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    NetSuite in whole of business TurboSmart deal


    news Business-focused software as a service giant NetSuite has unveiled yet another win with a mid-sized Australian company, revealing a deal with automotive performance products manufacturer Turbosmart that has seen the company deploy a comprehensive suite of NetSuite products across its business.

    Founded in 1997, Turbosmart’s automotive performance products are all manufactured from its head office in Sydney and distributed by a network of more than 200 distributors to performance workshops and auto parts stores in more than 50 countries, supported by a sales office and warehouse in the U.S. and a warehouse in Poland.

    According to NetSuite, in 2013 the company deployed the vendor’s OneWorld suite to better manage its financials and other back-end global business operations. The organisation subsequently deployed NetSuite’s SuiteCommerce platform to integrate its ecommerce website with its core back-end processes. It is now using financials, multi-site and multi-currency management, customer relationship management (CRM), manufacturing, inventory management, order management, merchant services, marketing and freight integration services, all from NetSuite. Continue…

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    News, Telecommunications - Apr 17, 2014 11:01 - 147 Comments

    Turnbull lies on NBN to Triple J listeners


    news Malcolm Turnbull yesterday made several statements on the ABC’s Triple J radio station regarding financial projections for Labor’s National Broadband Network project which the Communications Minister is aware are false, with the former investment banker inaccurately conflating investment capital and government expenses for the project as well as exaggerating financial figures.

    In an interview on Triple J yesterday (listen to the entire session here), Turnbull was asked by a listener why he had given NBN Co the OK to go ahead with the Coalition’s preferred “Multi-Technology Mix” rollout model for the project, when the cost/benefit analysis long promised by the Coalition for the project had not yet been completed. When in Opposition, Turnbull constantly criticised the then-Labor Federal Government for not having completed a cost/benefit analysis into its NBN policy before going ahead with the project.

    In response, Turnbull stated that NBN Co’s Strategic Review published last year “concluded that if we had continued with Labor’s all-fibre rollout, it would have taken us four more years to complete it, and $73 billion”. The Communications Minister added: “In order to get the project done within an affordable cost envelope, we needed to be able to give the company the flexibility to use different technology, and that is the MTM model — $41 billion — $32 billion cheaper.”

    “There is a very big choice between us and Labor,” Turnbull said. “Labor made a single technology platform — fibre to the premises — a religious or political objective. They said everybody has got to have fibre to the premises to 93 percent of Australia, regardless of what it costs, regardless of how long it takes. No matter what.” Continue…

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    Featured, Industry, News - Apr 17, 2014 9:28 - 1 Comment

    Campaign Monitor takes US$250m from US VC


    news Australia-based software as a service email marketing platform Campaign Monitor announced overnight that it had taken a $250 million investment from US-based venture capital firm Insight Venture Partners, in one of the largest ever VC investments in an Australian technology startup.

    Campaign Monitor is a leading email marketing platform similar to Mailchimp that makes it easy for anyone to send newsletters and generate reports on the result. The company, which has only 65 employees (pictured above at their annual retreat in Hawaii), was founded in 2004 by Australian web designers Ben Richardson and David Greiner and has been profitable every quarter since launch, it said today. More than 100,000 paying customers in 170 countries rely on Campaign Monitor to manage their email marketing.

    In a post on the company’s blog, Greiner said “times like these” forced him to look back to where it all started.

    “It honestly feels like yesterday that Ben and I were running our own small design agency out of a spare room, building web sites and managing email campaigns for our clients,” he said. “As an agency with fairly unique needs, it wasn’t long before we grew frustrated with the tools available to manage these campaigns, and eventually decided the only way to solve it was to build our own. It’s funny how small decisions like that can have such a big impact on your life.”

    The entrepreneur said while the company’s “numbers” were great, the truth was that Campaign Monitor had only come as far as it hard because of its customers.

    “It still amazes me how many people that were willing to give us a try when we launched in 2004 are still using Campaign Monitor today, a full decade later,” he said. “There aren’t a lot of [software as a service] businesses out there that can say that. There aren’t a lot of businesses that can say that full stop.” Continue…

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    Digital Rights, News - Apr 17, 2014 12:41 - 15 Comments

    Anti-piracy lobbyist enjoys cozy email chats with AGD Secretary


    news A key lobbyist for the anti-piracy group originally known as the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft enjoys a congenial email relationship with the secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department and other senior officials, a Freedom of Information request has revealed, with the lobbyist regularly using the channel to pass on anti-piracy propaganda.

    Neil Gane (pictured) is a name well known to those who follow news around digital rights in Australia. The executive has been involved with several representative organisations focused on enforcing intellectual property rights locally, including the Motion Picture Association of America and the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, with Gane acting as AFACT’s main spokesperson in its high-profile High Court piracy battle against Internet service provider iiNet. AFACT re-branded its operations to the Australian Screen Association in mid-2013 (PDF), with Gane continuing to lead the group.

    However, what the Australian public may not have been aware of is just how close the executive’s links to the Attorney-General’s Department is. The department is the primary body in Australia responsible for overseeing the development of intellectual property law, and has regularly hosted talks between the ISP industry and content owners on intellectual property.

    Last week technology media outlet ZDNet released the results of a Freedom of Information request which it had failed with the department. We recommend you click through for ZDNet’s article on the subject. Continue…

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