ITsavvy Announces The Acquisition Of enfoPoint Solutions

ITsavvy is excited to announce they have acquired enfoPoint Solutions in Brentwood, TN. enfoPoint Solutions is a premier provider of advanced infrastructure solutions for mission-critical networks.

ITsavvy has always brought superior value in hardware, software, integration, professional and managed services. This acquisition will deepen and enhance their network infrastructure capabilities and offerings. This acquisition will also provide the following incremental value to their clients:

  • Network infrastructure expertise – our mission is to provide clients with the greatest business value from their network infrastructure investments.
  • Stronger partner engagement and relationships – ITsavvy strengthened its partner expertise with Juniper Networks, Corero, A10 Networks, Pulse Secure, Infoblox, Cradlepoint, and Adtran.
  • A Proof of Concept Lab – enfoPoint has an enterprise and carrier class proof of concept lab, featuring products from their partner ecosystem. They invite both prospects and clients to use the lab either in person or remotely to test, validate and confirm that a specific solution will meet your network needs. Some of their gear is also available to be deployed to your location for testing as well.

ITsavvy and enfoPoint Solutions also share similar values and culture which they are confident will accelerate how they serve and solve for you. Their focus has always been on superior client experiences – turning your goals into outcomes and providing thoughtful, intelligent solutions that maximize your investments and create consistently great experiences for their clients. With the additional capacity, resources, and expertise this investment provides, ITsavvy will be equipped to evolve the value we can deliver for you.

 

 


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Matthew Butler
Client Executive Public Sector
630-396-6307
mbutler@itsavvy.com

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Plant seeds of curiosity in students using immersive learning tools

Imagine dissecting a frog in biology class without the nauseating smell of embalmed amphibian flesh or the risk of accidentally cutting your finger. Picture yourself mixing active compounds in chemistry class and learning from your mistakes without shattering any glass or causing chemical reactions that overflow their beakers. You’re wearing different goggles in this lab.

Leaping from the pages and screens of science fiction into our reality, a technology that feels at once familiar and perhaps even disappointing is poised to transform education in some remarkable ways, with new classroom products gaining traction in schools.

Better Late Than Never: VR’s Overdue Arrival in the Classroom

Virtual reality (VR) is an exciting technology that has captivated imaginations for decades without living up to its billing as a transformative learning tool of the future. VR refers to computer-generated environments that people can explore and interact with using an audiovisual headset that creates the illusion of being within a digital space.

Today, VR is finally showing signs of reaching technological maturity in several sectors beyond entertainment. With long-awaited breakthroughs in hardware and software, virtual-reality tools are now revolutionizing learning and collaboration at the leading edge of high-tech professions, from immersive combat training and psychotherapy sessions to architecture design and practice surgeries.

The classroom is no different. You don’t have to be an astronaut to learn safely in VR. Especially since the coronavirus pandemic overtook the world, society has struggled to find innovative ways to teach the next generation of lifelong learners safely.

Perhaps VR is the next wave of education technology (EdTech) at all levels, from K-12 to higher education and beyond to specialized professions like jet piloting and practices like dentistry. It’s no longer implausible to predict that entirely new disciplines and industries will emerge based in VR in the near future.

In the education sector, from kindergarten to Ph.D. programs, the presence of VR is growing. As a relatively new audiovisual medium for connecting and sharing knowledge, VR has great potential for classroom instruction and experiential learning.

Are you looking for more information about classroom VR? Keep reading for everything you need to know!

 


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Sarah Goncalves
Regional Vice President of Sales
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Senso and ClassLink Partnership

ClassLink and Senso have partnered to support effective in-school and remote learning.

ClassLink is a leading provider of cloud-based education products that connect educators and students with their classroom, curriculum and each other in richer, more powerful ways, very much empowering schools to work more effectively. Team this with Senso, the cloud-based platform for Device Monitoring management in K12 Education with all-in-one software for Classroom, Student Safety, Web Filtering, Network and Asset Management and you get the perfect partnership.

