by Éric Lacoursière,
Geospatial Expert at Korem Geospatial
by Éric Lacoursière,
Geospatial Expert at Korem Geospatial
The end of every year is always a good time to reflect on your achievements and make your resolutions for the upcoming year.
With that in mind, we asked our President and CEO, Sébastien Vachon, to share some personal advice from his 25+ years of experience to help future entrepreneurs in their start-up process:
With these wise words, we wish you success and prosperity in 2019!
To celebrate Korem’s 25th anniversary, Mr. Sebastien Vachon, the CEO and Founder, shared the milestones that marked the evolution of the company since it was founded. He also revealed his passion for entrepreneurship and his vision for the company’s future.
How did you come up with the idea of creating Korem 25 years ago?
During my final year in Geography at Laval University, my friend Luc Vaillancourt and I decided to start our own company. We believed in ourselves from the very beginning. Luc provided his car and we used my bedroom as an office. I even moved my bed into the laundry room. We were very ambitious and proud of what we were doing. That was in December 1993.
The combination of Luc’s extensive knowledge of Geographic Information Systems and his go-getter personality kickstarted this incredible journey. A year later, Antonio Silva, another friend from University, joined us on the adventure. Together, we were visionary and made up a strong team.
At the same time, my entrepreneurial spirit came into play and I discovered a passion for business that would change my life forever.
Which event influenced the most Korem’s trajectory?
There have been many transformative events over the past 25 years that involved shareholders, management, partners, markets and technologies, but the event that had the greatest impact on our current success was a decision that we made in 2010. We were frustrated by the complexity involved in securing private sector mandates so we decided to invest in the development of large private organizations through the acquisition of a company in Denver, Colorado. Now over 60% of our revenue comes from the US and almost all of this revenue is from Fortune 500 companies.
Why are you still managing your company?
Over the years, I developed a true passion for entrepreneurship, business development and nurturing talent. We create value and employment, have developed our brand and now offer a unique range of services across North America.
Naturally, over the course of 25 years, there were times when I seriously considered putting up a “For Sale” sign. However, I always asked myself, “What would I do instead of this?” I would have lost the best path to personal development and fulfilment. When you have the qualities of an entrepreneur, you must put them to work!
Since your company was created, which accomplishment are you most proud of?
We have worked hard to build Korem’s reputation in the industry over the past 25 years. I am very proud of the corporate citizen that our company has become.
Where does Korem stand now?
We are in a unique and privileged position now. We have the energy and drive of a startup, but we also have the benefit of maturity that we worked hard to acquire over the past 25 years! Nowadays, data is the lifeblood of almost every sector of activity. Some even say that data is more precious than gas now. Korem’s current position allows us to take advantage of this opportunity.
At Korem, you believe that leveraging your employees’ talent is vital. What exactly does this involve?
It’s quite simple. Without the skill of my team, I would not have services and expertise to offer or a successful business. I simply wouldn’t have a company. Offering my employees a working environment where they know that their skill contributes directly to the success of the company is a priority.
Are you still involved in the day-to-day management of the company?
Yes, but on another level and with a different kind of energy. I worked hard over the past few years to ensure that I am not a slave to my company. This is for my own good and in order to ensure its future. In order to do this, I had to learn to delegate, listen to others and make room for new ideas. The first step was to surround myself with a team who share both my vision and my values. A group that has the energy to take the company further over the next decade. I have absolute faith in them. My leadership has taken another form now, but it is still important. That said, I’m never very far away because I am committed to my company and I protect it fiercely!
What is your vision for the next few years?
I am confident that Korem will achieve its objective over the next few years: to become the largest vendor and integrator of geospatial solutions to the telecommunications, insurance and retail sectors across North America. Our headquarters will remain in Quebec and we will continue to create quality jobs and spread our know-how and innovative spirit internationally. I’m committed to making this happen!
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by Yan Trudeau, Solutions Architect at Korem Geospatial
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Alteryx, Inc. (NYSE: AYX), revolutionizing business through data science and analytics, today announced that eleven organizations have achieved “premier” status as reseller, consulting and integration partners helping Alteryx customers break barriers to insights in data science and analytics.
The Premier tier is the highest achievement level within the Alteryx Partner Program. Premier-level partners exhibit a significant commitment to Alteryx and have a proven track record of delivering the highest value to customers. Premier partners also demonstrate broad expertise in Alteryx solutions and consistently achieve their commercial targets.
Premier partners include Decisive Data, Keyrus, Korem Geospatial, ProKarma and Slalom in North America; Concentra Analytics, Inviso and The Information Lab in EMEA; CSC Brasil in LATAM; Classmethod in Japan and MIP in Australia and New Zealand.
“Our Premier partners are the most accomplished in a community of stellar channel partners,” said Steve Walden, senior vice president of business development at Alteryx, Inc. “All of these organization deliver outstanding value to customers through their deep understanding of business problems and their certified expertise in the Alteryx platform.”
This week Alteryx also launched the Channel Demand Generation Portal, a marketing automation platform enabling channel partners to seamlessly leverage Alteryx content to drive interactions and engagement with customers and prospects. Alteryx Premier partners in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia will engage via the portal to attract new clients and grow their analytics business.
Most of these organizations will also be participating as speakers and sponsors in Inspire 2018, the annual North American user conference which takes place this year in Anaheim, California. “All partners contribute in an amazing way to Inspire and it could not be the pivotal event for analysts and data scientists alike if it weren’t for their contribution,” added Walden.
