers in Australia and is a great example of one of our top Microsoft partners."</em></p> <p>Readify's long history of local and global awards &amp; extensive competencies adds immensely to their credibility, helping them strengthen their role as trusted advisors to Microsoft and Readify's <a href="/{localLink:1112}" title="Our Experience">mutual clients</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2562 News Readify becomes a preferred supplier for Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment <p>Readify have been selected as a preferred supplier over three years to deliver SharePoint application support and development services for the Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE)...</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:33Z <p>Readify have been selected as a preferred supplier over three years to deliver SharePoint application support and development services for the Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE).</p> <p>DETE provides education services to some 490,000 students across the state at approximately 1,300 state schools and to more than 230,000 students across Queensland TAFE Institutes and Statutory Authorities each year. Readify will play a key part in improving the delivery of SharePoint and its supporting technologies by providing technical advice and development services to the department.</p> <p>Faith Rees, Readify's COO comments, <em>"This is a significant win for our growing Solutions Practice; confirming Readify as a valuable and sought after provider of collaboration and productivity solutions for our customers."&nbsp;</em></p> <p>This year has seen Readify celebrate several achievements; being globally recognised as the <a href="http://readify.net/who-we-are/news/2013/readify-globally-recognised-with-another-worldwide-partner-of-the-year-award"> Microsoft Country Partner of the Year</a> for Australia and placing 15th&nbsp; on the <a href="/{localLink:2557}" title="Readify soars up to 15th place in BRW's 'Top 50 Best Places to Work' list for 2013…"> BRW Best Places to Work in Australia</a> to name just a few. Readify attribute their success to a stringent recruitment process that ensures only the top talent worldwide is hired, along with a close relationship with Microsoft and customers that are leading the way in <a href="http://readify.net/our-experience">business innovation</a>.</p> <p><em>"Following <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/au/qld-education-department-snaps-up-14000-acer-windows-8-tablets-7000016287/"> recent announcements</a> in the government and education space around the adoption of Cloud and Windows 8, we are excited about the future and working with DETE,"</em> says Rosemary Black, Readify's QLD State Manager.</p> <p><br /> To find out more about Readify's Solutions Practice, please call 1300 666 274 or email <a href="mailto:info@readify.net">info@readify.net</a></p> 2557 News Soaring to 15th place in BRW Best Places to Work in 2013 <p>For the fourth consecutive year, Readify has received the tremendous accolade of being awarded a place in BRW Magazine's prestigious 'Top 50 Best Places to Work'.&nbsp;&nbsp;...</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:33Z <p>For the fourth consecutive year, Readify has received the tremendous accolade of being awarded a place in BRW Magazine's prestigious 'Top 50 Best Places to Work'.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Moving up 12 places to 15th position on this year's list is a record for Readify and wonderful result that validates Readify's ongoing commitment to its people and culture.</p> <p>Each year Readify participates in this anonymous survey so that feedback gained can be used to continually improve and foster a highly engaged and motivated workforce.</p> <p class="quote">We are extremely pleased to have been recognised as a great place to work. Readify has&nbsp; achieved many years of strong growth and our continued success is helped by the open and honest feedback we receive from our employees and the radical transparency we continue to practice.&nbsp;Once again we will use the feedback gained to build on our existing strong culture.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Graeme Strange, Managing Director at Readify</p> <p>Of course, the best endorsement is from Readify's people - visit <a href="http://redpill.readifycloud.com/">http://redpill.readifycloud.com/</a>&nbsp;to see what it's like to work at Readify.</p> <p class="quote">Having recently been appointed as the People Director at Readify, I am thrilled to see&nbsp; Readify win its highest placing in these respected awards. In my short time here, I have been incredibly impressed with the integrity of the culture and our people.&nbsp; It is our people that make Readify a great place to work!<em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Michelle Ridsdale, People Director at Readify</p> <p>The Best Places to Work study is administered by the Great Places to Work Institute<sup>TM</sup>. The study was conducted nationally and organisations were closely examined across two areas. Firstly, an employee-based survey was conducted where individual employees rank their&nbsp;employer based on five key behavioural areas; Credibility, Respect, Fairness, Pride and Camaraderie. The second component of the study was the organisational cultural audit where managers shared their philosophies and practices on employee welfare, including hiring, welcoming, inspiring and engaging employees, as well as efforts in recognising employees and celebrating organisational successes.</p> <p><img src="/media/74485/gptwaustralia_bestcompanies_brw_2013_rgb_324x213.jpg" width="324" height="213" alt="BPTW Logo 2013"/></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Want to join our team, go to <a href="/{localLink:1116}" title="Careers">work with us</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong style="font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.8em;">Related articles</strong></p> <p>"<a href="http://www.brw.com.au/p/leadership/best_places_to_work_what_makes_great_mo8J0YPEqYkln7Xxb2y0oI"> Best&nbsp;Places To Work 2013: What makes a great place to work?</a>" -&nbsp;Fiona Smith, BRW Columnist</p> 2544 News Readify achieves its sixth Microsoft Gold Competency... in Business Intelligence <p>Readify is proud to have achieved gold competency status in Business Intelligence...</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:32Z <p>Readify is proud to have achieved gold competency status in Business Intelligence.</p> <p>Attaining gold status in Business Intelligence enables Readify to better support its customers in choosing and developing Business Intelligence solutions which deliver maximum business results and help drive revenue.</p> <p>Read more about Microsoft's Business Intelligence Competency <a href="https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/pages/membership/business-intelligence-competency.aspx"> here</a>.</p> <p><img src="/media/74172/gold_bi_on_white_498x140.jpg" width="498" height="140" alt="Gold Business Intelligence"/></p> 2503 News Readify globally recognised with another Worldwide Partner of the Year Award <p>Today, Microsoft Corporation published the finalists and winners of the 2013 worldwide Partner of the Year awards. These annual awards recognise Microsoft partners who have delivered highly innovative solutions to customers using the latest Microsoft technologies. Readify is proud to announce it has been recognised as Microsoft's 2013 leading partner in Australia...</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:31Z <p>Today, Microsoft Corporation published the finalists and winners of the 2013 worldwide Partner of the Year awards. These annual awards recognise Microsoft partners who have delivered highly innovative solutions to customers using the latest Microsoft technologies. Readify is proud to announce it has been recognised as Microsoft's 2013 leading partner in Australia.</p> <p>For a second consecutive year, Readify has received one of these highly coveted global awards. From over 3,000 award entries, Readify is thrilled to have been awarded Microsoft's 2013&nbsp;'Country Partner of the&nbsp;Year for Australia'. In 2012, Readify also received global recognition as <a href="/who-we-are/news/2012/readify-win-the-2012-microsoft-software-development-partner-of-the-year-award" target="_blank">Microsoft's Worldwide Software Development Partner of the Year</a>.</p> <p><em>"Readify is honoured to have received a Microsoft Worldwide Partner of the Year Award for a second consecutive year. To be globally recognised for our ability to deliver innovative solutions for our customers, specifically in the Windows 8 and Windows Azure space, strongly supports our position as leaders in application development and support in Australia. Our passion for staying at the forefront of emerging Microsoft technologies and our commitment to the Australian software industry, enables us to continually deliver unique software solutions for our customers."</em> Graeme Strange - Managing Director, Readify</p> <p>Graeme, along with Readify's COO Faith Rees, will be attending <a href="http://www.digitalwpc.com/Pages/Home.aspx#fbid=PCwgqUEI60K" target="_blank">Microsoft's 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference</a> in Houston on 7-11 July to collect this prestigious award on behalf of Readify.</p> <p><img src="/media/72938/wpc_2013_green_logo_499x285.jpg" width="499" height="285" alt="WPC 2013 Award"/></p> <p>View 2013 Microsoft Worldwide Partner of Year Award recipients: <a href="http://www.digitalwpc.com/Awards/Pages/Home.aspx#fbid=PCwgqUEI60K"> http://www.digitalwpc.com/Awards/Pages/Home.aspx#fbid=PCwgqUEI60K</a></p> <p>View official Microsoft 2013 WPC Awards Press Release: <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2013/May13/05-20WPC13PR.aspx"> http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2013/May13/05-20WPC13PR.aspx</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2502 News A great FITT for Valeria Ignatieva on the FITT Management Committee! <p>We are pleased to announce that Readify's Marketing Manager, Valeria Ignatieva has been appointed to the Females in IT &amp; Telecommunications (FITT)* <a href="http://www.fitt.org.au/Aboutus/ManagementCommittee.aspx" target="_blank">Management Committee...</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:31Z <p>We are pleased to announce that Readify's Marketing Manager, Valeria Ignatieva has been appointed to the Females in IT &amp; Telecommunications (FITT)* <a href="http://www.fitt.org.au/Aboutus/ManagementCommittee.aspx" target="_blank">Management Committee</a>.</p> <p>Valeria joins a group of volunteers from a variety of organisations, with a focus on attracting, retaining and connecting women in and to ICT.</p> <p>FITT is a not for profit network whose purpose is to inspire women to achieve their career aspirations and potential at all levels and disciplines within ICT, by facilitating peer networking and support through their programs.</p> <p>FITT aims to:</p> <ul> <li>Create a voice for women in ICT by partnering with industry leaders in ICT to drive the gender diversity agenda in Australia.</li> <li>Complement existing corporate programs by offering organisations services such as professional mentoring, education and diversity statistics, and data about how to retain and grow their female workforce.</li> <li>Empower individuals to achieve their career aspirations through regular webinars and events from leading experts and student outreach programs.</li> </ul> <p><em>"I am both honoured and excited to join the FITT Management Committee in my new role as the Events Lead. I look forward to working with FITT to help support the overall objectives and deliver an inspiring events program to our members and sponsors"</em> says Valeria.</p> <p>FITT has existed since 1989 and has over 3,000 members. Individual membership is free; please visit the <a href="http://www.fitt.org.au/Membership/IndividualMembership.aspx" target="_blank">FITT website</a> to join.</p> <p><strong>About Valeria Ignatieva</strong></p> <p>Valeria has worked across a range of roles including Human Resources, Advertising, Buying and Production Planning before finding her niche. Since 2007, Valeria has been working with Microsoft Partners, helping them gain market share and international industry recognition through innovative campaigns, successful events and industry awards.</p> <p>Valeria is currently the Marketing Manager at <a href="/" target="_blank">Readify</a>, an Australian-based Software Development company. One of her career highlights to date is developing multiple award submissions based on outstanding customer projects, resulting in Readify receiving several accolades from Microsoft including being named as the 2013 Australian Partner of the Year and 2012 Worldwide Software Development Partner of the Year.</p> <p>For more information, please contact Valeria Ignatieva- <a href="mailto:vignatieva@fitt.org.au">vignatieva@fitt.org.au</a></p> <p>For more information about FITT, please visit <a href="http://www.fitt.org.au">www.fitt.org.au</a></p> <p><em>*FITT is the registered trademark of Women in ICT Australia Incorporated.</em></p> 2395 News Readify enters into partnership with EPiServer <p>Readify are pleased to announce their recent partnership with <a href="http://www.episerver.com/Partners/Australia/Readify/" target="_blank">EPiServer...</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:30Z <p>Readify are pleased to announce their recent partnership with <a href="http://www.episerver.com/Partners/Australia/Readify/" target="_blank">EPiServer</a>.</p> <p>EPiServer's platform combines content, e-commerce and multi-channel marketing capabilities to work full-circle for businesses online, from intelligent optimisation, lead-generation through to conversion and repeat business.</p> <p>Built on .NET and sitting at the centre of the digital marketing ecosystem, EPiServer empowers online and IT professionals to create superior customer experience for more than 20,000 websites worldwide.</p> <p>Readify has been assisting organisations to innovate with software on the Microsoft Applications Development Platform for over 10 years. Named as the Microsoft Software Development Partner of the year in 2012, Readify employ only the very highest calibre of local and international technical consultants.</p> <p>Readify's consultants are engaged as technical leads on some of the most complex .NET projects in Australia today, and rank amongst the most authoritative and respected .NET thought leaders worldwide. Many have been involved in Microsoft testing programs as well as influencing the direction of Microsoft product development.</p> <p>For more information about this partnership, please contact Valeria Ignatieva, Marketing Manager, Readify- <a href="mailto:valeria.ignatieva@readify.net">valeria.ignatieva@readify.net</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2380 News Faith Rees appointed to the IT Queensland Board <p>We are pleased to announce that Readify's COO and Executive Director, Faith Rees&nbsp;has been appointed to the <a href="https://sites.google.com/a/itqueensland.com.au/itqueensland2/board" target="_blank">IT Queensland Board - an industry association that champions all Queensland owned and headquartered ICT companies...