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25

JAN
2017

Askida’s president, Steeve Duchesne, is a Finalist for the 2017 Investissement Québec CEO of the Year Award

Askida, a leader in custom software development and software quality assurance, is proud to announce that its President and cofounder, Steeve Duchesne, is one of the three finalists for the 2017 Investissement Québec CEO of the Year Award.

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Presented by the Quebec Technology Association (AQT), the award recognizes each year a CEO who has distinguished him/herself by his/her leadership within the Information and Communications Technology industry (ICT), allowing it to shine at both the provincial and national level.

“I am honoured to be shortlisted as one of the three finalists. Everyone at Askida has worked hard to make the company an industry leader in custom software development and software quality assurance,” says Steeve Duchesne, President and cofounder of Askida. “Being nominated for the CEO of the year award clearly demonstrates our importance in the IT industry today as well as our role as pioneers in delivering high quality custom software applications.”

An independent jury composed of presidents of ICT companies, members of Investissement Québec and the AQT selected the three finalists.

The winner of the CEO of the year award 2017 by Investissement Québec will be announced on February 16 during Vision PDG, the AQT’s annual gala in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.

About Askida:

Askida is a center of expertise in software development and quality assurance whose aim is to optimize the competitive advantages of its customers while reducing cost and risk. The company develops customized, premium quality software and guarantees the quality of existing software through its own ASKIDA solution. Located throughout Quebec and North America, its client base consists of innovative organizations which require top-of-the-line solutions that cater to their unique business processes and high standards of software quality. www.askida.com

Contact Information :

Laurence Trudeau
Marketing Director
Askida
Work: 514 286-9366, ext. 249
laurence.trudeau@askida.com

24

JAN
2017

Askida Obtains the ISO 9001:2015 Certification

A leader in software development and software quality, Askida is proud to announce that it has obtained the most recent ISO 9001 certification, ISO 9001:2015.

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Located in Montreal, Askida underwent an external audit conducted by an independent quality assurance firm, which was able to confirm that the company’s processes were fully compliant with the ISO 9001:2015 standards. Askida thus becomes one of the first companies in its field to obtain this accreditation.

“ISO 9001:2015 is an international quality standard that aims to improve performance and customer satisfaction,” says Steeve Duchesne, Askida’s co-founder and president. “Obtaining this certification reflects our commitment towards quality as well as our modern and results-driven management philosophy centered around innovation and enhancements.” “This accreditation ensures our internal processes are rigorous, which will allow us to continue to develop high-quality custom software solutions and ensure impeccable software quality,” adds Yvan Bolduc, Vice-President of Operations.

The ISO 9001 norm was first published in 1987 by the International Organization for Standardization and has been regularly updated since. The standards are designed to help organizations better serve clients while also meeting requirements related to a product or program. The 2015 version allows companies to factor in internal and external risks and challenges.

About Askida

Askida is a company specialized in software development and quality assurance whose aim is to enhance the competitive advantages of its clients while also reducing costs and risks. The company develops high-quality custom software solutions and guarantees the quality of existing software through its own ASKIDA solution. Located throughout Quebec and North America, its clients consist of innovative organizations that require top-of-the-line solutions that cater to their unique business processes and high standards of software quality. www.askida.com

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Guillaume Morissette
Communications Officer
Askida
Office: 514 286-9366 #256
guillaume.morisette@askida.com

7

DEC
2016

Askida Opens a New Office in Toronto to Accelerate Growth

Askida, the center of expertise in advanced integrated software development and quality assurance, announces that it has recently opened an office in Toronto.   This expansion executes on an overall domestic and international strategy to effectively support their growing clientele outside the province of Quebec.

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The new Askida office provides local presence in Toronto for the growing number of associates in Ontario.  Askida is committed to its customers and partners and to help them develop the best software and ensure flawless quality assurance.   Being local will assist in building deeper and trusting relationships.

“The new office space marks the rapid growth that Askida is currently experiencing.  With our experts already in the area, we are better equipped to accompany our clients and answer their needs,” said Steeve Duchesne, President and Co-founder of Askida. “This new expansion is a milestone for us in regards to geographic reach and fits with our overall corporate strategy to offer our services and products to new markets.”