For more information on the Alteryx partner program and its benefits, please visit www.alteryx.com/partners.
Revolutionizing business though data science and analytics, Alteryx offers an end-to-end analytics platform which empowers data analysts and scientists alike to break data barriers, deliver insights, and experience the thrill of getting to the answer faster. Organizations all over the world rely on Alteryx daily to deliver actionable insights. For more information visit www.alteryx.com.
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Quebec City, January 22, 2018. – Korem Geospatial, a Quebec based company that recommends, resells and integrates industry leading geospatial data and software, was recently recognized by one of its major partners, Pitney Bowes, a global technology company that provides innovative products, solutions and data to power commerce. On January 10th, Korem received the « Exceptional use of location for a client» award during the Pitney Bowes – All In 2018 Kickoff Meeting held in Texas.
This award highlights Korem’s exceptional knowledge of the location intelligence market as well as our dedication and commitment to Pitney Bowes technology; engagement with their field sales team; and willingness do whatever it takes to serve the client. Korem stands out in this very competitive market through the expertise and experience of its multidisciplinary team of strategic advisors, integrators and consultants that ensure a perfect match between the possibilities offered by the various available solutions and its clients’ business needs.
“Our partner ecosystem has created an immense opportunity for growth across Pitney Bowes Software,” says Mark Taylor, Senior Vice President of Software Channels, Pitney Bowes. “We’re constantly amazed at how our partners leverage location intelligence for various business applications, and Korem is no exception. As a long-standing Pitney Bowes partner, Korem continuously leads as an innovator by going above and beyond to help improve client experience and unveil the art of what’s possible.” Korem Geospatial and Pitney Bowes Software have been partners for twenty years.
Korem has gained considerable exposure in North America and a competitive edge with its agnostic approach leveraging its extensive portfolio, the neutrality of its experts and the quality of its services. Our team is driven by innovation and creativity which allow us to solve our customer’s problems and get the expected results. This approach has allowed Korem to gain the trust of major organizations and to build a solid reputation in the industry.
“Korem is honored to receive this award. It highlights our advanced expertise in geospatial in North-America. I want to thank PB for all the efforts and collaboration throughout our 20 years partnership, as well as our ongoing and involvement in their growth strategy in the future. We are very proud of collaborating with such a strong and prestigious organisation,” says Sebastien Vachon, President of Korem Geospatial.
Korem is a leading reseller and integrator of geospatial technologies and data that has been contributing to its client’s success for the past 25 years by optimizing their decision-making and strategic processes. Our goal is to provide and recommend the best available products in the industry to our customers through our team of experts by leveraging our strategic alliances.
Pitney Bowes (NYSE:PBI) is a global technology company powering billions of transactions – physical and digital – in the connected and borderless world of commerce. Clients around the world, including 90 percent of the Fortune 500, rely on products, solutions, services and data from Pitney Bowes in the areas of customer information management, location intelligence, customer engagement, shipping, mailing, and global ecommerce. And with the innovative Pitney Bowes Commerce Cloud, clients can access the broad range of Pitney Bowes solutions, analytics, and APIs to drive commerce. For additional information visit Pitney Bowes, the Craftsmen of Commerce, at www.pitneybowes.com.
Sébastien Vachon, President of Korem Geospatial, is proud to announce the appointment of four vice-presidents on his management team, Marise Drapeau, Vice President Finance, Jean-Sébastien Guy, Vice President Sales, Marketing and Partnerships, Jonathan Houde, Vice President Business Solutions and Technology and Patrick Vachon, Vice President Services.
Marise Drapeau, who has been with Korem since 2013, has successfully held the positions of Controller and Finance Director and will continue to faithfully monitor the financial health of the company. Mr. Jean-Sébastien Guy, who has been with Korem since 2014, has already been promoted from Sales Director to Vice President Sales and will now also manage the Marketing and the Partnerships groups. Thus, he will be able to align all activities to pursue growth, business development and strategic alliances. For his part, Jonathan Houde, at Korem since 2005, has held various positions in the technical team, most recently as Senior Architect, Enterprise Solutions. In his new role, he will be a key player in setting technological directions as well as innovation projects for the organization. Finally, at Korem for more than 15 years, Patrick Vachon has evolved in several strategic positions which has allowed him to gain an enviable experience and that he will be able to leverage with the service team to ensure the delivery of high quality projects, respecting the timelines, the budget and the expectations of our customers.
«With the implementation of this new executive team, we will accelerate the realization of our vision to be recognized as the leader in the resale and integration of geospatial data and software in North America by investing in the company’s growth and the development of our markets ». S.Vachon
Marise, Jean-Sébastien, Jonathan and Patrick will be able to rely on the support of Jean-Sébastien Turcotte, Vice President and Catherine Lessard, General Manager, as well as all the employees of Korem Geospatial to successfully integrate their new functions!
Korem Geospatial recommends, resells and integrates the best geospatial data and software in the industry, mainly in the telecommunications, insurance, retail and utilities markets.
Korem enables its customers to save time, money and reduce the risks associated with the process of purchasing and integrating geospatial data and software (geolocation) inside of their business. Our greatest strength lies in the neutrality of our experts when recommending a solution. This distinctive element has allowed us to gain the trust of large organizations that have chosen Korem for the integration and evolution of their geospatial projects for many years.