</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:30Z <p>We are pleased to announce that Readify's COO and Executive Director, Faith Rees&nbsp;has been appointed to the <a href="https://sites.google.com/a/itqueensland.com.au/itqueensland2/board" target="_blank">IT Queensland Board</a> - an industry association that champions all Queensland owned and headquartered ICT companies.</p> <p>The association continues to expand its regional footprint, while recognising the important role that national and multinational companies play in contributing to the overall operation of the local ICT industry.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>"I am passionate about the IT industry and growing the skills and reputation of the industry as a whole, this is why I am delighted to have been appointed to the IT Queensland Board.&nbsp; I aim to use my skills to help promote the industry and to help our member base to grow and build their businesses,"</em></strong> says Faith.</p> <p>IT Queensland's aims are:<br /> •&nbsp;<strong>Continue to raise the profile</strong> of Queensland's inspiring technology developers and providers.<br /> •&nbsp;<strong>Use the collective brainpower</strong> of top ICT companies so that members can leverage the expertise of their peers and tackle issues unique to their profession.<br /> •&nbsp;<strong>Lobby the government</strong> to address issues of concern for its members and be a source of Senior Industry 'opinion' to relevant industry, legislative, and academic organisations.&nbsp;<br /> •&nbsp;<strong>Grow the association</strong> by inviting new Queensland-based ICT company members.<br /> •&nbsp;<strong>Build strong contacts</strong> with global and national ICT industry companies and associations, in the interests of our local industry, inviting them to join as associates.</p> <p><strong>About Faith Rees:</strong><br /> In addition to her current role with Readify, Faith has worked within the ICT industry for over fifteen years and during that time, has served on the Women in IT committee and was Vice Chair of Queensland .NET for several years, representing the organisations within the Queensland ICT Work Group. She has also held previous positions as a committee member of the Independent Association of Microsoft Certified Partners and President of Queensland University of Technology's Q-Step Program. Her extensive experience covers a wide range of private and public companies, and franchised entities (ranging from SME's to global corporations such as Microsoft), as well as her own small business.<br /> In 2009, Faith was a state nominee in the Queensland 2009 Pearcey Awards, and in 2010 was a finalist in the WiT ICT Outstanding Achievement Awards.</p> <p>For more information, please contact Faith Rees- <a href="mailto:faith.rees@itqueensland.com.au">faith.rees@itqueensland.com.au</a></p> <p>For more information about IT Queensland, please visit <a href="http://www.itqueensland.com.au/">http://www.itqueensland.com.au/</a></p> <p><img src="/media/67048/faith_498x500.jpg" width="498" height="500" alt="Faith appointed to the IT QLD Board"/></p> 2370 News Readify strikes gold...in Application Integration <p>In a strong start for 2013, Readify hit the ground running and wasted no time in adding yet another Microsoft Gold competency to its seven existing competencies...</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:29Z <p>In a strong start for 2013, Readify hit the ground running and wasted no time in adding yet another Microsoft Gold competency to its seven existing competencies.</p> <p>To attain the Microsoft Application Integration competency, Readify has demonstrated its ability to implement integrated solutions that connect critical information and enable business agility for their customers. Readify's solutions can deliver stronger connections with customers and suppliers, by enhancing business decision making and improving employee productivity.</p> <p><img src="/media/66244/gold_application_integration_498x140.jpg" width="498" height="140" alt="Gold Application Integration"/></p> 2361 News Readify becomes an Umbraco Certified Partner <p>...</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:47Z <p><img src="/media/65531/umbraco.png" width="200" height="61" alt="Umbraco"/></p> <p><a href="http://umbraco.com/certified-partners/browse-solution-providers/readify.aspx" target="_blank">Readify</a>&nbsp;has&nbsp;become an Umbraco Certified Partner, joining other&nbsp;companies that assist&nbsp;with Umbraco development.</p> <p class="abstract">With more than 155,000 installations, <a href="http://umbraco.com/about-us/history.aspx" target="_blank">Umbraco</a> is one of the most deployed Web Content Management Systems on the Microsoft stack. It's in the top five most popular server applications and among the ten most popular open source tools in general.</p> <p>It's a beautiful combination of a fantastic, friendly and dedicated community and a commercial backing in the&nbsp;form of the commercial entity behind the project, the Umbraco HQ. This creates a diverse and innovative environment that ensures Umbraco stays cutting edge and at the same time&nbsp;it is&nbsp;professionally driven with someone to call, blame and hug.</p> <p>It's this balance that makes Umbraco one of the fastest growing platforms for building websites, whether it's the official web presence of a Fortune 500 company or your uncle's website on model trains.</p> <p>The Umbraco Partner program has always been about promoting companies that have a proven Umbraco track record. By choosing a Certified Umbraco Partner, you can be sure that the company has developers who have attended the official Umbraco Training Course.</p> <p>All Umbraco Certified Partners have made a commitment to Umbraco by having at least 4 Umbraco developer certifications in-house, achieved by participating in the official Umbraco Training Course.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2153 News Readify Acquires Senetas BI Practice <p>Readify sees this as an exciting acquisition, thereby integrating high quality BI expertise, experience and skills into their Solution Development business. Readify continues to increase its software solutions capability and provide a broader platform on which to develop award winning solutions to their ever growing client list...</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:47Z <p><strong>Readify today announced the finalisation of its acquisition of the Senetas Corporation Limited (ASX:SEN) Business Intelligence (BI) practice. The move comes as Senetas decides to focus on its security and encryption technology, which paved the way for Readify to acquire its Melbourne, BI consultancy.</strong></p> <p>Readify sees this as an exciting acquisition, thereby integrating high quality BI expertise, experience and skills into their Solution Development business. Readify continues to increase its software solutions capability and provide a broader platform on which to develop <a href="http://readify.net/who-we-are/news/2012/readify-win-the-2012-microsoft-software-development-partner-of-the-year-award"> award winning solutions</a> to their ever growing client list.</p> <p>This acquisition complements Readify's existing <a href="http://readify.net/what-we-do/our-offerings/solution-development-service/sharepoint-2010-solution-development-service"> Solution Development Service</a> delivered by Readify's expert SharePoint Consultants. Readify sees BI as a natural extension of what they do today and enables a stronger focus on information delivery which is at the core of most BI projects.</p> <p>Readify are seeing an increased interest in deployments of analysis to discover new insights, and in integration to implement those insights, particularly as the Windows 8 devices change the way business will demand the delivery of data. The addition of an experienced team of BI experts and existing customer base carried over from Senetas will add value and deepen the engagement Readify have with their existing customers.</p> <p><em>"Readify prides itself on its unwavering focus on providing the very best software development services; innovating to help customers drive business growth. This addition to Readify's business is wholly aligned with our continued focus on employing great people to develop brilliant software solutions for our clients."&nbsp;</em> Graeme Strange, Managing Director, Readify</p> <p>For more information about this exciting development, please contact Faith Rees, Chief Operating Officer, Readify on +61 3 9600 2339.</p> 2095 News Movember @ Readify <p>During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men's faces in Australia and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health. Registering at www.movember.com guys then start Movember 1st with a clean-shaven face and then for the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts. This year, the Readify team will honour the men who have grown before us and, as Moustache Merchants for Movember and Sons, pay respect to the simple truth "knowledge is power, moustache is king."...</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:46Z <p>During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men's faces in Australia and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health.<br /> <br /> Registering at <a href="http://www.movember.com">www.movember.com</a> guys then start Movember 1st with a clean-shaven face and then for the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts.<br /> <br /> This year, the Readify team will honour the men who have grown before us and, as Moustache Merchants for Movember and Sons, pay respect to the simple truth "knowledge is power, moustache is king."</p> <p>As our forefather's always knew, the moustache is the mark of a man. Today, it is a man's ribbon, a symbol to spark conversation and help change the face of men's health.</p> <p>You can take part either by growing one dirty son of a Mo as a Mo Bro, or join the ladies as a Mo Sista to help recruit others, share knowledge and support Mo growers.</p> <p>To support the Readify team of Movember moustache merchants, please&nbsp;go to <a href="http://au.movember.com/team/433269">http://au.movember.com/team/433269</a></p> <p><img src="/media/53302/movember_500x119.jpg" width="500" height="119" alt="Movember 2012"/></p> 2094 News Readify attain the Microsoft Gold Competency for Mobility <p>Readify are proud to have achieved a Microsoft Gold Competency in Mobility, adding&nbsp;to&nbsp;their existing eight competencies...</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:46Z <p>Readify are proud to have achieved a Microsoft Gold Competency in Mobility, adding&nbsp;to&nbsp;their existing eight competencies.</p> <p>Today's decentralized workforce makes combining mobility and productivity a crucial component to gaining competitive advantage. IDC projects strong growth in the number and types of mobile workers worldwide and estimates there will be <a href="https://partner.microsoft.com/40149649">1.19 billion mobile workers by 2013</a>-accounting for nearly 39 percent of the workforce.</p> <p>The Microsoft Mobility competency demonstrates Readify's ability to develop innovative mobile solutions for their customers by&nbsp;offering solutions that extend business productivity beyond the office, through seamless integration with their customers' current IT infrastructures and access to familiar Microsoft technologies like Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft SharePoint.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="/media/52980/gold_mobility_500x154.jpg" width="500" height="154" alt="Gold Mobility"/></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2085 News Readify speakers' TechEd presentations available to view <p>It has been an amazing experience for us this year having both sponsored TechEd and having six Readifarians&nbsp;speakers as well. Thanks to everyone for coming to chat with us at the coffee lounge and we are glad the T-shirts were well received by many :-)...</p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:45Z <p>It has been an amazing experience for us this year having both sponsored TechEd and having six Readifarians&nbsp;speakers as well. Thanks to everyone for coming to chat with us at the coffee lounge and we are glad the T-shirts were well received by many :-)</p> <p>You can now check out all the sessions that Readify was involved on &nbsp;<a href="http://channel9.msdn.com/">Microsoft's Channel 9</a>:</p> <p><a href="http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Australia/2012/DEV332"> Building Responsive Web Applications with MVC4, WebAPI and HTML5</a> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Brendan Kowitz,Senior Developer &amp; Technical Specialist -Web/Mobile</strong></p> <p>Slow websites don't cut it anymore. In this session, discover how to build Web Applications that have a beautiful responsive UI using components from MVC4 and WebAPI. Then, together with powerful client-side libraries like Knockout, we can enrich the user experience, target a variety of browsers and take advantage of the latest HTML5 standards. If you want to know what next generation web applications look like, you're in the right place.</p> <p><a href="http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Australia/2012/DEV322"> Windows 8 Application Development with HTML and JavaScript</a> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Aaron Powell, Senior Developer, Technical Specialist- Web &amp; MVP - Internet Explorer Development</strong></p> <p>Having spent my career being a web developer and focusing on front end technologies like JavaScript, CSS, HTML and the promotion of these to a first-class development platform in Windows 8. So I decided to build a Windows 8 application using WinJS, but what was it like? What lessons were learnt and how can you avoid potential pitfalls when building a Windows 8 Metro application using WinJS?</p> <p><a href="http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Australia/2012/AZR323a"> Building Robust Windows Azure Applications with P&amp;P Guidance</a> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mahesh Krishnan,Readify Principal Consultant &amp; Technical Specialist - Windows Azure</strong></p> <p>The Enterprise Library Integration Pack for Windows Azure from the p&amp;p group provides some useful application blocks such as the Transient Fault Handling Application Block and the Windows Azure Scaling Application Block (WASABi). The Transient Fault Handling Application Block can make access to storage in the cloud more resilient to temporary errors by helping you add retry logic to your code, and WASABi allows you to automatically scale your application in response to changes in demand. Come and hear how you can make your Azure applications more robust by using these application blocks.</p> <p><a href="http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Australia/2012/AZR331"> Casablanca: C++ on Azure</a> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mahesh Krishnan and John Azariah (MYOB)</strong></p> <p>Casablanca is a Microsoft incubation effort to support cloud-based client-server communication in native code using a modern asynchronous C++ API design. Think of it as Node.js, but using C++. Casablanca gives you the power to use existing native C++ libraries and code to do awesome things on the server. Come and watch John Azariah and Mahesh Krishnan show you how it is done.