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Zoom Unveils Platform Evolution; Launches New Packaging and Translation Feature

  • Zoom One is a new offering that brings together options for persistent chat, phone, meetings, whiteboard, and more into a single, secure and scalable package
  • All-new translation feature allows meetings to be translated between English and any of the 10 languages, or from those languages into English

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM) today unveiled the latest evolution of its communications platform with the introduction of Zoom One, a new offering that brings together persistent chat, phone, meetings, whiteboard, and more into secure and scalable packages. Additionally, Zoom also launched an all new translated and multi-language captions feature.

“Simplicity is at the core of everything we do. As the Zoom platform has evolved from a meeting app to a comprehensive communications platform, it was clear that introducing new packaging like Zoom One was the next step in the company’s evolution,” said Greg Tomb, President, Zoom. “By bringing together chat, phone, meetings, whiteboard, and more in a single offering, we are able to offer our customers solutions that are simple to manage, so they can focus on business issues that matter most.”

“Businesses continue to realize the time and cost saving a single provider can offer. According to Omdia’s latest end user survey, 40% of organizations are prioritizing investments around eliminating multiple cloud-based UC solutions that may be deployed within their organizations,” states Brent Kelly, Principal Analyst, Omdia Research. “The need to simplify business operations is a market trend that we see as being increasingly important, and Zoom One’s tiered bundles and common management console aligns well to this customer demand.”

Zoom One’s intuitive experience
Purpose-built to work together, Zoom One’s intuitive experience offers customers the choice between six tiered offerings according to their business needs.

  • Zoom One Basic provides free 40-minute Zoom Meetings for up to 100 attendees, persistent Zoom Chat for team messaging, limited Zoom Whiteboard for synchronous and asynchronous work, and real-time transcription.
  • Zoom One Pro provides everything Zoom One Basic offers without Meeting time limits, plus cloud recording.
  • Zoom One Business provides everything Zoom One Pro offers, plus Zoom Meetings for up to 300 attendees and unlimited Zoom Whiteboards.
  • Zoom One Business Plus provides everything Zoom One Business offers, plus Zoom Phone Pro with unlimited regional calling and Zoom’s all-new translation feature.
  • Zoom One Enterprise and Zoom One Enterprise Plus provide everything Zoom One Business offers with larger meeting capacity and additional features, like Zoom Webinars, to help modern businesses scale. Zoom One Enterprise Plus also includes Zoom Phone Pro with unlimited regional calling.

Zoom One Basic, Pro, Business and Business Plus plans are available for purchase online today. To purchase Zoom One Enterprise or Enterprise Plus, customers can speak to an account executive directly. For more information, visit https://zoom.us/pricing.

“If you provide a complete suite of reliable and easy-to-use communication tools that people can use to do their jobs, they are less likely to be using one-off solutions outside of our offerings – which in turn simplifies our support and delivery model,” said Rob Kerr, chief information officer at Cooley, a global law firm with 3,300 employees in 17 offices across the United States, Asia, and Europe. “Zoom’s secure portfolio of unified video, chat, whiteboarding, and telephony solutions aligns our global teams and allows Cooley to better serve its clients.”

For more information on the new, simplified offerings or to find the plan that is best suited for your business, visit the Zoom blog.

Introducing translated & multi-language captions
Launching first in Zoom One Business Plus and Zoom One Enterprise Plus packages, Zoom’s translated captions will allow users to view captions translated into the language of their choice. At launch, translations will be available between English and 10 additional languages, or from any of the 10 languages to English. The ability to translate directly to and from English is known as bi-directional translation. Translated captions display at the base of the screen while in a Zoom Meeting.

The bi-directional translations are available in the following languages: Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian.

To access the translated captions feature, Zoom One customers must upgrade to either the Zoom One Business Plus (in applicable countries) or Zoom One Enterprise Plus packages.

Zoom also extended its automated captioning – the ability to caption in real-time what a speaker is saying in the same language as the one spoken – to include 10 additional languages. Automated captions previously were supported in English, but now can be displayed in the additional 10 languages referenced above. Multi-language automated captions are available in Business Plus, Enterprise, and Enterprise Plus packages with additional support for other plans coming soon.

