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Longtail UX, an Australian startup which improves website ranking and ad performance on Google has secured $2.5 million in new funding  to expand into the US and UK markets. The amount puts the company’s value at $25 million. YOUR CHANCE TO WIN! : Take our 10-minute survey about marketing technology

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Blue Prism has revealed it will acquire Thoughtonomy, in a deal expected to close in July. The acquisition will see Blue Prism’s connected-RPA platform distributed and supported as a turnkey SaaS offering, helping accelerate the deployment of digital workers across market verticals and into mid-tier enterprises worldwide. YOUR CHANCE TO

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Optimisation platform Optimizely has closed US$105 million in financing, including US$50 million in Series D funding. The funding, led by Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing, also included Accenture Ventures. The company’s total funding has reached US$200 million. Additionally, Michael Kondoleon of Goldman Sachs will join Optimizely’s Board of Directors as a

VMware last week announced its intent to acquire Avi Networks, a leader in multi-cloud application delivery services. The theory behind the deal is that Avi Networks will enhance VMware’s ability to bring the public cloud experience to the entire data centre— with the ability to deploy applications with a single

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ACS, the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector, has appointed Dr Khimji Vaghjiani Head of Growth at Harbour City Labs. Owned and operated by ACS, Harbour City Labs offers an innovative and collaborative co-working space for Australian start-ups. Vaghjiani brings 30 years of experience in innovation and entrepreneurship to his

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Robotic process automation (RPA) vendor Automation Anywhere and Microsoft have formed a strategic collaboration focused on improving business processes through automation. Customers will now be able to access Automation Anywhere bots from Microsoft Azure to help manage large, unstructured datasets, decrease time-to-market and lower operating costs. YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!

Applications are now open for Stone & Chalk’s new program ‘Females in Fintech’, which aims to helping women in the fintech ecosystem accelerate their careers and improve their businesses. Funded by LaunchVic, the program will create a network for women working in the fintech industry by supporting them via networking

Digital leaders drive innovation, while the mob wants stability. In blunt terms, that’s the difference between how leaders and followers treat transformation, according to this year’s global Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey. Now in its 21st year, the survey is one of the largest of its kind in the world. The

Publicis Sapient has bolstered its consulting service and digital transformation capabilities with four senior appointments in Australia. Jane Headon joins as a director, strategy and consulting, with a strong track record in helping clients navigate unprecedented rates of change in technology, and harnessing data and AI to re-imagine customer engagement.

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Forescout has appointed Terrie Anderson country manager for Australia and New Zealand. In this role, Anderson will focus on helping organisations adopt Forescout’s device visibility and control platform as part of their broader cybersecurity strategy. Anderson will also drive awareness of the market drivers and trends, including IoT security, convergence