</p> <p><a href="http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Australia/2012/DEV215"> DEV215 .NET 4.5: Just the Good Stuff</a> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mahesh Krishnan and William Tulloch, Readify Senior Consultant</strong></p> <p><br /> In this session, William Tulloch and Mahesh Krishnan, authors of the book "Introducing .NET 4.5" talk about all the new stuff in .NET 4.5. If there is one session that you want to go to that covers all the important bits in .NET 4.5, this is it.</p> <p><a href="http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Australia/2012/DEV317"> Windows Runtime (WinRT) Deep Dive</a> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Brendan Forster,ReadifySenior Developer, Technical Specialist- ASP.NET &amp; MVP- ASP.NET/IIS</strong></p> <p>The launch of Windows 8 has brought with it a lot of interest in building Metro apps. But what about the technology which lies at the core of this new platform - Windows Runtime? Join Brendan as he explains what this "WinRT" thing is and what it means for developers. He will demonstrate how to work with WinRT, how you can share code written in C#, C++ or Javascript, and how to unlock some secrets to the platform.</p> <p><a href="http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Australia/2012/OSP321"> Introducing the new App model for Office and SharePoint</a></p> <p><strong>Jake Ginnivan, Readify Senior Developer &amp; MVP (VSTO) and Alistair Speirs (Microsoft)</strong> <strong>(PC, Xbox, MCE)</strong></p> <p>The new Office and SharePoint introduce exciting features for the developer. This session will focus on what is new in Office and SharePoint development to include the new Cloud App Model and building apps for Office and SharePoint. We will discuss the architecture of both apps for Office and SharePoint. We will then look inside the anatomy of an app for both Office and SharePoint.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="/media/52186/tech_ed_booth_2012_500x373.jpg" width="500" height="373" alt="TechEd Readify lounge"/></p> 2064 News Readify’s winning streak continues at the 2012 Microsoft Australian Partner Conference Awards <p>Today, Readify was announced as the 2012 Microsoft ISV Software Development and Software Application Partner of the Year...</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:45Z <h3>Selected from a national field of top Microsoft Partners, Readify was chosen as the most valuable software applications business partner to Microsoft customers.</h3> <p>Today, Readify was announced as the 2012 Microsoft ISV Software Development and Software Application Partner of the Year.</p> <p><img src="/media/51341/microsoft_20isv_20software_20development_20partner_20of_20the_20year_20email_20signature.jpg" width="445" height="200" alt="MAPA Trophy 1"/></p> <p><strong><em>"This award punctuates yet another stellar year for Readify. After the <a href="/{localLink:1918}" title="Readify win the 2012 Microsoft Software Development Partner of the Year Award"> Global Software Development Award win in Toronto</a>, it is an absolute privilege to be recognised again by Microsoft Australia. This is really something that all Readify staff should be very proud of- a true recognition of all their hard work and extra effort! The future looks very good for companies in the IT sector that recognise the massive changes ahead,"</em></strong> said Graeme Strange, Managing Director at Readify.</p> <p><img src="/media/51346/microsoft_20software_20app_20partner_20of_20the_20year_20email_20signature.jpg" width="445" height="200" alt="MAPA Trophy 2"/></p> <p>Readify's winning submission for the ISV Software Development Partner of the Year award was based on the <a href="/%7BlocalLink:1898%7D" title="MYOB">MYOB project</a>, where Readify assisted MYOB with helping its clients take advantage of the cloud, making the running of their businesses so much easier.<br /> According to Graeme, <strong><em>"working on Australia's largest Microsoft Azure migration project was both exciting, yet challenging and we look forward to continuing our relationship with MYOB."</em></strong></p> <p>Readify has been working closely with the MYOB development team since 2009 and together have completed a number of large-scale projects. According to MYOB Chief Technology Officer, Simon Raik-Allen, <strong><em>"Readify has been a fantastic partner on our cloud journey. The company was founded on a commitment to the Microsoft .Net platform and so the team brings a deep understanding of those technologies. This has been invaluable in helping bring MYOB's AccountRight Live platform to market."</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em><img src="/media/57472/apc9_499x345.jpg" width="499" height="345" alt="MAPA 2012 Group pic"/></em></strong></p> 2056 News Readify join forces with Neo Technology <p>Today, Readify have joined Neo Technology's Neo4j Partner Graph program. Neo Technology are the creators of Neo4j, the world's leading graph database...</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:44Z <p>Today, Readify have joined Neo Technology's Neo4j Partner Graph program. Neo Technology are the creators of Neo4j, the world's leading graph database.</p> <p><em>"We are seeing increased traction in the web scale database space, addressing mostly non-relational, connected, distributed, and horizontally scalable solutions. We now have working client solutions running Neo4j, a leading graph database, in conjunction with Microsoft's Azure cloud. Today we are excited to join Neo Technology's Neo4j Partner Graph program to continue to provide valuable, scalable database solutions to our clients."</em> said Graeme Strange, Managing Director, Readify.</p> <p>As data explodes in volume and complexity, the world is looking to new ways of storing, querying and analyzing 'big data'. As a high performance graph database, Neo4j is transactional, durable, and scales to meet the demands of complex, highly-connected data.</p> <p><em>"Our partners are a key component to achieving our goal of driving massive adoption of graph databases. Neo4j's unique approach to solving the complex, connected data challenges has been proven across thousands of installations, and with our network of partners we're extending this experience to new markets and opportunities,"</em> said Emil Eifrem, CEO of Neo Technology.</p> <p>Readify are already developing solutions for their customers using a combination of Neo4j technology and Microsoft Azure, with their most recent project at Barnardos.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>"For the Barnardos project, Neo4j gives us a fit-for-purpose way of dealing with highly connected data. The unique structure of a graph database has enabled new features, such as allowing us to identify and suggest potentially related clients, by having the database platform actually understand the relationships in the family unit. This gives us a functional step up on traditional database solutions."</em> said Tatham Oddie, Principal Consultant, Readify.</p> <p><strong>About Readify</strong><br /> Since 1999, Readify has been assisting organisations to innovate on the Microsoft Application Development Platform, helping them achieve the best results from their technology. This is evident through our strong record of successful projects and through the people that choose to work with Readify. In 2012, Readify won the Microsoft Worldwide Software Partner of the Year&nbsp; award, a strong achievement as no other Australian company has won global recognition for software development from Microsoft.</p> <p><strong>About Neo Technology</strong><br /> Graphs are everywhere. From websites adding social capabilities to Telco's providing personalized customer services to innovative bioinformatics research, organizations are adopting graph databases as the best way to model and query connected data. Neo Technology researchers have pioneered graph databases since 2000 and have been instrumental in bringing the power of the social graph to customers such as Adobe, Cisco, and Deutsche Telekom. Now in production for nine years, Neo4j is the world's leading graph database with the largest ecosystem of partners and tens of thousands of successful deployments worldwide.<br /> For more information, please visit <a href="http://www.neotechnology.com">www.neotechnology.com</a>&nbsp;</p> 2033 News Readify are Finalists in the Microsoft Australian Partner of the Year Awards <p>After the great honour of collecting a <a href="/{localLink:1918}" title="Readify win the 2012 Microsoft Software Development Partner of the Year Award"> Microsoft Worldwide Software Development Partner of the Year Award in Toronto in June, we are pleased to be announced as Finalists in three award categories at the Microsoft Australian Partner Conference, coming up in September...</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:44Z <p>After the great honour of collecting a <a href="/{localLink:1918}" title="Readify win the 2012 Microsoft Software Development Partner of the Year Award"> Microsoft Worldwide Software Development Partner of the Year Award</a> in Toronto in June, we are pleased to be announced as Finalists in three award categories at the Microsoft Australian Partner Conference, coming up in September.</p> <p>Readify are Finalists in the following categories:</p> <p><strong>The Windows Azure SI Partner of the Year</strong></p> <p><img src="/media/49049/2_-windows-azure-platform-si-partner-of-the-year.gif" width="236" height="84" alt="MAPA finalist for Windows Azure Platform SI Partner Of The Year"/></p> <p>This award recognises a system integrator (SI) partner who excels in developing solutions with robust services and practices around the Microsoft cloud platform. The winning nomination will demonstrate innovation, competitive differentiation and customer value while showcasing the benefits of using Windows Azure.<br /> <strong>ISV Software Development Partner of the Year</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="/media/49054/13_-isv-software-development--partner-of-the-year.gif" width="236" height="84" alt="MAPA finalist for ISV Software Development Partner Of The Year"/></strong></p> <p>This award highlights and rewards ISV partners who have demonstrated leadership excellence in developing and delivering Microsoft platform-based software applications to mutual customers during the past year. The winning partner is acknowledged as the most valuable software applications business partner to Microsoft customers.<br /> <strong>Software App Partner of the Year</strong></p> <p><img src="/media/49059/16_-software-app-partner-of-the-year.gif" width="236" height="84" alt="MAPA finalist for Software App Partner Of The Year"/></p> <p>The Software Application Partner of the Year award recognises exceptional innovation from a partner and/or customer in developing an innovative software app. This category will highlight and reward creative thinking, innovative use of software, and building of new business model or social/consumer applications. The winning app will showcase Australian innovation on the Microsoft platform.</p> <p>&nbsp;A complete list of the Finalists can be found here:</p> <p><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/australia/apc/awards-finalists.aspx"> http://www.microsoft.com/australia/apc/awards-finalists.aspx</a></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> 2027 News Come and catch up with Readify at TechEd <p>This year, Readify are proudly sponsoring TechEd , which will be held&nbsp;between 11-14 September at Gold Coast...</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:43Z <p>This year, Readify are proudly sponsoring <a href="https://australia.msteched.com/">TechEd</a>, which will be held&nbsp;between 11-14 September at Gold Coast.</p> <p><img src="/media/50048/teched-promo_500x258.jpg" width="500" height="258" alt="TechEd speakers"/></p> <p>&nbsp;As well as hosting a coffee lounge area,&nbsp;six Readifarians will be presenting on the following topics:</p> <h4><strong>Brendan Kowitz, <em>Senior Developer &amp; Technical Specialist -Web/Mobile</em></strong></h4> <p><strong>Building Responsive Web Applications with MVC4, WebAPI and HTML5</strong><br /> Slow websites don't cut it anymore. In this session, discover how to build Web Applications that have a beautiful responsive UI using components from MVC4 and WebAPI. Then, together with powerful client-side libraries like Knockout, we can enrich the user experience, target a variety of browsers and take advantage of the latest HTML5 standards. If you want to know what next generation web applications look like, you're in the right place.</p> <h4><strong>Aaron Powell</strong><em><strong>, Senior Developer, Technical Specialist- Web &amp; MVP - Internet Explorer Development</strong></em></h4> <p><strong>Windows 8 Application Development with HTML and JavaScript</strong><br /> Having spent my career being a web developer and focusing on front end technologies like JavaScript, CSS, HTML and&nbsp;the promotion of these to a first-class development platform in Windows 8. So I decided to build a Windows 8 application using WinJS, but what was it like? What lessons were learnt and how can you avoid potential pitfalls when building a Windows 8 Metro application using WinJS?</p> <h4><strong>Mahesh Krishnan, <em>Readify Principal Consultant &amp; Technical Specialist - Windows Azure</em></strong></h4> <p><strong>Building Robust Windows Azure Applications with P&amp;P Guidance</strong><br /> The Enterprise Library Integration Pack for Windows Azure from the p&amp;p group provides some useful application blocks such as the Transient Fault Handling Application Block and the Windows Azure Scaling Application Block (WASABi). The Transient Fault Handling Application Block can make access to storage in the cloud more resilient to temporary errors by helping you add retry logic to your code, and WASABi allows you to automatically scale your application in response to changes in demand. Come and hear how you can make your Azure applications more robust by using these application blocks.</p> <p><strong>Mahesh Krishnan and John Azariah (MYOB)</strong><br /> <strong>Casablanca: C++ on Azure</strong><br /> Casablanca is a Microsoft incubation effort to support cloud-based client-server communication in native code using a modern asynchronous C++ API design. Think of it as Node.js, but using C++. Casablanca gives you the power to use existing native C++ libraries and code to do awesome things on the server. Come and watch John Azariah and Mahesh Krishnan show you how it is done.</p> <p><strong>Mahesh Krishnan and William Tulloch, <em>Readify Senior Consultant</em></strong><br /> <strong>DEV215 .NET 4.5: Just the Good Stuff</strong><br /> In this session, William Tulloch and Mahesh Krishnan, authors of the book "Introducing .NET 4.5" talk about all the new stuff in .NET 4.5. If there is one session that you want to go to that covers all the important bits in .NET 4.5, this is it.</p> <h4><strong>Brendan Forster, <em>Readify</em>&nbsp;<em>Senior Developer,&nbsp;Technical Specialist- ASP.NET &amp; MVP- ASP.NET/IIS</em></strong></h4> <p><strong>Windows Runtime (WinRT) Deep Dive</strong><br /> Description: The launch of Windows 8 has brought with it a lot of interest in building Metro apps. But what about the technology which lies at the core of this new platform - Windows Runtime? Join Brendan as he explains what this "WinRT" thing is and what it means for developers. He will demonstrate how to work with WinRT, how you can share code written in C#, C++ or Javascript, and how to unlock some secrets to the platform.