About Zoom
Zoom is for you. Zoom is a space where you can connect to others, share ideas, make plans, and build toward a future limited only by your imagination. Our frictionless communications platform is the only one that started with video as its foundation, and we have set the standard for innovation ever since. That is why we are an intuitive, scalable, and secure choice for large enterprises, small businesses, and individuals alike. Founded in 2011, Zoom is publicly traded (NASDAQ:ZM) and headquartered in San Jose, California. Visit zoom.com and follow @zoom.

Zoom Public Relations
Candace Dean
Corporate PR Lead
press@zoom.us

Version 5.4 of Charon-SSP Enables Faster Legacy to Cloud Migration

Stromasys Enhances Its Solution to Migrate Legacy Applications From Aging SPARC Hardware to the Cloud With Version 5.4 of Charon-SSP

Charon-SSP

Charon-SSP

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Stromasys announced the release of its new version 5.4 of Charon-SSP. With this update, Charon-SSP features support for Rocky Linux, new graphics and Ethernet emulation features, and an updated version 2.0.1 of the VE License Server.

IT departments with SPARC hardware running mission-critical applications can use Charon-SSP to migrate applications off legacy hardware to the cloud or a modern platform. Organizations can continue to use their existing application binaries without recompilation or recertification. IT professionals will have a lower maintenance cost without the worry of unplanned downtime.

“We’re thrilled to offer this update as IT departments continue to shift their operations to the cloud,” stated Stromasys CEO, John Prot. “As our most popular product, Charon-SSP offers what our customers need: more options to modernize legacy IT infrastructure.”

Updates to version 5.4 include:

  • Redesign of graphic card emulation remote rendering, eliminating the open-source dependency
  • Added support for Rocky Linux
  • New suspend & resume function in SSP/4V
  • SCSI EFI booting in SSP/4V
  • More virtual Ethernet cards in SSP/4V
  • BGE emulation in SSP/4U
  • Floppy emulation in SSP/4U
  • Several minor bug fixes

The VE licensing model, designed and implemented by Stromasys, offers flexible individual cloud installations or preconfigured images on selected marketplaces. Version 2.0.1 of the VE License Server included in this update adds an AutoVE license model as well as bug fixes and other minor updates.

Version 5.4 is available now from Stromasys or in selected cloud marketplaces. For more information, please download the Software Product Description (datasheet) or contact Stromasys for a free demo.

About Stromasys 

Stromasys is the original and leading provider of enterprise-class cross-platform virtualization solutions for legacy systems, including DEC PDP-11, VAX, and Alpha, as well as PA-RISC and SPARC. Stromasys emulators (Charon®) extend the lifespans of mission-critical applications without modification. For over 20 years, Charon emulators have made possible the lift-and-shift of Solaris, VMS, Tru64, MPE, and HP-UX workloads to modern infrastructure in a matter of days. With global headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, U.S. headquarters in Raleigh, NC, and sales and technical teams located around the world, Stromasys has implemented thousands of Charon cross-platform virtualization solutions for the world’s leading companies in over 70 countries.

Media Contact:

John Gutknecht
John.gutknecht@stromasys.com
+1 717 914 7644

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AGF Management Limited Reports Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results

TORONTO, June 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

  • Reported diluted earnings per share of $0.14
  • Mutual fund net sales of $132 million for the quarter
  • Announced quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share

AGF Management Limited (AGF or the Company) (TSX: AGF.B) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended May 31, 2022.

AGF reported total assets under management and fee-earning assets1 of $40.3 billion compared to $42.0 billion as at February 28, 2022 and $40.8 billion as at May 31, 2021.

“This quarter marked AGF’s 65th anniversary, a testament to our disciplined investment approach, our unwavering commitment to our clients and our history of innovation,” said Kevin McCreadie, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, AGF. “We are pleased to report our seventh consecutive quarter of positive net mutual fund sales and continued strong investment performance, outperforming our one-year and three-year targets in an environment marked by significant market volatility, demonstrating our ability to navigate regulatory change and further diversify our investments.”