Askida plans to increase its presence in other cities outside of Quebec in the years to come.

About Askida:

Askida is a center of expertise in software development and quality assurance whose aim is to optimize the competitive advantages of its customers while reducing cost and risk. The company develops customized, premium quality software and guarantees the quality of existing software through its own ASKIDA solution. Located throughout Quebec and North America, its client base consists of innovative organizations which require top-of-the-line solutions that cater to their unique business processes and high standards of software quality. www.askida.com

Contact Information :

Laurence Trudeau
Marketing Director
Askida
Work: 514 286-9366, ext. 249
laurence.trudeau@askida.com

18

OCT
2016

AXON-ID ANNOUNCES CORPORATE NAME CHANGE TO ASKIDA

The company changes its name, renews its commitment to quality and trust as it gains footholds in markets outside Quebec

AXON-ID, a leader in development and quality software, is proud to announce that it is changing its corporate name to Askida. The name change is intended to better reflect the distinctive traits such as service quality, performance and trust that have traditionally characterized the organization.

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At this turning point in the company’s history, as it recently opened a new office in Toronto and prepares to enter new markets outside Quebec, Askida wishes to adopt a distinctive corporate identity capable of conveying its values on an international scale. In the Abenaki language, the word Askida evokes the notion of trust. Inspired by nature, the new brand image symbolizes both the complex yet organized character of Information Technology and its capacity for renewal.

“Our new corporate name expresses the unswerving principle upon which we build relationships with our customers who expect no less than superior and consistent quality,” stated Steeve Duchesne, co-founder and President of Askida. “This rebranding provides us with an opportunity to reiterate our firm commitment to continue to deliver the best quality services. We wish to help our customers adapt to the profound changes that are transforming business processes as a result of the rapid evolution of technologies.”

Serge Thiboutot, co-founder and Vice-President, Research and Development at Askida, for his part highlighted the contribution of its team of professionals whose technical know-how remains the main strength of the organization. “Our success lies in the high degree of expertise of our 80 specialists as they are the ones who have enabled us to gain customers’ confidence, year after year. Our commitment to quality will continue to be present at all levels of collaboration with each customer.”

The new corporate name is effective immediately.

About Askida

Askida is a center of expertise in software development and quality assurance whose aim is to optimize the competitive advantages of its customers while reducing cost and risk. The company develops customized, premium quality software and guarantees the quality of existing software through its own ASKIDA solution. Located throughout Quebec and North America, its client base consists of innovative organizations which require top-of-the-line solutions that cater to their unique business processes and high standards of software quality. www.askida.com

Contact Information

Laurence Trudeau
Marketing Director
Askida
Work: 514 286-9366, ext. 249
Cell: 514 293-0384
laurence.trudeau@askida.com

12

OCT
2016

AXON MODERNIZES MEDAUDIO, THE APPLICATION GROUPE FORGET USES IN MORE THAN 80 OF ITS HEARING AID CLINICS ACROSS QUEBEC

AXON, the center of expertise in advanced integrated software development and quality assurance, is proud to announce that Group Forget has selected their service and expertise to modernize medAudio, their key application used in all of their auditory health clinics across Quebec.

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Group Forget places tremendous importance on providing the best service to its customers and wanted a tool that would help them continue the significant growth the company has experienced in recent years. Groupe Forget sought AXON’s help to modernize the application and improve its features so that it meets their needs for services of outstanding quality and to have software that is evolutionary while mobile ready.

“We have been using medAudio for over 15 years now. Our application has served us very well but we wanted to improve our tool to bring us even further in our growth. This new development will allow our employees to spend less time accomplishing simple operational tasks. Hence, it was clear that we needed to revise our software’s technology and AXON was the right partner to do this with,” said Steve Forget, President of Groupe Forget. “Not only was AXON able to modernize our application, they were able to do it with exceptional quality.”

With the new medAudio application, Groupe Forget’s employees will be more productive, giving them more time to spend with their patients. Information across clinics will become more accessible, more complete and the application much more attractive.