</p> <h4><strong>Jake Ginnivan, <em>Readify&nbsp;Senior Developer &amp; MVP (VSTO) and Alistair Speirs (Microsoft)</em></strong></h4> <p><strong>Introducing the new App model for Office and SharePoint</strong><br /> In the final installment of the MOD trilogy, this session takes you through the world of productivity through the eyes of the IT department. See the new Office from the eyes of a Developer in creating custom apps for Office and SharePoint as well as the advantages of distribution through the marketplace. Meanwhile as an IT Pro, learn about new levels of compliance including updated functionality in eDiscovery, data loss prevention, administrative capabilities and more!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Hope to see you there!</p> <p><strong><em></em></strong></p> 1938 News Readify Awarded Mater Star for Outstanding Achievement <p>Readify has been awarded a Mater Star award for our outstanding achievement on the development of the Mater Student Placement Online Tool...</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:43Z <p>Readify has been awarded a Mater Star award for our outstanding achievement on the development of the Mater Student Placement Online Tool.</p> <p><em><strong>"Readify have consistently provided us with exceptional service.&nbsp; A recent project which we partnered with Readify to complete resulted in Readify providing support above and beyond the contracted expectations."-</strong></em> Adele Fisher, Senior Manager - Health Solutions, Information and Infrastructure Division.</p> <p>Mater Stars are internal awards, presented yearly in recognition of achievement and outstanding performance. Partners and suppliers have not been recognized in these awards for a number of years, so we are very proud and honoured to be named among the winners.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Readify Queensland team was recently invited to attend a morning tea hosted by the CIO and Executive Director of the Information and Infrastructure Division of Mater Health Services, Mal Thatcher, where they were formally presented with the Mater Star award.</p> <p>Well done team Readify!</p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0SYbaRgDHM&amp;feature=plcp" title="Mater Health Services">More on the Mater projects</a></p> 1937 News Readify are proud sponsors of the 2012 Microsoft Imagine Cup <p>The Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world's premier student technology competition. Microsoft invite all eligible students to use their imagination and passion to create a technology solution that addresses the Imagine Cup 2012 theme: Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems...</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:43Z <p>The Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world's premier student technology competition. Microsoft invite all <a href="http://www.imaginecup.com/Competition/Rules-Regulations.aspx"> eligible students</a> to use their imagination and passion to create a technology solution that addresses the Imagine Cup 2012 theme: Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.</p> <p>In ten years, the Imagine Cup has grown to be a truly global competition focused on finding solutions to real-world problems. Since 2003, over 1.4 million students have participated in the Imagine Cup with 358,000 students representing 183 countries and regions registering for the Imagine Cup 2011 competition.</p> <p><a href="http://www.imaginecup.com/Registration/Default.aspx">Register</a> today, sign up for the Imagine Cup 2012 <a href="http://www.imaginecup.com/CompetitionsContent/GetStarted.aspx"> competition category</a> that interests you and get started!</p> <p>If you are already attending Imagine Cup, check out Readify's own <a href="http://readify.net/who-we-are/our-people/our-experts/tatham-oddie"> Tatham Oddie's</a>&nbsp;session on <strong>User Experience Design for Windows</strong> 8.</p> 1918 News Readify wins the highly coveted Worldwide, 2012 Microsoft Software Development Partner of the Year Award <p>Today, Readify proudly announced it has won the 2012 Microsoft Software Development Partner of the Year Award. Recognised for their focus on providing the most innovative solutions for their customers, Readify become one of a handful of Australian companies to win global recognition in Software Development...</p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:42Z <p>Today, Readify proudly announced it has won the 2012 Microsoft Software Development Partner of the Year Award. Recognised for their focus on providing the most innovative solutions for their customers, Readify become one of a handful of Australian companies to win global recognition in Software Development.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="/media/48427/capture_500x355.jpg" width="500" height="355" alt="Graeme at WPC"/></p> <p><em>"This award solidifies Readify's place as a global leader in the field of software development and support .This is something that all Readify staff can be very proud of as this award recognizes the passion and energy that they devote to the software industry in Australia, and equally to the faith they have in Microsoft development platforms."</em>&nbsp; - Graeme Strange, Managing Director, Readify.</p> <p>Awards were presented in multiple categories, with winners chosen from a set of nearly 3,000 entrants worldwide.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>"Microsoft is honored to name Readify its Software Development Partner of the Year in recognition of the innovation and quality they demonstrate in the delivery of custom software solutions based on Microsoft technologies. The solutions Readify delivers across many industries are a key enabler for companies and organizations to get the most value possible from their investments in the Microsoft platform."</em> - Walid Abu-Hadba, corporate vice president, Developer and Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Corporation</p> <p>It is quite rare for an Australian company to win these awards as they are highly sought after- in the last three years, Microsoft has awarded over 200 partners around the world, but Australian partners have only won six times.</p> <p>Readify are thrilled to have won this prestigious award and look forward to sharing their success with staff and customers.</p> <p><em>"Our partners are the lifeblood of Microsoft's business and through this Award we're able to highlight and recognise Readify as a world-class partner who goes above and beyond in delivering exceptional technological solutions and services to its customers."</em> - Pip Marlow, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia.</p> <p>For more information about the Microsoft Partner of the Year awards, please visit <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/presskits/partnernetwork"> www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/presskits/partnernetwork</a></p> <p><img src="/media/42612/wpc_logo_w_475px.jpg" width="475" height="120" alt="WPC 2012 Logo 475 px wide"/></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1913 News Readify makes the BRW top 50 Best Places to Work in Australia for the third year in a row <p>Readify has been named the 27th best place to work in Australia by BRW magazine for 2012. This is the third consecutive year Readify has made the top 50 Best Places to Work in Australia and is a testament to our continued dedication to employee welfare...</p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:42Z <p>Readify has been named the 27th best place to work in Australia by BRW magazine for 2012. This is the third consecutive year Readify has made the top 50 Best Places to Work in Australia and is a testament to our continued dedication to employee welfare.</p> <p>The Best Places to Work survey, run by the Great Places to Work Institute is an employee-based survey where individual employees are able to answer questions around workplace culture, policies and company benefits. There is a large focus on behaviours that foster trust, credibility and fairness across the organization.<br /> There are also more opened ended questions where management can share insights into the company's philosophies and practices around things like hiring, employee development, communication and the way celebration is included in culture.</p> <p><em>"Readify has embraced Best Place to Work as a means to genuinely improve our work environment - not to compete in a competition.&nbsp; This focus has given us genuine and frank feedback from our staff and we use this every year to improve our work environment."</em> - Graeme Strange, Managing Director at Readify.</p> <p>Within Readify, employee welfare is a top priority for us, and the maintenance of an environment that fosters employee wellbeing and satisfaction is paramount. From the outset, Readify employees are empowered to choose both their colleagues, through a peer based recruitment process, and their tools of the trade, through a company laptop purchasing program. Working with Readify provides opportunities to be involved with charities and appeals on a company level, as well as to use white space to undertake charity work as an individual. True flexible work practices mean employees have scope to work remotely, and work-life balance is encouraged and supported. Our commitment to ongoing learning and development is reflected in our extensive professional development program, which provides both time and resources to staff to continue to be leaders in their field. Through our mental health program, we actively promote awareness of, and open communication around mental health issues in the workplace and participate in events such as RUOK? Day.&nbsp; At Readify, we are dedicated to continuously reviewing our policies and procedures to ensure that they best support our employees within a physically and emotionally healthy workplace.</p> <p>Readify is honoured to be included in BRW's 50 best places to work for the third year running and this has only increased our desire to remain a place that our employees feel happy and cared for.</p> <p><img src="/media/42186/gptw_australia_bestcompaniesbrw2011_rgb_highres_309x215.jpg" width="309" height="215" alt="BRW 2012 Best place to Work in Australia"/></p> <p>Visit <a href="http://redpill.readifycloud.com/">http://redpill.readifycloud.com/</a>&nbsp; to see what our staff think of working with us.</p> <p>To join us please go to <a href="/work-with-us">/work-with-us</a> .</p> 1877 News Two more Microsoft Competencies for Readify <p>We are pleased to announce that&nbsp;Readify has gained another two Microsoft competencies, bringing us to a total of nine Gold &amp; Silver competencies. The new competencies are:...</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:41Z <p>We are pleased to announce that&nbsp;Readify has gained another two Microsoft competencies, bringing us to a total of nine Gold &amp; Silver competencies. The new competencies are:</p> <p><img src="/media/40127/midmarket_solution_provider_349x109.jpg" width="349" height="109" alt="Silver Midmarket Solution Provider"/><br /> This competency is given to Partners who display their expertise in providing solutions based on the most current technology and IT-solutions knowledge to help midmarket businesses with their unique challenges.</p> <p><img src="/media/40122/content_management_287x101.jpg" width="326" height="112" alt="Silver Content Management"/><br /> &nbsp;<br /> This competency is provided to Partners who demonstrate capability and proven experience in using Microsoft content management solutions to help customers efficiently and effectively manage their information.</p> 1863 News Introducing .NET 4.5 <p>Microsoft has introduced a large number of changes to the way that the .NET Framework operates. Familiar technologies have being altered, best practices replaced, and developer methodologies adjusted. Many developers find it hard to keep up with the pace of change across .NET's ever-widening array of technologies. The introduction of Windows 8 and Metro-style applications only compounds the problem.&nbsp;...</p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:41Z <h3>Introducing .NET 4.5 - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Introducing-NET-4-5-Alex-Mackey/dp/1430243325/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1334274089&amp;sr=8-4"> PRE ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!</a>&nbsp;(Publication date: July 1, 2012).</h3> <p>Microsoft has introduced a large number of changes to the way that the .NET Framework operates. Familiar technologies have being altered, best practices replaced, and developer methodologies adjusted. Many developers find it hard to keep up with the pace of change across .NET's ever-widening array of technologies. The introduction of Windows 8 and Metro-style applications only compounds the problem.&nbsp;</p> <p>You may know what's happening in C#, but what about the latest innovations in the cloud? How is that going to affect your work? What possibilities do the new async capabilities bring? What you need is a roadmap. A guide to help you see the innovations that matter and to give you a head start on the opportunities available in the new framework.</p> <p><em>Introducing .NET 4.5</em> is designed to provide you with just that roadmap. It serves as a no-nonsense primer that will help experienced .NET developers understand the impact of the new framework and the technologies that co-exist with it. This book will keep you updated on the changes and help you to seize new opportunities confidently and quickly.</p> <h4>What you'll learn</h4> <ul> <li>Get an overview and brief history of each new or changing technology that puts it into context</li> <li>Understand how .NET and Metro fit together</li> <li>Familiarize yourself with key concepts and opportunities through highly accessible tutorials</li> <li>Understand how to perform common tasks in new technology areas such as async</li> <li>Gain expert performance tips</li> <li>See examples of real-world applications of each technology to help you learn how a technology can be put to work</li> </ul> <h4>Who this book is for</h4> <p>The book is aimed at existing .NET developers who will be trying to come to grips with .NET 4.5 and Metro, which will be changing the way they need to think about creating applications.</p> <h3>About the Authors</h3> <p><strong>Alex Mackey</strong>&nbsp;is an experienced web consultant (ASP.net, ASP.net MVC, JavaScript, jQuery, HTML5) with over 10 years experience in .net technologies (versions 1.0-4.5, C# and VB) and Microsoft SQL Server versions 2000 - 2008.</p> <p>Alex is currently working on the redevelopment of a high profile site (MVC 4 + Azure) and has recently worked on a number of mobile sites for household names. Alex has lead development on a number of complex web based applications &amp; integrations and has extensive experience of working abroad having spent time in the UK, Ireland, Middle East, America and&nbsp;is now living in Australia.</p> <p>Alex wrote "Introducing .net 4.0: With Visual Studio 2010" for Apress (currently completing a subsequent book Introducing .net 4.5). Alex is active in the development community and has spoken at a number of large conferences including TechEd, Remix and Australian ALM. Alex runs the Melbourne Developer Developer Developer conference.</p> <p class="WordSection1"><strong>William Stewart Tulloch</strong> has been involved in software and web development for over 18 years. His work has covered a wide range of concerns from Interactive course material for engineering students through to the development of B2B processes for managing and sharing data.