This partnership with ClassLink allows Senso’s customers who use ClassLink’s Roster Server, to avoid the slog of manually uploading student data into our platform. ClassLink Roster Server enables student data to be delivered to Senso securely and automatically – no fuss!

With over 5,000 schools using our software platform in the UK, our cloud services make us a market leader.

Our Texas offices support thousands of schools in districts within North America.

“ClassLink and Senso.cloud are a natural fit. This partnership further supports our goal to take the complexity out of digital learning, remove distractions from the classroom, and give educators more time to support their students’ learning.”

– Patrick Devanney,
Senior Vice President at ClassLink


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ClassLink
Lyle Dadian
Director of Instructional Technology
M: 414-588-9181
O: 862-203-2099
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Amir Eftekhari
Head of Sales – North America
936-274-2718
a.eftekhari@senso.cloud

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Demco Partners with Robin to Help Schools

Demco expands its offerings to include Robin’s innovative live coaching and real-world curriculum to support the mental health and social-emotional skill development of students, educators, and parents.

MADISON, WIS., March 31, 2022— In support of Demco’s mission to set the stage for optimized learning, the learning solutions provider has strategically partnered with Robin, a rising star in the social-emotional learning space, to help ensure students, educators, and families are prepared to face life’s challenges head-on.

Demco has been supplying educators with innovative learning solutions for 117 years. Robin offers a flexible toolkit for students, teachers, and families to build heathy habits, skills, and mindsets. Together, they will reach more communities in need of support and double their impact in improving mental well-being, social-emotional growth, and core SEL skills in schools.

“We are so thrilled to be partnering with Robin. Mental health is impacting society now more than ever, and students and educators are no exception. Robin is so unique in their multiple-pronged approach to improving mental health,” says Chad Edwards, President of Demco. “With Demco and Robin working together, the possibilities for creating positive change are endless.”

“We are excited to announce our partnership with Demco, a respected leader in the education industry,” says Sonny Thadani, CEO of Robin. “Not only does Demco share our mission to empower school communities with lifelong learning and skills, but Demco also provides strong sales support bringing Robin’s unique social-emotional coaching and curriculum to even more school communities in the U.S. and internationally.”

Bring SEL into your school with award-winning custom solutions from Robin

About Demco
Demco maximizes positive outcomes for all learners by offering innovative and inspired solutions. With 117 years of industry experience, Demco provides solutions to libraries and schools to equip, engage, and empower learners.

About Robin
Robin empowers the entire school community by connecting students, educators, and families with live coaching and real-world skill-building. Grounded in human connection, Robin’s coaches provide personalized experiences that transform the way people think about themselves and their relationships. Through videos and a flexible curriculum, coaches offer a safe space for processing emotions and inspire students to practice the skills they need to face life’s challenges.

 


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Alli Starry, Inside Sales Specialist
800-462-8709 ext 2396
Fax: 888-329-4728
quote@demco.com

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Lynne Gruneberg, Business Development Representative
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KnowBe4 Compliance Training

JourneyEd Webinar RECAP: New School Compliance Training with KnowBe4

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, presented on Tuesday, March 15th in partnership with JourneyEd on the training content platform Compliance Plus. Compliance Plus training offers an interactive and engaging experience with real-life simulated scenarios to help teach employees how to respond in a challenging situation. The content addresses difficult topics like sexual harassment, diversity and inclusion, discrimination, and business ethics. Compliance Plus includes various types of media formats and reinforcement materials to support compliance training programs.

Compliance Plus gives you:

  • A whole new library with fresh compliance content updated regularly
  • Full coverage of legislative requirements, such as HIPAA, FERPA, and many others
  • New-school high-quality customizable modules
  • Short, interactive modules to keep learners focused, newsletters, docs, and posters are all included
  • Completely automated compliance training campaigns with world-class support and extensive reporting

KnowBe4 customers can add Compliance Plus to their current subscription. For more information, visit https://www.knowbe4.com/compliance-plus or talk with your dedicated Account Manager, Christine McConnell at JourneyEd and mention you are an ILTPP member to take advantage of our contract pricing.