AGF’s mutual fund gross sales were $818 million for the quarter compared to $1,060 million in the comparative period, while net sales were $132 million compared to $408 million in the comparative period. AGF’s sales have continued to outpace the industry. During the quarter the industry2 reported net redemptions, while AGF retail mutual funds3 remained in net sales.

“This quarter we struck new relationships with key platforms and further diversified our distribution strategy to meet the unique needs of our clients in different markets,” said Judy Goldring, President and Head of Global Distribution, AGF. “And we continue to see the results of this approach reporting another quarter of net positive mutual fund sales.”

Key Business Highlights:

  • On April 18 AGF marked its 65th anniversary. The firm was founded in 1957 when C. Warren Goldring and Allan Manford had the innovative idea to pool the funds of Canadian investors to allow greater access to the U.S. equity market. Their fund – named the American Growth Fund – became the very first U.S. equity fund for Canadian investors, and its initials, AGF, were adopted as the firm’s name.
  • In honour of our 65th anniversary and to mark Earth Week, AGF announced a partnership with Trees for Life to plant trees at the Claireville Conservation Area in Brampton, ON. There will be an opportunity for employees to participate in the planting onsite, building on AGF’s commitment to supporting environmental initiatives.
  • Toronto-based employees moved into AGF’s new head office at CIBC SQUARE. AGF is one of the first tenants in this iconic next-generation building, which has achieved WELL Health-Safety Rating and WiredScore Platinum accreditation, and is expected to attain LEED® Platinum Core & Shell certification and WELL Platinum Certification, making it the first triple-platinum building in Toronto.
  • At the same time, employees across the organization officially transitioned to a hybrid work environment that supports work-life balance while encouraging greater connection, communication, and heightened collaboration.
  • AGF recently finalized an agreement with SMArtX Advisory Solutions LLC and had its separately managed account (SMA) models approved to be added to their platform as the firm continues to provide U.S. clients access to in-demand SMA strategies as part of an ongoing effort to expand both its offering and client base in the U.S.
  • At the annual Wealth Professional Awards, AGF was named a finalist in the following categories: Employer of Choice, Alternative Investment Solutions Provider of the Year and Mutual Fund Provider of the Year.
  • The firm remains active under its Normal Course Issuer Bid (NCIB). During the quarter, AGF repurchased 692,634 AGF.B shares for cancellation.
  • On June 21, 2022, AGF’s Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.10 for shareholders of record on July 8, 2022.

Financial Highlights:

  • Management, advisory, administration fees and deferred sales charges were $113.1 million for the three months ended May 31, 2022, compared to $108.6 million in 2021. The increase in revenue is attributable to a 5.3% increase in average mutual fund assets under management.
  • Selling, general and administrative costs were $47.3 million for the three months ended May 31, 2022, compared to $47.1 million in 2021. Excluding severance of $0.2 million incurred in the quarter, SG&A of $47.1 million remained flat compared to the prior year period.
  • EBITDA before commissions for the three months ended May 31, 2022 was $35.4 million, compared to $28.2 million in the prior year comparative period.
  • Effective June 1, 2022, the ban on the payment of upfront sales commissions, including deferred sales charge options, took effect. During the three and six months ended May 31, 2022, AGF paid commissions of $17.8 million and $37.1 million, respectively.
  • Net income for the three months ended May 31, 2022 was $10.1 million ($0.14 diluted EPS), compared to $5.0 million ($0.07 diluted EPS) in the prior year comparative period. Diluted EPS in the quarter of $0.14 reflects growth in top line revenue.
Three months ended Six months ended
  May 31,     February 28,     May 31,     May 31,     May 31,  
(in millions of Canadian dollars, except per share data)   2022     2022     2021     2022     2021  
Income
Management, advisory, administration fees
and deferred sales charges $ 113.1 $ 114.1 $ 108.6 $ 227.2 $ 211.5
Share of profit (loss) of joint ventures (0.2) (0.6) 0.1 (0.8) 0.9
Other income from fee-earning arrangements 0.7 0.8 0.4 1.5 0.4
Fair value adjustments and other income 3.9 10.6 0.4 14.5 3.9
Total Income $ 117.5 $ 124.9 $ 109.5 $ 242.4 $ 216.7
Selling, general and administrative 47.3 49.3 47.1 96.6 95.1
Deferred selling commissions 17.8 19.3 17.7 37.1 33.3
EBITDA before commissions1 35.4 40.0 28.2 75.4 54.7
EBITDA 17.6 20.7 10.5 38.3 21.4
Net income 10.1 12.9 5.0 23.0 10.6
Diluted earnings per share 0.14 0.18 0.07 0.32 0.15
Free cash flow1 12.3 13.3 10.4 25.6 20.9
Dividends per share 0.10 0.09 0.08 0.19 0.16
(end of period) Three months ended
  May 31,     February 28,     November 30,     August 31,     May 31,  
(in millions of Canadian dollars)   2022     2022     2021     2021     2021  
Mutual fund assets under management (AUM)2 $ 22,849 $ 23,625 $ 24,006 $ 23,792 $ 22,290
Institutional, sub-advisory and ETF accounts AUM 8,372 9,059 9,371 10,302 9,713
Private client AUM 6,946 7,102 7,077 7,073 6,689
Private alternatives AUM 58 69 73 99 134
Total AUM $ 38,225 $ 39,855 $ 40,527 $ 41,266 $ 38,826
Private alternatives fee-earning assets3 2,052 2,100 2,108 2,094 1,983
Total AUM and fee-earning assets3 $ 40,277 $ 41,955 $ 42,635 $ 43,360 $ 40,809
Net mutual fund sales2 132 330 352 288 408
Average daily mutual fund AUM2 23,183 24,075 23,896 23,104 22,011
1 EBITDA before commissions (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and deferred selling commissions), adjusted EBITDA before commissions, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share and Free Cash Flow are not standardized measures prescribed by IFRS. The Company utilizes non-IFRS measures to assess our overall performance and facilitate a comparison of quarterly and full-year results from period to period. They allow us to assess our investment management business without the impact of non-operational items. These non-IFRS measures may not be comparable with similar measures presented by other companies. These non-IFRS measures and reconciliations to IFRS, where necessary, are included in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis available at www.agf.com.
2 Mutual fund AUM includes retail AUM, pooled fund AUM and institutional client AUM invested in customized series offered within mutual funds.
3 Fee-earning assets represents assets in which AGF has carried interest ownership and earns recurring fees but does not have ownership interest in the managers.

For further information and detailed financial statements for the second quarter ended May 31, 2022, including Management’s Discussion and Analysis, which contains discussions of non-IFRS measures, please refer to AGF’s website at www.agf.com under ‘About AGF’ and ‘Investor Relations’ and at www.sedar.com.

Conference Call

AGF will host a conference call to review its earnings results today at 11 a.m. ET.

The live audio webcast with supporting materials will be available in the Investor Relations section of AGF’s website at www.agf.com or at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/k7tb88zf. Alternatively, the call can be accessed toll-free in Canada by dialing 1 (866) 455-3403 (PIN: 27114683#), or in the United States by dialing 1 (866) 374-5140 (PIN: 27114683#).

A complete archive of this discussion along with supporting materials will be available at the same webcast address within 24 hours of the end of the conference call.

About AGF Management Limited

Founded in 1957, AGF Management Limited (AGF) is an independent and globally diverse asset management firm. AGF brings a disciplined approach to delivering excellence in investment management through its fundamental, quantitative, alternative and high-net-worth businesses focused on providing an exceptional client experience. AGF’s suite of investment solutions extends globally to a wide range of clients, from financial advisors and individual investors to institutional investors including pension plans, corporate plans, sovereign wealth funds and endowments and foundations.

AGF has investment operations and client servicing teams on the ground in North America, Europe and Asia. With over $40 billion in total assets under management and fee-earning assets, AGF serves more than 800,000 investors. AGF trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol AGF.B.

