Rod Drury announces Xero\u2019s integration with US bank Wells Fargo, which serves more than three million small businesses and one in three households in the United States. \u201cThis is an exciting milestone for us in the US where we can help give small businesses better access to, and control of, their financial data so they can grow and thrive,\u201d says Drury, in a blog post. Drury says Xero\u2019s technology relationship with Wells Fargo is an example of how the financial web is growing."Establishing financial relationships in online accounting is at the core of the new financial web\u2014 which is the flow of data between banks, accountants, and small businesses," he states. \u201cAs we work to extend the small business financial web, we\u2019re empowering customers to harness the power of their data and banks to better serve their customers. We are committed to growing the number of relationships we have with top-tier financial institutions.\u201d Drury says Xero has recently surpassed more than 700,000 subscribers around the world. \u201cNorth America is Xero\u2019s fastest growing market with already more than 62,000 subscribers.\u201dXero chief executive, Rod DruryEstablishing financial relationships in online accounting is at the core of the new financial web \u2014 which is the flow of data between banks, accountants, and small businesses.Rod Drury, XeroSimon Pomeroy is now CEO of Fulcrum, which helps businesses action customer engagement and big data strategies, and is part of Foundry Innovations. Before this, he was chief transformation officer, chief digital officer and head of digital banking and customer experience at Westpac. His previous roles included head of loyalty and head of recruitment at Air New Zealand. He is concurrently non-executive director at Mooola, a fintech startup headquartered in Australia.Education futurist Frances Valintine has been named as a top 50 innovator in the world in the Makers and Shakers of Education Technology Index in London.As the only Kiwi on the list, Frances sits amongst inspirational and dynamic world leaders including Salmon Khan of the Khan Academy, Satya Nitta from IBM Watson, David Braben from The Raspberry Pi and Demis Hassabis from DeepMind.Valintine is the founder and Chair of The Mind Lab by Unitec, a learning laboratory committed to technology, science and discovery. She also recently launched Tech Futures Lab, running courses for senior executives in New Zealand business and government.The recognition comes as Tech Futures Lab launches in Newmarket, Auckland.Frances Valintine, director of the Mind Lab, with Adiba Barney, CEO of Silicon Valley Forum at an NZTech event.\u201cAt Tech Futures Lab we run engaging courses connecting business executives, innovators and entrepreneurs with growing technologies. We are helping business leaders develop new ways to prepare for the future, and it is an honour and privilege to be recognised for that,\u201d she says.\u201cWe are excited to open the doors of this hi-tech facility. We will be offering executives the opportunity to re-engineer their careers through our full-time 10-week boot camps.\u201dJames Kennedy-Moffat is the new country manager for NetApp New Zealand. Kennedy-Moffat has been with NetApp since 2008, most recently as New Zealand Sales director. James Kennedy-Moffat of NetApp\u201cThere are two key challenges facing our customers\u2019 businesses \u2013 the need for business agility and the influence of cloud,\u201d he states. \u201cOnly NetApp\u2019s data fabric approach enables them to move data easily between locations (cloud or on-site) and give flexibility, speed and cost certainty. No captionAuckland-based cartoonist \u2018Jim\u2019 is getting ready to publish a new book of cartoons inspired by his 10 years working a day job as a public relations consultant for some of the world\u2019s biggest technology brands.Jim ((aka Brendan Boughen, communications manager for Microsoft NZ ) says the book, to be titled Sounds Like a Game Changer: A Soon-to-Be Obsolete Collection of Technology Cartoons by Jim could be available as soon as September if his crowd-funding campaign currently raising money for an initial print run is successful. No captionIf it\u2019s anything to do with technology, I\u2019ve probably cartooned about it! Cartoonist 'Jim' aka Brendan Boughen\u201cComputers, software, hardware, tablets, phablets, smartphones, game consoles, websites, social media, the Internet, fibre-networks, robotics, big data, servers, the cloud, \u2018green\u2019 tech, apps, memes, BYOD, data security, space travel, time-travel, innovation, collaboration, prognostication \u2026 If it\u2019s anything to do with technology, I\u2019ve probably cartooned about it!,\u201d says Boughen. He says the book will be 128-pages in full colour, and features a foreword by his good friend and science \/ technology guru, Dr Michelle Dickinson (a.k.a. @Nanogirl).Z Energy has been namedd as a 2016 Aon Hewitt \u2018Best Employer\u2019 for the second year running. The award recognises the best employers across New Zealand and Australia through examining