 

About KnowBe4
KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 37,000 organizations around the globe. Founded by IT and data security specialist, Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud, and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to awareness training on security. Kevin Mitnick, an internationally recognized cybersecurity specialist and KnowBe4’s Chief Hacking Officer, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Tens of thousands of organizations rely on KnowBe4 to mobilize their end users as their last line of defense.

 


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Christine McConnell 
Senior Account Manager
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cmcconnell@journeyed.com

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Clearlake Capital-Backed Dude Solutions Rebrands to Brightly Software

New brand reflects Company’s vision to leverage software and data to power smarter assets and sustainable communities with intelligent asset management solutions

CARY, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dude Solutions, the leading SaaS provider of cloud-based operations management solutions, today announced it has rebranded to Brightly Software (“Brightly” or the “Company”). Offering a complete suite of intelligent asset management software solutions that address the evolving needs of clients, Brightly has transformed over 12,000 global clients’ operations and managed more than $300 billion of assets over the last 20 years. The Brightly brand propels the Company forward, establishing a new vision that combines computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) and operations management, with enterprise and strategic asset management solutions for a future where efficient operations and smart assets power sustainable communities.

“The future will run on intelligent assets that are as smart as the purpose-driven people who care for them. Our new name connects our global employees and clients under one vision, uniting those who seek to improve our world’s infrastructure while lessening the environmental impact,” said Kevin Kemmerer, Chief Executive Officer at Brightly. “As the industry and world evolves, we’re leading the change to meet our clients’ developing needs. Brightly is lighting the way to a thriving world.”

Organizations across the public and private sectors face digital disruption and a changing regulatory landscape. Governments are making investments to improve the deteriorating health of global infrastructure, assisted by the U.S.’s $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and pledging commitments to sustainability and emissions-cutting programs such as the Net Zero World Initiative. Concurrently, connected assets are growing, with IoT devices set to reach $50 billion by 2030. Amidst this influx of connected devices and funding, asset performance is critical to every organization, making real-time data critical for survival not only in today’s world but to deliver a smarter and more sustainable future.

Jodi McDermott, Chief Product Officer at Brightly, said, “As we look ahead towards a brighter future, we are committed to building a smarter, safer, more efficient world by delivering the most comprehensive asset management solutions supported by decades of experience, and thousands of implementations and satisfied global clients. Brightly is lighting the way for organizations to unlock opportunities in the communities where we live and work, delivering services to help the world run more sustainably.”

“We’re pleased by the growth we’ve seen from Brightly throughout our partnership and look forward to continuing to support the Company in its mission to deliver intelligent software to power smarter assets and sustainable communities,” said Prashant Mehrotra, Partner and Managing Director, and Paul Huber, Principal, of Clearlake. “We’ve seen growing demand for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and sustainability-focused strategies across our portfolio, and Brightly is well-positioned to help organizations provide actionable data needed to make better decisions that increase operational agility, improve asset performance, and drive sustainable growth.”

Why Brightly Software?

The Brightly name captures the Company’s personality and warmth, and symbolizes the relationships built over more than two decades with employees, clients, and partners across the globe. Brightly is an optimistic, dynamic, and forward-looking name that reflects the essence of what the Company delivers, how it operates, and its impact on the industry. Brightly also signifies the Company’s commitment to keeping the world’s assets running sustainably into the future.

Smart Assets for Asset Essentials Launch

Brightly also announced today the launch of Smart Assets for Asset Essentials, a cloud-based IoT solution available now. The module uses IoT remote monitoring to predict equipment failures and seamlessly trigger work orders. This type of connectivity allows organizations to maximize equipment uptime, improve asset health and lengthen life cycle, all while eliminating unnecessary costs and increasing profitability.

Company Growth

Over the past 20 years, Brightly has focused on serving the facilities operations and maintenance management industry as a SaaS pioneer, eclipsing 12,000 global clients and more than 700 employees across the world in the markets it serves across North America, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and India.