AGF Management Limited shareholders, analysts and media, please contact:

Adrian Basaraba
Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer
416-865-4203, InvestorRelations@agf.com

Courtney Learmont
Vice-President, Finance
647-253-6804, InvestorRelations@agf.com

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements about the Company, including its business operations, strategy and expected financial performance and condition. Forward-looking statements include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or include words such as ‘expects,’ ‘estimates,’ ‘anticipates,’ ‘intends,’ ‘plans,’ ‘believes’ or negative versions thereof and similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as ‘may,’ ‘will,’ ‘should,’ ‘would’ and ‘could.’ In addition, any statement that may be made concerning future financial performance (including income, revenues, earnings or growth rates), ongoing business strategies or prospects, fund performance, and possible future action on our part, is also a forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements are based on certain factors and assumptions, including expected growth, results of operations, business prospects, business performance and opportunities. While we consider these factors and assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available, they may prove to be incorrect. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and projections about future events and are inherently subject to, among other things, risks, uncertainties and assumptions about our operations, economic factors and the financial services industry generally. They are not guarantees of future performance, and actual events and results could differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements made by us due to, but not limited to, important risk factors such as level of assets under our management, volume of sales and redemptions of our investment products, performance of our investment funds and of our investment managers and advisors, client-driven asset allocation decisions, pipeline, competitive fee levels for investment management products and administration, and competitive dealer compensation levels and cost efficiency in our investment management operations, as well as general economic, political and market factors in North America and internationally, interest and foreign exchange rates, global equity and capital markets, business competition, taxation, changes in government regulations, unexpected judicial or regulatory proceedings, technological changes, cybersecurity, the possible effects of war or terrorist activities, outbreaks of disease or illness that affect local, national or international economies (such as COVID-19), natural disasters and disruptions to public infrastructure, such as transportation, communications, power or water supply or other catastrophic events, and our ability to complete strategic transactions and integrate acquisitions, and attract and retain key personnel. We caution that the foregoing list is not exhaustive. The reader is cautioned to consider these and other factors carefully and not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Other than specifically required by applicable laws, we are under no obligation (and expressly disclaim any such obligation) to update or alter the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. For a more complete discussion of the risk factors that may impact actual results, please refer to the ‘Risk Factors and Management of Risk’ section of the 2021 Annual MD&A.

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1 Fee-earning assets represents assets in which AGF has carried interest ownership and earns recurring fees but does not have ownership interest in the managers.
2 Long-term funds.
3 Retail mutual fund net sales are calculated as reported mutual fund net sales less non-recurring institutional net sales in excess of $5 million invested in our mutual funds.

HqO Extends Product Offerings to Support Corporate Enterprises Across the Globe

New HqO App Capabilities Merge Fun and Functionality to Drive Success in the Hybrid Workplace

BOSTON, June 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HqO, the industry-leading workplace experience platform, today announced a new suite of product capabilities that enable corporate enterprises to engage with the hybrid workforce and optimize workplace investments. These enhancements are the result of positive feedback from corporations about HqO’s scalable and personalized landlord solutions, with corporations asking for similar capabilities to inform their own workplace investments and help hybrid employees be more efficient and engaged with the workplace. Employers can now remove friction and deepen workplace engagement in an easy, seamless way — drawing employees back into the office and improving employee satisfaction. This news follows HqO’s acquisition of two notable employee experience companies in the past year (Office App and Leesman) and accelerates the company’s rapidly-growing traction within the corporate market.

“The more employees return to the office, the more solutions companies are adding to their technology infrastructure to better support them,” explains Thijs van der Burgt, Vice President of Product at HqO. “Unfortunately, this can create a lot of confusion for employees if there are too many digital tools in the workplace — which leads to a poor user experience. That’s why we’ve consolidated all of these capabilities into a ‘single pane of glass,’ enabling employees to easily access all of the physical and online resources they need to get their jobs done in the least amount of time — whether they work from home or in the office.”