“This project allows us to showcase our unique expertise, which is to modernize, develop and implement leading software that focus on quality,” said Steeve Duchesne, President and co-founder of AXON. “We have the ability, the team and the expertise to successfully lead large development projects while ensuring client satisfaction throughout the process.”

With the first phase of the modernization of the application completed, AXON and Groupe Forget are moving on to the next phases to bring new features to the application.

7

SEPT
2016

AXON’S OUTSOURCING CENTER FOR AUTOMATED TESTS GUARANTEES THE QUALITY OF ALL APPLICATIONS

AXON, the center of expertise in advanced integrated software development and quality assurance, announces today the launch of its outsourcing center for software automated testing. This new outsourcing service is part of AXON’s strategic outlook to provide a wide range of comprehensive quality assurance services to meet their clients’ business needs in software development.

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Testing is a complex art. The process involves developing, documenting, implementing and correcting bugs detected. These steps are then repeated when an error is identified, which can be long and expensive. With its new outsourcing service, AXON automates software testing for their clients without them having to change their development process. Efforts and costs are reduced, quality is increased, tracking is improved and the deployment of applications is accelerated.

“We understand that testing is complex and is becoming critical in order to succeed. Thus, we offer our customers turnkey services to meet their needs in order to support them during their transition from manual to automated tests. The issue is no longer if we should automate testing but when and how,” says Steeve Duchesne, President and co-founder of AXON. “By outsourcing their testing, our customers can trust that we will automate their tests for less than what manual testing would cost them. Furthermore, all tests remain their property.”

In order to successfully automate software testing, specialized tools, unique methodologies, and most importantly, skills and expertise are essential. With its unique center that outsources software automated tests, AXON transforms how quality assurance is implemented by providing the most effective test solutions that ensure the deployment of applications without any bugs.

AXON is also committed to offering its customers outsourcing services for their manual tests, if needed.

21

APR
2016

AXON LAUNCHES TRAINING ACADEMY WITH INDUSTRY LEADING SOFTWARE TEST AUTOMATION CERTIFICATION COURSES

AXON, the center of expertise and quality in advanced integrated software development and quality assurance, announces today the launch of its ASKIDATM Academy that will include a syllabus of many certification courses on test automation. The new Level 1 course is now available and introduces participants to the best QA practices.

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By launching the first Level of its certification program, AXON aims to revolutionize the way quality assurance is implemented. It establishes a new standard for the IT industry by ensuring that certified professionals have the required knowledge and skills to provide a reliable approach and thus meet the operational automation and quality requirements within their organization.

“We want to train experts about test automation so that they can develop and deliver reliable applications without any bugs,” stated Steeve Duchesne, President and Co-Founder of AXON. “For several years now our techniques and our expertise have proven to be successful for our clients. With our new quality assurance certification program, we want the whole industry to benefit from our practices as well.”

The launch of the ASKIDATM Academy comes at a perfect time. The demand for test automation has been surging as more reliable tools that allow scenarios to be repeated are increasingly replacing manual testing.

Level 1 of AXON’s certification program is the first of an expanding list of courses that will be added to the company’s product portfolio. Level 1, Quality Assurance and Demystifying Software Test Automation, is a two-day course that will take place in Montreal, May 17-18, 2016 and June 14-15, 2016. Professionals interested in the course can register today at certification@axon-id.com

12

JAN
2016

THE FEDERAL GOVERNEMENT OF CANADA CHOOSES AXON’S ASKIDA SOFTWARE TO ENSURE QUALITY OF THEIR BUYANDSELL.GC.CA REGISTRY OF THE PUBLIC WORKS

AXON, the center of expertise and quality in advanced and integrated software development, is proud to announce that its leading test orchestration software, ASKIDATM, has been selected by the Federal Government of Canada to help improve the testing processes of the Buyandsell.gc.ca procurement service applications suite used by the Public Works and Government Services Canada.

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AXON’s software ASKIDATM was selected as part of the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP), the Federal Government’s program that subsidizes innovative solutions every year.