The Company is positioned to advance its solutions to solve global challenges, bringing together Assetic and Confirm and the combined expertise in smart infrastructure and strategic asset management industries, under one, cohesive brand. The new Brightly brand and corporate vision also unites the global employees and capabilities of the recently acquired Facility Health Inc., (FHI) in December 2021 and Energy Profiles Limited (EPL) in January 2022. The recent acquisitions and innovations have propelled the Company forward, expanding beyond operations management to serve our clients’ evolving enterprise asset needs.

Discover more about Brightly’s vision and view the Company’s new website at www.brightlysoftware.com.

About Brightly Software

Brightly, the global leader in intelligent asset management solutions, enables organizations to transform the performance of their assets. Brightly’s sophisticated cloud-based platform leverages more than 20 years of data to deliver predictive insights that help users through the key phases of the entire asset lifecycle. More than 12,000 clients of every size worldwide depend on Brightly’s complete suite of intuitive software – including CMMS, EAM, Strategic Asset Management, IoT Remote Monitoring, Sustainability, and Community Engagement. Paired with award-winning training, support, and consulting services Brightly helps light the way to a bright future with smarter assets and sustainable communities. For more information, visit www.brightlysoftware.com.

About Clearlake

Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. is an investment firm founded in 2006 operating integrated businesses across private equity, credit, and other related strategies. With a sector-focused approach, the firm seeks to partner with experienced management teams by providing patient, long-term capital to dynamic businesses that can benefit from Clearlake’s operational improvement approach, O.P.S.® The firm’s core target sectors are technology, industrials, and consumer. Clearlake currently has over $60 billion of assets under management and its senior investment principals have led or co-led over 300 investments. The firm has offices in Santa Monica and an affiliate in Dallas. More information is available at www.clearlake.com and on Twitter @ClearlakeCap.

 


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ManagedMethods Partners With K12 SIX

PARTNERSHIP DEMONSTRATES MANAGEDMETHODS COMMITMENT TO INCREASE CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS IN PROTECTING K-12 CLOUD ENVIRONMENTS

BOULDER, Colo.—February 23, 2022—ManagedMethods, the leading Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 cybersecurity, student safety, and compliance platform for education has partnered with K12 SIX, a non-profit member of the Global Resilience Federation’s network of information sharing communities. K12 SIX is a cyber threat intelligence sharing hub to aid in preventing and mitigating cyber attacks against school districts.

School districts are leading in the adoption of cloud computing with platforms such as Google Workspace, Microsoft 365, and popular video conferencing applications. Despite all the challenges in securing their cloud environments, IT teams must be credited for a valiant effort in ensuring schools remain safe and secure. Regardless of their size, technology departments need all the resources and partners available to help stay ahead of the cybersecurity curve and thwart emerging threats.

“Cloud computing is creating new types of cyber threats toward school district data and student information,” said Charlie Sander, Chief Executive Officer at ManagedMethods. “Over the past couple of years, they have become prime targets and have consistently fallen victim to cyberattacks. By partnering with K12 SIX, we hope to help  IT teams and leaders better understand the need for cloud security and access resources they need to make schools a safer place for everyone.”

A recent ManagedMethods report found that over 90% of district administrator respondents currently operate in the cloud using Google Workspace and/or Microsoft 365. However, half of the respondents either do not have a security system protecting their cloud data or do not know if one has been implemented. This indicates that many school districts are under-protected against cyberattacks specifically targeting sensitive and valuable data stored in the cloud.

Through this partnership, ManagedMethods will support K12 SIX in sharing cloud security information with school district members. This collaboration will help educate district administrators and technology leaders about the cyber threats existing in the cloud, the security gaps the cloud creates, and best practices for filling those gaps.

“School districts maintain millions of confidential records on current and former students and staff — records that threat actors find valuable in funding their criminal operations. Given the rapid increase in school cybersecurity incidents in recent years, it is imperative that districts take immediate steps to protect the sensitive information held in the cloud-based IT systems they manage,” said Doug Levin, national director of K12 SIX. Partnerships, like this one with ManagedMethods, help us achieve the shared mission of uplifting the cybersecurity risk management practices of all school districts.”