These key enhancements provide Workplace Experience (WX) Managers with tools to drive greater workplace engagement for today’s hybrid workforce, while also optimizing workplace investments. They fall under two main categories:

New Engagement Tools

More targeted tools will give WX Managers more options to continually promote engagement programs, track the results of these programs, and collect customized feedback to maximize effectiveness:

  • Micro-Survey Builder: This feedback tool provides a deeper, ongoing understanding of employee sentiment and needs with custom feedback. Workplace experience managers can easily use the Micro-Survey Builder to create custom polls and surveys such as “suggestion boxes,” feedback on upcoming events, and much more.
  • Targeted Communication Tools: Targeted communication functionality makes it easier than ever for workplace experience managers to create and deliver attention-getting content without email. WX Managers can easily mix and match different elements, use rich text, and edit as needed. They can also create user calls-to-action delivered through the HqO app or mobile alerts. Push notifications now take users directly to specific content.

Additional Booking Capabilities

Extended resource reservation capabilities will empower employees to work how they work best, by providing access to more resources through integrations with enterprise systems:

  • Resource Booking Integrated with Microsoft Exchange: This capability helps employees save time and find spaces on-the-go, wherever they are. Employees can use the HqO app to view room availability, book spaces, and manage reservations for all Microsoft Exchange resources.
  • Parking Reservations: This capability enables employees to easily plan ahead and reserve an on-site parking space for a safer and more convenient commute.

“Vendors focused on the unique challenges of hybrid work have emerged with some differentiated offerings (e.g. HqO),” says a recent Gartner report.* “[…] These vendors are focused on the needs of the hybrid employee as they interact with the corporate workplace. Their applications are used to explore and reserve workspaces (desks, rooms, collaboration areas, etc.), navigate the workplace, coordinate with colleagues, plan the best days to attend the workplace, access services, and ensure that employees feel safe in the post-pandemic workplace.”

HqO’s new product offerings come at the perfect time for employers, who now need to do more than ever before to attract employees to the office, provide great workplace experiences, and keep workers engaged. Recent HqO data reveals that nearly 90% of employers have implemented some type of hybrid work arrangement, but they remain dissatisfied with how these models are working. Additionally, the factors driving this dissatisfaction revolve largely around a company’s technology: 68% of employers report the poor user adoption of workplace experience tools, and 78% cite disconnected tools as being a significant hindrance to hybrid success.

Want to learn more about HqO’s corporate product capabilities? Schedule a demo today.

*Gartner®, “Demand to Support Hybrid Employee Experience Is Driving a Transformation of the Workplace Markets”, Tori Paulman, Tammy Shoham, Mike Gotta, May 11, 2022. GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About HqO
HqO is transforming how people connect with each other and the places they work. The HqO Workplace Experience Platform makes it easy for companies and commercial property teams to create modern workplaces through world-class amenities and services that allow people to thrive and produce the best results. Active in over 250 million square feet in 25 countries, 57% of the Fortune 100 rely on HqO to enhance their workplace experiences, improve employee satisfaction, and drive operational excellence. For more information, visit https://www.hqo.com/.

Primary Contact: Kristin Concannon
Phone: 833-225-5476
Email: kristin.concannon@hqo.co

ApplyBoard and Ireland Join Forces to Educate the World

The global education technology platform launches in Ireland to deliver innovation within the international education sector

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, June 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, ApplyBoard, the global technology platform powering an education revolution, is thrilled to announce Ireland as its latest study abroad destination. This is the fifth study abroad destination that ApplyBoard has expanded to as part of its ongoing mission to educate the world.

ApplyBoard is excited for this opportunity to help Ireland grow and reach its international education goals. To date, five higher education institutions in Ireland have partnered with ApplyBoard: Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Maynooth University, University College Cork, and the University of Limerick. ApplyBoard looks forward to building more momentum within Ireland’s international education sector.

