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RMIT Business Plan Award Winner

The Litmus Group is a long standing sponsor of the annual RMIT Business Plan Award and proudly profile enarah as the 2013 winner.

enarah founder and Managing Director, Ethan Glessich started his career in 2004 as an Aerospace Engineer with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) before travelling to South America for a stint spent living and working in Santiago, Chile.

Following a move to Barcelona in 2009 Ethan worked for Spain’s leading innovative IT and software solutions company, Indra, as a Business Development Consultant for the Indra Airports division.

However, it was his entrepreneurial flair that eventually took over and propelled Ethan to combine his passion for innovation and efficiency and start up his own business, enarah, in 2012. Founded with his partner Patricia Martos, the ideology of enarah combines their years of study in the areas of productivity and neuropsychology to develop an innovative web application and consulting services which help individuals and teams boost their productivity in the shortest amount of time.

“The seed which grew into enarah started about 5 years ago, when I had an idea for some software that could make it easier for me to manage my really large workload. I was fascinated by how easy it was to manage my appointments with a calendar, but how stressful and difficult it was to manage the rest of my work. I wanted a tool that could help me manage everything between my appointments, with the same simplicity and elegance as a calendar” explains Ethan.

Determining there was nothing in the market that successfully fills this gap, Ethan and Patricia launched enarah and the start-up roller coaster ride began. Over the next few years the pair experienced a lot of trial and error, research into productivity and a series of wins, losses and learnings.

“Along the way we discovered that software was only part of the productivity equation, and that habits played a by far superior role. So our overing evolved to incorporate consulting, training and coaching, all focusing on productivity. But before offering these packages to clients, I wanted to refine the material with my partner, Patricia first. It was then, when something unexpected happened”.

“Patricia was completing her PhD in cognitive neuroscience and working in a clinic as a neuropsychologist, so she knew a lot about the human brain. As I showed her a condensed down version of all the productivity literature I had studied, she explained to me a vital piece that was missing from all this literature. All the productivity guru's tell you "what" you need to do, and "how" you need to do it. Things like batch emails, manage interruptions, etc, etc, but nobody explains "why". That was what Patricia explained to me. The "why" related to what the brain is good at, and what it is not so good at. The "why" or "the brain" was the missing piece of the puzzle. When you understand the "why", the "how" and the "what" seem to take care of themselves”.

Since then the team have been studying the connection between the strengths and weaknesses of the human brain and productivity.

“Essentially our business helps organisations and individuals learn about the strengths and weaknesses of the human brain, and armed with this knowledge we help them develop new processes, habits and strategies that make it easier to manage a large amount of work and drive up productivity”.

For companies that takes the form of training, workshops and consulting, and for individuals, seminars and productivity coaching. These services can be engaged with or without our software canvas.

In 2013, Ethan returned to study at RMIT undertaking a Vocational Education course in Small Business Management. During this time he also decided to enter the RMIT Business Plan Competition (BPC) with enarah among the big winners last year taking out three awards.

We congratulate enarah and look forward to supporting their continued success.To learn more about enarah, please visit their website: www.enarah.biz

To learn more about the RMIT Business Plan Competition, please visit: https://bpc.rmit.edu.au/

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Energy Networks Australia 2012

The Litmus Group are excited to be presenting at Energy Networks 2012 – Building for the future.  From 30 April to 2 May in Brisbane, Energy Network 2012 will offer everyone in the industry new insights and contacts and help keep pace with the ever-changing landscape of the sector.

Presenting on both day one and day two of the conference, the Litmus team will explore the following topics:

Day 1 – 1 May 2012
Smart Networks – 3.30pm -5.00pm
Smart Grid – an industry in transformation
The Smart Grid heralds a departure in how the energy industry functions.  Our presentation will explore how it will transform the operations of not only functional utilities, but also the end-to-end energy ecosystem.  

Litmus presenters: Paul Minnock and Ian McRae

Day 2 – 2 May 2012
Skilling for the future – 8.30am – 10.00am
The Australian Energy Industry Model: a foundation to build the future
The Energy Industry Model (eIM) was launched by the Energy Market IT Steering Committee (EMITSC) in August 2011 and describes energy industry business functions and their interactions across the value chain and is specific to the Australian Energy Industry.  Our presentation will discuss the use of eIM as a framework for the development of an organisation’s transformation initiatives.

Litmus presenters: Tania Yudianto and Ian McRae

Day 2 – 2 May 2012
Skilling for the future – 8.30am – 10.00am
Does your mobility strategy meet the needs of the Smart Grid 2.0
Across the world modern utilities are implementing Smart Grid 1.0 strategies by deploying sensors, communications, computational capability and control technology as part of technology pilots in limited geographic areas of the networks. The results of these pilots are expected to provide the basis for scaled, network-wide deployments in Smart Grid 2.0.  Our presentation will explore mobile workforce management and the ways it supports the success and sustainability of smart grids.

Litmus presenters: Steve Blair and Ian McRae

To learn more about the event visit the Energy Networks website or contact Ian McRae, Litmus Energy and Utilities Lead Partner.