</p> <p class="WordSection1">Working with .NET since 2002, William has a broad working knowledge of the various .NET technologies. This wide-ranging experience positions him well to provide guidance and solutions throughout the development process. William's current interests are in the areas of Azure, Windows Identity Foundation/claims identity, ALM and Silverlight/XAML development. He has also be active in the user community speaking regularly at user groups and events such as "Developer Developer Developer".</p> <p><strong>Mahesh Krishnan</strong> started his career in Information Technology around 19 years ago in India, and has since worked on projects in the UK, US and Australia. He has worked on a variety of solutions ranging from shrink-wrapped applications (Oracle Designer 2000, NVivo) and hand held devices (HP Jornada X25, Fuga eDiary) to a number of large enterprise applications (at Wells Fargo Bank, NAB and Victoria Police), commercial internet sites (Tabcorp Sportsbet, Webjet) and large cloud projects (MYOB).</p> <p class="WordSection1">He runs the Victoria .NET Developers Software Interest Group and the Windows Azure user group in Melbourne and also helped start the Silverlight Developer and Designer Network. He organises community events like "Developer Developer Developer" and is a regular speaker to Community and Industry events like Tech Ed. Mahesh is a certified Scrum Master and also an Azure Technical Specialist.&nbsp; He has also written the book "Silverlight 4 for Dummies", from Wiley Publishers.</p> <p class="WordSection1"><img src="/media/39244/introducing_dotnet_4-5_cover_web.jpg" width="376" height="500" alt="Introducing .NET 4.5" style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;"/></p> <p class="WordSection1">Source; <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Introducing-NET-4-5-Alex-Mackey/dp/1430243325/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1334274089&amp;sr=8-4"> http://www.amazon.com/Introducing-NET-4-5-Alex-Mackey/dp/1430243325/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1334274089&amp;sr=8-4</a></p> 1855 News Another Microsoft Competency for Readify <p>Microsoft research shows that Business Intelligence (BI) continues to be a top spending priority for Chief Information Officers, making accurate BI an increasingly crucial factor in developing an effective business strategy. Equally important is choosing and developing BI solutions that match the business challenges&nbsp;and deliver maximum results. Readify are proud to announce the recently&nbsp;earned Microsoft Business Intelligence Competency which will&nbsp;enable us to help customers make&nbsp;more informed decisions...</p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:40Z <p>Microsoft research shows that Business Intelligence (BI) continues to be a top spending priority for Chief Information Officers, making accurate BI an increasingly crucial factor in developing an effective business strategy.<br /> Equally important is choosing and developing BI solutions that match the business challenges&nbsp;and deliver maximum results. Readify are proud to announce the recently&nbsp;earned <strong>Microsoft Business Intelligence Competency</strong> which will&nbsp;enable us to help customers make&nbsp;more informed decisions.</p> <p><img src="/media/38451/bi_498x180.jpg" width="498" height="180" alt="Silver Business Intelligence"/></p> 1852 News A Taste of Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Served by Richard Banks <p>Richard's new book (and ebook) is expected in August 2012, but here is a sneak peek of what to expect:...</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:39Z <h3>Microsoft Visual Studio 11 First Look Cookbook<br /> Pre-order&nbsp;your copy direct from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/1849686521">Amazon</a>&nbsp;or <a href="http://www.packtpub.com/microsoft-visual-studio-11-first-look-cookbook/book#overview"> Packtpub</a>&nbsp;today!</h3> <p>Richard's new book (and ebook) is expected in August 2012, but here is a sneak peek of what to expect:</p> <ul> <li>Take advantage of all of the new features of Visual Studio 11, no matter what your programming language specialty is!</li> <li>Get to grips with Windows 8 Metro development, .NET 4.5, asynchronous coding and new team development changes in this book and e-book.</li> <li>A concise and practical First Look Cookbook to immediately get you coding with VS 11.</li> </ul> <h4>About the Author</h4> <p>Richard Banks has developed software for the last 20 years for a wide range of industries and development platforms, and over the years has filled many roles including developer, team lead, project manager and CIO/CTO. He is a Professional Scrum Master Trainer and Professional Scrum Developer Trainer, runs the Sydney Alt.Net user group and the Talking Shop Down Under podcast, owns and contributes to a few open source projects and has spoken at Microsoft TechEd and many other events and user groups around Australia. For some strange reason he gets a real kick out of helping development teams to improve and produce great software! If you want to get in touch he tweets at @rbanks54 and blogs at <a href="http://www.richard-banks.org/">http://www.richard-banks.org/</a>. He currently works as a Principal Consultant for Readify and is a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP.</p> <p><img src="/media/38362/rbank_book_1_394x486.jpg" width="394" height="486" alt="Richard's Book" style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;"/></p> 1904 News Readify Develops one of the '25 Best Windows Phone Apps' <p>The Age has listed The Australia Post Windows Phone 7 application, developed by Readify as one of the 25 best apps on the market. With thousands of Windows Phone 7 apps available, Readify are proud to have our work named among the best...</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:42Z <p><a href="http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/smartphone-apps/the-25-best-windows-phone-apps-20120308-1ulyt.html"> The Age</a> has listed The Australia Post Windows Phone 7 application, developed by Readify as one of the 25 best apps on the market. With thousands of Windows Phone 7 apps available, Readify are proud to have our work named among the best.</p> <p>The Australia Post app allows users to do anything from finding postcodes, to tracking parcels, calculating shipping costs, locating their nearest post office and even pay their bills. "Whether you need to quickly find a postcode, or just want to track the delivery of a parcel, Australia Post's WP7 app has got you covered." Writes Nick Broughall from The Age.</p> <p>Mobility is an area which Readify feels strongly about. Readify holds a Microsoft Silver Mobility competency and it was Microsoft who brought us on board for the Australia Post WP7 application. This particular app was showcased at the launch of Windows Phone 7 in Australia, demonstrating that both users and developers recognize the work that went into its development.</p> <p>While our successes in WP7 are clearly demonstrated, we are flexible when it comes to developing solutions for any organisation. We are knowledgeable across the range of mobility options and can easily develop apps for both iPhone and Android in addition to Windows Phone 7.</p> <p>The Australia Post app, which is free, is available on WP7, iPhone, iPad and Android.</p> <p><strong>For More Information</strong><br /> <a href="/{localLink:1782}" title="Mobile Platform Strategy">View our whitepaper on Mobile Platform Strategy</a>.</p> <p><a href="/{localLink:1484}" title="Australia Post">View our case study on the Australia Post WP7 Application</a>.</p> 1848 News New Microsoft Competency: Silver Application Integration <p>Readify has recently&nbsp;achieved&nbsp;the Silver&nbsp;Application Integration Microsoft Competency...</p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:39Z <p>Readify has recently&nbsp;achieved&nbsp;the <strong>Silver&nbsp;Application Integration</strong> Microsoft Competency.</p> <p>A Silver competency is awarded to distinguished&nbsp; businesses, placing them among the top 5 per cent of Microsoft partners worldwide.</p> <p>Attaining the Application Integration competency will help Readify meet the strong customer demand for solutions that maximise investments in data services and integration development. This competency demonstrates Readify's ability to prove their skills and expertise in building solutions around Microsoft BizTalk Server, Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services and Microsoft .NET.</p> <p><img src="/media/38127/silver_application_integration_500x173.jpg" width="500" height="173" alt="Silver Application Integration"/></p> 1829 News Luke Drumm Shares the Secret Ingredients for Successful Game Development <p>Luke's new book will be published in July 2012, but here is a sneak peek of what to expect: •&nbsp;Accelerate your XNA learning with a myriad of tips and tricks to solve your everyday problems •&nbsp;Get to grips with adding special effects, virtual atmospheres and computer controlled characters with this book and e-book •&nbsp;A fast-paced cookbook packed with screenshots to illustrate each advanced step by step task •&nbsp;Apply the techniques learned for wiring games for PC, Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7...</p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:39Z <h4><strong>Microsoft XNA 4.0 Game Development Cookbook</strong>- <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&amp;sort=relevancerank&amp;search-alias=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;field-author=Luke%20Drumm" target="_blank" title="Lukes book">PRE ORDER YOUR COPY NOW!</a></h4> <p><br /> Luke's new book will be published in July 2012, but here is a sneak peek of what to expect:<br /> •&nbsp;Accelerate your XNA learning with a myriad of tips and tricks to solve your everyday problems<br /> •&nbsp;Get to grips with adding special effects, virtual atmospheres and computer controlled characters with this book and e-book<br /> •&nbsp;A fast-paced cookbook packed with screenshots to illustrate each advanced step by step task<br /> •&nbsp;Apply the techniques learned for wiring games for PC, Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author:</strong></em><br /> Luke Drumm is an experienced software developer and consultant who wrote his first computer game at age 10 and has been enthusiastically exploring the world of game development ever since. With the first public release of XNA in 2006, Luke quickly latched onto the technology and began creating and talking about how to create games within XNA at every possible opportunity, culminating in his regular presence at conferences, game camps and user groups and his becoming a recipient of a Microsoft&nbsp; MVP award for XNA and DirectX for four successive years since 2008. Luke works with Readify and&nbsp;lives in Sydney with his amazing patient and supportive wife Cheryl and two dogs that may or may not rule the roost.</p> <p><img src="/media/37488/lukesbook__2_.jpg" width="370" height="492" alt="Lukes book"/></p> 1816 News Readify achieves Microsoft Silver Competency in Mobility! <p>We are pleased to announce that Readify has&nbsp;achieved a Microsoft&nbsp;&nbsp;Silver Competency&nbsp;in&nbsp; Mobility, in addition to four existing Gold Competencies...</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:38Z <p>We are pleased to announce that Readify has&nbsp;achieved a Microsoft&nbsp;&nbsp;Silver Competency&nbsp;in&nbsp;<strong>Mobility,</strong> in addition to four existing Gold Competencies.</p> <p>Microsoft Competencies are designed to help differentiate a partner's capabilities with specific Microsoft technologies to customers looking for a particular type of solution. Each competency has a unique set of requirements and benefits, formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that partners bring to the technology industry.</p> <p>The Microsoft Mobility Competency demonstrates&nbsp;the partner's&nbsp;ability to develop innovative mobile solutions. Partners that earn the Mobility competency&nbsp;demonstrate their expertise by&nbsp;offering solutions that extend business productivity beyond the office, through integration of the customers' current IT infrastructures and access to familiar Microsoft technologies - like Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office and Microsoft SharePoint.</p> <p>&nbsp;"We are very proud to extend our offerings with the addition of yet another Microsoft Certified Competency. Our knowledge and experience of Mobility solutions will continue to deliver software innovation to our customers."&nbsp; said Graeme Strange, Managing Director at Readify.</p> <p><img src="/media/36146/silver_mobility_competency_500x215.jpg" width="500" height="215" alt="Silver Mobility Competency"/></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1805 News Jake wins 2012 VSTO MVP of the Year! <p>Every year at the MVP summit, Microsoft recognizes the top MVPs and send them to a great dinner with Soma himself. All those that are awarded MVP status ( based on their extraordinary work that year) are voted in by their peers as being exceptional MVPs in their areas - the best of the best...</p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:38Z <p>Every year at the MVP summit, Microsoft recognizes the top MVPs and send them to a great dinner with Soma himself. All those that are awarded MVP status ( based on their extraordinary work that year) are voted in by their peers as being exceptional MVPs in their areas - the best of the best.</p> <p>The 2012 VSTO MVP of the Year goes to Jake Ginnivan from Readify!</p> <p>We would like to congratulate Jake, who most definitely deserves this accolade, having built a remarkable reputation for himself as a great presenter and contributor to multiple open source projects.</p> <p><img src="/media/34865/jake_ginnivan_130212.jpg" width="500" height="404" alt="Jake"/></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1773 News Readify accelerates development time at SEEK <p>SEEK operates Australia's most widely-used job search site, seek.com.au. To keep the site fresh, fast and functional, SEEK employs a team of developers, who are engaged on numerous concurrent enhancements. These developers used a source code repository tool for version control, but found it increasingly difficult to use, partly because it restricted them from working on the same section of code at the same time...</p> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:51Z <p>SEEK operates Australia's most widely-used job search site, seek.com.au. To keep the site fresh, fast and functional, SEEK employs a team of developers, who are engaged on numerous concurrent enhancements. These developers used a source code repository tool for version control, but found it increasingly difficult to use, partly because it restricted them from working on the same section of code at the same time.</p> <p>"We have a constant pipeline of development projects," says Shane Lavelle, Deployment<br /> Manager, SEEK. "That means we need robust source control systems. These systems manage the code that each developer works on and ensure we don't develop version control conflicts.</p> <p>In addition, downloading code from the repository took a lot of time, with some developers had to wait 45 minutes before they could resume work, which slowed our development time. What we really wanted was a closer fit with our integrated development environment (IDE) to enable us all to work more seamlessly."