“With a highly-regarded education system, rich history, and innovative culture, Ireland has so much to offer international students,” says Martin Basiri, CEO and Co-Founder of ApplyBoard. “Building this strong relationship with Ireland signifies an important step in expanding new opportunities for future students, supporting the long-standing legacy for excellence in the Irish education sector, and continuing to break down barriers to education for countless students around the world.”

Now, students and recruitment partners can look forward to having access to Ireland’s higher education institutions on the ApplyBoard Platform.

“ApplyBoard is incredibly well placed to partner with University College Dublin (UCD), to promote Ireland, to connect with international students who are looking for an educational experience that sets them apart and provides them with a competitive advantage,” says Una Watkins, Director International Student Recruitment, UCD. “Sharing our values in putting students first and supporting the success of all students, we very much look forward to working alongside ApplyBoard as they empower people around the world to study abroad and access the very best education.”

“Ireland is becoming an increasingly popular study destination for international students as the world-class standard of our education is matched by the post-study work opportunities available in Ireland,” says Giles O’Neill, Head of Education in Ireland. “ApplyBoard puts the student at the heart of what they do and keeps them there — this is a mission that we share and something that I am sure we can build on together into the future.”

ApplyBoard recognizes the need to continue to scale and expand its diversity of tech offerings to propel the international education sector forward. Most recently, ApplyBoard announced the acquisition of TrainHub, an education industry training ecosystem, to help strengthen international student recruitment. ApplyBoard also launched the ApplyBoard Insights Dashboard, a SaaS tool that leverages the latest study abroad data to help higher education institutions make important choices in international student recruiting.

To learn more about ApplyBoard growing in Ireland, visit here: www.applyboard.com/resources/ireland-resources

About ApplyBoard

ApplyBoard empowers students around the world to access the best education by simplifying the study abroad search, application, and acceptance process to more than 1,500 institutions across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Ireland. ApplyBoard, headquartered in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, has helped more than 300,000 students from more than 125 countries along their educational journeys since 2015. To learn more, visit: www.applyboard.com

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Alessandra Manieri
ApplyBoard
226 220 9826
alessandra.manieri@applyboard.com

MDIS X Artisans For A Better World Collaboration: Supporting Upcoming New Designers With the House of MDIS at REKA

SINGAPORE, June 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Embarking on the global marketplace as an independent designer has its set of challenges such as the lack of resources and capital. With the advancements in technology making their way to the fashion space, Artisans For A Better (AFAB) World dedicates itself to helping the fashion community. Thanks to AFAB’s innovative ecosystem and its digital platform including REKA, independent artisan designers are now, more than ever, empowered. With the ability to connect the real world and the fashion industry, artisan designers, especially fresh faces of the fashion industry, have plenty of opportunities to get their names out there.

Preparing these young designers for the industry is the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) — School of Fashion and Design (SFD). Together with MDIS, REKA has launched The House of MDIS on its e-commerce platform. This marks the first school to collaborate with REKA’s channel — making it a big success milestone for both.

REKA is a fashion e-commerce mobile application that was created by Artisans For A Better (AFAB) World to develop a better ecosystem for independent artisan designers. REKA caters to fashion-forward enthusiasts with an interest in tailor-made, sustainable designs and designer-direct shopping experiences. This industry collaboration with REKA would elevate the MDIS SFD brand and allow the young designers’ fashion portfolios and ideas to be exposed to the ASEAN market. This collaboration would feature SFD students’ collections and enable these students to expand their learning and industry knowledge even before their graduation. Establishing themselves is just the tip of the iceberg; students will also get to experience hands-on entrepreneurship and undergo this study journey process as a transition from student to a professional designer.

Apart from introducing the next generation of fashion designers to the industry via e-commerce, AFAB bridges the gap between new designers and the industry through other approaches such as external partnerships with the entertainment industry and well-known Asian fashion weeks.

Engagement with prominent figures such as celebrities and film producers, as well as entertainment events (e.g., Canada International Film Festival), through wardrobe creation and styling enables students to gain more traction and visibility for their collections. Notable fashion shows (Vietnam International Fashion Week, etc.) featuring The House of MDIS collections would provide students with the rare opportunity to expand their collection awareness on a global scale. Locally, the AFAB World collaboration will also be a segment in the MDIS’s Graduation Night Fashion Show happening on 8 December 2022, whereby guests can purchase the avant-garde designs shown on the runway.