employee engagement scores and people practices. \u201cBeing recognised as a best employer truly reflects the investment we\u2019ve made in our people, culture, and leadership practices since day one,\u201d says Sharlene Taylor, Z\u2019s general manager of people and culture. She says the recognition was particularly important as the company comes together with the new team from Chevron New Zealand. The acquisition to acquire Chevron New Zealand was settled on 1 June.Sharlene Taylor, Z EnergyGrant Hopkins, managing director at HP New Zealand, led the local launch of HP Elite x3 for enterprise customers.No captionThese were designed and built from the ground up with the business users in mindGrant Hopkins, HP NZThe range, which will be available later this year, is made up of the HP Elite x3 - the world\u2019s first built-for-business phablet, the HP ZBook Studio G3 Workstation - the world\u2019s first quad core Ultrabook, a two-in-one tablet they have named the HP Elite x2 and the thinnest and lightest business notebook - the HP EliteBook Folio.He says the range will allow seamless multi-screen transitions between a phone scenario and a desktop PC scenario.No caption\u201cThese are business devices designed around the commercial customer,\u201d says Hopkins. \u201cThey were designed and built from the ground up with the business users in mind.\u201d\nBy announcing\nthose products early, we are enabling corporates to build it up into their\nroadmaps, says Hopkins. \u201cWe give users visibility to our future directions.\u201d\n\nPeer-to-peer lending marketplace Harmoney appoints current director David Flacks as its chair, and Stuart McLean will join the board as a director.David FlacksFlacks was initially appointed an independent director of the Harmoney board in May 2014. He is a former top corporate lawyer with more than 30 years of commercial, governance, and strategic experience. Flacks was a partner of Bell Gully from 1987 to 2014, except for four years in the 1990s as general counsel and company secretary of Carter Holt Harvey. Fonterra says its newly-expanded plant in Eltham can now produce enough cheese to fill more than three billion burgers each year.From L to R \u2013 Fonterra Managing Director Global Operations Robert Spurway, CEO Theo Spierings, Mayor Ross Dunlop, Whanganui MP Hon. Chester Borrows and Fonterra Director David MacLeod. The expansion opening, which was attended by Fonterra farmers, staff, iwi and central and local government representatives, was officiated by Whanganui MP, Hon. Chester Borrows and South Taranaki District Council Mayor Ross Dunlop, along with Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings, director David MacLeod and managing director global operations Robert Spurway.The event marks the completion of the 10-month build to install two new lines that will double the site\u2019s sliced cheese production. The new individually wrapped sliced cheese line was completed last year. Spurway says the new line will help the Co-operative to be more responsive to customers\u2019 requirements. \u201cEach of our customers has slightly different requirements and uses for the cheese we make for them, and this additional capacity will allow us to meet more than 350 different product specifications \u2013 that\u2019s 350 very exacting recipes.\u201cFor example one of the things McDonald\u2019s tests us on is how quickly they can peel the cheese off the block. Our ability to consistently provide above their brand standard of quality is what makes us a preferred supplier.\u201dHe says the expansion supports the Co-operative\u2019s growth in foodservice and is helping drive Fonterra\u2019s V3 strategy. Neil Reynard takes on the newly-created role of database administrator (DBA) in the technical team at e-Spatial. He joins e-Spatial from Kiwibank. Prior to Kiwibank he worked as a SQL DBA at Datacom and Hewlett Packard. Earlier in his career he managed projects in New Zealand, the UK, Switzerland and South Africa, initially as a software developer and subsequently as a DBA.Neil Reynard of e-SpatialKordia is now a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) with the recent commissioning of its AlienVault Unified Security Management (USM) platform. The platform is designed and priced to ensure that organisations can effectively defend themselves against advanced threats, targeting New Zealand businesses looking to simplify security without compromising integrity.\u201cAdding AlienVault to our security arsenal substantially enhances our value proposition for the mid-market,\u201d says Aaron Olphert, Kordia CTO. \u201cWorking with AlienVault enables us to deliver what our customers want \u2013 bulletproof security information security \u2013 with ease of management and control.\u201dAaron Olphert, Kordia CTO\u201cOur technology combined with Kordia\u2019s expertise provides companies of all sizes with limited security staff and IT budgets a complete security solution at a competitive price point,\u201d says Mike LaPeters, VP, worldwide channel sales, AlienVault. 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