</p> <p>Working together with <strong>Readify</strong>, SEEK deployed Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010. <strong>Readify</strong> helped integrate this with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN, and trained developers in how to work with it. This solution comprises a variety of source code development features, including Version Control, Work Items Management, Continuous Integration and Reporting Tools. More sophisticated version control means developers can work closely with each other without disrupting each other's code. And the ability to complete and deploy enhancements faster has helped with the company's move to Agile Software Development.</p> <p>After deployment, the immediate response from SEEK developers was overwhelmingly positive, and Team Foundation Server is now being used to help manage all development projects.</p> <p>Integration with Visual Studio Ultimate has increased productivity by providing developers with single step compiling capabilities and better source code version control and tracking.</p> <p>"Ultimately Team Foundation Server speeds our time to delivery," says Lavelle. "When we want a new feature, we can have it built, tested and operating on the SEEK Web site much faster."</p> <p><strong>More Information:</strong> Please go to <a href="http://readify.net/our-experience/seek">http://readify.net/our-experience/seek</a>&nbsp;for the full SEEK case study.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1770 News New Microsoft Gold Competency for Readify! <p>We are pleased to announce that Readify has gained a Microsoft&nbsp; Gold Competency in Web Development to add to a number of other existing Gold competencies...</p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:50Z <p>We are pleased to announce that Readify has gained a Microsoft&nbsp; Gold Competency in <strong>Web Development</strong> to add to a number of other existing Gold competencies.</p> <p>Microsoft Competencies are designed to help differentiate a partner's capabilities with specific Microsoft technologies to customers looking for a particular type of solution. Each competency has a unique set of requirements and benefits, formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that partners bring to the technology industry</p> <p>"We are extremely pleased to have attained this latest Gold Certified Partner status, in the Microsoft Partner Network. Our significant investment in Microsoft and in Web Development offerings will drive continued value to our customers." said Graeme Strange, Managing Director at Readify.</p> <p><img src="/media/33160/mp_gold_web_dev.gif" width="475" height="180" alt="MP Gold Web Development"/></p> 1637 News Another Microsoft MVP awarded at Readify <p>We are thrilled to announce that Readify Senior Consultant, June Tabadero was recently presented with&nbsp;a 2011 Microsoft "Most Valuable Professional" (MVP) Award . June was awarded MVP status for "Connected Systems Developer" (find out more at: https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/communities/mvp.aspx?name=Demetrio+Tabadero )...</p> Mon, 04 Jul 2011 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:50Z <p>We are thrilled to announce that Readify Senior Consultant, <strong>June Tabadero</strong> was recently presented with&nbsp;a <strong>2011 Microsoft "Most Valuable Professional" (MVP) Award</strong>. June was awarded MVP status for <strong>"Connected Systems Developer"</strong> (find out more at: <a href="https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/communities/mvp.aspx?name=Demetrio+Tabadero"> https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/communities/mvp.aspx?name=Demetrio+Tabadero</a>).</p> <p>This now takes Readify's Microsoft MVP pool to a total of <strong>12 people</strong> within our consulting team, which includes MVP awards in Microsoft Visual Studio ALM, ASP.NET/IIS, XNA/ DirectX, Windows Azure, Client Application Development, Connected Systems Developer, Internet Explorer and VSTO.</p> <p>The MVP Award is a formal acknowledgement by Microsoft and is given out to professionals who are nominated by other technical community members, current and former MVPs, and Microsoft personnel who have noted their leadership and their willingness and ability to help others make the most of their Microsoft technology.</p> <p>To receive the Microsoft MVP Award, nominees undergo a rigorous review process which includes members of the MVP team and Microsoft product groups. This review panel evaluates the nominee's technical expertise and voluntary community contributions over the past 12 months and considers all aspects from the quality, quantity, and level of impact of the MVP nominee's contributions.</p> <p>MVPs are independent of Microsoft, with separate opinions and perspectives, and are able to represent the views of the community members with whom they engage every day. MVPs are passionate about improving technology. From beta testing to helping Microsoft identify real-world customer needs, MVPs offer amazing contributions with great dedication. And they answer millions of questions each year from technology users around the world. Through all of this, MVPs help keep Microsoft in touch with customer needs as they actively work within the user communities surrounding their products to share their knowledge and expertise with other Microsoft customers.</p> <p>Reference: <a href="http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/">http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/</a></p> 1605 News Readify rockets to #18 in BRW's Best Places to Work 2011 <p>For a second consecutive year, Readify has ranked&nbsp;in BRW's prestigious "Best Places to Work" list, a catalogue of the 50 best employers nationally...</p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:49Z <p>For a second consecutive year, Readify has ranked&nbsp;in <em>BRW's</em> prestigious "Best Places to Work" list, a catalogue of the 50 best employers nationally.</p> <p>In 2010, Readify was ranked 47th, however in just&nbsp;twelve months has substantially climbed the list by 29 places to&nbsp;be recognised&nbsp;in Australia's top 20 companies.&nbsp;In 2011, Readify ranked 18th&nbsp;overall, which is an amazing achievement and we are delighted to share this with our team.</p> <p>The <em>BRW "</em>Best Places to Work" awards are widely acclaimed in Australia and attract significant public interest. Based on one of the world's most comprehensive studies of workplace culture, The Great Place to Work Institute Australia, the quality of this year's <em>BRW</em> Top 50 Best Places to Work was higher than ever. It was these businesses who broke out from the rest of the pack during challenging times to retain a loyal, happy and engaged workforce.</p> <p>View our other <a href="/who-we-are/major-achievements" title="Major Achievements">Major Achievements</a>.</p> <p><strong>For more information please visit:</strong></p> <p><span>Great Place to Work™ Institute of Australia website:</span></p> <p><span><a href="http://www.greatplacetowork.com.au/best/best-companies-australia.php"> http://www.greatplacetowork.com.au/best/best-companies-australia.php</a></span></p> <p><span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1538 News GoConnect launches free IPTV app, uvctv.fm, on Windows Phone 7 <p>GoConnect is pleased to announce the launch of its first free downloadable application on Windows Phone 7 smartphone. GoConnect's IPTV network has expanded rapidly since July2010 when the Company's uctv.fm music IPTV channel went live on the Sony Bravia Internet Video Service. Since then the network has added web TV on www.uctv.fm , the LG Netcast IPTV platform, and the mobile version of uctv.fm on most major smartphone brands accessible through their mobile browsers. Uctv.fm has almost 600 programs produced by GoConnect and these programs are available on demand by the viewers. New programs are added weekly...</p> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:49Z <p>GoConnect is pleased to announce the launch of its first free downloadable application on Windows Phone 7 smartphone. GoConnect's IPTV network has expanded rapidly since July2010 when the Company's uctv.fm music IPTV channel went live on the Sony Bravia Internet Video Service. Since then the network has added web TV on <a href="http://www.uctv.fm/">www.uctv.fm</a>, the LG Netcast IPTV platform, and the mobile version of uctv.fm on most major smartphone brands accessible through their mobile browsers. Uctv.fm has almost 600 programs produced by GoConnect and these programs are available on demand by the viewers. New programs are added weekly.</p> <p>GoConnect worked with Development Specialists, <strong>Readify</strong>, along with support and guidance from Microsoft to create the uctv.fm Windows Phone 7 application, which will shortly be available on the Windows Phone 7 app store, <em>MarketPlace</em>. Uctv.fm will be amongst Windows Phone 7's first batch of IPTV apps and will gain significant visibility. Accordingly, good user traffic is expected to be generated.</p> <p>Richard Li, Executive Chairman of GoConnect says, "We are grateful to Microsoft for the support they have given us and uctv.fm. GoConnect was a pioneer in the delivery of video on smartphone as far back as 2003 when our m-Vision application went live on the first generation of Windows Mobile smartphone. Seven years later, we are once again amongst the first group of companies in the world to launch IPTV applications on the new Windows Phone 7 platform. <strong>Readify</strong> has done an amazing job in helping us with the uctv.fm app development."</p> <p>Graeme Strange, <strong>Readify's</strong> CEO says, "This is a great example of the power of converging technologies like phone, IPTV and web with powerful software development tools and technologies".</p> <p>"With the experience and expertise we have gained in IPTV over eleven years, GoConnect is well placed to take advantage of the exponential growth in consumer demand in IPTV, not just distributed on the web, but also through Internet connectable TVs and smartphones. Uctv.fm's arrival on Windows Phone 7 with its own free downloadable app is timely. We look forward to uctv.fm's growth in popularity in line with the strong growth expected in Windows smartphones in the next few years, particularly when the Microsoft-Nokia Windows Phone partnership kicks in, in 2012", says Li.</p> <p>Dave Glover, Developer Evangelist, Emerging Technologies of Microsoft Australia says, "GoConnect impressed me as an innovator in media content creation and delivery industry and they were keen to explore ways to reach new customers. So to that end, it's been very exciting to work with GoConnect and see the germ of an idea become reality with the release of their application bringing their unique content to Windows Phone 7 users all around the world."</p> <p>Nadia Smith, <strong>Readify's</strong> Victorian State Manager says, "Working with the team at GoConnect has been a pleasure. Open to collaboration, yet appreciative of timeframes, we were able to produce a terrific first release Windows Phone 7 application for the uctv.fm audience. The team at GoConnect are proud innovators and enthusiastic leaders. With a strong focus on customer satisfaction and specialists in their field, the partnership with <strong>Readify</strong> worked extremely well."</p> <p>For further reference on this release, please refer to <a href="http://www.uctv.fm/">www.uctv.fm</a>, <a href="http://www.goconnect.com.au/">www.goconnect.com.au</a> or <a href="http://www.readify.net">www.readify.net</a>.</p> <p>- end -</p> 1529 News Windows Azure Supports Australian Flood and Cyclone Relief Efforts <p>In January 2011, the Australian state of Queensland experienced a devastating flooding event, with three quarters of the state declared a disaster zone and thousands of homes inundated with floodwaters. As the floodwaters peaked and the scale of the disaster became apparent, businesses across the country started pledging their time, goods and services to help with clean up and recovery efforts. But without a system in place to capture these pledges of support and match them to the pressing community needs, the Queensland Government had to rely on inefficient manual processes...</p> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:49Z <p><strong>Published by the <a href="http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/profile/windows%20azure%20team/" target="_blank">Windows Azure Team</a></strong></p> <p>In January 2011, the Australian state of Queensland experienced a devastating flooding event, with three quarters of the state declared a disaster zone and thousands of homes inundated with floodwaters. As the floodwaters peaked and the scale of the disaster became apparent, businesses across the country started pledging their time, goods and services to help with clean up and recovery efforts. But without a system in place to capture these pledges of support and match them to the pressing community needs, the Queensland Government had to rely on inefficient manual processes.</p> <p>As part of its response to the flood recovery efforts, Microsoft Australia offered to build and host a site to address this urgent need. Utilizing Microsoft's <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/australia/services/microsoftservices/srv_msdc.mspx" target="_blank">Solutions Development Centre</a>, a development team comprising of Microsoft staff and partners from Devtest, <strong>Readify</strong> and Oakton designed, developed, tested and deployed the <a href="http://www.pledge.qld.gov.au/" target="_blank">Queensland Floods Business Pledges</a> site that allowed businesses to search through existing community needs and pledge their support, and allowed Queensland Government staff to manage and coordinate the recovery efforts.</p> <p>Built on Windows Azure, the site was first released to the public after four days of development, with a fully featured release out just four days later. With no existing customer infrastructure in place to support such a solution and uncertainty about how many users would be accessing the system, Windows Azure allowed a solution to be deployed rapidly and scaled up and down as needed.</p> <p>As the team was putting the finishing touches on the final production release, the news hit that <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclone_Yasi" target="_blank">Tropical Cyclone Yasi</a> was heading towards the Queensland coast - the only part of the state unaffected by the floods. In less than one day, the team was able to develop and deploy an <a href="http://www.pledge.qld.gov.au/assist/" target="_blank">additional site</a> on Windows Azure to assist with disaster recovery the efforts.</p> <p>Glenn Walker, the Executive Director of Information and Communication Services and CIO of the Department of Community Safety, had the following to say about the solution: "By leveraging Windows Azure Cloud Services the Queensland Government was able to deploy an agile and scalable web capability... the ability of the cloud to rapidly absorb additional users ensured that services were always available and performed at levels beyond our expectations."</p> <p>View article <a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2011/02/15/windows-azure-supports-australian-flood-and-cyclone-relief-efforts.aspx" target="_blank">online</a>.