For more information about ManagedMethods, please visit managedmethods.com. Learn more about K12 SIX at k12six.org.

About K12 SIX

Kindergarten Through 12th Grade Security Information Exchange (K12 SIX) is a cyber threat intelligence sharing hub for school districts, to aid in preventing and mitigating cyber-attacks. This non-profit member community is a cost-effective forum for crowdsourcing security information among a vetted, trusted group of professionals with a common interest, using common technology and with supporting, independent analysis from the K12 SIX security staff. Visit www.k12six.org to learn more. K12 SIX is a member of the Global Resilience Federation multi-sector network of information-sharing communities.


 

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Effective School-to-Home Communications: Perspectives from Chief Technology Officers

The pandemic has shifted chief technology officers’ roles and job responsibilities — taking them from a traditionally behind-the-scenes role to putting them front and center with staff, families, and the greater community. Now, chief technology officers are playing a critical role in ensuring school-to-home communications are effective — in many cases, working collaboratively with public information officers and other administrators to identify the best tools and techniques to reach all stakeholders. Here are tips and tricks we’ve gleaned from our conversations with CTOs for more engaging, effective, and equitable communications — from the district level to the classroom and home.

1. Go the Extra Mile to Ensure School-to-Home Communications Are Equitable

School closures, adapted learning scenarios, language barriers, unstable housing situations, and more have presented a slew of challenges to parents and guardians — making it more difficult than ever for districts to connect with families. Districts have to find new ways to reach families in order to bridge the equity gap as best they can. Here are a few tips from other technology leaders on ways you can ensure equitable school-home communications:

Track and improve parent contactability. Do you have a platform in place that measures who you are and are not reaching through your daily, weekly, or monthly school-to-home communications? If you do, do you quickly review and fix contact details for any failed texts or emails? If you don’t, then it may be time to evaluate your current communications tools and strategy to ensure you’re reaching 100% of families (or close to it).

Go beyond digital communications. Does your district need boots on the ground to physically visit with families who are not engaging with your communications? Is there one form of communication that families prefer over others? Don’t discount the fact that some students may be under the care of grandparents who may not be technologically savvy. Do you need to print and post paper flyers at school sites or send them home with students? These are important questions to consider when parents and guardians are not engaging with your school-home communications.

Address language barriers. Do you have instant translation tools, bilingual staff on hand, and interpreters for the languages your staff doesn’t speak? Some districts leverage Family Engagement Units to physically visit with or call disengaged parents and guardians in their home language. For districts with English Language Learner (ELL) communities, it’s essential to have a system in place to quickly and easily overcome any language barriers to promote equity among students and families.

2. Striking the Balance Between “Too Much” and “Not Enough”

Almost every district has difficulty finding a good balance between over-communicating and not communicating enough with parents and guardians. The CTOs we spoke to explained that having a unified communications platform such as ParentSquare makes communications more manageable for families. Here are some of the reasons why:

Streamlined communications. A unified platform removes the need for parents to manage a confusing network of things like different district emails, social media channels, classroom apps, payment systems, and survey platforms.

Customizable notification settings. ParentSquare allows parents to personalize how and when they receive notifications (text, email, and/or push notifications). This ensures parents are communicated within the way that best works for them, helping to eliminate frustration and message fatigue.

Dashboards with analytics. Administrators can gauge what’s working and what’s not working, allowing schools to continually adapt their communications, so they reach the most parents and guardians possible.

3. Ensure Staff Communications Maintain Student Privacy

No matter what your current learning scenario is, there’s always a need to ensure network security and student privacy. Tech tools used within any school community should fully comply with student privacy laws. Here are three things to consider when it comes to safeguarding student information:

Communications must be secure. That means staff should not share their personal cell phone numbers for student-related communications or message students’ or parents’ personal cell phones. Free classroom apps can be problematic, as they may expose personal contact details and can allow non-authorized parents or guardians access to student information. Most free apps also do not have administrative oversight or a way to access a paper trail of communications — making FOIA and other requests nearly impossible to manage.

