InSky is the winner of the award Travel & Hospitality Awards in the category for the best CRM solution globally, for the second time in a row.These are annual awards that celebrate and promote excellence in all sectors of travel, and the categories are chosen from the best hotels, spas, restaurants, agencies, digital solutions, etc.…So the solution of InSky Solutions, TourismInSky – declared for the best CRM solution in 2020 in Europe among more than 200 nominated solutions.TourismInSky is CRM software or a package of specific business solutions, specially designed and developed for the digitalization of the hotel industry. More than 10% of all overnight stays in Croatia are booked through the TourismInSky solution, based on the Microsoft Dynamics 365 platform.Co-founder and CEO of InSky Solutions, Trpimir Kvesic points out that he is proud that InSky is on the list of the world’s leading companies with revenues in the hundreds of millions of US dollars, which once again confirms the fact that InSky is committed to the global market and can compete with major global companies in terms of innovation and vision.”Definitely such awards and recognitions are welcome and are another confirmation of our work and product quality, especially when such recognition comes from independent bodies that compare our solutions with global competitors. This means a lot to us because it is proof that we have rounded off the whole story well, and that our product is competitive in the global market, which sometimes may not be seen by every user who uses it. But for us, every satisfied customer is always the best reward and proof of concept for our vision of global presence “, adds Kvesic.When asked about the situation on the market and in which direction the new maps are currently being mixed, Kvesić points out that there are still a lot of contradictions at the moment, and it is as if the market is still looking for ways to respond to new challenges brought by the covid crisis.”The process of digitalization has accelerated, which is great, because today it is no longer a trend but an urgent need and an integral part of the business of modern companies. Business process management is crucial today, and it is through digitalization and our CRM system that this is made possible, especially in today’s time when digitalization allows us to do business from home or any other place that does not have to be an office. Ultimately, those who digitize will survive in the market, digitalization, not reducing the workforce – is my key message, as evidenced by travel companies, our customers who, thanks to digitalization have managed not only to overcome the crisis but also improve business in many segments. ,, says Kvesic.The recent success of IT companies, such as Nanobit and Infinum, means a lot for our entire IT scene and for branding the country as a successful IT country, and Kvesić points out that InSky emphasizes that such successful global examples give them additional motivation and proof that and from Croatia can be globally competitiveadds that successful global positive stories about IT companies help in branding the country, and so do they because they provide additional motivation and proof that Croatia can be globally competitive. “We represent a narrow niche, and on that side we are specialized and quite unique. Our goal is to reach the global market more strongly with tourism solutions. Although we are already present in the global market, we are now ready for a real step forward because we have a competitive and innovative product, extensive experience and well-rounded processes. This year we plan to come out with a new product rebranding, strengthening human capital, education and further specialization of our product. We are already recognized and acknowledged here and we see our opportunity here, and such awards show that we are more than competitive in the global market.”, Kvesic pointed out.InSky is ready for the global marketInSky, despite the covid crisis, continues to grow and move into the process of globalization. Last year they opened an office in Amsterdam, and this year they have already opened some new markets such as Slovenia and Great Britain. Of course the focus is on the Mediterranean as the strongest tourist market.”We are working on new solutions, growing, expanding the team and we want to make an even stronger step towards the global market. That’s why this year we’re coming out with a new improved product. We work a lot on educating our employees and strengthening people’s expertise, and we also specialize closely”Kvesic points out.For global expansion, InSky is looking for additional reinforcement in terms of new IT professionals, especially in the AI department they want to strengthen. They see the segment of artificial intelligence in InSky as the next big step forward, in order to further drive a large amount of collected data and all networked processes and raise their efficiency and productivity.InSky employs: Data science and artificial intelligence experts are wanted”We have greatly strengthened the data science department and we now have an increasing focus. We are also looking for new employees in the sales and marketing departments and the development of new solutions”Concludes Kvesić, noting that everyone who wants to become part of their team is free to contact them.In the end, it is enough to point out only a couple of current InSky clients, which are some of the largest hotel chains such as Valamar, Maistra, Liburnia, Amadria Park, Arena Hospitality Group, Aminess, Sunny Hvar, Medora , Jadranka turizam, HUP Zagreb, Dubrovnik Riviera Hotels, Hotels Njivice, Hotels Metropol, Hotels Cavtat and many others.They have conquered our market, now it is the turn of a global match, for which they are more than ready in InSky..
On the back of 2014’s results, OGEO’s AUM now stands at €1.1bn, making it the fifth-largest fund in Belgium.The pension fund was launched in 2007.According to its annual report, the scheme shifted its real estate, European medium-term notes (EMTNs) and insurance assets in-house after setting up an independent investment vehicle.The scheme also has mandates with Banque Degroof, Candriam, Crédit Agricole and KBC Asset Management.It currently invests 20% of its assets in real estate, which it said should provide a medium-term return of 5%, focusing mainly on commercial assets with long-term clients and links to inflation.Over the course of 2014, the scheme placed the majority of its assets in fixed income instruments, including government bonds (25%), corporate bonds (20%), emerging market and high-yield bonds (5%) and EMTNs (2.5%).It held 22.5% of its assets in equities, with 5% in insurance products.Stéphane Moreau, managing director, said the scheme’s reserve capital of €573m put it in a good position to provide pension commitments.“These results are a product of a policy focused on the performance and diversification of our investments that prioritises a long-term approach,” he said. “The OGEO property portfolio sets itself apart from the majority of other Belgian pension funds, which rarely invest in ‘bricks and mortar’.”Emmanuel Lejeune, a member of the executive committee, said the creation of the investment vehicle had allowed the quality of reporting in the scheme to improve and gain greater control over its external asset managers.In 2014, BAPI celebrated second-pillar pension fund membership exceeding that of the third pillar, after the government legislated for the formation of industry-wide schemes in 2004. The OEGO pension fund returned 7% over 2014, falling below the average for Belgian pension funds but increasing assets under management to more than €1bn.The multi-employer pension scheme manages first-pillar benefits for municipal authorities and second-pillar pensions for public bodies and private sector companies.The pension fund’s returns have now fallen two years consecutively after returning 7.4% in 2013 and 9.2% in 2012.Belgian pension schemes saw average returns of 11.86%, almost double returns for the year previous, according to figures from the Belgian Association of Pension Institutions (BAPI). read more
NEVADA — Nevada police say a man who was tased after he refused to give up a sword early Monday morning has died.Police Chief Ricardo Martinez issued a statement that says officers found the man after being called to a trailer court around 2:45 a.m. The chief says the man was told numerous times to drop the sword. He responded by saying “it stays in my hand” and other incoherent words and was tased.Officers handcuffed the man sat him down to wait for an ambulance to get the Taser barbs removed and the man stopped breathing. The chief says the man was taken to the Story County Medical Center where he died.The man’s name has not been released. read more