“This initiative allows us to showcase our unique expertise, which is to recommend a better approach to their quality assurance practices in the deployment of their application,” said Steeve Duchesne, President and co-founder of AXON. “Over the years, we have demonstrated our ability to successfully carry out extensive quality assurance projects in large corporations and we are confident that we’ll do the same for Buyandsell.gc.ca.”

AXON, in close collaboration with the team at Public Works, will focus on assessing the current quality assurance processes and technologies being used. The collection of performance metrics and current data is underway. AXON is carefully analyzing the data in order to come up with recommendations that will ease the Public Works processes and improve Buyandsell.gc.ca performance. ASKIDATM will be used to help automate the current and future test plans of the application. Further training and support of the resources on AXON’s ASKIDATM software will also be provided.

“With AXON’s help, we expect Buyandsell.gc.ca to become easier to manage, measure performance, and scale since applications testing will be more complete,” said Kenneth McMillan, Project Manager at Public Works and Government Services Canada. “We are looking forward to new and improved quality assurance processes that will increase the overall performance of our applications.”

The implementation of ASKIDATM with Buyandsell.gc.ca is spread over twelve months and the mandate will be finalized in August 2016.

22

DEC
2015

BELL MOBILITY CHOOSES AXON’S ASKIDA SOFTWARE TO AUTOMATE THEIR TESTS, PROCESSES AND ENSURE NO REGRESSION

Bell Mobility’s Network Charging & Value Added Services department (NGCC) has relied on AXON’s expertise and quality in advanced and integrated software development to implement a new automated method into their integration processes. Bell Mobility’s NGCC team will be implementing AXON’s leading test orchestration software, ASKIDATM, to automate their tests and ensure software quality and stability.

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“We are very proud to serve the Network Charging team at Bell Mobility with their new project development,” says Steeve Duchesne, President and Co-owner at AXON. “As they need to test, deploy and support the new solution, ASKIDATM will help guarantee the deployment of their application on time, within budget and to the highest standards of software quality assurance.”

ASKIDATM decreases the cost of testing, reduces anomalies, and lowers the test cycle time and the numbers of resources required so that Bell Mobility’s NGCC team can better utilize their time elsewhere within projects. All that while speeding up test cycles and increasing the percentage of automated test cases.

“Over the past month, AXON has been helping us develop a structured test automation approach and provide guidance with the implementation of automation scripts,” mentioned Eric Dessureault, Director of Wireless Network Charging & Value Added Services at Bell Mobility. “As the return on investment seems promising, we appreciated collaborating with AXON and were highly impressed with their flexibility and their vast level of knowledge and expertise in quality assurance.”

AXON will make sure that the adopted approach is effective and can be replicated for future projects.

22

SEP
2015

AXON APPOINTS IT EXPERT MICHEL LACASSE AS ITS NEW ASSOCIATE AND VICE-PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

AXON, the center of expertise and quality in advanced and integrated software development, today announces the nomination of Michel Lacasse as a new associate and as the Vice-President of Business Development of the company. He will oversee the creation, development, and execution of sales strategies worldwide. With over 30 years of experience, Michel Lacasse represents a strong addition to the company’s executive team, which directs all aspects of AXON’s strategy, planning and operations.

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“We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Lacasse to AXON’s executive team. As a true leader, he brings with him unique global leadership skills,” says Steeve Duchesne, President and Co-founder of AXON. “His vision is in line with our long-term strategy and we will surely benefit from his wide experience in developing strong business relationships worldwide through our next phases of growth.”

Before joining AXON, Michel Lacasse has held a variety of positions in the IT industry. He acted as President of Komutel for the past four years. Prior to that, he held important positions in multiple national and international companies, playing key roles in management level positions for Metafore, Hewlett-Packard and Bell Canada, just to name a few.

With his strong experience in the software, value-added reselling, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors, he will be a strong asset to AXON’s international scope of business, focusing in new market developments and contributing to a steady revenue growth.

Michel Lacasse is currently an active advisory committee member for different corporations and serves on the board of Xpertdoc Technologies, Libéo, the Association Québécoise des Technologies (AQT), and the Foundation for diabetic children.

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