Simplify management of sign-on and users. People with old credentials can jeopardize student information security, and no district wants to deal with the fallout. Make sure you don’t leave people with access to information when they don’t need it anymore. Single sign-on (SSO) is an important piece of managing that process, so CTOs and other administrators have fewer places to go to manage users when they leave the district.

Implement a communications platform that protects both students and teachers: The CTOs all appreciated StudentSquare, the safe and secure platform for all student communications at school, which protects both students and teachers with administrative oversight and an electronic paper trail (with access for up to five years). Teachers also appreciate this capability as an added layer of security if any questions arise concerning student-teacher communication. In fact, ParentSquare’s security features are so powerful that many schools require coaches and staff to use StudentSquare in order to protect all parties.

Note: StudentSquare is the student version of ParentSquare, designed so that high school and middle school students can easily communicate and engage with their teachers.

4. Have the Right Tools in Place to Handle COVID-19 Communications & Workflows

Keeping school communities healthy is one of the most important things on everyone’s minds right now. The CTOs touched on specific communications needs their districts had that stemmed from the pandemic such as the need to:

Be prepared and have the right communications in place to address exposures. From a legal perspective, districts have to make sure the right people are notified in the case of on-campus COVID-19 exposures. There is also a huge need for the capability to carry out daily health screenings and to quickly communicate home to parents and guardians when exposures happen. Does your district have the right tools in place to monitor exposures and quickly communicate with staff, students, and families? If not or if you could be doing a better job, here are five critical questions you should ask yourself when evaluating health screening solutions.

Use targeted messaging. When an exposure happens, everyone who was exposed may need to be contacted. Using a unified communications platform like ParentSquare allows for targeted messaging to groups or anyone who has been in contact with a COVID-19 positive person while at school.

5. Be Strategic When You Roll Out New Technology

There is a right way and a wrong way to roll out new technology. Whether it’s to families, students, or staff, you have to be strategic in how you introduce new platforms and products. Here are some considerations:

Don’t mandate adoption. Instead, offer new technology to staff and educators, stressing the benefits they’ll receive. Once the innovators and early adopters begin using a new tool and discover that they love it, they’ll naturally promote it to their colleagues — not because they had to, but because they wanted to.

Offer training and support. Staff will have more success with the uptake of a new tool if you offer training and make yourself available to answer questions. Another alternative is to “train the trainer” and leverage your champion users to train others on how to use new tools.

Have some fun. Show staff how fun it can be to use new technology like ParentSquare. With capabilities like posts, social sharing, newsletters, attendance, Community Groups, and more, staff will quickly see the amazing benefits of using a unified communications platform.

Change management, especially when it involves adopting new technology, can be difficult for a lot of people. Beyond that, the additional challenges presented by the ongoing pandemic have given educators enough to manage. It’s understandable that some may be apprehensive about implementing a new school-home communications tool. However, CTOs can support staff by explaining and demonstrating the many ways that technology like ParentSquare can help make school-to-home communications more engaging, effective, equitable, (and fun).


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Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Jeremy Tignor 
Senior Region Director
816-400-5712
jeremy@parentsquare.com

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Fastest-Growing EdTech Provider Trox + Tierney to “Bluum” Under New Brand

PHOENIXJan. 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Having already transformed into North America’s leading education technology company, Trox + Tierney will continue to grow in the education markets under the new brand of Bluum beginning today. The higher calling of ensuring every student has access to a world-class education remains the company’s mission.

The April 2021 Trox and Tierney merger resulted in a technology solutions provider with a robust suite of technology products and services, AV design and integration, and professional development for educators. Many of Bluum’s 775 employees stem from education, providing first-hand experience and unrivaled knowledge to their former colleagues.

“Our company’s growth has occurred through mergers and acquisitions, as well as organically, more than tripling our revenue over the past three years,” Bluum CEO Erez Pikar said. “We are united under one aspirational brand and a vision of creating equity and access in education. All of our employees equally share in this identity, which aligns with our mission, objectives and pursuit of continued growth.”