Media Contacts

Jesline Wong
Marketing & Communications
Jesline_wongmn@mdis.edu.sg

Betache Precious Mae Laranjo
Marketing & Communications
precious_laranjo@mdis.edu.sg

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Anaqua to Acquire Practice Insight to Round Out its Law Firm IP Management Solutions

Acquisition will enhance both AQX and PATTSY WAVE as IP practice management platforms for law firms by adding fully integrated IP time and billing capabilities

BOSTON, June 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Anaqua, the leading global innovation and intellectual property (IP) management technology provider, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Practice Insight Pty Ltd, and its intelligent time capture software WiseTime, from IPH Limited.

In leveraging Practice Insight’s technology for integrated IP time and billing functionality, Anaqua continues its investment in both AQX® Law Firm and PATTSY WAVE® as end-to-end IP practice management solutions, while adding WiseTime, Practice Insight’s flagship autonomous time capture tool to its suite of standalone offerings.

“This acquisition underscores our steadfast commitment to meeting the evolving needs of the law firm market,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of Anaqua. “We have listened very carefully to practitioner feedback across the globe, and it is clear that law firms are seeking IP management solutions that offer advanced reporting and analytics, integrated document management, secure cloud hosting, collaborative client portals, intuitive user experience – and integrated time and billing. With the acquisition of Practice Insight, we will now have all of these features fully integrated into both AQX Law Firm and PATTSY WAVE.”

The Practice Insight team, led by co-founder and current CEO Thomas Haines, will maintain its footprint in Perth, Australia, joining Anaqua’s global R&D organization.

“Our companies share a deep passion for leveraging technology to drive efficiency within IP operations,” said Haines, a former practicing patent attorney, who will join Anaqua as Vice President and continue to lead the Practice Insight team. “We have quickly developed a strong rapport with the Anaqua team and look forward to joining the organization, as we execute against our shared vision for an end-to-end IPMS for law firms.”

“WiseTime’s service offering strongly aligns with Anaqua’s suite of IP management software and will provide the team growth opportunities,” said Andrew Blattman, IPH CEO and Managing Director. “We wish the team every future success as part of Anaqua.”

The transaction is conditional on regulatory approvals and other usual conditions and is expected to complete early in the third quarter.

About Anaqua
Anaqua, Inc. is a premium provider of integrated intellectual property (IP) management technology solutions and services for corporations and law firms. Its IP management software solutions, AQX and PATTSY WAVE, both offer best practice workflows with big data analytics and tech-enabled services to create an intelligent environment designed to inform IP strategy, enable IP decision-making, and streamline IP operations, tailored to each segment’s need. Today, nearly half of the top 100 U.S. patent filers and global brands, as well as a growing number of law firms worldwide use Anaqua’s solutions. Over one million IP executives, attorneys, paralegals, administrators, and innovators use the platform for their IP management needs. The company’s global operations are headquartered in Boston, with offices across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. For additional information, please visit anaqua.com, or on LinkedIn.

About WiseTime (also known as Practice Insight)
As a member of IPH, WiseTime (also known as Practice Insight) has been at the forefront of developing IP business intelligence software, including its flagship offering WiseTime, a seamless and automated timekeeping solution. For more information, please visit wisetime.com, or on LinkedIn.

About IPH Limited
IPH is the Asia Pacific’s leading intellectual property services group, comprising a network of member firms working in eight IP jurisdictions and servicing more than 25 countries. The group includes leading IP firms AJ Park, Applied Marks, Griffith Hack, Pizzeys and Spruson & Ferguson, and the autonomous timekeeping business, WiseTime, and employs more than 900 people working in Australia, China, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand. For more information, visit IPH Limited, or on LinkedIn.

Company Contact:
Amanda Hollis
Director, Communications
Anaqua
617-375-5808
ahollis@Anaqua.com