Sirca has recently partnered with Sense-T and the University of Tasmania to develop its big data platform. The partnership will look to establish Tasmania as a hub for world-class big data engineering and research, drawing in existing local technology businesses and enticing new ones.
The Australian has run an article on this partnership, with Sirca’s CEO Mike Briers saying “We were looking at, from a Sirca perspective, adjacent areas where we could exploit and deploy our big data capability into alternative spaces. We realised that there was just a great opportunity for us to partner with such an amazing, exciting project in Tassie.”
Read the full article here.
Channel 7′s breakfast TV show Sunrise visited SIRCA recently for a story they are doing about stand-up working. The fact SIRCA offer stand-up desks, a stand-up breakfast bar and of course have stand up meetings and scrums, has caught their interest from a recent feature article by Melinda Ham which featured SIRCA published in this month’s CPA magazine InTheBlack.
Sunrise Producer Katie Mazzolo and the Channel Seven crew interviewed Mike, Paul and Chris and filmed staff in stand-up meetings and working at our stand up desks. The segment is aired on Tuesday morning’s show.
Watch the video here.
Katie Mazzolo, Producer, Sunrise and Channel 7 camera man visit SIRCA
Sirca is pleased to announce that Victoria University of Wellington has recently joined us to bring our Membership base to 37!
Victoria University of Wellington has four campuses throughout Wellington, New Zealand.
On behalf of the Sirca community we wish you a very warm welcome!
Sirca would like to thank everyone who completed our annual survey recently. The response was very insightful and we’re looking forward to working on some of the feedback over the coming months!
We are pleased to announce that Maria Strydom from Monash University has won the draw for an iPad Mini. Congratulations Maria we hope you enjoy it!
Today SIRCA announced Hany Pham as the inaugural winner of the SIRCA-Tech23 University Medal for Technology Entrepreneurship. Hany is the Co-founder and CEO of Breezedocs (formerly OneTouch). This new national award is presented to the most outstanding new technology enterprise led by a current Australian University student or recent graduate.
Hany graduated from the University of Melbourne with a combined Law and Property and Construction degree in 2010 before establishing Breezdocs (formerly OneTouch) in 2011. Breezedocs provides automated document processing in the cloud services for the mortgage processing industry and has already attracted seed investment from Angel Investors and leverages Mr Pham’s hands on experience having previously run a national award winning mortgage broking business.
For the full press release please click here.
The 2012 update to the Corporate Governance Database is now available via the Sirca Member Portal.
The latest edition contains Corporate Governance information for ASX listed companies with balance sheet dates to December 2012. Now included are records for foreign incorporated companies with primary listing on ASX and Australia incorporated companies reporting in foreign currencies.
Members are advised to pay close attention to the product documentation located via the Help button. If anyone requires assistance please be sure to lodge your enquiry via the Helpdesk function in the Member Portal.
Today SIRCA announced the success of its proposal to create a $40m Australian Financial Services Industry Innovation Partnership based around Sydney’s Barangaroo with a foundation commitment from the Australian Government of over $15m. A national consortium of Businesses, Universities and State Governments plan to match the Government’s investment in the initiative.
For the full press release please click here.
Sirca Members using AusEquities should have noticed a boost in performance recently. The Sirca team have more than doubled the processing power dedicated to the AusEquities service resulting in jobs moving through the system much faster.
We’ve also added a dedicated processing system for “small” requests (50 instrument days or less – i.e. 4 instruments for 5 days history = 20 instrument days) which means that small requests get serviced quickly and are not queued behind large jobs.
As always, Sirca welcomes your feedback so feel free to let us know via the Helpdesk link in the Member Portal
We have released an update to the TRTH API for R package. This update adds additional functionality to the submitRequest and submitFTPRequest functions where it is now possible to submit and display requests in Local time. Previously this was only available in GMT.
Please contact us if you would like the updated install file and any additional information.
In May 2012 Sirca announced a series of initiatives that provide additional member benefits. These
initiatives are all directed at enhancing research training and research support for our members.
They are being overseen by a newly created Membership Research Committee (MRC) and the
appointment of Professor Terry Walter as Sirca’s Chief Research Officer.
One such initiative is a Young Researcher Workshop. Under this proposal young researchers working
or studying in member universities will travel to Sydney (with travel and accommodation costs being
met by Sirca) to present their current finance or accounting research, and to receive expert
commentary on the research from a member of the MRC. The Workshop will be held twice per year
and five papers will be presented at each workshop.
We now invite young researchers to submit a current research paper for possible inclusion in the
third workshop. Submitted papers should be sufficiently advanced to benefit from feedback and
suggestions from a seminar presentation. Send papers to the following email address
email@example.com. The deadline for submission is 15 September 2013. Notification of the
six papers to be included will be made by 16 October 2013, at which time we will also advise the
nominated MRC referee who will discuss the paper at the workshop. These six presentations will be
made on Friday 8 November 2013. Sirca will also invite a further group of nine young researchers to
the workshop as attendees and to participate in shorter research presentations in the afternoon of 7
November 2013. Discussions of these shorter presentations will be provided by young researchers
attending the workshop. Sirca will meet all reasonable travel and accommodation costs for the
presenters and the invited attendees.
To qualify for inclusion at least one of the authors of the submitted paper must be a young
researcher. We define a young researcher to be a person currently engaged in PhD research or one
whose PhD thesis was completed less than five years ago. We particularly encourage young
researchers in regional universities to apply for the workshop. We prefer papers that are sole
authored by a young researcher, however jointly authored papers also qualify.
Sirca wants to track the progress of papers submitted at this workshop and therefore be kept
informed of publication outcomes.
The MRC has the following academic members:
- Kevin Davis (Chairman, Member of the Sirca Limited Board)
- Terry Walter (Sirca, CRO)
- Henk Berkman (University of Auckland)
- Carole Comerton-Forde (University of Melbourne)
- Mardi Dungey (University of Tasmania)
- Robert Faff (University of Queensland)
- Bruce Grundy (University of Melbourne)
- Ray da Silva Rosa (University of Western Australia)
- Petko Kalev (University of South Australia)
- Dave Michayluk (UTS)