Recently named to the top half of the 2021 Inc. 5000 List of “America’s Fastest-Growing Companies” and one of the “Top 10 Integrators” by Systems Contractor News, Bluum is rooted in the belief that education is the single most vital step toward a more positive and equitable tomorrow. The wonder of learning and the benevolence behind increasing student engagement heavily influenced Bluum’s new logo and design.

“The inspiration for our brand name came from Bloom’s Taxonomy, a fundamental philosophy in every educator’s toolkit,” Vice President of Marketing and Communications Diane Mitchell said. “The act of ‘blooming’ signals a moment of transformation when the right set of people, resources and knowledge come together to create something greater than the sum of its parts. Technology is only the beginning. Our level of care and involvement with every customer sets us apart in making an impact on the user and the outcome.”

Today’s announcement is the first step in a phased rebrand, which includes the launch of a new e-Commerce site this spring. While the Bluum brand will serve its education customers, the company also introduced the Bluum Technology brand to continue to develop its existing business and government customer base.

For more information on the new brand, visit bluum.com and bluumtech.com.

About Bluum

Bluum empowers educators with technology solutions that improve learning and make it more accessible, assisting more than 26 million students grow and flourish. Cultivate possibility with us at bluum.com or follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Facebook.


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Sarah Goncalves
South Region Inside Sales RVP
888-226-5727 x3730
sgoncalves@trox.com

 

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MackinVIA receives its 6th consecutive Modern Library Award

Burnsville, MN – January 14, 2022Mackin, a leading provider of print and digital fiction and nonfiction books for PK-12, is pleased to announce it is a multi-year honoree, winning another Platinum Award in LibraryWorks’ eighth annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs). The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry.

Products and services were submitted in the fall using a simple application and then were posted on a private site with an enhanced description and attendant materials. These products were batched into small groups and sent to the LibraryWorks database of more than 80,000 librarians in public, K-12, academic, and special libraries. Only customers with experience with these products/services in their facilities were permitted to judge the products/services, resulting in a truly unbiased score.

Each judge scored the product from 1-10 on a series of questions regarding functionality, value, customer service, etc. MackinVIA received a remarkable score of 9.8, resulting in their sixth Platinum Award from this prestigious organization. “Since its inception over a decade ago, MackinVIA has made great progress becoming the preferred digital content management system in schools around the world and has continued its technological growth to remain one of the world’s top choices. As a company, Mackin has always been known for their ingenuity and superior customer service. It’s no surprise that these motivating forces helped MackinVIA to be recognized and validated again,” remarked Troy Mikell, Director of Marketing and Communications at Mackin.

MackinVIA is a free digital content management system that provides more than 9 million students, around the world, with access to more than 3 million eBook titles, read-alongs, audiobooks, databases, and video resources. Jenny Newman, publisher and MLA program manager, said, “It’s easy to understand how MackinVIA scored so well. They’ve been continually breaking barriers and have remained at the forefront of the industry since their company entered the market nearly 40 years ago.”

About Mackin

For nearly 40 years, Mackin has provided library and classroom materials for grades PK-12. Known the world over for exemplary service and stringent attention to detail, Mackin has access to more than 18,000 publishers and a collection of over 3 million printed titles. Additionally, Mackin features a robust selection of more than 3 million eBook titles, read-alongs, audiobooks, databases, and video resources available through their free, state-of-the-art digital content management system, MackinVIA. For more information, visit www.mackin.com or call 800-245-9540.

About LibraryWorks

LibraryWorks helps administrators to make informed decisions about library technology, automation and software, collection development and management, facilities and furnishings, staffing, purchasing, and other areas that drive effective strategic planning and day-to-day operations. Our family of resources can enable you to identify best practices, monitor trends, evaluate new products and services, apply for grants and funding, post or find a job, and even enjoy some library humor. https://www.libraryworks.com/

About the Modern Library Awards program

The Modern Library Awards (MLAs) is a review program designed to recognize elite products and services in the market, which can help library management personnel, enhance the quality of experience for the library user, and increase the performance of their library systems. https://www.modernlibraryawards.com/

 

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Bids Manager
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bids@mackin.com

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