</p> <p>View article in <a href="/media/24177/the_power_of_windows_azure_helps_queensland_find_its_feet_again.pdf" target="_blank">CIO Magaine (March 2011)</a>.</p> <p>Please <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/evidence/" target="_blank">click here</a> to read more case studies of Windows Azure in action.</p> 1520 News Windows Phone 7 delivers for Australia Post <p>It's something of an understatement that the surge in digital communications over the past few years has taken a toll on Australia Post. People just don't send letters as often as they used to now that they can send an email or an SMS, Facebook message or log a Skype call. But this 200-year old Australian stalwart is not planning on fading into obscurity. It is working on several projects it hopes will see it being just as relevant in the digital world as it was in the fading era of envelopes and stamps...</p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:48Z <h3>CRN Magazine | February 2011</h3> <h4>By David Binning</h4> <p>It's something of an understatement that the surge in digital communications over the past few years has taken a toll on Australia Post. People just don't send letters as often as they used to now that they can send an email or an SMS, Facebook message or log a Skype call. But this 200-year old Australian stalwart is not planning on fading into obscurity. It is working on several projects it hopes will see it being just as relevant in the digital world as it was in the fading era of envelopes and stamps.</p> <p>"Eighteen months ago Australia Post wasn't even considered a bit player in the digital communications space," says Australia Post's general manager for internet and contact centre, Brady Jacobsen.</p> <p>Now, he says, its playing at the cutting edge, thanks in no small part to the massive surge in online trade over the past few years. On average, Australia Post manages around 20 million parcels every day. And as online trading via eBay and other sources continues to grow, so is demand for instantly available, fast and transparent delivery services.</p> <p>"Whatever we do physically, we do digitally; we need to be where our customers are conversing," Jacobsen explains.</p> <p>Last year Australia Post completed the development of an application for the iPhone which let users receive quotes and pay for delivery services and track orders as well as locate Australia Post shops and post boxes. More than 300,000 copies of the app have been downloaded. Yet, in something of a coup for Microsoft, Australia Post is trialling an app for Windows Mobile 7, which it predicts will become more popular with its customers.</p> <p>"We wanted to&nbsp;write a similar application for&nbsp;Windows,"&nbsp;says Mahesh Krishnan, prinicipal consultant with Melbourne-based integrator and software developer Readify, which led the project. "But we wanted to write a native app as opposed to a web application so they [Australia Post] could utilise device capabilities a lot better, providing a better all-round user experience." Readify was recently named Microsoft 'software application' partner of the year for 2010.</p> <p>Microsoft has struggled to gain traction on the emerging mobile space compared to its more savvy rivals Apple and Google. However, the Microsoft solution developed for Australia Post suggests that this may change. For one thing, the Apple and Android applications are not native. Jacobsen stresses the Windows solution is in fact easier to use and more intuative, the sort of compliment Microsoft is not accustomed to.</p> <p>"One of the things we noted was it offers a significantly different user experience [compared with the iPhone and Android-based solutions]. The other platforms tend to be more static, while there was a sense of fluidity around the Microsoft UI with Windows 7."</p> <p>The upshot is users have a sense of discovery as they are encouraged to browse and look deeper.</p> <p>"It gets customers thinking more about the resources available to them," says Jacobsen.</p> <p>For example, if a user is trying to find their nearest post office, the application will not only guide them to that information, but the data is presented in such a way as to encourage further investigation, leading them to other information they may not have considered.</p> <p>"The menu structure bleeds outside of the screen - it encourages you to slide across - flick through pages. Rather than looking at direct drill it allows you to wander."</p> <p>The development of Microsoft Office 365 (Microsoft's cloud suite) and the tighter integration between Office and Windows Mobile 7 is expected to spur development of more sophisticated applications for sending and tracking goods. Australia Post expects to see the results of the Windows Mobile 7 deployment within the next few weeks. Meanwhile it has started to develop applications for both the Blackberry as well as Android-based devices.</p> <p>"Readify proved they have capability beyond solely working with the [Microsoft Windows] Mobile 7 platform. They have shown they're capable of working cross-platform," Jacobsen says. "They were amazing in terms of speed to market."</p> <p>As well as expanding its presence in online trading locations, Australia Post is also eyeing opportunities to market its services via social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, something which Jacobsen says would have been difficult to achieve&nbsp;a few years ago.</p> <p>"People didn't like to be marketed to then; now more and more consumers are happy for social networking sites to be a location they are marketed to. We're already seeing a range of customers happy to promote products through those areas. It will ultimately become an important part of our marketing mix."</p> <p>Australia Post is expecting a proliferation of specialised communities of online consumers to emerge via various social networks which it plans to target with marketing of services as well as tips and tricks.</p> <p>"We are taking into account the discrete component of customers with home-based businesses. There is currently a blurred line between B2B and B2C (business-to-business and business-to-consumer)."</p> <p>Interestingly, while Australia Post reports use of its mobile applications has grown threefold in just a few months, there has been little if any impact on the amount of traffic for desktop-based applications.</p> <p>"This amazes me. We're constantly seeing your average punter selling a few things online as a hobbyist, and then suddenly finding they have a full-blown business," Jacobsen says. "Many of these people are on a very steep learning curve and we want to support them."</p> <p>Say for example an "eBayer" is looking to send a parcel from one end of the country to another. They are able to receive their quote for the job and then book it online via their smartphone. The application then produces a tracking number which the user can then enter into the system for tracking the whereabouts and status of their goods. As well as being extremely quick and easy for users, for Australia Post this means less work that needs to be handled by office or call-centre staff.</p> <p>As more and more people start to integrate with social networking sites via smartphone devices, Australia Post's ability to deliver engaging mobile applications will become even more critical to its success in cyberspace. In addition, more and more traditional bricks-and-mortar businesses are expanding their operations online, creating a rich seam of growth opportunities for Australia Post. And then there's the boom in offshore retailing as customers rush to buy GST-free goods with the strong Australian dollar. Many of these consumers are using Australia Post's delivery applications to compare pricing.</p> <p>"It apprears many people are doing it to validate pricing of shipping when working with online retailers," Jacobsen says.</p> <p>With such a rapid growth in mobile related data, Australia Post is eyeing a number of options to host these applications in the cloud. The organisation has already dipped a toe in the water with Windows Azure, with Jacobsen predicting it will probably have&nbsp;a cloud strategy based around a number of services.</p> <p>"Like all larger organisations we're looking at this as an easy alternative to footing the costs of doing it ourselves. This is a toe in the water."</p> <p>Phil Goldie, director of the server and tools business group with Microsoft Australia, expects to see Windows Mobile 7 deplpyments increasingly run through the Azure cloud platform, especially if traffic volumes continue on the current trajectory. As well, he says Azure offers a lot of benefits for mobile application developers, including support for the emerging PHP and Ruby on Rails frameworks.</p> <p>"Phone application developers stand to gain many benefits using Azure," Goldie says. "What we are really seeing is broad adoption among ISVs in Australia building applications using our tool set."</p> <p>In short, Microsoft set out to not do with Windows 7 what many of its competitors and detractors have repeatedly accused it of doing.</p> <p>"With Windows 7, what we tried not to do was copy," Goldie says.</p> <p>But with the movement to new ordering, payment and delivery systems, come inevitable questions about security. Australia Post estimates about 1 million people share some sort of private or sensitive information with the organisation everyday. The runway growth of online transactions has given it responsibility for securing vastly larger volumes of customer information. Any move to cloud-based services must be considered very carefully lest this Australian icon lose some of the trust it has taken 200 years to build.</p> <p>"Australia Post has been noted as one of top five trusted brands in Australia," says Jacobsen.</p> <p><strong><a href="/media/23436/australia_post_-_the_winning_post_crn_feb_2011.pdf" target="_blank">View "The Winning Post" article in CRN Magazine</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://auspost.com.au/about-us/app-for-microsoft-windows-phone-7.html" target="_blank">View "Australia Post reveals app for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7" article</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="/{localLink:1484}" title="Australia Post">View "Australia Post Windows Phone 7" Case Study</a></strong></p> <p>- end -</p> 1199 News Readify wins national accolade from Microsoft <p>Readify is proud to announce it has won the Microsoft Australia Partner Award (MAPA) 2010 'Software Application Partner of the Year' Award...</p> Mon, 06 Sep 2010 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:51Z <p>Readify is proud to announce it has won the Microsoft Australia Partner Award (MAPA) 2010 'Software Application Partner of the Year' Award.</p> <p>"It's an obvious thrill to be recognised by Microsoft this year for our work with them in software application delivery. It is without doubt a great partnership and the award is a direct result of the irrepressible passion I see every day from Readify and Microsoft staff", said Graeme Strange, Chief Executive Officer - Readify.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are over a thousand Microsoft Partners in Australia that do software development. Readify, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, was chosen out of a national field of top Microsoft partners for delivering market-leading customer solutions built on the Microsoft platform.</p> <p>Readify was recognised for superior technology and innovation in software development.</p> <p>"When news came through of the MAPA 2010 win this year I was thrilled. This is an example of how all our teams work together to deliver high quality software for our customers", said Mitch Denny, Chief Technology Officer - Readify.</p> <p>The Software Application Partner of the Year Award recognises partners who have delivered exemplary solutions using Microsoft technologies to address customer business needs and challenges.</p> <p>"It's an honour to congratulate Readify as a recipient of a MAPA 2010 Partner of the Year Award", said Mr Paul Voges, Small and Mid-size Solutions and Partner Director - Microsoft Australia.</p> <p>"This award is a testament to the expertise, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit demonstrated by Readify. We offer our wholehearted congratulations to Readify and look forward to continued partnership and success in the future".</p> <p>The MAPA programme recognises Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the last year.</p> <p>View our other <a href="/{localLink:1103}" title="Major Achievements">Major Achievements</a>.</p> 1475 News Readify ranks in BRW's "Top 50 Places to Work" for 2010 <p>Each year, the Great Place to Work™ Institute of Australia works with a premium media partner in Australia to publish the "Best Companies to Work for in Australia" list. Companies are judged against five benchmarks: credibility , fairness , camaraderie , pride and respect . In this year's survey 16,930 employees were surveyed....</p> Thu, 24 Jun 2010 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:52Z <h4>Readify <strong>awarded in the BRW's annual 'Top 50 Best Places to Work' for 2010</strong>.</h4> <p>Each year, the Great Place to Work™ Institute of Australia works with a premium media partner in Australia to publish the "Best Companies to Work for in Australia" list. Companies are judged against five benchmarks: <strong>credibility</strong>, <strong>fairness</strong>, <strong>camaraderie</strong>, <strong>pride</strong> and <strong>respect</strong>. <span><span>In this year's survey 16,930 employees were surveyed.</span></span></p> <p>We appreciate the many business benefits associated with becoming and sustaining a great place to work. Among these benefits are significant competitive advantages including higher staff satisfaction and productivity, greater retention and increased innovation and creativity.</p> <p>View our other <a href="/{localLink:1103}" title="Major Achievements">Major Achievements</a>.</p> <p><strong>For more information please visit:</strong></p> <p><span>Great Place to Work™ Institute of Australia website:</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.greatplacetowork.com.au/best/best-companies-australia.php"> <span>http://www.greatplacetowork.com.au/best/best-companies-australia.php</span></a></p> <p><span>BRW article:</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.brw.com.au/p/sections/opinion/australia_best_employers_LRuq0pHNKBtxzQpMelMzcM"> <span>http://www.brw.com.au/p/sections/opinion/australia_best_employers_LRuq0pHNKBtxzQpMelMzcM</span></a></p> 1266 News Business is booming in Brisbane! <p>We are very excited to report that in the past six months the Readify Queensland team has doubled in size, so we now have a strong team of sixteen representing us. We continue to work with a diverse portfolio of customers small to medium clients, government and enterprise customers as well as Microsoft Partners and the Microsoft Solution Development Centre...</p> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:53Z <p>We are very excited to report that in the past six months the Readify Queensland team has doubled in size, so we now have a strong team of sixteen representing us. We continue to work with a diverse portfolio of customers small to medium clients, government and enterprise customers as well as Microsoft Partners and the Microsoft Solution Development Centre.</p> <p>In particular, we would like to highlight&nbsp;one of our recent recruits who joined us straight out of Microsoft in the US.&nbsp;Nicholas&nbsp;Blumhardt&nbsp;is actually from Queensland originally and has now chosen to return home to Brisbane to fly the Readify banner...</p> <p><strong>Nicholas Blumhardt</strong> has joined Readify as a <em><strong>Senior Consultant</strong></em>...</p> <p>Nicholas has recently returned from Microsoft Redmond, Washington, where he was the Program Manager for Application Frameworks Core. Application Frameworks Core is a Microsoft product group within .NET, responsible for frameworks spanning all .NET application models. You can see some of Nicholas' articles here <a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/nblumhardt">http://blogs.msdn.com/nblumhardt</a>.</p> <p>In addition to Nick, we have had a number of other very talented individuals join the team and we are fortunate enough to also have the number one WPF expert in the country <strong>Paul Stovell</strong> now residing in Brisbane <a href="http://www.paulstovell.com/">http://www.paulstovell.com/</a>.</p> 1265 News Readify’s very own Faith Rees, nominated for the 2009 Queensland Pearcey Award <p>Readify is delighted to announce that its State Manager for Queensland, Faith Rees, has been nominated for the 2009 Queensland Pearcey Award. This award is a State award aimed at encouraging and rewarding fresh and innovative talent in the ICT profession. The award is given to an individual during his or her career who has demonstrated innovative and pioneering achievement and contribution to technological development in this profession...</p> Wed, 11 Nov 2009 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:54Z <p>Readify is delighted to announce that its State Manager for Queensland, Faith Rees, has been nominated for the 2009 Queensland Pearcey Award. This award is a State award aimed at encouraging and rewarding fresh and innovative talent in the ICT profession. The award is given to an individual during his or her career who has demonstrated innovative and pioneering achievement and contribution to technological development in this profession.</p> <p>The award candidates typify all the things we are proud of as Queenslanders working in the ICT industry. They are magnificent role models for the next generation of leaders. Previous Queensland Pearcey Award winners have been David Barbagallo, Adrian Di Marco, Kon Kakanis, Brett Hooker, Tammy Halter and Raeleen Kaesehagen.</p> <p>The Queensland Pearcey Award candidates for 2009 include:</p> <p>• Steve Dalton, Refactor • Maree Adshead, MobileIP • <strong>Faith Rees, Readify</strong> • Laura Daniels, CITEC • Andrew Eddie, New Life in IT • Alexander Gagel, Queensland Transport • Paul Gampe, RedHat • Janine Garrett, Charm Health • Andrew Jessett, MineWare</p> <p>The Pearcey Foundation also awards the Pearcey Medal, a national award aimed at providing recognition to an individual who has demonstrated distinguished lifetime achievement and contribution to the development and growth of the IT professions, research and industry.</p> <p>The prestigious Pearcey Medal has been presented in recent years to Professor Bill Caelli, Dr Peter Jones, Trevor Robinson, George Kepper, Tony Benson, Professor John O'Callaghan, Fiona Balfour, Roger Allen and Neville Roach. See <a href="http://www.pearcey.org.au/">www.pearcey.org.au/</a>.</p> <p>Dr Trevor Pearcey built Australia's first and the world's fourth electronic computer in 1948 in Sydney. It is the oldest surviving computer in the world. The Pearcey Foundation's objective is to reinforce the recognition, knowledge and appreciation of Australian contribution to the development and growth of the ICT professions, research and industry.</p> <p>The award will be presented in Brisbane on Wednesday 25th November 2009 with special guest speaker, Dr Peter Thorne, who is Australia's foremost historian in the ICT sector and an expert on CSIRAC, Australia's first digital computer, and its history.</p> <p>For more information on the Queensland Pearcey Awards please call Martin Lack &amp; Associates on 07 3878 2974.</p> 1263 News Record Results for Readify in FY09 <p>With the weight of the global financial crisis taking a toll on many businesses during the course of 2008 and 2009, we are very pleased to report that Readify has continued to grow strongly during these turbulent and uncertain times. We attribute our ongoing success and growth directly to our long standing relationship with Microsoft and our successful expansion into new markets...</p> Mon, 31 Aug 2009 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:54Z <p>With the weight of the global financial crisis taking a toll on many businesses during the course of 2008 and 2009, we are very pleased to report that Readify has continued to grow strongly during these turbulent and uncertain times. We attribute our ongoing success and growth directly to our long standing relationship with Microsoft and our successful expansion into new markets.</p> <p>We are thrilled to report that Readify finished the 2009 financial year posting a record high quarter and our revenue has shown a consistent increase of 20% year or year.</p> <p>"It's very exciting to report is that our business continues to boom as organisations increase demand for quality outcomes from their software development projects. It reinforces with us that we have our model right" says CEO, Graeme Strange.</p> <p>To cater for this strong demand, Readify has been actively hiring, and as always, is focused on employing the very best application development specialists both within Australia and worldwide.</p> <p>Readify will remain committed to our core business and existing Microsoft service lines and ensure we continue to deliver great results to our customers, however during the 2010 financial year, Readify will expand its business into the Adelaide market with local sales and consulting representation.</p> <p>Readify is also set to launch a groundbreaking new project capability in response to customer demand for high performance teams. This offering will be led by our new CTO, Mitch Denny.</p> <p>"It's hard not to be involved with software projects in this industry. At its very core, IT is about providing solutions to improve productivity and create new opportunities for business. Through our engagements with customers, we have identified a gap in the project delivery space where we feel Readify has something unique to offer.</p> <p>Specifically, we are going to market with a high performance project team offering made up of the same experts that deliver consulting engagements today, but are engaged much earlier to avoid unnecessary risks in software projects. We are combining this with our ALM expertise to deliver an agile software delivery capability for our customers where failure isn't an option".</p> 1262 News Readify launches bushfire reconstruction web site! <p>The Bushfire reconstruction web site was a Readify initiative and along with support from Web Central, we have developed and are hosting this web site on a voluntary basis to assist those who have suffered property loss during the recent bushfire crisis...</p> Wed, 01 Apr 2009 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:55Z <p>The Bushfire reconstruction web site was a Readify initiative and along with support from Web Central, we have developed and are hosting this web site on a voluntary basis to assist those who have suffered property loss during the recent bushfire crisis.</p> <p>The idea arose, in part, from two of our own staff having suffered property loss and damage in St Andrews. These families have described how, despite the generous and immediate emergency assistance provided, they now feel quite overwhelmed at the task of re-establishing their homes, communities, and ultimately lives, as demonstrated by questions like "where do we start" and "in what order should we progress?"</p> <p>In response, our talented staff and web designers came up with the following guide to assist all those in the same position. We trust all users find this guide informative and beneficial.</p> 1261 News Readify rallies together to help Victorian Bushfire Victims <p>Toni-Anne Collins is the HR Manager at Readify and along with her two daughters, Jess and Amy, is one of the hundreds of people who lost their homes and treasured belongings in the Black Saturday bushfires on 7 February 2009...</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2009 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:55Z <p>Toni-Anne Collins is the HR Manager at Readify and along with her two daughters, Jess and Amy, is one of the hundreds of people who lost their homes and treasured belongings in the Black Saturday bushfires on 7 February 2009.</p> <p>In an effort to show our support to all the victims affected by the February bushfires, Readify announced its bushfire fundraising campaign, whereby Readify would match all staff donations 'dollar-for-dollar'. Many thanks go to those staff members who very generously donated towards the fund. We are very pleased to announce that from all the valuable contributions, Readify raised a total of $8,120 towards the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Fund.</p> <p>But it doesn't stop there... On Saturday 7 March, exactly one month since of the horrific fires swept through Victoria, an enthusiastic and hard working team of Readify staff, friends and family rallied together for a three-day working-bee at Toni-Anne's one-hundred acre property in St Andrews. Over the Labour Day weekend, the team worked extremely hard in cleaning up the debris and managed to clear 4km of burnt-out wire fencing, cut down dangerous trees, salvage brick pavers for re-use and re-build a collapsed bridge on the property.</p> <p>It was an extremely tough and exhausting job for all involved and our sincere gratitude and thanks go to all those who volunteered. In particular, to Ken Neff and the team at The GSA Group (<a href="http://www.gsagroup.com.au/">http://www.gsagroup.com.au</a>), who supplied all the machinery, equipment and coordinated the tasks and work effort. Without their generous contribution, the working bee wouldn't have occurred.</p> <p>"We had all the equipment and skills readily available to us so we worked out what we could do to help. Everyone did a fantastic job and we were able to accomplish everything we set out to do and even a little bit more." - Ken Neff, The GSA Group</p> <p>Very special thanks also go to Eat Your Heart Out, for three full days of fantastic catering to keep our team of volunteer's on-the-ball and fighting fit! Peter and Bridgett Vogeli from Eat Your Heart Out (<a href="http://www.eyho.com.au/">http://www.eyho.com.au</a>), provide on-location catering often for film and TV crews and offered immediate catering support for the Salvation Army following the February fires in Whittlesea. The Salvo's ran a 24-hour kitchen for three days feeding up to 1500 people at a time; so our group of sixty volunteers were very grateful to have them there.</p> <p>We trust the end result of the weekend was a good start for Toni-Anne and her family, who will now start to rebuild their lives in St Andrews again.</p> 1260 News Readify makes 2008 MIS Strategic 100 list <p>The MIS Strategic 100 provides a snapshot of the international,domestic and emerging technology vendors battling it out for market share.&nbsp; It also gives an indication of which technology trends are being taken up by enterprise organisations in a variety of industries and, just as tellingly those that are not...</p> Wed, 19 Nov 2008 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:56Z <h2>Readify recognised in the 2008 MIS Strategic 100 list in the Top 25 Rising Stars category.</h2> <p>The MIS Strategic 100 provides a snapshot of the international,domestic and emerging technology vendors battling it out for market share.&nbsp; It also gives an indication of which technology trends are being taken up by enterprise organisations in a variety of industries and, just as tellingly those that are not.</p> <p>In 2008, the Strategic 100 list was selected by an expert panel of more than 10 local judges and 20 international judges from New Zealand and Asia.&nbsp; Readify is very proud to have been awarded in the top 25 "Rising Stars" category.&nbsp; The Rising Stars 25 are often new businesses, but ones that show signs of seriously influencing the way technology is bought or deployed. Many of these companies can expect rapid growth, to make acquisitions, be acquired, or otherwise significantly increase their presence in the marketplace over the next 12 months. This is an early warning to take note of companies that are already impressing savvy CIO's. The list was compiled after suggestions were made by a panel of expert judges throughout the Asia-Pacific region and following discussions with MIS editorial teams internationally.</p> <p>View <a href="http://www.misaustralia.com/specialeditions/strategic100.aspx" target="_blank">more information</a>.</p> 1259 News Microsoft launch ‘Students 2 Business’ program <p>Microsoft Australia has launched its Students to Business (S2B) program to link students and graduate job seekers with local IT career opportunities...</p> Tue, 02 Sep 2008 00:00:00 Z 2013-12-18T15:19:57Z <h2><strong>By Rodney Gedda (Techworld Australia)</strong></h2> <p><strong>02 September 2008</strong></p> <p>Microsoft Australia has launched its Students to Business (S2B) program to link students and graduate job seekers with local IT career opportunities.</p> <p>Through the S2B program, universities and training providers can work together with local companies to provide students with internship and graduate employment opportunities.</p> <p>The S2B portal will match qualified job candidates with open positions.</p> <p>Local Microsoft partner Readify announced it will join the S2B program.</p> <p>Readify CEO Graeme Strange said the company has focused on attracting and retaining the industry's top talent and is excited about partnering with Microsoft on S2B as it gives greater access to graduate talent, but also the ability to "shape the careers of the IT industry's future thought leaders".</p> <p>Microsoft Australia sees the program as also helping to alleviate the widely-reported skills shortage in the local ICT sector.</p> <p>Microsoft's developer evangelism manager, Roger Lawrence, said the S2B program is "the next chapter" in Microsoft Australia's efforts to address the challenge of skills shortages.</p> <p>"The S2B portal is a direct link between graduates and unique entry level and internship positions. Students have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and businesses can tap into a fresh pool of up and comers," Lawrence said.</p> <p>The S2B program will allow students to upload their CVs to the S2B portal and profile their skills and experience, and Microsoft partners and customers can post jobs and internships.</p> <p>Industry can then search published student resumes and profiles containing "Microsoft competencies and certifications" and view recommendations identified through propriety data matching capabilities and receive and manage applications.</p> <p>The S2B site will focus on technical jobs first, but the program may be expanded to include sales and marketing roles in the ICT sector, according to Microsoft.</p> <p>The S2B program was first piloted by Microsoft in Italy and has since been rolled out in 28 countries.</p> <p><a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/258903/microsoft_launches_students_business_career_program/" target="_blank">View online article</a>.</p>